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Create to Destroy! Goner Records


May 21st, 2014 by

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Goner Records, based in Memphis, Tennessee, is a heavy resource for all you rockers out there looking for a fix! As a label, store, online distribution hub and fest/event/record swap/fun times organizers, I thought I would interview Eric Friedl of Goner out of respect for the multitude of releases they bring us and everything else they coordinate. Here he is for Create to Destroy! Yours truly, Amelia…

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Tell us the story of how Goner Records started.
Loved Top 40 music as a kid in the ’70s, bought Beatles records every week, didn’t have an older brother or stoned neighbor to turn me onto “cool” stuff. My parents jammed Elton John and some Limeliters/harmony groups, but my Dad bought “Sounds of Daytona/Sebring /etc. Speedway” records and somehow we ended up with some Sparks records in the house. Heard about punk rock and new wave and was disappointed that it sounded like music once I actually heard it. But started looking for “other” music once I hit 12 or so. Skateboarder Magazine and then Thrasher had good lists of bands and records to check out. Bought cut-outs and all the cheapest records in the store, which turned me onto Funkadelic, Sun Ra, Moondog, and all kinds of dumb DIY type things that people didn’t “get.” Eventually did college radio, moved to Boston, saw tons of great bands at the Middle East, toured Europe trying to do sound for my friends’ pop band in ’89, got to see the Berlin Wall come down, came to Memphis in 1990. Started trying to jam with Oblivians, went to Garageshock and then put on a show for Guitar Wolf, they left a tape that I thought was good/bad enough to put out, or at least that I liked and thought no one else would put out. Did that and the first Oblivians 7″ and somehow had a record label. Did Reatards 7″ then LP, then got in a car crash and didn’t know what was going to happen so laid off on the label. Wish I woulda plowed ahead with second Guitar Wolf, secondnd Reatards, and a whole lot more Memphis stuff. Ah, well. I kept putting out occasional releases and did a mailorder out of my living room. Also ran a message board that was pretty popular back in the day. All this kinda stuff was simple and fun and built up a network that still exists to this day.

What’s going on with the label now?
Around 2000 my friend Zac Ives moved back to Memphis and in the next few years we were looking for some kinda business to get into. Greg Cartwright (Reigning Sound, Compulsive Gamblers, etc.) had a record store called Legba, he was leaving town to move to Asheville, NC and we just took over his store, revitalized Goner and kinda exploded it. Started with King Khan & BBQ Show and King Louie One Man Band LPs and started Gonerfest up and kept building the store up.

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How many releases have you done?
We’re at 111 releases.

What are you working on now?
Trying to get Gonerfest 11 nailed down, trying to get Ausmuteants over here from Australia for that. Trying to completely re-do our physical and online stores. Trying to keep the lights on.

How’s the store doing?
Store is actually doing a little better than last year, we’re selling a little less new stuff and a little more used stuff, which is great. We have been declining for a few years, I think other online stores that sell similar stuff as us (Permanent, Florida’s Dying, 1-2-3-4 Go!) are also doing really well and there’s more competition. We like all those stores so it’s friendly, but it can get tough. Great to see more Memphians buying new stuff in the store — for the longest time we only sold used Rush and Yes albums to Memphians. Nothing against Rush and Yes, of course.

How long have you been in your current space?
We opened Feb 29, 2004, with a couple hundred records.

Form a band, draw some art, put on some shows — it’s a great way to meet people from all over the place and get out of your normal life. Don’t be afraid to do it wrong. Have fun.

How long did it take to get out of the red?
We didn’t start with much debt but we also didn’t pay ourselves. That took a few years. And both Zac and I still have side jobs to help feed our families.

How was the recent Goner Party in Austin? Can you elaborate on what that was all about?
We’ve done actual SXSW shows but we’ve usually just done a non-SXSW show at Beerland. If we did official showcases we’d end up at Beerland anyway, so what’s the point? The days of getting in front of Seymour Stein or whomever and getting your band in the big time are over. But there’s still tons of great people and bands crammed into Austin at that time so it’s worth being there. We did a show this year with Reigning Sound, Ex-Cult, Buck Biloxi & The Fucks, Nots, Digital Leather, Golden Boys and Wesley Coleman. Was a blast.

How were Reigning Sound when they were recorded for the LP? I lived in Asheville, North Carolina for several years and have a definite spot in my heart for that band….can you tell us more about that release? How did you become friendly with them?
I met Greg Cartwright when he was in the Painkillers with Jack Yarber, then they did the Compulsive Gamblers, and that was completely mind-blowing to me — a ramshackle garage/R&B band with two guys who could really sing and play guitar and wrote killer songs. They were working through their influences, eventually I started jamming with those two and we formed the Oblivians and did our thing in the mid-’90s. Anyway, after that, Greg and I still stayed in touch and, like I said above, he had Legba Records and the Reigning Sound in Memphis before he moved to Asheville.

Anyway, We had the Reigning Sound play an show in the store that was recorded by our friends Robin & Kyle at Rocket Science Audio. The show was real fun and the recording sounded amazing. Katrina hit and we had a bunch of people up in Memphis while they figured out what to do, and we sold the Reigning Sound show on cdr as a fundraiser for our friends. People kept telling us we should put it out on vinyl, but the band had just released a live album and we thought, “Who wants two live albums from the same band in a year?” But the thing was, I thought the other album was pretty bad — or at least not as good as how Live At Goner turned out. So we eventually put it out, sold through all our copies, and just recently repressed it. I think it’s a great album and you really feel like you’re there with the band.

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What’s in store for this year’s Gonerfest?
We’ve been having Australian bands come for a few years now, pretty much starting with the Ooga Boogas and Eddy Current Suppression Ring. This year it looks like we’re going to be completely overrun by Aussies and bands from New Zealand! We’re working on some classic US bands to headline as well, but we don’t want to give too much away just yet.

I got the recent Ausmuteants LP of you guys, it’s pretty addictive. When you get a hot seller like that, how many do you press? How many have you sold so far?
That’s sold better than we expected, which is great, everyone should get that album! We press anywhere from 600-2000 of a title to start — you definitely want to have enough to satisfy initial demand, but you can’t sit on excess albums. We’ve learned that the hard way. If a band is touring, they sell a lot more and we can safely press more. It’s pretty amazing how small record sales are, though.

Who do you use to press records? Who do you use for sleeves?
We use United, in general, but have used Pirates Press, Rainbow, RTI, and I think Erika? Maybe not Erika. Sleeves are from the great Hamlett Printing in Nashville.

What international distros do you go through? Do you do a lot of international business? You seem pretty friendly with Australia.
Midheaven/Revolver is our exclusive distributor, and they sell through Forte in the UK and a bunch of foreign distros. We’ve been lucky to have our friend Bruce doing Easter Bilby distro in Memphis — he lives two doors down from me — and we’ve gotten to hear a lot of the Aussie bands pressing 150 7″s or whatever. We’ve also been lucky to know Rich Stanley at Aarght! Records in Melbourne, he has been in the middle of us getting in touch with ECSR and Ausmuteants. The Australian scene is insane right now.

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What is you highest selling record ever that Goner released?
Guitar Wolf’s first album sold around 5000 copies.

What about another label like In the Red’s release of Jay Reatard’s Blood Visions? It seemed like that record was everywhere when it came out and I’m pretty sure I got my copy off you guys.
Not sure how many they did of that. I think that record got into the stratosphere (at least in our little world), especially since Jay was touring so much. And it’s just a great, great record. Hard to listen to now. Miss Jay every day.

Why do all this work? What are you doing this for?
We’re making it up as we go along, which is great, scary, and fulfilling. Being able to say “we did this.” Entertaining ourselves without having anyone to answer to. We’ll keep doing it as long as it’s fun.

How can we stay up to date on Goner Records?
We’ve got a newsletter that is pretty good at listing new stuff, there’s also facebook, twitter, and the website. All of these are updated in a sporadic, chaotic manner.

How can we get in touch?
Email us at

Any last words?
Form a band, draw some art, put on some shows — it’s a great way to meet people from all over the place and get out of your normal life. Don’t be afraid to do it wrong. Have fun.



Top Tens from MRR #372 • May 2014


May 20th, 2014 by

Each month we post our reviewers’ monthly top tens from the previous issue of Maximum Rocknroll. These are from MRR #372, the May 2014 issue.

Mariam Bastani

Mariam Bastani
RITUAL CONTROL-No Affinity-EP
IN SCHOOL-Praxis of Hate-EP
KOMPLOTT-12″
HYSTERICS-Can’t I Live-EP
HARD STRIPES-Duress-EP
ALERTA!-Mierdosa-EP
WET DRAG-Work Drag-EP
PANG-EP / WARTHOG-EP
BELLICOSE MINDS-Buzz and Howl Sessions-10″
SUICIDAS-EP / ANTI-ZEN-demo

Will Blomquist

Will Blomquist
BELLICOSE MINDS-Buzz and Howl Sessions-10″
FUNERAL PARADE-12″
HEXIS-LP / RITUAL CONTROL-EP
KOMPLOTT-12″
DERROTA-LP / SUICIDAS-EP
SIMPLY SAUCER-EP / THE SLIZZ-EP
SECRET PROSTITUTES-LP / ALERTA!-EP
RED MONKEY-LP
VASTUM/THE BODY/NEGATIVLAND-live
NOMAD/1984/STILLSUIT-live

Mitch Cardwell

Mitch Cardwell
SOA-12/29/80 First Demo-EP
SECRET PROSTITUTES-LP
DANCER-Bitchin’ Heat-EP
THOR’S HAMMER-If You Knew-LP
PANG-Young Professionals-EP
COCKTAILS-Friday-EP
WET DRAG-Work Drag-EP
SIMPLY SAUCER-Bullet Proof Nothing-EP
DROWN UNDER-Sugar Dadda-EP
PERSONAL & THE PIZZAS-live

Robert Collins

Robert Collins
BURNT SKULL-EP / OUTSIDE LOOKING IN-LP
MINDLESS-EP / SHUT IN-EP
MILISI KECOA / PUSHER-split-EP
IN SCHOOL-EP / ALERTA!-EP
AGONIA / LA MISMA-live
NO.NEGATIVE-Album Blanc-demo
HURE-demo / BIRDBRAIN-demo
SLAVESTATE 641A-Masochist-demo
TRRASH-live
WARCRY-live

Layla G

Layla Gibbon
PANG-Young Professionals-EP
SIMPLY SAUCER-Bullet Proof Nothing-EP
IN SCHOOL-EP / HYSTERICS-EP
WET DRAG-Work Drag-EP
BRAIN F≠-Empty Set-LP
SOA-12/29/80 First Demo-EP
OILY BOYS-Majesty-EP
RED RED KROOVY-Dreams-EP
CHIT CHAT-Don’t Go Down/Never Know-45
DROWN UNDER-EP / RED MONKEY-LP

Dan Goetz

Dan Goetz
IN SCHOOL-Praxis of Hate-EP
RITUAL CONTROL-No Affinity-EP
HYSTERICS-Can’t I Live-EP
WET DRAG-EP / SOA-First Demos-EP
SUCIDAS-No Nos Mata La Muerta-EP
THE SENTENCED-EP / KOMPLOTT-12″
HARD STRIPES-EP / WARTHOG-EP
PITFALL-Scapegoat-EP
CATHARSIS-Light From a Dead Star II-LP
NERVOSAS-live / AGATHA-live

Greg Harvester

Greg Harvester
PSYCHIC BAOS-demo
SUNSICK-LP
GOOD GOOD THINGS-LP
IN SCHOOL-Praxis of Hate-EP
SUICIDAS-No Nos Mata La Muerte-EP
WET DRAG-Work Drag-EP
RITUAL CONTROL-No Affinity-EP
PANG-Young Professionals-EP
GENERATION LOSS-demo
EXTRA FEELER-demo / DE KIFT-EP

Kenny Kaos
SHATTERED FAITH-Power to the Kids-EP
THE JOLTS-Hammer Every Nail-EP
COCKTAILS-Friday-EP
THE SLIZZ-Less Than Human-EP
DANCER-Bitchin’ Heat-EP
SOA-12/29/80 First Demo-EP
THE INSTIGATION-No Way Out-EP
SALTEENS-Whiskey & Records-EP
SIMPLY SAUCER-Bullet Proof Nothing-EP
BOB MOULD-live

Carolyn Keddy
THE 4 SIDS-Kill-EP / SUBSETS-Ape Facin’-EP
FERAL FUTURE-Haematic-LP
BAD TROUBLE-Lack of Funs-EP
COCKTAILS-Friday-EP
SUCIDAS-No Nos Mata La Muerte-EP
DANCER-Bitchin’ Heat-EP
GHETTO GHOULS-LP
SOA-12/29/80 First Demo-EP
SIMPLY SAUCER-Bullet Proof Nothing-EP
THOR’S HAMMER-If You Knew-LP

Ray Lujan
BOIDS-We Stalk Each Other-CD
BRAIN F≠-Empty Set-LP
COCKTAILS-Friday-EP
FERAL FUTURE-Haematic-LP
HUMAN PROJECT-Origens-CD
THE JOLTS-Hammer Every Nail-EP
SECRET PROSTITUTES-LP
SHATTERED FAITH-Power to the Kids-EP
SUNSICK-LP
BALLANTYNES-live / INVSN-live

Lydiya!

Lydiya!

Lydiya
KOMPLOTT-12″
FUNERAL PARADE-12″
DERROTA-Guerra Civil-LP
THOR’S HAMMER-If You Knew-LP
SUICIDAS-No Nos Mata La Muerte-EP
BREAKOUT-Razorwire-EP
ALERTA!-Mierdosa-EP / WARTHOG-EP
RITUAL CONTROL-No Affinity-EP
OILY BOYS-Majesty-EP / MINDLESS EP
SECRET PROSTITUTES-live

Fred Schrunk

Fred Schrunk
SUICIDAS-No Nos Mata La Muerte-EP
RED RED KROOVY-Dreams-EP
SALTEENS-Whiskey & Records-EP
IN SCHOOL-Praxis of Hate-EP
HYSTERICS-Can’t I Live-EP
BRAIN F≠-Empty Set-LP
SECRET PROSTITUTES-LP
RITUAL CONTROL-No Affinity-EP
C’EST DOMMAGE-Routine Pleasures-LP
FUNERAL PARADE-12″

Martin Sorrondeguy(!)

Martin Sorrondeguy
ALERTA!-Mierdosa-EP
SOA-12/29/80 First Demo-EP
WET DRAG-Work Drag-EP
RITUAL CONTROL-No Affinity-EP
WARTHOG-Exterminate Me-EP
BELLICOSE MINDS-Buzz and Howl Sessions-10″
THE SENTENCED-Society-EP
SUICIDAS-No Nos Mata La Muerte-EP
PANG-Young Professionals-EP
HYSTERICS-Can’t I Live-EP

Ray Suburbia

Ray Suburbia

Ray Suburbia
SALTEENS-Whiskey & Records-EP
SECRET PROSTITUTES-LP
V/A-Sombras-2xCD
BELLICOSE MINDS-Buzz and Howl Sessions-10″
NERVOSAS-live (x2)
VIOLENCE CREEPS-live
JABBER-live
FLESHIES-live
TACOCAT-live
SECRET PROSTITUTES-live

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Diana Vashti

Diana Vashti
HYSTERICS-Can’t I Live-EP
SALTEENS-Whiskey & Records-EP
NERVOSAS-live
ANTI-ZEN-demo
SUICIDAS-No Mas Mata La Muerte-EP
PANG-Young Professionals-EP
FUNERAL PARADE-12″
RITUAL CONTROL-No Affinity-EP
MASSES-Intolerance-EP
CHIT CHAT-Never Know-EP

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Top Ten Zines
Kill Yr Parents #7
Shotgun Seamstress #7
Try to Wake Up With a Smile on Your Face #5/6
General Speech #6
Basura #1
Spidder #17
Dreams of Donuts #19
Rochester Teen Set Outsider #28
Greix #3
Living in the City #1



Monday Photo Blog: Pat Blashill


May 19th, 2014 by

We have a particularly awesome Monday Photo Blog for you this week.Pat Blashill, who some of you may remember seeing his work in the classic zines, and on records from over the years, has sent over some killer photos of killer bands from killer times. Maybe you were around, maybe you were not. Either way, stare at these for a while, then head over to his page and spend a couple hours taking it all in. Or one of them new social media things. Spread the stoke!

The Dicks in Austin, TX, 1984 (photo by Pat Blashill)

Butthole Surfers, San Antonio, TX, 1984. (photo by Pat Blashill)

Sonic Youth, Austin, TX, 1985. (photo by Pat Blashill)

Joey Ramone, New York City, 1989. (photo by Pat Blashill)

Lynda and Rene, Austin, 1985. (photo by Pat Blashill)

Poison 13, Austin, 1985. (photo by Pat Blashill)

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 #1401 • 5/18/14


May 18th, 2014 by

The MRR Radio podcast feed is back! Updated podcast feed info can be found at radio.maximumrocknroll.com/mrr-podcast. Sorry if you’ve had any issues, but we hope you enjoy catching up with any episodes you may have missed. Thank you for subscribing to MRR Radio!

THIS WEEK’S SHOW: Greg invites Pars from FUNERAL CONE to play cool shit on the radio for your enjoyment(?)

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Intro song:
FUNERAL CONE – Stomach Sick

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Funeral Cone somewhere in the USA

Greg plays some newer deep cuts
GOOD GOOD THINGS – Dark Thoughts
POOKIE AND THE POODLEZ – Slurp Mee
S.H.I.T. – Nobody Knows Anybody
ROMAN GABRIEL TODD – Black Pope

Pars says “NO” to naming her set
DOWNTOWN BOYS – Work
THE CIGARETTES – You Were So Young
PROTEX – Don’t Ring Me Up
ANOREXIA – Pets
ELECTRIC DEADS – Crossroads

Greg shits out some more hits
SUNSICK – When I’m Home
ALL DOGS – Basement
KICKS – Red Blood 2
STRAIGHT CRIMES – Punch a Flower
FLESH WORLD – Reckon and Know

Pars asks “Do I really have to name the set?!”
ULTIMO RESORTE – Hogar, Dulce Hogar
SUICIDE SQUAD – I Hate School
NIXE – You Say
LIVIN’ SACRIFICE – Mentalsjuk
THE COMES – Panic

Greg realizes that we didn’t pick out enough records to fill the hour and scrambles for some winners
MEA CULPA – Vox Populi
SUSPICIOUS BEASTS – Let’s Go to the Church

Outro song:
OBNOX – Molecule

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MRR Presents: Friday Fuckin’ Funnies!


May 16th, 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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