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Options January 2, 2016: Mississippi

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Artist Track
Cactus Blossoms, The  Mississippi   Options
Pilot  January   Options
Robbie Fulks  Sally G   Options
Dells, The  It's Not Unusual   Options
Howard Roberts  Hard Day's Night   Options
James Hunter Six  Stranded   Options
John Fred with the Playboys  Wrong To Me   Options
Hank Williams, Jr  The Night Time And My Baby   Options
Barbara and the Browns  I'm Gonna Start A War   Options
Lambert, Hendricks, & Bavan  Yea Yea   Options
Yo La Tengo  Friday I'm In Love   Options
John Scott  Hi-Flutin' Boogie   Options
Stanley Brothers  Nobody's Business   Options
Larry Green  Watch Your Step   Options
Strypes, The  Hometown Girls   Options
Five Emprees, The  Why?   Options
Jim Lauderdale & Ralph Stanley  Fly Lovebird Fly   Options
Esther Phillips  Sweet Touch Of Love   Options
Nat King Cole  Dream A Little Dream Of Me   Options
Jeff Lynne's ELO  When I Was A Boy   Options
Swingin Blue Jeans, The  You're No Good   Options
Betty Everett  Getting Mighty Crowded   Options
Queers, The with Lisa Marr  I Can't get Over You   Options
New Breed, The  I'll come Running   Options
Dave Rich  Tuggin On My Heartstrings   Options
Arthur Conley  Shake Rattle & Roll   Options
Gaylettes, The  Son Of A Preacher Man   Options
Juniper  May You Always   Options
John Doe featuring Kathleen Edwards  The Golden State   Options
Shoes  Boys Don't Lie   Options
Carnival  Take Me For A Little While   Options
Bakersfield Breakers, The  BB Breakdown   Options
Fats Domino  Little Liza Jane   Options
Barreracudas, The  Promises Promises   Options
Ventures with Bobby Vee  Right Or Wrong   Options
Cactus Blossoms, The  Traveler's Paradise   Options
Lenny O'Henry  Across The Street   Options
Floyd Dakil Combo  Dance Franny Dance   Options
Family  1952 Vancouver   Options
Wiz Guy  January Clearance Time!   Options

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CLICK HERE for Mitchell Kezin' IndieGoGo Campaign Page for "BUT FOR NOW: The Music & Mojo of Bob Dorough"

CLICK HERE for a story about the new Emitt Rhodes album and CLICK HERE to to buy it & watch a video about it

CLICK HERE to see a BBC Allen Toussaint Documentary

CLICK HERE for a great piece on Esquerita

CLICK HERE to help Joey Spampinato through cancer treatment

CLICK HERE and CLICK HERE for a huge trove of downloadable, remixable stems

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 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

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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

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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 #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:03am Baby:

Baby! Nice way to start. Happy New Year, Baby!!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:03am Cat:

Morning, Michael. Dang, this Cactus Blossoms album is insanely good.
Avatar 11:03am Michael Shelley:

Album of the year!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:10am Baby:

Jan 17
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:10am Uncle Michael:

Jan 22 for Cactus Blossoms, I believe.
Avatar 11:10am glenn:

Avatar 11:12am glenn:

uncle michael is correctamundo.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:12am Artie Haywire:

Good morning, all!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:13am Uncle Michael:

I had that on the top of my head. I don't remember the last time I so looked forward to a new release. I'm trying to talk my friend in MPLS to go to one of the release party shows in St. Paul in February.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:14am Baby:

Jan 22 it is.
Avatar 11:17am glenn:

there's a pretty funny you tube video in which the pilot guitar player, whose name escapes me, explains how to play "oh ho ho it's magic" the right way because he wrote it, dontcha know.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:18am Uncle Michael:

Which version of the song does he explain, the original version hardly anyone knows, or the hit the label made them rework?
Avatar 11:19am glenn:

that's a good question, and i don't know the answer.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:21am Fuzzy:

Sounds like "Sky High" by Jigsaw -- who knew there was an Original Version?
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:21am Uncle Michael:

I'm guessing the hit. I'd like to see the video. I wonder i he mention the earlier version.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:22am Uncle Michael:

How about the earlier version of Gunhill Road's "Back When My Hair Was Short." Also very different.
Avatar 11:27am glenn:

also re: youtube - i somehow got led to moe bandy, who i had completely forgotten about. he had some great stuff.
Avatar 11:28am Melissa Jean:

good mornin all!
Avatar 11:28am glenn:

david paton explains magic. www.youtube.com...
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:29am Uncle Michael:

thanks glenn
  11:30am Mr C:

Happy New Year Michael...trust all is well in Essex County...
Avatar 11:33am Michael Shelley:

Mr C - we're doing our best.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:38am Fuzzy:

The Man From Hong Kong (1975): great opening sequence from a post Bruce Lee martial arts gem:

Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 11:38am djsheilab:

Morning Michael + all! Just wanna say how much I adore your show. I discovered Garnett Mimms "As Long As I Have You" thanks to you!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:40am myron feld:

I am neither a Cure nor YLT fan (blasphemy, I know), but that version of that song is ON!
Avatar 11:41am Michael Shelley:

So nice to hear - and As Long As I Have you is a stone #1 hit!
AND I'm a fan of your show
Avatar 11:44am Michael Shelley:

Myron - one of the advantages of the #1 hit format is that the on;y context you need to worry about is "is this a #1 hit or not"
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:45am myron feld:

and it most certainly is!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:47am Uncle Michael:

The Strypes got it goin' on.
  11:50am dennis diken:

happy new year Mikey and friends! '16 off to a great start with thy show! come on down to our Lovin's Spoonful trib at Bowery Electric this Wed 1/6. much fun last time we played. alright! https://www.facebook.com/events/469170946618269/
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 11:51am Dano59:

That is the best rule of thumb ever! (Myron/Michael)
  11:51am P-90:

First "Flintstone Feet" of 2016!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:51am Ken From Hyde Park:

Yabba dabba doo!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 11:52am Dano59:

Also a fan of Sheila B.! (and Jim Lauderdale, the Cactus Blossoms, and most of Michael's No. 1 Hit Parade
Avatar 11:52am Michael Shelley:

I wish there was a way to "like" comments - a la facebook
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:59am Uncle Michael:

On Fridays, I flip over to Sheila B.'s show as soon as I can after I finish mine. I really enjoy it.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 12:05pm djsheilab:

Oooh! Thank you Michael, Dano59, + Uncle Michael. And I second (or third) the #1 hit format. That's why this show is so friggin' brilliant! Melody, hooks + magic every time.
Avatar 12:08pm glenn:

well, if you're gonna shoplift, it might as well be records.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:09pm Uncle Michael:

I stole a copy of "Knock Three Time." I smuggled it out of Woolworth's in my social studies book. I am not proud of this.
Avatar 12:12pm glenn:

oh, uncle michael. that's bad, on so many levels.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:12pm Uncle Michael:

I know...I know...
Avatar 12:15pm Melissa Jean:

thank you v. much for
!. the Esther Phillips earlier
2. not being too precious about stuff
Avatar 12:17pm Michael Shelley:

Agree - shoplifting: not my proudest moment.

MJ- I think I know what you mean - doing my best
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:18pm Uncle Michael:

Wow, a Mel Tillis song!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:21pm Glenn L:

One of my favorite questions from the old "What's in Michaels Mailbox?" segment, where he'd interview other WFMU DJ's, was
"Have you ever shoplifted music?"
  12:22pm JakeGould:

@MichaelShelley: I think the trend towards idolatry of nonsense spaces is a bit nuts. So with you on Tower Records; I have fond memories of going to the one on West 3rd Street and Broadway in NYC, but all of those spaces were dumpy retail spaces. Honestly all record stores is and are that way. Who cares?

I grew up in NYC and there are TONS more places that should have been preserved but now are gone. Landmarks preservation is really a bizarre game of real estate that I’ev grown to question.
  12:24pm JakeGould:

“White slavers.” <-- George Lucas has lost his mind.
Avatar 12:26pm DanH:

Happy belated new year DJ Michael Shelley.
Avatar 12:26pm glenn:

jenny mccarthy. she's not only a lunatic, she's deeply, deeply stupid.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:26pm Uncle Michael:

I loss of perspective, to be sure.
  12:27pm JakeGould:

@glenn: Isn’t it stunning how people who we idolize for portraying a character on screen that is not themselves are often complete idiots in real life?
Avatar 12:29pm DanH:

Not just an idiot, but a poorly informed idiot. Those are the worst kinds of idiots.
  12:30pm scott:

Fooled me, thought it was Bruce Cockburn.
  12:33pm Mike Sin:

Happy and healthy new year to Michael Shelley and his listeners!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:37pm jmd:

Hot pickin'!
Avatar 12:38pm Michael Shelley:

  12:40pm William Swan, Jr.:

People believe that which they are told most often. The rich are in control of what people are told most often. The rich are in control of what people believe.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:41pm Folsom:

Love the Barreracudas.
  12:45pm Tennessee Jeb:

Great version!
  12:49pm Cooh John:

Just bought this Barreracudas single
Avatar 12:52pm glenn:

pebbles volume... i don't remember.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:52pm myron feld:

love "Dance Franny Dance" so much
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:53pm myron feld:

Glenn -- either v. 1 or 2
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:55pm Ken From Hyde Park:

I just got to thinking: Is there a water-skiing video game? That can be my get-rich scheme for 2016!
Avatar 12:56pm glenn:

a waterboarding video game would sell more.
  12:57pm P-90:

Thanks for all the nice Saturday mornings in 2015, and very happy 2016 to you and yours, Michael!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:57pm Uncle Michael:

Thanks for the music, Michael.
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