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Maximum Rocknroll, The Media, Your Options

The Media (capital M) is a roughly bi-weekly testament to the value of independent media ...

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“New Blood” is our weekly feature spotlighting new bands from around the world! See below for info ...

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Record of the Week: VLASTA POPIĆ Kvadrat CD

Bass-heavy noise/proper indie rock and punk from Croatia. There’s lots of disjointed guitars vocals in ...

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MRR Radio #1453 • 5/18/15

THIS WEEK: Pete's in jail in Massachusetts for misrepresenting his age to play in the ...

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Top Tens from MRR #385 • June 2015

By popular demand, we present our reviewers' Top Tens from the current issue of Maximum Rocknroll! Here are ...

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Video of the Week: VICTIMS OF CLASSWAR by Julia Ostertag

August 7th, 2014 by

You may remember DIY filmmaker Julia Ostertag, who we featured in MRR issue #367. Well, here is her latest creation — a dark, freaky video for the song “Giftspirale” by Leipzig, Germany’s VICTIMS OF CLASSWAR. And if you dig this, check out Julia’s next project: SATAN RISE!


Videos of the Week: Leningrad punk pioneer Svin

July 3rd, 2014 by

To go along with the piece he and Tommy Dean wrote in the new issue of MRR, Alexander Herbert sent us some videos of Leningrad (St. Petersburg) punk progenitor Andrei “Svin” Panov. Pick up MRR #375 for an in-depth look at the life and work of Svin…

Svin (photo by Valery Potapov)

Svin (photo by Valery Potapov)

This is one of our personal favorites. This is Svin in the middle of a set expressing his typical indifference and distain for his role as a “punk rock icon” by singing one of his songs on an upper balcony behind bars to the crowd below while they are piling out like sheep. The lyrics he is getting them to chant go like this:

The bullet flew, hit me in the chest
But I saved on a spirited horse
Commissioner got me with a sabre
Bleeding on the horse I fell

Hey, my black horse!

Hey steel rifle!
Hey, dense fog!
Hey, dad, chieftain!

Without one leg, I came from the war
Tied my horse I sat my wife
But soon came to me Commissioner
Unhitched the horse and stole my wife

Its important to note that his song is very down-trodden Soviet-esq in that the words are old, but it deals with the Commissars. Andrei “Svin” Panov singing the “Comissar” acapella, written by Mikhail “Solidnyi” Tinkel’man. Video used with permission from the AU and Svin digital archive at www.svinpanov.ru

AU at the 6th Leningrad Rock Club Festival, 1988 with Valery Marozov, Evgeni Titov, Dima “Donkey”, and Andrei “Svin” Panov, 1988. This is a classic, guys, in which Svin plays with his two bands, AU and then Arkester AU (АРКЕСТР АУ) later. It’s a stadium setting, so his interaction is limited, but he still unbuttons his pants :) Used with permission from the Svin and AU digital archive at www.svinpanov.ru

Arkester AU At the Zenitovskii Festival #2, Club “Jam” St. Petersburg, 1998. Used with permission from the Svin and AU archive at www.svinpanov.ru


DEZERTER — Samobójcza Determinacja

May 9th, 2014 by

For our Polish-speaking readers, here is the original version of our interview with the great and legendary DEZERTER from the February issue of MRR, which you can order from our back issues page HERE

Dezerter logo karabin

Czy przesadzę mówiąc, że Dezerter jest najważniejszym zespołem w historii polskiego punk rocka? Bo raz: ma za sobą tę legendarną „jarocińską” prehistorię lat 80-tych, byli prekursorami punk rocka sensu stricte w Polsce, pierwsi wydali punkrockową płytę w tym kraju (epkę w 1983 roku). Dwa: na przełomie lat 80/90-tych byli jedną z głównych inspiracji sceny niezależnej hardcore/punk, choćby dlatego, że to oni już w 1985 roku sami próbowali wydawać swoje kasety i mieli mesydż który dokładnie odpowiadał „scenowemu” mesydżowi lat 90-tych. Trzy: zarówno w latach 90-tych, jak i w XXI wieku, jak żaden (ŻADEN) inny z tych „legendarnych zespołów lat 80-tych” w Polsce, regularnie wydawali nowe udane, ciekawe, inspirujące PUNKOWE płyty i grali znakomite, energetyczne koncerty. I do dzisiaj to robią.

Dla czytelników MRR rozmawiam z Krzyśkiem (perkusja, teksty) i Robertem (wokal, gitara, muzyka) – duetem od początku prowadzącym ten okręt. (Bezkoc / Pasażer)


MRR: Polsce rzeczywistość lat ’80-tych oprócz całej swojej uciążliwości, miała pewien plus, wymuszała mianowicie na punkowych zespołach oryginalność. Z racji izolacji od Zachodu było mało wzorów do kopiowania. Czy wy mieliście jakieś punkty odniesienia? Czy zaczynając grać myśleliście „chcemy grać jak UK Subs, jak Blitz, albo jak Crass?

Krzyśkiem: Absolutnie nie. Właśnie z tej przyczyny, że nie było dostępu do zbyt wielu materiałów i nie było komunikacji między zespołami, więc każdy zespół w Polsce rozwijał się zupełnie sam – indywidualnie. I to akurat było super.

Robertem: Oczywiście pewne płyty do nas docierały. Znaliśmy Crass, Blitz, Sex Pistols, Clash, ale zupełnie nie było nastawienia żeby któryś z tych zespołów kopiować. Zresztą płyt z Zachodu było w naszych rękach tak mało że traktowaliśmy je jako ogólną inspirację. One nam pokazywały, że może być zupełnie inna muzyka niż ta znana z polskiego radia. Read the rest of this entry »

You’re Already Dead, Maggie

April 8th, 2013 by

Today marks an epoch in Punk history. The Iron Lady, who fueled the outrage an era of incredible punk fury, died today of a stroke at the age of 87. Not to get nostalgic, but let’s take a trip down memory lane from some anarcho to anti-peace punk to a Killed By Death hit…

Keep our fire burning.

Vegan chef and all-around awesome punk Joshua Ploeg!

March 22nd, 2013 by

Interview by Amelia


Vegan chef Joshua Ploeg (photo by Larry Bob)

I reviewed your zine Fire & Ice for MRR a year or so ago. Can you speak a little about that zine? Have you done any since?
That little guy is mostly spicy recipes, with some alcoholic beverages and vegan ice creams and sorbets. Essentially I did it so that Microcosm would have something of mine on tap and then we could do a cookbook together. It was later reprinted in its current form. Cute little thing, with a few amusing typos.

Can you explain your lifestyle as a traveling vegan chef? How do you survive? Where is your home base?
Home base is at the moment a storage unit in Los Angeles. I travel around booking and cooking for dinner parties, catering, special events and take out from people’s houses. Sometimes vend at shows. I have to book and promote myself so it can be a bit sporadic and I go everywhere on transit and rideshare. Crazy, sometimes long and unpredictable trips but I get by enough that I’ve been doing it for 10 years!

Any weird scenarios you’ve found yourself in as a traveling chef, sometimes going into strangers’ homes who are more friends of friends of friends of friends…ever meet any real weirdos?
Weirdos? Sure! The guy who said “the hurricane happens at 3 o’clock” and then these industrial fans turned on and blew around paper chains and stacks of paper, orange peels and plastic buckets for three minutes all over the apartment comes to mind. The “you’re cooking for 200 people and we have no gear, two burners don’t work and there is one shop light and christmas lights for lighting” incident comes to mind. The people having a three-way on the Greyhound across the aisle in the middle of the night while the woman’s children were sitting behind her playing with a light up singing teddy bear and there was occasional farting comes to mind. It’s all weird! You never know what the situation will be when you get there or even on the way there. I’ve been stranded more than a few times.

Behead the Prophet No Lord Shall Live! (photo by Elsbeth Perry)

Behead the Prophet No Lord Shall Live! (photo by Elsbeth Perry)

Have you had any really magical experiences living this way?
Yes, always fun to make a fabulous meal that never happens again—live in the moment! I love the people I meet and many of them have become great friends or regulars. I feel comfortable in almost any city, I love that, and have developed a great deal of patience and immunity to boredom and waiting around, which is convenient. It’s a beautiful world, I still love seeing something new even when I’m in a place for what seems like the hundredth time! I like to shop where people in the town shop—at the little mercados, the big discount markets and the curious little stores and interesting produce bonanzas—it is a bit unglamorous, but really, why bother if you are going to the same chain supermarkets that are everywhere or that affluent people shop at?

What do you think of serving others and contributing and enhancing others’ experiences and relationship with food?
Well it wouldn’t be at all fulfilling if that wasn’t such a huge part of it.

Is your way of living in accordance with DIY punk ethics?
Sometimes, but I do expect to get money—but that can be a verrrrrry sliding scale! Also I like when I can be freed to do trades and benefits, that is nice to be able to contribute something or accommodate people with lower budgets. Clients and I are equals and plan events together and there is no “boss” so that’s good. I guess I don’t really make any claims of how DIY or ethical this is in general, it’s more of a “happening” that sometimes coordinates with that mentality. Food is complex and I wouldn’t recommend playing holier than thou with the ethics of it, there’s always something lurking in the chain of events that is probably questionable.

How did you get into being food conscious?
I was at home alone a lot and wanted to eat something interesting and also offer that to guests and visitors as sort of an experiment in proper hospitality.

How old were you when you became vegan?
I was 20 but I go back and forth between vegan and vegetarian. It has been 21 years! I old!

Joshua Ploeg servin' it up (photo by Faythe Levine)

Joshua Ploeg servin’ it up (photo by Faythe Levine)

I understand you’ve been in a band or two. Can you give us some background?
Yeah, several hardcore/queercore bands I sang for: Behead the Prophet, Mukilteo Fairies, Lords of Lightspeed, Warm Streams, played the drums in Kiss Me Kill Me, did some noise (Standard Operating Procedure) and also a bit of chanting and folk singing under my name or “Sanctuary of Sound/Sanctuary Studios” which was supposed to be weird and aggravating and it was! Currently I’m in Select Sex (hardcore band from LA) and Behead the Prophet is playing a few shows this month. And I have Woozards and Wootches which is noise and I guess tropical black metal.

When is your reunion?
This week! Should be fun; Eric from Noggin will be playing in Michael’s place (on his violin!). It’s really more of a cathartic occurrence and group awakening than a reunion if I may be so bold. Olympia, Bellingham, Portland and Seattle are the places we’re playing, a big northwest hootenanny. The Need, Thrones, JonnyX and the Groadies, Hysterics, Body Betrayal, Disemballerina and Federation X are all in on it, a nice once in a blue moon treat.

What are your future plans?
More cookbooks with various publishers, more traveling and eventually a nice vegan salon/bed and breakfast, microbrewery/winery and small organic farm out in the country (but not too far) that people can come hang out at. Count on it!

What is the best way for our fellow vegan readers to get in touch with you and host you or to get their hands on your zine?
Get the zines and cookbooks by checking/ordering from your local bookstore. Or get them online from Microcosm or whoever happens to have them. Email is the way to reach me (thetravelingchef {at} gmail(.)com). I have a blog (joshuaploeg.blogspot.com) and a Facebook (it’s personal and business so ya have to put up with all of my videos and pontificating and baseball as well), but whatevah!
Thanks for the chat!