Personally, I've always found Santa Cruz kind of creepy.
November 28, 2007 6:55 PM   Subscribe

From 1999 to 2004, a slew of bands, either unknown, faintly famous, or about to go on to larger levels of exposure played in the clubs and houses of the Santa Cruz independent "rock" scene, and were recorded for anthropological purposes.

All the music/mp3s offered here can't really be downloaded, but if you were 'part of the scene' back then, maybe you can relive some pleasant memories.

[DISCLAIMER: I know the guy responsible, and a couple of the bands. Also, this is my first post.]
posted by Minus215Cee (23 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
You left out the most (only?) famous band in the list! The Shins. For you Garden State fans, track 6 is New Slang and track 5 is Caring is Creepy.
posted by smackfu at 7:10 PM on November 28, 2007

That's a really cool project, Minus215Cee. Thanks for posting it here. I really liked the Microphones set.
posted by sleepy pete at 7:38 PM on November 28, 2007

It's worth noting that the band in the "unknown" link is Get the Hell Out of the Way of the Volcano, aka Khaela Maricich, aka the Blow.
posted by chrominance at 8:00 PM on November 28, 2007 [1 favorite]

And even some little wings! score!
posted by SmileyChewtrain at 8:17 PM on November 28, 2007

Minus215: Would you happen to know any of the people in Out Hud? I've been following their recordings for the last 10 years or so, and I'd love to have a copy of these, but I wouldn't know how to reach any of them to get the needed permission email.

Also: The rest of these are really good too.
posted by tylermoody at 8:41 PM on November 28, 2007

Oliver Brown! Yay! I left Santa Cruz in 1996 - but I've often wondered what happened to him...
posted by Wolfie at 9:40 PM on November 28, 2007

Okay so there are familiar people in the banner. I want the locations. Pallokaville, Stevenson, Laguna Lounge? Where? And where in the hell is Lesterjett?
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 11:39 PM on November 28, 2007

The Microphones touring for The Glow! Whoutte!
posted by wemayfreeze at 12:07 AM on November 29, 2007

God Damn, Arrington is a knob.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 12:32 AM on November 29, 2007 [1 favorite]

Is it not cool to mention that you can easily download the mp3s using Safari's Activity window? If you wanted to do that sort of thing, that is.
posted by papafrita at 1:28 AM on November 29, 2007

in spite of the disclaimer, from the guidelines:
Don't link to friends' or family members' sites.
posted by msconduct at 3:22 AM on November 29, 2007

what, no meat pizza sandwich?

or am i showing my age?
posted by apostrophe at 6:57 AM on November 29, 2007

apostrophe, s soon as I saw that article reference 831, I knew the answer was "no,"
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 10:31 AM on November 29, 2007

oh yeah, everything was way cooler in the days of the 408.
posted by apostrophe at 11:11 AM on November 29, 2007

it's just that the bulk of the performances are from post-2000 and i split town in 1999.
posted by apostrophe at 11:17 AM on November 29, 2007

What? No Netwerk:Electric? (My younger son's band, now disbanded.)
posted by Corky at 1:09 PM on November 29, 2007

apostrophe, Greg from MPS was later in Sin in Space, which the site does have.
posted by hilker at 4:19 PM on November 29, 2007

Nuts, there's no Slow Gherkin. I thought they were the biggest thing going in SC during my high school years.

Though it is an awesome catalog nonetheless.
posted by Durhey at 4:35 PM on November 29, 2007

smackfu: The Shins are simply not on my radar. Apologies for overlooking them.

tylermoody: I don't know anyone in OutHud, but I do have pleasant memories of a show they played in SF, at an anarchist zinespace/record store that doesn't exist anymore, the name of which escapes me. [waves fist in general direction of CA Bay Area, again]

Joe Gurl: I would have said 'douche' based on new shitty things I learned recently, but you've always been classier than me with the zingers.

msconduct: check yr memail. And, uh, 'My bad, dude.'

I should add that the site owner is not adverse to being contacted, and any specific questions about it's contents should be sent to him. The worst he can do is feed you beer and talk your ear off.
posted by Minus215Cee at 9:22 PM on November 29, 2007

Wow, I feel famous. Do I really talk your ear off Kelvin? I happen to recall a night in my kitchen where you talked without pause for 90 minutes straight.

posted by postconsumer at 10:32 PM on November 29, 2007

Welcome, postconsumer! Hey please get the venue info up somewhere!
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 10:40 PM on November 29, 2007
posted by postconsumer at 11:32 PM on November 29, 2007

That feat would only be possible if I was a) upset, b) baked out of my gourd, or c), a) + b) + beer.

Ah, the hat-trick of instantaneous verbosity.

posted by Minus215Cee at 9:29 AM on November 30, 2007

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