Jesse Jarnow

“london calling” – bob dylan

“London Calling” (wma) – Bob Dylan (re-upped through January 6th.)
21 November 2005, Brixton Academy, London, UK

Fly-by-night, lo-fi, punk-frickin’-rock recording of Dylan performing a solid minute of The Clash’s “London Calling” yesterday in London. The super-digitized distortion on the Windows media file is the 21st century equivalent of an oversaturated cassette bootleg made with a built-in condenser mic (and, hell, for all I know, this recording was made on an oversaturated cassette with a condenser mic). Dylan’s post-“Love and Theft” gruntfest howl is perfectly suited to the medium, cutting through the shit like a rude, distorted guitar and beamed around the world in a matter of hours by an anonymous head. (Thanks, anonymous head!) (…and to Aaron & Russ for pointing it out.)

5 Comments

  1. David Gans says: - reply

    Thanks for posting this. Gnarly indeed, but well worth hearing!

  2. Justin says: - reply

    Gnarly enough for me to link to it, so that’s cool…
    And gnarly enough to call it gnarly, that works for me.

  3. Mike says: - reply

    I hate to be a nag, but I’ve been searching for days and I’m at the point now where I just needed to post and flat-out BEG you to repost this. Thanks in advance.

  4. Quinn says: - reply

    Im a huge fan and i have to hear this, i beg you to repost

  5. Jesse says: - reply

    To Quinn & everybody else: I no longer seem to have a copy of the file. Sorry.