Posted in music on November 26, 2011

Fugazi by Jem Cohen
Fugazi

After letting audio tapes for more than 800 shows languish in a closet for years, Fugazi has begun putting them all on its Web site, with the first batch of 130 shows going up next Thursday.

In keeping with its commercial principles of low prices and trust in fans, the shows' suggested price is $5 each, with a sliding scale of $1 to $100, for the cheap or the philanthropic.

As a career-spanning archival project, the Fugazi Live Series has few equals, putting the band in the unlikely company of acts like the Grateful Dead and Phish. And for Dischord, Fugazi's self-run label, it has taken more than two years and tens of thousands of dollars, said Ian MacKaye, one of Fugazi's two singer-guitarists and a co-founder of Dischord.
-[NY Times]

The Fugazi Live Series is now in beta and officially launches on December 1st.

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Comments (110)

Uh oh I suppose Morals and staying true to the scene are not paying the bills - only a few months till we see some fugazi shows to help pay Ian's rent!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 9:04 PM

oh shove off, dude. what's so bad about releasing some live material? i for one am stoked about this!!

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 9:09 PM

tens of thousands of dollars? i'm not disputing it, but i wouldn't mind seeing the excel sheet on that.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 9:11 PM

9:04

pinhead

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 9:19 PM

9:04

Go jump off a cliff

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 9:38 PM

The members of the band, and especially the ones who were the owners of the label, are quite rich already

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 9:43 PM

get 100+ shows mastered probably costs a lot of money. they've been talking about this for years and years. obviously not a money grab.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 9:45 PM

The people who will pay for fugazi live shows are the people who steal music from "new" bands.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 9:59 PM

oh don't worry. we'll figure out a way to steal these too.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 10:03 PM

10:03

paid scalper prices for LCD and Arcade Fire. Wears different colored Converse, depending on which day it is, and depending on his "mood"

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 10:34 PM

I won't feel bad downloading these for free.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 10:49 PM

I love Fugazi but I do question the wisdom of this affair. If Fugazi is no more and Ian and company have passed the time engineering this project and devoting funds to it then it amounts to no more than them monotonously preening the legacy of their band.

The conceit is that the time or times you saw Fugazi was the most important and special night of your life and now you can have a memento from the gift shop to help preserve the memory of it.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 10:54 PM

9:19 is bill o'reilly

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 11:04 PM

I bought bout 50-100 live shows from them about 5-10 years ago through their website..is this anything new?

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 11:18 PM

11:04 is LCD/Converse sneaker poseur who never got to see Fugazi live.

He is 23, moved to NYC from Iowa, and has been "looking for suitable employment" for the last 17 months. He has not yet figured out the everyone knows he is a poseur

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2011 11:42 PM

...

you "question the wisdom of this affair"

"Morals and staying true to the scene are not paying the bills"

"i wouldn't mind seeing the excel sheet on that."

...these are possibly the stupidest things I've heard human beings say in a long long time.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 12:48 AM

believe me, you, ian does not need the money. too bad the grateful dead did not think of this.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 1:21 AM

Fugazi = Pitchfork 2012

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 1:21 AM

lol @ "staying true to the scene," you talking the hardcore scene? the punk scene? the indie rock scene? i'd love to hear ian's thoughts on his involvement in the "scene." you can assail just about everybody for selling out or whatever you want to call it. fugazi is the rare exception.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 2:02 AM

still... charging people to listen to bootlegs of your old shows?

it just seems tacky, especially given how wealthy the members of the band already are

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 2:23 AM

giving fans the opportunity to pay $1 for something you paid to get mastered is not tacky! Are you kidding me?! Doesn't anyone remember a time before the internet when we paid ridiculous prices for "import" and "live bootleg" tapes or CD's at record stores? $1 or $5, it's still fucking cheap!

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 2:53 AM

I think you're mistaken on the "wealth" that the members of the band have.

The impetuous behind the live series was that the band have all of their live recordings (well, a majority). A number of them (over half) were on a format the was rapidly at risk of obsolecense (DAT), so it was imperative to transfer them right away. Well, what better way then to just transfer everything and make it accessible to everyone?

At its heart, the live series is a way to fund the preservation of Fugazi's live output. They've already sunk in a bunch of dough into the project and any profit is just a boon to the preservation of their performances and the collective reception by individuals that will hopefully comment/contribute to the site.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 2:56 AM

well, BV commenters will find to a reason to shit on ANYTHING.

fugazi is one of the most important bands of the last 25 years.

they put bootlegs of their old live shows FOR A FUCKING DOLLAR EACH and you find something to complain about?

i worry about the survival of the human race sometimes.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 3:13 AM

"fugazi is one of the most important bands of the last 25 years."

That's one opinion anyway.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 4:09 AM

Yeah 4:09, your body of work RISES ABOVE Fugazi

Um, what is your website again? Oh, doesn't exist yet?

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 5:25 AM

"giving fans the opportunity to pay $1 for something you paid to get mastered is not tacky! Are you kidding me?! Doesn't anyone remember a time before the internet when we paid ridiculous prices for "import" and "live bootleg" tapes or CD's at record stores? $1 or $5, it's still fucking cheap!"

Thank you, that's just it, people don't remember..or they're just too young and stupid to realize that the internet hasn't always existed. I remember paying upwards of $25 for Floyd, Primus and NIN bootleg CDs. If you wanted to hear it, you bought it!

People who criticize Fugazi have no idea who the fuck they actually are!

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 5:36 AM

Yeah kids, perhaps you should go to the Dischord website and purchase 13 Songs, or Repeater, or anything, and expand your musical horizons. For anybody to complain about the release of anyting Fugazi-related is beyond ignorant.

Fugazi is one step above "important" to have in your music collection

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 6:56 AM

Unbelievable that people would complain about this. If $1 is too much for you then cut off your Internet plan and stop posting senseless nonsense which costs more per month for you than 20 of these live shows which youd have forever. Gimme a break.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 6:58 AM

"Yeah 4:09, your body of work RISES ABOVE Fugazi

Um, what is your website again? Oh, doesn't exist yet?"

And this is a response to 4:09, how? Moron.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 7:08 AM

who cares

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 8:21 AM

9:04 turned 14 last week...

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 8:37 AM

Fugazi is one of the greatest bands of the last few decades. They are also all some of the most down to earth genuine people I have ever met. If you criticize them, you have no credibility.
Their live shows are life-affirming, positive, beautiful events and I and countless other fans enjoy listening to their live recordings. The sound of Brendan's snare drum alone makes these worth listening to.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 8:41 AM

Touche Amore > Fugazi

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 9:26 AM

8:41 sounds like a teenage girl. Let's hope that's the case.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 9:51 AM

If you criticize them, you have no credibility.


Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 10:05 AM

If you criticize them, you have no credibility.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 10:20 AM

^ sounds just as stupid the second and third time.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 10:21 AM

Anyone whose feelings are affected by someone's opinion on BV's message boards seriously needs to get outside more often.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 10:45 AM

7:08 is bitter because he was told Christmas is the deadline - Mom and Dad will no longer fund his "Williamsburg transitional period"

Guess ya gotta get a job, guy

You can use Fugazi as a great example of DIY ethics

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 10:50 AM

LOL What? I think you have mental health issues, 10:50. Anyone who reads 4:09/5:25/7:08 and then 10:50 will laugh at you.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 11:26 AM

This band was irrelevant than & now

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 11:26 AM

I like the "sliding price" thing that Fugazi is doing. I think its the best way to sell music. Pay what you think it's worth.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 12:15 PM

haha. you mopes take everything too seriously. it's just some freakin' live tapes. accusing ian mackaye of a money grab is hilarious.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 12:40 PM

Total money grab.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 12:46 PM

ian mackage, one of the top 25 guitarists of all time right behind jimi hendrix.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 12:46 PM

Fugazi was a lot more important as an idea than as actual music. They got a lot of late 80's hardcore guys to listen to other kinds of music and start other kinds of bands, and that's a watershed moment.

I saw them a couple of times, at the Metro in Chicago, at Liberty Lunch in Austin. They were always a serviceable band, but a little monotonous. Ian constantly lecturing the audience definitely got old fast.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 12:54 PM

Floorpunch > fugazi

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 1:01 PM

"Fugazi was a lot more important as an idea than as actual music."

I suppose so. That would certainly explain why not giving a fuck about their ethos means not giving a fuck at all about their music. I kind of admire them for walking the walk though. Heaven knows there are enough bullshit pretend revolutionaries out there who the weak-minded cluelessly embrace.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 1:01 PM

You are all lame. But 11:26 is just plain strange. Keeping track of times of posts, and commenting on mental health issues? Get some help 11:26

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 2:01 PM

fugazi rules, plain and simple

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 2:17 PM

I don't think 11:26 is the person who needs help, 2:01. You reek of crazy

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 2:31 PM

should be free.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 3:14 PM

If you can't afford 1-5 dollars for a quality bootleg, you must live in Brooklyn

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 4:56 PM

So FFFun Fest 7 is my guess

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 5:46 PM

hardee har har 4:56!

you referenced the existence of Brooklyn!!!

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 6:39 PM

everything should be free

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 7:16 PM

well not everything... but old recordings of shows? yeah, those should be free

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 7:22 PM

brooklyn is a joke

fugazi is excellent

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 7:25 PM

you're declaring a 2.6 million person place a joke eh?

I think you might be misguided

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 7:37 PM

Big issue if you make less than $70k.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 7:59 PM

"This band was irrelevant than & now"

Spell often? You from B'ooklin?

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 8:07 PM

Brooklyn could never aspire to be the cultural and intellectual mecca that is... washington dc.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 8:15 PM

Dear Brooklyn

Call us back when you guys are all debating the significance of a band from Brooklyn that's been on hiatus for almost 9 years. Until then, shut the fuck up.

Love,

DC

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 8:26 PM

yeah DC has really got it goin on these days

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 8:30 PM

Man, I really hate BV sometimes.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 9:02 PM

Wake me up when they start playing live shows, not merely selling recordings of old ones.

And to be especially picky, only wake me up if those shows are in NYC. Fugazi rarely played in NYC and did not come at all for the last several years of their existence (not counting shows for NYU truntfund kids).

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2011 9:42 PM

selling your old live shows is kind of self indulgent

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2011 8:03 AM

^^
self indulgent? comment from a person who is a frustrated artist or musician, a poseur who has nothing to offer the public

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2011 8:08 AM

no, just someone with self respect and a healthy sense of modesty

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2011 8:20 AM

"comment from a person who is a frustrated artist or musician, a poseur who has nothing to offer the public"

Wow! Anonymous really zinged anonymous there!

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2011 8:51 AM

As someone who grew up in DC, my bet is that Ian MacKaye doesn't give a good goddamn what you all think. From what I've seen, the Dischord folks look out for each other first and foremost (including their fans), which has always been their strength and their weakness.

So Dischord didn't put this archive together for you, the fully functioning Williamsburg hipster. They put it out for the people who care about them because that's how they roll, good or bad.

Posted by R. Thornton | November 28, 2011 12:28 PM

Why would a non-Fugazi fan troll this thread? I guess many clueless 20/30-something hipsters never got the chance to see one of the best bands ever. I would be frustrated too. Somebody buy me a PBR

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2011 1:12 PM

Fugazi gets no burn on Bedford Ave. Take that puritanical shit back to DC.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2011 2:13 PM

for the record a lot of the big brooklyn bands are dc kids living in nyc. i doubt you'd see any brooklyn musicians hating on fugazi.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2011 2:25 PM

"Fugazi gets no burn on Bedford Ave"

They used to...
They don't now, because Bedford Ave has become a joke.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2011 2:50 PM

these kids and thier sense of entitlement.

Posted by BW | November 28, 2011 5:10 PM

"gets no burn"?

lame post of the day, and possibly year

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2011 5:17 PM

I live in Williamsburg and don't listen to Fugazi. Me and my friends are pretty dedicated to the 'Jacuzzi Boy' lifestyle. Therefore when it's time to throw on some tunes, I'm trying to get the party started, not have some old dude preach at me.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2011 5:31 PM

You live in W'burg. Doesn't matter what you listen to. You are lame.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2011 7:25 PM

You dope, Williamsburg is the shit. For those of us living the jacuzzzi boy lifestyle, Williamsburg is Mecca.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2011 7:55 PM

Williamsburg is the unofficial hummus capital of the continental united states.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2011 8:26 PM

anybody who hates "williamsburg" or "brooklyn" clearly has never been there and/or is from here in NYC and has never left to see just how pathetic the "scene" neighborhood is everywhere else on planet earth

also, this subject is boring

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2011 8:33 PM

Williamsburg > Fugazi

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2011 8:45 PM

Subject boring .....................

Posted by Rede de proteção | November 28, 2011 8:49 PM


we don't hate williamsburg or your borough. it is you we pity. most people (myself included) are not born and bred in BK. i am pure Manhattan, as bold as love

somebody, please, play some fugazi and let's dance

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2011 10:01 PM

^ this square dances to Fugazi #smh

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2011 10:18 PM

Psyched for more Fugazi.

How are those National and Arcade Fire recordings treating you?

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2011 10:25 PM

^da fuck? I'm a card carrying jacuzzi boy. Fuck outa here with fugazi, national & AF. I get DOWN. A little Isleys, a little hummus, the right wordz; and a whole lot of use yr imagination....

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2011 10:33 PM

If you know anyone in the band you know that any suggestion They are doing this to make money is a total joke

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 12:25 AM

^but they do make $. IM lives in a 1mil+ home for realz. What that has to do with selling some musty recordings of live shows on the internet I don't know....

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 12:35 AM

"Taxation Without Representation" Yep, D.C. is a great place to live and raise a family

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 9:27 AM

the band member are wealthy, and with the exception of Ian, they were all very well off before the band. georgetown kids.

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 10:07 AM

"Anyone whose feelings are affected by someone's opinion on BV's message boards seriously needs to get outside more often."


This statement pretty much wins BV in general. Well said.

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 11:04 AM

Fugazi definitely doesn't need your money.

And I don't hate Williamsburg, only most of the people that have infested it since around 2006. Before that, it was awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 2:00 PM

Psyched for more Fugazi.

Posted by Redes de proteção | November 29, 2011 5:53 PM

Ian's net worth is 25 million.

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 6:21 PM

I heard he only makes $70K.

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 7:17 PM

Fugazi's records have sold in the multiple millions and have all been released through Dischord. Minor Threat has also sold over 1 million copies of their complete discography CD. This is not counting the revenue Dischord makes as a distributor of other labels, and from their entire catalog in general. The members of Fugazi are multimillionaires themselves and Ian has a considerable amount more.

Honestly, how can you hate on a guy who has had this much success on his own terms?

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 7:32 PM

'only' 70k? I don't understand.

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 7:40 PM

Ian Thomas Garner Mackaye is an American singer, songwriter, musician, businessman and producer with a net worth of $25 million. Ian Mackaye obtained his net worth by being the front man of the bands Minor Threat, Embrace, Fugazi, The Evens and the owner of Dischord Records Mackaye was born in Washington DC.

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 7:54 PM

Williamsburg is the shit.

Posted by Redes de protecao | December 9, 2011 2:31 PM

Ten Yard Fight > Fugazi

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