After the impossible highs that were reached in music in 2016, the question of how that could be topped would always weigh heavy on 2017, but nobody could have really predicted the year that was. Our nation, our home, shifted at long last towards the deep-seeded hatred, misogyny, and generalized loathing that had always hid just underneath the surface of our communities, our entertainment, our ART. Turns out that for many, the American way was a freeway to self-destruction, and in 2017 all lanes were suddenly open.
By 1987 the Grateful Dead's long, strange trip was starting to wind itself down, but a surprise hit single ("Touch Of Grey") would catapult the band back into the spotlight, inspire an entirely new generation of fans whose size would, in the end, play a large part in the band's untimely demise.
To celebrate it's 30th birthday, a group of proud Deadheads recently spent a Friday night in the basement with Kevin to talk through this divisive landmark in the band's history and try to figure out if it's just true that "every silver lining's got a touch of grey" or if the Dead were, at long last "going to hell in a bucket."
On part two of our epic exploration of the Grateful Dead and their latest box-set Get Shown The Light, we're digging into what many fans consider to be the greatest Dead show of all time: Cornell 5/8/77.
Hop on the bus and join Kevin, Andre, and Eduardo as the head to the end of their long strange trip to uncover the truth about the Dead, pay their respects, and figure out what being a Dead fan means now, over 20 years after the band's untimely demise.
Despite being one of, if not THE, greatest American rock n' roll bands, the Grateful Dead are just recently getting their proper due. With hundreds of hours of shows recorded by fans and the band available online, connoisseur's have always looked toward the official releases for the purest shot of cosmic truth that they can find.
And now they have their holy grail.
In part one of a two part journey, Andre and Eduardo are joining Kevin in the basement to dig into Get Shown The Light, the latest release form the Dead archives that chronicles the band at a time that many consider to be their peak: May 1977.
Tune in, turn on and come hang out with us for a while as we geek out over one of our favorite band's music, their mythology, and why it's still relevant today.
The Grateful Dead are one of the pillars of the American musical canon.
With an influence that spans generations and all walks of life, it's no surprise that Bryce and Aaron Dessner, both members of indie-rock superstars The National, were huge “Deadheads.”
Now, with a little help from their friends, the brothers have put together a sprawling, 59 track celebration of the Grateful Dead’s music to benefit the amazing Red Hot Organization.
Will these indie rock A-listers redeem the Dead's legacy for a whole new generation? Or will the gang just end sitting around talking about their favorite tapes? Tune in as we’re joined by special guests Andres Restrepo and Ryan Little to find out.
And as always, please excuse the long tuning pauses.