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Video Du Jour: Mumford & Sons (on “Austin City Limits”)

Posted in News with tags , , on November 16, 2012 by 30daysout

This weekend, tune into the music series “Austin City Limits” for a rollicking encore episode featuring Flogging Molly and Mumford and Sons. The 60-minute show airs on PBS stations nationwide (check your local listings).

Flogging Molly are the Celtic punk rockers from Los Angeles led by singer Dave King, who also writes or co-writes much of the material with other band members. Mumford & Sons is of course the Grammy-nominated British folk rockers whose second studio album Babel is currently atop the Billboard charts.

Here’s “The Cave” from this weekend’s “Austin City Limits.”

And, as a bonus, a behind-the-scenes look at this weekend’s episode.

Austin City Limits official web site

Video Du Jour: Mumford and Sons with the Austin High School Marching Band

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , on March 21, 2012 by 30daysout

We wrote about the Mumford and Sons concert that effectively concluded the SXSW music festival and the great moment at the end of the show, when the Austin High School marching band joined them onstage. Here is a video of that, with the two bands performing “The Cave.”

SXSW Day Four: Long Live Rock and Roll

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

Chuck Prophet plays rock and roll for real adults.

AUSTIN – One reason that an event like the South by Southwest (SXSW) music conference/festival/whatever can even have a chance to be successful, is that Austin is actually built for music.

Over the past four days we’ve seen live music performed in just about any venue imaginable, and some not so likely. Visitors who arrived at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, for example, were greeted by a band playing on a permanent stage in the airport terminal. Bands set up in the typical venues: theaters, bars and parks, but also in not-so-likely locales as the roof of the Whole Foods Market flagship store, the beautiful Central Presbyterian Church, even Lance Armstrong’s Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop.

We caught the raucous and melodic power trio Pujol in a little more traditional locale – a little amphitheater surrounded by historic buildings with a creek running through the middle. Pujol, from Nashville, has a sound that owes a lot to the Ramones and the Kinks but with lyrics filtered through frontman Daniel Pujol’s cracked sensibility and parched sense of humor. For example: the rockin’ “Black Bunny” is exactly what it says: a tribute to Pujol’s pet bunny rabbit. The trio has earned the attention of White Stripes/Raconteurs leader and entrepreneur Jack White, who produced “Too Late,” the B-side of a single that appears on White’s Third Man Records label.

Pujol takes it out of the garage.

Pujol’s garage rock sounded great bouncing off the limestone walls of the little Spanish-type square. If those walls could only talk, or sing.

Traipsing up and down the busy Sixth Street we had no luck – what was, just a few days before, the center of SXSW’s universe became St. Patrick’s Day party central, oozing with frat types and tourists decked up in their stupidest green getups. In the shadow of a big pop-up stadium sponsored by Nike where jocks and showoffs lined up in their shorts to kick around a soccer ball, we suddenly realized SXSW Saturday wasn’t going to be about the music at all.

Well, we couldn’t close out our festival like that. Stoked by theĀ  traditional garage rock of Pujol, we set out to find more meat-and-potatoes rock for grown-ups like you and me. We found it in the person of Californian Chuck Prophet, former guitarist and songwriter of the 1980s group Green On Red. Prophet’s a solo performer these days, and his little set in the parking lot of Waterloo Records Saturday leaned heavily on his new Temple Beautiful, a rockin’ song cycle that serves as a love letter to his hometown of San Francisco.

Prophet’s been around the block a few times, and it was almost jarring to hear him perform “Always A Friend,” a song most closely associated with Texas rocker Alejandro Escovedo. But the truth is, that’s Prophet’s song too – he co-wrote many of the songs for Escovedo’s last two albums including 2008’s Real Animal, which has “Always A Friend.”

He dug deep into the new album with a great “The Left Hand and the Right Hand,” about two brothers who had different personalities but who went wrong anyway. “White Night, Big City” and Temple Beautiful‘s title track have hooks that will sink deep, and great guitar work from Prophet. Ah, we had to get away from the center of SXSW to find the good stuff!

And as night fell, and rumors swirled around about countless celebrities negotiating the crowds of Sixth Street, and as performers like Timbaland, the Roots and Norah Jones played showcases both official and unofficial, we decided to end the evening under the Texas stars. Sweating beer bullets, we trudged up a couple hills and stretched out in the grass near the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library on the University of Texas campus for a screening of the documentary Big Easy Express.

With the help of Austin High School's marching band, Mumford and Sons reminded us why we go to SXSW.

The movie premiered earlier in the day but this was a bigger screening for about 10,000 fans inside the venue (and many more, like me, on the grassy hills outside the fences). Big Easy Express is about a 2,500-mile train trip taken by performers like Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show. Filmmaker Emmett Malloy introduced the film and explained that it reflected the artists’ love of music and the collaboration that feeds that love.

Then, after the movie screened on an inflatable screen, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes and Mumford and Sons rocked the campus with a full-bore concert that only underscored the film’s gentle message. The greatest moment came toward the end, when Marcus Mumford invited the Austin High School marching band to recreate the movie’s best sequence – a joyous performance of “The Cave” with swingin’ tubas and pounding big bass drums.

As the stage threatened to sag under the collective weight of the bands, and as many in the audience sang along with full-throated abandon, the utter happiness and innocent exuberance from these high schoolers brought it all back home. Marcus Mumford almost didn’t need to say it, but he did: “Ladies and gentlemen, that is real music from real people.”

These kids, many of whom will never again perform for such a large audience, made music for the love of it and washed away the green beer and the superstar posing. They reminded us why we keep coming to SXSW in the first place.

Check out our photos on Flickr. Thanks to our friends at Popdose who also shared our coverage this week.

Here’s a little video we made of Sixth Street during SXSW: sometimes you think you’ve died and lost the directions to hell. And you’ve wound up in a real weird place.

Ridin’ Out The Storm

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 27, 2011 by 30daysout

Hurricane Ike from 2008.

By now everyone should be ready for this big storm. Just remember – when the wind’s blowin’ stay indoors, and try to find high ground when the floodwaters come. These big storms are gifts from Mother Nature, who doesn’t give a shit if you live in New York City or Podunk, Texas.

She couldn’t care less if you have someplace to be or something to do, and if you think you are going to show Mother Nature how tough you are then she may just want to show you back. That’s usually when we read about you in the paper – in the past tense.

Be smart, stay high and keep dry. Do that and you’ll stay safe. Here are some tunes to help you ride out the storm.

MP3: “Ridin’ The Storm Out” (live) by REO Speedwagon

MP3: “Stormbringer” by Beck

MP3: “Storm” by Blackmore’s Night

MP3: “Stand Out In The Rain” by the Jayhawks

MP3: “Into The Storm” by Yes

MP3: “Stormy Weather” by Dizzy Gillespie

MP3: “Thunder Island” by Jay Ferguson

MP3: “Rainy Night In Georgia” by Conway Twitty & Sam Moore

MP3: “Rainy Day Blues” by Lightnin’ Hopkins

MP3: “Box of Rain” by the Grateful Dead

MP3: “Didn’t It Rain” by the Band

MP3: “Rainy Day” by America

MP3: “Let It Rain” (live) by Derek & the Dominos

MP3: “When the Wild Wind Blows” by Iron Maiden

MP3: “Light From Your Lighthouse” by the Fireman

MP3: “After The Storm” by Mumford & Sons

MP3: “The Only Living Boy In New York” by Simon & Garfunkel

National Hurricane Center

The Weather Channel

Mike’s Weather Page (This excellent page is one of the best I’ve seen – it’s a virtual hurricane command center)

Video Du Jour: Mumford & Sons

Posted in News with tags , on April 19, 2011 by 30daysout

Lots of Mumford & Sons activity recently … they collaborated with singer/songwriter Laura Marling and musicians in India for The Dharohar Project, an EP that was released last year in the United Kingdom but was a featured vinyl in the United States for Saturday’s Record Store Day. They also pop up on Ray Davies’ See My Friends project of old Kinks re-recordings, also just seeing U.S. release.

They are slated for a short train tour next week, and during their stop in Austin Mumford & Sons will tape an episode of “Austin City Limits” on April 25. Here’s the group performing this past weekend at Coachella:

Mumford & Sons official website