Me and my friend “Anonymous” flew to Texas to see a weekend’s worth of shows last month. Out of all the video I shot, this one came out the best by far. It’s rare when you do 8 sources (6 cameras + audience + soundboard) and nothing goes wrong. It was really nice seeing Brent and Slobberbone again- great set with great selection of covers.
Recorded by: Shayne Stacy (Video + sbd) & Anonymous(Aud)
Video: Canon HFG40 (x2), Canon HFG30, Gopro Hero 4 silver (x3).
Audio: Sony PCM-M10(sbd), Schoeps MK4 mics (Aud) into some fancy new recorder.
Edit by Tromster
Happy Friday everyone. I am posting 2 videos today, and neither one is a local band or local venue. I have more coming next week from Cattle Club, Spankys (!) and more. This is one of my 3 favorite alt-country bands. Slobberbone skipped Sacramento and only played the bay area and Chico, so I hoofed it to Chico to see them. The video cuts in on a great cover of “Don’t Cry No Tears”, as I was having some trouble with the DAT machine at the soundboard (meaning, I FORGOT A TAPEW. DUH.). Audio is choppy for the first 45 seconds and then cleans up. I start zooming with the camera about 8min in. Filmed with the JVC DV camcorder and stock mic.
Here’s another classic Old Ironsides show. I will try to get one more up tomorrow as well. Let’s hope the new owners keep the same community/locals vibe there, while bringing in cool bands like Slobberbone. I think this was the last time that Slobberbone came to town. At this point, I can’t remember how this show came to be- I don’t recall being involved with this booking. Maybe Charles hooked them up, post Cap Garage. You might be wondering why there is a photo of a Roland MX5 mixer as the video thumbnail. Well, before you could plug a USB stick into a soundboard and get a multitrack recording, we had this goofy contraption. We would take cables and plug them into the inserts of the board, and then I would take that signal and try to mix it live in the club, using headphones and a headphone amplifier. It was not easy- the board mix was changing constantly, and I would be trying to keep up with the changes on the mixer to keep things stable. As you can hear, this one slides around quite a bit at the beginning. The first song is hilarious with me trying to get a mix started- skip past if you want. It gets good about 10min in , and really good about 15min in. I wish I had a picture of video of that setup.
Recorded by: Shayne Stacy Equipment used: Roland MX5 Soundboard into Sony TCD-D7 Transfer Equipment: Sony PCM-R500 and M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card
Here is one from the glory days of alt.country- when you could see bands like Slobberbone and Old 97s play every 3-6 months around here. I don’t know why I didn’t videotape this show- my camera might have been in the shop- but this DAT Soundboard sounds amazing. All I did to rebalance it was boost the snare a little bit, as it disappears from the mix for a while about midway through. I probably should have boosted the guitar a touch, but I like the full bassy sound. If you are unfamiliar with the band, this is a good way to get acquainted. Awesome cover of Neil’s “Big Time” for the encore. PS: I did video the show 3 months after this, plus DAT soundboard and schoeps audience. It’s on the (endless) to do list.
Recorded by: Shayne Stacy Equipment used: Sony TCD-D8 into soundboard
About 22 years ago, I blind emailed Slobberbone’s tour booking agency, Hello! Booking, with hopes of bringing Slobberbone to Sacramento. I hooked Hello up with Charles Twilling from Cap Garage and they made it happen- thanks to both of them for bringing one of my favorite bands to town. I introduced myself to the band and asked if they would play one of my favorite songs, 16 Days. They were clearly not on board with the idea, but they did it for me. Thanks! I had thought that my recording sounded lousy at the time, but it doesn’t sound too bad given the circumstances. It’s a mystery as to why I didn’t use my Roland MX5 mixer through the board. I must have had an issue with cables or instruments weren’t mic’d. I can’t remember. Charles brought Slobberbone back to Sac 2 more times. Forever appreciative for that.
Recorded by: Shayne Stacy Equipment used: Sony TCD-D7 DAT and Coresound Mics with battery Box Bass Rolloff
Before the internet and youtube changed everything, people who taped shows would network together and mail tapes and CDRs of live concerts to each other. In the mid 90s, I was trading with about 50 people. It was crazy. I went from 1200 cassettes in 1988, to 4,000 cassettes in 1995 and then moved to DAT, CDR and DVD trading. When you would send something off, you would typically write a letter with tape details, tape requests in return, and any personal stuff that’s happening. You would become friends with people that you traded with over time. I can’t remember how I started trading with Jan- it was in the late 90s or early 2000 and we bonded over love of the alt country band Slobberbone. He was based in Holland, and he (along with his friend Michiel) would follow the band around to multiple countries to tape the band. He taped at least 9 Slobberbone shows in June of 2000 alone! We just learned that Jan de Bever passed last summer. Thanks to Jan the Lazyman for letting me know. Pretty bummed out about this.
Recorded by: Jan De Bever and Michiel Equipment used: Microtech Geffel M300 — Deneske PS1 — Zefiro Inbox — Sony D8