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:

Monday
The Chills (1992) | Listen on YouTube

Tuesday
Edwyn Collins (1995) | Listen on YouTube

Wednesday
Small Factory (1992) | Listen on YouTube

Thursday
Magnetic Fields (1995) | Listen on YouTube

Friday
Stereolab (1994) | Listen on YouTube

Saturday
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  
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) T.T. the Bear’s Cambridge, MA August 2, 1991  
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  
Sebadoh
Luna
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
Tsunami
Honeybunch
Velocity Girl
The Providence Indie Rock Explosion! Festival at The Church House Providence, RI March 28, 1992  
The Verlaines Maxwell’s Hoboken, NJ March 29, 1992 listen
The Mad Scene The Middle East Upstairs Cambridge, MA June 1992  
The Cakekitchen CBGB’s New York, NY June 17, 1992  
David Kilgour The Gas Station New York, NY June 18, 1992  
Velocity Girl Club Babyhead Providence, RI June 19, 1992  
The Chills Maxwell’s Hoboken, NJ October 15, 1992 listen
The Bats T.T. the Bear’s Cambridge, MA November 13, 1992  
Lois Maxwell’s Hoboken, NJ January 30, 1993  
Tiger Trap
Lois
Maxwell’s Hoboken, NJ June 19, 1993  
Stuart Moxham
Barbara Manning
The Middle East Upstairs Cambridge, MA July 19, 1993  
Nothing Painted Blue
Lou Barlow, John Davis & Bob Fay
? 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  
Stereolab CMJ Festival at Marriott Hotel Ballroom New York, NY September 22, 1994 listen
Robert Forster Brownie’s New York, NY October 17, 1994  
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
Edwyn Collins Mercury Lounge New York, NY March 21, 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
Sarge
The Poconos
Kardyhm’s house Hastings-on-Hudson, NY January 18, 1997  
Bis Other Music New York, NY February 1997