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Options December 28, 2013: Better Things

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Artist Track
Kinks, The  Better Things   Options
Bill And Will  Goin' To The River   Options
Jack Clement  Quench My Thirst   Options
Jimmy Hughes  I Like Everything About You   Options
Vic Mizzy  Gomez   Options
Teenage Fanclub  Ain't That Enough?   Options
Vinnie Bell  Bellzouki   Options
Merle Travis  Let's Settle Down   Options
Spencer Wiggins  He's Too Old   Options
Only Ones, The  Another Girl, Another Planet   Options
Everly Brothers, The  It Only Costs A Dime   Options
Leroy Daniel  Gonna Comb You Out Of My Hair   Options
People's Choice, The  I Likes To Do It   Options
Scotty  Draw Your Brakes   Options
Jay Gonzalez  Get Down   Options
Ronny And The Daytonas  Little GTO   Options
Carmol Taylor  Another Man's Shoes   Options
Little Milton  Just a Little Bit   Options
Neighbors, The  Isn't It True   Options
Avanti's, The  What's Wrong With Me?   Options
Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys  Glad When I'm Gone   Options
Doris Duke  I Can't Do Without You   Options
Laughing Dogs, The  I Need A Million   Options
Brinsley Schwarz  It's been So Long   Options
Tennessee Ernie Ford & Lou Dinning  Texas, All My Rambling Days Are Through   Options
Earl Hooker  Walking The Floor   Options
Los Lobos  Deep Dark Hole   Options
Babysitters, The  Smash Bang Boom   Options
Kiss  Christine 16   Options
Yo Yo's, The  I Can't Forgrt You   Options
Chuck Berry  Thirty Days   Options
Art Tatum  The Shout   Options
Nirvana  On A Plain   Options
Nina Simone  I'm Gonna Leave You   Options
shirley and lee  Rock All Night   Options
Bola Sete  Both Sides Now   Options
Ruth Brown  Just Too Much   Options
Little Peggy March  Johnny Cool   Options
Dave Edmunds  Black Bill   Options
Dave Edmunds  Blue Monday   Options
Kinks, The  Everybody's Gonna Be Happy   Options
1967 Rollerland  New years Eve party!   Options
Star Trek  Happy new year   Options

CLICK HERE for the first issue of "BOMP!" magazine

CLICK HERE to see Jerry Lewis and Al Goldstein show of gadgets in 1976 on "A.M. New York"

CLICK HERE for a free download of Zozo's "AntiSocial Young American Christmas Lovers Brigade"

CLICK HERE for the War On Christmas enemies list

CLICK HERE to hear how drums can sound different depending on where they're played

CLICK HERE for a piece about the 70's music scene in Austin

CLICK HERE for Nick Lowe's odd appearance on the Adam Carolla show.

CLICK HERE for a $400+ out of print book about Pub Rock that Nick Lowe mentions - OR - buy it HERE for for £17 (about $28), including postage, on Will Birch's website

CLICK HERE for a reminder that you have to be 恋のホワン・ホワン (or HERE, or HERE , or HERE , or HERE, or HERE!)

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 for a New York Times piece from Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger and CLICK HERE to read one from Chris Collingwood

CLICK HERE for the unfortunately titled but otherwise interesting "60 Great Albums You Probably Haven’t Heard"

CLICK HERE for a new interactive video from Bob Dylan

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 STAX at The White House

CLICK HERE to read about "The Albums Everyone Can Love"

CLICK HERE to read the list of the best selling vinyl records of the last 20 years

CLICK HERE for info on Nothing To Hide which was amazing

CLICK HERE for Shelby Lynn w/ Darrly Hall

CLICK HERE for " Portraits of Unrelated Doppelgangers Who Have Found Their Match"

CLICK HERE for photos of Nashville session cello player Byron Bach's ledger from Paul Lukas' excellent Permanent Record web site

CLICK HERE for another of my links to stories about Will Smith's annoying kids - and one person's reply to a tweet from one of them

CLICK HERE for Dave Edmunds'new song

CLICK HERE to see a guy really get into a Bon Jovi song

CLICK HERE if you're a BEATLE fan!


CLICK HERE for The Spampinato Brothers live at The Hamilton

CLICK HERE for The Turtles "Happy Together" (vocals only)

CLICK HERE to read the story behind Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side” bass line

CLICK HERE to read 20th Century Headlines Rewritten To Get More Clicks

CLICK HERE I think this hurts ants, but it looks cool - I want one

CLICK HERE to check your News IQ

CLICK HERE for a long documentary on The Everly Brothers!

CLICK HERE if you're a fan of funky drums

CLICK HERE for a song about Chinese Food - usually I'd suggest ignoring this kind of thing, but this is so misguided, and just plain bad, it needs to be seen - it make you ponder: what kind of world are we living in?

CLICK HERE for Ernie Bushmiller illustrated autobiography, on an amazing website

CLICK HERE for Johnny T's NYC Tourist Tips !

CLICK HERE for "If you thought CBGB’s bathrooms were full of shit check out the movie"

CLICK HERE to find out who's getting the "Baby Blue" money from Badfinger's song being on Breaking Bad

CLICK HERE for info on wealth inequality

CLICK HERE for The Mills Brothers

CLICK HERE for some videos from the BUCKY album 'Women, Ladies and Girls (Sing the Bucky Songbook).' (I especially like THIS ONE! {due to the great acting})

CLICK HERE for James Jamerson & Gladys Knight going nuts on I Heard It Through The Grapevine

CLICK HERE for Wilton Felder's so good isolated bass on "I Want You Back"

CLICK HERE read producer Steve Albini’s incredible four-page letter to Nirvana

CLICK HERE for a 1958 film "The Capitol Tower"

CLICK HERE for interesting reviews of Haribo Gummy Candy Sugarless Gummy Bears 5-Pound Bag

CLICK HERE to find out Popular Science is shutting off their comments

CLICK HERE for an article by WFMU's Joe McGasko: "Johnny Cash: 10 Things You Might Not Know About Him"

CLICK HERE to read: Hal Blaine picks five essential drum records

CLICK HERE the girl from The Like's new band JJAMZ

CLICK HERE for info on the new Nashville DVD

CLICK HERE for " The Weirdest Photos Of Mike Love You Can Find "

CLICK HERE to read: Hal Blaine picks five essential drum records

CLICK HERE for some Steve Allen bashing

CLICK HERE for info in the Fête Paradiso at Governors Island

CLICK HERE for The Beach Boys reunion show live In Japan - full show

CLICK HERE and page down to the Violent Femmes Trivia section

CLICK HERE for twelve seconds of The Limonaire Organ in action at Governors Island

CLICK HERE for Liverpool Scene's "Batpoem Live!

CLICK HERE for Deke Dickerson's 2013 Tour Documentary--PART ONE!

CLICK HERE for a "Step Inside Legendary New Jersey Radio Station WFMU!

I have low expectations for THIS and even lower ones for THIS

CLICK HERE to read about how Adam Schlesinger? from Fountains of Wayne writes songs

CLICK HERE to watch The Beach Boys pretend to record "Good Vibrations"

CLICK HERE for The Mighty Hannibal "Midnight Hour" on The !!!! Beat

CLICK HERE for Rock Aficionados Try to Spin Old Vinyl Into Gold in New Investing Track

CLICK HERE for Ted Nugent

CLICK HERE for "Iconic NYC Music Venues, Then And Now" slideshow

CLICK HERE for "Ex”-Cheap Trick Drummer Bun E. Carlos in Lawsuit With “Former” Band Mates"

CLICK HERE for Sinatra doing his thing

CLICK HERE for 45 minutes of Elvis Costello & The Attractions at their peak

CLICK HERE to see the results of THE LES PAUL AUCTION

CLICK HERE to watch the full "Beach Boys Live in Concert 50th Anniversary"

CLICK HERE to see listener Bjarne from Norway who tattooed the Woof Moo Logo on his hip area

CLICK HERE for some live Magic and CLICK HERE for the proper chords.

CLICK HERE for Celebrity Make Unders – What Would Celebrities Look Like If They Were Everyday People?!

CLICK HERE to listen to almost every top 10 of the top 40 era.

I love THIS!

CLICK HERE for a short documentary on Donnie And Joe Emerson!

CLICK HERE for info on Fake Amps!

CLICK HERE to hear Gene Simmons say that Ace Frehley is a drugged racist with low self esteem who did nothing

CLICK HERE to see Malcolm Brickhouse & Jarad Dawkins sixth-grade metalheads from Flatbush, Brooklyn

CLICK HERE to hear David Letterman ask: "Are Those Your Drums?"

CLICK HERE for a PDF of who plays what on Everly Brothers recordings.

CLICK HERE for How we made "You Really Got Me"!

CLICK HERE for another of the worst people in the world!

CLICK HERE for a not quite right piece called "The Rising Cost of New Vinyl"

CLICK HERE for 10 of the all-time greatest disc jockeys - with audio clips of their chatter

CLICK HERE this train wreck is a great microcosm of what is wrong with the world.

CLICK HERE for Nina Simone: nutty but good.

CLICK HERE for a few actual kind hearted people who would like to give $1 million to each and every person in America but are unfortunately not all that good at math

CLICK HERE for a series of Beatles vocal harmony tutorials

CLICK HERE to read: KISS' Paul Stanley: 'I Don't Need The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame'

CLICK HERE to read: An Open Letter From a Bar Owner to Musicians!

CLICK HERE to watch a video that proves: Andy Kaufman Lives!

CLICK HERE for "22 geniously defaced textbooks & exam papers"

CLICK HERE to see Elvis & Elmo sing "The Monster Went And Ate My Red 2"

CLICK HERE to see Robin Zander's "son"

CLICK HERE for a nice piece about the the L.A. studio musicians who dominated the 70's sound.

CLICK HERE for Kim Shattuck.

CLICK HERE for info in Eric Kayser - now in NYC on 3rd Ave.

CLICK HERE for a nice piece on The Cowsills!

I love THESE Beach Boy videos!

CLICK HERE for Jerry Lewis Telethon Bloopers - Part 1 !

CLICK HERE for Jerry Lewis Telethon Bloopers - Part 2 !

CLICK HERE for more Jerry. the whole clip is crazy - but 2:13 in is really off the charts nuts.

CLICK HERE for The Worst Work Stations Ever

CLICK HERE to see Google interview Nick Lowe after his Live@Google performance in Mountain View. To get the two tracks for free from this performance CLICK HERE

There's some controversy about the coin toss that decided who would get seats in the plane that crashed on February 3, 1959 and killed Buddy Holly, Richie Vallens & Big Bopper. CLICK HERE for "An open Letter & Challenge to Dion from Tommy Allsup" then CLICK HERE for Dion's version from "The Wanderer Talks Truth"

CLICK HERE to explore & watch a short film on The Cosimo Code, an attempt to catalog every Cosimo Matassa 45!

CLICK HERE for "I Was a Teenage Fake Zombie"

CLICK HERE for Los Shakers - Siempre tú

CLICK HERE for info on an amazing new drug: Unpretentiousil!

CLICK HERE for info session guitarist Vincent Bell.

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

CLICK HERE to see Beastie Boy Mike D's lovely $9 a square foot wallpaper!

CLICK HERE to read Carol Kaye review of "The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret"

Apparently Bowie offered "Golden Years" to Elvis Presley - but The King declined. CLICK HERE former guest Stevie Riks nails the Elvis/Bowie duet version.

CLICK HERE to go to a useless website like THIS ONE.

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Listener comments!

  11:06am Sd:

Thanks forplaying that kinks song. I never realized how great it is
Avatar 11:15am Philo Gristle:

I'm not sure I dare to click that Letterman link.... if it's a medley, it'll last a looooong time.
  11:19am KP:

This Teenage Fanclub song is tremendous . Thanks!
  11:26am JSG:

KP, I agree.
Avatar 11:26am glenn:

i concur on the teenage fanclub. VERY byrdsy.
Avatar 11:29am kat330:

Love this one!
Avatar 11:30am Michael Shelley:

Avatar 11:31am Jay/London:

thanks for playing another planet !
Avatar 11:31am DeemerDave:

Hey, glenn. I got my TML Winter Classic jersey yesterday from my sons. Looking forward to Wednesday.
  11:31am Jay:

""Another Girl Another Planet"...It took me a long time to realize that every word is about heroin.
Avatar 11:32am glenn:

i'd love to go to that game, but alas.
  11:33am Jay:

...and from there, put the puzzle pieces together to figure what most (all?) of the guest stars on Johnny Thunders' SO ALONE album had in common.
  11:37am Jay:

That article writer is only part-right when he says it's about "drugs, death and confrontational love"...it's clearly a straight-up love song to heroin
Avatar 11:37am Philo Gristle:

Been almost 30 years since I last went to a Hockey game. They started breaking up the play for commercial breaks and it bugged me no end....
Avatar 11:38am glenn:

the winter classic is a brilliant idea. outdoor hockey on new year's day.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:38am Greg from Bloomfield:

Ooh! De La Soul sampled this for "Tread Water"!
  11:40am Jay:

As for 1st issue of Bomp...perhaps true if you are a stickler for that meaning the exact same title, but earlier issues of WHO PUT THE BOMP had the same format and content (and earlier yet, mimeographed copies have a rougher format).
Avatar 11:40am Philo Gristle:

Absolutely. We always played outside, whether on a pond or a local park...
Avatar 11:47am DeemerDave:

It will be interesting to see the Ducks & Kings at Dodger Stadium.
Avatar 11:52am kat330:

This reminds me of Twavis Twitt's Stop Scrapin' the Scab Off My Healin' Heart, Honey.
Avatar 11:54am glenn:

carmol taylor sessions / tracks. countrydiscography.blogspot.ca...
  12:11pm myron feld:

"I Need A Million" was also on the "Live at CBGB" album that came out summer of '76.
Avatar 12:15pm kat330:

Mr. Ford's "Sixteen Tons" was one of my earliest memories of a fave song. That and "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime." Strange faves for a child I guess.

Anyway, thank you, Mr. Shelley for the spins this last Saturday of 2013! Gotta run. Happy New Year to all!
Avatar 12:15pm glenn:

i love earl hooker.
Avatar 12:17pm glenn:

and also los lobos.
Avatar 12:17pm kat330:

Wow, thanks for some Los Lobos as a send-off! (though I prefer their "Kiko.." and later Lps)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:32pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...one of the better Programs I hate missing in Werk Hours except on Breaks
...I have a dream that I shall be streaming here - for me & all the ThriftStore customers
...alll the other Jazz Pianists seemed to genuflect to tArt Tatum...
  12:33pm Baby:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:33pm Mike Sin:

I'm enjoying the show today, Michael. I hope you and your family had a nice Xmas!
Avatar 12:34pm Jay/London:

gee NIRVANA !!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:34pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...'got so high I scratched 'til I bled' - to carry on Jay's smack theme above...
Avatar 12:35pm Michael Shelley:

Mike - thanks for the good wishes - holidays were very good - my daughter was just bouncing off the walls!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:36pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...identify much w/ Kurty - but honestly still don't know half of what he was saying...
Avatar 12:36pm Michael Shelley:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:39pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...Thx for a delicious LunchBreak!...
Avatar 12:40pm Michael Shelley:

can someone research who the drummer is on shirley and lee Rock All Night
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:41pm KevinfromBayRidge:

Thanks for another year of best "things". Michael. Great '14 to everyone!
Avatar 12:42pm Juke Joint Jonny:

That is the best thing that ever happened to Joni Mitchell.
Avatar 12:43pm glenn:

the 25 best drunk texts ever. runt-of-the-web.com...
Avatar 12:45pm glenn:

earl palmer.
Avatar 12:45pm Jay/London:

@ michael shelley think the drummer could have been Earl Palmer,
Avatar 12:46pm glenn:

not carl palmer.
Avatar 12:47pm Michael Shelley:

Is that an L.A. or New orleans records - I assumed it was a NY record? but I 'm totally guessing...
  12:47pm r i s k y:

Mike's mic breaks are like having a mild panic attack.
Avatar 12:49pm Michael Shelley:

what does that mean?
Avatar 12:56pm glenn:

kinks bookends. gnarly.
  9:23pm A:

happy New Year Michael. Keep it up!!
  9:27pm A:

where do your book(ends) end. must have at least 3..
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