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MRR Radio #1579 • 10/15/17

Strace and Strayla vote MITCH CARDWELL for President of Punk.  Intro song: AQUARIUM - Human Current Sounds from the New Bins MR. WRONG - ...

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Secreto Público

MRR Radio #1578 • 10/8/17

Matt is joined by Ben and Claudia for just another hour of the best new punk and hardcore worldwide! Intro ...

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Maximum Rocknroll #414 • Nov 2017

Are y'all ready for Maximum Rocknroll #414? Our November 2017 issue will teach you a thing or two all about ...

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Flipper rules, OK?

MRR Radio #1577 • 10/1/17

Phillip Greenlief spent an afternoon in the stacks. This is what he came up with. BAD RELIGION - You Are the ...

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New Blood! ESCØRT, WITCHTRIAL, JACKAL, VANTA, and UNIVERSAL PEACE

“New Blood” is our weekly feature spotlighting new bands from around the world! See below for info on how to submit. Now, ...

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Life During Wartime interviews:
Loose Values


June 9th, 2011 by

Hey, here’s the third Life During Wartime interview, from our good pals at KBOO’s Life During Wartime radio show in Portland, OR… This time Colin interviews Portland “burnouts” LOOSE VALUES, whose complete on-air performance can be heard here. Come laugh and cry with us, won’t you?…

Loose Values:
Patrick — drums and bass
Drew — guitar and bass
Justyn — guitar and drums

Colin: How did you decide to start playing as a band?

Justyn: Drew and myself have been playing for a while. We used to play in a Halloween band called Ray Davies Babies with Rabies [lots of background laughs] and that was really fun. We liked playing  music together.

Colin: And this Halloween band was it all sorts of stuff or…

Drew: Mostly ’60s psychedelic crap.

Justyn: And then Pat came and saved u.

Patrick: I rolled into town in my hoopty.

Colin: How did you come across your name? Sub-question: did you realize it’s a combination of the Black Flag songs “Loose Nut” and “No Values”?

Justyn: Yeah, we thought about that afterwards, but  really I was in the Bay Area and my friend — we’d been staying up all night, and he made us watch the Garbage Pail Kids movie. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen it but it’s pretty weird

Drew: It’s like a really badly made porn.

Justyn: It’s pretty awful, but it’s really great at the same time. We were watching it and we were kind of blown away in our overhang stupor, and our friend  walked in and said, “Oh, you guys like this huh?” And we said, “Yeah, but it’s so messed up. What is going on in this movie? It’s so weird and offensive.” He said, “Well, yeah, but you know they had loose values in the ’80s.” and I immediately fell in love with that name and told Drew about it, and there it is.

Colin: Next thing you know you’re here at KBOO telling the story. Are you guys playing in any other bands at present, or contributing to the punk scene in some other way?

Justyn: I don’t know about contributing [laughs]. We’re kind of burnouts, you know, we applaud from afar. Pat here is getting ready to go on tour with his other band, which is…

Patrick: I have a band called Warhammer 48k, and other band called Jealousy. But that’s all. Neither here nor there… Well, more there than here…

Justyn: It’s very there… but here, I play in another band. It’s kind of a heavy duty metal band called Weirding Module where I play drums. We’ve only played a handful of shows.

Drew: I make fried food.

Justyn: So do I! That’s weird, dude. We should work together sometime. [Wha-wuuuh sound effects — they do work together…]

Colin: So, Portland has  a pretty divided scene as far as punks, garage, etc. Where do you guys feel like you fit in?

Justyn: I guess I’ve notice that, but I’ve always done my own thing. I just like music. I’ve gone to every kind of show you can imagine, and hung out with different folks in this town. It’s definitely divided but we don’t’ give too much to that. We don’t really care. Do you think it’s divided?

Colin: Kind  of, but to each their own.

Drew: We just want to hug everyone. [Lots of talk about hugging and unity here…]

Colin: What is the funniest thing that’s happened to you as a band?

Justyn: Playing with Mike Hudson and Cheetah Chrome was pretty fun.

Drew: And entertaining.

Colin: And how’d that come about?

Justyn: We got asked. First we thought we were playing with the Pagans…

Drew: …then it turned out we were the Pagans for that show.

Justyn: Yeah, Drew got in contact with those guys to figure out what was going on. We ended up learning some Pagans songs and some Dead Boys songs, and we almost learned a Human Switchboard song.

Drew: We did… five minutes before we played it.

Colin: Did Cheetah sing or play guitar?

Justyn: He  sang and played on a Dead Boys song, and then him and — what’s that dude’s name?

Drew: Bob Pfifer. It was fun. It was really weird, but it was fun. It was a loose night.

Justyn: Really.

Drew: Sound checking with those guys and making it halfway through each song, and then they’d go “Okay, it’s fine.”

Justyn: Old, fragile burnouts. We see our future in them [laughs all around!] But it was an honor to play. We’ve been huge Pagans and Dead Boys fans forever so it was pretty amazing.

Drew: Yeah, it was a good night.

Colin: And what are your plans for the future? Demo coming out?

Justyn: We have a demo out now, actually. It’s been out for a while. I don’t know where you’ve been… and I can say the name of it because it’s the name of the demo (referring to FCC regulations).

Colin: Do it.

Justyn: It’s called Raging Bullshit. It’s a piece of art in itself [laughs from the crowd]. But, we’re getting ready to record this weekend over at Buzz or Howl, and I’m pretty excited about it.

Colin: Awesome. Any closing statements?

Justyn: No.

Colin: How should people contact you if they want you to play their shows?

Drew: Face… uh. [Everyone laughs]

Drew: We do have a band email:

Justyn: Bingo.

Drew: …and I’ll check it tomorrow.

Justyn: We’ll go see how many shows we have lined up tonight.

Thanks to Loose Values for playing and for playing records for the rest of the radio show.



Record of the Week: ANS/RAMMING SPEED split LP


June 8th, 2011 by

The Bay Area’s ANS has been gracing us with their brand of ’80s skate thrash crossover for years now, but these tracks venture into DEATH territory while still keeping the rad thrash vocals. The dude who sings for ANS has a perfect voice and delivery for this type of music: solid, more spoken than screechy metal growls. The last track goes into full on head bangin’ jam sesh with a messy sonic flangy meltdown. Fucking sweet. The lyrics are dark, even the ones about skating and growing up. There are lessons these guys are learning as they get older and lessons they are teaching, namely how to play skate thrash in a fresh, yet recognizable and traditional way. Props to their props to the late Bruce Roehrs with the song “Roehrs’ War.” Now the flipside… I have been a fan of Boston’s RAMMING SPEED since I saw them in a basement in Chicago. I wandered into a scene of sweaty, shirtless, denim-vested dudes wearing obscenely short jean shorts, “This song is about hanging out with your friends, havin’ a good time and eatin’ pizza. It’s called ‘Pizza Party!’” Then the first note struck. I don’t know if people take this band seriously with songs about pizza, but you should—these guys can fucking play. This band is dynamic to say the least. Delivering thrash metal with punk undertones, occasional blast beats, and definite D-beat moments with HC splattered all over this shit, there is not a boring moment. The vocals are harsh, scratchy and rage with a definite HC influence. The production on this is indeed pretty polished, but c’mon, this isn’t black metal, it’s fucking thrash. Get into it. This is a great split—two rad bands that play punk tinged thrash metal that know how to be serious, but don’t take themselves too seriously. Fucking awesome. (Tank Crimes)



Monday Photo Blog: Disclose!


June 6th, 2011 by

Rafael Yaekashi Karasu from Killer Records sent an email around saying he’d gotten ahold of some old/rare DISCLOSE photos from He put them on Flickr to share, so we thought we’d pass along the favor. Here’s a small handful. Check out more of them HERE.

Disclose circa 1995. Fukugawa and Kawakami

Disclose, live. 1995

Kawakami in 1995, during the same photo session that was used for the Visions of War e.p.

Disclose, live in Oita. 25 August 1996

Kawakami and Koushirou in front of the Sound Box, 1999

Disclose rehearsal, 1997

If you shoot shows and have photos you want to submit for the MRR Blog (or like today, have old photos of a killer band), 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. Please do not send watermarked photos. 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.



Maximum Rocknroll #338 • July 2011

The newest issue of Maximum Rocknroll is hot off the presses! In MRR #338, the July 2011 edition, we bring you an extensive interview with Japanese punk legends ZOUO discussing being a punk Japan, the current state of punk and more! Also check out our interviews with Mexico’s garage- and snot-punk fusion blowout INSERVIBLES, Australian Confuse-influenced noise punx KRÖMOSOM, and USELESS EATERS: garage rockers from Tennessee taking cues from Jay Reatard. We talk to blown out, gloomy, Confuse/Gai influenced D-beat punx from Arizona NIGHTGAUN, Canadian street-punk tinged hardcore band NO PROBLEM, Portland’s dark, heavy, mysterious, feedback laden RAW NERVES, Germany’s modern hardcore punks FAMILY MAN, and Virginia’s synthy death rock, dark wave punks LOST TRIBE. And we have a report/interview with Spain’s GATILLAZO in Mexico, playing with bands like Sedición, Alergia, Disolucion Social and more, plus the first part of an in-depth history of Czech punk. All of this, the most extensive record review section in punk rock, and all the columnists you love to hate to love!

SORRY — THIS ISSUE OF MRR IS SOLD OUT.



MRR Radio #1247 • 6/5/11


June 5th, 2011 by
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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: Mariam brings over a 30-pack of lukewarm Bud Light (not joking) and Fred, Langford, Dan and guest DJ Pete bring the terror to your computer terminal. Or radio dial, if that even exists anymore. Enjoy the pain/nonsense/tunes.

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Dead Dog

Intro song:
NORMALS – Memories

Fred – Here Comes the Memories
DEAD DOG – Barn
ASTRONAUTS – Everything Stops for Baby
CACAW – My Fork Your Flesh
UNDERGROUND RAILROAD TO CANDYLAND – That I Dunno
GUN OUTFIT – Adam Is a Dream

Dan – My Many Moods
DEATH TRAP – No Hicks
RAW NERVE – Born Under a Bad Sign
MAYDAY – In It to Win It
CAREER SUICIDE – Things Take a Turn

Langford – Yet Another Smooth Transition
COUSIN BRIAN – Do Stay Over
NEON BLUD – Neon Nite (7” edit)
COPROLITOS – El Ritual
HUGGY BEAR – Shaved Pussy Poetry
HYGIENE – Things to Do

Pete enjoys the ’90s
SUPERCHUNK – Cast Iron
(YOUNG) PIONEERS – Love Songs from the International Section
BORN AGAINST – My Favorite Housing Project

Outro song:
ONE LAST WISH – My Better Half