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Artist Track
Redd Kross  Stay Away From Downtown !   Options
Sam Elwitt  Beach Baby (from "Super Hits if the 70s: Hit Explosion!")   Options
Del Reeves  Good Time Charlie's   Options
Joe Haywood  I Would If I Could   Options
Orchestra Harlow featuring Ismael Miranda  Horsin' Up   Options
Hall and Oates  You Make My Dreams Come True   Options
Ventures, The  Hawaii Five-O (100% live)   Options
Rick Nelson  Helpless   Options
Johnny Guitar Watson & Larry Williams  Two For The Price of One   Options
Pagliaro  Lovin' You Ain't Easy   Options
Them  Go On Home Baby (take 4)   Options
George Jones  Her Name Is   Options
Arthur Alexander   I'm Coming Home   Options
Pioneers, The  Cheri Cheri   Options
Nick Lowe  Stick It Where The Sun Don't Shine   Options
Patience and Prudence  Tonight You Belong To Me   Options
Pee Wee King & His Golden West Cowboys  Dragnet   Options
Otis Redding  Direct Me   Options
Dahlmanns, The  Dumb Me Down   Options
Herman's Hermits  You Won't Be Leaving   Options
Cactus Blossoms, The  Powder Blue   Options
Willie Mitchell  I Say a Little Prayer   Options
King Kennytone & His Western Toppers Band  Summer Birthday Twist   Options
Richard and Linda Thompson  I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight   Options
Peter Sarstedt  Frozen Orange Juice   Options
Bellfuries, The  She's A Woman   Options
Funk Brothers, The  I Want You Back   Options
Queers, The  Overdue   Options
Sixpence, Thee  First Plane Home   Options
Bob Luman  Makin' A Mountain Out Of A Molehill   Options
Jimmy McCracklin  Georgia Slop   Options
Nat King Cole and Dean Martin  Open Up The Doghouse (Two Cats Are Comin' In)   Options
Above, The  Holding Back   Options
Les Fleur De Lys  Prodigal Son   Options
Bobby Bare  Find Out What's Happening   Options
Clarence Carter  Wind It Up   Options
Rezillos  Top of the Pops   Options
Sunrays, The  Andrea   Options
Nikki Lane w/ Dan Auerbach  Love's On Fire   Options
They Might Be Giants  Erase   Options
POP4  Hang On Help Is On The Way (from "Super Hits if the 70s: Hit Explosion!")   Options

CLICK HERE for ion the new lp from The Explorers Club

CLICK HERE to see The Michael Shelley Band live at WFMU's Monty Hall

CLICK HERE for a free download of The Michael Shelley Band live at WFMU's Monty Hall

CLICK HERE to see Michael Shelley get interviewed on a NJ public access TV show "Destination Montclair"

CLICK HERE if you have the stomach to read Rolling Stone's ridiculous "100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time"

CLICK HERE to go "Inside the Strange, Hidden World of Offstage Touring Musicians"

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

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.

Listener comments!

Avatar Sat. 3/26/16 11:03am SmokinJ:

Nice opener ms! 8-)
Avatar Sat. 3/26/16 11:03am Juke Joint Jonny:

Yay! Redd Kross number one! That's how you start a Saturday
Avatar Sat. 3/26/16 11:04am Michael Shelley:

  Sat. 3/26/16 11:08am Red:

Stay Away From Downtown! Gonna be a good show
  Sat. 3/26/16 11:10am Eddy in Australia:

Love the opener too but Saturday ain't Saturday until we've heard from Baby!
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 3/26/16 11:12am Marc Francis:

Good morning all y'all.
Avatar Sat. 3/26/16 11:13am Michael Shelley:

Indeed. Baby ( who lives in California) just emailed - he's visiting New York City and is listening right now in Central Park!
Avatar Sat. 3/26/16 11:18am JakeGould:

Bless you for this Hall and Oates!
  Sat. 3/26/16 11:21am P-90:

Hi Michael! This H&O a great example of a song that's recorded in a heavily produced, somewhat contrived style and works great that way. Live, this song was also great, but a whole other thing, almost a different song.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 3/26/16 11:22am fleep:

Surf's UP, peeps.
  Sat. 3/26/16 11:26am Eddy in Australia:

Hey Baby! I just checked and apparently it's 45 degrees in Central Park. That's a pretty apt number for a show full of No. 1 hits.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 3/26/16 11:38am Ken From Hyde Park:

Was "Taxi" by Harry Chapin a Number One Hit? www.poughkeepsiejournal.com...
Avatar Sat. 3/26/16 11:41am Michael Shelley:

Avatar Sat. 3/26/16 11:41am Michael Shelley:

  Sat. 3/26/16 11:43am geokopp:

The Complete Them is so great, especially disc 3 with all their demos, etc. Fun stuff.
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 3/26/16 11:46am Marc Francis:

I agree geokopp!
Avatar Sat. 3/26/16 11:46am Michael Shelley:

Me too!
Avatar Sat. 3/26/16 11:47am Juke Joint Jonny:

I've always wanted to do the monkey to his song. Now I can! Thanks!
Avatar Sat. 3/26/16 11:48am Juke Joint Jonny:

"this" song. Arrrrgh
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 3/26/16 11:48am Uncle Michael:

Did I just hear a #1 hit?
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 3/26/16 11:49am duke:

I had a pair of dogs named Patience and Prudence. Prudence was a beautiful setter, but dumb as a box of rocks. Patience was an ugly mutt but the smartest dog I ever owned.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 3/26/16 11:49am Uncle Michael:

That Pag track is something I'd play 8 times a year if I didn't have self-control.
Avatar Sat. 3/26/16 11:52am Michael Shelley:

Agree - it is life affirming!
  Sat. 3/26/16 12:01pm wfmu roxxxxx:

best record??? THE ABOVE!!!!!!
  Sat. 3/26/16 12:01pm geokopp:

Gotta agree, The Cactus Blossoms record is terrific.
Avatar Sat. 3/26/16 12:01pm Michael Shelley:

Above not out yet
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/26/16 12:02pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- & Heron Oblivion. WFMU earworms.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 3/26/16 12:12pm Uncle Michael:

Jeez, Michael...That Sarstedt track is something I'd play 8 times a year if I didn't have self-control.
Avatar Sat. 3/26/16 12:13pm Michael Shelley:

Michael - I say go for it - I'll be counting
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 3/26/16 12:13pm Uncle Michael:

If you play Pinball by Brian Protheroe...I'm calling an exorcist.
Avatar Sat. 3/26/16 12:18pm JakeGould:

Bless you for these Funk Brothers.
  Sat. 3/26/16 12:24pm Dean in Montclair:

Ah, the classic flat 6, flat 7, 1.
Avatar Sat. 3/26/16 12:25pm Michael Shelley:

what he said
  Sat. 3/26/16 12:34pm wfmu roxxxxx:

THANK U MICHAEL!!! the above rules!!
Avatar Sat. 3/26/16 12:35pm Michael Shelley:

SO #1
  Sat. 3/26/16 12:35pm wfmu roxxxxx:

if ONLY!!!!
  Sat. 3/26/16 12:36pm wfmu roxxxxx:

dream concert for next weekend: The Muffs and The Above..... the idea gives me chills
  Sat. 3/26/16 12:39pm ?:

Funk Brothers was I Want You Back not ABC. Pop Perfection either way
Avatar Sat. 3/26/16 12:42pm Michael Shelley:

that's was I was singing along
Avatar Sat. 3/26/16 12:43pm Juke Joint Jonny:

Lot of jumping up and down at our house right now!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 3/26/16 12:48pm Ken From Hyde Park:

When "Andrea" started, I thought it was the them from the cartoon Underdog.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 3/26/16 12:48pm Uncle Michael:

I pre-ordered the Above EP yesterday.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/26/16 12:48pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Tell me how the rest of it is UM !
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 3/26/16 12:52pm Uncle Michael:

Will do.
  Sat. 3/26/16 12:53pm Checker bob:

Aww, "Taxi" Sue passed away - Thanks for the Chapin story link, Ken
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