Thoughts On The Dead

Musings on the Most Ridiculous Band I Can't Stop Listening To

Dream A Little Dream

Couches are supposed to be for resting and relaxation, so I don’t know why Couch Tour is enervating me so, but I am exhausted. This time last year, Bobby was in rehab and Billy was in Hawaii and John Mayer was just a callow farmboy from Tatooine; there was nothing but long stretches of nothing, time enough to concoct stories about MechaBilly and visit Little Aleppo.

Now, though, there are streams to keep up with and books, articles, conferences, documentaries to read or watch or peevishly demand free copies of.

I do it for you, though, Enthusiasts. After all, TotD is the Only Dead Site That Matters.

Oh, no. Stop that.

Is it not true? Is it not written?

Yes, but: you wrote it.

There you go.

Please just continue.

Many things to know, Enthusiasts. Options a-plenty in Deadworld: there is the Dead & Company show in Worcester, MA, which can be listened to here.

This is the poster:

deadandco poster boston
The slightly observant will notice that the Dead’s iconography now extends to Steampunk, because absolutely everything hadn’t been ruined, but the inclusion of Steampunk signals that every single bit of reality is now terrible. (Steampunk is the only goggle-based aesthetic: everything and everyone involved in Steampunk has goggles on.)

The more observant will wonder how Brian May’s guitar got dragged into all of this.

The truly observant will realize that “Worcester” has been misspelled quite badly. (For those of you unfamiliar with Massachusetts, saying a Woostah show is in Boston is like saying the Newark Devils play in New York City.)

OR you could curl up with Without A Net. Not the live album, but instead a group of stunningly good musicians playing Dead tunes, featuring Reed Mathis from Billy and the Kids and a guy named Fareed Haque on guitar. Mr. Completely’s been ranting about this and rightly so: it is phenomenal – heavy, but with a bouncy groove. It sounds nothing like the Dead and that is the perfect compliment to both this band and to the Dead. It shows that the material–the canon they created–is worth keeping around for as long as we’ve held onto Gershwin and Foster. You should listen to this.

What about a book?

David Gans was kind enough to send me a copy of This Is All A Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead and I’m looking forward to cracking it open. Blair Jackson is David Gans’ longtime collaborator and co-author, but he has not paid me my due tribute, so I’m calling this one a Gans book.

Anyway: go buy it. As I said, I haven’t started it yet, so it might be written in Latvian or have crushed spiders* between each chapter, but probably not.

*That’s a great idea for a horror book, actually: in between, say, page 190 and 191, there’s a real dead spider. That would scare people.


  1. We can confirm 100% now that TotD really is white.

    Not that writing a blog about the Grateful Dead didn’t already give that away.

  2. Your order of “This Is All a Dream Estimated delivery date:
    Friday, November 13, 2015
    Billys book set a “high” bar

  3. Sir Luther Von Baconson

    November 10, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    thanks! this hit the windshield today. Provisions? Jerry walking you through a post-apocalyptic world?

  4. Anyone that listens to the Without a Net show and thinks “Wow, Fareed Haque is amazing, I’d like to hear more of him” – you can check out his group Garaj Mahal on the Archive. I especially recommend the original lineup circa 2000-2001 or so with Kai Eckhardt on bass (Dead connection: plays with Zakir Hussein sometimes) and Alan Hertz on drums (Dead connection, indirect: was previously in KVHW, the best band Steve Kimock has ever been in).

    The first 2 shows listed in that view aren’t Garaj, but starting in 2001 it is.

    Most of them are probably AUDs; some of them are probably great.

    I have some uncirculated SBDs from this era which are currently 2nd on my “transfer, master and upload” to-do list, which puts the ETA somewhere in the “3 weeks to a year” range

    Garaj has a few album on Spotify. The studio stuff is ok, and I haven’t checked out the live stuff that’s up, if it’s with the original lineup it’s probably fantastic. If it’s not I don’t know, but it’s still got Fareed on it, so…

  5. hey! my husband went to high school with fareed haque, and recently saw him play at the boom boom room here in san francisco! he says he is a really great guy.

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