Saturday, May 24, 2014

Happy Birthday, Bob Dylan

Dylan in the year of white face paint.

Happy birthday, Bob.

And here's Phish covering Quinn the Eskimo (Alpine Valley 2012)...

And here's the Grateful Dead in 1990 (with Bruce Hornsby)...

Monday, May 19, 2014

Monday Morning Key Bumps: Moon Rocks by Talking Heads

Moon Rocks is on one of my favorite "most underrated" albums of all time -- Speaking in Tongues. I have a soft spot for this Talking Heads album and when I first listened to it as a teenager, I had no clue that Moon Rocks would take on a whole different meaning in Phish lot.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

G-Money Picks: Marvin Gaye Live (1974)

It's Sunday and time for an installment of G-Money Picks. Whenever I ask G-Money (@777GMoney) for any music recommendation, he always delivers.

This week's choice... Marvin Gaye from a live performance 40 years ago.

Here's what G-Money had to say:
Marvin Gaye stopped performing live, with just a few exceptions, after his singing partner Tammi Terrell collapsed onstage from a brain tumor in October 1967. But with the success of his latest album, Let's Get it On, in 1973, he agreed to go back on the road in early 1974.

His backing musicians, aka The Funk Brothers, are the same Motown heavyweights that played on his and most of the other Motown music from 1959-1972 (when the company moved to Los Angeles) The playing is great and it showcases a nice but speedy melody of his older tunes as well as many cuts from Whats Going On and Let's Get it On, and those songs are the real gems on this recording.

The show was recorded at the Oakland Coliseum January 4, 1974.

If you dig this series, then check out more picks by G-Money... Aretha Franklin Live at Fillmore West, The Police's Reggatta De Blanc and Zenyatta Mondatta, Bill Frisell's East West, James Brown's Funky People, Allman Brothers - Brothers and Sisters, Little Feat (1976 Winterland), Slave and Ohio Funk Scene, and Grateful Dead - Egypt 1978.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Yes to Fuego, No to Wingsuit; New Phish Album 'Fuego' Drops June 24th

New album. Coming... June 24th.
FUEGO - Tracklisting:
1. Fuego (9:15)
2. The Line (5:21)
3. Devotion to a Dream (5:47)
4. Halfway to the Moon (6:34)
5. Winterqueen (4:21)
6. Sing Monica (3:13)
7. 555 (5:41)
8. Waiting All Night (4:58)
9. Wombat (3:18)
10. Wingsuit (6:05)
Fuego is the title. Not quite the "Wingsuit" that was presented during Halloween. Missing the cut from the dozen "Wingsuit" tunes: Snow, Pearls of Laughter and You Never Know. They also tweaked the title of Monica and added "Sing" to it. Sing Monica is the lone "pop song" on the album and clocks in at a radio-friendly 3:13.

FYI... read my recap of Halloween 2013 and check out the Wingsuit setlist.

Here's a promo video for Waiting All Night...

Meanwhile, Halfway to the Moon snuck onto this album as the only non-Wingsuit cut. Halfway to the Moon was written by Page and birthed sometime after the Joy sessions. Moon debuted at SPAC in 2010, yet it was slow to develop. It was played only six times in 2010-2011 to mixed reviews, before being benched for all 2012. Moon made a strong comeback in 2013 and appeared seven times, sprinkled throughout last summer and fall, including plus a cameo at the MSG NYE run.

Here's Moon from San Francisco 8/2/13....

Fuego... coming June 24th. I'm sure some of the other songs will grow on me, but since Halloween, it's safe to say that I've grown fond of the Big 3.... Fuego, Wombat, and 555.

Will this be the last Phish album? I don't know and I really don't care. I don't love Phish because of their "studio albums", ya know? As long as they keep playing (live shows), that's all that matters. But I hope they have one or two more traditional studio albums kicking around inside them, because that means they still have some gas left in the creative tank. Regardless of the nebulous Phishy future... I'm going to savor and enjoy Fuego, because it very well could be Phish's 12th and final album.

Pre-order Fuego.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

LSD Tuesdays: Free Your Mind... and Your Ass Will Follow by Funkadelic

It's time for some LSD-induced music. My bud Shane told me that in the summer of 1970, George Clinton and his band dropped acid and went into a Detroit studio with the intentions of recording an entire album in a single day... but while tripping balls. They pulled off a 30-minute frantic funk album that is drowning in psychedelia

Monday, May 12, 2014

Monday Morning Key Bumps: Kick Out the Jams - Bad Brains and Henry Rollins

It's Monday morning and I'm dragging ass, so I need a lil something extra to get off the ground. I usually turn to a cover of MC5's classic anthem Kick Out the Jams. Henry Rollins in rare form with the guys from Bad Brains.

And here's the original version by MC5...

Sunday, May 11, 2014

G-Money Picks: Aretha Franklin - Live at Fillmore West

It's Sunday and time for another round of G-Money Picks. Whenever I ask G-Money (@777GMoney) for a music recommendation, he always delivers something different and fun.

This week it's Aretha Franklin, specifically... Aretha Live at Fillmore West.

Here's what G-Money had to say: "It is a great live album, Aretha relating to all the hippie children of San Francisco with a killer backing band including Bernard Purdie, Billy Preston and the Memphis Horns! The covers are really interesting as well. And the last song Spirit in the Dark with Ray Charles is straight testifying."

Check it out here, Side 1 of the original vinyl...

And Side 2...

If you dig this series, then check out more picks by G-Money... The Police's Reggatta De Blanc and Zenyatta Mondatta, Bill Frisell's East West, 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, May 10, 2014

Dope Stories: Acid Test, Part 2: Furthur [Episode 15]

It's the continuation of The Acid Test conversation, which we started last week after I read a book called Acid Dreams. This week's episode of Dope Stories -- Part 2: Furthur -- focuses on the Magic Trip documentary and Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Shane also gifted me a copy of Europe 72, from his a personal vinyl collection, which was super cool.

In the Dope Media segment, Shane suggested Funkadelic's Free Your Mind... and Your Ass Will Follow and I mentioned Pet Sounds and Phil Lesh's autobiography: Searching for Sound: My Life with the Grateful Dead.

Here's the setlist for Ep. 15...

And listen to Ep. 15... The Acid Tests, Part 2: Furthur...

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Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Human Agency - Grace (Free Download)

Human Agency's new album "The Indigo Hour" debuts in two weeks on May 20th. You can get a free download of Grace here.

Here's a promo video for "The Indigo Hour" that was shot by Nick Stock...

Also... here's a live version of "Grace" from a gig at the Fox Theatre last March...

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Tuesday, May 06, 2014

LSD Tuesdays: Beach Boys - Pet Sounds

The Beach Boys released Pet Sounds in May 1966 and it was drenched in so much psychedelia that if you licked the vinyl, you'd actually start tripping balls.

The Beach Boys, especially Brian Wilson, were blown away and deeply affected by Rubber Soul, released the Beatles a year earlier. Wilson, heavily influenced by Rubber Soul, was inspired to top that album. He blew off touring and focused on eating acid and hanging out in the studio. He birthed Pet Sounds. The album title came from a dispute he had with a record exce who thought only dogs would like listening to it. Anyway, like it or hate it, Pet Sounds went on to influence the Beatles, who were in the studio in London working on material that would become Sgt. Peppers. If you dig that Beatles album, then you have to tip your hat to the influential nature of Brian Wilson and Pet Sounds.

This particular track Sloop John B is not subtle at all and pretty obvious it's all about orange sunshine...

The Pet Sounds opening track Wouldn't It Be Nice is a powerful harmonic song, but I'm pretty tilted that I've heard it in a couple of national ads, but it's about the Beach Boys shedding their California girls, good boy surfer image for something a little more dark and introspective...

Here's the ENTIRE full album of Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys...

Monday, May 05, 2014

Monday Morning Key Bumps: LCD Soundsystem 5/5/2010 - Brussels, Belgium

LCD Soundsystem played a gig at Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, Belgium four years ago today.
LCD Soundsystem 5/5/10 - Tracklist:

0:00 Drunk Girls
03:45 Pow Pow
11:30 Daft Punk is Playing at My House
16:58 I Can Change
23:23 Tribulations
28:35 Movement
32:14 Yeah Yeah Yeah
43:24 Losing My Edge
52:00 New York I Love You

Sunday, May 04, 2014

G-Money Picks: The Police - Reggatta De Blanc and Zenyatta Mondatta

It's Sunday once again and time for another installment of G-Money Picks! Whenever I ask G-Money (@777GMoney) for a music recommendation, he never steers me wrong.

We have two albums by The Police... Reggatta De Blanc and Zenyatta Mondatta. Both loaded with classic tunes, but it's the lesser known tracks that blew me away.

"The Police's first album was punky but starting with this second album, Regatta de Blanc they were all about the reggae grooves," explained G-Money.

Also, here's an review by David Fricke (circa 1980): Review: Zenyatta Mondatta.

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

Friday, May 02, 2014

Dope Stories: The Acid Test [Episode 14]

For the 14th episode of Dope Stories, we decided to talk a little bit about a book by Martin A. Lee titled Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD: The CIA, the Sixties, and Beyond.... which discusses the history of LSD, the CIA's involvement, Ken Kesey's role as a guinea pig testing psychedelics for the government, Neal Cassady driving the Furthur bus when the Merry Pranksters made their cross country journey in 1964, Grateful Dead (Warlocks) playing at the initial Acid Tests, Allen Ginsberg turning on Thelonious Monk to mushrooms, plus Homer Simpson tripping balls when he ate a Guatmaelen chilli pepper.

Here's the "setlist" for episode 14 - The Acid Test:

Listen to Ep. 14 here...

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