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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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#1033: ann peebles - i can’t stand the rain (live in studio)

you may know the world’s best song about precipitation from lowell george’s cover during his late bathrobe-and-drugs-and-overalls phase — or because timbaland and hype williams turned a few seconds of its opening into the finest hour for missy elliott in trash bags through a fish eye lens. but the stickiest version of i can’t stand the rain is the original that co-writter ann peebles recorded in memphis with al green’s producer and his band in the early 1970s, a song so sweaty and sad and saturated that she named her album after it. it’s music with tension and life! and yet here’s a version that i like even more — recorded years later, with just her husband on a wurlitzer electric piano, the drummer howard “bulldog” grimes playing with just a few flicks of the wrist, and someone smart enough to barely play electric guitar. it’s ferocious music for ferocious times. 

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there once was a real but very physically improbable time and place when stephen stills, yo la tengo, irma thomas, tracy nelson, radiohead, wilco, little feat, desmond dekker, elastica and jerry jeff walker all played in the same little club in a three month span: it’s true, and this newspaper ad proves it. it was 1995 in new york city and i was nearby, but too busy being a tasteless little fifth grader to have appreciated it.

there once was a real but very physically improbable time and place when stephen stills, yo la tengo, irma thomas, tracy nelson, radiohead, wilco, little feat, desmond dekker, elastica and jerry jeff walker all played in the same little club in a three month span: it’s true, and this newspaper ad proves it. it was 1995 in new york city and i was nearby, but too busy being a tasteless little fifth grader to have appreciated it.

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#933: little feat - long-distance love (1975, live on japanese television)

the greatest phonecall-related love songs in pop music history:

3. chuck berry - memphis, tennessee

2. little feat - long-distance love

1. ??? - to be revealed tomorrow! tune in next time.

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#898: ry cooder - tattler (or, you can’t stop the tattler) (live, 1977)

ry c.’s the only man on earth who could make david foster wallace look like a bad bandana wearer, while at the same time giving the distinct impression that lowell george and keith richards and everyone else didn’t really know much about slide guitar. but can anyone else a hawaiian shirt like this? he was and is just that perfect, even when playing an anti-polygamy pop number.

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you would think that a music blogger who goes by the name “chris goes rock” and shuts down his site every few months and starts a new one wouldn’t be all that likable. but c.g.r. (who after several incarnations can now be found as dirty funky situation) posts full mid-70s little feat concerts, with history’s all-time best song about the bathing obese.
dirty funky’s logo is an illustrated sequence of a giraffe winking.

you would think that a music blogger who goes by the name “chris goes rock” and shuts down his site every few months and starts a new one wouldn’t be all that likable. but c.g.r. (who after several incarnations can now be found as dirty funky situation) posts full mid-70s little feat concerts, with history’s all-time best song about the bathing obese.

dirty funky’s logo is an illustrated sequence of a giraffe winking.

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#824: little feat - fat man in the bathtub (1975, old grey whistle test)

almost certainly the best slide guitar ever played by a stoned neanderthal with a sweater tied around his neck and a drum stick in one hand. i hear you moan, lowell.

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if you want to feel real nice, ask the rock and roll doctor’s advice.

if you want to feel real nice, ask the rock and roll doctor’s advice.

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#699: little feat - willin’ (1977, live)

when i was writing this morning’s obituary for credit suisse investment bank chairman paul calello, i was very happy to hear from both his brother-in-law alex gibney and his neighbor larry rockefeller (john d.’s greatgrandson) that mr. calello and his friends and family really liked sitting around singing little feat and john prine songs. the world is a funny place. mr. calello is dead at 49.

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john cale isn’t just better than lou, he’s louder and softer and closer and nearer.
what’s more, his 1973 album paris 1919 (download it here) is very pretty! plus it has lowell george and other members of little feat playing glorious backup, which goes a good way toward making up for leaving the velvet underground.

john cale isn’t just better than lou, he’s louder and softer and closer and nearer.

what’s more, his 1973 album paris 1919 (download it here) is very pretty! plus it has lowell george and other members of little feat playing glorious backup, which goes a good way toward making up for leaving the velvet underground.

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#515: kate and anna mcgarrigle - foolish you (1977)

kate mcgarrigle died yesterday, and the world already feels less sweet and tender.

she and her sister anna sang songs that sounded like they’d been grown in flower beds—they’re the only people i can think of whose harmony sounded like christmas, campfires, chaucer and champagne.

and they were at the center of a little world of music that in its own quiet way was godly: not only had kate been married to the folk singer loudon wainwright iii (whose sad, broken and perfect first three albums give the sense that he probably wasn’t a great dad to their son, rufus), she and anna spent decades singing with emmylou harris, and on their first two albums alone played with little feat’s lowell george, the rolling stones’ bobby keys, the velvet underground’s john cale, fairport convention’s dave mattacks, and the bluegrass god bill monroe.

"it’s my town but i had to leave it, and head south where the climate is kind," kate sang in her 20s, "and if a time comes when i’m feeling better, i’ll be back with the birds in the spring."

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neon park, who had the excellent idea of putting a flesh-ripping weasel on the cover of frank zappa & the mothers of invention’s weasels ripped my flesh (and, better yet, a swinging cake and smiling tomato on the cover of two wonderful little feat albums), titled this poster—for a taj mahal concert in a san francisco ballroom—peyote bird.
i hope a real life bird eats peyote one day and designs a neon park at the taj mahal.

neon park, who had the excellent idea of putting a flesh-ripping weasel on the cover of frank zappa & the mothers of invention’s weasels ripped my flesh (and, better yet, a swinging cake and smiling tomato on the cover of two wonderful little feat albums), titled this poster—for a taj mahal concert in a san francisco ballroom—peyote bird.

i hope a real life bird eats peyote one day and designs a neon park at the taj mahal.

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#202: little feat (lowell george) - china white (and interview) (1977)

watching the near-death lowell george smoke cigerettes, make dirty jokes about tuning up to b flat (versus “taking it in the a”), explain slide guitar to what i think are a bunch of germans, playing them something quickly, and then impersonating ry cooder, is like sitting on a park bench with manet while he just sketches something quickly to amuse himself. except lowell george used more heroin than manet (which is what china white may or may not be all about).

by the way, some super funky little feat is here.

also, this rockpalast clip reminds me of this tom waits rockpalast version of step right up, which reminds me of this mysterious, magical scene of tom waits suggesting a threesome to an old woman after offering her hard candy, which, if you haven’t seen, is pretty much worth dropping everything for and watching over and over immediately.

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#73: little feat - rock and roll doctor (1975)

why is little feat so un-famous compared to southern rock clowns like the doobie brothers? (one of my favorite parliament lyrics is: “can you imagine doobie in your funk?” i don’t quite know what that means but i like it.)

beer-bellied frat kids should be singing little feat songs, not freebird. but little feat never wrote anything that sounds good in a baseball stadium, except maybe dixie chicken.

another problem is that lowell george, the band’s singer and songwriter and insanely buttery slide guitarist—he wore a sears socket wrench on his finger—died ten years after starting the band, which is definitely what a life of heroic drug consumption will do to you. (incidentally, his old bandmate frank zappa never approved of george’s heavy habits). and then little feat continued on, which is relatively sad because they’re not very good without him.

i think the rock and roll doctor they sing about here is a drug dealer (just like the beatles’ dr. robert or the beta band’s dr. baker), but when lowell george says, “if you like country with the boogie beat, he’s the man to meet!” he could be talking about himself: “at times like this it takes a man with such style I cannot often find/ a doctor of the heart and a doctor of mind.”

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