Monthly Archives: October 2020

Cycles Per Second 10/28/20: Bandcamp, etc. Links

Close out the month with another clutch of swinging singles. Purchase info below…


Smokescreens – On And On

Chiens de Faïence – The Road

Guardian Singles – Tea Lights Exploding

Terrible Signal – It’s Just You

Juárez – El sol en movimiento

David Kilgour – When You Hit The Ground Running

Typsy Panthre – Minneapolis After

棉花山脉 Cotton Range – 勇气

The Boys With The Perpetual Nervousness – Play (On My Mind)

The Bats – North By North (live)

MOON RITUALS – Aura (nstop radio edit)

LATITUDE – Damage Control

Na Noise – Then Who

Cherry Pickles – Mopkins

Star Party – Veil of Gauze

Supercrush – Parallel Lines

Five Years Live (Music)

I was a teenage show-taper.

After first being exposed to up-close-and-personal live music at age 15, through a serendipitous series of performances by local bands at a Boston radio station’s festival, I wanted to capture that magic somehow. And while I loved the idea of taking photos, I knew my skills in that department were rather lacking. Plus, photos aren’t the actual music.

Somehow I found out about the concept of a “professional” portable recorder, and I begged and pleaded my parents to get me one, until I was gifted a Sony WM-D6C for my 17th birthday. And there my journey begun, taping indie rock shows from Boston to New York, starting in earnest the following summer after I graduated high school. That summer I also had a boyfriend with a car (I didn’t drive), enabling me to drag him to attend far more shows than had previously been possible.

Most of these live tapes have been sitting around for over 25 years, rarely touched and never before widely shared. Given that the average lifespan of a cassette tape is supposedly 30 years, I figured I didn’t have much time left to extract the music from them before it was gone forever. And hey, now I get to share some of those inspiring, formative concert experiences of mine with you.

A Few From the Vault

Below is a list of shows that I attended and personally recorded, from 1990 to 1996. Some of these have already been digitized, some not. This week I will be sharing out some of the digitized and cleaned-up shows, one per day:

The Chills (1992) | Listen on YouTube

Edwyn Collins (1995) | Listen on YouTube

Small Factory (1992) | Listen on YouTube

Magnetic Fields (1995) | Listen on YouTube

Stereolab (1994) | Listen on YouTube

The Verlaines (1992) | Listen on YouTube

More shows to follow, on a slightly less predictable schedule. I will update this page with links as I upload each recording.

Jen Matson Live Recording Archive

Band(s) Venue City Date  
The Cavedogs
Gigolo Aunts
The Cat Club New York, NY July 16, 1990  
Steve Kilbey T.T. the Bear’s Cambridge, MA October 15, 1990  
Straitjacket Fits T.T. the Bear’s Cambridge, MA July 18, 1991 listen
Smashing Orange T.T. the Bear’s Cambridge, MA July 19, 1991  
Sebadoh The Paradise Boston, MA July 21, 1991  
Japanese Beetles (members of Shonen Knife, Big Dipper, Christmas) T.T. the Bear’s Cambridge, MA August 2, 1991 listen
Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey The Hatch Shell Boston, MA August 3, 1991  
Small Factory The Spiral New York, NY September 28, 1991  
American Music Club The Knitting Factory New York, NY October 23, 1991  
CBGB’s New York, NY January 17, 1992  
Small Factory The Knitting Factory New York, NY March 18, 1992 listen
The Verlaines The Knitting Factory New York, NY March 27, 1992  
Magnetic Fields
Velocity Girl
The Providence Indie Rock Explosion! Festival at The Church House Providence, RI March 28, 1992 listen (MF)
The Verlaines Maxwell’s Hoboken, NJ March 29, 1992 listen
The Mad Scene The Middle East Upstairs Cambridge, MA May 17, 1992 listen
The Cakekitchen CBGB’s New York, NY June 17, 1992  
David Kilgour The Gas Station New York, NY June 18, 1992 listen
Velocity Girl Club Babyhead Providence, RI June 19, 1992 listen
The Chills Maxwell’s Hoboken, NJ October 15, 1992 listen
The Bats T.T. the Bear’s Cambridge, MA November 13, 1992 listen
Lois Maxwell’s Hoboken, NJ January 30, 1993  
Tiger Trap
Maxwell’s Hoboken, NJ June 19, 1993  
Stuart Moxham
Barbara Manning
The Middle East Upstairs Cambridge, MA July 19, 1993  
Nothing Painted Blue
The Folk Implosion
? Providence, RI July 25, 1993  
Honeybunch Patrick’s Pub Providence, RI August 4, 1993  
Air Miami Under Acme New York, NY August 1994  
Slant 6 Sideshows by the Seashore at Coney Island New York, NY August 1994  
Grant McLennan Fez New York, NY September 21, 1994 listen
Stereolab CMJ Festival at Marriott Hotel Ballroom New York, NY September 22, 1994 listen
Robert Forster Brownie’s New York, NY October 17, 1994 listen
Kicking Giant In Your Ear Records Boston, MA October 19, 1994  
Grant McLennan The Mercury Lounge New York, NY January 9, 1995  
Magnetic Fields
Pest 5000
The Middle East Upstairs Cambridge, MA January 27, 1995 listen (MF)
listen (P5k)
Edwyn Collins Mercury Lounge New York, NY March 21, 1995 listen
Hi-Fi The Coffee House Dennisport, MA June 1995 listen
Pest 5000 The Middle East Upstairs Cambridge, MA July 16, 1995  
Barbara Manning WHRB Cambridge, MA September 1995  
The Chills Mercury Lounge New York, NY November 2, 1996  
Vehicle Flips
The Receptionists
Mad Planets
The Poconos
Kardyhm’s house Hastings-on-Hudson, NY January 18, 1997  
Bis Other Music New York, NY February 1997