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Options January 30, 2016: Guests: Don Nix and Jack & Page of The Cactus Blossoms

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Artist Track Comments
Donnie NIx  Ain't About To Go Home   Options  
Thee Headcoatees  First Plane Home   Options  
Cactus Blossoms, The  Mississippi   Options  
Barbara Lynn  Love Ain't Never Hurt Nobody   Options  
Clark Terry & Chico O'Farrill  Spanish Rice   Options  
Yo La Tengo  Here Comes My Baby   Options  
1st Century  Looking Down   Options (Ray Stinett) produced: Don Nix, '68 Capitol 
Joey Cooper  Raspberry Rug   Options (Donna Washburn, Leon Russell) produced: Leon Russell & Don Nix, '67 Independence 
Bruce Channel  California   Options (Don Nix) arranged: Don Nix, Trauth & Dale Hawkins; produced: Dale Hawkins, '68 Mala 
Gentrys, The  Thinking Like A Child   Options (Don Nix) produced: Don Nix & Dale Hawkins, Bell '68 
Paris Pilot  Miss Rita Famous   Options Written and Produced: Don Nix, Hip '69 
Gary Lewis and the Playboys  The Loser (With A Broken Heart)   Options (Don Nix, Leon Russell) produced: Snuff Garrett, 1967 Liberty 
Mar-Keys, The  Night Before Last   Options  
Don Nix  Interview   Options  
Mar-Keys, The  Last Night   Options  
Bobby Vee  Let's Call It a Day Girl   Options  
Cactus Blossoms, The  Clown Collector   Options  
Jimmy Brown  Chain of Fools   Options  
NRBQ  I'm Satisfied   Options  
Cactus Blossoms, The  You're Dreaming   Options  
Cactus Blossoms, The  Interview   Options  
Cactus Blossoms, The  Stoplight Kisses   Options  
Cactus Blossoms, The  Interview   Options  
Cactus Blossoms, The  Powder Blue   Options  
Bob Dorough  Three is a Magic Number   Options  
Above, The  Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)   Options From "Super Hits of the Seventies: Hit Explosion!" 

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

CLICK HERE to watch The Cactus Blossoms live at WFMU April 18, 2015

CLICK HERE to watch James Hunter sing "Somethings Calling" live at WFMU Dec 7, 2015 - just so so so good

CLICK HERE for a nice piece on former guest on this show (and the drummer for The Beatles) Bernard Purdie

CLICK HERE to test your ability to tap your mouse to the beat

CLICK HERE to test your sense of pitch

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

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 Swag For Life Member 11:04am Parq:

Welcome indeed, Michael. Really good "Michael" montage today.
Avatar 11:05am Marc Francis:

Happy Saturday!
  11:06am sue:

It's a good think u deejays have wives.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:08am Cat:

stoked for this week's guests, Michael
  11:08am Ian Butters:

finally, a good song
Avatar 11:09am Michael Shelley:

Ian - what does that mean?
  11:09am Michael:

Great song!
  11:09am Ian Butters:

didn't like the 1st 2
Avatar 11:10am Michael Shelley:

Your entitled to your opinion.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:11am Baby:

  11:11am Ian Butters:

hey babe
Avatar 11:11am glenn:

then why not just say you didn't like the first two songs? nobody's expected to like everything. nobody expects you to like everything. sheeeeeesh.
  11:12am Ian Butters:

glen go **** ********
Avatar 11:12am herb.nyc:

G'morning all. Great songs being played, duh. And info on a show / event tomw in soho. m.facebook.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:12am Baby:

I have to chuckle.
Avatar 11:13am glenn:

  11:14am Ian Butters:

glen makes us all chuckle babe
  11:14am Santos L Halper:

That rice sounds damn good...
  11:15am Stuart Rose:

Hey, Michael, how about a few words about your upcoming - FMU marathon offering- greatest hits of the 70s.
Actually, is there another one on tap?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:15am Greg from ZONE 5:

Afternoon, Michael and all!
At work on a Saturday, but at least I have #1 hits…
Avatar 11:16am Michael Shelley:

SR - Stay tuned - Ill be world premiering a track from the 4th Super Hits
  11:16am Ian Butters:

oh no, it's the spinning globe. I'm out
  11:18am 1whoknewcthulhu:

Welcome back, Michael. Missed you last weekend. Can't wait to hear what's coming up on your 2016 DJ premium.
Avatar 11:19am herb.nyc:

Last night I watched the YLT appearance on Gilmore Girls. (I never really watched the show, tho it wasn't bad)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:20am Greg from ZONE 5:

As much as I missed Michael, last week's blizzard shows were AMAZING. I felt like I was at a party all weekend.
Avatar 11:21am glenn:

gilmore girls is a pretty great show.
Avatar 11:22am Marc Francis:

AT Greg from ZONE 5: I felt the same way! My wife and I spent most of the day daydrunk!
Avatar 11:23am Michael Shelley:

Greg - agree - it was great being a listener last Saturday
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:32am Baby:

It sounds like they are saying Freda Paine??
Avatar 11:34am herb.nyc:

Re Gilmore Girls, see yest's brooklynvegan.com post (which has a pic of THE big takeover mag)
Avatar 11:37am herb.nyc:

Gary L & the Playboys- mentioned in a super funny call-in on 7SecondDelay, April 29, 2015
Avatar 12:00pm BEAVO:

Goin. Down
Avatar 12:01pm BEAVO:

Ask him about George Harrison
Avatar 12:02pm BEAVO:

Don had a Lemmy vibe going.
Avatar 12:04pm tonyb:

i think he came to a bad end
Avatar 12:04pm BEAVO:

He went fishing with George
  12:08pm ChrisB.:

Great interview! What an interesting guy. Gotta get the book.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:10pm Greg from ZONE 5:

Oh man, take him up on that offer!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:10pm deesat:

Great conversation!
  12:12pm Brooklyn Dave:

That was great! Thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:12pm Baby:

  12:13pm Cooh John:

Great interview as always. I this is not great bed music, I don't know what is.
  12:13pm Hackensack Slim:

Swell interview. Seems like a great guy. I hope he got some dough for every time this got played by big mouth Howard Stern.
  12:15pm Stuart Rose:

Nix was great.
As always, Michael, you get all kinds of details from your guests while remaining laid back.
  12:15pm Marc Grobman:

Great interview, Mike! Mar-Keys also had interesting followups to "Last Night": "Night Before," and "Morning After." In "Morning," instead of the vocal interjection of "Last's" "Ooh, mellow down!" it was replaced by, "Ooooh, my head!"
Thanks, Mac
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:17pm Cat:

great interview. ordered the book!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:18pm chrissy:

Excited to read Don's book. I just read A Man Called Destruction, so it should make a great companion piece.
  12:21pm David in ATL from NJ:

Great interview with Don Nix, Michael. Thanks also with keeping up with the Cactus Blossoms brothers. Glad their new albums is out.
Avatar 12:35pm Juke Joint Jonny:

Still game.
  12:46pm David in ATL from NJ:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:48pm Baby:

Best song on the record? maybe? Think it's my favorite.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:52pm Baby:

Engineered a couple of his concerts way back when. He dedicated a song to me one night. Never forget that.
Avatar 12:53pm Marc Francis:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:54pm Baby:

Great Kalimba on that
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:56pm Greg from ZONE 5:

Thanks, Michael!
  12:56pm MrC:

Cool version..nice
Avatar 12:56pm djsheilab:

What a sweet cover! Mind blown.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:57pm Cat:

whole show blew my mind
  12:57pm MrC:

Released in late 69 though..
Avatar 12:59pm djsheilab:

This show makes my day! Thank you for the joy, Michael.
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