The recently-released website is addressed to “anyone who has played or attended an indie rock show in Santa Cruz between 1999-2004.” We did! We were there! We remember the tall, handsome fellow with incongruous Ugg boots and a microphone on a stick who recorded shows in every bar, basement, living room and attic during the golden years of Santa Cruz indie rock!

oliverbrown.jpgAnd now you can be there, too – Nicholas Taplin’s hoard of live recordings (or half of it, anyway) is now available on the web (in streaming 128kbps mp3 format).

The archive includes not only Santa Cruz bands, but also touring bands (many from K Records) who played in Santa Cruz (our particular favorite is Victoria-based quartet Frog Eyes).

A particular highlight of is the work of celebrated ukulelist and Big Bang! lo-fi music festival organizer Oliver Brown (shown here at a Joey Ramone tribute show at Santa Cruz's Rio Theater). Sadly absent, though, is the whiskey-soaked, train-hopping, punk-Americana of The Devil Makes Three--not to worry, though, the DM3 just released a re-mastered version of their 2002 debut CD, including 4 live and demo songs from the Santa Cruz era. You can pick it up at the two-night CD release party at the Independent, this Friday and Saturday night (doors 8:30, $15).

Many members of the Santa Cruz diaspora now call the Bay Area home. Our snapshots of them in the old days, after the jump.