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Options May 30, 2015: My Girl The Month Of May

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Artist Track
Dion & the Belmonts  My Girl The Month Of May   Options
Explorers Club, The  Run, Run, Run   Options
Johnnie and Jack and the Tennessee Mountain Boys  Love, Love, Love   Options
Willie Harper  New Kind Of Love   Options
La Nueva Banda De Santisteban  Manias Se Maria   Options
Yo La Tengo  I Wanna Be Your Lover   Options
Los Unisonos  Decidete   Options
Chuck Bowers  Beehive Boogie   Options
James Carr  Send You Back to Georgia   Options
Jake Bugg  There's A Beast And We All Feed It   Options
Kompany, The  Tell Her No   Options
Them  Take A Little Time   Options
Sunny Phyllis with The Danes  Love, Love, Love   Options
Louis Prima  Oh Marie   Options
MC5  Shakin' Street   Options
Troubled Water  We've Only Just Begun   Options
Rusty and Doug  Mr Love   Options
Ann Peebles  Rescue Me   Options
Hello Strangers, The  Something Sweet   Options
Zombies  Whenever You're Ready   Options
Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys  Love That Man   Options
Dee Dee Sharp  Stay   Options
Groove Holmes  Hallelujah I Love Her So   Options
Bill Dolan  Instant Karma   Options
Ten O'clock Bubble Gum Train  Hey Little Girl   Options
Carl Mann  Too Young   Options
Bobby Patterson  Mama's Got a New Bag Too   Options
Above, The  Goons   Options
Merseyboys, The  Hold me Tight   Options
Hank Williams  The Blues Come Around   Options
Pat Powdrill  I Can't Hear You   Options
Galt Macdermot  Moving Clothes   Options
Laughing Dogs, The  Reason For Love   Options
Ian and the Zodiacs  Livin' Lovin' Wreck   Options
Sir Douglas Quintet  In the Jailhouse Now   Options
Bo Diddley  Somebody Beat Me   Options
Mark Ronson featuring Amy Winehouse  Valerie   Options
Pussyfoot  Good Times   Options
Ramones, The  Glad to See You Go   Options
Miriam  The Hand Don't Fit the Glove   Options
London Souls, The  When I'm With You   Options
Explorers Club, The  Any Little Way   Options
Los Shakers  Give Me   Options
Chris Montez  One Note Samba   Options
Wipper Brothers, The  Amagram   Options

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CLICK HERE for an article about Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" with files of the isolated tracks to listen to

CLICK HERE for info on the new, all instrumental, Michael Shelley album

CLICK HERE to see actual video of The Cactus Blossoms on WFMU, or CLICK HERE, or CLICK HERE

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

CLICK HERE to read Carol Kaye review of the book "The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret" or CLICK HERE to read Carol's review of The Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, BH50010

CLICK HERE to see part one of a short behind the scenes film about Brian Wilson's new album "No Pier Pressure"

CLICK HERE for Brian Wilson's new song "The Right Time" (feat. Al Jardine) live on SoundStage. and

CLICK HERE for "Wild Honey" feat. Blondie Chaplin & Ricky Fataar

CLICK HERE for a great 2012 Rolling Stone piece about the 2012 Beach Boys reunion

CLICK HERE to see Cory Branan's "You Make Me" (in 3-D if you have the red and blue glasses)

CLICK HERE for the Stereohysteria podcast episode featuring Deke Dickerson

CLICK HERE for a chart that shows musician deaths by genre

CLICK HERE to watch 12 parts of "Strong Enough to Break" a documentary film completed in 2004 about the making of Hanson's third studio album "Underneath" that chronicles the bands struggle to complete the album in an increasingly corporate music business.

CLICK HERE for a great piece on Better Records, whcih sells old lp pressings that sell for astronomical prices, e.g: The Police’s Synchronicity: $350

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 "Why Cds May Actually Sound Better Than Vinyl"

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 Gay Robot

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 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 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 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

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. 5/30/15 11:08am Baby:

Is there anyone out there that can save me from The Island of #2 Hits? Anyone?? Help please, I've been stuck here for almost seven days? Won't anyone hear my plea??
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/30/15 11:08am Mike East:

I think you've come to the right place, Baby
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/30/15 11:09am Stevel:

Prepared to goof off, SIR!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/30/15 11:10am Uncle Michael:

Good morning #1 Hit fans.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/30/15 11:12am Baby:

Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/30/15 11:15am Stevel:

Baby: Baby, baby!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/30/15 11:16am Michael Shelley:

Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/30/15 11:20am Cheri Pi:

Now I wanna hear the Saints
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/30/15 11:22am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- like that's unusual?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/30/15 11:24am Gaylord Fields:

Every time I tune in to Michael's show, I'm guaranteed to hear a new No. 1 hit from a group previously unknown to me, such as that great Los Unisonos track!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/30/15 11:24am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...thot that was Cap'n Beefheart's voice ('sure you know how'...)
- glad Sat. Sched. won't change...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/30/15 11:33am Cheri Pi:

Mr. CP has been informed that today is WFMU day
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/30/15 11:35am Gaylord Fields:

Best thing about the really truly good B&H documentary: No talking heads! It was all archival footage with voiceovers, thanks to the obsessive filming of Boyce & Hart! It gets my highest recommendation!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/30/15 11:38am Gaylord Fields:

@Cheri Pi: I always thought that, like Children's Day, every day is WFMU Day. (But I know what you mean, with the sumptuous serving of Primavera to come today.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/30/15 11:39am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Avatar Sat. 5/30/15 11:53am SmokinJ:

Monster track..
  Sat. 5/30/15 11:56am lloyd michigan:

I highly recommend The Zombies Decca Stereo Anthology.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/30/15 12:01pm drr:

lloyd michigan, is that you? I need an explanation...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/30/15 12:01pm Frankipop:

What is the name of the Hello Strangers album? I'm only finding ones by a sister country act
  Sat. 5/30/15 12:03pm lloyd michigan:

What would you like me to explain?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/30/15 12:04pm Michael Shelley:

only on 45 I think
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/30/15 12:08pm drr:

explain everything about "Bigfoot"!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/30/15 12:09pm drr:

This 10 O' clock Bubblegum thing is like that other afro-disco thing that is often featured on this show....
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/30/15 12:21pm mauri:

heya michael and everyone! saunas warming up. gonna swim and have a beer afterwards. music fits the setting.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/30/15 12:29pm Michael Shelley:

  Sat. 5/30/15 12:31pm Jack:

Even though I know he's singing "jailhouse", it sounds like he's singing "he's a Jedi now"
  Sat. 5/30/15 12:33pm Geokopp:

The Boyce & Hart thing was outstanding. Great film and terrific hosting job by Mr Joe Belock. Fun time!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/30/15 12:40pm Pete from Boston (and NJ):

"Valerie" has become a very popular song for local bar bands in these parts to cover. I was amazed when I discovered that The Zutons' version was not a cover of a much older original.
Avatar Sat. 5/30/15 12:42pm SmokinJ:

Go Brownsville Station!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/30/15 12:44pm Cheri Pi:

Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/30/15 12:45pm Pete from Boston (and NJ):

We have a country-rock band up here called Miriam. They should fight.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/30/15 12:47pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

☆ - everything.
  Sat. 5/30/15 12:48pm JOFF!:

who wrote that Miriam song about the Glove?
is it from now or then?
Either way, IT IS GREAT.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/30/15 12:50pm Michael Shelley:

cover of a Terry Reid song - but not sure who wrote it
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/30/15 12:50pm Michael Shelley:

Hi Joff
  Sat. 5/30/15 12:54pm JOFF!:

Avatar Sat. 5/30/15 12:59pm Jimmy Wipper:

It's 9 o'clock in San Francisco!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 5/30/15 1:06pm Michael Shelley:

Mmmmmm Hmmmmm
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