Archive for December, 2009

Happy New Year!

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

This is probably is the place where we should be counting off the best albums or songs of 2009, or of the decade, but we’re not gonna do that today.  And it would also be appropriate to make a New Year’s resolution or two.  OK: 1. We’re going to keep on rockin’ in the New Year.  2. We resolve to help you rock in the New Year.

But we want to take this opportunity to restate our mission: to share with you some cool music and interesting stories throughout the year.  We love the music, and we hope that 30 Days Out in some small way reflects our deep love for rock, blues, country, soul, folk and whatever.

If you are an artist and you don’t appreciate us posting your song, please let us know and we’ll remove it promptly.  But please don’t do like this one guy, who posted a link to our blog with the headline “Why Are They Stealing My Song?”  Dude, we’re not stealing anyone’s song – we always identify the artist and, when it’s brand-new music, include a link to his or her website.  Who else is doing that for you?  We like it enough to share it with our readers.

And we’re happy to do it for free.  Take a look around – there’s no advertising here, so it is pretty obvious we’re not doing this for any kind of profit.  In fact, I’m a professional writer in my day job … should I charge myself for writing blog posts?  I do this because I love the music, and so does my partner on this blog.

Finally, we’re approaching 500,000 readers since we started this blog in the spring of 2008, so the only thing left to say is … thanks.  Thanks to all of you, we appreciate your support and hope you keep reading and visiting us in the New Year.  Happy New Year and Keep On Rockin’.

Here are a few tunes to help you ring in the New Year.

MP3: “Corrido de Auld Lang Syne” by Little Bobby Rey & Band

MP3: “Rock and Roll Party” by Iggy Pop

MP3: “Happy New Year” by Lightnin’ Hopkins

MP3: “Sing The Changes” (live) by Paul McCartney

MP3: “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” by Ella Fitzgerald & the Frank DeVol Orchestra

MP3: “The Great Hank” (live) by Robert Earl Keen

MP3: “Party At Ground Zero” by Fishbone

MP3: “Don’t Taser Me, Bro” by Carbon/Silicon

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

MP3: “With A Little Help From My Friends” by Jefferson Starship & Friends (live at Woodstock 40th anniversary, Bethel Woods NY, 8/15/09) (R.I.P. James Gurley, of Big Brother and the Holding Company)


Your Sister’s (Record) Rack: Otis Redding

Posted in Rock Classics! with tags , , , , on December 30, 2009 by 30daysout

My sister told me she has some new friends, but she didn’t go into any detail.  So the other day, I’m in her room rooting around and I found this record … it’s by Otis Redding!  She never listened to THIS kind of music before!

The record is In Person at the Whisky A Go Go, a live album from Otis Redding that came out in 1968 but was recorded two years earlier.  Now remember, Otis Redding didn’t make a huge impact in popular music until 1967, when he appeared at the Monterey Pop Festival.  He had been recording albums and singles for Stax/Volt since 1962, when “These Arms Of Mine” became a minor hit.  Redding wrote a lot of his own material, including the song “Respect,” which was later a hit for Aretha Franklin.  R&B and soul artists who managed to break through to the Top 40 charts were really accomplishing something in those weird times; but as the 1960s wore on more and more black artists were doing it, including the Motown roster and people like Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett.

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Who Dat? Big Bad Earl! – The Music of Football Part 2

Posted in Rock Rant with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2009 by 30daysout

Big Bad Earl (No. 34) and the Oilers: Nov. 20, 1978

The best football game I ever attended was in 1978, in the Houston Astrodome.  The Oilers were playing the Dolphins, and although Miami had hotshot quarterback Bob Griese Houston had its own secret weapon: a rookie named Earl Campbell.  You know the rest – Campbell romped for 199 yards and the game-winning 81-yard touchdown run, and people still call it one of the best Monday Night Football games ever.

Campbell created a sort of Oiler fever in Houston, and a number of people created songs about the player once called the “Tyler Rose.”   Even Joe Tex unleashed a song called “Do The Earl Campbell.”   Now that wasn’t new: NFL teams had their own fight songs for many years.  In 1960, the league put out an album, Marching Songs, with tunes representing each of the 13 teams in the NFL at that time.  Some of the older teams still use those older fight songs, many have enlisted local artists (in some cases, big-name artists) to update the sound of their fight songs.

I still wince when I hear the old 1970s Houston Oilers fight song, called “Luv Ya Blue” or “Houston Oilers No. 1.”   It is one of those ear-worms that will get into your head for days or weeks, and won’t leave.  Written by Lee Ofman, it has the same tune as a fight song Ofman wrote for the Miami Dolphins a few years earlier.  I like some of those songs for the New Orleans Saints, including “Who Dat?” and the highly rhythmic “Let’s Get Fired Up” by Zig and Gaboon’s Gang.  Zig is none other than Zigaboo Modeliste, drummer for the mighty funky Meters, and he cut this little tune in 1980 or so under the auspices of the Popeye’s Fried Chicken chain.

So here you go: football songs!

MP3: “Luv Ya Blue/Houston Oilers No. 1” (excerpt)

MP3: “Miami Dolphins No. 1” (excerpt)

MP3: “Big Bad Earl” by Tom Cantrell with Dink and the Ooettes

MP3: “Bum’s Promise” by Tom Cantrell and the Newettes

MP3: “Let’s Get Fired Up” by Zig and the Gaboon Gang

MP3: “Who Dat?” by Trey Banks and J. John

MP3: “Crank Dat Dallas Cowboys” by Ya Favorite Homie JR

MP3: “Tony Romo” by unknown artist

Stream “Let’s Go Cowboys” by Los Lonely Boys  (Windows Media)

MP3: “Go Dallas Cowboys!” by the NFL Marching Band

MP3: “Hi-O Hi-O For Cleveland” by the NFL Marching Band

MP3: “Let’s Go You Colts” by the NFL Marching Band

MP3: “The Super Bowl Shuffle” by the Chicago Bears

MP3: “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over For Monday Night Football” by Hank Williams Jr.

Listen to fight songs from current and former NFL teams

Another site with fight songs from current and former NFL teams

ESPN website recalls the big Monday Night Football game with Earl Campbell


Unitas We Stand – The Music of Football Part 1

Posted in Rock Rant with tags , , , , , on December 28, 2009 by 30daysout

Texans must beat the Patriots this weekend for a shot at the playoffs - good luck, boys.

Now that Christmas has come and gone, you know what’s next – New Years?  No: it’s the Super Bowl.   It is time to start wondering who’s going to get into the elite circle of four teams that will participate first in the AFC and NFC championships, then the two that will advance to the big Super Bowl 44 in Miami on Feb. 7.  You gotta figure the Colts will be right in there for the AFC, so will the Chargers, the Bengals and the Patriots.  Over in the NFC the Saints, the Vikings, Eagles and Cardinals all look competitive.

There are a handful of teams holding slim dreams of making the playoffs, including our hometown Houston Texans.  In order for the Texans to make the playoffs all sorts of things need to happen, including a win over the Patriots this weekend, an attack on New York City by space aliens, Vince Lombardi coming back from the dead and possibly hell freezing over.  (Hey, it snowed in Houston a couple of weeks ago so the atmospheric conditions are certainly getting there.)

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Your Sister’s (Record) Rack: An Early 1970s Two-Fer

Posted in Lost Classics! with tags , , , , , , on December 26, 2009 by 30daysout

My sister is spending a lot of time away from home lately.  My mom says it’s that new job of hers, my dad isn’t so sure.  I don’t care – today I was able to snap up two of her records, both by California music dudes who might have been pretty well-known back in the 1970s but are virtually forgotten today.

The first record is Bright Sun Is Shining, by Barry “The Fish” Melton.  This one is from 1970, and it was the first solo album by the guitarist from Country Joe and the Fish.  Melton was only 21 when he cut this album, which consists entirely of covers of blues and soul classics of the era.  He cut the blues covers in Chicago with sidemen including a young Donny Hathaway; Phil Upchurch, who was then the Chess House Band guitarist and was recording with Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters; and Chess regular Gerald Sims, who worked with people like Little Milton, Bobby “Blue” Bland and Mary Wells.  The other half of Bright Sun Is Shining includes soul music covers recorded in New York with members of the Wilson Pickett Band and Joe Newman, the great trumpeter from Count Basie’s band.

You can hear the production (by Sam Charters, who also did the Country Joe & the Fish records) is pretty straightforward, with little of the studio tricks of the era.  That gives Bright Sun a timeless feel, and Melton’s voice is not bad – he is a credible blues/soul grunter as well as a fine guitarist.  The Fish was Barry’s time in the spotlight, apparently; although he kicked around the music business for a while Melton found another career.  He has been a criminal defense lawyer since the 1980s, although he retired last year to devote more time to music.  Melton often plays with Peter Albin and David Getz (both of Big Brother & the Holding Company), remains a key figure in the San Francisco music scene and on his official website, he promises a new album for 2010.

MP3: “Third Degree” by Barry Melton

MP3: “Something You Got” by Barry Melton

MP3: “Wine, Women, Whiskey” by Barry Melton

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O Come All Ye Rockers – A 30 Days Out Christmas

Posted in Christmas with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 21, 2009 by 30daysout

And so this is Christmas.  We’re going to sign off for the week with 30 holiday tunes; we’ll see you on the flip side of the holiday to help you get ready for New Year’s.  Thanks for sharing holiday music to Randy Fuller, Jeff Ash at AM Then FM, Heather Browne at I Am Fuel, You Are Friends, Any Major Dude With Half A Heart, Deborah Harry, Bill Baird, Dan Dyer, WFMU and Satan.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Keep On Rockin’.

MP3: “Run Rudolph Run” by Creedence Clearwater Revisited

MP3: “We Three Kings” by Blondie

MP3: “Jingle Bells” by Wilson Pickett

MP3: “Party This Christmas” by Rockin’ Sidney

MP3: “Santa Claus Is Surfin’ To Town” by Soupy Sales

MP3: “The Lord Of The Dance” by Arthur Brown

MP3: “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” by Twisted Sister with Lita Ford

MP3: “Santa Claus Has Got The AIDS” by Tiny Tim

MP3: “All I Want For Christmas” by Gerry & the Pacemakers

MP3: “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” by the Border Brass

MP3: Christmas Public Service Announcement by Pee Wee Herman

MP3: “Christmas In Jail” by Bill Baird

MP3: “Christmas In Southgate” by Ry Cooder

MP3: “White Christmas” by Otis Redding

MP3: “Christmas Cake” by Rilo Kiley

MP3: “2000 Miles” by Coldplay

MP3: “Christmas Time Blues” by Roy Milton & His Solid Senders

MP3: “Santa Claus Is Freaking Me Out” by Lord Weatherby

MP3: 1968 Christmas Fan Club Record by the Beatles

MP3: “Murder By Mistletoe” by the Felice Brothers

MP3: “This eXmas” by Dan Dyer

MP3: “O Holy Night” by Martha Reeves

MP3: “Joy To The World” by Bad Religion

MP3: “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” by Lou Rawls

MP3: “Santa Claus, The Original Hippie” by Homer & Jethro

MP3: “On Christmas Day” by Brian Wilson

MP3: ” ‘Zat You Santa Claus?” by Smash Mouth

MP3: “Rock and Roll Christmas” by George Thorogood & the Destroyers

MP3: “Father Christmas” by the Kinks

MP3: “Christmas Message From Elvis/Silent Night” by Elvis Presley


Seasons Greetings from Texas!

Posted in Christmas with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 21, 2009 by 30daysout

Just in time for Christmas, they are tellin’ us that the weather will be in the 70s early this week then it should plunge to about 37 Friday night.  Brrr, right?  Well, down here we think cold weather – and all that “white Christmas” stuff – is overrated.  The other day I had an eggnog with a little jalapeno in it and although it was downright awful, I didn’t mind.  Because this is Texas, you know?

OK,  I was counting the Bowl games comin’ this year and there are a bunch in Texas: the Alamo Bowl (San Antonio), the Armed Forces Bowl (Fort Worth), the Cotton Bowl (Dallas), the Sun Bowl (El Paso) and the Texas Bowl (Houston).  And don’t forget the University of Texas vs. Alabama in the big Rose Bowl game, way in the future at Jan. 7.  What the hell does this have to do with Christmas?  Nothing – except that at Christmas time, people in Texas are thinkin’ football, not snow.  Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas and find yourself a Bowl game to go to.   And stay away from jalapeno eggnog.  Ho, ho.

MP3: “Mason Dixon’s On The Line,” by Jerry Jeff Walker

MP3: “Winterlude” by Joe Ely

MP3: “Merry Christmas From The Family” (live) by Robert Earl Keen

MP3: “Christmas Everyday” by Rosie Flores

MP3: “When It’s Christmas Time In Texas” by George Strait

MP3: “The Christmas Song” by Steve Fromholz

MP3: “Santa Claus Is Back In Town” by Rusty Wier

MP3: “Pretty Paper” by Gary P. Nunn

MP3: “Nothing But A Child” by Steve Earle & Allison Moorer

MP3: “Snow In Austin” by Ellis Paul

MP3: “Silent Night” by Willie Nelson

MP3: “Sweet Little Baby Boy” by Angela Strehli

MP3: “On This Christmas Night” by B. J. Thomas

MP3: “A Special Wish” by B.W. Stevenson

MP3: “Grateful for Christmas” by Hayes Carll

MP3: “Please Come Home For Christmas” by Marcia Ball

MP3: “Feliz Navidad” by Los Lonely Boys

MP3: “Frosty the Snowman” by Freddy Fender & Flaco Jimenez