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Here are the deadlines for you to place DOMESTIC mail orders- these will ensure that things will arrive by 12/24. Media mail deadline: December 15th Priority mail deadline: December 17th If you're overseas or in Canada/Mexico, order now and *hopefully* your order will arrive in time, but it will be pretty close. It will depend on how far away you are and your country's postal service. Thanks to everyone for your support over the years- Wrap up 2014 with The Bat!
12/11/14: HOLIDAY SHIPPING DEADLINES FOR ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES
With the holidays rapidly approaching, this is just a friendly reminder to make sure to please place all orders by Monday, December 15th to ensure their arrival well before the 25th. After Monday, we can not guarantee they will be delivered by Christmas. It may or may not make it! So please get your orders in early, and we'll make sure we get them out ASAP! Thanks all! Happy Holidays!
12/08/14: Rest In Peace Brian "Wimpy Roy" Goble of Subhumans Canada
It is with incredible sadness and the deepest regret that we report the passing away of our dear friend, Brian "Wimpy Roy" Roy Goble of SUBHUMANS (Canada), as well as being known for The Skulls, D.O.A.. We are all heartbroken here and extend our deepest condolences to his friends and family. He will be missed.
11/25/14: ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES TO RELEASE ENTIRE REALLY RED CATALOG AS 3 LP'S AND ONE DOUBLE CD SET
Alternative Tentacles is proud to present the first-ever complete, three volume, reissue of Texas Punk legends, REALLY RED. None of their catalog has been available for years - some not for decades! This collection will be our first release of the new year and the three vinyl LP's and double CD set will be in stores everywhere on January 20th.
REALLY RED was the backbone of Houston's underground from the early punk era clear through 80's hardcore. Like The Dicks in Austin, they directly challenged an insanely violent policed department at no small risk to their own lives. Their sound itself had more art and post-punk elements then most, with a musical and lyrical depth on par with bands like Mission of Burma, Wire, or Dead Kennedys. Singer Ronnie Bond (U-Ron Bondage) was never afraid to push intelligence or mess with Texas in general. Kelly Younger's guitar style is as unique in it's own way as the Gang of Four. Couple that with Bob Weber's taut, precise, and sometimes unorthodox drum patterns that would not be heard again until John Wright of No Means No. This is all driven forward by the constant pumping elastic bass of John Paul Williams. This collection presents the sound better then it has ever been, so hear them again for the first time - or the first time EVER.
Alternative Tentacles will be releasing this as a three part LP vinyl collection.
Virus 454 "Volume 1: Teaching You The Fear" is the much loved first album that's been unavailable since Empty Records reissued it 10 years ago. More manic and locked-in then the early singles, this is REALLY RED in their prime; fired up and focused to lay down what they likely thought was their one shot to get it all on vinyl.
Virus 455 "Volume 2: Rest In Pain" is at last, the long lost second album that hardly any of the REALLY RED fans back then knew existed! Unavailable for almost 30 years, now all tracks are restored for the first time ever, with vastly improved sound.
The Sound is fiercer and heavier, but still vintage REALLY RED. Now the damage of Reagan was now in everyone's face, and the music was the only thing about the 80's that didn't suck.
Virus 456 "Volume 3 "News Strings For Old Puppets" could be the sleeper hit of the bunch. Here in one place are all the highly sought after REALLY RED 7"s, plus more from the early days that's never been released in ANY form until now.
Starts with the KBD cult classic "Modern Needs" and the even rarer "Crowd Control" singles, followed by an unlikely punk cover of Petula Clark's "Downtown". Finally seeing the light for the first time is "Little Death", the song Jello wanted for the Alternative Tentacle's compilation "Let Them Eat Jellybeans", that only survived on a cassette he found in his vaults.
Then it's on to the hardcore era and the "New Strings..." EP itself. Then a final rewind to the live songs originally released as the "Official Bootleg". Despise Moral Majority". The sound is dramatically improved, and it ain't a muddy bootleg anymore!
For CD buyers, Virus 457 "Teaching You The Fear: The Complete Collection 1978-1985" has it all here in one double-disc set. The classic "Teaching You The Fear" LP, the long-lost second album, "Rest In Pain", and plus all their sought-after 7"s, and some unreleased gems to boot.
A true classic band of it's time- or any time. Restored and re-mastered by Jello Biafra to sound better then ever!
Here is REALLY RED live in 1983 opening for the Dead Kennedys:
11/24/14: DEATH HYMN NUMBER 9 VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH 9TH FLOOR RADIO
9th Floor Radio recently sat down with DEATH HYMN NUMBER 9 and lucky for us, filmed it! Check out the interview below:
Like what you see? Check out their latest album 3rd Degree Moon Burns OUT NOW on Alternative Tentacles!
11/04/14: LIVE CONCERT VIDEO: THE WORLD/INFERNO FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY @ THE WICK, BROOKLYN, NY- OCT. 31, 2014
Full live concert video of THE WORLD/INFERNO FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY's Hallomas 2014 concert that just happened to be the East Coast release party for their new album "THIS PACKED FUNERAL" out on Alternative Tentacles on Nov. 11th!
Check out the amazing show in full:
09/24/14: THE WORLD/INFERNO FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY TEASE TWO TRACKS OFF UPCOMING ALBUM
The World/Inferno Friendship Society have teased another track from their upcoming album, "THIS PACKED FUNERAL" on Alternative Tentacles Records on Diffuser.fm! Check out "Dolce Far Niente" and it's accompanying interview HERE!
You can also hear the title track "This Packed Funeral" as an exclusive preview on Punknews.org! along with an interview as well!
"THIS PACKED FUNERAL" is in stores everywhere on November 11th or you can preorder it here: http://www.alternativetentacles.com/product.php?product=2200
09/11/14: STREAM JELLO BIAFRA - "THE BIG KA-BOOM, PART ONE" FOR FREE ON BANDCAMP NOW!
As a special gift this weekend, we are streaming Jello Biafra's classic spoken word performance THE BIG KA-BOOM, PART ONE on our bandcamp right now! You can listen to the entire 34 minute performance for FREE!
While you are there be sure to listen to ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES FOR BEGINNERS! Our 2014 sampler that you can stream for free or download for $5!
Listen to "Jello Biafra - The Big Ka-Boom, Part One" here: https://alternativetentacles.bandcamp.com/
09/02/14: WORLD / INFERNO FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY ANNOUNCE 'THIS PACKED FUNERAL' ON ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES
Alternative Tentacles is beyond excited to announce the most recent addition to our one of a kind corral of bands that truly break the mold, the international Brooklyn-based WORLD/INFERNO FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY! WIFS will be releasing their anticipated new album THIS PACKED FUNERAL on NOVEMBER 11, 2014!
In the band's unique punk rock cabaret style, the ten tracks on the LP feature their signature critically acclaimed romantic tangoing/violent break up inducing mayhem while expanding previously unexplored territory combining contrapuntal fugue, the rhythmic percussion of a New Orleans Funeral March and the classic hardcore punk sounds of Code Of Honor, TSOL and The Damned.
At their annual always-anticipated Hallowmas bacchanal, the famously incestuous collective will celebrate the release on October 31st in their hometown where fans will be able to purchase an advance copy of the record or you can pre-order the album NOW on Alternative Tentacles! An extensive tour of our great United States is to follow, the next fucking day! Two of the new songs, "The Packed Funeral" and "American Mercurial," are streaming on the band's website.
For AT fans who haven't heard them before, the style is punk, soul, klezmer and jazz, featuring horns, piano, guitar and a lot of boys and girls with very sharp teeth with a must-see stage charisma rivaling Slim Cessna's Auto Club. The ensemble has over 40 members, including a guy from Dexys Midnight Runners who's in Black 47 now. Crazy right? Only about 7 to 13 show up at any given time due to parole restrictions, but laws change from state to state and country-to-country so you never can tell how crowded the dressing room is going to be. The group is forced to continue with singer, Jack Terricloth, a prison baby who was placed in foster care after being born in the Clinton Correctional Facility for Women in Union Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey.
After being branded and taken away from his mother he was placed in the NYC foster care system where he met most of his future bandmates. Co-founding member of this bizarre gang of dangerous loonies, Scott Hollingsworth, is back and in the producer's/piano stool after a 15-year hiatus, and will be touring with the band on keys this fall. Veteran member Peter Hess is also back in the fold, and is responsible for the stellar brass arrangement on the "Don't get me started, Don't get me wrong", World / Inferno's take on a New Orleans Funeral March.
PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY OF "THIS PACKED FUNERAL" NOW BY CLICKING HERE
08/21/14: Alternative Tentacles For Beginners: 51 songs for only $5!
Are you new to Alternative Tentacles? A long time fan, but not sure what the label has done lately? Perhaps your feeling like your music collection has become a bit boring lately?
Seriously, we hope you enjoy it...
Check it out here: ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES FOR BEGINNERS: 2014 DIGITAL SAMPLER
08/14/14: Man walks on Mars
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07/24/14: bATcast #114 - Interview with DISASTER STRIKES!
Check out the latest bATcast featuring Disaster Strikes!
They stopped in to talk to Alternative Tentacles Records about their tour, the political and financial status of the US, signing to AT, the Boston scene, and their upcoming album!
Find the latest episode on iTunes or listen to ANY of our podcasts here: http://www.alternativetentacles.com/batcast.php
07/09/14: ArnoCorps "TWO MORE!" EP OUT NOW!
ArnoCorps "TWO MORE!" EP is finally OUT NOW! Pick up a copy of this most epic of 7" records by picking up one of the limited edition "Perspiration Clear" vinyls in our store now:
ArnoCorps "TWO MORE!" v465 (2014) Colored 7" +download - $5.00 | 7"+download - $5.00
You can also pick up/order the vinyl from your local record store or find the digital at your favorite online music site.
Look for "THE GREATEST BAND OF ALL TIME" LP to drop on August 5th!
Need to know more about these last action heroes before you pick up these new releases?
Check out the latest bATcast featuring ARNOCORPS!
Covering the albums, touring, their mission, and what it's like to be the greatest band of all time! Find it on iTunes or listen to our podcasts here:
ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES BATCAST PAGE
06/11/14: bATcast #112 - Jello Biafra on the new AT releases, the passing of Dave Brockie of GWAR, and what's next for JBGSM!
In our latest bATcast, host Rafer Rawb guides us through Jesse Luscious' interview with the man himself, Jello Biafra as he discusses the latest Alternative Tentacles releases by Death Hymn Number 9, Ani Kyd, Peace Creep, Frantix, and upcoming releases by ArnoCorps, Itchy-O, Really Red, and Cheetah Crome Motherfuckers! He also talks about the passing of his good friend Dave Brockie of Gwar, and what's next for Jello Biafra and The Guantanamo School of Medicine!
Don't miss it! Check out the latest bATcast along with all the others on our bATcast page: ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES BATCASTS
06/09/14: SAN FRANCISCO POP-UP RECORD STORE THIS MONTH!
We are excited to announce the return of the Alternative Tentacles Records POP-UP RECORD STORE!! This time we are coming to San Francisco! Look for us Friday, June 27th at the Body of the Sheep clothing store at 1780 Haight Street, San Francisco, California 94117! We will be there from 5-8pm with a ton of stuff from our vaults and Jello Biafra's classic record store!
More details to come! Don't miss this!