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11/25/02: Wesley Willis December Tour Cancelled Due to Health
Check back in 2003 for new dates.


11/21/02: Strobe Talbot story to air on Public Radio International

Jad Fair's project Strobe Talbot will be featured in a story on Public Radio International show "The World" today. The segment includes an interview with the band as well as the real Strobe Talbott, the diplomat.

If you miss the actual broadcast of the show, worry not! It will be archived on "The World" website in the Global Hits section.



11/21/02: AK Press Featured NOW!
AK Press is a publishing collective, and audio label, located in Oakland, CA and in the U.K. Their goal is to make available radical books and other materials (such as CDs), with which you can make a positive change in the world.

Since the world needs information provided by AK Press & Alternative Tentacles artists' MORE NOW THAN EVER, we thought we would highlight these IMPORTANT releases and put some of them on sale for the next few weeks. There have been quite a few great new releases on AK Press/Alternative Tentacles in the past 6 months, so please check them out.




11/19/02: Articles of Faith contest at Flex Your Head Online!

Flex Your Head, the premier hardcore zine based in Vancouver, BC, Canada is giving away 3 sets of the Articles of Faith Complete, Vol. 1 and 2 on CD!

Between November 17 and 24, you can enter the contest here on the FYH website. Good luck!

Listen for your favorite AT bands on the Flex Your Head radio show every Tuesday from 6 - 8 pm (Pacific time) on CiTR 101.9fm .


11/01/02: Articles Of Faith in Rolling Stone

Articles Of Faith - the latest band in our Re-Issues Of Necessity Series - have received a small write up by David Fricke in the November issue of Rolling Stone!

This is only the second band in AT's history that we know about that were written up in Rolling Stone! (The Flaming Stars get written up in Rolling Stone's german edition!) The first A.T. band was Black Kali Ma .

"For five years, this hardcore crew lit up the Midwest -- and anywhere else you could find its two LPs, Give Thanks (1984) and In This Life (1986), both made with Husker Du's Bob Mould at the board. This is the high-minded frenzy of AoF in full: a righteous slap at the defanged cheese that now typically passes for punk."
DAVID FRICKE
(RS 908 - October 31, 2002)




09/24/02: Moving Sale - 2 Days Only - Sept 28 & 29th! at A.T.

After 23 years in San Francisco, ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES is moving to Emeryville.

We will be having a massive moving sale on Saturday & Sunday September 28th and 29th from 9-3 in front of the office at 1245 Sanchez (@ Clipper in Noe Valley).

Aside from selling LPs, CDs, and t-shirts at reduced prices there will be lots of memorabilia including posters, rarities, collectibles, photos, office furniture, computers,.....etc.

Kind of like eBay without the internet......well, and its not an auction either.....(Some things will be auctioned so check our eBay listings too!)




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.




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