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Options April 16, 2016: A Wondeful Life

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Artist Track
Irene Kral  Wonderful Life   Options
Chris Collingwood  Sundown   Options
Willis Brothers, The  Highway Patrol   Options
Johnny Adams  Proud Woman   Options
Rene Kollo  Eso Beso   Options
Nancy  I Want You Bad   Options
Karen Verros  You Just Gotta Know My Mind   Options
Gosdin Brothers, The  Bowling Green   Options
Marlena Shaw  California Soul   Options
James Hunter Six  If That Don't Tell You   Options
Groop, The  The Jet Song (When The Weekend's Over)   Options
Merle Haggard  I'm Gonna Break Every Heart I Can   Options
Sugar Pie Desanto  Go Go Power   Options
Sarah Vaughan  It Had Better Be Tonight   Options
Above, The  Holding Back   Options
Steve Miller Band, The  True Fine Love   Options
Golfs, The  You're No Good   Options
Osborne Brothers, The  Bluegrass Express   Options
Dillard Crume & The Soul Rockers  Mini Dress   Options
Paul Collins Beat  Walking Out On Love   Options
Jean and the Statesides  Putty In Your Hands   Options
Noel Boggs  Caravan   Options
Little Betty  Twistin School   Options
Bogard Brothers  Flying Rock   Options
Pearl Harbour and The Explosions  You Got It (Release It)   Options
Cliff Richard  Concrete And Clay   Options
Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn  Picking Wild Mountain Berries   Options
Spinners, The  Ooh Child   Options
Teenage Fanclub  It's All In My Mind   Options
Now Generation  You Showed Me   Options
Chuck Wood  Friday Night Fights   Options
Impressions, The  Gotta Get Away   Options
Mickey Finn and the Blue Men  Tom Hark   Options
Twin Peaks  Walk To The One You Love   Options
Jon and Robin  Love Me Baby   Options
Lee Dorsey  A Little Dab A Do Ya   Options
Sammy Davis Jr.   Bee-Bom   Options
Bucky  Let's Make Our Baby Pay   Options
Cars, The  Don't Cha Stop   Options
A Minute With  Scott Schinder   Options
Queen  My Best Friend (TRACK)   Options

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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

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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

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 Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 4/16/16 11:04am Listener Baby:

B> A>B>Y!!
Finally back where I belong. No more of this silly traveling with my family, or near death sickness. Give me #! hits, or give me death. Welcome back Baby! Hello to all the fine peeps listening and supporting WFMU. Baby.
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 4/16/16 11:04am Marc Francis:

Avatar 🎃 Sat. 4/16/16 11:04am Marc Francis:

  Sat. 4/16/16 11:05am paul:

This ain't bad.
  Sat. 4/16/16 11:05am davefromtoronto:

morning mike

that's the second time i've heard a cover of sundown this morning on WFMU
Avatar Sat. 4/16/16 11:05am dinatekno:

Almost sounds like Liam Gallagher doing Gordon Lightfoot. This is a fantastic cover! Welcome back Mike!
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 4/16/16 11:07am Marc Francis:

Cathy Smith....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 4/16/16 11:09am Gaylord Fields:

And, like Gord's original, it counts as CanCon (because of music + lyrics), guaranteeing ample Beaver Bin plays!
  Sat. 4/16/16 11:10am davefromtoronto:

what the h***'s a beaver bin???
  Sat. 4/16/16 11:12am paul:

I live in FL. And I lived in Ohio. Ohio has worse drivers. But FL isn't far behind.
Avatar Sat. 4/16/16 11:14am totallybiased:

Northeast Kingdom, Vermont checking in
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 4/16/16 11:16am Artie Haywire:

Avatar Sat. 4/16/16 11:17am SmokinJ:

SUCH a sweet version!
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 4/16/16 11:17am Marc Francis:

Quebec drivers are terrible.
  Sat. 4/16/16 11:19am David in ATL from NJ:

How was this song not a hit back in the day????!!!!
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 4/16/16 11:19am Marc Francis:

Hahahahahaaaa. Beaver bin plays.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 4/16/16 11:20am Gaylord Fields:

@davefromtoronto: It was a way for CBC radio programmers to minimally comply with CanCon, by segregating all the MAPL-qualifying music:


Avatar 🎃 Sat. 4/16/16 11:22am Marc Francis:

It made sure a certain amount of Canadian made music was played on Canadian airwaves. I think it worked really well for a while but I am not so sure these days? Google time!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 4/16/16 11:26am Gaylord Fields:

@Marc Francis: It worked for awhile, until the government started upping the required percentage of Canadian content. This frustrated programmers, especially those near the US border. So this resulted in the "Beaver Hour" (all CanCon, and usually at 4 am), played from the aforementioned bin.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 4/16/16 11:27am Listener Baby:

Gaylord always comes up with the BEST band names.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 4/16/16 11:29am Gaylord Fields:

@Baby: You'd be interested in a band called Beaver Bin, certainly?
Avatar Sat. 4/16/16 11:30am dinatekno:

I moved to Naples, FL from Hoboken. I'd rather drive on the NJ Turnpike all day than have to make my 25 miles one way work commute to Estero. It's a demolition derby with all of the midwestern and Canadian snowbirds. Come on down during OFF season, it's not so bad.
  Sat. 4/16/16 11:31am davefromtoronto:

thanks gaylord.

i've suffered under CanCon up hear forever but had never heard the "beaver bin" term
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 4/16/16 11:31am duke:

Don Ho?
  Sat. 4/16/16 11:32am davefromtoronto:

sugar ray!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 4/16/16 11:32am Gaylord Fields:

@dinatekno: Good job in integrating both of today's themes: bad-driving in Florida and Canadians.
  Sat. 4/16/16 11:34am DG:

yeah, I think the song is "Every Morning" by Sugar Ray, before its lead singer became an entertainment reporter.
Avatar Sat. 4/16/16 11:34am Michael Shelley:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 4/16/16 11:35am Gaylord Fields:

@davefromtoronto: My pleasure! The term was strictly radio industry jargon, and not something the public would have encountered.
  Sat. 4/16/16 11:36am davefromtoronto:

you sang it better than the dude in the band...
  Sat. 4/16/16 11:36am DG:

Didn't they have a Canadian content rule on TV as well? I thought that's how the Bob & Doug McKenzie bits on "SCTV" got started.
  Sat. 4/16/16 11:36am P-90:

That's a lot of ba-ba's
Avatar Sat. 4/16/16 11:38am SmokinJ:

Steve Miller_Milwaukee proud!
Avatar Sat. 4/16/16 11:38am dinatekno:

@Gaylord - it's a running joke down here. Any blue and white license plate....AVOID!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/16/16 11:40am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

In terms of what Charts & gets overexposed forever on Radio, &tc. - Steve Miller is mercy...
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 4/16/16 11:41am Marc Francis:

Ahhhhh. Thanks Gaylord!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 4/16/16 11:41am Gaylord Fields:

@DG: Precisely! SCTV was told to add two minutes of Canadian content to the show, so it gave the gov't the most broad, preposterous Canuck stereotypes it could think of. And the rest is comedy history.
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 4/16/16 11:43am Marc Francis:

@Gaylord: I am loving this Saturday morning lesson!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 4/16/16 11:47am Gaylord Fields:

@dinatekno: Sorta like the concept of "party plates" in Ohio (known as "whiskey plates" in Minnesota) issued to drivers convicted of DUI.

Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 4/16/16 11:48am Gaylord Fields:

@Mark Francis: I have TMI, and I know how to use it.
  Sat. 4/16/16 11:50am ?:

Holding Back…gimme more more more
  Sat. 4/16/16 11:55am davefromtoronto:


this is better than the LR version
Avatar Sat. 4/16/16 11:55am dinatekno:

@Gaylord - wow! That is excellent! We need that here for sure! We have crazy locals that speed, tailgate, get irate and at times, criminal in their actions. It's a real problem. It's like...you live in Florida, where the majority of drivers are old and tend to be cautious! What do you expect? Tempers go from 0-Violent in under 5 seconds.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 4/16/16 12:00pm Listener Baby:

I do!!
  Sat. 4/16/16 12:02pm Hackensack Slim:

You're right Michael. If James Brown was still around, I don't think he'd sing "Sweat Pants, huuuuh!"
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 4/16/16 12:03pm Marc Francis:

Damn. C'est ma toune!
  Sat. 4/16/16 12:10pm P-90:

Good ol' Joe Franklin, he was always so warm and generous with his praise, in-between and even during lawsuits.
  Sat. 4/16/16 12:22pm rob in nc:

Conway and Loretta's Wild Mountain Berries makes me miss Peggy Scott and Jo Jo Benson!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/16/16 12:22pm Melissa Jean:

just had this song in my head the other day!
  Sat. 4/16/16 12:22pm davefromtoronto:

hey mike how'd you get Ali G to do a drop for you?
  Sat. 4/16/16 12:24pm P-90:

If Elvis were still alive, he'd probably be making about two albums a year, including an annual Christmas record, which would have tons of cool guest stars, and maybe a diflferent hot producer every year. You'd go shopping at the mall at the holidays and Elvis's Christmas single/duet with Taylor Swift or whoever would be playing everywhere...
Avatar Sat. 4/16/16 12:29pm Dano59:

love that TFC song… and this Gene Clark song … and all the other songs. How DO you do it?
Avatar Sat. 4/16/16 12:31pm Dano59:

CanCon helped make radio great up there!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 4/16/16 12:41pm brendanswfmuaccount:

This Twin Peaks track reminds me of mid-90s Sloan. Which I guess reminds me of early 70s everything.
Avatar Sat. 4/16/16 12:42pm Juke Joint Jonny:

Can't miss when you rewrite Gloria.
  Sat. 4/16/16 12:51pm davefromtoronto:

that cars guy was a real pop genius...
  Sat. 4/16/16 12:53pm slackawaan:

I don't think I ever heard you play the Cars not are not a bad as people think
  Sat. 4/16/16 12:58pm P-90:

Thanks, Michael!
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