Saturday, April 18, 2020

Mefageret

מפגרת ([she]-retard) were a hardcore punk band active in a town called Yehud between 1993-1997, somewhat "the golden era" for punk in Israel. Even thou they were pretty well known among the scene at the time, everytime I ask someone to tell me their story, it always end up with a short answer filled with disinformation (some spread by themselves, using pseudonyms for instance) and rumors. I know they were pretty likened by inner circles, but also heard they had some bashes because one of them seemed to rat out, or cause they were just acting weird.  Some  of the members are said to become religious in the next following years, rumors which are also explaining their disappearance and are cited for irony due their highly extreme anti-religion lyrics. They were even said to be connected Uzi Meshulam's group.

Musically both of their demos are considered pretty cult, and both stand as my all time favorite Israeli punk releases.
First one is much more raw, featuring fuol noisy hardcore punk. This rip is taken from the 2002 bootleg discography release. This means this rip does not include some sketches that were between the songs, also missing are three last songs, which were recorded live*.
The full artwork I've included within the link is of the first, original tape !

1994 - Carpe Diem

1. חופש בקופסא (Freedom In The Box)
2. שחררו את וענונו (Free Vanunu)
3. אשכנאצים (AshkeNazi'm)
4. D.D.T.
5. כשיגיע המבול (When The Flood Will Come)
6. פעולה ישירה (Direct Action)
7. מפגרת (Mefageret)
8. תקנות חירום (Emergency Regulations)
9. המתנחלת כאישה (The Settler As A Woman)
10. צנזורה  (Censorship)
11. מדור עסקים (Business Section)
12. אלצהיימר (Alzheimer)
13. שחררו את וענונו (Free Vanunu) [Live]*
14. כשיגיע המבול (When The Flood Will Come) [Live]*
15. חופש בקופסא (Freedom In The Box) [Live]*
X. שחררו את וענונו + צנזורה + חופש בקופסא [Live video above, bonus I've edited from Isvey Pere video compilation]

By the time their second release came, one of their two guitar players has joined the army, and was usualy replaced live by others from the scene like Shmulik Perry (Oi Va'avoi, Riot 94), Santiago Gomez (Nekhei Naatza, USF and many more).
This release saw them injecting metallic hardcore riffs with smart and tasteful ska bits. The lyrics for the brilliant 5 seconds opener are translated "Atom-Bomb", read the track's title and you'll figure what this is all about. Also within the link, the original tape full artwork, including catalogue for the fake (and if not very ultra-rare) distro of their own Media Spread Disease records.

1996 - Pulsa De Nurra

1. איך לפרק התנחלות בלי לאבד חיי אדם יקרים (How To Dismantle A Settlement Without Losing Precious Life)
2. דוסים לאוגנדה (D.O.S.S. To Uganda)
3. 21 פסיכיאטרי חיות (Twenty One Psychiatric Animals)
4. Khaki Nightmares
5. More Than Imagination
6. Cynigog (Israel Belongs To Me)
7. PCP Revelation
8. גראפיטי בכותל המערבי (Spray The Western Wall)
9. Free Vanunu!
10. Wrong Answer
11. 11 הצבא צועד על מוחו (ואח''כ מנסה להשתמש בו) (Thee Army Marches On Its Brain (And Tried To Use It))
12. Evacuate Or Die!
13. 100 Gates of Stupidity
14. Never Trust A Vegeterian

As usual, if you have better rips, original tape rips, stories, corrections, thoughts, share with us.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Xanadu - Blackout In The City

After the Destroy All Monsters Putsch where Cary Loren got sacked of his own creation, he was joined by DAM's members Rob King and 2/3 Miller brothers, Ben and Laurence (who are also about to get kicked by Asheton and Niagara's boots.. guess they weren't made just for walkin'), all together recording the only release for Xanadu, creepy dirty lo-fi garagey fuzzed art rock, nice hybrid between contemporary Cleaveland and Michigan musical aesthetics. A lot of nods for all the band memebers past resume, via Sproton Layer and first experimental incarnation of DAM, all evident in four songs only.

1. No Change
2. Time Bomb
3. Switch The Topic
4. Blackout In The City

Trip to Xanadu

Also released by Loren at the time, was a compilation of recordings he did with DAM, called Days of Diamonds. Now usualy when we get to this part where I request stuff, you all vanish after downloading the link, but I'll never stop trying, so.. If anyone has a rip of Days of Diamonds, please share with a brother.