Archive for Iggy Pop

Video Du Jour: Iggy & the Stooges

Posted in Rock Moment, SXSW with tags , , , on March 22, 2013 by 30daysout

We learned a lot of things at this recent SXSW music event: you spend more time walking from venue to venue and standing in line, than you do actually hearing music. If there is a huge, famous act playing during SXSW, you probably won’t get in to see them – unless you have connections. But actually, we knew both of those years ago. It doesn’t deter one’s fun at SXSW, at the very least.

And the other thing we learned: as soon as Iggy Pop leaves the stage after a show, he gets into a car to go away. And he doesn’t even bother to put on a shirt! We caught his exit from the Mohawk club after Iggy and the Stooges’ SXSW show. Here’s a new song from that show, “Burn.”

Thanks to freddycannonII for loan of the video.

Song of the Week: Iggy & the Stooges

Posted in News with tags , , , on March 6, 2013 by 30daysout

Right before the week of SXSW, let’s start a new regular feature here: Song of the Week. Each week we’ll offer up a listen to a new, upcoming song from an album and/or artist we like. Kind of the same thing we do with those endless “Video Du Jour” things we use to fill space and kill time – only now we’ve figured out how to use Soundcloud on the blog.

Ahem. OK, legends Iggy and the Stooges are back this spring with a studio Iggy-and-the-Stoogesalbum, Ready to Die, and “Burn” is the first single.

On the new album Iggy is joined by guitarist James Williamson and drummer Scott Asheton, with Mike Watt filling in on bass for the late Ron Asheton.

The group will take their new music on the road this spring, with a March 13 show for the House of Vans showcase at The Mohawk  in Austin for South by Southwest kicking things off. Aside from the SXSW festival, the only other North American appearances currently on the itinerary are a headlining set at the Free Press Summer Fest June 1-2 in Houston, and the Ink-N-Iron Festival June 8 in Long Beach.

Ready to Die is due in stores April 30 on Fat Possum Records. You can pre-order the disc here.

Video Du Jour: Iggy & the Stooges

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , on February 26, 2013 by 30daysout

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After about 40 years, the second album by Iggy & the Stooges is coming out – Ready To Die, the new studio album from the band under this name (the first was, of course, the 1973 masterpiece Raw Power), is coming out April 30.

The band is Iggy Pop with guitarist James Williamson and drummer Scott “Rock Action” Asheton, with Mike Watt filling in for the late Ron Asheton on bass.

For a bit of context: they were the Stooges first, with the great Ron Asheton on guitar, and released the punk classics The Stooges (1969) and Fun House (1970). For Raw Power, Iggy and producer David Bowie hired Williamson on guitar and relegated Ron Asheton to bass.

Williamson rejoined after Ron’s death in 2009; as Iggy put it then “although ‘the Stooges’ died with Ron Asheton, there is still ‘Iggy and the Stooges’.”  As far as the decision to record and release a new Iggy and the Stooges album for the first time since 1973, Iggy recently commented:

“My motivation in making any record with the group at this point is no longer personal.  It’s just a pig-headed fucking thing I have that a real fucking group when they’re an older group they also make fucking records.  They don’t just go and twiddle around on stage to make a bunch of fucking money…”

Bonus video: Iggy Pop interview

The What If? Files – Fantasy Rock Team-ups

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2013 by 30daysout
Gary Clark Jr.

Gary Clark Jr.

I love those new apps for the smartphone, especially the ones that let you listen to terrestrial radio anywhere in the world. Lately I’ve been digging WDST-FM, Radio Woodstock, operating out of the New York town that shares its name with the festival.

WDST is one of those rare stations whose DJs will say something like “Boz Scaggs has a new album out …” and they will actually play a song from that new Boz Scaggs album. Amazing – you don’t usually hear that on those big-box corporate radio stations. It’s an awesome radio station.

Janis+Joplin

Janis Joplin – a teamup with Gary Clark Jr.? Hmmm …

Anyway, the other day a Radio Woodstock DJ on the morning show – Ron VanWarmer, I believe – said something intriguing. He’d just spun a song from Texas guitar wonder Gary Clark Jr. and after giving the background info on the tune, added: “Wish we could pair him up with somebody like Janis Joplin … that would be so cool.”

He never explained what would make this particular fantasy pairing so great, aside that they’re both Texans and represent a certain authenticity in the music from different eras, but it was a provocative thought nevertheless.

So today we thought we’d carry Ron’s idea a bit further, and suggest a few more fantasy team-ups that would most certainly result in some great music. If only …

Levon Helm with Mumford & Sons – A father of modern folk music and one of America’s greatest singers (and drummers) fronting a foursome of English folk strummers and pickers would be a happy experience for fans on both sides of the Big Pond. Levon in his prime would anchor the Mumford boys with his Arkansas accent on vocals – and Helm’s steady backbeat on the drums would give Marcus Mumford’s right foot a serious break, not to mention a run for the money. If Levon had held on for just a few more years, this dream pairing may have actually taken place. Ah, Levon – we miss ya.

YouTube: “Ophelia” by Levon Helm

Stevie Ray Vaughan with Bruce Springsteen – This could have happened, but sadly never did. They both recorded for the same label, and both worked with the legendary producer John Hammond Sr. Such a New Jersey-Texas connection could have blown anyone else off the stage, and once Stevie Ray warmed up on guitar he probably would’ve left even the Boss in the dust.

Iggy Pop with the Sex Pistols – Another one that might have taken place had the stars been right. Hell, the Pistols even covered the Stooges’ “No Fun.” How much fun would it have been with Iggy on vocals for that one?

YouTube: “Search and Destroy” by Iggy and the Stooges

Jim Morrison with the Flaming Lips – Two different departments of the psychedelia branch, surely this matchup would make heads explode. Or implode – guess it depends on the drugs.

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

Pee Wee Herman with the Beatles – Think about it. Some of the Beatles’ best songs were so simple as to be nearly childlike, and how cool would it be to hear Mr. Herman warbling along to “Yellow Submarine” or “Octopus’ Garden” or “I Want To Hold Your Hand”? OK, maybe that last one would be really creepy.

Jim James with the Jefferson Airplane – Never thought about it till now, but possibly Mr. Yim Yames is this generation’s Marty Balin.

YouTube: “Know Til Now” by Jim James

Otis Redding with the Roots – A no brainer. These guys share the stage, and it could make heads explode AND blow the roof off the sucker. For that matter, wouldn’t you like to hear Janis Joplin wail a few with Questlove and company? Somewhere up in snowy New York state, Ron VanWarmer’s head is exploding.

MP3: “I Can’t Turn You Loose” (live) by Otis Redding

YouTube: “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” by Otis Redding

Happy Birthday, Paul!

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

Sir Paul McCartney is 70 years ago today.

One of the greatest songwriters and singers in rock and roll, Sir Paul McCartney turns 70 today (June 18). With the Beatles and later as a solo performer and bandleader, McCartney created some of the best (and worst) music in rock and roll history. He isn’t as cool today as he was in the 1960s or in the early part of the 1970s, but even at the twilight of his career McCartney is still a formidable talent.

In 1965 McCartney wrote “Yesterday,” which the Guinness Book of World Records says is the most covered song ever. It has been covered more than 3,000 times and in the 20th century alone the song was performed more than 7 million times.

Here you have a handful of tunes to represent Sir Paul’s long and fruitful career. McCartney may be rather unfairly judged by his output over recent years, but most of this shit rocks. Happy birthday!

MP3: “Yesterday” by Frank Sinatra

MP3: “Goodbye” by Mary Hopkin

MP3: “Blackbird” by Billy Preston

MP3: “Hey Jude” by Wilson Pickett

MP3: “Maybe I’m Amazed” by The Faces

MP3: “Smile Away” by The Krayolas

MP3: “Let It Be” by Aretha Franklin

MP3: “Michelle” by Iggy Pop

MP3: “On The Wings Of A Nightingale” by the Everly Brothers

MP3: “All Together Now” by Jim White

MP3: “Come And Get It” by Badfinger

MP3: “Give Ireland Back To The Irish” (alternate version) by Wings

MP3: “Every Night” (live) by Wings

MP3: “Scrambled Eggs” by Jimmy Fallon (feat. Paul McCartney)

MP3: “I Saw Her Standing There (Take 9)” by The Beatles

MP3: “The Fool On The Hill (Take 4)” by The Beatles

MP3: “Yesterday” (live, 1965) by The Beatles

MP3: “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (live, 1989) by Paul McCartney

Video Du Jour: The Stooges

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , on January 23, 2012 by 30daysout

Iggy Pop, Mike Watt and Ron Asheton of the Stooges

A little Austin-tacious memory for you: Iggy Pop and the re-formed Stooges playing an in-store at Waterloo Records during SXSW 2007. The four-song set was as rambunctious as the preshow process – limited by fire marshals to a maximum of 250 people, Waterloo employees had to juggle a line of about 1,000 people before letting just some of those inside.

We got in, luckily, but hundreds more stood in the parking lot and peered through the record store’s windows. Iggy didn’t forget them, he jumped off the stage and performed a few bars of a couple songs in the parking lot. And we got to see the great Ron Asheton on guitar. R.I.P. It was a great show. What a day.

Here’s a bonus video from the same day. Look closely and you can see us in line!

And here’s a couple of my own short videos:

Iggy and the Stooges official website

Bonus: Earlier that day, the Stooges performed the same four-song set and gave a raucous interview with Seattle’s KEXP-FM. They have put together a podcast of the whole show that you can download and hear.

MP3: “Trollin’/ATM/My Idea of Fun/She Took My Money” by the Stooges

Yeah it's blurry but it's so punk!

It Came From Halloween – Scary Rock and Roll!

Posted in Lost Classics! with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2011 by 30daysout

Alice Cooper and friend

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 and had some pretty crazy music.  But his snake wasn’t even real.  After Alice, you can take your pick among the punk rockers of the late 1970s: they were kind of disturbing, but honestly not scary.  And from the 1990s, you had Marilyn Manson – the less said about him the better.

So by default, I guess Alice Cooper is the scariest guy in rock and roll.  Unless you count Adam Lambert …

MP3: “Black Juju” by Alice Cooper

MP3: “Feast of the Mau Mau” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

MP3: “Excitable Boy” (live) by Warren Zevon

MP3: “Frankenstein” (live) by Edgar Winter

MP3: “Don’t Fear The Reaper” by Blue Öyster Cult

MP3: “Skeletons In The Closet” by Alice Cooper

MP3: “Skull Ring” by Iggy Pop w/the Stooges

MP3: “Screamin’ Ball (At Dracula Hall)” by the Duponts

MP3: “Haunted House” by Jumpin’ Gene Simmons

MP3: “The Blob” by the Five Blobs

MP3: “This Is Halloween” by Danny Elfman

MP3: “Bo Meets The Monster” by Bo Diddley

MP3: “Witch Queen of New Orleans” by Redbone

MP3: “Hallowed Be My Name” by Alice Cooper

MP3: “Iron Man” by Black Sabbath

MP3: “Monster Motion” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett

MP3: “Out Of Limits” by the Challengers

MP3: “Purple People Eater” by Sheb Wooley

MP3: “Here Comes The Bride (The Bride of Frankenstein)” by Elvira, Mistress Of The Dark

MP3: “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr.


Video Du Jour: Iggy Pop and Dave Grohl

Posted in News with tags , on June 15, 2011 by 30daysout

Iggy Pop sings “Shake Appeal” and makes Dave Grohl dance on stage with him at the Isle of Wight Festival 2011. Iggy also brings on Kate Moss’s hen party with Sadie Frost, all the while saying how he hates VIPS. Dave Grohl commented afterwards he was doing the Ozzy Osbourne dance as its the only one he knows.

Bonus Video Du Jour: Iggy Pop

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on April 8, 2011 by 30daysout

Did you see this last night? We did – is this a sign of the Apocalypse?

Super Bowl Halftimes That Will Never Happen

Posted in Rock Rant with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2011 by 30daysout

Remember this? From Super Bowl XXXVIII (2004)

The big Super Bowl game is coming up, this year it’s in the new Cowboys Stadium up in Arlington, and it got me to thinking about the halftime.  Now these things pretty much exist only to please advertisers and, I suppose, people in the stadium.  For us millions of TV viewers the Super Bowl halftimes are usually a losing proposition.

A wardrobe malfunction might be welcome during this year's show with the Black Eyed Peas

We had a Super Bowl in Houston, back in 2004, and the MTV-produced halftime at that event included performances by Britney Spears, Kid Rock, Nelly, P. Diddy and of course, Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson.  So after that holocaust they’ve had more mainstream rock acts – Paul McCartney, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, the Rolling Stones, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, the Who – who were not really as exciting as they are in a regular two-hour concert.  The halftime performers in Dallas this year will be the Black Eyed Peas, so maybe they want to get the demographic a little younger again.  You watch: one of these years it’s going to be “American Idol” winners/runners up and the cast from “Glee,” and it will be very popular – and truly deadly.

Anyhow, we were thinking about some acts that we’d like to play the Super Bowl halftime, if only because they would never be asked to do this in real life.  Think of this as our Fantasy Super Bowl Halftime Act list, like your weird still-single uncle’s Fantasy Football Team.  We helpfully included some stats and a small dose of reality, as explanation why this could never happen.

KISS – The hard rockin’ kabuki-faced quartet is known around the world, they like to “party” and they are rich enough to be their own sponsors.  What’s not to like about Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and co.?  Although you certainly can’t tell with all that makeup, Simmons and Stanley are certainly old enough to qualify as Senior Classic Rockers.  And another plus: they bring their own pyro!

Rookie season: 1973     Recent triumph: Sonic Boom, which went to No. 2 in 2009

Playlist: “Strutter”/”Detroit Rock City”/”Calling Dr. Love”/”Beth”/”Rock and Roll All Nite”

Why they’ll never play halftime: Actually, I bet they will in the next few years. (Editor’s note: KISS did perform during opening ceremonies for Super Bowl XXXIII, in Miami in 1999.)

Neil Diamond – Newly accepted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after years of being ignored, Neil certainly has a flashy enough stage show to play the Super Bowl.  He rocked the pop charts in the late 1960s-early 1970s, he’s successfully played Vegas and in recent years he has made a bit of a comeback with some mellow new material.  He would get the Grannies rockin’ during halftime; keep a defibrillator handy!

Rookie season: 1962     Recent triumph: Hot August Night/NYC in multiple formats, available at a Wal-Mart near you!

Playlist: “I’m A Believer”/”Solitary Man”/”I Am … I Said”/”Play Me”/”Cracklin’ Rosie”

Why Neil will never play halftime: “Dad, who’s that old guy?”  “What’s wrong with his hair?” “Hey, Grandma’s breathing heavy!” “Call an ambulance!” (The last one could be used in the stadium as well.)

Willie Nelson/Bob Dylan: Personally, I’d love to see this one.  What a package deal – Willie could come up and sing some reggae songs about smoking weed, then he could bring Dylan up to mumble one or two of his classics in a strange rhythm that would require subtitles for the TV audience.  Nelson can – and does – play with everyone, and Dylan has been touring continuously since about 1969.

Rookie season: Nelson – 1960; Dylan – 1961    Recent triumph: Nelson – Country Music (2010); Dylan – Christmas In The Heart (2009)

Playlist:  Nelson – “On The Road Again”/”Crazy”/”Funny How Time Slips Away”  Dylan – (Unintelligible)/(Unintelligible)/(Unintelligible)

Why they will never play halftime: Their combined ages total up to 146 years.  After the performance you’d have to wake everyone up, including the stadium audience and football players.

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The Stooges – The punk rock godfathers, still going strong in their sixth decade, have enough energy to power through a rockin’ two-hour show so they’d be great for a Super Bowl halftime.  Guitarist Ron Asheton could bring the thunder, but he died in 2009; current guitarist James Williamson (from the Raw Power era) is flashy and almost as good.  They could be sponsored by Cialis and Geritol and the network won’t have to worry about a wardrobe malfunction on lead singer Iggy Pop – he never wears a shirt anyway.

Rookie season: 1967   Recent triumph: Induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Playlist: “Search and Destroy”/”No Fun”/”TV Eye”/”I Wanna Be Your Dog”

Why they will never play halftime: “My d**k is turning into a tree” (lyrics from “Trollin'”)

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Ozzy Osbourne: What red-blooded rock and roller would not welcome a Super Bowl halftime appearance by the Prince of F***ing Darkness?  Currently on a U.S. tour, Ozzy is rocking audiences with Black Sabbath classics and his choice solo gems.  Booking Ozzy could be the ultimate act of heresy, as it may encourage millions of youngsters to worship something besides wholesome professional sports, shameless corporate pandering and the single-minded pursuit of money.

Rookie season: 1969   Recent triumph: Scream, and his 2011 tour to support that album

Playlist: “Mr. Crowley”/”Iron Man”/”Let Me Hear You Scream”/”Crazy Train”/”Paranoid”

Why he will never play halftime: He’s the Prince of F***ing Darkness