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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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Punk Comics History, Part 1:
Comical Funnies and Stop! Magazine

December 12th, 2010 by

Hey, it’s a new comics feature here on MRR.com by Janelle Blarg — just in time for the Punk Comics Issue of Maximum Rocknroll magazine! Tune in for more from Janelle in the weeks to come…

Comical Funnies was a newsprint comics fanzine started in 1980 by John Holmstrom (of Punk magazine and Ramones art infamy) and Peter Bagge (whose ’90s era Hate comic was about the best comic series ever). The late ’70s/early ’80s comics scene in New York was a breeding ground for great cartoonists. Perhaps this could be partially attributed to the fact that many of them were attending the School of Visual Arts, where the late, great Harvey Kurtzman (Mad magazine founder) was teaching at the time. Or maybe the drugs were better then.

Whereas Art Spiegelman & Françoise Mouly’s RAW magazine (also started in 1980) served up a more intellectual, highbrow brand of comic art, Comical Funnies dealt more in the getting-wasted-in-the-alley-and-telling-dick-jokes-with-your-friends brand of comics. You know, comics that were actually FUNNY. But the art was also top notch. No scribble scrabble here, folks. People like Ken Weiner, JD King, Kaz, and Drew Friedman made this a classic.

After one year and a mere three issues, Bagge went on to take over as editor of Last Gasp’s Weirdo (after R Crumb left) and Holmstrom started up Stop! Magazine with JD King, Bruce Carelton, Dale Ashmun, and others. Both of these successors had a very similar vibe (and many of the same contributors) to Comical Funnies.

John Holmstrom’s website

Peter Bagge’s website

The covers and some of the art of Comical Funnies can be found on Bruce Carleton’s website

MRR Radio #1222 • 12/11/10

December 11th, 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!

Olympia, WA’s SIXES come on the show and play some favorites, while Dan shows them how to cue records on the spot.


Sixes (photo from oursound.net)

Intro song:
NO STATIK – Clarified, Distilled, Recomposed

Guest DJ Jeff
DEADLINE – Closed Door
CODE OF HONOR – Stolen Faith
AMERICA’S HARDCORE – Cops Are Criminals
SSD – Get It Away

Guest DJ Mckenzie
STREET TRASH – Street Trash
DEATHREAT – You’re Under Careful Control
DEAD NATION – The Problem
LOS CRUDOS – La Caída de Latino America
ETA – I Won’t Listen

Guest DJ Travis
AVSKUM – Bullshit Defenders
DEATH FIRST – Spread Thin
BUMBKLAATT – The Foam that Spreads
SICK OF TALK – Your Place

Guest DJ Tanar
IMPACT UNIT – Nightstalker
BASTARD – Misery
BROTHERHOOD – Breaking the Ice
BEYOND – Vitality
AMEBIX – Largactyl

Guest DJ Bob
THE DAMNED – Melody Lee
CARCASS – Genital Grinder
TURNING POINT – Insecurity

Outro song:
INSUBORDINATE – Multiples of Seven

A Jaime Hernandez primer…

December 9th, 2010 by

That’s how Love and Rockets started: we were just cocky and didn’t know we could fail. We went ahead and published the first one ourselves and didn’t care what the outcome would be, we just wanted to be printed. Hopefully we could sell it and make money, but there was no one to tell us not to. That was the punk part of it. The more we got good response, the more we kept doing it.

—Jaime Hernandez on Graphic NYC

Along with a million ass-kicking comics and interviews, this month’s issue of MRR features an exclusive interview by Ariel Awesome with the great Jaime Hernandez, co-creator of the legendary Love and Rockets comics. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the artist, we thought you might appreciate a little primer on the man and his art. So we recommend you check out this excellent article on Jaime on the Graphic NYC website that covers all the basics pretty well. And for the illiterate and/or lazy punks, just skip ahead to this video piece that appeared on public television in LA. Then it’s time to pick up anything and everything you can find by Los Bros Hernandez and, of course, the amazing MRR Punk Comics Issue!

Maximum Rocknroll #332 • January 2011 • Punk Comics Issue!

This issue is now available for download (along with other back issues of MRR) in our webstore!

Hey!!! It’s another exciting issue of Maximum Rocknroll! Why is it so exciting?! Because it’s the Punk Comics Issue!! That’s right! In our January 2011 issue (MRR #332), with the help of Janelle Hessig from Tales of Blarg acting as guest coordinator, we have compiled an issue jam packed with comics and interviews with artists who have helped shape the US punk scene with their medium. We have an illuminating article about the elusive and rumored still alive Shawn Kerri. She is the  amazing and original, though unsung artist behind some well-known Germs artwork and the famous Circle Jerks skankin’ guy. Interviewed in this issue are the famed Jaime Hernandez of Love and Rockets, discussing the his characters, their bodies, their personalities and their origins; Gary Panter, who created the iconic Screamers image and some beautifully frightening characters; and Mimi Pond of the Mabuhay Gardens scene in the early San Francisco punk world. We also have a talk with Ed Luce, creator of Wuvable Oaf, on his hilariously funny, punk and stereotype-shattering “post gay/post bear” work with collaborator Matt Wobensmith. Also featured are comics from Avi Spivak, Liz Suburbia, John Holmstrom, Bobby Madness, Dennis Worden, Cristy Road, Ben Snakepit, Ted May and Jeff Wilson, Janelle Hessig, Craig Bostick, Fly, Caroline Paquita, Jaime Crespo, Kaz, Josh Bayer, Ben Lyon, Alex Ratcharge, and Liz Baillie and a cover artwork by Eric Hone. And fear not — we still have the most extensive record reviews section in punk, and all your favorite columnists!

This issue is out of print, but it is now available as a PDF download in our webstore!

Monday Photo Blog: Miami’s Chum Bucket

December 6th, 2010 by

Miami punks have been working hard, raising money to open a space called Chum Bucket for all ages shows. We got some photos by Amanda Alard of a benefit and release show for the Chum Bucket 2x CD compilation.

Baker Acted @ The Firefly in Miami, FL November 26th, 2010 (photo by Amanda Alard)

Gorilla Pussy @ The Firefly in Miami, FL November 26th, 2010 (photo by Amanda Alard)

Gorilla Pussy @ The Firefly in Miami, FL November 26th, 2010 (photo by Amanda Alard)

Gorilla Pussy @ The Firefly in Miami, FL November 26th, 2010 (photo by Amanda Alard)

Injustice System @ The Firefly in Miami, FL November 26th, 2010 (photo by Amanda Alard)

Injustice System @ The Firefly in Miami, FL November 26th, 2010 (photo by Amanda Alard)

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.