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|Artist||Track||Approx. start time|
|Cactus Blossoms, The||I'm Calling You||0:00:00 (Pop‑up)|
|October Country||I Was A Fire||0:04:43 (Pop‑up)|
|Spade Cooley||Spadella||0:07:41 (Pop‑up)|
|Esther Phillips||Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You||0:10:49 (Pop‑up)|
|Mighty Sparrow||Sell The Pussy||0:13:30 (Pop‑up)|
|Ian Dury & The Blockheads||Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick||0:17:53 (Pop‑up)|
|Chad & Jeremy||Can't Get Used To Losing You||0:21:52 (Pop‑up)|
|Tex Williams||Wild Card||0:23:59 (Pop‑up)|
|Impressions, The||Too Slow||0:26:22 (Pop‑up)|
|XTC||Then She Appeared||0:29:03 (Pop‑up)|
|Carnival, The||Sweets For My Sweet||0:33:51 (Pop‑up)|
|Hank Penny||Hadacillin Boogie||0:37:11 (Pop‑up)|
|Ike and Tina Turner||Flee Flee Fla||0:41:35 (Pop‑up)|
|Carpenters, The||We've Only Just Begun (vocal, bass & drums)||0:45:10 (Pop‑up)|
|Teenage Fanclub||Dumb Dumb Dumb||0:48:28 (Pop‑up)|
|Linda Gail Lewis||Break Up The Party||0:53:26 (Pop‑up)|
|Motel Mirrors||Let Me Be Sweet To You||0:56:08 (Pop‑up)|
|Patti Drew||Sufferer||0:59:26 (Pop‑up)|
|Hi-Risers, The||Hang Around With You||1:01:26 (Pop‑up)|
|Love Generation, The||The Love In Me||1:03:23 (Pop‑up)|
|Lester Flatt||I Can't Tell the Boys From the Girls||1:05:58 (Pop‑up)|
|Arthur Alexander||Black Night||1:08:24 (Pop‑up)|
|Gable-Airs, The||Travelin' Shoes||1:11:09 (Pop‑up)|
|Avett Brothers, The||Slight Figure of Speech||1:12:51 (Pop‑up)|
|Bandits, The||Memphis||1:16:49 (Pop‑up)|
|Robbie Fulks And Linda Gail Lewis||Round Too Long||1:19:45 (Pop‑up)|
|Dumpy "Piano" Rice||St. Louis Blues||1:22:55 (Pop‑up)|
|Starry Skies||Starry Skies||1:25:03 (Pop‑up)|
|Utopia||That's Not Right||1:28:29 (Pop‑up)|
|Waylon Jennings||Don't Think Twice It's Alright||1:31:03 (Pop‑up)|
|Lil' Bob & The Lollipops||I Got Loaded||1:33:52 (Pop‑up)|
|Teddy Brown||Rose Garden||1:36:16 (Pop‑up)|
|They Might Be Giants||Apartment Four||1:39:30 (Pop‑up)|
|Elton John||Come And Get It||1:42:17 (Pop‑up)|
|Boyce and Hart||I'm Digging You Digging Me||1:44:56 (Pop‑up)|
|Rock N Roll Casey||Bowl All Night||1:47:20 (Pop‑up)|
|Eli Paperboy Reed||Do It Again||1:49:33 (Pop‑up)|
|Cactus Blossoms, The||Who'll Be the Next in Line (live for WFMU at Magic Door)||1:53:03 (Pop‑up)|
|Willie Mitchell||Take Five||1:55:47 (Pop‑up)|
|Wipper Brothers, The||Amagram||1:57:59 (Pop‑up)|
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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 to bid on the mechanical, sync and public performance royalties from one of the world’s best-selling music artists—Nicki Minaj
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 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 "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 & 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 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 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.
Sat. 3/30/19 11:01am
Baby.. It's a busy one today. I need you with your phasers on full this morning. You're all I've got. Evil Dr. Gopher, Noxious weed, and the Prune Monster are coming to get me. Plus we finish Jive Talking later today. Yep, I hope you brought your glasses. And good morning universe of fine souls!
Sat. 3/30/19 11:06am
Love the Cactus Blossoms !! Like a modern day Everly brothers, but even better !!!
Sat. 3/30/19 11:10am
Sat. 3/30/19 11:13am
You're going down, Gopher Man!
Sat. 3/30/19 11:16am
Just love critters in general. I've worked for a vet for 30 years! Cute furry animals are better company than lots of humans I know.
Sat. 3/30/19 11:16am
I’m guessing R Kelly is not going to cover this one
Sat. 3/30/19 11:16am
BABY, Update - LOS LOBOS IS ON
Sat. 3/30/19 11:17am
Sat. 3/30/19 11:19am
Sat. 3/30/19 11:19am
what a waste...
Sat. 3/30/19 11:36am
George in WO:
Morning Michael. Any chance you could plug The Campfire Flies CD Release Party? Tomorrow at 4 pm at Fox & Crow in JC. http://www.foxandcrowjc.com/event-cal/2019/3/31/the-campfire-flies-album-release-party
Sat. 3/30/19 11:42am
George in WO:
Thanks! See you at Los Lobos.
Sat. 3/30/19 11:43am
Scott of Hell's Kitchen:
Spring weather and #1 hits....perfect Saturday morning!
Sat. 3/30/19 11:45am
I'm betting Ike Turner played a baritone guitar on that track.
Sat. 3/30/19 11:45am
Ike on baritone guitar.
Sat. 3/30/19 11:49am
Joe Osborn talked about bringing Karen and Richard into his home studio in the beginning, and how they asked him to be their producer. He told it doesn't work that way.
Sat. 3/30/19 11:49am
Those patent medicines were definitely a thing. In Binghamton NY, one of the local tycoons got rich on something called Kilmer's Swamp Root. He built a couple of spectacular mansions from that money, one of which eventually became the local Reform synagogue.
Sat. 3/30/19 11:50am
Santos L Halper:
No need to apologize for the Carpenters! And thanks for a favorite xtc track
Sat. 3/30/19 11:51am
Great show! That Blaine-Osborne track was an eye-opener! Keep up the good work, dude.
Sat. 3/30/19 12:02pm
It's like the singer is on another continent.
Sat. 3/30/19 12:04pm
Hi Risers from Rockin' Rochester USA!
Sat. 3/30/19 12:04pm
I don’t wanna walk around with you by Ramones- before or after that last one? Thanks!
Sat. 3/30/19 12:21pm
I you have two microphones and two tracks you have stereo. How far can we go? I guess there must have been stereo demonstration records back in the day that really pushed it?
Sat. 3/30/19 12:31pm
This Utopia track is one of my all-time favorite Fab Faux tracks. So bizarre that Rundgren did a whole Beatles pastiche album!
Sat. 3/30/19 12:32pm
Sean in Bristol, UK:
Off to see Todd Rundgren a week today at Hammersmith Odeon, London, can’t wait,
Sat. 3/30/19 12:32pm
Also the 60's tributes on the 'Faithful' album.
Sat. 3/30/19 12:44pm
Would never in a trillion years would I guess that was EJ.
Sat. 3/30/19 12:48pm
Danny Byron of Uriah Heep sang the lead on EJ 'Come and Get It'
Sat. 3/30/19 12:49pm
Sat. 3/30/19 12:51pm
Sat. 3/30/19 12:58pm
It's 9 o'clock in San Francisco!
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