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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


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#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


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#1022: lou reed - coney island baby (live, 1984)

"you start thinking again about all those things that you’ve done, and who it was, and what it was, and all the different things you made, but remember that the city is a funny place, something like a circus, or a sewer, and just remember different people have peculiar tastes, and the glory of love, the glory of love, might see you through."

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i’d like to send this one out for lou and rachel and all the kids and p.s. 192 — coney island baby, i swear, i’d give the whole thing up for you

i’d like to send this one out for lou and rachel and all the kids and p.s. 192 — coney island baby, i swear, i’d give the whole thing up for you

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here’s late-1960s african music that sounds exactly like bubbling water just before a rolling boil. it’s so mellifluous and alive and ecstatically lush and warm and gentlemanly and perfectly creased that you’ll think the maestro who made it would have to be known as something like le seigneur, which is exactly what tabu ley rochereau was called in the congo, where he played with history’s second most-important nico.
i found the album on my favorite website, global groovers, which you should explore after you download tabu ley rochereau & l’african-fiesta national’s le peuple. buy something like this, too. they’ll put you in a good enough mood to read jeffrey gettleman’s devastating reporting on what’s happening these days in the congo, where le seigneur made such beautiful music.

here’s late-1960s african music that sounds exactly like bubbling water just before a rolling boil. it’s so mellifluous and alive and ecstatically lush and warm and gentlemanly and perfectly creased that you’ll think the maestro who made it would have to be known as something like le seigneur, which is exactly what tabu ley rochereau was called in the congo, where he played with history’s second most-important nico.

i found the album on my favorite website, global groovers, which you should explore after you download tabu ley rochereau & l’african-fiesta national’s le peuple. buy something like this, too. they’ll put you in a good enough mood to read jeffrey gettleman’s devastating reporting on what’s happening these days in the congo, where le seigneur made such beautiful music.

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a disturbingly accurate predictive (!) chart by the genius jonathan richman in boston’s vibrations magazine, september 1967

a disturbingly accurate predictive (!) chart by the genius jonathan richman in boston’s vibrations magazine, september 1967

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#988 : jonathan richman - now is better than before (1985)

from jonathan richman’s first 20 years in show business by jonathan richman: “mr. richman was born in boston in 1951. he started to draw pictures all day long from the age of 5. played baseball all day long from the age of 9. this would not leave time for anything else, would it? he took up guitar at 15, started playing in public at 16, and by 17 had caused many people to leave coffee-houses… quickly… with their hands over their ears, and by 18 was sure he wanted to sing professionally… he left home at age 18, moving to new york. since he was ten years old and first was taken there by his parents, he wanted to live there and also his favorite rock band the velvet underground was there along with the artist andy warhol (since deceased)… he admired their sincerity, their dark sound, and their ability to improvise both lyrics and music onstage. his first place to stay in manhattan was on the couch of the personal manager of this velvet underground. after two weeks the manager and his wife and the other person staying there felt that jonathan… well… he immediately found work as a busboy (unbelievably incompetent) and as a foot messenger on wall street." (emphasis mine)

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#969: jonathan richman - vincent van gogh (australian interview with john cale) (1983)

come for john cale on a couch in sunglasses staying very still while jonathan richman sings—immeasurably less upsetting to watch than the opposite, teetotaling jonathan richman squirming on the same couch while late-drug-era john cale tries to explain himself and plays chinese envoy . but stay for jonathan richman, the swingiest man the caucasians have ever known: look at him go. he even smiles when late-drug john cale responds angrily at the end of the song here when asked if he met j.r. as an a&r man.

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sure john cale caught a shiner but you should’ve seen what he did to lou reed.

sure john cale caught a shiner but you should’ve seen what he did to lou reed.

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#891: john cale - i keep a close watch (1983, germany)

bloomberg news, don jeffrey, jan 11 2012: the velvet underground sued the andy warhol foundation, accusing it of infringing the trademark for the banana design on the cover of the rock group’s first album in 1967. the band’s founders, lou reed and john cale, said that the foundation infringed the design by licensing it to third parties, according to the complaint filed today in federal court in manhattan. the warhol foundation claimed it has a copyright interest in the design, according to the lawsuit. the velvet underground partnership said in the complaint that the design can’t be copyrighted because it’s in the public domain. the banana image warhol furnished for the illustration came from an advertisement that was in the public domain, according to the complaint. the illustration appeared on the album cover without a copyright notice and no one sought to copyright it, according to the complaint. that put the design in the public domain, the group said 

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#723: lou reed and john cale - berlin (1972, the bataclan theater)

smoking cigarettes is not a good idea unless you’re lou reed singing in the 11th arrondissement about germany with john cale playing the piano sadly and nico looking on with her arms crossed. or, of course, if you’re baden powell.

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the left banke - pretty ballerina (1967)

well, i’ve found a new favorite song. the verses sound like belle and sebastian covering the velvet underground, the chorus is elliott smith playing a bach cantata, and the bridge is so perfect that leonard bernstein tried to do it live on his 1967 tv show (if anyone has footage of that, i’d appreciate it). also, the left banke’s pianist wrote the song, but it’s about the bassist’s girlfriend. sigh.

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#588: john cale - buffalo ballet (1975)

i’m just going to come right out and say it: john cale beats lou reed.

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#556: lcd soundsystem - new york i love you but you’re bringing me down (2007)

james murphy’s lcd soundsystem is usually too disco-balled and sweaty to compare to the velvet underground, but if new york i love you was the band’s oh! sweet nuthin’, then the soon-to-be-released drunk girls is its white light/white heat, only it’s about vodka tonics instead of amphetamines. it smells like lipstick, public swimming pools, and the third week of june.

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#547: velvet underground - femme fatale (1967)

one good test for heartfelt love of a band is whether you can listen to one of its best songs played after your favorite member has left the group. and a really good test is whether you can listen to it while it plays over blurry footage of edie sedgwick. and the top test is whether you don’t mind that the song isn’t sung by the original singer. you’d think it would be impossible, but then there’s this clip, which uses audio from a show without glorious nico or john cale—the saddest welshman downtown ever saw, not that lou reed ever appreciated him—and footage from warhol’s poor little rich girl. and it’s just beautiful.

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