Numero Group

Episode 352: Everything's Fine - Jean Grae and Quelle Chris

Episode 352: Everything's Fine - Jean Grae and Quelle Chris

Jean Grae and Qeulle Chris are both musical forces to be reckoned with in their own rights. Put em together, and you get what is sure to be one of the best albums of 2018. A heady shot of high-concept outrage, hip-hop, and heart, Everything's Fine is an unmitigated masterpiece that will serve as a lightning rod for anyone who rages against the insanity of modern existence for years to come.

Marcus J. Moore, Senior Editor at Bandcamp and author of the upcoming book The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America, joins us as we dive into this pièce de résist to find out if everything is, in fact, fine, and if it isn't, how are we gonna make it better?


Episode 168: The Final Solution - Brotherman OST

Episode 168: The Final Solution - Brotherman OST

The Kesha vs Dr. Luke case takes a couple of strange new twists on its way to (hopefully) resolution. Or does it?

If you don’t know Brotherman, than you don’t know much, mannnn. We’re turning our ears towards one of Numero Group’s finest reissues and unearthing a bit of musical history in the process.

Speaking of Numero Group…the Chicago based label has consistently slayed over the years and we’ve got a taste of catalog No. 37, otherwise known as Father’s Children’s Who’s Gonna Save The World, for you to feast on.

CAN. YOU. DIG IT? Yea…we think you can. 


Episode 159: Megadeth - Dystopia

Episode 159: Megadeth - Dystopia

Everyone knows the state of concert ticketing is f#$#ed. Now there's a new study that kinda proves it.

Megadeth is back with their 15th album, Dystopia. MOAR metal is good metal. Maybe.

Chicago's Numero Group continues to solidify their status as the grooviest record label that ever was with their Project 12 series. We've got a taste for ya.

Still kinda waiting for our damn croissant. 


White Eyes - "Streetcar Love"

White Eyes - "Streetcar Love"

Sounds Like:

Perfectly perfected psychedelic pop; Jefferson Airplane; Quicksilver Messenger Service; The Guess Who; the sound of a million vans crying out at once; Chunky HQ on any given day.

Why You Should Care:

In the late ‘60s, upcoming Numero Group subjects White Eyes were bringing the sunny sounds of California’s psychedelic-pop explosion to the plains and flatlands of the American Midwest. Anchoring the front of a record that covers the gamut of van rock (there’s a bitchin’ take on traditional blues standard “I Know You Rider”), “Streetcar Love” certainly mines some familiar territory – it’s safe to say, given the similarity to this hit by The Guess Who, that they should be thankful they don’t exist in today’s world of blurred lines and stolen vibes – but in a pre-internet world, how else were fans supposed to get their heady fix?


BEST OF 2014: Pretty - "Mustache In Your Face"/ Local Customs: Cavern Sound

BEST OF 2014: Pretty - "Mustache In Your Face"/ Local Customs: Cavern Sound

SOUNDS LIKE:

A spirit in the sky that lost itself in a subterranean hole; the shag floor of the grooviest van on the block.

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE:

It’s no secret that Chicago’s Numero Group is pretty much the raddest practitioner of audio anthropology this side of, well, EVERYONE, but in 2014 they outdid themselves. Drop Purple Snow, a bootie-shaking anthology documenting the “caveman”-era (read: pre-Prince)  Minneapolis sound onto an unsuspecting public? Groovy, but not enough. Release Separate Oceans (reviewed on THIS podcast), a collection of unsung musical hero Ned Doheny’s best (and not-so-best) smooth jams for all the world to groove to? Simply not enough. A deep dive into the hard-rock underground of the 70's COMPLETE WITH IT'S OWN BOARDGAME? NOT. ENOUGH. 

 


Episode 58: Swans / Ned Doheny

Episode 58: Swans / Ned Doheny

In this episode WE GOT COMMENTS!! But does the old adage of “Don’t feed the trolls” apply? Andre and Kevin talk through their feelings about being called “worthless” for speaking their minds. PLUS! Speaking of feelings, this week we review two records that couldn’t be further apart on the spectrum if they tried. First up is To Be Kind, the latest crushing record from experimental/post-punk/no wave legends SWANS. Then we take to the canyons – Laurel Canyon to be exact – to check out Separate Oceans, the latest release from Chicago’s lauded Numero Group celebrating the career and influence of singer/songwriter Ned Doheny!


Episode 56: Sylvan Esso / Sturgill Simpson

Episode 56: Sylvan Esso / Sturgill Simpson

In our latest episode, we try to figure out what Apple’s acquisition of Beats might mean for the future of streaming music, and things get heated when Kevin introduces some good old fashioned yacht rock into the mix. PLUS!! We review the debut record from indie duo SYLVAN ESSO, and FINALLY get to talk about Meta Modern Sounds In Country Music, the stellar sophomore album from what may be Nashville’s last true outlaw standing, STURGILL SIMPSON! 


Press Play: Love Apple - Man On The Side

Sounds Like: Funky soul done Ohio style. If that last statement doesn't make sense to you, don't worry it doesn't really to me either, just roll with it; The 1970's - otherwise known as the inside of Kevin's head.
Why You Should Care: This has been our jam as of late and now we want it to be yours. 

On March 27, the vaunted Numero Group will release their latest "number" and this time it's dedicated entirely to the works of Cleveland soul master Lou Ragland. To help promote that release (and to make your life a little more funky) they are putting out a VINYL ONLY release of Love Apple, a sort of Lou Ragland side project from a period of Ragland's career that was thought previously to be mostly undocumented and unheard. Here's a little more info from the press release.