Archive for September, 2010

More Missoula news: Grateful Dead Hour back on the air!

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

The Grateful Dead Hour returns to the airwaves in Missoula, Montana on October 10! KDTR, known to the world as The Trail 103.3, will air the GD Hour on Sundays at 10pm. Sponsored by Montana Ace Hardware stores.

Gans gig update: Rubber Souldiers, Deadtronica, solo shows, and “bootleg” CDs

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Friends –

It is great to be at home after a thrilling summer on the road! I visited some favorite festivals, hit some new states and venues, played some wonderful house concerts, music festivals, and club gigs, and had an awesome time at Grand Teton National Park! My deepest thanks to all who attended my performances and to those who hosted house concerts, and to all who bought CDs at my shows, too.

Speaking of which: I am offering a “bootleg” CD of my September 4 house concert in Missoula, Montana (hosted by Stew and Meg Weis). These are hand-labeled CDs, but properly mastered from a high-res digital master recording. The set list and PayPal ordering link are here. UPDATE: This show is now available in high-res, CD quality, and MP3 from livedownloads.com

My performance schedule is posted at dgans.com/gigs.html
CDs are available at cdbaby.com/all/dgans

I am planning to stay close to home in October, and just starting to make some plans for November. I’ll be looking for house concert and other solo-performance opportunities in the West in November, so please get in touch ASAP if you’re interested in hosting a show.

Thank you for your kind attention and support. I hope to see you soon!

- DG

Wednesday, September 29: Rubber Souldiers play a FREE outdoor show 6:30-8pm in Memorial Park, 1325 Portland Ave, Albany CA

Friday, October 1, 7-10pm: Dead Dreams (David Gans, Dave Stein, Jeff Faust, and Mark Corsolini) at Art House Gallery and Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley CA. $8. NOTE EARLY SHOWTIME!

Saturday, October 2, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm: Grand Lake Farmers’ Market, at Lake Park and Grand Avenues in Oakland. Free! Think global, eat local!

Sunday, October 3, 9 am to 1 pm: Marin Farmers’ Market, at the Marin Civic Center in San Rafael CA. Free!

Friday, October 8: Rubber Souldiers perform at the Mill Valley Film Festival in celebration of a film called “Nowhere Boy,”about John Lennon’s early years.

Friday, October 29, 8pm: Deadtronica! Bob Bralove, Tom Constanten and David Gans. Hopmonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Avenune, Sebastopol CA. 707-829-7300. $25. Ages 21+. We’re hoping to take this act on the road soon.

Sunday, December 12, 7pm: The Poster Room (upstairs bar) at the Fillmore in San Francisco. Pre-show and between-sets entertainment. Black Crowes on the main stage.

January 4-9, 2011: Jam Cruise, sailing from Ft Lauderdale

More info and links at dgans.com/gigs.html

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As always, I’m in the market for house concert opportunities. If you see an open spot on my schedule in your general vicinity, let’s try to make something happen! And remember: word of mouth is pretty much all we have these days, so if you like my music, please spread the word about these gigs and these recordings – the free ones as well as the for-sale ones.

“Life Is a Jam” is a studio recording with me on guitar and vocals, Mark Karan (Jemimah Puddueduck, Ratdog) on lead guitar, Mookie Siegel (David Nelson Band) on keyboards, Joe Kyle, Jr (The Waybacks) on bass, Dave Brogan (ALO) on drums, and Zac Matthews (Hot Buttered Rum) and Bear Kittay on background vocals. The download package and promo CD contain three versions of the song, each with a unique jam – a total of about 27 minutes of music for your money! dgans.com/liaj/download – and we still have a few copies of the limited-edition promo CD available at dgans.com/liaj/

“Life Is a Jam/After Break” – the “A” side – is now available for download from CDBaby for a mere 99 cents.

Enough with the anti-gay bigotry

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell has taken a deserved beating in the courts recently, but the posturing, pandering putzim in DC aren’t gonna give up any time soon. I’m talkin’ to you, John “I Never called myself a Maverick, except in the title of my autobiography and a few zillion campaign ads” McCain.

Jon Carroll in today’s San Francisco Chronicle:

Senators live in Washington, D.C., most of the time. They mix with rich people and powerful people at private cocktail parties and dinners. They are aware that some of the people they socialize with are gay. They are aware that some of their colleagues, and the aides to their colleagues, are gay. They no more believe that gay people are a threat to unit cohesion than they believe that aliens have established villages on Jupiter.

And yet they have to pretend for their people. Their constituents, their base, still believe that one gay guy in a shower room is going to panic the other soldiers. It’s not true, of course, but the panderers have to keep their base happy in this election year – one-third of the Senate is up for re-election – so they get all misty-eyed about manly showers with manly men. Or something.

Also, they seek to convince voters that gay people are a threat of the American family.

Read the whole column, please.

“Brokedown Palace” live – free download

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

I was particularly happy with my performance, and Cameron Blietz’ sound mix, of “Brokedown Palace” at Schwagstock 45. Listen and/or download, and post your comments here, please!

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1149

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

Week of September 27, 2010

Part 1 15:15
The Waybacks, from Jerry Jams for Rex
DUPREE’S DIAMOND BLUES
Jesse McReynolds & Friends, Songs of the Grateful Dead
RIPPLE

Part 2 41:10
Grateful Dead 12/31/81 Oakland Auditorium
DARK STAR->
BERTHA->
GOOD LOVIN’
~
IT’S ALL OVER NOW, BABY BLUE

Joan Baez, who was dating Mickey Hart at the time, appears on “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue.” She also played an opening set at this show, backed by the Dead.

Jerry Jams for Rex is a compilation of Jerry Garcia compositions performed by various artists, available on CD and via download in several formats from nugs.net. Contributors include Keller and the Keels, Bruce Hornsby, the String Cheese Incident, Railroad Earth, the Waybacks, and others. Proceeds benefit the Rex Foundation.

Jesse McReynolds is a true legend of bluegrass. He and his late brother were Jim and Jesse, and when Jerry Garcia and Sandy Rothman crossed the country in Jerry’s Corvair in 1964 this is one of the acts they were going to see. From the CD’s web page at jimandjesse.com:

“Jesse’s singing voice is like a long-lost brother voice between Jerry Garcia and David Nelson. I enjoyed the new song we co-wrote, “Day by Day.” Especially liked the ‘McReynolds picking’ accompaniment, your signature contribution to bluegrass music.” ~ Robert Hunter

“It’s an honor and a thrill for me to be on this project. Fantastic that I was asked to play on it by one of my all-time heroes!! The session was filled with great moments. Plus the extra added treat of singing with Jesse on the Grand Ole Opry! All I can think is, “Pinch me, is this real?” Both the session and the Opry will always be revered among my greatest experiences.” ~ David Nelson

“After listening, I was reminded of what made Jesse McReynolds a major influence for so many musicians and one of our country’s greatest music legends. His musicianship, singing, and arrangements should be heard by everyone. It is an honor for all of us at Woodstock Records to bring this music to the public. Thanks to all who have helped keep the flame burning. With this CD it just got brighter and higher!” ~ Aaron “Professor Louie” Hurwitz, Woodstock Records – June, 2010

“Jesse absorbed the gestures of Grateful Dead’s music, then crafted his interpretations complemented by Stu [Allen]’s masterful guitar work, Tommy White’s steel that evokes and continues Garcia’s, and all the musicians on the project. One favorite of mine is “Loser” – a real winner here. Did we ever expect to hear Jesse McReynolds singing “Standing on the Moon”? Maybe not, but… here we go!” ~ Sandy Rothman – March 2007

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Jam Cruise 9, setting sail from Ft. Lauderdale on the MSC Poesia January 4 through 9, 2011, with performances by Bob Weir, Rob Wasserman & Jay Lane as Scaring the Children, The Rhythm Devils featuring Billy Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, Galactic, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, God Street Wine, Greyboy Allstars, ALO, Lotus, Steve Kimock, David Gans, Cornmeal and many more. Complete information is available at www.jamcruise.com

Grateful Dead Productions, announcing three new releases: Formerly the Warlocks, the complete concerts of October 8 and 9, 1989 from multitrack; Road Trips volume 3 number 4, a 3-disc compilation from the spring of 1980; and The Warner Brothers Studio Albums, five classic Grateful Dead albums on 180-gram vinyl in a deluxe boxed set, including the original mixes of Anthem of the Sun and Aoxomoxoa, plus the 7″ single of “Dark Star.” Details, audio samples, discussion boards, and ordering info at dead.net

We’re all in this together

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

“We must come to see that the well-being of our own individual children is intimately linked to the well-being of other people’s children. After all, when one of our children needs life-saving surgery, someone else’s child will perform it; when one of our own children is threatened or harmed by violence on the streets, someone else’s child will inflict it. The good life for our own children can only be secured if it is also secured for all other people’s children. But to worry about all other people’s children is not just a practical or strategic matter; it is a moral and ethical one: to strive for the well-being of all other people’s children is also right.”

- Intellectual Emergencies: Some Reflections on Mothering and Teaching, by Lilian G. Katz, Ph.D., and Stephen Katz

(Lilian G. Katz, Ph.D. and Stephen Katz are my aunt and cousin, respectively. I learned a lot from this book, about teaching (my wife’s profession) and about my family. A quick and entirely worthwhile read. The music is very good, too!)

New online station for the GD Hour

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Grateful Dread Radio airs the Grateful Dead Hour Sundays at noon and Wednesdays at 8pm Eastern time

Dead to the World 9/22/10

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

It’s FUND DRIVE TIME, friends. Please visit KPFA’s web site and make a donation. Any amount is greatly appreciated! Or call us on the studio line 510-848-4425 to make a pledge and score one of these fabulous thank-you gifts.

Gimme Some Lovin’ w/ Spencer Davis – Grateful Dead 9/22/87 Spectrum, Philadelphia PA
Feel Like a StrangerGrateful Dead, Formerly the Warlocks (10/9/89)
Lazy Lightnin’->
Supplication
– Grateful Dead, Road Trips vol 3 no 4 (5/6/80)
Seven Story MountainRailroad Earth, from Live from Berkeley: Performances from KPFA’s Dead to the World
Waiting for the Electrician or Someone Like HimFiresign Theatre, Waiting for the Electrician or Someone Like Him
We Can RunGrateful Dead, Formerly the Warlocks (10/9/89)
Bird Song w/ David Murray – Grateful Dead 9/22/93 Madison Square Garden, New York City
Althea – Grateful Dead, Road Trips vol 3 no 4 (5/6/80)
SugareeWake the Dead, from Live from Berkeley: Performances from KPFA’s Dead to the World
Mountains of the Moon – Keller and the Keels, from Jerry Jams for Rex

9/4/10 Missoula House concert on nugs.net

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

David Gans live at “Club Meg” 9/4/10
Now available in high-res, CD quality, and MP3 from nugs.net.

Dawn’s Early Light->
For Everyman
Pancho and Lefty->
Save Us from the Saved->
Terrapin->
Cassidy’s Cat->
I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
The Bounty of the County
That’s Real Love
Lazy River Road
It’s Gonna Get Better
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Down to Eugene
Afterbird->
Sultans of Swing
Loser
Who Killed Uncle John?
Life Is a Jam->
Norwegian Wood
Ran into God
Black Peter->
Blue Roses
Like a Dog->
Brokedown Palace

Click here for a link to the download page on nugs.net. Available in 96/24 FLAC, 44.1/16 FLAC. and MP3.


David Gans
9/4/10 Club Meg, Missoula, MT

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Still available, direct from the artist: “bootleg” CDs (hand-labeled but beautifully mastered from high-res original digital recording):





Grateful Dead Hour no. 1148

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Week of September 20, 2010

Part 1 19:50
Grateful Dead 12/31/81 Oakland Auditorium
MORNING DEW
Bob Dylan, Blonde on Blonde
STUCK INSIDE OF MOBILE WITH THE MEMPHIS BLUES AGAIN

Part 2 36:35
Furthur 8/14/10 Outside Lands Festival, San Francisco
LET IT GROW->
TIME->
DEATH DON’T HAVE NO MERCY

The Furthur show is available for download and on CD

The Grateful Dead Hour is made possible this week by:

Grateful Dead Productions, announcing three new releases: Formerly the Warlocks, the complete concerts of October 8 and 9, 1989 from multitrack; Road Trips volume 3 number 4, a 3-disc compilation from the spring of 1980; and The Warner Brothers Studio Albums, five classic Grateful Dead albums on 180-gram vinyl in a deluxe boxed set, including the original mixes of Anthem of the Sun and Aoxomoxoa, plus the 7″ single of “Dark Star.” Details, audio samples, discussion boards, and ordering info at dead.net

Jam Cruise 9, setting sail from Ft. Lauderdale on the MSC Poesia January 4 through 9, 2011, with performances by Bob Weir, Rob Wasserman & Jay Lane as Scaring the Children, The Rhythm Devils featuring Billy Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, Galactic, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, God Street Wine, Greyboy Allstars, ALO, Lotus, Steve Kimock, David Gans, Cornmeal, and many more. Complete information is available at www.jamcruise.com

Kearney Street Books, presenting The Storyteller Speaks: Rare and Different Fictions of the Grateful Dead, including one penned by Robert Hunter – two dozen short stories inspired by the Grateful Dead’s music and community. The Storyteller Speaks is available at amazon.com