With thanks to all of the artists involved, CMG Podcast 121—our most RAWK-centric mix in ages, just in time for summer’s long wind-down—is dedicated to the release of Chris Reimer’s The Chad Tape, a gorgeous song from which you’ll hear below. From Chris’ Bandcamp page:
Some time ago Chad VanGaalen approached Chris Reimer of Women offering to reproduce a cassette tape of Chris’ solo work. Chris started work on this but passed away before completing the project. His closest friends have assembled the songs he intended for the tape, laid it out with Chris’s own writing and artwork and now this tape is available here for you.
All proceeds from The Chad Tape will go to the Chris Reimer Legacy Fund, an organization run by Chris’ family and friends that is dedicated to providing scholarships for children in music and dance education. You can read more about the Legacy Fund, and Chris, here: christopherjohnjosephreimer.com
It’s well worth your ten bucks, especially for those of us who recognize Reimer’s contributions as a major reason why Women will stand as one of Canada’s all-time greatest bands. It also serves as a terrific late-night companion to this definitely more aggressive (Ty Segall, the Men, a Thee Oh Sees track that kinda sounds like old Dandy Warhols except not shitty, somehow), melodic (new Chad VanGaalen, Each Other, Micachu, Deerhoof), and Books-y (five cuts from their Oddities collection, because…well, because the Books are fucking awesome) podcast. One which also features a closer from the Swans that, with the right candles and incantations, will summon Michael Gira to devour you whole. Maybe I should’ve kept that part a surprise; enjoy anyway, I guess:
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THE CHAD TAPE
The sad and untimely death of Chris Reimer last year heralded the dissolution of the band, Women, he formed with his lifelong friends Matt and Pat Flegel. The loss of a life will always overshadow that of a band, but the absence of Women’s anxiety-laden and claustrophobic post-punk has left our end times short of a fitting soundtrack. Pieced together posthumously by collaborator Chad VanGaalen from a series of ongoing projects, The Chad Tape doesn’t exactly pick up from where Women left off, but it does show that Reimer was intuitively plugged into the spirit of the times. There is slow heat, there is black clang and drone and, in the airless instrumentals, the same sense of burgeoning disaster that was a feature of Women’s best songs.
On November 29, 2011, Chris Reimer achieved one of his dreams when he got to play live on international television as The Dodos‘ backing guitarist on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, along with Neko Case. I’ve posted the video of their set here.
Thanks to sister Rena Nicole Kozak for noting the auspiciousness of the date! Below is her photo from that night.
Thanks are also due to Elizabeth Bachinsky, who on November 17 launched her 4th poetry title, I Don’t Feel So Good (BookThug) at W2 Community Media Arts in Vancouver. Liz most generously decided to make the launch a fundraiser for the Chris Reimer Legacy Fund, and they raised over $900! Hearty thanks are also due to Dina del Bucchia, W2, Sean Cranbury, and musical guest stars TOTAL ICE, Jaime Cullen and Morgan Greenwood.
Photos from the evening are below, courtesy Liz Bachinsky, Jenn Farrell, Ray Hsu.
Some time ago Chad VanGaalen approached Chris Reimer of Women offering to reproduce a casette tape of Chris’ solo work. Chris started work on this but passed away before completing the project. His closest friends have assembled the songs he intended for the tape, laid it out with Chris’s own writing and artwork and now this tape is available here for you.
***All proceeds from this release will benefit the Chris Reimer Legacy Fund, an organization dedicated to providing scholarships for children in music and dance education.***
You can still pre-order cassettes from the Chris Reimer Bandcamp site, and you can also download the digital album.
The project has already been mentioned by Rolling Stone, Stereogum, Chart Attack, CBC Music, Exclaim!, Pitchfork, CMU and elsewhere. We sure do hate that word “posthumous,” but we’re thrilled at the response to this work. Continue reading