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Unstuck in time, The Avant Ghetto wanders through heavy folk, pastoral noise, spiritual rock, harsh jazz and other dimly lit corners of the universe.

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Options August 7, 2017

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Artist Track Album Label Approx. start time
Rick Deitrick  Gentle Wilderness   Options Gentle Wilderness  Tompkins Square  0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Raising Holy Sparks  Compass Gone and the Stars Unreadable   Options Search for the Vanished Heaven  Eiderdown Records  0:05:26 (Pop‑up)
Forest Management  A Slow, Steady Reversal of Silence   Options Heat Waves  Boudoir  0:25:40 (Pop‑up)
Matt Valentine  Black Sun   Options Midden Mound  Child Of Microtones  0:35:50 (Pop‑up)
Contents Are  Look Around   Options Four Each Other  Alona's Dream  0:48:57 (Pop‑up)
Grateful Dead  He's Gone >   Options Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, NJ, 8/6/74  Bootsville  1:02:59 (Pop‑up)
Grateful Dead  Truckin' >   Options Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, NJ, 8/6/74  Bootsville  1:15:27 (Pop‑up)
Grateful Dead  Spanish Jam >   Options Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, NJ, 8/6/74  Bootsville  1:29:08 (Pop‑up)
Grateful Dead  Other One Jam >   Options Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, NJ, 8/6/74  Bootsville  1:38:39 (Pop‑up)
Grateful Dead  The Other One >   Options Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, NJ, 8/6/74  Bootsville  1:40:34 (Pop‑up)
Grateful Dead  Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad   Options Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, NJ, 8/6/74  Bootsville  1:46:20 (Pop‑up)
Mark Fosson  The Creeper   Options Solo Guitar  Drag City  1:57:54 (Pop‑up)
Michael Wendling  (There's) Something About the Arco Desert   Options There's Something About the Arco Desert  Sheepeater  2:02:19 (Pop‑up)
Dave Ellis  Can You Tell Me   Options Album  Sonet  2:05:41 (Pop‑up)
Larry Groce  Girl from the North Country   Options The Wheat Lies Low  Daybreak  2:09:50 (Pop‑up)
Lambert & Nuttycombe  Country Song   Options At Home  A&M  2:12:57 (Pop‑up)
P.G. Six  Old Man on the Mountain   Options The Well of Memory  Perhaps Transparent  2:15:46 (Pop‑up)
Six Organs Of Admittance  They Fixed the Broken Windmill Today   Options For Octavio Paz  Holy Mountain  2:20:32 (Pop‑up)
The Green Kingdom  Unnamed Lands   Options The North Wind and the Sun  Lost Tribe Sound  2:27:57 (Pop‑up)
Tim Hardin  Last Sweet Moments   Options Suite For Susan Moore And Damion - We Are - One, One, All In One  Columbia  2:32:09 (Pop‑up)
Pentangle  People on the Highway   Options The Lost Broadcasts 1968-1972  Hux  2:37:46 (Pop‑up)
Dion  Traveller in the Rain   Options Suite for Late Summer  Warner Bros  2:42:58 (Pop‑up)
The Woods Band  Everytime   Options The Woods Band  Mulligan  2:46:25 (Pop‑up)
Nick Dellar  Fingerpost   Options Flying Fish  Self-Released  2:55:25 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

  12:05am Carmichael:

Heya Jeff. This sounds very mellow, Windham Hill-ish in a way. Which is nice.
Avatar 12:07am Jeff Conklin:

Morning, Carmichael. Windham Hill would be a much cleaner recording ;). This guy was cool, pressed up a couple hundred records and would often leave them on trails in California for folks to pick up.
  12:08am MONEYBAG$:

just got out of MSG and am trying to pick up the station on a crank powered radio,no joke. It's not working out.
Avatar 12:08am Jeff Conklin:

@Moneybags: HAHA! Crank that motherfucker!
  12:10am MONEYBAG$:

the sound of nitrous tanks would overwhelm it anyway
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:10am Ike:

Agreed, Carm! I'm not afraid to admit I have a soft spot for some Windham Hill-ish stuff. Although I don't endorse littering it on trails! LOL.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:11am chris_in_space:

Hey all, I'm live with y'all. I'm usually a Monday morning archive kind of guy. Let's do this.
  12:12am KP:

Hey, Jeff
  12:12am Carmichael:

The idea is pretty cool, though. Some random recording you find while walking the Pacific Crest trail, and it turning out quite listenable.
Avatar 12:13am still b/p:

I know folks who maintain "trail magic" traditions by leaving donuts and muffins and such on the trail for Appalachian Trail thru-hikers. Like to see the faces of music finders at discovery time.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:15am Erik in MIchigan:

That story about the dude leaving records on the trail is unreal! Any more info on that?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:16am Ike:

I got one of those crank radios after Sandy and it was disappointingly lame -- it has to be cranked about every 30-60 seconds! IDK if they're all like that. Maybe prepper maniacs have better ones.
Avatar 12:18am Jeff Conklin:

Well, the records don't attract bears whereas those donuts and muffins....
Avatar 12:20am Jeff Conklin:

Hey, there are a lot of good records on Windham Hill, most have the name George Cromarty, Daniel Hecht and William Ackerman on them...
Avatar 12:20am still b/p:

When the shit goes down, someone'll kill you for an apple or can of beans, but they'll pass on your radio. (As my neighbor unkindly said when my bike vanished mysteriously for a few hours last year: "Your bike...who'd steal that bike...?")

re: bears -- didn't Eno do "Music for Hibernation?"
  12:21am Carmichael:

Here's the article I found: http://www.tompkinssquare.com/deitrick1.html
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:25am Erik in MIchigan:

Jeff - you hear the new Dave's Picks - "close encounters show" yet? Just listened today...really blown away. 78 has peaks as high as any year post hiatus...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:26am chris_in_space:

@still b/p: I dunno. There is some value to be had from most any thing, to someone. Whether it's valuable to you or not, well, that's another thing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:28am chris_in_space:

@still b/p: that said, a guy's gotta eat
Avatar 12:28am Jeff Conklin:

@Erik: Havent heard the actual release but am very familiar with that show...the Dead never played a bad show in Oregon!
  12:31am Clint in Reno:

I was camping in Lassen Volcanic Nat'l Park two weeks ago and found a copy of John Fahey's Voice of the Turtle. Only half of this story is true.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:32am chris_in_space:

I have never understood the hype over 77-78 shows. The piano always sounded like ass in the mix, so many long Not Fade's at half-speed tempo, a bloated sound really taking root overall. Give me 73-74 any day.
Avatar 12:34am Jeff Conklin:

@Chris: I suggest checking out the Morgantown and Dartmouth shows from 78.
Avatar 12:34am still b/p:

@ chris -- That's what I said about my bike. If some criminally inclined middle-of-the-night passerby sees an opportunity, I don't think he appraises the item closely or calculates the deed's cost-benefit. I think he wants either a handy ride, or any measly dollars he can get for it later. Value enough. (Bike rematerialized in front of residence within hours and I never knew where it went or with whom.)
Avatar 12:34am Jeff Conklin:

@Clint: Nice! (about the camping, not your bold-faced lie)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:36am Erik in MIchigan:

There are a bunch of great 77-78 shows. Most heads would probably agree that 72-74 was their greatest era though. To each their own.
Avatar 12:39am Johnny Sal:

Tuning in just in time to catch some MV jams. So nice. Hello all!
  12:40am Carmichael:

Ok, I'm old and need to rest. Thanks Jeff and hikers.
  12:43am sam:

RE Dead...great shows from all era's. Love 67-69...but love the early 90's too. Can't really count out any era. Oh, and evening/morning Jeff...
  12:43am Tidy666:

Give the boys a break...they stayed the course,things were existentially rough...but some magic did indeed materialize!those long nfa slow jams took a while...but I finally got infected....
  12:46am Tidy666:

Mornin Mr Conklin...cool MV jam...ever hear the Philip k dick MV jam
Avatar 12:46am still b/p:

Only saw one Dead show, Boston Garden 77.

Tangentially, sorta...I stopped on a walk and heard about five minutes of Dark Star Orchestra live this evening at an outdoor waterfront venue.
Avatar 12:48am Jeff Conklin:

@Tidy: I think I have. Link?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:49am chris_in_space:

I think I just like my Dead without Mickey, if given the choice.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:50am Erik in MIchigan:

@still b/p any thoughts / memories from the show? That was a classic!
  12:51am Eiderdown:

Morning Jeff and all! Great show so far...and thanks for the RHS play
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:51am Erik in MIchigan:

@chris - you're not alone...though I do think Mickey was the scapegoat for a lot of things beyond his reach.
  12:53am Tidy666:

Sorry Mr Conklin...I found it on youtube(LCD?!)totally prehistoric with my tech skills....I hate to say it...but single drummer driven grateful dead was a well oiled improvisational machine!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:53am chris_in_space:

@Erik, for sure.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:53am Erik in MIchigan:

That MV jam was killer
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:54am chris_in_space:

Yes, and this Contents Are? I love it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:56am Erik in MIchigan:

yeah, this is great.
Avatar 12:57am AdamFromOldeKenzo:

Hi everyone! I have been in a MV vortex the last few days, I got a few of the bootlegs on bancamp on Friday.
  12:58am Tidy666:

I'm watching golden voyage of Sinbad with no volume and letting the ghetto score it!perfect synch!
Avatar 12:59am still b/p:

I enjoyed it, but unfortunately, I wasn't really a fan before or after it so I wasn't too attentive or retentive, though of course I've heard the show praised by those in the know, conversationally and in print. (Boston Globe in 2015 ranked band's top five shows ever at the Garden, May '77 = #1.) I remember getting out of our shitty sits and moving around to aisle stair spots as we were shooed along by staff. And I remember a few of us buying brown/chocolate trip material from someone in the crowd, but it didn't do nuthin'.

Night all.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:03am Erik in MIchigan:

Dude, I still need my shirt! :)
Avatar 1:05am AdamFromOldeKenzo:

I also found the MV & EE Road Trips 12 tape box for a very reasonable price on discogs, which includes a show in Baltimore I was at. Can't wait to get it.
  1:05am Tidy666:

Wall of sound vocals were so weird!love it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:06am chris_in_space:

Ahh, this sounds phase-cancelling Dead, and that's the sound I like.
Avatar 1:08am Jeff Conklin:

Some great MV EE boots on Bandcamp yes indeed!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:09am chris_in_space:

@Jeff And way to carry that Mickey vibe, or lack therof, with this song selection
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:17am chris_in_space:

Damnit, I wish Jerry would have played more pedal steel with the band. One has to wonder, had he gotten healthier, more sustainable trip–he might have pulled it out more often later on, if only to keep himself entertained.
  1:17am ian:

man you absolutely never know what to expect on wfmu. I've been listening for over a decade and never expected to hear a dead bootleg.
Avatar 1:21am AdamFromOldeKenzo:

@ian ha ha, well Jeff plays the Dead nearly every week!
  1:22am ian:

i guess i've never tuned in right now before ;)
Avatar 1:23am AdamFromOldeKenzo:

I just came across a new to me FMU show the other day, a guy named Micah plays cult-related music. It was cool.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:29am chris_in_space:

Phil Lesh Shredding
  1:36am Jeff Conklin:

Welcome, Ian. Yes the chances of hearing live Dead here are very high ;)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:54am chris_in_space:

That set was pretty sweet @jeff.
  1:54am zenkoan:

1. Death
2. Taxes
3. Live Dead on the Avant Ghetto
  2:34am Eiderdown:

Beautiful sounds tonight Jeff. Loving the vibe
  2:35am Hippie Jesus:

If you find yourself in Chicago next weekend, Charalambides is playing August 11 & 12 at the Empty Bottle.
Avatar 2:45am AdamFromOldeKenzo:

I would like to see Charalambides but I am happy to be seeing Wooden Wand play here in Philly next weekend.
  2:50am Hippie Jesus:

@adam - the Wooden Wand should be great, ENJOY!!!
Avatar 2:56am AdamFromOldeKenzo:

yeah I haven't seen him in a long time, I am looking forward to it.
Avatar 2:57am AdamFromOldeKenzo:

this is really good, RIP.
Avatar 2:58am Jeff Conklin:

Thanks for hanging, all. Be well and see you next time...
  1:49pm JD:

Thanks again Jeff for a wonderful show and some new discoveries (Michael Wendling & Nick Dellar).
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