Entries tagged with: Grateful Dead
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Wilco w/ Tommy Stinson // Wilco w/ Yo La Tengo
Wilco have been pretty busy this year. After playing Bonnaroo on June 14, they made their way to North Adams, MA this past weekend (6/21-23) for their own Solid Sound Festival. Wilco themselves performed day 1 and day 2, and we caught them the first day when they did an all-covers set (except for "Kingpin") with a number of special guests.
Yo La Tengo joined them on a cover of YLT's "Tom Courtenay" and during the encore for The Modern Lovers' "Roadrunner." Replacements/Guns N Roses bassist Tommy Stinson joined them on a cover of The Replacements' "Color Me Impressed." And Brooklyn indie pop band Lucius appeared for covers of of The Kinks' "Waterloo Sunset," Abba's "Waterloo," (there's a transition) and The Band's "The Weight." They also did a couple Big Star covers, Pavement's "Cut Your Hair," Grateful Dead's "Ripple," Velvet Underground's "Who Loves the Sun," Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl," Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," and many more. Pictures from the show are in this post. The full setlist and some videos are below, and you can also download audio of the entire set at NYC Taper.
Wilco have no plans to slow down this summer. They're about to kick off a tour with Bob Dylan (who they also covered at Solid Sound), which comes to the NYC-area for four shows in July. Most of the tour (and three of those NYC-area dates) are with My Morning Jacket, except the Jones Beach (7/27) show, which is with Beck (who also plays Prospect Park in August).
On day 1 of Solid Sound, we also caught a set from the reunited legendary gospel funk group The Relatives. Pictures of their set, more of Wilco's, and the Wilco setlist/videos, below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers kicked off their 5-night run at the Beacon Theatre last Monday. They wrapped up on Sunday (5/26). We posted pictures and the setlist of night 1, and pictures of night 2 (5/21) are in this post along with setlists from every night
The setlists have been similar each night, with all five shows kicking off with a cover of The Byrds' "So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star" and including many of Petty's big hits like "Refugee," "Runnin' Down a Dream," "American Girl," and so on. He's also been doing a few other covers each night, including the Grateful Dead's "Friend of the Devil," which you can watch a video of below.
The full setlists for nights 2 through 5, along with more pictures and videos of night 2, below...
Akron/Family at LPR in 2010 (more by Anna Scialli)
Freaky folkies Akron/Family released Akron/Family II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT in 2011, and they've announced that they're planning on releasing a followup in 2013. To help fund the new record, the band meanwhile released a limited edition (1,000 pressings) live double CD which comprises a recording from their show at the Drunken Unicorn in Atlanta from January 2012 and some experimental pieces recorded in El Paso later in the year. You can purchase that CD at the Akron/Family webstore for $20. Each copy was handmade and hand-stamped by the band.
We also spoke to Akron/Family member Miles Seaton about his top albums of 2012. Miles recently moved from NYC to LA, had to get a car, and ended up getting one with a cassette player. So rather than listing his top 10 albums that were released in 2012, he listed the top 10 cassettes he acquired this year to play in his car stereo. His full list with some commentary is below.
Jerry Garcia, who died in 1995, would have been 70 years old today (8/1) and, as you might imagine, there are some celebrations happening all over the country. Probably the world.
Here in NYC, you can head to Beekman Beer Garden tonight (8/1) to catch 7 Walkers (featuring Bill Kreutzmann of the Grateful Dead, George Porter, Jr. of the Meters, Papa Mali and Matt Hubbard) and Dead satellite musician Steve Kimock with Bernie Worrell, Andy Hess & John Morgan Kimock, and Yarn. Tickets for that show are still available.
Perhaps more interesting to regular readers of this site is a concert happening on Friday (8/3) that will be broadcast on the internet from Bob Weir's TRI Studios. Dubbed "Move Me Brightly: Celebrating Jerry Garcia's 70th Birthday," the tribute features Cass McCombs; Craig Finn and Tad Kubler of The Hold Steady; Chris Tomson of Vampire Weekend; former Grateful Dead/Jerry Garcia Band vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux; Jim Lauderdale; and Sam Cohen and Josh Kaufman of Yellowbirds , plus more usual suspects like Mike Gordon (Phish); Joe Russo (Furthur); Neal Casal (Chris Robinson Brotherhood/Ryan Adams & The Cardinals); Jeff Chimenti (Furthur); Jonathan Wilson; and Harper Sim. Amiable actor Luke Wilson will emcee the show and Bob Weir will be there too.
The tribute concert starts at 6:30 PM on Friday (8/3) and can be streamed via TRI Studios website or Yahoo Music. Bob Weir talks a little (very little) about the tribute in a video which you can watch below.
In other Dead news, on September 1 the band will release Spring 1990, an 18-CD box set featuring six complete shows from the tour of the set's title. If you don't want to plunk down $200 for that, Rhino will release a double-CD compilation culled from those recordings. You can watch a video of Bob Weir talking about that time period in the band's career below as well.
Trey Anastasio is quietly working on a new solo album with help from a formidable cast of indie rockers, SPIN has learned.In related news, FURTHUR (featuring Phil Lesh & Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead) have started to announce a spring tour that includes EIGHT shows at Beacon Theater where The National play their first of six tonight (12/12). Tickets go on Internet Presale today at noon. Public Ticketmaster sale begins Friday. All Furthur tour dates and the poster, below...
Since winding up his fall tour, the Phish guitarist has been making a daily commute from his New York City home to Bridgeport, Connecticut's Tarquin Studios, recording with his band and members of the National and Mates of State for the last month. Peter Katis, who owns the suburban studio and has produced a string of indie rock albums there (Interpol's Turn on the Bright Lights and Antics, The National's Boxer, Mates of State's Rearrange Us), is co-producing the album with Anastasio.
A rep for Anastasio didn't return a request for comment, but early reports out of the studio say the sound is a mix between Anastasio's eclectic, Afro-tinged rock and the kind of experimental indie pop produced by the Philistines Jr., Katis' own recently reformed band. Before entering the studio, Katis told Sonic Scoop that Anastasio "wants to do something totally out of left-field."
Anastasio and Co. are working on about 15 new songs, with recording expected to wrap up in January. They'll take a weeklong break later this month, when Phish hold court for four sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden, including their traditional three-set performance on New Year's Eve.
"Owsley "Bear" Stanley, a 1960s counterculture figure who flooded the flower power scene with LSD and was an early benefactor of the Grateful Dead, died in a car crash in his adopted home country of Australia on Sunday, his family said. He was believed to be 76.Augustus Owsley Stanley III, was also the Grateful Dead's sound engineer for many years.
The renegade grandson of a former governor of Kentucky, Stanley helped lay the foundation for the psychedelic era by producing more than a million doses of LSD at his labs in San Francisco's Bay Area.
"He made acid so pure and wonderful that people like Jimi Hendrix wrote hit songs about it and others named their band in its honor," former rock 'n' roll tour manager Sam Cutler wrote in his 2008 memoirs "You Can't Always Get What You Want."" [National Post]
"Stanley designed some of the first high-fidelity sound systems for rock music, culminating in the massive "Wall of Sound" electrical amplification system used by the Grateful Dead in their live shows, at the time a highly innovative feat of engineering, and was involved with the founding of high-end musical instrument maker Alembic Inc and the pre-eminent concert sound equipment manufacturer Meyer Sound." [Wiki]R.I.P. Bear.
Festival 8 (more pictures by Fresh Bread)
Dead heads and pot heads take note. While the straight economy goes up in smoke with double digit unemployment, job prospects for hippies are booming -- and not just for boomers.Tickets are on sale for the Pentagram show at BB King's in January.
At the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC) they're looking to hire an official Grateful Dead archivist.
And in Denver, where Colorado's medical marijuana industry is legally flourishing, there are these two recent job postings:
The alternative newspaper Westword is advertising for a pot reviewer, asking for a short essay from applicants on "What Marijuana Means to Me".
Similarly, a new biotech company, Full Spectrum Laboratories, needs scientists to test the potency of cannabis samples and salesmen to market their quality-control [ABC News]
Screaming Females are playing the Bell House on November 25th with the So So Glos. Tickets are on sale.
ATP NY 2010 is now on sale.
Magnetic Fields and other tickets went on sale yesterday.
Eli Paperboy Reed plays Brooklyn Bowl tonight (11/21)
Negative Approach is at Southpaw this afternoon.
Yo Gabba Gabba perform their first of THREE SHOWS TODAY at Beacon Theater this morning! if you go, report back with what special guests they bring out (if any).
A lightsaber battle in Washington Square Park yesterday (NYCmiri)
The (Grateful) Dead played MSG yesterday (kgandarillas)
tonight in NYC
* Tribeca Film Festival
* The Dead @ XL Center (CT)
* WBAR-B-Q @ Barnard College
* Terry Riley & Gyan Riley @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Crystal Stilts, Mahogany, Motel Motel @ Maxwell's
* Midnight Magic, Nomi (DJ), Justin Chearno @ Glasslands
* Spectrum, Psychic Ills, Cheval Sombre @ Mercury Lounge
* The Austerity Program, Wetnurse, Tournament @ Union Pool
* Crime in Stereo, Bane, Have Heart, Capital, The Agent, Backtrack @ Europa
* Alkaline Trio, Saves The Day, Death In The Park @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Valient Thorr, The Golden Error, J. Roddy & The Business, Ex-Humans @ Trash Bar
* Chain and the Gang, The Hive Dwellers, Mahjongg, Noah Britton @ Market Hotel
* Craig G, John Robinson (Scienz of Life), DJ DP1, Afrika Bambaataa & Lord Finesse @ Southpaw
"Thousands gathered under blue skies Saturday to hear the music of neo-soul artist Erykah Badu, who took the stage at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival burning a stick of incense and wearing a lavender kimono." [AP]
"The worst book about pop music I have ever read" [By Jeff Salamon]
Gang Gang Dance are playing the WBAR BBQ.
Chain and the Gang are at Market Hotel tonight. They played 92YTribeca the other day. Videos below...
Video of Thurston Moore / Okkyung Lee / Ikue Mori Trio performing live at Sessions at Santa's, also below...
"The pivotal scene in Dumbo (1941), for instance, is the transformation of consciousness and augmentation of capacity -- in this case, the big-eared elephant's motor skills -- via a hallucinatory delirium brought on when the dejected pachyderm drinks a barrel full of water into which, unbeknownst to him, a bottle of spirits had been accidentally spilled. To the foreboding lyrics and serpentine melody of "Pink Elephants on Parade," Dumbo begins seeing things "you know that ain't" (a succession of fractals and geometrical patterns, forms morphing into new ones, and scenes of Oriental mystery and erotica), then passes into oblivion, from which he wakes up in the highest branches of a tree. Thus Dumbo earns his wings not through an act of obeisance to the Ten Commandments but in the throes of a psychotropic-induced visionary state." [psychadelicAdventures.com]Grand Central Station in NYC is celebrating Earth Day today (4/24) and Saturday. There's food, face painting, yoga, recycling, live music and much more. Dar Williams will be there today at 5:45. Full schedule below.
Strangely, today's Grand Central schedule also includes a "BREAK" due to "Noise Ordinance" today from 2-5pm. This is fueling rumors that The Dead, who are in town (again) to play Nassau Coliseum tonight (4/24) and MSG tomorrow (4/25) will show up for a secret show (again). It's probably not true, but if you have nothing better to do and want to head over there based on that, at least there are plenty of other eco-friendly diversions to keep you busy.
The Dead played Letterman last night. Video of that, and full Grand Central music schedule below...
words, by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Fresh Bread
[The Dead's] three performances explored the various sides of the group's persona: the Angel Orensanz Society gig stripped the group down to the trio Lesh, Weir and Haynes and focused on some of Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia's most beloved songs. Fans could both feel the group's fraternal nature and its frailties (the room was so small that when a fan screamed "we miss Jerry" Lesh shot back with "and you think we don't?").As reported, the Dead played three free, ticketed shows on Monday, March 30th at three different NYC venues after starting the day by performing on The View.
The band's slightly larger show at the
BlenderTheatre showcased what happens to that chemistry when keyboards and drums are added to those skeletal song structures. In many ways, the middle gig felt the most like Weir's longtime band RatDog -- the most solidified off all The Dead's current side-projects. The 65-mintue show opened with an extended jam that segued into a continuous set of music hinged on "Playin' In The Band," "Good Lovin,'" " The Wheel," "Franklin's Tower" and the encore of "Touch of Grey." "The Wheel," in particular, symbolized the evening's theme as Weir, Lesh and Haynes sang the line "bound to cover just a little more ground" to a room of people scurrying across town to make it to all three performances.
While the night's two preceding performances were limited to a shade over an hour, the group's Roseland gig clocked in at over 100 minutes and had the feel of one of the group's trademark, exploratory second sets. Like both of The Dead's earlier performances, venue staff also let in ticketless fans as the show drew near. [Jambands.com]
The Dead tour this spring with 4 NYC-area shows, visiting Nassau Coliseum, Madison Square Garden and the IZOD Center. The tour will be their first in five years, and includes a July 4th Rothbury, MI Rothbury Music Festival
Pictures from the band's Gramercy show, with all three set lists, below...
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The Dead today confirmed they'll perform three shows on Mon., March 30 in NYC at 3 different venues: an acoustic set (Bob Weir/Phil Lesh/Warren Haynes) at Angel Orensanz (showtime 5pm), an electric full-band (incl. Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Jeff Chimenti) set at The Gramercy Theatre (showtime 8pm) and the electric finale at Roseland (showtime 11pm).
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As their first tour in five years gets set to launch April 12 in North Carolina, the DEAD have confirmed an appearance Thursday, April 23 on "Late Show with David Letterman" when the tour makes its way through New York City with a sold-out April 25 Madison Square Garden performance.More intesting is that rumors are spreading fast that The Dead will be playing a series of free, but ticketed secret shows in NYC this week. Someone just commented, "The Dead Play 3 free shows NYC, Monday 3-30, Arm bands available by texting dead to 50505." The Dead's official MySpace blog confirms that the 50505 thing is at least associated with them, and by the time that comment was made I had already heard that something similar might be happening. All tour dates below...
Prior to the tour, on Monday, March 30, founding group members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh-along with touring guitarist Warren Haynes-will be interviewed on "The View" and perform acoustically.
The group's founding members--guitarist Weir, bassist Lesh and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann--reunited late last year at a Barack Obama fundraiser and are touring this Spring, with guitarist Haynes and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti.
In other tour news, the DEAD have confirmed a partnership with www.charityfolks.com, whereby a limited number of excellent tickets are being auctioned off with net proceeds benefiting DEAD-related charities. Beyond good seats for good causes, fans will also have the chance to bid on rare, signed memorabilia from the group's personal archives, including limited-edition show posters. To avert scalping, all auction winners will have to pick up their tickets in-person on the day of the concert.
The name Rothbury confuses me. I immediately think it's a European festival, but in fact, the jam-band heavy music festival that premiered in 2008 takes place in Rothbury, Michigan. This year's lineup was just announced...
The Dead (their ONLY summer appearance!), Bob Dylan, The String Cheese Incident, Willie Nelson & Family, and The Black Crowes will top the bill of over 60 diverse and stellar artists at the second annual ROTHBURY Festival at the Double JJ Ranch in Michigan on July 2-3-4-5, 2009.Full lineup below...
Also on the bill are Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley & Nas, STS9 (2 shows: full band/Live PA Set), G. Love & Special Sauce, Gov't Mule, Broken Social Scene, Cold War Kids, Matisyahu, Guster, Les Claypool, Chromeo, Girl Talk, The Hold Steady, Ani DiFranco and many others.
I don't think an official statement has been released, but there were massive (relatively speaking) layoffs at Zenbu Media, home of the jamband-friendly music magazine Relix and, Metal Maniacs and Metal Edge (the magazine titles speak for themselves). Rumors are flying...
An anonymous source has confirmed to MetalSucks that legendary magazines Metal Maniacs and Metal Edge -- both published by Zenbu Media -- have closed their doors for good. At this time we can't report whether either magazine will print any final issues or whether Zenbu itself is in trouble, but we can confirm that the end is nigh for these once mighty metal publications. [Metal Sucks]And...
Just as The Dead are set to reform and head on the road, the one-time Grateful Dead fanzine [Relix] has officially gone the way of its somewhat peers No Depression and Harp... [Stark Magazine]The current issue of Relix, slightly modified, is pictured above.
ALMOST INSTANT UPDATE: Idolator says that, "contrary to earlier reports claiming its imminent closure, Relix editor-in-chief Josh Baron has said that his magazine is going to continue publishing."
UPDATE 2: sources close to the magazine say that, though they are publishing one more issue of Relix, there is a good chance it will be their last.
Owsley Stanley (born Augustus Owsley Stanley III, January 19, 1935) also known as The Bear, was an underground LSD chemist, the first to produce large quantities of pure LSD.The Dead are playing some shows in April and May. That includes Nassau Coliseum and Madison Square Garden. Tickets go on sale at 10AM.
His total production is estimated at around half a kilogram of LSD, or roughly 5 million 100-microgram "trips" of normal potency, although accounts vary widely. The widespread and low-cost (often given away free) availability of Stanley's high-quality LSD in the San Francisco area in the mid-1960s may have been crucial for the emergence of the hippie movement during the Summer of Love in the Haight-Ashbury area, which one historian of that movement, Charles Perry, has described as "one big LSD party." Stanley was also an accomplished sound engineer, and the longtime soundman for seminal psychedelic rock band the Grateful Dead; the band's well-known "dancing bear" icon derives from his nickname. [Wikipedia]
Jerry Garcia RIP. Official Dead news below...
people @ the 2008 Rothbury Festival in Michigan (cred)
Yoga @ the 2008 Rothbury Festival in Michigan (cred)
ROTHBURY -- A man and a woman who attended the Rothbury Music Festival in Oceana County over the weekend died from separate medical issues Sunday.It is not clear whether the deaths happened before, during, or after the mini Phish reunion (no disrespect to the dead) (no pun intended).
A 33-year-old woman from New York and a 28-year-old man from Ohio suffered medical emergencies hours apart at the Rothbury festival Sunday and later died at Lakeshore Hospital in Shelby, Michigan State Police Lt. Dave Roesler said Tuesday.
The two deaths were separate incidents. Roesler said there is no reason to suspect foul play or anything unusual about the deaths. However, authorities are waiting for toxicology reports from the autopsies, which should be available in about four weeks.
Festival organizers said the woman was accompanied by a service animal and had a previous medical condition. [freep]
...if she (Carrie Brownstein) wants permission to stream their track on her blog.....
An interesting tidbit: This mix was supposed to have the Grateful Dead on it, whose music I really love, but they refused unless we promised to do a piece on them on All Things Considered. In addition, we would need to run a feature on The Dead on the site. Here's a sentence I've never written: Someone needs to take a bong hit and chill out. Just a simple "no thanks" would have sufficed. Are The Dead really in need of publicity? Because I swear there's a dancing bear sticker on every third car I see in Portland. And now I've written a paragraph on them anyway, for free, not even in exchange for a song. Doesn't that count?!
Here's another set of tour dates I've been meaning to post, though I mean I kind of like the retro sounds of David Vandervelde, but Blitzen Trapper I don't get at all. Anyone familiar with the Grateful Dead will find the music streaming on their MySpace instantly recognizable. I even tried to listen to the album a few times - it just doesn't do it for me. I can't say the same for Pitchfork though. Tickets are on sale for a show at Mercury Lounge on July 25th. Classic rock....
The four-day Bonnaroo music festival kicks off in Manchester, Tennessee tomorrow (June 14, 2007) (schedule here), and BV correspondent Andrew Fischler will be among the thousands on hand to witness sets by "indie" bands like The White Stripes, Wilco, The Flaming Lips, Franz Ferdinand, The Decemberists, Spoon, Hot Chip, Lily Allen, The Hold Steady, Feist, Gogol Bordello, and The National. Stay tuned right here for his reports, and stay tuned to AT&T blueroom for live streaming sets by many of the bands.
Like Bonnaroo, BV correspondent Andrew Fischler (who is going to kill me after reading this) used to be a hippy - well, both of them sort of still are - there's still more than enough hippy bands to keep the hippies happy at Bonnaroo (Widespread Panic, The String Cheese Incident, Bob Weir & Ratdog, and Gov't Mule to name a few), and I'm sure Andrew will see at least some of them.
Now in its sixth year, Bonnaroo is too young to have ever hosted the biggest hippy of them all. That's because Jerry Garcia (RIP) passed away in 1995. Do you like how I transitioned from Bonnaroo to the fact that I'm giving away (courtesy of FADER) one limited edition Jerry Garcia poster and one limited edition Jerry Garcia t-shirt? Details below....