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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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Website of the Week: Occupy Together!

October 1st, 2011 by

By now we know you’ve heard about Occupy Wall Street, and maybe you’ve been thinking, “We should do that here too!” Well, folks, your time has come. Occupy Together is a website dedicated to solidarity “occupations” nationwide and worldwide. Check in to find the actions in your area, and if you don’t see it on there then, by golly, get your friends together and start one up yourselves! Go to www.occupytogether.org and get involved…

Blog of the Week: Radio Survivor

September 7th, 2011 by

Radio Survivor came to my attention as I was looking for help following the bullshit KUSF sell off. I am a total radio geek, and was thrilled to find one place that had information on all kinds of radio… in their own words:

Radio Survivor attempts to shed light on the ongoing importance of radio: from the airwaves (FM, AM, Short-wave, HD, satellite) to online. We are proponents for the relevance of radio as a participatory communications medium. As both fans and producers, we write about the problems and prospects of radio. We embrace college radio stations in crisis. We defend radio pirates. And we care about the on-going survival of our favorite radio stations. We are obsessed with the future of radio and are charmed by radio historians, radio dramatists, radio bloggers, and anyone else who cares about radio as deeply as we do.

photo by Jennifer Waits

Ah yes, that’s me! I found punk through the radio, and in the ’80s in small town California radio saved me from the provincial attitudes of back to the land hippies, spitting rednecks, and those random folks who just wanted to run you down. Radio told me of other places with other angry kids, who were sometimes angry enough to stand up and take action, and sometimes angry enough to destroy. I need both. So, thanks to the radio.

I recognize the names of some of the people involved. One wrote a great book on the Pacifica Radio Network (although they skipped the part where Maximum Rocknroll hosted a protest outside KPFA in the early ’80s resulting in a prime-time time slot for its popular punk radio show), one is now an advisor to WNUR, an amazing college radio station in Chicago. Jennifer Waits is the one doing all the great reporting on the KUSF situation.

There are tons of archives and articles dating back to 2009 to explore the important world of radio. There are  interesting political articles (did you know that the Netherlands Radio Communications Agency intends to enact a new policy making it easier to fine and shut down Dutch Pirate Radio?), tips and tools (this was the first place I heard of turntable.fm and dar.fm) and great stories (their report on WFMU and the anti-hippy tradition is especially enjoyable!). I also appreciate how they keep tabs on all the college stations that are being sold off, not just KUSF.

It may be a bit hard to scroll through if you aren’t totally obsessed, but clicking on the tags seems to be the best way for me to find an article that I had read once, and wanted to reference again. I wish they had links or a suggested listening, cause you know they listen to some fascinating and/or obscure radio stations. Tuning your radio dial may seem ridiculous when you can listen to whatever song you want whenever on a digital device, but I have to say that the joy of discovery is still out there.

I appreciate Radio Survivor for helping keep me up to date on those that are fighting for community space on the airwaves and creating their own audio world.


Blog of the Week: La Cantatrice Chauve

July 22nd, 2011 by

La Cantatrice Chauve (“The Bald Soprano”) is a French music blog offering streaming music, downloadable MP3s, the occasional video when available, and vintage flyers, covering mostly French punk and alternative music. The title is a nice play on words for the aging among us. Chauve means bald in French. The Bald Soprano covers French oi, punk, new wave, and hardcore music largely from the ’80s, so if you were around then you may have been bald by choice, and if you are still around now you may be bald by nature — in either case it works. The blog is amusing to read, but unfortunately it is only in French. The blog started in 2008 but appears to in a dormant state since January of this year. Still, the site offers a nice, varied collection of music, reminding us that French music wasn’t always as bad as it is now. I get to say that because, one, it is true, two, I lived the for last four years in France, and three, because I can.

Here are some of the musical highlights from the most recent post alone, and forgive me if the groups are well known… 8°6 Crew brings a straightforward ska number from Vieille, France ( 2nd song in the first music player), and Ausweis offers up Pas Demain (midway through the same post). La Cantatrice Chauve calls Ausweis “cold wave,” and if that classification is too granular for you, think Killing Joke, and think very good. And at the player at the bottom at that post, check out Métal Urbain: fuzzy guitars, gravelly voice, and drum machine, well ahead of their time. MKB also offers their disk Feu in its entirety on the site — deconstructed music, confrontational lyrics, highly dramatic, ils prennent la tête I must say, but they are French after all.

There is a lot of good but fairly standard French ’80s punk, oi, and hardcore, so if that is your thing, get the right click button on your mouse ready for a download-fest. Most, I would dare say, you haven’t heard before. The real interest in this blog though, is its extensive collection of vaguely punk music that lived around the perimeter of those standard styles, and it is in that music you can really hear a distinctly French influence, whether it is the jazzy influence of Serge Gainsbourg, the witty vocals influence of Jacques Dutronc, or the aloof cooler-than-thou vocal delivery. If you like new wave, no wave, experimental, or early industrial, you can find some real gems here.

— Owen Peery

And, what the hell — here’s a bonus video from the great Métal Urbain:

Website of the Week: AZ Punk Flyer Archive!

June 30th, 2011 by

I’ve been meaning to do a write-up about this website for a long time but every time I go to “research” it, I get caught up in all the cool shit there is to look at and listen to and I forget why I was there in the first place… I guess I’m a sucker for regionally-based zines and websites. While technology like Google street view or any other virtual reality type crap tries to make you feel like you’re really “there” in some real or imaginary place on your computer screen, I feel like there’s nothing like looking through the historical archives (or current show reviews) of another town or country and letting your imagination and experience transport you there. Enter shavedneck.com, a.k.a “Arizona Hardcore Punk Rock Flyer Archive 1982-1984“…Sure, there are quite a few of these kinds of websites out there but most of them have a certain air of fetishistic early HC worship or a “you young kids don’t even know how fuckin’ cool it was back in the day” kind of attitude. But in his About page for this website, original CONFLICT guitarist Bill Cuevas actually got me a little choked up with the story behind his flyer collection, how he nearly lost or got rid of it on several occasions before the possibility of sharing it with the world via the internet was ever an option, and this wonderful sentiment at its conclusion: “It’s with this in mind that I ‘tip my beer’ to the present generation who instead of wallowing in the past use it as a foundation upon which to build bigger and better things.”

Civil Death (photo by Ed Arnaud)

This website was built in 2004, so it has a clunky feel to it compared to most newer sites, but in a weird anachronistic way that adds to old-school feeling of digging through these archives, and the joy of stumbling on new things you didn’t see before. The site’s main focus is flyers from Tuscon, but you can also find a bunch of flyers from Phoenix and LA, as well as photos by Ed Arnaud, stickers, fanzines, and some awesome music downloads. The coolest things I found on my most recent visit were an excellent live recording of HÜSKER DÜ just after they recorded Metal Circus, and the Youth Manifesto comp tape out of LA… And of course there are downloads from Tuscon greats CONFLICT and CIVIL DEATH as well. Surfing this website feels like digging through someone’s old boxes of flyers and tapes. It’s a real joy! Check it out — I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

Website of the Week: Brian Walsby! (.net!)

May 11th, 2011 by

Even if you are someone who fervently eschews nostalgia in favor of appreciating and participating in the here-and-now, there are probably still certain things that hone in on that particular region of your brain that makes those “good old days” chemicals flood your veins. And if your generation/demographic happens to be the mid-’80s/suburban punk, seeing any artwork by Mr. Brian Walsby is sure be one of those triggers. His style and subject matter are most iconically captured in his drawing for the original cover of 7SECONDS’ Walk Together Rock Together 12″ from 1985. At the time 7SECONDS were at their peak of popularity, and this was Walsby breakthrough into the big time, punk-wise, where Pushead reigned supreme. While Pushead’s style was precise, graphic and gory, Brian’s was loose, wild and fun. His artwork felt like it belonged to the kids — you wanted to be in the crowd scenes he drew, moshing and singing along.

Of the olden days, Brian says, “My initial muse for being involved in the eighties punk world was this amazing slice of history that was still a rich hotbed of inspiration which needed to be documented in some way. For instance, all of these stories that I have pulled out of my hat represent the stupidity, excitement, glory, total bullshit of the time. It’s all in there. They are very ‘coming of age’ times.”

26 years later, Brian Walsby’s art finally has a bona fide web presence. Not that he completely fell off the face of the earth in the meantime — quite the contrary. Brian got busy in the late ’80s and ’90s playing drums for a bunch of bands (WWAX and POLVO, to name but two) in North Carolina, and continued to do drawings as well. In the late ’90s he rediscovered his passion for pen-and-ink and hunkered down to concentrate on honing his craft. He started contributing to magazines again, and created a series of comic books called Manchild, which, of course, you can read all about on his new website, brianwalsby.net!

The website’s been a long time comin’, but it’s worth the wait. A great looking site with lots so see and buy, and we’re promised more to come.  I asked Brian what the hell took him so long (putting it a lot nicer than that, though) and he replied, “I was always a late bloomer for everything so this is just another example of that. I didn’t resist it. I love the internet. I could go on about how it is sad that you don’t have to write letters or hand soap stamps and other clever things that kids like me did twenty plus years ago but there is no point. It is a different world now. The internet is a great tool and you would be a idiot to discount it. It isn’t going away either so you might as well embrace its good points.”

While embracing the internet’s good points, Brian Walsby continues to stick to the most tactile of media for creating his artwork, with no additions or enhancements in Photoshop. “100 percent Grade A All American hand drawn. If the work is colored it is because someone else has done it,” he says.

If you’re an old fart returning to Walsby for the first time in decades, you’ll be pleased to notice that his skills have improved greatly, while his signature style and spirit are still there. His subjects are always in motion and busting off the page.

It’s great that Brian has stayed “underground” and never sold out, but on the other hand it seems kind of a shame that he hasn’t gotten a lot more recognition, especially in comic circles. He hopes to rectify that with this new website:

“It makes me look like a professional cartoonist, which is what I wanted to do. I wanted to fool everyone. I am kidding, of course, but I did want something that might attract a larger audience…people that liked underground cartoons but maybe didn’t care about punk rock or having a gigantic record collection…”

If you’re unfamiliar with this guy, well, it’s time to start catching up! Grabbing a copy of Manchild would be the perfect way to start, and once you’re a fully indoctrinated fan, there’s t-shirts and even signed and numbered prints available on the site. If you’re too lazy or broke for that, there’s plenty to download as well, but we highly recommend printing it out first. After all, for Brian, it is still all about the tangible product…

“The internet and technology is cool…but it is more real when it is something that you can hold in your hands.”

Brian Walsby has a one-page comic in the current issue of MRR — the newsprint zine that you can hold in your hands! And we’ll be featuring a full-length interview with him in a future issue. If we’re really lucky, that issue will have an original cover drawing by the man himself. Watch for it!