Ska Online: Internet Archive.org

I’ve been into live set trading since Ska.About.com posted a link to The Slackers 01-01-01 show. That was back when About Ska was still vital, and it had yet to be incorporated into Worldmusic.About.com. And for a while, SoulSeek was the place to find and trade live ska sets. But these days, if you want to find or share live recordings, Archive.org is the site to go to. Find the artist you like, review the set on the provided flash player, and pick your compression method, download freely and you are good to go.

Archive.org uses online tools to collect any kind of info that has fallen out of copyright. Old films and websites are compiled here, but its the Live Music Archive that I’m concentrating on, today.

Here’s some sets of interest:

The Allstonians from 1996
Camper Van Beethoven from 1985
The Toasters (2 shows)
Fishbone (5 shows)
The Slackers (3 shows)

Dub Trio (9 shows)
Dub is a Weapon (8 shows)
Antibalas (24 shows)
Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad (8 shows)
Matisyahu (94 shows)

This is several days worth of listening, and I’m sure that there’s more to be found. Browse by band and find what I didn’t.

PS – The archived link to Ska.About.com was provided by Archive.org’s Wayback Machine.

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