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Video Du Jour: Beach Boys

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on March 5, 2012 by 30daysout

In case you haven’t heard, the surviving members of the Beach Boys are back – with a tour to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary, and apparently a new album. Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks (who was originally replaced by Jardine) are hitting the road with Brian Wilson’s crack backing band. Here is the remake of “Do It Again,” the first single off the new album.

The Beach Boys official website

Posted in Uncategorized on March 4, 2012 by 30daysout

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Trying to recall St. Patricks’ Days past is always a hazardous endeavor.  If you can’t remember one for some, ah, reason … then you can’t remember any! For the past seven years or so St. Paddy’s Day shenanigans have gotten a little mixed up for me. That’s because it always falls in the middle of SXSW madness – the beer always flows anyway.

Well this year I’m taking some Irish music with me … not that there won’t be some playing around Austin during the festivities. Irish music is a lot like the Cajun music I grew up with – that shit rocks out. And you can’t seem to get enough of it. Nevertheless, here’s my St. Patrick’s Day mix that is good for drinking along to, or not.

MP3: “Irish Drinking Song (Drink And Fight)” by Buck O’ Nine

MP3: “As I Roved Out” by The Hit The Bottle…

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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.”

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

Backstreets magazine

Bruce Springsteen News on Facebook

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

Posted in Uncategorized on January 29, 2012 by 30daysout

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Well, here we are.  Mardi Gras, for all intents and purposes, is New Orleans.  The parades, the beads, the coins, the crowds, the costumes, the bare breasts … ahem, that’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans.  Many places celebrate Mardi Gras around the country – and of course they celebrate “Carnival” in other parts of the world.

My favorite Mardi Gras is the old-timey party they throw in Mamou, Louisiana, a small town in “northern” Cajun country (north of where Interstate 10 crosses the town of Crowley).  They have the traditional Mardi Gras celebration, consisting of a big dance on the Monday before Ash Wednesday, then a “courir de Mardi Gras” the next day.  That’s a sort-of procession where men (traditional) dress up in wild-ass costumes and ride horses (mostly) around to farms in the area, gathering food items for a big community gumbo that night.

My Uncle Harold (Champagne, from near St. Martinville)…

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The music of “Parenthood”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 15, 2011 by 30daysout

The NBC Tuesday night drama follows the ups and downs of the Braverman family. It’s all-star cast features Peter Krause (Six Feet Under), Monica Potter, Lauren Graham and Craig T. Nelson as the crotchety, vietnam-era, hippie dad. It’s a good solid show with some good storylines, but the best part of the hour each week is the music.  The show is giving stellar unknown artists like Slaid Cleaves, James Blake (“A Case for You,” a Joni Mitchell is one of the most interesting vocals ever), The Lennings (who deliver a slow, folky version of “You’re the One That I Want” from Grease), Civil Wars, Fink, and AA Bondy just to name a few an outlet for their outstanding music. It even opens up a new avenue for veterans like Wilco and The National, both of whom should be on the radio, but are not.

I remember as a kid listening to the radio all the time. That was the place where you found new music and discovered up and coming artists. Not anymore. Now it’s just an endless loop of “Satisfaction” and the latest Britney Spears nonsense. TV is providing the medium by which we can now find heartfelt new tunes by true artists looking for an audience. Two thumbs up to shows like Parenthood, One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl, and the late, great ER for giving these artists the chance to be heard.

Parenthood Official Music Website

“You’re the One that I Want” by The Lennings

“Skull and Bones” by AA Bondy

“Another Kind of Blue” by Slaid Cleaves

“A Case of You” by James Blake

Bah, Humbug! Merry Christmas!

Posted in Christmas, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 12, 2011 by 30daysout

OK, now is about the time you start wishing the whole thing was over with already.  You know, they should have Christmas in January – that’s when they have all the good sales!  Ho, ho.

Here’s a Christmas blowout:

MP3: “Four Shopping Days Left Until Christmas” Ad jingle

MP3: “Stop Giving Me Crap For Christmas” by Bobby Gaylor

MP3: “Santa’s Too Fat For The Hula Hoop” by Thurl Ravenscroft with the Pixies

MP3: “Ho Ho F***ing Ho” by Kevin Bloody Wilson (Not Safe For Work!)

MP3: “This Time Of Year” by the Mighty Mighty Bosstones

MP3: “Don’t Believe In Christmas” by the Sonics

MP3: “Child Of Winter” by the Beach Boys

MP3: “Season’s Greetings” by Ozzy Osbourne

YouTube: “Winter Wonderland” by Ozzy Osbourne and Jessica Simpson

MP3: “Holiday Message” by Lou Reed

MP3: “Christmas Eve Sarajevo 12-24” by Savatage

MP3: “Christmas All Summer Long” by Deer Tick

MP3: “I Farted On Santa’s Lap” by the Little Stinkers

MP3: “Seasons Greetings” by the Fabulous Thunderbirds

MP3: “Merry Christmas Darling” by the Fabulous Thunderbirds

MP3: “Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin’ ” by Mack Rice

MP3: “Back Door Santa” by the Holmes Brothers

MP3: “Here Comes Santa Claus” by Bob Dylan

MP3: “The Holly and the Ivy” by Annie Lennox

MP3: “I Wish It Was Christmas Today” by Julian Casablancas

MP3: “Lord Of The Dance” by Arthur Brown

MP3: “I Believe In Father Christmas” by Emerson, Lake & Palmer

MP3: “Silver Bells” by Arlo Guthrie & Ed Gerhard

MP3: “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town” by the Crystals

MP3: “Silent Night” by Phil Spector & His Artists

YouTube: “Marshmallow World” by Dean Martin & Frank Sinatra

Bonus YouTube: “The Digital Story of the Nativity”

Houston Texans Number One…yeah, baby

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on December 11, 2011 by 30daysout

For the first time since the song was written in 2001, it’s actually true. A dramatic last second, come from behind win in Cincinnati gives the Houston Texans their first division championship and first trip to the playoffs. Onward and upward. Sing it, Houston.

Video du Jour: “I Believe in Father Christmas,” by Greg Lake

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on December 9, 2011 by 30daysout

I was never a big Emerson, Lake & Palmer fan, but this little ditty by bassist Greg Lake is, in my opinion, one of the greatest Christmas songs of all time. Check out the song above and the interview below.