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Artist Track
Explorers Club, The  Ruby   Options
Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers   Back in the U.S.A.   Options
Carla Thomas  Sweet Sensation   Options
Galt MacDermot  Waiting For The Coin To Drop   Options
Muffs, The  The Whole World   Options
Minitmen, The  Smokin' in the Boys Room   Options
Dolly Parton   Don't Drop Out   Options
Wilson Pickett  Three Time Loser   Options
Pavement  Cut Your Hair   Options
Valiants, The  I'll Return To You   Options
Laura Cantrell  Do You Ever Think Of Me?   Options
Key Wilde and Mr. Clarke  Seasons in the Sun   Options
Charmaines, The  Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu   Options
Greg Townson  Venus   Options
Zombies, The  Tell Her No (BBC piano version)   Options
Conway Twitty  Above and Beyond   Options
Barbara and the Browns  I'm Gonna Start A War   Options
Jackie Edwards  Keep On Running   Options
Roy Loney  Down the Road Apiece   Options
Rebbels, The  Monkey Monkey   Options
Grandpa Jones   The All American Boy   Options
Merry Clayton  Gimme Shelter   Options
Buzzcocks, The  You Say You Don't Love Me   Options
Jimmy Winston & His Reflections  Sorry She's Mine   Options
Marvin Rainwater  Get Off The Stool   Options
Solomon Burke  Detroit City   Options
Joe Bataan  Chick-A-Boom   Options
Nick Lowe  Queen Of Sheba   Options
Dave Berry  Now   Options
Girls On Grass  Down At The Bottom   Options
Soulful Strings  I'm A Girl Watcher   Options
America  Work To Do   Options
Banana Splits, The  Tra La La La   Options
Johnny Adams  Proud Woman   Options
Jonathan Richman  People Are Disgusting   Options
Hot Bagels!   

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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 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 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 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 🎃 Sat. 12/14/19 11:01am Hoboken Jack:

Exciting day for you, Michael -- congrats!
Avatar Sat. 12/14/19 11:02am Michael Shelley:

Thanks Jack. Going to be a fun night for sure!
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 12/14/19 11:03am JohnEBGood:

Good morning Michael and to my FMU family. Monkees?
  Sat. 12/14/19 11:06am johnzo:

yea jonathan richman!!!!
  Sat. 12/14/19 11:06am johnzo:

Im so glad Im living in the KKK I MEAN USA!!!
Avatar Sat. 12/14/19 11:08am Michael Shelley:

John - are you a ship captain?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 12/14/19 11:16am Listener Baby:

Good morning Baby!
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 12/14/19 11:22am JohnEBGood:

Just the Captain! The picture was taken when I took a trip with my students from Atlantic City. They loved New York!! The pic was taken on a ship on the West Side. We went to Mama T's wax museum and took pictures. Happy Hollidays!!
  Sat. 12/14/19 11:24am johnzo:

Merpy Chrizmahannuckwanzadan errybuddy!
  Sat. 12/14/19 11:25am pottybear:

Saturday Morning Confusion
Avatar Sat. 12/14/19 11:26am Michael Shelley:

That song is very #1!
  Sat. 12/14/19 11:26am johnk77:

very good work selecter
three time loser almost always
a high point of bonnie raitt's
live shows in the 70s
  Sat. 12/14/19 11:26am SeanG:

Pavement!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 12/14/19 11:27am Listener Baby:

For all you Tri-State area folks. If you miss this show tonight, there is no excuse for you. I can't attend, so I need fifty people to take my place. That's how badly I want to go.
www.facebook.com...
  Sat. 12/14/19 11:34am paul:

RIP, Danny Aiello
  Sat. 12/14/19 11:34am adrian elaine:

I feel you on the bluetooth speakers - I hate when I’m hiking and someone else on the trail has some tunes cranked on theirs
  Sat. 12/14/19 11:34am Frank In Queens:

I’ll be at tonight’s show in spirit, but I unfortunately won’t be able to make it in person.
  Sat. 12/14/19 11:34am scott:

I compliment other people: their ear buds are my best buds!
  Sat. 12/14/19 11:36am Jett:

Canadian RocknRoll and Rockabilly star Jack Scott died also, and last week, Herb Cox of the Cleftones died. I'll really miss Roy Loney, I know he was ill for awhile.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 12/14/19 11:38am Ken From Hyde Park:

RIP Marie Fredriksson from Roxette, too.
  Sat. 12/14/19 11:39am GListener MW:

Laura Cantrell <3
  Sat. 12/14/19 11:39am paul:

I loved Marie Fredriksson. So beautiful.
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 12/14/19 11:40am Ross T.:

Roy Loney -- shoot! The Flamin' Groovies were/are very important in my life. More of a Sire era guy but the world is a better place for songs like "Teenage Head", "Second Cousin", and "Slow Death." Never saw the Groovies in any incarnation but did see Roy and Cyril at Southpaw several years back with The A Bones and Yola's Ira. Big fun!
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 12/14/19 11:42am mariano:

Yes, that's the story we heard too, that the guy was dying of cancer and he wrote that song to say goodbye!
  Sat. 12/14/19 11:45am GListener MW:

great cover!
  Sat. 12/14/19 11:46am GListener MW:

great DDR set earlier, too
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 12/14/19 11:48am Mailman Tom:

Isn't that Lonnie Mack on guitar?
Avatar Sat. 12/14/19 11:51am Michael Shelley:

yes Tom!
  Sat. 12/14/19 11:51am Pedro in Arlington:

My class performed Seasons in the Sun, 6th grade graduation, Glenwood Landing Elementary, Long Island, 1979.
Avatar Sat. 12/14/19 11:54am Michael Shelley:

PEDRO - you just induced a flashback - we sang that in music class at Chatsworth Elementary!
  Sat. 12/14/19 11:55am yerfriendpaul:

Love Tell Her No!
  Sat. 12/14/19 11:55am Mike Wolf:

Whoa, is this Zombs a BBC appearance? How impossibly soft is his speaking voice?!
  Sat. 12/14/19 11:56am Frank In Queens:

One of my fave songs. Love this “piano version”.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 12/14/19 11:57am Listener Baby:

Abbey Road tour. Heard it’s cool.
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 12/14/19 12:01pm Mailman Tom:

Roy Loney R.I.P.
  Sat. 12/14/19 12:13pm johnzo:

nice work selector indeed!!!!
  Sat. 12/14/19 12:17pm swk:

Just turned on the app and saw the Buzzcocks song and started singing the chorus before it could buffer, and I was pretty damn close!
  Sat. 12/14/19 12:23pm alex p:

UK-aic!
  Sat. 12/14/19 12:23pm johnzo:

guess my ears are untrained then cause it just reminded me of Twist & Shout or somethin’
  Sat. 12/14/19 12:23pm johnzo:

or... something I cant think of
  Sat. 12/14/19 12:24pm johnzo:

do you love me? who’s that... anyway
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/14/19 12:24pm Greg from ZONE 5:

Afternoon, Michael and all!
  Sat. 12/14/19 12:24pm johnzo:

now that I can dance... whatever
  Sat. 12/14/19 12:25pm Frank Zaatar:

I don't know, that Jimmy Winston cut sounded kind of Tex-Mex to me. More specifically, the Tex-Mex/British sound of Sir Douglas, Sam the Sham, etc.
  Sat. 12/14/19 12:26pm johnzo:

dont burn it down!! wrong show!!
  Sat. 12/14/19 12:27pm Beep Boop:

Don't asphyxiate Gaylord, Michael!
  Sat. 12/14/19 12:27pm johnzo:

sounds like your ears are more aware than mine frank... hey somebody link to the solomon burke appearances!
  Sat. 12/14/19 12:28pm Beep Boop:

Try to asphyxiate Ken
  Sat. 12/14/19 12:29pm johnzo:

my dad and I saw him in about 2005 or something... he was great. came out o. stage in a cape I think? took him a while to get to his thrown, did the whole show sitting down...
  Sat. 12/14/19 12:30pm johnzo:

saw Buddy Guy at the same venue... the thing that stuck in my mind about that was when he went to take a pee in the mens room while still playing a solo throughout... had a radio unit on his guitar or whtever
  Sat. 12/14/19 12:30pm Tony Lopez:

What was the name of the bar in Park Slope where you worked? I used to drink there and can't remember the name. I remember speaking with you. You had taken in Wild Girl's cat.
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 12/14/19 12:31pm mariano:

That bass line!
  Sat. 12/14/19 12:34pm swk:

Organ on that Bataan track!
Avatar Sat. 12/14/19 12:35pm Michael Shelley:

JOHNZO - BB KINGS?
TONY - Park Slope brewing Co.
I'm allergic to cats! But WG helped me get the job!
  Sat. 12/14/19 12:36pm johnzo:

no it was in DC... Northern VA... um... gimme a sec...
  Sat. 12/14/19 12:38pm johnzo:

wanna say it was the Birchmere
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 12/14/19 12:40pm Listener Baby:

Baby. Show going to be recorded tonight?
Avatar Sat. 12/14/19 12:41pm Michael Shelley:

dont know...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 12/14/19 12:45pm Listener Baby:

Who do I have sthup?
Avatar Sat. 12/14/19 12:48pm Michael Shelley:

If they video it, they multi track...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/14/19 12:54pm Moammar:

That Banana Splits track takes me way back. Proustian!
  Sat. 12/14/19 12:55pm davefromtoronto:

why does he sing in that weird accent?
  Sat. 12/14/19 12:55pm Vincemole:

Jonathan is right
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 12/14/19 12:57pm Corey:

Can vouch for the poor excuses for a bagel in the Midwest.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 12/14/19 12:58pm Moammar:

That's a wonderful testimonial for bagels. Who is it?
  Sat. 12/14/19 12:58pm davefromtoronto:

that guy sounds wicked retarded
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