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Two Things Heard at the Merch Table, May 15, 2009

Posted on Monday, May 18th, 2009 by Mike | 1 comment

“My mom used to take me to see the Subhumans when I was twelve.”

“Does this button say ‘Subhumans’?  I’m lost without my reading glasses.”

Death Takes a Holiday

Posted on Sunday, October 12th, 2008 by Mike | 4 comments

We held off announcing the release of our new CD for quite a long time for no really good reason, except maybe a general feeling that there’s many a slip ‘twixt the cup and the lip, and the best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft agley.  We waited until we had a definite release date, all the music and grpahics in the hands of the label, the manufacturing schedule all set, all that.  Everything was set in stone, or maybe welded up in high-grade steel, great, time to let le chat out of le sac.  September 28 for sure. 

Oops.  Seems Alternative Tentacles got caught out when their usual CD pressing outfit closed down.  They had to take their schedule apart and reassemble it, and the new release date for “Death Was Too Kind” is November 11.  For sure.  Really.  No kidding.  You can take that to the bank, which will probably be out of business by the time you get there.

Stay tuned for further updates.

Death Still Too Kind

Posted on Saturday, September 13th, 2008 by Mike | 11 comments

We are pleased to announce that, after only three years of people coming up to us at every gig and asking how come we didn’t have any of our old music available, that we will soon have a batch of our old music available. “Death Was Too Kind” will be released September 30, in both CD and LP formats, on Alternative Tentacles (VIRUS 391) world wide.

Included are our first single from 1978, our self-titled EP from 1979, our second single from 1979, and two bonus tracks that were retrieved from a 1981 demo session to round out the history of the original band’s first era and first lineups.

Here’s the track list:
1. Death to the Sickoids
2. Oh Canaduh
3. Death Was Too Kind
4. Fuck You
5. Inquisition Day
6. Slave to My Dick
7. Firing Squad
8. No Productivity
9. Look At The Dawn
10. Pissed Off … With Good Reason

All the tracks were lovingly retrieved from the best sources we had, and painstakingly remastered for your listening pleasure. The last two tracks were previously released on our 1996 CD collection “Pissed Off … With Good Reason” (which has long been unavailable), but these versions were remixed from the original multi-track tapes, and might almost qualify as “previously unreleased” if you’re generous. Which we assume you are.

We should also point out that unlike the various unauthorized bootleg releases that have surfaced over the years, the CD version is guaranteed not to contain any hidden viruses that might transmit your credit card numbers to a website in Belarus, and the vinyl version is guaranteed not to harbour any rogue transients that might cause your speaker cones to shoot out and embed themselves in the opposite wall. Just sayin’.

Pirates!

Posted on Saturday, August 4th, 2007 by Mike | 23 comments

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Pirates! Stinking, loathsome, unidexter, parrot-loving pirates have struck again!

Recently a thoughtful correspondent (thanks, Trent) pointed out that Vancouver’s normally-upright Zulu Records had some copies of a re-issue of the our 1979 EP in their window, a re-issue that included some extra tracks from our early singles as well. First we’d heard of it. Some inquiries revealed that the bogus disc was being distributed locally by Vancouver’s normally-upright Scratch Records. Further inquiries resulted in Scratch telling us that the counterfeits came from a European distributor who they cravenly refused to name. Apparently they traded some of their product for the pirated EPs so there was no possibility of them withholding payment for them. And their stock was all gone, anyway. Oh, and they made some weak-minded comment about how if we’d re-release our stuff ourselves then nobody would bootleg it – as if the pirating was somehow our fault.

(We’ll fill everybody in some time about just why we haven’t re-released our older stuff yet – another tale redolent of sea air, bottles of rum, etc.)

This follows by a few months the appearance of a bootleg CD of “Incorrect Thoughts” from another band of villains going by the name “Punk Vault.” Also European, apparently.

Zulu made the comment that they “didn’t know it was a bootleg.” Yeah, right. Other music-store personnel who are similarly brain-fogged are invited to visit the discography page at our website (www.subhumans.ca) which has a listing of all of the actual real official releases of our stuff that have ever occurred. If it ain’t on there then it ain’t fair and square.

If anybody else hears of any other supposedly-legit outlets dealing in this stuff, please drop us a line.

More Good News From the Front!

Posted on Thursday, October 12th, 2006 by Mike | 2 comments

The Lancet, one of the most prestigious medical journals in the world, has just published a study on mortality rates in Iraq since the 2003 US-UK invasion. The same authors published a study in 2004 which estimated deaths since the invasion to be in the range of 100,000 at that time. Despite its rigor, that study was attacked with much vitriol by defenders of Western imperial aggression. The new study, which is based on a larger (and hence more reliable) sampling of Iraqi households, finds that the rate of violent death is continuing to rise: “We estimate that as of July, 2006, there have been 654,965 (392,979 – 942,636) excess Iraqi deaths as a consequence of the war, which corresponds to 2·5% of the population in the study area. Of post-invasion deaths, 601,027 (426,369 – 793,663) were due to violence, the most common cause being gunfire.” The 654,965 figure is considered to have a 95% confidence level.

The actual study is available online. It’s only eight pages long, no complicated equations. Go ahead, read it, I double dare you.

Like the earlier study, the new one will be dismissed by those responsible for the invasion because it extrapolates from a sample to the whole population, and that’s sort of sciencey and can be scoffed at. The research team gathered data from “1849 households that contained 12,801 individuals,” asking who had lived there before the invasion and who lived there now, and accumulating all the explanations for the difference: migration, births, deaths from natural causes, deaths from violence. Death certificates where examined for 92% of the reported deaths.

And on that cheery note, we’re off on tour!

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