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


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


"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 going to boogie my scruples away." -lowell george


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


"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


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


"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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#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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the first and only piece of apparel this website could ever endorse: no comment. $60. from local hero durga chew-bose. for one week only. no comment is no joke.

the first and only piece of apparel this website could ever endorse: no comment. $60. from local hero durga chew-bose. for one week only. no comment is no joke.

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#1045: prince far-i - throw away our gun (1979)

we’re all allowed to take our advice from whomever we chose, and the world is sure full of sages. but i myself think it’s worth paying attention whenever one of the world’s best princes talks — especially when he’s backed by musicians with names like errol flabba holt, crucial bunny, bingy bunny, sowell, congo ashanti roy, noel scully simms and gladstone anderson. 

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global history’s most beneficent and omnipotent monarchs, ranked:
1. king sunny ade
2. prince
3. queen jane
4. king tubby
5. prince far-i (above)
6. the princess bride
7. prince jazzbo
8. queen
9. king friday

global history’s most beneficent and omnipotent monarchs, ranked:

1. king sunny ade

2. prince

3. queen jane

4. king tubby

5. prince far-i (above)

6. the princess bride

7. prince jazzbo

8. queen

9. king friday

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#1044: violent femmes - kiss off (1983)

when the revolution comes, the meek shall inherit the exposed undershirt. the scrawny shall be king. we who are pectorally mediocre will wear overalls like robes, and they shall floweth.

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let’s take a moment to pause and say: hallelujah. 
and here’s some music to celebrate.

let’s take a moment to pause and say: hallelujah

and here’s some music to celebrate.

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rolling stones - 19th nervous breakdown [best quality / original upload] aussie tv 1966 | izlesene.com

#1043: rolling stones - 19th nervous breakdown (live c. 1966)

you know what? it’s friday, the weekend is here, the winter is ending, the week is too, phil jackson is coming to the new york knicks (!), and so i’d like to tell you to have fun out there, stay safe, enjoy yourself, listen to rock and roll, or maybe stay at home and watch rock and roll videos, pray for the knicks, and don’t do anything that mid-60s brian jones wouldn’t.

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three thoughts on obey, no. 3: on this bleak day, friends, don’t forget his words of wisdom: “you are right if you keep right.” 

three thoughts on obey, no. 3: on this bleak day, friends, don’t forget his words of wisdom: “you are right if you keep right.” 

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three thoughts on obey, no. 2: it wasn’t for nothing that ebenezer obey got to title an album the adventures of mr. wise (also the name of the forthcoming fourth volume of my memoirs). you just look at him, or listen to his soft, curly, venerable, old, strange music, and you feel smarter and finer.

three thoughts on obey, no. 2: it wasn’t for nothing that ebenezer obey got to title an album the adventures of mr. wise (also the name of the forthcoming fourth volume of my memoirs). you just look at him, or listen to his soft, curly, venerable, old, strange music, and you feel smarter and finer.

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three thoughts on obey, no. 1: something on this cruelly cold march morning reminded me that one sure way to take the windchill pain away is chief commander ebenezer obey, who made music that sounded like blankets, lakes, jubilation and rum. see for yourself with chief commander ebenezer obey and his miliki sound, or the very non-mistletoe a christmas special by the king of juju, or dreamy obey and his international brothers’ board members, or of course the timeless and perfectly titled the horse the man and his son?

three thoughts on obey, no. 1: something on this cruelly cold march morning reminded me that one sure way to take the windchill pain away is chief commander ebenezer obey, who made music that sounded like blankets, lakes, jubilation and rum. see for yourself with chief commander ebenezer obey and his miliki sound, or the very non-mistletoe a christmas special by the king of juju, or dreamy obey and his international brothers’ board members, or of course the timeless and perfectly titled the horse the man and his son?

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#1042: blind john davis - born to lose (and studs turkel interview, 1985)

goals for old age. 

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#1041: elton john - country comfort (1971, live)

deep old elton cuts just cut the deepest. what is there in life besides greasy early-70s americana, especially when it’s so full of train-station tumbleweed and honky joy and barns and booze and bones?

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wim wenders and carrie fisher in 1978, just before she danced with ringo. both are unofficial celebrity spokespeople for the super groovy music video spectacular, which is what they’re talking about here. 

wim wenders and carrie fisher in 1978, just before she danced with ringo. both are unofficial celebrity spokespeople for the super groovy music video spectacular, which is what they’re talking about here. 

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#1040: johnny burnette - you’re sixteen (1960)

i was reading my hero robert christgau’s lovely and true and impressively straight-faced tribute to the late lou reed. its mention of “the doomed guitarist robert quine” brought me to his old voidoids bandmate richard hell writing a tribute to quine after his 2008 death, which led me to a man named jeremy tepper’s houndblog website, and its remarkable essay about quine and drugs, art garfunkel’s hairtrigger temper, girlfriends and accurate handwriting analysis, the c.i.a., greed and cruelty, misery and death, friends, fentanyl, lofts, chinese dinners, passing out into thanksgiving plates, typing, wives, hell, and, most important of any of these things, records and rock and roll.

it’s one of the most ferocious things i’ve read about music in a good long time, and i recommend it warmly.

the story refers to some things i know about and some things i didn’t, like the johnny burnette trio, whose lead man brought us this incredibly creepy and memorable love letter to a teenager. its oily come-ons are straight from beck’s neon-colored vulture funk, but somehow with all these chipper eisenhower-era white people clapping along wearing wide peachy grins, nodding at the nice young pompadoured star and his margarine string section, it’s hard to notice the glib statutory strangeness.

but nothing is stranger than the ringo starr sixteen from a tv special called ringo, which you should watch too, after reading mr. tepper.

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