Stream Calvin Love’s Highway Transmissions Cassette

Hear Highway Transmissions, a tape full of live takes and home recordings from Edmonton-based songwriter Calvin Love.


Side A of Highway Transmissions, the new tape from Edmonton-based songwriter Calvin Love, was recorded live at Shea Stadium in Brooklyn during last year's CMJ marathon. He played a tight set of off-kilter guitar jams, including highlights from his New Radar LP and two tracks from his most recent 7-inch. The flip side of the cassette is less focused but just as engaging; it contains a bunch of home-recordings Love made between 2007 and now—a manic collection of crudely-rendered rock songs and fragmented sonics. About 50 minutes in, an emotionally-vacant female voice starts reading a poem over some solemn keyboard chords, making for a sad, spooky, kind-of-perfect ending. Stream the whole thing below, and pick up a physical tape over at Hit City USA, which is releasing it as part of their "Nice Touch" mixtape series. Love also just announced a North American tour with Montreal pop band TOPS; those dates are below.

Stream: Calvin Love's Highway Transmissions Tape

03/01 - Electric Owl - Vancouver, BC *
03/03 - Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR
03/05 - New Parish Music Hall - San Diego, CA 

03/06 - Bootleg Theatre - Los Angeles, CA #
03/08 - Black Market - El Paso, TX
03/09 - Old No2 - Laredo, TX
03/14 - Panache SXSW Showcase @ Hotel Vegas - Austin, TX
03/18 - Replay Lounge - Lawrence, KS #

03/20 - Schubas Tavern - Chicago, IL #

03/21 - PJ's Lager House - Detroit, MI #

03/22 - Sneaky Dees - Toronto, ON #

03/24 - Baby's All Right - Brooklyn, NY#

03/25 - DC 9 - Washington, DC #

03/26 - Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA #

03/27 - Signal Kitchen - Burlington, VT #

03/28 - Drones Club - Montreal, QC #

06/19-21 - NXNE - Toronto, ON

* with DJ Jonathan Toubin's Soul Clap

# with Tops

Posted: February 05, 2014
Stream Calvin Love’s Highway Transmissions Cassette