Numero Group: By The Numbers

Eccentric Soul Live at Dig Deeper!
October 11, 2012, 8:56 am
Filed under: Eccentric Soul Revue, Omnibus

Walter & the Admirations comes to Brooklyn! Although they’re performing as The Green Berets, which they were better known as, they will of course be performing their tunes “Man O Man” and “Life of Tears”, included in the forthcoming Eccentric Soul: Omnibus boxset. This is an incredible event and the folks at Dig Deeper always go to such extreme lengths to put on a unbelievable show.

Excerpted from our biography of the group: Walter Smith led the Cabrini-Green–based vocal harmony group the Admirations while in middle school, recording two 45s for the Leaner family’s One-Derful! label in 1967. After transferring to Tilden High, Smith formed a new group with classmates the Donaldson brothers—Brad, Keith, and David—and Cliff Frazier, who had been performing as The Four Gents. Incorporating the Four Gents as his back up band, Walter & The Admirations went on a talent-show tear. Manager Ted Daniels then obtained a one-off contract with Leo Austell and Hillary Johnson’s La-Cindy label. Daniels’ La-Cindy connection, as well as the studio where “Life Of Tears” b/w “Man Oh Man (What Have I Done)” was cut, remains unknown. Frazier co-wrote both songs with guitarist Phil Davis, though a typo credited the single to the “Admeration’s.” Following graduation, all five members had their draft cards pulled. Taking on military-inspired moniker The Green Berets, the group ended up as part of a package deal Andre Williams sold to the Los Angeles-based Uni label in 1970.

For tickets click here.

Eccentric Soul Revue: Milwaukee

Hot on the trails of a smoking show in Durham, NC, last November, the Eccentric Soul Revue returns with a show in Milwaukee, WI, on Saturday March 24th at The Pitman Theatre.

Gracing the stage will be Syl Johnson, The Notations, & Renaldo Domino who will all be backed by The Bo-Keys.

We don’t do this show that often so, we hope that you can make it out for this truly special and rare event.  Tickets are a mere $22 and available here online.

Syl Johnson: Live In Los Angeles
December 14, 2011, 11:01 am
Filed under: Eccentric Soul Revue, Syl Johnson

California Numerophiles-

Tuck your sunglasses into your short sleeved t-shirt’s neckline and sit a spell. By February 11th 2012, Chicago will be under a blanket of ice so thick you’d think we were living at the poles. Meanwhile, in sunny Los Angeles, Syl Johnson will disembark from a Southwest jet to play his first show in California since the late ’70s. If you were there in those halcyon and buttons-popped polyester shirt days, don’t worry, his set has changed a little bit. With two Grammy nominations on the verge of bearing fruit the following night at the Staples Center, Syl is sure to be in rare form.

The details:

Syl Johnson
Backed by the Breakestra
Saturday, February 11th 2012 The Echo
1822 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026
Doors: 9PM. Set: 10PM.

Following Syl’s set, Numero will take to the decks with Miles from Funky Sole for a rawkus three hour dance party.

Why did we bother sending out an email for a show that’s three months away? Good question. Due to the capacity restrictions of the Echo, this show will surely sell out. The kind folks at the venue have agreed to give us a 48 hour pre-sale window to make sure Syl and Numero fans get right of first refusal. Don’t say we’ve never done anything nice for you.

Want in on the pre-sale? Click this line of text and enter the code num032. After 10AM on Friday, the remaining tickets will be released to the teaming masses.

Lastly, because we’re in such a celebratory mood we’re offering our Syl Johnson: Complete Mythology box set for $10 off on our website until 10AM on Friday. Enter the coupon code sylbox when you’re checking out to receive the discount.

See you in Los Angeles in three months. Pray that our flights aren’t snowed in.

The Numero Group

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

Eccentric Soul Revue After Party Announced
November 10, 2011, 11:49 am
Filed under: Eccentric Soul Revue, Syl Johnson

For North Carolina residents and visitors hoping to get a little more night mileage out of our approaching Eccentric Soul Revue (November 19th, Carolina Theatre), you are in luck. We have just allied with The Whiskey, downtown Durham’s grown folks outpost of preference, to give concert goers an opportunity to wind down or wind back up. Following the Revue, Rob Sevier, Ken Shipley, Carolina-Numero turncoat Jon Kirby, and Carolina Soul aficionado Jason Perlmutter will trek one block south to the Whiskey, and proceed to play 45s until someone tells us to stop. The Whiskey is nearly as finicky as the Numero Group; individuals must be at least 23 to attend (sorry undergrads) and a respectable dress code is enforced. There is no cover but space is limited, so beelines are recommended if this is your kind of party.

48hr Sale on Eccentric Soul Revue Tickets
November 9, 2011, 8:25 am
Filed under: Eccentric Soul Revue

If you live in the greater Durham, North Carolina area and haven’t bought tickets yet for the Eccentric Soul Revue on Saturday November 19th at the Carolina Theater it’s your lucky day.

Syl Johnson, The Notations, and Renaldo Domino all backed by The Sweet Divines & D-Town Brass Section will take it to the stage for one night only.

We are doing a sale for the next 48 hours and starting today at 10am you can get tickets for a mere $15 by entering the word, REVUE, into the discount code field.

There is absolutely nothing else like the Eccentric Soul Revue. A ticket is a time machine.  Be there!

Numero’s Long March Begins November 14 – Hide The Women and Children.

Numero Invades Bloomington, IN, Monday, at The Bishop, 123 South Walnut St, Bloomington, Indiana November 14 at 9:00pm

 For one night only, Chicago’s Numero Group will wreak red-hot havoc on Bloomington. Numero’s own Rob Sevier, Ken Shipley, and Jon Kirby will spin rare 45s from north of the Mason-Dixon until 2AM, and will shill the label’s extensive line of LPs, CDs, and 45s in the lobby.

Numero Invades Atlanta, Wednesday, at Club 529, 529 Flat Shoals Ave, Atlanta GA, November 16 at 9:00pm

For one night only, Chicago’s Numero Group will wreak havoc on Atlanta. Following a burning of the city’s record stores, the label will set up a pop up shop inside Club 529, shilling their wares between 9-11PM.

To drown out the sounds of their ringing cash register, Numero’s own Rob Sevier & Ken Shipley will spin rare 45s from north of the Mason-Dixon until 2AM. Local boy Brian Poust will play the role of John B. Hood, defending Atlanta’s honor with his own box of southern heat.

Numero Invades Greenville, SC. at Horizon Records in The Bohemian Cafe, Thursday, November 17 at 9:00pm

Numero’s march through the south continues as we tear down Greenville, SC on November 17th. In between jokes about Vardy McBee and Benjamin Perry, Numero’s own Rob Sevier, Ken Shipley, and Jon Kirby will spin deep 45s until driven out of town by the pitchfork-wielding mob dispatched by the Museum and Library of Confederate History.

Cash/credit/confederate notes accepted at all events

Eccentric Soul Revue in Durham, North Carolina, at The Carolina Theatre, Saturday, November 19 at 8:00pm

ESR on the road once more! We’re bringing Syl Johnson, the Notations, and Renaldo Domino (backed by the Divine Rhythm Soul and the D-Town Brass) to the Carolina Theater in downtown Durham for one night only. November 19th is the date, and tickets are available NOW.

EBB Needle Drop
May 26, 2010, 8:47 am
Filed under: Eccentric Soul Revue, Uncategorized | Tags:

Here’s a little taste of each cut from Eccentric Breaks & Beats which hit the streets yesterday.  You can find it at your local shop or snag it here on our site. Still lots of surprises to be heard on the album beyond what we’ve put together below.

Getting Down With Renaldo Domino
March 26, 2010, 8:55 am
Filed under: Eccentric Soul Revue, Twinight | Tags: ,

Right before we struck out on the Eccentric Soul Revue tour last falls, we got a call from our friends at Luaka Bop asking if Renaldo Domino would be interested in laying his sugary falsetto over a Javelin track for inclusion on their debut for the label. So he did.

The results are mixed. Renaldo spares no energy, but the track isn’t really right for his singing style. Ultimately “Let’s Get Down” was left on the cutting room floor. Perhaps it’ll be released some day on a Javelin rarities collection, but don’t hold your breath.

So today we give you a gift, dear reader. The gift of 100 downloads, first come, first served.

Get down.

The Eccentric Soul Revue Re-Re-Re-Revisited
March 15, 2010, 2:08 pm
Filed under: Eccentric Soul Revue | Tags: ,

We just got another cool batch of photos from last November’s Eccentric Soul Revue.  These come courtesy of Andreas Vingaard, friend of the label and film collector extraordinaire.

Andreas was born and raised in Denmark. He has been based in New York for two and a half years, freelancing as a photographer and video journalist and worked on assignments all across Europe, Iraq, Lebanon, Haiti among many places. He also helped bring modern funk 45 by Queen Eve & The Kings to life.

His interest in cinema could be easily described as “Numero-esque” if you’re prone to using such made-up words. We’re really hoping to work with him on some future projects.

Also, don’t miss out on the March 25th screening of Under the Influence of Ego Trip at the Maysles Cinema in Harlem which Andreas helped curate. A rare chance to see two lesser known hip hop documentaries with Schoolly D, Bill Adler and Dutch director Bram van Splunteren present. Also, all-time greatest magazine Ego Trip has something to do with it… hopefully this is enough to get some of our friends and blog readers out to see it.