Since we’re in the thick of the summer concert season, I thought I’d share The Live Music Archive.
It’s a community sharing high-quality recordings of concerts that you can download. They only feature “trade-friendly” artists (those that encourage the recording and sharing of their live performances).
Some of last week’s top downloads were Jack Johnson‘s Bonnaroo performance this past June, a 311 performance in 1996, and a Maroon 5 show in 2004. I also found some shows from Blind Melon, Ryan Adams, Smashing Pumpkins, and, as you might expect, a lot of Grateful Dead.
In addition to this website, there are band-specific communities all over that have organized similar concert offerings. For example, here is a Dave Matthews Band community sharing an impressive amount of concert recording from this summer’s series, as well as shows dating back to 1994.
With the advent of BitTorrent technology, up-and-coming bands could do well to encourage the formation of these types of communities to help spread their music and grow their fanbase.