Numero Group: By The Numbers

EBB Needle Drop
May 26, 2010, 8:47 am
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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
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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
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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.

A Look Back At The Eccentric Soul Revue

Tim Sutton from Getty Images finally came through with a handful of gorgeous snaps from the Brooklyn stop on the Eccentric Soul Revue tour.

Syl Johnson in his dressing room.

A nervous Dawn “Missy Dee” Scott waiting to go on stage.

This man only smiles: Cliff Curry from the Notations.

This man should be doing Vegas.

January 25, 2010, 7:31 pm
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We haven’t been to your place in a while but we do remember you could use some artwork on the walls. We’re just going to come right out and say it:  your interior design skills are for shit. Let us help you. We’ve commissioned the legendary (?) Detroit poster company Sleeping Giant to commemorate Numero Group’s highly successful Eccentric Soul Revue Tour with a limited edition run of thirty signed and numbered prints. They say size doesn’t matter but these stand a proud 24” x 18” and feature all the acts from The Crofoot Ballroom performance on November 8 2009. Impressive! Is it worth twenty bucks to improve your living space? Only you can answer that for sure but it would be best not to sleep on this offer. Limited edition items tend to fly out the door around here.

Found while cleaning out the camera
December 15, 2009, 9:03 am
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In the hustle and bustle of playing catch up from the tour, the trusty Numero camera found itself neglected and full of photos. And while most it is meaningless dross (how many pictures of the Notations in front of Wall Drug signs do you really need?), this one encapsulates everything about the Eccentric Soul tour:

At one point we had three people sitting in this van, but after Michael hopped out in New York, Rob and Ken got to really spread out. Let’s dissect the contents, right to left from the top corner:

  • Boscoe and various LPs that have fallen out of a box. Shit happens. Rather than be returned to their rightful place, these precious gems have been stuffed in semi-precariously.
  • Pretzel bag. We ate so poorly on this trip that pretzels actually sound healthy in retrospect.
  • Intelligentsia coffee. Rob felt it important to bring our own coffee. This got most of us through the Columbus gig.
  • Empty Light: On The South Side Box. Ken thought it necessary to keep any empty boxes for future office use. In the end we were carrying a lot of cardboard.
  • Long white box. We bought these from Bags Unlimited three days before leaving. They displayed our 37 compact discs proudly.
  • Red Staples brand paper box. This box housed all of the show programs. While Rob did the bulk of the driving, Ken and Michael would fold. We recycled all the Grand Ballroom programs (rare!).

NPR’s Morning Edition Represents

The Chicago based music label Numero Group reissues forgotten gems from all different genres of music – rock and roll, gospel, funk, R&B and soul. Most recently some of the performers went on tour under the banner of the Eccentric Soul Revue. Guest host Jennifer Ludden speaks with one of the label’s co-founders Ken Shipley and one of the performers, Renaldo Domino.