SPARE CHANGE: NOTES FROM ANARCHTICA #34: $3 or trade, 5 ½” x 8 ½”, copied, 40 pgs.

Jul 22, 2016

I brought this on a two-hour flight to L.A. and didn’t peek inside until I settled into my seat. To be honest, I’m glad I’d brought a backup book, too. I was very excited to tear into this zine. The intro set up the story of a punk house named Anarchtica which survived for over fourteen years and held shows for nearly the same amount of time. Years in a punk house are similar to a dog’s years, so to make it almost a decade and a half without being evicted or killing your housemates is as shocking as it is impressive. An example cited in the first page was a January where Anarchtica hosted ten shows and eighty-four people over the course of the month. They started numbering each guest to help keep score. Anyways, this zine has excerpts of their kitchen where grateful punks posted thank you notes. It’s like Found magazine in that way, though we know precisely where these letters came from (including house punk #73 and one that has the Hickey symbol on it). Where the zine fell short is not expounding on those stories that I assume the curator was present for. Instead of thirty-eight pages of mostly indecipherable text and silly doodles ripe with inside jokes, I wish the Anarchtica house would’ve let us past the kitchen and further into the history of the home. As someone who has a small collection of very similar notes, a little context goes a long way. Overall entertaining, but it could’ve been a lot more so.