Sunday, 23 September 2012

Various - Permanent Distress: A Permanent Records Compilation (1995)

This is something we should have posted way, way back. Duncan MacKenzie got in touch with us, uh, almost three years ago and shared this with us. We're obviously a bit slow sometimes, so now we're sharing it with you.

This is a great little compilation, with three tracks each from Also Known As, Big Daddy Ritter, Chapter 16, Non Prophet, Showdown '76 and Wrong Floor.

It's a nice, early fall day. We suggest you download this and hit the skatepark.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Various - Modern Miracles in Science and Medicine (1998)

Shortly after posting our series of Catch and Release compilations, we found out that there was apparently another compilation that we didn't have. This isn't it. There's another one out there somewhere, which means we actually missed two. Which is better than we normally do, quite frankly.

Still, we're quite happy to have this, not just because it's a very nicely assembled package (thanks to Ian Russell) but also because it gives us three more tracks from the quite amazing indie-noise quartet Rayovaq. Too bad one of them is a re-recording of a song off their first tape. There's also a band called Dissembler who we have no idea who they are. And early Clinton St. John vehicle Trikl Act. And Ellipses, an electronica project which may or may not include Garrett McClure from (*sigh*) the Primrods.

Have you figured this game out yet? Any time we mention the Primrods, you have to finish your drink. If you don't want to finish your drink, give us a call, we'll be happy to finish it for you.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

CCPS Miscellany: Various - Edmonton Produce

Well, since we're in Edmonton (figuratively speaking), we may as well put this up. One of the guys/gals from Depeche Ode passed this to us over the summer. We can't find a year on this, but we're going to guess it's circa 1995. Maybe?

Anyways, while this CD compilation boasts some truly horrible cover art, it does give us an excuse to post yet more Pal Joey, some All Woman Brothers' Band and a couple of other Edmonton faves (Greyhound Tragedy and, uh, Minstrels on Speed? We might be reaching on that last one).

And, as you know, we're all about excuses.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

CCPS Miscellany: Blindside - We Stand As One (1993)

We're weren't really sure about this one. Glenn Bickham tells us that Blindside were an Edmonton band, but the liner notes indicate this was released on a Vancouver label. However, the amazing list over at confirms that Blindside were a bunch of young punks from Edmonton.

So, uh, there you go.

Friday, 14 September 2012

CCPS Miscellany: Unsound - Seizure at Your Leisure (1992)

Whew!  Another Unsound tape from Glenn Bickham.

Remember that magical moment when it actually got cheap enough to do full-colour j-cards?

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

CCPS Miscellany: Unsound - Flora (1992)

Glenn Bickham noted our diversion into Edmonton bands, and has sent us north again by filling in a few blanks in the Unsound collection.

We're not sure what to say about this, other than we're glad that people don't wear baseball caps in band photos anymore.

Monday, 10 September 2012

Road Crew Orange - Cement Wall (1994)

So, carrying on with the Black Lounge theme we seem to have going here, we've got another tape from Glenn Bickham's collection.

This is a tape that Road Crew Orange recorded for a tour of the States, and it didn't get wide distribution here. Or any distribution, from what we can tell.

So, we suspect that a few of you might be interested in heading straight to the download.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

SOB - Demo

Glenn Bickham got in touch with in August about a few tapes he dug out of his basement, and among them was this little beauty. This stands as THE best re-use of a tape that we've ever seen. A Canadian Tire Vic-20 tape? Heck, yes!

That said, the great idea doesn't mean that the tape has held up well over the years (we put this tape at 1993 or 1994). But the low quality tape and questionable housing mechanism gave the CCPS engineers nothing but grief when we went to play it, it was full of wow and flutter and started emitting the most amazing mechanical squealing. So, we turned to a hint we read on the interweb and threw the tape in the CCPS beer fridge overnight. And, lo and behold, it worked! Thanks to the magic of thermodynamics (or something? we're not big on physics), we managed to get this to play, worry-free.

Oh, yeah - the music. SOB was an early incarnation of Wrong Floor, and this was recorded in their basement.

So, file this formerly squeaky tape under all ages punk.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Beyond Possession - Live at the Black Lounge (1996)

Well, summer here at the CCPS has been a bit slow. We've been lazy, we admit it. But we've got a few things in the queue, as a sort of back-to-school present for the kids. We're going to start with this, a combination DVD and CD that Eraz Cohen passed to us a couple of weeks ago (it pays to go to the record shoppes, kids!).

This is a fairly legendary show - when Melodiya released the Repossessed compilation CD in 1996, Beyond Possession also played a show at the Black Lounge (one of four they did at the time, according to the Encylopaedia Metallum) We're pretty thrilled to see this, because it's a pretty crazy show. You get to see Ron Hadley losing his shit because of sound problems as the band is trying to get started. You get to see Ron Hadley losing his shit because the stage divers are taking over the stage. And you get to see Ron Hadley losing his shit because... well, because he's Ron Hadley.

So, while you get to see all of that, we're not sure what's up with the CD. The recording starts about two tracks in (compared to the video), and then goes to crap after track 6. Still, we're providing it as a separate download, since the first six tracks sound great - and also in case you need some white noise to put you to sleep at night.