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AQUARIUM by Martin Sorrondeguy

MRR Radio #1579 • 10/15/17

Strace and Strayla vote MITCH CARDWELL for President of Punk.  Intro song: AQUARIUM - Human Current Sounds from the New Bins MR. WRONG - ...

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MRR Radio #1578 • 10/8/17

Matt is joined by Ben and Claudia for just another hour of the best new punk and hardcore worldwide! Intro ...

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Maximum Rocknroll #414 • Nov 2017

Are y'all ready for Maximum Rocknroll #414? Our November 2017 issue will teach you a thing or two all about ...

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Flipper rules, OK?

MRR Radio #1577 • 10/1/17

Phillip Greenlief spent an afternoon in the stacks. This is what he came up with. BAD RELIGION - You Are the ...

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New Blood! ESCØRT, WITCHTRIAL, JACKAL, VANTA, and UNIVERSAL PEACE

“New Blood” is our weekly feature spotlighting new bands from around the world! See below for info on how to submit. Now, ...

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Maximum Rocknroll #373 • June 2014

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In our brand new issue — MRR #373, June 2014 — we sit down with Italy punks ANTI YOU at the tail end of their US tour; we talk with local enfant terrible DESTRY HAMPTON about his life and music growing up in SF; Mitch Clem and Ben Snakepit get tipsy in a van and talk comics, music and mid-life crises, and we get the details on Chicago’s upcoming queer and transgender festival, FED UP FEST! We discuss squats and apathy with Norwegian HC punks KNUSTE RUTER, and dis Christianity with Canadian melodic punkers CRUSADES; the LOWEST from Poland discuss unity and politics in their local scene, and we learn about Spanish-singin’ Finnish rock ’n’ rollers LOS CULITOS. We also talk with Sacramento punk-rockers RAT DAMAGE, San Bernardino d-beat ponx PESADILLA DISTOPIKA, Connecticut’s badass punk ladies DAMN BROADS, Providence-based angular-punk outfit COTTAGING, and Urbana-Champaign mathy-rockers HANK.. There’re also the usual “Shitworker of the Month” and “What’s the Scoop?” and our newest feature, “From the Vault,” this month featuring the epic WIPERS. All of this, plus your usual columns, book, zine and movie reviews, and the most extensive record reviews section in punk print, yo!

Go to our BACK ISSUES page to order this issue.



Monday Photo Blog: Don Pyle


April 28th, 2014 by

A heavy hitter is with us for this Monday Photo Blog. Don Pyle is having a showing of his photos from the very early days of the Toronto punk scene at 1234 Go! Records in Oakland this weekend, and in preparation we have some of these “savvy show stoppers” to get you ready. Also, while he’s in town, check out his Out of Focus Talking Slide Show at Adobe Books next Thursday (May 8). He will also have copies of his photos book, Trouble In The Camera Club on hand. Pick it up if you haven’t already. For more information or photos, reach him at

Dead Boys at the Crash’n’Burn, Toronto 1977 (photo by Don Pyle)

The Ugly at the Turning Point, Toronto 1977 (photo by Don Pyle)

Teenage Head at The Horseshoe, Toronto 1978 (photo by Don Pyle)

Iggy Pop at the Masonic Temple, Toronto 1977 (photo by Don Pyle)

Ramones at the New Yorker, Toronto 1977 (photo by Don Pyle)

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 #1398 • 4/27/14


April 27th, 2014 by

Layla and guest DJ Jess Snot go to work, keeping things unstable and relentlessly wrong.

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Intro song:
PANG – Young Professionals

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Houston punk fan at home 1980 (photo by Ben DeSoto)

Jess Snot Is a Bloody Square
C.O.M.A. – Assaut
SODS – Police
STATEMENT – Who Won the Human Race? (not APOSTLES — sorry)
ARMED FORCE – Pop Star
ANOREXIA – I’m a Square

Actually, Jess Is a Total Cretin
THE CRETINS – Samem Im Darm
THE DILS – Blow Up
WARSAW – No Love Lost
CRISIS – PC 1984
SIN 34 – Not

Layla gets greasy in the newly issued/reissued pile, part one
OILY BOYS – Tan
RUSTED SHUT – Hatchet
SAVAGE AMUSED – Second Class Bore
PETER GUTTERIDGE – Having Fun
SIMPLY SAUCER – Bullet Proof Nothing

Continued adventures in the newly reviewed in the MRR depths, part deux
PERSONNEL – Hysteria
SHOES THIS HIGH – The Nose One
RAKTA – Run into the Forest
WET DRAG – Work Drag

Caring Is Hateful
VIDEO – Join the Hate Wave
THOR’S HAMMER – I Don’t Care

Outro song:
IN SCHOOL – Knocked Out

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!



Queer punk legend Gary Floyd!


April 26th, 2014 by

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Birthed from the late ’70s/early ’80s Austin punk scene, by way of East Texas and, before that, Arkansas (where he was born), Gary Floyd has gracefully and deservedly become a legend and pioneer of queer punk and hardcore. With fearless grit and honesty he was the outspoken lead singer of THE DICKS at a time (and place) when people hadn’t “quite seen the likes of someone like him before.” He is a prolific musician, working artist, and a damn sweetheart, and his work undoubtedly remains a huge influence and powerhouse of inspiration to today’s younger punk shitheads and fags like me. What the Dicks did was political, earnest, emotional, gay as the day is long, bluesy, a little bit country and a little bit rock ’n’ roll. Gary Floyd’s music has never reflected what others were doing at the time but only what he wanted to do, which is always a bit fresh coming from his direction. From New Orleans, I emailed him in San Francisco (where he’s been living for upwards of 25 years) with a few questions I was itchin’ to ask. So, without further ado, here’s a quickie with Gary Floyd, one of my personal heroes.

Intro and interview by Jojo ()

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Can you give us some insight on what it was like in Texas during the early years of the Dicks? Not just the political climate and attitudes of the general public, but the punks as well?
Times were different…no internet, so music was new and albums and CDs coming out were something special. People talked to each other face-to-face rather than online. It was a more personable time. Live music made you feel like you really were at a party…every night. Texas was a place of rednecks but in Austin and Houston the punks were alive and new moving and doing stuff, putting on show, starting bands. It was a new era and everybody was invited to join in.

Did you have any hesitations on being so outspoken at that time or did you all truly not give a fuck?
I was loud and happy to be letting people know, “Hey, I am a big ol’ fat queer, what the hell are you?” I did give a fuck and I spoke out about it, but not in an oppressed or sad way, more in a party, happy and very defiant way.

did give a fuck and I spoke out about it. I was loud and happy to be letting people know, “Hey, I am a big ol’ fat queer, what the hell are you?”

What was the gay/queer community like then? Was there much crossover with punks?
No, not much crossover at all, they hated me for being different. They would spend hours getting ready to go out to the bars or months in the gym to be that perfect image of something they thought might make them equal and free, so when I showed up in torn or old clothes, bleached hair and not conforming to what they were so working towards, they fucking hated me.

What or who inspired you that gave you such a fierce rage at the time before the Dicks really came to fruition? What sparked the fire?
That same conforming to the norm made me sick. Reagan was the leader and people were following like sheep. Wars all over; not Vietnam but non-ending small wars everywhere. Nobody gave a shit. It made me really mad — sheep! Seeing the oppressed queers going along with the norm — being right wing, even — really sickened me. The great acceptance made me mad.

Tell us about some of the cruising and local gay hot spots going on in Texas then. Any good stories or places that we’ll never see the likes of again because of the damn internet?
Every bathroom on UT campus was going strong, glory holes the size of cake pans, bookstores and parks, all super active. The same redneck that might yell “fag” at you on the street was sticking his ass up to the glory holes in many different places.

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Lately there’s been a bit of a rift between young queer punks who are incredibly politically correct and others that use “offensive” language freely. As someone who didn’t bat an eye to self-censorship and harsh language, do you have any thoughts on these tensions?
Fuck ’em, what about that? The super defensive politically-correct today are usually good-job market-all money makers tomorrow. A waste of my time, uptight and frigid.

Recently in mainstream media we’ve been seeing a lot of political acceptance and public activism in the greater gay community. Do you have any of our own personal “Gary Floyd” advice for the young faggot punks who, regardless, may still be feeling the burn? Advice more specific than “it gets better?”
Really, always be honest to yourself. Be open spirited and less catty with others. It’s so easy to slip into a non-stop catty, smart mouthed lifestyle if you are not mindful of what you are doing. Queers can build a real thick skin that can seem to protect you from the mean old world, but then turn around and use it on you… but good karma is there as well, and it also comes back in multi-folds. So easy to be mean, but so sweet to reach out and be kind.

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The Dicks on the cover of MRR #6 from 1983 —
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How’s San Francisco treating you? Ever miss Texas and the South?
I love my friends down there but I love SF too. I love the weather here; me and the super heat are not friends. SF is changing so much, though. A city of money, rents are stupid but people somehow pay them. Many things that brought me here and kept me here are gone. So who knows, I might be a Southern belle again someday.

Still make it to the bookstore?
No, not in a long time, I’m a married man now, but memories…oh, boy… I’ve never been more settled or happy, but I am old now, so what can I say?

What’s some music you have been listening to lately that’s really been scratching that itch?
Very little new stuff. Mostly punk rock online radio. Stig Stench from Austin is my favorite, but also bluegrass and hillbilly stuff.

Any last words to the true believers?
Mindful, calm and honest aren’t all that bad.



MRR Presents: Friday Fuckin’ Funnies!


April 25th, 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!

Nothing Mattress book #2 is out now! Get it over here.

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