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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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Monday Photo Blog: Jimmy Farabi

May 7th, 2012 by

For this week’s Monday Photo Blog we go to Chicago via the camerawork of Jimmy Farabi, with photos of Cülo, Vile Gash, Raw Never, Merchandise, Sickoids, and Manipulation. Who’s the man who appears to be singing along at the Manipulation show? For more work from Jimmy Farabi, check out the blog chicagoisnowhere.

Manipulation at the Mouse Trap, April 14, 2012. (photo by Jimmy Farabi)

Culo at the Moustrap, April 14, 2012. (photo by Jimmy Farabi)

Raw Nerve at the Mousetrap, April 14, 2012. (photo by Jimmy Farabi)

Merchandise at the Mousetrap, April 25, 2012. (photo by Jimmy Farabi)

Vile Gash at the Mousetrap, April 14, 2012. (photo by Jimmy Farabi)

Sickoids at Crown Tap, April 26, 2012. (photo by Jimmy Farabi)

Send your tour photos, bands that have come through your town, the best of your local bands, etc. to: . Include your name, a link to your website (or flickr, Facebook, or whatever), and the band (or subject), date and location of each photo. 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. Feel free to submit more than once. Thanks!

MRR Radio #1295 • 5/6/12

May 6th, 2012 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: The BLOODTYPES take over Hal’s show and tell him what’s what!


Intro song:
THE BLOODTYPES – Anti-Social Media


Jesse B – My Favourite Ditties
STIPHNOYDS – Radiation

I.V. Frehley – Recent Loves
THE TRIGGERS – No Bullshit
THE STAINS – Zombie Rock
THE MUMMIES – Just One More Dance
THE SAINTS – Know Your Product

Matt O Dermic – Bloody Cuts
THE BRIEFS – Poor and Weird
FUGAZI – Ex-Spectator
DILLINGER FOUR – Shotgun Confessional

Schneck Tourniquet – Northwest To France
THE SPITS – Tonight
WIPERS – Romeo
OPERATION S – Operation Suicide
EPOXIES – Molded Plastic

Outro song:

Maximum Rocknroll #349 • June 2012

It’s a new month and Maximum Rocknroll, the world’s longest running independent punk magazine, has another great issue to offer! MRR #349, the June 2012 issue, with another killer cover drawing by Guillem el Muro, features UK anarcho-punk legends ANTISECT reflecting on their past and their upcoming tour, and Virginian crusters APPALACHIAN TERROR UNIT discusses the band’s motivation through its radical political lens. We talk with David Ensminger about his book Visual Vitriol: The Street Art and Subcultures of the Punk and Hardcore Generation, the Bay Area’s own NEGATIVE STANDARDS tells us about their multimedia assault to their noisy hardcore crustiness, Montreal Canada’s hardcore insanity known as the OMEGAS give us the down low, and ONLY FUMES AND CORPSES gives us a look at hardcore punk in Ireland. South Africa’s first punk band POWERAGE tells us about the emergence of punk in their side of the world, and the Bay Area’s NO STATIK discuss their scary hardcore driven noise mess. And this issue features three Japanese bands, starting with the long-running ZYANOSE telling us about punk in their town, while Japanese pop-punkers YOUR PEST BAND chime in, and the raw and loud noise attack that is SKIZOPHRENIA gives us a quickie. We also have a moving testament to the legacy of Peruvian punk movement Rock Subterraneo and the triumphant return of EUTANASIA; and a killer Greek scene report done by our very own new coordinator Lydia! As always, we also have an array of columns, news, and the most extensive review section in punk rock print!

Also, we are happy to announce and to welcome you all to the very first month that MRR can officially say that we are completely independently distributed! Come celebrate with us by keeping us alive and supporting independence.

Go to our BACK ISSUES page to order this issue.

From the Vaults: Γκούλαγκ (GULAG) In the Showyard (Στην Αυλή Των Θεαμάτων) LP

May 3rd, 2012 by

Γκούλαγκ (Gulag) – In the Showyard (Στην Αυλή Των Θεαμάτων) LP
(Lazy Dog Records, 1990)

In the honor of our new Athenian coordinator Lydia, and my upcoming trip to Greece, I chose to feature this criminally underrated Greek punk masterpiece. GULAG, from the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki, started playing in the mid ’80s. On this platter the band charms us with its distinctly crafted guitar and vocal-driven melodies, which really are unmatched by anything, in my opinion. In the Showyard is such a dynamic album – non-formulaic, with a wide range of tempos and moods. It’s melodic, sometimes aggressive, sometimes dark, sometimes eloquent, but never boring or predictable. There’s something for everyone here, seriously. Gulag is a truly unique sounding band.

GULAG – Εθισμός (Addiction)
GULAG – Απολογία (Apology)
GULAG – Κοινωνική Στοργή (Social Affection)
GULAG – Χρώματα Θαμπά (Lustreless Colours)
GULAG – Νομάδες (Nomads)

The songs are sung in Greek, but the insert of this LP includes English translations. The lyrics seem to be honest and thoughtful and even poetic at times. It makes me wonder how much meaning is lost through the translation.

I do not know much more about the band, but I do know they also released:

Είσοδος Κινδύνου 0° C LP (Lazy Dog Records, 1987)
Big Talk 7” (Wreck-age Records, 1989)
Η Άλλη Πλευρά/Άλλες 8 Χαμένες Ώρες 7” (Lazy Dog Records, 1994)
Πάτα Γερά LP (Lazy Dog Records, 1996)

While searching for more info on Greek punk I ran across Punk.gr and discovered a great video of them playing in Athens this past march, and it seems they still have their magic!

Video of the Week: 20/20 New Wave segment 1979

May 2nd, 2012 by

“Rock ‘n’ roll has always borrowed from the past and threatened the present.”

Whenever you come across these old TV news clips about punk/new wave on the interwebs you can always expect them to be ridiculously ill-informed and sensationalistic. While this one doesn’t paint a complete and 100% accurate picture of what was going on at the time (and who can say anyone has ever painted that picture?) it gives a surprisingly respectful and well-researched account of the state of the scene — at least the part was accessible to the general public at the time.* Considering the audience for this was Middle America 1979, the music actually seems pretty radical. Hopefully, it turned a bunch of kids on to something beyond their cloistered little worlds. As it says, “There’s always something going on you don’t know about”…

*MRR is anti-corporate rock and always has been. But we know that punk rock as it exists today owes a great deal to its forebears, many of whom were on major labels, so we’ll deal with it.