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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:
All orders sent through the mail should arrive at our PO Box by December 1
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,
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).
Triclops! has a few California shows supporting the Hanson Brothers coming up:
11/30/2008 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
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.
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.
P.S.- Also elected, some dude named Barack Obama.
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
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.
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
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.
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."
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.