While You Were Eating… Fugazi Preps a Career-Spanning “Live Series” Archive

11/28/2011 8:58 AM |

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One of the more notable news bits to hit the music world over Thanksgiving came from Fugazi, who, sadly, aren’t reuniting but have decided to release more than 800 recorded live shows spanning their first performances in 1987 to their last in 2002 in an online archival project. (Phish fans and Fugazi fans: sooo much in common.) Keeping with the band’s staunchly independent business methods, shows will be available on the Fugazi Live Series — currently in Beta, set to officially launch on Thursday with an initial batch of 130 shows — for $1 per download with a sliding scale up to $100 for those feeling generous and a suggested price of $5 a show.

This isn’t exactly a small feat, mind you. Co-frontman Ian MacKaye told the Times that it has taken Dischord, the band’s self-run label, over two years and tens of thousands of dollars to organize and catalog the recordings previously kept in a closet. Their formatting (and sound quality, for that matter) chronicles music technology over 15 years, from the glory days of tapes to CD-Rs to hard drives. To add to it, the site also includes fliers, ticket stubs and photographs corresponding to each entry, as well a crowd-sourced rating system to help visitors navigate the offerings. In other words, Fugazi is still pretty awesome.