Robotic Guitar Tuner


A long long time ago I seem to remember Eric Clapton saying in an interview that he wished there was a self-tuning guitar. Well, this is the next best thing, I guess, though Eric probably has somebody to tune his guitars for him. This device might be useful for his hard worked guitar tech, though.

Grateful Dead t-shirts from a football club!

It seems a little strange to me, but I have shopped from them myself. In their club shop, Barnet F.C. have a section called Rock Merchandise. So alongside all of the usual football stuff – shirts, souvenirs, bottle openers, etc., you can get Grateful Dead tie dye t-shirts (I did!), as well as shirts for Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Stones, Velvet Revolver, The Who, The Beatles, The Doors. It seems that all shirts are 19.99 (pounds that is). I’m not affiliated, just a happy customer.

KPFA Dead Marathon – all over!


The 20th Annual David Gans KPFA fundraising Grateful Dead Hour Marathon (a catchy title, I think!), just finished 8 minutes ago. I was around for most of the first 5 or 6 hours, then managed to stream it over wifi to my Pocket PC (very pleased with that!) for a while in bed, and I just got up and caught the last 20 minutes. The playlist (and lots of other stuff) is here. $21,000 raised to keep KPFA doing what it does.

KPFA Marathon – "Radio Shareware"


Every year radio station KPFA hosts a fundraising marathon. KPFA is home to Dead to the World, webcast on www.kpfa.org and presented by David Gans, and he hosts a large portion of the marathon, with exclusive rare and never broadcast music from the Grateful Dead and associates. There are lots of live guests in the studio too, and if you pledge a donation you could get a great gift. There are some fabulous posters being offered this year – see the example above. Many people around the world listen online to the marathon, and rarities and live sets from it are frequently recorded and circulated. KPFA ask for a donation if you get some of these disks.

David says: “We’ll have a live performance from the Papermill Creek Rounders (David Nelson, Banana, and friends) in the afternoon. Bob Weir and Ratdog had to postpone their live performance due to an injury to keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. I’ve got some uncirculated GD concerts to play in their entirety, and a lot of very special treats that I’m sure you’ve never heard before.
Here are some clues:

  • A tuba solo
  • Jerry playing “Sweet Georgia Brown”
  • Brent Mydland solo
  • Phil Lesh talking about “The Ivesian Stretch” (Okay, this is a rerun from 1992)
  • A studio recording of “Man Smart, Woman Smarter.”
  • The event will be webcast via nugs.net, kpfa.org, and kfcf.org

    This all takes place on Saturday, January 28, 9 am to 1 am PST – tomorrow!.

    Turn On, Tune In, Pledge!