Skeletons from the Closet: The Best of Grateful Dead (1974)

Skeletons from the Closet: The Best of Grateful Dead is an absolute must for any music collection. I am posting it today for anyone who doesn’t currently have this album.
Yes, I know I just posted a Grateful Dead album, but that was live and this is studio… and I really like the Grateful Dead.



Grateful Dead- Fillmore West (1969)

Friday’s Jefferson Airplane post was the first of a group of posts about classic albums that everyone has heard of, but haven’t necessarily listen to.
The Fillmore West was a short-lived venue/studio/practice space in San Francisco (south Van Ness and Market Street) that the Grateful Dead played at, along with other notable bands of the time, such as Quicksilver Messenger Service.
Grateful Dead are easily one of my favorite bands, and the Fillmore West recordings capture a moment in time that I would argue was the pinnacle of the Grateful Dead’s sound. The music and premise of Jam Bands were new and fresh at a time when social change and upheaval filled the air, and this album is a snap-shot of that moment in time in many ways. This is such a historic album that should be in every music library.
Jam Bands are improv by nature, so big fans will have massive collections of different shows and have endless debates as to which version of a song is “the best”.
Earlier today Spacecakes explained to me which were the absolute best performances of Phish‘s album Junta (which I will also post about later on this week). He also went on to explain to me Mrs. Spacecakes idea about how Phish is better now (recently) then they have ever been before. I haven’t listened to any of their newest music so I will check it out and share.
The Fillmore West recordings faithfully capture a moment. I can almost smell the hippies when I listen to this album… (and them asking for a dollar, a cigarette, a beer, some hash, etc.)
“Hey brother, can you spare…”

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Jefferson Airplane- Surrealistic Pillow (1967)

Jefferson Airplane is a classic of psychedelic rock, an album everyone should have in their iTunes library. The only negative thing I can say is that almost all Vietnam war documentaries play songs from this album, which lumps it into a category with an event that was occurring half a world away, which detracts from the relevance of this record in the course of music history.
Surrealistic Pillow was written and recorded before the Summer of Love, released in February 1967 it fueled the trek westward to San Francisco, Haight-Ashbury, Golden Gate Park and the Monterey Music Festival. This was one of the bands that was playing that compelled 100,000 kids to travel thousands of miles to see play, launching such a massive event that it still lingers in the city to this day.


Byron Lee and the Dragonaires Play Dynamite Ska

Just when I was about ready to put Ska and Rocksteady Thursdays on hold for a bit, I stumbled across this gem by accident and it has renewed my love of ska once again.
Byron Lee and the Dragonaires are another of the old Jamaican bands that has been around since the 1950’s, playing with everyone from Chuck Berry, the Drifters, Fats Domino, Prince Buster, Jimmey Cliff, they were in and played in the 1961 James Bond movie Dr No as the hotel band. The Wiki article explains their history in greater detail (for those who wish to look. I will explain further in future posts).
Byron Lee and the Dragonaires was never a band that I was ever “into”, I believe this is the only album of theirs that I ever owned, so I am just now “discovering” this band.
So Ska and Rocksteady Thursday lives on… at least until I see some goon wearing checkers and Skank’in.

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Relationship Advice and Black Metal Wednesday;The Half-Brain Theory and Happy Days – Melancholic Memories (2008)

Recently a friend who is also married to an identical twin commented on how he suspected that his wife and sister-in-law shared a brain, and a broken one at that. I was quick to agree as my own experiences had led me to suspect the same, however I decided to research the matter further to determine if we were chavaunists or scientists.
Come to find out that we are scientists because on average women’s brains weigh 110 grams less than the average male brain (WikiAnswers).
Everyone has heard that people use only 10% of their brain, and the average female brain weighs 1250 grams versus 1360 grams for men. Meaning that women only use approximately 125 grams of their brain, so men have literally 110 grams of brains more than women and thus almost twice their brain-power. That’s almost four ounces of grey matter.
This explains a great many things not the least of which is the lack of women’s suffrage for the majority of human history and the popularity of Sex in the City, but I digress.
Back to the half-brain theory; Even in light of my ground-breaking research and simplistic interpretation I am still not sure it is even a whole brain between the two I am most familiar with…

DSBM (depressive suicidal black metal) from Sarasota, Florida. Interesting and local, with a funny name considering, I like it because it explores the two-man territory of the DSBM sound, which is different anyway. Two thirds of the reviews for this album on Metallum are luke-warm and overly critical, so don’t expect it to be profound and ground breaking.


Brian Jonestown Massacre- Methodrone (1995)

Brian Jamestown Massacre is Anton Newcombe’s band, pushed into the mainstream via Netflix and the documentary Dig! (About The Dandy Warhols and The Brian Jonestown Massacre ), which Newcombe felt portrayed him in an unfair light… 40 band members in two years and a heroin addiction… I’m not sure how that could be portrayed in a favorable light, but whatevesies.
The Brian Jonestown Massacre is defiantly innovative, ahead of their time and influenced by The Rolling Stones… At times heavily influenced by Shoegaze and other times seeming almost garage rock or neo-folk, a hard band to love but very listenable and interesting.
Speaking of interesting, I checked out all those bands that I mentioned in Sunday’s
Red Sparowes post… Well, I won’t be doing a post about ANY of them… interesting isn’t the proper word for those bands…