Friday, October 24, 2014

Dead Show/podcast for 10/24/14

In casting about for a show to fit some recent requests, I came across this well-known yet astonishing work of unparalleled psychedelia. Unfortunately there is no Pigpen on this night (or the next) which is what my listener had requested, however I'm confident that the peerless jamming and enthusiasm present on this recording will allow me to be excused for that omission. This show starts with an excellent Dark Star (and its so nice to hear it in one of its earlier formations), then goes into a wonderful St. Stephen and The Eleven which is just wonderful - I'm especially fond of the ending jam in the Eleven - before going into a song which never should have left, Death Don't Have No Mercy.. The second set follows and while perhaps not as strong as the first, the Cryptical and the Other One features some great work by Phil, which is also noticeable in the New Potato Caboose (as sadly the lack of keyboards). The show ends with some intense and jamming and, the then popular Feedback..

Grateful Dead
Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco CA
10/12/68 - Saturday

 Set 1

Dark Star ->
Saint Stephen ->
The Eleven ->
Death Don't Have No Mercy 

Set 2

Cryptical Envelopment ->
Drums ->
The Other One ->
Cryptical Envelopment ->
New Potato Caboose ->
Jam ->
Drums ->
Jam ->

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Dead Show/podcast for 10/17/14

This week's Deadpod, the second set from Barcelona Spain on October 19th, 1981, bursts out of the gate with a smoking Scarlet Begonias into Fire on the Mountain. Garcia clearly wants this one to stand out, and his leads throughout are choice. Garcia is clearly inspired throughout.. even on the Sailor ->Saint, Garcia shines on one of the best versions ever... there's a nice little space that follows, then after a short drums an excellent, if too short, full blown Spanish Jam leads into a very fine Other One. The Stella Blue that flows out from that is excellent as is the Sugar Magnolia with full blowin Weir driving this one.. A fine show from start to finish, I hope you enjoy this one.

Sports Palace, Barcelona, Spain (10/19/81)
Set 2

Scarlet Begonias->
Fire on the Mountain->
Lost Sailor->
Saint of Circumstance->
Spanish Jam->
The Other One->
Stella Blue->
Sugar Magnolia

Don't Ease Me In

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Dead Show/podcast for 10/10/14

As far as I know, this was the Dead's only performance in Spain, and while I recall wearing this tape out at one time I hadn't thought about it for some time, until I came across it again searching for a show for this week's 'pod. I'm thrilled to have rediscovered it. There's plenty of energy here as the band, and Garcia, seem pumped for the end of this European tour. This set starts off plenty hot with Jack Straw leading into a sparkling Franklin's Tower. Even the cowboy tunes shine from Garcia's treatment. Loser then goes into a jamming CC Rider with Weir giving some great vocals. The Passenger features some great Phil bombs throughout. Who doesn't like Althea and Jerry shreds on this one.. The Let it Grow is phenomenal, and one of the best of the year for sure.. and we've just finished set 1, set 2 is even better.. next week..

Sports Palace, Barcelona, Spain (10/19/81)

set 1:

Jack Straw->
Franklin's Tower
Mama Tried->
Mexicali Blues
C.C. Rider
Tennessee Jed
Let it Grow

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Friday, October 03, 2014

Dead Show/podcast for 10/3/14

This week's Deadpod features the second set from the Dead's performance at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse NY on September 24th, 1982. This is quite a fine set, and opens with an unusual Brent opener - Far From Me.. always a song I enjoy hearing. They follow that up with a very well executed Playin' In The Band->Crazy Fingers, and Jerry does some fine work on that latter number. Weir's new song, Throwin' Stones, follows and leads into Drums and Space but they come out of that with an unusual Iko, Iko. Truckin' as always provides Garcia a nice jamming platform and he accelerates out of that into 'Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad' and then 'Black Peter'... the band then brings everyone back to earth with a nice Around and Around and a Sugar Magnolia to close the set. Phil pranks Weir by bringing out a woman from backstage and introducing her as Weir's wife of 5 years, before the Brokedown Palace encore, so you know they were loose and having fun!

Carrier Dome (Syracuse U), Syracuse, NY (9/24/82)
Set 2:

Far From Me
Playin' in the Band
Crazy Fingers
Throwin' Stones
Iko Iko
Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad
Black Peter
Around and Around
Sugar Magnolia

Brokedown Palace

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Dead Show/podcast for 9/26/14

This week we feature a show that marked the end of the Fall East Coast tour of 1982 - this one took place in the Carrier Dome on the campus of Syracuse University in Syracuse NY. This show was widely praised in its day and I think much of the playing holds up today as an example of a good early 80s Dead show. The band opens with a Jack Straw that is on fire.. and leads nicely into a very fine Friend of the Devil. Brent has some nice runs here.. The CC Rider is fun and of course Ramble on Rose brings a smile to my face as usual. Minglewood.. meh, but the Bird Song that follows is pretty choice, as is a fine Looks Like Rain. China->Rider to close the set is great, and listen for some hot Phil here in this choice closer.. We'll hear set 2 next week...

Carrier Dome (Syracuse U), Syracuse, NY (9/24/82)

Jack Straw
Friend of the Devil
C.C. Rider
Ramble on Rose
New Minglewood Blues
Bird Song
Looks Like Rain
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider

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Your support keeps this from ever being a task for me.. 

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or your local music retailer. 


Saturday, September 20, 2014

No more copies of Wake Up To Find Out are available

Sorry! but all the copies that Rhino was kind enough to send me of the CD set have been claimed.

I want to thank my listeners and supporters SO much for their generosity in making donations to the Deadpod!

While its never a bad time to contribute, and I wish I had more of these great CDs - I don't .. and I don't want to disappoint anyone!

Many many many thanks again for making the Deadpod possible! -
                                          - the professor