Archive for April, 2010

Today in Grateful Dead History

32 year ago today, the Dead played one of their top shows of the fine year of 1978. April 15th, 1978 found the band playing a gig at William and Mary College in Virgina. While an unexpected venue for a monumental show, that is often how it goes on tour and certainly for the Dead who had a knack for blowing the big gigs while bringing the heat at the strangest of times.

Jerry in 78'

The show features the year’s only Morning Dew and what a ‘Dew it is! This is not to be missed, Jerry lays it all on the line with in a truly heart-wrenching show of emotion and beauty. The perfect complement to the rocking Not Fade Away that preceded it, this Dew is just about perfect. This Not Fade Away -> Morning Dew sequence is the exclamation point on this smoking show, a true gem of 78.

Egypt 1978

The Grateful Dead ~ 4/15/1978 ~ William and Mary College Hall   Williamsburg, VA

Set 1: Mississippi Half Step, Passenger, Friend Of The Devil, El Paso, Brown Eyed Women, Let It Grow, Deal

Set 2: Bertha-> Good Lovin’, Candyman, Sunrise-> Playin’ In The Band-> Drums-> Not Fade Away-> Morning Dew-> Around & Around,

Encore: One More Saturday Night

Stream Link (Live Music Archive)

Stream NFA->Dew here:

Faux Jerry Gets Real

Dark Star Orchestra’s, oh wait… I mean, Furthur’s John Kadlecik aka ‘Faux Jerry’ debuted his new project, ‘The John. K Band’, last week with an intimate gig at the Bossa lounge in Washington, DC. The show had no shortage of inspired moments and included a nice mix of Dead, other covers, and JK original material.

John K.

As a whole, the band sounded tight and practiced and the show only had a few rough moments and missed cues. Filling out the sound of the group is some fun drum-driven parts and jams (John’s wife plays percussion with the band). This was a one-off gig but I’m sure John will have this band back playing soon enough, so catch em’ while you can and enjoy a setlist/stream from last week’s show below!

The 'Faux'

John K. Band
Bossa Lounge
Washington, DC

Thus Spoke Zarathustra
Second That Emotion
Sister Smiles
Givin’ Me the Business
What’s Become of Mary
Suzy Greenberg
Nobody Told Me
That’s What Love Will Make You Do
Russian Lullaby
After Midnight
Walking in Your Footsteps
Women R Smarter
How Sweet It Is
Sisters and Brothers

Stream Link (Live Music Archive)
Download Link

Stream a few choice tracks from the show here:

Phish Classics: GameHoist

In our first installment of Phish Classics, let’s dust off a gem from summer of 94′: The famous ‘Gamehoist’ Show. For this special summer outing, the boys played one for the records – a complete Gamehenge in the 1st set followed by a complete run through ‘Hoist’ in the 2nd set. This is a must-have for any collection, both sets of the show are flawlessly executed, jammed out to the max, and dripping with early 90’s Phish-psychedelia.

Phish in 93'

This show is one of the five known complete Gamehenge performances ever, the 4th of 5 (with the final one to appear just weeks later). The songs are performed precisely and feature searing and exploratory jams, steeped in the band’s exciting 1994 style. Trey’s narrations between songs take the audience on a journey to another land, certainly unlike any other touring rock act at the time. Covering ‘Hoist’ in full was an equally ballsy move for the band, having just released the album months before the show. That said, the band had already debuted all of the album’s material live and sufficiently ‘road-tested’ it. In any case, the performance here is inspired and fun, with many of the jams really taking off.

Hoist Album Art

06/26/94 Municipal Auditorium, Charleston, WV

Set I: Kung, Llama, The Lizards, Tela, Wilson, AC/DC Bag, Colonel Forbin’s Ascent -> Fly Famous Mockingbird, The Sloth, McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters, The Divided Sky

Set II: Julius, Down With Disease, If I Could, Axilla, Lifeboy, Sample in a Jar, Wolfman’s Brother, Scent of a Mule, Dog Faced Boy, Demand* -> Y’rushalayim Shel Zahav

Encore: Old Home Place**, Amazing Grace, Tube, Fire

“GameHoist”. The first set was the Gamehendge saga, including full narration between songs. The second set was the entire ‘Hoist’ album, except for “Riker’s Mailbox”

* – With Split Open and Melt jam
** – First Time Played

Download Link (Crispy AUD)