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10/26/04: John Peel Has Died
Legendary British Radio DJ John Peel has died. Peel broke many bands over the years and played a lot of Alternative Tentacles artists too. Read the article here.

10/18/04: Soldier shoots film in Iraq
Check out photos from a Sgt. who has just returned from Iraq here! Only a couple of the photos are graphic, but all are eye-opening...

10/14/04: Transcript of the final Republicrat debate
The Washington Post has posted a transcript of the debate with factchecking footnotes here. Also, major news outlets failed to report that David Cobb, the Green Party candidate, and Michael Badnarik, the Libertarian candidate, were arrested while protesting the shutting out of third party candidates at last week's debate in St. Louis.

10/08/04: Melvins WILL Play the AT Halloween Show
The Melvins will still play with Jello on Halloween for ATs 25th anniversary show at Slims in San Francisco. They have cancelled all remaining tour dates for the rest of the year due to illness. They will use a stand in bassplayer at the Halloween show, but will definitely be playing.

10/07/04: Michael Moore bribing voters with underwear and ramen??
Michigan Republicans have filed a criminal complaint against Michael Moore who hosted a voter registration event for "slackers" that gave away clean underwear and ramen to attendees. The Republicans allege that the underwear and ramen are bribes to win votes for John Kerry, in Moore's efforts to oust George W. Bush. Read the whole story here.

10/06/04: Transcript of the Vice Presidential debate
You can read the transcript of the Republicrat debate between vice presidential candidates Dick Cheney and John Edwards here. The next presidential debate will be held this Friday, October 8.

Here is info on a debate with presidential candidates from the Green, Libertarian, Constitution, and Socialist parties happening tonight at Cornell University.

10/05/04: Read Letters to Michael Moore from the Troops in Iraq
The Guardian UK has posted some excerpts from Michael Moore's new book Will They Ever Trust Us Again: Letters from the War Zone here. They are all real letters and e-mail sent to Michael Moore by soldiers stationed in Iraq.

10/01/04: Transcript of Bush-Kerry debate
You can read the transcript of the first Republicrat presidential debate for Election 2004 here. Future scheduled debates include the vice presidential debate with John Edwards and Dick Cheney on Tuesday, October 5; and two other presidential debates on October 8 (town hall meeting style) and October 13 (on the economy). Check your local listings for broadcast times.

09/22/04: Jello & The Melvins on Halloween!

For immediate release:

Alternative Tentacles 25th anniversary show
Slim's, San Francisco, CA
Halloween, October 31st, 2004

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
The Bellrays
Slim Cessna's Auto Club
Comets on Fire

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!

09/10/04: NOBOSS in Frisco? You bet!
Everyone's favorite Bay Area Collective of Collectives, NOBOSS (a.k.a. Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives, NoBAWC) is hosting No Bosses Here, the 2004 Worker Cooperative Conference and Festival in San Francisco this weekend!

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!

09/09/04: Jesse the Mail Male for Berkeley City Council!
That's right, AT's own Mail Male Jesse Townley is running for local political office in Berkeley, CA this November. His campaign- which is a serious one, not a symbolic one- has been endorsed by Jello Biafra, Fat Mike, Mike Park, Punk Voter, and Plea For Peace- as well as more traditional entities like the Alameda County Green Party and a local City Councilmember. More information at his site, including information on the upcoming fundraising shows with Fleshies Harold Ray Live In Concert and Jello Biafra!

09/01/04: Medea's Pro-Life Stand at the RNC
From Democracy Now:

"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.'

08/25/04: The Dicks reunite for one show!
That's right, the infamous Texas-San Francisco punk blues juggernaut The Dicks are playing one show Thursday September 2nd at The Eagle SF. It's 21+, at 12th and Harrison in San Francisco, CA. Bring i.d. as this is a bar.

The Dicks will be Gary Floyd, Buxf Parrot, Pat Deason and guest guitar players. Glen Taylor, who passed away a few years ago, will be there in sprit. Also playing will be Shootin' Pains (Buxf and Pat's band from Austin) and Gary Floyd's Hard Again.

08/24/04: Wesley Willis metallic tribute tunes!
Seattle metal-jokesters Beef Kurtain have a chunky x-mas tribute to Wesley Willis on their website, as well as some photos of Wesley and BK. Apparently there's also a halloween-themed Wesley tribute tune- perhaps the band will upload that as well. (Note: this website isn't for everyone, the band's name is Beef Kurtain!)

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