Sunday, 20 August 2017

Various - Kitchen Party (1997)


We've been sitting on this CD for a while - it originally came to us via the former proprietor of Golden Rock. It's been years since we saw Kitchen Party - our memories of Gary Burns' second feature-length movie are super sketchy - and we barely remember the soundtrack.



The soundtrack is an interesting mix of bands - Calgarians like the Soft Tips, Bittermen and Knucklehead mix with some of our favourite non-Calgary bands from the 90s, including Sianspheric, Tristan Psionic and the Posies' Ken Stringfellow.

Get it here.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Earthquake Pills - Autodidactaphone (1997)



It kind of makes sense to follow up a post that invokes the Primrods with one that invokes Wagbeard. In our minds, anyways. Oh, yeah. We basically already posted this thing,albeit in cassette format. So what? Here we go - although this one takes us back to the days when VOX was its larger newsprint format.


Pop the pill!

Friday, 18 August 2017

New 1-2 - Infully Visible (1997)



Oh boy! An excuse for us to invoke the name of the Primrods! The double-guitar attack-ack-ack-ack of the New 1-2 was a pretty special thing. Especially when the lead track gleefully steals lyrics from Public Enemy (for no apparent reason).



That said, we're still puzzled by the final track and its electronic loops.

It should be noted that this was released in an era when VOX had not only dropped down to the smaller format that would ultimately lead to its ruin transforming into the Calgary Straight, but also when the paper doubled down on including both a cover story AND a lead record review from local bands:



Not that we're complaining, though.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Jigsaw - Dial Tone (1997)



We made the mistake of digging into our VOX archives to pad out some posts, which means we lost a week to ridiculous waves of nostalgia. But we found what we needed, which means YOU get to also potentially get lost in waves of nostalgia. Or not.

Anyways, 1997 was a pretty fine year for Melodiya in terms of CD releases. As evidenced by this release from Jigsaw. We're going to let the fine words of Mr. Sean Marchetto from the February 98 edition of VOX describe the release (we're also going to let you pore over a vintage Melodiya ad - nice placement! - and another album review):


Dial J for Jigsaw!

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Knucklehead - Another Neurotic Episode (1997)



We're going to stick with Melodiya CDs for a bit, since there were a few that came out in 1997. We sometimes forget how many releases the guys from Knucklehead put out in their time.

We hoped to pad this post out with an article from our VOX archives, but VOX had a bit of a blind eye to stuff from the all ages scene, being run by a group of 80-year-old alcoholics.

Edit: we found a Knucklehead article from the Sept 97 issue of  VOX. It was across the page from an article on the Puritans, so, uh, we missed it. Like VOX, the CCPS sometimes has a bit of a blind eye to stuff from the all ages scene, being run by a group of 80-year-old alcoholics.


Still, just grab the download.


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Beyond Possession - Repossessed (1996)


While we're into CDs, it seems like a good time to revisit some others that were released over 20 years ago, and therefore (according to CCPS rules) okay for posting.

We'll start with this compilation of Beyond Possession's recordings. It includes their LP, single, and some demos from 1989, released to coincide with the series of reunion shows the band did in 1996. Yup, we've posted all of the material on this at one point or another. But we love the chase of completion.


Don't you?

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Nerbus Rex - Nerbus Rex (1995)



In the box we got from Frank Slide was this CD from Metanoia Records - which was surprising, since we had no idea that Metanoia had put out CDs. Huh. We learned something!

Nerbus Rex play a big rock and roll that somehow sidestepped grunge, with a sense of humour in some places.

Get Rex'd.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Rogue Pope - Rogue Pope



Well, hot damn! Sometimes you give up on ever finding a tape, and then it lands in your lap, completely unexpectedly. This Rogue Pope tape has been on our increasingly small list of holy grails for a while, so we were overjoyed when a rip of it showed up in a box of tapes and CDs from the legendary Frank Slide/Shane Connelly. We've wondered if this thing really existed - we only have a CD and an index card with notes, but we'll take it (the photo of Cal is stolen from Lorrie Matheson's facebook, and may or may not be part of the original j-card).

The only Rogue Pope we had heard prior to this was "Castles in Spain" from the Play compilation - these songs maybe have a little less of the psych influence of that track, leaning more towards the big, two-guitar rock of the Daggers, the band Brad Paffe would start shortly after this. We like how much Gregg Baekeland's vocals remind us of Djewel Davidson in places.

Go Rogue!




Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Leather Jacuzzi - Slander, Lies and Soda (2017)


We're going to get about as far to the other side of the spectrum from yesterday's Hermitess tape with this one. Leather Jacuzzi are back with a second tape, this time delivering a four-song blast of tongue-in-cheek hardcore. We have to admit, part of us loves this just because of how close it gets us to a SIDS reunion.

We're going to mix things up, and send you to the Leather Jacuzzi cdbaby page this time.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Hermitess - Hermitess (2017)


As usual, this year's Sled Island yielded a couple of new tapes for the CCPS collection, starting with this one from former Deadhorse/Devonian Gardens harpist Jennifer Crighton. Hermitess' tape (or CD or LP, depending on which media you chose) is built around Crighton's clear voice and harp, with synth drones and Eric Hamelin's drums creating a mesmerizing, hypnotic set of songs that lean more towards psychedelia than Celtic music.



Get it from the Hermitess bandcamp.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

CCPS Miscellany: Naked and the Dead - Fully Clothed and Alive! (1991)


Along with Joker's first tape (as posted yesterday), Corey Hamilton passed along this early slice of alt.country. The Naked and the Dead featured future Old Reliable member Shuyler Janson, and certainly wear the influence of Jr. Gone Wild.

Which is not at all a bad thing.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Joker - First Laugh (1988)


Well, lookie here. After 10 years, it turns out the CCPS can still provide some relevant content once in a while! Huge thanks to Corey Hamilton for finding this in a mall in Edmonton and sending it our way - it's a real treat to have this, the first tape from Calgary skate-metal dudes Joker.

There's a lot of overlap between the material on this tape and Laugh and a Half (hence the title of the second tape?), but it looks like there's one track on here that didn't get carried forward.

Have another laugh here!

Monday, 26 June 2017

Various - Not Just Another Stampede Show (1993)


Today is a very special day. Not only does it mark the 11th time we've survived Sled Island (more or less - it's going to be nap time pretty soon here), but it's also the CCPS' 10th Anniversary.

Hooray for us!

To celebrate, we're going to give you this, a thing we've been sitting on for a few months, waiting for just the right time. Steve Heimbecker passed us this set of recordings that he made in 1993 as part of Cable 10's Stampede programming. Over the 10 days of the Stampede, seven bands played on a little bandstand on the grounds, as part of their daily Stampede Show. Things have changed a lot in almost 25 years, but we think this was just outside the agriculture buildings. How do we know? Well, you know...

Anyways, the expansive Greg Kushner archives include footage of Zoo Story and Jeff Kushner's solo set from this series. So we're able to provide a photo. And pad this post.
Producer - Rogers Cable 10 Community TV
Cable 10 Show Producers: Colleen Kerr and Heather Malek
July 7-17, 1993 (10 days - 7 bands)
Outdoor band stand, Calgary Stampede grounds, all afternoon shows - live cable TV broadcast
Recorded on Sony Pro Walkman cassette recorder, live audio feed from Mackie 2404,
Sound Engineer: Steve Heimbecker 
Tracks and total times are not exact
- Tomko Lamb (dulcimer), 4 tracks total 11:12
- Jeff Kushner (solo guitar), 3 tracks total 8:37
- Zoo Story, 4 tracks total 15:34
- Red Autumn Fall, 6 tracks, 25:05
- Parkades, 5 tracks, 12:02
- Glider, 3 tracks 9:50
- The Plaid Tongued Devils, 7 tracks, 29:35
© the artists
It's a pretty weird mix of stuff, with absolutely zero country content. 

Which makes this all the more awesome.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Empty Heads - Normality (2017)



The part of us that grew up in the 90's really, really likes Empty Heads. They had us hooked from "High & Dry," the first song on their first tape, and have been coaxing us along with their angsty, loud guitar rock. Chris Dadge's recording gives this a bit more of a Sebadoh-meets-Dinosaur-Jr-in-a-dark-basement feel, and that's totally okay by us.

If you missed the excellent Three Documentaries series from CJSW and Guillaume Carlier earlier this year, here's the piece on Empty Heads:



Get the  tape from the Empty Heads bandcamp or Debt Offensive Records.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

PMMA - Draw the Line (2017)



We're really pleased that PMMA have returned to cassettes after their 7" and LP. The rikki-tikki drum machine at the start of the tape is a total fake-out to their merging of anthemic punk and dark wave. We've enjoyed all of PMMA's recordings, but this one stands out (perhaps due to Craig Fahner's recording), with the title track on here being worth the price of admission alone. But there's no video for that track, so here's the lead track instead:



Get it from the PMMA bandcamp.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Child Actress - Milking a Dead Cow (2017)


Rena Kozak has played under a few names in the past few years, and has been on stage with a pile of great bands. She's settled on the name Child Actress for this tape, which pulls more towards the dreamy pop of Gold than the low-fi punk of the Shematomas. This is a (mostly) one-person show, and a really great one at that. The tape feels slightly claustrophobic, which fits with the dark themes of the tape.

Get it from the Child Actress bandcamp.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Dream Whip - Dream Whip (2016)


Dream Whip play a low-fi pop that pulls equally from 60's girl groups and 90's indie rock. Sure, they're mining ground that's pretty close to bands like the Dum Dum Girls, but this is pretty fine stuff.



What, they broke up already?

Ah, well - get the tape from the Dream Whip bandcamp.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Lab Coast - In Real Life (2017)



It's been a while since we posted, mostly because we've been immersed in the schedule for this year's Sled Island, trying to figure out how we can see all the Calgary bands that are playing. And maybe also a couple of Edmonton ones.

Anyways, here's a band we have a complex love/hate relationship with. We love them 'cos they're so good, but hate them b/c they're a significant cause of the constant re-shuffling of our cassette collection. This tape is a live collection, with the A side being a CJSW session from a year ago. The B side is a mix of various live versions of "Waiting," some noisier than others.



Get the tape from the Lab Coast bandcamp or (we assume) Hot Wax.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

The Beat Apostles - Here Comes Tomorrow (1988)



We debated what to do with this, whether to update our original post or - as we've finally decided - to purge it and start again. So, here goes with the fourth tape from The Beat Apostles.
ALL SONGS COPYRIGHT THE BEAT APOSTLES

A
BIG RED WORLD 6:00 (S. Heimbecker)
ART 3:48 (S. Heimbecker)
HERE COMES TOMORROW 3:50 (P. Leblanc)
TURNING BLUE 3:45 (S. Heimbecker)
GOD HELP THEM 4:43 (P. Leblanc)
22:06

B
WAR WITHIN 7:40 (S. Heimbecker)
CLIMATE OF DESPAIR 3:58 (P. Leblanc)
VENUS (ON A STAINLESS STEEL BED) 4:03 (S. Heimbecker)
DESCEND 4:18 (S. Heimbecker)
ATHENA 4:35 (S. Heimbecker)
24:39

All Songs Arranged By M. Walton, P. Leblanc, S. Heimbecker

Appropriated Radio Library, M. Walton

STEVEN HEIMBECKER — E-bass, vocals
PAUL LEBLANC — guitar, vocals
MARK WALTON — drums, percussion

SPECIAL THANKS TO:
WARREN GYSI — saxophone on DESCEND, TURNING BLUE ART
ADELE LEGER — backup vocals on GOD HELP THEM, DESCEND
MAX — acoustic guitar on ATHENA

Recorded on 8-track at
Max Sound Studios, Calgary, AB
Engineered by Max Brisson, Arnold Bender
Mixed by Arnold, Max, The Beat Apostles
Photo — Shannon Hale
Cover design and layout — Mark Walton
Produced by :
Qube Assemblage Co.
3rd. flr. 1202 first street SW
Calgary AB T2R 0V4
1-403-228-1055
Once again, we've got a pile of great clippings (including one by the great James Muretich), posters, and photos from Studio A Go Go:










Tuesday, 2 May 2017

The Beat Apostles - All Around (1988)


Here's tape number three from The Beat Apostles. This is another set of live recordings, this time without a keyboardist, which trips away some of the jazzier/boppier elements of the band's sound. But still just as much fun.
contact the Beat APOSTLES c/o
QUBE ASSEMBLAGE COMPANY
3rd flr, 1202 1st street S.W.
Calgary, Alta. T2R 0V4

SIDE 1 - ¨dance I say, dance…¨
ILL AT EASE 4:45
HERE COMES TOMORROW 4:15
RIDING HIGH 4:50
I’M SO GREEN 4:05
BLACK ED BLUES 6:15
TOTAL 25:20
SIDE 2 - more art, less pop
CUBE IN THE HOLE (INSTR.) * 2:00
THE MIRROR * 5:05
THE ALL-AROUND ** 6:00
THE MILLER’S DAUGHTER ** 3:40
GOD HELP THEM ** 4:40
TOTAL 22:00
STEPHEN HEIMBECKER - BASS, VOCALS
PAUL LEBLANC - GUITAR, VOCALS
MARK WALTON - DRUMS
BACKUP VOCLAS ON THE MIRROR:
JODY CORNER, JANINE HALL
SIDE 1 RECORDED LIVE AT THE NATIONAL HOTEL, CALGARY JAN.8-9, 88
* CJSW COOL BLUE SERIES, OCT. 28, 87 WESTWARD HOTEL, CALGARY
** LIVE AT THE NATIONAL, NOV. 87 RECORDED BY ARNOLD BENDER
COPYRIGHT BEAT APOSTLES 87, 88
Again, huge thanks to Steve Heimbecker for passing along more photos (the black and white ones are from outside the National Hotel, the colour are from a gig at Studio A Go Go), posters, and a clipping from the Emery Weal.








Get the Beat!