Ken Shipley, Numero Group, Chicago-based reissue label
What’s the vibe like among attendees from your vantage point? Attendance is low. The energy is also rather low.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever seen from your record table at Pitchfork? One year we had a guy coming up to the table the whole night saying he wanted to buy something but that he needed to save his money for beer. Around 10:00 p.m. he comes up and shoves a crumpled-up wad of bills at us. We gave him a Deep City T-shirt and he put it on and left the T-shirt he was already wearing with us.
Who did you go see this year? I saw Carly Rae Jepsen and it was incredible. Her album [Emotion] is the best pop album of the last couple years.
Are you seeing interest in any particular titles this year? We get people who only have one or two of our releases so we try to steer them to one of the other 275 titles in our catalog.
Have sales of Purple Snow [Numero Group comp with a heavy Prince tie-in] increased these last couple months? We were the only Prince available on Spotify after he died, so that started streaming hundreds of thousands of times more. And it is selling more but keep in mind it’s three years old at this point.