Monday, 20 July 2015
Well, we picked up not one but TWO glitter tapes at Sloth, and this is, uh, the second. Hmm. Remind us to spend more time working on intros to posts. This one is not so good.
Anyways, this tape is good. This is another in this year's great trend of bands playing CJSW and then releasing the sessions on tape. We can't tell you how much we like this trend, except that it turns out we had already taped this directly off the radio ourselves last December. So, we have a version that has Disturb the Universe host Kai Sinclair describing the band as Nu Metal and calling them Jugallos. Clearly he was being ironic and they are neither. We know this, because we have seen the band and are "in the know" about such thing.
Anyways, this is another great-sounding session, a tribute to the mighty CJSW and why you should put away a few extra bucks to give to them during funding drive in October.
In the meantime, we're not sure if you can still pick up a copy of this at Sloth. We do know that you can listen to a track from the session on Soundcloud.
Friday, 17 July 2015
Good thing we have this tape. Three new (new?) songs that are low-fi and abrasive (is the overly-trebly guitar on purpose?), just the way you expect.
We picked up a copy at Sloth, but you can also download this via the Glitter bandcamp.
Thursday, 16 July 2015
The newest release from Craig Storm's Monroeville Music Centre presents us with a new problem: where do we keep the miniature theremin that came with this?
Storm has apparently decided to share his love of electronics with us via his quarterly, subscription-only tape series. We didn't know what to expect when we signed up a few months ago, and we were thrilled when we got a package with a tape, a breadboard and various electronics components. Side one of the tape features a group of kids answering the question "what do you think the future will be like?" interspersed with musical bleeps and bloops. Side two is a series of songs that you can play along with using your newly-built theremin.
We can't say enough good things about this project. It's fun, engaging and totally, totally worth the subscription. We highly recommend that you sign up.
Wednesday, 15 July 2015
Clearly, the theme of this week's posts is "people we hate because they make us re-do our cassette shelving but love because their tapes are really good." Courtesy of Devin Friesen's Shaking Box Music comes the second tape from Ashley Soft, which sees the band actually becoming a band (and a Calgary one, at that).
Anchored by Andrew Hume's remarkable (as in good remarkable) drumming, Clarke Alan Macleod delivers a set of noodly, noisy songs while Devin Friesen does what he does best - namely make some really nice noise to complement the whole thing. Plus, Chris Dadge recorded this thing, so we can give him an extra kick in the pants/high five for his part in capturing this on tape.
We've seen this tape at Sloth, of course. But you can also get it via Shaking Box Music.
Monday, 13 July 2015
Sigh. Another tape from Shake. And Erin Jenkins. We'd be mad if this wasn't so good.
This tape gives us four quick cold-wavey tunes which see the band shedding some of the noise and persona that Jenkins put on for their first tape, to good effect. Maybe it's the influence of Teledrome's Ryan Sadler doing the recording for this, but this hits just the right spot with us, crawling into the dark places that we, as children of the new wave, really appreciate.
Get the tape from Shake! or listen in on the Catholic Girls bandcamp.
Sunday, 12 July 2015
We're just pulling ourselves out of the deep sadness that overcomes us every year at the end of Sled Island (WHY?!?! WHY IS THIS JUST ONE WEEK OUT OF THE YEAR?? We're going to live like every day is Sled Island!), and we're going to get to a stack of new tapes that has been piling up in the CCPS offices.
First up is this one and GODDAMMIT LAB COAST! GODDAMMIT SHAKE RECORDS! Thanks to you, we have to re-do our cassette shelving again. Seriously. Even though we already have this on LP (one of the late, great Mammoth Cave's final releases) and, CD (yes, this is a bit ridiculous), we couldn't pass up what is possibly one of the best recordings to come out of this city in recent years. The glorious second half of "For Now" is worth the price of admission alone:
Get the tape from Shake, if you don't already have it on LP. Or CD. Or whatever.
Friday, 26 June 2015
Hooray! Today, the CCPS is eight years old today! Who'd'a thunkit*? So, why not celebrate with a kind of redundant post?
We posted a weird advance cassette version of this last year, but - as we noted in that post - the mix and track order is different than what ended up on the final CD, so we're going to dive into this without apologies.
Plus, this CD is quite possibly one of the best things to ever come out of this city.
Fire Engine Red was always a special band, and things really crystallized on 1530. And then, like so many other fine gems that turn out to be made out of sugar, they shattered. Wait, how often do fine gems turn out to be made out of sugar? We're not entirely sure, but we're going to stick to what we've said because (a) we like Fire Engine Red and (b) we might have had too much sugar today. Because someone (Gene Poole) might have (definitely) bought a birthday cake (and a bottle of bourbon) and then ate it (washed down with bourbon).
There's a video for "Shank Pony" that we would love to have linked to, but it's buried in the depths of Steve Elaschuk's facebook page.
So instead we'll just send you to the download link for this masterpiece.
*Seriously, we started the CCPS on a lark, and never expected it to turn into the thing it has become. Thanks to everyone who has shared tapes and stories with us over the years, and thanks to everyone who has told us that this ridiculous project means something to them. Cheers!
Thursday, 25 June 2015
The Patabeatniks were an extension of the Eternal Now, featuring Nick Diochnos and VOX/Eye editor Bill Reynolds. So, it's fitting that this continues the tradition we'd expect of literate, melodic pop. We're pretty sure this CD was recorded in Ontario, and that it hails from the time when a pile of Calgarians moved to Toronto in search of fame and fortune. BUT, reading through the band's membership both on the CD as well as the past membership, it's impossible for us to not consider this a Calgary band.
We're not going to post a download link, since we just bought this direct from the Rembetika Hipsters. If you want a copy, you can probably get one if you're at Pegasus on the right night.
Wednesday, 24 June 2015
As we head into blissful place that is Sled Island, we're going to sneak in another post, this time with a 20-year-old slice of pop punk.
Downway evolved out of Simon's Pet Iguana, and put out a series of CDs during their time, this being the first. This page mentions a tape that they put out - if anyone has a copy, we'd love to borrow it.
This video isn't from this CD, but it pads out this thin post a bit:
Get Downway here.
Wednesday, 17 June 2015
You'd think that with the advent of CDs, band would have taken advantage of all that extra space to make sure they include more details about who they are. Not Toledo Speedway - they go the opposite direction, making extra effort to confuse by using two aliases and one real name for their band's membership. Good thing we have the inside scoop, and can tell you that these guys brought together the drummer from Citrus Park, guitarist from Seven Sorry Senators and bass player from Eight Miles High. The result is pretty decent - playing melodic but weird rhythms, this sits very nicely alongside the Primrods and Hot Little Rocket.
Get on the speedway!