For fans of adventurous rock and roll in the 1980s, there was no better place to be than Maxwell’s. The Hoboken, NJ club (which closed its doors for good in 2013) consistently hosted the best and brightest artists of the era, often before they graduated to much larger venues. For our latest Unearthed bootleg mix, we’ve gathered together some choice audience tapes recorded at Maxwell’s between 1980 and 1990. There’s visionary jangle, guitar freakouts, breezy balladry and much more. And if this whets your appetite for more, get thee to the McKenzie Tapes site (where several of these performances were sourced), which is bringing NYC-area taper David McKenzie’s valuable vintage recordings to the digital age. words/ t wilcox
Unearthed, Vol. 5 :: Hoboken Nights (zipped folder)
Forces At Work – The Feelies / That’s What You Always Say – The Dream Syndicate / Zip Zip – The Soft Boys / The Summer Sun – The dB’s / Big Day – Yung Wu / Gigantic – Pixies / Corona – The Minutemen / Silver Rocket – Sonic Youth / That Summer Feeling – Jonathan Richman / Don’t Let Our Youth Go To Waste – Galaxie 500 / Brendan #1 – Fugazi / Freak Scene – Dinosaur Jr / The Past, The Present, The Future – Alex Chilton / I Heard Her Call My Name – Yo La Tengo / Can’t Hardly Wait – The Replacements
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