Download Built To Spill's Highline Ballroom Set Last Week, Including A Grateful Dead Cover (?)
Hearing the crowd's complex mixture of excitement, bewilderment, and trepidation when Built to Spill frontman Doug Martsch announces "This is a Grateful Dead song" is a wonderful thing, but longtime fans of the spectacularly bearded, voluminously noodle-y indie-guitar giants will hardly be surprised to hear them tackle the Dead's "Ripple" -- it seems to fit right into the rest of their sprawling set at Highline Ballroom last Wednesday.
Fortunately, NYC Taper's got the whole set available for free download, heavy on banter and tunes from across their prodigious catalog, from "Twin Falls Idaho" to "Going Against Your Mind." This is apparently the eight BTS show the site's offered and like the 2,000th show the band's played here in the past five years, but a Deadhead-esque insatiability remains. Stick around for "Carry the Zero" at least.