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Options August 17, 2019: Guests: Robert Crenshaw (author/drummer) and Deke Dickerson!

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Artist Track
Robert Crenshaw  All I Want To Do Is Be With You   Options
Two Of Clubs, The  My First Heart Break   Options
Hardrock Gunter  Gonna Dance All Night   Options
Willie Mitchell  Soul Serenade   Options
Basin Street Boys  Jumping at the Jubilee   Options
Nick Lowe  Dose Of You   Options
Bruce Channel  Mr. Bus Driver   Options
Brad Paisley  Don't Breathe   Options
Deke Dickerson  I Might Not Come Home At All   Options
Bobbettes, The  Mr. Lee   Options
Joan Jett  Insecure   Options
Count IV, The  Don't Blow Your Cool   Options
Elvis Presley  Baby Let's Play House (vegas rehearsal)   Options
Nikki Hill, Deke Dickerson & The Bo-Keys  Feelings   Options
Marshall Crenshaw  Whenever You're on My Mind   Options
Robert Crenshaw  Interview   Options
Robert Crenshaw  Excerpt from "My Mythological Narrative, A Rock Odyssey"   Options
T-Bones, The  Don't Think Twice It's Alright   Options
Deke Dickerson  I Ain't Got a Pot (To Peel Potatoes In)   Options
Lee Dorsey  Don't You Ever Leave Me   Options
Patti Page   Old Cape Cod   Options
Incredible Casuals, The  Be Here Now   Options
Deke Dickerson  Snatch It And Grab It (LIVE)   Options
Deke Dickerson  Interview   Options
Deke Dickerson  Right Or Wrong   Options
Fountains of Wayne  Fire island   Options
Alex Chilton  Let Me Get Close To You   Options
London Souls, The  When I'm With You   Options
Melinda  An Audio Letter   Options

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CLICK HERE for info on the Top 100 Most Expensive Cassettes on Discogs

CLICK HERE for a detailed look at cymbals in 1920s jazz

CLICK HERE for The Liner Notes Project

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 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 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 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.

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Listener comments!

Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:00am Listener Baby:

Michael Shelley. What say you, Baby?
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:02am Cat:

Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:03am Listener Baby:

Baby Cat!! What say you, cousin??
Avatar 11:06am SmokinJ:

Just what the doctor ordered! 8-)
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:07am Cat:

back from Farmers Market with tomatoes & peaches. Pluckin figs offa my tree and fixin to make a good sauce. Great cooking tunes
  11:08am Corey:

Morning Michael and fellow listeners! Love that punchy Two of Clubs. One of my favorites from last years marathon mix.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 11:09am Hoboken Jack:

Good morning, No. 1 hit crew!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:16am Granny Spicy Tuna (they/them):

howdy, folx!
Avatar 11:18am Dr. Goot:

Morning, Basher!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:26am nostrangerer:

Wait. You played a song after Lowe Dose and it didn't show on the play list and I going nuts trying to figure it out? Or am I confused?
Avatar 11:26am SmokinJ:

If only Brad had done a bit more acid... sigh..
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:26am nostrangerer:

Ok. There it is. Slow refresh I guess.
  11:29am johnk77:

great work selecter
as i have noted previously
i would favor more country/rock
on various wfmu streams
also known as confused rock
per sean hopper;>
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:33am Listener Baby:

I named a rabbit we had in our 4th grade class, Mr. Lee, after that great song.
  11:58am DG:

Note to Robert & Michael: "Devil in Her Heart" is by Richard Drapkin, so I guess that's who they played with. It was the only hit by the Donays, but later got better-known when this Liverpool foursome covered it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:05pm common:

  Swag For Life Member 12:06pm tadpoles:

Your interviews are always interesting Michael. Cheers.
  12:09pm clarke:

i met robert on his tour when the first Marshall album came out. he was SUCH a nice and personable fellow it really inspired me to be that way on my tours.
  12:10pm clarke:

can't stay long, here, but this was an outstanding interview - AS ALWAYS!
  12:10pm paul:

Gonna play anything from the Easy Rider soundtrack to honor Peter Fonda?
  12:13pm clarke:

  12:14pm Dennis:

Earl Palmer on drums
Avatar 12:15pm Juke Joint Jonny:

Totally sarcastic drums
Avatar 12:16pm Juke Joint Jonny:

Snotty and condescending.
  12:17pm Dennis:

Fascinating interview, Mike - gonna cop that audiobook
Avatar 12:17pm Juke Joint Jonny:

Now these are some optimistic drums, somewhat jejune
  12:19pm Cooh John:

Michael does the best interviews for my money. Years from now they will be an invaluable source for music history.
  12:23pm Ed in DC:

Or the parody New Cape Cod by Red Peters
Avatar 12:26pm Michael Shelley:

Cooh John - that is a seriously kind & nive thing to say - THANK YOU!
  12:33pm kevlicki:

I was just up at the beachcomber having oysters last week! It’s a really unique spot that I’ve never see live music at. It’s such an intimate venue it’s gotta be fun
  12:34pm JTKMDNY:

Michael: Speaking of Marty Stewart, he had Brenda Clark on the other day. Play Stripes
  12:36pm JTKMDNY:

Sorry, Brandy Clark
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:38pm patrick321:

Just got in from outdoors but enjoyed the Robert Crenshaw interview. Thx!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:44pm Mike Sin:

More great interviews today!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:54pm Listener Baby:

Great show Baby! Tons of energy. Keep practicing!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:59pm Richard:

Thoughtful and informative interviews, as always. Thanks, Michael.
  4:16pm Miss Georgia Peach:

What a pleasant installment of The Michael Shelley Show. Thank you!
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