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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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Soapbox Abuse: Hardcore Nerds Help!

July 9th, 2011 by

Hey Punx! Here’s an unashamed cry for crowd-sourced help for the encyclopaedically minded among you. I’m working on a selected discography of all/majority-female, specifically hardcore, punk bands from 1980 thru now. It’s to accompany a chapter about the very same thing in a neat book called Women Make Noise coming out on an independent publisher in the not-too-distant future.

Amy Pickering of Fire Party at 924 Gilman (Photo by Matt Bokovoy)

There’s really not that much published on women in hardcore punk explicitly, which is why I’ve been asked to do this, and I chose 1980 because that’s when (according to those pesky dominant narratives, which we like to avoid, right?) punk is supposed to have mutated into “a violent mosh fest that made all punk women ever give it up to go play keyboards in a new wave band” (ahem, I paraphrase, but you know…)

While I’m plugging the internet depths, maybe there are some gems that you play every day that I’ll have missed, or a local band that never got out of town which should totally make this list because they plain ruled… or indeed maybe a new band that’s blown your mind with lady rage recently?

If so — comment! They don’t need to have internet presence necessarily, and can be from any country and any era, as long as they recorded something – but the more info you care to give the better. When the list done, it’ll be shared here, of course! If you want to know more, or feel like sending me your awesome suggestions and MP3s or anything like that: bryonybeynon AT gmail.com !

See this film! From the Back of the Room

July 7th, 2011 by

The DVD of the documentary From the Back of the Room has just been released and it looks amazing. Check out the trailer below and this interview with the filmmaker, which appeared in MRR #308 • Jan ’09 (available on our Back Issues page)

Amy Oden (a.k.a KC, a.k.a kc/dc) is, among many other things, a filmmaker from Washington, DC. In 2004, she produced the documentary After the Salad Days, which took a look at the state of hardcore in DC and Maryland at the time, and spent two years traveling the US and a bit of Canada interviewing women about their experiences in punk culture for her new documentary From the Back of the Room. By day, she works as a producer and editor for MHz Networks, a non-profit TV station based in Northern Virginia, and she also had a few things to say about her thoughts on the future of media.

—Intro and interview by Dan Goetz

MRR: First, talk a bit about yourself and your background in punk and film, and perhaps when the two started intermingling.

KC: I started going to shows my sophomore year of high school. At first I was going to more indie shows, and then started gradually getting into more subgenres of punk and figuring out where my musical taste fit in the grand scheme of things. Simultaneously, I was blessed with the fact that my high school offered some media literacy classes, which I think in hindsight are really important and should be required in general for high school students, because it was really beneficial in allowing me to see the way that popular culture exploits people. I was learning these things at school and at the same time getting into these subversive styles of music, so that’s around the time my consciousness really started to expand as far as far as wanting to live outside of the dominant culture. I started getting really interested in video production around that time and since then have become more immersed in both things. It’s sort of like these weird two halves of my identity and they’ve developed independently as well as intermingling with one another. Today, I have the fortunate ability to work in a non-profit media outlet, so I don’t feel like a total corporate whore, and have gained a real level of comfort and understanding as far as DIY culture and my participation in it and my hopes for the direction that it goes in.

MRR: How has your feminism interacted with all of this? I know that one of your interests in particular in regards to feminism is Media Studies

KC: Yeah, for sure. That also goes back to when I was a sophomore in high school. One of the first books I really started getting into was We the Media, which is an anthology of different articles by really progressive media critics, and one of the articles was by a woman named Jean Kilbourne, and she writes a lot about young women being affected by the media, specifically in terms of alcohol and tobacco advertising. The things that she was writing and the images that she was talking about really opened my eyes to lots and lots of different things and that’s when I started thinking about women’s oppression as a general thing. She also made a film called Killing Us Softly, which is this intense montage of how detrimental advertisements are, which for me was pretty profound. But at any rate, these things started in my life at the same point, and through reading lots of stuff, talking to lots of people, and going to school, my sense of feminism developed, as did my sense of what I could do in the larger context of historical feminist thought and my understanding of how things are going in the feminist movement. It’s like these things—feminism, media studies, and DIY—have always been tied together for me because of my interests.

MRR: Can you connect that point in your life to how After the Salad Days came to be? Was that your first big role in taking on production work in a film? Read the rest of this entry »

Tejas Video Meltdown #2 – Nü Sensae

July 6th, 2011 by

Welcome to the second installment of TVM, this time brought to you from the sticky floor of Austin mainstay Beerland. Despite being kinda low down on the bill, and playing only one time at a sort of peripheral-to-the-fest show, the chance to catch NÜ SENSAE live was a serious deal breaker in our attendance all the way from the U of K.

For the louts at the back, this Vancouver duo make the soundtrack to somethin’ seriously seismic. Their short set was a hidden nugget of totally furious tightness in a sea of sweat-encrusted averageness. It was pared down, spooky, and they managed to play the hardest and most directly blistering set I saw all Fest, albeit to less than thirty people.

Pfft, right? But those who missed them due to clashes or being in dumbo festival-fug mode, despair not because their intense two month (yeah, two month) “Clown Life” tour of the USA with British Colombia buds White Lung is not yet over! To whet your appetite, see here and peep the remaining dates here. Without further ado, here is the footage. Feeeeel the Darkness.

Nü Sensae live at Beerland (June 3rd, 2011)

Monday Photo Blog: Tuesday edition

July 5th, 2011 by

Pardon my tardiness. Monday Photo Blog on Tuesday afternoon. I’m still recovering from eating my weight in hot dogs (about 986 of ’em), washing them down with Budweisers and chanting USA! USA! USA! in my best Tom Hopkins voice. A little hoarse, a little full. Thanks for your patience.

And what better way to celebrate the 4th of July than post a bunch of photos of killer European hardcore bands? Moritz Krehon shot these photos in Vienna back in March. Those of you on the East Coast of the US might have caught Ydinperhe on their rest tear through the States.

Ydinperhe at EKH, Vienna, Austria, 12 March 2011 (photo by Moritz Krehon)

The Carnival at EKH, Vienna, Austria, 12 March 2011 (photo by Moritz Krehon)

Pöbelstunk at EKH, Vienna, Austria, 12 March 2011 (photo by Moritz Krehon)

Carnival and Ydinperhe at EKH, Vienna, Austria, 12 March 2011 (photo by Moritz Krehon)

If you shoot shows and have photos you want to submit for the MRR Blog – or 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. And it’s best to send pictures of different bands, send a selection of your best photos. 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 about 600 pixels (72 dpi) at the longest side.

MRR Radio #1251 • 7/3/11

July 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: Merm and Layla destroy the patriarchy using the tools offered to them by punk rock.


Kandeggina Gang

Intro song:

Mariam’s “Dicks are for losers” set
NOG WATT – Big Warning, Big Mistake
FERTIL MISERIA – Los Generales

Layla’s Teenage Tantrum
HUL – Ingenting
UNIT 3 + VENUS – Beer
RAOOUL – Spirit of 78

Mariam is Geeking on Greek
ADIEXOD – (1st song on the A-side of the Diataraxi Comp from 1984)
BIRTH WARD ’82 – The Greatest War
STRESS – (last song on the B-side of the Diataraxi Comp from 1984)

Layla does it Eye-talian Style
BEDBOYS – Se Un Giordo Accadesse
CRACKED HIRN – Vomoeterra
NEGAZIONE – Tutti Pazzi

Mariam doesn’t want the kids to spend their money on shit they maybe haven’t heard
MG15 – Genocido
DESPERAT – Vi Förstör Vår Jord
PERDITION – System Hell

Outro song:
ATENTADO – Todo esta Oscuro