Archive for the 'Grateful Dead' Category

Monday, February 10th, 2014

And we’re back. Welcome to the seventh installment of Dead Notes where we find our former psychedelic heroes continuing to shed their kaleidoscopic, meandering, ways. Tightening up, both literally and figuratively, by March of 1971 the Dead’s live show had been transformed into a lean, mean, rock ‘n roll revue. The band had just lost […]

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Welcome to the sixth installment of Dead Notes, where we find the Grateful Dead in the Fall of 1970, gigging at the famed Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY. Between 1970 and 1971 the band played the theater 18 times, placing it thick in the pantheon of Dead venue lore alongside historic nights at Bill […]

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Welcome to the fifth installment of Dead Notes where once again we find ourselves in the great Northwest, at the Sky River Rock Festival, on the outskirts of Seattle in Sultan, WA. Oddly enough the inspiration for this festival goes back to May 1968, at the annual Duvall Piano Drop, where Country Joe & The […]

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Welcome to the fourth installment of Dead Notes. Coming down from the 8/27/72 ‘Dark Star’ featured in #3 we’re heading to New York City’s East Village and the infamous Fillmore East. West coast rock & roll impresario Bill Graham opened the Fillmore in March 1968, making it both the first official rock music theater in […]

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Welcome to the third installment of┬áDead Notes, where we find ourselves deep in the heart of Oregon at the Old Renaissance Fairgrounds in Veneta, August 27, 1972. The Grateful Dead have now been home 3 months from a barn burner spring tour of Europe, where they famously divided themselves into two traveling camps — the […]

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Welcome to round two of Dead Notes. We kicked things off with a “Good Lovin”’ from 1971; today we touch down in February, 1968 where we find the Dead eleven months after the release of their self-titled debut, tackling the recording of their sophomore album, Anthem of the Sun. In the late months of 1967 […]

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Welcome to the first installment of Dead Notes. There is a raw stigma that runs parallel with the mention of the Grateful Dead. Far too often the circus surrounding the band trumps the actual music, instead placing more emphasis on skeletons, dancing bears, hacky sacks and other vestiges of the ‘parking lot’ scene. Not to […]

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Rhino Records (who I consult for) asked me to contribute to their upcoming series of posts/playlists centered around what would be Garcia’s 70th birthday, August, 1st. My piece goes live later this week and centers on what, if forced to choose, would be my favorite year in the band’s long trajectory — 1972. The year […]

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

It had been many years, but a couple of weeks back upon (re)hearing the ‘jam’ section, i.e. the latter 3/4, of the Dead’s 1971 live interpretation of Otis Redding’s infallible R&B staple “Hard To Handle“, my reaction was something akin to ‘fucckkkk‘ or ‘holy shit!‘ Eloquent? No, but emotion rarely is in my experience. And […]