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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


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"i'm going to boogie my scruples away." -lowell george


"i drive a rolls-royce, cause it's good for my voice." -t.rex


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"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


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"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


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#1046: leon russell & friends - honky tonk woman (live, the homewood session, 1971)

a lot of times people stop me and say, “max, what is it like being a journalist? is it a nonstop amazing party such as the one leon russell threw in a california studio in 1971 for a concert that for some reason was aired on pbs, featuring your hero furry lewis along with derek and the dominoes bassist carl radle, plus don nix, claudia lennear, kathi mcdonald, chuck blackwell, jim horn, john gallie, don preston, joey cooper and someone named sweet emily?” and i just nod my head silently and dance around with my rolling pin and reporter’s notebook. 

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rolling stones - 19th nervous breakdown [best quality / original upload] aussie tv 1966 | izlesene.com

#1043: rolling stones - 19th nervous breakdown (live c. 1966)

you know what? it’s friday, the weekend is here, the winter is ending, the week is too, phil jackson is coming to the new york knicks (!), and so i’d like to tell you to have fun out there, stay safe, enjoy yourself, listen to rock and roll, or maybe stay at home and watch rock and roll videos, pray for the knicks, and don’t do anything that mid-60s brian jones wouldn’t.

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#873: the rolling stones - it’s all over now (1964, live)

you could tell by the shape of his guitars that poor brian jones wasn’t going to make it. and everyone should’ve known by the way he held the mic stand before doing rubber-legged jumps with a meaninglessly balletic clap at the top that mick jagger would.

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the mid-60s members of the rolling stones went on album covers with the facial expressions they had, not the facial expressions they might want.

the mid-60s members of the rolling stones went on album covers with the facial expressions they had, not the facial expressions they might want.

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everyone knows that mick jagger is very good for sunday evenings, and absolutely anyone who’s anyone knows that the ramblers dance band is just perfect for sunday mornings. but only the savviest of ideal weekend-music connoisseurs know that when you combine them you get nigeria’s miki jaga & his dance band, and miki jaga is what you want for your sunday afternoon. even i didn’t know it, believe it or not, until i met him on the the mysteriously well-informed ghost capital.
for more very convenient weekend service announcements on essential album-posting music bloggers, see august 14’s on chris goes rock, august 7’s installment on global groove, or july 10’s on electric jive.

everyone knows that mick jagger is very good for sunday evenings, and absolutely anyone who’s anyone knows that the ramblers dance band is just perfect for sunday mornings. but only the savviest of ideal weekend-music connoisseurs know that when you combine them you get nigeria’s miki jaga & his dance band, and miki jaga is what you want for your sunday afternoon. even i didn’t know it, believe it or not, until i met him on the the mysteriously well-informed ghost capital.

for more very convenient weekend service announcements on essential album-posting music bloggers, see august 14’s on chris goes rock, august 7’s installment on global groove, or july 10’s on electric jive.

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oh, the first seriously sunny sunday of the year! the sidewalks are suggestive and the sun is smutty, but even the shade is soft-core. fleshy thoughts are in the air: it’s finally a good afternoon for listening to a lot of rolling stones.
(more here on their 1973 tour)

oh, the first seriously sunny sunday of the year! the sidewalks are suggestive and the sun is smutty, but even the shade is soft-core. fleshy thoughts are in the air: it’s finally a good afternoon for listening to a lot of rolling stones.

(more here on their 1973 tour)

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#727: nina simone - backlash blues (1976, live in montreux)

if an alien or small and uninformed child came to you and said, “what is soulful?” you could play them certain nina simone songs and they’d nod and totally understand immediately. the absolutely only flaw here, though, is an otherwise wonderful mid-song drummer-appreciation speech that snubs david bowie: “like odetta said last night, if you don’t get loose now you better forget it. because you ain’t got much time. none of us do. i think the rolling stones say, ‘we’ve got five years.’”

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#548: rod stewart and the faces - bad ‘n’ ruin (1971)

if this day doesn’t end with the acquiring of the toilet-lid-with-trailing-toilet-paper-shaped electric guitar that ronnie wood plays in this top of the pops clip, then the whole thing will have been a complete and total failure. i might as well not have gotten out of bed.

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#515: kate and anna mcgarrigle - foolish you (1977)

kate mcgarrigle died yesterday, and the world already feels less sweet and tender.

she and her sister anna sang songs that sounded like they’d been grown in flower beds—they’re the only people i can think of whose harmony sounded like christmas, campfires, chaucer and champagne.

and they were at the center of a little world of music that in its own quiet way was godly: not only had kate been married to the folk singer loudon wainwright iii (whose sad, broken and perfect first three albums give the sense that he probably wasn’t a great dad to their son, rufus), she and anna spent decades singing with emmylou harris, and on their first two albums alone played with little feat’s lowell george, the rolling stones’ bobby keys, the velvet underground’s john cale, fairport convention’s dave mattacks, and the bluegrass god bill monroe.

"it’s my town but i had to leave it, and head south where the climate is kind," kate sang in her 20s, "and if a time comes when i’m feeling better, i’ll be back with the birds in the spring."

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Taj Mahal - Leavin' Trunk (circus'68)
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#485: taj mahal - leavin’ trunk (live, 1968)

as far as very gorgeous and very barbiturate-soaked performances from the rolling stones’ famous latenight late-60s rock and roll circus goes, john lennon’s yer blues may have gotten the intro from mick jagger and the back-up from eric clapton, the who’s a quick one while he’s away may have gotten the three-part harmonies and cod pieces and sparkly black blouses, but it’s taj mahal’s version of the old folk song corrine, corrina and leavin’ trunk that sound like an empty barroom at sunrise.

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#439: ike and turner tina - honky tonk woman (1970)

the back-up singers stole the show last time, but this version has the thickness and the blood. tina turner’s growls are plump and pelvic—monumentally unsanitary.

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#438: ike and tina turner - river deep mountain high & honky tonk woman (1971)

how about those three back-up singers! their hemlines are satanic, but they sing like a church choir.

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#418: the rolling stones - hey negrita (1976) (dir. michael lindsay-hogg)

the thing that’s genuinely extraordinary about this isn’t mick jagger’s green mariachi suit (with hand-fan), the soft rattletrap crunch of keith richard’s rhythm guitar (you can practically hear the 22 grams of heroin that he’d be caught with a year later oozing from his hands), ron wood’s literally sparkly slide guitar, billy preston’s tickle-fingered piano or even his romantic dance with mick at the finale—it’s that the rolling stones managed to make a mid-70s funky reggae record.

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