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As you may have heard, the open internet as we know it may soon become a thing of the past.
Obama has long been a proclaimed supporter of net neutrality. During his 2007 presidential campaign he gave a speech at Google headquarters stating, "I will take a backseat to no one in my commitment to network neutrality, because once providers start to privilege some applications or websites over others, then the smaller voices get squeezed out and we all lose. The Internet is perhaps the most open network in history and we have to keep it that way." A admirable stance, but just seven years later we find that the FCC is planning to abandon the "net neutrality" regulations, and under the new proposed system internet providers will be able to create a "tiered internet". Where websites and consumers will have to pay more money for faster loading times. Last year President Obama appointed Tom Wheeler as FCC chairman. Tom Wheeler was a major contributor to Obama's campaign, raising half a million dollars for the president's re-election in 2012 alone.
Wheeler was also previously a lobbyist for the cable and wireless industries, involved with both NCTA (National Cable and Telecommunications Association and CTIA (Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association). Daniel Alverez was hired on to the FCC by Wheeler and he was a long time member of a law firm that advised Comcast and has argued against net neutrality rules. Wheeler's senior counselor is Phillip Verveer, who has worked for Comcast and the wireless and cable trade associations, BOTH whom have opposed net neutrality.
The FCC meets this very month on May 15th. Before that happens, we at Alternative Tentacles urge you to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or direct a tweet to Wheeler himself at @TomWheelerFCC. After that meeting there will be a "public comment" period of 30 to 40 days before they finalize any rules. We urge you to make your voice heard now and don't let the internet be taken away from us.
For more information on this subject check out these articles:
05/07/14: Alternative Tentacles signs Itchy-O!
Alternative Tentacles is proud to announce the signing of the amazing Itchy-O Marching Band!
Hailing from Denver, Colorado, Itchy-O is a 32-piece percussion-centered electronic marching band. They are a driving drum corp complemented by an arsenal of special surround sound effects units including synthesizers, theremin, vocoders, and several other hand held electronic devices, the IOMB completely engulfs and immerses an audience from every angle in an electric bog of music, ephemera and spectacle.
They wage an ongoing war on predictable mediocrity with their guerrilla-style performances which feature an artfully hazardous Chinese lion, sensuous dancing twin apparitions, fog, strobes, sequins, sweat and fury.
They are incredible, and we are beyond excited to be releasing their upcoming album in September in time for their Fall tour of the U.S.
You can however catch them in Denver, Colorado at the Cannibis Carnival on June 24th at the Cervante Masterpiece Ballroom. Tickets Available HERE
Learn more about the amazing Itchy-O at http://itchyo.com/
05/01/14: Disaster Strikes announce 2014 summer tour dates with Opposition Rising
Disaster Strikes (Alternative Tentacles) and fellow Boston punks Opposition Rising (Profane Existence) have announced their joint summer tour schedule.
In addition to sharing the same hometown, both bands deliver songs that are unapologetically political - promoting messages of labor solidarity and environmental justice in opposition to corporate greed. The tour dates were announced on May 1st in recognition of International Workers Day / May Day - a date globally associated with protest movements for labor and immigrant rights.
"Our first goal as a band is inspiring people towards collective action and to resist the corporate power-grab that is killing our generation's hope for decent jobs and a livable planet. Period. May Day is a global celebration of resistance and that's the spirit of the joint tour we are announcing today," explained Disaster Strikes in a statement released today along with the new tour dates.
The July tour will span the Midwestern and Western United States and will include select dates with punk legends Naked Aggression, D.I., and MDC, amongst others to be announced.
Prior to the July tour, Disaster Strikes is also scheduled to play at Montreal's Pouzza Fest (May 16 - May 18), along with Dillinger Four, Reagan Youth, and more. On June 22, Disaster Strikes will join Negative Approach in opening for Jello Biafra & the Guantanamo School of Medicine at Brighton Music Hall in Boston, MA.
Meanwhile, Disaster Strikes is finishing the tracking of their new full length release "In the Age of Corporate Personhood" at Galaxy Park Studios in Watertown, MA, and are expected to announced a Fall pre-order date prior to the joint tour with Opposition Rising.
Check out the full list of tour dates at the ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES TOUR PAGE
04/30/14: DESIGN A ONE COLOR T-SHIRT FOR JELLO BIAFRA AND THE GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
Attention all Artists! Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine have come together with Alternative Tentacles to host our first T-SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST! We are looking for a brand new ONE COLOR T-shirt design for Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine to take out on their upcoming June Canadian and U.S. tour! Hurry though; the deadline for design submissions is Monday, May 19th! Winner will be announced on May 21st!
If your design is chosen, it will become a real product and will be up for sale at the band's merch booth through out the entire North American Tour! You will be given copies of the T-shirt featuring your design, paid a royalty for the amount of shirts sold, and if possible, get tickets to an upcoming Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine show, and of course, bragging rights forever!
•Create a high resolution version of your one color design. Keep any layers separate.
•Create a 72 dpi flattened copy of your design.
•Your submission should be 1200 pixels wide, 1200 pixels tall, and 72 dpi.
•Save your file as a jpg.
•Email your jpg to email@example.com by Wednesday, May 19th.
Shirts and design can be any color combination, but this is for a one-color design. If your design is chosen, we will contact you for more information and your high-resolution version for actual printing. You MUST have the high-resolution version in order to win (We have to be able to actually PRINT the design).
ALL artwork submitted would be considered property of Alternative Tentacles and Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine.
Show us your best! Good luck everyone!
04/17/14: AT STAFF PICK OF THE WEEK: DASH RIP ROCK "BLACK LIQUOR"
AT STAFF PICK OF THE WEEK: AT INTERN Amy picks "BLACK LIQUOR" by Dash Rip Rock! In her words: "I love Dash Rip Rock! They have been touring non-stop for 20 years, packing venues across the USA with their Southern-tinged punk and high-energy roots rock. SPIN says Dash Rip Rock is "undeniably the South's greatest rock band." The New York Times calls Dash Rip Rock "skillful musicians with a penchant for getting reliably wild...." No Depression raves that DRR's recent albums prove that Dash is "one of the greatest bands working today." In 2012 Dash Rip Rock was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame."
Available on CD & Digital Download. For more info on the band including streams and videos check out the DASH RIP ROCK "BLACK LIQUOR" ALBUM PAGE
04/16/14: bATcast #110 - BATDADDIO!
Join AT Publicist Dominic with AT Intern Rafer Rawb as they play some tracks from the latest batch of Alternative Tentacle releases, including some sneak peeks at the upcoming FRANTIX and ARNOCORPS releases! All while finding weird themes to the songs they choose.
Check out the latest bATcast along with all the others on our bATcast page: ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES BATCASTS
04/14/14: FRANTIX release date moved until MAY 13th!
Alternative Tentacles Records is proud to present FRANTIX "MY DAD'S A FUCKIN' ALCOHOLIC"
Collecting 23 tracks together for the first time on one album, this reissue includes both 1982's "Face Reality" 7" and the original 1983 "My Dad's A Fuckin' Alcoholic" 7", along with 7 previously unreleased demo tracks and 8 previously unreleased live tracks! They later became THE FLUID on Sub Pop, but THIS is the original KBD classic!
Out MAY 13th on CD, LP w/download, and Digital
04/07/14: Alternative Tentacles Pop-Up Record Store: 1-2-3-4 GO! RECORDS in OAKLAND,CA!
A huge thank you to everyone who came out and made our first pop up store such a big success. A special shout out to Steve and the staff at 1-2-3-4 Go! Records who allowed us to take over a corner of their store. A big thank you to Gary Floyd (The Dicks/Sister Double Happiness) for his wonderful artwork and fantastic acoustic set! This is an event we hope to do a lot more of, so stay tuned for information on the next location and date of the AT Pop-Up Store!
The AT Pop-Up Store at 1-2-3-4 Go! Records in Oakland, on April 4th
AT Merchandiser Anna with alt-model Olivia Dantes and Joel Foresti at the Alternative Tentacles Records Pop-Up Store event at 1-2-3-4 Go! Records
Joel Foresti helping AT publicist Dominic set up the Alternative Tentacles Records Pop-Up Store at 1-2-3-4 Go! Records in Oakland, CA!
DJ Alan Always with AT intern Amy at the Alternative Tentacles Records Pop-Up Store event at 1-2-3-4 Go! Records in Oakland, CA!
03/27/14: Alternative Tentacles Pop-Up Record Store: 1-2-3-4 GO! RECORDS in OAKLAND,CA!
This Friday, April 4th, Alternative Tentacles is hosting it's first ever Pop-Up Record Store at 1-2-3-4 Go! Records in Oakland, CA! The AT staff will be on hand with a ton of cd's and vinyl to add to 1-2-3-4 Go! Records already amazing collection! AT will also be showcasing the "Jello Biafra Record Store"! Rare and hard to find records from Jello Biafra's own personal collection on sale! GARY FLOYD (The Dicks/Sister Double Happiness) will be hosting a fantastic showcase of his original artwork as well as playing a short acoustic set! DO NOT MISS THIS!
All Ages and FREE! 7pm-10pm, Friday April 4th @ 1-2-3-4 Go! Records. 420 40th St. #5, Oakland, CA. 94609. 510-985-0325
To help them on their mighty quest, Alternative Tentacles will release both "THE GREATEST BAND OF ALL TIME" full length and the "TWO MORE!" single on glorious vinyl for the first time ever on July 8th 2014, just in time for ArnoCorps' triumphant return to the United Kingdom. Many listeners of this mighty tome claim to have experienced an increase in muscle mass, a better understanding of life's mysteries, and feeling like "goddamn heroes and sheroes". Now, let ArnoCorps tell you of the days of high adventure. Come on! Do it now!! What are you waiting for?!?
Check TOUR DATES for the upcoming UK tour dates!
You can pick up the song off of their 7" for sale here: VICTIMS FAMILY "HAVE A NICE DAY" 7"
For more on VICTIMS FAMILY check them out in our ARTISTS section!
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