Saturday, 16 March 2019

Puberty - First Slime (2009)

We kind of forgot how great Calgary was in 2009. Between the Palomino, Broken City, the Marquee Room and the Warehouse/Underground, there were a pile of great places to see shows. We remember seeing Puberty, but don't remember that they put out a tape. And, wow! what an amazing, lo-fi, muddy, glorious thing it is. You probably don't need us to tell you that two thirds of this trio went on to form the Courtneys, while the other third stayed in Calgary (for a bit, anyways) to become part of Friendo. But, hey, we'll remind you anyways.

Relive Puberty here.

Friday, 15 March 2019

Seizure Salad/IndienSoci - The New The Good The Bad and The Ugly Sound Track (2009)

Here's more from Seizure Salad, along with Braids' frontperson Raphaelle Standell-Preston's solo project, IndienSoci. Weird Canada has some good things to say about this tape (as they always do - did?), and we're hard-pressed (ie too lazy) to add anything to what they said. Plus, they left us a little taste of the IndienSoci side:

Get this split tape here.

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Seizure Salad - Ice Cream Ala Mode Tape 2 "Blank To The Bank"

One of the great things about the big stack of tapes we borrowed from Kevin Stebner is that there's a wealth of stuff that we overlooked (like the idiots we are) from recent history. Like this sprawling epic from Seizure Salad, which effortlessly slides from ambient audio collages to lo-fi pop to... well, weirdness. It's a fun 90-minute trip.

Seize the day!

Friday, 8 March 2019

Sandy Cassels - Sandy Cassels

Huge thanks to Bart Records guru Kevin Stebner for opening up his cassette archive to us. We've got a big stack of tapes that we're sorting through, and are going to kick off with this tape from one of our unsung favourites. Sandy Cassels was the vehicle for Sandy Barron, and on this tape it's just Barron and his guitar and some excellent, literate songwriting. "Otto Bauer" has long been a favourite (if you can track down a copy of the 7" with this, don't pass it up - the A side, "Championship Banners," is excellent), and well worth checking out.

Get it here.

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Melted Mirror - Past Life (2019)

After suffering a much-delayed vinyl release for their sophmore release, we're very pleased that Melted Mirror have done the right thing and gone for a cassette release for album #3. Mostly because it gives us an excuse to gush about this thing. Oh, what a thing it is.

The four plus years that Melted Mirror have been honing their sound has paid off, and working with Shout Out Out Out Out Out Out Out Out's Nik Kozub as producer is like a cherry on top. There's an incredible balance to this, with guitarist Jeebs Nabil's guitar complementing but never competing with the synth work of Cian Haley and Chris Zajko. This feels confident and comfortable, in a genre that tends to poseurs and, uh, cheese. And let's not overlook that cover art and packaging!

This is going to be on repeat for a while in the CCPS offices. Grab the download from the Melted Mirror bandcamp; you should be able to get copies of the tape around town.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

CCPS Miscellany: Wounded Machines (2017)

We used yesterday's Favour tape as a chance to catch up on another release we missed a couple of years ago, the fourth Open Channels cassette. The quartet continue to mine indie pop through synths, with a few more guitars than their prior releases. It's interesting to listen to this after Favour - Jeff King's songwriting still has very much the same feeling, one which itches just the right spot for us here at the CCPS.

Get wounded the Open Channels bandcamp.

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

CCPS Miscellany: Favour - Everything Remains To Be Done (2019)

Here's a bit of a blast from the (southern) past. Recorded in 2000 and shelved until now, this tape is a great blast of guitar rock from Lethbridge's Favour that sits somewhere between Thrush Hermit and the Inbreds. After sitting on the tapes and/or computer files for 18 years, guitarist Jeff King Kickstartered a physical release of the album - and we're pretty pleased that he did, this is quality stuff.

Get it from the Favour bandcamp.

Monday, 4 February 2019

Playground Treason - Live at Studio A Go-Go (1990)

Former Playground Treason guitarist Cameron Gillies got in touch with us and offered up this amazing piece of history, seven live tracks from the pre-cursor to Red Autumn Fall. With Gail Thompson on drums, Gary Reimer on bass and Greg Williams on another guitar, this is, well, a pre-cursor to Red Autumn Fall. It might not have the polish of RAF - it is a live recording, after all - but Simeon Ross' characteristic vocals are already well in place. And judging from the cheers from the audience, they already had a solid following.

Get it here.

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Wealth Plant - Friends (2010)

Thanks to Kevin Stebner and his tiny but mighty Shed Bookstore for getting this tape to us. Wealth Plant is an early Jean-Sebatien Audet vehicle, further highlighting how diverse he is (and how prone he is to changing his project names). Wealth Plant sound like Jean-Sebastian and a guitar (and maybe a looper pedal), turning out short doodles of what we can only call experimental pop. A long ways from the soulful sounds of his 2016 Un Blonde album and - if the early sounds are any indication - even further from his new project, Yves Jarvis.

Get it here.

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Purlicue - Sip 'N Dip (2018)

Somehow we missed picking this tape up until last night. Which is weird, because this four-piece features members of some of our favourite bands - most notably Crims & Flow, which Purlicue feels like the natural extension of. Quirky lyrics (check out the hilarious "Whoops") give the post-punkish guitar work a refreshing feel - none of that faux darkness here.

Get the download via the Purlicue bandcamp.