09/29/07: Mikey Offender RIP
From Brave Words comes this sad sad news. Our deepest condolences go out to Mikey's friends and family.
"Hardcore Punk Legend Mikey Offender Dead At 46
Mikey "Offender" Donaldson passed away in his sleep on September 22 in Barcelona Spain where he had recently relocated from Amsterdam. The cause is unknown at the moment. He was 46. He is survived by his brother Joe Donaldson, sister Marie Donaldson Ward, and sister Sumiko Hakari , all of Killeen, Texas. Mikey was the bass player for Austin, Texas punk band THE OFFENDERS from 1978-86. He also recorded bass tracks on MDC's groundbreaker Millions Of Dead Cops and DRI's Dealing With It. Mikey also performed regularly with MDC in the early 1980s. He moved to San Francisco in 1986 and went on to play and record with Gary Floyd (DICKS) and Lynn Perko (IMPERIAL TEEN) in SISTER DOUBLE HAPPINESS. After leaving the music scene for ten years or so, Mikey returned to Austin and reunited with the original Offenders line-up for a gig at Emos in March 2002. In 2003 MDC recruited Mikey and the original line-up, recorded a new album, and have been touring all over the world ever since. Mikey is universally regarded as one of the most innovative and inimitable masters of the bass guitar. He played his Rickenbacker like it was a out-sized rhythm guitar. Taking cues from Jack Bruce (CREAM) and Lemmy Kilmister (MOTÖRHEAD), Mikey pioneered an agressive speed-picking style and liberal employment of bass chords that few have been able to emulate in the past 20 years. He will be sorely missed, certainly in Austin and his hometown of Killeen, but also across the globe. A memorial celebration in Austin is pending and the date will be announced soon. "
09/27/07: New videos up the wazoo!
Some of our bands are getting on the Web 2.0 bandwagon, gracing us with the miracle of embedded videos.
We're putting two videos below. First is Zolar X
with their song "Oveon Triopp"/"Retro Rockets" from their brand new album
X Marks the Spot (Virus 379). Second is a
video from The Evaporators for a new song called "Gassy Jack"
from their upcoming album on Mint Records titled Gassy Jack and Other Tales. Enjoy!
09/24/07: Buy Local in Berkeley and world-wide!
In the spirit of the expanding "Buy Local" movement, locals can celebrate the new Buy Local Berkeley campaign! Meet and mingle with Berkeley merchants and community partners who support independently and locally-owned businesses- it's all Thursday, September 27 from 4-7 at Jupiter (2181 Shattuck Ave) in downtown Berkeley.
09/11/07: Hybrid car US tax credit ends after September 30!
This is a public service announcement: if you've been thinking about buying a hybrid car, try to make your purchase before the end of September. The federal tax credit for certain models (including the Prius) will expire, and the credit for other models (including Honda hybrids) will be reduced on purchases made after the September 30 cutoff date. More info on hybrid car tax credits in this article on SmartMoney.com.
09/09/07: CounterCorp & Greens tomorrow night!
Two fascinating political/art events tomorrow night, Monday September 10th! 7:30-9:30 p.m. San Francisco- CounterCorp will be taking part in an "Urban Cinema Showcase" at the Variety Preview Room, 582 Market Street. CounterCorp will be contributing three short films from the 2006 Anti-Corporate Film Festival -- "Alienation", Children", and "Aqua Who?" -- to a program of shorts from the Next Generation Youth Video Works, the SF Women's Film Festival, and independent imagemakers Bill Basquin, Veronica Majano, Sabrina Alonso, and others. There will be a no-host bar.
7:30-10 p.m. Berkeley- The 1st Green Monday program features former Oakland City Councilmember Wilson Riles on "American Empire, ecological wisdom, and the Green Party." Your Mail Male Jesse Townley will introduce Wilson. All ages with full bar, all at Anna's Jazz Island, sponsored by the Berkeley Green Party.
09/07/07: Chill E.B. talks live about 9/11/01
"Come show your support for the 9/11 victims. Tune in
to Now Live tonight at 9:00PM pacific time. Go to CLUBBIN with Sharla and Luna. Our segment is dedicated in memory to the first responders of the tragedy, as well as the victims and their families. Thanks, and best wishes! Chill E.B."
You can join the conversation by phone or by computer chat.
09/06/07: Norman Finkelstein leaves DePaul!
From today's Democracy Now: "...And in academic news, professor Norman Finkelstein has resigned from DePaul University after the two sides agreed on a private settlement. The deal was announced Wednesday just before a scheduled protest against the school's decision to deny Finkelstein tenure and to cancel his classes this semester. Finkelstein spoke before a crowd of about 125 supporters wearing t-shirts that read "We are all Professor Finkelstein."
Norman Finkelstein: "I have been recognized as a public intellectual at many of the leading universities in the United States and Europe and have become an internationally recognized scholar in my academic specialties. Based on this record, I should have received tenure. It is now time for me to move on and hopefully find new ways to fulfill my own mission in life of making the world a slightly better place on leaving it than when I entered it." As part of the settlement DePaul issued a statement that described Finkelstein as a "prolific scholar and an outstanding teacher." Finkelstein has said DePaul's decision to deny him tenure was a result of political opposition to his speaking out about the Israel-Palestine conflict. For years Finkelstein has been one of the most prominent critics of the Israeli government in American academia. On Wednesday, MIT professor Noam Chomsky said: "The whole affair was an utter outrage, a cowardly attack on academic freedom."
You can hear Norman Finkelstein on his An Issue Of Justice cd about the Israel/Palestine conflict.
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?
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!