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Options June 11, 2016: Guest: Greg Calbi

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Artist Track
Ramones  Judy Is A Punk   Options
Television  Venus   Options
Billy Barton  The Blues Of The Night   Options
Roy Lee Johnson  What's Our Love Gonna Turn Out To Be   Options
Los Machucambos  Pajaro Campana   Options
R.E.M.  Carnival of Sorts (Box Cars)   Options
Glen Campbell  Bowling Green   Options
Gerald Dowd  I Do   Options
Little Booker (James Booker)  Teenage Rock   Options
Smithereens, The  Blue Period   Options
Manfred Mann  If You Gotta Go, Go Now   Options
Chuck Bowers  Tokyo Boogie   Options
Rev. Carlton Coleman  Share It   Options
Vinnie Bell  Carioca   Options
Romantics, The  When I Look In Your Eyes   Options
NRBQ  Ridin In My Car   Options
John Lennon  Whatever Gets You Through the Night   Options
David Bowie  Young Americans   Options
Talking Heads  Cities   Options
Greg Calbi  Interview   Options

CLICK HERE to find out why we don’t like what we struggle to categorize

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 get to know my new favorite person Lively Val Shively

CLICK HERE to check the stats

CLICK HERE for Ringo's isolated drums from "Oh Darling"

CLICK HERE to hear Laura Cantrell ina BBC interview with some woman with a lot of plastic surgery

CLICK HERE for info on the new lp from The Explorers Club

CLICK HERE to see some paintings by Jonathan Richman

CLICK HERE for "Rob Freeman Recording The Ramones"

CLICK HERE for a FREE download of Money Mark's "Mark's Keyboard Repair"

CLICK HERE for The Hollies Family Tree

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 to see a BBC Allen Toussaint Documentary

CLICK HERE for a great piece on Esquerita

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 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 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 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 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 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 a grammar test

CLICK HERE for Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

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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 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 STAX at The White House

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 info on Fake Amps!

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

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 11:13am Marc Francis:

Thanks for the sunshine on this rainy day!
Avatar 11:18am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...this R.E.M. has a fresh sound - like it...are they getting any traction?...
  11:24am George in WO:

Hey Michael, you catching The Feelies at Rent Party? We're going tonight. Yippee.
Avatar 11:26am herb.nyc:

QUESTION- has Greg Calbi ever entered pop culture? Like a Simpsons appearance? Or thrown out a first pitch? If no, HE SHOULD! - oh, good morning all.
  11:28am Greg:

Question for your guest - what are the biggest challenges when remastering a catalogue that spans across albums?
Avatar 11:31am Marc Francis:

Hahahahaaaa. Yep. High school.
  11:40am Cal Zone!:

  11:43am Cal Zone!:

That's what I like about this Romantics song!
  11:56am nickrhombi:

thank you cal. - anybody know what effect he was using? (same as the lennon tune preceding i think.)
  11:56am Cal Zone!:

Question for Greg Calbi. Was there ever a mastering job that was turned down by the artist, a major disagreement...where you had to go back and start from square 1?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:58am Aaron in Minneapolis:

  11:58am nickrhombi:

such incredible studio effects... what was that delay on the sax? - man... whats the secret sauce!? - you just dont hear 'sounds' like this now. - is it just crappy thin cold digital signals?
  12:00pm werky:

what was billy barty like ??? +++ am i still banned ???
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:07pm Frank Above:

What was the name of Greg's teenage band?
  12:07pm nickrhombi:

older siblings! (last of 6.)
  12:12pm A.T.F.:

You need to write book if you have not yet...analog....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:13pm ChrisB.:

Greg Calbii is a very interesting guy. Also sounds like someone you'd want to hang out with.
Avatar 12:18pm CDToaster:

We want to hear the end of the story about telling John Lennon how to record his music!!!!!
Avatar 12:20pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Was the fact he was younger & inexperienced n advantage in a way?
Like - for The Beatles, it was important that they went from Engineer Norman Smith to the younger Geoff Emerick in the psychedelic era. Engineering is not Mastering of course...
Many Artists complained - especially in the Analog era, & early in the Digital era, that things were too Compressed by uptight &/or insensitive Engineers during Mastering (they would want to be sure the highs & lows weren't too great) - all the dynamics flattened out...
Avatar 12:20pm CDToaster:

The lyrics are rubbish! What song was he recording??? How did it work out??
Avatar 12:24pm CDToaster:

@Michael Shelly: You interrupted a very interesting story he was telling!!! Luckily, he has an endless supply.
Avatar 12:39pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

I would think that fatigue - not being able to hear anything any more - would be a problem in the studio if you're there for some time. Therefore - just another pair of ears you can trust - & especially someone who is is good as 'still hearing' generally would be valuable indeed...
  12:39pm Dean:

Other engineers/mastering experts: Does he know and if so what does he think of the work of Marc Aubort & Joanna Nickrenz (who worked mostly in classical recording), and Marc Rusch (most of whose work is with C.I.M.P., i.e., "out" jazz)?
  12:42pm Dean:

HUGE difference in sound between Yes's "Close to the Edge" first pressing and Mobile Fidelity's remaster on vinyl.
Avatar 12:43pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

R.E.M.'s 1st 'Murmur', 2nd 'Reckoning'.
  12:49pm nickrhombi:

we want to hear them!!!!!!
  12:50pm Glenn J:

We were very lucky to have Greg Calbi master our first record in 1983.
  12:50pm mary gidge:

ha. i just hear the streak today! on shuffle. how awesome you mentioned that. kismet! great interview michael. per usual.
  12:50pm Tommy:

I'm a musician and I'm just getting into multi track home recording. Never realized how hard it is to get the sound you want .This is so interesting.
  12:55pm Dean:

Not Lloyd's first solo album?!
  12:55pm Dean:

Google? Hmmm...lemme see. I'll google them...
  12:57pm @fourgrant:

Michael - Terrific interview! My 16 year old separately asked me what mastering was 30 minutes before this interview. We're regular listeners to your show and had a moment of serendipity when you announced this interview. Thx!
  12:59pm nickrhombi:

do it again!!!!
Avatar 1:01pm Superb Owl:

I know that Richard Lloyd record. Too bad, great songs.
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