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Artist Track
Explorers Club, The  The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)   Options
Elly Kasim  Malereng   Options
Nikki Lane  Hard Livin'   Options
Dee Dee Warwick  Do It With All Your Heart   Options
Lalo Schifrin   You And Me   Options
NRBQ  You Can't Hide   Options
Soft Soul Transition  I'm A Believer   Options
Patsy Cline  Stop, Look and Listen (take 4)   Options
Al King  It's Getting Late   Options
Yo La Tengo  Smile A Little Smile For Me (from Super Hit Tsunami!)   Options
Soulful Dynamics  Mademoiselle Ninette   Options
Chuck Wood  Friday Night Fights   Options
Meters, The  Look-Ka Py Py   Options
Pat Flowers  I Got Rhythm   Options
Gang Of Four  Damaged Goods   Options
Carnival, The  Take Me For A Little While   Options
Onie Wheeler  When We All Get There   Options
Burt Kearns  INTERVIEW   Options
Nick Lowe  So It Goes   Options
Sandy Sarjeant  Can't Stop the Want   Options
Sarah Shook And The Disarmers  Damned If Do, Damned If I Don't   Options
Esther Phillips  As Tears Go By   Options
Peggy Lee  Let's Fall In Love   Options
Greg Townson  Venus   Options
Sam Elwitt  I Can't Tell The Bottom From The Top (from Super Hit Tsunami!)   Options
Spacemen, The  Fever   Options
Sly and The Family Stone  If You Want Me To Stay   Options
Steve Ward  Turn It Around   Options
Mamas And The Papas, The  I Can't Wait   Options
Cuff Links  Jennifer Tompkins   Options
Bruce Springsteen  Ricky Wants A Man Of Her Own   Options
Carvel  Haloween Commercial   Options
Frank Zappa  Dental PSA   Options
Bobby "Boris" Pickett  WFWB   Options
Haunted Mansion In Long Branch  Commercial   Options

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

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

CLICK HERE then click "Random Video"

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!

Avatar 🎃 Sat. 10/26/19 11:02am duke:

This show is going on.
  Sat. 10/26/19 11:05am Baby:

Baby!!!!!
Avatar Sat. 10/26/19 11:05am Michael Shelley:

Indeed!
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 10/26/19 11:11am Mailman Tom:

Strep throat?
  Sat. 10/26/19 11:17am antonio:

NRBQ! I miss Bob Brainen so much. Great show Michael!
  Sat. 10/26/19 11:20am Sean:

Bummed that I tuned in too late to hear Lalo, baby. Johnny "Guitar" Watson bit the big one on stage.
Avatar Sat. 10/26/19 11:22am dale:

this version....fmu should have a show called 'the lido deck' and it's all soft rock /lounge covers
  Sat. 10/26/19 11:25am johnk77:

yacht rock on
sirius/xm
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 10/26/19 11:28am Ross T.:

Hearing the Q I felt the same thing -- miss Bob! Thankfully Micheal is going full throttle.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 10/26/19 11:34am Ken From Hyde Park:

I was dismayed to hear of the death of Country Dick Montana of Beat Farmers, who died onstage in 1995.
  Sat. 10/26/19 11:37am ignatatus666:

FYI
Coldspring NY is way across the Hudson River from West Point
Have an awesome day everyone
I’m going to bed!
  Sat. 10/26/19 11:37am davefromtoronto:

tried watching echo in the canyon last night - bailed after 20 minutes after i
realised what it was - was hoping for a documentary not bad cover versions
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 10/26/19 11:42am Matt Fiveash:

Sounds like the Equals!
Avatar Sat. 10/26/19 11:43am Michael Shelley:

Exactly!
  Sat. 10/26/19 11:46am bigplanetnoise:

Funky Meter Good Morning!!!
  Sat. 10/26/19 11:49am Sean:

They only play this way because they're on the reefers.
  Sat. 10/26/19 11:50am clarke:

HOWDY - from the road: winchester VA
just tuning in after my denny's grand slam breakfast
  Sat. 10/26/19 11:51am clarke:

but i know it's only lust
  Sat. 10/26/19 11:51am johnk77:

@kenfhp
i did not know that:<
dick was fun
to have drink/smoke w/in
eighties
i enjoyed mojo
more than skid:>
  Sat. 10/26/19 11:53am clarke:

i won the rocktobah right? (they said i won)
  Sat. 10/26/19 11:53am goyim in the am:

Mademoiselle Ninette was written by a Schlager singer called Tony (real name Manfred Oberdörffer) for the band.
  Sat. 10/26/19 11:55am Dean:

I was at a Johnny Cougar show when he died onstage, opening for ... was it The Jam? Budgie?
  Sat. 10/26/19 11:58am clarke:

had a very shelley moment on the highway yesterday. heading on interstate through rural PA and DEAD-STOP traffic. my engine was off and people walking around their cars, etc, i put on the Make Your Own Kind Of Music disc two cd - and listened to the entire thing and traffic was still stopped! but, it made that a lot more tolerable - turns out some linen truck caught on fire. nice disc, that!! pip pip!!
  Sat. 10/26/19 12:00pm Dean:

Kanopy with a K.
  Sat. 10/26/19 12:01pm johnk77:

nypl recently dropped support
for kanopy:{
  Sat. 10/26/19 12:02pm Thelma Blitz:

Kanopy has discontinued its movie service. Please inform your public of this.
  Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 10/26/19 12:02pm Barbie:

Kanopy is fantastic, unfortunately they are uping there prices for next year and many libraries are dropping the service, both NYPL and Brooklyn are dropping it.
  Sat. 10/26/19 12:02pm Sean:

For PBS stuff I think you can on-demand it through a cable provider if you are a subscriber.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 10/26/19 12:02pm Power Papi:

You should be able to watch it on the PBS app.
  Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 10/26/19 12:06pm Barbie:

I think just the PBS content
  Sat. 10/26/19 12:06pm Thursday Fernworthy:

I know a lot of people who die on stage most nights
  Sat. 10/26/19 12:13pm clarke:

wow
Avatar Sat. 10/26/19 12:14pm Dr. Goot:

That is a fantastic Basher story!
  Sat. 10/26/19 12:14pm clarke:

another classic!!!
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 10/26/19 12:15pm Sid:

Never heard about Nick's near-death experience. And yet on he goes!
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 10/26/19 12:17pm Hams:

i suppose dimebag darrell made it into the book.
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 10/26/19 12:18pm Hoboken Jack:

Thursday: hello and ha!
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 10/26/19 12:18pm Sid:

Sandy sings a heck of a lot better than Claudine Longet, and look at the career she had.
  Sat. 10/26/19 12:23pm Dean:

Jean-Baptiste Lully didn't die directly, but he did strike his toe with his conducting staff on stage. He refused to allow it to be amputated, because he wanted to continue to be able to dance. Gangrene got him a few weeks later.

Wow, Warne Marsh and Johnny "Guitar" Watson...
  Sat. 10/26/19 12:25pm davefromtoronto:

ugh - that tommy cooper video is VERY disturbing - where's the "unwatch" switch?
  Sat. 10/26/19 12:26pm Sean:

This Rolling Stones cover is fantastic. Today's mindblower for me.
  Sat. 10/26/19 12:30pm zak:

telephone dial tone is F#
  Sat. 10/26/19 12:36pm Mike Herrett:

Hey Mike...I’m a Washington State Coug Dad and grandson. My generation grew up in NY listening to Cousin Brucie which explains why I love your show.
  Sat. 10/26/19 12:39pm clarke:

this might be one of the only places where you don't have to explain what a telephone dial tone IS.
  Sat. 10/26/19 12:40pm clarke:

they said i WON!!!
Avatar Sat. 10/26/19 12:44pm Jimmy Wipper:

Yes, @clarke, it IS ROCKTOBER! And the artist of the month is Foreigner, not Journey.
  Sat. 10/26/19 12:46pm clarke:

so says the news dept
  Sat. 10/26/19 12:46pm clarke:

AND Tommy The Bull!!!!!!!!!!
Avatar Sat. 10/26/19 12:47pm Jimmy Wipper:

Who told you, your friends?!?!
  Sat. 10/26/19 12:48pm clarke:

there are points of goodness in the film - for instance david crosby admitting he was an asshole.
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 10/26/19 12:48pm Sid:

Re: dial tone, landlines were common until, what, 15 years ago?
  Sat. 10/26/19 12:49pm clarke:

THEY said!!!
  Sat. 10/26/19 12:49pm clarke:

i won to=dau!
Avatar Sat. 10/26/19 12:50pm Jimmy Wipper:

I think you're drunk.
  Sat. 10/26/19 12:50pm clarke:

to-day!!!
  Sat. 10/26/19 12:51pm clarke:

this all points to a good question: does the cellphone cause the death of the crank call???
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 10/26/19 12:51pm Sid:

Him him him!
Avatar Sat. 10/26/19 12:52pm Jimmy Wipper:

@clarke: I substitute taught for a first grade class yesterday, and while we were doing the "calendar" I told the kids that it was October, also known as Rocktober! They all laughed, so there's still hope!
  Sat. 10/26/19 12:52pm clarke:

btw - my name is benny!!
Avatar Sat. 10/26/19 12:53pm Jimmy Wipper:

I don't see your name on the list of winners, Benny.
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 10/26/19 12:54pm Hoboken Jack:

And Jimmy Buffett's big hit was initially WilliamHoldenville. True story.
  Sat. 10/26/19 12:54pm clarke:

ha ha ha ha
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 10/26/19 12:56pm Hughie Considine:

Nice one, @HJ -- I heard "Run Joey Run" was originally "Run, Elisha Cook Jr., Run"
  Sat. 10/26/19 12:56pm clarke:

5555555555
  Sat. 10/26/19 12:57pm clarke:

nice one, dudes!! later
  Sat. 10/26/19 1:00pm johnzo:

wow frank zappa shilling for the American dental association
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