Monday, 20 July 2015
Well, we picked up not one but TWO glitter tapes at Sloth, and this is, uh, the second. Hmm. Remind us to spend more time working on intros to posts. This one is not so good.
Anyways, this tape is good. This is another in this year's great trend of bands playing CJSW and then releasing the sessions on tape. We can't tell you how much we like this trend, except that it turns out we had already taped this directly off the radio ourselves last December. So, we have a version that has Disturb the Universe host Kai Sinclair describing the band as Nu Metal and calling them Jugallos. Clearly he was being ironic and they are neither. We know this, because we have seen the band and are "in the know" about such thing.
Anyways, this is another great-sounding session, a tribute to the mighty CJSW and why you should put away a few extra bucks to give to them during funding drive in October.
In the meantime, we're not sure if you can still pick up a copy of this at Sloth. We do know that you can listen to a track from the session on Soundcloud.
Friday, 17 July 2015
Good thing we have this tape. Three new (new?) songs that are low-fi and abrasive (is the overly-trebly guitar on purpose?), just the way you expect.
We picked up a copy at Sloth, but you can also download this via the Glitter bandcamp.
Thursday, 16 July 2015
The newest release from Craig Storm's Monroeville Music Centre presents us with a new problem: where do we keep the miniature theremin that came with this?
Storm has apparently decided to share his love of electronics with us via his quarterly, subscription-only tape series. We didn't know what to expect when we signed up a few months ago, and we were thrilled when we got a package with a tape, a breadboard and various electronics components. Side one of the tape features a group of kids answering the question "what do you think the future will be like?" interspersed with musical bleeps and bloops. Side two is a series of songs that you can play along with using your newly-built theremin.
We can't say enough good things about this project. It's fun, engaging and totally, totally worth the subscription. We highly recommend that you sign up.
Wednesday, 15 July 2015
Clearly, the theme of this week's posts is "people we hate because they make us re-do our cassette shelving but love because their tapes are really good." Courtesy of Devin Friesen's Shaking Box Music comes the second tape from Ashley Soft, which sees the band actually becoming a band (and a Calgary one, at that).
Anchored by Andrew Hume's remarkable (as in good remarkable) drumming, Clarke Alan Macleod delivers a set of noodly, noisy songs while Devin Friesen does what he does best - namely make some really nice noise to complement the whole thing. Plus, Chris Dadge recorded this thing, so we can give him an extra kick in the pants/high five for his part in capturing this on tape.
We've seen this tape at Sloth, of course. But you can also get it via Shaking Box Music.
Monday, 13 July 2015
Sigh. Another tape from Shake. And Erin Jenkins. We'd be mad if this wasn't so good.
This tape gives us four quick cold-wavey tunes which see the band shedding some of the noise and persona that Jenkins put on for their first tape, to good effect. Maybe it's the influence of Teledrome's Ryan Sadler doing the recording for this, but this hits just the right spot with us, crawling into the dark places that we, as children of the new wave, really appreciate.
Get the tape from Shake! or listen in on the Catholic Girls bandcamp.
Sunday, 12 July 2015
We're just pulling ourselves out of the deep sadness that overcomes us every year at the end of Sled Island (WHY?!?! WHY IS THIS JUST ONE WEEK OUT OF THE YEAR?? We're going to live like every day is Sled Island!), and we're going to get to a stack of new tapes that has been piling up in the CCPS offices.
First up is this one and GODDAMMIT LAB COAST! GODDAMMIT SHAKE RECORDS! Thanks to you, we have to re-do our cassette shelving again. Seriously. Even though we already have this on LP (one of the late, great Mammoth Cave's final releases) and, CD (yes, this is a bit ridiculous), we couldn't pass up what is possibly one of the best recordings to come out of this city in recent years. The glorious second half of "For Now" is worth the price of admission alone:
Get the tape from Shake, if you don't already have it on LP. Or CD. Or whatever.