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Options May 26, 2018: She Knows

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Artist Track
Bobby Darin  She Knows   Options
Choir, The   Anyway I Can   Options
Robbie Fulks And Linda Gail Lewis  Wild Wild Wild   Options
Drifters, The  A Little Bit Of Soul   Options
Julie London  Can't Get Used To Losing You   Options
Smithereens, The  Blue Period   Options
Sting Rays, The  Sting Ray Stomp   Options
Robbie Fulks And Linda Gail Lewis  Wild Wild Wild   Options
Spo-De-Odee  Crashing The Party   Options
Dennis Diken  Interview   Options
Marshall Crenshaw  There She Goes Again   Options
Brinsley Schwarz   Now's The Time   Options
Delmore Brothers   Dis Train Am Bound For Glory   Options
Meters, The  Tippi-Toes   Options
Bill Doggett  Caravan   Options
Plastic Bertrand  Ça Plane Pour Moi   Options
Dick Summers  The Goatee's Got to Go   Options
Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives  Country Boy Rock and Roll   Options
Gems, The  Let Your Hair Down   Options
Sam Phillips  I Need Love   Options
Thomas Group, The  Penny Arcade   Options
Gene Clark with the Gosdin Brothers  Keep on Pushing   Options
Bobby Bland  Sweet Lovin'   Options
Hugh Malcolm  Love Brother Love   Options
Amy Rigby  One Off   Options
Grainger Hunt  Back In The USA   Options
Loretta Lynn  Your Squaw Is On the Warpath   Options
Ovations, The  Let's Stick Together   Options
They Might Be Giants  I Left My Body   Options
Neil Diamond  The Boat That I Row   Options
Freddie Hart  Loose Talk   Options
Little Willie John  I'm Shakin'   Options
Yolks, The  What Else Can I Do?   Options
Buzzcocks, The  Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)   Options
Robbie Fulks And Linda Gail Lewis  Wild Wild Wild   Options
Kingsmen, The  The "Louie, Louie" controversy   Options

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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 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"

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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

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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?"

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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"?

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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

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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:

Hi.. I'm from out of town. Do you folks carry #1 Hits here? I've been looking everywhere for them. I've all but lost hope. Have I come to the right place? Baby.
  11:03am gene sculatti:

Darin: killin' on Bonner & Gordon!
  11:08am phat:

that Bobby Darin track was killer
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:09am jmd:

way to hit the post, Michael!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:13am Listener Baby:

Robbie's range is massive.
  11:13am David:

A Little Bit of SOAP!
  11:14am phat:

Killing it today, you and Bob both. Holy hell I needed this morning
Avatar 11:15am Dave the Spazz:

Soap was the Jarmels
  11:16am Dean:

That Jonathan Richman song link now leads to "A Penchant for the Stagnant" b/w "Not So Much to Be Loved As to Love."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:16am Listener Baby:

  11:17am phat:

Hearing this voice makes me tear up still.
Avatar 11:17am SmokinJ:

Miss ya' Pat..
  11:19am phat:

Smithereens got me through some of the roughest times of my life.
  11:21am phat:

you ain't kidding about this song. it rocks!
  11:22am adrian in mpls:

Great to hear all this Robbie!!!
  11:38am Ferd:

Dennis: more Bell Sound please!
  11:39am phat:

best Saturday morning I've had in a long time.
Avatar 11:53am Schnormal:

Avatar 11:53am Hoboken Jack:

Happy big weekend, everybody!
  12:07pm phat:

I'm curious if he's read "Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968" and what he thinks of it if he has. Maybe try and get him to riff on Boston in 1968. I know he's talked about VU a lot, but the book puts that whole scene in a different kind of perspective.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:07pm Smokestack:

Marty Stuart and his band played a free show in a park for 4th of July just a few years ago here in my lil town in Oregon. It was a really good show, such a great band!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:07pm Gaylord Fields:

"I Need Love" is my favorite female-vocal Fake Beatles song by anyone not named Aimee Mann.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:08pm Moammar:

Boogity boogity boogity. That is all.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:08pm Listener John from NJ:

Question for J. Richman: We'd assume that your definition of success is different than others'. How would you define success? Have you been successful?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:09pm Listener John from NJ:

Thanks for the Sam Phillips song!
  12:10pm phat:

also, he wore this AMAZING shirt at a show here in Lincoln, NE years ago and he wrote the name of the shop down for me. i lost it. get it for me. I'm not kidding.
  12:12pm David Rubien:

That soul tune you played is a laughable ripoff of Shake a Tail Feather.
  12:14pm phat:

i was wondering what hit you were gonna end that list with
Avatar 12:16pm Hoboken Jack:

Loved that Tony Thomas story!
  12:17pm davefromtoronto:

are those the same guys who wrote you baby?
  12:21pm Patricktr:

For Jonathan: At most music performances today, audience members chat during the show, sometimes about the music, sometimes otherwise. At your performances, (at least those I have recently seen,) the audience is markedly silent. why do you think that is?
  12:24pm phat:

piccolo snare with loose snares, i believe
  12:24pm phat:

mic placement and eq would have a huge effect, too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:25pm Smokestack:

Michael, that's mainly about how they play the snare. You gotta hit it so that you're getting the head as well as the rim at the same time.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:27pm Goyim in the AM:

Tuned tight and played by the rim, yeah. Compare Bill Bruford's snare in Yes and King Crimson.
  12:28pm pjl phil:

It's a timbale
  12:29pm Hackensack Slim:

Zeppelin's D'yer Maker has the same drum sound I believe.Their swipe at Reggae.
Avatar 12:32pm Michael Shelley:

check this drum fill
  12:34pm phat:


tuned tight! makes sense
  12:35pm davefromtoronto:

i think they'd be offended if they heard some of the stuff Rex plays!
  12:40pm 2904ConTO:

How many people have read Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee or any other thorough historical account of the ruthless occupation and expansion of the United States? Its a pretty loaded question. I think the Unified DAPL protests by the Indigenous People is a clearer example of what those sports symbols also represent.
Avatar 12:44pm Michael Shelley:

I have read Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee , and everything you say is true - we really have never owned what we did to the native Americans - which is exactly why the results of the research are so interesting
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:46pm Moammar:

Little Willie John is seriously underrated. Really, hardly a bad side.
Avatar 12:47pm Mailman Tom:

The Blasters do a great version of this song
  12:47pm 2904ConTO:

Education is very important. I suppose its possible there are bigger fish to fry like clean water, non toxic G-Subsidized grub-hub. All i can say for myself as a white person is if I had a band I sure wouldn’t call it The Redskins
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:48pm Moammar:

Is this a later version of the original single? Overdubbed? I don't recall the electric guitar and bongoes. Not an improvement, I must say.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:50pm Your Ace From Exchange Place:

2018. The summer that the Yolks need to come to NYC/NJ and play!
  12:50pm 2904ConTO:

I enjoyed the Loretta Song. I thought it was kinda cheeky and subversive. Whoop!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:54pm Frank In Queens:

Been gardening while listening, but wanted to say "hi" before it was too late!
  12:55pm phat:

  2:42pm Mark R:

Re rock steady snare sound: there were only a few record producers at the time in Jamaica, most using the same house band, and many/most records were produced by Leslie Kong (the track you played sounded like his production). Perhaps the similar snare sound is the result of a single producer and maybe the same drum kit.
Avatar 7:38pm Greg in Portland OR:

Man! You really like that Robbie Fulks tune, huh?
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