Archive for October, 2012

Video Du Jour: Rod Stewart

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

Yeah, we know it’s Halloween but let us skip ahead in the holiday timeline and present to you the first Christmas song of the season, courtesy of Mr. Rod Stewart. This is much scarier than anything else we could come up with for today!

Rod’s new album Merry Christmas Baby came out yesterday (Oct. 30), just in time to make everyone’s gift-giving lists this year. Lest you think this Christmas album is going to be different from all the others, we present to you “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”

Rod Stewart official web site

Son of Son of Son of Halloween

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

Repost: Why do all this stuff again?

Monsters are misunderstood – it’s tough to frighten people and terrorize the countryside day in, and day out.  Surely monsters have to unwind; as the magazine cover suggests, they may enjoy a little recreational hula-hoop activity.  Or they may just like to rock out.

MP3: “Cha-Cha With The Zombies” by the Upperclassmen

MP3: “Zombie Walk” by the Magics

MP3: “Do The Zombie” by the Symbols

MP3: “Igor Goes Surfing” by The Deadly Ones

MP3: “Frankenstein Walk” by Gene “Bowlegs” Miller

MP3: “Zombie Stomp” by Billy Gholston

MP3: “The Green Slime” by Richard Delvy

MP3: “Scream” by the Tumblers

MP3: “Mummy’s Little Monster” by Frankie Stein and His Ghouls

MP3: “The Mummy” by Bob McFadden and Dor

MP3: “He Never Came Back” by the Ventures

MP3: “The Exorcist” by the Devils

MP3: “Wolfman” by Randy Fuller (Not this guyThis guy!)

MP3: “Thank You, Thing” by the Fiends


Live: Roy Head, Houston

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

Roy Head, left, with George Kovacik of 30 Days Out.

Lunch time in Houston, Texas. It’s called “Blues and Burgers” and they have it every Wednesday at this park in downtown Houston, Discovery Green. People stagger out of their skyscrapers for lunch, and local musicians perform for about 90 minutes.

Lately the Blues and Burgers shows have been spotlighting music from local record label Duke/Peacock, which was operated by entrepreneur Don Robey in the 1950s and 1960s. And today we were privileged to see a true local legend: Roy Head.

People swarmed Roy Head (in black, back to camera) as soon as he left the stage.

Head had a monster hit in 1965, “Treat Her Right,” which went all the way to No. 2 on the pop charts. Produced by equally legendary Huey P. Meaux at Houston’s Gold Star studios, the song appeared on the Back Beat label, which Robey launched to appeal to the pop music audience.

The 69-year-old Head played that tune as the climax of his sweaty (yeah, it’s hot in October) four-song set on Wednesday. The man is still a dynamite performer: he leered, he growled, he drop-kicked his mic and caught it in the air. He’s certainly a live wire, and once he came off the stage he was rushed by well-wishers, hand-shakers and people who were just in awe. Like us.

The Blues and Burgers shows are presented by the hard-working folks at the Houston Blues Museum, which seeks to preserve the Houston blues heritage. Some of the blues’ best practitioners were born and/or produced their best work here: Lightnin’ Hopkins, Joe “Guitar” Hughes, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Billy Gibbons and Bobby “Blue” Bland, just to name a few.

They are currently fundraising for a real blues museum in Houston – they want to start with a virtual museum then eventually graduate to a brick-and-mortar one, we suppose. Click here to donate; the first 1,000 donors will get a special certificate of appreciation.

We can’t think of a better, more worthy place for a blues museum than Houston. That city down the road in central Texas may get all the attention when it comes to music, but H-Town is a great American music city, too. Just ask Beyonce, that little ol’ band from Texas and the Geto Boys. And while you’re at it, don’t forget the great Roy Head.

By the way – in the span of three weeks, and within a few hundred yards of each other, we will hear the song that kept “Treat Her Right” out of the No. 1 spot way back in 1965, performed live by its writer and singer. That would be “Yesterday,” which will most certainly be performed by Paul McCartney at Minute Maid Park on Nov. 14. Take that, Austin!

YouTube: “Treat Her Right” by Roy Head (1965, “Shindig”)

Posted in Uncategorized on October 22, 2012 by 30daysout

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Face it – rock and roll isn’t that scary.  Unless you’re an uptight parent, or some kind of preacher.  Rock music about Halloween, and the stuff that comes with Halloween, is goofy and funny, but it isn’t frightening.  Although I must admit, I got a bit of a fright the first time I saw Adam Lambert perform … but thankfully that’s not rock and roll.  Or is it?  Bwahahahaha!

Back in the day, there was Alice Cooper.  He had an act that involved boa constrictors, decapitating baby dolls with a guillotine (or something) and an electric chair.  Alice also had Top 40 hits – “I’m Eighteen,” “School’s Out” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy” among them.  Successful, certainly; entertaining, probably.  But scary?  No.

Before Alice, back in the 1950s, there was Screamin’ Jay Hawkins.  He jumped in and out of a coffin during his stage act, performed fake voodoo rituals…

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Son of Son of Son of Son of Halloween

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2012 by 30daysout

Repost: I tell you one thing: as a kid, if I’d gone up to trick or treat at a house and Elvira answered the door … I would have been pretty, ah, scared.  Looking at the photo, I’m pretty sure I would have the same reaction today.

MP3:  “Elvira’s Intro” by Elvira, Mistress Of The Dark

MP3:  “Attack Of The 50-Foot Woman” by the Tubes

MP3:  “Little Demon” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

MP3:  “The Trembler” by Duane Eddy

MP3:  “Count Macabre” by The Connoisseurs

MP3: “Trick Or Treat” by Elvira, Mistress Of The Dark (Introduction by Dr. Demento)

MP3: “Ghost of Frankenstein” by the Misfits

MP3:  “Monster Mash” by Vincent Price

MP3:  “The Vampire Sleeps” by Boris Karloff

MP3: “Moonlight (A Vampire’s Dream)” by Stevie Nicks

MP3:  “Children Of The Grave” by Black Sabbath

MP3:  “Pet Sematary” by the Ramones

MP3:  “Full Moon” by Elvira, Mistress Of The Dark

MP3:  “Welcome To My Nightmare” by Alice Cooper

MP3:  “Spooktacular Finale” by Spike Jones

YouTube: “Monster Mash” at a Brian Wilson soundcheck

YouTube: Elvira introduction to the movie “Eegah”

Hey, It’s Halloween (Almost)!

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2012 by 30daysout

Sorry, we’ve been a little into our day jobs lately – that, and listening endlessly to Neil Young. So we just noticed Halloween’s a few weeks away, and that is always a great opportunity for some cool rock tunes.

So here you go – don’t be scared!

MP3: “Astro Zombies” by the Misfits

MP3: “Dance of Doom” by Frankie Stein & His Ghouls

MP3: “Red Temple Prayer (Two Headed Dog)” by Roky Erickson & the Aliens

MP3: “Werewolf, Baby!” by Rob Zombie

MP3: “Keepin’ Halloween Alive” by Alice Cooper

MP3: “It’s Monster Surfing Time” by the Deadly Ones

MP3: “Surfin’ Dead” by the Cramps

MP3: “Monster Mash” by the Misfits

MP3: “Monster’s Mash Party” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett

MP3: “Fear” by the Ventures

MP3: “Twilight Zone” opening by Rod Serling

MP3: Velvet Vampire radio plug/”Dinner With Drac” by John Zacherle

MP3: “A Night With the Jersey Devil” by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band

MP3: “Forever Autumn” by Jeff Wayne w/Justin Hayward and narration by Richard Burton

Video Du Jour: Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , on October 18, 2012 by 30daysout

Certainly one of the highlights of last weekend’s Austin City Limits Music Festival was the scorching performance by Neil Young & Crazy Horse. He front-loaded his set with a handful of new songs from his upcoming double album, Psychedelic Pill, out Oct. 30.

This one, “Twisted Road,” he performed acoustically at ACL, but here it’s in its full electric glory.

Neil Young official web site

Video Du Jour: KISS Helps Parents To Rock

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

KISS is always involved in something new … here’s a PSA for their newest venture, “Helping Parents To Rock.”

In case you haven’t figured this out, it’s from Jimmy Kimmel Live.

KISS official web site

CD Review: “In Session,” Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb

Posted in Review with tags on October 16, 2012 by 30daysout

In Session [CD/DVD]

When Glen Campbell stepped up to the mic at Farm Aid 2 in Champaign, IL and sang “I am a lineman for the county” it was one of the greatest moments in music history for me. Many of you might be wondering why and I really have no answer for you. It was just great. Campbell had a #3 hit with “Wichita Lineman,” a song written by the great Jimmy Webb. Two years earlier the two had gotten together for a TV special called In Session and that stellar performance has just been released on CD/DVD and it’s nothing short of amazing.

Campbell’s voice has always been kind to Webb’s songs (he also had huge hits with “Galveston” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”), but on these slower, stripped down versions it goes into another dimension. “Galveston” is slowed down to the speed Webb intended when he wrote it and it takes you to sweeter place without brown water and 500 pounds of seaweed. “Wichita Lineman” is one of the great songs of all-time and this arrangement and performance is impeccable. His take on “MacArthur Park” shows off Campbell’s chops as a guitar player, a talent for which he is underrated. The collection also includes a stunning rendition of “The Moon is A Harsh Mistress,” a fun, loose take on”Sunshower” and beautiful versions on “If These Walls Could Speak” and “Where’s the Playground Susie?”

In Session shows two artists who deeply admire each other’s work doing what they do best. It’s one of those truly special collections that comes along once in a lifetime.

Glen Campbell official website

Jimmy Webb official website

Glen Campbell – Farm Aid 1985

Austin City Limits Music Festival (and “Austin City Limits” TV show)

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , , , on October 15, 2012 by 30daysout

Jack White taped an episode of “Austin City Limits” TV show.

We wrapped up the weekend in Austin, Texas, with a visit to the new studios of “Austin City Limits,” the TV show, for a taping by Jack White. Incredible – that’s all we can say.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse (Photo courtesy of Ken Angelle)

The TV show has a little to do with the big Austin City Limits Music Festival, which wrapped on Sunday. The headliners that day were Iggy & the Stooges and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and we hear Iggy and gang killed it.

On Saturday, so did Neil Young. He played a version of “Down By the River” to kill for, and we really got off to the new “Walk Like A Giant.”

His oldie “Cinnamon Girl” was also a crowd favorite, and we kick off our awesomeness review with that (check out Neil’s interplay with the signer for the hearing impaired). Thanks to gil garcia for use of the video.

View more video highlights at the Austin City Limits Music Festival YouTube page

UPDATE: Somebody ripped the webcast showing most of Neil Young’s ACL set. View it here. (Does not include the last three songs, including “Down By The River.”) (“Walk Like A Giant” begins about the 30:13 mark and ends around 48:50.)