MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL #339: $4 US/Can., newsprint, 8 ½” x 11”, 138 pgs.

Featured in this issue are Head Cleaners, Midnite Snaxxx, Cokskar, Small Bones, Youth Avoiders, Grown Ups, and Afternoon Gentleman, among others. I’m going to forfeit my punk credentials and admit that I have never heard of any of the aforementioned bands. But that’s what MRR’s mission has always been: to give the exposure to the previously unexposed and deserving. And for that I applaud them. However, they also see it fit to print not one, but two columns outlining and debating what is or isn’t punk “fashion.” Speaking as a guy who wears clothes and shoes until they rot off my body, seriously: who gives a shit? Furthermore, a fan expresses their disappointment with the decision to end a long-running column (Fly’s “Peops” page). MRR’s explanation for the “cut” is justified by the fact that “MRR is not a permanent position for anyone” and that the space was cleared for “others to have that space.” That’s funny. How long have Mykel Board, Lefty Hooligan, and George Tabb been on board? I don’t necessarily have an issue with any of those columnists or the fact that “Peops” was canceled. I just thought it was a pretty lame excuse, considering that their even longer-running letters section seems utterly useless in this modern digital age.  I’m willing to bet that they receive much more email than paper mail, so why not address those letters directly on their website?–Juan Espinosa (PO Box 460760, SF, CA 94146)