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Options November 16, 2019: Guest: John Sebastian of The Lovin' Spoonful

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Artist Track
Lovin' Spoonful, The  Goodtime Music   Options
Lovin' Spoonful, The  Daydream (Demo)   Options
Sound Symposium, The  Darling Be Home Soon   Options
Association, The  Darling Be Home Soon   Options
Lovin' Spoonful, The  Six O'Clock   Options
Yo La Tengo  Butchie’s Tune   Options
Pooh And The Heffalumphs  Rooty Toot   Options
Lovin' Spoonful, The  Full Measure   Options
Ventures, The  Summer In The City   Options
Lovin' Spoonful, The  It's Not Time Now   Options
Flatt and Scruggs  Nashville Cats   Options
Lovin' Spoonful, The  Kite Chase   Options
Lovin' Spoonful, The  Do You Believe In Magic?   Options
John Sebastian  Interview   Options
Lovin' Spoonful, The  Baldheaded Lena   Options
Lovin' Spoonful, The  Darling Be Home Soon   Options

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CLICK HERE for the multi part fascinating documentary about Dream Theater's search for a new drummer

CLICK HERE for Martin Mull's "Soundstage: 60 Minutes to Kill" from 1975

CLICK HERE for info on the Top 100 Most Expensive Cassettes on Discogs

CLICK HERE for a detailed look at cymbals in 1920s jazz

CLICK HERE for The Liner Notes Project

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 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 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 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 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 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."

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.

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. 11/16/19 11:02am Listener Baby:

Hi Ho Baby. Top O' the morning. Hola world!
  Sat. 11/16/19 11:08am Earth Walker:

What a day for WFMU
  Sat. 11/16/19 11:09am clarke:

what a day for a daydream!
  Sat. 11/16/19 11:11am clarke:

howdy? is this thang on??
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 11/16/19 11:12am Daybreak the Human:

Michael! Michael! Michael!
It’s always about Michael!
It’s not fair!
  Sat. 11/16/19 11:12am paul:

Comments and playlist on different pages? Is that something new or is my browser wonky?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/16/19 11:15am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Wunna thee Great Songwriters
...& Spoonful a unique place amidst FolkRawk - SunshinePop - R&B...Too righteous...
  Sat. 11/16/19 11:15am paul:

Never mind. All is well.
  Sat. 11/16/19 11:16am clarke:

aha ... and we're BAAACK!!
  Sat. 11/16/19 11:17am Sean:

Love The Association version. Obviously they could play as they toured their catalog, but aren't they named specifically in that Wrecking Crew doc as having NEVER played on the studio recordings? Is that right?
  Sat. 11/16/19 11:17am Daybreak, up earlier than usual:

Nice pick! This has become a favorite of mine! So good! Wake and Bake starts at 6am with this gem every once in a while. What a song to wake up to!
  Sat. 11/16/19 11:20am clarke:

i think The Association went through a period, like the byrds/grass roots/etc where they insisted on doing their own recording, but then, when band members started defecting, they went back to using session guys on their records
  Sat. 11/16/19 11:22am clarke:

Everything Playing is one of the few perfect albums.
  Sat. 11/16/19 11:22am joshjoshjosh:

The Joe Cocker version of Darling Be Home Soon is a big favorite of mine
  Sat. 11/16/19 11:23am clarke:

  Sat. 11/16/19 11:24am clarke:

not a fan of cocker's interpretations
  Sat. 11/16/19 11:28am davefromtoronto:

ask him if he ever ate at chez piggy!
  Sat. 11/16/19 11:29am clarke:

i am guessing this interview would be a taped one.
  🎃 Sat. 11/16/19 11:29am tadpoles:

Looking forward to the interview Michael...Do You Believe in Magic was one of the first LPs I bought...JB really is a national treasure and the one takeaway from the Lovin' Spoonful's music and presumably John himself is that it is so joyful. Cheers.
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 11/16/19 11:30am JohnEBGood:

Right on listener baby TOM to all! Good old days spinning LPs from Columbia House and 45s.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/16/19 11:34am bertfeggs:

Speaking of Nashville Cats, Marty Stuart at the Newton Theater last night was freakin' fantastic! Did you go Michael?
  Sat. 11/16/19 11:34am paul:

Nashville Cats is the best LS single.
Avatar Sat. 11/16/19 11:35am Jack:

Summer 1971 John Sebastian played the Schaeffer Music Festival in Central Park NYC; had a rockin' little rock&roll band but I could never find out who the players were. Anybody know? They were the best band on the bill (which included Sly & the Family Stone, The Temptations, the Eagles and Melissa Manchester) I also saw him solo opening for Jethro Tull at the Fillmore East the year before.
Avatar Sat. 11/16/19 11:40am Sonny Rickles:

One of my top 3 songs of all time!
  Sat. 11/16/19 11:43am tough guy:

Mike, that is the greatest song of all time. Never fails to energize and remind me that life and music are wonderful.
  Sat. 11/16/19 11:50am clarke:

good questions!!
  Sat. 11/16/19 12:04pm Frank Zaatar:

I agree, great questions. And great insights from Sebastian.
Summer in the City is one of the two greatest singles of all time.
  Sat. 11/16/19 12:05pm Matt Clarke:

Sebastian is top of the pops!
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 11/16/19 12:05pm herb.nyc:

Great interview. I just found my 75cents 1969 pbk "Flip's groovy guide to the guys". John Sebastian, p216: "moody, untalkative but brilliant". (I bought this bk as a 5or6th grader)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 11/16/19 12:17pm Listener Baby:

Baby. Have you watched the Woodstock Doc yet?
  Sat. 11/16/19 12:19pm Frank Zaatar:

We Jewish rock and rollers always loved Zal. And we had Mike Bloomfield and the whole Blues Project.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 11/16/19 12:20pm Ken From Hyde Park:

<obligatory> Play "Welcome Back Kotter"! </>
  Sat. 11/16/19 12:20pm clarke:

we non-jewish guys LOVED these folks, too!!
  Sat. 11/16/19 12:22pm clarke:

i call this the Billy Preston Syndrome
  Sat. 11/16/19 12:22pm clarke:

get someone in the studio to make ______ be nicer
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/16/19 12:26pm LilyAbigale:

I was there last nite @bertfeggs! KICKASS SHOW!
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 11/16/19 12:27pm Ross T.:

Yay! Love the Spoonful of course. Sebastian also has single degrees of separation with two of my all time faves in NRBQ whom he did shows with, and the Flamin' Groovies who did a tremendous cover of his "Let the Boy Rock and Roll." As well as performing on "Morrison Hotel," the great Doors record few see.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 11/16/19 12:31pm Webhamster Henry:

I salute a fellow autoharp player!
  Sat. 11/16/19 12:34pm Tim from LH:

Fantastic interview!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/16/19 12:35pm LilyAbigale:

That Viet Nam story
epitomizes why Millennials hate us Boomers
  Sat. 11/16/19 12:36pm davefromtoronto:

yeah your interviews are the best.
  Sat. 11/16/19 12:38pm bigplanetnoise:

Incredibly great. My favorite artist on the planet, barring none. Thanks for this!
Avatar Sat. 11/16/19 12:39pm Jack:

I think when I saw Sebastian at the Fillmore he was still wearing the same tie-dye outfit he wore at Woodstock (a few months before) But he was definitely one of the first performers to popularize tie-dye clothes, even before The Dead.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 11/16/19 12:42pm Listener Baby:

I will never again refer to myself as long winded.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/16/19 12:44pm LilyAbigale:

The Tie Dye story epitomizes what was lovely about us Boomers tho
  Sat. 11/16/19 12:44pm McGroovey:

John Sebastian can sure talk. Michael's only asked like 5 questions. Great, interesting story-yacker!
Avatar Sat. 11/16/19 12:45pm SmokinJ:

John fucking rocks! I could listen all day..
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 11/16/19 12:47pm Dominick:

oh wow!
Avatar Sat. 11/16/19 12:47pm Jack:

YES!! Ronny Koss was the guitar player in Sebasians' band. I recognize his picture!! Thank you! He is/was an incredible live guitar player!
  Sat. 11/16/19 12:47pm clarke:

i think it is amazing how articulate sebastian is. he still has new stuff to lay on us, and MS drags it out of him.
  Sat. 11/16/19 12:49pm suki yaki:

what's up tiger lily...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 11/16/19 12:55pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Nicely done, MS. It was fun to listen to John's stories today.
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 11/16/19 12:56pm Ross T.:

I love learning about tie-dye, Arthur Godfrey's guitar player, and that hippie chicks were urged not to "ball" the Spoonful via full page ads.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 11/16/19 12:56pm Listener Baby:

Stellar work, Baby! A rock and roll hero, period.
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 11/16/19 12:56pm Gina Bacon:

That was so great! I'll have to listen again to take it all in!!
  🎃 Sat. 11/16/19 12:57pm tadpoles:

Couldn't get any work done listening...now back to catching up. Great stuff thanks Michael.
  Sat. 11/16/19 12:57pm Micheal:

What a great interview! Thank you, Michael and John!
  Sat. 11/16/19 12:58pm Santos L Halper:

Great interview Michael, thanks!
Avatar Sat. 11/16/19 12:58pm Sonny Rickles:

This is one of your best shows ever!
  Sat. 11/16/19 12:58pm Sean:

On the "fun" scale I think this INTV was a No. 1 hit.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 11/16/19 12:58pm WR:

Thank you so much for being great facilitator for John Sebastian conversation. Outstanding, priceless.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 11/16/19 12:58pm Handy Haversack:

Awesome conversation. Thanks for taking the time to really get into things.
  Sat. 11/16/19 1:00pm prudy:

thanks for a great interview...these guys aren't going to be around forever...
  Sat. 11/16/19 1:00pm Earth Walker:

That was great Wonderful story’s
Woodstock is the coolest town to live in
Avatar Sat. 11/16/19 1:01pm SmokinJ:

Thanks ms... A magnificent interview!
  Sat. 11/16/19 1:01pm clarke:

i still think i won the rocktober.
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 11/16/19 1:01pm Ross T.:

"And now, a quarter of my life has almost passed...."

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