Technical note re 9/2/85

November 12th, 2019

A note about the 9/2/85 show that is currently airing on the GD Hour: Many of the recordings from that era are plagued with “bass farts” – little pops that happened when Phil hit a volume peak. I used NoNoise™’s manual declicking scheme to remove a few hundred of them from the recording – and passed the restored audio files back to Charlie Miller for distribution.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1625

November 10th, 2019

Week of November 11, 2019

Part 1 24:59
Grateful Dead 9/2/85 Zoo Amphitheatre, Oklahoma City
MINGLEWOOD
RAMBLE ON ROSE
HELL IN A BUCKET

Robert Hunter, Tales of the Great Rum Runners (Ryko)
DRY DUSTY ROAD

Part 2 30:03
Grateful Dead 9/2/85 Zoo Amphitheatre, Oklahoma City
CHINA CAT SUNFLOWER->
I KNOW YOU RIDER->
MAN SMART, WOMAN SMARTER->
SHIP OF FOOLS

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. Garcia’s hosts a night of band and audience improvisation on SUN, NOV 17 with Everyone Orchestra featuring Special Guest Robert Randolph With Members of Living Colour, Ween, The Revivalists, Turkuaz + More! New Year’s Eve at The Cap will be a night of NOLA funk featuring Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, with Devon Gilfillian of North Mississippi Allstars opening. Every Wednesday is Grateful Dead night at Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Audio recording of Stu’s memorial

November 9th, 2019

Here is a permanent link to the audio recording of Stu Steinhardt‘s memorial. Great thanks to Richard Selleseth for making this happen.

https://archive.org/details/dgans2019-10-26.flac16

(Here’s a link to my eulogy, with photos.)

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1624

November 3rd, 2019

Week of November 4, 2019

Part 1 37:14
Grateful Dead 9/2/85 Zoo Amphitheater, Oklahoma City
BERTHA->
GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD
WEST LA FADEAWAY
MAMA TRIED->
ME AND MY UNCLE
STAGGER LEE->
IKO IKO

Part 2 18:06
Grateful Dead, Ready or Not (Rhino)
LAZY RIVER ROAD
Grateful Dead, Saint of Circumstance (Rhino)
SHIP OF FOOLS

This is the first of several programs featuring the complete soundboard recording of 9/2/85. Recordings from this period tend to include lots of little “bass farts,” caused by very brief overloading of the signal path from Phil Lesh’s rig to the PA system. I applied the world-class restoration tools of Sonic Studio’s NoNoise™ system to remove them without harming the rest of the music.

Saint of Circumstance is a new CD/digital release of 6/17/91, mixed from 48-track masters. The show is also included in the boxed set Giants Stadium 1987, 1989, 1991 – five complete shows. It’s available as a boxed set or as a digital download.

Ready or Not is a single-disc compilation of live recordings of songs introduced in the last few years of the Grateful Dead, which never made it onto a studio album: “Liberty,” “Eternity,” “Lazy River Road,” “Samba In The Rain,” “So Many Roads,” “Way To Go Home,” “Corrina,” “Easy Answers,” and “Days Between.”

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. OAR plays 2 nights of high-energy rock at The Cap on FRI and saturday, NOV 22 and 23. Twiddle plays their annual Thanksgiving on FRI and saturday, NOV 29 and 30. Garcia’s hosts a night of both band and audience improvisation on SUN, NOV 17 with Everyone Orchestra featuring Special Guest Robert Randolph With Members of Living Colour, Ween, The Revivalists, Turkuaz + More! Every Wednesday is DeadCenter at Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

New time for GDH in Pittsburgh

October 29th, 2019

Pittsburgh PA: WYEP moves the GD Hour up an hour on Sunday nights: effective immediately, we’re on at 11pm. Enjoy!

Complete GD Hour station list.

STUlogy

October 27th, 2019

Everybody should have a friend who brings pie.

Stuart Steinhardt (1949-2019) was that friend. He loved to bake, and he was wise enough not to consume his entire output – so he SHARED. He’d post a photo on FB and offer it up on a first-come, first-slice basis.

I’d get on my bike and ride over. Sometimes we’d eat our pie together at his kitchen table, preceded of course by a smoke; other times I’d bring home two slices, one for Rita and for for me.

And sometimes, Stu delivered.

Stu blowing bubbles 2

Early in our life together, Rita turned me into a geology buff and eventually a hiker. Stu and Sandy and Rita and I once tripped around southern Utah in a pair of rented Ford Rangers, Stu proudly introducing us to many of his favorite spots, from the Moki Dugway to Crystal Peak, and we met his friends Riley and Barry, too. Stu and I took several other trips up and down and all around the Mountain time zone, visiting with friends and seeing marvelous sights in between my gigs. I doubt I would ever have visited Fall Creek Falls in Tennessee were it not for Stu and a visit to his friend Denis. On a visit with Stu to Marble Canyon, I took a photo of a coyote turd that has been immortalized on the web site of the National Wildlife Federation.

Coyote turd

Everyone in our traveling party is a photographer. On our expeditions out there in the world, Stuart always got to the cool scene before I did – so I’d take a picture of him taking the picture! I have a nice collection of these meta-photos. I cherish them.

Stu Steinhardt in Wildflower Heaven

Stu was the very dictionary definition of a mensch, completely committed to decency and compassion. A union man all the way, he refused to use the self-checkout lanes in the grocery store. He was passionate about his compassion, and he got angry – quite appropriately, in my opinion – when he saw the social contract being violated. On Facebook, one of his favorite refrains was “Livin’ the Dream” – invariably delivered in a context of irony or despair.

As great a traveler as he was on the back roads of the USA, Stu kinda lost his shit when we went to Peru in 2013. But! by his negative example, he taught me how to be a better traveling companion to Rita, for which I have been quietly thankful.

A llama named Anthony

Severino and our group

Here at home, Stuart was the quasi-official staff photographer for Perfectible Recordings, my little musical empire. He was always happy to stop by my recording sessions to make sure we had photos of that day’s ensemble. He had a very low-key approach to the task, and he’d hang around to enjoy the music and get into the mood of the session before we’d break for the pictures. Stuart baked a perfect pot cookie – which I consider a performance-enhancing drug! – and in so doing contributed immensely to those recording sessions, and every other phase of my creative well-being.

Our lives were so intertwined. We shared news items and photos on each other’s social media; we had plans for future travels; we have a long tradition of shared holiday feasts that will now be very different without Stuart in the kitchen and at the table. We had an endless series of new restaurants to try, and a tradition of occasional meals of ill-advised foods shared when our wives weren’t watching.

A few days after Stu’s death I received a promotional box of Grateful Dead-branded cookies in the mail. This was exactly the sort of thing that would prompt a meeting with Stu and probably Marc, to have a smoke and sample the item.

Stu at Little Wild Horse

All the laughs we shared, the concerts and the radio broadcasts and the books and the photos, all the recording sessions, the hikes in the red rock country, all the pipeloads on the deck while the crabs were cooking, all the KPFA fund-raisers to which he contributed generous quantities of time, money, and carbohydrates.

All the love he brought to this world, and all the love we feel here today in his wake. Thank you, Stuart, for your steadfast friendship.

Peter and Stu

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1623

October 27th, 2019

Week of October 28, 2019

Part 1 43:30
Grateful Dead 11/2/79 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale NY
DRUMS->
SPACE->
NOT FADE AWAY->
STELLA BLUE->
SUGAR MAGNOLIA

Part 2 11:34
Grateful Dead 11/2/79 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale NY
CASEY JONES
Robert Hunter, Tales of the Great Rum Runners (Round Records)
RUM RUNNERS

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. Get The Led Out plays The Cap on Saturday, November 9. Garcia’s welcomes Midnight North ft. Grahame Lesh with Cris Jacobs Band on Sunday, November 10. OAR November 22 and 23. Twiddle with special guests Aqueous on November 29 and 30. And The Cult celebrate their iconic album A Sonic Template on Saturday, December 7. Wednesday is Dead Center at Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

GD Hour in Galena, Alaska

October 23rd, 2019

New to the Grateful Dead Hour network:

KIYU-FM 88.1 FM Galena, Alaska
First Saturday of each month, 5-6pm, starting November 2!

Complete station list is here.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1622

October 20th, 2019

Week of October 21, 2019

Part 1 40:15
Grateful Dead 11/2/79 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale NY
I NEED A MIRACLE->
BERTHA->
LOST SAILOR->
SAINT OF CIRCUMSTANCE

Part 2 15:20
Interview: Robert Hunter and David Gans 11/15/77
Writing as a band
Grateful Dead, American Beauty (Rhino)
TRUCKIN’
Jerry Garcia, Garcia (Round)
DEAL
Robert Hunter, Tales of the Great Rum Runners (Round)
IT MUST HAVE BEEN THE ROSES

I love the fall 1979 shows! Brent Mydland was working his way into the conversation nicely. And there are several performances of “Saint of Circumstance” – including this one! – that really opened up into some fine jams.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. Phil Lesh & Friends has been postponed until further notice while Phil recovers from surgery, so Dark Star Orchestra will perform a special Halloween Run on October 31 and November 1st and 2nd, re-creating classic shows from the Dead’s historic performances at the Cap. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1621

October 13th, 2019

Week of October 14, 2019

Part 1 35:39
Grateful Dead 8/4/71 Terminal Island Correctional Facility, San Pedro CA
MR. CHARLIE
NOT FADE AWAY->
GOING DOWN THE ROAD FEELING BAD->
LOVELIGHT

Part 2 19:49
Interview: Robert Hunter and David Gans 11/15/77
Writing “Ramble on Rose”
Grateful Dead, Europe ’72 (Rhino)
RAMBLE ON ROSE
Jim Lauderdale, Patchwork River (Thirty Tigers)
PATCHWORK RIVER
Mickey Hart’s Mystery Box (Rykodisc)
DOWN THE ROAD

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. Garcia’s welcomes Moonalice featuring Pete Sears, John Molo, Barry Sless, Roger McNamee, Jason Crosby and Big Steve Parish on Thursday, October 17. Max Creek plays their almost 50-year history of jams at Garcia’s on Friday, October 25. And Elvis Costello & The Imposters play the Cap October 29 and 30. Midnight North and Cris Jacobs Band play Garcia’s on Sunday, November 10. Wednesday is Grateful Dead night at Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1620

October 6th, 2019

Week of October 7, 2019

Part 1 26:43
Grateful Dead 8/4/71 Terminal Island Correctional Facility, San Pedro CA
/LOSER
PLAYING IN THE BAND
NEXT TIME YOU SEE ME
ME AND MY UNCLE
CASEY JONES

Part 2 28:23
Interview: Robert Hunter and David Gans 11/15/77
Coming to San Francisco in 1967
Grateful Dead 8/4/71 Terminal Island Correctional Facility, San Pedro CA
/CUMBERLAND BLUES
BIG BOSS MAN
SUGAREE
EL PASO

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. Toto brings hit after hit to The Cap on October 15, and Little Feat celebrates 50 years on Friday, October 18 with special guests Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams. Moonalice plays Garcia’s on October 17. And Band of Changes plays Garcia’s on October 20. Elvis Costello & The Imposters play the Cap October 29 and 30, and then Phil-o-Ween with Phil Lesh & Friends on October 31, and November 1 and 2. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1619

September 29th, 2019

Week of September 30, 2019

Part 1 11:14
Robert Hunter, interview with David Gans 11/15/77
On the writing of TENNESSEE JED
Grateful Dead, Europe ’72 (Rhino)
TENNESSEE JED

Part 2 43:34
Grateful Dead 8/4/71 Terminal Island Correctional Facility, San Pedro CA
TRUCKIN’
BERTHA
ME AND BOBBY McGEE
HARD TO HANDLE
CHINA CAT SUNFLOWER->
I KNOW YOU RIDER

Robert Hunter, the non-performing member of the Grateful Dead who wrote the words to many of our favorite songs, died on September 23 at the age of 78. I’ll be sharing more interview bits and featuring Hunter’s songs in the weeks to come.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. Toto play The Cap on Tuesday, October 15, and iconic rockers Little Feat celebrate 50 years at The Cap on Friday, October 18. Elvis Costello & The Imposters play October 29 and 30, and Phil Lesh and Friends return for Phil-o-Ween on October 31 and November 1 and 2. Wednesday is Grateful Dead night at Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1618

September 22nd, 2019

Week of September 23, 2019

Part 1 15:33
Grateful Dead, Aoxomoxoa – 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Rhino)
ROSEMARY (1971 remix)
CLEMENTINE

Part 2 39:39
Grateful Dead 6/11/76 Boston Music Hall
SUGAR MAGNOLIA->
EYES OF THE WORLD->
STELLA BLUE
SUNSHINE DAYDREAM
~
JOHNNY B. GOODE

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. The Cap welcomes iconic journalist Larry King on Wednesday, October 2 for Behind-the-scenes observations on some of the biggest names in media, politics, and pop culture, interviewed by Capitol Theatre owner Peter Shapiro. Wednesday is Grateful Dead night at Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1617

September 15th, 2019

Week of September 16, 2019

Part 1 28:46
Grateful Dead 6/11/76 Boston Music Hall
ST STEPHEN->
DANCING IN THE STREETS->
THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED

Part 2 26:17
Grateful Dead 6/11/76 Boston Music Hall
SHIP OF FOOLS
SAMSON AND DELILAH
SUGAREE

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. Iconic rockers Little Feat celebrate 50 years at The Cap on Friday, October 18, and Elvis Costello & The Imposters play October 29 and 30. Phil Lesh and Friends return for Phil-O-Ween October 31 and November 1st and 2nd. And of course, DeadCenter at Garcia’s, where every Wednesday is Grateful Dead night. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1616

September 8th, 2019

Week of September 9, 2019

Part 1 29:15
Dead & Company 6/26/19 Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow VA
A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL->
US BLUES

Scott Guberman, David Gans, Robin Sylvester, Greg Anton
THE TOWN THAT STILL BELIEVES IN MAGIC

Part 2 25:42
Grateful Dead 6/11/76 Boston Music Hall
IT MUST HAVE BEEN THE ROSES
LAZY LIGHTNIN’->
SUPPLICATION
BROWN EYED WOMEN
PROMISED LAND

That’s it for set 1 of 6/11/76. Set 2 starts next week, and it’s amazing! Lots of new music, interesting sequences, and some fine jamming. So tune in again next week! And thanks again to Charlie Miller for restoring the tape and sending it to me for broadcast.

Dead & Company live concerts are available in a variety of audio formats at livedead.co. Here’s a direct link to the 6/26/19 recording.

Scott Guberman and I got together in February to write a song. I had one line of lyric and melody that had been bouncing around inside my skull since 1995, and after a three-hour session we had this song, “The Town That Still Believes in Magic.” So you could say it took 24 years and three hours to write it! In April, we went into the studio with the great Robin Sylvester (Ratdog) on bass and Greg Anton (Zero) on drums. You can buy the song (or download it for free) on bandcamp. Enjoy!

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit bring their gritty Americana on Saturday, September 14. Alex Koford’s Colonel & The Mermaid play at Garcia’s on Wednesday, September 25. Garcia’s welcomes Moonalice on Thursday, October 17. Halloween is a time to shake your bones at The Cap with Phil Lesh & Friends on October 31 and November 1st and 2nd. Every Wednesday is Grateful Dead night at Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.