Friday, 31 October 2014
Things we like at the CCPS: when younger bands surprisingly dig into our favourite parts of the 90's (Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh). Things we don't like at the CCPS: when bands suddenly change their name just after we've caught on to them. Empty Heads (formerly the excellently-named Teerjerker) are guilty of both these. This six-song tape by a bunch of guys from Sabertooth and PMMA hits just the right spot for us, with short and sludgy pop songs. We'll forgive the name change, which has probably been why we still haven't seen these guys live. Anyways, you might be able to grab this tape at Sloth - if not, you can download it from the Empty Heads bandcamp.
Sunday, 19 October 2014
In sharp contrast to our last set of 7" singles, we're going to focus on this new addition to the CCPS archive, which CollectorsFrenzy astutely notes has "nothing remotely Punk Rock or KBD about it".
So then why did we grab this? Well, only partly because of the soft, soft look in the eyes of the gentleman on the left of this cover (is that Ron Greeves or Curt Labelle? We're hoping it's Ron. He looks like more of a Ron than a Curt). We picked this up because (a) it's on Living Room Records and (b) it's got Doug Wong's name associated with it. Also, (c) we have a problem with buying records that may or may not be worth the vinyl they're pressed on.
This one certainly isn't very KBD - the A-side sounds more like, uh, Air Supply. The B-side is more like the Raspberries, which kind of redeems this. Unfortunately, we don't know anything about either of these gentlemen or what exactly the story behind this record is.
But, hey, don't expect that to stop us from posting the download.
Monday, 13 October 2014
The long weekend comes to a close with this, the final Chixdiggit single. This one's a split with California's Groovie Ghoulies, whose bassist Kepi Ghoulie has (we think) filled in on the Chixdiggit lineup at least once. Both bands are covering each other and the Boomtown Rats on here, which is kind of fun.
Sunday, 12 October 2014
Here's the third Chixdiggit single in our collection (we're good at counting, huh?). Gene says this one is good, not Shadowy Bangers good, but still pretty good. We still can't decide if the bit of Steve Miller Band in the title track is a good thing or not.
The video for the A side reminds us that this signals the first shift in the Chixdiggit lineup, with Dave Alcock stepping in on drums.
Gonna reach right out and grab ya!
Saturday, 11 October 2014
Continuing with the Chixdiggit vinyl, we find this great two-song SubPop recording. This is probably our favourite Chixdiggit single (admittedly, there aren't that many to choose from) - and only partly because of Tom Bagley's cover art. Both the A and B sides of this are top notch.
Get yr bangers here.
Friday, 10 October 2014
We've been meaning to get back into the vinyl portion of the CCPS archive, and, well, no time like this long weekend! And where better to start than with some Chixdiggit?
This was the band's first 7" record, which gleefully stole cover art from Dutch child actor/singer Heintje. We're kind of regretting starting with this 7" as we re-listen to this - it's probably not the band's most memorable set of songs.
Still, we had to start somewhere.
Tuesday, 7 October 2014
This tape comes to us via Chris Millar, sadly without a lot of backstory. All we know is that is has the mighty talented Paul Spence on guitar - and we assume this is from some time before the Infernos (so, maybe the early 90's?). Satirical lyrics and a bass player who lives up to his pseudonym make this slice of snotty punk a kind of fun listen. Get it here.
Sunday, 5 October 2014
This is the second tape from Kristian Basaraba, and it causes a bit of distress, because, well, we're stripping a band of it's status as a Calgary band. It appears the Boozehounds (whose first tape is here) may have relocated to Edmonton/Fort Saskatchewan at some point. A comment on the post for their first tape links them to the Grand Poobah (in the usual cryptic fashion of commentators on our blog). So, we'll follow that lead and bid this puke-core punk band adieu as they drive back up Highway 2 to Edmonton.
Saturday, 4 October 2014
We received a pair of tapes in the mail last week, thanks to Kristian Basaraba. First up is this one, which sounds like the sort of all ages punk that would have kept the kids at the Calgary Multicultural Centre hopping. Or something. Kristian says that they were a "Fort Saskatchewan/Edmonton band with some members going on to form Broken Nose with members of Drool".
Friday, 3 October 2014
We're going to ease back into the posts, and what better place to start than with something completely random from Chris Zuk? We can't remember what Chris told us about this Red Deer band, other than that they were from Red Deer (to be clear: we can't even remember who was more drunk, Gene Poole or Zuk, so lots of details around this exchange are clearly lost to the aether). Which makes this a fairly unique post for the CCPS - we honestly can't think of another band that claimed to be from Red Deer. Really, who would?