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Blast From the Past: Gary Floyd


June 26th, 2015 by

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

06-GF

Gurdon, Arkansas

December 11, 1952

9:45 a.m.

 

I’m born.

My whole family was from this blink-and-miss-it small town in Arkansas. One little clump of stores here and another there. Two railroad tracks running like rough zippers through town. The tracks full of dead men still spooking the town with lanterns. Gurdon, where Jimmy Witherspoon got knocked on the head with the blues. Where bored lumbermen concocted the International Concatenated Order of the Hoo Hoo, with a black cat as their symbol. A joke that became a weird version of the Elks Club. Although my family moved away due to cutbacks in the Missouri Pacific Railroad (which used to belch black smoke in the old twilight), a few things stuck in my head forever.

When the Butlers moved in next door—Cleda and Gene, with young Brenda, and the first cool person I had ever met, Russell Butler. He was probably only sixteen or so, but to me he was ageless and brought out the need to let my “cool seeds” grow. He was an artist, a beatnik who painted pictures of himself in coffins. I knew I had been influenced. Got my cool seeds sown. A taste of being different, and the shape of things to come.

Going to vacation—Bible school—one hot summer, when the humidity could be sliced with a rusty butter knife. The First Baptist Church: a cool breeze in the auditorium, Kool-Aid painting our lips ruby red, and a fragile mound of cookies. They ended the day by playing the old hymn “Just as I Am.” Tears rolled down my face, and I knew I wanted to give my life to Jesus, so I walked down the aisle into the arms of Brother Nelson. I was saved. I was eight.

The Daisy Queen, early 1960s, when people were rumbling and fawning over radios. My mother’s dream—a place to eat where all the tiny town’s teenagers hung out. Male car hops, and a teen side, which was just a big old room with benches. I could watch them dance loose and free. Girls putting on make-up and drinking Cokes, boys flirting with the big hair girls and dancing too. Me looking, wondering if I could be the boyfriend someday.

Soon, the family was all packed up and moved to Palestine, Texas. New things to freak out about. A new school of hardcore rednecks…pretty eyeliner girls and strapping boys in the shower haze that I remember to this very day.

As my life shifted from Arkansas across the pancake batter Red River to thick piney woods Texas, lyrics were being implanted deep in me. I didn’t know it, but they were becoming a permanent part of my spleen.

My grandfather was poor, poor, poor. He and my grandmother (my father’s parents) were saved by the railroad, which offered a steady job to the lean and hungry people of the time, when some headed west to pick fruit in the bowels of Oregon and some stayed and ate dust for years. My father got a job at the almighty railroad as well. He worked there all his life and left the job only to join the Army and fight in World War II.

He was in Japan after the big bombs fell, loosening the roiling clouds of death that turned entire cities into gutted wastelands. He used to tell me about the shrines people had in their houses. I asked, “How did you see what was in their houses?” He told me, without lingering shame, “We’d just go in and look around.” I asked, “Did you knock?” He laughed deep down and said, “No, that’s not how it worked.” I knew then, right there, there would be no army for me. Fuck that shit.

He came right back to those sturdy engines, those trains, as if the bombs never fell. It was expected of me to do the same.

He told me about going to work for the railroad—the honest pay and hard work, a kind of untrammeled American dream people wanted to believe in even as Vietnam squandered it with napalm and Nixon. Even as I said, yes, grandpa, I could, I knew I would never do it. I knew I wasn’t meant to look down those bleak black tracks and feel like home was beneath them. I couldn’t even pretend to love the heft and bulk, or history, of trains, no matter how many times Elvis purred “Sixteen coaches long…got my baby and gone.”

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Top Tens from MRR #386 • July 2015


June 26th, 2015 by

By popular demand, we present our reviewers’ Top Tens from the current issue of Maximum Rocknroll! Here are our picks from the July 2015 issue, MRR #386.
Buy it now!!


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Grace Ambrose

Grace Ambrose
HOME BLITZ – Foremost + Fair LP
MYSTIC INANE – Eggs Onna Plate EP
ABUSE OF SUBSTANCE – Substance Abuse EP
BLANK SPELL – Malign Eye EP / AQUARIAN BLOOD – EP
V/A – Destroy All Art LP
BRANDO’S ISLAND – “Autism Vision/Auto Warfare”
GIORGIO MURDERER – Lazer Lord EP
BLAST – EP / FLAG OF DEMOCRACY – EP
LOS PUNK ROCKERS – Los Exitos de Sex Pistols LP
NOTS – live / SHOVELS – live

Matt Badenhop

Matt Badenhop

Matt Badenhop
GATTOPARDO – LP
BLANK SPELL – Malign Eye EP
RATTENS KRATER – Nordvastpassagen EP
ЯКУТСКИЙ ПАНК – ПЛОХЙ ПАНК
R.O.B.O. – LP
V/A – Na Krev LP / SLUGGA – “Parasite/Shaved Heads”
ULTRA VIOLENT – Crime for Revenge EP
FILOS – Soy Un Anormal EP
TRAUMA HARNESS – Tried My Hardest LP
SYNDICATE – live

Will Blomquist

Will Blomquist
HIRS – The Second 100 Songs LP
HARD SKIN – Do You Like Hospital Food LP
X –“Adult Books/We’re Desperate”
BUSTED OUTLOOK – Spitting Wind EP
GIBBOUS – Mortal Crush EP
THE RESIDENTS – “Satisfaction/Loser≈Weed”
CONFLICT – The Final Conflict LP
BLANK STARE – Malign Eye EP
ULTRA VIOLENT – Crime for Revenge EP / DILATE–flexi
KOBAN/TONY MOLINA – live

Mitch Cardwell

Mitch Cardwell
V/A – Destroy All Art LP
HOME BLITZ – Foremost + Fair LP
MIDDLE EDGE – “Emotion Freeze/The Pressure”
RAYDIOS – “Brand New Kid/My Way Back Home”
GIORGIO MURDERER – Lazer Lord EP
PIERRE & BASTIEN – Que Du Bonheur LP
GENTLEMEN – Good Omen/Bad Husband EP
ULTRA VIOLENT – Crime for Revenge EP
GIBBOUS – “Mortal Crust/No Elevators”
THE DEPRESSIONS – LP

Layla G

Layla Gibbon
NOTS – live x2 / EX CULT – live
MYSTIC INANE – Eggs Onna Plate EP
AQUARIAN BLOOD – Savage Mind EP
GIORGIO MURDERER – Lazer Lord EP
BRANDO’S ISLAND – “Autism Vision/Auto Warfare”
POW – Fight Fire LP
SLUGGA – “Parasite/Shaved Heads”
LOS PUNK ROCKERS – Los Exitos de Sex Pistols LP
DASKINSEY4 – So Appropriate LP
HOME BLITZ – Foremost + Fair LP / MOZART – live

Dan Goetz

Dan Goetz – live
GIBBOUS – “Mortal Crust / No Elevators”
BLACK MONUMENTS – Repeated Rejections EP
ÖTZI – demo and live / NOTS live
MYSTIC INANE – Eggs Onna Plate EP
V/A – Feral Kid Mixtape Vol. 2 CS
BUSTED OUTLOOK – B.O. Wrecking Crew EP
SLUGGA – “Parasites/Shaved Heads”
ABUSE OF SUBSTANCE – Substance Abuse EP
HIRS – LP / THE LIPPIES – World Happiness Dance EP
PERSPEX FLESH – Ordered Image LP

Greg Harvester

Greg Harvester
GIBBOUS – “Mortal Crust/No Elevators”
ABUSE OF SUBSTANCE – Substance Abuse EP
HIRS – No Gods, No Cops LP
SLUGGA – “Parasites/Shaved Heads” ALIENATION – CS
YOUNG RUINS – CS
TENDER TANTRUM – CS
BLANK SPELL – EP
MYSTIC INANE – Eggs Onna Plate EP
TRAUMA HARNESS – Tried My Hardest LP

Kenny Kaos
NO TOMORROW BOYS – 7”
BRAIN TRAPS – Meet Me at the Bottom EP
LOS PEPINIYOZ – Alta Tension LP
THIGH MASTER – Age of Concern EP
V/A – Destroy All Art LP
BORN LOOSE – “I Loathe You/Today’s the Day”
THE DEPRESSIONS – LP / JINXES – “Mosquitoes/Oh Yeah!”
FILOS – Soy Un Anormal EP
PRETTY FLOWERS – My Alchemist EP
ACTIVE MINDS – New Puppets, Same Old Machine EP

Carolyn Keddy

Carolyn Keddy

Carolyn Keddy
PIERRE & BASTIEN – Que Du Bonheur-LP
THE JINXES – 7” / RAYDIOS – 7”
ONE MAN ONE MIND – 7” / GIORGIO MURDERER EP
GENTLEMEN – Good Omen/Bad Husband EP
R.O.B.O. – Todo Se Derrumba LP
HARD SKIN – Do You Like Hospital Food? LP
LOS PUNK ROCKERS – Los Exitos de Sex Pistols LP
PARTY FORCE – Squad Cars EP / V/A – Destroy All Art LP
THE DILS – 7” / RESIDENTS – 7”
NOTS – live

Ray Lujan
THE BARBECUTIES – Go Down With Style CD
DIRTY FENCES – Full Tramp LP
ELMERHASSEL – Self Analysis: Discography Part 2 CD
HARD LEFT – We Are LP
PARTY FORCE – Squad Cars EP
PRETTY FLOWERS – My Alchemist EP
THIGH MASTER – Age of Concern EP
SONNY VINCENT AND ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT – LP
MAD PARADE – live / THE REZILLOS –live
INFA RIOT – live / JUDGE – live

Lydiya!

Lydiya!

Lydiya
GATTOPARDO–LP/SLUGGA–“Parasite/ShavedHeads”
GENTLEMEN – Good Omen/Bad Husband EP
MAU-MAUS – Fear No Evil LP / LIFEWRECK – EP
HARD SKIN – Do You Like Hospital Food? LP
PIERRE & BASTIEN – Que Du Bonheur LP
DIRTYWOMBS–OppositeFlowLP
THE GERMS – 7” / THE DILS – 7”
FILOS – Soy un Anormal EP
TRAUMA HARNESS – Tried My Hardest LP
MIDDLE EDGE – 7”

Fred Schrunk

Fred Schrunk
AQUARIAN BLOOD – Savage Mind EP
R.O.B.O. – Todo Se Derrumba LP
TRAUMA HARNESS – Tried My Hardest LP
GATTOPARDO – LP
SLUGGA – “Parasite/Shaved Heads”
MALE GAZE – Gale Maze LP
HARD SKIN – Do You Like Hospital Food? LP
BUSTED OUTLOOK – B.O. Wrecking Crew EP
HARD LEFT – We Are LP
MYSTIC INANE – Eggs Onna Plate EP

Lena

Lena

Lena
WILD MOTH – “Mirror/Gallery of Walls” flexi
GATTOPARDO – LP
BLANK SPELL – “Malign Eye” EP
BROKEN BONES – A Single Decade LP
THE DILS – “I Hate the Rich” 7”
BLAST – Hope EP
G-WHIZ – Hook LP
RHYTHM OF CRUELTY – live
COLD BEAT – live
KURRAKA – live

Eli Wald

Eli Wald

Eli Wald
NOTS – live / HOME BLITZ – Foremost + Fair LP
MYSTIC INANE – Eggs Onna Plate EP
BRANDO’S ISLAND – “Autism Vision/Auto Warfare”
THIGH MASTER – Age of Concern EP
SHOVELS – live
AQUARIAN BLOOD – EP / GIORGIO MURDERER – EP
SLUGGA – “Parasite/Shaved Heads”
GATTOPARDO – LP
V/A – Destroy All Art LP
ABUSE OF SUBSTANCE – Substance Abuse EP

 

Top Ten Zines
ARK DUST NO. 1
BLACK GOLD
DISTORT #46
DWELLING PORTABLY, MAY 2015
EARACHES AND EYESORES #5
KILL YOUR PARENTS GARDEN #10
LIFE STINKS I LIKE THE KINKS #3
MASCULINITIES #1
THE SODA KILLERS #9
STAY COOL FANZINE #2



Blast From the Past: Condominium


June 25th, 2015 by

This originally ran in MRR#312, the May 2009 issue which you can pick up here

Interview by Shivaun and Stefan

 

photo: Adam Bulbolz

MRR: Maybe we should start with the boring questions. What’s the history of Condominium? Because I know it started out as a project or whatever.
Matt: I started the band myself. I was originally going to be doing tape releases and it was all going to sound like that Anti-Cimex song “Criminal Trap.” Then I got Brad to help me out just playing guitar and learning the songs and stuff, and we decided it was good enough to be a real band, so we got Kim and Joe, and that’s how we became a real band. We’ve put out a demo, two 7”s, and a live radio tape, all self-released.

MRR: Are you going to keep releasing records yourself?
Matt: We don’t know for sure, because we’ve had friends of ours who have offered to put out our records. I like the idea of releasing our own stuff a lot, but it hasn’t been that successful.
Brad: We’re sitting on like 250 copies of the second 7”.
Kim: And we don’t really go anywhere.
Matt: We don’t play out of town a whole lot, and we don’t play a lot shows in general. It’s hard to sell records when you don’t have any distribution skills.
Brad: Maybe we just need a label to make us cool, because even when we did tour, we didn’t sell very many copies of the record.
Matt: We’ve been talking about putting out a couple records with labels, so we can get all kinds of hype around our band, then go back to putting out our own records so we can hoard all the money for ourselves.

 

photo: Adam Bulbolz

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Reissue of the Week: Moskwa


June 25th, 2015 by

R-6466736-1419942500-9033.jpegMOSKWA – “Nigdy!” LP

I couldn’t be happier holding this long overdue reissue of MOSKWA’s awesome 1986 cassette. This recording sees them at their most ferocious. Blazing tempos and high-pitched and insane sounding guitars give MOSKWA a sound of their own among other Polish punk heroes like DEZERTER, TZN XENNA, POST REGIMENT, and REJESTRACJA. The chord progressions and snarled vocal melodies on here indicate a strong talent for songwriting. The recording is so hot and raw and grips me in such a unique way. The default pace is so fast and furious, but then these strong mid-paced songs like “Za Kratami” and “Problem” really stand out as the best. This high-quality reish comes with a nice looking booklet containing translated lyrics and lots of great photos of these guys and their big hair. You don’t need every one of those gazillion reissues of every obscure ’80s punk release, but you really do need this one. (Matt Badenhop)

(Warsaw Pact)



Record of the Week: Flesh World


June 24th, 2015 by

a0857245988_16FLESH WORLD — “The Wild Animals in My Life” LP

I should probably disclose that FLESH WORLD might have already been my favorite San Francisco band before I heard this record. So I may be going into this review a little biased. But who among us wouldn’t be? Even you, reader, have probably been acquainted with them already, by last month’s interview in this magazine for instance, or maybe through their frequent appearances in monthly and yearly top-ten lists here. For the new record I would have been perfectly satisfied with eight tracks that sounded like their debut 12”, but they’ve taken steps to change things up here. For one, guitarist Scott Moore adds some synth textures to a few songs here, which within the scope of Don Pyle’s production is perfectly subtle. If you have a friend who decries the presence of any synthesizer as New Wave and False, don’t tell them; they may not even notice. If you’re less insecure in your punk predilections, you may appreciate the oscillation between the desperate drive of “To Lose Me” and the WAKE-like textures of the title track. Everything you love about FLESH WORLD is here; Diane Anastasio’s minimal but forceful drumming, Moore’s florid guitar leads, Jess Scott’s 12-string jangle and uncannily catchy melodies. We’re all significantly bummed out about this band’s potential hiatus, with their drummer moving away, but as the last track slowly shifts into some minimal electronic snaps and clicks we can at least retain some hope of Jess and Scott starting the only post-punk techno project that really matters, right? In their interview here they discussed what continues to make San Francisco a place worth living in, but their music itself makes a pretty strong case. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: get a 12-string guitar and leave everything else behind. (Eli Wald)

(Iron Lung)