Numero Group: By The Numbers

Renaldo Domino, Thursday at Reggie’s (Chicago)
February 1, 2016, 11:49 am
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).

Clarence “Blowfly” Reid (1939-2016)
January 18, 2016, 2:37 pm
Filed under: Deep City, Obituaries

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. 

Check out our latest playlist Good Men, Clean Up Women: The Numero Guide To The Miami Sound on Spotify


Numero Night 002 at Columbus, Ohio’s Spoonful Records
October 2, 2015, 3:26 pm
Filed under: Capsoul, Wee

Screen Shot 2015-10-02 at 4.19.23 PMThe 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!

Facebook Event Page For Numero Night 002 Featuring Tom Smith (Owl)

Newish singles for your DJ night no one attends

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.

Grip it here.


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.

Get sweaty.


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? 

Get in there.

Tweedy’s Edition Of What’s In My Bag? (c/o Amoeba Music)
June 16, 2015, 2:07 pm
Filed under: Deep City | Tags:

Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 2.59.34 PMIt’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. 

Two Fly-By-Night Productions on 45
June 15, 2015, 2:34 pm
Filed under: Eccentric Soul 45s, Omnibus

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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.”

Click here to purchase Pat Stallworth’s “Questions Pt. 1” b/w “Questions Pt. 2”

Click here to purchase Stone Creations’ “The ‘IT’ Song” b/w “Hands On A Golden Key” 

After These Messages: Miller Lite Time With The Numero Group
May 29, 2015, 12:54 pm
Filed under: Boddie, Lowlands, Syl Johnson, Tragar | Tags: , ,

Screen Shot 2015-05-29 at 1.45.52 PMSo 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?

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Yo La Tengo Inside The Way Out Songbook
May 26, 2015, 11:36 am
Filed under: Way Out | Tags: , ,


Performing as their alter ego, Condo Fucks, the members of Yo La Tengo took to the stage of New York City’s Cake Shop on Friday night to perform a set of garage standards and surprises. Right out of the gate, the trio reprised “Harmonics On A Warpath” by Way Out recording artists, The Harmonics. Re-imagined as “Condo Fucks On A Warpath,” this is by most standards a deep cut from a relatively low-profile Numero Group release. Many breakers, DJs, and producers picked up on the Harmonics later release “Gangster Boogie” (as the Chicago Gangsters), but “Harmonics On A Warpath”? Off Eccentric Soul: The Way Out Label?

Kudos to the Yo La Tengo gang for dragging this song into the basement of the Cake Shop, which shall live forever in MP3 at The whole show is available for download at the aforementioned website.


Anthony Bourdain in Deep City
May 22, 2015, 12:31 pm
Filed under: Deep City | Tags:


In a recent episode of Parts Unknown, Anthony Bourdain travels to Miami. Even the locals down at Miami New Times admitted that Bourdain mostly got it right here. Despite marquee contributors Iggy Pop and Questlove being distinctly not-from-’round-here, we were all delighted to see deeper recruits from Magic City, among them Willie Clarke, whose Deep City label was the focus of not one but two compilations in our Eccentric Soul series. It was cool to see bass mechanic and friend-of-the-label Otto Von Schirach talking shop, and who could not delight in freaky tales with Uncle Luke? Deep City songbird Helene Smith offers a few moments of a cappella magic, making this a very digestible episode of Parts Unknown. CNN has a pretty rich overview of the episode at their website (and a few tasty samples), but no streaming video. Check your local listings (and any sketchy streaming sites you frequent), because it looks like this thing is showing again on Sunday at 8pm on CNN.

Watch Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown on DirecTV

Watch Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown on Xfinity 

It’s also on Netflix

Marsh Men: Numero’s Entire Run Of Mad Men Placements
May 20, 2015, 9:51 am
Filed under: Boddie, Deep City, Lowlands, Twinight | Tags:


The Numero Group considers themselves very lucky to have contributed several songs to the sonic landscape of Mad Men. And for the sake of historical accuracy, the songs were often upstaged by grand-slam singles from the Beatles, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Turtles, et al—just like in the good old days. Even at TuneFind, a website dedicated to identifying songs in television and cinema, users gathered in the comments field to determine what unidentified track is being played, quietly, in a peripheral scene—a diner, a brothel. Time and time again, those song originated here on Marshall Boulevard. But we’re quite content with our role in Mad Men, and are perpetually thankful that special people—music supervisors and viewers alike—continue to discover the great songs that populate our dense catalog. So if you’re planning a Man Men binge, look out for these Numero tunes, scattered about the show’s 7-season run.

S2, E2 “Flight 1” – George McGregor, “Temptation Is Hard To Fight” (Twinight)
Notes: Starts towards the scene where Peggy is making out in the hallway.
S2, E2 “Flight 1” –  Edd Henry, “Crooked Woman” (Big Mack)
S2, E9 – Helene Smith, “Pot Can’t Talk About The Kettle” (Outskirts Of Deep City)
S5, E5 – Harvey & The Phenomenals “Darlene” (Boddie)
Notes: Playing in the background when the guys are in the brothel
S6, E4 – Stormy, “The Devastator” (Twinight)
S6, E4 – The Grand Prixx, “I See Her Pretty Face” (Big Mack)
S6, E10 – Cave Dwellers, “You Know Why” (Run Around 2×7″)
S6, E10 – Pretty, “Electric Hand” (Mustache In Your Face 2×7″)
Notes: At the pool when Don had been rescued from drowning by Roger.
S6, E11 – Little Alice, “Why Oh Why” (4J, Unissued)
Notes: Pete, Peggy and that partner guy are sitting at a bar
S7, E14 – Bobby Welch, “Benshaw Glenn” (Lowlands)