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Options February 20, 2016: Holding Back

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Artist Track
Above, The  Holding Back   Options
Johnny Gustafson  Take Me For A Little While   Options
Leb Brenson  Hobo A Go Go   Options
Carol Ford  Your Well Ran Dry   Options
Julie London  Must Be Catchin'   Options
Willie Wisley  Go   Options
Mama's & The Papas  Trip, Stumble & Fall   Options
Bellfuries, The  Under The Light Of The Moon   Options
Preston Love  Chicken Gumbo   Options
Pezband  Please Be Somewhere Tonight   Options
Everly Brothers, The  Like Every Time Before   Options
Cactus Blossoms, The  Stoplight Kisses   Options
Ella Washington  Too Weak to Fight   Options
Perez Prado  Mamma A Go Go   Options
Jeff Lynnes ELO  Ain't It A Drag   Options
Beau Brummels, The  Stick Like Glue   Options
Nikki Lane w/ Dan Auerbach\  Love's On Fire   Options
Roy C.  I Found a Man In My Bed   Options
Nerves, The  Working Too Hard   Options
Cathy Howe With Ben's Chimes  He's My Boy   Options
Truman Thomas  Respect   Options
Jaoa Gilberto  Bim Bom   Options
Blue Swede  Never My Love   Options
Tripwires, The  Games People Play (From Super Hits of the 70s: Hit Explosion!)   Options
Bob Dylan  Leopard-Skin Pillbox Hat (take 8)   Options
Chigger Hill Boys & Terri  Flint Hill Special   Options
Ronnie Jones  My Love   Options
Sprague Brothers, The  Money Makes The Man   Options
Donovan  Skip Along Sam   Options
Johnny Elgin  Shove It Up Your Heart   Options
Tina Turner  Twist and Shout   Options
Joel Baron And The Billy Wilson Trio  This Could Be The Start Of Something Big   Options
Flaming Groovies  Shake Some Action   Options
Johnny Tillotson  Long Hair Committee   Options
Ray Pennington  Who's Been Mowing My Grass (While I Was Gone)   Options
Willie Clayton  Hello How Have You Been   Options
James Hunter Six  (Baby) Hold On   Options
Off-Beats, The  Mary   Options
Winston Jarrett  Israelites   Options
Queers, The with Lisa Marr  The Sun Always Shines Around You   Options
Nikki Hill  I'm Gonna Love You   Options
A Minute With  Scott Schinder   Options
Charles H Stern  The In Sound For the 70's   Options

CLICK HERE if you have the stomach to read Rolling Stone's ridiculous "100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time"

CLICK HERE to go "Inside the Strange, Hidden World of Offstage Touring Musicians"

CLICK HERE to watch The Cactus Blossoms live at WFMU April 18, 2015

CLICK HERE to watch James Hunter sing "Somethings Calling" live at WFMU Dec 7, 2015 - just so so so good

CLICK HERE for a nice piece on former guest on this show (and the drummer for The Beatles) Bernard Purdie

CLICK HERE to test your ability to tap your mouse to the beat

CLICK HERE to test your sense of pitch

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

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 Sat. 2/20/16 11:02am Marc Francis:

HULLO!
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 11:02am Baby:

Welcome back, Baby! Hola to the gang out there. Rock us, Mike.
  Sat. 2/20/16 11:05am David in ATL from NJ:

That Above track is such a #1 hit.
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 11:07am glenn:

wwnld, indeed.
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 11:10am glenn:

which, i suppose, is better than wondering what would chad lowe do?
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 11:10am Marc Francis:

Howdy Glenn!
  Sat. 2/20/16 11:11am Eddy in Australia:

@Michael: Good to have you back. How was the 'cue in KC?
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 11:12am DeemerDave:

Love Julie London! Thanks Mike!
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 11:13am glenn:

howdy, monsieur marc.
  Sat. 2/20/16 11:14am pa jonny:

squad 51
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 11:15am Michael Shelley:

Eddy -lots of family stuff & home cooked meals - closest we came was eating here: www.jessandjims.com
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 11:16am DeemerDave:

Hey Mike! I think the theme to Emergency! might be a #1 hit.
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 11:18am Michael Shelley:

!
  Sat. 2/20/16 11:18am Eddy in Australia:

@Michael: That'll do nicely, sir.
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 11:19am Baby:

Love you, Boy!
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 11:19am glenn:

because "emergency" is a better idea for a show than "routine medical call, followed by paperwork".
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/20/16 11:23am drr:

Great Purdie-esque drums on this Preston Love.
  Sat. 2/20/16 11:26am djsheilab:

Morning Michael + all! This show is pure joy. Listening on my way to the 57th street record fair. Liking this Pez song!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/20/16 11:29am Juke Joint Jonny:

This Everlys is scratching an itch I never knew I had! Stellar.
  Sat. 2/20/16 11:29am davefromtoronto:

such a cool voice!

which bro was that?
  Sat. 2/20/16 11:32am David in ATL from NJ:

New album is GREAT! Thanks for turning us on to this duo, Michael.
  Sat. 2/20/16 11:33am Eddy in Australia:

I came for the music, I stayed for the rant! (Or is it the other way around?) Agreed about people who talk at shows.
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 11:34am Dano59:

re talking at shows … it's not just Noo Yawk, Mike. Kids today! Entitled little buggers.
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 11:41am Baby:

Dude gets an unfair rap.
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 11:41am Dano59:

Mike do you have Lynne's covers LP, Long Wave? It is faboo.
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 11:42am Michael Shelley:

Dano - Yes & yes!
Baby- who?
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 11:44am Baby:

Jeff Lynne
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 11:45am Baby:

He's made as many great records as just about anybody.
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 11:45am Michael Shelley:

He does? From who?
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 11:45am BEAVO:

Same tune as Rocky Top.
  Sat. 2/20/16 11:45am pa jonny:

did I hear fred pedling?
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 11:47am glenn:

how is the flintstone feet sound done, anyway?
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 11:47am Baby:

You know?? Everybody?? He's much maligned. Sort of the Bee Gees syndrome, a little??
  Sat. 2/20/16 11:48am pa jonny:

bongos
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 11:49am Michael Shelley:

www.youtube.com...
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 11:49am DeemerDave:

That Roy C. song is decidedly not a #1 hit.
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 11:50am glenn:

www.soundboard.com...
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 11:51am Michael Shelley:

we disagree
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 11:51am Baby:

This is the second song I ever played in a band.
  Sat. 2/20/16 11:52am ?:

Michael: So, do you have connections to the KC area? I'm in nearby Topeka. Nice to see Gothamites finding their way into the Midwest.
  Sat. 2/20/16 11:53am davefromtoronto:

how did joe south not make that "100 greatest songwriters" list???

among too many others i guess...

i'd like to see your list, mike
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/20/16 11:54am ChrisB.:

Jeff Lynne, "Doin That Crazy Thing." Remember that one?
  Sat. 2/20/16 11:55am pa jonny:

corrected, mot on theme
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 11:57am Michael Shelley:

?- family in Kansas & Iowa - on my wife's side ! Love visiting there.
Dave - yes, unbelievable
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 11:58am glenn:

zhoh -ow.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/20/16 12:00pm Mike East:

Great selections this morning, Michael. Been enjoying the show.
@? - check out Uncle Michael's show on the GTDS Fridays at noon...he "broadcasts" from Topeka www.wfmu.org...
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 12:00pm DeemerDave:

Wow! Blue Swede! ooga-chaka, ooga-chaka
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 12:01pm Melissa Jean:

hay good mornin!
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 12:03pm jmd:

Tripwires!
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 12:03pm Marc Francis:

Howdy Melissa Jean!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 2/20/16 12:07pm Mike East:

Man, my daughter and I just rocked the hell out to the Tripwires. Can we pledge now, please!!!
Ok, we gotta go get some quesadillas...Have a great afternoon, all!
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 12:07pm glenn:

i guess it was easier to call it hit explosion than even even more more super hits.
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 12:08pm myron feld:

The Tripwires are a tad Tillbrookian, no? But that's a good thing!
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 12:08pm foofs:

This song's been twisted into so many different shapes, it must be made of some futuristic memory foam.
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 12:08pm Baby:

That's a good call, Myron
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 12:09pm Melissa Jean:

take 8, so great. hehe
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 12:09pm Baby:

Same herky jerky feel. I like that call.
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 12:13pm DeemerDave:

Myron: Yes, I heard it too!
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 12:14pm glenn:

here's a headline you don't see every day./ or often enough, maybe.
news.nationalpost.com...
  Sat. 2/20/16 12:15pm P-90:

Oh, I'd say Tripwires are more than just a tad Tillbrookian!
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 12:16pm Coder:

The Sprague Brothers, Wichita Falls #1 Hitmakers!
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 12:21pm Dano59:

loved that Blue Swede. Always nice to be surprised by the existence of such greatness.
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 12:23pm Dano59:

I'm with Baby on the Lynne/Bee Gees backlashes … what is WRONG with people?
  Sat. 2/20/16 12:24pm Emile:

Michael Shelley killing it
  Sat. 2/20/16 12:27pm 1whoknewcthulhu:

Michael--thank you for reacquainting me with every fantasy I've ever had about Tina Turner. (Live,of course.)
  Sat. 2/20/16 12:27pm P-90:

Written by Hi-Ho Steverino, nice tune
  Sat. 2/20/16 12:28pm P-90:

Snazzy jazzy guitar
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 12:32pm Baby:

I didn't get this band as a kid?? WTF was wrong with me?
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 12:32pm Daddy-o Dilly:

Jeff Lynne gets a bad rap? Of this I was not aware and blissfully so. It sounds like he heard the Beatles "I Am the Walrus" and made a career out of sounding like that. ELO was so hook laden and radio friendly. He has done an great job of sympathetically updating the sound of older artists: Everly Brothers (if only one track), Duane Eddy, Roy Orbison, Del Shannon. Then he was the glue that held the Wilburys together. And he has produced for George, Ringo, Paul and the Beatles Anthology new tracks. I praise the man.
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 12:33pm Baby:

I always thought they were Bee Bop Deluxe, and vicea versa.
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 12:37pm Michael Shelley:

I didnt hear any Flaming Groovies songs till I was old. They were not on the radio, and nobody I knew had one of their records...
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 12:43pm DeemerDave:

WBCN Boston played "Shake Some Action" regularly. I miss that station.
  Sat. 2/20/16 12:43pm Todd E:

James Hunter! Saw his concert this past Sunday down here in Ft Lauderdale. Fabulous!
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 12:44pm Baby:

Baby, they were big in my neighborhood.
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 12:53pm Baby:

Yikes! She sounds great!
  Sat. 2/20/16 12:53pm WF:

Amazing show.
Avatar Sat. 2/20/16 12:56pm BEAVO:

This guy is a ldiot
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 2/21/16 9:06am drr:

so many infidelity songs on this show
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