Bri Blahg… Looking For Work?

12 11 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

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Bri Blahg… Dylan Sells Out To Bankers, Diddy Is The Banker, Kanye Does The Chicken Fit. Music News Round Up 9/30/09

30 09 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

Dude Palo Alto ’73

You ever heard of Wolfgang’s Vault? Nah me neither. If you’re a hardcore Dead Head you probably have. With legal issues straightened out a trove of good (Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Aretha Franklin, Lou Reed, Ramones, etc) bad (Chicago, Hall and Oates) and Weird (Twisted Sister?) are hitting the virtual market.

Bonus Coverage. I’ll be honest, up until a couple of years ago I wasn’t much for The Dead. Then I saw Phil Lesh at Bonnaroo (no there were no drugs) and something clicked. Am I hardcore? No I wouldn’t say that, but I’m digging the stuff I bought for the Ipod… The Skull and Bones record etc. One of my favorites is their take on Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried”:

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Break out the glow sticks, it’s time to get down

5 07 2009

By Justin Jacobs (@justinhjacobs)

Take 30,000 kids hyped up on the noodle-dancing of The Dead, add thousands of glow sticks and neon body paint and let the raves begin.

MSTRKRFT blew up the Sherwood Court stage and shrank the open, boundless area to a sweaty warehouse party.
The DJ duo roped in Justice’s “D.A.N.C.E.,” chopped up and rebuilt, of course, and played Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsondy” in near-entirety. Who says hipsters and hippies can’t appreciate the classics, albeit cheesy ones?

But good God, the pulsing beats didn’t stop there.

DJ getup EOTO burst any eardrums that weren’t already ruptured with a set of slowed down, Titanic bass beats with an elaborate video show that could get a Narcotics agent to start tripping.

Though numbers began to dwindle towards 4 a.m., there was a party to be had all throughout the tent grounds until it was time for breakfast.

Time of my body slumping over in a tent dead asleep: 6:30 a.m.

Time to wake up and check out Sunday’s lineup — with Yonder Mountain String Band, The Hold Steady, Ani DiFranco, Gov’t Mule and (way, way past his prime but always worth checking out, even for bragging rights of saying “I saw him play”) Bob Dylan.

The Dead melt thousands of faces, no one’s upset

5 07 2009

By Justin Jacobs (@justinhjacobs)


Bob Weir, The Dead, Rothbury 2009

By Festival Saturday, Rothbury had turned into a fully functioning mini-nation, with its own culture, its own people and its own, ahem, underground economy.

It’s hard not to feel part of something at a festival as well-organized and friendly as Rothbury — aside from the bevy of kooks too spun out on acid blotter to know what day, or often year, it is. And truth be told, most of them aren’t so bad either.  Just a little hard on the nostrils.

Though The Black Crowes tore up the main stage Saturday afternoon, much of the crowd remained before the stage during the hour-plus that no music was played. Why? Easy: The Dead.

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