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"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


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"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


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"really, we don't want people twiddling their goatees over our stuff." -radiohead


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#1 song on the white album (tie): long long long, happiness is a warm gun


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a hefty congratulations to the class of 2011—like my little sister anna, who graduated from bates college this weekend in an awesome ceremony that included a senior rock band absolutely slaying it with their rendition of i believe i can fly. spread your wings and fly away, graduates.
(more r. kelly here).

a hefty congratulations to the class of 2011—like my little sister anna, who graduated from bates college this weekend in an awesome ceremony that included a senior rock band absolutely slaying it with their rendition of i believe i can fly. spread your wings and fly away, graduates.

(more r. kelly here).

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Bonnie "Prince" Billy - There Is No God from Benjamin Berman on Vimeo.

#800 - bonnie ‘prince’ billy - there is no god (2011)

max abelson’s super groovy music video spectacular and will “bonnie ‘prince’ billy” oldham present: the super groovy music video spectacular’s 800th video spectacular, featuring the nine best will oldham-related videos, in order:

9. i am goodbye (2009) - “birds, babies, harps, rainbows, penguins and daffodils will congregate”

8. dear old stepstone (2006) - “the marvelettes’ gladys horton died this week. she made hand claps sound like tubas”

7. kiss (2007) - throw some strings in there and maybe have will oldham dress up in a crown and skeleton costume and do some harmonies”

6. another day full of dread (1999) - just saw this for the first time today. christ.

5. lay and love (2006) - “if anyone has any good house-hunting ideas, like a free room somewhere nearby, please email”

4. no more workhorse blues (2004) - “the man has a bottle of bad bourbon where his broken heart used to be; he makes johnny cash look like a smiley lightweight.”

3. can’t tell me nothing (2008) - “a ok!”

2. there is no god (2011) - yes there is, and his last name rhymes with “told ‘em”

1. trapped in the closet, ch 15(2007) - “mustachioed policeman.”

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#739: bonnie “prince” billy - dear old stepstone (2006, kcmp)

the marvelettes’ wonderful gladys horton died this week. she made hand claps sound like tubas. the louvin brothers’ wonderful charlie louvin died this week, too. he made harmonies sound like mandolins. can you hear them singing dear old stepstone together? i can, and i hope you can, too. if not, i hope you like this picture of the marvelettes, and this one of the louvin brothers. will oldham’s face isn’t bad, either.

update: on a brighter note, will oldham’s new interview with r. kelly, featuring photos by terry richardson, is really something else. the awl’s dave bry reminds us to watch the world’s greatest world’s greatest cover to celebrate. let me also remind us to watch the world’s greatest trapped in the closet episode.

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if i were the u.s. congress in 1974, i would have been a lot less concerned about the fashionably saucy cover of roxy music’s country life than that line in editions of you that warns out of nowhere about “too much cheesecake too soon.” what does that mean! and why is it followed by a line about old money? no one will ever know. it’s the most intimidating pastry-related lyric outside of r. kelly’s ”after cheesecake with all of your friends and family, who’s gonna front the bill? me.”

if i were the u.s. congress in 1974, i would have been a lot less concerned about the fashionably saucy cover of roxy music’s country life than that line in editions of you that warns out of nowhere about “too much cheesecake too soon.” what does that mean! and why is it followed by a line about old money? no one will ever know. it’s the most intimidating pastry-related lyric outside of r. kelly’s ”after cheesecake with all of your friends and family, who’s gonna front the bill? me.”

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#144: r. kelly - trapped in the closet, chapter 15 (2007)

NOT GUILTY! now i’m going to go celebrate r. kelly’s acquittal the only way i know how: watching the genius episode of trapped in the closet that features bonnie ‘prince’ billy as a mustachioed policeman.

from the wire report: “kelly dabbed his face with a handkerchief and hugged each of his four attorneys after the verdict—not guilty on all 14 counts—was read. the grammy award-winning singer had faced 15 years in prison if convicted.”

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in ‘don’t you say no’ he reminds a woman that he pays for her cheesecake, valet parking and hotel suite, asserting, ‘now it’s time to please me.’ the nyt on r. kelly’s sex-tape trial in chicago, beginning tomorrow
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