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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

Live: Austin City Limits Festival, Day Three Wrap-up

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , on October 11, 2010 by 30daysout


ACL 2010 - Best weather ever!


The Austin City Limits festival has now passed into history, with postcard-perfect weather for perhaps the first time in its nine-year history.  Our correspondent Lily Angelle had to attend class today, so she asked me to convey that the three-day festival was so worth it for unsurpassed performances by the Strokes, the Flaming Lips and the Black Keys, among others.


Wayne Coyne and the Bear


So the Lips captured many hearts with their Sunday show in the fading daylight – Wayne Coyne sang most of “Silver Trembling Hands” from the shoulders of some dude wearing a bear outfit (or a real bear wearing Wayne Coyne).  The Lips’ frontman also rolled into the audience inside his “space bubble” while the band swirled through one of the Flaming Lips’ psychedelic favorites.

Our reporter and her companion also caught some of the set by Texas favorite Robert Earl Keen, and managed to score an autograph from Norah Jones.  They also enjoyed the psychedelic indie-thump of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, whose set-closing “Home” detonated the most explosive response from the sun-saturated crowd.

The duo wanted to catch at least one iconic tune from Sunday’s headliners the Eagles, and they didn’t have to wait long: “Hotel California” was programmed as the third song in the set, and all but the die-hards headed for the exits.   Her last bit of info was not intended for general readership, but y’all may be interested: “early bird” tickets for the 2011 Austin City Limits festival go on sale in a couple weeks.

YouTube: “Hotel California” by the Eagles at ACL 2010

Video wrapups of each festival day at Austin City Limits festival website

Coverage on KUT-FM, Austin

Coverage on KGSR-FM, Austin

Get yer Free ACL related MP3s from

SPIN magazine’s 10 must-hear artists at the ACL festival

SPIN magazine’s free ACL mixtape (e-mail required)

ThinkIndie’s free 2010 ACL artist sampler (registration required)

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30 Days Out Exclusive Interview: Juliana Hatfield

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2009 by 30daysout


If you have read this blog for any amount of time, you know I have not hidden my affection for talented singer, songwriter and guitarist, Juliana Hatfield. Her album, Become What You Are, remains one of my favorites and, in my opinion, was one of the best albums of the 90s. She recently took part in the Bruce Springsteen’s “Hangin’ Out On E Street” project with an excellent cover of “Cover Me” and she also just put out a new CD, How To Walk Away. Juliana was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions for us about the past, the present and the state of the music industry.

30DAYSOUT: Tell me about how you first got interested in music and who were some of your earliest musical influences..

JH: I took piano lessons from my Mom, in our house, when I was a child. Both of my parents played piano and that was the first music I heard. Live piano music was always in the air. Later I was heavily influenced by 1970’s AM top 40 American radio: the Eagles, ELO, Steely Dan, the Carpenters, Olivia Newton-John, America, Bread, etc.

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Friday is Boss’ Day: The First Four Singles

Posted in Bruce Springsteen with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2009 by 30daysout


It’s quite unusual to release four singles more than a month before an album is released, but in this day and age of “no radio airplay,” Bruce Springsteen is evidently going to do whatever it takes to get his music to the masses.

A few days after NBC Sports played a lame clip of highlights over “Working On A Dream,” we were able to download it free (for a day) on iTunes.  I really like this tune.  While it doesn’t rock like anything on Magic, it has a great melody and uplifting message.  It reminds me of when he went from a rocking album (Born In the USA) to the acoustic/melody driven single “Brilliant Disguise” on his next studio album (Tunnel of Love).

Next up is “My Lucky Day,” which came a few days after Thanksgiving.  The song rocks like the newsmyluckyday stuff on Magic, has a great hook, but sounds more like it would have been the B-side of “Working” if 45s were still on the market, instead of the second single.

The third single is “The Wrestler.”  This one is clearly the best of the bunch.  The string instrumental at the beginning sets the mood for a dark ride.  It has the feel of “Dead Man Walking,” but it has a much better melody, better instrumentation and a much cooler ending.

The fourth single, “Life Itself,” sounds like it could have been on lifeitselfTunnel of Love.  It reminds me of a song you would listen to alone with the top down while traveling on the lonely roads of West Texas.  The guitar solo is also something you don’t normally hear on a Springsteen tune.

Any chance he’ll release the entire album before it’s supposed to come out?  We can only hope.

On another note:

Many Springsteen bloggers have been bitching about the upcoming greatest hits package being newsbsesbgh1available only at Wal-Mart.  Like I said earlier, with little or no radio airplay, Springsteen has to do whatever he can these days to sell CDs. Wal-Mart worked beautifully for the Eagles, Journey, and AC/DC, so why shouldn’t he follow their lead?  They’ll probably sell the disc for under $10 and thousands of people who had never heard his music before will pick up the disc after seeing him at halftime of the Super Bowl (Big Game, sorry).  From a marketing standpoint, it’s a genius move. How many times have you been in Wal-Mart and said “hey, I’ll pick that up for 10?”

I’ll bet Guns and Roses and The Police wish they had chosen Wal-Mart over Best Buy to sell their latest projects.

New Release Alert! – “Greatest Hits,” Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Posted in Bruce Springsteen with tags , , , , , on December 22, 2008 by 30daysout


Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are following The Eagles, Journey and AC/DC to Wal-Mart. A new “Greatest Hits” package hits store shelves on January 13. Check out the rest of the story from our friends at Backstreets Magazine.

Bruce Springsteen Official Website

Lost Classics! David Blue

Posted in Lost Classics!, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on June 15, 2008 by 30daysout

David Blue was part of the early 1960s Greenwich Village folk music scene that also gave fame to Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton, Eric Anderson and of course, Bob Dylan.  Blue originally moved to New York to become an actor, and he wound up making eight albums for Warner-Reprise and Elektra-Asylum between 1965 and 1976.

His sixth album Nice Baby and the Angel was released in 1973 and it is an all-star affair.  Produced by Graham Nash, the album features guitar work from Dave Mason (Traffic) and David Lindley (Jackson Browne), bass from Chris Ethridge (Flying Burrito Brothers) and drums by John Barbata (the Turtles, Jefferson Airplane).  Nash, Jennifer Warnes and Glenn Frey (the Eagles) lend backing vocals on a few songs.

Blue’s most famous song appears here: “Outlaw Man,” which was covered in 1973 by the Eagles for their dreary Desperado album.  Blue’s original is a faster, more rocking version, with slightly different lyrics and a tasty guitar lead from Dave Mason. 

David Blue never received the acclaim some of his colleagues did.  He died in 1982, while jogging through Washington Square Park in New York City.

MP3: “Outlaw Man”

MP3: “Darlin’ Jenny”

Who’s Crying Now? Journey, Eagles and Wal-Mart

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on June 10, 2008 by 30daysout


There really is nothing fancy about Wal-Mart. People don’t care what they look like when they go shopping there, prices are low, and if you can find a family of four with a full set of teeth at the store by my house, I’ll buy you lunch. But somehow, the nation’s No. 1 retailer has become the venue of choice for classic rockers to sell their product.

We here at 30 Days Out laughed when The Eagles (we mostly made fun of Don Henley who hates corporations who make money, except when it serves his interest) said they were only selling their first album in nearly 30 years, Long Road Out of Eden, exclusively at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club. Several million copies later, the joke is on us. Now Journey with new lead singer Arnel Pineda, and later this year, AC/DC will be hawking their stuff in the land of the dentally challenged.

Although we laughed, the business model is genius. Wal-Mart is hyping these releases like they are the Second Coming with big displays and videos playing all over the store. There is no way these guys (maybe the Eagles would) get this type of coverage if they were in every store. They would end up, as Billy Joel once said, “in the discount rack like another can of beans.” 

It’s nice to see the classic rockers getting over. A lot of these guys are still making great music, and most of them are never heard because radio refuses to play their new stuff and record companies fail to promote them properly. So bands like the Eagles and Journey decided to go where their demographic shops. Pure genius. As for Wal-Mart, it might single-handedly save the CD.  Don’t Stop Believin’.

 MP3: “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey (2008 version)

Stop the presses – album sales still slumping

Posted in News with tags , , , on April 3, 2008 by 30daysout

USA Today reports that album sales for 2008 are way down, but the slump doesn’t seem as bad as last year.  Record industry types are crossing their fingers in hope that sales have bottomed out, but others aren’t so sure. 

Each week, the No. 1 album sells fewer and fewer copies — the story says people are more interested in downloading individual songs.  Maybe it’s because CDs typically have one or two good songs and the rest suck.  So why not download only what you like?

Here’s a business model to emulate: The Eagles, with their Long Road Out of Eden CD, have sold something like 7 million copies since last October.  They put that thing out at Wal-Mart, and casual shoppers are still snapping it up.   Now I hate the Eagles and wouldn’t use their crummy album for a beer coaster, but you gotta admit they came up with a good way to move product.

USA Today: Album sales decline, but is the slump slowing?