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Test of the Boomerang: The Grateful Dead, “Crimson, White and Indigo”

The summer of 1989 was when the Grateful Dead got big. I mean really big. The success of 1987’s In the Dark lead to an influx of new...

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Test of the Boomerang: Happy Birthday, Phil!

This week in Test of the Boomerang, Ben Wiser wishes a happy 70th birthday to Dead legend Phil Lesh....

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Test of the Boomerang: Reliving “Relix” — A Chat With Toni Brown

Relix editor Toni Brown discusses her long history with the Grateful Dead -- as well as her own musical career -- in an interview with Ben...

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Test of the Boomerang: The Grateful Dead, “Winterland 1977 – The Complete Recordings”

Hey gang, sorry it’s been so long since we last rapped, but things have been way hectic. I finally cut my hair and got myself a...

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Test of the Boomerang: Tom Constanten and Friends, “The Tarot Outtakes”

In the spring of 1971, Grateful Dead keyboardist Tom Constanten, along with the band Touchstone, produced and performed the music for an...

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Test of the Boomerang: Phish, “Joy”

Phish is back with their first album in five years, and Ben Wiser thinks it might be their best yet. Also: A list of potential candidates...

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Test of the Boomerang: “A Bunch of Dead Beats!”

“But there was something else tugging at Garcia as 1964 turned into 1965. For one thing, like half of America under the age of 25,...

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Test of the Boomerang: J.J. Colagrande, “Headz”

For this week's edition of Test of the Boomerang, Ben Wiser sat down for a chat with author J.J. Colagrande to discuss his new book,...

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Test of the Boomerang: Jerome John Garcia, 8/1/42-8/9/95

Jerry Garcia would have been 67 on Saturday, and to celebrate his birthday, Ben Wiser has delivered another fine Test of the Boomerang mix....

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Test of the Boomerang: Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” at 30

In the first part of a multi-week look back at the double album, Ben Wiser revisits the birth of Pink Floyd's The Wall....

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Test of the Boomerang: Soundchecks, Rehearsals and Outtakes, Part Three

The 2009 Dead made their last stand on July 4th at Rothbury. The second year of the Michigan festival was a rousing success and the...

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Test of the Boomerang: Drums of Passion

Babatunde Olatunji – Drums of Passion (Legacy Edition) Columbia/Legacy has just released a glorious two-disc edition of Babatunde...

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Test of the Boomerang: Best of the Fests, Part One

Hey gang, welcome back to another edition of Test of the Boomerang.  Happy summer solstice. I hope you all get a chance to enjoy these...

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Test of the Boomerang: New Arrivals

Crosby, Stills & Nash – Demos (Rhino) In the wake of Graham Nash’s box earlier this year, and of course Neil Young’s...

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Test of the Boomerang: Soundchecks, Rehearsals and Outtakes, Part Two

The Dead wrapped up their 2009 tour with two solid shows back home at Shoreline Amphitheater and then an end-of-the-tour barn burner at The...

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Test of the Boomerang: Izabella, “Drugs and Apple Pie”

Man, I miss California. I really do. I don’t miss paying exorbitantly high rent. I don’t miss the collective panic that sets in...

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Test of the Boomerang: Moonalice Review and Giveaway!

This week's Test of the Boomerang features the column's inaugural CD GIVEAWAY! Stop by and find out how you can win a free copy of the new...

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Test of the Boomerang: Curiosities Abound…

I love the new Bob Dylan album. I do. Because the older Bob Dylan gets, the more he sounds like Tom Waits. Seriously, though, Together...

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Test of the Boomerang: Soundchecks, Rehearsals and Outtakes, Part One

The Grateful Dead collection at the Live Music Archive contains not only thousands of Grateful Dead concerts, it also holds a good number...

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Test of the Boomerang: Spring Mix

Spring is here. Blue skies, green grass, allergens. Rainy afternoons and cool evenings. Spring, of course, is time for renewal, and I like...

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Test of the Boomerang: Equinox Edition

Welcome back to Test of the Boomerang. Happy Spring Equinox! The folks over at Lostpedia offered up an interesting tidbit about the recent...

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Test of the Boomerang: Knockin’ on the Golden Door

No test this week, folks, as I am going out to California to visit friends and family and show off the newest member of our tribe....

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Test of the Boomerang: Sick of Winter Wonderland

Phish – The Clifford Ball (Rhino) Sherman, set the Way Back machine for that balmy summer of 1996! Jerry Garcia had been gone a year,...

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Test of the Boomerang: An interview with Noah Weiner of the Grateful Dead Listening Guide

Noah Weiner has been the force behind The Grateful Dead Listening Guide for the past year. A longtime collector and fan of the Grateful...

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Test of the Boomerang – New Re-Releases and Live Updates

Chris Darrow – Chris Darrow / Under My Own Disguise Limited Edition 2 LP/CD Box Set Chris Darrow’s first paid gig was playing...

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Test of the Boomerang: Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hola Amigos! I know it’s been a while since I last rapped at you, but with being a new dad and all, I’ve been busier than a...

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Test of the Boomerang: A Midwinter Mix

Now is the time of year when thoughts turn to the warmer days of spring and summer just ahead. It’s also the time of celebrations....

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Test of the Boomerang: Animal Collective’s “Merriweather Post Pavilion”

kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/zol2MJf6XNE" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" / Named after the outdoor summer...

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Test of the Doomerang: Black Sabbath Live 1970

Hey, you witches and warlocks. I’m taking a break this week from your usual boomerang testing to share with you a dark and doomy...