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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).

03/03/08: RIP Mike Conley of M.I.A.

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.

02/08/08: New Slim Cessna's Auto Club album coming in March!

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.

For more info on Slim Cessna's Auto Club, please visit the official SCAC website or their MySpace page.

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
03/05/2008 Urban Lounge Salt Lake City, UT
03/06/2008 Neurolux Boise, ID
03/08/2008 Dante's Portland, OR
03/09/2008 12 Galaxies San Francisco, CA
03/10/2008 Safari's Sam's Los Angeles, CA
03/11/2008 Plush Tucson, AZ
03/13/2008 New Belgium Brewing SXSW Party Austin, TX
03/14/2008 Emo's Austin, TX
03/17/2008 Gothic Theatre Englewood, CO

02/04/08: Fresh blood: Welcome Triclops!

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.

For more info on Triclops!, please visit their website or their MySpace page.

01/30/08: Reminder: The Eat reunion show this Saturday in Miami!

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
What: First show since 1996!
When: February 2, 2008, Doors 8:30pm
Where: Churchill's Pub, Miami, FL
The show is $10, and the lineup includes Jeanie and the Tits, Fraulein, Pitch Black Radio, and Sonic Uke.

If you go to the show, please hit us up with a recap and/or photos and we'll post 'em here!

01/23/08: Akimbo "Navigating the Bronze" Contest Winners!

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."
-- Richard G. from Racine, WI

"this phrase has no meaning, but has a purpose"
--Billy W from Leeds, UK

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
6 oz milk
1 tsp powdered sugar
1 whole egg
--Anna C. from Seattle, WA

"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."
--Rey M. from Hackensack, NJ

"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."
--Matt S. from Reno, NV

"navigating - to find or give directions
bronze - to make hard or unfeeling

therefore, navigate the bronze must mean to 'give anyone who is pissed off or has given up some kind of reason for being.'"
--William K. from Belchertown, MA

"Making your way through a sea of tan people.

We saw an albino navigating the bronze."
--William M. from ?

"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."
--Robert J. from Fullerton, CA

"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."
--David W. from Chicago, IL

"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."
--Scott P. from Kennesaw, GA

01/14/08: The Eat to play live in Miami next month!
We're thrilled to announce that The Eat will be playing a show in Miami, FL on February 2. This will be their first show since 1996. Recently, the band's "Communist Radio" 7" showed up on eBay for over $1000, but this show is only 10 bucks!! And you can get their anthology It's Not the Eat, It's the Humidity (Virus 377) for only $12 2xLP or $14 2xCD!

Who: The Eat
What: First show since 1996!
When: February 2, 2008, Doors 8:30pm
Where: Churchill's Pub, Miami, FL

01/04/08: 924 Gilman Flick Forthcoming!
It's official! Alternative Tentacles will be releasing the dvd version of the long-awaited "924 Gilman" film directed by Jack Curran and his Scarred Films outfit. Subtitled "Let's Talk about Tact and Timing," the documentary includes interviews with tons of people, including Jello Biafra, Ian MacKaye, Rancid, Offspring, Jesse Michaels, author Wendy-O-Matik, & your AT Mail Male Jesse Luscious. There's also many live performances, including Operation Ivy, Fleshies, Pansy Division, Screeching Weasel, The Frisk, and Ted Leo And The Pharmacists. Some of the proceeds will go directly to the 924 Gilman collective.

In Jack's words:
"This is a film documentary that is about and benefits 924 Gilman St. (the venue). It celebrates the efforts of the volunteers who built and have maintained the club over the last 20 years. The focus of the documentary is primarily on the inner workings of the club as told by volunteers and performers, though many live performances are included. 924 Gilman St. (the venue) is based on the fact that bands, audience and staff are all equally important to the success of a show.

It was my goal from the beginning was to avoid having a scripted narrator (a good tool but the easy way out). After hours of editing and reediting I think it worked. This documentary features interviews with past and present volunteers that represent most all of the positions required to keep 924 Gilman St. running. (Booking, Security, Stage Managing, Coordinating, Storekeeping, Meeting Secretary etc...). These are the folks that make everything else possible. Let's hear it for the volunteers!"

It'll be in stores in late spring/early summer. Stay tuned for updates!

12/24/07: We're closed sporadically until 2008
We'll be here Thursday 12/27 & Friday 12/28, and then back for good from Wednesday January 3rd on! Now back to the best of lists!

12/22/07: The Son of the Attack of the "Best of 2007" lists

Dr J. M. McNulty of BloodHag's favorite MODERN Science fiction authors:
PS they are ALL British...what's up USA?

1 Iain M. Banks
2 Jeff Noon
3 China Mielville
4 Geoff Ryman
5 Charles Stross

top 10 bad, top 10 good of 2007 for miss ani kyd

1 bad.i started this year out with a bang! new years eve my sons best friend fell off of a 5 story roof and was in a coma! 1.good...he lived!

2.bad.january.i caught my boyfriend of 5 years in a secret location with a girl..yes cheating on me 2. good.i broke up with his sorry ass that day

3.bad.had to play a show with him 2 days later!
3.good..i rocked it! schizophrenic son decided to try crack
4.good.he didn't like it. son was hospitalized for the above
5.good.this one was a short stay bassplayer byron had to go on tour with fear factory so writing of our next cd got halted
6.good.i started playing music again with my good friend and the guitar player of fuel injected.45 ash blue ....i feel like i need another 6 here..good ash,byron and i wrote some cool new songs

7.bad.had to sell my s.u.v
7.good..jello was happy

8.good.started a cool new diner called choppers here in vancouver
8.bad. my partner and i didn't see eye to eye so i left. cat of 18 years came to live with me.she had spent the last few years with my x husband marc les perance
9.bad.she was very sick and after 2 months of being here she died of kidney failure.R.I.P. suzuki

10.good..i played a wicked solo show and my son (who is doing very well i might add)opened up for me....i feel there is only good from here on in !!

Christian, Triclops! (latest inductee to the Alternative Tentacles roster!)

"Golden Moments of 2007"

1) Polk Street Fair. Triclops! getting stale bread found in shit can alley being thrown at us, while watching crack heads and little kids dance into the dusk. Renamed "The Hepatitis street fair" while audience grudgingly agreed.

2) Playing SXSW on Saturday night at Emo's, the same night as all these bands:The Buzzcocks, Meat Puppets, Qui, Turbo Negro, 400 Blows and Riverboat Gamblers. Somehow we survived AND saw all the bands. In my opinion, probably Triclops! gnarliest set complete with John singing hidden inside a trash can riding atop the a sold out crowd.

3) Afternoon show at a coffee shop, where Johnny played the "Azzmilk bass" with real wild onions, grown on the grounds.

4) Touring w/ Qui and 400 Blows. The tour no one wanted to end. Except maybe Cronk. Every night hearing David Yow say "Who booked this fucking tour, I'm gonna kill em!" Bring it on home....

5) Meeting and (finding the balls) to give Thurston Moore a 12" picture disc. He said he appreciated it. Enough for my nerves, def one of the rock gods for me.

6) Playing in my southern rock band Mornin' Whiskey at Bottom of the Hill for my 31st. 3 outta 4 Floridians. Ronnie'd be proud....sorta

7) Meeting my favorite guitarist, Omar Rodriquez-Lopez of The Mars Volta, while he told Johnny how much he liked his vocal effects.

8) Melvins at Great American Music Hall. The heaviest thing I've seen since Slayer at Clash of the Titans tour when I was 13.

9) The Fest 6!! Begging bands to borrow gear while we are supposed to be onstage playing! Thanks to Floyd and the badasses of Underground Railroad to Candy Land and Arrivals we burn three numbers down. Best show of tour and Johnny getting heckled by kids in the front row because of the late start. "Let's go Mighty Ducks 3!!!" they yell, as the rest of Triclops! tries desperately to stop laughing our asses off.

10) Since we will be playing our set on New Year's Eve way before 2008 begins, I will end the list by saving the best for last. We were asked to play with Melvins and Comets On Fire, 2 bands that have been a huge influence on my guitar playing and I was almost convinced that it was easier to get the opening slot on the Jessica Simpson/Marc Anthony tour than play with the Melvins, but I was wrong. Thank Allah Happy New Year!!!

Michael Andrews, Knights of the New Crusade

Top 10 Stuff

Washington Phillips LP reissue on Mississippi Records - same stuff as on the reissues of decades back, but it's always good to have this in print. In fact, everything on Mississippi is great.

"God in the Garage" LP - Sure, I wrote the liner notes, but it's still some of the best 60s Christian garage punk ever. - Some people need reminding that Jesus wasn't born at the North Pole. Or in Candyland.

The Guilt of the Templars (book) - A ton of thought-provoking information and theorizing on the Knights Templar and the nature of their guilt in this long-overdue reprint of a 1966 classic. This is better than Holy Blood, Holy Grail to the same degree that New York pizza is better than New York burritos. for info.

Marjoe (DVD) - I've been meaning to see this for years and it did not disappoint. The abuses of money-hungry false shepherds has only gotten more ruthless than those revealed in this amazing documentary. And it's got great music.

Coconut Coolouts - one of the greatest underknown bands around, and a pleasure to share the stage with.

Hash brownies WITHOUT THE HASH!

And of course:

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Said Radio - Tidal Waves And Teeth
O'Death - Head Home
Akimbo - Navigating the Bronze
Rags To Rejects - Bleed The Leech
Low - Drums And Guns
Triclops! - Cafeteria Brutalia
Gogol Bordello - Super Taranta!
Bobby Osborne - Bluegrass Melodies
Defiance, Ohio - The Fear, The Fear, The Fear
The Eat - It's Not the Eat, It's the Humidity (Total cop-out on account'a I'm lazy. Also, rather than actually buying new music, I spent the entire year going through the KALX 7" collection so at this point if you asked, I'd probably try to tell you it's 1986.)

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