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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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#994: weezer - say it ain’t so (late night with david letterman, 1995)

with all due respect to the new musem’s nyc 1993: experimental jet set, trash and no star, the show is off by 24 months. ‘95 was always the year. there was something about being 11 years old in 1995: a time of bullies in jnco jeans and heroes in airwalks, when a young new york city was enjoying the second year of the giuliani administration, ira kaplan looked like my babysitter’s boyfriend, matt sharp was still in weezer, nick taranto and i organized an epic baseball card sale in mr. zoffness’ central school class to help fund a trip to our nation’s capital, and rivers cuomo looked like leon neyfakh. magic was in the air. 

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#980: yo la tengo - autumn sweater (1997, msbnc)

it just isn’t fall until you’ve put on your favorite mohair cardigan, roasted up some acorns, nestled those footsies into warmed pumpkin, wrapped all your loved ones in grandma’s quilts, and everyone watches john hockenberry introduce hoboken’s finest. this is, without exaggeration, the single most important thing ever aired on msnbc. 

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autumn sweaters are so 1997: the new look this fall is an ochre merle travis jacket with leaves and acorns sown in (with rhinestones), worn over silk neckwear.

autumn sweaters are so 1997: the new look this fall is an ochre merle travis jacket with leaves and acorns sown in (with rhinestones), worn over silk neckwear.

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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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from a 1962 poster for tom courtenay’s the loneliness of the long distance runner—whose title and star, if you listen to the lovelier chunks of late-90s and early-00s indie rock, you should know from this and this.

from a 1962 poster for tom courtenay’s the loneliness of the long distance runner—whose title and star, if you listen to the lovelier chunks of late-90s and early-00s indie rock, you should know from this and this.

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#885: yo la tengo - tom courtenay (live and acoustic, 1998)

on the shortest day of the year, if the elegant noun day could even be used for these pathetic few consecutive hours limping along sourly after a delayed dawn toward cruel dusk, one needs all the help one can get. and so here is one of the finest moments of one of history’s finest bands, in the mostly fine continent of australia, playing a quiet version of a loud song that’s definitely about either about billy liar, intravenous drug use, dr. zhivago, their marriage, help!, or at least winter solstices.

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being on vacation is like lounging around naked or eating grapes from the vine—totally resplendent, and wildly relaxing, and without a doubt something one should do only very rarely. these are the albums i’ve been listening to with my family while slouching around this week in massachusetts. not only are they perfect, especially at certain parts of a mid-august day, but they’re available for semi-legal download thanks to glorious blogs like zamboni soundtracks, which, thank god, is back from a long hiatus.
10:35am: harry nilsson’s nilsson schmilsson - i’m sure it’s been said before, but the gotta get up/driving along/early in the morning triptych must be one of history’s great album openers. while you’re showering there’s the coconut/let the good times roll/jump into the fire trio to put even more pep into your already peppy stepping.
12:15pm: ry cooder’s paradise and lunch - over sandwiches you learn everything you need to know about melody, martinis, r&b harmonies, divorcees, tobacco, cornets, and coroners. as if the album needed more heart, ry’s wife painted the cover.
3:30pm: tom zé’s todos os olhos - the only early-70s brazilian album that sounds like the sun, looks like an eye, and turns out to be a marble in an ass.
6:00pm: yo la tengo’s fakebook - sad like dusk, happy like dusk.
8:05pm: caetano veloso’s jóia - good for digestion, great for creaky joints, perfect for easing that summer evening choleric yellow bile feeling in the old gall bladder.
10:55pm: the monkees’ pisces, aquarius, capricorn & jones ltd. - beer drinking music at its finest. was cuddly toy written by 10:35am’s harry nilsson? it was! is pleasant valley sunday 1967’s best song about the suburbs? of course. doesn’t drummer mickey dolenz’s face remind you of my college friend alex nemser? how could it not!
12:05am: blind willie johnson’s sweeter as the years go by - if you meet the special someone who considers this semi-appropriate music to make love to your special someone by, you will know for sure that you have met a very sweet special someone.

being on vacation is like lounging around naked or eating grapes from the vine—totally resplendent, and wildly relaxing, and without a doubt something one should do only very rarely. these are the albums i’ve been listening to with my family while slouching around this week in massachusetts. not only are they perfect, especially at certain parts of a mid-august day, but they’re available for semi-legal download thanks to glorious blogs like zamboni soundtracks, which, thank god, is back from a long hiatus.

10:35am: harry nilsson’s nilsson schmilsson - i’m sure it’s been said before, but the gotta get up/driving along/early in the morning triptych must be one of history’s great album openers. while you’re showering there’s the coconut/let the good times roll/jump into the fire trio to put even more pep into your already peppy stepping.

12:15pm: ry cooder’s paradise and lunch - over sandwiches you learn everything you need to know about melody, martinis, r&b harmonies, divorcees, tobacco, cornets, and coroners. as if the album needed more heart, ry’s wife painted the cover.

3:30pm: tom zé’s todos os olhos - the only early-70s brazilian album that sounds like the sun, looks like an eye, and turns out to be a marble in an ass.

6:00pm: yo la tengo’s fakebook - sad like dusk, happy like dusk.

8:05pm: caetano veloso’s jóia - good for digestion, great for creaky joints, perfect for easing that summer evening choleric yellow bile feeling in the old gall bladder.

10:55pm: the monkees’ pisces, aquarius, capricorn & jones ltd. - beer drinking music at its finest. was cuddly toy written by 10:35am’s harry nilsson? it was! is pleasant valley sunday 1967’s best song about the suburbs? of course. doesn’t drummer mickey dolenz’s face remind you of my college friend alex nemser? how could it not!

12:05am: blind willie johnson’s sweeter as the years go by - if you meet the special someone who considers this semi-appropriate music to make love to your special someone by, you will know for sure that you have met a very sweet special someone.

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Major Lazer "Pon De Floor" ft. Vybz Kartel and Afro Jack
by DowntownMusic

#426: major lazer - pon de floor (2009)

music video humping is such a delicate thing. sometimes you can have too little humping, but sometimes you can really have too much. yo la tengo’s just-released periodically double or trouble definitely doesn’t have enough—it’s all close-up shots of 30-somethings eating slices of fruit in front of a white background. but as you’ll see above, pon de floor (directed by eric wareheim, the more adorable half of tim and eric) includes so much humping that it’s almost unwatchable. not to sound starchy or victorian, but you have to know when to say when.

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#288: yo la tengo - beach party tonight (2003)

the first thing all self-respecting, plaid-wearing 24-year-old new yorkers thought of yesterday when they heard that a commercial airliner was floating through the hudson river wasn’t terrorism or national security or the safety of their famiilies but this yo la tengo/aeronautical research laboratory video.

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happiness is knowing that yo la tengo has a song on a 1987 compilation called happiness is dry pants.

happiness is knowing that yo la tengo has a song on a 1987 compilation called happiness is dry pants.

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#200: yo la tengo - today is the day (2003)

listening to yo la tengo reminds me of kissing (without tongue), the short story a clean, well lighted place, t. bone walker’s butteriness, falling asleep with the bedroom light and my shoes and clothes still on, that onion story “37 record-store clerks feared dead in yo la tengo concert disaster,” and my freshman-year interview with ira kaplan, which began like this:

well, this is a pretty dreary morning, isn’t it? it’s actually sunny here.

are you in new jersey? no, cincinnati.

i’ve always though of ohio as a pretty dreary state. no man it’s the queen city!

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today is the day that the super groovy music video extravaganza posts its 200th super groovy music video. jan. 19th was oh so long ago.

today is the day that the super groovy music video extravaganza posts its 200th super groovy music video. jan. 19th was oh so long ago.

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T-Bone Walker & Dizzy Gillespie
by Zone19

#191: t-bone walker (with dizzy gillespie) - she’s my old time used to be (1966)

yesterday was sunday and sunny and i stood in a massive, empty pool and watched glorious yo la tengo play. not only did they play with a horn section, but they played a gaggle of tear-jerk soft songs and schizophrenic electric freak-out songs—and i almost cried, twice. the lesson i learned is that it is monstrously good whenever a poppy little brass section backs an epic guitarist (ira kaplan is a woody allenified jimi hendrix, and he looks like a furniture executive, really and truly), especially if either a baritone sax or a french horn is involved.

but t-bone walker knew that back in the 60s. t-bone also knew how to wear a mustache that shakes and shimmies when he plays. shimmy, t-bone, shimmy.

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#141: yo la tengo - a teenager in love and everyday (1988)

puppylove pop songs from 1957 and 1960 sound best when they’re sung in 1988 by a punky married new jersey couple in their living room.

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#56: yo la tengo - sugarcube (1997)

yo la tengo is every indie guy’s favorite band, and bob cross/david odenkirk are every indie guy’s favorite comedians, and rock and roll band camp is every indie guy’s idea of a good time, so basically this video is the best thing that could have ever happened to anyone under 27 wearing slim black levi’s in new york city.

(side note! yo la tengo’s ira kaplan never went to band camp: “i pretty much learned by doing. i did take some folk lessons, and i had an electric guitar i played a little, but it wasn’t really ‘till i was much older that i got it,” he told me five years ago in a wildly mediocre college newspaper interview.)

besides the mid-90s alt-rock glory of this song, david cross’ pink wig and the quick doobie brothers pretty mama interlude are essential bonuses. the clarinet bathroom scene’s not bad either.

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