Keeping it Real (Grateful Dead)

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Nice Little Interview

Someone posted over at DNC. It's a Jerry interview from '87 that I had not read before.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

And Now it's...

11/14/73. What a great sounding soundboard! But again, I have to turn up the bass in EQ to be satisfied. Even in the old days the bass was too low in the mix? Maybe I'm just a basshead. (Well, I am.)

Update: In this particular case, I think the problem was my headphones, because I just switched to Sennheiser HD414 pads and the bass sounds just fine without EQ. Unfortunately I think I still like the overall sound of the bowl pads better! They are still new so maybe things will change as the burn-in continues.....

The arguments about the Archive are dying down, but the sadness will remain. This is one I got from there. The sound is really amazing, especially for a '73.

Right Now I'm Listening To....

9/18/87 MSG. I just got a pair of Grado HF-1 headphones, and they're great. They are the first headphones I've had that make it easy for me to immediately differentiate between a lossless file and a commercial-release-quality Mp3. When you can hear the difference, Mp3's are a bummer. Trade and burn lossless everyone! :-)

Does anyone else feel that the bass is always way too low in the Soundboards? I never felt like it was at the shows. Earlier I was listening to Rob Eaton's Audience of 4.13.84, and the sound is great. In my opinion the biggest difference between a good audience and a soundboard is the life of the bass in an audience. It's amazing, and for this reason alone I think I prefer a good audience to a soundboard.

There are just my thoughts at present, subject to change as time goes on! :-)

Monday, December 05, 2005

About Jerry

"I don't have any desire to control people as to what they're doing and what they have. There's something to be said for being able to record an experience you've liked, or being able to obtain a recording of it. Actually, we have all that stuff in our own collection of tapes. My responsibility to the notes is over after I've played them. At that point, I don't care where they go."
- Jerry Garcia

" From the beginning to the end, he (Jerry) always wanted the music to be available to the people. He didn't want the funky people shut out. He hated people being shut out because of money, status or class." - Mountain Girl

Wonderful Blog

This is a wonderful blog I just found. Ben wrote this on the 3rd:

"What Bobby and the others don't get was that downloading from The Archive wasn't simply about getting free music. Yes, that was nice and was certainly more convenient than traditional tape trading. It was about much more. The Archive had become a vibrant community which enabled fans, new and old to share their thoughts and experiences. It was about exploration and re-living wonderful memories. Overall, it represented the epitome of the spirit of the band for so many years, that once they had played their music, it was ours. For many regular users, it was an online community that brought together people in a way that traditional tape trading never could.

These are my opinions of course. Probably the most disappointing thing about this past week is the fact that this issue has fractured the band and the community worse than ever before. Bobby's hardline stance on this subject certainly has not done anything to improve his image with many fans. It's a damn shame too, I've always loved Bobby's music, and probably always will. I'm just disappointed, that's all, disappointed that he saw The Archive as a threat rather than the great 'experience' that it provided many of us."

And this on the 2nd:

"I can't praise enough the incredible extensive coverage of this past week's Grateful Dead/LMA events at the Grateful Dead News Blog and Uncle John's Blog. Kudos is well deserved to the time and effort put into their work. The post from my alma mater's newspaper about tonight's Phil and Friends show at The Patriot Center made me feel a bit guilty about not being there. Had a conflict though, hope to catch Phil next time around.

Rather than repost links to the recent articles they posted, I thought I might comment on a couple quotes from McNally and Mickey from those posts:

McNally: "It makes the band happy and it makes 99 percent of all deadheads happy. There is the one percent who will never be happy until the band shows up in their living rooms."

Dennis still doesn't get it, does he. First of all, it's probably more than just one percent that still are not completely happy, and all they want is to be able to download SBDs again. I know that it's probably an unjustified sense of entitlement behind that feeling, but I just find that statement by Dennis to be condescending, not to mention still out-of-touch with the reality of the situation.

McNally: "We didn't create a giant one-stop place for swapping the music online. That happened behind our back and was presented as a fait accompli."

Happened behind our back? The Archive has been around for how long now? Phil said himself that he used it when he was writing his book! Who does Dennis really mean when he says "we"?

Mickey: "I fully support the position taken by Phil in his message and always have. Being a field recordist myself, I stand united with the taper community and always will notwithstanding anything in the media to the contrary."

OK, so Phil and Mickey have officially denied involvement in any decisions related to this matter. I get the sense from Justin that Bill wasn't involved either. I've heard that it was one against three on this issue. Guess that implicated Bobby then, huh. Haven't heard anything from him yet either. Hmmm. And quite ironic that I am now listening to Music Never Stopped while writing this. Hmmm."

Thanks Ben!

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Fantastic Poem, and other things

Can be read here:

It brought tears to my eyes.... missing Jerry

Yesterday I *believe* marked the official 40th Birthday of the Grateful Dead, they first played as the Grateful Dead on 12/4/65 at the San Jose Acid Test.

40 years on *this* planet anyway. :-) Happy Birthday everyone! has been updated, no new music available though. The new discussion forum is very nice, and cool people are still there!

Cullen Sweeny's "Requiem for the Dead":

Two interesting posts over at David Gans' blog:

It's nice to know specifically how well they treated their employees back in the day.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Bob Weir Interview

In case you weren't sad enough....

I love Bob, and I feel sad because people have been giving him such a hard time. But God, this interview is so sad. He actually laughs at the boycotting people and says "See ya." He and his friend actually laugh throughout most of the interview.

New Article in NYTimes

I liked this one a lot:

"Suddenly, after all these amicable and profitable years, Dead representatives are talking about "rights" to those concert recordings. It's lawyer talk, record-business talk, and entirely valid on those terms; the Dead do hold copyrights and are entitled to authorize or withhold permission to copy their work. (So, incidentally, are those who own the copyrights to Dead concert staples like Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away." )


The Dead had created an anarchy of trust, going not by statute but by instinct and turning fans into co-conspirators, spreading their music and buying tickets, T-shirts and official CD's to show their loyalty. The new approach, giving fans some but not all of what they had until last week, changes that relationship.

No doubt it will sell some additional concert downloads in the short run. But by imposing restrictions, it will also encourage jam-band fans - a particularly Internet-savvy demographic - to circumvent those restrictions, finding the soundboard recordings through unofficial channels. The change also downgrades fans into the customers they were all along. It removes what could crassly be called brand value from the Dead's legacy by reducing them to one more band with products to sell.

Will the logic of copyright law be more profitable, in the end, than the logic of sharing? That's the Dead's latest improvisational experiment."

Friday, December 02, 2005 and other things

For the last hour, when I try to load I only get a lightning bolt on a new orange background. I would guess that something is going on over there. Also I can't post anything at DNC. Hmmmm.....

The petition is still going strong, please sign:

David Gans ( says that the folks behind this stunning PR maneuver of taking everything off the archive and then putting the AUDs back up was not deliberate, "Trust me on this: they aren't clever enough to have planned this. Nor are they that devious."

.... I tend to disagree, I believe that Dennis McNally is both clever *and* devious. There has been an unbelievable amount of press covering this whole thing... and three weeks before Christmas. For over 24-hours the related articles were the third most-emailed at the NYtimes. These articles are just from today:,10166,17435873-462,00.html?from=rss,12271,1655975,00.html?gusrc=rss

Thank God for Phil and his comments, or I would really think the whole business-money side of things has taken over the Holders Of the Vault/Public Face of the Grateful Dead completely.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Mickey Hart (the before)

Mickey Hart on file sharing
Mickey Hart, former drummer for the Grateful Dead, is on stage at Web 2.0 right now and making a whole lot of sense. Jeff Mallet from SNOCAP, a digital licensing and copyright management company is also part of the discussion panel to represent the paid model. Some choice quotes from Mickey:

"[The fans] didn't steal it, we gave it away"

"If we ever make a good album, they'll buy that."

"I've probably been recorded more than anyone else."

"We played in the park and we always played better when we played free. I think it's a good thing to share and give people something. Whets their appetite too...if they go to the trouble to bring a machine and tape it, they should have it."

from Niall Kennedy's Weblog

The final nail in the Deadhead coffin

I can very much relate to this story. Since it's publishing Phil Lesh has made a statement that said he was not involved in the decision, and John Barlow has said he is against it.

The beginning, the end

Hi everyone, I just started this petition and am starting this blog so people can talk and debate about the issue here ad infinitum.

Here is the petition:

Grateful Dead music inspires in its fans an extraordinary passion, hence this news of pulling the archive is breaking the heart of thousands of people today. We see the Grateful Dead historically as a representation of something pure and good. In order to love something so much, you have to trust it. Despite the stereotypes and social mockery, we have proudly remained fans of the Grateful Dead for all these years, defending it and ourselves because we knew in our heart that this music we are following is good, and pure. Some say we have no right to protest this mid-game ‘changing of the rules.’ But what those people are not accounting for is the MILLIONS of hours that Deadheads have collectively spent in combining, uploading, remastering, patching flawed recordings.....voluntarily, and out of love, and trusting that it would be shared freely. In our opinion, at this point to stop the free sharing of these recordings is so sad, and so wrong. Jerry is gone, and he has no say, and we all know what he would have said. This is unfair to us. So much work has gone into building the archive. Please let it stand.

You can sign it here: