Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Workingman's 50th (Side 2)


Greetings Dead Freaks!
On June 14th we marked the official 50th anniversary of the release of the Grateful Dead's fifth album, Workingman's Dead. In this episode, author Buzz Poole and I continue to break down the record just has he did in his terrific book. Part of the Bloomsbury 33&⅓ series, Poole's book examines the whole history of The Grateful Dead through the lens of this one album. We flip the album over and explore side two before spinning a mix of live performances of the songs.

Please check in with your local, independent bookseller for Buzz's book, Grateful Dead's Workingman's Dead or head over to 333Sound.com for a list of retailers and to learn more about the series. (You can also cop it at Amazon, if you must.)

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Workingman's 50th (Side A)


Greetings Dead Freaks!

In this episode, we kick off our two-part celebration of the 50th anniversary of the release of Workingman's Dead. To mark the moment, author Buzz Poole joins the show to break down the record just as he did in his recent book. Part of the Bloomsbury 33&⅓ series, Poole's book examines the whole history of The Grateful Dead through the lens of this one album. This being part one of our talk, we break down the songs on side one and wrap the episode with a mix of live versions of those tunes.

Check your local bookseller for Buzz's book, Grateful Dead's Workingman's Dead or head over to 333Sound.com for a list of retailers and to learn more about the series. (You can also cop it at Amazon, if you must.)

Allow me to remind you that the Brokedown Podcast is part of the Osiris Media. Osiris is creating a community that connects people like you with podcasts and live experiences about artists and topics you love. Sign up for the newsletter at OsirisPod.com to stay in the loop. Also,  Osiris Media works in partnership with JamBase, which connects music fans with the music they love and empowers them to go see live music. Check them out at JamBase.com.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Chris Funk of The Decemberists


Greetings Dead Freaks! This episode features a chat with Chris Funk, guitarist of The Decemberists, who has a new solo album out. We get into those things as well as Chris' history as a Deadhead, listening to some of his music along the way, before diving into a heavy slice of Grateful Dead music.

Chris Funk's new album, The Painted Porch, is available at Jealous Butcher Records and via Bandcamp. All profits from Bandcamp sales will be donated to the COVID-19 Oregon Musicians’ Relief Fund through the Jeremy Wilson Foundation. For more information please visit their website here: thejwf.org

I also spend a little time talking about Bandcamp's "Bandcamp Friday" campaign. They will once again be waiving all fees and passing 100% on sales directly to member artists and labels on June 5th. This is an effort to help musicians make it though these challenging times when shows simply aren't possible. You can learn more about that here at Bandcamp's Blog.

Allow me to remind you that the Brokedown Podcast is part of the Osiris Media. Osiris is creating a community that connects people like you with podcasts and live experiences about artists and topics you love. Sign up for the newsletter at OsirisPod.com to stay in the loop. Also,  Osiris Media works in partnership with JamBase, which connects music fans with the music they love and empowers them to go see live music. Check them out at JamBase.com.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

May '73 with Andy Barnes

Greetings, Dead Freaks!

This episode features a conversation with returning guest, Andy Barnes. Andy is an old friend, knowledgable Deadhead, and a lot of fun to chat with about all things. We focus on the three Grateful Dead shows from May, 1973; getting into why there were only three shows and, of course, the great great music that was played. Following the chat, there is an extended mix of terrific tunes so be sure to stick around for that.

This interview was recorded in February so there's no mention of lockdown nor excuses for our spending time in the same room. 

You can find Andy's previous appearances on BrokedownPod in episodes 7, and the two-parter eps 12 & 13. All of them should be available in your favorite podcast app or here on the blog.

Allow me to remind you that the Brokedown Podcast is part of the Osiris Media. Osiris is creating a community that connects people like you with podcasts and live experiences about artists and topics you love. Sign up for the newsletter at OsirisPod.com to stay in the loop. Also,  Osiris Media works in partnership with JamBase, which connects music fans with the music they love and empowers them to go see live music. Check them out at JamBase.com.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Alex Bleeker of Real Estate

Greetings Dead Freaks! For episode 67, I'm joined by Alex Bleeker of the great band, Real Estate. They released a new album, "The Main Thing" on February 28. We talk about the band, the record, Alex's solo projects and, of course, The Grateful Dead.

"The Main Thing" is out now on Domino Records and is available wherever you find your music including the band's website, https://www.realestatetheband.com/.

Alex's side project Alex Bleeker and the Freaks can be found at http://www.bleekerfreaks.com/. The great record "How Far Away" is still available via Woodsist.com.

Allow me to remind you that the Brokedown Podcast is part of the Osiris Media. Osiris is creating a community that connects people like you with podcasts and live experiences about artists and topics you love. Sign up for the newsletter at OsirisPod.com to stay in the loop. Also,  Osiris Media works in partnership with JamBase, which connects music fans with the music they love and empowers them to go see live music. Check them out at JamBase.com.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

One Eleven Heavy Redux

Back in episode 30, I spoke with James Toth and Nick Maiato of the then new band, One Eleven Heavy. Now, two albums and some tours later, the rest of the band comes on. Dan Brown, Hans Chew, Jake Morris (respectively: bass, keys, & drums) talk about their new live CD, share a few road stories, discuss improvisation onstage, and The Grateful Dead.

One Eleven Heavy has two studio albums: "Everything's Better" from 2018 (available here), and 2019's "Desire Path" (available here). Their latest release, "Live At Jam Castle" is due out on May 1 and you can grab it from wasistdas.bandcamp.com. The playing is a looser and the jams a bit longer and you can hear the good times being had.

Allow me to remind you that the Brokedown Podcast is part of the Osiris Media. Osiris is creating a community that connects people like you with podcasts and live experiences about artists and topics you love. Sign up for the newsletter at OsirisPod.com to stay in the loop. Also,  Osiris Media works in partnership with JamBase, which connects music fans with the music they love and empowers them to go see live music. Check them out at JamBase.com.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Darryl Norsen

Greetings Dead Freaks!

For episode 65, my guest is artist Darryl Norsen. Darryl is based in the Boston suburbs where he can often be found digging through dusty bins for inspiration. His artwork is heavily rooted in the rich and vibrant counterculture history where the lines are thick and the colors vibrate which has found him working with a variety of musicians and labels. His current client list includes: Folkways, Light in the Attic Records, Phish, Jerry Garcia Estate, Hiss Golden Messenger and Aquarium Drunkard where he also pens the excellent "Dead Notes" blog.

We talk about his background and his work and, inevitably, swing around to Grateful Dead and home in on a great run of prime 1969 shows.

Allow me to remind you that the Brokedown Podcast is part of the Osiris Media. Osiris is creating a community that connects people like you with podcasts and live experiences about artists and topics you love. Sign up for the newsletter at OsirisPod.com to stay in the loop. Also,  Osiris Media works in partnership with JamBase, which connects music fans with the music they love and empowers them to go see live music. Check them out at JamBase.com.

Don't forget to follow the @BrokedownPod twitter account for regular news, live tweetstorms of shows as I listen, and other minutiae. We also have an Instagram account with the same handle. If you like pictures of things, you can find that here: 
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