In the three years that I’ve lived in Manhattan, I’ve had the chance to frequent all the famous concert venues that this town has to offer except for CBGB. I know, I know. Let’s just not go there. It’s in these dark, damp and rank halls that I’ve seen a handful of amazing bands perform while watching others crash and burn. I’ve always thought that a band is only as good as their live performance and let’s be honest – most of today’s bands stink on ice.
I went to see The Giraffes at the Mercury Lounge a while back and they were the most amazing band I’ve seen in a long while. But I didn’t realize that until I went to the show because I always check a band’s MySpace page and troll YouTube for footage before any concert. Let’s just say that I wasn’t impressed by what I found on YouTube. There’s nothing more I could have asked for then a live recording of that Giraffes show. A video would have been better, but that’s just me being greedy.
Anyway, Webster Hall in NYC will soon offer patrons a way to keep those memories by charging them an additional $6 (at least that’s what the website place holder says). The concert hall has struck a deal to sell the “Live at Webster Hall” series with New York area Best Buy stores. You can also download albums from the Webster Hall website or through iTunes . Artists who choose to participate will get half the revenue and have the option of pulling out if they know they sound like crap.