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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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KUSF sold — WTF? [updated]

January 19th, 2011 by

In a shocking move early Tuesday, the University of San Francisco locked the doors to its long-running public radio station, KUSF, and announced that it had been sold to the University of Southern California, which immediately replaced the station with a classical music format. Technically “KUSF” is still owned by USF, and is supposed to continue to operate as a web-only radio station (yeah, great). But its place on the radio dial, 90.3 FM, which KUSF has used to broadcast its alternative/underground music and multi-lingual, community oriented format since 1977, is now being used by KDFC, a formerly commercial, now public classical music station recently acquired by USC.

KUSF has long been a staple for punk rock and many other kinds of music and programming not represented by other stations, and is well known among radio aficionados worldwide as being one of the seminal alternative college stations, and one of the first in the country play punk and new wave music.

Maximum Rocknroll movie reviewer Carolyn Keddy, a longtime DJ on KUSF, was one of the many staff members who were locked out of the station or kicked out by security guards on Tuesday. A protest is planned for tonight at 7pm, so if you live in the Bay Area please try to come out in support of KUSF staff, USF students, and community radio supporters who are outraged at this move by the University.

UPDATE (1/20): Last night’s demo actually turned out to be a meeting (of sorts) with the president of USF to discuss the sale of KUSF’s broadcast license and the way in which the station’s closure was handled. The university’s story: President Stephen A. Privett received an offer from a broker for $3.75M for the station, which he took because…well, because he’s the decider! A non-disclosure agreement was signed (which was the president’s main excuse for not having told anyone about the sale), no negotiations were made, no bidding, certainly no input from anyone actually involved in the station. Privett felt that the money from the sale could be used to better serve the students, who are a bigger priority than the community. Yes, he really did more-or-less tell the community that they could shove it.

About a dozen people had an opportunity to ask questions, most of whom used the time to express their outrage, but several people made very good points to counter the president’s poor excuses. For example, if USF needed the money from the sale of the station, why did they take the first offer that came in the door? There are a few reports on the event — one very accurate one from Bay Citizen HERE, one from SFGate (aka the San Francisco Chronicle) HERE, and a TV news report.

Click to enlarge photos of the event below. (All photos by Paul Curran.)

From the Vaults: Lost Cassettes, Digital Magic, and Sado-Nation

January 18th, 2011 by

Tape scan: Dwayne "Bonedog" Mileham

My creepazoid lurking around rad old punkers’ Facebook profiles (what?) is always bearing fruit, but never more so than today. It appears obsessive archivist and collector Dwayne “Bonedog” Mileham has uncovered quite a gem!

This is a long lost, three-track SADO-NATION basement recording from 1982/83. Details are hazy but it seems these snarly Portland ragers made a handful of copies of this recording just to send to Maximum back in the day, and the tape found its way to Dwayne’s collection via Aaron Cometbus in the mid-’80s, where it has sat in his cavernous record room ever since.

The band had long since lost their copy, but miraculously this one still plays today, and in collaboration with front lady Mish, (formerly of all-girl group, the Braphsmears) this video has been made to give people access to these amazingly good quality recordings. Mish says they may well be put out as a proper release, 31 years later!

Monday Photo Blog: Mark of the Beast

January 17th, 2011 by

Mark Zweck (aka Mark of the Beast) sent in these great shots of Melbourne, Australia’s STRAIGHTJACKET NATION playing Berlin’s Koma F, on October 8, 2010…

Straightjacket Nation at Koma F, Berlin, 8 Oct 2010 (photo by Mark Zweck)

Straightjacket Nation at Koma F, Berlin, 8 Oct 2010 (photo by Mark Zweck)

Straightjacket Nation at Koma F, Berlin, 8 Oct 2010 (photo by Mark Zweck)

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.

Breaking news: Exiled right-wing dictator Baby Doc returns to Haiti in attempt to stop MRR’s Monday Photo Blog

January 17th, 2011 by

Damn, if we had been awake at 4am to receive the email from our Monday Photo Blog editor, Mark Murrmann, we would’ve been one of the first to report on Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier‘s unexpected return to his native country of Haiti which he ruled for 15 years before getting kicked out in 1986.

Mark was there, and sent this short report:
Hey guys…just as I was settling in to do the photo blog yesterday (and expecting a very quiet last day in Port Au Prince today), fucking Baby Doc returned. I haven’t had time to do anything on the blog… To make up for it, here is a photo of Baby Doc’s car rolling out of the airport. If that dude’s hand wasn’t there I would’ve gotten Jean-Claude’s face. Toooooooootal bummer.

Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier waves to supporters after arriving at the Port Au Prince airport. (photo by Mark Murrmann)

Despite Duvalier (and probably the CIA as well) the photo blog appear later today, as scheduled.

MRR Radio #1227 • The Best of 2010 Special!

January 15th, 2011 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!

It’s MRR Radio’s annual “Best Of'” special, featuring Paul, Layla, Dan, Hal, and Ariel!


White Lung

Intro song:

Paul’s 2010 faves
VAASKA – Libertad
DE HØJE HAELE – 9 Gange I Traek
RAYOS X – Mi Desorden
ARCTIC FLOWERS – Technicolor Haze
1981 – Faster & Forward

Dan destroys Paul’s “no distortion” rule
LA VOZ – No Mas
WHITE LUNG – Atlanta
SCEPTRES – Flatline Generation
MAYDAY – Blüd Beach

Hal – Hell yeah!
SHARP OBJECTS – Left Without a Heart
CUTE LEPERS – Fall to Pieces
CRISIS HOTLINES – Flying Razorblades
BILL COLLECTORS – Hole in the City
MODERN ACTION – Molotov Solution

Layla – All Spanish Ladies Spending Loud Night 2010!
RATAS DEL VATICANO – Cancer de Prostrata
WEIRD TV – Canalla
CRIATURAS – Menturas
LAS SEÑORAS – Ansiedad Cerebral
TUBERCULOSIS – Disanfrandose

Ariel’s Top One 2010
SWANN DANGER – Thee Mighty Fall