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MLK Day & Indigenous Peoples

I’m really happy with how the “Gospel Brunch” played out on this week’s show. There is some serious funkness happening in the first half, and the sermon is the closing excerpt from Rev. King’s address at the conclusion of the march from Selma to Birmingham in March 1965.

Prompted by a track by Jeremy Dutcher that I heard on a globalFEST wrap-up episode from NPR Music, I already had tracks from Indigenous musicians and poets planned for this show, before I knew about the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington on January 19. In fact, I originally planned all this for half of the previous Omnipop Omnibus (January 6), but I pushed it to this week when I saw how much great Tom Ardolino-related material I had for that show. Lots of great new recordings from David Greenberger, Black Thought, Chuck D, The Molice, and Juliana Hatfield, plus a little love note to my sweetheart at the end. xo

This week’s “Son of a Preacher Man” performed by Dom & The Giants

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Tom Ardolino Celebration

Well, I haven’t posted a new show in a bazillion months, but I want to share this one with you all. Hopefully it will spur me on to more regular posts, but I suppose only time will tell.

For this show I wanted to celebrate the musical legacy of Tom Ardolino, who both arrived and departed in the month of January. I have done a few of these celebrations of Tom and this year I decided to reach out to several people who knew him well and ask for a song or two which made them think of Tom. I told them it could be something he played on, something he sang, something he had shared with them on a mix tape, something they had introduce to Tom, or anything else that made them think of him. I was really touched by the thoughtful responses I got. At least three people suggested “Crazy” by The Hollywood Flames (the flip side of “Buzz Buzz Buzz”) as Tom’s favorite son, so of course I had to play that. The rest of the playlist I’ll let you discover on your own, and of course there is just never enough time to get to everything.

Special thinks to everyone who replied to my request and to the old NRBQ mailing list crew who 20 years ago put together a fan compilation called “Tommy Sings” culled from various radio shows and other recordings over the years.

This week’s “Son of a Preacher Man” is a dub version called “Dub of a Preacher Man” from Count Skylark & Harvey K-Tel; thanks to M. Freddy Stockwell (a/k/a FredWest) for the heads up.

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PRIDE and Batman

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.

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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.

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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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