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"i just happen to be here, and it's okay." -caetano veloso


"sing a simple song but keep the swing strong." -de la soul


"think straight, keep a clean plate." -joanna newsom


"keep a clean nose, watch the plain-clothes." -bob dylan


"keep your feet warm, but keep your clothes on." -harry nilsson


"it took me about three or four weeks to toilet train my cat, nightlife. most of the time is spent moving the box very gradually to the bathroom." -charles mingus


"think about something else. was art tatum talented?" -shoot the piano player


"she had a chihuahua named carlos that had some kind of skin disease and was totally blind." -tom waits


"he had a huge room with nothing in it except this huge vast hammond organ, right next door to the police." -david bowie


"he's got a mind like a sewer, and a heart like a fridge" -elvis costello


"you can't hold the hand of a rock 'n' roll man." -joni mitchell


"lou's jukebox spun for love and many other things, too – beauty, pain, history, courage, mystery" -laurie anderson


"hey there, hey now, well, you can make a pacemaker blink, easy thing, make a man's heart go bibbity boom. -john cale


"i’ve still got things inside me, sad things, happy things, that people don’t know about." -loretta lynn


"to try to maximize the relationship of listening to a record through promotion is like experiencing driving a car by reading about stimulus programs." -bonnie 'prince' billy


"after cheesecake with all of your friends and family, who's gonna front the bill? me... say you want to take first-class trips, well i want to work those first-class hips. yes i do." -r. kelly


"too much cheesecake too soon! old money's better than new" -roxy music


"my mother used to tell me about vibrations. to think that invisible feelings, invisible vibrations existed scared me to death." -brian wilson


"i could even find it in my heart to love mike love." -belle & sebastian


"i'm going to boogie my scruples away." -lowell george


"i'm a lunatic, and you are so super cool." - george jones


"i'm an idiot for you." -iggy pop


"i'm good and i'm bad and i'm happy and i'm sad and i'm lazy" -willie nelson


"i drive a rolls-royce, cause it's good for my voice." -t.rex


"i mean every letter in the words in the sentences of my quotes." -lil' wayne


"lyrics choochoo from my mouth like locomotion." - pato banton


"i'm dealing in rock and roll. i'm not a bonafide human being." -phil spector


"phil approached me with a bottle of kosher red wine in one hand and a .45 in the other, put his arm around my shoulder and shoved the revolver into my neck and said, 'leonard, i love you.' i said, 'i hope you do, phil.'" -leonard cohen


"they’d whisper at each other and look at phil and whisper at each other. finally this lady, tanked, comes over to phil and says, 'alright, sonny, what’s your problem?' and he said, 'premature ejaculation, what’s yours?'" -tom wolfe


"i bite my nails and if that fails i go get myself stoned, but when i do i think of you and head myself back home." -gram parsons


"i would say groucho marx, to name one thing, and willie mays, and the second movement of the jupiter symphony, and louis armstrong’s recording of potatohead blues, swedish movies, naturally. sentimental education by flaubert, marlon brando, frank sinatra, those incredible apples and pears by cézanne, the crabs at sam wo’s, tracy’s face." -woody allen


"where have you been all my life?" -emmylou harris, to my brother tommy


brian eno songs that will make good book titles for my 10-volume memoir, in order: here he comes, baby's on fire, golden hours, brutal ardour, taking tiger mountain, events in dense fog, through hollow lands, some of them are old, everything merges with the night, dead finks don’t talk


ry cooder albums that every man should own: into the purple valley, boomer's story, paradise and lunch


"really, we don't want people twiddling their goatees over our stuff." -radiohead


thelonious monk's middle name: sphere


#1 song on the white album (tie): long long long, happiness is a warm gun


"the only word is love." -john lennon


"i love songs about horses, railroads, land, judgment day, family, hard times, whiskey, courtship, marriage, adultery, separation, murder, war, prison, rambling, damnation, home, salvation, death, pride, humor, piety, rebellion, patriotism, larceny, determination, tragedy, rowdiness, heartbreak and love. and mother. and god." -johnny cash


"the moon is clear, the sky is bright, i'm happy as the horse's shite." -the pogues


"i hope that you all out there, young, old, tall, short, fat or thin, quick or slow, no matter what kind or color or shape or person you are, if you like to make music, why, go ahead.” -pete seeger


"chuck berry isn't merely the greatest of the rock and rollers, or rather, there's nothing mere about it. say rather that unless we can somehow recycle the concept of the great artist so that it supports chuck berry as well as it does marcel proust, we might as well trash it." -robert christgau


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#1061: dennis alcapone - cassius clay and wake up jamaica (1973)

i’m wearing a yellow suit to work every day this week in honor of dennis alcapone, the coolest man who ever lived. he wore one while playing live in this rare footage, which i believe is, weirdly, scottish. i’m also thinking of going up to strangers with two microphones in my hand while muttering, “so wa wa gee wa wa, huh, make you move, doo be do do, on the left and the right, and the right and the left. huh!

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legally changed my name to dennis so i can write a book called forever version and have this as my book cover. i’m sure dennis alcapone is a relaxed guy and would totally understand. the real forever version is his gangly, airy, infinite debut album and is here. 

legally changed my name to dennis so i can write a book called forever version and have this as my book cover. i’m sure dennis alcapone is a relaxed guy and would totally understand. the real forever version is his gangly, airy, infinite debut album and is here

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#1060: ras michael & the sons of negus - new name (c. 1979)

i’m not usually in the market for chants about devotion and holy lands, but this one is on its on its own beautiful plain. the grainy minute-long clip is halfway between a nap, a prayer and a lullaby. it can’t make you feel better about the terrible things happening now in faraway mountains and besieged strips of land, but it will soften a minute of your day.

i think it’s from claude fleouter’s 1979 documentary la memoire du peuple noir, which has a scene with ras michael telling aggressors to run, but am not quite sure? or maybe it’s connected to this even slower, darker, more mysterious, arcane and lovely two-part nyabinghi footage. 

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very obscure and very beautiful albums by ras michael & the sons of negus, sometimes known as dadawah, that you can listen to in full online, for free: freedom sounds, love thy neighbor, kibir am lak, movements, peace & love

very obscure and very beautiful albums by ras michael & the sons of negus, sometimes known as dadawah, that you can listen to in full online, for free: freedom soundslove thy neighborkibir am lak, movementspeace & love

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#1059: bonnie tyler - it’s a heartache (top of the pops, 1977)

businessweek music video no. 2: “after argentina’s july win in the semifinals of the world cup, fans jumped for joy across the country and climbed wobbly stoplights to belt out patriotic songs. on the streets of at least one city, rosario, argentina’s third-largest, they also took the opportunity to taunt a u..s. hedge fund manager. dancing around the national flag memorial, they sang a song in spanish that more or less followed the tune of bonnie tyler’s it’s a heartache. “f–––ing vulture funds,” they chanted, in rough translation, “stop messing around and agree to a swap.””

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rca album covers from the ’70s were very good and very weird and a bit eerie. speaking of which, this bonnie is not this website’s all-time favorite bonnie.

rca album covers from the ’70s were very good and very weird and a bit eerie. speaking of which, this bonnie is not this website’s all-time favorite bonnie.

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#1058: the neville brothers - tell it like it is (ft. gregg allman and bonnie raitt, live 1989)

businessweek music video no. 1: “ralph dellacamera, paul singer’s former head trader, recalls his boss hamming it up at parties by playing piano—favoring standards, classical, and new orleans r&b by the neville brothers—but he remembers still more about their weekly portfolio reviews. “we’d go through every single position we had, religiously,” he says. they’d do it at the office or singer’s home, where his cook would prepare dinner for colleagues. “he didn’t want surprises. and when he felt there was a surprise, he would get upset,” dellacamera says. “you’re into position five, two hours into this meeting, and you’re tired a little bit, and it’s going well, he’s not yelling at you, so you’re feeling good. and you get to the position, and let’s say it’s an investment in a gold mine in peru or whatever the hell it is.” singer might stop and remember a detail about mine work that was supposed to have begun. “this is an insignificant mine, and you’re trying to tell him that, but you don’t want to tell him that. once you know you’re digging yourself in a hole, he just pounces on you. oh, god. and that’s when he gets angry. because in his mind, it’s all about the basics,” dellacamera says. “he wouldn’t throw things, but he would yell. ‘how could you miss this?’ he would make you feel very uncomfortable.””

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mighty doug sahm, with son shawn, during sir douglas' photo session for the december 7, 1968 cover of rolling stone magazine.

mighty doug sahm, with son shawn, during sir douglas' photo session for the december 7, 1968 cover of rolling stone magazine.

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#1057: the sir douglas quintet - at the crossroads (live in austin, 1975)

writing a country song called at the crossroads after robert johnson lived and died is like deciding today to name your new poem j. alfred prufrock or starting a yankees baseball team. but you can’t live in texas if you don’t have a lot of soul. doug sahm had soul.

he gave the aristocratic english name sir douglas quintet to the band he started with san antonio childhood friend augie meyers to trick mid-60s british invasion fans into buying their sleepy, beery, heartfelt texas music. thank the big and bright stars that it worked. even with a fake name, the quintet was as real as anything else i can think of. as real as willie nelson’s tax problems, as real as emmylou harris’ smile, as real as tammy wynette waking up at 1 am to find george jones gone and getting into the car, driving to the nearest bar, and seeing he’d driven their lawnmower there. “well fellas here she is now, my little wife,” he said. “i told you she’d come after me.”

doug sahm sang sad songs about drinkers and movers towns and love, and this is my favorite one of them all.

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#1056: charlie parker & dizzie gillespie - hot house (1951)

the only footage of charlie parker playing live comes complete with a racist introduction from two white hosts. “you boys got anything more to say?,” a host asks parker and dizzie gillespie ("diz — i mean dizzie — i get a little informal") after handing them awards from down beat magazine. charlie parker, as beautiful as beethoven, says, “well earl they say music speaks louder than words, so we’d rather voice our opinion that way if you don’t mind.” 

"i think that would be already with everybody," the host says. 

"good," charlie parker answers, before playing like god. 

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"charles got into serious trouble one night when he kept a taxi for six or seven hours and ran up a $10 bill which he couldn’t pay. the taxi driver tried to snatch his horn, and charles stabbed him with a dagger. they took him off to the farm. i told the police, ‘how dare you treat my son like that. bring him back!’ he came home the next day" - charlie parker’s mom, addie.
be nice to your mother, pay your cab fares, don’t stab anyone, and listen to tons and tons and tons and tons and tons of charlie parker.

"charles got into serious trouble one night when he kept a taxi for six or seven hours and ran up a $10 bill which he couldn’t pay. the taxi driver tried to snatch his horn, and charles stabbed him with a dagger. they took him off to the farm. i told the police, ‘how dare you treat my son like that. bring him back!’ he came home the next day" - charlie parker’s mom, addie.

be nice to your mother, pay your cab fares, don’t stab anyone, and listen to tons and tons and tons and tons and tons of charlie parker.

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#1055: dinosaur jr. - just like heaven (cure cover) (1989)

we here at the super groovy music video spectacular take music videos for cover songs so seriously that we’re lapsing into a very rare first-person plural. are you doubting our dead seriousness? then please consult with our various discussions of billy swan’s woozy, wobbly, heavy-lidded don’t be cruel, the staple singers slipping on talking heads, nick cave walking a mile in nancy sinatra’s boots, elliott smith and jon brion singing the prettiest kinks song, r.e.m. making boudleaux bryant proud, dwight yoakam’s wheels and carmelita, the fall doing the other half’s pharmacology gem mr. pharmacist, aaron neville crooning the main ingredient’s everybody plays the fooland even the esso trinidad steel band (with help from van dyke parks) banging out paul simon’s cecilia. and it is with similar seriousness when we write that dinosaur jr.’s just like heaven is the single best music video for a cover song ever made — and maybe one of the finest cover songs, too. 

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why this very detailed may 1989 melody maker article about dinosaur jr. meeting the cure hasn’t been turned into an 11-part dramatic television miniseries yet is way, way, way beyond me. 

why this very detailed may 1989 melody maker article about dinosaur jr. meeting the cure hasn’t been turned into an 11-part dramatic television miniseries yet is way, way, way beyond me. 

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#1054: u-roy - versions galore (1973) 

q: “what do you think of u-roy?” 

a: “well i think he’s the best in the crowd. i think he got it how i think it should be really done. i think u-roy does it how it should really be done. that’s the way i’d like to find myself doing it if i was still young.” 

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#1053: bill callahan (ft. thor harris) - sycamore (2007, live)

who would’ve thought that one single living human being could speak wiser words than the lyrics of bill callahan’s sycamore? "there’s sap in the trees if you tap them"? always. "love in the wild and fight in the gym." for sure. “the bottle gives birth to the cup” doesn’t make as much sense to me as “you won’t get hurt if you just keep your hands up.” and no advice in the song is fine as the title-inspiring “stand tall like sycamores.” then there’s “all you want to do is be the fire part of fire,” which makes me want to own a time machine so i could go back and replace my ralph wiggum quote in my senior year high school yearbook: “when i grow up, i want to be a principal or a caterpillar. i love you, principal skinner.”

but you know what? the long haired man who plays drums for bill callahan, not to mention swans, is named thor harris, and you can see him brushing his brushes beautifully to the beat up above. thor’s got advice that’s almost even better, especially because it will help you pinch some pennies: how to live like a king for very little has some excellent pointers on cigarettes, japanese cars, the produce section, bicycles, reproduction, thrift stores, fixing things, tailoring, cooperation, junkies and credit cards. to be honest i don’t agree with every last pointer (like the dostoevsky dig), but if you read them all while listening to bill c.’s tips you’ll be a better woman or man.

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