Monday, 31 October 2016

Leather Jacuzzi - Monsters, Narcs and Idiots (2016)

Oh, wow - Leather Jacuzzi takes us one step closer to the SIDS reunion we've been dreaming of. But then takes a left turn and drives into a wall at full throttle. Wait, how did we go from a walking metaphor to a driving one? Dammit.

We're being lazy and copping the same comparison to the Angry Samoans that everyone else has used because, well, it works. We caught one of their shows over the summer and were pretty much speechless - it was pretty much a steamroller of hardcore punk and wry humour (see "Here Comes Mr. Suck" for a prime example).

This tape was originally released in a super-limited run for the band's first show. We're indebted to Planet of the Tapes for re-releasing this. We picked up a copy at Melodiya, you can also grab it via the Leather Jacuzzi bandcamp.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Juicebox - Tetra Pak (2016)

Back to new tapes! Juice Box sit nicely alongside Milk Toast in terms of their twee sound, and we assume that their songs are built around found lyrics. This whole tape is filled with wry humour, but it's "Straight White Boys Texting" with its amazing skewering of, uh, straight white boys that seals the deal for us.

The limited run of the tape looks like it's still available via Fan Club Records. Or grab the download from Juice Box's bandcamp.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Bikeland - Jetfighter (2010)

We've got another old(er) tape! Not super old, but, hey, we take what we can get. We remember seeing Bikeland when they were active in 2010 and being kind of perplexed by their noisy chaos. Having the benefit of having seen/heard Clarke Alan Macleod's later work with Ashley Soft has helped us put this into perspective, and we get what's happening here now. The angst-filled shouts, noisy bursts of guitar and smashing drums come together just enough to draw you in. And then kick you back out.

Somehow Bikeland's music lives on over at bandcamp, where you can grab the download of this tape.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Unspooled Episode 8: The El Caminos' "Nobody"

Whoops, this somehow slipped by. Our October episode of Unspooled aired last week, but things are busy at the CJSW (getting ready for Funding Drive!), so we didn't get out hands on the Soundcloud link until the weekend. 

We think this is worth the wait, though (plus, it also helps to make up for our early airing of September's episode). This month, we spent a bit of time with Bobby Torpedo (aka Kamil Krulis), talking about the good old days of knocking monitors off the stage of the Republik and the El Caminos' 1992 cassette Ergo Drunken Sluts.

Monday, 10 October 2016

PMMA - Demo (2013)

Well, look at this! A tape that wasn't released just this year! It's a very exciting moment for us here at the CCPS. Especially because we really like PMMA - they were one of the first local punk bands to rediscover synthesizers, and they careen through this tape's seven songs like a dark, jet-powered... something. Maybe this isn't as fully-realized as their excellent LP from last year, but it's still a mighty powerful tape.

You can listen to 4/7 of this tape over at the PMMA bandcamp.