Numero Group: By The Numbers

The Numero Group Cassette Show (NTS Radio)
June 30, 2016, 1:47 pm
Filed under: Methodology, Playlists, Uncategorized


For this month’s NTS broadcast, we broke out the boom box and unleashed a whole shoebox of cassette obscurities from our personal collections. Reasoning that cassettes—more than any other singular format—embody a particular aesthetic, we’ve included a gallery of covers to help contextualize the material featured in this set. Rap and new age both experienced booms in the ’80s and therefore represent a large share of the program. However, the cassette allowed weirdos of all persuasions and abilities to circulate their output affordably (see above). Here’s a few favorites:


Split Image – S/T (1990) ℅ Technical Difficulty Productions, Houston, TX



Semply Fressh Posse – The Adventures of the… (1994) Jah International, Jamestown, NC



V/A – Mountain Valley Music (1990) John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC



Sounds Of Papa New Guinea (unknown) Swinging Axe Productions, Northridge, CA



Stephan Micus – Ocean (1986) Self-Released, Ludwigsburg, Germany



Spring – Funkin’ With The Rhythm and Blues (1995) Sounds of Spring Music, Clemmons, NC



Hill Tribe Music (1992) Disco Cassette Chiangmai, Thailand


Honey Dipp – Honey Dipp Style (1995) Kam-Rod Records, Fayetteville, NC

Alternate Universe Cosmic American Podcast
March 10, 2016, 12:42 pm
Filed under: Cosmic American Music, Playlists


We initiated our NTS podcast to give you a deeper, more meaningful understanding of the music and musicians that we champion here at the Numero Group. Yesterday’s broadcast was a watershed show for us, with multiple artist interviews, alternative cuts from our Cosmic American allies, and some choice nuggs/visions of Jerry from the infamous shipping department known simply as #TheDeadZone. Click here to check the broadcast in question and stay tuned for more music and “jubilant, nerdy record chat.”


Holiday Mix and Studs Terkel’s Train Ride to Washington
January 19, 2015, 2:47 pm
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During our collective morning commutes, many of us stumbled upon hometown frequency WBEZ to discover a fascinating series of interviews, conducted by Chicago luminary Studs Terkel during his train ride from Chicago to Washington on the eve of Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have A Dream” speech. Terkel’s conversations with fellow passengers provides a unique look into attitudes, predictions, and the overall state of things in 1963. Recommended.

Likewise, we’ve assembled this holiday playlist. Enjoy.


Rob Sevier on Dublab
January 13, 2015, 12:26 pm
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Rob Sevier received the Southwest Fare-Saver email and unlike the rest of us, he pulled the trigger, escaping Chicago on the eve of -35 degree wind chill factors that cancelled not one but two days of school. Since, he’s been traipsing around picturesque Los Angeles, doing all manners of cool things, like playing records at Dublab. If you are unaware, Dublab is a great internet radio station that offers a sun-soaked, Kodachrome glimpse into the musical culture of greater Los Angeles. You can actually feel the heat coming out of the speaker (citation needed)!



Curtis, the Brothers – You Make Everything Better – Bell
Levi McNeal – I Like Your Stuff – Stompey
The Standing Ovation – C.G.O. – Raja
Aphrodite’s Child – Funky Mary – Mercury
Muse – Sunshine Road – Nova
Family Man – Gideon’s High – Gideon
Nadie La Fond – Three Way Situation – Yolk
Aguabella – I Wanna Know – Epsilon
Iron Force – Sweet Poison – AMG
The Care Package – The Storm – Jocelynn
Universal Togetherness Band – Ain’t Gonna Cry – Numero
Universal Togetherness Band – Try, Try, Try – Numero
Gloria Ann Taylor – Love Is A Hurting Thing – Selector Sound
Just Us – Now – Tonce
The Relatives – More Time – Archway
Small Society – Just Loving You – Cadde

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Numero Group on NTS Radio (London)
October 13, 2014, 1:23 pm
Filed under: Playlists, Uncategorized


While Barnstorming the United Kingdom last month, Ken Shipley and Rob Sevier stopped by NTS Radio to contribute a couple hours of content to the station’s jewel-encrusted programming. We fell for NTS back in March, when the station set up at Numero HQ for six hours, broadcasting live from our little villa in Little Village. By comparison, two hours was a cinch! Plus the scenery from NTS’s storefront DJ booth on Gillette Square in Hackney was far more engaging than the icy confines of Marshall Boulevard in the living undead of winter. Enjoy!


Stream all SIX HOURS of our @NTSLive takeover
March 10, 2014, 1:36 pm
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NTS-studioOn Saturday, March 8th, our very own Rob Sevier, Ken Shipley, Dustin Drase, and Jon Kirby were handed the keys to the UK’s venerable online radio station NTS. If you weren’t able to blow your entire day off listening to internet radio, fear not! It has been archived for your listening pleasure.

The six hours breaks down as such:

Hour 1: Eccentric Soul

Hour 2: Darkscorchers

Hour 2.5: Psych-folkers

Hour 3: Yacht Rockers

Hour 4: Purple Stems

Hours 4.5: Cult Cargo

Hour 5: Walking with Jesus

Hour 5.5: Greetings from Ohio

Hour 6: Pizza Party


Sitting in the Park 11th Anniversary
April 27, 2013, 4:04 pm
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Last weekend, besides the usual Record Store Day clusterfuck, also passed the 11th anniversary of the pride of Chicago’s otherwise pretty stodgy radio market, the Sitting in the Park show on WHPK (you may know it from Common Sense lyrics if you’re not from the area or well-versed in Chicago radio). Every anniversary show collects the best new discoveries in 60s, 70s, and 80s vocal harmony soul sounds and is never to be missed. Check it out here, or visit the Sitting in the Park website.

Tax Day Blues – Time To Pay Up!
April 15, 2013, 11:55 am
Filed under: A Light On The Southside, Playlists | Tags: ,

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At least we’ve got a free mix for you to hear, courtesy of the Sitting in the Park radio show. Celebrating (or lamenting) another Tax Day in these United States, we’ve got a special guest mix from Bob Abrahamian [producer/archivist/researcher/host of the legendary radio show Sitting in the Park]. Check out his interviews and other mixes for the deepest archives of group harmony recordings yet known. Fans of the Light on the South Side compilation (which Bob contributed to) should take note..

Phoned In: Eccentric Soul Pilgrimage at a Glance
November 28, 2011, 4:31 pm
Filed under: Methodology, Playlists, Syl Johnson

Most of the talent flew MDW > RDU for November 19th’s Eccentric Soul Revue at Durham’s Carolina Theatre. But Numero’s nucleus saw the 781-mile trek as an opportunity to touch base and break bread with some of the fine folks who make running our record label possible. After crawling out of our minivan and cracking open our iPhones, this is what we had.

Day 1 – Indiana: On the first day we set course for Bloomington, Indiana, where we had a date with Bellwether MFG, the company that manufactures the lion’s share of our packaging, CDs, stickers, and miscellaneous miscellany. A note to club owners: If you want folks to be excited about playing your club, BUY A MARQUEE. Seeing your name is moveable type never tires. Brass from Secretly Canadian were out in force spilling industry secrets left and right. Despite the well-trodden red carpet at the Bishop, the image we took away from this leg of the journey is of an unrelated nature:

Day 2 – Nashville: While we had plans to tour United Record Pressing, we first stopped by a handful of area retailers.

The Groove had this impressive clock (courtesy of our old distributors, ADA) that prominently features the Syl Johnson box set. Grimey’s had a couple hand-screened LPs by an area instrumental outfit called Hands Off Cuba that have been getting considerable spin at headquarters. We also stopped by Jack White’s Third Man Records, which no doubt benefits from its proximity to United Record Pressing. With over 100 titles in their catalog, they undoubtedly had to deal with George at URP to assure their projects make it into the hands of their inexhaustible customers.

(To see how records are made (spoiler alert: it’s fascinating) click here)

Day 3 – Atlanta: Driving into town, we dined at a Wendy’s, where we sampled the city’s native soda, Coca-Cola, from a touch-screen machine that could manufacture raspberry Sprite, vanilla root beer, and grape everything.

No trip to Atlanta is complete without visiting Little Five Point’s institutional Criminal Records, where we caught up with Fred White of the Decisions. Perhaps a release will come of it? On the way out of the Peach State, we visited picturesque Athens, Georgia, where Wuxtry impressed us with their Numero section.

Days 4 – Greenville, SC: Not a bad day of driving, we cruised into Greenville, SC around dusk, where Horizon Record‘s Gene Burger had arranged for us to DJ at the shop’s neighboring Bohemian Cafe. He even let us craft a custom bin card for local bandleader Charlie Spivak, which obviously harkened an influx of used Spivak titles in the weeks succeeding. The term “Steakhouse Jazz” was used freely.

(Horizon Records owner Gene Burger with a few plates of Spivak)

As an after thought, we dropped in on Cabin Floor Records, which contained a trove of private press experiments and area oddities, each sitting attentively on neatly organized shelves. One such Greenville sitar thing bore liner notes that began thusly: SIX WAYS TO AVOID THE EVIL EYE. Owner Joe Shirley III didn’t have a business card, but he gave us this found photo, in its self a score:

(“Nancy and Speedy, Indianapolis, Ind.”)

Day 5 – North Carolina: The Tarheel State was our trip’s bull’s eye. Coursing through tobacco country, record retailers in Asheville, Winston-Salem, Chapel Hill and Carrboro were restocked in quick succession. After some kind of talking thing in front of learning enthusiasts in Durham, we bolted to collegiate frequency WXDU, where things got as blurry as this photo indicates.

(From left to right: Crazy people. Download the show here. Playlist, here.)

Day 6 – Showtime: Father-and-son team Greg and Jon Kirby stop at Allen and Son’s BBQ, an institution that Oprah sidekick Gayle King hardly even rated on her televised quest for the country’s best sandwich.

(From left to right: Cole Slaw, Brunswick Stew, Pulled Pork BBQ)

Much of the day was spent on stage, getting all of the entertainers calibrated. Our backing unit, the Sweet Divines & Divine Soul Rhythm Band had but a few hours to get on the same page as local horn section D-Town Brass, who then had to collectively coordinate with each of the night’s featured front men, Renaldo Domino, the Notations, and Syl Johnson.

(Bandleader J.B. Flatt putting it together and keeping it together)

The show, in short, a success. Yes! Weekly’s Ryan Snyder wrote the only traditional review of the concert, which is a pretty accurate portrayal of the evening’s events.

Afterwards, Carolina Soul aficionado Jason Perlmutter lugged his disc jockeying equipment to the tiny-but-mighty Whiskey, where we rode the night until the wheels fell off. If pictures exist, we’d love to see them. It was full, but not too full, and there was much rejoicing in the wake of a great concert, and a successful week instigating new friendships and shoring up old ones. With about 8 hours of sleep combined, we climbed back into the van, embarking on a pleasantly uneventful voyage home.

Numero: Live on WXDU download
November 21, 2011, 11:24 am
Filed under: Numero Press, Playlists | Tags:

If you were not in the greater Durham area or near your computer on Friday evening, here’s a link to download the set we did on WXDU:

Nate and Dave were great hosts, and more or less gave us complete run of the station, including bending the playlist a little bit to include our March theme song. Find it in the play list below: