Stream this goldmine of ’80s/’90s live tapes from Sonic Youth, The Fall, Hüsker Dü, Pixies and more

If you, like us, are a sucker for those hissy, you-are-there live tapes recorded from the back of dingy rock clubs, drop everything you’re doing and behold The McKenzie Tapes, a site that, since January, has been sharing live recordings made in the ’80s and ’90s of bands that performed at the famed Maxwell’s club in Hoboken, N.J., and other venues in the New York City area.

Among the acts featured so far: Sonic Youth, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Wire, Dinosaur Jr, The Feelies, Pixies, The Fall, Hüsker Dü, Butthole Surfers, Jonathan Richman, Fugazi, Minutemen and many, many more. The sound quality varies, naturally, but each tape can be streamed — and even downloaded.

The site is the work of Tom Gallo, a New Jersey music enthusiast who hosts the Look at My Records! podcast, as well as a show on Radio Free Brooklyn on Saturday afternoons. He acquired the tapes from David McKenzie, a former Maxwell’s employee, and the recordings largely span 1985 to 1993 — not only from Maxwell’s, but other New Jersey and New York City venues, too.

Gallo writes on the site: “David generously sent his tapes to me in hopes of getting them archived online. I’m looking forward to sharing all this great music over the course of 2018.”

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