Bill Frisell & James McNew play Dead


The fact that this collaboration happened is insane. The fact that they played two Dead tunes for ~an hour is insaner. The fact that a recording of such high quality popped up less than 24 hours later is even insaner. The fact that it was a measly $5 is insaneist.

…but it happened and this exists, so prepare your faces for deep space!

James McNew, Bill Frisell, and Jim Woodring
Offhand Gestures: An Evening of Spontaneous Creation
Town Hall, Seattle WA

Recorded by Steve Kennedy-Williams
BSC1-SubCardioid > Denecke PS-1 > Sony M10
Reaper > TLH > FLAC (> 320kbps mp3 by me)

1. Dark Star > Comes A Time

Bill Frisell - Guitar
James McNew - Guitar and Vocal
Jim Woodring - Live Drawing

Permission to share given by Bill.
Live Drawing photo by Miles Abrams

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SUMMER OF DEAD 2014: Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, May 7, 1977

The Summer of Dead ain’t over yet! Joel Berk tells us about Boston 77 via Bloomington 04! (I’m still accepting submissions, if you’re straggling!) 

The Grateful Dead bug bit me early, somewhere in the midst of jr. high, and started innocently enough — a friend’s dad putting on that one ‘best of’ compilation Skeletons From the Closet. I was hooked pretty instantly. My favorite band in kindergarten was Traffic and my favorite band at the time was The Who, so I was already well on my way towards the path of strange noises that I’m still on, but I’d never heard anything like this before. Another friend’s dad was an old head and in no time I’d borrowed>burnt his entire collection of Dead albums. I sat with those studio records for a few years, listening as intently as I was capable of but somehow still unable to wrap my head around the thing. Was this a folk band? Were they a jazz band? Were they purveyors of that “classic 60s sound”?

In high school I finally acquired Live Dead and first heard the Grateful Dead Hour around the same time, and realized there was this whole other world of Dead music I hadn’t even been aware of. Around this time was also when Dark Star Orchestra was really beginning to hit their stride. Now I’m not going to get into the merits or lack thereof of that (cover)band, but I will say this — for a young, newly-minted head such as myself, seeing DSO provided an invaluable glimpse into a world that was long gone by the time I’d caught wind of it.

Some time later, it was the summer of 2004 and I was living in Bloomington, IN in between school years at IU…and listening to a lot of Dead. DSO announced their fall tour, which included a date a one of the live music bars in town the night before classes started. A buddy and I whipped out our trusty fake IDs and started to drink all the pitchers of Sierra as the crowd trickled in. Much to our surprise, the room never really filled up. We’d just seen them play to a few hundred people at an all ages theater in town, but I’d say there were only 60-70 tops in attendance this fateful evening.

After much delay, the band finally came onstage, eased into a ripping “Bertha” and we were off. Midway through the first set, this palpable buzz started filling the room as older heads excitedly mumbled back and forth. I distinctly heard “I got my DeadBase in the car, man, I’ll go check at set break” as I made my way to the bar for yet another pitcher of hoppy liquid.

By the start of the second set the three handfuls of people in that bar were freaking out — DSO was really playing the famed 5.7.77 Boston Garden show! Now I, of course, had no idea what that meant at the time. All I knew was I was more in love with the setlist as each tune rolled out. As “Eyes” started I remember this wave of elation washing over me and my buddy. I continued to guzzle Sierra with the determined passion of show-seasoned underagers.

The show was outstanding, probably one of the best I’ve ever seen - which is really odd to say regarding a cover band. I’ve of course put the whole May77 run in proper context since then…but to be 20 with no frame of reference and catch some shit like that in a bar with less than 100 people made an indelible impression.

As you surely already know, this show slays from top to bottom and can be easily streamed from The Archive.

Joel Berk is a Chicago-based writer — follow him on tumblr and twitter!


Ryan Adams - “Wharf Rat”


Joe Russo’s Almost Dead
12.27.2013 @ Capitol Theater, Portchester NY

so this is fucking awesome

One of my favorite mid-2000’s acts to catch. The Duo ft. Mike Gordon. 

Saw these guys a number of times in really small places which was so awesome. There was some exceptional improv going on at these shows.


Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band
9.13.2013 @ Little Berlin, Philadelphia

Solar Motel pt1>Solar Motel pt2


Neal Casal & the Terrapin Family Band
w/Adam MacDougall sitting in on keys
covering Velvet Underground’s Oh! Sweet Nuthin’
Terrapin Crossroads

Wonderful clip of these guys doing what they do. One of my favorite songs too.

Umphrey’s McGee - 2013.03.08 - The Fox Theater, Oakland, CA

This was a really fun show with tons of energy and mentions of many “old faces” in the crowd which seemed to bring in some great song selection.

There were repeated on stage comments about how good it felt to be in California…I’m sure the guys were feeling “it”. They definitely brought it last night in a set that had a lot of my old favorites included. Admittedly it’s been 5-6 years since I’ve seen Umphrey’s but I’m very glad I got out to this one last night.

Set 1: In The Kitchen > Mullet (Over), There’s No Crying In Mexico > Spires, Glory > Wife Soup, Nothing Too Fancy > In Bloom, Wappy Sprayberry > In The Kitchen

Set 2: Wizard Burial Ground, Bad Friday, Mulche’s Odyssey, Tango Mike > Higgins, Life During Exodus, Partyin’ Peeps

Encore: Bridgeless > Regulate > Bridgeless

Slint: Chicago 1989



Not the greatest sound quality, but it is Tweez-era Slint slaying and ending with a massive “Cortez The Killer”…what’s not to like?

Club Dreamerz
Chicago, IL

Nosferatu Man
Nan Ding
Breadcrumb Trail
Good Morning Captain
Cortez the Killer

"We’re from Louisville…and we thought you need to hear this."


Deaner & Friends - The Sandy Concerts →


Dean Ween & Friends 
The Sandy Concerts

Dickie Betts
It’s Gonna Be a Long Night
1.0 Fuck No
Cracked Actor
Kick Out the Jams
She Fucks Me
Fire on the Mountain
Piss up A Rope
Captain America
High and Mighty
Moonage Daydream

The musicians are: Dean Ween, Guy Heller, Joe Kramer, Dave Dreiwitz, Bill Fowler, Glenn McClelland, Dave Carta, Claude Coleman, Ray Kubian, Chuck Treece, Chris Harford, Eric Slick, Scott Metzger, and Spencer Johnson.


David & the Dorks: 1970 SBDs



David & the Dorks was briefly a thing in late 1970 consisting of David Crosby, Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh and (probably) Mickey Hart. While largely consisting of Crosby material (most from his then-recent, immaculate …If I Only Could Remember My Name record), there are a few early Dead nuggets and a rehearsal-take on the Byrds’s “Eight Miles High”. The rehearsal tape is an interesting listen if you want to hear those dude working up this material…particularly Garcia walking everyone (including his bandmates) through “Bertha”…but just jump right to the gig if you’re not into that sorta thing. 

The SBD from December 15, 1970, opening night at the Matrix Theatre in SF, is a hell of a listen. I’ve always loved the aforementioned Crosby record, but somehow didn’t realize until today that these guys played out at all. The yam out of “Triad” is particularly glorious, and you gotta love Crosby singing those “Bertha” harmonies. Also of note - this version of “Deep Elem Blues” is pretty different than the various GD arrangements of this then-young tune. 

I guess there’s discrepancy as to if Billy or Mickey played these shows…fwiw it sounds like Mick on both recordings to these ears. 

David & the Dorks
Wally Heider’s 245 Hyde Studio C
San Francisco, CA

Alabama Bound
Eight Miles High
Cowboy Movie
Wall Song
Bird Song

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David & the Dorks
Matrix Theatre
San Francisco, CA

Drop Down Mama
Cowboy MOvie
Wall Song
Deep Elem Blues
Motherless Children

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The live band / DJ hybrid duo Boombox are back with their latest original single following up ‘Lost Ya’ from earlier this year. ‘Waiting Around’ is a funky electronic indie single that is sure to put you in a good mood. It is the first single off the group’s new album Filling in the Color set to release January 14th. This song incorporates a large amount of live band elements from guitar solos to horns leaving us with a jam inspired twist  reminding me of The Grateful Dead, which isn’t surprising with Guitar / Lead Vocalist Zion of Boombox being the son of two members from the group (Keith and Donna Jean Godchauxt). You can listen to the exclusive stream below. Enjoy. - See more at:



11 years ago today Kris Myers played his first complete gig with UM. Not a day goes by that we’re not thankful he decided to join the circus. \mm/

Enjoy those first notes below.

i’d seen them a few times prior, but it’s kinda crazy to realize i walked back to my dorm 11 years ago this evening thinking “i should probably see that band more”…and then did…entirely too many times to count (somewhere north of 150?(/maybe i could count if i remembered my pt login)). 

Oct 2012: Week of the Horse



Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of smelling theHorse thrice within a week. This is the highlight reel, more or less arranged the same as the tour’s setlist.

Full shows after the jump for your nerding pleasure.


01 Oh Canada [10.05 K-Roc Centre, Kingston, ON]
02 Love and Only Love [10.06 Budweiser Gardens, London, ON]
03 Powderfinger [10.05 K-Roc Centre, Kingston, ON]
04 Walk Like a Giant [10.06 Budweiser Gardens, London, ON]
05 Needle and the Damage Done [10.06 Budweiser Gardens, London, ON]
06 “Singer Without A Song” [10.11 United Center, Chicago, IL] (debut)
07 Ramada Inn [10.06 Budweiser Gardens, London, ON]
08 Fuckin’ Up [10.11 United Center, Chicago, IL]
09 Psychedelic Pill [10.06 Budweiser Gardens, London, ON]
10 Cortez the Killer [10.05 K-Roc Centre, Kingston, ON]
11 Mr. Soul [10.06 Budweiser Gardens, London, ON]
12 Roll Another Number [10.06 Budweiser Gardens, London, ON]
13 Tonight’s the Night [10.11 United Center, Chicago, IL]
14 Like a Hurricane [10.05 K-Roc Centre, Kingston, ON]

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in honor of the horse’s likely return this summer(!), i figured i’d bump this. prepare your skulls(/here’s to hoping “sedan delivery” stays in rotation).