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Options October 10, 2015: The Back Road Into Town

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Artist Track
Willie Hightower  Back Road Into Town   Options
Scott Fagan  In My Head   Options
Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys  I Pulled A Boo Boo   Options
Little Johnny Taylor  Somewhere Down the Line   Options
Pat Flowers  Fractious Fingering   Options
Pernice Brothers, The  Working Girls (Sunlight Shines)   Options
Bobby Vee  Here Today   Options
Grandpa Jones  Nashville On My Mind   Options
Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose  Treat Her Like A Lady   Options
Yo La Tengo  Butchie's Tune   Options
Nick Lowe  Let's Go to the Disco   Options
Liverpool Five, The  If You Gotta Go, Go Now (Or Else You Gotta Stay All Night)   Options
William Penix  You Take The Medicine (I'll Take The Nurse)   Options
Jimmy Hughes  I'm A Man Of Action   Options
Ray Charles and Betty Carter  Together   Options
JD McPherson  Let The Good Times Roll   Options
Mamie Van Doren & June "Boom Boom" Wilkerson  So What Else Is New   Options
George Barnes  Turkey Cobbler   Options
Lee Dorsey & Betty Harris  Love Lots Of Lovin'   Options
Teenage Fanclub  I Need Direction   Options
Duffy Power  Woman Made Trouble   Options
Tommy Collins  Man Machine   Options
Marie Knight  I Can't Sit Down   Options
Barry Biggs  One Bad Appe   Options
Richard Hell  Blank Generation   Options
Hi-Riders, The  Stamp Out The Beatles   Options
Louis Innis  I Ain't Got a Pot (To Peel Potatoes In)   Options
Bobby And The Heavyweights  Soul Train   Options
Above, The  Coming Around   Options
I Memphis  Come Il Tempo (Tiem Wont Let Me)   Options
Tex Williams & His Western Caravan  Cheaters Never Prosper   Options
Spencer Wiggins  He's Too Old   Options
Lenny Dee  Spanish Flea   Options
Pandoras, The  It's Getting Harder All The Time   Options
Newbeats, The  Top Secret   Options
Merle Haggard  Seeing Eye Dog   Options
Originals, The  Wichita Lineman   Options
POP4  Einstein and Sunshine   Options
Andy Kim  I Want You   Options
Majestic Dance Orchestra  Dream A Little Dream Of Me   Options
A Minute With  Scott Schinder   Options
Wipper Brothers, The  The Roctober   Options

CLICK HERE for the Glyn Johns interview in Tape Op!

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 11:02am Baby:

Baby!! Good morning!!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:02am Baby:

Avatar 11:05am Michael Shelley:

Too early for sangiovaise! I'm playing that song you hated!
Avatar 11:07am Melissa Jean:

hay good morning!
Avatar 11:08am Michael Shelley:

Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:08am Baby:

Sounds so much better than the file you sent. Still sucks though.
Avatar 11:20am Michael Shelley:

Baby: How does it feel?
Avatar 11:20am Marc Francis:

Good morning beautiful people!
  11:20am ?:

To be so wrong??
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:21am Gordon FM:

Good morning, Michael and all.
Avatar 11:22am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- glad to be Here Today...
Avatar 11:29am Marc Francis:

JOHN DOE?!?!?!?!!!!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:29am Baby:

Avatar 11:29am Marc Francis:

Hell yeah!!!!!
  11:35am John Trotter:

Looking forward to finally seeing the inside of the King Theatre tonight. And of course, you, too.
Avatar 11:35am Juke Joint Jonny:

Frantic spontaneous hand jive outbreak at my house.
Avatar 11:38am Marc Francis:

Thanks for the Inside Llewyn Davis spoiler.
  11:39am Carol from work:

what was up w/ the last 2 mins?
  11:41am Carol from work:

Too circular?
Avatar 11:41am Juke Joint Jonny:

Possible power pop band name: Spoiler and The Alert. Thumbs up, or down?
Avatar 11:42am Michael Shelley:

Carol - too arty
JJJ - up
Avatar 11:43am BEAVO:

Butchie's Tune a Lovin Spoonful cover.
  11:50am Hackensack Slim:

Mamie & Jane. There's a couple of big ones.
Avatar 11:51am Michael Shelley:

www.discogs.com... SO GOOD
  #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 11:51am David in ATL from NJ:

Getting some mileage out of that new, "Mike" clip.

Love it!
Avatar 11:55am Melissa Jean:

yeeeeeah man so obsessed with Betty Harris lately
  12:06pm hawkeye:

How did you know I was hung over?
  12:07pm JakeGould:

Why can’t she sit down again?
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:09pm Baby:

Baby. You going to Nick and The Blossoms?
  12:10pm Myron Feld:

Michael, it is my contention that Barbara Lynn was the only female Stomp featured artist to not wear a wig. Thoughts?
  12:12pm mary:

Blank G sounds better and better every time.
Avatar 12:14pm Michael Shelley:

Baby- not in NYC/NJ
Myron - I think so, Eve Monses excepted
  12:15pm marc15:

Beatles Haters
  #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 12:15pm David in ATL from NJ:

Did I detect cartoon feet on this track?
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:16pm Baby:

Ask them how that all worked out?
  12:16pm JakeGould:

Stamp out the Beatles! Ban abortions! Go back in time to give 6 million Holocaust victims hang guns to prevent an atrocity! Give me my meds, nurse!
Avatar 12:16pm Michael Shelley:

I think they're going places they missed last time around
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:17pm Baby:

Story of my life!
  12:18pm Stuart Rose:

George Barnes had a 5 or 6 piece combo with trumpeter Ruby Braff. He also played New York clubs in the 70s.
Great, tasteful swing.
Avatar 12:19pm Michael Shelley:

but youve got Sangiovaise
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:21pm Baby:

Yeah, we will see about this one?
  #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 12:27pm David in ATL from NJ:

Great overdone organ! Love this!
  12:30pm marc15:

I wish my ex-boyfriend heard the song
Avatar 12:33pm Miss Mailas:

Not a week goes by that I don't learn something from this program, Mike!
  12:34pm KWilde:

I thought the Hell auto-bio from 2013 was excellent - highly recommend it
Avatar 12:35pm Michael Shelley:

me too
Avatar 12:35pm Michael Shelley:

that's a very interesting time in NYC
  12:43pm KWilde:

Loving these promo snippets you've been playing recently
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:43pm Baby:

Just heard a lyric in this song that I never knew was there. Hard to mess this one up.
Avatar 12:44pm Michael Shelley:

what line?

Juju just saidd "I like this song"
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:45pm Baby:

Hi Jupe!! "I hear you singing through the wire"
Avatar 12:47pm Marc Francis:

Mr Blue Sky + The Whole Shebang = Einstein & Sunshine
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:47pm Baby:

No Wilton??
Avatar 12:47pm Michael Shelley:

next week
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:49pm Baby:

  12:51pm Stuart Rose:

Agreed, Baby. That line is one of the lyric gems of this song.
It's sharp, a little unusual , and full of such yearning.
Unlike a lot of rock somgeriters, jimmy Webb's lyrics were never trite- and always pitch - perfect.
And those melodies.
  12:56pm scott:

Rocktober, I win!
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