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Options December 22, 2018: Christmas Spectacular 2018

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JD McPherson  All The Gifts I Need   Options
Nick Lowe   Christmas At The Airport   Options
Kacey Musgraves  Ribbons and Bows   Options
Lenny Dee  Mr Santa   Options
Kevin Nutt  Visits   Options
Golden Harmonaires  Whatcha Gonna Do For Christmas?   Options
Matt Fiveash  Visits   Options
Snowballs, The  Come To The Christmas Party   Options
Margo Guryan  I Don't Intend to Spend Christmas Without You   Options
Connie Francis  I'm Gonna Be Warm This Winter   Options
Lord Nelson  A Party For Santa Claus   Options
JD McPherson  Socks   Options
Herb Dodson  A Disk Jockey's Christmas   Options
Dave The Spazz  Visits   Options
Huey Piano Smith with his Clowns  All I Want For Christmas   Options
johnny largo  White Christmas   Options
Dan Bodah  Visits   Options
Altai  Mongolian Santa/Jingles Bells   Options
Chuck Berry  Merry Christmas, Baby   Options
Big Dee Irwin & Little Eva  I Wish You A Very Merry Christmas   Options
Evan "Funk" Davies  vists   Options
Hanson   everybody knows the claus   Options

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CLICK HERE to read Michael's recent interview Lou Reed archivist Don Fleming on the Please Kill Me website!

CLICK HERE to bid on the mechanical, sync and public performance royalties from one of the world’s best-selling music artists—Nicki Minaj

CLICK HERE for info on Chris Stamey's new songbook & double album Kickstarter

CLICK HERE Robbie Fulks And Linda Gail Lewis' interview & performance on Fresh Air

CLICK HERE Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis LIVE & unplugged at Paste studios!

CLICK HERE for interesting photos of closed music clubs

CLICK HERE for info on the new Chris Stamey track!

CLICK HERE for info on the new compilation "Back Patio Bliss" produced by listener Baby!

CLICK HERE for a free download of the new album "Matt Gets Blue" from Matt Lucas

CLICK HERE for the program MP3 Tag

CLICK HERE to test if you hear Yanny or Laurel

CLICK HERE for an interesting short film about R. Stevie Moore

CLICK HERE for info on Copyright Termination Experts

CLICK HERE to read Michael Shelley's comic "Oh No, It's Tinnitus!"

CLICK HERE for very funny excerpts from a notebook where record store clerks logged "anytime we got a dopey phone call, boneheaded comment, or generally batshit customer experience"

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 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

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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"?

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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"

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CLICK HERE for Ronee Blakley singing "Tapedeck in His Tractor" from "Nashville"

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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 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."

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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 8:42am Michael Shelley:

Avatar 10:32am Michael Shelley:

The Top Testing Christmas Songs:
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:00am Listener Baby:

Baby and Gaylord, good morning. Looking forward to this show. Gaylord and MS are crack team, and we all know it. Hugs to both of you and Happy Holidays. Love, Baby.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:00am Frank In Queens:

Good morning all.
  #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 11:08am David in ATL from NJ:

What a start! 2 from 2 great Christmas albums!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 11:10am Hoboken Jack:

Hello ho ho Michael and Gaylord!
  11:10am LWR:

Is that log a KFC yule log with those heavenly herbs and spices???
  11:11am sweet corn Lizzie:

Where’s my eggnog??
Avatar 11:12am Sonny Rickles:

Happy Crimble to all of us!
  11:13am Tennessee Jeb:

Daughters got great taste
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:17am queems:

oh god mr. santa is bringing me back to my high school women's quartet HELP
  11:19am SeanG:

  11:21am Mister Dobalina:

  11:22am Pete in Arlington VA:

This IS my holiday fun, with all my imaginary radio friends. Gaylord, Brother Nutt and some Rex. Happy jollies.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:23am Greg from ZONE 5:

Afternoon, Michael & Gaylord & Brother Kevin and all!
Avatar 11:26am duke:

This a great. Good choice Kevin
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:37am Hughie Considine:

There was a trend toward chipmunk voices in '80s dance music; "Murphy's Law" comes to mind.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:38am Sid:

Peter "Alvin" Wolf
  11:38am mel:

chipmunks roasting on an open fire
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:39am Sid:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:47am Sid:

Gaylord's show is classic WWRL on steroids. And a stealth hit on The King of Sunday Afternoons. Heh heh.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:49am Gaylord Fields:

@Sid: I may kid BK, but he is a true radio legend!
  11:51am Dennis Diken:

I love this Connie Francis record. My dad brought it home from the supermarket in 1963 for me (I wanted "Walk Like A Man" but they were sold out). Note the two drum tracks here. Merry Christmas everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:51am Sid:

Gaylord, I thought it was funny; in the merry spirit of the holidays!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:55am Gaylord Fields:

@Dennis Diken: Seems like the old man failed upwards with his choice, by my reckoning.
  11:56am herb.nyc:

Ha, this Socks guy was interviewed on wnyc earlier today! Glad to listen; screw you, govt shutdown.
  12:01pm JakeGould:

Ho! Ho! Ho!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:04pm Richard S:

Hi ho everybody!
  12:06pm Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?:

CBS telecast 2 newly colorized episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show - that's good! But in the first , Laura Petrie gets trapped in a hotel bathroom, and is off-camera for 20 minutes. The second, she's ready to pop.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:09pm Corey:

Happy holidays from Traverse City, MI! What a gift to have Michael and Gaylord on the air together.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 12:17pm djsheilab:

This show is SO much fun! And giving me much-needed joy n' energy as I pack up my apartment. Happy holidays WFMU gang!
  12:18pm Morphe:

Irish folks eat their wedding cakes at 10- 20 -50 Anniversaries..
a bottle of whiskey every so often to keep it fresh...
  12:19pm clarke:

merry hollow-days from cahoon hollow on the cape, ya'll!
  12:21pm Joe R.:

Happy Holidays Michael & Gaylord! Love this show and Gaylord, please post pics if you ever get that JB ski sweater!
  12:22pm Fabio:

Michael! so sorry i missed your call -- had my ringer turned way down and didn't hear it ring! i'm still around if you want to try again... Fabio
  12:24pm thedunkel:

Wishing you all the best this holiday season Mr. Shelly!!!
  12:24pm Noodle:

This is great!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:25pm Hughie Considine:

Total Number One!!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:26pm Hughie Considine:

I hear your Gabe Pressman, Michael Shelley, and raise you a Doctor Martin Abend.
  12:26pm Genghis Khan:

People often mix me and Gunga Din up
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:29pm joe mulligan:

Gaylord, cameos from Dan Bodah, Fabio - what a fun show!
  12:29pm Marc15:

Gaylord, in Texas you could get arrested for saying that Santa is a myth
  12:30pm yippie:

eww I like my tomatoes fresh off the vine
  12:32pm DG:

Geez, Dr. Martin Abend....haven't heard that name in decades. For those of us in the NYC who watched Channel 5 news as kids/teens, he was the always-ticked--off conservative commentator, the forefather to every aggrieved white guy on Faux News. I remember some people on the station (Stewart Klein, the movie critic, at least) needling him at times.
  12:36pm clarke:

johnny johnson's finest of many fine moments!!
  12:37pm Mr C:

Chuck Berry making Merry!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:39pm Hughie Considine:

@DG, Abend would foam at the mouth, and he'd go head to head with Victor Riesel, who was blinded in an acid attack in 1956 for uncovering union corruption.
  12:41pm clarke:

hughie -- not sure you got the word, but i got the andy partridge book, and thanks for the head's up on that!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:43pm Richard S:

I hereby claim that "Wonderful Christmas Time" is the WORST CHRISTMAS SONG EVER.
  12:43pm Professor Sidney Offit:

Don't forget me, Abend's liberal foil
  12:44pm DG:

Hughie C.: Was going to mention Victor too (he lived in my UWS neighborhood) but when I looked him up it seemed he was a rabid anti-Communist too. So those debates must have been interesting....
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:44pm Hughie Considine:

@clarke, did not see that, but that is great to hear! Tis the season to curl up with a book by a rock god.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:45pm Hughie Considine:

They were like bare-knuckle matches, from what I recall @DG. @Professor Sidney, educate me.
  12:45pm clarke:

yeah, hugh, i mentioned this when you were on pseu's show's chat - didn't think u saw it.
  12:46pm DG:

Love Paul M., but yes, his Xmas song is awful, repetitive & sounds like a commercial. John's is great, George did a fun New Year's song, and Ringo made an entire Xmas album almost 20 years ago which is actually pretty good (a mix of holiday classics & originals). Wish I could find it.
  12:47pm Dr. Martin Abend and Professor Sidney Offit:

@Richard S:
We agree
  12:48pm clarke:

the book is great - i had read most of the interviews when they were on myspace. the thing is partridge may not even be my favorite songwriter in his own band!!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:51pm Hughie Considine:

I hear that. I think the Partridge vs. Moulding thing is roughly akin to Bob Mould/Grant Hart, where the writer with fewer songs per LP is clearly the poppier writer and the one with less of an ego.
  12:51pm nachurall:

Less chat more hat.
  12:52pm queems:

  12:52pm clarke:

yeah, i mean i love andy's songs - but, happen to think that colin's are more up MY alley
  12:53pm queems:

i love hanson so much
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:54pm Hughie Considine:

exactly, @clarke
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:55pm efd:

Hearing this song on the radio while I'm home is like when I'm in the passenger seat and someone else is driving.
  12:56pm clarke:

the value of the book is, of course, the histrionics of the band, strewn in there, throughout.
  12:57pm clarke:

and these are the guys from the paul newman hockey movie??
  12:57pm queems:

i never thought i would ever hear this song on the radio. this was a staple in my house as a kid
  12:58pm adam:

sounds like zz top
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:58pm Hughie Considine:

Yes, like how the sudden focus on Colin after Life Begins at the Hop drove Andy into highly competitive mode, which inspired some amazing music.
  12:59pm DG:

I'd thought Hanson was teenybopper crap but this is great! (and the Tinted Windows is good too--wish they'd do another one. It's not like Bun E. Carlos is busy).
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:59pm Hughie Considine:

Hey Michael, loved this show and hearing from all the FMU d.j.s !
  12:59pm clarke:

righto!!! nice show happy xmas
  12:59pm queems:

thanks you guys, great show!
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