Another company wants to make live music on the internet a thing.
MoshCam, sporting a clean new look as of this month, claims to be creating “the worlds [sic] largest online catalogue of originally-produced high definition live music videos” and already to be among the top three percent of YouTube channels. Its HD concert and interview videos are also available in apps for iOS, Android, Hulu, Google TV, some Sony TVs, and on websites like this one (see our top ten concert list below). All of it is free, on all platforms, with the artists owning the copyrights.
The problem, as always, it seems, with live music websites, is catalog. If you browse all of the Discover section, MoshCam lists only 99 concerts. The Artists section contains many more — over 1,000 in total, according to the company’s About page. Also, each concert has multiple songs (sometimes all of them), and viewers are free to make shareable playlists out of those — sort of like miniature, custom-curated music festivals.
Still, it’s not a large percentage of the world of live music, or even live online music, no matter how you slice it. And the vast majority of the gigs are in multiple venues in Sydney, Australia, while the remainder seem to be in L.A. This leaves out plenty of bands and gigs, obviously. The issue: Filming, producing, and securing the rights to live video is way harder than signing an agreement to distribute someone else’s recorded music.
Still, it’s impressive what MoshCam has put together, all with great audio and video quality.
In service of that point, here are the 20 best concerts, subjectively speaking, that we found on MoshCam, in alphabetical order:
Animal Collective, Sydney, 2009
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Sydney, 2013
Dan Deacon, Sydney, 2012
Deerhunter, Sydney, 2009
Devo, Los Angeles, 2012
Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Sydney, 2013
Fuck Buttons, Sydney, 2009
Hall & Oates, Sydney, 2012
Interpol, Sydney, 2011
Jane’s Addiction, Sydney, 2010
Jarvis Cocker, Sydney, 2009
John Maus, Sydney, 2012
Los Lobos, Sydney, 2011
Low, Sydney, 2010
Megadeth, Sydney, 2010
Mogwai, Sydney, 2009
No Age, Sydney, 2009
Spiritualized, Sydney, 2009
Stereolab, Sydney, 2009