The Dickies- Observatory, Santa Ana Ca. 1/4/20 4K UHD Master Video Punk Greg Hetson Circle Jerks

While on vacation with the family in L.A. last week, I was lucky enough to make it over to the Observatory and catch the 2 bands that I really wanted to see- TSOL (40th anniversary show) and The Dickies.
I have been going to see the Dickies since 1988. In fact, they were on of the first bands I ever filmed in May of 88. This show was the best I have ever seen them, hands down. Great set and great performance.
They announced that their LAST album is coming out soon… does this mean that they are going to stop/retire? Man, that would be a bummer.. but if they keep sounding like this, it will be good to go out on top.
Features an appearance by Greg Hetson on guitar on 1 song, and in the backstage audience behind Stan.

Recorded by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: Panasonic Lumix ZS200

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TSOL- Observatory, Santa Ana Ca. 1/4/20 4k UHD Live Video 40 Year Anniversary Set Rare Songs t.s.o.l

After a lot of back and forth (trying to get permission to video TSOL, then buying a nirvana reunion ticket and seeing that camera rules changed, then cancelling Nirvana and going to TSOL anyway), I made a last minute decision to see TSOL.. and boy am I glad I did. What a set!
When I saw that they were doing a 40th anniversary set with “old songs never played before”, I was hoping that they would play something off of my favorite album “Beneath the Shadows”. I about lost it when they opened with Soft Focus. It was obvious that the band enjoyed playing these songs as well.
If this tour is coming to your town, you must go.

Recorded by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment Used: Panasonic Lumix TZ200

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Resist and Exist- Observatory, Santa Ana Ca. 6/14/14 Audio Soundboard master Anarcho Peace Punk

Hey, it’s Monday again! Here is another audio post to enjoy while you start your work week. I described the crazy circumstances around this show in the dr. know and 1984 posts that you can find on This set was the first one I recorded that night. I had a video wristband so I went up to the soundman with my standard bullsh*t story of doing a multicam shoot and needing soundboard access. Soundmen usually tell me to get lost during the show, but this guy was super cool, shrugged his shoulders and plugged me in. thank you.
Another fun fact about this one- you can hear Kyle Toucher say something at the end of their set like “that’s how it’s done”. That was a comment about R&E’s set- I guess Kyle isn’t a fan!

Recorded by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment Used: Sony PCM-M10

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Final Conflict- The Observatory, Santa Ana Ca. 6/14/14 Multicam Soundboard Audio Complete Ashes Set

I wish it wasn’t such a pain to video at The Observatory. It is designed for a killer video shoot- Multi levels and great sight lines, plus their board tapes sound outstanding. Oh well, at least I got to do this one. Very thankful to Chris from Side Effects for the video pass.
Even though this is only 2 cameras, it mixes well since Ryan was right up by the stage and I was filming from the 1st or 2nd level.

Recorded by: Shayne Stacy & Ryan McVay (Vulture Video)
Equipment used: Canon HFG10 & Canon HFM30
Audio: Sony PCM-M10 through the soundboard
Remix via Izotope RX7
Edit: Tromster

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Dissension- The Observatory, Santa Ana Ca 6/14/14 Digital Soundboard Master Punk

Dissension followed Resist & Exist’s set. Here is an account of the crazy circumstances leading up to the concert:
This was probably the craziest day ever for me. We agreed to hold a backyard concert for Shannon Curtis that day. I bought a ticket & plane ticket to see 1984 in orange county. I did not realize until after we committed to both events that they were on the SAME DAY. So, we hosted the backyard show, then I jumped in the car and sped to the airport and flew to orange county to see the show. I get inside (Thanks Chris from 1984) and realize that my tripod for my 2nd camera was broken. Looking back, I am glad I did because I approached some other guys with video cameras and introduced myself and asked about tripods. They did not have one, but I got to meet the VULTURE VIDEO guys and it started a great friendship/collaboration that is going strong a year later.

Recorded by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: Sony PCM-M10

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Doug Sahm- Galaxy Concert Theatre, Santa Ana Ca. 5/24/95 Audio xfer from Master DAT West Side Horns

A couple of months back my fb friend Johnny Rodriguez was talking about how much he loved Texas Tornadoes, and it prompted me to pull the DAT out of the time I got to see them while I lived in So Cal.
Doug Sahm and his band opened up the show with an “All-San Antonio Band” that includes the West Texas Horns. Nice set and this one sounds better than the Tornadoes set that I’ll post tomorrow.

Recorded by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: Sony TCD-D3 (I think, or maybe a TCD-D7) and coresound battery box mics with bass rolloff
Transfer by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: Sony PCMR500 and M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card

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Texas Tornados- Galaxy Concert Theatre, Santa Ana Ca. 5/24/95 from DAT Master Tape Freddy Fender

Here’s the only time I got to see the Texas Tornados. Johnny Rodriguez’ post from a couple months back prompted me to pull this out and digitize it. Great show, even if the recording is a bit boomy and distant. I have seen so many great shows at that venue under a few different names- Johnny Cash/Uncle Tupelo when it was called Rhythm Concert Cafe, this show and Wilco in May of 95, and then the 1984/crucifix show in 2014 when it was the Observatory. I even saw a show there in 2020- the TSOL 40th anniversary show. The one thing in common with all of those shows is that security is a huge pain in the ass there. Giant thugs who hate cameras must come with the building or something.

Recorded by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: Sony TCD-D3 or D7 and Coresound Battery Box mics with Bass rolloff
Transfer with Sony PCMR500 and M-Audio Audiophile 2496

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Uncle Tupelo- Rhythm Cafe, Santa Ana Ca 2/27/93 Acoustic set DAT Master opening for Johnny Cash

Did I ever tell you about the time that I saw Uncle Tupelo play a 22 minute opening set for Johnny Cash? It was at this club called Rhythm Cafe in Santa Ana, which then became Galaxy Concert Theater and is now The Observatory.I was seated at a table with 3 other people. Luckily, the table was at the front of one of the levels that the club has, and I was in the front seat of the table.. so I could just put my mic on the wall, pointing at the stage. Sounds pretty damned good.
This was before Johnny Cash had released anything on American Recordings, so only the old die-hard fans from the early days were at the show. Still a good crowd, but they were a bit older (I think the average age was about 60) and they did not know what to think of UT’s aggressive style, even though UT were playing an acoustic set. Sounds like they won some people over.
PS: They started abruptly, so I hit record and it took me about 30 seconds to pull the mic out and set it up. So the 1st 30 seconds isn’t so great.

Recorded by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: Sony TCD-D3 and Nakamichi CM-300 mic
Transfer equipment: Sony PCMR500 and M-Audio Adiophile 2496 card

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