Numero Group: By The Numbers

Lows In The Mid 60s ℅ Highs In the Mid 60s
April 2, 2015, 1:57 pm
Filed under: Lows in the Mid Sixties, Numbero


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 Sixtieswe 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.

















Numero Group Tasting Menu Record Store Day 2015


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.


Historic Comfort Station

CHICAGO: The Comfort Station (2579 N Milwaukee Ave)

Record Store Day – April 18th, 9am-5pm. New Stuff, Old Stuff, Used Stuff, Good Stuff.



BROOKLYNGreenpoint c/o Human NYC (110 Meserole Ave)

April 24th-26th, Friday/Saturday/Sunday, Noon-8pm. All Numero, All Day.

See you there!

Modern Footage Of Cavern Sounds Former Home
November 2, 2014, 12:12 pm
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:

Cavern Sounds Open House: The Reactions
October 30, 2014, 12:21 pm
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.

Cavern Sounds Open House: Bulbous Creation
October 29, 2014, 10:25 am
Filed under: Bulbous Creation, Cavern


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.

Cavern, Fern & Bulbous: How Many Can We Put You Down For?
October 28, 2014, 1:33 pm
Filed under: Cavern, Fern Jones


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.


Cavern Sounds Open House: Baxter’s Chat
October 27, 2014, 1:41 pm
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!

Tide Doc Offers Unique Glimpse at Cavern Sounds
October 23, 2014, 11:18 am
Filed under: Cavern

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In 1971, the Lawrence, Kansas quartet Tide embarked on a major recording project at Cavern Sounds. The resulting LP, Almost Live saw release on the local indie Mouth Music, selling comfortably into the quadruple digits, even securing shelf space at K-Mart for a spell. The individual members were virtuosic and their music was immense (save for the leisurely “I Wish It Hadn’t Ended That Way” featured on Local Customs: Cavern Sounds). On the eve of the band’s disintegration, General Motors approached the group about filming a documentary to serve as a case study in rock economics. The result is Fences and Gates, a 30-minute feature with some fancy camera work, stellar tunes, and even some interior shots of Cavern Sounds. Now, thanks to the Internet, Fences and Gates can be viewed in its entirety on Youtube, because, as we mentioned before, the Internet. Local Customs: Cavern Sounds sees worldwide release next Tuesday.


Cavern Sound, Weeklong Countdown
October 21, 2014, 12:49 pm
Filed under: Cavern, Uncategorized


Followers of our Instagram have surely noticed the uptick in imagery from our upcoming release Local Customs: Cavern Sound. In exactly one week, we will unleash into the world the entire 2XLP/CD set of underground sounds from Independence, Missouri. Did we mention it was all recorded in a cave? Between 1967 and 1973, Cavern Sounds hosted forgotten attractions like the Reactions, Burlington Express, the Classmen, Fraight, American Sound Ltd, Baxter’s Chat, 21st Century Sound Movement, and you get the picture. But incase you don’t, we’ll going to be introducing you to a cast of cave dwellers (not to be confused with The Cave Dwellers) over the next few weeks.

Take for example Fraight (pictured above), from Manhattan (Kansas), who dropped $300 to see “One Girl” b/w “William Jones” issued on Cavern’s studio imprint. That the quintet actually recorded the suite at Damon—Cavern’s crosstown rival—makes for a unique plot twist in the Cavern saga. These songs, the stories, and more October 28h from the Numero Group.

James Brown at Cavern Sound, 1972
October 8, 2014, 1:25 pm
Filed under: Cavern

The Numero Group has a strict scorched Earth policy when it comes to collecting photos, flyers, and ephemera related to our compilations. So when you crack open a Numero CD/LP, the images you see are merely the tip of the imagery iceberg. James Brown was notorious for booking studio time on the fly, and Cavern Sound was not immune to the Godfather of Soul’s recording whims. Luckily, a camera was on hand, the results of which are now at Numero Group HQ, stored safely in a flat-file cabinet. What Brown must have though as he descended into a literal cave to record his take on Bill Doggett’s “Honky Tonk,” Lyn Collins “Think (About It),” and a host of others. Sound engineer Jim Wheeler alleges to have heard Brown state, “That bass sure sounds funky off them rocks.” More resounding and rebounding sounds from Independence, Missouri are available on Local Customs: Cavern Sound (James Brown sessions not included).

Cavern Sound 23 James Brown copy


Cavern Sound 22 James Brown copy


Cavern Sound 24 James Brown copy


Cavern Sound 21 James Brown copy


Cavern Sound 20 James Brown copy


Cavern Sound 19 James Brown copy