Thursday, 13 October 2016

Juicebox - Tetra Pak (2016)

Back to new tapes! Juice Box sit nicely alongside Milk Toast in terms of their twee sound, and we assume that their songs are built around found lyrics. This whole tape is filled with wry humour, but it's "Straight White Boys Texting" with its amazing skewering of, uh, straight white boys that seals the deal for us.

The limited run of the tape looks like it's still available via Fan Club Records. Or grab the download from Juice Box's bandcamp.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Bikeland - Jetfighter (2010)

We've got another old(er) tape! Not super old, but, hey, we take what we can get. We remember seeing Bikeland when they were active in 2010 and being kind of perplexed by their noisy chaos. Having the benefit of having seen/heard Clarke Alan Macleod's later work with Ashley Soft has helped us put this into perspective, and we get what's happening here now. The angst-filled shouts, noisy bursts of guitar and smashing drums come together just enough to draw you in. And then kick you back out.

Somehow Bikeland's music lives on over at bandcamp, where you can grab the download of this tape.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Unspooled Episode 8: The El Caminos' "Nobody"

Whoops, this somehow slipped by. Our October episode of Unspooled aired last week, but things are busy at the CJSW (getting ready for Funding Drive!), so we didn't get out hands on the Soundcloud link until the weekend. 

We think this is worth the wait, though (plus, it also helps to make up for our early airing of September's episode). This month, we spent a bit of time with Bobby Torpedo (aka Kamil Krulis), talking about the good old days of knocking monitors off the stage of the Republik and the El Caminos' 1992 cassette Ergo Drunken Sluts.

Monday, 10 October 2016

PMMA - Demo (2013)

Well, look at this! A tape that wasn't released just this year! It's a very exciting moment for us here at the CCPS. Especially because we really like PMMA - they were one of the first local punk bands to rediscover synthesizers, and they careen through this tape's seven songs like a dark, jet-powered... something. Maybe this isn't as fully-realized as their excellent LP from last year, but it's still a mighty powerful tape.

You can listen to 4/7 of this tape over at the PMMA bandcamp.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Valiska - Repetitions (2015)

We're posting a not new tape! Only because this one somehow slipped past us last year. So, it's really not that old.

Whatever, tapes is tapes. And this is a lovely tape. We don't say that too often, do we? Maybe we're listening to this with different ears than we have in the past, but we really get what Valiska is about with this release. The tracks glide seamlessly between drones and more formal compositions, Sujata's pianos act to underscore structural themes, while his synths add colour and looseness. The result is highly listenable, in both its calm and its tension.

Copies of this are still available from the Valiska bandcamp.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Corinthian - Eurozone Ghosts (2016)

This new tape from Deep Sea Mining Syndicate leader Evangelos Lambrinoudis II has been in fairly constant rotation in the CCPS offices for the past two weeks, only partly because it is such a good complement the unsettled weather we've had.

Corinthian tries to find a place somewhere between ambient noise, drones and techno, with one alternatingly giving way to the other. It's honestly difficult not to keep coming back to the name of Lambrinoudis' label to describe the sound here - this hypnotic and compelling tape does sound like deep sea mining. It's a shame that he's enabling our lazy writing style. 

The tape is limited to 50 physical copies; there was a stack at Melodiya last time we were in there, or you can grab it via the DSMS bandcamp.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Feel Alright/Century Palm - Split Cassette (2016)

Following on our last post from a bunch of Calgarian ex-pats, here's a split tape that local fellers Feel Alright and uh, Calgarian (and Lethbridge) ex-pats Century Palm that was put out over the summer for the tour the two bands dig of eastern Canada. Huge thanks to Jesse Locke and Kevin Boyer for helping us get a copy!

The Feel Alright side repackages a bunch of tracks that were originally on last year's excellent but completely unattainable Softies cassette. Feel Alright are one of the local bands we really can't get enough of. Craig Fahner is mining a great bit of early 70's power pop, living in an alternate reality where punk may never have happened. Or if it did, it stopped being fun. The perfect power pop of "Telegraph Hill" is alone worth finding this tape for.

Century Palm's side makes us wish that either we had the brains to get out east to see the band, or that they had the money to get out here for some shows. Punk did happen in Century Palm's world (as they confirm with a Husker Du cover), but then it got stuck in the 80's - their cover of the Grapes of Wrath's "All the Things I Wasn't" is a surprise and a delight. This is a nice evolution from the work Andrew Payne did with the Fun Funs here in Calgary five years ago.

We're honestly not sure how to/if you can get this tape. Planet of the Tapes put it out, but it's not on their bandcamp yet. Maybe write to your local elected officials demanding that this be more widely available?

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Brain Fever - La Luna (2012)

In a bit of random synchronicity, we found a copy of this last weekend - the original bridge between Brain Fever and La Luna. This tape was remastered and then re-released as La Luna's first LP. You can't download this one anymore, but, as mentioned yesterday, if you grab the improved version you can help La Luna with their bills.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

La Luna - Always Already (2016)/Tour Cassette (2015)

We usually try not to cover two tapes in one post, but we're going to make an exception for Calgarians-in-Toronto La Luna. The hardcore band moved east last year, and this summer hit a pile of trouble with their tour van in - of all the places - Newfoundland. Short of cash and facing a painfully high repair bill, they turned to their bandcamp as a way of raising money. Which we were more than happy to oblige, since it was also a way to grab a couple of goodies that otherwise we wouldn't have been able to.

Their 2015 Tour Tape is a quick two-track blast through what the band does best (a BIG guitar sound, lead singer Vanessa Gloux's vocals and great dynamics). Always Already, their 2016 LP (on tape? we're still confused when bands do this) is a steamroller of emotions that - for us - shows how amazing Nicolas Field's guitar work can be, blending math rock and hardcore into a tasty mix. 

We suspect the band is still recovering from the bills they accumulated on their summer tour; help them out and grab these tapes and/or the downloads via the La Luna bandcamp.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Ultra Gash - Trench Rash (2016)

Ultra Gash has a second tape that came out earlier this year, which is characterized by a messily-inky j-card (think of a laser printer that's spewing toner) and a spray-bombed orange cassette. And more of the same yelpy punk goodness that made their first tape so good.

Again, you can get this at Sloth (we think) or the Ultra Gash bandcamp.