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Options June 15, 2019: Under The Spell Of City Lights

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Artist Track
JD McPherson  Under The Spell Of City Lights   Options
Del Shannon  Led Along   Options
Charlie Walker  The Man In The White Suit   Options
Laura Lee  It Ain't What You Do (It's How You Do It)   Options
Bossa Tres with Joe Basile  Voce e Eu   Options
Sam Elwitt  I Can't Tell The Bottom From The Top (from Super Hit Tsunami!)   Options
Free Design, The  Like To Love   Options
Jim Lauderdale  We Really Shouldn't Be Doing This   Options
Little Milton  We're Gonna Make It   Options
Bucky  Hi Fido   Options
Bucky  Horses And Cars   Options
Sodsai Chaengkij  The Boat That I Row   Options
Willie Nelson  Come On Time   Options
King Curtis   Memphis Soul Stew   Options
Mills Brothers, The  Across The Alley From The Alamo   Options
Buzzcocks, The  I Don't Mind   Options
Platform Six  Money Will Not Mean A Thing   Options
Brad Paisley  All You Really Need Is Love   Options
Dr. John  Shrimp Boat   Options
Teenage Fanclub  Start Again   Options
Tony Hazzard  Brown Eyed Girl   Options
Freddie Hart  Moon Girl   Options
Mac Rebennack and the Soul Orchestra  The Point   Options
Ken Sharp  I Wanna Be David Cassidy   Options
Mark Eric  Just Passing By   Options
Buck Owens   Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass?   Options
Wilson Pickett  Three Time Loser   Options
Gary Valentine  Tomorrow Belongs To You   Options
Ardells, The  Pieces Of Jewelry   Options
Timothy Brown As Tommy Brown  Bluebird   Options
Joe Tex  You're Right, Ray Charles   Options
Dr. John   The Grass Looks Greener Yonder   Options
NRBQ  Just Ain't Fair   Options
Vince Guaraldi  Peppermint Patty   Options
Catbirds, The  I'm Only You   Options
Beach Boys, The With Murray Wilson  Father's Day Special   Options

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CLICK HERE to hear the new number one hit from Juniper

CLICK HERE to hear a lovely short BBC radio piece where Nick Lowe talk about Fatback Louisiana USA by Tennessee Ernie Ford and Harlan County by Jim Ford

CLICK HERE for the old switcheroo: A new episode of the Casey's Musical Dustbin Radio podcast where Michael Shelley is the interview subject.

CLICK HERE to hear Laura Cantrell interviewed on the Stereo Hysteria podcast

CLICK HERE to read "How the Beach Boys’ Lost Late-Sixties Gems Got a Second Life "

CLICK HERE to read Michael's recent interview Sonny Curtis on the Please Kill Me website!

CLICK HERE to find out what happened when Jonathan Richman moved to Maine in 1981

CLICK HERE to read Michael's recent interview Lou Reed archivist Don Fleming on the Please Kill Me website!

CLICK HERE Robbie Fulks And Linda Gail Lewis' interview & performance on Fresh Air

CLICK HERE Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis LIVE & unplugged at Paste studios!

CLICK HERE for interesting photos of closed music clubs

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 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 for the animated guide to compression

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 to listen to a new interview with Jonathan Richman

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 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 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 for "Rob Freeman Recording The Ramones"

CLICK HERE to see 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 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 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.

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 Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 6/15/19 11:00am Listener Baby:

And a fine Self Potato to one and all. Baby, how the heck are you?
  Sat. 6/15/19 11:04am GListener MW:

great track by JDmcP!
  Sat. 6/15/19 11:21am Tennessee Jeb:

Good stuff.
Avatar Sat. 6/15/19 11:21am Michael Shelley:

BABY - I'm good. I hate cymbals - you know?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 6/15/19 11:25am Listener Baby:

I know. The Four Seasons.. They never use them. Cymbals are like salt..
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/15/19 11:38am LilyAbigale:

I had the opposite reaction to Rolling Thunder: A bunch of oversized male egos. Patti smith was cool. I much preferred "Satan And Adam". Dylan strikes me as an unpleasant Aspergers dude
Avatar Sat. 6/15/19 11:38am SmokinJ:

Sodsai Chaengkij ! Dyno version!
Avatar Sat. 6/15/19 11:41am Juke Joint Jonny:

Thanks for the dedication, Michael! Just pulling my Dutch pancake out of the oven as you were speaking
  Sat. 6/15/19 11:41am adam:

I love the amounts in this. teacup
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 6/15/19 11:41am listener 126464:

in the kitchen- pot of gravy and meatballs, etc.
  Sat. 6/15/19 11:41am Crei6hton:

Avatar Sat. 6/15/19 11:42am Michael Shelley:

There are some hangers on featured in the film who come off not so well - they see Bob acting a certain way and think they should do the same - but without Bob's charisma (and talent to back it all up) it doesn't work at all - BUT it's a documentary - and just cause it documents something you don't like, I think it still has great value
  Sat. 6/15/19 11:43am queems:

i love the mills brothers so much
  Sat. 6/15/19 11:46am Pedro in Arlington:

Mike - If you haven't seen Bob's Masked and Anonymous film from about 15 years ago, it's much the same vibe. The guy has a distinct sense of humor that's been in his songs and elsewhere for five decades. He also understands the value of things in his vault.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/15/19 11:46am myron feld:

Buzzcocks = best ever give.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/15/19 11:48am Matt Clarke:

Hey Michael! Enjoying the show while making breakfast over here
  Sat. 6/15/19 11:50am Pedro in Arlington:

Anyone who loves music and its cultural importance and the value in preserving its purest recording forms must read this gutpunch horror tale. The Day the Music Burned https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/11/magazine/universal-fire-master-recordings.html
  Sat. 6/15/19 11:52am Pedro in Arlington:

  Sat. 6/15/19 11:52am GEORGE:

Enjoying the selection!!! Keep it up from BK
  Sat. 6/15/19 11:52am adam:

don't look back, the other big Dylan film, has a much different vibe. he's a jerk in that.
Avatar Sat. 6/15/19 11:59am Michael Shelley:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 6/15/19 12:02pm Matt Fiveash:

Welcome to the extremely exclusive "DJs-who-have-played-'Shrimp Boat'" club!
Avatar Sat. 6/15/19 12:05pm Michael Shelley:

We need membership cards!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/15/19 12:08pm myron feld:

Michael, do you have the "Come Join My Orchestra" set? Tony Hazzard and much more like him on it.
Avatar Sat. 6/15/19 12:10pm Michael Shelley:

  Sat. 6/15/19 12:13pm Daybreak and the...huh?:

The Organ Doctor Strikes Again!
  Sat. 6/15/19 12:23pm Jeff formerly from Rahway:

“Big in Vegas” is my favorite Buck tune
Avatar Sat. 6/15/19 12:23pm Juke Joint Jonny:

Good Buck Owens clearly
Avatar Sat. 6/15/19 12:28pm Montmaster J:

There is a cliché that has regained currency with the release of Scorsese’s film: Bob Dylan the trickster, the slippery and malleable figure whose first trick may have been the pseudonym under which he made his fame. In “Rolling Thunder Revue,” Scorsese seems eager not only to highlight this side of Dylan but to participate in his tricks. Interspersed among the film’s authentic interviews, for instance, are mockumentary scenes that concoct fictional details about the tour. Martin von Haselberg plays the role of Stefan Van Dorp, a fictional director who is presented as responsible for filming the archival footage. The real-life movie executive Jim Gianopulos plays Jim Gianopulos, the (fictional) businessperson behind the tour. Sharon Stone plays herself and talks about her (fictitious) acquaintance with Dylan in the course of the tour. Dylan himself takes part in these games, referring on several occasions to Van Dorp’s and Stone’s presence and actions during the tour. Scorsese even places these characters amid the archival footage, dubbing the voice of Van Dorp into documentary sequences, blurring the historical record to match the fictional conceit.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/15/19 12:29pm myron feld:

This Gary Valentine single is both-sides
Avatar Sat. 6/15/19 12:29pm Montmaster J:

Above from New Yorker by Richard Brody
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/15/19 12:30pm myron feld:

With 60% of The Mumps on it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/15/19 12:31pm myron feld:

Don't hate on the drummer just because he used cymbals.
Avatar Sat. 6/15/19 12:32pm Montmaster J:

I remember those days.....listening to music to get psyched up before trying our hands at it.....(and the ring dings were good!)
  Sat. 6/15/19 12:43pm DG:

Haven't seen the movie yet, but it's funny that Martin Von Haselberg is in it, since Dylan recorded a version of "Buckets of Rain" w/his wife.
  Sat. 6/15/19 12:49pm Dennis Diken:

great show Mikey!
  Sat. 6/15/19 12:51pm TheLoneliestMonk:

@MS i was just saying to myself, this sounds as if vince guaraldi were playing a fender rhodes for a peanuts score, BwaHa!
Avatar Sat. 6/15/19 12:51pm Michael Shelley:

HI DD - Ricky Bates sure is an interesting drummer!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 6/15/19 12:51pm Corey:

Thanks for another great show, Mike! Saturday officially kicked into gear.
  Sat. 6/15/19 12:52pm clarke:

howdy and bye ya'll -- sounds like another killah show - wil have to archive..!!
  Sat. 6/15/19 12:55pm paul:

Avatar 🎃 Sat. 6/15/19 12:57pm Hackensack Slim:

Be Well Brian. Happy Fathers Day Murray
  Sat. 6/15/19 12:57pm DG:

I have a Guaraldi album, "Oh, Good Grief!", which I haven't played in years (not sure if it's on CD). It's new versions of the Charlie Brown stuff, maybe that cut is on it (?).
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/15/19 12:57pm myron feld:

Hard to understand why they didn't want Murry around.
  Sat. 6/15/19 12:58pm Nordstrom:

If you have to say you're a genius...
  Sat. 6/15/19 12:59pm Daybreak and the...huh?:

Oh Murray! We would like to record from an atmosphere of calmness, you boys can’t sing from the heart. I’m sorry, more comments, I’m sorry, more comments, more comments, I’m sorry, more comments, more comments...
  Sat. 6/15/19 12:59pm P-90:

Thanks and Happy Fathers Day!
  Sat. 6/15/19 1:00pm Daybreak and the...huh?:

Thanks and happy Father’s Day too!
  Sat. 6/22/19 12:58pm sdfgh:

Shamokin !! Fishers Pierogies rules!
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