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“The Chad Tape” leaks…

The Chad Tape was slated to be officially announced via a release from Flemish Eye on August 13, however, the internet had other plans!

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

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FFWD: Calgary art-rockers Women burn through a year’s worth of buzz | 2009

(Cross-posted from FFWD Weekly)

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Calgary art-rockers Women burn through a year’s worth of buzz
Published January 15, 2009  by Patrick Boyle in Music Previews

 

A year ago, the members of a long-dormant spaz-thrash band called Veritas were gearing up for a new project, a brash, ramshackle pastiche of melodic psych-rock and cacophonous noise. It would be called Women. The band’s self-titled debut was handled in Canada by Flemish Eye records, home to Chad VanGaalen, and soon afterwards the band was picked up internationally by Jagjaguwar. The album was released to a litany of praise from all the right places.

With their band-du-jour status, they have garnered reviews across the entire media spectrum, most praising the band. The sheer volume of media comes as a bit of a shock for four cynical, self-deprecating dudes who, not long ago, were jamming in their parents’ basements.

This week, Women return to their hometown stage as savvy veterans, having played over 100 shows across Europe and North America. As a welcome home gift, Fast Forwardscoured the music press for a range of comments on Women. We then sat the band down for breakfast and had them read the quotes at random, without knowing who wrote them, to see what has been said about their year in the sun. It seems pretty clear that success hasn’t gone to their heads.

“Calgary shoots and scores with the self-titled debut album from Women” — Pop Matters

Matthew Flegel (bass, vocals): Iginla wrote this, actually.

Christopher Reimer (guitar, samples, vocals): A hockey analogy is a good analogy, always.

Fast Forward: If you could make a better hockey analogy about Women, what would it be?

Patrick Flegel (guitar, vox): It’s like we’re on a breakaway, but there’s no net.

So how do you score?

CR: Exactly. Think about that. Continue reading

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Christopher JJ Reimer Memorial Show Recaps!

Mad love and thanks to all the peeps who came out to see our boy’s show at Sled Island last week. (Two weeks ago, I guess. They say you lose time in grief. It’s true. It goes somewhere).

Also, I don’t know that I properly thanked the Sled Island Festival, and Paisley Sim in particular, for so generously making possible this event. From FFWD:

For Sim, however, one exhibition stands out from the rest: the Reimer show at MOCA. “Marc Rimmer curated it and Marc and Chris were best friends for many, many years,” she says. “It’s a collection of photographs of him by many people in his life and then we’re playing many of his unreleased, ambient scores — they’re all so textured.”

The show features a silent auction to raise funds for a foundation in Reimer’s name.

“More than anything, I feel humbled to be able to present it. I loved Chris and I hope that the show is well-received by his family more than anything else.”

 Paisley, it was. THANK YOU.

CBC Calgary’s The Homestretch spoke to Marc in advance of the show.

And BeatRoute interviewed Rena about Gold.

Thanks to DivinerOne/Kathleen Moors for this lovely ambient video:

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Sled Island Art Show Announced | Opening Wednesday, June 20 @ 6:00 pm

(Marc Rimmer has done an amazing amount of work to put this together, and we’re all grateful. Please come out to the opening if you’re in Calgary; we’d love to see you. –Nikki)

Christopher J.J. Reimer

Known and loved both at home and abroad for his spellbinding guitar playing in bands such as Women and Azeda Booth, Chris Reimer was a fixture in the Calgary music scene for almost a decade. Before passing away suddenly in February 2012 at age 26, Chris made an unforgettable impression on his community with his huge talent and remarkably generous nature. This exhibit taps into Chris’ tremendous spirit and explores his unparalleled creative vision through a collection of photographs taken by him, his friends and bandmates, accompanied by a soundtrack of his lush and largely unheard ambient recordings. All opening reception drink sales and donations will benefit a memorial fund in Chris’ name.

When: Opening 6:00 p.m., Wednesday June 20 and running for the duration of the Sled Island Festival

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Calgary, 104 – 800 – Macleod Trail SE
(Main floor, Calgary Municipal Building)

Tix:Free. All opening reception drinks and donations will benefit The Chris Reimer Legacy Fund

About the fund:

Christopher John Joseph (Chris) Reimer was an immensely talented young artist who was taken from us at the tragically young age of 26. Known and loved throughout the world for his spellbinding guitar work in Azeda Booth and Women and as touring guitarist for The Dodos, Christopher also composed a significant amount of unreleased and largely unheard music. Christopher’s artistic talents extended beyond music: he was involved with dance performance as a youth, and he created a collection of mostly unseen drawings, photographs and writing as a young man. Chris’ early training in dance and music was integral to his development as a professional artist.

The Chris Reimer Legacy Fund Society (official charitable registration pending) is a collective of Chris’ closest friends and family who have banded together to keep his tremendous spirit alive. Chris was unfailingly generous, loving, loyal, humble and kind. It is our hope that his art and his generosity may live on through our work.

The Chris Reimer Legacy Fund has two aims:

1) to provide funding for youth to receive training in dance and music

2) to professionally produce and release the music that Chris wrote


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Medium to Medium with Women: September 2010 Interview with Chris Reimer

Hi Nikki,
I’m so sorry for your loss. I had the chance to interview Chris, and he was so patient, funny, full of wit and good nature. I stumbled over some of my questions and he was nice enough to never point it out or make me feel hapless about it. He was extremely talented and kind. If you haven’t seen this interview before, I hope you enjoy it. I think he had fun with it. My continued prayers and thoughts for you and your family.

–Rob Patrick

[reposted from CinemaSpartan]

Chaotic and composed, in a world full full of cackling unrest and marred melodies, comes Women, a band from Calgary that is hauntingly ethereal. Their debut album was crosshatched with airy-reverberations and distorted instrumentation. Chris Reimer and company create a landscape of flickering memories and weathered musical notes. On their newest record, “Public Strain”, they have sharpened their chiseling tools to create an album that is emotionally monolithic, intangible yet tactile. Reimer, one of the conductors of Women’s apparitional symphony, talks to Cinema Spartan about the band’s newest album; their upcoming appearance in San Diego on October 19th; and his favorite track on the new LP. Continue reading

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Don L’Orange

hi nikki, i was a friend of chris’s. i’ve yet to submit to ur/his blog, but i just wanted to send u a msg, as i’ve been following ur twitter for awhile. here’s a pic of chris, pat, and i.

anyways, hope ur doing ok love, shammy

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Azeda Booth In Flesh Tones Teasers

via Morgan Greenwood.

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