September 7, 2007

dusty asterisk

Two Canary favorites and fellow midwest crews have plans for some interesting new projects in the pipeline. Dusty Groove America - world renowned destination for rare jazz, soul, funk, hip hop, reggae and more gets even deeper (if that is possible) and Numero Group build on their success with complete album reissues with label spin- off * (asterisk). Timeout spotlight and review here. Numero's Home Schooled looks to be promising as well.

Below dig on a selection from Eccentric Soul and a Roy classic but one I first came across late one summer night after a dusty groove purchase (old school groove - 2nd floor - Milwaukee Ave). It's a track that is still as truly haunting as it was that first night i heard it when it got 20 consecutive spins.

Download - Annette Poindexter & Pieces Of Peace - Mama

Side note: The first Numero release i came across was 007 Eccentric Soul: The Deep City Label. There was an mission statement insert in the packaging that particularly struck a chord and i've had posted in my cube-space ever since:

Anything but another record label. Please, we don't need another one of those clogging up the bins. Accountants with coke habits, lawyers using Pitchfork as a tip sheet, 60 year-old executives awkwardly trying to converse with 17 year-old groupies. Marketing meetings. Junior VP's.

Enter the Numero Group. No corporate hierarchy; no company stationary. Just a big pile of music that no one had ever heard of.
The mission was simple: to dig deep into the recesses of our record collections with the goal of finding the dustiest gems begging to be released from their exile on geek street. No longer would $500 singles sit in a temperature-controlled room dying for a chance to be played. No more would the artists, writers, and entrepreneurs who made these records happen go unknown and unappreciated.

Numero releases are sound with substance, living at the nexus of song and story. Scrupulously researched, painstakingly re-mastered, and with an attention to detail that is unmatched in the reissue field, the end result is a top-of-the-line compact disc.

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