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Gettin’ Ready for Thanksgiving

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2011 by 30daysout

Editor’s Note: In the interest of preserving the environment this holiday season, we are going to recycle and reuse some old blog posts. Oh, there may be a new one here and there but we want to reduce our footprint on the blogosphere (whatever that means). In other words, we’re just lazy. Don’t worry, we have made sure all our links are working for the most part.  So let the holiday season begin!

With Thanksgiving coming up and all, we are sure you have a lot of things to do and to think about.  Like: wouldn’t it be great if my turkey made the in-laws sick?  So sick they couldn’t come back for Christmas?  Or: Are the Houston Texans (substitute your team name here) going to win any more games?  And: Is somebody gonna give me that Beach Boys box set for Christmas (so I don’t have to drop 100+ bucks on it)?

Ah, we know you have a lot on your mind.  So don’t worry – you take care of the turkey, and we’ll supply the music.   Come back in the next week or so, because we have more Thanksgiving treats in store!

MP3: “Almost Thanksgiving Day” by Graham Parker

MP3: “Thanksgiving Day Parade” by Dan Bern

MP3: “Thanksgiving, Or Pass The Indian” by the Firesign Theatre

MP3: “Thanksgiving Theme” by Vince Guaraldi

MP3: “Roll Plymouth Rock” by Brian Wilson

MP3: “The Thanksgiving Song” by Adam Sandler

MP3: “Trouble For The Turkeys” by Lex & the Hood

MP3: “Turkey Killer” by Louisiana Red

MP3: “(I’m Gonna Eat) On Thanksgiving Day” by Laurie Berkner

MP3: “Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie” by Becky & the Ivanhoe Dutchmen

MP3: “Pass The Biscuits Please” by Andre Williams

MP3: “Lonely In Potatoland (Mashed Potatoes)” by Spirit

MP3: “I’m A Pilgrim” by the Soul Stirrers

MP3: “Thank You” by Led Zeppelin

MP3: “Thanksgiving” by Loudon Wainwright III

MP3: “Thanksgiving Day” by Brave Combo

MP3: “Thanksgiving Day” by Ray Davies

Bonus Video of the Week: Ray Davies

Posted in News with tags , , on June 29, 2010 by 30daysout

Former Kinks frontman Ray Davies played the Glastonbury festival in England a few days ago, and during his set he dedicated two songs to Pete Quaife, the original Kinks bassist and band co-founder who died June 23.  He played “Waterloo Sunset” and (at about the 3:45 mark) Davies is visibly moved when he goes into “Days.”  It’s a powerful performance from a legendary artist.

Ray Davies official website

SXSW Interview: The 88

Posted in SXSW with tags , , , , , , , on March 14, 2010 by 30daysout

No rock band around exemplifies the marriage of old and new like The 88, a foursome from Los Angeles. Vocalist/guitarist Keith Slettedahl, keyboardist Adam Merrin, bassist Todd O’Keefe and drummer Anthony Zimmitti formed the unit in 2002 and they play catchy power pop that reminds one of the heyday of the British Invasion.

But they’re completely 21st century – The 88 have used the internet to market their three indie releases and their sole major-label album Not Only … But Also. And they’ve gotten their music where people can hear it, which is on TV and in the movies. Their songs have appeared on “The OC,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Laguna Beach,” “Gossip Girl,” “Weeds” and “One Tree Hill” among others.

The 88 also wrote and recorded the theme song for NBC-TV’s comedy series “Community.”   Their song “Coming Home” has been used for national TV spots by Sears and Target, and their music has appeared in movies like Failure To Launch , You, Me and Dupree and Ira and Abby.

Currently they’re touring behind rock legend Ray Davies of the Kinks, and the 88 (with Davies) will perform at a SXSW showcase on Thursday at La Zona Rosa.  Davies usually does an acoustic set then The 88 joins him to perform Kinks classics.  We caught up with Adam Merrin:

30 Days Out: You guys seem to be one of the hardest-working bands around … can you tell me a little about how you got noticed, and what were the biggest obstacles you faced in getting started?

Adam Merrin: When The 88 first started playing live, we booked as many shows as we could around the Los Angeles area. We put up fliers and posters at all the local coffee shops, record stores and restaurants. One thing that worked extremely well for us was making CD samplers that we would hand out at local shows. We would also include fliers for our next show inside the CDs which definitely helped bring people out to see us play. We made thousands of those, and they were a lot more fun to give to people than fliers that would get thrown on the ground.

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Party Hard! Time for SXSW

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2010 by 30daysout

Andrew WK is going to be all over Austin this week

A few years ago, I made the mistake of taking my wife and kids to a free “side party” at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin.   It was a band from Canada, Priestess … and as they came on stage, before anyone strapped on an instrument, even before the introduction, one of the band members said, “We are going to fuck you!”  At that moment, my wife and daughter decided to wait in the car.

So here we are again, at the beginning of another big SXSW week in Texas, with an estimated 3,000 (lowball estimate) music acts set to perform, the city of Austin is beckoning.  When you get close enough, when you can smell the barbecue and almost taste the beer, the city leans in and whispers in your ear: “We are going to fuck you.”

Ho ho.  So we are going to jump right in.  We hope to see those crazy British rock-and-rollers the Jim Jones Revue, and we would kind of like to see Japandroids, Surfer Blood, The xx, Oh No Ono, Fucked Up, Dr. Dog or any of the other “buzz” bands appearing but realistically we may wind up seeing only one from the list above.  When I mean “we,” I mean my 15-year-old son and myself, plus my college-freshman daughter and her boyfriend.   That will tend to limit the field substantially.

Well, Andrew WK is playing about seven different venues during SXSW,

Court Yard Hounds

including a (scheduled) 3 a.m . show Saturday morning at the South by South Mess festival.  We’re gonna be there for that.  Jakob Dylan, with Neko Case and Kelly Hogan singing backup, will play a few spots including Rachael Ray’s big party at Stubb’s.  Pop folkie darlings She & Him, Justin Townes Earle and Bob Schneider are also on that bill – along with Andrew WK.  We’ll try and hit that one too.  Some other big names – like the Court Yard Hounds (two-thirds of the Dixie Chicks), Alejandro Escovedo, Ray Davies, Harper Simon (son of Paul) and Muse – are gonna play too. We have no chance in hell of seeing any of those (except for Escovedo, who will bring his Orchestra to play a big free South by San Jose show Friday night).  There’s a big outdoor gathering, the Mess with Texas party, and Saturday’s lineup includes over-the-top cartoon rockers Gwar, Crystal Antlers, Japandroids and our partyin’ buddy Andrew WK.  Yeah!

Tell you what – we’re gonna hit some of those, take a few photos and maybe some video and get back to you Saturday and Sunday.  If you’re coming down, go here or here or here to get a lineup of all the free stuff.  If not, check out our SXSW preview:

MP3: “Basic Space” by The xx

MP3: “Swim (To Reach The End)” by Surfer Blood

MP3: “No Epiphany” by Fucked Up

MP3: “Delight” by Court Yard Hounds

MP3: “Shooting Star” by Harper Simon

MP3: “In The Sun” by She & Him

MP3: “Nothing But The Whole Wide World” by Jakob Dylan w/Neko Case & Kelly Hogan

MP3: “Art Czars” by Japandroids

MP3: “Ladykiller” by Priestess

MP3: “Rock and Roll Psychosis” by the Jim Jones Revue

MP3: “Party (You Shout)” by Andrew WK

Official SXSW website

30 Days Out’s SXSW survival guide

Song of the Week: “You Really Got Me,” Ray Davies

Posted in News with tags , on November 23, 2009 by 30daysout

Ray Davies performed “You Really Got Me” on the Late Show with David Letterman on Nov. 18, backed by a full choir.  You can hear the studio version of this on The Kinks Choral Collection.  This is easily one of the best albums of the year.  And check out the drummer on this clip!

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Ray Davies official website

Review: New Stuff … Just In Time for Holiday Shopping!

Posted in Review with tags , , , , on November 20, 2009 by 30daysout

Guess this is the sort of stuff you will find under the tree this Christmas – if you have been bad.  I’d rather have a gift card, you know?  Anyway – here are some new efforts from Big Superstars who are still trying to get your hard-earned money this holiday season, although you need it way more than they do.

Norah Jones has sold a zillion albums but she has really put out only four, and The Fall is certainly her liveliest album to date.  She’s kinda wanting to put that “chick with the smoky voice sitting at the piano plunking out ballads” thing behind her but on The Fall she only halfway manages that.  This stuff doesn’t rock, not by a long shot, but “Stuck” starts out with a guitar plucked from Neil Young (or John Lennon) and finds Norah kinda cranky about breaking up with her boyfriend (she really did, with songwriting collaborator and bass player Lee Alexander – make that former collaborator and bass player).  “You Ruined Me” has a nice little country skip, and “Man Of The Hour” closes everything out with Norah’s best vocal yet.  Nice, especially if you’re a fan, but nothing really revolutionary.

MP3: “Stuck” by Norah Jones

When I saw the cover of John Mayer‘s Battle Studies I thought for moment he was a young Morrissey.   And that’s who he kinda sounds like here: the fadeup into the first song “Heartbreak Warfare” lets you know you’re in for tough sledding through 11 slabs of Mayer-iffic mood mud.   It’s all pretty much like the John Mayer boilerplate stuff we’ve heard before, with maybe a few more Dave Matthews rips tossed in.  Mayer even tries a cover of “Crossroads” (using the Cream model) but that’s pretty namby-pamby too – if this guy would just cut loose on guitar he might be pretty great.  The obligatory big single, “Half Of My Heart,” a duet with flavor-of-the-month Taylor Swift, is OK but instantly forgettable and “War Of My Life” sounds like it was recorded right after John listened to a U2 album.

MP3: “Half Of My Heart” by John Mayer w/Taylor Swift

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