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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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“[...] 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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Monday Photo Blog: Salomón Pérez


March 31st, 2014 by

Salomón Pérez, from Trujilloa, Perú, sent us some shots of  the hardcore crossover band Demenica for this edition of the Monday Photo Blog. Apparently they have been on the scene for 25 years now. For more from Salomón, check out his flickr page.

Demencia, in Peru (photo by Salomón Pérez)

Demencia, in Peru (photo by Salomón Pérez)

Demencia, in Peru (photo by Salomón Pérez)

Demencia, in Peru (photo by Salomón Pérez)

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 #1394 • 3/30/14


March 30th, 2014 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!

THIS WEEK: Lydia, Jason and Cameron get a radio show together, only to realize they haven’t got enough songs! Doubles as a drinking game too: do a shot every time Lydia says the word “excellent.” \m/

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Intro song:
FORWARD – Absolutely

DESENTERRADAS

Desenterradas

Final List for Jay Bay on MRR Radio
CONFUSE – Hate (Is It War?)
ZOMBIE DOGS – Brain Crush
BENT OUTTA SHAPE – Half Ass Heart
TOTALALITÄR – Destroy This World

Get Pumped or Die!
SURF OR DIE – Moral
ARMAGEDOM – Cegos Por Odio
KOMPLOTT – Logiche di Potente
STIGMATHE – I Miei Occhi
NORMS – Happiness

Cameron Likes Short Songs
CROSSED OUT – Practiced Hatred
RAZOR’S EDGE – Not the Same
SPAZZ – Gas Pump
FUCK ON THE BEACH – Fuck on the Beach
RAD – Corporate Drugs
NO COMMENT – Farmer Hitler John

Raiding the New Bin 
STRESS – Aghos
STRESS – Fovos
DEZERTER – Czego Chcesz?
DESENTERRADAS – Delirios (from the Mallorca Punk Vol. 1 compilation)
ORDEN MUNDIAL – Generacion Criminal
TÄX – Arms
GENTLEMEN – Live Action Jazz

Jason’s Emergency Set
GAUZE – Low Charge
LOW CHARGE – Charge Low

Oh Shit, We Need More Music!
ABI YO-YOS – Bohemian Grove
DOS TORNADOES – Thanks For

Outro song:
RULETA RUSA – Hipocrita



MRR Presents: Friday Fuckin’ Funnies!


March 28th, 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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LIFE IS POSERS!

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Create to Destroy! SPHC Records


March 26th, 2014 by

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Dan and I crossed paths due to me booking shows in New York City for years. I know I booked his band LOTUS FUCKER at least once or twice and the WANKYS at ABC No Rio, a dream which he helped come true. Dan releases a slew of records under the guise of SPHC which stands for Severna Park Hardcore. He does a lot in punk and I thought I’d see if I could figure out how he does it all and still manages a semblance of sanity…

Nekromantiker

Nekromantiker

How was Asia? Where did you go?
Yeah, I just toured southeast Asia with Scottish fastcore band XSAXONX, for whom I play drums. It was an amazing experience, we did two weeks of gigs in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. The scene in this part of the world is so energetic, friendly, alive in a way that I don’t think America’s is. I highly encourage all good bands to tour this part of the world, you won’t regret it, you will learn a lot about punk, about life, about the world. But please don’t be a vacationer, make some real friendships and treat the scene with respect. And in that sense, shout outs to Talib, Syahir, Matt Norr, Dolly, Hafiz, Zhafran, Kimi, Zach, Ci Chaan, Sham, all the people that make southeast Asia such an amazing scene and helped us funky XSAXONX guys out along the way. I highly recommend people check out PAZAHORA, VAARALLINEN, ABRASION from Singapore, SCUMRAID from South Korea, APPARATUS, SHITNOISE BASTARDS, CRIME SCENE from Malaysia, KONTRASOCIAL from Indonesia.

What records did you buy in Japan? Did you go to any gigs?
Yeah, before the tour I popped over to Tokyo for a few days to visit friends. A previously-publicized mishap on the SEE YOU IN HELL/LOTUS FUCKER West Coast tour left me without any money so I didn’t really buy any records, unfortunately, but I did spot an OG BAD BRAINS Pay to Cum EP for $3,000 and I think that’s the most expensive record I’ve ever seen in person. SUN CHILDREN SUN hosted a nice little welcoming party for me, they played along with JACK THE UNITY and 人工楽園. SUN CHILDREN SUN registers as one of the best live bands I’ve seen in recent years, absolutely one of the best punk bands in the world right now. I’m excitedly anticipating their eventual American tour!

Sun Children Sun

Sun Children Sun

I know you released what…13 records last year? What’s currently in the works now?
Yeah, too many, LOL! I often wonder if I’m part of the problem, if I’m contributing to the ever-increasing glut of crappy records the DIY scene produces. But I would go to bat for each of my releases, that they are all high-quality and meaningful works. This year is going to be equally hectic. A lot of what I’m working on is still in various stages of recording/mixing/mastering, but I’ve currently got new records by BRODY’S MILITIA and SETE STAR SEPT at the plant, and new records by CABBAGEHEADS, LOTUS FUCKER, and COLUMN OF HEAVEN not too far behind. I’m also helping some friends from South America press records here in the USA. In that context I’ve got new shit from TERCER MUNDO, MERDA, and MUKEKA DI RATO also at the plant.

What was the first record you ever released and why?
First record was KAMIKAZE NOISE 7” in 2007, 300 copies, sold out in a month. It was basically the pre-LOTUS FUCKER band, we had been a band for a few years and were touring pretty regularly so I thought it was time to go from tape releases to vinyl. It’s fucking horrible, but no regrets — it was a positive learning experience and everybody has to start somewhere. I can safely say I’ve grown a lot since then, as an artist and as a label boss.

Terveet Kädet and Lotus Fucker

Terveet Kädet and Lotus Fucker

Was it easier or harder than you thought it would be to release a record?
Easier, way easier. I thought it was some mystical process but it’s not, it’s just a lot of fucking chaos and manufacturing. I’ve become really fascinated and enamored with the process of producing records and I give a lot of time and thought to even nitty gritty stuff like paper stocks and record mastering. I’ve toured some pressing plants and print shops before, I love learning about the process, the business of it. I eat up this kind of information. It’s also really distressing because I think the more you learn about it, the easier it is to see that vinyl is going to be a dead format soon enough, probably not in our lifetimes but relatively soon. I plan on enjoying it while I can.

How has it changed from your first release til now?
Unfortunately, my classically horrible sense of visual layout and style has not improved very much, but I think the basic changes have been that I am more aware of all the parts and factors of a record, from song sequencing to record label insignia, and I am more refined in my opinions of how all these things come together to holistically make a “good record.” I think, as a label, the purpose is to help my friends achieve their vision and create the best records they can manage, but a lot of times my friends have different opinions than me, and as long as a band can prove to me that they put some thought and effort into their release, I will basically let the bands I work with do anything, even stuff I’m not totally sold on.

What records are you seeking to release?
Well, I am actually releasing almost all the records I am seeking to — there’s not really anything I’d like to add. I’m only interested in working with my friends. I see SPHC as a relatively loose family of bands in a way, my hardcore family (hahaha), and I just want to keep helping my crew release good records, tour, and keep moving forward towards their visions. That being said, I regret that TEARGAS wasn’t able to do the 7” on SPHC that we shook hands on, and I am label jealous over that SETE STAR SEPT/NUT SCREAMER split 7” that No Fucking Labels released, that is a dream record for me. The biggest dream-come-true releases for me have been the records for TERVEET KÄDET and BOOM BOOM KID, two of my all-time favorite bands that I’ve been listening to since I was basically a child, two bands that have such a huge impact on my life…I’m really glad to count these guys as my friends.

Sete Star Sept and Penis Geyser

Sete Star Sept and Penis Geyser

Do you have bands approach you?
I do from time to time, but unfortunately it’s rare that I’m able to expand my scope and increase my workload. I’m already releasing like a dozen records a year from all the bands I work with; I can barely handle that!

You seem to release internationally. How do you have such a wide network?
Haha, well, punk is an international network of friends and I really believe you get out of it what you put into it. I spend a lot of time organizing gigs, organizing tours, helping people out. It’s lead me to a lot of meaningful friendships and experiences that I wouldn’t trade for anything. Especially with the power of the internet, it’s easy to keep in touch over the years and stay friends. Anybody can do it — I dunno, it’s nothing special, in my opinion. Just be a good friend! Show some respect, some interest, some care, be polite, it’s just like making friends anywhere else only it’s way cooler because punk is way cooler.

You live in DC, right? How’s the current scene there?
Well, I lived in DC for about eight years but moved an hour north to Baltimore, MD, in 2012, as I just found it too difficult to keep being punk in DC, in the way that I envision “being punk.” Even while I was living in DC, Baltimore felt like my home, and since I moved I’ve been a lot happier. The scene here is, in my opinion, one of the best in America. Barclay House has been holding it down as the #1 best venue on the East Coast for the last ten years. I think the scene here is warmer, friendlier, more sincere than just about anywhere else, and that’s enough for me. The gigs are well-attended and high energy, tons of fun with a super welcoming and accepting atmosphere. That being said, drugs/alcohol are a major problem here, and most of our other problems tend to be rooted in that. That could be the story of any poor city though. The best local bands of recent memory were SCUM AGAIN, who play top-tier pop-punk in the vein of SNUGGLE, and MIND AS PRISON, fucking great grind core.

Wankys and Lotus Fucker

Wankys and Lotus Fucker

How can we best stay up to date on what your label is doing?
Just keep checking back at the little SPHC Big Cartel website thing. It’ll be updated as new releases get dropped and tour dates get settled.

How can we best contact you?
, I try to respond to everything but it might take me awhile so please be patient.

Any last words?
Destroy all music now, and reclaim music from musicians. If you have something to say, don’t even hesitate, start a band and express yourself, doesn’t matter if it’s good or bad, everybody sucks when they start, just do it. Not every band should be releasing records and touring, but everybody that wants to participate should give it their all. Thanks for interviewing me.



Monday Photo Blog: Aleksa Vitorovic


March 24th, 2014 by

There’s some ragers here in this installment of the Monday Photo Blog, including another band that uses the name Infest. Whatever the case, it seems that Belgrade has some great shows and an enthusiastic crowd — all captured through the lens of Aleksa Vitorovic. For more from Aleksa, poke around online. It’s the new thing, I hear…

Infest at Dom Omladinein in Belgrade, Serbia, on February 2, 2014 (photo by Aleksa Vitorovic)

Atomski Rat at Dom Omladine in Belgrade, Serbia, on February 2, 2014 (photo by Aleksa Vitorovic)

Nadimač at Club Fest in Belgrade, Serbia, on March 4, 2014 (photo by Aleksa Vitorovic)

Ruined Families at Club Fest in Belgrade, Serbia, on March 2, 2014 (photo by Aleksa Vitorovic)

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!