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Options May 2, 2015: Broadcating Live from the WFMU Record Fair!

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Artist Track
Cactus Blossoms, The  You're Dreaming (live at WFMU)   Options
Slim Gaillard  Jumpin At The Record Shop   Options
Don Covay  Dungeon #3   Options
Brother Jack McDuff  Grease Monkey   Options
Nick Lowe  Truth Drug   Options
Willis Brothers, The  Highway Patrol   Options
Lou Rawls  Bring It On Home to Me   Options
Bull Moose Jackson  My Big 10"   Options
Todd-O-Phonic Todd  Brough this record:   Options
Jesters, The (?)  King Of The Right Wing Radicals   Options
Sonny Curtis  A Fool Never Learns   Options
Willie Nelson  Mr. Record Man   Options
Boss Guitars, The  I Feel Fine   Options
Skip Easterling  Hoochie Coochie Man   Options
Ama Tai Tai  Jackpot 1800   Options
Miriam  The Hand Don't Fit The Glove   Options
Jimmy Bryant  Ha-So   Options
Mickey Murray  Hit Record   Options
American Breed, The  I'm Gonna Make You Mine   Options
Johnnie Allan  634-5789   Options
Mongo Santamaria  I Got You   Options
Green  We Gotta Get A Record Out   Options
You Know Whoo Group  My Love   Options
Buckaroos, The  Chaparral   Options
Tom Tall  Stack-A-Records   Options
Legendary Knickers, The  Denunciations   Options
Smokey Johnson  I Can't Help It   Options
Gaylord Fields  Brought this record:   Options
Beverly  Happy new Year   Options
Pat Byrne  Brought this record:   Options
Wanda Jackson  Funnel Of Love   Options
Meters, The  Chicken Strut   Options
Oscar Peterson Trio & Clark Terry  Mumbles   Options
Richard Hell & The Voidoids  I'm Your Man   Options
Ray Barretto  Deeper Shade Of Soul   Options
Amy Schumer  Girl, You Don’t Need Makeup   Options

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CLICK HERE for info on the new, all instrumental, Michael Shelley album

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 to see Cory Branan's "You Make Me" (in 3-D if you have the red and blue glasses)

CLICK HERE for the Stereohysteria podcast episode featuring Deke Dickerson

CLICK HERE for a chart that shows musician deaths by genre

CLICK HERE for info on The Incredible Flamin' Groovies Movie Kickstarter Campaign

CLICK HERE if you have $1500 and are curious what's on these " CBS Demo Tapes from the 50's, 60's and 70's Nashville"

CLICK HERE to watch 12 parts of "Strong Enough to Break" a documentary film completed in 2004 about the making of Hanson's third studio album "Underneath" that chronicles the bands struggle to complete the album in an increasingly corporate music business.

CLICK HERE to read "Squelching Creativity - What the “Blurred Lines” team copied is either not original or not relevant

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 "Neil Young's PonoPlayer: The Emperor Has No Clothes"

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 see some interesting uncut footage of Paul McCartney shot by Albert Maysles

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 to watch Mad Magazine's never aired 1974 tv special

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

CLICK HERE for info on the Silverball Museum in Asbury Park

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 mastering 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"

CLICK HERE for The K-Tel Story

CLICK HERE to hear The Odd Couple sing

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

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 "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 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 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 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 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 "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 to play the web Theremin

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 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 recommends - OR - buy it HERE for for £20 (about $30), 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 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 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 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 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 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

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!

  11:05am i k e:

Hey folks if you're Rec Fair bound from midtown Manhtn, take the 7 or E or F* to Court Square in Queens and transfer to a Brooklyn-bound G train. Then it's just 2 stops! (F is helpfully re-routed all weekend via Court Sq.! Yay!)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:06am Mike Sin:

Michael Shelley live from the 2015 WFMU Record Fair -- Brooklyn Expo Center, 79 Franklin St., Brooklyn -- Come on out!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:10am Baby:

Avatar 11:11am Marcel M:

See you soon record fair!
Avatar 11:11am Marcel M:

Heading over!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:14am Mike East:

jealous, Marcel. I'm stuck at stupid work :(
Avatar 11:18am Marcel M:

@Mike: Will you make it over at all this w/e?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:20am Mike East:

nah man...gotta work tomorrow too! covering for my coworker who's bro is getting married. Got my daughter with me, too, so I can't even head over when I finish here...wouldn't be fair to her. Usually she accompanies me to the record fair, but to have her all day at work, then to another non kid activity...gotta draw the line.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:20am Mike East:

there's always next year...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:21am doctorjazz:

Working too, maybe I can get in later or early tomorrow...
Avatar 11:21am Marcel M:

Ahhh. I see. Well see you next year! Have a good weekend anyway Mike.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:22am Mike East:

you too, Marcel. Hope you find some good stuff!
Avatar 11:27am JakeGould:

This guy and his 10 inch is a bit Randy. And a braggart: 7 inch, 10 inch, 12 inch… Those are all above average diameters!
Avatar 11:28am glenn:

wake up, todd.
  11:34am SuperSlacker:

So weird, apparently the right wing was always terrible at music.
Avatar 11:36am glenn:

as well as every thing else.
  11:38am SuperSlacker:

@Glenn I'd give you a like or a thumbs up if I could
Avatar 11:38am JakeGould:

You don’t write good music with a flat ass.
  11:40am lloyd michigan:

No Michael? No playlist? Is this Saturday?
  11:42am SeanG:

this is funky
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:44am Mike Sin:

Just a reminder -- Michael Shelley is currently broadcasting live from the 2015 WFMU Record Fair (Brooklyn Expo Center, 79 Franklin St., Brooklyn. Come on out!)
  11:47am lloyd michigan:

Would love to go to the WFMU RF, but I'm way down in Fla.
  12:09pm P-90:

I miss the Decedent feature! I'm sure I'm not the only one.
  12:20pm Adam:

Glenn Jones and XRay got in trouble for something they said in the church
  12:24pm P-90:

Larrabee St.! For which the character of Larrabee on "Get Smart" (The Chief's assistant) was named. Mike, your Dad certainly lived in the right place at the right time, your visits there must have been pretty magical for an East Coast kid...
  12:31pm Listener Robert:

Very thoughtful about the time of day & music choice. Notice that in her new time slot, Ms. Berg doesn't play the wake-up music she used to play on Mon. mornings?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:33pm Mike Sin:

re: Beverly "Happy New Year" -- the first single on the Deram label in the UK! Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Nicky Hopkins and Andy White are backing Beverly Martin on this track.

I had to geek out...
  12:43pm mike c:

The record fair was a massive yearly tradition for me when I lived out in Morris County. Tunin in from Denver now, wish I could be there!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:47pm pacific standard simon:

My curiosity is piqued by the instrumental slant of this new Michael Shelley CD.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:49pm scuzfink1:

The video of Pookie singing the Oscar Peterson piece while Soupy dances is one of the classics.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:51pm scuzfink1:


Speak o' the devil!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:58pm pacific standard simon:

What's up with this record? It makes my head feel like it's throbbing!
Avatar 1:00pm Sean B.:

Hello Everyone and happy spring!. Gee I really am bummed,however because I REALLY wanted to head up and volunteer for the recored fair;However between the shuttle fair (from here in the Boston Area,MA) and the Hotel fares it ended being a tad to expensive for me....;Just hearing how Excellent these live broadcast (Like this GREAT Shelly broadcast) makes me even more bummed.But I can listen thanks to the internet!
  1:01pm P-90:

WXHD, the Freeform Station of the Appalachian Nation
Avatar 1:02pm Sean B.:

It's REX time!.
  1:02pm mike c:

Pacific Standard Simon: it's the audio from a YT vid. Sketch that Amy Schumer did lampooning boy pop bands. Totally worth a watch:
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