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.
The array of sounds Garcia made at the Matrix is dizzying, from garage rock to jazz fusion to bluegrass to cosmic funk…and beyond. Download and enjoy.
Unearthed returns with more bootleg gold from yesteryear. The latest collection gathers together some choice live performances broadcast over the WLIR-FM airwaves from Ultrasonic Studios in Hempstead, Long Island. In the early to mid 1970s, the studio hosted intimate concerts by visionary britfolkies, New Orleans night trippers, exploratory jazz-funksters, southern rock chooglers and many more.
Welcome back to Unearthed , a series of thematic mixes that travel deep into dusty vintage zones to dig up bootleg gold. For the second time around, we’re going back four decades for a survey […]
Welcome to the first installment of Unearthed, a series of thematic mixes that travel deep into dusty vintage zones to dig up bootleg gold. First up is Sausalito Haze, a selection of choice live-in-the-studio performances […]
Like so many facets of modern life, music fandom prior to the birth of the Internet was a different time. While a large swath of the history of recorded music is now but a search […]
Sometime in January a parcel appeared on our doorstep with Vingaard’s address listed as the sender. Inside was a record, sealed, yet clearly vintage. Which, it turns out, it was. Frederiksberg is bringing Carlo Vinci, Jr.’s 1979 lp, Piper Of Dreams, back into the light digitally, along with having unearthed a stash of deadstock LPs pressed upon its original release.
The artists that tend to intrigue and hold our attention are rarely one dimensional. They build worlds. They create myths. Often they savvy the importance of both—for themselves as well as their audience. Tim Presley […]
It’s Friday morning and this shit is funky. Ronald Langestraat: Searching. 27-minute eccentric fusion / funk / lounge jewel. Unearthed and released last November — 34 years after Langestraat cut it to a four-track tape recorder in his living room. […]
Here it is. Our obligatory year-end review. The following is an unranked list of albums that caught, and kept, our attention in 2018. Let it blurb. – AD
Welcome to the fourth installment of our quarterly Bandcamping roundup. As a digital institution it’s hard to beat Bandcamp. It’s ridiculously easy to use, it puts money directly into artists’ (and labels’) pockets and there’s a seemingly endless amount of music to discover there — new, old and in-between. Of course, that endlessness can be a little overwhelming. Here are 10 more recommended releases – old, new and in-between.
Via 1976, dig the smoldering and slow-burning nocturnal blues of Akofa Akoussah’s “I Tcho Tchass,” a humid noir groove that closes out her sole, self-titled, long player. Hailing from the West African nation of Togo, […]
The early 1960’s: folk songs reflecting social change and protest amidst the Civil Rights Movement could be heard on radios everywhere. Peter, Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan, and Joan Baez inspired many a youth to […]
The world of music has seemed a much less colorful and interesting place in the years since John Lurie stopped recording. The former leader of NYC jazz ensemble The Lounge Lizards, film score composer and […]