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  • Devendra Banhart's cover of The Grateful Dead’s “Franklin’s Tower,” first released as an Amazon Original in September in honor of the 45th anniversary of The Grateful Dead album Blues for Allah, is now available to stream and download everywhere. The song was produced and mixed by Noah Georgeson and recorded with his current touring band remotely in various studios and home studios.

  • While many of us can't go out to take in great live music, here are some events taking place online to enjoy while staying home this weekend: Sam Amidon plays in Dublin's National Concert Hall marathon livestream; Devendra Banhart performs in Planned Parenthood benefit; Tyondai Braxton contributes to Semibreve festival online; Jeremy Denk gives a recital from Caramoor; k.d. lang takes part in The 519 Community Centre virtual gala; Gaby Moreno leads an Acoustic Festival on Facebook; and Chris Thile launches his masterclass series. Off line and in person, Brad Mehldau tours Europe, and Laurie Anderson leads a NYC voter activation parade with RuckUS.

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    Devendra Banhart's cover of The Grateful Dead’s “Franklin’s Tower,” first released as an Amazon Original in September 2020, is now available to stream and download everywhere. Banhart’s cover is released in honor of the 45th anniversary of The Grateful Dead’s album Blues for Allah. The song was produced and mixed by Noah Georgeson and recorded with his current touring band: Nicole Lawrence on guitar, Jeremy Harris on synths, and Gregory Rogove on drums and percussion. It was recorded remotely in various studios and home studios around Los Angeles and Stinson Beach, CA.

    Banhart says:

    More than ever
    I find myself
    Fighting dread
    With the dead ...

    We chose "Franklin's Tower" for its opening line, one of my favorite opening lines of all time:

    "In another time’s forgotten space Your eyes looked through your mother's face"

    This is the gift of the Dead,

    The paradox of personal universality …

    Wisdom found at the end of a maze,

    The bliss of unconditional love and acceptance ...

    There’s a Dead for everyone ...

    Through the pandemic,
    I go on daily immersions
    into Blues for Allah, marveling at Phillip Garris’s eerie and alluring cover art,
    Help/Slip/Frank guiding me through the weird underworld that the day has become,
    & I feel at once remarkably insignificant and the most precious thing in the universe,
    A wave, held in the ocean of my mother's eyes ... a child dancing, rolling away the dew ...
    Knowing Help is indeed on the way….

    Credits

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on November 30, 2020 - 10:55am
Release Date: 
Friday, December 4, 2020 (All day)
DescriptionExcerpt: 

Devendra Banhart's cover of The Grateful Dead’s “Franklin’s Tower,” was released in honor of the 45th anniversary of The Grateful Dead’s album Blues for Allah. The song was produced and mixed by Noah Georgeson and recorded with his current touring band: Nicole Lawrence on guitar, Jeremy Harris on synths, and Gregory Rogove on drums and percussion. It was recorded remotely in various studios and home studios around Los Angeles and Stinson Beach, CA.

Description: 

Devendra Banhart's cover of The Grateful Dead’s “Franklin’s Tower,” first released as an Amazon Original in September 2020, is now available to stream and download everywhere. Banhart’s cover is released in honor of the 45th anniversary of The Grateful Dead’s album Blues for Allah. The song was produced and mixed by Noah Georgeson and recorded with his current touring band: Nicole Lawrence on guitar, Jeremy Harris on synths, and Gregory Rogove on drums and percussion. It was recorded remotely in various studios and home studios around Los Angeles and Stinson Beach, CA.

Banhart says:

More than ever
I find myself
Fighting dread
With the dead ...

We chose "Franklin's Tower" for its opening line, one of my favorite opening lines of all time:

"In another time’s forgotten space Your eyes looked through your mother's face"

This is the gift of the Dead,

The paradox of personal universality …

Wisdom found at the end of a maze,

The bliss of unconditional love and acceptance ...

There’s a Dead for everyone ...

Through the pandemic,
I go on daily immersions
into Blues for Allah, marveling at Phillip Garris’s eerie and alluring cover art,
Help/Slip/Frank guiding me through the weird underworld that the day has become,
& I feel at once remarkably insignificant and the most precious thing in the universe,
A wave, held in the ocean of my mother's eyes ... a child dancing, rolling away the dew ...
Knowing Help is indeed on the way….

Cover Art: 
ns_album_releasedate: 
Monday, November 30, 2020 - 10:45
Album Status: 
UPC/Price: 
Label: 
FLAC
UPC: 
075597917994
Price: 
1.39
Label: 
MP3
UPC: 
075597918007
Price: 
1.29
Artist Name: 
Devendra Banhart
reissues?: 
new-release
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