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Options April 21, 2018: Guest: Tony Crane of The Merseybeats

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Artist Track
Merseybeats, The   I Stand Accused   Options
Nick Lowe   Tokyo Bay   Options
Roger Miller  Home   Options
Charlie & Inez Foxx  Come By Here   Options
Kalyanji & Anandji   Bluff Master Title Music   Options
Choir, The   Anyway I Can   Options
Merseybeats, The  Last Night (I Made A Little Girl Cry)   Options
Johnny Bond  Lay It On The Line   Options
James Brown  Shhhhhhhh! (For A Little While)   Options
JD McPherson  Crying’s Just A Thing You Do   Options
Merseybeats, The  My Heart And I   Options
Dan Perloff of Copyright Termination Experts  Interview   Options
Carl Perkins  Soul Beat   Options
Intruders, The  Give Her A Transplant   Options
Greyhound   I Am What I Am   Options
Queers, The  Overdue   Options
Merseys, The   The Cat   Options
Brad Paisley  The World   Options
Four Blazes   Snag The Britches   Options
Teenage Fan Club  Ain’t That Enough   Options
They Might Be Giants  Erase   Options
Cheap Trick   On The Radio   Options
Merseybeats, The  Fortune Teller   Options
Merseybeats, The   Really Mystified   Options
Tony Crane of The Merseybeats   Interview   Options
Merseys, The   Sorrow   Options

SHOW OF HANDS - who else has Tinnitus?

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CLICK HERE for very funny excerpts from a notebook where record store clerks logged "anytime we got a dopey phone call, boneheaded comment, or generally batshit customer experience"

CLICK HERE for Quincy Jones on Paul "the worst bass player I ever heard" McCartney, Michael "stole a lot of stuff" Jackson, Astrology and who killed Kennedy!

CLICK HERE to find out why paper jams exist

CLICK HERE for "Replacing Ringo? The Story Behind Bernard Purdie and The Beatles"

CLICK HERE for a map, with audio links, to whatever the #1 song is in 3000 places around the world

CLICK HERE for a step-by-step guide to repairing damaged record sleeves

CLICK HERE for testimony given by Taylor Swift in Colorado district court

CLICK HERE to read the four key lessons learned from the Steely Dan estate lawsuit

CLICK HERE for the animated guide to compression

CLICK HERE to watch a video about a guy who represents was America is all about

CLICK HERE for the official "How To Read Nancy" website

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

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

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 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 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"

CLICK HERE to check the stats

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

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

CLICK HERE for a free download of The Michael Shelley Band live at WFMU's Monty Hall

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"

CLICK HERE for a laugh

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 a grammar test

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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."

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 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 11:03am Listener Baby:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:04am Listener Baby:

Laying Heat!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:04am doctorjazz:

Hi-y'know, I just know the Elvis Costello version of this, love this version.
Avatar 11:07am Michael Shelley:

One of Elvis's childhood records. Baby, drive safe!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:09am Listener Baby:

Will do! Have a great show. and lay off the Carnitas!
  11:10am Christina Low:

We were just there on Wednesday nite. Sound is good, beer not expensive, security line/screening *ridiculous*. Get there early.
Avatar 11:11am Michael Shelley:

Baby, we have got to meet up soon! C, are Nick Lowe fan suspicious characters?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:12am melinda:

I like this Roger Miller
  11:12am Stevel:

Holy new Nick Lowe! That was terrific!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:12am Bootsie:

I saw Roky there... sound was good. Typical "hall" space. Don't know how it is in the back but the view from the front was good.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:13am Parq:

"Kumbaya" has been so demonized by the right and the center that it's kind of an act of courage to play any version of it.
  11:16am Christina Low:

I personally wouldn't think Nick Lowe, or GBV (which is why we were there on Wednesday) fans for that matter, are suspicious characters, but I guess White Eagle Hall thinks otherwise.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:16am melinda:

@Parq good point
  11:21am miles:

I didn't realize or forgot that there was a choir jgang connection
  11:25am miles:

I didn't realize or remember that Johnny Bond layed it on the LINE
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:25am Hughie Considine:

@Parq, Guadalcanal Diary covered "Kumbaya" with respect.
  11:27am miles:

JB Alright uh huh now
Avatar 11:28am Michael Shelley:

World's greatest organ player?
  11:36am Jimmy D:

Saw JD McPherson last night at the Bowery Ballroom. I don't think it's possible to have a better music experience.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:36am Matt Clarke:

Hey Michael and all!
  11:42am scott:

Love that Danelectro 6-string electric bass solo on the JD McPherson tune
  11:43am Elias:

Amazing guest idea! Thanks Dan! I wonder if the good people at Norton Rekkids know about Dan's work? They work with a lot of great artists who could use that kinda work. I'm gonna email them.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:51am Parq:

Hey, this Queers record *is* good!
  11:51am own crabapplesatellite Johnson:

This was a number one hit?
  11:53am Elias:

Avatar 11:53am Michael Shelley:

All the songs that I play were a number one hit
Avatar 11:54am Michael Shelley:

  11:54am own crabapplesatellite Johnson:

You're a number one hit!
  11:54am Elias:

The interviews are number one hits. The station IDs are number one hits.
Avatar 11:54am Michael Shelley:

  11:55am own crabapplesatellite Johnson:

The lava lamps are number one hits
  11:55am Elias:

The jinxes are number one hits.

I said your name three times after the jinx. You are free from jinx spell and can talk again!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:56am Ken From Hyde Park:

Our dead air is better than their usual programming. Number one hits!
  11:58am Frank In Queens:

That Mersey’s track!
Avatar 11:58am Michael Shelley:

Like a lost who track
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:00pm jmd:

Have you played this track before? The picking is terrific!
  12:00pm Shrew:

I guess this song is supposed to be sweet. He's basically calling her a big loser...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:05pm Barkevious Shabazz:

Fannies rule.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:12pm Mike Sin:

Re: Merseys
Interesting version of "So Sad About Us," which preceded " The Cat"
Avatar 12:12pm Andy in Berlin:

Sadly I will have to pick up the Merseybeats interview on the archive. Otherwise, you're burning it up!
  12:16pm adam in river edge:

fortune teller. my favorite song. written by former guest Allen toussaint
Avatar 12:20pm Andy in Berlin:

oops I misread the interview! Listening NOW
  12:29pm dpk:

tnx for the interview with dan perloff. Listening over the years to your interviews with many fabulous recording artists and songwriters, I’ve noted how often they do not equitably benefit—some not at all—from work that we’ve all enjoyed for decades and that have been aped by newer artists. Going to share their website in my social media.
  12:36pm own crabapplesatellite Johnson:

That story about jukebox jury made me laugh and tear up lol
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:38pm Matt in Nebraska:

Nice that he gave Selmer's another plug.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:52pm Matt Clarke:

Fantastic interview
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:53pm Tommy in Neversink:

Shelly is one of the best musician interviewers out there
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:53pm Tommy in Neversink:

  12:55pm Stevel:

Great interview
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:02pm Mike Sin:

Yet another very interesting interview! Re: Sorrow - a mix without the horns and the guitars pushed up surfaced a few years ago.
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