Friday, 20 September 2019

Danielle French - Me, Myself & I (1995)

Singer-songwriter Danielle French has been a fixture in the city for over 20 years (obviously, given the date attached to this post), and this is, uh, her debut CD. We made the mistake a reading the blurb about this disc on her website, and now we can't unhear the comparisons to Jane Sibbery. Which isn't a bad thing.

Get it via French's CDBaby store.

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Karl Roth - Everybody Wants to Be a Cat (1994)

Back when we did the Calgary Songs Project with Kenna Burima, we were trying to figure out if there was a way to bring in a representative for our city's jazz scene, and some one recommended Karl Roth's "Everybody Wants to be a Cat." We discounted it at the time since it wasn't an original composition, so it's good to have it here now. This is, we think, the original CD version of Karl Roth's signature jazz violin, guaranteed to keep your toes tapping (thanks in part to drums by the Unusuals' Ian Grant).

We think this was re-released with a different running order, and is available from Roth's CDBaby store.

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Sonhouse - The Sensual Being (1993)

We never wanted to have to invoke the name of Jane's Addiction in a post ever again, but yet, here we are.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Thorazine - Seed the Black Sky (1999)

So, as you know, the CCPS isn't really conversant in metal, and certainly what this kids call death metal is a couple steps too far out of our limited area of knowledge. Thankfully, we can point you over to Beatroute for a bit more of a history of the band.

Get seeded here.

Monday, 16 September 2019

Lazablasta - Blue Prints (1999)

Lazablasta delved into territory that few Calgary bands dared, playing an electronica-based rock that was clearly influenced by downtempo, UK-based bands like early Massive Attack. And it has Mike Bressanutti on drums!

Get it here.

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Lonnie James - Dee-o (1999)

We should probably label this post as miscellany, as we think this was released while former Cutz drummer Lonnie James was based in Toronto, probably in and around the time he was playing with the Super Friendz. It's hard not to invoke the name of the late, great Grant Hart - not just because we're laze and he's a drummer-turned-singer/songwriter, but because Lonnie James kinda sounds like Grant Hart, and his songs have a similar aesthetic.

Anyways, grab it here.

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Chantal Vitalis - Just Looking (1999)

We're big fans of singer-songwriter Chantal Vitalis (only partly because of her sly sense of humour), so it's nice to share this EP of stripped down tunes, all of which showed up on her 2002 full-length CD. This is especially worth grabbing for its version of "Is My Coming Round a Problem?"

Get it here.

Friday, 13 September 2019

Everymen - 1996-1998 (1999)

The great thing about the late 90's was that CDs suddenly got way more accessible. And so stuff like this happened - the Everymen released all three of their prior recordings on one disc. We can't really fault them - by 1999, the only tape decks people had were in their crappy Toyotas, you know, the one their parents passed along to them for a first car. Or was that just us? Oh, and who still had a turntable in 1999?

Anyways, this is worth downloading mostly because our rips of cassettes may not be the best.

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Ekseptions - Faster Falling Rockets (1999)

Here's another CD from our seemingly endless pile of, uh CDs. We spent a bunch of time trying to sort out the whole Ekseptions moniker a few years ago, and probably don't need to get too much further into that.

Thankfully, we can turn to a review from a late October '99 issue of the Straight to help flesh things out (as well as a bunch of the other CDs we've been posting - sheesh, we could have saved ourselves a lot of work by just reprinting each of these reviews...):

We should note that a bunch of folks involved in this CD - frontman Travis Davies, Mark Rudd and producer Dave Alcock - are playing in Des Arcs, a new thing with former Inferno Dave Anderson. It sounds remarkably like this CD.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Browns - Greatest Hits Volume One (1999)

Hey, it's the Browns! Another great installment of Calgary's ongoing saga of shtick bands. Frontman Jeff Caissie had reactivated them a few years ago, but we think he's moved on to other pursuits now.

Looks like the Browns have managed to get themselves (and this CD) up on bandcamp. So maybe hit that for the download?

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Nine Miles to Morgan - Great Plains (1999)

We're a bit anxious about saying too much about this CD, because last time we posted about Nine Miles to Morgan (ten years ago!), we got their lineup completely wrong. Well, not completely wrong, but significantly wrong. We're glad the comments thread is still there to remind us of our folly.

So, who was in this version of the band? Scott Bennie? Al Fraser? Cam Brass? Steve Elaschuk? If you know, maybe you can let us know?

We have so many questions for such a short EP.

Update! Thanks to the band for chiming in on the book of face and confirming that this was the lineup with Scott Bennie, Daniella Booth, Cam Brass, and Al Irving.

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Shinolas - Radio Beasts (1999)

We hate to play favourites here at the CCPS, but we do. At least we can admit it. And we're also self-aware enough to know that probably none of you care about the genius that we saw in the Shinolas.

So we're glad we have this CD to give us this platform for our weird fetish. We always had a soft spot for the Guided By Voices-ish approach they took to disposable, catchy guitar pop. We think these are re-recorded versions of songs from their multitude of tapes. Kind of a greatest hits package - so maybe if you've been trying to figure out what the hell we're on about, this may be an okay place to start.

Oh, and here's a random article about the Rat's Nest Recording Collective (from the Straight, April '99), which drummer Tom Atkinson was a key part of:

Grab the download here.

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Massive Ferguson - Tractivore (1999)

Heh. Massive Ferguson. Yes, we know - Calgary is a schtick band town. But sometimes, that schtick is pretty damn good. Like the Forbidden Dimension. Early Von Zippers. And, yes, Massive Ferguson. Come one - Hutterites and a clown playing sludgy metal? So good.

This CD is a bunch of re-recorded songs from their earlier tapes (if there's one thing the Hayden brothers like doing, it's recording - check out their bandcamp as a testament to this, especially Purple Grain, their amazing Prince tribute) in a slick digital format. Along with the usual nonsense - the bonus tracks on this are especially... something. In the 90's, that 74-minute CD length was a hard drug to shake.

Get massive here.

Monday, 2 September 2019

Great Uncle Bull - Hello City Limits (1999)

Well, we can't mention the Puritans without also mentioning Great Uncle Bull, Vlad Sobolewski's other band with future Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir member Judd Palmer. There's a lot of overlap between the songs on their tape (mostly traditional tunes with a couple of originals in the mix), but of course the sound on this is a whole lot clearer - which, considering the delicate instrumentation, makes a big difference. The saw isn't nearly as lost in the mix.

And that's no bull!

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Puritans - Sing the Songs of Shoutin' Abner Pim (1999)

While we're in among the heavy hitters of the Class of '99, we better get to some Puritans. We were always amazed by how much this foursome could pack into just a few songs - even with just one guitarist. Wait, that is just one guitar, isn't it?

Here's a bit more from an October '99 issue of ffwd:

This CD is still available from the Shoutin' Abner Pim Records website or CD Baby. You should go get it.