Archive for April, 2011

Record Store Day Buyer’s Guide

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 13, 2011 by 30daysout

Okay, this may seem really half-assed but today we’re going to piggyback on (steal?) a great article in Goldmine magazine where they rate the best and worst of the exclusive vinyl available on Record Store Day. That’s Saturday, at your friendly neighborhood record store.

You can read the Goldmine story here, but we just want to touch on a couple of their top picks … keep in mind, this is highly subjective. You really ought to check out the complete list of exclusive vinyl available on Record Store Day, and if something really appeals to you then plan to get up early on Saturday and line up outside your local record emporium so you have a better chance of getting your hands on what you want. There will be some music aficinados like you, but there will be a lot of jerks who just want to get hold of this rare stuff so they can put it up on eBay.

Goldmine is salivating most over a Jimi Hendrix 7″ single, “Fire”b/w”Touch You.”  The 45 has an alternate version of “Fire,” which appeared on the West Coast Seattle Boy box set. The real find is on the flip side: “Touch You,”  a previously unreleased 1967 studio recording made by the original Experience during sessions for what would become Electric Ladyland. Very cool, indeed.

The other cool stuff the magazine is anticipating seems mostly to come from vintage acts – a live LP from Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd, unreleased Derek and the Dominos, live Roy Orbison, live Bob Dylan. It’s a record store nut’s dream come true.

A word here, too, about the “lost” single from the 13th Floor Elevators, which we in Houston can partially claim as our own (they cut many of their songs in Houston, at the famed Gold Star Studios). The record available on Saturday is a limited-edition green vinyl 7″ single – “Wait For My Love” b/w “May The Circle Remain Unbroken.” Roky Erickson and the group planned this as the band’s sixth single in 1968 but never released. The two tunes are remixed by ‘Sonic Boom’ (Pete Kember of Spacemen Three & producer of MGMT), and the single will come packaged in an International Artists Records label house bag.

Another choice cut is a complete LP by the Foo Fighters, performing 12 covers including “Band On The Run,” Baker Street,” “Darling Nikki” and others. There are many, many more releases, by the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, R.E.M., ZZ Top, Phish, the Rolling Stones, Pearl Jam and more. The newer crop of artists will be represented by Peter, Bjorn and John, Regina Spektor, The Joy Formidable, Wild Flag and many more. Now keep in mind, these records are going into general release on Saturday and some of ’em may be available after Record Store Day but many are limited-edition releases and will likely get snapped up pretty quickly. Then, on Saturday afternoon, you can find ’em on eBay at double the retail price.

Goldmine singles out a handful of exclusive releases that disappointed them.  One of their offenders is the Bruce Springsteen offering, a 10″ LP featuring “Gotta Get That Feeling” b/w “Racing In The Street,” which will appear on his upcoming DVD Live From The Carousel. The magazine says “The ‘easy way out’ on Record Store Day: selling a sample from an upcoming release. This isn’t a special item for the fans. It’s nothing more than a promotional piece!!” Yeah, but we’ll probably buy this if we can get our hands on it.

Our suggestion to you for Record Store Day: Check out the list of exclusive releases, show up early (before opening time) and know what you want to buy when you get into the store. And please, if you are lucky enough to get your hands on an exclusive release: take it home, remove the wrapper, take out the record and play it. Call your kids into the room and play it for them. Dance if you want, or just listen to the music. Share it, talk about the memories conjured by this great old and new music and let somebody younger listen to it again and again. Don’t be one of those assholes who forces them to go find this stuff on eBay.

Record Store Day official website

Goldmine magazine “Top Ten Record Store Day” vinyl 2011 article

Video Du Jour: The Watermarks

Posted in News with tags on April 13, 2011 by 30daysout

The Watermarks are a Houston band who play a winning combination of rock and electronica. They’re on the bill for the upcoming Free Press Summerfest along with Weezer, MF Doom, Cut Copy and many more.  Check ’em out at locally legendary club Fitzgerald’s:

The Watermarks official website

Backyard Fireball! Earl Campbell vs. Nolan Ryan BBQ

Posted in BBQ with tags , , on April 10, 2011 by 30daysout

If you are a regular reader here, you probably know it’s grillin’ time in Texas. We have already wheeled out the Weber for some smokin’ action, and yesterday we tried a new product: Nolan Ryan’s All-Beef Smoked Sausage.

For those of you who are not from Texas, or who are not familiar with baseball – Nolan Ryan is a Hall of Fame pitcher who worked for four different teams during his career. “The Ryan Express” was a pitcher for the New York Mets, the California Angels, the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers, and he threw seven no-hitters, more than any other pitcher in baseball history.

He’s also a part owner and CEO of the Texas Rangers ball club, and a businessman who has his own line of beef products. Including Nolan Ryan’s All-Beef Smoked Sausage. You know we’re big fans of Earl Campbell’s Hot Links, but we thought we’d give Nolan’s product a test run on this first full week of the 2011 baseball season.

We like Earl’s sausage because it’s meaty and has a slightly spicy kick that makes it good to eat even without barbecue sauce. Nolan’s product doesn’t plump when heated like Earl’s does, but it has an edge on taste and seems denser to the bite. Perhaps it’s the ingredients: Earl Campbell’s sausage has chicken, beef and pork while Nolan Ryan’s claims to be 100 percent beef. I bought the “Hot and Spicy” style of sausage but it didn’t seem all that hot and/or spicy, at least not like Earl’s sausage.

I’m probably going to buy Nolan Ryan’s All-Beef Smoked Sausage again – it’s readily available at the supermarket where I shop the most (that would be Kroger) and I’m already a fan of his frozen slider burgers. The price is similar between the two products, but I got the Nolan Ryan sausage on a store discount so that gives the pitcher another edge. But I’m gonna also buy Earl Campbell’s Hot Links again as well, because I have a history with the Tyler Rose (I saw one of his greatest games in person) and his meat products are pretty good.

And another thing, which has nothing to do with sausage: for a legend, Nolan Ryan is a truly nice guy. The few times I’ve come into contact with him, he’s been cool and down-to-earth. If the Houston Astros can’t go to the World Series this year (don’t hold your breath), I’m going to totally secondarily root for the Texas Rangers to get there again. Thanks, Nolan Ryan!

MP3: “Nolan Ryan (He’s A Hero To Us All)” by Jerry Jeff Walker

MP3: “Big Bad Earl” by Tom Cantrell with Dink & the Oo-ettes

Earl Campbell Meat Products official website

Nolan Ryan’s All-Natural Beef Products official website

In case you missed it, a lot of BBQ toonage here

Video Du Jour: KISS at the Houston Rodeo

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 10, 2011 by 30daysout

When KISS played the Houston Rodeo last month, they invited a couple of American soldiers onstage as a way of saluting our country’s service men and women. It was a stirring moment, as Paul Stanley led nearly 80,000 people in the Pledge of Allegiance. One of the soldiers invited onstage is a reporter for The Pentagon Channel, and here’s the report he did from that night.

Your Sister’s (Record) Rack: Ron Wood & Ronnie Lane

Posted in Your Sister's Record Rack with tags , , , , , , on April 8, 2011 by 30daysout

My big sister’s bedroom is still locked tight – you think she’s on to me? Well, since we can’t riffle through her record collection I might as well share an LP from mine. Today we’re spinning Mahoney’s Last Stand, a 1976 soundtrack album by Ron Wood and Ronnie Lane, both members of the Faces.

The soundtrack music – mostly instrumentals – was recorded for the 1972 Canadian movie Mahoney’s Estate, which starred Sam Waterston and Maud Adams. The soundtrack was originally supposed to be released in North America but some kind of legal hassles delayed the movie for almost two years and the soundtrack for more than three years. So the album was finally released about a year after the Faces broke up.

Lane was of course the Faces’ bass player and Wood the guitar player. And Mahoney’s Last Stand features an all-star cast of sidemen including Faces bandmates Ian McLagan and Kenney Jones, Pete Townshend on guitar, Ric Grech (Blind Faith) and Benny Gallagher (Gallagher and Lyle) on bass, Ian Stewart (Rolling Stones) on keyboards, Bobby Keys and Jim Price on horns, Mickey Waller (Rod Stewart) on drums and producer Glyn Johns on backing vocals!

If you like the Faces’ bloozy, boozy-woozy good-time music, you’ll like the numbers here. “Car Radio” puts the pedal to the metal, and “Tonight’s Number” (with Jones, McLagan and Townshend) kicks out like Rod Stewart is going to jump out of the shadows and start wailin’ at any moment. But who needs him: Wood and Lane ably share vocals on the steppin’ “Chicken Wired,” and Wood’s Dylanesque voice is perfect for “‘Mona’ The Blues.” And “Just For A Moment,” an unmistakably Lane contribution, is supplied in two doses: an instrumental and a version with Lane’s sweet vocals.

While the album was being delayed due the legal wrangles, Lane re-cut “Chicken Wired” for his first solo LP, and he often played the song in his live appearances. In 1998 the Mahoney’s Last Stand soundtrack emerged on CD with a bunch of bonus tracks – some rejects from the original recording and a couple of tunes that were early versions of songs that would eventually appear on Ooh La La, the final Faces studio album (1973).

Wood would of course join the Rolling Stones in 1975, and Lane would quit Faces shortly after Ooh La La. He had some brilliant moments after that before succumbing to complications from multiple sclerosis in 1997. Ian McLagan, now a proud resident of Austin and the genius behind the World’s Greatest Free Happy Hour, often pays tribute to his dear friend Ronnie Lane. It’s fitting, because “Plonk” was a genius.

MP3: “Car Radio”

MP3: “Tonight’s Number”

MP3: “Just For A Moment”

Bonus Video Du Jour No. 2: The ‘Real’ Beastie Boys

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on April 8, 2011 by 30daysout

Not quite sure what this is, except maybe some sort of promotion for the upcoming Beastie Boys album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two. Probably some longer work is coming, but there are lots of familiar faces here even though I can’t tell what the hell is going on. CAUTION: Not Safe For Work!

Bonus Video Du Jour: Iggy Pop

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on April 8, 2011 by 30daysout

Did you see this last night? We did – is this a sign of the Apocalypse?

Video Du Jour: Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughan

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on April 8, 2011 by 30daysout

The two guitar greats duke it out during a session recorded in 1983 at Hamilton, Ontario, for a Canadian TV broadcast. It doesn’t get any better than this.

Record Store Day – A Message from Chairman Ozzy

Posted in Uncategorized on April 8, 2011 by 30daysout

Saturday April 16 is Record Store Day, when your favorite record store promises to have all this cool stuff for sale but will be totally sold out if you walk in 15 minutes after it opens. The good news is, there are more collectible items for sale this year – so get there early and camp out if you want to get your hands on any of that.

I live in Houston, Texas, and we’re lucky to have a handful of great record stores here in town – including Cactus Music and Video, Vinal Edge Records, Sound Exchange and Sig’s Lagoon which is next door to the cool Continental Club. Some of those places will have live music goin’ on Record Store Day – and Cactus will have some free Saint Arnolds beer. Can you beat that? No.

And my daughter goes to college in Austin, just down the road apiece, and they are lucky to have the awesome Waterloo Records in that fair city. Not to mention Antone’s Record Shop, Cheapo Records, End of An Ear, and so on.

The bottom line is that these great places – and the friendly neighborhood record store near you – needs your love, support and money. They are happy to sell you CDs and stuff at a little higher price than Walmart and Best Buy, because you can walk into your local record retailer and find the new Alejandro Escovedo CD or that old Rolling Stones album. At Best Buy and Walmart, you can’t always get what you want. Many times you can’t even get what you need.

I remember this blog’s co-owner George went to Best Buy a few years ago looking for a new Bruce Springsteen album on the day of its release – they didn’t have it, but they had a lot of Jay-Z. Now they had it at one of the fine record stores in Houston … which is why you should drop by a record store next Saturday, to share some of your love and appreciation. And money.

YouTube: A message from 2011’s Record Store Day chairman/spokesman/mascot/demonic figure:

Record Store Day official website

Backyard Fireball: It’s BBQ Grillin’ Time!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2011 by 30daysout

The Patron Saint of Texas BBQ

I realize some of you in other parts of the country (and the world) are still gettin’ winter weather. Here in Texas it’s grilllin’ time. If you are in Minnesota or New York, stop yer bitchin’ for a minute and see if you can get a whiff of my charcoal fire.

Ah, sorry to be taunting you like that. Here in Texas barbecue is a religion, like football and drivin’ fast. Barbecue is sittin’ on the patio, a Weber grill smokin’ some ribs while you listen to rock and roll and swig a cold beer. Barbecue is more than just tossing some wieners on a fire. It’s smoking a succulent side of beef, making sure those pork ribs are just right, and poking a fork in a chicken thigh to make sure the juices run clear. It’s real cookin’!

It’s also potato salad, watermelon, beans in barbecue sauce, potato chips, Big Red soft drinks and lots of cold, cold beer. You got all that, all you need is some fine music.

MP3: “Bar-B-Que” by Wendy Rene

MP3: “Boogie Woogie Barbecue” by Mitch Woods

MP3:  “Barbeque” by Robert Earl Keen

MP3:  “Bar-B-Q” by ZZ Top

MP3: “(Take Out The Squeal) If You Want A Meal” by Earl Summer Jackson

MP3: “Baby Back Ribs” commercial music from Chili’s

MP3: “Barbecue Boogie” by Elvin Bishop

MP3: “Barbecue Any Old Time” by Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee

MP3: “The Original Queen Bee Barbecue” by Harley David

MP3: “Aussie BBQ” by the Aussie Bush Band

MP3: “Southern Fried Chicken” by Hank Penny

MP3: “Eat Your Wife And Kiss The Barbecue” by Mount Righteous

MP3: “UFOs, Big Rigs and BBQ” by Mojo Nixon

MP3: “Hot Dog” by the Detroit Cobras

MP3: “Hot Barbecue” by Boogaloo Baby

MP3: “Too Much Barbecue” by Big Twist and the Mellow Fellows

MP3: “Texas Cookin’ ” by Guy Clark

MP3: “BBQ” by The Master Plan

MP3: “The Barbecue” by Eddie Murphy (Not Safe For Work!)