This is the first post of what I hope will be a recurring feature here on this site: bootleg sharing. In my introductory post, I stated that I didn’t want this blog to simply be a music upload dump, but I think it’s fun to upload and discuss bootlegs every now and then. Unlike commercial albums, bootlegs are recorded by fans for fans. The tapers and traders usually do not see a dime from the efforts, which makes bootlegging absolutely justifiable in my book. It’s all about the music. The recordings uploaded here will be lossless, which is the standard in the trading community. The songs are kept in this format to prevent the quality decay that occurs when a file is transcoded. Feel free to encode these files to lossy sources for your own listening, but if you ever trade the material to somebody else, try to ensure that it is lossless. Anyway, here’s the show that I uploaded for this entry:


Title: Live in Sydney
Artist: The Mars Volta
Performance Date: March 15, 2007
Genre: Progressive/Psychedelic/Alternative Rock
Download Link: Disc One | | Disc Two

  • 1.1 – Rapid Fire Tollbooth [15:13]
  • 1.2 – Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of) [15:20]
  • 1.3 – Cygnus….Vismund Cygnus [18:10]
  • 1.4 – Viscera Eyes [09:08]
  • 1.5 – Idle Tooth [06:20]
  • 1.6 – Drunkship of Lanterns [12:48]
  • 2.1 – Vermicide [04:50]
  • 2.2 – Tetragrammaton [17:08]
  • 2.3 – Cicatriz ESP [14:39]
  • 2.4 – Meccamputechture [7:16]
  • 2.5 – Day of the Baphomets [13:40]


Despite the fact that The Mars Volta is consistently praised as a band of technically-adept musicians, a group of true innovators, and the King Crimson of our generation, I have never really gotten into them. I enjoy their first two albums whenever I put them on, but I have not bothered exploring the group any further. Since acquiring this recording however, my position on the Mars Volta has changed, and I am more interested in this fascinating young group than I ever was before.

This disc-spanning live set contains much of the band’s already-classic material, bookended by tight extended jamming. Each and every song is performed accurately with a certain energy that is unparalleled by other acts. If I was a dedicated fan, I’d be able to elaborate upon specific moments during this show that catch my attention, but as of right now, I can only comprehend this recording as one long psychedelic explosion. Perhaps it’s for the best, as my attempts to describe this music from an outsider’s perspective would be hamfisted no matter what. In fact, I really don’t have much else to say about this one. I just liked this show so much that I figured that I would share the wealth. I am looking forward to listening to more Mars Volta in the future, as well as writing more “real” articles for this site. Enjoy!