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"sing a simple song but keep the swing strong." -de la soul


"think straight, keep a clean plate." -joanna newsom


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"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


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"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


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#929: lesley gore (prod. quincy jones) - it’s my party (1963)

even though quincy jones doesn’t turn 80 until next march, the gentleman’s impact on 20th-century u.s. ears is so vast and that it’s totally necessary to get next year’s appreciative juices flowing with an an all-quincy week. here is a person so extraordinary that his middle name is literally delightt, the extra t probably for terrific.

quincy jones, who grew up poor with a schizophrenic mother and semi-professional baseball player father, met ray charles at 14, toured as lionel hampton’s trumpeter by 20, and was arranging songs for duke ellington around the time he was dizzy gillespie’s musical director at 23. over the next few years, when he wasn’t fronting the suavest big band records of the decade or becoming the first black executive at a major record label, he put together such perfectly gleaming pop arrangements that he could yawn out it’s my party for a 16-year-old from long island, leslie gore, by 3 pm on a weekday before going to see charles aznavour at carnegie hall.

on his way there, a man in a purple shirt and cape and sunglasses stepped out of a car. “what’s up phil?” quincy jones said to phil spector—according to quincy, the only member of the pair you should trust. ”i,” said phil, “just cat a smash with the crystals, it’s called it’s my party.” what did quincy jones do? only this: walked backstage, said a “bonsoir" to charles aznavour (that’s a direct quote from a book), ran to the bell sounds studio, cut 100 acetates of his lesley gore party version, licked 100 stamps, sent his version to radio stations, and left for japan the next day toact in a one-hour japanese drama—whose music he did too, with marvin hamlisch.

three weeks later he got a call from his mercury records boss, irving b. green. “didn’t anybody call you?” he said. “quince, the record’s number one.” he won a grammy that year, the first of 27.

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did you know: wkcr 89.9 fm, the greatest radio station in new york city—great despite its affiliation with lowly columbia university—is playing adolph johannes “dollar” brand, the man you may have known as abdullah ibrahim in the 1970s, all day long?

did you know: wkcr 89.9 fm, the greatest radio station in new york city—great despite its affiliation with lowly columbia university—is playing adolph johannes “dollar” brand, the man you may have known as abdullah ibrahim in the 1970s, all day long?

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dukes, in order:
13. david duke
12. duke cunningham
11. the dukes of hazzard
10. the noble duke of york
9. duke nukem
8. duke u.
7. duke zeibert
6. orlando “el duque” hernandez
5. john wayne
4. duke kahanamoku
3. david bowie
2. uncle duke
1. duke ellington

dukes, in order:

13. david duke

12. duke cunningham

11. the dukes of hazzard

10. the noble duke of york

9. duke nukem

8. duke u.

7. duke zeibert

6. orlando “el duque” hernandez

5. john wayne

4. duke kahanamoku

3. david bowie

2. uncle duke

1. duke ellington

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#877: duke ellington - tchaikovsky’s nutcracker suite & interview (1960)

wouldn’t you know it, readers? we’re 20 days away from christmas, which means it’s time to start playing the inarguably most essential holiday albums in the entire history of snow, candy canes, multicolored menorah candles and hearty good cheerella fitzgerald wishes you a swingin’ christmas, the new possibility: john fahey’s guitar soli christmas album, phil spector’s a christmas gift for you from philles records, and, of course, duke ellington’s the nutcracker suite, which you should get for toot toot tootie toot (dance of the reed-pipes) and replay daily for the next three weeks for sugar rum cherry (dance of the sugar-plum fairy). watch ellington and his band record that last song, one that’s as fat and glowing as kriss kringle on a coke can, at the finale of the totally astonishing video above. and to all a good night.

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#600: carly simon - i got it bad (1981)

carly simon was lying in bed in martha’s vineyard. wearing a white nightgown, a kind of victorian-style shift, she answered the phone. “i’m fine,” she said. “i’m not fine, what am i saying?” for one thing, she’s been ill: she thinks she was bitten by a tick when her horse was put down. for another, the singer says she has lost upward of $15 million to kenneth i. starr, who is being held without bail on charges that he was running a ponzi-like scheme. (read more at observer.com)

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#16: joanna newsom - clam, crab, cockle, cowrie (2007)

last night i saw one of the most ecstatic, lovely shows of my life. this is what i wrote for the new york observer:

The hummingbird-voiced harpist Joanna Newsom played the first of two shows with the Brooklyn Philharmonic at BAM last night, and it wasn’t cutesy or quirky or kitschy.

It was glorious.

But four years ago, when she was 22 years and two months old, Ms. Newsom’s debut, The Milk Eyed Mender, an album of squeaky folk yarns about bridges, balloons, beans, books, peaches and plums, came awfully close to irritating. Here, the whimsical top-of-her-range squeals (“But ships! are fallible, I say/ And the naut!ical, like all things, fades”) were gone, and her soprano and harp glistened together.

Her album Ys, a five-song epic named for a flooded mythical city, was huge and pristine onstage: violins, voices, the harp, horns and harmonies shook and bent and swelled together until everything bulged and burst, and bubbled up again.

Whimsey is out, grandeur is in. The orchestra, arranged by the pop maestro Van Dyke Parks (he collaborated with Brian Wilson, produced Ry Cooder’s debut, and once declined to join the Byrds), has turned Ms. Newsom’s music around. She now sounds less like Joni Mitchell and more like Duke Ellington.

And, oh, did the beautiful Brooklyn audience like it. There were three standing ovations from the swooning young crowd. In the span of five rows, Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers sat with Andy Samberg (rumored to be dating Ms. Newsom); David Byrne was dressed in white with a yellow helmet, and was that Francis Ford Coppola filling out a BAM questionnaire alone?

The orchestra left for the second half, when her band—a drummer and a violinist who both sang, plus a banjo player that sometimes switched to a tambura—played old songs and two new ones. It was even prettier: “Inflammatory Writ,” the most irritating song on Milk Eyed Mender, had a honky-tonk lull; “Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie” became a Tom Waits-worthy lullaby.

Even the banter was good. In the second set, the barefoot drummer held up an Obama shirt: “He has a more liberal voting record, more progressive, than Kucinich, even!” Ms. Newsom said. “My friend Jamie went to Nevada. We really love Barack Obama.”

“If anyone wants to talk,” the drummer said, “if you’re leaning in the other direction, just give me 30 seconds. I went door to door in Iowa!”

The world tour for Ys, backed by different local orchestras, ends tonight at BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House.

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