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Attention all Artists! Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine have come together with Alternative Tentacles to host our first T-SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST! We are looking for a brand new ONE COLOR T-shirt design for Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine to take out on their upcoming June Canadian and U.S. tour! Hurry though; the deadline for design submissions is Monday, May 19th! Winner will be announced on May 21st!
If your design is chosen, it will become a real product and will be up for sale at the band's merch booth through out the entire North American Tour! You will be given copies of the T-shirt featuring your design, paid a royalty for the amount of shirts sold, and if possible, get tickets to an upcoming Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine show, and of course, bragging rights forever!
•Create a high resolution version of your one color design. Keep any layers separate.
•Create a 72 dpi flattened copy of your design.
•Your submission should be 1200 pixels wide, 1200 pixels tall, and 72 dpi.
•Save your file as a jpg.
•Email your jpg to email@example.com by Wednesday, May 19th.
Shirts and design can be any color combination, but this is for a one-color design. If your design is chosen, we will contact you for more information and your high-resolution version for actual printing. You MUST have the high-resolution version in order to win (We have to be able to actually PRINT the design).
ALL artwork submitted would be considered property of Alternative Tentacles and Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine.
Show us your best! Good luck everyone!
04/17/14: AT STAFF PICK OF THE WEEK: DASH RIP ROCK "BLACK LIQUOR"
AT STAFF PICK OF THE WEEK: AT INTERN Amy picks "BLACK LIQUOR" by Dash Rip Rock! In her words: "I love Dash Rip Rock! They have been touring non-stop for 20 years, packing venues across the USA with their Southern-tinged punk and high-energy roots rock. SPIN says Dash Rip Rock is "undeniably the South's greatest rock band." The New York Times calls Dash Rip Rock "skillful musicians with a penchant for getting reliably wild...." No Depression raves that DRR's recent albums prove that Dash is "one of the greatest bands working today." In 2012 Dash Rip Rock was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame."
Available on CD & Digital Download. For more info on the band including streams and videos check out the DASH RIP ROCK "BLACK LIQUOR" ALBUM PAGE
04/16/14: bATcast #110 - BATDADDIO!
Join AT Publicist Dominic with AT Intern Rafer Rawb as they play some tracks from the latest batch of Alternative Tentacle releases, including some sneak peeks at the upcoming FRANTIX and ARNOCORPS releases! All while finding weird themes to the songs they choose.
Check out the latest bATcast along with all the others on our bATcast page: ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES BATCASTS
04/14/14: FRANTIX release date moved until MAY 13th!
Alternative Tentacles Records is proud to present FRANTIX "MY DAD'S A FUCKIN' ALCOHOLIC"
Collecting 23 tracks together for the first time on one album, this reissue includes both 1982's "Face Reality" 7" and the original 1983 "My Dad's A Fuckin' Alcoholic" 7", along with 7 previously unreleased demo tracks and 8 previously unreleased live tracks! They later became THE FLUID on Sub Pop, but THIS is the original KBD classic!
Out MAY 13th on CD, LP w/download, and Digital
04/07/14: Alternative Tentacles Pop-Up Record Store: 1-2-3-4 GO! RECORDS in OAKLAND,CA!
A huge thank you to everyone who came out and made our first pop up store such a big success. A special shout out to Steve and the staff at 1-2-3-4 Go! Records who allowed us to take over a corner of their store. A big thank you to Gary Floyd (The Dicks/Sister Double Happiness) for his wonderful artwork and fantastic acoustic set! This is an event we hope to do a lot more of, so stay tuned for information on the next location and date of the AT Pop-Up Store!
The AT Pop-Up Store at 1-2-3-4 Go! Records in Oakland, on April 4th
AT Merchandiser Anna with alt-model Olivia Dantes and Joel Foresti at the Alternative Tentacles Records Pop-Up Store event at 1-2-3-4 Go! Records
Joel Foresti helping AT publicist Dominic set up the Alternative Tentacles Records Pop-Up Store at 1-2-3-4 Go! Records in Oakland, CA!
DJ Alan Always with AT intern Amy at the Alternative Tentacles Records Pop-Up Store event at 1-2-3-4 Go! Records in Oakland, CA!
03/27/14: Alternative Tentacles Pop-Up Record Store: 1-2-3-4 GO! RECORDS in OAKLAND,CA!
This Friday, April 4th, Alternative Tentacles is hosting it's first ever Pop-Up Record Store at 1-2-3-4 Go! Records in Oakland, CA! The AT staff will be on hand with a ton of cd's and vinyl to add to 1-2-3-4 Go! Records already amazing collection! AT will also be showcasing the "Jello Biafra Record Store"! Rare and hard to find records from Jello Biafra's own personal collection on sale! GARY FLOYD (The Dicks/Sister Double Happiness) will be hosting a fantastic showcase of his original artwork as well as playing a short acoustic set! DO NOT MISS THIS!
All Ages and FREE! 7pm-10pm, Friday April 4th @ 1-2-3-4 Go! Records. 420 40th St. #5, Oakland, CA. 94609. 510-985-0325
To help them on their mighty quest, Alternative Tentacles will release both "THE GREATEST BAND OF ALL TIME" full length and the "TWO MORE!" single on glorious vinyl for the first time ever on July 8th 2014, just in time for ArnoCorps' triumphant return to the United Kingdom. Many listeners of this mighty tome claim to have experienced an increase in muscle mass, a better understanding of life's mysteries, and feeling like "goddamn heroes and sheroes". Now, let ArnoCorps tell you of the days of high adventure. Come on! Do it now!! What are you waiting for?!?
Check TOUR DATES for the upcoming UK tour dates!
You can pick up the song off of their 7" for sale here: VICTIMS FAMILY "HAVE A NICE DAY" 7"
For more on VICTIMS FAMILY check them out in our ARTISTS section!
Click to buy!
12/31/13: AT Top 10s of 2013
Alternative Tentacles family and friends provide us with their year-end wrap up lists:
Vic Bondi (Articles Of Faith)
1. Motorhead -- Aftershock
2. Jason Isbell -- Southeastern
3. Red Hare -- Nites of Midnight
4. JB/GSM -- White People and the Damage Done
5. Daria -- Daria/Office of Future Plans EP
Christian Beaulieu (Peace Creep, Anywhere, Triclops!)
Download "Speed Limit" from the new Dot Wiggin Band record entitled Ready! Get! Go! from Pitchfork now: pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/16115-dot-wiggin-band-speed-limit
Dot was the singer of the Shaggs and we are extremely happy that she has joined the Alternative Tentacles family.
Alternative Tentacles is excited to announce the tour dates for Ultra Bidé's 2013 Fall/Winter tour in support of their brand new CD and LP DNA vs DNA-c on Alternative Tentacles (virus 458).
Straight up skull-shattering is what comes to mind when hearing Japanese noisesters Ultra Bidé. On their first US record in over 10 years, they're hyper-energetic, relentless and fun! DNA vs DNA-c documents the trio's duel bass and drum attack, like a monster that pounds ever so thick and creamy, as if it were a custard donut cooked by Satan. Led by original Japanese punk, singer, & bassist Hide, Ultra Bidé will guide you across a complicated galaxy of sound and you're not always sure you will survive the voyage. Equally psychedelic as it is primal and fuzzy punk rock, Ultra Bidé is menacing and confident.
Ultra Bidé will be touring the USA and Canada upon the release of DNA vs DNA-c during October and November. Their legendary live sets head directly toward the stratosphere with unmatchable energy. They have got the musicianship and vigor that is clearly the work of heavy music experts. Hide's vocals drive the insane dragster that is Ultra Bidé far past the supersonic barrier, and the vivacity of the band's massive bass and drum sound will pulverize you into a pulp. These guys have been doing it since 1978 and show no signs of slowing down. Fans of the Unsane and the Amphetemine Reptile sound won't want to miss this.