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Jello Biafra is now immersed in creating an all new music album with his new band, the same one that electrified the Biafra 5-0 celebration last year:
Billy Gould (Faith No More)
Ralph Spight (ex-Victim's Family, Freak Accident)
John Weiss (ex-Sharkbait, Horsey)
plus additional guitarist Kimo Ball (ex-Freak Accident & Mol Triffid)
[The band's still arguing over the name- it is NOT Jello Biafra And The Dick Army! Jello's current favorite is Gitmo Twinkie.]
The band's playing a last minute hit and run show @ Annie's Social Club in San Francisco this Saturday May 9th!
It's going to be a short-to-medium length set so that Billy's arms don't fall off after stacking this project on top of intensive rehersals for the reformed Faith No More. Speaking of Faith No More, this is probably Billy's last live appearance with Jello's band because FNM is going on tour!
Also on the bill are local punk rock legends Social Unrest & Ribzy, plus newcomers Fix My Head and The Excuse! Don't forget back room Punk Rock & Schlock Karaoke! 21+, $10
On February 14, there will be a live taping of "Counter Culture Hour," a public access TV show hosted by our friend V Vale of RE/Search Publications. The other guest will be Steve Mackay of the Stooges. The show will also feature a performance by the Thrillpeddlers.
Tickets are available online here.
Saturday, February 14 @ 8pm
Fucked Up played at the Independent in San Francisco last night. Jello Biafra jumped on stage for the encore to sing "Blitzkrieg Bop" with them. Here is a video of this joyous occasion, courtesy of Umlaut. Read Umlaut's excellent review of the show here!
Jello Biafra will be one of the guests at the live taping of the radio show/podcast Sound of Young America with host Jesse Thorn. The other guest scheduled for the taping is Tom Ammiano from the California State Assembly.
Who: Jello Biafra
Tickets are $20 and available online here.
Sound of Young America Live is a part of SF Sketchfest.
Without him, where would we be? Would this label even exist?
Here's the New York Times obituary
Since Election Day, Jello Biafra has been working on an open letter to President-Elect Barack Obama. We're submitting the letter via Change.gov, the Obama administration's transition website, on Jello's behalf. We posted the letter in its entirety at:
Please read it, pass it along to your friends and family, and let us know your thoughts. Most importantly, go to Change.gov and submit your own ideas and suggestions for the incoming administration!
Cobb's Comedy Club will host a taping of VBS.tv's Soft Focus with Ian Svenonius. Ian will interview Jello Biafra as well as Alan and Richard Bishop of the Sun City Girls in front of a live audience. The taping is free and open to the public. You must RSVP with your name and e-mail address at www.viceland.com/softfocussf.
Soft Focus with host Ian Svenonius
We have a last minute confirmation that Jello Biafra will be on Pirate Cat Radio tonight (11/5) at 8pm PST for MonkeyMan's show. Other guests will include Matt Gonzalez, Ralph Nader's running mate and former SF Board of Supervisors president, and Ross Mirikarimi, current SF Supervisor for District 5. This will be a discussion and analysis of Election 2008.
You can listen to the broadcast by tuning in to 87.9FM in San Francisco and Los Angeles. If you live in San Francisco, you can go to the Pirate Cat Radio studio, which is also a cafe, at: 2781 21st Street, San Francisco, CA 94110. The show will also be streamed live at the Pirate Cat Radio website and will be archived on the site as a podcast.
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Before you get bogged down with today's election return reports, head on over to the Sundance Channel's Voices on the Election Blog where there is an interview with Jello as well as a lot of other musicians, actors, etc.
There are two things about an Obama regime that worry me the most.
1. I remember someone else who had the audacity to misuse peoples' Hope when they were desperate for a change, and his name is Bill Clinton. Let's not forget it was not Bush but Clinton who gave us NAFTA, the WTO, the Telecom Act of 1996 that opened the floodgates for Clear Channel and Fox News, and laugh out loud Abstinence-only sex "education." Clinton signed Newt Gingrich's cruel welfare reform bill at the urging of Al Gore. And, yes, it was Clinton who planted the seeds of the economic meltdown when he gleefully deregulated the banks.
If Obama turns out to be another Clinton - and surrounding himself with Biden, Lawrence Summers, Robert Rubin and Zbigniew Bzrzinsky is not a good sign - I fear he will break the hearts of whole energized generation of voters who won't feel it's worth it to participate again.
2. When Clinton got in, people rejoined "Ding Dong, Bush is gone. Now we can finally sleep at night" - and went to sleep for the next 8 years! We can't rest easy and sleep this time. There will be no change from Obama or a congress of corporate-owned Democrats unless we increase the pressure and keep a blowtorch up their ass the whole time they're in power. We need leaders, not more deal makers, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid (remember him?) need to be replaced with people who actually give a shit.
We stopped Vietnam. We torpedoed the Gulf War. Our civil rights and environmental awareness as we know them today didn't happen because our corporate lords granted the peasants new rights out of the goodness of their corporate hearts. They don't have any. We got where we are because we got together and fought for it. Same for the New Deal. It was us.
And the only thing standing in the way of more wars, more Abu Ghraibs and more Guantanamo Bays coming soon behind a Wal-Mart near you is us.
So don't give up, OK? Besides, causing trouble is so much fun.
Jello Biafra and Matt Gonzalez
Event info on the UC Berkeley events site here.
7pm, all ages, at 924 Gilman in Berkeley, CA. It's a benefit for the progressive Berkeley Rent Board Slate. You can find out more info about the Slate, which includes Jesse the AT Mail Male (!) at here & here on My Space!
Jello called us from Denver today. He wondered what possessed Hillary Clinton to wear her trademark pantsuit in "prison jumpsuit" orange. He was also appalled that as a woman, she didn't address reproductive rights and remind the audience how horrible a McCaine Supreme Court would be.
Jello said the only big protest march was one held by Iraq Veterans Against the War, which drew 3000 people according to media estimates (AlterNet says 7000, IVAW says 10,000 btw). There was a standoff between the IVAW marchers and the Denver police, but eventually an IVAW rep was allowed to cross into the convention grounds to present a letter to a representative from the Obama campaign.
The city of Denver apparently received $50 million in grants for all the security measures they had to take for the convention. While there are miles and miles of fencing that block off open areas and dump trucks blocking strategic intersections, Jello wonders who pocketed most of the money because it couldn't have cost 50 million bucks. Especially considering that the biggest demonstration drew 3-10,000 people, $50M seems like overkill.
Read about the Iraq Veterans Against the War march here (AlterNet). More about the IVAW letter presented to the Obama campaign here (CQ News). Read the letter presented to the Obama campaign here (IVAW).
Jello said the security is totally overblown at the DNC that even the delegates are probably exasperated by all the extra walking they have to do. He wonders how people will get to the stadium for Barack Obama's speech since the freeway by the stadium will be completely closed for security.
Jello was supposed to read a bedtime story ("Eric Meets the Moose Diarrhea Salesman" from Beyond the Valley of the Gift Police) Sunday night at the Freedom Cage (the DNC "Free Speech Zone") to protesters who are camping out. When he arrived, there were only a few folks, including three reporters. Jello eventually read his bedtime story to about 30 people. When some protesters unfurled a banner and leaned it against the chain-link fence, the police showed up to tell them it was against the rules to lean things against the fence. There is a tiny write-up about this in the Rocky Mountain News.
Jello will probably be at Freedom Cage again tonight when Tent State has a youth candidate event. We'll let you know if we get any other confirmed appearances.