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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

Review: Rockin’ the Fourth!

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , , on June 30, 2010 by 30daysout

Swingin’ into the Fourth of July weekend, we have a hurricane swirling off the Texas coast and a big black glob of goo lurking off Louisiana.  Meanwhile, in my own backyard, I’m grillin’ weenies!  What about you?  Here are a handful of new releases that will help you rock the Fourth no matter where you are or how you celebrate.

It borders on the criminal that Alejandro Escovedo isn’t a big star outside of Texas.  Here, he’s the hero of the Lone Star state – and his new Street Songs Of Love is a good example why.  Al follows his masterpiece Real Animal (from 2008) with a relaxed set of rockin’ ruminations on love and life that may just be among the best things he’s ever done.  The ringing anthem “Anchor” kicks off the proceedings, and the crunching guitars and big choruses that follow in song after song show that Escovedo isn’t afraid to stand toe to toe with the greatest classic rockers.  In fact, he does just that – trading verses with Mott the Hoople’s Ian Hunter on the tender “Down In the Bowery” and rocking out with Bruce Springsteen on “Faith,” Alejandro Escovedo shows why he is the king of Austin.  Street Songs Of Love is brilliantly produced by Tony Visconti, who worked with David Bowie and T. Rex back in the day.  Escovedo and his great band (including stellar guitarist David Pulkingham) sharpened these songs during a residency at Austin’s Continental Club, so they probably sound even better live.  Hands down, Street Songs Of Love is one of the best albums of the year.

MP3: “Street Songs” by Alejandro Escovedo

Last week we talked about all the artists with the blues all of a sudden, and now Austin guitar slinger Jimmie Vaughan drops Plays Blues, Ballads and Favorites, an album that sounds for all the world like a roadhouse Saturday night.  Vaughan has stocked his album with 14 wild covers (and one original) that jump right out of the speakers: “The Pleasure’s All Mine,” shuffles into your consciousness with Vaughan’s rough singing and stinging guitar, then Lou Ann Barton lends harmony to Jimmy Reed’s “Come Love.”  Barton duets again with Jimmie on the old Dale and Grace swamp rocker “I’m Leaving It Up To You,” then she takes a lead vocal on the LaVerne Baker chestnut “Wheel Of Fortune.”  I don’t know how he does it, but Vaughan gives all of his albums this production that sounds like he’s playing right in your cramped living room – I love it.  Man, this is another great barbecue party record and one that I know I’ll be playing long after the summer’s over.

MP3: “I’m Leaving It Up To You” by Jimmie Vaughan (with Lou Ann Barton)

Upon listening to The Gaslight Anthem‘s new American Slang, most people (especially music critic types) will evoke the influences of Springsteen and Van Morrison.  They’re not incorrect in doing so, but Gaslight’s true heart beats to the rhythm and romance of old Sam Cooke and Drifters records, supercharged into brilliantly original rock by frontman and songwriter Brian Fallon.  In fact, Fallon has a way with a story that recalls the Bard of the Boardwalk but his songs add a street-soul tough-tenderness that evokes the best of Tom Waits.  It’s hard to single out one or two highlights on American Slang; it’s just a very consistent rock record that never fails to deliver.

MP3: “Stay Lucky” by The Gaslight Anthem

Go out and pick up any one, two or three of these albums and celebrate the Fourth with a rock and roll blast.  Who needs fireworks?

Let’s Rock Christmas, Shall We?

Posted in Christmas with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 18, 2009 by 30daysout

Screw the office Christmas party … pour some rum into the egg nog, rip off your clothes and rock out!  Shall we?

MP3: “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town” by Bruce Springsteen and Friends

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

MP3: “The Christmas Boogie” by Toni Price

MP3: “She’ll Be My Everything For Christmas” by Los Lonely Boys

MP3: “Call Me For Christmas” by Gary U.S. Bonds

MP3: “I Want A Rock and Roll Guitar” by Johnny Preston

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: “Please Come Home For Christmas” by the Uniques

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

MP3: “Santa’s Sack” by the Diaboliks

MP3: “(Baby I Want To) Trim Your Tree” by Jimmy Butler

MP3: “Winter Wonderland” by Steve Goodman

MP3: “Christmas Rappin’ ” by Kurtis Blow

MP3: “Xmas Eve (She Got Up and Left Me)” by Rancid

MP3: “Dragnet” radio episode: “The Big .22 Rifle For Christmas” (1952)

MP3: “Silent Night” by Robin Gibb

MP3: “Ding Dong, Ding Dong” by George Harrison

MP3: “Sleigh Ride” by the Ventures

And check this out: the Chrisfits, turning songs by the Misfits into Christmas songs!



Greetings From Texas! (It’s Hot As Hell!)

Posted in Rock Rant with tags , , , , , , , , on July 6, 2009 by 30daysout

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The other day some TV reporter called, she was going to do a story on people seriously burning their bare feet on the sidewalk.  Sounds like a stupid story, but you have to admit it’s pretty damned hot here in Texas.  Every day they give some heat index reading, supposedly to tell you what it “feels like” outside, and it’s around 110 or so degrees. 

When it gets this hot, you know what we do in Texas?  We strip off all our clothes, fire up the barbecue, and jump in some water.  And we drink us some beer – Lone Star, of course.  Well, almost.  But we do listen to this kind of music:

MP3: “Farther Along/All Just To Get To You” (live) by Joe Ely

MP3: “Austin Night” by the Bastard Sons Of Johnny Cash

MP3: “Spiritual Babe” by Ian McLagan & the Bump Band

MP3: “In The Middle Of The Night” by Jimmie Vaughan & Double Trouble w/Lou Ann Barton

MP3: “Roadhouse Blues” by Ryan Bingham

MP3: “Real Love” (alternate version) by Lucinda Williams

MP3: “Look At Little Sister” by Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

MP3: “I Fought The Law” by the Freddie Steady 5

MP3: “What You Gonna Do For Love” by the Krayolas

MP3: “Guacamole” by the Texas Tornados

MP3: “Castanets” by Alejandro Escovedo w/Ian McLagan & the Bump Band

MP3: “Foxy Lady” (live) by ZZ Top

30 Days Out (From Christmas): Texas 2

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

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Along the Trail of Lights, Austin (2008)

Day 24 –  Here are some more favorites from the Lone Star State.  From Roy Orbison’s classic “Pretty Paper” (written by Willie Nelson) to Robert Earl Keen’s modern radio favorite “Merry Christmas From The Family,” these homegrown holiday chestnuts are enough to keep you cool on a humid December Texas night.  And they’ll keep you toasty a few hours later, when the cold front blows through.

MP3: “Pretty Paper” by Roy Orbison

MP3: “Blue Christmas” by Kelly Willis

MP3: “Merry Christmas From The Family” by Robert Earl Keen

MP3: “Christmas Morning” by Lyle Lovett

MP3: “Please Daddy, Don’t Get Drunk ” by Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis

MP3: “I’m Grateful For Christmas This Year” by Hayes Carll

MP3: “Winterlude” by Joe Ely

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

MP3: “Merry Christmas” by Lightnin’ Hopkins

MP3: “Please Come Home For Christmas” by Lou Ann Barton

MP3: “Jingle Bells” by Flaco Jimenez, Freddy Fender, Joel Nava, Rick Orozco & Ricardo Castillon

MP3: “She’ll Be My Everything For Christmas” by Los Lonely Boys

MP3: “Christmas Everyday” by Rosie Flores

MP3: “Merry Texas Christmas, Ya’ll” by Asleep At The Wheel

(Almost) 30 Years Out: Stevie Ray Vaughan, 1979

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 7, 2008 by 30daysout

        

Down in Texas, Juneteenth is a big deal.  It’s even a holiday for some — it celebrates the day back in 1865 when slaves in Texas first learned they had been emancipated by President Abraham Lincoln two years earlier.  So we celebrate, and in 1979 the way to do it was with a good old blues festival.

Everyone was listening to disco and punk at the time, and the blues had kind of gone underground.  You had Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker still going strong, but in blues strongholds like Chicago and Detroit.  Muddy played the first Juneteenth festival in Houston, in 1977, and John Lee was a headliner for this one.  Houston’s Lightnin’ Hopkins and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, from Orange, Texas, were local favorites and Professor Longhair was a good neighbor from New Orleans who came over a lot.  Big Mama Thornton was, well, big and always excellent.

But the act that made the biggest splash of the two-day festival was an Austin-based combo, Lou Ann Barton and Double Trouble.  Actually, it wasn’t the whole band people noticed, it was the guitar player — a slicked-down dude name o’ Stevie Ray.

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