VARIOUS ARTISTS: If It Ain’t Cheap, It Ain’t Punk: CD

It’s a thirty song sampler of (I think) every band on Plan-It-X Records. Most of these songs have already been released, but that’s not the point. This is intended as an introduction to newcomers as to what P-I-X Records is all about. Chris Clavin, the guy who runs the label, really confounds me, because half of these bands are some of my favorite bands in the world, the most honest, true-spirited punk rock bands in the whole world today. The other half of this CD, I just don’t get. Is somebody else hearing something I’m not? It’s really weird how for every awesome band on this comp (This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb, Sexy, Carrie Nations, The Bananas, Shotwell, One Reason, etc.) there’s an equally horrible band (Antsy Pants, Ghost Mice, Dave Dean’s Musical Forklift, Matty Popchart, Rosa, Paul Baribeau) and I can’t help but wonder what compels Chris to put out these bands. Still, if you’re new to the Plan-It-X sound, get this and you won’t be anymore.

 –ben (Plan-It-X)