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Options September 28, 2019: There Is Still No One Like You

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Artist Track
Redd Kross  There's No One Like You   Options
Barry and The Remains  Why Do I Cry?   Options
Laura Cantrell  California Rose   Options
Lowell Fulson  What The Heck   Options
Irene Kral  Wonderful Life   Options
Cactus Blossoms, The  I'm Calling You   Options
Randy Newman  Last Night I Had A Dream   Options
Bernie Hayes  Tribute to a Black Woman (pt. 1)   Options
Greg Townson  We'll Meet Again   Options
Little John And The Sherwoods  Rag Bag   Options
Carl Perkins  Mean Martha   Options
Bobby Bland  That's The Way Love Is   Options
Jose Feliciano  Sabor A Mi   Options
Badfinger   No Matter What   Options
Honeybus  Delighted To See You   Options
Buddy Alan And Don Rich  I'm On The Road To Memphis   Options
Betty Everett  Hands Off   Options
Squeeze  It's So Dirty   Options
Turtles, The  Tie Me Down   Options
Moon Mullican  Tokyo Boogie   Options
Willie Clayton  That Wall   Options
Chris Montez  Little White Lies   Options
Jonathan Richman and Modern Lovers  New Kind Of Neighborhood   Options
Johnny Neel And Shapes of Soul  Talking About People   Options
Kenny Parchman  Treat Me Right   Options
Swamp Dogg  These Are Not My People   Options
Beat, The  Working Too Hard   Options
Two Of Clubs, The  Heart   Options
Motel Mirrors  The Best Mistake I'd Ever Make Again   Options
Down Beats  Over My Room   Options
Freddie Fender  No Esta Aqui   Options
Emitt Rhodes  With My Face On The Floor   Options
Hondells, The  A Guy Without Wheels   Options
Wilburn Brothers, The  Blue Blue Day   Options
Cats and The Fiddle  Nuts To You   Options
Robbie Fulks  Seventies Jesus   Options
Bay City Rollers  Rock And Roll Love Letter   Options
Roger C. Reale & Rue Morgue  Please Believe Me   Options
Mr. Rodgers  Interviews A Bass Player   Options

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CLICK HERE for a detailed look at cymbals in 1920s jazz

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 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 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 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"?

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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 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."

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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.

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 #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:00am Listener Baby:

He prefers his apples crisp, not mealy. His pens organized. His reading glasses, on his person. His movies, good. When he is not bettering your lives on Saturday morning, he crafts high energy, teenage Pop Rock. You might know him as Michael Shelley. Those who really know and love him, know him as "Bones" Good morning!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:08am Mister Dobalina:

I would sure love to lose my blues.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:23am Listener Baby:

From the Album, Randy Does Steppenwolf
  11:30am fullmetalmonkey:

Lol “you don’t know who I think I am”
Avatar 11:37am Hackensack Slim:

Maybe the lawyer who turned you down can atone by representing the guy from LJ and the SW's.
  11:46am Joe R.:

I'm going to that White Album show on Wednesday—what's throwing me is the presence of Christoper Cross and Jason Scheff from Chicago in the band as well
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:50am jmd:

Whoa, slide whistle and kazoo all in one song.
Avatar 11:55am Miss V:

Hello from the library reference desk in Brooklyn NYC!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:57am Barkevious Shabazz:

GREAT Squeeze track.
  11:59am fullmetalmonkey:

I can’t make coffee in 5 minutes.
  12:02pm clarke:

oogly woog oogly!!!
  12:04pm clarke:

i won to-day!!
  12:05pm clarke:

clav fan here!
  12:06pm clarke:

also a fan of the Bongo Feets!!!
  12:08pm clarke:

biker weekend on the cape
  12:09pm clarke:

a noble bongoe efforte!!
  12:12pm GListener MW:

one of my favorites from Richman
  12:12pm clarke:

i don't know about the meaning of the lyrics, but sounds like JR is trying to do a down'east maine accent - and we know from MS that JR spent some time in maine
  12:13pm fullmetalmonkey:

State of mind
  12:13pm clarke:

when the down'east guy gives directions in maine it can be like that
Avatar 12:14pm Melissa Jean:

I dunno seems simple to me: "underground culture"
  12:14pm clarke:

i lost the game.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:15pm nostrangerer:

JR song great and seems like was singing about what we want but not quite there yet ...
Avatar 12:15pm Melissa Jean:

everyone in the underground is a neighbor
  12:15pm clarke:

but, here is a strange factoid: jonathan richman grew up in a neighborhood with john felice of the real kids
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:16pm nostrangerer:

And I think that you know that but asking us to think about it as well.
  12:16pm clarke:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:16pm Bill in W.O.:

The directions the guy gives in "New Kind of Neighborhood" are the reason men won't ask for directions. Neighborhood was the theme for a Garmin commercial that never aired.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 12:18pm Ross T.:

Yes I heard the Maine accent too and yes he lived pretty anonymously there for a while -- but I think you have it Michael as much as we can interpret any song's meaning -- it's about the search. For that frozen idyllic memory of what could be perhaps or even the meaning of life, the spiritual longing etc. Of course Jonathan's greatness always puts humor and bemusement into the mix.
  12:19pm SeanG:

jim lauderdale is awesome
  12:19pm clarke:

you must've talked to someone in the news department...THE ROCKTOBER IS COMING!!!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 12:21pm Ross T.:

Kinda like "Surfin' to Harlem!"
  12:22pm clarke:

  12:24pm clarke:

another steve barri is NEEDED!!
  12:25pm clarke:

baldwins are cool - but BIG!!
  12:26pm Diezel Tea:

Random check in during the middle of moving. Always listening, naturally. Love from Armenia.))
  12:26pm clarke:

super-rare are the Baldwin combo organs that have REALLY cool sounds!! hard to find.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:27pm Listener Baby:

I have to ask.. Did you plug it in and listen to the organ at the dudes house?
  12:27pm clarke:

citay in the skyyyy!!! i am moving too - or rather packing to move.
  12:28pm clarke:

Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:28pm Corey:

Great version of Heart!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:28pm Listener Baby:

Hi Clarke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  12:28pm clarke:

the cat would have peed on MS
  12:29pm clarke:

how them vines?!?!>
Avatar 12:30pm Michael Shelley:

i did NOT - but still would have bought it
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:31pm Listener Baby:

okay then.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:32pm Listener Baby:

Did you at least sniff it?
  12:32pm clarke:

i was in a band that bought old organs and cut the bottom parts (speakers, non-essentials) off and just used the top part through an amp. then Nord started making cool sounds easier!!
Avatar 12:34pm Michael Shelley:

The whole basement smelled like cat pee...
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:34pm Listener Baby:

Always sniff your organs!!!!!
  12:35pm clarke:

  12:35pm clarke:

Baby went 'there'.
  12:37pm clarke:

still the greatest slash most-disturbing interviews in the shelley oevre
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:39pm Listener Baby:

Agree Clarke. Still gives me nightmares.
  12:40pm clarke:

oops is it oeuvre?? i think oui
  12:41pm clarke:

and yet - it is a great and probing conversation!!
  12:42pm clarke:

i mean, just to get the guy to open up about some dark stuff!!
  12:44pm clarke:

nuts to me!!
  12:45pm clarke:

don't go there Baby...!
  12:46pm Midtown Man:

Cats and the Fiddle remind me of the Mills Brothers with a bit more acoustic instrumentation
  12:47pm clarke:

hopefully the cat did not pee on the fiddle
  12:49pm clarke:

MS - who does/did Steve Goulding play with usually? great drummah!!
Avatar 12:51pm Michael Shelley:

Avatar 12:51pm Michael Shelley:

Also - Mekons
  12:51pm clarke:

before juniper (i know: there was NOTHING before Juniper!!)
  12:52pm clarke:

ahhh - then i have seen him! indeed. didn't know if it was the same one.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:52pm Pedro in Arlington:

Wasn't Seventies Jesus Nick Lowe?
  12:55pm clarke:

btw - any Juniper tshirts or swag in the works?? i'll take three!!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:55pm Corey:

Thanks for a great show Michael! My two week old boy, Clifton, seemed to be on board too (albeit with semi-regular rocking)
  12:56pm DG:

Steve Goulding was the drummer in the Rumour (Graham Parker's band), also played on Elvis's "Watching the Detectives", among others.
  12:56pm clarke:

Avatar 12:57pm Michael Shelley:

"I knew The Bride" "So It Goes" "Heart OIf The City"
  12:57pm DG:

Aah, yes, the famous National Lampoon Mr. Rogers bit, featuring two former SNL guys: Bill Murray (as the bass player) & some Spinal Tap guy as Mr. R.
Avatar 12:57pm Michael Shelley:

I LOve tHe Sound of Breaking Glass
  12:58pm clarke:

ever get the feeling you've been... FEETED?!?
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