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Welcome to the 7th year of the Dave's Picks series, as we head into 2018 more excited than ever about where this series is, and where it's going. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who has supported the series since its inception in 2012; and to those who are new to it, we welcome you. There's plenty of room on the bus. The anticipation we feel every time we select, and later announce, each and every Pick is equal, or even greater, than this guy's excitement at seeing a train. As we head into and past our 25th release in the series, we feel a great sense of forward momentum, and we aim to keep that going in the coming years. How do we top a release like the upcoming Vol. 25, which as you've likely heard is the classic, much-requested, spectacular 11/6/77 Binghamton, NY show? With the show we're thinking about for Vol. 26, that's how! Really, we aim to equal, or top, every release by heading to great performances that you or may not have previously heard, but never in the quality Jeffrey Norman is able to produce. We've got our eyes and ears on several shows for possible upcoming Dave's Picks releases that are going to make 2018 the best year yet in the series, and that's how we honestly feel. Thanks again for subscribing. We keep doing what we do because you keep digging it. Your support and feedback is what keeps making us scream like we've just seen the train of our dreams...

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JimInMD's picture
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My First Pillow

..my first pillow was my best pillow. It came rubber-banded with my FW69 bonus disc #9679 (which is weird because I ordered the first day).

After about six months of the best sleep I have ever had.. my cat (bill) ate it and puked it up.

Luckily.. I scored a reasonably priced, unnumbered one off EBay marked PROMO. Little did I know.. it turned out be a cheap, Chinese bootleg copy and instead of Ether.. was soaked in some cheap, Chinese elephant opioid. My cat (bill) ate it and is now an addict.

Let that be a lesson to all you kids out there, don't buy cheap Chinese copies or your cat will become a hopeless junkie.

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Garageland

Back in the garage with my bullshit detector
Carbon monoxide making sure it's effective
People ringing up making offers for my life
But I just want to stay in the garage all night

We're a garage band
We come from garageland

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mmm

Test.. PC Weirdness.

Interesting.. I have a post that will not go through. It must have failed their filtering logic.

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OK. I'm back. Now where were we?....

....oh yeah. Why is a parkway called a parkway when you drive on it, and a driveway is called a driveway when you park on it? I mean, wtf?

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Para Cresyl Methyl Ether reminds me of....

...Mythical Ethical Icicle Tricycle. Coming, coming, coming around....and yes. Yes I do....my garage is calling

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PK Pillows

The Senator knows what I'm saying. He probably has one already or will by bedtime tonight.

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Bananas for scale....

....1 oz doesn't sound like a lot, but in the end, how much ether does one need? I'm not trying to kidnap someone....now 1 oz of Purple Kush? Hey Now!!!

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And some bananas

to pay my service monkey

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And can I get a trained monkey

to keep loading CD’s into my CD player as I fully engage my Everclear-ether-pillow bliss?

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Consolidated Chemicals & Solvents?

Sounds like a good place to buy ether.

I’ll take 1L of ether, 2 pillows made from synthetic fiber, and 750 mL of Everclear (aka legal moonshine).

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amazon

Well this is a good start.

Para Cresyl Methyl Ether High Purity Aroma Compound 30ml (1oz)
by Consolidated Chemical & Solvents
$6.00 $ 6 00 + $4.49 shipping

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MY pillow

I have one of those it's okay, the best night is the night after you wash it.
I also got one of those sachet bags at the craft store that you can fill with herbs and put under the zip on pillow case. I find a couple prerolled Purple Kush bones makes a fine herb and if you can't get to sleep the Purple Kush will do the trick.

The only thing worse than insomnia is being awake in bed at 3 AM and not being stoned.

Of course this only applies to legal weed states.

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Ether pillow legalities....

....I'm looking that shit up

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Pillow

Yes.. Genius. Dead.net would do well marketing a nice steelie embroidered, drool-proof pillowcase. Just saying.

They could number them.. if that makes them feel good about it.

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Did someone bring up an ether pillow?....

.... Genius!!! I will take two, thank you. Speaking of that My Pillow dude, I know a couple of people that bought them and say they suck. When people complain about their pillows, they need to realize they only last maybe six months. Down filled for me, thank you. With an ether supplement....

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Where can I buy an ether pillow?

I’m actually pretty content with my Camel Back pillow which has a bladder full of beer in the middle and a tube just wraps around to my mouth.
Although there’s been some nights that I’ve woken up and realized that I was drinking in my sleep.....

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Re: Pillow

You would put the World's Best Pillow guy out of business.

It looks like the early bird special was phased out last night. I hope my order was accepted..... This new ordering process "Left the engineer with a worried mind."

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all this talk about Ether

Gave me an idea for an ether scented My Pillow for insomniacs.
I checked Amazon and couldn't find one and it seems like a good potential business opportunity.

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Ether

They don’t sell that at liquor stores in GA.
What they do sell here is 190 proof ethanol (Everclear). Why? Because if you can buy it in the store you are less likely to go into the woods and make your own.

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Thank You Bob

This should hold me over for 3 days

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Good Thinking

Beer run, good thinking.

Don't forget the Tequila, Bourbon and certainly not the Ether

Oh.. we will need several VaultRaiders, keep tinkering. The one we have, for example, doesn't even shoot pyrotechnics when you toss it into reverse, which seems a bit unsafe to me.

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Crap, I was building a vault raider

Someone beat me too it.
From the looks of that picture it’s in Russia. Count Vlad has more money and greater resources than me and could beat me to the vault.

Jim,
Fire up the John Deere (hope you didn’t winterize it already) there’s another mission of utmost importance....
I’m running to the beer store for supplies....

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Re: Seaside Distraction/JiminMD

Love this post JiminMD. You said, "What could possibly go wrong?"

Hilarious, dude.

The missing (vaultless) shows will be revealed. Count on it.

Here's an idea: instead of 4 DP per year. Make it 8 per year. Every other month.

C'mon man, we know they'll sell out. It's a win-win.

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Re: Seaside Distraction/Dave's Picks 50

Another reason we need to build a tunnel under the vault and free the reels.. Can we wait another 12 1/2 years for 6/10/73? I think not.. we must act fast.

Fortunately.. technology is on our side thanks to the VaultRaider 2000.

What could possibly go wrong?

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Seaside Chat

I noticed something in the chat for either this or DaP24 (I think it was the latter) where Dave alluded to DaP50. Something to the effect of "...continuing to moving straight on to DaP50...". Sorry if this has been discussed and I missed it, but is the general consensus that the plan is for 50 volumes (12 1/2 years) of Dave's Picks?

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Django Reinhardt

I am not a guitar player but from what I understand, triplets were incorporated into his technique quite a bit, so probably what my ear picks up on when I find find myself making a connection to Garcia's style. I also recall Tray Anastasio mentioning when preparing for FTW, some extracurricular digging into Reinhardt's catalog proved helpful.

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Spacebro

11/08/69

Dick's Picks 16

All time great release. Good call.

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mhammond12

I decided to jump ahead a day and go for 11/8/69 Fillmore Auditorium. The bonus track "Lovelight" is from the 11/7/69 show.

Then...

11/09/73 Winterland
11/10/67 Shrine Auditorium
11/10/73 Winterland
11/11/73 Winterland
11/14/71 Fort Worth
11/14/73 San Diego
11/15/71 Austin
11/17/72 Witchita
11/17/73 Pauley Pavilion
11/18/72 Hofheinz
11/21/73 Denver
11/28/80 Lakeland
11/30/73 Atlanta
11/30 & 12/1/73 Boston

...then onto December.

Somewhere in between, I'll add for good measure the JGB shows from 11/9/91 Hampton Coliseum and 11/23/91 Bradley Center (a show I attended).

Lots of nice shows for the month of November for our own personal "this day in Dead history" listening. A tough month to keep up with on shear number of releases.

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Gypsy

Simple answer.. he was a gypsy.

From Wikipedia:

Django Reinhardt, born in a trailer and part of a gypsy nomadic culture, is regarded as one of the greatest guitar players of all time, and the first important European jazz musician to make a major contribution with jazz guitar.[34][a] During his career he wrote nearly 100 songs, according to jazz guitarist Frank Vignola[6].

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Question

I see here the term (and elsewhere) Gypsy guitar player. Never heard the term. Any simple explanations?

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prafter - hot club of cowtown

thanks for the heads up. At first I thought this was a Bob Willis or Django album, quick search fixed that. Here is a link to a show in the archive (they have a small chunk there), this show so far sounds ok, decent recording,,,,, hell FREE!!

https://archive.org/details/hcc2015-12-30.matrix/hcc.2015.12.30.matrix.0...

This is one of the reason I like most about this forum. The Django talks made me revisit my Django collection, I have a good chunk, but those "JSP" (?) recording have me intrigued.

Still labeling all of the new Bob Dylan collection, some very nice stuff there.

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OK then Dantian

With your encouragement, I'm going to indulge one more post on this.

I listened to my Oscar Aleman LP "Swing Guitar Legend" this morning, and too long it has been since I last did so. Will have to put it back into regular rotation. The noted jazz critic Leonard Feather is quoted in the liner notes as saying "Aleman could outswing Reinhardt and was a far superior jazzman". Um, well after listening, I don't know about that. Sounds like Leonard might have been trying to ruffle some Feathers there and create a little stir.

Anyway, they're both great. It's like having to choose between my current day favorite gypsy jazz guitarists, Bireli Lagrene, Stochelo Rosenberg, Jimmy Rosenberg, Philip Catherine, Sylvain Luc, and on and on. I have my personal favorites, but would never want to give up listening to any of them. They all have their unique styles and attributes.

Dantian, one really unsung guitarist of the Grisman days is Dimitri Vandellos of the Swinging with Svend album, in my opinion. Again, as a non-musician, I don't know where he stands technically in comparison to others, but he seems to make every note count with his light touch on the electric jazz guitar. His solo on Jitterbug Waltz is sublime, somehow combining a world weariness and certain resignation with a particular joy of being alive. That tune just moves me. This guy seems to have disappeared. I only find him listed on a few Grisman albums from the 80s (he's well represented on DGQ 20 too), but not a lot else on Discogs.

One last one for the road for the guitar afficionados here - check out the Amos Garrett Jazz Trio album Jazzblues. Amos has roamed many styles over the years, but brings his unique take to some jazz standards on this one. His electric guitar playing has its own vitality, sort of like in the way that nobody else played country rock guitar quite like Clarence White with his electric/stringbender combination.

Anyway, so it's back underground for me again.....

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Painted box for keeping first 24 Dave's Picks... or cat bed

I already wrote about box with 33 small round mirrors which I made for my Dave's Picks collection, and here is another box,
you might be interested for,
specially if you a cat lover!
First box is listed in my first etsy shop, where I have a section with mostly mirrors, dedicated to Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia.
Thanks again everyone who visited my shop!
Box from this post, is painted by my ex-wife, and I listed it in cat related shop as a cat bed! That box can also keeps all of 24 Dave's Picks
(order in box is chronological, Vol. 10 comes first,
Vol.1 & Vol.4 are missing, Vol.24 hasn't arrived yet,
that's a reason why I'm keeping 'All Good Things' in it
... and I want to show a mirror
CATS UNDER THE STARS, which is also available for purchase, but in first shop)
Box is here, take a look:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/547079114/painted-cork-hemp-rope-box-can-be...

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UK Folks

It is good shipping has improved. A year or maybe even two years ago I noticed my packages started having a Zurich post stamp on them and they were taking 5 and 6 weeks to arrive here down under. Thankfully, this year no Zurich markings and my cd's are averaging two weeks or less. I'm much happier! My Dave's 24 showed up today.

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Django devotees should

Check out the 'Hot Club of Cowtown'. Bob Wills meets Gypsy Jazz Guitarist. #HIGHTONERECORDS

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Spacebro

Doing the anniversary thing is going to take you to...

11/09/73 Winterland
11/10/73 Winterland
11/11/73 Winterland
11/14/73 San Diego
11/17/73 Pauley Pavilion
11/21/73 Denver

Nice. Happy listening!

I'll join you.

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frosted

No musical tangential discussion that includes David Grisman, Tony Rice, and Mark O'Connor can really be considered "off topic" here, just my uninformed opinion ;)

Rock on, brother!

- The hated Dantian

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UK folks

Glad you got your discs, and that your delivery service has improved.
Our delivery service has also improved now that things don’t originate in Crozet.
If yours came from Zurich maybe that helps avoid import duties.

Keep calm, and play Dead.
Well, hard to keep calm when playing Dead because GOGD rocks!

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@ Frosted and others - nice tangent

Nice distraction / tangent.

Not sure of the tv news program I saw recently, but it was about the Gallagher Guitar Company and they did mention how the company started and how blind Doc Watson could hear the difference between one of the first Gallagher guitars and what he was playing and he made the switch, which put the company on the map and the rest is history...

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Cousins and Jim

I bought one Oscar Aleman LP 20-30 years ago after reading about Tony Rice plugging him. Haven't listened to it for a long time, now I'm going to go dust it off soon. Similarly, Grisman gave props to Jacob do Bandolin, so I bought one of his discs too. Seemed more like the pioneer of the instrument kind of thingy than one I'd listen to regularly, but now I'll have to go dig that out too for old times sake. Just too much good stuff out there to hear it all regularly.

Jim, I always thought that Tony Rice, Norman Blake, and Mark O'Connor (when on guitar) had more of the Doc Watson tone and driving rhythm than Jerry. Regardless of the axes they used, I got more of a Martin feel out of them than from Garcia's acoustic, which always seemed a bit thinner in tone, resonance, and sustain to me, and often more subtle than the hard driving solos of those guys. That's just the ear of this non-musician speaking though.

Maybe I'll fade into the background awhile here instead of taking this thread further off the Dave's picks topic, but I do find these connections to be interesting. Six degrees of Americana and all that.

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Daves-UK

Yup, mine arrived in the UK today, too. The service is a lot better now than it was a few years ago. Time was when the postman would not give me my discs until I had coughed up some more money for tax-or something. I had to pay nearly as much again as the discs cost. I notice the discs this time have come via Zurich!

I have only played the first disc so far-all as good as I would hope. I notice a lot of people have assumed that Jerry was tripping during this concert. It might be an inappropriate-or unanswerable question, but I wondered when, if ever, acid disappeared from the Dead scene. I was offered some by a stranger when I saw them in 1981-but I assume the band had long since stopped by then? I also assume, maybe wrongly, that Jerry was taking it long after the others had stopped.

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Daves Picks 24

My cds arrived in the UK today. Very impressed with the service. This is the first one I have bought direct, only being aware of this site for a couple of months. Have subscribed for next year, so no need to buy from EBay. Listening to disc 1 as I type. Excellent what more can I say. Thanks dead.net

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11/2, 4 & 5/77 Observations

This year I've been listening to every release on the anniversary date, which brings me to Dick's Picks 34, Dave's Picks 12 and the bonus tracks from Seneca College. The shows themselves are performed well enough, except for Keith. The gain on his keyboards was too hot during this run, resulting in a distorted sound, which doesn't help because at times he sounds like he's beating on them with his fists, instead of playing nice and cleanly articulated runs, like he did throughout the May '77 tour and earlier. I don't know whether he was going for that sound, or if Betty mixed him a little too hot, but to my ears, sounds a little forced.

In contrast, his keyboards sound clean again on Dick's Picks 10, from the New Years run, which leads me to think it could possibly have been an equipement issue (bad mic, bad cable, bad connection). If that was indeed the case, surprised they didn't catch it after the first few shows in November '77. I haven't checked out any of the previous shows or the ones that followed on this tour to see if that was an issue. The shows themselves are well performed. We'll see if that trend continued onto the Broome County Arena show that will be DaP 25.

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Re: Cousins [and frosted]

Thanks for the Oscar reference, cousins.. Checking it out now.

Fifteen years ago I felt like a musical dinosaur.. I was settling into thinking the music I liked was becoming the oldies. Sat radio and dead.net made a big difference.. now I can barely keep up with all the new stuff out there.

It's funny how a sit about a band that most outsiders say, 'all sounds the same' can lead you a virtually unlimited well of new music to discover.

Thanks again.

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@wilfredtjones thx

Thanks wilfredtjones, I meant Dick's 34 (which I just corrected) but yea I think we are still missing those first four songs of set two. If we got them with Dave's 25 we'll have the whole Toronto Seneca College Field House 11/2/77 show between Dick's 34, Dave's 12, and hopefully Dave's 25.

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Django, and Oscar too

Oscar Aleman, not as widely popular as Django, was also a big influence on Jerry; check it out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6GiJQoXWqw

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mhammond - treasures of the past

>A typical story is of a man who would walk 8 miles to work >every day and walk home at the end of his shift, take a bath, >then walk 3 miles to his nearest neighbor who had a radio. >Just to catch the nightly Carter Family broadcast.

Only 8 miles? You had it good. :-)

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Doc

I believe it was your post a month or so ago that got me to order the doc box. It just came last week or the week before.. it's on my queue but I have not started yet.

I was thinking more about what if any connection there is between Doc and Jerry.. I was listening to Doc one day and thought they shared an attention to tone and note clarity..

I need to look into what acoustic guitars Jerry played, I seem to recall he used a Martin?? I think Doc Watson often played with a Gallagher. Still, with both there is a clarity in the notes/chords played and a tonal purity. Doc was a meticulous finger picker and Jerry perhaps is a bit under-rated.. Perhaps I am pulling that out of my ass, but I think there is some common ground. If Doc didn't influence Jerry, I bet some of the people that influenced Doc also influenced Jerry.

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Treaures Of The Past

Love the Django talk. Got out my Django CDs out as a result. Thanks.

Also been listening to the original Carter Family recordings 1927-1934 while reading the history of the Carter Family "Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone." The Carter Family was hugely popular nationwide due to their live broadcasts on XERA radio, a station so powerful it could be heard in most of the country.

A typical story is of a man who would walk 8 miles to work every day and walk home at the end of his shift, take a bath, then walk 3 miles to his nearest neighbor who had a radio. Just to catch the nightly Carter Family broadcast.

Does such devotion ring any bells?

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I'd have to say that

The Pranksters' had a gypsy heart, Jim. Be free, roam all around, and don't take things too seriously. Apparently Django preferred to live the itinerant life among gypsy camps instead of settling down like most of us. He liked to take off and go fishing whenever he could, and often sold or gave away his guitars as he had little regard for money and it just came and went. Sometimes he'd show up for concerts and have to borrow a guitar from someone to perform.

I'm also working my way through the Bear's Sonic Journals of the Doc Watson shows box set that was released a few months ago. Very well recorded, and prime Doc. Am curious to see what else the Owsley foundation has lurking in their vault for this series.

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