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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!
When: 8pm (sharp), Wednesday August 16thWhere: 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.orgwww.defendbayviewhunterspoint.com
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 email@example.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.
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!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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."
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.
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."
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!
Thanks and see y'all Tuesday! Jesse/AT Mail Male
"Hey Jello. Earlier this week, I got into an "incident" involving the John Yates "democracy we deliver" shirt, and an article about it was written in the underground school paper. A friend suggested I forward it to you because you'd like it, so, here you are:
'Student Activist Suspended For Wearing Political ShirtBy Ricky C., May 18 2006
Some may know her as a musician. Others may know her as an artist. But no matter what, she will always be one of the most outspoken people in the school. She is none other than Sarah. The past Monday, she was seen wearing a shirt that read "Democracy we Deliver" with an image of a fighter plane on it, on her way to school. "Everyone was staring!" She exlaimed in an interview. "It's like they've never seen a girl before! No surprise there, since 'Yuppieville' is filled with republican neo-nazi's with closed minds."
She was later suspended by Mr. B. for one week, and at the announcement of this, the school went into an uproar. "It was extremist liberals against extremist conservatives for the whole week, everyone had an opinion on why or why I shouldn't be suspended, even the teachers were bitter with each other". When I asked her why she wore the shirt, she replied "I just... felt like it. Making a statement is nothing new to me, but I haven't worn that shirt before (I had gotten it as a birthday gift), so maybe that's why everyone was shocked".
On the second day of suspension, Sarah went back to Mr. B., with reasons why she should be allowed to wear what she wants. "I told him that if some girls were allowed to wear shirts that say 'I had a nightmare I was a brunette' on them, I should be allowed to wear mine. Both insult someone, so, if you ban one, you ban 'em all. I also said that there was nothing obscene on it, and it didn't violate any dress codes". With this, and the following days' presented petition, Mr. B. voided the suspension and let her back in. This just shows how art can be an effective way to protest.'
It was actually quite fun, seeing the expressions on everyones faces when I walked in. Our whole grade is going to Washington D.C. next week... you can probably guess what I'm going to wear on our tour of the White House! Have a great weekend.
Sincerely yours, Sarah"