Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Chad VanGaalen - Raw Operator/No Dust (2011/2015)

We picked up a couple more tapes from Chad Vangaalen's cassette series at his show here in Calgary a couple of months ago (editor: man, are we out of practice. There must be a better way to phrase that...). There's nothing better than seeing a suitcase full of tapes from one of your favourites... except when you realize you don't have enough cash for all of them.

We grabbed two tapes, anyways: Raw Operator, a tape of infectious, electronic-based musics; and No Dust, b-sides/demos from Shrink Dust (including a version of the amazing "Primative (sic) Brain."

These pretty much cement our belief that Vangaalen is an other-worldly genius.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Mandates - In the Back of Your Heart (2015)

How did we miss this? We kind of forgot that the sadly departed Shake Records released the Mandates' second LP on tape a few years back. We really like the Mandates and their scrappy, 70's-inspired power punk. But, to be honest, we're just posting this in the hopes that they'll release their new LP soon.

You might be able to find copies of this tape still kicking around your favourite record store. If not, you'll have to settle for the vinyl.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Vanta - Vanta II (2018)

Picking up where their first tape left off, this new release from snotty punk trio Vanta is, well, another blast of snotty punk. It feels like there's more swagger to the songs on this tape, which really shines on "Popsicle." In the sort of way that snot shines, that is.

Get it via Vanta's bandcamp.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Paradise - Some Songs (2018)

We were kinda sad when Empty Heads broke up last year, but pretty darn excited when we found out the core of the band had formed Paradise. Paradise takes Empty Heads' mix of 90's grunge, hooky pop songs, and 2010 punk ethos and further refines it - by adding another guitar to the mix. This sounds like Sebadoh played through an amp with blown speakers, and it's amazing. One of our favourite new bands, 'natch.

Get it via the Paradise bandcamp.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Mandible Klaw - What's the Matter/Live @ SBC (2018)

Hey, how'd it get to be February already? We blinked and lost a month of our lives - but somehow managed to pick up this tape along the way.

Mandible Klaw have (a) a questionable band name, (b) and amazingly spastic frontman, and (c) some tasty skate punk in the fine tradition of Calgary bands like Beyond Possession and, uh, every Dan Izzo band (which probably makes sense considering two members of Mandible Klaw were in Dan's Spastic Panthers). We're kind of glad the second side of this (and bonus tracks with the download) are a live set - these guys are super fun live:

Get this via the MK bandkamp.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Weir - Detached (2017)

Unless something miraculous happens in the next couple of days, this is likely our last post for the year. And given how much of a crushing disappointment the year has been, it's fitting that we go out with this crushing new EP from sludge metal dudes the Weir.

The good news with this tape is that the Weir are still mining the same doomy sound that we've come to enjoy. The better news is that they're getting closer to capturing the sonic onslaught of their live shows. This tape sounds big and meaty - sadly, the stereo in the CCPS offices can't quite match the volume they usually play at.

Get this tape from the Weir's bandcamp.

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Funeral Factory - Cold War Isolation Daisies (1989)

We were very sorry to hear of the passing of the Funeral Factory's Greg Kucheran earlier this month. We dug out this CD for a listen, and realized that we had never posted it (we posted the cassette version in our early days).

We're glad we gave this a listen again - we'd forgotten how great Kucheran's voice was. This is a sprawling, majestic work, and we're a bit ashamed that we didn't post the CD until now. Our apologies for making you live with our crummy tape rip for so many years.

Rest in peace, Greg.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Pill Crusher - The First Two Years: Space Brains Cosmonauts (2017)

Ever since Empty Heads called it quits this summer, we've been looking for something to fill that 90's-shaped, grunge pop hole in our hearts, and we think we've finally found just the thing. Pill Crusher play loud and melodic, and we quite like it. There's nothing quite like brutally loud guitars to drive away the self-doubt and loathing. Except bourbon. But that's for another time.

For now, you can grab Pill Crusher's tape via their bandcamp.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Pankbend - Danke Freundlicher Zuhörer! (2017)

While we're not overly-excited about the way that Craig Storm is consistently challenging our cassette storage capacity, we do appreciate the way in which he challenges our earballs. His latest project, Pankbend, is a collaboration with Janitor Scum's Arielle McCuaig, and it's a pretty good thing that kind of defies categorization. Electro pop punk? Maybe? These four songs bounce around from from noise to pop, swathed in synthy pads and bloops.

Highly recommended - and, at the time of writing, cassettes are still available from the Pankbend bandcamp.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Buzzard - Buzzard (1997)

Sometimes things show up in our email inbox with little/no explanation. This is one of those cases. We received an email with a j-card scan, six mp3s and the cryptic text: "Buzzard was a Disciple of Chaos whom after a Chaotic Death emerged from Under the Stares to a wild chorus of Negative Feedback."

So, as we sit here puzzling over what it all means and listening to this blend of skate rock and hard core, we'll direct to you the download.