watch Hiss Golden Messenger cover Grateful Dead’s “Dire Wolf”
Hiss Golden Messenger's M.C. Taylor has never been shy about his Grateful Dead fandom. He contributed a great cover of "Brown-Eyed Women" to The National's 2016 tribute album Day of the Dead, he gave an interview to JamBands.com about how he got into the Dead and what they mean to him in 2018, and he was one of the modern-day musicians who contributed an essay to the liner notes for Vinyl Me, Please's new dead boxset, VMP Anthology: The Story of the Grateful Dead.
Now, Taylor has released a video on Instagram of himself at home doing a solo acoustic cover of "Dire Wolf," which he calls "the first Grateful Dead song that ever worked its magic on me." It's from 1970's Workingman's Dead (which turns 50 this year and is getting reissued), which Taylor told JamBands.com was "the first Dead record that [he] really connected with." His new rendition of "Dire Wolf" is lovely, as you can hear for yourself below.
In other Grateful Dead news, there's now Grateful Dead deodorant and Grateful Dead Nikes (plus the band's own new line of shoes). You can also read John Darnielle (Mountain Goats) and Jim James' (My Morning Jacket) essays from the Vinyl Me, Please boxset. Plus, watch The Grateful Dead Movie for free online, listen to over 14,000 Grateful Dead concert recordings for free online, and check out NYC music scene legend Concert Joe's picks for 5 Grateful Dead concert videos that you can watch online (that he attended).
Meanwhile, Phil Lesh recently did a livestreamed performance from his rooftop in California; the latest Shakedown Stream was video of the band's full 10/2/87 Shoreline concert, which apparently had never been released before (watch here); and this weekend (7/5) the band will re-broadcast the 2015 'Fare Thee Well' Solider Field shows on FANS.com to celebrate the shows' fifth anniversary.