Numero Group: By The Numbers

Numero March Update and Press Round Up
November 17, 2011, 11:33 am
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As the Numero van traverses east into the Carolinas today before stopping for an eventful night at Horizon Records in Greenville S.C., we have been holding down the fort over here shipping out the last of the 2011 Vinyl Subscriptions and pre-orders. 2012 Subscriptions are now available at our web store and will remain up for the next few months while the 2011.5 Part 2 Vinyl Subscription will be up until the end of the day tomorrow. In preparation of Numero’s march into Durham there has been a tidal-wave of pro-numero propaganda that has swept through the Triangle, check it out below.

Independent Weekly Cover Feature

Duke Performances Syl Interview

Yes Weekly

Durham Magazine

The Daily Tar-Heel

Also if you’re not convinced to buy the Boddie box set make sure to check out today’s NPR Morning Edition with Tony Cox  at 1:30 EST today with Louise Boddie and Numero Archivist Dante Carfagna, who are going be chatting about the history and music of the Boddie Recording Company. Don’t Sleep.

Speaking about public radio, check out this clip from two nights ago on WFMU’s The Best Show with Tom Scharpling where he gets an unexpected caller.  Note – this is not some kid with a Syl Johnson Soundboard, it’s the man himself. Listen below.

Syl Johnson on the Best Show

Syl Johnson Voicemail Messages
May 17, 2011, 2:07 pm
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A couple of years ago during the WFMU marathon we said that people who donated over $100 during Trouble’s show would get a personalized voicemail from Syl Johnson.  Well it took us awhile to get Syl to record these — mostly since we forgot about our promise — but last week Syl knocked them out for some very generous listeners.

If you happen to be lucky enough to be named, Staceyjoy or JD, feel free to use either of these below!

The Numero Group on WFMU
May 10, 2011, 1:11 pm
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Michael stopped by WFMU this morning to talk up our little operation and play music from forthcoming releases. You can listen here, just scroll down to 1:25 and click the pop up player.


fathers children linda who’s gonna save the world numero group 1:25:47 (MP3 |Pop‑up )
fathers children dirt and grime Who’s Gonna Save the World? 1:30:31 (MP3 |Pop‑up )
fathers children who’s gonna save the world who’s gonna save the world 1:34:07 (MP3 |Pop‑up )
slippery when wet get me hot Local Customs: Burned at Boddie v/a 1:37:31 (MP3 |Pop‑up )
south shore commission love casts no shadow nickel 1:47:54 (MP3 |Pop‑up )
the brothers and sisters don’t let them tell you penny 1:53:12 (MP3 |Pop‑up )
syl johnson try my love complete mythology 1:54:42 (MP3 |Pop‑up )
syl johnson do you know what love is complete mythology 1:57:48 (MP3 |Pop‑up )
little ed petite soul fished 45 boxset 1:59:40 (MP3 |Pop‑up )
jackie russell if you don’t want me boddie recording company 2:06:06 (MP3 |Pop‑up )
the chantells world of soul boddie recording company 2:07:48 (MP3 |Pop‑up )
group from lutheran east ? boddie recording company 2:10:57 (MP3 |Pop‑up )
Brother Bill wha’s happenin boddie recording company 2:15:00 (MP3 |Pop‑up )
stone coal white you know stone coal white 2:24:19 (MP3 |Pop‑up )
stone coal white people’s stone coal white 2:29:55 (MP3 |Pop‑up )
j barry solomon moses he’s forever bounty 2:31:46 (MP3 |Pop‑up )
harmonics let me go Local Customs: Burned at Boddie v/a 2:36:08 (MP3 |Pop‑up )
le nombre loving you Local Customs: Burned at Boddie v/a 2:38:48 (MP3 |Pop‑up )
jus’us don’t stop smiling Local Customs: Burned at Boddie v/a 2:42:15 (MP3 |Pop‑up )
wee i’m all changed you can fly on my aeroplane

Win A Syl Johnson Voicemail Greeting!
March 11, 2010, 8:36 am
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If you pledge today during Trouble’s show and give a mouse size pledge you will win a personalized voicemail greeting from Syl Johnson!  Call now 1-800-989-9368 or on the web here.

Syl Johnson On WFMU
February 5, 2010, 11:01 am
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Many thanks to WFMU’s Rob-Hatch Miller for shooting and cutting together this short of Syl’s interview with DJ Trouble & Michael back in November.

Michael’s Favorite WFMU Shows
December 8, 2009, 8:45 am
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During our weekly Monday afternoon meeting we decided that each of us would start rolling out some Best (fill in the blank) of 2009 or decade lists over the next few weeks.  I thought I would kick it off with my favorite WFMU shows of the past ten years.  There are links below to all the show’s MP3 archives since a couple are currently not on the air.  You can also listen to them live via , or with that little transistor radio in your kitchen for those of you in the greater NYC area, or stream away with their super handy iPhone-iPod app, basically leaving you no excuse to miss any of these shows that will surely hip you to some amazing music you’ve never heard before.

Here’s the list in no particular order…

World Of Echo with Dave Mandl
Way-left-of-center music and chatter. Guaranteed less than 2% rock and roll.

A viking ship appears on the horizon, a likeness of Loretta Lynn carved into its bow. Rare birds flock together to sing Francoise Hardy as soul hits. A sunset of blips and bleeps fills the air.

The Best Show on WFMU with Tom Scharpling

Funny. Rocking. Intriguing. Engaging. Modest. The best talk. The best music. Simply put: The Best.

Sinner’s Crossroads with Kevin Nutt

Scratchy vanity 45s, pilfered field recordings, muddy off-the-radio sounds, homemade congregational tapes and vintage commercial gospel throw-downs; a little preachin’, a little salvation, a little audio tomfoolery.

Eclectic new and old musical selections (psych, power pop, reggae, folk, country, soul, hip-hop, et cetera) plus politics, fishing, and other cultural phenomena.

Ira “The K”

Ira, who to his vast listening constituents is more affectionately known as IRA “THE K”, has over the past few years become one of the top radio personalities in the country. His occasional disc jockey show over radio station WFMU in Jersey City in reality epitomizes the real Ira. Like Ira, it is a program that is unpredictable, filled with imaginative twists and turns, constantly bubbling with new ideas and packed solid with a wide range of unabashed good humor. Ira is keenly aware of just what his young listeners want in the way of music and this awareness is constantly supported by the amazing percentage of records that are picked on his show as hits and eventually go on to become the nation’s best selling records.

The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T
Punk/new wave, psych, glam, garage, mod, freakbeat, funk, krautrock, noise, hardcore, indie, DIY, power pop, soul — any and all good moving music!

The Frow Show with Jesse
Grand pianos in the surf, singing frogs, hyphenated psych, outtakes, live collaging, twangy drone, old folk, ephemeral pop, and the Grateful goddamn Dead.

Downtown Soulville with Mr. Fine Wine

One hour; 23 or 24 soul 45’s.

John Allen
“I listened yesterday. It’s no reflection on you but I could’nt see where you were going or what you were going for. This early seventies thing didn’t get noticed the first time and you talk about friends of like Dealney and Bonnie who had records out like we’re supposed to remember who they are. Then you play this long winded free jazz stuff that really grates on my nerves. And that noise without a beat and sounds like someones being pinched. Then you play a reggae song, I think you called it Dub, to what, be cool? You seem to really fetishize the whole folk thing too which is obnoxious to us who don’t even care. I liked it when you played that punk song though.

Stochastic Hit Parade with Bethany Ryker

All the spectacle and clamor you crave…without those pesky crowds.

The Evan “Funk” Davies Show
Starting with the 70s — it could be a classic (or obscure) punk rocker, a forgotten disco diva, a long-unheard hit record, or none of these. What happens next depends on what’s in the WFMU new bin and whether I remember my records from home. Tune in and find out! You’ll even hear a live band once in a while

Brian Turner
Order and disorder in a freeform haze of terribly played guitars, shorted-out electronics, found audio detritus, strange sounds from strange lands all around. Psych-punk-junk, collage, even pop. Lots of in-studio live performances to boot.

Antique Phonograph Music Program

The Antique Phonograph Music Program is a collection of pop, standard, and ethnic music acoustically recorded on discs and cylinders and played on period machines circa 1895-1925.

Nardwuar the Human Serviette Show
Join Nardwuar the Human Serviiette for 60 mins of clam chowder flavoured (note canadian spelling!) entertainment and interviews all the way from, yes, Vancouver, BC, Canaduh! Doot Doola Doot Doo … Doot Doo !

Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

The Citizen Kane of adult entertainment.

Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
Folk; old-timey; blues; psych, avant and acid folk old and new; melancholy pop; lots of guitar; detours elsewhere.

Support WFMU Today!!!
November 18, 2009, 7:30 am
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I know I know…times are tough for everyone but if you are a regular listener to the greatest radio station on the planet, please show your support today during their 24-hour marathon since they are short of their annual budget and need some cash to stay on the air.  You can call in your pledge at 1-800-989-9368 or pledge online at WFMU.

At WFMU we’ve always prided ourselves on being able to support ourselves on one pledge drive a year, plus whatever we can scrape together by selling roses outside the Holland Tunnel.
But that was before the great recession. Before we fell over $100,000 short of our goal during our March fundraiser. Before we lost our lease on our main transmitter site and set out to put an antenna in midtown Manhattan.
That’s why we’re setting aside our pride for 24 hours for our first, and hopefully last, day-long marathon. Starting Tuesday, November 17th at 7pm and continuing for 24 hours, we’ll be trying to raise enough money to keep WFMU’s heart pumping and turntables spinning until next Spring.
This is only the third time in WFMU’s 51 years on the air that we’ve taken the drastic measure of interrupting our programming, even briefly, outside of our annual March Marathon. The first two times happened when our old owner, Upsala College, went down the financial tubes. Our 24-hour Marathon is meant to ensure that WFMU doesn’t meet that same fate.
But rest assured that our 24-hour Marathon will still contain that unique mix of shameless grovelling, prizes, and DJ tag teams that make WFMU marathons the fun listening experience that they always are. We also have a brand new T-shirt and a special edition of our program guide LCD.
As of this writing, I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to secure a new lease for our 91.1 FM transmitter site, and I’m working hard to resolve some final issues with our New York City booster antenna. On the online front, we’re still making great progress, having just launched two additional channels of online programming (a Rock & Soul stream and an Ubuweb/avant-weirdness channel), not to mention a WFMU iPhone app which makes it easier than ever to listen to WFMU live from anywhere.
WFMU has been in financial hot water before, and the support of our listeners has always bailed us out. I’m confident that you’ll come through for us again this time, either by calling 800-989-9368 between 7pm November 17th and 7pm November 18th, or by pledging online.
Thanks. I hope to hear from you.
Ken Freedman
Take Me to The Pledge Page Now!