Yes, a dictaphone. At a gig. Anyway, it sounded ... alright. Murky, muddy, full of distracting crowd noise, and me and my companions mindlessly talking over the music, but still ... audible. And that was how it all started, dear reader. Having already been going to gigs on a regular basis for er, 18 years, I stumbled across a new wheez. Doing my own super-lo-fi bootleg-y stuff! But on a strictly non-commercial basis, you understand.
Back then, in 2000, I didn't have any intention of sharing recordings like these. Doing monthly compilation CDRs - and then podcasts - all started years later. But, well, here we are ... seventeen-and-a-half long long years later, and I'm the proud owner of shelves and shelves of plasticky minidiscs (and a few cassettes) stuffed with these heavily-distorted live recordings. Envious?
Yeah, well, what do with 'em? They're gathering dust. A few tracks have been "aired" (if that's the right word) via my comps/podcasts but hey, that's not enough. These recordings demand to be heard!
So there you have it. It's the beginning of a new Niluccio on noise podcast era. Yep, bucketfuls of bootlegs are about to slosh all over a none-too-grateful online audience ...
With due respect to other places (Nottingham, Sheffield, Coventry, Leeds, Leicester, Edinburgh, Birmingham, and not forgetting Paris, Brussels, Seoul, New York, Brescia, Tokyo and so on ...), most of the gigs I've honoured with a visit during the past two decades have taken place in good old London. Yes, das kapital. So that's what this is. Das kapital live!
So stop feeling alienated, comrades. Trade in your old ideas according to the exchange value principle, and tune in. Everywhere man is in chains, but at least you can dig the distortion. Eins, zwei, drei, vier ...
1: The Fiction: The Social, 15/5/07
2: Country Teasers: Buffalo Bar, 12/5/05
3: Holiday Ghosts: Victoria, 23/2/18
4: Value consists in the exchange relation
5: Good Shoes: Pleasure Unit, 21/11/05
6: Brandon Allen Trio: Black Gardenia, 8/7/06
7: Electricity In Their Homes: Catch, 7/2/08
8: Herman Düne: Betsey Trotwood, 6/3/03
9: Masonics: Buffalo Bar, 20/2/05
10: Nervous Twitch: Prince Albert, 11/11/11
11: H Grimace: Old Blue Last, 24/11/13
12: Bearsuit: Buffalo Bar, 21/9/07
13: The Worms: Power Lunches, 25/5/15
14: Appears to be something accidental
15: Fallen Leaves: Inn On The Green, 21/7/07
16: No Friendz: Windmill, 7/6/17
17: Stanley Brinks: George Tavern, 23/9/07
18: Terry Edwards: Soho Arts Theatre, 8/9/06
19: Nothing can have an intrinsic value
20: Buff Medways: Boston Arms, 14/12/01
21: Bricolage: Buffalo Bar, 23/11/07
22: Frank Fairfield: North Star, 5/9/10
23: Super Lungs: Old Blue Last, 20/9/15
24: Schneider TM: Great Eastern Hotel, 5/11/00
25: Radical Boy: Sebright Arms, 25/2/16