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Somebody over there–meaning The UK–likes us.
August 9, 2011, 1:02 pm
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Bruner Guitar Tab
September 7, 2010, 10:29 pm
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While noodling around on the guitar this evening, I stumbled upon the chords to Linda Bruner’s cover of, “A Rainy Night In Georgia”, from our Numerophon LP, Bruner: Songs For A Friend.

Capo on the 4th Fret

Verse: G > C > G

Chorus: Em > D > Em > D > C > G > C > G x2



A Flower For All Seasons

One of our strategic partners, Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea, has made a quaint little music video on how to properly make a 24hr. cold brew of their Four Season Oolong Tea to the song, “A Flower For All Seasons” by Pisces.  Click on the image above to watch the video.



Announcing: Bruner: Songs For A Friend
January 22, 2010, 9:00 am
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Designer extraordinaire Jaffa at the-Unknown sent over the cover shot earlier this week of the second release on our Numerophon imprint. For those puzzled by the cryptic jacket, NPH 44002 is the last of Linda Bruner’s known recordings, laid down sometime between her Vincent-issued “Sam” 45 and her brief tenure collaborating with Pisces. We hinted at its existence about a year back when we previewed a dour rendition of “Don’t Let Me Down.” Now we’re finally sharing the entire six track reel with the world.

Songs For A Friend was tracked in 1970 in the back of Neilson’s Music Store on 7th Avenue in Rockford, Illinois. The box literally says “Linda’s Tape For Friend,” and we can only surmise that it was an attempt at a home spun mix tape from a time before mix tapes even existed. Her covers of “Wichita Lineman” and “Rainy Night In Georgia” are stirring, her powerful voice accompanied only by Jim Krein’s hushed acoustic guitar and coaxing’s. What we’re saying is, this shit’s not for the faint at heart.

We’re hoping to have it out in time for Record Store Day (April 17th), but be advised that we have no other plans for the national holiday and the album is by no means limited.



Numero’s Top Ten Tracks Of 2009

It’s never easy to put together a mix like this considering we put out over a 100 songs across 9 releases this year but, below are 10 tracks that continue to get heavy airplay around the office even after being heard hundreds of times during the creation of each album. Enjoy.

“Please Accept My Prayer” – Shirley Ann Lee
“Dear One” – Pisces
“The Best Of Good Love Gone” – 24-Carat Black
“It’s A Dream” – Little Ed
“Bring It Down Front” – Hugh Hawkins
“Tell Her” – Fred Williams
“People Has It Hard” – Coleman Family
“Try To Be True” – Caroline Peyton
“Baby Don’t Go Downtown” – Niela Miller
“Kiss Another Day Goodbye” – David Kauffman



What the world is saying about Pisces
July 17, 2009, 12:29 pm
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What makes the tracks haunting is their austerity, the way they use just a handful of instruments — notably a minimum of standard trap drumming — to suggest desolate isolation. Whether it was deliberate artistic restraint or just a lack of resources makes no difference 40 years later. – New York Times

The Bruner tracks are without a doubt the deepest and most memorable moments on this really wonderful reissue. – Dusted

“Sam”, a woozy, chorusless, one-chord farewell that was way too much of a bummer to make an impact as a single but staggers out of the album to glower intently at anyone willing to listen to its naked pain. – Pitchfork

The enduring melodies and unique ambience of “A Lovely Sight” sound as vibrant and relevant today as they did four decades ago. – Chicago Sun Times

 This release of A Lovely Sight means one less lost classic is waiting to be unearthed. – Pop Matters

There’s a rustic quality, a boundless imagination at the heart of the album that sounds distinctly Midwestern. There’s a spirit ingrained in these recordings that was not influenced by trends, fashions and the liberal utopias that were quickly crumbling on the coasts. Maybe just two men’s journey to the center of their minds? Quite a concept. – Agit Reader

Just a small sampling of what the media has been saying about 029: Pisces: A Lovely Sight. We’ve got the wax in now, with a bonus 45 limited to the first 1000. Don’t sleep.



Pisces in the New York Times
July 5, 2009, 2:09 pm
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We don’t grace the pages of the Grey Lady very often, but when we do it’s always a great surprise.

The latest time capsule of deeply obscure local music opened by the archivists at the Numero Group is the Pisces collection “A Lovely Sight,” a set of modest, eerie psychedelia from exotic Rockford, Ill. As the 1960s ended, Jim Krein and Paul DiVenti (both born under Pisces) were collaborators in a low-budget studio they named A Lovely Sight, concocting songs under the influence of the Beatles, folk-rock, garage-rock and sundry 1960s pop. They sang or turned the mike over to the somberly emotive Linda Bruner, and they sound deeply introverted, offering lyrics like “Somewhere there waits a golden day” and “The mystery of life is still unlearned.” The songs rarely go faster than a moody midtempo, suspended in reverb with distortion on some of the fringes. What makes the tracks haunting is their austerity, the way they use just a handful of instruments — notably a minimum of standard trap drumming — to suggest desolate isolation. Whether it was deliberate artistic restraint or just a lack of resources makes no difference 40 years later.