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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 boom. -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 could even find it in my heart to love mike love." -belle & sebastian


"i'm going to boogie my scruples away." -lowell george


"i'm a lunatic, and you are so super cool." - george jones


"i'm an idiot for you." -iggy pop


"i'm good and i'm bad and i'm happy and i'm sad and i'm lazy" -willie nelson


"i drive a rolls-royce, cause it's good for my voice." -t.rex


"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 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


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"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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#1056: charlie parker & dizzie gillespie - hot house (1951)

the only footage of charlie parker playing live comes complete with a racist introduction from two white hosts. “you boys got anything more to say?,” a host asks parker and dizzie gillespie ("diz — i mean dizzie — i get a little informal") after handing them awards from down beat magazine. charlie parker, as beautiful as beethoven, says, “well earl they say music speaks louder than words, so we’d rather voice our opinion that way if you don’t mind.” 

"i think that would be already with everybody," the host says. 

"good," charlie parker answers, before playing like god. 

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#1050: charles mingus - goodbye porkpie hat (1975)

maybe it’s because sixteen years had gone by since lester young died and charles mingus wrote this song about him and his hat, but this music doesn’t sound like death or disappearance or disease. to me it sounds like liquor, train tracks, gerry mulligan’s beard, empty caves, full notepads, danny richmond’s pajamas, slow dances in the summertime, bad driving and good jokes.

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#1042: blind john davis - born to lose (and studs turkel interview, 1985)

goals for old age. 

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#1006: rahsaan roland kirk - the inflated tear (prague, 1967)

"i like charlie mingus and this other cat who plays all the horns, roland kirk… i’d like him to play with us. if people read this they’ll say, ‘that guy must be joking’ but i really think we’re doing the same things. we have different moods and i think some of the moods are on the same level.” - jimi hendrix

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#999: woody allen - algiers strut (1997, wild man blues)

"to be even as bad as I am, you do have to practice every day.”

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don’t miss day 3 of teddy wilson’s 4 day 100th birthday party, or you’ll look like this.

don’t miss day 3 of teddy wilson’s 4 day 100th birthday party, or you’ll look like this.

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this weekend the radio station wkcr 89.9 fm, one of the truly great things in new york city, is playing 100 hours of teddy wilson, who was born 100 years ago saturday. coleman hawkins and i were both born on november 21, but its not our centennials, yet. so far tonight wkcr has played 1930s benny goodman quartets with lionel hampton on vibraphones that sound like ribbons of felt and gene krupa playing drums like he’s this big and benny being much more beautiful than i knew. the fourth instrument, teddy wilson’s piano, will lift your feet and furniture and pets from the ground and send everything slowly floating up into the room. happy birthday, mr. wilson.

this weekend the radio station wkcr 89.9 fm, one of the truly great things in new york city, is playing 100 hours of teddy wilson, who was born 100 years ago saturday. coleman hawkins and i were both born on november 21, but its not our centennials, yet. so far tonight wkcr has played 1930s benny goodman quartets with lionel hampton on vibraphones that sound like ribbons of felt and gene krupa playing drums like he’s this big and benny being much more beautiful than i knew. the fourth instrument, teddy wilson’s piano, will lift your feet and furniture and pets from the ground and send everything slowly floating up into the room. happy birthday, mr. wilson.

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#958: allen toussaint - hey little girl and professor longhair lessons (1980s)

it’s true that allen toussaint arranged all the horns on the band’s last waltz, produced dr. john’s best album and history’s most romantic song about rain, wrote the nation’s happiest song about working in a coal mine, wrote otis redding’s most painful song about pain, was single-handed responsibly for the meters (his old house band), handled a&r for the beautiful minit record label, and made from a whisper to a scream in his spare time, but the real reason we should bow down is his speaking voice. his is the only adam’s apple with its own mustache.

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art garfunkel: second only to art tatum, art farmer, fine art, art pepper, the performing arts, art blakey, art for art’s sake, art spiegelman, performance art, and paul simon.

art garfunkel: second only to art tatum, art farmer, fine art, art pepper, the performing arts, art blakey, art for art’s sake, art spiegelman, performance art, and paul simon.

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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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#931: frank sinatra and quincy jones - until the real things comes along (1984)

almost certainly the best sweater-on-sweater action of 1984, quincy jones in red and sinatra in blue. it was probably filmed the same day as footage of quincy messing around with herbie hancock’s new synthesizers, just after taking off his sweater and switching spectacles.

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#928: naini diabaté - r.t.m. (1988)

what if i told you that r.t.m. stands for office de radiodiffusion-télévision du mali, and that this clip is a recording of vibraphones and two guitars and a woman naimed naini singing like someone on fire about that malian television station? and then that the video itself is actually from a malian tv station? and then your brain explodes all over your bedroom or office walls and radiodiffusion-télévision du mali is held responsible for manslaughter?

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charles mingus albums named “charles mingus” in ascending order: mingus moves, mingus plays piano, mingus mingus mingus mingus mingus, mingus dynasty, mingus ah um, charles mingus presents charles mingus

charles mingus albums named “charles mingus” in ascending order: mingus moves, mingus plays piano, mingus mingus mingus mingus mingus, mingus dynasty, mingus ah um, charles mingus presents charles mingus

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today would have been charles mingus’ 90th birthday, and so phil schaap on kcrw 89.9 fm is playing his music all rainy day long. phil schaap is my spirit animal. 

today would have been charles mingus’ 90th birthday, and so phil schaap on kcrw 89.9 fm is playing his music all rainy day long. phil schaap is my spirit animal. 

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#922: jimmy witherspoon - it’s a low dirty shame (1962, frankly jazz)

a violent burst of mid-april new york city sunshine is almost exactly like a jimmy witherspoon’s finger snap, except jimmy witherspoon’s snapping was cooler.

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