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Niche Appeal’s Fave 2020 Records #9: The Grateful Dead “June 1976”

The Grateful Dead, June 1976, (Rhino) There can be no doubt that 1974/5 were the darkest two years in The Dead’s three-decade run. As a matter of fact, they had pretty much ceased to exist, and if you look at… Continue Reading →

Hawk Tubley’s Widescreen Urban Psych

Unlike the majority of “retro” leaning contemporary music, which tends to sound over studied and therefore drearily contemporary, Hawk Tubley really could have been on the radio in 1974. This Philadelphia solo act may be shackled to the Christian name… Continue Reading →

Dead Grateful Dead Keyboard Players Volume 3: Vince Welnick

All of the many Grateful Dead keyboard player deaths are full-scale tragedies, but easily the saddest and most haunting would be that of the Dead’s final keys man, the Hawaiian-shirt-rocking former Tube Vince Welnick. For while most of the dead… Continue Reading →

Dead Grateful Dead Keyboard Players Volume 2: Pigpen And The Early, Primal Dead

There are many thousands of freak-card-carrying Dead Tribesmen out there who never listen to a show past 1972. You will not find them on the Dead & Co. circuit. They weren’t roasting in Chicago for the 50th anniversary. They weren’t… Continue Reading →

Dead Grateful Dead Keyboard Players Volume 1: Brent Mydland

It’s a strange phenomenon indeed that an individual who enjoyed eleven fat years as an important member of one of the most successful and legendary bands of the past two centuries, years that saw their ascent from arenas to multi-night… Continue Reading →

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