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

A wildly diverse comp here, with punk, country, and points between making appearances over the course of its fifty-eight-minute running time, courtesy of a community of bands including This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb, The Sissies, Ghost Mice, Shotwell, and a host of others. Although I profess I ain’t much of a fan of a large swath of what’s on here—what can I say, it just ain’t my bag—I do respect the DIY attitude and camaraderie of their efforts, which are infinitely more “punk” than the work of many others claiming that title these days.

 –jimmy (Plan-It X)