Thursday, 8 September 2022

Ghost Factory - Hello My Name Is Ghost Factory (2013)

We're not sure why we didn't already have a copy of this tape from local acoustic screaming punks Ghost Factory. Rob Gruszecki co-leads the weekly punk rock singalong at the Ship and Anchor (and also sits in with Chixdiggit these days), and this tape sees him shouting his own words, which are very good. "Have You Heard Of Arson?" is an indispensable Calgary song for its rousing chorus of "We're burning down the Balzac mall." 

  Tapes aren't available on the Ghost Factory bandcamp, but the download is!

Wednesday, 7 September 2022

CCPS Miscellany: Cindy Lee - Tatlashea (2012)


We weren't going to post this tape, but since we invoked the name of Women yesterday - and considering the legacy of that band in our city - we figured we might as well go for it. This is the first release from Patrick Flegel's Cindy Lee - a project we've seen called "confrontation pop," which is an amazingly apt description. The songs on here veer between noisy experiments and quiet, understated beauty - an approach that Flegel has been perfecting since this came out.

You can stream this over on the Realistik soundcloud.

Tuesday, 6 September 2022

Temps - Mid Cycle (2022)

We posted a tape by David Lavoie last year, and somehow totally missed that he was a member of the excellently-named Telstar Drugs. Well, he's back in the indie rock saddle with Temps, a band which very much carries on their tradition of angular guitars and stop-stutter drums - we can't help compare them to a jazzier version of Women, slightly parallel to bands like Body Lens (but not as arty) and Fitness (and not as frantic). 

Get it via the Temps bandcamp.

Monday, 5 September 2022

Selci - A Soft Place (2020)

One of the complications of the shutdown/reopening/shutdown/reopening cycle of the past couple of years is that it's been harder to get our hands on some tapes. Or we've missed that they've come out... like this second release from local electropop chanteuse Selci. This tape sees Selci honing in on her blend of r&b and electopop... and it's pretty great. Of course, by the time we got this she had already jumped ahead of that to her upcoming Fallen Woman release... and her live shows have picked up a backing band including electronic drums, bass, and - most remarkably - harmony vocals that make her songs pop all the more.

But this tape, even though a bit older, is still quite good - and you can get it at Selci's bandcamp.

Sunday, 4 September 2022

Bitter Fictions - Full Spite (2021)

Big thanks to Devin Friesen for passing us a copy of the Bitter Fictions tape he put out last year. This collection of tracks are based around more percussive elements, rather than the guitar drones of his last tape. Friesen isn't afraid to try new things within his one-person, guitar-based experimental music. It gets pretty gritty at the midpoint with a some squelching feedback and then resolves into more a peaceful, harmonious closing number, perhaps appropriately entitled "Respite."

Get it via the Shaking Box Music bandcamp.

Saturday, 3 September 2022

Hairnet - The Complete Peel Sessions (2022)

Well, here's a fun thing from one of our favourite local punks. Arielle McCuaig and her pals in Hairnet have a new-ish tape out - and since everything McCuaig is in is pretty terrific, we had to grab this. We weren't disappointed - this is the band's live set that was recorded as part of Sled Island's 2021 mini-festival. Sure, you can watch the set on youtube, but wouldn't you rather have the tape?

If you can catch Hairnet, you might be able to score a copy of this tape... and have the best of both worlds! 

Friday, 2 September 2022

Ghostkeeper - Multidimensional Culture (2022)

This tape is one that we're really amazed by. Ghostkeeper has always been a favourite of ours, but this album is... well, spectacular. With Lorrie Matheson as producer, this set of songs is Ghostkeeper's finest statement yet, blending elements of psych, folk, soul, experimental music, and indie rock - a sonic underpinning that accentuates the a strong cultural and political statement that Shane Ghostkeeper and Sarah Houle present in their lyrics. Just as there are hard questions for the listener, there's also joy - and lots to keep you coming back for repeated listens.

Thursday, 1 September 2022

Forbidden Dimension - A Cool Sound Outta Hell (2022)/The Golden Age Of Lasers (2022)

Well, here's a pair of good things, courtesy of the fine folks at Wasted Wax Records. In their quest to ensure the Forbidden Dimension catalog is available on all formats (except 8-track and MiniDisc), 
they've reissued FD's 2007 and 2012 releases, the recordings that saw Tom Bagley first joining forces with FD über-fan Casey Lewis in his Echo Base studios - and reuniting with Color Me Psycho drummer Mark Igglesden (sorry, that should be P.T. Bonham). This was really the revitalization of FD, after their hiatus following Widow's Walk. 

These are both beefy-sounding releases, forever linked with our own memories of seeing the band countless times at Broken City. Considering they were originally released on LP by the excellent Saved by Vinyl, did we absolutely need a cassette reissue? Maybe not, but we cherish it anyways.

Get these via Wasted Wax Records.

Saturday, 27 August 2022

Primrods - Shit Side Story (2002)

If you've been following the CCPS for a while, you've probably noticed that we like (a) posting releases which are kind of redundant and (b) the Primrods. Well, our two interests are aligning again for today's CD from our archives... the 2002 Sloth/Catch and Release reissue of the Primrods' non-CD recordings (ie their first two cassettes), compilation tracks, and two previously-unreleased takes from the Kneecappin'! sessions - but with Paul Coutts' original vocals. Oh, yeah - and a chaotic, noise-filled bonus track. Plus, a great essay from local smart-ass Bob Keelaghan - which surprisingly contains relatively few fallacies (or phalluses). 

If you haven't had your fill of Primords yet (and really, who has?), grab the download here.

Friday, 26 August 2022

Minks - Von Gundy (2002)


The Minks are a band we had missed/forgotten about until Andrew Wedderburn name-checked them in his list of picks for the Calgary Songs Project. We're glad we took the time to find this CD - it's a scrappy batch of power pop-skewing punk that reminds us of the Hardship Post and early Thrush Hermit. We know NOTHING about this band, though - as far as we know, the Minks were the only band the members played in. If you know otherwise, please let us know!

And if you don't know, grab the download.

Thursday, 25 August 2022

Mannequin Depressives - Trash-Eighty (2002)

Up until the mid 2010's, Calgary felt like a no-fly zone for synthpop. Mannequin Depressives always kicked against that - and we're quite happy they did. Trash-Eighty is the first of two full-length CDs they put out (along with a few CDR EPs) and it's a pretty great thing. Drawing on the sounds of bands like Depeche Mode, Psyche, and Cabaret Voltaire, this is an ambitious and highly enjoyable affair. We remember it being panned a bit for sounding overly retro when it came out - but with so much darkwave and synthwave coming out now, it's really hard to make that argument about the Mannequin Depressives these days.

Wednesday, 24 August 2022

Lorrie Mateson - You Should Know By Now (2002)


After the demise of the excellent National Dust, Lorrie Matheson embraced playing and recording under his own name and released this, his first solo CD. This picks up where National Dust left off - maybe skewing more power pop than that band. It's always struck us as a bit weird that Matheson recorded this in Edmonton with a bunch of session musicians, but maybe that was just him trying to distance himself from the legacies of National Dust and Fire Engine Red.

This one is available for streaming via Spotify.

Tuesday, 23 August 2022

Kris Demeanor - Lark (2002)

Here's Kris Demeanor's second CD, which sees his wordy songs backed up by a stellar band made up of Peter Moller, Chantal Vitalis, Diane Kooch, and assorted guests. For us, this CD hits its stride with tracks like "One of Two Things" and "Extreme to Me," on which Demeanor flexes his verbal skills and cutting insight into our world's darker parts. Also, the video for "Extreme to Me" is one of two Calgary videos we can name that feature dance sequences in office buildings - and we do note that the other, Hot Little Rocket's "Like Killers," came out a few years after this:

Demeanor's discography can be pretty hard to track down (looks like only his last CD is on Spotify), so grab the download here.

Monday, 22 August 2022

Knucklehead - Hostage Radio (2002)

We figure no one will object to another Knucklehead post here... so here's their 2002 EP, Hostage Radio. This is from that great era where bands discovered that they could also put videos on CDs, so this one includes the vid for "Flight Of The Living Dead," which someone had the smarts to upload to youtube already:

And like a good chunk of the Knucklead discography, this one is available on their bandcamp.

Sunday, 21 August 2022

Jeff Caissie - I'm Just Trying Not To Lose My Mind (2002)

This solo CD from the usually audacious and over-the-top frontman of the Browns picking up an acoustic guitar and throwing his heart on his sleeve for a CD of stripped down, more singer-songwriterly tracks. Jeff Caissie's inspiration might be the Replacements' Paul Westerberg (whose "Here Comes a Regular" is covered as the hidden track on this - and covered quite, quite well, we should note) and he (Caissie, that is) does pretty well in that tradition. The songs on here are heartfelt and really great - they show that hardcore kids can turn it down and not suck.

Stream it on Spotify.

Friday, 12 August 2022

Kara Keith - The Love Years (2002)

In between playing in the Earthquake Pills and launching Falconhawk, Kara Keith released this excellent CDR (featuring a few of our favourite songs from the first Falconhawk CD). The songs on here are primarily just Keith and the talented Dave Alcock on drums/recording... but it still sounds great, if lacking the heavier production that came with Falconhawk's releases. 

It looks like this CD (with different art - our copy is obviously a one-off, handmade affair) is available for your streaming pleasure on Kara Keith's Spotify.

Thursday, 11 August 2022

Anne Loree - roAr (2002)

Changing gears a bit from yesterday's disc, today we've got the second full-CD from Anne Loree. This is a collection of excellent songs, with Loree backed by an all-star cast including Diane Kooch, Chantal Vitalis, Janine Bracewell, Tim Williams, Ross Watson... and more! 

It looks like this one isn't on Loree's Spotify, so you can grab the download here.

Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Honeyrocket - Comforting Violence (2002)


Oh, wow - we had forgotten about Honeyrocket until we pulled out this CD for posting. We had featured singer Thérèse Lanz on an ¡Olé! 7" a few months ago, but forgot about her earlier work with the all-grrl Honeyrocket. We're going to turn to She Rox for the full story:

Honeyrocket began in the early 2000’s, based out of Calgary, Alberta they quickly gained local notoriety for their punky guitar driven brand of grunge rock. Founded by sisters Therese Lanz aka Trezzy-Guitar and vocals, Francesca Lenz aka Franni-Bass, along with Jen Foster-Drums, and Jamie Fooks on vocals. This line-up proved however to be short lived, and guitarist Marlene Lau and new drummer Stefani Makichan would solidify the line-up. Touring throughout Canada with punk legends Fugazi in 2001 opened the band up to larger punk base, although many described the band as Canada’s answer to L7. By 2002, Honeyrocket would release their debut album “Comforting Violence”, with its guitar driven hooks the album received numerous positive reviews and saw their popularity reaching far beyond their local music scene. However not long after its release the band called it quits leaving many of their fans wondering why. Founding members the Lanz sisters would continue on with drummer Stefani Makichan and form the all female trio Kilbourne, a punk influenced sound with hints of pop in it, he band would last until 2009 and eventually add a male guitarist to the line up. By 2010 only frontwoman and guitarist Therese Lanz and drummer Stefani Makichan remained and the duo switched to a heavy doom metal sound and became the duo known as Mares Of Thrace, which proved to be the most successful out of all the incarnations of the genius that is Therese Lanz. Guitarist Marlene Lau would go on to found the co-ed band Kill Matilda and remained that band's guitarist until eventually leaving the band. Honeyrocket however may remain an undiscovered gem by many and for those is becoming a much sought after band that were indeed forerunners in what some have called Canada’s Riot Girl movement.

Tuesday, 9 August 2022

Failure - The Failure (2002)

The Failure started as a four-piece band, a direct(ish) line from The Everymen and Guilt Trip. This is the first of the two CDs they released before changing their name to The Evidence - and it's very good. It doesn't hurt that they've got Casey Lewis' monstrous drumming and powerhouse recording ear to give this all the oomph it delivers. Plus, look at those little babies on the inside cover!

Friday, 5 August 2022

Daggers - Right Between the Eyes (2002)

We recently posted the Daggers' earlier 7" single and kind of blew what we had to say then. Forbidden Dimension blah blah Horrorpops blah blah The Presence blah blah... BIG ROCK SOUND. 

Get it here!