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Sat. Dec 15th, 11am - 1pm: Mack Hayes of The Countdown 5 (More info...)
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Options August 11, 2018: Rainy Days

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Artist Track
Rock Garden  Rainy Days   Options
Lemon Twigs, The  Foolin' Around   Options
Robbie Fulks And Linda Gail Lewis  Round Too Long   Options
George Jackson  Humpin To Please   Options
Geoff Love  Eso Beso   Options
Fabienne Delsol  The Way I Feel About You   Options
Tommy Roe  Aggravation   Options
Charlie Rich  Down and Out   Options
Capitols, The  Good Lovin'   Options
Replacements, The  Everything's Coming Up Roses   Options
Barry and The Remains  Why Do I Cry?   Options
Kenny Vaughan (with the Fabulous Supurlatives)  The Things I Do   Options
Bo Diddley  Come On Baby   Options
John Paul Keith  Leave Them Girls Alone   Options
Marianne Faithfull  Rosy Won't You Please Come Home   Options
Merle Haggard  Mixed Up Mess Of A Heart   Options
Little Luther  The Twirl   Options
Buddy Cole  Powerhouse   Options
Blondie  11:59   Options
Arbors, The  Mr. Bus Driver   Options
Don Gibson  Who Cares?   Options
Antoine Dodson and The Gregory Brothers, featuring Kelly Dodson  Bed Intruder Song   Options
Jake Bugg  There's A Beast And We All Feed It   Options
Challengers, The  The Streets of London   Options
Brad Paisley  Two Feet of Top Soil   Options
Furies  Weer Gonna Have Some Fun   Options
Untamed, The  I'm Leaving   Options
Deke Dickerson  Snatch It And Grab It   Options
Gordon Jackson, Anthony Green & Denise Jackson & The CO-Real Artists  What About You (In the World Today)?   Options
Peter Tosh  Don't Look Back   Options
NRBQ  Here I Am   Options
Mike Russo and The Dellwoods and Friend  Nose Job   Options
James Hand  Baby Baby, Don't Tell Me That   Options
Incredibles, The  There's Nothing Else to Say   Options
Dahlmanns, The  Ring Ring   Options
Bucky  African Record Player   Options
Redd Kross  Stay Away From Downtown   Options
J.D. McPherson  Crying's Just A Thing You Do   Options
Lou Reed  Press Conference 1974 Australia   Options

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CLICK HERE for a free download of the new album "Matt Gets Blue" from Matt Lucas

CLICK HERE for the program MP3 Tag

CLICK HERE to test if you hear Yanny or Laurel

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

CLICK HERE then click "Random Video"

CLICK HERE for a grammar test

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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, 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. 8/11/18 11:03am Listener Baby:

Dear Baby. I feel compelled to let you know that I can no longer listen to your radio show. Saturday morning is not the time I want to be totally entertained, rocked, and educated. Saturdays are also not the time to listen to ANY insightful opinions critical of our wonderful politcal sitiuation. Lastly, I prefer to listen to any prank phone calls on Sunday, not Saturday. Therefore, I will no longer be donating money to WFMU> Until the next fundraiser. Yours, Disgruntled Baby. Oh.. and LIVE FROM JERSEY CITY, IT'S THE MICHAEL SHELLEY SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/11/18 11:04am Frank In Queens:

Well howdy!
Avatar Sat. 8/11/18 11:06am SmokinJ:

Definitely feel compelled to ROCK!
  Sat. 8/11/18 11:06am paul:

Frank, how's Estelle?
  Sat. 8/11/18 11:07am scott:

The Lemon Todds?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/11/18 11:09am Layet J:

Arkansas ain't the middle of nowhere Mike!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/11/18 11:10am myron feld:

Brian is out of the hospital and has rejoined the band in Europe.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/11/18 11:10am Joe C from Brooklyn In Staten Island:

Loving these tunes.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/11/18 11:10am Layet J:

Great songs this morning! Thanks for brining color to my rainy Saturday morning :))
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/11/18 11:10am Frank In Queens:

Estelle Getty? She's dead!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/11/18 11:10am Todd-o-phonic Todd:

Wow, great cut from Robbie and Linda Gail...
Avatar Sat. 8/11/18 11:11am SmokinJ:

My kinda' gal!
  Sat. 8/11/18 11:12am paul:

Estelle Costanza. This isn't Frank Costanza?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/11/18 11:14am Frank In Queens:

Christ, no....
  Sat. 8/11/18 11:16am paul:

LOL!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/11/18 11:22am Frank In Queens:

Whatever happened to CD Player 2 happened a long time ago!
  Sat. 8/11/18 11:23am paul:

Joan Shelley. Any relation?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/11/18 11:24am Joe C from Brooklyn In Staten Island:

"I'm as broke as the 10 Commandments..." Gotta' love it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/11/18 11:24am Listener Baby:

Baby. Do you suppose Robbie and Linda will have Casey, Scott, and Alex in the live band. I know Redd V is playing a few shows with them. Any news on any of this?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/11/18 11:32am Frank In Queens:

Pity that show is on the 20th. I've got tix to Papa Nez that night.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/11/18 11:37am Uncle Michael:

Good morning.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/11/18 11:37am Uncle Michael:

Hey, Michael...we've got our Sweetheart of the Rodeo tickets for next month....speaking of cousin Kenny.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/11/18 11:40am joe mulligan:

so yesterday I was in the seattle airport and saw some old rockers.. I asked who they were and it was The Sweet!! but looking it up there's more than one band now? looking at the sites it's Steve Priest's Sweet who I saw.
  Sat. 8/11/18 11:41am exile-on-hicks-st:

Car salespeople actually PREVENT you from getting a car that you likely already want. It’s so weird.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/11/18 11:43am Bill in W.O.:

I guess if you saw the Russian at the Pine Barrens, you'da said.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/11/18 11:44am Bill in W.O.:

Thanks for playing the JPK record. It's (at least) as good as his last one, I hope others find out.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/11/18 11:47am Mailman Tom:

I love Marianne Faithfull's vocals!
  Sat. 8/11/18 11:54am andrewb:

Marianne does a nice rendition of Nilsson's "Don't forget me"
  Sat. 8/11/18 11:55am davefromtoronto:

i feel like i'm at a hockey game in a loony bin!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/11/18 11:56am Michael Shelley:

Warning: this show may cause whiplash
Avatar Sat. 8/11/18 12:05pm dk50b:

Had no clue Scott Thompson's most iconic character was also a Jazz organist
  Sat. 8/11/18 12:08pm davefromtoronto:

man i can't stand autotune...
  Sat. 8/11/18 12:11pm Marc in BK:

This is disappointing
  Sat. 8/11/18 12:11pm Tyler H:

Haha, Jake Bugg is awesome... and I take credit for turning Michael on to him :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/11/18 12:13pm Michael Shelley:

What Marc What?? PLEASE !!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/11/18 12:14pm Michael Shelley:

MARC Are you in Burger King?
  Sat. 8/11/18 12:18pm Tyler H:

Burger King is usually disappointing
  Sat. 8/11/18 12:18pm Pedro in Arlington:

In honor of the U.S. Space Force, would love to hear Fountains of Wayne covering ELO from Out of State Plates.
  Sat. 8/11/18 12:23pm Baby:

I’m am digging this.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/11/18 12:23pm Crudbringer:

Oh, you said DEKE, I heard something else.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/11/18 12:26pm Bill in W.O.:

I'm guessing this post-dates the swell version that Dave D. did with Dave Stuckey on their Dave and Deke Combo record from back in the 90's somewheres or another. Worth looking for. Kinda like I keep looking in vain for a copy of that Chris Skaggs record Honky Tonkin' Lifestyle - darn you Michael for putting me onto that wild goose chase!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/11/18 12:27pm mb:

Doing the Tighten Up here myself
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/11/18 12:28pm mb:

Whoops wrong station. Currently skanking for the record:)
  Sat. 8/11/18 12:33pm paul:

Fink along with Mad?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/11/18 12:34pm myron feld:

My sister had this album way back when. "Agnes The Teenage Russian Spy," "Please Mary Jane, When You Gonna Shave Your Legs?" and so much more.
  Sat. 8/11/18 12:35pm paul:

It's a Gas was a #1 hit.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/11/18 12:36pm Tommy in Neversink:

Actually , I am listening to WMFU
  Sat. 8/11/18 12:37pm DG:

I just looked up stuff about MAD's musical efforts (to find out when this was from), and it said King Curtis plays sax on "It's a Gas." Really?
  Sat. 8/11/18 12:38pm paul:

Wow!
  Sat. 8/11/18 12:40pm STUMPY:

Where is Bucky?!?!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/11/18 12:43pm Listener Baby:

First song first volume. Still the best.
  Sat. 8/11/18 12:45pm Hackensack Slim:

Michael,
Here's my guess. You lost at pool Basketball. The payoff was you had to play that crappy Bad Intruder song. Of course I've been wrong before. Otherwise another fine show.
  Sat. 8/11/18 12:47pm STUMPY:

Thankyou kindly.
  Sat. 8/11/18 12:53pm paul:

Old people. Ha.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/11/18 12:54pm common:

I'm so old.
  Sat. 8/11/18 12:54pm paul:

I'm so old I don't buy green bananas.
  Sat. 8/11/18 12:55pm Doobois:

That was gold!
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