01/09/07: RIP Wes Robinson
East Bay jazz, metal, and punk promoter Wes Robinson died 12/27/06 at the age of 80. He began booking jazz in NYC in the 1960s (he gave 'Pharoah' Saunders his nickname and booked both Alice and John Coltrane). When he returned to his native East Bay, he continued booking jazz and theater. In the early 1980s he began booking punk shows at Ruthie's Inn, a small bar on San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley. Along with the Keystone & the Berkeley Square, it was one of the only consistent pre-924 Gilman punk-friendly venues in the East Bay. Bands as varied as the Dead Kennedys, Bad Brains, Dicks, DRI, Metallica, Fang, MDC, and Flipper played Ruthies through the late 1980s. In fall of 2006, a "Ruthie's Reunion" show in West Oakland drew hundreds of people and featured bands like Fang, Verbal Abuse, MDC, Fuck Ups, Bad Posture, and many more.
More information about Wes's life and legacy can be found in his Berkeley Daily Planet obituary. A memorial service open to all is happening this Saturday 1/13/07 at Geoffrey's Inner Circle, 410 14th St., Oakland. 510-384-4988 for more information.
12/28/06: 924 Gilman turns 20!?!
924 Gilman is the all ages volunteer run arts space in Berkley, CA. This New Year's Eve is the 20th Anniversary of the very first show @ Gilman on December 31, 1986. To celebrate this milestone, there's 4 days of great shows & various activities at Gilman:
__Thursday 12/28 free
Panel Discussion (snacks and non-alcoholic drinks provided)
The discussion is about Gilman's place in the local art scene, past, present, future, what it is, and, um, whatever the audience wants to talk about. Panelists include Kamala (who discovered the current site of Gilman in 1986), Zarah (ex-coordinator 1995-2000), Ben (ex head of security 2000s), Pat Wright (handyman/gadfly throughout), and Jesse Luscious (Secretary 1991-2005). Moderator will be Dan W.
__Friday 12/29 $7
Born/Dead, This Is My Fist, Drain The Sky, The Jocks, Baby Jail, Thee Double D's, Lil' Runt, Hey Girl
Free showing of the "924 Gilman" documentary
Social Unrest, El Dopa, Black Fork, Schlong, The United Intrepid Forces (aa Orlando & his bands), Look Back and Laugh, A.D.T.
free- Record Swap! Thrash, hardcore, garage, punk, new Wave, ???. If you want a table for selling, they are Full table = $20, 1/2 Table = $15. To reserve a table, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org If you just have a few things Walk -ins are welcome! Load in for sellers is at 9:30 AM
Basketball, Chess, Hangin' Out, who knows?!
924 is at the corner of Gilman/8th Street. The #9 bus from Berkeley BART or the 72/73 along San Pablo will get you there, or you can take the Gilman Street exit off of I-80 & head towards the hills.
All events are all ages, drug & alcohol free. Events with door prices require an annual membership card ($2 @ door).
http://www.924gilman.org show info line: 510-525-9926
12/21/06: Buzzkill rocks Jersey Friday!
That's right, Joisey's finest Buzzkill are rockin' the Garden State this Friday at The Court Tavern in New Brunswick, NJ. This rare show by these reclusive AT snarlers also features Dirtnap Records "It Band" The Ergs.
12/20/06: Democracy Now/AT three-fer!
That's right, you can check out 3 of AT's spoken word artists- Noam Chomsky, Robert Fisk, and Howard Zinn- on today and the last 2 days of Democracy Now, hosted by Amy Goodman. All extensive excerpts of recent talks feature mp3s, transcripts, and podcast versions available for free at the links below. Dig in!
Howard Zinn on the uses of history in the War on Terror.
Noam Chomsky on Latin America, the Iraq Study Group, and more.
Robert Fisk on the Iraq Study Group and more.
Robert Fisk giving keynote address to Muslim Public Affairs Council about injustice and Muslims.
12/07/06: Credit Cards are BACK!
Our site is now repaired enough to accept new credit card orders! Now you can order on-line again via American Express, Discover, Mastercard, and Visa, as well as Paypal, money orders, international money orders, and checks drawn on US$.
All pending phone orders will be processed asap, and new orders are a go! All old credit card orders which haven't been charged yet are still on hold, sorry. Hopefully we'll get to the bottom of that soon.
Thanks for being patient, and consume consume consume!
Questions? Check out our FAQ page!
12/04/06: Dirk Dirksen Memorial Sites
Here are some cool sites about Dirk Dirksen, the Pope of Punk!
Memorial Message Board
HEAR memorial auction
12/02/06: Dirk Dirksen Memorial Today
Dirk Dirksen, legendary San Francisco promoter and force of nature, passed away Monday night, November 20th, 2006. All of us here at Alternative Tentacles are extremely grateful that we were able to work with him and- in Jello's case- play many shows for him at the Mabuhay. Our condolences to his family and friends.
A public memorial will be held this Saturday:
Dirk Dirksen Memorial
Dec. 2, 2006 11am - 1pm
Valente, Marini, Perata & Co.
4840 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA
12/01/06: Anti-Corporate Film Festival Starts Now!
The 2006 Anti-Corporate Film Festival runs from tonight, December 1st, through Sunday December 3rd at the Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th Street (at Mission Street, across from BART), San Francisco, CA.
Who said an anti-corporate film festival has to be serious, preachy, or (dare we say) boring? Well, it sure wasn't the folks organizing the CounterCorp Festival, which launches its inaugural
year with a series of movies chock full of action, intrigue,
activism, crime (real and alleged), violence, and yes, even humor.
Check out their website for ticket and show time information. Among the festival's flicks, there's "The Forest for the Trees," "PIRATE RADIO USA," "Alternative Freedom," "SEVERANCE," and "THE FUTURE OF FOOD"!
11/29/06: All 2006 releases are $2 off!
You may have noticed this already in the list of hot hot hot vinyl and compact discs on our front page, but here\\\'s the details:
To celebrate our return to internet world, we\\\'re taking $2 off of everything Alternative Tentacles released this year! From Jello Biafra to 16 Horsepower to Nardwuar to I Object to Nausea to Michael Parenti to Akimbo to The Subhumans to Disaster Strikes and on and on, until the break of dawn... Dawn, that is, of Monday December 4th 2006!
Order on-line by then, or have your postal mail order postmarked by 12/4/06 and you will be eligible for these prices!
11/28/06: We\'re Back!
Sorry for the last 13 days of Bat-Less Internet! We\\\'re back, but only partially. Right now we can only accept PAYPAL orders- but soon we\\\'ll be able to accept all of the regular credit cards we accepted before. You can always fax, phone, or mail us your credit card information if you want to place an order, or send us a money order, check, or international money order drawn on US$. All the information is on our FAQ site!
Until then, our website is Paypal only!
11/23/06: Fill your head tomorrow morning!
Tune into KALW's Your Call Radio Show for a special post-Thanksgiving broadcast of the intense new Robert Fisk cd on Alternative Tentacles/AK Press!
As you're recovering from feeding your stomach Thursday, you can feed your mind with his on-the-scene insights on the Middle East Friday morning!
11/13/06: Leftover Crack and Citizen Fish on AT and Fat!
It's official! Alternative Tentacles will release the vinyl of the upcoming Leftover Crack/Citizen Fish full-length split release on Fat Wreck Chords!
The first 7" in the LOC/CF series is also available from the AT store. Both Leftover Crack and Citizen Fish are in the midst of the Cracktoberfest 2006 US Tour!
11/07/06: RE/Search Pranksfest!
Our friends at RE/Search Publications will host two book release parties in California to celebrate the release of Pranks! 2. Both events will feature appearances by some of the pranksters featured in the book as well as screenings of rare videos and a panel discussion.
RE/SEARCH PRANKSFEST (PRANKS 2 Book PARTY)
Saturday, Nov 11, 2006, 7pm. Doors Open at 6:30, event starts promptly at 7pm.
S.F. Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St (at Jones)
$5, free admission with purchase of Pranks! 2
More info here.
Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 7-10pm. $10.
Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center
681 Venice Blvd.
More info here.
10/27/06: Mail Orders Aging like Fine Wine!
As many of you know from your own orders, a lot of fab folks are ordering the awesome new Jello Biafra spoken word cd. Thanks a ton, this is great!
However, the huge influx of orders has slowed our shipping time from 2 days turnaround to as long as 2 weeks turnaround. Please be patient!
We're really happy for your orders, but there's only one of us who's able to pack orders (us being a tiny record company). Thanks and please give us a few extra days to pack and ship your order right now. Rock on!Jesse/AT Mail Male
10/26/06: Fleshies & Florida Fest!
Starting tonight (Thursday 10/26), Oakland's own Fleshies are rockin' the kick ass Fest this weekend for up to 4 shows! Read on, gentle (and not-so-gentle) readers...
at the Skatepark of Tampa
Toys That Kill, Fleshies, Tiltwheel, Modern Machines, Off With Their Heads
4215 E Columbus Dr., Tampa, Florida
$8, all ages, 6pm
maybe a house party in Gainesville? or maybe we'll just be getting drunk?
at Abbey Road (official Fest show)
Dillinger Four, Radon, The Bomb, Fleshies
238 W University, Gainesville, Florida
$40 (pass for the fest good all weekend, see website for set times and more info...) FLESHIES PLAY THIS SHOW AT 10PM SHARP!
at Uncle Lou's
Fleshies, Racin' for Pinks
1016 N. Mills ave, Orlando, Florida