Thursday, 28 July 2016

Rae Spoon - Armour (2016)

We have a HUGE pile of new tapes sitting here at the CCPS offices, and now that we've provided some old tapes to keep us true to our original mandate, we're going to forge ahead with posting a pile of stuff.

And we'll start with this, the newest offering from Calgary Songs Project featured artist Rae Spoon. Technically, they're based in Victoria now, but this tape has serious ties to Calgary, with the tried and true partnership between Rae and Lorrie Matheson making for another great mix of songwriting and electronica. It's danceable and meaningful, and we're super into ththeirs new video that celebrates gender diversity and inclusiveness:

Order the tape (or CD, if you're so inclined) from Rae's Coax store.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Guilt Trip - Guilt Trip (1998)

Back to the all ages punk with this last tape from Yutaka Dirks. We posted another Guilt Trip tape from 2000 many years ago, and the comments were a bit divisive in terms of who was in this band. We've got made up names on this j-card, but we're pretty sure this was Jason Sinclair, Tyler Pickering and Dean Rud, based on what folks said back then.

Most interestingly to us, though - this tape marks the first release for Meter Records, which went on to put out a bunch of great stuff in the 2000s. And we can hear a lot of the basis for Rud and Pickering's work with the Failure/the Evidence on this tape.

Plead guilty here

Monday, 25 July 2016

Radio - Hey Kid, Want Some Candy? (1996)

This is the weird one in the batch of tapes from Yutaka Dirks. We're not sure what to make of this - we don't remember the Radio, so we can't even rely on faulty memories to piece together a narrative.

This is weird, surprisingly reasonably fidelity, psychedelic pop. It's a lot of things. And puzzling is probably the most significant piece, with the tape veering between bedroom pop, accordion drones and spacey psychedelia.

We're still scratching our heads.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Arson - Demo

We have so little information about this one, it's kind of embarrassing. Plus, the audio quality is nothing short of questionable But that's certainly never stopped us before!

Yutaka Dirks tells us this tape is from the mid-90's, features female singers, is hardcore punk, and has no j-card. We could have guessed almost all of those. In fact, the last one we know for sure. If you have any real information, please feel free to leave a comment below.

Or hate mail.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Chupacabra - Society's Monster (1998)

We love discogs, mostly because it greatly satisfies our love of clicking on hyperlinked names to get to more hyperlinked names. Which is exactly what we did with the Alex P. Keatons tape from yesterday, which took us to a listing for this tape from Chupacabra (not to be confused with El Chupacabra, or the new band we're considering forming, ChupaChupsacabra).

Our copy (via Yutaka Dirks) didn't have a j-card, so we're stealing an image from discogs and noting the membership via the post over there. There's a fair amount of  metal content mixed with the punk here, which makes sense when we see that drummer Ryan O'Neill went on to play with Thorazine.

Grab the download here.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Alex P. Keatons - Turmoil (1998)

We're saved (slightly) from the past few days' trend of posting tapes and having NO idea who was in the band by  (of all things) the discogs entry for this tape from the Alex P. Keatons. Kind of. We snagged two last names from that post, but not much else. We've listened to the tape a couple of times, and it's kind of, well, pre-emo hardcore.

Or something?

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Slow Kids Playin' Fast - My Mom Says I'm Punk (1997)

Another tape from the Calgary all ages scene! This one is waaaay better in sound quality than yesterday's. Slow Kids Playin' Fast fit in well with bands like All Rights Reserved and Showdown '76. Despite the band's helpful caricatures on the inside j-card, we're still not 100% sure who was in this band, and what else they played in.

Which is pretty much par for the course.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Wiggum - SKAm!

Let's carry on with the tapes from Yutaka Dirks, shall we? This tape from Wiggum suffers from a pretty poor recording. If you like super muddy, slightly distorted (but not intentionally) ska from Calgary's all ages scene, this is the thing for you. We pulled out our copy of the Mr. T Records compilation that we posted last year, and even when we put these two together, we still don't have enough to pad this post out any further.

So grab the download.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Jon American Car - Demo

One of the requests that has come into the CCPS offices over the years is about, well, what we're posting today. Huge thanks for former Chapter 16/Chupacabra member Yutaka Dirks for getting in touch with us last month and passing us a pile of tapes. We're starting with this because, well, the people demand it.

Yutaka describes Jon American Car as "members of AKA go emo", and we can't argue with that because (a) we're not sure who was in the band (so we'll assume it was members of AKA) and (b) it does sound a lot more emo than anything AKA did.

We're having difficulties tagging the songs on this tape; both sides are unlabeled, and there is effectively one track on each side (and a crap load of empty space). One track may be two that bleed together. We're extremely unsure.

What else is new?

Update: thanks to Shaun Cowan for filling us in on the band membership via our facebook page. Membership included folks from Nine Miles to Morgan and AKA/All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Nothing - Feverbliss Cop Out (1994)

Following yesterdays post, we finally have an excuse to to share this CD compilation that Djewel gave us a few months ago.

Nothing was the precursor to Yr Scapegoat and Pitchin' Woo, with a pretty fantastic line up of players from both of those bands. This is sloppy, thick garage rock that was probably way out of step with other stuff in the Calgary scene in the early 90's - but wouldn't be so out of place now. We're pretty sure we saw at least a few bands that sounded just like this during Sled Island - except without the brilliant frontmanship of Djewel.

Listening to this, we're also reminded that Djewel has never been afraid to recycle; the lyrics from Nothing's "Better Nights" shows up as "(Gotta) Justify You More (Than I Do Myself)" on the Ex-Boyfriends' To the Lowest Bidder double LP.

But you'll probably want to listen to this just for the band's take on the Ohio Express' "Chewy, Chewy." A mouthful of good things indeed!