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Options August 18, 2018: Guest: Brett Berns, director of "BANG! The Bert Berns Story"

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Artist Track
Solomon Burke  Won't You Give Him (One More Chance)   Options
Lulu  I'll Come Running Over   Options
Robbie Fulks And Linda Gail Lewis  Till Death   Options
Shirley Ellis  Sugar, Let's Shing-A-Ling   Options
Geoff Love  Eso Beso   Options
Chris Isaak  I'm Not Sleepy   Options
Andy Kim  This Is The Girl   Options
Charley Crockett  Goin' Back To Texas   Options
Isley Brothers, The  The Basement   Options
Mustangs, the  Baby Let Me Take You Home   Options
Astro Chimp  She's My Summer Girl   Options
Bari & The Breakaways  Despair   Options
Del Reeves   A Dime At A Time   Options
Erma Franklin  Piece of My Heart   Options
Brett Berns  Interview   Options
Ben E. King  Si Señor   Options
John Paul Keith  Something So Wrong   Options
Bobby Fuller Four  Julie   Options
Jimmy Donley And Ernie Chaffin  The Domino Twist   Options
Clarence & Calvin   Rooster Knees & Rice   Options
Som Tres  For Once In My Life   Options
Badfinger  No Matter What   Options
Los Shakers  Break It All   Options
Skeets McDonald  The Tattooed Lady   Options
Wilson Pickett  Believe I'll Run On (Gospel Jam)   Options
Hi-Risers, The  Stella's Got a Fella   Options
Easybeats  A Letter   Options
Flying Burrito Brothers, The  If You Gotta Go, Go Now   Options
Lennis Guess  Workin' For My Baby   Options
Los Machucambos  El Cumbachero   Options
Candy Butchers, The  California Girl   Options
Chip Taylor  Here I Am   Options
Gosdin Brothers, The  Love at First Sight   Options
Dynamics, The  I Don't Want Nobody to Lead Me On   Options
Paul Collins  Just Too Bad You're Leaving   Options
Elvis Costello & The Attractions  I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down   Options
Dickies, The  You Drive Me Ape (You Big Gorilla)   Options
Miss Cleo  Call A Libra   Options

CLICK HERE for info on the new compilation "Back Patio Bliss" produced by listener Baby!

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

CLICK HERE for Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

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. 8/18/18 11:08am Craig in MoTown:

Lulu's killing it- pow, pow,pow!
  Sat. 8/18/18 11:10am paul:

You like Robbie Fulks And Linda Gail Lewis, don't you? Me, too.
  Sat. 8/18/18 11:29am andrewb:

Charey Crockett's a pretty interesting guy. Played on the subways for a while I think
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 8/18/18 11:44am duke:

I just read Here Comes The Night by Joel Selvin. It's a biography of Bert Berns. Pretty good read.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/18/18 11:53am Michael Shelley:

great book!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 8/18/18 11:58am myron feld:

Michael, I missed the end of the interview. Did Brett mention what (if any) streaming services the movie is available on?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/18/18 12:07pm Michael Shelley:

MAYBE HERE - www.bangthebertbernsstory.com
  Sat. 8/18/18 12:11pm davefromtoronto:

now this is number onest!
  Sat. 8/18/18 12:13pm Pedro in Arlington VA:

Jimmy Donley had a sad life and ending.
  Sat. 8/18/18 12:17pm davefromtoronto:

michael you were and are one of the best interviewers i've ever heard.
  Sat. 8/18/18 12:19pm paul:

Couldn't find the film Bang: The Bert Berns Story on Amazon Video. Any way to view it?
  Sat. 8/18/18 12:27pm davefromtoronto:

the new aquarium is well worth the visit. right downtown.

it's amazing.
  Sat. 8/18/18 12:27pm paul:

Mother-in-Law? Find a place that serves booze.
  Sat. 8/18/18 12:28pm Pedro in Arlington VA:

Stop at the Buffalo cemetery in which Millard Fillmore is buried a few hundred feet from Rick James. America at its best.
  Sat. 8/18/18 12:33pm fxo:

nice set of wheels, Michael!
  Sat. 8/18/18 12:36pm Cal Zone!:

Stop in Rochester and check out the Strong Museum of Play! It's a fantastic collection of toys and leisure themed exhibits for all ages. Also consider visiting both sides of Niagara Falls. The American Side has the beautiful Goat Island area...a naturalistic approach and vantage point. The Canadian side is beautiful too, but it's more European/Manicured gardens/plantings. Try to see both and make up your own mind.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 8/18/18 12:39pm Bill in W.O.:

hey Michael! True Car worked. Cool.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/18/18 12:43pm Stashu:

Second City is fun! See what shows are there. Sometimes they do open mics. Those can be fun!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/18/18 12:44pm Stashu:

Those midwest folks can be funny! There is one in Michigan too. Canada is fairy close so we would share comedians from Canada. I always loved Toronto.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/18/18 12:44pm Stashu:

Fairly not fairy!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/18/18 12:45pm Stashu:

Also greeting from Yonkeria! Will and I love your show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/18/18 12:46pm Stashu:

Greetings* ahhhh typos
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/18/18 12:48pm Stashu:

Canada always to me, seemed more cool than Detroit but I feel like being so close to Canada made Detroit more cool. Maybe that's not a popular opinion. Kids in the Hall are from Toronto! That's just a little example of what I think of Canadians. They have an elevated sense of humor. I love Canada!
  Sat. 8/18/18 12:53pm spodiodi:

ahhh the Jerky Boys
  Sat. 8/18/18 12:54pm Canada:

Monday's Cupcake Polka !
Avatar Sat. 8/18/18 12:56pm dk50b:

If hydropower's your thing, the Robert Moses Niagara Power Station has a great exhibit www.nypa.gov... Or if architecture is of interest Buffalo is the only US city with surviving works by our 3 greatest, H.H. Richardson, Louis Sullivan, and Frank Lloyd Wright. Best wings (not Buffalo Wings, since they can't fly) are at Duff's, which is all over Western NY and a few in TO. Ontario Science Center is the prototype for such places. CN Tower touristy but worth it.
Avatar Sat. 8/18/18 12:56pm Dr. Goot:

You Drive Me Ape! Nice one.
  Sat. 8/18/18 12:59pm dpk:

Omg. I _miss_ these prank call segments. They never fail to make me roar. There was one guy whose name I’ve forgotten you used to broadcast. Please make these a habit again
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