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NRBQ  Can't Wait To Kiss You (Live)   Options
Soup Greens, The  That's Too Bad   Options
Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton  Better Move It on Home   Options
Lee Dorsey  I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter   Options
Benoni Rocket  Last Night   Options
Ramones, The  She's The One   Options
Fireballs, The  Come On React   Options
Butterball Paige  Honky Tonk Pete   Options
Jimmy Hicks  I'm Mr. Big Stuff   Options
Split Enz  I Got You   Options
Jimmy Curtiss  Psychedelic Situation   Options
Jerry And Wayne  I'm Sad, I'm Blue And Lonesome   Options
Henry Strogin  My Aching Feet   Options
Illinois Jacquet and Wild Bill Davis  It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)   Options
Cheap Trick  Southern Girls   Options
Eyes, The  Please Don't Cry   Options
Ronnie Hawkins  Dizzy Miss Lizzy   Options
Gloria Jones  Tainted Love   Options
Jay Gonzalez  Punch Of Love   Options
Teenmakers, The  Don't Take it So Hard   Options
Berndine Mays  Miami Boogie   Options
Gunga Din  Crab Cakes   Options
George Harrison  Cheer Down   Options
Everly Brothers, The  The Ferris Wheel   Options
Al Anderson  I Got The Blues About You Baby   Options
Fats Domino  I'm Going To Cross That River   Options
Esther Phillips   The Party's Over   Options
Greg Pope  Roll With It   Options
Sumpin' Else, The  Baby You're Wrong   Options
Bobby Helms  Tennessee Rock N' Roll   Options
Bo Diddley  Lazy Woman (take 3)   Options
Bangles, The  James   Options
Dusty Springfield  Little By Little   Options
Lefty Frizzell  I Just Can't Live That Fast (Any More)   Options
Foster Sylvers  Misdemeanor   Options
Detroit Cobras, The  Putty In Your Hands   Options
Muffs, The  I Won't Come Out And Play   Options
Queers, The  I Can't Get Over You   Options
Willie Nelson  I Gotta Get Drunk (demo)   Options
Charles W. Stern Agency  The In Sound For the 70's   Options

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CLICK HERE for The Liner Notes Project

CLICK HERE to hear the new number one hit from Juniper

CLICK HERE to hear a lovely short BBC radio piece where Nick Lowe talk about Fatback Louisiana USA by Tennessee Ernie Ford and Harlan County by Jim Ford

CLICK HERE for the old switcheroo: A new episode of the Casey's Musical Dustbin Radio podcast where Michael Shelley is the interview subject.

CLICK HERE to hear Laura Cantrell interviewed on the Stereo Hysteria podcast

CLICK HERE to read "How the Beach Boys’ Lost Late-Sixties Gems Got a Second Life "

CLICK HERE to read Michael's recent interview Sonny Curtis on the Please Kill Me website!

CLICK HERE to find out what happened when Jonathan Richman moved to Maine in 1981

CLICK HERE to read Michael's recent interview Lou Reed archivist Don Fleming on the Please Kill Me website!

CLICK HERE Robbie Fulks And Linda Gail Lewis' interview & performance on Fresh Air

CLICK HERE Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis LIVE & unplugged at Paste studios!

CLICK HERE for info on the new compilation "Back Patio Bliss" produced by listener Baby!

CLICK HERE for a free download of the new album "Matt Gets Blue" from Matt Lucas

CLICK HERE for the program MP3 Tag

CLICK HERE to test if you hear Yanny or Laurel

CLICK HERE for an interesting short film about R. Stevie Moore

CLICK HERE for info on Copyright Termination Experts

CLICK HERE to read Michael Shelley's comic "Oh No, It's Tinnitus!"

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 for the animated guide to compression

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 to listen to a new interview with Jonathan Richman

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 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 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 for "Rob Freeman Recording The Ramones"

CLICK HERE to see 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 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 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 garbage. 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.

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 don't know? Let's find out.
Avatar 11:02am Dominick:

An unusual Saturday at the salt mine for me. Good to have Michael supplying the soundtrack.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:02am Corey:

Morning Michael and fellow listeners! NRBQ! Saw them for the first time a couple of weeks ago in Chicago. Totally joyful. One of those bands that make more sense once you've seen them live.
  11:13am Doobois:

Avatar 11:16am jake6573:

Did not like the way Robbie Fulks danced with her at the show.
  Swag For Life Member 11:18am Geoff in Ottawa:

I received my Super Hit Tsunami CD this week, a wonderful collection, beautifully sequenced, and I've already listened to it over and over. Thanks, Michael!
Avatar 11:19am Michael Shelley:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:19am David (in London):

My friend Nigel had / has that album by The Fireballs. Despite the fact that it also contains a woefully bad track called 'Itty Bitty Bucket', I feel very fondly towards it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:21am Uncle Michael:

hey, hey
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:25am Listener Baby:

Looks for real, Baby. But as we all know, top 20 lists etc are just a new kind if click-bait. This one is for nerds.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:25am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Who loves 'Try Whistling This' album by Neil Finn??
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:26am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Was the Top40 actually like this once???
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:26am ChrisB.:

@REV: I do.
Avatar 11:27am Michael Shelley:

Was just wondering the same - USA Billboard Hot 100 53
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:28am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...so almost.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:31am CHUCK ROAST:

Hiya, Mikey. Hot enuf for ya?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:33am suzyhotrod:

You said my name on the raaaaa-dio! And also gave me a semi heart attack for a second, thinking Todd's show was on at noon during summer session. WHEW.
Avatar 11:35am jake6573:

This show is great !
  11:42am BaBy in a BaBy, BaBy.:

Hey! I'm a baby in a baby, baby. gotta rub me the right way, baby.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:46am Listener Baby:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:46am CHUCK ROAST:

@ UM Didja ever get that ship turned upside-down ?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:47am Listener Baby:

Don't worry, I'm not flying today
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:50am common:

Needed that cheap trick. Thanks, Michael!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:51am Granny Spicy Tuna (they/them):

spinning on in with a grin and a howdy to one and all!
  11:52am Tom from Swan's Island Maine:

  11:54am Tom from Swan's Island Maine:

Avatar 11:54am Michael Shelley:

Vichyssoise - YES !!!!
  11:58am AthensTroglodyte:

Put on the show and bam! My neighbor Jay Gonzales is playing.
  12:00pm johnk77:

thanks for the tainted love
did not realize that is the original?
the soft cell version
had an interesting run
up+down various charts
  12:02pm gene sculatti:

Wait! Wasn't the big botulism scare about canned tuna? O was that earlier?
  12:03pm Tom from Swans ISland:

Remembered, it made an impression on me too.
  12:03pm johnk77:

i just now found out?:<
there was a 2nd
british invasion
  12:05pm Risky:

Mike have you ever smoked weed?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:06pm Listener Baby:

Agree!! And they usually loaded with onions. It's a bad scene.
  12:07pm dmart New Mexico:

Lasagna. Always a disappointment.
Avatar 12:09pm Michael Shelley:

dmart - YES!
  12:12pm Cooh John:

NEVER had a lasgna as good as mom's.
  12:17pm Mike tp:

old country or Billy never disappoints ol gumbo.!!!!!!good going Michael.listeners enjoy all of you..!!!!
Avatar 12:18pm nostrangerer:

That blog list is about a narrow selection via social media metric tempered by the preferences of the compilers. Like some already said, click bait.
Avatar 12:22pm Michael Shelley:

no doubt - but how on earth did I end up on that list?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:23pm listener 126464:

sometimes those things are correct
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:31pm listener 126464:

JD McPherson/Nicole Atkins this Thursday at Asbury Lanes. Tickets available
  12:37pm Kunta:

Nice FCC splice!
Avatar 12:38pm nostrangerer:

Actually I think due to preferences of the compilers. So there was human intervention on your show's behalf.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:39pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...whereas Bangles so glorious often when not in the Top40
...Onions a cheap ez way to get flavor I reckon places think..
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:39pm CHUCK ROAST:

Top of the leader board is getting a little crowded at THE Open.
Avatar 12:41pm nostrangerer:

And they may want the attention of the WFMU audience.
  12:41pm DG:

Not only is "Tainted Love" by Gloria Jones (originally---also the girlfriend of Marc Bolan, & she was driving the car that night), it was written by a member of the Four Preps! (he also wrote "Dirty Water")
Avatar 12:43pm nostrangerer:

Oh, God, cannot imagine eating a sleeve shrimp [shudder]
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:45pm myron feld:

Got any Foster Brooks?
  12:46pm Michael from the Left Coast:

Leon Sylvers--what a bass player!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:47pm listener 126464:

Avatar 12:47pm nostrangerer:

Thanks for the tunes and trigger memories of when my kids took their first solo flights. Bye for now, got tickets at a museum today.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:50pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Everybody says the Cobras drink too much!
...But they sound like they could make even me dance.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:56pm listener 126464:

Thanks Michael
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:57pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

OK - list does have Radio Mutation - which actually corals several Programs of superb trashy GaragePunk...
but has not Retrospect 60s Garage - or Ice Cream Man Power Pop... Looks Mai stream - but maybe they're good programs ...trying to ride FMU's coattails seems a good hypothesis - otoh you de9 it!...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:59pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

  12:59pm middlebun:

Rocket J. Squirrel
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