Tuesday, March 20, 2018


Get 'em while you can!  The longest sold-out-at-Red-Rocks run of all time keeps rollin' (^_^) On sale to the public this Friday, March 23rd.  Go here for more.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

TnJ 683 (3/15/18)


PHIL LESH QUINTET - New Speedway Boogie (3/18/16 Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY) nugs.net
SLY & the FAMILY STONE - I Want to Take You Higher (2009 the Woodstock Experience, 8/17/69 Woodstock Music & Art Fair, White Lake, NY)
ORGŌNE - It’s Serious (2018 Undercover Mixtape)
FEMI KUTI - Dem Militarize Democracy (2018 One People One World)
IMARHAN - Alwa (2018 Temet)
BOMBINO - Tehigren (2018 Deran)
PRIMUS - the Scheme (2017 the Desaturating Seven)


PIGMENT - Ark of the Machete (8/19/17 Taos Mesa Brewing, El Prado, NM)
DOPAPOD - Donkey Kong Country Theme (4/1/17 Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA)
MT. JOY - Mt. Joy (2018 Mt. Joy)
TIM O’BRIEN - Grandma’s Hands (2017 Where the River Meets the Road)
PhilRAD - Scarlet Begonias > Fire on the Mountain (12/31/14 Capitol Theater, Port Chester, NY) nugs.net

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

TnJ 682 (3/8/18)


DAVID GILMOUR w/ the POLISH BALTIC PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA – Shine On You Crazy Diamond (2008 Live in Gdańsk, 8/26/06 Gdańsk Shipyard)
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS - Give It Away (1991 Blood Sugar Sex Magik)
JIMI HENDRIX - Power of Soul (2018 Both Sides of the Sky, ca. Jan/Feb 1970 Record Plant, New York, NY)
MOBY - the Waste of Suns (2018 Everything Was Beautiful, and Nothing Hurt)
ODESZA - Intro > a Moment Apart (2017 a Moment Apart)
PIGEONS PLAYING PING PONG - Ocean Flows (8/8/15 the Camping Trip [invite-only festival, upstate New York])
BIG SOMETHING - Wildfire (2018 Otherside)


JACK WHITE - Over and Over and Over (2018 Boarding House Reach)
MIKE GORDON - Victim (2017 OGOGO)
DAVID BYRNE - This Is That (2018 American Utopia)
SOULIVE - Waves (2018 Cinematics Vol. 1 EP)
WOOD BROTHERS - Sparkling Wine (2018 One Drop of Truth)
BIG DADDY LOVE - Kerosene (2013 Live at Ziggy’s, 11/21/12 Winston-Salem, NC)
HORSESHOES & HAND GRENADES - Stay Awhile (2017 the Ode)
LEFTOVER SALMON - Show Me Something Higher (2018 Something Higher)
WIDESPREAD PANIC - You Can’t Always Get What You Want (10/28/17 Park Theater, Las Vegas, NV) nugs.net
TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND - How Blue Can You Get (2/20/18 Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY)

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Thursday, March 1, 2018


Tune in TnJ to score the third in a series of unreleased material from the late Jimi Hendrix - "Both Sides of the Sky."

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TnJ 681 (3/1/18)


PHISH - Bouncing Around the Room (2013 Ventura [box set], 7/30/97 Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura, CA)
UMPHREY’S McGEE - Life During Exodus (2016 Zonkey)
AQUEOUS - Don’t Do It (2018 Live from Kalamazoo, 11/17/17 Bell’s Eccentric Cafe, Kalamazoo, MI) nugs.net
JOE DENINZON & STRATOSPHEERIUS - Face (2018 Guilty of Innocence)
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND - Bartender (1995 Weekend on the Rocks, 9/9/95 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO)


DOC & MERLE WATSON - Miss the Mississippi and You (2017 Never the Same Way Once – Live at the Boarding House May 1974 [box set])
THE WHO - Love Reign O’er Me (2017 Tommy - Live at Royal Albert Hall)
CAROLINE ROSE - Jeannie Becomes a Mom (2018 Loner)
ODESZA w/ LEON BRIDGES - Across the Room (2017 a Moment Apart)
PROGGER - Dystopia (2018 Dystopia)
DELVON LAMARR ORGAN TRIO - Can I Change My Mind? (2018 Close But No Cigar)
SOJA - I Found You (2017 Poetry in Motion)
JERRY GARCIA BAND - Like a Road Leading Home (2018 Garcia Live Volume 10, 5/20/80 Hilo Civic Auditorium, Hilo, HI)

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

TnJ 680 (2/22/18)


KYLE HOLLINGSWORTH - Onset > Wyatt Earp’s Tale (2018 50)
the MOTET - Get It Right (2017 digital single)
the MOVEMENT - Cool Me Down (2018 digital single)
HOLLIE COOK - Lunar Addiction (2018 Vessel of Love)
EASY STAR ALL-STARS - Any Dub You Like (2003 Dub Side of the Moon)
STICK FIGURE - Easy Runaway (2018 digital single)
FEMI KUTI - Africa Will Be Great Again (2018 One People One World)
JOÉL - It’s Only You (2018 Seasons Change)
SETH WALKER - High Time (2018 Live at Mauch Chunk Opera House)


GRATEFUL DEAD - Scarlet Begonias > Fire on the Mountain > Good Lovin’ (2018 Dave’s Picks Volume 25, 11/6/77 Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton, NY)
I’M WITH HER - Close It Down (2018 See You Around)
TRAMPLED by TURTLES - Kelly’s Bar (2018 Life is Good on the Open Road)
LOW CUT CONNIE - Beverly (2018 Dirty Pictures [Part 2])
moe. - Rebubula (2/2/18 Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY) nugs.net

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

TnJ 679 (2/15/18)


PHISH - Tweezer (2017 Live Bait Vol. 13, 12/30/94 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY) livephish.com
the WEIGHT BAND - Common Man (2018 World Gone Mad)
JORMA KAUKONEN - Ain’t In No Hurry (2015 Ain’t In No Hurry)
BILL PALMER - Lake (2018 a Whisper in the Trees)
HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER - When the Wall Comes Down (2017 Hallelujah Anyhow)
GARY CLARK, JR. - Please Come Home (2016 Crossroads Revisited, ca. Apr 2013 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY)


AJ GHENT - Do the Rump! (2018 the Neo Blues Project EP)
the FRITZ - Another Way (2017 Natural Mind)
FRESH HOPS - Getting By (2017 Congratulations!)
JOHN OATES w/ the GOOD ROAD BAND - Arkansas (2018 Arkansas)
STEVE WINWOOD - Why Can’t We Live Together (2017 Greatest Hits Live)
PIGEONS PLAYING PING PONG - Too Long (2017 Pizazz)
JERRY GARCIA and MERL SAUNDERS - La La (1974/2017 Garcia Live Volume Nine, 8/11/74 the Keystone, Berkeley, CA)

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Heck yes!  The good folks at AMP Concerts have announced "Voodoo Threauxdown" at Kit Carson Park in Taos September 22, 2018, starring Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Galactic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Cyril Neville and more.  Tickets go on sale Tuesday, February 20th at 10am here: holdmyticket.com

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

TnJ 678 (2/8/18)


BASSNECTAR - Timestretch (2010 Timestretch)
ORGŌNE w/ TERIN ECTOR - Cosmic Slop (2018 Undercover Mixtape)
KHRUANGBIN - Maria También (2018 Con Todo el Mundo)
FEMI KUTI - One People One World (2018 One People One World)
LOS LOBOS - Cumbia Raza (7/22/17 Route 66 Summerfest, Albuquerque, NM)
GRATEFUL DEAD - My Brother Esau (9/10/83 Santa Fe Downs, SF, NM)
BOB MARLEY & the WAILERS - War / No More Trouble > Get Up, Stand Up > Exodus (2015 Easy Skanking in Boston ’78, 6/8/78 Music Hall, Boston, MA)


HIGH CEILING - Fields a’Flamin (2017 Easy)
WIDESPREAD PANIC - Space Wrangler (2008 Live from Austin TX DVD, recorded for Austin City Limits, 10/31/2000)
CHRIS EVES & the NEW NORMAL - Find Your Way (2018 Find Your Way)
FRUITION - Northern Town (2018 Watching It All Fall Apart)
MATTHEW STUBBS & the ANTIGUAS - El Segundo (2018 Matthew Stubbs & the Antiguas)
UMPHREY’S McGEE - Speak Up (2018 It’s Not Us)
GRIZ w/ LEO NAPIER - a Fine Way to Die (2015 Say It Loud)

R.I.P. John Perry Barlow 1947-2018 - He truly knew what it was to be human.

posted by Jason Kottke   Feb 08, 2018
Silicon Valley visionary John Perry Barlow died last night at the age of 70. When he was 30, the EFF founder (and sometime Grateful Dead lyricist) drew up a list of what he called Principles of Adult Behavior. They are:

1. Be patient. No matter what.
2. Don’t badmouth: Assign responsibility, not blame. Say nothing of another you wouldn’t say to him.
3. Never assume the motives of others are, to them, less noble than yours are to you.
4. Expand your sense of the possible.
5. Don’t trouble yourself with matters you truly cannot change.
6. Expect no more of anyone than you can deliver yourself.
7. Tolerate ambiguity.
8. Laugh at yourself frequently.
9. Concern yourself with what is right rather than who is right.
10. Never forget that, no matter how certain, you might be wrong.
11. Give up blood sports.
12. Remember that your life belongs to others as well. Don’t risk it frivolously.
13. Never lie to anyone for any reason. (Lies of omission are sometimes exempt.)
14. Learn the needs of those around you and respect them.
15. Avoid the pursuit of happiness. Seek to define your mission and pursue that.
16. Reduce your use of the first personal pronoun.
17. Praise at least as often as you disparage.
18. Admit your errors freely and soon.
19. Become less suspicious of joy.
20. Understand humility.
21. Remember that love forgives everything.
22. Foster dignity.
23. Live memorably.
24. Love yourself.
25. Endure.

Here’s what these principles meant to Barlow:
I don’t expect the perfect attainment of these principles. However, I post them as a standard for my conduct as an adult. Should any of my friends or colleagues catch me violating one of them, bust me.
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Thursday, February 1, 2018

TnJ 677 (2/1/18)


GOV’T MULE w/BLIND BOYS of ALABAMA and CHUCK LEAVELL - Soulshine (5/2/14 Saenger Theatre, New Orleans, LA) muletracks.com
DEL McCOURY BAND - Love Is a Long Road 2/21/01 Fox Theater, Boulder, CO)
TOM PETTY & the HEARTBREAKERS - Willin’ (2016 Kiss My Amps LIVE Vol. 2, 6/3/13 Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, CA)
STRING CHEESE INCIDENT - Got What He Wanted (2015 Rhythm of the Road Volume Two – Live in Las Vegas, Jul 2001 the Aladdin Theatre, Las Vegas, NV) livecheese.com


JASON ISBELL & the 400 UNIT - Cigarettes and Wine (2012 Live from Alabama)
JERRY DOUGLAS BAND - Unfolding (2017 What If)
MARK EGAN | ARJUN BRUGGEMAN - Wave Motion (2018 Dreaming Spirits)
GRAMATIK - Just Jammin’ (2014 Coffee Shop Selection)
DR. LONNIE SMITH - Alhambra (2018 All in My Mind)
PINK FLOYD - Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun (2016 the Early Years 1972 Obfusc/ation, ca. Oct. 1971, Roman Amphitheatre, Pompeii, Italy)
WAR on DRUGS - Strangest Thing (2017 a Deeper Understanding)

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Thursday, January 25, 2018


Phish's 2018 Summer Tour begins with two performances in Stateline, NV, at Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys on July 17 and 18, and culminates with the band's traditional summer ending shows in September at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO.

An online ticket request period is currently underway at
tickets.phish.com and will end Monday, February 5th at 10:00 am ET. Tickets will go on sale to the public beginning February 8th. Full ticketing details at phish.com/tours.


7/17 - Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys, Stateline, NV
7/18 - Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys, Stateline, NV
7/20 - The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA
7/21 - The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA
7/22 - The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA
7/24 - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
7/25 - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
7/27 - The Forum, Inglewood, CA
7/28 - The Forum, Inglewood, CA
7/31 - Austin360 Amphitheater, Austin, TX
8/03 – Verizon Amphitheatre, Alpharetta, GA
8/04 – Verizon Amphitheatre, Alpharetta, GA
8/05 – Verizon Amphitheatre, Alpharetta, GA
8/07 - BB&T Pavilion, Camden, NJ
8/08 - BB&T Pavilion, Camden, NJ
8/10 – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek, Raleigh, NC
8/11 - Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD

8/12 - Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD


8/31 - Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO
9/01 - Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO
9/02 - Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO

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TnJ 676 (1/25/18)


GRATEFUL DEAD - Black Peter (2017 Dave’s Picks Volume 24, 8/25/72 Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, CA)
HARD WORKING AMERICANS - Something Else (2017 We’re All in This Together)
BEN MILLER BAND - Akira Kurosawa (2018 Choke Cherry Tree)
TYLER CHILDERS - Whitehouse Road (2017 Purgatory)
MARGO PRICE - Pay Gap (2017 All American Made)
WOOD BROTHERS - Happiness Jones (2018 One Drop of Truth)


YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND - Last of the Railroad Men (2017 Love. Ain’t Love)
INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS - Gravity (2017 Laws of Gravity)
JON STICKLEY TRIO - Playpeople (2017 Maybe Believe)
AQUEOUS - Warren in the Window (9/16/17 the Mousetrap, Indianapolis, IN) nugs.net
UMPHREY’S McGEE - Maybe Someday (2017 It’s Not Us)
WIDESPREAD PANIC - Arleen (10/28/17 Park Theater, Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, Paradise, NV) nugs.net

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Sunday, January 21, 2018


Wow, occasionally facebook actually advertises something at me I'm interested in.  This looks worth the trip.  Next weekend in astonishingly warm Tuscon, AZ (^_^)

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Friday, January 19, 2018


Pre-sale starts Jan 24th, public on-sale Feb 2nd.  Visit umphreys.com

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

TnJ 675 (1/18/18)


moe. - Timmy Tucker (2008 Dr. Stan’s Prescription Vol. 1, 3/17/95 Garton’s, Vail, CO)
DAN AUERBACH - Cherrybomb (2017 Waiting on a Song)
PHO - Tomorrow in Texas (2017 two)
ORGŌNE - Melting Pot (2018 Undercover Mixtape)
MR. CHOCOLATE - Not Gonna Hate You Anymore (2017 debut compact disc)
GRATEFUL DEAD - To Lay Me Down (2017 Robert F. Kennedy Stadium, Washington, D.C., July 12 & 13, 1989 [box set])


TOMMY EMMANUEL w/ AMANDA SHIRES - Borderline (2018 Accomplice One)
STEEP CANYON RANGERS - Can’t Get Home (2018 Out in the Open)
MOSES GUEST - California (2017 Light) homegrownmusic.net
HORSESHOES & HAND GRENADES - Townes (2015 Middle Western)
BAND of HEATHENS - Green Grass of California (2017 Duende)
FREEWAY REVIVAL - Angels in Rhymes (2017 Revolution Road)
DISCO BISCUITS - Pygmy Twylyte > Little Lai (2003 TranceFusionRadio_Broadcast_02, ca. Dec 2012) nugs.net

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24-Concert Tour Kicks off May 30 in Mansfield, Massachusetts
Tickets on Sale Starting Friday, January 26 at 10:00 AM

photo by Danny Clinch

DEAD & COMPANY announces its 2018 tour, kicking off on Wednesday, May 30th in Mansfield, Massachusetts at the Xfinity Center and returning for two-night stands at iconic venues such as Citi Field in New York; Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin; Shoreline Amphitheatre in San Francisco, California; and Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado, while also adding new venues, including Los Angeles’ historic Dodger Stadium and Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon, to the tour. Dead & Company - Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, John Mayer, and Bob Weir, with Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti -will perform two sets of music drawing from the Dead’s historic catalog of songs. A full listing of tour dates can be found below.

To ensure fans get tickets in their hands directly, Fan Registration is available HERE for the 2018 tour dates beginning today, January 18, at 8 AM ET, through Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan program; supplies are limited.

Tickets will go on sale in most markets beginning Friday, January 26, at 10 AM through livenation.com. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets for select shows before the general public beginning Tuesday, January 23, at 10 AM. Citi cardmembers can take advantage of a special pre-sale opportunity for U.S. show dates beginning Tuesday, January 23, at 10 AM.

Dead & Company has once again partnered with CID Entertainment to offer VIP & Seamless Packages on tour. All 3 packages include a General Admission pit or premium reserved ticket to see Dead & Company. Additional perks include early venue entry, a limited edition, screen printed poster, and a commemorative concert ticket and case. To view the available packages, visit HERE.

Dead & Company was formed in 2015 when the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir joined forces with artist and musician John Mayer, Allman Brothers’ bassist Oteil Burbridge, and Fare Thee Well and RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. The result was one of the most successful touring bands of the decade. The inaugural tour kicked off in the fall of 2015 with two sold-out shows at the legendary Madison Square Garden and ending the year with two sold-out performances at the ‘Fabulous’ Forum in Inglewood, California.

Since then, the band has gone on to complete three record-breaking U.S. tours, performing to more than a million fans. The 2017 summer tour, which lasted from the end of May through the first of July, drew in nearly 500,000 fans and consisted of 20 concerts, including two-night stands at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Shoreline Amphitheatre in San Francisco, Folsom Field in Boulder, Colo., Fenway Park in Boston, and Wrigley Field in Chicago. The back-to-back sold out shows in Chicago drew in over 80,000 fans and set the ballpark’s all-time record for most tickets sold for a single concert (43,600).

Dead & Company 2018 Tour Dates:
WED 5/30/2018 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center+
FRI 6/1/2018 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion+
SAT 6/2/2018 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion+
MON 6/4/2018 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center^
WED 6/6/2018 Noblesville, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center+
FRI 6/8/2018 Atlanta, GA Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood+
SAT 6/9/2018 Raleigh, NC Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek^
MON 6/11/2018 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center^
WED 6/13/2018 Hartford, CT XFINITY Theatre^
FRI 6/15/2018 New York, NY Citi Field**
SAT 6/16/2018 New York, NY Citi Field**
TUE 6/19/2018 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Amphitheater^
WED 6/20/2018 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center^
FRI 6/22/2018 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre^
SAT 6/23/2018 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre^
FRI 6/29/2018 George, WA Gorge Amphitheatre^
SAT 6/30/2018 Eugene, OR Autzen Stadium^
MON 7/2/2018 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheater+
TUE 7/3/2018 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheater+
FRI 7/6/2018 Chula Vista, CA Mattress Firm Amphitheatre+
SAT 7/7/2018 Los Angeles, CA Dodger Stadium^
WED 7/11/2018 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater+
FRI 7/13/2018 Boulder, CO Folsom Field**
SAT 7/14/2018 Boulder, CO Folsom Field**

^Tickets going on sale Friday, January 26 at 10 AM local time
+Tickets going on sale Saturday, January 27 at 10 AM local time
**Not ticketed through Ticketmaster.

Check deadandcompany.com for complete tour information.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

TnJ 674 (1/11/18)


DAVE MATTHEWS BAND - Everyday (2005 Weekend on the Rocks)
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & the E STREET BAND - She’s the One (2006 Hammersmith Odeon, London ‘75)
JIMMY PAGE & the BLACK CROWES - Nobody’s Fault But Mine (2000 Live at the Greek, ca. Oct 99)
DAVID BOWIE - Stay (2010 Station to Station [special edition], 3/23/76 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY)
BIG SOMETHING - the Flood (2017 Tumbleweed)
UMPHREY’S McGEE - Dark Brush (2017 It’s Not Us)


CHRIS FORSYTH & the SOLAR MOTEL BAND - History & Science Fiction (2017 Dreaming in the Non-Dream)
WAR on DRUGS - Holding On (2017 a Deeper Understanding)
LOTUS - Age of Inexperience (9/19/14 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO) nugs.net
PIMPS of JOYTIME w/ IVAN NEVILLE - Mud (2017 Third Wall Chronicles)
LEE “SCRATCH” PERRY + SUBATOMIC SOUND SYSTEM – War Ina Babylon (2017 Super Ape Returns to Conquer)
GIANT PANDA GUERILLA DUB SQUAD - Greatest of Days (2017 Make It Better)
MIKE GORDON - Stealing Jamaica > Go Away (2017 Ogogo)

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

TnJ 673 (1/4/18)


- Hey Hey, My My [Into the Black] (1991 Weld)
TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND - Alabama (11/18/17 Fox Theater, Oakland, CA)
GREGG ALLMAN - Black Muddy River (2017 Southern Blood)
OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW - Absolutely Sweet Marie (2017 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde, ca. May 2016, the CMA Theater, Nashville, TN)
TOUBAB KREWE - Squash (2018 Stylo)
THUNDER BODY - Gong (2017 Solstice)
ZACH DEPUTY - It’s All Right (2017 Wash It In the Water)
PIGMENT - Tough Day for Iris (2018 Crows & Elephants)


- Abaculus (2017 Abaculus - an Improvisational Experience)

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TnJ BEST of 2017


GRATEFUL DEAD – Cornell 5/8/77
The holy grail of bootlegs finally gets an above-board release thanks to the overdue acquisition of the “Betty boards.”  If you only ever own one Dead show, it should be this one.  Also available (and worth hunting down) as part of the “May 1977 – Get Shown the Light” box set.

PHISH – 7/25/17 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY 
The whole “baker’s dozen” was a stunt for the ages, and this particular evening (night four) was a “jam-filled” show for the ages.  Within hours ranked as the second-best Phish show of all time.

CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD – Betty’s Self-Rising Southern Blends, Vol. 3 
Betty strikes again!  Another solid installment in a solid series, these recordings were captured in November of 2015.  Rumor has it the vinyl release offers an additional set from that year.

TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND – Live from the Fox Oakland 
At long last, another live release from this incredible road band.  Like most in this category, live is where they really stretch out and shine.

DOPAPOD – II Saw Live Dopapod Evil Was II 
One-of-a-kind sounds that will get your toes tappin’ and your brain melting.

STEVE WINWOOD – Greatest Hits Live 
Classic tunes from a classic artist, with room to let the songs breathe as they should.

WIDESPREAD PANIC – 10/28/17 Park Theatre, Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV 
A themed show in the middle of a three-night Halloween run, dubbed “Ladies Night.”  Fans and followers were abuzz immediately.  First time played: “Honey Bee” by Tom Petty.
OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW – 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde 
They’ve already turned two Dylan leftovers into great singles, and this cements their reputation as channelers of the almighty Bob.

SPAFFORD – Abaculus – An Improvisational Experience 
It is what it says, one hour-long jam with no stops and no lyrics.  They should release more of these.

RYAN ADAMS – Live at Rough Trade 
Historically, one of the few record store recordings to really show off how great the songs and the artist are at their core.  Limited edition vinyl only.

10) BAND of HEATHENS – Duende

Equal parts J.J. Cale, Gram Parsons, and New Riders of the Purple Sage, this Austin band makes psychedelic cowboy music look easy.

HIGH POINTS: Trouble Came Early, Sugar Queen, Green Grass of California


Impossibly tight as a live band, Seattle’s Polyrhythmics manage to commit their Afrobeat-influenced funk to record with earth-and-booty-shaking results.

HIGH POINTS: Au Jus, Lord of the Fries, Marshmallow Man


This collection of studio-prefect musicians who love to jam continue to come out on top in the string band wing of live music.  They toss off soaring licks as a matter of habit and remain an outstanding example of a group being greater than the sum of their parts.

HIGH POINTS: Vertigo, Black Elk, Sirens,


This New Orleans “legacy” contingent hits all the right notes with their latest, “So It Is.”  There’s a perfect balance of composition and meandering in these grooves which more resembles Blue Note-era jazz than most of New Orleans’ shuffle-funk output of late.

HIGH POINTS: La Malanga, Convergence, Mad, Innocence

06) ST. VINCENT – Masseduction

I don’t think St. Vincent is trying to transition into pop stardom, although Talking Heads made that transition despite herculean efforts at being “alternative” and “weird.” These songs bear a slightly poppier sheen than her previous work, but they’re no less fun to get absorbed in.

HIGH POINTS: New York, Pills, Masseduction, Los Ageless

05) BIG SOMETHING – Tumbleweed

Taking the term “odyssey” and equating it with the underground term “trip,” Big Something have an epic concept album which breathes, shifts, and surprises like an extended hallucinogenic experience.  The hippy-trippy-zen-western is reborn with a fluent interchanging of unexpected styles.

HIGH POINTS: Song for Us, Waves, Blue Dream, UFOs Are Real

04) BARR BROTHERS – Queens of the Breakers

It would be easy to dismiss the Barr Brothers as Canada’s answer to Fleet Foxes or the War on Drugs, but the truth is that neither of those bands came up with anywhere near as good an album this year.  “Queens of the Breakers” can be distilled as an object lesson in ambient-indie-folk songcraft.

HIGH POINTS: It Came to Me, Hideous Glorious, Kompromat, Ready for War

03) SPOON – Hot Thoughts

Whether or not it’s Spoon’s mission, as a band, to revisit and rework every single “80s sound” imaginable, that seems to be what they’re doing.  Their assimilation and transformation of an entire decade’s worth of pop comes out sounding absolute aces on this disc.  Somehow they avoid the trap of 80s atmospheric moodiness and keep the proceedings lively, without being cheesy.

HIGH POINTS: Hot Thoughts, Pink Up, Can I Sit Next to You, Us

02) GOV’T MULE – Revolution Come…Revolution Go

I’ve said it before, but this is the Gov’t Mule album I’ve been waiting for since the first one.  Maybe it took a while for the post-Allen Woody lineup (featuring Jorgen Carlsson and Danny Louis) to gel in the studio, but this disc has all the deep rumble, sheer beauty, growl, grit and gravitas you could want from a band who consistently dishes out those aesthetics in spades at their live shows.

HIGH POINTS: Traveling Tune; Revolution Come, Revolution Go; Dreams & Songs, Pressure Under Fire

01) KING GIZZARD & the LIZARD WIZARD – Flying Microtonal Banana

An astonishingly deft blend of heavy stoner rock and psychedelia.  This is one of five albums King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard released in 2017 and, as they usually form each release around a stunt of some kind (using microtonal instruments in this case, or having the album play on an infinite loop, an arrangement of suites, or deep-end jazz experiments), it may not get the attention it’s due with commercial radio play, but this band has fans who will turn out in droves to see their unique, low-budget, high-energy performances.

HIGH POINTS: Rattlesnake, Sleep Drifter, Open Water, Doom City, Nuclear Fusion


10) FATHER JOHN MISTY – Total Entertainment Forever
The sardonic satirist strikes again.
That turntable sounds like it’s on half-speed.
08) SECRET SISTERS – Mississippi
I’m not positive, but this might be goth folk.
07) the KILLERS – the Man
Disco is now a genre again, I guess.
06) SYLVAN ESSO – Radio
Robotic, repetitive, and emotionless, much like radio.
05) RYAN ADAMS – To Be Without You
With his heart on his sleeve and that melody, he wins again.
04) the NATIONAL – the System Only Dreams in Total Darkness
Giddily gloomy, with an undeniably catchy guitar riff.
03) ALICE MERTON – No Roots
A song like this makes me want to take up choreography.  It begs to be accompanied by enough dancers to make the ground shake.
02) LUMINEERS – Angela
Haunting and elegant.  From a 2016 album, but not until I heard it on the radio a zillion times did it totally own me.
01) PORTGUAL. the MAN – Feel It Still
The stickiest of all this year’s sticky earworms.  Not as psychedelic as they’re known to be, but they figured out the pop thing.  So…they’re too rich to hang with us now.


The Velvet Underground classic (often covered by Phish) gets the lazy, loping, stoner treatment and almost sounds like a brand new song. Played on tour in NM, CO, OR, VA, and NJ.
A smoldering rendition of the Sam & Dave classic, with help from Snarky Puppy’s Cory Henry off the Family Band’s “Got Soul” album. Do not play near flammable materials.
CONSUELO LUZ - Across the Universe
Recorded at Santa Fe’s own Frogville Studios, this Beatles track is just as dreamy as the original, but with extra Latin flair. Heard on the Frogville Radio Show.
GREGG ALLMAN - Black Muddy River
Usually I make note of covers which reinvent the song in some way. The late Gregg Allman manages to improve upon the original Grateful Dead song (ca. 1987) without changing a thing.
NOUVELLE VAGUE - I Wanna Be Sedated
Taking the Ramones’ song and actually playing it as if they WERE sedated is so perfect, it’s a wonder no one ever tried it before.
ALO - Bizarre Love Triangle
Originally a New Order club banger from the late 80s, Zach Gill and crew give it a dazed surfer makeover. Available on their “Love Songs” EP.
Perhaps the most left-field conversion this year, turning the Daft Punk disco jam into a bluegrass stomper. Find it on their “Undercover, Vol. 2” EP. 


CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD - 2/14/17 Taos Mesa Brewing, El Prado, NM
TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE - 3/3/17 Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe, NM
TURKUAZ - 3/11/17 Skylight, Santa Fe, NM
ELEPHANT REVIVAL - 6/2/17 Music on the Mesa, Taos Mesa Brewing, El Prado, NM
DREW EMMITT & FRIENDS - 6/2/17 Music on the Mesa, Taos Mesa Brewing, El Prado, NM
JAMES McMURTRY - 6/4/17 Music on the Mesa, Taos Mesa Brewing, El Prado, NM
DUMPSTAPHUNK - 6/17/17 Railyard Plaza, Santa Fe, NM
SANTANA - 7/1/17 Isleta Amphitheater, Albuquerque, NM
HERBIE HANCOCK - 8/16/17 Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque, NM
KING GIZZARD & the LIZARD WIZARD - 10/3/17 Sister Bar, Albuquerque, NM



That's a wrap for 2017! Here's to another great year of groovy music ahead. Keep on truckin' (^_^)

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

TnJ 672 (12/28/17)

A mere sampling of the best 2017 had to offer, and a fond farewell to a couple of legends this year as well…


GREGG ALLMAN w/ JACKSON BROWNE - Song for Adam (2017 Southern Blood)
TOM PETTY - a Higher Place (1994 Wildflowers)
GRATEFUL DEAD - Jack Straw (2017 Cornell 5/8/77, Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY)
BARR BROTHERS - Ready for War (2017 Queens of the Breakers)
KING GIZZARD & the LIZARD WIZARD - Nuclear Fusion (2017 Flying Microtonal Banana)
DOPAPOD - Bubble Brain (2017 II Saw Live Dopapod Evil Was II)
POLYRHYTHMICS - Marshmallow Man (2017 Caldera)


PORTUGAL. the MAN - Feel It Still (2017 Woodstock)
DAVID RAMIREZ - Stone Age (2017 We’re Not Going Anywhere)
STEVE WINWOOD - Walking in the Wind (2017 Greatest Hits Live)
ST. VINCENT - Masseduction (2017 Masseduction)
PHISH - Crosseyed and Painless (7/25/17 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY [Night 4: Jam-Filled]) livephish.com
GOV’T MULE - Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground (2017 Revolution Come… Revolution Go)

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

TnJ 671 (12/21/17)


ROBERT RANDOLPH & the FAMILY BAND - Travelin’ Cheeba Man (2017 Got Soul)
FRANK ZAPPA - [spoken] Once Upon a Time...the Horrible Part of It Is… (1995 Kill Ugly Radio Some More [promotional])
FRANK ZAPPA - City of Tiny Lights > Pound for a Brown (Saarbrücken 1978 [bootleg], 9/3/78 West Germany)
NEIL YOUNG + PROMISE of the REAL - Already Great (2017 the Visitor)
POKEY LaFARGE - Better Man Than Me (2017 Manic Revelations)
LIL SMOKIES - the City (2017 Changing Shades)
BÉLA FLECK & ABIGAIL WASHBURN - Sally in the Garden / Big Country / Molly Put the Kettle On (2017 Echo in the Valley)


KIMOCK - Orson (2017 Satellite City)
COL. BRUCE HAMPTON x the MADRID EXPRESS - I’m So Glad (2017 Live at the Vista Room, 3/16/17 Atlanta, GA)
MAVIS STAPLES - No Time for Crying (2017 If All I Was Was Black)
DEEP DARK WOODS - Fallen Leaves (2017 Yarrow)
RYAN ADAMS - Outbound Train (2017 Live at Rough Trade, 1/26/17 Rough Trade East record store, London, England)
CHARLIE HUNTER - Big Bill’s Blues (2016 Everybody Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth)
CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD - Ride (2017 Betty’s Blends Vol. 3, Self-Rising, Southern Blends, ca. Nov 2015)

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Thursday, December 14, 2017

TnJ 670 (12/14/17)


ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND - In Memory of Elizabeth Reed (1989 Dreams [box set], 1974 quadrophonic remix, 3/13/71 Fillmore East, New York, NY)
WIDESPREAD PANIC - Machine > Barstools and Dreamers (6/22/11 Kit Carson Park, Taos, NM) nugs.net
UMPHREY’S McGEE - Bad Friday (1/22/16 Beacon Theatre, New York, NY) nugs.net


SNARKY PUPPY - What About Me? (9/14/15 Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA) nugs.net
SIMO - Shine (2017 Rise & Shine)
PIGEONS PLAYING PING PONG - Somethin’ for Ya (2017 Pizazz)
JOHN GINTY - the Shark (2017 Rockers)
FREEWORLD - Eve Waits (2017 What It Is)
GRATEFUL DEAD - Throwing Stones > Good Lovin’ (2017 Robert F. Kennedy Stadium, Washington, D.C., July 12 & 13, 1989 [box set])

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

TnJ 669 (12/7/17)


GRATEFUL DEAD – Man Smart, Woman Smarter  (2017 Robert F. Kennedy Stadium, Washington, D.C., July 12 & 13, 1989 [box set])
CHA WA – Li’l Liza Jane  (2015 Funk’n’Feathers)
SOJA – To Whom It May Concern  (2017 Poetry in Motion)
MARVELOUS FUNKSHUN w/ KOFI BURBRIDGE – Wastin’ Time  (2017 Marvelous Funkshun EP)
DAN HICKS & HIS HOT LICKS – Dig a Little Deeper  (1971 Where’s the Money?, Feb 1971 the Troubadour, Hollywood, CA)
TOM WAITS – Jersey Girl  (1980 Heartattack and Vine)
ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND w/ JAY COLLINS – Desdemona  (6/5/09 Wanee Festival, Live Oak, FL)
GREGG ALLMAN – Blind Bats and Swamp Rats  (2017 Southern Blood)


the DOORS – Dead Cats, Dead Rats > Break On Through [To the Other Side]  (1970 Absolutely Live, 10/23/70 Cobo Hall, Detroit, MI)
WOOD BROTHERS – River Takes the Town  (2018 One Drop of Truth)
LEFTOVER SALMON – Thornpipe  (2014 High Country)
YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND – Eat In Go Deaf [Eat Out Go Broke]  (2017 Love. Ain’t Love)
JON STICKLEY TRIO – Microbruise  (2017 Maybe Believe)
INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS – Sirens  (2017 Laws of Gravity)
GREENSKY BLUEGRASS – Merely Avoiding  (2016 Shouted, Written Down & Quoted)
GRATEFUL DEAD – Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodleoo  (2017 Robert F. Kennedy Stadium, Washington, D.C., July 12 & 13, 1989 [box set])

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Thursday, November 30, 2017


Be listening to Toast-n-Jam all December long if you want to win the new release from dead.net, two full shows from 1989 at R.F.K. Stadium in Washington, D.C. (^_^)

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TnJ 668 (11/30/17)

Special session: 3-fer Madness (^_^)


JIMI HENDRIX – Izabella  (2016 Machine Gun – the Fillmore East First Show, 12/31/99 New York, NY)
JIMI HENDRIX – Peace in Mississippi  (1995 Voodoo Soup)
JIMI HENDRIX – Angel  (1995 Voodoo Soup)

AQUEOUS – Skyway  (4/9/16 Iron Works, Buffalo, NY)
AQUEOUS – Don’t Do It  (2016 Best in Show EP)
AQUEOUS – Weight of the World  (2017 digital single)


CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD – Hark the Herald Hermit Speaks  (8/17/17 Ocean Mist, Wakefield, RI)
CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD – Oak Apple Day  (2017 Betty’s Blends Vol. 3, Self-Rising, Southern Blends, ca. Nov 2015)
CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD – Glow  (2017 Barefoot in the Head)

BARNSTAR! – Stay with Me  (2014 Sit Down! Get Up! Get Out!)
INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS – Get Lucky  (2017 Undercover vol. 2 EP)
FRANK SOLIVAN w/ DEL McCOURY and MIKE MUNFORD – Pretty Woman  (2016 Family, Friends & Heroes)

TWIDDLE – When It Rains It Pours  (2015 Plump – Chapter One)
TWIDDLE – Blueberry Tumble  (6/3/16 Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO) nugs.net
TWIDDLE – Tiberius  (6/3/16 Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO) nugs.net

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

TnJ 667 (11/23/17)

A Thanksgiving tradition: All Grateful (^_^)


GRATEFUL DEAD – Playing in the Band  (2017 Dave’s Picks Volume 24, 8/25/72 Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, CA)
GRATEFUL DEAD – Bird Song  (2017 Dave’s Picks Volume 24, 8/25/72 Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, CA)
GRATEFUL DEAD – Terrapin Station  (2017 May 1977 – Get Shown the Light, 5/7/77 Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY)
GRATEFUL DEAD – Uncle John’s Band  (5/26/77 Baltimore Civic Center, Baltimore, MD, released as part of the web series “30 Days of Dead” @ dead.net 2017)


GRATEFUL DEAD – To Lay Me Down  (10/17/83 Olympic Arena, Lake Placid, NY, released as part of the web series “30 Days of Dead” @ dead.net 2016)
GRATEFUL DEAD – Shakedown Street  (6/14/84 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO)
GRATEFUL DEAD – Dear Mr. Fantasy > Hey Jude  (2017 Long Strange Trip OST, 7/2/89 Sullivan Stadium, Foxboro, MA)
GRATEFUL DEAD – Cassidy  (2017 Robert F. Kennedy Stadium, Washington, D.C., July 12 & 13, 1989 [box set])
GRATEFUL DEAD – China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider  (3/24/91 Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, NY, released as part of the web series “30 Days of Dead” @ dead.net 2017)

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