This Little Piggie does the WHAM-O

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For February, the WHAM-O WATUSI was pushed back two full weeks and took place on the 18th at the Bootleg Bar—Bushwick’s most exciting watering hole! But that’s ok, as it turned out that night was the best time for guest DJ Andy Maltz to make his first appearance at the WHAM.

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The Boogaloo Bag writers have been aware of Mr. Maltz for some time, mostly via a vast array of mutual friends; his bands The Little Killers and The Piggies; and through the activities of Norton Records in which he often partakes. Plus, he DJs twice a week at Union Pool in Williamsburg–Thursday and Sundays starting at 8pm. Thus, everybody already knows he has hip taste in reet sounds. However, The Boogaloo Bag writers were very impressed with his DJ skills as he applied them on January 1 at Friends and Lovers during the birthday tribute to the late great Billy Miller of said Norton Records. The way he put his set together—punk rock mixed in with garage rockers and R&B shouters—was totally boss. WHAM host Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus heard that and was knocked out completely—deciding right then that Mr. Maltz had to be asked to swing at the soonest WHAM-O WATUSI possible.

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Andy Maltz did not disappoint. First off, due to subway train schedules being mixed up over the weekend, the Phast Man was nearly 20 minutes late to the dance. Luckily, when he walked into the dark, friendly confines of the Bootleg Bar, Mr. Maltz was already swingin’, having set up the DJ booth and commenced playing cool 45s at the appropriate volume for the lucky folks in attendance. Each of his thirty-minute sets seemed to contain mini-sets that kept the beat flowing in a sensible manner, even when he was playing insensible records! For the last hour, he and Phast Phreddie traded plays, as they went from some rockabilly platters, to garage rock, to surf records before it got a little nuts.

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Unfortunately, the Boogaloo Bag writers left the camera at home, therefore no photos exist of Andy Maltz swingin’ at the Boot on this night. For that, we apologize and promise to have him back soon in order to make up for this unthinkable oversight in planning!

Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the WHAM-O WATUSI on February 18:

Some of the songs have links to the youtube so the reader can attempt to recreate the night in the privacy of his or her own home. None of these records are for sale.

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Solid Hit Boogaloo

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On Friday January 27 at the Commodore in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, an evening took place that could only have been billed as Solid Hit Boogaloo. Host Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus asked his pal Greg Tormo to guest DJ with him and to spin more syncopated soul records than he usually does. Mr. Tormo has great records—mostly the kind known as Northern Soul. In fact, he is known far and wide as an excellent Northern Soul DJ and record collector. His Solid Hit Soul Club of the late Nineties was a fabulous, though ultimately short-lived, stop-gap between the Empire State Soul Club and the Subway Soul Club, the latter of which came alive in the early part of the 21st Century.

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Greg Tormo makes another genius selection at Solid Hit Boogaloo!

Little did anybody know that Mr. Tormo also has a fine collection of funk records, and it was mostly those that he spun at the Commodore on this evening. Greg was obviously having a good time. It seemed as if after just about every record he played, he would announce that he had never played that one out at a club before. People, if you have an event that requires funk music, the Boogaloo Bag writers heartily recommend that Mr. Tormo be hired; he has fantastic funk records! You better catch him quickly, as he is due to move to Palm Springs, California in the fall. If the good people running the Desert Soul Club have their dirt together, they would ask Mr. Tormo to swing as often as possible.

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Greg Tormo cues another hot funk 45 at the Solid Hit Boogaloo!

Here’s a list of the soul and funk records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the Solid Hit Boogaloo–many with links to youtubes clips:

None of these records are for sale.

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