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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 Boomerang: Best of 2008

Test of the Boomerang – Top Ten of 2008 I will dispense with the usual bullshit “Let’s take a look back…”...

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Have No Fear, Your Test of the Boomerang Gift Guide is Here!

Yuletide greetings folks. Even in these tough economic times, the annual rite of holiday gift giving must be performed to appease the...

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Test of the Boomerang: Slow Train edition

The Gospel of Bob I’ve known some pretty serious Bob Dylan fans. They’ll talk at length about the merits of underappreciated...

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Test of the Boomerang XII: “If I Had a Rocket Launcher”

I was eleven or twelve. I was riding with my dad. We were driving back from somewhere. We were listening to the radio. It was just my dad...

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Test of the Boomerang X: Report from the Land of the Dead

I. Report from the Land of the Dead It has a been a busy time in Deadland. Most notably, tickets went on sale this past weekend for the...

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Test of the Boomerang: Remember a Day

Another sad day in Floyd land. “The Violent Sequence” (early version of “Us and Them” from the Zabriskie Point...

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Test of the DOOMERANG VIII : Monarch

Since the world is about to end, I figured I would get into the spirit and post this — the first Test of the DOOOOMERANG!!! DOOOOOOM...

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Test of the Boomerang VI: Black Mountain

It was the summer of 1985. There was me, Kromlock the Warrior, my friend Dennis, better known as Garmo the Wizard, and Peter, a.k.a....

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Test of the Boomerang V: The Jerry Post

I had originally intended to post this during the week of August 1st and August 9th, but I wanted to give a shout to Isaac Hayes last week....

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Test of the Boomerang: In Tribute to Mr. Isaac Hayes

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Test of the Boomerang III: Three from the Llama

For Test of the Boomerang III, I retired to a simple cottage in the Welsh countryside to reflect. This post was done acoustically. Hey...

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Test of the Boomerang II: Dead Opens for Santa Claus; Clowns Open for Dead

“I would like to thank everybody here for coming, thank you to the clowns for their nice entertainment. They were quite good. Thank...

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Test of the Boomerang, Episode One: Blind Faith

I had been driving for what felt like a hundred years. My buddy Treebeard and I had been trading off behind the wheel for three days. Our...