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This page is the graveyard for the news that was formerly "recent news", but is now old. Much of this info has been moved to other areas of the site, but just to be safe, it's here too, with the newest "old news" at the top of the page, and the oldest "old news" at the bottom. Many of the links in text are no longer valid, and have been removed. If you arrived here by accident, makes sure to check out the recent news.


August 2002

Michael will be DJing once again at WFMU Saturday August 31st from 7pm - 9pm. Try it you'll like it!

Michael and the superstar band (John Lee, Jon Graboff & Steve Goulding) will be playing a live concert at The Baggot Inn in beautiful Greenwich Village on Friday August 23rd. Please join us!

Michael will be DJing once again at WFMU on Saturday August 3 from noon - 3pm. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN LIVE ON THE WEB. The archives are HERE

July 2002

HEY FOLKS IN EUROPE: Shoeshine Records will be releasing the "I Blame You" album this fall, so calm down!

Michael's song "That's Where The Plaque Is" appears on the brand new compilation album "Greasy Kid Stuff: Songs from Inside the Radio". To celebrate the release of this fine album, there's going to an 'event' at the NYC store Pumpkin Maternity on July 28. Michael and The Hoppin' Haole Brothers will play live and Greasy Kid Stuff hosts Hova & Belinda will DJ live!

Michael and the band (with special guest Dave Amels on organ!) will be at Maxwells on August 3rd playing a few Stiff Records songs as part of an all star bill at the release party for the new compilation The Stiff Generation.

Michael will be DJing at the mighty WFMU on Saturday July 13th & 20th from 3am - 6am (aka really early Sunday morning). If you have insomnia, or live in a part of that world where that's a good time to listen then CLICK HERE TO LISTEN LIVE ON THE WEB. If you'll be sleeping, eventually the programs will be archived HERE

June 2002

We have added a whole new page of photographs.

The Stiff Generation, will released July 30, 2002 by Groove Disques. Included on this fine tribute to the Stiff record label are two short pieces of Michael's version of the Madness song "One Step Beyond". More info on the discography page.

May 2002

The magazine/e-zine Fufkin.com has an interesting interview with Dean Brownrout!

April 2002

Confidential Recordings' first two releases are on sale now!

March 2002

Michael & the band will be back at The Lakeside Lounge for three more shows. Mark your calendar, get a tattoo. Shockingly, admission is 100% free!

thursday March 21
wednesday April 3
thursday May 2

February 2002

Michael just did another fill-in DJ shift at WFMU. CLICK HERE to see a list of all the program archives available of Michael's recent WFMU shows. It's like listening to a three hour mix tape!

Spend Valentines Day with Michael! He'll be doing a solo set opening for Marshall Crenshaw at Maxwell's in beautiful Hoboken, N.J. They have a romantic restaurant, so treat your valentine to a night out!

January 2002

We have decided to do our part in giving a jolt to the sagging world economy and put the "I BLAME YOU" album ON SALE. Click this button to buy your own copy for only $10.00 (USA residents only!)


We just got word that Michael has recorded a version of the song "Walk" for a Gene Pitney tribute, and he's done a cover of the Madness song "One Step Beyond" for a Stiff Records tribute. More details as we get 'em!


Rick Cornell (on the great Miles Of Music site) has created a list for a year end mix tape called "Tops of the Pops". Take a look!

HERE'S another top ten list from the Jumping Fences' web site.

Roctober, 2001

There are some photos of the Japan trip HERE!

Michael & the band will be back at The Lakeside Lounge for three shows. Mark your calendar. Admission is free (and so is beer for the band) so these always end up being fun shows (at least for the band they are).

thursday 11/29
thursday 12/13
thursday 1/3

Michael occasionally does fill-in shows at the world's finest radio station WFMU. We just found out that one whole program from September 2000 is archived on their web site. CLICK HERE to hear it!

Michael is a co-founder of a brand new record company called Confidential Recordings!

THERE'S BEEN A CHANGE: Michael & his Band are not playing at The International Pop Overthrow music festival (coming to New York the first week in December). Lots of other great bands are playing, so see you in the audience!

Michael & band will be playing with the always wonderful Amy Rigby on November 2nd at The Mt. Airy Music Club's series held at the Collabergh Lodge, an old Mason's Lodge in Croton-on-Hudon, about 30 miles up the river from nyc. We hear the sound, lights & food are good at this intimate venue. Call 914.827.9031 for reservations!

September, 2001

For more information on the shows in Japan, CLICK HERE!

ALSO- Michael will be guest DJ-ing on WFUM 91.9 fm Tuesday September 4th from 11pm - 2am. Tune in at ! www.wfmu.org!

August, 2001

Because MSN has closed the free "listbot" service, all the folks who signed up for the Michael Shelley mailing list have been gyped! So, we've set up a new "Michael Shelley Community". If you want to be on the new improved mailing list, you need to sign up to be a member of this new thing, and make sure to check the "send me all the emails" option. We've posted a ton of new photos there, as a motivator.

July, 2001

Michael and the band will be playing four free shows this summer at The Lakeside Lounge in N.Y.C. These should be loose & fun, so come on down to one or all four. The music starts at 9pm.

Tuesday July 10
Tuesday July 24
Thursday August 9 &
Thursday August 23

Folks in the U.K. can buy a new low price Shoeshine Records Sampler featuring two Michael Shelley songs, and tracks from Astro Chimp, Cheeky Monkey, Speedboat, Ben Vaughn, Major Matt Mason USA, Laura Cantrell, Radio Sweethearts, John Herald, Paul Burch, Tim Carroll, Nice Man and more!

Folks in Japan can buy the new sampler A SHOESHINE CELEBRATION. This twenty track album includes three of Michael's songs and contributions from Nice Man, Kim Fowley, the Scruffs and much more!


Check out this great review of "I Blame You" from The Daily Vault. The writer says "There is not a moment on I Blame You which sags from any kind of weakness... " Ouch!


It's official, Michael will be opening for Marshall Crenshaw on a small tour of Japan in September!

Here are some of the dates:
9/24 Kyoto at Takutaku
9/26 Nagoya at Tokuzo
9/27 Yokohama at Thumbs Up
9/28 Tokyo at FAB

May, 2001

It looks like Michael will be doing a small tour of Japan in September, as the opening act for Marshall Crenshaw! We'll post more details as we get 'em!

Michael's been doing some recording for a Teenage Fanclub tribute album at Dennis Diken's Nun-bett R Studios, with Don Flemming producing!

Check out this list of "100 artists that defined our musical landscape during the 1990's". Michael is #74! There is also a nice review, on a page titled "The Best Of 2001" of I Blame You, on the same site.

April, 2001

Michael and Laura Cantrell will be appearing together at the extremely intimate The Den at Two Boots on Thursday May 10th. This special acoustic show is sure to feature a few songs from Laura's great album "Not The Tremblin' Kind", a few of Michael's songs, and a few surprises.

Looks like the Michael Shelley band will be opening for the always amazing NRBQ at Maxwell's in Hoboken N.J. on Friday April 20. Two shows of fun, get your tickets in advance!

There's a nice new page about Michael with some information about the new album on the Bar-None web site.

Here's a nice 4 & 1/2 star review of "I Blame You" on the Shake It Up site.

And here's an excellent one from the April 6 South Bend Tribune.

Here's yet another nice (5 stars) review of the U.K. release of the Too Many Movies album on the Drowned In Sound web zine.

Here's a page that we can only guess about (it is in Japanese) but there're links to Michael's songs, and mentions of our pals The Queers, and a giant headline about The Muffs, and some photos from the Josie & The Pussycats movie, BUT maybe the best thing is at the bottom, there's an animation of some guy whos head pops off and blood gushes out and the words "die, human scum, racist pig, die!"

March 2001

Check out Launch.com for this nice review of I Blame You.

February 2001

The reviews of the new U.K. release of Too Many Movies are rolling in, here's a four star example from The Guardian ! and here's one from the February 4th edition of The Sunday Times and one from Revolutions.

The album was released on Shoeshine on February 20. Fans in the U.K. should keep their eyes peeled for reviews in Time Out, The Guardian, Q, Uncut & Mojo!

Folks in the U.K. can buy the album from the Shoeshine site or from the Audio Street site. FYI: The U.K. version of the album features a totally different version of "Summer I Pissed You Away" then the U.S. release!

January 2001!

(just in time to be too late for the Holidays!) You can order some interesting new T Shirts & coffee mugs (featuring Michael's mug) HERE!

Here's an really nice recent interview with Michael from the Japanese zine Kheer. Michael talks about leaving Brooklyn, the songs on the new album, touring & more.

SHOESHINE RECORDS has just released a seven inch single of "Baby's In A Bad Mood" backed with an alternate version of "Don't".

There's a band called The Makers, and their singer's name is Michael Shelley too. We sent him a "Michael Shelley" t-shirt and he never responded... anyway of this guy in action!

Wanna see the cover artwork for the U.S version of the new album "I Blame You"? Just go to the discography page. It features an actual photograph of Michael (for the first time ever on an album cover) and was designed by Mark Scrufari.

Can't wait for the new album? Then click here to advance order it from amazon.com! AND SAVE 10% !!!!

November 2000

The really big news it that it looks like BAR/NONE will releasing Michael's new album in March in the U.S.A. ! Stay tuned for more details.

Michael will be in the U.K. doing some gigs and promotion for the upcoming release of "Too Many Movies" on SHOESHINE. An exciting bill In Glasgow on November 7th opening for Jonathan Richman at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, and in London at The Borderline on the 8th. These are not 100% confirmed, so make a few calls before you buy your plane ticket!

October 2000

Starting October 25 (with Michael's new album) the Nippon Crown label will be releasing all three of Michael's albums in Japan. They created these cute stickers for the cd cases.

Check the recently updated discography page for a look at the song list and the cover art, and the photos page for a photo of the recording sessions.

August 2000

A nine song EP of new and hard to find material has just been made available exclusively through MP3.COM. The EP features two brand new out-takes from the sessions for Michael's forthcoming album ("Little Monkey" and "No Smoking", both instrumentals) , four previously unreleased alternate versions of classics ("Baby's In A Bad Mood", "Don't", "Too Many Movies" & "Summer I Pissed You Away"), a slow version of "Girl With The Light In Her Eyes" previously available only on a cd that came with the Japanese magazine Beikoku Ongaku, and two songs previously found only on compilation cds. All songs are available for preview so click here to check it out.