grateful dead

The Long Lost Tapes 1970 were my first introduction to guitarist Peter Walker, and I’m grateful for the meeting. This is an important release from a musician who somehow evaded the eyes and ears of the general populous. Fortunately, we now have these recordings Walker made at Levon Helm‘s home in Woodstock, N.Y., during an […]


Bill Leverty is the guitarist in the formerly hairy hard rock band FireHouse.  Before you get the wrong idea, I am not a fan of FireHouse in any way and was thus very apprehensive about further listening to or reviewing Bill’s 3rd solo album, Deep South.  In all honesty, I’d put the CD on and […]


The Internet has opened up a new world market for record and CD collectors, where one can search for any LP by U2, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, or import CDs by Bruce Springsteen, the Eagles or Grateful Dead. If you want it, chances are you can find it. Websites such as eBay, and […]


Somewhere shy of the live feedback outbursts of Quicksilver Messenger Service and The Grateful Dead, yet heavier, more demented and sludgier than The MC5 or The Stooges, lays Chicago’s Plastic Crimewave Sound.  Named after their vocalist, Plastic Crimewave, the crew draws from ’60’s garage punk psychedelia, the stoned-out desert mirages of Kyuss and Fu Manchu, […]

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The Black Crowes waited years before getting into the DVD game, and their first, Freak ‘N’ Roll Into The Fog, is a glorious glimpse into America’s last great rock band working a San Francisco Fillmore crowd into a frenzy. What makes the Crowes special is their ability to bridge the best of the ‘60s and […]