Unearthed, Vol. 5 :: Hoboken Nights

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.

Unearthed, Vol. 3 :: Ultrasonic

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.