Sunday, 23 April 2017
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?
Saturday, 22 April 2017
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.
Friday, 21 April 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.