Painting: Odilon Redon
The “Save Your Face” blog/mixtape series is going on hiatus. The relevant time and energy are needed elsewhere for the time being, in a 100% good way. The blog is not dead, but it will be moving in slow motion, compared to its previous, extended periods of regular posting.
I began this blog/mixtape series by apologizing incessantly for editing shows, editing songs, and compiling Dead listening experiences in weird ways. However, no one objected, and I’m grateful for that. It encouraged me to venture into more esoteric approaches to Dead mixes and unexpectedly led me beyond my 1972-1974 focus to discover, love, and promote much later Grateful Deads, most specifically Vince Welnick Dead. Late MIDI drums/space is now among my favorite Dead, and I’d never have learned that without the motivation to craft listening experiences for this blog’s audiences.
For now, I Ieave you with a lot of audio postcards from the unreleased 1972-1974 Grateful Dead, an approachable 1975 sessions comp, a big advertisement for '90s Dead, and a few other fun outliers from other periods, 1968 to 1978.
There are also quite a few non-Dead mixes on the “Save Your Face” site. I will be removing most of those that contain significant amounts of commercially available material, so grab anything that looks interesting to you now. If the mix is wholly or primarily made up of unreleased material, it will stay.
Thanks to all of you who have gotten enjoyment out of any of these mixes, and especially to those of you who have left comments. Your enthusiasm encouraged me to convert more of my personal playlists into refined, shareable mixtapes and to be brave about asserting my enthusiasms, experiments, and endorsements. In terms of things you do in life that accidentally prepare you to do other, different things, this was/is a good one.
Cheers. If you need a miracle, there’s probably one hiding around here somewhere.