This Just In: Nu Nu Numero

As we enter the last chunk of 2013, labels are churning out their final offerings of the year. This week alone, we have a handful of splendid sounds reissued and/or compiled by Numero Group, including a 45 preview of tracks from the the highly anticipated Purple Snow album. And they’re showing no signs of slowing down! Go ahead and jump into these incredible archives soon… and pace yourself – there’s a lot to learn and listen to.

Four Mints – Gently Down Your Stream LP:
“In 1973, Columbus, Ohio’s Capsoul label issued its one and only LP before limping out of business one year later. Though it is twelve inches in diameter and spins at 33 RPM, Gently Down Your Stream is no more an album than Meet The Supremes; rather, it’s a compilation of five singles and one brilliant song saved from the cutting room floor. It was the Four Mints’ entire commercially released output then and, after half a dozen line-up changes and thirty years, remains their lasting oeuvre… Gently Down Your Stream may be just a collection of singles, but in this day and age far less can pass for a Greatest Hits album. Hits or not, this is certainly the Four Mints’ greatest.”

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Kathy Heideman – Move With Love LP:
“Lodged between a heartbreak and a smoke break, Kathy Heideman’s Move With Love wandered off I-5 somewhere just south of Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area and broke down. At its dusty roadside, cheap truck-stop java flows over plaintive coffeehouse tunes concerning ‘Bob’ and ‘Need.’ Her session hand’s lanky,echo-laden guitar might’ve twanged a bit strong for the typical sandal-shoed hitchhiker, who’d have fell harder for Dylanesque grandeur on ‘The Earth Won’t Hold Me.’ More Bakersfield than Laurel Canyon, and set to walking in 1976 by the one-off Dia imprint in a plain-Jane, black-on-white sleeve, Heideman’s lone LP suffered the geographical misfortune of having ripened in the pre-silicon orchards of San Jose, California, far from more marketable realms—Emmylou’s backyard, say, or Joni Mitchell’s summery lawn. Heideman herself faded out thereafter, packing her shaken, singular voice into a rustic suitcase, moseying on, and leaping into the moving sun.”

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Purple Snow 45’s (94 East – If You See Me / Flyte Tyme – It’s The Things That You Do / Herman Jones – I Love You):
“94 East has become a Minneapolis Sound buzzword owing to the fact that Brooklyn transplant and bandleader Pepe Willie hired a 16-year-old Prince Rogers Nelson to add lead guitar to a bundle of his originals at Minneapolis’s Cookhouse Studios in the winter of 1975. Known colloquially as ‘The Cookhouse 5,’ session highlight ‘If You See Me’ makes its vinyl debut here and will also be featured on the forthcoming compilation Purple Snow: Forecasting The Minneapolis Sound. The b-side, ‘Games,’ is a 45 exclusive.

A precursor to the Time, Flyte Tyme was a competitive moretet that provided a vehicle for dozens of Twin Cities musicians throughout the ’70s and early ’80s. The two unreleased songs featured here star bassist Terry Lewis, ‘Funkytown’ vocalist Cynthia Johnson, drummer Garry ‘Jellybean’ Johnson, and guitarist Tony Johnson (no relation). Before becoming Flyte Tyme, they were known as Wars of Armageddon.

Herman Jones backed and fronted various incarnations of St. Paul’s the Exciters, off and on through the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. A tireless performer and respectable songwriter, the unreleased ‘I Love You,’ is currently the most consistently sung ditty around the Numero office. The flip side is also unreleased, and is exclusive to this 45.”

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New releases, reissues and restocks (and some more Numero Group):
14KT – Nickel & Dimed 2LP + 7”
Aesop Rock – Labor Days 2LP
Atmosphere – God Loves Ugly 2LP
Bad Brains – Omega Sessions 10”
Beat Happening – Jamboree LP
Bob Marley – Catch A Fire LP
Califone – Stitches LP
Cleaners From Venus – In The Golden Autumn LP; Under Wartime Conditions LP; Songs For a Fallow Land LP; A Dawn Chorus LP
Clear Soul Forces – Gold PP7s 2LP
Daft Punk – Homework 2LP
Damu The Fudgemunk – Spur Momento Trailer 10”
Deltron 3030 – Event II CD
Dinosaur Jr. – You’re Living All Over Me LP
DJ Paul Nice – Drum Library Vols. 1, 4, 5, 6, 9 LPs
Domo Genesis x Alchemist – No Idols LP
Dr. Dog – B-Room LP+7”+CD
Explosions In The Sky – Those Who Tell The Truth LP; The Earth Is Not… LP
Gold Panda – Half Of Where You Live 2LP
Gogol Bordello – Trans-Continental Hustle 2LP
Grails – Black Tar Prophecies Vols. 4, 5, 6 LP
Haim – Days Are Gone CD
Health – s/t LP
Holograms – Forever LP
Hookworms – Pearl Mystic LP
J Dilla – Donuts 2LP; Jay Stay Paid 2LP + 7”; Ruff Draft 2LP; Ruff Draft Instrumentals LP; The Shining 2LP, Welcome to Detroit 2LP
Jaylib – Champion Sound 2LP
Jens Lekman – Night Falls Over Kortedala LP
Justin Timberlake – 20/20 Experience Part 2 2LP
Land of Kush – The Big Mango LP
Mac Demarco – 2 LP
Matana Roberts – Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile LP
Mayer Hawthorne – A Strange Arrangement 2LP
MF Doom – MM…Food 2LP
Miles Davis – Quintet & Sextet LP
Minus The Bear – Acoustics 2 LP
Operation Ivy – Energy LP
Pete Rock – Petestrumentals 2LP
Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon 2LP
Prince – Dirty Mind LP
Quasimoto – The Further Adventures of Lord Quas 2LP
Rodan – Fifteen Quiet Years LP
Sleep – Dopesmoker 2LP
Stepkids – Troubadour LP
Various – Eccentric Soul: The Bandit Label 3LP
Various – Michigan Meltdown Vol. 2 : Twelve More Non Hits… LP
Why? – Golden Tickets 10”
Wild Nothing – Empty Estate 12” EP
Yuck – Glow & Behold CD