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Purple Snow: The Pre-Order
August 2, 2013, 8:36 am
Filed under: Newsworthy, Purple Snow

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In the late 1970s, a peculiar sound began bubbling up from the land of 10,000 lakes. Buried beneath 50 solid inches of annual snow, Minneapolis made a Sound quite different than what the pop world foresaw. It issued forth as a slick, black, technologically advanced fusion, poised to storm the charts. Never known for sizable African-American populations, the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul in fact harbored a tight-knit community of musicians working feverishly through the late ’70s and early ’80s toward a radical manipulation of American dance music, coating futuristic funk with the glamorous sheen of guitar rock. Synthetic ebony and ivory met electricity, with sexed-up results sent shockingly across the pop heavens like violet lightning.

On 4 LPs or 2 CDs, Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound—the Numero Group’s breathlessly anticipated 50th mainline release—chronicles the scene’s first steps, false starts, and follow-throughs, sourcing the life’s work of known quantities and shadowy figures alike. In the beginning, there was Purple Haze, whose billing as Haze on two obscure albums left the color purple to their city’s incipient sound. Pepé Willie’s 94 East project gave local prodigy Prince Rogers Nelson an early chance to row along with the crew. From there, the story courses past Jimmy Jam Harris’ extroverted Philly throwback Mind & Matter collective, to Terry Lewis and Flyte Tyme, flamboyant precursor to Morris Day’s The Time. Unearthing basement demos by Prince’s childhood sidekick/departed bassist André Cymone, plus deep cuts from legend-about-town Alexander O’Neal, Numero 050 gathers relentlessly as the sprawling, nonfiction prequel to Purple Rain’s cultural takeover.

Surpassing 30,000 words, our hardbound, full-color book companion to Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound is a gorgeous, exhaustively detailed, and insight-rich guided tour across two hours of music and a decade of North Star history. Inside, dozens of supporting characters and combos seed clouds for the meteoric rise of a genre formerly known mostly as Prince’s—not to mention unheard product from his top collaborators and fiercest competitors. In game-changing sound and image-rich splendor, Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound clears a crowded stage, ushering in unsung Twin Cities future-funk talent, to bask for a spotlit moment, out of that persistent violet shadow, and to shine.

Our own Adam “We’re up all night to get” Luksetich made this spiffy teaser video below, featuring the music of the Stylle Band:

About that pre-order:

Back in 1985, with the Minneapolis Sound at the leading edge of its music culture takeover, David “T.C.” Ellis—an aspiring St. Paul rapper—dedicated his own rhyming-couplet document to the genre’s founding city. Constructed upon a sturdy drum machine and vocoder bedrock, “Twin Cities Rapp” contextualized and outright flattered the movement’s marquee contenders, threading together Prince, André Cymone, the Time and Morris Day, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Sheila E, and sundry other Purple Snow honorees. Originally released as a 12” single by Twin Town Records, Ellis’s electro-rap narrative gets into the grooves of a Numero replica 7”—complete with Minnesota silhouette pic sleeve—to be included with the first 500 pre-orders on Numero 050, Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound, as well as with 2013 LP and CD subscriptions. For all the many strengths of the compendious Purple Snow book, its words almost never rhyme. We’ve left that level of artistry to Minneapolis, to Ellis, and to good old 1985.

The 32-song, four album, 108-page hardbound book, and “Twin Cities Rapp 45″ will run you $85.

The 32-song, two disc, 144-page hardbound book, and  “Twin Cities Rapp 45″ will run you $35.

Track list:

Disc 1

94 East – If You See Me
Aura – Taste Of Love
Herman Jones – I Love You
Orville Shannon – Oh Lover
Mind & Matter – I’m Under Your Spell
Haze – Waiting For The Moment
Prophets Of Peace – Get It On
Cohesion – Expense
Mind & Matter – Sunshine Lady
The Lewis Connection – Higher
Flyte Tyme – It’s The Things That You Do
Herman Jones – Ladie
Michael A. Dixon and J.O.Y. – You’re All I Need
Music, Love & Funk – Stone Lover
Cohesion – Cohesion
Haze – I Do Love My Lady
The Lewis Connection – Got To Be Something Here

Disc 2

Walter Lewis & the Blue Stars – I Have Love at Home
Flyte Tyme – I’ve Got You On My Mind
Quiet Storm – Can You Deal With It
Steven – Quick
The Stylle Band – If You Love Me
The Girls – I’ve Got My Eyes On You
Sue Ann Carwell – Should I Or Should I Not?
Alexander O’Neal – Do You Dare
Ronnie Robbins – Contagious
Alexander O’Neal – Borrowed Time
Orville Shannon – One Life To Live
André Cymone – Somebody Said
Walter Lewis & the Blue Stars – Do It Baby Do It
Rockie Robbins – Together
Mind & Matter – No One Else Can Do It To Me Baby

Side A

94 East – If You See Me
Aura – Taste Of Love
Herman Jones – I Love You
Orville Shannon – Oh Lover

Side  B

Mind & Matter – I’m Under Your Spell
Haze – Waiting For The Moment
Prophets Of Peace – Get It On
Cohesion – Expense
Mind & Matter – Sunshine Lady

Side C

The Lewis Connection – Higher
Flyte Tyme – It’s The Things That You Do
Herman Jones – Ladie
Michael A. Dixon and J.O.Y. – You’re All I Need

Side D

Music, Love & Funk – Stone Lover
Cohesion – Cohesion
Haze – I Do Love My Lady
The Lewis Connection – Got To Be Something Here

Side E

Walter Lewis & the Blue Stars – I Have Love at Home
Flyte Tyme – I’ve Got You On My Mind
Quiet Storm – Can You Deal With It
Steven – Quick

Side F

The Stylle Band – If You Love Me
The Girls – I’ve Got My Eyes On You
Sue Ann Carwell – Should I Or Should I Not?
Alexander O’Neal – Do You Dare

Side G

Ronnie Robbins – Contagious
Alexander O’Neal – Borrowed Time
Orville Shannon – One Life To Live
André Cymone – Somebody Said

Side H

Walter Lewis &the Blue Stars – Do It Baby Do It
Rockie Robbins – Together
Mind & Matter – No One Else Can Do It To Me Baby



Unwound: Kid Is Gone Pre-order (With bonus LP!)
July 3, 2013, 1:58 pm
Filed under: Newsworthy, Unwound | Tags:

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We just got photos of our upcoming Unwound: Kid Is Gone 3LP box and they sure are pretty. Chipboard, high density black ink, kraft-wrapped jackets… it’s too much. Check it out:

P1010953Then, Henry Owings came through with a gorgeous black on gold sleeve concept for the bonus, mail-order only LP:

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Oh, you didn’t know that Unwound reunited in July of 2001 with their original drummer Brandt Sandeno for a quick run through their old songs at Olympia’s Phoenix Street House? Neither did we. A decade removed from their post-hardcore roots, with heaps of technical proficiency to go around, the trio blazed through their debut album and a few Giant Henry cuts for a select number of Olympians just prior to the release of their final album, Leaves Turn Inside You.

We’re only pressing 1000 of these LPs, and they are only available when you buy Kid Is Gone from our site. We’ll be shipping the box and bonus around 9/15, which means you’ll get KIG a full two weeks prior to the release date and be the envy of your apartment complex.



Watch the video for Express Rising’s “Horse Opera”
June 28, 2013, 6:55 am
Filed under: Newsworthy

We’re still a month away from the release date of Express Rising (2), but Dante Carfagna wanted to floss his vintage cave postcard collection and we thought ya’ll deserved another sip of the juice.

Fuck it. We’ve got this live on our website right now on CD/LP/Download. You need this.



Upgrade your homemade Numero Bincard
June 6, 2013, 9:14 am
Filed under: Newsworthy

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Our friends at Stranded in Oakland recently sent us their own handcrafted bin divider… it’s pretty impressive. We love it when anyone has to employ carpentry skills to display our oeuvre. However, for those less inclined or more sawdust-allergic, we have created our own. (For those paying attention, this is the second time we’ve done this, but those old ones are long gone.)

2013 BincardAn image already bandied about on the cover of our slick new catalog seen in the finest record retail locations around the world. This bin card expands on it… a collection of all and sundry logos connected with the Numero universe… a glimpse at the weird one-shot brands and defunct companies conceived by our independently-minded artists. They’re already being shipped to record stores around the country, but the most serious Numero archivists will have the Numero catalog titles filed together in their collection and a custom divider can add perfect flair to showcase their collection. With this in mind, we put a few extras on sale. These bincards are limited as hell. Do not delay.



Announcing: Unwound: Kid Is Gone
May 28, 2013, 10:06 am
Filed under: Newsworthy, Unwound

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Kid Is Gone is the unquiet portrait of primal Unwound. Before 1993’s Fake Train ripped through, they’d been Giant Henry, Supertanker, and Cygnus X-1, short-lived black holes gathering dark material into something built to explode. From Justin Trosper, Vern Rumsey, and Brandt Sandeno’s first restive years, “Crab Nebula” might’ve best prepared the indie-sphere for what Unwound became, had Sandeno’s split not stalled their planned debut. Part 1 in Numero’s 4-part reissue project, Kid Is Gone documents signal chaos in Olympia’s fertile scene before Unwound’s turbulent noise hit stride, in unrevealed period photos, 34 tracks, and three LPs—cassette-only demos, early 7”s, a KAOS radio broadcast, material tracked live in a local basement, and all of what became 1994’s Unwound, on which the band’s prehistory plays out in a feral maelstrom of screaming, distortion, feedback, and abrasive promise.

Track list:
Side A
1. Bionic
2. LD-50
3. Lying At Best
4. Stumbling Block
5. Whilst You’re A Head
6. Rubber Band Heart
7. Crab Nebula
Side B
2. Caterpillar
3. Miserific Condition
4. Love And Fear
5. You Speak Jealousy
Side C
1. Antifreeze
2. Rising Blood
3. Understand & Forget
4. Fingertips
5. You Bite My Tongue
6. Stuck In The Middle Of Nowhere Again
Side D
1. Warmth
2. Prospect
3. Kid Is Gone
4. Kandy Korn Rituals
5. Against
6. I’d Die To Know You
7. Sugarfit
Side E
1. Understand & Forget (KAOS session)
2. Miserific Condition (KAOS session)
3. Against (KAOS session)
4. Ape Skins (KAOS session)
5. Awkward (KAOS session)
Side F
1. Antifreeze (Live)
2. Rising Blood (Live)
3. Prospect (Live)
4. Stuck In The Middle Of Nowhere Again (Live)
5. Hating In D (Live)
Watch:


Apocryphal Hymns gets its own TV commercial
May 7, 2013, 8:11 am
Filed under: Good God!, Newsworthy | Tags:

In honor of our latest entry into the Good God! series being released today, we’ve bought air time in a handful of minor markets in hopes of penetrating the real gospel music world. If you’re not living in Birmingham, AL, Chattanooga, TN, Shreveport, LA, or Gulfport, MS, and not awake between the hours of 3 and 4 AM, your best bet at catching the spot is by tapping the play arrow on the screen above.



The Sixth Station: Deep Night LP… Finally
May 2, 2013, 11:00 am
Filed under: JR., Lonesome Heroes, Newsworthy

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A raw cry from the dark night of one man’s soul. cloistered away from the popular culture of 1982, rural Illinois priest Tony Trosley painted a pastoral refraction of early 1970s Laurel Canyon watercolors with this stand-alone set of songs. The Sixth Station—named for a grim New Testament tableau in which Veronica washes the tortured face of Jesus—managed to avoid overtly Christian themes in favor of a mystical Humanism that resonates timelessly, and to any sort of listener. This Deep Night is as profound and eerie as the images conjured by its title.

During the 1960s and early 1970s, guitar-wielding men of the cloth came somewhat into vogue. Brother Juniper, Father Tom Belt, and the St. Louis Jesuits each found modest success with their takes on liturgical folk music. Born in 1951, Father Tony Trosley trod out of this tradition to arrive in quite a different place. Raised in the St. Louis area, Trosley entered the seminary immediately after high school. It was there that he took up guitar and set out on a musical sojourn that would result in an LP more than a decade later.

Assigned to a parish in Peoria, Illinois, Trosley charted his long course toward Deep Night, adding crew along the way to fill out the recordings. Deep Night’s title cut is its purest moment, featuring Trosley alone and transparent, his 12-string tone shaped by a phaser pedal. The entire album, tracked in a tiny chapel with rented equipment over one extended evening, was mixed live with only a handful of overdubs. A few disastrous live performances around Central Illinois sealed the album’s fate as a one-off, though producer Scott McDaniel proposed a second LP. Father Tony Trosley, cloistered as he was from popular music culture of the day, could hardly avoid recording a folk and rock anachronism, but the sound of Deep Night defies placement on any timeline, aural or historical. It’s every bit as darkly profound and eerie as its name implies.

We’ll bring Father Tony’s opus back from the darkness on June 4th. Until then, click here for a sip of the juice:




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