Posted: Sep 29, 2010 2:12 am |
Edited by: Jack Stands
I would first like to start with a quote from Eric O, quoting Martel, July 24, 2004:
"phpbb looks like every other message board. i like the simple layout of the UBB. as chris martel pointed out last week, it's archaic, slow, stubborn, and very goner-appropriate.
so... until we figure something else out, we're sticking with what we got."
My good friend, Kyle, and I agree. Almost a year later, we approached Eric to see if we could try out an idea. We had both done our share of live recording on a smaller scale, but could we try bringing in a couple of ADATs and a mixer and some mics, and if nobody minded, could we try to record that in-store coming up? Eric said, "sure."
And we did it.
And Kyle and I said to each other, "Hey, what if we tried that for that Gonerfest 2 thing?"; that seems fun, multiple bands, multiple venues, hadn't tried that before, either. Then asked Eric & Zac, and they said "sure". 50+ ADAT tapes later, we'd successfully pulled that one off, too. Then the last Blackout came, and Gonerfest 3 and GF 4. For all of those, we asked Eric and Zac and the bands if we could post some stuff online; he and they said "sure". And so we did that.
Then came Gonerfest 5. We said, "hey, can we try out another idea? Could we try to stream the audio for Gonerfest?" Goner said "Sure". By Gonerfest 6, we wanted to add video, too. Eric, again, let us do what we want. And we did it. Except the bookends of opening and closing ceremonies. We didn't get that.
This year we were determined to do the whole thing, or die trying. Then Goner sprung the extra night. "No big deal", we said; that happened for GF 3, and we can handle it. Sure thing.
Well, the reality is, it's a shit-load of work. Weeks before, there's footwork and logistics and schematics to be worked out. Planning how to move stuff. Making sure we can borrow some gear, and if not, coming up with the best with what we've got. Days before, the setting up of static sites we'll use, and building what we'll need for remote work. And moving gear. During Gonerfest, more moving gear. There is the building and tearing down of stages. Checking and re-checking we have what we need, only to have to make a mad dash to get something we forgot. Coming up with contigency plans for if it rains or if the PA doesn't show up. Sometimes you have to climb a tree. Sometimes you have to tape down the tree, only to tear everything down, make sure you leave the place how you found it, and hope that you grabbed everything. And hope that you make the next place on time and are ready, up, and running to record the next band at the new place. Then leave late at night and be up early. It is exhausting. But it is fun as fuck.
Getting back to Eric's Quote above, we put together what we have. Kyle and I over the years have s-l-o-w-l-y acquired equipment as musicians and recording nerds. We do the best with what we have. The gear is archaic, slow, stubborn, etc. And "until we figure something else out, we're sticking with what we got."
Eric and Zac give us the freedom to do what we do, we try to stay out of the bands way, and the bands can get a decent recording as a bonus for playing.
I'd also like to take a moment to thank some of the folks involved (some you may not know, have helped out tremendously):
Goner: Eric, Zac, Hoppe, and Joe T. We wouldn't really be talking about any of this without them, would we?
Hi-Tone: John, Dan, Joel, Aaron, Severin, Dan, Emily, Shawn, Patrick and others whom I can't remember. Best pizza, best people. Every single one of them care about music, Memphis, and patrons. They all know that Memphis is beyond the walls of their own club, and there are other places you could go to (and I see them at other shows often) but they try as hard as they can to make you feel at home for being a sizeable club. I've known a couple of those dudes for years and years, but John, Dan and Joel make our job soooo much easier.
Murphys: Bennie, Steve, Mouse and others whom I can't remember. Disclaimer, I've worked sound at Murphy's for years. When I was out of a job for six months, Murphys booked bands and graciously called me in often. Also, Murphy's was STAAGS!!! home-base. But that's a whole other thanks. Apart from that, craziest, yet best configuration and format for Gonerfest: inside, then outside, then back in again. Bennie let us have total control of whatever we needed, including the old vaccuum shop next door; this allowed us to switch back and forth between bands for the stream and control the recording separately from both stages. He gave us access whenever we needed it; he also paid us for doing sound (We made rent for the studio! - now we have to figure out utilities *sound-of-sad-trombone*). Also, because of Bennie, I had my funniest moment of Gonerfest while no one but him, me and some neighbor who showed up - but I'll keep that one for myself.
The Buccaneer: Charlie, Josh, Steve-o, John and others whom I can't remember. Charlie is about the friendliest dude ever, always helpful with booking and is the smilingest motherfucker around. I mean, everytime I see him. He and his bar have saved my '79 Rickenbacker 4001. Twice. They let Mangina play there for my birthday. And the place is downright cozy.
Live From Memphis: Chris, Sarah, Brad, the other Chris, Shelly, and others whom I can't remember. If it weren't for them, all nights streaming would have looked like the first night. Also, Sarah and McCoy were true life-savers for the Oh Sees. Showed up in the nick of time.
Other crew: Bruce and Ryan (stage managers), Jeremy (loaned a pick to James Aurthur's Manahunt, too), Pam, Jeanine (Merch), Quinn (provided the tunes between sets at the Murphy's outside stage), Shawna-Gally (general run-arounder), Richard Martin (Grill Chef), Don (camera and cigs) and others whom I can't remember.
Others who helped out massively:
Taper Joe: Like Sarah and McCoy from LFM, had it not been for Joe (go see him and eat at the Beauty Shop) there would have been no Oh Sees streaming. I tried for nearly 3 hours to locate, hone in on, and keep a free, wireless signal from the corner of Cooper & Young. I guess before Joe's shift, he came over to say howdy to Hyle and me. I was frantic about the lack of signal, and that the strongest one I could find was across the street, but password protected. Joe says "Hang on, let me go talk to them." Lo and behold, he returns two minutes later with the password. 5 minutes after that, the Oh Sees played. Joe also stuck around some nights to help us haul gear.
Doug from Nocturnal: Woke up EARLY to let us in to get some gear. Leaving, I wrote a song in my head about us old folk: Chorus has "Old dudes got to get up early, so the kids can rock and roll"
For now that's it. I'm sure I'm forgetting people, but I'll come back to this.
I'll also finish up my list. But I'm going to go listen to that Oh Sees set again, then going to bed. Work tomorrow! Wheeee!