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Options June 2, 2018: Guest: Frank Sinatra Biographer James Kaplan

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Frank Sinatra  Come Fly With Me (live at the Sands Hotel)   Options
Robbie Fulks And Linda Gail Lewis  Wild, Wild, Wild   Options
Robert Parker  Let's Go Baby (Where The Action Is)   Options
Frank Sinatra and Keely Smith  How Are You Fixed For Love?   Options
Gary Valentine  Tomorrow Belongs To You   Options
Liverpool Scene   Bat Poem   Options
Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys  Hey Lowdown!   Options
Big Tim And The Empires  Cheaters Never Get Anywhere   Options
Frank Sinatra  Luck Be A Lady (live at The Sands)   Options
Frank Sinatra And The Movie Cast   Guys And Dolls   Options
Bucky  Dog Calendar   Options
Pagliaro  Lovin' You Ain't Easy   Options
Frank Sinatra  The Coffee Song   Options
Van Morrison  Want A Danish?   Options
Frank Sinatra  Young At Heart   Options
Byrds, The  Your Gentle Way of Loving Me   Options
Willie Mays of the New York Giants with The Treniers  (Say Hey) Willie Mays Song   Options
Frank Sinatra  The Way You Look Tonight   Options
Frank Sinatra  You Make Me Feel So Young (live at the Sands)   Options
James Kaplan  Interview   Options
Frank Sinatra  Summer Wind   Options
David Marks & the Marksmen  Travelin'   Options
Jim Eanes  I'm No Communist   Options
Earl Jean  I'm Into Something Good   Options
Ken Lazarus  Come And Get It   Options
Frank Sinatra  Monologue   Options

CLICK HERE for an interesting short film about R. Stevie Moore

CLICK HERE for info on Copyright Termination Experts

CLICK HERE to read Michael Shelley's comic "Oh No, It's Tinnitus!"

CLICK HERE to find how how you can submit your own top of the hour WFMU ID

CLICK HERE to find how how to submit music to Michael for airplay consideration

CLICK HERE for very funny excerpts from a notebook where record store clerks logged "anytime we got a dopey phone call, boneheaded comment, or generally batshit customer experience"

CLICK HERE for Quincy Jones on Paul "the worst bass player I ever heard" McCartney, Michael "stole a lot of stuff" Jackson, Astrology, and who killed Kennedy!

CLICK HERE for "Replacing Ringo? The Story Behind Bernard Purdie and The Beatles"

CLICK HERE for a map, with audio links, to whatever the #1 song is in 3000 places around the world

CLICK HERE for a step-by-step guide to repairing damaged record sleeves

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"


CLICK HERE to check the stats

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

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 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"?

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 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."

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 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. 6/2/18 11:00am Listener Baby:

Baby, Why you been gone so long, so long?
  Sat. 6/2/18 11:03am stranger in the morning:

If Ruby Dee married Frank Sinatra, she'd be Ruby Doo-Be-Doo
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/2/18 11:08am Frank In Queens:

Good morning all!
  Sat. 6/2/18 11:09am Baby:

Did he say “Put on your wig”? Way ahead you buddy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/2/18 11:12am duke:

Thanks for the Frank and Keely Smith. They are a great combo.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/2/18 11:13am Michael Shelley:

Paul Rutner on the drums on this
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/2/18 11:16am myron feld:

60% of the Mumps on the Gary single! Paul, Rob & Kristian.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/2/18 11:26am myron feld:

Sinatra at the Sands is my favorite live album ever give.
  Sat. 6/2/18 11:26am Baby:

JP and are not cheating on you right at this moment, Baby
  Sat. 6/2/18 11:26am john the g:

have you heard the frank sinatra recording session bootlegs? don't remember where i got them but they are great
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 6/2/18 11:30am Ciggy:

I was a cheater. I cheated on my 7th grade History teacher. He caught me cheating. I did it (in Frank Sinatra's lingo) for a dame.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/2/18 11:31am Michael Shelley:

J the G - what era are they from?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/2/18 11:31am Frenchie:

allo? hellooOo!
  Sat. 6/2/18 11:35am john the g:

e.g. sessions from 'all alone'
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/2/18 11:36am duke:

Ringo was a great drummer. The dog's not bad either.
  Sat. 6/2/18 11:37am john the g:

also september of my years, and stuff with basie. i have about a dozen of them, and love them. and i loathe big band sinatra
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 6/2/18 11:37am Hughie Considine:

Just from "Dog Calendar" and "African Record Player," it's clear Bucky is possessed by some kind of mad genius.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/2/18 11:38am Michael Shelley:

Agree
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/2/18 11:42am Fernando P:

Sinatra got something right about Brazil.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 6/2/18 11:42am Snortley:

Actually, while the long-circulated rumor has it that Ali said that, it was actually Sonny Liston. Dunno how good a drummer his dog was, though.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 6/2/18 11:43am common:

sammich!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 6/2/18 11:44am Tommy in Neversink:

There needs to be an entire show on the Van Morrison Last Bang session
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 6/2/18 11:45am Tommy in Neversink:

Call it the FU 36
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 6/2/18 11:46am Tommy in Neversink:

Frank Sinatra and Van Morrison ..my two favorite singers...George Jones #3
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 6/2/18 11:48am Hughie Considine:

For a second there I thought Roger said "It's just you're Genoese"
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 6/2/18 11:48am Hughie Considine:

Hope that doesn't permanently alter how anyone experiences this song.
  Sat. 6/2/18 12:02pm Mary Gidge:

What was the name of the good xo lobster restaurant???!!!
  Sat. 6/2/18 12:03pm johnk77:

my recording teacher
the producer norman dayron
many years ago said george jones
was the best white singer
since sinatra
my question for van morrison superfans
is have you ever seen him live?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/2/18 12:08pm Michael Shelley:

www.yelp.com...
  Sat. 6/2/18 12:20pm Barnabus Johnzon:

For Best interpretive singer I nominate Danny Cruz of the Flaming Dragons of Middle Earth, the greatest Western MA band of all time
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/2/18 12:26pm duke:

@Barnabus you may be on to something with that
  Sat. 6/2/18 12:27pm paul:

I thought Bobby Darin was better. And much more versatile.
  Sat. 6/2/18 12:33pm paul:

Love King of Comedy. Great soundtrack, too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 6/2/18 12:35pm Hughie Considine:

Let's just say Ronan got lucky.
  Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/2/18 12:40pm Listener Robert:

There's a bit of "The Nutty Professor" near the end where he just stands silently. It makes me uncomfortable. That's exactly how he wanted it, I'm sure.
  Sat. 6/2/18 12:41pm SeanG:

good stuff!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/2/18 12:41pm duke:

Great interview. Thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 6/2/18 12:42pm Hughie Considine:

Loved that!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/2/18 12:44pm ChrisB.:

James Kaplan. Very interesting, very articulate. Will check out these books.
  Sat. 6/2/18 12:47pm Todd Ellenberg:

Thanks for doing/airing that great interview with Kaplan. Always appreciate your insightful questions. The books are on now on my reading list.
  Sat. 6/2/18 12:52pm paul:

I thought she had a deeper voice (from the Cookies, right?)
  Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/2/18 12:55pm Listener Robert:

At the time of "Come And Get It", there was this guy Brody, I think, who a lot of us assumed it was about, who was purporting to give away money.
  Sat. 6/2/18 12:57pm paul:

Michael J. Brody was in my fraternity at Butler University a few years before I got there. He later committed suicide.
  Sat. 6/2/18 12:58pm paul:

Or james Michael brody.
  Sat. 6/2/18 1:18pm mrmucho:

great interview, just ordered the book
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