Saturday, 17 August 2019

Darryl's Grocery Bag/Guilt Trip/One Shot Left - Wet Feet (1998)

If a CD has three bands on it, is it a compilation CD? Or a split CD? We're so confused. But we do know that having one Calgary band of three keeps this from being a miscellany post. Along with Olds' Darryl's Grocery Bag and Medicine Hat's One Shot Left, Guilt Trip (or Guilttrip?) pack this CD full of what we can only call music befitting the Meter Records label.

To make up for that lame description, we'll point you to Interpunk for a good band bio, and then usher you on to the download.

Friday, 16 August 2019

Shiver - Magenta Automatic (1998)

So, we already made fun of this band (A LOT) when we posted their tape, so now that we're posting their CD, we'll be more respectful.


Or maybe we'll just post this cover story from the late, great FFWD, which may show hint at why the band was derided by some in town:

Or maybe making fun of Shiver was just... fashionable?

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Kybosh - splendordrop (1996)

A few years ago, we were puzzling about the connection between Poplydia and the Ingredients. We're probably no wiser about that connection, BUT now we have another piece in the puzzle in the form of this CD from Kybosh. We think we kind of remember Kybosh - at least the name? Anyways, we're not sure what to call this - late era grunge? Post-grunge? Not really grunge but it's from the mid-90's and it's guitar rock?

Find out for yourself here.

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Reduced to Clear - Untied (1994)

Update on the CCPS office CD player: it turns out Gene fixed the issue with the player not reading/playing CDs, but did something bad to the open/close mechanism. While he's off trying to sort that out, we'll post this CD from Reduced to Clear, who wisely ditched the 2 in their name since their cassette release. What hasn't changed, though, is the band's grungy rock sound.

Get reduced here.

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Mozart's Rage - Re-Composed (1993)

We're going to be digging back into the CCPS CD collection for a bit, partially in celebration of Gene Poole fixing the office CD player over the weekend.

Mozart's Rage is a band we hadn't heard of until Tona Ohama name-dropped them as one of his picks for the Calgary Songs Project. This CD maybe isn't the best place to start into the electropop band's catalogue, being an EP of remixes, but then we've never really been ones to do things in a logical order. To make up for it, we'll post this amazing episode of Shaw Cable's Mobile Music Machine:

Despite Mozart's Rage, we're still just... oh, just grab the download.

Friday, 12 July 2019

Thee Leaders - Thee Leaders

We got this tape from Tiemen Kuipers last summer, and he promised he'd send some info. Which he hasn't yet, and dammit, we need to clean our desk off. So here it is - a tape without a proper label, without a j-card... hell, this one didn't even have a case. So we were a bit worried.

But it's actually pretty entertaining - we think The Leaders are from somewhere in the mid- to late-90s, and they play a pretty hilarious, primal garage rock. Kind of like the Mummies - lots of energy, not a lot of refinement. The tape was probably recorded on a basic tape deck in their practice space, if we were to guess. We quite like this - but maybe only because there aren't many (any?) bands doing this type of thing in town right now.

Scratch that itch here.

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Project X - Project X (1993)

A new old tape! We were very excited when Eddie at Melodiya passed this to us. Look at that cover! This has got to be really great skaterock or something, right? And we KNOW it's Calgary 'cos look at that map! And two lead guitarists! This has got to be something in the lineage of Beyond Possession and Ninth Configuration! Sadly this tape is not in that lineage, but rather middling emotive rock.

So disappointing.

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Supervisions - Supervisions (2016)

Here's another tape we probably should have picked up sooner - before the band broken up, at least. It looks like Supervisions called it quits earlier this year. So, uh, here's their first (and only?) tape. This is a blissful bit of guitar-focused indie rock, with a few math rock and shoegaze elements mixed in.

Get it from the Supervisions bandcamp; copies are still kicking around local record stores at the time of writing.

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Crystal Eyes - The Female Imagination (2017)

Here's another tape we should have picked up a couple of years ago. We really have no excuse for this. BUT posting it in context of this recent batch of tapes, we realize that drummer Mathieu Blanchard may be the glue holding together half this city's bands. Well, him and Chris Dadge, who plays on and recorded this little gem of dreampop (again! more dreampop!). The vehicle of Erin Jenkins and her ethereal voice, these songs are well-crafted little nuggets with sly references to some of the old masters (Cohen and Reed references ooze through this, in a good way).

Get it from the Crystal Eyes bandcamp.

Monday, 8 July 2019

Sunglaciers - Moving In Darkness (2017)

Hey, you know that story we hinted at yesterday? Here it is. We screwed up so much with Sunglaciers, we got behind by TWO tapes. So here's their second tape, which is, uh, actually a bunch of re-recorded songs from their first tape. To be fair, they've been recorded by the guru Chris Dadge, so there's not too much to complain about. This is also a slightly different lineup of the band - and a sound that's maybe a bit more Britpop and a little less Paisley Underground. Maybe?

Get it via the Sunglaciers bandcamp, 'natch.