Things have been hectic at the Test of the Boomerang headquarters: I just became a father, and things have been understandably hectic. I took a break from changing nappies, though, to put together a little mix. It’s a real mixed bag today, folks — I have Jarboe’s sweet cover of Blind Faith’s “Can’t Find My Way Home” from Swans’ out-of-print classic The Burning World, brooding folk from Neurosis guitarist Steve Von Till, King Crimson’s full “Providence” improv jam from the fantastic Great Deceiver live set, and a little taste of Merl Saunders (rest in peace, brother Merl) and Jerry Garcia. As well as some other musical goodies. Enjoy with some Fordham Scotch Ale and I’ll meet you back here in the New Year.

David Bowie, “Memory of a Free Festival,” from Bowie at Beeb: Best of BBC Radio 68-72

Grateful Dead, “Bird Song,” live August 27th, 1972 Veneta, Oregon

Jesu, “Why Are We Not Perfect?” from Why Are We Not Perfect? EP

King Crimson, “Providence Improv,” from The Great Deceiver Volume One

Swans, “Can’t Find My Way Home,” from (the long out-of-print) The Burning World

Steve Von Till, “To the Field,” from If I Should Fall to the Field

Merl Saunders and Jerry Garcia, “Space,” from Live at Keystone Volume One

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Ben Wiser

Test of the Boomerang is an in-depth exploration of some of the best material found on the Live Music Archive.

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