Archive for May, 2009

Goodbye School, Welcome Summer

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on May 31, 2009 by 30daysout

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It’s time to throw away the school books and start the summer.  Hope these songs will help you do that.

MP3: “High School Confidential” by Jerry Lee Lewis

MP3: “School Is Over” by Steve Guyger

MP3: “School’s Out” by Alice Cooper

MP3: “Summer School” by City Center

MP3: “Keep An Eye On Summer” by the Beach Boys

MP3: “School’s Out” by Greensky Bluegrass

MP3: “California Sun” by the LeRoi Brothers

MP3: “Summer On Signal Hill” by Killer Joe

MP3: “Summertime” (live) by Big Brother and the Holding Company

MP3: “School’s Out” by Krokus

All My (Birthday) Parties

Posted in News with tags , , , on May 29, 2009 by 30daysout

Levon Helm       hank-jr-eagle

Some recent birthdays for rock and rollers gives us a chance to post a handful of tunes for the weekend.  Stevie Nicks, born May 26, is 61 years old; Levon Helm, also May 26, is 67; Hank Williams Jr. (Bocephus), also May 26, is 60; and the great John Fogerty, born May 28, is 64. 

MP3: “Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound” by Hank Williams Jr.

MP3: “Stoned At The Jukebox” by Hank Williams Jr.

MP3: “White Dove” by Levon Helm

MP3: “Havana Moon” by Levon Helm & the RCO All-Stars

MP3: “If Anyone Falls” by Stevie Nicks

MP3: “Stand Back” (Eli Escobar disco mix) by Stevie Nicks

MP3: “Almost Saturday Night” by John Fogerty

MP3: “Centerfield”  (live) by John Fogerty w/Jerry Garcia

YouTube: Levon Helm making his new album Electric Dirt (out June 30)

Happy Birthday, Bob!

Posted in News with tags , , , , on May 29, 2009 by 30daysout

Bob Dylan will turn 68 on Sunday (May 24) – and the world will pay tribute to him that day.  What else can you say about this dude:  he is the oldest guy ever to top the album charts (twice), he has sold hundreds of millions of records and is considered one of the most influential people of our time.  Rolling Stone picked “Like A Rolling Stone” as the greatest rock song ever written, and it wouldn’t surprise me if right now, at this very moment, someone in the world is singing that song.

Throughout the weekend we’ll keep adding different versions of this song that we can find – so keep checking back.  And send us a link to your favorite!   It’s gonna get pretty weird in here …

MP3: “Like A Rolling Stone” by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band 

MP3: “Like A Rolling Stone” by the Jimi Hendrix Experience 

MP3: “Come Una Pietra Scalciata” by Articolo 31 

MP3: “Like A Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan & the Band (1974)

Bob Dylan official website

UPDATE: OK, we found some more! (Thanks to Randy Fuller for his contributions)

MP3: “Like A Rolling Stone” by the Rolling Stones

MP3: “Like A Rolling Stone” by Cher 

MP3: “Like A Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan w/Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (1986)

MP3: “Like A Rolling Stone” by Green Day

MP3: “Like A Rolling Stone” by The Turtles

MP3: “Like A Rolling Stone” by Charlie Daniels Band w/Darius Rucker

MP3: “Like A Rolling Stone” by Undisputed Truth

MP3: “Like A Rolling Stone” by Belfast Food

MP3: “Like A Rolling Stone” by Flatt and Scruggs

MP3: “Like A Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan & the Band (1972)

MP3: “Like A Rolling Stone” by Michael Bolton

MP3: “Like A Rolling Stone” by Rotary Connection

MP3: “Like A Rolling Stone” by Nancy Sinatra

MP3: “Like A Rolling Stone” by the Alan Lorber Orchestra

MP3: “Like A Rolling Stone” by Mila Ribeiro

MP3: “Allan Wie A Stan” by Wolfgang Ambros

MP3: “Like A Rolling Stone” by Robyn Hitchcock

MP3: “Like A Rolling Stone” by Dan Baird and Homemade Sin

MP3: “Like A Rolling Stone” by The Wailing Souls

MP3: “Like A Rolling Stone” by Hugues Aufray

MP3: “Like A Rolling Stone” by Yo La Tengo

MP3: “Like A Rolling Stone” by String Quartet

MP3: “Like A Rolling Stone” by Spirit featuring Randy California

MP3: “Like A Rolling Stone” by Rob Tognoni

MP3: “Like A Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan (1970)

MP3: “Like A Rolling Stone” by Buddy Greco

MP3: “Like A Rolling Stone” by the Young Rascals

MP3: “Like A Rolling Stone” by Sebastian Cabot

MP3: “Like A Rolling Stone” by Johnny Thunders & Wayne Kramer

MP3: “Like A Rolling Stone” by the Soup Greens

MP3: “Like A Rolling Stone” by the Other Side

MP3: “Like A Rolling Stone” by Phil Lesh & Friends

MP3: “Like A Rolling Stone” by the Four Seasons

MP3: “Like A Rolling Stone” by the Hugo Montenegro Orchestra

MP3: “Like A Rolling Stone” by the Drive-By Truckers

MP3:”Like A Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan & the Hawks (1966 “Royal Albert Hall” concert, the best version ever)

Review: “Préliminaires,” Iggy Pop

Posted in Review with tags , , , , on May 28, 2009 by 30daysout


Well, it’s certainly been an interesting half year so far, eh?  The centerpiece of a Springsteen album is a crappy cowboy epic, U2 fails to shake the world with their music, Dylan puts out a great album without playing the harmonica and the great American artistes du jour are … Green Day.   And now we have the curious case of Mr. James Osterberg, a.k.a. Iggy Pop, and his new album Préliminaires – strange days, indeed.

If you think Iggy’s gone all French jazz on us, you’re just half right.  Préliminaires does kick off with the jazzy “Les Feuilles Mortes (Autumn Leaves),” with Iggy crooning in French, sounding like the wasted younger brother of Charles Aznavour or Yves Montand.  Iggy has said this album was inspired by the book The Possibility Of An Island by French author Michel Houellebecq.  The hero of the book is apparently a dog named Fox and Iggy celebrates his character with the jaunty “King Of The Dogs,” done up in Louis Armstrong-style jazz. 

From the guy who once growled “I Wanna Be Your Dog” these selections might be a little disorienting but don’t worry: “Nice To Be Dead” has that familiar rock thud and Iggy menace.  It’s cool the way Iggy tries on these incongruent styles, like a shirt he’s going to wear for only five seconds.  “He’s Dead/She’s Alive” is pure acoustic American blues and “Spanish Coast” has Iggy crooning much like his old mentor David Bowie.  “She’s A Business” rocks like Iggy from the ’80s but its European counterpart “Je Sais Que Tu Sais” is more charming – it’s much sexier when a girl (in this case singer Lucie Amie) is talking in French. 

Préliminaires is a strange but immensely enjoyable album, mainly because it’s exactly what you would expect from the Godfather of Punk – the unexpected. 

MP3: “King Of The Dogs”

Iggy Pop official website

BONUS: In 2000, Iggy performed a duet with legendary French singer Francoise Hardy on the classic “I’ll Be Seeing You.”  Why not?

MP3: “I’ll Be Seeing You” by Francoise Hardy and Iggy Pop

Jay Bennett of Wilco, R.I.P.

Posted in News with tags , on May 26, 2009 by 30daysout


Guitarist, singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Jay Bennett – formerly of indie band Wilco – died of unknown causes Sunday at age 45.   He was best known for his work in (and for his acrimonious departure from) Wilco.  In fact, in recent weeks Bennett filed suit against the band, claiming it owes him royalty payments.  Bennett played on five albums including the acclaimed Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002) and appeared in the You’re Trying to Break My Heart documentary.  He also recorded some pretty good solo albums, one of which can be downloaded here for free.

Los Angeles Times story on Jay Bennett death

Obituary from the Chicago Tribune

MP3: “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart” by Wilco

MP3: “A Shot In The Arm” by Wilco

MP3: “Far, Far Away” by Wilco

MP3: “Ashes of American Flags” by Wilco

MP3: “Replace You” by Jay Bennett

MP3: “Little Blue Pills” by Jay Bennett

Jay Bennett’s MySpace page

Lost Classics! “Rock On,” Humble Pie

Posted in Lost Classics! with tags , , , , , , , , on May 25, 2009 by 30daysout


Humble Pie was a British boogie-rock band that reached monstrous success in the early 1970s.   The band was formed in 1968 by former Small Faces guitarist/singer Steve Marriott, and Peter Frampton, a guitar player from the Herd, a moderately successful U.K. pop band.  Because they signed a recording deal with Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham, it was thought that Humble Pie would be a sort of Stones-ish blues rock band – but it took a while for them to get there.

The band’s first two albums (As Safe As Yesterday Is and Town and Country) sounded more like the Band, with its acoustic underpinnings.  It wasn’t until the fourth album, Rock On (1971), that Humble Pie hit its stride.  The band recorded many of the songs on tour before they went into the studio and Rock On is a balance, a tug-of-war maybe, of Frampton’s more sedate, acoustic pop sensibility vs. Marriott’s boogie-till-you-puke approach.

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Liberty DeVitto takes Piano Man to court

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on May 24, 2009 by 30daysout


Former Billy Joel drummer, Liberty DeVitto, is suing his old boss. Check out the story in the NY Post. DeVitto told us about his troubles with Joel a few months ago in a 30 Days Out exclusive interview.

Liberty DeVitto MySpace page

Review: “Live From Madison Square Garden,” Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood

Posted in Review with tags , , , on May 21, 2009 by 30daysout


Two rock legends in a sold-out series of shows from New York City?  If that sounds even remotely interesting, then Live From Madison Square Garden is for you.  There’s something comforting about the presence of Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood on the concert trail – maybe it’s just that the old guys can get up there and give the young folks a good run too.

Because this is kinda a reunion of the two superstars from the short-lived 1960s supergroup Blind Faith, you get a handful of those numbers (“Can’t Find My Way Home,” “Had To Cry Today,” etc.) as well as some choice numbers from Winwood’s Traffic days (“Pearly Queen,” “Dear Mr. Fantasy”) and some nice Clapton solo choices (“After Midnight,” “Cocaine”). 

This stuff rocks – still – and Clapton plays like a man possessed.  His blues showcases, including “Double Trouble” and the Robert Johnson acoustic chestnut “Rambling On My Mind” both feature astonishing guitar work and are the best cuts here.  This is one of the best sounding live albums I’ve heard in a while: vocals and guitars (Winwood’s no slouch, either) are crisply recorded and right up front, and it’s all served up on a bed of tasty Hammond organ from Winwood.  If we have to relive the 1960s, this is certainly the way to do it.  (This concert is also available on DVD, with some extra tunes.)

MP3: “Double Trouble”

Eric Clapton official website

Steve Winwood official website

Video Alert! – “Surprise, Surprise” – Bruce Springsteen

Posted in Bruce Springsteen with tags , , , , on May 20, 2009 by 30daysout

This actually isn’t Springsteen, but a fan who put together a video for the Working On A Dream tune, “Surprise, Surprise.” It has a very Brady Bunch/Love American Style feel to it. It’s very cheesy, but it’s nice to see someone hasn’t given up on the new album. Enjoy.

Lost Classics! – Frankie Yankovic

Posted in Lost Classics! with tags , , , , , , , on May 19, 2009 by 30daysout


As a part time DJ, I will periodically have to play what’s called the “Grand March” at Polish weddings. It’s a fun group dance set to polka music where people weave in and out all around the dance floor with the happy couple ending up in the middle and enjoying their first dance as husband and wife with friends and family gathered around them.

Over the years, I’ve come to enjoy polkas very much. How can you not like songs that celebrate women, sausage, beer, obesity and having fun? It’s not possible. There have been many great polka artists over the years, Myron Floren and Jimmy Sturr to name a few, but the man who stood head and shoulders above the rest was “America’s Polka King,” Frankie Yankovic.

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