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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Was the Grateful Dead an Indie Rock Godfather? Side by Side Evidence

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Bob Dylan's 1987 tour with the Dead found the band reigning in the improvisations and focusing on complementing and embellishing Dylan's nuanced compositions. Vetiver's placid folk ballads evoke nothing for me if not the album Dylan and the Dead. While "Queen Jane Approximately" isn't actually a Grateful Dead song, the band gives it an original twist and Dylan's participation makes it far more than cover.

Vetiver - "Worse for Wear"

Grateful Dead - "Queen Jane Approximately" (w/ Bob Dylan)

"New Minglewood Blues" was a staple of the Dead's performances, and it finds a modern companion in "Six Fast Bullets" by These United States, a band that's every bit the road warriors that the Dead was.

These United States - "Six Fast Bullets"

Grateful Dead - "New Minglewood Blues"

White Denim is a young but quickly rising experimental rock band from Austin, Texas. Their track "At the Farm" evokes the Dead's "The Eleven" with its fevered, swirling, bass-heavy jamming.

White Denim - "At the Farm"

Grateful Dead - "The Eleven"

Have any others examples of Grateful Dead-pollinated music? We'd love to hear them in the comments.

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