Archive for Peter Gabriel

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

Friday is Boss’ Day: Little Steven and “Sun City”

Posted in Bruce Springsteen with tags , , , , on July 11, 2008 by 30daysout

Little Steven, left, discusses the “Sun City” video with director Jonathan Demme (check out Lou Reed, way in the background)

Steve Van Zandt officially left the E Street Band in 1984, and just about a year later he emerged with an angry all-star screed, “Sun City.”  The single and album was credited to Artists United Against Apartheid and the Sun City of the title was a popular resort in South Africa where many international artists performed since its opening in 1979.

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Review: “Big Blue Ball,” Peter Gabriel & Friends

Posted in Review with tags , , on June 17, 2008 by 30daysout


Big Blue Ball is a project dating back to the early 1990s, when Peter Gabriel had the idea to bring together artists from different genres and different parts of the world to create music.   So finally, after 15 years in production, Big Blue Ball emerges as a mix of pop and world music with a few African, Asian and Caribbean touches thrown in.  Too bad it’s not more interesting. Gabriel’s singular voice emerges on “Whole Thing” and the album kicks off with a reassuring reminder of the man’s immense talent.  But his supporting cast isn’t as good: Karl Wallinger (World Party, the Waterboys), songwriter Joseph Arthur and guitarist Vernon Reid (Living Colour) just don’t make a strong enough impression to match Gabriel.  “Exit Through You,” featuring Arthur with Gabriel and Wallinger, gives off a nice 1980s-style vibe and “Burn You Up, Burn You Down” recalls Gabriel’s hits from that era.  Late in the album, “Jijy” breaks out the hot dance groove and horns and lays them over an exotic vocal track by Arona N’Diaye.  It’s a nice shot of energy to an album that could use a few more of these.  Big Blue Ball has been long awaited by Gabriel fans so the question remains: why can’t we have a new Peter Gabriel album?  In the meantime, this small sample of the man’s music will have to do.

MP3: “Exit Through You”

MP3: “Burn You Up, Burn You Down”

MP3: “Whole Thing” (Original mix)

MP3: “Big Blue Ball” (instrumental) (Blogkeeper’s note: This was the track we posted a few months ago that Rykodisc erroneously labeled as “Burn You Up, Burn You Down” on a BBB sampler we obtained at SXSW 2008. It is not on the album.)

Big Blue Ball official website

Friday is Boss’ Day: Human Rights Now Tour, 1988

Posted in Bruce Springsteen with tags , , , on May 2, 2008 by 30daysout

Despite having a number one album with Tunnel of Love, the bloom was starting to come off of Bruce Springsteen’s rose in the summer of 1988. The album fell quickly from the top spot and yielded only one hit single “Brilliant Disguise.” The subsequent Tunnel of Love Express Tour left many fans scratching their heads because, at times, it seemed more theatrical than musical (Born to Run acoustic?). Then a picture of Bruce and backup singer Patti Scialfa (he was separated from wife Julianne Phillips) in their underwear on an Italian balcony hit the tabloids and his “good guy” image seemed to fly out the window as fast as his pants.

During the Tunnel tour, Springsteen announced he was joining forces with Amnesty International, and superstars Sting, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman and Youssou N’Dour on six-week world tour to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The tour was aimed at raising awareness of human rights abuses around the world. The Human Rights Now tour gave Springsteen the ability to play with other musicians, explore other types of music, and play to audiences in places like India and Africa for the first time.

Each show began with the ensemble belting out Bob Marley’s “Get Up Stand Up,” and ended with Bob Dylan’s “Chimes of Freedom.” Springsteen also provided vocals on The Police classic “Every Breath You Take,” and Sting returned the favor on “The River.” Maybe it was just me, but you got the feeling watching him interact with the other musicians that the E Street Band wasn’t long for his world.

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Sampling the SXSW Promo Platters

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , on April 14, 2008 by 30daysout

Gaslight Anthem, from New Jersey, under the tent

Going to SXSW in Austin is all about hearing new music, of course.  Certainly one doesn’t have to be an official attendee with a badge or even a wristband – in fact, I’ve had neither the past four years and managed to pack in a lot of music anyway.


One way to hear good stuff is by picking up one of the armloads of free CDs supplied by record labels and artists.  I’ve just managed to go through all of it from this year, and here is a small sampler of the best:


Big Blue Ball is a multi-artist project that began back in 1991.  Over the years, the project has been scrapped and readopted and finally late last year, the finishing touches were put on an album which is scheduled to be released this June.  Here you have “Whole Thing,” featuring artists such as Andy White and Karl Wallinger, and singing lead is Peter Gabriel, who is one of the spark plugs behind this project.   As a bonus, we’ve also enclosed “Burn You Up, Burn You Down,” a shifty instrumental.


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