Numero Group: By The Numbers

Lost Soul In Columbus, OH
January 27, 2011, 11:05 am
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The Other Paper weighs in on the mysterious origins of Penny & the Quarters “You & Me” that is now featured in the film ‘Blue Valentine.’

“I do wish I knew who Penny & the Quarters were,” Sevier said.

The Numero Group label was founded on the principal of rediscovering not just lost music, but lost artists, and getting them their long-belated due.

“One of the main things I do is track people, and this is a situation where I feel I’ve failed,” Sevier said.

“I don’t feel like the music can be unlinked from the people who made it. And while, yes, we’re about rediscovering music, it doesn’t exist on its own. I feel like I’ve met some amazing people doing this, and their stories are every bit as beautiful as the music they’ve made. But that’s the missing piece to this song.”

So who is Penny?

Read the entire article here.

An Eccentric Partnership
April 15, 2010, 4:18 pm
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Sometimes when we take another look at an old project we catch some fascinating bits of history that we missed the first time around. In this case, we were revisiting some of the Prix archives that Dante Carfagna kept and found an illuminating letter from George Beter to Clem Price. Beter and Price were the folks behind the Prix label and, like most of the mini-moguls behind eccentric soul labels they never got to quit their day jobs. Price was a defense contractor, developing weaponry for the U.S. Air Force, and Beter was a prosecutor in the States’ Attorney office in Columbus, Ohio. Working closely to get their label off the ground, however, led to another unexpected layer of their collaboration. This letter reveals that after they began working together to set the world on fire with productions of Eddie Ray, the Royal Esquires, and the Soul Ensemble they concocted a prototype for a device that could detect the presence of narcotics in a small area, and could theoretically pinpoint the location of a large narcotics stash from a distance.

The letter occurs while they are attracting great resistance. Beter relates a meeting with a police narcotics officer: “The indication was that the proposal was absurd & that I was some kind of nut!” No details of the device’s functions are ever discussed, it’s merely about the unnavigable bureaucracies faced in both the Department of Defense and the Department of Justice in order to get funding. “[Justice] could care less, and makes more effort to avoid work than to give attention to honest efforts. As far as we know, no such device was ever created by anyone (although surely in the minds of conspiracy theorists it’s used everyday). What’s interesting is the crossover of our little soul history project into the realms of near-science fiction. Perhaps if we were more technologically-inclined we’d be digging up the blueprints of lost ideas and repurposing them for a new century.

Norman Whiteside: Yesterday, Today and Maybe Tomorrow
January 8, 2010, 1:29 pm
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Since most of you don’t live in Columbus and this isn’t online, we’ve scanned this great article on the enigma that is Norman Whiteside from Columbus Monthly. Enjoy:

Pulled along the way…
December 1, 2009, 2:15 pm
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One of the best parts of going on the Eccentric Soul Revue tour was the record stores. Numero was hitting 3-5 different shops every day, plying our wares and emptying their bins. The absolute highlight of the 20 shops we visited had to be Used Kids in Columbus, Ohio, not only for their deep $1 racks, but because the proprieters have been big Numero supporters from day one. It hasn’t hurt that we’ve made three Columbus records in the past six years, we’ve given as good as we’ve got certainly. Except this time.

Tucked away under the counter in anticipation of our arrival was an acetate that a customer had turned up in the $1 bins, a record that could not be sold for $1. The entry for “stand up guy” should have a picture of Dan from Used Kids next to it. Not only did he refuse to sell it to the digger, he refused to sell it to us, instead he donated it to our growing archive of Columbus memorabilia. What you see above is an original cut of Johnson, Hawkins, Tatum & Durr’s “A World With Out You,” with Bill Moss’ unforgettable scribble on the bottom. Dan, if you’re reading this, you certainly made our day three Monday’s back.