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’s another really cool one that I found when moving Barry Ward’s tapes- an instrumental rehearsal session from the Riches to Rags era. These sound different than the versions that Barry posted on his channel a few years ago (BK Ward- you should all subscribe)
Recorded by: ? (Barry Ward Collection) Transfer by: Shayne Stacy Equipment used: Nakamichi Dragon and M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card
I pulled this tape out of Barry’s stacks of tapes a while back and finally got to it today. The mix was not great, but Izotope was able to improve it a lot- sounds great now! This is obviously not complete and the 30 min of the show was split over sides A and B, with Fishbone (the band) recorded before and after it. Bizarre! This could be from the Spielboden venue, in Dornbirn Audtria 5/6/89. Did not have time to match up the between song dialog with the videos on youtube. From Barry Ward’s collection.
Transfer by: Shayne Stacy Transfer Equipment used: Nakamichi Dragon and M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card Rebalance in Izotope Rx8 (bass +3, guitar +6)
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
Here is the last recording from Day at the Farm, then we stupidly left the show and headed to Gilman WAY too early for another Attitude show… but there is quite a story behind it. We head out from The Farm- I can’t remember why we left so early but we left after RKL’s set. I blow a tire on the Bay Bridge and pull over on the bridge and attempt to fix it. Semi trucks are flying by, blasting their horns at me. Finally an SFPD comes up and nicely tells me that I can’t change the tire here- I need to drive the car off the bridge, flat and all. I popped the trunk with the cop watching to try to get to the spare and a bunch of beer bottles rolled around, making a bunch of noise. It is still a mystery why he didn’t ticket 18 year old me for underage possession, and give me a sobriety test. Instead, he followed me off the bridge and helped change the tire. Still blows my mind.
Recorded by: Shayne Stacy Equipment used: step dad’s montgomery ward boombox Transfer with Nakamichi Dragon and M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card
Crap, I am falling behind on the daily posts. Work and family is keeping me way too busy. Here is another really fun tape from Barry Ward’s collection. This one has him and Chris (I think) talking about the band’s history and the new Rock N Roll Nightmare LP. They played some album tracks as well. Good stuff! I don’t know if Barry taped this himself, but the tape had a little damage so you will hear some dropouts.
Recorded by: Barry Ward? Transfer by: Shayne Stacy Equipment used: Nakamichi Dragon and M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card
Happy Mediocre Monday everyone. This one is only mediocre because the board mix was not good… not good at all. I had to rebalance it and it is still only so-so. The tape’s rarity and source make it pretty damned cool actually. This was from an amazing Day at the Farm with 6 of my favorite bands at the time- what a show!
Recorded by: ? (from Barry Ward’s soundboard tape) Transfer by: Shayne Stacy Equipment used: Nakamichi Dragon and M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card Rebalance in Izotope RX8 (guitar and bass +8!)
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