Wham-O-Phonic Watusi!


Todd-O-Phonic Todd prepares to introduce PMS & the Mood Swings with Leah Lugosi at the Union Pool.

Todd-O-Phonic Todd is one of the hardest working men in show business. He has been a presenter of fabulous Rock’n’Roll events seemingly before any of us were born. For many years he made Maxwell’s of Hoboken the swingin’est place in New Jersey. He was responsible for such super boss reissue LPs as Shakin’ Fit, What a Way to Die, Bug Out, Bo Did It and Wail on the Beach. His Telstar Records put out important platters by The Mummies, The Pussywillows, The Swingin’ Neckbreakers, The Fleshtones and The Woggles. Over the last several years, he has had his own show on Saturday afternoons from 3 to 6 on radio station WFMU. If you dig hot Rock’n’Roll records, it’s the show for you.

On August 4, Todd-O-Phonic Todd, also known as the Boss Groover, was slated to swing his boss records at the WHAM-O WATUSI at the Bootleg Bar. He also had a show he was running earlier that afternoon at Union Pool, part of its Summer Thunder series. The show featured some very fabulous talent: Miriam and Nobody’s Babies, The Jay Vons and PMS & the Mood Swings. Plus, it was being broadcast in the Boss Groover’s radio show’s time slot–though he was not actually hosting his show. In his stead was Amanda Nazario. She has a couple of shows on WFMU, too, one of which is on the “Give the Drummer Some” interweb stream, and she fills-in from time to time. Mr. O’Phonic was running around making sure the bands got on stage on time and eating tacos.


Amanda Nazario hosts The Todd-O-Phonic Todd Show while Todd-O-Phonic Todd hosts Summer Thunder.

Speaking of tacos, as Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus entered the building, he was accosted by Matt Fiveash, another WFMU DJ (his blues show on Tuesday nights is super) and the bass player in Miriam’s Nobody’s Babies. He saw The Boog and insisted that he have a couple of chits to get free tacos. Said the band had way more than they needed and who wanted them to go to waste? At the Union Pool–a place that, before gentrification came to Williamsburg, was actually a place that sold swimming pool supplies and equipment–there is a big yard in which is parked a taco truck vending tacos. Good tacos! Who can resist? Thank you Mr. Fiveash.

The bands were originally supposed to play in the yard, but a late morning thunder storm necessitated a change of scene. The bands played in the Union Pool’s concert hall. Inside the hall, Ms. Nazario was playing records and making announcements for the folks listening to the broadcast at home. Around 3:15pm or so, Miriam and Nobody’s Babies took the stage. Miriam Linna does it all: record company mogul for Norton Records, book publisher for Kicks Books, drummer, local personality, and now fronting her own band. Plus, she’s on a one-woman crusade to wangle The Kinks into getting back together! At the Union Pool the band rocked. Then The Jay Vons played; one of our favorite local bands. Closing the show was PMS & the Mood Swings (which featured our friend Leah Lugosi who guest DJed at the WHAM-O WATUSI a while back). Each band was unique, did its own thing, and was boss!


The Jay Vons


Miriam & Nobody’s Babies


PMS & the Mood Swings

The Boog headed home, unlaxed for a while, had a little grub, then grabbed his box of rekkids to go back out to the wilds of Bushwick in order to swing at the WHAM. He arrived at the Bootleg Bar just before 10:00PM, set up everything and was soon playing his records. Guest DJ Todd-O-Phonic Todd arrived shortly thereafter. As one would expect out of a man with such impeccable taste, he played some fabulous records. Our friends Peanutbutter Brown, Matt Clarke and Alex DeLaszlo showed up to groove to the Boss Groover’s jams.


Matt Clarke and Peanutbutter Brown discuss the fabulousness of the records Todd-O-Phonic Todd was playing at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

Folks, the Boogaloo Bag writers cannot emphasize enough what a cool radio show Todd-O-Phonic Todd has. Every Saturday afternoon from 3:00 to 6:00 (unless he’s vacating in Wildwood, NJ with his lovely wife Siss-O-Phonic Cheryl) the Boss Groover swings with some extremely hip sounds. He plays all kinds of Rock’n’Roll records, just the good stuff, from every era; he has had some cool interviews with folks such as Graham Gouldman, Kid Congo, Chris Stamey, Eric Carmen and David Aguilar; and live bands like The Posies, Yo La Tengo, Los Vigilantes, The Whips, The Muffs and Daddy Long Legs. This is mandatory listening for all Boogaloo Bag readers!


Todd-O-Phonic Todd re-sleaves another boss jam at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

For this occasion, Miss Nancy made some most excellent cinnamon cookies to complement the vegan brownies she likes to make. Always snacks and finger-snappin’ music at every WHAM-O WATUSI! A very tired Todd-O-Phonic Todd left the scene a bit early–who could blame him after all that action he provides, plus he had two rivers to cross to get home to Jersey City–so the Boogaloo Omnibus was able to play a few more songs than usual.


Todd-O-Phonic Todd and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus prepare to consume more of Miss Nancy’s yummy cinnamon cookies at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

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

None of these records are for sale. Some of them have links to the youtubes, so you can dig ‘em yerselves!


Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swings at the WHAM-O WATUSI!



Boogaloo at the Ran Kan Kan


DJ Rata swings at Ran Kan Kan!

Our pal DJ Rata has a groovy new DJ night called Ran Kan Kan. It is held on early Friday evenings at Diviera Drive–happy hour, indeed! Named after a fabulous composition by Tito Puente, the night includes the playing of all sorts of cool stuff–yes, including Mambo records–and it swings from 6pm to about 10:30 or so and it takes place in a side outdoor patio area, where the DJ set-up is on the other side of an open garage door. Señor Rata was nice enough to ask Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus to spin with him on Friday, July 27. After pulling a bunch of records for this occasion, around 5:00pm, when it was just about time head to the venue, the New York City area was hit by a tremendous thunder storm that sent torrents of rain for over an hour or so. The gig was therefore postponed, and instead, The Phast Man made the scene at D-Drive the following Friday, August 3.

So that’s what happened–Rata y Phasta playing records to those fine folks at Diviera Drive who wanted to get an early start on their weekend buzz. Part of the deal was that the DJs get pizza–and the pizza there is good! Also, conveniently located next to the DJ booth was a pinball machine that had some free plays on it. This is an activity that Phast Phreddie used to occasionally excel in, so he had to try his hand at it, as Rata played his groovy Mambo records. 1,400,000 points wins a replay. Seems like a lot. The first ball The Boog played and he racked up about 380,000 points! This got The Boog hooked, but he never played a ball like that again after about ten games–some games never went above 90,000 points (but tilting never helps!). At one point, Rata turned to The Boog and asked if he was ready for another set of record turning. The Boog started for the DJ booth, then begged off–“Let me try one more game.” This game was the bomb, as the kids say. The Boog racked up over 300,000 points on the first of three balls–and the ball went out of play when there was a tilt. The next two balls did even better, and with all the bonus points involved, the score went way over the amount needed for a replay with a loud bang and came in at around 1,600,000 points! OK, The Boog is ready to play records now…


DJ Rata displays groovy Batman 45 adaptor at Ran Kan Kan!

These happy hour gigs at Diviera Drive are great. As the astute Boogaloo Bag reader knows, The Drive is a fine Italian restaurant and the music that Rata and El Rapido played was piped all over the place–seems you can hear it best in the bathrooms! Management complimented the DJs on their musical selections, saying that the swingin’ bongo beats were very appropriate for the hot and humid early Friday evening.

After Rata and The Boog had packed up, were paid and got ready to leave, our friends One Mint Julep and Brett Burton entered the Diviera Drive premises for a nip and a nibble and we got to chat with them for a spell, but unfortunately, they missed the bop.

Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at DJ Rata’s Ran Kan Kan Happy Hour at Diviera Drive:

None of these are for sale. Some of them have links to the youtubes in order for the reader to dig the essence of the hustle.


Happy Birthday JT!


Birthday boy Jonathan Toubin swings at the Sunday Soul Scream!

On Saturday, July 28, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus received a text from Jonathan Toubin that read: “Yo Phastman. I’m turning 47 tomorrow on the roof! Feel free to come hang. Also bring a few records if ya like.” 

The Boog is certainly not one to turn down an opportunity to “play a few records;” especially for his friend JT. His reply: “Happy birthday. See ya tomorrow!”

So that night, he quickly gathered a bunch of his favorite records together–not too many, as he was sure there would be many other DJs rounded up to do the same–and put them in a small box. He pulled records from his “Wang Faves” box, from his “Boss Soul” box, from his “Top Go-Go” box and mostly from his “Go-Go Instrumentals” box. About 50 in all, that had to be pared down to less than 30.


DJ Drew Groove displays rare white paper record sleeve at the Sunday Soul Scream!!

On Sunday around 8:30 or so, The Boog made the scene at Our Wicked Lady in East Williamsburg, where Mr. Toubin hosts his Sunday Soul Scream on the roof. It is in a very industrial area and very few people live in the neighborhood, so loud noise can be made at all hours. Every Sunday during the summer Mr. Toubin and his crew make a righteous loud noise. Things were just getting started when the Boogaloo Bag writers arrived. Our friend Drew Groove, who was in town from Portland, Oregon, dropped in with a box of 45s and got the festivities going. Then Drew Redmond showed up with his box of boss platters and better needles and the place really started to come alive. It was great to see so many of our friends, including Josh Styles, Sophie Thunder, Todd-O-Phonic Todd, Siss-O-Phonic Cheryl, Brooklyn BabydollMatt Clarke, Anna Copacabana and of course the birthday boy himself, Mr. Jonathan Toubin.

As the regular Boogaloo Bag reader may remember, Jonathan Toubin had a near-death experience. In 2011, he was hit by a car while sleeping in a hotel room in Portland, Oregon. He was literally nearly crushed to death, but the medical professionals in Portland said, “Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world’s first bionic DJ.” And so, Mr. Toubin was kept alive and is now more popular than ever; with better records, too!


Brooklyn Babydoll and Drew Redmond swing at the Sunday Soul Scream!


Josh Styles and Todd-O-Phonic Todd discuss the intricacies of flowered accessories at the Sunday Soul Scream!


Josh Styles at the controls at Sunday Soul Scream!


Jonathan Toubin, Matt Clarke and Todd-O-Phonic Todd swing at Sunday Soul Scream!


Jonathan Toubin is given a birthday toast by Josh Styles, Alexander Thompson and Sophie Thunder at Sunday Soul Scream!


Siss-O-Phonic Cheryl, Drew Redmond and Matt Clarke swing at Sunday Soul Scream!

Around 10:00, The Boog took over the turntables and played his records. Drew Groove played a few more, then a band took the stage: Crush, that featured members of The Black Lips. The band played a wicked noise; one instrumentalist played a saw! The Boog didn’t stay too long after that, since he had to get up early and be a regular person on Monday morning.


The Crushes featured members of The Black Lips, one of whom played a musical saw(!) at the Sunday Soul Scream!

Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the special Jonathan Toubin Birthday Edition of Sunday Soul Scream:

Happy birthday, Jonathan–here’s hoping you have many more!

None of these records are for sale. Some of them have links to the youtubes in case the reader would like to dig them.

Every night should be Rebel Night!


Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was asked to DJ another fabulous Rebel Night on Friday, July 20. Rebel Night, of course, is the boss rock ’n’ roll record hop hosted by crazy Japanese fellows with crazy rockabilly records, now held on the third Friday of the month at Diviera Drive in Williamsburg. However the evening did not start there…

Our longtime friend Paul Rutner was going to be in town for a separate event. Phast Phreddie first met Mr. Rutner when he came to Hollywood as drummer of the NY punk-ish band The Mumps in the late Seventies. He then moved there when he was drumming for The Swingin’ Madisons. Sometime in the late Eighties Mr. Rutner moved to Austin, Texas, so it is very rare when these two get to see each other. On this day, Mr. Rutner was in New York City in order to attend an event by one of his other many friends: Laura Davis-Chanin recently wrote a book called THE GIRL IN THE BACK: A Female Drummer’s Life with Bowie, Blondie and the ‘70s Rock Scene and was having a release party in a back room at the Bowery Electric. Apparently, Ms. Davis-Chanin was the drummer for a late Seventies new wave band called The Student Teachers, dated a member of Blondie, met David Bowie, and has stories to tell about it. Although it all sounds very interesting, The Phast One was not there for that, but to see his friend Paul Rutner. As it turned out, many other friends were in attendance, including Joe Katz, Antone DeSantis, Sal Maida, Karen McBurnie, Jon Hammer, Mike Rosenberg, Robert Vickers, Janie Heath, Ben Liemer, Andy Schwartz, Alex De Laszlo and the members of the hot teen combo Yo La Tengo. Other folks, too, but the Boogloo Bag memory banks are not so hot these days. The event was very worth attending, and the Boogaloo Bag writers are sure the book is well worth reading, as well.


Musician and author Sal Maida, neat-guy and current Texan Paul Rutner, and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus flash their respective gang signals at the Bowery Electric.

When this event was over, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus popped onto the L-Train and was soon at Diviera Drive. Besides being a cool place to dig music, the venue is an excellent Italian restaurant. When he walked in, the Rebel Night hosts–Akinori Okada, Hiromu Yanagiya and Seiji Sato had just ordered some food, including some risotto for The Boog. The food is good there and it is highly advised that the Boogaloo Bag readers sample it at the earliest opportunity; and as often as possible after that (especially when our pal DJ Rata swings his Friday night happy hour gigs!)


Aki and Hiromu swing at Rebel Night!


Hiromu and Seiji are diggin’ the scene at Rebel Night!


Junichi helps Akinori pick records during his shift at Rebel Night!


Vibraphonic Vinnie is introduced to the dancing crowd by Seiji at Rebel Night!

The Rebel Nights always have two guest DJs. On this night, the second guest was Vibraphonic Vince. He and the exciting WFMU radio personality Todd-O-Phonic Todd grew up together somewhere in the wilds of New Jersey, collecting sound recordings of reet music and playing them real loud. The Vibraphonic One was also the drummer for the great Eighties teen combo The Raunch Hands. This is documented evidence that Mr. Vince is a hep cat daddy who keeps his wig loose and full of juice. Like, man, he is no hodad! When Vibraphonic Vinnie puts the needle down, BAM!! it stays down!!


Akinori gets ready to cue another hot bopper at Rebel Night!


Hiromu sets the pace at Rebel Night!


Junichi says, “Everything is すばらしい at Rebel Night!


Vibraphonic Vinnie swings with another hot rocker at Rebel Night!

Once the room was set up to jam, Seiji took to the turntables first and played some great stuff. then The Boog, Vinnie, Hiromu, The Boog, Vinnie, Hiromu and Aki ended the night with a little help from Junichi Matsuzaki, who showed up late. According to our notes, that’s how the evening went down. (The Boogaloo Bag notes have been wrong before, but who really cares?) At any rate, incredibly fantastic records were played by our Japanese hosts and by Vibraphonic Vince. The dance floor was jumping all night until the bitter end. Foxy chicks in hoop skirts did the stroll as guys in greased-back hair bopped around diggin’ the beat. This is such a gas, it’s a shame we all can’t just do this every single night of the week!!!


Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus is always happy to swing at Rebel Night!

Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the July 2018 edition of Rebel Night:

None of these records are for sale. Some of them have links to the youtubes for the listener’s edification.


Silent Disco Boogaloo!


The Silent Disco headphones! Photo by Phillip James.

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus has been asked to DJ at Lincoln Center’s out of doors Midsummer Night Swing events just about every summer for at least 15 years; maybe more. He has provided the dance music between sets by such acts as Buster Poindexter, a cumbia group, several swing orchestras, Chubby Checker, a tribute to the great songwriter Doc Pomus, Bobby Rydell, Binky Griptite, a boogie woogie group that featured Charlie Watts and who can remember the others? Every time it has been a wonderful experience for The Boog, with folks dancing to his records and enjoying the groovy vibes provided by the good people who put on the shows.

But this time it was different. This time, on the 13th of July, the nice Midsummer Night Swing people asked The Boog to play his records for the Silent Disco portion of the show, after the main event: The James Hunter Six. The Silent Disco is a genius idea. It consists of three DJs playing their recordings, each program going out (via the miracle of some sort of wifi-type of hustle) to wireless headphones worn by the folks on the dance floor. Each set of headphones has a switch on it so the listener can change to any of the three DJs playing music, and when it does, it lights up in the color that corresponds with each DJ’s booth: blue, red or green.


Monica Sharp, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus and Rita Houston swing during the Silent Disco portion of Midsummer Night Swing. Photo by Nancy Gardner.

The other two DJs enlisted to perform during the Silent Disco were Rita Houston and Monica Sharp.


Rita Houston controls the dance floor during the Silent Disco. Photo by Phillip James.

Rita Houston is a legendary radio DJ and the program director at WFUV, New York City’s Bronx-based NPR station that features an eclectic assortment of music, but mostly what may be deemed as ‘modern music for thinking people.’ Ms. Houston is a smart music person. She has done these Midsummer Night Swing things before. She knows what people like.


Monica Sharp had the whole place rockin’ during the Silent Disco. Photo by Phillip James

The Boogaloo Bag writers met Monica Sharp that evening. When setting up her DJ booth, she hooked up a laptop to Serato-fueled turntables. Very often this is a clear sign that the DJ knows what she is doing. She also has been a regular DJ at the Midsummer Night Swing things. She struck the Boogaloo Bag writers as someone who is professional and knows how to work a crowded dance floor.

The Boog’s competition for the dancers’ headphone time was heavy, to say the least.


Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus plays old 45s during the Silent Disco. Photo by Phillip James.

The Boog’s contract clearly stipulated that he was to provide music for dancing: “Soul Blues, Rhythm & Blues and rock’n’roll.” Noting that the James Hunter Six draws much influence from records from the Fifties and early Sixties, he figured that a program of hits from this period would be popular with this audience. He pulled a bunch of 45s that would work really well with folks who want to twist, hully gully or do the jerk.


James Hunter of The James Hunter Six swings at Midsummer Night Swing.

The early part of the evening went great. The James Hunter Six puts on a swingin’ show. How can you not like a band who covers“Baby Don’t Do It” by The “5” Royales? The guy has excellent taste. Ms. Houston was the DJ between the band’s sets and she played an assortment of oldies via a laptop computer. The Boog figured she would play a similar fare for the Silent Disco. Who knew what Ms. Sharp would do, but it would be cool.


Jill Sternheimer introduces Rita Houston and the other DJs preceding the Silent Disco portion of Midsummer Night Swing. Photo by Phillip James.

Midsummer Night Swing hostess Jill Sternheimer came out and introduced the DJs.  Rita Houston had the blue DJ booth. Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was in the middle with the red one. Monica Sharp was in the green booth.

Phast Phreddie started with an instrumental, as he often does, then went straight for the jugular by playing The Isley Brothers record. He looked up to see what headphone colors were lighting up on the dance floor. It was mostly blue and green with a smattering of red here and there. He kept going, hoping he could win folks over. Several minutes into the night the whole place seemed to go blue and the dancers were jumping up and down with glee. What was Rita playing that got them so excited? The Boog switched his headphones to her program. “Got to Give It Up” by Marvin Gaye. Wait, she’s playing disco records? Then many headphones turned green. What was Monica playing? Talking Heads. This is how it seemed to go all night. The two gals played modern records using modern technology the crowd was lovin’ it! The old guy in the middle was playing old records on old technology. Nobody seemed to want to twist, hully gully or do the jerk.


The whole night it seemed if the folks weren’t listening to Monica Sharp’s program, they were listening to that of Rita Houston. Photo by Nancy Gardner.

Every time the Boogaloo Bag writers looked up it seemed the dance floor was a sea of blue; Rita’s playing a Michael Jackson record. Suddenly it is a sea of green; Monica is playing the Marvin Gaye record! Rita and Monica had the hearts and minds–and more importantly the dancing feet–of the folks on the dance floor. They played Donna Summer records, James Brown funk records, Eighties new wave records, disco records–and the place was blue and green the whole ninety minutes, with only a smattering of red from time to time. Some old folks in the far corner seemed to be red most of the night. “Louie Louie” got some to turn red. So did “Twist and Shout” and “La Bamba.” The most red headphones appeared at the very end when The Boog played the record by The Contours, but it was cut short when time ran out.


A rare moment when folks did the Hully Gully–probably during “La Bamba.” Photo by Nancy Gardner.

To say that this Silent Disco was a humbling experience for Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus would be putting it mildly. After all, it was Friday the 13th! When it was over, Ms. Sternheimer came over and graciously thanked him for participating and that they appreciated the diversity that his program provided.

At least it didn’t rain, as it did three out of the last four times Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was guest DJ at Midsummer Night Swing. Here’s a list of all the records he played that night:

None of these records are for sale. Some of them may have youtubes clips for your own edification. Thanks to our pal Philip James for most of the photos here.

Do the Monkey with WHAM-O!


Apollo XII and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swing at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

On July 7, The WHAM-O WATUSI returned to its international theme with guest DJ Julio Fernandez, AKA DJ Apollo XII, who is from Spain. The WHAM-O WATUSI, of course, is held on the first Saturday of the month at the Bootleg Bar in beautiful downtown Bushwick, Brooklyn.

For the last eight years or so, Mr. Apollo XII has been living in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He is a musician who plays drums for the cool rocksteady band The West Kensingtons, based in Philadelphia. He is also an avid record collector who takes advantage of the many record collecting opportunities presented to those who live in the south-east area of the state. About three or four years ago he and DJ Salinger started the Red Rose Soul Club. It did so well that Mr. Apollo, along with the noted British Northern Soul DJ and record dealer David Raistrick, who also has a pad in Lancaster, put together the Keystone State Soul Weekender–a fabulous affair held in November that features DJs from around the country and flown in from England. Suffice it to say, Mr. Apollo is hip to the scene and has records that are clean!

We were happy to see our pals Eric Svirida and Miss Claire who blew in all the way from deep Long Island. Mr. Svirida hosts the Flip Side Soul Club in Philadelphia; and we’ve seen him in action at the Keystone State Soul Weekender.


Miss Claire, Apollo XII and DJ Eric Svirida swing at the WHAM-O WATUSI!


Apollo XII and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus are in a pensive mood at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

For the WHAM-O WATUSI, Apollo XII brought a lot of soul records–which was to be expected–but also some boss R&B, some “Jamaican things” and a few garage rock records. Dig some of them here:

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For his part, host DJ Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus played his usual trash–that is to say rockin’ instrumentals, garage rock, soul, R&B, a couple Mod movers and a few that were recorded in Spain. Recently, our new pal DJ Parka Pat from Montreal shared a blog post of his Top Twenty Monkey Records on The Boog’s facedog page. The Boog replied with a list of more than ninety monkey records that he has played over the last five years or so. When getting ready for this particular WHAM-O, it reminded The Boog that he has yet to play some of his favorites; thus a set of eight more monkey records were played. However, none of them were as good at the one Mr. Apollo XII played!!!



Nancy “Jeannie” Gardner once again rose to the occasion by making excellent chocolate crinkles, banana bread and vegan brownies. The BOOGALOO BAG writers are thinking about turning the WHAM-Os into a bake sale in order to generate extra cash to buy records!!!


Apollo XII is eyeing the fabulous treats baked by Miss Nancy at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

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

None of these records are for sale. Some of them have links to the Youtubes, click on them for outstanding audio action!

Here’s another look at the sweet snacks Miss Nancy baked:


Sunday Soul Screeeeeeeeeem!!!!


Our pal Jonathan Toubin, truly a premier DJ of reet music if ever there was one, hosts the groovy Sunday Soul Scream on the rooftop of Our Wicked Lady through the summer months. He is a very busy man. On Sunday July 1, he was scheduled to be in Los Angeles for a series of events and could not make the Scream. To host the night, he roped in Haley Griffin and Bailey Leiter to make sure the evening ran smoothly. One of Brooklyn’s bossest bands The Othermen agreed to appear. Our new  friend The Wig Doctor was signed on to spin records before the band played. Post band DJs picked for this occasion were Avi Spivak of Rebel Rouser and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus. The night was warm and humid–indeed, everyone was sweatying–and Our Wicked Lady responded with an assortment of frozen cocktails. The moon was out and a lot of our friends showed up to swing with us.

The secret of the evening is the room on the ground floor which is air conditioned. The music from the rooftop is piped in, so no one missed a single needle-drop. Phast Phreddie‘s favorite thing: they have an excellent ginger beer on tap!

On the Googles, Our Wicked Lady is noted as a “hip music venue, arts complex & roof bar.” And so it is. Although the bar itself is of average size, the rooftop area is fairly sizable, allowing for a stage on one end and a bar, with DJ setup, on the other. It is situated in a very industrial area of East Williamsburg where few people live. Thus it can have loud music playing well into the night with nobody complaining. At about five minutes from the Morgan Avenue L Train stop, it is in a very convenient location.


Bailey & Haley swing at the Sunday Soul Scream

As Mr. Toubin so aptly put it, Haley and Bailey are “two snazzy babes.” After being on the scene and witnessing things going down for several years, they started their own event Je T’Aime Oh No, which takes place every Monday at Berlin. These gals know how to party, that’s for sure.


Bailey & Haley introduce The Othermen at the Sunday Soul Scream.

The Othermen is a grunge rock band in the pure sense of the word (having absolutely nothing to do with the so-called grunge rock movement of the early Nineties). At dictionary.com, “grunge” is defined as “dirt, filth, rubbish.” That’s exactly what this group sounds like, in the most fabulous way imaginable. With every instrument played at levels that achieve stunning audio distortion, this group makes a righteous, rockin’ noise unlike any other–with the optimal word being “noise” and the noise is boss! Highly recommended.


The Othermen in action!

The Boogaloo Bag writers first met The Wig Doctor when they DJed together at one of DJ Rata’s Shake It Up Sundays last summer. He played some heavy, heavy mambos and cumbia records that we all dug. He is often seen working on Thursdays at Friends and Lovers in Prospect Heights and spins at Our Wicked Lady fairly regularly. He also pals around with Drew Redmond and they often DJ together, such as their Gettin’ Ugly night at the Beauty Bar. On this night, The Wig Doctor mixed it up with an eclectic set of rock, soul, funk, mambo and several other exotic styles. It was a gas.


The Wig Doctor swings at the Sunday Soul Scream.

Besides being an incredible artist, Avi Spivak is a cat with a bunch of boss trash. He swings at the Rebel Rouser, a cool record and groovy stuff store. LPs, 45s, books, horror magazines, underground comix, and weird cult movies are all there for the buying. Located on Broadway, near the edge of Bushwick, it may seem small, but everything the place sells is gear. Rebel Rouser has hosted Rebel Rouser Club House nights at Ceremony with Josh Styles, William Martin, usually a rockin’ band and always Avi Spivak. A solid good time.


Avi Spivak swings at the Sunday Soul Scream.

The rooftop space was place was full of folks to dig The Othermen, and most of them stayed to dance to the solid sounds laid down by the two late-night DJs. Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus did not fool around by playing any lukewarm jive. Every record he played had super Go-Go Beat excitation. He must have gotten hungry around three quarters through the night as he played five food records in a row. Six if you count the Phil Flowers record (“…having to scrounge your next meal”)!


Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swings at the Sunday Soul Scream.

Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the Sunday Soul Scream:

None of these records are for sale. Some of them have links to the youtubes for you to dig.