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I used to live in Korea, and one of the most unforgettable experiences in an unforgettable year was meeting the people in the alternative music scene in Seoul. All of the punk and ska and hardcore fans, both Koreans and foreigners, kind of formed into one magical community that threw concerts together.

When I was leaving the country, my friend Jeff sarcastically tried to say “have a nice life,” but I suggested that life is long and we were bound to cross paths again one day. He has since brought bands through on tour and crashed at my place in the Pacific Northwest more than once.

Seoul, July 2011.