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|They Might Be Giants||Words|
|Frankie Miller||Family Man|
|Jimmy Hughes||Let's Dance|
|Oscar Peterson||Soulville Samba|
|They Might Be Giants||Twisting|
|Rick Denton||Endless Sleep|
|Jim Lauderdale & Ralph Stanley||I Feel LIke Singing Today|
|Snooks Eaglin||Down Yonder|
|They Might Be Giants||We Want A Rock|
|Los Condes||Try Me|
|Deke Dickerson||Feelin' Low|
|George Jackson & Marjorie Ingram||Gotta Have Soul|
|Sarah Vaughan||It Had Better Be Tonight|
|They Might Be Giants||Pet Name|
|Phil marks And The Originals||More Than One|
|Merle Travis and Joe Maphis||Blast Off|
|Johnny Adams||Living On Your Love|
|They Might Be Giants||Upside Down Frown|
|They Might Be Giants||Birdhouse In Your Soul|
|They Might Be Giants||Money For Drugs|
|They Might Be Giants||Erase|
|They Might Be Giants||live in the studio|
|They Might Be Giants||#3 (live in the studio)|
|They Might Be Giants||Dr. Worm (live in the Studio)|
|They Might Be Giants||Madame I Challenge You To A Duel! (live in the Studio)|
|They Might Be Giants||chat live in the studio|
|They Might Be Giants||Lost My Mind (live in the Studio)|
|They Might Be Giants||Cyclops Rock (live in the Studio)|
|They Might Be Giants||The Alphabet of Nations (live in the Studio)|
|They Might Be Giants||live in the Studio|
|They Might Be Giants||Can't Keep Johnny Down (live in the Studio)|
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CLICK HERE for "Mind-Blowing Six Song Country Mashup" - which, if it is real, is pretty mind blowing
CLICK HERE for my new year wished to you
CLICK HEREfor the answer to the question "Do Coat Hangers Sound As Good Monster Cables?"
CLICK HERE to watch the best news bloopers of 2014
CLICK HERE to hear Nick Lowe sing some holiday songs on Fresh Air
CLICK HERE to watch Big Al Anderson get interviewed on TV
CLICK HERE to see the stuff that Burt Reynolds is auctioning off
CLICK HERE to watch Nick Lowe & Lost Straightjjackets live!
CLICK HERE to watch Mad Magazine's never aired 1974 tv special
CLICK HERE for a project trying to collect a unique sound for all 565 towns in New Jersey
CLICK HERE for a tricky but worth it recipe for Flaky Buttery Crescent Rolls, which were my favorite thing I made for Thanksgiving
CLICK HERE for a dose of Power Pop from the excellent stereohysteria podcast!
CLICK HERE for Joe Belock's interview with Jonathan Richman
CLICK HERE for an interview with Tim K. Smith director of the new WFMU documentary
CLICK HERE to see Glyn Johns sing
CLICK HERE for the genius school teacher who wore the same outfit for yearbook pictures for 40 years
CLICK HERE for a behind the scenes piece about Linda Ronstadt's "You’re No Good"
CLICK HERE for a behind the scenes piece about T. Rex’s ‘Get It On
CLICK HERE Foo Fighters with Rick Nielsen doing "Stiff Competition" on David Letterman
CLICK HERE 23 Telltale Signs You Live In A Hipster Neighbourhood (sic)
CLICK HERE for a beginner’s guide to the sweet, stinging nostalgia of The Beach Boys
CLICK HERE for the preview of the new WFMU documentary "Sex And Broacasting"
CLICK HERE for the LANDR website - where robots master your music for free
CLICK HERE for info on the Silverball Museum in Asbury Park
CLICK HERE for Bill Murray on The Howard Stern Show 10/08/14
CLICK HERE for another piece about how the streaming music business model is doomed for eternity to be a disaster for musicians
CLICK HERE for forty photos of The Brown Sisters
CLICK HERE for a piece about masteribg that says that sometimes mastering recordings makes them worse
CLICK HERE to watch a great piece on The Ramones!
CLICK HERE for Phil Baugh's "Country Guitar"
CLICK HERE to watch Lou Reed act like a total a-hole
CLICK HERE to watch the BBC Documentary "Squeeze - Take Me I'm Yours" (if you're not too sick)
CLICK HERE for "Top 50 most collectable records"
CLICK HERE for The K-Tel Story
CLICK HERE to hear The Odd Couple sing
CLICK HERE for the "Top 50 most collectable records"
CLICK HERE for the N.Y. Times story about the Brazilian bus magnate who’s buying up all the world’s vinyl records
CLICK HERE for a difficult crossword puzzle created by listener Alex which was rejected by the New York Times. Hint: knowing the music of The Zombies will help!
CLICK HERE for a piece from a guy who played in a prison band with drummer Jim Gordon
CLICK HERE for a piece on the dynamic between Lennon & McCartney
CLICK HERE for a documentary about record collectors
CLICK HERE for a piece on The Angelettes
CLICK HERE for Ock TV
CLICK HERE to see "Triumph Watches The World Cup, Part 1"
CLICK HERE for a new Stereohysteria podcast featuring Robbie Fulks' music and an interview.
CLICK HERE to see what Sotheby's is selling in their "A Rock & Roll History: Presley to Punk" auction
CLICK HERE for a a piece by bass player Ernie Brooks remembering his days in Jonathan Richman's Modern Lovers
CLICK HERE for a funny video with info on Jay Gonzalez's Kickstarter campaign.
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 info about Fender's plans name Bono and the Edge from U2 to its board, and a video about the company's business troubles.
CLICK HERE for optical illusions
CLICK HERE to read or download the liner notes for "More Super Hits of the Seventies"
CLICK HERE for "The Jarmels" "A Little Bit of Soap" - don't think this is the original lead singer - but he does a great job
CLICK HERE for info on Joel Selvin and his book "Here Comes The Night: The Dark Soul Of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business Of Rhythm and Blues"
CLICK HERE for Bert Berns Info!
CLICK HERE for the Abbey Road crossing cam
CLICK HERE to find out if we need to be touching
CLICK HERE for a short film of two craftsmen at work
CLICK HERE to see actual AFM contracts for some legendary recording sessions
CLICK HERE to play Name That Drum Fill
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 watch the famously hard to find MC5 documentary
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 to read "A Portrait of the Worst Guy Ever"
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 find out how Sweden’s domination of the international pop charts started
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 a good Kirsty MacColl documentary from the BBC
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 a two hour documentary about Louis Prima
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 for Ronee Blakley & Henry Gibson singing "One, I Love You" from "Nashville"
CLICK HERE and tell me if you think this is really edited from the news, or if it was performed knowingly
CLICK HERE to play the web Theremin
CLICK HERE to see the set list of the Cheap Trick show i saw last week
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 for the first issue of "BOMP!" magazine
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 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 if you're a BEATLE fan!
CLICK HERE for ROCKPILE live
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 a long documentary on The Everly Brothers!
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 Wilton Felder's so good isolated bass on "I Want You Back"
CLICK HERE read producer Steve Albini’s incredible four-page letter to Nirvana
CLICK HERE for a 1958 film "The Capitol Tower"
CLICK HERE to find out Popular Science is shutting off their comments
CLICK HERE for " The Weirdest Photos Of Mike Love You Can Find "
CLICK HERE for some Steve Allen bashing
CLICK HERE for The Beach Boys reunion show live In Japan - full show
CLICK HERE and page down to the Violent Femmes Trivia section
CLICK HERE for Liverpool Scene's "Batpoem Live!
CLICK HERE for a "Step Inside Legendary New Jersey Radio Station WFMU!
CLICK HERE to watch The Beach Boys pretend to record "Good Vibrations"
CLICK HERE for Sinatra doing his thing
CLICK HERE for 45 minutes of Elvis Costello & The Attractions at their peak
CLICK HERE to watch the full "Beach Boys Live in Concert 50th Anniversary"
CLICK HERE to listen to almost every top 10 of the top 40 era.
CLICK HERE for info on Fake Amps!
CLICK HERE to hear Gene Simmons say that Ace Frehley is a drugged racist with low self esteem who did nothing
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.
CLICK HERE for someJerry. The whole clip is crazy - but 2:13 in is really off the charts nuts.
CLICK HERE for info on an amazing new drug: Unpretentiousil!
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
CLICK HERE to read Carol Kaye review of "The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret"
Apparently Bowie offered "Golden Years" to Elvis Presley - but The King declined. CLICK HERE former guest Stevie Riks nails the Elvis/Bowie duet version.
Sat. 1/10/15 11:01am
Baby. How you be?
Sat. 1/10/15 11:03am
Sat. 1/10/15 11:04am
Sat. 1/10/15 11:05am
Sat. 1/10/15 11:07am
Drat, I was in the bathroom. Was there info there at the end about TMBG I missed?!
Sat. 1/10/15 11:08am
Oh.. Just great. Busy day today.
Sat. 1/10/15 11:19am
Produced the most, and best music of the last 20 years, or longer. Best track record, period!
Sat. 1/10/15 11:26am
Dear Mike - please play "She's an Angel" as long as we're having this big TMBG love fest!
Sat. 1/10/15 11:30am
Sat. 1/10/15 11:50am
Not necessarily a request! Favorite TMBG track: Birdhouse in Your Soul
Sat. 1/10/15 11:50am
I was first introduced to They Might Be Giants when I heard "Birdhouse In Your Soul" on 92.7 WDRE in the early 1990s. I was hooked after that.
Sat. 1/10/15 11:51am
Wow, great service!! Thanks!
Sat. 1/10/15 11:52am
Frank O'Toole was my introduction to Giants. I still have their 1988 live appearance on his show on cassette. Of course, I don't have a working cassette deck ...
Sat. 1/10/15 11:53am
Another big request for She's an Angel!! And would love an update on what's happening with Robin "Goldie" Goldwasser!
Sat. 1/10/15 11:56am
Michael, I'd like to know which John "got kicked in the head at the stone pony". A probing question for your interview.
Sat. 1/10/15 11:56am
So fine! :)
Sat. 1/10/15 11:56am
Also, huge shout out to one of my top-ten all-time favorite songs - massively underrated: Linnell's "South Carolina"
Sat. 1/10/15 11:57am
Ditto on Goldie. I had the pleasure of meeting her once at a Laura Cantrell gig.
Sat. 1/10/15 12:13pm
Thanks, MS, always wanted to hear these guys. No *might* about it, these guys are the real deal, upon whose shoulders others got a view of the way ahead.
Sat. 1/10/15 12:22pm
I guess the verse about the Prez in "Number Three" works no matter who's the POTUS, but I think it's worth noting that the song was released during the Reagan administration.
Sat. 1/10/15 12:23pm
these guys should cover - "I Wanna Be a Lifeguard"
Sat. 1/10/15 12:24pm
This is good fun, thanks!
Sat. 1/10/15 12:30pm
Your remake of "Istanbul was Constantinople" is great.
Sat. 1/10/15 12:36pm
Oh, and that was the best version of "Dr. Worm" I've ever heard.
Sat. 1/10/15 12:42pm
Pat. James Longo:
I gave Tom and Glen tapes from FMU and NYU appearances that helped get them signed to Bar None and I like them on radio as much as I did back then. Thanks for having them on.
Sat. 1/10/15 12:55pm
Plus you get to see Ed Norton's erection.
Sat. 1/10/15 12:56pm
Art Carney can still get it up?
Sat. 1/10/15 12:59pm
Too much fun Michael, thanks!
Sat. 1/10/15 1:01pm
Great interview! Well done!
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