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Options August 29, 2015: Guest: James Murphy author of "Becoming The Beach Boys"

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Artist Track
Beach Boys, The  Time To Get Alone (alt mix)   Options
Jonathan Richman  The Beach   Options
Flatt and Scruggs  Down In The Flood   Options
Chuck Berry  Festival   Options
Ranny Sinclair  Wailing Waltz   Options
Miriam  My Love Has Gone   Options
Bob And Bobby  Twelve-Oh-Four   Options
Stonewall Jackson  Give It Back To The Indians   Options
Mable John  Running Out   Options
Dahlmanns, The  Teenage News   Options
Pendeltones, The  Luau   Options
Bob And Sheri  The Big Beat   Options
Beach Boys, The  Our Car Club   Options
Beach Boys, The  Surfin Safari (early version)   Options
James B. Murphy  Interview   Options
Beach Boys, The  Surfin   Options
Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys  Hey Lowdown!   Options
Little Caesar with Eddie Beal Orchestra)Orch.  Who Slammed The Door?   Options
Jackie Edwards  Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon   Options
Bangles, The  James   Options
Billie Davis  Love To Love   Options
Rick Nelson  Break My Chain   Options
Ann Sexton  You've Been Gone Too Long   Options
Beverly Kenney  This Can't Be Love   Options
Yo La Tengo  Friday I'm In Love   Options
Zutons  Valerie   Options
Mitch Easter  Fox On The Run   Options
Mark Bacino  Every Night   Options
Fountains Of Wayne  Fire Island   Options
Ken Stringfellow  Down on My Knees   Options
Tripwires, The  Owner Operator   Options
Holly Golightly  And You Go Down   Options
A Minute With   Scott Schinder   Options
Beach Boys, The  Ipana Toothpaste   Options
Beach Boys, The  To Spend One Night With You   Options
Beach Boys, The  July 18th Celebration   Options
Beach Boys, The  Spanish Homework   Options
Murray Wilson  On The Phone   Options

CLICK HERE to find out what Mike Love pays the other Beach Boys and "What’s the Value of the “The Beach Boys” Brand"

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 to see SEVEN videos of The Cactus Blossoms' amazing live performance at WFMU

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

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 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 Nick Martellaro version of Los Shakers' Always You

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.

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 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

Apparently Bowie offered "Golden Years" to Elvis Presley - but The King declined. CLICK HERE former guest Stevie Riks nails the Elvis/Bowie duet version.

Listener comments!

Avatar 🎃 Sat. 8/29/15 11:25am Marc Francis:

Loved that Bob and Bobby gem!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 8/29/15 11:26am Ken From Hyde Park:

Good morning, fine people.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/29/15 11:26am mauri:

Sorry Broken Feather... I forgot
ta pay you your twnety bucks.
So as there`ll be no hard feelings
here`s twenty-five.
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 8/29/15 11:26am Marc Francis:

Good morning Ken!
Avatar Sat. 8/29/15 11:31am Todd-o-phonic:

Dahlmanns doing great version of "Teenage News"! How do teenagers get their news now?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 8/29/15 11:37am Goyim in the AM:

Something kinda X-ish about that one...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/29/15 11:43am Mike East:

I almost got to provide backline for the Brian Wilson show in Queens coming up, for which I was planning to book myself as a tech so I could see the show from the side of the stage, but they ending up bringing their own.
Avatar Sat. 8/29/15 11:44am Michael Shelley:

  Sat. 8/29/15 11:56am David in ATL from NJ:

Oh, this is a great interview!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/29/15 11:59am Melissa Jean:

hay! joinin in better late than never
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 8/29/15 12:01pm Parq:

I just love that Al Jardine story. Cancha just see his dad? "You could have been a rock star! But no! You had to go ruin your life trying to be dentist!"
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/29/15 12:10pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...rushing back from the nearest faraway place to the computer - Thank Bob for Archives!...
  Sat. 8/29/15 12:35pm lloyd michigan:

Love these cover versions. Could be the start of a new pledge premium CD.
Avatar Sat. 8/29/15 12:36pm Michael Shelley:

I think Valarie is the original
  Sat. 8/29/15 12:39pm lloyd michigan:

Wow. I didn't know that. I'm always learning something on this show. I never knew the Nerves did HOTT before Blondie. Great stuff.
Avatar Sat. 8/29/15 12:39pm Jimmy Wipper:

Mitch is God!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 8/29/15 12:39pm Ken From Hyde Park:

I remember "Fox on the Run" when it was a big song forty years ago. That was a nice summer.
  Sat. 8/29/15 12:44pm lloyd michigan:

Thought that was Jamie Cullum. Hadn't heard of that version of EN. Another lesson learned.
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 8/29/15 12:54pm herb.nyc:

Music has been perfect all morning & afternoon. I hope Todd doesn't fook up.
Avatar Sat. 8/29/15 12:54pm Sonny Rickles:

Scott, whats the status with your Garage Rock book?
  Sat. 8/29/15 12:58pm lloyd michigan:

No a in Murry. :)
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