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09/01/07: Labor Day Holiday!
This is Labor Day weekend, a holiday in the U.S. We will be closed Monday 9/3, as are all post offices. That means orders processed Friday 8/31 may have been put in the mail 8/31, today, or Tuesday.

Happy Labor Day! Hope you don't have to slave away for The Boss today!


08/30/07: Alternative Tentacles label spotlight on Rhapsody.com!
Rhapsody, the online music service, is doing a label spotlight on yours truly, Alternative Tentacles. If you go to their Indie Music Hub and click on the AT label spotlight, you can listen to a special playlist of quintessential AT goodness. You'll have to download the Rhapsody player, but that is free and so is listening to the playlist.


08/29/07: Plastic People Hit the US!
From the my space page of the Plastic People Of The Universe comes news of a September tour of the US! The Plastic People Of The Universe are a legendary Czechoslovakian rock/psyche band who risked jail and worse playing illegal shows behind the Iron Curtain in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. After reforming in the late 1990s, they've played occasional shows around the planet. Some of them came to San Francisco and started a band called Life After Life. We released a single and their only full-length in the mid-1990s.


08/27/07: Holiday ordering deadlines up!
2007 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 Saturday December 22 or Monday December 24, 2007.

All orders sent through the mail should arrive at our PO Box by November 30
International web orders November 30
Media Mail web orders December 7
Priority Mail orders December 17

Orders received after those dates will be sent out as quickly as possible. We do not track packages and we do not ship any other method except US Postal Service (No Fed Ex, UPS, DHL, etc.).

For more information about how to order, check out our FAQ page!


08/21/07: Saint James Infirmary is BACK!
This Friday night it's the return of long-lost seminal East Bay band Saint James Infirmary! Featuring ex-AT rocker Jason Rosenberg, this one-off reunion is a can't miss for fans of their kick ass AT 7" Own Device or Jason's next band, The Pattern!

Friday August 24th at 21 Grand, Oakland, CA w/ Sabertooth Tiger, The Nation Blue, & Swann Danger.


08/17/07: The Bat flits around the Web!
Many of you are already our "friends" on our A.T. MySpace page. But did you know that there's now an Alternative Tentacles Group on Facebook? ...Don't forget, you don't need to be a college student to be a part of the Facebook community anymore. What are you waiting for?

Don't forget, you can e-mail your mailing address to mailorderalternativetentacles.com if you want a free new catalog!


08/15/07: News from Missoula Total Fest!
Akimbo have bras thrown at them! John from Fleshies wraps himself in toilet paper! And tagalong journalist pukes in the van! all in The Stranger blog of Missoula, Montana's Total Fest.


08/07/07: Mailorder up-to-date & new catalogs!
That's right, we're back on schedule for regular shipping times. Web orders are caught up through yesterday, and postal mailorders received since August 1st will be processed & sent out next week, as usual.

New 2007 catalog will be available tomorrow! E-mail or mail us your address and we'll send you one for free!

Rock on and enjoy the ever-growing assortment of books, music, and dvd here @ Alternative Tentacles!


08/02/07: New Noam Chomsky article up on ZNet
ZNet has an excerpt from the new Noam Chomsky book Interventions called "The Cold War between Washington and Tehran" posted here. Check it out!

You can buy the book for $3 off for a limited time here!


08/01/07: Mailorder almost caught up!
We've been able to pack and ship all web orders received before July 26th, and all postal mail orders received by July 30th. We ought to be caught up by the beginning of next week and orders will take the standard 1-3 days instead of the current week to be processed and shipped.

Thanks for your patience! Jesse/AT Mail Male


07/28/07: Mailorder slow- updated!
Many of you have noticed that our 1-3 day turnaround for shipping web orders is a lot slower right now. We're working as fast as we can to dig out from under the mountain of orders (which we're STOKED to have, don't get us wrong!). Thank you for being patient.

Right now we've shipped all domestic orders from July 23rd and before, while all international orders from July 11th and before have been shipped. If your order dates from before either of those dates & you haven't received a shipping confirmation e-mail, please e-mail Jesse and he'll get your e-mail on Monday: mailorder at alternativetentacles.com

All postal mail orders received after July 2nd will be sent this week.
Thanks for being patient, Jesse/AT Mail Male


07/27/07: Benefit for 400 Blows drummer in LA
BENEFIT FOR FERDIE FROM 400 BLOWS Saturday, August 4th, with:
The Locust
The Bronx
Qui with David Yow
+ 2 very special guest headliners(*)!
6:00pm / All Ages / $15 advance $17 day, @ The Echoplex (Beneath the Echo), 1154 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. Main Entrance is through the alley. Tickets available here.

Ferdie got very ill while on tour and had to hospitalized for six days. Ferdie, like most musicians does not have health insurance. This show is to cover his medical bills.

* One of the special guest is the ____ Jerks. The other special guest is very heavy. Put your thinking caps on, true believers- why would Alternative Tentacles mention this show, unless... ?!?


07/25/07: Ward Churchill fired!
From today's Democracy Now program:
"The Board of Regents of the University of Colorado in Boulder voted 8-to-1 Tuesday evening [July 24, 2007] to fire tenured professor of Ethnic Studies Ward Churchill on charges of research misconduct. But Churchill maintains that the allegations were a pretext to remove him for his controversial political views. One day after his firing, Churchill calls the charges a sham and vows a suit against the school."

Alternative Tentacles has co-released (with AK Press) Ward Churchill's In A Pig's Eye - Reflections on the Police State, Repression and Native America and Pacifism As Pathology spoken word cds, and carries various Churchill books in our on-line store.


07/19/07: The Eat contest at kbdrecords.com!
We are running a contest with the Killed by Death blog, a.k.a. kbdrecords.com, to give away three copies of The Eat It's Not the Eat, It's the Humidity (Virus 377) on vinyl. You can find the details about the contest and how to enter here. Both the CD and LP versions are available now through Alternative Tentacles mailorder. They will be in stores on July 24--that's next Tuesday!!

Good luck!




07/02/07: July 4th Celebration AT style!
In honor of July 4th, known as Independence Day here in the US, here's an except from historian Ralph Young's on-line article Dissent Is American:

"There are many people in this country, and in this administration, who claim that those who have opposed the invasion of Iraq are unpatriotic (at best) and treasonous (at worst). Indeed, the USA PATRIOT Act, passed unanimously by Congress, stipulates penalties for criticism of the government. Patriotism, to the framers of the act, means supporting the decisions of our political leaders and that dissent is un-American. Protesters at presidential appearances have been routinely herded into "free speech zones" where their signs and slogans are only seen by the encircling cordon of police. This in spite of the fact that there is no mention in the Constitution that free speech is to be confined to a zone. Pretty soon cars will be sporting retro-sixties "America: Love it or Leave it!" bumper stickers. This attitude, however, only calls attention to one of this nation's most conspicuous failings-pervasive historical illiteracy. We need to recognize that dissent is American, that protest is patriotic. It is, in fact, one of the fundamental traits that define us...

The English colonies in North America were founded on dissent, and almost immediately after religious dissenters arrived in Massachusetts Bay voices of protest rose up against the puritan authorities. Anne Hutchinson and Roger Williams were banished for their views during the first decade of settlement. Let us also remember the patriots who fought the American Revolution to establish independence from a government that was not responsive to the needs of its colonial subjects, and reflect on the ideals expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. None of this was accomplished without a great deal of debate, dissent, protest, argument, resistance. None of it was easy. But somehow we did evolve into a country "of the people, by the people, for the people." Or did we?...

Today the American people are torn by an ill-advised war and occupation led by leaders who, in seeking to stifle the sort of healthy debate a democracy requires, do not seem to understand, indeed, who seem to shun, our own history. Many of those who opposed the war not only wanted to give peace a chance, but also take back the American government which appears to have been hijacked by ultra-rightist hawks. Neoconservatives have taken control of a United States which has historically prided itself in its values of peace, democracy, equality, freedom, and anti-imperialism, and, in the process, they are systematically eroding (if not actually demolishing) those ideals. There is nothing "conservative" about them. And the results of the 2006 mid-term elections seem, at first glance, to indicate that many American conservatives have repudiated the neoconservative ideology.

A democracy depends on an educated, well-informed citizenry. It also depends on educated well-informed leaders who are deeply connected and committed to cherishing, conserving, and nurturing the ideals which we believe set us apart. But those currently in power are not caretakers of the "American Dream." Will they be judged by history, like the despoilers of the pharaohs' tombs, as looters who have drained all meaning from the treasures of American democracy? Has "democracy" indeed become a radical notion?

If we get to the point where not only the international community, but even American citizens view the United States as the major threat to world peace than what hope is there for the world? What hope is there for countries that don't even pretend to love freedom ever to evolve into the kind of society that we espouse? If we don't take back our country the world itself (not just the United States) is doomed. We will look at the rest of the world from our "city upon a hill" and all we'll see is our own haunted reflection staring back at us."


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