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"Who gives a fuck?"

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MRR Radio #1239 • 4/10/11

April 10th, 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: Rob brings it again with lots of new punk, pop and hardcore. Plus a nod to the almighty Jared Warren and some Bloodstains insanity. Rock on and rock hard!


Kriegshög (photo by Martin Sorrondeguy)

Intro song:
DEAD KENNEDYS – Anarchy for Sale

Rob – Ripping hardcore fresh from the record bins
TO HELL AND BACK – Street Train
COKE BUST – Time Left
LÄRM – Hippies
SLANG – Ill Peace Hymn
OFF! – Black Thoughts
BRUTAL TRUTH – What You Want
LACK OF INTEREST – The Edge of Clarity

Rob – Jared Warren is the common thread and a riff monster
KARP – Dueling Banshees
THE WHIP – Freelance Liaison
BIG BUSINESS – Just as the Day Was Dawning

Rob – More new rock ‘n’ roll
NOBUNNY – Hippy Witch
BARE WIRES – Young Love
KIDNAPPERS – Milkshake
DAVILA 666 – Mala

Rob – Bloodstains across Scandinavia
PELLE MILJOONA & N.U.S. – Olen Tyoton (Finland)
PF COMMANDO – Reggare (Sweden)
SENSUURI – Kirjoitan Seinaan (Finland)
OVERDOSE – Takkhold Kjert (Norway)

Rob – Tribute to the MRR compilations for days gone past
N.O.T.A. – Propaganda Control
CRUCIFIX – Annihilation

Outro song:
ALL YOU CAN EAT – They Won’t Stay Dead

Life During Wartime interviews: Moral Hex

April 10th, 2011 by

Fuck yes! Our longtime friends, kindred spirits, and partners-in-crime at KBOO’s Life During Wartime in Portland, OR, will be treating us to a series of interviews from bands who have performed live on their radio show in recent months. You’ll be hearing from Arctic Flowers, Bellicose Minds, Criaturas, Animals and Men, and more! Their inaugural post is an interview with Portland’s MORAL HEX, and the episode of Life During Wartime on which they appear can be heard here. For this interview, LDW’s Colin is at the helm…

Colin:  Go around and say name and instrument
Tonya: I’m Tonya and I do vocals.
David: I’m David, I play guitar.
Anya: I’m Anya, I play bass.
Maus: I’m Maus, I play drums.

Colin: Who started this band and how did it become fruitful?
Maus: Me.
Anya: Me and Tonya and Dave were in the Beaverton wetlands and we decided we were going to start a band with Maus.
Tonya: I think Anya and I were talking about how we wanted to do some kind of gothier, I don’t want to say goth, but darker, mid-tempo band. Her and Dave had written some songs together and we came in. Maus had just moved to town and, uh… we just got together in his basement and started playing and it just came together.

Colin: Who did most of the songwriting in the beginning?
Anya: Dave.
Tonya: I feel like we all write our own parts pretty much.
David: It comes together perfectly.
Anya: Dave would come up with it though, he’d come up with the first piece and then we’d all add stuff in.
Maus: Yeah, base everything else off that.
Tonya: I guess guitars come first, then you guys get together.
Anya: Not always.
Tonya: I’d say we’re pretty democratic, as far as that goes.
David: Definitely.
Anya: Cultural imperialists, actually laughs
Tonya: We respect each others space and let each other do our own thing.

Colin: Two of you are together. Do you think that changes the dynamic of the band or do you think it’d be the same without that?
Tonya: WHAT!! You guys are dating?!!?? (ha ha)
Anya: It’s different, kind of … we work on music together a lot cause we live together.
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The punk comics blog returns with Carrie McNinch!

April 7th, 2011 by

Our comic blog this time around is written by the incredible Robert Kirby, who really should be covered in a another blog post himself (maybe someday soon)… Enjoy!

Carrie McNinch might be the original punk dyke chick autobio cartoonist goddess. I remember I first encountered her work way back in the early ’90s when Roberta Gregory reprinted a strip from Carrie’s first solo comic zine, The Assassin and the Whiner, in the pages of Naughty Bits. But Carrie had been kicking around in the underground scene since she was but a mere slip of a thing in the late ’80s, contributing to titles such as G.B. Jones’ legendary queercore zine J.D.’s. In addition to Assassin, which debuted in late 1994, McNinch lent pages to many other zines of note, including Not My Small Diary and Alarm Clock (all about women in music), as well as rocking with her band Geko.

With The Assassin and the Whiner Carrie made her name by presenting her existence as it was — the rock and roll highs, the crushing lows, and those in-between days of introspection or bafflement — with an often excruciating honesty.  When her life went off the rails, alcohol, depression and anxiety rendered her incapable of writing or drawing (“…even if someone stuck a gun to my head”).  After a number of years, McNinch was finally able to move forward. Using Snakepit as inspiration, she managed to force herself to produce one diary comic every day as a way to ease herself back into creating: “… when January of 2005 rolled around I was surprised to realize that the drawing spark had indeed lit up in me once again.”  She literally drew herself out of the abyss — rescuing her creative self by activating that peculiar super secret power I believe all cartoonists carry within.

In 2006 Tugboat Press released her book, I Just Want Everything to be Okay, which documented Carrie’s transition from the final days of The Assassin and the Whiner to her current incarnation as a daily diarist chronicling her life with India ink and Rapidograph pens. Her present title, You Don’t Get There from Here, is already up to issue #17 since its birth in 2006, with each tiny new edition arriving jewel-like about three or four times a year. Each day is presented typically in a three-panel format (though sometimes just one or two), with three days captured per page. Groovily enough, every strip has a song of the day listed up top, and part of the fun for me reading YDGTFH is finding personal favorites. Among them: 10/13/08: “Runnin’ with the Devil”- Van Halen; 12/11/08: “In Shreds” – The Chameleons; and 7/10/09: “Right Place, Wrong Time” – Dr. John.

Like the very small handful of superior comics diarists, like John Porcellino and Vanessa Davis, Carrie knows how to delineate a seemingly mundane anecdote and transform it into something universal and relatable. Using her pared down, high-contrast, black-and-white visuals, she can capture with zen-like simplicity rain pouring outside a window, a brilliantly starry L.A. night sky, or the poetry in a drunken midnight swim. Reading YDGTFH is not always pretty, however, as she does not shy away from transmitting her worst moments to the page: those low self-image cycles, relapses with alcohol, and garden variety disconnections, loneliness and despair.  But there’s always tomorrow. Once out of the pain-and-darkness woods, simple pleasures await her: hanging with friends, drinking cappuccinos, reading and creating comics, cooking something wonderful (Carrie’s a bit of a foodie), going for a run in the hot sun, and cuddling up with Milo the cat for the latest episode of Mad Men.

The teeter-totter days of life are also there, as in the entry for 2/03/10, where McNinch has received her new AAA card: “I’ve been a member for 21 years?  How is that possible?” The bewilderment felt by those of us now in our 40s at the inexorable passage of time (thus the fear of being relegated to the dustbin of old uncoolness) is simply and amusingly related. When life occasionally gets more exciting, say, when Carrie has a terrifying encounter with a mountain lion on a routine run, you might find yourself gasping aloud. This particular first-hand experience of the randomness of existence (in the form of a dangerous wild animal) serves as a good reminder that plain old boring life is maybe not such a bad thing after all.

It takes incredible discipline to draw a comic strip, even a short one, every day of the week, 365 days a year, and to keep that up for five years and counting. It’s a real accomplishment when that work is terrific. Carrie McNinch, take a bow.

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Wow, what a show! Priapus/Burma/Backslider/Nimbus Terrifix/Shit Horse in Raleigh, NC

April 6th, 2011 by

Sorry for the brevity of this review — life kind of happened as it tends to do. To skip a few steps of explanation, I ended up filling in playing bass for the band Burma for this show. It was on April Fool’s Day at the Kent Street House in Raleigh, NC

Backslider (photo by Will Butler)

I got there nice and early after practicing with Burma for the first real time (the day of the show). I’m glad I was there early because I got to see Priapus play. Priapus is a tech grind band from Greensboro, featuring Kevin from Malebolgia. The band has the Discordance Axis-worshiping sound and almost sounds like a live Agoraphobic Nosebleed. I admit I left partway through their set to grab some equipment and get stoked to play.

Next was Burma with me on bass. I haven’t played in a band since I was 16 or 17, so it was good to do it again. Had no problem with the songs, having learned them over a two week time frame. To tell the truth, I keep getting them stuck in my head when I go to bed and wake up in the mornings, so I think I learned them too well. I was very lucid while playing so I can describe us surprisingly well. Drumming was tight; I don’t think I realized until we were playing how well Kane plays the drums… his drum fills perfectly led up to the endings of songs. I saw my roommate accidentally pull down part of the ceiling during the set. Matt, the singer, kicked a 24-pack out of someone’s hands who was throwing beer around on everybody. Here is a short video of the set, if you want to see my friend Patrick from Backslider haranguing me with his video camera:

Third to play was Backslider. I was hoping they’d have their new split out for the show, but no such luck. I also hoped that Pat would have the Mind As Prison/Disciples of Christ split out on his label. Those were not ready either. Bummer. What wasn’t a bummer was Backslider! Two-man power violence done up right. People were pretty still during their set. I don’t know if that is a bad thing, but it allowed me to get some great pictures in that small basement. Tight set.

Backslider (photo by Will Butler)

Nearing the end of the night, Nimbus Terrifix played. The band is ex-Dead Radical. They play a kind of orchestrated noise-violence. I think I was annoyed that I couldn’t get a good angle to take their picture. People finally woke up and got a bit crazy during their set.

Nimbus Terrifix (photo by Will Butler)

Last band was a local band called Shit Horse. They were a nice fresh sound after a night of hardcore. They were more of a psych garage rock band, I suppose you could say. They have a delightful front man who was being pretty funny the whole night, and wore a velour over-sized hoodie that made him look like he might be a boxer or an MC. During their set they had a girl in very little clothing, who was donning a horse head and a toy machine gun and dancing around in the crowd. Weird schtick but good music and something to talk about at the end of a good night.

Nimbus Terrifix and Backslider (photo by Will Butler)

Besides being MRR.com’s premier show reviewer/photographer combo, Will Butler‘s claims to fame are To Live A Lie Records and Fastcore Photos. 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!

MRR Radio #1238 • 4/3/11

April 4th, 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: Dan pulls/slops together an 11th hour show, with some help from Langford.


Intro songs:
LIVID – Bright Lights, Pubic Hair / Dead to Me

Dan starts off with a new set
NEON BLUD – Untitled 1
WEIRD TV – Sufrir
RAS – Vill Ha Mer
GG KING – Drug Induced State

And now Langford does a new set
WOOLF – Sandilands
SPIDER FEVER- Whatcha Gonna Do?
3 TOED SLOTH – Hangin’/…
WHOA HUNX – Lazy Days

And back to Dan
GETTING EVEN – End Credits
CHAOS DESTROY – Punks Are Vinyl Poisoning
HPP – Sludge Love

Western Michigan Comp-Hell-ation
JESUS CRISIS – Chain Reaction
POSITIVE NOISE – You’re the Problem

Dan recites the alphabet backwards again
ZÓNA A – Mam Vela Dôvodov
YDI – Not Shit
X-RAY SPEX – Artificial
WAR SQUAD – In My Rage

Outro song:
TYRADES – Vicious Rumors