Swans- Roxy, Hollywood Ca. 8/10/95 Michael Gira xfer from DAT Master Audio R.I.P. Bill Rieflin

I am part of a northwest music facebook group, and I heard that Bill Rieflin passed away. I did not know who he was, so I looked him up… WOW. He was not only the drummer for many of my favorite bands (he was in SO MANY BANDS), but he was unbelievably talented. I tend to focus on drums a lot when listening to music, which is probably due to my cousin Tony Schwartz being a drummer in my formative years. I did not even realize that he was the drummer in this incarnation of The Swans that I saw until I looked up the band member timeline… and I recall that the drummer kicked ass.
So this was at the Roxy, who were a complete pain in the ass about taping. I had to smuggle the gear into the club, and then hide the DAT deck in my pocket (mics on eyeglasses). I set the levels at a “reasonable level” (levels used for Foo Fighters a couple weeks earlier at the same club… I check the deck about 15min in and the levels were PEGGED! Shit. In my haste to change levels without being seen, I unplug the mics. So I lose about 1-2min of the show.
So in summary, it was f*cking LOUD, is not great for the 1st 15min or so.

Recorded by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: Sony TCDD7 & Coresound mics w/battery box and bass rolloff

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Foo Fighters- Roxy Theatre, Hollywood Ca. 7/27/95 xfer DAT Master Audio Early My Hero Performance

I saw/taped the Foo Fighters twice over the course of 10 weeks in 1995, and I’ve never seen them since. Nothing against them, I just never felt compelled to go to another show.
The odd thing about this show is that I remember standing somewhere that was as close to the PA Mains as possible, and it still sounds a little distant. It doesn’t sound bad, I am just picky I guess. Oh well, I tried. The show features a very early performance of My Hero- Dave mentions that they wrote it last week. After plowing through some setlists, it looks like this was the 3rd time it was played.

Recorded by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: Sony TCD-D7 and coresound binaulrals with battery box bass rolloff
Transfer Equipment: Sony PCM-R500 and M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card

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The Jesus and Mary Chain- Roxy, Hollywood Ca 9/29/94 DAT Clone Audience Tape Live

Here is another uncirculated DAT clone from Kevin Haynes’ collection of masters. When I lived in L.A., I was at home often with young kids so Kevin would hit a lot of the indie/alternative shows and tape them with his gear. This one sounds really clear, but it was lacking on the low end. I tried to EQ it a bit so it at least had a little bottom.

Recorded by: Kevin Haynes
Recording Equipment: Sony TCD-D7 and ECM737? mic.
Transfer by: Shayne Stacy
Transfer equipment: Sony PCMR500 and M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card
EQ in sony soundforge 10

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Pavement- The Roxy, Phoenix Az 4/20/94 xfer from DAT Master Soundboard Rebalanced Complete Set Live

In 1994, I was lucky enough to tape 8 Pavement shows through the soundboard with my DAT recorder. Huge thanks to Scott and Remko for making it happen. This was the first show I did in a 5 show run in April of 1994. I drove from L.A. over to Phoenix on Wednesday, then Hollywood the next night, then 3 sets in San Francisco over the weekend.
Then I flew to the Midwest the next weekend to film Uncle Tupelo’s last shows ever. I would say that was a pretty productive 2 weeks.

Anyway, this one was the weakest mix of the 1994 shows. It starts off with the guitar too low in the mix, then you hear the guitar zooming in and out of the mix for a bit from 6-12 minute mark. By the 15 minute mark, it stabilizes. My rebalance is focused on the set from 15 minutes on- there are short parts where the guitar or bass is WAY too loud before that. FYI.

Recorded by: Shayne Stacy
Equipment used: Sony TCD-D3 into soundboard
Transfer equipment: Sony PCM-R500 and M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card
Rebalance in Izotope RX8: Bass +1, Guitar +5.

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