Archive for May, 2012

Video Du Jour: Girl In A Coma

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , , on May 31, 2012 by 30daysout

We caught Girl In A Coma a few years ago, playing a free show at the great Cactus Music in Houston. The San Antonio-based trio has since become indie/alt darlings of a sort, going on tour with the likes of the Go Gos and the Bangles and opening shows for Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.

There’s no denying the charisma of singer/guitarist Nina Diaz, who combines beauty and punk like nobody else – while drummer Phanie Diaz (Nina’s sister) and bassist Jenn Alva lay down a wicked rhythm. Girl In A Coma’s latest album Exits & All The Rest recently picked up an Independent Music Award for Best Indie/Alt Rock Album, so there you go.

This is “Smart,” from that album.

Girl In A Coma is on the bill this weekend at the Free Press Summer Fest in Houston. Among the other acts appearing will be Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, the Avett Brothers, Primus, Best Coast, Morris Day and the Time, and many more. There are still tickets left although they have to be close to selling out by now; 75 bucks will get you in both days. Check out the full lineup and ticket info here.

Girl In A Coma official website

Video Du Jour: Tom Morello

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

We’re big fans of Tom Morello, best known as the guitarist for Rage Against The Machine. With Rage on indefinite hiatus, Morello has turned up in various incarnations: as part of Street Sweeper Social Club with rapper Boots Riley, and as the Nightwatchman. Today is Tom’s birthday – happy birthday, Tom!

During SXSW a few months ago we were lucky to catch a Morello/Nightwatchman show, up close and personal at Threadgill’s beer garden. Morello performed a sizzling version of Bruce Springsteen’s “Ghost of Tom Joad.” He went on to play it again, with the Boss later that night – but here is Tom’s solo version.

Bonus: At the end of the show, Morello invited everyone in the audience to join him onstage for the finale, a singalong version of “World Wide Rebel Songs.” We all jumped onstage with him – you can see us doing just that right at the beginning of this video – and sang like crazy people.

Thanks to 50174 for the videos!

Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman on Facebook

Video Du Jour: Primus

Posted in News with tags , , on May 29, 2012 by 30daysout

Don’t know if you’ve ever heard of the rock band Primus … they’re a band that’s really out there. Primus is a trio led by singer/bassist Les Claypool, and he’s backed by drummer Jay Lane and guitarist Larry “Ler” LaLonde.

Primus’ music reminds me of the cracked weirdness of Frank Zappa and the Mothers, and Captain Beefheart in their prime. You would be hard pressed to slap any kind of label on Primus, and get it to stick. They just recorded their first new album in 11 years: Green Naugahyde, and the first single is the great “Lee Van Cleef.”

Primus is one of the headliners this weekend at the Free Press Summer Fest in Houston. Among the other acts appearing will be Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, the Avett Brothers, Morris Day and the Time, and many more. Unbelievably, there are still tickets left (unlike that big, overbloated summer festival down the road in Austin) and 75 bucks will get you in both days. Check out the full lineup and ticket info here.

Primus official website


Backyard Fireball: Memorial Day Grillin’!

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , , , on May 25, 2012 by 30daysout

The big Memorial Day weekend is here and we want to know: what are you grillin’ this holiday?

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: “Barbecue And Drink A Few” by Travis Matte & the Zydeco Kingpins

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: “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!)

Video Du Jour: Bob Dylan

Posted in Rock Moment with tags on May 24, 2012 by 30daysout

From 1975 or so: Bob Dylan performing “Tangled Up In Blue” in white face. Why? If you don’t know, don’t ask me – I don’t know either. This is probably from the 1978 movie Renaldo and Clara (if you don’t know why, don’t ask me … etc.).

Today, Bob Dylan is 71 years old. Happy birthday, Bob! I have a birthday present for you, it’s a song title! “If You Don’t Know, Don’t Ask Me. I Don’t Know Either.” Now you gotta write the song!

Bob Dylan official website

Bob Dylan and the Rolling Thunder Revue: Night of the Hurricane 2

Video Du Jour (Part Deux): Bruce Springsteen

Posted in News with tags on May 23, 2012 by 30daysout

“Rocky Ground” is the moody new video from Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball album.

Bruce Springsteen official website

Video Du Jour: Black Sabbath

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on May 23, 2012 by 30daysout

Black Sabbath is back – almost. Earlier this year the original lineup of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward announced they would be making a new album and touring this year. However, guitarist Iommi was diagnosed with lymphoma for which he’s required treatment and drummer Ward has stayed away due to contractual issues. So they’ve drastically scaled back any touring plans.

Instead of a full-fledged Sabbath tour, people in Europe are going to get a few dates and the group – with replacement drummer Tommy Clufetos – will make its only North America appearance this year at Lollapalooza, in Chicago. Gearing up for an appearance June 10 at the U.K. Download Festival, Sabbath played a warmup show recently at the O2 Academy in Birmingham, England. Here’s “Iron Man” from that show.

Black Sabbath official website

Video Du Jour: Paul & Linda McCartney

Posted in News with tags , , on May 21, 2012 by 30daysout

Vintage video for “Heart Of The Country,” off the 1971 album Ram, which gets the deluxe remastered treatment this year. The album will be released tomorrow in a number of different formats.

Paul McCartney official Ram store

Robin Gibb, R.I.P.

Posted in News with tags , , , on May 20, 2012 by 30daysout

Robin Gibb, left, with older brother Barry (center) and twin brother Maurice during the disco heyday of the Bee Gees.

After a long battle with cancer, Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees has died. He was 62 years old.

Los Angeles Times reporting on Robin Gibb’s death

MP3: “New York Mining Disaster 1941” by the Bee Gees

MP3: “Massachusetts” by the Bee Gees

MP3: “I Gotta Get A Message To You” by the Bee Gees

MP3: “Holiday” by the Bee Gees

MP3: “Lonely Days” by the Bee Gees

MP3: “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart” by the Bee Gees

Yow! The Best Rock and Roll Screams

Posted in Rock Rant with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 19, 2012 by 30daysout

Roger Daltrey of The Who

Our greatest rockers are people who apparently never used their “indoor voice.” Why should they? They were future rockers! Anyhow, the other day I was thinking that the one ingredient basic to any good rock and roll song – besides a guitar solo, of course – is a blood-curdling scream.

It could be an expression of rage and defiance, like Roger Daltrey’s classic scream at the end of “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” or it can be a cathartic release of pain and frustration, like John Lennon in “Well Well Well.” Screams can be ominous and threatening, like Axl Rose in “Welcome To The Jungle” or it can be just plain weird and inexplicable, like Jim Morrison in “When The Music’s Over.”

Screams can be old and trailblazing: Bo Diddley and Little Richard loved to scream, although Richard’s were more like a shriek and Bo’s were more like a holler. They can be punk (The Stooges), they can be metal (Iron Maiden), they can be funny (Tenacious D) or they can be very soulful (Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett). As Eddie Murphy once said about James Brown’s famous scream, “He wrote that.”

So let’s celebrate the weekend with a dozen cool rockin’ screams. Turn it up!

MP3: “Welcome To The Jungle” (live) by Guns N’ Roses

MP3: “Shout Bamalama” by Eddie Hinton

MP3: “Run Diddley Daddy” by Bo Diddley

MP3: “Get Up Offa That Thing” by James Brown

MP3: “TV Eye” by The Stooges

MP3: “Piece Of My Heart (live) by Big Brother and the Holding Company

MP3: “Tutti Frutti” by Little Richard

MP3: “I Can’t Turn You Loose” by Edgar Winter’s White Trash

MP3: “Hold On To Your Hiney” by Wilson Pickett

MP3: “Well Well Well” by John Lennon

MP3: “When The Music’s Over” (live) by The Doors

MP3: “Won’t Get Fooled Again” by The Who

YouTube: Greatest Rock Screams (thanks to GuyFaux2007)