Archive for December, 2008

Our (Conditional) Best of 2008 Lists

Posted in Uncategorized on December 31, 2008 by 30daysout


Welcome to our “Best of 2008” list … of all our favorite things from the year that we could download or do for free.  If you have read this blog for any time you know we like a lot of stuff, dislike a little bit and really hate the Eagles.  So let’s get started, shall we?

Things We Crossed Off Our Wal-Mart Shopping List

1.  Journey with a brand-new lead singer

MP3: “Never Walk Away”  by Journey w/Arnel Pineda

2. AC/DC t-shirts and hoodieselvisreeses1

3. Special Elvis commemorative Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

4. Yet another Bruce Springsteen greatest hits CD

5. Rock Band (Aerosmith edition)


Bands We Never Heard Of (Until We Read a ‘Best Of’ List)

1. Fleet Foxes  

MP3: “Blue Ridge Mountains” by Fleet Foxes                    blitzen20trapper

2. Deerhunter

3. Blitzen Trapper

4. Deerhoof

5. Hunting License (OK, I made that one up.  Geddit?)


Obligatory Rap Song (‘Cause Everybody Else Has One)

MP3: “Damn, I’m Cold” by Bun B


Lovely Moments from 2008

1.  Alejandro Escovedo joined Bruce Springsteen onstage in Houston to sing Al’s “Always A Friend.”   Making it even better, Joe Ely came up next.

2. Motörhead closed their set with “Don’t forget us.  We are Motörhead, and we play ROCK AND ROLL!”

3. This: iggy-and-madonna


George’s All-Bruce Springsteen List

1. “The Wrestler”

2. “Working On A Dream”

3. MP3: “Life Itself”

4. “A Night With The Jersey Devil”

5. “My Lucky Day”

George would like to remind everyone that Springsteen’s Working On A Dream comes out Jan. 27.


Our Favorite Songs We Downloaded This Year

1. MP3:  “Mercy” by Duffy

2. MP3: “Rock And Roll Train” by AC/DC

3. MP3: “Sister Lost Soul” (live at the Continental Club) by Alejandro Escovedo

4. MP3: “Carpetbaggers” by Jenny Lewis w/Elvis Costello

5. MP3: “Chinese Democracy” by Guns N’ Roses


Stuff We Would Just As Soon Never See Or Hear Again

1. She & Him (although Zooey pf_main_zooey2Deschanel is pretty cute)

MP3: “You Really Got A Hold On Me” by She & Him

2. The second half of Chinese Democracy

3. The Police reunion

4. Certifiable by the Police

5. Hurricane Ike

6. This guy (SXSW bouncer):       bouncer

OK, We Thought These Were Some Of The Best Albums of 2008

1. Electric Arguments by The Fireman – Never thought we’d say “Best Album” and “Paul McCartney” in the same sentence.

2. Viva La Vida by Coldplay – The expanded version is much better, with a really cool “Life In Technicolor II.”

MP3: “Life In Technicolor II” by Coldplay

3. Momofuku by Elvis Costello – This classic artist just keeps getting better with age.

4. Gift of Screws by Lindsey Buckingham – see No. 3 above.

MP3: “Great Day” by Lindsey Buckingham

5. Real Animal by Alejandro Escovedo – Texas artist looks back on his 1970s punk rock days with anger and tenderness.


Real ‘Best Of 2008’ Lists

Rolling Stone                                                           Billboard

Aquarium Drunkard                                                 Blender

Some guy’s list at                                      Culture Bully

It’s Time To Enshrine Spirit!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on December 30, 2008 by 30daysout


Spirit was one of the most entertaining American bands to come off the West Coast in the late 1960s.  Sorry, Dead and Airplane fans – Spirit, based out of Los Angeles, had the best players.  Led by singer Jay Ferguson and guitarist Randy California (who was apparently a protege of Hendrix), Spirit played progressive and psychedelic music but always anchored its albums with some crankin’ rock tunes.  They should certainly be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Ferguson was the better songwriter in the group, but California penned Spirit’s biggest hit, “I Got A Line On You,” from 1968.  The group peaked with the psychedelic album 12 Dreams Of Dr. Sardonicus (1970) with standout Ferguson tunes like “Animal Zoo” and California’s moody “Nature’s Way.”  Spirit’s drummer was bald-headed Ed Cassidy, California’s uncle, and the bassist was teenaged Mark Andes. 

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New Springsteen Video: “Life Itself”

Posted in Bruce Springsteen with tags , , on December 30, 2008 by 30daysout

Here is the official video for “Life Itself,” Bruce Springsteen’s fourth single from the forthcoming album “Working On A Dream.” Enjoy

Lost Classics! Michael Nesmith

Posted in Lost Classics! with tags , , , on December 30, 2008 by 30daysout

Mike Nesmith, in the Monkees

In 1970, after the breakup of the Monkees, singer/guitarist Michael Nesmith set out to carve his own solo career in music.  Along the way, he took a country-rock detour that proved to be his most successful period as a solo artist.  Hooking up with a group dubbed the First National Band, Nesmith cut four albums with the band for RCA in 1970-71.

The second First National Band single, “Joanne,” went to No. 21 on the pop charts in 1970.  Followups including the near pure-country “Silver Moon” and the rocker “Nevada Fighter” were nowhere near as successful.  As a songwriter, Nesmith had some songs performed by the Monkees (“Propinquity,” “Listen To The Band”) and a few of his other compositions were hits for other people (“Different Drum” for Linda Ronstadt, “Some Of Shelley’s Blues” for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band).

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Delaney Bramlett, R.I.P.

Posted in News with tags , , , on December 29, 2008 by 30daysout


Delaney Bramlett, who put together one of the best bands of the late 1960s and early 1970s, has died at the age of 69.  Teamed with his wife Bonnie, Bramlett assembled a Southern-rock outfit that included the likes of Eric Clapton, Duane Allman and Leon Russell.  Some of the other players – including Bobby Whitlock, Jim Gordon and Carl Radle – would go on to play on other blockbuster albums of the 1970s, like George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass and of course, Clapton’s Layla.

Some of the wire stories about Bramlett’s death mistakenly attribute him as the co-writer of such Clapton hits as “Let It Rain” but it was really wife Bonnie who was the writer on those songs.  He did co-write songs for Clapton’s eponymous solo debut album, in 1970.  Anyway, Delaney Bramlett – a rock and roll classic.

MP3: “They Call It Rock and Roll Music” (from To Bonnie, From Delaney, 1970)

MP3: “Soul Shake” (1970)

MP3: “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” (from Motel Shot, 1971)

MP3: “Never Ending Song Of Love” (1971)

MP3: “Groupie (Superstar)” (1970)

MP3: “Bottle Of Red Wine” (from Eric Clapton, 1970)


Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on December 28, 2008 by 30daysout


MP3: “A Hazy Shade Of Winter” by Simon & Garfunkel

MP3: “Snowblind” by Black Sabbath

MP3: “Snow (Hey Oh)” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers

MP3: “A Winter’s Tale” by the Moody Blues

MP3: “Pisshole In The Snow” by the Pernice Brothers

MP3: “Snowin’ On Raton” by Robert Earl Keen

MP3: “White Winter Hymnal” by Fleet Foxes

MP3: “Winter” by Steeleye Span

MP3: “Jack Frost and the Hooded Crow” by Jethro Tull

MP3: “Snow” by Loreena McKennitt

MP3: “Wizards In Winter” by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra

MP3: “Cold As Ice” (live)  by Foreigner (with Kelly Hansen)

MP3: “Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow” by Frank Zappa

MP3: “Thank You, Dreaded Black Ice, Thank You” by Giant Sand

MP3: “In The Bleak Midwinter” by Bert Jansch

MP3: “Snow In Austin” by Ellis Paul

MP3: “California Dreamin’ ” by the Beach Boys

Lost Classic! Bushwick Bill

Posted in Lost Classics! with tags , on December 27, 2008 by 30daysout


Best known as the dwarf dude from Houston’s Geto Boys, Bushwick Bill put out a solo album in 1998 called No Surrender … No Retreat.   It had the usual kind of gangsta rap stuff, including the soulful love ballad “My Bitch.”   Bill tells his lover “you gonna be my bitch tonight,” and his lover responds, “you gonna be my pimp tonight.”

The Geto Boys started in the late 1980s in Houston, Texas, and the trio included Bill, Scarface and Willie D.  Famously, the cover photo from the group’s third album We Can’t Be Stopped album-coverwas taken in a Houston hospital after Bushwick Bill was accidentally (or not) shot in the face, destroying his right eye.   In the early 1990s American politicians and media whores attacked gangsta music, including that of Ice-T and the 2 Live Crew, as violent and race-baiting.  The Geto Boys re-emerged in 1999 with two songs on the soundtrack of the cult classic Office Space

Since his gangsta days, Bushwick Bill has since renounced his past and has supposedly become a born-again Christian, even releasing a Christian rap album called Testimony of Redemption.   However, he reunited with his Geto Boys bandmates in July 2008 and performed the old songs, so who knows?

“My Bitch” is not the greatest rap song ever – that would have to be this, by Bill’s Geto Boy-mate Willie D.  But it’s close, and if you even think that “My Bitch” is not NFSW (not safe for work), you are most certainly in the wrong place.

MP3: “My Bitch” by Bushwick Bill

Bushwick Bill’s MySpace page

Friday is Boss’ Day: Born To Hype?

Posted in Bruce Springsteen with tags , , on December 26, 2008 by 30daysout

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As we prepare for Bruce Springsteen’s 16th studio album Working On A Dream (to be released Jan. 27), it seems we’re seeing the Boss everywhere.  On Sunday, the fourth song  “Life Itself”  from the new album will be released as an exclusive download on   An exclusive greatest hits package will go on sale only at Wal-Mart, to capitalize on Springsteen’s appearance at halftime of Super Bowl XLIII.

What’s next:  Springsteen on the covers of Time and Newsweek?  I doubt that will ever happen – again.  In 1975, to promote the release of Born To Run, Columbia Records spent $250,000 to relentlessly hype Springsteen to the music-buying public.  As early as late 1974, Springsteen’s then-manager Mike Appel “leaked” early copies of the single “Born To Run” to select radio stations (including Cleveland’s rock powerhouse WMMS).  The label made extensive use of critic Jon Landau’s famous quote from 1974: “I saw rock and roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen.”

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30 Days Out (From Christmas): Happy New Year!

Posted in 30 Days Out (From Christmas) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 25, 2008 by 30daysout


Day 30 – Well, here we are: 30 days and about 400 Christmas songs later, we’re hurtling headlong into a brand new year.  We really enjoyed the holiday music, hope you did too.  So we’re going to leave you with a handful of tunes to put it between the ditches by (please make sure you do that on New Year’s Eve) and even though there are a few more days to go before 2009, we are going to take this opportunity to wish you a Happy New Year.  Tomorrow we will return to our regularly scheduled nonsense.  Alka Seltzer, anyone?

MP3:  “My Dear Acquaintance (A Happy New Year)” by Regina Spektor

MP3: “Auld Lang Syne” by the Beach Boys

MP3: “Happy New Year” by Abba

MP3: “New Year’s Resolution” by Otis Redding and Carla Thomas

MP3: “What Are You Doing On New Year’s Eve” by King Curtis

MP3: “Happy New Year, Baby” by Johnny Otis & His Orchestra

MP3: “Happy New Year/Auld Lang Syne” by the Small Stars

MP3: “The New Year” by Death Cab For Cutie

MP3: “New Year’s Day” by U2

MP3: “A Totally New Year” by Matt Pryor

MP3: “In The New Year” by the Walkmen

MP3: “The Little Drummer Boy/Silent Night/Auld Lang Syne” by Jimi Hendrix

30 Days Out (From Christmas): Soul Christmas

Posted in 30 Days Out (From Christmas) with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 23, 2008 by 30daysout


Day 27 – In 1968, Atlantic Records was arguably the best R&B record label on the planet.  With all due respect to Berry Gordy’s Motown Records, the Atlantic roster of artists created classic soul and R&B that topped the charts and rocked kids across the world.   So some of the biggest names on Atlantic (and its subsidiaries Atco and Stax) came together in ’68 to put together the simply titled Soul Christmas

First out of the gate was a song specificially recorded for the project: “Back Door Santa” by Clarence Carter.  Although that’s an instant keeper, the highlight has to be the two tunes contributed by Otis Redding.  His “White Christmas” is brilliantly bleak, and the arrangement of “Merry Christmas, Baby” set the pattern for many more versions to follow.

The original Soul Christmas is available on CD with some bonus tracks (thanks, Rhino Records!).  It’s the second greatest Christmas album of all time, in our humble opinion.  Our pick for the best?  Tune in tomorrow, same Bat-time, same Bat-URL! 

MP3: “Back Door Santa” by Clarence Carter

MP3: “Merry Christmas, Baby” by Otis Redding

MP3: “Jingle Bells” by Booker T. & the MGs

MP3: “Gee Whiz, It’s Christmas” by Carla Thomas

MP3: “The Christmas Song” by King Curtis

MP3: “White Christmas” by Otis Redding