Thursday, December 14, 2006

Phil Lesh: Vampire????

From The Detroit News:

The doctor back home in California thought the best thing to do with Phil Lesh's prostate issue was watch and wait.

Lesh thought that was a fine idea, except for the part about it being slow, stupid and pointless. So the founding and only bass player for the Grateful Dead made haste for Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, where he had surgery last Tuesday at the increasingly legendary Vattikuti Urology Institute.

More than 2,700 other men have had their cancerous prostates robotically removed at Vattikuti since 2001, and it's sort of like million-dollar lottery winners: After the first few, everyone stopped paying attention.

What makes Lesh noteworthy, aside from his resume, is that he's celebrating the occasion by putting a bounty on blood donations. Give a pint by the end of the year, let him know about it, and his nonprofit will donate $10 to Vattikuti.

Lesh, 66, has been a big booster for organ donation since he received an aftermarket liver in 1998. After racking up more Frequent Transfusion Points at Henry Ford, he has widened his scope.

"Holidays are the worst time of year for blood donations," he pointed out, but the need for blood doesn't go away just because everybody who's not on a gurney is at the mall...


His prostate's musical career is over, but the rest of him doesn't expect to miss any performances, and he is looking forward to writing as much as $50,000 worth of checks to Vattikuti through the Unbroken Chain Foundation.

After you offload a pint, simply send an e-mail to, put "I Gave Blood" in the subject line, and give your name, blood bank name, city and state (you can also let Phil know you heard about it from Sunshine Daydream on WTJU!).

Read the whole article.

You can donate blood in the Charlottesville area at the Red Cross on Rose Hill Drive, or through Virginia Blood Services on Hydraulic Road or the UVA Medical Center.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Bill's playlist from Saturday, December 9

Bob Weir & Rob Wasserman
"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"; "Scaring the Children", a tape Bob & Rob made for friends and family for Christmas of '91

Grateful Dead
"Schoolgirl," "Doing That Rag," "King Bee"; 2/28/69, Fillmore West, San Francisco
"Beat it on Down the Line"; 6/18/74, Freedom Hall, Louisville, KY
"High Time"; 9/17/82, Cumberland Cty. Civic Center, Portland, ME

Peter Rowan & Tony Rice
"The Wild Mustang"; 6/15/2003, Sunshine Daydream Campgrounds, Terra Alta, WV

Grateful Dead
West LA Fadeaway"; 10/3/87, Oakland Stadium (View From the Vault III)
"Terrapin Station"; (complete, from album Terrapin Station)
"Other One > Black Peter > Other One"; 8/12/72, Memorial Coliseum, Sacramento, CA
"Good Lovin'"; 5/6/81, DP 13 - Nassau Coliseum
"Passenger"; Terrapin Sation

Friday, December 08, 2006

A Comment About Comments

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Saturday, December 02, 2006

Kemp's Playlist for December 2, 2006

In addition to Grateful Dead, today's show featured a set of Chuck Berry tunes, a set featuring the New Riders, and a set of Neil Young's work. We also listened to a set of Dead studio recordings - which admittedly doesn't happen all that much on SSDD. It was interesting - several listeners called to see what versions those songs were, and they were almost shocked to learn that all were studio recordings.

The Dead's studio work is often overlooked - which is a shame. The response was so positive, I'll try to sneak in more studio tracks in the future.

Grateful Dead
Promised Land (Dick's Picks 15)
Johnny B. Goode (Dick's Picks 18)
Chuck Berry
Back in the USA (Great 28 Hits)
Little Queenie (Seattle 1980)
New Riders of the Purple Sage
School Days (Madison Square Garden 1973)
Grateful Dead
Around and Around (William & Mary 1978)
Old & in the Way
Panama Red (Breakdown)
New Riders of the Purple Sage
Hello, Mary Lou (Madison Square Garden 73)
I Don't Need No Doctor (MSG 73, w/ Bob Weir,
Donna Jean, and Jerry Garcia)
Grateful Dead
Box of Rain (American Beauty)
New Riders
Panama Red (The Adventures of Panama Red)
Grateful Dead
Operator (American Beauty)
Franklin's Tower (Blues for Allah)
Let Me Sing Your Blues Away (Wake of the Flood)
Till the Morning Comes (American Beauty)
Eyes of the World (Wake of the Flood)
Neil Young and Crazy Horse
Sedan Delivery (Scott Stadium 4/21/2001)
Dave Matthews Band w/ Neil Young
All Along the Watchtower (Scott Stadium 4/21/2001)
Neil Young and Crazy Horse
Wonderin' (Live at the Fillmore East 1970)
Come On Baby Let's Go Downtown (Live at the Fillmore East 1970)
Grateful Dead
Cassidy (Dick's Picks 20)
Brown-Eyed Girl (Dick's Picks 20)
Mama Tried (Dick's Picks 20)