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Options June 20, 2015: Guest: Author Sheree Homer

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Artist Track
Sleepy LaBeef  I'm Through   Options
King Creole aka Lenny Lacour  Maharishi   Options
Bill Carslile  Love Love Love   Options
Floyd Dixon  Let's Dance   Options
Ella Fitzgerald  Something's Got To Give   Options
Fountains of Wayne  Yolanda Hayes   Options
Bobby Fuller Four, The  I'm A Lucky Guy   Options
Cactus Blossoms, The  If I Can't Win (live in WFMU's Studio A)   Options
Darondo  Luscious Lady   Options
NRBQ  Ridin' In My Car   Options
Clingers, The  Gonna Have a Good Time   Options
Billy Swan  I Can Help   Options
Sheree Homer  Interview   Options
Dale Hawkins  Susie-Q   Options
Timmy Thomas  Whole Lot of Shakin' Goin' On   Options
Mighty Sparrow  Jane   Options
Holly Golightly  As You Go Down   Options
Kitchen Cinq, The  I Can't Let Go   Options
Chuck Bowers  Pig Pen Boogie   Options
Carla Thomas  Same Thing   Options
Jimmy Cliff  Can't Get Enough Of It   Options
Robert Gordon  Something's Gonna Happen   Options
Bobby Goldsboro  Little Things   Options
Mary Kay Place & Willie Nelson  Something To Brag About   Options
Ingfried Hoffmann  Soul Twist   Options
Colin Blunstone  Say You Don't Mind   Options
Ken Nordine  Reaching Into In   Options
Marvin Rainwater  Down In The Cellar   Options
Barbara Lynn  You Better Get Here Fast (aka New Kind of Love)   Options
Ray Mason  Castanets   Options
Ray Mason  Come and Get Your Love   Options
Mike Russo and The Dellwoods and Friend  The Pretzel   Options
Screaming Females  Shake It Off   Options
Lyres, The  She Pays The Rent   Options
Ken Stringfellow  Down on My Knees   Options
Murray Wilson & The Beach Boys  Father's Day Special   Options

CLICK HERE for info on the new, all instrumental, Michael Shelley album

CLICK HERE to see SEVEN videos of The Cactus Blossoms' amazing live performance at WFMU

CLICK HERE for a video of David Myhr's cover of Oh Susie, featured on "Even More Super Hits of the Seventies"

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 to watch "We Didn't Get Famous" The Story of the Southern Music Underground, 1978-1990

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 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 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 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 "Why Cds May Actually Sound Better Than Vinyl"

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 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 to watch Mad Magazine's never aired 1974 tv special

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 T. Rex’s ‘Get It On

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 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 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

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!

  11:09am Paul Rutner:

all number 1s! what a great way to spend a morning. go Mike.
Avatar 11:10am Michael Shelley:

  11:14am Paul Rutner:

Ella Fitzgerald. Now that's the first lady of everything!
Avatar 11:18am Todd-o-phonic Todd:

Fiveash filling in for Rex today, I will be in the house!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:20am Frank Above:

  11:21am P-90:

That's funny, I never noticed Rex "playing the same 20 songs over and over." There's probably 22. At least.
Avatar 11:23am Michael Shelley:

I kid - I love Rex's show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:23am Folsom:

I never get tired of the cactus blossoms.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:23am Stevel:

Radio rumble!
  11:33am Susan Miney:

Greetings from Liverpool UK. ...waiting to hear my friend Sheree Homers interview!
  11:35am Blanket:

Here's how it'd sound in minor instead of major...
  11:36am marc:

Happy Father's Day to you Michael!
  11:38am davefromtoronto:

lovin spoonful fave u.s. band...

no, the turtles...
Avatar 11:39am Brian in UK:

The Vogues, anyone?
Avatar 11:39am Montmaster J:

Mikey: next weekend Q is playing on the beach in Rowayton, CT.
  11:41am JSG:

After the BB, I'd have go with The Byrds.
Avatar 11:41am Michael Shelley:

Blanket - weird!, mark - Thanks, DFT - Spoonful is up there for me, Brian - didnt bring any, try for next week, J - maybe!
  11:42am marc:

Childhood memories
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:43am Parq:

Yo La T is a pretty darn good American band, while we're at it. And then there's Scruffy the Cat. And Dave, the Turtles were on my list too. And then there's the Ramones.
  11:45am P-90:

Oh ,OK, Sheree Homer, biographer of Rick Nelson, not Rick NEILson.
Avatar 11:52am Brian in UK:

The Byrds were the ones that turned my head aged twelve. Never been the same since.
  11:52am davefromtoronto:

cheap trick!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:54am Parq:

Sheree Horner's accent was killing me (in a good way, I mean). She sounds like my aunt, and I'm not even from the midwest.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:57am Baby:

  11:57am P-90:

Agrre w/Parq: very nice interview (maybe too short), GREAT accent
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:57am Baby:

I missed it!!!
Avatar 11:58am Michael Shelley:

I brought you flowers!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:59am Baby:

Indeed. Thanks. I'll catch it on the POD. How are you?
Avatar 12:01pm Michael Shelley:

Busy - but good - for an idiot
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:03pm Baby:

That's good to hear, except for that busy part.
Avatar 12:04pm Michael Shelley:

busy is good
Avatar 12:04pm Michael Shelley:

how's grapes
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:05pm Baby:

I know. I was playing off that Idiot line. Grapes are hanging tough. Bought to get out there. Champagne is in play this week. Big day on Tuesday.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:06pm Baby:

Avatar 12:06pm Michael Shelley:

Send some to the club
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:07pm Baby:

Two years, Pennies From Heaven will be Montclair bound.
Avatar 12:08pm Michael Shelley:

Anybody have the new issue of MOJO?
  12:08pm timurf:

easy mike, it isnt time for fools paradise yet
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:15pm Baby:

is there a review in Mojo?
Avatar 12:17pm Michael Shelley:

Those who got early enough to hear the whole show heard... my interview w/ Emitt Rhodes is mentioned...
Avatar 12:17pm Cheri Pi:

Making pancakes with MS :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:18pm purpleknif:

Uh oh, guess I still like Bobby Goldsboro.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:20pm purpleknif:

BTW, love the purple page.
Avatar 12:21pm Michael Shelley:

Just for you!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:23pm purpleknif:

why thank you!
Avatar 12:26pm Joe B:

Show sounding great as always Michael!
Avatar 12:28pm Michael Shelley:

Thanks brother Joe!
Avatar 12:28pm drewo:

Ken Nordine is a happy hockey fan this week.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:31pm purpleknif:

gutter mouth too
  12:37pm JSG:

I so love this song.
Avatar 12:38pm Michael Shelley:

Total #1 hit
  12:42pm Stuart Rose:

Who's this Mason fellow?
Damn good song- sounds like a Band song, but no cheap facsimile.
  12:43pm Rob Foss:

Michael, great show as usual. Ken Nordine is "alive and kicking" (great group as well) at age 95!
Avatar 12:45pm cee:

i'm not sure i want to do the pretzel. seems slightly uncomfortable
Avatar 12:45pm Michael Shelley:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:46pm Greg from Bloomfield:

  12:47pm JSG:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:47pm drr:

The guitar on this SF track is so restrained...I'm waiting
  12:47pm John Arthur:

Is this shake it off cover a live recording?
Avatar 12:48pm Michael Shelley:

yes - from The Onion's series
Avatar 12:48pm drewo:

Screaming Females "Rose Mountain" is a solid '15 contender.
  12:48pm John Arthur:

Never mind her little break down sounds like she is addressing a crowd lol
Avatar 12:48pm Michael Shelley:

great song - great performance
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:52pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Mermaid Parade in Coney Island starts soon!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:52pm drr:

is the mermaid parade still as crowded as it got about ten years ago when I said no no no no never again?
  12:54pm David in ATL from NJ:

Thanks for another great show, Michael!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:54pm drr:

Bread? Or theres also a Shoes version?
  12:54pm r i s k y:

Saturday morning panic attack
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:55pm Greg from Bloomfield:

Thanks, Michael! I'm a genius too.
  12:55pm David in ATL from NJ:

Great way to end the show with Mr Wilson. The perfect dad.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:56pm jmd:

I never get tired of Murray.
  12:56pm scott:

Dude, I was sitting right by the phone. Today is Brian Wilson's birthday!
  12:58pm David in ATL from NJ:

"Fight for Success".
That's beautiful.
Murray was the real genius behind the Beach Boys.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:58pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

We're Recording - so RELAX! Go.
...that never fails - Thanks...
  12:58pm r i s k y:

Relax Mike
  12:59pm David in ATL from NJ:

Happy Father's Day to you, Michael!
  10:07am Steve:

Thanks for playing the Bobby Fuller 4 - 'I'm a Lucky Guy' ! Bobby Fuller was such a great Rock n' Roller and artist that he made any song fab and convincing even the ones he didn't write. That's the mark of a great artist when he make other's songs his own.
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