Sh-Boom! Friday April 15th

Hello gang! It has been a mighty fine few days. This past Saturday night I DJ’d for a packed house at the Half Moon in Hudson, New York. It’s a beautiful bar with wood-paneled walls, a stage draped in red, and the atmosphere of an old Twin Peaks haunt (Julee Cruise was born to perform here) . But as the dancefloor started heating up, all the stomping and thrashing about caused immense record-skipping. So the more enthusiastic the crowd, the more my needle jumped the grooves. There was one rather big-boned boy in combat boots who was practically moshing to the music, and thus the main culprit in the record-skipping quandary. And I must thank Marty Shane for helping me hold down the turntables during my most stomping 45s (and for kindly asking big-stomping boy to stomp less, which unfortunately resulted even harder stomping….ARGGGHHH!). But it was a joy to spin for such a wild crowd on the best sound system I’ve heard in years. And today I just got home from a full day of mastering reel-to-reel tapes for a new project I’ve just started working on, so I … Read more

Love Hit Me!

It was the 60s British Beat Girl that changed my life forever. I had moved from New York to London with dream-pop in my eyes, but found a city under the spell of Oasis versus Blur. I was 18 years old, living on my own, and spending my evenings glued to the sleevenotes of Sequel Records’ Here Come the Girls series, which compiled 1960s British girl-pop 45s on the Pye label. I found solace in regular trips to the record shops on Hanway Street, Intoxica on Portobello, Beanos in Croydon, and weekend expeditions to big and small-town record fairs, where I picked up pink Pyes, blue & silver Deccas, black Columbias—all 60s Brit-girl 45s—my first true love. Reissue label RPM Records then launched their own tribute to the 60s British beat girl—the Dream Babes series, by which time I had pretty much dedicated every waking hour to the pursuit of these fine fine 45s.  Both Here Come the Girls and Dream Babes packed up long ago, but Here Come the Girls founder Mick Patrick (now of Ace Records) decided it was time once again to turn the spotlight on the many … Read more

Good Evening From My Sick Bed

Too much WFMU marathon heat (and back-to-back Megadeth gigs) has left me with a hellish flu and a high fever. So I’ll have to miss both my beloved boom-booms tomorrow—Sophisticated Boom Boom and SH-BOOM. As if missing one wasn’t harsh enough. Ouch! But you’ll be in the very capable hands of Josh Styles, Todd-O-Phonic Todd, and Anna Copa Cabanna at SH-BOOM, which is Friday March 25th from 10pm – 4am at Our Wicked Lady, 153 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn. Josh n’ Todd will be spinning tasteful, upstanding records like “Music For Orgies” and “Sex Match” as well 60s girl groups, freakbeat, garage, soul, popcorn, and instrumentals to keep the dancefloor swinging! Here’s a link to the Facebook event page: And ‘Dark Night of the Soul’ host Julie B. will be filling in for me tomorrow Friday March 25th from 3pm – 6pm on 91.1 FM + In other news, WFMU made its $1.2 million goal, so thank you so much to all of you for your generous donations and help in keeping freeform radio alive! When I asked my mom what she thought of my two marathon shows, she replied, “You … Read more

WFMU Marathon! Go Go! Mini Mini! Ye Ye!

Friends! Feast your eyes on this delectable Japanese illustration of a thigh-high booted mini-skirt-swishing go-go gal—the obvious cover girl for Go Go! Mini Mini! Ye Ye!: Groovy Japanese Girl-Pop 1958-1971, a compilation I put together exclusively for my beloved radio station, WFMU’s fundraising marathon, happening right this minute! The Marathon is how WFMU manages to stay commercial-free, corporate-free, college-free and gloriously independent! We completely rely on listener donations for our survival, so we are at your mercy, my dear readers/ listeners. If you enjoy my show, Sophisticated Boom Boom or many of the other freeform radio programs on WFMU, I ask you to please open your wallets this fundraising season. If you pledge $75 or more to Sophisticated Boom Boom directly (which I’ll tell you how to do in a minute), you will automatically receive a copy of Go Go! Mini Mini! Ye Ye!, featuring 24 Japanese girl-pop tracks never before released in the West. For those of you that are familiar with my Nippon Girls compilations for Ace Records, I wanna point out that none of the songs on Go Go! Mini Mini! Ye Ye! have been issued on Nippon Girls.  I’ll be … Read more


On last week’s episode of Sophisticated Boom Boom, I played numerous records from the collection of LP Cover Lover—Lebanese Yé-Yé, trippy French psych-pop, Chinese erotic soul, and the HIGHLIGHT, Jewish Cantor Yossele Rosenblatt Sing’s Cantorial Favorites. The previous owner of this LP very generously wrote a review of each song directly on the cover of the record, and described the songs as “This Hot Bag Is a Bitch!” “Fabulously Hip Rocker!” and “Rough & Stomping Baby!” Click on the link below to hear these treasures! AND the WFMU fundraising marathon is happening now, so please do give generously to keep this fabulously hip, hot bag bitch of a radio station on the air!!! I shall be doing a proper post about the WFMU Marathon tomorrow and how you can get a copy of my latest Japanese girl-pop CD, Go Go! Mini Mini! Ye Ye! compiled exclusively for the WFMU marathon. Have a listen to “Rough & Stomping Baby!” here!: xo-Sheila p.s. Here are some tasty sleeves from LP Cover Lover.

WFMU’s Sophisticated Boom Boom #35 + Upcoming Gigs!

How dreamy is this Honey Ltd. photo? They’re the cover girls for the latest Where the Girls Are: Volume 9, compiled by girl-pop king, Mick Patrick and released by Ace Records. Have a peak at the tracklist here: For Sophisticated Boom Boom’s “Fancy Meeting You Here” episode, I opened with God-worshipping Czech girls from the Valerie & Her Week of Wonders soundtrack, eerie Icelandic songstress Soley, and dark n’ haunting gems by Vangelis (with Stina Nordenstam), Cranes, Bisan Toron, and Gong. Plus new ones by the Duke Spirit, all-female Hasidic rock band, Bulletproof Stockings (check out this Village Voice piece on Bulletproof Stockings), Starwalker, and Bentcousin. You can listen to “Fancy Meeting You Here” here!: This weekend I’ll be gearing up for a double-dose of soul DJing! On Friday March 4th I’ll be spinning at Save Your Soul, Baltimore’s massive soul soiree that everyone has been raving to me about. Enormous thanks to Rob Macy + Brian Gilbert for inviting me on board! And the next night, Saturday March 5th I’ll be joining Phast Phreddie Patterson, Gene Merideth, and Lady Dawn Carrington for the The Subway Soul Club Spring Fling! at … Read more


On this past episode of “Sophisticated Boom Boom” on WFMU I aired an interview that I did with Lesley Gore from October 2013 and played many of the records she highlighted during the interview. Lesley was just coming out of a very dark time, having lost her apartment of many years due to a fire. There were still lots of unpacked boxes scattered around her new apartment when I visited so it seemed like life was only just getting back to normal. As this interview wasn’t conducted with radio in mind, you’ll notice the sound of her and I moving around in her squeaky leather chairs, her iPhone going off, and me talking over her quite a bit (I couldn’t help it! I was over-excited!). You can listen to the interview here: And here’s a tribute to Lesley Gore, which I wrote for the Guardian shortly after she passed away. xo-Sheila  


My vintage vinyl + erotica party, Sh-Boom returns to Our Wicked Lady (153 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn, 11237) this Friday February 19th with guest DJs Drew Redmond (Norton Records) and Avi Spivak (Rebel Rouser) and go-go girl Anna Copa Cabanna, and lotsa sexy vintage visuals that will get naughtier as the night goes on….. 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. Hope to see you there! xo-Sheila Sh-Boom’s facebook event page:

Lesley Gore interview on Sophisticated Boom Boom 2/19

Hey gang: It was quite strange to watch last night’s Grammys and get my head around the alarmingly long list of artists we lost in 2015. Lesley Gore was one of those artists and today marks the one year anniversary of her passing. This Friday February 19th, I’ll be paying tribute to Lesley on Sophisticated Boom Boom by airing an interview we did in October 2013 as well as journeying through her extensive 60s + 70s pop catalogue. This interview was never intended for broadcast—it was for a writing assignment. But I thought it wouldn’t be right to keep this interview to myself.  I remember having a really hard time personally at the time of the interview, and almost dreading having to sit before a woman I so much loved and admired when really, I just wanted to crawl into a hole. But the interview ended up being a real gift. Lesley, too had been going through a hellish period (her apartment had recently burnt down, she was being sued by her landlord), yet listening to her enthuse about “You Don’t Own Me,” working with Bob Crewe and Ellie Greenwich, women’s rights, the … Read more


Hello friends! I know I’ve fallen terribly behind in keeping my Sophisticated Boom Boom playlists up-to-date, so I’ve compiled episodes #23 – #33 below. Daddy Roll ‘Em: November 20, 2015: Baroque Hoedown: November 27, 2015: Xxxo: December 5, 2015: L’amour A Plusieurs: December 11, 2015: I Want A Boy For Xmas: December 18, 2015: Year of the Cat: January 1, 2016: Go Go Mini Mini Shimmy Shimmy Yé-Yé!: January 8, 2016: Drown My Heart: January 15, 2016: You Can Be Wrong About Boys: January 22, 2016: I Feel Like Layin’ In Another Woman’s Husband’s Arms: January 29, 2016: Cheerful Little Earful: February 5, 2016:  In other radio news, the WFMU marathon— my station’s annual fundraiser is coming up fast. From March 6th – March 20th WFMU will attempt to raise enough money to keep the station alive and kicking, whilst maintaining their wonderfully liberating status as America’s longest running independent, non-commercial, non-corporate, freeform radio station. So if any of you have been enjoying “Sophisticated Boom Boom” or the many other glorious shows on WFMU, I and the station would be most grateful for your support! I shall post more … Read more