Monthly Archives: September 2015

WFMU’s Sophisticated Boom Boom #16: I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair

On this week’s episode of “Sophisticated Boom Boom with Sheila B.” on WFMU, I played records by Goldie & the Gingerbreads, HALCALI, Las Mosquitas, Martha & the Vandellas’ storming “Easily Persuaded,” Dusty Springfield’s version of the oft-covered “Easy Evil,” a dark and moody new track by Scottish group the School, Ride’s “Drive Blind,” a brilliant but very rough and unfinished demo by Brenda Holloway (how did Motown NOT release this?!!!), Hedy Sontag’s “He Never Came Back” (for Gaylord Fields), and the #1 bubblegum song of the 21st century according to me! Listen here: WFMU’s Kurt Gottschalk will be filling in for my show this week, as I’ll be in New Orleans for the Ponderosa Stomp, watching Irma Thomas, Brenda Holloway, Betty Harris, Barbara Lynn, PF Sloan, Miriam, and more. Hurray! “Sophisticated Boom Boom” will be back on October 9, 2015. xo-Sheila

WFMU’s Sophisticated Boom Boom #15: Cha Cha Charming

On this week’s episode of “Sophisticated Boom Boom with Sheila B.” on WFMU, I played records by Tammi Terrell, Patti’s Groove, Gloria Becker, Helen Kane, the Bird & the Bee (“Doctor” is a glorious piece of Hall & Oates-inspired pop), Ellie Greenwich’s first record as Ellie Gaye (“Cha Cha Charming!”), Dorothy’s “Softness,” Ognir & the Nite People (thanks Sampsa!), Holly Golightly, Yo La Tengo’s delicate cover of Darlene McCrea’s “My Heart’s Not In It,” and soooooo much more. Listen here: xo-Sheila

A birthday Sh-Boom!

The new WFMU schedule has just been announced and “Sophisticated Boom Boom” has been given a verrrrrry sweet spot on Fridays from 3pm – 6pm EST on the radio at 91.1 FM and on the web at I know I’ve been really slack at keeping Cha Cha Charming updated, but that’s because I’m having far too good a time playing records and chatting it up on the radio. I’m finding that the solo stay-at-home life of a freelance writer just isn’t as satisfying anymore, and thus radio landing on my lap has quadrupled my joy of life. It’s also busting my ass to keep up with new music + old records, as I play around 50+ records per show. So if any of you have any new or up-and-coming female artists or bands, please send them my way! Also, Dust & Grooves: Adventures In Record Collecting has was re-released by Ten Speed Press on September 15, 2015, and Eilon + I just gave talks at the Strand Bookstore and the Apple store here in NYC, and will be heading to LA next week for more book launches + parties. We’ve … Read more