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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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#1030: randy newman - a wedding in cherokee county (berlin’s bar jeder vernunft, 1994)

"i’ve been an admirer of albania, which has been in the news lately, more so in albania than here, or in the us. i used to get their paper, which was called the red menace, or the red death. what i admired about them was their independent foreign policy: it had no ally in the world. north korea was way too far to the right for them they were imperialist dogs, and the russians were leaches on the capitalist hindend, the chinese were far too moderate for them. i wanted to write them an anthem, and i started: “a white moon shines on the goat herd.” and i didn’t have enough information, i couldn’t go on. so instead i wrote them a wedding song. i later moved it to alabama when i needed it for a concept album. but it’s entire albanian in derivation and it’s in very bad taste at the same time: there she is sitting there, out behind the smokehouse in her rocking chair, she don’t say nothing she don’t do nothing she don’t feel nothing she don’t know nothing, maybe she’s crazy i don’t know maybe that’s why i love her so…” 

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#1009: bob dylan - love sick (1998, grammys alternate take)

i have watched this five times through—because it is amazing—and can definitively report that bob dylan appears to have rerecorded love sick from the grammys in its entirety so that a man in the background didn’t burst forward with soy bomb on his chest again. you can see in the original telecast mr. dylan was standing in the same place, surrounded by the same grinning band and the same grinning audience.

recently it occurred to me that the bad dancer’s message wasn’t about the legume: it was half spanish. this time, like in a dream, the bomb doesn’t go off at all. and not only is the audience nodding along, as if one of its members hadn’t just disrobed and stayed for a minute to jerk around next to disgusted bob dylan on live television.

what’s really impressive is how dylan, after the bomb, in his nice silver suit and sunburst telecaster, sounds as good as bo diddley playing on go bo diddley, especially toward the end. if this was bob dylan’s only song bob dylan would be excellent.

update: the internet is such a beauteous place that in less than three minutes a person named ben wrote on his dylan blog that the soy bomber was very seamlessly edited out. i’ve watched twice more and can now unequivocally confirm that he’s totally right.

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#999: woody allen - algiers strut (1997, wild man blues)

"to be even as bad as I am, you do have to practice every day.”

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#994: weezer - say it ain’t so (late night with david letterman, 1995)

with all due respect to the new musem’s nyc 1993: experimental jet set, trash and no star, the show is off by 24 months. ‘95 was always the year. there was something about being 11 years old in 1995: a time of bullies in jnco jeans and heroes in airwalks, when a young new york city was enjoying the second year of the giuliani administration, ira kaplan looked like my babysitter’s boyfriend, matt sharp was still in weezer, nick taranto and i organized an epic baseball card sale in mr. zoffness’ central school class to help fund a trip to our nation’s capital, and rivers cuomo looked like leon neyfakh. magic was in the air. 

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#980: yo la tengo - autumn sweater (1997, msbnc)

it just isn’t fall until you’ve put on your favorite mohair cardigan, roasted up some acorns, nestled those footsies into warmed pumpkin, wrapped all your loved ones in grandma’s quilts, and everyone watches john hockenberry introduce hoboken’s finest. this is, without exaggeration, the single most important thing ever aired on msnbc. 

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#972: wilco - new madrid (irving plaza, 1997, hbo reverb)

history’s most moving country song about charlatan geology, with a bonus point for lines about new york sung in the city itself, a second for full footage of the irving plaza concert online, a third for getting a nice long look at the late great jay bennett, and, after that, a bonus bonus point for jeff tweedy’s mid-90s shirt on top of a mid-90s shirt.

the past is a foreign country, people wear ill-fitting clothes there. 

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there once was a real but very physically improbable time and place when stephen stills, yo la tengo, irma thomas, tracy nelson, radiohead, wilco, little feat, desmond dekker, elastica and jerry jeff walker all played in the same little club in a three month span: it’s true, and this newspaper ad proves it. it was 1995 in new york city and i was nearby, but too busy being a tasteless little fifth grader to have appreciated it.

there once was a real but very physically improbable time and place when stephen stills, yo la tengo, irma thomas, tracy nelson, radiohead, wilco, little feat, desmond dekker, elastica and jerry jeff walker all played in the same little club in a three month span: it’s true, and this newspaper ad proves it. it was 1995 in new york city and i was nearby, but too busy being a tasteless little fifth grader to have appreciated it.

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#967: gillian welch and david rawlings with ricky skaggs - by the mark (1997, bbc)

ricky skaggs’ red jacket to infinity. where, if you’re ricky skaggs, do you go to get a jacket like that? and why is he so good at singing his high, sad harmonies while playing his sad, high mandolin? even though ricky is ancient and good (he says, “thank you gillian i appreciate you asking me on this song i love this one” almost exactly like tim heidecker) david rawlings and gillian welch, the queen of them all, the sad-eyed lady of the lowlands, are better. halfway through this they sound like angels french kissing in the sun.

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#959: pavement - shady lane (1997, dir. spike jonze)

you and me and the whole wide beautiful world are better off not knowing that spike jonze is a billionaire direct marketing catalogue business heir from maryland named adam spiegel. don’t even look it up, just forget you read this, it’s better that way. here’s something to distract you: i cried twice during where the wild things are.

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#953: ali farka toure with ry cooder - goye kur (new orleans, 1994)

nine things that ry cooder, california’s finest guitar player, said about mali’s holy ali farka toure during the interview for talking timbuktu's liner notes:

(1) he has a way of looking down into your throat in a funny way, even when he’s drunk, and knowing a few things.

(2) he’ll just come in and reset the molecules in the room… on the level of a faith healer. on the level of a shaman.

(3) the guy is a big, strong, important man… it’s an expression of his tremendous self-confidence, which is miles wide… you have to get to kind of a soft place with a guy like that, with him.

(4) all through the years, thousands, eons worth of years, what they must have known or had going was a sense that the music is all there, and all you have to do is just become a conduit for it.

(5) that stuff is kaleidoscopic, it all works together, but it’s very cozy… to me, it’s like lightnin’ hopkins backwards.

(6) i’d like to take bootsy collins and some other people and go to africa and see what the fuck’s going on.

(7) he rolls around like a sailor, he rolls, it’s real good… i’m sure they stay up all night over there.

(8) so he says, “wait a minute.” he’s stopped. he’s always speaking french. “where’s the ocean?” i said, “it’s about two blocks.” boy, he put the fiddle down and wouldn’t touch it. i said, “what’s the matter?” he said, “there’s a lot of spirit world in the ocean, and if they hear this and misunderstand, the ocean will come up and drown us right quick.” so i’m not going to argue with that. he’s not making a big thing of it, like “i have seen the vision” and being dramatic. he’s just saying, “no way am i going to play this fiddle two blocks from the ocean – period. don’t ask me to.” “okay.” then we got out in the studio in hollywood, and he began to play a thing and put the fiddle right down. i said, “what’s the matter now?” he said, “there are too many doors in here. the doors are a problem.”

(9) but you know me, i’m just a turnip truck driver from santa monica. i don’t necessarily have any real understanding of this stuff. 

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#950: modest mouse - cowboy dan (live, 1997)

you’ll learn five really important lessons from the excellent new lonesome crowded west documentary: the first is that pitchfork media is apparently making very pretty 45-minute films now, the second is that modest mouse’s jeremiah green has the exact same sweet-soft talking voice as joe coscarelli, the third is that isaac brock is now nestled in a wood-paneled living room with terrific book cases, the fourth is that there’s a kind of pacific-northwest art—like kelly reichardt’s wendy and lucy or old modest mouse albums this is a long drive for someone with nothing to think about or building nothing out of something—that paints the region with such hieronymus bosch-levels of agony and degradation and dehumanized solitude that portlandia looks like jingoism by comparison, and the fifth is one you probably knew but may have forgotten, which is that for a band made clinton-administration exurban teen angst music, modest mouse was six times better than they had to be.

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blur used to say in the 1990s that modern life was rubbish. maybe that’s true, but at least they had totally cool posters back then, and cd stores, and cd stores with totally cool posters on the wall for even second-tier blur singles. where have all the cool posters on the music store walls gone? nobody knows.

blur used to say in the 1990s that modern life was rubbish. maybe that’s true, but at least they had totally cool posters back then, and cd stores, and cd stores with totally cool posters on the wall for even second-tier blur singles. where have all the cool posters on the music store walls gone? nobody knows.

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#947: blur - on your own (1997)

at what point will cultural anthropologists know enough about mid-90s british pop to be able to tell me whether the on your own video—with damon albarn’s white-fur kangol hat and in-your-face gesticulations for the camera—was a long and cruel satire of jamiroquai or just one of the blurry things blur was into back when blur was blur and making blurry blur?

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#944: neil young - pocahontas (1992, wttv chicago)

neil young’s mtv unplugged is for uncultured dilettantes whose alphabetized vhs collections are missing the acoustic concert he gave in a small room for a station called wttv in chicago a year earlier—which is not a joke, because neil young singing about one thousand pelts and aurora borealis in small rooms is not something you should ever find funny.

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#940: the fugees - killing me softly (1995)

four out of five scholars of gnostic soulquarian mysticism agree that the increasingly plausibility of d’angelo releasing some form of his more-than-a-decade-in-the-making james river means that the next mid-90s soulful genius to release her more-than-a-decade-in-the-making album will be lauryn hill.

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