A Book Sneak Peek!

Yesterday, I received one advance copy of my book from the printers, so I thought I’d share a sneak preview! I am extending the period of holiday orders through the end of this week, so get yours in by Sunday to ensure a Christmas delivery!


The Book



"Connections" in the Sidebar



The Spine



Part Two: Historical Sections



Part I: 2009—The Return



A Sample Spread


Jam of the Day:

Stash -> Free” 11.30.97 II

An updated SBD version of this classic 11.30 nugget, courtesy of Shapiro’s Super Ball archive show.


1,012 Responses to “A Book Sneak Peek!”

  1. MrCompletely Says:

    pffft that cats are for women, dogs are for dudes thing is for my ass is what it is

    you must know some neurotic cats, i’ve known plenty of neurotic dogs

    my cats are chill as fuck. they’re either sleeping, clowning, or hunting. feed em and give em five minutes of lap time a day and they’re good.

    i always thought having a dog was like having a girlfriend. all that maintenance. walks in the rain and shit.

    cats are like a bro roomate that just gives you the nod whenever you come back in…wassup dude…and you’re like Hey cat, what’s new? and the cat looks back and is just like…you know…chillin

    dogs are all up in your grill more i think

    but like i said i like em both, cats are just easier for me

    cat hatin’ is weak sauce

  2. Willowed Says:

    Remember that Dark Star from Miami we were discussing a few months back?

    Well let’s just say that shit was freaky. Gave me nightmares for a week.

    Thanks Mr C

    You officially haunted my dreams for weeks.

  3. Willowed Says:

    I don’t hate cats C. I just have ADD and need constant attention. That in your face shit dogs give me is what I need.

  4. MrCompletely Says:

    hahahahaha thats perfect then

    i totally get that

    can you believe they’re gonna officially release the miami mindfuck? i think it’s gonna happen. that cracks me up. not in a bad way, I think its great. but a lotta people are gonna get a surprise, don’t you think?

  5. MrCompletely Says:

    i wish i could write the liner notes to that thing

    i’d tell the truth about what happened that night

  6. Willowed Says:

    I can’t listen to that shit for at least another year. It’s like egg nogg, shit is good but you can only handle it once a year.

  7. Willowed Says:

    I read some posts on that show when I was streaming it a few weeks back.

    Some women jumped off the balcony or some shit. I can understand why. You need to be mentally prepared for that jam.

    Just saying the Miami Darkstar makes me feel dirty.

  8. sumodie Says:

    I don’t hate cats or dogs, just people

    And I certainly don’t trust people that hate dogs, cats, etc

  9. voopa Says:

    Fuckin’ zoo over here a couple weeks ago…on top of our 4 cats we were watching a dog for 2 weeks, and a damn snake during one of those weeks.

    Cats are cool if you don’t mind the inside shitting and occasional stepping in piles of puke in the middle of the night. 2 of ours love the smoke (the old girl, Charlie Parker, 14, and one of the 5 year old boys, Carl). 2 hate it (Lenny, Carl’s runt brother, and Donna Lee Godchaux, 9, who loves cigarette smoke, as does Carl).

    Dogs are definitely too high maintenance for me. Unless I worked from home and had an acre in the back.

  10. voopa Says:

    Official Miami release would be the shit, but the existing SBD is killer, so meh I guess.

  11. sumodie Says:

    Still haven’t spun the Miami Dark Star! Guess I’m saving it for a special occasion

    Maybe I’ll load it on the pod for some post MSG enjoyfreakoutment listening

  12. Mr. Palmer Says:

    lol @ voopa.. how do you know the cats love cig smoke?

    Sumo ftw!

  13. halcyon Says:

    Another huge Volcano in Iceland may erupt. Cool video in this article as well.


  14. P.S.H.S. Says:

    weed wars premier on discovery tonight at 10 est. interesting…
    cats make me sneeze, dogs make me sneeze too. but i love both. domesticated animals are the best friends in the world

  15. Willowed Says:

    You’re nuts Sumo.

    If I played that (if spun) after a Phish show, you would find me melted in a pool of shit on the floor.

    Not sure what that means, but it would be very bad.

  16. halcyon Says:

    Cat Album Covers


  17. voopa Says:

    One or the other gets right in my lap after a heater, and demands I pet them with the smoking hand, which my wife discourages, obviously.

    I’m down to 8 or less a day (had only 2 on Sunday), so I think they’re starting to jones…

  18. James Says:

    Man, that looks so nice. Nicely organized. Epic photography. Beautiful design work. Your articles throughout the years have been some of the best I have ever read. I commend you, keep up the great work! and thanks,

    all the best of luck in the future

  19. MrCompletely Says:

    yeah I think the idea now is they can’t skip over good releases just because collectors have decent quality already. too restrictive. they have to go with what’s good.

    lol @ egg nog

    i don’t think the jumping from the balcony thing happened at that show. i think that dude hallucinated it. but all the other stories on that show page ring true.

  20. voopa Says:

    Wow, cool blog James

  21. garretc Says:

    I think the egg nog simile only holds up if the Miami Dark Star sucked and was awful and there were a billion better Dark Stars (representing just about every other potential beverage out there, if we’re going to stick with the simile) out there…

    Also, the Miami Dark Star should be drunk much more regularly than annually.

    So there’s that.

  22. thedayman Says:

    8/2/98 ghost – crisp, funky adventure. muy bien

  23. thedayman Says:

    ^well played, garretc. not a big egg nog fan, i’d much rather sip on lighter fluid, but as always ymmv

  24. voopa Says:

    Nog & brandy is a holiday tradition around here. A nice reprieve from the shots, kinda like booze infused Pepto.

  25. halcyon Says:

    Voopa did you see this on James’ blog?



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