Thursday, 10 September 2015
We tried to keep from posting new (2015) tapes, but we've got a stack of tapes on our desk that we can't quite ignore anymore. So, let's jump in with another tape from the amazingly weird Bog Bodies.
This tape is a frantic, eight-minute ride through the most bizarre house of horrors you've ever seen. We still don't know how to adequately describe these guys, even after having seen them live.
Looks like the physical tape is sold out, but you can at least listen to this on the Bog Bodies bandcamp.
Wednesday, 9 September 2015
We were pretty happy to finally find a copy of this tape in an unlikely basement (actually, it was Dawn Louck's basement, so that actually is a fairly likely place to find musical delights), after sleeping on picking this up when it came out a couple of years ago.
Holgans was a collaboration between Ryan Bourne and Visual Artist Kiarra Albina, and we're embarrassed for having missed them. This is tape is full of amazing, cinematic psych rock - and their live show looks like it was just as good:
Thankfully, Ryan Bourne still has this available on his bandcamp.
Monday, 7 September 2015
Here's another bit of vinyl that we've been sitting on for a bit - we can't remember how exactly this came into the CCPS collection, but we're glad we finally picked it up again, because it's led us to the band's surprisingly still-active Angelfire page, where we're been looking at pictures of a very young Jimmy James.
Listening to this 7", we're pretty sure that these guys had a lot of fun nights at the Castle Pub (RIP), playing shows with their pals Knucklehead. Despite the amazingly bitmappy cover art on this and the paper-thin recording quality, this is pretty fun collection of 2-minute songs.
Get it here.
Sunday, 6 September 2015
We've been sitting on this for a while, because it hits too close to posting the S********s, a band who we have a moratorium on posting (see: CCPS Bylaws, article 75.4.3(f)). The Cry were formed after Kimball Meyer (aka Kim Berly) split from the S********s either (a) because that band was not very good or (b) he saw the marketing potential of new wave rock. Actually, those two aren't mutually exclusive, are they?
This is the first of two records that the Cry put out on major label RCA (discogs has a third LP listed, but is weak on details - much like this blog), and, well, it's kind of what you'd expect if the popular kids in your school decided to play new wave. It's pretty formulaic - it's almost as if the band did a casual study of the first couple of Elvis Costello records and decided to write to that style.
Plus, we'll never be able to unsee those trousers that Kimball is wearing on the back cover.
Make me cry!
Tuesday, 18 August 2015
Here's a 7" that we picked up a few months ago from the dollar bin at Melodiya. We had probably flipped past this countless times (we spend a lot of time browsing through the used records at Melodiya - and Sloth. And Hot Wax. And Recordland. And pretty much any place else.), but something clicked on one trip and we realized that, despite a complete lack of info on the liner notes, this was something we should grab for the collection.
We posted an Ummm tape earlier this year, and this 7" is more of the same - short, staccato hardcore. The songs are so short, we gave up and have posted this with each side as one track. Because why? Because we're lazy.
Anyways, get the record here.
Sunday, 16 August 2015
We've been hanging out at CJSW a bit, working on an EXCITING NEW PROJECT, and we happened across this 7" in the station's record library.
We actually didn't know that the 21 Hundredz had a second single. The full cover art is missing, but we'll take this anyways. We missed the fact that their first single, as with this one, was manufactured through Doug Wong Music (and carries a DWM catalog number, despite being on Accent Records. How's that for ridiculous trivia?).
Get eternal life here.
Monday, 20 July 2015
Well, we picked up not one but TWO glitter tapes at Sloth, and this is, uh, the second. Hmm. Remind us to spend more time working on intros to posts. This one is not so good.
Anyways, this tape is good. This is another in this year's great trend of bands playing CJSW and then releasing the sessions on tape. We can't tell you how much we like this trend, except that it turns out we had already taped this directly off the radio ourselves last December. So, we have a version that has Disturb the Universe host Kai Sinclair describing the band as Nu Metal and calling them Jugallos. Clearly he was being ironic and they are neither. We know this, because we have seen the band and are "in the know" about such thing.
Anyways, this is another great-sounding session, a tribute to the mighty CJSW and why you should put away a few extra bucks to give to them during funding drive in October.
In the meantime, we're not sure if you can still pick up a copy of this at Sloth. We do know that you can listen to a track from the session on Soundcloud.
Friday, 17 July 2015
Good thing we have this tape. Three new (new?) songs that are low-fi and abrasive (is the overly-trebly guitar on purpose?), just the way you expect.
We picked up a copy at Sloth, but you can also download this via the Glitter bandcamp.
Thursday, 16 July 2015
The newest release from Craig Storm's Monroeville Music Centre presents us with a new problem: where do we keep the miniature theremin that came with this?
Storm has apparently decided to share his love of electronics with us via his quarterly, subscription-only tape series. We didn't know what to expect when we signed up a few months ago, and we were thrilled when we got a package with a tape, a breadboard and various electronics components. Side one of the tape features a group of kids answering the question "what do you think the future will be like?" interspersed with musical bleeps and bloops. Side two is a series of songs that you can play along with using your newly-built theremin.
We can't say enough good things about this project. It's fun, engaging and totally, totally worth the subscription. We highly recommend that you sign up.
Wednesday, 15 July 2015
Clearly, the theme of this week's posts is "people we hate because they make us re-do our cassette shelving but love because their tapes are really good." Courtesy of Devin Friesen's Shaking Box Music comes the second tape from Ashley Soft, which sees the band actually becoming a band (and a Calgary one, at that).
Anchored by Andrew Hume's remarkable (as in good remarkable) drumming, Clarke Alan Macleod delivers a set of noodly, noisy songs while Devin Friesen does what he does best - namely make some really nice noise to complement the whole thing. Plus, Chris Dadge recorded this thing, so we can give him an extra kick in the pants/high five for his part in capturing this on tape.
We've seen this tape at Sloth, of course. But you can also get it via Shaking Box Music.