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Options September 19, 2015: It's Getting Harder All The Time

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Artist Track
Pandoras, The  It's Getting Harder All The Time   Options
Dolly Parton  What Do You Think About Lovin'?   Options
Francettes, The  Late in the Evening   Options
Cosmic Rays  Somebody's In Love   Options
Amandla  Back Down   Options
Mr. Gasser and the Weirdos  Finksville USA   Options
Merle Travis  Guitar Rag   Options
Tibbs Brothers  (Wake Up) Miss Rip Van Winkle   Options
Babys, The  Heartbreaker   Options
Tremeloes, The  Here Comes My Baby   Options
Cactus Blossoms, The  You're Dreaming   Options
Carl Hall  The Dam Busted (1971 version)   Options
Jorge Ben   Criola   Options
Jay Gonzalez  Come Here   Options
Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart  Girl, I'm Out to Get You   Options
3's A Crowd  I Don't Want to Drive You Away   Options
Charlie McCoy and the Escorts  Harpoon Man   Options
Art Freeman  I Can't Get You Out Of My Mind   Options
Crystal Robots  In the Presence of the Royal Nothing   Options
Talking Heads  Don't Worry About the Government   Options
Grains of Sand, The  That's When Happiness Began   Options
Kenny Vaughan  Country Music Got A Hold On Me   Options
Donays, The  Devil In His Heart   Options
Clancy All Stars  C N Express   Options
Jay Sherman-Godfrey  Bad Party   Options
Frank Bango  Knowing You're Around   Options
B.J. Thomas  Solitary Man   Options
Hank Thompson  Cryin' in the Deep Blue Sea   Options
Zodiacs, The  Don't You Ever Leave Me   Options
Utopia  I Just Want To Touch You   Options
Bobby Fuller Four  Baby My Heart   Options
Jerry Reed  Here I Am   Options
Gladys Knight & the Pips  Running Out   Options
Beverly Kenney  Give Me the Simple Life   Options
POP4  Einstein and Sunshine   Options
Los Shakers  Won't You Please   Options
Hylo Brown  Sad Prison Song   Options
Clarence Carter  I Feel A Burning   Options
Sam Elwitt  Baby Blue   Options
Redwalls, The  It's Love You're On   Options
A Minute With   Scott Schinder   Options
WRC  Jimmy, age 8   Options
WRC  My Dog Dreams Of Cats, He Told Me   Options
WRC  Custody To Our Grocer   Options
WRC  Civil Defence   Options
WRC  Bob, 35   Options

CLICK HERE for Bruce Swedien: Recording Michael Jackson!

CLICK HERE for a cover of a Michael Shelley song!

CLICK HERE to find out "Why Do All Records Sound the Same?

CLICK HERE for a cover of a Michael Shelley song!

CLICK HERE for The Cactus Blossoms on The 30 Minute Music Hour

CLICK HERE for "Cassette Revolution: Why 1980s Tape Tech Is Still Making Noise in Our Digital World"

CLICK HERE for a new Q&A with Brian Wilson

CLICK HERE to read about "The Endless Fall of Suge Knight" (yikes!)

CLICK HERE for Barack Obama on WTF

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

CLICK HERE to see SEVEN videos of The Cactus Blossoms' amazing live performance at WFMU

CLICK HERE for a video of David Myhr's cover of Oh Susie, featured on "Even More Super Hits of the Seventies"

CLICK HERE for a documentary and discussion of The Columbia House Record Club

CLICK HERE to test yourself and find out "How Well Can You Hear Audio Quality?"

CLICK HERE for an article about Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" with files of the isolated tracks to listen to

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

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 a piece about mastering that says that sometimes mastering recordings makes them worse

CLICK HERE for The K-Tel Story


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

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 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 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 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 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.

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Listener comments!

Avatar 11:03am Michael Shelley:

It's Getting Harder All The Time - a total @#1 hit
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:03am Baby:

Baby! Wheel spinning around here. Worst morning ever! Nothing I'm spinning is working. Help! REPEAT, HELP!!
Avatar 11:04am Marc Francis:

Boom. Here we go.
  11:18am V Priceless:

Finksville! Great! Hi Michael!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:18am Mike East:

ha! Thought he was saying Stinksville. Great song.
  11:28am lloyd michigan:

Avatar 11:30am Todd-o-phonic:

Ironically the flip of my copy of "Heartbreaker" is "Michael Blues".
  11:32am wfmu roxxxxx:

michael; PLEASE replay the Pandoras' and its getting stronger....... so GRRREEAAT!! PLEASE????!
  11:34am David in ATL from NJ:

Nick Lowe w/Los Straitjackets and Cactus Blossoms! The Christmas event of 2015.

Come down to Atlanta, Michael, and go to the show with us.
Avatar 11:36am Michael Shelley:

wfmu roxxxxx - next week
David - wish I could!
  11:39am wfmu roxxxxx:

ok fair emuf....... kim rocks
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:43am Mike East:

think I'm gonna head down the shore today. Anybody have any fun suggestions for Seaside Heights area...for a 3 yr old and her papa?
Avatar 11:48am Todd-o-phonic Todd:

@Mike East: Barnacle Bill's in Ortley Beach!
  11:55am mike east:

Thanks Toddophonic!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:57am Baby:

Hi Lloyd! Baby.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:00pm Melissa Jean:

joinin in! hay!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:02pm Baby:

Never heard you play TH's ?? Didn't know you were a fan??
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:03pm MD:

Avatar 12:05pm Michael Shelley:

I'm a fan for sure. Of that 1st lp particularly.
Avatar 12:05pm herb.nyc:

I never worry when Michael Shelley is on the air, a great time for all (Todd, however...)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:07pm Baby:

As I remember, the first LP was new songs, and the second was songs they had been playing for a long time. Weird way to do it..
Avatar 12:07pm Michael Shelley:


(sounds like I need to get a t-shirt with that on it!)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:10pm Baby:

Got my St. Nick C-Blossums tix yesterday!!
Avatar 12:12pm Michael Shelley:

What venue?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:14pm Baby:

El Ray. Never my favorite place to see a show. But it's been 20 years.
Avatar 12:16pm Todd-o-phonic:

Jay Sherman-Godfrey and Frank Bango...a double dose of nice guy rock! Maybe Herb could take a few lessons from these guys!
  12:19pm JakeGould:

Avatar 12:21pm BEAVO:

Prefer the Neil Daimond original.
Avatar 12:21pm BEAVO:

Raindrops a fallin..
Avatar 12:29pm herb.nyc:

(Oops, back to lurker mode, w my cat)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:30pm Power Papi:

Hmmmm...I never thought of BF4 as a garage band...
Avatar 12:33pm Michael Shelley:

In fact - "garage" isn't really a good word for Bobby Fuller fans
Avatar 12:35pm JoshWPRB:

Love that Boyce/Hart track! The screening + Q&A at Monty Hall was killer
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:36pm Melissa Jean:

oh nice love this version + the Mable John
Avatar 12:39pm Marc Francis:

Mr Blue Sky(ish)!
Avatar 12:40pm Michael Shelley:

oh yeah!
  12:40pm DG:

Wow, has Jeff Lynne heard this POP4 track? Or have his attorneys heard it?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:41pm Baby:

Nice Mike!! BK!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:42pm Baby:

Again nice! You are helping a lot!!
Avatar 12:44pm Michael Shelley:

We're here to help
  12:46pm ?:

nah mr blue sky was just beatles piano quick step anyway
  12:51pm ?:

usually wouldn't be so undignified for the show But prep h might help Clarence Carter.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:52pm Ken From Hyde Park:

I enjoy hearing "Baby Blue." I wonder how many different covers there are. I guess that's an assignment for Mary Wing some time.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:57pm Baby:

Oh Blad Di Oh BliDa is the worst
  12:59pm P-90:

@Michel S: Sam Elwitt's Baby Blue blows me away every time, can't wait to hear the other number you mentioned on the next "Super Hits".

@Ken: Mary Wing should TOTALLY do a Baby Blue "Three of a Kind."!
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