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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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the 12 best american writers, of all time, in order: 
(1) randy newman (2) janet malcolm (3) philip roth (4) flannery o’connor (5) john swartzwelder (6) raymond carver (7) robert caro (8) robert christgau (9) james brown (10) david foster wallace (11) ernest hemingway (12) benjamin franklin

the 12 best american writers, of all time, in order

(1) randy newman (2) janet malcolm (3) philip roth (4) flannery o’connor (5) john swartzwelder (6) raymond carver (7) robert caro (8) robert christgau (9) james brown (10) david foster wallace (11) ernest hemingway (12) benjamin franklin

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#1030: randy newman - a wedding in cherokee county (berlin’s bar jeder vernunft, 1994)

"i’ve been an admirer of albania, which has been in the news lately, more so in albania than here, or in the us. i used to get their paper, which was called the red menace, or the red death. what i admired about them was their independent foreign policy: it had no ally in the world. north korea was way too far to the right for them they were imperialist dogs, and the russians were leaches on the capitalist hindend, the chinese were far too moderate for them. i wanted to write them an anthem, and i started: “a white moon shines on the goat herd.” and i didn’t have enough information, i couldn’t go on. so instead i wrote them a wedding song. i later moved it to alabama when i needed it for a concept album. but it’s entire albanian in derivation and it’s in very bad taste at the same time: there she is sitting there, out behind the smokehouse in her rocking chair, she don’t say nothing she don’t do nothing she don’t feel nothing she don’t know nothing, maybe she’s crazy i don’t know maybe that’s why i love her so…” 

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#997: randy newman - political science (1979, rotterdam)

super groovy music video spectacular mix no. 1: boom goes randy newman! (aka i just want you to watch randy newman like i do)

1. marie (1979, live): “i’m drunk right now, baby. but i’ve got to be.”

2. rider in the rain (1983, with ry cooder and linda rondstadt): “jesus christ, it’s like joan sutherland and kermit the frog. heh heh.”

3. sail away (1972, live): “so sweet you need to hear it seven times before realizing it’s a slave trader’s sales pitch to africans about the glories of america.”

4. louisiana 1927 (2008, bbc): “this is a song about my mother’s town”

5. i think it’s going to rain today (1971, live): “human kindness is overflowing. lonely!”

6. my old kentucky home (1975, live in germany): “like a whorehouse’s pianola and eudora welty’s short stories had a jewish baby who whistled stephen foster songs”

7. i just want you to hurt like i do (1989, live): “it’s something like we are the world. i want to do a video of it with sort of decent, civic-minded celebrities”

8. god’s song (1972, old grey whistle test): “one who we see all too rarely in this country”

9. he gives us all his love (1971, from cold turkey): this one’s not live like the others, but it is the opening to a norman lear film starring dick van dyke, bob and ray, m. emmet walsh and bob newhart?

10. falling in love (1988): will someone please please please help me find a new link to the original video? i’ll give you eternal, heavy-lidded, heavy-armed love.

11. mama told me not to come (1973, three dog night’s cover): “should be forced upon all pill-popping teenagers”

12. political science (1972, above): let us all praise randy newman.

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want a free randy newman album? okay.

want a free randy newman album? okay.

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#981: bob dylan - a hard rain’s a gonna fall (1975, rolling thunder revue)

a very special super groovy spectacular mix: 20 serious storm songs for sandy

(1) james carr’s these ain’t raindrops (2) charlie patton’s devil sent the rain (3) billie holiday’s come rain or come shine (4) ann peebles’ i can’t stand the rain (5) irma thomas’ it’s raining (6) dr. john’s blow wind blow (7) neko case’s fox confessor brings the flood (8) jerry garcia & david grisman’s dreadful wind and rain (9) the temptations’ i wish it would rain (10) the meters’ stormy (11) randy newman’s i think it’s going to rain today (12) tom waits on rain: rain dogs & more than rain & rains on me (13) karen dalton’s little bit of rain (14) r.e.m.’s so. central rain (15) bonnie ‘prince’ billy raining in darling (16) neil young’s see the sky about to rain (17) brian eno’s fullness of wind (18)the velvet underground’s hey mister rain (19) the sensational nightingales’ the storm is passing over (20) bob dylan’s a hard rain’s a gonna fall 

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fugazi for speaker of the house. bikini kill for majority whip. randy newman for prez.

fugazi for speaker of the house. bikini kill for majority whip. randy newman for prez.

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i’m very proud this election to say i support randy newman for president.

i’m very proud this election to say i support randy newman for president.

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if you count nilsson sings newman, which you should, because it would be crazy not to, randy newman’s first five albums — the self-titled debut from 1968 co-produced by grand rabbi van dyke parks; 12 songs from 1970, with ry cooder on slide guitar; the ecstatically good album he made with harry nilsson that came out one month earlier; sail away, maybe the best of them all; and good old boys, the album that john dos passos and robert penn warren would’ve made if they had collaborated or been excellent musicians — might be the best start to any man’s career anywhere.
click for more on mr. newman  harry nilsson, ry cooder and van dyke parks, who is not a rabbi, officially.

if you count nilsson sings newman, which you should, because it would be crazy not to, randy newman’s first five albums — the self-titled debut from 1968 co-produced by grand rabbi van dyke parks; 12 songs from 1970, with ry cooder on slide guitar; the ecstatically good album he made with harry nilsson that came out one month earlier; sail away, maybe the best of them all; and good old boys, the album that john dos passos and robert penn warren would’ve made if they had collaborated or been excellent musicians — might be the best start to any man’s career anywhere.

click for more on mr. newman  harry nilssonry cooder and van dyke parks, who is not a rabbi, officially.

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#968: randy newman - i think it’s going to rain today (1971, bbc)

randy newman is in the news today, which is never a bad thing. his new song, which lampoons racist fury about the white house, is good enough to forgive it for being a satirical little ditty whose chorus and title are bad bing crosby jokes. and because randy newman is one of fifteen people currently living who cannot be faulted, no one should point out that he’s already written songs from inside the cranial cavities of american racists (sail away) and xenophobes (political science) and rednecks (rednecks, from good old boys, which i would like to make into a musical), that aren’t just funnier, they’re terrifying and sublime.

instead of worrying about those details, and for something even more topical, listen to the windy storm tonight while watching our hero sing about rain — his other profoundly great subject. in a song that describes gray streaks, broken windows, empty hallways, stylish scarecrows, frozen smiles, chased-away love and kicked cans, “human kindness is overflowing” stands out as the saddest line. and that is why we love him.

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#962: the band - time to kill, the weight, this wheel’s on fire and up on cripple creek (the syria mosque, pittsburgh, pa (1970)

i’m halfway into greil marcus’ mystery train, and the section on the band was almost totally perfect. “flowing through their music were spirits of acceptance and desire, rebellion and awe, raw excitement, good sex, open humor, a magic feel for history,” he says. “we knew that we would win if they succeeded and lost if they failed.”

and after this torrent of total truths he somehow—unimaginably—mentions that this wheel’s on fire doesn’t “fit in” on music from big pink, is “not emotionally convincing” but is instead “strained, contrived.” lies, all. 

what do you do with such a terrible misjudgment of one of the best songs on the band’s best album? in greil marcus’ case you can completely let it go because his book is so good. the randy newman and elvis sections are up next.

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#900: randy newman, ry cooder and linda rondstadt - rider in the rain (1983)

friends, thank you so much for making it to music video #900. randy, linda, ry and i would like to remind you that we’re all riders in rain. and we’re on the prairie together.

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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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#861: bob marley & the wailers - african herbsman (criteria studio rehearsal, miami fl, 1980)

i just wrote a novella-length dissertation on the wailers’ african herbsman as seen through the lens of randy newman’s sail away in mid-70s america. feeling pretty good about it.

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#839: harry nilsson and shelley duvall - he needs me (popeye, dir. robert altman, 1980)

i will commit vegetable-powered violence against any man who makes the uproarious claim that harry nilsson couldn’t reach the romantically glorious heights climbed by his friend and fellow hollywood songwriter randy newman. anyone who disagrees that he needs me is one of the finest wet-eyed moments in swelling cinematic sounds is a no better than alliterative oxblood oxheart, harry hotcash, j. wellington wimpy, bill barnacle, poopdeck pappy or george w. geezil.

blutos are blutos because they’re untouched by the words “love can turn the wheel.”

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very special non-apocalypse super groovy music video extravaganza list
this morning my very old summercamp friend julia frakes asked me what i’d do if the world were actually ending, if everyone and i really were all sailing away, and i said for starters i’d listen to the beatles’ white album, because, of course, who wouldn’t?
but it brings up a very important question—which recordings you’d listen to if you only had time for one, or ten. it’s not exactly the same as the desert island disc question (those you’d have to live with forever), and it’s definitely not a greatest-of-all-time list. and so as of now:
1. the beatles’ white album
2. randy newman’s sail away
3. art tatum’s the complete group masterpieces
4. ray charles’ modern sounds in country & western (vol. 1 and 2)
5. radiohead’s kid a and amnesiac
6. david bowie’s ziggy stardust and the spiders from mars
7. thelonious monk’s genius of modern music (vol. 1 and 2)
8. emmylou harris’ pieces of the sky
9. the kinks are the village green preservation society
10. hank williams’ hank williams sings

very special non-apocalypse super groovy music video extravaganza list

this morning my very old summercamp friend julia frakes asked me what i’d do if the world were actually ending, if everyone and i really were all sailing away, and i said for starters i’d listen to the beatles’ white album, because, of course, who wouldn’t?

but it brings up a very important question—which recordings you’d listen to if you only had time for one, or ten. it’s not exactly the same as the desert island disc question (those you’d have to live with forever), and it’s definitely not a greatest-of-all-time list. and so as of now:

1. the beatles’ white album

2. randy newman’s sail away

3. art tatum’s the complete group masterpieces

4. ray charles’ modern sounds in country & western (vol. 1 and 2)

5. radiohead’s kid a and amnesiac

6. david bowie’s ziggy stardust and the spiders from mars

7. thelonious monk’s genius of modern music (vol. 1 and 2)

8. emmylou harris’ pieces of the sky

9. the kinks are the village green preservation society

10. hank williams’ hank williams sings

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