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THE SOIL PROJECT

Shrine

'The Shrine of Impossible Love' was scrawled on a bedroom door at the Hotel Moutin Noir in Wakefield, PQ. The beauty in these simple words presented me with inspiration and opportunity. Found art.

Over time this spark developed into sixteen sound experiments. Sound tracks for a creative and emotional journey. With love in all its intricacies as the base of this creation, art, war, peace, culture, perception, friendship, thunder and rain followed.

The Shrine of Impossible Love became a project of reflection that took on a life of its own, evolving into a live collaborative performance. 

On January 18, 19 & 20, 2006 The Shrine of Impossible Love was presented at One Yellow Rabbit's 20th annual High Performance Rodeo. The band line up included many veterans and bright lights of the Canadian alternative music scene: Dave Clark, Brigitte Dajczer, Kris Demeanor, Onalea Gilbertson, Diane Kooch, Keri Latimer, Carolyn Mark, Dan Meichel, Lester Quitzau, Chantal Vitalis and Rachelle van Zanten.

The live presentation was based on the CD, but expanded to include improvisations under the guiding hand and original mind of Dave Clark that responded to 3 new films created specifically for the Shrine shows. These films were created by Cam Christiansen, Sandi Somers and Richard McDowell.

These are the songs.

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Guidance: The Shrine of Impossible Love was directed and dramaturged by Edmonton director Eileen Sproule.

Reviews: A few words from critical ears.

Background: The origins of S.O.I.L. and the creation of the original CD.

The DEADRATS

DeadRats Albums

The DeadRats, Edmonton's longest surviving garage band, have struggled since the release of their first single, Inflatable Sex Doll (which charted in the low numbers on the Japanese pop charts in the early 80's). These three bootlegs represent some of their live performances plus song demos and are available here for the first and, most likely, last time.

 

DeadRats In Hell - Orifice in the Underworld

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In Hell

War is hell and so is the history of this somewhat cumbersome and certainly convoluted band. The only known recording of Orifice In The Underworld was long thought lost, only to resurface in 2003 in a drawer stash of pornography and dirty socks belonging to Saddam Hussein’s son Uday. Although it is not known how it got there, it is known that shortly after the performance captured on this recording, Dave Clarke did try to negotiate a winter in Baghdad working as a musician on a local production of South Pacific with The Baghdad Players.

In an ill-advised attempt at cashing in on one of the deader art-rock forms, The DeadRats followed a suggestion from their landlord and patron Doug (of Doug’s Place Autobody) to create a rock opera. The results are… well… here.

DeadRats In Hell

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DeadRats - In Garageland

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Garageland
  • 1. Ego-A-Go-Go, by Paul Morgan Donald.
  • 2. Joe Meek, by Dave Clarke
  • 3. The Quiet Boys, by Paul Morgan Donald + The DeadRats
  • 4. Canadian Gulag, by Dave Clarke
  • 5. British Bastard, by The DeadRats
  • 6. Cuntry Song, By Peter Moller
  • 7. Riders In The Van / Here We Are In Hell, by Paul; Morgan Donald + The DeadRats
  • 8. Christian Death Metal Song (Christ The Saviour), by Dave Clarke
  • 9. She’s Gone, by Paul Morgan Donald
  • 10. To All The Girls I’ve Fucked, by Peter Moller
  • 11. Inflatable Sex Doll, by Paul Morgan Donald
  • 12. Deep In The Amazon Jungle, by The DeadRats
  • 13. The Concert: Welcome To Hell / Babylon / Wonderful Monkey’s / Cliché’s, by The DeadRats

The DeadRats: In Garageland

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DeadRats - Rarities

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Rarities

Alright then...those other fuckers are off doing whatever the hell it is they do when we’re not slowly rehearsing and succoming to the toxic morass that is Doug’s Autobody...pretty good eh? morass...I thought it was one of those electric eels at first. All the stuff on this CD has been slapped together so we can eat. I know, the truth hurts. Hope you don’t feel too scammed. That being said... enjoy!

The DeadRats: Rarities

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1.THE A-CHANNEL INTERVIEW Hmmmnn...can’t remember the interviewer’s name, but I sensed she didn’t really understand us. For them that don’t know us, this’ll sorta explain our situation. For those that do, skip to #2.

2.CHRIST THE SAVIOUR (DEMO) Dave and Vlad cooked this up. Vlad had done some time on the MONSTER’S OF CHRIST TOUR at some point in our history (drugs n’ time appear to have taken their toll, so don’t be expectin’ some Grammy-ass-kissin’ liner notes with dates n’ stuff). We figured there was some money to be made from the Lord. I don’t think we’re the first to have thought this.

3. I’MGOINAWAY (DEMO) This is one of mine. A sensitive look at a relationship breaking up. Backed up by my talented band the Three-Pete’s this demo actually charted in Finland. I dunno.

4. BRAND NEW CAMERA (DEMO) At least I think that’s the title...Christ only knows. This is one of Paul’s, and as he never actually speaks to me (although he shouts AT me alot) I could never get close enough find out anything about this song.

5.CURE SOMEONE (DEMO) A rant about our fuckin’ lives...or my fuckin’ life...

6.VLADDIE BOND (Soundtrack) This is all that’s left of the Rat’s failed venture into feature film making. Vlad and Dave, who’ve watched more movies on drugs than anyone else in the band, came up with the concept for this bogus Bond-character-film-thing and actually got Doug (the Autobody shop owner and our landlord) to pony-up the cash to make a trailer so we could attract the real money people blah blah blah. They left the negative for the trailer at a do-nut shop. The soundtrack is all that’s left. It was brilliant.

7.JOE MEEK (DEMO) Dave’s tip of the hat to 60’s English producer (and poofter) Joe Meek. Every word is true. Check out Dave’s take on being a drummer...it’s laughable...what is it with that shit anyway. Why does everyone assume it’s so fuckin’ easy to play the drums?

8. FUNNY PAUL (LIVE) One of the rare times that Paul said anything funny. At least in my books.

9. PENIS LOVE (DEMO) I watch too much TV. Don’t you? Me and the Three-Pete’s again

10. DEADRATS HOME PREGNANCY TEST KIT© (LIVE) Order now, our representitves are waiting.

11. CASANDRA (DEMO) One of Paulie’s. As far as notes go, see #4.

12. LSD (DEMO) I’m not advocating drug use here, although me and the boys... erhm, my parol officer said it would be good to say that. LSD is an acronym for Lucy Sarah Demonsky my first girlfriend in grade 6 and real good kid too!

13. CANADIAN GULAG (DEMO) Dave’s kinda fucked, right? I mean, he’s from England and all. Poor guy’s still reeling from spending time under Thatcher’s rule in Brixton. I don’t personally know a bigger commie-dupe, but he’s harmless.

14. DIRK’S (COMMERCIAL) We’ll sell ourselves to anyone. Vlad again prooves his limited ability to write something with more than 2 chords.

15. MORMON MEN (DEMO) Here’s Kris Demeanor’s attempt at trying to influence the band. I think he actually thought he could get in the band by giving us this song. Oddly enough it’s one of the most requested tunes we’ve done...but Kris, fuck off! There’s already too many people in this band.

16. EINSTEIN 1905 (DEMO) This is my love letter to Stu Stullyatt our former lead singer. Rest in Pieces fucker.

17. PETER BROWN (COMMERCIAL) Peter Brown of Edmonton CBC actually paid us to put this piece of crap on here. Thanks, Peter.

18. SUMMER OF LOVE (DEMO) The Rats like to think that we could solve all the worlds problems if we just loved each other like we think we did in the past. We’re such fools! This is one of Paul’s gems.

19. LATE (DEMO) Me n’ the Three-Pete’s were all trying to get laid by the same chick. This is our winey attempt at trying to impress her. Turns out she liked Vlad and he wasn’t even in the Three-Pete’s. What a broken record that is!

20. THE HIDDEN TRACK (HIDDEN TRACK) Okay, so like, this isn’t hidden because when we did hide this track on the DeadRats In Garage Land © CD, and nobody found it! So here it is in all it’s unhidden glory. I made it on my computer cause there’s nothing else for a drummer to do while the rest of the band debates dick-size.
Peter Rat, August 8, 2002

RipChords

RipChords 1

Rip Chords existed from 1979-1985 during the heyday of Calgary’s punk-influenced music scene. They were birthed by Rodney (Max) Brisson and Adele Leger. Peter Clarke, Fred Holliss, Paul Lukeman, and Kim Solar played with Max and Adele in early versions of the band. With the inevitable partner swapping that any such musical scene inspires, the line up eventually solidified with Max on guitar, Adele handling the lead vocals, Kevin Labchuk on keyboards, Richard McDowell on bass, and Peter Moller on drums.

It seemed an ideal time to get with the Sex Pistols-inspired global movement of musical rebellion that often took the form of drinking and drugging oneself into a state of, at worst, self denial or, at best, creative exploration.

Calgary’s economic bust of the early 80s seemingly bestowed the Calgary arts and music scene with golden opportunities. The combination of disaffected youth, cheap rent, and the feeling of ‘anything goes’ propelled many toward an inspired DIY ethic.

In 1982 Richard McDowell created and opened a club in Calgary called 10 Foot Henry’s. This tiny space (which today exists as a transmitter station buried under the LRT tracks at 10th Street and 6th Avenue SW) ran until 1985 and became a nexus for the burgeoning Calgary music scene. It was also a stopping off point for hundreds of musicians touring the circuit that the Rheostatics Dave Bidini captured so brilliantly in his book On A Cold Dark Road.

As McDowell was the bass player for the Rip Chords, the club became the Rip Chords defacto rehearsal space. Many of the recordings on these discs are from Henry’s.

Dennis Burton, one of the founders of Radio Cora (eventually renamed Radio Radio, and still broadcasting today) is responsible for spearheading this Byzantine compilation. In their time the Rip Chords produced three vinyl records and hundreds of hours of live gig recordings. Burton subjected himself to an inordinate amount of work by compiling and then yanking these tunes out of their magnetic tape dungeon, freeing them into the light of the digital realm; a truly difficult journey due in no small part to the ephemeral nature of magnetic tape.
Often when played back, after years of being stored in basements and garages, some of the tapes produced no sound. The solution? Put the old tapes into an oven and bake them at a prescribed temperature for a certain amount of time and... poof! The sound magically returned. What else would you expect?

These tunes represent a certain time in our lives. It was a crucible that produced many fine bands; The Verdix, The Breeders, The Golden Calgarians, The R&B Keepers, Ohama, Same Difference, The Church of Doug, The Mules… and, obviously, many more. I’ll wager that there’s some recipe or equation to be realised from it all. Mix bored youth, hormones, right-wing politics, left-wing reactionism, drug and alcohol (ab)use, stir vigorously with righteous indignation and voila! A musical-multi-car mishap on the #2. A beautiful and gnarly result.

Did we learn anything? Erhm... probably not much, but we had a qualified amount of blurry-eyed fun doing it.

Peter Moller, 2009

RipChords - Volume 1

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RipChords: Gone Forever Gone

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Personnel on all tracks, except where noted *:
Max, guitar
Adele Leger vocals
Kevin Labchuk leyboards
Richard McDowell bass
Peter Moller drums
All tunes recorded sometime between 1979 and
1985 throughout various parts of Canada.

Disc 1
1. Hello
Recorded in Winnipeg at a bar named
Wellington’s by a guy named Ryan

2. No Danger
Live recording

3. Bobby
From Rip Chords Word Of Mouth,
Concrete Discs 001
*Peter Clarke bass

4. No Means No
From While You Were Out, demo cassette

5. Final Step
Demo recorded at 10 Foot Henry’s
6. Words
From Rip Chords: The Need to Laugh In
Uncertain Times, Concrete Discs 002

7. Homo Erectus
From Rip Chords: Word Of Mouth,
Concrete Discs 001
*Kim Solar bass

8. Gamblers
From Calgary Compilation LP

9. Solipsist
From Rip Chords: Word Of Mouth,
Concrete Discs 001
*Kim Solar bass

10. Haddi
Live recording

11. Language In Disorder
Demo recorded at 10 Foot Henry’s

12. Larger Ideas
From Rip Chords: Word Of Mouth,
Concrete Discs 001
*Kim Solar bass
13. Bible Thump Funk
From Rip Chords: View From Above,
Concrete Discs 003

14. REggae Rumble
From Rip Chords: Word Of Mouth,
Concrete Discs 001

15. The Heat
From Rip Chords: The Need To Laugh In
Uncertain Times, Concrete Discs 002

16. Two Steps Back
From Rip Chords: Word Of Mouth,
Concrete Discs 001

17. Sad Café
From Big Dog/Rip Chords double EP,
Concrete Discs 002
* Brian Dyson vocals
* Paul Woodrow keyboards

18. Feminine Protection
From Big Dog/Rip Chords double EP,
Concrete Discs 002
* Brian Dyson vocals
* Paul Woodrow keyboards
19. Just Before
From Rip Chords: View From Above,
Concrete Discs 003

RipChords - Volume 2

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RipChords: Gone Forever Gone

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Personnel on all tracks, except where noted *:
Max, guitar
Adele Leger vocals
Kevin Labchuk leyboards
Richard McDowell bass
Peter Moller drums
All tunes recorded sometime between 1979 and
1985 throughout various parts of Canada.

DISC 2
1. Funtime
Live recording
* Peter Clarke bass
* Paul Lukeman sax

2. Mango Tango
Live recording

3. Pins
Live recording

4. Caroline
Live recording

5. Mystery Dance
Live recording
* Peter Clarke bass

6. Final Step
Live recording

7. Different Shoes
Live recording

8. Perfect Man
Live recording

9. Trident True
Live recording

10. Baby Come Back
Live recording
* Peter Clarke bass
* Paul Lukeman sax

11. Bugs Life
Live recording

12. Crowded Street
Live recording

13. Slow Down
Live recording

14. Who Really Cares
Live recording

15. New Beginnings
Live recording
* Peter Clarke bass
* Paul Lukeman sax

16. Social Political
Live recording
* Peter Clarke bass
* Paul Lukeman sax

17. My Jamaican Guy
Live recording

18. CHAIN OF FOOLS
Live recording

19. Bobby Live
From Rip Chords: Word Of Mouth,
Concrete Discs 001
* Peter Clarke bass

20. Goodbye
... fade to black