America inaugurated a new President yesterday, but today we inaugurate the Alternative Tentacles Blog. Our current website lacks the bells and whistles that people have come to expect from sites like RSSable news, comments, etc. While we get our shit together for a new website, we decided to start a blog to have a place where we can post about happenings, highlights from our mailorder, and whatever else we feel like. Everyone on staff at Alternative Tentacles will be posting, and we hope to have guest posts from AT band members too!
We already have a few posts up on the blog so please take a look and what you think!
It has come to our attention that Karl Rove is collecting farewell notes to George W. Bush via e-mail, meaning Rove's lackey will screen and print out the e-mails and they will be handed to G. W. Bush who may or may not read them. (He may read your note if it has something to do with pet goats...)
We thought we'd pass on the e-mail address in case you want to send something in:
They are accepting e-mails until January 19, 6pm East Coast time.
Just make sure you keep it civil and respectful so you don't get a visit from the Secret Service.
01/14/09: Doc Corbin Dart feature in Vice Magazine
There is a feature on Doc Corbin Dart (of the Crucifucks) in Vice magazine. The entire article is posted online. It is a great read and we highly recommend you check it out--especially if you are new to the bizarre, fantastic world of Doc Dart, now known simply as 26.
01/12/09: Get your AMEBIX tickets now!!
The Amebix US tour is coming up shortly, and we'd like to remind you all to get your tickets in advance. Like now. Because the shows will sell out, some even before the day of the show. We don't want you to be left out in the cold.
01/22/2009 Safari Sam's Los Angeles, CA
w/ Book of Black Earth, Doomsday Hour. $15 01/23/2009 Safari Sam's Los Angeles, CA
w/ Annihilation Time, 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, Hellshock 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 AS220 Providence, RI
w/ Kylesa, Morne 01/31/2009 Starlite Ballroom Philadelphia, PA
w/ Kylesa, Mischief Brew, Behind Enemy Lines, Parasytic, Lost Cause
12/27/08: AT open sporadically until January 5, 2009
We'll be open only a couple of days a week until the new year kicks off it's 1st full week Monday January 5, 2009.
Until then, e-mails, phone calls, & mail orders will be handled sporadically. Rock on!
12/21/08: Alternative Tentacles iTunes sale begins at midnight 12/22!
The following titles will be on sale at the iTunes store starting midnight on 12/22 (Sunday night/Monday morn). The band name and album title links will take you to the respective pages on the Alternative Tentacles site. Clicking on the iTunes link will open the iTunes application (if you have it installed) and will take you to the album page at the iTunes store.
TRICLOPS! Out of Africa
Triclops! assaults the public with the best acid punk around today. Don't let their pedigree fool you: Triclops! turns the dial down on the bellicose punk/hardcore you might expect, instead opting for meandering yet tension-filled psychedelic epics. Featuring AT veterans Larry Boothroyd of Victims Family on bass and John Geek of Fleshies on vocals; other members were in Bottles and Skulls and Lower Forty Eight. http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=273992368&s=143441
12/20/08: In which we reveal our 2008 year-end lists...
We asked our bands, friends, and staff for their 2008 year-end/top 10 lists. The year's not over yet, so we'll add to the page as more roll in. You can see everyone's lists here.
12/18/08: Pssst...Alternative Tentacle iTunes sale starts midnight Monday 12/22
A few Alternative Tentacles titles--some new releases and some best sellers--will be on mega-discount at the iTunes store starting midnight on Monday 12/22. (That's late Sunday night, technically.) Full albums will be priced as low as $5.99! The sale pricing will be in effect between 12/22 through 1/12/2009, so you have plenty of time to take advantage. We hope you'll explore some bands and records you've been meaning to check out during the sale.
Of course, all of our releases in print are always available the old fashioned way on CD and LP. Just sayin'.
12/16/08: Viva Vancouver!
There's been a flurry of activity in Vancouver, BC lately that we'd like to share with you. (We notice these things because we're not aholes who like to chant "USA!" and act like America is the only country that matters...)
First, for British Columbia's 150th anniversary, the Vancouver Sun is taking votes for BC's most influential citizens. DOA's Joey "Shithead" Keithley is on the ballot and you should vote for him! Unfortunately, there are no write-in blanks for our other BC friends. Boo.
However, that doesn't mean we're not gonna talk about them. Nardwuar the Human Serviette sent us some videos taken at the Mint Records holiday show. First is the Evaporators featuring special guest Andrew W.K. The second video is the Evaporators, Andrew W.K., Jon Card and Randy Rampage of DOA, and Wimpy Roy of the Subhumans doing "Oh, Canaduh" and "Fuck You" by the Subhumans.
Evaporators vs. Andrew W.K.
Evaporators vs. Andrew W.K. vs. Subhumans
12/08/08: Blowfly on DAG's Chocolate News
The Original Dirty Rapper Blowfly will grace the small screen as a guest on David Alan Grier's Chocolate News on Comedy Central. We had hoped Blowfly would be the first African-American president, after his campaign which is chronicled on Fahrenheit 69 (Virus 331), but maybe he will get a cabinet appointment in the Obama administration? We can only hope...
Who:Blowfly What: Guest appearance on the Chocolate News When: Wednesday, December 10 at 10:30pm Where: Comedy Central
Please check your local TV listings for the channel and airtime in your area.
12/05/08: Bat at Frisco's Mission Bazaar!
Join Alternative Tentacles & Re/SEARCH, and dozens of other local, independent businesses & craftspeople this weekend on Saturday 12/6 10am-6pm & Sunday 12/7 11am-6pm at the Mission Bazaar here in San Francisco, CA!
In addition to our naturally inexpensive prices, we're also offering a crazy selection of CDs from other record labels- 4 for $10! There are some stone-cold classics from around the world in the bargain bins, in genres as disparate as comedy, grindcore, twang, gypsy punk, and communist skinhead oi music!
It's at the San Francisco Armory @ 14th and Mission, 2 blocks from 16th/Mission BART station in San Francisco, CA. There'll be over 20 hours of live performances on 3 stages featuring live music, circus and dance acts, performance artists and DJs, including gypsy jazz, bellydance, spoken word, beatbox, choral ensembles, fashion shows, puppetry, flamenco guitar, and much more, all at the Mission Bazaar!
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,
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).