Archive for September, 2011

Video Du Jour: Julian Lennon

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , on September 29, 2011 by 30daysout

Julian Lennon, blessed with one of the most famous last names in rock, is set to release his first new music in 13 years. His album Everything Changes will be released Oct. 3 and here’s the first single from it, “Lookin’ 4 Luv.” Get past the goofy spelling in the title and the cheesy video effects, and you have a rather haunting first image as Julian peers into TV programs that includes his famous father and stepmother back in the day.

Julian Lennon official website

Lookin’ at me, lookin’ at you

Posted in Rock Rant with tags , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2011 by 30daysout

Ah Betty ... how could you?

Just a few weeks ago we were all bothered about yet another female celebrity caught naked, after someone hacked into her private cellphone stash. I still can’t figure what’s the problem – she took the pictures herself and obviously wanted somebody besides herself to see them (otherwise she could have just used a mirror to look at her own ass).

Maybe she doesn’t want us all to see these photos; maybe she just doesn’t want us all to see these photos for free. Maybe she would rather we pay 10 bucks for a movie ticket to get a glimpse of her ass … I don’t know.

The news said the FBI is investigating to find out who stole the pictures and leaked them; maybe the actress wants to give him a commission for getting her name out there. Wow, good to know there aren’t more dangerous criminals that the FBI should be looking for.

We live in a world of self absorption and technological privilege. The internet has opened up our lives with a huge picture window that isn’t always so easy to close.

Meanwhile, we fuel the gossip whores by listening and watching. Somebody’s always watching – and it’s no wonder, because somebody’s always putting something out there to watch.

MP3: “Sirius/Eye In The Sky” by the Alan Parsons Project

MP3: “TV Eye” by The Stooges

MP3: “You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morrisette

MP3: “Private Eyes” by Hall and Oates

MP3: “You Lookin’ At Me Lookin’ At You” by Ozzy Osbourne

MP3: “Peek A Boo” by Devo

MP3: “I Turn My Camera On” by Spoon

MP3: “Infatuation” by Rod Stewart

MP3: “The Boy In The Bubble” by Paul Simon

MP3: “Every Breath You Take” by the Police

Deep South: Lone Star Beer

Posted in Rock Rant with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2011 by 30daysout

You know how we love our Lone Star Beer around these parts – not really, but it somehow feels like you are not a true Texan if you don’t pop the top on a Lone Star every once in a while.

When I was in college, Lone Star was notoriously one of the “bitter” beers (Texans used to call it “horse piss in a can’) but now it’s not so bad. At least it compares respectably to your other “premium” beers … like, ah, Busch, Keystone and Miller High Life.

OK, so Lone Star is cheap beer. But it has become so ingrained into the Texas mythology that Lone Star is frequently sung about, and bartenders will be happy to slide a cold longneck into your palm any time you want.

If you can, grab a six pack of Lone Star for your next barbecue. Then watch as some lucky person plunges a their hand into the ice and comes up with a cold, dripping Lone Star – and a big Texas smile. Oh brother.

Here are some Texas drinkin’ songs; the ones marked with an asterisk contain “Lone Star Beer” in the lyrics, naturally.

MP3: “Lone Star Beer Commercial” by Two Tons of Steel *

MP3: “What I Like About Texas” by Jerry Jeff Walker *

MP3: “I Gotta Get Drunk” by Willie Nelson

MP3: “West Texas Holiday” by Pat Green *

MP3: “They Ain’t Makin’ Jews Like Jesus Anymore” by Kinky Friedman *

MP3: “Bad Liver and a Broken Heart” by Hayes Carll

MP3: “Bob Wills Music and Lone Star Beer” by Red Steagall *

MP3: “Drinkin’ For Two” by the Hollisters

MP3: “Outlaws and Lone Star Beer” by C.W. McCall *

MP3: “En El Cielo No Hay Cerveza” by Flaco Jiménez

MP3: “Lone Star Beer” by J.W.W. and the Prospectors *

MP3: “Goin Back To Texas” by Ed Burleson *

MP3: “Bar Exam” by the Derailers

MP3: “Up Against The Wall Red Neck” by Jerry Jeff Walker *

Video Du Jour: Social Distortion

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , on September 21, 2011 by 30daysout

Forgive us, but new videos keep popping up on the Austin City Limits festival webcast channel with cool performances from last weekend’s festival. We may share one or two … today it’s Social Distortion, with their take on the Johnny Cash classic “Ring of Fire.”

Deep South: Jeannie C. Riley and Joe South

Posted in Lost Classics! with tags , , , , , , on September 19, 2011 by 30daysout

Jeannie C. Riley

I once read an article that called singer Jeannie C. Riley a “corn-pone Nancy Sinatra.” Funny, but that’s not far off the mark. Riley, a Texas gal, hit it big in 1968 with the anthem-of-sorts “Harper Valley P.T.A.” That made her the first woman to top the Billboard Top 100 charts and the country charts at the same time.

She followed up that smash with a number of other successful tunes, like “The Girl Most Likely” and “The Back Side of Dallas.” Often seen on TV wearing a miniskirt, Riley sold a pre-fab countrypolitan sex appeal just a few steps ahead of the corn-pone cheesecake of “Hee Haw.” (Sorry.) Although that image was kind of groundbreaking for Nashville at the time, it pretty much locked her and stunted her artistic growth.

Riley was admired as a strong-willed individual, probably for the in-your-face rebelliousness and self-righteousness of “Harper Valley” and “Generation Gap.” But she more likely a producer’s plaything – after all, most of her tunes were penned by Nashville pros (Tom T. Hall wrote “Harper Valley P.T.A.”) and her albums each had a handful of more traditional songs calculated to balance out Riley’s more progressive numbers.

On 1970’s The Generation Gap, perhaps Riley’s finest, for each “Generation Gap,” the sassy “To The Other Woman” and even the weirdly psychedelic “Words, Names, Faces,” there are a handful of tunes more typical of conventional country music. On that album Riley even launches a version of Merle Haggard’s right-wing classic “Okie From Muskogee,” making for a perfectly schizoid experience.

Jeannie C. Riley kept performing into the 1980s, even though she became a born-again Christian. Sometime in the 1990s she suffered clinical depression and pretty much dropped out of the spotlight.

MP3: “Generation Gap”

MP3: “Fine Feathered Friends”

MP3: “Words, Names, Faces”

MP3: “To The Other Woman”

YouTube: “Harper Valley P.T.A.”

One of the best tunes on Riley’s The Generation Gap was a song by singer/songwriter Joe South, “Games People Play.” South was best known as a session guitarist (he played on Tommy Roe’s “Sheila,” Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools” and Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde.

South was inspired by the social upheaval of the day for “Games People Play,” which became his biggest hit in 1969. He wrote another socially aware number, “Walk A Mile In My Shoes,” which was covered by Elvis Presley; a soulful “Don’t It Make You Want To Go Home,” covered by Brook Benton; “Hush” for Deep Purple; “Down in The Boondocks” for Billy Joe Royal; and perhaps biggest of all, the smash “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden,” for Lynn Anderson.

Joe South

Joe was a prolific album artist as well, he had a bright career in front of him as the 1970s dawned. But in 1971 South’s brother Tommy, who backed Joe on drums, committed suicide and it drove Joe into a deep depression.  At the peak of his career South basically quit the music business; although he still lives outside Atlanta and continues to write music, he rarely performs.

MP3: “Games People Play”

MP3: “Drown In My Own Tears”

MP3: “Revolution of Love”

MP3: “Hush” by Deep Purple

MP3 “Walk A Mile In My Shoes” (live) by Elvis Presley

YouTube: “Don’t It Make You Want To Go Home” by Joe South

Austin City Limits festival: Day Three

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , on September 19, 2011 by 30daysout

The third and final day of the Austin City Limits festival had something for everyone – even cooler temperatures and mercifully, a sprinkling of rain. Headliners Arcade Fire closed out the event with a rousing set; here are the band’s first four songs, courtesy of the Austin City Limits festival webcast.

Austin City Limits festival official website

Austin City Limits Festival: Day Two

Posted in News with tags , on September 18, 2011 by 30daysout

More fun from the second day of the big ol’ Austin City Limits Festival down here in Texas. First a video recap that ends with My Morning Jacket:

Iron and Wine “Me and Lazarus”

The Antlers “I Don’t Want Love”

Austin City Limits Festival webcast website: Today they have performances by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., The Head and the Heart, The Walkmen, Ryan Bingham and Fleet Foxes scheduled, among others.

Austin City Limits Festival: Day One

Posted in News with tags , on September 17, 2011 by 30daysout

Surprise. We still haven’t gone to Austin for the big ol’ Austin City Limits festival, but we’re watchin’ the highlights on the cool webcast page. You can do it too – go to the ACL Fest webcast channel and catch sets today by My Morning Jacket, Alison Krauss, Iron and Wine and many others. Here are a few highlights from Friday:

Coldplay “Viva La Vida”

Foster the People “Pumped Up Kicks”

The Smith Westerns “All Die Young”

Austin City Limits music festival official website

Preview: Austin City Limits Festival 2011

Posted in Rock Moment with tags on September 15, 2011 by 30daysout

The crowd at the 2010 ACL Fest, under a big Texas sky. (Photo by Ashley Garmon/ACL Festival)

At this very moment, thousands of people are likely making their way to Austin, Texas, to attend this weekend’s big ol’ Austin City Limits Music Festival. It’s the 10th anniversary of the revered event, which is now regarded as one of the Big Four U.S. music festivals alongside Bonnaroo, Coachella and Lollapalooza.

Besides being easier to pronounce, Austin City Limits festival is perhaps the most idiosyncratic: just take a look at this year’s roster – Coldplay, Kanye West, Stevie Wonder, Arcade Fire, and about 130 others ranging from indie darlings (Fleet Foxes, The Head and the Heart, My Morning Jacket) to classics (Randy Newman, Wanda Jackson, Mavis Staples, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Del McCoury Band) to good ol’ Texas favorites (Ryan Bingham, Hayes Carll, Asleep at the Wheel).

Unlike most other festivals, ACL puts its three-day passes (about $185 per ticket) on sale before any acts are announced. And even though tickets usually sell out in a short time, there was a bit of grumbling this year about how the headliners lacked a bit of “wow” factor for the 10th anniversary year. I don’t know how you could say that about Stevie Wonder or even Kanye West, but point taken on Arcade Fire (although after their Grammy win earlier this year for The Suburbs, they’re still pretty hot).

Speaking of hot, that’s another thing this year’s festival-goers have to look forward to. Texas has suffered its hottest summer ever, and although there are not likely to be 100-degree temperatures this weekend it’s still gonna be pretty warm. The state is still in a historic drought, and a number of communities just outside of Austin are still on fire.

So ACL Fest organizers have taken the unusual step of announcing there won’t be any smoking allowed this year, because of the extreme fire danger. Good luck enforcing that one. And there are going to be fundraisers for wildfire victims, more water stations, “green” promotions – so, good for everyone.

Our intrepid Austin correspondent made a last-minute decision to sell (not scalp) her two 3-day passes and purchase a one-day ticket for Sunday ($90) so she can worship at the feet of Arcade Fire. So we won’t be providing daily updates – maybe just Sunday if we have any coverage at all. We will instead be watching the first-ever ACL fest webcast, which promises live video of selected performances including Coldplay, My Morning Jacket, etc.

Austin City Limits festival official website

ACL festival webcast channel (with complete webcast schedule)

KGSR radio in Austin (will feature live backstage interviews and performances – you can listen online)

Download free ACL 2011 sampler from iTunes

Video Du Jour: Fountains of Wayne

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , on September 13, 2011 by 30daysout

New York-based power poppers Fountains of Wayne have a great new album out, Sky Full of Holes. “The Summer Place,” a sharply observed little rocker written by Chris Collingwood and Adam Schlesinger, is the latest single.

Fountains of Wayne official website