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Options September 26, 2015: It's Still Getting Harder All The Time

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Artist Track
Pandoras, The  It's Getting Harder All The Time   Options
Sunny and the Sunglows  Talk To Me   Options
Marty Robbins  You've Been So Busy Baby   Options
June "Bug" Bailey  Lousianna Twist   Options
Buddy Cole  Powerhouse   Options
Hello  New York Groove   Options
Knickerbockers, The  I Can Do It Better   Options
Jim Ertling (Jim Oertling)  Louisiana Gamble   Options
Kenard  What Did You Gain By That?   Options
Barreracudas, The  Promises   Options
Herd, The  Our Fairy Tale   Options
Billy Lee Riley  Flying Saucers Rock n' Roll   Options
Ozzie Nelson & His Orchestra  Dream A Little Dream Of Me   Options
Yolks, The  I Want Your Number   Options
Mark Johnson  Precious Love   Options
P.F. Sloan  Danger Man   Options
Doug Lavalley  190 More Days   Options
Barbara Lynn  I've Taken All I'm Gonna Take   Options
Roxy Music  Love Is The Drug   Options
Bobby Vee and the Strangers  Beautiful People   Options
Texas Troubadours, The  This Ain't The Blues   Options
Betty Harris  Ride Your Pony   Options
Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers  Government Center   Options
Super Stocks, The  Hot Rod High   Options
Joe Clay  Did You Mean Jelly Bean (What You Said Cabbage Head)   Options
Lynn August  Little Red Rooster   Options
Young Growler  Pussy Galore   Options
Fountains Of Wayne  Yolanda Hayes   Options
Jets, The  Goldfinger   Options
Irma Thomas  It's Raining   Options
Lisa Mychols  When It's Make Believe   Options
Pupils, The  Route 66   Options
Foy Willing And The Riders Of The Purple Sage  California   Options
Willie Hightower  What Am I Living For?   Options
Toni Iordache  Sarba De La Medgidia   Options
Eddie and the Hot Rods  Teenage Depression   Options
Tony Hazzard  You'll Never Put Shackles On Me   Options
Willie Nelson  Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly Fond of Each Other   Options
Larry Williams Show Feat. Johnny "Guitar" Watson, The  For Your Love   Options
Miriam  The Hand Don't Fit the Glove   Options
Mindbenders, The  It's Getting Harder All The Time   Options

CLICK HERE for Bruce Swedien: Recording Michael Jackson!

CLICK HERE for a cover of a Michael Shelley song!

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 "Cassette Revolution: Why 1980s Tape Tech Is Still Making Noise in Our Digital World"

CLICK HERE for a new Q&A with Brian Wilson

CLICK HERE to read about "The Endless Fall of Suge Knight" (yikes!)

CLICK HERE for Barack Obama on WTF

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 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

CLICK HERE to watch Nick Lowe & Lost Straightjjackets live!

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 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"?

CLICK HERE for optical illusions

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 Paul Lukas' excellent piece about cultural criticism

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 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.

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Listener comments!

Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:01am Baby:

Baby!! Good morning!
Avatar 11:02am Michael Shelley:

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

Pressing some Grenache today. Want to help?? Keep doing what you are doing. xoxo
  11:05am Linda Lee:

Good morning Mr. Shelley! lovin the sounds already. thanks for starting up my day!
  11:08am Linda Lee:

i'll take that organ any ol' time.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:12am Parq:

Cool version! Makes me wanna rollerskate.
  11:12am Linda Lee:

yow! wow!! whee!!!!
Avatar 11:13am Michael Shelley:

Hey Linda. hey all!
Avatar 11:15am Melissa Jean:

mornin all!
  11:15am Linda Lee:

love this version of ny groove. sure do hear 'walk on the wild side' ..
  11:15am Cooh John:

I'm back in the Michael Shelly groove.
  11:18am Linda Lee:

hola Melissa Jean! best get ready for an ultrafine show!
Avatar 11:25am Melissa Jean:

*thumbs up* Linda Lee
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:25am adrian in mpls:

This Barreracudas song was running thru my head last night - definite number one hit!!
  11:25am Hackensack Slim:

2015's Number 1 Hit of the Year.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:26am Glenn L:

Avatar 11:26am Michael Shelley:

A total #1 hit!
Avatar 11:35am Todd-o-phonic:

Does it get any better than this?
  11:36am Cooh John:

I got to see Billy Lee Riley perform this song. Backed by the Flying Saucers!
  11:40am JOFF!:

Avatar 11:41am Michael Shelley:

Sounds like Bucky a little!
  11:44am JOFF!:

Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:46am Baby:

There are always second chances in life, Mike. Seize them!!
  11:50am myron feld:

This will be my first Ponderosa Stomp -- is there a methedrine concession there? I am over 21.
Avatar 11:52am Melissa Jean:

bummed I won't be at the Stomp! really really wanted to make it
Avatar 11:53am Michael Shelley:

The do sell a fried bread pudding po boy at Rock & Bowl
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:54am Baby:

Okay. Mind blown. Always one of the best things about Roxy's music was the bass playing. And they didn't really have one?
  12:00pm scott:

Unfortunately, Bobby Vee announced in 2012 that he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, so I doubt that he's doing interviews these days. Too bad, because he's pretty underrated and made some great records.
Avatar 12:04pm Melissa Jean:

ya just reminded me I gotta pick up a Betty Harris CD I special-ordered at Skippy Whites
Avatar 12:13pm Todd-o-phonic:

Don't miss Lynn August if you are at The Stomp! One night in the men's room of the Ecno-Lodge Lounge in Lafayette, LA he didn't miss pissing all over Bruce Bennett's sneakers (unfortunately Lynn happens to be blind).
  12:18pm Linda Lee:

that was the best damn calypso record ever. hoo weee man!
Avatar 12:30pm Todd-o-phonic:

The Pupils were a pseudonym for U.K. freakbeat legends The Eyes!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:31pm Baby:

  12:31pm Linda Lee:

def gettin my kicks! route 66 .. magic! .. sounds great no matter who does it.
  12:32pm Hackensack Slim:

I see.
Avatar 12:34pm Todd-o-phonic:

@Hackensack Slim: Maybe Pat Byrne has room on his variety show tonight for you!
  12:36pm Jim B:

Pupils's treatment of Route 66 very close to the early Rolling Stones version.
  12:38pm Linda Lee:

really true, Jim. could've been Stones live, aside of the vocal.
Avatar 12:39pm Juke Joint Jonny:

Ooops! Think I just heard a bad werd…
  12:40pm Linda Lee:

heard the room a bit more behind the pupils, so i say 'live' ..
  12:46pm Linda Lee:

that tony hazzard record blew my mind .. .& now, holy crow!! one of my very favorite songs ever. yeeehaw!
  12:47pm mary:

yes! Willy's song, written by Ned Sublette
  12:47pm Linda Lee:

Ned Sublette does a beautiful version of this one. a bit messier.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:49pm Philthy woman:

Greetings all. Great brunch makin soundtrack. Enjoyin the Willie Nelson gem
  12:50pm Linda Lee:

yardbirds radio of 'for your love' version introduced me to rock n roll (age 4). made my heart sing!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:52pm Parq:

Yes, that was worth waiting for.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:52pm Baby:

Possible song of the year. Cept maybe JD's super hit.
  12:58pm Linda Lee:

had such a good time today!
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