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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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#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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#1052: brian eno - seven deadly finns (dutch tv, 1974)

listen all day long to brian eno’s glistening, weird, faraway, irreplaceable mid-1970s rock albums, sleep to his ambient music, wake up to his mascara-soaked hits with roxy music, follow each of his oblique strategies at work, read his cat cartoons on the train, wonder during dinner about the heavenly atmosphere in the studios where he helped david byrne and talking heads record their masterpieces, internalize his tea invitations, then read this excellent new profile of his life and times and pens and lamps in the new yorker by sasha frere-jones. 

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this is a photograph of my girlfriend’s mom, nancy, with her colleagues at rolling stone magazine in august 1977. the past is a foreign country where everything is tinted red, eyelids sag, and the media is great.
from left: virginia team, susan vermazen, susan hemphill, wendy stahl, someone’s leg, nancy butkus, mary shanahan (via jamie malanowski)

this is a photograph of my girlfriend’s mom, nancy, with her colleagues at rolling stone magazine in august 1977. the past is a foreign country where everything is tinted red, eyelids sag, and the media is great.

from left: virginia team, susan vermazen, susan hemphill, wendy stahl, someone’s leg, nancy butkus, mary shanahan (via jamie malanowski)

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#1051: dr. hook - the cover of rolling stone (live, 1974)

"i have seen woodstock and i have seen the last waltz. i have seen don’t look back, eat the document, and no direction home. i have seen the maysles brothers’ documentary about the rolling stones, as well as jean-luc godard’s semi-documentary about the rolling stones and robert frank’s notoriously unreleased documentary about the rolling stones, which legend has it you’re only legally allowed to watch in the presence of both jagger and richards. (it was only okay.) i have seen the great rock and roll swindle as well as the filth and the fury, julien temple’s two different documentaries about the sex pistols. i have seen that double-dvd tom petty documentary. i have seen the special features. i have seen the movie where chris holmes from w.a.s.p. slowly drinks himself nearly to death in a darkened swimming pool enclosure and ozzy pours the orange juice all over the counter. i have seen david bowie’s cocaine skeleton doing burroughsian cut-ups on the floor of a luxury hotel in the difficult-to-find tv special cracked actor. to varying degrees, i enjoyed all these films, but if you asked me to tell you my very-favorite-ever cinematic document of a rock and roll band, i would have to break down and admit that it’s a 10-dollar import dvd of dr. hook and the medicine show doing a live-for-german-tv performance sometime in 1974. i have seen it at least 30 times” - the opening of will sheff's “dennis, we’ve been crying too much”: dr. hook and the untold story of the best rock movie ever made,” one of the best things ever published on gawker or the world wide web.

update: will sheff is good at writing songs and sentences. here’s his new and beautiful response to donald hugh “don” henley, of all people.

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seven charles mingus albums with some version of his name in the title that you should listen to over this memorial day weekend, on repeat: mingus dynasty, mingus at antibes, charles mingus presents charles mingus, mingus mingus mingus mingus mingus, mingus ah um, mingus at the bohemia, mingus plays piano, plus also black saint and the sinner lady, which doesn’t have mingus in the title but good god it’s good.

seven charles mingus albums with some version of his name in the title that you should listen to over this memorial day weekend, on repeat: mingus dynasty, mingus at antibes, charles mingus presents charles mingus, mingus mingus mingus mingus mingus, mingus ah um, mingus at the bohemia, mingus plays piano, plus also black saint and the sinner lady, which doesn’t have mingus in the title but good god it’s good.

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#1050: charles mingus - goodbye porkpie hat (1975)

maybe it’s because sixteen years had gone by since lester young died and charles mingus wrote this song about him and his hat, but this music doesn’t sound like death or disappearance or disease. to me it sounds like liquor, train tracks, gerry mulligan’s beard, empty caves, full notepads, danny richmond’s pajamas, slow dances in the summertime, bad driving and good jokes.

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greatest people of all time (g.p.o.a.t.) entry no. 6: mr. charles mingus

greatest people of all time (g.p.o.a.t.) entry no. 6: mr. charles mingus

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#1049: the band - up on cripple creek (ed sullivan, 1969)

"here’s the new recording sensation for you youngsters. the band: let’s have a fine welcome for them. come on! … boys. wonderful. come on over here. i want — robbie robertson. which one is robbie robertson? garth hudson. rick danko? rick danko’s over here. richard manuel. and, what is that, levin? or levant? levon. helm.”

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due to some fluke of tumblr engineering, if not the cruel personal whims of yahoo! ceo marissa mayer, the wonderful hall & oates i want my mtv graphic that used to be this website’s logo up on top of the page disappeared sometime over the past few months. the bad news is i’m not sure how to get it back. the good is it sent me in search of the graphic’s history: it turns out it was one of the very early sketches for mtv’s first promo in 1982, done by the very well-named company buzzco. its designers candy kugel and the late vince caferelli were geniuses, it seems to me.

due to some fluke of tumblr engineering, if not the cruel personal whims of yahoo! ceo marissa mayer, the wonderful hall & oates i want my mtv graphic that used to be this website’s logo up on top of the page disappeared sometime over the past few months. the bad news is i’m not sure how to get it back. the good is it sent me in search of the graphic’s history: it turns out it was one of the very early sketches for mtv’s first promo in 1982, done by the very well-named company buzzco. its designers candy kugel and the late vince caferelli were geniuses, it seems to me.

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#1048: grimes - oblivion (2012)

who wants to help me write my upcoming doorstopper anthology? it’s called bros. i’ve been kind of working on its wall street chapters over the years and am finally ready to expand into essential subjects including paul ryan’s 2012 vice presidential candidacy, the n’est-ce pas cadillac elr poolside advertisement, tucker max’s complete body of work, the boston red sox’s late-season “chicken and beer" 2011 collapse, recordings i’ve made of customers waiting anxiously on the lines outside manhattan’s fifth avenue abercrombie and fitch, and the fantastic frat dancing in grimes’ oblivion video: claire boucher or emily kai bock, if for some odd reason you’re reading this, you’re invited to contribute.

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#1047: hello - new york groove (1975)

how do hollow-eyed and long-haired bros pumping their fists under fake snow  in bell bottoms make for such an unassailable 2 minutes and 22 seconds of goofy, slimey, perfect rock and roll? hello, i don’t know. 

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the 1970s had it nailed. they were right about everything. ok not every actual thing, but many things. 

the 1970s had it nailed. they were right about everything. ok not every actual thing, but many things. 

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#1046: leon russell & friends - honky tonk woman (live, the homewood session, 1971)

a lot of times people stop me and say, “max, what is it like being a journalist? is it a nonstop amazing party such as the one leon russell threw in a california studio in 1971 for a concert that for some reason was aired on pbs, featuring your hero furry lewis along with derek and the dominoes bassist carl radle, plus don nix, claudia lennear, kathi mcdonald, chuck blackwell, jim horn, john gallie, don preston, joey cooper and someone named sweet emily?” and i just nod my head silently and dance around with my rolling pin and reporter’s notebook. 

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willie nelson's stolen armadillo shows that the united states of america is a flawed nation, and willie's returned armadillo proves all is not lost.

willie nelson's stolen armadillo shows that the united states of america is a flawed nation, and willie's returned armadillo proves all is not lost.

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