Numero Group: By The Numbers

Los Nombres: Asterisk’s Cosa Nuestra
December 19, 2011, 5:51 pm
Filed under: Asterisk, Boddie, Subscription

One part War, two parts Santana, a dash of Motown, immersed in a rich Puerto Rican stock, Los Nombres were the undisputed kings of Northern Ohio’s rust-belt barrios. Following successive explosions of brown-eyed and Latin soul in Los Angeles and New York in the mid and late ’60s, Lorain, Ohio’s Boricua underdogs went on a recording tear in nearby Cleveland, going all-in on a series of no-budget recordings at Boddie and Way Out. With a voice that rivaled any on the Fania roster, Willie Marquez led the rotating cast of Latino teens through numerous underfunded recording sessions for the Day-Wood, Beth, and Lorain Sounds imprints, the lo-fi fruits of which are compiled here.

Sign up for a 2012 Vinyl or CD subscription, should you wish to ring in the new year with this fantastic collection of Latin funk and lowrider soul. Should you wish to buy it a la carte, check back January 2nd.

Numero March Update and Press Round Up
November 17, 2011, 11:33 am
Filed under: Eccentric Soul Revue, Numero Press, Subscription, Syl Johnson, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , ,

As the Numero van traverses east into the Carolinas today before stopping for an eventful night at Horizon Records in Greenville S.C., we have been holding down the fort over here shipping out the last of the 2011 Vinyl Subscriptions and pre-orders. 2012 Subscriptions are now available at our web store and will remain up for the next few months while the 2011.5 Part 2 Vinyl Subscription will be up until the end of the day tomorrow. In preparation of Numero’s march into Durham there has been a tidal-wave of pro-numero propaganda that has swept through the Triangle, check it out below.

Independent Weekly Cover Feature

Duke Performances Syl Interview

Yes Weekly

Durham Magazine

The Daily Tar-Heel

Also if you’re not convinced to buy the Boddie box set make sure to check out today’s NPR Morning Edition with Tony Cox  at 1:30 EST today with Louise Boddie and Numero Archivist Dante Carfagna, who are going be chatting about the history and music of the Boddie Recording Company. Don’t Sleep.

Speaking about public radio, check out this clip from two nights ago on WFMU’s The Best Show with Tom Scharpling where he gets an unexpected caller.  Note – this is not some kid with a Syl Johnson Soundboard, it’s the man himself. Listen below.

Syl Johnson on the Best Show

2012 Numero Subscription
November 16, 2011, 1:58 pm
Filed under: Subscription, Uncategorized | Tags: , ,

As 2012 rears its ugly, apocalyptic head we will be busy in our bustling two-flat on Marshall Blvd keeping busy to give you some new sonic fodder in preparation of an inevitable global cataclysm. So while your gathering diced peaches and ordering that disaster kit from Sky-Mall you’ve  always wanted, we will be upping the ante by putting out a new Numero or Numero-related good each month the whole year.

The 2012 release schedule will move the mainline catalog into the 40’s by offering six new releases and two new vinyl issues of previously CD-only titles. These releas will make up a majority of the content in the 2012 subscriptions, but there will be a number of releases peppered in for good measure for subscribers to use their discount. Boddie has truly been a gift that keeps on giving with four releases this next year that have ties to Cleveland and Boddie, all crammed between several new Eccentric Soul titles and two helpings of power pop (old and new).

Like in 2011, the 2012 subscription includes free shipping, priority (first in line, not USPS) shipping, guaranteed bonus subscriber only and pre-order items and extras, 15% off all numero online purchases (excluding new subscriptions) and anything else we have in mind. The 2011 CD subscription runs all year while the 2012 vinyl subscription will be again broken down into two digestible parts (and yes there will be discount on the 2nd part 2012 vinyl subscription for customers who pick up both). Here they are:

2012 CD Subscription (8 CD’s Total) $100.00

AST-09 Los Nombres: S/T CD

NUM042 Lou Ragland: I Travel Alone 3CD

NUM041 Eccentric Soul: A Red Green Black Production CD

NUM044 TBT IL Power Pop Comp  CD

NUM040 Good God! Title TBA CD

NUM043 Eccentric Soul: Cash Recordings CD

2012 LP Subscription (14 LP’s Total) $150.00

NUM039 Eccentric Soul: The Nickel and Penny Labels 2LP

AST-09 Los Nombres: S/T LP

NUM042 Lou Ragland: I Travel Alone 4LP

NUM042.5 Love Apple: S/T LP

NUM041 Eccentric Soul: A Red Green Black Production 2LP

NUM044 TBT IL Power Pop Comp 2LP

NUM004 Yellow Pills: Pre-fill 2LP

Get’em here while their hot!

LP Subscriptions will be shipped immediately with NUM039 vinyl while CD subscriptions will be shipped around the first of the new year with AST-09.

Listen to the Needle Drop

Also if you are not a subscriber-

NUM039 Eccentric Soul: The Nickel and Penny Labels LP available here

NUM035 Boddie Recording Company: Cleveland, OH CD available here

NUM2011.5 Numero Vinyl Subscription still available until Friday here

CD subscribers rejoice – Boddie is on its way…
November 7, 2011, 6:07 pm
Filed under: Boddie, Nickel & Penny, Subscription

For all you CD subscribers who’ve been wondering where the tail end of your 2011 subscription is….wonder no more!  We sent Zach and Nate off on a perilous journey to the bowels of west industrial Chicago to a town whose name ends in lake…Woodlake? Westlake? Honestly we don’t even know where it is they went, but after a fierce and bloody battle, they returned victorious with a carload of Boddie CDs to send out to the Numero faithful. As evidenced by the photos below, the Numero staff quickly went to work packing up the subscriber orders.




Here’s Rob and Jon and the towers of mail order.

And here’s what the subscribers can expect to receive:

Boddie Recording Co. (3CD)

Boddie Bonus CD (Limited to 500)

Eccentric Soul: The Nickel & Penny Labels CD

Group from Lutheran East 45 (Subscriber only)

And here’s a little video of the box being packed up

**note…rubber bands probably not included.

So there you have it, the end of the 2011 CD subscription.

If you’re sad that you missed out, we’ll surely make more noise about this soon, but keep your eyes peeled for the official 2012 Numero Call For Subscriptions.

Let’s throw some light on this joint:
The CD sub 2012: Six tiles (eight CDs) – $100

January : Los Nombres
In the early ‘70’s, Lorain, Ohio’s Puerto Rican community, one of the largest in the the US, gave birth to this fiery Latin soul combo. Features long “perdito” recordings from the Daywood, Beth and Lorain Sound labels.

March: Lou Ragland: I Travel Alone  (3CD)
Cleveland ‘s intensely prolific Lou Ragland had his fingers in so many pies, he couldn’t stop licking them. Featuring the sweet soul sounds of his long unavailable Conveyer LP, the equally lost Hot Chocolate LP, and an only recently discovered full live Hot Chocolate set that nearly burns down the Agency Recording Studio where it was recorded. CDs are wrapped in three, seperate facsimile sleeves and housed with a 28 page booklet in a hot, chocolate colored slipcase.

May: Eccentric Soul: A Red Green Black Production
On the heels of Father’s Chidren, prepare to devour more of DC producer R. Hosea Williams’ capital soul, with Dyson’s Faces, Summits, Promise, East Coast Connection, Skip Mahoney & the Casuals & the Exceptions.

June: To-Be-Titled, Illinois Power Pop comp (044)
Anyone who lived through the seventies in the Land Of Lincoln knows it was Power Pop Central. Pretty Boys, Julian Leal, Loose Lips, Bandjocks, Kevin Lee & Heartbeat and 13 more contribute to this first ever state-wide overview.

July – Good God! (title TBA)
The third in our gospel series could be our best yet. It’s so good, we’re afraid to talk about it, lest we be struck down with a glorious heavenly blow.

September – Eccentric Soul: The Cash Label
From Chicago’s gamey West side, the Gene Cash finally get their due in this single disc compilation of the their trifecta of labels, Cash, CRA, and Jade.

LP subscription will be announced later this week!

Boddie Recording Company: The Pre-Order
September 8, 2011, 1:04 pm
Filed under: Boddie, Newsworthy, Subscription

First, press play.

From 1958 to 1993, Thomas and Louise Boddie’s industrious Boddie Recording Company issued nearly 300 albums and 45s, recorded 10,000 hours of tape, and remained in operation longer than any other studio, pressing plant, or label group in the history of Cleveland. Long forgotten even by the standards of the chronically overlooked northeastern Ohio music scene, Boddie was a fusion of its owner’s engineering genius and his limited economic means; its DIY recording studio housed in a humble barn, churned night and day to capture the sounds emanating from Cleveland’s east side neighborhoods. The best of the Boddies’ in-house Soul Kitchen, Luau, and Bounty labels, which released an unspoiled treasure trove of kitchen-sink eccentric soul, fuzzbox funk, shoestring doo-wop, and haunted, eerily hook-laden spirituals, are collected here. Enclosed inside is a mountain of office-styled ephemera: two massive booklets brimming with detail on the Boddies and their artists; extensive notes and scores of unpublished photos; a complete detailed discography folio; reproduced fliers; and a Boddie greeting card—all rendered with the handcrafted charm that was the Boddie hallmark. Call it a self-contained record industry crammed into one box.

Close to five years was spent on the research and restoration of the Boddie archive, a feat matched only by last year’s epic Syl Johnson set. If you thought there was nowhere for Numero to go but down, prepare to be bowled over. No expense has been spared, no detail ignored. Easily our most impressive package to date, Boddie Recording Co. is a super-hybrid of our Eccentric Soul, Good God!, and Local Customs concepts all wrapped in one string-and-button or cloth bound box.

As has been our trend over the last few years, we’ve been making special editions of our year-end box sets for the more engaged Numero buyer. In the case of Boddie, there was scores of left over material that didn’t make the cut. In addition to the 58-track triple CD, we’ve created a 21-song bonus disc for the first 500 pre-orders. On the LP side, we’ve augmented the 65-track 5LP set with a replica of the Mod Squad’s one-of-a-kind LP acetate. For those not up to speed on all the Boddie mysteries, the Mod Squad is the teenage configuration of future Motown and People recording artists Sly, Slick & Wicked. Packaged in a custom Boddie LP sleeve and limited to 500 copies, the Mod Squad acetate is the cherry on top of a year of rare Cleveland soul.

Follow up question from the peanut gallery: If I’m already a 2011 CD and/or 2011 Part 2 Numero LP Subscriber, do I need to pre-order to get all the goodies? Answer: Your subscription guarantees your pre-order slot.

Want one? Click here. All orders will ship the second week of October, arriving right before Boddie’s eventual October 25th release date.

Add To Cart
July 6, 2011, 11:47 am
Filed under: Boddie, Father's Children, Newsworthy, Subscription

Because we know you’ve been trained to your TV following this Casey Anthony bull shit, we wanted to remind you that  a few new items have been added to our website. First off, part two of the 2011 Vinyl Subscription is now open for both current and new subscribers here.

2011 Vinyl Subscription Part 2:
$150.00 (Part 1 Subscriber rate) / 165.00 (New Subscribers)


+009 Doc Rhymin’ 12”
The Numero 12” series returns after a three year hiatus with an oddball nugget from the Boddie Recording Company vault. Cleveland rap differs from the sounds emanating from New York and Los Angeles in one major way: most of the region’s recorded output has no samples. Copies of Ultimate Breaks & Beats were extremely scarce, leaving upstart rhymsters high on VHS-dubs of Yo MTV Raps to lean heavily on programmed drum machines and keyboards rather than “Funky Drummer” and “Different Strokes.” Doc Rhymin’s basic 808 approach does not disappoint, as he lets his well rehearsed cadence carry each of the 12”s three songs with nary a gimmick to be heard.

CT-010 Stone Coal White LP
Only the 10th record from DJ Shadow’s long running Cali-Tex imprint, Stone Coal White fits the label’s bill of unearthing the most wasted and primitive funk records ever recorded to a T. Some will recognize “You Know” from the black-psych mix bible Chains & Black Exhaust, but as the group’s two 45s exist in single digit quantities, only a handful have heard the rest of this Ho Chi Min City-damaged oeuvre.Their two 45s have been bolstered with four previously unissued tracks, found in the basement of a now-condemned motorcycle gang hideout in Dayton, Ohio.

024 Titan: It’s All Pop 4LP (+bonus 10”)
From 1978-1981 the Titan label issued only eight records, but over the years their tiny catalog has crawled to the top of power- pop want lists worldwide and appeared on scads of bootleg cassettes, building a legacy to rival L.A.’s Bomp or New York’s Ork. Located in fly-over country, Titan was forced to start their own scene, import their own skinny ties, and scour Missouri for their own talent. Their midwest AM bubblegum roots are apparent in the likes of Gary Charlson, the Secrets*, Arlis!, Gems, Millionaire At Midnight, the Boys, J.P. McClain & the Intruders, Bobby Sky, and Scott McCarl, but Titan was clearly influenced by the glam-punk spit beinghocked from the 100 Club stage. 30 years since they meekly flopped out their first 7” single, Kansas City’s Titan Records finally returns to record bins everywhere in a deluxe 4LP retrospective boasting ten bonus tracks not on the double CD.

Bonus pre-order only live Boys 10” (limited to 500) is included with the subscription price.

ES-Box 003 Lil’ Ed & the Soundmasters 3×45
First featured in our 2LP+book box set Light: On The Southside with the track, “It’s A Dream,” Lil’ Ed & the Soundmasters released only three 45’s during their career on the group’s Fised and Fished labels. Housed in a custom printed 45 box, this triple single boxset also features a 12 page booklet that delves into the history of this Chicago family-funk band and its 8 year old drummer.

035 Boddie Recording Company:
Cleveland, OH 5LP (+bonus LP)
We’ve been threatening this thing for two years, and as I type this we’re putting the finishing touches on the set. The five album box boasts a whopping 64 tracks, and includes not one but two LP-size booklets chronicling the Boddies and their stable of misfit artists. The packaging on this must be seen to be believed, as we’ve spared no expense in creating the ultimate document of this Cleveland institution.

Also, In addition to the 11 LP’s and 3 Singles listed above, you will get any bonus materials we make for the rest of the year along with the 15% subscriber discount both at our online store ( and at any events taking place in 2011 like the Chirp Record Fair at Pitchfork and the WFMU Record Fair.

!!!!!!!!!!!!! Part 2 of the 2011 Vinyl Subscription will close after the pre-orders for  NUM024 – Titan: It’s All Pop 4LP Box Set closes at the tail-end of August!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you don’t have the clams to shell out for the subscription you can pick up both  Doc Rhymin 12″  and Stone Coal White  before the release drops next Tuesday.  Also if you haven’t picked up NUM037 – Father’s Children: Who’s Gonna Save The World, follow the link and listen to the snippets and I assure you you won’t be disappointed.

Lastly, we present to you our 2011 Numero Summer Clothing Collection with the release of our new Soul Kitchen Tee and  Twinight Tee. Granted there are only 2 pieces in this summer series, these American Apparel fit tees look good in any situation. From getting bombed at the beach to hitting on your second cousin, these shirts hold up in any type of summer shenanigans, keeping you in style even if your behavior isn’t.

It was a good day.
June 17, 2011, 8:43 pm
Filed under: Subscription, Uncategorized | Tags: , , ,

The deluxe LP version of NUM037 Father’s Children: Who’s Gonna Save The World has now been shipped for subscribers therefore concluding the first half of this year’s vinyl subscription. Today we all cranked out nearly 200 mailers, and we even managed to swing by Atotonilco in Little Village for some of the best al pastor in the city. Details for the second half of our vinyl subscription for this year will be available Monday on our site. For those of you who are not subscribers, Father’s Children will be dropping this upcoming Tuesday at finer record shops everywhere or you can pick it up here.

The Most People We’ve Ever Had In Our Office Working At Once.
April 5, 2011, 1:48 pm
Filed under: Record Store Day, Subscription

Yes, who gives a damn, right? This is a pretty minor benchmark in Numero’s checkered career. However, if you’ve ever seen how small and dirty our office is you will be astounded to know we have a total of 9 people here hard at work in preparation for the shipment of our unauthorized* record store day LP. From front to back: J.R., Ryan 3, Nathan, Zach, our tape machine (we treat it like a son), Ryan 2, and way in back there you can see Chris’ arm.

*Unauthorized, as in, not recognized by the Record Store Day war council. Anyone caught selling or possessing said unapproved product risks prosecution by Record Store Day tribunal.

Last Call for 2011 Subscriptions. Bonus 45 revealed!
March 29, 2011, 12:48 pm
Filed under: Ebirac, Father's Children, Record Store Day, Subscription

Next Monday we’re closing 2011 subscriptions. Between our Record Store Day exclusive (included in the sub. and shipping imminently) and the subscriber-only bonus 45, we need to be able to plan how many are going to who and where.

To recap:

$100 CD subscription includes:

035.5 Local Customs: Burned At Boddie CD
037 Father’s Children: Who’s Gonna Save The World CD
035 Boddie Recording Co.: Cleveland, Ohio 3CD
039 Eccentric Soul: Nickel & Penny Labels CD

$100 LP subscription includes:

038 Willie Wright: Telling The Truth LP+45
011 Eccentric Soul: Mighty Mike Lenaburg 2LP
036 Cult Cargo: Salsa Boricua De Chicago 2LP
035.5 Local Customs: Pressed At Boddie 2LP
037 Father’s Children: Who’s Gonna Save The World LP+45

(LP subscription available in the US only)

Plus you get any bonus discs we make, a die-cast Numero pin, and the 45 playing in the above clip.
Subscribe now, or regret it later.

March 28, 2011, 5:44 pm
Filed under: Boddie, Record Store Day, Subscription | Tags: ,

He keeps bringing us this awesome stuff! Behold!

The first look at the Burned At Boddie compact disc variant of our 2011 Record Store Day release. The most awesome part of this whole collection (aside from the music) is certainly the  thirteen page annotated discography of items pressed at Boddie between 1969-1987, complete with legend, key and methodology.

It is worth it for that alone, making it sure to be highly collectible. Be sure to admonish your local brick-and-mortar for not ordering some (which sadly, will be too late) or… be pro-active about the situation and demand that they get in contact with us and have ordered some!


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