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09/24/02: Logical Nonsense re-formed!

We received a call from Logical Nonsense yesterday informing us that they have reformed! The band released 2 albums on Alternative Tentacles Expand The Hive (1997) and Soul Pollution (1998) and split up in 2000 since band members had other obligations. The band are practicing again - no other firm plans from them as of this writing.




09/20/02: RELEASE SCHEDULE THROUGH END OF YEAR ANNOUNCED

Alternative Tentacles Records Release Schedule

(As of September 20, 2002) - all dates subject to change!

September 23, 2002



Virus 286 The FLAMING STARS Sunset & Void CD
Virus 289 DARRYL CHERNEY and the CHERNOBLES Bush It! / Send George Bush a Pretzel CDS

October 7, 2002



Virus 284 ALEXANDER COCKBURN Beating The Devil: The Incendiary Rants Of Alexander Cockburn CD
Virus 287 ARTICLES OF FAITH Complete, Vol. 1 LP/CD
Virus 288 ARTICLES OF FAITH Complete, Vol 2 LP/CD

November 11, 2002



Virus 290 JELLO BIAFRA Machine Gun In The Clown's Hand - Spoken Word Album #7 3xLP/3xCD
Virus 292 HOWARD ZINN Artists In A Time Of War CD
Virus 293 NOAM CHOMSKY The "New War On Terrorism" CD
Virus 291 RATOS DE PORAO onisciente coletivo LP/CD

Already Released in 2002 :



Virus 281 FREE BEER The Only Beer That Matters LP/CD
Virus 282 LOS OLVIDADOS Listen To This! LP/CD
Virus 283 DRUNK INJUNS "FROM WHERE THE SUN NOW STANDS I WILL FIGHT NO MORE, FOREVER" LP/CD
Virus 274 TEENAGE FANCLUB & JAD FAIR Words Of Wisdom And Hope LP/CD
Virus 275 VARIOUS ARTISTS - The Freedom Archives; Prisons On Fire - Attica, George Jackson and Black Liberation CD
Virus 276 JELLO BIAFRA The Big Ka-Boom, Part One LP/CD
Virus 277 VARIOUS ARTISTS - Apocalypse Always CD
Virus 278 TEENAGE FANCLUB & JAD FAIR Always In My Heart 7"
Virus 238 PITCHSHIFTER Un-United U.K. MLP/MCD
Virus 279 The FARTZ Injustice LP/CD
Virus 280 WARD CHURCHILL In A Pig's Eye 2xCD




08/06/02: Butthole Surfers to finally release CD of old ep's

A lot of people have contacted us over the years asking why we don't release the 2 Butthole Surfers eps from 1983 and 1984 on CD. Well, we never got permission from the band to do so. But many of you should be pleased to learn that :

The Butthole Surfers plan on reissuing their two Alternative Tentacles EPs the self-titled 12-inch Brown Reason to Live, and Live PCPPEP, along with a couple bonus tracks on their own label Latino Buggerveil . Hopefully we can carry them in our mailorder.




08/05/02: Introducing the AT Street Team!

Thanks to your interest, Alternative Tentacles now has an official Street Team passing out flyers and spreading the good word about our bands and records!! The new recruits are currently busy promoting our red hot spring and summer releases: the Skate Rock re-issues, Fartz , Ward Churchill , Apocalypse Always comp , and the latest Jello Biafra release The Big Ka-Boom, Part One

We are not actively seeking new members right now, but if you are interested in joining the street team at a future date, please e-mail streetteam@alternativetentacles.com for more information.


08/02/02: Win our Skate Rock Trilogy and Vision gear at TeamGoon.com!!

Alternative Tentacles has joined forces with Team Goon who are keeping old school skateboarding alive and kicking! To celebrate our alliance, Team Goon is giving away a big ol' prize package featuring:

Free Beer The Only Beer that Matters CD
Los Olvidados Listen to This!!! CD
Drunk Injuns From Where the Sun Now Stands I Will Fight No More, Forever CD
Vision Psycho Stick deck
Vision Streetwear T-shirt

All you need to do is go to http://teamgoon.com/contest.asp and enter your name and e-mail address!




07/19/02: NEW RELEASE SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

Alternative Tentacles Records Release Schedule

(As of July 19th, 2002) - all dates subject to change!

July 22, 2002



Virus 281 FREE BEER The Only Beer That Matters LP/CD
Virus 282 LOS OLVIDADOS Listen To This! LP/CD
Virus 283 DRUNK INJUNS "FROM WHERE THE SUN NOW STANDS I WILL FIGHT NO MORE, FOREVER" LP/CD

September 23, 2002



Virus 286 The FLAMING STARS Sunset & Void CD
Virus 289 DARRYL CHERNEY and the CHERNOBLES Bush It! / Send George Bush a Pretzel CDS

October 7, 2002



Virus 284 ALEXANDER COCKBURN Beating The Devil: The Incendiary Rants Of Alexander Cockburn CD
Virus 287 ARTICLES OF FAITH Complete, Vol. 1 LP/CD
Virus 288 ARTICLES OF FAITH Complete, Vol 2 LP/CD
Virus 290 JELLO BIAFRA Machine Gun In The Clown's Hand - Spoken Word Album #7 3xLP/3xCD

November 11, 2002



Virus 285 V/A - MOB ACTION - BAY AREA ANARCHIST BOOK FAIR 2xCD
Virus 291 RATOS DE PORAO onisciente coletivo LP/CD

Already Released in 2002 :



February 25, 2002



Virus 274 TEENAGE FANCLUB & JAD FAIR Words Of Wisdom And Hope LP/CD
Virus 275 VARIOUS ARTISTS - The Freedom Archives; Prisons On Fire - Attica, George Jackson and Black Liberation CD

April 08, 2002



Virus 276 JELLO BIAFRA The Big Ka-Boom, Part One LP/CD
Virus 277 VARIOUS ARTISTS - Apocalypse Always CD

April 22, 2002



Virus 278 TEENAGE FANCLUB & JAD FAIR Always In My Heart 7"

June 03, 2001



Virus 238 PITCHSHIFTER Un-United U.K. MLP/MCD

June 17, 2001



Virus 279 The FARTZ Injustice LP/CD
Virus 280 WARD CHURCHILL In A Pig's Eye 2xCD




06/11/02: Jury awards $4.4 million verdict for Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney!

OAKLAND,CA - The jury in the Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney federal civil rights lawsuit against four FBI agents and three Oakland Police officers awarded plaintiffs $4.4 million for violation of the activists' Constitutional rights and returned a verdict largely in favor of Earth First! activists Cherney and the late Judi Bari. In a legal victory of historic proportions against the FBI, the jury found that six of the seven defendants violated the First and Fourth Amendments of the Constitution by arresting the activists, conducting searches of their homes, and carrying out a smear campaign in the press, calling Earth First! a terrorist organization and calling the activists bombers, in the aftermath of the explosion of a bomb that was planted in Judi Bari's car in 1990. This verdict finds unlawful the actions of those in charge of the bombing investigation, and vindicates Bari and Cherney.

FBI agents Frank Doyle, John Reikes, Philip Sena and OPD officer Mike Sims were found to have violated Bari and Cherney's First Amendment rights. In addition, OPD officer Sitterud was found to have violated Cherney's First Amendment rights. Doyle was found to have violated Bari's Fourth Amendment rights related to the search of her home, and Doyle and OPD officer Chenault were found to have violated Cherney's Fourth Amendment rights. FBI agent Doyle and OPD officer Sims were found to have violated Bari's Fourth Amendment rights in relation to her arrest. The jury returned an "undecided" verdict with respect to violations of Cherney's Fourth Amendment rights for his arrest.

Frank Doyle was the agent in charge of the 1990 bomb scene, and taught an FBI bomb school at a Louisiana Pacific clearcut a month prior to the bombing. Doyle was also the Squad 13 relief supervisor. Squad 13 was the joint terrorism squad made up of FBI and Oakland officers and collected extensive files on political groups in the Bay Area.

Reikes was the head of the FBI's terrorist squad who came to OPD headquarters the day of the bombing to give the inflammatory briefing on Earth First!

Sena was already engaged in a secret investigation of Earth First! and concocted a fake informant tip.

Sims was an OPD homicide lieutenant in charge of other officers investigating the bombing and the decision-maker for the unjust arrests of the activists.

Sitterud ignored evidence at the scene and concocted information that would implicate the activists. Chenault wrote the first fraudulent search warrant affidavit.

This verdict is a referendum against the FBI's gross interference with people's right to dissent at a time when Attorney General Ashcroft, FBI Director Mueller and the Bush administration are arrogating huge power to themselves and the FBI to spy on legitimate groups and organizers and infringe the Constitutional rights of the public. The filled-out 21-page verdict form is available for viewing and printing at http://www.judibari.org/third_verdict_form_final.pdf




05/24/02: Help Celebrate Wesley Willis' 39th Birthdayand eBay can censor my arse

Wesley called me at home again last night from his vacation (now in Denver, CO). I think the purpose of his call was to remind me of his birthday, May 31st (and to ask for an advance check so that he could properly celebrate his birthday.) He originally asked for $1500 but we were able to talk him down to $300.00)

Although we cannot be physically with him on his birthday, we will be there in spirit!

We are putting his music on sale for the entire week - from now until his birthday, May 31st!

In addition, we will be auctioning some Wesley Willis items on eBay - such as drawings, t-shirts, stickers,...

We hope to start 39 auctions in the next few days to celebrate his 39th birthday!

(BTW - as you know, once in a while we throw some stuff up on eBay to help spread the word about some of our bands, and to make some rarities and collectibles available to our fans. Well, the other day, eBay *Cancelled* a bunch of our auctions due to language that was in violation of their user policy. Well, unfortunately, alot of that was Wesley Willis song titles! So, we are changing, "censoring" some language (mainly song titles) in our eBay descriptions.....just so you know. Other "items" they had a problem with was the band the "Dicks" and some MIA song and some DK shirt.......)

Wesley Willis rarities and stuff on eBay : http://cgi6.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewListedItems&userid=virus235&include=0&since=-1&sort=2&rows=25

Or type in eBay user : Virus235




05/23/02: YES, WE HAVE A STREET TEAM TO HELP PROMOTE "PUNK"

Yes, thanks for asking....we DO have a street team. However, due to an enormous response to the initial call, we are not actively recruiting new members right now. We do hope to expand the team at a later date so if you are interested here are the details:

Street team responsibilities include: passing out flyers at shows, hanging up posters around town, dropping off promotional material and doing stock checks at record stores, etc. Participants are volunteers (read: no pay), but perks include A.T. releases and merch as well as tickets to see A.T. bands when they come through your town...and of course, the satisfaction of helping one of the oldest punk labels still around! You don't need experience--just the desire to spread the A.T. gospel and some free time to devote to our cause.

If you would like more information, please e-mail streetteam@alternativetentacles.com and tell us how we make you tick.




04/30/02: DK's Fresh Fruit TAKEN AWAY FROM A.T.

The debut album by Dead Kennedys "Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables" has been availble via AT for the U.S. for around 15 years now. We have always licensed it from Cherry Red Records in the U.K. Despite such a long-standing relationship, the owner of Cherry Red Records decided not to re-new our contract due to East Bay Ray complaining to him for years that he should switch labels for the U.S.

The last day we were allowed to sell it was April 15, 2002.

It will be coming out on another label at the end of April.




04/26/02: NOMEANSNO ABANDON A.T.

Nomeansno have informed us that they are leaving Alternative Tentacles Records after a 15 year relationship and over a dozen releases. The split is amicable, yet the label feels shocked, saddened and bewildered by the announcement. There wasn't any voiced disappointment by the band, rather, the band and their management decided to merely end the arrangement. They said that they wanted to control their records. But heck, thats how it goes! This is the music industry (well, kinda).

Effective April 15, 2002, Mordam Records, our distributor, can no longer distribute the Nomeansno catalog, rendering the entire catalog no longer available to the public. (That is the bewildering part as they haven't announced a new label or distributor so their items will be effectively out of print.)

(Also included is the Hanson Brothers album. Not included is the Jello Biafra & NMN release.)

We will continue to sell our remaining stock (what's left of it) through our mailorder for the next few weeks until we get rid of it all.

So, ALL NOMEANSNO LPs on SALE for $4.99 until supplies last AND ALL NOMEANSNO CDs on SALE for $7.99 until supplies last

We wish the band the best of luck in the future.




04/12/02: SKATE-PUNK SERIES ANNOUNCED!!!

Band: Free Beer Title: The Only Beer that Matters
Cat#: Virus 281
Formats: LP/CD
Ship Date: July 8, 2002

Band: Los Olvidados
Title: L.O.S.J.F.O.
Cat#: Virus 282
Formats: LP/CD
Ship Date: July 8, 2002

Band: Drunk Injuns
Title: "From Where the Sun Now Stands I Will Fight No More, Forever"
Cat#: Virus 283
Formats: LP/CD
Ship Date: July 8, 2002

Your salad days resurrected on CD and vinyl!! Yes, folks, it is safe to drain the pool and tune up that dusty deck in yer closet because we are re-issuing (actually issuing in some cases as most of this hasn't been really available before) some obscure yet essential skate punk records this summer. Cool stuff from the early 80's. This is not the Sum 182 Warped Tour brand of skate punk. It's the *real* deal from when skaters weren't sponsored and skate parks were mere castles in the sky.

Sorry kiddo, duct tape and grip tape not included...

FREE BEER :
FREE BEER included teenage skateboarder/musician brothers Tony (Guitar) and Tommy (Bass) Guerrero (who has new stuff out on Mo' Wax) who were just a part of the short list of founding fathers of the budding musical and cultural movement known as Skate-Rock, pioneered by youth driven by their passion for skating and music that captured the thrill of the sport because "Nothing else mattered."

LOS OLVIDADOS :
Seminal skaterock band from San Jose, CA (1980-1983) heavily influenced by the first wave of punk rock (Stooges, NY Dolls, Dead Boys, Radio Birdman, Saints, etc.,) LOS OLVIDADOS were the Northern California equivalent of T.S.O.L., Agent Orange, the Adolescents, and others from Orange County. Although featured on the MRR comp Not So Quiet On The Western Front and the early Thrasher magazine Skaterock Comps (#1 & #2), the band self-destructed before a full-length album would see the light of day--that is, until we included it in our Skate-Rock Re-issue Series.

DRUNK INJUNS :
From out of the annals of punk history come DRUNK INJUNS, the heavyweights of skate punk bands. As mysterious as the Residents, this offering of DRUNK INJUNS' early recordings circa 1983-84, packs a powerful 1-2 punch with searing guitars, a heavy driving back-beat, and mature, introspective messages delivered in a unique vocal style. Imagine bands like the Dead Boys, Joy Division, the Ramones, Sleepers, Hank Williams, Negative Trend, Rik L Rik, and the Doors rolled up into one with a vicious twist.




04/05/02: MUMIA DEFENDS KPFA JOURNALIST

Mr. Jim Bennett, Stn. Mgr
KPFA-FM 94.1
1929 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

Dear Mr. Bennett:

I've been hearing with growing disbelief, from the grapevine, tales of the banning of the award winning reporter/producer, Noelle Hanrahan, from KPFA-FM.

I can't, for the life of me, understand the logic of removing a journalist who is so able, so talented, so aggressive in pursuit of her craft, from the public airwaves. How can such a decision serve the best interest of the listening public, who turn to KPFA and her Pacifica affiliates for an antidote to the deadly corporate drone that passes for news these days?

She has been a courageous and principled lifeline, not just for myself, but for a number of folks who are locked down in U.S. gulags. While I have some appreciation of the tensions inherent in the management-employee relationship, I believe the bottom line (i.e., the listening, supporting public) should decide the question. I think it's clear that Noelle's work is a definite plus, that rebounds to the benefit of KPFA and the listeners.

May I suggest that you look at this as an opportunity (rather than a management problem) to rebut the presumption that this is a retaliatory BAN in response to gender harassment claims that have recently been filed?

KPFA has justly been seen as a bright light in the night sky of radio broadcasting, and Noelle Hanrahan's passion, expertise and sheer guts have unquestionably added to that luster.

I ask that you restore her to her slot on-drive time Flashpoints, and let someone who clearly loves her work -- do what she does best -- work.

By so doing we all are winners; the listeners, staff, management, the broader movement -- all of us.

I thank you, in advance, for doing the right thing.

Ona Move! LLJA!
A KPFA supporter from Death Row,
Mumia Abu-Jamal Journalist.

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To support Noelle Hanrahan and for more information call 415-648-4505. And take action and put pressure on :

Call Pacifica Exec. Director Dan Coughlin Exec. Director of Pacifica 917-647-9339; danc@igc.org

KPFA Station Manager Jim Bennett 510-848-6767 x203 jimbennett_kpfa@yahoo.com

P.S. if bennett tells you there were "other problems" ask him what specifically. Write it down. Then remind him that there were "No disciplinary actions against Noelle prior to his Banning of her". Ask why she is banned.




04/05/02: LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN PALESTINE :

For exclusive, up-to-the-minute coverage of the dire situation in Palestine, please visit : http://www.jerusalem.indymedia.org




02/05/02: FEBRUARY IS JAD FAIR MONTH; ART SHOW, etc.

Jad Fair is a living legend. He is the star of Half Japanese, an extremely prolific solo artist, and collaborator extraordinaire. He has released close to 50 albums (under various monikers). He started Half Japanese in 1975 (a track from HJ appeared on the notorious AT compilation "Let Them Eat Jellybeans" in the early 80's) and has kept it active to the present with a revolving line-up. Jad's music has been described as quirky, punk, childlike, beautiful, poppy, folksy, noisy, avant garde, you name it. Lyrically Jad tends to sing about : candy, love and monsters. There was even a documentary released about Half Japanese in the early 90's entitled "The Band That Would Be King".

He is a name to be reckoned with and has influenced countless indie rock and punk bands for decades. Hence he is deserving of his own month at Alternative Tentacles.

Aside from his music, you may well recognize his artwork. He even has art shows in galleries across the globe.

In fact, there is currently an art show of his :

JAD FAIR, DAVID FAIR
Paper Cuts
January 17 - February 24

Yard Dog Folk Art
1510 S. Congress
Austin, TX
78704
(512)912 1613
www.yarddog.com

To celebrate JAD FAIR month, we are making his new album with TEENAGE FANCLUB "Words Of Wisdom & Hope" available to our mailorder fans a week earlier than when you can buy it on other websites or in stores!

And we are having all kinds of Contests and Giveaways on our website!

We have signed JAD FAIR goodies that we are auctioning on eBay!

View Jad's amazing artwork (drawings, paper cut-outs, etc. - rotating every few days.)

And all CDs (except the brand new one) are ON SALE for $9.99!




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