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Options December 20, 2014: Holiday Spectacular w/ Nick Lowe & special guests!

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Artist Track
Nick Lowe  I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday   Options
Frank Sinatra  Mistletoe & Holly   Options
Margo Guryan  I Don't Intend To Spend Christmas Without You   Options
Dave The Spazz   
Brendan Hanlon and the Bat Men  Christmas Party   Options
Jonathan Richman  Roudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer   Options
Mitchell Kezin  INTERVIEW   Options
Mighty Sparrow  The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot   Options
george jones  Twisting With Santa Clause   Options
Smithereens, The  Christmastime All Over the World   Options
Dennis Diken   
Four Seasons, The  Jungle Bells   Options
Byron Lee & The Dragonaires  Silver Bells   Options
Nick Lowe  Christmas At The Airport   Options
Nicl Lowe  INTERVIEW   Options
Nick Lowe  Children Go Where I Send Thee   Options
Todd-o-phonic Todd   
Handsome Family   So Much Wine   Options
Mr. Finewine   
Horace Williams & Choker Campbell  I'm Going Christmas Shopping   Options
Cheap Trick  I Want You For Christmas   Options
Huey Piano Smith & The Clowns  Rock and Roll Santa   Options
Bryan Hyland  It's Christmas Once Again   Options

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 to watch Mad Magazine's never aired 1974 tv special

CLICK HERE for a project trying to collect a unique sound for all 565 towns in New Jersey

CLICK HERE for a tricky but worth it recipe for Flaky Buttery Crescent Rolls, which were my favorite thing I made for Thanksgiving

CLICK HERE for a dose of Power Pop from the excellent stereohysteria podcast!

CLICK HERE for Joe Belock's interview with Jonathan Richman

CLICK HERE for an interview with Tim K. Smith director of the new WFMU documentary

CLICK HERE to see Glyn Johns sing

CLICK HERE for the genius school teacher who wore the same outfit for yearbook pictures for 40 years

CLICK HERE for a behind the scenes piece about Linda Ronstadt's "You’re No Good"

CLICK HERE for a behind the scenes piece about T. Rex’s ‘Get It On

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

CLICK HERE 23 Telltale Signs You Live In A Hipster Neighbourhood (sic)

CLICK HERE for a beginner’s guide to the sweet, stinging nostalgia of The Beach Boys

CLICK HERE for the preview of the new WFMU documentary "Sex And Broacasting"

CLICK HERE for the LANDR website - where robots master your music for free

CLICK HERE for info on the Silverball Museum in Asbury Park

CLICK HERE for Bill Murray on The Howard Stern Show 10/08/14

CLICK HERE for another piece about how the streaming music business model is doomed for eternity to be a disaster for musicians

CLICK HERE for forty photos of The Brown Sisters

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

CLICK HERE to watch a great piece on The Ramones!

CLICK HERE for Phil Baugh's "Country Guitar"

CLICK HERE to watch Lou Reed act like a total a-hole

CLICK HERE to watch the BBC Documentary "Squeeze - Take Me I'm Yours" (if you're not too sick)

CLICK HERE for "Top 50 most collectable records"

CLICK HERE for The K-Tel Story

CLICK HERE to hear The Odd Couple sing

CLICK HERE for the "Top 50 most collectable records"

CLICK HERE for the N.Y. Times story about the Brazilian bus magnate who’s buying up all the world’s vinyl records

CLICK HERE for a difficult crossword puzzle created by listener Alex which was rejected by the New York Times. Hint: knowing the music of The Zombies will help!

CLICK HERE for a piece from a guy who played in a prison band with drummer Jim Gordon

CLICK HERE for a piece on the dynamic between Lennon & McCartney

CLICK HERE for a documentary about record collectors

CLICK HERE for a piece on The Angelettes


CLICK HERE to see "Triumph Watches The World Cup, Part 1"

CLICK HERE for a new Stereohysteria podcast featuring Robbie Fulks' music and an interview.

CLICK HERE to see what Sotheby's is selling in their "A Rock & Roll History: Presley to Punk" auction

CLICK HERE for a a piece by bass player Ernie Brooks remembering his days in Jonathan Richman's Modern Lovers

CLICK HERE for a funny video with info on Jay Gonzalez's Kickstarter campaign.

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 info about Fender's plans name Bono and the Edge from U2 to its board, and a video about the company's business troubles.

CLICK HERE for optical illusions

CLICK HERE to read or download the liner notes for "More Super Hits of the Seventies"

CLICK HERE for "The Jarmels" "A Little Bit of Soap" - don't think this is the original lead singer - but he does a great job

CLICK HERE for info on Joel Selvin and his book "Here Comes The Night: The Dark Soul Of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business Of Rhythm and Blues"

CLICK HERE for Bert Berns Info!

CLICK HERE for the Abbey Road crossing cam

CLICK HERE to find out if we need to be touching

CLICK HERE for a short film of two craftsmen at work

CLICK HERE to see actual AFM contracts for some legendary recording sessions

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 watch the famously hard to find MC5 documentary

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 Paul Lukas' excellent piece about cultural criticism

CLICK HERE to read "A Portrait of the Worst Guy Ever"

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 find out how Sweden’s domination of the international pop charts started

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 a good Kirsty MacColl documentary from the BBC

CLICK HERE for Roz Chast's piece “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?”

CLICK HERE for a brief history of the baritone guitar"

CLICK HERE for a two hour documentary about Louis Prima

CLICK HERE for "The Making of 96 Tears"

CLICK HERE for a Rolling Stone piece about The Jerky Boys

CLICK HERE for Ronee Blakley singing "Dues" from "Nashville"

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

CLICK HERE for Ronee Blakley & Henry Gibson singing "One, I Love You" from "Nashville"

CLICK HERE and tell me if you think this is really edited from the news, or if it was performed knowingly

CLICK HERE to play the web Theremin

CLICK HERE to see the set list of the Cheap Trick show i saw last week

CLICK HERE to see drummer Joff from the band Bucky so some drawings of old people

CLICK HERE if you want see a lady call for President Obama's execution. My mind keeps returning to his video and what it means about how screwed up our county is.

CLICK HERE for wrong from the get go NPR blog "The Worst Songs Of All Time?"

CLICK HERE for my July 2007 interview with Mighty Hannibal

CLICK HERE for the website of the guy who shot Bigfoot

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 a weird Tonight Show episode where Jerry Lewis fills in for Johnny, with guest Bob Hope

CLICK HERE for the Jim Keltner Discography

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 Rolling Stone's 500 Worst Reviews of All Time, according to Schmidtt

CLICK HERE for the 1966 Esquire Magazine piece "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold"

CLICK HERE for a dumbly titled, but interesting piece on Tom Wilson

CLICK HERE to find out about folks buying old lps in the USA to sell in Europe

CLICK HERE for a grammar test

CLICK HERE for Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

CLICK HERE for the first issue of "BOMP!" magazine

CLICK HERE to see Jerry Lewis and Al Goldstein show of gadgets in 1976 on "A.M. New York"

CLICK HERE for Nick Lowe's odd appearance on the Adam Carolla show.

CLICK HERE for a $400+ out of print book about Pub Rock that Nick Lowe mentions - OR - buy it HERE for for £17 (about $28), including postage, on Will Birch's website

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 for a new interactive video from Bob Dylan

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 STAX at The White House

CLICK HERE to read the list of the best selling vinyl records of the last 20 years

CLICK HERE for photos of Nashville session cello player Byron Bach's ledger from Paul Lukas' excellent Permanent Record web site

CLICK HERE if you're a BEATLE fan!


CLICK HERE for The Turtles "Happy Together" (vocals only)

CLICK HERE to read the story behind Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side” bass line

CLICK HERE I think this hurts ants, but it looks cool - I want one

CLICK HERE for a long documentary on The Everly Brothers!

CLICK HERE for Ernie Bushmiller illustrated autobiography, on an amazing website

CLICK HERE for The Mills Brothers

CLICK HERE for some videos from the BUCKY album 'Women, Ladies and Girls (Sing the Bucky Songbook).' (I especially like THIS ONE! {due to the great acting})

CLICK HERE for James Jamerson & Gladys Knight going nuts on I Heard It Through The Grapevine

CLICK HERE for Wilton Felder's so good isolated bass on "I Want You Back"

CLICK HERE read producer Steve Albini’s incredible four-page letter to Nirvana

CLICK HERE for a 1958 film "The Capitol Tower"

CLICK HERE for interesting reviews of Haribo Gummy Candy Sugarless Gummy Bears 5-Pound Bag

CLICK HERE to find out Popular Science is shutting off their comments

CLICK HERE for an article by WFMU's Joe McGasko: "Johnny Cash: 10 Things You Might Not Know About Him"

CLICK HERE for info on the new Nashville DVD

CLICK HERE for " The Weirdest Photos Of Mike Love You Can Find "

CLICK HERE for some Steve Allen bashing

CLICK HERE for The Beach Boys reunion show live In Japan - full show

CLICK HERE and page down to the Violent Femmes Trivia section

CLICK HERE for Liverpool Scene's "Batpoem Live!

CLICK HERE for Deke Dickerson's 2013 Tour Documentary--PART ONE!

CLICK HERE for a "Step Inside Legendary New Jersey Radio Station WFMU!

I have low expectations for THIS

CLICK HERE to read about how Adam Schlesinger? from Fountains of Wayne writes songs

CLICK HERE to watch The Beach Boys pretend to record "Good Vibrations"

CLICK HERE for The Mighty Hannibal "Midnight Hour" on The !!!! Beat

CLICK HERE for Rock Aficionados Try to Spin Old Vinyl Into Gold in New Investing Track

CLICK HERE for Ted Nugent

CLICK HERE for "Iconic NYC Music Venues, Then And Now" slideshow

CLICK HERE for "Ex”-Cheap Trick Drummer Bun E. Carlos in Lawsuit With “Former” Band Mates"

CLICK HERE for Sinatra doing his thing

CLICK HERE for 45 minutes of Elvis Costello & The Attractions at their peak

CLICK HERE to watch the full "Beach Boys Live in Concert 50th Anniversary"

CLICK HERE to see listener Bjarne from Norway who tattooed the Woof Moo Logo on his hip area

CLICK HERE for some live Magic and CLICK HERE for the proper chords.

CLICK HERE for Celebrity Make Unders – What Would Celebrities Look Like If They Were Everyday People?!

CLICK HERE to listen to almost every top 10 of the top 40 era.

I love THIS!

CLICK HERE for a short documentary on Donnie And Joe Emerson!

CLICK HERE for info on Fake Amps!

CLICK HERE to hear Gene Simmons say that Ace Frehley is a drugged racist with low self esteem who did nothing

CLICK HERE to see Malcolm Brickhouse & Jarad Dawkins sixth-grade metalheads from Flatbush, Brooklyn

CLICK HERE to hear David Letterman ask: "Are Those Your Drums?"

CLICK HERE for a PDF of who plays what on Everly Brothers recordings.

CLICK HERE for How we made "You Really Got Me"!

CLICK HERE this train wreck is a great microcosm of what is wrong with the world.

CLICK HERE for Nina Simone: nutty but good.

CLICK HERE to read: KISS' Paul Stanley: 'I Don't Need The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame'

CLICK HERE to read: An Open Letter From a Bar Owner to Musicians!

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 someJerry. The whole clip is crazy - but 2:13 in is really off the charts nuts.

There's some controversy about the coin toss that decided who would get seats in the plane that crashed on February 3, 1959 and killed Buddy Holly, Richie Vallens & Big Bopper. CLICK HERE for "An open Letter & Challenge to Dion from Tommy Allsup" then CLICK HERE for Dion's version from "The Wanderer Talks Truth"

CLICK HERE to explore & watch a short film on The Cosimo Code, an attempt to catalog every Cosimo Matassa 45!

CLICK HERE for info on an amazing new drug: Unpretentiousil!

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

CLICK HERE to read Carol Kaye review of "The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret"

Apparently Bowie offered "Golden Years" to Elvis Presley - but The King declined. CLICK HERE former guest Stevie Riks nails the Elvis/Bowie duet version.

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Listener comments!

Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:04am Baby:

Baby. Happy Holidays to you, and and your wonderful listeners from Paso Robles, CA. Here's to another great year of #1 Hit.
  11:04am Red:

The only Christmas show I will listen to this year (though I will watch Mr Magoo's Christmas Carol, which has the best songs)
Avatar 11:07am glenn:

gaylord! awesome.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:08am Greg from Bloomfield:

Happy Hollandaise, gang!
Avatar 11:10am SmokinJ:

Margo rules..
Avatar 11:12am glenn:

like margo's vocal, hate the background caterwauling.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 11:13am Greg:

Feels kinda like a marathon show...
  11:13am Miss Georgia Peach:

Gaylord and Dave the Spazz???!!! Yay and I'm freakin out with happiness
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:13am Greg from Bloomfield:

SPAZZ! It's a cavalcade of stars!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:13am Ken From Hyde Park:

Cheers for Gaylord! Cheers for Dave The Spazz!
  11:18am V Priceless:

Hey Michael and Gaylord! Festival!!!
Avatar 11:19am Sonny Rickles:

Happy Crimble from sunny (almost) San Diego!
Avatar 11:21am Billy Jam:

yay! up and at em and tuned in for what is gonna be more good radio……happy holidays Michael and thank you for making Saturdays extra enjoyable with your great radio shows!
Avatar 11:25am Billy Jam:

at Greg - you're right in that does feel kinda like a Marathon show
Avatar 11:28am Billy Jam:

DAMN! there's that many Christmas records!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:30am Parq:

I just saw the doc last night. It's brilliant, just great. What really puts it over the top is the superb editing.
  11:32am Marc:

Let's hope Kim Jong Un isn't opposed to the movie
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:33am Gaylord Fields:

Kim Jong-un IS the boy that Santa Claus forgot.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:36am Brian in UK:

Thanks Parq, just dangle that carrot. No give it to one of the reindeer. Region 1 only. Great.
Avatar 11:38am Billy Jam:

great interview Michael - thanks - hey Gaylord! thanks for spelling Kim Jong's name correctly "-un" and saving WFMU from hack attack :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:41am Parq:

Brian, it's easily available on line. Easily. I paid $4 US for 7 days access at Amazon. Oh, and Irwin is in it. Briefly. At Joe McGasko's desk.
  11:44am SeanG:

today is an epic WFMU day
  11:45am V Priceless:

Dennis: how was it playing with Dave Davies?
  11:57am JakeGould:

Kim Jong-un is so amazing. People will grow up thinking that guy is the epitome of evil because of a movie. So wow!
  11:59am V Priceless:

God this is brilliant!
Avatar 12:00pm nah:

great track
  12:01pm JakeGould:

Nicl Lowe?
Avatar 12:02pm Tidepoolbay:


Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 12:10pm Hoboken Jack:

I guess Los Straightjackets didn't listen to the 2004 Ian McLagan interview that Fresh Air just rebroadcast: He despised "Itchykoo Park."
Avatar 12:13pm Billy Jam:

another great interview - thanks Michael and Gaylord….hey JakeGould
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:14pm Brian in UK:

@Parq. Thanks.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:18pm Jeezy:

I made a small donation to WFUV yesterday where I called them "WFMU's (not quite as cool) dorky little sister. " And I was the only donation not mentioned on air!
Avatar 12:19pm Tidepoolbay:

Pow Pow Pow!!!

Woof woof woof!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:22pm Brian in UK:

When you fell asleep with blood on your teeth. Poetry.
Avatar 12:24pm glenn:

handsome family twice in one day.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:26pm ChrisB.:

Gaylord is a very funny fellow.
  12:31pm jillydg:

Happy Holidays Fellows! Nick Lowe for King Sugarplum.
Avatar 12:33pm drewo:

Turner Hall is a grand and great old space. Why visiting grandma in Milwaukee this year we saw Bonobo perform there. (Grandma did not join us for the show).
Avatar 12:33pm glenn:

2014 darwin awards. toronto.craigslist.ca...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:35pm ChrisB.:

Gee, Michael's show is like an old Dean Martin Christmas TV special. Waiting for Norm Crosby to drop in.
  12:38pm SeanG:

thanks for that link Glenn-hahaha
  12:41pm Marc:

@gaylord Kim Jong Un is a disturbed man
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:43pm Gaylord Fields:

@ChrisB: I don't have as many Christmas as some, but I do own the Golddiggers Xmas album!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:46pm Gaylord Fields:

@Marc: So am I, which is why I didn't choose dictatorship as a career path.
Avatar 12:48pm glenn:

but at least you'd be a benevolent dictator, gaylord.
  12:49pm R2:

FYI, The Huey Piano Smith Christmas album is available on iTunes.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:50pm Gaylord Fields:

@glenn: True, but my kids and grandkids — watch out for them!
  12:50pm Marc:

@Gaylord: Same with me.
  12:55pm Elias (Fan Club Member #40):

"eat em up yum yum"
  12:56pm lloyd michigan:

Grease Wheezer.
  12:56pm JakeGould:

Weep… Wooowwwwwwww…… youtu.be...
Avatar 12:58pm purpleknif:

my boss and I use fidget instead of midget a lot, thanks again to Stymie.
  12:58pm Eric:

  12:59pm dennis diken:

Merry Christmas everyone, great show Michael, Gaylord! V Priceless, playing w Dave was a gas!
  4:16pm Aaron:

Merry Christmas Mike, thanx for the tunes year round.
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