Wanna be MRR’s new Distro Coordinator?


October 21st, 2014 by

Maximum Rocknroll magazine is seeking a Distribution Coordinator. This is an unpaid, full-time volunteer position. The Distro Coordinator lives at MRR HQ rent-free along with the two MRR Content Coordinators, and is in charge of our magazine distribution, subscriptions, mail orders and merch, among other things. To be MRR’s Distribution Coordinator you must be able to work legally in the US, have a valid driver’s license, be able to lift boxes, and keep a part-time (paying) job in addition to your MRR responsibilities. If you are interested in applying, please read on!

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Fun times at MRR HQ!

The MRR Distribution Coordinator is in charge of all aspects of magazine distribution, including dealing with existing domestic and international distributors, seeking out new distributors, and figuring out how to get the magazine out there in this era of the supposed “death of print media.” This involves working with large, traditional magazine distributors, as well as DIY punk distros all over the world. The Distro Coordinator handles all aspects of mailorder, including individual magazine orders, subscriptions, and merch, like T-shirts and MRR record releases. The Distro Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that the magazine gets out to the punks each month, and taking care of all the details, including driving the magazines for international distributors to the airport each month, keeping organized accounts, corresponding with distros and individual punks who’ve ordered the mag via email and phone, as well as organizing shitworker labor. This job involves heavy lifting and accounting! We are looking for a creative, organized and focused mind that can handle a heavy workload, deal with all kinds of people, prioritize tasks, work until morning if needed, keep their cool in a crisis and make people feel welcome and involved — in short, a punk who can make things happen.

As Distribution Coordinator you will be part of a team of three coordinators and close to a hundred local shitworkers! Coordinators work a maximum of three days a week at a “regular” job in addition to running MRR. You get to live rent-free in the MRR compound in San Francisco (which includes laundry, internet, utilities, and access to our insanely huge record library), but you will need to earn money to pay for your burritos, records, shows, etc.

The Distro Coordinator’s daily tasks include:

  • Phone and e-mail communication with an international base of distributors and individual customers
  • Processing orders and managing a shitworker mailorder team
  • Keeping inventory of magazines and merchandise
  • Managing subscriptions
  • Monitoring postal costs, print runs, and supply orders
  • Invoicing, debt collecting, distro-related vendors and accounts payable
  • Prioritizing and delegating various tasks, recruiting new shitworkers
  • Making flyers, creating ads and doing layouts
  • Being BFFs with the USPS
  • Promoting of the magazine
  • Social media related to merchandise, subscriptions, and distribution
  • Sticking to very strict deadlines and quickly responding to queries
  • Working on a tight budget while still keepin’ it cheap for the punx!
  • Maintaining the MRR compound and replenishing distro- and compound-related supplies
  • Making deliveries to local sellers
  • Arranging distro tables at MRR shows, zine fests, record swaps, etc.

If this sounds like the life for you, please download this Coordinator Questionnaire, answer all of the questions, and email it (either as a .doc file or in the body of an email, including all of the questions with your answers) to mrr {at} maximumrocknroll(.)com. Please answer honestly and thoroughly. People who only give one-sentence answers will almost certainly be rejected. We want to know that you understand what MRR is about, are on board with it, and are serious about taking on a job with a lot of responsibility.

Download MRR Distro Coordinator Questionnaire



MRR Presents: Friday Fuckin’ Funnies! #58


October 24th, 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 funnies {at} maximumrocknroll(.)com and maybe you’ll see yer comic here next Friday!

LIFE IS POSERS!

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Loads more at lifeisposers.com

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NOWHERE CITY by Vickie Smalls!

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More great comix by Vic at nowherecitycomix.tumblr.com



New Blood! GO DIE, BA’AD TRIP and TRRASH


October 23rd, 2014 by

MRR magazine’s “New Blood” section is now a regular feature here on MRR.com! See below for info on how to submit. Now, get to discovering some killer new shit…

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Band name:
GO DIE

Date & location formed:
Formed in mid-2013, Orange, CA.

Reason for forming:
We formed Go Die as a way to get all out all the ideas, diatribes and poetry swimming around in our heads, and to deliver it in short, personal, catchy blasts of punk rock. Not to mention we are two dudes who have been best friends for fifteen years. Two best friends getting to make music we love and sharing it with new ears, while making new friends along the way…that’s reason enough in itself.

What are your lyrics about?
We write about personal, first-hand experiences of our lives, as well as more daunting topics that come with living in an encroaching dystopia; being swelled with anger and discontentment over topics like police brutality, inequality, diluted and cookie-cutter suburban life, stale musical scenes, failed families, and anti-intellectualism, to name a few. We were reared on punk rock that challenged what we knew, and made us seek out more information. If we have one mission for our lyrics, it would be for them to not be the last word on a topic, but to either open up a discussion or to simply be a launching off point for the listener to delve into the subject matter. We aim to challenge and engage.

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How would you describe your sound?
We like to be heavy and noisy, but more importantly, melodic. We strive to get out of our own comfort zones, and to venture into new punk territory. There is no allegiance to any particular aesthetic; there is no slavish devotion to capturing a bygone era’s sonic discoveries. We’ve been influenced by every corner of the punk rock map, but choose to chart our own, new territory. It’s been tough to pinpoint what exactly our sound is, but we like calling it Nail House (mainly because making up sub-genres is fun).

What’s in the future for this band?
Hopefully continuing to play DIY spots around Southern California, as well as across the US at some point (this would be a dream come true). Really, the future is to just keep making music as two best friends, while making more friends along the way, connecting with people who are just as angry and fed up with shit as we are, and feeding off that energy and dialogue to continue making more albums.

Links and contact info:
godie.bandcamp.com

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Band name:
BA’AD TRIP

Date & location formed:
Formed in January 2013 in Oil City, Pennsylvania. Moved to Pittsburgh, PA, August 2013.

Reason for forming:
I started this as a one person recording project so I could put out some songs I had written. It’s grown into a live band now.

What are your lyrics about?
death. suicide. puke. skateboards. destruction. gender and sexuality issues. possession.

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Ba’ad Trip (photo by Ehren Kaz)

How would you describe your sound?
Lo-Fi punk. Heavily influenced by garage punk, surf punk and Rudimentary Peni. Reverb everywhere.

What’s in the future for this band?
I’m working on a split tape with a new queer punk band from Youngstown, OH, called RIDE. Putting out a 7″ of stuff recorded with the dudes in the live band. Hopefully an LP and some more splits by spring 2015. Trying to start touring in the spring of 2015 too.

Links and contact info:
baadtrip.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/baadtrip

Logo by Dustin McChesney — dustinmcchesney.tumblr.com

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Trrash

Band name:
TRRASH

Date & location formed:
Februrary 2014 at the Nuthole in Seattle, WA.

Reason for forming:
Convenience. We all live together.

What are your lyrics about?
Against popular belief there are some lyrics among all the nasally sounds.

How would you describe your sound?
Ugly noisy garbage music with itchy vocals.

What’s in the future for this band?
Hoping to do a West Coast tour in winter or spring.

Links and contact info:
www.soundcloud.com/53rd/trrash-demo-full
psychedtodie {at} gmail(.)com

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Do you have or know of an awesome new band? It’s easy to submit to be in MRR’s New Blood feature. Just send us the following info, and keep keeping’ it real…

1) Band name:
2) Date & location formed:
3) Reason for forming:
4) What are your lyrics about?
5) How would you describe your sound?
6) What’s in the future for this band?

Along with the answers, please send a band photo at least 600px on the longest side (with photo credits), a logo if you have one, and links and contact info for the band to: mrrnewblood {at} gmail(.)com



Records of the Week: MOIRA SCAR and LOW THREAT PROFILE


October 21st, 2014 by

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MOIRA SCAR – Psychoid 12″
Being weird is a hard thing to synthesize. Being a weirdo is nearly impossible to impersonate. You’re either a weirdo naturally or you’re not. These days it feels like many bands are trying to artificially create weirdness, and when they do, it almost always resonates as shallow art school junk. However, when you come upon some true freaks and listen to and see the art they create…that’s the stuff that will set your mind on fire. Either positively or negatively (although sometimes it’s hard to tell which way you feel!). And that’s exactly what you’re getting with MOIRA SCAR. A wild hybrid of LYDIA LUNCH, goth, circus and space, all delivered in a cocktail that only a twisted mind could create. Is it punk? Does it make sense? These are the wrong questions to ask. It’s bizarre music for bizarre people. And it rules. Find your way to this record. (Cochon Records)

—Fred Schrunk

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LOW THREAT PROFILE – Product #3 EP
Largely a recording project that spanned decades, this relatively recent (2010) recording of SoCal’s LOW THREAT PROFILE is simmered down to its core two-piece lineup of Bob from LACK OF INTEREST, BURN YOUR BRIDGES and INFEST on drums, and Matt Domino from INFEST and MANPIG on guitar and now handling the vocals. Masters of a stop-start genre that they both played a hand in creating and sustaining, there’s also a powerful ’80s feel to this. The absence of Andy Beattie on vocals is a little less noticeable with the MANPIG recording surfacing between the last LOW THREAT PROFILE releases. However, Matt’s vocals also make this session feel a little more personal, as they thoughtfully and directly rage — and I mean rage — against junkies, lethargic couch potatoes, racists, nostalgia, people wasting their lives, and more. More succinct production than their debut or MANPIG, these nine quick tracks don’t step in wide variation from their previous 12″ recording, as blast beats and rapid-fire vocals drive intense thrash blasts, cornered with rock-solid, mid-tempo, fast-guitar-driven hardcore. The leads have an awesome bred-and-born-in-the-’80s quality, with their indirect, vague osmosis of BLACK FLAG, ’80s SoCal straightedge and some angular late ’80s/’90s post-hardcore rock abrasion, all springboarding into violent 60-second thrash fits. Awesome! Don’t make us wait so long for the next installment! (Deep Six/Draw Blank)

—Ken Sanderson



Monday Photo Blog: James Rau


October 20th, 2014 by

This Monday Photo Blog is sort of like an archaeological dig into punk’s buried past. These photos come from James Rau, and I believe these photos exist as prints only, as the negatives are long gone. Four awesome crowd shots, plus one of San Jose’s great Ribzy, taken in Palo Alto, CA, in 1986.

Kid being launched onto the stage, New Varsity Theater, Palo Alto, CA, 1986 (photo by James Rau)

Too happy to be punk. Jason Drummond of Ribzy, New Varsity Theater, Palo Alto, CA, 1986 (photo by James Rau)

Slam dancing in Palo Alto, CA, 1986 (photo by James Rau)

Stage diver at New Varsity Theater, Palo Alto, CA, 1986 (photo by James Rau)

Crowd at New Varsity Theater in Palo Alto, CA, 1986 (photo by James Rau)

Send your tour photos, bands that have come through your town, the best of your local bands, etc. to: photoblog {at} maximumrocknroll(.)com. 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!