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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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Monday Photo Blog: Mykel Board edition

May 31st, 2010 by

Your erstwhile photo blogging host has been out on the road with X (Australia) and the A Frames. I apologize for missing last week’s edition. It was difficult finding a good internet connect on the massive drive from Los Angeles to Austin. We’re back in action this week though, with a contribution from longtime MRR columnist Mykel Board. He sent in some older-timers photos from the Continental in NYC, baby.

Handsome Dick Manitoba (Dictators) and Cheetah Chrome (Dead Boys), the Continental, New York (photo by Mykel Board)

George Tabb with Furious George, the Continental, New York (photo by Mykel Board)

MRR Radio #1194 • 5/30/10

May 30th, 2010 by

(We’re working on phasing MRR Radio into this site. Click HERE for the full MRR Radio experience. Thanx!)

Layla and Mariam play only records that are gonna be reviewed in the next issue of MRR! #326 — out next week, dudes…


Conversions at MRR!

Intro song:
BIG BOYS – We Got Your Money

Layla hearts tuff girl vocals
RATAS DEL VATICANOS – Cancer de Prostrata
LIBYANS – Paralyzed
CONVERSIONS – No-one Is Watching

Layla investigates the new tuff sounds of doom
CIRCLE PIT – Total Waste

Mariam blasts some hardcore in your face
CÜLO – Nuke Abuse
HOLY SHIT – Black Out, Call In
LOS MONJO – Esclavos
DURESS – Guilt

Mariam doesn’t know where she’s going with this
BEYOND PINK – 150 Spän For Ingenting
CULTURE KIDS – Keep Control
OLHO SECO – Botas, Fuzis, Capacetes
VILE GASH – Life-rot

Layla gets twizted on the kitchen floor

HYGIENE – Fixed Odds Betting Terminal

Outro song:
HUSKER DU – Real World

Where the blog is at?

May 28th, 2010 by

Possibly Mark Murrmann

Sorry things are lagging behind a little here on MRR.com this week. The absence of the Monday Photo Blog threw us off a bit. What happened to the photo blog, you ask? That’s what we wanted to know too, so we did some research and figured out that some dude name Mark Murrmann (alias “icki”) is supposed to be in charge of said weekly web feature. Further research showed that it’s quite possible that he’s currently traveling with the re-formed X of Australia, who are on tour of the western US, and playing a little-known DIY fest in Austin, TX, called Chaos in Tejas this week.

Our crack team of internet sleuths also discovered a handy website called Google, where we dug up even more dirt on the elusive “blogger.” Turns out he’s been known to take a few pictures himself, and he’s recently published some kind of book! One website, The Rumpus, even managed to talk to him…

We’ll keep investigating. Keep checking in, and hopefully by next week we’ll have gotten to the bottom of this.

Airfix Kits (photo by icki, used without permission)

Clorox Girls (photo by icki, used without permission)


New Band Spotlight: Crazy Spirit

May 27th, 2010 by

MRR readers need to know about a great and original new band I’ve been obsessed with — CRAZY SPIRIT. After reading a description on a distro website selling their demo comparing them to the Germs and Cheetah Chrome Motherfuckers, (two of my fave bands,) I was compelled to do some further research.

Punks are a little spoiled these days. It used to be serious work to track down the tiniest bit of info on a on a band that sounded interesting but now it’s only a click away. I’m a jaded old punk and that’s whole nother article but this is a good thing because I found Crazy Spirit’s MySpace page and was instantly blown away by what I heard. Shades of the aforementioned bands with hints of Rudementary Peni and some rhythms that reminded me of the old Texas band, the Motards. Seriously, the vocals are like the rabid weasel from some old Tex Avery cartoon — they have to be heard to be believed. Lots of the best foreign hardcore punk influences as well. They were nice enough to float me a demo with a rough mix of their upcoming 7″ even! Like a drooling junkie wanting more, I was hooked. Their artwork is amazing as well.

Well, I’ll let two of the members quote some info for themselves…

From Walker (vox):
We started practicing as a full band almost exactly a year ago. Our drummer, Henry, and our bass player, Sam, wanted to start a band that had early Discharge and Brazilian influences, then they got Eugene, who is the drummer of Perdition, to play guitar. They started practicing in Eugene’s room with tiny little amps and a wooden spool with plastic buckets attached to it as drums. They recorded an instrumental demo tape and then I started practicing with them, singing random shit into an acorn while we practiced. We added lyrics, then had our first show in September and recorded the demo. On a side note, no one seems to think this, but I’d say my biggest influence on singing is Battalion of Saints. We all grew up together and got into punk together, all local NYC/Brooklyn. Now we practice in Brooklyn at the same spot as Perdition and Dawn of Humans at the house of half of the band Question. Sam and Eugene are also in Dawn of Humans.

From Sam (bass):
yo i just read walkers thing it sounded pretty right. the only thing is henry started on a wood box. not buckets. but whatever…. uh the only thing i wanna add is that we love discharge and brazil 80s hc, and the aesthetic of those bands, BUT we did not start crazy spirit thinking “oh how can we sound like discharge”. i feel like a lot of bands nowadays just choose some other band to sound like, or to relate to. i don’t wanna be part of that.

They have a couple 7″s coming soon and maybe even a vinyl reissue of the demo. Keep on the lookout. Seriously.

Crazy Spirit on MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/crazyspiritnyc
Blog: crazyspiritmotherfucker.blogspot.com
And you can download the demo on Robert Collins’ blog, Terminal Escape:

Video of the Week: The Knockabouts

May 26th, 2010 by

David Baird sent us this video, via Facebook, by the should-be-legendary Huntsville, AL, band THE KNOCKABOUTS. It was made by Phillip Wann in 1983. David’s MySpace page is dedicated to Huntsville DIY history, and it’s worth checking out for his audio intro (I thought it was cool, anyway). Thanks a lot!

Here’s an interesting bit from from the September 1984 issue of MRR, reprinted in the 1995 Prank Records 7″ of The Knockabouts’ 1983 demo, from drummer Greg Sklaka:

We wanted to show that you don’t have to be Jimmy Page to be in a band. We wanted to play something basic but very powerful. We really don’t know what the average person thinks of us because we hear “play sickie sado”, than someone says “boo, y’all suck.” Our first real gig was at the University of Alabama in Huntsville in January of ’83 at a talent show with three other bands. I think we shocked everyone there, especially when we played “Sweet Home Alabama”. It was kinda funny, because after we played it, someone yelled “Freebird!.”

If the people here in Alabama would look closely at our songs, they would probably relate to them. But not very many people want to do that, so we’re labeled as shit and we get fucked with a lot, especially by the cops.

Today, we have a name for ourselves, whether people say we suck or we’re good. “Where’s My Vietnam” is probably our best song. Live it’s the peak of our insanity. “I hate your guts” and “The Beautiful” sum up life in Huntsville. I think people who first liked us now have “grown out” of hardcore or the Knockabouts, but to us it’s a definite way of life.

Wonder where they are now…