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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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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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The MRR archive project:
Maximum Rocknroll #4 • Jan–Feb 1983


July 24th, 2012 by

Next in our MRR Archives series, in celebration of our 30th Anniversary: Maximum Rocknroll issue #4 (download available in our webstore soon). For this issue we asked Brian Edge to tell us about his experience working on the earliest issues of MRR, and beyond. Brian likes to keep a low profile but his hard work has been integral to so many MRR-related projects over the years that he should be considered a legend. Huge thanks to Brian Edge!

MRR #4 — download available soon!

I got involved with MRR magazine shortly after issue #1 came out. A couple of my friends had been in on the first issue, and they had told me about it, but their interest in the scene was fading and they soon dropped out. I met Tim Yohannan (and some of “the gang”) and jumped in on the production of issue #2, learning how to do basic layout and writing show reviews and such (under another pseudonym until issue #4). The mag was ultra-basic back then: word processor/typewriters, scissors, waxers, layout boards, etc. All of us volunteers would come over on Sunday afternoons for “layout parties” at Tim and Jeff‘s house in Oakland. I don’t remember there being anyone with production or graphic design experience, so we’d slap things together and hope for the best. Needless to say, the mag was aesthetically pretty minimalist and choppy.

I was learning as I went along, and not just about magazine production. I was being challenged on all levels for the first time in my life. I had other staffers asking me, “Why are you eating a baloney sandwich? Why are you wearing Nikes? Why do you bank at Bank of America? Why are you calling people ‘fags’ and ‘retards’?” It made me stop and think about all this stuff that I had never given a second thought to before. It was the beginning of my “awakening.” I started questioning, and examining more closely, what I ate, what I wore, what businesses I patronized, and most importantly, how I treated other people.

MRR was certainly a life-changer for me. I was exposed to the positive, constructive, do-it-yourself side of punk and met so many great people from all over the world. Through MRR I learned how to be a radio DJ (MRR Radio and KALX Berkeley), how to do a magazine, how to set up and run a club/community center (924 Gilman), how to run a small business (Blacklist Mailorder), and how to put out a book (924 Gilman – The Story So Far). And perhaps the greatest thing I learned was how to stand up and fight for what I believed in. Many of the ideas and values learned from working with MRR for over 20 years stay with me to this day: Life doesn’t have to be competitive, it can be cooperative. You don’t have to be a greedy, selfish asshole to “succeed.” And by treating people with respect, equality, and an open mind you can have a much more rewarding life.

I feel very fortunate to have known not only Tim Yohannan, who provided me with so much guidance and inspiration, but also many of the other hard-working folks who have contributed, both past and present, to this epic adventure called Maximum RocknRoll .

— Brian Edge

PDF download of MRR #4 will be available soon in the MRR Webstore!
Read more of our MRR Archives series here.



Monday Photo Blog: More treasure from the murky depths…


July 23rd, 2012 by

The  Monday Photo Blog is still in nostalgia mode celebrating 30 years of MRR. A few more mystery bands, along with one of Infest ( and Kent McClard off to the left). Thanks to true-believers who helped identify some of the bands from last week. You are now proud recipients, and the first, of the MRR No-Prize. No idea if it will help improve your life, or cut down on the time you have to stand in lines, but let us know. Again, we’re looking for your participation in identifying some of these mystery bands. Much appreciated.

Infest (and Kent McClard in the background)

R.A.S.

Cheetah Chrome Motherfuckers

Galloping Coroners (aka: Vagtazo Halottkemek), from Hungary.

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 #1306 • 7/22/12


July 22nd, 2012 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: Weird punx crawl out from the four corners of the Bay to bring you poor humor, awkward moments, and raging punk from the MRR vaults!

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Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of a New Wave band?

Intro song:
BOBBY SOXX – (Learn to) Hate in the 80’s

Amelia’s Crocodile Microphone
THE EXPLOITED – I Believe in Anarchy
THE EXPELLED – Make it Alone
NOMAD – Akume
CHAOTIC DISCHORD – Are Students Safe?

Andrew’s Pointless Nostalgia
THE SUSPECTS – Uncle Sam
BOMB SQUADRON – Trendy
VIOLENT SOCIETY – The Rise of Punk
THE BRISTLES – Another Fight

Jason’s Nervous Nonsense
LEATHER – Idolator
SOLGER – Dead Soldier
JOINT D – Not Tonight
FEAR ITSELF – Pray for Death

Laura’s Laurgactyl Files
TNT – Zuri Brannt
THE SEXUAL – Devil Reversion
UBR – Corpus Deliciti
CIVILISED SOCIETY? – Tonight
THE DEPRESSIONS – Handle with Care

Kevin’s Dishonorably Discharged from the Barmy Army
BLANK PAGES – Crossroads
LA CORDE – Virus
TRUBBEL – Gamla Hundar

Outro song by Nick:
GLITTER WIZARD – Snow Crash



Top Tens from MRR #351 • August 2012


July 20th, 2012 by

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 #351, August 2012 — our 30th Anniversary Issue!

Mariam Bastani

Mariam Bastani
TERCER MUNDO-Depresion-EP
NO STATIK-Never Be a Martyr/Earhammer Soundsystem-45
COFFIN PRICKS-Group Home Haircut-EP
DISARM-both EPs / DHK-EP
YADOKAI-An Apparition-EP
PORKERIA-Miserable y Cruda-EP
CREEM-LP / VENDETTA-EP
NEON PISS-LP / WOOLF-LP
VEUVE SS-Visceres E.P.-LP
HOAX-live

Mitch Cardwell

Mitch Cardwell
DRUID PERFUME-LP
INTELLIGENCE-Everybody’s Got It Easy But Me-LP
WILD BILLY CHILDISH AND THE SPARTAN DREGGS-LP
FRANCIS HAROLD AND THE HOLOGRAMS-LP
KIDDA BAND-Fighting My Way Back/Saturday Night Fever-45
OBNOX-Purple Reign-45
CYCLOPS/GUANTANAMO BAYWATCH -45
ED SCHRADERS MUSIC BEAT-Jazz Mind-LP
GRAND TRINE-I Need You Baby/Say It-45
CHEMICALS-Crosstops/Tune You Out-45

Layla G

Layla Gibbon
COFFIN PRICKS-Group Home Haircut-EP
NEON PISS-LP
TERCER MUNDO-Depresion-EP
CREEM-LP
WOOLF-The Right Way to Play-LP
WILD BILLY CHILDISH AND THE SPARTAN DREGGS-LP
PERMANENT RUIN-flexi / NO STATIK-EP
PORKERIA-Miserable y Cruda-EP
OBNOX-Purple Reign-45
MOSS ICON-CD

Dan Goetz

Dan Goetz
VACCUUM-live
NEON PISS-LP
DISARM-both EPs
PERMANENT RUIN-Theme for Castration-flexi
TERCER MUNDO-Depresion-EP
YADOKAI-An Apparition-EP
BRAIN KILLER-War-EP
NO STATIK-Never Be a Martyr/Earhammer Soundsystem-45
CREEM-LP
WHITE WALLS-EP / DOUBLE NEGATIVE-live

Greg Harvester

Greg Harvester
THE WAR GOES ON-This Shitty Life-EP
NO STATIK-Never Be a Martyr/Earhammer Soundsystem-45
PERMANENT RUIN-Theme for Castration-flexi
WILD ASSUMPTIONS-Run Like You/Roots-EP
DOGJAW-Slow to Build-LP
CLEANSING WAVE-Tread On-EP
1981-Cycle/Symptom-45
FOREIGN OBJECTS-live
HYSTERESE-live
MUNDO MUERTO-live

Kenny Kaos
THE HUSSY-live
GUANTANAMO BAYWATCH-A Boy To Love/Oh Rats!-45
THE HITCHHIKERS-A Little More Time-EP
COLD WARPS-Slimer/Dream Creepin’-45
SUGAR STEMS-Greatest Pretender/Did You Ever-45
LOVE COLLECTOR-Human Bodies-EP
KIDDA BAND-Fighting My Way Back/Saturday Night Fever-45
CHOOK RACE-Medicine-EP
WILD BILLY CHILDISH AND THE SPARTAN DREGGS-LP
THE BRIEFS-live

Carolyn Keddy
LOVE COLLECTOR-Human Bodies-EP
FRANCIS HAROLD AND THE HOLOGRAMS-LP
WOOLF-The Right Way to Play-LP
WHATEVER BRAINS-LP
COFFIN PRICKS-Groups Home Haircut-EP
THE INTELLIGENCE-Everybody’s Got it Easy But MeLP
NOW IN 3D-The Knife is the Law-EP
HOOKERS-Riding with the Angels/Teenage Blood-45
OBNOX-Purple Reign-EP
V/A-Portland Mutant Party Vol. II-EP

Sam Lefebvre

Sam Lefebvre
NEON PISS-LP
MARK SULTAN-War on Drugs-LP
V/A-Bullsheep Detector-LP
NO STATIK-Never Be a Martyr/Earhammer Soundsystem-45
ESCORBUTO CRÓNICO-Documentación/Tieso Talegos-45
ALARIC/ATRIARCH-split LP
SVART STÄDHJÄLP-Lägenhetsbråk-EP
WILD BILLY CHILDISH AND THE SPARTAN DREGGS-LP
GRAND TRINE-I Need You Baby/Say It-45
KIDDA BAND-Fighting My Way Back/Saturday Night Fever-45

Ray Lujan
BIG EYES-Back From The Moon-45
BILLY NO MATES-Duck,Duck, Goose!-CD
CHOOK RACE-EP / THE ELSINORES-EP
HAUNTED HEADS-LP / THE HITCHHIKERS-EP
NEON PISS-LP / SA90-Psychopathic Little Girl-CD
THE WAR GOES ON-This Shitty Life-EP
THE TREASURE FLEET-Cocamotion-LP
TV FREAKS-EP / WOOLF-LP
THE ZIPS-19 Foreva-CD
ROYAL HEADACHE-live / THE MEN-live
GBH-live / COCKNEY REJECTS-live

Kevin Manion
ROSENKOPF-LP & live
CREEM-LP & live
YADOKAI-An Apparition-EP
PERMANENT RUIN-Theme for Castration-flexi
TERCER MUNDO-Depresion-EP
PORKERIA-Miserable y Cruda-EP
PERIKATO-Jälkiteollinen Painajainer-EP
BRAIN KILLER-EP & live
THE MOB / REALITY CRISIS / ZYANOSE-live
SECRET PROSTITUES / GAS CHAMBER-live

Lydiya!

Lydiya – New top tenner!
NEON PISS-LP
BARREN WOMB/FORRÆDERI-split EP
BLOODY GEARS-Landscapes of Disease-LP
DISARM-both EPs
DHK-Primera Maketa-EP
DISASTER-War Cry-12″ w/flexi
KAMI ADA-Resistencia Libertad-EP
PIGS-You Ruin Everything-CD
PERMANENT RUIN-Theme for Castration-flexi
THE WAR GOES ON-This Shitty Life-EP

Fred Schrunk

Fred Schrunk
DOGJAW-Slow to Build-LP
NOEN PISS-LP
TOYS THAT KILL-Fambly 42-LP
1981-Cycle/Symptom-45
NO STATIK-Never Be a Martyr/Earhammer Soundsystem-45
THE WAR GOES ON-This Shitty Life-EP
WOOLF-The Right Way to Play-LP
GNARWHAL-Goilla-10″
THE TREASURE FLEET-Cocamotion-LP
PERMANENT RUIN-Theme for Castration-flexi

Martin Sorrondeguy(!)

Martin Sorrondeguy
HUNTED DOWN-Life’s Womb-EP
CREEM-LP
DHK-Primera Maketa-EP
VEUVE SS-Visceres E.P.-LP
PERMANENT RUIN-Theme for Castration-flexi
NO CLASS-Keine Klass II-LP
BRAIN KILLER-War-EP
NEON PISS-LP
VENDETTA-Vendetta-EP
TERCER MUNDO-Depresion-EP

Top Ten Zines
Degenerate #10
Biciografia
Excitement Level Zero
Antipatia #26, #27, #28
Mutagen #3
La Ciudad Mas Fea del Mundo #2
Ploppy Pants #14
Fanzine Mierda #10
Nuts! #9
Duped #1



The MRR archive project:
Maximum Rocknroll #3 • Nov-Dec 1982


July 17th, 2012 by

Next in our MRR Archives series, in celebration of our 30th Anniversary: Maximum Rocknroll issue #3 (download available in our webstore soon). We posed a few questions about this issue to Steve Spinali, MRR shitworker since issue #1 and still with MRR to this day! Never one to look back or rest on his laurels, Steve is always looking forward to the next great record (or film!) so it’s hard to get him to reminisce about the olden days. We are honored that he indulged us for this project. Cheers, Steve!

MRR #3 — download available soon!

MRR: When you look at Maximum Rocknroll issue #3, does anything strike you as being particularly outdated?

Steve Spinali: The price is sure outdated. The cover price was $1 in 1982, and it actually looked more like a fanzine than a mag. In MRR #3, there were only six-odd pages of record reviews — and everyone took pains to keep the length of the reviews to a minimum, around fifty words each. Cut and paste was exactly that: manually cutting the reviews on a contact sheet and “pasting” it in place. The technology may have seemed modern at the time (MRR started out with a Mac Plus), but MRR’s current standard of desktop publishing is a different standard. In 1982, you couldn’t read it without a magnifying glass.

Does anything in it strike you as “timeless”?

I’m not sure if “timeless” applies to punk rock, or pop music in general. Tim Yohannan made the remark himself, saying how the RAMONES sounded so radical when they first came out. Now, you can hear “Blitzkrieg Bop” at San Francisco Giants baseball games.

For me, the years 1963 through 1965 were the truly timeless period in pop music. Surf, soul, R’n’B, pop, and easy listening shared the charts. Flip on a transistor radio —and all the songs were great, for hours on end.

How do you feel about the reviews you wrote, and would you say anything different about those records today?

Tim had an approach to record reviewing that made a lot of sense. Most reviews were limited to forty or fifty words – mainly because there was a limited amount of space on the page. And that fit in with MRR‘s philosophy toward punk and HC. The review of TERVEET KÄDET’s Aaereton Joulu was as short as the songs on the record.

Even if I had the chance, I wouldn’t want to change any reviews. They’re just one person’s opinion, and that opinion is just as valid as anyone’s. If you don’t like the reviews, why are you reading MRR in the first place? Aside from which, the mag has always tried to match records with specific reviewer’s likes and interests.

How did you feel about the politics in the magazine at this time (and as time went on)?

That’s kind of a trick question. Everybody in MRR, myself included, probably had a similar political idealism, with a lot of wiggle room for a persons point of view. Given broad limits, MRR staffers seem to agree on general points. The politics in MRR has always had a general anti-establishment feeling, tempered with real-life experiences.

You’re not going to find too many budding Young Republicans on MRR, who spend their spare time watching Hannity or O’Reilly.

Did reading this issue bring back any memories?

MRR sponsored a gig with Reno’s WRECKS — one of the funniest shows I’ve ever seen. Issue #3 featured an interview with Bess from the band. They’d just broken up.

I don’t have a very good question here but — damn, how ’bout that Finland scene report?!

That was an early, stab-in-the-dark attempt at Finnish HC. Voitto [aka Vote] Vasko did his best with the material, but realize — entire books have written on this subject (in Finnish, of course). I don’t think you can cover Finnish HC in four, graphic-intensive pages.

Ah, here’s a question — did you have any notion that the Finnish scene would become so revered over time. Or any of the punk from this era for that matter?

There was band named POIKKEUS. Their 2003 debut was a crust classic. It had a Finnish sleeve, and a HC style that recalls ’83 KAAOS. Except they were a Japanese band, which gives you a feeling how influential Finnish hardcore is. The language is perfectly suited for HC; Finnish HC had a special sound — messy, loud, and basic. It’s the kind of music that anybody with a guitar could play. You didn’t need to know the lyrics, since the meaning came across anyway.

Which punk from this period mattered the most to you?

CRASS had a political attitude that forced you to reevaluate things. (Tim and Jeff reviewed How Does It Feel? for issue #3.) It’s one thing to have personal politics, but with CRASS, the issues were more concise and detailed. People are still releasing singles that have that iconic CRASS artwork, and that spirit of protest is a part of what makes MRR what it is.

PDF download of MRR #3 will be available soon in the MRR Webstore!
Read more of our MRR Archives series here.