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Listen to tracks from “Wrecking Ball”

Posted in Uncategorized on February 20, 2012 by 30daysout

Our friends at Backstreets magazine are playing a track a day from Bruce Springsteen’s new album, Wrecking Ball, for the next 11 days to get you ready for the March 6 release. Today’s track is “Easy Money,” a tune about all the Wall Street fat cats stealing our money and laughing all the way to the bank. In addition, if you subscribe to Sirius/XM, Springsteen biographer Dave Marsh will also be playing a track a day on E Street Radio from 10am-11am EST and taking calls to talk about it.

We’re still trying to win a pair of tickets to see Bruce at the Apollo Theater on March 9. Crossing toes and fingers and listening for “Rendezvous.”

Wines To Go With The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction

Posted in Rock Rant with tags , , , , , , , on February 18, 2012 by 30daysout

Not quite what we had in mind, Slash.

Editor’s Note: Our L.A. correspondent Randy Fuller is back, with a column especially for the upcoming induction ceremony of new members into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Check out Randy’s cool wine blog Now and Zin.

The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame will induct new members on April 14 in Cleveland, Ohio. It’s the 27th annual induction ceremony, the 27th time rock fans get to yell “It’s about time!” or “Where’s KISS?” With all that shouting, we’re going to need something to soothe our nerves.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the 2012 inductees and pair a wine with each.

Performer category

Beastie Boys

Beastie Boys have the munchies.

If you’re singing along with “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)” it’s a good bet you’re doing jello shots or drinking beer from a glass with quarters at the bottom. The Beastie Boys’ blend of funky rock, rap and hip hop need not be reserved for the lesser beverages. In fact, Beastie Mike D has dabbled a bit at wine criticism. Not surprisingly, he likes wine with a bit of funk. Root around a bit in the Côtes du Rhône aisle and pop for a Châteauneuf-du-Pape. You should be able to find a wine that brings enough funk to get a party started without fisticuffs.

MP3: “Drinkin’ Wine”


Donovan’s music is poetry, a delicate flower at one turn, a handful of psychedelics at the next. His lyrics abound with references to wine, including a lovefest for the “maroon-coloured wine from the vineyards of Charlemagne.” Sounds like a Burgundy is about to be opened. Bonneau du Martray should do nicely, from the Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru. You may want to select a white wine, as Charlemagne’s wife is said to have preferred her royal hubby not mess his beard with the red stuff. You are probably a much neater drinker than Charlemagne, though.

MP3: “Lay of the Last Tinker”

YouTube: “Hurdy Gurdy Man” by Donovan

Guns N’ Roses

No Axl, it's about ... never mind.

In the mid-1980s, when Guns N’ Roses exploded from L.A. with a balls-out Sunset Strip strut and an Appetite For Destruction, they redecorated a rock and roll landscape that had become rather tired and listless. G N’ R offered up a brashness which made other acts seem like they were mailing it in. You may be tempted to go with a beer for them – a cheap one, in a bottle you can hurl at something – but California has a wine worthy of the Guns N’ Roses brand of excess in old vine Zinfandel. Both winemaker Joel Peterson and his Ravenswood Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel are brash enough for rock and roll.

Y0uTube: “Paradise City”

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Clips from “Wrecking Ball”

Posted in Bruce Springsteen, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on February 17, 2012 by 30daysout

Bruce Springsteen met with the foreign press in Paris yesterday.  He spoke about his forthcoming album Wrecking Ball, and how the death of Clarence Clemons was like losing the rain. Included in this video are some clips of “Easy Money,” “Shackled and Drawn,” “Wrecking Ball,” and “Land of Hope and Dreams.” We here at 30 Days Out are eagerly anticipating a Springsteen gig in Austin during SXSW. We will be there to cover his keynote address and, if we’re lucky, a live performance.

Bruce Springsteen official website

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It’s Mardi Gras Time!

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2012 by 30daysout

Editor’s Note: This is a repost from last year, or the year before – whatever.

Mardi Gras is the final big blowout before the period of fasting and sacrifice called Lent.  Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, is the end of carnival season and the final day you can indulge in those earthly pleasures we all love so much. Ash Wednesday is next Wednesday.

Feel free to party as you please; here’s some music to help you on your way.  Play ‘em loud, play ‘em often and play ‘em all year – make every day a Mardi Gras Day.

Don’t forget: You can tune in to real-time live webcams for a ringside seat to the madness and Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans.  NOLA webcams

MP3: “Life Is A Carnival/Party” by the Wild Magnolias

MP3: “Mardi Gras Mambo” by the Hawketts

MP3: “Second Line, Part 1” by Bill Sinegal & the Skyliners

MP3: “Who Dat at Mardi Gras” by Luther Kent

MP3: “Carnival Time” by My Morning Jacket w/the Preservation Hall Jazz Band

MP3: “Brother John/Iko Iko” by the Neville Brothers

MP3: “My Indian Red” by Dr. John

MP3: “Shake That Thing” by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band

MP3: “Walking To New Orleans” by Fats Domino

MP3: “Tipitina” by Professor Longhair

MP3: “When The Saints Go Marchin’ In” by Louis Armstrong

MP3: “Mardi Gras Mambo”/”Hey Pocky-A-Way” (live) by the Meters

Springsteen set list “wish list”

Posted in Bruce Springsteen with tags , on February 16, 2012 by 30daysout

Everytime Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band hit the road I put together a wish list of songs I would love to hear them play.  Songs that I love that rarely see the light of day like “Restless Nights,” “Fade Away,” “Streets of Fire,” “The Promise,” “Lonely Night in the Park,” etc. Now if you’re a diehard fan, you of course want to hear them play a good chunk of the new album, Wrecking Ball, but here’s hoping they break out some of these gems on the nearly year-long trek across the globe.

Restless Nights/The Price You Pay/Stolen Car (Bruce, Roy, Charlie)/Drive All Night/Lonely Night in the Park/The Promise/Gotta Get that Feeling/Racing in the Street (’78)/Streets of Fire/Many Rivers to Cross/Prove It All Night (’78 version)/You’ll Be Coming Down/Local Hero/Real World (solo piano)/I Wish I Were Blind/Dream Baby Dream (solo organ)/Don’t Look Back/My Lucky Day/30 Days Out/All the Way Home/Lucky Town/Valentine’s Day (solo piano)/Downbound Train/Nebraska/State Trooper (full band)/Back in Your Arms/Your Own Worst Enemy/Save My Love/Rendezvous/The Brokenhearted/Nothing Man/Paradise/My City of Ruins/I’m A Rocker/Fade Away/Secret Garden/Dollhouse/Thundercrack/My Love Will Not Let You Down/Frankie/Trouble River/Blood Brothers/Mona w/She’s the One/Backstreets w/Sad Eyes/When the Saints Go Marching In/Fire (acoustic)/Roll of the Dice

Bruce Springsteen official website

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Video Du Jour: Jack White

Posted in News with tags , on February 15, 2012 by 30daysout

Jack White has produced a self-directed music video for his new single “Love Interruption.” The former White Stripe is seen strumming his guitar and performing the song with a band of beautiful women. Jack shares the mic with vocalist Ruby Amanfu and gets a back-up from clarinet/bass clarinet player Emily Bowland and Wurlitzer electric pianist Brooke Waggoner.

The song is from his solo album Blunderbuss, due out April 24 on White’s Third Man Records label.

Video du Jour: “Valentine,” by Nils Lofgren

Posted in Bruce Springsteen, Uncategorized with tags , , on February 14, 2012 by 30daysout


As we eagerly await the “Wrecking Ball Tour,” here are Nils and The Boss from 1992. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Nils Lofgren Official Website

Video Du Jour: James McCartney

Posted in News with tags on February 14, 2012 by 30daysout

If you’re still reeling from the Grammy Awards show, or just want to cool off for Valentine’s Day, here’s a new artist with a familiar name. James McCartney doesn’t have a new album but he has the next best thing: a collection of his EPs, entitled The Complete EP Collection. He played “Late Night With David Letterman” a few weeks ago.

James McCartney official website

Things the Grammy Awards Taught Us

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , on February 13, 2012 by 30daysout

This is the future of music?

The last time I watched a Grammy Awards telecast all the way through was when John Denver was the host, and the Eurythmics were the hottest band on the planet (that would be 1982, punk). Until last night – I watched from beginning to end, and learned a great deal in the process.

If you were an alien who just dropped in from another planet and watched the Grammy Awards to see what music is all about, the first thing you would gather is that rock and roll is best performed by old guys. The old guys who bookended the show – Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney – peaked long ago as master songwriters but they’re still both dynamite live performers.

Dave Grohl is an old guy too.

Even though Springsteen’s new song “We Take Care Of Our Own” sounds like about 10 other Springsteen tunes, his rockin’ performance managed to stoke a little excitement for the rest of the telecast to come (and, Bruce hopes, his new album which conveniently comes out soon).

And you can’t go wrong with McCartney doing a Beatles classic; or classics, in the form of “Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End” from the Beatles’ Abbey Road album. Sir Paul’s voice has lost a lot of its old bite and he is a clever performer who knows how to manage his limitations.

Which he did by playing the tune backed by his crack touring band (and the awesome drummer Abe Laboriel Jr.) and, next, by turning “The End” into a superstar guitar duel featuring McCartney, his band’s guitarists Rusty Anderson and Brian Ray, as well as guests Springsteen, Dave Grohl and Joe Walsh. Everyone acquitted themselves well except for maybe Springsteen, who looked like he ran out of gas after his first solo. Maybe next time invite Glen Campbell to play.

Mike Love, left, hypnotizes you to believe he's standing next to Adam Levine.

Another thing I learned is that the Beach Boys’ 50th anniversary reunion tour may be entertaining mainly for singer Mike Love’s crazy antics. Probably the most clueless man in rock, Love is the musical equivalent of actor Nicolas Cage – a true head case. The only thing older than that merch-table ball cap was Al Jardine’s comb-over … but the Beach Boys actually sounded all right. Probably that’s because Brian Wilson’s backing band is also a crack unit and all the Boys had to do was sing. (Perhaps the lesson here is if you’re an older rocker get yourself a smokin’ band – like Bruce, Paul and Brian.)

I also learned that rhythm and blues has changed a little. Where R&B used to mean Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding and Smokey Robinson, it now means Chris Brown. Don’t know if the guy can actually sing – he didn’t last night – but he does a mean backflip. And I hear he has a left hook that would do Ike Turner proud. Otis did win an award though, as the title of a rap song.

This pretty much sums up the entire night.

One more thing I learned is that true talent will always save the day. Thanks, Adele. You deserve every award you get, if only for exposing the likes of Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and especially Nicki Minaj as the frauds they are.

So the big lesson we can carry away from Grammy Awards 2012 is that you don’t “get” music by watching stupid TV shows. You need to listen – with your ears, with your brain and with your heart. And only then will you find the music. I think Dave Grohl said that.

As a bonus we’ve added the best moment from last night’s Grammy telecast: a TV commercial from Chipotle that features a neat little story and cool music (Willie Nelson singing Coldplay’s “The Scientist”). Like Chrysler’s Super Bowl ad with Clint Eastwood, this will prove to be the most memorable moment from an otherwise overhyped and bloated affair.

YouTube: “Back To The Start” Chipotle ad

Bonus No. 2: This guy from SPIN snuck into the Grammy Awards, sort of

Bonus No. 3: Houston Press fills us in on just who this “Paul McCartney” guy is

Whitney Houston, R.I.P.

Posted in News with tags on February 12, 2012 by 30daysout

The news of Whitney Houston’s death yesterday in Los Angeles is tragic, but not very shocking. It’s no secret the 48-year-old singer continued to have the same addiction problems that contributed to her slide from pop music’s preeminence, and it would be no surprise to learn that these addictions could have played a role in her death.

We don’t usually cover pop music here, but we do understand its importance in the lives of so many people – and Whitney Houston was certainly a popular figure among millions. With her powerful voice, Houston made a splash with her 1985 debut and thereafter she all but ruled the pop charts for more than a decade.

She will most certainly be honored with a tribute at tonight’s Grammy Awards telecast.

Whitney Houston obituary in the New York Times

YouTube: “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston at the Grammys (1994)

YouTube: “Star-Spangled Banner” (1991)

Houston performed one of the most popular versions of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl XXV in 1991. The performance was later released as a single and became the only version of the national anthem to be certified platinum.