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Options April 23, 2016: It's Still A Wonderful Life

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Artist Track
Irene Kral  Wonderful Life   Options
Yolks, The  Don't Cry Anymore   Options
Ted Daigle  What Comes Next?   Options
Spencer Wiggins  Anything You Do Is Alright   Options
Butch Stone & His Orchestra  I'm Ok   Options
Amy Rigby  Wait Till I Get You Home   Options
Strangers, The  I Say A Little Prayer   Options
Jim Lauderdale  You Just Know   Options
Guitar Ray  Patty Cake Shake   Options
Above, The  You Look Unwell   Options
Sonny Curtis  A Beatle I Wanna Be   Options
Monkees  Let's Dance On   Options
Ralph Mooney & James Burton  Corn Pickin'   Options
James Brown  Bring It Up (Hipster Avenue)   Options
Owl Jolson  I Love to Singa   Options
Lisa Marr With Cool  Lovin' You Ain't Easy   Options
Del Ashley  Little Miss Stuck Up   Options
Johnny Burnette  You're 16   Options
Prophet & His Disciples  You Fool, You Fool   Options
Lyres, The  She Pays The Rent   Options
Marc Eric  Just Passing By   Options
Rusty & Doug Kershaw  Sweet Sweet Girl To Me   Options
Bobby Womack  Lilly Mae   Options
Duke Reid Group  Soul Style   Options
Ben Vaughn  I'm Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone   Options
Joe South  Hush   Options
Buddy Miller w/ Kasey Musgraves  Love's Gonna Live Here   Options
Bertha Tillman  (I Believe) Something Funny Is Going On   Options
Tripwires, The  Get Young   Options
Hi Fi's, The  Baby's In Black   Options
Johnny Flame And The Jaws Of Victory  Be Good To Me   Options
Frank Lee Sprague  Cavern   Options
George Harrison  Awaiting on You All   Options
Uniques, The  Fast Way of Living   Options
Merle Haggard  Irma Jackson   Options
Guitar Tommy Moore  I Ain't Botherin' Nobody   Options
Lenny Breau  Caravan   Options
Gary Calamar  Giddy   Options
Groop, The  Don't Leave Me   Options
Lorez Alexandria  Vibrations   Options
Queers, The  End It All   Options
Bellfuries, The  Sung By Someone Lonely   Options
A MINUTE WITH   SCOTT SCHINDER   Options
Mary Poppins  Just A Three Dollar Increase   Options

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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 Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/23/16 11:02am Listener Baby:

B>A>B>Y
Wishing you another amazing show. Banging in a new vineyard, catch you on the stream later today. Sure wish the WFMU App. was functional on my kind of phone. I'd be listening 24/7. Lots O' love,
Baby
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 4/23/16 11:04am Glenn L:

The Yolks!!!
  Sat. 4/23/16 11:04am Eddy in Australia:

Michael Michael Michael!
Baby Baby Baby!
Pow Pow Pow!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/23/16 11:14am Listener Baby:

BABY
Got you on Tunein Radio. Very happy. Rock me and the baby Syrah!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/23/16 11:16am Scraps deSelby:

Oh love me some Amy Rigby
Avatar Sat. 4/23/16 11:18am herb.nyc:

Hi all. My friends saw and liked Chicago pop guy Sam Vicari at Leftfield on Ludlow St. I not familiar. You? (Who's seeing Los Chills here at Monty?)
  Sat. 4/23/16 11:19am Cooh John:

Number one hits on the number one station by the number one DJ!
Avatar Sat. 4/23/16 11:21am herb.nyc:

Ooh, I DVD 'd The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, last night. A Burt / Hal song!
  Sat. 4/23/16 11:25am David in ATL from NJ:

Great Jim Lauderdale track, Michael!
  Sat. 4/23/16 11:27am herb.nyc:

"Messaged"??
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/23/16 11:27am Miss Mailas:

Mike, you're getting me all verklempt with the relationship advice! (I agree with you wholeheartedly, by the way.)
  Sat. 4/23/16 11:27am herb.nyc:

Michael has cellph?
Avatar Sat. 4/23/16 11:28am SmokinJ:

Guitar Ray.. Dynamite!
Avatar Sat. 4/23/16 11:30am Michael Shelley:

emailed - no cell (yet)
  Sat. 4/23/16 11:35am 1whoknewcthulhu:

Thank you for mentioning Prince, Michael. Radio has been strangely silent remembering him.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/23/16 11:37am Juke Joint Jonny:

Least Beatle-esque Beatle tribute record? And maybe the best because of that?
  Sat. 4/23/16 11:37am P-90:

Ha! I also heard that nails-scratching-on-blackboard "expert analysis" of the Ramones. And that "invented the merch table" thing had me and my friend laughing out loud. More reason why I listen to less and less NPR.
  Sat. 4/23/16 11:40am 1whoknewcthulhu:

NPR--Not Pro-Ramones
Avatar Sat. 4/23/16 11:40am ChooChoo - ATL:

RE: Rock and Roll criticism. I think Aretha Franklin said it best: When you hear something good, you say: "Baby, you MOVE ME!"
Avatar    Sat. 4/23/16 11:40am myron feld:

Carol Kaye was sick the day they cut "Let's Dance On" so that's why there's no bass on it. True story.
  Sat. 4/23/16 11:40am ?:

As a songwriter and rock musician, I couldn't agree more. Your take on love applies to rock music as well: when you know, you know. No analysis required, and no amount of analysis will change it.
Avatar Sat. 4/23/16 11:47am Marc Francis:

@ Miss Mailas: You are the bestest.
  Sat. 4/23/16 11:47am P-90:

Yay! "I Love to Singa!" Do we know who this was?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/23/16 11:48am Parq:

Hope this isn't stating the obvious.
www.youtube.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/23/16 11:49am Gaylord Fields:

@P-90: Owl Jolson, of course! (Okay, he was voiced by Tommy Bond, a.k.a. "Butch" of the Little Rascals.)
Avatar Sat. 4/23/16 11:50am Michael Shelley:

Is that Butch singing????
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/23/16 11:51am Gaylord Fields:

@Michael Shelley: Yes! And it kinda explains his resentment toward Alfalfa, if you think about it.
Avatar Sat. 4/23/16 11:52am Michael Shelley:

Indeed
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/23/16 11:52am Gaylord Fields:

And thanks for the dedication! David Gates + The Blossoms = No. 1 hit!
  Sat. 4/23/16 11:53am P-90:

That was Tommy Bond? Long-standing question answered! Thanks, and kudos, DJ Gaylord!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/23/16 11:55am ChrisB.:

I have that Tommy Bond bio too, Michael, but IMDB (and Gaylord)confirms Tommy Bond.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/23/16 11:55am Gaylord Fields:

@P-90: Useless factoids at your disposal! That's what I provide.
  Sat. 4/23/16 11:56am DaveinPA:

How old was Johnny Burnette when he wrote that song, I wonder?
  Sat. 4/23/16 11:56am 1whoknewcthulhu:

16
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/23/16 11:56am ChrisB.:

Just finished the Sam Phillips bio by Peter Guralnick. Highly recommended!
  Sat. 4/23/16 11:59am marshakk:

was that a different mix of Youre 16 by johnny b?
"little miss stuck up" may very well be the best tune ever...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/23/16 12:00pm Miss Mailas:

@ChrisB I agree! What a rewarding read that was.
Avatar Sat. 4/23/16 12:01pm Michael Shelley:

I need to get that!
  Sat. 4/23/16 12:02pm thedunkel:

Volume 5 I'll start getting the video ready
Avatar Sat. 4/23/16 12:04pm Michael Shelley:

Aaron -it's going to be a long one!
  Sat. 4/23/16 12:08pm thedunkel:

No worries YouTube has a 10 hour limit
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/23/16 12:14pm Juke Joint Jonny:

Is this the Prince tribute?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 4/23/16 12:14pm Melissa Jean:

mornin! thanks for the Bobby Womack!
Avatar Sat. 4/23/16 12:18pm Marc Francis:

Hey Melissa Jean!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/23/16 12:23pm jmd:

This Tripwires record has been on steady play around here for quite a while. Always good to hear.
Avatar Sat. 4/23/16 12:34pm Michael Shelley:

a great & unique lp!
Avatar Sat. 4/23/16 12:48pm SmokinJ:

SO Sweet!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 4/23/16 12:49pm Melissa Jean:

hey MF!
  Sat. 4/23/16 12:55pm Santos L Halper:

Lenny Breau! that brilliant winnipeg bastard! i saw a documentary about him, where chet atkins related an anecdote about him turning everyone in helen reddy's touring band into a damn dope fiend.
  Sat. 4/23/16 1:00pm P-90:

Thanks, Michael!
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