It’s Friday, I’m in love…

@4yl4 (1)

Hi. Happy Friday. Hope you all got though your weeks without drama. Pretty easy here. The big news is that my best friend got her name back. A judge told her that she’s now again supposed to be called what she was called by her folks when she was born. Which is what everybody that we know has called her for years. So whatever. We’re officially/legally JF squared. She’s always been JF to me, since that fateful playdate in kindergarten when she taught me how to survive in the wilderness of our neighborhood by getting water from the rocks under the downspout. (Apparently, it works better after a rainstorm.) Super cool. Gj, babe.

Anyhoo. This week’s playlist is, you guessed it, a mix of new and old. New: Ólafur Arnalds, Waxahatchee, Thom Yorke, Lana Del Rey, The Ophelias, ALASKALASKA, Navy Gangs, Clearance, Loose Tooth, Ash, Shopping, Joyce Manor, Brazilian Girls, STORME, The 1975, Wild Nothing, Death Cab for Cutie, Metric, Jenn Champion, Tirzah, Maribou State (!!), Empress Of, Marshmello & Bastille, Logic (!!), Charlotte de Witt, Martyn, Daniel Avery, Ledr Kivansky, Father John Misty (Spotify single), Black Belt Eagle Scout, SALES, Caoiffionn Rose, Kurt Vile, Gold Star, Tomberlin, Night Shop, Lord Huron (Spotify single), and J Mascis. Old: Lucy Dacus, Aphex Twin, Califone, and Smog. And fun covers from Hundred Waters (themselves), Petal (Tom Petty), Yo La Tengo (themselves, a Painful  outtake), and Sylvan Esso & Collection of Colonies of Bees (Califone).

There’s also a track by Seattle’s Spirit Award, which fit nicely into the guitar-rock vibe toward the beginning. It’s dream-pop in a Deerhunter way, or gothy in a Preoccupaions way, until an awesome rhythm part in the middle that’s sorta unique. I don’t know much about that band, but I heard of them via email from the same guy who told me about last-week’s featured artist, Disco Shrine. Full disclosure.

So there you go. Enjoy.

This week marks the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that have been shorthanded in America as 9/11. That was a terrible day in US history. Best thoughts and love to anyone who was and/or still is affected by what happened then. The header image is by @4yl4 (on Ello). Thanks for that. I chose something red, gray, and blue – gray for the ashes in Manhattan. Absolutely no disrespect to our true colors.

More soon.

JF

It’s Friday, I’m in love…

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Hey, guys. Happy Friday, again. And Happy Popcorn Festival!

Yep. In the Paradisial Vale from which I hale, it’s the 40th annual bacchanal dedicated to all things Orville Redenbacher. Dude liked corn, obv. Dude liked 5k runs. Dude liked really long parades. Dude probably liked drinking lots of beer and watching ’90s rock. Soul Asylum is the headliner on the big downtown stage this year. (Remember when, post-Depp, Winona dated Dave Pirner? Awsm.) And the sorta title track from their major label breakout makes a late appearance on this week’s playlist.

That’s not the only cool thing. Sometimes, LN gets email from up-and-comers (or their people), asking us to check out new stuff. This week, we heard from LA-based indie/electro-pop artist Disco Shrine. Her track “Up In The Air” is featured here. It’s super pretty, and well-worth your listens. Here’s the video:

The playlist is back down to normal size after a few weeks of long. It’s the usual mix of new and old. New? Leonie Meijer, Dizzy, Julien Baker/Phoebe Bridgers/Lucy Dacus, Tanukichan, Still Corners, Lala Lala, Eliza Shaddad, Field Division, Nat Vazer, Oso Oso, Gold Star, Phantastic Ferniture, Mothers, Tosh Sultana, slenderbodies, Mija, Charli XCX, SG Lewis & AlunaGeorge, Perel, Helena Hauff, Moby, Disclosure, Channel Tres, Logic (!!), Tangents, Pariah, Louis Cole, Julie Byrne & Steve Sobs, Gia Margaret, Dirty Projectors, and Yo La Tengo (Spotify single). Old? Califone, The Lemonheads, The Fall, The Clean, The Kinks, REO Speedwagon, Aphex Twin, Bob Dylan, and the aforementioned Soul Asylum. Enjoy.

This week’s header image is a Google “popcorn” search find, so no thanks for that.

More soon.

JF

Grateful Dead Monthly: Boise Pavilion – Boise, ID 9/2/83

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On Friday, September 2, 1983, the Grateful Dead played a show at the Boise State University Pavilion in Idaho.

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The BSU Pavilion opened in 1982 as a multi-purpose venue for college sports, community events, and concerts. A year later, it hosted the Dead’s only visit to the Gem State.

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In keeping with that nickname, the Dead of the Day blog called 9/2/83 “an overlooked gem.” ECM concurs. He dubbed this “one of the better shows of 1983,” and used the New Minglewood Blues > Big Railroad Blues in his 2016 31 Days of Dead project.

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Bassist Phil Lesh opens the show by announcing, “Citizens of Boise, SUBMIT for you are a Conquered People.” The music backs him up. According to Ed, “the pace is frantic, and the playing is reckless.  Like most shows from this era, Jerry Garcia’s voice is pretty rough, but his solos burn. His energy is contagious, and the band follows his lead.  I asked Ed to break down the show. Here’s the play-by-play.

Set 1:
Phil’s Intro – Fantastic! Very rare for Phil to speak, especially during this period.Wang Dang Doodle* – Second version ever (first version was on 8/26/83), and a very good performance. At 6+ minutes, it is pretty jammed out.Jack Straw* – A little on the speedy side, which threatens to derail it at any moment, but Jerry’s solo after the “keep us on the run” verse is high intensity stuff.They Love Each Other – The band’s attempt to slow things down. Brent and Jerry shine on their solos. Check out Jerry’s solo before the last verse is burning.Mama Tried > Big River – Speedy and high energy. Smokin!Brown Eyed Women – Another song taken at high speed and energy. Jerry’s solo just keeps going. Every time you think he is wrapping it up, he takes it around another time.
Minglewood Blues* > The pace is frantic. The playing is reckless. Bobby’s slide solo is loud, confident, and nasty. It may just be his finest moment on slide ever. The energy sends a jolt of of electricity into Jerry, who proceeds to lay waste to everything in sight, when the solo is passed to him.
Big Railroad Blues* -Do the boys rest? Hell no! Pausing only to reload, there is much more conquering to be done. Jerry begins picking the notes to BRB, and they are off once again. This hyper-speedy version is ridiculous. Jerry’s playing is relentless. He can’t stop. It’s one amazing guitar run after another. Just when you think he is finished, he just keeps going. It will leave you shaking your head in disbelief. The song gets stretched out about as far it can conceivably go.
Looks Like Rain – Average.
Deal* – Just like Jack Straw, this has a nervous, frenetic energy that could derail it into disaster at any moment. And once again, Jerry’s solo is burning. At 9+ minutes, this is a long version.
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Set 2:
Help On The Way > Slipknot!> Jerry struggles with the words a bit in Help, and there is some sloppiness with the composed portion of Slipknot, but by the time the band gets to the jam we finally have lift-off. The speedy, distorted, and intricate jam is nothing less than mesmerizing. Jerry is at his shreddy best.
Franklin’s Tower – The palate cleanser for what preceded it. Anthem-like with sublime leads by Jerry.
Estimated Prophet > The energy from Help/Slip/Frank carries over into Estimated. The California jam is huge, and the outro jam is fluid and bouncy.
Eyes Of The World* > Very nice guitar runs by Jerry.
Jam > Mostly Brent, Bobby, and the drummers. Pretty cool, actually. Whether or not you like Brent’s sound, everybody can agree that the guy had incredible chops, which this jam showcases nicely.
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Throwing Stones > The jam leading into Throwing Stones is interesting. The song was still in its infancy and developing, but this is a solid version. The melodic jam following the “on our own” verse had not evolved yet. Instead, the band was experimenting with a distorted jam that resembled the jam in Cassidy. This one is pretty powerful.
Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad > The vibe here picks up where Big Railroad Blues left off. A speedy, driving version with great guitar runs that just keep going.
Black Peter > Doesn’t work as well. Ballads are better when they are not rushed, and when Jerry’s voice is cleaner and more emotive. The outro jam is less than two minutes and ends before it has time to develop.
Sugar Magnolia – Hard driving version, if not a little sloppy, with a long jam that seems to build. Then there is a missed cue and things fall apart into Sunshine Daydream.
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Encore:
It’s All Over Now Baby Blue** – Stunning version.
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As you may have guessed from the header image, this show is no longer an overlooked
gem. It’s a full-on official release – Dave’s Picks #27. You can’t get it on Spotify (yet), but you can transport to the Hunter Seamons/Rob Bertrando matrix recording on the Live Music Archive HERE, and a soundboard recording on the LMA HERE.
More soon.
JF

A Seasonal Playlist: Late Summer 2018

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Hi.

Once in a while/quarter, my pal and LN contributor BW drops a playlist. Here’s his latest, just in time for Labor Day. Dude does not mess around – this one’s 100 tracks. Whoa! Plenty for your backyard (or wherever) ‘nans. He described it like this, via email:

In honor of the summer’s last week and weekend, here is a playlist bound to keep the summery mood, despite school starting back up. As always, it’s new stuff, classic stuff, bands I saw this summer, some obscure shit that you or someone else with good taste recommended, and some random-ass tunes you may really dig/hate.

I think my end of school/first summer playlist was super mellow, as was the goal for the summer. It was absolutely achieved. This one has more pep to make the transition from summer-dad mode to working-dad mode not so vicious. Tried something different with tempos. Let me know what you think and most of all, enjoy it.

So yeah, enjoy. Thanks, B.

More soon.

JF

It’s Friday, I’m in love…

Kazuhiro Higashi @kazuhirohigashi (1)

Hey, guys. Happy Friday. And Happy Labor Day.

Long weekend, long playlist. New stuff from a new indie rock supergroup (Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus), Joyce Manor, Petal, Swimsuit Issue, Great Lake Swimmers, Virginia Wing, Madeline Kenney, Bad Bad Hats, The Beths, Gabriella Cohen, Kate Teague, The Molochs, Anna Burch, Mitski, The Ophelias, Calpurnia, Toast, Orla Gartland, Milo Green, Colleen Green, Mr Twin Sister, Jorja Smith, Grand Pax, Natalie Prass, El Ten Eleven, Poppy Akroyd, Tirzah, Makeness, Martyn, Disclosure, Kelly Lee Owens & Prins Thomas, Tensal, Perel, Shy Layers, Astrid Sonne, Tangents, Mogwai, Chastity, and Snail Mail. Old stuff from Califone, Bettie Seveert, Dinosaur Jr., The Smiths, Isotope 217, Stereolab, and Low. Enjoy.

The header image is by Kazuhiro Higashi (@kazuhirohigashi on Ello). Thanks for that.

More soon.

JF

Grateful Dead Monthly: Gaelic Park – New York, NY 8/26/71

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On Thursday, August 26, 1971, the Grateful Dead played a concert at Gaelic Park in the Bronx.

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The Gaelic Park Sports Centre, as it’s officially named, opened in 1926 as a venue for Irish sports – hurling and football (soccer).  In 1991, the park was purchased by Manhattan College.

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Back in the ’60s and ’70s, Gaelic Park hosted rock bands, including The Beach Boys, Jefferson Airplane, The Allman Brothers Band, and, of course, the Dead.  The August 26, 1971 show was originally scheduled for July 30 (check out the poster above), the day before the famed Yale Bowl concert, but some issues with the equipment trucks and/or weather postponed it.  According to ECM, there are a few stories on the web about people in the pre-cellphone era not hearing about the cancellation, and dropping acid only to arrive an empty stadium.  Dude, harsh.

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Ed has featured a couple of songs from this show in his 31 Days of Dead projects. In 2014, he visited this show for its Sugar Magnolia. Here’s his description:

The Dead in Da Bronx? Fuhgetaboutit. It’s difficult to imagine the band playing below an elevated subway, but then again they also played Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City.

This show was originally billed for July 30, but was postponed due to a rainstorm that had been predicted. Oddly enough, legend has it that it never rained on July 30, but it did drizzle during the first set on August 26. Also, it should be noted that had the show taken place on its original date it would have been the day prior to the Yale Bowl which is famous for the dreamy trifecta of Playin > Dark Star > Bird Song. Finally, this show has the historical significance of being the last show the Dead performed featuring the original 5 members. The gravity of that statistic is not lost on me.

Back to the music. It’s all too easy to fall prey to the reputation that 1971 Dead has been given: it isn’t 1970, and it sure as hell isn’t 1972. However, there is still a lot to like about the Dead in the summer of 1971. Although this would be Pigpen’s last show until December, the band was raging, as evidenced by high-energy shows like 8/6-7, 8/23-24, and the aforementioned Yale Bowl – all of which resurfaced when Donna Godchaux found the original reel-to-reel soundboard recordings in 2005 on a houseboat that was owned by Keith’s parents. Those recordings became known as “The Houseboat Tapes” and have been officially released as Dick’s Picks #35 and Road Trips #1.3.

Like all of those summer shows, Gaelic Park is an absolute rocket ship. The energy beaming out of the band leaps off the recording. And, this version of Sugar Magnolia defines that energy. The song is totally nailed. The vocal harmonies are (almost) album-perfect, the entrance into the Sunshine Daydream is explosive, and Jerry’s rapid guitar runs during the solo are breathtaking. Again, the energy just pours out of the music. The mighty Grateful Dead!

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In 2016, Ed returned to this show for its Uncle John’s Band. Again, here’s his description:

Less than three weeks after Pigpen’s definitive performance of “Hard To Handle” at the Hollywood Palladium, the Grateful Dead play the final date of their summer tour in 1971 at Gaelic Park in the Bronx. It will be Pig’s last show until December and the last time the band will ever perform in their original quintet configuration of Jerry, Phil, Pig, Billy and Bobby. By September, Keith will be rehearsing with the band to assume a full-time role on the keys. Perhaps anticipating his absence, Pigpen leads the band through 6 of his songs including the rarely played, “Empty Pages” and the last “Hard To Handle.” It is also one of the last performances of “St. Stephen” until the band revived it in 1976 with a major facelift, never to be played the same way again. When you consider these historical milestones along with the departure of Mickey Hart and the closings of the legendary Fillmore East and West earlier in the year it makes you realize that this concert carried a little more weight than anyone could have ever foreseen at the time. It truly was the end of a chapter in the life of the Grateful Dead. As you listen to each song you can’t help but feel a certain degree of nostalgia. For me, the hidden gem of the show is the outstanding version of “Uncle Johns Band.” Jerry’s first guitar solo is an absolute joy to hear. His notes sing with irresistible melody and happy sunshine which perfectly capture the nostalgia of those carefree early years. If you listen closely you can hear Pigpen playing the wood claves.

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At the time, the show received a positive write-up by Carman Moore in the 9/2/71 Village Voice.  The Grateful Dead Sources blog has archived the review. That blog also features a lengthly rant by a guy named Basho Katzenjammer in the 9/5/71 East Village Other about “pigs” – the Dead’s then-road manager Sam Cutler (he’s in the tank top below) and concert security working for him – hassling guys selling bootleg records at this show. Apparently, that was before tapers were cool. Anyway, both are super fun, if dated, reads.

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Transport to the Charlie Miller and Steve Rolfe transfer of the soundboard recording on the Live Music Archive HERE.  That source is on Relisten.net, too, HERE.

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More soon.

JF

It’s Friday, I’m in love…

@fivetimesno

Hey, guys. Hope you all had decent weeks. It’s the penultimate weekend of the summer, so here’s another attempt at a soundtrack.

New stuff from RYVOLI (“Ulysses”), Emma Ruth Rundle, Neko Case, Virginia Wing, Anna Calvi, MEZKO, The Darcys & Lea Fay, Gabe Gurnsey, Mikski, Jealous of the Birds, Mogwai, No Age, Cloud Nothings, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Cosmic Strip, Dear Nora, Kacy Hill, Let’s Eat Grandma, Calvin Harris & Sam Smith, Nikki Minaj, Chynna, Ross from Friends, DJ Koze, Lindstrom, Takecha, The Field, S U R V I V E, Balam Acab, Vampire Weekend, Santigold, Ciara, Tirzah, Jorja Smith, Camila Cabello, and Justin Proffit & Jay Som. Old stuff from Smog (“Back in School”), Hundred Waters, Miles Davis, and T. Rex.

As usual, enjoy.

This week’s header image is by @fivetimesno on Ello. Thanks for that.

More soon.

JF