They're not easy, and they're not exactly the same as they used to be, but there are still ways, even with very cheap downloads.
I don't share the author's optimism that "naysayers" on the Dead can be convinced. But maybe younger music fans can benefit from the history.
(Includes an amazing explanation for why "[t]oward the end of his life, Garcia would never speak during a concert".)
"Dangerous"? I didn't know.
In honor of the album’s 50th anniversary, we present you with a song-by-song synopsis of one of rock’s most enduring debut albums.
Now music fans, we're talking: Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats.
Encore: Mr. Rateliff and his band on the Jimmy Fallon show.
(They're really big in Denver. Hello to my readers in Denver.)
Links courtesy of my older daughter.
Possible fun for the kids.
"Hetfield says that in the Bay Area, ‘there was an elitist attitude there – that if you weren’t their way politically, their way environmentally, all of that, that you were looked down upon.’"
Includes audio of the long version of "Bluebird," which I hadn't heard before (and won't listen to again). And I disagree that "Change Partners" is "corny and unappealing". But I agree with this:
He was the driving force behind three of the best (non-Beatles) songs of the 1960s/early 1970s: Bluebird, Wooden Ships, and Suite: Judy Blue Eyes; in the process he anchored two of the major super-groups of that era. “For What It’s Worth” is one of the most recognizable and oft-used iconic songs of the 1960s. “Helplessly Hoping” is good too.
As noted here recently, I was glad to learn that there's a label for the modern music I most like--other than "I know it when I hear it"--"heartland rock". I invited my family to submit their labels.
My older daughter said her tastes accord roughly with "indie folk".
My younger daughter said hers accord pretty well with "Modern Songs That Sound Like the 1980s".
My wife hasn't submitted a label yet, but she probably doesn't need to. "Van and Bruce (and maybe CSN)" will probably do.
A beautiful 5.5 minutes with Beethoven's Ninth.
(BTW, whatever happened to flashmobs?)