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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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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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Jackal (photo by Zack Rogers)

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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Record of the Week: JOHN HENRY WEST Door Bolted Shut LP+CD


December 22nd, 2011 by

This shouldn’t be a sudden realization to anyone, but every era, generation, and microcosm of punk/hardcore has its benchmark records that define the sound, attitude, and climate of what is going on in the moment. To me it’s records like Young Loud and Snotty, (GI), Jealous Again, Pick Your King, Loud and Clear, Dehumanization, My War, Can’t Close My Eyes, You’re Only Young Once…, Wind of Pain, Severing the Last Barred Window, the TALK IS POISON 7”s — I could go on for a while — that embody this, and I personally consider 1993’s lone 7” from the Bay Area’s JOHN HENRY WEST to be among them. Not only is it one of the best of its time, but one of the best of all-time, so the review gods are a-smiling on me this month.

Much like HEROIN, people like to throw around words like “emo” and “screamo” when referring to JHW, but that shit can be left at the door, ‘cause this is hardcore, plain and simple. Hell, even with its near complete lack of machismo, there are some parts in here that could be described as “hard” by some standard — and I just now noticed some riffs that were definitely copped by another popular Bay Area hardcore band from a few years back, that I won’t name, but in hindsight it makes perfect sense to me. JHW’s songs were usually fast, incredibly driving, dynamic, pissed off, technical, noisy and often chaotic, with great, tuneful chiming guitar melodies similar to Revolution Summer-era DC punk; a great light shining on my ideal sound for youth in the early 1990s.

Front to back, this record is like one guitar flourish, vocal pattern, and stomping intro after another that will no doubt get stuck in your head once these tunes get enough spins to become familiar. The vinyl part of this reish has the 7” on the A side, and the trax from the 3/12/93 and A History of Compassion and Justice 7” comps, plus two unreleased joints (!!!!!) on the flip. The two new ones, “John Henry West” and “Ammunition Aired,” fare perfectly well alongside songs that have been with me for the last eighteen years, and I can’t help but listen to them one-by-one, several times in a row like they are in catch-up mode, before moving on.

To be honest, I only bought this reish for the unreleased stuff, since I already had the rest, but that was before I knew about the accompanying 22-track CD, which has JOHN HENRY WEST’s demo tape, seven live songs from their 50th/last show at Gilman, and nine songs from the band playing a radio sesh at WUSB on Long Island. None of the songs here are exclusive and are all better represented sonically on the releases and non-releases that are on the LP part of this package, but the Gilman set is definitely chock full of that reckless abandon and chaos that one would expect from this band in a live setting (sadly, I never got to see ‘em), and similar can be said for the radio show, which ends with a short interview; all of which I’m stoked to have. I’m normally not one for reissues, but this package got the full glorious treatment that it was due and I can’t recommend it highly enough to those unfamiliar with one of the all time greats, and still worth it for those in the know for the two new tracks alone.

(Ebullition Records)



Top Tens from MRR #344 • January 2012


December 20th, 2011 by

Punk rockers! 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 #344, the January 2012 issue. Savor the goodness…

Mariam Bastani

Mariam Bastani
INSERVIBLES-LP
VACCUUM-Never Defeated-EP
BLOODKROW BUTCHER-Endless FIelds of Rotting Sacks-EP
1984-Why Not-LP
WHITE TEARS-One More Label-EP
CLOUD RAT/OILY MENACE/WOLBACHIA-split LP
LOW LIFE-EP / MIGRAINE-EP
KVOTERINGEN-EP / RAPID LOSS-EP
V/A-Kotaro Mission-EP / DRY HUMP-LP
EFFLUXUS-live / PROTO REGIME-live

Justin Briggs

Justin Briggs
PANIKOS-Awakening From Lethargy-LP
HUNTED DOWN-demo CS
DRY HUMP-Fucks Your Ears-LP
PERIPHERIQUE EST-both EPs
MIGRAINE-Four Humors-EP
LOW LIFE-Sydney Darbs-EP
WHITE TEARS-One More Label-EP
KVOTERINGEN-Storfinansen-EP
BLOODKROW BUTCHER-Endless FIelds of Rotting Sacks-EP
V/A-Kotaro Mission-EP

Tim Brooks
Out to lunch…

Mitch Cardwell

Mitch Cardwell
LITTLE QUEENIE-live
DWARF-Gotta Get Louder/I Won’t Be Back-45
PERIPHERIQUE EST-both EPs
SHARP BALLOONS-Evening News-EP
DEAD FARMERS-Out the Door/Never Enough-45
SHIT DOGS-Present the History of Cheese-2xEP
SEX CULT-Errand Boy-EP
VIDEO-Leather Leather-LP
MATTIN-Exquisite Corpse-LP
SEX CHURCH-Growing Over-LP

Robert Collins

Robert Collins
RATOS DE PORÃO-30th anniversary live
POSSUIDO PELO CÃO-live
DEFY-live & EP
CÄTÄRRO-live
GALINHA PRETA-live & demo
TIKEI ZERO-live & demo
FILHOTINHO-live & demo
WILD CHILD-demo / D.E.R. – live
TRUNCHEONS-demo / ESKATA PIRATA-live
POOR CHOICE-EP / BLOODKROW BUTCHER-EP

Dougie!

Sean “Dougie” Dougan
SECTION 13-Burning Bridges-CD
GLITTER WIZARD-Solar Hits-LP
VACCUUM-Never Defeated-EP
PERIPHERIQUE EST-EP1-EP
CAT PARTY-Rhapsody in Black-LP
TERROR VISIONS-World of Shit-LP
1984-Why Not-LP
PROTESTANT-Stalemate-10”
CYANIDE PILLS-Up Against the Wall/Lying Low-45
CONQUEST FOR DEATH-One Definition of Success-EP

Layla G

Layla Gibbon
HOUSEHOLD-Items-LP
CRUDDY-Negative World-LP
SHARP BALLOONS-Evening News-EP
INSERVIBLES-LP
SEX CULT-Errand Boy-EP
BRAUSEPÖTER-Bundeswehr/Keiner Kann Uns Ab-45
LOW LIFE-Sydney Darbs-EP
TOTAL ABUSE-Prison Sweat-LP
PERIPHERIQUE EST-both EPs
VIDEO-Leather Leather-LP

Dan Goetz

Dan Goetz
VACCUUM-Never Defeated-EP
MIGRAINE-Four Humors-EP
INSERVIBLES-LP
VIDEO-Leather Leather-LP
RAPID LOSS-EP / 1984-LP
SUNSHINE SS-Teen Choices-EP
CONQUEST FOR DEATH-One Definition of Success-EP
TOTAL ABUSE-Prison Sweat-LP
SEX CULT-Errand Boy-EP
CRITICAL POINT-Trial and Error-EP

Bob Goldie (circa 1986)

Bob Goldie
TOTAL ABUSE-Prison Sweat-LP
SUNSHINE SS-Teen Choices-EP
RAPID LOSS-EP / SATELLITES OF LOVE-EP
AMOEBAS-LP
STILL BORN-Answers Left Unquestioned-LP
POST TEENS-Bleached Heads-EP
REACTORS-It’s Not Important/Cold Eyes-45
JOHN HENRY WEST-Door Bolted Shut-LP
CIRIL-Sick Surreal-LP
TERROR VISIONS-World of Shit-LP

Kenny Kaos
HOLLYWOOD/Mean Jeans -split EP
FASTBOYZZZ-Suck It/The Kids Are Back in School-45
CYANIDE PILLS-Up Against the Wall/Lying Low-45
CRISIS HOTLINES-Don’t Wanna Go to Jail-EP
PAPER BAGS-Prick-EP
MAXIES-Going Clubbing-EP
POST TEENS-Bleached Heads-EP
SEX CULT-Errand Boy-EP
PERIPHERIQUE EST-EP2-EP
Budget Rock Fest-live

Carolyn Keddy
THE MONSTERS-Pop Up Yours!-CD
PERIPHERIQUE EST-EP1-EP
DEAD FARMERS-Out The Door/Never Enough-45
DADFAG/GIRLS OF PORN-split EP
SEX CULT-Errand Boy-EP
VIDEO-Leather Leather-LP
CAT PARTY/LA CORDE-split EP
SHARP BALLOONS-Evening News-EP
GLITTER WIZARD-Solar Hits-LP
PAPER BAGS-Prick-EP / TERROR VISIONS-LP

Ray Lujan
GATEWAY DISTRICT-Perfect’s Gonna Fail-CD
BANNER PILOT-Heart Beats Pacific-CD
BRIDGE AND TUNNEL-Rebuilding Year-CD
CAT PARTY-Rhapsody in Black-LP
CHERRY BOMB-CD / CYANIDE PILLS-45
DAN-Thology-CD / DAN PADILLA-CD
DEAD TO ME-Moscow Penny Ante-CD / P-90’s-CD
PAPER BAGS-EP / WIDE ANGLES-EP
THE DAMNED-live
WILD FLAG-live / CUTE LEPERS-live

Marissa Magic

Marissa Magic
SEWN LEATHER-live
TOTAL ABUSE-Prison Sweat-LP
TERROR VISIONS-World of Shit-LP
VACCUUM-Never Defeated-EP
LOW PLACES-EP / SEX CHURCH-LP
RAINBOW PERSON-Trade.Labor.Vocation-EP
MIGRAINE-Four Humors-EP
PER PURPOSE-implicating More Than One-LP
DEGREASER-Bottom Feeder-LP
Nuts! #8 release party

Fred Schrunk

Fred Schrunk
SHARKPACT-Ditches-LP
UH-OH-LP
HOUSEHOLD-Items-LP
SCREAMING FEMALES-all reissues
CRUDDY-Negative World-LP
INSERVIBLES-LP
SHARP BALLOONS-Evening News-EP
BUFFALO BANGERS-Blockader/Granite Grandma-45
BRAUSEPÖTER-Bundeswehr/Keiner Kann Uns Ab-45
PERIPHERIQUE EST-both EPs

Martin Sorrondeguy(!)

Martin Sorrondeguy
1984-Why Not-LP
VACCUUM-Never Defeated-EP
WHITE TEARS-One More Label-EP
SUNSHINE SS-Teen Choices-EP
RAPID LOSS-A Dark Place-EP
POOR CHOICE-Teenage Love is Beautiful-EP
BLOODKROW BUTCHER-Endless FIelds of Rotting Sacks-EP
DRY HUMP-Fucks Your Ears-EP
INSERVIBLES-LP
VIDEO-Leather Leather-LP

Top Ten Zines
Shotgun Seamstress #6
Nuts! #8
Bananarchy: A Journey of Desire Peeled
More Noize #7
Raw Deal #13
Always Never Fun #5
Blod
Morgenmuffel #19
No Exit #4
Blinko’s Army



Monday Photo Blog: Sarja Hasan


December 19th, 2011 by

This installment of  the Monday Photo Blog comes from Sarja Hasan. Five shots of some heavies. Atmospheric with style.

Mundo Muerto (photo by Sarja Hasan)

Lost Tribe (photo by Sarja Hasan)

Midnight (photo by Sarja Hasan)

Religious War (photo by Sarja Hasan)

Government Warning (photo by Sarja Hasan)

Send your tour photos, bands that have come through your town, the best of your local bands, etc. to: (note new email address!). Include your name, the band (or subject) in the photo, 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 seven photos is plenty, and it’s best to send pictures of different bands. Please do not send watermarked photos. Please make your photos 72 dpi and about 600–800 pixels at the longest side. Not everything sent in will be posted, and a response is not guaranteed, but we do appreciate all of your contributions — and feel free to submit more than once. Thanks!



MRR Radio #1275 • 12/18/11


December 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 and crew bring warm holiday feelings and joy to all you fucks.

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Intro song:
WORKING STIFFS – 1974

Amelia – Punks Not Dead
ZYANOSE – Dance Disorder
GASH (USA) – Power Fucker
!ACTION PACT! – Suicide Bag
GASH (Australia) – God Is Dead

Adam – Hot Dog Music
PAPER BAGS – Normal Shit
SYDNEY DUCKS – He Lives for Today
BELTONES – Better Than a Kick in the Head
PROBLEMATICS – I Guess I’m Not Cool Enough for You

Raquel – Punk as Fuck
TOTAL CHAOS – Final Solution
TRIBE 8 – Prison Blues
DR. KNOW – Pandora’s Box

Hal – Xmas Up Your Ass
P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S. – Cold Cold Rain
OUTDOORSMEN – Pornographic Stockpiles
GOD GIVEN ASS – Gold Fish Think Tank
TOYOTAS – Kicks And Screams

Rotten Ron – Fuckin’ Ayyyy
CRIATURAS – Quemado en la Hoguera
AMOEBAS – No Emotion

Rotten Ron – Joy to the Fuckin’ World
CREAMERS – Bob Kringle
IMPACT – Punk Christmas
MDC – Black Christmas

Outro song:
GG ALLIN – 12 Days of Xmas



Punk Record Swap!


December 17th, 2011 by

If you are in SF Saturday! Come out!