Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Doe Eye - Six Song Demo (1995)

It's been far tool long since we posted any Primrods-related content, so we were overjoyed to receive an email last week from Derrick Denholm that read, in part:
Below is a link to my bandcamp page for a band I had with Garret and Leah in 1994-95. I moved to BC shortly thereafter, was involved with a group that became the Buttless Chaps, among many others. This is a good 4-track recording done at the time when Garret had been asked to join the Primrods. There is only one cassette copy in existence, and these tracks on bandcamp are WAV files I made from audacity transfers.

Hope this is of interest to you. Think: Rodan, Slint, Boredoms, TFUL 282.
Of course this is of interest! Doe Eye is way noisier than McClure's pre-Primrods involvement in Staasi Quartet, leaning more towards bassist Leah Van Loon's prior (?) band, Squat. Their gloriously sloppy cover of Blondie's "Anything Can Happen" is, well, gloriously sloppy. 

Grab it via the Doe Eye bandcamp.

Monday, 24 April 2017

CCPS Miscellany: Subworm Feeders - Out of the Mouth into the Door (1993)

Here's our last Edmonton tape from Corey Hamilton. Being from 1993, Subworm Feeders bear a lot of the marks of a post-Seattle explosion alt rock band. Except maybe a bit weirder - we reckon these guys had at least one Butthole Surfers tape in their collection.


Sunday, 23 April 2017

CCPS Miscellany: The Pop Crisis -She Was Pop (1989)

We're still in Edmonton with a few more tapes from Corey Hamilton's collection. The Pop Crisis features Kelly McPhillamey, who would go on to play with Minstrels on Speed. Like that band, these are pop-focused rock songs. Pop Crisis are a little less heavy than the Minstrels, maybe because this was pre-Seattle?

Pop rocks!

Saturday, 22 April 2017

CCPS Miscellany: Small Town Apathy - Live on CJSR (1989)

Here's another live broadcast from CJSR, kind of in the same vein as She-Devils on Wheels, but with more of an industrial element to things. Meaning that there's lots of noisy banging on things in this. And maybe more song structures. But only slightly.

Feelin' apathetic?

Friday, 21 April 2017

CCPS Miscellany: She-Devils on Wheels - Live on CJSR (1989)

The CCPS is big fans of campus radio, and we're always thrilled to see how other communities' stations help support a vibrant local music scene. So this tape, via Corey Hamilton, is of note.

Two sides of weird noise,spoken word, and snatches of songs - broadcast on Edmonton's CJSR at what we kind of assume was likely not a peak hour of the day.

Get your wheels here.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

CCPS Miscellany: Jongleur - Procession/Paranoia Enz/Minstrels Recycled (1990/1991)

It's been a tough month for Edmonton's music scene. Just following Chris Boddy's passing, guitarist Kirby Fox passed away two weeks ago.

Jongleur was one of the bands Fox was a part of - an arty, lyric-heavy band that started with the core of Alan Demeule, Georges Giguere and Jeff Weeks.

Proceed,end and recycle.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

CCPS Miscellany: The Loved One - Tutti (1991)

We'll carry on with part of the Chris Boddy story today, and the band that Euthanasia evolved into (after they were Wickerman). A lot less early 80's punk, a lot more 90's melodic rock (we hear a lot of similarities to the Doughboys in this).

Get some love here.

Monday, 17 April 2017

CCPS Miscellany: Euthanasia - Above Reproach Beneath Contempt (1987)

We're still in the Edmonton way-back machine, thanks to Corey Hamilton. We know Euthanasia from the one track of theirs on the Writing on Stone compilation, so it's good to have a full release from these fine early goth punks.

Timing is a weird thing - guitarist Chris Boddy passed away earlier this month, a big loss to the Edmonton music scene. Together with his brother Cam and one-time Calgarian Marty Chatrin, the band's sound evokes Killing Joke and other darker political punk of its era.

Get Euthanized here.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

CCPS Miscellany: The Imagineers - The Imagineers (1993)

We're taking a trip up to Edmonton, courtesy of Corey Hamilton. We'll start with this, the third release from a fan favourite from that city, the Imagineers.

One of the things that continues to amaze us about this band is their commitment to non titling their releases. Apparently there was also a cassette release of this - if anyone can hook us up with a scan, we'd appreciate it. So that we way we have three different tapes by the band that are untitled, adding to the confusion that surrounds us in the CCPS office.

Figure it out here.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Ghostkeeper - Sheer Blouse Buffalo Knocks (2017)

It's been a while since we've heard from Ghostkeeper, and they're back with an exceptional new tape that sees the band taking their sounds and washing them in gorgeous layers of psychedelia. Ghostkeeper has never been a band afraid to change things up, and so this is a lot less of the rock outing that their last album was, further mining the direction of that release's "Golden." Shane Ghostkeeper's skittering and skipping rhythms are balanced with Sarah Houle's dreamy vocals and the sonic landscape crafted by their new bandmates Ryan Bourne and Eric Hamelin. File this one under: headphone candy.

Get the download from the Ghostkeeper bandcamp. We assume tapes are out there in some of our fine local record shops.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Vacuum Rebuilders - Anything Else is a Compromize (2017)

So, we might have a new favourite band. Coming out of the Pee Blood Records camp, Vacuum Rebuilders are much in line with Glitter and Janitor Scum, and just as good. Or maybe better? There's something about this band that grabs us a bit more - maybe something bubblegummy under their sound that reminds us of the Throwaways. Confusingly, the band not only shares member(s) with Janitor Scum, they also do a song that's on the Janitor Scum LP from last year. If it works, go with it, we suppose.

Bonus points for taping over what we assume are their parents' old tapes. And reusing the j-cards.

We don't know where you can get this tape, but we highly recommend jumping on a copy if you see one.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Crims and Flow - Nightmare Food in the Vacuum Room (2017)

As we've previously said, we're big fans of the punk kids playing synthesizers. Crims and Flow continue that great trend, but up the ante with a healthy injection of humour. "No Ghost" is solid dark wave with weird synths and, uh, minimal lyrics. We always appreciate people who don't take themselves too seriously.

Get it via the Crims and Flow bandcamp.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Gawker - Stephen's World (2016)

Back to the punk rock! We featured Gawker's first tape last year, without having seen the band live. We've seen them a few times now, and they've become a bit of a favourite for their approach to the genre with their precision drumming and a front man that is channeling equal parts Bobby Torpedo and Djewel Davidson.

And they put out tapes at an alarming rate: we just got our hands on this one (released last year), and they've already got a new one out. We're going to have to re-think our cassette storage. Again.

Get this one via the Gawker bandcamp.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Sawlung - Sawlung (2016)

One of the things we're finding as we get older is that we're more interested in experimental music, as well as, uh, metal. So, here's a metal tape we picked up on the advice of Eddie Dalrymple.

Which is funny, kind of, because Sawlung fit nicely into roughly the same area as Dalrymple's band (one of them anyways), The Weir. Slow, pounding guitars and drums along with throaty shouting.

Grab it via the Sawlung bandcamp.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Skin - Canis Vulgaris (2017)

Here's another tape we've been sitting on, brought to you by the good folks at Deep Sea Mining Syndicate. Heather Ross' Skin takes the DSMS tendency towards the experimental ambient and pulls it apart into layers of delicious noise. And then lets it slowly dissolve again.

Vice's Thump did a quick piece on Skin's tape which is worth checking out - or you can snag one of the last copies at the DSMS bandcamp.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Iron Tusk - Flooded Times (2017)

While we're in a metal mood, we might as well go with this tape from the Siksika Nation. We checked out these guys after discovering the excellent No More Moments, who share a member (members?) with this band. Where No More Moments is classic skate rock, Iron Tusk tend more towards classic hard rock/metal.

We like that the band have made use of the now-tried-and-true formula or recording a session at CJSW and then releasing part of it on cassette.

Grab this from the Iron Tusk bandcamp.

Prepared - Trust Me (2017)

Here's another (!) new Kevin Stebner jam, this time a posthumous tape for Prepared (who lost one member to another city last year). This is full-length blast of the tense, terse punk that made the band so enjoyable. We give a recommendation for this tape on the basis of the song titles "Fullstack State of Mind" and "AAA Aardvark" alone. And the songs themselves hold up, as well.

Get it via the Prepared bandcamp, or your local record store (you know the ones).

Monday, 27 March 2017

Heavy Mountain - Heavy Mountain (2016)

This one snuck in just after the end of the year, and sat in the pile of new(ish) tapes that we're about to head into posting. Which is a really awkward way of saying, get ready for a bunch of new tapes now that we've had a token posting of old stuff.

Kevin Stebner tipped us to Heavy Mountain when we interviewed him for our Unspooled podcast last fall. Heavy Mountain is his weirdo hip hop collaboration with Micah Stone of Rap X. This is, uh, weirdo hip hop. Stebner has mined a bunch of folk records and built loops out of fiddles, guitars and other acoustic sounds. The result is a strangely hypnotic and acts as an excellent foil to Stone's stream-of-consciousness lyrics.

Grab this from the Heavy Mountain bandcamp.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Flaccid - Live Demo

Oops, we just poisoned our Google search history by looking for "flaccid band calgary" as we researched this post. The first hit we got takes us back to the CCPS, and the are all links that we know better than to click on. So, uh, we don't have anything else to offer other than the download.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Fist City/Moby Dicks - Scotch Tapes Singles Club #1 (2011)

Here's a slightly old tape that we found in a box at Melodiya, featuring the recently-departed Fist City and Lethbridge caveman garage rockers the Moby Dicks. The excellent, noisy Fist City track is also on their Greatest Splits tape, and the Moby Dicks are, well, dicks. But in a good way. Maybe?

Grab a bit of Scotch here.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Tomko Lamb - Of Lullabies (1997)

Part of the reason why we obsessively visit thrift store is because we sometimes find things like this - fodder for the CCPS collection.

We posted one of Tomko Lamb's hammered dulcimer-focused CDs last year (his first, we think), and we actually had no idea that this one (his second?) was also released on cassette. But it was!

So you, the CCPS reader, get to benefit from our obsessive digging through dusty tapes.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

CCPS Miscellany: The Imagineers - Demo (1989)

In the pile of tapes from David Tighe was this one that somehow we had digitized at some point, but forgot to post. Maybe because there's more than a bit of overlap with the other Imagineers tape we posted a few years ago. But that's never stopped up before!

So here you go - another tape from hairy Edmonton rockers the Imagineers. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Discatch - Mind the Gap (1992)

Here's another tape from David Tighe. We don't know what to make of this one - it's not that it's bad, it's just... an anomaly in terms of the stuff we expected to hear from a Calgary band in 1992. The two guys in Discatch put together a really well-produced and crafted tape full of electronica that is part Depeche Mode, part Big Audio Dynamite (circa The Globe), part Nine Inch Nails (circa Pretty Great Machine). Actually, there's a fair amount of overlap in those three. Anyways, they took this so seriously they recorded this at Richard Harrow's Living Room Studios.

This tape takes us back to three-for-one highball nights at the Republik. The parts we can remember, anyways.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Shadoplay - Orjazem (1989)

Huge thanks to David Tighe for getting in touch with us (again!) and passing along a selection of tapes (including a copy of the Shoutin' Abner Pim and the Puritans tape from this month's podcast! how's THAT for synchronicity?).

We'll start with this one, another tape from local fuzion jazz institution Shadoplay. Our apologies to the other band members from this tape - the photocopy quality of the j-card hasn't done well with time, and we're struggling to read your names.

Maybe it's time for new glasses.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Unspooled: Episode 12 - Shoutin' Abner Pim and the Puritans' "Welcome to Persia, Batman"

Well. Hello. So, the thing with a project like the Calgary Cassette Preservation Society is that, well, after a while you kind of start running low on new content. So please forgive the two-month hiatus. We've got a few new things in the queue now, and we're going to start with this, a new episode of Unspooled. Which isn't so new - the short version of this aired a couple of weeks ago on Saved by the Bell.

Anyways, this time around we spoke with Bob Keelaghan and Michael Paton of Shoutin' Abner Pim and the Puritans. We talked about the double-guitar onslaught that made their Patented Bloody Row a901782 cassette such a, well, onslaught.

Listen to the podcast here.