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Grateful Dead – Spring 1990 (The Other One) Box

The vaults of the Grateful Dead bring forth many wonderful, sonic treasures. The latest music data mining to reach the surface is Spring 1990 (The Other One), a 23 disc box set, available on September 9, 2014.

The box set chronicles eight complete concerts from the group’s three-week 25th anniversary tour of North America. The price tag for this box is $239.98, too rich for my blood.

I am more inclined to order the 3 CD box,  Wake Up to Find Out 3/29/90 at $29.98. Wake Up To Find Out is the official début of one of the most sought-after shows in the Dead canon: the March 29, 1990 show at Nassau Coliseum, where Grammy®-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis sat in with the group. It has the sought after Marsalis jam with The Dead, “Estimated Prophet”.

I love the artwork for both box set editions. Pre-orders are now available on the Dead’s website.

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Bertha in Tie-Dye Kaleidoscope

For the hippie and Deadhead in each of us :)

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Sunshine Daydream, Veneta, Oregon – 8/27/1972

The August 2013 Grateful Dead Bulletin contained a wonderful surprise. A limited edition box set entitledSunshine Daydream DeluxeCD/Blu-ray (Exclusive)

On August 27, 1972, fresh off their now-legendary European tour, the Grateful Dead traveled to Veneta, OR and reunited with the Merry Pranksters for a common cause – to throw a benefit concert for the Kesey family’s Springfield Creamery. A stage was erected under the hot Oregon sun at the Olde Renaissance Fairgrounds, tickets were printed on the fronts of the Creamery’s yogurt labels, and the rest is history…

The Dead in collaboration with Rolling Stone Magazine are featuring a video clip  (click on image of Jerry Garcia below to view). from the Sunshine Daydream movie that was shown this past Wednesday August 1st at select movie theaters in celebration of Jerry Garcia’s 71st birthday. This was the 3rd annual Grateful Dead Meet Up at The Movies.

I have to tell you I watched this clip and I was immediately transported back in time to the early 70’s when I first experienced the Grateful Dead live in concert (November 7, 1970 The Capitol Theatre in Portchester, NY and July 31, 1971 at Yale Bowl in New Haven). The movie captures The Grateful Dead just as I recalled seeing them live.

I was hooked when I saw that RS/Dead “Jack Straw” clip I pre-ordered right then and there. It has everything I want, The Grateful Dead live outdoors, Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters (who filmed the movie) and Deadheads dancing and twirling in the hot sun.

The version of “Jack Straw” that they perform is beautifully done. I’ve never heard that song sound as sweet as this rendition.

The opening scene with the baby and the dog is cute and touching.

Grateful Dead Play ‘Jack Straw’ in Veneta, Oregon, in 1972

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More of the Mickey Hart Band – Let There Be Light

“Strap yourself in, we’re gonna put some new stuff out there for ya” – Mickey

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Special Collectors Edition, Rolling Stone – Grateful Dead, The Ultimate Guide

Rolling Stone Magazine, San Francisco and The Grateful Dead. A match made in heaven collaborated on earth.

There is nothing like a Grateful Dead show. The music, the feeling that you experience at their concerts is the most original cosmic force existent.

This magazine does an incredible job in 100 pages of capturing and documenting the 48 years of America’s greatest band. It’s a tremendous value at $11.99 to have a well curated, cross-functional collection of excerpted articles from the original pages of Rolling Stone Magazine.

I urge you to buy a copy of this special collectors edition for your very own. The photographs by Jay Blakesberg, Herb Greene, Baron Wolman, Jim Marshall and others beautifully articulate the halcyon era of Rock’s Longest Strangest Trip.

 

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Mickey Hart Band – Worlds Within Tour 2013

Weighing this show worlds within the music of our heart. We have yet to see the Mickey Hart Band live. Maybe this will be that time ;)

They will be appearing at The Palace in Stafford Springs, CT on Friday May 17th. So many concerts so little time :)

Tickets for the second leg of the Worlds Within tour are now on sale at http://www.mickeyhart.net/shows.  100% of the ticketing fees sold through Mickeyhart.net will go to fund Music Therapy Research at UCSF.   All tickets sold through the website will include a free Mysterium Tremendum poster.

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Jerry Garcia Website Launches! – An Initial Review

Jerry GarciaTake a journey over to the just launched Jerry Garcia Web site . You’ll find it more than a long strange trip its been ;)

The Jerry Garcia Web site accomplishes two main objectives on behalf of its visitors, 1) Rich content about Jerry Garcia’s life, friends and accomplishments,  2) A creative, engaging shopping experience.

The site is designed by Third Door, Inc. I am surprised to learn how many popular music artist sites have been designed by Third Door’s David Maier. David’s choice of tools as a graphics and Web designer map to the Web software I plan to become more skilled in using in 2013 and beyond. The site was constructed with WordPress for content management, Adobe PhotoShop for images and Adobe Dreamweaver for HTML/HTML5 coding.

The Web site has a product tie-in promotion with the first release from the newly launched Garcia Live series which features a recording from the historic Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey on March 1, 1980.

My first assessment of the jerrygarcia.com Web site is based upon the following viewpoint/criteria.

Fan Viewpoint

Shopping Experience – A+

The Jerry Garcia Store is a standout section. It is tightly coupled with the Garcia official merchandise offered through their exclusive arrangement with MusicToday for ordering/fulfillment. Products were easy to view with the Zoom feature available for closer articulation.

Fan level information – B+

The Timeline section has 97 posts but lacks an evolutionary dated timeline for context and correlation (suggestion…). The content offers in depth reading and visual images that drive the reading experience well.

My favorite image is the black and white photograph of Jerry Garcia playing the pedal steel guitar. The Bio is nicely summarized. I would have liked to have seen a Web link to Wikipedia or another more substantive biography about Jerry.

The News section is very initial with just 4 posts. But it is only Day 1 for the site ;).

Multimedia content – A+

The Music, Artwork and Video sections meld together in cohesive fashion. The Music section offers a cover art jump point to a second page with music vendors, song listings and just the right level of social network icons for now.

The Artwork area is a gem and it is a good first level representation of an evolving Gallery area. I suggest an Amazon link on this page to the coffee table book,  Jerry Garcia: The Collected Artwork for visitors (I just love leafing through that book!)

The Video section knocked me out. The highlight for me was Jerry Garcia’s 70th Birthday. I was unable to watch Move Me Brightly on TRIStudios this past August. I am pumped to see the 17:47 video highlight featured on the Video page.

Technology Viewpoint

Usability – A

The Web site fully leverages responsive design and WordPress content management effortlessly. The images are compelling and never oversized or stretched. Navigation is straight forward and relaxing. It represents a landscape book with a menu as table of contents off to the left side, unobtrusive but accessible.

Design- A+

The page design varies between various postings or single Photoshop images of Jerry that are warm testimonies of him.

Responsive design is available throughout the Web site, which makes this a technology appealing visual, audio, video experience.

I have anticipated the Jerry Garcia Web site for sometime now and I wasn’t disappointed one iota!

Great work team! I look forward to the content evolution from here on out.

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November is 30 Days of Dead – Day 1

If you need a miracle every day then you should feel jazzed that the annual tradition for Dead fans is here again.

The tradition is called 30 Days of Dead . Dead.net will be giving away a high-quality 320Kbps MP3 download every day this month. That’s 30 days of unreleased Grateful Dead tracks from the vault, selected by Dead archivist and producer David Lemieux. There will also be a put your knowledge to the test contest where you will have the chance to win some sweet swag from the Dead.

Each day they will post a free download from one of the Dead’s coveted shows. Guess the venue and date correctly and you’ll be automatically entered to win the prize of the day. Each day a winner will be selected at random, so take your time and make your best guess! Answer correctly, and you will also be automatically entered in the Grand Prize – a copy of the SOLD OUT Spring 1990 box set.

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Neil Young & The Horse – Twisted Road

Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Shakey Pictures music video from the hot new recording Psychedelic Pill, “Twisted Road”.

Love the Dylan, Dead, Roy Orbison references, “Let The Good Times Roll”.

 

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Neil Young Joins Twitter, Premiere’s “Walk Like A Giant”, Truly Rust Never Sleeps

Neil Young launched his Official Twitter Account yesterday. It’s great to see Neil Young on Twitter and to know he will be interacting with us soon through the social networking medium. It is smart for him to set up a Twitter presence as this coincides with the release of his memoir, Waging Heavy Peace. I received my audio CD edition narrated by Keith Carradine yesterday too :). I am enchanted to no end with what Neil Young shares through the passages of the book. More to say about this in a future blog post…

Very cool to know Neil Young will be holding a Q&A session with us soon. I have my question ready for him now ;)

My anticipation is building for the Neil Young & Crazy Horse recording Psychedelic Pill.

Yesterday was also the Web première for “Walk Like A Giant”. It’s the first official video from Neil Young & Crazy Horse. Psyche!

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