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Create to Destroy! Video Disease Records


January 22nd, 2014 by

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I met Brandon trough Adam of Katorga Works. I remember him getting my contact in order to see if he could release my old band’s first 7” and the process of working with him was seamless. He executed our wishes impeccably and was a very good label to work with so I thought I’d find out more about this man and his label for Create to Destroy! P.S. This man loves cats and records as much as me. Here is Brandon of Video Disease Records

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How did you start Video Disease?
I started Video Disease in 2009/2010. I just contacted a few bands that I really liked and asked if I could release records for them on a new label I was starting.  A few were very excited to be a part of it.

How did you know releasing records was how you wanted to leave your mark on punk?
I didn’t go into it thinking I wanted to leave my mark on punk. I guess I’ve never thought of anything I do as leaving a mark on punk. I started releasing records because I love new music and new bands. There are always bands coming out with new ideas and new takes on punk. I really think in the ultra-digital/tumblr/blogspot age, it’s easy for younger people to only focus on one facet of punk or hardcore or whatever micro-genre they want to attach themselves to; so I think people get jaded when it comes to newer punk and hardcore. What I want to do is try and find bands that people don’t necessarily know about and expose them to a wider audience. I want to get people as excited as I am about new bands and new music.

What was your first release?
The first record I did was a limited 7″ for a Chicago hardcore band called RAW NERVE. I contacted the band about doing a release and they were interested, so we just worked it out from there. I’m really happy with the way things turned out, and the few times I’ve been to Chicago, I’ve managed to hang out with the guys in the band. It was nice establishing a new friendship with great people.

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How many copies are usually pressed when you do a release? Any limited colors? Cool etchings?
I press anywhere from 200-1000 copies; it just depends on what the bands wants. Sometimes, we think 200 people will want a record, and sometimes 1000 people will want a record. It all just depends on what the band wants, if they tour, how often they play, etc. As for limited colors and cool etchings, it’s really up to the bands. I give the bands I work with 100% creative control when it comes to packaging, colors, and etchings. It’s their vision that I am trying to help get out.

That was our experience and your really turned our vision into a tangible record. What’s the fanciest thing you’ve ever done with a release?
Probably the most elaborate thing that I did was for the FRANCIS HAROLD AND THE HOLOGRAMS The White Bull Weeps From Valhalla 12″ EP. We pressed 500 copies of a one-sided 12″ all on clear vinyl, and I screen printed all of the B-sides. It came out great and everyone loved the way it looked! Though I like to think that all of the releases I do are special, sometimes a band really wants to get elaborate. I do my best to make it happen.

How do you think message boards and sites like Discogs have change the nature of releases?
Things like message boards and other various blogs can help releases that normally wouldn’t get as much exposure. There’s two sides to the coin though: although it can help bands and people get their various music and projects out there, it can also create an unnecessary hype around releases. If a certain blog or webstore that’s deemed as cool by the internet community is advertising a new release or is distributing a new release, many people latch on to it and say how great it is just because of who is advertising it. The herd mentality has never been so alive and well in the punk community than it is in the year 2013. Most of the releases that are hyped up are honestly so sub par and uninteresting that they hardly show up on my radar, and if I do end up listening to it I always say the same thing to myself: “Why do people like this shit?”

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Well, you gotta sell the records you release so how do you “hype” your releases?
I advertise for my releases on a website for the label, post on various blogs and message boards, and occasionally advertise in MRR. I send out copies to review to places like MRR, Razorcake, Terminal Boredom, and a handful of college radio stations. I try and keep things within the DIY community. I suppose using the internet isn’t necessarily DIY, but in the year 2013 the internet is a necessary evil that you have to use in order to help get the word out. I’ve been approached by people like Vice for review copies, but I refuse to give in to them because I don’t want the label or any of the bands I work with to be associated with any sort of corporate backing; however, they’ve still managed to get their hands on a few releases to advertise them. I really think most people are willing to sell out any ethics or beliefs they have to get 15 minutes of fame in some sort of faux hipster bullshit magazine like Vice, or to get a write-up on Pitchfork, and all of it just leaves an awful taste in my mouth. Although a lot of people in the punk community stay true to DIY ethics, there are a handful of other labels who sell out to PR companies or try and have some sort of management, and it all just reeks of desperation.

How do you figure out what bands to release?
I am always on the hunt for something new. I always try and look for demo tapes from newer bands or ask my friends what they’ve been listening to lately. At this point, a lot of my friends and the people who have been on the label have been involved with some really great projects, and they usually just send it over because they know I am interested in hearing it. If I hear something that I fall in love with, I get in touch with the band immediately and see if they have any plans to put anything on vinyl.

Do bands get in touch with you? I know you got in touch with my old band.  Adam from Kotorga told me you wanted our contact and I knew what was coming—it was a real honor being approached like that.
I’ve had a handful of bands get in touch with me, but for the most part I end up turning stuff down. I do appreciate it when people think of me as being suitable for a release, but at this point I really want to focus on working with my friends and more bands based in Southern California that I know personally. I am glad that you felt honored being approached like that. Most bands get pretty excited when someone takes an interest in what they’re doing.

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What are your upcoming releases?
There are quite a few things coming up on the label, not all of which I can talk about at the moment because I am still working out some of the final details. In the beginning of 2014, I will have releases out from STERILIZED (Olympia band, D-beat with USHC influences!), IRON YOUTH (Austin, TX band, really depressing and hate-filled USHC), and SIMFUCKERS (dumb as all hell Punk/HC from Australia, an unholy racket!). I have a lot of plans for 2014, but I don’t think I will be taking on any new releases anytime soon.

What problems have you run into having a label?
I think the biggest problem is having the finances to keep going. I work a full time job and the label does well enough, but it is still hard to keep putting money back into it. I’m not doing it to make money though, so it’s not really a big deal. I just like helping bands out and carrying things in the distro that people can get excited about. Distribution has taken a very big turn since the increased postage rates, and everyone is feeling the sting. Orders from international destinations have dropped dramatically, and it seems to only be getting worse.

The rising postal costs have caused a lot of punks all over the world a lot of headaches over the past several years. I avoid ordering now from certain countries just because the postal costs are so ridiculous, although Poland has been surprisingly reasonable with their shipping costs. What do you want for the future of your label?
I am probably going to slow down a bit in the future and not take on as many releases. I love putting out records, but working 40+ hours a week and coming home to more mail order has really worn me down. I took a bit of a break over the summer while I was on tour and it was much needed. It helped recharge me and helped me get back into the swing of things. I want to keep the label going; releases might be a bit fewer and far between in the future, but the high quality will be the same!

Your favorite release thus far?
I can’t say I have one release I hold above any others. I’m extremely proud of all of the hard work that went into each one of them. There are so many memories and stories behind every release, that it would be impossible to pick just one favorite. I think something I released this year is just as good as something I released when I first started. The label has only grown and become more eclectic since I started it back in 2009, and it will continue to grow and thrive in the future.

How can we stay updated on Video Disease?
The best way to stay updated is by visiting my website: www.videodiseaserecords.com.

I am going to try and revamp the site in the near future, but I do all of my news updates there. You can sign up for the e-mail list that will keep you up to date on new releases and distro updates when they happen.

Thanks for the Interview, Brandon!



Monday Photo Blog: Dustin Krueger


January 20th, 2014 by

Show spaces seem to increasingly move away from the traditional mode of utilizing club or hall spaces, and gravitating more and more to houses, backyards, tire shops, or in the case of the photos that Dustin Krueger sent to Monday Photo Blog, junkyards. It’s like Fat Albert and his gang (classic 1970s cartoon — check it out on them interwebs if you are under the age of 38), but punk. This one happens to be in El Paso, TX. Check it out. For more from Dustin, go to slamfireimages.tumblr.com.

Communion of Theives (El Paso) at the Junkyard in El Paso, TX (photo by Dustin Krueger)

Transient (Portland, OR) at the Junkyard in El Paso, TX (photo by Dustin Krueger)

Transient (Portland, OR) at the Junkyard in El Paso, TX (photo by Dustin Krueger)

Euphoria (El Paso) at the Junkyard in El Paso, TX (photo by Dustin Krueger)

The Junkyard in El Paso, TX (photo by Dustin Krueger)

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 #1384 • 1/19/14


January 19th, 2014 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: A sleep-deprived Dan slops through his sloppiest show ever. Can you count all the mistakes?

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No Statik

Intro song:
NO STATIK – The Owl

One hour of sleep
CONDITION – Pushing Death
GREEN BERET – Total Control Zone
BAD SIDE – Looking for a Bad Time
OBLITERATION – Cover Up
GAS RAG – Chernobyl

Two hours of sleep
NO SIR I WON’T – No Sir I Won’t
DIÄT – Everyday
JOINT D≠ – Heavy Water
NUCLEAR SPRING – Berlin Night Life
SHOPPING – We Say You Pay

Three hours of…oh wait, that didn’t happen
GENERATION SUICIDA – Metralleta
NERVOSAS – Sissie
THEE NODES – Ugly Bodies/Lifestyle Lie
LAAHAUS – Keskiluokan Painajainen/Mun Elämä
TERVEET KÄDET – Sydänulot

Collection Selections
CRUCIFIX – The Capitulation
CRO-MAGS – By Myself
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY – Not for Me
DOOM – Life Lock
VOORHEES – Heat Treated

I’m underprepared
HELTA SKELTA – Devil’s Triangle
CRIMINAL CODE – Speciman

Outro song:
DEATH – Freakin’ Out



MRR Presents: Friday Fuckin’ Funnies!


January 17th, 2014 by

It’s Friday Fuckin’ Funnies — the best comix section on the whole interwebs! Each Friday we have a selection of comic strips from punx like you… You make funnies? Send em to and maybe you’ll see yer comic here next Friday!

NOTHING MATTRESS by Brian Connolly!

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More at www.nothingmattress.com and facebook.com/nothingmattress

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OM by Richie Bucher!

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NO FUNNIES by Jason Walter!

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More funnies by Jason on the NO FUNNIES Facebook page!
(And for the back story on this strip—or just for pure enjoyment—watch this.)

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LIFE IS POSERS!

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Loads more at lifeisposers.com



Top Tens from MRR #368 • January 2014


January 16th, 2014 by

Each month we post our reviewers’ monthly top tens from the previous issue of Maximum Rocknroll. This one’s from MRR #368, January 2014.

Will Blomquist

Will Blomquist
HARD SKIN-live
LANDVERRAAD -live
DESTRUKT-live
BACCHUS-live
VITRIOLIC RESPONSE-live
RUINED FAMILIES-live
CIORAN-live
INSTINCT OF SURVIVAL-live
WARPATH-live
DEAD RAMONES-live

Mitch Cardwell

Mitch Cardwell
LIFE STINKS-Shadow on the Wall/Drag You-45
OBLIVIANS-Desperation-LP
RÄJÄYTTAJÄT-Raejaeyttaejaet!-LP
THE FLOOR ABOVE-Bishop-LP
CCR HEADCLEANER-LP
BUCK BILOXI AND THE FUCKS/GIORGIO MURDERER-split EP
THIRD WORLD CHAOS-New Move for Error-LP
DEVO-all LPs
URINALS-Negative Capability-2xLP
GINO AND THE GOONS-both 45s

Robert Collins

Robert Collins
HELLGASM-Infernal Raids Hellnautic Torment-demo
COKE BUST-Confined-LP
SLANG-Glory Outshines Doom-LP
DHK-La Krudeza No Muere-LP
ULTRA BIDÉ-DNA vs DNA-C-CD
BOMBANGREPP- Förrådd Av Samhället -EP
COMPLETED EXPOSITION-LP
FLIPOUT AA/RAD-live
DIÄT-45 / THE FLOOR ABOVE-Bishop-LP
REPLICA-Demo-EP

Layla G

Layla Gibbon
VIXENS-LP
NOTS-Dust Red-EP / LIFE STINKS-45
CONSTANT MONGREL-Heavy Breathing-12″
URINALS-Negative Capability-2xLP
THE DOT WIGGIN BAND-Ready! Get! Go!-CD
WILD EMOTIONS-45 / MANE-Bloodstone-EP
POTTY MOUTH-Hell Bent-12″ / SCRAPER-12″
DEVO-Hardcore Volume 2-2xLP
ABOVE GROUND-Gone Aiwa-LP
THE FLOOR ABOVE-LP / SALAD INFLUENCE-EP

Dan Goetz

Dan Goetz
NUBS-Job/Little Billy’s Burning-45
PARANOID-Hardcore Addict-EP
GENERACION SUICIDA-Mil Amores-EP
DIÄT-45 / REPLICA-Demo-EP
NOTS-Dust Red-EP
OBLITERATION-EP / NUDES-Sister-EP
HELTA SKELTA-45 / WHITE WARDS-Paint Huffer-EP
VAASKA/IMPALERS-split EP
COKE BUST-Confined-LP & live
AUTISTIC YOUTH/FREEDOM CLUB-live

Greg Harvester

NATURE BOYS-LP
THE NOVICE-What You Want/Your Crime-45
MIND SPIDERS-Inhumanistic-LP
OBNOX-Three Times Dope-EP
ROMAN GABRIEL TODD-Black Pope-EP
GENERACION SUICIDA-Mil Amores-EP
PIERRE ET BASTIEN-Le Son de ma Voix/Cancer-45
REPLICA-Demo-EP
NUBS-Job/Little Billy’s Burning-45
THE BODY/WHORE PAINT/WORK/DEATH-live

Kenny Kaos
PRIVATE DICKS-45
THE RIOTS-One Seven Wonders/On the Run-45
CHEAP TIME-Goodbye Age/Soon Over Soon-45
MODERN PETS-Sorry, Thanks-12″
OBLIVIANS-Desperation-LP
ADAM WIDENER-Vesuvio Nights-LP
THE ACHTUNGS-I’m Not the One-EP
GINO AND THE GOONS-Oh Yeah!/Stand Tall-45
GOLA JAJA-1981-1982-LP
POTTY MOUTH-Hell Bent-12″

Carolyn Keddy
OBLIVIANS-Desperation-LP / PIERRE ET BASTIEN-45
ATOM MOUTH GIMLIES-Ode to Sidewinder-EP
BUCK BILOXI AND THE FUCKS/GIORGIO MURDERER-split EP
BAD DADDIES/LÖGNHALSMOTTAGNINGEN-split EP
TEENANGER-Singles Don’t $ell-LP
BUCK BILOXI AND THE FUCKS-45 & live
THE SENSIBLES-LP / CONSTANT MONGREL-12″
WILD EMOTIONS-Hey Everybody/Wild Emotions-45
DEVO-Hardcore Volumes 1 & 2-LPs
NUBS-Job/Little Billy’s Burning-45

Ray Lujan
DIÄT-45 / DIRECT HIT!-CD
STEVE IGNORANT AND PARANOID VISIONS-CD
MEAT SLUTS-CD / MIND SPIDERS-LP
MISSING MONUMENTS-CD / MODERN PETS-12″
PITY PARTY-Fine Young Animals-12″ / REPLICA-EP
THE RIOTS-One Seven Wonders/On the Run-45
TV GHOST-Disconnect-2xLP
THE AVENGERS-live / URINALS-live
NEGATIVE APPROACH-live / NUBS-live
AUTISTIC YOUTH-live / THE SONICS-live

Kevin Manion

Kevin Manion
SLANG-Glory Outshines Doom-LP
PLEASURE LEFTISTS-12”
WHITE WARDS-Paint Huffer-EP
NUDES-Sister-EP
DHK-La Krudeza No Muere-LP
BELGRADO-Siglo XXI-LP
SCRAPER-12″
OBLITERATION-War Is Our Destiny-EP
IDENTITEETTIKRIISI-EP
SKIZOPHRENIA/VAASKA-split EP

Ari Perezdiez

Ari Perezdiez

Ari Perezdiez
V/A-Systeemi Ei Toimi-EP
BELGRADO-Siglo XXI-LP
PARANOID-Hardcore Addict-EP
SKIZOPHRENIA/VAASKA-split EP
WHITE WARDS-Paint Huffer-EP / NAPALM-LP
ZYANOSE-LP / VOĈO PROTESTA-LP
FRIHET/HONNOR SS-SPLIT LP
VIXENS-LP / DHK-La Krudeza No Muere-LP
SKÄNKA-Demo-EP
RÖVSVETT-EP

Lydiya!

Lydiya
ADIEXODO-.38-LP / DEAD MOOSE-The Night-EP
FAR-OUT FANGTOOTH-LP / URINALS-2xLP
RÄJÄYTTAJÄT-LP / THE FLOOR ABOVE-LP
CCR HEADCLEANER-LP / IDENTITEETTIKRIISI-EP
CHEAP TIME-Goodbye Age/Soon Over Soon-45
THE ACHTUNGS-EP / DIÄT-45
VOĈO PROTESTA-LP / COKE BUST-LP
V/A-Monomaniac Vol. 2 & 3-LP / DHK-LP
V/A-Systeemi Ei Toimi-EP / AUTISTIC YOUTH-live
WILD EMOTIONS-45 / H.C.P.-LP

Fred Schrunk

Fred Schrunk
NOTS-Dust Red-EP
THE NOVICE-What You Want/Your Crime-45
BELGRADO-Siglo XXI-LP
COLA FREAKS/SECRET PROSTITUTES-split 12″
PLEASURE LEFTISTS-12″
GENERACION SUICIDA-Mil Amores-EP
DEVO-Hardcore Volumes 1 & 2-LPs
FUZZ-LP
VIXENS-LP
MIND SPIDERS-Inhumanistic-LP

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