Previous releases on our alternate-reality label, Numbero, have paid tribute to the compilations of our fore bearers. With WTNG: Solid Bronze we honored the regional radio contests of yore. Eccentric Breaks and Beats was a nod to the Ultimate original. South Side Story acknowledged lowrider compilations a la East Side Story, and Tin Mine Soul Supply rendered a less precious Gold Mine Soul Supply. With Lows in the Mid Sixties, we take the Highs In The Mid ‘Sixties formula and apply it to the cavernous archives of Cavern Sound, Independence, Missouri. Originally assembled in the ’80s by Bomp! Records and Later Archive International Productions (AIP), The Highs If The Mid Sixties celebrates the same generation of garage rockers as Lows. Here’s some of the great cover art that was boiled down into our Kosmic City tribute. Enjoy while listening to this standout track which you can either stream or download below.
Filed under: Bedhead, Cavern, Ned Doheny, Ork, Record Store Day | Tags: brooklyn, Coffee That Costs $5, Human NYC, Record Store Day
As the third Saturday in April approaches, so does Record Store Day. In anticipation, the Numero Group has a stockpile of unique releases, used merchandise, Clif Bars, and small bills to facilitate two weekends of hand-to-hand product pushing. For Record Store Day (Saturday, April 18th), we return to the Comfort Station (2579 N Milwaukee) in the heart of Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood for an all-day affair. The following week, we chart a course for Brooklyn to spend a 3-day weekend at Greenpoint’s Human NYC (110 Meserole Ave) April 24th-26th.
On the menu:
Ork Records: Complete Singles 7-inch Box Set: Sixteen carefully replicated pic-sleeve singles, documenting the birth of punk, no-wave, power pop, and the next four decades of indie rock. New York City’s Ork Records was the first punk label and the original “indie.” Two-thousand (2000) of you fine folks will be able to enjoy this influential label’s entire output, 1975-1979, seven inches at a time.
Lows In The Mid Sixties Volume 54: Kosmic City Part 2: Kind-heartedly riffing on AIP’s dodgy regional garage rock series Highs In The Mid Sixties, this LP gathers the last of the precious minerals from Cavern‘s subterranean sound deposits.
Bedhead: Live 1998: Executed at our neighborly venue Empty Bottle, Bedhead’s April 16th, 1998 performance was recorded live, utilizing a 16-track ADAT unit stowed away in the basement. Limited to 1,000 copies, Bedhead: Live 1998 includes a download coupon and three additional tracks recorded in similar fashion at San Francisco’s Bottom of the Hill one month prior.
Ned Doheny “To Prove My Love” 45: Whether sequenced by mistake or by preference, Ned Doheny’s third and final album of the ’70s has spent the last three decades with a piece missing. When Prone surfaced in 1979 (in Japan only), the album’s infectious opener “To Prove My Love” appeared as a “TV Track”—with Ned’s verses omitted from the mix. In anticipation of Ned’s approaching UK tour, we’ve produced a 45 to give the listener control over which “To Prove My Love” they can remain faithful to.
CHICAGO: The Comfort Station (2579 N Milwaukee Ave)
Record Store Day – April 18th, 9am-5pm. New Stuff, Old Stuff, Used Stuff, Good Stuff.
BROOKLYN: Greenpoint c/o Human NYC (110 Meserole Ave)
April 24th-26th, Friday/Saturday/Sunday, Noon-8pm. All Numero, All Day.
See you there!
Filed under: Cavern
When we talk about the subterranean limestone mines where Cavern Sounds once resided, what do you imagine? Fortunately, it doesn’t matter. It turns out, there are TONS of amateur videos of folks driving in and out of the commercial mines of Independence, Missouri to be found on the internet. We’d heard tall tales of Cavern Sounds clientele taking a right when they should have turned left, only to get lost in the labyrinthian complex. We took the most trucker-friendly composition on Local Customs: Cavern Sounds and made a little music video to give you an idea as to where exactly this music comes from.
“Smoke My Pipe (The Sign Ain’t Right)” courtesy of the mysterious A.J. Rowe:
Filed under: Cavern
Four eighth-graders from tiny Rolla, Missouri, had just three smalls amps, a single microphone, a snare drum, and a cymbal—more than enough to start a rock ‘n’ roll band. On May 30, 1968, the group achieved true underground status. “I lived in a town of 10,000 people. To come to the big city and drive through a cave to a recording studio was pretty impressive,” said Daniells. “I was only 15 years old, wasn’t even old enough to drive.” Cavern pressed up 250 copies of “In My Grave” b/w “Love is a Funny Thing.” The Reactions sold the Rock-labeled singles for a buck a pop and even achieved placement in the jukebox of the local Pizza Hut. Calls to the Pizza Hut of Rolla, Missouri revealed that said jukebox is no longer on premise, making purchase of Local Customs: Cavern Sounds the only sure-fire way to catch the hometown heroes at their most explosive.
For no identifiable reason, guitarist Alan Lewis thought the term “Bulbous” applied to the groundling group’s sound, and wanted to name the band thus. However, none of his bandmates thought it made much sense, but applying the slightly cosmic “Creation” to it at least made it roll off the tongue. Their set list of all originals made them a difficult booking, and profits were non-existent.
So goes the naming conventions of Kansas City’s Bulbous Creation, who celebrates two milestones this week with their inclusion on Local Customs: Cavern Sounds and the fully licensed released of their debut deferred You Won’t Remember Dying. The long player’s opening track “End Of The Page,” stumbles among the nocturnal and oxygen deprived rockers featured on Local Customs: Cavern Sounds, which was released world wide just yesterday.
Today marks the three-way birthday of some special records. Minted in Numero’s salad days, Fern Jones has spent nearly a decade trapped in a jewel case, finally moving into her own double-wide LP (to make room for 8 new tracks). Emerging from the caves of Independence, Missouri, Local Customs: Caverns Sounds is no secret, but some mystery still surrounds Bulbous Creation’s You Won’t Remember Dying. Recorded at Cavern in 1969 and left for dead, even a mid-’90s pressing by Rockadelic Records could not satiate the masses. A mainline premier, a newcomer to the vinyl catalog, and a spooky long-player can be at your house by Halloween—but you have to ACT NOW!
All this and more available from the Numero Group webstore.
Filed under: Cavern
Formerly the Blue Sounds, Baxter’s Chat was named after the ominous mounds of mining byproduct (known as “chat”) located throughout the group’s hometown of Baxter Springs, KS. The lineup featured the guitar-playing Brewster brothers, bassist John Green, vocalist Norman Manning, and drummer Elmonte Scroggins—an African-American friend from nearby Pittsburg, Kansas—making them one of only a few racially integrated bands performing in the area. You can listen to their mature garage offering “Love’s Other Side” from our highly anticipated Local Customs: Cavern Sounds by clicking the Soundcloud button bellow. Once you’re hooked on the hooks, order away!