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Syl Johnson Doc West Coast Screenings
January 25, 2016, 12:20 pm
Filed under: Syl Johnson

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After premiering in 2015 at the Chicago International Film Festival, screening to a sellout crowd at DOC NYC and winning the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at Indie Memphis, Syl Johnson: Any Way The Wind Blows is kicking off 2016 with a trio of West Coast screenings!

First the movie heads to Portland, OR as part of the 33rd Reel Music Festival at the Portland Art Museum’s NorthWest Film Center on Sunday, January 31st at 7:00pmTickets are available now!

On Saturday, February 20th at 7:00pm the film will screen at San Francisco, CA‘s Roxie Theater as part of the Noise Pop Film Series and the San Francisco Independent Film Festival which will include a Q&A with Syl Johnson, director Rob Hatch-Miller and producers Puloma Basu and Michael Slaboch. Tickets for this screening are also available now!

And we are proud to announce that the film will screen in Missoula, MT in February at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival! The screening date and time have not been announced yet but tickets and passes will soon be available at

Future screenings will be announced on the film’s Twitter and Facebook accounts and website.

Finally, please enjoy this video of the Q&A with Syl Johnson and the filmmakers that followed the film’s New York premiere at DOC NYC. 


Syl Johnson Doc This Weekend in NYC
November 13, 2015, 12:35 pm
Filed under: Syl Johnson

After winning the audience award for Best Documentary last weekend at the Indie Memphis Film Festival, Syl Johnson: Any Way The Wind Blows is heading to New York City this weekend! Only a few tickets are left for the Sunday, November 15th screening at the DOC NYC Film Festival with Syl Johnson in person for a Q&A. An encore screening has been scheduled for Wednesday, November 18th at 3:00pm at IFC Center. Ticket info for both shows below.

DOC NYC presents Syl Johnson: Any Way The Wind Blows

SVA Theatre

Sunday, November 15th @ 2:15pm

Q&A with Syl Johnson and the filmmakers

Tickets available here.

Syl Johnson NYC Premiere Afterparty
Max Fish (120 Orchard St.)
Sunday, November 15th at 4:30pm
No cover, special guest DJs all night
DOC NYC presents Syl Johnson: Any Way The Wind Blows
IFC Center
Wednesday, November 18th @ 3:00pm

Q&A with the filmmakers

Tickets available here.

Also you can tune into Todd-o-phonic Todd’s WFMU radio show this Saturday, November 14th at 5:00pm Eastern on to hear an interview with Syl Johnson movie director Rob Hatch-Miller and producer Michael Slaboch.
All manners of Syl Johnson singles, LPs, and box sets are available at

Any Way The Wind Blows in Memphis + Syl Johnson + Bo Keys LIVE!
November 5, 2015, 12:31 pm
Filed under: Syl Johnson


Hot off it’s World Premiere in Chicago last month, ‘Syl Johnson: Any Way The Wind Blows’, will have it’s Memphis premiere this Sunday at the Indie Memphis Film Fest followed by a live show with Syl backed up by The Bo-Keys also featuring Don Bryant and Percy Wiggins. Ticket info below.

Indie Memphis Film Festival presents:
‘Syl Johnson: Any Way The Wind Blows’
Circuit Playhouse Theatre
Sunday, November 8th @ 4pm
Q&A with Syl Johnson and the filmmakers
Tickets Available Here

The Bo-Keys featuring Syl Johnson, Don Bryant and Percy Wiggins
Minglewood Hall
Sunday, November 8th @ 8pm
Tickets Available Here

Syl Johnson Documentary Trailer + World & CHI & NYC Premiers
October 14, 2015, 4:38 pm
Filed under: Syl Johnson


Several years in the making, Syl Johnson: Any Way The Wind Blows will be making its world premier this weekend via the Chicago Film Festival. Tickets are still available (I just bought mine -ed) for the 7:45pm debut at AMC River East 21, after which we will gathering at the Virgin Hotel rooftop to celebrate whilst Rob Sevier plays records (If any of you manatees can’t make it, you will have a matinee opportunity to catch the movie the following weekend, Saturday at 1pm). Oh and THIS JUST IN: The NYC premiere will be part of the DOC NYC Film FestivalAny Way The Wind Blows will screen Sunday, November 15th at the SVA Theatre (2pm) and Wednesday, November 18th at the IFC Center (3pm). You might be asking, “What is this Syl Johnson movie everybody’s been talking about anyway?” Watch the trailer below.

If you’d like to buy a whole mess of Syl Johnson records in anticipation of this theatrical milestone, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve got Syl Johnson records to fit any budget over at

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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Last Day For Syl Johnson Kickstarter!
August 7, 2013, 10:54 am
Filed under: Syl Johnson | Tags: ,

Just a quick head’s up that there is only 12 hours left to donate to the ‘Syl Johnson: Any Way The Wind Blows’ Kickstarter campaign!

They’ve already exceeded their goal thanks to the incredibly generous 800+ backers, but they are trying to reach at least $45,000 by the end of the day so that they actually make the $40,000 goal after paying out Kickstarter fees.

As you can see below there’s still loads of exclusive Syl Johnson swag only available at Kickstarter until the end of the day.

Every dollar helps and and no donation is too small so we hope you can help out this remarkable project about one of our favorite artists.

Syl Swag

Syl Johnson: Samplelogy
July 24, 2013, 12:52 pm
Filed under: Syl Johnson

Tremendous new video for the Syl Johnson Kickstarter campaign. Hatch & Co. are about 50% away from meeting their goal and need your help to make it happen. Tons of awesome incentives await you, including t-shirts, posters, a canvas bag, and exclusive screenings.

Let’s do this.

Syl Johnson: Complete Kickstart-ology
July 9, 2013, 11:47 am
Filed under: Syl Johnson

Since 2009, the Numero Group’s Michael Slaboch, along with Rob Hatch-Miller and Puloma Basu, have been hard at work on a documentary about the illustrious Syl Johnson. From the unveiling of Numero’s 2010 Grammy-nominated box set, Syl Johnson: Complete Mythology; to producing sold-out Syl shows all over the country; to gardening with Syl at “the house that Wu-Tang built!”….it’s been a crazy ride, to say the least. Learning about Syl’s life through his songs and his stories offers a unique opportunity to consider the history of racial politics in America, the complexities of the music business, and issues of creative ownership and compensation.

Rob and Puloma are launching their Kickstarter campaign today and they hope you can help them reach their goal. Thanks to dedicated friends and volunteers, they’ve been able to make it more than halfway through production on their own personal funds. At Numero HQ, we’re excited to see this movie project come to fruition.

Thanks in part to so many talented and generous people, they’ve got t-shirts, tote bags, posters, limited edition art, a DJ mix, Syl’s records, music festival passes, and much more as incentives for your support.

You can watch the Syl Johnson: Any Way the Wind Blows trailer, get details on the Kickstarter campaign, the team, Syl, and all the swag on offer at:

Why does every new LP at a record store cost $30? (Syl Johnson’s first two LPs are back in print for $15 a pop)
February 26, 2013, 8:50 am
Filed under: Lewis Connection, Newsworthy, Shoes, Syl Johnson

JR7-8-webIn the years preceding our issue of Complete Mythology, the only way you could purchase a new Syl Johnson album on vinyl was via shoddy bootleg. The packaging was terrible and the mastering was lifeless. We thought we’d solved the problem with our 6LP and 4CD box set, but it turns out there’s a whole slew of people who aren’t into “complete” anything. This week we’re making it a little cheaper to own a piece of Syl Johnson’s catalog by putting his first two LPs—Dresses Too Short and Is It Because I’m Black—back in print on their original format. There are no liner notes or extra tracks, just the LPs as they were intended, albeit with a superior mastering job, heavy weight vinyl, a tip-on jacket, and a little obi to make the albums stand out in the bins.

The best part? The price. Each LP is only $15.

Numero started the Jr. line to put rare LPs back in print at a price you can afford. We’re sick of walking into record stores and seeing new LPs at outrageous prices, and thought you might be too. Once a month we’ll issue an album in its original form, but at our quality standards.

The first eight are as follows:

Jr.001 Shoes: One In Versailles

Jr.002 Shoes: Bazooka

Jr.003 Shoes: Black Vinyl Shoes

Jr.004 Shoes: Pre-Tense: Demos 1978-1979

Jr.005 Circuit Rider: S/T

Jr.006 Lewis Connection: S/T

Jr.007 Syl Johnson: Dresses Too Short

Jr.008 Syl Johnson: Is It Because I’m Black

And coming soon…

Jr.009 Otis G. Johnson: Everything-God Is Love ’78

Jr.010 Centaura: Lawdy Lawdy Lawd

Jr.011 Rokk: I Want To Get High

Jr.012 The Sixth Station: Deep Night


Can You Still Make It In America? Ask Syl Johnson
January 21, 2013, 11:58 am
Filed under: Syl Johnson


On Friday, Marketplace asked the question: “Can you still make it in America?” Broadcasting from Chicago, they ended up at the front gate of Bronzeville soulman Syl Johnson, who sings, strums, and regales us with tales of Solomon’s Fishery, his beloved seafood chain that, at its peak, employed over 100 Chicagoans. The first S-bomb gets dropped around the 17-minute mark.  You can listen by clicking here.