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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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Video of the week: KuZle

April 4th, 2012 by

If you want to dig into some early history of punk rock behind the Iron Curtain it will worth your time to check out this documentary on the band KUZLE. It’s an interesting look at an early, Clash-influenced Yugoslavian punk band from the mining town of Idrija, Slovenia, and their short but rich time together from 1979 to 1981. While KuZle wasn’t the earliest Slovenian punk band (that title probably goes to Pankrti) nor the most challenging politically (at one point they seem to be making excuses for playing some kind of pro-Tito event), it’s still fascinating to hear about and imagine what one would have to go through to be punk in an obscure communist mining community in the ’70s, and then become pretty big fish in that very small pond. Find out more about the band on their website here.

From the Vaults: Punk Protests at 1984 Democratic Convention in SF

February 29th, 2012 by

Digging through some old MRRs recently turned up a whole bunch of coverage of the protests that happened around around the 1984 Democratic National Convention. That year the convention took place in San Francisco, where punk was at that time reaching a high level of political activity. It was the peak of the Reagan/Thatcher era and nuclear war was being discussed as a viable option in the Cold War. I mean, all of the good God-fearing Americans would get to go to Heaven if the whole world blew up, so what’s the big deal?

It’s inspirational to see and read about what the punks got up to in these pages of the magazine. The descriptions of the actions that took place are on one hand strangely similar to today’s Occupy protests, but on the other hand have a sense of high-spirited rage and adventure that is often missing from our tactical vocabulary nowadays. It also goes to show you that there have been many punks who fought the good fight over the years, and it is our job to continue that legacy, lest we just be a bunch of fuckin’ posers.

This is only a sample of what was found in the issues I looked through, but each new dig into the archives turns up more articles and letters about political actions during this time, so we may post more. Until then, read, learn, enjoy, and fuck shit up!…

Come to Our Show: a Punk Flyer eBook

January 31st, 2012 by

Blogger, punk flyer collector, and MRR reader Willona Sloan recently sent us a link to her free eBook of amazing flyers called Come to Our Show. Originally intended to be a printed book, this project was put on the back burner for a few years, but now it is finally available to one and all thanks to the wonders of the interweb. The book contains a very impressive collection of flyers from many decades of DIY punk, mostly concentrated on DC bands and the ’80s, but represents a pretty wide variety of genres and regions. No extra info is given with the flyers, leaving you to guess sometimes where or when exactly the show is from. Yet I find that the parts of the story that are left to the imagination can be just as inspiring as the artifacts themselves. And, besides, it’s free and it’s fun — what have you got to complain about?

Willona’s eclectic blog DC Scorpiongirl is worth checking out too. Send her kudos on a job well done while you’re there.

Blog of the Week: Remote Outposts

January 19th, 2012 by

"Fuck the East Bay, This Is N.O.K." CD - 1997

We live in an age where almost every punk record ever released is available for download. Usually you’ll find what you’re looking for on one of the hundreds or Blogspot sites dedicated to making old out-of-print vinyl accessible to everyone, and that is awesome. But what the vast majority of these blogs lack is a personality, a connection of some kind to the music presented. All you get is the record cover, a download link, and if you’re lucky a track listing or a sentence or two about the record.

So it’s totally exciting when you find a site like Greg Harvester’s Remote Outposts. Like Terminal Escape (which is dedicated entirely to cassette releases and includes entertaining reviews of each tape), Remote Outposts can be just as enjoyable to read as it is to listen to all of the great music available. Greg’s musical tastes are all over the map — literally — but you will find a heavy concentration of “Region Rock” (hard to define, but mainly music from the Southeastern US from the ’90 thru now that tends to be melodic and rough) and a preference for demos and records that never found the appreciation they deserved. Lengthy descriptions accompany each post, giving these releases a much more tangible essence. “I try to talk about how it makes me feel or talk about what kind of people made up the bands. Sometimes, I think that’s even more exciting than the music…the stories behind it,” says Greg.

Mr. Harvester, who names Terminal Escape and Region Rock and More as sparking his interest in blogging, is a veteran of too many Southern, Midwestern, and Bay Area bands to mention, and in his touring and moving around the country has amassed quite a collection of demos and records over the years. So many that he’s been able produce a blog post every single day recently. Also in the mix lately has been a bunch of great demos and live tapes on loan from the collection of Erick Lyle (formerly Iggy Scam of Scam zine, and also a million bands from the South and the Bay Area).

But don’t think that just some old dude digging up tapes from the “good old days.” Remote Outposts features a lot of current bands, like Wade Boggs from Athens, GA, who released their LP on the site, and Cleansing Wave from Worcester, MA, a newish noisy crust band.  Greg says, “I like to think of it as an archive more than nostalgia… I also revel in pulling people into the blog by posting bands they like and then using that as a platform to discuss ways they can combat sexism, transphobia, macho bullshit or racism in their own punk scenes. Music is definitely the driving force behind it all, but it doesn’t end there… I did one full week where I posted only bands with only women in them because I was sick of so many music blogs (and punk and society and everything) that were so male-centric. I’ve been trying to be more conscious of posting bands with women in them.”

When asked for his favorites, or suggestions on where readers should start on his web page, Greg cited: “Fred Lane, Twat Sauce, Pink Collar Jobs (from NC), the multiple Impractical Cockpit tapes I’ve posted, Hickey Million, The Curse, Jarvis (or any band from Chattanooga, TN, or labeled as Region Rock),  Potential Johns, Uke of Phillips, etc, etc….Download anything on there. So far, I love everything that is on the blog. I just want to share music that I love and hope that people will enjoy it.”

Video of the Week: Shit Record Nerds Say

January 13th, 2012 by

Well, between our “discovering” this and getting around to posting it, this video has gone wicked viral.  Over 37,00 views in just over four days. There’s even a blog that wrote a lengthy (very poorly written) piece on how much this video sucks. When that kind of shit happens you know you’ve really hit the big time!

Anyway, we had a little correspondence with Pat Thielges, co-creator of this funny-cuz-it’s-true gem. He told us that this is the first video that he and his daughter, Leah Maldonado, have made together, but that she is an accomplished YouTube-ist, having made a bunch of silly videos including this one in which Leah plays him! She also plays in the band Dr. Loomis, who totally shred.

Pat says that “Shit Record Nerds Say” is “inspired by almost three decades of rubbing elbows with some of the nerdiest and at the same time coolest people on earth… punk record collectors!!” Clearly he is a record nerd himself, and not out to disrespect anyone, just to poke fun at the more “backstabbing, moneygrubbing” aspects of the collector nerd scene. “Basically, I think punks need to have more of a sense of humor, cos punk is for the most part pretty humorous…and humorless.”

Some nerd facts: Pat is wearing two pairs of tighty whiteys, “so I am not technically in my undies.” The video was shot in Portland, Oregon, at Crossroads Records, Green Noise, and Everyday Music on Sandy. Pat and Leah promise to put out a “part two” soon!