Numero Group: By The Numbers

Renaldo Domino at Dig Deeper 3/23/13 (NYC)
March 19, 2013, 2:30 pm
Filed under: Forte, Twinight


This Saturday, Renaldo Domino returns to Brooklyn for his third Dig Deeper-sanctioned appearance. For this occasion, the Brooklyn Rhythm Band will boast strings, which means tracks like “Not Too Cool To Cry” will get the orchestral flourishes and violin solos they are so often denied. This party is consistently a ton of fun, and the appearance of Renaldo Domino only serves to sweeten the deal. But that’s not all… the house band will also feature a tribute to the late great Soul Sister Number 1, Marva Whitney, who will be a crucial part of the forthcoming Eccentric Soul: The Forte LabelDetails and tickets can be found on the Littlefield website. Have fun!

Syl Johnson to Perform Saturday at the Hideout
December 7, 2012, 5:45 pm
Filed under: Syl Johnson, Twinight


The bad news is: Due to medical reasons, Andre Williams will be unable to participate in tomorrow’s Secret History of Chicago Music Series, taking place at the Hideout. The good news is: Syl Johnson will be performing in his stead. Tickets are still $12, and may or may not be available by the time we finish this sentence. Afterwards, our own Jon Kirby will be playing records until 3 am, test driving several portions of the Numero Group’s 2013 release schedule.

For tickets and information visit

Get well soon, Andre!

Renaldo Domino, this Saturday at The Hideout (Chicago)
December 3, 2012, 2:28 pm
Filed under: Twinight

Renaldo Hideout

Named for the voice that was sweet like Domino sugar, Renaldo Domino will be performing this Saturday at Chicago’s beloved Hideout. Although proof of it does not exist on Youtube, Domino’s brisk rendition of Gloria Jones (popularized by Soft Cell)’s “Tainted Love,” has become a standard for the Twinight recording artist, and is worth the price of admission alone. Andre Williams will headline, and both artists will be backed by regional rhythm section Expo ’76, who proved more than capable of bolstering these mighty voices last September, when an unannounced mock-up of this show somehow materialized (documented here on By the Numbers) on a random Sunday.

A Summary:

Chicago Reader & Galactic Zoo present The Secret History of Chicago Music Concert Series:

Andre Williams

Renaldo Domino


Sat, December 8, 2012

9:00 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL


Advanced tickets can be purchased here.

Afterwards, our own Jon Kirby will play 45s from past, present, and future Numero releases, all the way until 3am. it will be a full night of Numero revelry. Renaldo hits the stage at 10pm. We hope you will join us.

New Numero 45s for your jukebox
November 29, 2012, 2:31 pm
Filed under: Eccentric Soul 45s, Subscription, Twinight

We just got samples in of the next three additions to our ever-expanding line of 45s. We announced both ES-030 and 031 earlier this week, but that guy on the right? That’s Chuck & Mac’s “Powerful Love” b/w “The Bear.” We’ve been inundated with requests for this title since the A-side’s placement in Rian Johnson’s Looper. TWI-135 marks our eleventh entry in the Twinight 45 series. Astute readers will notice our change to Twinight’s second label design, a move we’ve been considering for the last four years of not issuing any Twinight singles.

Signs Of The Time is pulled from the archives of Mel Turnage, the man behind the Elements of Peace—as featured in Eccentric Soul: Omnibus. We’ve got a few dozen tapes on our shelves from Turnage’s turn as a producer in 1970s St. Louis, hopefully this is the first of many releases from his archive.

Finally, we’re thrilled to issue the first two offerings from what will be a massive overview of Cash Recordings. Both of these Notations songs were sitting on a mouldering tape in a dilapidated barn on the outskirts of Nashville when we found them in November of 2011. “Saving” doesn’t even begin to cover it. Here’s a few more photos from that excavation:

A. This drawer was a rats nest.

B. Most of the tapes were unfortunately not stored in plastic tubs.

C. Inside the barn where these tapes were rescued. That’s a Neve console under that blue tarp.

Two of the above 45s are available via our 45 club now. Chuck & Mac will be available on our website soon, and from finer retailers around the first of  the new year.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt likes us, he really likes us.
September 26, 2012, 2:57 pm
Filed under: Twinight

“Also a song that’s in the movie, it’s called “Powerful Love,” this old soul record, and it’s on this great compilation called Eccentric Soul [Twinight’s Lunar Rotation] that Rian turned me onto at the time. It’s all these old dirty soul records that never made it on the radio. And a bunch of those songs were good.”—Joseph Gordon-Levitt

The celebrity endorsements are piling up. What the fuck are we going to do with them?

Complete Onion AV Club interview here.

Dresses Too Fresh : Syl Johnson
September 24, 2012, 2:31 pm
Filed under: Syl Johnson, Twinight, Uncategorized

Last night, Syl Johnson played a short set as part of the Hideout’s Expo Chicago closing party. And while well-dressed/hot mess Emmy nominees were wreaking havoc on the red carpet, causing Twitter blisters for a world-wide web of fashion bloggers, Syl Johnson was debuting this ensemble to a crowd of privy locals and Euro-yokels. While comparisons were made to Michael Jackson’s early-’90s military collection, a more direct resemblance could be drawn between the Twinight recording artist and boisterous headliners Mucca Pazza.

Syl is wearing Air Jordans (by Nike) and Obama cap (by Obama).

This is about 1/5th of Mucca Pazza, donning mix-matched marching band “uniforms.”

A Breath of Fresh Air In The Middle Of All This Hullabaloo
August 25, 2011, 4:24 pm
Filed under: Newsworthy, Numero Press, Syl Johnson, Twinight | Tags: , ,

Once again, ex-pat homie and NPR correspondent Ed Ward does us a solid and shed’s some light on the man himself, Syl Johnson, for NPR’s Fresh Air today. Clocking in at a little over 8 1/2 minutes, Ward traces Johnson’s musical career from his beginnings in Mississippi and Chicago to his recent success becoming one of hip-hop’s most sampled artists.Take a breather here.