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Options October 17, 2015: Guest: John Doe

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Artist Track
X  Make The Music Go Bang   Options
Nick Lowe  Rollers Show   Options
Zeke Manners and his Gang  I'm A-Goin' Sue, I'm Goin'   Options
Garnet Mimms  As Long As I Have You   Options
Sarah Vaughan   Them There Eyes   Options
Dahlmanns, The  Girl Band   Options
Dahlmanns, The  He's A Drag   Options
Ringers, The  Mercy Bounce   Options
John Doe and the Sadies  I Still Miss Someone   Options
Bobby Byrd & Vicky Anderson  Hang It Up   Options
Todd Rundgren  Couldn't I Just Tell You   Options
Apple-Glass Cyndrom, The  Going Wrong   Options
John Doe  Lean Out Your Window   Options
John Doe  The Golden State   Options
John Doe  Interview   Options
John Doe and the Sadies  It Just Dawned On Me   Options
Zombies, The  You Make Me Feel Good   Options
Blood Oranges  Halfway Round The World   Options
Annie Williams  I Got A Man   Options
Joe Subway  How To Sell Stereo   Options
Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby  Do You Remember That?   Options
5th Dimension, The  Paper Cup   Options
Robbie Fulks  She Took A Lot Of Pills (And Died)   Options
James Brown  That Dood It   Options
John Fogerty  Almost Saturday Night   Options
A Minute With   Scott Schinder   Options
Pandoras, The  It's Getting Harder All The Time   Options

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

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 Liverpool Scene's "Batpoem Live!

CLICK HERE for info on Fake Amps!

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 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 11:06am Michael Shelley:

Ian jacked it in, but we've got Pat McGlynn
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:08am Baby:

Baby! Good Morning. Coffee with Amy! She says hi, and something about Rope, Rocktober, and Barbara. And.. remember that Eric is at Monty Hall tonight. Love you. boy!
  11:09am Linda Lee:

good morning! always great to hear X! John Doe has one of the finest voices in music.
  11:14am KWilde:

All time favorite recorded handclaps at the end of Rollers
  11:19am Linda Lee:

thanks for warming up this chilly Catskils morning, Mr. Shelley! love the dahlmanns side. juicy!
  11:21am PSS:

Have to disagree that was not a kick-ass rock-n-roll Girl band. That was pretty bland.
Avatar 11:21am Todd-o-phonic:

@Michael: Please ask John Doe what name he uses when checks into hotels.
Avatar 11:21am herb.nyc:

Hi all, I wonder, is there a female rocker named JANE DOE? would JOE DOE be an acceptable name for a guy to take? Maybe my next cat will be named CAT DOE. Just rambling, sorry. (More rambling, excerpt of an email I just sent to my pals-- Then Wcbs 88am did a CASSETTE STORE DAY story. Said "3 stores in the area are participating: rough trade, loony tunes, and Iris (?)". I'm v sure I heard correctly, and it makes the listener think other music (for instance) isn't participating. Grrr. )
Avatar 11:22am Todd-o-phonic Todd:

@herb: Please save your vitriol for me!
  11:27am Linda Lee:

@pss .. i have a low patience threshold for pop. it's like taffy. cloying sometimes. but for pure pop dahlmanns is good. catchy, undemanding. melodic. sometimes that's enough for me. especially first thing in the morning.
  11:31am PSS:

Linda Lee I couldn't agree more. But Michael's talk up and then to hear that was a bit disappointing. If the members of that band are pre-teens then I apologize. You are correct it was good morning pre-coffee mindless fluff.
  11:31am Linda Lee:

my cat Sadie can't wait to hear John Doe!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:33am myron feld:

"Couldn't I Just Tell You" -- one of the best songs ever give.
  11:34am Linda Lee:

@pss.. missed the chat up before the side .. so no expectations!
  11:36am lhnbt:

I'm curious as to what PSS might consider "not bland"?
  11:38am IFisher:

God, that voice: John Doe. Hope to hear some discussion of what should be described as a national treasure - still sonorous as ever.
His harmonizing with Exene makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up
  11:39am Linda Lee:

@IFisher .. couldn't say it better!
  11:39am PSS:

lhnbt Anything but that.
Avatar 11:41am herb.nyc:

@Todd - Michael told me to stop picking on you. (But if I were to not stop picking on you, I'd say...). I once spoke to John Doe while he was selling his merch at music hall of w'burg. I said "Jack BIG TAKEOVER Rabid loved loved loved yr Dim Stars Bright Sky (title?) rec, so I went to buy. Couldn't find, except at Kim's on st Mark's. They had it for $18.98; I gulped and paid. When John heard this, there was a visual shock on his face. anyway, we saw him at Fez during that tour, and so amazing. (As we left, I saw David Byrne at a table)
  11:41am Linda Lee:

@IFisher .. precise difference in the quality of their voices is what really makes it ..
  11:42am lhnbt:

What about "He's A Drag", is that bland too? I was just looking for a yardstick.
  11:43am IFisher:

Well put observation, Linda Lee - thank you! Never thought about it that way.
  11:59am JakeGould:

@Todd-o-phonic: Johnny Doer?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:03pm drr:

I thought he was talking about Gloria Steinem, very confusing
  12:04pm Linda Lee:

'punk' signifying fashion came only after successful branding ..
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:08pm Gaylord Fields:

John Doe couldn't be wronger about Paul McCartney: Paul is one of the weirdest musicians in pop music — and I'm talking about many of his pop hits, not even his deliberately oddball albums, like McCartney II!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:11pm Gaylord Fields:

@Linda Lee: Punk was fashion back when John Lydon was still a gleam in Vivienne Westwood's eye.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:11pm drr:

He's simply having a wonderful Christmas time.
  12:15pm johnk77:

great show michael
regarding punk fashion, the new chrissie hynde book
reckless has an insider view of london
fashion and music, before and during pistols era:>
  12:16pm Linda Lee:

not sure about that, Gaylord .. going to cbgb, in 75, 76, 77 .. where the legend has it punk was 'born' on the east coast .. there was no real 'look' at all ... it was pretty piecemeal & low budget. might've been more a fashion thing in the uk. in fact it probably was. so i guess we need differentiation between us & uk 'punk' ..
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:32pm Gaylord Fields:

@Linda Lee: I think we actually agree more than you think, despite my glib statement. What became widely known as "punk" was a fashion sold in the UK through music and attitudes inspired by NYC in the '70s. (And then some of those coals were sold back to Newcastle.)
  12:34pm Linda Lee:

yep, agreed. by 79 or 80, yeah, a punk 'style' had pretty much coagulated here on the east coast .. influenced a lot by the brits! .. so that walking down the street looking a certain way the cretins would yell 'punk rock! punk rock!' at you .. to hassle you.
  12:34pm cee dubbles:

Jimmy Ryan's Mandi & Cheri Knight's sexy voice!
  12:38pm Linda Lee:

me, i had people calling me 'sir' just to hassle me .. because i shaved my head. long hair was still de rigeur for women. got a lot of drive-by threats & other hassles for looking 'that way'. .. no spikes or leather, just cheap thrift shop pinned together stuff .. androgyny was a big part of punk or 'new wave' that folks tend to forget .. & that's what really got us hassled, if you ask me.
  12:41pm Stuart Rose:

Bringing coals to Newcastle- Gaylord, you old school allusion merchant.

Disagree a bit with your take on Macca.
He doesn't, as John Doe said, have an authentic dark side(but who cares). He does have a whimsical side, an Edward Lear. Uncle Albert comes to mind.
But you know his music better than I, so I'll check out that first album again.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:44pm drr:

Last time I saw john Doe live (New Orleans, maybe ten years ago) I recall he was wearing a yellow button down shirt with the cuffs buttoned. Looked brand new. It was the least punk garment you can imagine. Good show.
  12:45pm Linda Lee:

is it safe for me to say John Doe's new duets can't touch the duets with Exene? he's off the line now .. don't like dissing the guest. loved hearing him. nice interview!
  12:46pm Linda Lee:

@drr .. not punk, but def New Wave :-)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:46pm drr:

McCartney doesn't have a dark side? What about "Temporary Secretary"?
  12:46pm cee dubbles:

My mate was telling me of seeing Wreckless Eric in Glascow - in a corner, almost completely ignowed, the weegies not knowing what to make of him
  12:47pm IFisher:

When I think of John Doe on stage, I think of the black mesh sleeveless number. And Exene in the potato sack dress.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:47pm drr:

Linda Lee: it was actually less New Wave and more warehouse office temp.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:47pm Gaylord Fields:

@Stuart Rose: He's made a ton of music (some quite dark), and I'm talking about his totality, not just his hits. Start with McCartney II.
  12:47pm Stuart Rose:

Yeah, Linda, these duets don't have the tension, the pulling away and embracing again the Exene duets have.
  12:50pm Linda Lee:

isn't McCartney the guy who sang 'go back home Loretta .. your mother's waiting .. in her low necked sweater'. ugly anti gay bit. plus word is he's just a prick. @drr .. believe it or not, there's not such a gap there! if you can, check out NY No Wave artists late 70s, early 80s .. they all dressed like dweebs.
  12:51pm Linda Lee:

thanks, Stuart. sorry i have to agree. i don't think it's just nostalgia.. my ears still work.
  12:52pm Debra:

Great Saturday music today!! That Dood It!
Avatar 12:54pm marc15:

Since I attempted suicide twice, that last song came as a surprise
  12:55pm Linda Lee:

@marc15 .. see what happens when you stay?
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:56pm Greg from ZONE 5:

Great stuff today, MS!
  12:57pm SeanG:

ever get the feeling you've been cheat-ed??
  12:58pm Linda Lee:

thanks for a fine show Mr. S!
Avatar 12:58pm Michael Shelley:

  12:59pm lhnbt:

Eric ignored in Glasgow? Not in my experience...
Avatar 1:00pm BEAVO:

@ Linda, Get Back is most certainly NOT an anti gay song. If anything it was an anti Yoko song. Talk about PC revisionism. Sheesh!
  1:00pm Linda Lee:

fastest station ID ever!
  1:01pm Linda Lee:

i know what i hear, Beavo. what does 'thought she was another man' have to do with Yoko?
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