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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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#677: de la soul - stakes is high (1996)

and the award for best cameo from maury povich in a rap video goes to…

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it’s not like if i ever run a newspaper i’ll print a photo of de la soul every week, it’s that if i ever run a newspaper i’ll print this photo of de la soul every week.

it’s not like if i ever run a newspaper i’ll print a photo of de la soul every week, it’s that if i ever run a newspaper i’ll print this photo of de la soul every week.

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De La Soul - Itsoweezee Video - Soul P Music Videos
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#676: de la soul - itzsoweezee (hot) (1996)

if anyone wants a 9,000-word explanation of how and why 1996 was the best year in music video history, send an email to max dot abelson at gmail dot com.

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posdnuos (seated): “will anyone ever look as cool as we do at this 1989 moment?”
maseo (right): “how could one say for sure? probably not, though.
trugoy (left): not. no. definitely not.
[this concludes imaginary dialogue from late-80s time magazine rap photos, v. 1]

posdnuos (seated): “will anyone ever look as cool as we do at this 1989 moment?”

maseo (right): “how could one say for sure? probably not, though.

trugoy (left): not. no. definitely not.

[this concludes imaginary dialogue from late-80s time magazine rap photos, v. 1]

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De La Soul - Buddy (w/Jungle Brothers)
by hushhush112

#529: de la soul (ft. q-tip and the jungle brothers) - buddy (1989)

the seventeen things that make buddy the best rap video of 1989, in order of appearance: prince paul against a brick wall, black and white footage of an electric scooter, that spoon, opening line “oh, hello! it’s the soul,” the little girl, the out-of-place african mask cartoons, the very complicated condom euphemisms, q-tip’s hat, q-tip’s spectacles, the subterranean homesick blues cards (especially “singing” during the singing), the air djing, the appropriately timed “flip” transition, the incorrect “this video makes no sense” voice bubble, the slow motion break dancing duet, the swatch watch cameo, and of course the “filmed in daisyvision” finale. also, jesus, what a song.

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de la soul’s native tongue decision remix of buddy brings the funk awfully hard for seven straight minutes, and then a few extra seconds just for icing. does the fact that the observer’s former photo editor kat sends me songs like this remix prove that the universe is a good place? either way, they make it a better place.

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#480: teenage fanclub & de la soul - fallin’ (1994)

the only thing better than the mid-90s action film judgment night, a heroically mediocre collaboration between emilio estévez, cuba gooding jr., jeremy piven and stephen dorff, is de la soul’s genuinely wonderful collaboration with the glasgow band teenage fanclub for the film’s soundtrack. not only does it manage to discreetly sample tom petty, but the second verse rhymes fandango with kangol, which is pretty much all you needed to make satisfying 1994 hip-hop. lil’ wayne should listen to this thrice to make his next weezer collaboration less atrocious.

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Mc Solaar - BOUGE DE LA !!
by SOLAAROM

#436: mc solaar - bouge de là (1991)

you know the universe can’t be all that rotten when bad things become good, so take solace in knowing that an exceedingly mediocre early-70s latin funk band named cymande (whose album covers tended to involve illustrated depictions of birds) has been sampled by kool herc, grandmaster flash, de la soul, the fugees, masta ace, and, most importantly, mc solaar.

he made france’s first huge hip-hop hit by sampling cyamande’s the message, which once sounded like turtleneck sweaters and bongos, into bouge de là, which sounds like very good-looking people spending the afternoon in a four-post bed.

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#328: de la soul - ego trippin’ (pt. ii) (1994)

it doesn’t even matter that this is the world’s best 90s rap video about 90s rap videos, or that it’s de la soul’s smartest song about de la soul (which is saying a lot, considering there’s i am i be and me, myself and i). the important thing is that this packs more springtime-in-1994 pleasures than a bright yellow bowl of fruitpunch served up in the concession area of a roller-skating rink named  shoompy funlandigan’s.

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was it wordsworth or pound or stevens or williams who said, “when i put the needle into your groove/ i got a good thing, and in full swing” and “sex is a mere molecule/ in this world of love that i have for you” and “squeeze your stoop like betty boop/ we’ll make campbell’s alphabet soup”? nope. it was de la soul.
ps: this has atoundingly little to do with anything, but here’s an article i wrote about the massively genteel brokers edward lee cave and alice mason for the observer this week.

was it wordsworth or pound or stevens or williams who said, “when i put the needle into your groove/ i got a good thing, and in full swing” and “sex is a mere molecule/ in this world of love that i have for you” and “squeeze your stoop like betty boop/ we’ll make campbell’s alphabet soup”? nope. it was de la soul.

ps: this has atoundingly little to do with anything, but here’s an article i wrote about the massively genteel brokers edward lee cave and alice mason for the observer this week.

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De La Soul - Me Myself and I
by hushhush112

#26: de la soul (produced by prince paul) - me, myself and i (1988)

"…hello, prince paul’s the name, you know, the dj for stetsasonic and the producer of this particular group. and now, off of that and onto the soul… de la, that is!

if you take three glasses of water and put food coloring in them, you have many different colors, but it’s still the same old water. make the connection? and now, back to our video…”

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good concert poster #1: remember de la soul’s three feet high and rising? prince paul produced that. and remember handsome boy modeling school? prince paul produced that too. the man basically invented the idea of skits on hip-hop albums.. and he’s DJing this saturday at hiro ballroom! peep that, yo.

good concert poster #1: remember de la soul’s three feet high and rising? prince paul produced that. and remember handsome boy modeling school? prince paul produced that too. the man basically invented the idea of skits on hip-hop albums.. and he’s DJing this saturday at hiro ballroom! peep that, yo.

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