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11x Grammy nominated archival label The Numero Group have announced a month-long slate of new releases this Fall from a mix of canonical and obscure American independent artists whose influence reverberated throughout the music underground in the 1990s.

The ’90s Month initiative kicks off on September 2nd with the long awaited reissue of seminal Pacific NW post-hardcore stalwarts Unwound’s final recording, the celebrated live album documenting their final tour Live Leaves. It will be followed on September 16th by a previously unheard, recently unearthed album length session by the massively influential slowcore pioneers Codeine recorded between Frigid Stars and White Birch.

The capstone of the collection comes September 30 in the form of a comprehensive five LP boxset by east coast ’90s indie favorites Karate, who recently reunited for an upcoming tour that includes a coveted slot at Pitchfork Festival. The month concludes with the unearthed discography of Midwestern DIY emo band Current, dropping as a 3xLP set October 7. More info on each of the ’90s Month releases below.

The ‘90s Month initiative represents a deepening commitment on the part of Numero to unearth and canonize important and influential strains of the American indie, punk, and emo scenes from the 1980s and 1990s.

Over the course of the last decade the label has invested in revealing rarities from widely acknowledged seminal acts (Hüsker Dü’s Savage Young Dü boxset, Codeine’s When I See the Sun boxset), preserving the works of influential acts that had not made the jump to streaming or whose physical releases have languished out-of-print (Crimpshrine’s Free Box, Unwound’s complete discography reissue), and surfacing acts whose influence was widely felt in the underground if seldom mentioned as part of the historical canon (Duster’s Capsule Losing Contact boxset, the ongoing The Hated reissue campaign).

The initiative is part of the broader trajectory of Numero’s Ken Shipley, who began his label journey 25+ years ago with the Tree Records imprint, responsible for some of the most coveted releases of the ’90s indie/emo era.

Unwound - Live Leaves (September 2nd)

After recording their 2001 opus Leaves Turn Inside You at home, Unwound reconfigured as a quintet to tour this more ambitious repertoire. Added to the mix was original Unwound drummer Brandt Sandeno on keys, and David Scott Stone on guitar. Every feedback squeal, bass chug, and hi-hat sizzle of what would be their final 37 shows was taped, the most compelling bits of which have been edited into a cohesive snapshot of a band at the end of an incredible run. This 10th year anniversary edition adds two additional tracks to the original double album, mastered direct to metal, and otherwise replicated to the tiniest detail.

Codeine - Dessau (September 16th)

After the success of Codeine's Frigid Stars LP, the trio of Stephen Immerwahr, John Engle, and Chris Brokaw booked time at Harold Dessau Recording in June 1992 to track an eight-song sophomore album. A few days and a couple of unexplainable high-pitched frequencies later, the record was scrapped, shelved, and forgotten about. Brokaw left the band shortly after, and these songs were re-tracked in various iterations for Codeine's final LP. On its 30th anniversary, Numero has unearthed these recordings, restoring the original White Birch to the band's exacting standards with producer Mike McMackin. A slowcore masterpiece hidden in plain sight.

Karate - Time Expired (September 30th)

At the turn of the century and after three albums, Karate’s tenure within the insular east coast indie rock scene had expired, but the band was just getting started. Collected here is the band’s spacious, adventurous, and sometimes difficult second half presented in fastidious detail. This five LP box includes the trio’s Unsolved double LP (including 3 previously unissued period appropriate tracks), Some Boots, and Pockets albums, plus a first time vinyl pressing of their Cancel/Sing EP, all annotated by Geoff Farina’s account of Karate’s adulthood and Andy Hong’s insights into the trio’s recording process.

Current - Yesterday’s Tomorrow Is Not Today (October 7th)

Screaming suburban blues straight from the pages of HeartattaCk magazine, Current exploded out of the early-’90s Midwestern emo scene in a fit of D.C. hardcore-inspired rage. Spread across three LPs, Yesterday’s Tomorrow Is Not Today compiles the quartet’s lone album, two EPs, split 7"s with Indian Summer and Chino Horde, miscellaneous compilation debris, and nine previously unissued alternates, including the infamous KLXU radio show. Remixed and mastered from the original tapes, Current’s complete discography is annotated in Leor Galil’s exhaustive survey, illustrated with period photos, flyers, and cut-n-paste sleeve art across 24 pages.

June 23, 2022 9:00am ET by Pressparty  

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