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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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Bruce Roehrs’ memorial birthday show!

August 24th, 2012 by

When Bruce Roehrs — singular San Franciscan, longtime Maximum Rocknroll columnist, and unabashed follower of savage rock ‘n’ roll — passed away in 2010, it incited an surge of support from the local music community. He was laid to rest in the San Francisco Columbarium. Today, his legacy endures. SYDNEY DUCKS, ROADSIDE BOMBS, and SYNTHETIC ID will perform this Saturday, August 25th, at Thee Parkside in honor of his birthday. All proceeds benefit the Bruce Roehrs Memorial Fund, and all attendees will receive a copy of Hammers, a record featuring Harrington Saints and Booze & Glory, released by Pirate’s Press Records in commemoration of Roehrs. MRR will be there too, of course, with copies of the Bruce Roehrs memorial issue in tow. See you fucks at the show!!

— by MRR‘s Sam Lefebvre (mostly), courtesy of SF Weekly

Movie of the Week: Freaks In Love

August 23rd, 2012 by

This movie review by Carolyn Keddy appears in the latest issue of MRR. If you don’t already subscribe to our lovely zine, click here and get six months or a year’s worth of black inky fingers free with purchase!

With the exception of the people I can see clearly in the light, this is a very attractive audience.

Freaks In Love is a documentary about the band ALICE DONUT. The band started in 1986 from the remains of Sea Beats, a band comprised of Columbia University students. After graduating some of the band members left New York. The remaining three went on to become Alice Donut. The band got their first show at CBGB and needed to come up with a new name. After utilizing the usual new band methods to secure a name, they settled on Alice Donut Liver Henry Moore. When they called Hilly Kristal at CBGB to tell him he told him it was too long. He shortened it to Alice Donut.

I am sure I won’t have to mention how much it bummed me out to see radio station KUSF‘s former studios in Freaks In Love. Alice Donut came in for an interview in 2009 when they were in San Francisco to play Alternative Tentacles’ 30th Anniversary party. The band members relayed that KUSF’s DJ Germ was the first person to ever play Alice Donut on the radio. Germ hosted a demo tape show on which he played the song “Waka Waka Baby.” The Dead Kennedys’ bassist Klaus Fluoride recorded the song off the radio. Later he played it for Jello Biafra who immediately liked it. Biafra went to New York to see the band. As a result they signed on with Alternative Tentacles. Biafra calls Alice Donut “the missing link between REM and the Butthole Surfers.” Take that however you want.

Freaks In Love is an atypical music documentary. As a band Alice Donut never succumbs to any of rock’s stereotypes. When band members leave it is amicably or at least without public accusations. There are no deaths of band members. There are no drug or drinking problems. There are no problems with a major label. The band never signed with one. They never signed any bad recording contracts. There are no fights over the legacy. There is very little drama at all. In fact, the whole story is so ordinary that is surprising that the documentary is interesting at all. But it is. This is the story of a bunch of friends playing music together for the right reasons with a good amount of success. There aren’t many bands that can claim that.

Click here for the Freaks In Love Facebook page. The DVD is available here.

Record of the Week: APOGEE SOUND CLUB Belligerent EP

August 21st, 2012 by

The difference in attitudes regarding age in punk and jazz is split in much the same way as the age is regarded in Western and Eastern action movies. In Western action movies, youth is usually privileged as a source of strength and power, whereas in Eastern action movies, and martial arts films in particular, the older a character is, the more they are represented as a dangerous and skilled fighter. Enter APOGEE SOUND CLUB, featuring San Francisco underground music veterans Liz Byrne (bass, the KIRBY GRIPS, others) and Wade Driver (guitar, the HICKOIDS, 50 MILLION and about 50 million other bands), as well as the younger Harrison Holloway on drums (the MOLESTATIONS). Liz and Wade have been honing their craft for a long time now and in a number of different styles, including different kinds of rock music, pop, experimental projects and jazz. And unlike many, or the stereotypical Western action movie character, they have retained a high level of artistic craftsmanship, originality and ferocious power. Many in the Bay Area took umbrage with the REACTION (Liz and Wade’s previous concern), but to deny that they were a visceral rock ‘n’ roll assault would be, I believe, folly. APOGEE SOUND CLUB represents a distinct new direction for the pair. Gone are the mod allusions and the direct rock riffs and guitar leads. Instead, ASC pushes with a choppier and much more angular guitar style, that accommodates much more for play in the playing, but whilst still sounding tight as a bull’s ass. The rolling, groovy bass is still there, in much the same way as it was in the REACTION, but it has been effectively reshaped so as not to draw comparisons to the previous outing. This style rounds out the sound of the band and this record, which is crucial when you consider the drumming. Harrison is spastic, fast and would at times draw the comment “over-busy” from me if it didn’t work as well as it did. Here, four songs are given the vinyl treatment with a nice, slightly lo-fi sounding recording. The three with vocals all draw on all of the aforementioned qualities to craft killer punk songs. The lyrics are especially worth noting, as they draw on Wade’s considerable knowledge of subversive philosophy and politics, especially Situationism. However, the crowning moment of this record is the instrumental “You Fill Me With Inertia.” This may be one of my favorite new songs of the year. The simple driving guitars, the underpinning bass, the clattering drums, all surging to the one moment when the guitar stands alone with one ringing, slightly dissonant chord… a singular moment and a proper beginning for an exciting new band. (Fully Intercoastal Records)

Monday Photo Blog: Bryan Phippen!

August 20th, 2012 by

Reporting from Portland for this  Monday Photo Blog is Bryan Phippen. Four shots, and I believe most, if not all, of them are shot on film! I can definitely get behind that. Check the dates on these photos. Some of them happened within a day or two of each other. For more of Bryan’s work, you can click on his site; lovecraftinportland.tumblr.com.

Forward at Blackwater Records on June 12, 2012. (photo by Bryan Phippen)

White Lung at The Know on June 9, 2012. (photo by Bryan Phippen)

Youthbitch at The Hawthorne Theatre on May 8, 2012. (photo by Bryan Phippen)

The Bloodtypes at The Know on June 8, 2012. (photo by Bryan Phippen)

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 #1310 • 8/19/12

August 19th, 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: Rob goes international again. This time he has Sacco in from China who plays a killer set of Chinese punk. On top of that he continues the ear shock with tunes from all over the punk rock spectrum.


Fanzui Xiangfa

Intro song:
NO STATIK – Never Be a Martyr

Rob – New Arrivals
MIDNIGHT SNAXX – Can’t Win Your Heart
MEAN JEANS – Ready 2 Rip

Sacco – Guest DJ from China!!
GOU RI DE – Next Generation
DEMERIT – Barefaced Lies and Bullshit Peace
GUM BLEED – Civilization Crime
THE FLYX – Many Ways

Rob Gets Personal, part 1

Rob Gets Personal, part 2
POINTED STICKS – The Marching Son
NORMALS – Almost Ready
MIDDLE CLASS – Out of Vogue
SPITS – All I Want

Outro song:
JUD JUD – XFast SongX