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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


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#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


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#882: the beach boys - wake the world (1968)

ah, winter, the coldest of the seasons! these days of sad sleepiness and snowy starkness! sanguine silence and other soft sibilants! and let’s be frank, because we’re all friends here—it’s mostly horrible. unless you’re in the late-60s beach boys and things are falling apart and you’re in a hotel in germany and you make a music video about your room service and walking around in the snow in a hat and things like that. that’s nice.

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#859: beach boys - do it again (1968)

i know that people often squabble over which great music video out of all of history’s great music videos features the longest white dinner jackets paired with the least effortful lip-syncing combined with the deadest eyes, but that’s an even more pointless fight than the famous ahhs argument.

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#858: beach boys - friends (1968)

the best oohs in pop music is a toss-up, but anyone who bickers over which song has the finest, cleanest, happiest ahhs is either argumentative or imbecilic. let’s not fight—let’s be friends.

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one hint that the very good beach boys song about friendship was probably fictional is the look on the boys’ faces on the cover of this low-budget european compilation, which i assume was barred from using one of the regular capitol records cover shots and had to rely on candid photography in which al jardine’s expression of bemused mid-sentence disgust is outdone only by brian wilson’s paranoid pre-cigarette frown. at least the lamp shade looks happy.

one hint that the very good beach boys song about friendship was probably fictional is the look on the boys’ faces on the cover of this low-budget european compilation, which i assume was barred from using one of the regular capitol records cover shots and had to rely on candid photography in which al jardine’s expression of bemused mid-sentence disgust is outdone only by brian wilson’s paranoid pre-cigarette frown. at least the lamp shade looks happy.

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#806: tony joe white - poke salad annie (1969)

the beach boys’ vegetables is a better and sweeter song, and it has paul mccartney chewing celery in the background, but as far as highly vulgar late-60s vegan-approvable rock songs go, poke salad annie gets extra points for crossing a certain invisible line of innuendo. it’s hard to put your finger on, but elvis presley said it well when he offered, “everybody calls it poke salad. and that’s poke! salad! poke! hut, two, three, four, hut, hut, two, three, four, hut, hut, two, three, four, yeah, ang, ang, ang, mom, mom, pop, pop, huh, huh, huh, bop, two, three, four, hut, hut, hut, two, three, four.” wonderful.

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#629: the beach boys - disney girls (1971)

this might be all the rich lipton tea i’ve had this afternoon talking, but my favorite beach boys song wasn’t written by brian wilson (although good vibrations is the most terrific pop hit of the century, and sloop john b is a maritime classic, and surfer girl is awfully tender). it wasn’t even written by al jardine or that grinch mike love, though they did don’t go near the water. it’s disney girls, written by backup singer bruce johnston of peoria, illinois, and it’s so unimaginably dark and lonely that it looks feathery and light and cute. the bridge is about late-50s television and will make you cry. if it doesn’t, try brian wilson and van dyke parks’ take on similar subject matter.

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the beach boys ozzie and harriet lyric that melts all but the coldest hearts: “hi rick, hi dave, hi pop, well good morning mom! get up, guess  what, i’m in love with a girl i found. she’s really swell, cause she  likes church bingo chances and old time dances.”

the beach boys ozzie and harriet lyric that melts all but the coldest hearts: “hi rick, hi dave, hi pop, well good morning mom! get up, guess what, i’m in love with a girl i found. she’s really swell, cause she likes church bingo chances and old time dances.”

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#583: beach boys - surfer girl (live, 1964)

brian wilson always gets his due, because he writes songs that are pure and sweet and true and perfect. and just look at the way he holds his bass! but it’s important to remember his underappreciated band mates. “i love my carl, i love my brian, my dennis, and my al,” belle and sebastian once said, “i could even find it in my heart to love mike love.”

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#582: brian wilson and van dyke parks - orange crate art (1995)

and the works progress administration poster archives also have a section of fruit crate labels, which is not only a splendid thing in and of itself, but it also happens to be on the same exact subject as brian wilson’s sweetest song. so it’s a win-win.

update: van dyke parks is coming to brooklyn! v.d.p. in bk.!

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the lilys - tennis system (and its stars)

dave davies was taking high tea with his friend brian wilson when a hidden hydrogen bomb went off in the biscuits and they floated up to heaven, and while they floated the clouds sang melodious lines like, “dixey hangs with a tricky lot of cowards,” and “your weak spine can’t handle all my ways of soft destruction.” and just then, voila, dave and brian realized they were in a lilys song about tennis and constellations. this very song! do you know the lilys? i hadn’t until recently, and i’m glad i do. and once again i give thanks to kat.

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#444: the beach boys - don’t go near the water (1971)

the other night i dreamed i met van dyke parks at a black-tie gala. i corned him by a red staircase and told him how much i worshiped discover america, and his album with joanna newsom, and especially his chewy, loony, post-pop (i’m not sure if that’s a real phrase, but still) music with the beach boys, especially surfs up, which begins with this song and ends eponymously. he was sort of awkward but really appreciative! and then i dreamed that i could grow a beard like early-70s mike love, not just the wispy whiskers of a bar mitzvah boy. so this is the song of my dreams.

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the beach boys in 1973: keeping it classy.

the beach boys in 1973: keeping it classy.

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#422: beach boys - good vibrations (1968)

this isn’t the world’s peppiest performance of good vibrations, but what the band lacks in pep they make up for here in uber-gonzo visuals that are really far out, man. the white suites are nice, too! this must be what spiders see when spiders watch late-60s drug-addled californian pop.

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"my mother used to tell me about vibrations. i really didn’t understand too much what that meant when i was a boy. it scared me, the word vibrations. to think that invisible feelings, invisible vibrations existed, scared me to death.” - brian wilson

"my mother used to tell me about vibrations. i really didn’t understand too much what that meant when i was a boy. it scared me, the word vibrations. to think that invisible feelings, invisible vibrations existed, scared me to death.” - brian wilson

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