Archive for New Year’s Eve

Happy New Year Again – Live with the Grateful Dead

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

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We started a tradition of sorts last year when we offered some live Doors music for a New Year’s Eve party. Let’s keep it going: this year, we can all dig the Grateful Dead.

When the Grateful Dead were walking the earth, it was a tradition too that they played New Year’s Eve some place, usually some place in California. They shut down the Winterland Arena in San Francisco in 1978, playing the venerable venue’s last show ever (with the Blues Brothers).

The Grateful Dead’s legendary live shows, with large chunks of improvised performance, are noteworthy for their sheer passion and depth of virtuosity, if not also for their length. When you hear today about some guy or some band playing a three or four-hour show,  just know that long51lruRJsA8L._SL500_AA300_ ago The Grateful Dead did it first.

The band wrote a lot of its own music and many of those songs – including “Sugar Magnolia,” “Estimated Prophet” and “Fire On The Mountain” – are classics. But they knew how to play those cover versions too.

Many people are not fans of The Grateful Dead, that’s for sure. But for every one of those there has to be at least four or five devoted fans – surely the Dead have one of the largest and most loyal fan bases in all of rock and roll.

This is a pretty decent audience recording, from Dec. 31, 1980, at Oakland Coliseum. What you have here is only a part of the show – the last part – and if you want the whole concert you can go here and download it. Thanks to the Internet Archive for the loan of the downloads.

MP3: “China Cat Sunflower”

MP3:  Countdown to Midnight

MP3: “Sugar Magnolia”

MP3: “Scarlet Begonias”

MP3: “Fire On The Mountain”

MP3: “Estimated Prophet”

MP3: “The Other One”

MP3: “Wharf Rat”

MP3: “Around and Around”

MP3: “Sunshine Daydream”

MP3: “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”

MP3: “Brokedown Palace”

Happy New Year!

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , , , , on December 28, 2012 by 30daysout

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Here’s hoping you had a fine 2012 … and that you will experience a great 2013. See you in the new year.

Here’s a little New Year’s Eve playlist, complete with a few apocalyptic “over the cliff” tunes tossed in.

MP3: “Happy New Year Baby” by Johnny Otis & His Orchestra

MP3: “New Year’s Eve” by Tom Waits

MP3: “Happy New Year” by ABBA

MP3: “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve” by The Head and the Heart

MP3: “New Year’s Resolution” by Otis Redding & Carla Thomas

MP3: “Don’t Drink and Drive, Duh”  Public Service Announcement by Pee Wee Herman

MP3: “Queer For The New Year” by Blowfly (NSFW)

MP3: “Happy New Year” by Lightnin’ Hopkins

MP3: “Funky New Year” by the Eagles

MP3: “Auld Lang Syne” by Rod Stewart

YouTube: New Year’s Eve Countdown/”Sugar Magnolia” by the Grateful Dead, 1980

MP3: “Life During Wartime” (live) by Talking Heads

MP3: “Soylent Green” by Carbon/Silicon

MP3: “Dancing With Myself” by Billy Idol

MP3: “Party At Ground Zero” by Fishbone

Here We Are Again: Happy New Year!

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 27, 2011 by 30daysout

Here’s hoping you had a fine 2011 … and that you will experience a great 2012. See you in the new year.

MP3: “Happy New Year Baby” by Johnny Otis & His Orchestra

MP3: “Merry Christmas, Happy New Year” by Lee “Scratch” Perry & Sandra Robinson

MP3: “New Year’s Resolution” by Otis Redding & Carla Thomas

MP3: “Queer For The New Year” by Blowfly (Not Safe For Work!)

MP3: “New Year’s Resolution” by Donovan

MP3: “Funky New Year” by the Eagles

MP3: “Corrido de Auld Lang Syne” by Little Bobby Rey & Band

MP3: “Sing The Changes” (live) by Paul McCartney

MP3: “The Great Hank” (live) by Robert Earl Keen

MP3: “Party At Ground Zero” by Fishbone

MP3: “My New Year’s Wish For You” by Franklin MacCormack

MP3: “Happy New Year” by ABBA

MP3: “Happy New Year Blues” by Mary Harris

MP3: “Happy New Year” by Lightnin’ Hopkins

MP3: “The End’s Not Near” by Band of Horses

MP3: “Happy New Year” by the Twins

MP3: “Auld Lang Syne” by Chris Isaak

MP3: “New Year”s Eve” by Tom Waits

YouTube: “New Year’s Day” by U2

Ring in the New Year with Coldplay

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

A special episode of the venerable “Austin City Limits” TV series airs Saturday night, featuring Coldplay in a 90-minute program that spotlights a wide selection of the band’s music (including songs from their most recent album Mylo Xyloto) and a countdown to midnight. The episode airs on PBS, Saturday at 11 p.m. EST/PT. Check your local listings.

“Austin City Limits” official website

Coldplay takes the stage at "Austin City Limits" on Dec. 31. (Courtesy of Scott Newton for KLRU)