Saturday, February 28, 2009

"Now how about some colors, Stoopid!"

Saturday Cartoon Time!

"Duck Amuck"

Starring: Daffy Duck

Directed By: Chuck Jones

Release Date: 56 years ago today...

February 28, 1953

Friday, February 27, 2009

Won't you come out to play?

Jerry Garcia Band

"Dear Prudence"

10-31-86 Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center
Oakland, California

Monkeys in the Arctic? Monkeys in Washington!

It's time for me to complain again. Or not. I really, really, really don't want to. But our GREAT nation keeps heading nowhere except toward socialist financial ruin. To ignore that would irresponsible. All our damn president wants to do is grow the government to preposterous proportions. In order to help everyone, he's launched an attack on those who make more money: they should be responsible for paying for most of America -- Raise Their Taxes. Where does this idea even come from??!!

"Knock knock."

"Hello. May I help you?"

"We're the government. According to our records, you make more money than your neighbors."

"Yes, I've been fortunate and I've been able to be successful."

"Since you make more, we're forcing you to give more of what you earned back to us so we can use it to help others."

It's not fair, it's blatantly wrong, and most importantly, it's going to do so much damage to the economy. And then you've got fools who say it's not really raising taxes. Going from 35% to 39.6%, "that's just letting tax breaks expire and it's not really raising them." What?!?! 35 to almost 40 IS going UP.

WAKE UP!!!!!!!! This idiotic dooshbag and his stooge Congress are doing so much harm. We're so screwed.

Barack Obama Nancy Pelosi Harry Reid -- Three Stooges

But I've got to keep getting my exercise... can't be an important part of the revolution if you don't have the healthy energy to do so.

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!
Friday Afternoon Run: 25 minutes 39 sec
+11 seconds
Days Since My Last Run: 2
3:25 pm - 68
° - kinda sunny

For this run I was ill-prepared but I got it done... somehow. I just did not have the energy that I would have liked to've had. On top of that, I think I was a little more tired than I should've been for such a run. It just wasn't as easy as other similar runs. Less than two minutes in (!!!) I was already wanting to quit, quit, quit, quit, quit. That thought so early was easy to push away but it returned soon enough. I really don't know how I pushed on to over 25 minutes. I got it accomplished though. By the end, all I wanted to do was sit and sleep and wake up whenever and then stagger back home. My ass was draggin', my feet were draggin', I don't want to be sitting here now typing this, I just want to be dead... well, uhh, maybe just laying down in the most supreme state of vegging out.

In order to have 10 runs and 4 hours for the month, am I really gonna do this tomorrow??? Ay caramba. I wish I could hire someone to exercise for me. I suppose that wouldn't really do much for my physical health, though, eh?

Good news is I've had my Best Month Ever. I just wish I had the energy to be more excited about it.
X ·Feb :: +26 sec· X
9 runs in February:
3 hours 41 min
2 hours 54 min
December '08
2 hours 42 min
November:2 hours 31 min
October:2 hours 10 min
**SEPTEMBER**3 Hours 25 min


Friday's Running Playlist
included most of this album...
Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare (2007)
Arctic Monkeys

Favourite Worst Nightmare

Teddy Picker
D Is For Dangerous
Fluorescent Adolescent
Only Ones Who Know
Do Me A Favour
This House Is A Circus
If You Were There, Beware
The Bad Thing
Old Yellow Bricks
To new music I really don't pay much attention. Somewhere, sometime I heard of these guys. I didn't hear them, not a single song I don't think, but became aware of the fact that they're a newly popular band who people seem to be digging. Apparently their debut is a fastest selling British debut and it won some awards, and this, their second (and currently most recent) album, is another that was nominated for and/or won awards, also. Okay, that's all well and good (as I don't really put much (any?) stock in awards) but it doesn't mean I'll enjoy their music... but still I thought I'd maybe possibly give them a try someday. Finally the day got here and this isn't bad; I kinda like it. Most every song has a nice pace to it, not much is mellow. It doesn't approach punk rock speed which is also good. Jangly at times, a little darker at others. This is post-punk revival? Okay then. There's apparently also some criticism about this band as it seems they've been hyped and are more style than substance. I didn't think that at all, maybe because there was obviously a lot of production involved in the recording of these songs. This is slick Indie but definitely not Lo-fi garage rock. No matter what it is, it's not bad and I'll probably check other albums of their out in the future.
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Glastonbury Festival, England -- June 22, 2007

Thursday, February 26, 2009

On the World stage... literally

Grateful Dead Steal Your Face fractal design 5~MNS-2009-Volume-018Grateful Dead Steal Your Face fractal design 5

Grateful Dead -- July 21, 1990
World Music Theatre, Tinley Park, Illinois

1st Set: Touch Of Grey, Greatest Story Ever Told, Jack-A-Roe,
Walkin' Blues, Friend Of The Devil, Just A Little Light,
Queen Jane Approximately, Bird Song

Set 2: Scarlet Begonias Fire On The Mountain,
Playing In The Band
He's Gone Drums Space
I Need A Miracle
Crazy Fingers Playin' JamDear Mr. Fantasy
Playin' Reprise
One More Saturday Night

Encore: The Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo)

Farewell, Apple Valley. Tis time, our old friend, to move back to Chicagoland proper. Located in the south side suburbs of Chicago this is the Dead's only appearance at this shed known as the World Music Theatre. Being here on the 1990 Summer Tour marks the Summertime return to the Chicago metro area. The last time they were so close to the Windy City in summer: 1983 Poplar Creek, out in the suburb of Hoffman Estates. After that, for a bunch of years, the Chicago "area" summer shows took place in southern Wisconsin, at Apple Valley.

It's not so great to start the festivities with some sloppiness like there is in Touch but things smooth out. That and Just A Little Light would be the lowlights in the set if I was gonna rank it all, the latter feeling too measured, too staid in its presentation. I really love Friend Of The Devil, specifically the Brent solo with Jerry accompaniment and as that gets through, Bob takes control and has a small solo of his own before Jerry finishes off with one of his own. Soooo nice that I had to listen to that passage of music about three times before I could move on. Bird Song to close out the set is so wonderfully played. All the band members are seemingly encouraging each other to be nothing less than beautifully into what they're doing. A pretty good first set to get this 3-night stand at The World underway.

Opening the second set Scarlet-> Fire moves along just fine until it hits a very brief tiny moment that makes the Fire in particular just priceless. Between about 10:45 and 10:55, when everybody is steaming through the song, so into it and in that zone, Bobby let's out an almost mouse-like squeak-ish squeal-ish scream that just a couple seconds later has Jer giving a little laugh at his little buddy. On this next to pristine, A+ soundboard the crowd is rarely heard but they're clearly heard reacting to that little episode of lightness. Another moment that I had to replay like four times before I could move on.

Speaking of the greatness of the soundboard, I love the way every single instrument is absolutely perfect in the mix, each heard so distinctly. Bob's rhythm guitar is everyweir to be found and Phil's exceptional playing comes alive brilliantly. A very cool albeit brief Bass Grate, Lesh Philing moment occurs just as Drums starts -- Phil wails his way off stage as Mickey and Billy assume command. I found Drums->Space to be somewhat run-of-the-mill here but soon enough Jer, with a ton of authority, is announcing Miracle. Plenty more Phil there, too. I'm not sure why some people don't especially care for this tune 'cause wow, what a burst of energy it is! As they wind it down, Phil announces Crazy Fingers but Jer wants to finish working on Miracle for a moment before he joins in. A pretty sweet end of the show from that point on. On this third-to-last night of the tour, Jerry's guitar comes most alive on this third-to-last night during Dear Mr. Fantasy. Very nice!

For the encore, The Mighty Quinn has a fairly rare appearance here. It was played only three times in 1990: once on Spring Tour, once here in July, and only once in the Fall. Definitely a treat and pretty groovy end to this final stop on the 1990 Summer Tour.

transcribed from:

The Deadhead's Taping Compendium, Volume III:
An In-Depth Guide To The Music

of the Grateful Dead on Tape, 1986-1995
[out of print]

The first set in the suburbs of Chicago features a hot "Greatest Story Ever Told" and a pretty "Queen Jane." The "Bird Song" jam is free jazz, with beautiful open interplay between all the band members. Phil lays the foundation for Jer's curiosity. Brent is very on, providing great color. The summery, breezy jam turns spacey for a moment, and then back to a confident stomp toward the coda: "Don't cry now . . ." An upbeat "Scarlet" kicks off the second set. Jerry cruises through the "Scarlet" jam on high-octane rhythm provided by Phil and the drummers. The transition into "Fire" is OK, and "Fire" itself is not all that exciting. Jer plugs away looking for a groove, but the magic does not fully show itself. "Playing" is a surprise after the one played just two nights before at Deer Creek. This is an eclectic "Playing" without a main idea driving it, a group exploration highlighted by lightning runs from Jer and bizarre counterpoint from Bob, Brent, and Bill follow Jer further out, only to be reeled back into reality by "He's Gone." Phil is all over the raucous, rock 'n' roll "Miracle" that stomps out of "Space." "Crazy Fingers" mixes up the usual routine, and the Spanish theme that follows is very nice with nimble crazy fingering from Phil. "Playing" is briefly touched upon before diving into a methodical "Mr. Fantasy." Jerry gives this tune a great bluesy jam, and the drummers and Brent weigh in with some very strong playing. "Playing reprise" > "Saturday Night," then the "Quinn" encore brings it all back home. This was probably a better live show than it seems on tape. The interweaving of "Playing" throughout the set and the post-"Space" "Crazy Fingers" are nice, unusual touches. Knowing the setlist in advance probably spoils the surprise and immediacy of how the set came off live.


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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Running to San Angelo

Oi. Back on the 13th, on the day after the plane crash near Buffalo, New York, I said about another crash happening -- "somewhere in the world there'll be another within another week or two."

Well, it's been less than two weeks and it happened again, this time in The Netherlands. Eerie.

Also eerie is the fact that stock market goes down nearly every single day. Last night the President addressed a joint session of Congress and it was supposed to reassure Americans that we're gonna be okay. Are we really?

Less than 24 hours later: the Dow Jones closed 80 points down.

I realize the new President was not in office during the last 3 months of 2008, but he was the President-elect for essentially 2 of those months and during that 4th quarter of the year, I lost 10 (more) percent of the money that I have tied up in Wall Street. That's on top of the 10% lost during the 3rd quarter and 10% lost during the 2nd quarter.

When is it going to turn around? Why is the new President not instilling any confidence in Wall Street investors? Saying "Let's give him time" is a load of crap. I've said this before and here it is again -- the success of Wall Street weighs so heavily on the decisions that are made NOW by the President and those minions under his command. So far NOTHING positive has been done to give people any confidence in the President's ability to turn America's economy around... and the stock market continues to flounder and regular workers continue to lose money that they worked very hard to earn, money that they will be relying on for retirement. Even if this doesn't affect you because you don't have money tied up in Wall Street, if we have compassion for our neighbors then this should really concern everyone. The president is failing miserably to deliver on promises to revitalize this nation. For the first quarter of 2009, I will almost certainly be down yet another 10%. Is that what I'm supposed to look forward to every 3 months? Another loss?! The EXACT OPPOSITE is supposed to be happening. The EXACT DAMN OPPOSITE. Or, at this point, I don't care about making money back, screw earning a single cent back, I just don't want to lose what I have left. Unfortunately, the only feeling I get is it is all slowly dwindling away.


By the time we can elect someone else who can attempt to fix what's only being made worse by the day, it'll be too late. Damn this miserable gloom and doom. It's pathetic and it's making me sick. Electing the President that Americans now have to put up with -- what a mistake. What a damn mistake.

At least there's good music to listen to.

I was hoping to get some deliciously sweet Dead tunes up this afternoon (7/21/90 Tinley Park... here's the 1st Set for ya's) but I had a choice to make -- get a needed run in or post a show. Sorry, kids, I had to exercise; that's always got to be the top priority. But stay tuned, the whole show will get posted within a day, plus something from '77, and more early '70's comin' soon. Always more great music on the horizon!

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: 25 min 28 sec
+16 seconds
Days Since My Last Run: almost
4:5 pm - 61
° - sunny

Good run. I wasn't especially looking forward to it as I've been feeling rushed to accomplish three runs in the last 4 days of the month. That's not my ideal. Not at all. But I was able to change my clothes and start walking to the trail and get it done. Weather's a little warmer than I like but it didn't play negatively into my finishing almost 25½ minutes. Again I didn't add too much time from my last run time but I added some so that's indeed good. I did have some thoughts of wanting to quit well before I approached my End Cue but I pushed those thoughts away and made it to the time I set out to reach today.

What I had completely forgotten about and wasn't aware of when I was running is that this run pushed me over 3 hours and allowed me to achieve My Best Month of Running since September! Hell yeah!! I almost feel like I can quit now (for the remainder of the month.) Not gonna. I set a goal for 4 hours for the month. Two more similar runs are what I need for that. Two more in 3 days. That'll mean 3 in 4 days and I'm not used to that. Ugh. We'll see.
X ·Feb :: +47 sec· X
Feb - 8 runs:
3 hours 15 min
2 hours 54 min
December '08
2 hours 42 min
November:2 hours 31 min
October:2 hours 10 min
**SEPTEMBER**3 Hours 25 min


Wednesday's Running Playlist
included most of this album...
Aaron Watson - San Angelo (2006) (album cover)
Aaron Watson

San Angelo

Heyday Tonight
Good Thing Going
In Harm's Way
3rd Gear & 17
Unbelievably Beautiful
Haunted House
I'm A Memory
San Angelo
Except For Jessie
Blame It On Me
All American Country Girl
True Love Ways
Nobody's Crying But The Baby
I have somehow spun (square danced?) my way into a country music frame of mind lately, past few days at least. In wanting to get that great feeling I can sometimes get from a particular way a certain country music song sounds, I decided to give this guy a listen. I had never even heard of him before. I think he's a non-mainstream, independent Texas artist. That's pretty cool... but I've got to wonder: did he dream of Nashville and have aspirations to be Garth or George Strait or Alan Jackson with plenty of radio play? If he did, I couldn't blame him. If it never happened that way then I hope he's happy in the musical life he has being popular primarily only in Texas. In a way that's much more admirable than selling out to Pukeweiser and having grand style summer tours and shooting new music videos for every album.

This here collection of songs almost has the feeling of all three of those artists plus maybe some Jimmy Buffett for good measure. There are ballads and rockers alike, along with a lazy beach-feeling number, all having a mostly traditional country feel to them, at least traditional since 1990 or so but stopping way short of lots of confusing 21st century electric geetar. When you approach a sound that causes you to stop and wonder what genre it is, that's not good. This doesn't go that far and so I really dig it for that reason. The writing isn't the best but what are ya gonna do? Who hits one out of the park every time with an album where every song is just amazing? Not many can dot that. This is pretty good, it's nice, and I think I'd dig hearing more Aaron Watson in the future.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Mud on Market

Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead as well as Garcia-Merl Saunders and Legion of Mary and Reconstruction and Garcia-David Grisman and Old and In The Way -- colored glasses design small

Jerry Garcia Band -- June 10, 1990
Warfield Theatre, San Francisco

1st Set: How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You), I'll Take A Melody,
I Shall Be Released, Run For The Roses, Stop That Train, Tough Mama,
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, Deal

Set 2: The Way You Do The Things You Do, Mission In The Rain,
Dear Prudence, Russian Lullaby, Think, Gomorrah, Midnight Moonlight

So this here's one of them Audience source shows where the sound quality just sucks monkey butt. I've listened to it twice and while some people might not even give this more than 10 seconds worth of a chance, never did I want to turn it off because of the muddiness of the sound... so maybe it's not that bad. It could be a lot worse, I suppose. Then again, what's unlistenable and a waste of time is completely subjective.

All of that is rather unfortunate considering the performance itself is close to exceptional. Nowhere is Jerry's guitar really on fire smokin' like it used to, but his playing is simply gorgeous. To actually find a flaw in this show would be darn near impossible. There just ain't a note out of place nor a single lyric flubbed that I could discern.

Fortunately, there's nothing here that is so wicked outstanding that you've absolutely got to hear it despite the terrible sound. But if you're on a quest to listen to it all, and maybe to have it all, then here you go!

Source: Master Audience DAT
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CDR> SHN (shnid=11365)

Audio Quality:
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as of Feb 24, 2009, there's
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Monday, February 23, 2009

Born Right Brained In A Left Brained World

I am utterly confused and my head hurts. I started graduate school and one of my classes is a computer programming class that meets online and this evening we talked about binary numbers. I do not understand binary. Not at all. Part of me just looks at it and starts to panic. My brain does NOT want to work that way and I am not sure I can make it. Seriously. I can not do it. I thought I was doing ok in this class but now I am not. This is not what I bargained for.

I am a library student. When I talked to my advisor she told me to take this class, she said, "You'll learn Python and it will make you so employable, it'll be great." I am getting the Python but this binary stuff is killing me. How does it fit in to the other material for the course? Fuck if I know. Maybe if I understood it I could tell you. My class is meeting in groups and the other two people in the group are discussing adding and subtracting in binary and I have no freakin' clue what they are talking about. What makes it really suck is that during the break to meet in groups the instructor is playing Phil and Friends. That's right. Phil and Friends. How the fuck am I supposed to learn this thing that hurts my head when I just want to get up and dance to Loose Lucy? Ouch. I would turn it off but I need to listen for when the instructor starts talking again.

Lately I've had this song that I like a lot by Carrie Newcomer stuck in my head. Wanna hear it? Just click...

"Right Brain Born (in a Left Brain World") by Carrie Newcomer

I love Carrie Newcomer. If my life had a soundtrack it would be mostly Grateful Dead, Jammin' Jerome, and Carrie Newcomer. Her music makes me smile and sometimes it touches my soul.

Ok. This is the part where I take a deep breath, talk to Zoooma on the phone for a little while, get a good night's sleep, and wake up in the morning ready to understand binary. I will do it because I have to. The truth is that I'm not that smart but I am pretty good a faking it. If you can read the binary clock up there at the top, you are smarter than me.

I'd be Zoooma Wilbury

Hoo bingo! New day. New week.

Some of y'all be lookin' for a GD (or Garcia) show, eh? Maybe one this Monday evening. Hopefully there'll be a few shows this week including a '77 request. More requests to follow eventually -- Greek & Blossom '85, some '89, plus whatever else. So many shows, so little time.

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 Early Morning Run: 25 min 12 sec
+11 seconds
Days Since My Last Run:
7:45 am - 31
° - as the sun was coming up on a cloudless day

Holy crap, cold run. I've not been used to running in such cold. I knew it was gonna be freezing this morning and since I didn't run as planned yesterday, I wanted to try it out, wanted to let the chill of the morning air invigorate me and damn, holy crap, it did! On my 10 or 12 minute walk to the trail that I use for running, I was a-freezin' my arse off! Twas 31 when I left but as the sun rose a little ways above the horizon and eventually above the treetops, it slowly slowly slowly edged all the way up to 37 when I returned 45 minutes later. The trail had frost on the it, along the sides where more green grass and weeds are. The stream alongside the trail had thin ice on it here and there. Okay, now, I mention that 'cause for the Lowcountry of South Carolina, that's not often seen -- ice on water outside. Very cool (no pun intended) to be out there in these conditions.

Unfortunately I didn't have enough sleep and I was half dreading this run... not 'cause of the cold but because I was feelin' tired. It's good to be more awake for running. The cold really helped me along through that feeling. I had no thoughts of quitting from running fatigue or any physical ailment of any kind, but part of me, at times, wanted to lay down and sleep on the trail. Not good. But I got through it. When I knew I was on my last song in my Running Play List, I almost wanted to keep going. Had I really really really been forced to run for 26 or 27 or 28 minutes, I probably could've... which makes me wonder why I limit myself so much. Ugh, eh, whatever. At least I'm exercising!

But now I'm dead tired. Only one more run to eclipse January and then I'll see about hitting the four hour mark. We shall see.

X ·Feb :: +19 sec· X
Feb - 7 runs:
2 hours 50 min
2 hours 54 min
December '08
2 hours 42 min
November:2 hours 31 min
October:2 hours 10 min
**SEPTEMBER**3 Hours 25 min


Monday's Running Playlist
included most of this album...
Traveling Wilburys Volume 1 COVER
Traveling Wilburys

Volume 1

Handle With Care
Dirty World
Last Night
Not Alone Any More
Heading For The Light
Tweeter And The Monkey Man
End Of The Line
What a really good album. Until recently, I had not heard this whole thing. Four songs -- Handle With Care, Last Night, Tweeter And the Monkey Man, End Of The Line -- were somewhat to very familiar to me due to, I'm guessing, my hearing them all on WNEW (the greatest rock 'n' roll radio station ever... at one time) back when I lived near New York City. The record was released in '88 so I'm sure those particular songs were all over the airwaves especially in Summer of '89 when I was doin' a ton of radio listenin'. I'm also sure, well, I'd be bettin' money on it, that they were in regular rotation through Summer '90, as well, also when I was doin' a lot of radio listenin'... and when WNEW was still goin' pretty strong.

One song, though, I'm not actually sure I heard on the radio back then... but it's somehow familiar to me. Or maybe it's not really familiar to me and I'm just hallucinating this. I'm not sure now. Tweeter And The Monkey Man is the one and it's gotta be my favorite song on the album. Bob Dylan has got the lead vocals here and the story takes place in New Jersey so I think, since I'm from Jersey, I'm obligated to like it best. Numerous Springsteen song references help. End Of The Line, with Tom Petty handling about half the vocals, is another that gained popularity. I'm not a big fan of Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra or Roy Orbison so if this band didn't have Dylan or Petty, I'd probably not dig them too much. All of Dylan's songs (the ones he has some or all of the lead vocals on) are my favorites. Then there's also on here some guy named George Harrison who was in some band called The Beatles... or something like that? Named after the Volkswagen, I guess.

Anyway, purty cool band and most every song on here is purty cool, as well. I definitely dug this and will be sure to give it other listens in the future.

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Grandma Esmeralda Come All The Way From Duluth?!

Saturday Morning Cartoon Time!

"Kiss Me Cat"

Starring: Marc Antony & Pussyfoot

Directed By: Chuck Jones

Release Date: 56 years ago today...

February 21, 1953

Friday, February 20, 2009

Live Dead that's almost Live Dead

Grateful Dead Skull & Roses

Grateful Dead -- February 14, 1969
Electric Factory -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1st Set: Good Morning Little Schoolgirl,
Dark Star-> St. Stephen-> The Eleven-> Turn On Your Lovelight

Set 2: Morning Dew,
Cryptical Envelopment-> The Other One-> Cryptical->
Death Don't Have No Mercy

This is the first of two nights at the Electric Factory in Philly in mid-February of 1969. The second night sounds better than this one but this is the one going up now and the other'll get posted whenever. The reason for this is I'm saving the best for last. Putting up the best first would mean there'd be less to look forward to in the future. Bahhhhh, don't want that. So the first night first.

The sound is unfortunately kinda crappy here. Actually, at about 3:something into Dark Star it kinda sorta cleans up and ain't too bad. Certainly this is listenable and enjoyable, just not the cleanest soundboard, ya know.

The date of this show lies almost smack dab in the middle of the dates when Live Dead was compiled from. All of the song versions here are so close (or practically identical) to what's on there. So why have this then? Why not?! It's incredible music, man!! That's why!!!

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]

A very washed-out version of this soundboard emerged in the early nineties batch of 1968 and 1969 soundboards. In 1994, a significant upgrade began circulating. This is not one of the greats from 1969. Still, it's an interesting show. The band is clearly warming up for the recording of Live Dead. Many of the arrangements we've come to know and love are being hammered into place. The show also gives us a glimpse at the remarkable transformations the band was working on "Dark Star." We still hear many traces from 1968. T.C. echoes Pigpen's organ part at the start. Jerry's opening leads could have come straight from the Hartbeats. Although "Space" doesn't find a place in this jam, the band does introduce the "revolving jam" to "Dark Star" just before the second verse, which moves smoothly into a terrific "Saint Stephen." This one is hot, every bit the wild romp of Live Dead. "The Eleven" and "Turn On Your Lovelight" are fine, very close to their Live Dead arrangements. "Turn On Your Lovelight" suffers from an internal chop. The band loosens up considerably in the second set. An elegant "Morning Dew" gives birth to a powerful jam. Then comes a potent and freewheeling "That's It for the Other One." This is what I listen to this show for. After Bob muffs the "Spanish Lady" entrance, the band builds a wide-ranging jam between the verses. The "Cryptical" reprise jam opens with Jerry's guitar singing sweetly, then roars after the vocals end. Jerry, Phil, and T.C. build to a climax, then they quiet and slow to "Death Don't Have No Mercy." This is fairly sleepy until Jerry's fiery solo.


There was more to the Compendium review (a few sentences worth) but it all had to do with songs that are not truly from this show. Here's what Deadlists says:
It seems unlikely that the show ended with Death Don't. DeadBase IX's list concludes with Alligator> Caution, and this may be correct, but the tape of Alligator> Caution> And We Bid You Good Night in circulation mislabeled "2/14/69" actually belongs to Fillmore West 8/22/68.
2/14/69 Electric Factory @ SBD for Listening Only
Audio Quality:

Source/Lineage: shnid=6286
Soundboard> Master Cassette> Cassette> Cass(?)> DAT> CD> SHN
Part 1 - Philly 2/14/69 2/14/69 Philly - Part 2
2-14-69 aka 02-14-69 aka 2/14/69 aka 02/14/69 aka 69-02-14 Electric Factory

the stupidity of the stimulus bill

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Satisfaction is in The Music, man!

It really sucks having my nose all stuffed up while seemingly half strung out on 5 antihistamine cold/allergy tablets that are not doing a damn thing. They sell these things for money in the store -- WHY WON'T THEY WORK?!?!??! Ahh well. I'm still able to dig the tunes. As I type this, the show, coinciding with my review below, is almost through... but not yet which means I'm finding it impossible to keep writing as I did when I was clear-headed. Whatever.

Grateful Dead Dancing Bear - red~MNS-2009-Volume-015

Grateful Dead -- February 17, 1982
Warfield Theatre -- San Francisco, California

soundboard SBD (not lossless SHN or FLAC) mp3 320 kbps download
1st Set: Minglewood Blues, Sugaree, On The Road Again,
Bird Song, C.C. Rider, Tennessee Jed, It's All Over Now,
Loser, Man Smart Woman Smarter

Set 2: Scarlet Begonias Fire On The Mountain,
Estimated Prophet
Eyes Of The World Drums Space
The Wheel Not Fade Away Wharf Rat Sugar Magnolia

Encore: Satisfaction

There's a bit of hiss during the quiet places between first set songs and during Drums, there are some audience-source patches (a couple which are kind of annoying,) and also there are a couple other weird level/mix fluctuations here and there, but overall this is an okay sounding soundboard.

The first set on this second half of a two-night Warfield stand is rather, well, kinda ho hum. Now, ho hum in my book means it's a perfectly acceptable, good, enjoyable listen. Standing out most notably is the gorgeous Bird Song. As the band has a nice time floating around, Brent really shines here.

The second place first set winner is Loser: it is meticulously played and the crowd appreciates the heights this reaches. I can picture the unknowing listener thinking this will be a mellow tune. Yeah, that's how it starts out but it doesn't stay there the whole time, that's for sure! Not that it gets raucous but the guitar work by both Jerry and Bobby is excellent.

It's All Over Now gets an honorable first set mention for the volume on Phil's bass getting turned by someone who seemingly realized it was quite low (to non-existent.) Very cool to hear him a lot more than in songs before that one.

Of minor interest is the Women Are Smarter closing the first set -- this is the first occurrence and only nine more first set appearances took place so this is a pretty rare placement.

A minute or so of audience source starts set two but after the soundboard kicks in, I absolutely love the Scarlet here. So much of the time I found myself locking in on Bob's rhythm guitar. He's not playing anything complicated but it's fantastic how he compliments so perfectly what Jerry is doing. Before diving into Fire, the boys head off in a slightly different direction that most listeners are familiar with. It is indeed, as the Compendium review says, interesting. Eyes might be under the ten minutes but it's so beautiful. Brent is going non-stop and it seems to ramble on forever. A little less wild than the night before is Drums. I had some fun listening to this, however, if only for the open mic to hear Mickey talking to Billy at times. I love the seamless transition to Space; without even really noticing a start and stop point, there's Jerry noodling away and we've begun the end of the show. There's probably not a single flaw to be found through the end of the set. While Jerry doesn't necessarily rip it up, the playing is superb throughout each song. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction to close out the night is plain and simply -- a ton of fun. No, it's not an original Dead tune but it's nothing less than a blast and a half for the Warfield crowd on this mid-February night. Bobby slows the band down has his way with it while Brent is the guilty accomplice. I'm sure Grateful to be hearing it!

transcribed from:

The Deadhead's Taping Compendium Volume II, 1975-1985 [guide to Grateful Dead music]The Deadhead's Taping Compendium, Volume II:
An In-Depth Guide To The Music of the
Grateful Dead on Tape, 1975-1985

[out of print]

This benefit concert, the latter half of a two-night Warfield Theatre run, has a comfortable, loose feeling--the Dead as the local house band, playing in a familiar setting before a hometown crowd--and features jams that creatively evoke the imagery of the songs in which they are played. For example, the highlight of the first set is a 9:20 "Bird Song" whose jam calls to mind the back-and-forth of birds in flight, or, more specifically, "All I know is she came a little while and then flew off." This set also includes a fairly unusual "Women Smarter" closer.

Set 2 begins with the more familiar "Scarlet" > "Fire" introduction, featuring an interesting, exploratory transition and Jerry's strong riffs on "Fire." The couplet sets the stage for a mostly smooth series. "Estimated Prophet" lopes its way toward that burning shore; "Drums" reflects the era's frenzied use of conventional drum kits (Mickey's and Billy's voices are faintly audible); then a passable "Wheel," followed by a vigorous but somewhat misplaced "Not Fade Away"--pretty good so far. Yet as Jerry, Bob, and Brent harmonize on the "Wharf Rat" bridge, Brent digs down deep and pushes the song to a higher intensity. His playing inspires a romping, joyous "Sugar Magnolia," with everyone positively blasting through to the end of the set. The "Satisfaction" encore is an appropriate coda to a fine show: classic rock 'n' roll, with Bob and Brent sharing the vocals and the crowd invited to sing along. They undoubtedly did.


The Audience source of this show was taped by the same dude whose recording for the night before is in circulation now... but the sound quality on this second night is markedly better! I'm glad I downloaded it and gave it a listen; definitely above average with some nice instrumentation throughout.

2-17-82 aka 02-17-82 aka 2/17/82 aka 02/17/82 aka 82-02-17 The Warfield Theater
2/17/82 SF @ AUD for downloading SBD for Listening Only
Audio Quality: AUD♦ SBD

Source/Lineage: Soundboard> Master Cassette> DAT> CD (shnid=23221)
Part 1 - Warfield 2/17/82 2/17/82 Warfield - Part 2

Grateful Dead ticket - 2/17/82 Warfield Theatre, San Francisco [from]

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

Calvin and Hobbes in the snow -- animated