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Michael Shelley Too Many Movies Big Deal

New York singer/songwriter/guitaristMichael Shelley has been compared to pop-savant Jonathan Richman (the balladeer in There’sSomething About Mary), but that’s a little unfair: yeah, Shelley’s got some silly-sweet songs full of wryobservations, but he’s also got a history of collaboration with a wide variety of other artists, most recentlymembers of high-cred Scottish band Belle & Sebastian and a project called Cheeky Monkey withTeenage Fanclub/BMX Bandits’ Francis Macdonald. A follow-up to Shelley’s first LP, Half Empty,Too Many Movies holds a wide variety of pop gems: PMS tolerance anthem “Baby’s In A Bad Mood,”country-tinged “Lisa Marie,” the destined-for-prom-night Hammond-heavy “Sweet Little One,” Dixielandinstrumental “Sluggo,” and the folk-rock “Jigsaw Girl.” Shelley claims that after years in and out of barbands, he finally decided to get serious about songwriting. Luckily for us, he’s damn good at it.