Weekend Nuggets: Pure Magic

Twelve years ago…


“Shakedown Street” 4.15.99 II


“Row Jimmy” 4.16.99 I


Jam of the Weekend:

Dark Star -> It’s Up to You” 4.17.99 I

The peak of a jaw-dropping weekend.



Bonus Jams:

Wolfman’s -> Uncle John’s Band” 4.15 II


Prince Caspian > St. Stephen -> The Eleven” 4.16 II



Downloads of the Weekend: Phil and Friends April ’99

4.15.99 SBD, 4.16.99 SBD, 4.17.99 SBD < Megaupload

ALL THREE NIGHTS – SBD (FLAC via etree) < Torrent


I: Viola Lee Blues, Big Railroad Blues, Jack-a-Roe, Cosmic Charlie, Wolfman’s Brother -> Uncle John’s Band

II: Alabama Getaway, Sugaree, Like a Rolling Stone > I Know You Rider, Row Jimmy, Shakedown Street -> The Wheel > Not Fade Away

E: Mr Tambourine Man


I: Help On The Way > Slipknot! > Franklin’s Tower, Wish You Were Here, Tennessee Jed, Stella Blue*, Alligator

II: Bertha**, Prince Caspian > St Stephen -> The Eleven > Unbroken Chain, Chalkdust Torture, Mountains of the Moon, Scarlet Begonias**-> Fire On The Mountain**

E: Ripple (acoustic)**

*instrumental ** W/ Donna Jean Godchaux MacKay


I: Dark Star -> It’s Up to You, Days Between -> Dark Star (first verse) -> My Favorite Things, Mississippi Half-Step, Birdsong

II: Terrapin Station -> Down with Disease -> Dark Star (second verse) -> Friend of the Devil, Casey Jones, Morning Dew, Goin Down The Road Feelin Bad* > And We Bid You Goodnight

E: Box of Rain

* w/ Donna

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967 Responses to “Weekend Nuggets: Pure Magic”

  1. butter Says:

    If that show starts at 11pm on Sat, you won’t want a morn flight on Sun AW, but you do have to get back for UIC on Mon

    If this happens watch out for a TWO set show, how could they play a stock first set, that starts late like that

    I can confirm that BGC goes late, lots a NYe shows and other 3 set extravaganzaS

    Tip…there are parking garages around there that lock the doors at 2am…have watched more than one friend have to LEAVE early from a sick show to get their car before it’s locked up for the night

  2. snowbank Says:

    just a random thought as I listen to St Stephen… this was one of the first songs that really sealed the deal for me with the dead. In general it was Aoxomoxoa era tunes. from there I started to get into the improv aspects, etc. But St. Stephen was the force that pulled me in.

    Anybody else pulled in by St Stephen? Or is that jsut me?

  3. snowbank Says:

    I remember 13 and blasting the fuck out of St. Stephen going ape shit when my parents were out of the house and getting high from music in way that never really happened with pop music (at that point I had had heavy metal, and hip-hop phases, too).

    St Stephen was just this primal raw energy that I had not connected with before.

    This is a really bad time to be asking these questions…

  4. Monsterpus Says:

    Garret: no egg chair for me, I’m not that hip (or rich). Just seemed like the proper seat to watch that video from. Are you a Stereolab fan? They take a lot from that mod Moog sound

  5. tela'smuff Says:

    The UJB jam from 4.15 is one of the best from the three shows. Trey kills it.

  6. Monsterpus Says:

    UJB is incredible. If I remember correctly it has some real nice African sounding melodies in the jam. That and Sugaree really pulled me in too

  7. phoammhead Says:

    i’m likin’ this alligator . . . . .

  8. sneven Says:

    so no one’s tried it yet… that’s cool, no worries here.

    However I must point out that everyone else may be wrong, not me…

  9. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I went to my first show with my brothers in 87 at the hallowed old JFK in philly (I was 13). they didn’t play it (obviously, for the time) but I was really into the version on Live Dead and brought it into music class on a Friday when our teacher would let us bring in music to share with the class. went over like a gaseous emittance in a place of worship. I dug it. Sister Rose? not so much…

    I went through a very big stereolab phase in college (coincided with working at record store). I have more of their b-sides and euro releases than you could possibly ever want to hear. I can upload any and all ‘lab stuff if the desire is there. really interesting band live. especially with a head full of something something.

  10. phoammhead Says:

    yeah, i like st stephen, too

    always a mystic surrounding that song . . .

  11. garretc Says:


    Nah, never heard any Stereolab…


    So I would greatly appreciate it if you upped some!

  12. Monsterpus Says:

    Type 3- I also dug them during my record store days (I think it’s required) They can be a bit pretentious and cold for my taste, but some of their sounds are real purdy. I saw them in Denver in 04, and thought they put on a great show. They’re like a jam band for metrosexual graphic designers and Euros

  13. garretc Says:

    Shit, I meant @TIII, not @Sumo

  14. Dr. Pronoia Says:

    don’t know if anyone mentioned it this weekend but I’m a HUGE fan of the Sugaree from 4.15.

    The interplay of solos is amazing. It’s up there with 5/22/77 in terms of go-to, church-like Sugarees for me

  15. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    give me a little bit… but I’ll get some up for you tonight. i’ll try to be diplomatic in my choices

  16. phoammhead Says:

    yeah, that alligator will bite!

  17. BingosBrother Says:

    Hate Sugaree, LOVE this one. Like a super fast and super slow pingpong game happening in the universe.

  18. phoammhead Says:

    i’ve got prince caspian and st stephen coming up

  19. EL Duderino Says:

    my buddy had a vinyl copy of the 2/13/70 Other One and various other tunes from those two shows… ironically it was called Cryptical Envelopement (the album that is)… that’s what hooked me line and sinker… that was ’87 or ’88. never looked back.

    4/16/99 St. Stephen has that pure Kimock genius IMO.

  20. EL Duderino Says:

    you guys DL those matrix recordings?

    they’re really ALIVE IMO… great combo of the CM’s and the FOB.

  21. phoammhead Says:

    going to headphones . . .

  22. phoammhead Says:

    i didn’t, yet, dude

    i listened to nite 1 off the archive matrix yesterday . . . i was havin’ to hit play again after each song. anyone else have this trouble?

  23. Monsterpus Says:

    Bootleg vinyl? Crazy. Remember when stores would sell some crappy sounding CD bootlegs with the songs mislabeled for like $50?

  24. EL Duderino Says:

    yeah I had that problem… not sure why

  25. EL Duderino Says:

    I have 10/30/70 SUNY I think it’s the early show on vinyl… it’s a fan club album along with the SF State final ACID TEST… my prize possessions

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