Saturday, January 31, 2009

Running with Jerry's Drummer

Yada yada yada, socialism sucks, government bloating sucks, politics sucks, politicians who want to waste taxpayer dollars suck, politicians who don't believe they're wasting our money suck, but those politicians who do not vote for the Government Expansion Non-Stimulus Bill are Heroes. Basically all that matters in the world right now: beer.


Exercise is needed.

I got mine. You?

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!
Saturday Afternoon Run: 21 min 54 sec
-2 min 43 sec

4:05 pm - 56
° - a cloudless sunny sky

Even though I had a tremendous desire to top my December running time, I was NOT looking forward to today's run; I was just too tired. Not enough good sleep last night plus some sort of mysterious pain related to (or just near?) my right Achilles tendon had me wanting to just stay home and say Screw It. I got myself to go, though. Since I was a little unsure about this final January outing, I knocked my Running Time down significantly as well as depressingly. I do not like taking off time -- only supposed to be going FORWARD, adding MORE time. Ay caramba. Oh well. However, in the interest of thinking positively about this -- I got it done. I'm beat up (or so I feel) and I think I never want to run again (even though I know I will.) This is so important; I positively abso-freakin-lutely do NOT want to be an unhealthy and severely overweight human being. NO! So I run.

Onward to February and not just 3 hours but FOUR! (Hopefully.)
X ·Feb :: 0 sec· X
2 hours 54 min
2 hours 42 min
November:2 hours 31 min
October:2 hours 10 min
**SEPTEMBER**3 Hours 25 min


Saturday's Running Playlist
included most of this album...
Billy Joel - Streetlife Serenade (1974)
Billy Joel

Streetlife Serenade

Streetlife Serenade
Los Angelenos
The Great Suburban Showdown
Root Beer Rag (Instrumental)
The Entertainer
Last Of The Big Time Spenders
Weekend Song
The Mexican Connection (Instrumental)
Wow, I really don't like old Billy Joel all that much. This album bored the crap out of me. Well, maybe not that much but enough. Los Angelenos is maybe the only truly good song on here. Everything else is fluff. He's a great piano player but the dude doesn't rock on this album, not like he did years later.

There's a connection to the Grateful Dead here... sort of, Jerry Garcia really. Streetlife Serenade was recorded in 1974 and in the same year Ron Tutt played drums on Jerry's "Compliments" album. The following January, Tutt would begin Playing In The Band in Legion Of Mary and the JGB for 2½ years.

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"Los Angelenos"


Saturday Morning Cartoon Time!

Somehow, a couple days ago, I got Woody Woodpecker stuck in my head. Since it's been, oh, at least a couple dozen years since I've seen a single Woody Woodpecker cartoon, I decided to look one up and have a good laugh.

"Puny Express"
January 22, 1951

That was cool...
but these are the best ever:

"Aloha Hooey"

Starring: Cecil Crow & Sammy Seagull

Directed By: Tex Avery

Release Date:
January 31, 1942

Friday, January 30, 2009


Random VW
Grateful Dead VW Volkswagen emblem/logo Steal Your Face
Volume 8

Snoopy - Grateful Dead 1973 Volkswagen non-Westfalia

1973, found at:

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Got Wings?

Finally, a show.

Putting up 60-70 shows or so from Sept 23-Dec 31 kinda wore me out.

Grateful Dead Steal Your Face - plain~MNS-2009-Volume-009

Grateful Dead -- March 31, 1973
Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York

SBD mp3 320 kbps download
1st Set: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo, The Race Is On,
Sugaree, Mexicali Blues, Box Of Rain, Tennessee Jed, Jack Straw,
Big Railroad Blues, El Paso, Row Jimmy, Looks Like Rain,
They Love Each Other, Playing In The Band

Set 2: The Promised Land-> Bertha-> Greatest Story Ever Told,
He's Gone-> Truckin'-> Jam-> Drums-> The Other One->
Spanish Jam-> I Know You Rider, Sugar Magnolia

Encore: Casey Jones

Because of a few minor cuts here and there, this isn't the smoothest recording but the cassette generation in the lineage seemingly doesn't have any negative effect on the overall sound. It's pretty sweet throughout.

The show itself is a very nice example of when the boys (and girl) went out and played an essentially flawless show. I really find it impossible to pick a highlight of the first set... maybe Tennessee Jed. One thing not so great to me is when Playin' winds back up from the jammy spaceland they had been in, I personally find Donna's wailing at that point to grate on my every nerve. She's not bad during Race Is On and during other moments when her harmonies I find pleasing. But that spot in PITB: oi. Not nice.

The second set features a smokin' Greatest Story and He's Gone through the end of the set is just magnificent: the Grateful Dead at some of its best in '73! Listen closely for some of the Close Encounters of the Third Kind theme. Hmmm, I think John Williams ripped this off from Jerry and not the other way around! One more interesting note -- I Know You Rider is played without China Cat Sunflower: first time since 11/8/70. A rarity indeed.

Once upon a time, the meat of Set 2 was played on The Grateful Dead Hour and that's all that existed for this show. Here's the Compendium review for that chunk o' music:

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]

Here we have a wide variety of musical styles that segue in and out of each other effortlessly. This is one of those shows where is seems like the band must have practiced this sequence for weeks; it just sounds that slick. But we all know better . . .

It starts out with a long, relaxed "He's Gone," featuring some playful, nearly goofy vocal harmonies by Lesh at the end. After sliding into the shuffle mode with a solid take on "Truckin'," the Dead unwind into the blues feel of a short "Nobody's Fault" instrumental. Billy solos for a few minutes before they all charge into the "Other One" chords. But before any singing occurs, Keith comes up with an irresistible groove to change the tempo; Garcia takes note of it, and so off they go into a fired-up, jazzy jam. This soon melts into a very slow jam with just Garcia, Lesh, and Billy. Garcia, as if recalling two sudden appointments he has to be at, suddenly starts playing both the "Other One" and the "Spanish Jam" themes simultaneously. The band soon opts for the latter, playing it short but brisk and rather unusual-sounding. This, of course, flows right back into "The Other One," where they sing verse one. In keeping with the program, they all bail out of this and dissolve into a drumless space that includes: Garcia doing his hiccup chops (not a "Tiger," though); Lesh dropping potentially fatal, precisely timed bombs; Weir's scraping, scab-pickin' feedback; and Keith playing what sounds like a harpsichord--though he may be strumming the inside of the piano strings a la Henry Cowell. Garcia switches to his wah-wah pedal and begins to play a vaguely familiar melody . . . until Lesh interrupts it all with a note of finality. Billy returns and immediately lays down some fresh jazz rolls as the band cruises joyfully into a "Feelin' Groovy Jam." As was the norm for this period, the Dead take this jam right into an inspired "Rider" to end a fascinating fifty-minute performance.


3-31-73 aka 03-31-73 aka 3/31/73 aka 03-31-73 aka 73-03-31 War Memorial? Nope
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Set One -- 3/31/73
TINY STEAL YOUR FACE 3/31/73 -- 2nd Set

** the Set 1 .rar file says "71" but it's correct, no worries **

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Another Untitled Rant & Running Post

Will our government do anything right? Seemingly -- no. Listening to the White House briefing with Press Secretary (Somebody Gibbs,) I got that he wants the American people to NOT focus on 99% of the "stimulus" bill but take pleasure in the fact that like 1% will be helping to stimulate the economy. Without getting too much into it, this is helps demonstrate the divide in America. Dems want to help people BUT they also want to bloat the government and spend like crazy on anything they can. Here we are with Republicans being the ones who want to solely focus on the American worker without all the other crap.

(Or something like that. I'm generally always right but like Obama giving waivers to get around the promises he made about not having lobbyists in his administration, I'm giving myself a waiver to not be totally accurate here.)

Anyway, I wasn't paying close attention but over and over that's what I may have heard, that the American people (and the Media) shouldn't focus on the questionable things that the taxpayer dollars are going to be spent on. Only focus on we think will stimulate the economy. Stop scrutinizing everything else.

IT'S OUR MONEY. Are you kidding us? Don't dwell on the useless crap that some of the Congress has put in there, just focus on what'll help the people immediately?? But what about all that useless crap?!?!?!?!?!?!?! Ignore it? Stimulus bill my ass. "Government Bloating Bill -- 2009."

Whatever. Dooshbags. Any president who chooses a Tax Cheat to run a government agency and the government who seats that Tax Cheat is just asking to ALWAYS be in suspicion of EVERYTHING they EVER do.

That is all.

I went running.

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!
Monday Afternoon Run: 24 minutes 37 sec
+1 min 27 sec

12:40 pm - 67
° - a little sunny

Ay caramba. I'm wiped out. Nearly 70° (F) for the end of January? Disgusting. Just wrong. And it didn't help my run. By the time I got halfway through I wishing for death, as in -- drop dead, heart stop, run over. I'm not sure why left wing liberal [insert bad name here]'s complain so much about enhanced interrogation techniques for terrorists . . . they should be protesting to stop me from running because THAT is torture.

I don't know why but my shoulders hurt. I'm not sore anywhere else but there. Hips hurt during my run, a little bit, but that subsided. No bad knee pain. All seems pretty good... but my shoulders?

Twas so foggy this morning and I wanted to run down the foggy trail
but it lifted quickly. Oh well. If it wasn't so warm this afternoon, twouldn't a-been so bad. Now all I really want is a coffin, thanks.

But I'm glad I got this run in. One more run and I can eclipse December and that's my goal. Unfortunately I won't get over 3 hours. Dang it.

X ·Jan :: -07 sec· X
2 hours 32 min
2 hours 42 min
November:2 hours 31 min
October:2 hours 10 min
SEPTEMBER3 Hours 25 min
August:2 hours 39 min
July:2 hours 11 min


Monday's Running Playlist
included most of this album...
Death Cab For Cutie

Narrow Stairs

Bixby Canyon Bridge
I Will Possess Your Heart
No Sunlight
Cath. . .
Talking Bird
You Can Do Better Than Me
Grapevine Fires
Your New Twin Sized Bed
Long Division
Pity And Fear
The Ice Is Getting Thinner
Apparently this is considered a great album. It is good. I think I like it. I Will Possess Your Heart (on the album) drives forward for minutes on end before any lyrics are sung. Would be a GREAT driving song, particularly late at night.

I've known about this band but am not sure if I've ever heard a single note of their music before pressing play on Narrow Stairs. What's here is uneven in sound. Slow and dirge-like here, fast and cool there, and then Beatles/Oasis-ish in another place. I dunno, I don't want every song to sound the same but what's up with that? It's like three different bands.

Overall this is pretty good but I'd've liked it to be more upbeat. No Sunlight and Long Division get there but not a lot else.

I might listen again and might check out other albums of theirs. We'll see.

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"I Will Possess Your Heart"
(an abbreviated version)
Late Show with David Letterman -- May 13, 2008

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Where does the nuthatch winter?

Listening to some sweet '73 GD now and I'll post it up (hopefully) sometime After Midnight and Before Sunrise on America's eastern seaboard... so Stay Tuned!

For now here's what I've got for ya:

Diethylether's Flask

"The goal of this journal is to record some thoughts and general information on the wealth of unnofficial concert recordings that circulate on and off the internet, particularly those of the Grateful Dead. The initiial area of focus as I get this journal off the ground will be audience recordings of the Grateful Dead available on the Live Music Archive (LMA), particularly for those shows where no soundboard recording circulates."

There are No Downloads but this dude's blog (Wordpress is blogging, right) has got some interesting comments on shows from '68 thru '84. I've read paragraphs from about 4 or 5 reviews and he's got a lot of insightful and informative info. Check him out! NOW!!! What are you waiting for?!?!?! (or watch the vid below first and then go, that's cool, too.)

Grateful Dead dancing bear -- small light blue

From this same show I posted "Bertha" last summer, here's...

Bill Kreutzmann (Drummer Grateful Dead),
Oteil Burbridge, Scott Murawski in a band they call 3 play
"Eyes Of The World"
at the Lincoln Park Zoo 4-20-2008 for Earth Day celebration.
Part of the Mike's Super Wild Kingdom series.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Untitled Country Music Running Post

Who wants a Dead show?

Maybe tomorrow

All I've got for today is my run and yeah, me likes me some Nashville radio-friendly country every so often.

I always get a kick out of people when they talk complain about country music bein' all about cryin' in your beer 'cause your woman run over your dog when she stole your pickup as she was leaving you.

Not quite.

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!
Monday Afternoon Run: 23 minutes 10 seconds
-3 min 4 sec

4:50 pm - 44
° - totally overcast with misting light rain

My first run in WAY too long. In my defense, I was sick for about a week. When I go this long, I feel so horrible about myself. I begin to feel like I'm not really caring about my health at all. No exercise at all? You've GOT to be kidding me... I mean, I've got to be kidding myself. Had I let another day go by... and then another, so easily I could've slipped into a normal American slug state of being. Why run? Why exercise? It's a pain in the ass. I could be doing other things. I dunno... I ran and I feel good but I'm so down on myself for going 9 or 10 days between runs. Pathetic.

Because of the length of time since I was last on the trail, I wasn't sure about how long I'd want to attempt. Unfortunately I didn't feel confident in at least matching my last run time of 26 minutes and something seconds . . . didn't feel confident at all and so I chopped off about 3 minutes. CRAP!!!!!! This means I've gotta work my way back up AGAIN. CRAP!!!!!! Damn the human body. Why can't we just eat and drink whatever we want all the time and never gain a pound?!?!?

I'm tellin' ya, Babe -- today, this run, was so important because I was this close to never running again. I don't want go up to 200. I should be working down to 180.

In any case, I feel pretty good but any significant strain won't show itself until tomorrow so we'll see. But I feel good.

Oh, and a wet run it was. The rain was just ever so lightly falling but I was cold -- needed long-sleeve shirt and a light fleece pullover. Still had my shorts!!!
X ·Jan :: +16 sec· X
2 hours & 7 min
2 hours 42 min
November:2 hours 31 min
October:2 hours 10 min
SEPTEMBER3 Hours 25 min
August:2 hours 39 min
July:2 hours 11 min


Monday's Running Playlist
included most of this album...
Alan Jackson - 16 Biggest Hits
Alan Jackson

16 Biggest Hits

Gone Country
It Must Be Love
Midnight In Montgomery
Chasin' That Neon Rainbow
Don't Rock The Jukebox
Mercury Blues
Here In The Real World
Pop A Top
That'd Be Alight
I Don't Even Know Your Name
Gone Crazy
I'll Go On Loving You
Little Man
Who's Cheatin' Who
Summertime Blues
Not an officially released Alan Jackson hits collection but a great bunch of songs none-the-less.

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"I'll Go On Loving You"

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Lovin' Me Some 69

University of Illinois Grateful Dead Steal Your Face Rainy and cold, a good day to stay in, veg out, drink coffee and not even go outside. Lots of college basketball on TV which would normally make me gag -- little girls playing a man's game??? (Yes, I have to make that comment every time, for college football, too.) But Sugarmag's team is on ESPN: the 24/25th ranked University of Illinois, at home against Wisconsin in Assembly Hall (where the Dead played thrice upon a time.) Since she's busy today I figured I'd watch some in her honor... or honour if you prefer the European spellin'. Even more than the game, when comin' back from the commercial breaks, it's kinda cool seein' camera shots of the cold and snowy U of I campus. I'm not even really watchin', I've got tunes in my ears... but I think Illinois is up at Halftime.

Speakin' of tunes in my ears... mmmmm.... I do love me some 69!

-- Grateful Dead 1/24/69 Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco - soundboard (SBD) download (mp3 - 320 kbps) and setlist ... THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED 2009 - VOL. 8

40 years ago tonight...

Grateful Dead -- January 24, 1969
Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco

1-24-69 aka 01-24-69 aka 1/24/69 aka 01-24-69 aka 69-01-24 --
1st Set: Cryptical Envelopment-> The Other One-> Cryptical->
New Potato Caboose, Dupree's Diamond Blues, Doin' That Rag

Set 2: Dark Star, Turn On Your Lovelight-> Drums

Once again, this ain't the best soundboard but it's all we've got. The first two to three minutes are marred by some sound problems on the recording. That crappyness clears up and the sound levels out okay until Dark Star when some channel fluctuations occur here and there. They'll be fine if you're stoned or tripping but otherwise you might find them a little annoying. (I didn't mind too much.)

In the last couple minutes of Cryptical this show begins to really kick in. New Potato I can't get enough of. Oh mama. In the first half of the song don't be surprised if the Phil solo rocks your house off its foundation a few inches. Is it even Phil? It doesn't sound exactly deep like bass and it's relatively fast at times. There might be some bass heard very faintly and infrequently in the background during this solo and at the end of it I hear Jerry come in so those two things lead me to believe it might not be Phil. Is it Bobby?!?! It's gotta be Phil. Wow. At the end of the solo, the motion of the song changes somewhat but stays just as powerful right to the end. Deadgasmic. Abso-freakin-lutely.

The direction changes with the first known live performance of Dupree's and right after that they roll out another brand new song and creep back towards where they were before Dupree's. New this time is -- and again, the first known live performance -- Doin' That Rag. They get on a nice roll in the end, never slowing down with a lot of Phil. If that was the first ever, I'd say not bad!

Aside from the aforementioned sporadic channel fluctuations, Dark Star is a powerful force at times as well as the psychedelicist moment of the evening. At almost the almost 12 minute mark, I'm approaching my second Deadgasm of the show now . . . And then enjoy the ride to the end. Whew.

Lovelight gets cut into a little but what a stark contrast to what was before it -- from subtle Garcia to wild and to the point, from delicate playing by the band to right there in the crowd's face. Then what the hell is going on with the screaming? "Ohhh Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!" Just havin' fun, I guess! Holy moly, full steam ahead this goes. Pig's mic goes at some point but he just keeps singin'. He eventually gets a working one again and it's like nothin' ever happened! Another mic problem happens again as Drums starts -- Pig wants to hang out and have fun with the crowd but what happens is just... my goodness, just... I don't know and I can't describe it. It's -- wild.

Have fun!

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Ahh, my darleeeng.... I Loove you

Saturday Morning Cartoon Time!

What's the crap kids watch nowadays? Flapjack? What the heck is that?!?!

This is a cartoon!!!

"Odor-able Kitty"

First appearance of Pepé Le Pew

Directed By: Chuck Jones ~~ Voiced
By: Mel Blanc

Release Date:
January 6, 1945

Friday, January 23, 2009

Are Promises Made To Be Broken?

I'm disappointed in President Obama. (I know, a lot of you are very surprised at this statement.) At this very moment my disappointment is all about something Obama told the American people when he was out campaigning for the Presidency, something people believed was the Truth.

Mr. President stated that he would "close the revolving door that lets lobbyists come into government freely."

Okay. Sounds good to me! Obama took over on Tuesday, January 20th. How's he doing on that Promise so far?

Another Obama Nominee Seems to Run Afoul
of Anti-Lobbyist Campaign Rhetoric

January 13, 2009 9:37 AM

William Corr, whose name Mr. Obama put forward this morning to be deputy secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, was, until September 2008, a federal lobbyist with the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, lobbying Congress unsuccessfully to require the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco.

Wow. But Mr. President, doesn't this contradict what you told the American people? I hope you won't break any more promises.

FACT CHECK: Exceptions made to anti-lobbyist rule

By JIM DRINKARD (Jan 22, 2009)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama won lavish praise from good-government groups when he announced restrictions that he said would "close the revolving door that lets lobbyists come into government freely."

Less noticed on Wednesday was the asterisk added a few hours later by the president's spokesman, Robert Gibbs: "Even the toughest rules require reasonable exceptions," he told The Associated Press.

Already, there have been two prominent exceptions made to Obama's no-lobbyists rule. William J. Lynn III, his choice to become the No. 2 official at the Defense Department, was registered until July as a lobbyist for defense contractor Raytheon. And William Corr, tapped as deputy secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services, lobbied through most of last year as an anti-tobacco advocate, according to public records. Corr has decided to take no part in tobacco matters in the new administration.

Mr. President? Again? A second lobbyist?
What happened to the closed door?

One watchdog group, the Project on Government Oversight, pressed Obama on Thursday to drop Lynn's nomination altogether.

"The defense industry is in a class of its own among all of the industries that have had a pervasive stranglehold on public policy to advance their own financial interests," said POGO executive director Danielle Brian.

"The Obama administration should not allow its ethics standards to begin with a series of waivers and loopholes which immediately undermine its good intentions," Brian said.

Any liberal dissent? This guy's a liberal:

No Lobbyist in the Obama Administration... Except When There Is One
January 22, 2009 03:45 PM ET

By Robert Schlesinger

if you're going to campaign on sweeping condemnations about the evil of lobbyists and then, with great fanfare, ban them from your administration, you need to live by your own rules; or at least you shouldn't start making exceptions for them on Day 1.

Else the message is: It is important to prevent other administrations from doing business with lobbyists; but we are of such moral character that the rules need not apply to us.

President Obama? Seriously? You said you were against having lobbyists in your administration. Now there are two. What can we possibly believe then?

Well, for the time being, I guess, we can believe you're NOT going to change what President George W. Bush was doing when it comes to KILLING the bad guys...

Dual Drone Attacks Kill at Least 15 in Pakistan

Published: January 23, 2009

ISLAMABAD — Two missile attacks launched from unmanned American aircraft killed at least 15 people in western Pakistan on Friday, suggesting that the strategy of using drones to kill militants inside Pakistan’s borders would continue under President Obama.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

A Two Night Jerry Run to Soothe My Soul

Hey now! A couple of things. First of all, I accidentally fucked up Zoooma's blogroll. Yeah, I'm not really very good at this stuff and I'm sort of making it up as I go along, and it is too easy to fuck something up. I'm a bull in a china shop over here, I'm a tellin' you. So, I'm trying to fix it, problem is, I don't know how he made the list, and I don't remember what was on it. Crap. I'm trying to reconstruct it but it's kind of like a broken teapot that is taped back together with lots of small pieces missing. It makes me think of a Sesame Street book my kids have, it's called "Bert and the Broken Teapot." Bert is helping out in the store and he accidentally breaks a teapot, and he feels really bad and he tries to fix it, but the pieces are too small, so then he finally tells the store owner (who's name I can't remember) what happened, and the store owner says, "That's ok Bert, your friendship is more important than my teapot."

Well anyway, I'm still at the taping the pieces together stage, so help me out, would ya'? What was in Zoooma's blogroll? I am working on a list but I don't remember them all. If you can think of any, please help me out and put them in comments.

I was feeling uninspired so I started listening to a little Jerry Garcia Band. I don't know what I would do if I didn't have this music to soothe my soul. Listening to Jerry and the Grateful Dead is not just something I like, it's something I NEED. Check this out:


Jerry Garcia Band
Theatre 1839, San Francisco

July 29, 1977

Set 1
They Love Each Other
Russian Lullaby
That's What Love Will Make You Do
Stir It Up
Simple Twist Of Fate
Mystery Train

Set 2
The Way You Do The Things You Do
Catfish John
Tore Up Over You
Friend Of The Devil
Don't Let Go
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

July 30, 1977

Set 1
Let It Rock
Stop That Train
Mystery Train
Knockin' On Heaven's Door
They Love Each Other
I Second That Emotion

Set 2
The Way You Do The Things You Do
Let Me Roll It
Simple Twist Of Fate
The Harder They Come
Tore Up Over You
Tangled Up In Blue

My Sisters And Brothers

I've listened to both of these shows a couple of times over the last couple of days. Right now I'm groovin' to Mystery Train from the second night. This is a song I'm less familiar with but I really dig it. I love Jerry sooo much! Listening to this music feels so good. I went back to the Mystery Train from the first night and I think it was even better. Jerry was tearing it up, I tell you.

You'll notice that there were quite a few songs that were played on both nights, but I dig having both shows anyway. My favorite song from the first night is Don't Let Go. It's one of my favorites because it's so much fun to sing along to..."Ooh we! This feelin's killin' me, Oh shucks! I wouldn't stop for a millions bucks. I love you so! Just hold me tight and don't let go!" I think this is the best Don't Let Go I've ever heard, it's 27 minutes long because it has a really long jam that puts a smile on this old Deadhead's face. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down is nice, too. It's such a beautiful and melancholy song.

From the second night (7-30-77), I really dig The Way You Do the Things You Do. I just realized that the reason I wrote that I dig it is because I happen to be listening to it right now. Ok so I guess what that really means is that it's all good. If I press play I'm going to tell you it's good. There is nothing that's not good-it's Jerry Garcia! It's 1977! Dig it. Let Me Roll It was only played on the second night and I don't think I had heard it before. I actually didn't like it as much as so many of Jerry's other songs, maybe that's why they didn't play it as much as say, Don't Let Go or Tore Up Over You. Tore Up Over You was really good in the second set of the second night but I don't know if it was better than the first night, I'd have to go back and listen again. I really like Tangled Up In Blue. I don't know, I'm thinkin' the first night is better. What do you think?

These shows are from an audience recording. If you dig them, you might consider purchasing Pure Jerry: Theatre 1839, July 29 & 30, 1977, which is a "3 CD archive release of music from the Jerry Garcia Band shows at the Theatre 1839 in San Francisco on July 29 and 30, 1977. This is the first in a proposed series of archive Jerry Garcia releases." It's also a Betty Board so it is probably worth having.

7-29-77 aka 07-29-77 aka 7/29/77 aka 07/29/77 aka 77-07-29 Theater 1939
Jerry Garcia, John Kahn, Keith Godchaux, Donna Godchaux, Maria Muldaur, Buzz Buchanan.  Songs by Robert Hunter and Bob Dylan and others.  A few people were absent: Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Ron Pigpen McKernan, Tom Constanten, Brent Mydland, Vince Welnick, Bruce Hornsby, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Merl Saunders, Nicky Hopkins, Melvin Seals, Ron Tutt, David Kemper, David Nelson, Rob Wasserman, David Grisman, Vassar Clements, Branford Marsalis and more. Download The Shows Right Here Small CATS UNDER THE STARS
Source (for both): Master Audience Cassette> CD> SHN
taped by Bob Menke

Audio Quality:
JGB - 7/29/77 - Part 1


Part 2 - 7/29/77 - JGB
7/30/77 - JGB - Part 1


Part 2 - JGB - 7/30/77
7-30-77 aka 07-30-77 aka 7/30/77 aka 07/30/77 aka 77-07-30 Theater 1939
*** The .rar file for 7/29/77 Part 2 is labeled 7/30, sorry.
The show is there, though, so no worries

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A Dead Blogger

Hey Now! This is kinda new,
sorta, I found it about
a week ago, Check it Out:

Mike's Grateful Dead Blog
One Man's Humble Opinion
On All Things Jerry

No downloads
but he's commenting on
Dead songs and songs the Dead
have done plus he's written
a few show reviews.

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

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