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June 2020.

Some time in the past few years (maybe as far back as 2015??), Az gave me a box full of his MiniDV master tapes for transferring.

They sat in my wardrobe for a while before I finally got around to purchasing a dedicated MiniDV playback deck. I'd been wanting one for a long time, and this was a good excuse to pull the trigger. Once it arrived (shipped from the US) I hooked it up and excitedly popped in one of Azza's DVs to capture. Unfortunately, the tape played back all glitchy and choppy.

Turned out that a lot of these tapes had been recorded in LP mode, making stable playback a lot tougher. I let Az know and asked if he still had his camera - it often helps to play back LP tapes on the device that recorded them. He did still have it. So the next time I saw him, I grabbed that off him and gave it a test. It worked a treat and I popped it aside until I had the time, and hard drive space, to complete the task.

So, here we are, half way through the year 2020 in the midst of a global pandemic, and I've finally got them all captured. Actually, I'd finished it in May but it took a bit of time to go through the footage and trim/join files as necessary.

There was also a lot of work identifying the shows themselves. From the earliest tape that had been recorded on Az's camera (The Meanies at The Tote 2008-04-13), the camera's internal time and date had been set incorrectly - it was 7 days early, and about 9 or so hours off. Some tapes were labelled well, so I didn't need to rely on the datestamp - others weren't. Using the DV timestamp and Az's old tradelist as a reference, most of them fell into place fairly easily.

Things got tricky when I got to (what turned out to be) the 2012 tapes, as the camera's internal battery must have reset, and with it the date. And none of these tapes were on Az's list. This also conincided with Az not labelling the tapes with as much detail as he'd done earlier. A tape labelled simply Link solo was datestamped 2008-01-01. Thankfully Old Skin 6/7/12 Gaso also had a 2008 datestamp (2008-03-21). Now, with a bit of head-scratching, I was able to go back to the other unknown tapes (7 different shows in total) and work out the dates. Combine that with visually identifying the venue, or listening for between song banter than would assist, and then it was off to Google for confirmation. Two 2013 Sun God Replica shows proved particularly difficult (the camera hadn't recorded a datestamp at all!), but after a bit of back and forth we pinpointed them.

Some of the LP tapes were still a little patchy, particularly at the start or end. Some I could play for a minute, rewind, play, rewind then play again and it would have sorted itself out. Others had persistant glitches at particular spots of tape that I simply couldn't overcome. But the vast majority of it managed to capture just fine.

I still have two tapes sitting on my desk, un-captured: one has digi-glitching that simply will NOT go away, no matter how far into the tape I let it run or how many times I try again. It's labelled Xenos Hamilton 09. I'll try it again some time. The other is labelled Slug Gun White Walls Cut Sick. I'm pretty sure Slug Gun is 2009-08-21 at the Farthwrop Centre, Portland and it may also have a Face On Fire set from this show. The other two sets are 2012-10-26 at the Gaso. The problem with this one is that the actual tape itself (inside the hard cassette shell) has snapped. Not uncommon, according to the internet, but I've never seen it before. I'll follow a YouTube tutorial and do my best to repair it.

84 MiniDV tapes.
122 individual sets.
69+ hours of documented live music.
893 GB of video files.

Hit me up if you've got tapes (MiniDV, VHS, or otherwise) that need transferring!!





4387 Emprica 2004.01.xx Yarraman Park Portland, VIC, Australia .avi 44:16
4388 Emprica 2004.06.xx Heywood Football Club Heywood, VIC, Australia .avi 21:06
4389 The Androids 2004.06.xx Heywood Football Club Heywood, VIC, Australia .avi 10:51
4390 Emprica 2006.03.03 The Royal Hotel Portland, VIC, Australia .avi 10:24
4391 Emprica 2006.05.12 Portland North Primary School Portland, VIC, Australia .avi 37:03
4392 The Meanies 2008.04.13 The Tote Collingwood, VIC, Australia .avi 48:15
4393 Journal Of A Deadman 2008.06.28 Az's house Tyrendarra, VIC, Australia .avi 6:18
4394 Journal Of A Deadman 2008.07.18 Shadow's Nightclub Mount Gambier, SA, Australia .avi 28:55
4395 A Red Dawn 2008.07.18 Shadow's Nightclub Mount Gambier, SA, Australia .avi 23:01
4396 Frankenbok 2008.07.18 Shadow's Nightclub Mount Gambier, SA, Australia .avi 39:12
4397 The Meanies 2008.08.15 The Tote Collingwood, VIC, Australia .avi 28:31
4398 Bored! 2008.08.15 The Tote Upstairs Collingwood, VIC, Australia .avi 28:56
4399 The Bakelite Age 2008.08.16 The Tote Upstairs Collingwood, VIC, Australia .avi 46:33
4400 Emprica 2008.08.29 The Barwon Club Geelong, VIC, Australia .avi 21:01
4401 Honeytrap 2008.08.29 The Barwon Club Geelong, VIC, Australia .avi 27:34
4402 Magic Dirt 2008.09.13 The Loft Warrnambool, VIC, Australia .avi 60:07
4403 Rollerball 2008.09.20 The Loft Warrnambool, VIC, Australia .avi 65:26
4404 Terrorust 2008.10.13 Billboard Melbourne, VIC, Australia .avi 4:24
4405 Carcass 2008.10.13 Billboard Melbourne, VIC, Australia .avi 84:21
4406 Terrorust 2008.10.24 The Hi-fi Bar Melbourne, VIC, Australia .avi 32:02
4407 Pig Destroyer 2008.10.24 The Hi-fi Bar Melbourne, VIC, Australia .avi 52:18
4408 Super Fun Happy Slide 2008.11.01 The Arthouse Melbourne, VIC, Australia .avi 27:58
4409 Cut Sick 2008.11.01 The Arthouse Melbourne, VIC, Australia .avi 11:22
4410 Fuck... I'm Dead 2008.11.01 The Arthouse Melbourne, VIC, Australia .avi 34:40
4411 Captain Cleanoff 2008.11.01 The Arthouse Melbourne, VIC, Australia .avi 38:14
4412 Xenos 2008.11.21 Portland Civic Hall Portland, VIC, Australia .avi 32:41
4413 Xenos 2008.12.05 The Attic Hamilton, VIC, Australia .avi 40:55
4414 Xenos 2008.12.13 Kris McDonald's house Portland, VIC, Australia .avi 12:14
4415 Drifter 2008.12.13 Kris McDonald's house Portland, VIC, Australia .avi 12:12
4416 Emprica 2008.12.13 Kris McDonald's house Portland, VIC, Australia .avi 62:31
4417 Psycroptic 2009.01.14 The Old Jail Mount Gambier, SA, Australia .avi 39:24
4418 Whitechapel 2009.01.14 The Old Jail Mount Gambier, SA, Australia .avi 34:38
4419 Shagnum 2009.01.25 The Corner Hotel Richmond, VIC, Australia .avi 20:09
4420 Super Fun Happy Slide 2009.01.25 The Corner Hotel Richmond, VIC, Australia .avi 22:45
4421 The Day Everything Became Nothing 2009.01.25 The Corner Hotel Richmond, VIC, Australia .avi 16:13
4422 The Kill 2009.01.25 The Corner Hotel Richmond, VIC, Australia .avi 9:40
4423 Captain Cleanoff 2009.01.25 The Corner Hotel Richmond, VIC, Australia .avi 6:45
4424 Agents Of Abhorrence 2009.01.25 The Corner Hotel Richmond, VIC, Australia .avi 18:24
4425 Melvins 2009.01.27 The Ding Dong Lounge Melbourne, VIC, Australia .avi 59:22
4426 Poison The Well 2009.02.25 The Esplanade Hotel St. Kilda, VIC, Australia .avi 28:09
4427 The Dillinger Escape Plan 2009.02.25 The Esplanade Hotel St. Kilda, VIC, Australia .avi 56:30
4428 Ire 2009.03.20 The Corner Hotel Richmond, VIC, Australia .avi 3:11
4429 Nancy Vandal 2009.03.20 The Corner Hotel Richmond, VIC, Australia .avi 6:47
4430 Frenzal Rhomb 2009.03.20 The Corner Hotel Richmond, VIC, Australia .avi 60:14
4431 Honeytrap 2009.05.01 The Loft Warrnambool, VIC, Australia .avi 58:04
4432 Tigernauts 2009.05.01 The Loft Warrnambool, VIC, Australia .avi 31:32
4433 Rort 2009.05.02 The Arthouse Melbourne, VIC, Australia .avi 1:45
4434 Ire 2009.05.02 The Arthouse Melbourne, VIC, Australia .avi 2:26
4435 Cut Sick 2009.05.02 The Arthouse Melbourne, VIC, Australia .avi 13:15
4436 Extortion 2009.05.02 The Arthouse Melbourne, VIC, Australia .avi 22:47
4437 Trash Talk 2009.05.02 The Arthouse Melbourne, VIC, Australia .avi 23:29
4438 Xenos 2009.05.06 Kokopelli's Portland, VIC, Australia .avi 21:30
4439 Xenos 2009.05.09 The Mojo Bar Portland, VIC, Australia .avi 55:55
4440 Beneath Dying Skies 2009.05.09 The Mojo Bar Portland, VIC, Australia .avi 5:55
4441 Lay The Fallen 2009.05.09 The Mojo Bar Portland, VIC, Australia .avi 31:58
4442 Wolf & Cub 2009.06.24 The Loft Warrnambool, VIC, Australia .avi 53:09
4443 Narcalypse 2009.08.21 Farthwrop Centre Portland, VIC, Australia .avi 47:12
4444 Lay The Fallen 2009.08.21 Farthwrop Centre Portland, VIC, Australia .avi 35:52
4445 Emprica 2009.08.21 Farthwrop Centre Portland, VIC, Australia .avi 58:15
4446 Emprica 2009.08.21 Farthwrop Centre Portland, VIC, Australia .avi 66:10
4447 Bad Religion 2009.09.26 Thebarton Theatre Torrensville, SA, Australia .avi 27:09
4448 NOFX 2009.09.26 Thebarton Theatre Torrensville, SA, Australia .avi 66:29
4449 Melt Banana 2009.10.10 The Forum Melbourne, VIC, Australia .avi 25:12
4450 Xenos 2009.10.16 Casterton Civic Hall Casterton, VIC, Australia .avi 47:11
4451 Magic Dirt 2009.10.16 Casterton Civic Hall Casterton, VIC, Australia .avi 64:07
4452 Xenos 2009.10.24 Kris McDonald's house Portland, VIC, Australia .avi 69:09
4453 Honeytrap 2009.10.24 Kris McDonald's house Portland, VIC, Australia .avi 19:55
4454 Xenos 2009.10.30 Shadow's Nightclub Mount Gamiber, SA, Australia .avi 34:06
4455 Xenos 2009.10.31 Portland Foreshore Portland, VIC, Australia .avi 34:52
4456 The Lost Royals 2009.10.31 Portland Foreshore Portland, VIC, Australia .avi 24:42
4457 The Meanies 2009.12.10 The Hi-fi Bar Melbourne, VIC, Australia .avi 23:49
4458 Tumbleweed 2009.12.10 The Hi-fi Bar Melbourne, VIC, Australia .avi 69:48
4459 Honeytrap 2010.01.23 Kokopelli's Portland, VIC, Australia .avi 66:56
4460 The Day Everything Became Nothing 2010.01.29 The Underdog Warrnambool, VIC, Australia .avi 41:44
4461 The Mojo Bar 2010.04.17 The Mojo Bar Portland, VIC, Australia .avi 52:17
4462 Witchgrinder 2010.04.23 The Loft Warrnambool, VIC, Australia .avi 33:05
4463 Five Star Prison Cell 2010.04.23 The Loft Warrnambool, VIC, Australia .avi 45:26
4464 28 Days 2010.05.14 The Loft Warrnambool, VIC, Australia .avi 43:25
4465 The Lost Royals 2010.06.11 Kokopelli's Portland, VIC, Australia .avi 76:59
4466 Next Chapter 2010.06.11 Kokopelli's Portland, VIC, Australia .avi 13:32
4467 A New Beginning 2010.08.13 Dutton Way house party Portland, VIC, Australia .avi 13:51
4468 Kamikaze Death Squad 2010.08.27 Kokopelli's Portland, VIC, Australia .avi 26:56
4469 The Lost Royals 2010.08.27 Kokopelli's Portland, VIC, Australia .avi 26:22
4470 Xenos 2010.09.10 Kokopelli's Portland, VIC, Australia .avi 59:01
4471 Xenos 2010.10.08 The Mojo Bar Hamilton, VIC, Australia .avi 48:14
4472 Xenos 2010.10.30 Portland Foreshore Portland, VIC, Australia .avi 22:50
4473 Kamikaze Death Squad 2010.10.30 Portland Foreshore Portland, VIC, Australia .avi 10:54
4474 Kashmere Club 2010.10.30 Portland Foreshore Portland, VIC, Australia .avi 30:55
4475 Internal Rot 2011.01.21 The Arthouse Melbourne, VIC, Australia .avi 21:28
4476 Xenos 2011.01.22 The Barwon Club Geelong, VIC, Australia .avi 32:10
4477 Moth 2011.01.22 The Barwon Club Geelong, VIC, Australia .avi 26:10
4478 A New Beginning 2011.02.12 The Mojo Bar Hamilton, VIC, Australia .avi 4:05
4479 Xenos 2011.02.12 The Mojo Bar Hamilton, VIC, Australia .avi 51:07
4480 Xenos 2011.04.23 Kokopelli's Portland, VIC, Australia .avi 53:33
4481 Internal Rot 2011.04.24 The Arthouse Melbourne, VIC, Australia .avi 19:01
4482 Die Pigeon Die 2011.04.24 The Arthouse Melbourne, VIC, Australia .avi 19:36
4483 Garbage Guts 2011.04.24 The Arthouse Melbourne, VIC, Australia .avi 28:55
4484 Super Fun Happy Slide 2011.04.24 The Arthouse Melbourne, VIC, Australia .avi 28:30
4485 The Day Everything Became Nothing 2011.04.24 The Arthouse Melbourne, VIC, Australia .avi 10:25
4486 The Kill 2011.04.24 The Arthouse Melbourne, VIC, Australia .avi 8:24
4487 Captain Cleanoff 2011.04.24 The Arthouse Melbourne, VIC, Australia .avi 12:50
4488 Xenos 2011.07.01 The Mojo Bar Hamilton, VIC, Australia .avi 40:59
4489 King Parrot 2011.07.01 The Mojo Bar Hamilton, VIC, Australia .avi 27:57
4490 Broozer 2011.07.23 Kokopelli's Portland, VIC, Australia .avi 24:53
4491 Sun God Replica 2011.08.27 The Tote Collingwood, VIC, Australia .avi 39:56
4492 Hoss 2011.08.27 The Tote Collingwood, VIC, Australia .avi 42:20
4493 The Celibate Rifles 2011.08.27 The Tote Collingwood, VIC, Australia .avi 25:40
4494 Frenzal Rhomb 2011.09.07 The Loft Warrnambool, VIC, Australia .avi 58:15
4495 Xenos 2011.09.23 Kokopelli's Portland, VIC, Australia .avi 66:53
4496 Xenos 2011.11.25 Kokopelli's Portland, VIC, Australia .avi 10:35
4497 Link McLennan's Amazing Jukebox 2012.04.17 The Tote Front Bar Collingwood, VIC, Australia .avi 41:02
4498 Old Skin 2012.07.06 The Gasometer Collingwood, VIC, Australia .avi 11:26
4499 Debacle 2012.07.06 The Gasometer Collingwood, VIC, Australia .avi 26:05
4500 Extortion 2012.07.06 The Gasometer Collingwood, VIC, Australia .avi 19:45
4501 Suffer 2012.07.06 The Gasometer Collingwood, VIC, Australia .avi 18:46
4502 Sun God Replica 2012.07.12 Yah Yah's Fitzroy, VIC, Australia .avi 41:12
4503 Budd 2012.07.13 The Tote Collingwood, VIC, Australia .avi 52:27
4504 Sun God Replica 2012.07.22 The Gasometer Collingwood, VIC, Australia .avi 47:09
4505 Captain Cleanoff 2012.07.25 The Old Bar Fitzroy, VIC, Australia .avi 19:45
4506 Sun God Replica 2012.08.12 The Retreat Hotel Brunswick, VIC, Australia .avi 52:02
4507 Sun God Replica 2013.06.21 The Prince Of Wales St. Kilda, VIC, Australia .avi 45:10
4508 Sun God Replica 2013.07.05 The Post Office Hotel Coburg, VIC, Australia .avi 53:29
4509 Misc. // Matt Skitz & Chris Wallace jam session 2008.08.29 The Barwon Club Geelong, VIC, Australia .avi 12:25