Via Numero Group:
With a sound that was swampy, primal and modern-urban all at once—as much in the tradition of rock n’ roll and punk rock as it was a rejection of those things, the Scientists’ formula was as universal as it was specific to their own experience. The themes of getting wasted, driving around in hotted-up cars, being trapped in crap jobs, and paranoia were their subject matter. Machine throb bass and drums with jagged car-wreck guitars were their modus operandi. Fitting into no place or time they spurned all but the most rudimentary and elemental of rock structures to create a sound all their own.
-2LP version boils the box down to 22 essentials, plus unpublished photographs, discography, and fold out Perth Punk family tree.
“The Scientists proved to me that rock ‘n’ roll could be played by gentlemen in fine silk shirts half unbuttoned and still be dirty, cool and real.”—Thurston Moore
“They wrote fantastic singles and looked like they just crawled out of the ooze. What more could you ask for?” —Warren Ellis
“The Scientists turned my head around and made a man out of me! They grew hair on my palms and made my socks stink!”—Jon Spencer
Numero has released one of the most important music box sets, of the year, for those of us who love the 70’s New York Punk scene, with ‘Ork Records, New York, New York.’
In August of 1975, the world’s first punk record label was born. Ork Records: New York, New York is a tale of Terry Ork, a film-obsessed fugitive of Warhol’s Factory set. Ork’s impresario ear would pull damaged, literate new rock music from the pregnant Bowery grime of CBGB, resulting in debut 45s by Television and Richard Hell, as well as landmark recordings by the Feelies and Lester Bangs. It’s a tale of Charles Ball, who’d steer Ork Records through solo exploits by Big Star’s Alex Chilton and the dBs’ Chris Stamey. And it’s a tale told across 4 LPs s in scorching sides by Richard Lloyd, Marbles, Prix, Mick Farren, Cheetah Chrome, the Idols, the Erasers, the Revelons, Student Teachers, and more. Our deluxe 190-page hardback book features evocative, unseen imagery, a portal opened by on-the-scene photojournalists as crucial to documenting punk’s conception in the squalid Lower East Side as the walls of CBGB itself. Ork Records: New York, New York is a visionary glimpse of punk and new wave as invented, nurtured, feted, and forgotten by the street-level artisans who attended the genres’ arrival.
There is excitement in the Kansas City air, this October, and not just about sports. When Numero announced that their latest compilation was going to focus on an Independence, Mo. recording studio, Cavern Sounds, many of the fans of the label started placing pre-orders. ‘Local Customs: Cavern Sounds’ is now in stock!
Independence, Missouri—We open on local rock band Tide, as they cross the lobby of Cavern Sound Recording Studio. “A hit record would make success more of a certainty,” our narrator declares. “A hit record is every struggling group’s big dream.” Many dreams were born, fulfilled, and deferred within the confines of this limestone mine-turned-studio, the mightiest of which are united on Local Customs: Cavern Sound. Our in-house promotional video opens with rare footage from the Tide mini-documentary, Fences And Gates, with Numero taking over at the 9-second mark. Won’t you help make success more of a certainty for these struggling groups?
“In 1988, David Blair Stiffler risked life and limb to document under-recorded cultural groups living lives in extreme isolation in the mountainous Philippine regions of Nueva Ecija, Aurora, and Luzon. His masters, originally intended for release on Folkways, were shelved when Stiffler returned home to news of Folkways founder Moses Asch’s death.”
From David Blair Stiffler, who recorded this album:
“Our journals and recording equipment were ultimately confiscated and stolen by the MNLF rebels. We escaped with a single cassette, the clothes on our back, and our lives.”
Wow, we know the great folklorist, Alan Lomax, risked his life, traveling through the segregated South, to record our country’s unexplored music. Now, Stiffler is showing us the next generation of musicologist who will go to the ends of the earth to bring the world new sounds we would have not heard.
Stream the ‘Music From The Mountain Provinces’ via Numero.