Filed under: Boddie, Lowlands, Syl Johnson, Tragar | Tags: Miller Life, Miller Lite, Miller Time
So you’re telling me there’s a bodega, that plays nothing but Numero Group songs, and it’s staffed by Kenny Power’s Mexican baseball coach from Season 2 of Eastbound & Down? In the fictional world created by the Miller Brewing Company, this is precisely the case.
“Silver Man,” set to “Hole In Your Soul” by A.C. Jones & Soulettes (Boddie)
“Last-Minute Gift” set to “Love Of The Morning” by Circle (Lowlands)
“Twins” set to “Trying To Get To You” by Syl Johnson (Complete Mythology)
“Silver Man 2″ set to “Hole In Your Sole” by A.C. Jones & Soulettes (Boddie)
“One-Tripper” set to “Messing Around” by Bobby Owens & The Diplomats (Tragar)
P.S. As a North Carolina native, I must say that the Cheerwine cameo seems to blatant to be a coincidence. Anybody?
What began as the album closer for the beloved Personal Space: Electronic Soul 1974-1984 compilation, manifested itself into an appearance on Good God! Apocryphal Hymns and the certified single-LP sleeper, Everything God Is Love ’78. This is an office favorite. But as it relates to Otis G. Johnson’s larger catalog, Everything God Is Love ’78 is business as usual. Like other independent artists on our rosters, Otis G. Johnson registered with CDBaby to move product to the masses. While the technology has changed over subsequent CDs, Otis G. Johnson’s method is still the same—a man, his message, and his machines. The analog drum machine/Farfisa combo featured on Everything God Is Love ’78 is still our favorite though, and would make a logical starting point for any infatuation with drum machine gospel you should develop in the future.
Performing as their alter ego, Condo Fucks, the members of Yo La Tengo took to the stage of New York City’s Cake Shop on Friday night to perform a set of garage standards and surprises. Right out of the gate, the trio reprised “Harmonics On A Warpath” by Way Out recording artists, The Harmonics. Re-imagined as “Condo Fucks On A Warpath,” this is by most standards a deep cut from a relatively low-profile Numero Group release. Many breakers, DJs, and producers picked up on the Harmonics later release “Gangster Boogie” (as the Chicago Gangsters), but “Harmonics On A Warpath”? Off Eccentric Soul: The Way Out Label?
Kudos to the Yo La Tengo gang for dragging this song into the basement of the Cake Shop, which shall live forever in MP3 at NYCTaper.com. The whole show is available for download at the aforementioned website.
In a recent episode of Parts Unknown, Anthony Bourdain travels to Miami. Even the locals down at Miami New Times admitted that Bourdain mostly got it right here. Despite marquee contributors Iggy Pop and Questlove being distinctly not-from-’round-here, we were all delighted to see deeper recruits from Magic City, among them Willie Clarke, whose Deep City label was the focus of not one but two compilations in our Eccentric Soul series. It was cool to see bass mechanic and friend-of-the-label Otto Von Schirach talking shop, and who could not delight in freaky tales with Uncle Luke? Deep City songbird Helene Smith offers a few moments of a cappella magic, making this a very digestible episode of Parts Unknown. CNN has a pretty rich overview of the episode at their website (and a few tasty samples), but no streaming video. Check your local listings (and any sketchy streaming sites you frequent), because it looks like this thing is showing again on Sunday at 8pm on CNN.
Filed under: Newsworthy, Scharpling & Wurster | Tags: Late Night Television, Seth Meyers, Television
Last Thursday, Tom Scharpling, Jon Wurster, and The Best of The Best Show box set made their conjoined national television debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers. After a long day of press around midtown Manhattan, the fellas settled into the backstage area of Rockefeller Center’s studio 8G (adjacent studio 8H where SNL tapes). Several on the Late Night writing and producing staff checked in to congratulate Tom and Jon on the success of the boxed set and their recognition from late night television. Be sure to check out the entire interview—last segment on the video—and bear witness Late Night‘s first ever group hug. Big thanks to our incredible publicist Jacob Daneman at Pitch Perfect PR for making this happen.
The Numero Group considers themselves very lucky to have contributed several songs to the sonic landscape of Mad Men. And for the sake of historical accuracy, the songs were often upstaged by grand-slam singles from the Beatles, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Turtles, et al—just like in the good old days. Even at TuneFind, a website dedicated to identifying songs in television and cinema, users gathered in the comments field to determine what unidentified track is being played, quietly, in a peripheral scene—a diner, a brothel. Time and time again, those song originated here on Marshall Boulevard. But we’re quite content with our role in Mad Men, and are perpetually thankful that special people—music supervisors and viewers alike—continue to discover the great songs that populate our dense catalog. So if you’re planning a Man Men binge, look out for these Numero tunes, scattered about the show’s 7-season run.
S2, E2 “Flight 1″ – George McGregor, “Temptation Is Hard To Fight” (Twinight)
Notes: Starts towards the scene where Peggy is making out in the hallway.
S2, E2 “Flight 1″ – Edd Henry, “Crooked Woman” (Big Mack)
S2, E9 – Helene Smith, “Pot Can’t Talk About The Kettle” (Outskirts Of Deep City)
S5, E5 – Harvey & The Phenomenals “Darlene” (Boddie)
Notes: Playing in the background when the guys are in the brothel
S6, E4 – Stormy, “The Devastator” (Twinight)
S6, E4 – The Grand Prixx, “I See Her Pretty Face” (Big Mack)
S6, E10 – Cave Dwellers, “You Know Why” (Run Around 2×7″)
S6, E10 – Pretty, “Electric Hand” (Mustache In Your Face 2×7″)
Notes: At the pool when Don had been rescued from drowning by Roger.
S6, E11 – Little Alice, “Why Oh Why” (4J, Unissued)
Notes: Pete, Peggy and that partner guy are sitting at a bar
S7, E14 – Bobby Welch, “Benshaw Glenn” (Lowlands)
Filed under: Royal Jesters | Tags: Lowrider, Lowrider Oldies, Ritmo Chido, Royal Jesters, Soulero
Twenty-eight homespun stunners from the Alamo City’s scrappiest souleros. The Royal Jesters were the kings of San Antonio’s cross-cultural teen scene in the 1960s, soundtracking lovelorn slow dances with their heart-sick harmonies. For the first time, English Oldies gathers the best early doo-wop, R&B, and blazing Latin rock and soul from these Tex-Mex masterminds—a simmering melting pot of diverse regional flavors, best served hot.