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Sat. Dec 1st, 11am - 1pm: Michael welcomes background singer extraordinaire Ron Hicklin (More info...)
Sat. Dec 15th, 11am - 1pm: Mack Hayes of The Countdown 5 (More info...)
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Options January 27, 2018: Guest: Delbert McClinton

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Artist Track
Rondels, The  I Cry Cause I Care   Options
Ron-Dels, The  A Picture Of You   Options
Dave Dudley  Two Six Packs Away   Options
Willie Harper  A New Kind Of Love   Options
Tirogo  Float   Options
Yolks, The  I Want Your Number   Options
Rondels, The  It's Over   Options
Ron-Dels, The  If You Really Want Me To, I'll Go   Options
Merle Travis & Joe Maphis  Cannonball Rag   Options
Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs  Come Along   Options
Margaret Glaspy  You And I (NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert)   Options
Ron-Dels, The  I Lost My Love Today   Options
Doug Lavalley with the Songsmiths  190 More Days   Options
Ruth Brown  As Long as I'm Movin   Options
Rondels, The  Tina   Options
Delbert McClinton  Interview   Options
Rondels, The  Lost In A Dream   Options
Ella Mae Morse  Get Off It And Go   Options
Bucky  African Record Player   Options
Bucky  I Am Dark   Options
Sweet  Teenage Rampage   Options
Ferlin Husky  I Can't Go On This Way   Options
Dorothy Ashby   Love Is Blue   Options
Dr. Feelgood  All Through the City   Options
Rising Storm, The  Don't Look Back   Options
Johnny Buckett  Hippie In A Blunder   Options
Snooks Eaglin  Veal Chop And Pork Chop   Options
Som Tres  Frevo Rasgado   Options
Elvis Costello   Blue Chair   Options
Gentrys, The (not)  Keep On Dancing   Options
Jerry Lee Lewis  He Took It Like A Man   Options
Astors, The  Uncle Willie Good Time   Options
Shams, The  Only A Dream   Options
Los Z 66  Keep On   Options
Bo Diddley  Background To A Music   Options
Joe Pernice  Different For Girls   Options
Play It Safe Vol. 4  Part 1   Options

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CLICK HERE for testimony given by Taylor Swift in Colorado district court

CLICK HERE to read the four key lessons learned from the Steely Dan estate lawsuit

CLICK HERE for the animated guide to compression

CLICK HERE to watch a video about a guy who represents was America is all about

CLICK HERE for the official "How To Read Nancy" website

CLICK HERE to check out drummer Jim Gordon's discography

CLICK HERE to listen to/download 1000s of digitized 78s

CLICK HERE to watch Robbie Fulks cover NRBQ at FMU

CLICK HERE for selection from the British Library’s extensive collections of unique sound recordings, which cover the entire range of recorded sound: music, drama and literature, oral history, wildlife and environmental sounds

CLICK HERE for an interview with Brian Wilson where he says "Mike Love is probably the greatest lyric writer in the world. I think he’s my favorite lyric writer. He just wrote a lot of good songs"

CLICK HERE for "Student Group Apologizes for Playing ‘Transphobic’ and ‘Problematic’ Lou Reed Song"

CLICK HERE to see how Steve Keene does it

CLICK HERE for 28:46 of "NRBQ & Friends"

CLICK HERE for "Marty Stuart: The Story of Clarence White & The Parsons/White StringBender "

CLICK HERE to find out "How the Nashville Number System revolutionized recording sessions"

CLICK HERE for the 1988 piece "Who Does Chuck Berry Think He Is?"

CLICK HERE Cheap Trick on "Live At Daryl's House"

CLICK HERE to hear from the amazing Bob Washington, the voice of K-Tel

CLICK HERE for a new song titled "People Are Disgusting" from Jonathan Richman

CLICK HERE to listen to a new interview with Jonathan Richman

CLICK HERE to listen to "Musicians fighting Spotify are ‘so f-cking dumb,’ music industry pundit Bob Lefsetz says"

CLICK HERE to read a Mike Love sympathetic piece titled "Beach Boys seek to overcome discord with new wave of Love"

CLICK HERE to listen to a new NPR interview with Brian Wilson

CLICK HERE for an interesting piece about a journalist trying to interview Brian Wilson

CLICK HERE to read the report on Kippington Lodge's 1967 BBC audition - Includes phrases "painful" & "tone deaf" then CLICK HERE to have a listen & decide for yourself

CLICK HERE for "The Truth of the Flamin' Groovies' Story is Stranger Than Fiction"

CLICK HERE to see the March 25th Hot 100 chart - when Happy Together was number one!!

CLICK HERE for detailed Pet Sounds credits

CLICK HERE for a piece on how they come up with radio ratings & Delilha's radio show

CLICK HERE to see a Thought Leader gives a talk on Thought Leadership

CLICK HERE to find out Why Classic Rock Isn’t What It Used To Be

CLICK HERE to find out Why You Can’t Get a Ticket to the NBA Finals … … and every other major event on the planet

CLICK HERE for a great documentary about The Cactus Blossoms

CLICK HERE to hear "How Music Taste Evolved"


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CLICK HERE for Ringo's isolated drums from "Oh Darling"

CLICK HERE to see some paintings by Jonathan Richman

CLICK HERE for "Rob Freeman Recording The Ramones"

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

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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 sense of pitch

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

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 info on the new, all instrumental, Michael Shelley album

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"?

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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 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 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 for wrong from the get go NPR blog "The Worst Songs Of All Time?"

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 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

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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."

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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 Ernie Bushmiller illustrated autobiography, on an amazing website

CLICK HERE for The Mills Brothers

CLICK HERE for James Jamerson & Gladys Knight going nuts on I Heard It Through The Grapevine

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. 1/27/18 11:00am Listener Baby:

Most exalted Baby. Wig hat, check. I-Phone, check. WFMU App, check. Now is the time in the vineyard when we prune. I need to you to keep me on my feet. Reach back and throw lightning. I need strength.
  Sat. 1/27/18 11:02am Uncle Michael:

greetings from the line at the car wash.
Avatar Sat. 1/27/18 11:02am Tidepoolbay:

Good Morning!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 11:02am Frank In Queens:

Greetings from my living room.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 11:03am duke:

Greetings from my office at home
  Sat. 1/27/18 11:07am Tennessee Jeb:

Mornin’ all. Happy to be listenin live. Keep on truckin’!
  Sat. 1/27/18 11:11am paul:

"Prick Of The Litter" LOL!
  Sat. 1/27/18 11:11am Doc Rock:

Good Morning Michael & All Listeners.
Greetings From My Bed In The Nursing Home.
  Sat. 1/27/18 11:22am ?:

howdy ya'll - a springlike morn on cape cod...
  Sat. 1/27/18 11:23am clarke:

^ uh dat wuz me
  Sat. 1/27/18 11:24am clarke:

pruning away.......
  Sat. 1/27/18 11:26am clarke:

hey frank!! whad'ja do last weekend??
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 11:28am Listener Baby:

Still waiting for my hands to unfreeze. My soul is ready, my body, nah. So.. what's new out there? Baby, what say you?
  Sat. 1/27/18 11:29am Tennessee Jeb:

That was a badass song
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 11:30am Michael Shelley:

Right?!
  Sat. 1/27/18 11:31am clarke:

baby - meaning you are sore from yesterday, right?? you weren't out there pre-dawn??
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 11:32am Listener Baby:

Hour upon hour, everyday. So freaking boring. Going out now. If it's too cold. nothing works out there. Most notably, me.
  Sat. 1/27/18 11:33am clarke:

something i have discovered: aspercreme!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 11:33am Frank In Queens:

@clarke I had an eye doctor appointment; my first in way too long. Got new specs, which I also haven't had in years. Other than that, just relaxed. You?
  Sat. 1/27/18 11:34am clarke:

i recently got my scripts put in my ancient frames, but no eye check, ha ha
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 11:35am Listener Baby:

@ Clarke. Got every version of that stuff. My hand blew up like a balloon two days ago. If you saw my hand, you'd think I was 90 years old. Massive repetitive motion syndrome.
  Sat. 1/27/18 11:36am clarke:

i do the same thing every day: run in the morning and record all day and night
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 11:36am Listener Baby:

That sounds like fun to me.
  Sat. 1/27/18 11:37am clarke:

i hear the song that you are singin Baby!!! i could chime in on the choruses...
  Sat. 1/27/18 11:38am clarke:

of course, this is when the day-job is less
  Sat. 1/27/18 11:38am clarke:

in the winter, the day-gig goes from 7 days a week to 1
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 11:39am Hughie Considine:

Love the image of moving the furniture aside to make a recording. Your show is always deeply educational, so thanks, Michael.
  Sat. 1/27/18 11:57am Marc Grobman:

Re: XERF: When I was a kid in central Colorado in the early 1960s, AM signals reached far! Rock stations WOKC in Oklahoma City and XERF, Villa Acuna, Mexico came booming in as strong as any local stations! "Superstations" in the US broadcast with a maximum of 50,000 watts, but XERF, just over the Texas border, had 250,000, aimed at a US audience. It broadcasted preachers giving sermons, but later on Wolfman Jack would come on. He was the one who intro'd me to Bobby "Blue" Bland.

So cool to hear about Bruce Channel's "Hey Baby." That was a favorite of mine back then. A subtle blend of blues, rockabilly, and pop.
  Sat. 1/27/18 11:58am clarke:

nice one dude!!!
  Sat. 1/27/18 12:04pm clarke:

get off it Baby!!!
  Sat. 1/27/18 12:04pm Guy Walker:

HILDAGO, yes, I immediately thought the same thing and a bit of Otis Rush. A song Los Lobos must be aware of, because it is their kind of shuffle.
  Sat. 1/27/18 12:05pm clarke:

he must be pruning away
  Sat. 1/27/18 12:06pm clarke:

frank - it's all star week for you, right???
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 12:08pm Frank In Queens:

Nah, it's a weekend of from hockey for me. I never watch the All-Star Game. It's a bastardized version of the game. Sometimes the skills competition is fun the night before, but I'm going to see a show tonight, and music ALWAYS beats out hockey.
  Sat. 1/27/18 12:09pm clarke:

right-o!! so, similar to nba
  Sat. 1/27/18 12:10pm clarke:

who you seein'??
  Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 12:12pm norske jersey boy:

Double Bucky and Sweet - this is a good night - thanks from Norway Michael!
Avatar Sat. 1/27/18 12:14pm Tennessee Jeb:

Have to associate Ferlin with the Honky Tonky radio girl. You and Becky together on a show a little while back. one of my favorites.
  Sat. 1/27/18 12:17pm clarke:

wilko johnson
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 12:18pm Frank In Queens:

@clarke, it's a reunion show for a few local bands. The Little Killers, Some Action, and the band that Todd is having perform on his show today, Tie Reds.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 12:18pm Frank In Queens:

This reminds me that I need to play my Dr. Feelgood albums again real soon.
  Sat. 1/27/18 12:19pm clarke:

where's all this goin' on?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 12:19pm Frank In Queens:

Union Pool.
  Sat. 1/27/18 12:19pm clarke:

frank there is a great RockPalast tv show with feelgood on youtube
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 12:21pm Frank In Queens:

I've seen it! It's great!
  Sat. 1/27/18 12:21pm clarke:

rockpalast cracks me up - whatever band is on the stage plays an absolutely killer show - and then the audience gives a lite golf clap.
  Sat. 1/27/18 12:23pm clarke:

keep in mind all the rising sons stuff was re-issued 25 years ago on the Arf Arf label
  Sat. 1/27/18 12:24pm clarke:

and THAT is now a rarity!
  Sat. 1/27/18 12:28pm Doc Rock:

Rising Storm or Rising Sons!?
  Sat. 1/27/18 12:29pm clarke:

snooks used to play EVERY tuesday nite at the Bon Temps Roulet on magazine street....ah, i misheard what MS was laying down - Rising Storm
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 12:31pm Melissa Jean:

uhhhhh I disagree. still gets dark early, leave them lights up!
  Sat. 1/27/18 12:31pm DG:

That Rising Storm track is a cover of the song by the famous Boston band the Remains...it's on the Nuggets compilation.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 12:32pm Zetti:

maxed volume
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 12:32pm Melissa Jean:

Winona didn't take down her lights ;>)-
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 12:34pm Frank In Queens:

That is completely not the consensus of most Stranger Things fans, BTW. Most people feel that S2 fell a bit short of S1. I like both, but S1 a bit more. It's a fun show that doesn't require much brain power to watch. There's also the nostalgic factor, which if you're of a certain age, you can appreciate on a different level.
  Sat. 1/27/18 12:36pm clarke:

i feel that North is the last credible costello album
  Sat. 1/27/18 12:38pm clarke:

it DOES sound like jerry lawler on vox tho
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 12:38pm Michael Shelley:

Brutal Youth!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 12:38pm Uncle Michael:

I do not hear The Mouth of the South.
  Sat. 1/27/18 12:38pm Andy in berlin:

yeah no way this the Gentrys
  Sat. 1/27/18 12:43pm clarke:

that IS brutal!!!
Avatar Sat. 1/27/18 12:48pm marc15:

Hello Michael, I just wanted to tell you that "Paris 1919" by John Cale, that you played two weeks ago, is my new favorite song
  Sat. 1/27/18 12:49pm clarke:

marc - the whole album is fantastic!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 12:49pm Michael Shelley:

excellent!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 12:49pm Michael Shelley:

but now it will probably change to: Background To A Music
Avatar Sat. 1/27/18 12:50pm marc15:

@Clarke I will have to listen, thank you
  Sat. 1/27/18 12:50pm clarke:

i can background to a lotta stuff!!
  Sat. 1/27/18 12:51pm clarke:

i'm a C minor
  Sat. 1/27/18 12:52pm Dennis Diken:

diggin' the mess Mikey!
  Sat. 1/27/18 12:53pm clarke:

drink one for me at the Pool, frank!! fun show ya'll!! going outside to get me some spring....
  Sat. 1/27/18 12:55pm Eric:

Hey shelley, I'm going to leave my Christmas light up till Easter.. Old woman busy body.................
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 12:57pm Michael Shelley:

Eric - you win!
Avatar Sat. 1/27/18 12:59pm Tennessee Jeb:

Right there with you Marc. Must have played that one 100 times after hearing it here lol
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/27/18 12:59pm Frank In Queens:

Good show as always Michael! Everyone enjoy your weekend!
  Sat. 1/27/18 1:00pm DG:

That was made to scare robbers? Because they'd get to a house, hear that for a minutes & get bored to death? For a few seconds, I actually thought it was Nichols & May doing odd accents...
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