Zombified Wham-O Watusi!


Nogood Nick, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus and Yana Lil-Jerk flash their gang affiliation signs at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

As the astute Boogaloo Bag reader knows, The WHAM-O WATUSI takes place on the first Saturday of the month at the Bootleg Bar. However, host Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was called to action in San Francisco–with DJ work at the Internet Archive and Forbidden Island on October 3rd and 4th, respectively. Originally, our pal Drew Redmond–who also swings at the Boot–was going to do the 6th, but he had to rescind his offer due to a previous engagement.

This left the The Boog in a bind. What to do? Well, since he was scheduled to return to New York City at 10 pm on the night of the scheduled WHAM, he thought, “If I get two really boss guest DJs to swing the night, I may be able to make the scene around midnight. That way, if the jet is delayed, the night will still be a groove.”

The two really boss DJs selected were Nogood Nick and Yana Lil-Jerk. Both have been mainstays on the reet music scene for several years. Nogood Nick with his fabulous Rip! Rig! Panic! events and Miss Yana with her equally fabulous Bangarang, both of which take place at Otto’s Shrunken Head. These two fine, fine, super fine DJs were able to keep the Bootleg Bar swingin’ for the early part of the evening, trading sets of their super fine records. The Boog regrets that he was unable to be there to dig it.


Yana Lil-Jerk swings at the WHAM-O WATUSI!


Nogood Nick swings at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

As it happened, The Boog’s flight was delayed by thirty minutes. Plus, with the MTA working on the subways, The Boog was unable to arrive until about 12:45AM. But he got there, and he was happily greeted with cheers and yummy pumpkin-filled, mummy-looking truffles made by Boogaloo Bag’s official photographer (and baker) Nancy “Jeannie” Gardner. Miss Yana was at the turntables selecting top-notch stuff to play for the punters. Although he was exhausted from his trip–zombified, in fact, much like the seasonal ghoul hanging from the ceiling of the Bootleg BarPhast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was soon at home in the DJ booth where he played records for almost an hour; records from the previous two nights (or their B-sides) and others purchased at Rooky Ricardos Record Shop in San Francisco just a few days earlier. At about 2:00 or so, the WHAM-O WATUSI went into high gear when the three DJs traded turns at the decks, each playing a song, then making way for the next. This was a gas.


The ghoul hanging from the Bootleg Bar ceiling at the WHAM-O WATUSI. Or is it the zombified Boogaloo Omnibus!!!

Also, The Boogaloo Bag writers were very pleased to see that several of our friends were in attendance. This always makes them happy. In the house: Kirstyn Soles, Sophie Thunder (Virgo Slam IV), Josh Styles (Daddy Long Legs), Lady Dawn (Subway Soul Club), Shelly Paus (Lunar Orbits), Sanford Santacroce (Telecommand), Mr. Vacation (Robert Bar)… did we forget anyone? Oh, yeah, ace photographer Miss Lauren Krohn, who was happy to eat a few of the vegan brownies that Miss Nancy also brought.


Josh Styles goofs as Lady Dawn watches at the WHAM-O WATUSI!


Yana Lil-Jerk, Mr. Vacation and Nogood Nick share DJ tips at the WHAM-O WATUSI!


Kirstyn Soles, Nogood Nick, Shelly Paus, Lady Dawn and Sanford Santacroce swing at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

Thank you too much to Nogood Nick and Miss Yana for holding down the fort until The Boogaloo Omnibus could arrive on the scene. There was always a chance that his flight would get cancelled, or that it would crash, or he may have been too burned out to come to the club. But having watched Tomb Raider on the flight, he was invigorated enough to brave the A-Train to the L-Train to an L-Train shuttle in order to get to the Bootleg Bar. Due to the zombification caused by the flight, plus the long night at the Boot, The Boog did not make it to his Sunday softball pick-up game. Ya can’t do everything!


Miss Nancy’s yummy mummy truffles!!! Tasty little guys, balls of pumpkin covered with white chocolate, were looking at folks, saying, “Eat me! Eat Me!” They got eaten.

Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the October WHAM-O WATUSI:

None of these records are for sale. Dig the links to the youtubes clips on some of them. Records played at the previous two gigs that were already linked, will not be linked here.You can go to the main Boogaloo Bag page to find them.

NOTE: The next WHAM-O WATUSI will take place on November 17th (with guest DJ One Mint Julep (ie, Honky Tonk Radio Girl, WFMU) instead of the 3rd, in order for him to participate in the Keystone Soul Weekender–as should you, as well. On the 3rd, Drew Redmond will hold court with his Sleaze to Please action at the Bootleg Bar. That will be cool, too.



Another look at the yummy mummies!


Boogaloo in Otto’s Grotto!


Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus and Otto Von Stroheim swing at Otto’s Grotto!

Otto Von Stroheim is the brains and main maestro (along with his lovely wife, Baby Doe) behind one of the most fabulous weekenders in the world–Tiki Oasis, a celebration of tiki culture. Because of that, he is one of the most fabulous people currently living on this planet. Mr. Von Stroheim is obsessed with the world of tiki, Polynesian paraphernalia, atomic living and things that are reet.

Mr. Von Stroheim is also a DJ, who swings on the first Thursday of the month at Forbidden Island, a wonderful tiki bar on Alameda Island in the East San Francisco Bay. On October 4, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was asked to be his guest DJ.

The Phast Man has worked with Mr. Von Stroheim before–he has selected records for several Tiki Oasis events, each one being momentous and thrilling. Mr. Von Stroheim’s nights at Forbidden Island, called Otto’s Grotto, are much more low key than the sensational Tiki Oasis; but it is still one fun night.

The Boog was in the S.F. area to DJ the party at the Internet Archive the night before, and picked up this gig as an add-on. He was planning to play many, if not all, the same records (or their B-sides) he had played in The City.  However, The Boog was able to pay a visit to Rooky Ricardo’s Record Store in San Francisco to spice up his Thursday night set with some fresh vinyl.


Otto in his Grotto!

If any Boogaloo Bag reader lives near the East Bay you should know that Otto’s Grotto is an excellent night out. Forbidden Island is tastefully decked-out with all sorts of tiki regalia throughout the venue, including it’s spacious outdoor patio. The bartenders were able to concoct for The Boog an excellent beverage that was tangy, fruity and minty. The DJ booth is right next to a lovely little waterfall, so Otto really is in his grotto! Mr. Von Stroheim played a pleasing selection of exotica, mambo, mod jazz and provocative pop records for his many friends who showed up to dig his action. The Boog was visited by some friends, as well, including Brooke Wentz (Seven Seas Music) who drove over the Oakland Bay Bridge; and Darla Hitchcock, a friend from way back! Miss Darla used to attend Phast Phreddie’s DJ nights at the Starwood in Hollywood back in the late Seventies; so good to see her.


Darla Hitchcock visited with Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at Otto’s Grotto!

Early in his first set, The Boog played a record by Pete Rodriguez. Soon after, he received a request for his “I Like It Like That.” Luckily, it was on the other side–so it was played! Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at Otto’s Grotto:

None of these records are for sale. Some of them have links to the youtubes for you to dig! (Some songs were played the night before and may have links to them in that Boogaloo Bag post and are not re-linked here.)

Jumpin’ at the Archive!


A groovy mural was drawn by Ju Young Ku for the Internet Archive Celebration.

Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library offering millions of free books, movies, & audio files, plus billions of saved web pages in the Wayback Machine. It has been doing this for 21 years. For the last two years, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus has been asked to DJ at its annual party. On October 3, he did so for the third time. (Phast Phreddie hooked up with the Internet Archive a few years ago via a partnership with his day job, as an archivist for The Archive of Contemporary Music.)

The annual Archive celebration runs like this:

Around five o’clock, folks start showing up. All around the Archive building on Funston Avenue in San Francisco there are about a dozen booths that are  managed by Archive employees. Each booth is an example of the work that the Archive does. Many of them are hands-on, giving attendees an opportunity to understand Archive operations. Most of them are fun; for example, this year temporary tattoos were made out of GIFs that have been collected by the Archive or one was able to play a virtual reality game. Many of the booths were educational; one could see how a book is digitized. This year, a booth was set up to register people to vote and hand out copies of the U.S. Constitution. Tacos are served via taco trucks parked on the street in front of the building. Starting last year, during these first two hours of the event our friend Chas Gaudí spins 78 RPM sound recordings in the back yard–swing, pop, bop, hillbilly, blues, R&B, rock’n’roll. He made sure to play one by the great bluesman Otis Rush, who had recently passed away.


Voters were registered at the Internet Archive party!


DJ Chas Gaudi swings with some old 78s at the annual Internet Archive Celebration!


DJ Chas Gaudi played his signed copy of an Otis Rush 78!


MMMMM!!!! Tacos!!!!

At seven o’clock, folks are asked to step into the Great Room–a huge auditorium that holds about a thousand people. It is always full. There, Archive people present a show-and-tell regarding the different activities they have been involved with and the assorted collections it has acquired over the year. It is hosted by Jason Scott, and founder Brewster Kahle always talks up the exciting things the organization has done or will be doing in the future. This year’s theme was Building a Better Web, and the evening was a showcase of how the Internet Archive was helping.


A crazy person dressed in a patriotic costume at the Internet Archive party!

Around eight o’clock or so, folks are handed an ice cream sandwich (Three Twins–the best!) and a gift (this year a handy IA tote bag) and directed to the back yard, where cocktails are served and they can dance to the boss rhythms of 45 RPM records, as selected by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus. He always plays songs that people know–but not how they know them. This time, he threw in some Latin boogaloo records, some hit songs and a few weird things.


Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swings at the Internet Archive party!

Thanks goes to Caitlin Oslon, Katie Barrett and all the groovy Internet Archive folks who requested the return of DJ Phast Phreddie. Here’s hoping we can all be back next year for more. The playlist of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the annual Internet Archive Celebration is as follows:

None of these records are for sale. Some may have links to the youtubes for your edification.


Subway Soul Club Swings Again!


Everyone swings at Subway Soul Club!

Can your heart stand it? Three Subway Soul Club events in one year! It looks as if the SSC is back for good, firmly nestled into its new home at the lovely Club Ceremony in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Although it will only operate on a limited basis–perhaps three or four times a year–it looks as if Subway Soul Club enthusiasts can count on it taking place fairly regularly from now on, now that it has found a new home.


Club Ceremony swings!

On September 29, some of the magic from the Subway Soul Club’s time at Rififi was resurrected with its two guest DJs, Mr. Robinson and Miss Shingaling, who both hail from those glory days. Indeed, Subway Soul Club hostess with the mostest Lady Dawn swears that Club Ceremony is the best venue that SSC has had since then. Ceremony has a fabulous dance floor, a wonderful sound system and friendly bartenders that know how to pour a drink.


Mr. Robinson swings at Subway Soul Club!

The guest DJs came armed with their respective soul 45s. Mr. Robinson–who was co-host of the legendary Dig Deeper soul music events of a few years ago–owns some of the rarest soul records in the world, and boy, did he play them! He’s got records so rare that he may have the only copy in existence; we’re talking about acetates, children. When he was in the DJ booth, the happy dancers were shakin’ it to records that they will most likely never hear again!


Miss Shingaling swings at Subway Soul Club!

In total contrast, Miss Shingaling came to the party bearing a large assortment of Motown hits and misses. Most of her sets were comprised of familiar tracks that we all love and enjoy dancing to. Since she moved out of the New York City area (where she was actually Mr. Robinson’s roommate for a while), she has lived somewhere in the South, Buffalo and now San Francisco. It’s been a very long time since she has even been able to attend a Subway Soul Club event, much less DJ at one; so the Subway Soul Club management was very happy to have her on board. Judging by the crowded dance floor, so were the attendees.


Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swings at Subway Soul Club!

For his part, resident DJ Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus played some old favorites, some new acquisitions and even a few records that he had forgotten he had in his collection all these years. He played the Don Gardner song to honor the man who had recently passed away; his “My Baby Likes to Boogaloo” is one of the greatest records of all time. Three songs by Aretha Franklin were played. She passed in August and served as the poster girl for this event. Even a track by her sister Carolyn was spun to joyful effect.

Lady Dawn, Mr. Robinson, Miss Shingaling and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swing at Subway Soul Club!

Of course, what made the event even sweeter was the distribution of pumpkin-flavored cookies made by Nancy “Jeannie” Gardner. She insists on cooking up something yummy nearly every time Phast Phreddie hosts an event. These cookies did not disappoint!


DJ Honky, Mr. Robinson, Miss Shingaling, Lynne K and Lady Dawn swing at Subway Soul Club!

Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the Subway Soul Club fall event:

None of these records are for sale. Dig the links for hot youtubes action!


Wham-O con Rata!


Yana Lil’ Jerk, Mr. Vacation, Nancy “Jeannie” Gardner, Lauren Krohn and DJ Rata swing at the WHAM-O WATUSI.

The September WHAM-O WATUSI was one of our favorites. Now into its third year, the Boogaloo Bag writers and host Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus are always happy to see our friends show up and groove at the Bootleg Bar on the first Saturday of the month for the WHAM-O. On September 1, there were plenty of pals on hand: Mr. Vacation, Reyes Rodriguez, Lauren Krohn, Yana Lil’ Jerk, Oweinama and Ryan Skeleton Boy are among the fine folks who dropped by to swing. Plus, they were well fed, as Nancy “Jeannie” Gardner–official baker of Boogaloo Omnibus Productions–made chocolate chip cookies, maple fudge and vegan brownies for the occasion.


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Helping out behind the wheels of steel was DJ Rata, who played his usual fare of hot Mambo and R&B records. It is always a gas working with him, since his rhythmic sense is so acute. Dig his Mambo Jambo nights at Otto’s Shrunken Head on the third Saturday of the month. Lately, he’s been bringing the same spice to Friday night happy hour at Diviera Drive for Ran Kan Kan.


DJ Rata swings the pinball machine at the Bootleg Bar during WHAM-O WATUSI.

At the end of the night–for the final hour or so–The Boog and Rata played DJ ping-pong with each taking turns spinning a record. At times it was sublime, such as when Rata played a banana record, The Boog answered with a banana calypso record, Rata spun another food record, then The Boog played “Fat Man!” Such is the way of the WHAM!


Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swings with DJ Rata at the WHAM-O WATUSI

Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the 38th WHAM-O WATUSI:

None of these records are for sale. Some of them may have links to the youtubes to be used for the reader’s edumification.


Out on a Funky Trip!


Todd Colberg swings with his Jackie Wilson LP at Two for Tuesday!

Many years ago, at a bar called Matchless, in far off Greenpoint, Brooklyn, there was a night that consisted of a rotating crew of DJs who would come in and swing, called Hot Dog Night. Someone–was it DJ Jumpy?–got the idea to recreate that magic at Diviera Drive. Our pal Drew Redmond made it happen. It is called Two for Tuesday, because it features two drinks for the price of one at the garage bar where the DJ booth is located. The first gig was July 31. Some of the fine DJs who have signed on for this gig are Mike Crash, Mikey Post, Eric Davidson, Mr. Vacation, The Wig Doctor and Peanutbutter Brown. Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus took August 28 with Todd Colberg. The Boog was hoping to do an early shift, then flake off home to get his beauty sleep for the next day at work.

Long-time Boogaloo Bag writers may know that The Boogaloo Omnibus is involved with the Zen Softball League. The league is currently in its playoffs mode, with The Boog’s team, The People, up against the first place team Plan B. The Zen League playoff schedule can be fluid, to put it mildly, and there is rarely a game on Tuesday nights. However, the first of a three-game series was suddenly scheduled for August 28. The Boog, therefore, arranged with his co-DJ to go on later in the evening, allowing The Boog to pitch his game to victory. The Boog gets so wound up at these games that he often can’t sleep after them, anyway, so he may as well go somewhere and play his records.

Well, The Boog pitched, but unfortunately, not to victory. Suffice it to say, Plan B is not the first place team for nothing. After the game, he quickly biked home, showered, grabbed his records and made his way to the Drive.

What records did Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus play for Two for Tuesday? Funk! The Boog has a bunch of these records that have been collecting dust, so he decided to break them out for this occasion.

When he got to the club, The Boog met Todd Colberg–for the first time? Who can remember? The Boog meets so many people and his mind is most likely not firing on all eight cylinders like the olden days–if it ever did! But Todd was a nice guy, from North Carolina, who was wearing a cool Joe Belock Three Chord Monte T-shirt and played the kind of records one may hear on Mr. Belock’s show: Garage records, old and new, and some soul records. It was cool–especially the version of “Light My Fire” by Jackie Wilson! Man, the Boogaloo Bag writers dug that.

After a while, Mr. Colberg received a message that the L Train that would take him home was closing down in 30 minutes, so he begged off early. As one may guess, a Tuesday night at Diviera Drive is not always the most exciting. As the evening grew late, The Boog had a gas playing records for Spencer the bartender, our pal Eugene and some young women attempting to play pool. The Boog played nine “Thing” records in a row, then played a few “Bump” records. Spencer was diggin’ it and was kind enough to make a ginger-infused, tutti fruiti mocktail for his troubles. Thank you, sir.

Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at Two for Tuesday:

None of these records are for sale. Some of them may have youtubes links in order to provide the reader with a little rhythm.

Spin to Win!


Lupe Loop, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus, Drew Redmond and Mr. Lee swing at Spin to Win!

Earlier this year, it came to light that the government of the United States of America was separating immigrant children from their parents at the border–a policy many of us considered extraordinarily cruel. It aroused a lot of empathy towards the people coming here to try to make better lives for themselves and their families–just as nearly all of our ancestors did many years ago.


Anna Anabolic hosted Spin to Win! An All-Star DJ Revue Benefit at Hank’s Saloon.

One of our friends, Anna Anabolic, decided to do something to support the immigrants, hoping to help in some way. She asked a bunch of her favorite reet music club DJs if they would like to spin a few records for a good cause. She was able to round up more than a half-dozen of them, including Lupe Loop (Robert Bar), Mr. Lee (Dead Flowers Productions), Mr. Fine Wine (WFMU, Botanica, Soul Night), Todd-O-Phonic Todd (WFMU), Mikey Post (Daptone, The Jay Vons), Drew Redmond (Pinball Rock, Brooklyn Soul Society, Sleeze to Please), Yana Lil’ Jerk (Bangarang, Living for Kicks) and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus. Miss Anna was also able to get some really amazing prizes to raffle off, including musical equipment, art, and gift certificates to popular Brooklyn establishments (companies and organizations who donated items for the raffle are listed below). She called the night Spin to Win! An All-Star DJ Revue Benefit–DJs spin boss records; attendees win fabulous prizes.

The Boogaloo Bag writers are happy to report that the fundraiser was a great success. Held on Saturday, August 18 at Hank’s Saloon in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, the club was full of people that showed enthusiasm for the cause. The scene was set when the first DJ of the night, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus, played a series of socially aware records that emphasized the theme of the evening. Lupe Loop followed with a program of fabulous funk records then each DJ went into his or her own thing, including hostess Anna Anabolic. Some of the DJs also worked within the benefit’s theme. Todd-O-Phonic Todd, for instance, played garage rock songs that were all sung in Spanish–mostly from acts who hail from south of the border. Mikey Post played The Honey Drippers’ popular “Impeach the President,” which has skyrocketed in value since the rigged election a couple years ago. Many of them played a song or two by Aretha Franklin, who had passed away just two days prior.

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Comedian Dave Hill was the MC at Spin to Win.

MC for the evening, was Dave Hill, a comedian who has a funny show on WFMU. He announced the raffle prizes and kept the banter light and fun.

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Anna Anabolic should be whole heartedly congratulated for assembling such an amazing selection of prizes (see below) and so many fine DJs who worked for free in order to support the cause. Nearly $2,500 was raised and the money has gone to the ACLU, which is working to get the families back together, and an organization called Make the Road that works locally to help immigrants succeed in this city. Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was very happy to have been a part of Spin to Win. Sure, in the grand scheme of things, $2,500 doesn’t seem like a lot of money; but it is something. What have you done?

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Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at Spin to Win:

None of these records are for sale. Some have links to the youtubes clips so you can check their heavyosity!


Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus working at Spin to Win!

Amazing raffle prizes were donated by these fine people; thank you fine people: