Tuesday, September 11, 2018

027 - Getting To Know Jerry David DeCicca

Greetings, Dead Freaks! In this episode I sit down and chat with songwriter, Jerry David DeCicca, about his new album, Burning Daylight (out on 9/28 and available on Bandcamp), and his other album from this year, Time The Teacher (also at Bandcamp). We then get into his history as a Dead fan and wrap the whole thing up with some good old Grateful Dead.

You can delve into the Jerry David DeCicca's work on his website, jerrydaviddecicca.com where you'l find tour dates and links to purchase his records. Please head on over and check out what he has to offer.

Also in this episode, I put in a word for the Love Hope Strength Foundation. They're doing great helping to expand the International Bone Marrow Registry. Their current fundraiser includes a giveaway for a trip to Las Vegas to meet and to see Ozzy Osbourne. For details on the contest, go to Omaze.com/ozzy and to learn more about how you can help the Love Hope Strength Foundation, check out lovehopestrength.org.

I completely failed to mention the merch in this episode so I'll just add here, you can still grab t-shirts, mugs (travel & otherwise), and stickers over on the Redbubble site.

Let me remind you that the Brokedown Podcast is part of the Osiris Podcast Network. 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. Relix Magazine is a media partner of Osiris -- for music news go to Relix.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: BrokedownPod Instagram. Also, if you use iTunes, please consider posting a review as it really help get the word out.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

026 - Dennis McNally

Greetings, Dead Freaks! Here, in the waning days of Summer, we bring you a chat with Grateful Dead publicist, biographer, and author, Dennis McNally. We discussed his books, Desolate Angel (on Jack Kerouac and the Beats), A Long Strange Trip (on The Grateful Dead, of course), and On Highway 61: Music Race and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom. Dennis also tells us about his next project before we do what we always do and dig into his history with the Grateful Dead.

You can find out more about Dennis' writing on his website DennisMcNally.com.

After the interview we spin some serious Grateful Dead music that I hope you will enjoy.

Let me remind you that the Brokedown Podcast is part of the Osiris Podcast Network. Osiris is creating a community that connects people like you with podcasts and live experiences about artists and topics you love. We'll be doing many live events this Summer around the country, which will include artist interviews, contests, and more. Sign up for the newsletter at OsirisPod.com to stay in the loop. Relix Magazine is a media partner of Osiris -- for music news go to Relix.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: BrokedownPod Instagram. Also, if you use iTunes, please consider posting a review as it really help get the word out.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

025 - On the High Beam with Matt Valentine

Hello, Dead Freaks! We're back with an in depth conversation with Matt Valentine, guitar player and one half of the heavy vibe duo that is Wet Tuna. Matt's been cooking up serious soundwaves for some time and we dip into the story of who he is and what he's after in our chat. There's a few stops along the way as we discuss his influences, past work, Wet Tuna, and, of course, Grateful Dead.

After or as you listen, be sure to check out the Wet Tuna website https://wettuna.blogspot.com and grip a copy of their album "Livin' The Die" or the very limited live release "Great Wet Wonder". They've added a bunch of tour dates to the ones mentioned on the show so find them there or below:

TUE 9/4 rhizome/washington, DC (w/abstract human)
WED 9/5 capital ale house music hall/richmond, VA (w/real estate)
THURS 9/6 rising silo brewery/blacksburg, VA (w/mike gangloff)
FRI 9/7 BIG FUN stay tuned
SAT 9/8 tbc/asheville
SUN 9/9 terminal west/atlanta, GA (w/real estate)
MON 9/10 cabin floor/greenville, SC (w/ed yazijian)
TUES 9/11 ottobar/baltimore, MD (w/real estate)
WED 9/13 chameleon club/lancaster, PA (w/real estate)
THU 9/14 club helsinki/hudson, NY (w/real estate)
FRI 9/15 higher ground ballroom/south burlington, VT (w/real estate)
FRI 9/21 the state house/new haven, CT
WED 10/10 root cellar/greenfield, MA (w/joshua burkett, charalambides)


Let me remind you that the Brokedown Podcast is part of the Osiris Podcast Network. Osiris is creating a community that connects people like you with podcasts and live experiences about artists and topics you love. We'll be doing many live events this Summer around the country, which will include artist interviews, contests, and more. Sign up for the newsletter at OsirisPod.com to stay in the loop. Relix Magazine is a media partner of Osiris -- for music news go to Relix.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: BrokedownPod Instagram. Also, if you use iTunes, please consider posting a review as it really help get the word out.


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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

024 - Tom Constanten & Prana Crafter

Folks, we have a packed episode for you this go-round. First up, you'll hear a brief chat that I was privileged to have with Grateful Dead keyboardist, Tom Constanten. Tom is currently in the group Live Dead '69 who are embarking on a short East Coast tour to mark the Days Between. In addition to T.C., the band features Mark Karan, Robin Sylvester, Slick Aguilar, and Michal Falzarano. They're billing it as Live Dead & Riders '69 this time as they'll be including a New Riders set at the beginning of each show! This looks to be a blast so have a look at the tour dates below. If they're anywhere near you, be sure to check them out. I'll be at the D.C. show on 8/2.

8/1 - The Foundry At The Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA
8/2 - The Hamilton, Washington, D.C.
8/3 - 13th Annual Bear’s Picnic Family Reunion, Blain Picnic Grounds, Blaine, PA
8/4 - Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ
8/5 - The Space At Westbury, Westbury, NY

After that, we've got a great chat with guitarist Will Soll who, under the name Prana Crafter, has a new album called Enter The Stream coming out on July 31. Prana Crafter is terrific psychedelic music touching on mystical folk sounds that are better heard than written about so we'll play you a cut from the new album before we get into some good old Grateful Dead. When you like what you hear, you can grip a physical copy of the album from Sunrise Ocean Bender Records or grab a digital version straight from Bandcamp.


Let me remind you that the Brokedown Podcast is part of the Osiris Podcast Network. Osiris is creating a community that connects people like you with podcasts and live experiences about artists and topics you love. We'll be doing many live events this Summer around the country, which will include artist interviews, contests, and more. Sign up for the newsletter at OsirisPod.com to stay in the loop. Relix Magazine is a media partner of Osiris -- for music news go to Relix.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. If you like pictures of things, you can find that here: BrokedownPod Instagram. Also, if you use iTunes, please consider posting a review as it really help get the word out.


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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

023 - Summer Tour Sampler

Hey there, Dead Freaks!

It's July, the Summer heat is here to stay and there's no better time to be on the road. In this episode, we head out on the road to check in with Dead & Company and Phil Lesh. Both bands are doing some great things on stages all over the place so I've pulled a couple great jams to either cool down or heat up your listening space. These jams can do both. After that, we reach into the vault for some good old Grateful Dead.

We even take a request! (There's a solid reason to follow some of the social media. Watch for future request solicitations...)

As mentioned in the episode intro,  we still have shirts that are on our redbubble page. Please consider heading over there to cop a little something with our sweet new logo. In addition to ladies and men’s shirts, we've got stickers, and things that hold coffee (or tea!)

The Brokedown Podcast is part of the Osiris network. Osiris is creating a community that connects people like you with podcasts and live experiences about artists and topics you love. We'll be doing many live events this Summer around the country, which will include artist interviews, contests, and more. Sign up for the newsletter at OsirisPod.com to stay in the loop. Relix Magazine is a media partner of Osiris -- for music news go to Relix.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. If you like pictures of things, you can find that here: BrokedownPod Instagram. Also, if you use iTunes, please consider posting a review as it really help get the word out.


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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

022 - Summer Jams

Hey there, Dead Freaks! It's summer time and the time is right for long, sick jams. This episode finds me digging into a serious dose of those along with some other great tunes. No guest, not a lotta nonsense, just good old Grateful Dead. I sat down on a rainy afternoon at the beach and sifted through shows to find this for you. I hope you dig this stuff as much as I.

Please check out the sweet new shirts that are available on our redbubble page. I hope you'll consider heading over there to cop a little something with our sweet new logo. We’ve got ladies and men’s shirts, stickers, and things that hold coffee (or tea!)

The Brokedown Podcast is part of the Osiris network. Osiris is creating a community that connects people like you with podcasts and live experiences about artists and topics you love. We'll be doing many live events this Summer around the country, which will include artist interviews, contests, and more. Sign up for the newsletter at OsirisPod.com to stay in the loop. Relix Magazine is a media partner of Osiris -- for music news go to Relix.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. If you like pictures of things, you can find that here: BrokedownPod Instagram. Also, if you use iTunes, please consider posting a review as it really help get the word out.


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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

021 - Featuring Phil Cook

Hey there, Dead Freaks! This go-round I fill you in on how things went down when Osiris went to DelFest and have a great conversation with Phil Cook. Then, of course, we get into some Grateful Dead.

Phil shares details on his new album, People Are My Drug, and his band, The Guitarheels. We also talk about his work with Hiss Golden Messenger and covering the Grateful Dead. We’ve included a great new track, “Steam Powered Blues”, from the new record. You can order the record (in whatever format suits you) from Phil's website: PhilCookMusic.com

As for the Grateful Dead music in this episode, the show was released as Dave's Pick's 20 but, we're listening to a fine Jim Wise audience recording. This is in the spirit of the discussion in Ep 020 wherein guest Jeff Conklin speaks to the distinct energies detectable in audience tapes that don't come through in most soundboards. So yeah, you may have heard this stuff before but, have you heard it like this? Time to find out.

Somehow, in making this episode, I completely forgot to mention the sweet new shirts that are available on our redbubble page. Please consider heading over there to cop a little something with our sweet new logo. We’ve got ladies and men’s shirts, stickers, and things that hold coffee (or tea!)

The Brokedown Podcast is part of the Osiris network. Osiris is creating a community that connects people like you with podcasts and live experiences about artists and topics you love. We'll be doing many live events this Summer around the country, which will include artist interviews, contests, and more. Sign up for the newsletter at OsirisPod.com to stay in the loop. Relix Magazine is a media partner of Osiris -- for music news go to Relix.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. If you like pictures of things, you can find that here: BrokedownPod Instagram. Also, if you use iTunes, please consider posting a review as it really help get the word out.


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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

020 - Back To Oregon with Jeff Conklin

Dead Freaks, lend me your ears! This week we resume our trek up the Oregon trail with WFMU host, fellow Dead Freak, and walking musical compendium, Jeff Conklin. As before, Jeff has selected a few more great tracks from the Grateful Dead's many visits to Oregon. We listen to and discuss those along with some other great stuff including the magic of audience tapes, and the fabulously deep catalog of fellow traveler Matt Valentine.

Please consider heading over the WFMU.org to check out Jeff's show, The Avant Ghetto- which mixes all manner of deep psych, folk, and Grateful Dead- along with a mess of other great programs. WFMU is listener-supported free-form radio based in Jersey City but those of us outside their range can spin shows from their online archive. If you dig what you hear, please consider donating. If you use the twitter, you can follow Jeff @avantghettonyc.

We've gotten some terrific and kind feedback on the new logo and, as of now, you can cop a t-shirt (men's and women's available) and represent the BrokedownPod everywhere you go. You can also get stickers and mugs if you are into sticking or drinking things. Head over to our redbubble shop and grip one today.

The Brokedown Podcast is part of the Osiris network. Osiris is creating a community that connects people like you with podcasts and live experiences about artists and topics you love. We'll be doing many live events this Summer around the country, which will include artist interviews, contests, and more. Sign up for the newsletter at OsirisPod.com to stay in the loop. Relix Magazine is a media partner of Osiris -- for music news go to Relix.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. If you like pictures of things, you can find that here: BrokedownPod Instagram. Also, if you use iTunes, please consider posting a review as it really help get the word out.


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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

019 - On The Oregon Trail with Jeff Conklin

Listeners and Dead Freaks, this episode features a terrific chat with WFMU host, Deadhead, and encyclopedia on far-out music of all kinds, Jeff Conklin. Jeff's show on WFMU is The Avant Ghetto and there he spins all manner of psychedelic and experimental tunes including some terrific selections by our beloved Grateful Dead. We talk about his development as a Deadhead and then dug into studying the vast riches resulting from the Dead's many visits to the great state of Oregon.

You can check out playlists and stream archived editions of Jeff's WFMU show here and, if you like what you hear, please consider becoming a supporter of WFMU's mission to keep freeform radio alive by donating. If you use the twitter, you can follow Jeff @avantghettonyc.

We had no choice but to spread this out into two episodes so there is more music and conversation coming up in a couple weeks. So please do enjoy this and come back for more!

Also, please admire our new logo and watch this space as well as the BrokedownPod twitter account for t-shirts and other merch. A percentage of the proceeds will go to Sean, who did the amazing design work. The rest will be invested in hosting and equipment needs.

The Brokedown Podcast is part of the Osiris network. Osiris is creating a community that connects people like you with podcasts and live experiences about artists and topics you love. We'll be doing many live events this Summer around the country, which will include artist interviews, contests, and more. Sign up for the newsletter at OsirisPod.com to stay in the loop. Relix Magazine is a media partner of Osiris -- for music news go to Relix.com.

I value both your support of this show, and your opinion. As we continue to grow, we want to learn a bit more about you—your podcast and music listening preferences, other podcasts you listen to, other interests, and what you think we can do better. To that end, we have the Osiris Listener Survey. It'll take you fewer than 10 minutes to complete, there's prizes (You can win an LP of Rift signed by Tom Marshall, or a $100 Amazon gift card), and we'll never share any personal information. So please consider spending a few minutes to take the survey here.

Last bit of business: Please, 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. If you like pictures of things, you can find that here: BrokedownPod Instagram. Also, if you use iTunes, please consider posting a review as it really help get the word out.


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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

018 - 50, 40, & 30 Years Ago

It's late April, the rains are here (on the East Coast, at least) the trees are blooming and the coldest days seem like they might be behind us. As such, I thought I might put together something to accompany the gradual warming, a little mix to go along with the first open-window days of the season. Plus, I did promise you kind and patient listeners a shot of good old Grateful Dead.

Wait no more.

This mix reaches back 50, 40, and 30 years to 1968, '78, and '88 for material. The tracks range from jams to cowboy songs and it hangs together despite the disparate eras represented. After the music, I do spend a few minutes detailing where the cuts come from so as to provide a little bit of context. So pull back the curtains, throw up the sash, crank the stereo and get on down.

We'll be back in May with a guest some more Grateful Dead. In the meantime, please, don't forget to follow the @BrokedownPod twitter account for regular news, live tweetstorms of shows as I listen, and other minutiae. We also now have an Instagram account. If you like pictures of things, you can find that here: BrokedownPod Instagram. Also, if you use iTunes, please consider posting a review as it really help get the word out.


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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

017 - Golden Gate Wingmen

We've got a special and unusual episode for you this time around. I had the great fortune to join my good friend and head of Osiris, RJ Bee, at a Golden Gate Wingmen show late last month. The show, at The Hamilton Live, was the kick-off for a short tour and it was a blast. To make things even more exciting, we got to meet and interview the band. Jeff Chimenti (keys, vocals), John Kadlecik (guitar, vocals), Jay Lane (drums, vocals), and Reed Mathis (bass, vocals) were friendly, forthcoming, and entertaining. 

You'll hear our interview with the band and about an hour's worth of tunes from the show in this episode. Thanks to RJ Bee for making the interview happen. Thanks also to DC Music Review for allowing me to share a couple of Jason Herman's beautiful photos from the night. You'll find more of his great shots as well as RJ's write-up of the show right here


The show that night was terrific. The song selection and deep, creative jams were exactly what I want from a gig these days. The songs may not be originals but Golden Gate Wingmen aren't recreating or rehashing anything. These guys get out there on a limb and manage to swing back with grace.

Thanks as well to taper Alex Leary for making and sharing his excellent recording with us. You can hear and download the entire show here.
Photo by Jason Herman. DC Music Review
We'll be back in two weeks with some good old Grateful Dead. In the meantime, please, don't forget to follow the @BrokedownPod twitter account for regular news, live tweetstorms of shows as I listen, and other minutiae. We also now have an Instagram account. If you like pictures of things, you can find that here: BrokedownPod Instagram. Also, if you use iTunes, please consider posting a review as it really help get the word out.


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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

016 - Bobby Songs Set 2

Here we go with set two of our look at Bobby songs and his collaboration with the late John Perry Barlow. RJ Bee returns with more music and discussion to follow episode 15's great first set. Hopefully we can live up to that standard with this episode. RJ is the founder of the Helping Friendly Podcast as well as the Osiris Podcast Network and an all around great guy so please take a minute or two to check those sites out.

The Brokedown Podcast is a proud member of the Osiris Podcast Network. Our family of music and culture podcasts cover quite a bit of ground and we're also partnered with Relix Magazine which you Deadheads should know all too well. Pretty sure I've been reading Relix since the 80's.

Thanks, as always, for tuning in. Please consider rating us on your favorite podcast platform as it helps spread word about the show. You can also simply tell a friend!

That having been said, don't forget to follow the @BrokedownPod twitter account for regular news, live tweetstorms of shows as I listen, and other minutiae. If you like pictures of things, you can find our Instagram account here: BrokedownPod Instagram

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

015 - Bobby Songs



We begin the Spring thaw with a visit from my good friend and the founder of both the Helping Friendly Podcast and the Osiris Podcast Network, RJ Bee. RJ wanted to talk about Bobby songs so that's just what we'll do. We also, spend a fair amount of time discussing the work of the late John Perry Barlow. Barlow's writing for the Grateful Dead along with his advocacy for an open internet via the Electronic Frontier Foundation are both keys to the very existence of this podcast. He will be missed and forever held in the utmost esteem.

As of late February, the Brokedown Podcast became a charter member of the Osiris Podcast Network. Osiris is a growing community of music and culture podcasts, connecting music fans with conversation, commentary and music. Osiris works in partnership with Relix, check them out for music news and information.

In addition to chatting about Weir, Barlow, and being a Grateful Dead fan, RJ and I assembled a set of tunes for you to enjoy. Check us out in two weeks for the second set.

In the meantime, thanks for tuning in, please share this with your friends, and consider posting a review on the iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

014 - Playing In The Band

We've made it through January and the days are getting longer. Although the men in the top hats have disturbed the groundhogs, hibernation isn't quite over so we have a one-part episode this month. Here's hoping the hot jams warm your home.

This go round, I'm dusting off a mix that I assembled several years back that amounts to a fairly epic survey of the song Playing In The Band. In true Grateful Dead fashion, this jam covers a lot of ground and should not disappoint. The full breakdown of included clips is listed below.

We'll be back next month with a guest and a ton of music for you to dig upon. In the meantime, thanks for tuning in, please share this with your friends, and consider posting a review on the iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

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

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

013 - One-Off Venues: Set 2

It's cold outside but the jams are nice and hot on this episode. This here is part two of our survey of shows from one-time venues. Andy is back once more and we've a whole new batch of tracks and venues to discuss.

This being set two, things get a little more loose and a lot weirder-- Just the way I like them.

If you missed part one (episode 012) head over here and listen to that first. It won't make a whole lot of difference but some there's at least one call back in this ep that won't make any sense.

Thanks again to Andy, for coming on and bringing his wealth of knowledge along with his sense of humor.  And thanks to you, kind listeners, for checking out the show.

Please, don't forget to follow the @BrokedownPod twitter account for regular news, live tweetstorms of shows as I listen, and other minutiae. We also now have an Instagram account. If you like pictures of things, you can find that here: BrokedownPod Instagram. Also, if you use iTunes, please consider posting a review as it really help get the word out.


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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

012 - One-Off Venues: Set 1

Happy New Year! Here's hoping that your 2017 closed out well and 2018 is off to a good start. I know I'm hoping that we at the podcast, along with all of you, can take this one higher than the last.

With that in mind, we're kicking off 2018 with another visit from my good friend, Andy Barnes. Together we dug into a list of venues that the Grateful Dead only visited one time and we've assembled what I hope you'll find to be an entertaining listen.

We cover a fair big of ground in this set, from the 60's to the 80's, with some rock, blues, and jamming throughout. Once again, this will be a two-parter, continuing with Ep013 in two weeks. So spin this up and hunker down by the fire as we wait out the Winter together.

Thanks again to Andy, for coming on and bringing his wealth of knowledge along with his sense of humor.  And thanks to you, kind listeners, for checking out the show.

Please, don't forget to follow the @BrokedownPod twitter account for regular news, live tweetstorms of shows as I listen, and other minutiae. We also now have an Instagram account. If you like pictures of things, you can find that here: BrokedownPod Instagram. Also, if you use iTunes, please consider posting a review as it really help get the word out.


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