This is a graphic that was a tag on a commemorative edition guitar that Alvarez released. I’m fortunate enough to own one, which I’ve modified to play like butter. The front of the guitar is screen printed to resemble this graphic, with the sound hole where the lightning bolt is. The dancing bear is on the backside of the headstock, and there’s a mother of pearl lightning bolt inlay on the 12th fret. It’s a lot of fun to play and sounds awesome. I suppose I could take a photo, instead of being lazy.
In 1973, over 600,000 people made the pilgrimage to Watkins Glen at the Grand Prix racetrack in New York to see the Allman Brothers and Grateful Dead play on an equally hot, sweltering Summer day. Try to get that many people together in 2016 without a riot or murders.
Grateful Dead Live at Roscoe Maples Pavilion, Stanford University on 1973-02-09
Here’s one of my favorite shows. Great sound quality, Wavy Gravy talking, excellent set lists, 1973 energy, playing at Stanford, and a Sugar Magnolia that is raw, fast, new and among the best. Eyes isn’t bad either, and this was the debut of the Wall of Sound.
I saw Alison Krauss & Union Station open this past summer for Willie Nelson here in Louisville. I hate to say it, but they were better than old Willie. He’s a legend of course, but it’s safe to say he’s reached his prime. Kentucky being the bluegrass state, and not Texas, I think a lot of the crowd agreed as a lot of people didn’t stick around long after AK & US left the stage. It was great weather and a lot of fun nonetheless.
This is such a great Grateful Dead show. Lots of people like the next night’s better, but the energy is incredible here. There are a lot of tuning breaks and dead air, basically, but I think it’s because they were going to record some songs for production and wanted everything to be just right, as Bobby says. So many awesome renditions and hugely dynamic.
I hated Radiohead. The songs I associated with them were basically all “Creep” to me. I didn’t know the names of the other Radiohead songs that I possibly could recognize (which amounted to 2) if under extreme duress. My familiarity was only what I heard on the radio, which I never listen to in the first place. It sounded like crap to me. And in fact, I still hate “Creep.”
But one day, as I was getting dressed in my bedroom and had put on the sometimes tolerable Palladia TV channel to have music on in the background, as I do at all times at every moment I can, I saw and heard this video. I was familiar with the awesome “From the Basement” series from the White Stripes performance. But this music was different. And the musicians were actually making it themselves, instead of studio sound engineers and an autotuner.
I sat and watched, and became hooked. You may not like every single song here, but there are some amazing performances within.
I love this video. Skip to 48:15 for one of the best China Cat/Riders around.
Uncle John’s Band – 10/19
Sugaree – 10/18 8:45
The Other One – 10/17 16:15
Mind Left Body Jam
The Other One
Scarlet Begonias – 10/19 32:52
China Cat Sunflower – 10/17 48:13
I Know You Rider
Dark Star – 10/18 1:03:19
Weather Report Suite – 10/18 1:21:01
– Part 1
– Part 2 (Let It Grow)