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O Come All Ye Rockers – A 30 Days Out Christmas

Posted in Christmas with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 21, 2009 by 30daysout

And so this is Christmas.  We’re going to sign off for the week with 30 holiday tunes; we’ll see you on the flip side of the holiday to help you get ready for New Year’s.  Thanks for sharing holiday music to Randy Fuller, Jeff Ash at AM Then FM, Heather Browne at I Am Fuel, You Are Friends, Any Major Dude With Half A Heart, Deborah Harry, Bill Baird, Dan Dyer, WFMU and Satan.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Keep On Rockin’.

MP3: “Run Rudolph Run” by Creedence Clearwater Revisited

MP3: “We Three Kings” by Blondie

MP3: “Jingle Bells” by Wilson Pickett

MP3: “Party This Christmas” by Rockin’ Sidney

MP3: “Santa Claus Is Surfin’ To Town” by Soupy Sales

MP3: “The Lord Of The Dance” by Arthur Brown

MP3: “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” by Twisted Sister with Lita Ford

MP3: “Santa Claus Has Got The AIDS” by Tiny Tim

MP3: “All I Want For Christmas” by Gerry & the Pacemakers

MP3: “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” by the Border Brass

MP3: Christmas Public Service Announcement by Pee Wee Herman

MP3: “Christmas In Jail” by Bill Baird

MP3: “Christmas In Southgate” by Ry Cooder

MP3: “White Christmas” by Otis Redding

MP3: “Christmas Cake” by Rilo Kiley

MP3: “2000 Miles” by Coldplay

MP3: “Christmas Time Blues” by Roy Milton & His Solid Senders

MP3: “Santa Claus Is Freaking Me Out” by Lord Weatherby

MP3: 1968 Christmas Fan Club Record by the Beatles

MP3: “Murder By Mistletoe” by the Felice Brothers

MP3: “This eXmas” by Dan Dyer

MP3: “O Holy Night” by Martha Reeves

MP3: “Joy To The World” by Bad Religion

MP3: “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” by Lou Rawls

MP3: “Santa Claus, The Original Hippie” by Homer & Jethro

MP3: “On Christmas Day” by Brian Wilson

MP3: ” ‘Zat You Santa Claus?” by Smash Mouth

MP3: “Rock and Roll Christmas” by George Thorogood & the Destroyers

MP3: “Father Christmas” by the Kinks

MP3: “Christmas Message From Elvis/Silent Night” by Elvis Presley


Happy Birthday, Brian!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on June 19, 2009 by 30daysout

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Today (June 20) is the birthday of genius songwriter, singer and producer Brian Wilson.  It’s completely appropriate that tomorrow is the first day of summer.  Because more than anyone, Brian Wilson created the image of this hot season through his songs.   He celebrates the lifestyle of Southern California: the beaches, the girls, the cars and of course surfing, and with the Beach Boys he gave summer a soundtrack.   No matter where you are or what time it may be, whenever you play Wilson’s music the sun is suddenly out and surf’s up.  It’s the sound of fun and freedom.  So today we celebrate the sounds of summer – as written, sung and produced by the great Brian Wilson.

MP3: “Surfin’ U.S.A.” (demo)

MP3: “Help Me, Rhonda” (LP version) by the Beach Boys

MP3: “Pamela Jean” by the Survivors

MP3: “Summer Means New Love” by the Beach Boys

MP3: “Pray For Surf” by the Honeys

MP3: “Summertime” by Sharon Marie

MP3: “Surfin'” by the Beach Boys

MP3: “Ride The Wild Surf”  by Jan and Dean

MP3: “Girls On The Beach” by the Beach Boys

MP3: “Diamond Head” by the Beach Boys

MP3: “I’m Waiting For The Day” by the Beach Boys

MP3: “Fallin’ In Love” by American Spring

MP3: “Cool, Cool Water” by the Beach Boys

MP3: “Wonderful” by the Beach Boys

MP3: “The Nearest Faraway Place” by the Beach Boys

MP3: “Surf City” by Jan and Dean

MP3: “Little Honda” (alternate take) by the Beach Boys

MP3: “California Girls” (live) by Brian Wilson

MP3: “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys

MP3: “Forever She’ll Be My Surfer Girl” by Brian Wilson

MP3: “Beach Boys Medley” (single) by the Beach Boys

30 Days Out (From Christmas): Holiday Clearance!

Posted in 30 Days Out (From Christmas) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 20, 2008 by 30daysout

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Day 25 – Only four shopping days left till Christmas, and we’re huffing into the homestretch of our holiday music marathon.  Today we’ll pick up some of the leftovers that have been left on the cutting room floor.  You got a little of everything: some WTF? (Tiny Tim), something new (Hives, Sheryl Crow) some rock and roll (Gary Glitter), Zappa, Belafonte and a full Christmas episode of Jack Webb’s “Dragnet” radio show from the 1950s.  My advice to you is to make like the couple in the photo above – pop a few bottlecaps (of Schlitz? … That woman looks a little drunk) and cue up the tunes.   Thanks and a big “Merry Xmas” to L.A. correspondent and radio personality Randy Fuller, who shared some of his library for this ill-advised project.

MP3: “Peace” by Norah Jones

MP3: “Another Rock and Roll Christmas” by Gary Glitter

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MP3: “Merry Christmas Baby” by Sheryl Crow

MP3: “The Littlest Snowman” by Captain Kangaroo

MP3: “Santa Claus Has Got The AIDS” by Tiny Tim

MP3: “Sleigh Ride” from A Star Wars Christmas

MP3: “A Christmas Duel” by the Hives with Cyndi Lauper

MP3: Gene Simmons Holiday Message   

MP3: “Trim Your Tree” by Jimmy Butler 

MP3: “Santa Claus Is Freaking Me Out” by Lord Weatherby

MP3: “Feliz Navidad” by the Zydeco Playboys

MP3: “Poor Mr. Santa” by Andre Williams

MP3: “Jingle Polka” by Thurl Ravenscroft with Marie Vernon & the Mellomen

MP3: “Overture To A Holiday” by Frank Zappadragnet-xmas-story-a

MP3: “The Christmas Story”  radio episode of “Dragnet” Part 1

MP3: “The Christmas Story” radio episode of “Dragnet” Part 2

MP3: “Mary’s Boy Child” by Harry Belafonte

MP3: Brian Wilson Holiday Announcement

MP3: “Silent Night” by Brian Wilson

30 Days Out (From Christmas): The Beach Boys

Posted in 30 Days Out (From Christmas) with tags , , , , , on December 6, 2008 by 30daysout

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Day Nine – Our heroes from California first entered the Christmas music derby in 1964 with their seasonal offering, The Beach Boys Christmas Album.  It was a gold album for them, and the record went to No. 6 on the album charts.  “Little Saint Nick,” a Brian Wilson/Mike Love original, was already a hit from Christmastime 1963, and “The Man With All The Toys” also charted.  These are fairly standard arrangements, although I once read that these were “some of the most nasal carols ever committed to wax.”  But the album is listenable, particularly Wilson’s original “Christmas Day,” which features Al Jardine’s first recorded solo vocal.

In 1998 Capitol issued the original Beach Boys Christmas album on a package titled Ultimate Christmas, which featured some alternate takes and 11 additional tracks including the 1974 single “Child Of Winter” and several previously unreleased tracks from an aborted 1977 Christmas album.   

MP3: “Little Saint Nick”

MP3: “Christmas Day”

MP3: “Frosty The Snowman”

MP3: “Child Of Winter”

MP3: “Santa’s Got An Airplane”

MP3: “Melekalikimaka”

MP3: “Dennis Wilson Christmas Message”

30 Days Out Exclusive Interview: Taylor Mills (of the Brian Wilson Band)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on October 17, 2008 by 30daysout

Brian Wilson’s concert appearances are joyous, all-out rock and roll affairs with a full stage of brilliant performers.  Nevertheless, Taylor Mills is easy to pick out of the crowd – not only is this striking blonde the only female member of Wilson’s ensemble, but she also has a knockout voice to go with her killer looks.

Mills sang on Wilson’s Grammy-winning SMiLE album and has appeared with him from the Hollywood Bowl to Buckingham Palace.  She has also performed with Billy Joel and shared the stage with the likes of Elton John, John Legend, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Sir Paul McCartney.  Her solo debut album Lullagoodbye is out, and she plans to record a followup real soon.  Read the full interview after the jump.

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Live: Brian Wilson, Hollywood Bowl

Posted in Review with tags , , , on September 17, 2008 by 30daysout

Our blog posts may be a bit spotty in coming days as we clean up in the wake of Hurricane Ike.  Keep checking back for fresh material.  Today, our L.A. correspondent Randy Fuller reviews one of Brian Wilson’s concerts in the Hollywood Bowl, this one took place Sunday, Sept. 14.

Going to see Brian Wilson concerts in Los Angeles has become a habit for me.  A habit I don’t plan on breaking anytime soon.  Friday, Sept. 12, 2008, was declared “Brian Wilson Day” in the City of Angels, probably to coincide with his three-night stand at the Hollywood Bowl.  I saw the finale, the “Fireworks Finale” as it was dubbed, on Sunday night.

The Hollywood Bowl is one of the greatest L.A. experiences there is, and it’s particularly nice when a genuine Southern California icon is featured. With a salad bar picnic and a bottle of wine in hand, four of us braved the traffic on Highland Avenue and the stacked parking at the Bowl to see and hear, one more time, the legend that is Brian Wilson.

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Review: “That Lucky Old Sun,” Brian Wilson

Posted in Review with tags , on September 2, 2008 by 30daysout

That Lucky Old Sun, the new concept album from Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson, is going to be worshipped by his fans and possibly ignored by everyone else.  Wilson famously had a mental meltdown in the mid 1960s and he’s been damaged merchandise ever since.  He’s released solo albums that are either brilliant (SMiLE) or awful (Orange Crate Art), and That Lucky Old Sun leans toward the former while occasionally embracing the latter.

The album is set up much like SMiLE, as a song cycle; here the tunes are linked by some spoken-word pieces that reminded me a little of Mike Love’s godawful pseudo-poetry on “California Saga.”  The songs, for the most part, are terrific.  They have a longing, nostalgic quality, as Brian recalls the California that may or may not have existed before he changed everyone’s concept of the place forever.  “Southern California,” which closes out the album, begins with a little bit of autobiography: “I had this dream/Singing with my brothers/In harmony/Supporting each other.”  When he hears those voices again, the old days come back to him.  “Forever My Surfer Girl” also tries to resurrect the old Beach Boys magic but, to me, the chorus sounds more like Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

Wilson’s voice is far from the supple and breathtaking instrument that it was in the heyday of the Beach Boys and occasionally he sounds not only out of key but completely out of it.  However, in its second half the album is as good as one would hope: “Can’t Wait Too Long” (an actual long-lost Beach Boys track, recalling “Surf’s Up”) and “Going Home” are pretty good and they really do bring back the old chills you used to get when the Beach Boys hit their mark.  It’s good to have the big guy making new music, and That Lucky Old Sun is a fine tribute to the California sound that Brian Wilson and his brothers created a long time ago.

UPDATE: Copies of That Lucky Old Sun purchased at Best Buy contain three exclusive bonus tracks: two duets with Carole King, and “Just Like Me And You.”

MP3: “That Lucky Old Sun”

MP3: “Just Like Me And You”

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Preview: “That Lucky Old Sun” by Brian Wilson

Posted in News with tags , , on August 23, 2008 by 30daysout

We’re all pretty excited around here about That Lucky Old Sun, the new album by Brian Wilson.  It doesn’t come out till Sept. 2, but USA Today is offering an exclusive stream of all the album’s songs.

Here you go: That Lucky Old Sun preview

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Review: “Pacific Ocean Blue,” Dennis Wilson

Posted in Review with tags , , , , on June 30, 2008 by 30daysout

The last time I saw Dennis Wilson was in August 1983 at the Houston Astrodome. The Beach Boys were playing after an Astros game and he looked completely disheveled when he got out of one of the convertibles that brought band members on the field.  Dirty jeans, no shoes, no shirt, and probably high as a kite.  By this time, he couldn’t keep time and another drummer was also on stage.

Wilson drowned later that year (ironic because he was the only Beach Boy who could surf), however, he left behind one of the better solo albums by any member of the Beach Boys, Pacific Ocean Blue.

Wilson never had the clean, angelic voice of his brothers Brian and Carl.  His was rough, grainy (maybe from all the years of drugs and alcohol) soulful and sad.  It reflected his life.  His voice is best showcased on the excellent “Thoughts of You,” “Time,” “Farewell My Friend,” the eerie “End of the Show,” and the spiritual “River Song,” where the lyrics include the line “got to get away” illustrate his pain of living.

This two-disc collection also features the unfinished album, Bambu, that Wilson was working on shortly after the release of Pacific Ocean Blue. His decline into drug and alcohol abuse took away any inspiration he had to finish, in his words, “a superior follow up.” The Bambu disc also features a version of “Holy Man” sung by Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins.

Out of print for more than 15 years, it’s nice to see Legacy Recordings finally released this gem. Mike Love never had it in him to make an album this good.

MP3: “Thoughts of You

MP3: “River Song

Dennis Wilson Pacific Ocean Blue Website

Lost Classics! The Beach Boys

Posted in Lost Classics! with tags , , on June 21, 2008 by 30daysout

10/21/08 UPDATE: Re-upped music with brand-spankin’ new divshare links. 

Just in time for summer, we have some “lost” Beach Boys for ya! The Beach Boys, like summer, always make people happy.  They could be singing about girls, surfing, dialing a telephone or vegetables; they never fail to bring a smile.

So … “Land Ahoy” opens our celebration today, it’s from 1962.  This song was dropped from the Beach Boys’ first album because they were able to lease “Surfin'” from the local Los Angeles record company that released it before the group signed with Capitol Records.

“With A Little Help From My Friends,” from 1967’s Wild Honey sessions, was one of the few attempts to cover a Beatles song.  “I Was Made To Love Her” here is longer than the Wild Honey album version because it has a “tag” at song’s end that was dropped before the album’s release.

“Good Vibrations” was Brian Wilson’ s greatest production and the Beach Boys’ biggest hit.  Brian experimented with up to 20 different mixes of the song and you have one version here.  “You’re Welcome” comes from the same era, it was the B-side of “Heroes and Villains.”  When the Boys covered Leadbelly’s “Cotton Fields” in 1970, Alan Jardine was reportedly dissatisfied with the Brian Wilson production eventually released as a single.  This is Al’s version, which is markedly different than Brian’s.

The Beach Boys recorded lots of radio spots to promote their concerts, the one here is from March 24, 1966.  And we wrap it up with a live medley from the same year, recorded in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

MP3: “Land Ahoy”

MP3: “With A Little Help From My Friends”

MP3: “I Was Made To Love Her”

MP3: “Good Vibrations” (alternate take)

MP3: “You’re Welcome”

MP3: “Cotton Fields” (alternate take) 

MP3: Radio Concert Promo

MP3: “Medley: Surfin’ Safari/Fun, Fun, Fun/Shut Down/Little Deuce Coupe/Surfin’ U.S.A.”