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Options November 25, 2017: Guests: "How To Read Nancy" authors Paul Karasik & Mark Newgarden!

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Lloyd Price   Hooked On A Feeling   Options
McKinleys, The  Sweet And Tender Romance   Options
Nikki Lane  Right Time   Options
Screamin' Jay Hawkins  Little Demon   Options
Daytonas, The  I Got Everything When I Got God   Options
5ive Style  Waiting On The Eclipse (live at WFMU Feb 17, 1996)   Options
Bandits, The  Come On Pretty Girl   Options
Bobby Russell  Saturday Morning Confusion   Options
Lloyd Price  Where You At?   Options
Joan Jett  A Little Bit Of Heaven   Options
Hat And Tie  Finding It Rough   Options
Roy Acuff  Plastic Heart   Options
Fats Domino  Gotta Get A Job   Options
Wingy Manone  I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter   Options
Dr. Feelgood  She Does It Right   Options
Swingin Blue Jeans, The  Gotta Draw The Line   Options
Jerry Reed  Alabama Wild Man   Options
Dee Dee Sharp  Comin' Home Baby   Options
Carmaig De Forest  Crack's No Worse than the Fascist Threat   Options
Henry Gibson  Bluebird   Options
Nancy Dupree with a Group of Youngsters  James Brown   Options
Paul Karasik & Mark Newgarden  INTERVIEW   Options
Nancy Sinatra  Friday's Child   Options
JD McPherson  Let's Get Out Of Here While We're Young   Options
Mark Eric  I'd Like To Talk To You   Options
Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant  Caffeine Patrol   Options
Brenda Jones  Let's Go Back To School   Options
Charlie Byrd  Limehouse Blues   Options
Robert Lamm  Someday I'm Gonna Go   Options
Robert Lamm  Someday I'm Gonna Go   Options
Above, The  Imprisoned   Options
Jan and Dean  Girl,You're Blowing My Mind   Options
Leroy Van Dyke  Honky Tonk Song   Options
Deke Dickerson  Feelin' Low   Options
Cheap Trick  California Man   Options
Chris Scruggs  Window   Options
Murray Wilson   Lloyd Chester Unlimited   Options

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CLICK HERE for Wyatt and Jason (from The Explorers Club)'s new Beach Boys Podcast

CLICK HERE for the Kickstarter for Mike Randle's new solo lp "West Of The 405"

CLICK HERE to check out drummer Jim Gordon's discography

CLICK HERE to listen to/download 1000s of digitized 78s

CLICK HERE to watch Robbie Fulks cover NRBQ at FMU

CLICK HERE for amazing then/now images of Pocono's resorts

CLICK HERE for selection from the British Library’s extensive collections of unique sound recordings, which cover the entire range of recorded sound: music, drama and literature, oral history, wildlife and environmental sounds

CLICK HERE for an interview with Brian Wilson where he says "Mike Love is probably the greatest lyric writer in the world. I think he’s my favorite lyric writer. He just wrote a lot of good songs"

CLICK HERE for info on The Beach Boys' "1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow"

CLICK HERE to see "The Beach Boys" "perform" "Do It Again" on the 2017 A Capitol Fourth

CLICK HERE for "Student Group Apologizes for Playing ‘Transphobic’ and ‘Problematic’ Lou Reed Song"

CLICK HERE for info on Steve Keene's show at The Marlborough Contemporary Gallery from May 25 - Jun 24

CLICK HERE to see how Steve Keene does it

CLICK HERE for 28:46 of "NRBQ & Friends"

CLICK HERE for "Marty Stuart: The Story of Clarence White & The Parsons/White StringBender "

CLICK HERE to find out "How the Nashville Number System revolutionized recording sessions"

CLICK HERE for an Interview with Chris Collingwood about the death of Fountains of Wayne and his new project Look Park

CLICK HERE to listen to a playlist of exclusive unreleased recordings by Longmont Potion Castle

CLICK HERE for a free download of a 16 track compilation from The Wipper Brothers

CLICK HERE for "Taylor Hackford Remembers Making a Movie With Chuck Berry: ‘The Greatest Nightmare of Any Filmmaking Experience I’ve Ever Had' "

CLICK HERE for tales from Chuck Berry's backing bands

CLICK HERE for the 1988 piece "Who Does Chuck Berry Think He Is?"

CLICK HERE for a story about The Beatles remastered version of "Live at the Hollywood Bowl"

CLICK HERE Cheap Trick on "Live At Daryl's House"

CLICK HERE to hear from the amazing Bob Washington, the voice of K-Tel

CLICK HERE for a new song titled "People Are Disgusting" from Jonathan Richman

CLICK HERE to listen to a new interview with Jonathan Richman

CLICK HERE to listen to "Musicians fighting Spotify are ‘so f-cking dumb,’ music industry pundit Bob Lefsetz says"

CLICK HERE to read a Mike Love sympathetic piece titled "Beach Boys seek to overcome discord with new wave of Love"

CLICK HERE to listen to a new NPR interview with Brian Wilson

CLICK HERE for an interesting piece about a journalist trying to interview Brian Wilson

CLICK HERE for "Jerry Lewis at 90: His Mouth Runneth Over"

CLICK HERE to read the report on Kippington Lodge's 1967 BBC audition - Includes phrases "painful" & "tone deaf" then CLICK HERE to have a listen & decide for yourself

CLICK HERE for "The Truth of the Flamin' Groovies' Story is Stranger Than Fiction"

CLICK HERE for info about the tuning used on Bad Company's "Can't Get Enough"

CLICK HERE to see the March 25th Hot 100 chart - when Happy Together was number one!!

CLICK HERE for detailed Pet Sounds credits

CLICK HERE for a piece on how they come up with radio ratings & Delilha's radio show

CLICK HERE to see a Thought Leader gives a talk on Thought Leadership

CLICK HERE to find out Why Classic Rock Isn’t What It Used To Be

CLICK HERE to find out Why You Can’t Get a Ticket to the NBA Finals … … and every other major event on the planet

CLICK HERE for a great documentary about The Cactus Blossoms

CLICK HERE to hear "How Music Taste Evolved"

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CLICK HERE for Ringo's isolated drums from "Oh Darling"

CLICK HERE to hear Laura Cantrell in a BBC interview with some woman with a lot of plastic surgery

CLICK HERE to see some paintings by Jonathan Richman

CLICK HERE for "Rob Freeman Recording The Ramones"

CLICK HERE to see The Michael Shelley Band live at WFMU's Monty Hall

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CLICK HERE to see Michael Shelley get interviewed on a NJ public access TV show "Destination Montclair"

CLICK HERE if you have the stomach to read Rolling Stone's ridiculous "100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time"

CLICK HERE to go "Inside the Strange, Hidden World of Offstage Touring Musicians"

CLICK HERE to watch The Cactus Blossoms live at WFMU April 18, 2015

CLICK HERE to watch James Hunter sing "Somethings Calling" live at WFMU Dec 7, 2015 - just so so so good

CLICK HERE for a nice piece on former guest on this show (and the drummer for The Beatles) Bernard Purdie

CLICK HERE to test your sense of pitch

CLICK HERE for Wilton Felder's so good isolated bass on "I Want You Back"

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 info on the new, all instrumental, Michael Shelley album

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 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"

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

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 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

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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."

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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 Ernie Bushmiller illustrated autobiography, on an amazing website

CLICK HERE for The Mills Brothers

CLICK HERE for James Jamerson & Gladys Knight going nuts on I Heard It Through The Grapevine

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 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 Swag For Life Member 11:00am Listener Baby:

I give thanks on this day for Baby, WFMU, Puppies, Kittens, NRBQ , Ween, Love, Blur, Abba, Them, Devo, AC/DC, Chic and all other great four letter word bands. Baby.
Avatar 11:04am glenn:

i give thanks that canada isn't being governed by a megalomaniacal retard.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:10am Frank Above:

Good morning all. Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
  11:12am zigzag:

How to Read Nancy is the best book on comics ever. Looking forward to hearing the broadcast! And of course, Lloyd Price is such a great storyteller, musician - and a great cook, too. Thanks for hosting him on your program.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:14am Listener Baby:

Good morning Frank! Give us news of The Above?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:19am Listener Baby:

Farty Bass players rule! Take it back!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:19am Frank Above:

Hi Baby! I have no news to report at the moment.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:20am Listener Baby:

Fair enough. Hope you are just great.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:20am Frank Above:

We're doing fine! Hope you are too!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:21am Listener Baby:

Got all my fingers and toes. We are lucky as lucky gets.
Avatar 11:24am Todd-o-phonic Todd:

Thank you for discovering a solid B side in my collection for me (The Bandits).
  11:25am PJMcE:

Very sad news on Wash Post: Tommy Keene has died.
  11:36am yippie:

are the fingers on the feet and the toes on the hands?
Avatar 11:41am zigzag:

Wingy! How swell is that?!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:45am Frank Above:

  11:46am Stevel:

Never heard a tighter or better song than this Dr. Feelgood.
  11:50am Stevel:

M. Shelley: That's a pretty astute audio assessment. Create a sound that others can't screw up. It's like they played the pubs, or something!
  11:52am Finer Whiner:

Man, put this Jerry Reed song on a mix tape about 35 years ago...haven't really heard it since.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:52am Listener Baby:

Baby.. Pick against strings cause a lot more high freq, and overtones than a fingernail brushing against the strings. What you just said about low mids, is no accident. Think Linday B's tone as another example. Same animal. Just physics.
Avatar 11:55am Michael Shelley:

but also the way the snare & cymbals sound - I think it's adding low mids to the whole mix
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:56am Listener Baby:

I would agree. Whatever those crazy dudes did that day, sounds amazing. PS. More DFG> xoxo
  11:58am Finer Whiner:

DAMN another of my decades-old mix-tape staples!
Avatar 11:58am herb.nyc:

ha, i remember this Crack song by Carmaig. yay.
Avatar 12:04pm Michael Shelley:

BABY - you must have had this experience - you walk into a club, put a 57 on a snare and it sounds super LOW MIX - and you look over and the eq in the mains has a huge boost down there
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:10pm Listener Baby:

I will just say this about that. For what I'm doing these days, as unimportant as it is, A 57 on the snare is verboten! They work, but that's about it. Everything they accentuate, is something I don't want.
Avatar 12:11pm Mailman Tom:

Glad to hear both Mark and Paul on your show today. I was happy and surprised to see that I received a small credit in the book. Thanks, guys!
Avatar 12:19pm zigzag:

Happy to hear Mark Newgarden and Paul Karasik on your program today, Michael! Thanks for this. How to Read Nancy is such a great book - gives a new perspective on ways of seeing and thinking.
Avatar 12:21pm Michael Shelley:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:24pm Listener Baby:

You are dead on, Baby. And the guitar sure sounds like EARLY Carl Wilson. This song is really great.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:30pm myron feld:

Brenda Jones has some Frances Faye in her. Or vice versa.
  12:32pm paul:

Wish someone would write How to Read Dondi
Avatar 12:34pm Michael Shelley:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:36pm Listener Baby:

Baby. Let's face fact that you a sucker for 1/8 note piano bling songs. Michael Buble, etc. It's good stuff any way that it's packaged.
  12:37pm ?:

This is nuts. A theory: Being besieged by his girlfriend for a marital commitment inspired Robert Lamm's "Questions 67 & 68," so maybe his desire to go far away was related to that sort of conundrum.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:38pm Hughie Considine:

I take responsibility for the above comment.
Avatar 12:47pm glenn:

good ernie chaffin cover.
  12:48pm stevief:

Just wondering what The Above does right that many others do not? And what is the bagel and slice of pizza of the rock canon? Another fantastic set, by the way
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:50pm Listener Baby:

Feeling Low is one of those impossible songs with about 6 lyrics in it, and still says everything it needs to say. I wish I could do that.
Avatar 12:51pm Michael Shelley:

Many other bands are influenced by the same stuff the Above are - and copy the sound (and clothes) in a superficial way - AND (most importantly) they dont have THE SONGS - the Above have THE SONGS!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:52pm Listener Baby:

And.. The Above has ZERO "precious" stuff going. I love their 'Tude"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:53pm Listener Baby:

Shit!! You just reminded me !! The tickets!! CRAP!!
Avatar 12:54pm Michael Shelley:

Many places make something that LOOKS a lot like a bagel & a slice of pizza - they think: it looks so simple, few ingredients - but what they make sucks.

Sometimes the simple things are the hardest to do - because the subtlety is what its all about
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:54pm Listener Baby:

Whew.. Still have an hour for Marty tix. Almost lost my lunch.
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