So I was talking to Charlie Passarel and I mentioned that I audiotaped J Mascis on his first solo trek out west. J was clearly nervous- he made a mistake early in the set and ended a song abruptly, in the middle of a lead and looked around to see if anyone noticed. It made me laugh. He settled down and played a killer set. Man, I loved going to McCabes when I lived in L.A.
Oh and PS: I opened up the DAT case to transfer this one today, and there was the ticket stub. So you get that as well.
Recorded by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: Sony DAT (D7?) & Coresound mics with battery box & bass rolloff.
Man, what an unbelievably brutal week. Work + the kids= no sleep and lots of stress. So I jumped through a bunch of hoops to go to see KEPI play with one of my all time favorite drummers- Roy MacDonald… and my car’s “check engine” light comes on. So, the night is trashed.
So instead, you get another new post to the archive. McCabe’s Guitar Shop is a magical place. They sell guitars up front, and the back room is an intimate performance room. They have hosted some huge artists there.
Wilco had released their first album “A.M.” 2 weeks before this show. Jeff & Jay came to McCabe’s to play this show, which is odd.- it was a one off show and they were back in L.A. a month later with a full band. This sounds way better than I remember.
Recorded by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: Sony TCD-D7 & Coresound Binaural mics w/battery box bass rolloff
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
There was a window of about 10 months between moving to L.A. in 8/92 and my first child being born. I went to a lot of shows in that time- Midwest to see Uncle Tupelo 5 times, Uncle Tupelo again in Socal in Feb of 93, and a ton of local shows. I think this was the first time I went to McCabes. Davo (MP Soundman) did a great job with the mix- the room is small and they were a bit loud if I remember correctly.
Man, this was a lot of work to prepare but totally worth it. I am really happy with the end result. I should have boosted the audio a little more, otherwise all good. btw, there are at least 20 (and maybe up to 100) OLD 1988-2000ish videos where I can give the same treatment (enhance video, remix audio, synch new audio track to video) I had moved down to L.A. (Whittier) about 2 months before this. This was the first time I was at Mccabes I think.
Recorded by: Shayne Stacy Video equipment: Sony TR-81 Hi8 camera w/Hi8 ME tape Audio Equipment: Sony TCD-D3 DAT through soundboard Video enhancement: Denoise only using Adobe premiere & Neat Video Audio enhancement: Izotope (drop vocal & drums, boost guitar & bass Audio/video synch w/Pluraleyes
Wow, this one sounds pretty damned good. It was a little light on the bass so I bumped it up in EQ. This was the first show of 3 at McCabe’s that week- this one on Friday, and then 2 sets on Saturday. I did not even know of the Sunday show at Raji’s until I got a cassette of it later- it’s probably best since I would have killed myself going to yet another show…
Recorded by: Shayne Stacy Equipment used: Sony TCD-D3 and Nakamichi CM-300 Mic Transfer with Sony PCM-R500 and M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card EQ in Sony Soundforge 10