Filed under: Twinight
If you’ve seen Renaldo Domino in the last few years, you know he barely looks a day older than he did in the cover photo for Eccentric Soul: Twinight’s Lunar Rotation. Renaldo takes care of himself; He doesn’t really party, he doesn’t consume bleached flour, and steers clear of refined sugar (ironic, considering his stage is derived from the Domino brand sweetener). Yes, time has been kind to Renaldo Domino, which is why those in the Chicago area would be advised to check out The Renaldo Domino Experience this Thursday at Reggie’s (2109 S. State Street). The show starts at 8pm and a mere $10 will grant you entry.
The Renaldo Domino Experience, 2/4/2016 at 8pm (Facebook Event Page).
It was Dante Carfagna who first suggested that we compile all the records from Miami’s first black-owned record company: Deep City. At the time, the 40-year chain of title was a bit unclear, but we kept seeing the same three names on every record: Johnny Pearsall, Willie Clarke, and Clarence Reid. With Pearsall dead and Clarke in the wind, Clarence would be our first point of contact.
My first encounter with Clarence Reid came during the 2005 edition of SXSW, in the green room of Emo’s. I’d brought print outs of 45 labels baring the Deep City, Lloyd, and Reid imprints, and he thumbed through them slowly while I asked a series of extremely specific questions. Who owns the rights? When was the last time you talked to Willie? Who were the Delmiras? I prattled on for a few minutes before Clarence stopped me and told a story about his experience in the music business:
If you get fucked up the ass by a dinosaur once, you blame the dinosaur. But if you get fucked up the ass by a dinosaur again? Boy, that’s your own goddamn fault.
Reid had been burned many times in his career; Sold off his publishing at a low point in the ‘80s, his masters in the early ‘90s. About the only thing he had left was the mask and cape he donned to perform under his alter-ego Blowfly. That night he had little interest in my schpiel about how we could resuscitate his career. He had songs to sing about rappin’ dirty and shittin’ on the dock of the bay.
Numero did finally track down Willie Clarke, and the first Deep City came out in 2006 sans any Clarence Reid songs. Most of the masters, as it would turn out, were sold to Dial and Jamie-Guyden. But there were publishing royalties due. Not much, but some. Our first check to him was around $350. He called up a few days after receiving it to tell me something I’ve since heard dozens of times, but which still gnaws at me:
This is the first royalty check I’ve gotten in my entire life. I got advances, I got cars. But no one ever bothered to tell me where I was at. Thanks for that. Now I’m going to watch jai alai. Fuck you later.
The fine folks at Spoonful Records in Columbus, Ohio have a habit of representing Numero to the fullest, taking very seriously their hometown’s role in our label’s origin story. After all, it was our very first release that brought us to the capital city to excavate the pure soul perfection found on Eccentric Soul: The Capsoul Label.
Tomorrow, Spoonful ups the ante by hosting the second Numero Night (even giving it the catalog number “002,” classy move). For their inaugural Numero Night, it was Daniel Moss, son of Capsoul founder Bill Moss. Saturday, the guest of honor will be Tom Smith of Columbus’s legendary Owl label and studio. We can’t be certain, but we’re guessing we’ll hear tales regarding the prolific Norman Whiteside and the sessions that preempted Wee’s masterful “You Can Fly My Aeroplane.”
If you can swing it, get down to Spoonful Records at 116 E Long St in Columbus, Ohio. Tell ’em Numero sent you!
Filed under: Deep City, Eccentric Soul 45s, Good God!, Universal Togetherness Band | Tags: Numeroquai, Perk Badger, Trevor Dandy, Universal Togetherness Band
We’ve heard you loud and clear: You need more reproduction singles for your DJ gig at the local sandwich shop on Wednesday evenings 8-midnight.
Let’s start your set with a hard slice of Florida funk from Perk Badger. “Do Your Stuff” was recently used in a Nike Air Jordan campaign, so Becky Backpack and Tony Trainspot won’t be leaning over the decks during at least one song.
Looking for that perfect segue between the Doobie Brothers and Jamaroquai? We got you covered. The hit that never was, Universal Togetherness Band’s “My Sentiments,” finally comes to 45 with an exclusive unreleased flip. Dig that sax.
Finally, after half a decade on the shelf, we put Trevor Dandy’s “Is There any Love” back in print as a two sided single. Cue burn the A side to your heart’s content, then flip it over and start again. 400 plays guaranteed! Let the chin scratchers pontificate about where they heard it first. Yelawolf? Ghostface? Cudi? Common?
It’s always nice to take a trip down the two-way street of love that connects Wilco to the Numero Group. Wilco holds the distinction of having curated their own Numero compilation, Wilco Spins The Numero Group (2010). Numero holds the distinction of having disc jockey’d before and after Wilco shows, here and abroad. This time, it’s Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy making the trek into the Numero universe with his sons/bandmates, Spencer and Sam. The occasion: Tweedy’s edition of the Amoeba Music web series “What’s In My Bag?” In this edition, Spencer Tweedy selects Eccentric Soul: The Outskirts Of Deep City from the millions of LPs that populate the Hollywood superstore.
Pull Quote: “I love Numero Group and we usually get all the stuff that they put out—and I especially love their Boddie Recording Company comp.”—Spencer Tweedy
And also, not to get too deep into responsible parenting, but I really appreciate how Spencer first identifies the Boddie roster as “B-list,” only to have his father gently redirect his phrasing into “less successful.” Aw! You guys!
The whole Wilco gang will be hosting the Solid Sound Music and Arts Festival in North Adams, MA June 25th-28th. Our buddy and Best Show maestro Michael Slaboch will be out there programming Solid Sound Radio 88.7-FM, so you’re sure to hear some bottom-of-the-dial Numero gems there as well. Thank you again to the Tweedy family for your support. Let us know what else you guys need, okay? You know where we live.
Bonus Track: Our own Rob Sevier gives the “What’s In My Bag?” series the Numero Group treatment.
The now out-of-print Eccentric Soul: Omnibus contained not one but two releases on Fly-By-Night records, a two-and-through imprint perpetuated by Cleveland’s first Black anchorman, Bill Jacocks. These individual singles were among the more coveted 45s from the set, so we decided to put them back in to circulation as stand-alone catalog items. The fact that the Pat Stallworth track has not been looped into infinity or utilized in a laundry detergent/yogurt/diet soda commercial is simply unbelievable.
By 1974, Jacocks had been nominated for Emmys and Peabodys, but the desire to create music persisted, occasionally intermingling with his journalistic work. While producing a documentary about the racial issues that affect Northern Ohio, Jacocks enlisted the neighborly garage group, Stone Creations to help track the score. “Hands On A Golden Key” was the titular theme to Jacock’s documentary, which ran exactly once on WEWS-TV in 1973. Shortly thereafter, Jacocks approached Pat Stallworth following a theatrical production at the Karamu House about cutting a record. For Stallworth’s backing band, Jacocks hired the underground sensations, Mother Braintree (pre-Bell Telefunk, pre-Kinsman Dazz, pre-Dazz Band). Fans of Lou Ragland’s Conveyor will recognize and appreciate about 85% of the musical cast (and vibe). As Jacocks himself stated in the Omnibus liner notes: “We made it, in our purview, a silky funk masterpiece.”
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?