Greetings, Dead Freaks!

We’re back with a great conversation with guitarist and deep improv musiv head, Joel Berk. Berk releases deep guitar-based zones under the name ragenap. We talk about his work and its origins before diving into a bit of a discussion about Chicago’s improv music scene and, of course Grateful Dead. in and around the interview, we sample some ragenap and one of his more recent releases leads of a deep mix of Dead jams and songs.

You can find Berk’s music at the easy to recall link, ragenap.bandcamp.com. I strongly recommend the albums, Thankruptcy, No Ear To Hear (a split with Prana Crafter), and the most recent: Thriving Culture. You’ll also find a wide array of “covers” tracks inspired by various songs, many of which may be familiar. I haven’t found one that I didn’t like but I will recommend a couple favorites: “shenandoah“, “piper (intro)“, and “days between“.

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