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08/23/06: Zolar X Update up on You Tube!
That's right- a rockin' 3 1/2 minute look at the upcoming Zolar X cd "X Marks The Spot" is up on the short film site You Tube here!

It's out of this world!


08/17/06: This weekend East Bay Devon Blood benefit!
Alternative Tentacles is proud to have donated swag to the 2 day Art Show/Raffle for local tattooist and close friend of AT intern T-dawg- Devon Blood!

The art show and raffle drawing are Friday 8/18 and 8/19 at Acme Bar, 2115 San Pablo Ave (@ Addison, 1 block south of University) in Berkeley, CA (510) 644-2226, 4pm-2am, 21+. You do not have to be present to win!

Raffle prizes include $7500 in tattoos from the following shops: Spider Murphys, Black Heart, Sacred, 13, Industrial, Picture Machine, One Shot, Mom's, Goldfield's, True Love, Everlasting, Secret Sidewalk, and Zebra.

The other $3000 worth of prizes include bar tabs from Acme, Radio, Ruby, and Spoontonic, plus swag/gift certificates from Alternative Tentacles, Good Vibrations, Lanesplitter, 510 Skateboards, Trumer Pilsner, Bette's Oceanview Diner, Harris Steak House, Festoon, and the Icon, Twister, and Dolled Up Vintage shops. There's a ton of other local prizes, plus a Pabst Blue Ribbon snowboard (!?!). You can't make this shit up!

Raffle tickets are on sale at multiple places around the Bay Area, contact Acme Bar, Sacred Tattoo, or The Devon Blood page for details. Upcoming fundraiser includes a wide-ranging series of signed instrument auctions from all your favorite underground musical heroes- tune into those websites for details!


08/14/06: Boom! Anti-Gentrification in Frisco!
Fault Lines and Indybay present an evening of anti-gentrification entertainment & education featuring a free screening of the documentary film "Boom: The Sound of Eviction" and a discussion with director A. Mark Liiv, Lupe Arreola from St. Peter's Housing Committee, and members of the Defend Bayview Hunter's Point coalition.

When: 8pm (sharp), Wednesday August 16th
Where: Station 40, 3030 B 16th St (at Mission St, across from BART)
Price: Free!

"Boom: The Sound of Eviction"- By turns humorous and scathing, this potent social critique explores the effects of the recent Dot-com boom and bust on community displacement and gentrification in the San Francisco Bay Area, with a focus on the Latino Mission District. Features interviews with dot-com workers, developers, the Mayor, and the community that challenged their new economic order. Here's what the LA Times said about Boom: "Witty, poignant and impassioned . . . implications for every big city in America." Co-director A. Mark Liiv will be present for Q & A

More information at:
www.boomthemovie.org
www.defendbayviewhunterspoint.com


07/31/06: BloodHag contest on MySpace!

Hey, kids! BloodHag is having a little contest and literacy test on their MySpace page here. For those who do not want to click on the link to enter MySpace, a.k.a. Rupert Murdochsphere, then read the rules below. In the mean time, check out their new album Hell Bent for Letters (Virus 357) on CD or LP!!

BloodHag contest! Find the missing lyric and win!

FIRST EVER BLOODHAG CONTEST!

BloodHag is well known for being well-read, unfortunately, our laser-like focus on reading sometimes backfires on us, and we neglect the other areas of our life. This neglect has surfaced in the worst place...our new album!

Yes, folks, due to inattention on the part of Dr. J.M. McNulty and myself a lyric has been left out of one of our songs! I don't mean we forgot to print it in the liner notes, I mean we recorded the lyric, but due to some screw-up during the mixdown on Protools, a whole line was left out of one of our songs! As the singer and lyric-writer it really kind of pisses me off, but it's all my fault, since I was there during mixdown and didn't notice anything at the time.

So, most of you who haven't seen us perform this particular song live probably would not have noticed this missing line, but if you studiously read the lyrics and compare them with the songs (since of course all you fans have no problem understanding my vocals), you'll find the missing super-brilliant lyric.

Which brings us to the contest! Find the missing lyric and win a BloodHag t-shirt and an autographed Sci-Fi paperback!

How to play: Find the missing lyric and send it to bloodhag@yahoo.com, include your email, t-shirt size and mailing address. I will collect the correct answers until the deadline on 11:59pm, August 31st, 2006. I will write all the names on little pieces of paper, put them all in Zach's Highlander baseball cap and draw out the winner's name. I will contact you, and you will freak out with joy and wait by the mailbox every day until your prize arrives (allow 6-8 weeks for delivery).

DO NOT send your answer to the myspace email.
DO NOT post the answer in the blog, in our comments, in a bulletin, our website, or anywhere on myspace or the internet.

So take advantage of our inattentiveness and win big! If you haven't bought the CD yet, go to alternativetentacles.com and buy it now!

Thanks everybody, look for us back on the road in October!

Yours,
Prof. J.B. Stratton



07/28/06: Yuppie Pricks playing last show tomorrow!
That's right, our beloved Texas pranksters and coke whores The Yuppie Pricks are rockin the Free (Market) World one more time in the Promised Land: Las Vegas bay-bee!

As part of the RollerCon 2006 festivities, The 'Pricks will play their final show ever at the always entertaining Double Down Saloon this Saturday July 29th!

Do a rail for me, boys!


07/26/06: Local Tattooist shot & needs help!
On July 12th Devon Blood, tattooist at Oakland's Sacred Tattoo and close friend of former Alternative Tentacles intern T-dawg, was shot in the head with a .22 pistol during an attempted robbery at their home.

Please strongly consider donating to Devon's medical fund, I just did! A benefit at 924 Gilman just raised a nice chunk of change but it's just a drop in the bucket- as anyone who has dealt with catastrophic medical procedures knows. We're all just one twist of fate away from his situation.
Thanks, Jesse Luscious/AT Mail Male

From T-dawg comes this update:
"He's listed as stable in the ICU, he's unconscious, but his recovery looks good if he stays the course he's on right now. Either way, its going to be a long road to being his usual self. The bullet that is lodged in his brain is not going to be removed, as the doctors fear it would do more damage to operate to remove it than to leave it where it is.

One of his closest pals, Matt Howse, has sorted out an account for Devon, for those of us who want to contribute to helping him on his way to recovery. It's very important to us that everyone understands that 100% of every dime that goes into this account will go to Devon and Devon only. There aren't any middlemen, percentage takers or foundations that can get their hands on it. I've set this up on behalf of his family and friends, so any questions, please ask. It's even a free checking account to they won't even take fees for it.

So, you can send in money three ways; mail a check/money order/whatever to
Devon Get Better
c/o Sacred Tattoo
707 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607
(Make sure checks are made out to "Devon Get Better" which is what Matt has set up the account under)
or you can deposit money into the account directly at any Washington Mutual branch, the account number is 3063634311.
I've also set up a Paypal account for those who use Paypal, the address you send money to is devonblood@reliabletattoos.com

The art benefits and shows will be starting this week, and will continue as long as there's drive from all of us. For anyone who wants to contribute art, tattoo time, or anything else that can be contributed towards his recovery, you're more than welcome to. Just contact Matt Howse at Matt@reliabletattoos.com for details.

We've met with the neurosurgeon who's overseeing Devon, his prognosis is good for the type of injury he's sustained, but it will be days or weeks before we know how he'll fare with being his old self. All of our love to our friend."


07/21/06: Wesley Willis Rocks, & is on Sale!
From now until Friday August 4th, the following Wesley Willis music and sweatshirts are on sale here! Every order which includes any of this Rock will get a free Wesley sticker!


07/12/06: Tribe 8 in the Chronicle today!
Check out Neva Chonin's great article about the great new Tribe 8 documentary Rise Above!


07/08/06: Pansy Division top 5 on MSNBC!?!
The rockin' Pansy Division tune "The Summer You Let Your Hair Grow Out" has just been listed as one of the Top 5 Songs About Summer by MSNBC, elbowing other classic summer jams like the Surfaris "Wipe Out," Go Gos "Vacation," and War "Summertime"!


07/06/06: DOA rocks with George McGovern!?!
Canada's legendary punk activists are on their way up to the tiny town of Castlegar, British Columbia where they're out to rock the Our Way Home Reunion!

Our Way Home Reunion is a cross-border peace event which marks the courageous legacy of US Vietnam War resisters who came to Canada and the courage of those resisting the current Iraq War by seeking safe haven in Canada now. The Our Way Home Reunion includes workshops, keynote presentations, panel-discussions, on-stage theatre performances, a film festival and a major peace concert.

D.O.A. will play this Saturday, July 8th. D.O.A. will appear on stage right after the legendary Buffy Sainte-Marie. Ex-senator and peace activist George McGovern will also be there among others that believe that working for peace makes more sense than fighting wars for oil.

Check out the AT Tour Page for more DOA dates in Canada. DOA will be touring the West Coast of the US in October.


06/28/06: Alternative Tentacles closed July 1st-July 4th
Since we're helluv patriotic ("helluv" = Northern Californian for "very"), or at least always ready to join the Party Party, we won't be working on Monday July 3rd. Tuesday July 4th is Independence Day, a US national holiday. The upshot is that we will be closed and unable to respond to e-mail or phone calls, let alone pack and ship mailorders, from Saturday July 1st through Tuesday July 4th. As long as we don't maim ourselves with amateur fireworks on Tuesday, we'll be back at work on Wednesday July 5th.


06/23/06: Rev. Bookburn celebrates Jello-throwers of 2002!
Back in 2002, some punks went to a Faux Kennedys show and threw some Jell-O at the band during their set. They filmed it and sent a copy to us. Since then, the hilarious video has been transferred to the You Tube site, here it is!

Our buddy The Reverend Bookburn has announced:
"We shall also honor Axis of Evil Music. They won the Reverend's longtime contest to either pie or hurl jello at the corporate scab 'Dead Kennedys.' They shall get a song dedication, and if we find them, multiple prizes.

Showtime: Sunday, June 25, 9:00 to 11, Eastern time, USA at Radio Volta."


06/14/06: This Sunday = Bat Yard Sale!!!
Alternative Tentacles and Astropitch are co-hosting a yard sale this SUNDAY JUNE 18th, Father's Day, 10am-3pm!

Alternative Tentacles will have damaged and new music & shirts. Astropitch includes the Residents, Vaccination, and Anticon labels, plus many shirt designs.

Jello Biafra sent over a ton of rad (& cheap) lps, cds, dvds, and 7"s, and there will be music, furniture, dvds, stereo stuff, computers, office machines, posters, and a lot more from other AT-related and Astropitch-related folks!

1501 Powell Street in Emeryville, under the Powell Street overpass on the same street as the Amtrak station, 10AM-3PM. We take Cash and Credit Card!


05/28/06: Mail Order Closed Monday for Memorial Day!
Memorial Day is a national holiday in the US, so we will not be open to process/ship orders Monday. The Post Office is also closed, so even if we WANTED to not go to that one BBQ and work instead we couldn't ship out your order!

Thanks and see y'all Tuesday! Jesse/AT Mail Male


05/23/06: Triclops=Victim's Family+Fleshies
Tonight is the San Francisco Debut of the S.F. Bay Area's bestest and newest supa-group, Triclops! Featuring John Mink/Fleshies and Larry/Victim's Family- plus refugees from other Bay Area behemoths Bottles And Skulls & Lower Forty-Eight- Triclops is booking more and more local shows. Check out their myspace page and their website for more information About The Rock!


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