Numero Group: By The Numbers

Ken Shipley’s Acceptance Speech From AIM Awards
September 9, 2015, 12:59 pm
Filed under: Cities of Darkscorch, Darkscorch Canticles | Tags:

Screen Shot 2015-09-09 at 1.37.42 PM

The Numero Group is flattered and humbled to announce that our board game/box set Cities Of Darkscorch is the recipient of the Association Of Independent Music’s 2015 Special Catalogue Release honours. We were similarly shocked when Purple Snow: Forecasting The Minneapolis Sound received the very same distinction last year, so we had to face the reality that Cities Of Darkscorch could very well do the same. Numero Group cofounder Ken Shipley drafted this acceptance speech to be read in our absence by Secretly Canadian’s Steve Rose in the event that we won. We hope you enjoy.

I can’t think of anyone that I would want to accept on our behalf, except Martin Mills. Can you get Martin Mills?

In the off chance that we win, Steve, please accept on our behalf with the following remarks:

Ken Shipley, Dustin Drase, and the staff of Numero were unfortunately unable to be here tonight. But they’ve asked me to read this message on their behalf, without edits, as time allows. 

As near as we can tell, we’re the only company of our size and geographic location to win this tiny, weird robot, let alone twice in as many years. It is rare when a small American record label wins any award. Generally, you put on a tuxedo and uncomfortable shoes and wait to lose. The comments you’ve scrawled on the back of a few business cards get filed away in your jacket pocket, only to be discovered later when you’re dropping said suit off at the cleaners. So please forgive us for thinking that we would not win tonight and thusly not spending thousands of dollars on airfare and hotels. 

Further to this point, you’ve chosen to anoint a fucking board game with such an honor, which can only mean one of two things: We’re either very good at what we do OR you’re all completely mental. We’re going with the latter—this is London after all. Because, to quote Lindsey Buckingham, “If you’re any good, you know you can do better.” 

Wait until you see what we’ve cooked up for next year. If we three-pete the nomination, we’ll guarantee our presence, our tuxedos, our scrawled notes, and our applause when someone else wins.