Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Updates to Best AUDs

I've added a couple new AUDs to Best AUDs at The Archive. One was the Unbroken Chain breakout in Philly in 1995, worth making the list if only for the Unbroken Chain. The other show is the 9/9/72 show. Super hot. Check out the notes, this guy did some great work on this recording to make it one of the best I have found, especially from that time period.

Anyone else who would like to contribute more to the Best AUDs list, please feel free.

Blues Traveler Live in Rockin' Rockville

Saw Blues Traveler live (and free) with the Wife at the annual Hometown Holiday's festival in Rockville, MD on Sunday night. I hate to say it, but I'm afraid that I was a bit underwhelmed by the performance. I can't say that I've ever been much of a fan, but I've usually liked what I've heard, and always liked "The Hook".

There is no denying the brilliance of John Popper and the overall chops of the band. But as hard as they played (and it sounded like they were playing hard), there was no spark in the crowd, nothing to really grab you and get you up hopping. Maybe I was a bit tired from a long day (ugh, I'm getting OLD), maybe it was the indifference of most of my fellow suburbanites there, but it just didn't work for me. Oh well.

I'll give the City of Rockville one thing though, they can pull out some big names for this annual Memorial Day festival, including Kansas, Three Dog Night, Blood Sweat and Tears, The Gin Blossoms, , Hootie & The Blowfish, Live and even the Jefferson Starship, who I saw there in 2003. That was a pretty hot show, even sans Grace Slick. Marty Balin, Paul Kanter & Co. actually did just fine.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

RadioDeadHead

During my 11 year Deadhead hiatus, one of my favorite bands for a 3-4 year stretch was Radiohead. I think I liked them for a lot of the same reasons I liked The Dead. They were their own band and created whatever they felt like creating at the time. They changed up the set lists night-to-night. When they could of cashed in after The Bends and OK Computer, two of the best albums of the 90s IMHO, they instead went about as far in the other direction as you could possibly imagine. Listening to some of their more recent work reminds me a little of Seastones/Brian Eno/King Crimson. There had to be a big influence there somewhere.

Anyway, while searching around Youtube, I came across one of my favorite songs of theirs. It was never released, but was featured in their concert movie, Meeting People Is Easy. Here it is live, Nude (Big Ideas), from the Bill Graham Civic Center in 1998. It's a stunningly beautiful song. Check it out and enjoy:

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

So, what's the deal?

No need to worry, everything is cool. No fight to fight really. It's been more of a 'quantity' issue than 'quality' issue. Just a lot of different things to deal with and not much time to deal with much else, such as:

New house...issues at my current job...thoughts of changing jobs
...two young kids (boys, 5 and 2)...money...
health (especially my mom's, my grandfather's)
...disappointing sports teams (Nationals, Terps, Wizards)...turning 35...

Each issue on it's own probably wouldn't be too tough to deal with, but all together, well let's just say it's been a handful. Compared to the troubles of some, it certainly could be much much worse. But things are looking up in the short term. My 10 year wedding anniversary is this weekend and the wife and I are going to indulge ourselves, sans kids, for a nice long weekend. We'll all be going on vacation then in mid-June to the beach. So some much needed R&R coming up for sure.

In the meantime this evening, I'm sitting back listening to the 6/28/85 Hershey, PA show. The family wife, kids and I went up to HersheyPark this past Easter Sunday. It was a spring preview weekend, so the tickets were cheaper and the crowds were smaller on Sunday in particular. We all had a great time there that day. I couldn't help to look over at the Stadium adjacent to the Park, smile and think, "Hey, the Grateful Dead played there 21 years ago". Cool :-)

Monday, May 22, 2006

Going back home, that's what I'm gonna do

Hello again. Thanks to those who have been checking in. Everything is good, just a bit hectic and a tad stressful. Maybe I need to write again just to escape a bit again. The Dead are good for that you know...Escaping.

Right now, I'm escaping into the 7/7/89 JFK show. Sweet Healy mix. Excellent quality for a stadium show. I need to get some new Dead. Since the whole Archive debacle, I haven't downloaded much. I was going to download more AUDs, especially since I went through the trouble of compiling the list. Maybe I'll download a couple new Dicks Picks, or Download Series instead. A month or so ago I got Dicks Picks 21. Not bad, it was between that and Reckoning. Should of got Reckoning. I'll need to something soon as I have a couple semi-long drives coming up, and I'll need some new tunes to keep me going.

...Ugh, just saw something about RamRod passing last week. Very sad. RIP brother. He's gone, gone, and nothing's gonna bring him back...

Hope all is well with everyone out there, if anyone still checks in here that is. I'm going to write more, even if it's Not Dead Related (NDR). Good for the mind and the soul. Nothing left to do but smile smile smile...

Friday, May 05, 2006

Vacation or Sabbatical?

Thanks to those who've been checking in. Everything is OK, albeit a bit turbulent for me right now. I've had alot of other things on my mind recently, so it's been hard to focus on much else. I do want to start writing again. I'm still thinking about expanding this blog to be more than just a Grateful Dead blog once thing settle down.

Through it all, I can still decompress with the Good 'ol Grateful Dead on my 30-45 minute commute to and from work. I'm listening to alot from '72-74 right now. What a truly glorious period of the band's history...

This blog ain't dead yet. Till then, Keep 'on Truckin'