Live Concert Bootlegs.

On the news I heard today at the Love Me Nots will be playing a festival with Nada Surf, Brian Jonestown Massacre, and Iggy and the Stooges (at Le Printemps de Bourges Fest in France, April 16th), I immediately thought how I would kill to hear that amazing concert!

With any luck, it’ll wind up on those bands respective websites/MySpace pages. And if we’re really lucky, it’ll be released officially on CD. But if this is not the case, we could always hope a fan with a lot of forethought will bootleg the whole thing for us fans, and put it up on one of the following websites.

Wolfgang’s Vault – A terrific source for top-quality recordings from a variety of major acts. Some concerts are available to download for a price, but all posted concerts and streaming for free. Additionally, Wolfgang covers the bases of the live concert experience by also providing a slew of informational links and memorabilia on every page. Though, it must be said: while the site focuses mainly on major acts, some have virtually no material available.

Archive.org – For everyone else not big enough to make it to the mainstage, there’s Archive.org. The drawback is that you have to really know what and who you’re looking for, as only so many groups agree to have their music featured on the archive. And, as the assumption is that bootleg concerts are primarily a jam band’s enterprise, you have to wade through a lot of regional acts that decide to have their music hosted here.  However, there are some really choice acts who are featured on Archive.org, including The Black Angels, Camper Van Beethoven, Alejandro Escovedo, and the Dirtbombs.  (Personal recommendation: The Black Angels on June 2nd, 2007 — notable for their wicked cool cover of “I Wanna be Your Dog,” that exchanges the Stooges’ punk fury for a druggy, sludgey psych approach).

Bootleg Browser – I can’t really recommend this one, because a lot of the links on this page are dead, and a lot of the audio is of questionable quality. But which ones are still alive can yield some decent finds. I include this one for the sake of just having another option, and all of these are free to download. Still, download at your own risk here.

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