Matthew Sweet- Tower Records, Chicago Il. 8/24/95 Live in-store Audio Only WXRT-FM xfer from master

After 8.5 hours straight of meetings today, I finally get a break.
I kinda blew my wad on the cool archival video stuff early this week, so you get audio for a few days. Man, I love Matthew Sweet. He always seems to get lumped into the “90s alternative” bucket of bands, but all I hear is a great songwriter. Killer power pop.
This is an in-store concert broadcast broadcast on WXRT in Chicago, who were probably the best station in the country for live broadcasts back then. I hope they are still relevant, and didn’t go the route of KROQ.

Recorded by: Paul Galis (I think) off radio onto cassette, transferred to my DAT.
Transfer by: Shayne Stacy
Transfer equipment: Sony PCMR500 and M-Audio Audiophile 2496

Audio Live Performance

Spitboy- Fireside Bowl, Chicago Il. 4/14/94 xfer from 1st gen VHS tape live East Bay Punk

I know it is a little early for the daily post, but I did not sleep much due to election anxiety. I was looking through the rest of the “Turn it Around Project” videos for the most appropriate video to post today (election day), and I think I found it. Here is a killer video of Spitboy at fireside bowl. Man, I love it when a video captures the essence of the show, and this one does so in a big way.

From the collection of Jason Ross

Recorded by: Bob and/or Mike Byrne
Transfer by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: JVC HRS9811U and Canopus ADVC300
Enhanced in Adobe Premiere/Neat Video

Live Concert Video

Uncle Tupelo- Lounge Ax, Chicago Il. 11/8/92 Enhanced video with DAT audio xfer from hi8 master tape

Back in 1992, I spent a week following Uncle Tupelo around the midwest. It was crazy- I had no idea what I was doing or where I was going. This was before GPS and I got myself into a couple of dumb situations that I’ll talk about in future posts.
This is the first show of the run… and probably the worst video. There was no place to set up my tripod, so I had to go handheld while standing on these bleacher-style seats on the side. Lots of heads in the way and it is a bit shaky.. but it is also the only performance of the Neil Young cover “motion pictures” caught on video. And it was my only time going to the legendary Lounge Ax venue, so it was still a good night.
The lighting was super uneven at the show. There were a couple of times (maybe 5-10min total) where Jay was lit extremely well, and the rest of the time lighting was low. I adjusted lighting for the majority of the set, which means that Jay is a bit overexposed at times.

Audio kicks in at about 25 seconds. I also have about 1 min video of the inside of lounge ax, if anyone wants to see it.

Video recorded by: Shayne Stacy
Audio recorded by: Jeff Segota
Video equipment: Sony TR81 w/Hi8 ME tape
Audio equipment: Unknown recorder & Shure VP88 mic
Enhancement/noise reduction in Adobe Premiere
Audio/Video synch in Plural Eyes
other work in Sony Soundforge & Avidemux

Live Concert Video

Jawbreaker- Reckless Records, Chicago Il. 8/29/90 xfer from low gen audiotape East Bay Punk

Here is another one requested by Todd Pritchard, from Jason Ross’ collection of tapes. There is a video of this show on youtube with fair quality/distorted audio. This one appears to be from a different source- possibly a pro walkman. Sounds like a Sony D3 or D6 to me.

Recorded by: ?
Transfer by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: Nakamichi Dragon and M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card

Audio Live Concert

Jawbreaker- Lounge Ax, Chicago Il. 8/28/90 xfer from unknown gen VHS tape East Bay Punk

Here is yet another Jawbreaker show from Jason Ross’ collection, that was digitized for the Turn it Around documentary many years ago. There is another version of this show on Youtube, but it is much shorter- it is less than half of the total time of this one. I think their quality is better- this one is pretty generated.

Recorded by: ?
Transfer by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: JVC HRS9811U and Caopus ADVC300
no enhancements. Can’t fix a video this degraded.

Live Concert Video

Operation Ivy- Chicago, Il 4/10/88 xfer from low gen audio tape, audio only

Late post today- the lookout zoomout took more free time than I had today, but it was totally worth it!
Here’s another one that Todd Pritchard pulled out from Jason Ross’ collection when he was here in December of 2019. I thought that we (me and Anonymous) had all of the Operation Ivy audio tapes that were recorded, but Jason has a bunch of uncirculated stuff out of the midwest. This one doesn’t sound great, it is a typical punk rock audience tape made on non-professional gear. I tried to remix it to make it a little more listenable.

Recorded by: ?
Transfer by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: Nakamichi Dragon and M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card

Audio Live Concert

7 Seconds- Chicago, Il. 8/17/86 xfer from fair quality VHS tape Live The Metro?

Man, there are so many things wrong with this video and I spent way too much time trying to fix them. But it is one of my all time favorite sets by the band, and there are not many vids with this lineup. That looks like Joe Bansuelo on bass, and I don’t know on guitar.
So I got this in trade in the late 1980’s and back then, if you got a dub of a VHS tape that was remotely watchable it was amazing. I had a memory of the quality being WAY better on this until I popped it in to digitize it. Yikes. Plus, you have that superimposed “D” that is annoying as hell, which was on the source tape. The guy’s trade list had “D” in the comments and I was like “I wonder what that means”. OH.
I tried to fix the picture but it is way too overexposed. I remixed the audio and de-hum’d it in izotope and then it would not synch back up properly. So here it is, warts and all. No apologies- it is a great set.

Recorded by: I wish I knew
Transfer by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: JVC HRS9900U and Canopus ADVC300

Live Concert Video