Filed under: Brotherman, Newsworthy | Tags: Brotherman, cassettes, Walkman
31 years ago, Sony brought the Walkman to market and simultaneously started the portable music boom. Most of the Numero staff has fond memories of rewinding and fast-forwarding homemade tapes, and even though we’ve graduated to iPods, we’ve remained suckers for the format. On Friday, the Japanese multinational conglomerate announced it had ceased production of the Walkman, and although there are plenty of other competitors in the field, it’s a sad day indeed for those who prefer their shitty portable music on 1/8th inch tape.
To commemorate the device’s passing, Numero is trotting out an item that we’ve never featured for sale on our website; the Brotherman cassette.
We generally only trot these out for special events, but for the next week we’re making them available here for the low, low price of $5 postage paid. There’s only 30 or so left, and once they’re gone, they’ll go the way of the Walkman. That is to say, on to eBay for a sum well above what we’re asking.
It wouldn’t be Numero if we didn’t give you a summary of the history the device (courtesy of intern Ryan Razowsky):
Filed under: Brotherman, Ebirac, Uncategorized | Tags: Hungry Brain, Plastic Crimewave, The Secret History of Chicago Music
Join us tonight for a little informal lecture/conversation between Rob Sevier of the Numero Group and Steve Krakow AKA Plastic Crimewave of Galactic Zoo Disk and Secret History of Chicago Music at the Hungry Brain in Chicago’s Roscoe Village neighborhood (2319 W. Belmont). Check out the illustration Crimewave did for us last week. Coming soon to a bin card near you!
Check out the write-up in The Onion’s AV Club, and though they do have all intended topics down, we stand by no claims of “mind-expansion”.
Filed under: Brotherman | Tags: Brotherman, Fan Fic, Light On The South Side
When people we find out we work out of a crummy little basement on the SW side of Chicago (sans brushed metal name plates and glass doors), they’re always impressed with the quality of work that trickles out of somewhere so shabby. We take no offense and allow the work to speak for itself.
We admittedly operate in a bit of a bubble, taking our own cues as to where we should go next, what we should release, what taqueria we should eat at. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in this little universe that we forget how much of the outside world we’re affecting. The things that leave this dank record rathskeller have not only made it into thousands of record collections, but are now inspiring their own creative endeavors. We’ve gotten fan mixes, a chalk board rendering of Bill Moss, and now this:
This piece comes courtesy of Jake Nevill down in Little Rock, Arkansas. Notice how he interpolates imagery from Light: On The South Side into the world of Brotherman, something we hadn’t considered, but seems extremely appropriate. Light is Brotherman’s world. Mac Simmons went from pusher to preacher for shit’s sake! That’s his car!
It’s little things like this that make the trek down to the basement worth it. You start a record company hoping to have some kind of impact on something, somewhere and maybe make some money. We’re not rich by any means, but fuck if we haven’t achieved the other half. Who needs a Grammy when you’ve got a homemade Brotherman poster out there?
Filed under: Brotherman | Tags: Dan Dietrich, Wall To Wall, Zenith/DB Studios
We just got some pictures of the former Zenith/DB Studio in Chicago. This is now home to Wall To Wall Recording where we’ve done tons of tape transfers with Dan Dietrich and his crew, including our 22nd release, Final Solution: Brotherman OST. The importance of these pictures is that it gives us a clear glimpse into the gear used on the Brotherman release since it was coincidently tracked at DB back in 1975. Look at all those Ampex decks.
Filed under: Brotherman | Tags: Black Dynamite, Brotherman, Cult Cargo, Lord Rhaburn
I saw the completely crazy-assed Black Dynamite last weekend. The placement of Lord Rhaburn’s “Disco Connection” from Numero 006: Cult Cargo: Belize City Boil Up is insane. Go see this movie – it’s the Brotherman that never was!
Black Dynamite Yo’ Self here.
Filed under: Brotherman, Twinight | Tags: Final Solution, Kaldirons, Nate Evans, Park West, Renaldo Domino, Syl Johnson, the Notations, Twinight, Uptown Sound
Our 2007 compilation Eccentric Soul: Twinight’s Lunar Rotation was the product of over two years of cold calls and random door knocks on the south side of Chicago. In the process we turned up dozens of DJs, promoters, backing musicians, managers, and performers that had circled the Twinight label’s bowl on their way out to the sea of forgotten 45s. We found them, we interviewed them, and we paid them, but it seemed that these dusty relics required something more than a check and a commemorative 2CD set. They wanted their due.
The idea of a live soul revue had been kicked around at many an office meeting, but the logistical nightmare of flights, hotels, and rehearsals always kept it on the whiteboard. In the end location made everything possible. Twinight was in our backyard, and its artists were in the garage.
On April 4th 2009, The Numero Group’s Eccentric Soul Revue will make its debut at Chicago’s Park West Theater. And while Syl Johnson, the Notations, and Nate Evans perform regularly around the world, Renaldo Domino, the Kaldirons, and the Final Solution haven’t been on stage in over 30 years. In true revue fashion, we’ve hired Chicago’s stalwart Uptown Sound to back the entire performance and expanded their tight rhythm section to include horns, backing vocalists, and strings. The show will be preceded by an interactive slideshow of Chicago soul memorabilia and a DJ set from The Numero Group, followed by an autograph and photo line.
You can buy tickets for a mere $22 on our website with no service charges now, or wait until Ticketbastard puts them on sale on January 2nd and tacks on an additional 8-10 dollars in “convenience” fees. Either way, this is the must see Chicago soul event of the year, possibly the decade. Tickets purchased from our site will be held at will call and can be picked up at the show.
See you there.