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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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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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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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Top Tens from MRR #341 • October 2011


September 21st, 2011 by

Hi kids! Every month, a couple weeks after the magazine comes out, we post our reviewers’ monthly top tens from the latest issue of Maximum Rocknroll. This one’s from MRR #341, the October 2011 issue. Destroy after reading!

Mariam Bastani

Mariam Bastani
RATIONAL ANIMALS-Bock Rock Parade-LP
RAW NERVE-Midnight-EP
LOWEST FORM-Infinity-EP / TOTAL CONTROL-LP
RAZORXFADE-LP / BROWN SUGAR-flexi
MORBO-LP / POPULATION-EP
A//NARCOLEPSIA/SIERVOS DE NADIE-split LP
CERVIX-Life Fucker-EP
ED SCHRADER’S MUSIC BEAT-45
DIVORCE-EP / DEATHRATS-Give Up-EP
INFERNÖH-demo / MALE NURSES-live

Brace Belden

Brace Belden
JUST URBAIN-Everybody Loves Just Urbain-EP
INCREDIBLE KIDDA BAND-Everybody Knows-45
COUNT VERTIGO-I’m a Mutant/X Patriots-45
PARASITES OF THE WESTERN WORLD-45
YOUNG IDENTITIES-New Trends-EP
BLANK REALM-Hey Little Child-45
JOHN WESLEY COLEMAN III / TIMMY’S ORGANISM-split EP
TOTAL CONTROL-Henge Beat-LP
SKINNIES-I’m a Dullard/Out of Order-45
RATIONAL ANIMALS-Bock Rock Parade-LP

Justin Briggs

Justin Briggs (is back!)
RAW NERVE-Midnight-EP
RATIONAL ANIMALS-Bock Rock Parade-LP
LOWEST FORM-Infinity-EP
RAZORXFADE-LP
CONVERGE/DROPDEAD-split EP
MARABOOTS-A Genoux-EP
PSUDOKU-Space Grind-LP
MAJOR DAMAGE-Power of One-EP
TOTAL CONTROL-Henge Beat-LP
ANTHROT-demo / INFERNÖH-demo

Tim Brooks
TOTAL CONTROL-Henge Beat-LP
DEAD MOON-all reissues
CULTURE SHOCK-Everything-CD
MARABOOTS-A Genoux-EP
THE ENERGY-Get Split-LP
NERVESKADE-Noise Pollution-EP
COUNT VERTIGO-I’m a Mutant/X Patriots-45
THE ARRIVALS/TOYS THAT KILL-live
YOUNG IDENTITIES-New Trends-EP
CERVIX-Life Fucker-EP

Robert Collins

Robert Collins
LOWEST FORM-Infinity-EP
PSUDOKU-Space Grind-LP
TOTAL CONTROL-Henge Beat-LP
VILE INTENT-EP / MORBO-De Baja Calidad-LP
ISTERISMO-LP / SMASH DETOX-EP
POPULATION-Artifacts-EP
NOSEDIVE-demo / PERMANENT RUIN-demo
MAJOR DAMAGE-EP / LEBAKKO-EP
INFERNAL ROT-EP / CERVIX-EP
SYNTHETIC ID-demo / DEKODER-demo

Dougie!

Sean “Dougie” Dougan
PENETRATION PANTHERS-Perpetual ’80s-EP
NERVESKADE-Noise Pollution-EP
DOOM-Police Bastard-EP
JOHN WESLEY COLEMAN III / TIMMY’S ORGANISM-split EP
RITES-LP
THE ARRIVALS/TOYS THAT KILL-live
SMART COPS-Per Proteggere E Sevire-LP
YOUNG IDENTITIES-New Trends-EP
INCREDIBLE KIDDA BAND-Everybody Knows-45
WHATEVER BRAINS-LP

Layla G

Layla Gibbon
TOTAL CONTROL-Henge Beat-LP
YOUNG IDENTITIES-New Trends-EP
LOWEST FORM-Infinity-EP
DEAD MOON-All Reissues
RATIONAL ANIMALS-Bock Rock Parade-LP
RAW NERVE-Midnight-EP / BROWN SUGAR-flexi
DIVORCE-Love Attack/Meating-45
BROWN SUGAR-flexi / EAGLE BOYS-Kambalda-EP
CERVIX-EP / DEATHRATS-EP
JOHN WESLEY COLEMAN III/TIMMY’S ORGANISM-split EP

Dan Goetz

Dan Goetz
MALE NURSES-live
RAW NERVE-Midnight-EP
DOOM-Police Bastard-EP
HYSTERICS-live / CERVIX-EP
THOMAS JEFFERSON SLAVE APARTMENTS-EP
RAZORXFADE-LP
DEAD MOON-Defiance & In the Graveyard-LPs
BROKEN WATER-live / MAJOR DAMAGE-EP
DIVORCE-EP / DEATHRATS-EP
TOTAL CONTROL-LP / NARWHAL-tape

Bob Goldie (circa 1986)

Bob Goldie
PIZZA OD-Cigarettes-EP
RAZORXFADE-LP
VILE INTENT-Regression to the Mean-EP
MAJOR DAMAGE-Power of One-EP
PUKEOID-EP / SMART COPS-LP
V/A-Best of Unsound Bands 1983-85-LP
SKINNIES-I’m a Dullard/Out of Order-45
INCREDIBLE KIDDA BAND-Everybody Knows-45
CRISIS OF CONFORMITY-Fist Fight/Kick It Down-45
NIGHTBRINGER-31st and Michigan/A Better Tomorrow-45

Kenny Kaos
Out introducing the people of the world to early ’80s California beach punk

Carolyn Keddy
Out freeing the KUSF airwaves from corporate overlords!

Ray Lujan
COPYRIGHTS-North Sentinel Island-LP
CRISIS OF CONFORMITY-Fist Fight/Kick It Down-45
CULTURE SHOCK-Everything-CD
DIRECT HIT-CD / HALF-HEARTED HERO-LP
INCREDIBLE KIDDA BAND-Everybody Knows-45
LIPSTICK VIBRATORS-The Prick…-CD
POPULATION-Artifacts-EP
GRAHAM REPULSKI-Into An Animal-CD
SMART COPS-LP / VOLT GHOSTS-LP
CHANNEL 3-live / THE CARPETTES-live

Marissa Magic
DIVORCE-Love Attack/Meating-45
DEAD MOON-all reissues
V/A-Bloodstains Across Ontario-EP
BED WETTIN’ BAD BOYS-Nobody Else/Help-45
ISTERISMO-Vittimo Del Confuzione: 2005-2010-LP
RAW NERVE-Midnight-EP
PARASITES OF THE WESTERN WORLD-45
CHAOTIC NEUTRAL-Strangers-EP
CERVIX-Life Fucker-EP
CONTRA TODOS MIS MIEDOS-Cólera-EP

Fred Schrunk

Fred Schrunk
DEAD MOON-all reissues
DIVORCE-Love Attack/Meating-45
POPULATION-Artifacts-EP
DEATHRATS-Give Up-EP
LEBAKKO-En Tullut…-45
ADELITAS-No Hay Descanso-LP
COUNT VERTIGO-I’m a Mutant/X Patriots-45
BED WETTIN BAD BOYS-Nobody Else/Help-45
LOWEST FORM-Infinity-EP
BLACK WINE-LP / TENEMENT-LP

Martin Sorrondeguy(!)

Martin Sorrondeguy
POPULATION-Artifacts-EP
TOTAL CONTROL-Henge Beat-LP
PUKEOID-EP / DARK AGES-Can America-LP
ISTERISMO-Vittimo Del Confuzione: 2005-2010-LP
CERVIX-EP / RAW NERVE-EP
MORBO-De Baja Calidad-LP
CHAOTIC NEUTRAL-Strangers-EP
LOWEST FORM-EP / MAJOR DAMAGE-EP
SEPTIEMBRE ONCE, BB KID, TEORA DE KAOS, VICTIMAS, BUZZCOPS, BUSH, SPEED KILLS-live

Top Ten Zines
Accept the Darkness #6
Broke Ass #3
Rot #1 & #2
Stitches in My Head #1
DSS #3
Get Fit for the Pit #1
Sing Me Back Home
Raging Pelican #2
Standard Issue #12
Negative Reaction #16



Monday Photo Blog: Useless Rebel edition


September 19th, 2011 by

After the awesome blast-from-the-past of Bill Daniel’s photos from last week I thought it appropriate to return to today for this Monday’s photos. Dante Torrieri/Useless Rebel sent a handful of photos from some shows in Philadelphia that stood out. It’s hard getting good, close-up shots of bands that still manage to capture any kind of emotion or excitement. Dante’s managed to do it with these photos. He regularly has photos in the Philly webzine Blow The Scene, or you can see plenty more photos at his Flickr site. DIG IN!

Toxic Holocaust at the Barbary, Philadelphia, PA, 17 August 2011 (photo by Useless Rebel)

World/Inferno Friendship Society at First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, PA, 13 July 2011 (photo by Useless Rebel)

Kromosom at the Barbary, Philadelphia, PA, 3 July 2011 (photo by Useless Rebel)

NAILS, This Is Hardcore 2011, Starlight Ballroom, Philadelphia, PA 12 August 2011 (photo by Useless Rebel)

From Ashes Rise, This Is Hardcore 2011, Starlight Ballroom, Philadelphia, PA, 14 August 2011 (photo by Useless Rebel)

Send your tour photos, bands that have come through your town, the best of your local bands, etc. to: Include your name, the band, where and when it was shot, and a link to your website (or flickr, Facebook, or whatever). Just send your best photos — edit tightly. Three to five photos is plenty, and it’s best to send pictures of different bands. Please do not send watermarked photos. We like to exercise a little quality control here…not everything sent in will be posted. Please make your photos 72 dpi and about 600–800 pixels at the longest side. Thanks!



MRR Radio #1262 • 9/18/11


September 18th, 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: Rotten Ron gets high and gets the show done with a little help from his friends (minus Halitosis).

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Intro song:
AMEBIX – Knights of the Black Sun

Adam – Hotdog Music from Down Unda!
CHOSEN FEW – The Jokes On Us
LEFTOVERS – I Only Panic When There’s Nothin to Do
NEWS – Dirty Lies
JOHNNY DOLE & THE SCABS – Little Lord Punk
THOUGHT CRIMINALS – More Suicide Please

Dumpy – International Offensive Loud Punk
ATAACK EPILEPTICO – Mundo Animal
MCD – Asesinado Por La TV
ATOXXICO – Niños Maltratandos
MAU MAUS – Nowhere to Run
THE ELECTED OFFICIALS – Your God Sucks

Chad – Rock ‘n’ Roll Deathcamp
NO PROBLEM – Most Days
UK SUBS – Lie Down and Die
SOCIAL CIRKCLE – No I Won’t
GBH – Desperate Times
THE DRIPS – Mexico
RKL – Why?

Rotten Ron Loves the World
DOPECHARGE – Plutonium Bomb
MEAT SLUTS – Skank Yank
GEHENNA – I Am Your Tormentor

Outro song:
NINE POUND HAMMER – Run Fat Boy Run



Record of the Week: ISTERISMO Vittima del Confuzione: 2005–2010 LP


September 15th, 2011 by

What can really be said about this wild bunch? First off, I think that people who say ISTERISMO sounds like WRETCHED, or DECLINO, or IMPACT, etc., are just confused or have never heard those bands. Maybe there are some lifted riffs hidden in there, but if you can point me to someone that can pick any riffs out of this fuzz, I’ll eat my hat. (Not really, I actually don’t care one bit, so…) Yes, they are fast, and yes, they sing in Italian, but these noisy Japanese punkers have a sound all their own. Bottom line is that this band plays awesome raw hardcore that fits in with the whole blown-out, violent, roaring sounds that the shoelace-headband set of neo-hipster noise crusters are all aflutter over these last few years. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, because this scene (in Japan especially) has produced some of my favorite wild hardcore records in recent years, and the ISTERISMO EP Non Puo Sopprimere il Mio Conflitto—which is collected on this here LP—is one of them. This discography LP, also contains their trax from the Deny the Report vol. 5 CD, Yotsuva, and Hardcore Inferno comps, their first demo, split tape with TERROR, and a live cassette. There’s a lot of music here and very little variation, so if hissing feedback, screaming maniacs, and unrefined walls of noise hurdling at you at 100 miles per hour isn’t your thing, steer clear, but for me it’s bliss. (540 Records)



The Dimming of the Day: Remembering Kathy Johnston of the Mydolls


September 13th, 2011 by

By David Ensminger, excerpted from Houston Press

Sometimes people come into our lives with the force, elegance, and nimbleness of water. Musician, photographer, and patient advocate Kathy Johnston invoked those traits. “Kathy was such a huge part of our lives. We already miss her intensely,” band mate and friend Trish Herrera is quick to testify.

My own heart filled with crows when I heard that she passed away barely beyond midnight on Sept. 4th, 2011, due to a longtime bout with leukemia, which stirred an outpouring of sympathy on punkwomen.wordpress.com, where Tracy Richardson noted, “Kathy was a talented musician, animal lover, friend and humanitarian. I am one of the many who will miss her. She helped me be a better person.”

The Mydolls in 2009 (L-R): Kathy Johnston, Trish Herrera, Linda Younger and Dianna Ray (photo by David Ensminger)

A bit estranged after returning to Houston after my stint in Oregon a few years ago, I soon encountered the Mydolls. Fortunately, they opened their arms and welcomed me. I began snapping photos of the band, documenting their lore and ephemera, curating their archives, and evening substituting on drums for original member George Reyes when he was stuck out-of-town. Bass player Dianna Ray and guitarist and singer Trish Herrera became vital “informants” for a series of articles I penned examining women, Hispanics, and gays and lesbians in the punk and hardcore scene. These texts later formed the backbone of my book Visual Vitriol.

The band was already legendary in my mind, ever since hearing them in the mid-1980s on the Cottage Cheese From the Lips of Death compilation. Being their companion only increased my awe as they helped me organize gigs benefiting victims of heart disease and cancer and led efforts to popularize, promote, and teach at Girl’s Rock Camp Houston. Kathy Johnston, the iconic fifth Mydoll married to Dianna Ray, was a heartfelt, diligent presence during all these activities, bringing her wit and honesty to the forefront.

“In the 1990s, we had a couple of short-lived bands. Women with Instruments (WWI) and Black Dresses with Kathy. WWI was a crazy fun band with an euphonium player!” Herrera recalls with glee. “Black Dresses was more of a folk-oriented type musical endeavor, and we wrote wonderful songs, helped raise money for animal rights activist groups, and played out a few times, but never really got it off the ground. It was then we discovered how talented Kathy was at guitar, who led most of the creative power behind the Black Dresses combo. The late 1990s brought Mydolls back together to perform occasionally, and we asked Kathy to join us.”

This past summer, Johnston joined my band No Love Less, featuring half of the Mydolls, at Sugar Hill Studios, where she acted as a dependable, acute ear as we re-cut songs for our first EP. She teased me about the homemade smoothie I kept at my side, which she thought might be chock-full of calories. Such easygoing humor was a distinct trait.

“There are models for the person who you would easily welcome into your trust,” tells Bob Weber, drummer for Really Red and Anarchitex. “It was obvious at the first moment that I met her, many years ago, that Kathy was loving and honest and tender and vibrant. I was merely lucky to have known her due to my long time friendship with Dianna, and honored to be present at the ceremony of their partnership. I am not a poet, so what should I say except ‘I loved her.’”

Singer Mary Manning has not forgotten the tenderness that Johnston provided guests at her home as well, “Kathy was the consummate care giver–always concerned about the comfort of her friends. When I used to stay with her and Dianna, she always took care that the bed was made — with the cleanest sheets, lots of pillows, plenty of blankets — and always a stuffed animal, just in case you needed it!”

On stage, when I played with the Mydolls, Johnston would effortlessly pound her percussive bells alongside me as I tried to mimic Reyes’ Latin and tribal-infused drum wizardy. More so, her guitar work, nuanced and willowy, made the Mydolls’ tunes richer and more deeply woven. “She and I had a private language when we played, and it made the experience so earthy and grounded having her there. In Kathy’s honor, Mydolls is gonna record “Don’t Fucking Die.” With fierce love forever, Kathy. Fuck Cancer! Oh Cancer UP YOURS!” angrily remonstrates Herrera.

Determined to play live music even in her days of sickness this past scorching summer, Johnston became an emblem of punk fortitude and perseverance, resilience and passion. The Houston community will miss her deeply and fondly. In those chords forever buzzing, others will come forth to build a new nation, in which no lovers, anywhere, should be at the mercy of unjust laws.

Johnston and Ray married in 2005 and lived without bounds; others are not so lucky. Her memory will keep generations focused, and keep the beat pulsing to a revolution worth dancing to. As Keri Knott recounts, Johnston’s “energy stretched across the room” when she met her. Now, that energy stretches forth, tirelessly, connecting the spheres, as Walt Whitman once wrote, ‘Till the bridge you will need, be form’d – till the ductile anchor hold.”