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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


"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


"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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time always comes for neil young’s comes a time.

time always comes for neil young’s comes a time.

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#1014: neil young - comes a time (dutch top pop, 1978)

there comes a time in every person’s life for the slow mid-90s version of neil young’s comes a time, which begins with willie nelson’s ponytail, and there’s a time for the more beautiful rust never sleeps version, filmed somewhere called the cow palace.

both of those are solo, so then there’s the time for his version from the year i was born with a band named the international harvesters. they didn’t include national hero emmylou harris, like jonathan demme's heart of gold, where she sang the late nicolette larson’s harmony on that line about tall trees, which makes my knees go weak and will make yours go weak too, unless you’re stronger or colder.

less frequently, there comes a time for an unrelated grateful dead song with the same name. and rarest of all is when you need to watch the version of comes a time from a late-1970s dutch tv show that featured a troop of interpretive dancers spinning to lyrics about spins. i think top pop was a continental step-brother to the statelier english top of the popsthe time doesn’t come for it very often, but when it comes it really comes.

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#964: neil young - star of bethlehem (1974, live)

there are two song subjects: love that’s there and love that’s not. the first is sunshine in the month of may and babies and walking together and vibrations and excitationsrivers and rainbowsdawn and dew. the second is love that was taken away forever, or at least a little while, because of babies who said goodbye and left frying pans too wide.

i’m sorry to say there are songs that are even sadder, the ones about love that never started in the first place—less devastating but more unsettling than songs about real love lost. and then the most brutal of all, the songs that aren’t just about agony but can cause it, don’t care if a romance is lasting, or gone, or if it never even existed: these are the love songs that don’t believe in love at all, and have tried to and failed. 

their saving grace is that they usually have emmylou harris singing harmony. you may not believe in anything, friends, but you can believe in her.

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neil young doesn’t smile often. when he does he’s thinking about comfortable outerwear, not love.

neil young doesn’t smile often. when he does he’s thinking about comfortable outerwear, not love.

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#822: neil young - sugar mountain (1978)

i had a really important epiphany tonight. i realized that at a certain age we all accept that neil young is the ideal adult and the person to whose heights we should all aspire.

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#759: neil young - thrasher (rust never sleeps, live 1979)

on weeks like this one, when everything’s covered in a thick fuzz and drenched in haze and the news is all bad and all ugly, i listen to mid-70s neil young loudly. and when the going gets really tough i turn to the best album he never made, 1977’s chrome dreams (you’ll find it here), especially the song he sings with emmylou harris about the star of bethlehem. because bob dylan is for the hour when the writing’s on the wall, but bob dylan listens to neil young when the handwriting’s illegible. 

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neil knows.

neil knows.

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#537 - neil young - dead man theme (1996)

i’m getting a little bit worried about alice in wonderland. i wonder if it’s too late for tim burton to scrap all that cgi and just reuse johnny depp’s performance in jim jarmusch’s mid-90s western dead man? or at the very least avril lavigne’s alice (“when the world’s crashing down/ when i fall and hit the ground/ i will turn myself around/ don’t you try to stop me”) can be replaced by an entire soundtrack of neil young’s noodling.

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#522: willie nelson - mr. record man (1965)

the fact that all five of last night’s grammy rock nominees are older than 50, and that their average age, according to my calculations, is 61.4 years, would lead a reasonable viewer to conclude that young people were not interested in (or good at) making superlative rock music last year. that is wrong.

so in january 2011, instead of nominating bob dylan, john fogerty, bruce springsteen, eric clapton, steve winwood, jeff beck, stevie wonder, booker t. jones, david byrne, elvis costello, levon helm, rambin’ jack elliott, loudon wainwright iii, willie nelson and (of course) neil young for grammys again, the academy should spend some of the ceremony showing clips of these glorious veterans in their prime (see above), take a few minutes to bring everyone up to speed on what they’ve been up to lately, and then dedicate the rest of the broadcast to serious quality time with the gloriously gaga and grizzly youth of today.

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i’m as happy as anyone that neil young won his first-ever grammy tonight, but i hope everyone across the globe can set aside their differences and agree that awarding the 64-year-old his first grammy for a boxed set makes as much sense as giving salinger a long-awaited pulitzer for the grocery list he penned last spring. maybe a few years ago the national academy of recording arts and sciences could have given a grammy to any of his seven absurdly perfect first albums? not to mention csny’s déjà vu. or songs like don’t let it bring you down, only love can break your heart, cortez the killer, down by the river, helpless and harvest moon. please see here for a list of neil young’s career highlights expressed as inequalities, if you’re into that kind of thing.

i’m as happy as anyone that neil young won his first-ever grammy tonight, but i hope everyone across the globe can set aside their differences and agree that awarding the 64-year-old his first grammy for a boxed set makes as much sense as giving salinger a long-awaited pulitzer for the grocery list he penned last spring. maybe a few years ago the national academy of recording arts and sciences could have given a grammy to any of his seven absurdly perfect first albums? not to mention csny’s déjà vu. or songs like don’t let it bring you down, only love can break your heart, cortez the killer, down by the river, helpless and harvest moon. please see here for a list of neil young’s career highlights expressed as inequalities, if you’re into that kind of thing.

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the cover for the original release of only love can break your heart breaks hearts.

the cover for the original release of only love can break your heart breaks hearts.

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Neil Young - Harvest Moon
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#484: neil young - harvest moon (1992)

it doesn’t matter that the video takes place somewhere called the mountain house bar & grill, or that it has the plot line and production values of poorly financed soft core pornography (the red shoe diaries debuted in 1992, too!), or even that the drummer is wearing a wig, because harvest moon is just terrifyingly pretty. it sounds like blankets. the harmonies and pedal steel guitar make intervertebral discs spin.

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#469: crosby, stills, nash & young - only love can break your heart (1970)

david crosby’s early-70s mustache ≥ neil young at the bbc in 1971 ≥ being able to play the stand-up bass while smoking ≥ csny’s harmonies ≥ crazy horse ≥ neil young’s torn jeans ≥ down by the river ≥ being able to sing with joni mitchell and the band while drugs are on your face ≥ the “i have a friend” verses in only love can break your heart. see here for proof.

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#406: pavement - father to a sister of thought (1995)

every slightly-mustached, acne-plagued, voice-cracked adolescent with relatively good taste in music and relatively bad self esteem should be gifted copies of pavement’s mid-90s albums, which proved that gangly awkwardness isn’t always uncool. even though father to a sister of thought has a second-rate mall rat’s voice singing third-rate barfly lyrics (“i’m just a man/ you see who i am”), the pimply song’s as pretty as after the gold rush and american as american beauty.

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#376: crosby, stills, nash and young - our house (1974, wembley stadium)

it’s hard to tell if this slowed, spacey, dejected version of the once-jolly our house is a total trainwreck or just beautifully hazy. either way, watching it is like seeing your second grade teacher stumble quietly out of a bar alone.

the original our house was a lovable ode to domestic bliss—and it was about joni mitchell! “the first night we spent together, i felt very warm and felt like i’d really found a home,” graham nash once said. “i had never been with a woman like joan.”  but at wembley stadium, years after the two broke-up, even the band’s harmonized la-la-las sound like guilty pleas. the faint glimpse of neil young’s mutton chops toward the end of the song slightly makes up for the sadness, but still.

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