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Antena on Cassette!
June 8, 2012, 12:41 pm
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Although we may be known primarily for our extreme love of the vinyl format, there are a few of us here at the office that fondly remember cassettes (perhaps most prominently Dustin Drase, who, in addition to his duties at Numero, also runs the cassette-only label Plustapes). Up until now, there were only two cassettes in the Numero catalog, the first being the limited-to-100-copies Brotherman, which served mostly as a promotional teaser.  The second tape in the Numero canon was 2011’s Dubbed at Boddie, a compilation which made perfect sense for the format, considering that one among Thomas Boddie’s offerings at Boddie Recording Company of Cleveland, Ohio, was in fact the cloning of cassettes.

One day, while listening to our release of Antena’s Camino Del Sol, someone asked if it had ever been issued on cassette….and thus an idea was born.  Originally issued in 1982, Camino Del Sol never did make it to the fad format of its day, a fact that our Antena tape remedies nicely.  Presented to you with a luxe full-color, 7-panel J-card, this album is an absolutely perfect soundtrack to your summer afternoon at the beach. Pop this beauty into your boombox, crack open a frosty, and enjoy this modern bossanova masterpiece which has been lovingly referred to as “the missing link between Antonio Carlos Jobim and Kraftwerk.”

The Post About a French Musical
October 20, 2010, 9:48 am
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Writing new liner notes a while back for our 2LP spruce-up of Antena’s Camino Del Sol brought me back to “Chanson des Jumelles,” a song covered by Antena for a 1984 compilation of songs from film soundtracks. “Chanson des Jumelles” first appeared in French director Jacques Demy’s 1967 film Les Demoiselles de Rochefort, a sort of loveletter to Hollywood musicals of the decades prior. Sure, why not, I thought: I’ll watch a musical starring Catherine Deneuve to research a song I already know I enjoy.

Sadly, my liner notes ended up giving the movie a two-word review: “musical trifle.” Which I still pretty much think it is.

But esteemed film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum’s blog recently republished his 1998 review of the film’s first Chicago screening in more than 30 years. Not only did he set aside 1450 times more words for describing Les Demoiselles de Rochefort than we did, he also calls it a “masterpiece” and, if that weren’t enough, he sort of nails my exact reaction to the film in his review:

This curious mix produces powerful, deeply felt emotions—an exuberance combined with a sublime sense of absurdity, shot through with an almost constant sense of loss, yearning, and even tragedy. Yet the coexistence of this strangeness and this intensity will inevitably make some American viewers laugh in disbelief and regard the whole spectacle as an esoteric piece of camp.

Yeah, I think I did laugh in disbelief once or twice. Sue me.

How does this affect our opinions about Camino Del Sol or Antena or their cover? Not one bit. We still think they’re all pretty great.

As for the film in question, Netflix that sucker, if you’re so inclined. Honestly, I see far, far worse movies on literally a weekly basis. It’s not half bad.