Thursday, 17 November 2016

Tinderbox - no, really, let go (1996)

We're veering off from our last post, at least in terms of musical styles. The smarty-pants folk-ish tunes of Tinderbox are a far way from Britpop, but this is the starting point for the work of Kris Demeanor, so, uh, take note, will you?

We posted the band's tape a few years ago, and a few songs from that outing are also on here. In fact, reading back to our post for that tape, we don't know that we have too much more to say about Tinderbox. Quirky storytelling, check. Manic guitar playing, check.

Download link, check.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Red Autumn Fall - Debutant (1996)

So, the weirdest thing has happened to Gene Poole over the past nearly ten years of running the CCPS: he now claims that he has come to like Red Autumn Fall. In fact, when we pulled out this CD, his eyes lit up and he said, "that one! That's their best It's super good!"

And we actually have to agree - this is an absolutely solid CD that really shows what Red Autumn Fall were about. Sure, Simeon's vocals are over-wrought, but that's what it was all about. "Josephite" and "The Revenge of the Blazer Boys" are near-perfect pop songs (so good, in fact, that the band re-recorded them for 1998's Departure CD). And the closing track, "Leopard Skin Seat Cover" takes us back to the Republik and the giddy heyday of Calgary's Brit pop scene. We really need to go to Ming for cocktail now...

Get the Debutant here.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Lotus Galaxy - Lotus Galaxy (1996)

We may as well carry on with posting a few CDs that meet our guideline of being more than 20 years old. Mostly because we have no old tapes to post right now. Hey, if you want to fix that and donate something, drop us a line, will you?

Anyways, this CD was hiding in our collection in its slimline case. Very sneaky. But we're glad we dug it out, it's a pretty great sample of how good Britpop got in our city. Buoyed by Sheila Mann's ethereal vocals, Lotus Galaxy redeemed a lot of the stuff out of that part of the scene. The track "Butterfly" still holds up. Although it does make us want to go grab a cocktail at Ming.

Get the Lotus here.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Various - 11 Objects Lost and Found (2001)

We received an email from a CCPS follower an embarrassingly long time ago, in which said reader asked if we wouldn't mind getting off our asses and finishing the work we starred in 2012 and post one of the remaining Catch and Release compilations. We said we would, and then didn't. Until now!

So here it is: 11 Objects Lost and Found. In the usual Catch and Release fashion, this is an excellently packaged compilation with a weird-ass mix of bands from Edmonton and Calgary. Kicking off with the excellent slanted pop of Shecky Forme (this is a band that has weathered the test of time exceptionally well), the CD veers off north for Edmonton's Parkade (not to be confused with The Parkades), Laura Palmer and a very early set of songs by Whitey Houston (that sound pretty much nothing like the band's other recordings thanks to the layering of a few samples/loops).

But the highlight for us here is the pair of songs by Rayovaq that close out the CD. We're pretty sure we've mentioned how much we loved this band and their scrappy, quiet-loud-quiet-loud guitar pop, the closest thing to Bettie Serveert our city ever saw.

Get Lost here.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Unspooled: Episode 10 - Bart Records

Well, we accidentally slept through yesterday, and missed posting this month's episode of Unspooled. We decided to take a slightly different approach this time around, and sat down with Kevin Stebner to talk about his work with the mighty cassette-only label Bart Records, as well as his many and varied musical projects.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Knots - Four Years In The Shade (2016)

Bart Records is on fire this year (metaphorically, that is), and this new Knots cassette is a great addition to the label's already impressive discography.

Where the first Knots tape from a few years ago was a sparse affair, this new release sees Neal Moignard leading a full band for a tape full of pop goodness. There's a great balance between Moignard's folk tendencies and power pop that works really well here, delivering songs like "Higher Ground" as hooky gems.

Get it from the Bart Records store or listen via the Knots bandcamp.

Monday, 31 October 2016

Leather Jacuzzi - Monsters, Narcs and Idiots (2016)

Oh, wow - Leather Jacuzzi takes us one step closer to the SIDS reunion we've been dreaming of. But then takes a left turn and drives into a wall at full throttle. Wait, how did we go from a walking metaphor to a driving one? Dammit.

We're being lazy and copping the same comparison to the Angry Samoans that everyone else has used because, well, it works. We caught one of their shows over the summer and were pretty much speechless - it was pretty much a steamroller of hardcore punk and wry humour (see "Here Comes Mr. Suck" for a prime example).

This tape was originally released in a super-limited run for the band's first show. We're indebted to Planet of the Tapes for re-releasing this. We picked up a copy at Melodiya, you can also grab it via the Leather Jacuzzi bandcamp.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Juicebox - Tetra Pak (2016)

Back to new tapes! Juice Box sit nicely alongside Milk Toast in terms of their twee sound, and we assume that their songs are built around found lyrics. This whole tape is filled with wry humour, but it's "Straight White Boys Texting" with its amazing skewering of, uh, straight white boys that seals the deal for us.

The limited run of the tape looks like it's still available via Fan Club Records. Or grab the download from Juice Box's bandcamp.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Bikeland - Jetfighter (2010)

We've got another old(er) tape! Not super old, but, hey, we take what we can get. We remember seeing Bikeland when they were active in 2010 and being kind of perplexed by their noisy chaos. Having the benefit of having seen/heard Clarke Alan Macleod's later work with Ashley Soft has helped us put this into perspective, and we get what's happening here now. The angst-filled shouts, noisy bursts of guitar and smashing drums come together just enough to draw you in. And then kick you back out.

Somehow Bikeland's music lives on over at bandcamp, where you can grab the download of this tape.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Unspooled Episode 8: The El Caminos' "Nobody"

Whoops, this somehow slipped by. Our October episode of Unspooled aired last week, but things are busy at the CJSW (getting ready for Funding Drive!), so we didn't get out hands on the Soundcloud link until the weekend. 

We think this is worth the wait, though (plus, it also helps to make up for our early airing of September's episode). This month, we spent a bit of time with Bobby Torpedo (aka Kamil Krulis), talking about the good old days of knocking monitors off the stage of the Republik and the El Caminos' 1992 cassette Ergo Drunken Sluts.