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Top Tens from MRR #361 • June 2013


June 19th, 2013 by

Each month we post our reviewers’ monthly top tens from the previous issue of Maximum Rocknroll. This one’s from MRR #361, June 2013.

Mariam Bastani

Mariam Bastani
KAOS-Betonska Djeca-LP / KLAXON-LP
SYSTEMATIK-12″ / V/A-PDX Vol 3-EP
VIOLENT REACTION-EP / CATHOLIC SPIT-45
BORN WRONG-EP / WYMYNS PRYSYN-EP
CHIT CHAT-EP / NEO CONS-EP
REPLICA-EP / NO QUALMS-EP
SIN ORDEN/IRON LUNG/WORKING STIFFS-live
WEEKEND NACHOS/UGLY PARTS/SFN-live
IN SCHOOL/WETBRAIN/MISLED YOUTH-live
BIG SUZE/EMPTY ROOM/CONDITION-live

Will Blomquist

Will Blomquist
KLAXON-1984-LP
KAOS-Betonska Djeca-LP
PLEASURE LEFTISTS-Elephant Men/Not Over-45
CATHOLIC SPIT-EP / CATHOLIC DISCIPLINE-LP
THE BODY-LP
COKE BUST/VACCINE-split EP
SYSTEMATIK-12″
WARHEAD-Never Give Up-LP
LA LUZ-Call Me in the Day/Easy Baby-45
NUDES-Skin-EP / RAPID LOSS-LP

Mitch Cardwell

Mitch Cardwell
SECTOR ZERO-Guitar Attack/Hiding in My Car-45
GLITZ-It’z Glitz-12″
ACTION SWINGERS-45
TRUE SONS OF THUNDER-45
CATHOLIC DISCIPLINE-Underground Babylon-LP
BUCK BILOXI AND THE FUCKS/LEGENDARY WINGS-split EP
GAMES-LP
SOVIET VALVES-Death Trumps Romance-12″
LIVIDS-She Likes Zits-EP
PLEASURE GALLOWS-live

Robert Collins

Robert Collins
DASHER-demo cassette / RAD-live & LP
ROXOR-Obraz Doby!-LP / NEON PISS-45
INFEST/CAPITALIST CASUALTIES-live
CONDITION-live
MURDERESS-cassette
RUNNING FOR COVER-DVD
KANTUTA-Ask Me-EP / REPLICA-Strings-EP
CRIMINAL CODE-live / LOLITA BLACK-LP
MAINLINE COCKSUCKERS-demo
NO MISTAKE-EP / METH SORES-lathe cut

Layla G

Layla Gibbon
KANTUTA-Ask Me-EP
SAUNA YOUTH-False Jesii Part II/Oh Joel-45
LA LUZ-45 / PANG-Attention Deficit/My Brand of Cigarette-45
KAOS-LP / CATHOLIC DISCIPLINE-LP
SECTOR ZERO-45 / ACTION SWINGERS-45
LAS RODILLERAS-Tres-LP / CHIT CHAT-EP
RAD-Loud and Fast-LP / REPLICA-Strings-EP
BAD MAMMALS/PITY PARTY-split EP
WYMYNS PRYSYN-Time-EP
MANATEES-45 / KLAXON-1984-LP

Dan Goetz

Dan Goetz
COKE BUST-side of split-EP
SYSTEMATIK-12″
ACUTE-Murder Notice-12″
ACTION SWINGERS-Miserable Life/Losing My Cool-45
WYMYNS PRYSYN-Time-EP
MANATEES-Cat Food/Tree House-45
CONDITION-live / REPLICA-EP & live
SPECTRES-Nothing to Nowhere-LP
BIG EYES-live
CRIMINAL CODE-live

Greg Harvester

Greg Harvester
RATS REST-demo
THE BODY-LP
REPLICA-Strings-EP
TONY MOLINA-Dissed and Dismissed-12″
MIND SPIDERS-Entity Me-EP
BUCK BILOXI AND THE FUCKS/LEGENDARY WINGS-split EP
RAD-Loud and Fast-LP
KAOS-Betonska Djeca-LP
CUSTODY BATTLE/SHARKPACT-split EP
FUNERAL CONE-live

Kenny Kaos
THE HUSSY-Weed Seizure-LP
GLITZ-It’z Glitz-12″
CHRIS HOUSTON W/EVELYN DICKS/DESADIST AU GOGO-split EP
TYRED EYES-Ghost-EP
THE RUNS-Pretty Girls-EP
THE SHAKES-Full House/Noone Likes My Baby-45
THE SHIRKS-12″
THE BOMB’O’NYRICS-Into the Wood/She Was Puking-45
ACTION SWINGERS-Miserable Life/Losing My Cool-45

Carolyn Keddy
LAS RODILLERAS-Tres-LP / BAD DADDIES-EP
SECTOR ZERO-Guitar Attack/Hiding in My Car-45
BUCK BILOXI AND THE FUCKS/LEGENDARY WINGS-split EP
FAGETTES-EP / NEO CONS-Idiot Circus-EP
LYRES-CD / FURY-Flying/100% Proof-45
ACTION SWINGERS-45 / MANATEEES-45
APOGEE SOUND CLUB/SHELLSHAG-split EP
MONOSHOCK/CHEATER SLICKS-live
BUCK BILOXI AND THE FUCKS/SEX CRIME-live
WHITE MYSTERY/GREG TURNER-live

Sam Lefebvre

Sam Lefebvre
THE BLIND SHAKE-Garbage on Glue/Go Go 78-45
WILDCHILD-Viral Load-EP
CATHOLIC SPIT-I’m Your God Now/Die Alone-45
REPLICA-Strings-EP
ACTION SWINGERS-Miserable Life/Losing My Cool-45
SAUNA YOUTH-False Jesii Part II/Oh Joel-45
GLITZ-It’z Glitz-12″
SECTOR ZERO-Guitar Attack/Hiding in My Car-45
TONY MOLINA-Dissed and Dismissed-12″
GAMES-LP
THE HUSSY-Turn it Three-Firelung-45

Ray Lujan
WAX IDOLS-CD / ABOLITIONIST-CD
THE CHERRY ICEES-CD / CUELLO-LP
EAGULLS-12″ / GAMES-LP
GLITZ-It’z Glitz-12″ / SAUNA YOUTH-45
GREENBACK HIGH-Bombs Away/All of Us or None-45
MINDSET-CD / MIND SPIDERS-Entity Me-EP
NEON PISS-Close the Door/Burn-45
TONY MOLINA-12″ / PARASOL-Scoot Over-EP
BARB WIRE DOLLS-live
JELLO BIAFRA & THE GSM-live

Kevin Manion
(for real this time!)

Kevin Manion
SPECTRES-Nothing to Nowhere-LP
TONY MOLINA-Dissed and Dismissed-12″
VAARINKASITYS-Paivan Tunnit-EP
VIOLENT REACTION-Forced Out-EP
LIFE FORM-Creepy Crawly-EP
NUDES-Skin-EP / BORN WRONG-EP
WYMYNS PRYSYN-Time-EP / NEO CONS-EP
PAA KII-CD / ACUTE-Murder Notice-12″
RAPID LOSS-LP / SYSTEMATIK-12″
PROTOMARTYR-live

Lydiya!

Lydiya
KLAXON-1984-LP
KAOS-Betonska Djeca-LP
WYMYNS PRYSYN-Time-EP
PLEASURE LEFTISTS-Elephant Men/Not Over-45
CATHOLIC SPIT-I Am Your God Now/Die Alone-45
CATHOLIC DISCIPLINE-Underground Babylon-LP
SYSTEMATIK-12″ / NEO CONS-Idiot Circus-EP
SECTOR ZERO-45 / PROPAGANDA-EP
SEE YOU IN HELL-Jed-LP
FAGETTES-If I See Him Again-EP

Fred Schrunk

Fred Schrunk
APOGEE SOUND CLUB/SHELLSHAG-split EP
NEON PISS-Close the Door/Burn-45
REPLICA-Strings-EP
TONY MOLINA-Dissed and Dismissed-12″
CUSTODY BATTLE/SHARKPACT-split EP
LAS RODILLERAS-Tres-LP
BAD DADDIES-Bad Year-EP
KAOS-Betonska Djeca-LP
MIND SPIDERS-Entity Me-EP
MIL MASCARAS-Fuzz-EP

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Top Ten Zines
Day Glo Ahole #1
Distortion Faith #4
KYEO Speaks #7
Nashville Transit
Riot #77
Ruberneck #6
There’s a Punk Show at Your House!
Usual Suspect #7.5
Voice of a Generation #4
Aseptic #2



Stevie Stiletto R.I.P.


June 18th, 2013 by

Alberto Rivera was kind enough to send this obituary for the late Florida punk legend Stevie Stiletto.

Ray McKelvey, a.k.a. Stevie Stiletto (photo by Julie Beasley)

Ray McKelvey, a.k.a. Stevie Stiletto (photo by Julie Beasley)

Stevie Stiletto, the better known and public face of Ray McKelvey, passed away at home, on March 24, 2013 in Jacksonville, Florida. He had been sick with cancer.

On the surface of it, Stevie’s story is a rock and roll cliché of bad habits, bad luck, and poor timing conspiring against him, but the greater truth is this: Ray and/or Stevie, never quit.

Widely acknowledged as Jacksonville, Florida’s first punk rock band, Ray formed Stevie Stiletto and the Switchblades out of frustration. Tired of listening to records from New York or the UK and reading about his favorite bands performing elsewhere, Ray went DIY before it even had a name, and started his own movement out of the stubborn swamp grass better known as North Florida.

With various incarnations of bands he toured the US And Europe, playing with pretty much everyone. The Ramones, The Dead Kennedys, Iggy Pop, Black Flag — the list goes on and on.

In the mid 1990’s he was scooped up in the frenzy created by punk breakout acts Green Day and The Offspring. But Green Day and The Offspring were anomalies; the only ones from that time to have any notable mainstream commercial success. And Stiletto, along with all the other acts eagerly signed a year or two before, were unceremoniously dumped.

It was at this time that I personally met and played with Ray. About a dozen shows in all. Warm, funny and engaging, his stories seemed almost mythical. Yeah, I slept on East Bay Ray’s couch for a week or two, I think it was in ’84…” or “Dee Dee (Ramone) an’ me were looking for someplace that was open to get a new tattoo…”

In 2009, a documentary called My Life is Great: The Stevie Ray Stilletto Story was released. Filmed by former Jacksonville area resident and longtime fan Kevin Dunn. Dunn is presently working as a college professor in upstate New York. Dunn presents an honest and unflinching look at Ray’s immense talent and oftentimes his deeply flawed shortcomings.

Bands would fall apart, and he would start another one immediately. One band bailed on him, and with shows scheduled, he picked another exisiting band and they backed him so he wouldn’t have to cancel.

Ray was an unflappable and headstrong entertainer. And in the punk community, one of those guys that everyone has seen at some point. Somewhere, Ray’s laughing as he smashes cans of shaving cream with his celestial hammer.

-RIP-



Monday Photo Blog: Jan Tranta


June 17th, 2013 by

We’re going back over 20 years ago for this installment of the Monday Photo Blog. Ilja has sent us some blasts from the past by Jan Tranta: Nausea, Doctor and the Crippens, The Ex, DOA, and some band called Napalm Death. All shot on film and printed on real photographic paper. Arcane times indeed!!

Dr & the Crippens (photo by Jan Tranta)

The Ex (photo by Jan Tranta)

Napalm Death (photo by Jan Tranta)

Nausea (photo by Jan Tranta)

DOA (photo by Jan Tranta)

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 #1353 • 6/16/13


June 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!

This week, everybody plays to their strengths. God help us all.

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Intro song:
D.R.I. – I Don’t Need Society

Apogee Sound Club (photo by Brandi)

Peter Avery presents Questionably Punk II: The Legend of Curly’s Gold, a Pink Shirt and Floods Production
LAND OF PINES – Scotch Broom
CAP’N JAZZ – Scary Kids Scaring Kids
SMALL – Chuck’s Buzz
JAWBOX – Bullet Park
SHOTMAKER – 7:14
STILL LIFE – Book on You

Langford Poh, now in Technicolor™, if you’re peaking
THE COWS – Midnight Cowboy
THE MUMMIES – (You Must Fight to Live) On the Planet of the Apes
ANDROIDS OF MU – Lost in Space
THE CRAMPS – Human Fly
BORN AGAINST – Bit Part in a Bad Movie

Greg harvests the new bin (Get it? I don’t…)
GOOD THROB – Culture Vulture
LOS VIGILANTES – Volverá
SAUNA YOUTH – Oh Joel
APOGEE SOUND CLUB – Hungover Again
TONY MOLINA – Don’t Come Back
CATHOLIC SPIT – I’m Yr God Now

Outro song:
EAGULLS – Moulting



Create to Destroy! Social Napalm Records


June 13th, 2013 by

Erik has been on my radar ever since he did the Negative Insight zine with Aaron. It came with a split tape of SACRILEGE and DISASTER. Erik still continues to be involved with punk distribution and releases. I thought I’d interview him so that more punks could be exposed to his label and distro. I give you Erik of Social Napalm Records

Erik!

Erik!

Where are you right this second?
Sitting in the room where I keep my distro, hanging out.

What band shirt are you wearing?
I don’t really wear band shirts.

Too cool for school. Besides Social Napalm, where else would we know you from?
My friend Aaron and I do a zine under the name of Negative Insight. Our first issue came out in 2010 and featured interviews with the VARUKERS, SACRILEGE, and DISASTER as well as an official split live tape with Sacrilege and DISASTER. The zine is pro printed and full sized. Issue #2 should be out in 2013.

How did you start doing a distro? Were there a ton of other distros when you started?
The distro started in 1998. As a young fan going to shows, I thought that no one was really distributing the records by local bands that I wanted to see distributed, such as OUT COLD for instance. So the original goal, like many people, was just about supporting the local scene and trying to promote it in larger way. Before long, the distro expanded quite naturally. At that time, there were many distros in punk that did a very good job. Distributors in the US such as Stickfigure, Vacuum, Sound Idea Distribution, Sound Pollution, Ebullition, Profane Existence, Bottlenekk, and many labels ran distros that covered a wide variety of music. They basically had the scene covered, and it would have been difficult to break into the mail order “market” at that time. While many of those distributors had their own niche, things were nowhere near as specialized or boutique oriented as they have become in recent years. I always liked the idea of one stop larger DIY distros.

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How do you think the internet changed having a punk distro?
Wow, that’s a loaded question. Like virtually all aspects of culture, the internet has democratized and allowed for easier access to information in the punk scene. It’s allowed anyone first coming into the punk scene to be exposed to a lot of bands, including many obscure ones, a lot faster than they would have in the pre-internet days. These are all great things too. I don’t think it takes an astute sociologist to note the negative impacts that the internet has had on punk with creating so much drama, but overall I think the positives far exceed the negatives.

Do you still cart your wares to shows?
Yes, I do still do show distro on occasion. I think that’s an integral part of punk. As a friend of mine is constantly saying: “Punk exists outside of the internet.” And he’s right. I think it’s still important to get records out to people at the shows, plus it helps create relationships that you may not develop otherwise.

Tell us about your label…how many releases have you done? For who?
Right now I’m up to 13 releases plus a few odd tape releases as well on my side label, Obsolete Formats. Most of the bands I’ve worked with have been local bands from Boston that I’ve been friends with over the years. MELEE, CANCER KIDS, MISHAP, SGT. SLAUGHTER, and ANXIETY were all local bands. But there’s been a few others as well, such as the FUCK GEEZ. Releases that I’ve got planned for the near future are a follow up 12″ from ANXIETY, the first 12″ from BLOODKROW BUTCHER, and the second 7″ for PEACEBREAKERS. All three of those bands are bands strong Boston bands with solid local followings that I’m really excited about. They’ve been friends for years and are people that I feel good about working with. Plus all three of those bands share some members, so there’s a nice connection in that as well. Boston is very strong right now in my opinion, so I hope people are interested in checking it out.

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Was it hard to track down the FUCK GEEZ?
Thankfully, no, not at all. That release came together quite naturally. Yumikes from the Japanese punk label MCR Company was/is the vocalist of the FUCK GEEZ. He and I had been doing label trades for a while, and I really liked both what he was about and the music of the FUCK GEEZ. I just inquired to see if he had any plans to reissue the FUCK GEEZ material, and it went from there. I can’t say enough positive about Yumikes, and I hope to continue to work with him in the future.

Who do you use to press your records and do your sleeves?
Right now, I use Lucky Lacquers for my mastering, Mastercraft for plating, United Record Pressing for pressing, Hamlett Printing for the paper center labels, and Imprint Indie Printing for my sleeves. I’m pretty satisfied with all of those places right now although I’ve used others in the past as well.

What are the biggest hassles of releasing a record for a band?
With Social Napalm, I only release records by friends’ bands really- so I have been very fortunate to have never really had a hassle. Everything is done by a verbal agreement, and I just try to pick people to work with who I respect, like, and trust. So far that has worked out, and I’m thankful for it.

What are the biggest hassles having a distro?
Records not showing up and people asking why their order hasn’t shown up when they ordered it yesterday are the biggest hassles. But really, I have no real complaints about hassles in the distro game. People who want to complain about the hassles should probably not run distros. There’s too many other reasons to not complain.

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How have the recent increases in Unites States Postal rates affected your distro?
Unfortunately, they have affected me quite significantly. Sales have dropped off quite a bit. I don’t know if that will rebound once people get adjusted to the postage increase or not. It’s too bad because when postage goes up at least somewhat relative to inflation or the price of fuel, people seem to rebound from that quickly. With such a dramatic increase, it scares off a lot of customers.

What would you like to see for the future of punk?
I’d love to see a return to politics and DIY values. In the 1990s, everything was fiercely and proudly DIY, but now people seem to do things in a DIY manner not because of it’s something they believe, but because they have no other choice. I’d like to see people return to awareness of left wing politics and progressive issues, animal rights, environmentalism, and general social consciousness. Punk has become very egocentric. There’s too many bands writing lyrics about themselves in a really self-indulgent way. That has always rubbed me the wrong way. I don’t really care about how you’re depressed because you’re white and middle class and have no money because you don’t want to get a job. I just don’t care. Let’s get back to thinking with our heads about the world in a larger context instead of just complaining about our first world problems like a bunch of spoiled brats. I doubt this will happen. Younger generations, including mine, are very much all a “me generation,” and I really resent the lack of work ethic and entitled attitudes that come with that. What ever happened to caring about things beyond yourself?

Any last words, punk?
Thanks a lot for the chance for exposure here, Amelia. I appreciate it.