Thursday, 17 April 2014

Simpson Brothers - Word From the Range (1994)

We're going to dig into a few tapes from Fire Engine Red's Lee Shedden, and we figure this is a good follow up musically to our last post. It looks like the Simpson Brothers played the Calgary Folk Fest a few times in the early 90s, and we're pretty sure they're not these guys.

So, we'll direct you to grab this tape before anyone tries to tell you they were eaten by coyotes.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

James Keelaghan - Timelines (1987)

Posting those last two tapes was a tough go, what with all the tales about being eaten by coyotes and all. So, we're pleased to post a tape today by someone who has not been eaten by a coyote (yet).

We posted James Keelaghan's second tape a few months ago, and we were super excited (we get super excited a lot - it's like Gene's super power) to find this in a thrift store. It's gems like this that keep up digging through piles of Pearl Jam and Moxy Fruvous tapes.

Timelines is available for download through cdbaby, so we're going to point you there for your downloading needs.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Visions of Kody - Kingston

If we had received this tape from CP Walsh just a few years earlier, we would have been able to visit Visions of Kody's Geocities page and perhaps found out some real, factual information to share with you.

Instead, we are going to tell you that they were also eaten by coyotes, all though we have no idea when, since there's not even a year listed on this tape.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Mayfly - Chivers EP (1997)

With all of our excitement about a Slow Fresh Oil reunion show, we forgot about posting some other bits and pieces that came to us via CP Walsh. So, back to the usual CCPS agenda - making up stuff about bands we don't actually know anything about!

We can't remember Mayfly. We're getting nothing when we try to cross-reference their members to any other bands. We think they were eaten by coyotes shortly after recording this tape.

Monday, 7 April 2014

CCPS Miscellany: Slow Fresh Oil - White Trash on Black Laquer (1998)/Post-Operative Socket Management (1999)

We really meant to leave Edmonton, but we gotta stay for one last post. And, yeah, we know - these aren't tapes. BUT this is one of our favourite Edmonton bands ever. And they're playing a reunion show next month at the Palomino!

For us, Slow Fresh Oil were a high water mark in not just Alberta's music scene, but 90's music in general. It was listening to Thrush Hermit covering Sebadoh. Or Sebadoh covering Thrush Hermit, we're not sure which. Anyways, super-catchy lo-fi pop:

The band put out two official releases - an LP and a CD. Instead of linking to a download, though, we're going to point you to their fresh, new bandcamp, where you can download a 90-track compilation of their complete works.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

CCPS Miscellany: Chris Smith - Wait & See Cafe (1994)

We've got one last tape from CP Walsh, and then we'll be headed back to Calgary. This tape is from Chris Smith, who we know as having played with Jr. Gone Wild (check out this amazing story from the band about their time with Chris). This is pretty solid, rootsy stuff.

Friday, 4 April 2014

CCPS Miscellany: Drool - Baby

Leduc (City motto: "Last Chance to Turn Back Before Edmonton... Uh, Except Nisku.") hasn't been represented here before. For probably obvious reasons. And also because this band may be considered Edmontonian by some. We're assuming this is an early 90's release by the AltRock-ness of the affair.

And the cover art.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

CCPS Miscellany: Minstrels on Speed - Gone (1992)

So, while we're stuck in Edmonton listening to some big, 90's-syle AltRock, it's probably reasonable to follow up with this tape from Minstrels on Speed. How big? How 90's? Here's a video (from a song off a later release) to give you a taste:

Get your speed fix here.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

CCPS Miscellany: Dead Beat Back Bone - Demo/Snapperhead (1992)

The rest of the tapes from CP Walsh are taking us to Edmonton, which - as you likely have already figured out - is a trip we're happy to take. Especially when it includes former Jr. Gone Wild guitarist Steve Loree. CP gave us three tapes, which confused us a lot, especially when we realized that the covers and track listings of two were pretty much identical.

We're quite partial to their first tape (which we have two copies of - with slightly different artwork), which sounds more than a bit like Jr. Gone Wild ("Rain Or Shine" is also on that band's Simple Little Wish tape). The second tape isn't bad, it's just... different. Somewhere in between the two recordings, AltRock became a thing, and so the sound is... well, here's a song from Bead Beat Back Bone's first tape, redone in their revamped style:

Note that both Loree and Brian Toogood are both wearing Doughboys t-shirts, to match their buzzsaw guitars.

It was like that back then.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Same Difference - 4 Song Demo (1990)

Here's another surprise from CP Walsh's box of treats - another tape from Same Difference! It looks like this was recorded after their first proper tape. We're assuming that the line-up is unchanged - we are, once again, dealing with a tape without a j-card.

So, we'll make up for it with this video from the band's 2007-ish reunion show:

Get the tape here.