Thursday, 5 May 2016

Fire Engine Red - 1530 (2015)

We were trying to find a good transition point from that binge on Von Zippers vinyl to a bunch of new tapes that are in the CCPS offices, and we think we found it. Literally. We were given a copy of this a few weeks ago at Fire Engine Red's reunion show, and we managed to tuck it away somewhere "safe" (ie: somewhere we'd forget about it completely).

So, here we go with what is effectively the third time we've posted this masterpiece from Fire Engine Red. You could call it redundant or annoying, but we're going to call it an impeccable attention to detail. The deal is this: last year for Cassette Store Day (who knew, right?!) Texas label Some Weird Sin did a very short run re-release of this tape, along with new liner notes (with a questionably amazingly accurate band bio by Gene Poole) and cover art more true to what the band had originally wanted. We might have preferred a vinyl re-release, but we'll take this. Especially since we had the reunion show to enjoy.

Looks like you might be able to buy a copy from the Some Weird Sin bandcamp.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Unspooled: Episode 6 - The Everymen's "Yuppie War Anthem"

Woo! It's the first Wednesday of the month, which means that (a) we blinked and lost another month of our lives and (b) it's time for another episode of Unspooled, our CJSW-hosted podcast about Calgary's cassettes! Woo!

And this month's episode is full of all ages woo! thanks to the Everymen's Casey Lewis, who invited us over to Echo Base to give us the scoop on his band's 1998 tape Bryan Went Down to Reno. The short version aired on Mike Bell's episode of Saved by the Bell this afternoon; we've got the expanded cut below.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Von Zippers - Wow 'Em Down at Franzl's (1997)

Gene says that as long as we're going for broke posting Von Zippers 7"s, we might as well go for broken and add their 10" to the mix. This is still one of our favourite Von Zippers non-7" records, mostly because it kicks through its 8 tracks in under 20 minutes, leaving you wanting another stein full of delicious lager (that adheres to the German purity laws, 'natch).

Grab this golden great from the days of thee original, pointy-hatted kaisers of garage rock.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Von Zippers - Nothing Can Bring Me Down (2011)

Returning to his favourite theme of being brought down (or, more specifically, not being brought down), Al and his no-longer-pointy-hatted band of merry men put out all of the stops (or at least keyboardist Chris Nevile does) on the Twightlighters' "Nothing Can Bring Me Down" and then lay into the Rising Suns' "I'm Blue". Two sides of Texas garage rock covers, which we can't really argue with. We know some folks kind of wish they played their old material (which, to be fair, leaned heavily on covers as well), but we really like what they're doing these days. Al is - as he always has - teaching us about records we really should be listening to.

Also of note - this record sounds huge and not like the fuzzed out affairs of the 1990s, thanks to Rob McAlister's production work.

We're pretty sure you can still get this record around the shops in Calgary - or at least from the Lemon Sessions' bandcamp.

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Von Zippers/Les Secretairs Volantes - Dead End Canada (2000)

So, we searched the interwebs and cannot find mention of a real movie called Dead End Canada, so we think that this Toronto label is putting us on. Goddam Toronto.

Except that this label put out the excellent Stand GT single which sees that band covering the Nils, which is A-OK in our book. And so is this record - we know we were talking up "Monkey on You" yesterday, but "Screwdriver High" is also quite excellent.

Dammit, these Von Zippers records are all so good.

Friday, 29 April 2016

Von Zippers - Monkey on You (2000)

We've already stated our love for the Von Zippers and ape-themed cover art. But throw in a reference to the first Vibrators LP, and we're sold twice over. "Monkey on You" is probably one of our favourite Von Zippers tracks from this era (for real this time!). We'd also like to take this moment to note how many Von Zippers songs include the concept of being brought down. Not sure what Al's trying to tell us here.

Go ape!

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Von Zippers - Not Worth Payin' For EP (1999)

The name of this record is a misnomer. There is no such thing as a Von Zippers record that is not worth paying for. Even the second side, a (like surreptitiously recorded) conversation about relationships, doesn't bring the value of this down.

Too much.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Von Zippers - Twist Off (1998)

Every time we pick up this record, we wonder at the marvel of it's die-cut, circular perfection. What kind of a madman would break from the tried and true square 7" sleeve?

The same kind of madman who would record super fuzzed out, near-perfect garage rock.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Von Zippers - Wurms (1997)

The Von Zippers had a pretty good run of records on Bellingham garage rock hucksters Estrus, and their starting point - a double 7" - is one of our faves. Who are we kidding, all of these records are our favourites. But we really like the first record's one-two punch of "Wurms" and "Fish." But "Hey Hey Baby" is a pretty solid track, as well. Heck, this whole thing pretty much cemented Al and his band of merry pointy-hatted men as Kaisers of garage rock.

As they are, of course.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Von Zippers - Hot Rod Monkey (1997)

As we were re-filing the 7" records we've been posting over the past while, we realized that by some major oversight we had neglected to post some of our absolute favourite 7" records from this city - the ones by thee mighty Von Zippers. Only one thing to do, then - fix that oversight! And fire whoever was in charge that day. Unless they already quit.

Anyways, the Von Zippers put out a pile of great garage rock singles in the 1990s, which ended up compiled on their Blitzhacker CD (if you want non-crackly versions of these, go find the CD, chump). We'll start with this one, on German label Screaming Apple Records. We like the Von Zippers. We also like monkeys. So we really like the A side of this - but the B side is also really good.

All right!