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Options January 25, 2020: King Me!

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Kings, The  This Beat Goes On/Switchin' to Glide (live in Studio A)   Options
Del Shannon  Runaway   Options
George Jones  Root Beer   Options
Dr. Feelgood  The More I Give   Options
Z.Z. Hill  Where She At?   Options
Mike D'Abo  Mary Won't You Warm My Bed?   Options
Kelly Hogan  I Got To Have My Baby Back   Options
Slim Harpo  Ti-Ni-Nee-Ni-Noo   Options
Lorez Alexandria  This Could Be The Start Of Something Big   Options
Wiretroop  Oh What a Mistake   Options
Phast Phreddie & Thee Precisions  Walk With Me Baby   Options
Campers, The  The Ballad Of Batman   Options
Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash with Carl Perkins  Matchbox   Options
Major Lance  Rhythm   Options
John Paul Keith  I Think I Fell In Love Today   Options
Dynamic Nutones, The  Sick And Tired   Options
Bobby Charles  Oh Lonesome Me   Options
Piano Red  The Double Twist   Options
Sugar  If I Can't Change Your Mind   Options
Hollies, The  We're Alive   Options
Hank Williams  I've Been Down That Road Before   Options
Willie Mitchell  Bad Eye   Options
Swingle Singers, The  Solfeggio   Options
Lyres, The  She Pays The Rent   Options
Conexion No. 5  Sigue   Options
Joel Paterson And The Modern Sounds  Little Joe   Options
Chuck Berry   You Are My Sunshine   Options
Explorers Club, The  Ruby   Options
Surfers, The  Live For The Sun   Options
Country Gentlemen, The  Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow   Options
Chuck Carbo  Yes I Got You   Options
Muffs, The  Changes   Options
McCoys, The  Fever   Options
Los Shakers  On A Tuesday I Watch Channel 36   Options
Lucinda Williams  Crescent City   Options
Hi-Risers, The  Where Are You Tonight?   Options
Joan Jett  Insecre   Options
Long John Nebel on WMCA  Takes Calls   Options

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CLICK HERE for the multi part fascinating documentary about Dream Theater's search for a new drummer

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CLICK HERE to hear the new number one hit from Juniper

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!

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

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

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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 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

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CLICK HERE to check out drummer Jim Gordon's discography

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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"

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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

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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

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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

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CLICK HERE for a piece about mastering that says that sometimes mastering recordings makes them worse

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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.

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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"

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CLICK HERE to read about a recent Jerry Lewis show

CLICK HERE for the new release of 5 Style 1996 live on WFMU

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CLICK HERE to hear Bernard Prurdie talk about all kinds of things - including saying "Ringo's not on anything"

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CLICK HERE for Ronee Blakley singing "Tapedeck in His Tractor" from "Nashville"

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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!

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Apparently Bowie offered "Golden Years" to Elvis Presley - but The King declined. CLICK HERE former guest Stevie Riks nails the Elvis/Bowie duet version



Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:00am Listener Baby:

Today... Today we impeach #2 Hits for 2 hours. Then #2 Hits will appeal, and the whole mess will be jammed up in the courts till next Saturday morning. So enjoy these 2 hours, kids. And another thing. Good morning, Baby. Good morning music lovers.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:03am Handy Haversack:

From last week, or is it a surprise encore performance?
  11:03am clarke:

what'd i miss?
  11:03am jpuva:

This song has been in my head constantly since I heard it last week!
  11:08am Sean:

I predict that the accordion will be the most important pop instrument of the decade.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:09am Hughie Considine:

Fun fact about producer Bob Ezrin: when producing Peter Gabriel's first solo LP, he gaffer-taped Peter to a pole in the studio in order to get a more urgent vocal for the chest-thumping rocker "Modern Love."
  11:09am Sean:

It's in the blood really, my great-grandfather predicted the bassoon craze of the 1910's
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:12am Corey:

Total chills on Runaway. Been awhile, nice to hear it with fresh ears.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:15am Handy Haversack:

Agreed 100 percent, @Corey.
  11:17am clarke:

fun fact: i have been strapped to a pole for the past few months making it impossible to reach the #1 Hit Radio Dial.
  11:18am Sean:

OK Clarke, but is your peter gaffer-taped?
  11:18am clarke:

the pole did not care for me
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:19am Hughie Considine:

@clarke But it did add to the urgency of your vocal, right? Ezrin's a genius.
  11:20am clarke:

urgency was there
  11:21am clarke:

ezrin may be polish
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:21am Hughie Considine:

Sorry to hijack this convo, but it's like the proverbial pink elephants--once you think about Peter Gabriel gaffer-taped to a pole, you can't not think of Peter Gabriel gaffer-taped to a pole.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:21am Cooh John:

Hello #1 listeners and Michael. I always keep gaffer's tape around.
  11:22am clarke:

us gaffers prefer to call it duct tape
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:23am Listener Baby:

I miss you too!
  11:24am clarke:

the proverbial pink elephants - i had their first album
  11:24am clarke:

i got my Baby back, Baby!!
  11:25am Sean:

Lech Walesa ALWAYS came strapped.
  11:26am clarke:

there is fruit on the vines!!
  11:28am Sean:

Clarke, do you anything by the Death Cult Mouth Breathing Kissingers?

I will pay top $$$
  11:28am clarke:

i don't need money
  11:29am Sean:

I can do "personal" favors
  11:29am clarke:

just a cool buzz [sic] and tasty waves
  11:31am clarke:

crazy good!!!
  11:33am clarke:

local heroes
  11:34am clarke:

what's in that montclair wassah????
  11:38am AS from MP:

Bronwyn C used to do news of the dead on Friday afternoons as I recall, some thirty years ago. One of my first intros to FMU
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:38am Listener Baby:

I'm walking hera!
  11:40am Andres Nutley:

Rockin
  11:40am andy fuchs:

ONE HOUR ?!?!?! WTF ?
  11:42am clarke:

i'm walkin' HERE!!!
Avatar 11:42am Michael Shelley:

Andy - was talking about when the show was THREE hours... years ago
Avatar 11:42am Mailman Tom:

The Batman TV show was on Wednesday and Thursday nights
Avatar 11:42am Michael Shelley:

Ruthies/Wiretroop info: www.ruthiesbbq.com
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:43am Hughie Considine:

Any love for Louie the Lilac? He had the largest stamen of any Batman arch-villain.
  11:43am clarke:

speaking of Batman tv show - i was recently astounded at the vivid colors when viewing. it was then i remembered we didn't have a color tv until about '68 or so
  11:44am Daybreak and the very late night!:

Hippy Bat-Man Storytelling song with a pinch of Dylan delivery.
Avatar 11:45am jake6573:

Ballad of Batman, Best thing I ever heard !
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:46am Ken From Hyde Park:

The episode with the giant clam was the most thrilling Batman episode I remember.
  11:48am andy fuchs:

back to three hours !~!~! LOL
  11:50am Sean:

http://www.geekpr0n.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/GIANTCLAMTEXT.jpg
  11:51am Marley Dogg:

Good day to be inside listening to Michael Shelley - so gray and rainy today
Avatar 11:51am James Douglas:

Remember each show was half an episode. So maybe there were like 50 episodes but 100 shows filmed.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:51am Greg from ZONE 5:

Morning, Michael & all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:52am Hughie Considine:

@Ken -- yes, the giant clam episode was truly frightening even with all the campiness. The budget on that show was the biggest ever at the time. It always looked great.
  11:55am Micheal:

Major Lance’s daughter is Mayor of ATL.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:02pm Listener Baby:

Baby Twenty something years ago, you gave a two or three cassettes of NRBQ rarities and live stuff. There were amazing. I've track of them, but there was a live version of Oh Lonesome Me that was the best thing I've ever heard. Big Al plays the coolest solo on it. Do you still have that stuff? Do you remember those cassettes?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:03pm Greg from ZONE 5:

LOVE Sugar. "Gee Angel" is maaaaaybe my favorite guitar riff ever. Definitely Top 3.
  12:07pm clarke:

you're flatting dennis dear!!
  12:08pm Frank Zaatar:

I saw Husker Du at Maxwells in 1984. It was the loudest show I have ever seen.
  12:08pm Pedro in Arlington:

Sort of along the Batman multiple episodes per week, NBC had Leno in primetime every night before local news after they didn't know what to do with him after giving the Tonight Show to Conan.
Avatar 12:10pm Michael Shelley:

Sure - I have all that shit tough guy - I'll see if I can dig Oh Lonesome Me out
  12:10pm Pedro in Arlington:

And even as a 5-year-old, I knew Yvonne Craig was super hot in that Batgirl outfit.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:11pm Listener Baby:

Play it for the peoples! It's magical.
Avatar 12:11pm Michael Shelley:

Loudest show I ever saw - Dinosaur Jr. at CBGB!
  12:11pm davefromtoronto:

luke should've taken his own advice...
  12:12pm clarke:

LOUDEST EVER: My Bloody Valentine at The Paradise, boston - killed dino jr
  12:14pm clarke:

people were tearing their own clothing to stuff in their ears
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:15pm Listener Baby:

Loudest area show Neil Young and Crazy Horse. Loudest club, Posies at The Whiskey or.. Black Crowes at The Roxy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:15pm Hughie Considine:

ha - i saw dinosaur jr, mbv and screaming trees!
  12:15pm clarke:

go on that kick!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:15pm common:

Here we go. Hello
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:16pm Hughie Considine:

But loudest of all were the Swingle Singers
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:16pm Listener Baby:

Meant arena
  12:16pm clarke:

i went to the Meant Arena in the 70's
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:17pm Listener Baby:

Baby. Wondering what you were doing at a Dino Jr. show?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:17pm vinylmonkee:

My loudest: The Melvins (with Babes in Toyland and Lazy Cowgirls) at the Pyramid Club on their "Louder Than Soundgarden" tour.
  12:17pm clarke:

to see the Proverbial Pink Elephants
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:18pm Hughie Considine:

Weirdly, one of the loudest I ever saw was the Hoodoo Gurus at Maxwell's.
Avatar 12:18pm Hoboken Jack:

Great show today, Michael! Hey Greg, HP Ken, all.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:20pm Dropof Goldensun:

For me the loudest was probably any of the Ramones shows I saw.
  12:21pm Frank Zaatar:

@Hughie: Ever try talking to the Swingle Singers? All you'd get out of them is "ba da ba da ba da ba." Very frustrating!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:21pm common:

Loudest was buzzoven at the somewhere else tavern in n.c.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:22pm Listener Baby:

@Hughie. I could have seen the Hoodoos a half dozen times, and never went. High on my should have but didn't list.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:22pm Dropof Goldensun:

Dinosaur Jr at CB's was probably insanely loud!!
Avatar 12:24pm Todd-o-phonic Todd:

Dinosaur Jr. blew the power at a Maxwell's soundcheck. But I think My Bloody Valentine were louder.
  12:24pm Tim:

Loudest 2: Dead Boys at Shaboo Inn, Willimantic (?) CT, and Cheap Trick, Hartford Civic Center. Literally could not hear until about 10 am the next day after Dead Boys. Scared the hell out of me, thought I had gone deaf.
  12:24pm clarke:

i have been reading about how loud the latest Rolling Stones concerts have been. i would like to see how it compares to some of the shows mentioned here.
  12:24pm jpuva:

I think my loudest show was Mission of Burma at Irving Plaza when they first re-united. But it was mostly on account of the guy behind me yelling all of the lyrics at the top of his lungs right into my ear.
  12:25pm yerfriendpaul:

I saw Swervedriver at The Mercury Lounge and a little piece of hearing died that night
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:25pm sonnyspop:

Flock Of Seagulls opening for Squeeze at MSG. So loud I had to leave the room. Also, the bass volume at the Reggae Lounge rearranged the cells in my body.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:25pm Hughie Considine:

@Listener, they're coming around again!
  12:26pm Marley Dogg:

Loudest show I ever saw by far was Mogwai opening for Pavement at Trax in Charlottesville, VA in 97 - had to go outside at one point - that club and very weird acoustics
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:28pm Listener Baby:

I'll bet not near me. But I'd love to see them.
  12:30pm clarke:

i pretty much only listen to music podcasts, myself
  12:31pm andy fuchs:

Weird Medicine on Riotcast.com awesome podcast...lots of other content there.
Avatar 12:31pm Todd-o-phonic Todd:

The Michael Shelley Podcast is by far my personal favorite.
  12:31pm clarke:

my go-to is Come To The Sunshine - andrew sandoval
  12:31pm farmer rye in santa Cruz Cali:

Sleep is by far the loudest band ever
  12:31pm Micki:

Mysterious Universe
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:32pm TheLoneliestMonk:

ELP: deafening!
  12:32pm middlebun:

Loud? Blue Oyster Cult. Podcast? Radiolab.
  12:32pm clarke:

dennis dear!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:33pm Dropof Goldensun:

Oh wait, another loud one was NIN at the Loop Lounge.
  12:33pm Rick A;:

The loudest show I saw was the Japanese band Guitar Wolf at the Continental near St. Marks. My ears were ringing days after. The guitarist came out and combed his hair before they blasted off.
  12:33pm Chas Spade:

Blue Oyster Cult, mid 70s Toledo Ohio.
  12:33pm anno:

loudest for me was the Who at the Capitol Center and Oilcan says Black Joe Lewis at the Black Cat, even with earplugs. also “gain structure” lol!
  12:33pm Mike Herrett:

I listen to Music Makers and Soul Shakers with Steve Dawson. 2 part interview with David Lindley. Classic.
  12:34pm Frank Zaatar:

The thing about Maxwell's was that it was a relatively small venue, and if hazy memory serves, the ceilings were relatively low. Also, the Huskers were relentless. Like Michael says, the needle never moved out of the red zone.
  12:34pm Jason:

Loudest show I ever saw was John Entwistle at House of Blues in New Orleans. It was like he didn't notice he wasn't playing in a stadium. It was painful.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:34pm Listener Baby:

I also remember a Psych Furs show being unbearably loud
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:34pm Greg from ZONE 5:

I'm a big fan of the Cracked podcast. The tagline is: "Being alive is more interesting than people think it is." (And host Alex Schmidt had a pretty decent run on Jeopardy!)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:34pm common:

Podcast: here’s my other dead thing
  12:34pm Chas Spade:

podcasts...The Big One, and My Dad Wrote a Porno
  12:34pm Senor Headache:

Melvins @ The Offramp 1992 ...and I was wearing earplugs. It’s what I imagine those much talked about Blue Cheer shows between 1967 and 1968 must’ve been like.
  12:34pm clarke:

gain STRUCK-CHAAAH!!!
  12:34pm Joe R.:

I second Mogwai—the Boaty Weekender summer of 2019, no earplugs and was caught underneath an overhang for a few painful minutes. This ties Boredoms at Lollapalooza 1994 in a nearly empty amphitheater—no bodies to absorb that sound bouncing off the concrete
  12:34pm Battleaxe:

Last Seen. A podcast about a huge art heist at a museum in Boston. Plenty of characters.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:35pm Handy Haversack:

New Model Army at Mercury Lounge.
  12:35pm Daybreak and the very late night!:

Mike, given what you do in your interest in music I recommend the podcast “Song Exploder”. The people that run the podcast get the bands in and they break down entirely how one of their single songs was made including all the pieces and the various choices and effects they hope to have.
The most recent is Semisonic’s “closing time”, the one before that was Vampire Weekend - Harmony Hall.
You may also enjoy August 7, 2019’s Sleater-Kinny’s - The future is here
Avatar 12:37pm paulincc:

Still holding on as My Loudest Show (amazingly!): New Order at the Felt Forum.
  12:39pm Battleaxe:

Loudest. PJ Harvey at Warfield in SF. Earplugs saved me that night. Woman in front of me turned to her friend with a shocked expression after first few notes.
  Swag For Life Member 12:39pm Geoffrey in Ottawa:

Son Volt outdoors one summer night in Ottawa was without a doubt the most insanely and unnecessarily loud show I've ever seen. I was smack dab in the middle of it and I loved every minute.
  Swag For Life Member 12:39pm norske jersey boy:

Noxagt in Stavanger, Norway. Noxagt is a noise rock band that includes Kjetil Bransdal who has done some stuff with Thurston Moore. I have never feared sound like that. I reached for earplugs like a crying baby reaches for his momma.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:39pm WR:

Yay for Chuck Carbo!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:40pm Corey:

Have to take off, but thanks for the great show Michael! One of those where you could "favorite" them all.
  Swag For Life Member 12:40pm Geoffrey in Ottawa:

@RickA I love your comment about the guitarist combing his hair. I'm all for more of that!
  12:40pm Yes:

<3
  12:41pm Listener Randy:

Loudest: David Johansen Band at My Father’s Place.
Podcasts: Gilbert is the best, but I also like Conan O’Brien’s, Pivot, and Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History. Best single podcast episode ever: Billy Joel on Alec Baldwin’s Here’s the Thing, which includes Alec Baldwin’s Scott Muni impression.
  12:42pm Dagwood:

Loudest. Neil Young and Crazy Horse. Madison WI in the early 80's. painful.
  Swag For Life Member 12:43pm norske jersey boy:

more FYI on Noxagt - WFMU have played them a lot more than Nowegian rockers A-Ha ;-)
  12:44pm Senor Headache:

Damn, some of these loudest bands stories are so good. I forgot about seeing Cock ESP at the Terminal Bar in Minneapolis. It lasted maybe ten minutes. One of em was wearing sheet metal which had contact mikes places on it.
  12:44pm clarke:

just happened to listen to Rick Derringer's Something Warm, this morning -- wow
  12:45pm Miles:

got a shiny newish reissue of this McCoys album recently. Purdy gosh darn good
Avatar 12:46pm Hoboken Jack:

The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn is my podcast of choice. Also, Conan O'Brien is doing some very entertaining interviews.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:46pm Handy Haversack:

Weeping Icon at St. Vitus in BK a couple of months ago was also pretty freaking loud.
Avatar 12:50pm Juke Joint Jonny:

MOTORHEAD AT THE RITZ, HANDS DOWN LOUDEST. I'm sorry was I shouting? It happens sometimes when I try and talk above the ringing in my head.
  12:54pm yerfriendpaul:

Like Conan’s podcast, The Office Ladies (big fan of The Office), How Did This Get Made? is also entertaining
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:54pm Handy Haversack:

Thanks for the tunes today, Michael! They'll help me bop through the rain across Brooklyn. Happy Burns Night and Lunar New Year, all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:54pm Dropof Goldensun:

Yes Happy Burns Night! How are ya Handy?
  12:54pm clarke:

ever get the feeling you've been..BABY'D????? GOOD NITE. plonk.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:55pm Handy Haversack:

Hey, @Dropof! Good! Heading out for board games into Burns Night once I tell Suzy Hotrod how sorry I'll be to miss her show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:58pm Dropof Goldensun:

@Handy I'm stuck here at work but plan on heading out afterwards for board games. By board games I mean drinking scotch!
  12:59pm clarke:

great show - you yellow bastard!!
  12:59pm Daybreak and the very late night!:

If you’ve ever had any interest in design (of everything) 99% Invisible is great. The concept is that if the design of anything is great, that design should be or feel 99% invisible.
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