Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday Morning Key Bumps: I'm A Man - Spencer Davis Group

In honor of the return of Mad Men, here's one of the songs that appeared in last night's episode. Spencer Davis Group's I'm A Man played when Megan picked up Don at the airport.

This is also one of the last songs that Steve Winwood appeared on before he left SDG to start his own band, which ended up becoming Traffic.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Dope Stories: Sean Azzariti

Dope Stories is 11 episodes old and we released one of my favorites shows up until this point. I got a chance to interview my pal Sean Azzariti. If his name sounds familiar, it is because Sean was the first person to ever purchase legal recreational marijuana in Colorado (on the morning of January 1, 2014). Sean is also a medicinal marijuana advocate, specifically trying to get PTSD listed as one of the conditions to be eligible for a MMJ card. Sean is a veteran himself and spent two tours in Iraq. When he returned stateside, he struggled with PTSD until he began treating it with medicinal marijuana. Sean currently works as a budtender at a MMJ dispensary in Denver. He's also a huge Phishead and we've seen a bunch of shows together in Colorado.

We chatted for almost an hour and discussed a bunch of different topics. Here's the "setlist" for Episode 11...

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Listen to previous shows.... Episode 1 , Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4, Episode 5, Episode 6, Episode 7, Episode 8, Episode 9, Episode 10, plus Broke Stories Ep. 1.

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Monday, April 07, 2014

Monday Morning Key Bumps: Johnny Winter Covers Jumpin' Jack Flash

Monday morning. Time to wake up and snort the coffee. Crank it up. Piss off your office mates. Time to grab life by the nutsack and get shit down.

Here's a Stones' cover by the albino wunderkind Johnny Winter. After he sold his soul to the devil, his hair turned bleach white. Winter looks like one of them Whitewalkers...

Sunday, April 06, 2014

G-Money Picks: Bill Frisell and East West

Funday Sunday. Time for G-Money Picks! Whenever I ask G-Money (@777GMoney) for a recommendation, he never steers me wrong.

G-Money suggested Bill Frisell today, specifically his live album East West. Bill Frisell has always been an underrated guitarist because he's a jazz guy, which is the kiss of death because jazz guitarists never get any love. If Frisell played in one of those darling indie bands du jour then he'd get tons of press from the indie machine and become a hipster god. Or if Frisell was in one of those bong-rattling multiple guitar bands from the 70s, then he would have gotten significantly more love from the likes of Creem and Rolling Stone.

East West is one of Frisell's live albums that is perfect background music. Frisell re-invented a few covers like Grapevine...

If you dig this series, then check out more picks by G-Money... James Brown's Funky People, Allman Brothers - Brothers and Sisters, Little Feat (1976 Winterland), Slave and Ohio Funk Scene, and Grateful Dead - Egypt 1978.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Kurt Cobain, Twenty Years Later

Twenty years later. Shit flies by real fast. Kurt Cobain "killed himself" twenty years ago to this day.

I wasn't a huge Nirvana fan in college, but I understood the importance of his so-called suicide. Cobain's unexpected suicide was the first celebrity death from a fellow member of Generation X. This was in an era before social media. Heck, I didn't even have email yet so we had to rely on CNN and MTV to get information on the suicide.

April 1994 was a fun month for me.  I was a senior in college and on the verge of graduating and getting the fuck out of Hotlanta. Between Grateful Dead spring tour and a Phish swing through the south, I caught a dozen shows that month. I pretty much blew off the last month of school to eat mushrooms and follow around my favorite bands through the south. Nirvana was not on that list of bands that I "will drop everything and road trip five hours" to see. I only saw Nirvana once... more out of curiosity than anything else. I really wish I wrote down my impressions of Nirvana because I can't recall anything from that night.

Here is a pretty decent performance of Nirvana when they headlined the Reading Festival in 1992..

And here's one of my favorite documentaries about the grunge scene... Hype!

Update... check out what Scotty B had to say about the 20th anniversary of Cobain's death.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Today in Phishtory: Island Tour 2001

Classic video from Silverchair97. He had to split it up into two videos!

Yes, time to summon the Mothership... but in a patient manner. Miss those long intros.