The Numero Group, an archival record label from Chicago, has launched a nine-city pop-up shop tour that includes a stop at MiniBar, 3810 Broadway, from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. (It’s within walking distance of PorchFest KC.)
In a statement announcing the tour, which started Oct. 7 at the Numero warehouse in Bloomington, Ind., and ends in Seattle, via Los Angeles, on Oct. 22, the label said: “On sale will be every in-print Numero: CD, LP, cassette, 45, T-shirt, poster and whatever other additional weirdness they can cram into a 15-passenger van. As a bonus, the label has pressed, for the tour only, a 7-inch soul/funk jam, “Amethyst Midnight Rendezvous.”
Owners Ken Shipley and Rob Sevier will attend the tour. Shipley formerly worked for the Rykodisc label.
Numero was founded in 2003 to reissue original albums and create compilations of music typically on obscure labels or released by bands that did not become commercially successful.
One of its compilations was “Titan: It’s All Pop!,” which comprised 43 tracks from Titan Records, a Kansas City label founded by Tom Sorrells and Mark Prellberg that issued eight albums in 1978-81.
The Titan compilation was released in November 2008. The Numero Group heralded the compilation before its release:
“Over the years their tiny catalog has crawled to the top of power-pop want lists worldwide and appeared on scads of bootleg cassettes, building a legacy to rival L.A.’s Bomp or New York’s Ork. Located in fly-over country, Titan was forced to start their own scene, import their own skinny ties, and scour Missouri for their own talent.
“Their Midwest AM bubble-gum roots are apparent in the likes of Gary Charlson, the Secrets, Arlis!, Gems, Millionaire At Midnight, the Boys, J.P. McClain & the Intruders, Bobby Sky, and Scott McCarl, but Titan was clearly influenced by the glam-punk spit being hocked from the 100 Club stage. 30 years since they meekly flopped out their first 7-inch single, Kansas City’s Titan Records finally returns to record bins everywhere in a deluxe two-disc retrospective with a comprehensive 40-page booklet.”
Numero specializes in soul, funk and R&B, but its catalog also includes garage rock, gospel, punk, world music and other genres.
Recent releases include music from the Scientists, an Australian garage-rock band; from Rob Zombie and White Zombie; and from artists on Ork Records, including Television, Alex Chilton and the dBs.
Saturday, Oct. 2, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at MiniBar, members of the Numero Group will deliver a DJ set.