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Options February 21, 2015: Guest: Friendly Womack Jr.

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Artist Track
Valentinos, The  It's All Over Now   Options
London Souls, The  When I'm With You   Options
Marty Stuart  The Bluegrass Express   Options
Spencer Wiggins  It's Alright With Me   Options
Millie Small & Jimmy Cliff  Hey Boy, Hey Girl   Options
Eddie and the Hotrods  Teenage Depression   Options
Four Pennies, The  Claudette   Options
Sanford Clark  Callin All Hearts   Options
Valentinos, The  We'll Make It Alright   Options
Womack Brothers, The  The Bible Tells Me So   Options
Valentinos, The  I've Got A Girl   Options
Valentinos, The  Let's Get Together   Options
Valentinos, The  I've Got Love For You   Options
Valentinos, The  Lookin' For A Love   Options
Friendly Womack Jr.  Interview   Options
Womack Brothers, The  Everybody Wants To Fall In Love   Options
Bruce Channel  I Wanted To Cry   Options
James O'Gwynn  If I Could Sing A Country Song (Exactly Like George Jones)   Options
Ted Hawkins  Watch Your Step   Options
Clint Eph. Sebastian and the Junkers  Jane   Options
Great Gaylord & The Friggs  Deputy Dog   Options
Sam Elwitt  Baby Blue   Options
Beach Boys, The  Slip On Through   Options
Beach Boys, The  Here Today (vocal overdub session)   Options
Beach Boys, The  Shut Down (track)   Options
Joan Jett  Fake Friends   Options
Teenage Fanclub  Winter   Options
Kik, The  Het Is Zoals Het Is   Options
Heartbreakers, The  All By Myself   Options
A MINUTE WITH   SCOTT SCHINDER   Options
Critics, The  Rotten Bananas   Options

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CLICK HERE for a great piece on the end of Guitar Center

CLICK HERE for "Neil Young's PonoPlayer: The Emperor Has No Clothes"

CLICK HERE for "It Sure Seems Like Neil Young’s Pono Player Is Bullshit"

CLICK HERE for a cool archive of old magazines

CLICK HERE for "Why Cds May Actually Sound Better Than Vinyl"

CLICK HERE for a Muppets/Biz Markie laugh

CLICK HERE to see some interesting uncut footage of Paul McCartney shot by Albert Maysles

CLICK HERE to create never ending always changing loops of a music files you upload

CLICK HERE for Francis Macdonald's excellent blog post about Kim Fowley

CLICK HERE for Gay Robot

CLICK HERE for PopSpots: The exact locations of album cover photos and other visuals of pop history - tracked down with an obsessive level of research

CLICK HERE for "Metal Album Covers Redesigned"

CLICK HERE for 1971 telephone tapes of Bob Dylan getting rightfully testy with A.J. Weberman (who used to go through and sell Dylan's garbage) regarding an article published by Weberman

CLICK HERE for "Mind-Blowing Six Song Country Mashup" - which, if it is real, is pretty mind blowing

CLICK HERE for my new year wished to you

CLICK HEREfor the answer to the question "Do Coat Hangers Sound As Good Monster Cables?"

CLICK HERE to watch Big Al Anderson get interviewed on TV

CLICK HERE to watch Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets or CLICK HERE to listen

CLICK HERE to watch Nick Lowe & Lost Straightjjackets live!

CLICK HERE to watch Mad Magazine's never aired 1974 tv special

CLICK HERE for a tricky but worth it recipe for Flaky Buttery Crescent Rolls, which were my favorite thing I made for Thanksgiving

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 the preview of the new WFMU documentary "Sex And Broacasting"

CLICK HERE for info on the Silverball Museum in Asbury Park

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 mastering 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"

CLICK HERE for The K-Tel Story

CLICK HERE to hear The Odd Couple sing

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

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 optical illusions

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 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 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 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 "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 to play the web Theremin

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 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 recommends - OR - buy it HERE for for £20 (about $30), 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 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 for a 1958 film "The Capitol Tower"

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

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

CLICK HERE for some Steve Allen bashing

CLICK HERE for Liverpool Scene's "Batpoem Live!

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

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

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

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

CLICK HERE for Nick Martellaro version of Los Shakers' Always You

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

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

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 some classic Jerry. The whole clip is crazy - but 2:13 in is really off the charts nuts.

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. 2/21/15 11:02am Uncle Michael:

Good morning.
Avatar Sat. 2/21/15 11:03am Michael Shelley:

Good morning!
  Sat. 2/21/15 11:03am mike east:

Great morning!
Avatar Sat. 2/21/15 11:04am glenn:

look at all the mikes.
Avatar    Sat. 2/21/15 11:08am Mike Chumbo:

It's a common enough name. Hiya, Mr.Shelley, other Mikes, and glenn.
Avatar Sat. 2/21/15 11:11am glenn:

that's...............just silly.
  Sat. 2/21/15 11:27am Toddophonic:

Hopefully, Friendly hangs out here! Great place!
http://www.yelp.com/biz/friendly-lounge-philadelphia
  Sat. 2/21/15 11:29am David in ATL from NJ:

Ben Vaughn's "The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn".

One of my favorites.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/21/15 11:29am Greg from Bloomfield:

#1 with a bullet is WTF with Marc Maron. Especially for a top-shelf interviewer such as yourself.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/21/15 11:29am joe:

I have become more of a fan the wallet only because I am obsessed with not giving up space anymore.
Avatar Sat. 2/21/15 11:30am V Priceless:

Hi Michael! eco wallet all the way!
  Sat. 2/21/15 11:30am mosquito:

Although I prefer vinal, a cd wallet seems better. Jewel cases are the worst and always break.
  Sat. 2/21/15 11:31am Jay:

I'm a big fan of these podcasts featuring interviews with prominent film historians:
http://www.thecommentarytrack.com/The_Commentary_Track.htm?m=92
  Sat. 2/21/15 11:31am David in ATL from NJ:

Eco wallet is the only way now for all of the reasons already explained.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/21/15 11:32am Uncle Michael:

I'm not sure I know what a CD wallet is.

I recommend the podcast of my show...but then, *I would*.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/21/15 11:34am Greg from Bloomfield:

I'm also a big fan of "Stuff You Should Know" (which was very briefly on the station...)
  Sat. 2/21/15 11:34am ILMO:

I agree with Greg from Bloomfield
WTF with Marc MAron is very interesting/funny, he interviews comics, musicians, directors, writers, actors, etc..
  Sat. 2/21/15 11:38am Stan (not the DJ):

The Best Show with Tom Scharpling is now a podcast, give it a mention Michael. Respect must be paid to Ernie Anastos!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/21/15 11:40am Uncle Michael:

I used to really enjoy Coverville but haven't listend to it in years.
  Sat. 2/21/15 11:41am edbert:

"A podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made."
http://maximumfun.org/shows/song-exploder

Also like the thin wallets for CDs.
Avatar Sat. 2/21/15 11:42am Pedro G.:

Podcasts like WTF and the audio from Maher's Real Time are great in the kitchen but you got to be careful with the dirty words when the kids are around.
  Sat. 2/21/15 11:43am Stan (not the DJ):

Is a CD wallet the cardboard/heavy paper thing? I like them.
Avatar Sat. 2/21/15 11:44am Michael Shelley:

Thanks all - I have no problem w/ dirty words, my kid has heard em all. I've been enjoying Freakonomics.
  Sat. 2/21/15 11:44am Jay:

http://www.luxuriamusic.com/podcasts/The%20Now%20Sounds
  Sat. 2/21/15 11:46am Steve:

My packaging preference is the digipak, ideally with a booklet insert. I don't mind the jewel case but I really dislike the cd wallet since it involves grabbing a cd and getting fingerprints on it. Those wallets tend to be flimsy with no easily readable spine.
Avatar Sat. 2/21/15 11:48am Pedro G.:

Oh, my kids don't mind the dirty words either. It's my wife who hears them and then gives me the stink eye.
Avatar Sat. 2/21/15 11:49am Pedro G.:

Contributing to the delinquency of minors.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/21/15 11:52am Mike East:

I prefer Planet Money to Freakonomics, though I enjoy both. Judge John Hodgeman and Night People are also staples of mine
  Sat. 2/21/15 12:07pm Toddophonic:

Another great interview Michael! Wouldn't be surprised if it is the best one Friendly has ever done.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/21/15 12:15pm drr:

CD storage: in my truck I have an old tin dog bowl full of home-burned discs. It's very satisfactory on long trips.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/21/15 12:15pm Uncle Michael:

That was a really excellent interview, Michael. Thanks for bringing it to us.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/21/15 12:16pm drr:

Also, great interview.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/21/15 12:20pm Stevel:

Very good. I'm not that familiar with the Womack history, or Sam Cooke. Learning stuff is fun.

Saw Muscle Shoals doc. last night. What a story there. The ending got a little schmaltzy, but I buy into the idea that its a special place.
  Sat. 2/21/15 12:21pm Sean:

From Womack to country-cheese in just 2 songs.
That's a high wire act.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/21/15 12:24pm Uncle Michael:

It's a shame the Muscle Shoals doc turned into The Jim Hall Story.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/21/15 12:24pm Stevel:

Sean: He's up there all day. Never see him stumble.
  Sat. 2/21/15 12:28pm Adam:

Love the show more than anything, but "Deputy Dawg" is probably the single worst song Michael has ever played
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/21/15 12:30pm Uncle Michael:

I think this is the first tip of the hand I've heard for any 2015 premium...and it's very cool!
Avatar Sat. 2/21/15 12:31pm James in ATL:

SOLD! That is terrific Michael - will be pledging for this premium.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 2/21/15 12:31pm SeanG:

the marathon starts March 1 right?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/21/15 12:32pm drr:

Who is playing on this, just Sam or anybody else?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/21/15 12:32pm Uncle Michael:

March 8, I think.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 2/21/15 12:32pm doctorjazz:

I've seen the links for the Pono that are posted. Man, I'm not selling any, got nothing to gain here, but that thing sounds GREAT! Of course, if you listen through crappy Apple Buds, may not make a difference, but I'm really happy with it. YMMV, of course.
Avatar Sat. 2/21/15 12:36pm Michael Shelley:

All Sam!
  Sat. 2/21/15 12:37pm tino:

that ain't 2 mics
  Sat. 2/21/15 12:39pm Sean:

Bobby Womack with Kip Hanrahan's CONJURE ensemble circa 1988.
Truly great stuff. Save them for later

www.dailymotion.com/video/xlfpla_the-author-reflects-on-his-35th-birthday_creation
soundcloud.com/hatter1950/sputin-conjure-featuring-allen
www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QDi7Jh6LhE

Stevel: it was meant to be complementary, but like a high wire act there is a moment when your heart stops a beat and you wonder if it will end in disaster, all the while pulling for the daredevil.
  Sat. 2/21/15 12:40pm Cal Zone!:

Great to hear Rochester NY/Brighton High School's own Sam Elwitt bangin out the Baby Blue!
  Sat. 2/21/15 12:42pm Queens L. Bow:

"Sunflower" is an under-rated BB album...the songs are really diverse since all the members wrote songs for it (esp. Dennis). I used to play "It's About Time" for friends & have them guess who it was...no one ever did. A great if un-BB-like track.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/21/15 12:44pm drr:

"Shut Down" is a bit like Elvis' "Little Sister" I just noticed.
  Sat. 2/21/15 12:57pm Queens L. Bow:

That Teenage Fanclub song was great....have heard their name for years & have to check them out.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/21/15 12:58pm Uncle Michael:

I wouldn't pay a cent to see Mike Love.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/21/15 12:59pm Uncle Michael:

Thanks for the show, Michael.
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