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MRR Radio #1432 • 12/21/14

NO BABIES come to Dan's show and reveal some of their secrets. Friend worship is ...

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MRR wants you as its next Coordinator!

Maximum Rocknroll magazine is seeking a Content Coordinator. This is an unpaid, full-time volunteer position. MRR's two Content Coordinators live ...

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MRR Presents: Friday Fuckin' Funnies! #65

LIFE IS POSERS! Loads more at lifeisposers.com NOWHERE CITY by Vickie Smalls! More great comix by Vic at nowherecitycomix.tumblr.com Every Friday ...

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MRR magazine's "New Blood" section is now a regular feature here on MRR.com! See below ...

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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

December 16th, 2014 by


Based in São Paulo and featuring members of RAKTA and SPEED KILLS, this is a refreshing take on goth-inspired post-punk that escapes some of the vampirical trappings that tend to mark this style. I’m reminded of CHRISTIAN DEATH, but with the driving quality of KILLING JOKE. The vocals, however, sung both in English and Portuguese, are unmistakably and aggressively punk. For me, there is a certain musicality characterizing Brazilian Portuguese punk vocals and I can’t help but compare the singing here a bit to CÓLERA. My favorite track thus far is “Inverted,” where the infectious guitar lead woven through the whole length of the song strikes a delicate balance between chorus-tinged goth and the delightful jangle of surf punk. The rhythm is quite varied and takes the listener on a journey through hammering beats and slower, more experimental percussion. Everything comes together with groovy bass lines and intriguing soundscapes/effects: totally multidimensional and awesome. The record is well packaged too, featuring an insert with all the lyrics and some incredible artwork.
(Dama Da Noite/Nada Nada Discos)

—Lena T, MRR #380

Guest Column: Sean Hocking on Genjing Records

December 15th, 2014 by

Genjing Records: Connecting China’s Underground with the World, One 7″ at a Time


Let’s head off to Beijing to have a chat with Nevin Domer, US expat, musician and founder of Genjing Records, one of Asia’s leading underground hardcore, punk and left-field labels. We had a talk that will be leaving any Communist Party eavesdroppers on the line somewhat confused! We talked about the label’s creation, its ambitions and what’s coming next. Domer recalls that he started the label back in 2010 as a way for him to release records for his Beijing hardcore-punk band, Fanzui Xiangfa. He quickly realized that the label could also help other Chinese bands without access to the mainstream release vinyl, something that wasn’t happening in China at the time. He also wanted to provide a more DIY outlet for his musical endeavors while still employed at China’s biggest independent music label Maybe Mars.

Domer’s desire is that the label serve as the best curator for new music coming out of China, and although he says he is not focusing on any particular style, output tends to span punk and post-punk, as well as some (anti)folk and experimental music. Domer has, through the split 7″ concept, aimed to engage the Chinese underground scene with similar acts around the world.

“We function in a DIY way, not signing bands, which also allows us to do 7″s for bands on other labels and co-releases with labels abroad. We’ve focused mainly on 7″s so far and generally like to do splits with bands abroad as a way to bridge the gap between the Chinese scene and scenes abroad. We’ve worked with foreign acts like SS20 (Germany), Daighila (Malaysia), Tussle (USA), pg.lost (Sweden), God Bows To Math (New Zealand), Underground Lovers (Australia) and Flavor Crystals (USA). Each time, we pair them up with a similar Chinese act as a way to introduce them to audiences here while spreading awareness about the Chinese acts abroad.”

Genjing currently has 32 releases under its belt, most recently a split 7″ with Fanzui Xiangfa and Bad Nerve (Umeå, Sweden) and the Fanzui Xiangfa discography LP, both of which were released for their recent European tour. The label has also released a 7″ for Maybe Mars act AV Okubo titled Opium/Herion, produced by Andy Gill from Gang of Four. The A-side is from their Maybe Mars sophomore release, Dynasty. Genjing is about to release the new After Argument LP, This Is Not Your Game,  a side project for PK14 frontman and Maybe Mars label head, Yang Haisong. It’s worth noting that the most recent PK14 album was produced by no less than Steve Albini.


Fanzui Xiangfa

Domer’s now a busy man with the label. There are three 7″s coming up in December. First, a rockabilly split with Beijing’s Rolling Bowling and Spain’s 13 Bats. There will also be a single with an unreleased B-side for the Maybe Mars band The Yours from Hong Kong — a band that started its career in the mid-2000s sounding like a wonderful fatal car crash between the Fall’s Live at the Witch Trials and My Bloody Valentine. Your writer remembers putting them on in a warehouse back in 2008 and they all turned up dressed like characters out of a D.H. Lawrence novel and made an unholy racket for 40 minutes or so. That still brings a smile. Their sound has somewhat matured over the years as studios and producers have worked on polishing them up. Check out the early Yours on YouTube and their most recent full length on Hong Kong’s Lona Records. Last, but by no means least, there’s a split release between Beijing’s Hot & Cold and Tonsstartsbandht from the US in the works.

Now, we know that it’s all well and good telling you about all this great new music, but anybody who’s actually tried to buy underground Asian music will know that it can be quite tough to actually locate what you want. But don’t worry, the releases are available in the US through Far Out Distant Sounds and in Australia through Tenzenmen. Anybody can download and listen to the mp3s from all the releases and upcoming ones here. They are available to stream on the Genjing Genjing Bandcamp page and are available for  purchase worldwide from their website.

—Sean Hocking
Metal Postcard Records, Hong Kong


This is a guest column from Maximum Rocknroll #379, which you can order here.

Monday Photo Blog: Fidel Gutierrez

December 15th, 2014 by

Here’s some pretty cool photos for the Monday Photo Blog sent over the Atlantic by Fidel Gutierrez. These are from the punk picnic held this past August in Txoritokieta, which is, as Fidel describes it, “An abandoned old fortress built in 1890 in order to defend the territory during the fourth Carlist war. An amazing place surrounded by the wild and gorgeous Basque nature, where we could also feel the spirit of true DIY punk with a bunch of nice friends and amazing people.” Bands on the bill were Managaitz, Absurdo, Sudor and Boom Boom Kid (not in this set of photos). For more photos from  Fidel, check out pocoojo.wordpress.com.

All of these photos were shot on glorious film, not pixels. As we all know, digital cameras are the CDs of the photography world.

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

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

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

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

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

Txoritokieta, August 2014 (photo by Fidel Gutierrez)

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!

MRR Radio #1431 • 12/14/14

December 14th, 2014 by

This week Matt hates the cops, loves the Deutschpunk, and shares some recent acquisitions from his travels, as well as spinning a few newer releases.


Intro song:
VERTIGO – Vertigo

Grazhdanskaya Oborona

Grazhdanskaya Oborona

For the Badge-Wearin’ Fascist Villans
BGK – Police Crimes
THE KIDS – Fascist Cops
REALLY RED – Teaching You the Fear

Newer Faves
LAS CRUCES – Supersida/Matarte
LEVITATIONS – Partners in Crime
PURA MANIA – Sospechoso

Deutschpunk Rules
KGB – Sekt Ist Kaltgestellt
ABWÄRTS – Monday On My Mind
EA80 – In Allen Dingen
AUSBRUCH – Südafrika

From the Bins of Europe
ZARAMA – Zaramaren Erdian
KUD IDIJOTI – Preživjeti
VONBRIGDI – Ó, Reykjavík

Outro songs:
SELFISH – Overcome
CARTOUCHE – Obscenity

Maximum Rocknroll Radio is a weekly radio show and podcast featuring DIY punk, garage rock, hardcore, and more from around the world. Our rotating cast of DJs picks the best of the best from MRR magazine’s astounding, ever-growing vinyl archive. You can find MRR Radio archives, specials, and more at radio.maximumrocknroll.com. Thanks for listening!

MRR Presents: Friday Fuckin’ Funnies! #64

December 12th, 2014 by


Loads more at lifeisposers.com


NOWHERE CITY by Vickie Smalls!

More great comix by Vic at nowherecitycomix.tumblr.com


Every 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!