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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.

 

15
Feb
12

National Editor for Days (Will Obert)

On Thursday February 9, 2012, Bellarmine was fortunate enough to be graced by the presence of one Mr. Sam Sifton, the National Editor for the New York Times.  He spoke to whoever wanted to attend during free period and his crow was rather substantial compared to other “crowds” there has been for other speakers.  Most of the audience consisted of students, however, there was a good handful of “outside the Bellarmine community” guests as well.  Folks from the Courier Journal and local news stations came to our very campus to listen to Mr. Sifton and hopefully gain some tips that would aid them in becoming a better journalist and reporter.

Being the Communications Major that I am, I happened to be very intrigued by Sifton’s talk and found myself really and truly listening to what he was saying.  Seeing as how I am writing constantly for my classes as well as writing/editing numerous articles for the beloved Concord every week; I discovered that I was listening very intently to our guest speaker.

Fortunately for me, being one of the editors of the school newspaper has its perks and I was allowed to schedule an interview with Sam Sifton and talk to him one on one.   Though he is a Harvard graduate, Mr. Sifton was not what you would expect from someone of that stature.  He was extremely personable and not the somewhat expected Ivy League “nerd”.  During my interview, the National Editor was very concerned with responding to the Tweets he had received during the talk as well as the Tweets received after his talk concluded.  He is extremely into social media and thinks that social media is the future of the newspaper industry.

When I finally got Mr. Sifton to “simmer down” and focus on the task at hand, I found that he was a great person to talk to.  One question that I asked him was if Obamacare will play a factor in the 2012 upcoming election.  He responded by saying that he has to remain indifferent on issues concerning politics because of his career, however, he does believe it will be a large issue concerning Mitt Romney and “Romneycare”.  After just one political-centered question, I realized that he didn’t particularly want to talk politics and just started conversing with him.  We talked for about ten minutes about his life and career aspirations when he was in college and that transitioned into him asking about my aspirations as a journalist.  Upon the conclusion of my interview, I informed Sifton that I would be in NYC in March with two other Concord editors for a journalism conference and he told me to contact him when we arrived to get a tour of The New York Times office on Times Square; that’s super legit.

Though Sifton’s talk was said to cover the upcoming election and The New York Times role in covering the campaign process, he didn’t actually discuss the topic at hand very much.  The majority of his talk dealt with how he got the position he is in now and what you need to do as a journalist to be successful.  Mr. Sifton was allotted a whole hour for his talk but only talked for about twenty-five minutes before opening up the floor for questions with no limitations.  His demeanor was extremely lax and quite humorous if I do say so myself.  The New York Times National Editor is a person just like you and me, however, he happens to have a pretty “gnar” job.

15
Feb
12

Knight of Honor Court (Chelsea Ancona)

Every year, ten Bellarmine students are selected to serve as the Knight of Honor Homecoming Court. These students are selected through an application process and represent Bellarmine in positive, well-rounded manner.

Knight of Honor is a way to recognize ten seniors who represent Bellarmine in a positive manner. They excel in and out of school by succeeding in academics, on campus involvement and volunteer and service work in the community. These students are role models to fellow Bellarmine students and exemplify a well-rounded student through their involvement.

The students for the 2012 Knight of Honor were recently selected and will be honored throughout the week as well as at Saturday’s Homecoming game against Kentucky Wesleyan College. This year’s students consist of Jovan Andjelich, Luke Sprague, Megan Lilly, Caitlyn Walsh, Kayla Theisen, Victoria Meiers, Paige Wills, Kandice Ford, Katie Kannon and Chelsea Ancona.

All of these students went through an application process consisting of an essay and an interview. These students have participated in many different organizations both in and out of Bellarmine.

Jovan serves as the Student Government President, Megan is the Bellarmine Activities Council president and Katie is the Knights Nation president. Luke is a part of the 2011 NCAA Division II Basketball National Champion team. He was recently named to the five-member Capital One Academic All-District IV Team for NCAA Division II. Caitlyn was the president for the CREW orientation team and Kayla is currently in the Doctorate Physical Therapy Program. Victoria has been on the Cross Country and Track teams and has participated in the Admissions Hall Host program. Paige has held internships with the Kentucky Derby Museum, AT & T Kentucky Derby Festival Morning Line Radio Show and currently, Baptist East Hospital. Kandice currently serves as a class representative for the Student Government Association as well as the online editor for the Bellarmine Concord. Chelsea is a part of the Bellarmine Activites Council and has held internships with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and currently, Thorntons Inc.

The Knight of Honor court will be recognized at the Scarlett Fever Homecoming event on Thursday evening. They are provided dinner prior to the Homecoming dance on Friday evening at the Seelbach Hotel.

The students will also be honored on the court during half-time of the Men’s Basketball Game this Saturday. During the recognition ceremony at the game, two students will be knighted based on the votes of their classmates. Students can vote for two of the Knight of Honor candidates to be knighted. The knighted students will be knights by President McGowan or Dr. Rhodes and will receive a small scholarship as well.

To vote for the Knight of Honor Court, go to the myBellarmine page and cast your vote. Voting closes on Friday, Feb. 17 at 9am.




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