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Henry “Snack” Diltz comes to Chicago, New York, and Fall River
September 14, 2015, 3:12 pm
Filed under: Ned Doheny

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Photographer Henry Diltz has been one of our absolute favorite people to work with here in recent years. Diltz shot the cover of Ned Doheny‘s self-titled Asylum record, and as we would soon learn, about a billion more for nearly every artist ever. He has tolerated us digging through his archives and snooping through his records more times than we care to recount, and has always done so with a patient and genuine smile. It goes without saying that we are very excited that Henry Diltz will be coming to Chicago on Wednesday, September 16th for a slide show of musical memories at City Winery. He has a few more dates scheduled with Pattie Boyd, so if you live in any of these cities, we highly recommend you try and catch up with the man that Numero and the band America and probably no one else simply call, “Snack.”

Behind the Lens: Up Close And Personal with Pattie Boyd and Henry Diltz:

Wednesday, September 16th – Chicago

Monday, September 21st – New York City

Wednesday, September 23rd – Fall River, MA

Ned Doheny First Ever NYC Show
July 28, 2015, 11:19 am
Filed under: Ned Doheny


There is something unbelievably perfect about the fact that Ned Doheny has NEVER played New York City. The Prince of Pacific Pop, the Sultan of Coastal Americana—for Ned to have never played in New York City is kind of the most California thing ever. However, in less than two weeks, Ned Doheny will tote his charming songbook down to the High Line for a sunset serenade at the Standard. The foreboding “access is at the discretion to the club” disclaimer leads us to believe that you’d better wear something nice and get there early. If you want to convince your peers that you knew about Ned before they did, you’d be advised to track down a copy of Ned Doheny: Separate Oceans, devour the liner notes, and commit the lyrics to memory.

Facebook Event Page for Le Bain presents Été d’Amour featuring Ned Doheny

Ned Doheny and UTB in the Era of the Edit
May 15, 2015, 11:36 am
Filed under: Ned Doheny, Universal Togetherness Band

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Our Google alerts get transmitted directly to our spinal column. So the other night when word of these Ned Dohney edits (or NEDITS) came in, we were on it. We hope all the NEDITS that follow are similarly Simpsons themed. You’re on notice, Tomaspink!

On a related note—A few months back, we posted the stems for the Universal Togetherness Band’s “Once In A Lifetime” on, an interface that producers and DJs use to share and compare remixes and edits. Out of the 191 people who uploaded the project, The Contrarian Priors seem to have made the most of their remix, composing new parts and processing old parts, even creating this flashy graphic for the occasion.

Ned Doheny x Gilles Peterson (Interview/Performance)
April 30, 2015, 1:15 pm
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We were beyond flattered when Gilles Peterson invited us over for a live taping and cordial conversation with Ned Doheny. Ned performed the inimitable “Give It Up For Love” and the Prone sleeper “Devil In You,” both of which are featured on Separate Oceans. As we’ve mentioned on numerous occasions, Ned is a gifted conversationalist and Gilles is basically the Bob Costas of pleasant music. Listen as these two square off in a no-holds-barred kindness contest. If you’re more of a visual learner, watch the videos below. If you want to enjoy the whole soiree in its native habitat, head over to

Ned Doheny Words & Live Music Podcast (c/o GillesPetersonWorldwide.Com) 

Fireside Chat with Ned Doheny c/o Red Bull Music Academy
April 27, 2015, 1:53 pm
Filed under: Ned Doheny


Ned Doheny is thrice the conversationalist he is the lyricist (and he is a phenomenal lyricist). Ned is not the type to reuse lines or anecdotes, so his interviews typically contain 3-5 of the coolest things you’ve ever heard a person say. Dublab founder Frosty interviewed Ned for the Red Bull Music Academy, the transcript of which is available on their website. If you live overseas, you’ll most likely be able to watch/hear the interview here as well (unavailable in the United States due to something something something). Bright moments from Ned Doheny’s catalog are available via the Numero Group’s Ned Doheny: Separate Oceans and a pair of 45s (“Prove My Love” and “Get It Up For Love”) are available for the next few seconds online, and at Numero Group functions while supplies last.

Numero Group Tasting Menu Record Store Day 2015


As the third Saturday in April approaches, so does Record Store Day. In anticipation, the Numero Group has a stockpile of unique releases, used merchandise, Clif Bars, and small bills to facilitate two weekends of hand-to-hand product pushing. For Record Store Day (Saturday, April 18th), we return to the Comfort Station (2579 N Milwaukee) in the heart of Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood for an all-day affair. The following week, we chart a course for Brooklyn to spend a 3-day weekend at Greenpoint’s Human NYC (110 Meserole Ave) April 24th-26th.

On the menu:


Ork Records: Complete Singles 7-inch Box Set: Sixteen carefully replicated pic-sleeve singles, documenting the birth of punk, no-wave, power pop, and the next four decades of indie rock. New York City’s Ork Records was the first punk label and the original “indie.” Two-thousand (2000) of you fine folks will be able to enjoy this influential label’s entire output, 1975-1979, seven inches at a time.


Lows In The Mid Sixties Volume 54: Kosmic City Part 2: Kind-heartedly riffing on AIP’s dodgy regional garage rock series Highs In The Mid Sixties, this LP gathers the last of the precious minerals from Cavern‘s subterranean sound deposits.


Bedhead: Live 1998: Executed at our neighborly venue Empty Bottle, Bedhead’s April 16th, 1998 performance was recorded live, utilizing a 16-track ADAT unit stowed away in the basement. Limited to 1,000 copies, Bedhead: Live 1998 includes a download coupon and three additional tracks recorded in similar fashion at San Francisco’s Bottom of the Hill one month prior.


Ned Doheny “To Prove My Love” 45: Whether sequenced by mistake or by preference, Ned Doheny’s third and final album of the ’70s has spent the last three decades with a piece missing. When Prone surfaced in 1979 (in Japan only), the album’s infectious opener “To Prove My Love” appeared as a “TV Track”—with Ned’s verses omitted from the mix. In anticipation of Ned’s approaching UK tour, we’ve produced a 45 to give the listener control over which “To Prove My Love” they can remain faithful to.


Historic Comfort Station

CHICAGO: The Comfort Station (2579 N Milwaukee Ave)

Record Store Day – April 18th, 9am-5pm. New Stuff, Old Stuff, Used Stuff, Good Stuff.



BROOKLYNGreenpoint c/o Human NYC (110 Meserole Ave)

April 24th-26th, Friday/Saturday/Sunday, Noon-8pm. All Numero, All Day.

See you there!

Ned Doheny Does Europe
February 16, 2015, 3:26 pm
Filed under: Ned Doheny


In mid March, Numero will be load up the company yacht and point the bow eastward. Our captain, the seaworthy Ned Doheny, is scheduled to play a string of solo-accoustic sets in England, Ireland, and Germany. Note: A few of these shows are at ACTUAL yacht clubs. For this occasion, we have pressed a limited-edition tour 45, which boasts both the Vocal and TV Version of Ned’s infectious “To Prove My Love” (This special 45 will also be sent to subscribers, and will be available at our Record Store Day pop-up shop). A versatile and expressive guitarist, these intimate shows will be a great opportunity to see Ned’s timeless compositions stripped down to their bare essentials.

March 19 at 8:00 pm – March 20 at 1:00 am
Greenwich Yacht Club
1 Peartree Way, Greenwich, London, SE10 0BW United Kingdom

March 19 at 8:00 pm – March 20 at 1:00 am
Greenwich Yacht Club
1 Peartree Way, Greenwich, London, SE10 0BW United Kingdom

March 20 at 7:30 pm – March 21 at 1:00 am
Soup Kitchen
31-33 Spear Street, Manchester, M1 1DF United Kingdom TICKETS

March 21 at 8:00 pm – March 22 at 1:00 am
The Sugar Club
8 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin, Dublin 2 Ireland TICKETS

March 22 at 2:00 pm – 11:00 pm
38 NEW YORK STREET, Leeds, LS2 7DY United Kingdom

March 27 at 7:00 pm – March 28 at 1:00 am
The Social
5 Little Portland St, London, W1W 7JD United Kingdom TICKETS

March 29 at 9:00 pm – March 30 at 1:00 am
Roter Salon
Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, 10178 Germany TICKETS



Numero Group All Up In Taschen Rock Covers
February 12, 2015, 4:04 pm
Filed under: Little Boy Blues, Ned Doheny, Purple Snow, Titan


Perhaps some of you received Taschen’s Rock Covers as a holiday gift from a loved one? Did you realize a subtle abundance of Numero-oriented covers among the bunch? While not intentional, this is no coincidence. Long before he washed up on our doorstep, Jon Kirby was producing this book with New Yorker and former Wax Poetics colleague, Robbie Busch. Released in December, the book is already in its second pressing. Here are a few of the most significant Numero moments ℅ Jon Kirby.



Henry Diltz has taken approximately 9 trillion important photographs, among them, the cover to Ned Doheny‘s self-titled debut. Through Ned, I got to know Henry, who was patient enough to engage in this long-form interview.



According to an interview in Right On! Magazine, a few illustrators from Tron helped execute the cover for Andre Cymone’s full-length debut. By the way, the album cut “Trouble” is one of the greatest distillations of the Minneapolis Sound.



Moshe Brakha photographed Ned’s second album cover, and provides his account of the shoot in Baja Mexico. A few omitted passages from this interview got mixed into the lengthy liner notes for Ned Doheny: Separate Oceans.



We talked about Kim Fowley’s interactions with the Numero Group a few months ago in this blog post. Kim treated me to a few colorful history lessons over the course of this book. He summoned this final nugget from his hospital bed, a few months before his untimely passing. Kim! You were awesome!



We riffed on this album cover over a year ago amidst a purple snowstorm, due to the fact is was coincidentally photographed in Dez Dickerson’s father’s St. Paul office. Numero completists may recall that we issued an expanded edition of Husker Dü’s debüt a fü years back for Record Store Day.


Book8A fantastic cover and fodder for a pretty robust Jay-Z sample, Ray Levin of Little Boy Blues told the story of shooting this album cover at the Skokie Lagoons on the outskirts of Chicago. We have just recently issued two previously unreleased Little Boy Blues singles on picture-sleeve 45.



Pretty much what we would expect on the cover of Circuit Rider. Glad to know they took a real snake skin in there.



A few select selectors were asked to provide ten-album bundles that embodied what great record art to meant to them. In this regard, Lenny Kaye is a no-brainer. Kaye will make his Numero Group debut via our upcoming Ork Records compilation, playing the part of Link Cromwell.



If you want to know what drove Kansas City’s Titan Records to make the kind of releases they did, look no further than co-founder Tom Sorrell’s rundown.


Download Ned Doheny Live At the Virgil, Interview
August 14, 2014, 1:43 pm
Filed under: Ned Doheny


In the (Numero Group-approved) words of dublab:

“dublab [sic] had the rare treat of interviewing Ned just prior to the release party for Numero Group recent retrospective reissue of his work, Separate Oceans. dublab’s own Danny Holloway, a former Island Records executive who has interviewed Bob Marley, Frank Zappa and myriad other 1970′s icons, sat down with Ned to talk about his early days in Los Angeles, meeting Chaka Khan, and the monkey business that is the music industry. Aloha!”

Go to to hear Ned Doheny Live from the Virgil, Ned’s interview with Danny Holloway, or both! 


Geffen Documentary, Doheny Moments
June 26, 2014, 12:09 pm
Filed under: Ned Doheny


Covering 40 decades of intense music industry wizardry in 120 minutes is hard work. With insightful interviews and cameos criss-crossing the red carpet from Cher to Neil Young to Rahm Emanuel to Steven Spielburg (to you get the picture), we were not shocked when Inventing David Geffen reserved precious few frames for our main man Ned Doheny. But behold! Rare footage of a Ned-led “I Can Dream” super jam near the documentary’s conclusion  features Joni and Jackson Browne and all manners of Eagles along the fringes. This occurs at around 1h 49m for those in a hurry. On the PBS website you can watch the whole darn thing (recommended), plus outtakes; one’s called “David Geffen Doesn’t Pay Shipping.” So David, if you’re reading this, the Numero Group will gladly waive shipping costs of your Ned Doheny 2xLP Separate Oceans. Thanks in advance for your patronage!

Stream Inventing David Geffen from