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Options December 15, 2018: Guest: Mack Hayes of The Countdown 5

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Artist Track
Countdown 5, The  Uncle Kirby (From Brazil)   Options
Cactus Blossoms, The  Please Don't Call Me Crazy   Options
Wanda Jackson  Funnel Of Love   Options
Merced Blue Notes, The  Bad Bad Whiskey   Options
Anita O'Day  I Hear Music   Options
Model Rockets, The   Dress Up Girls   Options
Countdown 5, The  Maybe I'll Love You   Options
Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis  Your Red Wagon   Options
Della Reese  Brand New Day   Options
JD McPherson  Skinny Santa   Options
Sagittarius  My World Fell Down   Options
Stanley Brothers, The  Finger Poppin' Time   Options
Bagdads, The  Love Has Two Faces   Options
Ray Conniff And The Singers  Make It With You   Options
Neil Sedaka  Bad Blood   Options
Countdown 5, The  My Own Style Of Living   Options
Mack Hayes of The Countdown 5  Interview   Options
Countdown 5, The  Don't Buy Meat From The Milkman   Options
Loretta Lynn   Fist City   Options
Patti Drew  Show Me   Options
JD McPherson  Bad Kid   Options
Tommy Collins  Let Down   Options
Sarah Shook & The Disarmers  Devil May Care   Options
Doo-Rights, The  You're My Girl   Options
John Paul Keith  Something So Wrong   Options
Glen Campbell  Love On the Rocks   Options
Linda Lindell  What A Man   Options
Countdown 5, The  New Years Eve Promo   Options
Six Finger  Commercial   Options
Newscaster  Report On Asiana Flight 214   Options

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CLICK HERE for info on Chris Stamey's new songbook & double album Kickstarter

CLICK HERE Robbie Fulks And Linda Gail Lewis' interview & performance on Fresh Air

CLICK HERE Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis LIVE & unplugged at Paste studios!

CLICK HERE for interesting photos of closed music clubs

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

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

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

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CLICK HERE to check out drummer Jim Gordon's discography

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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"

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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

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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

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

CLICK HERE for detailed Pet Sounds credits

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CLICK HERE for a great documentary about The Cactus Blossoms

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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

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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"

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CLICK HERE for PopSpots: exact locations of album cover photos and other visuals of pop history - tracked down with an obsessive level of research

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CLICK HERE Foo Fighters with Rick Nielsen doing "Stiff Competition" on David Letterman

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CLICK HERE for a piece about mastering that says that sometimes mastering recordings makes them worse

CLICK HERE for The K-Tel Story

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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.

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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. 12/15/18 11:01am Your Ace From Exchange Place:

Good morning!
  Sat. 12/15/18 11:06am Cal Zone!:

It's weird, but this version of Uncle Kirby is missing all of the lead vocals? Is this a demo or something?
  Sat. 12/15/18 11:09am Big Wally Junior:

this is not the greatest color scheme you've ever used
Avatar Sat. 12/15/18 11:10am Michael Shelley:

Suggest a better one
  Sat. 12/15/18 11:18am George in WO:

Morning all! Yay, new Cactus Blossoms.
  Sat. 12/15/18 11:19am Baby:

Baby!
  Sat. 12/15/18 11:20am McGreivey:

Dress Up Girls: turnaround borrowed from The Move.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/15/18 11:25am Corey:

Good morning Michael and listeners! Very excited to have tickets for RF and LGL show in Chicago in February. Thanks for the steer.
  Sat. 12/15/18 11:29am David in ATL from NJ:

One of the best Christmas records ever!
Top 10 for sure.
  Sat. 12/15/18 11:30am Big Wally Junior:

they played this song live on the CBS morning show today
  Sat. 12/15/18 11:31am Joe R.:

Glad to hear you weigh in on the JD McPherson record :D Amazed that this is an original, if you told me Louis Jordan cut it first, I wouldn't have been surprised.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/15/18 11:33am Hughie Considine:

^^what he said
  Sat. 12/15/18 11:38am Joe R.:

@hughie the fact that it's food related is really what clinches the Jordan comparison for me
  Sat. 12/15/18 11:38am egould310:

I’ve been listening to Sagittarius for years. Never new anything about the band. Thanks for the background info, Michael. Merry Christmas!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/15/18 11:39am myron feld:

That was maybe the best Hank Ballard cover I've ever heard.
Avatar Sat. 12/15/18 11:40am Michael Shelley:

Thanks for the tip Big Wally Jr. - www.youtube.com...
Avatar Sat. 12/15/18 11:44am Michael Shelley:

CAL ZONE - the new Countdown 5 has TWO version of UNCLE KIRBY (FB)
Avatar Sat. 12/15/18 11:44am Sonny Rickles:

way better than Bread!
  Sat. 12/15/18 11:46am Cal Zone!:

Ahhhh. 2 versions! Thanks MS! You should play the other one sometime. It's much better!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/15/18 11:47am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Anita Day I can just listen to FMU...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/15/18 11:50am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Authentique Garage Pop. Loves.
Avatar Sat. 12/15/18 11:51am Michael Shelley:

CZ - I like em both
  Sat. 12/15/18 11:52am Guy Walker:

Neil Sedaka Bad Blood? Okay, Michael, got it.
Avatar Sat. 12/15/18 11:56am Michael Shelley:

?
  Sat. 12/15/18 12:03pm mary:

love the color scheme. Fun interview.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/15/18 12:07pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Perpetually shocked & delighted there are more delicious 60s 'Garage' acts I haven't heard of yet!!
Avatar Sat. 12/15/18 12:18pm SmokinJ:

Me thinks Lou Adler got it right! ;-)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/15/18 12:22pm Hughie Considine:

"All pre-'80s" -- that's my favorite genre
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/15/18 12:25pm Mike Sin:

Another great interview -- geeks like myself love hearing the details!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/15/18 12:29pm Ciggy:

Use a KFC scented log for next week's "fire."
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 12/15/18 12:32pm Mailman Tom:

I saw the Steve Miller Band at the Fillmore Auditorium in SF back in April 1998. He played for 3 hours and it was one of the best concerts I've ever been to.
Avatar Sat. 12/15/18 12:35pm SmokinJ:

Steve Rocks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/15/18 12:37pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Seriously good interviewer - Cheers !
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 12/15/18 12:37pm Hoboken Jack:

Fun one, even if JD has basically rewritten one of his own songs!
  Sat. 12/15/18 12:45pm McGreivey:

oops oops
  Sat. 12/15/18 12:50pm David in ATL from NJ:

#1.
Avatar Sat. 12/15/18 12:51pm Michael Shelley:

Sarah Shook - www.youtube.com...
Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis - www.youtube.com...
JD McPherson - www.youtube.com...
Margaret Glaspy - www.youtube.com...
The Dahlmanns - www.youtube.com...
The Explorers Club - www.youtube.com...
The Lemon Twigs - www.youtube.com...
JP Keith - www.youtube.com...
Furies - www.youtube.com...
They Might Be Giants - www.youtube.com...
Robert Finley - www.youtube.com...
Faith Healer - www.youtube.com...
Lisa LeBlanc - www.youtube.com...
Squeeze - www.youtube.com...
Sallie Ford - www.youtube.com...
Ben Vaughn - www.youtube.com...
The Monkees - www.youtube.com...
The Jeevas - www.youtube.com...
Peter & the Penguins - www.youtube.com...
The Del McCoury Band - www.youtube.com...
Nikki Lane - www.youtube.com...
James Hunter - www.youtube.com...
The London Souls - www.youtube.com...
Holly Golightly - www.youtube.com...
  Sat. 12/15/18 12:53pm davefromtoronto:

that's glen campbell??
Avatar Sat. 12/15/18 12:54pm Michael Shelley:

Doing a demo for Elvis
  Sat. 12/15/18 12:58pm DG:

Geezus, I remember seeing the Six Finger commercial as a kid. What a bizarre idea for a toy....
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/15/18 12:59pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

I wonder if it's humanly possible to sum up Glen Campbell's career...
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