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Options May 21, 2016: California Callin' Ya

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Artist Track
Explorers Club, The  California's Callin' Ya   Options
Groop, The  Jet Song   Options
Johnny Horton  Got The Bull By The Horns   Options
Joe Tex  Show Me   Options
Machito & His Orchestra  Hold On, I'm Comin'   Options
TrioleanTape  Heart   Options
Jan Davis & The Routers  The Time Funnel   Options
Floyd Fletcher & The Balladiers  You're A Great Big Old Pumpkin Charlie Brown   Options
Vibrations, The  Soul A Go-Go   Options
Evan Dando  It Looks Like You   Options
Ray Stevens  Devil May Care   Options
Osborne Brothers, The  Sure Fire   Options
Little Denise  Check Me Out   Options
Peggy Lee & The Mills Brothers  It Must Be So   Options
Muffs, The  Born Today (demo)   Options
Los Moscas  La Maska   Options
Nikki Lane  Gone Gone Gone   Options
Jay Gonzalez  Knowing Me, Knowing You (from: Super Hits Of The 70s: HIt EXPLOSION!)   Options
Crickets, The  Lets Get Together   Options
George Jones  Let A Little Loving In   Options
Brook Benton  Do It Right   Options
Figgs, The  The Trench   Options
Shoremen, The   Dance, USA!   Options
Freddie Hart  Snatch It And Grab It   Options
Little Luther  Eenie Meenie Minie Moe   Options
Rudy Mills  A Heavy Load   Options
Frank Lee Sprague  You Missed Out On Me   Options
Honeybus  I Can't Let Maggie Go   Options
Del McCoury Band  Wimmen's Hats   Options
Winfield Parker  She's So Pretty   Options
James Hunter Six  A Truer Heart   Options
Left Banke, The  She May Call You Up Tonight   Options
Robert Gordon  Flying Saucers Rock n' Roll   Options
Crowns, The  Mambo Shevitz   Options
Pat Flowers  How I'm Doing   Options
Monkees, The  You Bring The Summer   Options
McCoys, The  Gator Tails and Monkey Ribs   Options
Dave Edmunds  Halfway Down   Options
Slim Harpo  The Hippy Song   Options
Bucky  I Am Dark   Options
Irene Kral  Wonderful Life   Options
Camera Obscura  French Navy   Options
J&H Productions  Pertaining To...   Options

CLICK HERE to hear "How Music Taste Evolved"

CLICK HERE to get to know my new favorite person Lively Val Shively

CLICK HERE to check the stats

CLICK HERE for Ringo's isolated drums from "Oh Darling"

CLICK HERE to hear Laura Cantrell ina BBC interview with some woman with a lot of plastic surgery

CLICK HERE for info on the new lp from The Explorers Club

CLICK HERE to see some paintings by Jonathan Richman

CLICK HERE for "Rob Freeman Recording The Ramones"

CLICK HERE for a FREE download of Money Mark's "Mark's Keyboard Repair"

CLICK HERE for The Hollies Family Tree

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 sense of pitch

CLICK HERE to see a BBC Allen Toussaint Documentary

CLICK HERE for a great piece on Esquerita

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 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 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 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 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 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 for a grammar test

CLICK HERE for Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

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, 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 for Ernie Bushmiller illustrated autobiography, on an amazing website

CLICK HERE for The Mills Brothers

CLICK HERE for James Jamerson & Gladys Knight going nuts on I Heard It Through The Grapevine

CLICK HERE for info on Fake Amps!

CLICK HERE for a PDF of who plays what on Everly Brothers recordings.

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 11:02am Listener Baby:

And......Baby. Good morning!!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:02am Listener Baby:

I like that song, Michael.
Avatar 11:03am Michael Shelley:

Hey Baby!
Avatar 11:05am Juke Joint Jonny:

Groop is groovy
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:06am Listener Baby:

Or Groopy, perhaps?
  11:06am flower arrangement:

I want to see the movie of this Groop track. Old red and blue paper 3d specs and all.
Avatar 11:07am Juke Joint Jonny:

The groopiest
Avatar 11:07am Superb Owl:

Caught a Marc Maron snippet in the intro. Which Michael was that? Keaton, Moore, Rapaport?
  11:08am Cooh John:

#1 morning and day to all.
Avatar 11:09am Michael Shelley:

Moore - I think - but I have em all
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:09am Uncle Michael:

The Groop makes me happy.
  11:11am Stuart Rose:

Hey, Mike, I agree with you about the Groop. But their trip to nowhere could have been because they came at the end of the vocal harmony fad. Mamas and Papas, Spanky etc.
Avatar 11:12am Todd-o-phonic:

I can relate to Joe Tex. I went nuts in the middle of my life and started partying too.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:16am Uncle Michael:

Todd, I hope you didn't stay up till 1:30 watching the Giants.
  11:17am lloyd michigan:

Love the "How Music Taste Evolved"
Avatar 11:24am Marc Francis:

Good morning all y'alls.
  11:30am Paul:

Lucy had some splaining to do.
Avatar 11:31am Michael Shelley:

bonus point
Avatar 11:31am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Ray Stevens - doing a neat-o straight-ahead rekkid - w/ kewl Gittar &tc. ...
  11:32am Paul:

  11:45am Cooh John:

Beins with salsa!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:45am Ken From Hyde Park:

I see Alan Young from Mr. Ed has died at age 96. I wonder what were the Number One song when that TV show was on.
  11:52am Cooh John:

No more hits from the 70's! I look forward to that premium every year. What will replace it? How will I go on?
Avatar 11:53am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...not quite on the Abba-doration bandwagon w/ - the whole world it seems - but like this breakup tune for a little more realism or something w/ their Popsmarts...
  11:59am Elias (#1 hit club member #040):

"open up the transom to your tall dark and handsome" That's the line of the century. Wow.
Avatar 12:01pm Michael Shelley:

Avatar 12:01pm Marc Francis:

@Cooh John: Maybe super hits from the 80's?
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:07pm Listener Baby:

Greatest song ever!
Avatar 12:09pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...& I like Jay Gonzalez's version here better than the original...
Avatar 12:12pm Michael Shelley:

the highest praise for a cover
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:13pm Listener Baby:

Like them both, but do not agree.
Avatar 12:16pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...Abba has great vocals & arrangement - I just think they need more weight or substance or something...they were good enuff for Dee Dee Ramone - so whatever.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:17pm Listener Baby:

You are forgetting the magic dust they put on everything.
Avatar 12:21pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- that's the arrangement; my nervous system is just more immune to that compound than most - & more susceptible to other things...
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:24pm Listener Baby:

I'm a big sucker for it.
Avatar 12:27pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...I'm a Beatlemaniac & love GuitarPop - maybe it'll hit me someday...I'm not always as nostalgic for 70s & 80s Pop as other people...
  12:27pm mauri:

The first time I saw abba it was on tv. I thought it was a british joke about how a band from sweden sounds and looks like.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:28pm Listener Baby:

It's just so innocently bombastic. Greatest bass player on all those tunes. Just works of art IMHO.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:29pm Listener Baby:

Baby, is that why you don't like The Shins?
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:34pm Listener Baby:

You could so easily turn this song into "The Michael Shelley" Somebody please do it!!
Avatar 12:36pm Nutley Sam:

Mambo Shevitz!
Avatar 12:43pm Juke Joint Jonny:

Like I always say, you can never re-write Louie Louie too many times!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:43pm Goyim in the AM:

Hagstrom recently reissued an updated version of ABBA's bassist's signature instrument -- it ain't cheap, but hoo boy is it nice.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:49pm Listener Baby:

That dude is just one of the best ever.
  12:51pm Cooh John:

I could live with that Marc Francis.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:57pm Gaylord Fields:

When I heard "French Navy" coming out of the speakers at The Container Store, I came very close to dropping my plastic purchases so I could dance in the aisles.
  12:57pm The Hip Replacement:

Great Pet Sounds homage.
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