Hi-Fi: In Focus

Elevator Operator and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swing at Hi-Fi: In Focus.

Elevator Operator and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swing at Hi-Fi: In Focus. Photo by Christina Caira.

On Friday May 27, HI-FI: IN FOCUS took place at The Commodore. This was an exciting event that featured the boss record playing of Elevator Operator and host Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus. Both DJs played the swingin’ sounds of the sixties as presented on 45 RPM seven-inch records.

Elevator Operator, known to his friends as Matt Marando, is a quiet fellow with a very loud talent. He plays in two of the best rock’n’roll bands in the city: Quitty & the Don’ts and The Above*. Both acts are strongly influenced by the sounds of the sixties. He also hosts a radio show on the WFMU Ichiban web stream. The show is called What’s Happening?!?!?! and it features copious amounts of recordings from the sixties. Guess what? At HI-FI: IN FOCUS he played all sixties records all night long (well, with the exception of a Little Richard record, maybe).

Not only that, but the next day, Mr. Operator was on the real WFMU airwaves, filling in at the last minute for our pal Todd-O-Phonic Todd, who was out sick. He must have brought the same box of records to the radio station that he brought to The Commodore because he played about a dozen or so of the same records on the radio show! Ha! (Dig the set list here.) That’s cool with the Boogaloo Bag writers, since he played such great records on Friday night that it was great to hear them again on Saturday afternoon–but this time without people screamin’ and bottles breaking and folks throwing up, such as what goes on at a hip Williamsburg night club.

Our pal Brandon Pierce Peck goofs as Elevator Operator and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swing at Hi-Fi:In Focus.

Our pal Brandon Pierce Peck goofs as Elevator Operator and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swing at Hi-Fi: In Focus. Photo by Christina Caira.

When Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus walked into the club, rap music was being played very loudly. Rap music ain’t so bad in itself, and the Boogaloo Bag writers understand that some people have to try as hard as possible to do and/or say (rap) outrageous things in order to get attention, but does every song have to have the F-word, the B-word and the N-word, over and over, punctuated by “yo” and “money?” It gets to the point when none of it means anything any more. It seems that a rapper these days may be able to get better acknowledgement by suggesting kids stay in school and get a good education. What can be more outrageous than that?

Once the rap records were nixed, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus unleashed a slew of sixties records–or those that sound like it–as can be witnessed by his complete play list noted below:

None of these records are for sale.

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* The Above have a brand new 10” EP out called There Is a Reason (Hidden Volume HV0022). The Boogaloo Bag writers have recently obtained a copy and it is quite possibly the first non-single recording that they have listened to all the way through, both sides, three times in a row! They liked it that much. Although The Above may evoke your favorite groups of the sixties–The Kinks, The Who, The Zombies–this is a thoroughly modern act that adds its own flavor to their six original songs on this collection: an excellent concoction of jingle-jangle melodies and harmonies that sound familiarly unique and exciting.

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