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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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Maximum Rocknroll #416 • Jan 2018

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"Who gives a fuck?"

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MRR Radio #1584 • 11/19/17

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Wow, what a show! Cycles/Positive Noise/Ancient Filth/Damages/Phil Mee at The Pothole, Muskegon, MI 3/16/11

March 22nd, 2011 by

This week’s show review is by Ryan Cappelletti of Punks Before Profits. 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 MRR shitblogger!

I think it is really important to play and make it out to shows in small areas that may surround your city. A lot of the time, if we get out of our box, we can find something truly fucking awesome. My band, POSITIVE NOISE, got asked to play a house show in Muskegon, Michigan, where our bass player and drummer live. Not sure if anybody has ever heard of this place, but it’s a pretty bleak area. One of the highest unemployment rates in the country, and with this new emergency manager law being put into play, Muskegon could be the first for a fascist takeover! I never understand why my bandmates decide to stay, but either way they give people hope through shows like this. So thanks for making me venture into Muskegon for another show.

OK, the show started with local band CYCLES. This band fucking rips total fast as fuck, HC crusty punk. They just did a demo and trust me, it rules, so get in touch with to get a copy. They ended the set with a BREAD AND WATER cover that ruled. Up next was local hip hop superstar PHIL MEE. It was truly awesome to see somebody take a total punk crowd and rip through a few hip hop jams done very well. Sometimes I feel people with other musical backgrounds have a hard time playing in a basement situation, but this was not the case with this guy.

Damages (photo by Ryan Cappelletti)

POSITIVE NOISE was next. It’s always hard to talk about your own band, so all I will say is that it was cool to talk between songs and have part of the crowd take part, and bring it to a full-blown discussion in the middle of a fast hardcore punk set. Local Grand Rapids hardcore took the floor next: DAMAGES! This band just gets better and better every time. They play fast, catchy HC punk, and got the crowd moving into a total frenzy — it was awesome.

The last band of the night was ANCIENT FILTH from Boston, Mass, who drove many, many, many hours out of the way to play this one Michigan show. I was already stoked on this band before hand, but after seeing them they are one of my new favorite bands. The tour they just did I think only had two or three shows in all. They basically just wanted to get out of town and play a couple shows. They played an energy ridden set of HC punk with the emphasis on punk! They also ended with a ZERO BOYS cover. If you are fan of modern HC like LIMP WRIST and older Italian HC punk, then please get the ANCIENT FILTH demo now! If you don’t believe me check out www.ancientfilth.com for the proof.

Ancient Filth (photo by Ryan Cappelletti)

You never know where you will find great hardcore so never underestimate any town or scene this show is solid proof killer HC can be found all over the fucking place!

Monday Photo Blog: Karpov the Wrecked Train

March 21st, 2011 by

Straight from the Metal Frat in Ann Arbor, Karpov the Wrecked Train sent in a batch of photos from DIRE WOLF’s last show. Be sure to check out his Tumblr for more awesome band photos from Michigan.

Face Reality @ the Metal Frat, Ann Arbor, MI, 29 January 2011
(photo by Karpov the Wrecked Train)

Damages @ the Metal Frat, Ann Arbor, MI, 29 January 2011
(photo by Karpov the Wrecked Train)

Face Reality @ the Metal Frat, Ann Arbor, MI, 29 January 2011
(photo by Karpov the Wrecked Train)

Dire Wolf @ the Metal Frat, Ann Arbor, MI, 29 January 2011
(photo by Karpov the Wrecked Train)

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 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.

The Powers That Be at MRR and I have started talking about doing a new photo issue. This one will most likely focus more on people who were shooting in the early days of punk. If you know of any unsung photographers, undiscovered photo collections of punk bands from the late ’70s – early ’80s, or are just interested maybe in interviewing someone, drop us a line!

MRR Radio #1236 • 3/20/11

March 20th, 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!

THIS WEEK: Xs, broken Xs, time travel, and a geography lesson…


Intro song:

Deranged Diction

Dan takes a trip around Maryland:
LOTUS FUCKER – Wino/The Snake That Eats Its Own Tail/Deep Inside, I Hear a Voice Call Out to Me
DEEP SLEEP – Live Forever
GAMEWINNER – Philadelphia Lights
THE LEFT – Youngster on the Force
ONE LAST WISH – Break to Broken

Dan – Before They Were Grunge
600 SCHOOL – Social Decay
FECAL MATTER – Laminated Effect

Layla – X-Rated Jamz
XS ENERGY – Imaginary
X_X – 1980
X (Australia) – Halfway Around the World

Dan – Comp-Hell-Ation Part 2
YDI – Enemy for Life
AGGRESSION – Calling for You
NO THANKS – Fuck Everything
ABSENTEES – Tryin’ to Mess With Me

Dan – The List Is Thousands Long…
OUR WAR – 50 Years
BOLD – Wise Up
COUNT ME OUT – South Street
CARRY ON – X’s Always Win
OUR TURN – Search It Out

Outro song:

Zine/Comp Review: Lost Tapes from the Federal Sessions

March 17th, 2011 by

Lost Tapes from the Federal Sessions

Lost Tapes from the Federal Sessions, a new zine-slash-cassette-comp out of London, UK, has been put together as a tribute to the more organic and personalised ways of finding out about new music. Firstly, forget about whether the zine comes with a tape, or the tape comes with a zine, because that may well send you into a frenzy of confusion, and enjoy 21 tracks of exciting current bands that sonically cover pretty much the entire spectrum of DIY punk rock and hardcore.

Each band gets a comprehensive interview that covers their formation, band achievements, related projects of members and personal/political standpoints (with questions written especially for them, not some kind of standard questionnaire, which is cool) as well as a piece of artwork, seemingly inspired by their name. While James has concentrated on his home scene of the UK, there are some North American bands included (notably the excellent Street Eaters, who I hadn’t heard before opening up this lovely punk parcel).

Art by Ellie May Roberts

This beautifully-packaged, large size, 54-page zine (sealed in a hand-stamped, stencilled envelope with a waxy kiss) is an awesome reminder of why, parallel to the endless treasure hunt for rare gems from days gone by, it’s as important as ever to document what’s happening in your back yard/basement — especially when what’s happening sounds this good!

Bands include: Saturday’s Kids, Woolf, Jesus of Spazzareth, Damages, Bird Calls, The Sceptres, Small Bones, Battle of Wolf 359, Human Hands, Guilty Parents, Dead in the Woods, Facel Vega.

£5 ppd in the UK . Email for US/distro.


Blog of the Week: Art 4 Punks

March 16th, 2011 by

You can’t always judge a book by its cover, but Art 4 Punks is a record review site with a difference: ignoring the music, blogger Paul D’Elia reviews the artwork and packaging instead. He casts a critical and thoughtful eye on something that is often considered throwaway or even an afterthought by many bands and labels, and highlights those who make an effort to deliver an effective visual counterpart to the music on the record. Paul’s something of a punk rock renaissance man, having played in several bands (including Tear It Up, Dead Nation, and The Rites) and turning out a fair amount of art himself (evidence at screenin4achange.com). I took the opportunity to get some background on the Art 4 Punks blog and get his thoughts on punk cover art. —Allan

How long have you been into design and how did you get into it? Was it from a particular punk record?

I guess I got into design while I was at college. I had started out as a photo student, but I went to a very liberal art college that encouraged you to try any and every medium in order to carve out your own creative path. While I was there the whole world of photography was shifting to digital and I began to lose interest in shooting, so I started working more with screen-printing instead. The only problem was that I needed to have images to print, so I guess that was when I really started to think about building art more in the form of design. Truthfully, I was looking more to vintage poster and skateboard art for inspiration than I was punk records at the time.

Which designers or artists do you look up to (Both ‘punk’ and non-punk)?

Raymond Pettibon is a huge one for me. I love his illustration style, and the art created for Sonic Youth’s “Goo” might be my favorite album he’s done. The skateboard art that Jim Phillips was doing in the 80’s was very important to me while I was learning about screen-printing. Beyond that, anything collage/abstract in content tends to interest me. I’ll spare you the laundry list.

Which current labels and bands do you think are putting out the best-designed product?

Youth Attack and Feral Ward are the two labels that continue to kill it for me: every release is expertly thought out and executed beyond the normal expectations of what a punk record would look like, and I can’t get enough of that. As far as bands, I’d have to say Daylight Robbery and Masshysteri both pulled together some of the most mature/best looking records of the last few years, with an honorable mention to Cola Freaks for their general flawless sense of style. It’s really hard for me to pin a few down because I really do love so much of what I see coming from bands right now… everyone is really upping their game for 2011!

A lot of bands and labels don’t spend a lot of time on graphics/artwork, like there’s something extra-punk about a throwaway aesthetic. Why do you think it’s important?

I have always been a very visual person, so for me when I am listening to a record the visual presentation is nearly as important as the audio… and that is not to say everything needs to look really slick and polished, cause it definitely doesn’t; I think it’s more about effectively creating a vehicle to help deliver the audio message regardless of the budget or available resources.

What are your five all-time favorite punk record covers, and why? And can you name a couple of great records with terrible covers?

Man, that is a really hard question! Let’s start with the good… not necessarily a “top 5” but more like a “5 really really great” covers.

X – Adult Books 45

It’s a great layout all around really, but I really love the front and back cover. It’s smart without coming off too conceptual…. all the Dangerhouse releases were exceptional enough to mention visually. They really had their finger on the pulse of what was happening on an artistic level in punk at the time…

Buzzcocks – Orgasm Addict 45

I’ve loved this record for so many years and I still don’t know which side of the art is up! The beauty of this graphic mystery is that it really doesn’t matter because it looks amazing no matter how you are holding it. AND the back cover is just as beautiful and confusing… it’s the ultimate “punk meets hi-art” example, and it will always be a top cover for me.

Discharge – Realities of War EP

A simple photo turned punk phenomenon… when I think of “punk” looking records, this is what comes to mind (well, this and Hear Nothing…) the simplicity is so striking, sometimes less is more ya know?

Void – Faith/Void split 12″

The color breakup between the black and white on this cover continues to be one of the most creative and sophisticated uses of negative space ever to grace a punk record. The black bar on the bottom creates a really nice balance for the illustration in the center and then the bold type on the top. Without it, it would have just been an illustration, not a composition.

The Misfits – Bullet EP

This cover is pop-culture misappropriation at it’s finest. You take an image everybody knows and arguably feels something about when they see it, photocopy it to oblivion, and then add a touch of red for effect. We all know Kennedy was shot in the head, yet this cover is still shocking the first time you see it. It’s gritty and raw, yet oozing with style. Black. White. Red. This record is king.

As for the bad, there are a lot that come to mind… pretty much any ALL or Descendents record would fall in that category. Both those bands have catalogs full of music I adore and cover art I can’t relate to. I love the Big Boys, but there is a bit of a cringe factor to the Lullabies Help the Brain Grow cover art. Richard Hell and the Voidoids, or any other early 80’s band that just phoned it in with a mediocre photo of themselves and then slapped some Helvetica over top… Really though, there is way more that I am just indifferent to, and I don’t know if that’s better or worse.