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Options January 31, 2015: Guest: Will Birch author of "No Sleep Till Canvey Island - The Great Pub Rock Revolution"

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Artist Track
Dr. Feelgood  The More I Give   Options
Records, The  Starry Eyes   Options
Marty Stuart  Hummingbyrd   Options
Mavis Staples, Johnnie Taylor, Eddie Floyd, Carla Thomas, William Bell, Cleotha Staples & Pervis Staples  Soul-A-Lujah   Options
Buddy Morrow and His Orchestra  Summer In The City   Options
Tripwires, The  Be All End All   Options
Tripwires, The  2 4 6 8 Motorway   Options
Joe Franklin  Interview/Tribute   Options
Winifred Atwell  12th Street Rag   Options
Brinsley Schwarz  The Ugly Things   Options
Rusty and Doug  Hey Sherrif   Options
Johnny Adams  Living On Your Love   Options
Pelican  My Glasses   Options
Outsiders, The  Listen People   Options
Shotgun Red Hildreth  Get The Gravy Hot   Options
LaVerne Baker  Gimme a Pigfoot   Options
Blondie   I'm Gonna Love You Too   Options
Brinsley Schwarz  Funk Angel   Options
Will Birch  Interview   Options
Brinsley Schwarz  Peace, Love and Understanding   Options
Billy Fayard  I Get Mad, So Mad   Options
Los H.H.  Escucha Cowboy   Options
Marvel Harrell  Don't Play with My Heart   Options
Supergrass  Caught By The Fuzz (acoustic version)   Options
Los Shakers  Got Any Money?   Options
Jerry Lee Lewis  Sixty Minute Man   Options
They Might Be Giants  Erase   Options
Dahlmanns, The  Holiday Road   Options
Super Deluxe  She Came On   Options
Green  Gotta Get A Record Out   Options
Quitters, The  Who Do You Love?   Options
Chris' audio letter  Jokes   Options

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CLICK HERE to see Dave The Spazz on The Joe Franklin Show from February 1990

CLICK HERE to see the film "50,000,000 Joe Franklin Fans Can't Be Wrong."

CLICK HERE for Dave-The-Spazz's blog post about one of Joe Franklin's most unusual projects!!

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 for a Muppets/Biz Markie laugh

CLICK HERE to see some interesting uncut footage of Paul McCartnet shot by Albert Maysles

CLICK HERE to create never ending always changing loops of a music files you upload

CLICK HERE for Francis Macdonald's excellent blog post about Kim Fowley

CLICK HERE for Gay Robot

CLICK HERE for PopSpots: The exact locations of album cover photos and other visuals of pop history - tracked down with an obsessive level of research

CLICK HERE for "Metal Album Covers Redesigned"

CLICK HERE for 1971 telephone tapes of Bob Dylan getting rightfully testy with A.J. Weberman (who used to go through and sell Dylan's garbage) regarding an article published by Weberman

CLICK HERE for "Mind-Blowing Six Song Country Mashup" - which, if it is real, is pretty mind blowing

CLICK HERE for my new year wished to you

CLICK HEREfor the answer to the question "Do Coat Hangers Sound As Good Monster Cables?"

CLICK HERE to watch the best news bloopers of 2014

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.

CLICK HERE for Nick Martellaro version of Los Shakers' Always You

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 some classic Jerry. 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.

Listener comments!

Avatar 11:05am Brian in UK:

The Records keep turning.
Avatar 11:05am Juke Joint Jonny:

Starry Eyes? Yaaaaaaayyyyyyy!
  11:05am V Priceless:

Hey Michael! Long live Lee and Dr. Feelgood!!
  11:11am KP:

Byrd is the word
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:11am ChrisB.:

Rub it in Michael. I had tix for Marty but had to bail at the last minute. GRRR.
Avatar 11:13am Brian in UK:

Tribute to Clarence White?
  11:13am Toddophonic:

This could be of interest to today's listeners:
Avatar 11:14am Brian in UK:

Hey KP dig the jingle jangle.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:16am Parq:

Mavis, Cleotha, Pervis and Ralph.
Avatar 11:16am Michael Shelley:

marty used Clarence White's guitar:
Avatar 11:28am JakeGould:

50,000,000 = 50 million.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:30am doctorjazz:

Don't get me started on the Pono! Been on blogs commenting on this. The idea that you can listen in unfamiliar circumstances, to unfamiliar music, under blinded/pressured/timed circumstances, using terrible earbuds/headphones, and be able to come to any conclusions on this is absurd. I have the Pono, and iPod Touch, and other players, it sounds so much better than the others, I love it. There are many better designed studies in the science world that find things that are later disproven. Better stop now, could take the whole comment section!
  11:30am Eddie:

Whoa, let's not forget that Joe Franklin sued poor Uncle Floyd for 35 million over an innocuous parody ("Joe Frankfurter")
Avatar 11:31am Michael Shelley:

He sued Sarah Silverman too (& won)
Avatar 11:32am Jimmy Wipper:

Call me next week, Pat, we'll set the date.
Avatar 11:35am dale:

now we know he listened to 'the big broadcast'
Avatar 11:36am dale:

love this - he knows so much about you yet never heard of you!
Avatar 11:39am drewo:

He met George M. Cohen in the park! Good story nonetheless...
  11:45am P-90:

"Very proud to know you, Michael..."
Avatar 11:45am JakeGould:

@Eddie: Joe Franklin threatened to sue everybody including Dave the Spazz.
Avatar 11:49am Brian in UK:

Michael is that Winifred Atwell?
Avatar 11:49am Coder:

Someone should make a holographic Joe Franklin, programmed with all of his stock phrases. Of course Joe Franklin's estate would sue the hologram.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:49am drr:

The guitar on this Johnny Adams is super.
Avatar 11:51am Nahum MacNutt:

song rhymes with too long♫
Avatar 11:51am Michael Shelley:

Thanks Brian!
Avatar 11:52am Juke Joint Jonny:

Bubber Miley on kazoo.
Avatar 11:52am Nahum MacNutt:

is this Pelican the original instrumentation?
Avatar 11:53am Michael Shelley:

Not sure - it's on their new Best Of we just got
Avatar 11:53am JakeGould:

@Coder: Joe Franklin’s hologram would sue the Joe Franklin robot.
Avatar 11:55am Nahum MacNutt:

Of course they jury would be colored-girls. Who for Judge?
Avatar 11:58am Juke Joint Jonny:

This Pigfoot 's got a groove about a mile deep. And now I'm hungry.
Avatar 11:59am Michael Shelley:

Nachum, what does that mean?
  12:01pm myron feld:

Michael, are you familiar with the original version of "Gimme A Pigfoot" by Bessie Smith? It features Mr. Benny Goodman on (mostly inaudible) clarinet. But thanks for the LaVerne version, hadn't heard it.
Avatar 12:02pm Nahum MacNutt:

Just picturing the court with the back-up singers singing doo-do-doot, doo-doo-do-do-doot.
Avatar 12:03pm Nahum MacNutt:

Lou Reed
Avatar 12:05pm Nahum MacNutt:

Sounds a little like Goose Creek Symphony meets Hot Tuna and Foghat
Avatar 12:05pm JakeGould:

@NahumMacNutt, How is your Saturday going?
  12:05pm Matt:

I think this Brinsley tune sounds sort of Van Morrison-ish.
Avatar 12:06pm Nahum MacNutt:

Now there's some Dead riffs.
Avatar 12:07pm Nahum MacNutt:

@JakeGould....pretty good, but possibly just ate too much raw chocolate-chip-cookie dough.
Avatar 12:09pm Michael Shelley:

Yeah: Dead + Van + CSN
Avatar 12:10pm Brian in UK:

Chili Willy & the Red Hot Peppers. Yes please.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:11pm Baby:

Avatar 12:11pm drewo:

In the States, we might have called them 'bar bands'. Another great interview already! Thanks Michael.
Avatar 12:12pm Michael Shelley:

Hey baby! Thanks Drewo!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:13pm Cat:

Love Will's book! btw, I ordered directly from him and he shipped immediately. didn't put it down until i finished.
Avatar 12:15pm Michael Shelley:

Me too!
Avatar 12:21pm JakeGould:

@NahumMacNutt: You sound like a very intelligent person. Stay classy!
Avatar 12:22pm dale:

if it ain't stiff, it ain't worth a fuck!
Avatar 12:23pm Jimmy Wipper:

Great interview!
Avatar 12:23pm Nahum MacNutt:

@JakeGould Why thank you!
As Stevenson wrote, "We can know others only by ourselves."
Nice to be recognized...
Avatar 12:24pm Brian in UK:

Great POP will last.
Avatar 12:25pm Nahum MacNutt:

@Brian in the UK
Sometimes, though, it is the uncomfortable chairs that last longest.
Avatar 12:29pm Brian in UK:

Three chairs for Nahum Hip hip.......
Avatar 12:31pm Nahum MacNutt:

Ack ack ack
Avatar 12:37pm Juke Joint Jonny:

Rusty and Doug to Supergrass. Yup, that's why I listen.
Avatar 12:37pm drewo:

Gaz from Supergrass has a new disc out maybe worth checking.
Avatar 12:37pm Brian in UK:

Gaz Coombes is touring again.

Who sold you the blow? Heh Heh.
Avatar 12:40pm Brian in UK:

Great show as ever, Michael.
Avatar 12:44pm Michael Shelley:

Thanks Brian - that is nice to hear!
  12:47pm Dan67:

Super Super Deluxe!
Avatar 12:48pm Jimmy Wipper:

Super Deluxe! This was a mix-tape staple for me. Haven't heard it in years.
  12:48pm Dano67:

this is the real me. typo in my login this a.m.
  12:49pm Dano59:

actually ... darn I need more coffee
  12:50pm middlebun:

Another excellent show! Go!
  12:50pm Dano59:

anyway, glad Will didn't rehash the details of the Brinsleys in NYC fiasco -- and went straight for the upshot and the deeper meaning of the 'failure'
Avatar 12:53pm Dano59:

and finally I did the right login sequence now do I get a cookie
  12:55pm moe:

enjoying the show, i can't sit still, starting with Jeffery the radio's been on all day, keep it rockin... did i miss some of the interview? No Records question?
great hearing those old stories...
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