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Options November 21, 2015: Guests: Staple Singers box set compiler Joe McEwen AND: Deke Dickerson remembers P.F. Sloan

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Artist Track
Betty Everett  Can I Get To Know You (written by Sloan & Barri)   Options
Staple Singers, The  Long Walk To D.C.   Options
Little Jimmy Dickens   Bessie The Heifer   Options
Staple Singers, The  When Will We Be Paid?   Options
Slim Gaillard  Cement Mixer   Options
Deke Dickerson  Right Or Wrong   Options
P.F. Sloan  I'd Have To Be Out Of My Mind   Options
Jimmy Martin  A Guitar Picking President   Options
Mack Rice  Respect Yourself (demo)   Options
Fantastic Baggys, The  Surfin' Craze   Options
Bruce and Terry  Summer Means Fun   Options
Deke Dickerson  INTERVIEW   Options
Kingsmen, The  That's Cool, That's Trash   Options
Carl Perkins  Four Letter Word   Options
Staple Singers, The  Everybody Will Be Happy Over There   Options
JD McPherson  Let The Good Times Roll   Options
Beach Boys, The  With Me Tonight   Options
Marty Stuart  Too Much Month At The End Of The Money   Options
Staple Singers, The  It's Been A Change   Options
Joe McEwen  Interview   Options
Staple Singers, The  Hammer And Nails   Options
James Hunter Six  If That Don't Tell You   Options
Gary Lewis and the Playboys  I Don't Wanna Say Goodnight   Options
Jim Ford  Under Construction   Options
Staple Singers, The  For What It's Worth   Options
Chris Isaak  We've Got Tomorrow   Options
Hank Penny  Rabits Don't Ever Get Married   Options
Staple Singers, The  I Cant Help From Crying Sometimes   Options
Yo La Tengo  Friday I'm In Love   Options
Imaginations, The  Summer In New York (written by Sloan & Barri)   Options
Betty Everett  Someday Soon (written by Sloan & Barri)   Options
P.F. Sloan  Can I Get To Know You Better   Options

CLICK HERE to test your sense of pitch

CLICK HERE for a story about the new Emitt Rhodes album and CLICK HERE to to buy it & watch a video about it

CLICK HERE to see a BBC Allen Toussaint Documentary

CLICK HERE for a great piece on Esquerita

CLICK HERE to help Joey Spampinato through cancer treatment

CLICK HERE and CLICK HERE for a huge trove of downloadable, remixable stems

CLICK HERE for Wilton Felder's so good isolated bass on "I Want You Back"

CLICK HERE for the Glyn Johns interview in Tape Op!

CLICK HERE for Bruce Swedien: Recording Michael Jackson!

CLICK HERE for a cover of a Michael Shelley song!

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 "Cassette Revolution: Why 1980s Tape Tech Is Still Making Noise in Our Digital World"

CLICK HERE for a new Q&A with Brian Wilson

CLICK HERE to read about "The Endless Fall of Suge Knight" (yikes!)

CLICK HERE for Barack Obama on WTF

CLICK HERE for info on the new, all instrumental, Michael Shelley album

CLICK HERE for a video of David Myhr's cover of Oh Susie, featured on "Even More Super Hits of the Seventies"

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 Paul Lukas' excellent piece about cultural criticism

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 Roz Chast's piece “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?”

CLICK HERE for a brief history of the baritone guitar"

CLICK HERE for "The Making of 96 Tears"

CLICK HERE for a Rolling Stone piece about The Jerky Boys

CLICK HERE for Ronee Blakley singing "Dues" from "Nashville"

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 if you want see a lady call for President Obama's execution. My mind keeps returning to his video and what it means about how screwed up our county is.

CLICK HERE for wrong from the get go NPR blog "The Worst Songs Of All Time?"

CLICK HERE for my July 2007 interview with Mighty Hannibal

CLICK HERE for the website of the guy who shot Bigfoot

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 a weird Tonight Show episode where Jerry Lewis fills in for Johnny, with guest Bob Hope

CLICK HERE for the Jim Keltner Discography

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 Rolling Stone's 500 Worst Reviews of All Time, according to Schmidtt

CLICK HERE for the 1966 Esquire Magazine piece "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold"

CLICK HERE for a dumbly titled, but interesting piece on Tom Wilson

CLICK HERE to find out about folks buying old lps in the USA to sell in Europe

CLICK HERE for a grammar test

CLICK HERE for Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

CLICK HERE to see Jerry Lewis and Al Goldstein show of gadgets in 1976 on "A.M. New York"

CLICK HERE for Nick Lowe's odd appearance on the Adam Carolla show.

CLICK HERE for a $400+ out of print book about Pub Rock that Nick Lowe recommends - OR - buy it HERE for for £20 (about $30), including postage, on Will Birch's website

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 gargbage. A sixth grader could have written a better essay. All of this author's works should be removed from Amazon."

CLICK HERE for a new interactive video from Bob Dylan

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 STAX at The White House

CLICK HERE to read the list of the best selling vinyl records of the last 20 years

CLICK HERE for photos of Nashville session cello player Byron Bach's ledger from Paul Lukas' excellent Permanent Record web site

CLICK HERE if you're a BEATLE fan!

CLICK HERE for The Turtles "Happy Together" (vocals only)

CLICK HERE to read the story behind Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side” bass line

CLICK HERE I think this hurts ants, but it looks cool - I want one

CLICK HERE for Ernie Bushmiller illustrated autobiography, on an amazing website

CLICK HERE for The Mills Brothers

CLICK HERE for some videos from the BUCKY album 'Women, Ladies and Girls (Sing the Bucky Songbook).' (I especially like THIS ONE! {due to the great acting})

CLICK HERE for James Jamerson & Gladys Knight going nuts on I Heard It Through The Grapevine

CLICK HERE for Liverpool Scene's "Batpoem Live!

CLICK HERE for info on Fake Amps!

CLICK HERE for a PDF of who plays what on Everly Brothers recordings.

CLICK HERE for How we made "You Really Got Me"!

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.

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:05am Cat:

Hola Michael
Avatar 11:08am Jimmy Wipper:

I saw Little Jimmy at the Opry too! Loved what Charlie Louvin had to say about him in his book. Hilarious!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:11am Baby:

Baby! Who loves you? We ALL Do!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:15am Greg from ZONE 5:

Morning, Michael & all!
Avatar 11:19am Gordon FM:

Another fine Saturday with the Michael Shelley Show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:21am JimB:

I remember seeing Wayne Newton perform Bessie the Heifer on The Lucy Show as a kid, the moment later immortalized by the Friedman brothers in Any Similarity to Persons Living or Dead Is Purely Coincidental.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:21am Greg from ZONE 5:

Don't blame me—I voted for a guitar-pickin' President.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:23am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...you got the new Bob Roberts outtakes there??...
  11:23am Michael from the Left Coast:

Truman played piano too
  11:25am P-90:

"Asskissio Hall" tee-hee-hee!
Avatar 11:27am glenn:

distorted tunes test. a good name for a wfmu show.
  11:37am patrick321:

Hey Mike and all on the board. I hope this is ok to post here: I have 2 tickets to Brian Wilson w/ Al Jardine tonight at Bergen PAC in Englewood. Center Orch row S. I have to sell one or both, face value $100. Reply here if interested thx.
  11:46am Red:

Re: Deke/PF Sloan interview- This is great radio that you can't find anywhere else. Thanks MS
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:47am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Indeed, wow. Thanks everyone.
Avatar 11:49am duke:

First Terry Adams and now Deke. Great morning for interviews on WFMU
  11:58am P-90:

Always great to hear Deke. A suggestion: If someone who listens to this show regularly tries following Deke's Facebook page, he/she will almost certainly be glad to see what shows up in the feed.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:02pm Baby:

Hi Jupe!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:02pm Baby:

Lottie says hi!
  12:05pm ted:

I love this Brian Wilson tune! My favorite is Vegetables!!
  12:05pm dennis diken:

great to hear Deke talk about PF. Phil was a good friend, I played the Bottom Line in NYC with him in '85. we did a bunch of older tunes but the only Baggies number was "Summer Means Fun." and he did slip into "Kick That Little Foot Sally Ann"! I've been to Phil's house, it was modest but had a wonderful spirit to it. he also told me that Mums (the label of "Raised On Records," the early '70s LP in question) asked Phil to try singing lead on "It Never Rains In Southern California" but he froze at the session. I think it was the same track as the Albert Hammond version. I feel that Phil would have sounded great on it. but I think he wasn't into singing another writer's song! RIP Phil, you were one of a kind and a sweet, sweet soul.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2020 Swag For Life Member 12:07pm ChrisB.:

Lovely choice, Juniper! I enjoyed your perspective on seeing Brian Wilson live. I met you (and your dad and I believe, your grandparents) the night he played at the PNC Arts Center. Have fun at the show tonight!
Avatar 12:08pm Michael Shelley:

Thanks DD
you goin tonight?
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2020 Swag For Life Member 12:08pm ChrisB.:

Hey, the great Dennis Diken was there, too!
  12:08pm dennis diken:

see you there Mikey!
Avatar 12:11pm Michael Shelley:

Chris & DD - see you there - with my folks again - my Moms Birthday
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2020 Swag For Life Member 12:30pm jmd:

Hey Michael. Do they liner notes list where Hunter recorded this record? Toe Rag?
  12:31pm Tommy:

Michael Shelly -best musician , music producer, anything connected to music interviewer in the world .
  12:32pm Tommy:

Shelley..that is
Avatar 12:32pm Michael Shelley:


jmd - Penrose Recorders
Avatar 12:33pm Michael Shelley:

free mp3
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:34pm Parq:

Michael, if you've got a minute, who did that uke-driven jingle for you? It had a They Might Be Giants vibe, but it didn't sound at all like it was actually them.
  12:39pm Greg From Brooklyn:

This great Staples Singers segment pushed me to pull out a couple of Vee-Jay 78's I have. "I'm Coming Home/"Let Me Ride"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:43pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...hey - easy w/ the rabbit tail quips Dad...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:43pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...not true about the neighbors, sadly...
  12:54pm Hackensack Slim:

Dig the Flintstones Bongos. Yeah!!!
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