May 7, 2009

The B List: We Are Everywhere Pt. 1

In honor of Relix magazine being saved this week from what we feared to be certain death, this week’s B List pays tribute to one of our favorite columns in the magazine’s 36 year history. We Are Everywhere featured pictures of Deadheads in exotic locales and signs of retail establishments that featured popular Grateful Dead song titles or related song lyrics.

The column disappeared a few years back, so consider this a lobbying effort to get We Are Everywhere back in the jamband-friendly rag. We’ll kick off our We Are Everywhere series of B Lists with a visual look at ten restaurants from around the world that would make Jerry and the guys proud…

1. Stella Blue’s – Warren, RI

READ ON for nine more eateries including Sugar Mag’s and Terrapin…

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Briefly: Trey to Play w/ NY Philharmonic

Sgordo clued us in to this article from the Huffington Post about Trey Anastasio’s appearance last night at the 20th Anniversary of the Drug Court System in Washington, D.C. Besides

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Review: The Dead – Izod Center

We received an unexpected taste of summer last week here in New York City – with temperatures soaring into the high 80s it created a bit of a perfect storm as The Dead rolled into the Northeast for a string of shows in and around the New York City area. After scheduled dates in Long Island, Manhattan and Hartford the band pulled into East Rutherford, NJ for the first of a two night run at one of their old stomping grounds: the venue formerly known as the Brendan Byrne Arena – now the corporate named Izod Center.

The Dead – Dear Mr. Fantasy (Live – 04/28/2009)

Despite my misstep of commuting out to New Jersey, my bus finally pulled into the lot as the denizens of Deadheads populated Shakedown basking in the warm weather and hawking the usual sundries we’ve become accustomed to finding. While some of things may have changed over the last few years – micro-brews, are now called craft beer and bootleg tapes have been replaced by a guy selling vintage vinyl records – it seemed as no one had missed a beat. With the jam-scene in a bit of hibernation over the last few years, I wondered what all these people have been doing since we last saw the likes of Phish and The Dead play large scale arena shows? It sure felt good to be roaming the isles of vendors enjoying one of the best pre-show rituals around, serving as a good kick-start to what we’re calling around these parts The Summer Of Jam.

For a band that was once known for their 1960s hippie ideology, The Dead have fully embraced 21st century technology announcing via their Twitter account and official band text alerts that their old friend, sax-whiz Branford Marsalis would be joining them over the course of their two night stand. While it may have took the element of surprise away from an unexpected sit-in, those going into these shows knew the boys would be peppering their sets with some of the band’s more jazz-infused numbers from their catalog.

READ ON for more on Jeff’s experience seeing The Dead…

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MP3 Boot Camp: Dark Was The Night

NYCTaper attended Sunday night’s Dark Was The Night benefit at Radio City Music Hall and has shared his recording of The National’s set. Included as a bonus track is the

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