At first, I just downloaded the good stuff. I would grab a show, listen to it, then go back and download another show. Then I figured to improve efficiency by eliminating the listening part and just snatching great handfuls of shows like a fat lady on Supermarket Spree. This stuffed up my computer, so I got the external HD, which is small, black, and prodigious in memory: I call him Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
My new strategy, then, was to just download everything: go to the pirate bay and click ‘yes, please’. Every soundboard, official release, taped rehearsal. Even 1984. (Nothing later than ’91, though: a line must be drawn.) It all went in Henry, and he was hungry for more, but, I thought, the well had run dry. Nothing left to collect.
And then I found out about .flac files. Help me.
P.S. Check out an example of the new hotness, this Matrix mix from Hunter Seamons of 5/4/77 at the Palladium (formerly the Academy of Music) on East 14th Street in Manhattan.