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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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RIP Lisa Hodapp of Morbid Opera

May 21st, 2010 by
Lisa Hodapp

Lisa Hodapp

by Ivy Jeanne

Lisa Hodapp was a huge inspiration and a punk rock role model to so many people including myself. As a teenage punk girl growing up in South Florida in the late ’80s/early ’90s, I sometimes felt like the “scene” was a virtual wasteland for girls and women getting into punk rock. It felt exclusive and full of machismo, a real boys’ club.

Discovering Morbid Opera was a huge turning point for me during that time. I loved their record so much I’d listen to it on repeat much to the chagrin of some of my friends! In listening to that record, I heard a sound so raw, so strong and so female. I heard the possibilities.

Morbid Opera and other bands with ladies playing in them, made it feel possible for me to follow suit. I’ve been playing in bands ever since, 19 years and counting. In the mid-nineties, I had the pleasure of meeting Lisa and after much bonding, a friendship was formed.

She was always so supportive to the younger generations that came up after her. Unjaded and enthusiastic, Lisa was always ready to start a new musical project and to make new friends. She blew minds with her multifaceted life, a bad ass rocker, a whip-smart lawyer, and a mother to boot. In the mid ’90s there was a brief time that Morbid Opera reformed, and she asked me to join to sing backups. It was a real dream come true! Lisa was still rocking, her latest project was called Fraulein.

It’s always so hard to lose someone so vivacious to an illness as epidemic as cancer. There’s so many unspokens. Let’s start the conversations on how we can truly love and support each other when we get sick. It means everything.

As Lisa leaves us, she leaves us with a little bit of fire, sharpened wits, a real tenderness and a desire to push for something more, to create something more.

Download/listen to MORBID OPERA’s “Polyester Pig” MP3

New Band Spotlight: Poliskitzo

May 18th, 2010 by

Yeah, you probably know by now that MRR has a boner for the LA Raw Ponx scene, and you’ve heard us tell you a million times about raging bands like TUBERCULOSIS, LA VOZ, and RAYOS X — who all, by the way, have new records out on Lengua Armada that totally rule. You may have even seen the name POLISKITZO in amongst the aforementioned bands, but I’m here to tell you that this is the band to watch out for.

At any given Raw Ponx show here in LA, there’s bound to be at least six bands on the bill, and up to ten will actually play, and only if you know the bands personally do know who the hell you’re watching. So for like three or four shows there was this one band that always blew me away, but I could never figure out what they were called. That band, of course, is POLISKITZO. They’ve got a demo out on the Raw Ponx official Silenzio Statico label that’s great, but doesn’t quite capture the band’s live sound. They’ve talked about actually putting out a live recording, which would be sweet. For a glimpse of what I’m talking about, here’s a live video from a typical LA show. (Sorry, this video went “private” for reasons unknown… bummer.)

Monday Photo Blog: Kaos Klubbing

May 17th, 2010 by

Iceage at Klub Kaos, Copenhagen, Denmark (photo by Adrian Delafontaine)

Scavenger Brats at Klub Kaos, Copenhagen, Denmark (photo by Adrian Delafontaine)

Scavenger Brats pit casualty at Klub Kaos, Copenhagen, Denmark (photo by Adrian Delafontaine)

Adrian from Denmark sent this batch of photos back in early April, from the 4th Kaos Klub event. Kaos Klub is organized by Ritual Zine in Copenhagen. Thanks Adrian!

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!

From the Vaults: Sorella Maldestra

May 15th, 2010 by

While visiting my hometown of Chicago, my girl Nicole slapped the SORELLA MALDESTRA LP on and it occurred to me that I hadn’t pulled this out of the MRR collection yet. SORELLA MALDESTRA (translated Clumsy Sister) is part of the zeitgeist of Italian punk bands from the mid- to late-’70s era. Their demo tape, Cadavere, was put out by Harpo’s Bazaar, then Italian Records, Bologna in 1979. In 1997, Flowers of Grain released the tape onto vinyl, which, for us scumbag record collectors, can thankfully still be found. The vocals are raw, just the way I like it, and the music is punk and fuzzed out. The album has some weird audio effects, using synths and crowd cheers in the mix, adding a little new wave flavor. The result is some killer tracks, like their “hit” “Cadavere.” This band captures the creativity that existed in the proto-punk days, drawing influence from Zappa and Stooges rock that was prevalent at the time, while delivering a premonition of the awesome punk-as-fuck Italian sound that was to come. They have recently reformed and have twelve new songs out on a CD called Bad Weather that can be found at www.banksvillerecords.com. I haven’t heard it yet, but what ever your opinion of old bands reforming, their first album is worth checking out.

Blog of the Week: Terminal Escape

May 13th, 2010 by

Robert Collins seems like the busiest man in punk sometimes. He’s in too many bands to mention, and if he’s not on tour with one of them, or shitworking at MRR, or touring with the SUBHUMANS (UK), or recuperating from knee surgery, or working his real job, he’s probably spending a good deal of time on his amazing tape blog, TERMINAL ESCAPE.

The blog’s own description says it all. Terminal Escape is dedicated to cassette tapes, old and new. Mostly demos, mostly obscure, mostly awesome, and always interesting, Robert has an obvious love for the format, and for music in general. He’s got over 1,000 cassettes in his own collection, and while he admits that tapes are “a total novelty, an archaic format” he insists that any contributions to the site come in as a cassette, even if they started out as a download or a CD. This is the kind of dedication —and insane purism — that we really appreciate here at MRR.

Touring with the SUBHUMANS led to the beginnings of this amazing resource. Vocalist Dick Lucas got tired of hauling his boxes and boxes of old demo tapes each time he moved, so Robert “convinced him that he should ‘donate’ them to someone who appreciates them.” Thus a collection, and a dream, was born. After sitting on the tapes for a while trying to figure out what to do with them, he decided to share them with the world via this blog. With daily postings, and informative write-ups on each tape, Terminal Escape is a must-bookmark for a quick shot of random punk or hours of escape (pun totally intended).

We asked Mr Collins, with the abundance of old and long lost material he has made available, if bands ever see their demos on his blog and contact him complain or thank him.

“Thank me, yes. Complain, no. Free music is so pervasive on the internet, I think it’s kind of pointless to try to chase down people soulseeking / blogging / otherwise giving music away. At least with Terminal Escape, I write about everything I post, include contact information whenever available, and include whatever artwork I have (though with a lot of the old tapes I have little or no art or information). Too many blogs are really just a list of links, and I think that is a disservice to the bands who made the music. If someone is downloading music, it’s far better for them to have background and/or context. A few ’80s bands have contacted me because I posted songs that they thought were long lost, and have asked for my copies to include on discography releases. Of course, the music ‘belongs’ to the bands and/or labels who originally put the effort and money into their release, and I’m always happy to remove any posts if that is the artists’ desire.”

When asked to pick a demo he really loves and tell us about it, Robert replied:

“The CONVULSIONS Electro Convulsive Therapy. There is just something about the band’s approach on this tape, they are so gloriously off, and giving 1000% as if their life depended on it. A brilliant recording. Honorable mentions: THE ILLEGITIMATE SONS OF JACKIE O and CONCEPT OF NONSENSE demos (late 80s Oklahoma) were probably the first two non-mainstream punk recordings that I heard. I got them on a mix tape from a girl I met at competitive drama contests…doesn’t get much geekier than that, does it?”

No, it really doesn’t. So geek out at Terminal Escape. There are tons of tapes to download and read about, and there’s a plenty more to come too…

“I’ve got enough demos to keep the site running daily for another 2-3 years without accumulating any more tapes. Obviously I hope that I will accumulate more, and can keep the site going for longer…who knows when I will get sick of it.”