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  • April Mix

    Greetings Dead Freaks!This episode is simple. A quick word from me to you with some album recommendations and other business and then it’s straight into a big old mix of Grateful Dead music. Spring is here and the time is right for relaxing on the porch in the cool evening sun with some tunes. Here’s…

  • The Modern Folk

    Greetings Dead Freaks.We’ve got a great chat with Josh Moss of The Modern Folk. Josh’s music ranges from gentle folk to, well, out there and covers a lot of points in between. We talk about his recent and upcoming releases and spin a huge mix of Grateful Dead.I also take a few minutes to remember…

  • Donna Jean Godchaux McKay

    Greetings Dead Freaks!For this episode I am proud to share my conversation with the one and only Donna Jean Godchaux  McKay. Donna Jean has just released a terrific remix of a song that she’s previously recorded with Jeff Mattson (Dark Star Orchestra, Zen Tricksters) under the name,  Donna Jean and the Tricksters. The song is…

  • Jerry Grillo on Col Bruce Hampton

    Greetings Dead Freaks! This week, I welcome Jerry Grillo, journalist and author of a terrific new biography about the late, legendary, Col. Bruce Hampton. The book is called The Music And Mythocracy of Col. Bruce Hampton – A Basically True Biography and it is set to be released in April 1 by the University of…

  • Chicago 81

    Greetings Dead Freaks!I’m keeping it simple this week, as we slide into March, with a look back 40 years to the last few days of February, 1981. Chicago’s Uptown Theater hosted it’s final run of Grateful Dead shows on 2/26-28/1981 and great things went down each night. I get into some of the highlights and…

  • Dreaming of The Cap

    Greetings, Dead Freaks!This time around I am joined by my friend, Lorien, to talk about the great run from 50 years ago this week at The Cap in Portchester, NY. Lorien is a student of the Grateful Dead and also did the research on one unique aspect of these shows; the E.S.P. experiments. We get…

  • Brad Farberman of Middle Blue

    Greetings, Dead Freaks!For this new episode,  I chat with guitarist, Brad Farberman. Brad plays with Middle Blue, Big Feet, and more. He’s also producing a monthly compilation called “Stay In Shape” to benefit music venues that have been shut down due to coronavirus. Brad’s music resides somewhere near the intersection of jazz, funk, and jam…

  • Time Travel

    Greetings Dead Freaks!We’ve reached a new year and what better way to mark the coming of a new year than to toss away our calendars and journey back in time. My guest this episode is Brad Tenbrook, co-founder of the Helping Friendly Podcast and my co-host there and on the upcoming Osiris Media podcast, Undermine.…

  • Happy Holidaze

    Greetings Dead Freaks!It’s late December and the year is almost gone. I don’t think many of us are going to miss 2020 but let’s look instead to celebrate the season and remember a Christmas past. It’s just you, me, and the Grateful Dead this time with a little something else thrown in for fun, so…

  • Erik Jensen

    This week I talked with actor, producer, playwright, and Deadhead, Erik Jensen. Erik has co-written several plays with his wife Jessica Blank including “How To Be A Rock Critic” in which he portrayed famed critic Lester Bangs and this year’s “Coal Country” which featured songs and on-stage performance from Steve Earle. We talk about Erik’s…

  • Zachary Cale

    Greetings Dead Freaks!On this episode, I chat with the talented guitarist and songwriter, Zachary Cale. We discuss his most recent album, False Spring, selecting and playing covers, the pros and cons of live streaming, and, of course, Grateful Dead. After that and a selection from Zachary’s record, I’ve got a nice chunk of live Dead…

  • California Dreamin’ with Dan Horne & Farmer Dave Sher

    In this episode I’ve got two interviews to fill your ears, hearts, and minds. Farmer Dave Sher (Beachwood Sparks, The Skiffle Players) talks about his new EP, “Speak of Love”. Then, Dan Horne (Circles Around The Sun, Grateful Shred), tells us about his new release, “The Motorcycle Song EP.” We hear a bit from each…

  • California Dreamin’ with Dan Horne & Farmer Dave Scher

    In this episode I’ve got two interviews to fill your ears, hearts, and minds. Farmer Dave Scher (Beachwood Sparks, The Skiffle Players) talks about his new EP, “Speak of Love”. Then, Dan Horne (Circles Around The Sun, Grateful Shred), tells us about his new release, “The Motorcycle Song EP.” We hear a bit from each…

  • Wood & Wire’s Billy Bright

     Greetings, Dead Freaks!We’ve got a bonus episode here this week featuring an interview with Billy Bright of the great great band, Wood & Wire. Billy talks about their latest album, “No Matter Where It Goes From Here”, Texas bluegrass, songwriting, and, of course, Grateful Dead. We get a taste of the album and then get…

  • Alex Wise Talks Bobby

    Greetings Dead Freaks! This episode is a celebration of Bob Weir’s birthday and a dive into his unique and ever-changing guitar sound. I am joined by Alex Wise who is a fan, guitar player, and a radio host. We delve into a number of the shifting aspects of Bobby’s guitar playing queuing up examples along…

  • Eric Renner Brown

    Greetings, Dead Freaks! We’re back with a fresh episode, this time a talk with writer, Eric Renner Brown. Eric is a writer and editor for Pollstar and, more importantly, a Deadhead. We talked about how he, a younger fan, got into the band, seeing the post-Dead offshoots with his Deadhead Dad and, of course his…

  • Dick’s Stash

    This episode features a chat with three fans who have a unique responsibility. Toni Fishman and Jason Scheuner own Dick Latvala’s archive and, with the help of Scott Medeiros, they are cataloging, and transferring the rich wealth of recordings therein. We had an interesting and wide ranging conversation about what they refer to as “Dick’s…

  • Nick Mitchell Maiato

    On this episode I welcome back Nick Mitchell Maiato. You may know him as one of the guitarists & songwriters from One Eleven Heavy but this go-round he’s here to talk about his upcoming solo album, Pino Carrasco. A lot has gone down since we spoke for episode 30. He and I chat about recording…

  • No Agenda, No Worries

    Greetings, Dead Freaks!This go-round, there’s no guests, no theme and no worries. It’s just you and me and some good old Grateful Dead. Actually, I do spend a few minutes talking about the latest Dave’s Pick and Garcia Live releases because they’re good and worth your attention. I also spin the first single from the…

  • Trummors

    Greetings Dead Freaks!For episode 74, I spoke with Anne and David from Trummors. We talk about all of their albums, their influences, and Grateful Dead. Afterwards, I deploy a hefty mix of jams to get you through the night. So tune in and hang out with Trummors, the Grateful Dead, and myself.Steeped in their Southwestern…

  • Celebrating Brent Mydland with Justin Bruce

    Greetings Dead Freaks!For episode 73, I am joined by Justin Bruce, music fan and weatherman for Las Vegas’ KTNV. Justin recently decided to explore the Brent Mydland years of Grateful Dead so I asked him to come on and help me celebrate the late keyboardist as we approach the 30th anniversary of his final shows…

  • Jim Nunally

    Greetings Dead Freaks!It’s midsummer and I’ve got a new episode to cool you down. Guitarist Jim Nunally chats with me about coming up as a flatpicker in the Bay Area, making the jump to music full time, playing music with David Grisman, the latest album from the Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally band, and so…

  • Workingman’s 50th (Side 2)

    On June 14th we marked the official 50th anniversary of the release of the Grateful Dead’s fifth album, Workingman’s Dead. In this episode, author Buzz Poole and I continue to break down the record just has he did in his terrific book. Part of the Bloomsbury 33&⅓ series, Poole’s book examines the whole history of The…

  • Workingman’s 50th (Side A)

    In this episode, we kick off our two-part celebration of the 50th anniversary of the release of Workingman’s Dead. To mark the moment, author Buzz Poole joins the show to break down the record just as he did in his recent book. Part of the Bloomsbury 33&⅓ series, Poole’s book examines the whole history of The…

  • Chris Funk of The Decemberists

    This episode features a chat with Chris Funk, guitarist of The Decemberists, who has a new solo album out. We get into those things as well as Chris’ history as a Deadhead, listening to some of his music along the way, before diving into a heavy slice of Grateful Dead music.Chris Funk’s new album, The…

  • May ’73 with Andy Barnes

    This episode features a conversation with returning guest, Andy Barnes. Andy is an old friend, knowledgeable Deadhead, and a lot of fun to chat with about all things. We focus on the three Grateful Dead shows from May, 1973; getting into why there were only three shows and, of course, the great great music that…

  • Alex Bleeker of Real Estate

    For episode 67, I’m joined by Alex Bleeker of the great band, Real Estate. They released a new album, “The Main Thing” on February 28. We talk about the band, the record, Alex’s solo projects and, of course, The Grateful Dead.”The Main Thing” is out now on Domino Records and is available wherever you find…

  • One Eleven Heavy Redux

    Back in episode 30, I spoke with James Toth and Nick Maiato of the then new band, One Eleven Heavy. Now, two albums and some tours later, the rest of the band comes on. Dan Brown, Hans Chew, Jake Morris (respectively: bass, keys, & drums) talk about their new live CD, share a few road…

  • Darryl Norsen

    Greetings Dead Freaks!For episode 65, my guest is artist Darryl Norsen. Darryl is based in the Boston suburbs where he can often be found digging through dusty bins for inspiration. His artwork is heavily rooted in the rich and vibrant counterculture history where the lines are thick and the colors vibrate which has found him working…

  • Double Drummer

    Hey there, Dead Freaks! We’ve got an epic episode coming at you to help pass a bit of these weird wild times. Drummers, Ryan Jewell and Joe Westerlund join the show in separate chats to discuss their new albums, music that inspires them, and The Grateful Dead!Ryan Jewell is returning (see ep. 49) to discuss…

  • Keller Williams

    Welcome back, Dead Freaks! On this episode I have an extended chat with guitarist Keller Williams about his long career as a solo artist and his many collaborations. We take it all the way back to his first guitar and up to this Summer’s much anticipated shows with the Keels, Grateful Grass, and solo, of…

  • Melvin Seals & JGB

    Greetings, Dead Freaks!I’m back with a chat with the great Melvin Seals, longtime member of the Jerry Garcia Band and leader of Melvin Seals & JGB (https://www.melvinsealsandjgb.com/). We discuss his background, joining and touring with the Jerry Garcia Band, and JGB over the years. After the interview, I share some recent JGB tracks that are…

  • David Nelson Band and Dire Wolves

    Greetings, Dead Freaks!This episode features two interviews and a new song from each artist. First up Barry Sless of the David Nelson Band chats with me about their new song, with lyrics by the late Robert Hunter: “Movin’ Right Along.” After we spin that great tune, I talk with Jeffrey Alexander of Dire Wolves (Just…

  • Railroad Earth

    Greetings Dead Freaks! I’m happy to bring you an interview with Railroad Earth’s John Skehan. Railroad Earth has a great new album on the way, entitled “All For The Song”. We talk about that, the upcoming tour, and their special shows with the great Peter Rowan playing the songs of Old And In The Way.…

  • Hippy New Year

    Greetings Dead Freaks!Not too much fussing about this go-round as I’m late for a holiday something-or-other. So, after we talk about some exciting Osiris doings and a show that I recently attended, we get right down into the good old Grateful Dead.This episode continues where we left off in episode 11 (two years ago!), surveying…

  • Early December

    In this episode we look back 30, 40, and 50 years and find some great early December jams. We also discuss some new and forthcoming music from a few familiar artists but mostly, it’s a perfect time of year to play Grateful Dead!Elkhorn has a new record, entitled The Storm Sessions,  due out in February…

  • Little Wings

    In this episode we get to know Little Wings’ Kyle Field who has been making wonderful music under that name for many years. We take things all the way back and talk about when Kyle first became aware of music and rhythm, about being a solo artist with a band name, looking back at one’s…

  • 35 Years This Week

    Greetings Dead Freaks! We’ve got a bunch of little things and then a big mix of good old Grateful Dead ahead of us. We’re taking a look back at the Berkeley Community Theater run centered on Halloween 1984. In addition to being the debut of the Official Taper’s Section, it’s also a fairly strong run…

  • The Jauntee

    Greetings, Dead Freaks! Do you like jams? This episode is about jams. Colorado-based band, The Jauntee, jams quite a bit. Scott Ferber, their drummer, joins to tell us all about his great band and,  naturally, we steer the talk into Grateful Dead.Over the Summer they released a collection of live tracks called “Jaunts Of Our…

  • Robert Hunter

    Farewell, Robert Hunter.Friends from fellow Osiris podcasts join in to share some thoughts. We have Rob Turner of Inside Out with Turner & Seth, Aaron & Apple from No Simple Road, and Casey Rae of Dead To Me. Each offer personal thoughts on the legacy of Robert Hunter. I’d like to thank them all, once…

  • Acoustic Beauty

    Greetings, Dead Freaks! In this, our 53rd episode, I’ve decided to bring you a unique and wonderful slice of Grateful Dead. We’re looking back to 1970, An Evening with The Grateful Dead wherein they bring out acoustic guitars and special guests to make some beautiful music. It’s not all mellow vibes, though. The second set…

  • Chris Hebbe

    Coming Out Of The Emerald Closet which meets at the intersection of social justice and cannabis legalization. Chris Hebbe is also one of the guys who took our host to his first Grateful Dead show. Stories abound and lots of music lies ahead. You can check out Chris’ podcast and blog at https://comingoutoftheemeraldcloset.com/ Losing Neal…

  • Tashi Dorji

    Greetings, Dead Freaks! In this episode I chat with the extremely talented guitar player, Tashi Dorji. Dorji is a full-time practitioner of improvisational guitar. We get into his background, from piecing together Western music in his homeland of Bhutan and acquiring his first guitar, to coming to the States, joining a band, and discovering jazz.…

  • Other One Mix

    Greetings Dead Freaks! We have here episode 50, transmitted from the BrokedownPod studios to your brainwaves at optimal, high frequencies. In this transmission, I have packaged for you an immense ~70 minute ‘version’ of The Other One. This is a mix of performances spanning decades and stitched together for a seamless Grateful Dead jam experience.…

  • Ryan Jewell

    Greetings, Dead Freaks! We are back in the nick of time with your second July episode. This time around we are joined by drummer, Ryan Jewell, who has graced a number of terrific albums over recent years. We talk about his work, his recent and upcoming releases and, of course, The Grateful Dead. Also in…

  • Quicksilver Messenger Service

    In this episode we pay tribute to Quicksilver Messenger Service guitar player, Gary Duncan, who passed on June 29 at the age of 72. Quicksilver was closely entwined with the Grateful Dead in the Bay Area 60’s scene, of course, but we focus on Quicksilver’s story and get into some live tunes from 1967. After…

  • Visionary Americana

    Better late than never and we’re back with an oversized episode for your Summer listening. This time we talk to four different artists: Andy McLeod, Joseph Allred, Eli Winter, and Jon Camp; about their new records and about their place in and perception of the so-called “American Primitive” school of guitar. We share some of…

  • DelFest 2019

    I’ve had a little bit of time to come to grips with the terrific time that was DelFest 2019 and now it’s time for me to share with you some thoughts, sounds, and discussions from what was one of my very favorite weekends since… last year’s DelFest! This is one of the finest festivals in…

  • Cy Dune

    Our guest this time is Seth Olinsky who joins us to talk about the latest release from Cy Dune. Seth has released several Cy Dune records since his days in Akron/Family and this one is an archival release of material dating back a number of years. You can acquire “Desert”, via Bandcamp at cydune.bandcamp.com. We…

  • Mike Finoia

    This episode features a great conversation with comedian, writer, and podcast host, Mike Finoia. Mike hosts the Amigos podcast which is also a member of the Osiris network. He is also, of course, a Deadhead. We talk about his work on the show Impractical Jokers, his stand-up comedy, and his early exposure to the Grateful…

  • Chris Forsyth

    This week we go deep with guitar player, Chris Forsyth. We talk about his career up to now, his studies with Television’s Richard Lloyd, and Chris’ new album on No Quarter Records, All Time Present (available from noquarter.net and bandcamp.) Along the way, we dip into the album for a couple of clips and then…

  • UK Dead with The Grateful Dudes

    This one features a chat with Richard Hill, guitarist for The Grateful Dudes, an English Grateful Dead tribute band. Richard shares a bit about coming up as a Deadhead in England and tells us all about the Wembley Arena shows in 1990. We get to hear a bit of his band and then a whole…

  • Bonus Ep1 – Brokedown Goes Beyond

    No real episode this week but you can hear me join Brian and David on Beyond The Pond. This go round they set Phish aside to discuss The Grateful Dead. We take a look at the Dark Star from Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, MO on 1973-10-30. This Dark Star is deep and groovy and,…

  • Elkhorn

    This go-round we present to you Drew Gardner and Jesse Sheppard who make up the group, Elkhorn. These guys make terrific, improvisational, instrumental music. We and chat at length about their two new albums, Sun Cycle and Elk Jam, before the conversation inevitably steers toward Grateful Dead.

  • Three Nights in ’73

    This go ’round we’re looking back forty-six years to March, 1973. The Grateful Dead played three shows at the Nassau Veteran’s Memorial on March 15, 16, & 19. These kicked off a short East Coast tour spanning from Boston to Baltimore and really gave them a chance to stretch the fairly new Wake of The…

  • 039 – Bill Payne of Little Feat

    On this episode we have Bill Payne of Little Feat as out special guest. He joins us to talk about Little Feat’s 50th Anniversary Tour which is about to get underway. Fifty years is a long time but we look back at how it all began. We also spend some time discussing his time with…

  • 038 – Garcia Peoples

    On this edition of BrokedownPod, we have Tom Malach, guitarist from the great band Garcia Peoples, joining us to talk about his band, their upcoming album, Natural Facts (available via Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records), and the Grateful Dead. These young guys bring a fresh ear to the two guitar indie rock sound, bending themes…

  • 037 – Winter Tour ’79 pt. 2

    In this episode we return to finish our look at the final Grateful Dead shows of Keith and Donna. Winter ’79 featured some good music but spotty coverage in the form of soundboard tapes. Fortunately, some of the audience recordings hold up and we even feature one such tape in the show. We’ve got some…

  • 036 – Steven Graves

    Greetings, Dead Freaks! This episode features an interview with singer/songwriter Steven Graves. We discuss his new album How Long, the role music plays in our lives and world, and his relationship with the music of the Grateful Dead. We then play a bit of the new record and a special request of a Jerry Garcia…

  • 035 – Winter Tour ’79 pt. 1

    It’s 2019 and my Grateful Dead calendar puts us exactly 40 years out from the final tour with Keith and Donna. In this episode we take the first half of that tour into consideration and spin some jams hot enough to defrost your microbus. So stand up or sit down and enjoy.

  • 034 – A Day Between

    The year is rapidly closing but here’s one more episode before 2019 hits. This one is a look at some of the shows played on 12/27 over the years. We’ve got Grateful Dead tunes from several eras of the band and some nice jams along with. So ice the bubbly, spike the last of the…

  • 033 – Generational Band

    It’s December and temperatures may be falling but we’ve still got hot jams for you. Inspired by a Bob Weir quote in this recent Rolling Stone interview, this episode digs into where Grateful Dead music goes in the next fifty years. We’ll check into Dead & Company, Phil & Friends, Keller Williams, Golden Gate Wingmen,…

  • 032 – Dire Wolves

    In this episode we chat with Jeffrey Alexander of Dire Wolves. They’ve got a new album out called Paradisiacal Mind. It’s a great trip and worth your time. We dig into the origins of the band and their unique sound before spinning a track from the new album. Then we tap into Jeffrey’s past as…

  • 031 – JGB Fall ’93 with Lenny Stubbe

    In this episode, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the final Jerry Garcia Band East Coast Tour. In Fall of ’93, the JGB played a mess of dates back East (as they say) and a whole lot of fun was had. Our guest, Lenny Stubbe was there in Buffalo (11/5/93) and reports his recollections and…

  • 030 – One Eleven Heavy

    Hey there, Dead Freaks! In this episode we talk to James Toth and Nick Mitchell Maiato about their new group One Eleven Heavy and their recently released album, “Everything’s Better”. We talk separately about their history, the formation of this group, and their Grateful Dead fandom. We also manage to spin a cut from the…

  • 029 – MSG ’90

    Hey there, Dead Freaks! It’s October and although I’m ready for cooler weather, I’m still into talking about September. Specifically, September 1990. We’re looking back to that first run of shows at Madison Square Garden with Vince and Bruce joining the Grateful Dead on the keys. While this era is often maligned, there’s great stuff…

  • 028 – Blues For The World Mix

    No guest this week, fellow Dead Freaks. Just you and me and a the good old Grateful Dead. I’ve got a jam-packed mix for you that I think you’re gonna enjoy. I put this together over ten years ago and it’s high time you got a chance to wrap your head around it.

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 025 – Matt Valentine

    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…

  • 024 – Tom Constanten & Prana Crafter

    In this episode we have Grateful Dead keyboardist, Tom Constanten, on to talk about the upcoming tour from Live Dead ’69. Then Will Soll of Prana Crafter joins us to discuss his new album and, of course, some good old Grateful Dead.

  • 023 – Summer Tour Sampler

    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…

  • 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.

  • 021 – Featuring Phil Cook

    Osiris goes to Delfest, Phil Cook comes on the show to talk about his new record, and we listen to some good old Grateful Dead.

  • 020 – Back To Oregon with Jeff Conklin

    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…

  • 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…

  • 018 – 50, 40, & 30 Years Ago

    I put together 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. This mix reaches back 50, 40, and 30 years to 1968, ’78, and ’88 for material. The tracks range from jams to…

  • 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.…

  • 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.

  • 015 – Bobby Songs

    RJ Bee guests to discuss Bob Weir’s songs, the late John Perry Barlow, and we spin a set of Bobby tunes.

  • 014 – Playing In The Band

    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…

  • 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…

  • 012 – One-Off Venues: Set 1

    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. Set One Good Morning, Little Schoolgirl, Doin’ That Rag (1969-05-16), Green Green Grass…

  • 011 – Ghosts of New Years’ Past

    This month we take a look at a few of those New Year’s Eve performances and play some choice cuts to help you close out your year. We’ve got the Rock & Roll, Blues, and, my personal favorite genre, Face-Melting Jams. So, polish off the egg nog and break into the bubbly, cos we’re gonna…

  • 010 – More with Jesse Jarnow & ’67 Dead

    We’re going bi-weekly this month with our interview with author, Jesse Jarnow. In episode 009 we talked about Jesse’s background as a Dead Head, writer, and his books: Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo And The Rise Of Indie Rock and Heads: A Biography Of Psychedelic America. Now we resume our survey of the recorded…

  • 009 – Jesse Jarnow & 1967 Part 1

    This go ‘round we have a special guest joining the Brokedown Podcast: author, Deadhead, and WFMU DJ, Jesse Jarnow. In this episode we learn a bit about Jesse’s history as a Deadhead, and his books: Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo And The Rise Of Indie Rock and Heads: A Biography Of Psychedelic America. Then…

  • 008 – October ’89

    This month on the Brokedown Podcast we take a look at October of ’89 and play for you choice cuts from the unreleased portions of the tour. So kick back and watch the leaves shed their green as the air turns crisp all around. It’s time for some Fall Tour Grateful Dead. We hope you’ll…

  • 007 – September ’72

    The kids are back to school and we’re making a study of one of the finest months in Grateful Dead history: September 1972. This time around we also have our first ever guest, Andy, bringing his knowledge and enthusiasm to the show. The music on this episode ranges wildly and the conversation does too.  We…

  • 006 – Happy Birthday, Jerry

    August marks Jerry Garcia’s 75th birthday and so, on the Brokedown Podcast, we’re celebrating. This month we’ve put together to mixed sets of music spanning the 60’s, 70’s, and the 80’s. Tracks run from acoustic to very electric and all points in between. So open up the windows and crank the speakers. Light a candle…

  • 005 – Grateful Americana

    This month on the Brokedown Podcast we take a look at the Grateful Dead’s lyrical Americana. More an overview than a deep-dive, we’re going to cover a fair bit of ground like a freight with a good signal and a head of steam. The music is broken into two sets of great live music, with…

  • 004 – June ’73

    This month, with our fourth episode, we pay tribute to a fallen Brother and get into some deep jams along the way. As you well know by now, Gregg Allman passed on May 27 and though he may be sorely missed, he’ll always be with us in his work.  The episode is broken into three…

  • 003 – Spring ’77

    On this episode, we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Spring ’77 tour with a mix of tunes from the tour as well as a tribute to the 5/8 show itself. Whether it’s your favorite Grateful Dead show or one that you feel gets a little too much love, we hope you enjoy what we’ve got…

  • 002 – April ’78

    This month’s episode focuses in on four shows in the Middle of April of 1978. We’ve assembled a pair of ‘sets’ from highlights of the four nights. Playlist: Set 1:Jack Straw (4/16), Dire Wolf (4/14), Beat It On Down The Line (4/12), Peggy-O (4/16), Cassidy (4/16), Scarlet Begonias > Scarlet Fire (4/16) Set 2:Bertha >…

  • 001 – Spring Tour

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