Numero Group: By The Numbers


The Numero Subscription 2015
April 1, 2015, 9:10 am
Filed under: Subscription

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There is probably no lobbying group more influential within our organization than the Numero Group subscribers. Not a meeting goes by where the feelings, emotions, and potential reactions of our loyal listeners are not discussed. Monday, we’ll be sending a fashionable transmission out to each of these lovely folks. Those who subscribed in 2014 will receive this sharp Twinight records pin and those who subscribe in 2015 will receive this regal Ork pendant. We mention this because with The Best Show out the door, we’re going to start releasing Record Store Day items to our subscriber buddies on Monday. If you want in on this action, you’d be advised to subscribe now. An instance where subscribing behooves you—you want this Ned Dohney 45 and you can’t make it to our pop-up shop? Subscribing will alleviate that. You want 15% off of Numero Group stuff? You want something like Funka Fize before you even know that you need it? Subscribing will make all this a reality. Silver Members renew their vows every $150 and Gold Members commit until otherwise notified. You want in? Click here.

 



Forecasting a Subscription’s End
September 4, 2013, 11:40 am
Filed under: Forte, Mind & Matter, Purple Snow, Subscription

TEMP-Image_1_1 Signs of summer’s wane are cropping up here in Chicago. Local MLB teams eye the historic winning streaks they’ll need in order to reach .500 for the season. Those horrendously sweet orange candy-corn pumpkins fly off of shelves at Target in 22-ounce sacks. And Numero’s 2013 Part II Vinyl Subscription cruises into its final weeks. September 30 is the big shut-down date, the last day you can pay one fee and receive:

047 Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label, 28 tracks charting Kansas City yeoman’s work, the Carpets and the Derbys, dapper clothiers mysteriously murdered, and marriages made and broken. There’s a trove of promo headshots and label scans of every hue detailing all iterations of Forte’s logo in print. This is an Eccentric Soul sojourn past vivid floor shakers and lost dance craze records alike—though what moves “The Hen” required remains anyone’s guess.

050 Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound, a 4LP package + hardcover book, in which are contained the sprawling, nonfiction prequel to Purple Rain’s cultural takeover. In image-rich splendor, funk-informed hordes of unsung Twin Cities talent bask for a spotlit moment, out of that persistent violet shadow, to shine.

050 1/2 Mind & Matter: 1514 Oliver Avenue (Basement), the never-before-heard demo reel that is James “Jimmy Jam” Harris’ first foray into songcraft and an organic Minneapolis-vintage alternative to a late ’70s Prince songbook gone increasingly synthetic.

But what about that eye-catching purple-vinyl LP up top? Let’s end the suspense: It’s our way of reminding you, the potential subscriber, that no one else gets purple vinyl LPs inside their copy of 050 Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound besides actual Numero’s 2013 Part II Vinyl Subscription subscribers. It’s the only way known to Herman Jones of going full violet. And you should. You really should.



Six Feet Under Gary
August 16, 2013, 1:38 pm
Filed under: Eccentric Soul 45s, Subscription

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It’s not every day that a 45 rpm record warrants its very own Cast of Characters. But look, we’re telling you: The “Cemetery” two-parter, available only to Numero’s 2013 LP, CD, and 45 subscribers, is an afterlife away from your everyday 45. We wouldn’t put a weird and hellish beast on the label unless there’s weird and hellish beastliness to be had in the black that encircles him:

Cast:

• Maniac Murgatroyd Beauregard, The Ghoul

• King Richard Rigor Mortis III

• Princess Sally, daughter to King Richard

• A Chorus

As for setting, some of the gothic and occultish funk action (recorded in Chicago in the late 1970s by who knows who) takes place on March 12, 1801. Some of it happens 200 years later, on March 12, 2001. All of it is pretty fucking creepy. And there’s solid evidence that it all goes down at Oak Hill Cemetery of Gary, Indiana. Oh, and there’s at least one corpse involved, depending on how you count corpses.

Get buried.

 



Purple Snow = Violet vinyl
August 14, 2013, 2:16 pm
Filed under: Eccentric Soul 45s, Purple Snow, Subscription

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A snowflake-labeled translucent violet, to be exact. Has to be held to be truly appreciated. Get all three, get ’em one by one, or go whole hog on little records (about which more below). Numero 050, better known as Purple Snow, piles on 45-style as follows:

ES-036 Flyte Tyme “It’s the Things That You Do” b/w “I’ve Got You On My Mind”
Two unreleased Minneapolis tracks featuring star bassist Terry Lewis, “Funkytown” vocalist Cynthia Johnson, drummer Garry “Jellybean” Johnson, and guitarist Tony Johnson. Future the Time keyboardist Monte Moir delivers a few synth solos that often get mimed/performed a capella by Numero staffers.

ES-037 94 East “If You See Me” b/w “Games”
From recordings known colloquially as “The Cookhouse 5,” Pepe Willie’s session highlight “If You See Me” makes its vinyl debut here, prior to its coming appearance on Purple Snow: Forecasting The Minneapolis Sound. The b-side, “Games,” is a 45 exclusive.

ES-038 Herman Jones “I Love You” b/w “Ladie”
Herman Jones’ unreleased “I Love You” remains the most consistently sung ditty around the Numero office. The never-before-released flip side is exclusive to this 45.

Is That All? It Is Not.

By popular demand, our 2013 Eccentric Soul 45 subscription reopens today, for a very limited time. The Eccentric Soul 45 subscription guarantees twelve 45s delivered directly to your door, featuring previously unissued material and straight-up rare-as-all-get-out 45s from the soul diaspora. All singles are housed in glorious duotone sleeves, tailor made for the Numero 45 box. Your $75 (plus a little extra shipping for overseas subscribers) nets you all three Purple Snow 45s, plus these five:

ES-030 Signs Of The Time “Hurts So Bad” b/w “I Think Of You”
The St. Louis group’s previously unreleased cover of Boyce & Hart’s “Hurts So Bad” infuses the tune with a unique eeriness.

ES-031 Notations “That Girl” b/w “I’m For Real”
Though Chicago soul outfit The Notations scored several minor hits on the Twinight label before its 1971 demise, later tunes “I’m For Real” and “That Girl,” cut at far west side Cash Recording Studio, were assumed part of the group’s “lost” period—until now.

ES-032 James Dockery “My Faith In You Is All Gone” b/w “Giving You The Love You Need”
James Dockery, a Chicago-to-LA soul transplant, performs the infectious “My Faith In You Is All Gone” by one-time Al Green and future Syl Johnson songwriter Earl Randle.

ES-033 Brown Bombers & Soul Partners “Wait For Me” b/w “Just Fun”
Detroit teens The Brown Bombers are classily backed by the Soul Partners on an a-side filled with soaring strings and sweet vocals, living up to their Joe Louis-sourced nickname.

ES-035 Young Souls “Quit Waiting For Tomorrow to Come” b/w “Puppet On A String”
“Quit Waiting For Tomorrow To Come” is a midtempo stepper guaranteed to instantly earn its spot in discerning deejay play boxes, while “Puppet On A String” fulfills the tasteful group harmony ballad prerequisite.

And these four, shipping in December:

ES-034 Calvin Harris “Love’s Recipe” b/w “Wives Get Lonely Too”
ES-039 Master Plan Inc “Try It (You’ll Like It)” b/w “Master Plan Intro”
ES-040 Unnatural Funk Band “Strange Happenings” b/w “Living In The Past”
ES-041 Bump & the Soul Stompers “I Can Remember” b/w “Standing On The Outside”

Finally, we drive you insane with a bonus 45 for LP, CD, and 45 subscribers that looks like this:

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…and sounds like:



Curious Poses: Twin Cities Pic Sleeves
June 18, 2013, 1:06 pm
Filed under: Purple Snow, Subscription

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Rolling out ahead of 050 Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound are three Eccentric Soul 45s with era-appropriate picture sleeves. Those sleeves arrived today, and we thought it was worth sharing. From left to right: Led by Brooklyn transplant Pepe Willie, 94 East roped in some of the Twin Cities’ most promising players during the late ’70s, among them Prince, Andre Cymone, Bobby Z., Pierre Lewis, and Dale Alexander. Pictured in the center is Herman Jones, who first took the stage in the early ’60s with St. Paul’s the Exciters. In the transformative decades to follow, Jones adapted, integrating his beloved old school with the technologically advanced new. Flyte Tyme encompasses dozens of Minnesota players, and was a worthy opponent during countless Battles of the Bands between the Family, Grand Central, and Cohesion. These names unfamiliar? They won’t be once you get a hardbound edition of Purple Snow in your hands. These three gems will be delivered as part of our 45 subscription, and a la carte as individual singles in September.

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Going, going, gone: 2013 Numero Subscriptions are closing
April 11, 2013, 2:48 pm
Filed under: Subscription

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On May 1, 2013, we’ll be closing 2013 CD, LP part 1, and 45 subscriptions. Reason being: We need to figure out how many bonus 45s to press and can’t do that with the subscriber tally constantly going up. And this 45 is really something special. A two-part slice of psychedelic cemetery soul, like if Phil Spector had produced the soundtrack to Valerie and Her Week of Wonders. Or something. Something like that. Something like that, but with over the top guitar solos. To say that missing this would be a mistake is a grand understatement. As proof of our point, we’re going to let you have a sip of the juice.

Wasn’t that great? Do you want to own a 45 with that on it? Follow the instructions below.

2013 LP Subscription Part 1 ($150):

NUM701 Pretty: Mustache In Your Face 2×7”
NUM702 Wicked Lester: You Are Doomed 2×7”
NUM703 Cave Dwellers: Run Around 2×7”
NUM043 Eccentric Soul: The Dynamic Label 2LP
NUM040 Good God! Apocryphal Hymns 2LP
NUM049 Iasos: Celestial Soul Portrait 2LP
CT-102 Iron Leg: The Complete Mickey & the Soul Generation 3LP
NPH44004 King Bullard Version: Songs of the BOS Label LP

Your $150 buys you all the above, the Cemetery 7”, plus a 15% discount on any purchases throughout the year.

2013 CD Subscription ($120):

NUM040 Good God! Apocryphal Hymns CD
NUM043 Eccentric Soul: The Dynamic Label CD
NUM047 Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label CD
NUM048 Title TBA Hard Rock CD
NUM049 Iasos: Celestial Soul Portrait CD
NUM050 Title TBA Minneapolis 2CD+BOOK

Your $120 buys you all the above, the Cemetery 7”, plus a 15% discount on any purchases throughout the year.

2014 45 Subscription ($75):

ES-030 Signs Of The Time “Hurts So Bad” b/w “I Think Of You”
ES-031 Notations “That Girl” b/w “I’m For Real”
ES-032 James Dockery “My Faith In You Is All Gone” b/w “Giving You The Love You Need”
ES-033 Brown Bombers & Soul Partners “Wait For Me” b/w “Just Fun”
ES-034 Calvin Harris “Love’s Recipe” b/w “Wives Get Lonely Too”
ES-035 Young Souls “Quit Waiting For Tomorrow” b/w “Puppet On A String”
ES-036 Master Plan Inc “Try It (You’ll Like It)” b/w “Master Plan Intro”
ES-037 Title TBA
ES-038 Bump & the Soul Stompers “I Can Remember” b/w Standing On The Outside”
ES-039 Unnatural Funk Band “Strange Happenings” b/w “Living In The Past”
ES-040 Don Garner “Cheating Kind” b/w “What Now My Love”
ES-041 Unreleased Don Gardner 45

Your $75 buys you all the above, the Cemetery 7”, plus a 15% discount on any purchases throughout the year.

International customers: Due to increased postage costs we will be shipping your records in two batches.

May 1st is the cut off. Cemetery is too awesome let slip through your fingers. Make the right call here for LP, CD, or 45



2013 Subscription Needle Drop
December 7, 2012, 10:45 am
Filed under: Dynamic, Eccentric Soul, Forte, Good God!, Subscription

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We broke news of our annual subscription last week. Now, you too can hear what we’ve been playing in the Numero office over the last six months as we developed these projects.

Track list:

01 .Commands “No Time For You” (From Eccentric Soul: The Dynamic Label CD/2LP)

02. Cave Dwellers “Run Around” (From Cave Dwellers: Run Around+3 2×7″)

03. Pretty “Mustache In Your Face” (From Pretty: Mustache In Your Face+3 2×7″)

04. Wicked Lester “Dogs Of War” (From Wicked Lester: You Are Doomed+3 2×7″)

05. Walter Lewis “I Have Love At Home” (From Purple Snow 2CD/4LP)

06. Robert Vanderbilt “Message Especially From God” (From Good God! Apocryphal Hymns CD/2LP)

07. Capitalaires “Glory, Glory” (From King Bullard Version LP)

08. Marva Whitney “Daddy Don’t Know About Sugar Bear” (From Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label CD/2LP)

09. Mickey & the Soul Generation “UFO” (From The Complete Mickey & The Soul Generation 3LP)

Buy the CD subscription here.

Buy the LP subscription here.



New Numero 45s for your jukebox
November 29, 2012, 2:31 pm
Filed under: Eccentric Soul 45s, Subscription, Twinight



We just got samples in of the next three additions to our ever-expanding line of 45s. We announced both ES-030 and 031 earlier this week, but that guy on the right? That’s Chuck & Mac’s “Powerful Love” b/w “The Bear.” We’ve been inundated with requests for this title since the A-side’s placement in Rian Johnson’s Looper. TWI-135 marks our eleventh entry in the Twinight 45 series. Astute readers will notice our change to Twinight’s second label design, a move we’ve been considering for the last four years of not issuing any Twinight singles.

Signs Of The Time is pulled from the archives of Mel Turnage, the man behind the Elements of Peace—as featured in Eccentric Soul: Omnibus. We’ve got a few dozen tapes on our shelves from Turnage’s turn as a producer in 1970s St. Louis, hopefully this is the first of many releases from his archive.

Finally, we’re thrilled to issue the first two offerings from what will be a massive overview of Cash Recordings. Both of these Notations songs were sitting on a mouldering tape in a dilapidated barn on the outskirts of Nashville when we found them in November of 2011. “Saving” doesn’t even begin to cover it. Here’s a few more photos from that excavation:

A. This drawer was a rats nest.

B. Most of the tapes were unfortunately not stored in plastic tubs.

C. Inside the barn where these tapes were rescued. That’s a Neve console under that blue tarp.

Two of the above 45s are available via our 45 club now. Chuck & Mac will be available on our website soon, and from finer retailers around the first of  the new year.



Numero’s Class of 2013 (subscribe or die)
November 26, 2012, 3:55 pm
Filed under: Dynamic, Eccentric Soul 45s, Medusa, Newsworthy, Subscription

(Seasons) Greetings Numerophiles!

Another year in the books and we are no wiser, wealthier, or healthier. Such is the life of running “the world’s greatest reissue label” (Spin Magazine said it, but who can disagree?)—a title we aim to hold onto in 2013 by upping the ante from custom 45 boxes and gold embossed velvet to four alternate LP covers and a playable board game. 2013 marks our tenth year in business, a headboard notch we’ll scratch in elaborate fashion over the coming year. We hope you can join us on this journey.

We’re very aware that the last two titles of 2012 Vinyl Subscriptions have yet to ship. If we had it our way, both Medusa: First Step Beyond LP and Eccentric Soul: The Bandit Label 3LP would be in our warehouse and awaiting placement in a custom mailer. But alas, delays at the manufacturer have made these impossible to ship before the 10th of January. Oddly enough, however, the first three subscription items for 2013 are already in house and will be on your doorstep before the menorah is stowed for 2014. Part One is a mixed bag of soul, garage, hard rock, funk, and gospel, split across ten LPs and six 45s. As always we’ll be offering a bonus 45 and a 15% discount on our entire catalog. On deck:

NUM701 Pretty: Mustache In Your Face+3 2×7″

Recorded in an actual cave in western Missouri, the quartet formerly known as the Fabulous Four emerged from the depths in 1969 with an album’s worth of wasted psychedelia. Helmed by the Electric Prunes’ Michael Quint, the session produced one promo-only 45, bearing the truly un-pretty Squeakie label—a madman’s face in red-on-white, howling out of the spindle hole. The songs blend backwards guitar lines, Flamenco runs, triple tracked  vocals, heavy distortion, handclaps, key vamps, a Stones rip, and extremely absurd lyrical content. “Mustache In Your Face” and its flip have been paired with two other magical numbers, their five business card story, and stuffed into a cherry gatefold sleeve.

NUM702 Wicked Lester: You Are Doomed+3 2×7″

No, not the first incarnation of Kiss, just three wasted kids from Cleveland, Ohio, infatuated with the new wave of british heavy metal. Kick-started in Cleveland in 1979, girls, drugs, sports, and jock rivalry fueled Wicked Lester’s aggressive “fuck the draft” sound. Minted at Boddie in 1981, Wicked Lester’s lone single paired “Here Comes My Girlfriend” with the lovesick, late-Pink Floyd moves of “Say Your Prayers,” recorded on the same ominous day that John Hinckley Jr. shot President Ronald Reagan. We’ve added two unreleased tracks, thrown all four sides into a beautiful gatefold 7” sleeve, and added a couple thousand words about their near-meaningless existence.

NUM703 Cave Dwellers: Run Around+3 2×7″

Recorded in 1967 at Chicago’s Universal Studios and laboriously laden with Buckinghams-style horns and strings, the Cave Dwellers thought they’d locked their first hit down. Given just a few minutes to produce a b-side, the quintet unleashed their primitive and theretofore-unheard power. “Run Around” ended up a punk precursor that took contemporary rock to its tough, angry, and logical conclusions, scorching past anything the radio ran in its day. Intending only to tear off something fast and easy, the Dwellers had achieved one of Chicago garage rock’s most ferocious moments. That original Jim-Ko single has been reproduced alongside two previously unissued rockers and housed in a glorious gatefold sleeve with copious notes and quotes from a confused newsman about the “longhair” invasion.

NUM043 Eccentric Soul: The Dynamic Label 2LP

Born out of the largesse created from Rene & Rene’s Hot 100 Tejano tornado “Angelito,” Dynamic Records was but one of half a dozen labels run by San Antonio music and real estate mogul Abe Epstein. His flag ship group, the Commands, took their AFB circuit-honed chops up to the middle of the charts in 1966 with “No Time For You,” paving the way for 20 other soulful singles over Dynamic’s impressive two and a half year run. Epstein’s open door policy led to a diverse cross section of the population converging inside his studio on General McMullan Drive, as whites, blacks, and Latinos were swapped in and out of groups as needed. That melting pot mentality is well represented by the Tonettes, Little Jr. Jesse & the Tear Drops, Don & the Doves, Willie Cooper & the Webs, Bobby Blackmon & his Soul Express, and Doc & Sal. Compiled here are 28 of Dynamic’s most intriguing sides, representing the first layer of a treasure trove of San Antonio soul we’ll be unleashing over the coming year.<p>

CT-102 Mickey & the Soul Generation: Complete Recordings 3LP

For the tenth anniversary of DJ Shadow’s Cali-Tex records’ reissue of Mickey & the Soul Generation’s complete works, Numero has gone back to the scene of the crime and re-canvased for new leads. Expanded liner notes, a previously unissued ballad, and the first ever vinyl issue of the second CD’s contents are included here, alongside half a dozen previously unpublished photographs of this multi-ethnic funk combo from San Antonio, Texas.

NUM040 Good God! Apocryphal Hymns 2LP

The third entry into our Good God! series abandons funk altogether, instead focusing on the esoteric moments found buried deep on private-issue LPs from the the Me Decade. Featuring four unique album covers pulled straight from the pages of the Century stock jacket catalog, Apocryphal Hymns examines a world buried deep on side 2, those lost moments of experimental praise and devotion recorded as an after thought for a listener who needed no turntable.

N44004 King Bullard Version LP

The fourth release in our trad LP-only Numerophon line gathers highlights from James Bullard’s  BOS label. BOS got its start inside Lester Johnson and Bill Branch’s Way Out concern, running the gospel wing of Cleveland’s largest black-owned record company, and picking up a ton of Way Out’s soulful flavor in the process. This single LP features 14 songs, with liner notes by noted gospel historian John Glassburner.

NUM047 Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label 2LP

A king’s ransom of soul and funk from the City of Fountains (Kansas City for the uninformed), all produced under the watchful eye of TV producer Ellis Taylor. Though the label’s star was James Brown Revue castaway Marva Whitney, Taylor’s 15-year yield included singles by the likes of the Fantastiks, Gene Williams, Lee Harris, the Rayons, the Four Darlings, Everyday People, Sharon Revoal, Louis Chachere, Tony Ashley, the Fabulous Rhythm Makers, and Marva’s brother James Whitney.

The compact disc edition of our 2013 subscription surfs the above edges, but is a bit… well… more compact, and cheaper. Our plan is to issue only six titles in our main line next year, though to be fair, one of them is an elaborate double disc. We’re not quite sure what the final disc of 2013 is going to be, but it will be either an entry into our Buttons or Local Customs series. Of course all six will meet or exceed our standard for packaging, notes, research, and over all quality, plus you get the 15% discount and the bonus 45.

NUM043 Eccentric Soul: The Dynamic Label CD

NUM040 Good God! Apocryphal Hymns CD

NUM047 Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label CD

NUM048 Title TBA CD

Hair, Hobbits, and Hard Rock. Let these 15 hard rock blasterpieces from the private ’70s soundtrack to your next D&D or Magic the Gathering night. Dungeon map and 20 sided die included.<p>

NUM050 Title TBA 2CD+Book

In the late 1970s, a peculiar sound was bubbling up from the land of 10,000 lakes. Not known for its abundance of soul nor a sizable African American population, Minneapolis still harbored a tight-knit community of musicians who, between 1976 and 1984, manipulated the dance music of their coastal contemporaries into a brightly lit, multicolored, energetic fusion, taking R&B’s innate danceability and giving it a glam-rock sheen. The most shakeable moments have been compiled onto two discs, with a hardback book packed with photos and stories from this vibrant scene. Lesser royalty? Perhaps. But the blood here runs purple.

Finally, we’re officially launching our 45 subscription. The Eccentric Soul 45 subscription guarantees two 45s every other month, delivered directly to your door. Content will be a mix of previously unissued material and straight-up rare-as-all-get-out 45s from the soul diaspora. All singles are housed in a glorious duotone sleeve and slide perfectly into the Numero 45 box for easy storage. We’re even tossing in the subscriber-only bonus 45 from the CD and LP subscriptions. The first three singles are as follows:

ES-030 Signs Of The Time “Hurts So Bad” b/w “I Think Of You”
ES-031 Notations “That Girl” b/w “I’m For Real”
ES-032 James Dockery “My Faith In You Is All Gone” b/w “Giving You The Love You Need”

Let’s recap:

2013 Vinyl Subscription (Part 1): $150
2013 CD Subscription: $120
2013 Eccentric Soul 45 Subscription: $75

International subscriptions will ship in blocks of two to keep prices low.

Your patronage, as always, is appreciated. We couldn’t do this without you.



Numero 2012 LP Subscription Part 2
June 5, 2012, 7:47 am
Filed under: Alfonso Lovo, Cult Cargo, Eccentric Soul, Newsworthy, Subscription

Attention, sonically adventurous LP subscribers! Put that Pisces record aside, tuck Belize City Boil Up back in its sleeve and try to live without Johnny Lunchbreak for a moment; the second half of the Numero LP Subscription is about to take up camp in your earhole and we are genre-rich this time around. This isn’t just something for everyone, it’s something for you. That’s right, we know who you are. As the series unfolds, you’ll be looking for five new ways to say, “holy shit.” And that’s without having to remind you you get 15% off catalog in any format.

Enough already, this is happening soon to a turntable near you:

NUM004 Buttons: Starter Kit 2LP

Our entry-level power pop compilation features 22 songs from the original, long out-of-print Numero 004, plus two bonus cuts, new liners, 22 separate sleeve repros with rare photos and ephemera tucked into a 7″ vinyl bag and housed in a spot varnished, thick-as-a-brick gatefold sleeve.

NUM044 Buttons: From Champaign to Chicago 2LP

A sugar-coated tribute to the state Numero calls home, From Champaign To Chicago is a 19-track survey of Illinois’ cheapest tricks, beginning in 1973 with Peoria outliers the Jets and ending in 1987 with Romeoville’s Julian Leal and his Dick Clark-approved “Get Away.” From Champaign to Chicago connects the various micro power-pop scenes that once pockmarked the now wrinkled face of the Land of Lincoln.

NUM046 Cult Cargo: La Gigantona LP

The son of a prominent Nicaraguan politician, Alfonso Noel Lovo was a choice target for the Sandinista rebels who hijacked his homeward flight from Miami in December of 1971, ultimately putting several rounds through the talented musician’s torso and hand. After several years, and as many surgeries, he would break new ground on this psychedelic swirl of Latin jazz and pan-American funk with his musical partner, percussionist Jose “Chepito” Areas of Santana fame. Long unavailable, La Gigantona has lived its forty years lost in the grooves of a single acetate. Imagine a Nicaraguan take on Herbie Hancock’s Afro-jazz masterpiece Mwandishi with some of the most penetrating, left-field guitar you’ve never heard.

NUM003 Eccentric Soul: The Bandit Label 3LP

Our post-nascent number two in the Eccentric Soul series, Bandit gets epic as we further dissect the improbable world of Chicago’s Arrow Brown and his near-cult of musicians, singers, pimps, prostitutes and would-be child stars. Since its original issue nearly 8 years ago, we’ve unearthed more story, more photographs and yes, more music. An extra lp’s worth of music, in fact, accompanied by a 12″ by 12″ 40 page bound book containing a 20,000 word essay and dozens of unseen photographs and ephemera. A final, definitive edition of one of Chicago’s most eccentric soul producers.

Medusa S/T LP

While it teetered from the cliff of Sabbath to the canyon of prog, Medusa’s self-titled debut LP never saw the inside of a record bin. Regulars on Chicago’s ’75 to ’78 rock club scene, this multi-gendered, semi-coven brought their dark vision on weeknights to dirt-bag pleasure palaces like Tuts and The Hanger. Housed in a black velour LP jacket with the truly amazing Medusa logo embossed in red and gold, Medusa finally gets a proper debut, bringing back acid-tinged, classic-rock riffs to Numero fans in search of blood.

Tease yourself by listening to the below:

If there is $120 in your bank account, you can sign up here.