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Options October 5, 2019: Kim Shattuck remembered with guest Ronnie Barnett

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Artist Track
Muffs, The  Beat Your Heart Out   Options
Muffs, The  Don't Waste Another Day   Options
Charlie Rich  I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water   Options
Bo Diddley  Mr. Engineer   Options
Luiz Bonfá  Pernambuco   Options
Muffs, The  Become Undone   Options
Cliff Richard & The Shadows  Do You Wanna Dance?   Options
Billy Joe Spears  Mr. Walker It's All Over   Options
LIttle Johnny Taylor  Somewhere Down the Line   Options
Muffs, The  On And On   Options
Muffs, The  Really Really Happy   Options
Everly Brothers, The  Nice Guy (take 19)   Options
Faron Young   It's A Great Life (If You Dont Weaken)   Options
Nina Simone  Come On Back, Jack   Options
Pandoras, The  It's Getting Harder All The Time   Options
Muffs, The  Baby Go Round   Options
Muffs, The  I Get It   Options
Ronnie Barnett   
Muffs, The  Earth Below Me   Options
Muffs, The  From Your Girl   Options
Muffs, The  Goodnight Now   Options
Muffs, The  Every Single Thing   Options
Muffs, The  The Whole World   Options
Muffs, The  End It All   Options
Muffs, The  Born Today (demo)   Options
Muffs, The  Saying Goodbye   Options
Wipper Brothers, The  THE Rocktober   Options
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CLICK HERE for a detailed look at cymbals in 1920s jazz

CLICK HERE for The Liner Notes Project

CLICK HERE to hear the new number one hit from Juniper

CLICK HERE to hear a lovely short BBC radio piece where Nick Lowe talk about Fatback Louisiana USA by Tennessee Ernie Ford and Harlan County by Jim Ford

CLICK HERE for the old switcheroo: A new episode of the Casey's Musical Dustbin Radio podcast where Michael Shelley is the interview subject.

CLICK HERE to hear Laura Cantrell interviewed on the Stereo Hysteria podcast

CLICK HERE to read "How the Beach Boys’ Lost Late-Sixties Gems Got a Second Life "

CLICK HERE to read Michael's recent interview Sonny Curtis on the Please Kill Me website!

CLICK HERE to find out what happened when Jonathan Richman moved to Maine in 1981

CLICK HERE to read Michael's recent interview Lou Reed archivist Don Fleming on the Please Kill Me website!

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 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

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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 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 for the animated guide to compression

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 to listen to a new interview with Jonathan Richman

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 for detailed Pet Sounds credits

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

CLICK HERE for a great documentary about The Cactus Blossoms

CLICK HERE for "Rob Freeman Recording The Ramones"

CLICK HERE to see 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 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

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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"

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CLICK HERE for Ronee Blakley singing "Tapedeck in His Tractor" from "Nashville"

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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 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

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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.

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. 10/5/19 11:00am Listener Baby:

Baby!! We love you!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 10/5/19 11:01am Dominick:

Oh yes!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 10/5/19 11:02am Corey:

RIP Kim. Great song.
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 10/5/19 11:05am Mailman Tom:

She will be missed, but never forgotten.
Avatar Sat. 10/5/19 11:05am Todd-o-phonic Todd:

What a huge and irreperable loss.
  Sat. 10/5/19 11:06am Peter:

A force of happiness-making/joy-full nature.

R.I.P. Kim.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 10/5/19 11:21am nostrangerer:

Thank you for sharing your deep connection with the music with us.
  Sat. 10/5/19 11:21am Issei:

So sad...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 10/5/19 11:23am Goyim in the AM:

My pet theory is that the stage-diving incident was only an excuse -- Kim was actually fired from the Pixies because Black Francis did a Muffs deep dive and realized he had once again signed up a better songwriter than himself to play bass.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 10/5/19 11:23am Mister Dobalina:

How did you it?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 10/5/19 11:23am common:

She rocks
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 10/5/19 11:24am Cooh John:

Thank you for introducing me to Kim and The Muffs. Was hoping to see a performance of The Coolies. We will always have the great songs she left behind.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 10/5/19 11:24am Mister Dobalina:

*do
  Sat. 10/5/19 11:27am tadpoles:

Embarrassed to say that the Muffs went under my radar. Thank heavens for recorded music....and thanks for playing them!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 10/5/19 11:31am Mister Dobalina:

Super cute...the kids,,,
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 10/5/19 11:33am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

THUH SKREAM
Kim was a 1963 baby like me.
I hate this.
:(
Now she is a Legend.
  Sat. 10/5/19 11:34am Dave B. (@BuckyKatt):

So sad to hear about Kim Shattuck. Was fortunate to see The Muffs a few times at Maxwell's in years past. Great songs, voice, & exuberance. And that scream!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 10/5/19 11:35am TheLoneliestMonk:

thanks for this, mike.
besides being cool & how active she was on 'FMU, mainstream press just doesnt cover stories or obits if it's not a major pop star
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 10/5/19 11:35am Mister Dobalina:

That Todd...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 10/5/19 11:35am Mister Dobalina:

Thot Todd?
  Sat. 10/5/19 11:35am johnk77:

legendary
frontperson live
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 10/5/19 11:37am Listener Baby:

Muffs tribute band = Inner Kim
  Sat. 10/5/19 11:37am johnk77:

nytimes obit:
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/03/arts/music/kim-shattuck-muffs-dead.html
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 10/5/19 11:45am Mister Dobalina:

Fav on the stars!
  Sat. 10/5/19 11:46am Frank In Queens:

Hi all. Late to the party again but glad to be here now. Hi Michael!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 10/5/19 11:51am Mister Dobalina:

Es moy bueno story... thanks Micheal.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 10/5/19 11:51am Dominick:

My intro to The Muffs was a fluke.
I was in Bethel, CT, yet somehow my car radio was pulling in WFMU, more than 60 miles past it's typical range.
I was so overwhelmed with joy and wonder, I couldn't concentrate on driving and had to pull over.
  Sat. 10/5/19 11:54am Frank In Queens:

Nicely put Michael. Although I knew of The Muffs before, you were my proper introduction to them. Saw them a couple of times and also saw Kim with The Pandoras when they played Monty Hall. So thank you for that Michael.
  Sat. 10/5/19 11:55am Richie Dubs:

What a great tribute to The Muffs!!!
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 10/5/19 11:58am Ross T.:

Wow, love that Pandoras tune. Definitely a #1. I am appreciating the poignant recollections and sorry for the loss.
  Sat. 10/5/19 12:05pm Scoots:

The most remarkable thing about Kim Shattuck is that she never sucked. Even with our other all-time favorites, we can think of a record, or show, or video where we think "yeah, they missed the mark there." Kim never missed the mark. She always brought her A-Game, she was the best, and I'll love her forever.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 10/5/19 12:09pm Mister Dobalina:

The Muffs were the Muffs.. what an azaming line.
  Sat. 10/5/19 12:11pm Scoots:

Request: Please play "From Your Girl". The chord progression at the end is STAGGERING.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 10/5/19 12:21pm Mister Dobalina:

Michael, you're a very good interviewer!
  Swag For Life Member Sat. 10/5/19 12:23pm Geoffrey in Ottawa:

What a great show. Clearly celebratory but also imbued with undeniable sadness. This is radio at its best.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 10/5/19 12:24pm Dominick:

hearbreaking
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 10/5/19 12:29pm Ross T.:

Oops.
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 10/5/19 12:37pm Hoboken Jack:

Wow, much thanks and love to Ronnie for clearly a difficult interview to do -- thank you Michael as well.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 10/5/19 12:37pm Listener Baby:

As only you can do, Baby. Perfect.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 10/5/19 12:38pm BVP:

hugs, love, sheesh.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 10/5/19 12:38pm Doug S.:

Exceptionally beautiful radio, Michael. Even more than usual.
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 10/5/19 12:39pm Ross T.:

Feels slight to say this was 'great radio" but it sure was. I was supposed to leave the apartment a half hour ago but keep sticking to hear a few more minutes. Reminds me of how I fell in love with radio way back when -- real personality and community. And oh yeah great music. Will make my pledge and get on with my day but thank you Michael.
  Sat. 10/5/19 12:39pm Scoots:

THANK YOU!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 10/5/19 12:40pm Corey:

Joy and sadness. Really beautiful stuff.
  Sat. 10/5/19 12:42pm Christina Low:

Having experienced losing a bandmate, I can’t even imagine being able to do what Ronnie just did. Thank you for the beautiful tribute and interview, gents.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 10/5/19 12:45pm nostrangerer:

Ronnie, thank you so much for sharing with us. Heroic achievement to now open up with us and honor Kim the person and Kim the creator.
  Sat. 10/5/19 12:47pm Dave B. (@BuckyKatt):

Thanks to Michael & Ronnie for the nice, long interview; I'm sure it wasn't easy to do. And thanks for playing all the Muffs & other Kim S. tunes.
  Sat. 10/5/19 12:55pm Stuart Rose:

LIke a few people here, I’m hearing a lot more Muffs/Pandoras songs than I’d before. Man, did I miss a lot.
But I remember Michael’s interview with Kim a few years ago and how full of crazy warm spirit she was.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 10/5/19 12:57pm Goyim in the AM:

If anybody ever wrote "Saying Goodbye" about me, I wouldn't expect "I Get It" from her 25 years later -- but man, would I ever be grateful for it.
  Sat. 10/5/19 12:59pm Barb M:

Thank You Michael for the loving tribute.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 10/5/19 12:59pm Mister Dobalina:

You're killin' me Mike!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 10/5/19 1:01pm listener 126464:

Thanks Michael, thanks WFMU, thanks The Muffs
  Wed. 10/9/19 4:25pm Miss Georgia Peach:

Thank you for the Ronnie interview and the thoughtful playlist.
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