Our friend Nardwuar the Human Serviette just posted a Youtube video of an old interview he did with the Jelvins. Celebrate May Day (a.k.a. International Workers' Day) by using your work time and work bandwidth to watch this little gem!
04/24/08: Jello to participate in Beautiful Noise: A Benefit for the Family of Mike Conley
Mike Conley of seminal OC/Las Vegas band M.I.A. passed away on February 29. A memorial fund has been set up to help his family, and there will be a benefit show in Anaheim, CA at the House of Blues this Monday, April 28. Jello Biafra, Kevin Seconds, and others will sing with M.I.A., and Social Distortion will play a special acoustic set.
If you're in the area and want to attend the benefit, you can find venue and ticket info at the House of Blues site. Even if you can't make it, you can visit the Mike Conley Family Memorial Fund website to make a donation or send a message of support to the Conley family.
Beautiful Noise: A Benefit for the Family of Mike Conley
Monday, April 28
w/ M.I.A., Jello Biafra, Kevin Seconds, Social Distortion, Cadillac Tramps, and more
House of Blues, Anaheim, CA
04/18/08: Celebrate Record Store Day with Jello at Ameoba SF!
Saturday, April 19 is Record Store Day! Hundreds of independent music stores nationwide will be holding special events to celebrate life's joy that is record shopping.
As a part of Amoeba Music's day-long cavalcade of events, Jello Biafra will man their info desk between 4-5pm at the San Francisco store. At some point in our lives, we've all drawn a blank when we actually arrived at the record store and forgot what we planned to buy. Let Jello tell you exactly what you need! Is there anyone who's more qualified to give you advice than the man who has one of the most legendary record collections in the world?
There are Record Store Day events all over America on April 19. Please visit www.recordstoreday.com to find out what's happening in your town. Independent music needs you!
What: Jello Biafra mans the info desk at Amoeba SF Why: Record Store Day! When: Saturday, April 19 between 4-5pm Where: Amoeba Music, 1855 Haight St San Francisco, CA 94117 http://www.amoeba.com/
03/05/08: More about Mike Conley from Jello Biafra
Jello had this to add about Mike Conley from M.I.A. and Naked Soul
"I have few regrets about my life in punk and the underground. The big one is that so many dear friends have died so young.
Mike was more than a great frontman with a great voice in a great band. He was warm, friendly, even soothing almost. He always made you feel accepted - that he was on your side and we were all in this together. A reporter told me that ex-M.I.A. guitarist Nick Adams said something to the effect of whenever Mike entered a room he always left with more friends than had when he came in. That was Mike.
This is so wrong. It always is. My heart goes out to his family and friends. Three young girls have lost their father. A memorial and scholarship fund has been set up at Mike Conley Family Memorial Fund, c/o Orange County Teachers Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 11547, Santa Ana, CA 92711.
In 2007, Jello Biafra performed as a guest monologist for ASSSSCAT, a long-running improv comedy show by the Upright Citizens Brigade. You can see Jello's monologues as well as improv sketches based on Jello's stories here at UCB's just-launched ucbcomedy.com, a clearinghouse of their online comedy videos including live performances and taped sketches. ASSSSCAT has weekly performances in New York and Los Angeles featuring special guest monologists.