02/20/11: We are hiring!
Alternative Tentacles is hiring for a Promotions Coordinator. All of the details are here.
Inquiries about the position will only be accepted at the 2011job at alternativetentacles.com e-mail. All other inquiries will be ignored.
02/02/11: Pasazer CD Compilation
Our friends at the Polish punk magazine Pasazer not only put Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine on the cover of Issue 27, they also included a CD sampler of Alternative Tentacles songs from recent releases! The artists included are Subhumans Canada, Amebix, Ratos De Porao, Alice Donut, Triclops!, Articles Of Faith, Pansy Division, Cross Stitched Eyes, and many more jammed onto one piece of plastic. Pick up a copy if you can!
01/20/11: AMEBIX Announce New Album Title & Release Date
The darkest hour is upon us. The legends have returned. AMEBIX, one of the best-loved and most influential bands in heavy music, have spent the last two years working towards this, a defining moment in heir storied career - the release of their first collection of all-new material since 1987.
On September 20, 2011, upon the cusp of the autumnal Equinox, the new AMEBIX album will be released. Entitled Sonic Mass, these nine songs represent the past, present, and future of the band, and will enthrall and inspire longtime fans and new converts alike. As dark, crushing, and honest as anything on their classics Arise! and Monolith, but imbued with a lifetime of hardship, raw emotion, and eternal hope, Sonic Mass is the album AMEBIX have always wanted to create.
The album was recorded at Rock Cottage in Derbyshire and The Lodge Studios in Northampton, England, and engineered, mixed and produced by AMEBIX drummer Roy Mayorga. Sonic Mass will be released digitally and on CD by Alternative Tentacles, with a deluxe 12" vinyl edition from Profane Existence.
Formed in the late seventies and hailed as the godfathers of crust punk and extreme metal, AMEBIX had long lain dormant until the addition of drummer Roy Mayorga (Nausea, Crisis, Soulfly, Stone Sour), a DVD release, and a string of 2009 reunion shows reignited the flame. The band's resurrection first resulted in the release of 2010's Redux EP, which features live and rerecorded versions of several of the band's best-loved classics, including "Winter," "Chain Reaction," and the immortal battle cry, "Arise." The songs were remixed by Mayorga and Redux is available from Profane Existence on CD, 12" LP and digitally. Now, the time has come to finish what they started. A whole new chapter in the AMEBIX saga has begun.
Rob Miller: Vocals/Bass
Stig C Miller: Guitars
Roy Mayorga: Drums/Keyboards/Mandolin
12/29/10: Black Bat is BACK! (just in time for 2011!)
All of your favorite sizes, from Girlie Large to 5XL, are back in stock of the classic Black Bat Shirt!
12/18/10: Slim Cessna's Auto Club & Munly on NYE!
12/09/10: The BAT takes on ROCK BAND!
Slim Cessna's Auto Club "Americadio" is now available to play on Rock Band!
10/25/10: Chicago! Slim Cessna's Auto Club Tickets
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win free entry to the Slim Cessna's Auto Show at the Empty Bottle on November 3 with "Slim Cessna" in the Subject line and your full name in the email body. Winners will be selected at random and notified via email by November 2
10/21/10: Terminal City Ricochet and The Widower, SF screening
A reminder about Sunday's screening of both The Widower and Terminal City Ricochet at San Francisco's own Artists' Television Access!
It's Sunday October 24th and seating is limited! Get there on time!
$6 to see The Widower at 7 pm
$6 to see Terminal City Ricochet at 9 pm
$10 for the double feature!
Jello Biafra in person Q&A at the end!
992 Valencia Street, SF
10/20/10: Holiday ordering deadlines for 2010!
For those of you who like to plan ahead, here are our 2010 Winter Holiday deadlines. Find your method of shipping/ordering and get your order in by the date below. This should ensure delivery by Thursday December 23, 2010.
All orders sent through the mail should arrive at our PO Box by Monday November 29.
International web orders Wednesday December 1
Media Mail web orders Wednesday December 8th
Priority Mail orders Wednesday December 15
Orders received after those dates will be sent out as quickly as possible. We do not track packages and we do not ship any other method except US Postal Service (No Fed Ex, UPS, DHL, etc.).
09/08/10: Articles Of Faith New Video
Chicago's finest are back! A preview of their upcoming appearance at Riotfest:
07/30/10: 16 Horsepower Poll
Alternative Tentacles and Glitterhouse Records are planning a fan-requested 16 Horsepower compilation for release this fall. The band wanted to know what songs have stood the test of time with its fans. To request your favorite 16 Horsepower song for the collection, fill out this poll by Sept 1st, 2010! You can vote for up to ten songs.
07/26/10: (1964-2010) Todd Sampson of M.I.A.
We are sad to bear the news that M.I.A. singer Todd Sampson passed away this weekend. This Las Vegas Weekly article by Spencer Patterson filed July 25th, 2010 provides some background but does not have a cause of death determined. Friend and photographer of the band Jesse Nabers informs of us a memorial show being organized, we will post that information when it becomes available to us. I am totally shocked. I was just getting to know Todd, as a great musician and performer, and above all as a friend. He was a real natural.
Here at Alternative Tentacles, we are devastated. Our hearts and wishes go out to his son Daz, his girlfriend, the MIA family, and all those who loved him.
Whatever you do, please don't give up. Todd never did. He will be truly missed. - Jello Biafra
06/22/10: Busy Busy Bands
Just a heads up on some AT-related news:
Grit TV has some footage of Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine playing on a boat in New York for the UXO Concert Tour. You can see Kimo Ball wearing a Witch Hunt T Shirt, as well as interviews with Iraq Veterans Against the War. More GRITtv
Akimbo's Jersey Shores is coming out on vinyl for the first time! Alternative Tentacles is reissuing the 2008 tribute to shark attacks (CD is on Neurot) with a 180 gram LP with gatefold.
Alice Donut is posting fan covers of their songs on their website. If you've got a cover concept you've been sitting on, this is the perfect time to bust it out.
Fish Karma performs the Rock Opera Halloween In America and celebrates its release at Hotel Congress in Tucson on June 26th.
If you did not hear about John Cobbett from Ludicra's emergency appendectomy in the midst of their US tour, read on! John is saddled with a bunch of medical bills, so a friend of the band set up a fundraiser selling photo prints of the band from their homecoming show. The most recent Ludicra album, The Tenant, is available from Profound Lore, and Life Is Abuse just reissued the first album Hollow Psalms on double LP.
Filth recently played their first shows since 1993! They played as part of a celebration for the 20th anniversary of The List! Here's a review of their Gilman show by Gabe Meline.
06/16/10: Now we are 31!
To celebrate our 31st birthday, we're going to enclose a surprise CD in every order placed between now and Midnight tomorrow, June 17, 2010 (Pacific time).
Which CD will it be? Only Jared the Mailorder Overlord knows!
05/17/10: Judi Bari bombing commemoration this weekend!
From our friends at Judi Bari's website comes this important information!
"May 23-24, 2010 Events: 20 Years After the Bombing of Judi Bari
Events marking the 20th anniversary of the 1990 pipe bomb attack on Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney will take place in the Bay Area over the course of 2 days:
* On Sunday, May 23, an event dubbed "Revolutionary Ecology" (the title of one of Judi's best essay collections) will take place at La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley, with a panel of speakers, music, film and an exciting historical exhibit.
* On Monday, May 24, the actual anniversary, people from near and far will gather at the site where a motion-triggered bomb exploded under Judi's car seat, nearly killing her and forever changing the Earth First! movement. The location is on Park Blvd. in Oakland just south of the MacArthur Freeway.
Details for both events will be forthcoming soon. Please mark your calendar and plan to join us in honoring Judi and her work.
We are raising funds to cover expenses of this commemoration, including the hall rental and travel funds for out of town speakers. We want to events to be free and accessible to all. Cosponsors include Earth First!, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and the Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters (BACH). All funds will go directly to support the event.
Or we can collect tax- deductible donations through the non-profit BACH, where you can contribute online at http://headwaterspreserve.org/donate.php and please be sure to put Judi Bari on the notes or memo line. --Karen Pickett, event coordinator"