MAXABELSON'S SUPERGROOVY MUSIC VIDEO SPECTACULAR

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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


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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


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"


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legally changed my name to dennis so i can write a book called forever version and have this as my book cover. i’m sure dennis alcapone is a relaxed guy and would totally understand. the real forever version is his gangly, airy, infinite debut album and is here. 

legally changed my name to dennis so i can write a book called forever version and have this as my book cover. i’m sure dennis alcapone is a relaxed guy and would totally understand. the real forever version is his gangly, airy, infinite debut album and is here

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very obscure and very beautiful albums by ras michael & the sons of negus, sometimes known as dadawah, that you can listen to in full online, for free: freedom sounds, love thy neighbor, kibir am lak, movements, peace & love

very obscure and very beautiful albums by ras michael & the sons of negus, sometimes known as dadawah, that you can listen to in full online, for free: freedom soundslove thy neighborkibir am lak, movementspeace & love

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rca album covers from the ’70s were very good and very weird and a bit eerie. speaking of which, this bonnie is not this website’s all-time favorite bonnie.

rca album covers from the ’70s were very good and very weird and a bit eerie. speaking of which, this bonnie is not this website’s all-time favorite bonnie.

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mighty doug sahm, with son shawn, during sir douglas' photo session for the december 7, 1968 cover of rolling stone magazine.

mighty doug sahm, with son shawn, during sir douglas' photo session for the december 7, 1968 cover of rolling stone magazine.

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"charles got into serious trouble one night when he kept a taxi for six or seven hours and ran up a $10 bill which he couldn’t pay. the taxi driver tried to snatch his horn, and charles stabbed him with a dagger. they took him off to the farm. i told the police, ‘how dare you treat my son like that. bring him back!’ he came home the next day" - charlie parker’s mom, addie.
be nice to your mother, pay your cab fares, don’t stab anyone, and listen to tons and tons and tons and tons and tons of charlie parker.

"charles got into serious trouble one night when he kept a taxi for six or seven hours and ran up a $10 bill which he couldn’t pay. the taxi driver tried to snatch his horn, and charles stabbed him with a dagger. they took him off to the farm. i told the police, ‘how dare you treat my son like that. bring him back!’ he came home the next day" - charlie parker’s mom, addie.

be nice to your mother, pay your cab fares, don’t stab anyone, and listen to tons and tons and tons and tons and tons of charlie parker.

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why this very detailed may 1989 melody maker article about dinosaur jr. meeting the cure hasn’t been turned into an 11-part dramatic television miniseries yet is way, way, way beyond me. 

why this very detailed may 1989 melody maker article about dinosaur jr. meeting the cure hasn’t been turned into an 11-part dramatic television miniseries yet is way, way, way beyond me. 

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this is a photograph of my girlfriend’s mom, nancy, with her colleagues at rolling stone magazine in august 1977. the past is a foreign country where everything is tinted red, eyelids sag, and the media is great.
from left: virginia team, susan vermazen, susan hemphill, wendy stahl, someone’s leg, nancy butkus, mary shanahan (via jamie malanowski)

this is a photograph of my girlfriend’s mom, nancy, with her colleagues at rolling stone magazine in august 1977. the past is a foreign country where everything is tinted red, eyelids sag, and the media is great.

from left: virginia team, susan vermazen, susan hemphill, wendy stahl, someone’s leg, nancy butkus, mary shanahan (via jamie malanowski)

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seven charles mingus albums with some version of his name in the title that you should listen to over this memorial day weekend, on repeat: mingus dynasty, mingus at antibes, charles mingus presents charles mingus, mingus mingus mingus mingus mingus, mingus ah um, mingus at the bohemia, mingus plays piano, plus also black saint and the sinner lady, which doesn’t have mingus in the title but good god it’s good.

seven charles mingus albums with some version of his name in the title that you should listen to over this memorial day weekend, on repeat: mingus dynasty, mingus at antibes, charles mingus presents charles mingus, mingus mingus mingus mingus mingus, mingus ah um, mingus at the bohemia, mingus plays piano, plus also black saint and the sinner lady, which doesn’t have mingus in the title but good god it’s good.

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greatest people of all time (g.p.o.a.t.) entry no. 6: mr. charles mingus

greatest people of all time (g.p.o.a.t.) entry no. 6: mr. charles mingus

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willie nelson's stolen armadillo shows that the united states of america is a flawed nation, and willie's returned armadillo proves all is not lost.

willie nelson's stolen armadillo shows that the united states of america is a flawed nation, and willie's returned armadillo proves all is not lost.

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three thoughts on obey, no. 3: on this bleak day, friends, don’t forget his words of wisdom: “you are right if you keep right.” 

three thoughts on obey, no. 3: on this bleak day, friends, don’t forget his words of wisdom: “you are right if you keep right.” 

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three thoughts on obey, no. 2: it wasn’t for nothing that ebenezer obey got to title an album the adventures of mr. wise (also the name of the forthcoming fourth volume of my memoirs). you just look at him, or listen to his soft, curly, venerable, old, strange music, and you feel smarter and finer.

three thoughts on obey, no. 2: it wasn’t for nothing that ebenezer obey got to title an album the adventures of mr. wise (also the name of the forthcoming fourth volume of my memoirs). you just look at him, or listen to his soft, curly, venerable, old, strange music, and you feel smarter and finer.

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wim wenders and carrie fisher in 1978, just before she danced with ringo. both are unofficial celebrity spokespeople for the super groovy music video spectacular, which is what they’re talking about here. 

wim wenders and carrie fisher in 1978, just before she danced with ringo. both are unofficial celebrity spokespeople for the super groovy music video spectacular, which is what they’re talking about here. 

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photographs of george h.w. bush shredding: #3

photographs of george h.w. bush shredding: #3

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photographs of george h.w. bush shredding: #1 (a.k.a. the best photo ever printed in a newspaper, with g.h.w.b., carla thomas, and lee atwater)

photographs of george h.w. bush shredding: #1 (a.k.a. the best photo ever printed in a newspaper, with g.h.w.b., carla thomas, and lee atwater)

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