Filed under: Way Out
While several Way Out alumni remain active in the biz, Billy Carter of the Occasions has left the biggest impression on us with his musical tribute to his corner of the Buckeye State. This video has everything—flying saucers, pirates, the umbrella from Mary Poppins (with a few C.G. extras from Birdemic), and most importantly, a catchy hook. What does Ohio have to loose by hitching a ride on Carter’s soon-to-be-viral jingle? Citizens of Northeast Ohio—we urge you to call your representatives and let them know that there’s a friendly man with a magical piano and he needs to be heard!
Cleveland: Keep an eye out for Billy Carter, who still performs and records with his group The Next Language.
20 HOURS OF PHONE CALLS OVER 16 CDS! FOLD-OUT MAP OF NEWBRIDGE, NJ! USB DRIVE OF ENTIRE SET + FOUR HOURS OF ADDITIONAL CALLS!
108-PAGE HARDCOVER BOOK WITH THE DEFINITIVE SCHARPLING & WURSTER INTERVIEW!
Culled from the vaults of WFMU—the world’s most acclaimed free-form radio station—comes over 20 hours of mind-bending, hilarious phone calls between the renowned comedy duo of Tom Scharpling & Jon Wurster. From 2000 to 2013, their tremendous imaginations took over the WFMU airwaves every Tuesday night with bizarre tales from a fictional town called Newbridge, NJ and the desperate denizens that inhabit it. Conan O’Brien has said “Scharpling & Wurster are keeping the fine art of two-person comedy alive. Some of the funniest stuff out there!”
Included inside this definitive collection are 75 calls over 16 compact discs, edited by Scharpling & Wurster (over 50 of them previously unreleased or unaired), a 108-page hardcover book with cover art by Joe Matt that features essays by Patton Oswalt, Julie Klausner, Damian Abraham (lead singer of F*cked Up) and Best Show associate producer Michael Lisk (aka A.P. Mike), a definitive interview with Scharpling & Wurster by Jake Fogelnest, notes on the evolution and inspiration behind each bit written by Scharpling & Wurster, a USB drive (housed in a cassette tape) with all of 75 calls plus 4 hours of bonus material, a fold-out map of Newbridge, Philly Boy Roy & Timmy von Trimble Paper Dolls, postcards, and temporary tattoos with The Best Show catch-phrases.
For everyone that pre-orders the boxed set at numerogroup.com they will literally get a piece of history – everybody gets a portion of Jon Wurster’s smashed telephone that he used to make the Rock, Rot & Rule phone call, along with a tiny letter of authenticity. Scharpling & Wurster: The Best of the Best Show will be released on March 17th via The Numero Group.
SCHARPLING & WURSTER HAVE FAMOUS FANS!
“Scharpling & Wurster are keeping the fine art of two-person comedy alive. Some of the funniest stuff out there!” – Conan O’Brien
“Listen, I’m not going to sugar coat it; this is a 16 CD boxed set of phone calls. Almost everything about this is technologically redundant. However, I promise this is one of the funniest things you’ll ever own. Scharpling and Wurster are the greatest.” – John Oliver
“Scharpling & Wurster are like an old married couple. Except when they argue it’s funny and not depressing. This collection includes hours of fake calls, fake outrage, and fake knowledge. The real part is that it’s always funny.” – Amy Poehler
“I love Scharpling & Wurster. Their comedy has brought me so much pleasure over the years. And now with this boxed set, you can either relive the magic or experience their classic comedy for the first time. All for the price of $2,500.” – Paul Rudd
“Scharpling & Wurster are purveyors of some of the most bizarre and brilliant comedy I’ve heard in ages. If you want your brain thoroughly melted, this collection should do the trick nicely.” – “Weird Al” Yankovic
“Scharpling & Wurster in a boxed set! What more ‘darkness’ could a girl with ‘edge’ want? – Kim Gordon
“These twisting, strange, impossibly funny dialogues describe a world as complete as any novel, and a style of comedy no one has ever done before, because no one else can.” – John Hodgman
“Scharpling & Wurster (not in that order) are top shelf comedic surgeons.” – Zach Galifianakis
“I’ve been listening to the Scharpling & Wurster conversations for a long time now, probably ten years or more and it’s all just utterly side-splitting shit.” – Robert Pollard
“Scharpling &Wurster are the ultimate dynamic duo from another dimension of comedy: previously uncharted… presently untouchable. I would know, I only stalk the best. – Kurt Vile
“Scharpling & Wurster are the Woodward and Bernstein of comedy. Except they didn’t topple a Presidency and Scharpling and Wurster are way funnier.” – Adam McKay
Filed under: Unwound
Who better than Pitchfork to pronounce that the next chapter in our Unwound campaign has officially begun? No Energy includes the studio albums The Future Of What and Repetition, plus singles, live tracks, photos, and insightful liner notes courtesy of Unwound’s flagship roadie, David Wilcox. Are you late to the Unwound party? Not sure what you’re missing? Pitchfork has a flashy little player set up, where you can stream the entirety of No Energy until October 20th. The first two installments, The Kid Is Gone and Rat Conspiracy, wait patiently as you deliberate.
While Barnstorming the United Kingdom last month, Ken Shipley and Rob Sevier stopped by NTS Radio to contribute a couple hours of content to the station’s jewel-encrusted programming. We fell for NTS back in March, when the station set up at Numero HQ for six hours, broadcasting live from our little villa in Little Village. By comparison, two hours was a cinch! Plus the scenery from NTS’s storefront DJ booth on Gillette Square in Hackney was far more engaging than the icy confines of Marshall Boulevard in the living undead of winter. Enjoy!
Filed under: Cavern
The Numero Group has a strict scorched Earth policy when it comes to collecting photos, flyers, and ephemera related to our compilations. So when you crack open a Numero CD/LP, the images you see are merely the tip of the imagery iceberg. James Brown was notorious for booking studio time on the fly, and Cavern Sound was not immune to the Godfather of Soul’s recording whims. Luckily, a camera was on hand, the results of which are now at Numero Group HQ, stored safely in a flat-file cabinet. What Brown must have though as he descended into a literal cave to record his take on Bill Doggett’s “Honky Tonk,” Lyn Collins “Think (About It),” and a host of others. Sound engineer Jim Wheeler alleges to have heard Brown state, “That bass sure sounds funky off them rocks.” More resounding and rebounding sounds from Independence, Missouri are available on Local Customs: Cavern Sound (James Brown sessions not included).
Filed under: Jordan De La Sierra
Here in 2014, there are countless ways to evaluate a record’s relative success (clicks, views, tweets, retweets, plays, points, purchases, downloads, illegal downloads, et al). One thing that is for certain is that Jordan De La Sierra currently has Soundcloud in a transcendental headlock, his recent Numero release accounting for 80% of the Numero Group’s total Soundcloud traffic. It seems that a lot of this attention is coming from assorted explorers using the browsing function, #piano, only to wade into 25 minutes of mellow madness ℅ De La Sierra. Listener feedback ranges from “your piano sounds sometimes like more than one instrument :-)” to “Beautiful work, bro.”
We’ve got lots of neat stuff on our Soundcloud page, but nothing is putting up numbers like “Temple Of Aesthetic Action,” which constitutes merely 1/4th of NUM059 Gymnosphere: Song of the Rose. So if you like what you hear, you can pre-order the 2CD/2LP set here.
From an early age, the parallel lives of Charles Atkins and Paul Montgomery were filled with music. Montgomery attended the Jackson School For the Blind in Jackson, Mississippi, and Atkins, the Florida school for the Deaf and Blind in St. Augustine, Florida. The pull of secular and non-secular alike weighed heavy on the budding musicians. After graduation, a Hurricane displaced Montgomery, who moved in with his Uncle Sandy in Indiantown, Florida. Montgomery found his way to the local Cadillac Club, where he brought the house down. Word traveled quickly to his Uncle Sandy, who signed on to manage his sensational nephew. In search of bandmates, Montgomery encountered Charles Atkins on a gig in Belle Glade, Florida. Their combined energy was electrifying, and Uncle Sandy realized the potential in a pairing. Sandy poached a talented group of teenagers from West Palm Beach bandleader Jerry Crick and christened the new group the Montgomery Express.
In 1972, the group booked time at S.R.S International Studios in Ft. Lauderdale to record seven originals and a cover of Eddie Floyd’s “Gotta Make a Comeback.” The owner of Orlando’s Dove label offered to record a proper debut for the group, but upon hearing their demos, decided to release them as is. A small quantity of LPs were pressed, but the album failed to gain traction. Atkins quit the band a year later to spend more time with his wife. Unbeknownst to membership or management, the Montgomery Express demos were licensed to and released by Folkways in 1974, creating an anomaly in the label’s deep catalog of field recordings and folk songs. Forty years later, the Montgomery Express makes another unexpected (but well deserved) appearance in the world’s LP bins, courtesy of the Numero Group.