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Checkin’ In For Christmas

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

Seems almost impossible that it’s already the Christmas season … I could’a sworn July was last week or something. You know time flies when you’re having fun, or not. And so this is Christmas.

This season, we’re gonna do the usual things we do – post blogs with a ton of Christmas music, review the best and worst of 2011 and generally bitch about the state of the world in which we’re livin.’ That’s how we roll, and we certainly appreciate you taking a little time to come and visit while we do that.

As I write this the windows are open and all down my street the neighbors are installing their blinking Christmas lights, their oversized inflatable Santa lawn snow globes and elaborate wrappings around the trees. Most annoying, just across the street somebody has plinky holiday music playing from some contraption in their front yard. Greeeeeaaaaaaaat.

And I went to the grocery store to buy some milk and beer for the weekend, then I stood in line for a while behind people purchasing giant TVs and strange electronic consoles (at the grocery store!). Don’t get me wrong – we certainly participated in Black Friday but we didn’t pepper spray anyone (although my wife made me wish I had some handy). Later on comes the hassle of erecting a tree, and negotiating which visits we must make to family members who wouldn’t care drive out to see us at any time of the year.

But each year we all manage to dig out at least a little bit of the true meaning of Christmas. We all manage to spend a small amount of time with the people we love or care about, and we show a little shred of love by sharing some of ourselves at a truly magical time of year. Or I hope we do – like I hope you do as well. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! So let the season begin …

MP3: “Merry Flippin’ Christmas” by Bowling For Soup

MP3: “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” by She & Him

MP3: “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Scott Weiland

MP3: “White Christmas” by Lady Gaga

MP3: “Merry Christmas (I Love You)” by Hawksley Workman

MP3: “Frosty The Snowman” by Steve “Lips” Kudlow, Bumblefoot, Chris Chaney & Kenny Aronoff

MP3: “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” by Bob Dylan

MP3: “Jingle Bell Rock” by Arcade Fire

MP3: “Rockin’ Winter Wonderland” by the Fabulous Thunderbirds

MP3: “Run Rudolph Run” by Keith Richards

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

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SXSW: Music’s March Madness

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on February 28, 2010 by 30daysout

Trombonist on the roof, SXSW 2007

In just a few weeks central Texas will once again become the hipster capital of the world, attracting thousands of music fans, old guys, posers and wannabes for the big bacchanal called South by Southwest.  Officially SXSW is a conference for people in the music bidness with a bunch of “official” events supposedly showcasing new and emerging talent for record label types, radio station types, music writer types and so on.

But let’s face it – the week that usually coincides with Spring Break in Austin, Texas, is about the stuff that goes on beyond the “official” confines of SXSW.  I believe this festival stopped being about showcasing emerging new talent a few years ago, now it’s a massive tourist draw for the city of Austin.  Don’t get me wrong – the event does manage to preview some breaking new talent but more and more that task falls to the unofficial shows, which have exploded to eclipse the main event.

Allen Oldies Band take to South Congress, 2006

Let me try to explain – officially SXSW sponsors conferences and “showcases,” short (around 30-40 minutes apiece) sets in a number of venues around town where acts can play.  (In addition to the music festival, there is also an interactive event and a film festival, but we’re not talking about that here.)  There is usually a mix of new stuff, established artists with a new album coming out and big names who just want to drop in and  share the vibe.  This year, about 2,000 musical acts will play in 80 spots around Austin.

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Notes from SXSW 2008, Part 2

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 24, 2008 by 30daysout

A hot parking lot was an unlikely venue at SXSW for She & Him, the folk-pop duo of M Ward and indie-movie queen Zooey Deschanel.  Kind of strange to see so many moms (with kids in tow) right off Austin’s crazy Sixth Street, but She & Him have a solid buzz that’s aimed right at that audience.  And with a full band, they sounded just fine – Zooey’s songs are pretty, straightforward 70s folk and they go down easy with her smoky voice poured on top.  You can hear their three-song set at Minnesota Public Radio’s live broadcast site at The Current

MP3: You Really Got A Hold On Me 

She & Him at Merge Records