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    Here’s another cover of John Lennon’s Happy Xmas (War Is Over), this one features our pal Aaron Freeman, formerly Gene Ween, along with Gregg Cagno and Maggie Anderson and comes courtesy of Punk Rock Meshell. The video was filmed today at God Save The Qweens in New Hope, Penn.

    We checked in with Mr. Freeman this morning, who got a laugh out of the reaction to his telling us he was in Belgium undergoing “a transformative procedure.” As you can see, he’s still a man…baby.

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    December 20

    Black-Throated Wind
    2/21/95 Delta Center, Salt Lake City, UT

    Being a Deadhead in the 1990′s was similar in many ways to being a New York Mets fan. Since I am a fan of both I feel uniquely qualified to comment. Needless to say, a great deal of time is spent hoping and praying for any small kind of miracle to happen but more often than not your band/team disappoints you. Despite all of the repeated heartbreaks, you try to remain strong and loyal but deep down your spirit is slowly breaking with each let down. And just when you think you can’t take it any longer – BAM – your heroes surprise you with other-worldly magic that keeps your dreams alive.

    In 1995, Deadheads witnessed a precipitous and alarming decline in Jerry’s appearance and musical performance. He often seemed lost onstage and both his singing and guitar playing was frustratingly inaudible. Despite these problems there were also moments of greatness that gave us hope. These precious moments included the debut of Unbroken Chain (3/19), the raging double-time finish in Iko Iko in Philly (3/18) and this towering version of Black-Throated Wind in Salt Lake City (2/21).

    With an acoustic guitar strapped on his shoulder, Bobby charged into one of the very best versions of BT Wind since its comeback. The finale is one for the ages as he throws himself into the microphone, growling the lyrics while Jerry triumphantly wails away with his trademark licks. Hearing this kind of magic is incredibly uplifting and makes all of that pain and misery worth it…well, almost!

    In the immortal words of Tug McGraw, “Ya Gotta Believe.”

    Download Link:  http://www.mediafire.com/?hwzbzdg4k4bd37t
    LMA Link: http://archive.org/details/gd1995-02-21.sbd.flac16

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    Early each year impresario Michael Dorf  puts together an impressive lineup of acts to pay tribute to a legendary rocker or rock band for a benefit concert held at NYC’s iconic Carnegie Hall. Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, R.E.M., Neil Young, The Who and The Rolling Stones have been feted at past sold-out Carnegie shows. For the 2013 event, the 20+ as-of-yet-unnamed acts will honor the music of Prince on March 7th.

    So far, the nine installments of Dorf’s shows have raised over $700,000 for music education programs that benefit underprivileged youth. “Prince is one of the most prolific songwriters in my collection,” says Dorf in a statement, “and he makes my Top 10 when I think about the artists who have truly shaped modern music. In re-listening to his repertoire I realized how relevant, amazing, and danceable his work is. Carnegie Hall is going to party!”

    Tickets are available now at carnegieprince.com. Who would you like to see on the bill for the March 7th performance and which of The Purple One’s classic songs should they play?

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    Back on Tuesday, while the rest of the blogosphere was pimping the Daft Punk, Phoenix and Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Coachella story, we explained the problem with the source of the story – a Songkick email. Today, Songkick has posted a blog entry that goes into detail about just what happened. In short, the data was not a leak and did not come from anyone connected with the festival.

    As we warned, anybody could’ve added the bunk info into Songkick’s system and if it wasn’t caught before email notifications went out, this bad data makes its way to many Songkick users.

    Here’s the company’s explanation…

    When bad data like this is added to Songkick, we remove it as swiftly as possible to avoid any confusion or rumours spreading. In this case, the information was added in the early hours of Saturday morning UK time – thankfully, one of our moderators in the US caught the false listing and removed it within a few hours of it being added. However, in the short space of time that it was live on the site, some email notifications were sent out. A screenshot of one of the emails was widely spread around the blogosphere and Twitter, and then picked up by the larger news sites. Unfortunately, it was seen to be a rumour and snowballed from there.

    This wasn’t the first time Songkick’s system was gamed and apparently it’s been happening frequently since DaftEllaGate…

    Since this slip-up occurred, we have had a number of issues with further false information being added to Songkick. Despite our very best efforts to moderate this content, it has now reached a point where we’ve decided to temporarily turn off all user-editing tools. This will be in place over the holiday period, and we will reassess the situation in January.

    When you give free-rein to your users to add data without the company first approving it, something like this is bound to happen. The Coachella lineup is expected to be announced in January.

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    Earlier this month Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s Alchemy Tour visited Bridgeport, Connecticut where according to our friends at Thrasher’s Wheat the legendary rockers took offense to a member of the crowd constantly using their smartphone throughout the start of the show. The situation came to a head during Fuckin’ Up when Young cursed at, pointed at and mocked the fan.

    [Young Mocking The Fan]

    You can watch most of the situation in this vid…

    Click here to view the embedded video.

    A fan who was on hand wrote about how it all went down…

    Here is the deal.

    We were standing stage right at the front of the stage. The 2 women were texting on their iphones for a bunch of the show, one was doing it much more than the other. I was wearing my Hartford Whaler jersey and at one point I got the odd feeling that Neil was looking at the jersey so I held it up for him to see, he smiled and rolled his eyes and laughed, then he smirked and shrugged his head.

    I was confused and also kinda thinking I may be halucinating this whole thing due to the atonal feedback that was coming out of the amps but, I was not. He continues to give me a look and then I realize the women in front of me and on the side are both texting with their heads down in their phones. He was annoyed.

    Neil now drops what he is doing and walks towards her and just starts mocking her pretending to text and move images on his invisible smart phone. The mocking went on for seriously about a minute. Enough time for me to turn to my pal Chad and say he is messing with her, Chad agreed and said wholy $$$%%. I then took a few pics while this is going on.

    I then leaned over to the women and said, Neil is talking to you. She ignored me and kept texting with her head down, 10 seconds later I said, “HEY, look up, Neil is talking to you”, she looked at him and he had this amazing fierce look while he still mocked her. He had both evil eyes right on her pupils and it was as the song was saying completely “Fuc*ed Up”.

    She then realized what was happening, got pissed and mouthed to him “your a Fu%ken As$hole”. He did not respond but then walked over to the other guys and riffed vocally on the whole thing for about the next 7 minutes of the song. The woman kept turning to her friend saying, I called him a etc etc etc. Well, the song finally ends and Neil slyly grabs a big old glass bottle of fancy Voss water off the drum riser, walks in our direction and with quite the angry face (like that Johnny Cash face in that famous picture where he is flipping the bird) throws a big old fat stream of water right at her.

    He actually hit a few friends of mine but did get some on his target. She turned to her friend and again said, “what a fu#ken As$hole” and they stormed outta there.

    Neil looked over and was looking for his new pals, our eyes met again, I waved my thumb to say they had cleared out, he smiled. Yup, that happened. Here is a pic of the women texting while Neil was mocking her.

    [via Thrasher's Wheat]

    Here are a few screen captures of the members of Crazy Horse during Fuckin’ Up…

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    The 23rd annual Tibet House Benefit Concert will take place at Carnegie Hall on Feb. 21st featuring HT faves Jim James and tUnE-yArDs along with Rahzel, Patti Smith with Jessie Smith and Philip Glass. More acts are expected to be added soon. Tickets just went on sale via Carnegie Hall’s website, so grab ‘em while you can.  [via JamBase]

    Finally, we’re happy to report that organizers of Gathering of the Vibes have struck a deal with the city of Bridgeport, Conn. to keep the festival there through 2017. The jam-friendly fest, which began in 1996 and called Seaside Park home from 1999-2000, returned to the scenic park in 2007 and has been there ever since. The 2013 edition of the event will take place on July 25 – 28. Early-bird tickets for the four-day festival are currently on-sale now in a variety of formats.

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    Later this month Widespread Panic will end their not-even-a-year-long hiatus with a pair of shows in Charlotte, North Carolina on Dec. 30th and 31st. SiriusXM’s Jam_ON station will broadcast the band’s New Year’s Eve performance live from Charlotte starting at 9PM ET on December 31st.

    You can catch the rebroadcasts on Tuesday, January 1st at 2PM ET, Wednesday, January 2nd at 7AM ET and Friday, January 4th at Midnight ET.

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    I love watching great performances or well-made documentaries featuring my favorite artists from the comfort of my couch. At the end of each year since we started Hidden Track in 2006, I devote a B List towards what I can consider the best music DVDs/Blu-Rays of the year. 2011 was such a good year for concert films that I expanded the list from its usual 10 to 15. Can’t say the same about this year’s batch, so I cut it back down to 10. However, those that made the cut are all worthy of your time.

    10. Journeys – Neil Young

    Click here to view the embedded video.

    Filmmaker Jonathan Demme’s third Neil Young documentary/concert film finds the rocker travelling to some of the important places that made an impression on him during his youth. Young drives his 1956 Crown Victoria while regaling Demme with tales of his childhood.  Included within are performance clips of ol’ Neil performing classics such as Ohio and Down By The River plus tunes from 2010′s Le Noise.

    9. Road to Red Rocks – Mumford and Sons

    Click here to view the embedded video.

    Mumford and Sons make their first concert film one to remember as they sprinkle live performances of 12 songs from Babel and Sigh No More with band member interviews and clips from the Gentlemen Of The Road tour.

    8. Charlie Is My Darling – Rolling Stones

    Click here to view the embedded video.

    How has it taken so long for this hour-long documentary to get the release it deserved? We get an intimate view of the band’s early days as they tour Ireland. Back in those days the crowd screamed through every song and did their best to tear the band members clothes off. But despite this the performances of songs such as The Last Time and (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction are amazing.

    7. Live In Texas: 1975 – The Who

    Click here to view the embedded video.

    This long-bootlegged Who show from Texas finally saw an official release in 1975. While I was hoping for a little more video and audio quality-wise, you can’t deny the performance as The Who demolish everything they play. It made me miss Keith Moon and John Entwistle immensely.

    6.  Celebration Day – Led Zeppelin

    Click here to view the embedded video.

    One of the most hyped music films of the year lived up to the buzz. Led Zeppelin finally released an impressive document of their 2007 reunion concert in London. The video and audio quality are both stunning and we recommend the deluxe edition for its rehearsal footage.

    5. Live at Montreux 2008 – The Raconteurs

    Click here to view the embedded video.

    This DVD/Blu-Ray captures The Raconteurs at the peak of their powers. Jack White and Co. perform with so much energy and power which this film puts on full display. There’s a good mix of tracks from both studio albums as well as a cover of Charley Jordan’s Keep It Clean.

    4. Marley – Bob Marley

    Click here to view the embedded video.

    I always knew Bob Marley had a fascinating back story, but I never realized just how multi-layered and interesting his life was. Filmmaker Kevin Macdonald did a superb job talking with the reggae legend’s friends and family to lay out the story of Bob Marley’s life. Don’t expect full songs as this is far from a concert film. Yet it’s a riveting documentary that all Marley fans need to see.

    3. Shut Up and Play The Hits / Live at MSG – LCD Soundsystem

    Click here to view the embedded video.

    LCD Soundsystem documentary Shut Up and Play The Hits tells the story of James Murphy and Co.’s last gig ever which took place at Madison Square Garden on April 2nd, 2011. It follows Murphy for a 48-hour period that culminates the morning after the show with stirring footage of James bidding the band farewell in his own way. Shut Up and Play The Hits isn’t your typical concert film, but for those wanting to watch the whole four-hour epic performance there’s that option as well featuring incredible sound mixed by Murphy himself.

    2. Under African Skies / The African Concert – Paul Simon

    Click here to view the embedded video.

    Those purchasing the deluxe edition of Paul Simon’s Graceland 25 will receive two fantastic movies featuring the NYC native. There’s Graceland –  The African Concert filmed in Zimbabwe in 1987 and containing mesmerizing performances and guest appearances from Hugh Masekela and the late Miriam Makeba and Under African Skies – filmmaker Joe Berlinger’s documentary about the 25th anniversary of the classic album. So you get to see Paul and the original Graceland band in action as well as the singer-songwriter’s 2011 return to South Africa, not a bad deal.

    1. Big Easy Express – Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show

    Click here to view the embedded video.

    Filmmaker Emmett Malloy tells the story of the 2011 Railroad Revival Tour which found Mumford and Sons, Old Crow Medicine Show and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros traveling by train to mostly off-the-beaten path towns for gigs. Don’t expect a straight up concert film as Malloy spends most of the 67-minutes telling the story of the bands and the trip. Each of those 67 minutes kept me enthralled and showcased an incredible tour that will be hard to duplicate.

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    December 21

    Help On The Way > Slipknot! > Franklin’s Tower
    5/9/77 Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY

    On the day after Cornell there was still musical brilliance in the Grateful Dead. Last week we enjoyed a selection from the night before Cornell. Therefore, I thought it might be nice to bookend Cornell with a selection from the next evening in Buffalo to prove that there was life after Cornell.

    [Image via Fuck Yes Grateful Dead]

    From the moment the band slams into the first note of Help on the Way it is abundantly clear that they mean business. The ensuing Slipknot! is my all-time favorite. The composed piece is tight and focused while the jam is powerful yet spacey at the same time.  Bobby’s guitar work is fantastic and Jerry is in shred mode. I especially love their interaction together during the 6:47-6:56 minute mark. There is no doubt that most of you are familiar with this masterpiece so I will let you just listen to the music play.

    Download Link:  http://www.mediafire.com/?tm3zvv9x2v7bz3s
    LMA Link: http://archive.org/details/gd1977-05-09.sbd.shnf

    If you are in the New York  City area tonight and don’t have plans then you are invited to come check out my GD tribute band, Bear’s Choice. We are playing at Hill Country Barbecue (30 West 26th St). No cover. Music starts at 9:30 PM.  Check out our Soundcloud page here.

     

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    Just when you thought that Zooey Deschanel couldn’t be anymore adorable, they went ahead and turned her into a cartoon in order to create a music video for She & Him’s take on the holiday classic Baby, It’s Cold Outside from last year’s A Very She & Him Christmas. Both Zooey and Matt get the animated treatment in this vintage looking clip that has Zooey going to Kathy Bates in Misery length extremes to keep Matt inside with her on a snowy winter’s day. Let’s check it out…

    Click here to view the embedded video.

    She & HimBaby, It’s Cold Outside

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    One of my favorite parts of Phish festivals are the From The Archives shows broadcast over each event’s radio station that feature amazing segments from the band’s archive. These programs, hosted by Phish archivist Kevin Shapiro, have been a staple of the group’s festivals since Clifford Ball. Earlier this summer, I decided to put together a compilation of tracks I’d choose if I got to host an episode of From The Archives. I shared these choices with our pal KernelForbin who downloaded the segments from the Phish Spreadsheet and lovingly remastered them for the first installment of a series we’ve dubbed “Faux The Archives.” Today, we present Faux The Archives Volume 3.

    [Artwork by Brian Levine]

    We’ll debut Faux The Archives – Volume 3 in ThePhish room on Turntable.FM starting at 2PM ET this afternoon. Once we’ve finished running through the tracks, a download link will be posted here. Our third installment starts out with a Ha Ha Ha from Germany that has a deliciously bizarre, albeit short, “heavy metal jam” tagged on to the end. If you’ve never heard the second set Reba from Laguna Seca ’94, you are in for a treat. Next, we’ve got an extremely fun and potent version of David Bowie, complete with a Lion Sleeps Tonight jam, also from 1994. Phish has only jammed Suzy Greenberg a few times in their history and we’ve got one of those times. To break things up, we offer one of the only Phish covers of Sam & Dave’s When Something Is Wrong With My Baby, before turning to Hershey ’96 for its inventive Wilson > Jam. Our compilation’s Harry Hood is all about what happens at the end – a ferocious peak. Finally, we finish the two-hour compilation off with a Mike’s Groove we’ve cut together ourselves. A spacey Mike’s Song from October of ’95 works its way into a Breathe (Pink Floyd) jam, then we turn to a Trey solo show for the only performance of White Tape classic Aftermath and end with a Weekapaug from ’92 filled with Trey’s machine gun antics.

    Faux The Archives – Volume 3 

    02/26/97 – Ha Ha Ha (03:33)
    05/28/94 – Reba (12:16)
    04/30/94 – David Bowie (18:56)
    11/13/96 – Suzy Greenberg (18:01)
    04/30/93 – When Something is Wrong with My Baby (05:34)
    08/14/96 – Wilson -> Jam (08:45)
    03/31/93 – Harry Hood (14:05)
    10/25/95 – Mike’s Song -> Breathe Jam (20:53)
    05/07/99 – Aftermath (04:13)
    04/19/92 – Weekapaug Groove (09:56)

    Total Time: 1h 56m

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    Mayan Holidaze came to a close early this morning in Tulum, Mexico after four days of performances from Umphrey’s McGee, the Disco Biscuits, STS9 and more. Each of the headlining acts played at three out of the event’s four days with all three bands performing yesterday. Umphrey’s McGee premiered two brand new covers within their five Mayan Holidaze sets.

    [Photo via SoundCaresser]

    On Tuesday, the Chicago-based sextet ended their first of two sets with the debut of Two Tickets To Paradise – a fitting cover considering the gorgeous venue on the Mayan Riviera. The second set saw the band split Puppet String with a Mulche’s Odyssey that contained a Carol Of The Bells jam and Resolution. Wednesday’s sets saw UM dust off their The Way You Rule The World mashup and bookend the first set with Bridgeless after opening with the instrumental There’s No Crying In Mexico. For their lone encore of the fest, Umphrey’s worked Hangover into the middle of August. Then, last night, at their Mayan Holidaze finale, Umphrey’s referenced the predicted apocalypse by ending their set with the debut cover of It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) by R.E.M. They also played a few other songs that referenced the end – The Police’s When The World Is Running Down You Make The Best of What’s Still Around and their own Andy’s Last Beer.

    Here’s all three Umphrey’s @ Mayan Holidaze setlists via All Things Umphreys

    12/18:

    Set 1: Gurgle > ConduitRocker Part 2Deeper[1] > Miami Virtue > Ocean BillyTwo Tickets to Paradise[2]

    Set 2: Push the Pig > Making Flippy Floppy > HigginsPuppet String > Mulche’s Odyssey[3]Resolution > Puppet String

    [1] with Jake on keys
    [2] debut, Eddie Money
    [3] with Carol of the Bells (Leontovych) jam

    12/19:

    Set 1: There’s No Crying In Mexico > Bridgeless > Booth LoveProwler > No Comment > White Man’s MoccasinsThe Way You Rule the World >Bridgeless

    Set 2: The FloorWappy Sprayberry > JaJunk > Professor WormbogThe Linear > Day Nurse > JaJunk

    Encore: August > Hangover > August

    12/20:

    Set 1: Nothing Too Fancy > Willie The Pimp > Anchor DropsHajimemashite > 2nd SelfFF[1] > Andy’s Last BeerGlory > Wife SoupMiss Tinkle’s Overture > When the World Is Running Down You Make the Best of What’s Still Around > Miss Tinkle’s OvertureIt’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)[2]

    [1] with drums as power cuts out
    [2] debut, R.E.M.

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    For the 19th year in a row, soul singer Darlene Love will visit The Late Show with David Letterman tonight to sing Christmas (Baby Please Come Home). Along with that tradition, Letterman will also continue his annual Late Show holiday quarterback challenge with Jay Thomas on this evening’s show which is the program’s last new episode of 2012.

    Friday, December 21 [All Times ET]

    • Gregg Allman on Tavis Smiley [PBS]
    • Jimmy Page on Later…with Jools Holland [Palladia 6PM]
    • Darlene Love on David Letterman [CBS 11:35PM]
    • Rod Stewart on Jimmy Fallon [NBC 12:35AM]

    Saturday, December 22

    • Tom Waits on Austin City Limits [PBS]
    • Paul Simon on Saturday Night Live [NBC 3PM]
    • Kings of Leon / Beady Eye on Isle of Wight Festival 2011 [Palladia 3:30PM]
    • Bruno Mars on Saturday Night Live [NBC 11:30PM]

    Sunday, December 23

    • Young The Giant on Unplugged [Palladia 11:30AM]
    • The Who: Quadrophenia – Can You See… [VH1 Classic 1PM]
    • Grace Potter & the Nocturnals on Storytellers [Palladia 5PM]
    • Chris Isaak – Christmas Special [AXS TV 10:10PM]
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    Since today marks what would’ve been Frank Zappa’s 72nd birthday, we’re devoting this week’s Full Show Friday column to the legendary composer/performer. Just like Dead fans and Phish fans, Zappaphiles love to argue about which year of FZ’s career was the best. For my money, it’s 1973.

    As an example of what makes 1973 such a phenomenal year for Zappa and his band, we’ve got 75 incredible pro-shot minutes of the ensemble in action. Recorded in Stockholm, Sweden on August 21, 1973; this video features the early Roxy band of FZ, Tom Fowler, Bruce Fowler, Ruth Underwood, George Duke, Don Preston, Ralph Humphrey, Jean-Luc Ponty and Ian Underwood. They tackle such classics as Cosmik Debris, RDNZL, Montana and Penguin In Bondage. Happy Birthday, Frank.

    01:48 Cosmik Debris
    09:49 Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue
    10:53 Kung Fu
    11:54 Penguin In Bondage
    16:02 RDNZL
    20:26 Montana
    29:01 Dupree’s Paradise
    53:44 Join The March And Eat My Starch
    54:22 Farther Oblivion

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    Last night HT fave Jonathan Wilson brought together an impressive array of his talented friends to L.A.’s Troubadour to participate in what we hope will be the first of many Merry Minstrel Musical Circuses. In addition to Wilson, the benefit show saw musical contributions from Bob Weir, Jackson Browne, Mike Campbell, Jeff Lynne, Benmont Tench and Jonathan’s backing band.

    Rolling Stone has a full review of what looks like a fantastic show, but we wanted to share the potent version of Dark Star that took place at the Troubadour. Watch as Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Wilson and Weir team up for a well-jammed take on the Grateful Dead classic…

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    December 22

    Weather Report Suite > Let It Grow > Spanish Jam
    7/19/74 Selland Arena, Fresno, CA

    I first heard this version of Weather Report Suite on the Grateful Dead Hour radio program sometime in the late 1980′s.  It was not a show that circulated at the time so it was very exciting to hear a pristine soundboard of something “new” from the great year of 1974.  I recorded it on a Maxell XL-IIS cassette and it quickly became the go-to tape that I played for everybody.

    The composed portion of the song is performed superbly.  It’s not at the same level as 6/18/74 which is the high water mark in my opinion (See Road Trips, Vol. 2, No. 3; Wall of Sound) but it is still exceptional.  The sprightly Let It Grow that follows feels like warm sunshine.  However, towards the end of the jam the tone of the music quickly takes a wicked left turn becoming more dark and menacing.

     The tempo slows and things get very heavy as the impending doom approaches.  On the descent to hell, Phil’s bass is nothing short of cataclysmic. His bass must have set off seismographs in other counties, it’s so bombastic. Playing like that is simply not of this world.
    Keith adds a watery tone on his keyboard as Jerry trills the final notes creating a whirlpool of chaos that sucks everything down into a massive dark abyss. Suddenly it becomes clear that this is the end of the universe as we know it.
    Following this meltdown there is an eerie silence leaving us in a spooky realm of uncertainty. A three-way duel of musical weirdness emerges between Phil, Jerry and Keith that sounds as if aliens have landed.
    Finally, Phil begins to pluck away at the Spanish Jam. Apparently aliens speak Spanish. Needless to say, this Spanish Jam is one of the absolute finest ever played (2/11/70, 3/24/73, 6/23/74 and 6/26/74 round out the top five for me). Phil lays out for a moment to allow Jerry a chance to crank up both the volume and the distortion. Bobby enters with the trademark Spanish chords, Phil re-enters with a bubbly intro and Billy lays down a precise, crisp military drum roll on his snare drum. After a while Jerry switches to a wah-wah effect and the music becomes dreamy and surreal before dropping into the opening chords of Eyes of the World.
    This is a fine example of the kind of amazing musical journey the band was capable of taking every night during their peak years.

    Download Link:  http://www.mediafire.com/?klp4dvvgy0plo4h
    LMA Link: http://archive.org/details/gd1974-07-19.sbd.miller.flac16

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    December 23

    Eyes of the World
    6/10/73 R.F.K. Stadium, Washington D.C.

    I reviewed the Here Comes Sunshine from this incredible three-set show at RFK Stadium in my 2010 edition of the Unofficial 31 Days of Dead. Just as deserving of serious attention is the gorgeous, ethereal Eyes of the World that kicks off the second set. Clocking in at over 20 minutes, this standout version of Eyes in its prime is probably one of the longest ever.

    The jazzy interplay between all band members is sublime. Billy in particular is at his all-time best, making great use of splashing and bell-ringing cymbals. Bob’s sharp rhythm guitar complements the percussion madness creating a dance-like atmosphere. Keith also rises to the occasion adding some tasty piano flourishes. The rapid hallucinatory flight of Garcia’s notes blossom into colors and fractal images and the “Stronger Than Dirt” jam is extremely tight and played very confidently. For this Eyes,  the energy ranks right up there with the versions from 8/6/74 and 10/19/74. Eventually things become looser and the music drifts off into a blues-like dirge.

    Download Link:  http://www.mediafire.com/?6344rdk3z723k41
    LMA Link: http://archive.org/details/gd1973-06-10.sbd.flac16

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    On January 24th – 26th, Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads venue in San Rafael, Calif. will host the first West Coast Rambles of the year. Lesh will team up with Furthur cohorts John Kadlecik and Jeff Chimenti for the main sets, but the big news is who will open and augment Phil on his sets – God Street Wine!

    [Photo by Michael Weiss]

    All five original members of the band and multi-instrumentalist Jason Crosby will take part in the Rambles both as the opening act and as part of Phil’s sets. God Street Wine last played this past August when they completed a cross-country run with a three-night stand at the Gramercy Theater in New York City. On August 9th, the band visited Bob Weir’s TRI Studios for a webcast and later that night performed with Lesh at Terrapin Crossroads. Tickets are on sale now via the venue’s website.

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    December 24

    Crazy Fingers > Stella Blue
    6/26/76 Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL

    Performing two ballads in a row to a live audience is risky. But when did the Grateful Dead ever follow the rules of mainstream rock and roll anyway?

    [Artwork by Brian Levine]

    This Crazy Fingers > Stella Blue sequence is absolutely stunning. Both are played at a slow, soulful pace.  Jerry’s delicate vocal delivery is extremely passionate and Team Godchaux brings their A-game. Donna’s sweet vocal harmonies and Keith’s twinkling piano contributions up in the high register are things of pure beauty. The Middle-Eastern jam that floats out of Crazy Fingers has just the right amount of spaciness before dropping into Stella Blue.

    Download Link:  http://www.mediafire.com/?qpc88v2oep49uyr
    LMA Link: http://archive.org/details/gd1976-06-26.mtx.flac16

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  • 12/24/12--07:12: Video: Yo La Tengo – Ohm
  • With the dust barely settled on another triumphant eight-night Hanukkah run at Maxwell’s, Yo La Tengo won’t have much time to sit back and reflect back on what went down, as now the Hoboken-based band will turn their attention to promoting their new studio album. On January 15, the iconic indie-rock act will release their 13th full-length effort – Fade – via their longtime label Matador Records.

    Last week Ira Kaplan & Co. released the music video for the record’s second single Ohm – which is nearly seven minutes of everything we love about this band: drone-y, noisy rock that somehow finds a way to be melodic. Let’s check it out…

    Click here to view the embedded video.

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    Yo La Tengo will kick off the North American leg of their lengthy winter world tour at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, North Carolina on January 23.

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