23 episodes

A podcast about the Grateful Dead in the same way that Friday Night Lights is a show about football. Hosts Casey Rae and Eduardo Nunes explore a profound array of cultural intersections and how the band’s legacy ripples through our contemporary reality in fascinating and often unexpected ways. It’s never too late to get on the bus.
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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 85 Ratings

A podcast about the Grateful Dead in the same way that Friday Night Lights is a show about football. Hosts Casey Rae and Eduardo Nunes explore a profound array of cultural intersections and how the band’s legacy ripples through our contemporary reality in fascinating and often unexpected ways. It’s never too late to get on the bus.
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    S2E10: Blues for Allah

    S2E10: Blues for Allah

    Freshly back from hiatus, the Grateful Dead delivered the potent yet polarizing Blues for Allah in September 1975. Containing soon-to-be set staples like “Help on the Way,” Slipknot,” Frankin’s Tower,” “Crazy Fingers,” and “The Music Never Stopped,” Blues for Allah has all the hallmarks of a classic Dead record. Still, it’s hard to make the case that these versions are definitive, especially with so many incredible live takes yet to come. In some ways, Blues for Allah is like software in beta—absolutely necessary to future iterations, but still a little buggy. That doesn’t mean it’s not worth revisiting or checking out for the first time. Stately, intoxicating, and occasionally impenetrable, this is a record that demands your full attention. And that’s exactly what we give it.
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    • 29 min
    S2E9: From the Mars Hotel

    S2E9: From the Mars Hotel

    In this episode, the Dead to Me crew check into the Mars Hotel, where rooms are cheap and the vibe is high. In March 1974, the Grateful Dead unleashed their fabled Wall of Sound live audio system at the Cow Palace in San Francisco—a few weeks later they holed up in CBS Studios on Folsom Street to lay down tracks for their second album on their very own Grateful Dead Records. From the Mars Hotel showcases a well-oiled band with a handsome assortment of tunes that run the gamut from psychedelicized ballads to raunchy rockers, with experimental flourishes courtesy of computer scientist and synthesizer enthusiast Ned Lagin. The last studio album before a year-long hiatus, Mars offers such Dead staples as “Scarlet Begonias” and “U.S. Blues,” along with a pair of delightfully obtuse Phil Lesh compositions, “Unbroken Chain” and “Pride of Cucamonga”—both featuring lyrics by Phil’s buddy Bobby Petersen. We consider how these songs fit into the Dead’s songbook and ponder the captivating and confounding aspects of a record that stands among the finest in the band’s catalog. 
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    • 32 min
    S2E8 - Wake of the Flood (with special Guest Dan Horne)

    S2E8 - Wake of the Flood (with special Guest Dan Horne)

    It’s hard to believe, but we’re finally back from set break. For our first number, we’ll talk to Dan Horne of Circles Around the Sun and Grateful Shred. Mark your calendar to catch both bands at the Skull and Roses festival, which takes place in Ventura County, California on April 2-5. Dan tells us how he stays chill and musically on-point, and what it means to move on with the Circles project after Neal Casal’s passing. Later in the show, Casey, Eduardo, and Kevin tackle Wake of the Flood—the first release on Grateful Dead Records, which arrived in October 1973. Spoiler alert: We like it! But you know there’s always more to it than that…
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    • 48 min
    S2E7 - Set Break Part Two: Skull & Roses / Europe ‘72

    S2E7 - Set Break Part Two: Skull & Roses / Europe ‘72

    If we spell out what the Grateful Dead actually wanted to call their 1971 live album, we’d end up in Facebook jail, so let’s just refer to it as Skull & Roses. A funky little nugget by any name, it’s a snapshot of a band with evolving aspirations and an expanding songbook. We also dig out our passports for Europe ‘72—a release that deserves every ounce of hyperbole it gets (and there’s plenty of it to go around in this episode). In addition to highlighting some of our favorite songs from a record with no shortage of sensational performances, we investigate eternal mysteries such as how the Dead got their beleaguered label to send forty-three freaks and their equipment on a musical field trip across the Atlantic. We also celebrate the late, great Robert Hunter, whose contributions to the Dead are a big reason this show even exists. No Boomer jokes, but we do have Mailbag! And don’t fret: we’ll return with regularly scheduled episodes shortly.
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    • 51 min
    S2E6: Set Break Part One with Jonathan Hart of Brokedown Podcast

    S2E6: Set Break Part One with Jonathan Hart of Brokedown Podcast

    For this special set break episode, Jonathan Hart of Brokedown Podcast pops by to talk about three Dead-adjacent albums that helped shape the band’s creative evolution. Originally conceived as solo efforts, Jerry Garcia’s Garcia, Bob Weir’s Ace, and Mickey Hart’s Rolling Thunder each brought something special to the Deadiverse, including songs that would become staples of live sets for years to come. Jerry’s album gave us “Deal,” “Bird Song,” “Sugaree,” “Loser,” “To Lay Me Down,” and “The Wheel.” Ace delivered “Greatest Story Ever Told,” “Black-Throated Wind,” “Looks Like Rain,” “Mexicali Blues,” “One More Saturday Night,” “Cassidy,” and the ultimate jam warhorse, “Playing in the Band.” And speaking of “Playing,” Mickey’s Rolling Thunder also features an embryonic version of the tune, then known as “The Main Ten.” So why did the band choose to reveal studio versions of these classic numbers on non-Dead releases? Jonathan and Casey talk about the possible reasons while offering insights on several key cuts. It’s an Osiris Network crossover for the ages!
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    • 46 min
    S2E5: American Beauty

    S2E5: American Beauty

    This episode is dedicated to Neal Casal.
    We honor the dead by living. Sometimes that’s not an easy thing to do. That’s why we’re grateful to have friends and music to get us through—it reaffirms our connection to what’s essential. American Beauty was written and recorded at a time when members of the Dead were bidding fare thee well to loved ones, and they channeled their grief on exquisitely sparse songs of heartbreak, hope, and resilience. From the high and lonesome to the rockin’ and rapturous, this record heralds the arrival of the Grateful Dead as songwriters who understood how to get their music across in the studio. This is a deeply human record that celebrates the joys and sorrows of being—there’s grace and grit in equal measures, with four-part harmonies to boot. You can put on at a backyard BBQ or become utterly enveloped in headphones. And crucially, American Beauty is good medicine. That’s something we all need from time to time.
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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
85 Ratings

85 Ratings

Cheefodank ,

Great

Really insightful podcast can’t wait for more episodes. I feel like the terrapin/ shakedown street ones should be interesting

SeaStoner ,

They understand the band.

I don’t always agree with their opinions but at least the understand the band. Worth listening to.

R. Alexander Sumner ,

Beatific for the minds eye.

Appreciate every episode.

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