Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Forbidden Dimension - A Coffinful of Crows (2000)

Alright, it's been waaaaay too long since we posted something with cover art by Tom Bagley, or BY Tom Bagley, for that matter. So here's a great little comp of Forbidden Dimension's home recordings that came out twenty years ago, just before Bagley had reconstituted his band after his time with Cargo Records. This pulls together a few things that we've posted here before - FD's first seven inch and their Mars is Heaven cassette. There are a few unreleased tracks, and the title track, a tune that was recorded just for this.

We've always liked FD's drum machine phase, and so this comp is a must-have for us. Maybe for you as well? If so, maybe head here.

Monday, 30 March 2020

Chixdiggit! - From Scene To Shining Scene (2000)

And the hits keep coming! Here's Chixdiggit's third album - more of the bratty pop punk we've all come to love from them. We should probably make some sort of comment about how topical the track "Spanish Fever" is right now...

Anyways, being from the early 2000's, this CD takes advantage of the technology available at the time, and includes an interactive thingy. We put this in our computer, and were reminded that they included this very Heavy Metal Parking Lot clip:

And, since we don't want to get into too much trouble, this is something we'll point you to the Chixdiggit Spotify for listening.

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Zuckerbaby - Platinum Again/Overexposure (2000)

Here's a two-fer post for your Sunday (we'll get to the reason why later - we SWEAR it's not just b/c we're lazy). Pat of why this is following on yesterday's Lorrie Matheson-related post is that Zuckerbaby frontman Andy Eichhorn had been busy working on a solo album before all this COVID kookiness.

Anyways, what's there to say about Zuckerbaby that we haven't said before (and that isn't mean-spirited bullshit)? Platinum Again is a solid set of powerpop, anchored by the extra-solid "Overexposure":

Oh, and that Overexposure CD single we picked up from Recordland years ago? Turns out it's actually the full Platinum Again CD, just with different disc art. Weird.

Anyways, since we don't want to get shut down by whatever is left of the Universal Music Group., you can go give this a listen on Zuckerbaby's Spotify.

Saturday, 28 March 2020

National Dust - Welcome To Utopia (2000)

We're going to start into our stack of twenty year-old CDs with this one, a favourite of ours from Lorrie Matheson. This second National Dust CD saw Tim Leacock stepping into lead guitar duties, which seemed to cement the band's alt country sound. Plus, Matheson's songwriting on this one is pretty tight - the first three tracks on here are a 1-2-3 punch of hooks and wordplay that's not too overdone.

You're welcome!

Friday, 27 March 2020

Tom Phillips and the Men of Constant Sorrow - Tom Phillips and the Men of Constant Sorrow (1999)

We've been a big fan of Tom Phillips' work over the years, especially what he's been doing with his current band, the DTs. This CD is, like all of Phillips' work, solid - with literate songs that rise above country and western cliché. But it's the majestic "Ribbons and Bows," tucked away like an afterthought towards the disc's end that's the show-stealer. We included that beauty in the Calgary Songs Project for a reason.

Out of respect for the working musician, we're not posting a link to the download. Go buy one of his newer records, you'll be doing yourself a favour as much as him.

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Groove Yard - Urban Tales (1994)

We're about to head into a big mass of CD posts from 20 years ago, but first we have a few others to catch up on. Like this one, which we found in the basement of Melodiya Records, new as the day it was made - in shrink wrap, even!

We were about to completely discount Groove Yard on the basis of their name, until Gene pointed out that drummer Bruce Livingstone was also half of the Bittermen. So, we gave it a listen, and it's not at all what we expected - no funk metal here, this is 90's alternative with a foot firmly planted in power pop. Which probably makes sense, since two members also played with Bobby McAllister.

Get your... groove on?

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Sensual Spasmo - Tender Gore Is Fleeting To A Zipper Left Agape/Hot Bewitch In Heat (2020)

Here's a question we never thought we would ask: have you ever thought to yourself, "man, I LOVE Bog Bodies, but I wish I could get a tape with JUST the weird audio bits between songs (and full colour weirdo artwork)!" Well, if you have, please seek help and/or continue to read this post!

We found these kind of by accident when cruising bandcamp last Friday, trying to buy as many tapes as we could (which sadly wasn't as many as we would have liked) to support independent local musicians in this weird time. We're pretty sure this is the work of half of Bog Bodies, Ivo Musa, and we're certain that it's strange. This is somewhat disturbing audio collage - maybe we're too early into our self-isolation to fully enjoy this. We'll save the handy instructions that came with these tapes for when we are:

Get these two tapes (and a staggering number of others) at the Sensual Spasmo bandcamp.

Monday, 23 March 2020

Motorists - From the Wreckage (2020)

Do the last few posts have you scratching your head and wondering what the heck happened at the CCPS, and where all the usual punk tapes went? Well, don't you fret! We're back on track!

Okay, so Motorists are technically a Toronto band, but we're hoping all members of this trio (SIDS alumni Craig Fahner and Jesse Locke, along with Mount Analogue alumni Matt Learoyd and Jesse Locke) move back to Calgary some day. Motorists picks up kind of where Feel Alright left off - ultra grippy power pop hooks, sugary sweet vocal harmonies, and good times aplenty.

You probably want to race over to the Motorists bandcamp and grab this one.

Sunday, 22 March 2020

Sarah Davachi - All My Circles Run (2019)

We were very excited to find this tape on a recent trip to - of all places - Salt Lake City (Peasantries + Pleasantries is one of the most gorgeous record store/homes we've ever been in). We've been a big fan of Sarah Davachi for years, and have been thrilled to watch this Calgary-born composer's international recognition and success. 

This tape is a re-release of a 2017 album that saw Davachi departing from her usual synthesizer-centred pieces, presenting five compositions each primarily focused on a particular acoustic instrument. Davachi's masterful skill at presenting texture and tone is on full display with these ambient works. For those of us that saw her 2017 set at Knox United (on pipe organ and with string trio), this tape captures some of that magic. 

Looks like this tape is sold out, but you can get the download via Sarah Davachi's bandcamp.

Saturday, 21 March 2020

Jack Sinclaire - Idle Dance/Pastoral Heart In Amethyst (2020)

Here's another tape that's found its way into our hands via Jack Sinclaire/Bug Incision. Sinclaire tells us this is a super limited re-release of two previously super limited releases. This is a mixture of subtle ambient drones and pulses, powered by random electronics (maybe?) and tape loops (we think?).

Given how limited Sinclaire says this is, we're not sure where to point you, other than the bandcamp for his prior project, Dirges.

Friday, 20 March 2020

Tugboat - A Vessel Protected Me (Acoustic) (2019)

We've started hanging out at Bug Incision shows, which means that we keep coming home with weird tapes. Especially because guys like Cain Davis and Jack Sinclaire keep pushing their tapes into our hands (hands which are very glad to receive said tapes, 'natch).

Tugboat is the duo of Davis and Sinclaire, which we swear were playing electronics when we saw them. This tape is, as indicated in the title, an acoustic affair - which in this context means a lot of muted, subtle improvisation.

You can probably get this tape at a Bug Incision show. Or you can check out the Tugboat bandcamp for a sample of their electronic-focused work.

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Iron Tusk - Dark Spirit EP/The Burning (2018)

We were very, very sad to hear that this year's Moments Fest has been cancelled. It  was finally looking like we'd get out to Siksika to check it out, but... dammit. 

At least we have this pair of tapes from Iron Tusk (featuring Moments Fest organizer Carlin Black Rabbit) to fill that void. Why are we posting two tapes at once? Well, it turns out the second is all the songs on the first plus one. A cunning strategy; considering we bought these two tapes along with a copy of the 7" version of the first tape, we effectively bought the same recording three times in different formats. What a bunch of nerds we are. 

Anyways, these tapes are three or four songs of doomy metal and hard rock. We like how there's a ragged, almost frantic feeling to some of these songs - almost like the band is being chased by something and just barely keeping ahead. 

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

River Jacks - Live at SBC (2019)

These are weird times right now, BUT the benefit of social distancing is that we're finally able to get caught up on a stack of things we've been meaning to post. We'll start with this tape that road warriors the River Jacks released last year. You're probably familiar with the River Jacks' brand of punk, blending what we like to call "Knucklehead punk" with, well, accordion. Oh, and look, this live tape includes a Knucklehead cover! Along with a pair of Beastie Boys tunes. Wear your influences on your sleeve and be proud of them, we say.

We're not sure where to direct you for this tape. We got it from the band at one of their usually ubiquitous shows, but it's not on their bandcamp (yet).