Archive for October, 2010

Video of the Week: Slash with Fergie?!?

Posted in fergie, News, slash with tags , on October 31, 2010 by 30daysout

Here’s the latest music video from ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash: “Beautiful Dangerous” with Fergie on vocals.  When Slash’s eponymous, guest-star filled album came out earlier this year, we were impressed with Fergie’s rock pipes.  Check out this video and you may come away impressed with a few more of Fergie’s, ah, attributes.  Slash is opening for Ozzy Osbourne on the Prince of F***ing Darkness’ latest tour.

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Robert Earl Keen on “Austin City Limits”

Posted in News with tags , on October 29, 2010 by 30daysout

Singer/songwriter Robert Earl Keen is one of our favorites, and most of Texas agrees.  He is going to be featured this weekend on an all-new episode of “Austin City Limits,” and this video is a behind the scenes record of events leading up to the show’s taping.

Scenes of the load-in, stage set up, rehearsal, pre-show, and on stage are all put together to give an idea of what goes on before a taping at studio 6A.   And of course, this is one of the final shows to be recorded in 6A – the entire “Austin City Limits” production moves to a brand-new studio in downtown Austin early next year.

Remember – Robert Earl Keen and Hayes Carll this weekend on “Austin City Limits,” on PBS (check local listings for your time and channel).

Austin City Limits official website

Robert Earl Keen official website

Getting ready for the “Darkness” box: “Racing In the Street (rock version)”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on October 29, 2010 by 30daysout

This version of “Racing In the Street” has different lyrics, violin and it rocks. It will be included on the double CD, The Promise, and the massive Darkness on the Edge of Town box set due to hit stores shelves and digital download sites on Nov. 16.

Video of the Week: “Rock and Roll Woman”

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , on October 24, 2010 by 30daysout

A bit of history happened Saturday night in Mountain View, California, as the three surviving members of legendary rock band Buffalo Springfield reunited for the first time since 1968.  Playing to benefit the Bridge School for children with cerebral palsy, original Springfield members Stephen Stills, Richie Furay and Neil Young ran through a loose set of classics including “Mr. Soul,” “Rock and Roll Woman,” “On The Way Home” and of course, “For What It’s Worth.”

Catch more videos from the Buffalo Springfield reunion at GuitarVibe.com

 

It Came From Halloween – Scary TV and radio

Posted in Lost Classics! with tags , , , , , , on October 24, 2010 by 30daysout

Morgus The Magnificent

Television was the one thing found in just about every house in the 1960s.  I knew people living in mobile homes who didn’t have a dinner table, but they had a TV.  And I remember sitting in front of the damned thing for hours when I was a kid.  Radio, I suppose, had the same attraction for kids in the generations before mine – just as cable TV, video games, DVDs and the internet have enthralled generations after mine.

There was a local scary TV show host when I was growing up; I believe his name was Dr. Ghoul-man or something, he appeared late nights on TV around a rerun of some crummy horror movie.  People still talk rapturously about Morgus the Magnificent in the New Orleans area, or whoever did the hosting in your area (see link below).

Rod Serling

But the really scary shit on TV appeared on prime time: “The Twilight Zone” hosted by Rod Serling frightened the bejeezus out of me on more than one occasion, sending me to bed more than a little nervous.  Then later it was “The Outer Limits,” which was more science fiction but fairly scary nevertheless.  Now I grew up in Southeast Texas and whenever a hurricane blew in the TV stations in the late 1960s stayed on all night so they can provide weather updates (they usually signed off around midnight with the national anthem).   And in between weather reports, local TV played reruns of “The Outer Limits,” which added to the already-pretty-damn-real fear factor.  The Weather Channel today pales in comparison.

My kids were turned on by old “Twilight Zone” episodes, and the best of them are among the greatest things ever to appear on television.  You owe it to yourself to catch these on reruns, if you never have.  It’s prime chills, 1960s’ style: cheap thrills indeed.

MP3: “Twilight Zone” main title music

MP3: “The Addams Family” theme song by Vic Mizzy

MP3: “The Munsters” by the Comateens

MP3: “Whatever Happened To Eddie?” by Butch Patrick w/Eddie & the Monsters

YouTube: “The Munsters” TV show opening

MP3: “Morgus The Magnificent” by Morgus & the Ghouls (w/Dr. John)

MP3: “Frankenstein of ’59” by Buchanan & Goodman

MP3: “The Inner Sanctum” radio show – “Wailing Wall” w/Boris Karloff (1945)

MP3: “The Halloween Shop” Sears radio commercial by Bobby “Boris” Pickett

MP3: “The Halloween Song” by Bing Crosby, Victor Moore and Boris Karloff

MP3: “The Twilight Zone” 1985 show theme by the Grateful Dead

YouTube: “The Outer Limits” opening

Egor’s Chamber of TV Horror Hosts

Download a free Halloween music sampler at Amazon.com


Your Sister’s (Record) Rack: Bread

Posted in Lost Classics! with tags , , , on October 23, 2010 by 30daysout

1972 was a year of hard-rockin’: the Rolling Stones cut their classic Exile On Main Street, the Allman Brothers invited everyone to Eat A Peach and Rod Stewart promised Never A Dull Moment.   The Band, Led Zeppelin, the Kinks and Creedence Clearwater Revival still walked the earth.  But when it came to rockin’ the top of the pop charts, there was really nobody like Bread.

You might consider Bread to be some mellowed-out schmaltz for old hippies, but back in the day those mellifluously rockin’ hits could sink their sharp little hooks in your soft fleshy parts.  So get ready – today we’re spinning Baby I’m-A Want You, Bread’s fourth and most commercially successful album.

Bread was made up of four members who happened to be virtuoso musicians, and most of the lead vocals were handled by David Gates and James Griffin, who also wrote the lion’s share of the group’s songs.  In 1971 original bassist Robb Royer left and was replaced by another virtuoso, Larry Knechtel (who played the piano on Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”).  This foursome started the Baby I’m-A Want You LP with a guitar rocker, “Mother Freedom.”   This is safe, middle-of-the-road rock: everything is very tastefully played and sung.

Then comes the title song, written and sung by Gates.  Today, as then, you could hear the enormous influence that Paul McCartney had on Gates’ work.  “Down On My Knees” doesn’t resemble the Beatles as much it does Badfinger; nevertheless, you can see the place Bread filled in the era’s pop music.  “Knees” is sung by Griffin, and it’s listed as a co-write between him and Gates.  There was some tension between the two, because Gates’ songs were usually chosen for the A-sides of the singles and those were the tunes that became big hits.

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Getting ready for the “Darkness” box: “Fire,” Houston 1978

Posted in Bruce Springsteen with tags , , , on October 22, 2010 by 30daysout

Bruce Springsteen’s massive and long-awaited Darkness on the Edge of Town box set comes out in less than a month on Nov. 16. Here is the audio of “Fire” that will be included on the live DVD shot at  The Summit (now Lakewood Church) in Houston on Dec. 8, 1978. Our own, Denny Angelle, attended that show and will tell us all about in the coming weeks.

Bruce Springsteen official website

Backstreets magazine