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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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Christmas in Hell 2016

The second Omnipop Omnibus christmastree-fire“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.

 

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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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MLK and Bowie Tributes

DJ Fred's Omnipop OmnibusIt 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.

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A Gumbo of Blues, Gospel, and R&B

I gumbowas 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.

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Christmas in Hell 2015

154692_1721586488951_4665820_nFor 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.

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