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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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ATTENTAT!

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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"Who gives a fuck?"

MRR Radio #1585 • 11/26/17

“[...] 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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Create to Destroy! The Cast NYC


May 29th, 2014 by

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I got a hold of Chuck from The Cast to interview him about his sick shop in New York’s Lower East Side. I had passed it many times while volunteering at ABC No Rio nearby and I always wondered what the story was as I figured the owners must be rockers themselves. Anyway, Chuck was nice enough to answer my questions from leather to studs, making The Cast a one stop shop!

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What is The Cast?
The Cast is a punk rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle brand that I started here on the Lower East Side in 2004. Our focus is leather with our specialty being custom made-to-measure leather jackets. We also offer premium denim and t-shirts, some records, vintage, and accessories.

Who owns and runs The Cast?
My wife Elisa and I.

Are you locals?
Yeah, been living here over 12 years now. Originally from Jersey.

Why are you located in the LES? Isn’t Brooklyn, like, the place to be?
Maybe for some people. I’ve a lways lived here on the LES. My shop and home are just a few blocks from each other.

Do you support NYC artists?
Of course! The Cast has a night once a month at Home Sweet Home called Fuck It. We usually have about 3-4 bands play. Mostly punk rock, rock ‘n’ roll — local New York bands but some out of towners as well. Its a really fun night. We also have bands play live in front of our shop a couple times a year. Those street parties are pretty wild! Got one coming up on Saturday, June 21st. SHOCKED MINDS, DIRTY FENCES, THREATS, SHAKES, and THE BOWERY BOYS are playing.

How are you connected to the music scene in NYC?
I’ve always known a lot of people from going to shows for years and playing records at the rock ‘n’ roll bars.

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Tell us about your leather stock.
The Cast offers classic biker leather jackets for both Men and Women. We’ve given them a much more modern twist with better design, fit, and premium materials. We’re committed to quality, workmanship, and the perfect fit, and with that we’ve gained a cult following from bikers, punks, and rock ‘n’ rollers. We also offer custom made-to-measure jackets as well which is big part of our business. Pick your own leather, lining, hardware, whatever you want we can make it…made locally here in NYC too. We’re not all custom though, we also have our very accessible off the rack line of leather jackets called Cast Off by The Cast.

Why start a store?
New York City doesn’t really have many rock ‘n’ roll clothing shops and or leather jacket focused shops. So that is why we’re here.

Is it hard work?
Owning a business, period, is hard work. Social Media is playing a huge part these days, so we’re on Instagram (@thecastnyc) and Facebook (The Cast NYC) constantly. My wife and I also have two kids, which adds an extra kick in the ass.

How do you figure out who to employ?
Must be hardworking, trustworthy, willing to learn. Good style. Well-versed with music and clothing of course! No squares here.

How do you select inventory?
Besides our own brands The Cast and Cast Off, we also stock like minded brands. Good design, quality, and price point are key.

Any words to punks who want to start their own store and sell wearables?
Start screen printing your own t-shirts and go from there.

Any last words?
If you can’t visit our shop, no problemo. We ship worldwide. Visit us online at thecast.com

Up the punx?
UP THE PUNX!!!



Record of the Week: Berlin Tristesse compilation EP


May 27th, 2014 by

BerlinTristesse_compRight out of the gate, this compilation of Berlin punk/hardcore bands kills. BITTER CROP plays a straightforward mid-tempo punk song that was over before I could finish typing that sentence. Their song is pissed and would be a perfect fit on any punk mixtape. MÜLLTÜTE blasts through their style of completely perfect, totally fucking pissed hardcore that it catchy as fuck. I love them. NUCLEAR CULT almost approaches grind speeds, but then settles into a slow stoner-style breakdown that ends before you can light up that first toke. EARTH CRUST DISPLACEMENT has a bit of a noisy Japanese hardcore/crust vibe. PEACEBASTARD plays straight up raging hardcore with a singer going so full throttle that they’re sure to have some throat problems later in life. PIG// CONTROL rages the shit out of some blazing “no fucking control” German hardcore. CRACK UNDER PRESSURE is blast-beat mania and reminds me a little bit of SPAZZ if they didn’t have a sense of humor. This comp is a perfect snapshot of the Berlin hardcore scene right now and flies by in a matter of minutes, which is wonderful for people like me who feel like hardcore should always be short, fast and loud as fuck.
(HeartFirst Records)



Monday Photo Blog: Darryl Reid back for another round


May 26th, 2014 by

Darryl Reid checks back in for this Monday Photo Blog with photos of happening bands in happening Ottawa. Some with an interesting panoramic effect. As always, these are eye melting stokery. The kind that is needed for any great punk photo. Get a little more at ye olde tumblr.

Zex, Ottawa. (photo by Darryl Reid)

Abject Pax, Ottawa. (photo by Darryl Reid)

Pregnancy Scares, Ottawa. (photo by Darryl Reid)

Sexface, Ottawa. (photo by Darryl Reid)

Gag, Ottawa. (photo by Darryl Reid)

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 #1402 • 5/25/14


May 24th, 2014 by

Diana’s DC homesick soundtrack, plus Lydiya and guest DJs Kyle and Sarah!

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Intro song:
COUP SAVAGE & THE SNIPS – (Don’t Touch My) Hair

Deathrats

Deathrats (photo by Will Butler)

Sounds from the District
DEATHRATS – Please
THE GIFT – Corpse Reviver
PRIESTS – Personal Planes
FOWL SWOOPS – Cross Process
WAR ON WOMEN – Confess

Sarah from Seattle Plays New Bands That Sound Old
ARCTIC FLOWERS – The Wrecking
NEW FLESH – Being and Nothingness
BELGRADO – Palac Kultury
VEXX – Ocean Shores
PLEASURE LEFTISTS – Hunger Split

Kyle C. Plays Songs That He Wants You to Hear
RICHARD HELL & THE VOIDOIDS – Blank Generation
DAWN OF HUMANS – Jazz Monster
THE SWANKYS – Knife Will Not Open Becaus Rust (sic)
S.H.I.T. – Collective Unconscious
THE RATS – Nightmare

Lydiya’s High-On-Coffee Set
ELEKTRICNI ORGAZAM – Konobar
CAMERA SILENS – Camera Silens
CRIMINAL CODE – Exit//Entry
013 – ?
VITAMIN ROSTA – To Live Like You

Outro songs:
AGATHA – Language of Violence
RVIVR – Seethin’

Maximum Rocknroll Radio is a weekly radio show and podcast featuring DIY punk, garage rock, hardcore, and more from around the world. Our rotating cast of DJ’s picks the best of the best from MRR magazine’s astounding, ever-growing vinyl archive. You can find MRR Radio archives, specials, and more at radio.maximumrocknroll.com. Thanks for listening!



Record of the Week: OBEDIENCIA El Ángel Exterminador EP


May 22nd, 2014 by

Obediencia_ElAngel_EPThere’s an urgency in the first chord and drum hit that just sucks me in immediately, similar to the way the OBSERVERS LP did. I never spent much time with OBEDIENCIA’s first EP, but I love their song on the Sound the Alarms!! comp, and the second track on this EP is just as strong — upbeat, danceable, with brilliant vocal hooks. The vocalist is what really carries this band; she’s so soulful and confident. That shit is cranked right up front, almost too loud, but it totally works. Don’t get me wrong, the instrumentation is great too, but the singing pushes this band to the top. My critique has to be the slight distortion on the vocals, which gives the whole thing a little garage quality. Not a bad thing, I just personally prefer more organic vocals, especially when the singer is this great. Add a little reverb instead of the distortion and let that vocal track soar! Just one guy’s opinion. Otherwise this EP is perfect, and the more I listen, the more I like!
(Solo Para Punks)