Monthly Archives: November 2015

SH-BOOM! Friday December 4th!

Hello friends! In the spirit of the Vampyros Lesbos parties in the ’90s, I thought I’d give my monthly party Sh-Boom a slight x-rated re-vamp. This Friday December 4th, Sh-Boom is re-launching at brand new Bushwick bar, Our Wicked Lady (153 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn, 11237) with DJs Josh Styles n’ me, Sheila B., go-go girl Anna Copa Cabanna, and lotsa vintage porn for your visual pleasure. Expect 60s girl groups, freakbeat, Northern Soul, soundtracks, doo wop, French Yé-Yé, R&B, easy listening, Japanese pop, and songs with whips + heavy moaning. You must be over 21 to attend ; ) Hope to see you there! xo-Sheila Sh-Boom’s facebook event page:


The only upside to being bed-ridden for the past four days is getting to spend hours updating my want list, catching up on movies (We Are the Best!, Omar, Aziz Ansari’s Master of None, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night) and buying records off + Thanks to this very dangerous site that allows those outside Japan to access Japan’s Yahoo Auctions (the ultimate auction site for Japanese vinyl), I am now the proud owner of a 6-CD box set of Japanese erotic girl-pop from the 60s + 70s (with the added bonus of naughty traditional prints on the sleeves), compiled by the Nippon Columbia label in 2000 . This episode of “Sophisticated Boom Boom” is a bit of an odd one because the Paris attacks happened during my show : ( One of my listeners posted the news on the message board just as I was about to go on mic, so I found it very difficult to keep my emotions in check and operate as if it was business as usual. I’m completely incapable of acting in any other way than how I’m feeling, so this episode is a bit more tongue-tied, … Read more


Hello friends! I’ve gotten a little behind on updating Cha Cha Charming with my WFMU “Sophisticated Boom Boom” playlists, so I shall be playing catch-up this week. On “Kitty Up Go” from November 6th, 2015, I opened with what I’ll call the ultimate rejection record. This baffling 45 from 1962 features a man named Monte phoning up girls only to be repeatedly hung up on. It is an absolute delight, and part of my attempt to pioneer the term “rejection record” in hopes of one day creating a genre as widely-known as Northern Soul or freakbeat. I’m always on the lookout for rejection records, so please do send any tips my way! I also played Santigold’s latest single “Can’t Get Enough of Myself” (which sounds like she’s been listening to a whole lotta William Onyeabor), Irma Thomas’ “Live Again” from 1965 (written by Bacharach + David, and un-released at the time), “Betty” by new LA band the Pom Poms, Ricky Nelson’s brilliant and unexpected “Gypsy Woman” (one of the many records I inherited on my DJ trip to Dallas), the American Breed’s “To Put Up With You,” and the perfect getting-ready-for-a-Friday-night-out track by … Read more

Mini-East-Coast DJ Tour!

I just got back from a DJ trip to Dallas that involved digging through the ENORMOUS stock of 45s at Josey Records (this photo doesn’t even do it justice), and I’m heading out on the road again for more DJing (and hopefully record shopping) in Providence, RI, Boston, MA, and Richmond, VA. Here are the deets! xo-Sheila Friday November 13, 2015 / Providence, RI Soul Power Girl Group Spectacular! DUSK, 301 Harris Ave, Providence, Rhode Island 02909 10pm – 2am With DJs Resident DJs Ty Jesso + John O’Leary + guest DJ Sheila B. Plus go-go girls + rare girl group videos on a big screen Cover: $7 Facebook event page: Saturday November 14th, 2015 / Boston, MA Soulelujah! A Saturday night soul n’ funk 45s party! The Middle East Club (Upstairs), 472 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139 10pm – 2am Cover: $8 Click here for tickets. Saturday November 21st, 2015 / Richmond, VA Le Garage! An all vinyl DJ night that features garage, mod, soul, yé-yé, psych, freakbeat, and girl group records from all decades. With DJs Sister Golden Haze, Lightnings Girl, + guest DJ Sheila B. Balliceaux, 203 N Lombardy … Read more


Thank you to my fellow WFMU DJs Fabio + Monica for bringing the late, great New York night-life DJ, Anita Sarko to my attention. I’m gutted to have only learned about Anita upon the news of her death (she committed suicide at the age of 68), but I spent an entire morning watching her dish out words of wisdom and wisecracks on various YouTube clips and reading remembrance pieces by her loved ones. This one by Michael Musto is especially touching. And this piece in the New York Times ends with a devastating quote by her friend, Chuck Nanney: “Anybody in a club situation where they were at the top of the heap — if they showed any weakness or vulnerability, people would be really fickle and abandon you,” Mr. Nanney said. “That seems intrinsic to a certain part of New York — always having to keep on your game face, never show any signs of weakness. And that breaks my heart.” Another friend compared her to Teri Garr in Martin Scorsese’s After Hours, whose character I have such an affinity for (After Hours being one of my favorite films of all-time). … Read more