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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.

Happy listening!

This week’s “Son of a Preacher Man” performed by The University of Florida Marching Band

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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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Buy Our Record – Support Community Radio

7 Inches in HeavenFor the fourth year in a row, I am the Artist Wrangler/Associate Producer of a record about records, “7 Inches in Heaven“. It’s a 7” 33 & 1/3 rpm compilation record filled with songs about records.

For the past four years, I’ve helped my pal DJ Belinda of the Bubbles in the Think Tank radio show make a compilation record for Record Store Day. Each year we get six musicians to contribute unreleased songs and get a couple of artists to create artwork for the labels and record jacket – all of it donated. Then we fund the initial record printing via a Kickstarter campaign and … voila … we end up with a limited run of 300 records. Half the proceeds from the record go to community radio station WMFO (91.5FM in Medford, MA) and the other half helps us make future records.

You can pre-order “7 Inches in Heaven” right now and we’ll ship it to you as soon as we have it in our hot little hands. We’re planning a packing & shipping party for Saturday which should get most of the records to purchasers in time for Record Store Day (Saturday April 18), so please go visit love.bubblesinthethinktank.com and buy the record – it’s a labor of love that we would love to share with you.

We’re pretty thrilled with this year’s record – as Belinda put it, it’s one of the best four records we’ve ever done! We have music from:

Dot Wiggin Band – that’s Dot Wiggin from The Shaggs – their album “Philosophy of the World” is included in Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Most Influential Albums of All Time”

Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby – Eric is probably best known for the classic Stiff Records track “Whole Wide World” and Amy for her album “Diary of a Mod Housewife” – together they’ve been making music together for 8 years.

Zoë Lewis – Zoe’s one of my favorite entertainers – a real joyful performer. The Boston Herald said Zoe mixes “Quirky lyrics, a little jazz, a little salsa, and a lot of enjoyment”

J. Cournoyer– You may know him from Calamity J and the Giants, drummer for any number of Cape Cod greats (Spampinato Brothers, Link Montana, High Kings, Lester), or even playing with Mumble & Peg(!).  Now you will know him as a member of the Bubbles in the Think Tank Stable of Stars!

The Marconis – the newest project of Sal Baglio of The Stompers, Woodpeckers and, often The Catbirds! A musician with a bag o’ songs and one ol’ soft shoe…

And introducing that up and comer Chandler Travis – John Donohue of The New Yorker says that Chandler writes “playful original songs that mix mind-bending wordplay with jazz, shimmering rock, and horn-fuelled R & B.”

This package promises to be one you’ll never want to put down with the incredible cover designed by Courtney Waite  and the most fabulous label and vinyl from  J.D. King.

Oh, and there are bonus download songs included!

We have 2015 version of Fred “Freddy” Stockwell’s “Hooray For Record Store Day”, this year performed by the enigmatic Swampy Junior & Swami.

The Tom Hambridge song “12 Inches”, which was co-written by the aforementioned Sal Baglio.

And two versions of one of the all-time great songs about records, “Records Go ‘Round”.  We have the original version recorded by Men & Volts from the belatedly released “Boomtown” (recorded c1984, released 2015!) and we a recording by then 9-year old Jack Moriarity on guitar & vocals with his dad Pat on drums – believe-you-me, it’s chock-full of youthful exuberance!

So please, won’t you buy our record? Orders in advance of Record Store Day will get some cool swag (we have buttons & stickers & other cool things from several bands) in addition to the record!

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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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“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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Ice Cream Man

The Jonathan Richman song.

I love it.

A whole lot.

Way way back, probably 20 years or so ago, I heard DJ Greg Reibman play it on his WMBR radio “Rockin’ With Greg” (one of my favorite Boston radio shows of all time). At the end of the song Greg came on the air and said “well, I got 4 calls from people who loved the song and 4 from people who hated it, so let’s play it again!” And then the song played again.