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We are deeply saddened to report that one of our artists, Wesley Willis has recently been diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML). This form of Leukemia is treatable. Wesley is currently undergoing care, and his doctors are very hopeful that the treatment will be successful.

For more information on this type of Leukemia, you can visit and we will have updates of his condition on our website:

Rock over London!!
Rock on Chicago!!

12/14/02: Jello on NPR/PRI's "Fair Game"
National Public Radio/Public Radio International's new show Fair Game will air a piece featuring an interview with Jello and his take on current events. The episode will debut tonight, but will run through the weekend on various NPR stations. It will also be available online. For more information on the show and to hear the mp3 (available starting 11/15), please visit the Fair Game website. To find out what stations air the show, go here.

12/13/02: Secret Service Agents Question Student About Anti-Bush Shirt

Secret Service Agents question a Bellbrook High School student for wearing a controversial t-shirt.

The shirt has a picture of President Bush on it and the words, "not my president." The picture also showed cross-hairs on the Bush's forehead.

Because this issue is so sensitive, even we don't know the students name.

But we can tell you this whole thing was brought to the attention of school administrators after two students came forward and complained.

According to the Assistant Principal, the student had worn it before and the shirt didn't cause any problems until cross hairs appeared on the President's forehead.

The Assistant Principal confiscated the shirt, called the FBI and agents then called the secret service.

From that point, the Secret Service took over the investigation and met with the student and essentially treated the situation as a potential threat on the president.

There are more than 800 students at Bellbrook High School and the Assistant Principal says they're all good kids, but he's especially proud of two of them.

The Assistant Principal states that he is proud of the two students who brought the issue to the attention of the school administration.

12/12/02: FACEPULLER release Habanero Hot Sauce
In a move that has puzzled music fans and food freaks alike, Canada's noise rock band Facepuller have released their own brand of Hot Sauce. "Facepuller Habanero Hot Sauce - Sauce Piquante" is supposedly now available. We have been promised a few free "promo" bottles.

As you may recall, we released an LP and CD by them in 1996 :
FACEPULLER Unauthorized Volume Dealers

To see their nifty taco sauce label, check out:

11/27/02: German Brewery Invents Beer Bath, Gulp!
BERLIN (Reuters) - There are days when you feel like a bath full of beer, not just a glass.

Now you can have both -- thanks to a German brewery which has developed a beer you can wash down your food with or wash down your body.

Klosterbrauerei, or monastic brewery, was looking for ways to mop up excess capacity in a slumping beer market and struck upon the bathtime supplement to help tipplers soak away their stresses and strains.

The brewery, in Neuzelle, near Leipzig, eastern Germany, says the dark brown brew has restorative powers for both the mind and body to improve the skin and pep up spirits.

"It opens up the pores, the yeast penetrates the skin and after 15 minutes your skin feels softer everywhere," company spokesman Dirk Vock told Reuters. "It is also a good remedy for people with skin problems."

"The beer cloaks bathers in a delicate aroma of malt," said, Vock who recommended about three liters of beer per bathtub.

But Klosterbrauerei, which showed the bath beer to shoppers in Leipzig Thursday, said those taking a boozy dip would not end up smelling like a brewery.

"When you get to work, you won't smell like you've just emerged from the corner bar," Vock said.

Although once the beer has been mixed with the bathwater, Vock says it is best not to take a sneaky sup.

"Obviously you wouldn't want to drink bath oil once you've bathed in it either," he said.

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."
(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.


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 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 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 for more information.

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