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Options February 17, 2018: Guest: Amy Rigby

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Artist Track
Amy Rigby  Dancing With Joey Ramone   Options
Records, The  Hearts In Her Eyes   Options
Rosalie Allen & The Black River Riders  Aha! San Antone   Options
Autographs, The   The Duck   Options
Terry Snyder   Guys And Dolls   Options
Yolks, The  I Do What I Do   Options
Blue Beats, The  I Can't Close (To Her At All)   Options
Blue Beats, The  Extra Girl   Options
Wade Ray  Idaho Red   Options
Jimmy McCracklin and his Blues Blasters  Hamburger Joint   Options
James Hunter Six, The  Something's Calling   Options
Hondells, The  Little Honda   Options
Laura Cantrell  Nothing Came Easy But The Tears   Options
Sugar Pie DeSanto  Go-Go Power   Options
Patti Smith Group  Because The Night   Options
Rutles, The  Hold My Hand   Options
Buddy & Bob  You and I Are Through   Options
Kip Anderson  Letter From My Darling   Options
D. Clinton Thompson  Talk to Me Baby   Options
Una Valli With Dan Hill  Really Gonna Shake   Options
Robbie Fulks  Where There's A Road   Options
Smokey Johnson  I Can't Help It (Pt. 1)   Options
Faith Healer  Sufferin' Creature   Options
Hollies, The  Baby Don't Cry   Options
Freddie Fender  No Esta Aqui   Options
Davy Graham  Anji   Options
Amy Rigby  One Off   Options
Amy Rigby  Interview   Options
Amy Rigby  From philiproth@gmail to rzimmerman@aol.com   Options
Bobby Crown And The Ramblers  If You Really Want Me To, I'll Go   Options
Margaret Glaspy  No Matter Who   Options
Harry Nilsson  Bath   Options
Play It Safe Vol. 4  Pt. 4 (His Clothes)   Options

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CLICK HERE for Quincy Jones on Paul "the worst bass player I ever heard" McCartney, Michael "stole a lot of stuff" Jackson, Astrology and who killed Kennedy!

CLICK HERE to find out why paper jams exist

CLICK HERE for "Replacing Ringo? The Story Behind Bernard Purdie and The Beatles"

CLICK HERE for a map, with audio links, to whatever the #1 song is in 3000 places around the world

CLICK HERE for a step-by-step guide to repairing damaged record sleeves

CLICK HERE for testimony given by Taylor Swift in Colorado district court

CLICK HERE to read the four key lessons learned from the Steely Dan estate lawsuit

CLICK HERE for the animated guide to compression

CLICK HERE to watch a video about a guy who represents was America is all about

CLICK HERE for the official "How To Read Nancy" website

CLICK HERE to check out drummer Jim Gordon's discography

CLICK HERE to listen to/download 1000s of digitized 78s

CLICK HERE to watch Robbie Fulks cover NRBQ at FMU

CLICK HERE for selection from the British Library’s extensive collections of unique sound recordings, which cover the entire range of recorded sound: music, drama and literature, oral history, wildlife and environmental sounds

CLICK HERE for an interview with Brian Wilson where he says "Mike Love is probably the greatest lyric writer in the world. I think he’s my favorite lyric writer. He just wrote a lot of good songs"

CLICK HERE for "Student Group Apologizes for Playing ‘Transphobic’ and ‘Problematic’ Lou Reed Song"

CLICK HERE to see how Steve Keene does it

CLICK HERE for 28:46 of "NRBQ & Friends"

CLICK HERE for "Marty Stuart: The Story of Clarence White & The Parsons/White StringBender "

CLICK HERE to find out "How the Nashville Number System revolutionized recording sessions"

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

CLICK HERE Cheap Trick on "Live At Daryl's House"

CLICK HERE to hear from the amazing Bob Washington, the voice of K-Tel

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

CLICK HERE to listen to a new interview with Jonathan Richman

CLICK HERE to listen to "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 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 Truth of the Flamin' Groovies' Story is Stranger Than Fiction"

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 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 check the stats

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

CLICK HERE to see some paintings by Jonathan Richman

CLICK HERE for "Rob Freeman Recording The Ramones"

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 for Wilton Felder's so good isolated bass on "I Want You Back"

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 info on the new, all instrumental, Michael Shelley album

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 for wrong from the get go NPR blog "The Worst Songs Of All Time?"

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

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CLICK HERE for a grammar test

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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 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 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 11:00am Listener Baby:

Awwwwww, you make me feel so unnecessary!! Baby, good morning you fine lad.
  11:03am Frank In Queens:

Hello from sunny Orlando!
Avatar 11:05am Michael Shelley:

Frank - vacation?
Avatar 11:06am TheJBE:

How did I not know about Amy Rigby? Good lord. What other acts am I missing? Thanks to you, I discovered her website and she's a damn fine writer, too. Enjoyed reading her posts about being an artist and "dropping" the new record. Looking forward to her calling-in. Thanks, Michael.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:06am Uncle Michael:

NOT written *for* The Searchers...we now know...
  11:07am bonneville73:

listening lively from Traverse City, MI
  11:08am Christina Low:

We're down for the Hidden Volume weekender. We have to support the record label we're both on, you know.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:08am Zetti:

Hey all, thanks Michael for helping out on the Krystle Warren session... boy did that sound great.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:10am Mike Sin:

I'm convinced Alex Chilton wrote "September Gurls" for the Searchers! ;)
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:13am Listener Baby:

I did the Duck, and nothing happened?
  11:13am bonneville73:

Michael Shelley's show and Mike Sin's fill-ins. Two shows that send me to Amazon and eBay every time- John Trembly
  11:14am Frank In Queens:

This duck song needs some bongo feet.
  11:16am ?:

howdy ya'll!!! late as usual. just got back from a run, where i astounded everyone around me (no one).
  11:17am clarke:

whoops that was me
Avatar 11:17am Kamp Climax:

The four lessons from the Steely Dan lawsuit link is dead. Would love to read it.
  11:17am clarke:

frank - where ya been??
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:18am Greg from ZONE 5:

Afternoon, all!
Holy crud I'm excited for Marathon.
  11:18am clarke:

how wuz that show at the Pool a few weeks ago, frank?
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:19am Uncle Michael:

Me too, Greg!
  11:19am Frank In Queens:

Hey clarke! I was at my parents last weekend, tuned in but not able to chat with everyone. Today I’m taking tea on the veranda in Orlando while everyone back home gets snowed in.
  11:20am clarke:

whoaaah - travellin' frank!!
  11:21am clarke:

verandas are nice - esp when snow predicted up here - but right now ain't a cloud in the sky on cape that is
Avatar 11:22am Michael Shelley:

Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:23am Mike Sin:

@bonneville73 -- That's very nice. Thank you kindly!

Years from now, Michael Shelley's extensive and detailed collection of interviews will have the historical value that Alan Lomax's field recordings have now!
Avatar 11:23am Kamp Climax:

Thanks Michael.
  11:23am clarke:

how da wes' coast baby??
  11:24am clarke:

@mike sin - September Gurls was written for lisa aldredge
Avatar 11:24am Juke Joint Jonny:

What Greg said.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:25am Listener Baby:

Lovely, Clarke. Like your summer out there. Too nice, sadly. We need rain not sun. But nice as heck right now.
Avatar 11:26am Michael Shelley:

Mike Sin - that's very kind of you... but I think the circle of people who care is shrinking...
  11:26am clarke:

them grapes need a drink, themselves....
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:27am Listener Baby:

Clarke, word. Baby, wheat from the chaff. Stay positive, we need you.
  11:28am clarke:

MS - EVERY interview you have done is a classic!! i don't use that term lightly. i find i barely have enough time to keep up with the present shows, though...
  11:29am clarke:

also, if you could attempt to convey a personal message to amy - tell her i say happy mardi gras...
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:32am Greg from ZONE 5:

Love Elk City! My old band played with them at Southpaw many moons ago.
Avatar 11:33am DeemerDave:

I use Random.org all of the time.
  11:33am clarke:

the way i pick what song to work on, on a day is Random dot UNorg
  11:36am Tim from LH:

I bought tickets to this show, really looking forward to it. The Woodland is a great venue also.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:42am Uncle Michael:

Cousin Kenny!
  11:47am clarke:

baby - have the hands recovered from pruning??
  11:48am SeanG:

sing it Sugar Pie!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:49am Listener Baby:

Swelling all but gone, but still at it, big time. Going out as we speaking. Just putting Bob's show on the ole' Ipod. Thanks for asking, Clark. It's never ending, but peaceful.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 11:50am Hoboken Jack:

Loved that Laura track! See you at City Vineyard.
  11:50am clarke:

and Frank (NOT in Queens!) - what goes on in orlando? are you a disney guy?
  11:51am clarke:

Baby - that's right: IT NEVER ENDS!!!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:51am Listener Baby:

Till it does..
  11:53am clarke:

even righter!!
  11:54am middlebun:

New fave Patti Smith song is After the Gold Rush.
  11:54am ?:

Patti Smith called herself the "female Mick Jagger" in an interview - True
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:54am Power Papi:

I very much remember the picture sleeve to this 45. It fueled many a teenage fantasy. Patti was hot!
Avatar 11:55am Beast of Boonton:

Patti Smith called herself the "female Mick Jagger" in an interview - True
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:55am Aaron in Minneapolis:

  11:55am clarke:

that's what ? said!!!
  11:56am clarke:

i thought it was the singer from the Mysterions.
  11:57am boonton logie:

We’d like to dedicate this song to a special lady in the audience...Barry’s mum.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:57am Power Papi:

Fantasy battle of the bands: The Rutles vs. The Thamesmen!
Avatar 11:58am Juke Joint Jonny:

Let it Rut!
  12:01pm clarke:

i have a panel question for the week: name a song that you eschewed earlier in life, but have come to really love.
for me, it would be Don't Dream It's Over by Crowded House. not a guilty pleasure so much as i just missed the boat the first time around.
Avatar 12:01pm Michael Shelley:

very excited about this:
  12:03pm clarke:

that patch is going on my new jumpah!!!
  12:04pm clarke:

i usually just say "give the swag to someone else" but not THIS TIME....
  12:05pm Pedro in Arlington Va:

Wish I had a dollar for every mention of Arthur Rimbaud in Patti's book. Even more noticeable as she reads on the audiobook.
  12:06pm clarke:

there is/was a comp of a lot of Morells/Skeletons off-shoot singles and oddities, at some point... i think on a cd? i have it somewhere.
  12:08pm paul:

@clarke Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep by Mac & Katie Kissoon
  12:08pm clarke:

  12:09pm clarke:

good one paul - i think however that one went over to my overplayed list, in recent years
  12:09pm bonneville73:

Sandra Barry & the Boys did this in the UK. Boys became the action.
  12:10pm Pedro in Arlington Va:

Mike Sin is right. Just the other day I saw Michael's interview with Duck Dunn in the bibliography of Robert Gordon's Stax book. Michael's interviews with such folks are vital.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:11pm myron feld:

That Sandra Barry video has been bouncing around Facebook recently -- so good: www.youtube.com...
  12:12pm clarke:

agree pedro! there is no one else i can think of that makes an 'interview' sound like a real conversation. that says it all, right there.
Avatar 12:22pm Marc Francis:

Howdy Michael! Howdy all y'all!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:23pm Adammets:

I read that article on paper jams. I thought that was wonderful.
  12:26pm clarke:

is this the marc francis associated with WMBR in cambridge?? howdy anyway regardless!
  12:27pm DG:

Hey, I remember Simon & Garfunkel's version of this ("Anji," on their 2nd album), never heard the original.
Avatar 12:29pm Marc Francis:

DAMN. This song is Great.
Avatar 12:30pm Marc Francis:

@clarke: Nope! Different Marc Francis!
  12:30pm Óskar:

Is the web stream out for anyone else? Can't get it to work on any of my devices :/
  12:30pm clarke:

winnah spinnah!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:36pm Booz:

@Óskar - my streams are streaming
  12:37pm Óskar:

Well at least it's something local. Hope it kicks in before Rex starts!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 12:40pm Hoboken Jack:

Hooray for Amy Rigby!
  12:41pm tonyb:

Just missed Michael talking up the Patti smith event. Can't find anything on her site. Any info re: tickets appreciated. Tonyb
  12:43pm clarke:

what a gal!!
Avatar 12:43pm Michael Shelley:

  12:48pm SeanG:

great song!
  12:49pm clarke:

i am not roger.
  12:49pm George in WO:

@tonyb : Patti in Montclair: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/patti-smith-talk-performance-tickets-43093897006?aff=ebdsorderfbbutton
  12:50pm tonyb:

Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 12:51pm Hoboken Jack:

Clarke, we are all Roger.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:52pm JG:

Did Doug Sahm also do that one?
Avatar 12:52pm Michael Shelley:

  12:52pm clarke:

i prefer not to be rogered
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:53pm Booz:

So much gold this morning. Most Saturday mornings I'm not on the playlist, but the fam & I rock this show every week.
  12:54pm clarke:

still in lerve??
  12:57pm clarke:

no, i WON!!
adieu all!!!
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