Wahzoo was a short-lived band from Sacramento in the mid-90s. They consisted of:
Bill Heston- guitar,
Dan Yoas- drums,
Rick Bowersock- bass and vocals. Rick has also played with RKL and Stalag 13 (must be an Oxnard native).
Analog recording on 2 inch tape,1996
I’ve been on a bit of an RKL kick lately. It is fun to hear these shows, but also heartbreaking to listen to Jason. He was so funny- I didn’t know he had kids. Just tragic that he passed away while trying to get clean.
Anyway, this is another recording from that amazing gift that is the Jason Ross archive. I popped it into Izotope and bumped the vocals down a bit, and bumped the bass up a bit. Mix fluctuates for the 1st 5min or so but settles down. Very enjoyable.
Recorded by: ? Transfer by: Shayne Stacy Transfer Equipment used: Namakichi Dragon & M-Audio audiophile 2496 card Enhanced in Izotope (music rebalance)
Here is one from Gary Shurtleff’s collection (check out his excellent “fromthenosebleeds” channel for mostly arena rocking coolness)- an uncirculated 1st gen VHS tape of RKL at covered wagon in SF in 1988. I think that 1988 run is peak RKL- they were so amazing back then. I think this was filmed by the drummer of a band called M.A.R. who lived in the area- Stockton, I think. I forgot his name and lost his contact info, but he filmed RKL A LOT, and I don’t think much has gotten out. Wonder where he is now.
Filmed by: I can’t remember Transfer by: Shayne Stacy Equipment used: JVC HRS9800U and Canopus ADVC300 Brightness/contrast/exposure/denoise via Adobe Premiere and Neat Video
I had an hour in between meetings so I popped this in to listen/digitize, and I enjoyed it so much I figured I would post it today. This is a different than the KCSB tape from 1985 that has been well-circulated amongst traders since the 1980s. This is a very raw, kick ass set of mostly newer songs at the time. It this Joe Raposo’s first “show”? I hear Jason introduce the new bass player. Again, I need to give a huge thanks to Barry Ward for sending these tapes my way, and good idea to bring the 120 minute tape to record the set- otherwise, it would have cut off at 45 min. The Nak usually freaks out with 120min tapes (it doesn’t like the thin tapes), but it transferred just fine. A few little imperfections at the start, then all good.
Recorded by: Barry Ward Transfer by: Shayne Stacy Equipment used: Nakamichi Dragon and M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card
Huge thanks to Barry Ward for giving the OK for this one to be posted. It is really cool to hear some early RKL sets that sound pretty decent, quality-wise. Punk recordings from the mid-80s were usually sketchy at best. I looked for way too long for a photo of the VIS, which is now The Independent. The best I could find was a pic of the club in 1991, when it was the Kennel Club.
Recorded by: ? (Barry?) Transfer by: Shayne Stacy Equipment used: Nakamichi Dragon and M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card
Here is another amazing artifact from Barry Ward’s cassette collection. This is the earliest RKL show I have ever heard, and apparently it is the earliest show on the internet as well. They talk about their upcoming 7″ release of It’s a Beautiful Feeling! This one was pretty raw but clean enough for me to remix it a bit. It was light on guitar and very harsh with the high end so I did what I could to fix that up. Thanks Barry!
Recorded by: Barry Ward Equipment used: Sony Walkman recorder Transfer by: Shayne Stacy Equipment used: Nakamichi Dragon and M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card Rebalance in Izotope RX8: Bass +1, Guitar +4 EQ in Sony Soundforge: Boost lows and drop the highs by about 2db each Nice Recreation Artwork of the Mab sign by Eric Yee