The Internet Archive Turns Twenty!

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The Internet Archive is saving civilization—it is that simple. It is performing the Herculean task of making as much information accessible on the interwebs as possible, for free. One of its most popular features is the Wayback Machine, a place where old websites are archived and saved, sites that are often no longer available. [The Boogaloo Bag writers were especially gassed when they noticed that even some of the Boogaloo Blog—the precursor to the Boogaloo Baghave been saved! This is important because very often the Boogaloo Blog is not working, due to the capricious nature of its host.]

At the Internet Archive website one can also find old movies, concert recordings (including nearly every Grateful Dead show, but also a bunch of shows by our pal and musical hero Steve Wynn), books (the scanning of books is VERY big at the IA), legacy software and computer games, images and most importantly (at least this is what ties us all together here) sound recordings [including thousands of 78s that were donated by and mounted with the help of The ARChive of Contemporary MusicPhast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus’ day job].

A few years ago, The Internet Archive and The ARChive of Contemporary Music entered into a partnership where some of the holdings of the ARC were being shared with the IA. For instance, thousands of the ARC’s music books have been scanned and available for loan like a regular library (though most are not readily available to the public yet).

The Internet Archive has been doing this work since Brewster Kahle founded it twenty years ago and this anniversary was celebrated on October 26 with a fabulous gala, presentation and dance party at its main building in San Francisco, California. The event commenced with excellent taco truck food and drinks as interactive demo-stations showed off several aspects of the IA—including the playing of 78 RPM records on an old Victrola by ARChive of Contemporary Music staff associates. Then, in the Great Room of the building—a couple thousand-seat theater—Mr. Kahle looked back at some of the IA’s achievements; there was a presentation on how the interwebs have made an impact on the 2016 election; and Paul D. Miller, AKA DJ Spooky, presented a short cinematic montage comprised of video clips and sound bites that were all taken from the Internet Archive website. This clip, entitled Memory Palace, was sensational, and it featured very clever usage of spoken word, old movies, technical films and who-knows-what! A flexi-disc of the audio portion of the film was distributed to each attendee.

Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle and his wife Mary Austin do the Boogaloo at the Internet Archive 20th Anniversary Party!

Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle and his wife Mary Austin do the Boogaloo at the Internet Archive 20th Anniversary Party!

Since the ARChive of Contemporary Music staff was in San Francisco preparing 20,000 78s to be digitized, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was asked to DJ the dance party section of the celebration. For this he brought songs that most folks may know, but mostly not in the way in which they are known, with a couple odd things to spice it up. Here’s a list of all the 45 RPM records played at the party, some of which will have links to the Youtubes (if there is no link it is because there is no link, or you should know the record by now!):

None of these records are for sale. However, the ARChive of Contemporary Music will be having its fund raising sale in December!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swings at the Internet Archive 20th Anniversary Party!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swings at the Internet Archive 20th Anniversary Party! Photo by B. George.

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It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad WHAM!!!

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October 1 was one of those 25-hour days for Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus. That morning was the Allentown semi-annual 45s- & 78s-only record show about 80 miles away. That night was WHAM-O WATUSI night.

The Phast Man drove a rented car, accompanied by a pair of women record collectors, Yana Lil Jerk and Miss Melissa, who were able to get up and out of New York City by 6:00AM in order to get to Allentown on time for the 8:00 early entry. Suffice it to say records were bought, including a few 78s. Somehow, this seemed to be the fastest Allentown record show ever. As we were in line to drive back through the Holland Tunnel around 6:00PM, Miss Melissa pointed out that we were just there 12 hours ago, but it seemed like just a few minutes.

That night, the WHAM-O WATUSI took place at the Bootleg Bar in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Guest DJ was Mister Brandon Peck Pierce, who somehow finds great records to play without traveling tall the way to Allentown! Although Mister Brandon doesn’t seem to have a regular DJ night at the moment, he has excellent records and knows how to spin them. Plus, he is a fantastic illustrator and he made a very groovy, Mad Magazine-themed poster for the night (see below) that inspired The Boog to drag out his “It’s a Gas” record. This particular WHAM turned out to be one of the greatest of all WHAM-dom! The place was jumping all night, with folks dancing and jumping about, diggin’ the wild sounds being churned out by the two DJs. Miss Nancy “Jeannie” Gardner was on hand to take some photos and hand out crunchy, spicy treats from India.

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Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the WHAM-O WATUSI. Those with an asterisk were picked up that day in Allentown…

None of these records are for sale.

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The Beauty of Provocative Pop!

Gaylord Fields swings at Provocative Pop!

Gaylord Fields swings at Provocative Pop!

On Thursday September 29, our friend DJ Xerox was scheduled to host one of his fabulous DJ nights, Turtleneck (“a retro futuristic playground”), at the Beauty Bar in Manhattan with his co-host Ursula 1000. However, due to events that took both DJs out of town on that day, the night had to be filled with some other activity. Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus got the call to bring in one of his many fine WANG DANG DOODLE franchises to take the night. Thus, PROVOCATIVE POP took place with special guest DJ Gaylord Fields.

Mr. Fields is the king of the fine pop song. His show on radio station WFMU (Sunday nights at 8:PM) is very eclectic but mostly incorporates a pure pop ethic. It is for that reason that he is always chosen to be guest DJ when a PROVOCATIVE POP event is called for, as it was for this Beauty Bar fill-in.

Mr. Fields clearly took it seriously. He played some of the finest sixties pop records imaginable. Plus, he had fun with it. For instance, he lead off each of his three sets with a “Beatle” instrumental. That is to say, an instrumental recording that had the word “Beatle” in its title. Dig:

Quite by coincidence, Phast Phreddie also started each of his sets with instrumentals! Great minds think alike, eh? The night went pretty well, with several of the Beauty Bar’s hep clientele commenting on the fabulousness of the music–sixties pop, rock, soul and girl group sounds. Gaylord Fields left the scene around 2:00AM, leaving The Boog to carry on for the rest of the night—which, being a Thursday, might have been a short one. By 2:30 the club was a little bare, but by 3:00, somehow the place filled up again with folks bopping to the sounds and PROVOCATIVE POP swung right until the bar closed at 4:00AM! At the end of the night, even the bartender and the security guard made comments regarding how much they enjoyed the music. Perhaps the Beauty Bar will have the PROVOCATIVE POP team return at some future date. One can only hope.

Meanwhile, here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at PROVOCATIVE POP (note, many of the songs have links to the youtubes so the reader can dig at home):

None of these records are for sale.

 

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The Fall of the BIG TEN INCH!!

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It was a beautiful fall early evening when The BIG TEN INCH returned to the Hi-Fi Bar on September 25. There was an excellent crowd on hand, including some BIG TEN INCH regulars, some folks celebrating their big win in their hockey league and various folks who drop by to use the clean bathrooms at the Hi-Fi. As far as record-bringers, only Adam Lore, who got there early, and Rich Sibello, who got there late, came with stacks of shellac.

Which meant that the those two, and host Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus got to play many, if not all, the records that they lugged all the way to Manhattan. Even more exciting than that, Boogaloo Bag photographer Nancy “Jeannie” Gardner baked some terrific pecan tarts that were verily consumed. As you can see below, Miss Jeannie also took some photographs. Click on them and they will magically big-o-fi!

 

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Here’s a list of all the 78s played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus, some of them with links to the youtubes for solid listening:

 

None of these records are for sale.

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Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus and Josh Styles swing at The BEAT SCENE!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus and Josh Styles swing at The BEAT SCENE!

The BEAT SCENE was one of the most fabulous nights ever held at The Commodore! The BEAT SCENE featured music that just exploded in the room. With guest DJ Josh Styles at the controls, how could it not?

On Friday September 23, The BEAT SCENE swung a might noise. All night long, Josh Styles and host Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus spun great sixties records—mostly garage rock and freak beat, but also a few soul records and girl group sounds—and the room was packed nearly the entire time.

Josh Styles selects another boss record at The BEAT SCENE!

Josh Styles selects another boss record at The BEAT SCENE!

Josh Styles, as the astute Boogaloo Bag reader may remember, has been DJing boss records for this entire century! His Smashed!Blocked! night from the beginning of it was one of the most fabulous DJ nights of all time. He has since hosted many others that have been nearly as legendary. Check out his Midnight Offerings which he co-hosts with Drew Redmond on the second Saturday of the month at the Bootleg Bar. Also, let’s not forget that Mr. Styles drums for a very hep rockin’ blues combo called Daddy Long Legs—which has recently been inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame! Congratulations are in order for the group: Brian Hurd, Murat Akturk and Josh Styles.

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus and Josh Styles calmly discuss versions of Link Wray's "Ace fo Spades!"

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus and Josh Styles calmly discuss versions of Link Wray’s “Ace of Spades!”

Plus, along with the boss sounds, Gumby videos were shown on the TV screen during the BEAT SCENE, supplied by Boogaloo Bag ace photographer Nancy “Jeannie” Gardner. So you know this BEAT SCENE was clean!

 

Here’s a list of all the 45 RPM recordings played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at The BEAT SCENE. Don’t forget: some of the songs listed have links to the youtubes so you can check them out!

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None of these records are for sale.

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