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Barfnuts last won the day on November 19 2019

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  1. Well thanks to COVID-19, the vancouver limblifter show is postponed until Sept 13th. Super lame.
  2. My favourite track also. I was at the Plaza of Nations when they filmed the video for that track.. I even spotted myself, immortalized in the video, briefly crowd surfing before getting dumped headfirst to the floor. Good times!
  3. The guy's a genius.. I got my tickets all ready to go for the Limblifter show at the Imperial in March. Stoked!
  4. I was roughly the same age as Serial Joe when they were "big" (heavy on the quotes). While I don't enjoy their early material (ie: "Obsession" is just... wow), I did like Mistake when it was released. It's a dreadfully simple song (the bridge is also pretty weak), but no one can deny that they came up with a good radio-ready hook. It's likely that the label had a small production team who reworked/rearranged the song and coddled them through the studio process to record it, but it's still fairly impressive given their age. I also pity them... their residuals are long gone, and they're publicly berated for even existing. If I had to re-live the immature material I was playing in bands at the same age, I would be mortified. So to all the people who scream that they suck, etc - Send me a line - I would gladly give your material a listen, and I'll judge it for you. You're obviously a creative genius.
  5. Sorry for the late reply! I didn't realize you asked more questions of me... To tell you the truth, I don't get starstruck around celebrities.. so meeting Matt wasn't like winning the lottery, or like having a supermodel find you attractive - at that age (16-17), my main job was working as the field ENG camera op when a story needed to be shot (and edited) for a sports talk show (it was similar to Sportscentre I guess). I was given all-access media full season passes to the BC Lions, Canucks, and the (shudder) Grizzlies - remember them? So I could go to every game and walk around the entire arena and go wherever I wanted. They really have some nice food spreads on the third level of BC Place there for the media lol). My function was to go to each game and shoot on the field (Lions), on the court (Grizzlies) and wherever possible (Canucks) to film highlights for the game, and then after the end of each game, the reporter and I would join the scrum in the players locker room and interview the players, so I'd gotten used to meeting people who were "larger than life", and I left them alone unless they approached me. The only ironic part about that job was that I can't stand sports so I never (EVER) went to a game unless I was working and couldn't really care less what was going on while it was being played (I know - how un-Canadian). I also worked for a show around the same time that interviewed a bunch of local bands (like Gob, Matthew Good, etc) and out-of-town bands that came through town (I can't really remember who/how many from back then - I only remember K's Choice (anyone remember them?) because they were awesome people. All of the above were jobs that were handed to me, whereas for the MGB show, I personally set out to do a story myself because of my intense love of the band. I never thought that his manager would allow me access to either the show or Matt directly, but I guess he must've been having a good day and decided to give me the go-ahead (much to Matt's chagrin I'm sure)... I didn't meet any of the other band members that night. I'm guessing that they flew the coop as soon as the last encore was done. It definitely looked like Matt wanted to as well, which is probably why the interview is barely even 4 minutes long. I got the impression that I was wasting his time with stupid questions so I kept it as brief as I could. I can't really comment on the HSIY recording because I don't know who did what in the studio .. but to tell you the god's honest truth - I hate to say it - but I disagree with you - I'm not a fan of Dave's guitar work. Personally I found much of the lead parts to be lazy sounding, at times difficult to listen to, and generally just very unmelodic. He rarely strayed outside of a span of 5 frets and most of the "solos" were dissonant notes that he would bend back and forth. That being said - he can come up with some pleasant rhythm lines (like in the verses of Apparitions for example - that is, if he even wrote them). Maybe it's just because I'm also a guitar player myself, but I feel that guitar solos should be melodic and compliment (not copy, IE: Smells Like Teen Spirit) the main tune and feel of the song. That's just my own opinion, but 54-40 is probably a good band for him to be in because .... well...54-40 is.... IMHO... boring and I think I can only think of 1 or 2 songs from their entire career that I would listen to and not violently change the station. But then again - he has a career in music, and I don't - so what do I know... lol I met Dave once when my band was recording our record at Mushroom Studios - we were in the main room/studio (ironically enough our producer/engineer was Dean Maher, who assisted Mr. Livesay while recording Underdogs), and Dave was in Studio B mixing, or something... I left him alone as much as possible, but ultimately in those narrow hallways when we did cross paths, he seemed very pompous and essentially ignored that I was even in his line of sight. I've played in many bands and I've met many-a-prima-donna, so I can only imagine the torture MG must have gone through when trying to bring forward new material, and getting the "I played three or four notes that weren't there before - I want 50% songwriting credit, you asshole" type of attitude. Also - I have no doubt that MG could have done the lead lines in the studio - his guitar work is at times underrated. The fact that LOTGA was recorded without any distorted guitars blew me away - 1) because I never really noticed before, and is VERY rare in a pop recording, and, 2) not making even a tiny flub playing clean/acoustic guitar is a talent in itself. I personally can't stand playing acoustics (maybe it's because of my fat fingers!) Anyways - enough of the offtopic... Hope I didn't offend anybody with my various opinions... Cheers all, Travis
  6. Well it certainly looks like they got a better lighting guy to run that show than the Coquitlam one! The guy at the show I was at had no idea what he was doing... I had to make Matt pasty-ass white while the rest of the guys were barely lit... rookies!
  7. If anybody is really that interested, I've posted the full interview from the '98 show (all 4 clumsy minutes of it) here - feel free to do with it as you wish - I couldn't even bear listening to it so I hope it turned out haha... https://youtu.be/h-CVoS2oMV0 Cheers Travis
  8. Holy schnikies, YouTube's copyright sensing software is really getting out of control.. I thought it could only recognize samples from actual recordings (like studio albums, or basically anything that is directly for sale) .. but now it can sense melodies from unknown recordings?? Scary sh*t man.
  9. Also - somewhat unrelated - what's with this big hate-on for Rico? I thought it was a pretty decent laid-back pop song, maybe a little underwhelming, but come on - yikes people!
  10. Hi guys, Thanks for the discretion in keeping the link private. I felt I should address the replies that have followed since my first posts - As much as I'd love to provide the whole show for every MGB fan on this board and worldwide, there's a plethora of reasons of why I cannot. The major reasons involve media/journalist integrity - footage like this is supposed to be only used sparingly as B-Roll (like what was used in the Rogers piece) and then discarded once the final piece is finished. I had already overstepped my boundaries by recording almost the entire show (usually you only need about 5-10 minutes at most for a story like that), which I'm sure I certainly wouldn't have gotten permission to do had anyone in the MGB camp known. Being as I am still a camera op, I cannot risk gaining a reputation of abusing media privileges by releasing footage containing material that technically shouldn't exist, is unauthorized, unapproved, and copyrighted out to anybody. I know now that this footage is apparently quite rare, but it doesn't change the fact. While this does seem like a trustworthy group, it's just something I cannot do. Even privately, with the promise of not spreading it around, it doesn't change the fact that it's not my material to distribute. In afterthought, even posting that one song on Youtube was something I shouldn't have done. Even as an unlisted video, it already has a copyright claim against it, so who knows how long it'll even exist up there. Another reason is that I don't want to ruffle any feathers with record labels, their lawyers, and especially Matthew himself. While I hear he used to have a much larger online social presence, including historically posting to this forum, I'm certain as the day is long that if he found any of this footage circulating around without his prior direct consent (and the consent of his record label and management likely), that he'd be pretty f*cking pissed at that clumsy 17 year kid who fumbled through likely the worst interview of his life 20 years ago, and I don't want that kind of karma from someone I respect. From what I hear, Matthew does not have a very fond place in his spiritual mindset for nostalgia, or the past in general (or at least he doesn't anymore). I attempted to track down a method of communication in which to reach him directly (just to let him know that the footage exists, and if he wanted a copy of it), but he seems to currently have a fortress around his online social presence and it looks to me like he doesn't want anything to do with random fans/people sending him messages. I don't think there's even much attention paid to his official website anymore because there's little actual content, the MG smartphone app that is advertised all over the site no longer exists, and there's not even a contact option. However, if any of you still have direct contact with him, or Ian/Dave, then by all means, pass along the information, tell them that the offer is available to them, and maybe they'll consent to letting you keep a copy for yourself. And for the guys above offering me money to send them the show in exchange for secrecy - I appreciate the offer - I know you mean well, and that it's a "holy grail" of sorts, but profiting off of the footage would makes things worse tenfold. I'm really sorry everyone - I didn't mean to open Pandora's box - I didn't know that footage like this was so rare. I kind of dropped off the MG(B) radar once they broke up, and I had just assumed that much more material would be available since they were the biggest band in Canada for at least a couple of years. Anyways, I just wanted to explain myself so I didn't leave anyone hanging with their hopes up. I mean - for god sakes - that awfully done Rogers Cable story/interview I made surfaced on Youtube 20 years later - imagine how many places the source material would find itself if it ever saw the light of internet day. Keep rockin' y'all - don't hate me! Cheers, Travis
  11. Thank you for the kind comments. I guess I just shot it the way that I would have looked around with my eyes if I wasn't using a camera. Admittedly though - most of that footage was almost full-zoom anyway - I was pretty far back and high up. I can't remember exactly where I shot from (it wasn't in the arena seating area, i think it was some rickety platform meant for service techs or something. I now recall - I sat behind my camera waiting for the main show to start. The stage and arena were pretty much bathed in darkness ... Everything was fine - people were just milling around, talking, the normal pre-show stuff. Then, with no warning, the Imperial March from Star Wars just starts blasting over the loudspeakers. One-by-one the band filed in on the still-darkened stage, and with a simple "Hey, how's everybody doin' - Let's get right to the point, yeah?" from Matt, the lights come up and they immediately break into My Out Of Style. Well. F Me. Immediate chaos. For the first third of the song, there were so many people going crazy in this place that the structure of whatever surface I was set up on was fluctuating to an almost comical degree - making the footage look like the band were playing through a major earthquake just ignoring it. It was almost as if the entire crowd had their brains swapped with apes and then injected with a near-fatal dose of adrenaline shot all at once, all at the same time. Those crazy kids right?? Lol It's unfortunate that the audio quality is a bit lacking - the FOH guy gave me a wireless feed and he obviously wasn't very adept because he red-lined the crap out if it. I had a shotgun microphone on the camera so I used that to try and tone down the mix but it crapped out for half the show too which is unfortunate. One other notable tidbit was from Matt, right before they ended the encore with Alabama Motel Room. He said: "I want to thank everyone for coming out tonight. And I'll tell you one thing - out of everything I might do from now until the end of f*cking time, I'll probably remember tonight more than anything, so thanks a lot". If only we could go back in time, eh? Cheers, Travis
  12. This was the set list from the May 8th Coquitlam show: 1 - My Out Of Style Is Coming Back 2 - Strangest One Of All 3 - Haven't Slept In Years 4 - Apparitions 5 - Everything Is Automatic 6 - Raygun 7 - Deep Six 8 - Prime Time Deliverance 9 - Look Happy, It's The End Of The World 10 - Rico 11 - Generation X-Wing 12 - Indestructible 13 - Symbolistic White Walls 14 - Invasion 1 There was also a brief cover of Thunderstruck in between one of the songs above (about 30 seconds of it - before they stopped and Matt said "That's about all we know from that one"). For the encore, it was: 1 - The Inescapable Us 2 - Middle Class Gangsters 3 - Alabama Motel Room
  13. For certain reasons, I can't provide footage from the show. However, I have uploaded one track from the show as an unlisted video on YouTube for the members of this board. Please do not circulate or share this link outside of this forum. Haven't Slept In Years - Cheers
  14. I shot and put together the piece from the Rogers Cable video (Coquitlam 1998). I was then a 17 year old camera guy who used this as an excuse to go to the show and interview him (I was a rabid fan). After I spoke with their manager, Frank, on the phone (nice guy), I was surprisingly given the approval to shoot the show and talk with Matthew afterwards. I never had thought that anyone would see it (Rogers was a public access channel) and it was my one and only time acting as interviewer, because for me, it was a godawful experience but it was well worth it. I can't believe that it actually resurfaced on the internet over 20 years later. The Show was fantastic, they were truly a very tight band. It's a shame they never got the attention, respect, or success that they deserved. Geoff was a fantastic player, played great at this show, and it's a goddamn shame he is no longer when us. Thanks for bringing back the memories of my foolish fantasy of being a MuchMusic cameraman!
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