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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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"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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Zines is Punks

December 31st, 2010 by

You may have noticed that this decade has been continually sounding the death knell of print. From the dot-com boom, to the blogger revolution, and now the rise of slim digital readers. Well, Atomic Books has had enough, and has thrown down the gauntlet for 2011: The Revenge of Print!: “We are challenging everyone who’s ever made/self-published a zine, a comic or mini-comic before to dust off the ol’ photocopier and make at least one more new issue in 2011.” But why don’t we widen the scope? I’d like to add that if you’ve never made a zine before, you could throw in with the challenge and let 2011 be your year of print revenge too.

But is revenge the right word? In some ways the digital era has made print more accessible. Zines are thriving despite the migration of many would-be zinesters to blogs. You can find out about, order, or download PDFs of zines that would have otherwise would have been too far away in time or distance.

Punks is Hippies is a “user-generated fanzine archive.” A digital archive of zines at first seems a little ironic, but here the web serves its best purpose. It makes what is good and valuable to us as a community available to everyone, it takes what could have been lost or destroyed and adds another layer of protection to prevent it from vanishing forever. Which is a little scary if you were a teenage zinester who hopes your first issues all ended up in the same abyss on fire.

So don’t wrestle too hard mentally over what a zine archive like Punks is Hippies means. Just go look at the decades of punk zines from all over the world. Fill your eyes up, be inspired (because there is a lot to be inspired by). Then go make that zine, usher in yet another year where print, though constantly pronounced dead, refuses to die.

Blog of the Week: Pressure’s On

June 11th, 2010 by

Producing an excellent podcast — that perfect mix of new and old, of cohesive themes and surprising contrast pairings — is a rare art form. While most punk podcasters merely throw their favorite songs up in a jumble for friends, Ben Sizemore (nee Ben Econochrist) brings it to the next level, or the level after that. He has the benefit of a varied and sharp taste, and a music collection of old classics he’s collected over the years and new things he picked up at a show last week. In his weekly radio show, Pressure’s On, Ben gives the best of punk, artfully composed for your listening pleasure, with only a few interruptions for back-announcements, allowing you to catch your breath. In listening you might remember a record you have neglected to dust off and enjoy, or find something new you didn’t know had been calling your name.

The podcast link is HERE, but we recommend going to the site for the complete playlists and links to some other podcasts you might enjoy on PO’s parent site, Combat Music Radio.

Video of the Week: Neurosis at Gilman, 1988

March 24th, 2010 by

Seems like a good day to fire up the old YouTube time machine. And where in punk time do we find ourselves? Ahhh, 20+ years ago at 924 Gilman as Pain of Mind-era Neurosis grace the stage. Please take note of how tiny and young everybody is.

You can find more awesome videos like this over at http://killthatcat.com
It’s full of shredding new bands, and some jaw dropping archival shit. Check it out!

Video of the Week: Masshysteri

January 20th, 2010 by

It’s great when it’s hard to explain why a band is so awesome. It means something new and larger than words is at work in their music. Umeå, Sweden’s MASSHYSTERI is that awesome. The elements are easy enough to lay out. There are the surf-drenched guitars, the complementary lady/dude vocals and the rock ‘n’ roll frenzy of X, some of what has been brewing in Denmark and Sweden over the last decade with bands like GORILLA ANGREB, and NO HOPE FOR THE KIDS, and the ashes from which this band sprang: THE VICIOUS. But there is something more than that here too. It’s tuneful hooks that grab you and drag you into bleak and feral songs that threaten to pull you in two once you’ve been snared. It’s simultaneously melancholy, frantic, and joyfully danceable. It’s something wild and new and wholly it’s own.

For a taste, here’s a video for one of their iconic songs, “Tvivel,” that is totally simple in concept, but spellbinding to watch. What would it look like to undo the damage of war, to rewind, unbomb, unkill? Plus, how many punk bands actually have concept music videos, not just blown-out YouTube clips?

NIXE – Searchin’ (1981)

April 9th, 2009 by

You may have caught the interview of this rad Dutch band in the February issue of MRR (#309) — if you didn’t, check out the back issues page to get yourself one.
Here they are playing in Utrecht in 1981.
If you are blown away and want more, a beautiful gatefold discography just came out on PollyMagoo Records.