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Yo La Tengo Inside The Way Out Songbook
May 26, 2015, 11:36 am
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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 NYCTaper.com. The whole show is available for download at the aforementioned website.

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Way Out Records In Cleveland Magazine
November 20, 2014, 3:00 pm
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The enduring story of Way Out Records hit Cuyahoga County newsstands this month, thanks to Nikki Delamotte of Cleveland Magazine. Buy your copy now to find out where these noodles came from! As a DJ with the Secret Soul Club (November 28th at the Five O’Clock Lounge), Tom  Dechristofaro was asked to riff on Way Out: “They have a sound that’s completely raw. So when we started playing Way Out, a bunch of really young people just went crazy to a record that was made down the street from the bar 40 years ago. We love to see kids react that way today to songs that are so strange and unique.”

Click here to read “Lost and Found: the Soul Sounds of Way Out Records” at clevelandmagazine.com

Click here to find out where you can purchase Cleveland Magazine.



“We’re Northeast Ohio” is the Official Tourism Jam of the Season
October 17, 2014, 12:16 pm
Filed under: Way Out

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While several Way Out alumni remain active in the biz, Billy Carter of the Occasions has left the biggest impression on us with his musical tribute to his corner of the Buckeye State. This video has everything—flying saucers, pirates, the umbrella from Mary Poppins (with a few C.G. extras from Birdemic), and most importantly, a catchy hook. What does Ohio have to loose by hitching a ride on Carter’s soon-to-be-viral jingle? Citizens of Northeast Ohio—we urge you to call your representatives and let them know that there’s a friendly man with a magical piano and he needs to be heard!

Cleveland: Keep an eye out for Billy Carter, who still performs and records with his group The Next Language.

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Way Out on Cleveland Public Radio
August 21, 2014, 2:05 pm
Filed under: Press Archives, Way Out

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Yesterday, our own Jon Kirby joined Way Out VP Bill Branch and Sound Of Applause host Dee Perry for a roundtable discussion on the history of Way Out Records, and the role the label played in the maturation of Cleveland’s music scene. The WCPN staffers picked their favorite tracks from Eccentric Soul: The Way Out Label, and Bill Branch discusses the heartache associated with hearing so many beautiful productions that failed to find an audience at the time of their initial release.

Stream, download, or share yesterday’s episode of The Sound Of Applause at Ideastream.org



Cleveland Scene Magazine Digs Way Out
July 24, 2014, 12:48 pm
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Cleveland Scene reporter Chris Parker sat down recently with Way Out VP Bill Branch at an area Wendy’s to get his take on Way Out’s legacy and renaissance. Way Out utility man Lou Ragland and the Numero Group’s Jon Kirby also contributed to this report. In addition, Cleveland Scene compiled a Top 5 of favorite Way Out cuts (with commentary). All in all a great article for those who might be feeling timid about this captivating 3LP collection.  

Read: “Old Soul Never Dies: A Quirky, Historical Record Label Gets New Life” 

Listen: “Five Tracks From Way out Records You Should Listen To

Purchase: Eccentric Soul: The Way Out Label



New Releases: The Way Out Label and Nikki Sudden’s Texas
July 16, 2014, 1:42 pm
Filed under: Nikki Sudden, Way Out

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Another Tuesday has come and gone and two new albums have joined the Numero Group family. Eccentric Soul: The Way Out Label tells the tale of the well dressed label from the Eastside of Cleveland whose modest catalog had an enviable killer-to-filler ratio between the years 1962 and 1973. Order from us directly, and a bonus LP of haunting gospel, garage rock, and doo-wop can be yours.

Tuesday also saw the release of another Nikki Sudden LP, this time, 1986’s Texas. On his solo debut for Creation records, Sudden stews enduring influences T. Rex and early Rolling Stones to render a product that sounds like anything but 1986.

Our next release date is going to be a head-shaking, head-banging, head-nodding doozie of a day. Get amped up for Solaris, Little Boy Blues, and Nikki Sudden’s Dead Me Tell No Tales.



Way Out Praise, Press, and GIFs
June 19, 2014, 12:00 pm
Filed under: Way Out

Last Friday, CBS This Morning aired a segment on the “recent” resurgence of vinyl, entitled “Vinyl’s Got Its Groove Back.” A guided tour of Nashville, Tennessee (courtesy of Akron, Ohio’s Black Keys) found CBS producers at United Record Pressing, where the Numero Group presses the bulk of their vinyl. And wouldn’t you know, they happened to stop by while Eccentric Soul: The Way Out Label was rolling off the assembly line? Our design team crafted this GIF to give readers a better understanding of what this means for consumers.

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Then on Monday, Pitchfork was kind enough to award this hunk of history a 8.0. Click here to read that.

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Pitchfork has got the whole thing streaming on their website, which will hopefully tide you over until Eccentric Soul: The Way Out Label goes on sale July 15th. It will be available on CD, MP3, and get this: vinyl! By Charlie Rose’s estimation, “the unique sound is coming full circle.”