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Options December 24, 2016: Christmas Spectacular - Michael's Family Drops By!

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Artist Track
Margo Guryan  I Don't Intend To Spend Christmas Without You   Options
Staple Singers, The  Wasn't That a Mighty Day   Options
NRBQ  Christmas Wish   Options
James Brown  Go Power At Christmas Time   Options
Ventures, The  Sleigh Ride   Options
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town  No More Toy Makers To The King!   Options
Partridge Family, The  My Christmas Card To You   Options
Joe Ward  Nuttin' for Christmas   Options
Kacey Musgraves  Ribbons and Bows   Options
Waitresses, The  Christmas Wrapping   Options
Gene Autry  Hardrock And Coco And Joe   Options
Ella Fitzgerald  Santa Claus Got Stuck in the Chimney   Options
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings  Ain't No Chimneys In The Projects   Options
Pearl Bailey  Five Pound Box Of Money   Options
Christina  Things Fall Apart   Options
Mills Brothers, The  I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm   Options
Chuck Berry  Run Rudolph Run   Options
Michael Pagliaro  Saint Nicholas   Options
John Lennon & Yoko Ono  Happy Christmas (War is Over)   Options

CLICK HERE for a new song titled "People Are Disgusting" from Jonathan Richman

CLICK HERE to read "The True Story Of The Fake Zombies, The Strangest Con In Rock History"

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 for Ock TV

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.



Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 12/24/16 11:03am Greg from ZONE 5:

Happy Holidays, Michael and all!
  Sat. 12/24/16 11:05am Eddy in Australia:

Been waiting for this show all week, staying up all night to listen live - it's 3am Sunday here. Happy holidays to the Shelley clan and everyone listening.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/24/16 11:07am Listener Baby:

Baby!! Happy Holidays to you, Jupe and JP!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/24/16 11:09am Listener Baby:

Happiest Holiday time to all my WFMU friends out there to. All over the world. Baby!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/24/16 11:10am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Season's Best to the Shelleys, DJ Shelley for the Music all year long
- & to all FMUvians that make even the best Music & Culture programming even more : a Community.
     Sat. 12/24/16 11:10am Listener Robert:

You better watch out, you better not shout...Juniper is taking your job.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/24/16 11:10am Listener Baby:

I have a question for Juniper. Mexico... When??
  Sat. 12/24/16 11:11am Stuart Rose:

NRBQ show too loud.
Good for you, Jennifer.too many rock shows, even by really musical acts, assault the ears. Never have that complaint at a jazz or classical concert.
  Sat. 12/24/16 11:12am Eddy in Australia:

"Not you guys" - best co-host ever!
  Sat. 12/24/16 11:15am Joe R.:

Merry Christmas to you and your family, Michael - thanks for all the music!

(Also, nothing wrong with back-to-back WFMU DJs playing Go Power This Christmas. Nothing at all.)
  Sat. 12/24/16 11:15am Cal Zone!:

The funky football!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 12/24/16 11:17am Brian C.:

Ventures--without a doubt the best Xmas album ever!
  Sat. 12/24/16 11:19am George in WO:

Happy Merry, Mike & family & all the FMU crew!
  Sat. 12/24/16 11:20am Cooh John:

Nick Lowe's " Christmas at the Airport"
Avatar Sat. 12/24/16 11:20am Montmaster J:

Merry Christmas Michael and Fam!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/24/16 11:20am Listener Baby:

The last two minutes of The Little Drummer Boy are Holiday Gold.
  Sat. 12/24/16 11:23am Dean:

So essentially Burgermeister Meisterburger is the proto-FTC.
  Sat. 12/24/16 11:24am Eddy in Australia:

Xmas Eve TV in Australia: A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas - does that count? Weather forecast for Xmas Day: 97 degrees!
  Sat. 12/24/16 11:30am Dean:

Are we listening, then, to *the* Junifer Shelby?!
  Sat. 12/24/16 11:32am Kerouac movie:

Love the family chit chat! So adorable. Thank u.
  Sat. 12/24/16 11:35am George in WO:

Is this from the Dr Demento Christmas Collection? A favorite at our house!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/24/16 11:38am Listener Baby:

Hi JP!!
     Sat. 12/24/16 11:40am Listener Robert:

Are we talking plugged toilet?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/24/16 11:41am Mike Sin:

Happy and healthy Xmas to Michael Shelley, his family, and listeners!
  Sat. 12/24/16 11:42am James in ATL:

Thanks Michael for this terrific show and a full year of Number One Hits!
  Sat. 12/24/16 11:44am Tennessee Jeb:

Merry xmas ya'll. Kaceys holiday album tour was something!
     Sat. 12/24/16 11:47am Listener Robert:

I posted yesterday on Sheila B.'s about how I got to love "Christmas Wrapping" by repetition on WLIR while driving in a snowstorm.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/24/16 11:47am common:

love this waitresses song even though it's overplayed. great harmonies.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/24/16 11:48am jmd:

U2 trash talk is its own little Christmas present. Happy holidays all.
     Sat. 12/24/16 11:49am Listener Robert:

One interesting thing is that the song's not even primarily about Xmas. It describes a year of events.
     Sat. 12/24/16 11:50am Listener Robert:

Another great thing is that it simultaneously uses & makes fun of the march beat, with the horns, etc. syncopated.
     Sat. 12/24/16 11:51am Listener Robert:

Or is it rubato? I can never keep those straight.
  Sat. 12/24/16 11:53am John in Brooklyn:

Green Pants and Finance...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 12/24/16 11:53am Ken From Hyde Park:

Merry Christmas, Michael and family. I enjoy hearing "Christmas Wrapping" every year.
     Sat. 12/24/16 11:54am Listener Robert:

Just the line that suddenly throw the brakes on the beat with "the world's smallest turkey" is hilarious.
     Sat. 12/24/16 11:55am Listener Robert:

Sorry, Michael, I'd just as soon hear it in the middle of summer or any time.
  Sat. 12/24/16 11:56am The Menjivars:

Sasha wants to know if you can hear her if she talks to the radio. --From the people you were talking to when your toilet got clogged.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/24/16 11:57am common:

hardrock!
     Sat. 12/24/16 11:57am Listener Robert:

Ah, Gene Autry, part of the long tradition of Jewish artists making Xmas music! He was Jewish, wasn't he?
  Sat. 12/24/16 11:57am scott:

This was a local institution in the Chicago area for decades. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKGonDIq8gw
     Sat. 12/24/16 11:59am Listener Robert:

Darn, Wikipedia doesn't back up at all my recollection of Autry's being Jewish. I know Roy Rogers wasn't, so who was the Jewish singing cowboy? Kinky Friedman?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/24/16 12:01pm Listener Baby:

Cowboy Mel Brooks??
     Sat. 12/24/16 12:01pm Listener Robert:

"Santa Claus got stuck in my chimney." "Why?" Have to edit it in archive to, "Because he was too fat, Daddy!"
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/24/16 12:15pm Listener Baby:

Pearl dominates!! My Mom's very favorite. She was huge in our house back when.
  Sat. 12/24/16 12:19pm Dean:

Liner notes don't get enough love.
  Sat. 12/24/16 12:20pm listener #126464:

what band was Michael's brother in?
  Sat. 12/24/16 12:22pm listener #126464:

the ork records comp is nice
  Sat. 12/24/16 12:23pm Raina:

Merry Christmas to you all! Its great to hear you all on the radio. Congrats to Phillip! Have a fantastic New Year, too.
Avatar Sat. 12/24/16 12:27pm Michael Shelley:

Philip's band - The Student Teacher
  Sat. 12/24/16 12:28pm JSG:

Hi Philip.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/24/16 12:28pm Parq:

I have vivid memories of my first Christmas in New York in 1982, with my first Christmas tree of my own (real, of course) decorated with ornaments from a dollar store on Fulton Street, and the Ze Christmas album playing over and over.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/24/16 12:29pm Parq:

At that, I haven't heard this Christina in years.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/24/16 12:29pm Listener Baby:

You can just smell the heroin.
  Sat. 12/24/16 12:29pm listener #126464:

Thanks Michael.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 12/24/16 12:33pm Greg from ZONE 5:

"N'SYNC isn't even the N'SYNC of today…"
Avatar    Sat. 12/24/16 12:35pm myron feld:

Boy, Ella Fitzgerald and The Mills Brothers -- you're running down the whole list of who Pat Cooper thinks has class!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/24/16 12:37pm Parq:

Best version of this tin pan alley chestnut I've ever heard.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 12/24/16 12:40pm dale:

digging the coffee and cookies with the shelley family!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 12/24/16 12:41pm dale:

mills brothers vs. ink spots vs platters is a really hard choice.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/24/16 12:42pm Listener Baby:

Have we heard a "country" x-mas song yet, Baby?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 12/24/16 12:42pm dale:

gaylord - did you ever check the other pervian beatle band 'los doltons' as i suggested?
  Sat. 12/24/16 12:43pm augiemarch:

..hohoho, what about Melvin's song from the Demme movie?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/24/16 12:43pm Listener Baby:

Hmm. Gene Autry. Let's go to Nashville!
  Sat. 12/24/16 12:44pm Tennessee Jeb:

Can't beat willie nelsons jingle bell rendition
Avatar Sat. 12/24/16 12:44pm cosmic matrix:

mmmmmmmm portugeuse seafood !
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 12/24/16 12:46pm dale:

think we just had firestone or western auto christmas compilations.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/24/16 12:50pm Listener Baby:

Hi Molly!! xoxox
  Sat. 12/24/16 12:50pm Christy:

Wrapping gifts with your family in the background - great show! Merry Christmas!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/24/16 12:56pm Listener Baby:

Let's bring John and Frank Zappa back for a round table.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 12/24/16 12:57pm Greg from ZONE 5:

This was so much fun. Thanks, Shelleys!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/24/16 1:01pm Jeezy:

One of your best shows ever! thank you Michael!
  Sat. 12/24/16 5:57pm Mark Rosen:

Love the Michel Pagliaro
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