Between yesterday and today, I heard, and am listening to, a pair of incredible shows.
Though not perfect regarding completeness/sound quality, 8/12/72's essence is not to be denied. When the good sound is there, it's fantastic- Jerry's guitar and voice in this show are what please me most about the man. We get a Stella in the 1st set and Black Peter with a perfect break in the second.
And today's show - 8/13/75 - is simply unstoppable! Last year I and a buddy were on vacation in San Francisco and he decided one morning to score some Asian food. His restaurant of choice turned out to be right around the corner from the Great American Music Hall. As we walked west along O'Farrell St., it dawned on me this was the site of the famed "Spot Check"! After we got the food, we walked back to the GAMH and I tried to see about trying to see the interior of this hallowed space. Just then someone popped out the front door. I asked him if it'd be OK to snoop a bit and he said sure. I'll not get over how small it was relative to what I'd been listening to all these years! So as I listen to Sugaree, I stand upstairs in the back and imagine the band on stage with the crowd rapt and swaying as Jerry slays 'em in the vocal outro.
I've never heard of this band prior to about two weeks ago, but this album blew me away. I recently joined the Volcom Entertainment Vinyl Club, where, for $40 plus shipping and handling, you get an exclusive, limited edition 45 every few months. Well, this particular gem was mixed in with my recent sign-up goodies, and I was a tad skeptical of its potential. Needless to say, my skepticism was unnecessary.
Their style is somewhere between '60s-era psychedelic and '70s-era thrash metal. Side A is pretty solid, but when you get to side B, watch out! The sonic assault of those three songs--"My Big Cups," "Love Hums," and "Edge of the Apocalypse (Forever)"--will not only knock your socks off, they'll require a change of underwear!
For those of you with functioning turntables, get the 12". It comes with a download, and the record itself sounds FANTASTIC. I know, I listened to it (and may have slam-danced, as well) last night. You can also score the MP3s for less than $7 from your local digital retailer, but where's the fun in that?
In what would be her final public live performance, Janis Joplin packed Cambridge’s Harvard Stadium to the brim and beyond for a show that goes down as one of Boston’s most famous live music moments.
According to an article on Harvard.edu about one of the photographers at the show, only about 10,000 people were allowed inside the stadium but the crowd of people that gathered around the stadium to get a glimpse of the show reached as high as about 40,000. Many fans even climbed the walls of the stadium to get inside!
"Live At Japan," a free download of a 26-minute live performance by the Nashville, TN band. You can also download their free debut EP, "Boundary Conditions," for free, but "Live At Japan" is where it's at.
Just bought Dick's Picks Vol. 24 and am half way through. Great set.
8/06/54 Clifford Brown "Brown & Roach, Inc." & "Jordu"
8/06/57 Sarah Vaughan "At Mr. Kelly's"
8/06/57 Barney Kessel "Let's Cook" (two tunes w/ Ben Webster - oooeee!)
8/06/71 Hollywood Palladium (Hunter Seamons' matrix)
Intermission: 8/06/57 Charlie Mingus "Tijuana Moods"
8/06/71 Set 2
Feels like Friday on a Tuesday - as Bird would play, "Now's the Time".
8/00/77 "Waiting For Columbus" Better San Juan than this blue-collared hell - agreed?