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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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#1066: bob dylan, van dyke parks & ry cooder - do re mi (woody guthrie) (2009)

today i discovered that my hero ry cooder, who plays guitar like ed ruscha paints gas stations, julia child roasts chicken, jackie robinson catches flyballs and agnes martin draws lines — beautifully — just joined twitter. what has he written about so far? a hand-painted sign on a truck, los angeles drag racing in the 1950s, ufos, singers, mexican pointy boots, a drink called rye cooder, flaco jimenez, trees and the late beto quintanilla, of course. i’m grateful that i can read him on a website, just like i’m grateful that i can listen to the beautiful, ancient, clear, loving music he’s made about true lovehard times and bad menoften played while wearing really bad hawaiian shirts. i love his weird, wobbly voice, but most of all i love him playing with other people, like ali farka toure, or randy newman, and, above, playing woody guthrie’s best song about california with two other american heroes, bob dylan and van dyke parks. you’ll find mr. dyke parks on twitter, too, writing about birds, forgiveness, allen toussaint, and decent people. 

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#1065: smiths - panic (1986)

"no odio a la gente," says the subhead of an interview this morning in spain’s el mundo. “soy un hombre amable y sensible.” above that is the article’s headline, another quote from the same interview: “ya descansaré cuando esté muerto.” who is the amiable and sensible misanthrope who will rest when he’s dead? of course, who else, it’s morrissey. and in the same interview with the spanish newspaper — between its corrupt royalty and ebola panic, how could he have picked another country’s media? — he announces that he has cancer.

"si me muero, pues me muero," he says. "y si no, pues no." i hope he pronounced those words, just like that, in lancashire-accented spanish. and not its english translation: "if i die, i die; and if i don’t, i don’t." 

one of history’s most gifted, heroic, tragic, interesting, loathsome, melodic, inspired narcissists is ill. if he won’t panic, then we shouldn’t. here are some smiths covers to look at to distract you. and if that doesn’t work, there are the world-historic videos for this charming mansister i’m a poet, askbigmouth strikes again, i’ve changed my plea to guilty, i started something i couldn’t finish and sheila take a bow.

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seven smiths covers from seven years of the super groovy music video extravaganza, ranked: (7) bigmouth strikes again (6) the boy with the thorn in his side (5) meat is murder (4) i started something i couldn’t finish (3) this charming man (2) what difference does it make? (1) there is a light that never goes out

seven smiths covers from seven years of the super groovy music video extravaganza, ranked: (7) bigmouth strikes again (6) the boy with the thorn in his side (5) meat is murder (4) i started something i couldn’t finish (3) this charming man (2) what difference does it make? (1) there is a light that never goes out

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#1064: joni mitchell - cold blue steel and sweet fire (live 1974)

it’s the right idea to listen to joni mitchell this time of year. who else sings better about prayers and pleas? this live footage, which i’d never seen until today, is a high holy days gift from a god who loves joni mitchell just as much as you and me. it’s a sad and beautiful version of a sad and beautiful drug song, all jungle gyms, fire escapes, lost letters, pin cushions, pawnshops, bathroom sinks, black soot and release. it’s not preachy or sacrilegious, just cold and good.

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my favorite book store, new york city’s printed matter, has a trove of old east village eye copies for sale, including one with a cover that features my favorite royalty, nigeria’s very remarkable king sunny ade. if you don’t know printed matter, which was cofounded by equally heroic sol lewitt, you should go to its beautiful 10th avenue store, where there are 38,344 art books by 27,283 people (truly). most cost just a few dollars, and there’s an embarrassment of riches by young locals like noah lyon or andrew kuo or sara cwynar, who might be happy to talk to you about matt groening’s oeuvre or the mid-90s new york knicks if you bump into them in the aisles. pipe some king sunny into your headphones and spend an afternoon there, friends. 

my favorite book store, new york city’s printed matter, has a trove of old east village eye copies for sale, including one with a cover that features my favorite royalty, nigeria’s very remarkable king sunny ade. if you don’t know printed matter, which was cofounded by equally heroic sol lewitt, you should go to its beautiful 10th avenue store, where there are 38,344 art books by 27,283 people (truly). most cost just a few dollars, and there’s an embarrassment of riches by young locals like noah lyon or andrew kuo or sara cwynar, who might be happy to talk to you about matt groening’s oeuvre or the mid-90s new york knicks if you bump into them in the aisles. pipe some king sunny into your headphones and spend an afternoon there, friends. 

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#1063: king sunny ade - ja funmi (channel 4’s the tube, 1983)

"his sound makes you feel good without making you feel superior to somebody else. whether the man and his music become popular, influential, or just another fad is really immaterial. music needs people like king sunny ade now to clear out the cobwebs and the complications, to revitalize sound and attitude. he can take our sounds and make them part of his. we need to learn from his sound and make it part of ours." - the east village eye in 1983

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#1062: johnny cash - flesh and blood (from the man, his world, his music, 1969)

the most romantic thing that’s ever happened in global history was johnny cash sitting next to his wife on a couch, who’s brushing hair off of his shoulder, underneath a portrait of them together, and he says, “now, we brought some property up near smithsville, it’s woods, and there’s a trout stream running through cliffs. we were up there not long ago, june and the girls and i, and i sat down on a rock and started writing. i don’t know, it might possibly be recorded commercially, i don’t know. it’s called, well, it’s called, what i need is you — all i need is you — you’re all i need." then he plays his beautiful song, which he’d get around to calling flesh and blood because its chorus promises: “fresh and blood needs flesh and blood, and you’re the one i need.” on the couch he holds his guitar next to his wife. “that’s just another little thing i wrote,” he says.

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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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