We are very sorry to have to relay this message from Levon Helm’s camp:
Levon is in the final stages of his battle with cancer. Please send your prayers and love to him as he makes his way through this part of his journey.
Thank you fans and music lovers who have made his life so filled with joy and celebration… he has loved nothing more than to play, to fill the room up with music, lay down the back beat, and make the people dance! He did it every time he took the stage…
We appreciate all the love and support and concern.
From his daughter Amy, and wife Sandy”
We wish Lee & his family the best…
Sending positive thoughts to the Helm family. A true American hero and a man who made music that has changed my life. Peace and love, we need more people like Levon in this world. Feeling blessed I had a chance to see him perform a few years ago…
100,000 concert recordings on the Internet Archive
Looks like the Internet Archive (www.archive.org) has hit a pretty significant milestone. Brewster Kale posted on their blog yesterday that they hit 100,000 recordings in the Live Music Archive (http://blog.archive.org/2012/03/27/sharing-works-100000-concert-recordings-for-free/). I remember when I first discovered the LMA during my freshman year of college, in 2004. My voracious appetite for Dead recordings was finally met, as I encountered a collection the likes of which I never imagined. So many of my favorite bands have recordings in the LMA, and I still rely on it to discover new bands and check up on old favorites.
Keep up the good work, Brewster! The internet needs more people like you!
This one brings me back to my freshman year of college, pre-YouTube…pure ‘trane, interpreted by a very talented Michael Levy.
Tumble down shack in Bigfoot County
Snowed so hard that the roof caved in
Delilah Jones went to meet her God
and the old man never was the same again
The Grateful Dead - words by Robert Hunter; music by Jerry Garcia
Bluegrass Refrains and Model Trains
This pas weekend I went to the Delfest Bluegrass Festival located in beautiful Cumberland, MD. What a way to spend Memorial Day Weekend; sun, fun, dips in the Potomac River, excellent bluegrass hosted by Del McCoury and featuring some other really great players. I took a short break from the music to check out this model train exhibition hosted by the Maryland and West Virginia Model Train Association. It was a huuge room full of eye-height train tracks, really a sight to behold. As a kid, I played with these same trains but never on a scale this big. Check outn a fwe pictures and videos below, hope ya’ll had a great start to summer!
Yes I have been listening to George Formby. Yes I am odd. Yes he is great.
I watched Master and Commander this weekend, and it got me thinking about naval combat. I can only imagine how Sir Francis Drake would be filled with pride upon hearing this song created to honor his great victory.
“Spanish Armada” by Ratatat
Its Monday. Steely Dan is good.
I can see by what you carry that you come from Barrytown…
Your time is near, the mission’s clear, It’s later than we think
Before you slip into the night, You’ll want something to drink
Steal away before the dawn, and Bring us back good news
But if you’ve tread in primal soup please wipe it from your shoes
Resistance is futile