WHAM-O breaks a record!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus presents DJ Hiromu at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

On Saturday, January 13, the 30th WHAM-O WATUSI was held at the Bootleg Bar and hosted by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus. On hand for guest DJ duties was Hiromu Yanagiya–one of the resident DJs for Rebel Night, the rockin’ party hosted by three Japanese DJs whose taste in rockabilly records is most excellent.

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus and DJ Hiromu swing at the WHAM-O WATUSI.

Mr. Yanagiya was born in Hawaii and has lived in Brooklyn for over 10 years. He is also the bass player for a punk rock band called Vandalizer. At the WHAM-O he played some great stuff: the rockabilly records one would expect to hear at Rebel Night, for sure, but also jumpin’ R&B, soul and even some modern recordings; and it was all very boss.

For his part, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus hoped to make DJ Hiromu and his date, the lovely Aya Ishihara, comfortable by playing several Japanese records, and by introducing him to the Bootleg audience by preceding his first set with “Hawaiian War Rock.” During the course of the evening, The Phastman even presented Hiromu with a copy of “Blue Comets ’66” by The Blue Comets–a very hip surf instrumental by a Japanese Group Sound band.

Aya and Phast discuss the time he visited her home town of Kyoto, Japan.

The person who really made the night swing, though, was Miss Nancy “Jeannie” Gardner, who provided freshly baked caramel thumbprint cookies. (She doesn’t really stick her thumb into each cookie. What happens is, once the cookie dough is set in the pan, she presses the back of a spoon into each one, creating a little dip. Once the cookies are cooked, she pours some yummy caramel into the dip, then drizzles some melted dark chocolate on top of that.) Folks, the cookies were out of sight and were the hit of the evening!

Miss Nancy’s cookies!

The evening went along swimmingly, except for one thing: a record was broken! In his haste to close his record box in order to make way for one of DJ Hiromu’s sets, The Boogaloo Omnibus snapped a piece out of his copy of “Campus Rock” by The Tyrones. It’s a jumpin’ little record by a white rhythm & blues combo from about 1956. The record is not very common, yet it doesn’t go for much money. However, it is very difficult to find records like this in the near mint condition this copy was in. Once this blog has been posted, Phast Phreddie is going to go to his room and cry.

NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the 30th WHAM-O WATUSI:

None of these records are for sale. Click on the links to dig them.

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Boogaloo returns to Jupiter!

As November was ending, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus glanced at his calendar and noted that the only DJ gig he had in December was the WHAM-O WATUSI on the second. He figured that, once that was over, he would be able unlax for the rest of the year. But that was not to be. Before you know it, folks were calling for his unique Boogaloo action at their events and clubs. Suddenly, he had four more gigs in less than two weeks!

That’s OK, the Phast Man is a trooper and digs playing his records for folks to enjoy. The last of these gigs took place on December 18 at the Jupiter Disco–another installment of the Stormy Monday series of groovy DJ nights.

DJ Xerox visits with Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the Jupiter Lounge.

We’ve got to state here that Jupiter Disco is the best-named new bar in town. Over the last several years, a LOT of new bars and clubs have opened that are really well appointed, beautifully designed, with good sound systems and with excellent selections of beverages, but they have names that are dull, unimaginative and forgettable. Just about any reference to outer space is a winner. Remember the Satellite Lounge? What a cool name, but, unfortunately, a crappy bar–unless you liked pinball.

Another reason the Boogaloo Bag writers dig the Jupe is that it is around the corner from our favorite new taqueria, Los Hombres. Before every gig at the Jupiter Disco, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus and the Bag’s official photographer Nancy “Jeannie” Gardner dine on tacos and/or quesadillas at this authentic Mexican eatery.

Speaking of Miss Nancy, she brought along some excellent shortbread cookies, garnished with caramel and dark chocolate. Her edible creations augmented Phast Phreddie’s audio delicacies perfectly. Come to a gig, dance, drink, eat cookies. Yum!

Miss Nancy’s cookies!!

122 records were played at Stormy Monday – Volume VIII by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus. He included three by the recently deceased French singer Johnny Hallyday, two by obscure soul thrush Nella Dodds and one by our friends The Jay Vons. Plus, we have found a theme song for the Jupiter Disco–the first track of the night. Dig it all right here:

None of these records are for sale. Some of them may have youtubes links; click on them for some hot Stormy Monday action!

The Mambo Jambo Boogaloo!

Mambo Jambo is the reet music night hosted by our pal DJ Rata, held on the third Saturday of the month at Otto’s Shrunken Head. On December 16, his guest DJ was Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus. With two nights at this tiki bar in four days (The Copycat Cover Song Night Tribute to Frank Zappa was a few nights earlier), one would assume that Phast Phreddie owns the club now! Rest assured, he does not.

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus and DJ Rata swing at Mambo Jambo!

Let us stop fooling with particulars and get to the real reason people read the Boogaloo BagNancy “Jeannie” Gardner made some yummy molasses cookies and distributed them accordingly! Man, they were good, and everyone said so.

DJ Rata digs wild music. When he swings, he swings with magnificent mambos and ribald R&B music. So for this occasion, The Phast Man played much of the same–mostly.

Rata spins a cumbia at Mambo Jambo!

Here is a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the Mambo Jambo, including a couple seasonal ones:

None of these records are for sale. Some of them have links to the youtubes in order for the reader to dig for his or her self.

The holiday scene at Otto’s Shrunken Head!

¡Zappéd!

DJ Xerox (wearing his Wowie Zowie jacket!) and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swing at the Copycat Tribute to Frank Zappa.

For the Copycat Tribute to Frank Zappa, host DJ Xerox turned to Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus to work his DJ magic between bands on Wednesday, December 13 (eight days before Zappa’s birthday–the 21st); held, as usual, at Otto’s Shrunken Head. Little did he know that Phast Phreddie was a big Zappa fan in his wee lad days. It was Mr. Zappa’s influence that turned the kid from a teeny bopper into a freaked out hopper back around 1968. It was through Zappa that he was introduced to modern jazz, delta blues, greasy R&B, experimental art music and other non-Top 40 sounds. In short, it blew the young child’s fragile egg shell mind. The Phast Man attended one of the last gigs by the original Mothers of Invention, was in the house when Just Another Band From LA was recorded at UCLA’s Pauley Pavillion and actually got to meet Mr. Zappa once. However, The Boog got off the Zappa bus around the time Waka/Jawaka was released, as Zappa’s music seemed to become more self-indulgent. But the damage was done: Phast Phreddie could never listen to popular music the same way again. Thanks, Frank!

As per the Copycat template, three bands were contracted to play songs written by Frank Zappa mixed in with their own fine compositions. On this occasion, the bands were:

The Others of Intention

1) The Others of Intention was a group rounded up by our pal Michael Lynch to perform only Zappa songs for this occasion. The band played mostly compositions from Freak Out and We’re Only in It for the Money, plus “Willie the Pimp.” Michael Rafalowich played great guitar and everybody was jazzed by the virtuoso kazoo playing of Esther Crow. Continue reading

The Great Boogaloo to Cuba Cultural Exchange!

Our pal Drew Redmond swings at a groovy joint in Ridgewood called Milo’s Yard every Thursday night. The evening is entitled Pinball Rock because the joint has a bunch of pinball machines. Normally Mr. Redmond does this night by himself, with an occasional guest Dj. However, Mr. Redmond‘s friend Horatio got up the idea of recording the night and sending it off to like-minded friends he has in Cuba! The Cubanos will record a night and send it to Horatio. So Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was asked to drop in and contribute some jams, preferably reet stuff that the Cubanos may not have heard and may dig.

So The Boog dutifully rounded up about 40 45s, plus a small container of molasses cookies recently baked by Nancy “Jeannie” Gardner,  and made the trek to Queens.

Having never been in that part of the world before, The Boog arrived in the neighborhood early and walked around a bit, noting the existence of several Ecuadorian eateries in the process. (The Boogaloo Bag writers will have to come back soon to sample the local flavor.)

For this event, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus culled some of his all-time favorite reet sounds: records that he has loved for decades as well as discs he has discovered over the years, plus a few recent acquisitions. Milo’s Yard is a small bar owned by a couple named Claudia DeMairo and David Poh and it is named after their dog, Milo. It is in the middle of nowhere so who would expect folks to hang out there on a Thursday night? However, there were enough people in the place to make it fun–including several in the back room playing pinball–and fun was had; witness the quick disappearance of Nancy’s molasses cookies! Thus these groovy jams were not played in vain. Also, some day soon some Cubanos are going to dig this audio scene, and we will all dig what is being put down in Cuba. Let’s hope the recording engineer was on the ball and the reet music sounds right.

Even if The Boog didn’t play a single record that night, the trip to Milo’s Yard was worth it just to hear Drew Redmond’s records–he’s got some gassers! Perhaps some night The Boog will make the scene there just to do that. Until he does, it is recommended that Boogaloo Bag readers do so as soon as possible and as often as possible.

Drew Redmond swings at Pinball Rock!

Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at Pinball Rock, recorded for what we will now call the Great Cuban Cultural Exchange Program:

None of these records are for sale.

Ratty Ratty Boogaloo!!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus is in the red and DJ Rata is armed with a smoothie and a cookie at the WHAM-O WATUSI!!

On the second day of December, the WHAM-O WATUSI returned to its regularly scheduled night–the first Saturday of the month–at its regularly scheduled home–the Bootleg Bar. On hand to make it special was DJ Rata.

Rata is one of the most popular guest DJs at the WHAM-O. He plays jump blues, R&B, mambo, ska, rockabilly, reggae and Latin boogaloo–everything that is reet. When he is at the turntables, the kids all hop non-stop! This can be witnessed whenever he hosts Mambo Jambo at Otto’s Shrunken Head–the third Saturday of the month.

DJ Rata selects another reet disc at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

On this night, host Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus played “Ratty Ratty” by Maskman, then presented it to Rata as a gift. Rata reciprocated by giving the Phastman a copy of “Esperma y Ron” by Pedro Laza y sus Pelayeros–a cool cumbia from Colombia coveted by The Boog. The Phastman played it at the earliest opportunity, then followed it with another Pedro Laza record that he already had in his box.

DJ Rata and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus exchanged 45s at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

The WHAM-O WATUSI was enhanced by the cookies baked by Nancy “Jeannie” Gardner: pumpkin spice and chocolate crinkles. Folks had their choice, but most took at least one of each. Those cookies were way good. The WHAM-O was even further enhanced by the attendance of some of our pals. As The Boog always says sometimes, “I’m not really here, I just stick around for my friends!”

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus presents the baker of super fine cookies, Nancy “Jeannie” Gardner at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

Happy to see the gang at the WHAM-O WATUSI! Ryan Sweeting from Florida, Brandan Pierce Peck, DJ Rata, Candis Conover, Lauren Krohn and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus with Nancy’s cookies (she was taking the photo).

Rata had just picked up a copy of “Boogaloo Frog” and the Phastman made sure he played it. When he did, the Phastman did a frog dance!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus shows how to do the Boogaloo Frog 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 and swing!

Swingin’ with Nogood Nick!

Nogood Nick and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swing at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

On Saturday November 18, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was back at the Bootleg Bar, the WHAM-O WATUSI, and splitting the gig with one of his favorite DJs. This was an irregular night for the WHAM-O because host Phast Phreddie spent the first Saturday of the month (the usual WHAM-O night) in Lancaster at the Keystone State Soul Weekender. Guest DJ was Nogood Nick. He still has a night at Otto’s Shrunken HeadRip! Rig! Panic!–and it is a cool night, but it is irregular, happening sporadically and one must be in tune with the scene in order to know when it is happening. As the long-time Boogaloo Bag reader may attest, Nogood Nick was often featured at the late, lamented DYNAGROOVE action night from a few years ago. He’s got some very cool records and, boy, does he know how to play them! It’s always a delight to share the turntables with this fellow and this night was no exception. It may have been raining outside, but in the warm confines of the Bootleg Bar, it was a gas.

Nogood Nick cues up another boss sound at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

The evening was further enhanced by the addition of pumpkin spice cookies, courtesy of the Boogaloo Bag photographer Nancy “Jeannie” Gardner. Folks ate them up, that’s for sure. She has been in the habit of baking something delicious for many of the DJ nights that The Boog hosts, so make sure you come down to taste them. They are yummy!

Yummy pumpkin spice cookies!

Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the WHAM-O WATUSI on November 18, 2017:

None of these records are for sale. Many of them have links to the youtubes clips. Click on them and dig for yourself.