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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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Zines is Punks

December 31st, 2010 by

You may have noticed that this decade has been continually sounding the death knell of print. From the dot-com boom, to the blogger revolution, and now the rise of slim digital readers. Well, Atomic Books has had enough, and has thrown down the gauntlet for 2011: The Revenge of Print!: “We are challenging everyone who’s ever made/self-published a zine, a comic or mini-comic before to dust off the ol’ photocopier and make at least one more new issue in 2011.” But why don’t we widen the scope? I’d like to add that if you’ve never made a zine before, you could throw in with the challenge and let 2011 be your year of print revenge too.

But is revenge the right word? In some ways the digital era has made print more accessible. Zines are thriving despite the migration of many would-be zinesters to blogs. You can find out about, order, or download PDFs of zines that would have otherwise would have been too far away in time or distance.

Punks is Hippies is a “user-generated fanzine archive.” A digital archive of zines at first seems a little ironic, but here the web serves its best purpose. It makes what is good and valuable to us as a community available to everyone, it takes what could have been lost or destroyed and adds another layer of protection to prevent it from vanishing forever. Which is a little scary if you were a teenage zinester who hopes your first issues all ended up in the same abyss on fire.

So don’t wrestle too hard mentally over what a zine archive like Punks is Hippies means. Just go look at the decades of punk zines from all over the world. Fill your eyes up, be inspired (because there is a lot to be inspired by). Then go make that zine, usher in yet another year where print, though constantly pronounced dead, refuses to die.

Wow, what a show! Chest Pain/Thieves/
Buy The Steak/Old Painless

December 28th, 2010 by

Hey! Welcome to the third installment of our new show review feature: Wow, what a show! This week is presented again by Will Butler of To Live A Lie Records / Fastcore Photos

Rich Lombardi of Old Painless (photo by Will Butler)

Since this show was about three months ago, a lot of the nuances have melted out of my brain. That being said, I’m going to keep this short and sweet. This was a surprisingly good show, full of some bands you probably have never heard of (and at the time I had yet to hear). So here is what went down in the dingy basement of Dregg’s Grotto in Raleigh on September 18 of 2010.

The first band to play was OLD PAINLESS. Their first show ever was the night before, when they played in Greensboro at Legitimate Business and opened for Nails. Let me say, holy crap, what a second show! Rewind to a couple months ago. I’m friends with their drummer Rodney and we were eating at Chubby’s Tacos. He was telling me about the new band he just started with Josh Dobey, Rich Lombardi (from Cloacal Kiss and The Sawtooth Grin), and Alex Taylor (from Stripmines). He dropped the word grindcore on me and my heart sank a little bit. I’m a fervent lover of grindcore, but any time I’ve heard that genre referenced in NC, it just means watered down Discordance Axis style music to the point it is just sped up metalcore. This was definitely not the case. Very technical grindy parts, lots of of super fast blasts (Rodney is a world class drummer), and I really enjoyed Rich’s stage presence.

Thomasina Mancini from Buy The Steak (Photo by Will Butler)

After Old Painless, BUY THE STEAK took the stage (well, took the basement). I had just started to see these folks come out to shows so it was cool to see their band. Female-fronted thrash metal from Garner, North Carolina? Fun band. I remembered thinking their guitar player, Logan Holloway, looked like an old man in the hat he was wearing. Unfortunately, I think you can add this band to the list of short-lived, defunct bands from the area.

Rodney Finch from Thieves (photo By Will Butler)

Next was an awesome surprise set by THIEVES, who wasn’t slated to play this show. I’m pretty sure this only happened because my roommate kept chanting for them to play since all the guys happen to be at the show, so they borrowed equipment and played a raging quick set. Their bass player Ben loves to do quirky things at every show he plays… I remember him wearing a full ’80s workout getup, he wore a suit once, and I think he even wore a bear costume at one show. Since it wasn’t scripted, I think he decided to sit down in the corner and played bass while sitting Indian style against the wall to add to his repertoire. On to how they sounded: They sounded awesome. Super fast and thrashy hardcore. Rodney (yeah, the same one who drums for Old Painless, sings for Thieves) got up in my face a lot while I was taking pictures. Thieves was definite ON this night.

Matt Needles of Chest Pain (Photo by Will Butler)

Last to play was CHEST PAIN. All I knew beforehand is that they were a powerviolence band. That could mean a number of things to me… much like my thoughts on grindcore above, but I had high hopes because they are from Texas. I had corresponded with Matt from the band a few times but had somehow never heard them and couldn’t find any music online. I was very positively surprised with their style of visceral and blasting powerviolence. Any band who has a shirtless singer with a gauntlet on is good by me. I also remember the guitar player bending backwards so much that he looked like has about to snap his back and Matt ended up chomping his bass strings at the very end.

Quite a night for a show when I didn’t know what to expect.

Why let Will hog all the glory? If you take photos and like to write about punk shows (or if you and a friend wanna team up to do this) drop us a line at / with a sample review and pics, and maybe you too can be a bona fide MRR web shitworker!

Monday Photo Blog: Marms in Action!

December 27th, 2010 by

Marms from New Zealand sent a few photos in from Wellington. For more (recent) photos, check out Marms’ Tumblr.

Shock Futuro @ Medusa, Wellington, New Zealand, 14 October 2010 (photo by Marms)

The Fantails @ Medusa, Wellington, New Zealand, 14 October 2010 (photo by Marms)

The Guilt Society @ Medusa, Wellington, New Zealand, 14 October 2010 (photo by Marms)

Rattus Rattus @ Medusa, Wellington, New Zealand, 14 October 2010 (photo by Marms)

And while we’re talking about New Zealand, do yourself a favor and be sure to check out the AK-79 compilation. Absolutely awesome New Zealand comp.

If you shoot shows and have photos you want to submit for the MRR Blog, send 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 like to exercise a little quality control here…not everything sent in will be posted. Please size your photos so they are 600 pixels (72 dpi) at the longest side.

MRR Radio #1224 • 12/25/10

December 25th, 2010 by

MRR Radio is a weekly radio show featuring the best DIY punk, garage rock and hardcore from the astounding, ever-growing Maximum Rocknroll record collection. You can find the MRR Radio podcast, as well as specials, archives, and more info at radio.maximumrocknroll.com. Thanks for listening, and stay tuned!

THIS WEEK: Merry F’in Xmas from the MRR stupid shit peanut gallery.


Dishammer (photo by Ruth Arias)

Intro song:

Rotten Ron – Merry Xmas YOU FUCKS
GG ALLIN – 12 Days of Xmas
SHARP OBJECTS – Left Without a Heart
GOVERNMENT ISSUE – Teenager in a Box

Mike Desert’s Faves of 2010
DISHAMMER – The Devil’s Advocates
THE PARTIES – Let’s Call It Love

Adam – Hotdog Music
NORMALS – Almost Ready
D.I. – Hang Ten in East Berlin
COCK SPARRER – I Fit Central Heating

Ingrid – “The Best Way to Spread Xmas Cheer Is Singing Loud for All to Hear”
BLITZ – Husk
X – We’re Desperate
BLACK FLAG – Gimme Gimme Gimme

Danimal’s Anti-Holiday Set
NEW BOMB TURKS – Spanish Fly By Night
DEAN DIRG – $8.95
FEAR – Fuck Christmas

Hal’s New Faves
MIDNITE SNAXXX – Giving Me the Business

Outro songs:
SCHLONG – The Chain
SCHLONG – You Make Loving Fun
SCHLONG – I Don’t Want to Know
SCHLONG – Oh Daddy
SCHLONG – Gold Dust Woman

More Comics! Henry & Glenn Forever

December 22nd, 2010 by

Is Henry & Glenn the most popular punk comic of all time? I think it’s possible. Born on a night when the Igloo Tornado art fraternity had partaken in too many beers and divine revelation struck Gin Stevens:

“There should be a book like Tom of Finland, but with Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig.”

(by Tom Neely)

The homoeroticism of beefhunks Henry and Glenn has almost certainly been pondered by drunken heads in the past, but only Igloo Tornado had the good sense and drunken dexterity to carry it to the next level and create a series of gag comics about the fantastical life of Henry and Glenn as domestic life partners. The comics first appeared in self-published zine form and have now been collected in a book published by Microcosm.

I asked Igloo Tornado member Tom Neely a couple of quick questions about Henry & Glenn:

(by Scott Nobles)

Do you see this comic series extending into the future or is H&G burnout imminent?

It’s weird when you do a book that’s basically a tossed-off drunken joke and it becomes a huge success that overshadows everything else you’ve done as an artist. At first I was feeling pretty conflicted about that and I was feeling pretty burnt out by it for a while. But I’ve come around to accepting it. It’s nice to make a silly book that seems to make people happy (well, most people anyway — the Danzig fans seem pretty angry about it).

As for future plans… I’m not really a fan of repeating myself, but a lot of people seem to want more of H&G4ever. We don’t wanna get stuck doing Henry and Glenn for the rest of our career, but we might as well ride the wave of success for a little while and have fun with it. We have a couple of other things going on:

I just completed a Henry & Glenn Xmas Special cartoon. That was a lot of fun to make and if I could find a way to do more cartoons, I will. You can see it on here:

And the Igloo Tornado is curating a gallery show of other artists doing Henry and Glenn themed art for a group show at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles for February.

Do you have any advice about how to write a funny gag comic?

Advice? Ha — I didn’t even know I was any good at being funny. Most of my other comics are considered a bit depressing. But I think all great comedy springs from misery. I think all good art, whether it’s comedy or not, should come from a genuine place of self expression. For most of my strips, I mined my own history of dysfunctional relationships to find things I could make fun of. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to get a group of artist friends together with some paper, pens and a few six packs — something funny is bound to happen.

Have either Henry or Glenn seen your book?

Henry has definitely seen it. Gin Stevens got him to sign a copy of the self-published zine version at San Diego Comic-Con back in ’05. He looked at it and said, “Has Glenn seen this? Trust me, he would not be amused.” We couldn’t resist using that as a blurb on the back cover of the book.

Glenn is a different story. About a month after H&G4ever came out, my friend J. Bennett was interviewing Danzig for Decibel magazine. We all signed and gift-wrapped a copy of the book for J. to give to Glenn. We’re all big fans of Glenn, and we really hoped that maybe he’d find it amusing, too. But when J. tried to give it to him, he refused to look at it… and then proceeded to angrily rant about it. J. gave me the transcript of that interaction and I made it into a comic strip. You can see it here… I’d be curious to know if Hall & Oates are aware of the book.

(by Gin Stevens)

Igloo Tornado is: Scott Nobles, Tom Neely, Gin Stevens, & Dino Fucker