Archive for July, 2006

Thin White Puke, cont’d

Sunday, July 9th, 2006

She was an hour and a half late calling in to Adam Carolla’s radio show; Carolla gave her her due.

Grateful Dead Hour #929

Sunday, July 9th, 2006

Week of July 10, 2006

Part 1 28:21
Missing Man Formation 7/6/96 Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco

The Tubes World Tour
Interview: Vince Welnick 2/13/92 by Gary Lambert
Grateful Dead 12/31/91 Oakland Coliseum Arena
JAM w/ Branford Marsalis

Part 2 28:29
Interview: Todd Rundgren
Grateful Dead 12/28/91 Oakland Coliseum Arena
Interview: Vince Welnick 3/25/98
Missing Man Formation 4/25/98 Humboldt State University, Arcata CA
Grateful Dead 9/30/93 Boston Garden

This is the first of four programs saluting Vince Welnick, who took his own life on June 2. These four hours are derived from six hours of tribute programs I broadcast on KPFA June 14 and 21; the interviews are seriously shortened, and there’s a lot more music in the originals. You can hear the unedited versions here and here. Playlists: June 14, June 21.

There are some “outtakes” – music I prepared for the KPFA shows but didn’t have time to play – here and here.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from the Gathering of the Vibes, August 17 – 20 in Mariaville, New York, featuring 3 days of music with Bob Weir & Ratdog, Rhythm Devils, Yonder Mountain String Band, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Hot Tuna, Zen Tricksters featuring Donna Jean Godchaux, Zero, Keller Williams, David Gans and more than twenty other acts.

And from Fantasy Records, presenting Well Matched: the Best of Merl Saunders and Jerry Garcia – ten tracks of live and studio material, highlighting the mid-70s pairing of Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders with guests David Grisman, Vassar Clements, Bill Kreutzmann, Tower of Power horns and many others. Well-Matched includes rare photographs, and liner notes by Blair Jackson.

Additional support comes from Sunshine Daydreams, presenting the 21st Annual Jerry Garcia Birthday Bash August 4 and 5 at the Sunshine Daydreams music campground in Terra Alta, West Virginia with Blues Traveler, 2 nights of Keller Williams, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Grateful Grass featuring Keller Williams and the Keels, ekoostik hookah, Herring/Rodgers/Sipe and many more.

Broken Angels with Phil Lesh (1997)

Saturday, July 8th, 2006

David Gans and Phil Lesh
Photo by Bob Minkin

I was going through my archives today, looking for a few rarities, and I found these two songs I thought would be worth hearing again:

Sultans of Swing 11/6/97 Maritime Hall, SF
David Gans – guitar, vocals; Bob Nakamine – guitar; Alan Feldstein – guitar, vocals; Jennifer Jolly – keyboard; Phil Lesh – bass; Clayton Call – drums; Anthony Aversano – percussion

Bird Song 12/27/97 Maritime Hall, SF
David Gans – guitar, vocals; Chuck Garvey – guitar, vocals; Jennifer Jolly – keyboard, vocals; Phil Lesh – bass; Clayton Call – drums

These shows were benefits for the Unbroken Chain Foundation.

More Gans music on the tunes page.

Phil Lesh’s oral history project

Thursday, July 6th, 2006

I know nothing about this beyond what’s on the web site, but Phil Lesh is doing an oral history project for Deadheads, starting this weekend at Jones Beach.

Why do the Sixties remain so devilishly fascinating to us today? Is it the sense of an opportunity lost, or a vision brought to life? For our elders, is it nostalgia for a golden age?

I’ve always thought of that period as a second Renaissance; where in 15th century Florence the lost knowledge and art of the ancient Greece and Rome was reintegrated into Western culture, in San Francisco in the 60s the introduction of non-Western ideas and philosophies began to widen our culture into something truly global; a very necessary development, if we want our species to survive the next century without self-destructing.

The Thin White Puke

Thursday, July 6th, 2006

Ann Coulter: Deadhead

… I really like Deadheads and the whole Dead concert scene: the tailgating, the tie-dye uniforms, the camaraderie – it was like NASCAR for potheads. You always felt like you were with family at a Dead show – a rather odd, psychedelic family that sometimes lived in a VW bus and sold frightening looking “veggie burritos.” But whatever their myriad interests, clothing choices, and interest in illicit drugs, true Deadheads are what liberals claim to be but aren’t: unique, free-thinking, open, kind, and interested in different ideas.

Ann Coulter: smut peddler

Her fans may enjoy hearing her talk about poisoning Justice Stevens or say that it’s a pity Timothy McVeigh didn’t park his truck next to the New York Times building. But that’s not because the remarks make either Stevens or the New York Times seem particularly ridiculous. It’s because Coulter seems to be able to get away with unbridled aggression by presenting it as mere mischief, leaving her critics looking prim and humorless. (“Perhaps her book should have been called `Heartless,’ ” said Hillary Clinton after Coulter’s remarks about the widows, inviting the response, “Oh lighten up, girl.”)

That rhetorical maneuver doesn’t really have a name, but it’s a close relative of what we think of as smut. In the strict sense, of course, smut is the leering innuendo that veils sexual aggression. But in a broader sense, smut can be any kind of malice that pretends to be mere naughtiness. It might be a leering vulgarity, a racial epithet, or simply a venomous insult — what makes it smut is that it’s tricked out as humor, so that if anyone claims to be offended you can answer indignantly, “Can’t you take a joke?”

Ann Coulter: tool of evil

Who benefits when smut dominates the public sphere? Smut, having no other purpose or effect than gratifying base impulses, provides no platform on which to build. But its effect is more pernicious: when it crowds out that which is not smut, nothing gets built.

We are in a time of great decadence. Our nation has turned its back on its greatness and its destiny. Our legislature is corrupt and depraved, and its depravity has made it weak and cowardly. Our judiciary is inept and marginal. Our executive branch is in the hands of men who have seen clearly that all they needed in order to seize imperial power from this situation was the will.

Reasonable people who have access to the facts are this administration’s worst enemy. And as this administration and its allies take great pains to suppress the facts, they also takes great pains to suppress reason.

And there is why Coulter has received her reward. Why we have a Fox News. How we have come to have a mainstream media that consistently fails to follow arguments to their logical conclusions and insteads presents “both sides,” as though truth and falsity are of equal weight. How it is that our national discussion about the education of our people focuses on the obsessions of a religious sect.

Reason is the enemy of the men in power and their friends, and they have dedicated themselves to extirpate it from the public sphere.

And lastly, Ann Coulter: the Musical

Dead to the World 7/5/06

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006

Crazy Fingers->
Playing in the Band->
Uncle John’s Band->
The Wheel->
Gimme Some Lovin’->
All Along the Watchtower->
Morning Dew->
Sugar Magnolia
The Mighty Quinn
Grateful Dead 7/2/88 Oxford Plains, Maine

No Better WayDonna Jean Godchaux-MacKay et al., For Rex: The Black Tie Dye Ball
All Night Long Blues – Tom Circosta et al., For Rex: The Black Tie Dye Ball
Arise – Jeff Mattson, Donna Jean et al., For Rex: The Black Tie Dye Ball

Proceeds from sales of For Rex: The Black Tie Dye Ball go to the Rex Foundation.

For Rex: The Black Tie Dye Ball is a two-CD live set culled from a November 2005 event in New York City. I posted about it last week after spending a couple of days listening to it; over the weekend, I saw a live performance by the band that emerged from that November gig: Kettle Joe’s Psychedelic Swamp Review. This band has great songs, great energy, fine singing, and kickass jams!

Kettle Joe's Psychedelic Swamp Review

Kettle Joe’s Psychedelic Swamp Review
Left to right: Jeff Mattson, Wendy Lanter, Joe Ciarvella, Klyph Black, Tom Circosta, Donna Jean Godchaux, Mookie Siegel
I am totally prejudiced, because they’re all friends of mine, but I was just knocked out by their performance at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park. Plenty of fine original music, and a very well-selected book of covers, including “River Deep, Mountain High,” a ’60s classic (written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, recorded by Ike and Tina Turner, produced by Phil Spector) that Donna Jean sang on the Keith annd Donna album in 1975.

Grateful Dead Hour #928

Sunday, July 2nd, 2006

Week of July 3, 2006

Part 1 34:34
The Waybacks w/ Bob Weir 4/28/06 Merlefest, Wilkesboro NC

The Waybacks w/ guests 4/29/06 Merlefest, Wilkesboro NC

Part 2 21:46
The Waybacks, From the Pasture to the Future
The Waybacks w/ Darol Anger 10/2/05 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, San Francisco

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from, an online store offering t-shirts, hats, stickers, tye dyes, gifts and other rock and roll items – officially licensed merchandise from the Grateful Dead, Phish, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Pink Floyd and many others.

And from A Bear’s Picnic music festival, July 21 – 23 north of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Three nights of music and camping with Dark Star Orchestra, New Riders of the Purple Sage, the Zen Tricksters featuring Donna Jean Godchaux, Stir Fried, Juggling Suns and more. Information and tickets at