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Options December 27, 2014: Guest: Retired Texas Gym Teacher Dale Irby

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Above, The  Comin' Around   Options
Nick Lowe  American Squirm   Options
Red Foley  I'll Be There   Options
Darondo  I'm Gonna Love You   Options
Kenny Burrell  Bye & Bye   Options
NRBQ  No Good to Cry   Options
Golfs, The  You're No Good   Options
Claude Boone  Milk 'Em in the Morning   Options
Major Lance  Girl   Options
Lyres, The  Help You Ann   Options
Soul Agents, The  Let's Make It Pretty Baby   Options
Johnny Dollar  West Texas   Options
Dale Irby  INTERVIEW   Options
Tex Williams  I Got Texas In My Soul   Options
George Jackson & Marjorie Ingram  Gotta Have Soul   Options
Redd Kross  Annie's Gone   Options
Los Bohemios  Dandy   Options
Delbert McClinton  Lost In A Dream   Options
TV Slim  Juvenile Delinquent   Options
Pearl Bailey  It Figures   Options
Mockers, The  Real Enough For Me   Options
Maniacs, The  Barefootin'   Options
Ronnie Dawson  Home Cookin   Options
Ebony Rhythm Band  Soul Heart Transplant   Options
Real Kids, The  All Kindsa Girls   Options
Avett Brothers, The  Slight Figure of Speech   Options
1910 Fruitgum Company  May I Take A Giant Step (into your heart)?   Options
Freddy Weller  Down In The Boondocks   Options
Bobettes, The  Mr. Lee   Options
Queers, The w/ Lisa Marr  I Can't Get Over You   Options
Emitt Rhodes  Fresh As A Daisy   Options
Laura Cantrell  It's a Heartache   Options
Cortez Greer  Testify   Options
Muffs, The  I Get It   Options
Yolks, The  You Dont Live Here No More   Options
Juniper  May You Always   Options

CLICK HERE to hear Nick Lowe sing some holiday songs on Fresh Air

CLICK HERE to watch Los Straightjackets do Nick Lowe's "I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass" and CLICK HERE to watch Los Straightjackets do "Linus & Lucy"

CLICK HERE to watch Big Al Anderson get interviewed on TV

CLICK HERE to see the stuff that Burt Reynolds is auctioning off

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 to watch Mad Magazine's never aired 1974 tv special

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 to find out Popular Science is shutting off their comments

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 a "Step Inside Legendary New Jersey Radio Station WFMU!

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

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

I love THIS!

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

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

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.

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!

  11:07am David in ATL from NJ:

Nick the Knife!
Avatar 11:07am DeemerDave:

Merry Christmas Michael!
  11:10am listener Paul:

Wait what was the story again with this great photo?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:26am Baby:

Avatar 11:28am Malcolm:

merry christmas one and all
Avatar 11:33am Michael Shelley:

hello all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:33am doncaballero:

Avatar 11:34am Erella:

Good day Michael. I am loving your show , here in Toronto.
Avatar 11:34am Michael Shelley:

This might help:
  11:34am clarke:

gawddammm - Help You Ann is in my top 20 all time!!
  11:34am Don Juan:

you can never have too much Monoman!
  11:35am jen r:

Awww yeah!!!
  11:37am clarke:

you can DEFINITELY have too much Monoman - but NEVER enuff Lyres!!!
  11:38am Wade:

Michael Shelley, I'm Listening. Lay it out.

Also, for 1 and ALL :: Realistic Cat. No. 50-6002
"All Ears: 10 new and original hits with a CB Theme"
  11:42am Pete from Bloomfield:

Michael, we're listening out here. There oughtta be a term (if there isn't already) for us folks who eat meat only on rare occasions. The photos are awesome. Peace.
  11:42am JakeGould:

This is one of the best things ever. The pictures, the interview, the everything. Good work fine sir!
  11:45am Robert:

I coach children in football, and I can vouch for that phenomenon of feeling young when around them.
  11:54am clarke:

once again - MS proves to be a GREAT interviewer. i wonder what kind of music this guy listens to??
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:55am Baby:

My all time favorite teacher, was a gym teacher.
Avatar 11:56am Michael Shelley:

I so should have asked him what music he likes!
  11:57am clarke:

well there is always part deux!!!
Avatar 11:57am DeemerDave:

Probably both kinds, Country and Western.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:57am Baby:

Make him your Co-Host for the marathon!
  11:58am clarke:

what i find is that youd be surprised what gym teachers listen to - or anyone for that matter, ha ha.
  11:59am clarke:

he sounded more like one who was a little more enlightened... to me.
Avatar 11:59am DeemerDave:

I'm sure it has been decades since I heard "Annie's Gone". Thanks Mike.
  12:01pm David in ATL from NJ:

Love this Kinks cover!
  12:03pm David in ATL from NJ:

Agree. Especially at the start.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:03pm Uncle Michael:

I hear it but that's not Hidalgo's vibrato.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:04pm Uncle Michael:

I'd have never identified this voice as Delbert's.
  12:05pm Toddophonic:

Today's show is even more top-notch than usual! How is that even possible?
  12:07pm clarke:

todd - i totally enjoyed the 'house=party' last week!!! and the hot wings...
Avatar 12:07pm Michael Shelley:

Could be the Ron-Dels - and it is likely that in any case it is not Delbert singing
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:07pm Uncle Michael:

Well, that would 'splain it!
Avatar 12:12pm Michael Shelley:

Todd - you have raised the stakes !
  12:13pm dennis diken:

nice show Mikey! cool version of "Dandy". "you're all right!"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:16pm Baby:

That is so funny. I looked that up when you said that. I was a little confused, but left it at that.
  12:22pm clarke:

oh my gosh yes!! real real kidz!!
  12:22pm Toddophonic:

Sponge Records version!
  12:24pm clarke:

seems like this show is tapped into the 'all-time' greats
  12:25pm clarke:

shake some action cannot be far away
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:33pm Gaylord Fields:

Great to hear the Avett Brothers, who have a few #1 hits in their repertoire, like the early-Beatles-as-bluegrass "Will You Return?"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:40pm Gaylord Fields:

And then the Bobettes go on to shoot Mr. Lee — not once, but twice! What other group has the audacity to kill off the protagonist of its greatest hit?
  12:41pm DG:

Speaking of bass, the bass player on "Mr. Lee" is legendary jazz player Milt Hinton (he apparently did lots of pop/rock sessions too). Curious about the sequel, "I Shot Mr. Lee"....jeez.
  12:43pm clarke:

DG's factoid makes me think that the drummer on Mr. Lee could in fact be: benard purdie?? what do you think monsieur diken??
Avatar 12:45pm Michael Shelley:

Too early for Bernard, I'm pretty sure it's Panama Francis - although Bernard might have been paid to overdub it later
  12:45pm KP:

Laura Cantrell!!!
  12:46pm clarke:

ha ha!!
Avatar 12:47pm fred:

How nice to hear Laura Cantrell's voice at this time on a Saturday
  12:47pm DG:

Wikipedia says it's Joe Marshall on drums, who I don't know...not sure what their source is.
  12:47pm clarke:

well - i think purdie prb got a lot of stuff from panama....
  12:48pm Belinda:

You couldn't lose me if you tried, David!
  12:53pm Toddophonic:

The Yolks are no jokes!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:55pm Gaylord Fields:

The drum track I've been grooving to lately is Earl Palmer's playing on Danny Hutton's "Roses and Rainbows" — just otherworldly!
  12:55pm clarke:

whoah did this show fly by???!!!!
  12:56pm clarke:

best in '15 folks!!!! xxxcm
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:58pm Gaylord Fields:

The show's (not so) secret weapon — Juniper! Happy belated birthday!
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