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Video of the Week! Distorted: Reflections on Early Sydney Punk

This month's Maximum Rocknroll magazine features an interview with Des Devlin, the filmmaker behind the documentary Distorted: ...

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Record of the Week: CADAVER EM TRANSE LP

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Absurdo at Txoritokieta, August 2014 (photo by Fidel Gutierrez)

Monday Photo Blog: Fidel Gutierrez

Here's some pretty cool photos for the Monday Photo Blog sent over the Atlantic by Fidel Gutierrez. These ...

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Video of the Week! Distorted: Reflections on Early Sydney Punk


December 17th, 2014 by

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This month’s Maximum Rocknroll magazine features an interview with Des Devlin, the filmmaker behind the documentary Distorted: Reflections on Early Sydney Punk. Before you roll your eyes expecting yet another punk retrospective featuring career punk “spokesmen” telling you how cool everything was before you were around, give this film a look. Shown from the perspective of people involved in building a scene almost from scratch in the late ’70s, the documentary is subtle, sometimes slow-paced, but very moving and inspiring. This is not the story of a “cool” or legendary scene, but one that feels like it could have been anywhere (anywhere but London/New York/Los Angeles, that is) and could’ve taken place in any subsequent decade. Distorted presents a collage of different kinds of people who, for whatever reason, found a community  in punk, and were compelled to create something to contribute the scene. The aspect of the film that might be the most inspirational is the way everyone in it, as well as the filmmaker himself, seems to have stuck with the punk ethos to varying degrees after all these years. They are people you’d like to hang out with and hear more from, not just about the old days but about art, politics and life in general.

There are many quotable pieces in Distorted, but we were especially chuffed with this portion — which happens to mention MRR founder Tim Yohannan — the story behind the title of the great Rocks EP, You’r So Boring…

The complete film, Distorted: Reflections on Early Sydney Punk, is available to download for free at distorteddocumentary.weebly.com. Read the in-depth interview with filmmaker Des Devlin in MRR #380.



Video of the Week: “For a Berkeley We Can All Call Home”


November 1st, 2014 by

How could this not be our Video of the Week? It’s campaign song for Jesse Townley (aka Jesse Luscious of Blatz/The Criminals/The Frisk) in his candidacy for the Berkeley Rent Board (insert “Berkeley Is My Baby” joke here), written by him and guitar legend Bill Collins. You may know Bill from Special Forces and Fang, or as the dude who has given guitar lessons to generations of Berkeley punks. You might also recognize the voice of Cinder Block from Tilt in there. Watch for the mini stage-divers at the end!

 



Video of the Week: Les Oreilles Qui Saignent Vol. 2


October 25th, 2014 by

Shot mostly around 2010 and made available on DVD earlier this year, here for your free viewing pleasure is the amazing Les Oreilles Qui Saignent Video Fanzine Volume 2,  featuring cream-of-the-crop Japanese bands from the turn of the decade, plus some 1982 footage from THE STALIN and plenty of outrageous between-band bits. You will dig this shit!! Check out even more punk rock madness from this prolific French video crew at lesoreillesquisaignent.blogspot.com.



Video of the Week: AUSMUTEANTS “No Motivation”


February 20th, 2014 by

Australia’s d-u-m-b geniuses AUSMUTEANTS make a video warning punks of the perils of putting on sunglasses you find in eviscerated bodies. From their Amusements LP on Aarght!, which is also (finally!) getting pressed in the US by Goner Records.



Video of the Week: St. Ripper Knife Comb!


February 13th, 2014 by

Hey, it’s not too late to order your ltd. ed. Knife Comb, and it’s never too late to enjoy this amazing “infomercial” made by Boston punx ST. RIPPER. Komb sales benefit the band’s upcoming tour, and the video benefits punx everywhere. A++!