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|Elvis Costello & The Attractions||What's so Funny About Peace, Love & Understanding|
|Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps||Born To Be A Rolling Stone (take 4)|
|Lefty Frizzell||No One To Talk To (But The Blues)|
|Jimmy Rushing||Hi Ho Sylvester|
|Keely Smith||I'm Gonna Live Till I Die|
|Lemon Twigs, The||Foolin' Around|
|Al Casey||Surfin' Hootenanny|
|Junior Wells||Galloping Horses A Lazy Mule|
|Lemonheads, The (w/ Belinda Carlisle)||I'll Do It Anyway|
|Beach Boys, The (with The Royal Philharmonic)||Here Today|
|Bakersfield Breakers, The||Jimmy B.|
|Earl Van Dyke||Too Many Fish In The Sea|
|Har-You Percussion Group||Welcome To The Party|
|Queers, The||Something In My Heart|
|Banana Splits, The||I Enjoy Being a Boy (In Love With You)|
|Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives||Carol Lee|
|Spencer Wiggins||Soul City U.S.A.|
|Robert Gordon||Wasting My Time|
|Billy And The Ar-kets||Little Archie|
|Willis Brothers, The||Bob|
|Lee Dorsey||There Should Be A Book|
|Toreno Band, The||Can't Buy Me Love|
|Leopards, The||I Wonder If I'll Ever See You Again|
|Rivieras, The||I've Had It|
|Bakersfield Breakers, The||BB Breakdown|
|Chuck Berry||Let It Rock|
|Honeybus||I Can't Let Maggie Go|
|Beasley Sisters, The||Honey, Be My Honey Bee|
|Curtis Mayfield||We're A Winner (live)|
|Fountains Of Wayne||Fire Island|
|Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers||Here Come The Martian Martians|
|Emmit Rhodes||With My Face On The Floor|
|Little Luther||Eenie Meenie Minie Moe|
|King Of Goodness||Tape To "Mia Angelo"|
CLICK HERE for a free download of the new album "Matt Gets Blue" from Matt Lucas
CLICK HERE for the program MP3 Tag
CLICK HERE to test if you hear Yanny or Laurel
CLICK HERE for an interesting short film about R. Stevie Moore
CLICK HERE for info on Copyright Termination Experts
CLICK HERE to read Michael Shelley's comic "Oh No, It's Tinnitus!"
CLICK HERE to find how how you can submit your own top of the hour WFMU ID
CLICK HERE to find how how to submit music to Michael for airplay consideration
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"
CLICK HERE for Quincy Jones on Paul "the worst bass player I ever heard" McCartney, Michael "stole a lot of stuff" Jackson, Astrology, and who killed Kennedy!
CLICK HERE for "Replacing Ringo? The Story Behind Bernard Purdie and The Beatles"
CLICK HERE for a map, with audio links, to whatever the #1 song is in 3000 places around the world
CLICK HERE for a step-by-step guide to repairing damaged record sleeves
CLICK HERE for testimony given by Taylor Swift in Colorado district court
CLICK HERE to read the four key lessons learned from the Steely Dan estate lawsuit
CLICK HERE for the animated guide to compression
CLICK HERE to watch a video about a guy who represents was America is all about
CLICK HERE for the official "How To Read Nancy" website
CLICK HERE to check out drummer Jim Gordon's discography
CLICK HERE to listen to/download 1000s of digitized 78s
CLICK HERE to watch Robbie Fulks cover NRBQ at FMU
CLICK HERE for selection from the British Library’s extensive collections of unique sound recordings, which cover the entire range of recorded sound: music, drama and literature, oral history, wildlife and environmental sounds
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"
CLICK HERE for "Student Group Apologizes for Playing ‘Transphobic’ and ‘Problematic’ Lou Reed Song"
CLICK HERE to see how Steve Keene does it
CLICK HERE for 28:46 of "NRBQ & Friends"
CLICK HERE for "Marty Stuart: The Story of Clarence White & The Parsons/White StringBender "
CLICK HERE to find out "How the Nashville Number System revolutionized recording sessions"
CLICK HERE for the 1988 piece "Who Does Chuck Berry Think He Is?"
CLICK HERE Cheap Trick on "Live At Daryl's House"
CLICK HERE to hear from the amazing Bob Washington, the voice of K-Tel
CLICK HERE for a new song titled "People Are Disgusting" from Jonathan Richman
CLICK HERE to listen to a new interview with Jonathan Richman
CLICK HERE to listen to "Musicians fighting Spotify are ‘so f-cking dumb,’ music industry pundit Bob Lefsetz says"
CLICK HERE to read a Mike Love sympathetic piece titled "Beach Boys seek to overcome discord with new wave of Love"
CLICK HERE to listen to a new NPR interview with Brian Wilson
CLICK HERE for an interesting piece about a journalist trying to interview Brian Wilson
CLICK HERE for "The Truth of the Flamin' Groovies' Story is Stranger Than Fiction"
CLICK HERE to see the March 25th Hot 100 chart - when Happy Together was number one!!
CLICK HERE for detailed Pet Sounds credits
CLICK HERE for a piece on how they come up with radio ratings & Delilha's radio show
CLICK HERE to see a Thought Leader gives a talk on Thought Leadership
CLICK HERE to find out Why Classic Rock Isn’t What It Used To Be
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 check the stats
CLICK HERE for Ringo's isolated drums from "Oh Darling"
CLICK HERE to see some paintings by Jonathan Richman
CLICK HERE for "Rob Freeman Recording The Ramones"
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 for Wilton Felder's so good isolated bass on "I Want You Back"
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 info on the new, all instrumental, Michael Shelley album
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 "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 & 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 for Ock TV
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 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 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
CLICK HERE then click "Random Video"
CLICK HERE for a grammar test
CLICK HERE for Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
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 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 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.
Sat. 7/7/18 11:03am
My favorite Elvis Costello song! I'm sorry to hear about his recent health issues. Wishing him a speedy recovery!
Sat. 7/7/18 11:03am
Michael, I am of the opinion that man or woman has yet to achieve higher expression than "Shut it off, shut it off, buddy now I shut you down." It's really the greatest lyric ever. Although this Nick Lowe composition is pretty good.
Sat. 7/7/18 11:04am
Frank In Queens:
Sat. 7/7/18 11:05am
Off with a bang! Good morning!
Sat. 7/7/18 11:07am
Born to be a Rhodes Scholar?
Sat. 7/7/18 11:09am
Pedro in Arlington:
Costello will beat this and make a return appearance on the Michael Shelley Show.
Sat. 7/7/18 11:13am
Jimmy Rushing: And short as well!
Sat. 7/7/18 11:14am
Hi ho from Yerevan
Sat. 7/7/18 11:30am
I shared a folder of o-l-d Go Go's live tracks with Joe McGasko some months ago. Happy to share with you, too, @MS. Sound quality is raspy, but even so, the band sounds nothing like what you're used to.
Sat. 7/7/18 11:33am
please email me the link!
Sat. 7/7/18 11:36am
Done, via the WFMU contact page. I might need an email to share the Drive folder with you.
Sat. 7/7/18 11:37am
Hearing Pet Sounds done symphonically when Brian Wilson tried to make the album's music sound as though it was being played by unidentifiable instruments is--well, a disappointment.
Sat. 7/7/18 11:41am
Can't tell if it's on this mix but I've always marveled at the tambourine work on "Too Many Fish In The Sea," it's exquisite!
Sat. 7/7/18 11:43am
MOTOWN definitely knew how to work with tambourines!
Sat. 7/7/18 11:47am
If you enjoyed my Matt Lucas interview - please check this new one out - it's full of "not suitable for radio" stuff: pleasekillme.com...
Sat. 7/7/18 11:51am
Tossin' and Turnin':
Banana Splits' musical director wrote 1961's top hit, and the Tra La La Song
Sat. 7/7/18 12:15pm
Stellar show, I'm really enjoying it. Thanks for being here.
Sat. 7/7/18 12:16pm
Sat. 7/7/18 12:18pm
Rick from NJ:
Somebody said the Leopards were "The Kinks, Rutle-ized!"
Sat. 7/7/18 12:22pm
Maybe my fave Chuck Berry song after "Too Much Monkey Business."
Sat. 7/7/18 12:37pm
Tossin' and Turnin':
Was it 2016 no-show guest again, Mark Volman ?
Great Happy Together line-up: Cowsills, Mark Lindsay, Association, Chuck Negron - tour completed for this area
Sat. 7/7/18 12:40pm
ah yeah. This Curtis kicked my Saturday in to high gear. Hi Michael and good music lovers!
Sat. 7/7/18 12:42pm
Tight combo in a small club, Donny Hathaway live too.
Sat. 7/7/18 12:52pm
Thanks for the great summer show!
Sat. 7/7/18 12:59pm
I KNEW Roddenbury would save us!!
Sat. 7/7/18 12:59pm
Tommy in Neversink:
I'm going to check this out with Gene Roddenberry
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