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Options December 19, 2015: Guest: James Hunter

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Artist Track
James Hunter Six  If That Don't Tell You   Options
Nick Lowe  Christmas At The Airport   Options
Cactus Blossoms, The  Mississippi   Options
Jimmy James Thomas  I Can't Dance   Options
Kay Starr  I've Got The World On A String   Options
Ben Vaughn  Boomarang   Options
Sweet  Get On The Line   Options
Loretta Lynn  To Heck with Ole Santa Claus   Options
Dee Dee Sharp  Our Day Will Come   Options
Todd Rundgren  I Saw The Light!   Options
Margo Guryan  I Don't Intend To Spend Christmas Without You   Options
Cactus Blossoms, The  Clown Collector   Options
James Hunter Six  Satchel Foot   Options
James Hunter  Interview   Options
James Hunter  (Baby) Hold On (live at wfmu)   Options
James Hunter  Interview   Options
James Hunter  Something's Calling (live at wfmu)   Options
James Hunter  Stranded (live at wfmu)   Options
James Hunter  Interview   Options
James Hunter  A Truer Heart Then Mine (live at wfmu)   Options
James Hunter  Interview   Options
James Hunter  Free Your Mind (While You Still Got Time) (live at wfmu)   Options
James Hunter  Interview   Options
James Hunter Six  This Is Where We Came In   Options
Hollies, The  Cos You Like To Love Me   Options
Cactus Blossoms, The  Crying The Blues   Options
Charles Brown  Christmas Comes But Once A Year   Options
Grace Denton  Girls In Green   Options
Nick Lowe  Born A Woman   Options
Santo And Johnny  Twistin Bells   Options
Cactus Blossoms, The  Powder Blue   Options
Soulful Strings, The  Santa Claus Is Coming to Town   Options
Dwight Yoakam  Three Pears   Options
Chicks, The  What Am I Doing Here With You?   Options
Stevie Jackson  Santa Claus   Options
Chandler Travis Philharmonic  If We Can Just Make It Through Christmas   Options
Frank Sinatra  Christmas Waltz   Options
A MINUTE WITH   SCOTT SCHINDER   Options
Tom Carvel & Friends  Cookie Puss For Christmas   Options
Jammin Jp The J Master  Christmas   Options
Six Finger  Commercial   Options

CLICK HERE to test your sense of pitch

CLICK HERE for Mitchell Kezin' IndieGoGo Campaign Page for "BUT FOR NOW: The Music & Mojo of Bob Dorough"

CLICK HERE for a story about the new Emitt Rhodes album and CLICK HERE to to buy it & watch a video about it

CLICK HERE to see a BBC Allen Toussaint Documentary

CLICK HERE for a great piece on Esquerita

CLICK HERE to help Joey Spampinato through cancer treatment

CLICK HERE and CLICK HERE for a huge trove of downloadable, remixable stems

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

CLICK HERE for the Glyn Johns interview in Tape Op!

CLICK HERE for Bruce Swedien: Recording Michael Jackson!

CLICK HERE for a cover of a Michael Shelley song!

CLICK HERE to find out "Why Do All Records Sound the Same?

CLICK HERE for a cover of a Michael Shelley song!

CLICK HERE for The Cactus Blossoms on The 30 Minute Music Hour

CLICK HERE for "Cassette Revolution: Why 1980s Tape Tech Is Still Making Noise in Our Digital World"

CLICK HERE for a new Q&A with Brian Wilson

CLICK HERE to read about "The Endless Fall of Suge Knight" (yikes!)

CLICK HERE for Barack Obama on WTF

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

CLICK HERE for a video of David Myhr's cover of Oh Susie, featured on "Even More Super Hits of the Seventies"

CLICK HERE for a documentary and discussion of The Columbia House Record Club

CLICK HERE to test yourself and find out "How Well Can You Hear Audio Quality?"

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

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

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 a piece about mastering that says that sometimes mastering recordings makes them worse

CLICK HERE for The K-Tel Story

CLICK HERE for Ock TV

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

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 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 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 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 Liverpool Scene's "Batpoem Live!

CLICK HERE for info on Fake Amps!

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 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. 12/19/15 11:02am Baby:

Baby!
Avatar Sat. 12/19/15 11:03am Michael Shelley:

BABY - Todd on Todd today!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/19/15 11:03am Baby:

Todd R?
Avatar Sat. 12/19/15 11:04am jmd:

Saw the Cactus Blossoms last night put on a great show opening for Nick Lowe/Los Straightjackets. Thanks for the tip, Michael!
Avatar Sat. 12/19/15 11:09am Michael Shelley:

Todd R on Todd O!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/19/15 11:10am Baby:

That's a score.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/19/15 11:12am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Todd has Todd on Todd, & Yule for Yule. & uh - a band.
  Sat. 12/19/15 11:14am wondering:

where did nick play last night?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 12/19/15 11:14am Melissa Jean:

hay!
Avatar Sat. 12/19/15 11:16am Dano59:

Nick was in Seattle last night! (yay!) Came home from there Wednesday
(boo!)
Avatar Sat. 12/19/15 11:16am Michael Shelley:

Here's close
www.setlist.fm...
  Sat. 12/19/15 11:16am Stuart Rose:

The Cactus Blossoms are like James Hunter. They both write and play songs out-of-time. They're not slavish revivalists, though, but some serious reincarnated souls.
Avatar Sat. 12/19/15 11:18am Marc Francis:

Good morning Melissa Jean!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/19/15 11:18am Baby:

Well said Stuart. I count Gillian Welch in all that too. It's a rare thing.
Avatar Sat. 12/19/15 11:18am jmd:

At the Neptune Theater in Seattle
Avatar Sat. 12/19/15 11:19am herb.nyc:

Hi Michael- we listeners are curious: what's happening at Monty hall on January 16, 2016? Plz tell us. Thx.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/19/15 11:20am Baby:

I'll tell ya Herb. Michael Shelley Band with someone named Laura Cantrell!
Avatar Sat. 12/19/15 11:20am myron feld:

Not that anyone should listen to anyone but Michael Shelley, but Ben Vaughn's syndicated "Many Moods of...." show is pretty darn good, too.
Avatar Sat. 12/19/15 11:22am Michael Shelley:

Agree!
  Sat. 12/19/15 11:25am herb.nyc:

"Yeah Baby!"
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/19/15 11:26am Baby:

Here's a link
montyhall.ticketfly.com...
  Sat. 12/19/15 11:30am Stuart Rose:

Yes, Baby, Gillian fits the bill.
  Sat. 12/19/15 11:33am DaveinPA:

WPIX YULE LOG

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVO590uMHro&list=PL02583322E8C608D6
  Sat. 12/19/15 11:33am Michael from the Left Coast:

Hawaii, though far away, is still America. Todd Rundgren is in the continental US but when he's at home in Hawaii, he's still in America
Avatar    Sat. 12/19/15 11:34am totallybiased:

Yule Log WPIX, Channel 11. I remember being told by someone that the log was intended for poor folks who didn't have a fireplace in their homes and the Log would work in its stead.
Avatar Sat. 12/19/15 11:34am herb.nyc:

I saw Squeeze on Thursday; lovely show. They did a q&a (or was it s/m?). And I love love love cats (dogs too; people, well...)
  Sat. 12/19/15 11:34am KP:

Fiddler was great!
  Sat. 12/19/15 11:36am moe:

Todd Rundgren plays the Gramercy Theatre, Manhattan, tonight...
Avatar Sat. 12/19/15 11:36am myron feld:

"I Saw The Light" is a perfect song in every way.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 12/19/15 11:37am Melissa Jean:

I sang along to it
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 12/19/15 11:37am Melissa Jean:

really loud
Avatar Sat. 12/19/15 11:38am Cat:

Happy Holidays, Michael!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 12/19/15 11:38am Melissa Jean:

hay MF!
Avatar Sat. 12/19/15 11:40am Michael Shelley:

THANKS CAT !
You too!
And everybody - have a great holiday!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/19/15 11:41am Baby:

Keep this coming, Mike.
Avatar Sat. 12/19/15 11:41am Dano59:

Claudine … sigh. Heard it first just a couple years ago too. Where was *I* all those years?
Avatar Sat. 12/19/15 11:41am Fuzzy:

If I could make a streamable playlist of all the songs I've clickstarred on WFMU that would be great! Make it so!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/19/15 11:42am Parq:

I've watched this video about a million times, and I'm not done yet. It's Todd on "Daryl Hall's House" -- shot at Todd's house in Hawaii, no less -- doubling on "Saw The Light". Todd's singing is imperfect, but the performance is more than perfect.
www.youtube.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 12/19/15 11:43am Melissa Jean:

have a great holiday Michael!
  Sat. 12/19/15 11:43am herb.nyc:

Lotsa puff q's at Squeeze
Avatar Sat. 12/19/15 11:44am Dano59:

I Saw the Light shows Todd R was a huge fan of Carole K.
And when I saw the Cactus Blossoms with Nick last year in Albany I told them they should cover 'Christmas Eve Can Kill You.' -- they didn't know it! I felt like my purpose on earth was fulfilled.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/19/15 11:46am Parq:

@Dano: I never noticed the connection between TR an CK on that song, but you're dead right.
  Sat. 12/19/15 11:47am JOFF!:

MICHAEL! Two things;
1 - did you interview Margo Guryan?
2 - I thought that great Cactus Blossoms song was saying 'Vinyl Collector'!! - it works with that title too - try it!!
Actually, THREE things MASSIVELY HAPPY XMAS!! To you and yr fam!!
Avatar Sat. 12/19/15 11:49am Michael Shelley:

Thanks Joff
1. no - good idea though
2. I will
3. All I want for Christmas is a new BUCKY lp!
4. What do UK folks think of James Hunter?
Avatar Sat. 12/19/15 11:56am Michael Shelley:

This one came out the best !
  Sat. 12/19/15 11:57am RCinMT:

Love this guy!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/19/15 11:58am Baby:

Send him to VOTM!
  Sat. 12/19/15 11:59am Martin:

Hi Howling Wilf, loved seeing you back in 80s, you inspired me to play harmonica, even tho you did chat up my girlfriend
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 12/19/15 12:08pm Melissa Jean:

I just realized I saw James Hunter open for Sharon Jones! he was AWESOME!
Avatar Sat. 12/19/15 12:10pm Todd-o-phonic:

Great set/interview with James...got to hear the new album the other week and it's fantastic!
  Sat. 12/19/15 12:14pm RHode Islanduh:

WOW, Amazing talent and awesome sound coming from my "radio" LIVE in the studio = LOVE IT!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/19/15 12:22pm Baby:

That's my boy!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/19/15 12:33pm Baby:

You're killing me
Avatar Sat. 12/19/15 12:42pm originalpeeps:

That James Hunter set was FANtastic!
  Sat. 12/19/15 12:43pm Michael from the Left Coast:

P.F. Sloan memorial is today
Avatar    Sat. 12/19/15 12:45pm totallybiased:

Sounds like the Premieres "Farmer John". In fact it really sounds like it
Avatar Sat. 12/19/15 12:46pm Michael Shelley:

Oh yeah!
  Sat. 12/19/15 12:46pm Stuart Rose:

Hunter was great. Jonathan Richman could learn a few things from him - interview wise, that is.
And you, Michael, always strike the right balance between questioning and lying low.
Avatar Sat. 12/19/15 12:51pm Michael Shelley:

Thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/19/15 1:07pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Thx MichaelShelley !
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