Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Huevos Rancheros - Rocket to Nowhere 7" (1991)

So, Gene Poole expressed his annoyance at us heading into the CCPS 7"collection without first going through the masters of the 7", the one and only Huevos Rancheros.

To make up for that massive misstep, we're going to play one of our favourite tricks and post something we've already posted in another format. Way back in 2009 we posted the cassette release of this. It's almost been five years, so it should be okay to post this on vinyl now.

Wait, let's read that back: it's almost been five years. We've been at this schtick for a while, so no wonder our posts are sometimes a bit crap.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Everymen/Inquisition - E-I-E-I-OI! (1996)

We're not usually a big fan of split 7" records but this one works for so many reasons, the most notable of which is embodied in the group photo inside the sleeve. Look at all them happy punk kids! Look at l'il smiley Dan Izzo! So cute!

We also love that Inquisition's name was misprinted on the cover - kind of like a super-collectible stamp. But not.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Knucklehead - Knucklehead 7" (1997)

So, as much as we at the CCPS love 10" records, we really, really like 7" records. Mostly because there are way more of them in our collection than any other size of vinyl. So, time to dig into the CCPS 7" collection!

We'll start here, since we just posted a bunch of related 10-inchers. We have no idea how this record ended up on a Florida label - but there you have it.

Also, "Summertime Beer Song" (which also kicks off their 10") is perfect for a day like today when the snow is starting to fall.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

CCPS Miscellany: All Woman Brothers Band - at 164 bpm (1996)

Back up to Edmonton for one last 10" from Melodiya. We really like that Melodiya put out all of these 10" records - it adds to the quirkiness of the label. With the resurgence of vinyl in recent years, we're surprised that no one has jumped on the 10" format. Out Director of Finance suggests that the 10" format is foolish and likely more costly that regular, 12" vinyl, but he's a weiner.

Get yr ten inches here.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Inquisition - Red (1995)

Really, we should have posted this record before yesterday's Knucklehead record. We forgot that this came out first... and you know us, we like to tell our stories in sequence.

Anyways, here's another 10", also on Melodiya. But this time from Inquisition. Who share a name with an ever-increasing number of bands. Note to just-forming death metal bands: Inquisition is not as original a name as you think.

Get red.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Knucklehead - Ode to the Old Reliables (1996)

We're digging into some vinyl that we've collected over the years, and it seems amiss that we neglected to post this earlier, for a few reasons. First, it's on Melodiya. Second, it's a 10" record (our favourite vinyl format). And, third, it's from Knucklehead. Who, according to Wikipedia, "uses fast tempo rhythms and chant choruses". Well, with that said, we don't know what else to add.

So, we'll just point you towards the download.

Friday, 18 October 2013

John Lesbian Seagull/Root Administration - Dirt/Heavy Metal and Communism (2013)

So, after all our bitching and moaning about bands who don't give you a way to buy their tapes via bandcamp, we want to say a huge thanks to Eddie from John Lesbian Seagull for at least answering our request, and happily passing us a copy of this split cassette.

This is kind of an odd mix of bands - in our experience, split records/tapes usually are (except for that Wagbeard/Primrods 10" - that's a high water mark for us. And an excuse to write about the Primrods for a bit...). The frantic pace of the John Lesbian Seagull side kind of outstrips the more by-the-books alt-rock of the Root Administration. But the cover art on the John Lesbian Seagull side is kind of unsettling...

And even though this is a split cassette, you have to go to the John Lesbian Seagull bandcamp to get their side and the Root Administration's to get theirs.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Viet Cong - Viet Cong (2013)

So, being folks that easily find things to obsess over, we at the CCPS have been delighted with the wonder that is bandcamp. It's a great way for us to window shop, and - usually - actually shop. Yep, we really, really like bands that give us an option to either buy the mp3 or buy their tapes, CDs and Edison Cylinders. Yep, we really, really like that. So, we were kind of disappointed when this popped up, without any way to buy the tape. Bands: don't tease the CCPS with mp3s of a tape. Tell us how we can buy it. It's a simple request, right?

So, we were super excited when we found out that Ketamines/Mammoth Cave braniac Paul Lawton had the foresight to grab a pile of these tapes when Viet Cong passed through Toronto. And we were even more excited when he sent us one! Oh, boy, do we ever get excited easily these days...

Anyways, we're taking a lot of time getting to the content today, aren't we? Yep, we sure are. It's almost like we're stalling for time, isn't it? Well, maybe we are. Maybe... we... are...

See, it's tricky for us to put our love for Viet Cong into words. We saw them for the first time at Broken City earlier this year and were pretty much awestruck. It's disingenuous to call these guys a supergroup or a spinoff of Women... sure, a lazy writer could call them that (wait, we're usually lazy writers... what's wrong with us?), but this is a more-than-the-sum-of-their-parts thing. There are touchpoints to the more angular elements of 70's punk, krautrock and, underneath it all, a great pop sensibility. Great, great stuff.

Get the mp3s from the Viet Cong bandcamp, or... hope that someone in Toronto snags you a copy.