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Options November 22, 2014: Guest: Jonathan Richman

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Artist Track
Jonathan Richman  I'm Straight   Options
Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers  Here Come The Martian Martians   Options
Ernie Chaffin  Feeling Low   Options
Jimmy Hughes  The Loving Physician   Options
Willie Bobo  Boogaloo in Room 802   Options
Jonathan Richman  UFO Man   Options
We The People  Declaration of Independence   Options
Willburn Brothers  Honky Tonk Songs   Options
Bill Doggett  Happy Soul Time   Options
Jonathan Richman  Vampire Girl   Options
Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers  Modern World   Options
Jonathan Richman  This Kind Of Music   Options
Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers  New England   Options
Jonathan Richman  He Gave Us The Wine To Taste   Options
Jonathan Richman  INTERVIEW   Options
Jonathan Richman  Morning Of Our Lives   Options
Silver Hawk  Awaiting On You All   Options
Tom T. Hall  A Week in a Country Jail   Options
Darondo  Gimme Some   Options
Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers  Abominable Snowman in the Market   Options
Los Shakers  Everybody Shake   Options
Roger Miller  I Ain't Coming Home Tonight   Options
L.C. Cooke  I'm falling   Options
Jonathan Richman  Her Mystery Not of High Heels and Eye Shadow   Options
Gass Co., The  First I Look At The Purse   Options
Jonathan Richman  Since She Started to Ride   Options
Bo Diddley  I Don't Like You   Options
Jonathan Richman  Vincent Van Gogh   Options
Zombies  What More Can I Do?   Options
Jonathan Richman  When I Dance   Options
A MINUTE WITH   SCOTT SCHINDER   Options
Jonathan Richman  My Music - a poem for Mojo Magazine   Options

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CLICK HERE for an interview with Tim K. Smith director of the new WFMU documentary

CLICK HERE to see Glyn Johns sing

CLICK HERE for the genius school teacher who wore the same outfit for yearbook pictures for 40 years

CLICK HERE for a behind the scenes piece about Linda Ronstadt's "You’re No Good"

CLICK HERE for a behind the scenes piece about T. Rex’s ‘Get It On

CLICK HERE Foo Fighters with Rick Nielsen doing "Stiff Competition" on David Letterman

CLICK HERE 23 Telltale Signs You Live In A Hipster Neighbourhood (sic)

CLICK HERE for a beginner’s guide to the sweet, stinging nostalgia of The Beach Boys

CLICK HERE for the preview of the new WFMU documentary "Sex And Broacasting"

CLICK HERE for the LANDR website - where robots master your music for free

CLICK HERE for info on the Silverball Museum in Asbury Park

CLICK HERE for Bill Murray on The Howard Stern Show 10/08/14

CLICK HERE for another piece about how the streaming music business model is doomed for eternity to be a disaster for musicians

CLICK HERE for forty photos of The Brown Sisters

CLICK HERE for a piece about masteribg that says that sometimes mastering recordings makes them worse

CLICK HERE to watch a great piece on The Ramones!

CLICK HERE for Phil Baugh's "Country Guitar"

CLICK HERE to watch Lou Reed act like a total a-hole

CLICK HERE to watch the BBC Documentary "Squeeze - Take Me I'm Yours" (if you're not too sick)

CLICK HERE for "Top 50 most collectable records"

CLICK HERE for The K-Tel Story

CLICK HERE to hear The Odd Couple sing

CLICK HERE for the "Top 50 most collectable records"

CLICK HERE for the N.Y. Times story about the Brazilian bus magnate who’s buying up all the world’s vinyl records

CLICK HERE for a difficult crossword puzzle created by listener Alex which was rejected by the New York Times. Hint: knowing the music of The Zombies will help!

CLICK HERE for a piece from a guy who played in a prison band with drummer Jim Gordon

CLICK HERE for a piece on the dynamic between Lennon & McCartney

CLICK HERE for a documentary about record collectors

CLICK HERE for a piece on The Angelettes

CLICK HERE for Ock TV

CLICK HERE to see "Triumph Watches The World Cup, Part 1"

CLICK HERE for a new Stereohysteria podcast featuring Robbie Fulks' music and an interview.

CLICK HERE to see what Sotheby's is selling in their "A Rock & Roll History: Presley to Punk" auction

CLICK HERE for a a piece by bass player Ernie Brooks remembering his days in Jonathan Richman's Modern Lovers

CLICK HERE for a funny video with info on Jay Gonzalez's Kickstarter campaign.

CLICK HERE for something odd: on the website of session guitarist Jay Graydon (he plays the guitar solo on Steely Dan's "Peg") he lists playing guitar on Cheap Trick's studio version of "I Want You To Want Me" among his 1977 credits.

CLICK HERE for some audio Illusions - "Can You Trust Your Ears"?

CLICK HERE for info about Fender's plans name Bono and the Edge from U2 to its board, and a video about the company's business troubles.

CLICK HERE for optical illusions

CLICK HERE to read or download the liner notes for "More Super Hits of the Seventies"

CLICK HERE for "The Jarmels" "A Little Bit of Soap" - don't think this is the original lead singer - but he does a great job

CLICK HERE for info on Joel Selvin and his book "Here Comes The Night: The Dark Soul Of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business Of Rhythm and Blues"

CLICK HERE for Bert Berns Info!

CLICK HERE for the Abbey Road crossing cam

CLICK HERE to find out if we need to be touching

CLICK HERE for a short film of two craftsmen at work

CLICK HERE to see actual AFM contracts for some legendary recording sessions

CLICK HERE to play Name That Drum Fill

CLICK HERE to read "Phish Has Been a Band for Thirty Years Now and They Have Sucked the Whole Time" and then CLICK HERE to read "This Is What Happens When You Make Fun Of Phish On The Internet"

CLICK HERE for the story of Be Bop Deluxe's Bill Nelson and how he says his record label ripped him off

CLICK HERE to watch the famously hard to find MC5 documentary

CLICK HERE to read about a recent Jerry Lewis show

CLICK HERE for the new release of 5 Style 1996 live on WFMU

CLICK HERE for Paul Lukas' excellent piece about cultural criticism

CLICK HERE to read "A Portrait of the Worst Guy Ever"

CLICK HERE for proof that Michael Nesmith is a nut

CLICK HERE to see some wise asses I'm a fan of

CLICK HERE to find out how Sweden’s domination of the international pop charts started

CLICK HERE to hear Bernard Prurdie talk about all kinds of things - including saying "Ringo's not on anything"

CLICK HERE for a film excerpt "Session Men - Memphis"

CLICK HERE for a laugh

CLICK HERE for a good Kirsty MacColl documentary from the BBC

CLICK HERE for Roz Chast's piece “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?”

CLICK HERE for a brief history of the baritone guitar"

CLICK HERE for a two hour documentary about Louis Prima

CLICK HERE for "The Making of 96 Tears"

CLICK HERE for a Rolling Stone piece about The Jerky Boys

CLICK HERE for Ronee Blakley singing "Dues" from "Nashville"

CLICK HERE for Ronee Blakley singing "Tapedeck in His Tractor" from "Nashville"

CLICK HERE for Ronee Blakley & Henry Gibson singing "One, I Love You" from "Nashville"

CLICK HERE and tell me if you think this is really edited from the news, or if it was performed knowingly

CLICK HERE to play the web Theremin

CLICK HERE to see the set list of the Cheap Trick show i saw last week

CLICK HERE to see drummer Joff from the band Bucky so some drawings of old people

CLICK HERE if you want see a lady call for President Obama's execution. My mind keeps returning to his video and what it means about how screwed up our county is.

CLICK HERE for wrong from the get go NPR blog "The Worst Songs Of All Time?"

CLICK HERE for my July 2007 interview with Mighty Hannibal

CLICK HERE for the website of the guy who shot Bigfoot

CLICK HERE to see why the cowardly anonymous culture of the internet drives me even more crazy then art does

CLICK HERE for a little background on the Buddy Rich tapes

CLICK HERE for a weird Tonight Show episode where Jerry Lewis fills in for Johnny, with guest Bob Hope

CLICK HERE for the Jim Keltner Discography

CLICK HERE for the The Knack - this clip (with hard panned guitars) will help you understand the division of guitar parts in this song - which is not quite what I thought it was

CLICK HERE then click "Random Video"

CLICK HERE Rolling Stone's 500 Worst Reviews of All Time, according to Schmidtt

CLICK HERE for the 1966 Esquire Magazine piece "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold"

CLICK HERE for a dumbly titled, but interesting piece on Tom Wilson

CLICK HERE to find out about folks buying old lps in the USA to sell in Europe

CLICK HERE for a grammar test

CLICK HERE for Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

CLICK HERE for the first issue of "BOMP!" magazine

CLICK HERE to see Jerry Lewis and Al Goldstein show of gadgets in 1976 on "A.M. New York"

CLICK HERE for Nick Lowe's odd appearance on the Adam Carolla show.

CLICK HERE for a $400+ out of print book about Pub Rock that Nick Lowe mentions - OR - buy it HERE for for £17 (about $28), including postage, on Will Birch's website

CLICK HERE for a reminder that you have to be 恋のホワン・ホワン (or HERE, or HERE , or HERE , or HERE, or HERE!)

CLICK HERE for info on an odd e-book "Nick Lowe: A Long Career That Never Gets Stale." It is 4 pages long and "sells" for $1.99. The same author has one about Dean Martin that was reviewed like this: "This pamphlet was complete gargbage. A sixth grader could have written a better essay. All of this author's works should be removed from Amazon."

CLICK HERE for a new interactive video from Bob Dylan

CLICK HERE, but only if you have golden ears

CLICK HERE for some amazing RARE STAX MUSIC from tapes Robert Gordon pulled out of the debris when the STAX building was being torn down!

CLICK HERE for STAX at The White House

CLICK HERE to read the list of the best selling vinyl records of the last 20 years

CLICK HERE for photos of Nashville session cello player Byron Bach's ledger from Paul Lukas' excellent Permanent Record web site

CLICK HERE if you're a BEATLE fan!

CLICK HERE for ROCKPILE live

CLICK HERE for The Turtles "Happy Together" (vocals only)

CLICK HERE to read the story behind Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side” bass line

CLICK HERE I think this hurts ants, but it looks cool - I want one

CLICK HERE for a long documentary on The Everly Brothers!

CLICK HERE for Ernie Bushmiller illustrated autobiography, on an amazing website

CLICK HERE for The Mills Brothers

CLICK HERE for some videos from the BUCKY album 'Women, Ladies and Girls (Sing the Bucky Songbook).' (I especially like THIS ONE! {due to the great acting})

CLICK HERE for James Jamerson & Gladys Knight going nuts on I Heard It Through The Grapevine

CLICK HERE for Wilton Felder's so good isolated bass on "I Want You Back"

CLICK HERE read producer Steve Albini’s incredible four-page letter to Nirvana

CLICK HERE for a 1958 film "The Capitol Tower"

CLICK HERE for interesting reviews of Haribo Gummy Candy Sugarless Gummy Bears 5-Pound Bag

CLICK HERE to find out Popular Science is shutting off their comments

CLICK HERE for an article by WFMU's Joe McGasko: "Johnny Cash: 10 Things You Might Not Know About Him"

CLICK HERE for info on the new Nashville DVD

CLICK HERE for " The Weirdest Photos Of Mike Love You Can Find "

CLICK HERE for some Steve Allen bashing

CLICK HERE for The Beach Boys reunion show live In Japan - full show

CLICK HERE and page down to the Violent Femmes Trivia section

CLICK HERE for Liverpool Scene's "Batpoem Live!

CLICK HERE for Deke Dickerson's 2013 Tour Documentary--PART ONE!

CLICK HERE for a "Step Inside Legendary New Jersey Radio Station WFMU!

I have low expectations for THIS

CLICK HERE to read about how Adam Schlesinger? from Fountains of Wayne writes songs

CLICK HERE to watch The Beach Boys pretend to record "Good Vibrations"

CLICK HERE for The Mighty Hannibal "Midnight Hour" on The !!!! Beat

CLICK HERE for Rock Aficionados Try to Spin Old Vinyl Into Gold in New Investing Track

CLICK HERE for Ted Nugent

CLICK HERE for "Iconic NYC Music Venues, Then And Now" slideshow

CLICK HERE for "Ex”-Cheap Trick Drummer Bun E. Carlos in Lawsuit With “Former” Band Mates"

CLICK HERE for Sinatra doing his thing

CLICK HERE for 45 minutes of Elvis Costello & The Attractions at their peak

CLICK HERE to watch the full "Beach Boys Live in Concert 50th Anniversary"

CLICK HERE to see listener Bjarne from Norway who tattooed the Woof Moo Logo on his hip area

CLICK HERE for some live Magic and CLICK HERE for the proper chords.

CLICK HERE for Celebrity Make Unders – What Would Celebrities Look Like If They Were Everyday People?!

CLICK HERE to listen to almost every top 10 of the top 40 era.

I love THIS!

CLICK HERE for a short documentary on Donnie And Joe Emerson!

CLICK HERE for info on Fake Amps!

CLICK HERE to hear Gene Simmons say that Ace Frehley is a drugged racist with low self esteem who did nothing

CLICK HERE to see Malcolm Brickhouse & Jarad Dawkins sixth-grade metalheads from Flatbush, Brooklyn

CLICK HERE to hear David Letterman ask: "Are Those Your Drums?"

CLICK HERE for a PDF of who plays what on Everly Brothers recordings.

CLICK HERE for How we made "You Really Got Me"!

CLICK HERE this train wreck is a great microcosm of what is wrong with the world.

CLICK HERE for Nina Simone: nutty but good.

CLICK HERE to read: KISS' Paul Stanley: 'I Don't Need The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame'

CLICK HERE to read: An Open Letter From a Bar Owner to Musicians!

CLICK HERE for a nice piece about the the L.A. studio musicians who dominated the 70's sound.

I love THESE Beach Boy videos!

CLICK HERE for someJerry. The whole clip is crazy - but 2:13 in is really off the charts nuts.

There's some controversy about the coin toss that decided who would get seats in the plane that crashed on February 3, 1959 and killed Buddy Holly, Richie Vallens & Big Bopper. CLICK HERE for "An open Letter & Challenge to Dion from Tommy Allsup" then CLICK HERE for Dion's version from "The Wanderer Talks Truth"

CLICK HERE to explore & watch a short film on The Cosimo Code, an attempt to catalog every Cosimo Matassa 45!

CLICK HERE for info on an amazing new drug: Unpretentiousil!

CLICK HERE for Paul Anka's famous post-gig turned into a short film!

CLICK HERE for an recent Montclair Times article on Michael Shelley!

CLICK HERE to read how Big Star's "September Gurls" was recorded at Ardent Studios

CLICK HERE to read Carol Kaye review of "The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret"

Apparently Bowie offered "Golden Years" to Elvis Presley - but The King declined. CLICK HERE former guest Stevie Riks nails the Elvis/Bowie duet version.



Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/22/14 11:02am Greg from Bloomfield:

JOJO JOJO JOJO!!! (Also, good morning, Michael!)
Avatar Sat. 11/22/14 11:03am Mugsy:

Mornin' Mr. Shelley.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 11/22/14 11:03am Fuzzy:

Oh boy -- today's the day! Looking forward to this all week!
  Sat. 11/22/14 11:03am oks:

JONATHAN!!!!!!!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/22/14 11:05am Greg from Bloomfield:

I wasn't necessarily Straight Edge in high school, just to much of a goober to drink and do drugs with the cool kids. This was my anthem.
Avatar Sat. 11/22/14 11:05am Wendy del Formaggio:

Yay!!!
  Sat. 11/22/14 11:06am oks:

OH YES !! my fav !!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 11/22/14 11:07am Ken From Hyde Park:

Hey, where is DJ Faye at? She'd like this program. I know I will.
Avatar Sat. 11/22/14 11:10am glenn:

ernie!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/22/14 11:14am Stevel:

If you're late, you miss I'm Straight. Drat!
Avatar Sat. 11/22/14 11:15am Michael Shelley:

NICK LOWE'S BASS:
www.ebay.com...
  Sat. 11/22/14 11:20am V Priceless:

Hey Michael! Fender Fender Fender!
  Sat. 11/22/14 11:20am Red:

looking forward to this interview
Avatar Sat. 11/22/14 11:22am glenn:

that same guitar shop is also selling this thing of beauty. www.ebay.com...
Avatar Sat. 11/22/14 11:25am Michael Shelley:

A photo of me & Jonathan Richman here:
www.michaelshelley.net...
  Sat. 11/22/14 11:32am oks:

you only have to hear Jonathan once and you'll fall in love with him
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/22/14 11:43am Stevel:

oks: Very true.

Saw him once ('83ish) right after Jonathan Sings came out. The facial uniform for shows was a bland look of contempt. Not this time. We all left the club in Madison with huge smiles on our faces that night. One of the warmest performance experiences I've ever had.
Avatar Sat. 11/22/14 11:50am Emmaa:

this is great! Also, I loved this oral history/interview about Jonathan www.vice.com...
  Sat. 11/22/14 11:50am oks:

i have to say it's almost therapeutical experience to see him life. beauty and sincerity he project is unbelievable!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/22/14 11:51am patrick321:

Hey Michael, Tuesday was my first J Richman gig and I thought it was terrific. I knew none of the songs he played and they were all great anyway. Really eager to hear your interview despite your disclaimers.
Avatar Sat. 11/22/14 11:53am Michael Shelley:

yes Emmaa - that's a great piece
www.vice.com...
  Sat. 11/22/14 11:55am john hagemann:

michael, saw jonathan wed. at bell house. probably the 10th time in 30 yrs. thought he was a bit passive aggresive. hey i get it. wouldn't want to hear the same thing all the time let alone play it. but i don't know... i'm a huge fan and just felt like he works at being difficult.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/22/14 11:57am Adrian in London:

He makes bread ovens? Wow.
  Sat. 11/22/14 11:58am Brian:

Just this week, I was in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and I walked by the room where they keep the Cezannes. And I just came back from Stop and Shop. Perfect.
Avatar Sat. 11/22/14 11:58am glenn:

a stone mason. how fucking great is that?
  Sat. 11/22/14 11:59am miss Georgia Peach:

You sound a little star struck but this is a great interview!!! Give yourself a break - it's great
Avatar Sat. 11/22/14 12:00pm highlowe:

sounds great Michael...I agree with Miss Georgia Peach!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/22/14 12:01pm Stevel:

Trying to imagine an interview with JR going any other way. Honest and a bit awkward. Gotta roll with it, as you did.
Avatar Sat. 11/22/14 12:01pm glenn:

another great musician who is also a stone mason. www.bobbywatt.com
Avatar Sat. 11/22/14 12:01pm Michael Shelley:

Thanks - I've had an odd feeling in my stomach all week - it is fading now - a little
Avatar Sat. 11/22/14 12:02pm highlowe:

he is being as present as he can I imagine...beautiful!
Avatar Sat. 11/22/14 12:03pm highlowe:

and I love Tommy's comments in the back....there's a deep commitment...those two!
  Sat. 11/22/14 12:03pm john hagemann:

surprised he didn't speak italian, french, spanish or (did he sing in hebrew the other night?) during interview.
Avatar Sat. 11/22/14 12:05pm drewo:

He's interesting no matter what he's talking about. Another winner interview Michael.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/22/14 12:06pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- he doesn't sound evasive to me. Questioning the questions a touch means he's paying attention & considering them. The context is not sit-down, but that gives it interest too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/22/14 12:07pm Stevel:

I understand your odd feeling, as I've had interviews that felt challenging, if not failures. You seem to meet people where they live, while asking questions that the rest of us have. Jonathan (strange but comfortable to use his first name) seems very much in the moment. That doesn't always make for a probing interview.

However..."I'm not unique..." Yes, he stole all that stuff, and built something else.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/22/14 12:09pm ChrisB.:

I am impressed with how open Jonathan is. Very very enjoyable.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/22/14 12:11pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...maybe what emerges: it takes some defensiveness to remain 'childlike' & direct ('simple' - what have you) - & remain productive & successful this way...An Artist has to be very focused on the unique & particular 'vision' (s)he does - or why bother ? How else could it be done & work?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/22/14 12:11pm Stevel:

Pretty sure you two could hang out all day.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/22/14 12:11pm ChrisB.:

Truly conversational. Michael a wee bit star struck and Jonathan truly engaged...Tommy contributing. Good fun at the close here. Nice one, MS!
  Sat. 11/22/14 12:12pm Julia:

This is a GREAT fucking interview, Michael. Thanks for taking the awkward bullet.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/22/14 12:12pm Andrew Waterloo:

I love his sense of humour.
Avatar Sat. 11/22/14 12:12pm highlowe:

this is brilliant..."If you are not happy as a person then how happy are you...happy as a tomato?" I can't stop smiling!!!
Avatar Sat. 11/22/14 12:12pm highlowe:

well done sir!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/22/14 12:13pm ChrisB.:

Nice choice of song here, Michael. Feeling better now? : )
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/22/14 12:13pm Stevel:

highlowe: Yeah. Again with the smiling. I've smiled more listening to JR than anyone else, I'd imagine.
Avatar Sat. 11/22/14 12:14pm highlowe:

I need a bread oven!
  Sat. 11/22/14 12:14pm john hagemann:

great interview with someone who probably didn't really want to do it. it must be hard to remain in character all the time.
Avatar Sat. 11/22/14 12:15pm glenn:

they're not that hard to build, in all honesty.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/22/14 12:16pm Parq:

It says a lot about Michael that he was so patient with questions he found odd. I heard him do an interview at NPR years ago, and he was so impatient with the guy's -- well -- NPR questions that he pretty much ripped the interviewer a new one right on the air. I can't believe that they even aired it, but I guess their purpose was to show what a jerk he was. I'm sure the NPR faithful agreed with that, but I thought "Way to go, Jonathan,I've been waiting for years to hear someone give these brunch-with-the-Times clowns what's coming to them."
  Sat. 11/22/14 12:16pm V Priceless:

Brilliant stuff, thank you Michael!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/22/14 12:16pm Andrew Waterloo:

I hope Johnathan write his autobiography.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/22/14 12:16pm Stevel:

Thank you, Michel. Thank you Jonathan. Its good to share.
  Sat. 11/22/14 12:17pm Will:

I booked Jonathan in 1980 to play Portland Maine and he was about as warm and accessible then as he sounds now.
Avatar Sat. 11/22/14 12:17pm glenn:

i like n.p.r., but maybe that's because it's ..... like the c.b.c., but different.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/22/14 12:18pm Jeezy:

Ouch! Bents ain't pulling any punches...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 11/22/14 12:18pm Ken From Hyde Park:

I enjoyed the interview and the song that followed.
  Sat. 11/22/14 12:19pm oks:

thank you Michael! it was great treat!!!
  Sat. 11/22/14 12:20pm Adam:

Really great that Michael was able to tough out what was obviously a difficult interview. Jonathan's a true artist; the real communication is through the songs. And why is it that listening to him talk makes me miss the late Tommy Ardolino more than ever?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/22/14 12:20pm Greg from Bloomfield:

Totally feel where you're coming from Michael, but I think it was a definite success. As difficult and nerve-wracking as it is, sometimes it's good to get knocked off balance like that.
  Sat. 11/22/14 12:21pm Glen from Toronto:

Thanks! That was fun. I'd expect interviewing Jonathan it would be awkward and touching and that it was.
Avatar Sat. 11/22/14 12:22pm highlowe:

you should own that interview and everything that got you there...starting off with Van Gogh was great!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/22/14 12:24pm Andrew Waterloo:

I find NPR has a bad habit of couching their interviews in the importance of the moment. CBC does that some of the time. But, I find the CBC's best news shows are the ones with the more conversational interview style.
  Sat. 11/22/14 12:24pm Jill W:

another smiling face here!
Avatar Sat. 11/22/14 12:24pm glenn:

which 'hood, glen from toronto? i'm in the junction.
Avatar Sat. 11/22/14 12:24pm Michael Shelley:

Jeezy - pay no attention to "Bents" he's a troll who is too cowardly to post under his real name - he hates the show so much he listens every week - clearly I offended him at some point - luckily, his opinion is usually the minority.
  Sat. 11/22/14 12:25pm Mitch Friedman:

I thought it was a great interview. He was the first guy I ever interviewed as a college DJ in 1982. Virtually unchanged since then. There's a great biography about him that I highly recommend. http://www.amazon.com/Theres-Something-About-Jonathan-Richman/dp/0720610761
Avatar Sat. 11/22/14 12:25pm glenn:

as it happens is maybe the best thing on radio anywhere, aside from wfmu, of course.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/22/14 12:26pm Jeezy:

Will do, Michael... Seems the world is filled with that type. Love to criticize but afraid to get out and actually DO. Props and thanks to you for the interview...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/22/14 12:27pm Andrew Waterloo:

I love As It Happens.
  Sat. 11/22/14 12:27pm Shannon:

"I don't say I write em. I make em up."

That made me so happy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/22/14 12:28pm Parq:

The problem with this interview, as was the problem with a lot of interviews they did with off-off-mainstream performers they were doing, is that the interviewer clearly knew absolutely nothing about Jonathan's music, had spent maybe half an hour boning up on it, and was asking trite, meaningless questions. Most artists in that situation would put up with it but Jonathan was having none of it, and rightly not IMO.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 11/22/14 12:33pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Who and when will be the next interview?
  Sat. 11/22/14 12:33pm ?:

Great job, Michael, especially considering that Hippie Johnny's nemesis was on the move for most of the interview. You didn't get unnerved when Jonathan was evasive or didn't buy the premise of a question. We ended up getting a window into Jonathan's way of thinking and making music.
Thanks, Michael.
Avatar Sat. 11/22/14 12:34pm Mugsy:

Have a Happy Thanksgiving Mr. Shelley. Great show as always.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/22/14 12:35pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- you nailed it Parq. The sad thing is what PBS & NPR *used* to be (talking decades) in terms of being adventurous - altho' Local stations still bring it somewhat, & I'm still grateful for them. Course - they do all they can to keep an increasing RightWing Congress from pulling their plugs altogether.
  Sat. 11/22/14 12:36pm john hagemann:

my favorite jonathan song. her mystery...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/22/14 12:38pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...love hearing Harry Shearer (who knows) talk about NPR : ) ...
  Sat. 11/22/14 12:38pm geokopp:

I remember seeing Jonathan at Maxwell's in the late 90s with my friend John and my son Carson, who was in high school at the time. Great show and as we sat in the front room after the show we watched as Jonathan walked up Washington St carrying his own gear.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/22/14 12:39pm Gaylord Fields:

Some artists, for reasons that would take too long to parse, are beyond analysis. So to use a pet word of Jonathan Richman's, what he does is magic.
  Sat. 11/22/14 12:39pm Toddophonic:

I first heard this Gass Co. 45 when Jeff Conolly played it for me.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/22/14 12:41pm Gaylord Fields:

@Toddophonic: And then he drank a pint of vodka and smashed the record to pieces.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/22/14 12:42pm drr:

This "Her Mystery..." song sounds like what I imagine a JRichman/Nick Lowe collaboration would sound like.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/22/14 12:45pm Tim 07030:

Now THIS is stereo!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/22/14 12:45pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- there is always the thing of asking say a Painter - who has spent his whole life Painting - to suddenly express it all in Words; well - he coulda been a Writer if he wanted. Notable Jonathan emphasized Feeling - as do people here relating their experiences of his work - & I think Music does this particularly well...Jonathan is like a Folk artist in this way - & Punk/Alt is about/better in smaller venues & intimate settings - the direct communal thing - cetera cetera...
- Does Daniel Johnston do interviews ? : ) ...
Avatar Sat. 11/22/14 12:46pm Melissa Jean:

this Bo Diddley!
  Sat. 11/22/14 12:49pm ?:

Ah, that Rockin and Rhythm record is one of my favorites. Every song a gem. Walter Johnson!
  Sat. 11/22/14 1:00pm tranewreck:

Hadn't noticed the Dr Suess rhyme rhythm before
  Sat. 11/22/14 1:01pm ?:

BIG thumbs up for Jonathan Richman!
Thanks,have a goos week.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 11/22/14 1:02pm Ken From Hyde Park:

@tranewreck - Ha....I was going to mention Dr. Seuss, too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/22/14 1:03pm Jeff:

Great show, really interesting interview, great selection of accompanying JR tracks.
  Sat. 11/22/14 7:33pm dan k:

Great show Michael! Does anybody know how regularly Jonathan tours the UK?
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