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06/20/08: House passes H.R. 6304, The FISA Amendments Act of 2008

The House passed the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (293 yeas, 129 nays, and 13 not voting). This bill ensures telecom companies get immunity from legal action for their role in aiding the government's warrantless wiretapping activities. Here is a record of who voted for/against the act. Please contact your representatives to express your opposition to government's domestic spying activities as well as granting immunity to telecom companies who do not respect your privacy or your civil rights.

+'s reporting on the House passing the FISA Amendments Act of 2008
+ Electronic Frontier Foundation's report on the passing of FISA Amendments Act of 2008.
+ Electronic Frontier Foundation's opinion on the FISA Amendments Act of 2008.
+ ACLU's summary of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 and a recommendation to vote NO.

06/19/08: 5-0 Poster madness!
The Surfin' Jello posters made by Nat Damm of Akimbo were a hit @ Tuesday's Jello 5-0 show- we sold out of all 125 of them! We may have a small number of them reprinted & available for sale in the webstore in a few weeks.

The other poster- the Jello-as-Steve-McGarret one we used for the 5-0 shirts- was never printed due to production difficulties. The shirts with this image will be available through the site momentarily!

06/13/08: Biafra Five O tickets still available
There was some confusion in some circles about online sales for the Biafra Five O event. One of the online vendors ran out of their allotment and listed it as sold out, but the venue has released more tickets into the wild, so act swiftly and secure your spot! Go to the Great American Music Hall ticket page and they are still available as of today!

06/06/08: SCAC Cipher contest Riddle #2 is up!

We teamed up with Slim Cessna's Auto Club to bring you a contest celebrating their cipherific Cipher (Virus 383) album. We posted a riddle in cipher last week. We just updated the contest page with a second riddle. Please go take a look, sleep on it, and send in your entry by June 20!

05/30/08: Slim Cessna's Auto Club "Cipher" Contest!!

Fuck sudoku! The Cipher riddle contest is the only way you can get some great Slim Cessna's Auto Club prizes. For details, please go to There are two riddles: The first one is up now, come back next Friday for the second one!! The contest runs until June 20 so you have plenty of time to solve the riddles.

Need a hint? Maybe SCAC will give you a clue if you ask them at one of their shows. Otherwise, we'll never tell...

Slim Cessna's Auto Club on tour!

05/30/2008 Europa Brooklyn, NY
05/31/2008 T.T. the Bear's Cambridge, MA
06/01/2008 Mercury Lounge New York, NY
06/02/2008 Johnny Brenda's Philadelphia, PA
06/03/2008 Club Cafe Pittsburgh, PA
06/04/2008 The Crofoot Pontiac, MI
06/05/2008 Melody Inn Indianapolis, IN
06/06/2008 The Bottom Lounge Chicago, IL
06/07/2008 The Cabooze Minneapolis, MN (w/ Built to Spill)
06/09/2008 Larimer Lounge Denver, CO

05/22/08: Pansy Division documentary news!
Jon Ginoli of Pansy Division reminds us to get advance tickets for the new documentary... "As you probably know, Frameline is showing our documentary film Pansy Division: Life In A Gay Rock Band in the San Francisco Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. Just wanted to let you know that the tickets go on public sale for on Friday, May 23. (Tickets are already on sale to Frameline members.) We strongly urge you to buy tickets in advance; the screening is Thursday, June 26, 2008, at 7PM at the Victoria Theater in San Francisco. It is only being screened once in the festival, and seeing as how this is towards the end of the festival, it is quite likely it will sell out. Buy tickets on line: And don't forget, we're playing live after the screening at The Eagle! Sorry if the film hasn't made it to your town yet, but we are continuing to add festivals: Atlanta this weekend Sun. 5/25 (go to, Philadelphia in July ( screening date not yet announced, but tickets go on sale in a month, on June 23). Hope to see you there!"

05/14/08: last fm playlist

05/14/08: Name a sewage treatment plant after George W. Bush!
What better way to pay tribute to Dubya than to name a waste facility after the President who flushed everything down the crapper? The Presidential Memorial Commission of San Francisco wants to rename The Oceanside Treatment Plant "Mount Flushmore" in honor of George W. Bush. They need 10,000 signatures to get on the ballot by July, the text of which will read "Should The City And County of San Francsico Rename The Oceanside Water Pollution Control Plant the George W Bush Sewage Plant?". Click here to get involved! We at Alternative Tentacles look forward to the day we can say "Mission Accomplished" every time we flush!

05/12/08: House passes RIAA/MPAA-backed PRO-IP Act

The US House of Representatives passed HR-4279, the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act, a.k.a. the PRO-IP Act, backed by the RIAA and the MPAA. The PRO-IP Act proposes to create a Cabinet level position to enforce intellectual property rights, as well as expanding forfeiture penalties that would allow federal law enforcement to seize computers and other private property. Please contact your representatives to express your concern regarding the PRO-IP Act.

More info:

+ HR-4279 info on
+ Electronic Frontier Foundation's article on PRO-IP
+ Variety article on PRO-IP with great quote from Rep. Zoe Lofgren, who opposed the bill.
+ article on PRO-IP

05/05/08: DOA 30th Anniversary Tour

We just got word from our friends at Sudden Death Records that DOA will embark on a 30th anniversary tour. Check it:

For Immediate Release: May 5, 2008

Over the past thirty years D.O.A. have released 12 albums and sold one million copies during their storied career. Band Leader Joe Shithead Keithley has gone on to start his own label Sudden Death Records and, with members of D.O.A, started a side project called Band of Rebels. Keithley captured his musical history in his Canadian bestseller autobiography I, Shithead - A Life In Punk (Arsenal Pulp Press). In 2003, Vancouver Mayor Larry Campbell declared December 21st to be "D.O.A. Day" in honor of the band's 25th anniversary.

Keithley has teamed up with co-conspirators bassist Randy Rampage and drummer James Hayden to come up with a ton of great new songs for a new album to be released this summer. Bob Rock has produced albums for Metallica, Pointed Sticks, Young Canadians, Motley Crue, Cranberries, The Cult and many others. Bob Rock is producing D.O.A.'s 13th full length album Northern Avenger in time for their 30th anniversary.

What did the Canadian godfather of punk rock have to say about working with Rock? "Working with Bob Rock is fucking cool," says Keithley. "D.O.A. and Bob go a long ways back to the early days of Vancouver's punk rock scene. If there ever was a guy who can record a heavy sound, it's Bob and D.O.A.'s a heavy band, so it bloody well makes sense!"

D.O.A. has always maintained an uncompromising anarchist populist political stance using the slogan "TALK - ACTION = 0". The band is known for its outspoken political opinions and has a history of performing for many causes and benefits. The band has been active on many issues, including anti-racism, anti-globalization, freedom of speech and the environment.

Thirty years later Joe Shithead Keithley and D.O.A. are still just as outspoken and continue to fuckin' rock!

Need I say more?

DOA 30th Anniversary Tour:

Tuesday May 6th, The Casbah, Hamilton, ON
Wednesday May 7th, The Dungeon, Oshawa, ON
Thursday May 8th, Call The Office, London, ON
Friday May 9th, The Dominion, Ottawa, ON
Saturday May 10th, The Horseshoe, Toronto, ON
Sunday May 11th, Time To Laugh Comedy Club, Kingston, ON
Monday May 12th, L3, St. Catherines, ON

Monday June 9th, Wild Bill's, Banff, AB
Tuesday June 10th, The Doghouse, Medicine Hat, AB
Wednesday June 11th, The Zoo, Innisfail AB
Thursday June 12th, TBA in Alberta
Friday June 13th, TBA in Alberta
Saturday June 14th, P and Q's , Ponoka, AB

American, European and more Canadian tour dates will be posted soon!

05/02/08: Ongoing: BloodHag "Adults Only All Ages Tour" and Skarp "Grind Til the Wheels Fall Off Tour"
Just a short note to let y'all know two AT bands have tours happening right now with fancy titles. BloodHag is doing their Adults Only All Ages Tour and Skarp has their Grind Til the Wheels Fall Off Tour. There are other upcoming tours scheduled for Blowfly, Slim Cessna's Auto Club, etc. Make sure you bookmark our tour dates page so you don't miss anything!

BloodHag Adults Only All Ages Tour
05/02/2008 Rudyard Kipling Louisville, KY
05/03/2008 Downtown Music Little Rock, AR
05/04/2008 Conservatory Oklahoma City, OK
05/06/2008 3 Kings Tavern Denver, CO
05/07/2008 Broken Record Salt Lake City, UT
05/07/2008 Pirate Cat Radio San Francisco, CA
DJ Brutal Unicorn will interview BloodHag on her show, which runs between 2-4pm (interview around 2:20pm-ish). Listen online, or tune your radio to 87.9FM in San Francisco or Los Angeles.
05/08/2008 Satellite Bar Reno, NV
05/09/2008 Eli's Oakland, CA
w/ Elk, It's Casual
05/10/2008 Dark Carnival Books Berkeley, CA
3086 Claremont Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705. 510-654-7323. Daytime instore performance. 4pm, free!
05/10/2008 Annie's San Francisco, CA
w/ 400 Blows, Impaled, Acephalix. $8 21+ over 9pm show
05/11/2008 Alibi Arcata, CA
05/12/2008 Tube Portland, OR

Skarp Grind Til the Wheels Fall Off Tour
Skarp 05/02/2008 C.H.A.C. Seattle, WA
Early all ages show @ 7pm.
05/03/2008 Satyricon Portland, OR
w/ Engorged and Funerot
05/04/2008 Ground Kontrol Portland, OR
w/ Golers, Knelt Rote. $5.
05/05/2008 Burial Grounds Salem, OR
w/ Golers, Wild Boar
05/06/2008 Musichead Medford, OR
w/ Blueprint for Disaster, Isemchia
05/09/2008 The Venue Boise, Idaho
w/ 3 Inches of Blood
05/10/2008 Avalon Theatre Salt Lake City, UT
w/ 3 Inches of Blood
05/11/2008 Black Sheep Colorado Springs, CO
w/ 3 Inches of Blood.
05/12/2008 Kingdom of Doom Denver, CO
w/ Doldrums, Roskopp, Scarchasm
05/13/2008 Bar Bar Denver, CO
w/ Snuggle, No High Fives to Bullshit
05/14/2008 The Box Lincoln, NE
05/15/2008 Picador Iowa City, IA
w/ Black Market Fetus
05/16/2008 XXXXXX Minneapolis, MN
w/ Question
05/17/2008 Nottingham Co-op Madison, WI
w/ Afgrund
05/18/2008 Borg Ward Art Collective Milwaukee, WI
w/ Afgrund
05/19/2008 Hot Jams Records Chicago, IL
w/ Afrugrund, Sworming, Barren
05/20/2008 1624 N. Harrison St Fort Wayne, IN
w/ Afgrund
05/21/2008 Dayton Dirt Collective Dayton, OH
w/ Afgrund, Hellnation
05/22/2008 1235 Burgundy St Baltimore, MD
w/ Afgrund, Marrow, Heaviness of the Load
05/23/2008 Sonar Baltimore, MD
Maryland Deathfest.
05/26/2008 The Nowarehouse Baltimore, MD
w/ Phobia, Magrudergrind, Black Dove, Gasmask Terror, Warpriest. Memorial Day Massacre Fest 2! 1235 Burgendy St, Baltimore.
05/27/2008 Belvederes Bar Pittsburgh, PA
w/ Phobia, Magrudergrind. All ages.
05/28/2008 The Union Athens, OH
w/ Phobia, Magrudergrind. 18 West Union St.
05/29/2008 The DAAC Grand Rapids, MI
w/ Phobia, Magrudergrind
05/30/2008 Hot Jams Records Chicago, IL
w/ Phobia, Magrudergrind
05/31/2008 Harrison Center for the Arts Indianapolis, IN
w/ Phobia, Magrudergrind. 1505 N Delaware St.
06/01/2008 TBA Asheville, NC
w/ Phobia, Magrudergrind
06/02/2008 Volume 11 Raleigh, NC
w/ Phobia, Magrudergrind
06/03/2008 NARA Richmond, VA
w/ Phobia, Magrudergrind
06/04/2008 Mill Creek Tavern Philadelphia, PA
w/ Phobia, Magrudergrind
06/05/2008 Firehouse 13 Providence, RI
w/ Phobia, Magrudergrind
06/06/2008 Knitting Factory (Tap Bar) New York, NY
w/ Phobia, Magrudergrind
06/07/2008 Bobby Fisher Memorial Center Washington, DC
06/08/2008 Milestone Charlotte, NC
w/ Man Will Destroy Himself
06/09/2008 TBA Columbia, SC
06/10/2008 Swayzes Marietta, GA
w/ Against Empire
06/12/2008 Cave 9 Birmingham, AL
06/13/2008 TBA Shreveport, LA
06/14/2008 Red Blood Club Dallas, TX
Blood Ov
06/15/2008 Broken Neck Austin, TX
w/ Faithealer
06/16/2008 TBA San Antonio, TX
w/ Ecocide
06/17/2008 Corona Bar El Paso, TX
06/18/2008 Radshak Las Cruces, NM
06/19/2008 Dry River Anarchist Collective Tucson, AZ
06/20/2008 321 Land Flagstaff, AZ
w/ Creosote
06/21/2008 TBA Las Vegas, NV
06/22/2008 Che Cafe San Diego, CA
Basura, Protect the Innocent
06/23/2008 TBA Hollywood, CA
06/24/2008 TBA Los Angeles, CA
06/25/2008 Magoo's Pizza Visalia, CA
w/ Maggot Colony. 1615 South Mooney Blvd.
06/26/2008 Annie's Social Club San Francisco, CA
06/27/2008 924 Gilman Berkeley, CA
w/ Against Empire, Thousands Will Die
06/28/2008 Monstros Pizza Chico, CA
w/ the Makai
06/30/2008 TBA Redding, CA
07/01/2008 TBA Eugene, OR
07/02/2008 TBA Portand, OR
07/03/2008 TBA Bremerton, WA
07/04/2008 TBA Vancouver, BC, Canada
07/05/2008 TBA Victoria, BC, Canada
07/06/2008 TBA Kelowna, BC, Canada
07/07/2008 TBA Golden, BC, Canada
07/08/2008 TBA Calgary, AB, Canada
07/09/2008 TBA Lethbridge, AB, Canada
07/10/2008 TBA Saskatoon, SK, Canada
07/11/2008 TBA Edmonton, AB, Canada
07/12/2008 TBA Edmonton, AB, Canada

04/24/08: Triclops! trifecta

In addition to the "Lovesong for the Botfly" video we posted earlier, there are other Triclops! happenings, both virtual and reality-based (or "IRL," as the kids say). We just posted a new AT podcast episode all about Triclops!, which you can download here (it's 18 megs/19 minutes). If you're in the Bay Area, you can catch them live tomorrow at Amoeba Music in San Francisco (1855 Haight St is the address). It's a free show that starts at 6pm--why not cut outta work early for some R-n-R?

Here are all the Triclops! manifestations in the near future:

04/25/2008 Amoeba San Francisco, CA
6 pm free in store
04/26/2008 Sugar Mountain Oakland, CA
2515 San Pablo Ave. 8pm All ages, donations to touring bands. w/ Pigs, Crystal Antlers, Crimewave
04/27/2008 Alibi Arcata, CA
04/28/2008 TBA Portland, OR
04/29/2008 Wild Buffalo Bellingham, WA
w/ Akimbo, Cicadas
04/30/2008 Jules Maes Saloon Seattle, WA
w/ Akimbo
05/03/2008 Vert Ramp Warehouse San Francisco, CA
Matt Cronk (Qui) benefit show w/ Saviours, Wooden Shjips, Grayceon, Hank IV, Boy Found Floating. 5 pm. 1278 Underwood at Ingalls
05/17/2008 924 Gilman Berkeley, CA
05/25/2008 Thrillhouse San Francisco, CA
3 pm BBQ w/ Japanther, The Pharmacy, Pretty Boy Thorson and the Falling Angles, Cortez the Killer, Pterodacdudes, Genesis Climber

04/22/08: Triclops! "Lovesong for the Botfly" video

Check out Triclops!'s new video for their song "Lovesong for the Botfly" on Out of Africa (Virus 380). It is entomologically educational and awesomely heebeegeebee-inducing. (Make sure to subscribe to the Triclops! Youtube channel for updates!)

04/11/08: AT on Muxtape
Alternative Tentacles has succumbed to another viral meme, this time it's the ragin' case of the MUXTAPE! We can't vouch for the legality of this little guy, but it lets us put up twelve hot, streaming mp3s for your listening (but not downloading) pleasure. Some hot new titles like Triclops! and Slim Cessna's Auto Club, along with some gems from the AT vaults. In lieu of a new batcast, this is the next best thing... Make us a favorite!

03/09/08: Alternative Tentacles at SXSW

There won't be an official Alternative Tentacles SXSW showcase this year, but there will be some hefty AT presence in Austin for the music festival. First of all, old school AT bands the Dicks and Half Japanese (with the original lineup!) will be playing some shows. Slim Cessna's Auto Club will have a few appearances, too, and they will have copies of their new album Cipher (Virus 383) on CD for sale. (The album doesn't officially hit stores until March 25.)

Here is a roundup of all that's Alternative Tentacles at SXSW:

03/12/2008 Flamingo Cantina Austin, TX
1 am. w/ Shootin' Pains, The Slits, The Reaction, This Bike Is a Pipe Bomb, Shellshag, Tulsa, Kreamy 'Lectric Santa, Songs for Moms. 515 E 6th Street, 18+ show.
03/13/2008 Gallery Lombardi Austin, TX
unplugged set. 6-10 pm w/ If Bricks Had Wings, Sharon Tate's Baby, Shootin' Pains. 602 West Seventh Street

Half Japanese
03/13/2008 Obsolete Industries Austin, TX
Half Japanese plays at the Jad Fair art exhibit. 8pm, 2207 East 5th Street Austin, TX 78702.
03/14/2008 Spiro's Austin, TX
WFMU SXSW show w/ Hank IV, Evangelista, Paul Metzger, Gary Higgins, Harvey Milk, Lexie Mountain Boys, Psychedelic Horseshit, Kelley Stoltz, The Bad Trips
03/15/2008 Yard Dog Austin, TX
3pm, 1510 S. Congress Ave. Art by Jad and David Fair will be on exhibit at the gallery.
03/15/2008 Waterloo Records Austin, TX
6pm, 600 N Lamar Blvd.
03/16/2008 Counter Cafe Austin, TX
9pm, 626 N Lamar Blvd.

Slim Cessna's Auto Club
03/13/2008 New Belgium Brewing SXSW Party Austin, TX
at 6th and Lamar, out door solar stage!
03/14/2008 Emo's Austin, TX
Leafy Green Booking Showcase.
03/15/2008 Bull McCabe's Austin, TX
Daytime show. 714 Red River St Austin, TX 78701-3311.
03/15/2008 Scoot Inn Austin, TX
5pm, 1308 E. Fourth St (@ Navasota).

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