Grateful Dead

Dave's Picks Volume 11: Century II Convention Hall, Wichita, KS (11/17/72) - SOLD OUT

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Jack Straw may have been from Wichita but the Grateful Dead only played there once and what a show it was! Whether the band knew they would only have one shot to show the "Doo-dah" city what they were all about, we just don't know but they sure did nail it. Dick's Picks producer Dick Latvala initially considered this one for release and with a single listen, you'll know why. From the epic 90-minute 16-song first set to super tight ditties from the massively popular Workingman's Dead and American Beauty albums and newly minted Europe '72 classics like "He's Gone," "Brown-Eyed Women," and "China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider," you're bound to agree. Lest we forget to mention the great sounding tapes and excellent acoustics at the Century II Convention Hall. (Oh, and as a little bonus, we've thrown in the best of the bunch from Oklahoma City 11/15/72!)

Mastered in HDCD from the original soundboard recordings produced by Owsley Stanley, with fresh artwork from Tony Millionaire (and his little dog too), and liner notes from original handbill artist and then first-time Grateful Dead concert attendee Gary Houston, this sonic adventure is one to cross off the old bucket list.

Pre-order it here while you can!

Listening Party

11/17/72, Wichita, KS


"Bird Song"

"He's Gone"

"Box Of Rain"

David Lemieux Volume 11 Seaside Chat

Product Details

3 Disc set
Limited to 14,000 individually numbered copies
Mastered to HDCD specs by Jeffrey Norman
Digipak made of 100% recycled and PCW materials
Release Date: August 1, 2014

A note about the cover: The Black and White cover is the only cover made for this release. The color version is the booklet cover. The Black and White version wasn't revealed till Street Date which is why the booklet color version was the only version shown at the time of Pre-order.

Tracklist

Century II Convention Hall, Wichita, KS (11/17/72)

Disc 1
1. Promised Land [3:12]
2. Sugaree [7:01]
3. Me And My Uncle [3:11]
4. Tennennee Jed [7:47]
5. Black-Throated Wind [7:04]
6. Bird Song [11:01]
7. Jack Straw [5:00]
8. Box Of Rain [4:54]
9. Don’t Ease Me In [3:16]
10. Beat It On Down The Line [3:26]
11. Brown-Eyed Women [5:11]
12. Big River [4:39]
13. China Cat Sunflower> [7:10]
14. I Know You Rider [4:46]

Disc 2
1. Around And Around [3:55]
2. Casey Jones [6:33]
3. Cumberland Blues [6:31]
4. El Paso [4:17]
5. He’s Gone [14:12]
6. Truckin’> [9:57]
7. The Other One> [19:49]
8. Brokedown Palace [5:57]
9. Sugar Magnolia [8:24]

Disc 3
1. Uncle John’s Band [8:07]
2. Johnny B. Goode [3:57]
Live In Oklahoma City (11/15/72)
3. Playing In The Band [30:57]
4. Wharf Rat [10:38]
5. Not Fade Away> [7:47]
6. Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad> [7:12]
7. Not Fade Away

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And as far as the Stones go

The first 45 rpm single I bought with my own money was Brown Sugar/ Bitch. I recall my mothers horror when she heard Bitch! Almost lost that record to the grasp of manner, but bargained to keep it if I promised not to play that side again! Both Sticky and Exile reissues are great. The story of Exile in the south of France is such a tale.............

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those Fab Four boys

Kate has a world of music coming her way that is certain. Although I look at the world today and wonder if those younger can hear the recordings of old as we did? In my earliest of listening days the only phonograph I had was a GE toy called a Show n Tell. This little box would play records and filmstrips that showed a story on a given topic. The speaker was a small 3-4 inch job on the side of the box. MONO of course. Looking at all my Beatle albums from that time period, 64-65, they were all mono as well. The sound was that of the early Capital releases. Which is to say with more reverb plastered on them for our American taste. Until Sgt. Pepper in 67 I had never heard stereo music.I must admit, I was wondering, why bother? Now you have to sit in front of 2 speakers to hear the music. Of course as FM radio overtook AM in the early 70's and the sounds you heard then, it became clear that stereo was the wave of the future. Going back and enjoying the MONO box was a treat not only because of the sound, but the mixes themselves were different. There are quite a few differences when you put each song up against each other in stereo and mono.
The question I have is, today in 2015, will the sound of mono simply be that of a curiosity to a modern listener. Much like a Victrola is today? I for one freely admit the better sound lies with stereo, but a case of nostalgia is clearly what drives me when I pull out my Mono Box or the Capital re-issues of the 1990's of the first 8 albums. Clearly to my taste I love the first 6 Capital albums in mono. After Revolver and Rubber Soul however, I never owned them as a kid, my parents switched me to the Monkees once Paul opened his mouth about LSD, I love the stereo sounds and production. The Beatles music was created as the world was moving from that of the 50's into the wider world of the 60's and its technological breakthroughs. I am most glad to have the marvelous music of the Beatles in the remixed version of the Black Box, but am glad I do have the option to go White when the hark of an older world calls.
However you enjoy it, I just hope you do. Had it not been for those 4 Liverpool kids, things would sound much different today I believe.

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listening choices

One of the single most satisfying cds in my collection is the Handel Suites for Keyboard by Keith Jarrett. I know I've mentioned this before, but it is worth another mention because it is so very good.

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Ecological Diversity

I feel kind of selfish because, though I started public with discussion of my Beatles box purchase, I've since been monopolizing FloridaBob's invaluable insight and advice through PMs - especially on the subject of stereo (my set) versus mono.

It's rare that I'm online at work, but my chat with Bob and exhaustive listening of the Black Box has me absolutely electric for more...sooo, Bob, this morning I pulled the trigger on the BBC volumes 1&2. Also, it being a shame to even bother checking out JUST 2 items, I made sure that John, Paul, George, and Ringo had the company of some contemporaries during shipping; specifically, Mick and his crew from the Exile and Sticky Deluxe editions. I hope all arrive next week in SE KY well rested and ready to play LOUD! WOOT!

I'd love any thoughts on The Beatles (it's all new to me!) or just the chance to hear about your latest purchases and listening choices./peace, K

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This may be the best in the Daves series

I listened to this one again yesterday as its one of my go to favs.
It just might be the Best in Dave's series. Every song is played well with lots of taste and gusto.
If in doubt, pull this one out!

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Well, the first days

were the best days for this bwoy! I know the first record I ever owned was Love Me Do b/w can't remember ... six was I. I began to learn how to play the drum (sing.) to Beatles 45's courtesy my granny who bestowed a Slingerland snare on me one x-mas. The next x-mas I got a hi-hat (Hi, hat) and a new piece each x-mas until I was playing along with Jimi's Smash Hits, Janis's Cheap Thrills, Zep's 1st, etc. And then it was that fateful x-mas morning my older brother received Woodstock and inadvertently graced my grandparents with the Fish Cheer, which I thought was at the same time blasphemous and cool. A couple years later it was all over but the cryin' when my good brother set the needle on that vinyl platter with the pink Capricorn label. OK, the ABB. Life would never, ever be the same.

But I will always have a place in my small-days heart for the Beatles.

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Ridiculosity...

...{noun} The state or quality of being ridonkulis; a superfluity of ridiculousness; superlative in the extreme, as in Clapton, Lennon, AND Richards...

/peace, K

P.S.: Gracias, Jefe...

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KC

Have had cero experience with said box sets. But the BCT shows and the always dependable 8/27/72 might assuage your anxiety in the interim.
I've got ABB A & R studios happening right now and it's, well, you know, ...
Siempre paz sea contigo,
Don Kevin

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Fab [hopefully of the legit variety...]

In my exploration of rock's Golden Age - long before my debut in this life - it's been easy to neglect The Beatles, both because (1) the sheer volume of appealing alternative material has been a consuming distraction (e.g., Floyd, Stones, Who, CSN/Y, ABB, Zepp, Sabbath, Tull, Dylan, Doors, Cream, Hendrix, AND the GD - with whom I spent almost 2 years of near-exclusive listening not long ago during the honeymoon stage of our romance) and (2) I've found their ubiquitous commercial presence and the myopic fervor of cultish fans off-putting (imagine!...).

Still, I've recently conducted some broad sampling of the catalogue at the usual places and been quite taken - what a body of diverse and magnificent work over such a relatively short existence; though I certainly needn't tell y'all, as many here likely lived it!

Not prone to half-measures, I excitedly purchased the complete OSR in stereo on Amazon late last week (you know: black box, green apple). Anyway, only then did I begin to read about the prevalence of counterfeit units, while noticing that the product images posted by Amazon did not have the tell-tale FBI warning on the back.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002BSHWUU?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=od_...

My concern was somewhat assuaged by discovery that - logically - legitimate pressings in other countries do not bear the US piracy emblem, though I hadn't expected Amazon US to sell anything but domestic products (not sure why in this age of a global economy). Further, another photo shows that the top 2 albums are not correctly sequenced in accordance with videos posted on utube showing the unwrapping of legit box sets (US, EU & Canadian), wherein MMT & Please Me are atop the stax. Obviously, that promotional pic could've been taken after the individual albums were removed for the spread photo, but....

SOOOOOO, I wonder, as I anticipate arrival on Monday, do any of you have experience with receiving a legit EU, Canadian, or Japanese stereo box set pressing from Amazon? Or a counterfeit of the same? Though it now appears that the red ribbons typical of the old fake boxes have been corrected, it's my hope that imposters can still be identified by improper chronological sequencing; photos that don't cover the inside gateway seams; spelling errors; and general flimsiness - though I haven't a legit box to compare for sturdiness. Any feedback is appreciated!

Thanks for reading my protracted post, I'm just a bit anxious waiting for the newest family addition to arrive! :) /peace, K

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Trivia fodder...

...Shakedown outtakes w/ LG in FRONT of the board...

peace, K

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Go Chelsea!

Its early yet! Jose won't give these boys a break after that performance! GO Chelsea! GO Blues!

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LL

Downloading 9/30/71 Floyd BBC Archives (HRV CDR 007B REV A) over on LL; should be done shortly - will leave open for seeding along with GD 10/29/77...peace/K

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Follow Up

So I did manage to get myself a copy of this Wichita show(as well as about 5 other Dave's Picks). I'm very pleased with it, I must say. It's a great performance in the city where I was born (about 3 years and a month later) at a venue I've seen Bob Dylan play AND where my high school graduation was hosted. I also loved reading the liner notes by Gary Houston, who apparently grew up in Wichita and was a 19 yr old working for a local promoter when this show happened. It was interesting to read that he ended up moving to Portland. Evidently, him and I had very similar paths in life. I started in Wichita and eventually moved to Portland as well. I would have never guessed that the Dead had bothered to stop in Doo Dah and play, but play they did...

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A pitch perfect day...

A lovely afternoon watching City dismantle Mourinho's best laid Sunday plans for capturing 3 points at Etihad, then tuning in for the second half of a brazen performance by the USWNT against an overwhelmed Costa Rican squad, though given the clockwork precision of midfield support and high percentage of successfully parlayed goal scoring opportunities, I'm not sure even the Germanys, Chinas, Canadas, or Brazils of this world could've hung within a couple goals of our magnificent women...peace/K

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Dolorous [belatedly]

Just discovered a 2009 interview with Andy Zax regarding the Rhino Woodstock 40 Years On 6-CD box set and the following exchange is a grievous - if not fatal - blow to the last vestige of irrationally persistent optimism I managed to sustain on the subject of a comprehensive Golden anniversary release...

Interviewer: I think what you did is tremendous, because I never would have thought that a 30-CD set of the complete performances would have been possible anyway.

AZ: It’s fully compiled. It’s mixed, fully compiled. It absolutely exists. But will we ever be able to release it? My guess is no.

...Maddening, simply maddening. Still, according to current life expectancy metrics I've got another 5 decades on this planet, so there's reason to hope that heirs or sold catalogue rights might yet exonerate the music from its internment. How about a covert leak to the vilified heroes of archival preservation and distribution at Great Dane; Eelgrass; KTS; Silver Rarities; or Godfather?

And God bless the Grateful Dead for their lack of ego, legacy building, or simple sloth when it comes to opening the archival spigot./peace, K

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"Hey, hey, You, you, get [onto] my cloud...."
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Turnin' on a digm for Harpur

Enjoyed the Seasons run throughs - Jerry really wasn't singing out though, was he? I take it that was TC and Jerry was humouring him by playing minimal pedal? Fun stuff though - thanks, Kate.

Don't know what to say 'bout the Dead & Co. thing. There is one thing for which I applaud John Mayer - he's playin' a Strat. I will forever be an old-school guitar enthusiast!!! I believe Jerry was playin' a Les Paul for 5/02/70 - beefy, no?

And Mr. Connery's role is ridiculous! That laugh! Rough, just like Mom ... bawdy, what?

On a '72 note, be sure to tune into 8/12, Sacramento - I listened to it four times in the car. It has some egregious cuts - especially on a Sugar Mags that's just ridin' so high! Ouch!!! But Jerry just could not be any more expressive in his ballad readings, etc. I've got the BCT, 8/22, goin' now - what is Dave going to do with all this blessed music?

Paz sea con Uds.,

Ddct'd aka Kevin

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Seasonal Jeopardy

New release forums have become an instruction in the immutability of human nature. Recent reincarnation of an old argument through the latest posting flurry on 30 Trips put me to mind of a bizarre round of Jeopardy....

Trebek: "The 2nd Amendment and Jerry's renowned 'let the words be yours, I'm done with mine' comment."

Moi: Alex, what are the two most woefully amplified statements in American history?

Incidentally, were the SNL Ferrell/Hammond - Trebek/Connery parodies not simply legend?!

"Ohhh, 'rough', just the way your mother likes it, Trebek"

peace, K

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The show must go on...mustn't it?...

...no?...no argument here...gettin' weirder as 50 progresses...how 'bout we just take the words "Grateful" and "Dead" COMPLETELY out of the commercial mix with regard to touring permutations of the Regal Survivorship from this point forward?!?

I don't want to slip into a cynical funk, but...

http://images.jambase.com/features/newswirephotos/2015/deadcojb.jpg

yikes!/k

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Paradigm Shift or "Hello, Harpur!"

As the Dead turn from psychedelia to their country roots, the "harmonizing" influence of CSN's presence at Mickey's ranch in 69 becomes apparent, and the boys are about to inaugurate the new decade with a decidedly different sound...

peace,K

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An option ...
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Too Late for the Party

...in two ways. I grew up in a small town outside of Wichita Kansas. Unfortunately, I wasn't even alive when The Dead played there. So that one I couldn't help missing. When this Dave's Pick showed up in my local(Portland, Or these days) record store, I had no idea the Dead had even played Wichita, so this caught my attention. Worse yet, I didn't realize the Dave's Picks were limited. This was the first edition I had seen, and I thought "oh.. the Dick's Picks got run into the ground, so this is the new gimmick?" And I imagined I would pick this one up sometime in the future. Well.. now if I even find it somewhere, unfortunately, I'll be paying at least twice what it's worth. Bummer.

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Sabbath morn PSA

Jerry reminding us that knowledge is power, though NOT necessarily a passport to normalcy...

http://www88.zippyshare.com/v/iwlBFJyP/file.html

peace/k

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I almost forgot!

This was my choice of show today. One of the best of 72 hands down. The 11 is a standout.

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Chime on!

Yes looking back, the road runs are more than likely the culprit. Back then thou that was the norm. Now of course running isn't part of the life. Weight gain , yeah that's a drag too. But in my running days I was 160-170 believe it or not. The knees became too much to deal with by 1990, so yeah those are issues.
Ripple was fun. I just played a bit of lead through the chords as the lines are right there. Fingerpicking it was the key. My electrics are out much less than the acoustics these days.
Actually Cape Coral and Captiva was home base for the 91-05 years. I miss the beaches, but the heat is a real bear. Now in central Fla we are getting too many hi 90 days. It's been a cruel summer!
But I will add, even off road, the impact is the problem. I worked within the medical field and some of the MDs would complain about the impact damage. I just toss it out cause when your young, the future and your middle age years seem like a drewm. That's all, every word meant in kindness and hopes you all can avoid the pain.
Hope the weekend brings plrenty of smiles. We are gonna be hot and wet.

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May I chime?

If I may speak for Kate, I really think the secret to being a life-long runner is staying of the pavement and keeping the weight off. I'm sorry that you're unable to do the miles, but I know you've got something that's just as vital - Ripple in your arsenal. I'm curious how you'd do that solo, you know, the melody line and the chords simultaneously. Which one(s) have you learned since?
I know a bunch - mostly earlier stuff, most of Amer. Beauty/Workingman's, Skull & Rosas, Europe '72, Ace and Jerry's 1st solo record, 1/2 Step, Row Jimmy, Stella,Eyes, HCS, Ship & China Doll are cool, Scarlet B's, etc. I was in Nashville recently at the relocated Gruhn's, and, of course, saw some choice axes - I actually had my paws on a '58 Standard - they brought me a towel to wipe away the drool! What a nice weight it had. And the action ... well, no words. My '56 Gold Top was unceremoniously removed from my premises years ago, so I'm always looking, always looking. I'd like a choice acoustic, too, but what I've got is good.
On another note, whenever I see a post of yours it makes me think about my days long ago that I used to spend in either Coral Gables or Cape Coral - I just love me some Florida! Bet it's warm about now though, eh?, said the snowbird.

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Not that I have a right........

But Hello Kate,
I will share this......... In the 1980's I was a huge runner. Did every 10k, half marathon , and full marathon that came my way here in Central Fla. I spent very good money on the best shoes and gear. Today both knees, both hips, even ankles are fried. On cold rainy days I creak like a vintage door hinge. And the pain, whoa......it's bad.
So all I'm trying to say is do everything you can to prevent the lasting wear and tear I and several folks are now plaqued with. Ain't nothing sexy about a cane.
Enjoy!

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Spoiler

Over on Hypnocracy.com it's rumoured that, after years of suppression by the mainstream music industry, the 30 Trips booklet will contain the first published copy of the "So What Papers".

In anticipation of an infallible business plan, I've already signed some local talent and am now eyeing a few old ice cream trucks as a fleet purchase./peace, K

P.S.: Unfortunately, I won't be able to acknowledge most of y'all's existence after I become a mogul; I consulted with The Donald and that's just the way it is. Apologies in advance.

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Of Gray's & Injury Cycles

Trust me, after surgery on my AT, I'm an anatomical wizard when it comes to the region...the soleus and the gastrocnemius are virtually indistinguishable and from whence both mine and Achilles' greatest weakness attach en route south to the calcaneus. I spent considerable time in the orthopaedic surgeon's office pondering a plastic replica of my faulty underpinnings!

I think the single greatest faculty required for sustained mileage is the capacity to distinguish pain's often cryptic message. I've found that an overwhelming majority of my body's distress signals denote only minor issues that can be run through, require a temporary change of gait or pace, or - at most - merit "active rest" through decreased intensity and/or less punishing terrain (i.e., usually by eliminating climbs for a day or two).

In 1 or 2 instances out of 100 routine aches and pains, the message is far more urgent; like the stabbing sensation in my left AT during the first steps of my final long run in Feb. 2013 prior to taper for my first scheduled 100 miler. I knew it was different, but after 12 months of heavy training felt invincible and ran through it...and the rest is history. Ah well, sounds like you were smart enough to take sufficient proactive measures to ensure a short cycle! Here's to the trail! Thanks for checking in/peace, K

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Kate

I know what you're talking about when you say it was "only" 86, but the "barbaric" humidity was ...
It's the dew point that's the killer (dew point to be intimated as "hello, Newman"). If the dew point reaches 75% or above (what?), it's gonna be a sucky run. And speaking of sucky runs, a week and a half ago I pulled up lame - fortunately, my medicine was only two miles - with a new one. Have you heard of the soleus muscle? I thought I'd lay low for a couple/few, but they stretched into a week before I was able to carefully finish three miles. Two days later, pain free. Today, I put in muchos hills just to make sure, and now I'm a happy camper. We're going down to the sixties tonight/tomorrow AM, so it's gonna be a sublime trip through rusky dusky!
As far as the flies go, they don't like me - it's the godawful spiders and their webs!!! Eew!
Hey, tomorrow is the year anni for the Eleven!!! Be sure to put on something that does it for you and twirl a bit.
Paz sea contigo,
KCK aka Ddct'd

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Kevin...

...the Winged Monkeys know that I'm of Gayelette's bloodline and, therefore, to be feared! It's odd, but the air temp never eclipsed 86F while running, yet the barbaric humidity was an affliction of Dantean proportions...and apparently I was traversing a steam-baked underworld plane in which vampiric horse and deer flies constitute the majority fauna. Evil little bastards! :O

Prepping to go out last night, my friend looked disgustingly at my bare legs and muttered, "oh really", apparently at the motley grossness of scarlet thorn lacerations, welted bites, and pink runners of poison ivy. Ah well, that eternal compromise between cosmetic appeal and nature's sticker price for fitness! I wear a bracelet that reads "WWPD"**...and I think General Patton would've approved of my blood'n'guts effort!/peace, K

**not really

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Kate

I hope those Appalachian flies didn't morph into Wizard of Oz flying monkeys and carry you off to parts unknown - and if they did, how was the flight?

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Ennui

A rather dull Friday night; however, due to forecast high heat tomorrow, I've vowed to get myself and Scooby-doo out the door and into the mountains early tomorrow a.m. for Saturday's long run - if we can hit the trailhead by 7, we'll be back around 11.

The opening salvo of negative posts attendant to a new release has become de rigueur; in fact, it would seem strange if the latest installment didn't go through the now-established hazing ritual. Ultimately, the process seems to work in Dave's favour as the rally of majority moderates seems to buoy general moral and optimism...which doesn't mean there won't be kickback in the absence of greater selection diversity. I subscribed again this year anticipating truly unprecedented things; though next year, for the first time since it's inception, I'll be previewing each new DaP a la carte.

During this period of acute financial pressure among Headz due to purchase of The 30, it may be impolitic of me to even suggest the following, but if you're looking to explore some new and wildly diverse musical terrain, check out BOMP records should you not be already familiar.

I first encountered BOMP through ebay late last year when I was vacuuming up the Dead Boys' (rather small and somewhat poorly recorded) catalogue. A few months ago I then purchased a bundle of Left Lane Cruiser CDs for a remarkable price (note: if you've never heard of LLC, then strap in and hold tight - it's a seductively biohazardous combination of Napalm, Blues, Serrated Bowie knives, Hill Country RocknRoll, Open Flames, and FuzzyFeedbackyFire'n'Brimstone!).

Tonight I opened itunz in another window and began sampling the wide variety of previously unheard of bands from BOMP's "Garage Punks Unknown" series....holy cow, I've really been turned on to some diverse arcana from the annals of rock history, especially with discovery of The Jolly Beggars and Dirt Merchants!

Happy Hunting...now to bed...think of me serving as a slow-moving, B+ blood buffet for the flies of Appalachia when you sit down to breakfast tomorrow morning/ peace, K

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Thanks for playing ;)

games are fun and the answer is there

"Think this through with me, let me know your mind
Wo, oh, what I want to know, is are you kind"

PS noggin was cracked a while ago. Well before this riddle, which was written months ago.

PSS prize still available, No purchase necessary

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mb,

Don't crack yer noggin; I was just parodying the whole "clue game" with patent hyperbole./ peace, K

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I've cracked the code

It was a little easier than I first suspected...

5.28.76 - featuring the most killer Attics of My Life

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Hi Kate_C. ,, as for now I'm stumped, but

I do have a riddle as well. Sent to bolo24 and some of my friends a few months ago.. To continue the fun I included a prize, however nobody has gotten it correct.

-Thank you again Kind Bolo! Just curious is your name an Anagram for Lobo ? After you started your game last week I made my own trivia/riddle game (Non-Grateful Dead related) with friends. I even included my ex-girlfriend and she pointed out that your name Bolo in Portuguese (she is Brazilian) translates into Cake. Which completely slipped my mind because I love bolo (cake). When I told her your name she chuckled and it brought me a chuckle also. Thank You again Bolo24

All of my friends are stopped in their tracks. Are you Kind Bolo, able to solve this riddle? Or Should I call you Lobo?

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Hi MB!

Okay, let me try my hand at prognostication: This morning, I stopped by the gas station to Fillmore fuel in my tank to prep for a Summer tour of the East coast, which I dearly hope matches the splendor of last year's West coast Fall trip that became something of a Winterland fantasy as a result of unexpected early season cold, rain, and snow.

Also, I hit a few shows featuring extended family like Bruce and Branford at which I saw my old friend Bertha stageside during a first set opener, though these performances paled in comparison to the barn burner put on by my Uncle John's Band at the family reunion I attended on a sidetrip through the Midwest.

As 2016 approaches, I think back to some of the memorable presidential elections in which I've participated, including Tricky Dick's runs of 68 and 72, in addition to the Undecided Voter ballot in 76 and the dawn of GOP relevance with Reagan's landmark victory in 80 - and, lest we forget, the whole "bear in the woods" re-up campaign of 84 that, quite honestly, was all Greek to me.

While the pundits have beaten the 77 disco era like a dead horse, on a cool spring evening when feeling my oats, I can still envision a Swing to the local Auditorium for some Dancin' that - on a rowdy night - might just spill into the Streets...though, as usual when contemplating that fateful year of Elvis' death and Gilmore's execution, my thoughts are never far from the relatively staid country life of Aunty and Uncle Evans in their little Field House deep amongst the DeKalb cornfields.

Finally, cousin Althea reports from her vantage in Anchorage's famed Franklin's Tower that the northern lights haven't shone with such brilliance for 35 years - most likely the result of carbon emissions carried west by the jet stream pursuant to China's determined effort to bring a new coal burning power plant online every 20 minutes.

P.S.: As always, don't forget Gainesville!

P.P.S.: As an insider, you can trust me when I say that - like Prego - DaP 15 is in there somewhere!

:0 /peace, K

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Bromance of bolo24

Yes his clues are very dreamy.. Lol

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Final note b4 bed...

...having read the latest round of posts over on #14, this continuing bromance between the boys and Bolo is pretty amusing. I started a log of supposed clues a couple releases back, but after review, I find they're much like the generalized statements of a self-professed medium before a predisposed audience, which can be loosely extrapolated to contemplate a patently nonspecific universe of GD shows. Still, it's benign fun and plays to the natural sense of anticipation that accompanies each new DaP installment./p, K

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Kev: More like absintheminded in your debauched case!

Wow! UD really be rubbing salt in my penurious wounds with that purchase inventory had the internal truce between my spending profligacy and common sense not already crashed harder than last week's Shanghai Exchange.

True to my al dente resolve, and after listening to some positively monstrous jams from PLF with Trey & Kimock circa Spring 99 as well as revisitation of ABB FE 71, I realized that I am an improvisational junkie of the Masonic Worshipful Master rank: a 34 minute Viola Lee?; a 12.5 minute Cozmic Charlie?; a 25 minute UJB?; a 14 minute stand alone Rider?; a 19.5 minute Shakedown?; a 15 minute NFA?; a 23 minute Whipping Post?; a 44 minute Mountain Jam?...these are a few of my favourite things!

Sooooo, I caved. Kevin, though u & I discussed the final ABB Beacon show - which I already had on CDR from a trader at one of the ABB fan sites, Sat. evening I went ahead and purchased the official box release of all 6 shows from the last Beacon run here (and it shipped this morning! WOOT!):

https://www.hittinthenote.com/Cart/p-1706-allman-brothers-bandbrbeacon-t...

Thus, add another $150 to the $700 already committed for 30 Trips and I've not only NOT saved $$ or slowed my musical purchases, but actually set a new highwater mark for a 6 week period! Lovely. Incidentally, what's mine is yours...I can do a USB stick or CDs (I don't have a paid MediaFire or Dropbox account that would allow online transfer).

Arrg. Here I've written War&Peace without even addressing Von Karajan! You, sir, and I shall have that discussion in the very near future!/ peace to you Ke, faithfully Ka

P.S.: Just a routine, weekday, maintenance 6 mile run this afternoon, but even so, a juvenile black bear crossed the trail about 30 yards ahead of me not half a mile from the visitor's center/trail head! Yeah, gonna stay...incidentally, there's a subplot to the whole recent relocation question: I've been seeing a doctor my age who's been working Appalachia in an outreach program just out of med school back east. His time's up, and he's asked me to join him in Boston (my hometown). Conversely, I suggested he relocate here, as we're in dire need of MDs. At this point, it appears to be a staunch and bilateral "No Go". Ah well, enough sharing./peace redux, K

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TMNS...

...yet another poetic testimonial to the enduring and entirely unique character of our music and community./peace, K

Edit (2 days later): okay, this one had me scratching my head too, until I remembered having contemplated attachment of the following link -

http://www.jambase.com/Articles/125740/Avett-Brothers-Bob-Crawford-On-Gr...

- whew...for a moment I thought reckless meth use had finally achieved supremacy over my cognitive processes ("Blue Ice, please open the pod doors...")/peace, K

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Yeah, Kate

Don't move - no conundrum to it. Besides your menagerie far outdoes ours. Yes, we do have silly wabbits and squirrels I know by name - Detritis, Carnage, Road Kill, etc., but we haven't the exotic critters. On another note, I have to drive half-hour to find my trails - yours are in your back yard!
Lte's see, new releases. ABB/Jerry, "Cow Palace", 12/31/73; U Roy has a pair of remasters Tuesday; Miles "Newport '55-75", etc. A couple classical pieces I've scored recently are Marc-Andre Hamelin's Mozart Piano Sonatas, Vol. 1 - cooly irrepresible and Angela Hewitt's JS Bach "Art of Fugue" - I've played these two discs the last four Sundays - endlessly fascinating! But what's really got me goin' is a bud is transferring my vinyl reggae to CD - I have soooo many 12" & LP that just sit, man, it's criminal. So he's done two for me - The Dub Specialist "High fashion dub" - really, really fine Studio One dub and Scientist "The People's Choice" w/ the Roots Radics that's one of my fave dub LP's - I got it back from him today and after today's listening habit comprised of '58 Coltrane, Roland kirk's "Kirk's Works", John Patton's "Blue John", Lee Morgan's "Live at the Lighthouse", GOGD State Pavilion, Marshall Tucker "Where We All Belong" & Lucinda William's "Car Wheels" deluxe partner disc, I'll give it a go. And speaking of giving it a go, how's the Karajan box? I've got his '63 Beethove cycle - the 3rd is a heavy hitter if there ever was one!
Time to repair to more Guinness and Matusalem GR.
Nos vemos.
Edit: Plum forgot about Merl & Jerry's Keystone '73 - getting absent mindeder ever minute, lawd.

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Fauna

Wildlife here in the SE Appalachians isn't merely flourishing during climate change, it's exploding with geometric progression.

I live on a mountainside above a small town and now host near-daily visits from turkey, dozens of rabbits, fox, and deer - the latter of which no longer flinch as I pull up in the driveway or exit the back door, even though they stand as close as 10 yards away.
Moreover, my protective terrier now merely sits on the back deck in seemingly unnatural disregard for their presence - and they his. Weird.

I run 5-6 days a week in local state and national parks, which have also seen a proliferation of strange and/or daunting inhabitants like scorpions, black panthers (yup - caught on numerous trail cameras; think I don't wear a cowbell when I run the backwoods?!), cougars, mountain lions, and bears galore.

In fact, I've got a big black bear who makes a weekly visit incident to trash day when the bins are full (at least, I think it's the same one)...and our local coroner, who lives down the road, reported encountering a coyote pack headed up the middle of the street (from town) towards the woods (further uphill past my house) at 2 a.m. one night after he was coming home from an official call.

Most of my old friends and law school cohorts work in the Boston-DC corridor, but could I really leave my mountain menagerie for a congested concrete jungle? Not now, at least./peace, K

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Moratorium, or Cold Turkey

Receipts from Amazon, ebay, discogs, itunes, and BOMP records for the first 5 months of 2015 reflect about $1500 spent on music...however, after ordering 30 Trips at the turn of June, I've now gone longer (6 weeks) without ordering music than at any time in the memorable past; and with each passing day, resistance becomes less of a challenge.

Admittedly it's been a dry spell for new releases that pique my interest, but I plan to stay the course through 9/18 and beyond as long as possible. The arrival of #15 and then 30 trips should blunt any recidivistic tendencies, but perhaps the greatest rehabilitative resource has been the discovery of oodles of free, downloadable SBDs of Phil/Friendz shows on the Ark. Check out the 4/15-17/99 run: The assemblage of a true Super Group whose phenomenal, extended, improvisational play takes me places only my favourite Dead shows can./peace, K

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A new adjective

It occurred to me that 30 Trips will be the most unboxy box in my collection, which is organized by year and, thereby, divided w/ those white 5x7" plastic cards. Whereas all other boxed releases are sequential or at least temporal companions, the 30 will be scattered across 3 decades lining 4 shelves after each has been pulled for its maiden listening (which I've determined to do in progressive chronological order). The inventory had me at the 74 & 78 shows (which are 2 perennial top 10s for me), but continued reading in DB the 3 TC volumes has really heightened my appreciation for DP's selection process./peace, K

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Cosmic Convergence

Kevin, Sunday evening was a spectacular conundrum of alternatives, though really, in the end, soccer owned my undivided attention - but, I did join our local chatroom, among others, after the concluding whistle in time to count down the FTW finale set break.

There's so much to talk about! I'm repentant in the wake of a snarky 50th Thread, pre-concert post; why are Headz apologetic in their enthusiasm for post-Jerry incarnations of the band?; does irrational loyalty to JG inhibit recognition of subsequent interpretive performances or influenced artists?; is harsh criticism of Trey and the entire FTW endeavor a sacrilege of deification that would have abhorred Jerry?; are Headz really so historically bereft as to think that Trey had to "learn" the Dead's catalogue?...and the corollary question, which ties directly to earlier points: are so many unfamiliar with his superlative work while performing with Phil & Friends - especially April 1999 - that he was perceived as a novice ringer?

Answers pending. For now, bed. It's late and the pool demands an early sacrifice. peace/K

Post Script: Ah, yes...and the sublime joys of the Von Karajan '38-'60 box...indeed, there is much to discuss among old friends!/K

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USWNT

Here's to seizing what you hoped for. Carli Lloyd sure did make short order of Japan. She could have had more than the hat trick - she'll be back, sin duda.

Summer on, 11.

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Bittersweet Finality...

...is the nature of concluding WC matches, especially when our magnificent women are in play, as the quadrennial wait can be interminable only to see tournament month streak by with all the patience of Weir during a 1st set Trey solo (and, honestly, thank God (or Phish) for the loaner thus far during the band's valedictory run).

I'm a bit hoarse after a smashing victory on the Montreal pitch this evening; while protracted sport seasons offer a margin for setbacks and recovery, I think that consistently ascendant performance is the key to success in the compressed context of tournament play. Hopefully the USWNT's final game will be the futbol equivalent of the June Winterland stand to the Dead's 77 Spring Tour!/peace, K

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Damn, Kate

You were within 20 yards of a brown bear? I'm not an outdoorsman, but, having read Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods, I find that terrifying. Lucky for you, you literally travel with all the bells and whistles you need to survive in the wilderness.

Thrilled to see the Dijon show included in the big box, I first heard about it from you. I don't remember your recommendation for 5-14-78 but look forward to hearing it this Fall.