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The Numero Group & Opinions on Lily Allen and Titus Andronicus

Throughout music history, it's been too easy for worthy artists to fall through the cracks. This week Jim and Greg speak to the founders of Numero Group—a label dedicated to lifting those gems out of obscurity.

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The Numero Group

A few times a year Jim and Greg host their Buried Treasures show where they bring in their favorite under-the-radar albums. But, as our hosts admit, they are not nearly as obsessed as many avid music collectors. So this week they turn to the ultimate Buried Treasure aficionados: Numero Group. Rob Savier and Ken Shipley are two of the founders of this Chicago-based label, and they talk to Jim about how they fanatically scour record bins and auction sites across the country to locate otherwise forgotten musical gems. They also share some of the songs from Numero Group's first album compilation, Eccentric Soul: The Capsoul Label.

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Lily Allen It's Not Me, It's You

After exploding out of MySpace and into the mainstream with her debut, Lily Allen is back with a new album cheekily named It's Not Me, It's You. Jim and Greg were both fans of Allen's first album Alright, Still, and were impressed with the sassy attitude displayed in their conversation with her on the show. But Jim was skeptical that Allen would be able to recover from such an over-hyped, over-exposed year. He was pleasantly surprised to hear that she still has novel insights and great stories to tell. Greg agrees, noting that the wisecracks and jabs at ex-boyfriends are still all over the songs, but so are authentic emotions. Both Jim and Greg give It's Not Me, It's You a Buy It.

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reviewThe Airing of Grievances (Bonus Track Version)The Airing of Grievances available on iTunes

Titus Andronicus The Airing of Grievances

New Jersey rockers Titus Andronicus also have a new album out this week called The Airing of Grievances. Both Jim and Greg were wowed by the band at last year's Pitchfork Music Festival. And, the recorded songs are proving to be no less exuberant. As Greg explains, the title of the band is a nod to their mix of high art and low art. Titus' lyrics cover such lofty topics as love, death and disease, but they are all sung in the context of rude, three-chord punk songs. He gives The Airing of Grievances a Buy It. Jim admits the lead singer can‘t sing, but backed with his friends and the exuberant music, it’s definitely a Buy It.

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“Wild Thing”Tone-Loc

Last week Greg marked the anniversary of Buddy Holly's death with his Desert Island Jukebox. This week Jim honors another important anniversary: the release of Tone-Loc's Loc-ed After Dark. Tone-Loc may not be who you immediately think of when you go through the names of important hip hop artists, but Jim insists that his gravelly voice over that Van Halen riff are the perfect combination. And, his take on "Wild Thing," is as great as The Troggs'.

Featured Songs

  1. The Crystal Method, Trip Like I Do, Vegas, Outpost, 1997
  2. Phish, Bouncing Around the Room, Lawn Boy, JEMP, 1991
  3. Bill Moss,“Sock it to 'Em Soul Brother”Eccentric Soul: The Capsoul Label, The Numero Group, 2009
  4. Johnson, Hawkins, Tatum and Durr, You Can't Blame Me, Eccentric Soul: The Capsoul Label, The Numero Group, 2009
  5. Marion Black,“Who Knows, ”Eccentric Soul: The Capsoul Label, The Numero Group, 2009
  6. Perfections, Which One Am I, Eccentric Soul: Twinght's Lunar Rotation, The Numero Group, 2009
  7. The Kaldirons, To Love Someone (That Don't Love You), Eccentric Soul: Twinght's Lunar Rotation, The Numero Group, 2009
  8. Renaldo Domino, Not Too Cool to Cry, Eccentric Soul: Twinght's Lunar Rotation, The Numero Group, 2009
  9. The Soul Messengers, Savior in the East, Soul Messages From Dimona, The Numero Group, 2008
  10. The Soul Messengers, Our Lord and Savior, Soul Messages From Dimona, The Numero Group, 2008
  11. The Soul Messengers, Equilibrium, Soul Messages From Dimona, The Numero Group, 2008
  12. The Soul Messengers,“Burn Devil Burn”Soul Messages From Dimona, The Numero Group, 2008
  13. Lily Allen, The Fear, It's Not Me, It's You, Regal, 2009
  14. Lily Allen, Everyone's At It, It's Not Me, It's You, Regal, 2009
  15. Titus Andronicus, Titus Andronicus, The Airing of Grievances, Troubleman Unlimited, 2009
  16. Titus Andronicus, "Upon Viewing Brueghel's "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus", The Airing of Grievances, Troubleman Unlimited, 2009
  17. Tone-Loc, Wild Thing, Loc-ed After Dark, Delicious Vinyl, 1989
  18. Kevin Lyttle, Call Me, Kevin Lyttle, Atlantic, 2004
  19. They Might Be Giants, Birdhouse in Your Soul, Flood, Elektra, 1990
  20. Bruce Springsteen, Outlaw Pete, Working On A Dream, Columbia, 2009
  21. Kiss, I Was Made For Lovin' You, Dynasty, Casablanca, 1979

Footnotes

numerogroup.com Numero Group Site lilyallenmusic.com Lily Allen titusandronicus.net Titus Andronicus youtube.com Listen to Tone Loc's“Wild Thing”