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Options August 25, 2018: Bird Of The World

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Artist Track
Bill Fox  Bird Of The World   Options
Nerves, The  When You Find Out   Options
Homer And Jethro  Two Tone Shoes   Options
Lucky Millinder  Clap Your Hands   Options
Johnny Nash  You Got Soul   Options
Rockpile  Now and Always   Options
Vogues, The  You're The One   Options
Moon Mullican  Seven Nights To Rock   Options
Eddie Floyd  Things Get Better   Options
Above, The  Flake Out   Options
Rock Garden  Rainy Days   Options
Hank Garland w/ Jack Shook  E String Rag   Options
Little Milton  She Put a Spell on Me   Options
Joe Carroll  Route 66   Options
Teenage Fanclub  I Need Direction   Options
Cory Branan  You Make Me   Options
Little Jimmy Dickens   Stinky Passed The Hat Around   Options
George Jackson  Leavin' Your Homework Undone   Options
London Souls, The  When I'm With You   Options
Del Shannon  For A Little While   Options
Freddie Hart  Snatch It And Grab It   Options
Allen Toussaint  Moo Moo   Options
Tito Rodriguez and his Orchestra  Latin Twist   Options
Liquor Giants, The  Caroline   Options
Carlos Bisso y Su Conexión n.º 5  In The Summertime   Options
Ferlin Husky  I'll Be Here For A Lifetime   Options
Shuggie Otis  Destination You!   Options
Peter Holsapple  Bad Reputation   Options
Dusty Springfield  Love Power   Options
Robbie Fulks And Linda Gail Lewis  Memphis Never Falls From Style   Options
Sam and Dave  May I Baby?   Options
Camper Van Beethoven  Good Guys and Bad Guys   Options
Lemon Twigs, The  Foolin' Around   Options
Four Seasons, The  Always Something There to Remind Me   Options
John Collard  Pizza Hut Rant   Options

CLICK HERE for info on the new compilation "Back Patio Bliss" produced by listener Baby!

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 to read the report on Kippington Lodge's 1967 BBC audition - Includes phrases "painful" & "tone deaf" then CLICK HERE to have a listen & decide for yourself

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 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 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 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.

Listener comments!

Avatar Sat. 8/25/18 9:14am jake6573:

Good morning room
Avatar Sat. 8/25/18 10:53am Michael Shelley:

Hi Jake!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 8/25/18 11:00am Listener Baby:

Dear Baby
Please excuse Baby from last week's show. His absense was unavoidable. Ween was amazing.
Baby's Mom
  Sat. 8/25/18 11:02am ?:

What’s the dj’s name?
  Sat. 8/25/18 11:03am Cooh John:

Good morning Michael and fellow listeners. Hit me with the hits.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 8/25/18 11:06am Corey:

Good morning Michael and listeners! Saturday at WFMU is where it's at.
  Sat. 8/25/18 11:08am egould310:

Mike bringing the jangle early! Thanks man.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 8/25/18 11:10am Bill in W.O.:

Bill Fox is/was wonderful. That Joe Hagan/Believer piece on him is great, slightly sad reading. The Mice kicked ass too, BTW. There's a great comp...
Avatar Sat. 8/25/18 11:10am ledzeppelinsucks:

sounds good
  Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/25/18 11:16am Geoff in Ottawa:

Goy my swag this week, including Michael Shelley patch!
  Sat. 8/25/18 11:17am andrewb:

That Chordette-esque bumper was awesome. Is that what it's called, a bumper?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 8/25/18 11:19am Listener Baby:

Best song ever?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 8/25/18 11:27am Listener Baby:

Baby, and all you wonderful listeners out there. Austin City Limits is showing a segment with Dan Auerbach. His band is great, they sound great, and there is a special surprise in there that listeners to this show with really appreciate. Also, keyboard player from JD's band is in Dan's band. Really worth while.
  Sat. 8/25/18 11:30am Frank In Queens:

Oh no Michael, A LOT of personnel changes!
  Sat. 8/25/18 11:31am David in ATL from NJ:

In cigar box....check.
Behind books....check.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 8/25/18 11:35am Listener Baby:

So you'll have them?
  Sat. 8/25/18 11:46am Gunther Sparrow:

I'm not sick of 'Rainy Day' either! Never DON'T play it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 8/25/18 11:47am Hughie Considine:

The Stones modeled their version of "Route 66" after Perry Como's. Depeche Mode does a good version, and so does Anita Bryant. Now that's a versatile song.
Avatar Sat. 8/25/18 11:47am Michael Shelley:

BABY - just got that.
Avatar Sat. 8/25/18 11:47am Michael Shelley:

  Sat. 8/25/18 11:48am andrewb:

personally I love scatting but I know some folks who hate it and I can kinda get that too. Like how I feel about jam bands.
  Sat. 8/25/18 11:51am andrewb:

And I agree on rainy days, Love the sort-of devil may care vocal tempo
  Sat. 8/25/18 11:56am max:

I speak pretty good Spanish but don't know the word "apson" outside of the band name. My friend from Tucson turned me onto them. Apparently some of the band members run a taco place there called... Tacos Apson
  Sat. 8/25/18 12:00pm James G:

Los Apson? According to their Wikipedia page, it stands for their hometown: Agua Prieta Sonora (A + P + Son)
  Sat. 8/25/18 12:02pm jasper:

Thanks for the skit with GTranslate. First grin of my day.
  Sat. 8/25/18 12:11pm George in WO:

I love Del's "little town flirt"!
  Sat. 8/25/18 12:16pm scott:

Our president deals with this same sort of thing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 8/25/18 12:19pm TheLoneliestMonk:

@MS will sam and GTranslate have a battle of the AIs at some point for supremacy of 'FMU?
  Sat. 8/25/18 12:21pm scott:

Happy Birthday Lenny, thanks for those Sunday afternoon shows.
  Sat. 8/25/18 12:21pm TheLoneliestMonk:

damn, that 'liquor giants' cut had a strong 'Q vibe to it!
  Sat. 8/25/18 12:26pm scott:

@scott: Leonard Bernstein: Young People's Concerts | What Does Music Mean
  Sat. 8/25/18 12:33pm phat:

I'm I the only one with dead air?
  Sat. 8/25/18 12:34pm phat:

oh, it's back, weird
  Sat. 8/25/18 12:37pm Tom in Baltimore:

Love that version of Bad Reputation! Alex and Peter H together, can't beat that.
Avatar Sat. 8/25/18 12:41pm Michael Shelley:

Had to press the red button on Linda Gail's F Bomb!
Avatar Sat. 8/25/18 12:41pm Juke Joint Jonny:

In my wheelhouse? this song IS my wheelhouse.
  Sat. 8/25/18 12:42pm xangoir:

Memphis Memphis Memphis Memphis Memphis Memphis everyday it's Memphis beautiful place in the world
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 8/25/18 12:44pm Listener Baby:

Take an aspirin, Baby. Your face is going to hurt from smiling!
  Sat. 8/25/18 12:49pm phat:

haven't heard this Camper Van in ages. big smile here now. :-)
  Sat. 8/25/18 12:49pm Art G.:

We hear. We understand.
  Sat. 8/25/18 12:52pm scott:

Confucius say, "must do to understand"
  Sat. 8/25/18 12:53pm scott:

Rundgren Twigs
Avatar Sat. 8/25/18 12:54pm Juke Joint Jonny:

Some very 3-D stereo going on right now.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 8/25/18 12:55pm Listener Baby:

Great show today, Baby. You had a good breakfast this morning, I take it?
  Sat. 8/25/18 12:55pm scott:

Same Moog patch as Montego Bay?
  Sat. 8/25/18 12:58pm paul:

I need this rant.
  Sat. 8/25/18 12:59pm TheLoneliestMonk:

welcome back, mike.
nice set today!
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