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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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#1010: aretha franklin - do right woman do right man (merv griffin show, 1967)

more soul than immanuel kant, more soul than socrates pointing up high on his death bed in david’s painting, more sole than the bottom of the north sea, more sole than imelda marcos’ shoe closet, more soul than al or sam or otis and james. the peak of american culture? the peak of the color green! the peak of hula hoop decor. the peak of music—and video.

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#955: aretha franklin - share your love with me (live in montreux, 1971)

footage of singing that could make grown men ill, and shouts that heal the sick.

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#925: gal costa - baby (1969)

caetano veloso’s baby is the simplest of all the baby-based love songs, and gal costa’s version beats out the ronettes’ baby, i love you, the beatles’ baby’s in black, the louvin brothers’ my baby’s gone, joanna newsom’s baby birch, lefty frizzell’s my baby’s just like money, roy orbison’s dream baby, the ronettes’ be my baby, bob dylan’s it’s all over now baby blue, and, by just a hair, both aretha franklin’s (sweet sweet baby) since you’ve been gone and baby i love you for history’s best titularly infantile love song, in that exact order.

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#874: aretha franklin - you send me (1970, live)

yes! yes! oh, yes! oh, yes! sure makes you feel like singing! oh, yes, it does! kind of makes you feel like singing early in the morning! early in the morning! early in the morning! early, early, early! yeah! yeah! yeah! yeah! yeah! oh! good god almighty that sure makes you say yeah. alright now—one of my favorites and one of yours, i hope.

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aretha seizing chicago.
an even finer photograph than this.

aretha seizing chicago.

an even finer photograph than this.

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#710: roy orbison - dream baby (1965, singer concert hall, the netherlands)

ten at least slightly music related things that brought me great joy in 2010:

10. finding footage of roy orbison’s 1965 dutch concert online (just look at what the great spectacled one did to those poor dutch teenagers)

9. seeing aretha’s hat for the first time

8. finally getting around to ordering david bowie’s early 70s singles

7. sharing that photograph of leonard cohen and his honey

6. meeting mr. van dyke parks, his holiness

5. hearing my colleague zeke turner sing or at least kind of talk-hum aloud a line from every song on the marvelettes’ perfect playboy

4. telling ric ocasek outside of old town about liking weezer’s blue album

3. interviewing poor old crooner carly simon in bed about ken starr

2. finally finding something that married my two things closest to my heart, footage of spinning newspapers and the pogues

1. falling in love with joanna newsom’s have one on me, the best album of the year by such a wide margin that anyone who even hints otherwise is either a liar or an exceptionally obsequious member of kanye west’s entourage

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#620: kool moe dee - no respect (1987)

the no respect video does not get nearly enough respect. for starters, it’s high time for a scene-by-scene remake. rick ross, are you listening?

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one more look at the hat. just soak in its rays. and—hark—is that president bush, first lady bush, president clinton, and vice president gore in the background? one can only wonder what they were thinking about. it was probably aretha-related. her inauguration hat was the 21st-century equivalent of the white turtleneck suit al green wore on the i’m so in love with you cover, only better.

one more look at the hat. just soak in its rays. and—hark—is that president bush, first lady bush, president clinton, and vice president gore in the background? one can only wonder what they were thinking about. it was probably aretha-related. her inauguration hat was the 21st-century equivalent of the white turtleneck suit al green wore on the i’m so in love with you cover, only better.

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#518: arethan franklin - you make me feel like a natural woman (1968)

one year after president barack obama’s historic inauguration, it’s important to take a moment to pause and appreciate aretha franklin’s hat. say what you will about this troubled and imperfect presidency, but that hat is exactly the hat we thought it was on that fateful winter morning 12 months ago. and yet even millinery, like presidential performance, has its limits. when it comes right down to it, the great hat is not as cosmically tremendous as the concert aretha franklin played in stockholm in 1968—which is probably the best full concert available on youtube, considering, among other things, the bottomless baritone saxes on i never loved a man the way i loved you and the pharmacological lilt of dr. feelgood. here’s hoping that the country can reach the tremendous heights of natural woman's last chorus.

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#290: aretha franklin - rock steady (1972, soul train)

in honor of the truly amazing hat aretha franklin just wore in front of millions of people as she sang my country tis of thee, here she is funking to one of her funkiest funk songs, a tune with that funktified, low-down feeling. for this is a day to move your hips from left to right! to do that funky dance all night! america’s got the feelin’ and america don’t care! viva aretha! viva obama! viva us!

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yes aretha can. YES! ARETHA! CAN!
(an alternate headline is: “you bow, girl.”)

yes aretha can. YES! ARETHA! CAN!

(an alternate headline is: “you bow, girl.”)

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#273: aretha franklin - dr. feelgood (love is a serious business) (1968)

you know, i’m traveling (to here) later this week, so i’d like to talk to you right now about something my friend aretha franklin once said: “you know, traveling, i get laryngitis quite often, running in and out of clubs, and on and off planes and what have you. so i’d like to talk to you right now about a doctor that visited me…”

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hallelujah.

hallelujah.

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i was going to put up a time magazine cover of aretha franklin in june, 1968, but then i found this monstrously awesome image from two weeks earlier. the covers of major international mags should ask “CAN YOU TRUST ANYONE OVER 30?” more often these days. instead there’s just this pro-youth claptrap. these fucking kids these days! i tell you.

i was going to put up a time magazine cover of aretha franklin in june, 1968, but then i found this monstrously awesome image from two weeks earlier. the covers of major international mags should ask “CAN YOU TRUST ANYONE OVER 30?” more often these days. instead there’s just this pro-youth claptrap. these fucking kids these days! i tell you.

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