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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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i’m working on an encyclopedia of ringo starr’s facial expressions.
the toast above provides the first entry (this is second, this comes third), and i’ll send a signed galley to you in exchange for a mint copy of the single that featured this classic triangular half-grin, plus 'till there was you and crying, waiting, hoping.

i’m working on an encyclopedia of ringo starr’s facial expressions.

the toast above provides the first entry (this is second, this comes third), and i’ll send a signed galley to you in exchange for a mint copy of the single that featured this classic triangular half-grin, plus 'till there was you and crying, waiting, hoping.

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cat power playing her version of the velvet underground’s i found a reason at her joan of arc concert in viking union hall, may 1999. download it here, and rejoice.

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#520: glenn gould - bach’s goldberg variations (1981)

did you know that the internet in all its infinite awesomeness now has dreyer’s the passion of joan of arc? it’s a free stream of perfect light, holy shadows, clenched hands, sinning eyes, terrified mouths, arched eyebrows and quivering chins.

the only bad thing is that the silent film has been given a soundtrack recorded in 1994 (it’s called voices of light and you do not want to listen to it). so watch on mute while listening to glenn gould play the goldberg variations just before his death, the only piece of music as heavenly as the movie itself.

or if you’re really brave you can listen to the live soundtrack cat power recorded for the film in 1999 using sad and beautiful songs from her covers record. amen.

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#283: cat power (and the dirty delta blues band) - naked if i want to (2008)

holy heavens, last night i saw cat power play in a tiny, tiny, tiny backroom of a bar in brooklyn, so i wrote about it just now for the observer:

anyone anywhere who thinks they know anything about new york city can tell you that brooklyn is dead—especially williamsburg, but especially everything surrounding the first two l-train stops. but last night, fulfilling every fantasy you ever had about what brooklyn was like back before you could grow your mustache, back before you knew the difference between bedford avenue and westchester’s town of bedford, the genuinely wonderful chanteuse cat power somehow played in the small back room of a bar on union avenue.

it was like seeing joni mitchell sing some tunes in a living room in los angeles in 1978, back when everyone was complaining about the city’s descent into an over-tanned, over-cocained fleetwood mac theme park. the only difference is that late-70s joni mitchell involved weird jazz-fusion and chaka kahn back-up vocals. but cat power—the crowd knew her real name, chan marshall, and they called it out—played at union pool with her dirty delta blues (though no drummer), with as much throbbing, throttling oomph that her pretty, bony songs could possibly allow.

technically, everyone was there to celebrate william van meter’s new book, bluegrass: a true story of murder in kentucky, but the swoons were for the music. cat power, one hand behind her back, knees bent, eyes closed, neck veins popping, put on a show that made an entire borough seem lovely again.

among other things, there was moby grape’s naked if i want to, played like art tatum covering tom waits, and then, wouldn’t you know it, a version of joni mitchell’s blue, which, even without a drummer’s help, built up from skeletal to tectonic. afterwards, everyone went back to loathing brooklyn again.

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#85: smog - rock bottom riser (2005)

the only bad thing about bill callahan is that he records as “smog,” as opposed to just using his god given name. smog is a smug name. but everything else is grand: he sings in the most unassuming and honest baritone since johnny cash, he dates women like cat power and joanna newsom, he writes songs that are silky and shattering and ancient.

songs like rock bottom riser slither into your head and chest and fingertips. i guess it’s a little too murky and wintery to be a love song; it’s more like hipster dustbowl music. those family tree lyrics are devastating, almost too devastating—i like it better when the brushy background drumroll turns into a thwack, and the song lifts from the bottom of the water up to the sun.

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good band picture #6: before cat power’s bangs there were joni mitchell’s bangs… and all joni mitchell ever wanted to do was knit you a sweater and make you feel better, to talk to you and shampoo you and renew you. because you’re her cause, and when she thinks of your kisses her mind see-saws.

good band picture #6: before cat power’s bangs there were joni mitchell’s bangs… and all joni mitchell ever wanted to do was knit you a sweater and make you feel better, to talk to you and shampoo you and renew you. because you’re her cause, and when she thinks of your kisses her mind see-saws.

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#28: cat power - the greatest (2006)

this is from the same bbc show as the clip below (later with jools holland), so why does cat power’s band sound even holier? it’s because she was playing with the reverend al green's band—the reverend motherfucking al goddman green!

i don’t know what “secure the grounds for the later parade” means, but when she sings it i want to beat the soil and gnash my teeth.

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good band picture #5: cat power—oh mama.

good band picture #5: cat power—oh mama.

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#27: cat power - new york, new york (2008)

is it wrong to read the random snippets of text at the bottom of spam? i just got an email about viagra that said: “harsh, dismal, ice—that is, exiled; they tear apart the mist.” whoa. google tells me that that’s from victor hugo, the 19th-century poet.

hugo was writing about winter, but his spammed lines reminded me of dozy, dismal, heart-breaking cat power. the one time i met her (true story!) i told her i adored her melancholic early albums.

"i can’t listen to them anymore, they’re too sad," she said.

the best thing i could think of, beacuse i’m a huge fool, was: “yes. but so pure.” oh she looked so beautiful.

and then she leaned in and smiled and whispered, “you’re sweet,” and she kissed me. (on the cheek).

i haven’t heard her new album yet, but i sure like this liza minnelli/frank sinatra cover. she’s the only singer alive who could make you so devastated and so thrilled to be alive on a sad friday afternoon in new york.

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