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MRR Radio #1587 • 12/10/17

This week Matt pulls some rarities out of the vault to make the scums and punks drool. Intro song: STENGTE DØRER ...

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MRR Radio #1586 • 12/3/17

On this week's MRR Radio, Rob goes ballistic for late '70s and early '80s Bloodstains punk rock from around the ...

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Maximum Rocknroll #416 • Jan 2018

Another new year, another exciting issue of Maximum Rocknroll! MRR #416, our January 2018 issue, begins with a sad note as we ...

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"Who gives a fuck?"

MRR Radio #1585 • 11/26/17

“[...] Elvis gives them a short speech about the death pangs that humanity must go through in order to reach ...

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MRR Radio #1584 • 11/19/17

Another fuct up Rotten Ron and Horrrible Halitosis Punker Power Hour. Intro song: DRUGCHARGE - Husk Rotten Ron fucks it up so you ...

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Website of the Week: Alice Bag’s “Women in LA Punk”

April 30th, 2010 by

A website based solely on Alice Bag would be cool enough, and of course alicebag.com serves up plenty of biographical goodies on Alice and her legendary band, The Bags… But it’s really worth making your way to her website for the section called Women in LA Punk for interviews with the likes of Black Flag’s Kira Roessler, fanzine writer Jade Zebest, and all around scenester Pleasant Gehman.

Ariel Awesome writes:
“LET THE WOMEN SPEAK!” Short and sweet interviews that offer a glimpse into the past and present of the women who shaped punk in LA. Most punxploitation books love to serve up photos of these ladies as fashion plates, and give a short one line on what bands they were in, or who they hung around with. Here, Alice asks them a few key questions to give us a better sense of each lady as a whole person, what part they played in those seminal years of punk in LA, and what they are up to now. There are amazing photos, sure, but better than that, the voices of these amazing women coming through to tell a little bit of the story of how they shaped punk, and how punk shaped them.

Exene and Pleasant Gehman take a cold shower at the Slash loft party for Devo, July 22, 1977. (photo by Jenny Lens)

If you want to jump right to good stuff, here’s a sample from the interview with original Germs manager Nicole Panter:

What was the role of women in the early punk scene?

As effortlessly equal as that of men….the strongest, smartest, most independent women I’ve ever known were punk girls, but it wasn’t ever stated or harped on, it was just a fact of life. Maybe that’s why everyone felt like such misfits in the non-punk world…

The really inspiring thing here is that, despite the obvious “good old days” vibe of the site, it’s not coming from washed-up old dudes who want want you to know how cool they once were. These women, for the most part, still have their ideals intact, and are still creative and active in whatever they’ve moved onto. For them, punk was more of a foundation than a springboard.

Thank you Alice!

May Day 2010 in LA with the Raw Ponx

April 29th, 2010 by

“How much punk rock do you hear in Russia?”

April 27th, 2010 by

Tigran, a kind reader from the former USSR sent in this rad selection of Soviet-era punk rock for your listening pleasure. Tigran writes, “It contains great ’80s Soviet punk bands that were really innovative and talented. They created a unique sound not even heard of in western punk at that time.” Take that, Mykel Board!

He also sent these great pics! Here’s the download. Playlist at the end of the post — насладитесь!

[Update from Tigran & Facebook readers: A few bands here are actually post-Soviet — Grazhdanskaya Oborona, Chimera and Nyurnberg are from the ’90s. Thanks nerds!]

Grazhdanskaya Oborona (1984)

Adolf Gitler, 1986 (not a Nazi band)

Putti (1983)

Soviet mixtape playlist:

1. mi sjadem na tanki / ADOLF GITLER
3. rukoyatka / CHIMERA
4. serij golub / ZVUKI MU
6. vintovka eto prazdnik / GRAZHDANSKAYA OBORONA
8. opredeljonnije / MATROSSKAJA TISHINA
9. deklosirovannim elementam / YANKA
10. epidemija sili / NJURNBERG
11. na blazhennom ostrove kommunizma / KOMMUNIZM
12. novobranci / ARMIJA VLASOVA
13. tretij reih / ADOLF GITLER
14. trezvost / BRIGADNIJ PODRJAD
16. zoopark / POSEV
17. davaj vojnu / PIZHEVIJE OTHODI
18. radiodiversija / AUKCION

Monday Photo Blog: Nick Goode delivers

April 26th, 2010 by

Three slightly date photos from Nick Goode!

Carbonas at Rob's House, Atlanta, GA, 29 April 2007 (photo by Nick Goode)

Socialcide at Flint St, Raleigh, NC, 13 May 2007 (photo by Nick Goode)

Wasted Time at BCHQ, Durham, NC, 1 Sept 2007 (photo by Nick Goode)

Wanna submit a photo for the MRR Photo Blog?

If you shoot shows and have photos you want to submit for the MRR Blog, send them to: Be sure to put “MRR Photo Blog” in the subject. Include your name, the band, where and when it was shot. Just send your best photos – edit tightly. Three to five photos is plenty. We will be exercising a little quality control here…not everything sent in will be posted. Please size your photos so they are 500 pixels (72 dpi) at the longest side.

There are a lot of awesome photographers out there shooting shows…and there are a lot of unseen archives of old shows. Show us what you’ve got!

We’d love to mix it up with some old photos. Dig into your archives and send some of those lost gems.

Larry Wolfley photo exhibit!

April 23rd, 2010 by

East Bay drunk-punk documentarian and perennial MRR photo contributor Larry Wolfley is having a reception for his exhibit, “Loud and Fast: 15 years of Punk Rock Performances,” this Saturday at the Photolab Gallery at 2235 Fifth Street in Berkeley. The party lasts from 6 to 8pm, or until the cops come shut it down. You can see the exhibit through June 5th at that location.

Unknown punx at Burnt Ramen, Richmond, CA, 2005 (photo by Larry Wolfley)

Here what the official web page has to say about it:

“Pure energy is one of my constant themes, I think. To me, it means life, action, being alive.”

The present exhibit is a selection of some of Larry Wolfley’s best and most well-known band shots from the past 15 years. These images, captured on the fly, document the energy and controlled chaos which are always part of the shows, and exhibit the performance art elements which are central to punk rock. The focus may be on the band as a whole or individuals members, on the audience or the interaction of band and audience, or on the celebrations by certain fans.

The images are captured on black and white film and printed on silver gelatin paper.

The artist says: “My work tends to be sharp and focused, whereas a lot of punk photography uses slow sync and blurred action effects. My artistic choice is based on the idea that if we’re using the artificial effect of black and white, then we might as well see all the details. The downside is that the flash washes out all the ambient light and even stage lights that we normally are aware of, and aware of in color. So there is nothing real about what I’m doing. It’s graphic, arrangements in space. “

Punk rock is a way of life, and these images bear witness to the vitality, democracy and continuing evolution on the form.