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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.
+ HR-4279 info on opencongress.org
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
Monday June 9th, Wild Bill's, Banff, AB
American, European and more Canadian tour dates will be posted soon!
BloodHag Adults Only All Ages Tour
Skarp Grind Til the Wheels Fall Off Tour
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
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!)
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:
Slim Cessna's Auto Club
We are incredibly saddened to hear the news that Mike Conley, the singer of M.I.A., passed away last Friday, February 29 in Chicago as a result of an accidental fall. Originally from Las Vegas, M.I.A. became one of the pillars of the emerging Orange County punk scene in the early 1980s. More recently, Mike has been known as the owner of the Avalon Bar in Costa Mesa, bringing live music by independent musicians and revitalizing business in the area.
There is a really nice tribute to Mike from the Daily Pilot, a Costa Mesa newspaper. You can send or post messages of support at M.I.A.'s MySpace page. Also, there is a Mike Conley Family Memorial Fund where you can make donations online or through the mail to help the Conley family.
Our heartfelt thoughts are with Mike's family, fellow members of M.I.A., and the punk community at large as we all mourn Mike's untimely passing.
Like a grizzly bear coming out of hibernation, Alternative Tentacles is saying "fuck it" to winter dormancy and releasing new records! In addition to the Triclops! record we announced earlier this week, we will be releasing a new, hotly anticipated album from our dear friends from Denver, CO, Slim Cessna's Auto Club. It's been four years since SCAC's last release Bloudy Tenent Truth and Peace (Virus 317), so you're probably chomping at the bits for more of their country gospel awesomeness.
Cipher (Virus 383) is scheduled for release on March 25, but you can catch Slim and company on the road in early March. There are a few songs from Cipher up on SCAC's MySpace page. Yes, the song titles make no sense but that's the point of Cipher--on the artwork for the CD and LP, all the song titles will be in code and you'll have to figure them out.
If you're new to the wonderful and mysterious world of SCAC and the Denver music scene from whence they hail, you've come to the right place! We have a whole slew of music from Denver artists including Munly's solo release, Tarantella, and 16 Horsepower.
Slim Cessna's Auto Club
We at Alternative Tentacles are totally gloating over snagging Triclops! as a new addition to our roster.
Just who the hell is Triclops! (yes, the exclamation point is a part of their name!)? They're one of the best bands to come out of the Bay Area in the past few years, featuring Christian from Bottles and Skulls on guitar, John Geek from Fleshies on vocals, Larry from Victims Family on bass, and Phil from Lower Forty-Eight on drums. We are soooo glad Jello chased them down and signed them to Alternative Tentacles, and are excited to work with them. AT will be releasing Triclops!'s first full-length Out of Africa (Virus 380) on CD and LP on March 25. (Of course, figuratively speaking, there is no birth without some kind of pain and we must note with sadness that Gold Standard Laboratories, who was set to release Triclops!'s debut album, recently announced they will no longer release new records but will continue to keep their existing releases in print.)
We just posted on the AT MySpace two songs--"March of the Half-Babies" and "Freedom Tickler"--from the upcoming Triclops! album (MySpace is taking forever to "process" one of the songs so there's only one song up at this second...). Please check them out and let us know what you think! In our mailorder, we carry the Triclops! Cafeteria Brutalia EP on Sick Room Records, so check that out too.
Just a quick reminder about The Eat reunion show happening in Miami this Saturday, February 2. This is the first time they're performing in 12 years. The Eat anthology It's Not the Eat, It's the Humidity (Virus 377) 2xCD/2xLP here on our website or at your local record store. (Their "Communist Radio" 7" showed up on eBay recently for a starting bid above $1000. Yikes!)
Who: The Eat
If you go to the show, please hit us up with a recap and/or photos and we'll post 'em here!
Akimbo have spoken and we have two winners for the Navigating the Bronze contest. Thanks for all your entries, everyone! A special shoutout goes out to the most supportive band parents of the year, Mr. and Mrs. Weisnewski, for participating with their entries!!
"When I was younger we all had infatuations with
genitalia on bronze statues in our city. Those who
stared too long at them were labeled "bronzies". To
me, navigating the bronze means....spending the night
pursuing useless sexual pursuits."
"this phrase has no meaning, but has a purpose"
Here are a few honorable mentions that we (Akimbo and AT staff) loved:
"I think 'Navigating the Bronze' should be the name of a tasty eggnog cocktail. The recipe could look like this:
2 oz light rum
"Navigating the bronze- Steering to be mediocre: doing just enough: no ambition or drive to be the best.
Our president is navigating the bronze so the public doesn't think he's totally worthless."
"navigating the bronze (phrase) - Making it through to the your next pay check without any money. One does this by eating things that are found in the back of the refrigerator for meals (old hot dogs, cold and forgotten leftovers, etc.) and also bumming food and/or car rides from your neighbors and friends.
(usage) - shit man, I spent all of my cash on beer last night and I don't get paid until Friday... looks like I'm gonna have to navigate the bronze for a few days."
"navigating - to find or give directions
therefore, navigate the bronze must mean to 'give anyone who is pissed off or has given up some kind of reason for being.'"
"Making your way through a sea of tan people.
We saw an albino navigating the bronze."
"The Bronze Age of Comic Books is an informal name for a period in the history of mainstream American comic books usually said to run from the early 1970s to the mid 1980s. It followed the Silver Age of Comic Books.
The Bronze Age retained many conventions of the Silver Age, with brightly colored superhero titles remaining the mainstay of the industry. However darker plot elements and more mature storylines called "Navigating the Bronze" featuring Real world issues, such as drug use, prostitution, and punk rock began to appear during this period, prefiguring the later Modern Age of Comic Books.
Example: Spiderman was navigating the Bronze hardcore in that last issue, smoking grass and going to a concert with his spidey senses altered."
"1. The aimless wandering through the fatuous blogosphere, jumping from link to link, reading post after post and taking in none of the meaning or content as time slips away with amazing speed as you ruminate on how banal most people truly are.
2. I'm so out of it I spent the last three hours just sitting at my
computer navigating the bronze."
"In my mind, navigating the bronze is all about living in the the DIY world of punk and underground music. As sad as it is to say, legitimate alternative music won't ever reach the top 10 on Billboard, but then again who the fuck cares. I see the really successful bands as being the gold medalists, because they get to be on top and sell everything. Then the guys that still get their videos played all the time, but don't quite reach the forefront of music, they get silver. Then there are the bands that not enough people know about, that bust ass year round and make great music that so many will never hear, I'm afraid they get the bronze. The title has to do with navigating our lot in life, through all the run down bars and all-ages venues, through the troubles gone through to put out records, and the struggle to keep going when you gotta struggle to play the bills and buy that new guitar because some asshole at a squat stole your last one. All of that is what navigating the bronze means to me."