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May 22nd, 2015 by

The Media #57

The Media (capital M) is a roughly bi-weekly testament to the value of independent media (lowercase m). Forever ad-free, the online alt-weekly regularly touches on the politics of activism, music (punk, pop, and otherwise), and labor. Add it to your RSS feed, follow them on Twitter, do whatever it takes to get involved and stay informed. This week’s issue includes an interview with Gun Outfit, conducted by our own Viktor Vargyai. Originally intended for this magazine, we couldn’t make a compelling argument for printing it here. That perennial paradox: Carrie and Dylan are punks, but they don’t play punk music anymore. Their words are well worth reading, though, and MRR is thrilled to collaborate with another radical publication.

Every month here at Maximum, we review roughly a hundred records made by bands that still do play punk music. Every month since I arrived, someone has brought the presence of known abusers and assaulters on these records to my attention. Every month, without fail. I am certain that there are more who we are not aware of it. It makes me sick.

We are a music magazine. These records still get reviewed. They get their fair sonic shake. As coordinator, I do not send emails around to shitworkers that say, “The singer of this band groped my friend in the bathrooms of the club. The drummer is emotionally abusive to his girlfriend. The guitarist tried to choke a woman when she told him to leave her alone.” Punk is a global phenomenon but it is also a small place — word gets around on its own.

We are a music magazine, but we are also a political publication, and always have been. Most days it feels like it is impossible to keep track of the list of bad dudes. It is a frightening thought. In response, we choose to foreground bands, labels, and communities that inspire us, people who are actively working to dismantle structures of oppression with their music, art, and very existence — Downtown Boys, G.L.O.S.S., In School, the Black and Brown Collective, Imogen Binnie, and more, just to name a very recent few.

Your Options Are Limitless: A Polemic was written by two members of the Bay Area punk community, who are also contributors to Maximum Rocknroll. It was published in The Media today. It is a call to action, a condemnation of silence, and a stark reminder that, yes, there is something (many things) that you (all of us) can do about this violence. I believe in the transformative power of extrajudicial action, of the potential for members of communities to take matters into their own hands. I acknowledge that every situation is different, that individuals have limited and varied emotional capabilities, that all responses to the presence of a perpetrator in a punk community will not, and should not, look the same. A Polemic lays out some potential reactions. As a magazine that believes in the radical potential of subcultural communities and the possibility of social change through art, music, and their attendant social structures, we feel like it is our responsibility to share them with you.

Your options are limitless. You be the judge of which are appropriate for your situation.



The Young Person’s Guide to Loud! Fast! Philly! by Stacey Finney


May 14th, 2015 by

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As punks, we’ve got to take documenting our histories into our own hands. In MRR #385, Joseph Gervasi discusses his oral history project Loud! Fast! Philly! Gervasi and Stacey Finney have built a significant resource about the history of Philadelphia punk, right up to the present, told in the participants’ own words. I’ve spent hours delving into the audio interviews online — here, Stacey shares some highlights.

Being a part of the Loud! Fast! Philly! project has given me a deeper appreciation for the Philly punk scene in a way that allows me to transcend age, time, and space, seeing it finally as a whole. Joseph is correct in that I have listened to every interview. Some even more than once! Some of the stories are so rich that I wanted to absorb every tidbit and had to go back to listen again.

The Philly punk scene has historically been a divided scene, much akin to the history of the city itself. Many “factions” of punks arose out of this small town, each having a voice and impacting its growth (and sometimes its fall). It was always interesting to me that punk was considered a safe haven for alternative thinking, since even within this sub-group of a counter culture, there were microscopic sub-groups that disagreed. Whether it was politics, fashion, or music, there remained a vast divide. Yet, it was still the music and core punk values that I believe allowed for this coexistence, even if it was, at some points, volatile.

Stacey Finney (photo by Karen Kirchhoff)

Stacey Finney (photo by Karen Kirchhoff)

The interviews serve as a personal narrative of each individual’s experience in the punk scene and the footprint they created in our fine city. There are those who think that once you’ve heard one story, you’ve heard them all, so why listen to over 80 hours of different people saying the same thing? Thus we see some documentaries that pop up giving a very limited snippet into a colorfully thriving community, especially during the “early” years. For me, each story lends a unique perspective, a unique story and a unique involvement. It is the individual’s personal experience that allows one to truly connect. This connection extends beyond the individual, bridging a visual picture of history as it melds and blends together.

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Jo-Ann Rogan (photo by Stacey Finney)

Conducting some of these interviews has been a wonderful experience. I am most appreciative of Joseph and all the amazing people who have been willing to sit down and chat with me. I value that deeply. Some of the folks I spoke with I have known for a quarter century or more! Others are new to me. I feel especially lucky to have the opportunity to see the world through their lens and not just by what I knew of them back when. Each story builds and compliments what has been a punk culture lasting over thirty years. To me, that is mind blowing. These interviewees are a part of our history and integral to the punk movement as a whole.

Choosing just five interviews was a difficult task. There was such sweetness to each person and I love them all. Each story is as unique as the individual. The first on my list is Jo-Ann Rogan of Thorazine. Her interview was great fun. We had never met prior to the interview. Her stories of traveling around Europe and her involvement with Thorazine were hilarious. Her down to earth, candid nature was heartwarming and I adored her from the moment we met. I also enjoyed talking about her growth as a young woman and her perspective on touring around with a bunch of sweaty, smelly dudes. Jo-Ann is charming and lovable and well worth the listen. Girl power rules. Listen to the interview.

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Chuck Treece (photo by Karen Kirchhoff)

Next on my list was Chuck Treece. Chuck was the original drummer of McRad. Chuck was a teenage skate rat when he rolled into the punk scene. He’s been around since the very early days. He has continued to play music and has quite an impressive resume. (I think he can play just about any instrument.) Additionally, I am fascinated by the history of race in Philadelphia. Chuck speaks eloquently of being a young black man in the punk scene and his experiences during these times. (Dallas Cantland also gives some interesting insights on this during his interview.) He intertwines the experiences of being a young black man and being a punk. Some of his stories are sad, yet funny — and very, very true. Listen to the interview.

Chuck Meehan (photo by Karen Kirchhoff)

Chuck Meehan (photo by Karen Kirchhoff)

The other Chuck, of the Meehan variety, is another not to miss. Chuck Meehan is the encyclopedia of all this hardcore/punk in Philly. Not only is his memory impeccable (which few of us can actually claim), but the amount of detail he imparts to the different shows he attended and/or promoted is astonishing. From the Starlight Ballroom, to Minor Threat at Buff Hall in Camden, Chuck has shared some memorable moments. Additionally, he played bass in the well known Philly hardcore band YDI. He was also a show promoter. Chuck worked with many bands that played the Philly area and he was integral in developing the Philly music scene. Chuck tells it all. Wikipedia should hire him. Listen to the interview.

Nancy Petriello Barile

Nancy Petriello Barile

Next on my list is Nancy Petriello Barile. I loved Nancy’s interview. While there may not have been enough time to get everything in in the time allotted, Nancy is one of the early Punk divas. She was involved with the Better Youth Organization (BYO) movement and worked as a show promoter very early on. Nancy was more than just the girlfriend of Brian from Sadistic Exploits. She was a forerunner in female involvement in the scene and she was no bystander. She carried a great deal of influence and was revered as punk royalty. Her historical knowledge of the bands that came through town and shows she attended mixed with punk politics add to the local flavor of this trip back in time. Listen to the interview.

Cordy Swope (photo by Karen Kirchhoff)

Cordy Swope (photo by Karen Kirchhoff)

Choosing a final fave is difficult. It is so unfair to do so, but if I must, I must. There is something special to me about each subject. Since I am given these confinements, my final pick is Cordy Swope, bass player of the highly influential band Ruin. (Truly, all of the Ruin band member interviews should be heard.) Cordy talks about the formation of Ruin, the Buddhist influence, and how that seeped into the Philly scene. His interview rounds out the scope and diversity of the Philly punk scene. Ruin truly exemplifies the division and brotherhood of the Philly hardcore tribe: two contradictory themes juxtaposing and complimenting in the same breath. This, ironically, is exactly what defines Ruin. Ruin is one of the most beloved bands in the history of Philly. Listen to the interview.

Take the time and listen to the interviews. Each and every one. You’ll be glad you did.



The Young Person’s Guide to Loud! Fast! Philly! Part 1


May 6th, 2015 by

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As punks, we’ve got to take documenting our histories into our own hands. Joseph A. Gervasi discusses his oral history project Loud! Fast! Philly! in MRR #385. Joseph and Stacey Finney have built a significant resource about the history of Philadelphia punk, right up to the present, told in the participants’ own words.  I’ve spent hours delving into the audio interviews online—here, Joseph chooses some worthy points of entry. Read Stacey’s picks in part 2.

Looking over a list of nearly 60 interviews (as of the time of this writing) and deciding where to take the plunge — or even the tentative dip of a tiny toe — is a daunting prospect. With many of these interviews clocking in at over an hour (and some at well over two hours), the act of listening can be a formidable time investment. And yet, if they are to be considered successful, they will serve to be both informative and entertaining. There is something about the immediacy and intimacy of the regionally-flavored human voice nestling into one’s ear canal and speeding on a collision course with one’s brain that I find to be ceaselessly appealing. When individuals ask me what they should listen to, I always point them toward those who move or have moved through a different era of punk than the listener. There is a certain comfort and reassurance in surrounding oneself with one’s contemporaries, but it is from those who came before or after that one can potentially learn the most from. This experience also allows one to make connections between one’s life and those of others many years and possibly hundreds of miles away from the listener.

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Joseph A. Gervasi

I’ve been asked to direct the new listener to ten interviews to start with. Since I’ve worked with Stacey Finney on some of these interviews and she’s one of few people I know who’s listened to every damn one of them, I’m going to defer to her to contribute five of the ten recommendations. We’re going to exclude anyone associated with this interview or involved with the L!F!P! project. This includes Grace Ambrose (though her interview with the DIY PHL folks is very well worth listening to), Yoni Kroll (I love his interview with John Paul Golaski about Philly’s WKDU radio station), Stacey Finney, and those that I appear in as an interview subject. We’re also excluding the interviews featuring my brother Bull, since punks hate nepotism even though their fathers run corporations and give them cushy summer jobs. As well, we’re excluding some of the most popular interviews (Elizabeth and Allen Fiend, the members of the Dead Milkmen, Dan Yemin, Sean Agnew of R5 Productions) because we’ll assume most prospective listeners are familiar with these people and because they’ve received the lion’s share of the attention thus far.

In looking back over two years of interviews, I am struck by a collection of moments that I will forever treasure. Nearly every interview had for me, as the interviewer, several ah-ha! revelations or tidbits of related experience that quickened my pulse. It’s been such an honor to find myself in the company of the people who were kind enough to sit and talk with me. Choosing just a few to highlight is an agony, but providing some direction to the curious is essential. Quick, then, before I change my mind:

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Mark Pingitore
While Mark is best known for playing in one of Philly’s most iconic hardcore bands, The Pagan Babies, what most appealed to me about talking to him was that he was a “punk’s punk.” That is, when Mark discovered punk he wholly immersed himself into it and took part in many aspects of it. Mark played in a band, made flyers, did a ‘zine, released records, traded tapes, booked shows, and more. It was Mark’s enthusiasm for the world punk showed him outside his NE Philly neighborhood (and the fact that this enthusiasm still appears to be a coruscating presence in his life) that made listening to him such a joy. Listen to the interview.

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Pete Tridish and Kate Wendland Duncan
Pete and Kate fall into a category of interview that I love: how people did neat shit. While neither Pete nor Kate are strongly associated with the punk scene, they both struck me as people who took the DIY ethos out into the world and managed to do tremendously impressive things with it. Their work with Radio Mutiny (and later, for Pete, the Prometheus Radio Project) and the Rebellious Nursing activism of Kate can not only inspire others to action, but also detail how they did it so the listener can perhaps use Pete and Kate’s experiences as a guide to their own engagement. Listen to the interview.

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Elizabeth Arnold
Elizabeth’s interview has two things in common with the Pete Tridish/Kate Wendland Duncan interview: Elizabeth is better known outside the punk scene than within it and it serves as a guide to active engagement with social/political issues. Elizabeth’s interview is one of the most popular on the site, but I believe it’s largely listened to by people outside of punk. Since she’s very well known in the community of anti-fracking activists, many look to Elizabeth as an insightful and impassioned voice on the issue. They may not know Elizabeth’s goofier side, some of which she allows out in the interview. Mostly, however, I hope the listener will come from this interview inspired to fight for the causes that matter to them, whatever they may be. Listen to the interview.

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Joey Jap
I can honestly say I’ve never listened to Joey’s band, the Blessed Muthas, but I love Stacey’s interview with him, especially the first half where he details growing up in a rough neighborhood in Philadelphia and moving through a young life of crime and drugs. There are some who think that the story of punk is only that of middle class white males. Phooey! This has never been the story of Philly’s HC punk scene, and listening to Joey’s interview is a reminder that inner-city kids could be drawn to punk, too, and it wasn’t always a popular — or even safe — choice in their neighborhood or among their non-punk friends. To mention some of Joey’s antics would be to spoil the fun of listening to him recount his tales. This interview also serves to illustrate why I’ve been so happy with Stacey’s guest interviews: her warmth, empathy, and good cheer. These qualities, which she employs in her professional life, allow for interview subjects to loosen up and speak freely. What she’s achieved in her interviews is pure audio gold. Listen to the interview.

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Tim Dunn
Tim is known here in Philly as the “Mayor of Baltimore Avenue.” (Note to non-Philadelphians: Baltimore Avenue is a street in West Philly that is best known for being the home of the A-Space, Books Through Bars, Mariposa Co-op, and a diverse collection of funky-smelling people.) Tim has been a beloved fixture in this city for decades, and every accolade and profession of admiration and adoration he’s been given has been earned. Tim’s generous humanity makes me feel like a small toad enjoying a steady diet of bugs. Tim’s interview is not as long as some others, so it’s ideal to start with for an introduction to the city of Philadelphia, a personal history of its early HC scene, years of activism on behalf of those often overlooked, and the story of a man who’s made a positive difference in the lives of so many people. I don’t care if it’s corny, I just have to say it: I love Tim Dunn. Listen to the interview.

Next week, Stacey Finney shares her L!F!P! highlights.



Blog of the Week: Raw Pussy


July 31st, 2012 by

Primary Impulses and Liars: An Introduction

I am inclined to satisfy my preoccupation with the supposed failures of man and the uniqueness of something’s entire existence as one saturated in discord and violence. I find these features constant throughout the history of humanity; every expression of man resonates with the next, there is no progress except that in the art of war, all else is process.

We are always attempting to control the irrepressible, struggling to survive and advance, grasping false hope and illusionary peace in anticipation of just one moment of stillness. But why fight ourselves? As if genocide, greed and lust are products of a degenerate society or the so-called evil individual — some “problem” to be solved. The only “problem” is the total disregard of our disposition which we are not taught to control or respect but rather deny and reject.

Let’s assent to our nature and refuse to shamefully hide ourselves. We can acknowledge and defend our appetites without sacrificing societal accord. We lack passion because we fear the intensity of our primary impulses but there is no dichotomy between gratification and mastery. Let us delight in both the repulsive and gracious within ourselves and accept the full identity of our spirit. These compulsions are inside us all, within mothers, fathers, your priest, the neighbors, strangers in the grocery store, your enemies, your lovers, even your grandma and pep pep and we all want the same thing…raw. fucking. pussy.

This blog was created to illustrate this fact.

What inspired you to start Raw Pussy?
In part, the idea for the blog stemmed from my studies of antiquity. I was spending fifteen hours a day reading classical texts and researching the material record of civilizations that had risen and fallen thousands of years ago. There are striking parallels between our own society and those of the past, and although this is by no means a new concept (“history predicts the future”), it is a notion that is largely ignored. I adopted a sociological perspective and became interested in aspects of human nature that have remained consistent, specifically in comparison to contemporary conceptions of the moral condition, which is generally presumed to be inherent and unchanged. (I know this seems to be deviating from the question but I promise I am getting there.) We live in a culture of shame, our social institutions encourage a repression of individual will and we voluntarily submit to self-proclaimed defenders of the “good” (the social contract). I find this to be highly problematic. Actions and beliefs generally typified as “perverse” are often a result of our natural programming as human beings. Religious ideologies that have shaped our world as if it were law are an attempt to alter the natural. This creates great problems for us. As a society, we are unwilling to accept ourselves as we are. How can we reasonably address issues of violence and war, equality and hate, education, freedom, the justice system, gender etc. if we cannot approach these topics with sensitivity to our nature? As punks, we are often attracted to what is deemed “perverse” by society, by what is destructive and unorthodox. I think it is imperative that we understand the importance of defending our interests, not just because they are ‘extreme’ but also because they are honest. Rather than focusing on music, I wanted to create a resource concentrated on ideas, a forum to expose the perverse side of humanity and embrace it. Raw Pussy, among other things, is a blog dedicated to human nature, the taboo, the erotic and the wild.

What’s your definition of Raw Pussy?
A wildly seductive, organic, lush endowment of pure, unrestrained pleasure; The defining characteristic of our animalistic, shameless, natural selves; The one thing everyone of us craves but most are ashamed to admit; A casualty of a counterfeit moral condition.

What is the thematic focus of your blog?
The focus of the blog began as an attempt to draw attention to the historical narrative of our natural character and to a lack of rationality and logic within our society. It has since evolved to feature artists, videos and essays that comment on more contemporary themes. My goal is to make information easily accessible, I try to remain sensitive to the fact that most people don’t have the time to sit down and read a 15-page essay by Nietzsche on the fly so I often post excerpts from books and poems or post videos of lectures or interviews by someone I think has something significant to say. There is usually a link at the end of each post to allow more ambitious readers a resource for further exploration. I use the blog as a forum to expose our internal, often neglected dispositions and to explore the phenomenon of a distorted and contrived world-reality (Insane Society).

What have been the most bizarre reactions from your friends or internet lurkers?
The search keywords that bring people to the blog are pretty fucking amazing: “harry raw pussy,” “Austrian pussy,” “hand in marecunt,” “self-castration” and “American cunt-fucking.” I have a feeling that I may be letting those individuals down but I’m pleased that I am part of their journey in search of strange, erotic virtual smut.

How often do you update your blog?
I have adopted the philosophy that that quality is better than quantity. Instead of posting daily, I usually chose a topic that I feel has particular substance or that I have worked on or written. However, I have found that although I may be under the impression that a post has some significance, the general trend of blog posts is that they don’t…and in this way most that may stumble upon the page will expect a magnitude of mildly interesting topics to browse and forget within the hour. So, I have since altered my approach and have recently been attempting to update 3 times a week and have begun to include essays and articles that I have found from other sources. I’m not sure if I want to begin appealing to the trend of over-information merely as an attempt to attract more readers but I’m also not convinced that it matters either way.

Does being located in Detroit, Austin, and Boston alter the way your web site is updated and the inspiration behind posts?
Traveling between multiple cities on a regular basis inevitably takes away from the time I have to update. Yet, there is no doubt that this mildly nomadic lifestyle has a great influence on the way my brain is working. For now, all of these cities feel like home but at the same time they don’t. Each place personally embodies a vastly different environment; one is totally academic, another totally chaotic, etc. Our internal dialogue is uncontrollably influenced by external stimulus. The things I post are a product of my interests. If I were fully consumed by one place I think my perspective would become stagnant.

Is your blog intertwined with your academic life?
I returned to school to study archaeology and art history because those are topics that I am inspired by and not because of the social pressures imposed on people my age to do so. Ancient history provides a context in which to consider the state of the modern condition. The study of material culture and the philosophy of thought have provided me with the inspiration to consider the ways in which the punk community creates its own material record. It is impossible to detach one from the other. My gut craves chaos but my head rationalizes these impulses — not as a means of control, but of understanding. Any commentary from my end is inevitably a product of these perspectives.

How and why did you start taxiderming (did I just make that word up)?
(I think you would say “practicing taxidermy.”) My father, grandfather and several other extended family members have all been morticians. As a child I spent a huge amount of time at the funeral home or cemetery. I suppose that I was desensitized to the dead but always retained a fascination for the art of preserving life. I followed up on a job posting for a bird skinner at a natural history museum and landed the job. I applied the training I received skinning birds in attempts to skin other animals and reptiles. I love the ways that we can manipulate the body of a creature to invent a kind of new identity after death…giving it a kind of second life. I started collecting road kill to skin and the hobby has kind of taken off from there. Now I have a freezer packed with dead animals and a garage full of ribcages and pelts hanging from the rafters to dry.

How does your taxidermy play into your blog?
I occasionally share photographs and updates about some of the work I do. I sit alone in a room for 16 hours a week with my arm shoved up the neck of a hawk and something about that activity that has become somewhat mundane to me. However, it seems like the kind of experience that is worth sharing with others.

How does your blog incorporate punk music?
I try to support music-focused blogs but it was never my intention to have this focus myself. However, the inclusion of music seems to happen naturally. I don’t have the energy to invest in posting torrent links to every rad record that I encounter but sometimes when an album or song is making me feel real good, I put it up. I’m a punk, it’s something I can’t avoid.

Do you think female sexuality makes punks uncomfortable?
That’s a complicated question. The topic of female sexuality is broadly multi-dimensional, including sociological, physiological, psychological, cultural and political facets of sexual identity and behavior. Women have often exploited the punk aesthetic as a commentary on female sexualization, whether in an attempt to challenge concepts of femininity or to redefine oversexualized perceptions of the female as a lust-object. This is a difficult concept for non-females to understand just as it is a challenge for women to sympathize with pressures of certain gender roles imposed on males. I think that the punk community is much more tolerant of the feminist conversation as a subversive anarchistic movement as opposed to outsiders but continues to lack cross-gendered support on the merits it’s actual content. The so-called ‘feminist’, or women who openly speak about their sexuality earn much less respect than they deserve within our community, which suggests an attitude of tolerance that lacks support. I think it’s fair to say that a female fronted band that is lyrically aligned with Discharge receives much more attention and support from their community than a female fronted band that is more aligned with Bikini Kill. Feminism has become a dirty word, even within punk. However, sexuality in general is an uncomfortable topic for our society. Beyond casual conversation about the ways in which we have fucked recently, we have very little conversation about our sexual identities among our peers — regardless of gender or sexual orientation. We are all raised within a society that largely teaches us to be ashamed of our bodies and dogmatically promotes “traditional” gender rolls. As punks, I hope that we can discover ways to reject this kind of conditioning and encourage an open conversation about sexuality, regardless of gender. Read the rest of this entry »



Blog of the Week: Total Fucker


June 27th, 2012 by

When I lived on the East Coast, I used Total Fucker as an online resource. Ghost kept a pretty accurate listing of all punk happenings in Boston that any self-respecting punk would be interested in attending. With cheap bus fare to Boston from New York, it was easy to skip town and go to Boston for the weekend. Total Fucker kept me up to date on shows, DJ nights, and upcoming releases on Total Fucker Records from Boston’s finest, such as Koward and G.A.S.H.

Ghost is not exactly a Luddite but is not known for his internet presence — so you get what you get. Although it seems the site is no longer updated as it once was, and its archives mysteriously having disappeared, it is a site for all you punks who love punk to keep an eye on…

MRR: When did Total Fucker start?

Ghost: I released my first record in 2010, a lathe record for BLOODKROW BUTCHER, mistakenly titled as a “flexi.” It was limited to 50 copies due to the fact that the people who cut the records didn’t want to physically make any more than that. Their “company” has since closed and there are currently no plans for a re-press.

Was it always a label? The name of the shows that you put together? What does Total Fucker really stand for?

Total Fucker was never used as a booking name. I started writing “Raw Tunes For Total Fuckers!” on fliers that I made for gigs that I booked, as well as other people’s gigs I made fliers for. This was a few years before the idea for a label even came about.The intent was that the gigs were truly for “Total Fuckers.” Raw Punk maniacs that were going to have an uncompromisingly good time. A warning, if you will.

How many releases have you done?

I just released FUCKER005. A long awaited self-titled EP for KOWARD, a hardcore punk band that formed in Boston in 2009. Their drummer moved to PDX shortly after the band was formed, which made it difficult for them to play gigs and record. I just returned from an eight gig tour with them, which probably doubles their live performances since their first gig three years ago!

What’s upcoming?

My next release is a nine-track LP for Boston pogo punk band WHO KILLED SPIKEY JACKET? Fans of Pogo77 Records and early Casualties take note!

What websites do you lurk?

I don’t spend much time on the internet other than occasionally checking my e-mail. I also occasionally check the Punk and Destroy website to stay up to date on Japanese releases.

Why the anonymity, Ghost?

People often suggest that. [??? — ed.] I have multiple points of contact including mailing addresses, e-mail addresses and a phone number. If you would like to write I can be reached at:

Total Fucker Records
PO Box 82
Somerville, MA 02143
USA

Why did you delete your whole blog, fucker?

I didn’t. I just trimmed the fat. You can still check the page for updates on new releases and upcoming events. Cheers!