Friday, October 31, 2008


Grateful Dead 10-31-85 Carolina Coliseum, University of South Carolina, Columbia setlist and soundboard mp3 download
Maybe I shoulda put up 10-31-91 today, the classic Halloween show with Ken Kesey? I had a request for 10-31-90 London. And there are others with great setlists including the Jerry Garcia Band and yeah, Ratdog, too -- somewhere through the years Bobby busted out the Warren Zevon tune we all wanna hear. But ya know what, I decided that if I'm able to keep doing this Dead show posting far into the future, why not do a Halloween show every year. Or... maybe starting next year, a doubleheader. But for this year, this is what I decided on...

23 years ago tonight...

Grateful Dead ~ October 31, 1985
Carolina Coliseum
University of South Carolina, Columbia

1st Set: Space Werewolves Of London*, The Music Never Stopped,
West L.A. Fadeaway, Mama Tried
Mexicali Blues,
Tennessee Jed, Looks Like Rain
Might As Well

2nd Set: Shakedown Street Playing In The Band Ship Of Fools
Jam Drums Jam Dear Mr. Fantasy Not Fade Away

Encore: U.S. Blues

* first since 7/8/78!

Some U.S. states were entirely or almost missed by the Grateful Dead over the years and South Carolina is one of 'em. This is the Dead's one and only performance in the Palmetto State and it came during a strong Fall Tour -- the next night in Richmond was released in the Dick's Picks series.
Let's see what this person had to say, transcibed from:

DeadBase IXDeadBase IX [out of print]


All Hallow's Eve in 1985 found the Grateful Dead not at U.S.C. in southern California but at the one in South Carolina. Despite the rain, many traveled to see the band's first South Carolina appearance and the first Halloween show outside of California in several years. The holiday (second only to New Year's Eve in Deadhead importance) brought out the wildness in all, most obvious in the creative costumes which included giant skulls, giant mushrooms, and my favorite, an accident victim with a tire track running all the way up his leg, body, and face. As we filtered into the small and steep coliseum to whoops of "trip or treat!" we noticed several small pumpkins on stage and Dan Healy clowning around in a wizard's outfit.

As the band took the stage, Weir had to work on his chronic amp problem. Garcia started a Finiculi Finicula for the first time in over a year, which featured some distracting Healy-sounds, then all fell silent for several seconds. The peace was broken suddenly from a long howl from Phil, who then started laughing diabolically. Jerry followed the cackling with distorted guitar, and the band entertained the holiday revelers with several minutes of intense feedback and space (the bands way of "trick"ing the fans), just in case they forgot what day it was. Finally, Garcia broke into Werewolves Of London (last played with Keith and Donna) to the delight of all. A rather good early-set Music Never Stopped followed and Bob greeted us with a "Good evening, music lovers." Garcia noodled around with Teddy Bear's Picnic as he tuned, but after that point the band couldn't quite keep up the energy level they had in the first few minutes. Looks Like Rain was an exception as Weir took the audience from the heights of love to the depths of despair and back instantly, with some nice "rain" effects from the lights.

The second set was not much better than the first. Shakedown never really got "there," nor did Playin, which Jerry surprisingly led into Ship Of Fools. This was followed by a nearly ten-minute jam, then drums, and another several-minute jam (but no repeat of space). The show ended with a one-two punch of Dear Mr. Fantasy (whose vocals Jerry had no completely relinquished to Brent) and Not Fade Away. Although after the explosive beginning the music lacked the energy of many of the other shows of the tour, it was still a special Halloween night.
Everyone has an opinion and some people are a little pickier than others when it comes to whether they dig a Dead show or whether they totally love one that they'd recommend to others. Me, well, I'm not picky. I notice what's so smokin' hot just as much as what's rather eh, but usually it's all good.

This show has a GREAT start to it and then it just kinda hums along, not bad but nothing that's wicked hot. I definitely loved the Space-> Werewolves! And the Music Never Stopped following that? That's just so not normal and absolutely makes this show worth it. Cool little bit of Teddy Bear's Picnic, too before a really strong West L.A.... I'm actually kinda surprised at how good it is here. So nice! Overall, it's a good set capped by a sweet LLR and a fun Might As Well to send every into Halftime with a smile on their face.

Right before the first notes to open Set 2, if you listen closely you can hear someone say, "Play your ass off." Shakedown might not've gotten there for the Deadbase reviewer above, but the groove it does get into is nice enough. And at 15 minutes long, what a fun way to dance into the rest of the night.

Playin'-> Ship of Fools is nice and Jerry's got some good emotion goin' on, especially with the transition into the Jam. That really should be labeled Playing In The Band Jam (or Playin' Jam) because notes of PITB are so clearly evident at the beginning. What it evolves into is... well, it's more like a Space than a jam. I guess it's really somewhere in between the two. After a brief Drums, Mickey & Billy stay on stage and another Jam begins. This one gets a little wild and hectic compared to the first one before excellently finding its way into Dear Mr. Fantasy. Jerry and Brent (Jerry especially) play so nicely and the band is more in tune than not. NFA is fun with some vocal tweaking and toying at the soundboard and yeah, there are only two songs to close out the show before the encore but it's all nicely enjoyable.

No, it's not a monumental Halloween show but there's some great music here and I'm sure a fun night was had by all.

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2nd Set ~ 10/31/85 ~ Carolina Coliseum
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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Dead on Long Island

Grateful Dead Steal Your Face
10-30-70 SUNY Stony Brook setlist & soundboard mp3 download a.k.a. 10/30/70 aka 70-10-30

Listen -- this whole 100 Days of the Dead was never intended to be about just the music... it was also supposed to be about giving. You giving. Give: Your Money, Your Time... some of both? One or the other? Sometimes people think they've gotta give a lot if they're gonna give at all. Not true. Even a single dollar or two helps make a difference when organizations work to do great things in this world. Yes, even a buck or two.

Have you got a favorite charity? Key up their old www there and sacrifice tomorrow's latte because I can assure you, your latte is never more important than helping others in need.

If there's nothing in particular that you know you'd like to donate to, feel free to check out Network For Good. You can find non-profits up the ying yang there. Surely there's an organization out there whose work will touch your heart and make you wanna fork over a little green for a cause greater than yourself. Yeah? Check it out!

38 years ago today...

Grateful Dead - October 30, 1970
University Gymnasium
State University of New York (SUNY) - Stony Brook

Early Show
Cold Rain & Snow, Truckin', Sugar Magnolia,
Next Time You See Me, Me & My Uncle, Good Lovin'-> Drums->
Good Lovin'-> Drums-> Cumberland Blues, Good Lovin', Casey Jones

Late Show
Smokestack Lightning, Beat It On Down The Line,
China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Friend Of The Devil, Truckin',
Candyman, It Hurts Me Too, Dancin' In The Streets, Big Railroad Blues,
St. Stephen-> Not Fade Away-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad->
Not Fade Away-> Turn On Your Lovelight

All shows I like to approach equally. Back when you had a ticket in hand and you were on your way inside, you didn't know if it would be an okay show or a great show. You didn't know if there'd be one moment worth the price of admission, or a dozen moments that made you think life could end right then and there because WOW, that was sooooooooooo goooood!!!!!

Today, I've heard lots of shows but not 'em all. And since I just ain't in the business of posting only what are considered to be the "best" shows, sometimes one (or two) might not be so hot...


Veteran taper Barry Glassberg recalls that both shows on this date featured the Dead and the New Riders, who played one set each per show. The sound system was being run by students, not the Dead's crew, which resulted in the band getting really pissed off (and, so it seems, drunk). These circumstances conspired to foster some of the weakest shows of one of the strongest years in the Dead's touring history.

Jerry's guitar lacks energy, and Phil's bass is too low in the mix (the fatal flaw). "Truckin'" features howlingly awful harmonies, but a nice outro. Or maybe you're just glad it's over. All in all, this is a clean recording of a lackluster show. Unfortunately, the late show wasn't much better.

Excerpts from an actual e-mail exchange regarding the early and late shows:

All in all, a pretty loose night, never really found the groove. Unremarkable. Lazy. Indifferent. In general, =yawn=.

was holding back! . . . i've always found all four of those shows (10-30a&b, 10-31a&b) to be yawners.

Dancin', Smokestack, and Lovelight have their moments, but this show just isn't up to the 1970 standard. Consider these shows as a soundcheck / rehearsal for the Port Chester run.

I think it is a mellow show . . . well-played and executed, just without the highlights one expects from a 1970 show. The Saint Stephen > Not Fade Away > Going Down the Road Feeling Bad > Not Fade Away is basically uneventful.

If I had to take 500 Dead tapes to the proverbial sound- system- equipped desert island, this wouldn't be one of 'em.

transcribed from:

The Deadhead's Taping Compendium, Volume 1 [for Grateful Dead music!]
The Deadhead's Taping Compendium, Volume 1:
An In-Depth Guide
to the Music of the Grateful Dead
on Tape, 1959-1974 by Michael Getz and John Dwork
[out of print]

Well, ya win some, ya lose some.

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Grateful Dead ~ 10/30/70 ~ Early Show
Late Show ~ 10/30/70 ~ Stony Brook

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

"Everybody say primate"

You ever wonder why the hell certain unwelcome people won't just go the darn heck away!? Unhealthy obsessions really should come to an end.
It's what's best for all involved parties. Ya know?


100 Days of the Dead

Day # whatever this is

My selection for today comes partially from me not being able to Upload in time the show that I had wanted to post today -- a Ratdog show from 1997, which wouldn't have gotten much love, but I dig it.

So... a long time ago I listened to today's Grateful Dead "show" but I wasn't doing mp3 at the time... all I did was a little research and write some comments.

And then ever since I started the mp3 thing, I've wanted to add a download for that show for whoever wants it. Today's the perfect time.

Back in March of last year, here's what I wrote for:

5/5/67 - Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco

Pretty good little (portion of a?) show! Apparently it's not known what the whole setlist consisted of. Luckily four songs, almost 40 years later, exist for us to groove on and enjoy today.

He Was A Friend Of Mine opens this recording on a nice, mellow note. If this was somehow the first song in the show and someone was seeing the Dead for their first time, wow, they'd have no clue what they were in for! Friend Of Mine cuts off near the end and cuts into the band in between numbers, bantering probably under the influence of, well . . . items of interest to those seeking hallucinogenic enlightenment. That fun couple of minutes goes into a nearly lightning fast but sweet Golden Road.

The first notes of New Potato kick in as Golden Road comes to a close and we soon hear Bobby yell out, "This number's for Laughlin!"

Now, after a little internet research, I found nothing to tell me definitively who this Laughlin person is. Closest I can figure the name refers possibly to a 60's Bay Area guy named Chandler A. Laughlin a.k.a. Travus T. Hipp.

Back in that era Laughlin helped open the Cabale Creamery on San Pablo Ave. in Berkeley. In early '66 the Dead had a show scheduled there but it was canceled. Later the Cabale became the Questing Beast where the Dead may or may not have rehearsed. Once upon a time a tape was in circulation labeled "Questing Beast" but it's since been determined that those sessions are from another date and location. Interestingly, The Beast closed down on May 9, right about the time the May 5th Fillmore show was thought (but not definitively known) to have taken place . . . uh, except The Beast is said to have closed in '66 (according to and this show is from '67. Hmmm.

Okay, so perhaps Bobby's shout out to Laughlin is for the following (which appears on -- "Chased across the Mexican border twice by the FBI for subversive associations and drugs, and back once by the Federales of that noble nation for somewhat the same reasons, Hipp finally fell afoul the law and was doing a short term of county time when he was bailed out by the legendary Tom Donahue to go to work for KMPX, America's premier FM rock station in 1967."

Until I ask around some more and maybe find out from someone who knows, the true meaning of Laughlin will remain a mystery to me.

In any case, the Golden Road segue into New Potato Caboose is almost as quiet and mellow as He Was a Friend of Mine, really not at all indicative of what's to come. On a down side, the vocals in the mix are almost lost behind the music, almost a little muddy. Thankfully, it's not the vocals that I'm listening for! Once the lyrics are done with, at about the three minute mark, the song quickly picks up a ton of steam and blasts so well into a cataclysmic atomic shebang. While the vocals aren't all there, the smile on my face along with the feeling I had made me fully aware the music is all there!!!

Alligator rolls forward in a very similar fashion. Once the seemingly half-hidden vocals are out of the way after the first few minutes of the song, the music picks up some intense primitive Dead strength cranking into the final screams of "Allligatorrrrrrrrrrr . . . Alligatorrrrrrr," it's clear what a contrast the last two songs are in comparison to the first.

Great audio quality for the era and seeing as how there's so little '67 Dead to listen to, this is 31 minutes to be nothing less than treasured.

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sorry, it ain't sweet by any means... but due to lack of a lot of '67, it's welcome!!!!

5/5/67 @ -- For Listening Only


TINY STEAL YOUR FACE - Jerry Garcia but no Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, Tom Constanten.  No Vince Welnick or Bruce Hornsby.  No Ron Pigpen McKernan. Download It Right Here TINY STEAL YOUR FACE - no Brent Mydland.  No Donna or Keith Godchaux.  No songs by Robert Hunter and John Perry Barlow or Bob Dylan.

Catchy Title For Today's Run Withheld

I wonder if it's dumb to still be angry at idiotic war protesters who declared President George W. Bush to be equal to Hitler. Maybe they're just a bunch of sad souls who just didn't know any better.

Bush really wasn't like Hitler, right? He isn't now, is he? No, that couldn't be right. So far as I know, and I'm pretty sure I've been paying pretty good attention, our President has never allowed anything like the following to happen:

At the Kovno Ghetto in present-day Kaunas, Lithuania, on this day, October 29, in 1941, around 10,000 Jews were shot to death. This became known as the "Great Action." I'm sure Hitler was pleased.

If Bush is guilty of such actions, they must not have been reported in the news and/or I must have been taking a nap that day.

The North Face trail running shoe -- good for use in the Appalachian Mountains ... but seriously, they are rather small compared to the Rocky Mountains ... Sierra Nevada are sweet, too.  Would definitely use 'em in the Alps, that's for sure.  One thing's for sure -- Jerry Garcia or Bob Weir or Phil Lesh or Blaise Compaoré probably never went running in Liberia, Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, Pyongyang, 평양 직할시 조선민주주의인민공화국 平壤直轄市 朝鮮民主主義人民共和國, Türkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Кыргызстан, Киргизия, Uzbekistan, O'zbekiston, Ўзбекистон Республикаси, Tajikistan, Тоҷикистон.  Probably the same with Brent Mydland.  At least that's my gut feeling.  I could be wrong.  I mean, there were a lot of drugs at Grateful Dead shows and the good Lord above, He knows I did my share!
Wednesday Afternoon Run: 23 min 15 sec
+ 2:08 !!

2:55 p.m. - 56°, cloudless & bright but nearly perfect for running!!!!!!
X ·Oct :: +30 sec· X
September:3 hours 25 min
August:2 hours 39 min
July:2 hours 11 min
June:1 hour 47 min
May:4 hours 46 min

Fan-freakin'-tastic run! This is the weather I need to excel. This is the weather I need to put a smile on my face. Running sucks ass, at least for me, but cool weather like this makes it much more tolerable.

Without any hesitation I added just over 2 minutes to my previous running time. How difficult was that extra two minutes? On a scale of 0 to 100 -- oh, about a 0. Sweet, baby. Just sweet! Have I run 23 minutes ever before? I have, at least once, maybe twice. I think that was in an undocumented run but in all my running posts, have I run 23+ minutes? I could check... but I'm not gonna. Maybe. Maybe not. In any case -- 23 minutes for me is GREAT!!!!!!

I'm so glad that I got out on the trail again. I've come to face the fact that October is shot as far as achieving the success I wanted in my Total Running Time for the month. Oh well. Why I'm even using calendar months to measure success, I don't know. It's not like me. But I am. And since I am, I'll look forward to November and do my best over these last few days of October.


PHONOGRAPHWednesday's Running Playlist
included most of this album...

Icehouse (Flowers) - Icehouse (1980)
Icehouse (Flowers)


We Can Get Together
Can't Help Myself
Nothing To Do
Not My Kind

A long, long, long time ago, Icehouse had one of the earliest videos on MTV (below.) They hit it big (internationally) in the late 80's with their album Man Of Colours. Prior to that, I think very few people in America knew about them. Once upon a time they were called Flowers and the name of their debut album was Icehouse. Oddly, shortly after its Australian release (they're from Sydney) they changed the band name to the name of their debut album and the rest is history. Onward they went, eventually to be elected into the Australian Recording Industry Hall of Fame.

320 kbps mp3 download MUSIC NOTE 192 kbps dload @ AusSound 320 kbps mp3 download MUSIC NOTE
320 kbps mp3 download
"Icehouse" by Icehouse, 1980/81

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Grateful Airplane (or the Jefferson Dead?)

Grateful Dead Skull & Roses
10-28-69 Jefferson Airplane House setlist & soundboard mp3 download a.k.a. 10/28/69 aka 69-10-28
39 Years Ago Today... a few sat around and just played.
Reportedly those sitting in were:

Jerry Garcia
Jorma Kaukonen - guitar
Jack Casady - bass
Mickey Hart & Spencer Dryden - percussion

Jefferson Airplane House ~ October 28, 1969
2400 Fulton Street, San Francisco, California

I've Been All Around This World, Big Boss Man,
Jam (Stormy Monday Theme), Slow Blues,
Jam, Jam

This is a classic, it's one that I always wanted a copy of on tape but just never got around to picking it up. I've Been All Around This World had not yet been played by the Grateful Dead; it would make its debut almost two months after this. Big Boss Man had taken a two-year absence from Grateful Dead setlists... during the summer, just a couple months earlier, it was brought back a couple times. Really it's from this point that the song re-emerges in the Dead's repertoire. Other those two songs with lyrics, it's all instrumental puttering around and jamming. Since it's just under 1 hour long, this is one of those to play on a loop while you're futzing around the house doing chores and stuff. Occasionally Mickey & Spencer join in but for the most part it's Jerry, Jorma, and Jack doing nothing but delighting the senses.

Very cool stuff... but usually, in some way, everything is!

Source: Soundboard Master Reel> Cassette> DAT> CDR

Audio Quality:
(it might even deserve a full 5-stars!)

TINY STEAL YOUR FACE - Jerry Garcia but no Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, Tom Constanten.  No Vince Welnick or Bruce Hornsby.  No Ron Pigpen McKernan. Download It Right Here TINY STEAL YOUR FACE - no Brent Mydland.  No Donna or Keith Godchaux.  No songs by Robert Hunter and John Perry Barlow or Bob Dylan.

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who don't take a moment to say Thanks.

These downloads don't have to be here for you.
When 200 people download something
and 12 people comment, that's pretty lame.
It doesn't give much incentive
to keep posting cool tunes like this.

So comment once in a while.
Express your thankfulness. It won't hurt...
it'll also help keep this blog alive.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Not the Dead Kennedys, the Dead in the Kennedy's backyard

Rollin', rollin', rollin' on. I think this is Day 35. I've really begun to lose track. Wow, been at this for a month now. I once estimated 75 shows but I'm not sure for sure. I almost didn't want to post today. Great show, kind of a popular one for '79, but I'm feeling a wee bit o' burn out. Me needs me a day off from this! Didn't I just have one? Me needs me two days off then. I suppose what kinda gets to me is my "need" to always post something resembling a review and/or comments. It just ain't in me to post download links and say: "Here. Enjoy." That wouldn't be any fun! So on we go...

Grateful Dead Steal Your Face - fractal 2
10-27-79 Cape Cod Coliseum setlist & soundbo ard mp3 download a.k.a. 10/27/79 aka 79-10-27
29 Years Ago Tonight...

Grateful Dead ~ October 27, 1979
Cape Cod Coliseum ~ South Yarmouth, Massachusetts

1st Set: Jack Straw, Candyman, Me & My Uncle-> Big River,
Brown-Eyed Women, Easy To Love You, New Minglewood Blues,
Stagger Lee, Lost Sailor-> Saint Of Circumstance-> Deal

2nd Set: Dancin' In The Street-> Franklin's Tower,
He's Gone-> Caution Jam-> The Other One-> Drums->
Not Fade Away-> Black Peter-> Around And Around

Encore: One More Saturday Night

I was sort of in hurry to post this one and don't have that many comments. The Caution Jam i think is completely made up as in I don't hear it. I'm not sure. I'll have to listen closer. But the Dancin'... wow, yeah, maybe the best ever! It's soooo good.

There are a few short Aud patches but otherwise this is a really nice recording. I'd be interested to hear how the Matrix sounds compared to this but ya know what, this is good enough!

Some additional comments, transcribed from:

DeadBase IXDeadBase IX [out of print]


This show is a personal favorite and has become an evangelical cause for me. It is one of the strongest shows that I have attended. The Cape is a great place to see the Dead on the East Cast. It is remote enough that random rowdy don't bother showing up just to see what the fuss is about; you have to want to be there -- only devotees need apply. The police and security were almost invisible. The stormy beach was a nice place to recuperate and recharge between shows.

The first set is somewhat standard, featuring a good version of Jack Straw. Sparks start to fly in the second set. There is almost a full hour of music before the drums, with each of the first three songs accounting for about fifteen minutes. The Dancin In The Streets> Franklin's is a work of art, finely crafted and beautifully expressed, and easily among my favorite versions of these songs. Much of the enthusiasm comes from Phil who steals the show, the inevitable phasing that drives the ebb and flow.

He's Gone has the audience clapping and swaying by the end. Its major contribution, though, is the wonderful jam that flows out of it. There is even a respectable, though short, Caution Jam woven in. The Other One the follows is explosive. We are provided with a solid introduction, and then Phil rides in on a thundercloud. I often find myself turning the bass down to save my speakers at this point.

The selections after the drums may seem anticlimactic, but all are played very well. The Not Fade Away is particularly good. Still, the reality is that they had a very tough act to follow.

About the second set, I think he should have said: "with the first three songs accounting for about forty-five minutes." What he wrote kinda sounds like he means all three add up to 15 minutes which is FAR from reality.

It's definitely true about Phil thundering into The Other One. Perhaps it's good that such a moment didn't occur every time the song was played because that makes times like this truly special.

Overall this is just an excellent show!!!

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Part 3 fixed here

Hey it's Sugarmag. Thank you for your comments letting me know about the problems with part 3 of this show. Zoooma wrote the post but I did the upload and I won't bore you with the details but I had some problems with the rar files.

one says one number and the other another
but they were set at the same time. Hmmm...

Calvin and Hobbes in the snow -- animated