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January 4, 2020: Let Me Love You
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|Explorers Club, The||Ruby|
|Cass Elliot||It's Getting Better|
|Louvin Brothers, The||Cash On The Barrelhead|
|James Brown||No, No, No, No|
|Paragons, The||The Tide Is High|
|Jesus and Mary Chain||Come On|
|Busy Signals, The||I Don't Know|
|Les Paul And Mary Ford||No Place Like Home|
|Brook Benton||We're Gonna Make It|
|Elvis Costello & The Attractions||No Action|
|Chartbusters, The||Why (Doncha Be My Girl)|
|James Hand||The Parakeet|
|Clifford Curry||Delta Dawn|
|Pat Flowers||Fractious Fingering|
|Ramones, The||Let's Dance|
|Utopia||I Just Want To Touch You|
|Five Sounds, The||Loadin' Coal|
|Willis Brothers, The||Goodbye New Orleans|
|Roy Montrell||That Mellow Saxophone|
|James Hunter Six, The||If That Don't Tell You|
|Crickets, The||Harlem Girl|
|Roy Hogsed||Too Many Chiefs Not Enough Indians|
|Holland-Dozier||Baby Don't Leave Me|
|Andrews Sisters, The||Ber Mir Bis Du Schon|
|Big Star||When My Baby's Beside Me|
|Kippington Lodge||And She Cried|
|Gene Vincent||Rainbow At Midnight|
|Nina Simone||Ain't Got No (Groovefinder remix)|
|Teenage Head||Let's Shake|
|Joe South||The Greatest Love|
|Western Elstons, The||Toast That Lie|
|Baby Huey And The Babysitters||Messing With The Kid|
|Sonny and the Sunsets||Heart Of Sadness|
|Something Young||Don't Come Crying Back To Me|
|Willie Nelson||Make Way For A Better Man|
|Bobby Rush||Mary Jane|
|Cactus Blossoms, The||Desperado|
|NRBQ||Can't Wait To Kiss You|
|Breeders, The||Devine Hammer|
|Bobbie Gentry||Touch 'Em With Love|
|Longmont Potion Castle||Rope|
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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"
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CLICK HERE for "Replacing Ringo? The Story Behind Bernard Purdie and The Beatles"
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CLICK HERE to watch Robbie Fulks cover NRBQ at FMU
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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"
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CLICK HERE for a great documentary about The Cactus Blossoms
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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
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CLICK HERE to find out "Why Do All Records Sound the Same?
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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 "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
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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
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CLICK HERE Foo Fighters with Rick Nielsen doing "Stiff Competition" on David Letterman
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CLICK HERE for a piece about mastering that says that sometimes mastering recordings makes them worse
CLICK HERE for The K-Tel Story
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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.
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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"
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CLICK HERE for Ronee Blakley singing "Tapedeck in His Tractor" from "Nashville"
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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."
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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!
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Apparently Bowie offered "Golden Years" to Elvis Presley - but The King declined. CLICK HERE former guest Stevie Riks nails the Elvis/Bowie duet version.