Posts Tagged ‘straight edge’

23-01-95 (the day of Army office no? AAAArgh!)

[sorry about the handwriting… I write for a long time! hope you can understand anyway!]

hello keren.

Thank a lot for the so long letters! + the tape. it’s really cool. I’ve enjoyed it even if I’ve listened it to it once because of all the recordings I had to do (including your tape)… so I just had No time for listening to it more… but it seems great. really.

I’ve been lucky to get this tape ‘cos the envelope was all scratched & the box damaged luckily the tape wasn’t broken. Just try to protect it more, post office sucks this way. My brother received 2 weeks ago 2 7″ well protected in a box & they were completely Broken!

Okay – I gave your letter to my brother, even though I’d rather not to for various reasons – just don’t pay attention. Anyway – Enclosed should be a few issues of his latest Newsletter, perhaps he’ll write later if he can. this year he has much more work & right now (these weeks he has exams)well you will understand by reading the Newsletter anyway!

So tons of events happened to you hey?

Did you finally start your ‘zine?

so did you buy all those stuff you wanted with your money??

Lately I had tons of New stuff.

CD’s, 10″, 7″, LP’s which I like alot. Old & new things. I get some with my distro which is cool cause I can se a bit of money!!

I’ve put some of the tape I’m sending to you (like: congress, Boot down the door…) about Spawn I’ve put you the 7″ (New) too as you’ve asked for it – I just get it in distro, I’m sorry last song is cut… it’s from my tape I didn’t have enough place for it & didn’t keep any for me (I cannot afford to keep copy of everything I get!)

I should get soon: Manliftingbanner & Brotherhood CD’s!!! in distro sure, I’ll keep one for me so if you want me to record it on tape or if you want original cd’s, we could work out something for sure!

Also on your tape is: Colt turkey, perhaps you already know it… if Not sure you’ll like it. it’s what Manliftingbanner has done (well one of the things before MLB (it’s against X-mas & the murder of turkey – sleeve is great! they’ve made it for gun)

oh, well happy birthday! I’ve forgotten. Okay, let’s say the tape is about it & also some other things I’ll try to enclosed.

it seems like you didn’t really enjoyed that time that much?

so hope your exams went well…

Did you went to the army office? I’ve heard about this event that happened 1-2 days ago with this ‘human bomb’ suicide & murders.

if I am right it happened on young people… too bad. I really can’t understand all this, okay it’s not the same thing in my country but religion sucks too. I don’t like fanaticism (I guess you don’t like either!)

The more things like this happen the more I hate Religious stuff for all its bullshit & Murders, I wonder how much death were & are still caused by religion

Murder, war… in name of God! tsss.

About your zine… well who know maybe sometime I could contribute (if I feel like it & just have time… I guess you know how it is!) if you could tell me a bit more like things you’ll like to get (subjects… etc) so I could see if I can help.

Also about your newsletter/ compilation tapes, if you want sure I could help you distributing some around here in my catalogue.

For Newsletter if they’re free send a few issues when it’s out & I’ll pass them on. For tapes (comp or whatever) well I don’t have much money left but you could send 2-3 (or more in the future if it works) & tell me your price & I’ll pay you if I sell them or then I’ll just return them.

So let me know if you’re interested!

About Zips & Chains… well we don’t distribute it, maybe we had a few issues but it’s gone… Anyway. I keep your $3 & I’m gonna find you an issue of it from a guy I know & send it to you as soon as I’ll get it.

Well, here we had 2 HC shows (it’s coming a bit more now) first one were with 3 French Bands

The 1st was mostly noisy which was bad, 2nd was a mix of Rock/ Ska/ HC melodic, it was cool but As there was too much [?] it was a but strange. The Third one was really great. Powerful HC Melodic really nice, they played two [?] set after the people were shouting after them. the atmosphere was cool except a lot of smoke inside (I hate this)

2nd show was with (initialy) NRA (from holland) & Apartment 36 (ex. poison idea), we’re already seen NRA in October or so & really wanted to see APT 36. Unfortunately for some problem they had to go back to USA…

instead there was another band from holland, they played first, it wasn’t really good, basic HC melodic. Only their son from GB and Beastie boys were cool. NRA were great again. faster than before & really nice kids. we’ve talk with them again after & they told us tons of stories (they knew Manliftingbanner, Seein’ Red… they’re friends!) & also told us about tour with NOFX & trouble they did get with them (they hate majors & on more than 20000FF they only get 1000 FF!!) & threw a brick on NOFX van, said fuck to Epitaph who wanted to sign with them… & more. it was cool!

Okay – about the distro now, well perhaps I could help you first I could distro some of your stuff if you want to, & I could also get you European stuff & US stuff if you’re interested (7″, LP’s, zines…)

7″s would be around $2 to $2.50, I don’t have uge stocks but I have friends who can get cheap stuff for me but it depends alot from time to time so I can’t really tell you what stuff now!

>EMO stuff (Driftwood, Bob tilton, Manumission…) $2 mostly

> SXE stuff (Blindfold, shortsight, Colt turkey(?), Manliftingbanner(?)…) $2-2.50

>Punk stuff (oi polloi stuff, french/ European stuff > Boot Down the Door, Disaffect, hiatus) > $2.50-2

it depends!!

[…. the list goes on – K]

Okay p I’m gonna quit –

oh yeah, about my plans: well I’m afraid I won’t be able to go to US this summer ‘cos I won’t have enough money… Next year sure!!

Instead I’ll try to find a job to earn money this summer + in August > go to the New SXE festival in Belgium! if you ever want to come to france, you won’t have to worry about a place to stay – Also I could show you around-

Let’s see, if you’re interested by france we could then organize something with the Belgian fest too! (should be again bands like: Blindfold, spawn, Feeding the fire + US/ European bands + the Jedi (ex. N.O. Fire – Shortsight & more)…

Well we’ll see.

Take care, write soon.

pls return stamps.

Pierre.

 

3/11/94/

Keren,

Pierre here. Okay so I just received a letter from Mirek, my polish friend & I hope it’s not to late…

I have some infor concerning shows, markets, places…

here they are: the HC market in Warsaw take place in the HyBrydy club near the train station but he didn’t know the date & place…

The HC Market in KATOWICE (near Krakov) take place in MEGA CLUB at DWORCOWA street, next’ll be on the 20th of November & then 18th of December. it starts at 11.00 AM.HC/pk stuff + lots of people to meet!

Also a HC/pk show in KATOWICE near the station again & I don’t know the address again…

Shows… on 15th of Nov. OI POLLOI!! playing at Mega Club in KATOWICE (market HC place) & the 16th probably in KRAKOW + 9th o Nov. a anti-fascist Demonstration in KATOWICE…

okay sum up: 9th of Nov. :Anti fascist Demonstration in KATOWICE

15th “”           : Oi Polloi Show: Mega club “”

DWORCOWA st.

16th “”              “”         in KRAKOV (not sure)

20th””           : HC Market 11.00 AM in KATO. DWORCOWA st.

Next HC Market: 18th December (probably) some place.

+ HC/pk shop near the station (train station)

& HC Market in WARSAW HYBRYDY CLUB…. Date? Place? (near the main train station)

Also in Middle of Nov. Chambawamba… if you like it!?

ADDRESS: Mirek K

[….. near KRAKOW] POLAND

> he could help you & show you around & people… etc – if you go there, of course.

hope you’ll get this on time

that’s all for the Polish info.

if you see Mirek say him hello from me!

& thanx for the CD (he’ll understand)

____________________________

Part II!!

Okay so as I have to send you this info (that I hope you’ll get Before you leave) I’ll also enclosed this letter…

Here there’s not a lot of new things except that my new catalogue of distribution is out after some work ahh!

Also on Saturday I’ll go at a New Bomb Turks show in RENNES (!!) it should be funny (except the atmosphere which’ll be bad as always!)

University is going okay & it’s interesting so everything’s fine!

I have picture of ManliftingBanner… I’ll send you some photocopy next time just remind me if–

I also have some bands for my compilation tapes which is cool… if you know some HC-pk-SXE israeli Band could you ask them or give me addresses?

I also received quite a lot of new stuff which is cool!!

CONVERGE LP, Naked Aggression 7″CD & New CD, Screeching weasel/ Born Against split CD > very funny & great! Dead & gone 7″, subversion 7″, Halfman 7″, SXE comp 7″, I Spy/ Propaghandi 10″, posst regiment CD, Unbroken CD’s, RERAIN CD (SXE)… & more + should receive other soon… Citizen Arrest CD, Ricochet CD…

I can’t wait!

What else… hum we’ve been invited (me, my Brother + 2 friends) by one friend who is doing a Radio show (HC/SXE) in RENNES & also playing in the only HC Band from  RENNES (it’s like NYHC with mosh part) for a special SXE show & now we’re gonna go there (4 of us) to this show 1 time every month for a special SXE (his show is 1 time/week) Also I’m perhaps gonna start another radio show in RENNES (some place) ‘cos a friend of mine need help & ask me… so I’ll see…

& the two friend of us who come to the radio show was in a Band in another town Before & they’ve moved & want to start a new Band here in RENNES(!) Both are SXE & who know perhaps I’m gonna take part into it as a singer (Not so sure right now, we’ve to talk of it…) or a bassist…

So life could be better here then… I hope so-

What about your collective? Is it working well now?

Oh, could you see what’s going on with this guy… my Brother’s still waiting for news… please!

Also I still didn’t receive any tape from you… I’m afraid it’s been stolen by post office/ customs… or lost.

Well that’s all for now. Again hope you get this on time.

I’ll be waiting for your answer but I know you’ll be in Poland so it’s okay or then write from Poland!

hope to hear from you very, very soon –

Return stamps as always.

Let me know about this Israelian guy + Bands who could be interestedd by comp. tapes or contacts if you can –

have to go. take care

X Stay Straight X !

Pierre

Hey it’ll be faster to write here now I have my po Box in RENNES as I’m here all week long (my parent’s address is still okay but I’m only there on week ends & holidays!)

B. (Pierre) – please into Brackets… thanx.

BP______

_____ RENNES

FRANCE

Bye & enjoy poland & shows &…. etc-

12-09-94

>scalp stuff are mostly all in french… is it okay??

Dear Keren

Pierre here-

I received your letter a few days ago… it was really cool to hear from you again. Just a strange thing… your letter was dated 7-8-94 and I received it only now…

Perhaps the P.O messed up – Anyway I wouldn’t have been able to answer before now – I was always out.

Another thing that I don’t like at all is that I didn’t received your other letter/ tape… so I hope the p.o. didn’t steal it or it didn’t get lost.

If I receive it I’ll let you know. (don’t worry – I’ll send you a tape all the same when I be able to… my tape deck just Broke up… I hope I could buy a new one very quickly…)

Yes, YANN is my Brother (the older one). the message was transmitted!

Don’t worry about your “small” knowledge about the french scene… you seem to know much more than me about Israelian(?) scene

My holidays were really cool but also busy & tiring… always out & on the road – The Belgian festival was REALLY great… yes I saw Feeding the fire, it wasn’t my favourite band (sorry) but they were not that bad.

There was also Backdraft (with members from F.T.F) & a bunch of European Bands + 1 US Band (ICONOCLAST) > 17 bands playing there… Blindfold, Shortsight, REFUDES were my favourite (All SXE Bands) I’ll record stuff for you if you want. They were all really nice. We also met a lot of friends/ pen-pals/ cool people there & just made new friends (were were 10 from RENNES) – There was also Kosterd, ACME, Fabric, CONGRESS, SPAWN…

I have picture of F.T.F but it’s not developed now… hope it’ll be good. This band REFUSED played a song from MANLIFTINGBANNER. it sounds exactly the same – really great (with F.T.F singer!!)

I Agree with you Bands like seeinw red, MLB, are cool SE Band. Also Chokehold (sounds different but really cool loud/slow SXE & Political) if you don’t know them, I have some cool stuff (CD’s…) & Nations on Fire (from Belgium) they stopped in 94 (January) it was really cool SXE (Political, Positive, Powerful!) and they’re my friends.

I know that GERMAN labels have very good stuff (like x-mist, Lost&Found, We Bite) But they’re very expensive one’s… Too bad you didn’t get your stuff… you should write again & if you order anything there send registered letter only… We already had trouble with p.o… they stole our money!

So you go to Poland this year… I hope the dates will be okay ’cause I think it’s in KRAKOV, once a month there’s a big market organized by lots of distributors and you can find lots of cheap stuff (@, PK, HC, SXE…) I also have a friend there (he was with us at the festival!) he lives near KRAKOV I’ll write to him & ask him for more info about the market + other addresses of stores, people… and send them to you then… okay?

I’m starting in October my first year in the “English Section” at university so I now have my apartment in RENNES along with YANN (our house is near Rennes in the country side). I’ll give you my address then. The one you have is my permanent address (don’t worry) so I’ll also be travelling in US-England… one of these years (1-2). It’ll mostly depends on my financial situation…

I already have to buy a new tape deck + other Hi-Fi/ Stereo Equipments… Shit!

Okay I’ll finish my film with some picture of me so I’ll be able to send you some & get the last pictures of the festival (with F.T.F).

Okay I’m off.

Here’s your stamp (hey you didn’t put glue on it?) please send mine back.

Here are some “scalp” stuff. try to get more next time.

Take care,

Write back soon,

Pierre.

– peace – equality – fuck the army! (not really straight, I know)

Hi Keren,

thanks for the tape! Actually, I nearly bought the Crucifix LP Reissue, due to lack of money I didn’t, now I don’t have to. Well, I like Amebix (!!) and Crucifix(!) best, but I’ll spare you the details of why I like what.

I’m at home now, just came back from the University, thought I’m going back there in about two hours. We wrote a multiple-choice test on sociology today which was kind of, well, hard, in a stupid way, the wording was really “vague”. Last Monday we had a sociology socio-psychology test, and next Monday the shittiest one, statistics.

On Saturday, there’s the supposedly biggest neo-nazi/ fascist protest in Germany “democratic” Germany ever, against the crimes commit an exhibition on the crimes commited by the regular army on innocent civilians, participation in the killing of Jews, leftists, partisans etc. Of course I’ll go to the counter-demonstration, I guess it’ll be in the news in Israel, too, so…

Anyway, I haven’t seen the exhibition yet, the atmosphere is very heated, and of course it had to be Munich, once called “Haupstadt der Bewegung” “capital of the movement”, by the nazis.

The different demonstrations have been hunting each other, or the anti-fascists the nazis to be more precise. I guess they’ll clash somewhere, or, which is more likely, the cops will protect the rightwing-demo, cause it’s totally legal, of course, and everyone disturbing or blocking it will be “disturbing the peace”.

Well, now to something completely different, besides that I guess this letter won’t be that long cause it’s more to keep in touch, on top of it I’m tired and in a hurry cause I “want” to do some shit for statistics too.

At the beginning of my university life I met a girl I got along with very well for a short while, opposites attract, but we didn’t find any common ground, except a few negative characteristics. As she won’t talk face to face about her emotions at all, we and I didn’t care anymore, we started to go out of each other’s way mostly, and after a few days she started to do her best to ignore me. Very immature, I think. Anyway, in her way of thinking women can’t drive (except her), girls who have sex w/lots of men are bitches, etc… You can figure out for herself what she expected of a man. The guy she was together with the longest was a cop who called everything he didn’t like gay or queer, “cool”. “Surprising” that that story didn’t work out, though she thinks she’s “alternative”.

Couple of days ago I met an (ex?) punk girl who is with me in sociology. I had noticed her earlier, but we never really talked with each other. So we met at a show, which was kinda inevitable in the long run. She’s been to the Chaos Days 95 and 96, been to various squats, she’ll be 1-2 months on holiday in Berlin in a squat or a “wagon center”, I don’t know what the right term for those is in english.

Taking into account that we’ve only known for two weeks or so, we get along quite well. Her friends, at least those I’ve met, are, well, I don’t think they “qualify” as fashion punks, but they are very styled, bondage trousers, one guy had a bowler had (a “melon” in german) worth 300 DM(!) on, so…

Anyway, as you might guess, she gets fucked up (drunk) on most weekends, like at the Lurkers show last saturday, which is kind a boring for me. The usual problem. Actually, I played with the thought of drinking something, then I didn’t cause I thought I’d just do it to fit into their group or be liked by her. which isn’t a very good reason.

Might be that the main reason why I don’t drink is that I had the wrong attitude towards it, instead of enjoying it, I only wanted to get flat out drunk. We’ll see if I ever change my attitude.

I’m just listening to “Blind Destruction” by Crucifix, which reminds me of the fact that it’s kinda pathetic on what grounds the punk and hc scenes, in all their various branches, can’t stand each other. It’s about style and fashion to such degree, though the majority of the various scenes probably don’t have a clue about the others.

The girl I mentioned, she listens, among others, to Braindance, One Way System, Oxymoron, etc…, lots of stuff among it I’ve never heard about. On the other hand, none of her friends neither she nor most of her friends would know Amebix, Crucifix, Disaffect, etc.

Next month there’s an Oi-show, there’s a group of fascist “skinheads” who have announced that they’ll come, you can guess what happens. Well, though the music might be good, I don’t care ’bout Oi! shows that much, because even the attitude of most “inpolitical” skinheads ain’t isn’t exactly my cup of tea.

My zine is on the freezer, cause I have to rewrite some stuff, especially something on religion, cause I gained some insights into it through two different courses on religion by two different “sociologists”.

Allright, I want to read for an hour before going back to the University, I hope to hear from you after you’ve arrived in Bradford, when you can find the time to answer. I guess it’s the Flat Earth/ 1-in-12 club Bradford, probably better to livethere w/your friend than in H-H. So, try and be a public nuisance, or maybe not,

Take Care

Jani X.

Playlist: Scatha/ “The Tape” (yours), “The other tape” w/one way system, etc./ Turning Point/ Uniform Choice/ NFAA/ Ebola

Reading list: The Last of the hippies…/ The Free/

but mostly I’ve had to study.

“The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys”, so my father bought a scanner, which maybe I’ll send you one two nice photographs, today I’m too stressed out.

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Living with the boyfriend anywhere not in Bradford was out of question. There was his dole office over there and the council flat he had got  just before my arrival. Plus, Israel would’ve been too sunny for him. It would’ve eased his general glum.

I wanted to live in Bradford. Knew fuck all about that miserable place before arriving there – got into the brilliant music that emerged from the smog and curry smells when I was there.

Jani’s first letter is here

Dear Keren,

Here’s Tamás from Chaos Int. zine, Hungary.

Well, I’ve always been interested in Israel and now I’m happy to find your address. I’ve found your opinion very interesting. You don’t feel like a jew? Then what nationality are you? What is life like there? We hear a lot about the Israel – Palestina conflict. What do you think of this? How does it influence your daily-life?

Some years ago my father visited your country and he brought a lot of postcards, photos. I think that your country and culture is very interesting. Please tell me something about it!

And how’s the scene? How can punk/ HC/ SxE exist in the Jewish culture?

Well, you can see that I’ve got a lot of questions. I hope you will answer them & my letter. Please write soon.

Take care,

xTamásx.

P.S. Don’t you know anyone that could sell some copies of my zine?

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Seriously, there’s no symbolic value here. This letter has been waiting on my desktop since the beginning of September, patiently waiting to be transcribed. It’s coincidence that I found this empty slot of homework procrastination  in Yom Kippur eve. Gonna get dressed soon and walk. Hopefully we’ll make it to Jaffa, hopefully our Arab neighbours won’t disappoint us and keep Pizza Roma open for us.

As a postcard collector I find it odd that Tamás was impressed by postcards from Israel. The souvenir industry here has always been weak compared to other countries and postcards were kinky at best and badly photographed and printed in most cases. I assume that his father visited in the 80’s-90’s, the Dark Ages of Postcard Production. Even the Jubilee 2000 series that’s still circulating around Tiberias and Nazareth are better than the ones Tamás’ dad must have picked.

To answer the question How can punk/ HC/ SxE exist in the Jewish culture, click here

I think it’s the only time I received any mail from Hungary. Never found any contacts there although I do remember looking for it.  I can’t tell where he found my address.

Hey Keren,

How’s life treating you? Well as you see I have finished #4 so have fun with it. Overall, I think it’s a hell of a lot better than #3. I, also, used your letter, if that’s okay. I kind of water the national feel – like we are all close  even though we live far away. About a month ago I had a talk w/my x/ After he totally dumped all over me (again) I went and saw a counselor. Well, I ended up being too fucked up for the counselor to deal with so they sent me to a psychologist so now I’m They diagnosed me with depression. Now I am taking Prozac. I am in this annoying good mood all the time. I no longer speak to my x. I heard from a couple of his friends that if my name is mentioned he flips out. I feel better w/him out of my life. I have a much better time at shows; life in general is alot better. Well, I guess I must be going. I’m at work and the phone is ringing off the hook. Write back and tell me what you think of #4.

❤ Carissa Screams.

P.S. I cut all my hair off. It used to go below my elbows, now it’s so short

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Every now and then, when the drawers get filled, I packed a bunch of zines and posters and stuff and put them in a box outside a show, or contacted kids I thought might be interested and passed them the bounty. Regretfully, the issues of Screams from Inside were lost this way. I believe the information must be circulated and that everyone benefits from the flow of zines, but I wish I could now read that letter Carissa mentions.

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.