Fret not, Grateful Dead-loving booze-hounds: The jam-band’s new signature beer is also kinda nutritious.
As Ultimate Classic Rock reports, the Dead have teamed with Dogfish Head Craft Brewery to create their own “bold pale ale” called American Beauty. It features “100 percent U.S.-grown ingredients,” including granola.
The two parties enlisted fan advice, soliciting over 1,500 suggestions for ingredients. The winner was home brewer Thomas Butler. Speaking with Brewhound, he said, “The components of granola — honey, toasted grains, oats — offer a lot from a beer perspective.”
The beer will be available to purchase in 27 states within the next few weeks.
Arguably one of the most buzzed about sets from this year’s edition of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival was Saturday night’s Rock n’ Soul Dance Party SuperJam. The all-star band, led by My Morning Jacket front man Jim James and John Oates, offered up a 20-song set that featured a variety of covers from the likes of Bill Withers, Sly & The Family Stone, Curtis Mayfield and Sam Cooke. As they did with last year’s SuperJam, that saw D’Angelo play on American soil for the first time in 12 years, the fine folks at Bonnaroo365 were on hand to chronicle all the on-stage and behind-the-scenes action from interviews to rehearsals and more.
Yesterday we got our first taste of what’s to come, when a trailer was uploaded to Bonnaroo’s YouTube page. Check it out…
As always, we’ve got a pipping hot batch of links fresh out of the HT kitchen…
[UPDATE 6/19/13]: Well, two years after this post first ran, we’ve finally got an update on The National’s Grateful Dead cover compilation. Bryce Dessner has told Billboard, “We’re just getting going this summer, probably…and a bunch of friends in bands, and then some surprising guests, are gonna hang out and smoke a lot of pot and record Grateful Dead songs.” With that in mind, we wanted to re-share the HT Staff’s list of covers we’d like to see included.
[Originally Published: 04/21/11] Last weekend at Coachella bassist Scott Devendorf of The National revealed to Spinner.com that his band is putting together a compilation record filled with Grateful Dead covers for the AIDS charity Red Hot. The Spinner-sourced story spread like wildfire with sites as diverse as Pitchfork, The Punk Site and JamBase all filling their readers in on Devendorf’s quotes showing the potential this compilation has to bridge the hipster/hippie divide.
While Devendorf told Spinner that The National is currently thinking about covering Box of Rain or Unbroken Chain and that Steve Reich, Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver are interested in participating, he didn’t reveal much about which groups and songs he’d like to see included on the compilation. So we rounded up the Hidden Track staff to offer suggestions for a list of covers we’d pick if it was up to us…
Jeff Tweedy – Brokedown Palace
Certain artists sing certain lyrics in certain songs in certain ways and it can just do magical things to you. Jerry Garcia was the absolute master of this, especially on Brokedown Palace. The way his voice creaked and cracked and exploded with emotion was one of the things that made each version of this Dead song special. Jeff Tweedy takes a similar approach with his vocals. Whether it’s a playful tone in Hummingbird or his scorching anger in Misunderstood, Tweedy sings from his heart and his balls, much like Jerry did. I’d love to hear Tweedy’s take on one of the Dead’s most delicate songs and one that Garcia owned every time he sang it. – Luke Sacks
Built To Spill – West L.A. Fadeaway
Doug Martsch, an anti-front man for the ages, has already covered The Dead with his psychedelic band of wailers Built To Spill, so they seemed an obvious choice to do another cover. Who better to deliver the drawn out vocal stylings of Jerry Garcia on this slinky, funk driven, ode to scoring dope? West LA Fadeaway could provide BTS with a great live jam similar to their take on Cortez The Killer from their Live album. Jagged, angular funk could ride in tandem with howling Strats and that oh-so-famous keyboard “wooosh.” Come on Dug, DO IT! – Wade Wilby
The Clash were easily the most commercially successful band to come out of the 1970′s punk scene, with their potent brand of punk rock that mixed elements of ska, reggae, funk and rockabilly, all set to Joe Strummer’s socio-political lyrics. On September 9, the iconic and influential punk act will release Sound System, a massive nine-disc box set that comes packaged in a vintage boom box designed by Clash bassist Paul Simonon.
The set, which will feature remastered versions of the band’s five studio albums, will include three discs of demos, non-album singles, rarities and B-sides. The box will also come with a DVD containing previously unseen footage of the band, original promo videos and live footage, as well as reprints of the band’s original ‘Armagideon Times’ fanzine plus a brand new edition curated and designed by Simonon and merchandise including dog tags, badges, stickers and an exclusive Clash poster.
Finally, back in the fall we mentioned that Dogfish Head Brewery was teaming up with the fine folks at Grateful Dead Productions for the latest in their line of music-inspired beers that they dubbed American Beauty. The Milton, Delaware-based craft brewery reached out to fans asking for their input in selecting the final ingredient and their Dead-inspired story for the imperial pale ale. After getting some 1,500 suggestions, which ranged from red grenadine to jalapenos to sassafras root, the winning ingredient came courtesy of Thomas Butler. Butler, who attended his first Dead show at the Oklahoma City Zoo at age nine with his dad, suggested using granola – stating in his entry that “the components of granola – honey, toasted grains, oats and fruit – offer a lot from a beer perspective, the idea is to have a sessionable ale that highlights the oats and honey with a nice ‘dank’ hop selection.” American Beauty hits stores and taps throughout Dogfish’s 27-state distribution network this October.
We’ve been big fans of Bob Weir’s fantastic Weir Here since it debuted last year. The semi-regular web variety show, which is broadcast live from Weir’s TRI Studios, has featured members of the Grateful Dead and its extended family swapping stories and performing a mix of tunes. During a recent episode, the former Bobby & The Midnights lead singer revealed that he will take the show on the road this fall, where he will be joined by Dave Schools (Widespread Panic), Jonathan Wilson, Jay Lane (Primus), Jason Crosby and Jeff Chimenti (Furthur, RatDog), as well former Dead crew member Steve Parish. According to Jambands.com the tour is currently scheduled to make stops at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, New York, Philadelphia’s Tower Theater, Richmond, Virginia’s The National, San Rafael, California’s Terrapin Crossroads and Mill Valley, California’s Sweetwater.
Finally, it’s been roughly two years since The National dropped the news that they would be curating a Grateful Dead covers record for the AIDS charity Red Hot. While we still await some sort of update on that project, the band is seemingly taking a page out of the legendary psychedelic rock act’s Acid Test days, as on May 5 the Brooklyn-based act will play one song for six straight hours at the finale of MoMA PS1′s Sunday Sessions. The band will perform the High Violet track Sorrow as part of Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansso exhibit – A Lot of Sorrow. Tickets for the one-time only performance, which explores “potential of repetitive performance to produce sculptural presence within sound,” are currently on-sale for $15.
The Grateful Dead and their fans have long been pioneers in technology. Among other things, the Dead helped spawn the popularity of internet communities with the WELL, was the first act to have a song embedded in a podcast, were the first to leverage mailing lists to communicate with fans, pushed concert recording technology limits and created the largest concert sound system to date with their Wall of Sound in 1974. Happily, fans continue to leverage technology to continue the quest to seamlessly catalog, collect and listen to every show from the world’s greatest band. A new site, ListenToTheDead.com, offers the easiest way yet to find and stream shows from the Dead’s massive catalog.
Dan Saewitz, the guy behind PhishVids, has put together a similarly streamlined and efficient site with ListenToTheDead.com. The brilliance of the site is two-fold. In addition to the utilitarian design allowing for blazing fast show selection and streaming, the site also allows for saving of custom playlists and sharing of links. While most of the site speaks for itself, I thought I’d ask the man behind it all a few questions. So read on as Hidden Track exclusively reveals the new site and talks with Dan about it, his motivation for creating it and future plans for what he likes to short-handedly refer to as Listen.
Yesterday the folks over at Funny Or Die decided to reinterpret that pivotal scene by recasting it with Huey himself and Weird Al Yanokvic – whose 1983 album Dare to Be Stupid featured I Want A New Duck, a parody of Lewis’ I Want A New Drug. Check it out…
While the latest installment of the Grateful Dead’s Dave’s Picks live archival series – Volume 5 – isn’t expected to ship until February 1st, the band has just announced details of Volume 6, due to ship on May 1st. Dave’s Picks Volume 6 will consist of two complete shows featuring material that had been missing from the band’s “vault” for more than 40 years: 2/2/70 Fox Theater, St. Louis, MO and 12/20/69 Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA with a bonus disc for Dave’s Picks subscribers containing 75 minutes of music from the Dead’s 12/21/69 performance at the Fillmore Auditorium.
Recently, a batch of reels containing long lost live recordings were given back to the Dead marking the first major return of material to the vault since 2005′s Houseboat Tapes. The return of these reels has allowed GD “legacy manager” David Lemieux to put out two complete shows as Dave’s Picks Volume 6. Though only six weeks separate the two performances, a lineup change happened in between. Keyboardist Tom Constanten is on hand for the 12/20/69 show while the 2/2/70 gig was the Dead’s first without Constanten. Tom does provide a first-hand perspective on 12/20/69 for the volume’s liner notes. Bear recorded both shows which both feature plenty of Pigpen material including a 35+ minute Turn On Your Lovelight from 12/20/69.
With each Dave’s Picks release limited to 13,000 copies, the Dead warn that the only way to guarantee yourself this year’s installments is to purchase a subscription. The subscription offer ends in a little more than a week on January 22, 2013 at 11:59PM PST and those subscribing will also receive the aforementioned 12/21/69 bonus disc. We look forward to hearing these long-lost recordings
As the story goes, when Pete Shapiro was gearing up to re-open Capitol Theatre, he reached out to the members of Strangefolk to see if they would reunite to play the legendary venue. The conversation eventually led to the ’90s-jam-favorites getting back together for the first time in 12 years for a series of reunion shows that began with a sold out mini-tour last spring, continued with an appearance at this summer’s Gathering Of The Vibes, and this past weekend with the four-piece act returning to the Port Chester, New York rock hall for the first time since 1998 for a two-night stand.
Over the course of the their four sets, Strangefolk offered up a mix of their “hits” with some deep cuts, sounding every bit as good as they did back their their heyday. Adding to the old-school jamband vibe of the run, was moe. guitarist Al Schnier, who served as the opening act, and sat-in with the band and the end of the first set each night. Al-Folk dipped into moe.’s songbook for collaborative takes on Moth and Mexico, while also tackling Strangefolk’s Gone Fishin’. On Saturday night, in a nod to the venue’s rich musical history, Schnier invited out the members of Strangefolk at the end of his set for a fantastic spot on cover of the Grateful Dead’s Jack Straw, which saw Al and Reid trade off on the verses.
As we mentioned last week, Strangefolk have announced that they will appear at moe’s Snoe.down festival on Saturday, March 24, while the indie-jam act will kick off a short West Coast swing on November 30, with a two-night stand at the Ogden Theatre in Denver.
The Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY
Friday, November 23
Fountain-> Poland, What Goes On, Blue Grey, So Well->Funky Town->So Well, Pawn, Moth (moe. w/ Al Schnier) Lines and Circles
Furnace, Valhalla, Faces, So Far Gone -> Strange Ranger -> So Far Gone, Woman Child-> Reubens Place-> Sanford and Sons theme-> Reubens Place
Saturday, November 24
Stout Hearted–> All The Same, Sometimes, Angry At The Sun, Dance, Mexico (moe. w/ Al Schnier), Rather Go Fishin’ (w/ Al Schnier)
Burned Down, Sinner, Walnut, Alaska, Whatever, Great Long While, Westerly (with Lone Tree lyrics)
E: Cabin John
Here’s LazyLightning55′s incredible vid of Al-folk’s Moth…
Over the last few years the brewers at Dogfish Head have rolled out a handful of their “uniquely off-centered ales” that have had a direct correlation to the music world, honoring Miles Davis, Robert Johnson and Pearl Jam with their own signature beers. For their latest crossover, the Delaware-based brewery is teaming up with the folks at Grateful Dead Productions for their latest collaboration, which will be called American Beauty. The beer, which is still in the development phase, will be a strong pale ale with all-American hops and barley, but they are reaching out to fans of both the band and the brewery for help in choosing a special final ingredient, and asking for their the Dead-inspired story behind it. The brewers at Dogfish Head will be accepting suggestions online starting in December, with a joint panel set to select the ingredient they feel works best in the context of a strong pale ale recipe. American Beauty is set to hit taps and shelves in October of 2013, we can’t wait to try it!
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Finally, in what seems like a sure fire sign of the apocalypse, CBS has inked a deal with The Big Bang Theory’s writer/co-executive producer Dave Goetsch to produce a multi-camera family sitcom to be called Smells Like Teen Spirit. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the show “revolves around an 18-year-old budding entrepreneur who forgoes Harvard and instead opts to launch a multibillion-dollar Internet company from his garage with the assistance of his sister, best friend and his 1990s indie-rock parents.” Somewhere, Kurt Cobain is crafting a t-shirt that reads “Corporate Sitcoms Still Suck.”
Since being hinted at roughly a year and a half ago, it’s been virtual radio silence about the details of The National curated Grateful Dead charity covers album. While we await for more news on this project, there have been a handful of new indie-Dead covers since the project was first hinted at, including The War on Drugs covering Touch Of Grey on their tour last fall, and Jonathan Wilson including a sublime cover of Mission In The Rain on his recent Daytrotter session.
The latest artist to throw their hat into the proverbial ring of acts that could be contributing to this project is Norah Jones. The lovely singer-songwriter has been including a sultry, country-inflected take on the Hunter/Garcia tune It Must Have Been The Roses on her current summer tour. Let’s check out this version from her recent stop at the Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia…
Some might say that the surviving members of the Grateful Dead are experiencing something of a creative renaissance of late, collaborating with both new and old friends on a variety of musical projects. While Phil Lesh has been keeping busy by gigging regularly at his recently opened Terrapin Crossroads venue, his Futhur band mate and short, shorts enthusiast Bob Weir has been making the rounds with a new acoustic trio featuring two members of the extended Grateful Dead family – Chris Robinson and Jackie Greene.
The heavily bearded trio, who made their debut last summer, have been mixing Dead classics with music from their respective solo catalogs and familiar covers from the likes of Bob Dylan to Buddy Holly to the Everly Brothers. WRG continue their short tour together tomorrow night with a sold out gig at the Boulder Theater, and recently appeared at CrossroadsKC in Kansas City, Missouri, where they turned in this set opening take on Bertha. Take a peek…
Celebrities are used to having things like sandwiches, streets or drinking games named in their honor, but there have only been a chosen few that have had a spider named for them. Today news surfaced that a new genus of the velvet spider has recently been named Loureedia, “in recognition of the fact that this velvet spider lives underground,” in honor of the Velvet Underground front man Lou Reed. The spider, which is described as having a “dark and shiny” appearance and is known to live in Africa, Asia, Europe and Brazil. Reed joins both Frank Zappa and Neil Young, as the only members of the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame that can claim the distinction of having an arachnoid named for them.
Finally, earlier this week longtime jam favorites Leftover Salmon released Aquatic Hitchhiker, their first new studio album in eight years. Produced by Steve Berlin from Los Lobos, and recorded at Cloud Sound Studios in Portland, Ore., the record is not only the Colorado-based band’s first containing all original material, but also their debut with banjo player Andy Thorn.
In conjunction with album, LoS have also released the five-part making of documentary, Salmonlandia, exclusively through iClips. The doc, which will run you just $5.99, includes a five-song download with two tracks only available through Salmonlandia on iClips. Leftover Salmon will kick off their first extended tour in quite some time with an appearance at this weekend’s Summer Camp Festival.
While some people get excited about St. Patrick’s Day or Fat Tuesday, around these parts there is another “unofficial” holiday that, if you haven’t already noticed, we like to geek out about and that’s Record Store Day. The annual celebration of independent music stores, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary, features scores of exclusive releases specifically made to be put out this Saturday. While we detailed some of those yesterday, and we’ve got a list of our favorite RSD releases coming later today, the one that I’ve got my eyes on is a split 7-inch single that features a rather out-of-left-field pairing of Feist and Mastodon covering each others songs. The Feistodon single will feature the Canadian singer-songwriter tackling Mastodon’s Black Tongue, while the flip side will showcase the metal band taking on Feist’s A Commotion.
Finally, if you notice people vending local craft beers and veggie burritos outside of your local cineplex this evening, don’t be alarmed as tonight marks the second annual Grateful Dead Meet-Up At The Movies. This year select movie theaters around the country will be screening a previously unreleased Dead show, which was filmed on July 18th, 1989, the middle of a three-night stand at one the band’s favorite outdoor haunts, the Alpine Valley Music Theatre, in East Troy, Wisconsin. For more information, and to find tickets and the theater nearest you, for this one-night only event click here.
For a taste of what you’ll see tonight, check out this video of the show-opening Touch Of Grey…