Cracker- Hopmonk Tavern, Novato Ca. 9/11/21 Single Cam 4K UHD GH5S angle Camper Van Beethoven Lowery

Thanks to the kindness and generosity of”Cracker Crumbs” fb group member Mike Sean Zorn, I was able to attend the Cracker show last Saturday. I had tickets to another show that was cancelled, and by that time this show had sold out.
Thanks to the kindness of Velena Vego and KC Turner, I was able to film the show with 5 cameras. Thanks for the help, and allowing me to nerd out with all of the gear.
I plan to post 3 versions of the show- the 2 RAW angles that I shot in 4K with a nice camera mic first, and then the final edit in 1080p with the 3 gopros on stage.
I want to emphasize the RAW aspect of this- these angles are meant to be edited together, so you will see me bouncing around and filming stuff that may make no sense.. but there were 4 other cameras capturing stuff.
It only took youtube 5 days to get this rendered into 4k- not too bad for them!

Recorded by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: Panasonic GH5S, Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 II ASPH Lens, Rode Videomic Pro Stereo

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Cracker- Empire, Sacramento Ca 5/13/04 xfer from MiniDV Master Tape Camper Van Beethoven Live Video

My original plan to do a pluraleyes synch for a different video for today’s post went south, so here is a nice backup from the collection of master videos.
It still blows my mind that Camper suffered what seemed to be a permanent breakup in 1990… then fast forward 10 years and they did the traveling apothecary with Camper and Cracker together in 2000, to this show. There are 4 members of CVB playing on some of these songs! So awesome, and so thankful it all worked out in the end.
I think Jim McLain might have also filmed this and maybe even recorded through the soundboard. It would be cool to edit them someday if so.

Recorded by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: Panasonic DV Camcorder (one of the early models)

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Cracker- Empire, Sacramento Ca 5/13/04 Xfer from DV Master with Soundboard Matrix Audio

BONUS POST! So, Cracker is playing close to Sacramento- they are doing 2 shows at Hopmonk Tavern in Novato this weekend. It’s sold out, but there are a lot of tickets floating around on the Cracker Crumbs FB group. I’ll be at the show tomorrow!

Anyway, I recently digitized the master DV tape of both the Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven sets. Jim McLain Taped through the soundboard that night, so he took my video and cleaned it up, then synced the soundboard audio to it. Glorious!

Recorded by: Shayne Stacy (Video) and Jim Mclain (Audio)

Audio recorded by Jim with AKG mics + soundboard through a Behringer mixer
Soundboard synch/Video cleanup: Jim Mclain

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Camper Van Beethoven Cracker- Pappy & Harriet’s, Pioneertown Ca. 2/3/00 xfer from 8mm master

So this was a BIG DEAL. Camper broke up in Sweden during the 1990 tour and it was said (at the time) that they would NEVER. PLAY. AGAIN. So when they let me know that this was happening, I was thrilled. I drove from home(sacramento) to Pioneertown to catch their first show back. Damn, that is a long drive in 1 day. The show was great, and I got to meet a lot of new fans which was cool. I remember some of the band being excited/nervous, and I was as well. This was my only visit to Pioneertown- I need to go back. Filmed with Sony TR81 camcorder. I also have DAT audio, but I remember it being super muddy/not good.
This has Camper & Cracker playing one long set together. Camper/cracker songs mixed throughout.

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Cracker- Autzen Stadium, 061894 xfer from dat clone audio only

don’t have access to wifi so I will attempt to post this to the website from my phone.
This show is probably my favorite cracker set ever. Opening for the grateful dead no less. Morgan fichter (CVB violin 1989-90) joined the band and they played a few songs from the 1990 camper van Beethoven set. Very nice surprise.

Recorded by: unknown
Equipment used: Sony tcd-d7 and nakamichi cm300 mics.
Transfer by: shayne stacy
Equipment used: Sony pcmr500, m’audio audiophile 2496 card

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Cracker- Autzen Stadium, Eugene OR 6/17/94 audio only xfer from DAT clone opening for Grateful Dead

Cracker opened a 3 day run for the Grateful Dead in Eugene OR in 1994. This is the 1st of the 3 show run. This show is more of a standard Cracker set vs. the killer 6/18/94 set w/Morgan Fichter.

Recorded by: ?
Equipment used: Soncy TCD-D7 & Nakamichi CM-300 shotgun mics
Transfer by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: Soncy PCMR-500/ M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card

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Cracker- KROQ Almost Acoustic Xmas, Universal Amp L.A. 12/12/93 DAT Master xfer Live Grateful Dead

It’s Monday, so back to audio for you all. Cracker were alternative radio darlings for a minute in the early 90s, so they played some of these radio gigs. They come out and play both of their singles right off the bat- Teen Angst and Low. They close the set with a cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Loser”, which they played often back then but this is probably the best quality recording/performance I have heard of that one. No Camper songs. I think they blew past their time limit- nobody played this long until he headliners, and all of the subsequent sets seemed to be shortened when compared to the night before.

Over the next few weeks (weekdays), I will be posting sets from the 1993 Almost Acoustic Xmas. On the night of Dec 11th, I was driving to grab dinner for the family and I turn on KROQ and I hear that they were broadcasting the entire show live on the radio! I listened to KROQ regularly back then and did not recall any advertising for the broadcast. I hauled ass back home and grabbed a DAT and started recording. I was broke back then, so I have these sets scattered over about 5 DATs. I think I only lost a couple minutes of one set due to tape change- General Public. I even was able to edit in the interviews from other sections of the tape. The Blind Melon interview is a sad foreshadow of their future.
Anyway, hope you enjoy these. I became a fan of at least a few of these bands through this broadcast.

Recorded by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: Sony TCD-690 off FM
Transfer by Shayne with Sony PCM-R500 and M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card

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Cracker- Cattle Club, Sacramento Ca. 12/29/92 xfer from Hi8 Master LIVE

 

Here’s the last Cattle Club video I filmed(I think). I happened to be in town over the Christmas holiday, visiting family so I checked out Cracker at Cattle. They played there twice in 6 months! This one is so loud that it distorts the stock mic on the camera. I did not record any other audio sources either. Damn.

Recorded by: Shayne Stacy

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Cracker- Cattle Club, Sacramento Ca. 7/10/92 Part 1 from 8mm Master!

This was a great coincidence- Gary Shurtleff and I had a friend in the bay area named Karl(RIP) who wanted me to tape a show, so he loaned me his NICE Sony TR-81 camera. I spent the entire weekend videotaping my sister’s softball games and then headed to Cattle to see if Cracker would let me video. As usual, CVB and Cracker’s manager Jackson Haring was totally cool with taping so I got this early cracker show. Notice the beautiful sequined dress that bass player Davey Faragher is wearing. Stock mic so there is some distortion.Once I used that camera, I had to drop the $800 to buy one for myself. 🙂

Recorded by: Shayne Stacy

Equipment Used: Sony TR-81

Additional help by: Jackson Haring

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