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Options February 6, 2016: From Small Things

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Bruce Springsteen  From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)   Options
Epics  Louie Come Home   Options
Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton  Milwaukee Here I Come   Options
Clarence Carter  Tell Daddy   Options
Guys and Dolls Cast  Fugue For Tinhorns   Options
Johnny Flame And The Jaws Of Victory  Be Good To Me   Options
Kim And Grim  Lonley Weekends   Options
Jim Ford  Harlan County   Options
Bobby Bland  The Greatest   Options
Sam Elwitt  Beach Baby (from "Super Hits if the 70s: Hit Explosion!")   Options
Jose Feliciano  If I Really Bug You   Options
Bellfuries, The  Bad Seed Sown   Options
Lula Reed  Rock Love   Options
Jimmy Brown  Soul Man   Options
Wire Troop  Too Long Blues   Options
Outsiders, The  Keep On Running   Options
Spade Coooley  Bile Theat Cabbage Down   Options
Maxine Brown  Plum Outa Sight   Options
Nancy  I Want You Bad   Options
Golden Boys, The  Wake Up Little Susie   Options
Cactus Blossoms, The  Change Your Ways or Die (The Buffalo Song)   Options
Rufus Thomas  Last Clean Shirt   Options
Agressors, The  Angel of the Morning   Options
Twin Peaks  Walk To The One You Love   Options
Them  Call My Name   Options
Rusty & Doug  Hey Mae   Options
Meters, The  Sing A Simple Song   Options
Above, The  Holding Back   Options
Brinsley Schwarz  Cruel To Be Kind   Options
Jay Dee Pepper  Movin' Out, Movin' In   Options
Lloyd Price  Hooked On A Feeling   Options
Juan Morales Esquivel Y Su Orchestra  Palma Soriano   Options
Fleetwood Mac  Think About Me   Options
Jack Eubanks  Action   Options
Delbert McClinton  I Cry Cause I Care   Options
Arthur Conley  A Year, A Month, A Day   Options
Tinted Windows  We Got Something   Options
Sex Pistols  God Save the Queen   Options
A few seconds WITH  SCOTT SCHINDER   Options
Sweetie's Man  Hey There Sweetie   Options
Apology Line  I Steal Money   Options
Singer  Sanford & Son Theme   Options

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 ability to tap your mouse to the beat

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 for Mitchell Kezin' IndieGoGo Campaign Page for "BUT FOR NOW: The Music & Mojo of Bob Dorough"

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 11:00am Miss Mailas:

Good morning, friends!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:01am Baby:

Avatar 11:01am Marc Francis:

Good morning all! Good morning Miss Mailas!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:01am Frank Above:

Good morning all.
Avatar 11:01am mauri:

Avatar 11:02am Ham:

Avatar 11:03am Marc Francis:

Where you at Glenn?
Avatar 11:03am glenn:

is that john tonelli in that islander's uniform?
Avatar 11:05am glenn:

howdy, hudsonians and others.
Avatar 11:05am Todd-o-phonic:

Springsteen into Sir Arthur. Why didn't I ever think of this?!!?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:07am Ken From Hyde Park:

@Todd-o-phonic - Maybe the inspiration comes from physically sitting in the DJ chair?
Avatar 11:08am SmokinJ:

Milwaukee Rocks! :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:13am Fuzzy:

Somebody was reading my Dusty Show comments the other night!
Avatar 11:15am Miss Mailas:

The Jaws of Victory must be one of the top twenty best band names of all time.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:26am Baby:

It has come to my attention that I do not have the stomach for that Rolling Stone List of Greatest Songwriters under the playlist. WTF?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:30am Frank Above:

@glenn It's actually Gary Howatt
Avatar 11:34am glenn:

a "couple" of links?
  11:37am Joe R.:

Playing those Superhits of the Seventies: Hit Machine tracks when we can't get our hands on them for 3 or 4 months equates to cruel and unusual musical punishment, Michael.
Avatar 11:40am Marc Francis:

Wow. What a pile of shit that list is. Why did I look at that? Now my blood is all angried up. Come on!
Avatar 11:44am glenn:

it's from rolling stone, the least credible music magazine of all time. what did you expect?
  11:45am Bill in W.O.:

Morells "Growin' A Beard"?
Avatar 11:46am Marc Francis:

I know, but... I thought it would be bad. Just not that bad. How can a music magazine hate music that much?
Avatar 11:52am Miss Mailas:

But Babyface!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:52am Jeff from Rahway:

[Googles "cabbagehead"]
Avatar 11:53am glenn:

spade cooley - the poster boy for "great musician, bad husband".
Avatar 11:59am Juke Joint Jonny:

"we're in trubb-lah deep!" This is great.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:02pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Whew! I made it through the list. My impression is that they found a list of 2000 people that ever wrote a song and randomly selected 100 from that. Going for the Pepto-Bismol now. And by the way, Johnny Cash had Shy-Drager Syndrome (not Shy-Dragger).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:02pm Baby:

And nice legs too!
  12:07pm adam:

Katz's has a great biggish hot dog called a knoblewurst.
  12:10pm Paul:

Next time, there'll be no next time.
Avatar 12:10pm Michael Shelley:

Shouldnt have gone to the airport...
  12:11pm Paul:

Avatar 12:13pm Cliff:

Really liked that version of "Angel in the Morning"
Avatar 12:14pm Michael Shelley:

yeah - that drummer = no crash cymbal
Avatar 12:14pm Marc Francis:

@Cliff: Me too!
  12:18pm Bill:

Cliff, did you skip a song on this list? I think it was right before Jim Ford's Harlan County, and sounded like an early 60s girl group meets late 60s fuzz guitar. It wasn't Johnny Flame. Could I have imagined the whole thing? I was driving, so I'm pretty sure I wasn't sleeping at the time. I rarely do that.
  12:19pm Bill:

Ooops, I meant to address Michael.
Avatar 12:20pm Michael Shelley:

Avatar 12:21pm Cliff:

Good catch there Bill
Avatar 12:21pm Cliff:

Though I wasn't tuned in at the time
Avatar 12:22pm Michael Shelley:

yeah - nice one!
Avatar 12:23pm Michael Shelley:

I also forgot to take my daughter to pottery yesterday and feel awful about it - I wish Bill could have reminded me - I'm losing my marbles
Avatar 12:23pm Cliff:

I tuned in when Bobby Bland was on. Saw him open for B.B. King once when I was in grad school, one of the best shows of my life.
  12:26pm Bill:

Kim and Grim! Thank you!
Avatar 12:26pm Cliff:

I remember B.B. King walking on stage with a fold-out chair and saying something like, "I'm 70 years old, hope you folks don't mind if I just sit here in this chair for the entire show", and everybody cheered
  12:30pm davefromtoronto:

great version!
  12:32pm adam:

I think Bobby blue bland was bb king's driver for a while. I saw him at Lincoln center out of doors in a big bill with john Lee hooker. I remember the ladies went nuts for bland and he made weird throat crackle noises.
Avatar 12:34pm Sonny Rickles:

Wow! Great show, Michael!
Avatar 12:35pm Michael Shelley:

Avatar 12:39pm Cliff:

Yes, Bland did all kinds of crazy throat noises at the show I saw too. Kinda sounded like he was coughing up a lung at times. I turned to the guy who gave me a ride and asked if he had the flu or something, and he said, "no man, that's the BLUES"
Avatar 12:41pm Miss Mailas:

Tusk is easily one of my favourite records of all time. I've been salivating over this special edition for awhile and should really just go buy it already.
Avatar 12:41pm slowbear:

yeah love this song michael
Avatar 12:41pm Cliff:

It's sad that they're both gone now, but life goes on I guess
Avatar 12:41pm slowbear:

Avatar 12:42pm Marc Francis:

I feel like you can make a pretty listenable version of Tusk by combing the original version and the Camper Van Beethoven version of Tusk
Avatar 12:43pm Miss Mailas:

Has anybody ever seen the "Stevie Nicks & Christine McVie Happy Birthday, Warner Brothers!" video that's been floating around YouTube? They're so coked up it's actually uncomfortable to watch.
Avatar 12:44pm Miss Mailas:

@MF ALL of FM Tusk is listenable! Watch your mouth!
Avatar 12:44pm Marc Francis:

@MissMailas: I couldn't sit thru all of it. It was cringe inducing.
Avatar 12:46pm Miss Mailas:

@MF The truth comes out!
Avatar 12:46pm glenn:

i think this is the rondels, not just straight up delbert.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:47pm drr:

Maxine Brown: underrated.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:47pm drr:

Forgot to hit enter.
  12:47pm Eva:

Sounding great. We're listening live in Spokane, WA
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:51pm Mike Sin:

Listened to most of the show in the car -- made the drive quite enjoyable!
Avatar 12:52pm Cliff:

God Save the Queen
Avatar 12:53pm Miss Mailas:

Hi, Mike Sin! Looking forward to hearing you fill in next week!
  12:53pm Santos L Halper:

Great show Michael - I mean it, maaan.
Avatar 12:53pm Cliff:

God Save Michael Shelley
Avatar 12:54pm glenn:

steve jones was really a pretty good guitarist.
Avatar 12:55pm Cliff:

LOL this is really Rex's favorite song?
Avatar 12:56pm Cliff:

Never would've guessed that
Avatar 12:57pm Juke Joint Jonny:

Where did you get that recording of me doing the Sanford theme!!
Avatar 12:58pm Cliff:

Thanks Michael
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