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Lexi and Lizzie at dance recital 2013 - photo by Rökker Lexi and Lizzie at dance recital 2013
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Letter to the People - June 2013
by Rökker
June 2013
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This issue is dedicated to the memory of Phil “Philo” Buerstatte (Last Crack, White Zombie). A brilliant mind and sometimes tortured soul, his genius behind the drum set inspired many a drummer, both in Madison and throughout the world. His enthusiasm and charm contagious, he is legend. May his memory be a blessing in the hearts and minds of those who loved him.


Letter to the People - May 2013
by Rökker
May 2013
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Dual Covers: You are holding one of the rare issues of Maximum Ink that has two covers. I’ve been following Colorphase for a while now and was excited to get them on my cover, but when the Die Kreuzen story came through, I was faced with a dilemma. Up and coming new band or legendary punkers from Milwaukee… my solution was both. Congrats to both bands! Catch Colorphase at their CD Release party on May 10th at the Frequency in Madison and see the Die Kreuzen reunion on May 26th at Turner Hall in Milwaukee.


Lizzie's new glasses 4/2013 from her instagram - photo by Lizzie Lizzie's new glasses 4/2013 from her instagram
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Letter to the People - April 2013
by Rökker
April 2013
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Thanx to Liz Cassity, Mike Steldt of Milwaukee RIP/Benefit, Barry Roberts has 47 friends of mine on Facebook, Rökker Vodka in a Internet TV Webseries, Adventures with the Klutzy Lizzie


bryan carlstrom with don bakken of last crack bryan carlstrom with don bakken of last crack

Letter to the People - February 2013
by Rökker
January 2013
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This issue is dedicated to the memory of Bryan Carlstrom. Bryan was an engineer and producer for many of the great albums since the late 80’s. He worked on many recordings with legendar producer Dave Jerden including Jane’s Addiction, Alice In Chains, Anthrax, Kiss, Last Crack, Rattlebone. The latter two bands, Last Crack and Rattlebone featured Madison based musicians.


Lizzie's Birthday Lizzie's Birthday

Letter To The People - June 2012
by Rökker
June 2012
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Letter To The People:

Rökker Vodka: Don’t forget Sunday, June 10th I’ll be hosting the Bloody Rökker bar at the Sprizzo Cafe in downtown Waukesha. Come down to make your own Bloody and talk all things Rökker Vodka. Hang out long enough and you may end up running around downtown to other fine establishments carrying the Madison-made spirit. Check the website at RokkerVodka.com to see a map of locations as well as the beginnings of our cocktail guide and other FAQ’s.

Caritas Karaoke: You probably won’t see me singing anytime soon, but I’m hoping to see you singing at Caritas: Demon Karaoake at the Inferno in Madison on Wednesday, June 20th. Hosted by DJ Karcus, the “music” starts at 9pm and there will me a menu of Rökker Vodka drinks on special. Make sure to ask Amada about the “Happy Happy Joy Joy” shot. For Inferno info, go to Clubinferno.com.

Peach Pies Caburlesque: Catch the Peach Pies at two shows in Madiosn this month. One on the northside at the Inferno on June 15th, and the other at Club 5 on the westside on Thursday, June 28th. Go to their page at Facebook.com/peachpiesburlesque to find out about VIP tables, special guests, Rökker Vodka drink specials and more!

Lords of the Trident: The Regent Street Retreat will be hosting this metal show sponsored by Rökker Vodka and Scorpion Shot. Come down to sample Scorpion Rökkers, a drink made with Rökker Vodka and the flavor enhanced Scorpion Shot. Each shot has it’s own baby scorpion and if you hadn’t already guessed, you eat it just like the tequila worm! I thought it was crazy too, but after talking with owner Kenny Wayne, I found out that females are usually the first to slurp down the exotic treat, putting to shame many a boyfriend and hubby. I’m not sure how I’ll fair, it’s like Rökker Vodka meets Fear Factory!

It all happens June 23 with Lords of the Trident, Dethlahem, and Tiger Clutch at the Regent Street Retreat in Madison.

Max Ink Radio: Win a ticket and camping package to the Soundtown camping & music festival in Somerset, Wisconsin on July 27-28. With 3 stages and over 50 bands including Jane’s Addiction, Weezer, Florence & the Machine, Andrew Bird, and a tone more!

To win, you must sign up for the contest at one of our physical locations in Madison, or listen to Max Ink Radio for opportunities to get signed up by one of our dj’s. In Madison, you can sign up at Bennett’s Meadowood Country Club off Verona Rd., Knucklehead’s on State Street, or Trixie’s Liquor on E. Wash. It’s pretty simple, fill out the form and slip it in the box, we’ll announce winners live on the Jimmy K show on Tuesday, July 15th at 7pm. Make sure to sign up by Monday, July 14th to be eligible. Go to Soundtownfest.com for more details on the festival.

MAMA Awards: Max Ink Radio will be at the Overture Center in Madison broadcasting from the MAMA Awards show happening Saturday, June 2nd. If you’re in attendence stop by the Max Ink Radio booth and say hello to Jimmy K, Edub, and myself. DJ Erotic Jesus will be spinning songs between reports from the show. Listen at Maxinkradio.com or on your mobile device at Tunein.com, just search “Max Ink Radio.”

Downtown Middleton Beach Party: Saturday, June 16th from 9am-4pm. There will be a stage with live music from 12-3pm featuring the steel drum band Od Tapo Imi. They’ve been around for a long time and just recently they recruited two Madison veterans, Bradley Fish and bassist Philly (Sequentials, Cornerstone, Dread Knot, Bradley Fish’s Electrifried Band).

Atwood Summerfest: Wowie Zowie! Things are changing for Madison’s eastside festival, Atwood Summerfest!! First, the festival is moving to two days. The first day, July 28th, will feature two stages; Maximum Ink/Ale Asylum Rock Stage and the Harmony Bar/Capitol Beer Blues Stage, and will run from 2pm-9pm. The second day, July 29th, will feature one stage, yet to be named, and will feature live music from 2pm-7pm. The second day will be about half size but carry twice the punch! Stay tuned for band line-up and more info. Look for Updates at AtwoodSummerfest.com starting in late June.

Adventures With Nikko and Lizzie: My kids are food snobs. They have hardlines on just about every food, there is not even one shade grey. That makes restauranting difficult sometimes. Recently, we’ve branched out. A new restaurant opened up on the northside of Madison called Banzo, as in garbanzo bean. It is owned and operated by the soon to be married couple Natalie and Aaron. Natalie moved to Madison from Israel and brought some of that middle eastern flavor with her. Banzo specializes in falafel and hummus, not too mention a killer tahini sauce.

The couple has been running Banzo as a carry-out restaurant, as well as operating a falafel cart downtown, but are remodeling an eat-in dining room and outdoor deck that will open in early summer.





Lizzie & Nikko Goofballs - photo by Rökker Lizzie & Nikko Goofballs
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Letter To The People - December 2010
by Rökker
December 2010
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BAGHDAD SCUBA REVIEW: If you haven’t seen Madison jam band the Baghdad Scuba Review live and ever wanted to, you had best get down to the Harmony Bar on Atwood Avenue in Madison on December 11th. The band is going on a “hiatus” for 2011 and this show is their final show before said hiatus. Show up or shut up.

I know, but we’ve increased shows this year in other months and I need a break, lol. In it’s stead, I am sponsoring a few local events that help out local bands, an internet radio station and a local Christmas album. You will party in December, trust me!

A local Madison Christmas CD is coming out and its release party happens Saturday, December 18th at the Annex. The show is 18+ and features The 4am, Axiom, Government Zero, Lot 74, YLAB, 626, Kill Junior, and Wall of Funk. Dan Stoffels, drummer mixed the album and the event is also sponsored by InfernalRockRadio.com and will be broadcast live over the internet. To find a link to the event page, go to Dan O’s Facebook.com/dstoffels wall, and don’t forget to friend him…

Infernal Rock Radio DJ'sMADTOWN BASH:
InfernalRockRadio.com is featured here in an article and the local madison DJ group that make up a large share of the Kansas City based station have put together a show to benefit the station and keep it on the air. Mad Town Bash happens Saturday, December 11th at the Frequency in Madison. The show features Wisconsin stalwarts, Brainerd, as well as well established Madison acts Kill Junior, Subatomic, Unusual Hurts, and Lords of the Trident. There will also be 4 comedians including IRR’s own Steve Purcell. The event is $5 bucks and proceeds go to keep the internet radio station on the air or you can donate at the above website.

Brad Van has been jamming in Madison bands for at least the 15+ years I’ve known him. For the last few years he’s thrown a local holiday show featuring great rock and metal bands. This, his sixth year, will feature his stoner-rock band Droids Attack with Kentucky Beltfight from Minneaplis and Sinking Suns from Madison on Saturday, December 18th at the Crystal Corner on Williamson Street in Madison.

As follows with their tradition, naughty elves will pass out Christmas treats, bands will hand out presents to the audience, and you’ll see a robot Santa Clause. I’m sure there will be a few drink specials and the Crystal Corner is always a blow out time! The event is also sponsored by Mad City Music Exchange and Capital City Comics. Hit the Droids up at Facebook.com/DroidsAttack.

Comedian/DJ Steve PurcellINFERNAL ROCK RADIO:
You can read the interview we’re featuring here in Max Ink, but my story is a little different. Steve Purcell, the comedian deejay of the bunch, contacted me regarding the upcoming Madtown Bash show, intrigued I listened more about their home radio studios and legal “rogue” radio station called InfernalRockRadio. As it turns out SlamminAlvin lives and has his studio down the street from me, we’re neighbors. They invite me down to the weekly BOA show every Friday night that is broadcast from his abode. The BOA is a loose show of a bunch of working professionals (the Madison based deejays from IRR) get together to blow off a little steam, jam some tunes, call each other bastards, and make calls of football games. It’s a whole lot of fun and SlamminAlvin has been doing it for a long time, you could say he’s been a “pioneer” of intenet radio.

During my interview, another local deejay, Jimmy K, asked if they could broadcast the upcoming Last Crack show over the internet on their station. The next week saw the planning and execution of broadcasting Last Crack to the world live in concert from Scatz. The pre-show started earlier and a select group of fans and cohorts were interviewed live along with a band interview before the concert.

Since Blabbermouth.net (the industry leading metal news site) picked it up, we could see tons of people across the world tuning in on a google map, and many joining in the chat room. Although it was early in the morning for a lot of people in far away countries, it was a unique experience for them to be connected to the show in such a way.

Thru that week, and a bunch of interviews and shows on IRR to promote the event, I saw how these group of Madison deejays work together as a team to promote local music and each other’s shows. Every show I’ve listened to plays or interviews local bands. It was nice to see a bright spot in the local music scene by people motivated by nothing more than passion.

A recent homework assignment required Nikolai to write a letter to Senator Herb Kohl. He said “hello” and “happy holidays” and “please say hello to Mr. Obama for me.” What a kid and he turns 8 in December! Happy Birthday Nikolai!
See you next month! Rökker


Elizabeth in her dress-up Wedding Dress - photo by Rökker Elizabeth in her dress-up Wedding Dress
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Letter To The People - September 2010
by Rökker
September 2010
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This Month: Max Ink presents Beatallica at the Annex, Dragonfly Lounge (Under Bellini’s Restaurant in Madison) opens with some familiar faces at the helm, Last Crack coming to Scatz in Middleton on November 13th, Savagefest (now happening in Green Bay) is put on by Max Ink writer Jason Mansavage,


Elizabeth getting ready for her recital... All the single ladies! - photo by Rökker Elizabeth getting ready for her recital... All the single ladies!
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Letter To The People - June 2010
by Rökker
June 2010
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This Month: Capitol Square Scavenger Hunt II Winners, Steel Bridge Song Festival, Globe U, Adventures With Elizabeth


Black n Tan and Rökker at the Mifflin Street Block Party - photo by Nick Berard Black n Tan and Rökker at the Mifflin Street Block Party
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Letter To The People - May 2010
by Rökker
May 2010
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This Month: Mifflin Street Block Party report, Capitol Square Scavenger Hunt II, Last Crack coming to Maybash, Adventures with Elizabeth.. It’s recital month!


Elizabeth and Nikolai doing Karate pose - photo by Rokker Elizabeth and Nikolai doing Karate pose
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Letter To The People - April 2010
by Rökker
April 2010
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This Month: Mifflin Street Block Party info, Battle of the Bands and the Up n Under pub in Milwaukee, Girls Rock Camp over summer break for girls 9-17, And Adventures with Elizabeth: Elizabeth got her butt thrown into Karate class… and what happens next


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Letter To The People - March 2010
by Rökker
March 2010
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Happy 14th Birthday Maximum Ink! This March issue starts our 15th year of publishing Maximum Ink. We thank you, the reader, and you the advertiser, for our continued success. I would also like to extend a special thanks to our delivery personnel around the state.

Maximum Ink is based in Madison and distribute in many places around the state of Wisconsin including Milwaukee, Green Bay, Fox Valley, Wausau, La Crosse, Janesville, Waukesha and many more!

Maximum Ink is 100% Green Powered through the “Green Power Tomorrow” program and prints on recycled paper.

Maximum Ink regularly holds free events and have used that platform to collect donations for organizations like the Madison affiliates of Komen For The Cure, WYOU TV, SaveKensLegs.com and others..

Plus: Bomblastica 2010, Deb Fields, Ian Chalgren, Adventures with Maitreya and Makaia


Nikko holding his b-day card from Grandpa Jerry Nikko holding his b-day card from Grandpa Jerry

Letter To The People - January 2010
by Rökker
January 2010
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This issue is dedicated to the memory of Jimmy Sullivan, drummer for the band Avenged Sevenfold. AX7 appeared on the cover of Maximum Ink back in July of 2006.

Soundgarden Reunion: Although no details have been announced, it is leaking out that Soundgarden will reunite for a bevy of US and international festivals and possibly some touring for 2010….

Maximum Ink’s Valentine’s Eve Ball: Come out to Scatz on Saturday, February 13th for Max Ink’s first ever Valentine’s Eve Ball. It is 70’s disco themed and the appropriate dress and wigs are recommended as there will be dress/costume/dance contests to win prizes….

Adventures With Nikolai: Nikko is officially seven years old now. For his birthday, grandpa Jerry came up with a Star Wars birthday card that had Nikko’s head on Anakin’s body….


Don Bakken of Last Crack on stage at Scazt on 11/14/09 - photo by Nick Berard Don Bakken of Last Crack on stage at Scazt on 11/14/09
photo by Nick Berard

Letter To The People - December 2009
by Rökker
December 2009
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This issue is dedicated to the memory of our fallen comrade Brian Barney, whom you have known here since 2004 as the writer “Lane Klozier.” Brian passed away last month without warning. Family, friends, band mates, fans and Maximum Ink mourn the loss.

This Month: Maximum Ink Holiday Party, Last Crack, Adventures With Nikolai


Darth Rökker and Obi Dan Kenobi battling - photo by Nick Berard Darth Rökker and Obi Dan Kenobi battling
photo by Nick Berard

Letter To The People - November 2009
by Rökker
November 2009
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This Month: Patrick Peterson has surgery for brain tumor, Halloween Spooktakular review, Last Crack “Sinister Funkhosue #17” 20 year anniversary, Adventures With Nikolai


Darth Diggler and Obi Weiner at the Mercury Lounge in Madison Darth Diggler and Obi Weiner at the Mercury Lounge in Madison

Letter To The People - Rökktober 2009
by Rökker
October 2009
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This Month: Patrick Peterson, Stephanie Rearick, Halloween Spooktakular, Last Crack, Adventures with Elizabeth and Nikolai


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