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M.S.D paper catalog

Posted: September 23, 2010 in Israel, Visuals
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A distro operated by the people of Mefageret who sold their releases as well as shirts and bootlegged tapes to the kids. Enjoy the visuals – click to enlarge

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English follows.

מצטער שעבר הרבה זמן פשוט המכתב שכתבתי הלך לאיבוד

לקרן שלום

מצטער שעבר הרבה זמן מהמכתב שלך גם לי יש את נקרופיליה לנוער 2 וזה באמת פאנזין די טוב אך גם יש בו מספר דברים די קיצוניים.

בקשר למה שאמרת (כתבת) על לגרום נזקים לחנויות גם אני מסכים [ צנזורה] אך לרסס מעילי פרוות זה לא אפקטיבי אולי לא ישתמשו בפרווה הספציפית הזו אבל יבואו אחרת וכך לא הסגנו כלום.

בקשר למקסימום רוק’נ’רול אני מכיר אותו ואנחנו היינו אמורים גם להופיע ברשימה מישראל דבר שלא יצא.

הקסטה תצא אני מקווה מאוד בזמן המאוד קרוב (אני אכתוב לך מתי) והיא תכיל כמובן מילים. בקשר לשאלה שלך בעניין הכסף. אף פעם לא הזמנת חומר מחו”ל? (מוזיקה, אגודות וכו’…) את המוזיקה שאת שומעת את קונה בארץ (איזה מוזיקה את שומעת דרך אגב תכתבי לי גם איזה להקות) במחירים מפוצצים? (אני לא מתכוון ללגלג) להזמין דרך החברה זה הרבה הרבה… יותר זול חוץ מבעית הדולרים שהיא שולית. כן תוכלי לשלוח כסף בדואר וזו לא שאלה דבילית. ברגע שהקסטה תצא אני אודיע לך את המחיר שלה + דמי מישלוח (המחיר יגיע אולי ל15 ש”ח) תודה רבה שוב ואני מצפה לתשובה.

ביי

עדי

נ.ב זו תהיה הקסטה הראשונה והאחרונה שלנו כי הסולן טס לחו”ל (עוד חודש) והמתופף תקוע עמוק עמוק בצבא ואם לא תהיה הופעה בחודש הקרוב אז…

Sorry it’s taken so long, it’s just that I lost the first letter I wrote.
Hello Keren
Sorry it’s taken so long since your last letter. I also have Young Necrophilia #2 and indeed it’s a pretty good fanzine but it also contains some pretty extreme stuff.
Regarding what you said (wrote) about damaging shops I agree too [censored by me – kmk] but spraypainting fur coats is ineffective. Maybe that specific fur coat wouldn’t be used but there will be others and thus we haven’t reached anything by doing so.
Regarding Maximum Rock’n’roll – I know this zine and we were supposed to be listed in the Israeli scene report but eventually it didn’t work out.
The tape will be released really soon, I hope (I’ll write you when) and it’ll come with lyrics of course. Regarding your question about the money. Have you never mail ordered stuff from abroad? (music, associations, etc…) Do you buy your music in Israel for a ridiculously high price? (By the way, what do you listen to?  What bands?) I do not mean to laugh at you, but buying directly from the label is way, way cheaper, though there’s the currency exchange issue, but it’s minor. Yes, you can send money in the mail and it’s not a dumb question. Once the tape’s out I’ll let you know its price + shipping costs (it might reach 15nis.) Thanks a lot again and I’m waiting to your reply.
Bye, Adi.
P.S – this is going to be our first and last cassette, cause the singer’s flying abroad (in a month) and our drummer is stuck in the army and if we don’t have a show in the coming month then….

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It was a brave new world that Adi and Federico opened for me. One of fast music, well-concealed $$$ in envelopes addressed to record labels, t-shirt printers and distros. I placed my first mail-order in the end of that year. Bought Feeding The Fire‘s debut 7″ after contacting them via that famous Book Your Own Fuckin Life. What a smart first purchase. Sometime in the late 1990’s the banks lost their monopoly over trading foreign currency and change spots opened in every corner, but when I wanted to buy records in 1993 I asked my grandfather to go to the Black Market in Lilinblum st. in South Tel Aviv, where old, golden teethed Polish men offered those desired dollars, often fake, always without the huge commission the banks took.

What bands did I listen to? Nick Cave, The Gun Club, Neubauten… I don’t think Adi appreciated it, but shortly after MDC and Minor Threat entered the playlist.

The Public Domain/ Nekhei Naatza tape came out in October 1993. It cost 4nis.(it was less than $1) and came with a lyrics booklet. I bought my copy from Federico, and eventually bought like 15 more copies that I distributed and traded all over.

English Follows

לקרן שלום

קודם כל תודה רבה על המכתב ועל ההתעניינות. בקשר לבקשה שלך לשמוע אותנו הופעה זה באמת די קשה כי המתופף שלנו בצבא אבל אנחנו מוציאים קסטת דמו ביחד עם הלהקה התל אביבית/ גליל עליון נכי נאצה אולי את מכירה אותם. הקסטה מכילה כמובן מילים (באנגלית, נכי נאצה שרים בעברית). אם את רוצה, ברגע שהיא תצא ואני מקווה שזה יהיה כמה שיותר מהר אני אוכל לשלוח לך אותה. (המחיר שלה יהיה כמחיר העלות, לא יותר מ-10 ש”ח). אם את לא מעוניינת אני אוכל לצלם לך את המילים ולשלוח לך אותם. אנחנו שרים בסגנון ההרדקור ונכי נאצה מתקרבים יותר לפאנק בסגנון סאביומנס אם את מכירה (אפילו שהבסיסט שלהם שונא את ההשוואה אבל זה לא משנה)

עכשיו בקשר לנ.ב לגדי (אני מקווה שהוא גם יצרף תשובה למכתב). אי אפשר לשלול מאנשים את “זכותם” לאכול בשר, את לא יכולה ללכת ברחות לראות משהוא אוכל סטייק ולתת לו מכות זה לא חכם ולא מעביר את המסר. הדרך היא שכנוע, לא שכנוע כמו תוכי אלא שהבן-אדם יבין ואז ישתנה. אנחנו (מספר הצמחונים/ טבעונים בסביבה) גדלים ומתרבים כל הזמן וזה נותן יותר כוח אני וגדי [צנזורת עריכה] עושים את המקסימום שאנחנו יכולים בשביל להלחם למען אלא שלא יכולים. אנחנו צמחוניים לא לובשים עור לא משתמשים בדברי קוסמטיקה שעברו ניסויים בבעלי חיים וכו’.
ביי ושוב תודה אני שמח שיש עוד משהוא בצד שלנו. אני מחכה לתשובה
נ.ב אני מקווה שהבנת את הכתב.

קונטקסט? קראו את הראיון המלא עם פאבליק דומיין בגליון מס’ 5 של אבק, בארכיון הפאנזינים הישראלי. גלגלו לעמ’ 18.

Hello Keren,

First thanks alot for the letter and the interest. Regarding your request to hear us live it’s actually pretty difficult, because our drummer is in the army, but we’re releasing a demo tape with the Tel Avivian/ Upper Galillee band Nekhei Naatza – maybe you know them. The tape comes with lyrics, of course (in English, Nekehi Naatza sing in Hebrew) . If you want, when it comes out, as soon as possible, I hope, I can send you a copy (it’ll cost no more than 10nis. to cover the expenses). If you aren’t interested, I can xerox the lyrics and send you. We play Hardcore, whily Nekei Naatza are closer to punk, Subhumans style (although their bass player hates that comparison but nevermind).

Now, regarding the P.S to Gadi (I hope he’ll add a response to this letter as well). You can’t denounce people their “right” to eat meat, you can’t walk down the street, see somebody eating steak and punch him. It’s unwise and doesn’t forward the message.  The way to do it is by convincing, not automatic speech, but in a way that the person will understand and then change. The number of vegetarians and vegans in the area is growing all the time and it’s empowering. Gadi and I [censorship – mk] do the best that we can to fight for those who cannot fight. We are vegetarian, don’t wear leather, don’t use cosmetic products which production involved vivisection etc.

Bye and thanks again. I’m glad to see that there’s another person on our side. Waiting to hear from you.

PS – I hope you understood the handwriting.

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Adi. aDIY. Played in like each and every good band that graced this cursed land in the 1990’s: Public Domain, Ethos, Nekhei Naatza (took over the bass when I moved to England and toured the US with them – good for them!), Dir Yassin, Shma Israel, Useless ID – I missed a bunch, help is welcome.
In 1993 I was vegetarian for a year, an avid music fan who was deeply into The Gun Club and Neubauten, weird Israeli cassettes that I picked from the 3rd Ear cassette shelves when I skipped school, and a desperate zine reader. I sure had no idea who Subhumans were. I picked each and every zine I found in the record stores (there were quite a few back then), in search of information and inspiration beyond the dullness of highschool alternateen posers. I was a regular reader of Avak (Dust), alternative music zine that covered both Israeli and International stuff and reached the lethal number of 5 issues (very few local zines managed to pass issue #5). In Issue #5 that was published in the summer of 1993, a couple of weeks after I got in touch with the guys from the Israeli Anarchist Movement and returned from a family trip in the US, armed with an Exploited cassette, issues of MRR and Book Your Own Fuckin Life, there was a coverage of the underground scene in Haifa that contained an interview with Public Domain. Now, I didn’t know what Hardcore means. I didn’t know the context of straight edge, but when I read the interview, I felt like they hit a spot. At the time I was repulsed by the direction my school friends were taking – mindless Friday night clubbing to the sound of the Pixies, smoking, drinking, feeling sick the next morning (but maintaining straight A’s, of course). After the ideas came the music. It rocked. It still does.

From Jude, location and date unknown

Posted: August 10, 2010 in Israel
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Dear Keren,

My name is Jude R. + I am friends w/the folks at food not bombs. I work at a resistance camp for American Indian rights, in Nevada.

I will be in Israel on May 3rd + I would like to meet with you!!

I have an address but no phone #. Can you call me?

I will be staying at Lev Yerushalayim (an apartment hotel in Jerusalem city center)

Tel…

Fax…

I will be there for May 3-16 + I would really like to make political contact w/you folks!!!

I will try to find you if I can but it might be easier for you to find me.

Hope to see/ talk to you soon!

In Solidarity –

Jude

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No envelope, no memory, no context whatsoever. What happened here? I know I didn’t meet her. Did we talk on the phone? What was she doing here? Judging by the length of stay and the location – a family visit.

dir yassin
Found in one of the bags, circa 1998.

Info about the band in this old Angelfire website.

Dir Yassin’s music in Giora’s blog

Deir Yassin Remembered

I found this Israeli HC scene report, from April 2010, written by a kid from Rehovot, in South-central Israel. I noticed the comments, indicating which present and past bands the kid forgot to cover. I think that it’s pretty cool that bands are forgotten, or unmentioned or even unknown by someone who claims to be into the local scene for 3-4 years. “Back in the days” a column and a half in MRR would be enough to mention all punk bands past and present and there would even be enough room to mention a metal or a noise band as well.

DEAR KEREN &/OR BEN,

I hope you get this lettre, & I hope you read English.

HI

My name’s Jesse. I from Chicago, U.S.A, & I’m in Israel for a month ending 8/31. I read the interview w/Nekhei Naatza in Maximumrocknroll a few months ago & was geeked to find there’s a scene here.

I’m doing a program in Jerusalem (or Tzfat, or wherever the #@%&! they decide to send us( until 8/24 & then I wanna travel the country some.

It’d be great if there were shows or record stores you could clue me in on. Even if not, just to know what it’s like to do stuff here really interests me.

Plus I just got here & found out I’m the youngest person on this program (22) & it’s buggin’ me out & I need some sorta release.

Find me.

Jessee C.

Thanks,

Jessee.

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I wrote Jessee back, hooked him up with Federico in the Kibbutz, then had him at my parents’ place for a night or two. He looked bored most of the time and wrote me a nice letter when he returned home to Chicago, to ask that I mail him his agenda. I did, and he never wrote back (though I’m sure I had told him about my plans to travel in the US the following summer and my need for places to stay).

To answer his question – yes, I read English (hell, that MRR interview was in English, what kind of question was that?!?)

Who is Ben? I wondered myself when I shelled this letter out of the bag. After giving the envelope a second look I realized who he is, or rather, was:  “Ben” is Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben Gurion.  The street where we lived used to named after him until further development led to a name-change in our block. He messed around with the address but luckily the letter arrived. Punks from across the sea were a true novelty in those days.