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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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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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Support Community Radio!

Omnipop OmnibusWhen last I posted here, it looked likely that I would become a DJ for community radio station WOMR/WFMR. Well it turns out that I have and that I now have several shows under my ample belt. I’m calling the show the Omnipop Omnibus. The show is currently without a permanent home, though I for now I am subbing ever other Sunday from 1pm to 4pm (with some exceptions due to scheduling issues). This looks to be the schedule until around Halloween. The first hour of my Sunday show is a Gospel Brunch, where I try to mix some well known Gospel singers with some really obscure stuff I’ve found over the years.

The show broadcasts on WOMR (92.1fm/Provincetown, MA), WFMR (91.3fm/Orleans, MA), and online at WOMR.org. Archives are available at RadioFreeAmerica.com for 2 weeks and you can view playlists for all my previous show at Spinitron (click here).

There’s even a Facebook group where listeners can chat with each other while listening to the show. Head on over to DJ Fred’s Omnipop Omnibus and ask to join – it’s a nice group of people, they don’t bite much (unless you’re into that sort of thing).

OK, enough background. Now to the point of all of this.

The WOMR/WFMR membership drive for Summer 2015 starts this Friday (July 17) and I will be taking pledges during my next show on Sunday July 19 (1pm to 4pm Eastern). If you want to pledge ahead of the show, I’ll gladly take your info at any time – just get in contact with me somehow (email, facebook, twitter). You can even pledge online at WOMR.org or call the station at 508-487-2619 or 800-921-9667 – just be sure to tell them that DJ Fred at the Omnipop Omnibus sent you!

Every little bit helps and is greatly appreciated by everyone at the station (and I’d sure love to start off with a bang my fund raising career as a DJ)

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One Last Plea For Your Love and Money

family---appreciate-recordsWe’re down to the last few days for our Kickstarter campaign for “7 Inches & Other Delights” – the 3rd Record about Records for Record Store Day from the Ever-Embiggening Staff of Bubbles in the Think Tank.

We sure want to thank those of you who contributed to the project, and would like to make a last-minute appeal to those of you who have not yet contributed and to those of you who might consider increasing your pledge.

Those of you who haven’t yet contributed – please check out the details – if you love real honest-to-goodness vinyl records and/or dig themed compilations, then this project is for you!  We’re even offering the two previous releases among the many rewards available to contributors/backers.  You can check out my summation of the project here, and our kickstarter campaign here.  We’re even lining up bonus download tracks – one of which will be a rare Blotto track previously released only as the B-Side of a single!

I do want to point out one of the rewards that have yet to be taken advantage of – for $250 you get the opportunity to have a short subliminal message on the record. Come on! How cool is THAT!?!?

For anyone who increases their pledge, DJ Belinda will send you several of her favorite songs about records which were released outside of the our projects – I don’t know what they are, but I bet they’re great.

If we manage to surpass our goal, we have a few really cool additional features we’re looking into – trust me, they will not disappoint!

So here again is our Kickstarter campaign:

And here’s an awesome remix of our promo video by my high school buddy and our label artist for “7 Inches & Other Delights”, Deane Arnold:

So please – help us give you the best possible package we can imagine.  I double-dong dare you to!

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Tune in, Turn on, Shell out

WOMR

This Monday night (November 18) from 9pm Eastern until Midnight I will be guesting on the WOMR program “Psychedelic Oyster” with my buddy Chef Tony Scungilli. We will be subbing for Brad Moore, the show’s regular host. Tony is the regular of host of WOMR program “The Squid-Jigger’s Blend” (every other Wednesday morning, 6am to 9am).  Of course we’ll be playing some Grateful Dead, since that’s the show’s bread & butter, but I have a feeling Tony & I may go off on some non-traditional tangents.

Also, it is fundraiser time at community radio station WOMR and Tony & I will be trying like darned to raise some money for the station. In addition to the normal station giveaways (t-shirts, tote bags, etc), we will have some very special incentives.

So please listen in over the airwaves on 92.1 FM, out of Provincetown, 91.3 FM out of Orleans, or stream it live via the links at WOMR.org.

And be sure to prep early so the munchies kick in during the show …

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“I don’t want to make money, I just want to be wonderful”

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or: I learn to channel my inner Marilyn

For the third year in a row, I’m going to be the Artist Wrangler/Associate Producer for the Bubbles in the Think Tank record about records for Record Store Day 2014.

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