Kicker was up next on Saturday night. I had heard of the band and checked them out online, but I had no idea that it was a punk “supergroup” with Dave Ed from Neurosis on bass and Dave Mello from Operation Ivy/Bobby Joe Ebola and many more. What a nice surprise. Band was great, and it sounds good after I fix my mic setting.
Recorded by: Shayne Stacy Equipment used: Canon HFG50 & Rode Videomic Stereo Pro
So here’s something a little different. My friend Gary Shurtleff funded & produced this feature-length documentary on concert bootleggers. It is really well written and I think the story is engaging. I am in the doc along with a bunch of my taping friends- Jesse Davis, Joe Burns and many more. Lots of footage from bigger shows in Sacramento- mostly metal but some punk as well.
We are posting it to the archive because Gary was blasted by the youtube copyright jackals and he pulled it from his channel, so we are using the “misfits method” to make it available to all of you.
I have a couple of speaking parts in it, so if you aren’t tired of my old man stories yet, check it out. Check it out anyway, it’s pretty entertaining.
Here’s something interesting. Big thanks to Tood Pritchard who came over to the studio last December and pulled out a bunch of cassettes from Jason Ross’ collection that I have not started to list or digitize. This appears to be Downfall’s first show- some of Lint’s between song banter makes it seem that way. I think this was an opening slot for Bad Religion.
Downfall includes Lint (Tim Armstrong) and Matt Freeman from Rancid and Operation Ivy. Dave Mello plays drums, also from Operation Ivy
Recorded by: ? Transfer by: Shayne Stacy Equipment used: Nakamichi Dragon, M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card Rebalance in izotope (voice +5, bass -4, percussion +2, Guitar +1)
This one has a story behind it. So, I bought my first video camera in 1988 to videotape Op IV. Word started to spread that they were breaking up and this would be their final show. My friend Jason kept telling me to leave early for the show and I kept saying “nah, we’ll be fine”. We get there about an hour before showtime and the club is already full and there are about 2x more people waiting outside. So Jason and I make our way to the side door and I am whining, holding my camera bag. Someone says “hey grab this amp”.. so me and Jason grab one side of a half stack and walk in. Yup, I snuck in- it was my only time EVER doing that to any show. I kept my camera on my hand to ensure no one could see if I had a stamp or not. The opening band starts and they were incredibly great. The band was Green Day, and I swear that they were the guys who had us carry the amp in. So, thank you. If not for you, this video would not exist. Filmed with an Aiwa CV80 8mm camcorder with Sony ECM-909 mic strapped to the top. This was going to be a multicamera video, but we could not get the other angle & audio source to play together well. Anyway, this is a huge upgrade to my master because of Jim McLain’s brightening and contrast work- thanks a lot. Enjoy.
Operation Ivy- 924 Gilman, Berkeley Ca. 5/28/89 LAST SHOW Multicam w/Sony D6 Audio
I have been wanting to put all of these sources together for a long time, and thanks to @copperpot65 we finally got it done! This is the final, most comprehensive document of the show. Here is what we did:
Took my shaky, handheld angle from the sound booth and brightened/deshake’d it
Added a 2nd angle that I received in trade back in 1989 and edited that in to make this a multicam for the 1st 40min or so
Used a different audio source- Sony D6 recording with Sony ECM909 mic (xfer from master tape, recorded by “anonymous”), which was then GREATLY enhanced by @copperpot5. I can’t believe how good it sounds!
so, while it isn’t perfect due to dark/grainy etc source footage, this is as good as it’s gonna get. Enjoy!
Here is that time that Operation Ivy opened for GWAR at Gilman. Yes, that really happened. This one benefited quite a lot from the enhancements- the stage was poorly lit that night. I bumped it up to where Matt is a bit overexposed, but you can now see the other 3 guys!
Recorded by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment Used: Aiwa CV80 & Sony ECM909 mic
Enhancement: Adobe Premiere Brighten/Increasde exposure, Neat video to reduce noise
Hm, it looks like I never posted my Operation Ivy master from River Theater. There are a bunch of posts of this show on youtube, but none of them are right off the master tape. I also enhanced it (brightened/contrast/denoise), remixed “Anonymous” master audio recording of the show, and King Bean did the audio/video synch. It is still dark (my camera did not like the soft/low lighting of River thtr), but this will probably be the definitive version.
Video Recorded by: Shayne Stacy Equipment used: Aiwa CV80 Camcorder Enhanced via Adobe Premier Elements & Neat Video Audio Recorded by: Anonymous Equipment used: Aiwa consumer handheld recorder w/stock mic Transfer by Shayne Stacy with Nakamichi Dragon, re-EQ with Sony Soundforge. Audio/Video synch by King Bean
I bought my first video camera in 1988 just so I could video tape Operation Ivy. This is probably the best of the videos I did of them, as the lighting is good and the performance is great. One of the few Clear and Distinct Ideas shows (Stewart Katz) I ever did.
Recorded by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment Used: Aiwa CV80 camera with stock microphone
With this one, I attempted to brighten the video and it did not turn out well. This version has been de-noised with neat video. It is still a bit dark but much cleaner.
I also have a different audio source from “anonymous” that we can hopefully synch one day.