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November 3, 2010

Free Grateful Dead downloads all of November

Christmas came early for Dead Heads.

Every day in November, the Grateful Dead will give up a free download from the band's sprawling catalog on its website.

It's part of the "30 days of Dead," a month-long promotional push that started November 1. 

Most tracks are previously unreleased soundboard recordings, according to the website's press release. And they are meant to honor the "tapers who documented the Dead's concerts and trade them freely with other Dead Heads."

Tracks are available for free for one day only. Fans have already missed out on "New Speedway Boogie" and "Dark Star."

Unfortunately, the website hasn't posted the names of the other tracks they plan on releasing, effectively killing my plan of building a Grateful Dead advent calendar.

Dave Lemieux, the band's archivist, handpicked all 30 tracks.

Tracks will be available at  


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Posted by Erik Maza at 10:00 AM | | Comments (9)
Categories: Music News



When I think Baltimore nightlife, I think Grateful Dead. *sarcasm*

I've been saying it for DECADES! . . . "I'll be GRATEFUL when they're DEAD!"

DOWN with swirly-dancing!

Even free the cost is too high.
Possibly having to hear the 'songs'.

I would love to hear what the 3 previous commenters listen to. You know whats really awesome? ... assuming everyone should have the same taste in music that you have. PLEASE reply

I'm with Dan...

Hey, at least we can all agree that the Grateful Dead, in any year, are better than Rye Rye will ever be.

I listen to everything and anything, my comment was merely a sarcastic slam against what used to be an entertaining, nightlife-oriented blog. :)

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

Midnight Sun covers Baltimore music, live entertainment, and nightlife news. On the blog, you'll find, among other things, concert announcements, breaking news, bars closings and openings, up-to-date coverage of crime in nightlife, new music, round-the-clock coverage of Virgin Mobile FreeFest, handy guides on bars staying open past 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve and those that carry Natty Boh on draft. Recurring features include seven-day nightlife guides, Concert News, guest reviews of bars and concerts, Wednesday Corkboard, and photo galleries, as well as reader-submitted photos. Thanks for reading.

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