MAXABELSON'S SUPERGROOVY MUSIC VIDEO SPECTACULAR

awfully fine videos from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s & 00s


and the website for my journalism is right this way...


my email & twitter


ft. the beatles, aretha franklin, neil young, dr. dre, serge gainsbourg, duke ellington, the kinks, jimi hendrix, pavement, the clash, smog, the smiths, al green, the rolling stones, cat power, dusty springfield, yo la tengo, antony, wilco, elvis, talking heads, elliott smith, r.e.m., ray charles, otis redding, the monochrome set, randy newman, the cure, gillian welch, queen, stevie wonder & more


"mtv makes me want to smoke crack." -beck


see the archives & a random post


"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


mashable says about us: "expect the unexpected with this awesome gem. groovy." and 33 1/3: "nice to have someone steer me in a worthwhile direction"


download albums, see album covers, photos, posters, quotes & 'staches


the olden days: 2008 j. f. m. a. m. j. j. a. s. o. n. d. 2009 j. f. m. a. m. j. j. a. s. o. n. d. 2010 j. f. m. a. m. j. j. a. s. o. n. d. 2011 j. f. m. a. m. j. j. a. s. o. n. d. 2012 j. f. m. a. m. j. j. a. s. o. n. d. 2013 j. f. m. a. m. j. j. a. s. o. n. d. 2014 j. f.


make a tumblr!

Creative Commons License

#792: the jungle book (arr. van dyke parks) - bear necessities (1967)

you think you know everything about your own personal hero, and then you read something like this: “that’s when i put my first nickel in a jukebox. it was amazing to me how large an upright bass could sound on the intro to dean martin’s memories are made of this when i was 10 in 1953. later, at age 20, the writer of that song, terry gilkyson, would ask me to arrange the bare necessities for disney’s jungle book animated movie.”

van dyke parks arranged the bare necessities! when he was 20. and if that weren’t enough, he’s totally right about that dean martin bass. but would he be wrong about a sound, or about anything? he would not.

the only bad thing is he wasn’t involved in louis prima’s jungle v.i.p. masterpiece.

Comments (View)

#791: louis armstrong - bare necessities (1968, bbc)

the sidney bechet appreciation society is now dead, and will be herein known as the international sidney bechet and louis armstrong enjoyment club of new york. oh yeah.

Comments (View)

#594: sister rosetta tharpe - down by the riverside (c. 1965, tv gospel time)

soldiers sang it during the civil war, pete seeger sang it on a banjo, elvis presley sang it in a costume, leadbelly sang it with wobble, louis armstrong sang it with louisiana clarinets, mahahlia jackson sang it beautifully in the 1950s, and then she sang it beautifully in the 1970s. but when the blind boys of alabama back up rosetta tharpe with her white electric guitar and floor-length flower print dress, and you’re listening to down by the riverside on memorial day with the sound turned up and the morning’s newspapers open, the claps sound like taps.

Comments (View)

#180: ella fitzgerald and louis armstrong - dream a little dream of me (1964)

compared to this, the famous mama cass version is a tiny cutey slice of juicyfruit-chewing, elevator-riding, hair-dying, haltertopped, manicured californian nothingness.

if the word dream spent ten years zombied out in an opium den, having perpetual opium-induced nightmares about what it meant to actually be the word dream, listening to ella fitzgerald would make it feel better again.

Comments (View)

#7: johnny cash and louis armstrong - blue yodel #9 (1970)

this is the single wooziest song ever aired on national television: jimmie rodgers’ 1930 hit about a tennesee hustler, played by louis armstrong (who starred on the original version forty years earlier) and johnny motherfucking cash—together on cash’s abc tv show.

armstrong yucks it up in the beginning (“we’ll give it to them in black and white!”), but goes insane during the song. cash’s macho, pill-popping, skirt-chasing country drawl goes beautifully with louis’ dixieland, steamboat, bright-gold brass. two old men never sounded so lascivious.

PS here’s johnny cash, years earlier, impersonating an elvis impersonater

PPS here’s andy kaufman, years later, impersonating elvis on johnny cash’s show

Comments (View)