Archive for April, 2009

The Dead – 4/22/09 – Wilkes-Barre, PA

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Set 1: Mr. Charlie, Stagger Lee, Liberty, Candyman, Me & My Uncle, Built to Last, Tennessee Jed, Dire Wolf

Set 2: The Golden Road (to Unlimited Devotion) >Revolution, Weather Report Suite, Aiko Aiko > Drums > Space > Caution (Don’t Stop on the Tracks), So Many Roads, Midnight Hour

Encore: Box of Rain

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The Dead – 4/21/09 – Buffalo, NY

The Dead
04/21/09
Buffalo, NY
HSBC Arena

4/21/09

4/21/09

Set 1: The Promised Land, They Love Each Other, Mama Tried, Loser, Smokestack Lightning, Stella Blue, It’s All Over Now, Big River

Set 2: Playin’ in the Band > Me & Bobby McGee, Loose Lucy, Ramble on Rose > Drums > Space > Maggie’s Farm > Eyes of the World > Playin’ Reprise

Encore: Truckin’

4/21/09

4/21/09

The Disco Biscuits – 4/18/09 – Philadelphia, PA

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The Disco Biscuits

04/18/09

The Electric Factory

Philadelphia, PA

Set I: 42, The Very Moon> Orch Theme> Svenghali

Set II: Mirrors, Shelby Rose> The City> Shelby Rose, Hot Air Balloon> The Great Abyss> Hot Air Balloon

Set III: Once The Fiddler Paid, Rivers, And The Ladies Were The Rest Of The Night> Gangster> And The Ladies Were The Rest Of The Night, The Tunnel, Triumph> 7-11

Encore: Rainbow Song

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The Biscuits came home to Philly for the weekend and really came to play. After canceling the last four shows of their highly anticipated California run, they band decided to give back to the fans with 3 sets of music each night at the E-Fac this weekend. A re-cap of some of the highlights from night 2…

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Set 1 was fun but definitely a bit restrained as the band and crowd were all aware that we were in for a long evening. 42 was a great way to open the show and always a welcome first set addition. The highlight of the set had to be the Svenghali closer which finally got things kicked into full gear.

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The second set started out with the new track – ‘Mirrors’ – and Boom!, they dropped into ‘Shelby Rose’. This is where the show really took off in my opinion. The recent go to  sandwich of Shelby>The City>Shelby was undoubtedly a highlight of the whole night. The band had the audience take over on vocal duties on the ‘Oh, Oh, Oh!’ chant, saying that ‘the new album wouldn’t be complete without the fans taking part’. My guess is they may have recorded the sing along for later mixing down on the soon to be released album cut of ‘The City’.

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The ‘Shelby’ sequence was immediately followed by the old-school fan favorite Hot Air Balloon made up into another tasty sandwich with an ‘Abyss’ in the middle. This segment was one of the most inspired of the evening and really got people dancing. The second set stretched long and the band just kept taking it higher and higher – really top notch playing all around, especially Barber.

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The third set started off a bit slower but things picked back into high gear with the always welcome appearance of ‘Ladies’. While Ladies was great, the absolute highlight of the show for me was ‘The Tunnel’ off of Senor Boombox gettign a rare live performance. It was executed beautifully and was a great contrast to some of the new songs and go-to-songs like Shelby, City, 42, Ladies, etc. The set-closing Triumph>7-11 was straight rage and straight fire, absolute blast. After a quick and quirky Rainbow Song encore, the band took a bow and the crowd spilled back out into to the beautiful Philadelphia spring night, no doubt satisfied with the bust-out filled, 3 set, 5+ hour throw down like only the Disco Biscuits at the E Factory can deliver.

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The Dead – 4/19/09 – Worcester, MA (Night 2)

DCU Center

DCU Center

The Dead

4/19/09 – Worcester, MA

DCU Center

Set 1: Here Comes Sunshine, Good Morning Little School Girl, Alligator, Deal, Hell in a Bucket, Cream Puff War >Good Lovin’

Set 2: Scarlet Begonias > Fire on the Mountain > Drums > Satisfaction (I Can’t Get No) > Born Cross Eyed > Slipknot! > Let it Grow > Uncle John’s Band > Lovelight

Encore: Samson and Delilah

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The Dead – 4/18/09 – Worcester, MA

The Dead
4/18/09
Worcester, MA
DCU Center

Set 1:
Feel Like A Stranger
Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad
Mountains of the Moon>
Dupree’s Diamond Blues
Althea
Bird Song>
China Cat Sunflower>
I Know You Rider

Set 2:
Dancing In The Street>
Milestones>
Terrapin Station>
Rhythm Devils>
Space>
Days Between>
Bird Song>
One More Saturday Night

Encore:
Johnny B. Goode

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4/18/09

4/18/09

‘The Spreadsheet’

For those of you that are Phish fans, you surely know of ‘the spreadsheet’. If you don’t, wait no longer:

Welcome to Phish Heaven – Enjoy!

3/06/09

3/06/09

The Dead – 4/17/09 – Albany, NY

The Dead
4/17/09
Albany, NY
Times Union Center

Times Union Center

Times Union Center

Set 1: Casey Jones > Cold Rain and Snow, New Minglewood Blues, Into the Mystic, West L.A. Fadeaway, Brown Eyed Women, Cumberland Blues

Set 2: Viola Lee Blues > Sugaree > Other One > Drums > Space > Comes a Time > Unbroken Chain > Throwin’ Stones

Encore: Not Fade Away

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This Day in GD History and Recent Dead News

For this day in GD History, we look back to 1971. If you’re a Pigpen fan, then this show is for you. These are some really hot tunes and Pigpen is in fine form. Stream the show here

Pigpen

Pigpen

Skipping ahead 38 years to today, check out some of the recent press coverage and news surronding The Dead’s reunion tour 09′: Apparently, The Dead are creating individual books about each of their shows on this tour. While this could be a nostalgic piece of memorabilia from a particular show you attended, I doubt others will be flocking to these books in the masses. Nevertheless, the books will feature some cool things. Also, there is a pretty heady iphone application that will feature hundreds of photos. To learn/read more check out dead.net or Read about it here.

Recently, The Dead had a chance to meet with President Obama at the White House. The Washington Post covered the story here

Assuming some of the cobwebs clear up, there is a very good chance The Dead may be returning to the recording studio. Mickey summarizes the situation as such,  “you have to be able to play (old) Grateful Dead music in order to make new Grateful Dead music”. Check out the article…

If you enjoy looking at countless Dead photos and reading the random stories associated with them, then this  New York Times piece of interactive media will surely float your boat. Enjoy!

This post comes courtesy of guest blogger, THE SAUCE MACHINE

NYC Weekend Music Round-Up

Things cool down a bit in terms of live music in NYC this weekend but there is still some great shows to catch:

Friday 4/17/09
Acid Mothers Temple/Sonic Suicide Squad @ Mercury Lounge
Flying Lotus and Kode 9 @ The Natural History Museum

Saturday 4/18/09
Steve Kimock Crazy Engine @ B.B. King’s Blues Club
The Cyril Neville Band @ Sullivan Hall

The real happening place this weekend is The Electric Factory in Philadelphia where The Disco Biscuits will be laying down 6 SETS this weekend, 3 each night, on Friday and Saturday. Look for a first-hand review of the Saturday show in the coming days!

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The Disco Biscuits

10 Years Ago Today…

Ten years ago today the stars aligned above San Francisco for 3 nights as an all-star cast of musicians gathered together to celebrate the music of the Grateful Dead for the first time billed as ‘Phil Lesh and Friends’ (aside from the famous 94′ acoustic show with Jerry that I’m not counting). This run at the Warfield Theater saw Trey Anastasio and Steve Kimock on guitars, Page McConnell on Keys, John Molo on drums, and, of course, Phil Lesh on bass.

Phil & Trey - 4/16/99

Phil & Trey - 4/16/99

Enjoy the middle show from that 3 night run here: featuring 2 Phish covers – Prince Caspian and Chalkdust Torture – Dead anthems Help/Slip!/Franklin’s, Unbroken Chain, Fire on the Mountain, and St. Stephen along with the Floyd cover Wish You Were Here. This show is pure gold and a much needed gem in any collection – enjoy!

Phil & Friends
The Warfield Theater
San Francisco, CA
4/16/99

Set I
Help on the Way > Slipknot >
Franklin’s Tower
Wish You Were Here
Tennessee Jed
Stella Blue
Alligator

Set II
Bertha
Prince Caspian
St. Stephen >
The Eleven
Unbroken Chain
Chalkdust Torture
Mountains of the Moon
Scarlet Begonias (with Donna) >
Fire on the Mountain (with Donna)

Encore:
Donor Rap and Band Intro
Ripple (acoustic with Donna)

Download the SBD here!

Stream the show here!

Download the other 2 shows from that weekend at the following locations:

4/15/99

4/17/99

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