Grace Potter & the Nocturnals : Apologies : Live on Beautiful Noise (TV), Berkeley Church, Toronto, Canada, 2008

Posted in 2008 Archive on June 11, 2010 by The Editors

“Apologies”, a single from Potter & the Nocturnals’ third studio album, This Is Somewhere, haunts us.  Potter is Joplin-esque in her ability to emote.  Any girl that can stroke a Rhodes keyboard like Potter is aces in our book.  This is actually a relatively tame performance from Potter & the Nocturnals.  More recent live video reveals a more liberated Potter (and the remarkably hirsute Nocturnals, save Catherine Popper (who haunts our dreams)).  We intend to cull from the archives footage of Potter playing keyboard with high heels–not “in” high heels, mind you, but actually standing on the damn keyboard playing the song with the heels strapped to her feet.

Grateful Dead : Scarlet Begonias : Live at the Capitol Theater, Passaic, NJ, April 27th, 1977

Posted in 1977 Archive on June 11, 2010 by The Editors

This video occupies a place of prominence in our collection.  We love especially Phil’s interpretation of the tabla on his bass guitar.  One of our top five Dead songs, Scarlet has been known to induce rapid facemelt, especially at the tail end when it bleeds into Fire on the Mountain.  1977 stands as one of the Dead’s most prolific periods for live performances.  Detractors lament the screeching intrusion of Donna Jean Godchaux’s vocals on many of the jams, but most recognize that the 1977 run captured lightning in a bottle.  This concert was simulcast in New York City on WNEW, which must have been a treat for those cruising the dial that evening.  We remember simulcast concerts.  We remember holding our cassette player up to the radio speaker to tape shows.  Those tapes no longer exist, sadly.