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WOW what a show: Epicenter reunion…this weekend!

WOW what a show: Epicenter reunion...this weekend!

Epicenter Zone "I was there..." The Epicenter Zone was a "punk project" on the east side of ...

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Blast From the Past: Thrillhouse Records

This ran in MRR #297  which came out in February 2008, you can grab it ...

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Record of the Week: Black Time

Record of the Week: Black Time

BLACK TIME – “Aerial Gobs of Love” LP All hail BLACK TIME, architects of the brutal ...

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New Blood! ESPECIE FALLIDA, CRIMINAL WAVE, and DEFIANT TEEN

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

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Maximum Rocknroll #387 • Aug 2015

It’s time for Maximum Rocknroll #387, the August 2015 issue! Philadelphia's SHEER MAG discuss livin' in the city ...

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Blast From the Past: Hex Dispensers


June 29th, 2015 by

This originally ran in MRR #318/Nov ‘09, which you can grab here

I’ve been buying punk records for 25 years. I’ve heard a lot of good shit. There’s only a couple of bands that are so good that they stand head and shoulders above anything thtas come before. The Hex Dispensers are one of them. Their new LP has been on my turntable almost every day since it came out. I wouldn’t be lying if I told you I’ve listened to a hundred times. The band defy genre…. They have the hooks of the Ramones, darkness of the Wipers with some fucking Danzig/Elvis shit going on. They are the sum of four parts; Alyse’s super tight tribal drumming, Tom’s guitar backbone, Dave’s rolling basslines and slick stage moves topped off with Alex’s crazy blues slides and unique vocals. I’m not even going to go into the ‘ex bands’ bullshit…. They have of course done a ton of good shit previous – how else would they be this good? On top of being a great band they are real fucking people. Along with the Marked Men this band would play my wedding or my funeral.

Interview by Logan Worrell

 

MRR: What do each of you do in the band?
Tom: I play guitar.
Dave: Bass.
Alex: I sing and play guitar.
Alyse: Drums.
Alex: Dave sings too, sometimes.
Alyse: I sing backup
Alex: Alyse sings also.
Dave: Badly.

 

MRR: Why’d you guys decide to start a band with each other?
Tom: We were already in a band together and it seemed like a great idea at that point.
Alex: Alyse, Tom, and I were in a band called This Damn Town, and it was winding down. We decided that we weren’t going to do it anymore because we just hit a wall with it, but we decided that we wanted to keep playing together.
Alyse: Because it worked great
Alex: Yeah, because we have a good rapport. I mean Alyse and I better have a good rapport, we’re married. But we like Tom, kind of, and we thought we wanted to keep playing with him. So we started another band to see how it would go and we liked where it was going,
Dave: You just wanted Tom’s brisket to be within arms reach.
Alex: Basically, yeah.
Tom: Brisket is going to come up in every interview.
Dave: That’s kind of a huge part.

 

Photo: Canderson

Photo: Canderson

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Monday Photo Blog: Nora Godoy


June 29th, 2015 by

Nora Godoy sent us a few photos to help get the summer kicked into gear at the  Monday Photo Blog. A couple band shots, Charged SS, and DHK, as well as what’s happening beyond the edge of the stage, or perimeter of the band, if they happen to be playing on the floor.

Punks in the slam pit. (photo by Nora Godoy)

DHK. (photo by Nora Godoy)

More action on the floor. (photo by Nora Godoy)

Charged SS. (photo by Nora Godoy)

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!



Blast From the Past: The Younger Lovers


June 28th, 2015 by

This originally ran in MRR #317, October 2009, that issue is sold out but you can download it here

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The Younger Lovers is Brontez Purnell’s solo project. Me, Brontez and Ramdasha sat together in Central Park to do this interview while the Younger Lovers played shows in NYC this past May. That was me & Ramdasha’s first time hanging out even though we’d had our eyes on each other for at least a couple years cuz you always wanna know who the other black punk kids are when you see them around. Feeling super connected, like old friends, we both talked to Brontez about his newest band, his writing and about the experiences that made him who he is today. He’s added so much personality to every band he’s ever been in and now he’s pouring every ounce of it into his own project and it is de-lic-ious.
Interview by Osa & Ramdasha

 

MRR: When did the Younger Lovers start?
Brontez: It started in 2003. I was in Panty Raid and then we broke up, but there was this song I’d already written for that band, “Sha-Boo-Lee.” I was really into that song and I just told myself that I should still record it by myself. Then I was like, “Why don’t I record a bunch of songs?” I have this friend Vice who was/is in XBXRX. We moved from Alabama to California together. He was recording stuff at this place called Club Short and I was like, “Can you record my EP for free?” and he was like, “Sure!” and so it kicked off then.

 

MRR: The thing I like about the Younger Lovers is that there’s so much of your personality in all of those songs. So when you first wrote “Sha-Boo-Lee” did you have a concept for the kind of music you wanted to make or did that happen naturally?
Brontez: In this weird, metaphysical way, I say both. I knew I wanted to hear cute pop shit again, and I knew I wanted it to be lo-fi because you don’t hear stuff that sounds raw anymore. So intentionally, I wanted it to sound like… I dunno, fucking Motown but on my terms.

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MRR Radio #1459 • 6/28/15


June 28th, 2015 by

Technical wizardry and bad taste prevail as Rowdy Ref, Horrible Hal & Rotten Ron attempt to FaceTime Adam the Howlin’ Hotdog from Down Under!

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It's FaceTime Bitches! Adam's in Australia fer Christ's sake!!!

It’s FaceTime Bitches! Adam’s in Australia fer Christ’s sake!!!

Intro song:
LOS PUNK ROCKERS – Pretty Vacant

Rotten Ron – Solo Para Punx 2
BENNY AND THE ROIDS – Prediction
DRAPETOMANIA – Sin Valor
DEAD SQUAD – On the Run
TOZCOS – Nos Estamos Desangrado
STRANGERS – Losing My Mind

Rowdy Ref – Garden Variety Rock-n-Roll
YOU KNOW WHO – Marshall Stacks & Alcohol
HOOKERS – The Devil in His Name
BRUTAL KNIGHTS – Katie Wants Cock
THE CORRUPTORS – 30 Something Years
KARP – Bastard of Disguise
TIGER HONEY POT – Rock n Roll Sex Machine

Adam and Hal Tag Team Aussies and Jonny Cat
RADIO BIRDMAN – Murder City Nights
PRIMATIVE HEARTS – Crushin’
DENIZENZ – Beat Me
PISS TEST – No Money
CYCLOPS – Eye Don’t Know
SEX CRIME – N-N-N-N-Nervous

Rotten Ron Just Wants to Listen to Black Sabbath All Day Long
ULTRA VIOLENT – Crime for Revenge
SPETSNAZ – People Are Powerful
MYSTIC INANE – Eggs on a Plate
CHUD – Dead Boy

Outro song: RIP Michael Montano
FILTH – The List



Blast From the Past: GB Jones


June 27th, 2015 by

This originally ran in MRR #317, October 2009, the Queer issue. That issue is sold out but you can download it here

GB Jones & KC Klass Photo:Jenna Von Brucker

GB Jones & KC Klass Photo:Jenna Von Brucker

“G.B. Jones has an uneasy fascination with authority and uses her gender and sexual preference to exploit fantasies of rock & roll, sex, groupies, booze, drugs, money, leather, torn jeans, motorcycles and stardom as an all out assault against values that would strive for assimilation of queer culture into the mainstream. She’s every queer girl and boy’s hero, whether you want her to be or not. Believe it or don’t, she is looking out for every queer’s best interests.”

Arnold J Kemp

G.B. Jones is an artist, a filmmaker, a musician, a writer and publisher of zines. She has been trying to reshape culture since the early ’80s, in many different mediums. JDs, her zine created with Bruce La Bruce challenged so-called alternative cultures to really be alternative; to open it up in terms of gender roles, sexuality, and identity. With Double Bill, created with Caroline Azar, Jena von Brücker, Johnny Noxzema and Rex, she questioned the acceptance of William Burroughs as a queer icon, reminding readers of his misogyny. In the early ’80s she joined the synth-punk band Bunny and the Lakers. In ’85 Jones formed the infamous Fifth Column, whose early ’90s single on K, All Women are Bitches was a defining classic of feminist punk, and a Riot Grrrl anthem. GB is perhaps best known for her film work and has directed and appeared in a number of underground films. In 1990, the two JDs editors held JDs movie nights in London, Toronto, Montreal and San Francisco, showing their no budget films made on Super 8 mm film. The Troublemakers premiered at this time and proved influential, although rarely screened afterwards till the mid ’00s. She starred in No Skin Off My Ass in 1991. Her best-known work from this period is perhaps The Yo-Yo Gang, released in 1992, a 30-minute exploitation movie about girl gangs. This interview focuses on the just-released ten-year Super 8 epic, the mythical Lollipop Generation. Interview by Anonymous Boy

 

MRR: Do you remember when you first got the idea for the storyline for The Lollipop Generation, and what was happening in your life at that time?
G.B. Jones: It was thirteen years ago, in the ’90s and thirteen years is a long time…

 

MRR: When was the oldest piece of footage in the movie shot, and when was the most the most recent?
The oldest footage was shot in the very early ’90s, during tours with Fifth Column, before I had even thought of making The Lollipop Generation. I knew I would use it for something, someday, but in the beginning I was just filming images out of the window of the tour van that I wanted to remember. The most recent scene that was filmed was with Andrew Cecil at Jarvis Collegiate, which is the school they used in the original Degrassi High television show. We filmed that scene in September of this year.

 

MRR: Of the following aspects of filmmaking, which would you say you prefer most: writing, shooting, working with the actors, working with the animal actors, editing, or post-production work?
The writing and shooting and working with the actors is all one thing. On the day we’re shooting we’re figuring out what to do, writing the scene as we go along. The actor is writing the scene as he or she decides how to play the scene, and I’m writing it as I decide how to film it, and it’s really all about what happens at that time, in that location, and what occurs in front of the camera. And that’s exciting. With the dogs, Batgirl and Big Ethel, it was different, but both of them loved being in front of the camera. Every time we would take a camera out they would get so excited, they always had fun so that always made it fun for us too. They loved being movie stars. Editing and post-production is where everything you’ve done gets re-contextualized into the larger framework. You get to watch the scenes with music and hear the voices and see it all come together. You couldn’t pick any one part over another because it’s all so great. But I think the best part is going to the theatre to see it after it’s done.

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