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The Best Of The Best Show on Late Night with Seth Meyers
May 21, 2015, 2:49 pm
Filed under: Newsworthy, Scharpling & Wurster | Tags: , ,

Screen Shot 2015-05-21 at 3.43.17 PMLast Thursday, Tom Scharpling, Jon Wurster, and The Best of The Best Show box set made their conjoined national television debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers. After a long day of press around midtown Manhattan, the fellas settled into the backstage area of Rockefeller Center’s studio 8G (adjacent studio 8H where SNL tapes). Several on the Late Night writing and producing staff checked in to congratulate Tom and Jon on the success of the boxed set and their recognition from late night television. Be sure to check out the entire interview—last segment on the video—and bear witness Late Night‘s first ever group hug. Big thanks to our incredible publicist Jacob Daneman at Pitch Perfect PR for making this happen.

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The Numero Group To Release Scharpling & Wurster: The Best Of The Best Show Boxed Set
October 16, 2014, 10:45 am
Filed under: Newsworthy, Scharpling & Wurster

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Culled from the vaults of WFMU—the world’s most acclaimed free-form radio station—comes over 20 hours of mind-bending, hilarious phone calls between the renowned comedy duo of Tom Scharpling & Jon Wurster. From 2000 to 2013, their tremendous imaginations took over the WFMU airwaves every Tuesday night with bizarre tales from a fictional town called Newbridge, NJ and the desperate denizens that inhabit it. Conan O’Brien has said “Scharpling & Wurster are keeping the fine art of two-person comedy alive. Some of the funniest stuff out there!

Included inside this definitive collection are 75 calls over 16 compact discs, edited by Scharpling & Wurster (over 50 of them previously unreleased or unaired), a 108-page hardcover book with cover art by Joe Matt that features essays by Patton Oswalt, Julie Klausner, Damian Abraham (lead singer of F*cked Up) and Best Show associate producer Michael Lisk (aka A.P. Mike), a definitive interview with Scharpling & Wurster by Jake Fogelnest, notes on the evolution and inspiration behind each bit written by Scharpling & Wurster, a USB drive (housed in a cassette tape) with all of 75 calls plus 4 hours of bonus material, a fold-out map of Newbridge, Philly Boy Roy & Timmy von Trimble Paper Dolls, postcards, and temporary tattoos with The Best Show catch-phrases.

For everyone that pre-orders the boxed set at they will literally get a piece of history – everybody gets a portion of Jon Wurster’s smashed telephone that he used to make the Rock, Rot & Rule phone call, along with a tiny letter of authenticity. Scharpling & Wurster: The Best of the Best Show will be released on March 17th via The Numero Group.



“Scharpling & Wurster are keeping the fine art of two-person comedy alive. Some of the funniest stuff out there!” – Conan O’Brien

“Listen, I’m not going to sugar coat it; this is a 16 CD boxed set of phone calls. Almost everything about this is technologically redundant. However, I promise this is one of the funniest things you’ll ever own. Scharpling and Wurster are the greatest.” – John Oliver

“Scharpling & Wurster are like an old married couple. Except when they argue it’s funny and not depressing. This collection includes hours of fake calls, fake outrage, and fake knowledge. The real part is that it’s always funny.” – Amy Poehler

“I love Scharpling & Wurster. Their comedy has brought me so much pleasure over the years. And now with this boxed set, you can either relive the magic or experience their classic comedy for the first time. All for the price of $2,500.” – Paul Rudd

“Scharpling & Wurster are purveyors of some of the most bizarre and brilliant comedy I’ve heard in ages. If you want your brain thoroughly melted, this  collection should do the trick nicely.” – “Weird Al” Yankovic

“Scharpling & Wurster in a boxed set! What more ‘darkness’ could a girl with ‘edge’ want? – Kim Gordon

“These twisting, strange, impossibly funny dialogues describe a world as complete as any novel, and a style of comedy no one has ever done before, because no one else can.” – John Hodgman

“Scharpling & Wurster (not in that order) are top shelf comedic surgeons.” –  Zach Galifianakis

“I’ve been listening to the Scharpling & Wurster conversations for a long time now, probably ten years or more and it’s all just utterly side-splitting shit.” – Robert Pollard

“Scharpling &Wurster are the ultimate dynamic duo from another dimension of comedy: previously uncharted… presently untouchable. I would know, I only stalk the best. – Kurt Vile

“Scharpling & Wurster are the Woodward and Bernstein of comedy. Except they didn’t topple a Presidency and Scharpling and Wurster are way funnier.” – Adam McKay


Return of the Twelve Days of Numero
November 26, 2013, 5:36 pm
Filed under: Newsworthy


Starting Friday, Numero will be rolling out our Twelve Days of Numero sales. We use this as an opportunity to discount a few items within our ever sprawling catalog, as well as throw a few monkey wrenches to make the collectors sweat. This year we’re doing both.

78-SpreadEver seen that? Probably not. Why? Because it was commissioned for a large company’s 78th anniversary and was only available free to their employees. Several thousand were pressed, but for the most part, we’re betting these things are sitting on various cubicle shelves. It’ll be years before these employees move on and dump them at their local record shop, which means that you, dear Numero customer, have almost no shot of owning one. Until right now.

Late in the summer, our own trusty shipping manager Adam “Lucky” Luksetich turned up 200 extra copies while cleaning out our garage. Unable to sell them, we are going to give you, our loyal customers, one free copy every time you purchase a Twelve Days of Numero deal. You can purchase as many deals as you want and flip them for big money on eBay. We don’t care.

What’s on it? Side A is Otis Brown’s “Southside Chicago.” Side B has La Union’s “Chicago, Latino.” Here’s the kicker: It only plays at 78 RPM. If you don’t have a turntable that adjusts to this speed, you probably won’t be able to enjoy it. But as we know most of you buy records just to put on your shelves as monuments to 21st century excess, it probably doesn’t matter. Either way, there’s only 200 and we know they’re going to sell out. We’ll adjust the deals as soon as we sell out of the item, so don’t wait around for the perfect deal. It might not come or it might be too late.

You say you already own every Numero record in existence? Ever heard of giving the gift of Numero?


Introducing Mind & Matter and Jimmy “Jam” Harris (Age 18)
October 29, 2013, 3:30 pm
Filed under: Mind & Matter, Newsworthy, Purple Snow


Storm chasers anticipating Purple Snow: Forecasting The Minneapolis Sound have no doubt noticed another menacing storm system in the form of Mind & Matter: 1514 Oliver Avenue (Basement). Recorded in the Fall of 1977, this 9-song basement odyssey captures one of Minneapolis’s most criminally overlooked ensembles, completing a sonic portrait initiated on their sought-after two-sider “I’m Under Your Spell” b/w “Sunshine Lady”. Benefitting from the sophisticated songwriting of Jimmy “Jam” Harris a decade prior to Janet Jackson’s ControlMind & Matter combines the twin-keyboard attack that would come to define the Twin City’s sound with a throw-back vocal quartet whose voices sound like Cadillac Coupes cruising in formation. As insane as Purple Snow is, Oliver Avenue is just as crazy—a hailstone amongst snowflakes.

Jimmy “Jam” Harris gave an awesome interview to UK magazine Dazed that you should definitely read right now. 

Mind & Matter’s 1514 Oliver Avenue (Basement) is available now on CD. The vinyl is right on its heels. We promise. 

In stores today: Unwound: Kid Is Gone
September 17, 2013, 1:21 pm
Filed under: Newsworthy, Unwound

NUM202.2After a year of tearing out our hair and losing our hearing, the first Unwound box arrives at finer retailers today. We’ve detailed the track list elsewhere, but as you might be able to tell from the above, there’s more to Kid Is Gone than 35 brutal post-hardcore songs and a few black and white photos. Here’s what you get for $40:

3 LPs

A 24-page booklet

3 flyers

3 replica covers

1 download card

A shit ton of chip board.

We’ve still got copies of the limited deluxe edition, which includes a bonus fourth LP, only available on our website.

Coming to an LP bin near you: Nikki Sudden & Jacobites
September 10, 2013, 12:11 pm
Filed under: Newsworthy | Tags: ,

NikkiQuad-1400x1400In founding the post-punk prefacing Swell Maps, Nikki Sudden and his drumming brother Epic Soundtracks charted new territory for racket and corrosive guitar. But after folding Swell Maps at the dawn of the ’80s, Nikki Sudden plowed through another decade’s worth of terrifically fertile ground. Drawing on his devotion to the Rolling Stones and T. Rex—alongside guitarist Dave Kusworth as Jacobites, plus a cheekily named cohort of British sidemen—Nikki Sudden cut a string of raw, inspired rock ‘n’ roll records, etched with double-edged travel melancholia and hard-bitten punk dejection.

Unavailable in their native format since the 1980s, Nikki Sudden’s own Waiting on Egypt and The Bible Belt, plus Jacobites and Robspierre’s Velvet Basement—Sudden’s stellar collaborations with Dave Kusworth—return to LP on November 12. These first four missives in a 7-LP Nikki Sudden reissue project get the high-standard treatment JR and Numero buyers know and love: replica album cover artwork and labels, original tracklistings, tip-on sleeves, and the handsome obi that has become a JR hallmark.

Waiting on Egypt

Nikki Sudden’s 1982 solo debut cut back on the skronk and clatter of his own latter-day Swell Maps. Unused Maps material received Sudden resurrection, while Nikki’s new ideas moved confidently in a Bolan direction. Elsewhere, early Stones gem “I’d Much Rather Be With The Boys,” recast in withdrawn piss and vinegar.

The Bible Belt

Sudden’s second LP marked his first collaboration with writer/guitarist Dave Kusworth, the alliance that would forge Jacobites. On The Bible Belt, Sudden stands in rock reverence to his own saints, from Bowie slink and Dylanesque strum to the mandolin post-punk of “Missionary Boy.”


1984’s Jacobites marked the first appearance of Nikki Sudden and Dave Kusworth under that loaded Brit imprimatur. The matching LP trafficked in dramatic rock classicism: vital, shambolic, anchored by a healthy obsession with plaintive Dylan phrasings. Here, Sudden & Kusworth took grim new looks at the same hills Mick and Keith had long since rolled past.

Robespierre’s Velvet Basement

The lush second Sudden/Kusworth album as Jacobites, 1985’s Robespierre’s Velvet Basement is a decadent and inviting garage, decorated by unabashed devotion to Faces, Stones, and the folky young Bolan. Originally planned for four sides of vinyl, it pared down to hit a pinnacle in Sudden’s oeuvre, a loose and grandly bedraggled portrait of British rock at the crossroads.

This now exists: Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label
August 21, 2013, 12:01 pm
Filed under: Eccentric Soul, Forte, Newsworthy

Forte Slip

In 1969, after three years as Soul Sister #1 to James Brown’s touring entourage, Marva Whitney came home to Kansas City, putting Ellis Taylor’s Forte label back at full fighting strength. She’d calmed aching crowds the day after MLK’s death, and she’d lived the life, despite its rigors—to pour out her pain and exuberance on Forte sides including “I’ve Lived The Life” and “Daddy Don’t Know About Sugar Bear,” which made national rounds in 1972. By then, Forte had already done more than deliver Marvelous Marva to market. Taylor worked overtime at KPRS to bring the world The Rayons, who’d stroll their girl group harmonies past Chicago’s RCA studios on “Baby Be Good.” In ’68, The Four Darlings sauntered in with smoky-voiced soul operatics on the demanding “Give Me Love.” Progressing in the middle ’70s, Everyday People got “Super Black” on Forte’s pine-green label. Still powering forward some 13 years on, Forte redawned with the 1980s, essaying disco-funk with Sharon Revoal’s “Reaching for Our Star.”

Numero 047 Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label charts Kansas City yeoman’s work, the Carpets and the Derbys, dapper clothiers mysteriously murdered, and marriages made and broken. In 28 tracks, plus a trove of promo headshots and every-hued label scans detailing all iterations of Forte’s logo in print, this 16th Eccentric Soul sojourn hands over vivid floor shakers and lost dance craze records alike—though what moves “The Hen” required remains anyone’s guess.

Compact disc:

1. Gene Williams – Don’t Let Your Love Fade Away
2. Lee Harris – I’m Gonna Get Your Thing
3. Tear Drops – I’m Gonna Get You
4. Louis Chachere – The Hen Part 1
5. The Fantasticks – Cry Night And Day
6. Marva W Taylor – I’ve Lived The Life
7. Fabulous Rhythm Makers – Mini Mini Afro Twist
8. Tony Ashley & the Delicates – I’ll Never Be Satisfied
9. The Rayons – You Confuse Me Baby
10. The Four Darlings – Baby Your Love Is Amazing
11. Lee Harris – Lookin’ Good
12. Marva Whitney – Daddy Don’t Know About Sugar Bear
13. Gene Williams – Whatever You Do (Do It Good)
14. Everyday People – Is It Really That Bad
15. The Rayons – Baby Be Good
16. Tony Ashley & the Delicates – All Along I’ve Loved You
17. Lee Harris – I’ve Got To Have Somebody’s Love
18. Everyday People – Super Black
19. James Whitney – With Fun In My Life
20. Sharon Revoal – Reaching For Our Star
21. Marva W Taylor – Nothing I’d Rather Be (Than Your Weakness)

Long playing double album:

A1. Gene Williams – Don’t Let Your Love Fade Away
A2. Lee Harris – I’m Gonna Get Your Thing
A3. Tear Drops – I’m Gonna Get You
A4. Louis Chachere – The Hen Part 1
A5. The Fantasticks – Cry Night And Day
A6. Marva W Taylor – I’ve Lived The Life
A7. Fabulous Rhythm Makers – Mini Mini Afro Twist
B1.Tony Ashley & the Delicates – I’ll Never Be Satisfied
B2. The Rayons – You Confuse Me Baby
B3. The Four Darlings – Baby Your Love Is Amazing
B4. Lee Harris – Lookin’ Good
B5. Marva Whitney – Daddy Don’t Know About Sugar Bear
B6: Gene Williams – Whatever You Do (Do It Good)
B7. Everyday People – Is It Really That Bad
C1. The Rayons – Baby Be Good
C2. Tony Ashley & the Delicates – All Along I’ve Loved You
C3. Lee Harris – I’ve Got To Have Somebody’s Love
C4. Everyday People – Super Black
C5. James Whitney – With Fun In My Life
C6. Sharon Revoal – Reaching For Our Star
C7. Marva W Taylor – Nothing I’d Rather Be (Than Your Weakness)
D1. Four Darlings – Give Me Love
D2. Unknown Artist – Dearest Lover
D3. Fantasticks – Live And Let Live
D4. Fabulous Rhythm Makers – Ya Gotta Be Doing It
D5. Lee Harris – Skate Boogaloo and Karate Too
D6. Tear Drops – Don’t Fade Away
D7. Marva Whitney & Ellis “Gripey” Taylor – We Need More (But Somebody Gotta Sacrifice)

You can go ahead order either format (or digital download) here.