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Record(s) of the Week: Violence Creeps

Record(s) of the Week: Violence Creeps

VIOLENCE CREEPS – “I’m Broke/Gridlock” flexi          “I’m Broke” is one of those songs that is ...

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Create to Destroy! Red Light Legal

Irochka Pechalochka organized a benefit for Red Light Legal that is occurring this weekend in ...

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Maximum Rocknroll #388 • Sep 2015

Maximum Rocknroll #388 • Sep 2015

MRR #388, the September Issue, features interviews with New Orleans mold breaking freak-punks MYSTIC INANE, ...

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Blast From the Past: Luk Haas and Tam 89 Records

This ran in MRR #307/Dec ’08. OUT OF PRINT A few months back Luk Haas ...

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Gattopardo (photo by Mateus Mondini)

MRR Radio #1463 • 7/26/15

Special guest Ben Paulsen joins Matt and plays some great stuff from his label Commodity ...

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Record of the Week: Slugga

June 17th, 2015 by

SLUGGA – “Parasite/Shaved Heads”
This record rules. Stupid, short and direct. “Parasite” is so fucking catchy and punk and perfect. I think my only complaint is their singer sounds a little like Lumpy (of the DUMPERS), but that’s not a big complaint. All that aside, the fucking song is an instant classic and I won’t be surprised when it’s featured on Killed By Death #125 in 2053. “Shaved Heads” slows down just barely and it’s the perfect song for an idiotic creepy crawl through a stupid fucking basement show. Sloppy, but not too sloppy, punk…the kind of shit you wanna hear first thing in the morning before you spend the day punching fuckheads in the face. (Greg Harvester)
(Total Punk)


Record of the Week: Aquarian Blood

June 9th, 2015 by

artworks-000109720744-f2slk4-t500x500AQUARIAN BLOOD – “Savage Mind” EP
Super sick falling apart lo-fi destruction! Punk as fuck doomed cult sounds for those looking for something new to devote their lives and wallets to…The title track is somewhat like POLY STYRENE fronting a frantic bargain basement SCREAMERS!! Tyrannical tunes!! Featuring humans who used to play/currently play in NOTS and EX-CULT so you know what you need to do. Apparently this is a 7-piece band! Or is it a duo? Either way this 45 is the soundtrack to the end of time. Buy or die! Someone send me the cassette(s). (LG)

Record of the Week: ABUSE OF SUBSTANCE Substance Abuse EP

June 2nd, 2015 by

AbuseOfSubstance_EPHoly fucking shit, this is like manna from heaven for dirt-dumb pogo punk fans. Edmonton’s ABUSE OF SUBSTANCE are ’90s drunk punk to the core, clearly influenced by Japanese masters like TOM & BOOT BOYS and DISCOCKS but closer in spirit and style to the Pogo Attack compilation bands. I’m talking the BRISTLES, I’m talking BANNER OF HOPE, and I’m definitely talking about the motherfucking CASUALTIES. The busy, melodic bass gives the sound a hint of early DEFIANCE as well. 1-2 drumming, 1-2 solos and great WRETCHED ONES gravel-and-whisky lead vocals round out the package. It’s not all for fun though — there is a definite edge to these dudes. Not sure if I’m entirely on board with their pro-violence “Punx Are Mean,” but hopefully that’s all bark and no bite, like the adorable bulldog featured in the back-cover band photo. I’d say “Don’t let the shitty pixelated cover fool you,” but that shitty pixelated cover is a pretty good indicator of the what’s contained herein. These punx don’t know about fuckin’ computers, they know about beer, shitty jobs and getting railed on whatever they can find and shove up their noses (plus, having a shitty pixelated cover is totally ’90s). If you have any, and I mean any kind of soft spot for ’90s street/drunk punk, you need this fucking record in your life.
(Obnoxio Drunk Punk)

Record of the Week: VLASTA POPIĆ Kvadrat CD

May 19th, 2015 by

VLASTA_POPIC_Kvadrat_CDBass-heavy noise/proper indie rock and punk from Croatia. There’s lots of disjointed guitars vocals in Croatian which, like other Slavic languages, is a really great language for music. Loads of push-pull tempos, sharp guitar tones, and big strums the way it outta be — no snoozy Pitchfork-approved/trendy fest moves here — imagine a faster SHELLAC and maybe a less-spastic and way more interesting RODAN. On the other hand, VLASTA POPIĆ does some excellent straight up punker tunes like on “Slijepa Nasa [Mrznja],” as well as a sort of SONIC YOUTH-y style on “Mastanje.” The rest of the album gets slower for a few songs (but still captivating) and plays around with different vocals and structures. And lest I forget — the incredible “O vodi” gives off a real SCRAWL (Ohio) style. Very recommended!
(Moonlee Records)

—Justin Davisson

Record of the Week: LAST SONS OF KRYPTON Teenage Trash LP

May 12th, 2015 by


This band has managed to ride a glowing Tim Yo record review from nearly 20 years ago into the realm of near-legend. Surprisingly, that debut 7” is one I still count amongst my faves of the era, worthy of being mentioned alongside REATARDS, LOLI AND THE CHONES and EPILEPTIX when it comes to primitive, shitty-teenager punk rock. And Wisconsin’s LAST SONS OF KRYPTON may be the shittiest teenagers of them all—at least that’s the case this long-overdue LP is making. Every one of the twenty tunes collected here represents a life’s work for some true teenage fuck-ups, and the quality of the racket is generally higher than it has any real right to be. Their sensitivities and “worldview” couldn’t be any lower though, offering up some kind of perverse balance that keeps them punk boneheads until death. Whatever. A gang of insufferable, bratty and delinquent assholes making a racket outta sheer frustration and hatred of their lives and surroundings is always gonna be punker than shit, and LAST SONS OF KRYPTON fit that bill perfectly. True teenage assholery on display…waste no time in acquiring a copy of your own!
(Certified PR)