Monday, April 12, 2010

10.12.90 Cat's Cradle, Chapel Hill, NC show page

Set 1: Suzy Greenberg, You Enjoy Myself, Dinner and a Movie > Bouncing Around the Room, Uncle Pen, Cavern, Esther, Tweezer, Golgi Apparatus

Set 2: Possum, Fee, The Landlady, Hold Your Head Up > Terrapin > Hold Your Head Up, The Divided Sky, Paul and Silas, Magilla, Mike's Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove

Encore: Carolina, Good Times Bad Times

v0 mp3 .zip file

Turning back the clock nearly 20 years, here's a little gem of a show played in front of reportedly less than 500 people (which was typical back then outside their northeast stomping grounds). I find it a pretty intriguing time in the band's development: still wacky and light-hearted, but displaying some serious chops. Case in point: Tweezer, where you can hear what I assume is Fish hooting and hollering with each building block of the frenetic jam, as the whole band slaughters the relatively new song. Toss in a little secret language laugh-breakdown and you have a wild, if concise by today's standards, Tweezer. There are tons of other choice aspects of this show, so check it out! "This is a new song, it's called Cavern..."

For the remaster I used the only source in the etree database, which is a FOB Sennheiser ME80 (shnid 24375). Although a very nice source altogether, it does suffer some static-type distortion from the levels being a bit hot at recording time (my assumption). It's almost always Trey's guitar that leads to the clipping, with a couple early examples being his first mini-solo right after the first Suzy chorus, as well his two mini-solos in YEM right before the BoyManGodShit section. I ran the files through the decrackler tool in my software and am pleased that it did a nice job of minimizing the ill effects while having no other audible effect on the sound of the recording. There are a couple instances of some pretty harsh but very brief diginoise during YEM, which is mentioned in the original source text file, but I couldn't do anything about that.

Aside from those minor issues, I injected it with some amplification and some minor EQ tweaks to lend the recording a bit more pop than it had off the bat. It's clear how small this place was, as you can hear every minute contour to Mike's bass, among other things.



Anonymous said...

Nice re-master. The only thing I would have done differently is maybe boost the bass a little more and decreasethe treble slightly. Other than that very sweet! Cool man.

Matthew said...

Yeah I bet he is like the older brother you never wanted! Schmuck!

The '93 remaster was great. These SBD's and AUD's you do are excellent.

Kenny Powers said...

in case anyone even noticed, I removed a string of comments between myself and users that went by the handles "ConNoR234" and "Matthew".

Turns out it was my obnoxious co-worker whose idea of a good time is spending man-hours at work screwing with my blog. opening fake blogger accounts so he can try to trick me and post comments and get me to open up a conversation. He actually had me going a couple times. He's a magician by hobby, so it actually makes sense that he deals in fraud 24-7. A good guy, but doesn't know when to stop.

He's assured me he'll stop pranking me...we'll see.

Matthew said...

I did happen to notice that my comments were deleted from this page yesterday...I simply assumed that you were having technical issues.

I assure you that my name is Matthew and I am not a figment of a demented co-workers imagination.

I truly enjoy what you are doing here and just wanted to let you know that I appreciate your time and hard work. Your remasters have added many hours of great headphone time lately.

I cannot speak for "ConNoR234", but I am flesh and bone and stuck in a podunk Indiana town with little to do...that being said, coming across your remasters has been like going to the Xmas tree each morning as a kid to see if a new present was left.

Even if this post does not make it to your site, know that I am very thankful for what you are doing here.


Kenny Powers said...

Matthew -

major apologies my man, I just had it out with my coworker and he finally admitted he was reponsible for the comments from "Connor" but not from you. I gave him some heat for it and he has sworn not to do it again.

I'm just sorry about those other comments being deleted! But thanks for the kind words, I'm glad you're enjoying the blog! Feel free to drop a remaster request on that page, clickable from the upper right of the main screen.


Kenny Powers said...

also Matthew regarding your comment above, which i was able to salvage because i hadn't moderated it yet:

"These SBD's and AUD's you do are excellent."

I actually don't do SBDs here, just AUD remasters.

Matthew said...

No need for apologies. I can certainly understand the woes of prankster co-workers!

Now that I look at one of my comments to the right...I see that he added some nasty comments to my posts...Please know that I never placed those in my messages. I respect what you are doing and would never bandy about with name-calling or the like.

I will be sure to get some requests in mind...I look forward to the next one!

Kenny Powers said...

"Now that I look at one of my comments to the right...I see that he added some nasty comments to my posts"

What are you referring to?

Matthew said...

I think your co-worker has pranked me as well...It is a comment under my name that I did not write...It shows me calling you a "schmuck". Please know that I would never say this to anyone...especially someone I respect.

Oddly, I did not write the comment about SBD's either.

It looks like both of us have been offended here!

Kenny Powers said...

actually the "schmuck" comment was directed toward my pranking co-worker.

But I didn't think it was possible for someone to post a comment under someone else's account. he would've had to know your pasword and logged in to your Blogger/Google account...which i don't think he could do. WTF?

Matthew said...

I see! That makes sense! I suppose I may have added the SBD's comment to my message without thinking.

I am happy to have cleared this up. I will be hitting the request link soon. Until then, take care and keep up the great work!

Kenny Powers said...

yeah, i'm just glad i can move on and get back to the important stuff instead of dealing with his shenanigans!


Kenny Powers said...

yeah, i'm just glad i can move on and get back to the important stuff instead of dealing with his shenanigans!


Cole said...

thanks for the great work. I was at this show and there were more like 50 people there. Combination of folks who wondered who Phish was and folks who wondered why there were only 50 people there

Anonymous said...

Hey, I just discovered your site! I'm listening to this show now, nice work you are doing here! This is a real treat. I love these early Tweezers with all the screaming and general over-the-top craziness. I remember when I was in college - this was when Napster was popular, around 1999 or so - and I first started getting my hands on some really early Phish recordings... boy was I surprised at how they played Tweezer back then. Looking forward to hearing more of your work. Please keep it up!

Kenny Powers said...

Glad you dig it!

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