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06/02/05: Green Anarchy benefit led by ex-AT M-dawg!
There's a benefit for Green Anarchy Magazine Saturday, June 4th, featuring Myth Of Progress (with Michelle former AT Queen of Publicity), Doppleganger, Raum, and more exciting bands t.b.a.!

There will be a potluck at 4pm, followed by bands from 6-9pm, and a movie at 10pm. It all happens at Station 40, 3030 B 16th Street (@ Mission), San Francisco. $5 all ages!


06/02/05: The Sermon returns to the stage and the studio!
Alternative Tentacles recording artists, The Sermon, are back in action! After months of blistering rehearsals, founding members Matt Gabriel (guitar) and Mike Gabriel (vox and theremin), are joined by new members Greg Daniels (bass) and Dave Leonard (drums). Sacrificing none of the high-energy, over-amplified rock and roll dynamics of prior incarnations, the band has been sharpening its songwriting skills, fusing late ‘60s garage-punk with hard-hitting rhythm and blues.

The result is 6 new ferocious songs, charged with overdrive and distortion, that have snaked and swaggered directly from the black heart of rock and roll. Recording sessions at Studio 880 (Oakland) with Marco Martin and Louder Studios (San Francisco) with Tim Green, are tentatively scheduled for the upcoming months.

In the meantime, The Sermon will be performing in San Francisco and in the Pacific Northwest during the summer as well as Los Angeles in the fall. The Sermon are booked by Jason Cotter of the Chaka Kong Agency. See http://www.chakakong.com or write to chakakong@yahoo.com for details. Contact the_sermon@hotmail.com for more information.


05/28/05: Another Controversial AT/AK spoken artist!
From today's East Bay Express comes this foreshadowing of the controversy that will erupt when AT and AK co-release the new Norman Finkelstein spoken word cd "An Issue of Justice" about the Palestine/Isreal conflict:

"When intellectuals attack: A forthcoming UC Press book has come under fire from Harvard Law School professor and O.J. Simpson murder-trial defense attorney Alan Dershowitz, who claims that De Paul political-theory professor Norman Finkelstein's 'Beyond Chutzpah' -- billed as "an exposé of the corruption of scholarship on the Israel-Palestine conflict"-- includes misinformation and defamation, some of it involving Dershowitz himself.

A sequel to 2004's 'The Holocaust Industry', Finkelstein's latest book, whose main section is titled "The Greatest Fraud Ever Sold," was originally set for publication by the New Press in New York. After Dershowitz wrote to the New Press leveling his charges, Finkelstein switched to UC. Now, with the help of a law firm, Dershowitz has leveled the same charges in missives to Arnold Schwarzenegger and UC. The book's publication date has been delayed. Enmity between the two profs is ongoing: After the release of Dershowitz' 2003 book 'The Case for Israel', Finkelstein accused him of having plagiarized a third writer's work. Moreover, he devotes a section of his personal Web site to what he calls "The Dershowitz Hoax."


05/26/05: Home Alive Auction Incredibly Successful!
From Carrie at Home Alive comes this wrap-up of last weekend's first annual Home Alive charity auction:

"The auction was a great success. Almost 200 people attended the event and we raised over $30,000. Home Alive can breathe easier now and not have to be so worried about money. Thank-you so much for your donations. Our Spring/Summer classes are starting so if people are in the Seattle area and want to check us out, they can go to our website..."


05/24/05: CBGB's Update
As many of you know, legendary NYC club CBGB's is thiiiis close to being shut down. It's a tangled web of owner Hilly Crystal, the landlord Bowery Residents' Committee (a well-funded homeless services non-profit), and a continuing legal battle over back rent and a future lease for CBGBs. Add in CBGB's very lucrative clothing/merch line and BRC's $23 million in government funding and you've got a classic case of misunderstandings and retaliation for long-term grudges.

Regardless of whether or not CBGB's is a great place to hang out, or if the bathrooms are really not THAT bad, or if Hilly is a saint, the club's still a rock and roll landmark on par with Sun Studios and Motown Studio A.

Here's more information about saving CBGB's, along with a fair amount of information about BRC.


05/21/05: TV Guardian Protects You From Naughty Speech, including "God"!
From the website of TV Guardian (endorsed by Gold Medal Gymnast Mary Lou Retton!):

"Q: How does TVGuardian® work?
TVGuardian® uses TVG® patented technology from Principle Solutions, Inc. to decode and monitor the hidden closed-caption text which is made available for the hearing impaired. Each word is checked against a dictionary of more than 150 offensive words and phrases. When a foul word or phrase is detected, TVGuardian® automatically mutes the offensive language. You can even set TVG® to show you the silenced phrase in text form, but without the offensive words. Simply set the CC Mode to On Mute or On Always and phrases like "move your @#$" will be muted and "move your tail" will be displayed. You don't miss a thing.

Q: Why does TVGuardian® mute the phrase instead of just the offensive word?
TVGuardian® mutes the entire offensive phrase instead of just the word and displays the modified text, by design. It's too easy to fill in the blanks in your mind when only a single word is muted. Displaying the profanity free text version of the muted phrase makes your eyes focus on the text instead of the lips. The TVGuardian® method makes it more difficult to know what word caused the mute.

Q: Does TVGuardian® work with all TV Shows, Videos and DVDs?
TVGuardian® works with virtually all pre-scripted TV shows and DVD and VHS videos. TVGuardian® will not work with live programs, such as news, sporting events, talk shows, and day time dramas.

Q: Does TVGuardian® filter 'god' when used as an expletive?
When the Religious wordset is turned on, TVGuardian® filters all vain references to deity. To watch a religious program, you may want to turn this wordset off."


05/18/05: We're proud donors to Home Alive's auction!
Home Alive is having its first annual dinner and art auction at 5701 6th Ave. S, 6-10pm, various ticket prices. Art work, travel packages, merchandise, and other unique items will be up for bid, including treats from Alternative Tentacles, Joan Jett, Mark Mothersbaugh, Gary Panter, Peter Bagge, and Margaret Cho! 

All proceeds will benefit Home Alive. For more information, please email auction@homealive.org. Individual tickets are available, or invite your friends and purchase a table for 10!

Home Alive was formed in response to the brutal murder of Mia Zapata, singer of Seattle band The Gits in 1993. It is a Seattle based anti-violence project that offers affordable self defense classes, provides public education and awareness, and leads local community organizing efforts. Their work in self defense encourages everyone to recognize their entitlement to the basic human right to live free from violence and hate.


05/16/05: Zolar X back from the dead!!!
That's right, everyone's favorite space-glam-rock aliens are going to rock the party for the first time in more than a quarter century! This historic occasion will be at San Jose's favorite 21+ punk bar, The Blank Club, on Saturday June 18th, 9pm, $8. More info on the Blank Club's website.


05/02/05: Skarp Van Found in Seattle!
Breaking news that's great! One of AT's newest bands, Skarp, had their van ripped off in Seattle. However, the van was quickly recovered, meaning a happy ending for an all-too-common crisis... phew!


03/23/05: Right and Left unite against Patriot Act
From 9/11 Citizens Watch:

"Conservative group forms alliance, urges Bush, Congress to modify sections of the anti-terrorism law

Conservative libertarians launched a campaign yesterday to persuade President George W. Bush and Congress to fix the sections of the anti-terrorism Patriot Act that they say intrude on privacy and harm civil liberties.

Long wary of the act's enhanced police powers, the conservatives announced they had formed the organization Patriots for Checks and Balances with the liberal American Civil Liberties Union in time for hearings in the Republican-controlled Congress next month on whether it should renew 16 Patriot Act provisions that expire at year's end. At a news conference yesterday, ACLU Washington director Laura Murphy underscored the importance of raising the profile in the debate of such prominent conservatives as Grover Norquist of Taxpayers United, David Keene of the American Conservative Union and Paul Weyrich of the Free Congress Foundation...

Bob Barr, the group's chair and a former Republican representative from Georgia who voted for the act in 2001, said the sunsetting of the provisions and the hearings in the House and Senate provide a "unique opportunity" to add checks and balances to the act. In a letter sent to the president yesterday, Barr and his group asked Bush "to reconsider your unqualified support" for three specific provisions, only one of which is set to expire without reauthorization.

Those are the so-called "sneak-and-peek" Section 213, which allows agents to enter a place without first notifying the owner; Section 215, which permits agents to get business and library records more easily; and Section 802, which broadly defines terrorists and terrorism. Section 215 is due to expire at the end of the year..."


03/15/05: Brandon Chevalier-Kolling Benefit Show in NYC on St. Patrick's Day
Saint Patrick's Day Benefit Show at CBGB's Downstairs Lounge

New York, NY –CBGB's, Forward Face, friends and family of Brandon Chevalier-Kolling (aka Brandon Possible) are teaming up to present a Memorial St. Patrick's Day Benefit show at CBGB's downstairs lounge, 313 Bowery. www.cbgb.com

ph: (212) 677-0455. The event will be held March 17th, 2005. Doors@7:30pm. Tix: $5 at the door. Proceeds will go to Forward Face.

Bands will include: Death Mold, Eyes of Hate, The X-Possibles, Low Flying Jets, Stockyard Stoics, and Disassociate.

Forward Face provides children and their families with immediate support to manage the medial and social effects of craniofacial conditions. We work to educate, advocate and raise public awareness about facial differences.

X-Possibles and Leftover Crack drummer, Brandon Chevalier-Kolling died in his sleep, on tour in Texas late December 2004.




03/14/05: Alternative Tentacles SXSW Showcase 2005

AT SXSW Showcase 2005
Saturday, 3/19
The Jackalope
406 East 6th Street (at Trinity)
Austin, TX 78701-3740
(512) 469-5801

8pm - Yuppie Pricks
9pm - Harold Ray Live in Concert
10pm - Dash Rip Rock
11pm - Metal Urbain
12am - Blowfly
1am - Munly



02/14/05: Read Ward's book for yourself!
Alternative Tentacles now has Ward's controversial book, "On the Justice of Roosting Chickens: Reflections on the Consequences of US Imperial Arrogance and Criminality," from our pals over at AK Press, for sale on our site here!

Now's your chance to read his actual words and make up your own mind about what he wrote. Dig in!


02/11/05: Alternative Tentacles signs comedy legend Blowfly!

Alternative Tentacles is proud to announce the signing of Hip-Hop legend Blowfly! Before there was Kool Keith, Old Dirty Bastard, or 2 Live Crew- in fact before there was hip-hop for that matter- there was Blowfly. Sampled by Jurassic 5, Ice Cube and Puff Daddy, sued by the head of Publishing giant ASCAP, and the first rap artist to have a record banned ("Porno Freak" in Alabama- 10 years before 2 Live Crew), this 60 year-old caped, masked black superhero / music genius has been credited with everything from inventing rap music and the Miami sound to outraging public decency throughout the South and the world with trash classics like "Shittin' on the Dock of the Bay".

His new album, Fahrenheit 69 is an election piss-take of epic proportions. Tackling issues as far-reaching as R. Kelly, terrorism, G. W. Bush, ugly people, and um... boogers, this album fits perfectly with the independent, irreverent spirit that Alternative Tentacles is synonymous with. Featuring guest appearances from rappers Afroman , Slug (the MC for Atmosphere) and Electroclash freaks Gravy Train, Fahrenheit 69 is Blowfly's first album of completely new material since 1988's Blowfly For President. One listen to Fahrenheit 69 is ample evidence that new material has been long, long overdue.

Alternative Tentacles is thrilled to be responsible for unleashing the legendary Blowfly on a new generation of unsuspecting freaks!

For more info on Blowfly, visit http://www.blowflymusic.com.


02/03/05: Tribe 8 Saying Goodbye
From www.tribe8.com comes this sad sad news:

"The Saddest Poem Of All: Tribe 8 Is Ending.

January 21, 2005 - That's right. It's been a great ride, but it's time to move on. We'd like to thank all of you for your love and support over the fifteen years.

Don't despair just yet, though—if you never seen us live, or want to for one last time, you can! We're lining up some farewell gigs, the first of which will be on Wednesday, February 16th at the Elbo Room in San Francisco. (See Show Dates for more details.) We're also hoping to do one big everlovin' blowout of a last show, at a swanktastic place like the Carnegie or the Fillmore or even good ol' Michigan."

Alternative Tentacles wishes all the members of Tribe 8, past and present, great success with their various writing, musical, and other artistic projects in the future. You will be missed!


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