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  1. Would be very interested in the Much West stuff if it's longer than what we currently have. shows a brief interview, a handful of 10-15 second live clips from both Under the Influence and Strange Days from the first show Matt played without MGB at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver on May 10th 2002. It also contains his New Music West inteverview fragments which was most likely filmed the next day before the concert at The Vogue Theater. So footage from the second gig may exist, but certainly at least some does of a few songs of the first gig. My hope with that footage from the first show is that the entire show was filmed similar to what Travis did with Coquitlam and only a few clips were shown in the broadcast. This footage is one of my top five MG holy grails because it certainly exists and most likely included at least two complete songs and it the raw footage would be quite good quality of literally the first show he played as a solo artist. The setlist on this tour was interesting, because unlike later on when Avalanche material started to fill the set, this brief set of dates had no new material except Weapon and was basically this band taking on the MGB catalog. Because of that, they reworked several songs in completely different arrangements. The video clips show the extended outro and lyrics of Under the Influence, but Strange Days at these shows is played in a completely different and unique way which it never was played again after this run of three gigs in May 2002. In addition there are some rarely played tracks here which would be amazing to hear in soundboard quality or to see video of. We also don't really know the setlist. The 3rd and final gig of this run on May 19th in Cayuga Ontario has an audience tape so we have that setlist and a pretty good bet it would be similar for this show, but we don't know the order of the tracks in Vancouver. At the Cayuga show Under the Influence was the 2nd track and Strange Days was the fourth, so if that maintained it's likely that four tracks at least would exist on video from this show. But yeah, I've always wondered if what we have is just like a summation snippet and if more of the footage was shown at the time or what? So would be very interested in anything you have if it's beyond what's included in the clip above. Just one more example of some of the really great material just sitting unused and unavailable in the Much Archives. Yeah like you Everett I was pretty pumped back in the day to come across any live MGB or MG. I remember having a couple random tracks I found on Napster and similar software and I'm pretty sure Born to Kill from Munich was one of them. It's fairly strange to me that with a career as long as Matt's there is just so little live material out there. Officially there is no video and there is Live at Massey Hall a show that at this point today falls right in the middle of his career and does a fantastic job of representing that time period, but obviously one of the truly great things about Matt's music and that has probably helped his longevity is he never stays one place too long, one year before the 2008 Massey Hall show, he was doing a completely acoustic tour. One year after he was doing shows where 50%+ of the set came from Vancouver. So while I am so grateful for Massey Hall it gives such a small slice of what honestly is an ever changing, vibrant and incredible part of his career which is his live shows. His studio albums tell a fantastic story of an evolving artist, but it's only half the story. Unofficially of course through the great efforts of fans there are some real gems that have been unearthed and quite a few fan made recordings which I absolutely love, but some can be challenging listens, not because the shows aren't magic, but just because that night the guy recording had some drunk beside him yelling for Rico or whatever. It's fairly shocking to me that the Munich soundboard from 2000 is one of the only soundboard recordings out there. In 25 years there must have been others made, obviously Much has some, but club shows or festival shows where someone might have patched into the board, or tapes for the band to hear how new material might sound on stage these things are common with many other bands, but with MG it is honestly quite a rarity. And the Munich show, while great was a rare out of country performance and the set is less than half the normal set length of shows on the 2000 tour. There is just so much amazing material from Matt's live career sitting out there on a shelf in a vault somewhere. There could be more material from the brief snippet of Town Pump footage from 1996, There is a complete Nanaimo show on the 2000 tour and at least some of the next night in Victoria, there is the Lackawanna teleathon video and audio from 2001, the Much West performance from 2002, possibly the entire Queen's performance in 2003, the live acoustic Massey Hall show from 2007, the 2009 first show in Vancouver recorded for a radio broadcast by CBC ,every show of the 2013 Arrows tour (individual tracks were released as live road from every concert, but I'm guessing the entire shows were recorded) the 2017 Toronto show where they filmed a Beautiful Midnight Revisited show. I'm probably forgetting a bunch and I'm positive there are one's I'm unaware of, but it goes to show just how much quality material does exist in some form that could really shine so much brighter of a spotlight into all the fascinating areas of Matt's career that remain mostly shrouded in memories, mystery and hazy fan recollection.
  2. It says Tay's Tape and has a listing of the couple things on it Snowjobs and Matthew Good spotlight. I think what you have on the other tape is pretty common stuff, is the MuchWest special just a short segment with a couple live clips? I was always hoping maybe more of that live footage was broadcast but it seems unlikely.
  3. I can't say for sure, but MGB was in the studio recording Beautiful Midnight and it sounds like the literally left to come play this concert then go back to record, so it probably was a last minute booking. That was always my impression anyways that an American band ditched out so MGB came to show them how it's done. The aduio quality is quite muffled it seems to be a common issue on older VHS tapes, it's actually pretty clear it just sounds like it was recorded under a blanket or something. I may play around with it and see if I can liven it up a bit. Usually TV related concert productions lack some of the rawness and bite of a proper live recording mix, but compared to some TV broadcasts this one doesn't sound like it was originally too bad just kind of muffled from slight deterioration over the years. Video quality I absolutely agree on, I was very happy when I played the tape and saw how clear it was. I think what happens with many tapes from the analog era is that people would make copies for friends and so forth and every time a copy is made it degrades the quality. So some of the tapes we get are 2nd, 3rd and fourth generation tapes and then you add in age degradation and the tape they may not have been quality tapes to begin with or recorded at less than optimal quality and you have many areas in the chain where something can turn to garbage haha. Your tape is a master tape recorded direct from the feed on a high quality cassette, so it's just a best case scenario other than getting the master raw footage from MUCH. Also your tape had Big Shiny Bash and Mike Bullard which were also video quality upgrades, so I will share those eventually as well!
  4. Haha oh im sure it'll be a matter of minutes. Its also been brought to my attention this is actually called Snowjob 99, but Snowjobs sounds funnier so to hell with it.
  5. Having watched this live as a kid it always drove me crazy. I was sure there were more songs. For years this tape was hard to come by and would be taken off youtube if posted. Finally about ten years ago a version showed up. The quality was a little rough but the performance shined through...but wasn't it longer? After so long I started to doubt myself. That was until Daniel told me forum member Prairieboy had a brother who may have had a tape of the original broadcast. Here is his brothers tape from the original and yes elongated broadcast featuring additional live versions of Haven't Slept in Years, Deep Six and Generation X-Wing! And as a bonus with better video quality than the youtube version. Huge thanks to Daniel, Everett and his brother and Chad for hosting this on his site for us all to enjoy. The complete original broadcast of snowjobs 1999 http://mattgood.plastic-soldier.com/downloads-snowjob.php
  6. Thanks John and best to you and yours as well. Your posts earlier this year were very informative and shined some light on a very misunderstood period of Matt's career that he himself doesn't discuss in great detail very often. Was fantastic to get some insight into that time frame those involved and in a year with almost no concerts, your three way interview with Ian and Daniel was one of my music related highlights of the year. Take care of yourself and hopefully the tide will be turning in the New Year, I suspect some of those first concerts and recording sessions to be filled with some of that electric energy that makes artistic creation and expression so vibrant!
  7. I used to do transfers through a fire wire but would frequently have issues like Steve is having. As Daniel said it can be fixed after the fact without too much trouble by just adjusting the audio track, usually if you can sync it up in one place it will sync up everywhere, of course if there are multiple glitches that kind of process quickly becomes a nightmare. I always found feeding and capturing directly on a computer to introduce too many issues in the chain, so I went with a more old school setup. I actually run a VHS player through a dvd recorder and just record the feed directly onto a DVD. I then rip the DVD to the computer. It adds an extra step but I've never had sync issues doing it that way and I've been pretty happy with that setup.
  8. adam_777

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    I was happy to hear you bring up the point of polarization Matt, and thanks Foats for offering your perspective as an American member here. I have always found it odd that people are staunchly in one corner or another. People in general are all over the place with their emotions, their ideals, their dreams...it seems utterly counter intuitive to be cornered into one side of the room or another given the dynamic nature of the human psyche. I have family and friends in the States and I'm always shocked at how many of them are completely unable to do anything but blindly support one side or another. They ask me regularly what party I Identify with and I find that such a strange notion, because I don't unilaterally agree with any one party on all issues. This notion that I've always voted ________ or my daddy voted _____ and his daddy voted ______ so I vote ________ is completely ridiculous to me. What never ceases to amaze me is when I point out the fallacy of such a thing many of them are quite surprised. An example I always use is Abraham Lincoln as a progressive human rights activist Lincoln would today most likely be a member of the Democratic party, but he was a Republican, and the Democrats openly opposed his efforts to eliminate slavery. So lets say you were a Democrat today and had always been a democrat and so had your family...then your family at one point in time would have been opposed to the abolition of slavery. The same party that put the first black president in office was once completely against black people really having any social rights of any kind. What I find so interesting about this polarization is how people, without even knowing much about an issue will become aggressive defenders of it because it's their parties angle. I've seen people screaming in the streets on certain issues, and a quick conversation reveals they actually have almost zero first hand knowledge of the issue at hand, yet they are almost territorially defending it and lashing out against those who don't. That's a pretty scary reality. I recently watched The Social Dilemma, a documentary about the effects of social media on society and particularly young people. Two things really stood out to me. 1) the horrifying rise in suicide rates among extremely young preteen girls coinciding with the popularity of social media and 2) the polarization of political leanings coinciding with the same time frames. The documentary makes a case that these learning algorithms slant search results so that you find more of the kind of things you've searched for in the past, meaning you are always going to find articles and people agreeing with your previous viewpoints which helps fuel the fire of polarization because it may legitimately seem like there is no opposing view points even being put forward, and that those that are are filtered through a network of people with similar opinions as you and are trashed as such. That kind of situation simply does not allow for people to be objective whatsoever and would absolutely result in the polarity we are seeing today.
  9. Mine has been pretty clean no issues, but it seems several others have complained about some choppiness
  10. Those pop ups are brutal, but I agree the audio quality is very high end on this one, just crystal.
  11. Ya those were the first two so didn't miss much then, glad to hear it!
  12. Sound is fine on my end but lots of complaints about it.
  13. That was the screen we were on before, then it gave a link saying join the session. Perhaps because they are in technical difficulties mode they pulled the link temporarily, hang tight, hopefully it will be back. I'll update here once it starts so people know if they need to try refreshing or something. ok we're live.
  14. Oh wow that's unfortunate! It's pretty busy in the chat, I mean its been about a ten minute stream flashing introductions every time someone joins.
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