CONQUEST FOR DEATH played a show Tuesday night with ANS (who I seriously cannot believe I had never seen until that show) and Bay Area band RULETTA RUSA. The show was cool, but was clouded by discussions I had with Jose and Josh of RR before things got rolling....they just did a short tour in Colombia and it sounded beyond amazing. A flight to Bogota takes about as much time as a flight to New York, yet it seems a world away from here. And then after the show I found myself listening to the tapes I got from them (SECTA SUICIDA and PESADILLA DISTOPIKA will appear here shortly) and scouring the internet for more information about Colombian punk. Was I sleepy at work the next day? Yes. Did I care? No. I picked this tape up from RULETTA RUSA as well, 25 searing cuts of distorted raw punk. The sound quality varies quite a bit throughout, and admittedly some of these tracks are best served as a "this is what they sound like" as opposed to regular listening, but these are the tapes that keep me excited about punk. The feeling I had Tuesday night is probably as close as you can get in this internet age to the feeling of discovery in the earlier days of punk. A friend makes you a tape and a door opens....all you have to do is walk through it.