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Blues Omnicruise

cruise-shipUntil about 20 hours before this show, I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to play or how it would hold together. I think up until now I’ve subbed for just 1 hour of Blues programming, and any time I do a new genre I get a little nervous. Especially during a fund drive show, when I don’t want to piss off any of the show’s regular listeners!

I think I did OK – I tried to focus mostly on 2016 releases (as you can see by recent archives, that seems to be where my mind is oriented these days), though I mixed it up a bit during hour two (a couple of Popa Chubby tracks to help promote his show tonight at Payomet Performing Arts Center in Truro and a few Captain Beefheart tracks because … well, because … CAPTAIN BEEFHEART!)

Big thanks to those who listened live, those who donated during the show, and especially he show’s regular host, Steve Morgan. Apparently Steve can’t do the show two weeks from now (August 18), and I had a fun time today, so I’ve signed up for that one, too.

While the fund drive at the station is basically over now, we’ll still take donations for Steve Morgan’s Blues Cruise, my regular show The Omnipop Omnibus, or any other show on WOMR – you can donate online or call 508-487-2619 or 800-921-9667. As I type this, the dream offer and naming rights offers still stand for donations to the Omnipop Omnibus – just tell the person who answers the phone at WOMR or email me the details.

Happy listening!

This week’s “Son of a Preacher Man” performed by Francesca De Fazi

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2016 So Far – Part 2

2016-So-Far---Part-2I’ve heard some pretty good stuff that’s come out this year, and I just can’t help but share it with you. A couple of weeks ago I played an entire show of 2016 releases, and I continued the feature on 2016 with this show.

It was also WOMR/WFMR‘s fund drive, and I want to thank all the listeners who called in and pledged their love & support. We surpassed the show goal that had been assigned to me by the station, and came just short of the goal I set for the show.

I’d like to point out that you can still contribute to Community Radio WOMR/WFMR – you can donate online at womr.org or call the station to donate at 508-487-2619 or 800-921-9667. Just tell them DJ Fred at The Omnipop Omnibus sent you!

This week’s “Son of a Preacher Man” performed by Tom Goss

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2016 So Far – Part 1

2016-So-Far---Part-1It’s just over half-way through 2016, and I figure it’s a good time to go through the music that I added to my collection this year and play a few of the new-for-2016 songs that made an impact on me. Once I started getting into it, I found I really dug way more than I could fit in one show.

This is the first of what I’m pretty sure will be at least two shows, more likely three, of songs from 2016. All the tracks are on 2016 releases, and I’m trying to stay away from archival or “best of” releases, with the exception of the tracks I play in the Gospel Brunch Hour portion of the show.

Happy listening!

This week’s “Son of a Preacher Man” performed by The University of Florida Marching Band

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I’m Sick & Tired of Feeling Sick & Tired

Friendship StampI’ll telll you, sometimes I start to lose hope for this world, but I’m basically an optimist and I try to see the good and keep my hope alive. A couple of weeks ago I was just fed up with what I was reading in the news – the hate was just getting too oppressive.

I know there is light in the world, and in an attempt to voice some of my frustrations and maybe remind myself of that light, I programmed this set of songs. Some of them angry, some of them hopeful. Some new songs about current struggles, some classics about struggles we hoped were over.

It all reminded me that the more things change, the more things stay the same; but in the end, I found it cathartic and I hope you do too.

We gotta travel the spaceways together, folks, we might as well try to get along while we do.

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A Remembrance of Memorial Days Past

P1000617For the first 12 years or so of my life here on Cape Cod, Memorial Day Weekend meant seeing the Incredible Casuals at the Wellfleet Beachcomber, usually on the Sunday of the weekend. That started the “church” season for many of us, as every Summer Sunday afternoon from about 5pm to 8pm we would congregate at da Coma and rejoice in the music the band offered up to us. There was dancing, drinking, and lots of smiles.

I think it’s only been 4 years since the string of Memorial Day weekend shows ended (the every Sunday thing stopped a couple of years earlier), and I sure do miss it. Sure, I’ve found other things to do on Sunday afternoons (my radio show, for example), but if they were to do it again, I know I’d be there in a heartbeat.

I guess I was missing the lads and their music particularly strong this year, because I decided to devote hours two & three of my show to nothing but the Incredible Casuals.

You know, my show only goes until 4, and I could easily make it da Coma by 5 on Sundays …. just sayin’.

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The Church of Baseball is Open

BaseballAh …. baseball!

When I was 7 years old, I listened to the 1969 NY Mets’ pennant run on my school bus ride home. Our bus driver had the game broadcasts tuned in on a transistor radio at the front of the bus (oh, how I miss DAY baseball games!), and I would run from the bus into my house to watch the ends of games on the family TV (B&W, of course). The Miracle Mets, of course, went on to win the World Series that year, and this boy was hooked.

When I got to Boston, my friends & I tried to go to the first & last games of the season at Fenway (plus many more in between). I probably did that for close to 10 years. For a while (10 years or so) I had a weekend/day game season ticket package at Fenway and went to many, many games, including opening day games every year.

So I guess what I’m trying to say is that Opening Day is a pretty big holiday for me. And this year, I got to do a radio show that day. Of course, I played baseball songs, how could I resist?  Some listeners expressed surprise that I had 2 hours of baseball songs in my collection. I have to admit that I have much, much more, so keep an ear out for next season!

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Miles Davis and A Trio of Birthdays

Miles-SmilingThis is another “5th Wednesday of the month” show. WOMR has alternating DJ’s for Wednesdays on weeks 1 & 3 and 2 & 4 of the month, but no one permanently on the schedule for the 5th Wednesday. I’ve enjoyed taking these 5th Wednesdays and playing jazz from my collection.

To commemorate the release of the new bio-pic “Miles Ahead” as well as a tip I heard that the next Miles Davis bootleg series collection will feature recordings from the “Miles Smiles” era, the first hour of this Omnijazz Omnibus show featured songs from “Miles Smiles” – some from the album, some played live, and some performed by other musicians.

The second hour of the show celebrated the March 30 birthdays of Norah Jones, Astrud Gilberto, and Marvin Pontiac.

Note on the recording: I forgot to start my recorder at the beginning of the show so I had to grab the beginning of this archive from the online archives at RadioFreeAmerica.com and there seem to have been a few hiccups.

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