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Options December 6, 2014: Guest: Neil Norman director of “The Seeds: Pushin’ Too Hard”

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Artist Track
Above, The  Goons   Options
Tinted Windows   Nothing To Me   Options
Gosdin Brothers, The  Tell ME   Options
Slim Harpo  The Hippy Song   Options
Mel Tormé  It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)   Options
Beach Bums  Upholstery   Options
Brenda Lee  The Crying Game   Options
Tommy Collins  Sam Hill   Options
Nat King Cole  The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot   Options
Unit 4 + 2  I Will   Options
Ronnie Hawkins  Dizzy Miss Lizzie   Options
James Brown  I Can't Stand Myself (When You Touch Me) pt 1   Options
Outta Sites, The  Never have I Seen   Options
Faron's Flamingos  Let's Stomp   Options
Nat Stuckey  Don't Pay The Ransom   Options
L.C. Cooke  Chalk Line   Options
Keith & Tex  Don't Look Back   Options
Gary Calamar  Giddy   Options
Kentuckys, The  I've Got Five Dollars & It's Saturday Night   Options
Steve Earle  Home To Houston   Options
Coasters, The  Mohair Sam   Options
Oscar Aleman  Swingin on a Star   Options
Jake Bugg  Lightning Bolt   Options
Seeds, The  Excuse Excuse   Options
Seeds, The  No Escape   Options
Neil Norman  INTERVIEW   Options
Seeds, The  Dreaming Of Your Love   Options
JD McPherson  North Side Gal   Options
Earl Hooker  Dynomite   Options
Queers, The  Overdue (demo?)   Options
Trashmen, The  Whoa Dad   Options
Ray Scott  The Prayer   Options
Sister Rosetta Tharpe  Change   Options
Hunters, The  Fuchs Geh Voran (Fox On The Run)   Options
Equals, The  Diversion   Options
Kids  Messing With Dad's Tape Recorder   Options

CLICK HERE to watch Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets or CLICK HERE to listen

CLICK HERE to watch the trailer for the film The Seeds: Pushing Too Hard

CLICK HERE for info on Monday's screening of Jingle Bell Rocks at the Village East Cinema

CLICK HERE for a project trying to collect a unique sound for all 565 towns in New Jersey

CLICK HERE for a tricky but worth it recipe for Flaky Buttery Crescent Rolls, which were my favorite thing I made for Thanksgiving

CLICK HERE for a dose of Power Pop from the excellent stereohysteria podcast!

CLICK HERE for Joe Belock's interview with Jonathan Richman

CLICK HERE for an interview with Tim K. Smith director of the new WFMU documentary

CLICK HERE to see Glyn Johns sing

CLICK HERE for the genius school teacher who wore the same outfit for yearbook pictures for 40 years

CLICK HERE for a behind the scenes piece about Linda Ronstadt's "You’re No Good"

CLICK HERE for a behind the scenes piece about T. Rex’s ‘Get It On

CLICK HERE Foo Fighters with Rick Nielsen doing "Stiff Competition" on David Letterman

CLICK HERE 23 Telltale Signs You Live In A Hipster Neighbourhood (sic)

CLICK HERE for a beginner’s guide to the sweet, stinging nostalgia of The Beach Boys

CLICK HERE for the preview of the new WFMU documentary "Sex And Broacasting"

CLICK HERE for the LANDR website - where robots master your music for free

CLICK HERE for info on the Silverball Museum in Asbury Park

CLICK HERE for Bill Murray on The Howard Stern Show 10/08/14

CLICK HERE for another piece about how the streaming music business model is doomed for eternity to be a disaster for musicians

CLICK HERE for forty photos of The Brown Sisters

CLICK HERE for a piece about masteribg that says that sometimes mastering recordings makes them worse

CLICK HERE to watch a great piece on The Ramones!

CLICK HERE for Phil Baugh's "Country Guitar"

CLICK HERE to watch Lou Reed act like a total a-hole

CLICK HERE to watch the BBC Documentary "Squeeze - Take Me I'm Yours" (if you're not too sick)

CLICK HERE for "Top 50 most collectable records"

CLICK HERE for The K-Tel Story

CLICK HERE to hear The Odd Couple sing

CLICK HERE for the "Top 50 most collectable records"

CLICK HERE for the N.Y. Times story about the Brazilian bus magnate who’s buying up all the world’s vinyl records

CLICK HERE for a difficult crossword puzzle created by listener Alex which was rejected by the New York Times. Hint: knowing the music of The Zombies will help!

CLICK HERE for a piece from a guy who played in a prison band with drummer Jim Gordon

CLICK HERE for a piece on the dynamic between Lennon & McCartney

CLICK HERE for a documentary about record collectors

CLICK HERE for a piece on The Angelettes


CLICK HERE to see "Triumph Watches The World Cup, Part 1"

CLICK HERE for a new Stereohysteria podcast featuring Robbie Fulks' music and an interview.

CLICK HERE to see what Sotheby's is selling in their "A Rock & Roll History: Presley to Punk" auction

CLICK HERE for a a piece by bass player Ernie Brooks remembering his days in Jonathan Richman's Modern Lovers

CLICK HERE for a funny video with info on Jay Gonzalez's Kickstarter campaign.

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 info about Fender's plans name Bono and the Edge from U2 to its board, and a video about the company's business troubles.

CLICK HERE for optical illusions

CLICK HERE to read or download the liner notes for "More Super Hits of the Seventies"

CLICK HERE for "The Jarmels" "A Little Bit of Soap" - don't think this is the original lead singer - but he does a great job

CLICK HERE for info on Joel Selvin and his book "Here Comes The Night: The Dark Soul Of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business Of Rhythm and Blues"

CLICK HERE for Bert Berns Info!

CLICK HERE for the Abbey Road crossing cam

CLICK HERE to find out if we need to be touching

CLICK HERE for a short film of two craftsmen at work

CLICK HERE to see actual AFM contracts for some legendary recording sessions

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 watch the famously hard to find MC5 documentary

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 Paul Lukas' excellent piece about cultural criticism

CLICK HERE to read "A Portrait of the Worst Guy Ever"

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 find out how Sweden’s domination of the international pop charts started

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 a good Kirsty MacColl documentary from the BBC

CLICK HERE for Roz Chast's piece “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?”

CLICK HERE for a brief history of the baritone guitar"

CLICK HERE for a two hour documentary about Louis Prima

CLICK HERE for "The Making of 96 Tears"

CLICK HERE for a Rolling Stone piece about The Jerky Boys

CLICK HERE for Ronee Blakley singing "Dues" from "Nashville"

CLICK HERE for Ronee Blakley singing "Tapedeck in His Tractor" from "Nashville"

CLICK HERE for Ronee Blakley & Henry Gibson singing "One, I Love You" from "Nashville"

CLICK HERE and tell me if you think this is really edited from the news, or if it was performed knowingly

CLICK HERE to play the web Theremin

CLICK HERE to see the set list of the Cheap Trick show i saw last week

CLICK HERE to see drummer Joff from the band Bucky so some drawings of old people

CLICK HERE if you want see a lady call for President Obama's execution. My mind keeps returning to his video and what it means about how screwed up our county is.

CLICK HERE for wrong from the get go NPR blog "The Worst Songs Of All Time?"

CLICK HERE for my July 2007 interview with Mighty Hannibal

CLICK HERE for the website of the guy who shot Bigfoot

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 a weird Tonight Show episode where Jerry Lewis fills in for Johnny, with guest Bob Hope

CLICK HERE for the Jim Keltner Discography

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

CLICK HERE then click "Random Video"

CLICK HERE Rolling Stone's 500 Worst Reviews of All Time, according to Schmidtt

CLICK HERE for the 1966 Esquire Magazine piece "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold"

CLICK HERE for a dumbly titled, but interesting piece on Tom Wilson

CLICK HERE to find out about folks buying old lps in the USA to sell in Europe

CLICK HERE for a grammar test

CLICK HERE for Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

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 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 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 the list of the best selling vinyl records of the last 20 years

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

CLICK HERE if you're a BEATLE fan!


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

CLICK HERE for a long documentary on The Everly Brothers!

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

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 for info on the new Nashville DVD

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

CLICK HERE for some Steve Allen bashing

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 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

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

CLICK HERE for Nina Simone: nutty but good.

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 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 someJerry. The whole clip is crazy - but 2:13 in is really off the charts nuts.

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 info on an amazing new drug: Unpretentiousil!

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 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.

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:02am Baby:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:03am Baby:

New intro?? And more importantly... Mexico???
Avatar 11:04am Michael Shelley:

Top secret.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:05am Baby:

Don't play me like that..
  11:10am KP:

Clarence White!
  11:16am tuner fish:

Great show! I'm diggin' this on this bright, sunny day in Dallas!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:17am Parq:

And the Velvet Fog! Sorry I missed the new intro. Are you going to do a Pow Pow Pow spot for the beginning of Todd's show?
Avatar 11:20am Hot Mess:

Phantom! Isn't this the song in which the car bomb explodes?
  11:26am tonky honk man:

Tommy Collins THE country genius. So many great records. If u can't bite don't growl, break my mind, u better not do that, etc
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:35am Uncle Michael:

Congrtulate me...I scored my Costello, solo acoustic tickets...to the sound of Mr. Shelley's program.
Avatar 11:35am KP:

Russ Ballard was in Unit + 2. they were best known for the awesome Concrete & Clay.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:36am Parq:

Way to go, Uncle M. Think of your FMU pals when he does "God's Comic".
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:36am Uncle Michael:

I'll be missing my own show to see his.
  11:39am MK:

JBR director says he's standing by, waiting on your call. He got things mixed up and thought he was calling you.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:06pm Parq:

"Swinging" is an old favorite of ours. We used to sing it to our kid when she was a tot. Dave Van Ronk called it "perfect", and rightly so.
  12:09pm scott:

The "+2" in Unit 4 + 2 were Russ Ballard and Bob Henrit, who later played together in Argent. Henrit later replaced Mick Avory in The Kinks.
  12:13pm Robert:

Sounds like all they did was change the lyrics.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:20pm Stevel:

Thinking I'll track this film down sooner than later.

Send it to Cinema Center, Fort Wayne! [Shameless plug for others]
Avatar 12:24pm drewo:

One of the most memorable TV scenes of recent times is in the first season of "Six Feet Under" when the funeral home proprietor/father sneaks off to his secret apartment hideaway to smoke weed and groove to the Seeds 'Pushing Too Hard' rocking loud on his stereo. Thanks Michael!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:27pm Stevel:

"He was a lightening bolt."
  12:34pm DG:

First heard this JD McPherson track on Marc Maron's show on IFC. Thought it was some obscure oldie; amazed to learn it was from 2010! Is the rest of the album this good?
Avatar 12:45pm Michael Shelley:

That song is a #1 hit - so the rest of the lp is not as good, but it's good!
  12:47pm quinn:

Hydrophobic possums...the scariest creatures in the bible.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:49pm Parq:

I might have missed something. Did Michael say why the Christmas doc interview didn't happen?
  12:52pm steve c:

Has Seeds film producer Alec Palao ever been on your show? I'd think he'd be a good interview. He compiled the Zombies and Sly Stone box sets...
  12:57pm quinn:

Eminem said he's going to slap Linda Rondstat with a lobster!
Avatar 12:57pm Offaldrome:

What played after the Trashmen? A song about a governor? Seems to be missing from the playlist.
  12:58pm DG:

Yeah, the governor's song was strange (but no doubt deserved): wondered if it was about Reagan, or one of the Southern govs. from the '60s.
Avatar 1:03pm Offaldrome:

I looked it up on SoundHound, but it could only find a remix by a band called Sterneis. All they did was throw a beat over it.
  1:04pm mitchell kezin:

Sincere apologies for the MIX-UP (on my part)...Santa WILL be punishing me this Xmas now for sure ! Grateful for the fine PLUGS of my movie, Jingle Bell Rocks. And also, for playin' NAt's sombre lil' ditty amongst all these other GRT tunes !
  1:09pm mitchell kezin:

BTW, anyone wishin to see the TRAILER for Jingle Bell Rocks!
It's here: http://youtu.be/nBL6SQuaA8E
  10:46am Mark in Toronto:

Contrary to your info, Ronnie Hawkins is still alive, and living in Canada (where he's been living for the past 50+ years)
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