Archive for August, 2011

It’s official – Bun B Day in Houston

Posted in News with tags , , , , on August 31, 2011 by 30daysout

Bun B

One day, you can tell your kids where you were and what you were doing when you heard the news: the city of Houston declared Tuesday, August 30 as “Bun B Day.” The rapper was on hand at a Houston City Council meeting yesterday to receive a formal proclamation from Mayor (and Queen of Trill) Annise Parker.

Bun B, a native of Port Arthur, Texas,  has been a leading force in the Southern hip hop movement since the 90’s but he’s also known for his work in the community. He’s volunteered his time and also teaches a course on religion and hip hop at Rice University. Professor Bun is one half of the iconic rap group UGK with the late Pimp C and he has had great success as solo artist as well.

Naturally the Tweetsphere was filled with congrats and shoutouts for the Big Homie on his H-Town holiday, but there was a bit of grumbling that Port Arthur has yet to honor its own with a Bun B Day in the Golden Tri.  “I don’t decide when and where I get a day,” Bun tweeted on @BunBTrillOG. ” The city of PA and the mayor chose not to honor UGK, Pimp C or me.”

YouTube: “Bun B accepts proclamation from the City of Houston”

UPDATE: Bun B’s photo album from the day on his Facebook page

Video (Sort of) Du Jour: The Beatles

Posted in News with tags , on August 29, 2011 by 30daysout

Forty five years ago today, the Beatles played what was to be their final formal concert in San Francisco’s Candlestick Park. While 24,000 fans screamed pretty much nonstop, the band couldn’t hear over the noise to sing on key.

The Beatles took the stage at 9:27 p.m. local time and performed 11 songs. Only the four musicians knew that this was going to be their final U.S. concert. Of course, their true “final” live gig didn’t happen until January 1969 when the Fab Four surprised a central London office lunch crowd with an impromptu concert on the roof of their Savile Row Apple headquarters.

The Beatles official website

Your Sister’s (Record) Rack: Foghat

Posted in Lost Classics! with tags , , , , , on August 28, 2011 by 30daysout

Today you can slap on a CD by the likes of Humble Pie, Canned Heat or Savoy Brown and it sounds pretty good. What you’re hearing is what was called “boogie rock” back in the day – basically blues flavored rock done up with a driving backbeat. Here in the States, boogie rock’s best practitioners came from the South: the Allman Brothers, Skynyrd and ZZ Top.

And the Brits were no slouches when it came to boogie. Humble Pie, Savoy Brown and Status Quo top the list here, but today let’s spin Fool For The City, the 1975 boogie rock classic by Foghat.

Foghat was an English quartet led by “Lonesome” Dave Peverett (guitars, vocals) and Roger Earl on drums. Peverett, Earl and bassist Tony Stevens left Savoy Brown in 1971 to form Foghat, adding guitarist Rod Price to complete the lineup. Foghat had a hit with Willie Dixon’s “I Just Want To Make Love To You” and became big stars on the touring circuit. Objecting to the relentless road schedule, Stevens quit.

When it came time to record Fool For The City, producer Nick Jameson filled in on bass. Of course, the centerpiece of this monster album is “Slow Ride,” a Peverett composition that goes from zero to 60 in no time at all. This is one of those tunes that makes you want to push the accelerator a little harder when it comes on the car radio. Millions of people apparently agreed at the time – “Slow Ride” was a hit single, peaking on the U.S. charts at No. 20 in 1975.

Now the album version of “Slow Ride” clocks in at over eight minutes but the version most people heard on the radio was an edit which fades out just before the four-minute mark. “Slow Ride” is considered a boogie rock classic, and it’s been heard on many movies and TV shows including Dazed and Confused and the sitcom “That ’70s Show.”

Peverett also penned the title song, which was a followup single that also lives today on FM classic rock radio. “Save Your Loving (For Me)” by Price and Peverett has the classic boogie beat. Jameson and Peverett teamed up for the album closer “Take It Or Leave It,” a pleasant acoustic midtempo rocker that sounds a bit out of place alongside the boogie.

Of the album’s seven songs, two are covers: Robert Johnson’s “Terraplane Blues” and the supercharged “My Babe,” which was actually written and recorded by the Righteous Brothers (Bobby Hatfield and Bill Medley). “My Babe” may have been a finger-snapping swinger in its original incarnation, but the boogie rock makeover applied by Foghat is definitive.

Fool For The City was Foghat’s biggest hit until 1977, when the inevitable Foghat Live went double platinum. The band soldiered on in different permutations until 2000, when both Peverett and Price died. A new version of Foghat with drummer Roger Earl has been fitfully playing and recording since then.  Bassist/producer Nick Jameson has made a name for himself as an actor (“The Critic,” “24” and “Lost”) and voice actor (“Star Wars: Clone Wars” as Palpatine).

MP3: “Fool For The City”

MP3: “My Babe”

MP3: “Save Your Loving (For Me)”

The official Foghat website

Video Du Jour: Barbara Lynn & Gatemouth Brown

Posted in News with tags , on August 28, 2011 by 30daysout

Excuse me if I exercise a little Texas pride here – we have Barbara Lynn and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, both from the Beaumont-Port Arthur-Orange (Golden Triangle) area of the state. They’re appearing on a 1966 clip from the TV show “The Beat.”

Ridin’ Out The Storm

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 27, 2011 by 30daysout

Hurricane Ike from 2008.

By now everyone should be ready for this big storm. Just remember – when the wind’s blowin’ stay indoors, and try to find high ground when the floodwaters come. These big storms are gifts from Mother Nature, who doesn’t give a shit if you live in New York City or Podunk, Texas.

She couldn’t care less if you have someplace to be or something to do, and if you think you are going to show Mother Nature how tough you are then she may just want to show you back. That’s usually when we read about you in the paper – in the past tense.

Be smart, stay high and keep dry. Do that and you’ll stay safe. Here are some tunes to help you ride out the storm.

MP3: “Ridin’ The Storm Out” (live) by REO Speedwagon

MP3: “Stormbringer” by Beck

MP3: “Storm” by Blackmore’s Night

MP3: “Stand Out In The Rain” by the Jayhawks

MP3: “Into The Storm” by Yes

MP3: “Stormy Weather” by Dizzy Gillespie

MP3: “Thunder Island” by Jay Ferguson

MP3: “Rainy Night In Georgia” by Conway Twitty & Sam Moore

MP3: “Rainy Day Blues” by Lightnin’ Hopkins

MP3: “Box of Rain” by the Grateful Dead

MP3: “Didn’t It Rain” by the Band

MP3: “Rainy Day” by America

MP3: “Let It Rain” (live) by Derek & the Dominos

MP3: “When the Wild Wind Blows” by Iron Maiden

MP3: “Light From Your Lighthouse” by the Fireman

MP3: “After The Storm” by Mumford & Sons

MP3: “The Only Living Boy In New York” by Simon & Garfunkel

National Hurricane Center

The Weather Channel

Mike’s Weather Page (This excellent page is one of the best I’ve seen – it’s a virtual hurricane command center)

By the way …

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on August 27, 2011 by 30daysout

Not complaining, mind you. Just sayin’.

MP3: “Fire” by the Crazy World of Arthur Brown

MP3: “Burnin’ Hell” by John Lee Hooker & Ben Harper

Hurricane Warning!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2011 by 30daysout

Some trouble from the tropics headed this way:  Hurricane Irene threatens to rake the Florida coast later this week.  The last time we went through this drill was in 2008, when Hurricane Ike lashed Texas and turned my backyard into a brush heap.

So as another nasty bit of weather rolls up to the beach, it occurs to me that we haven’t posted any hurricane/storms/rain songs yet this season.  Here you go – stay dry and rock on!

MP3: “Change In The Weather” by John Fogerty

MP3: “Blowin’ Like A Bandit” by Asleep at the Wheel

MP3: “Hurricane” by Levon Helm

MP3: “Surfing In A Hurricane” by Jimmy Buffett

MP3: “High Water (For Charley Patton)” (live) by Bob Dylan

MP3: “I Think It’s Going To Rain Today” by Peter Gabriel

MP3: “Lost and Found” by the Kinks

MP3: “In From The Storm” by Jimi Hendrix

MP3: “Like A Hurricane” by Nils Lofgren

MP3: “Here Comes The Rain” by Jan & Dean

MP3: “Riders On The Storm” by the Doors

MP3: “The Rains Came” by Big Sambo

MP3: “Wild Is The Wind” by David Bowie

MP3: “Rock You Like A Hurricane” by the Scorpions

MP3: “Down In The Flood” (live) by the Derek Trucks Band

MP3: “Like A Hurricane” (live) by Neil Young & Crazy Horse