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Let’s Get Christmas Rockin’!

Posted in 30 Days Out (From Christmas) with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 2, 2012 by 30daysout

It’s that time of year again. Don’t know about you, but we have been hearing Christmas music for a couple weeks – think people were ready to get the holidays rollin’ early this year.

We tried to resist that urge, and now we’re officially into the Christmas season. So it’s time to rock out!

MP3: “Rockin’ Santa Claus” by the Martells

MP3: “Rockin’ Winter Wonderland” by the Fabulous Thunderbirds

MP3: “The Chipmunk Song” by Canned Heat w/Alvin & the Chipmunks

MP3: “Santa’s Messin’ With the Kid” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

MP3: “Run Rudolph Run” by Keith Richards

MP3: “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” by Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Rudy Sarzo

MP3: “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” by Lou Ann Barton

MP3: “(I) Deck the Halls” by Los Straitjackets

MP3: “Frosty’s Beach Party” by the Barbary Coasters

MP3: “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” by The Cadillacs

MP3: “Hang Your Balls On The Christmas Tree” by Kay Martin & Her Body Guards

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

Video Du Jour (X2): The Rolling Stones

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , , , on November 26, 2012 by 30daysout

Yep, the Rolling Stones are back. They played the first of their 50th anniversary shows in London last night, and the grizzled Stones were joined onstage by former band members Mick Taylor and Bill Wyman, along with the ubiquitous Jeff Beck.

Save your pennies – the Stones are threatening to tour. Meanwhile you can amuse yourself with the official video for “Doom and Gloom,” featuring Swedish actress Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, the original Girl With The Dragon Tattoo). By the way, there’s some nudity in here, so it’s not safe for work!

Bonus: The Rolling Stones performing “Honky Tonk Women” in London on 11/25, apparently with Bill Wyman on bass.

The Rolling Stones official web site

GRRR! The Stones’ Big Announcement

Posted in News with tags , , on September 4, 2012 by 30daysout

After promising a “big announcement” coming this week, the Rolling Stones dropped news of … wait for it … a greatest hits collection.

Titled GRRR!, the compilation will be available in five different formats, including a three-CD 50-track version and a four-CD super-deluxe version gathering 80 songs. All formats will include two new songs, “Gloom And Doom” and “One Last Shot,” new studio recordings recently completed by the group in Paris last month.

So, in case you haven’t gotten around to buying Forty Licks or Hot Rocks, you can get GRRR! in CD or vinyl beginning Nov. 13 in North America and a day earlier around the world.

Later that week, on Nov. 15, HBO will debut a new documentary, Crossfire Hurricane, which will document the entire career of the Rolling Stones. The band is of course celebrating its 50th anniversary this year – the actual date of birth was July 12, 1962, when the Rolling Stones played their first gig at London’s Marquee Jazz Club.

And if you’re wondering, any 50th anniversary tour plans have been moved to 2013 when, as Mick Jagger has said, it’s more “realistic” to get these codgers on the road. Looking forward to it!

R0lling Stones official web site

YouTube: “Honky Tonk Women”, live at the Olympia Theatre, Paris, 11th June 2003

Video Du Jour: Tom Waits

Posted in News with tags , on August 8, 2012 by 30daysout

Tom Waits, now a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has a new video. It’s “Hell Broke Luce,” from his album of last year, Bad As Me.

This particularly crazed piece of work reminds me of Eraserhead, David Lynch’s classic slice of surrealism. The song features Keith Richards on guitar, but he isn’t in the video (I think). Anyhow: typically strange, typically disturbing – typical Tom Waits.

Tom Waits official web site

Video Du Jour: The Rolling Stones w/Muddy Waters

Posted in News with tags , , , on July 11, 2012 by 30daysout

In November 1981, in the middle of their mammoth American tour, the Rolling Stones arrived in Chicago to play three nights at the Rosemont Horizon. Long influenced by the Chicago blues, the band paid a visit to Buddy Guy’s club the Checkerboard Lounge to see the legendary bluesman Muddy Waters perform.

It wasn’t long before Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Ian Stewart jumped on stage and later Buddy Guy and Lefty Dizz also came up. Of course it was all captured on tape, and it’s now available on DVD as Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones Live At The Checkerboard Lounge, Chicago 1981.

With sound mixed and mastered by Bob Clearmountain, this amazing blues night is being made available in an official release for the first time. Check your local video store or, or you can order at the link below the video.

Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones Live At The Checkerboard Lounge, Chicago 1981 web site from Eagle Rock Entertainment

Checkin’ In For Christmas

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , , , , , on November 26, 2011 by 30daysout

Seems almost impossible that it’s already the Christmas season … I could’a sworn July was last week or something. You know time flies when you’re having fun, or not. And so this is Christmas.

This season, we’re gonna do the usual things we do – post blogs with a ton of Christmas music, review the best and worst of 2011 and generally bitch about the state of the world in which we’re livin.’ That’s how we roll, and we certainly appreciate you taking a little time to come and visit while we do that.

As I write this the windows are open and all down my street the neighbors are installing their blinking Christmas lights, their oversized inflatable Santa lawn snow globes and elaborate wrappings around the trees. Most annoying, just across the street somebody has plinky holiday music playing from some contraption in their front yard. Greeeeeaaaaaaaat.

And I went to the grocery store to buy some milk and beer for the weekend, then I stood in line for a while behind people purchasing giant TVs and strange electronic consoles (at the grocery store!). Don’t get me wrong – we certainly participated in Black Friday but we didn’t pepper spray anyone (although my wife made me wish I had some handy). Later on comes the hassle of erecting a tree, and negotiating which visits we must make to family members who wouldn’t care drive out to see us at any time of the year.

But each year we all manage to dig out at least a little bit of the true meaning of Christmas. We all manage to spend a small amount of time with the people we love or care about, and we show a little shred of love by sharing some of ourselves at a truly magical time of year. Or I hope we do – like I hope you do as well. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! So let the season begin …

MP3: “Merry Flippin’ Christmas” by Bowling For Soup

MP3: “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” by She & Him

MP3: “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Scott Weiland

MP3: “White Christmas” by Lady Gaga

MP3: “Merry Christmas (I Love You)” by Hawksley Workman

MP3: “Frosty The Snowman” by Steve “Lips” Kudlow, Bumblefoot, Chris Chaney & Kenny Aronoff

MP3: “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” by Bob Dylan

MP3: “Jingle Bell Rock” by Arcade Fire

MP3: “Rockin’ Winter Wonderland” by the Fabulous Thunderbirds

MP3: “Run Rudolph Run” by Keith Richards

Video Du Jour: The Rolling Stones

Posted in News with tags , , , on November 25, 2011 by 30daysout

What better way to kick off the holiday season: the Rolling Stones offer a gift idea for the rocker in your life! The new video Some Girls: Live In Texas ’78 features Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Co. rockin’ through 17 Stones favorites on a hot July night in Fort Worth, Texas.

The video is available in conjunction with the newly released and remastered Some Girls, the 1978 album that featured such hits as “Miss You” and “Beast of Burden.” The tour supporting that album is where this video comes from – the performances are polished and professional but ferocious, even for the Stones.

Our buddy Ian McLagan, now a happy resident of Austin, supported the Stones on this tour – look quickly and you’ll catch a glimpse of him here and there.

You can get Some Girls: Live In Texas ’78 as a DVD (or Blu-Ray) alone or in a combo with an audio CD of the concert.  It’s available at your favorite video/music store, or at

Christmas Rockin’

Posted in Christmas with tags , , , , , , , on December 3, 2010 by 30daysout

Liberace, the Ghost of Christmas WTF?

MP3: “Run Rudolph Run” by Keith Richards

MP3: “Jingle Bells” by The Weisstronauts

MP3: “(I) Deck The Halls” by Los Straitjackets

MP3: Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) Holiday Greeting

MP3: “Hey Santa” by The Birthday Girl vs Alexander’s Festival Hall

MP3: “Tiny Tree Christmas” by Guster

MP3: “Blue Christmas” by Sheryl Crow

MP3: “Súper Mamá (Supermom)” by The Pinker Tones

MP3: “Jingle Bell Rock” by the Arcade Fire

MP3: “The Chipmunk Song” by the Chipmunks and Canned Heat

MP3: “Twas The Night Before Christmas” by Liberace

MP3: “Party Hard” by Little Isidore

MP3: Ozzy Osbourne’s holiday greeting

MP3: “Christmas For Everyone” by Halford

MP3: “Rocking Around The Christmas Tree” by Joe Lynn Turner, Bruce Kulick, Bob Kulick, Rudy Sarzo & Simon Wright

MP3: Weird Al Yankovic’s Holiday Greeting

MP3: “Yuletide Zeppelin” by Mojochronic

Rock Moment: Nastiest Rolling Stones songs

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , on May 15, 2010 by 30daysout

The Rolling Stones - they don't look so bad!

(Editor’s Note: This entire post – the text, the music, hell even the photos – should be considered NFSW, especially after the jump.  And don’t expect me to explain any of the following.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about you are certainly in the wrong place.  This is the Rolling Stones, after all.)

There’s been a bit of hoopla the past few days about the pending re-release of Exile On Main Street, the 1972 classic album by the Rolling Stones.  The new version, to be in stores Tuesday, features a remastered album and some outtakes that may or may not have been subject to some 21st-century tinkering.

Perhaps one of the best things about Exile On Main Street is its legend – the album was formulated by the band along with various girlfriends, drug dealers, hangers-on and such at a French chateau where the band had relocated in order to escape British tax authorities.  The scene was decadent to say the least, and a lot of that debauchery found its way into the grooves of Exile.  (This story from the New York Post goes into all the detail you should require.)

Of course, the Rolling Stones are rock’s ultimate bad boys – Keith Moon may have tried, but no one will ever top the Stones for sheer rock and roll revelry.  These boys were (and still are) the quintessential rock stars.  As they lived the life, they also sang about it.  So here, to celebrate the re-emergence of Exile on Main Street, are some of the Stones’ other most nastiest moments.  In ah … ascending order!

1. “Brand New Car” (from Voodoo Lounge, 1994) – You would think by this time the boys would be a little tamer – after all, they were in their ’50s when this was recorded.  “I got a brand new car,” sings Mick Jagger, “and I like to drive real hard.”  Mmm-hmm.  Now he’s going to take her on the highway for a little spin, and uh oh- he’s gonna jack her up baby, and open up her hood.  Mick’s giving her some stick to get her motor running and … finally he invites you to “go ahead, feel the fur.”  Ah, yes.  (Voodoo Lounge was a real fun album, if you like this kind of thing – check out “Sparks Will Fly” and “Suck On The Jugular,” hahaha.)

MP3: “Brand New Car”

2. “Brown Sugar” (from Sticky Fingers, 1971) – Let it be said right off the bat: “Brown Sugar” was a No. 1 radio hit back in 1971.  Of course, that era’s radio also played the Kinks’ “Lola” (about a transvestite), “Walk On The Wild Side” by Lou Reed (about god-knows-what) and so on.  “Brown Sugar” is perhaps the naughtiest of all – not that you can make out the lyrics by listening to the song.  I’ve listened to this song pretty much since it came out and I still had to Google it to get the correct lyrics.  It’s about some hot nights down in New Orleans with the slaves, with an old slaver who you can “Hear him whip the women just around midnight” and that house boy who “knows what he’s doin’ alright.”  And of course the song’s chorus goes “Ah brown sugar how come you taste so good/A-ha brown sugar just like a young girl should.”  Uh, I think the history lesson’s over kids!

MP3: “Brown Sugar”

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Merry Christmas Baby!

Posted in Christmas with tags , , , , , , , on December 19, 2009 by 30daysout

Not much more to say about Christmas, except that it is getting close.  Santa, pictured above, is apparently a lightweight – three drinks and he’s out.  Drink up, everyone!  How about some more holiday tunes?

MP3: “We Three Kings” by Reverend Horton Heat

MP3: “A Surfer’s Christmas List” by the Surfaris

MP3: “I Want A Monkey For Christmas” by the Barbary Coasters

MP3: “Jingle Bells” by Skid Row

MP3: “Christmas All Over Again” by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

MP3: “My Dreams Of Christmas” by the Boxmasters

MP3: “One For The Little Bitty Baby” by the Weavers

MP3: “The Little Drummer Boy” by Johnny Cash

MP3: “Christmas Everyday” by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles

MP3: “Jingle Bell Rock” by the Arcade Fire

MP3: “Santa’s On His Way” by Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys

MP3: “Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht” by Pondertone

MP3: “White Christmas” by Allen Toussaint

MP3: “Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin’ ” by Albert King

MP3: “Merry Twist-mas” by the Marcels

MP3: “Daddy Drank Our Christmas Money” by TVTV$

MP3: “Christmas Island” by Bob Dylan

MP3: “Noel News” by Sugar Blue

MP3: “Rock and Roll Santa” by Yo La Tengo

MP3: “Run Rudolph Run” by Keith Richards