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Video Du Jour: Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Posted in News with tags , on May 1, 2012 by 30daysout

“Oh Susannah,” the first video from Neil Young & Crazy Horse’s new album Americana, recasts the Stephen Foster standard in a radical, rockin’ new way. Americana drops on June 5. What is that kid smokin’?

Neil Young official website

Review: “Old School,” by Nils Lofgren

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , on December 11, 2011 by 30daysout

Old School

Since 2007, Nils Lofgren has spent two years on the road with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, played the Super Bowl, had hip replacement surgery and lost close friends, E Street Band members, Danny Federici and the “Big Man” Clarence Clemons. Lofgren throws the emotions from these events and more life experiences into one pot and stirs up an excellent 12-track collection called Old School.

On the rockin’ title track, Lofgren gets a little help from former Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm and takes a shot at all those whiners who would rather complain than get out and actually do something. He takes us back to 1985 with “60 is the new 18,” a tune that shows a guy who is just hitting his stride at 60. “Miss You Ray” is a melancholy, country-infected tribute to the great Ray Charles and other lost loved ones who have affected his life. The celtic ballad “Irish Angel” with Lofgren on piano is outstanding and he gets a little help from the legendary Sam Moore on “Ain’t Too Many of Us Left.” The beautiful love song “Just Because You Love Me” has a nice smooth groove with a great hook and the Springsteen-esque “Why Me” has that unmistakable Lofgren tone on the guitar solo.

Nils Lofgren has always been underrated as a guitarist and a songwriter. Old School might not change all that, but it certainly should.

Nils Lofgren Official Website

“Old School” by Nils Lofgren (YouTube)

“Irish Angel” by Nils Lofgren (YouTube)

“Why Me” by Nils Lofgren (YouTube)

“Miss You Ray” by Nils Lofgren (YouTube)

Chili time again!

Posted in Rock Rant with tags , , , , , , on October 29, 2011 by 30daysout

Editor’s note: This is a repost of a previous entry – kinda like a warmed up bowl of chili. 

We have done this post a few times but with cold, chilly weather gripping most of the country it seems like staying home and makin’ a big pot o’ chili is a good idea.  And with football season in full swing, it is especially timely.

The classic recipe, supplied by the good folks who brew Texas’ Lone Star Beer, is available above (click the picture for a larger version).  It’s pretty simple, but here is another recipe from the Austin newspaper that is a multi-meat extravaganza.  Just for fun (and, depending where you live, for ridicule) here are some chili recipes from the Food Network. One of the recipes has spaghetti!

On that last link above, you will notice of course that some of these chili recipes contain a healthy helping of beans.  As a native Texan, it is my duty to remind you that our state’s fine lawmakers some years ago passed a law outlawing the use of beans in chili.  I can’t tell you exactly when and, ah, … OK, I just made up that last part.

Just put in the damn beans if that’s what blows up your skirt.  But don’t blame me if that’s also what blows out your skirt.  Either way, keep a window open – no matter how cold it may be outside.

More stuff about chili, with a few more tunes, here.

MP3: “The Chili Song” by Gary P. Nunn

MP3: “Snow (Hey Oh)” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers

MP3: “National Chili Anthem” by Isaac Peyton Sweat

MP3: “Cold As Ice” (live) by Foreigner

MP3: “The Old Country Waltz” by Neil Young

MP3: “Chili Con Conga” by Cab Calloway

MP3: “You Bring The Heat, I’ll Bring The Meat” by Jonny Z and Bobby Rivera

MP3: “Crusty Rolls and Chili” by the Duhks

MP3: “Cold Cold Heart” by Hank Williams

MP3: “Millie Make Some Chili” by Steve Goodman

MP3: “White Winter Hymnal” by Fleet Foxes

MP3: “Hot Chili” by the Steve Miller Band

10 Years Out: September 11

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , on September 10, 2011 by 30daysout

Editor’s Note: This is repost of an item that previously appeared on 30 Days Out.

The day seems like a blur … the first word from a counter person at Starbucks, tuning in the car radio where the usually placid voices were now frantic, stunned faces in front of a conference room TV.  Even thousands of miles away, you could feel the dread and terror so many experienced that day in the streets of Manhattan.

Were you sad for the people who died?  That would come later.  That moment, when I stood watching the towers crumble on TV and later that night, seeing the solemn newscasters with a burning NYC skyline as the backdrop, the first thing I felt was fear.  Later, as the awful truth unfolded live in the never-ending news cycle, that gave way to a deep sadness.

Every day Americans struggle with the concept of freedom.  What does this freedom allow us to do?  Can we do as much or as little as we want, can we go anywhere or stay in one place, can we choose a path for our own lives?  Can we mistrust our neighbor, hate our President or be afraid of that man walking down the street who may be different than us in some way?  The answer is yes.  With freedom, you get back what you put in.

Today is a day worth remembering because it’s marked with pain, with loss, with sadness, with fear.  But I can remember also courage, strength and kindness.  Your feelings about this day may be different than mine, your memory may tell you something else completely.  You can choose to remember or choose to forget.  You can flip this coin into the air and let it fall like debris in the streets.  Which side comes up, that depends on you.

MP3: “Lonesome Day” by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band

MP3: “Boeing 737” by the Low Anthem

MP3: “Let’s Roll” by Neil Young

MP3: “Freedom” (live) by Paul McCartney

MP3: “Star Spangled Banner/Purple Haze” (live at Woodstock) by Jimi Hendrix

MP3: “Do You Remember the Americans” (alternate track) by Manassas

MP3: “Freedom” by Richie Havens (2009 version)

MP3: “Simple Song Of Freedom” by Tim Hardin (live at Woodstock)

MP3: “Every Hand In The Land” by Arlo Guthrie (live at Woodstock)

MP3: “I Shall Be Free” by Bob Dylan

MP3: “Masters Of War” by Pearl Jam (live)

MP3: “American Tune” by Paul Simon

MP3: “America, Fuck Yeah”  by Team America, South Park or whatever

MP3: “The Rising” by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band

MP3: “Walk On” by U2

MP3: “Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream” by Johnny Cash

MP3: “Blowin’ In The Wind” (live, 1963) by Bob Dylan

MP3: “Daylight Again/Find The Cost Of Freedom” by Crosby, Stills & Nash

YouTube: U2 Super Bowl halftime show, 9/11 tribute (2002)

Hurricane Warning!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2011 by 30daysout

Some trouble from the tropics headed this way:  Hurricane Irene threatens to rake the Florida coast later this week.  The last time we went through this drill was in 2008, when Hurricane Ike lashed Texas and turned my backyard into a brush heap.

So as another nasty bit of weather rolls up to the beach, it occurs to me that we haven’t posted any hurricane/storms/rain songs yet this season.  Here you go – stay dry and rock on!

MP3: “Change In The Weather” by John Fogerty

MP3: “Blowin’ Like A Bandit” by Asleep at the Wheel

MP3: “Hurricane” by Levon Helm

MP3: “Surfing In A Hurricane” by Jimmy Buffett

MP3: “High Water (For Charley Patton)” (live) by Bob Dylan

MP3: “I Think It’s Going To Rain Today” by Peter Gabriel

MP3: “Lost and Found” by the Kinks

MP3: “In From The Storm” by Jimi Hendrix

MP3: “Like A Hurricane” by Nils Lofgren

MP3: “Here Comes The Rain” by Jan & Dean

MP3: “Riders On The Storm” by the Doors

MP3: “The Rains Came” by Big Sambo

MP3: “Wild Is The Wind” by David Bowie

MP3: “Rock You Like A Hurricane” by the Scorpions

MP3: “Down In The Flood” (live) by the Derek Trucks Band

MP3: “Like A Hurricane” (live) by Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Your Sister’s (Record) Rack: The Isley Brothers

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

So much has gone under the bridge that we’ve all but forgotten that era when racial lines were not obliterated but smudged in such a way that it was a little tough to find the line between black and white. By the early 1970s we had been through the civil rights upheaval and the backlash that made martyrs out of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others. It was like that refreshing period following a good hard rain … we were all open to checking out each other’s culture a bit.

The Isley Brothers were a huge act throughout the 1960s – their first million seller came in 1959 with “Shout.” They served a stint at Motown and in 1969 the Isleys created their own record label, T-Neck Records. In 1971 the Isleys put out the album we’re going to spin today, Givin’ It Back, on T-Neck. For more than a decade, white/mainstream pop artists scored their own successes with versions of Isley Brothers’ songs (Joey Dee & the Starlighters hit with their own version of “Shout;” and there’s that version of “Twist and Shout” by some guys from Liverpool) so the Isleys decided to “give it back” by cutting their own versions of songs by then-current rock and pop artists.

The LP starts off with a sizzling version of Neil Young’s “Ohio” fused with Jimi Hendrix’s “Machine Gun.” The song speaks not only to the Kent State campus killings of 1970 but the less publicized incident 10 days later at Jackson State University in Mississippi, where two black students were killed and a dozen more were injured by police trying to stop a demonstration. The song was a reminder that the times were still angry and deep divisions still remained in this country. The Isleys’ prayer in the middle of these two angry songs suggests that cooler heads were out there, begging to be listened to. This is a powerful way to start off the album, and it’s easily the best cut.

Next up the Isleys give a new setting to James Taylor’s singer/songwriter warhorse, “Fire and Rain.” The Isleys charge it up with a tangible urgency, as they do with Eric Burdon and War’s “Spill The Wine.” Even better is the Isleys’ soulful reading of Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay,” giving it a sexual tension and soul that its writer could never hope to pull off.

“Cold Bologna” is a funky blues that even features its writer, Bill Withers, on guitar. The Isleys were good for giving young writers a showcase, and here’s a good example with Withers, who would soon come into his own with songs like “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Lean On Me.” Stephen Stills also gets the Isley cover treatment on two songs, “Nothin’ To Do But Today” and “Love The One You’re With.” The former is the weakest song on the album but the latter is a highlight, as the Isleys inject a little soul and extra rhythm into the proceedings. Consider this a worthy companion to Marvin Gaye’s better-known masterpiece from 1971, What’s Going On.

MP3: “Ohio/Machine Gun”

MP3: “Lay Lady Lay”

MP3: “Spill The Wine”

MP3: “Love The One You’re With”

Flooding, Fire, Greed and Vengeance

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on May 10, 2011 by 30daysout

The Mississippi River is flooding ... wait, is that a shark?!?

It’s been a rough few months, hasn’t it? What with tornadoes rippin’ up half the country, wildfires burning out of control and now the Mississippi River slithering into peoples’ homes and lives, you begin to wonder what kind of plague we’re going to get next.

We’ve all but forgotten about those earthquakes/tsunami in Japan, and the earthquakes in New Zealand, which were just a couple months ago. And don’t forget last year – man. On top of all that we have gasoline prices approaching record levels and those Al Qaeda nutcases promising they will get back to us with some big, fiery sendoff for Osama bin Laden.

It may seem kind of frivolous to spin a few tunes in this time of misery, but it helps to remember: we’re all in this together, and if we’re not going to help each other out, who is? And when all else fails, light a candle.

MP3: “Times A’ Getting Hard” by Pete Seeger

MP3: “Down In The Flood” by the Derek Trucks Band

MP3: “High Water (For Charley Patton)” by Bob Dylan

MP3: “Louisiana 1927” by Randy Newman

MP3: “Fire” by the Jimi Hendrix Experience

MP3: “Tornado Ripe” by Ray Wylie Hubbard

MP3: “High Gas Prices” by Big Bill Morganfield

MP3: “Pay Me My Money Down” by Bruce Springsteen & the Seeger Sessions Band

MP3: “Mr. President (Have Pity On The Working Man)” by Sam Bush

MP3: “Light A Candle” by Neil Young

Video of the Week: “Rock and Roll Woman”

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , on October 24, 2010 by 30daysout

A bit of history happened Saturday night in Mountain View, California, as the three surviving members of legendary rock band Buffalo Springfield reunited for the first time since 1968.  Playing to benefit the Bridge School for children with cerebral palsy, original Springfield members Stephen Stills, Richie Furay and Neil Young ran through a loose set of classics including “Mr. Soul,” “Rock and Roll Woman,” “On The Way Home” and of course, “For What It’s Worth.”

Catch more videos from the Buffalo Springfield reunion at


Film of the Week: “Le Noise,” Neil Young

Posted in News with tags , on October 2, 2010 by 30daysout

It’s been a harrowing week at work, and we apologize for not tending the blog recently.  We have some pretty decent stuff coming real soon (tomorrow), promise.  In the meantime, try this: Watch the premiere of Neil Young’s film Le Noise, featuring performances from his new album, of the same name.  You can’t beat noise!

Neil’s Garage – Neil Young official website

Video of the Week: “Walk With Me,” Neil Young

Posted in News with tags , on September 26, 2010 by 30daysout

Neil Young’s new album is Le Noise, out this Tuesday.  Young and producer Daniel Lanois recorded the album in a Los Angeles mansion earlier this year.  The songs and the recording process have some of Neil’s usual weirdness: He only recorded on nights when there was a full moon and brought out his big white electric Gretsch guitar, which was used to record some of his most famous records in the late ’60s and early ’70s.

Think Weld, and you pretty much have the approach you need for Le Noise.

Neil’s Garage – Neil Young official website

Stream the entire album courtesy of NPR