Monday, 30 March 2015

Monroeville Music Center - Choose Your Own Adventure (2013)

Here's the third new tape we have - and you're probably already saying, "wait, you idiots, this post is tagged 2013, the year is 2015, how can you call this a new tape?" WELL, Mr. Smartypants, since you're so good with years and stuff we suppose you're partly correct (honestly, we're crap with dates, both in term of the temporal and romantic). This was originally released in digital form in 2013, but 2015 sees a proper (and glorious) physical release.

Monroeville Music Center is yet another project from Craig Storm, and we're kind of surprised that we haven't included anything from this side of his work yet. While we've featured his weirdo guitar bands before, this is his weirdo keyboard band. The drum machines go ricky-ticky-tick-tack, the keys go bloopy-bloop-squelch and we kind of go apeshit about this (in the good way, not the smearing poop on the walls way). The eight tracks on here, named after honest-to-gosh-totally-real-and-not-made-up Choose Your Own Adventure titles sound like either the theme song from an 80's TV special, the chase music from an 80's TV special, or the ending credits from an 80's TV special. This is really, really good stuff.

You can order this tape via the MMC bandcamp. It's worth noting that Storm also has an MMC quarterly cassette you can subscribe to; we just signed up and we'll advise you of the contents when we get our first issue.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Fags - Rip-Offs (2015)

The new, really nicely-packaged tape posts continue with one of our favourite garage rock combos, the Fags.

Since their inception as a two piece with Daaren Boreham on Rickenbacker and Dale Hart on drums, this band has swollen in size much like their counterparts the Pygmies. This tape captures an in-between phase, after they had picked up Rosemary Stewart on the combo organ, but before Kelly Sutherland had joined on second Rickenbacker. The Fags' live set is largely made up of (excellent) garage rock covers, so it's not very surprising that the two songs on this gorgeous pink cassette are also covers (by the Rip-Offs as well as Siouxie and the Banshees). The two tracks clock in at a little under four minutes in total, but this is highly recommended for its energy, pink case, and Rosemary Stewart's vocals on "Love in a Void." It also comes with what is quite possibly the lowest-quality download mp3s we've ever encountered (96 kbps?!?! who knew there was still such a thing?).

We're not sure where to get this yet, as it was delivered to us by courier pigeon. The Fags don't appear to have any sort of a web presence, so we suggest you just hang around wherever there are Rickenbackers and Vespas.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Racket - 64 (2015)

After what feels like a slow start to the year, we're pleased to have a bunch of new tapes in the CCPS offices. Not just that, but we're pleased to say they're all quite good and really well-packaged.

You might remember about a year ago, when we bought Racket's first tape off their bandcamp site, and the postage on the envelope ended up being more than we paid. That still haunts us, so we actually went to their release party at the Palomino last night and picked up a copy in person.

Under the dim lights of the Pal, we weren't able to appreciate the full beauty of the packaging of this tape (in the harsh light of the morning's hangover, we're still only partially able to appreciate it, but still...). The guys have done a great job of making this look like an olde schoole N64 cartridge, but don't fear! Even though there's a bit of blippy bloopy 8-bit synth action at the start of the tape, the rest is the scrappy, fast garage rock that these guys are known for. They even throw in fan-favourite "Chicken Nugget" as a bonus track.

Racket were pretty good about getting their first tape out to the local stores, so you should be able to find this in short order at your local shop or the Racket bandcamp.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Sara & Tegan - Under Feet Like Ours (1999)

Well, we can't let the opportunity to post this pass us by. Gene's been sitting on this (literally) for a while, biding his time... For what, we're not entirely sure.

See, at this point, this being our fourth Sara & Tegan post, we've run out of things to say. Thankfully the sisters Quin provide some new content themselves, calling Mike Bell "the meanest man on earth" in the liner notes.

So, there's that.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Sara & Tegan - Live On CBC Radio (1998)

While we're pilfering the extensive posts over at Teenage Dogs in Trouble, we might as well include this one. We're posting this ENTIRELY because it's by those famous former-Calgarian twins, but under their original (and superior) name, Sara & Tegan.

This is another CBC session, from the same year as the three demo tapes we posted a few years ago. It's a stripped-down affair, with the gals on acoustic guitars (as was their wont back in the day - before they had the mighty synth power of Mark Mothersbaugh to propel them onto the stage at the Grimy's). The interviews might be the highlight here - the sisters dig into the mythology of their rise from the bedroom to winning Calgary's Garage Wars competition. Oh, and the hosts take the time to read the Quin sisters' bio from the time, which stated that "both girls are single and see boys as an obstacle to their career."

Well, how can you top that? Grab the download from the excellent Teenage Dogs in Trouble.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Chixdiggit - Live At The Horseshoe

We're going to gleefully steal a post from another blog (which MAY be a sign that someone around the CCPS office is getting lazy). Partly because we like to make our archives are as complete as possible, but mostly because... well, we're suckers for Chixdiggit.

This post comes courtesy of the excellent Teenage Dogs in Trouble, and it looks like this was posted almost five years ago. The set itself was allegedly broadcast on CBC's Saturday night Just Concerts, somewhere around the year 2000. It's a great sounding set that hits a lot of, er, hits. It opens with "Where's Your Mom" and closes with "I Wanna Hump You." Listening to this, we feel like a ridiculous 21-year old again.

Grab the file from Teenage Dogs in Trouble.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Bog Bodies - Could she? Could you?? Grope swollen whispers of ghosts from erogenous zones past??? (2015)

While it's been an exceptional year so far for vinyl releases in Calgary, it's been fairly quiet on the cassette front so far (maybe likely, it's probably just that nothing's hit the CCPS radar yet - that durned thing seems to be on the fritz of late). So we're really happy to have another tape from local weirdo Craig Storm to break the monotony of listening to the Viet Cong LP over and over and over and...

Anyways, we're pleased to have this, even if we are puzzled by it. Mostly, we just don't know how to pigeonhole this thing. Spazzy drum machines collide with fuzzed out guitars and even more fuzzed out vocals, pounding away like a hyperactive squirrel with a jack hammer at the bottom of a well.

See, that's what happens when you let us try to describe music. Grab this from the Bog Bodies bandcamp and let us know what YOU think it sounds like.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Field Day - Big Wheels (1996)

That last post got us thinking about Field Day, and how we've never posted any of their CDs. Well, let's change that!

This CD is, to be fair, a compilation of tracks we've already posted. But we're sticking to our plan because (a) it includes a cover of the Ninth Configuration song "Walk Away" and (b) it has this novelty rap track about skateboarding as a "bonus track":

Field Day is also one of those bands that James Muretich liked to write about a fair amount. Here's an article from 1995:

See how much value we've managed to add to a post which ultimately contains mostly stuff we've posted before?

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Never a Dull Moment - Demo (1986)

Thanks to John Phillips, who messaged us via our facebook group to send this demo from Never a Dull Moment - one of those bands from the 80's who we've heard about but, until getting this, hadn't actually heard. We'd also read a bunch about these guys, thanks to articles like this one by James Muretich, from a May 1987 Calgary Herald profile of the city's independent music scene:

The band was Dave Orr and John Hiebert on guitars and vocals, Trent Buhler on Bass and Chris "Lou" Lowry on drums. Pretty much and all-star lineup. This article from an 1986 issue of VOX, which explains a bit of their rich heritage, with members coming from Silent Terror and White Noise.

Of course, these guys would go on to bands like Stelazine/Skin Barn, Ninth Configuration, Field Day and, uh, Pal Joey.

This 8-track demo is a bit hissy, but it's still a great glimpse of a what must have been a pretty excellent band.

Also, based on the two photos above, they liked jumping a lot.

Update: thanks hugely to Trent Buhler for getting in touch and giving us a scan of the j-card for the tape!

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Everymen - Sit On It (1996)

By PURE CHANCE, we found today's LP in the stacks at Recordland shortly after Ron Choe gave us the Feds tape we just posted. Which is weird, because (a) the Feds were basically the Everymen plus a bunch of other folks and (b) we had no idea the Everymen had pressed a 12" record (IF we had bothered to read the back of their 1996-1998 compilation CD, we would have realized, uh, duh, they did put out a 12"). Actually, in finding this, we think the Everymen make the list of one of the few Calgary bands that put out 7" and 12" records, tapes and CDs. That's a pretty good spectrum of recording media they've hit there.

Oh, and this one is pretty good. Casey Lewis's drumming propels this record through 22 minutes (note: this is a 45rpm record. Darby Sawchuk's vocals sound completely weird and druggy at 33rpm) of all ages pop punk goodness. 

It leaves us pining for the Carpenter's Union Hall.