Brokedown Podcast

Exploration of Grateful Dead music and history

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  • 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

    It begins! Spring time means Spring Tour and this episode launches with some Spring tour music from the earlier years of The Grateful Dead. We hope you enjoy this mix of songs and jams. Thanks for listening! Please follow us on Twitter: @BrokedownPod, or Facebook.