March 2016 marks my return to the timeslot where it all started – alternate Sunday afternoons. Originally I started off doing this as a sub for Jay Harrington on his show Sitting In, then I got my own slot on alternate Monday evenings, but I always longed for a return to Sunday afternoons so I could continue on with the Gospel Brunch feature.
This was my first show back, and after the Gospel Brunch Hour at the top of the show I decided to honor International Women’s Day 2016 (March 8, 2016) with an hour plus of female-fronted funk.
It was MLK Day 2016 and the first Omnipop Omnibus show after David Bowie died, so I played tributes to both of them. Also thrown in are brief tributes to both Clarence “Blowfly” Reid and Glenn Frey as well as a couple of new-to-2016 songs. The folks in DJ Fred’s Omnipop Omnibus Facebook group seemed to enjoy the show, I hope you do, too.
I was given the opportunity to sit in for Jim Mulligan’s show “Mulligan Stew” the other day. Jim plays a great mix of blues and R&B with lots of New Orleans music. I expanded on that a bit to play a “Gospel Snack” (the show ran 4pm to 6pm, so I thought it a bit late for a full “Gospel Brunch”) and some vocal R&B/doo wop. I hope I got close to the essence of Jim’s show. I sure had a good time playing these songs for you.
For my first show of 2016 I ended up finding almost another hour or so of music from 2015, most which came from albums that I didn’t play in either of my other Year-End Wrap Up shows.
Joining me in the studio that evening was DJ-in-Training Ashley, who took over control of the DJ mixing board for several songs in the second hour. She should be doing a show on her own pretty darn soon, so be on the listen for her.
For my very first jazz show (hosting the rare fifth Wednesday of the month slot at WOMR), I tried to find some cool stuff that had been released in 2015. I came up with 2 hours and then played another hour of other fun stuff that I have in my collection. I had so much fun doing this show that I offered to take over the fifth Wednesday slot whenever it came up (there are four in 2016) and wound up subbing for Yankee Dave’s “Miles to Go” show or the first month & a half of 2016.
My most humble apologies for omitting both Henry Threadgill & Zooid’s 2015 release “In For a Penny, In For a Pound” and the “Jack DeJohnette / Henry Threadgill / Richard Abrams / Larry Gray / Roscoe Mitchell live album “Made in Chcago”, both of which I have in my collection but somehow missed when building the show.
It was fun going back to the timeslot I started in way way back a whole 7 months earlier at the end of 2015. I got to do a final Gospel Brunch for the year and it gave me a chance to look back on some of the great music that came out in 2015. So much that I ended up playing a total of 6 hours of 2015 music over 3 shows and still missed several releases that I really should have included. How in the hell did I miss James McMurtry’s “Complicated Game” and Joe Ely’s “Panhandle Rambler”? Well, however it happened, it happened – too late to do anything about it now other than say “check ’em out”.
For my very first Christmas music show I was joined by a couple of special guests, my friends Paul Rapp and Ted Potrikus, who have hosted their own “Christmas in Hell” shows for about 10 years. Together we took over the studio, extending the normal 2 hour show to 3 hours and playing some of the saddest, weirdest, and craziest Christmas music from our collections. After a slight technical snafu to start the show everything went rather smoothly, I think. I hope you enjoy (if that’s the right word for it) the show – we sure had a good time in the studio that night.