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Dateline October 31, 2004: Slim's in San Francisco was the scene for a rockin' party celebrating Alternative Tentacles 25th birthday!
First up was the always awesome psyche-distorto-freakout-jam of Comets On Fire, followed by the ridiculously out of control rockin' punk of Fleshies. After these two local acts, the visiting teams got a chance to strut their stuff. Slim Cessna's Auto Club wowed everyone with their Texas-fried country-goth-rock-twang-abilly. A.T.'s latest signing The Bellrays were next, and made good on their reputation as one of the hottest live acts in the land with their patented vision of "Maximum Rock and Soul"!
Finally, the headliners- Jello Biafra with The Melvins- hit the stage, facing a sweaty, warmed-up, enthusiastic capacity crowd. They tore the roof off, stomped it into a bajillion pieces, then reassembled it with the combo of Jello's razor-sharp vocals and the Melvins power-tool tuneage! A Rock Miracle, to be sure, and one which pleased the leathered and lathered multitudes in attendence!
We had a great time, and we'd like to thank all the fans who came out and the 5 great bands who really made it happen. Props to Slim's for a smooth, rockin' Halloween, and a "Best Costume" award to the ape-girl (who was really a guy) with the AT Bat tattoo in the middle of her/his back. There were a ton of rad costumes, so competition was fierce! -Jesse the Male Mail
P.S.- We've all been busy since Halloween with the whole election thing, hence the late posting. We have some of the limited edition posters we had at the show available now through this site. We'll have the last of the 25th Anniversary shirts up on-line soon also.
From the Guardian UK
Bush tops film badman poll
Thursday October 28, 2004
George Bush may be neck-and-neck in the polls with John Kerry, but there is at least one survey that puts him on top - as cinema's best baddie.
The American president was awarded the dubious honour of Movie Villain of the Year for his part in Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 by 10,000 film fans polled by Total Film magazine.
Mr Bush beat stiff competition from Spider-Man 2's Doctor Octopus, played by Alfred Molina, and from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre's wannabe lumberjack, Leatherface. Even Gollum from The Lord of the Rings and Kill Bill assassin Elle Driver, played by Daryl Hannah, proved no match for the White House's current tenant.
Total Film editor Matt Mueller said Mr Bush was "absolutely terrifying" in Fahrenheit 9/11: "He looked like a man who had lost control - the famous scene where he sits there in a school, absolutely paralysed, after being told about the twin towers, is just one example.
"Lots of people saw [the movie] and movie-goers are saying that there's no one like George Bush to strike fear into people's hearts."
For immediate release:
Alternative Tentacles 25th anniversary show
The Bay Area's own Alternative Tentacles, one of the oldest independent labels, is celebrating its 25th anniversary! To commemorate the occasion, we have assembled a great line-up of AT artists that show the diversity and scope of the label's vision. We hope to see all of your smiling faces at the show, as it will be a night to remember!
Alternative Tentacles 25th anniversary show:
Jello Biafra with the Melvins
Jello Biafra with the Melvins are the confirmed headliners, but the rest of the order is still undecided, so come early! Doors will be at 7 pm and tickets will be $18.
Slim's is located at 333 11th Street, San Francisco, CA
Formed in 1979 by Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra, Alternative Tentacles has been giving art a bad name ever since. The AT discography showcases work from a diverse array of artists that includes Biafra's entire musical and spoken word discography, as well as releases from Wesley Willis, Mojo Nixon, D.O.A., Pitchshifter, JFA, and many, many others throughout the label's history. AT also specializes in releasing spoken word albums by leading political thinkers like Greg Palast, Noam Chomsky, and many others. AT continues its battle to bring worthwhile music to the world and is looking forward to another 25 years of polluting the mainstream!
It all happens September 10th, 11th, and 12th at the Women's Building and at the Red Vic Movie House- check out the schedule of films, workshops, live music, and more at the NOBOSS site!
"During Schwarzenegger's address, peace activist and Code Pink founder Medea Benjamin was on the floor of the convention. As she was standing less than 20 feet away from Vice President Dick Cheney, she unfurled a pink banner that read "Pro-Life: Stop the Killing in Iraq." Security officials quickly approached her and told her to put it away. Medea responded by saying it was a pro-life banner. Minutes later, a Secret Service man came up and asked for her press credentials. She stalled for a few minutes cheering Schwarzenegger along with the Republican crowd.
She was soon surrounded by more security officials. When she realized she was being escorted off the convention floor. Medea Benjamin turned to Vice President Dick Cheney who was sitting 20 feet away and repeatedly yelled "Stop the killing in Iraq." Secret service members carried her upside down off the convention floor.
What Medea Benjamin said to Mr. Cheney as she was carried off of the convention floor:MEDEA BENJAMIN: Mr. Cheney, stop the killing in Iraq! Mr. Cheney, stop the killing in Iraq! Mr. Cheney, how much money did you make on the war? Mr. Cheney, how much money did you make on the war? Stop the killing in Iraq! Stop the killing in Iraq! Stop the killing in Iraq! Stop the killing in Iraq!"
08/31/04: RNC Protests continue with Police tricks
From 9/1/04 NY Times: "Many fear that the intensity and frequency of the clashes could escalate, and have questioned police tactics.
'It's an example of the police suckering the protesters,' said Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, referring to the arrest of some 200 protesters who said they thought they were abiding by an agreement they had negotiated with the police as they marched from ground zero on Fulton Street on Tuesday.
'It was a bait-and-switch tactic,' she added, 'where they approved a demonstration and the protesters kept up their end of the bargain. They undermined people's confidence in the police, and that's a serious problem as we go forward.'