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Syndication

I'm joined by guest Phil Stacey as we discuss the Grateful Dead's album Wake of the Flood.

Show notes:

- Recorded at CompCon world HQ

- Jay: Knew nothing about this album until recently

- First album on the Dead's own label

- New phase for the Dead: No Mickey Hart, the Godchauxs arrive, Pigpen had died

- Shades of jazz fusion

- Three years after their last studio album, American Beauty

- Material was well-honed in concert before making it to studio recording

- Horns featured throughout

- Phil: Live versions of these songs are better

- Two big shows with Allman Brothers and the Band that summer

- The rise of Frampton

- Nobody cares about live albums anymore

- "Stella Blue" is a standout track

- On the merits and demerits of Rush

- Back when AOR stations would play album sides

- Pulled back on the country influence of previous two albums

- No immediate "hits"

- Touring is one of the few ways bands can make money nowadays

- Ultimately, not one of their best, but a piece of the puzzle

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The opening and closing theme of Completely Conspicuous is "Theme to Big F'in Pants" by Jay Breitling. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

Direct download: CompCon_506_031919.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 8:12pm EDT

I'm joined by guest Phil Stacey as we discuss the Grateful Dead's live triple album Europe '72.

Show notes:

- Recorded at CompCon world HQ

- Triple album documenting the Dead's European tour

- Displays new Americana sound

- Mickey Hart's gone, Keith and Donna Godchaux join

- Full tour was documented on a 73-CD box set

- Letting it all hang out at an Oregon show

- Garcia and Weir released solo albums this year

- The Dead's influenced ranged wide, eventually including members of punk/indie acts like Black Flag and Meat Puppets

- Greg Ginn, noted Deadhead

- The greatness of "Jack Straw"

- Later covered by eventual guest keyboardist Bruce Hornsby

- Grateful Dead keyboardists : Spinal Tap drummers

- "A long f-ing album"

- Unrelated: The Dirtbombs rule

- "China Cat Sunflower" sounds very different here than the original

- This is Peak Dead

- The band captured the communal live experience and attracted a huge following

- When you party too hard before the show

- Pigpen's last hurrah

- "Morning Dew" is stretched out to 10+ minutes of apocalyptic jam

- Tangent: Janelle Monae is great

- Variety is important

- No more guilty pleasures

- Waaaaaaay off topic

- The strange career of Robert Palmer

- Phil: Europe '72 is like comfort food

- Next up: Wake of the Flood

Completely Conspicuous is available through the iTunes podcast directory. Subscribe and write a review!

The opening and closing theme of Completely Conspicuous is "Theme to Big F'in Pants" by Jay Breitling. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

Direct download: CompCon_505_030519.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 8:55pm EDT

I'm joined by guest Phil Stacey as we discuss the Grateful Dead's album American Beauty.

Show notes:

- Recorded at CompCon world HQ

- Cover art could also be read as "American Reality"

- Also released in 1970; recorded a few months after Workingman's Dead came out

- Even more countrified, Americana-sounding

- Mickey Hart was on his way out, less involvement

- Featured on Freaks and Geeks episode where Lindsay gets into the Dead

- Half the album features "hits": Box of Rain, Friend of the Devil, Sugar Magnolia, Ripple, Truckin'

- Very low-key record

- Play Ripple at Phil's funeral

- On 50th birthday playlists

- Phil's idea for a playlist: 5 songs from every year of his life, no repeat artists

- Around this time, the Dead started really growing their fanbase

- Dead fans started following them on tour

- A lot of guests, including David Grisman

- This album isn't as dark as the previous one

- Another fairly concise record

- The Dead played the old Boston Tea Party club (now House of Blues) on New Year's Eve 1969

- The sound on this album is more timeless than the original acid-rock

- Jay: Just say no to DMB

- Phil: More into the Dead's music than the scene

- Truckin' is autobiographical, all about touring and getting hassled by the Man

- Ends the album on an upbeat note, with some ripping lead guitar

- Next up: Europe '72

Completely Conspicuous is available through the iTunes podcast directory. Subscribe and write a review!

The opening and closing theme of Completely Conspicuous is "Theme to Big F'in Pants" by Jay Breitling. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

Direct download: CompCon_504_020519.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 6:47pm EDT

I'm joined by guest Phil Stacey as we discuss the Grateful Dead's 1970 album Workingman's Dead.

Show notes:

- Recorded at CompCon world HQ

- First show of the new year

- Workingman's Dead is the band's 4th studio album

- First of two releases in '70

- Recorded in nine days

- Stripped down sound, less psychedelic

- Garcia and Robert Hunter wrote the whole album

- Folk, country, Americana elements

- Rock was moving away from psychedelia, toward singer-songwriters and acoustic sounds

- Bookended by two of the band's biggest songs

- More of an emphasis on vocals like Crosby, Stills and Nash

- "Suite Judy Blue Eyes" as a torture device

- Phil: Prefer live Dead, but still break out the studio albums on occasion

- Warm sounding record

- "New Speedway Boogie" is about Altamont

- Recently covered by Courtney Barnett

- Hunter's solo releases are all over the place

- Jay: Only heard two songs before

- Fairly concise album; not much jamming

- Moved away from acid blues into a new direction

- "Easy Wind," sung by Pigpen, was the outlier

- Like the Entwistle song on a Who album

- "Casey Jones" evolved in an interesting way over the years

- Talking about cocaine

- Next up: American Beauty

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The opening and closing theme of Completely Conspicuous is "Theme to Big F'in Pants" by Jay Breitling. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

Direct download: CompCon_503_012919.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 7:56pm EDT

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