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Grateful Dead: Road Trips, Vol. 4 No. 2: April Fools’ ’88
Early in the first set from 4/1/88, one might wonder why anyone who wasn’t at the Brendan Byrne Arena shows would be interested in this set. The band is off in its time, over-sped and out of synch with itself—seemingly having a hard time hearing itself in this oversized basketball court. Then, on “Cumberland Blues,” the groove finally catches up with the aggressive New York/ New Jersey tempo. Eight months after touring as Bob Dylan’s band, the Dead summon him throughout—even in Bob Weir’s phrasing on “Jack Straw.” A rare take on Dylan’s “Ballad of a Thin Man” is a treat. This is a Weir-dominated show, peaking in a second set typical of the period. On a canonical “Estimated Prophet,” Weir scats and shrieks over the deep pocket dug by Brent Mydland’s ooky organ tone, Jerry Garcia’s reggae guitar chops and Phil Lesh’s spare bass line. On “Drums,” Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann practically invent dubstep. Shrugged off at the time as a retro act, this Grateful Dead is a fire-breathing beast—the bridge in “Wharf Rat” is as heavy as anything Metallica was doing that year. As it turns out, this show (and much of the Garcia-heavy 3/31, also included) stands the test of time.
In honor of Umphrey’s McGee’s return to Summer Camp this weekend, we present the group’s Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger performing this version of “The Pequod” from UM’s Anchor Drops.
Dame shares a song from her new EP Preventions of Heartbreak.
Golden Bloom stopped by Relix to perform a tune from their latest EP No Day Like Today.
The Chapin Sisters share an tune from their new album A Date With the Everly Brothers.
Minneapolis-based Night Moves share a song from their record, Colored Emotions, live at Relix.
Cloud Cult share a song from their latest album live at Relix.
The Giving Tree Band enjoy a spring day on the Relix rooftop, while performing a classic Grateful Dead tune.
Canadian singer-songwriter Hayden performs a duet with his sister-in-law Lou Canon. The song appears on Us Alone his first record on Broken Social Scene’s Arts & Crafts Productions.
The Milk Carton Kids share the first song from their new album, The Ash & Clay.
Here is the new video from Serbian guitar ace Ana Popovic. “Object Of Obsession” appears on her latest album Can You Stand The Heat.
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