This was such a great show. Buffalo Tom, who was very popular in ’94, played the time McCabe’s for 2 acoustic shows. BT acoustic shows were rare, which made it even more special. I have a vivid memory of the entire front row of the seated crowd, “headbanging” while sitting to their song “Larry”. It was funny and awesome. The people looked like those old fashioned toy birds that dipped their noses in water, then back up. Great stuff. I hope my excitement over the show did not affect my filming job too much- I was really excited about this one! Filmed with Sony TR81.
I was going to post this on the weekend, but I see that it is Erik Flannigan’s birthday today. I have never told this story, but Erik is responsible for me starting this hobby again about 10 years ago. In the mid to late 90s, grunge and punk got huge and people were bootlegging the hell out of my recordings. Bands got so big that you could never get permission, and if you made a decent tape, it would get bootlegged. It got so frustrating that it made the hobby no fun anymore. So I quit and these tapes lived in a closet. Erik emailed me 10? years ago and asked if I could digitize this video of Buffalo Tom- there were people who wanted to see it. I politely declined and told him I was done with bootleggers. He then told me that with the advent of youtube/etc, all of these videos were free for everyone and DVD bootlegging was pretty much gone. Well, hot damn! Even though I work in tech, I wasn’t paying attention. So I eased back into the hobby with a PCM-M10 and DPA mics, then a consumer Canon camcorder… and it has snowballed into this. So thanks Erik. My wife hates it. Haha. This also means you are finally getting your thumb drive back with this video on it. I took the hi8 tape and increased brightness and adjusted contrast, then degrained in Neat video. Took the DAT master recording and rebalanced it in Izotope RX8, then put it all together in Pluraleyes. Audio starts about 20 seconds in- you can see me lay down the camera on my lap to start the DAT! Also, the levels are way too high for the first couple songs so you get a little distortion then I eventually adjust them.
Recorded by: Shayne Stacy Equipment used: Sony TR-81(Video), Sony TCD-D3 and Nakamichi CM-300 Mic (Audio) Video Enhanced in Adobe Premiere Elements (increased brightness and adjusted contrast, then degrained in Neat video) DAT rebalanced in Ixotope RX8: Boost vocals and guitar, -2db on drums
Here is the headlining set from that insanely stacked Sebadoh/Pavement/Go Dog Go/Buffalo Tom bill. There was enough of the instruments in the mix to make this rebalance sound REALLY nice. Super happy with this one. I am still kicking myself for running out of tape in the middle of Larry. It’s my favorite BT song.
Recorded by: Shayne Stacy Equipment used: Sony TCD-D3 DAT into soundboard Transfer equipment : Sony PCM-R500 and M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card Rebalance in Izotope RX7 (I can’t remember the exact settings, but it was mainly bass and guitar boost)
Thanks to John Conley- he introduced me to Buffalo Tom by taking me to this show, and they ended up being one of my favorite bands. This video is DARK, but they intended it to be dark as there was a psych light show happening behind them. I can ask my friend Jim Mclain to brighten this, but I kinda like it as is.
So, remember that ultra-dark video of Buffalo Tom that I posted a few months ago? Well, Jim McLain came by last weekend and helped me get started on improving the brightness and contrast of my old videos- thanks Jim! A LOT of my old stuff will now be posted, or re-posted and you’ll actually be able to see them!
Recorded by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment Used: Aiwa CV-80 & Sony ECM909 mic
Post Production by Shayne: Adobe Premiere Elements 2018 & Neat Video Noise Reduction to brighten/contrast and denoise.
Here’s a special one today. I have mentioned before that I troll Ebay for any interesting live or demo tapes, since I don’t have enough to do around here. This one popped up with a $25 buy it now and I jumped on it. It’s not on discogs, not on Youtube, no sales history on Ebay. I think it might be pretty rare. It has 5 songs- 3 of them (The Plank, Impossible, The Bus) made it to the first album. Deep in the Ground was a B-side to The Enemy 7″, and Sacred appears to be unreleased in any form.
Transfer by: Shayne Stacy Equipment Used: Nakamichi Dragon and M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card