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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


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"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


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"where have you been all my life?" -emmylou harris, to my brother tommy


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#752: dead kennedys - california über alles (live, 1979)

jerry brown probably saw the social network, right? it was a very popular and well-regarded film, and jerry brown seems like the kind of person who would see popular and well-regarded films. he’s the governor of california, after all! and so when california über alles came on during that fun scene with the drunk young programmers fighting for a facebook internship, do you think it really stuck in his craw? it stuck in his craw, i’m sure of it. like he was absolutely unable to enjoy the rest of the movie, even though it was good and the song about him being a fascist orwellian pig is more than 30 years old now. but in general, do public officials mind when there are really mean songs about them? or maybe somehow no white house aides ever get around to playing the ramones’ bonzo goes to bitburg for reagan or lil’ wayne’s still-astounding georgia bush for bush. not that either would have minded, though i bet jerry brown simply cannot stand the dead kennedys. and he casually changes the radio when ex-girlfriend linda ronstadt comes on, no doubt about it.

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i’ve spent the whole afternoon listening to lil wayne’s no ceilings. heartstopping. how did i not hear this ten months ago? the whole thing is a pleasure, and poke her face is the first time i’ve enjoyed listening to lady gaga in a year. 
but then there are at least six astounding sexual boasts in wasted:
6. “hit or miss, i hit your misses”
5. “and i don’t like to brag, so my bitches brag for me”
4. “i make my girl come first, then i arrive later”
3. “i shake you pussies up, i’m a vibrator”
2. “she give me hot head, i call it global warming”
1. “new orleans nigga, i get super dome”
(photo: a ceiling)

i’ve spent the whole afternoon listening to lil wayne’s no ceilings. heartstopping. how did i not hear this ten months ago? the whole thing is a pleasure, and poke her face is the first time i’ve enjoyed listening to lady gaga in a year. 

but then there are at least six astounding sexual boasts in wasted:

6. “hit or miss, i hit your misses”

5. “and i don’t like to brag, so my bitches brag for me”

4. “i make my girl come first, then i arrive later”

3. “i shake you pussies up, i’m a vibrator”

2. “she give me hot head, i call it global warming”

1. “new orleans nigga, i get super dome”

(photo: a ceiling)

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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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#466: gang starr - just to get a rep (1991)

lil’ wayne, the best rapper alive, just stood in a 13th-floor courtroom in downtown new york and pled guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree. he will spend a year in jail. that is bad. i hope he listens to a lot of gang starr during his 12 months, and comes out understanding that guns are for wrinkled rural paranoids, not poets. who needs swords with a pen like his? being able to come up with the couplet “she feels me coming like new teeth/ i got paper like loose leaf” is way more impressive then owning a thousand blunderbusses.

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i want a tee shirt with this picture of lil’ wayne wearing a tee shirt with martin luther king’s picture on it.

i want a tee shirt with this picture of lil’ wayne wearing a tee shirt with martin luther king’s picture on it.

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terry richardson's photographs of lil’ wayne are six times better than the gq interview they accompany, except for when wayne says he gave michael phelps “a whole ipod with unreleased music. he was a good friend. never leaked it.” i’m going to find phelps, break his knees (or lightly hit him in the belly or something) and get that ipod.

terry richardson's photographs of lil’ wayne are six times better than the gq interview they accompany, except for when wayne says he gave michael phelps “a whole ipod with unreleased music. he was a good friend. never leaked it.” i’m going to find phelps, break his knees (or lightly hit him in the belly or something) and get that ipod.

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update: jeff rosenthal, who is one half of the wonderful hip-hop comedy duo the real, wrote in to say that lil’ wayne and ludacris sampled the horns from dusty’s you don’t have to say you love me for an upcoming song. the world is an amazing place.

update: jeff rosenthal, who is one half of the wonderful hip-hop comedy duo the real, wrote in to say that lil’ wayne and ludacris sampled the horns from dusty’s you don’t have to say you love me for an upcoming song. the world is an amazing place.

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did you know lil’ wayne’s dedication 3 is streaming for free on dj drama’s website?
if you haven’t heard, lil’ wayne is like the beatles, just with more sex and less love: on d3 he says, “your girlfriend is into them gangsters/ and me being a gangster, i get into your girlfriend/  i stay still when the world spins,” which is only half as good as the mind-boggling profanity of, “your girl blessed me/ she sucked my dick/ and i sneezed.”

did you know lil’ wayne’s dedication 3 is streaming for free on dj drama’s website?

if you haven’t heard, lil’ wayne is like the beatles, just with more sex and less love: on d3 he says, “your girlfriend is into them gangsters/ and me being a gangster, i get into your girlfriend/  i stay still when the world spins,” which is only half as good as the mind-boggling profanity of, “your girl blessed me/ she sucked my dick/ and i sneezed.”

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today in lil’ wayne news! it turns out that lil’ wayne has an assistant named terry bourgeois (amazing name), and mr. bourgeois was forced to sort of testify against his boss. also, lil’ wayne is releasing an all-new carter iii. and it’s not called carter iv (although he’s started work on that one, too). oh and also has anyone pointed out yet that he was actually right about the tampa bay rays and the world series? weird.

today in lil’ wayne news! it turns out that lil’ wayne has an assistant named terry bourgeois (amazing name), and mr. bourgeois was forced to sort of testify against his boss. also, lil’ wayne is releasing an all-new carter iii. and it’s not called carter iv (although he’s started work on that one, too). oh and also has anyone pointed out yet that he was actually right about the tampa bay rays and the world series? weird.

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lil’ wayne - dr. carter (2008)

lord jesus, it’s a leaked wayne song, and fucking motherfuck it is so fucking good. i don’t want to seem all wacky-dacky-dappy-happy hyperbolic, but i’m 99% sure that i spent half of high school listening to a tribe called quest’s low end theory and the other half listening to people’s instinctive travels so i would adore this song so massively and instantly and entirely.

it’s an extended metaphor based on hematology and rap—blood flow and flow. i think it might be the in a silent way of hip-hop? my heart bounces from my left pinkie toe to my skull when he hopskotches around the best line of the song: “and i don’t rap fast/ i rap slow/ cause i mean/ every letter/ in the words/ in the sentences/ of my quotes.” yes yes yes yes yes yes.

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image #37: lil wayne’s tha carter iii has been leaked to the web, which must make the leak-plagued rapper want to hit the bottle (syrup bottle) pretty hard. i’ll show a video on friday (00s day), but i couldn’t help commemorating the news with this cover—i took out all the words and think it looks dandy.
speaking of which, wouldn’t it be cool if !!! and lil wayne made an album together? it could be called l!i!l!.

image #37: lil wayne’s tha carter iii has been leaked to the web, which must make the leak-plagued rapper want to hit the bottle (syrup bottle) pretty hard. i’ll show a video on friday (00s day), but i couldn’t help commemorating the news with this cover—i took out all the words and think it looks dandy.

speaking of which, wouldn’t it be cool if !!! and lil wayne made an album together? it could be called l!i!l!.

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#133: the marvelettes - please mr. postman (1962)

the beatles’ version was the first thing i listened to last night in my new apartment, the carpenters’ holding-hands-with-mickey version is the one that reminds me of orthodontic surgery, lil wayne's version is the only one with the lyrics, “and she correct him/ and i respect her/ and he protect her/ and she neglect him/ and he caress her/ and she molest me,” but the marvelettes' original has the best handclaps (not including the audience participation from the sweater-wearing white guy in the front row).

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photo #14: ray price & lil’ wayne
speaking of watching ray price videos while listening to lil’ wayne, i slightly changed a lyric from i’m blooded (which, for the record, isn’t one of his best) and added it the nice ray price picture from earliar. i think it would maybe make a hip greeting card.

photo #14: ray price & lil’ wayne

speaking of watching ray price videos while listening to lil’ wayne, i slightly changed a lyric from i’m blooded (which, for the record, isn’t one of his best) and added it the nice ray price picture from earliar. i think it would maybe make a hip greeting card.

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#109: lil’ wayne - a milli (2008)

here’s a hiatus from the hiatus: the best hip-hop song you’ve heard in decades—drop it like its hot played from a drug runner’s ferrari car stereo that’s parked in a yacht burried beneath the ocean floor.

mr. wayne says: “young money, cash money, fast money, slow money, more money, never low money; what is that? who is that? i never heard of it. i will take your picture and make a ‘rest in peace’ shirt of it.”

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never talk when you can nod, and never nod when you can wink. governor eliot spitzer, in 2006, giving advice on breaking the law. (he should have added that taking high-priced hookers to hotels while federal investigators are listening in is always a bad idea too.) doesn’t the governor’s quote sound like a lil’ wayne lyric? and both spitzer and lil’ wayne love hoes.
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