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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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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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#948: the kinks - alcohol (1972, beat club)

a very special sunday p.s.a from the super groovy spectacular and the davies family: after many renowned brooklyn cantors with names like moshe koussevitzky, but before radiohead’s life in a glass house, the kinks brought along a clarinet and a little brass section to get across their message—a very important message about sin, gin, demons, floozies, indecision, lags, suckers, gutters and trouble. clarinets make everything realer, just like ray davies’ gap teeth.

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#871: antony and the johnsons - thank you for your love (2010)

for reasons that are currently too complex to discuss i didn’t listen to all of antony and the johnson’s the crying light and swanlights, and for that matter somehow didn’t open my copy of robert penn warren’s all the king’s men, until this past week. the albums are like the kid a and amnesiac of decaying forests and fluttered eyelashes and empty bedsheets and throbbing clarinets. and so far all the king’s men is better than both randy newman’s good old boys and a.j. leibling’s the earl of louisiana, which is unlikely and immense. i am grateful for them.

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#848: radiohead - dollars and cents (2001)

radiohead songs, in chronological order, that would make for good celebratory headlines in tomorrow’s papers for radiohead’s rumored #occupywallstreet concert: million dollar question, the trickster, karma police, lucky, how i made my millions, the national anthem, optimistic, knives out, dollars and cents, hail to the thief (an album title, but it counts), we suck young blood, a wolf at the door, house of cards and little by little.

radiohead songs that would make for good condescending headlines: you never wash up after yourself, (nice dream), sulk, street spirit (fade out) and paranoid android.

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things in electronics magazine that totally look like covers for singles from late-70s wire (or mid-90s radiohead): #1 
if you’re the type of person who googles “wire 1977” in search of images from that fine band’s finest year—and who isn’t?—you’ll be sorry to know that there aren’t many, and happy to know that what comes up instead are these late-1970s advertisements from electronics magazine. 
but try not to worry: any of the ads could’ve been wire album covers, so it’s not so bad.

things in electronics magazine that totally look like covers for singles from late-70s wire (or mid-90s radiohead): #1 

if you’re the type of person who googles “wire 1977” in search of images from that fine band’s finest year—and who isn’t?—you’ll be sorry to know that there aren’t many, and happy to know that what comes up instead are these late-1970s advertisements from electronics magazine. 

but try not to worry: any of the ads could’ve been wire album covers, so it’s not so bad.

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#644: radiohead - no surprises (1997)

this may not be the official best video of the 90s, but, gosh, it’s my best video of my 1990s. i was a wee sleepaway camper at laurel south when i walked into a room of counselors watching a vhs of 7 television commercials, radiohead’s compilation of videos from the bends and ok computer, and even though i’d grown up in love with mtv, especially daisy fuentes, i’d never seen something so perfect. a head, singing about a heart filling up like a landfill, in a fishbowl filling up with water! slowly drowning? holding his breath for the final silence? opening his misshapen eyes for his final bellyache? and saved at the last moment by his chorus! i’ll take no surprises, please.

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i don’t think napster has an important place in anyone’s heart any longer, but i’ll never forget the afternoon i found how i made my millions, the soft b-side on radiohead’s no surprises single. it eventually became the title to a cnbc series that featured the wealthy inventors of roomba, lovesac and 1-800-got-junk (good job, america!), but back before the turn of the century it was the soundtrack to some awfully hearty and outstandingly unrequited pubescent love in larchmont, ny, let me tell you.

i don’t think napster has an important place in anyone’s heart any longer, but i’ll never forget the afternoon i found how i made my millions, the soft b-side on radiohead’s no surprises single. it eventually became the title to a cnbc series that featured the wealthy inventors of roomba, lovesac and 1-800-got-junk (good job, america!), but back before the turn of the century it was the soundtrack to some awfully hearty and outstandingly unrequited pubescent love in larchmont, ny, let me tell you.

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