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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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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

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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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MRR Radio #1234 • 3/5/11

March 5th, 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: Pals Blake and Heidi create chaos and literally fall over in the MRR kitchen along with regulars (thank youse) Hal and Adam.
—XXXOOO Rotten Ron


AOD and Tim Yo at the old MRR house in Berkeley, 1984

Intro song:
ADRENALIN O.D. – AOD vs Godzilla

Rotten Ron – New Old Crap
CHRONIC SICK – Man Rape Blues
DEATH – The Masks
CHEIFS – No Justice

Adam – Hot Diggity Dog!
CYANIDE PILLS – Conquer the World
PVC – Concrete Jungle
GEARS – Rockin’ at Ground Zero
FORGOTTEN REBELS – Surfin’ on Heroin

Blake – 30’s Psychedelica huh? (all cassette set)
DIRECT ACTION – Hate Generation
REKLEMATION – (Trivs Dul) Hjo
DETENTION – El Salvador
DETENTION – Let’s Fight

Heidi – Heidilicious
SPITBOY – The Threat
RESISTANCE 77 – Rock Town

Hal Hijacks Heidi’s Set
RED RED RED – New Action

Outro song:
REAGAN YOUTH – Degenerated

Jake Austen Is Doing It for the Kids

March 4th, 2011 by

One of the things that I admire most about Jake Austen is that his own identity never supersedes the life of his projects. You may have heard of The Goblins (his band), Roctober magazine, or Chic-A-Go-Go (a children’s TV dance show) but his name is never conspicuously stamped at the forefront. He is almost literally the man behind the curtain — operating behind a drawing table, or a mask, or a puppet. But no matter which alter ego is at the helm, you can always feel confident that Jake really is doing it for the kids.

He’s been publishing the fanatical music magazine Roctober since 1992 and, unlike a lot of other fanzines that were also started around the same time, Roctober still comes out on a regular basis (2 – 3 times a year) and has never abandoned cut-and-paste layout in favor of computer graphics. The comics section has grown to around 30 pages and features cartoonists like Jerome Gaynor, Ivan Brunetti, Heather McAdams, John Porcellino, Megan Kelso, Jessica Abel, Chris Ware, Pedro Bell, and many others.

Jake’s own comic strip, Punk’nhead, chronicles the teenage exploits of a pumpkin-headed punk and his boots and braces-wearing BFF, a rat named Ratso. Much like Archie comics, each strip has a funny (or eye roll inducing) punchline and a similar high school innocence — except that the storylines in Punk’nhead have more record shopping, vandalism, and fighting The Man than you would probably find in Riverdale.

Ratso sold out to the three-dimensional world in the form of a puppet and became the notorious co-host of the childrens TV dance show, Chic-A-Go-Go. When I asked Jake why Punk’nhead didn’t make the cut, he told me that he had an art school friend make the puppet for Chic-A-Go-Go and felt bad asking her to make a second one. “Ratso is a better puppet anyhow, because you have all the built in ‘eating garbage’ jokes. You don’t need any backstory to have kids get into a puppet rat.” I once mentioned Chic-A-Go-Go to the owner of Uncle Fun during a visit to Chicago and he asked, “Isn’t that the public access show where they pick up a bunch of random people from the bus stop?”, which is exactly what it’s like. It’s truly magical that all manner of Chicagoans come on Chic-A-Go-Go just to dance goofy to whatever brand of music is being offered that day. Musical guests have run the gamut from Los Crudos to the Shirelles to the Cramps to Swamp Dogg to Cynthia Plaster Caster, and let us never neglect Jan Terri.

Roctober is celebrating its (almost) 20th anniversary this summer by publishing the 50th issue and releasing a book of their best interviews with Duke University Press. Also coming soon is a Roctober comics anthology and an LP collecting the best (and worst) Roctober records releases.


Watch The Goblins (w/Gary Burger) on YouTube here.

Janelle Blarg edited the Punk Comics issue of MRR and does her own awesome comic, Tales of Blarg. Check out more of her blog posts on our Comics page here.

Record of the Week: KLEENEX/LILIPUT 1977–1983 4xLP

March 3rd, 2011 by

This week’s R.O.W. comes to you from our record reviewer Jess Scott, and appears in the April issue of MRR magazine — out now!

Mississippi Records once again delivers long-lost treasures into the bedrooms of at-cost vinyl lovers. From the CLEAN to ANIMALS AND MEN, this label resurrects classic music on vinyl that has often gone the way of the high bidders and downloaded afternoons. This 4xLP complete anthology of KLEENEX/LILIPUT doesn’t feature any new tracks since the 2001 Kill Rock Stars double-CD, but the legions of dedicated KLEENEX/LILIPUT heads out there will not be disappointed by these eight sides of monumental post-punk screeching from the throats of a rotating cast of Swiss women during 1977–1983.

Describing, reviewing or recommending something as dense as an anthology is a wave of overwhelming language, an attempt to articulate a nexus where a band changed the way you heard everything around you, let alone how you then listened to music. The previously mentioned 2xCD anthology was released my junior year of high school and nothing could have transported such an inaccessible world of punk, feminism, or Swiss graphic art more swiftly.

1977–1983 feels like the longest years a genre of music has ever seen — dog years, reality times seven. And if your band survived these harrowing catapults in sound and lived to tell the joke, then hopefully your life’s work would look as expansive as this band’s. Everything that seems to have mattered to punk girls as far east as Zurich is here: PATTI SMITH, ESSENTIAL LOGIC, HANS-A-PLAST and a million all-dude bands or rad groups these girls probably never knew existed; making a grab bag of influences absurd.

KLEENEX/LILIPUT were original, punk, feminist wild kids (not always all-girl) who might’ve gotten by as an art collective if their songs hadn’t been so goddamn good. This probably isn’t going to be your first acquaintance with KLEENEX/LILIPUT, but if it is I am so excited for your tomorrow. The sealing of the deal is the 10” x 10” photo collage zine/booklet, which is basically modest pages from guitarist Marlene Marder’s complete KLEENEX/LILIPUT historical diary (available by emailing her for a shipping price at: ) — possibly the only thing in this world that could compare to these 46 tracks of total freedom through noise.

Consider this the last tick on your bucket list, gramps.

RIP Phil Vane 1967-2011

March 2nd, 2011 by

Phil Vane, from the seminal grind/crust band EXTREME NOISE TERROR, died on February 17, 2011. He was 43 years old. ENT session bassist Andi Morris sent us this remembrance of the legendary vocalist…

I remember the first time I met Phil. My band, Desecration, were on the last date of a European tour with EXTREME NOISE TERROR. This was during the period that Phil had left the band, but he had come along to the London show as he had not long moved back from Switzerland and was going to get on stage and perform a few old classics with the band. I had seen photos and videos of Phil playing in and old days of ENT  beforehand, and I thought I knew the kind of wild character I was about to meet. However, the person I was introduced to backstage at the London venue was a mild-mannered, charming, friendly and completely welcoming. Years later I discovered the true extent of his charm when he managed to talk himself and an entourage of us hungover punks onto a plane that was actually due to leave before we got to the check-in desk. Just a hint of the cheeky Vane smile and we were being escorted through the airport by stewardesses and onto the plane.

This was indicative of Phil as a person through and through. Always chatty, and incredibly humble, he would always take time to chat to fans and would always be found out in the crowd checking out the other bands on the bill. A music fan, and a punk to the core, he was always getting excited about such and such new band that he’d been sent a recording by, or had discovered on the web. Such excitement was often followed up in practical terms by him arranging tours or gigs with the bands that he was listening to.

I did not know Phil during his wild years and I’m sure that there are plenty of people out there with a crazy Phil story or two, but I am grateful for all the time I spent trapped in a sweaty van traveling the world with Phil, and am even more grateful for the hours I spent on stage with him.

RIP Phil Vane

As an addition I would also like to say that after having just spoken to Dean on the phone that he wanted to say RIP to his best friend, the most kind and honourable punk in the world, and that he is too choked to say more at the moment. He also wanted to say that “Extreme Noise Terror will continue!!”

Jaime Hernandez y otros en San Jose

March 2nd, 2011 by

Our old friend and shitworker Marc Arsenault of Wow Cool zine (amongst other claims to fame) brings us this report…

Jaime Hernandez comics on view in San Jose

Love & Rockets comics artist and Nardcore pioneer Jaime Hernandez has a rare exhibit of the original art for several of his complete Love & Rockets comics stories at the MACLA Gallery (Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana) in San Jose, California. Jaime is one of three artists included in the show “Novelas, Love and Other Adventures”at MACLA, which is on view through March 26, 2011. Also included in the show are the works of Oakland’s Favianna Rodriguez and Rio Yañez‘s 3D prints (glasses required) of performance artist Mayra Ramirez‘s “Las Adventures of the Ramirez Sisters.” The exhibition “presents graphic works and comic storytelling that explores the subculture of Latino barrio life, American punk, ’80s rock and new wave music, along with complex female protagonists.”

The complete art for the Love & Rockets strips “The Death of Speedy Ortiz” (all 39 pages), “Home School,” “Day By Day with Hopey,” and “Cream City” are on view. Jaime Hernandez’s original art is astoundingly clean and precise. This is the man who has given us the iconic art for Dr. Know and Ill Repute (and other Oxnard bands) and the many classic punk rock moments from the Love & Rockets comics. “If you were really hard core you would have thrown a full bottle”. This is one not to be missed.

Jaime Hernandez was the subject of an interview in MRR 332, the Punk Comics issue; and, he was also featured here in December.

MACLA, 510 S. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113,  (408) 998-ARTE
Free Admission

MACLA Gallery Hours:
Wednesday & Thursday, 12pm to 7pm
Friday & Saturday, 12pm to 5pm
and by special appointment

Full disclosure: Marc Arsenault was the designer and cover colorist on Love & Rockets way the hell back in 1996-97.