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New Music Show Preview w/ Day of the Dead Tribute, Tragically Hip & more!

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Here’s a sample of what’s coming up Monday night at 8pm on our New Music Show:

Day of the Dead – VARIOUS ARTISTS

Curated by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of THE NATIONAL, Day of the Dead is a massive celebration of the music of the Grateful Dead.  The 59 track album runs nearly 6 hours, and features an incredibly diverse and star-studded array of musicians.  From Jim James to Wilco, Charles Bradley to Courtny Barnett, Day of the Dead is a true testament to the power and influence of the Dead.  We’ll comb through the collection and pick the best of the best to play for you tonight. Continue reading →

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North Bowl will host listening party for The National’s Day of the Dead compilation

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The War on Drugs | Photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com

On May 19th, the night before its official release, The National’s epic tribute compilation to the Grateful Dead will get its own listening party at North Bowl in Northern Liberties. Attendees will get to hear Day of the Dead in its entirety, which features 59 of the Dead’s songs performed by almost as many bands. The album will benefit HIV/AIDS nonprofit Red Hot.

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Watch The National cover The Grateful Dead on Colbert for their upcoming Day Of The Dead tribute compilation

The National | Photo by John Vettese
The National | Photo by John Vettese

Indie rockers The National will be releasing their Grateful Dead tribute compilation Day Of The Dead on May 20th, and last night they stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to perform their cover of the Dead’s “Morning Dew.”

The band first released their cover back in March as a “first taste sampler” from the album along with The War On Drugs’ take on “Touch Of Grey,” Courtney Barnett’s cover of “New Speedway Boogie,” and more. Singer Matt Berninger takes his vocals down an octave from Jerry’s tenor to his own signature baritone, but musically, the song remains pretty faithful to the original. Continue reading →

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This Day in Music History: The Grateful Dead release Anthem of the Sun, the first Lollapalooza is held

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1953 – Truck driver Elvis Presley makes his first ever recording when he pays $3.98 to lay down two songs at Memphis Recording Service (later renamed Sun Studios): “My Happiness'” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin.” The so-called vanity disc is a gift for his mother. It would surface 37 years later as part of an RCA compilation called Elvis – the Great Performances.

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Watch The Grateful Dead play the last-ever show at JFK Stadium this day in 1989

The Grateful Dead at JFK Stadium in 1989 | via YouTube
The Grateful Dead at JFK Stadium in 1989 | via YouTube

Best known as the half-oval that filled to the brim for Live Aid in 1985, South Philadelphia’s JFK Stadium was something of a nerve center for rock in Philly during the 60s, 70s and 80s – hosting performances that range from Judy Garland’s final show in 1968 to The Rolling Stones in 1978 (headcount: 100,000 people in attendance), Blondie in 1982, and U2 in 1987 for The Joshua Tree tour (headcount: 86,000 in attendance).

Suffice it to say, this place was massive, though by the end of the 80s had outlived its useful existence and was shuttered. Short of the Rolling Stones using it as a practice space for their Steel Wheels tour dress rehearsals – the most epic practice space of all time, wow – the field went dormant and was leveled in 1992 to pave the way for what is now the Wells Fargo Center.

The final show at JFK was a great one – The Grateful Dead performed a two-hour and 53-minute gig at JFK on July 7, 1989, 27 years ago today – but it was at the same time unceremonious. Continue reading →

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The Deadeyes release live version of “Delaware” before show at Fergie’s Saturday

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The Deadeyes | Photo by Derek Morton | courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia punk rockers The Deadeyes have released a live version of their new song, “Delaware”, which was recorded at The Fire back in November.

The track was recorded by fellow Philadelphian Josh Pannepacker of Cheerleader (aka Shorty Boy Boy(. The band, consisting of Patrick McHugh (guitar, vocals), David McMullin (drums), and John Coursey (violin), channels Jonathan Richman’s carefree attitude throughout the song before breaking into some classic Pixies-style noise brought to you by the band’s unique instrument, the violin. The Deadeyes’ Demonstrationals and Remixes was released last year. Continue reading →

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#XPNDeadDay: Through the ages with the Grateful Dead at The Spectrum

A Grateful Dead Philly concert review from November 9, 1979 | via dead.net
A Grateful Dead Philly concert review from November 9, 1979 | via dead.net

Philly has always had a great relationship with The Grateful Dead. The first time the band played in Philly was at the Electric Factory in April, 1968. The band played the Spectrum over 50 times; their first show at the Spectrum was in September 21st, 1972. As WXPN celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead with 24 hours of the Dead today, we scoured Youtube for some of the Dead’s shows at The Spectrum for you to watch and listen to, including a Jerry Garcia Band show from the Spectrum in 1989. Continue reading →