Numero Group: By The Numbers

Medusa, Live at the Cobra Lounge (Video)
February 25, 2015, 2:37 pm
Filed under: Medusa


While half of our staff was out in Los Angeles letting Grammys slip through our fingertips, the other half was sucking down beers and head banging to a reincarnated Medusa at Chicago’s Cobra Lounge. Led by original members and Denver transplants Gary and Donna Brown, their Chicago appearance was special for the inclusion of original frontman Peter Basaraba, who performed fan favorites from the group’s unreleased masterpiece First Step Beyond, and by all accounts, slayed it. Fancy photos are by Gabriel Guzman. First Step Beyond is temporarily unavailable on vinyl, but available on MP3 all day. Up-to-the-moment Medusa news is available at the group’s Facebook page.

Peter From Medusa


“Unknown Fear”


“Frustration’s Fool”

“Black Wizard”


Medusa In The News
July 21, 2014, 1:20 pm
Filed under: Medusa

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“Colorado’s News Leader” recently caught up with born-again headbangers Gary and Donna Brown, known in the Numero universe as 2/5ths of Medusa. Profiled for the NBC affiliate’s “Story Tellers” series, this segment follows the Broomfield couple down Memory Lane, into the practice space, and onto the stage of The Toad Tavern in Littleton for their first performance in 40 years. With Medusa’s original members scattered about the country, the majority of the members in this Colorado incarnation are new recruits, culled mostly from Craig’s List. With some gentle wordplay and a few well-placed puns, “Couple Brings Their 70’s Band Back to Life” [sic] is an enjoyable interest piece for Medusa devotees.

To learn more about Medusa’s previously unreleased full length, First Step Beyond, click here. 

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Darkscorch cover inspiration
February 21, 2014, 3:24 pm
Filed under: Darkscorch Canticles, Medusa



About 10 months back, we teased the cover of what would ultimately become Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles. Here’s what we had to say:

Years in the making, 048 is the natural Numero appeal to the long-hair hesher high schooler inside all of us to obey our most burnt-out, satan-hailing inclinations. No Numero release in history will be more complimentary to a 12-sided die, cheap shitty beer,  shaggy hair, incense, comic books, fantasy paperbacks, and black light posters.

We weren’t that far off.

But about that cover… in addition to drawing the world of Eldara that we built our  Cities of Darkscorch board game around, Rob Soden was drawing logos for local San Jose hard rock bands. See all 117 here:

Buried amidst all the maps and dungeons was Soden’s high school Peechee brand folder. Obsessed with the classic rock sounds pouring out of KOME and the early days of MTV, Soden created this beautiful pastiche of real and fake band logos:

band-names-001-1While ours is more of a binder soaked in blue Bic brand ink look, we instructed him to recreate that folder as best he could. Hold the results in your hands on March 4th, or purchase a copy from our website now.


The Numero Group Top 10 of 2013
December 20, 2013, 1:41 pm
Filed under: Dynamic, Good God!, Iasos, Lists, Medusa, Mind & Matter, Unwound



Every year we like to poll the team to see what everyone who makes this battleship float has actually enjoyed listening to. Catch up on 2012, 2011, and 2010 if you give a shit. 


#10 Otis G. Johnson: Everything—God Is Love

Pretty cover

#9 Pretty Mustache In Your Face


#8 Eccentric Soul: The Dynamic Label


#7 Mind & Matter: 1514 Oliver Avenue (Basement)


#6 Kathy Heideman: Move With Love


#5 Unwound: Kid Is Gone


#4 Good God! Apocryphal Hymns


#3 Medusa: First Step Beyond


#2 Iasos: Celestial Soul Portrait


#1 Purple Snow: Forecasting The Minneapolis Sound

Medusa Visits The Isle of Numero
May 21, 2013, 4:32 pm
Filed under: Medusa


Last week we got a short visit from Donna, Gary, and Pete of Medusa, reunited for the first time since the 1970s. We had a blast seeing them together and showing off the office collection of Krautrock. They paused to stuff a few Medusa LPs, and lamented the dismal space concerns in our warehouse with us. Their first LP was released just 40 years after they formed, check it out here.

Secret History of Chicago Music: Medusa Edition
May 17, 2013, 3:23 pm
Filed under: Medusa | Tags:

Medusa Secret HistoryAnother visit with our friend Steve Krakow AKA Plastic Crimewave and his recurring comix, Secret History of Chicago Music. This edition serves doubly as a preview of biographical notes in a forthcoming Numero edition.

What is 048?
April 30, 2013, 1:32 pm
Filed under: Medusa

Band names 001-1

035.5, 035.75, 042.5… we’ve already well established that we like playing games with our non-Dewey decimal system. Of course, all fractional releases are inextricably linked to their corresponding integers… but Medusa, which we issued almost 5 months ago as 048.5, is still orbiting around an unknown planet. If the number of emails we’ve gotten through the website are any indication, a large number of you would like to know what catalog number “048” is going to be. Years in the making, 048 is the natural Numero appeal to the long-hair hesher high schooler inside all of us to obey our most burnt-out, satan-hailing inclinations. No Numero release in history will be more complimentary to a 12-sided die, cheap shitty beer,  shaggy hair, incense, comic books, fantasy paperbacks, and black light posters.

Medusa – The Pre-History (Part One)
April 5, 2013, 11:48 am
Filed under: Medusa, Methodology

Medusa Tapes

If you’ve followed the development of our catalog, you’ll see many chains of discoveries, where one project led to another. For example, 013 Eccentric Soul: Twinight’s Lunar Rotation led to a Renaldo Domino 45, The Final Solution: Brotherman OST, and Syl Johnson: Complete Mythology (not to mention, less directly, the 24 Carat Black and our forthcoming Little Boy Blues release.) The lesson, of course, is that where one stockpile of music is, there likely will be connections to many others. Currently, we’re digging deep into Medusa’s Pete Basaraba’s personal archives of recordings. Some of these include Medusa live shows (anyone interested in a tape tree?) which we’re thrilled to find, but it also includes this mind-altering document from the late 1960s:

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Peter Basaraba-First Mes007A 1969 unreleased full-length acetate containing heavy downer vibes and moody songs that some listeners have so far compared to Perry Leopold. Apparently, somewhere out there is another, different handmade cover (as only two copies of the acetate exist.) But it doesn’t stop there, as it goes even deeper into the pre-history of Medusa, with Pete’s first band, The Young Breed. basaraba017basaraba018

Whether a release results from all this, there’s no way to know now… but it’s impossible not to get a buzz from tearing into this stellar personal archives and hearing the unheard, seeing the previously unseen. And this is just the 1960s… in Part 2 we’ll display some of the 1970s projects that Pete got into before joining the band Medusa and taking the first step beyond.

First Step – A New Medusa Discovery
February 8, 2013, 12:50 pm
Filed under: Medusa

In a bitter twist of irony, one of the proposed original covers for the Medusa LP has just been uncovered. Before the title First Step Beyond was settled on by the band, drummer Lee Teuber created this while attending the School of the Art Institute with an early title variation. After receiving his Medusa LP, he pulled out his old turntable and a few records from the time (note the obvious influences on the Medusa sound!) Tucked among the collection was this rare Medusa artifact… perhaps it’ll appear on a forthcoming CD version? No promises yet.


Stewart Lee Rewrites The Medusa Press Release
February 5, 2013, 11:32 am
Filed under: Medusa, Press Archives, Uncategorized | Tags:

“First Step Beyond’s decontextualised Neanderthal heaviness confuses itself and everyone who comes into contact with it, like a caveman in a Disney film who gets transported to 60s suburbia, takes a dump in Mom’s Tupperware and wears her diaphragm as a hat.”

With lines like that, he could easily land a job as Numero Group’s in-house publicist. Unfortunately, he’s already employed as Britain’s leading expert on Derek Bailey (not to mention being officially the 41st Best Stand Up Ever).