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If you've ever been to archive.org or etree, then you know how to get your Mofro fix in between seeing them live. For those who may not know where all those shows come from, they are fans affectionately known as tapers.
I appreciate it when anyone thanks me for the fansite, but I was thinking today, after watching skotdee taping JJ's set last night, how hard these cats work. They get to shows extra early so they can set up. They don't get to hang with their sig others/friends while setting up, or a lot of times when taping. Their mics/cameras are set back a ways, so often times they sacrifice a close view of the band, or hanging with their friends.
Afterward they got to break everything down and haul it out. Shit, my trophy wife don't even like to take her purse into a concert so I got to wear pants with 17 pockets. These guys got to traipse around with a duffle bag(s) and mic stands.
Then, they have to go home and do post production and editing, some of them also take the time to go through and edit out the audience cheers between songs so our ears don't get blown. Then they have to upload it onto the archive or etree.
And that's all not to mention that they invest good money into equipment.
If you've met any tapers, they're ga-ga over it. But that don't mean that we shouldn't thank them for what they do. They make the Mofro experience so much more pleasurable and accessible.
In Florida we have aclarke, John Dude (aka Gre8ful98), skotdee, and UHollis. I'm sure I've left some out but it's not intentional. There's tapers all over the country. Next time you see one, give 'em a pat on the back, or a hug, or a kiss, or buy 'em a beer, or all the above.
Last Edited by on Aug 27, 2008 10:12 PM
Very cool with the shot and the beer. The shows that I've been at I've been unable to find the taper and looked for them quite extensively. Will definitely buy them a drink or two or three :) if I ever do find them.
Much thanks goes out to Skotdee for taping and getting it up so fast. It sounds great. Already got it on my ipod so I can listen to it all day while working. Very good work. One thing I would like to especially thank you for is the timing of it. I know it's not easy to turn it from tape right over to the archive and as UHollis (still the man whether he denies it or not) has said before, his computers and hardware have taken a beating with this stuff. For the sacrifices with that and I'm sure sacrificing sleep to get it up as fast as possible, THANK YOU! I hope that everyone's excitment here on the message board and throughout Mofro Fans everywhere did not rush you to get it on the archive so fast and that it didn't get in the way of or take precedent over anything in your life personally in order to do such a thing so quick. While it's 9 am here on the west coast, so it's to early to start or be drinking, here is a metaphoric cheers and tip of the cap to Skotdee for this recording and all the other tapers giving us that sweet smooth oh so good live music from JJ Grey & Mofro.
My Best Regards,
---------- Delerious Tyme
Mofro for life in Arizona The Rhythm Room is exactly that when the boys are kicking it here. "Walking on Moonlight in the Day."
Last Edited by on Aug 28, 2008 8:53 AM
Hey dt, next time you go to the Rhythm Room go over to the sound board where Mofro's Chris will be busting his ass. Usually very close to him will be the "Official venue taper" Brian Dasilva (my quotes). Sometimes he gets a patch, sometimes not, but always high quality sound from this man!
He tapes other bands, too. Go out back to where the tour bus parks and look at the license plate on his car to see who his favorite band is. Which car? It will be obvious. Have fun there in Phoenix. Say hello to Mona. Sorry We can't make it, only can do Santa Fe this go around.
PS I can send you a picture of him (also bustin his ass) if ya want.
As a fellow taper, I appreciate threads like this and the responses that follow. It makes our 'job' a bit easier when people genuinely appreciate what you do.
But there's also people out there that 'expect' your taped show to come out when they want your show to coem out. I always tell them that let them spend $1000 or even more on your rig...go to the show, get hassled and then tape...most of the time around people that are drunk, loud and obnoxious and/or look at you b/c they have no idea what the hel you're doing. I love the looks, b/c these are the same people who are begging me for my tape at the end of the show =).
But To me, it may not seem as 'hard work' to tape a show. I mean, its a hobby to me that I love. I love taping music and I love spreading it. It's all about the love. I am lucky I've gotten good at my craft and that my tapes are so much better now than when I started in 2000.
Now, I have enjoyed meeting John Dude, Eric Stanley, Scottie D, b/c we are the Florida Tapers Association. (I like the nickname) These guys always put out great tapes, and are a staple of this community. My tapes now sound even better b/c of these guys. Ya, I'm new in the Mofro world (went and taped my first show in 2007) but I've been taping for years and Dude, Stanley and Skot are very nice and always offer help and advice. You can't get that anywhere else. Some tapers believe it or not, are total assholes. Not our Mofro Crew!
I also want to constantly thank the people who buy me wine, beer and/or shots at the show. It does mean a lot to me for someone to go out there way to do that. It's also humbling to me for someone to tell me that they like me tapes, and sometimes purposely look for my tapes! All is awesome! So I thank the bands, and most importantly the people that support tapers. a HUGE thank you!
Thanks alot to all tapers!!! You are our vital link to all who want to savor that awesome show,add it to our collection or just listen to because we could not make it to that show.Thanks and keep up the good work! love you all!!!!!!!!!
I can't thank you guys and gals enuff for your efforts to not only tape the shows, edit if necessary, and upload them too. It means the world to me to have a tape of a show that I was at. Like the Orange Peel show in March of this year was amazing to me!! not only was the show incredible but the fine folks I met there and have create a bond with. When I listen to that show (which is often) it brings me back to how damn good it felt to be there with my sister and my brother (who lives away from me) and I can recognize his whistle and it literally brings a smile to my face EVERY time!! You not only tape music dudes, you preserve memories for all of us and you can't buy someone enough beers to thank them for that! But one day I swear, I will meet some of you and I will not only buy drinks but a round of hugs as well!!
Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!!!
and thank you giggles for reminding us not to take this wonderful folks for granted and to give them the thanks and recognition they do indeed deserve!! :o) ---------- "If you've never seen us before, don't be bashful - sing along from start to finish........and dance & feel good.....there's enough shit in the world, let it all out...........Brighter Daaaaays...."