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02/05/06: DOA Rocks Sundance!!!
Canada's punk rock legends D.O.A. have just returned from witnessing themselves in the new documentary about punk called "American Hardcore." They also put on an obviously earth-shatteringly awesome show at the Sundance Film Festival while chilling in the warm Utah sun. D.O.A. and the incomparable Circle Jerks blew the roof off the Star Club in Park City, Utah at Sundance, one of the world's most prestigious film festivals. The film is only partially based on the flawed "American Hardcore" book, and apparently corrects a lot of the inconsistencies of the print version by allowing the participants in the 1980s US punk scene to speak for themselves, including Joey Shithead, Ian MacKaye, Keith Morris, Greg Ginn, Henry Rollins, and more!

02/03/06: Pig Champion and Jason/RKL RIP
Two icons of 1980s punk fucking rock have passed away this week: Pig Champion/guitarist of Poison Idea and Jason Sears/vocalist of RKL

From Barfly:
"Pig Champion" Roberts, guitarist for Poison Idea, died at his home in Portland, Oregon, Monday night [January 30, 2006]. A founding member of the seminal punk band, he continued to appear with Poison Idea throughout the late nineties and into the new millennium, despite officially quitting the band in 1993. Variously described as "spectacularly fat", and "the single largest man in hardcore history", Roberts crowned himself "Pig Champion" after hitting an impressive 450 lbs. on the scales. The highly regarded guitarist was revered by a devoted following worldwide. Fans and friends alike will feel the loss keenly."

From Joann Rawkmom, on the RKL official message board on 2/1/06:
" Jason Sears, singer for RKL, Santa Barbara local, father, skater, punk @#%$, died today battling his illness. It has been a hard year for 805 crew 3 RKL members in less than a year is a huge loss. I knew each and everyone one of them... each had touched my life in many ways over the last 20 years... When I moved to Santa Barbara in August 1987 Jason made me feel right at home. To watch all three of these people rise and fall over the last 20 years has been a beautiful and tragic expericence."
[Bomber/RKL passed away 12/5/05 and Derrick Plourde/RKL passed away in 3/30/05]

A San Diego Union Tribune article has more information about Jason's death.

02/02/06: Jack Control stabbed, help him out!
Bad news from our friend Ken at Prank Records follows, but there's hopeful news about how to help out at the end. Please pitch in!

"Jack Control, lead vocalist of hardcore punk bands Severed Head of State and World Burns to Death, Long time force in the Texas Punk Scene and behind Mind Control Records, was stabbed and seriously wounded in an altercation at a show in Austin, Texas on Saturday January 28th.

There was a large show on the North Loop in Austin-An earlier show at a Record Store had featured J-Church, Army of Jesus and Storm The Tower and a later show was with Manikin at the Pizza Parlor a few doors down. At the end of the night some random trainhopper kids got rowdy. One guy went on a rampage and kicked in the glass doors of the venue, and then tried to kick in the windows of the anarchist bookstore next door and windows of cars parked on the street. When confronted by the people running the show, including members of World Burns to Death and Signal Lost, a big mess of a brawl broke out. Jack stepped in to stop a guy from hitting Jasmine from Signal Lost and one of the trainhoppers came from behind and stabbed jack in the gut just below the ribs.

Jack's wounds required over three hours of surgery and he lost 4 pints of blood. Jack has stabilized and will recover, but is still in ICU at Brackenridge hospital. The person who stabbed Jack (who goes by the name of "Bingo") fled, but was arrested nearby. He is currently in police custody and being charged for attempted murder.

Jack has no medical insurance and will face a monolithic amount of medical and legal bills, as well as missed time from work as a result of this. A pay pal account has been established at for anyone willing to donate funds to help Jack with his expenses.

People wishing to run charity Auctions on Auction sites such as Ebay, Yahoo or DIY auction to raise pay pal funds for Jack please put "Jack Control" in the item title and description. People wanting to buy benefit items can search for them by putting "Jack Control" in the search box. A benefit show will be held in Austin on February 9th at Emo's 603 Red River with Signal Lost, Camp X-Ray, Army Of Jesus, Iron Age and Modern Needs performing. Further benefits are in the works in the San Francisco Bay Area, Minneapolis and New York City. Anyone wishing to organize an benefit event around the country contact Ashley at or Timmy Hefner at Immediate Pay Pal donations should be sent to Timmy's email address until Jack is out of ICU.

Another fun way to benefit Jack: For a limited time, Profane Existence are donating a generous 30% of all pay pal and credit card sales from their awesome catalog of DIY hardcore and punk to help with Jack's Medical bills. More information at Profane Existence."

01/27/06: Tom Waits Fights for his Rights!
From Anti Records, a sublabel of Epitaph Records, comes this news that's surprisingly similar to 2005's "American Idol" controversy (in which the Fox TV program used a Dead Kennedys tune without permission):

Tom Waits has won a landmark legal victory in Spain, establishing his moral rights in a case brought against car manufacturer Volkswagen-Audi (VAESA) and a Spanish production company for adapting one of Waits' songs and impersonating his voice in a television commercial.

It is the first time that such moral rights - protecting the personality and reputation of writers and authors - have been established in a Spanish court, acknowledging an artist's voice as his creative work. The judgement, rendered by the Appeal Court of Barcelona, also recognised that VAESA and the production company, Tandem Company Guasch, had infringed the Intellectual Property Rights of both Waits and Hans Kusters Music, Waits' music publisher in Spain.

The commercial, for Audi cars, was originally screened in Spain in 2000. As well as having much the same melodic structure as the Tom Waits' song 'Innocent When You Dream', the commercial's music was arranged like the song and featured a Tom Waits' vocal impersonation.

At the time of making the commercial Tandem Campany Guasch had sought permission to use Waits' original version of 'Innocent When You Dream', a request he rejected. "Now they understand the words to the song better," says Waits. "It wasn't 'Innocent When You Scheme' it was 'Innocent When You Dream'."

Waits and Hans Kusters Music won an initial court judgement in March 2004. The case then went to the Appeal Court, ultimately resulting in this month's groundbreaking legal victory.

Tom Waits first learned about the commercial from fans when visiting Spain in the summer of 2000. Many believed it was Waits singing his own song on the commercial, even despite the fact he has always been adamant that his music will never be used for advertising purposes.

The judgement is the latest in a line of successful legal actions Waits has taken to prevent his music and image from being associated with commercial products. He has most recently filed suit against General Motors' Opel and the advertising agency McCann Erickson in Frankfurt, Germany, for producing and broadcasting a series of car commercials that used a perfect impersonation of Waits' singing voice. The commercials were produced in Germany and aired in Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway during the late winter and early spring of last year. Among other claims, the suit charges the defendants with violating Waits' moral rights under German law.

01/24/06: Blowfly Burglarized!
Urgent! The Triple-X Fiends of Funk have been ripped off by some rapacious rats in Charlotte, North Carolina. Tom from the band gives us the skinny:

The following items were stolen from Blowfly's van while parked outside of the La Quinta Inn at 3100 Queen City blvd in Charlotte NC between 2:30 AM and 1 PM Saturday, January 21st. If you have any information regarding these items, please contact Tom Bowker at If in Charlotte you can return the items with no questions asked to The Milestone club at 3400 tuckasegee rd.28208 The phone number at the milestone is: 704 398 0472. They also may be reached at

Thank you for any and all help,
Sincerely, Tom Bowker, Blowfly Music

1 Galien Kruger 1001 RB Bass Head SN # E06104440
1 Fender Telecaster w/ Sunburst Finish. Has "I Kill Hippies" sticker on the back of the body
1 Fender Stratocaster w/ unfinished wood
1 SX Custom 4 string bass guitar
1 Black Plastic Cymbal case containing:
1 Zildjain 20 inch Earth Ride
1 Paiste 302 17 inch crash
1 Paiste 3000 series 20 inch ride
1 Zildjain 16 inch rock crash
1 set of Sabian "Flat Hat" Hi Hats
1 backpack containing wal mart portable cd player, a cd with a pro tools session and a lyric book
1 black soft carry on bag containing 1 copper "BF" Blowfly Mask, 1 uncle sam hat, 1 rubber george w bush mask, 1 rubber devil mask, 1 Blowfly bug mask w/ antennae and assorted wigs and costumes.

01/22/06: AK Press hosts Book Burning Comedy!
Our partners-in-audio-crime, AK Press, will be hosting its first ever Book Burning Comedy showcase on Friday February 3rd featuring, Will Franken, John Hoogasian, Phillip Watson, Samantha Chanse and hosted by Rusty Mahakian.

Will Franken was ranked as one of the Bay Guardian and SF Weekly's best comedians of 2005 and the New York Times says "What elevates Mr. Franken above your garden-variety comedian is an erudite wit and a highly developed sense of the absurd" This will be Will's first East Bay show after is Comedy Central Mainstage performance on January 30th. This is a unique opportunity to see a truly innovative performer for just $5.

John Hoogasian has performed alongside Louis CK, Lewis Black, Sarah Silverman, Dave Attell and Mitch Hedberg. There is no father to his style. Also performing are Phillip Watson, Samantha Chanse and hosted by Rusty Mahakian

This show was created in the spirit of "The Comedians of Comedy" in the hopes of getting people out to see comedy for under 10 dollars. The show is all-ages, wheelchair accessible and only 5 dollars with a full warehouse of books to browse and buy. February 3rd, Doors open at 7, show starts at 8. AK Press is located between San Pablo and MLK at 674-A 23rd Street in Oakland, CA 94612, If you have any questions call AK press at 510-208-1700.

01/11/06: NoBOSS knows how to PARTY!
NoBOSS! Release Party and Benefit
Join us to celebrate the first issue of NoBOSS!, the newsletter of the Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives (NoBAWC)!

This Thursday, January 12, 2006 at Station 40, 3030b 16th St. @ Mission, SF (across the street from 16th Street BART). Doors at 7pm, 21+, Sliding scale $5-10, no one turned away for lack of funds.

- Live music by the Devil's Own and Wills Wilde
- DJs
- Large n' Lusty Go-go dancers
- Food and drink provided by local worker cooperatives
- Raffle for a new bike!

NoBAWC (a.k.a. NoBOSS) is the local "collective of collectives" which includes Rainbow Grocery, 924 Gilman, Good Vibrations, and many more San Francisco Bay Area Cooperatives and Collectives.

01/07/06: Pansy Division Rules MySpace- Again!
That's right, Pansy Division has moved their my space page in order to put up songs and other band goodies, so if you're logged onto their original myspace page you'd better become friends with their new site since the old site's going to be ended soon.

It's all part of Pansy Division and Alternative Tentacles getting psyched up for the great new Greatest Hits cd+dvd "The Essential Pansy Division"- coming out on Alternative Tentacles momentarily!

01/06/06: Drunk Injuns Acoustic TONIGHT!!!
That's right, legendary yet reclusive Skate Rock stars DRUNK INJUNS are playing an unprecedented ACOUSTIC show tonight FOR FREE, Friday January 6th, at San Jose's finest punk bar, The Blank Club!

01/05/06: This Is Radio BAT on Digital- Alright!
Alternative Tentacles is pleased as punch to announce our first Podcast- or as we call it around here- our first BAT CAST!!!

That's right, surf the byte fantastic with the Department of Homeland Insecurity every week or two or three as we rock and roll our way through something new, something old, something edgy, something bold. The first one is available for download on the front page of our site here as a 23MB podcast or you can subscribe via our RSS feed. You can play the 31 minute podcast on a computer or an iPod/MP3 player (check with your MP3 player's manufacturer for details about how to listen).

12/28/05: 924 Gilman showing at 924 Gilman!
On New Year's Eve afternoon, 924 Gilman will host a free screening of the improved, fully functional version of "924 Gilman" the documentary that was shown @ Gilman last year by Scarred For Life and Jack & Tom.

Time: 5PM
Running Time: 86 minutes
Where: 924 Gilman Street, Berkeley
Cost: Free

There's a show later that evening, so the film will start and end on time in order for bands to load in.

It's also the 19th anniversary of 924 Gilman being open! Come on down!

11/25/05: Today is Buy Nothing Day!
Today is Buy Nothing Day around the world, and while we're always happy for your orders we're also happy to take them tomorrow if you want to celebrate "Buy Nothing Day" today! As of this news update, the adbusters site is down, but it ought to be up by the time you read this article from E-Zine!

"Buy Nothing Day: November 25, 2005
On the Day After Thanksgiving Kohls, KMart, Caribou Coffee and other American retailers will open their doors at 5AM for the holiest of all shopping days in America.

There are more circulars and advertising inserts incenting purchases for this specific day than any other day of the year, according to Media Week. Countering these massive energies is the grassroots declaration of Buy Nothing Day, a resistance fortified by AdBusters.

What is this all about? AdBusters' Brian Highley explains, "We ask people to go 24 hours without buying anything. Some find that they can't and we encourage them to ask themselves, 'Why not?'"

Buy Nothing Day will be celebrated in a record 65 countries this year. Fueled in part by a growing anti-American sentiment, more folks in more countries will be hanging posters and discussing global consumerism. has downloadable posters and paraphernalia to spread the word of Buy Nothing Day."

11/18/05: Please donate to Michelle Cable's medical fund!
We're all extremely sad to hear the news of the tragic van accident that befell DMBQ, injuring the band, tour manager/booker/zinester Michelle Cable, and taking the life of drummer Mana "China" Nishiura. The accident happened as they were on their way to their Brooklyn show.

On Friday November 4th, 2005, in the afternoon, the Japanese based band DMBQ and Michelle Cable of Panache Magazine were involved in a horrible car accident while driving to Brooklyn to play a show that night. Mana "China" Nishiura, DMBQ & Shonen Knife's drummer, did not survive the accident. She was a great talent and will be missed dearly.

Michelle Cable of Panache Magazine and Booking, who had been managing DMBQ's tour, was in the front passenger seat speaking with one of her booking clients, Alternative Tentacles XXX-rapper Blowfly . She had to undergo emergency surgery on her head and is expecting a 6 month recovery period. The rest of the band remains hospitalized but are expected to be released soon. We mourn the loss of China and our hearts go out to DMBQ, Michelle, and their families.

With the help of Jen (Shellshag/Starcleaner), a paypal account has been set up to benefit our friends in DMBQ and Michelle Cable to help pay for medical expenses.

Please forward and post this information as much as you can. Donations can be made to DMBQ and Michelle Cable by using PayPal to donate to the e-mail address or by sending checks to:

Lovepump United, PO BOX 3241, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603, USA

11/10/05: Brujeria Bloodies Bay Area!
Masked Madmen BRUJERIA are going to be leveling San Jose this Saturday night as part of the "Defectivos Del Rock" show @ the Santa Clara Fairgrounds- more info on our tour page!

10/28/05: Blowfly versus Wilma
Straight from the front lines of Florida comes this Hurricane dispatch from Blowfly's Tom Bowker:

Wilma - one sneaky bitch
"Tom Bowker!" Jeff Clayton - lead growler from the Antiseen - bellowed over the phone at me this afternoon, "When are you gonna wise up and move from that damn target you call home?"
It's a valid question, but the insane living expenses and tropical weather aside, Miami is a nice place in January when the rest of you are freezing your asses off. That is unless you"re like me - in the dark on a dying laptop battery on the 4th day of a blackout thanks to that bitch, Hurricane Wilma.
Wilma was sneaky. Much like Hitler before the blitzkrieg, she beat up defenseless countries in the other direction before launching an all out attack. Like Western Europe in 1939, we Miamians were lulled into thinking it couldn't happen to us. I mean after all, Wilma was hundreds of miles to the west, traveling west. Sure the doom and gloom weathermen were chanting "jet stream" and "sharp turn to the "northeast" like a Hari Krishna in a bead factory - but we'd been through dozens of near misses - and they were actually traveling towards us when we were putting up shutters and buying batteries and water jugs like a battalion of stepford wives.
So on Saturday afternoon, two days before Wilma ripped us - I was at an outlet mall shopping for clothes. We were due at a wedding the next day and my wife needed shoes - storm be damned! We spent the whole day there, and Wilma was barely drifting north - not unlike an unwashed hitchhiker in Humboldt county.
Come Sunday morning, the ugly truth began to reveal itself. Wilma had hit the jet stream and she was traveling towards us really fast. "Like a rocket" as AOL put it when I signed in. And then my parents emailed me from their cruise ship in the mid Atlantic with directions to their hidden car keys and instructions to shutter and sandbag their waterfront home. So I called up Chris, our guitarist and together, we put up the old school aluminum shutters and fumbled with the new fangled accordion shutters that my folks had recently purchased. Like most things that are allegedly idiot-proof, these shutters were impossible to figure. The top railing worked fine - but the bottom tracks had brackets that made it impossible to run the shutters through - so we left it unsecured on the bottom and my wife, baby and I bunked there for the night.
At 6AM, I awoke to the sound of a gabber concert in the master bedroom. The bottom of the accordion shutters was smacking into the glass French doors BOOM BOOM BOOM!! Unnerved, I turned on the TV. Wilma, who was supposed to just give the eastern side of Florida a category 1 brush - was a category fucking three and headed straight for Miami. Then the power went out and I was left with no other noise but BOOM BOOM BOOM! I found the radio and twirled the dial to the local elevator-music station -where the music was off and unhinged calls to the board op were on. Highlights included: "My house is shaking and I just moved here from California!" and "Whoa dude, I just went outside and the sky is on fire!"
At that point, one of the aluminum shutters flew off and I got to see Wilma for myself. Wind was swirling around the house in 125 mph gusts. My dad's creaky old sailboat was three feet above the dock and crashing rapid-fire into the pilings. Piles of broken flowerpots, tree limbs and flotsam and jetsam from the bay sat on the ground, menacingly -as if they were going to take flight and smash through the uncovered window at any moment. Stinking from the evening's shutter work, I headed for the shower and found no water pressure. When Wilma finally let up, I found out why. A thirty foot fichus tree in the side yard took out the garden hose and the spigot, thus creating a three foot waterfall. Unable to find a water main, I called my cousin Jimmy who once had plumbers butt for a living. "Go outside, and find the meter and call me back." He drawled. I stumbled outside and found a city of Miami fireman - who ghetto rigged a screwdriver and a crescent wrench into a water key. With a thousand dollar water bill staved off, I took a can of soup out to the grill. Or at least that's what my dumb ass was doing until I tripped over a branch and fell down the patio stairs, twisting my knee and scraping up everything. Don't eat Campbell's, kids - it's not good for your health.
As I haven't seen a TV all week, you know what Brickell Drive looks like when the ocean visits better than I do. But I've driven by dozens of soviet-long gas lines, attempted to get ice in a dozen stores - before finding one bag sitting by its lonesome in a grocery line, and watched my neighbors skirmish over a generator. I've met a few thanks to the inability to isolate myself with TV and internet and air conditioning. Of course, the fuckers two blocks away have power - because they live in a business district. But that's ok, I'm sure they'll find squatters in their houses when they go to get in the gas lines. And as a bonus -we got booked next Friday, Noember 4th on South Beach. There's even a dinner package. $15 buys you Blowfly and five Latin rock bands. $40 buys you Blowfly and Filet Mignon. Blowfly and dinner. Praise the Lord and pass the ammo - I've finally repeated the puppet show scene of This Is Spinal Tap!
Yours, "Uncle" Tom Bowker, Blowfly

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