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Artist Track
Nick Lowe  American Squirm   Options
2 Of Clubs  Heart   Options
Little Jimmy Dickens  Blackeyed Joe's   Options
Mickey Murray  Hot Record   Options
Slim Gaillard  Tutti Frutti   Options
Explorers Club, The  California's Callin' Ya   Options
Rondels, The  I Cry Cause I Care   Options
Jimmy Heap  Go Ahead On   Options
Roger Collins  She's Looking Good   Options
John Doe w/ Kathleen Edwards  Golden State   Options
Wynder K. Frog  Green Door   Options
Jim Lauderdale & Ralph Stanley  Fly, Lovebird Fly   Options
Garnet Mimms  As Long As I Have You   Options
Shams, The  Only A Dream   Options
Amy Rigby  Don't Ever Change   Options
Love  Orange Skies   Options
Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant   Space Man In Orbit   Options
Clarence Carter  The Court Room   Options
Roland Shaw & His Orchestra  The Magnificent Seven   Options
dB's, The  The Fight   Options
Etta James  Watch Dog   Options
Middleclassmen, The  Woman (This Ole Place Is Gettin' You Down)   Options
Wind, The  What's The Fun?   Options
8x8  Papa's Garage   Options
Rutles, The  Now She's Left You   Options
Jeff Daniels  Foxy Dan   Options
Bobby Bland  I'm The Greatest   Options
Gladiators, The  Sweet Soul Music   Options
Curtis Brothers, The  Blue Letter   Options
Spampinato Brothers, The  A Bear Is A Bear Is a Bear   Options
Paul Revere and The Raiders  Good Thing   Options
Charley Crockett  There's A Man Down There   Options
Little Milton  Ain't No Big Deal On You   Options
Quincy  Turn The Other Way Round   Options
Gilbert O'Sullivan  Matrimony   Options
Iggy Pop  The Passenger   Options
X  Make The Music Go Bang   Options
Pastor John Rydgren  Search It Out   Options
Paul Stanley  Talks About Peter Criss Part 4 of 4   Options

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CLICK HERE to find how how to submit music to Michael for airplay consideration

CLICK HERE to hear the new number one hit from Juniper

CLICK HERE to hear a lovely short BBC radio piece where Nick Lowe talk about Fatback Louisiana USA by Tennessee Ernie Ford and Harlan County by Jim Ford

CLICK HERE for the old switcheroo: A new episode of the Casey's Musical Dustbin Radio podcast where Michael Shelley is the interview subject.

CLICK HERE to hear Laura Cantrell interviewed on the Stereo Hysteria podcast

CLICK HERE to read "How the Beach Boys’ Lost Late-Sixties Gems Got a Second Life "

CLICK HERE to read Michael's recent interview Sonny Curtis on the Please Kill Me website!

CLICK HERE to find out what happened when Jonathan Richman moved to Maine in 1981

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

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 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 for the animated guide to compression

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 to listen to a new interview with Jonathan Richman

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 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 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 for "Rob Freeman Recording The Ramones"

CLICK HERE to see 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

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 garbage. 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.

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!

  Sat. 6/8/19 11:04am Baby:

Avatar 🎃 Sat. 6/8/19 11:06am Sid:

Good morning, Shelleyphiles.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 6/8/19 11:13am Corey:

Morning Michael and fellow listeners!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 6/8/19 11:21am Listener Baby:

YOU are looking good, Baby!
Avatar Sat. 6/8/19 11:28am Frank In Queens:

Hi hi hi!
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 6/8/19 11:30am Hoboken Jack:

Good morning, everybody!
  Sat. 6/8/19 11:32am Cooh John:

Hello #1 listeners qnd #1 DJ. Lovin' the #1 hits.
  Sat. 6/8/19 11:40am daniel:

Amy is supposed to be playing with Eric and Doug Wygal this afternoon! See you there, Michael.
Avatar Sat. 6/8/19 11:41am Michael Shelley:

  Sat. 6/8/19 11:45am Cooh John:

Amy is stronger than me. I am tearing up. My new must see artist.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 6/8/19 11:45am Hughie Considine:

That song truly speaks to me, with kids at the headphone-wearing, no-longer-up-for-chatting stage.
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 6/8/19 11:48am Sid:

DJs drinking live performances. That'll be a sight to see!
  Sat. 6/8/19 11:48am Greg from ZONE 5:

Great seeing you last night, MS! Listening en route to Sandy Hook...
  Sat. 6/8/19 11:51am P-90:

You can’t beat these two together
  Sat. 6/8/19 11:55am P-90:

West and Bryant I mean
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 6/8/19 11:57am Sid:

Ah, WRFM on WFMU! Sublime!
  Sat. 6/8/19 11:59am missthang:

hey! Will you play BOYS! BOYS! BOYS! BOYS! BOYS! ?
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 6/8/19 12:02pm Sid:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 6/8/19 12:02pm Oxidized:

hahaha, Mystery ID Person ended with the wrong website -- he said "WMFU dot org"
  Sat. 6/8/19 12:02pm Ed From Jersey City:

If you can get John Montone to cut a station ID, I’ll bequeath my entire estate to FMU.
Avatar Sat. 6/8/19 12:04pm Michael Shelley:

If you're serious, I'll work on it!
  Sat. 6/8/19 12:06pm missthang:

I really like that song, MS! Cheers to Juniper!
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 6/8/19 12:07pm Sid:

Ask for an estate inventory first! :)
Avatar Sat. 6/8/19 12:08pm Michael Shelley:

Thanks Miss - LP on the way!
  Sat. 6/8/19 12:09pm Ojai John:

Looks like it’s the last thing you will do.
  Sat. 6/8/19 12:15pm paul:

Archeology was their response to the Beatles Anthology.
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 6/8/19 12:23pm Mailman Tom:

I love Ska! Much better than Reggae!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/8/19 12:24pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

That Studio One badly recorded stuff. Perfect.
  Sat. 6/8/19 12:26pm Cooh John:

Fleetwood Mac cover?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/8/19 12:27pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...type stuff : www.discogs.com...
  Sat. 6/8/19 12:27pm adam:

Ben Vaughn combo with lost straitjackets at Ardmore pa in October
Avatar Sat. 6/8/19 12:27pm Michael Shelley:

John - the original!
  Sat. 6/8/19 12:30pm David in ATL from NJ:

Have not heard this gem in a while. Thanks for playing, Michael.
  Sat. 6/8/19 12:31pm David in ATL from NJ:

You need to ask them again, Michael.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 6/8/19 12:32pm Hughie Considine:

I don't recall hearing the Incredible Casuals on this program, (Bob Brainen was a fan) but they have a couple of #1s in them...
  Sat. 6/8/19 12:34pm Cooh John:

That is one if the things I love about your show: the musical education. Thanks!
Avatar Sat. 6/8/19 12:36pm Michael Shelley:

Hughie - this data is interesting:
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 6/8/19 12:41pm Sid:

Quincy went on to be Smash Palace and still play from tim to time in South Jersey. Nice bunch of guys.
Avatar Sat. 6/8/19 12:41pm Michael Shelley:

Avatar Sat. 6/8/19 12:42pm Michael Shelley:

Do they still do this song?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 6/8/19 12:42pm Hughie Considine:

It is! Looks like a precipitous drop-off in recent years. I've only been dedicated listening for a few, so that would explain it. I just got both of the band's LPs and the 45-inch singles at a record fair, thus my own personal resurgence in interest.
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 6/8/19 12:42pm Sid:

Stephen Butler from Smash Palace went on to work with Mary Lee Cortez/Mary Lee's Corvette.
  Sat. 6/8/19 12:43pm Frank Zaatar:

Sounds like Elvis DiNizio.
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 6/8/19 12:43pm Sid:

No, Smash Palace only does newer stuff that they own the rights to ('96+ I think).
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 6/8/19 12:45pm Sid:

Quincy Jones forced Quincy to change their name to "The Band Quincy." They went on to be Lu Lu Temple for an EP before becoming Smash Palace. And now you know.... the rest... of the story.
Avatar Sat. 6/8/19 12:45pm Michael Shelley:

Hughie - great live band - and, they're playing in cape cod soon - for the first time in years!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 6/8/19 12:48pm Hughie Considine:

Sounds sublime, @Michael. There is really no bad NRBQ related stuff.
  Sat. 6/8/19 12:50pm Sean T.:

I have that Lu Lu Temple EP. Never had any idea who they were.
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 6/8/19 12:51pm Sid:

I think Lu Lu Temple was an attempt to salvage Quincy under a different name. The momentum interrupted, it didn't work out.
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 6/8/19 12:53pm Sid:

John Doe again? :)
  Sat. 6/8/19 12:54pm Agent Peter:

John Doe always!
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 6/8/19 12:54pm Sid:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 6/8/19 12:54pm Listener Baby:

Meet John Doe
  Sat. 6/8/19 12:56pm paul:

Ken Nordine?
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 6/8/19 12:56pm Sid:

Is this 'Brother' John Rydgren from WABC-FM's old 'Love' format in 1970?
  Sat. 6/8/19 12:56pm paul:

Never mind.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 6/8/19 12:56pm Corey:

Thanks for the latest batch of favorite new songs. Have a good one all.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 6/8/19 12:57pm listener 126464:

Thanks Michael
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 6/8/19 12:57pm Hughie Considine:

How rich is this vein?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/8/19 12:57pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

  Sat. 6/8/19 12:58pm scott:

What ever happened to Brother John Rivers 'On the Power Line'?
  Sun. 6/9/19 1:56pm Bob:

The Morrells definitely heard that Jimmy Dickens record. Red's is pretty much a total lift.
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