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Options October 12, 2019: Guest: Al Ciner of The American Breed & Rufus

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Artist Track
American Breed, The  High Heel Sneakers   Options
American Breed, The  Don't Forget About Me   Options
Ernest Tubb and Red Foley  Hillbilly Fever   Options
Arthur Alexander  Me And Mine   Options
Harold Johnson Sextet  We're A Winner   Options
Specials, The  Gangsters   Options
Sid King & The Five Strings  Shake This Shack Tonight   Options
Jimmy Hughes  The Loving Physician   Options
NRBQ  Everybody's Out Of Town (From Super Hit Tsunami)   Options
American Breed, The  One, Two, Boogaloo   Options
Don Reno And Red Smiley  Country Boy Rock and Roll   Options
Allen Toussaint  Java   Options
Bill Fox  Bird Of The World   Options
American Breed, The  Green Light   Options
Wynn Stewart  Uncle Tom Got Caught   Options
Dave "Baby" Cortez   Can't Buy Me Love   Options
Dahlmanns, The  Dumb Me Down   Options
American Breed, The  Bend Me, Shape Me   Options
Al Ciner  Interview   Options
Rufus  Tell Me Something Good   Options
Herman's Hermits  You Won't Be Leaving   Options
Wanda Jackson  Savin' My Love   Options
Lulu Reed And Freddy King  The President Twist   Options
Revelons, The  The Way (You Touch My Hand)   Options
Tripwires, The  Nights On Broadway (From Super Hit Tsunami)   Options
Elly Kasim  Malereng   Options
Groovers, The  You Were Meant For Me   Options
American Breed, The  Partridge Weiners   Options
Cool Music  Hormel Weiners   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 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 🎃 Sat. 10/12/19 11:00am Listener Baby:

Good morning.
  Sat. 10/12/19 11:02am Frank In Queens:

Good morning x2!
Avatar Sat. 10/12/19 11:03am Michael Shelley:

Good morning gents!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 10/12/19 11:08am Greg from ZONE 5:

Morning, Michael and all!
  Sat. 10/12/19 11:10am SeanG:

Howdy Folks
  Sat. 10/12/19 11:11am nardo:

better git my flu shot
  Sat. 10/12/19 11:20am P-90:

“Specials, The”
  Sat. 10/12/19 11:40am clarke:

mawnin'!! still fighting a nor'easter on the cape
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 10/12/19 11:43am TheLoneliestMonk:

@MS hey mike, that interview with ronnie was done under some sad circumstances, but it's one of the best you've ever done.
  Sat. 10/12/19 11:48am clarke:

the fox
  Sat. 10/12/19 11:49am clarke:

what will you play After The Fox??
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 10/12/19 11:49am myron feld:

I heard "Country Boy Rock and Roll" by Reno & Smiley for the first time ever this morning on a Memphis station, and here you are playing it not two hours later! You are magic.
  Sat. 10/12/19 11:52am clarke:

how can i break down your resistance / when you keep me at a distance?
Avatar Sat. 10/12/19 11:52am Michael Shelley:

www.youtube.com...
  Sat. 10/12/19 11:56am clarke:

arrogance
Avatar Sat. 10/12/19 11:56am Juke Joint Jonny:

Not "boo", emphatically YAY
Avatar Sat. 10/12/19 11:58am Juke Joint Jonny:

My musical universe is big enough to accept both Purdy and Ringo are great drummers.
  Sat. 10/12/19 11:58am clarke:

i wonder if pretty purdy played on the Bongo Feet?!?
  Sat. 10/12/19 12:00pm Little Fyodor:

There's a video out there in which someone speculates that Purdie had been enlisted to overdub on Beat Boys tracks from the Sheridan sessions for release in the mid-sixties, and in fact he demonstrated that *someone* surely overdubbed Best's original part. And so, goes the story, he put "Beatles" on his resume and then when someone went "wait, BEATLES???" his story eventually expanded......
  Sat. 10/12/19 12:01pm clarke:

my musical universe is big enough to aceept pete best, too!!
Avatar Sat. 10/12/19 12:02pm Juke Joint Jonny:

Love these Dahlmanns records, but boy, they are soooo good live.
  Sat. 10/12/19 12:03pm clarke:

i definitely believe that the drum rolls on Daytripper are overdubbed by someone else
  Sat. 10/12/19 12:04pm clarke:

and mccartney can't do pressed rolls like that (at least i haven't heard evidence of it)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 10/12/19 12:20pm Mike Sin:

Great interview. There are not too many "deep dive" interviews regarding the American Breed. I am very much enjoying this.
  Sat. 10/12/19 12:21pm clarke:

outstanding and fascinating!!!
  Sat. 10/12/19 12:38pm clarke:

i won right?!? they said i won.
  Sat. 10/12/19 12:43pm clarke:

Tommy The Bull said i was the winner.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 10/12/19 12:45pm nostrangerer:

Great interview. Very interesting to hear Al's take on his amazing trip through American pop music from the mid 60s to the mid 70s. Seems he came through reasonably intact.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 10/12/19 12:46pm myron feld:

My wife and both shouted "Revelons!" Greatest song ever give.
  Sat. 10/12/19 12:48pm davek2:

I thought I was the only East Coaster with singleawh President Twist 1349.png
Avatar Sat. 10/12/19 12:48pm Michael Shelley:

SO #1!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 10/12/19 12:49pm myron feld:

SO!!!
  Sat. 10/12/19 12:49pm davek2:

YES!!!
  Sat. 10/12/19 12:53pm clarke:

NOW we're talkin'!!!
  Sat. 10/12/19 12:55pm clarke:

what an organ!!!!
  Sat. 10/12/19 12:57pm clarke:

how's that cat-piss Baldwin doin'????
  Sat. 10/12/19 12:59pm clarke:

i would rather eat real partridge than partridge wieners
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 10/12/19 12:59pm Ross T.:

"Partridge Wieners!" Now I can leave the house :)

Another great interview, show....
  Sat. 10/12/19 1:00pm clarke:

night
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