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Options July 30, 2016: A Road Song

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Artist Track
Ben Vaughn Quintet  Road Song   Options
Bats, The  You Will Now Won't You   Options
Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys  I've Got To Travel On   Options
Allen Toussaint  Soul Sister   Options
Charlie Byrd  Limehouse Blues   Options
Sugar  If I Can't Change Your Mind   Options
Paul Revere & The Raiders  Don't Take It So Hard   Options
Sunshine Ruby  Too Young To Tango   Options
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings  People Don't Get What They Deserve   Options
Cheap Trick  Come On, Come On (Albini version)   Options
Dan Penn  Big Town   Options
Cactus Blossoms, The  Clown Collector   Options
Solomon Burke  Don't Give Up On Me   Options
Kay Starr  Comes Along A Love   Options
Above, The  Holding Back   Options
Peter Berry and the Shake Set  Won't You Want Me   Options
James Hand  Everybody Got It But Me   Options
Odetta  Mama Told Me Not To Come   Options
Jeevas, The  Ghost (Cowboys In The Movies) aka The Bike That I Ride   Options
Merseybeats, The  I Stand Accused   Options
Gerald Dowd  I Do   Options
Nancy Wilson  Uptight (Everything's Alright)   Options
Hi-Lo's, The  O Pato (The Duck)   Options
Mark Bacino  Not That Guy   Options
Merry Go Round, The  I'm In Love   Options
Del McCoury Band  Wimmen's Hats   Options
Mickey And Sylvia  Love Lesson   Options
Muffs, The  I Won't Come Out To Play (demo)   Options
Brute Force  Tapeworm of Love   Options
Teddy Thompson & Kelly Jones  You Can't Call Me Baby   Options
Dave "Baby" Cortez  My Sweet Baby   Options
Lalo Schifrin  You And Me   Options
Dahlmanns, The  Pop Goes The World   Options
Joey And The Continentals  Sad Girl   Options
Ricky Nelson  She Belongs To Me   Options
Louis Jordan  65 Bars   Options
Monkees, The  You Bring The Summer   Options
David Brookings & The Average Lookings  The Basement Room   Options
Queers, The  Girl About Town   Options
Longmont Potion Castle  Underboki & Associates   Options

CLICK HERE for detailed Pet Sounds credits

CLICK HERE for a piece on how they come up with radio ratings & Delilha's radio show

CLICK HERE to see a Thought Leader gives a talk on Thought Leadership

CLICK HERE to find out about a medical fundraiser for Scott Schinder

CLICK HERE to find out Why Classic Rock Isn’t What It Used To Be

CLICK HERE to find out Why You Can’t Get a Ticket to the NBA Finals … … and every other major event on the planet

CLICK HERE for a great documentary about The Cactus Blossoms

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!

  11:00am Frank Above:

Avatar 11:02am SSS:

Oooh...pastel Shelley!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:03am Listener Baby:

Baby to one, Baby to all!
Avatar 11:09am herb.nyc:

Hi all. Toujours a pleasure to hear Michael (love those openings!) but I gotta run. Have fun!
  11:11am Frank Above:

Glad to hear that Greg Calbi is making a return appearance. I really enjoyed your last interview with him. Can you ask him the name of his teenage band with the accordion player that he talked about last time?
Avatar 11:14am Juke Joint Jonny:

Gorgeous Charlie Byrd track.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:16am Ken From Hyde Park:

I think my Geocities web page had this color background.
  #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:19am Mikey_B:

mornin, mike
Avatar 11:20am Michael Shelley:

Anybody good with HTML color - feel free to design me some color combos.
  11:32am Bill in W.O.:

Come On Come On ala Albini - way bigger guitars, but a lot of lost momentum, eh? I need the urgency.
Avatar 11:40am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...How much of that is Albini, tho'?

You're right! Thx for bringing the Cactus Blossoms to us. Their Sound is so pure & satisfying - & 'familiar' - that the Songwriting might get under credited. They've steeped themselves in their roots & sources so consummately that they've Mastered this too.
  11:43am miss Georgia peach:

Yes! Kay Starr!!!!!
Avatar 11:46am Michael Shelley:


and Todd's show a couple of weeks ago
Avatar 11:51am DeemerDave:

I get it, Ray Walston is Mr. Hand
  11:52am lloyd michigan:

This is a #1 hit!
  11:54am lloyd michigan:

James, not Odetta.
  11:54am lloyd michigan:

Like listening to Esther Rolle sing
  11:57am JakeGould:

Regarding gum: I would say 5-6 sticks of Fruit Stripe gum. I loved that Zebra!
  11:58am lloyd michigan:

Beemans and Black Jack together.
  12:00pm SeanG:

that song rocked
  12:02pm Tyler H:

wow Fruit Stripe gum. Haven't thought of that in years!
  12:03pm Matt:

Fooled me for a Robbie Fulks-like tune
  12:04pm Tommy:

The Elvis C version of" I Stand Accused "blows the roof off the house
Avatar 12:04pm Michael Shelley:

Robbie's drummer
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:05pm Listener Baby:

I was going to write this reminds me of Robbie, a lot.
  12:05pm Stevel:

Wow. Gerald Dowd. Investigating immediately!
Avatar 12:08pm Juke Joint Jonny:

Who's the looney tunes that is responsible for this lyric for O Pato?!
  12:13pm CLICK HERE:

don't know if Michael mentioned, his CACTUS BLOSSOMS open for DWIGHT YOAKAM August 7 Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Free
And they've LUCINDA WILLIAMS, Aug 4
  12:15pm JakeGould:

@TylerH: I had to eat like 5-6 sticks since the flavor of that crap disappears within a few seconds anyway.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:16pm Listener Baby:

Baby. How were the Muffs?
Avatar 12:17pm marc15:

Dabadoo DJ
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:26pm Santos L. Halper:

Concur on the Muffs show. They were new to me, but have gotten better acquainted with them since...
Was great to see part of the magic factory as well on my summer road trip : )
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:27pm Mister Dobalina:

Huge fan of, 'Funk Dat'.. Get a new DJ!
  12:27pm groovy grubworm:

Tapeworm of Love! - Doctor Demento show fav
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:27pm Santos L. Halper:

Same Brute Force that did the Fuh King? Just watched that Apple Recs doc "Strange Fruit"
Avatar 12:28pm Michael Shelley:

SLH - wish we'd met!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:29pm ChrisB.:

I think Brute Force is from NJ.
  12:29pm Hackensack Slim:

Yeah, Tapeworm of Love. I used to work with that guy. He was also in a latter version of the Tokens.
Avatar 12:35pm Marc Francis:

Men Without Hats AKA Quebecs finest.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:36pm Santos L. Halper:

Me too Michael, it was kind of a last minute decision to stop over. I think I recognized several DJs there, did pay my respects to Gaylord. Wonderful little space y'all have there.
Avatar 12:37pm Michael Shelley:

Monty Hall is a much needed treasure!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:49pm Gaylord Fields:

@Santos L. Halper: Hello again!
Avatar 12:51pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...actually - 'Summer' is a twofer, being new Monkees *&* new XTC...
  12:51pm Bill in W.O.:

Wow, DB and TAL - that's a #1 hit.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 1:11pm mcgreivey:

Oops. I forgot to turn on my radio at 11. Archive, i guess.

Turn on my radio? Slap me.
  1:42pm Turtleneck Burt wantsa know:

In the liner notes of "Solid Zinc," Howard Kaylan of The Turtles explained: "Elenore was a parody of 'Happy Together.' It was never intended to be a straight-forward song. It was meant as an anti-love letter to White Whale (their record company), who were constantly on our backs to bring them another 'Happy Together.' So I gave them a very skewed version. Not only with the chords changed, but with all these bizarre words. It was my feeling that they would listen to how strange and stupid the song was and leave us alone. But they didn't get the joke. They thought it sounded good. Truthfully, though, the production on 'Elenore' WAS so damn good. Lyrically or not, the sound of the thing was so positive that it worked. It certainly surprised me."

So when MARK VOLMAN's on your show next week, could you ask him whether any specific "Elenore" nonsense lines were direct quotes from management, like "Can't you guys write a song, 'You're swell, you're my pride and joy, et cetera?'"

Someone posted this week during Amanda's show: "Elenore is the song a wfmu dj played for 3 hours once, before walking out on wfmu - never to return." Ken replies, he's not heard this, maybe twas 1968-69 fmu. Would Mark Volman know the story?

Be sure to mention The Turtles played their own instruments on the records!
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