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Wow, what a show! Kakka-Hätä 77/Acid Reflux/Burma


December 21st, 2010 by

Hey! Welcome to the second 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, but why let him 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! Now, back to Will…

Acid Reflux (photo by Will Butler)

The first cold snap hit hard in November, well as cold as it will get randomly around then in North Carolina. I got sick as hell for a few weeks and hardly went out around that time. One exception was a show on the 13th that I had been looking forward to for quite some time. I’ll admit to being lame and I was not actually familiar with the band from Finland. I had seen their name before because it is proudly displayed on the front of a MRR that lives in my bathroom. Anywho, I had managed to see Acid Reflux a town over about 3/4 of a year ago and was really excited about seeing them again. I really like bands with little to no Internet presence. So on to the actual show… It was a bit cold, so I was bundled up.

Kakka-Hätä 77 (photo by Will Butler)

KAKKA-HÄTÄ 77 played a solid set. Very clean and snotty punk. People were getting into it, and I was having fun and taking pictures with my ADHD-addled brain. Next up was ACID REFLUX. I talked to them after the show and found out that this was their last tour as a band! So this was my second and last time to see them play. Everyone raged extraordinarily hard for them and I was pretty surprised at the number of people who knew their lyrics and were shouting along. Ira, who booked the show and put it on at his house, was going insanely nuts the entire time and I couldn’t help but laugh at the faces he was making (see the upper-most picture). Sparklers were affixed to their guitar while playing for some reason, the band must have stopped through South of the Border. After Acid Reflux played, the place emptied out before the last band. Unfortunate, but I think the reason this happened was  the fact that the last band was  supposed to be a surprise band and all the out of town bands had already played.

So next and last up was BURMA. They are a group of younger kids who were X’ed up and seem to play a sort of hybrid Converge/Infest style. The mic got decimated during the Acid Reflux set so Matt just ran around stomping and screaming as loud as he could. He somehow punched his own face so hard he was bleeding at the end of their set. Drumming was on point. The night concluded with Acid Reflux running around shooting off fireworks and I think they all antiqued each other with face-fulls of confectionery sugar. All I was thinking at this point of the night was that I had to get out of here before I had to put up a rowdy band at my house, and that I actually had a really great night full of some varying styles of music. Distort Raleigh!

Burma (photo by Will Butler)

Acid Reflux (photo by Will Butler)

Even more photos from the show!
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Monday Photo Blog: Tejas + PDX


December 20th, 2010 by

Some of us are freeeeezing our asses off right about now, so I thought this would be a good time to revisit this year’s Chaos in Tejas. Texas with a photo or two. Summertime. HEAT. Ahhhhh…and a few from Portland too. All pics by Neil Rathbun!

The Pist @ Emo's, Chaos in Tejas 2010 (photo by Neil Rathbun)

The Pist @ Emo's, Chaos in Tejas 2010 (photo by Neil Rathbun)

Tragedy @ The Know Portland, OR 17 July 2010 (photo by Neil Rathbun)

Bastard Chaos @ Emo's, Chaos in Tejas, 2010 (photo by Neil Rathbun)

Trauma @ Blackwater Records, Portland, OR 13 August 2010 (photo by Neil Rathbun)

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MRR Radio #1223 • 12/18/10


December 19th, 2010 by
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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: Mariam and Martin: M/M plays some ragin’ jams.

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Poison Planet (photo by Joe Curry)

Intro song:
VOGUE – Jerks

Martin plays some HC
SODOM – (Aok Omnibus track 1)
HAMAI – ?
CROW – Occupied Japan
ONE FOOT IN – Legacy
SEKAANNUS – Kuvat

Mariam plays some more HC
NO STATIK – Cultivated, Distilled, Recomposed
BICI HARDCORE – I Love Punk
KNIFE FIGHT – Isolated
BORED TO DEATH – Shut Ears
VACCINE – Waste

What? More HC from Martin?
NO ESCAPE – Never Healed Wounds
SUNSHINE SS – Peace, Love & Sunshine SS
POISON PLANET – Bible Stories
CONFINES – Bait and Switch

More HC Jams a la Mariam
ALARIC – Animal
NITAD – Ingen Chans
NOMOS – O Fortuna
HERATYS – Tama Todellisuus
ELECTRIC FUNERAL – End of All Life

New Lengua Armada from Martin
TOTSUGEKI SENSYA – Chain
NECROMONGO – Me Importa un Carajo
CRIATURAS – Paranoide
PORCODIO – Non Torna Mai
VACCUUM – Horror’s All Over

Mariam manages two more…
MARTYRDOD – Gloria Runt Iris
ZOMBIE DOGS – The Once Over

Outro song:
TOTAL CONTROL – Paranoid Video



Punk Comics History, Part 2:
Shawn Kerri’s Not at Oki Dogs


December 18th, 2010 by

An Appreciation by Janelle Hessig
from the Punk Comics Issue of
MRR magazine

There are generally three revelations that people experience when first discovering Shawn Kerri:

1. The first one is that a lot of your favorite early punk art is all drawn by the same person. I had them safety-pinned to the back of my jacket and so did you. The Germs mohawk skull busting out of the circle? Shawn Kerri. The Circle Jerks skanking guy? Shawn Kerri. The names of other artists from the same era have endured — Pettibon, Pushead, Mad Marc Rude — but, for some reason, Shawn Kerri remains more obscure. She was as prolific as these other more notorious artists and, for me personally, her art resonated more with the things that I like best about punk — action, humor, and being a fucked up kid. So, why isn’t Shawn more well known? One possible contributing factor to her lack of recognition could be that she didn’t fight tooth and nail over copyrights. Around 1986, when the Circle Jerks began pining for mainstream success, their agent and record label decided that they owned the rights to the skanking kid image and shouldn’t pay Shawn. Rather than deal with legal battles and mangled friendships, she just let it go and signed the rights over to Keith Morris. The current day skank kid is a bastardized commercial version of her original art.

2. The second revelation is that Shawn Kerri is not a dude. Born Shawn Maureen Fitzgerald in 1958 near San Diego, Shawn Kerri was a part of the late ’70s, early ’80s Southern California punk scene. During the same period that she was drawing punk flyers and publishing a fanzine called Rude Situation (with one-time boyfriend, Mad Marc Rude), she was also contributing regularly to a multitude of magazines and underground comic anthologies. Among notable publications like (Mad magazine posers) CRACKED magazine, Hustler, and early Last Gasp titles like Cocaine Comics and Commies from Mars, she most consistently contributed to the seminal hot rod and humor magazine CARtoons. During their first meeting, CARtoons’ editor, Dennis Elferson, initially tried to send Shawn Kerri away at the door due to her lacking the Y chromosome needed to draw hot rods. But one look at her outstanding portfolio shut his mouth. Not only was she skilled at drawing muscle cars, she was also into driving them and owned a ’57 Chevy Bel-Air (which she used to drive her band The Dinettes to the infamous Western Front festival at the Deaf Club in San Francisco in 1979).

Comics, punk, and cars — all heavily dude-dominated domain and Shawn Kerri ruled them all with her superior art. Although her drawing style is actually kind of conventional in certain ways, with her use of hard black lines and anatomically straightforward characters, her drawings still convey the rawness and wild vibe of some looser, more stylized cartoonists. This is due in part to dynamic posing and the frenetic details that always make her comics come alive with chaos, violence, and fun, like a gutterbound Jack Davis, but it’s also due to something more intangible, an essential genuineness.

3. The third realization is that Shawn Kerri is dead. No, wait — she’s alive! No, sorry, she’s dead. No, wait … There has been decades worth of chatter about whether or not Shawn Kerri is dead, with people on either side of the debate swearing first or second hand knowledge one way or the other. Spread all willy nilly across the internet, there are people who claim she OD’d in the late ’90s (including credible sources like her former CARtoons colleague, George Trosley) and then there are alleged sightings of her like she’s a goddamn Bigfoot, people claiming to have hung out with her on the beach and so forth. On the Gig Posters message board, one thorough-as-a-motherfucker Nancy Drew wannabe claims to have searched the US Social Security death database in ’09 and did not find a Shawn Fitzgerald or a Shawn Kerri listed as deceased. Of all of these accounts, the one that rings the most true to my ears is from Carl Schneider, who did a magazine called Black Market and is currently making a documentary about Mad Marc Rude. Apparently, Carl went to Shawn Kerri’s mother’s house around 2004 and found Shawn there. The story is that she is battling horrible health issues—the most serious being severe brain damage from a spill down the stairs and that she is not really there any more and can scarcely communicate. Is it true or just another Bigfoot footprint? I say it’s probably true, although it would be nice to believe otherwise.

I don’t know that there is anything I could say to do appropriate justice to her legacy. There are a lot of other stories to dig up about Shawn Kerri that I haven’t even touched on — including her working on boats, being a junkie, and a story from Fucked Up & Photocopied where she pulled a sword out of her trunk to fight some skinheads. Extreme rumors are the hallmark of a bone fide bad ass and among all of the stories about her, it’s only right that Shawn Kerri should have the last word here:

“I’ve never gotten the same thrill out of having one of my cartoons printed in a magazine as much as seeing one of my old fliers — something I did for a punk gig the week before — laying in the gutter. Seeing it all mashed and dirty thrilled me, because that was how I was living, too. It looked exactly like my life.”

—from Paul Grushkin’s Art of Rock book



Website of the Week: Do DIY


December 17th, 2010 by

Say hello to your new friend: DoDIY.org.

I was happy to totally randomly come across this very modest, yet enormously useful resource while searching for who-knows-what the other day. It’s basically a listing of DIY venues in the US and Canada, but unlike other sites that try/have tried to do this sort of thing, Do DIY succeeds by keeping its focus realistic, and actually keeping its listings up-to-date and free of fake indie bullshit.

Public Space One in Iowa City, IA (photo by Neil Campau)

Neil Campau of the band WORLD HISTORY maintains the site pretty much all on his own out of his home in Seattle, or wherever he happens to be on tour. I wondered how he managed to keep the listings current, as DIY venues tend to come and go pretty frequently. Neil says:

“It’s all kinds of work, but I get a lot of nice messages from people letting me know that venues are defunct or contacts have changed.  I also spend lots of time booking shows myself, so that helps me keep in the know. And I try go through all of the links on the site once a year.”

As for the criteria for what the site will and will not list, he says that the venues “have to be open to everyone (i.e., all ages),” and, “No sexist, racist, homophobic, ageist, ableist, etc.-kinda-bullshit allowed in their listings.”

It’s heartening to see that ideals like this still matter to a lot of people, and it exemplifies what impresses me so much about this basic, no-frills website. Each venue (or house in many cases) gives a short description of itself, and just skimming through the listings (a seemingly boring endeavor, kinda like reading the phone book) really makes you realize how awesome this DIY thing is, that we have all created and have a hand in keeping alive.

Neil says his plans for the future of  include expanding the resources section, and starting to include listings of venues outside of the US. We hope see the site continue its mission for good while. Viva DIY!