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Options November 19, 2016: Guest: Gene Sculatti

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Artist Track
Billy Hinsche  Music Is Freedom   Options
Dead Milkmen, The  Punk Rock Girl   Options
Rick Nelson  Love Story   Options
Dillard Crume & The Soul Rockers  Mini Dress   Options
Nina Simone  I Got Life   Options
Yolks, The  You Don't Live Here No More   Options
Sonny Curtis  The Straight Life   Options
Billy Hughes & the Rhythm Buckeroos  Atomic Sermon   Options
Theola Kilgore  The Sound Of My Man   Options
Jonathan Richman  If You Want To Leave Our Party   Options
Wayne Newton  Comin On Too Strong   Options
Gene Sculatti  Interview   Options
Gene Sculatti  What Is A Rock Critic?   Options
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass  Walk Don't Run   Options
Merle Travis & Joe Maphis  Eight More Miles To Louisville   Options
Sugar Pie DeSanto  A Little Taste Of Soul   Options
Robbie Fulks  Fountains of Wayne Hotline   Options
Velvet Underground  Who Loves the Sun?   Options
Wayne Kemp  Little Home Wrecker   Options
Valentinos, The  Let's Get Together   Options
Mighty Sparrow  Calypso Boogaloo   Options
William Shatner  Common People   Options
Vic Waters & The Entertainers  I'm White, I'm Alright   Options
Laura Cantrell  Wait   Options
Joe Simon  What Makes A Man Feel Good?   Options
Dave Dudley  Two Six Packs Away   Options
Tripwires, The  Games People Play   Options
Wind, The  What's The Fun?   Options
They Might Be Giants  Erase   Options
Nouvelle Vague  Teenage Kicks   Options
Peter Berry and the Shake Set  Livin' Lovin' Wreck   Options
Miss. Cleo  You're A Libra...   Options
Donald Trump  Talks about Mike's show   Options

CLICK HERE to hear "What Is A Rock Critic" by Gene Sculatti

CLICK HERE to listen to a new interview with Jonathan Richman

CLICK HERE to listen to an episode of Recode Media titled "Musicians fighting Spotify are ‘so f-cking dumb,’ music industry pundit Bob Lefsetz says"

CLICK HERE to read a Mike Love sympathetic piece titled "Beach Boys seek to overcome discord with new wave of Love"

CLICK HERE to listen to a new NPR interview with Brian Wilson

CLICK HERE for an interesting piece about a journalist trying to interview Brian Wilson

CLICK HERE for "Jerry Lewis at 90: His Mouth Runneth Over"

CLICK HERE to read "How Rockpile Tried To Change Rock and Roll"

CLICK HERE to read "The Zombies Are Back"

CLICK HERE to watch the trailer for "Ticket To Write" a documentary film that explores the golden age of rock music writing

CLICK HERE to read the report on Kippington Lodge's 1967 BBC audition - Includes phrases "painful" & "tone deaf" then CLICK HERE to have a listen & decide for yourself

CLICK HERE for the 1988 piece "Who Does Chuck Berry Think He Is?"

CLICK HERE to see how Norman from Teenage Fanclub rates the bands albums

CLICK HERE for "The Truth of the Flamin' Groovies' Story is Stranger Than Fiction"

CLICK HERE for info about the tuning used on Bad Company's "Can't Get Enough"

CLICK HERE for Artist Management According To Flo & Eddie

CLICK HERE to see the March 25th Hot 100 chart - when Happy Together was number one!!

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!

  11:02am Bany:

Baby. Double Banu
Avatar 11:03am Marc Francis:

Oooooh. What a song!
Avatar 11:07am northguineahills:

W000! What funness, the DM!
  11:10am lloyd michigan:

This has to a be Nilsson song.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:12am ChrisB.:

Gene Sculatti's book, "The Catalog of Cool," was my gateway into the wonderful world of weirdos.
Avatar 11:12am Michael Shelley:

Randy Newman
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:12am Nate K.:

Hey, Michael. Tuning in with Juniper the Younger.
  11:14am Andrew:

Morning all
  11:15am lloyd michigan:

@Michael. Wow. That makes sense, too. Glad I didn't bet.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:15am melinda:

I like this cover.
Avatar 11:16am Michael Shelley:

Nate - I'll try to keep it clean
Lloyd - same ballpark
  11:16am lloyd michigan:

Should have followed up Mini Dress with Topless.
  11:17am lloyd michigan:

Nelson sings Newman. :)
Avatar 11:18am herb.nyc:

Neat! Nina was on my cd 2 nights ago, this song as well.
Avatar 11:19am Uke Goldberg:

Nina makes everything sound better!
Avatar 11:20am Michael Shelley:

I must say - I like the REMIX of her version of I Got Life BETTER then the lp version - which is a rare thing

  11:22am Kerouac movie:

Hah, crackers and beer. BTW, Mary Tyler Moore theme (by Sonny Curtis) makes me cry EVERY time!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 11:22am Jimmy Wipper:

Never get sick of this song!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:22am Parq:

The straight life is easier with what Tom Wolfe called (derisively, but fuck him) the bohemian hedge. I guess listening to number one hits on FMU counts.
Avatar 11:24am Uke Goldberg:

Cool. I'll check out the Nina Tube after your show.
  11:36am phat:

this Jonathan Richman story is really odd. I've seen him twice and that would have been terribly disappointing.
Avatar 11:37am Tomophobic Tom:

I only have seen Jonathan once, but what struck me was his facial expressions, which swung wildly between joy and rage. I also was very impressed with his guitar playing ability, which I did not really associate with him. He didn't play a single song I knew, which I liked also.
Avatar 11:37am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...so - it's not like the sound or mix were actually that bad? Cause that would be one thing...
Avatar 11:38am Michael Shelley:

The sound was great. He just couldn't help fiddling with it.
Avatar 11:38am Uke Goldberg:

I've seen him harsh on people from stage and, as you say, it takes you out of the performance.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:39am Parq:

I saw JoJo at the Central Park bandshell (pre-Rumsey) in the late 80s. People in the center of the crowd were getting sick of being blocked and shouted at the people in the front to sit down. Jonathan looked down and said "Why dont you STAND UP?" He paused and took in the shocked look on the leisure crowd's faces, and then added "I don't 'perform concerts' -- I do rock and roll shows."
Avatar 11:40am Uke Goldberg:

I was there.
Avatar 11:41am Michael Shelley:

my interview with him, if you havent heard it:
Avatar 11:43am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

I like how you always discuss all the peripheral circumstances of Shows that end up being as relevant to the experience as anything. Sometimes I look back & say 'I had a headache' or whatever...& yet later am really glad I was there to remember it...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:43am Parq:

Uke, some fucking hot day, huh? Man, I can't do that any more.
Avatar 11:44am geezerette:

This is great! He's such a big part of L.A. music history. :D
  11:45am JakeGould:

I was at that Jonathan Richman show at Monty Hall and I honestly hated it. A good part of his act is how he’s just a traveling troubadour that casually shows up at gigs. In this case, without even knowing the setup backstory, it all felt quite contrived. I saw him twice before: At the Supper Club in NYC in 1994 and at O'Cayz Corral in Madison, WI in 1998. Such fun and true connection with the audience. And in the case of O’Cayz, it was a dump and he was shouting at the soundboard all the time but it was still fun.

The show at Monty Hall felt passionless. As you said, Michael his OCD on stage was not adding to anything.

FWIW, I had a feeling the show was going to be like that when I saw the Modern Lover’s merch out front. For a good while he dissociated himself from that connection. Now he’s acknowledging it?
Avatar 11:47am Tomophobic Tom:

@Jake that's exactly how he was in Ann Arbor a year ago. Traveling Troubadour that casually showed up. And left.
  11:48am JakeGould:

@TomophonicTom: But here at the Monty Hall show, the “traveling troubadour” stuff seemed like schtick and contrived. Also “…which swung wildly between joy and rage.” He’s a sensitive, rage filled, ego. Talented and created some great work, but he’s who he is.
Avatar 11:57am Michael Shelley:

  11:59am DJ_Guy:

Rex played What Is A Fysteris last month
Avatar 12:02pm geezerette:

Hilarious. :D
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:02pm Parq:

This Rock Critic thing is perfect.
  12:03pm andy in berlin:

screamingly funny!
  12:04pm gene sculatti:

Thanks so much, Michael. And thanx for playing the Brass.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:04pm myron feld:

Personally, I love a saxophone that sounds like a hypothesis waiting to be stated. That's exactly what Coleman Hawkins patterned his style on.
Avatar 12:05pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

After all - it's hard to describe Music. It's all great - & it's all quite terrible. Haha. They become more interested in Writing...& Being Writers - than anything about Music...Even an opinion well-articulated is - just one opinion. Saying 'I like it' or 'I don't' is *perfectly valid* on its' own, as far as it goes...
Avatar 12:06pm geezerette:

Barnett Newman used to say,"Talking about painting is like ornithology for the birds." (Or something like that.)
  12:07pm JakeGould:

All music journalism nowadays is product-based, right? It’s all about page-views on websites and that’s about it.
Avatar 12:07pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- the Menu ain't the Meal. People have probably known Critics well enuff to seek out things that that Critic pans...
Avatar 12:09pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...I often disagree w/ Lester Bangs - but he wrote well - like a Rawk Hunter Thompson...he got the spirit of the enterprise of the Music...
Avatar 12:10pm geezerette:

I agree. :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:13pm Parq:

"Oh. *That* Gerald."
Avatar 12:17pm Linda Lee:

'Loaded' is such a great album.
good morning everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:17pm common:

agreed. and good day.
Avatar 12:17pm Linda Lee:

Lester's long time fued with Lou Reed was fairly amazing & very amusing.
Avatar 12:20pm Linda Lee:

that's 'feud' of course. all interviews gathered together in collection of Lester Bangs' written work, 'Psychotic Reactions & Carburetor Dung' published some years back.
Avatar 12:21pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Don't you think they both loved having someone they could communicate w/ on that level - w/out obligation to pander?
Avatar 12:22pm Linda Lee:

  12:22pm Baby:

Show em how, Baby
  12:23pm herb.nyc:

My friend loves Robbie Fulks, and this song was funny. I'm clueless on his music.
Avatar 12:26pm Michael Shelley:

My fave Robbie Fulks lp = Georgia hard - go buy it now!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:26pm common:

i used that book as a text when i taught, linda lee. forgot what the class was. good stuff.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:27pm doctorjazz:

This Shatner is just great, love this version!
Avatar 12:28pm Uke Goldberg:

Our new president looks like Willam Shatner!
  12:29pm Baby:

Who helped him with it?
Avatar 12:30pm Michael Shelley:

Ben Folds - plays all the instruments
Avatar 12:32pm Linda Lee:

that was fairly amazing. Shatner's recordings are uniformly weird.
Avatar 12:34pm Uke Goldberg:

Seems to be a Black and I'm Proud answer song/tribute.
  12:38pm Hackensack Slim:

Mike, I agree. Not racist IMHO. But how can we really be sure until the New Yorker weighs in.
  12:38pm herb.nyc:

"Georgia Hard"- did Georgia go trump or hillary?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:38pm doctorjazz:

Missed Laura Cantrell last time she was in NYC, like to catch next time she's in.
Avatar 12:41pm Michael Shelley:

The show at Joes Pub was excellent!
Avatar 12:42pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Not just a white guy saying he's white but still a worthy soul singer? But - if we should know anything by now - any weird thing is possible...
  12:44pm Stevel:

Just two six-packs away!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:56pm doctorjazz:

When the show is over, will check out the YouTube Fountains of Wayne Hotline, very curious.
Fun show, thanks Michael!
Avatar 12:59pm geezerette:

So much fun!
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