Thursday, 23 March 2017

Tomko Lamb - Of Lullabies (1997)

Part of the reason why we obsessively visit thrift store is because we sometimes find things like this - fodder for the CCPS collection.

We posted one of Tomko Lamb's hammered dulcimer-focused CDs last year (his first, we think), and we actually had no idea that this one (his second?) was also released on cassette. But it was!

So you, the CCPS reader, get to benefit from our obsessive digging through dusty tapes.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

CCPS Miscellany: The Imagineers - Demo (1989)

In the pile of tapes from David Tighe was this one that somehow we had digitized at some point, but forgot to post. Maybe because there's more than a bit of overlap with the other Imagineers tape we posted a few years ago. But that's never stopped up before!

So here you go - another tape from hairy Edmonton rockers the Imagineers. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Discatch - Mind the Gap (1992)

Here's another tape from David Tighe. We don't know what to make of this one - it's not that it's bad, it's just... an anomaly in terms of the stuff we expected to hear from a Calgary band in 1992. The two guys in Discatch put together a really well-produced and crafted tape full of electronica that is part Depeche Mode, part Big Audio Dynamite (circa The Globe), part Nine Inch Nails (circa Pretty Great Machine). Actually, there's a fair amount of overlap in those three. Anyways, they took this so seriously they recorded this at Richard Harrow's Living Room Studios.

This tape takes us back to three-for-one highball nights at the Republik. The parts we can remember, anyways.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Shadoplay - Orjazem (1989)

Huge thanks to David Tighe for getting in touch with us (again!) and passing along a selection of tapes (including a copy of the Shoutin' Abner Pim and the Puritans tape from this month's podcast! how's THAT for synchronicity?).

We'll start with this one, another tape from local fuzion jazz institution Shadoplay. Our apologies to the other band members from this tape - the photocopy quality of the j-card hasn't done well with time, and we're struggling to read your names.

Maybe it's time for new glasses.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Unspooled: Episode 12 - Shoutin' Abner Pim and the Puritans' "Welcome to Persia, Batman"

Well. Hello. So, the thing with a project like the Calgary Cassette Preservation Society is that, well, after a while you kind of start running low on new content. So please forgive the two-month hiatus. We've got a few new things in the queue now, and we're going to start with this, a new episode of Unspooled. Which isn't so new - the short version of this aired a couple of weeks ago on Saved by the Bell.

Anyways, this time around we spoke with Bob Keelaghan and Michael Paton of Shoutin' Abner Pim and the Puritans. We talked about the double-guitar onslaught that made their Patented Bloody Row a901782 cassette such a, well, onslaught.

Listen to the podcast here.

Thursday, 29 December 2016

We Knew - Not My Circus (2016)

We think this is the last tape we're posting this year. It's been a banner year for local tapes, and this one has become a favourite. We Knew play a taught, understated pop that is as dark as it is melodic. In other hands this might come out emo or hardcore, but this quartet have something special that pulls back from the brink to deliver something that's more like Galaxie 500. These are the perfect songs for a dark room and a a bottle full of regret.

You can get this tape via the We Knew bandcamp. More precisely, you SHOULD get this this tape.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Bog Bodies - Gnawed Hose (2016)

Every time Bog Bodies put out a new tape (which is ridiculously often - by our count they're averaging two per year), we shrug, sit down and strap in for what we expect will be a hell of a ride.

And, yup, this new tape is not much different than their previous releases - drum machines clatter along a frantic pace, guitars and bass pick out head-scratching tunes, and frontman Ivo Musa snarls incomprehensibly. You either get it or you don't. We're still pretending that we get it.

You can still get this tape from the Bog Bodies bandcamp, if you get it. Get it?

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Valiska - Healer (2016)

We're not sure what happened to the past few weeks/months, but we've suddenly found ourselves in the awkward position of having just a few days left on the calendar and a pile of tapes on the desk. So, let's get back to things, shall we?

Valiska's new tape sees Krzysztof Sujata further mining the excellent mix of ambient drones and more formal compositions. There's less (no?) piano on here, with synths dominating the palette along with layers of Sujata's own voice creating a tremendously warm and atmospheric soundscape.

Looks like the tape is sold out, but you can grab the download from the Valiska bandcamp.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Unspooled: Episode 11 - Citrus Park's "A Pretty View"

Whoops! Another month, another late post of this month's Unspooled podcast. If you missed the shorter version on Saved by the Bell last week, here's the full version. This time around. Stephen Bandola and Jeff Burns talk about their band Citrus Park, the three tapes they put our between 1989 and 1992, and their song "A Pretty View."

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.