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Options February 8, 2020: Blame It All...

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Artist Track
Tripwires, The  Nights On Broadway   Options
Tiffany With The Thoughts  Don't Look Down   Options
Eddie Bond  Running Drunk   Options
Willie Harper  New Kind Of Love   Options
Herbie Hancock   Afro Boogie   Options
Elvis Costello  No Action (early version)   Options
P.J. Proby  Niki Hoeky   Options
Roger Miller  My Uncle Used to Love Me But She Died   Options
Richard Berry  Have Love Will Travel   Options
NRBQ  I Got A Little Secret   Options
Masterminds, The  She Belongs To Me   Options
Al Anderson  I Do My Drinking On The Weekend   Options
Guitar Slim  Think It Over   Options
Los Machucambos   Cielito Lindo   Options
Teenage Fanclub  I'll Make It Clear   Options
Freddy Fender  Vamos A Bailar   Options
Bobby Rutledge  Waitin' In Line   Options
King Curtis  Instant Groove   Options
Jonathan Richman  UFO Man   Options
Standells, The  Dirty Water   Options
Johnny Collier  Mama Wears A Mini Skirt   Options
Baby Dodds Trio with Danny Barker  Indian Red   Options
Pandoras, The  Getting Harder   Options
Jack Herbst  Jimmy's Party   Options
Willis Brothers, The  Long Haul Weekend   Options
Swamp Dogg  Redneck   Options
Billy Bremner  Loud Music in Cars   Options
New Colony Six  I Confess   Options
Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash  Wanted Man (take one)   Options
Margo White  Neighbor Neighbor   Options
Bob Dourough  Three Is A Magic Number   Options
Chris Mars  Skipping School   Options
Small Faces  Hey Girl   Options
Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis  It Came From The South   Options
Johnny Soul   Lonely Man   Options
Skeletons, The  Trans Am   Options
Beach Boys, The  Our Car Club   Options
Creem Circus  Pretty Rebel   Options
Pastor John Rydgren   A Beautiful Girl   Options
Chris Ligon  Dr. Peanut   Options
WRC Aircheck  Dog   Options
WRC Aircheck  Custody To Our Grocer   Options
WRC Aircheck  Jimmy, age 8   Options
WRC Aircheck  Bob, 35   Options

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CLICK HERE to hear Michael's new 30 minute mix for the debut installment of Lagniappe Radio

CLICK HERE for The Fab Four Archivist's "Replacing Ringo? The Story Behind Bernard Purdie and The Beatles"

CLICK HERE for a great piece called "Bernard Purdie ... did he really record with The Beatles?"

CLICK HERE for the multi part fascinating documentary about Dream Theater's search for a new drummer

CLICK HERE for Martin Mull's "Soundstage: 60 Minutes to Kill" from 1975

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:00am Listener Baby:

Personally, I'm sticking with my Henry. Good morning! Hi Baby! How goes?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:02am Handy Haversack:

Morning, all.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:04am jmd:

Terrific start!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:09am steveo:

Love that Bee gees cover
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:11am steveo:

Love that co-dependency theme song!
  11:11am Marley Dogg:

Morning everyone
  11:32am convoy_pt2:

Famous last words
Avatar 11:32am eyeosphere:

Hi from Athens, Greece
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:32am Hughie Considine:

I snuck a flask in to Little Women and took a swig every time characters hugged. Had to be carried out by theater staff.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:33am myron feld:

Parasite. Parasite. Parasite.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:33am full metal monkey:

Morning
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:34am full metal monkey:

Joker was amazing. Once apron a time in Hollywood also great
  11:35am Pedro in Arlington:

Marriage Story - Kramer vs. Kramer with cellphones.
  Swag For Life Member 11:35am Geoffrey in Ottawa:

I feel the same way about the Oscars as you feel about the Super Bowl. I haven't seen "Parasite" yet, either, but everyone I know who has speaks highly of it. Right now, I am obsessed with the Safdie Brothers.
Avatar 11:36am Sonny Rickles:

OUATIH!
  11:37am Eric Speck:

Have to tell you: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood was THE WORST MOVIE I'VE EVER SEEN. Seriously, man. Question the intelligence of anyone who says otherwise.
Thank you very kindly.
Goodnight!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:38am full metal monkey:

@eric lol. I’ll have my intelligence test this afternoon right after lunch.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:38am Andrew Waterloo:

Joker is on the level of Taxi Driver. I'm not sure which movie the media watched.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:39am Hughie Considine:

Eric, perhaps you could offer a speck of evidence to go with your radical hypothesis...
  11:39am pp:

grammys - always best new artist is someone that has been around for a few years, see Elvis Costello from years ago IIRC
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:39am full metal monkey:

Once upon a time in Hollywood definitely not the worst film ever. Lol
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:41am Andrew Waterloo:

I think the Grammy's are all about pacifying pop music fans.
  11:48am pp:

correction, it was Taste of Honey that beat EC out for best new artist in 1979, a couple of years after his debut.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:52am Hughie Considine:

Bad lane-switching behavior vexes me too -- it seems to trample on the social contract.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:52am Granny Spicy Tuna (e/em):

full metal monkey: however, i cannot argue with the fact that it is the worst movie Eric Speck has ever seen. ;-)
  11:54am sean:

I also like what a friend deemed the "jersey slide," from the fast lane to your exit in about 1/4 mile
  11:55am Gaylord Fields:

Beats me, Michael. Is it because of the great sax playing?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:55am full metal monkey:

@granny. Lol I know. Definitely can not argue that. I just took my intelligence rest online. I should have the results soon. Jesus I hope it doesn’t come back saying I’m an idiot. That would be embarrassing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:56am full metal monkey:

I can’t spell test right. So I guess that answers everything.
Avatar 11:56am Michael Shelley:

lack of sax solo
  11:58am McGroovey:

in re: Teenage Fanclub song: I love that song, but I never really noticed the bridge. I never realized it was different from the verse. The song might have been too short without it, it maybe not. Or they could have repeated a verse, and no one would have minded but the producer. That's what we think in North Bergen, anyway.
  Swag For Life Member 12:00pm Geoffrey in Ottawa:

The guy who wrote this also wrote Tainted Love? What?
  12:01pm McGroovey:

Gloria Jones's Tainted Love would be a great follow-on to Dirty Water.

There's a great ukulele duo Tainted Love on YouTube. I think the duo is called The Re-Entrants
  12:01pm Gaylord Fields:

I figured as much, Michael, when the entire song lasted 1:20, it seems.
  Swag For Life Member 12:02pm Geoffrey in Ottawa:

The Inmates do a great version of "Dirty Water."
  12:02pm Sean:

Tainted Love was really the only hit from his "taint" themed operetta, but there are some deep cuts worth a listen.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:03pm Granny Spicy Tuna (e/em):

full metal monkey: well, ya know, Shakespeare didn't even spell his name the same way all the time!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:03pm Webhamster Henry:

OSCARS:
Really, PARASITE is in a category all its own - writing, acting, set design, direction. Once Upon A Time? Obvious Oscar bait. The middle part where he's filming the Spaghetti Western with the kid would have made a nice short. I usually watch for the overblown productions numbers and the "kiss of death" Lifetime Achievement award.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:04pm common:

Weird
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:04pm Handy Haversack:

"Remember when we used to make out to this hymn?"
Avatar 12:05pm mariano:

Hey, gotta have some Mardi Gras music!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:06pm WR:

Mr. Barker! We all bow down to Him!
  12:06pm ledzeppelinsucks:

https://m.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/Vinyl-Record-Production-in-Peril-After-Fire-at-15039318.php
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:06pm Handy Haversack:

I'm gonna devil some eggs -- play Satan music, Michael!
  12:13pm ah:

so weird bc Herbst is my last name and I've never heard of this
Avatar 12:19pm mariano:

This Swamp Dogg is amazing.
Avatar 12:22pm DJ Guin:

so weird bc SwampDogg is my last name and I've never heard of this
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:23pm Mr. Pumpy:

Hello all...off to listen in the car shortly. Have great Saturday.
Avatar 12:23pm Juke Joint Jonny:

This is the number one-est!
  12:28pm Earth Walker:

This song is cool
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:29pm Listener Baby:

Marty and the Boys doan amazing version of wanted man.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:29pm juan:

Bob and Johnny sound like they are having so much fun - and what a great song they make while they are.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:33pm Listener Baby:

Dudes are swinging. Bob D was a gentleman, and a genius.
Avatar 12:33pm mariano:

He's teaching occult numerology - alert the church authorities!
Avatar 12:34pm DJ Guin:

"Darn...the song is over.."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:37pm Hughie Considine:

I always liked Chris Mars's "Popular Creeps," a super-tuneful, unsubtle swipe at his erstwhile bandmates.
  12:37pm Eric Speck:

LOVE CHRIS MARS. Horseshoes and Hand Grenades is a solid record that was overlooked.
Avatar 12:37pm Michael Shelley:

This lp titled "75% Less Fat" - ouch!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:38pm Listener Baby:

Sounds a little like Johnnie Polonski, no?
Avatar 12:39pm Michael Shelley:

YES
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:40pm Listener Baby:

Who also made a pretty cool record.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:41pm Listener Baby:

Big Al day!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:44pm Handy Haversack:

Michael, in case I'm too deep in egg town 15 mins. from now -- thanks for another great show. I learned a lot about multiples of three!
Avatar 12:45pm DJ Guin:

got any Fibonacci sequence songs?
  12:45pm Nate K:

I dig this Johnny Soul. New to me (I think).
Avatar 12:48pm mariano:

Haha, DJ Guin! I wonder if Bob Dourough wrote songs about partial differential calculus for college students.
Avatar 12:49pm mariano:

Listenin' to Shelley... Shelley oh Shelley.
  12:50pm Red:

That Trans Am song was super groovy
Avatar 12:51pm mariano:

Come to think of it, the Who had three songs about masturbation iirc: Pictures of Lilly, Marianne with the Shaky Hand, and How Can You Do It Alone. Must be a record. Bet GG Allin didn't have that many!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:55pm myron feld:

"The first time I had sex, I was scared -- oh, was I scared. I was alone at the time." -- R. Dangerfield
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:55pm Corey:

Thanks Michael for this edition of number ones!
Avatar 12:56pm Jimmy Wipper:

Great show! I think the label industry will approve!
  2:40pm Red:

true. stellar edition
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