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22
Feb
12

Numero Group: Crate Digging in a New Decade (Bobby Steurer)

In an era of iTunes and throwaway pop songs, several record labels are emerging to dig through music’s untold past. These archival labels—such as Atlanta’s Dust-To-Digital—set out to research the recording industry from its earliest incarnations onward, transferring historic recordings to modern formats. Products are often elaborately packaged, containing liner note booklets (or, in some cases,books), artwork, multi-disc compilations, cards, artifacts and more.

Perhaps the most well-known of these labels is the Numero Group, a multi-format media company specializing in archival audio and film recordings. Founded in 2003 as a record label, Numero has gone on to release more than 60 titles—including LPs, CDs, cassettes, 45s and DVDs. The company’s mission: to uncover some of the world’s finest unknown art, spanning half a century’s worth of material.

Each production is a labor of love, with extensive liner notes, photos and trading cards packaged into every release. In addition to a narrative documentary, all products are given a five-star treatment—re-mastered and researched with high attention to detail, sounding pristine even after years in obscurity. Though past emphasis has been placed on regional soul and funk recordings (the Eccentric Soul, Good God! and Cult Cargo series to name a few), recent releases have focused on artists from the early 80’s and 90’s.

I’ve had the pleasure of checking out three Numero releases thus far: Belize City Boil Up (Cult Cargo), The Capsoul Label (Eccentric Soul), and Pressed at Boddie (Local Customs)—the latter being my personal favorite.

Released in 2011, Pressed at Boddie tells the auditory story of Thomas and Louisa Boddie– a husband-and-wife duo that ran a record press out of their home for 30-plus years. Beginning business in the mid-60’s, the Boddies accepted ¼-inch tapes from local groups of all genres, pressing them onto vinyl singles for “less than the price of a dinner roll per unit.” They continued this practice up until the early 90’s, crafting 45s, cassettes and 8-track tapes until they could no longer compete with emerging technology.

Pressed at Boddie’s charm lies not only in Thomas and Louisa’s story, but also in the sheer volume of great, genre (and decade) spanning music. From teenage soul groups to amateur garage rock, this record has everything you could ask for and more. Pressed is special in that there’s something new to discover with each listen—a treasure in each of the 17 tracks on the compilation. The fact that it comes with such a detailed narrative history (a more extensive 3-CD set is also available) makes it even better. Pressed is one of those records that never goes stale, and proves that great music stands the test of time.

For around $15-20 per release, you’ll experience some of the greatest music you’ve never heard. Numero Group doesn’t just cater to archivists though—anyone with an ear for good music will enjoy what the company has to offer.

Visit numerogroup.com today to discover what Numero is all about. It’s a guaranteed good time.

 

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15
Feb
12

Ben Sollee Concert (Chelsea Ancona)

The tennis courts were transformed into a concert stage for singer and songwriter, Ben Sollee, on Feb. 11. The Bellarmine Activities Council welcomed Sollee for Bellarmine students as well as the community.

Ben Solle is a Kentucky native who has had a passion for music since his childhood. He was raised in Lexington and began playing the cello in the fourth grade. His parents were very supportive of his music career and encouraged him to pursue it.

Sollee became well-known when he was a backup musician before he launched a songwriting career in 2008.

Sollee received his first big break as a member of the Sparrow Quartet, an acoustic group that also featured vocalist Abigail Washburn, banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck and violinist Casey Driessen. He had already written some of his own songs, but joined the group regardless.

They toured the world, visited Tibet at the behest of the U.S. State Department, and released several recordings. Sollee was named one of the Top Ten Unknown Artists of the Year in 2007 by NPR’s Morning Edition. One year later, he released an EP of his own material, “If You’re Gonna Lead My Country,” and followed it with a full-length album named “Learning to Bend.”

The Bellarmine Activites Council Concerts Committee was very excited to bring Sollee to the Bellarmine community.

BAC Concerts Co-chair, Caitlyn Walsh, said, “We thought he would attract a lot of Bellarmine students as well as the outside community. He has a big following in the Lexington and Louisville area.”

Sollee brought along Justin Lewis, who is also a musician. Sollee played a 90 minute show for the audience, who were very pleased with the show.

Senior Ali Greenwell said, “I loved Ben’s performance. His music is so unique, but yet powerful. His songs have a positive message behind their meaning, and it is evident that he has a passion for music.”

Sollee is most commonly known for his talent of the cello. He was recently featured on CNN for his talent and enjoys travelling to share his music with his fans. Through his music, he tries to encourage people to be the ones who make changes in the world, respect their planet and accomplish their dreams.

Several hundred guests attended the concert. A lot of fans purchased merchandise after the show and waited to get autographs and photographs with Sollee.

Although this was Sollee’s first performance on tennis courts, he was very pleased with Bellarmine for making him feel at home, and he was even more pleased with the support he received from the individuals who attended.




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