Archive for February, 2008

Passing Strange on Broadway

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

See the post I made when Passing Strange was playing in Berkeley a while back.

Passing Strange just opened on Broadway! Stew and Heidi were interviewed on Fresh Air today.

I’ll be in New York at the end of April. Can’t wait to see it!

Update: The New York Times loves it!

GD mention in Achewood

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

And not a nice mention, either. But funny.

Farewell to Omar

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

The apotheosis of the anti-hero.

Tim Goodman talks it over.

Grateful Dead Hour #1014

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

Week of February 25, 2008

Part 1 43:26
Grateful Dead 10/21/72 Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN
TRUCKIN’->
THE OTHER ONE->
MORNING DEW

Part 2 13:29
Grateful Dead, Road Trips vol. 1 no. 2: October ’77
LET IT GROW

The Grateful Dead Hour is made possible in part this week by:

Grateful Dead Productions, announcing the second release in the Road Trips series. Road Trips Volume 1 number 2 features great musical moments from October 1977, with highlights from several shows, a historical essay, and rare photos along with carefully remastered music from the original masters. More information, cover art, reviews, message board, and details of a limited-edition bonus disc, are online at dead.net

The Suwannee SpringFest, a festival of American roots music March 27th through 30th at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida, just across the Georgia line. David Grisman Quintet, Peter Rowan, Donna the Buffalo, Railroad Earth, Guy Clark, Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen, David Gans, and many many more. Information is available at 904-249-7990 and magmusic.com, where you will also find information on Music Farmers, a documentary about MagnoliaFest, now available on DVD.

Fantasma Productions, presenting the Wanee Festival April 11 and 12 at The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida. Bob Weir & Ratdog, Allman Brothers Band, Government Mule, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, Levon Helm Band, Oteil & the Peacemakers & many more on two stages. The Wanee Festival, April 11 and 12 in Northern Florida. Complete artist, ticketing and festival information can be found at waneefestival.com

Quote of the Day

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

“Make art! Make art!” – Glen Hansard, receiving (along with co-writer/co-star Markéta Irglová) the Academy Award for best song, “Falling Slowly.” See the movie, Once. Trust me on this.

Earth to Nader: Go fuck yourself

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

Seriously, Ralph. Haven’t you done enough damage already?

Rock the Earth notes

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Please take a look at this Rock the Earth web page – lots of good information and some calls to action.

Hunter, Bono et al. write a song for Ronnie Drew

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

Irish Musicians Pen Song for Ronnie Drew

A host of Ireland’s finest singers and musicians have got together to produce a tribute to Ronnie Drew, a founding member of the Dubliners and one of the great voices of modern Irish music.

“The Ballad of Ronnie Drew” is by U2, Kila, The Dubliners and “A Band of Bowsies” – the Bowsies include Christy Moore, Shane MacGowan, Damien Dempsey, Andrea Corr, Sinead O’Connor, Moya Brennan and Glen Hansard.

The lyrics to “The Ballad of Ronnie Drew” were written by Robert Hunter (Grateful Dead) with Bono, The Edge and Simon Carmody, “The idea was that we would all try to write a song for Ronnie to sing, but then it changed to writing a song about Ronnie himself”, said Bono.

Hotpress’ Niall Stokes has described the recording as “a fitting tribute” to Ronnie Drew, who first came to attention performing with The Dubliners on their chart hit ‘Seven Drunken Nights’ which topped the Irish Charts in 1967.

“The Ballad of Ronnie Drew” will arrive at Irish radio stations this week. It will be available in Ireland only, on digital download from February 22nd and CD single the following week.

All profits from the release of this single will go to the Irish Cancer Society at the request of Ronnie Drew. The Irish Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer and improving the lives of those living with cancer.

Bono speaking at the time of the recording said “Ronnie is like the King of Ireland, and we are his subjects. This is a big fight for him. But like any fighter, it’s easier if there’s a crowd cheering”.

The Ballad of Ronnie Drew
A tribute – recorded at Windmill Lane, January 14th and 15th, 2008

Produced by John Reynolds

Musicians:
U2 (Adam Clayton, Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jnr) The Dubliners (Barney McKenna, Eamonn Campbell, John Sheahan, Patsy Watchorn) Kíla (Dee Armstrong, Eoin Dillon, Brian Hogan, Lance Hogan, Colm Ó Snodaigh, Rónán Ó Snodaigh, Rossa Ó Snodaigh)

A Band of Bowsies:
Christy Moore, Shane MacGowan, Damien Dempsey, Andrea Corr, Sinéad O’Connor, Moya Brennan, Glen Hansard

Chorus in alphabetical order:
Billy McGuinness, Brian Kennedy, Bronagh Gallagher, Chris de Burgh, Christy Dignam, Duke Special, Eleanor McEvoy, Eleanor Shanley, Gavin Friday, Iona Green, Jack L, Jerry Fish, Joe Elliott, Mary Black, Mary Coughlan, Mik Pyro, Mundy, Paddy Casey, Paul Brady and Ronan Keating

Grateful Dead Hour #1013

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

Week of February 18, 2008

Part 1 23:38
Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart & Friends 2/4/08 Warfield Theater, San Francisco (“Deadheads for Obama”)
THE WHEEL->
THE OTHER ONE

Part 2 31:47
Grateful Dead 10/21/72 Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN
HE’S GONE
GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD
BIRD SONG

“Deadheads for Obama” was announced at around 4pm on Friday, February 1. Tickets went on sale at 5 and were gone in a matter of minutes.

The music was just great. Read my review here. The Lesh people wouldn’t give me the board tape for the radio, so I downloaded this excellent audience recording by Ian Stone.

I’ll have more music from this show in GDH 1015.

The Grateful Dead Hour is made possible in part by:

Grateful Dead Productions, announcing the second release in the Road Trips series. Road Trips Vol. 1 No. 2 features great musical moments from October 1977, with highlights from several shows, a historical essay, and rare photos along with carefully remastered music from the original masters. More information, cover art, reviews, message board, and details of a limited-edition bonus disc, are online at dead.net

The Suwannee SpringFest, a festival of American roots music March 27th through 30th at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida, just across the Georgia line. David Grisman Quintet, Peter Rowan, Donna the Buffalo, Railroad Earth, Guy Clark, Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen, David Gans, and many many more. Information is available at 904-249-7990 and www.magmusic.com, where you will also find information on Music Farmers, a documentary about MagnoliaFest, now available on DVD.

Heart of Gold Records & Dig Music, presenting the debut self-titled release from Donna Jean and The Tricksters, featuring twelve original tracks including “All I Gotta Say”. Donna Jean and The Tricksters are touring nationally through April 5. The new CD is available in stores, digitally and online. More information and tour dates are available at donnajeanandthetricksters.com.

Mark is Back

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

From the ratdog web site:

our lead guitarist
2/12/08

Short and sweet, Dog Heads: If you were wondering who’s playing lead guitar for our upcoming spring tour, it would be one Mark Karan. In the words of our fearless leader Senor Weir, “Mark’s back. It’s pretty much a miracle.”

Mark added, “with much gratitude after long months of hard work, joy, fear, hope, affirmation… and finally triumph… i have been given the ‘all clear’ by my wonderful doctors @ UCSF and am really pleased and excited to be able to say i’ll definitely be on the RatDog bus heading your way this spring. yippee! i’m looking forward to seeing all y’all and to playing with and for you very, very soon… thank you for all the love and support you’ve given me thru my greatest challenge.

much love, MK”

“Grateful Dead Listening Guide” blog update

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

Noah got a proper domain for his blog: deadlistening.blogspot.com

GD marathon on the KPFA archive

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

The whole thing!

Bob Weir phoner 2/9/08

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

Bobby called in to KPFA last night during the Grateful Dead marathon. We talked about the February 4 Deadheads for Obama show, and about the importance of participating in the political system – and Bob told one brief but fascinating story about two pieces of music.

Here’s an MP3 of the conversation. It’s a little over eight minutes long.

Bob also put in a plug for supporting KPFA, which is what we were doing on the air yesterday.

The GD marathon playlist is here. You can make an online donation to KPFA here.

Grateful Dead Hour #1012

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

Week of February 11, 2008

Part 1 19:14

Grateful Dead 7/30/66 Vancouver BC
STEALIN’
Excerpt from the film Chasin’ Gus’ Ghost
Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
THE RUB (AIN’T IT CRAZY)
BEAT IT ON DOWN THE LINE

Part 2 37:41
Excerpt from the film Chasin’ Gus’ Ghost
Grateful Dead 7/16/66 Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco
NEW NEW MINGLEWOOD BLUES
VIOLA LEE BLUES

Excerpt from the film Chasin’ Gus’ Ghost
Blind Lemon Jefferson, from Anthology of American Folk Music
SEE THAT MY GRAVE IS KEPT CLEAN
Grateful Dead 7/29/66 Vancouver BC
ONE KIND FAVOR
Williamson Brothers and Curry, from Anthology of American Folk Music
GONNA DIE WITH MY HAMMER IN MY HAND
John Sebastian and David Grisman, Satisfied
JOHN HENRY
Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions
THE MONKEY AND THE ENGINEER

Chasin’ Gus’ Ghost is not in wide release, and as of now there are no plans to release it on DVD. It’s a wonderful documentary, and of special interest to Deadheads because the Grateful Dead started as a jug band: Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, and Ron “Pigpen” McKernan were members of Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions. A pretty substantial portion of the Dead’s repertoire had its roots in the McCree’s songbook. Keep any eye out for a showing of Chasin’ Gus’ Ghost in your town. Well worth seeing!

And speaking of “The Monkey and the Engineer,” there’s a very sweet book of the lyrics, with illustrations by David Opie, a biography of Jesse “Lone Cat” Fuller, and sheet music of the song. Recommended for kids of all ages! See previous entry for more info.

The Grateful Dead Hour is made possible in part this week by:

Grateful Dead Productions, announcing the second release in the Road Trips series. Road Trips Volume 1 number 2 features great musical moments from October 1977, with highlights from several shows, a historical essay, and rare photos along with carefully remastered music from the original masters. More information, cover art, reviews, message board, and details of a limited-edition bonus disc, are online at dead.net

The Suwannee SpringFest, a festival of American roots music March 27th through 30th at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida, just across the Georgia line. David Grisman Quintet, Peter Rowan, Donna the Buffalo, Railroad Earth, Guy Clark, Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen, David Gans, and many many more. Information is available at 904-249-7990 and magmusic.com, where you will also find information on Music Farmers, a documentary about MagnoliaFest, now available on DVD.

Heart of Gold Records and Dig Music, presenting the debut self-titled release from Donna Jean and The Tricksters featuring twelve original tracks including “All I Gotta Say”. Donna Jean and The Tricksters are touring nationally through April 5. The new CD is available in stores, digitally and online. More information & tour dates are available at donnajeanandthetricksters.com.

Blog: Grateful Dead Listening Guide

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

I just learned about this on DeadNet Central. I think the author is Noah Weiner. A quick look reveals a thoughtful author. Take a peek!

Grateful Dead Listening Guide