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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!

08/02/07: New Noam Chomsky article up on ZNet
ZNet has an excerpt from the new Noam Chomsky book Interventions called "The Cold War between Washington and Tehran" posted here. Check it out!

You can buy the book for $3 off for a limited time here!

08/01/07: Mailorder almost caught up!
We've been able to pack and ship all web orders received before July 26th, and all postal mail orders received by July 30th. We ought to be caught up by the beginning of next week and orders will take the standard 1-3 days instead of the current week to be processed and shipped.

Thanks for your patience! Jesse/AT Mail Male

07/28/07: Mailorder slow- updated!
Many of you have noticed that our 1-3 day turnaround for shipping web orders is a lot slower right now. We're working as fast as we can to dig out from under the mountain of orders (which we're STOKED to have, don't get us wrong!). Thank you for being patient.

Right now we've shipped all domestic orders from July 23rd and before, while all international orders from July 11th and before have been shipped. If your order dates from before either of those dates & you haven't received a shipping confirmation e-mail, please e-mail Jesse and he'll get your e-mail on Monday: mailorder at

All postal mail orders received after July 2nd will be sent this week.
Thanks for being patient, Jesse/AT Mail Male

07/27/07: Benefit for 400 Blows drummer in LA
BENEFIT FOR FERDIE FROM 400 BLOWS Saturday, August 4th, with:
The Locust
The Bronx
Qui with David Yow
+ 2 very special guest headliners(*)!
6:00pm / All Ages / $15 advance $17 day, @ The Echoplex (Beneath the Echo), 1154 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. Main Entrance is through the alley. Tickets available here.

Ferdie got very ill while on tour and had to hospitalized for six days. Ferdie, like most musicians does not have health insurance. This show is to cover his medical bills.

* One of the special guest is the ____ Jerks. The other special guest is very heavy. Put your thinking caps on, true believers- why would Alternative Tentacles mention this show, unless... ?!?

07/25/07: Ward Churchill fired!
From today's Democracy Now program:
"The Board of Regents of the University of Colorado in Boulder voted 8-to-1 Tuesday evening [July 24, 2007] to fire tenured professor of Ethnic Studies Ward Churchill on charges of research misconduct. But Churchill maintains that the allegations were a pretext to remove him for his controversial political views. One day after his firing, Churchill calls the charges a sham and vows a suit against the school."

Alternative Tentacles has co-released (with AK Press) Ward Churchill's In A Pig's Eye - Reflections on the Police State, Repression and Native America and Pacifism As Pathology spoken word cds, and carries various Churchill books in our on-line store.

07/19/07: The Eat contest at!
We are running a contest with the Killed by Death blog, a.k.a., to give away three copies of The Eat It's Not the Eat, It's the Humidity (Virus 377) on vinyl. You can find the details about the contest and how to enter here. Both the CD and LP versions are available now through Alternative Tentacles mailorder. They will be in stores on July 24--that's next Tuesday!!

Good luck!

07/02/07: July 4th Celebration AT style!
In honor of July 4th, known as Independence Day here in the US, here's an except from historian Ralph Young's on-line article Dissent Is American:

"There are many people in this country, and in this administration, who claim that those who have opposed the invasion of Iraq are unpatriotic (at best) and treasonous (at worst). Indeed, the USA PATRIOT Act, passed unanimously by Congress, stipulates penalties for criticism of the government. Patriotism, to the framers of the act, means supporting the decisions of our political leaders and that dissent is un-American. Protesters at presidential appearances have been routinely herded into "free speech zones" where their signs and slogans are only seen by the encircling cordon of police. This in spite of the fact that there is no mention in the Constitution that free speech is to be confined to a zone. Pretty soon cars will be sporting retro-sixties "America: Love it or Leave it!" bumper stickers. This attitude, however, only calls attention to one of this nation's most conspicuous failings-pervasive historical illiteracy. We need to recognize that dissent is American, that protest is patriotic. It is, in fact, one of the fundamental traits that define us...

The English colonies in North America were founded on dissent, and almost immediately after religious dissenters arrived in Massachusetts Bay voices of protest rose up against the puritan authorities. Anne Hutchinson and Roger Williams were banished for their views during the first decade of settlement. Let us also remember the patriots who fought the American Revolution to establish independence from a government that was not responsive to the needs of its colonial subjects, and reflect on the ideals expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. None of this was accomplished without a great deal of debate, dissent, protest, argument, resistance. None of it was easy. But somehow we did evolve into a country "of the people, by the people, for the people." Or did we?...

Today the American people are torn by an ill-advised war and occupation led by leaders who, in seeking to stifle the sort of healthy debate a democracy requires, do not seem to understand, indeed, who seem to shun, our own history. Many of those who opposed the war not only wanted to give peace a chance, but also take back the American government which appears to have been hijacked by ultra-rightist hawks. Neoconservatives have taken control of a United States which has historically prided itself in its values of peace, democracy, equality, freedom, and anti-imperialism, and, in the process, they are systematically eroding (if not actually demolishing) those ideals. There is nothing "conservative" about them. And the results of the 2006 mid-term elections seem, at first glance, to indicate that many American conservatives have repudiated the neoconservative ideology.

A democracy depends on an educated, well-informed citizenry. It also depends on educated well-informed leaders who are deeply connected and committed to cherishing, conserving, and nurturing the ideals which we believe set us apart. But those currently in power are not caretakers of the "American Dream." Will they be judged by history, like the despoilers of the pharaohs' tombs, as looters who have drained all meaning from the treasures of American democracy? Has "democracy" indeed become a radical notion?

If we get to the point where not only the international community, but even American citizens view the United States as the major threat to world peace than what hope is there for the world? What hope is there for countries that don't even pretend to love freedom ever to evolve into the kind of society that we espouse? If we don't take back our country the world itself (not just the United States) is doomed. We will look at the rest of the world from our "city upon a hill" and all we'll see is our own haunted reflection staring back at us."

06/25/07: Tuesday = day of internet radio silence!
Tuesday 6/26/07 is the national Day Of Silence. Hundreds of radio stations and internet broadcasters are altering or silencing their streams in order to protest the outrageous $$$ grab by the RIAA and affiliated major broadcasters. Participating stations include California faves like KALX, KUSF, KPFA, KCRW, & KZSU, as well as a host of other terrestrial/streaming radio stations nation-wide. Also included are services like Pandora, Rhapsody, Live365, Yahoo's LaunchCast, MTV Radio, & dozens of internet-only stations.

From Save Net Radio:
"The future of Internet radio is in immediate danger. Royalty rates for webcasters have been drastically increased by a recent ruling and are due to go into effect on July 15 (retroactive to Jan 1, 2006!). To protest these rates and encourage the millions of net radio listeners to take action and contact their Congressional representatives, a national Day of Silence will be held June 26. Webcasters across the country will observe this day of silence in a number of ways, including dedicating entire programs to the campaign to save Internet Radio and broadcasting complete silence.

For an updated list of the participants in this national day of silence, visit Radio And Internet News (RAIN).

Net radio listeners, please excuse the interruption of your normal programming and take action to ensure this silence is not permanent. Call your Congressional Representatives today."

06/22/07: Check into Sicko Early!
Interested in checking out Michael Moore's new movie Sicko? There are dozens of Sneak Previews across the US tomorrow, Saturday June 23, 2007!

Synopsis of Sicko:
If you want to stay healthy in America, don't get sick. Following on the heels of his award winning hit "Fahrenheit 9/11" and his Oscar winning film "Bowling for Columbine", acclaimed filmmaker Michael Moore's new documentary sets out to investigate the American healthcare system. Sticking to his tried-and-true one-man approach, Moore sheds light on the complicated medical affairs of individuals and local communities. "Sicko" promises to be every bit as indicting as Moore's previous films.

Here's the list of theaters and ticket-buying links.

06/08/07: Tribe 8/Godspeed benefit in Frisco!
Altcinema presents a GODSPEED Film Benefit, June 9, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. It's at The Women's Building, 3543 18th Street (between Valencia & Guerrero) in San Francisco, CA. Admission is a $10 - $100 sliding scale donation

Join host Lynn Breedlove for a benefit to support the GODSPEED film project. Based on Lynn Breedlove's novel Godspeed (St. Martin's Press, 2002), the GODSPEED film will premiere in late June at Frameline's San Francisco LGBT Film Festival.

The June 9 benefit will feature:
* Advance roughcut screening of GODSPEED
* Hilarious short films by local San Francisco filmmakers
* Q & A with filmmakers Lynn Breedlove & Jen Gilomen
* Raffle
* Food & Beverage

More information and advance tickets

06/07/07: Frisco anti-G8 Critical Mass!
From our e-mail box comes this announcement:
DIRECT ACTIONS AGAINST THE G8 ARE HAPPENING EVERYWHERE on JUNE 8th, 2007. You don't need to be in Germany to make your voices heard! In San Francisco CRITICAL MASS meets this Friday at Justin Herman Plaza at 5:30pm. Rumor has it that a Pirate Clown Posse is mobilizing especially for this Critical Mass in honor of the global anti-G8 mobilization!

More info on Indybay!

06/05/07: Anti-G8 protestors versus Germany pt.2
All hell's breaking loose in the run-up to this year's G8 Summit in eastern Germany. Hundreds of protesters and hundreds of police were injured in German riots over the weekend, while Germany has, according to today's Democracy Now deployed 16,000 police and 1,000 soldiers to protect the G8 Summit. Frankly, it's moving too quickly to post updates here, so here are some links for English updates throughout this week & weekend!

Gipfelsoli Infogruppe
Dissent G8
Official G8 site

06/04/07: Jad Fair contributes art to LA event!
For the month of June, the ART DORKS COLLECTIVE has a group exhibition at Thinkspace, 4210 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. Phone (323) 913-3375. The reception is this Friday, June 8th, 7-11pm. The show runs June 8 - July 6, 2007

Artists showing are Shawn Barber, Robert Hardgrave, Travis Louie, Brendan Danielsson, Chris Ryniak, Meagan Ridley, Kate Ridley, Dave Chung, Anthony Pontius, Kim Scott, Jeremy Pruitt, Gregory Jacobsen, Chris Mostyn, Matthew Pasquarello, Justin DeGarmo, Joseph Daniel Fiedler, Mark Elliott, Heiko Mueller, Jason Murphy, Johnny Yanok, Colin Johnson, Kristian Olson, John Casey, and Jad Fair.

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