Monday, 20 May 2019

Beauty Myth - The Britanee Tapes (1999)

It's been waaaaay to long since we've seen something from one of the Kushner brothers, so we're glad that we can feature this CD from Jeff's project, The Beauty Myth. Recorded as part of a student project, this is remarkably hi-fi compared to those Unsightly tapes. Alternating between power pop and 3/4 time ballads, this is a great, albeit short blast of solid songwriting.

Debunk the myth here.

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Aaron Booth - Tune Up (1999)

Carrying on with the shiny digital discs from 1999, here's the first outing from former Sky Suspended/Shecky Forme member Aaron Booth. Booth is quite the songsmith, and this short collection of stripped-down songs shows his attention to crafting subtle, sweet tunes.

Aaron has made his albums available on bandcamp; you can grab this one over there.

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Hot Little Rocket - Laika (1999)

We went looking for our copy of this CD last week, as part of the warm up ritual for tonight's Hot Little Rocket reunion show, and had a fair amount of panic when we couldn't find it in with our healthy stock of Calgary CDs. Turns out it was sitting in a big pile of CDs that are waiting to be posted because they've magically hit the 20-year old mark, thus making them eligible for CCPS action. Which is good, because it's pretty much the only way we can bring in any new historical posts at this point.

So, Hot Little Rocket, eh? If any Calgary band should have been huge, it was HLR. Over their career they flirted with success (recording with Steve Albini? Touring China? Come on!), but never quite  We keep going back to this CD in particular - the combination of angular but somehow blurry guitars, Andrew Wedderburn's yip-yowl vocals, and the smooth as butter drumming of Joel Nye make it one our our all time favourite things to come out of this city. And they only got better with time.

Apparently this is on a bunch of streaming services, but you know what? Screw it. Have the download anyways.

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Bog Bodies - P.L.A.Y.T.H.I.N.G. (2019)

If our records are correct, it looks like somehow 2018 passed without a new release from weird noise rockers Bog Bodies. Well, good news! They sent us a copy of their new tape! And it's everything we've been, uh.... missing?

We feel like we've kind of said the same thing every time we've posted a Bog Bodies tape. This is fun, weird, and chaotic. So grab the tape from the Bod Bodies bandcamp, buckle up, and enjoy the ride.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

STUD - Music For Airports (2018)

As an apology for the late delay of the STUD tape we featured yesterday, Craig Storm sent along a copy of the first STUD tape. This is more of the same great, weird stuff. Short doodles of electronic beeps and boops, kind of demented versions of Trio's "Da Da Da." Which sounds pretty appealing, no?

Get if from the STUD bandcamp.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

STUD - Uh Huh!/Oh No! (2018)

We've had a few cases of bad luck with ordering tapes online and not having them show up. We'd been meaning to ask Craig Storm about it, but kept forgetting. So it was pretty exciting when this showed up in the mail last week. This tape is a pair of blippy little tunes that were composed to accompany a suitably weird short film Craig and Arielle McCuaig made. And thanks to the interweb, we can share said film!

INSTANT STRUCTURES from Craig Storm on Vimeo.

We swear there's another song in that video that's not on the tape. Which makes this a bonus bonus!

Looks like you can still order the tape from the STUD bandcamp.

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Hairnet - Anarchy Is A Comin' (2019)

Well, another day, another Pee Blood band. Featuring members of Janitor Scum/Glitter/The Pee Blood House Band, Hairnet is another quality garage punk outfit from a bunch of familiar faces. It's pretty much what we've come to love and cherish about the Pee Blood family: it's raw, not too serious, and catchy.

Get it over at the Hairnet bandcamp.

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Various Artists - Descension/Ascension (2019)

Last month, three of our favourite local electronic artists got in a car (we assume it was a 1987 CRX - or maybe a fleet of CRXs?) and did a tour across the prairies. To support/document the trip, Deep Sea Mining Syndicate put out this tape, with two tracks from each artist: Carbolizer, Corinthian, and Wish Lash.

We've made a pretty big deal of Corinthian already, and just posted some of Wish Lash's great work, so let's talk about how great Carbolizer is, okay? Carbolizer is the project of Adam Fox, and while his full-length LP from last year veers into synth pop territory (which, to be honest, is one of our favourite territories), the two tracks on this tape are more ambient and experimental, in a vein that is not too dissimilar from Corinthian. The standout track for us on here is Carbolizer's "Erie," which sounds like Corinthian covering Depeche Mode. Or something.

Get it via the DSMS bandcamp; you also might be able to pick up a copy over at Hot Wax.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Wish Lash - Altar of Doubt (2018)

Wish Lash is the electronic music project of Kerry Maguire, a key member of CCPS favourites Crims and Flow as well as Purlicue. Where those bands a fun and take the piss, Wish Lash is more serious - and seriously good. Finding a space of her own somewhere between the dark ambiance of Corinthians and the ethereal drones of Valiska, Wish Lash is compelling listening.

Get it via the Wish Lash bandcamp.

Monday, 15 April 2019

Bent Spoon Duo - Scotch Tape (2018)

This tape is a whole lot of great things coming together in one weird place. Devin Friesen's Shaking Box Music put this tape last year, featuring a 2010 recording of Chris Dadge and Scott Munro's improvisational Bent Spoon Duo. That's a lot of good stuff in one sentence - so we apologize for not grabbing this sooner.

To make up for being so tardy, here's a video of Dadge and Munro from 2008, performing live in the old CJSW studios:

Get it via the Shaking Box Music bandcamp.