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MRR Radio #1340 • 3/16/13


March 16th, 2013 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: Langford and Peter get confused about seasons but not about what they like.

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Rites of Spring

Intro song:
HUFF STUFF MAGAZINE – Yesterday’s News

Langford – New songs for the glorification of the Great Leader
CAGED ANIMAL – Intro
BELT OF VAPOR – No Neck
PANZRAM – Bad Teeth
LIGHTNING BOLT – Oblivion Balloon
XYX – NA

Peter – Springtime
RITES OF SPRING – Spring
MISSION OF BURMA – Peking Spring
VOLUME ELEVEN – Beautiful Blossom
GIVE – Flower Head
CRIMPSHRINE – Summertime

Langford – Flexx your headzZz
GIANT HAYSTACKS – Keep Your Head Down
BIG BLACK – Colombian Necktie
UNWOUND – You Bite My Tongue
MINOR THREAT – In My Eyes
WRANGLER BRUTES – Erase the Faces

Peter – 3.0 bands
1.6 BAND – Squelched
INSTANT GIRL – Bomb Pop
J CHURCH – Priest

Outro song:
COMADRE – Cold Rain



Life During Wartime interviews: WIIIIIILD MOHICANS!!


March 14th, 2013 by
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Hey, it’s been a while so we’re stoked to bring you another Life During Wartime interview! Our comrades-in-arms at the Life During Wartime radio show in Portland, OR, talk to bands who perform live in the studio, send us the transcript and bada-bing—entertainment! This time Colin and Ian interview Portland’s WILD MOHICANS, who appeared on the show on February 27, 2013. The band’s on-air performance and interview can be heard here, or here:

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Colin: What is your name, what do you play in the band and where is your favorite sandwich in Portland?

Sean: I’m Sean, I play drums and my favorite sandwich… I’ll go with East Side Deli cause you can get big old sandwiches for super cheap.

Jason: My name is Jason, I play bass. My favorite sandwich is probably New Seasons cause I can get them on food stamps.

Adam: I’m Adam, I play guitar. My favorite sandwich in town, I’d have to say, and I’ve never had it before I moved to town is Jimmy John’s. And it’s pretty sad when that’s the best sandwich your town has to offer.

Matty: My name’s Matty. I sing and my favorite sandwich is also Jimmy John’s, but I like Taste Tickler because it has a hilarious and slightly ribald name.

Ian: Why did you guys start? Why are you a band?

Adam: Matty and I did a cover band a few years ago covering songs by a band called the Pist. It turned out Matty was a good singer, who would have thought? I knew Matty from back in the day in Boston and I saw his bands play there, and I didn’t really expect much but low and behold. We decided to start a band, recruited our friend Sean and went from there.

Ian: How’d you end up in the band, Jason?

Jason: They were looking for a new bass player a few months and I think I talked to Sean, just kinda went from there.

Sean: We kept having drunk talk, running into each other at bars and finally we had band practice and it just worked out.

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Colin: We know why you got together, but why the name Wild Mohicans?

Matty: Lack of imagination.

Sean: Matty came up with it.

Colin: Why that one as opposed to all the other unimaginative ones out there?

Matty: Well once upon a time we originally thought we were gonna sound like Troops of Tomorrow-era Exploited and being a fan of the band Chaotic Dischord, they had written a song called “Wild Mohicans (for Wattie)” about the Exploited. But it kind of turned into a different thing cause of the way I sing and our influences, more of an American hardcore influence, but yeah, that’s the story behind the nom de plume Wild Mohicans.

Colin: So you do have the red dread hawk?

Matty: Yes, I do. At this exact moment I do.

Ian: You go by Wild Mohicans but everyone knows its really WIIIILD MOHICANS!

Matty: Yes, that is the name our band is often referred to.

Ian: Whats that again?

Matty: The name to which you refer?

Ian: Yes.

Matty: It’s uh…. [long pause] WIIIILD MOHICANS! Ugh that was a shitty one…. WIIIIIIIIIIILD MOHICANS.

Ian: And where does that come from? How did that happen? The shouty-ness?

Adam: We get down to the practice space whenever we’re practicing. There’s a good five minutes or so of us tuning up and getting ready to play and whatever. And while we’re doing that Matty is just flying off the walls jumping around, screaming nonsense into the microphone at full volume just to annoy us. And those are one of those things that he screams. There’s a couple of other things some of you might have heard, like the gurgle throat.

Matty: Ya, the bad chicken [**pukes on microphone**]

Adam: Imagine tuning your guitar over that.

Colin: Now you guys are all outlanders. None of you were born in our dear Portland, Oregon. Yet you all come from different cities, if I’m correct. Is that an accurate statement?

Sean: Yes.

Colin: Do you guys feel you have a different perspective, or a unique sentiment than a typical Portland band?

Adam: Yeah, I dunno… maybe. Being here for five years I feel like I haven’t seen too many bands that were 100% born and raised in Portland, or Oregon for that matter.

Colin: It’s a rare thing.

Adam: Me and Matty knew each other from Boston, we both lived there and we met along time ago.

Ian: Where are you guys from?

Sean: I’m from the Bay Area.

Jason: Originally from San Diego. I’ve lived here for about 11 years or so.

Adam: It seems like bands only last for a little bit here, and everyone is from all over the place anyway. It’s rare that you get a band like that unless they were kids that met here growing up, have known each other forever and have been playing music together since. There are a few of those bands here but few and far between.

Matty: I think Portland is unique to cultivate a deep and un-abiding hatred for humanity. I mean, just walking Alberta St I have enough fuel for my rage and alienation and can write at least a couple dozen songs. I used to live on a street where a guy would ride by on a unicycle everyday and I just wanted to run out with a big stick and jam it in his spokes, that usually keeps me going for a little bit.

Ian: Why didn’t you?

Matty: Why didn’t I… fear and cowardice.

Ian: Now there’s rumor going around that, to be in the band, you gotta get the Wild Mohicans tattoo? Read the rest of this entry »



Monday Photo Blog: Vincent Medina is back!!!


March 11th, 2013 by

Back to the esteemed Monday Photo Blog is the man about Los Angeles, Vincent Medina, aka Beanz. This time he’s graced us with some photos of Condition playing at the Silenzio Statico HQ back on February 23, 2013. Word is they’re repressing their demo soon and touring the West Coast. Keep your social calendar open! Also, Vincent has a new photo zine coming out very soon (also includes a cassette compilation). For more information about that, as well as local information and photos go to beanzattack.blogspot.com as well as beanzattack.tumblr.com.

Condition at Silenzio Statico HQ, February 23, 2013 (Photo by Vincent Medina)

Condition at Silenzio Statico HQ, February 23, 2013 (Photo by Vincent Medina)

Condition at Silenzio Statico HQ, February 23, 2013 (Photo by Vincent Medina)

Condition at Silenzio Statico HQ, February 23, 2013 (Photo by Vincent Medina)

Condition at Silenzio Statico HQ, February 23, 2013 (Photo by Vincent Medina)

Condition at Silenzio Statico HQ, February 23, 2013 (Photo by Vincent Medina)

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 #1339 • 3/10/13


March 10th, 2013 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: There’s always a first time! The new kids in town go treasure hunting through the archive with Francesca & this is what they found…

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Alice Bag!

Intro song:
WIRE – 12XU

“No one wants an Alison”
WIPERS – No One Wants an Alien
TRUE MUTANTS – Same Way
KURAKKA – Ciudad de Cristal
BIG BOYS – Thin Line
TRANCE – Aburrimiento Mortal

Mike uncovers buried treasure during the big 7″ re-organizing project!
O! KULT – Za Ljudi
RPA – Bonecrusher
H.D.Q. – You Suck
BLOOD FEAST – Think About It Yourself
ZUBY – Flights

Francesca è scontata…
MUTANTS – Opposite World
SUBURBAN REPTILES – Coup d’Etat
DE WANDA’S – De Stem Des Volks
RUBELLA BALLET – Blind Ambition
SOGLIA DEL DOLORE – Non Voglio

Roger + Vinnie = ♡∞
THE GERMS – The Slave
THE BAGS – TV Dinner
REICIDE – Statues
NEEDLES – Desperacion
AGNOSTIC FRONT – United & Strong

Outros:
THE FAKES – Sgt. Fuckerman
MINOR THREAT – 12XU



Ottawa, Canada’s BLUE CROSS!


March 7th, 2013 by

BLUE CROSS is a two-piece post punk band from Ottawa. They formed before the semi-recent goth trend and have had several releases over the past few years. I thought I’d shed some light on this mysterious band. You may know Jo mainly from GERM ATTACK or him booking your band a show the last time you played Ottawa.
—Interview by Amelia

Jo of BLUE CROSS

Jo of BLUE CROSS

MRR: BLUE CROSS formed in 2009 and is only two members — Jo and Jess?
Jo: Yeah, it’s only two people as it’s a lot more efficient. BLUE CROSS started as two people and will most likely remain that way, as it’s a simple working formula.

MRR: Who does what in BLUE CROSS?
Jo: I play the instruments and Jessica sings. We both write lyrics. Sometimes I’ll write entire songs and sometimes I’m just adding to lyrics she’s already written. She’ll modify stuff I’ve written if she finds that it wouldn’t come out sounding right once sung. The music is essentially improvised. It’s recorded DIY with very limited gear and knowledge. Its got a go with the flow approach as its built in layers starting with percussion. I’ve been playing drums the longest, so I always visualize music based on rhythmic patterns. Admittedly the band’s newer songs have progressively been more thought out in advance. I think it’s probably the heavy metal influences in the music really shining through. Heavy metal is generally technically proficient and slave to the metronome. It’s not the most organic kind of music because if something is off, then it fucks with the balance of the song. Do you get what I mean? You listen to a band like THE STOOGES and it’s so chaotic and organic, but then you compare it to a band like ANGEL WITCH and it’s always on the dot…yet they’re both atmospheric rock ‘n’ roll. Ultimately BLUE CROSS draws parallels between styles of music that haven’t really crossed genres so much. You look at metal bands like DEATH SS, BLACK HOLE or PAUL CHAIN and those bands atmospheric, dirgey, grimy sounds definitely give CHRISTIAN DEATH or BAUHAUS a run for their goth money.

Jess of BLUE CROSS

Jess of BLUE CROSS

MRR: How did you two meet? When did you decide to do a project together?
Jo: I’ve known Jess forever but rarely see her since she moved to Montreal many years ago. Not sure how we met, but it was through mutual friends. One day, a few years ago, said she’d be in town and would stop by for a visit. I had just recorded a local band that day so all this gear was set up. Since I’m afflicted with some sort of non stop music machine disease, while I was waiting for her to show up, I made up three songs. Those songs where very rhythmic. I think since I had Jess’ upcoming visit in mind they came out sounding scary, as she is a legit goth! When we where teens and punx thought goth was COAL CHAMBER or CRADLE OF FILTH and that DISRUPT or STATE OF FEAR was the coolest thing since sliced bread, she knew what was up! She’s a spooky kid with punk brains! Anyway, back to my story—when she showed up an hour or two later, I was literally holding the keyboard note down as she walked in to the last song. I asked her to sing for this ridiculous music I just made. We made up nonsensical lyrics secretly borrowed from CONDEMNED 84 and DISCHARGE lyrics at lightning speed then recorded the vocals. A few weeks later I figured we should make a hundred tapes. Those got distributed fast and somehow became a freak hit with local hipsters.

MRR: I really liked the title track off the I Am Death LP. Anything you want to say about that album? How many copies were pressed?
Jo: That title track is a good example of when we transitioned to using drum machines more than real drums. If you saw how we record this shit, you’d think it’s a ghetto version of modern day studio trickery. A lot of tracks have one measure of drums recorded then repeated, cut ‘n’ paste style. Also, a lot of the drumming features a drum machine and real drums playing simultaneously. This band leaves a lot of room for improvising! I think the trick is to not get carried away ’cause next thing you know you’ll be recording “an army of didgeridoos”! There’s two different pressing of the album on cassette tape. One by local indie rock/experimental tape label Bruised Tongue Tapes. They do a good job and are pretty rad guys with Hitlerjugend haircuts. The other is done by a similar label in Lyon, France called Pain Frites Tapes. I met them in person so they could give me the tapes while I was bass player for heavy metal band CAUCHEMAR in spring 2012 when we were touring through Lyon. They where real nice, but weren’t digging the metal show ahhaa. Surprisingly the CAUCHMAR merch table sold a lot of BLUE CROSS I Am Death tapes during the rest of that tour. We were even featured in metal zines consequently. I’m not sure how many copies are pressed of this record, but the guy who released it, Christian Troxell, is pretty busy and has released a wide array of bands on his Noxious Noise label like GASMIASMA or THOU and books shows for bands like PENTAGRAM and co runs a vegan Korean restaurant in New Orleans. I wish the front and back cover didn’t get screwed up somewhere in the process. If you look at it, you’ll notice the pixilation. Somehow, something went wrong….

MRR: I heard your new LP will be along those lines, but with a lot of songs influenced from The X-Files conspiracies? Can you elaborate on this?
Jo: Yeah the new LP is recorded and in the manufacturing process that is so long as anyone who has been in bands knows. The album name is in fact Conspiracy and was recorded during an X-Files binge. The most recurring theme in BLUE CROSS is that of mistrust towards the bullshit we’re fed daily. BLUE CROSS is pure skepticism. It ties in with the X-Files as 2-3 songs deal with alien abduction and alien invasion conspiracies theories. Believe in it or don’t, the underlying message is to always question what we’re told. It seems obvious to me that the same powerful elite who own most of the world’s resources also own the media….and therefore, own the way the masses think. Sure, punk rock is somewhat sheltered from this, but a lot of so called liberated minds still get caught up in the pitfalls. We thought of having the “Take me to your dealer” alien smoking a blunt with Rasta hat on as the album cover, but then opted for something close and a bit more tasteful as to not loose all credibility — ahhaa!

MRR: Do you play live shows?
Jo: Nah, we aren’t enough people to play shows- besides our songs are all improvised and have never been rehearsed. At once point, we had a full line up recruited that practiced for a few months, but it morphed into another band that I quit. That band only recorded a similar to BLUE CROSS live demo that’s unreleased. I was playing guitar and became the default singer. It included members of PREGNANCY SCARES, ASILE and MANNEQUIN. Now we’ve put together a new live line up that includes members of ASILE. Those guys have a hand in everything. They’re like Ottawa’s all star band or something! The future will yield a live show, but a rare appearance I can assure you! We’re not trying to sound exclusive or like BATHORY or something, it’s just a matter of logistics. Read the rest of this entry »