Numero Group: By The Numbers

Ork and Bedhead Inspire Collectors Frenzy
April 21, 2015, 1:28 pm
Filed under: Bedhead, Ork, RSD2015


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The second-hand market for Record Store Day items is humorous, until it starts affecting our own people. To reiterate: Ork and Bedhead are not sold out. Now that we have met the demands of our subscribers, allied retailers, and pop-up customers, we’ll be making the remaining stock available through our website. Each Ork Box and Bedhead disc will be sold at list price. You might remember the time an eBay seller put his Omnibus on eBay in 47 different pieces and clocked diabolical dough (despite a few dozen copies steady chilling in our webstore). We know that Record Store Day can induce a frenzy among shoppers, but we encourage all of you to take a deep breath (in through nose, out through mouth), and check back tomorrow when these items (plus Lows In The Mid ’60s) should be for sale on our website.

(click below to magnify bad decisions) 

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Rappa Ternt Radio Host: Congrats to our friend Shad
April 20, 2015, 2:28 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized


Today marks a new beginning for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, who bring Canadian rapper Shadrach Kabango on board to host their internationally syndicated interview show, Q. We get Q here in Chicago via WBEZ, and look forward to hearing this gifted wordsmith do his thing on the ElectroVoice RE-20 Dynamic Cardioid Broadcast Mic. I (Jon Kirby) met Shad through common friends in Spring 2008 because I wanted to talk to him about his excellent rap album The Old Prince for Issue 28 of Wax Poetics. We sustained seven years of friendship through a dozen common friends, a fondness for ’90s R&B, and an obsession with college basketball (plus a mutual disdain for Duke). When a bruised and battered Numero Group rolled through Vancouver on tour this summer, Shad left us keys to his modest Eastside apartment so we could rest and regroup (evident in the photo below). When we heard that Shad was in the running to replace Jian Ghomeshi as the host of Q, we were like, “Who else could it be?” Shad is awesome, his albums are available on vinyl, and he’s humble even when he accepts Canada’s highest rap honor (over Drake’s freshman effort) at the the Juno Awards in 2011. Congratulations Shad! Now where do we send this Numero care package?


Way Back Wednesday: RSDs of Yore
April 15, 2015, 1:50 pm
Filed under: Record Store Day

As we prepare for Record Store Day 2015, its encouraging to look back on all of the Record Store Days that we’ve survived. Here is a rundown of April triumphs for the Numero Group.

2012: We hosted a pop-up shop at the Empty Bottle, the very place that Bedhead: Live In Chicago was recorded.


2013: We released the Giant Henry (see: Unwound) LP with three juvenile cover variations, and minted a round of small-batch mix tapes with our own young mugs on them.


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We were so excited about the approaching afternoon at the Comfort Station, we sunk an entire day into making this absurd COMFORT STATION ANIMATION.

2012: We made a fake radio station compilation (WTNG: Solid Bronze) for a fake radio station (WTNG 89.9) on our fake label (Numbero). Other than that, everything about this album was fairly real.


2013: We made an impostor picture disc for some remarkable 24-Carat Black songs that were omitted from our 24-Carat Black album due to tape deterioration.


2011: We issued Pressed At Boddie, which gathered some of the more interesting sweepings from the Boddie archives. We ordered 300 tapes, ten of them gold. Everyone who found that golden tape got awarded an exclusive 45 (otherwise, only available at our Wicker Park pop-up). Here are a few of the victors.

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The song was so good, we made this silly video with legos.

The outside of that pioneering Wicker Park pop-up looked like this:

The Numero Shop Opening Line

The inside looked like this (and we looked 4 RSDs younger):

Insane Guide To Buying Numero Group Stuff (RSD2015)
April 14, 2015, 1:26 pm
Filed under: Record Store Day


Naturally, we’d love to see you at our Chicago Pop-Up Store this Saturday, April 18th. But for the (Earth’s Population – 10M) people who don’t live in Chicagoland, here is the global guide to where you can purchase Numero Group exclusives this Record Store Day. Shops: If you plan on retailing any of our FOUR tasty RSDx2015 items and you don’t see your name on this list, feel free to mention it in the comments field and we’ll make a note. Happy hunting!

Seasick Records Birmingham AL
Stinkweeds Phoenix AZ
Going Underground Records Bakersfield CA
Amoeba Berkeley Berkeley CA
Port of Sound Costa Mesa CA
Lou’s Records Encinitas CA
Fingerprints Long Beach CA
Mount Analog Los Angeles CA
Origami Los Angeles CA
Permanent Records Los Angeles CA
Amoeba Hollywood Los Angeles CA
Resistor Records Monrovia CA
1234 Go! Oakland CA
1-2-3-4 Go San Francisco CA
Amoeba San Francisco San Francisco CA
Aquarius Records San Francisco CA
Boo Boo Records San Luis Obispo CA
Streetlight Records Santa Cruz CA
Twist & Shout Denver CO
Johnny’s Records Darien CT
The Telegraph New London CT
Redscroll Wallingford CT
Radio-Active Records Fort Lauderdale FL
Hear Again Music and Movies Gainesville FL
Deep Search Records Jacksonville FL
Sweat Records Miami FL
Park Ave. CDs Orlando FL
Tonevendor St. Augustine FL
Daddy Kool Records St. Petersburg FL
Criminal Atlanta GA
Graveface Savannah GA
Record Collector Iowa City IA
Reckless Records Chicago IIL
Exile on Main St. Champaign IL
Bric-A-Brac Chicago IL
Bucket O Blood Chicago IL
Dave’s Records Chicago IL
Dead Wax Records Chicago IL
Dusty Groove, Inc. Chicago IL
Laurie’s Planet of Sound Chicago IL
Permanent Records – Chicago Chicago IL
Reckless Records – Broadway Chicago IL
Reckless Records – N. Milwaukee Chicago IL
Saki Chicago IL
Waiting Room Records Normal IL
Landlocked Music Bloomington IN
Tracks Records Bloomington IN
Neat Neat Neat Fort Wayne IN
Indy CD and Vinyl Indianapolis IN
Irvington Vintage Indianapolis IN
Luna Music – Midtown Indianapolis IN
Love Garden Lawrence KS
Sugarcube Records Covington KY
CD Central – Lexington Lexington KY
Better Days Records Louisville KY
Guestroom Records Louisville KY
Underdog Records Louisville KY
Skully’z Recordz New Orleans LA
Ka-Chunk Records Annapolis MD
Sound Garden – Baltimore Baltimore MD
Underground Sounds – MI Ann Arbor MI
Wazoo Records Ann Arbor MI
Paramita Sound Detroit MI
Pork Records Detroit MI
Vertigo Music – MI Grand Rapids MI
Street Corner Music Oak Park MI
Electric Fetus – Minneapolis Minneapolis MN
Extreme Noise Minneapolis MN
Treehouse Records Minneapolis MN
Cheapo – St. Paul St. Paul MN
Eclipse Records – MN St. Paul MN
Mills Record Company Kansas City MO
Music Record Shop St. Louis MO
Vintage Vinyl – St. Louis St. Louis MO
Ear Candy Missoula MT
Harvest Records Asheville NC
641 RPM Boone NC
CD Alley – Chapel Hill Chapel Hill NC
Lunchbox Records Charlotte NC
Bull City Records Durham NC
Sorry State Records Raleigh NC
Homer’s Omaha NE
Academy Record Annex Brooklyn NY
Captured Tracks Shop Brooklyn NY
Halcyon Brooklyn NY
In Living Stereo Brooklyn NY
Rough Trade Williamsburg Brooklyn NY
Turntable Lab – Brooklyn HQ Brooklyn NY
Angry Mom Records Ithaca NY
Academy LPs New York NY
Academy Records – 18th St. New York NY
Other Music New York NY
Darkside Records & Gallery Poughkeepsie NY
Sound Garden – Syracuse Syracuse NY
Square Records Akron OH
Shake It Records Cincinnati OH
Music Saves Cleveland OH
Spoonful Records Columbus OH
Used Kids Records Columbus OH
Omega Music Dayton OH
My Mind’s Eye Lakewood OH
Culture Clash Toledo OH
Guestroom Records – Norman Norman OK
Guestroom Records – OKC Oklahoma City OK
House of Records Eugene OR
2nd Ave. Records Portland OR
Jackpot Records – Hawthorne Portland OR
Music Millennium Portland OR
Siren Records – Doylestown Doylestown PA
Young Ones Kutztown PA
Long in the Tooth Philadelphia PA
Sound Cat Records Pittsburgh PA
Monster Music & Movies Charleston SC
Horizon Records Greenville SC
Store Names City State
The Groove Nashville TB
Goner! Memphis TN
Fond Object Nashville TN
Grimey’s Nashville TN
Breakaway Records Austin TX
End of an Ear Austin TX
Waterloo Records Austin TX
Josey Records LLC Dallas TX
Sound Exchange – Houston Houston TX
Vinal Edge Houston TX
Superfly Records San Marcos TX
Crooked Beat Arlington VA
Melody Supreme Charolttesville VA
Speakertree Records Lynchburg VA
Steady Sounds Richmond VA
AFK Books & Records Virginia Beach VA
In the Moment Battleboro VT
Pure Pop Burlington VT
The Business Anacortes WA
Rainy Day Records Olympia WA
Easy Street – California Ave. Seattle WA
Light in the Attic Seattle WA
Porchlight Coffee & Records Seattle WA
Sonic Boom – Market St. Seattle WA
Spin Cycle Records Seattle WA
Hi-Voltage Tacoma WA
Acme Records Milwaukee WI
The Exclusive Company-Milwaukee Milwaukee WI
Newbury Comics  Boston  MA
Zia Records  Various  AZ/NV
 Stranded  Oakland  CA
Overseas via Distro
NBR 004 LP Various Artists ‘Lows In The Mid Sixties Volume 54: Kosmic City
Australia Rocket Group PTY LTD
Benelux Konkurrent, De
Canada F.A.B. Distribution
France Differ-ant Distribution
Germany Groove Attack
Italy Goodfellas SRL
Japan Futurama Co., LTD / Jet Set
UK Republic of Music
NUM1238LP – Bedhead “Live In Chicago”
UK Republic of Music
NUM707 – Various Artists “Ork Complete Singles”
Australia Rocket Group PTY LTD
Benelux Konkurrent, De
Canada F.A.B. Distribution
France Differ-ant Distribution
Germany Groove Attack
Italy Goodfellas SRL
Japan Futurama Co., LTD / Jet Set
Japan Disk Union USA, Inc.
Japan p.dis
Spain Popstock Distribuciones, S.L.
UK Republic of Music
Overses Stores with all titles
UK Honest Jons
Greece Rock ‘N’ Roll Circus
France Plexus

The Best of the Best Show Press Round-Up
April 9, 2015, 1:58 pm
Filed under: Scharpling & Wurster

Numero’s massive box set Scharpling & Wurster: The Best Of The Best Show has reinvigorated the radio program’s faithful, attracted new fans, and enticed journalists and podcasters of all stripes. For devotees, or newcomers trying to make sense of it all, here are five exceptional Best Show placements that will enrich your appreciation for this unique comedy experience.

1. Bullseye with Jesse Thorn

2. The Grantland Q&A: Tom Scharpling

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3. Rolling Stone: “How The Best Show Came Back From The Dead


4. The Corrigan Show w/ Tom Scarpling, Kathleen Hanna, Patton Oswalt & surprise guests Jon Wurster and Chelsea Peretti 

5. The Morning Shift (WBEZ) with Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster 

A New Sleeve, A New 45: George Kerr and Funka Fize


While assembling the Eccentric Soul Omnibus in 2012, we’d hoped to include “Because You’re Funky” b/w “No Words” by Funka Fize. One of the most obscure items in super-duper-producer George Kerr’s massive catalog, biographical information on the group proved elusive. “They were friends of my wife’s brother,” and “They’re from somewhere in Alabama” does not make for an interesting read. Kerr was able to recount the Rolls-Royce he purchased with his first royalty check, which served as inspiration for the Royce Records imprint (and the crudely drawn logo, for that matter). Perhaps Funka Fize will see this very post, write us, send us their unreleased album on quarter-inch tape (stored in a climate controlled environment, naturally). For now we have this mighty single, which might still fit in your Omnibus (of which 5 remain).

Purchase Because You’re Funky b/w “No Words” by Funka Fize here. 

Numero’s Record Store Day Continental Treasure Map
April 7, 2015, 9:46 am
Filed under: DJ, Record Store Day

April is going to be a busy month for us. If you live in Chicago or New York and would like to take our relationship to the next level, please consider coming out to one or all of the following affairs.


Saturday, April 18th: Chicago Pop-Up

Love it or hate it, April 18th is Record Store Day. In observance, we’ll be hungover situated at Logan Square’s adorable Comfort Station (2579 N. Milwaukee) for our annual pop-up shop. We’ll have our the entire Numero catalog on hand, plus discounted dingers, loosies, and exclusives (Numero Group Tasting Menu). We’ll also have a room full of used merchandise being trucked in from around the midwest, including about 10,000 45s, priced to move. This is always fun.

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Friday April 24th through Sunday April 26th: Brooklyn Pop-Up

The following weekend, we return to Greenpoint to cram ourselves and our wares into Human NYC (110 Meserole Ave). We’ll be open from Noon-8pm everyday. Stop by and say hello!

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Friday Night (April 24th): Chicago Party at Berg’n (Screening/Dancing) 

Friday Night we truck down to Berg’n (899 Bergen St.) for a casual screening of Ultra-High Frequencies: The Chicago Party. Afterwards, we’ll be playing records, chatting, dancing, and interacting with Brooklynites. This event is free to the public, but in the event that capacity issues arise it would behoove you to RSVP here. Just in case.

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Saturday April 25th: Grown Folks Mixer at Great Georgiana 

And finally on Saturday night, we drag our weary bones down to the Great Georgiana (248 Dekalb Ave) for a tasteful night of tasteful music with excellent lighting and rich woodgrains. A great neighborhood bar in a great neighborhood, we’re excited to be headed back to Fort Greene where we always feel like extras in a Roots video.

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While we’d love for you to come out to one (or all) of these special events, we really want to see you in Greenpoint for the pop-up. That’s what all this is about. All these other places, we’ll be busy DJ’ing or drinking or napping in our van, but at Human NYC you’ll have our undivided attention.



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