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Options March 12, 2016: 2016 WFMU Fundraisier with co-host Becky

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Yo La Tengo  Somebody's in Love   Options
Sam Elwitt  Beach Baby (from "Super Hits if the 70s: Hit Explosion!")   Options
Cactus Blossoms, The  Stoplight Kisses   Options
Yo La Tengo  Friday I'm in Love (we're about to give this album away!)   Options
Nikki Lane w/ Dan Auerbach  Love's On Fire   Options
Above, The  Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time (from "Super Hits if the 70s: Hit Explosion!")   Options
Above, The  Holding Back   Options
Toni Iordache   
Fleetwood Mac  Think About Me   Options
SUPER HITS OF THE SEVENTIES  COMMERCIAL!!!!!   Options
Ben Vaughn  Boomarang   Options
Maria Dallas  Ambush   Options
Rev. Bill Alberts, PhD  Hey God   Options
Etta James  I Got You Babe   Options
Crystal Robots  Welcome Back (from "Super Hits if the 70s: Hit Explosion!")   Options
Randy Bachman  The Hard Days Night Chord   Options
Bobby Vee  High Coin   Options
Dahlmanns, The  Tear Me Apart (from: Super Hits Of The 70s: HIt EXPLOSION!)   Options
Dahlmanns, The  Dancing With Joey Ramone   Options

CLICK HERE for ion the new lp from The Explorers Club

CLICK HERE to see The Michael Shelley Band live at WFMU's Monty Hall

CLICK HERE for a free download of The Michael Shelley Band live at WFMU's Monty Hall

CLICK HERE to see Michael Shelley get interviewed on a NJ public access TV show "Destination Montclair"

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. 3/12/16 11:03am Listener Baby:

Baby! Rake it in today, you kids!!
Avatar Sat. 3/12/16 11:03am Michael Shelley:

WHO will be first to pledge?
  Sat. 3/12/16 11:03am 1whoknewcthulhu:

Yo! La! Tengo!
  Sat. 3/12/16 11:07am Listener Robert:

This one always makes me think of an obstetric difficulty: "Breech baby, breech baby...."
Avatar Sat. 3/12/16 11:15am Becky:

Let the sunshine in on Saturday and pledge to Michael Shelley!! 1-800-989-WFMU!!! #1 HITS!!!!!
Avatar Sat. 3/12/16 11:19am Listener Baby:

Please take a moment to think about how much your Saturday would change for the worse without Michael Shelley painting your ears with amazing music. He devotes a significant part of his life doing this incredible thing for us. Break out a little gratitude. Viva Michael Shelley, Viva WFMU. Baby!!
Avatar Sat. 3/12/16 11:21am Todd-o-phonic Todd:

This is Michael F*cking Shelley people! It's time to pay the piper for the amazing radio he does for us all year.
Avatar Sat. 3/12/16 11:23am Dave in Vermont:

I've heard so many Vermont pledges this week, I never knew there were so many of us!
  Sat. 3/12/16 11:24am MD:

Go Mike Go!
  Sat. 3/12/16 11:29am Listener Robert:

Got to ask Doug Schulkind whether that French fries on sandwiches allegation is real. It's been a good while since I've been in Pittsburgh, used to go there annually (parents from McKeesport & Brownsville), maybe that's a recent thing there.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/12/16 11:31am Aaron in Minneapolis:

Hey its that Carl Wilson look away
Avatar Sat. 3/12/16 11:33am Todd-o-phonic Todd:

@Listener Robert: They put french fries on frigging salads in Pittsburgh! I thought I could order something without fries the last time I went but it proved to be impossible.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/12/16 11:35am Tim by the printer waiting for web pledges:

Hey! I'm by the printer waiting for web pledges. Put me to work!
Avatar Sat. 3/12/16 11:35am Becky:

I mean, who crafts a weekly radio show like Michael?? HIT THE PLEDGE NOW BUTTON
  Sat. 3/12/16 11:45am 1whoknewcthulhu:

HIT THE PLEDGE BUTTON FOR MICHAEL--take the optional fries with that!
Avatar Sat. 3/12/16 11:48am Private Presley:

Man this is a great weird love song. Written about Dennis Wilson?
  Sat. 3/12/16 11:50am Cat:

Thanks so much, Michael!
  Sat. 3/12/16 11:51am j:

Please play the philistines junior cover of don't fear the reaper, I heard you play that last week and loved it!
Avatar Sat. 3/12/16 11:53am Joe B:

The Super Saturday Night lineup! Gaylord, Michael, Hova, Belock
Avatar Sat. 3/12/16 11:54am djsheilab:

Beautiful comment @Listener Baby! I second that. Let's all get pledging!
Avatar Sat. 3/12/16 11:58am djsheilab:

This is why I love this show so much. The #1 hits, the clips, 14-year-old Todd-O-Phonic Todd shouting, and THIS commercial for your premium!! SO brilliant!
Avatar Sat. 3/12/16 11:59am Listener Baby:

I'm dialing now, @jjsheilab
Avatar Sat. 3/12/16 12:03pm Becky:

You can win this great Ben Vaughn record with ANY pledge of $20 or more! And no matter what, you win my gratitude and respect!!
Avatar Sat. 3/12/16 12:05pm Becky:

I WANT TO GIVE MICHAEL ALL MY MONEY FOR PLAYING AMBUSH
  Sat. 3/12/16 12:05pm 1whoknewcthulhu:

AUGIE!!! Thanks, Michael.
  Sat. 3/12/16 12:08pm John in NoB:

Ambush got me to pledge. OK, I was going to anyway. My phone always wants to autocorrect "anyway" to "ashtray", but I don't smoke.
Avatar Sat. 3/12/16 12:21pm Joe B:

Allen Klein and wfmu's shared roots - Upsala College
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/12/16 12:24pm Artie Haywire:

Proud to support the number one ethos of the one and only Michael Shelley Show!
Avatar Sat. 3/12/16 12:25pm Becky:

Thanks, Artie! Thanks, all!!!
Avatar Sat. 3/12/16 12:26pm Michael Shelley:

I'm going nuts here - BUT THANKS THANKS THANKS
Avatar Sat. 3/12/16 12:28pm djsheilab:

We hear you @Michael! I've never experienced such mania/ adrenaline overload as during my first marathon show. It's wild!
  Sat. 3/12/16 12:28pm davefromtoronto:

i goy you?
Avatar Sat. 3/12/16 12:30pm JakeGould:

Epstein!
Avatar Sat. 3/12/16 12:33pm djsheilab:

Play it again!!!! For those of us who missed it!
Avatar Sat. 3/12/16 12:33pm Joe B:

Epstein went on to manage the Beatles
Avatar Sat. 3/12/16 12:37pm Becky:

I never thought being an MC could be so much fun!
Avatar Sat. 3/12/16 12:39pm djsheilab:

@Becky You're a natural!
  Sat. 3/12/16 12:41pm Listener Robert:

So what you're saying is that it sounds like a chord from one instrument, but it'd be impossible because one or more strings would need to be fingered more than 1 way?
Avatar Sat. 3/12/16 12:41pm Becky:

FWIW, David Copperfield (the magician) also hails from Metuchen.
Avatar Sat. 3/12/16 12:49pm Becky:

Hey folks, you can win this ULTRA LIMITED EDITION 45!!! Call 1-800-989-9368!
Avatar Sat. 3/12/16 12:51pm Tidepoolbay:

#1 Hits!
  Sat. 3/12/16 12:54pm PR:

down with Schinder!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/12/16 12:55pm Ken From Hyde Park:

100%! Pow pow pow!
  Tue. 3/15/16 10:56am bookworm bob:

Ya gotta hear P.F. SLOAN revealing more of the "HARD DAY'S NIGHT" chord story at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ed1aq3Mgs-c&t=27s

Couple years ago I brought that Vinyl Tap radio show clip to a guitarist acquaintance, "Do you wanna know what the opening chord to 'A Hard Day's Night' is?" As if common knowledge rather than mystery he instantly rattled off, "D sus 4," and the rest. Randy Bachman's stories tend to contain a lot of pretension.

GEORGE MARTIN gave a splendid talk at the 17th St. Barnes & Noble on May 10, 2003 to pitch his $300 limited edition "Playback: An Illustrated Memoir." He told of learning radio in the war . . . . and the issue posed of what to record onto the new LP format; they tried comedy . . . . and onto changing speeds and reversing play and combining instruments on Beatles tracks . . . . What a treat, O.M.G. !

Couple years ago a mathematician used Fourier transforms to decipher the chord climaxing "A Day in the Life."

Honky Tonk Radio Girl - yee hah !
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