Archive for April, 2006

Dead to the World 4/19/06

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

Come Together
Ratdog 3/31/06 Casino Ballroom, Hampton Beach NH

Cumberland BluesThe Waybacks 3/11/06 Freight and Salvage, Berkeley CA

Petrified Man
From the Pasture to the Future
When You Are Near
Hot Krinski
The Shape I’m In
Monkey Pants
The Waybacks 3/8/06 KPFA Performance Studio

JackaroeThe Waybacks w/ David Gans 3/11/06 Freight and Salvage, Berkeley CA
Black CatThe Waybacks 3/10/06 Freight and Salvage, Berkeley CA

This Record Sucks77 El Deora, Sirens
Good ManDavid Wilcox, Vista
Morning Dew – Martin & Neil, Tear Down the Walls
Tom Mix BluesMichael Peter Smith, Live at Dark-Thirty

The Waybacks have a new CD coming out April 25: From the Pasture to the Future, on Compass Records. Bob Weir will be their special guest at the CD release party Wednesday, April 26 at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.

77 El Deora play Friday 4/21 at the Ivy Room, 858 San Pablo Avenue, Albany CA
David Wilcox plays Sunday, April 23, 7:30 pm at the Swedish American Hall, 2170 Market Street (@ 15th), San Francisco

I saw Mike Smith at a house concert a few weeks ago. Great songwriter! Read about the show on my other blog, playback. revamped

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

After years of growing like a weed, with no organization or structure to speak of, has finally been put into some semblance of order. Drop by and take a look!

Pretenders boxed set samplers

Monday, April 17th, 2006

Hello listeners!

I’ve got half a dozen copies of a 16-song sampler CD for The Pretenders‘ boxed set Pirate Radio, courtesy of Rhino Records.

Pirate Radio is four CDs and a DVD; 81 tracks and 19 videos; 15 previously-unreleased tracks. Excellent music! Chrissie Hynde is one of the greats.

First six people to email me their snailmail address get a disc.

Grateful Dead Hour #917

Sunday, April 16th, 2006

Week of April 17, 2006

Part 1 41:46
Bob Weir and Ratdog 3/1/06 KPFA Performance Studio

Part 2 14:34
The Mammals, Departure
Donna the Buffalo, Life’s a Ride
Blueground Undergrass, Faces

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from Backstage Auctions, presenting a “San Francisco Rock Icon” auction featuring more than 5,000 pieces from managers and musicians associated with the Grateful Dead, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Steve Miller, Journey and others, including gold and platinum record awards, vinyl, posters, vintage concert t-shirts, and more. The auction will be held online April 23 – 30, with previews starting April 17.

And from Rock the Earth, defending the planet one beat at a time.

“Days Between” composite

Friday, April 14th, 2006

I had many requests to rebroadcast the “Days Between” composite that first aired in 1994 (GDH 297, week of 5/30/94; rebroadcast in GDH 367, week of 10/2/95); I played it again in GDH 913 (week 0f 3/20/06), and now I’ve posted it for your perpetual listening pleasure. Enjoy!

This composite is taken from the 3/28/94 and 4/4/94 performances; I don’t remember how many times it switches back and forth.

“When Fascism comes to America…”

Friday, April 14th, 2006

“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.” – Sinclair Lewis
This image is also posted on along with a complete collection of Grand Lake Theater marquees.


Friday, April 14th, 2006

Just wanted to say thanks for playing the compiled “Days Between” again. It’d be hard to match the emotion Jerry pulls out in any other song. He really tugs at the heartstrings with that one.

Thanks again,

Dead to the World 4/12/06

Wednesday, April 12th, 2006

RainMutilaudio by David Gans

Dark Star->
Sugar Magnolia->
Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks)->
Johnny B. Goode
– Grateful Dead 4/17/72 Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark

Don’t Get Me Wrong
Middle of the Road
The Pretenders, Pirate Radio (boxed set)

Raised By HippiesI See Hawks in LA, California Country
SugareeWake the Dead, from Live from Berkeley
Bye Bye BabyPowell St. John, Right Track Now
Will the Wolf Survive? Wolf Tracks: The Best of Los Lobos
Life’s a RideDonna the Buffalo, Life’s a Ride
Black Muddy River Blueground Undergrass, Faces

Getting rid of digital noise

Wednesday, April 12th, 2006

I’ve spent several hours last night and today cleaning up a terrific recording that has just come into circulation: Grateful Dead 4/17/72 at the Tivoli Concert Hall in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The third disc is Dark Star-> Sugar Magnolia-> Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks)-> Johnny B. Goode. There was quite a bit of digital noise on this disc, so I fed it to my Sonic Solutions digital audio workstation and took care of more than three dozen little annoyances.

I have posted an explanation of the process, with visuals and “before” and “after” audio.

Tune in to KPFA tonight at 8:00 pm PST to hear the result. It’s a terrific performance!

New loop piece: “Up Late”

Tuesday, April 11th, 2006

I’m off the road for a few weeks, and one of my tasks – along with learning how to use Dreamweaver so I can get my web pages out of the plain-text doldrums – is to get my home recording setup working once and for all. I’ve had a Pro Tools rig for a while but only recently started learning how to use it, and I have some new performance gear that I am integrating into a road case, as well as some other signal processors that I’m hauling out of the closet for use in the home studio.
Last night I got it all hooked up and started playing around, and came up with a loop jam that I recorded and then edited into something somewhat presentable that I call “Up Late.” It’s about ten minutes long.