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12/03/08: Chomsky's election analysis
While we were on Thanksgiving break, AlterNet published a new article by Noam Chomsky on whether President-Elect Obama being voted into office is sign of a true, democratic movement. We thought we'd share. (We're working with Jello to bring you his thoughts/suggestions for the new administration too. Stay tuned!)


11/27/08: Alternative Tentacles closed for tofurkey holidaze
We're closed until Monday 12/1/08. Rock the radness!

2008 Winter Holiday deadlines:
For Christmas/Hannukah season we have the following deadlines. Find your method of shipping/ordering and get your order in by the date below. This should ensure delivery by Wednesday December 24, 2008.

All orders sent through the mail should arrive at our PO Box by December 1
International web orders December 1
Media Mail web orders December 8
Priority Mail orders December 18
More info on how to order here!

P.S.- On that note, Friday November 28, 2008 is the 17th annual Buy Nothing Day! Make a stand against consumerism by joining in a Zombie Walk, an empty shopping cart Conga Line, or any one of dozens of other international events tomorrow on the largest shopping day on the calendar.

That said, we and every other independently owned business, collective, and/or local coop need your support in these times of economic ridiculousness. Why give $ to ginormous corporations who are sucking the government's teats- er, being "bailed out"- while the rest of us struggle? For more about the Buy Local movement go here, here, or here.


11/24/08: Dicks interview book
The Chicago-based Temporary Services published a booklet of interviews about The Dicks for their "Temporary Conversations" series. "For this booklet we wanted to include not just members of the Dicks' Austin line up, but also hear from others who witnessed their Texas years. Tim Kerr of the Big Boys, a band that shared many shows and the aforementioned live split LP with the Dicks, offers a short but sweet recollection. Austin Chronicle writer Margaret Moser agreed to a full interview where she describes the musical landscape of Austin leading up the Dicks' formation, as well as the personal impact their music had for her. Photographer Bill Daniel sent us some photos from the Dicks' Texas years and Dave Ensminger and Ryan Richardson scanned examples from their flyer collections. The Dicks' singer Gary Floyd took some questions via e-mail and Dicks bassist Buxf Parrot was interviewed on the phone." You can order a physical copy here


11/20/08: Articles of Faith songs immortalized on YouTube

Vic Bondi gave us a heads up on some YouTube videos featuring the Articles of Faith songs he played with members of Pegboy in Chicago on 11/15. Vic's current band Report Suspicious Activity played a few shows last weekend, including a show in Chicago that featured a special set of AOF songs. We're embedding their performance of "What We Want is Free." You can find more videos from that show here (courtesy of user ShackIeMeNot).




11/17/08: Triclops! appearance archived on WFMU.org

On their recent tour, Triclops! stopped by WFMU, one of the best freeform radio stations ever, and played some songs live in the studio. Here is the archive of their appearance.

Triclops! has a few California shows supporting the Hanson Brothers coming up:

11/30/2008 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
12/02/2008 Harlow's Sacramento, CA
12/03/2008 The Echo Los Angeles, CA



11/15/08: Change is here! Biafra for Treasury Secretary!

If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still questions Jello Biafra's ability to bring about change to this country, today is your answer.

BUSINESSMEN IN CLOWN SUITS!!!

In his 1979 San Francisco mayoral campaign, Jello pledged to make businessmen wear clown suits within city limits. Right about now might be a good time to reconsider his proposal. Watch out, Hank Paulson! Gird your loins, Wall Street! Treasury Secretary Jello Biafra has a nice ring to it, no?

Well, actually, the clowns in the photo are not businessmen. They're real clowns from the Big Apple Circus invited to ring the opening bell at NYSE. Read about it here in the NY Post. But yes we can believe that Jello had the right idea, dammit.


11/14/08: Clearance sale at VoteNader.org

Just a heads up that there's a merch clearance sale over at VoteNader.org. We bring this to your attention because one of the items they carry is a DVD of their August 2008 rally in Denver, CO. It features our own Jello Biafra as one of the many speakers (others include Cindy Sheehan and Sean Penn) as well as live sets by Rage Against the Machine, etc.


11/05/08: Jesse the AT Mail Male elected!
Jesse the AT Mail Male was elected to the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board yesterday as part of a 5 candidate progressive Rent Board slate!

P.S.- Also elected, some dude named Barack Obama.


11/05/08: Vic Bondi interview on Newsvine

Check out the interview with Vic Bondi of Articles of Faith and Report Suspicious Activity on Newsvine. RSA will play three shows next weekend in Baltimore, DC, and Chicago. The Chicago show will feature a short set of AOF songs with Vic Bondi and members of Pegboy. Be there!

11/13/2008 Fletcher's Baltimore, MD
701 S. Bond Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21231
11/14/2008 Velvet Lounge Washington, DC
w/Girl Loves Distortion, Imperial China.
11/15/2008 Beat Kitchen Chicago, IL
w/ Pegboy. $12 adv/$15 door. Doors 10pm, 21+.



11/03/08: Voting problems? Call 1-866-OUR VOTE

Just a quick note for those of you in the US who are voting on election day. We're sure you've been hearing about voter suppression efforts and cranky voting machines that are plaguing the process already.

Before you go to your polling place (here's a Google Maps mashup if you need to find your location), double check your state's ID requirements and make sure to bring proper documents. Just in case, program this number into your cell: 866-687-8683 (866-OUR-VOTE). That's the hotline number for Election Protection, a non-partisan coalition who provides voter info and advice as well as collect data on irregularities. The Spanish language hotline is 1-888-Ve-Y-Vota.

Happy voting!


11/01/08: Amebix US tour in January 2009!!!

It looks like Rob the Baron will take a short break from making swords because Amebix will be touring the US in January 2009. Below are the confirmed dates so far. Please stay tuned to our Tour Dates page for any updates and changes. We recommend that you purchase your tickets in advance, as the shows will sell out. Please check with venues on ticket info--we will try to post as much info as we can find in the coming days.

Amebix US Tour

01/22/2009 Safari Sam's Los Angeles, CA
w/ Doomsday Hour. $15
01/23/2009 Safari Sam's Los Angeles, CA
w/ Annihilation Time, Book of Black Earth, Mala Sangre. $15
01/24/2009 Emo's Austin, TX
w/ Severed Head of State, Sub Oslo, Deskonocidos
01/25/2009 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
w/ Annihilation Time
01/27/2009 Neumo's Seattle, WA
w/ Tragedy, Mass Grave, Meisce
01/29/2009 Bowery Ballroom New York, NY
w/ Kylesa, Thought Crime, Attake
01/30/2009 TBA Providence, RI
w/ Kylesa, Morne
01/31/2009 Starlite Ballroom Philadelphia, PA
w/ Kylesa, Mischief Brew, Behind Enemy Lines, Parasytic, Lost Cause



10/31/08: More Chomsky on the Daily Banter

In case the video interviews from Real News Network wasn't enough Noam Chomsky to float your boat, the Daily Banter has an interview with him as well, Part 1 is up today and Part 2 will be up on Monday.


10/29/08: Punk to be sold to highest bidder

Associated Press reports that Christie's will hold an auction of "punk" memorabilia on November 24. According to a Christie's rep, "[P]eople of a certain age have a certain ability to splurge on this material."


10/23/08: Howard Zinn on the bailout

The Real News Network posted part 2 of their interview with Howard Zinn, in which he talks about the $700 billion bailout of financial institutions. The video embedded below.




10/23/08: Watch Iraq war documentary "No End in Sight" for free!

Just passing along the news that the excellent, Oscar-nominated documentary No End in Sight about the war in Iraq is available for free, in its entirety, on Youtube here. (It's a legal copy posted by the filmmakers.) We'll embed it below if you want to check it out without going to another page.




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