Propagandhi :: How to Clean Everything can almost buy itself a beer in the States!


by Sheldon Birnie

Original review of How to Clean Everything by assistant editor Elizabeth Bridge, from Stylus, vol 5. no. 1, September 1993. The issue also included reviews of Malefaction’s Bruised, Grand Theft Canoe’s Bolivia + Argentina = Paraguay, and NomeansNo’s Why Do They Call Me Mr. Happy? as well as features on Eric’s Trip, Pond, and the Ramones.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of How To Clean Everything, Fat Wreck Chords is reissuing the “seminal” punk LP from Winnipeg’s Propagandhi on August 20th. The reissue includes all the original tracks, remastered, as well as three tracks cut from the album by Fat Mike, and a “long lost” four song demo. Also available, as a bundle or on its own, is a complete guitar and bass tablature book, compiled by Propagandhi’s Chris Hannah himself. As pre-orders of the reissue are (ostensibly) rolling off the shelves, Stylus sat down with Hannah over local beverages at Cousin’s on a hot July day to discuss the ins and outs of reissuing a piece of work you’d rather forget existed, and what’s up on the Propagandhi front moving forward. Continue reading “Propagandhi :: How to Clean Everything can almost buy itself a beer in the States!”

Hillbilly Highway – Top 5 tunes about Hockey


by Sheldon Birnie

It’s playoff time, folks! If you haven’t been utterly bummed out by the results thus far, keep your chin up; the Sharks are bound to go all the way. Right?

With the Jets dead in the water by the third period of their final game, three out of four Canadian teams out of the running in the first round, and summer bearing down on us like a freight train, it’s understandable that many are losing interest. But not the hockey diehards!

Last week, we spoke with Canadian songwriter Jay Aymar on his way down the Hillbilly Highway. Aymar has written one of the best hockey songs going, and it got me thinking that the time is right for a Top 5 Round-Up about the Best Game You Can Name. So here goes. Game on! Continue reading “Hillbilly Highway – Top 5 tunes about Hockey”

Propagandhi :: Rec hockey and Failed States

by Sheldon Birnie

On September 4th, Epitaph Records will release Propagandhi’s sixth studio album, giving heavy hitting music fans a few months to enjoy headbanging along with it before constricting economic and geo-political realities propel our society into its final phase or, alternately, “Nibiru comes flying out of the Oort cloud and annihilates Earth in late December.” Over a couple beers on a blistering hot July afternoon, Chris Hannah sat down with Stylus to chat about rec hockey, the state of the world, and the new record. Continue reading “Propagandhi :: Rec hockey and Failed States”