Old 97s- UC Davis Quad, Davis Ca. 5/6/01 xfer from master tape!

There was a time when I was a huge Old 97s fan. I would see every one of their shows in California. This is the time that they played the UCD quad for FREE at lunch. It was hotter than hell, so I started my DAT machine plugged into the soundboard and went to video. I came back after the show and my poor DAT had heat stroke- the display was black and it stopped. What a bummer. At least the video turned out nice. Filmed with an Aiwa DV camera(don’t know model #) and stock microphone.

Recorded by: Shayne Stacy

Equipment Used: Aiwa DV


Live Concert Video

Old 97s- KTCK-AM, Dallas Tx 6/27/00 xfer from 1st gen audio cassette 97’s alt.country

Here is a crazy one- Old 97s make an appearance on a sports talk radio station. The radio hosts clearly are not accustomed to hosting musicians, or maybe their demeanor is always this abrasive.. but it is an entertaining listen.
Interview and 3 songs in studio: Lonely Holiday, Jagged and Crash on the Barrelhead.

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

Audio Live Performance

Murry Hammond- KNON, Dallas Tx 6/00 Interview and Live in Studio xfer from 1st gen cassette Old 97’s

Sorry for the late post. Given the storm and its aftermath, I am pretty sure that nobody in Sac was missing the post for today anyway. Since it is so late, you get a short audio post. Murry is the secret weapon of the Old 97’s. Looking forward to seeing them in a few months in Chico and Roseville.
I have another really cool Murry related post ready, but I wanted to ask him if it is was ok to post… and I can’t find his email. Murry, please message/email me if you see this- thanks!

Recorded by: A guy named Riley I think
Transfer by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: Nakamichi Dragon and M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card
I tried de-static’ing in Izotope and it made it sound weird.

Audio Live Performance

Old 97s- Fight Songs Outtakes xfer from 2nd gen cassette 97’s alt.country

Many years ago (20ish?), I got some really cool stuff from a guy- I think his name was Riley. It’s been a long time and lost a lot of my lists and correspondence. Anyway, he was friends with the band so look for some really cool/old stuff coming up.
This one was at the end of one of the tapes he sent. I think some of these versions were released on the 3-LP reissue of Fight Songs a couple years back, but I can’t tell if all of them are exactly the same.
Tracks are: Weightless/The Villain/Murder or a Heart Attack (w/organ)

Recorded by: The band, I assume
Transfer by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: Nakamichi Dragon and M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card

Audio Demo

Old 97s- 7th Note, San Francisco Ca. 11/6/98 Xfer from master video tape DAT Soundboard Master Audio

Here’s one that I have been wanting to get enhanced and synched up for a long time. Finally, thanks to King Bean, Adobe Premiere/Neat Video and Izotope we can get it done. There are a lot more Old 97s videos still to do from the 1998-2002 time frame.
The 7th Note was a pretty big venue in SF for the 97s at the time- I think it was the old Wolfgang’s building- King Crimson played there around the same time as this. The band played the tiny Starry Plough the night before, and then this huge place the next night.
I remember it being full and stuffy in there. I don’t know if that is why my auto-focus freaks out often, or if it due to the disco ball in the foreground. It corrects itself during closeups, so it is still watchable… and it sounds pretty nice.
The last song cuts off (they played longer than expected), but the soundboard is complete. So when you see a blank screen with audio only during the last song, that is how it is supposed to be.

Recorded by: Shayne Stacy
Video Equipment used: Sony TR81
Video Transfer Equipment: Sony DCR-TRV320 firewire into workstation
Audio Equipment used: Sony TCD-D7 into soundboard
Audio Transfer Equipment: Sony PCM-R500 and M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card
Enhanced/denoise in Adobe Premiere Elements/Neat video
Audio/Video synch by King Bean

Live Concert Video

Old 97s- Starry Plough, Berkeley Ca. 11/5/98 xfer from master video tape + Enhanced DAT Master Audio

Now that I have multiple amazing software programs to enhance and synch video and audio, I guess it is time to start taking some of my old master soundboard recordings and synching them up to my old master videos.
Here’s the first one. I was able to take the video and denoise it a bit. I did not mess with the lighting- Rhett is already overexposed a bit and Philip is a bit dark.. so not gonna mess with that. I took the master soundboard and boosted the hell out of bass and guitar, and drums a little bit.
TL/DR version: It will sound better about 5-10min in. The board mix takes some time to settle.

Old 97s at their peak, in one of their favorite clubs in the bay area. So awesome. I think this might have been their last time playing there.

Recorded by: Shayne Stacy
Video equipment used: Sony TR-81 w/standard 8 videotape
Audio equipment used: Sony TCD-D7 DAT
Audio Xfer equipment: Sony PCMR500 & M-Audio Audiophile 2496 Card
Denoise in Adobe premiere elements w/Neat video
Mix rebalance in Izotope
Audio/Video alignment in PluralEyes

Live Concert Video

Old 97s- Austin City Limits TV Show 1/26/98 COMPLETE UNAIRED FULL SHOW xfer f/ 1st gen VHS Live 97’s

My daily post is super late, but it is a really cool one. I got this from someone at the label, but I can’t remember who… on a VHS tape in 6 hour mode! D’oh. Oh well, it still looks good. This is the complete 1 hour set that was performed live in studio- about half of this was never broadcast, and a quick search shows it was never released on DVD or posted to YT.
It’s awesome that the band is still together today and releasing quality material, but this is their best era, in my opinion.

Transfer by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment: JVC HRS9800 and Canopus ADVC300

Live Performance Video

Old 97s- Starry Plough, Berkeley Ca. 8/8/97 Direct xfer from 8mm Master Tape!

Here’s a video of the Old 97s in their prime- back when Rhett was nerdy and he beat his acoustic guitar so badly that it caused an arm injury. The unique aspect of this show is that Philip Peeples is not on drums- he had an inner ear infection so former manager Mike Schwidler is doing the honors (and does quite well). The show itself is a drunken party- they are playing a pub- and the atmosphere is loose and fun. In fact, Rhett drops a lollipop out of his mouth and kicks it from the stage mid-song.. and nails someone in the front row! It was funny. Enjoy! Filmed with a Sony TR-81 camera.

Recorded by: Shayne Stacy

Equipment Used: Sony TR-81


Live Concert Video

Old 97s- Hi Pointe, St. Louis Mo 4/5/97 xfer from 2nd gen VHS Enhanced Live Complete Full Concert

Here is the other show from that Old 97s VHS tape- this one RIPS. Man, I love this era of the band and I am so thankful to have seen them so much back then… but this may be my favorite 97s video from the ’90s. The lighting on stage is uneven so I just denoised the pic and left the lighting as is.
Oh, one other thing about the Stubb’s show from yesterday- I mentioned that Ken made mistakes at the beginning of the set. He let us know that he had a new guitar tech- first time out- and they totally screwed up the tuning the guitar. Haha, that must be a nightmare. I experienced that once in person- Girlschool in 2014.

Recorded by: ?
Transfer by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: JVC HRS9800 w/tbc and Canopus ADVC300
Enhanced (denoise) in Adobe Premiere, Neat Video

Live Concert Video