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Options April 4, 2015: Guest: Rev. Bill Alberts, PhD

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Artist Track
Freddie Allen  We've Only Just Begun   Options
Chris Collingwood  Sundown   Options
Cactus Blossoms, The  You're Dreaming   Options
Barbara Lewis  Please, Please, Please   Options
Nellie Lutcher  Pa's Not Home   Options
London Souls, The  When I'm With You   Options
Edison Lighthouse  Take A Little Time   Options
Red Foley  Stay All Night   Options
Don And Dewey  Farmer John   Options
Sonics, The  Bad Betty   Options
Sonics, The  Have Love Will Travel   Options
Brian Wilson  The Right Time   Options
Cerro Verde  I Lost A Game   Options
Robert Tamkin  A Teenage Son's Open Letter To His Father   Options
Rev. Bill Alberts, PhD  Interview   Options
Rev. Bill Alberts, PhD  Hey God   Options
Rick Nelson  I've Been Lookin'   Options
Carl Perkins  Lake County Cotton Country   Options
Biz Markie  My Man Rich   Options
Brendan Benson  Tiny Spark   Options
Fourmost, The  Today I'm In Love   Options
Sturgill Simpson  Railroad Of Sin   Options
James Brown  Shhhhhhhh (For a Little While)   Options
Green  She's An Addiction   Options
Bo Pete (aka Harry Nilsson)  Do You Wanna (Have Some Fun)   Options
Roger Miller  I Ain't Coming Home Tonight   Options
Robert Parker  Let's Go Baby (Where the Action Is)   Options
Elvis Costello  Just About Glad   Options
They Might Be Giants  Erase   Options
Wreckless Eric Presents The Hitsville House Band  Kilburn Lane   Options
Runaways, The  Cherry Bomb   Options
Bees  "She's An Artists"   Options
Marx Brothers, The  Everyone Says I Love You   Options
?  Sanford & Son Theme  
Half Pint  Billy Jeans II   Options

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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 to see Cory Branan's "You Make Me" (in 3-D if you have the red and blue glasses)

CLICK HERE for the Stereohysteria podcast episode featuring Deke Dickerson

CLICK HERE for a chart that shows musician deaths by genre

CLICK HERE for info on The Incredible Flamin' Groovies Movie Kickstarter Campaign

CLICK HERE if you have $1500 and are curious what's on these " CBS Demo Tapes from the 50's, 60's and 70's Nashville"

CLICK HERE to watch 12 parts of "Strong Enough to Break" a documentary film completed in 2004 about the making of Hanson's third studio album "Underneath" that chronicles the bands struggle to complete the album in an increasingly corporate music business.

CLICK HERE to read "Squelching Creativity - What the “Blurred Lines” team copied is either not original or not relevant

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 "Neil Young's PonoPlayer: The Emperor Has No Clothes"

CLICK HERE for "It Sure Seems Like Neil Young’s Pono Player Is Bullshit"

CLICK HERE for a cool archive of old magazines

CLICK HERE for "Why Cds May Actually Sound Better Than Vinyl"

CLICK HERE for a Muppets/Biz Markie laugh

CLICK HERE to see some interesting uncut footage of Paul McCartney shot by Albert Maysles

CLICK HERE to create never ending always changing loops of a music files you upload

CLICK HERE for Francis Macdonald's excellent blog post about Kim Fowley

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 "Metal Album Covers Redesigned"

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 HERE for my new year wished to you

CLICK HEREfor the answer to the question "Do Coat Hangers Sound As Good Monster Cables?"

CLICK HERE to watch Big Al Anderson get interviewed on TV

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

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 the preview of the new WFMU documentary "Sex And Broacasting"

CLICK HERE for info on the Silverball Museum in Asbury Park

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 mastering 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"

CLICK HERE for The K-Tel Story

CLICK HERE to hear The Odd Couple sing

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

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 "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 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 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 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 "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 to play the web Theremin

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 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 recommends - OR - buy it HERE for for £20 (about $30), 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 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 for a 1958 film "The Capitol Tower"

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

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

CLICK HERE for some Steve Allen bashing

CLICK HERE for Liverpool Scene's "Batpoem Live!

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

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

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

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

CLICK HERE for Nick Martellaro version of Los Shakers' Always You

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

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

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 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!

  11:03am myron feld:

Happy Muddy Waters's birthday, and anyone else whose birthday might be today!
Avatar 11:08am herb.nyc:

hi michael and all. just in passing, i learned D.BOON's birthday was april 1. good passover & happy easter.
  11:09am lloyd michigan:

Happy 100th to Muddy!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:10am Baby:

  11:16am jOFF!:

This N . Lutcher one is a favourite of mine! Did I put it on a mix cd for yr good self one time?!
Avatar 11:17am Michael Shelley:

I think so Joff!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:18am Baby:

Baby.. Did you get vino?
Avatar 11:19am Toddophonic:

London Souls doing great job of channeling Small Faces!
  11:20am JakeGould:

Avatar 11:22am Michael Shelley:

baby - well into it.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:23am Baby:

My plan is working as designed.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:24am Baby:

What do you think of the world's saddest CD?
Avatar 11:27am Michael Shelley:

It's good to cook dinner to
Avatar 11:29am herb.nyc:

yay AMY RIGBY. she had told me her daughter is in a band (naturally). i wish i could remember name.
  11:34am SeanG:

  11:34am myron feld:

HLWT -- the best Sonics song, which makes it one of the best songs ever give
  11:35am JakeGould:

@Baby: The world’s saddest CD are those piles of unopened, “An My Wife/Husband Sings the Classics” CDs you find in piles at some local thrift shop when some rich retiree decides the whole world should listen to their wife/husband sing the classics on a CD. Some thrift stores don’t even technically “sell” them since they leave them by the front in a box marked “FREE” since nobody wants that stuff.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:36am Ken From Hyde Park:

Well...I've finally started working on my taxes. Wish me luck!
  11:36am lloyd michigan:

Why aren't drugs on that list???
  11:37am lloyd michigan:

Or booze?
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 11:41am Jimmy Wipper:

Sounds like a Seals and Crofts reject to me.
  11:43am Adam:

Who did the version of Stay All Night?
Avatar 11:45am Michael Shelley:

  11:48am lloyd michigan:

We love you, call collect. Got that one, too?
  11:55am JakeGould:

@Adam: According to the playlist, Red Foley.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:57am Baby:

Hi @JakeGould. No, but I'm intrigued.
Avatar 12:06pm Marc Francis:

This guy is amazing.
  12:12pm JakeGould:

@Baby: It depends on where you live, but if you have some “Richie Rich” part of town and that part of town has a thrift store, there is a very high chance that you will find piles of donated and unopened CDs from people who have enough money and time to produce pressed CDs of their husband/wife singing something. Not as fun as you might think. Good source for clean jewel cases if you need them.
  12:13pm JakeGould:

@MichaelShelley: Rev. Bill Alberts, PhD sounds like a mensch. Good for him!
  12:13pm cglenn:

Well done Michael!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:15pm Andrew Waterloo:

meh.. I have to do taxes too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:15pm Guido from Cologne:

The mighty Biz!
Avatar 12:17pm Michael Shelley:

Anybody know what this sample is?
  12:18pm JakeGould:

@MichaelShelley: Biz Markie is sampling “The (Jazz) Crusaders”: Way Back Home. www.youtube.com...
Avatar 12:19pm Michael Shelley:

Thanks Jake!
  12:19pm JakeGould:

You are welcome!
Avatar 12:26pm Michael Shelley:

OUCH: www.salon.com...
  12:29pm scott:

For listeners too young to remember the original Top 10 hit: http://www.avclub.com/article/in-1968-ian-open-letteri-addressed-the-eras-troubl-98698
Avatar 12:30pm Michael Shelley:

Thanks Scott - great. "An Open Letter To My Teenage Son” sold more than 250,000 copies" - doe!
  12:32pm scott:

Correction, Michael—it sold 250,000 copies in TWO DAYS! Over a million total.
Avatar 12:34pm Michael Shelley:

double doe!
  12:34pm scott:

Sorry. the figure was over a million in a month. It was a huge hit, perhaps because parents' didn't have a lot of singles to rally around in 1967.
  12:40pm Mark in Toronto:

Elvis is King!
Avatar 12:41pm Michael Shelley:

This album went to #2 in the UK!?
  12:41pm SeanG:

great tune
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:46pm Greg from Bloomfield:

How is it possible that TMBG is still making songs that good after this long? I mean C'MON.
  12:53pm johnk77:

@gregfb it is possible because john linnell
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:57pm Greg from Bloomfield:

Great stuff today, Michael!
Avatar 12:57pm Michael Shelley:

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