Wednesday, 6 February 2019

CCPS Miscellany: Wounded Machines (2017)

We used yesterday's Favour tape as a chance to catch up on another release we missed a couple of years ago, the fourth Open Channels cassette. The quartet continue to mine indie pop through synths, with a few more guitars than their prior releases. It's interesting to listen to this after Favour - Jeff King's songwriting still has very much the same feeling, one which itches just the right spot for us here at the CCPS.

Get wounded the Open Channels bandcamp.

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

CCPS Miscellany: Favour - Everything Remains To Be Done (2019)

Here's a bit of a blast from the (southern) past. Recorded in 2000 and shelved until now, this tape is a great blast of guitar rock from Lethbridge's Favour that sits somewhere between Thrush Hermit and the Inbreds. After sitting on the tapes and/or computer files for 18 years, guitarist Jeff King Kickstartered a physical release of the album - and we're pretty pleased that he did, this is quality stuff.

Get it from the Favour bandcamp.

Monday, 4 February 2019

Playground Treason - Live at Studio A Go-Go (1990)

Former Playground Treason guitarist Cameron Gillies got in touch with us and offered up this amazing piece of history, seven live tracks from the pre-cursor to Red Autumn Fall. With Gail Thompson on drums, Gary Reimer on bass and Greg Williams on another guitar, this is, well, a pre-cursor to Red Autumn Fall. It might not have the polish of RAF - it is a live recording, after all - but Simeon Ross' characteristic vocals are already well in place. And judging from the cheers from the audience, they already had a solid following.

Get it here.

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Wealth Plant - Friends (2010)

Thanks to Kevin Stebner and his tiny but mighty Shed Bookstore for getting this tape to us. Wealth Plant is an early Jean-Sebatien Audet vehicle, further highlighting how diverse he is (and how prone he is to changing his project names). Wealth Plant sound like Jean-Sebastian and a guitar (and maybe a looper pedal), turning out short doodles of what we can only call experimental pop. A long ways from the soulful sounds of his 2016 Un Blonde album and - if the early sounds are any indication - even further from his new project, Yves Jarvis.

Get it here.

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Purlicue - Sip 'N Dip (2018)

Somehow we missed picking this tape up until last night. Which is weird, because this four-piece features members of some of our favourite bands - most notably Crims & Flow, which Purlicue feels like the natural extension of. Quirky lyrics (check out the hilarious "Whoops") give the post-punkish guitar work a refreshing feel - none of that faux darkness here.

Get the download via the Purlicue bandcamp.

Saturday, 29 December 2018

Corinthian and Limacher - Disappearance Exhibitions (2018)

This tape is one of our highlights from the past year. We got a taste of this collaboration between ambient experimentalist Corinthian (Evangelos Lambrinoudis II) and pianist Mark Limacher at the 2017 edition of Sled Island, and this year saw the release of their 10 days of recording at the National Music Centre. The result is quite excellent - especially on tracks like "Virgin Angel" and "Arctangent" where Corinthian's pulsing drums and swirling synths leave just enough space for Limacher's understated piano figures.

Get the tape via the Deep Sea Mining Syndicate/Corinthian bandcamp.

Friday, 28 December 2018

Mademoiselle - Choke (2018)

We've got a couple of tapes sitting in the increasingly stagnant CCPS offices that we should probably try to post before the end of the year. So, here goes - here's a lovely pink and delightfully unapologetic tape to start with getting us through the backlog.

Mademoiselle do a lot with just bass, drums and an attitude that is somehow both positive and self-deprecating at the same time. We've seen this duo a bunch of times, and they never fail to bring a smile to our faces while making us raise our fists in defiance. It's scrappy, raw and political - all the things punk rock really should be.

Get it via the Mademoiselle bandcamp.

Thursday, 27 December 2018

Peter Moller and Randy Hutton - Ringside Maisie (1980)

Well, it's been a while, huh? Normally, we'd come up with an excuse, but... well, there just hasn't been a lot to post recently. Except this, which we had to go to Seattle to finally find a copy to call our own.

Ringside Maisie is (a) a 1941 film starring Ann Sothern and (b) an album of improvisational music featuring percussionist Peter Moller and acoustic guitarist Randy Hutton. Hutton is unknown to us, but we're quite familiar with Moller's works with the Rip Chords, Ten Foot Henry's and last year's collaboration with ex-Lucy Show (and former Calgarian) Mark Bandola. Unlike the sugary pop that colours Moller and Bandola's Sacrificial Leaves, Ringside Maisie is sparse and, uh, improvised.

Get your ringside seat here.

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Janitor Scum - And the Scums/Instant Music+2 (2018)

Janitor Scum has become one of our favourite local punk bands over the past few years, with their ramshackle shows and fuck it attitude. So two new tapes from them is pretty exciting.

If you've seen them before, Janitor Scum and the Scums more of what you'd expect, with Arielle spasmodically babbling along with the careening guitars and drums. You'd think the inclusion of lyrics here is helpful, but not always. We can't at all reconcile the lyrics of "Small Snail" with what we're hearing. But "Doris Dolores & Boris" is bang on, and sounds kind of like a Slits record being played at 78rpm - in other words, it's exceptionally good.

Instant Music+2 is just kind of weird. We guess these are some form of 4-track demo thing with drum machine and various noises - this has more in common with Janitor Scum side project Pankbend than the main band. Which is still enjoyable in its own right.

The Janitor Scums seem to be eschewing the internet, so you'll probably have to catch the band live to get a copy of these.

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Bitter Fictions - Disagreements (2018)

It feels like the time between blog posts here at the CCPS is increasing... we're going to try to get a few things off our desk, though, starting with this tape from Devin Friesen's Bitter Fictions.

This is a varied cassette based around Friesen's solo (looped) guitar, leading with the appropriately abrasive title track before sliding into psychedelic soundscapes, glitchy electronics, the gorgeous and comtemplative "Morning Bow Memorial," ultimately collapsing on itself in the closing "It All Gets Fuzzy In The End." If you're a fan of soundtracks to non-existent movies, this one is for you.