Thursday, 23 April 2015

Lab Rat - Dollhouse Demos (2009)

Forward again in the CCPS time machine! Despite the presence of a bandcamp site and a video (below), we don't know much about Lab Rat, other than, well, they're another band in our city's fine hardcore tradition. Thankfully, we found some youtube footage to prove their existence:

Get vivisected here.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Ummm - Ummm (2004)

We're shooting forward a few years with this tape, and it's being presented as one single mp3 file since, uh, we don't know how else to present this. Ummm play their songs fast, short, and, well, in such a way that we can't really tell where one ends and the next begins. The j-card indicates that there are 21 tracks on here - but we'll be darned if we can tell exactly where these slices of hardcore start and end.

Maybe you can?

Monday, 20 April 2015

Various - Mr. T Presents The Tortured Minds Comp.

We meant to post this over the weekend, but we were (a) overly-occupied with spending the last of our savings at the various Record Store Day sales around town and (b) we're completely stumped by this compilation.

This compilation has three bands: Wiggum, the Alex P. Keatons and P.A.N.I.C. It came to us courtesy of David Tighe. All that we know about the tape ends there. We don't know what the songs are, who performs them or when this was recorded. This is why we wish we had a time machine and could go back to whenever this was released and smack whoever did these liner notes upside the head and get them to actually include a tracklisting and a few more details. Heck, we're even guessing at the title of this. Is it Tortured Minds? The Life We Live Has Limbs Let Them Grow? I Hear the Noise?

We're so confused. Maybe you want to share in the confusion?

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Chapter 16 - Chapter 16 (1998)

Thanks to David Tighe, we're pleased to be able bring you a pile of new (to us) tapes, mostly from the late 90's. We'll start with this one, since we've posted a bunch of Chapter 16's stuff already.

This looks like it was a later release by the band - the biggest thing that stands out for us on this the excellent job Casey Lewis did on the recording of this.

Get this new chapter here.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Plastick - Plastick (2015)

One of the big questions around the CCPS offices recently was, "when will Shake! release another batch of Calgary tapes?" The question was NOT, "when will Kamil Krulis start a new band?" However, both questions asked and unasked have their answer in this new (and very limited) release from our favourite Victoria-based tape-makers.

Plastick is indeed a new Kamil band, with the legendary (?) frontman (!) backed up by a band of three gals, including the drummer from Hag Face. Where Kamil's other current thang The Slabs grooves and parties, this endeavor broods and sits sulking in the corner. There's a bit of a goth/new wave vibe with this, as is the current fashion with the kids apparently - we assume chorus and delay pedals are selling like hotcakes these days.

You should be able to pick up a copy of this at Sloth, or as part of Shake!'s Splatter Series 1.

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.