Numero Group: By The Numbers


Treble Boys – Julie-Anne session in depth
January 2, 2014, 1:17 pm
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Upon launching our newly redesigned website, we received an interesting email from Robert Pizzo, of the group Treble Boys, who were featured on our Buttons: Starter Kit Compilation.

“The preview for The Treble Boys’ “Julie-Anne” could use a little creative editing. The 29 second clip starts at the top of the song which is logical, but in this case we’re getting a full 20 seconds of that annoying blipping click track. If I hadn’t been in the band myself I may have even bailed on the preview at the 10 second mark!

Back Story: Session drummer Andy Newmark was such a pro that when we couldn’t find a click track for him he said anything would do, including that crude, circa 1983 bassa nova beat box you hear. We had always intended to wipe that track when we were done but producer Randy Adler said, “Let’s leave it. I’ll fade the guitars in and it’ll be like you guys are cutting through all that blipping electronic crap!” (Remember, these were the days of Men Without Hats.)

Although we have since updated the sound clip on our site, astute gear nerds may recognize that crude samba beat as coming from the Roland Tr-66 Rhythm Arranger. For those of you into such things, we highly suggest the newly released book, Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession. Along with the back story, Robert sent along a treasure trove of photos taken during the Julie Anne recording session. And if these gems aren’t enough for you, the band has also launched a YouTube page filled with loads of live performances.

Session Drummer Andy Newmark (in red sweater) and producer Randy Adler mess with TR-66 "blip generator"

Session Drummer Andy Newmark (in red sweater) and producer Randy Adler mess with TR-66 “blip generator”

Robert Pizzo and Andy Newmark during recording of basic track

Robert Pizzo and Andy Newmark during recording of basic track

Andy Newmark at his kit

Andy Newmark at his kit

When Andy saw the studio kit he looked at it and said, “OK, take this out… and this… and this…” In two minutes there was a big pile of drums he discarded. We looked at each other and said, “Doesn’t he need ANY of this stuff? There’s  practically nothing left!” And then we heard the big, big sound coming through the monitors when he played. Nice!

Robert Pizzo (standing) and Richard Younger

Robert Pizzo (standing) and Richard Younger

Richard Younger recording basic track

Richard Younger recording basic track

Richard Younger recording scratch reference vocal

Richard Younger recording scratch reference vocal

Richard Younger

Richard Younger

Bob Giammarco listening to playback

Bob Giammarco listening to playback

Richard Younger

Richard Younger

Bob Giammarco with Assistant Engineer Caryl Wheeler

Bob Giammarco with Assistant Engineer Caryl Wheeler

Richard Younger and Robert Pizzo recording basic track

Richard Younger and Robert Pizzo recording basic track

Robert Pizzo and Andy Newmark discussing arrangement

Robert Pizzo and Andy Newmark discussing arrangement

Robert Pizzo

Robert Pizzo

Bob Giammarco working out a keyboard part

Bob Giammarco working out a keyboard part



Buttons! Buttons! Buttons!

A skinny tie, a vest and a button. Just add chiming guitars, driving drums and a guy named Jeff. Drop some harmonies, mix for maximum jangle, and you’ve got that most twee of genres, the little genre that almost could: Power Pop! And we’ve got more of it coming than ever hit the charts. Any charts.

First up, Numero 004, Buttons: Starter Kit.

Featuring The Tweeds, Randy Winburn, Sponsors, The Trend, Luxury, Treble Boys, Colors, Tommy Rock, The Toms, Bats and The Kids.

Then…. We go regional with Numero 044, Buttons: From Champaign To Chicago.

Illinois’ most hopeful, featuring Tom Orsi, Eyz, Paul, The Kind, Kevin Lee and Heartbeat, The Names, The Jets, Band Jocks, Prettyboys, Lay-Z, Northshore, All Night Newsboys, Shoes, Loose Lips, The Nines, Contra-band, and Vertebrats. Enough Pop to make Honest Abe tell a little white lie just to get into Mary Todd’s panties.

Coming Soon! On LP, CD, and yes, there might be a full set of band buttons available to early adopters.



Brain Lapse Talks Titan
August 27, 2009, 7:50 am
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The team of obscuro-pop obsessives over at Brain Lapse Fanzine have recently loosed their thick, glossy, primary-colored first issue upon the grey matter of our nation. The Equals got the cover, Marbles took the centerfold, and The Orbits get several pages awash in baby-blue spot art. Why do you need to know? Because about 1/5 of the issue is dedicated to their super-massive interview with Mark Prellberg and Tom Sorrells, the titans behind Titan—that Kansas City power-pop Olympus brought to you from on high by last year’s Titan: It’s All Pop 2CD compilation.

Tom drops heaps of minute knowledge, while Mark talks mild smack about The Knack…all with the self-deprecating tone we’ve come to expect from these guys:

Tom: On limited-run pressings, we just never made any money. Ever.

Mark: A better way to look at it is, what were the records where we lost the least…?

A trove of classic Titan ephemera—pic sleeves, business cards, iron-ons, etc.—decorates the whole darn thing. You need a copy, don’t you?




GET OUT MUCH?
November 13, 2008, 11:11 pm
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Well in the event that you don’t (get out that much) and just happen to live in the New York City or St. Louis metropolitan areas, we have two can’t miss shows for you to attend:

Eula Cooper will be performing live in NYC for the first time ever for the Dig Deeper monthly party in Brooklyn next Saturday [the 22nd].

From the Dig Deeper Myspace page:

Dig Deeper is a monthly 60’s Soul Party in Ft. Greene, Brooklyn at the Five Spot Soul Food Supper Club (459 Myrtle Ave). Hosted by Mr. Robinson and DJ Honky, on the fourth Saturday of the month, with the dancefloor primed with the finest funk and soul records anywhere in the world from their collections and a live performance each month at midnight from a legendary soul / funk artist that we particularly treasure.

We’ve got another great Dig Deeper exclusive in store for our Saturday, November 22 night – we are personally flying in Atlanta, Georgia soul star EULA COOPER for her first live performance ever in NYC, and her first solo performance anywhere in over a decade – this time backed by the Sweet Divines and the Divine Soul Rhythm Band.

Eula Cooper is well-known to those of you in the northern soul scene for her classic 45s released on small, local Atlanta labels – “Let Our Love Grow Higher” on Super Sound and “Try” on Tragar. Sadly, aside from touring heavily on the college, hotel, and club circuit in the south, Eula never saw much financial reward from her recordings. Eula’s story is unfortunately all too common the more you dig into the history of soul music. This is why we started our night in the first place – as a way to present some of the artists we love in a rare live performance, in hopes that they will get some of the notice that they missed over the course of their career. Plus, we love great live music!

If you haven’t already, you should check out the Numero Group’s excellent compilation of the Tragar and Note labels. Many thanks to Numero for putting us in touch with Eula!

Advance tickets are $10 (tickets will be $15 at the door if we have not sold out), and can be purchased here:

http://www.ticketalternative.com/Events/2795.aspx

And for those residing near the St. Louis area:

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The Trend reunite and play The Old Rock House w/Fools Face

This Saturday, November 15, 9:30PM

The Trend, who appear on Numero’s Yellow Pills compilation with the two tunes: “She’s Hi-Fi” and “(I Feel Like A) Dictionary”, reunites with Fools Face in a back-to-back show at the Old Rock House in downtown St. Louis, just south of Busch Stadium. This show marks the first time both bands have played in St. Louis since the 80s! Tickets are $12 advance purchase, $15 day of show. For advance purchase: call the ORH at 314-588-0505 – ask for tickets for Fools Face/Trend show Nov. 15. They will put your name on the will-call list to have guaranteed entry. Doors open at 8pm, show starts at 9:30pm – see you there!