March 8 is International Women’s Day and for the past many years WOMR has dedicated the day to special programming in celebration of women. Seeing as I had the 3 hour shift leading up to midnight, I saw my opportunity to focus my show on women in jazz.
Starting off with some of the historic Giants of Jazz, I followed up with a few Cape Cod women, and then finished off the show with more current artists. Of course, there are always omissions, but I’m pretty happy with how the show turned out and I hope you learn about some great new-to-your-ears musicians and reminded of some who may have slipped from your brain (it’s OK, it happens to everyone from time to time).
I mention during the show that I heard about many of these musicians in a New York Times article. you can check it out right here. I think it’s really informative and I learned about some fantastic musicians I am sure I will continue to play in future shows.
It was just a little over twenty four hours prior to doing this show and I really didn’t have much of an idea what I was going to play. I had one song I wanted to play, Dream Syndicate’s “Days of Wine and Roses,” but really nothing else. Then, just as I was just getting off the air, we got a call at the station asking me to play some Captain Beefheart. Great idea, but I wasn’t on the air anymore! “However, I told caller ‘Underground Tom,’ “I am on the air tomorrow night and I’ll be sure to play your request then.”
So I had that.
And then the show just kind of flowed as I started looking for songs. One song or artist made me think of another and another, much like the way I often shop in record stores. Normally, I don’t go alphabetically through the store, I jump from section to section and artist to artist. Sometimes I revisit the same section or letter of the alphabet multiple times, as one artist reminds me of another and then back. It’s fun trying to keep up with my mind, too, because many times one artist makes me think of multiple artists in different parts of the store, so I have to try to go back to the original fork and try and recreate the additional paths.
Fun fun fun! It can be kind of exhilarating (and sometimes frustrating when I *know* there was someone I wanted to look for but have completely forgotten who or why.
This was a whole lot like that. I found a bunch of songs. I forgot some, too, and remembered on the drive up to the station, so I had to search again for some stragglers.
I still didn’t have a song sequence though. Usually I program the entire show in advance, although I’m fully prepared to make changes on the fly if things run long (or short), or I get requests, that sort of thing. Of course I had a version of “Son of a Preacher Man” to play, and I had my starting song, and an idea of what was going to come after that, but I really didn’t have a plan after that.
Except, of course, I knew I had to play some Captain Beefheart.
So here’s the show. There’s some prog-rock, some hip-hop, some short songs, some really long songs, some noisy songs, some pretty songs, some weird songs, some power pop … you know, Omnipop. Listeners seemed to enjoy it; I got several calls of appreciation. I hope you enjoy it, too.
“Son of a Preacher Man” this week was performed by Liza Minnelli
Here we get a pretty funky Gospel Brunch, including a pretty tremendous Rev. J.M. Gates sermon “Kinky Hair is No Disgrace” that has a whole lot of back & forth with his congration. Special thanks and appreciation to Kevin Nutt of “Sinner’s Crossroads” on WFMU for playing some of the songs & artists I “stole” for this show. If you dig funk, soul, and vocal quartet Gospel, I highly encourage you to check out Kevin’s show. I listen almost every week and there’s always something that I hear that I want to find and then share with you. You can hear it online at WFMU and via some podcast apps (I use PodcastAddict for Android and Sinner’s Crossroads is available through it).
After brunch is about an hour & a half of songs for Pride Month. I tried to find an assortment of songs, some protest, some love songs, some songs by lesbian/gay/trans/queer/gender fluid musicians, that sort of thing.
Of course when I heard that Adam West had died, I knew I wanted to play a few songs in his memory. I even found a song sung by Adam himself!
Finally, I played a few 2017 songs wrap up the show. I think the final song, “It’s Not Gonna Be Forever” by Dayme Arocena, is the third or fourth song that I’ve played from her 2017 album “Cubafonia.” If you couldn’t tell, I’m a big fan of the album. I love the mix of Cuba and New Orleans, and I think her voice is just grand.
This week’s “Son of a Preacher Man” performed by Tom Goss. I mentioned the video for the song during the show, check it out below.
I saw the email come in from the station with time slots in need of substitute hosts and saw two jazz shows right around May 30, the 24th anniversary of Sun Ra’s return to Saturn. Of course, I offered immediately to cover both shows.
Part 1 of the celebration is an early evening show from May 30, and is usually more of a “traditional” jazz program (whatever that means – heck, I think it’s all jazz and all fits the bill, but one listener called in to complain that I wasn’t playing the right stuff), so I started off with some early Sun Ra recordings with R&B and jazz artists and tried to keep things for the rest of the show a little more on the traditional side of things (as “traditional” as things get with Sun Ra). Early on during the show a couple of listeners called in to say they were really enjoying it (one woman said something along the lines of “I don’t usually like jazz, but I’m really enjoying what you’re playing”)
“Son of a Preacher Man” for this show was performed by The Borna Sercar Trio
Part 2 is a late-night show on May 31, and I felt I could get a little weirder there. I played several sets of other artists playing Sun Ra tracks or tributes to Sun Ra, too. There’s even a Sun Ra “Fun With Fred’s Phone” feature! (OK, I cheated a little; in anticipation of these shows, temporarily I loaded my phone with ONLY Sun Ra music)
“Son of a Preacher Man” for this show was performed by Rebecca Jenkins
Finally, there’s a third archive, an excerpt from the following Sunday night (June 4). I had about an hour of Sun Ra music leftover from the first two shows (ready to play yet not enough time), so for the middle hour of my 3-hour Sunday night show, I decided to share that music. I ended up closing the whole show with “Love in Outer Space”, but that’s not included in this archive.
The second Omnipop Omnibus “Christmas in Hell” show – I guess now it’s an annual tradition! Unfortunately, the guys from whom I stole the idea for the show (and who hosted with me last year), Paul & Ted of Berkshire Radio’s Splatto Hour, were unable to make it, so for this year’s show I invited DJ Ryan Cooke of WOMR’s “Reel Music” show (Saturday nights, 9pm to midnight) to join me in the studio. Together we played some of the most silly, weird, tragic, and awful Christmas music you can imagine.
The show broadcast during the regular timeslot of the amazing Lady Di’s “Leggs Up & Dancing” show, and I half expected that some of her listeners might not be thrilled with what we were doing. Remarkably, all of the listener calls we received during the show were supportive of our efforts.
Coming up next is a special Christmas Day edition of the Omnipop Omnibus, featuring an expanded 2 hour Gospel Brunch.
And now sit back, pour yourself a nice beverage, and … um … enjoy? Sure, enjoy, yeah, that’s the word for it.
Until 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.
This week’s “Son of a Preacher Man” performed by Francesca De Fazi
I’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