MAXABELSON'S SUPERGROOVY MUSIC VIDEO SPECTACULAR

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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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here’s late-1960s african music that sounds exactly like bubbling water just before a rolling boil. it’s so mellifluous and alive and ecstatically lush and warm and gentlemanly and perfectly creased that you’ll think the maestro who made it would have to be known as something like le seigneur, which is exactly what tabu ley rochereau was called in the congo, where he played with history’s second most-important nico.
i found the album on my favorite website, global groovers, which you should explore after you download tabu ley rochereau & l’african-fiesta national’s le peuple. buy something like this, too. they’ll put you in a good enough mood to read jeffrey gettleman’s devastating reporting on what’s happening these days in the congo, where le seigneur made such beautiful music.

here’s late-1960s african music that sounds exactly like bubbling water just before a rolling boil. it’s so mellifluous and alive and ecstatically lush and warm and gentlemanly and perfectly creased that you’ll think the maestro who made it would have to be known as something like le seigneur, which is exactly what tabu ley rochereau was called in the congo, where he played with history’s second most-important nico.

i found the album on my favorite website, global groovers, which you should explore after you download tabu ley rochereau & l’african-fiesta national’s le peuple. buy something like this, too. they’ll put you in a good enough mood to read jeffrey gettleman’s devastating reporting on what’s happening these days in the congo, where le seigneur made such beautiful music.

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want to hear sad songs about moans, money, women, bedbugs, steel drivers, criminals, gypsies, creeps, falls, land and home? furry lewis is your man, and his songs from 1927 to 1929 are some of the finest ever made.

want to hear sad songs about moans, money, women, bedbugs, steel drivers, criminals, gypsies, creeps, falls, land and home? furry lewis is your man, and his songs from 1927 to 1929 are some of the finest ever made.

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#966: the move - beautiful daughter (1970)

unbeatable mustaches, possible ancient-sanskrit undertones, a sunburst acoustic guitar, and on the original recording an introductory field recording with the line “do you like reggae? it’s my music,” which my dad used to say to me over and over. what more you could ask from the band that would become electric light orchestra, i honestly don’t know.

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do you have lightnin’ hopkins’ lightnin’ and the blues (or, lightnin’ hopkins sings a collection of american folk lore)? you really should, and you should thank dirty funky situation.

do you have lightnin’ hopkins’ lightnin’ and the blues (or, lightnin’ hopkins sings a collection of american folk lore)? you really should, and you should thank dirty funky situation.

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now that spring’s sprung, remember to listen to charlie parker with strings really late at night and then again in the morning, every day, and don’t forget to study the album cover too. surely you’ve been told what happens to the nicest part of the year when you don’t.

now that spring’s sprung, remember to listen to charlie parker with strings really late at night and then again in the morning, every day, and don’t forget to study the album cover too. surely you’ve been told what happens to the nicest part of the year when you don’t.

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my apologies for having posted so shakily over the past week or two—i got quincy jones’ walking in space from 1969, not to mention gula matari from 1970, on vinyl for $1 each and have been busy swimming in its down comforters and bushy mustaches and milky ways. (speaking of which, let us all bow down to academy records on west 12th street and especially good records on east 5th). and then there’s been work, which as always you can read write here! but regular posts will be back shortly, starting with an all-quincy week.
and in the meantime, try some dusty won’t you please.

my apologies for having posted so shakily over the past week or two—i got quincy jones’ walking in space from 1969, not to mention gula matari from 1970, on vinyl for $1 each and have been busy swimming in its down comforters and bushy mustaches and milky ways. (speaking of which, let us all bow down to academy records on west 12th street and especially good records on east 5th). and then there’s been work, which as always you can read write here! but regular posts will be back shortly, starting with an all-quincy week.

and in the meantime, try some dusty won’t you please.

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learning it’s not r-a-s-h-a-a-n roland kirk but rahsaan roland kirk makes you feel like a real ass. good thing he doesn’t come up very often in conversation. i do however know how to properly say boogie-woogie string along for real, and i recommend it for this sunday. and every day.

learning it’s not r-a-s-h-a-a-n roland kirk but rahsaan roland kirk makes you feel like a real ass. good thing he doesn’t come up very often in conversation. i do however know how to properly say boogie-woogie string along for real, and i recommend it for this sunday. and every day.

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#899: ry cooder - tattler (live at the record plant, 1974)

this year, i’m thinking of making a series of sentimental ry cooder-themed valentine’s day cards. “true love can be such sweet harmony… if you do the best that you can!” the first one will say, underneath a drawing of ryland in his mid-70s hawaiian shirt and ponytail. the kids will love that! it’s my ticket out of this godforsaken town, i can feel it. all kidding aside, ry cooder’s guitar playing can beat up yours.

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maybe most readers of the super groovy music video spectacular don’t know what i look like: dexter gordon is a pretty good approximation. sometimes people stop me on the street and say, “excuse me, dexter?” and i have to smile and explain their mistake.

maybe most readers of the super groovy music video spectacular don’t know what i look like: dexter gordon is a pretty good approximation. sometimes people stop me on the street and say, “excuse me, dexter?” and i have to smile and explain their mistake.

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this week i spent all my free time reorganizing my old records—because, really, why anyone would spend their open hours doing something else is totally beyond me—and found things like two charlie christian albums i hadn’t heard in a year. “time removes fads,” barney kessel once said. “shakespeare today is no less than he ever was; so charlie christian stands up.” barney was right.

this week i spent all my free time reorganizing my old records—because, really, why anyone would spend their open hours doing something else is totally beyond me—and found things like two charlie christian albums i hadn’t heard in a year. “time removes fads,” barney kessel once said. “shakespeare today is no less than he ever was; so charlie christian stands up.” barney was right.

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