Thursday, 26 February 2015

Sara & Tegan - Under Feet Like Ours (1999)

Well, we can't let the opportunity to post this pass us by. Gene's been sitting on this (literally) for a while, biding his time... For what, we're not entirely sure.

See, at this point, this being our fourth Sara & Tegan post, we've run out of things to say. Thankfully the sisters Quin provide some new content themselves, calling Mike Bell "the meanest man on earth" in the liner notes.

So, there's that.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Sara & Tegan - Live On CBC Radio (1998)

While we're pilfering the extensive posts over at Teenage Dogs in Trouble, we might as well include this one. We're posting this ENTIRELY because it's by those famous former-Calgarian twins, but under their original (and superior) name, Sara & Tegan.

This is another CBC session, from the same year as the three demo tapes we posted a few years ago. It's a stripped-down affair, with the gals on acoustic guitars (as was their wont back in the day - before they had the mighty synth power of Mark Mothersbaugh to propel them onto the stage at the Grimy's). The interviews might be the highlight here - the sisters dig into the mythology of their rise from the bedroom to winning Calgary's Garage Wars competition. Oh, and the hosts take the time to read the Quin sisters' bio from the time, which stated that "both girls are single and see boys as an obstacle to their career."

Well, how can you top that? Grab the download from the excellent Teenage Dogs in Trouble.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Chixdiggit - Live At The Horseshoe

We're going to gleefully steal a post from another blog (which MAY be a sign that someone around the CCPS office is getting lazy). Partly because we like to make our archives are as complete as possible, but mostly because... well, we're suckers for Chixdiggit.

This post comes courtesy of the excellent Teenage Dogs in Trouble, and it looks like this was posted almost five years ago. The set itself was allegedly broadcast on CBC's Saturday night Just Concerts, somewhere around the year 2000. It's a great sounding set that hits a lot of, er, hits. It opens with "Where's Your Mom" and closes with "I Wanna Hump You." Listening to this, we feel like a ridiculous 21-year old again.

Grab the file from Teenage Dogs in Trouble.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Bog Bodies - Could she? Could you?? Grope swollen whispers of ghosts from erogenous zones past??? (2015)

While it's been an exceptional year so far for vinyl releases in Calgary, it's been fairly quiet on the cassette front so far (maybe likely, it's probably just that nothing's hit the CCPS radar yet - that durned thing seems to be on the fritz of late). So we're really happy to have another tape from local weirdo Craig Storm to break the monotony of listening to the Viet Cong LP over and over and over and...

Anyways, we're pleased to have this, even if we are puzzled by it. Mostly, we just don't know how to pigeonhole this thing. Spazzy drum machines collide with fuzzed out guitars and even more fuzzed out vocals, pounding away like a hyperactive squirrel with a jack hammer at the bottom of a well.

See, that's what happens when you let us try to describe music. Grab this from the Bog Bodies bandcamp and let us know what YOU think it sounds like.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Field Day - Big Wheels (1996)

That last post got us thinking about Field Day, and how we've never posted any of their CDs. Well, let's change that!

This CD is, to be fair, a compilation of tracks we've already posted. But we're sticking to our plan because (a) it includes a cover of the Ninth Configuration song "Walk Away" and (b) it has this novelty rap track about skateboarding as a "bonus track":

Field Day is also one of those bands that James Muretich liked to write about a fair amount. Here's an article from 1995:

See how much value we've managed to add to a post which ultimately contains mostly stuff we've posted before?

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Never a Dull Moment - Demo (1986)

Thanks to John Phillips, who messaged us via our facebook group to send this demo from Never a Dull Moment - one of those bands from the 80's who we've heard about but, until getting this, hadn't actually heard. We'd also read a bunch about these guys, thanks to articles like this one by James Muretich, from a May 1987 Calgary Herald profile of the city's independent music scene:

The band was Dave Orr and John Hiebert on guitars and vocals, Trent Buhler on Bass and Chris "Lou" Lowry on drums. Pretty much and all-star lineup. This article from an 1986 issue of VOX, which explains a bit of their rich heritage, with members coming from Silent Terror and White Noise.

Of course, these guys would go on to bands like Stelazine/Skin Barn, Ninth Configuration, Field Day and, uh, Pal Joey.

This 8-track demo is a bit hissy, but it's still a great glimpse of a what must have been a pretty excellent band.

Also, based on the two photos above, they liked jumping a lot.

Update: thanks hugely to Trent Buhler for getting in touch and giving us a scan of the j-card for the tape!

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Everymen - Sit On It (1996)

By PURE CHANCE, we found today's LP in the stacks at Recordland shortly after Ron Choe gave us the Feds tape we just posted. Which is weird, because (a) the Feds were basically the Everymen plus a bunch of other folks and (b) we had no idea the Everymen had pressed a 12" record (IF we had bothered to read the back of their 1996-1998 compilation CD, we would have realized, uh, duh, they did put out a 12"). Actually, in finding this, we think the Everymen make the list of one of the few Calgary bands that put out 7" and 12" records, tapes and CDs. That's a pretty good spectrum of recording media they've hit there.

Oh, and this one is pretty good. Casey Lewis's drumming propels this record through 22 minutes (note: this is a 45rpm record. Darby Sawchuk's vocals sound completely weird and druggy at 33rpm) of all ages pop punk goodness. 

It leaves us pining for the Carpenter's Union Hall.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Feds - Demo (1995)

Ron Choe gave us a third tape, one that we're very excited to see has a j-card. AND it's got Gene Poole bouncing around the office doing a dance he claims is called "skanking." Calgary hasn't had a lot of ska bands, so we weren't convinced and decided to hit the YouTubes to verify that he was in fact "skanking." We've only just barely pulled ourselves out of a video involving a skinny guy and a fedora, and we're taking away Gene's bourbon.

We really can't fault Gene that much, though (even though he DID drink most of the bourbon). This is pretty fun stuff that stays pretty true to the genre - the two tunes are danceable and have a nice bit of social commentary to them. The fact that the guys from the Everymen are also in the band doesn't hurt.

Get your skank on here!

Friday, 9 January 2015

Staasi Quartet - Studio

We have a second Staasi Quartet tape from Ron Choe, with as much of a j-card and backstory as the last. This one is more polished, and we (and Ron) are fairly sure these tracks were part of the same studio session with Ben Doktor that yielded the three tracks on the Hellride to a Bloodbath compilation. We have this level of confidence because it includes the three tracks that were on Hellride.

This is probably our favourite of all the Staasi tapes that have come into the CCPS collection. There's some pretty great stuff on here that maybe helps to reconcile the slight shift in the Primrods' musical direction after Garret McClure joined the band. Or maybe we just said that so we could mention the Primrods again.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Stassi Quartet - 4-Track Demos

Following on our Primrods post from last week, we're very pleased to be able to present another offering from the Staasi Quartet. This one comes to us via bassist Ron Choe, who clears up some of our confusion about the band's membership:
"Staasi was at most times a quartet. Garrett, myself (bass) and Dan MacKinnon (guitar). We had many different drummers - I think the last one was Dan’s brother, Rob - but I remember Garrett drumming in the studio and playing a few shows on drums."
We've been digging through our old VOX magazines - we remember an article on the band that might have helped, but, alas. 

The other thing that strikes us about this is that it sounds really different from the other two tapes that Chris Zimmel gave us a few years ago. This is relatively more straight-ahead than those other two tapes - this sounds like it might have been a basement 4-track endeavor, and includes a couple of the songs that also show up on the Hellride to a Bloodbath compilation. There's no j-card or other info with this- Ron thinks it was recorded somewhere between 1994 and 1996.

As different as it is, it's nonetheless a great thing to get to hear