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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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Record of the Week: DHK Extinciön EP …plus interview en español!

June 24th, 2014 by

¡En español! Una entrevista a DHK en la Maximum Rocknroll #355


Ah yes! One of the best bands to come out of Peru right now! After Odio los Discos and La Vida Es Un Mus, Hysteria Records carries the torch and releases yet another great slab of wax by these sonic-destructo punks! Raw, blown out, primal and heavy D-beat with Spanish stylings and lots of bellowing, distorted bass (I can almost hear the walls rumble!). Political lyrics and brash vocals command you to pay attention, with simple yet effective chunky riffs that fill out the racketing drums as they career and gallop around your head without cease. It’s funny how some bands try exceptionally hard to get this rough and gruff sound, and then others just ooze it naturally. I think it has more to do with the social and political circumstances that spawned DHK and their sound, and less to do with the actual style of music played, because there is something so genuine to be found here, it’s inspiring. “What future is we are waiting for?” There’s a level of meaning distilled, an ingrained authenticity and a connection to the grievances of life that other releases simply don’t have—or at least they’re not as legit as this. Stand out tracks are “Kasta Kuando” and “Por Ke Soy Punk” with a melancholic riff that makes my skin crawl. You could stick to your hyped, gimmick hardcore farce-bands, or you could listen to this and feel the force. Comes in an über-råpunk silk screened cover—highly recommended.
(Hysteria Records)

¡Bonus en español! Read the Spanish version of our 2012 interview with DHK from Maximum Rocknroll #355

Listen to “Por Ke Soy Punk” by DHK:

Punk Comics with Leah Wishnia

April 4th, 2014 by

We found out about Leah Wishnia via the impressive exhibition Fear of Punk//Fear of Art, held in Ontario last year. We got in touch with Leah to ask if she would like to do a cover for MRR, as her characteristic punk-meets-comics style won us over. While we were at it we picked her brain about a couple of things… Interview by Kyle Canyon and Lydia.


You got into comics at a young age. What originally drew you to them?
My dad was an avid comics reader (he had to get the latest issue of The Sandman every month) and would take me to the shops with him when I was as young as five or six. I really liked Ren & Stimpy, Roger Rabbit, and The Simpsons at the time, so I would get the comic versions of those titles. My interest was cemented though from my uncle’s then-girlfriend who was a cartoonist (she had work published by Fantagraphics and in Wimmen’s Comix) and we would draw comics together in my room. She encouraged me (along with the rest of my family) to “go against the grain” and follow my true freak self (to paraphrase), and I did so ever since.

Are there any comics you liked as a kid that you are politically/morally/ethically opposed to now?
For the most part, no. My favorite comics growing up were often those featured in Sara Dyer’s Action Girl, an anthology made by and for young women and girls alike. I did really dig the dark humor that cartoonists Edward Gorey and Charles Addams brought to the table—there is definitely racist imagery in some of Addams’ work, such as his “witch doctor” gags, which I uncomfortably took in, even then aware that the work was dated. Other than that, I think the most offensive stuff I experienced as a kid was from television, not comics.

What is the connection between punk and comics for you?
For me, both punk and underground comics are very much about working together as a community in addition to being in control of one’s own work. I don’t find that there’s much of a hierarchy in underground comics, so you can say what you want without fear of “losing your market audience” or getting fired, thus stuff can get pretty radical. Everyone’s kind of on the same level in the underground comic community, helping each other out, volunteering their time for each other, and often choosing to barter over strict monetary transactions. While most punk works outside of the mainstream music industry, underground comics work outside of both the extremely exploitive mainstream comics industry and the increasingly elitist, pandering-to-the-rich mainstream art market.


You do comics, prints, paintings, ceramics and video just to name a few. Are there any other mediums you aren’t doing now that you would like to be doing?
Hah, I’m actually thinking of going back to school to get a BA in political science for the spring 2015 term (preferably at CUNY Hunter—I currently hold a BFA from RISD). I’ve been reading a lot of non-fiction to try to self-educate, but it’s not enough, I really want a solid liberal arts foundation, which I didn’t really get at art school. Plus, they have sculpture and ceramics studios I could use!

So you’re on Tumblr, what are the pros for you, especially in visual media, for online image sharing? Do you feel that it takes away from art show attendance or the demand for you physical releases because you can see it on the Internet?
No I don’t think it does. I only post excerpts of my comics online, so I expect if people want to read the whole thing, they’ll probably buy it, and I try to make my physical work pretty affordable. Many of the illustrations I post online are large-format prints (often screen-prints) in real life, and my original comic pages are also quite large and detailed, so I think that a tiny digital image pales in comparison. Ultimately I feel that having a strong internet presence makes more people aware of my work, so if someone happens to stumble upon it in a shop or at a festival, they’re more likely to recognize it and want to buy it.


Are there any bands that you would want to do art for? A specific favorite band of yours that you would love to collaborate with?
I really love La Misma, and would be totally down to do a flyer for them. Really any contemporary punk band with a kick-ass female lead (or all female musicians) I’d say yes to. The first punk show flyer I ever did was for Hysterics, Nuclear Spring, and In School, and I gotta say I’m pretty proud about that.

Who are some other punk-centric artists who you admire?
Sam Ryser, Eugene Terry, Tara Bursey, Jess Poplawski, and Heather Benjamin for flyers, and Anya Davidson, Abraham Díaz, Noel Freibert, Suzy Hex, Mike Funk, O. Horvath, and Nate Doyle for comics.

Punk music has lyrics, an easy way to convey a message. Do you think that with visual punk art it’s harder? Do you think it can really impact people in a serious way?
Yes! It definitely can. Comics are their own unique language, not just a story with pictures slapped on, or a series of pictures with words thrown about, so like any new language it can take some getting used to at first. Obviously some cartoonists convey their messages better than others, but when a powerful message is presented in a comic narrative, the resulting emotional impact can be very strong. I personally enjoy the emotional immediacy of Julie Doucet and Sophie Crumb’s work, and more recently Cathy Johnson, Suzy Hex, and O. Horvath’s work have really been resonating with me.

Last year you were part of a very neat exhibition in Canada called Fear of Punk // Fear of Art. Tell us about that, how did it go?
The show was hosted by Tara Bursey and Ben Needham (of School Jerks) and took place both in Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario, neither of which I was actually able to attend in person. But it sounded like it went well, and I enjoyed working with Tara and Ben. It was definitely exciting to be part of such a cool lineup of artist, including fellow NYCers Sam Ryser, Heather Benjamin, and Alex Heir.


Tell us a bit about your comic and art zine Happiness
The first issue of Happiness came out in November 2011 and started strictly as a floppy comics anthology, with its intended purpose to give underground and up-and-coming comics artists a better platform for exposure. Since the release of the third issue in January 2013, it’s evolved into more of an all-encompassing comics, art, and culture anthology. With the format having almost tripled in page numbers, it now includes writing sections, reviews, and a “spotlight” arts section outside of comics. I’m currently wrapping up issue #4 (expected release is early June), which has a special “spotlight” on “art, music & community,” including a flyer art section, interviews with bands and artists who make or are involved with music, and a comp CD.

What do you have in the works right now? What can we expect to see from you in the future?
Once I wrap up Happiness #4 production in a few weeks, I’m going to be working on a six-page comic for Karissa Sakumoto’s RUDE COMICS anthology. It’s going to be about a group of spoiled raver-type teens that go to see a performer named DJ FVCKTW∧T (Hijinks ensue). After that, I hope to work on a longer-format comic of my own to self-publish, maybe in a year or so. Keep your eyes peeled!


And for more in MRR’s Punk Comics series check out these past entries by Janelle Blarg!

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/


Intro song:
FORWARD – Absolutely



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

Get Pumped or Die!
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

Outro song:
RULETA RUSA – Hipocrita

MRR Radio #1350 • 5/26/13

May 26th, 2013 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, and stay tuned!

THIS WEEK: Hector, Ian and Dani from ABSURDO visited the compound today after the end of their West Coast tour and together with Martin put out a great radio show.


Intro song:


Martin Plays Stuff
CULO – Modern Depressions
FRACASO – ¿Sabes Lo Que Se Siente?
ABSURDO – Barcelona 92

Ian – Spanish Jams!!!
HHH – Mi Ciudad
MG-15 – Campos de Exterminio
OTAN – Juventud Anarquista
INVASION – Juventud Perdida

Dani Frutos Barcelona bands
CRIMEN DE ESTADO – Crimen de Estado
LAS OTRAS – Mujeres Asesinas
AMENAÇA – Tu Contra Ells
GRB – El Chino
FIRMEZA 10 – Emergencia

Hector – Shit I grew up listening to from the rotten city.
DECIBELIOS – Matar o Morir
ANTI/DOGMATIKSS – Fuego en la Moncloa

Martin plays more stuff
ANGRY RED PLANET – Mummy from Hollywood
THE SECT – Never Go
GLAM – Demonios Salvajes
LOS TONTOS – Policias

Hector – Still a rotten city!!!
GRB – Locura de Juventud

Outro song:
SUDOR – Qué Más Te Da

Tonight! MRR Gig at Casa Sanchez!

May 2nd, 2013 by


Hey y’all!

Guess what? MRR is hosting a punk soiree TONIGHT, 2 May at 7pm sharp!

We are kicking off and kicking back with some of the best local bands, the LIGHT, DIE HARD and the DEAD SEEDS! At Casa Sanchez taqueria tonight! All ages! Punk! Tacos! Margaritas in cactus glasses! $5 measly dollars! 2778 24th St. San Francisco, CA 94110