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Wesley called me at home again last night from his vacation (now in Denver, CO). I think the purpose of his call was to remind me of his birthday, May 31st (and to ask for an advance check so that he could properly celebrate his birthday.) He originally asked for $1500 but we were able to talk him down to $300.00)
Although we cannot be physically with him on his birthday, we will be there in spirit!
We are putting his music on sale for the entire week - from now until his birthday, May 31st!
In addition, we will be auctioning some Wesley Willis items on eBay - such as drawings, t-shirts, stickers,...
We hope to start 39 auctions in the next few days to celebrate his 39th birthday!
(BTW - as you know, once in a while we throw some stuff up on eBay to help spread the word about some of our bands, and to make some rarities and collectibles available to our fans. Well, the other day, eBay *Cancelled* a bunch of our auctions due to language that was in violation of their user policy. Well, unfortunately, alot of that was Wesley Willis song titles! So, we are changing, "censoring" some language (mainly song titles) in our eBay descriptions.....just so you know. Other "items" they had a problem with was the band the "Dicks" and some MIA song and some DK shirt.......)
Wesley Willis rarities and stuff on eBay :
Or type in eBay user : Virus235
05/23/02: YES, WE HAVE A STREET TEAM TO HELP PROMOTE "PUNK"
Yes, thanks for asking....we DO have a street team. However, due to an enormous response to the initial call, we are not actively recruiting new members right now. We do hope to expand the team at a later date so if you are interested here are the details:
Street team responsibilities include: passing out flyers at shows, hanging up posters around town, dropping off promotional material and doing stock checks at record stores, etc. Participants are volunteers (read: no pay), but perks include A.T. releases and merch as well as tickets to see A.T. bands when they come through your town...and of course, the satisfaction of helping one of the oldest punk labels still around! You don't need experience--just the desire to spread the A.T. gospel and some free time to devote to our cause.
If you would like more information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us how we make you tick.
04/30/02: DK's Fresh Fruit TAKEN AWAY FROM A.T.
The debut album by Dead Kennedys "Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables" has been availble via AT for the U.S. for around 15 years now. We have always licensed it from Cherry Red Records in the U.K. Despite such a long-standing relationship, the owner of Cherry Red Records decided not to re-new our contract due to East Bay Ray complaining to him for years that he should switch labels for the U.S.
The last day we were allowed to sell it was April 15, 2002.
It will be coming out on another label at the end of April.
04/26/02: NOMEANSNO ABANDON A.T.
Nomeansno have informed us that they are leaving Alternative Tentacles Records after a 15 year relationship and over a dozen releases. The split is amicable, yet the label feels shocked, saddened and bewildered by the announcement. There wasn't any voiced disappointment by the band, rather, the band and their management decided to merely end the arrangement. They said that they wanted to control their records. But heck, thats how it goes! This is the music industry (well, kinda).
Effective April 15, 2002, Mordam Records, our distributor, can no longer distribute the Nomeansno catalog, rendering the entire catalog no longer available to the public. (That is the bewildering part as they haven't announced a new label or distributor so their items will be effectively out of print.)
(Also included is the Hanson Brothers album. Not included is the Jello Biafra & NMN release.)
We will continue to sell our remaining stock (what's left of it) through our mailorder for the next few weeks until we get rid of it all.
So, ALL NOMEANSNO LPs on SALE for $4.99 until supplies last AND ALL NOMEANSNO CDs on SALE for $7.99 until supplies last
We wish the band the best of luck in the future.
04/12/02: SKATE-PUNK SERIES ANNOUNCED!!!
Band: Free Beer
Title: The Only Beer that Matters
Your salad days resurrected on CD and vinyl!! Yes, folks, it is safe to drain the pool and tune up that dusty deck in yer closet because we are re-issuing (actually issuing in some cases as most of this hasn't been really available before) some obscure yet essential skate punk records this summer. Cool stuff from the early 80's. This is not the Sum 182 Warped Tour brand of skate punk. It's the *real* deal from when skaters weren't sponsored and skate parks were mere castles in the sky.
Sorry kiddo, duct tape and grip tape not included...
FREE BEER :
LOS OLVIDADOS :
DRUNK INJUNS :
04/05/02: MUMIA DEFENDS KPFA JOURNALIST
Mr. Jim Bennett, Stn. Mgr
Dear Mr. Bennett:
I've been hearing with growing disbelief, from the grapevine, tales of the banning of the award winning reporter/producer, Noelle Hanrahan, from KPFA-FM.
I can't, for the life of me, understand the logic of removing a journalist who is so able, so talented, so aggressive in pursuit of her craft, from the public airwaves. How can such a decision serve the best interest of the listening public, who turn to KPFA and her Pacifica affiliates for an antidote to the deadly corporate drone that passes for news these days?
She has been a courageous and principled lifeline, not just for myself, but for a number of folks who are locked down in U.S. gulags. While I have some appreciation of the tensions inherent in the management-employee relationship, I believe the bottom line (i.e., the listening, supporting public) should decide the question. I think it's clear that Noelle's work is a definite plus, that rebounds to the benefit of KPFA and the listeners.
May I suggest that you look at this as an opportunity (rather than a management problem) to rebut the presumption that this is a retaliatory BAN in response to gender harassment claims that have recently been filed?
KPFA has justly been seen as a bright light in the night sky of radio broadcasting, and Noelle Hanrahan's passion, expertise and sheer guts have unquestionably added to that luster.
I ask that you restore her to her slot on-drive time Flashpoints, and let someone who clearly loves her work -- do what she does best -- work.
By so doing we all are winners; the listeners, staff, management, the broader movement -- all of us.
I thank you, in advance, for doing the right thing.
Ona Move! LLJA!
To support Noelle Hanrahan and for more information call 415-648-4505.
And take action and put pressure on :
Call Pacifica Exec. Director Dan Coughlin Exec. Director of Pacifica 917-647-9339; email@example.com
KPFA Station Manager Jim Bennett 510-848-6767 x203 firstname.lastname@example.org
P.S. if bennett tells you there were "other problems" ask him what specifically. Write it down. Then remind him that there were "No disciplinary actions against Noelle prior to his Banning of her". Ask why she is banned.
04/05/02: LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN PALESTINE :
For exclusive, up-to-the-minute coverage of the dire situation in Palestine, please visit : http://www.jerusalem.indymedia.org
02/05/02: FEBRUARY IS JAD FAIR MONTH; ART SHOW, etc.
Jad Fair is a living legend. He is the star of Half Japanese, an extremely prolific solo artist, and collaborator extraordinaire. He has released close to 50 albums (under various monikers). He started Half Japanese in 1975 (a track from HJ appeared on the notorious AT compilation "Let Them Eat Jellybeans" in the early 80's) and has kept it active to the present with a revolving line-up. Jad's music has been described as quirky, punk, childlike, beautiful, poppy, folksy, noisy, avant garde, you name it. Lyrically Jad tends to sing about : candy, love and monsters. There was even a documentary released about Half Japanese in the early 90's entitled "The Band That Would Be King".
He is a name to be reckoned with and has influenced countless indie rock and punk bands for decades. Hence he is deserving of his own month at Alternative Tentacles.
Aside from his music, you may well recognize his artwork. He even has art shows
in galleries across the globe.
To celebrate JAD FAIR month, we are making his new album with TEENAGE FANCLUB "Words Of Wisdom & Hope" available to our mailorder fans a week earlier than when you can buy it on other websites or in stores!
And we are having all kinds of Contests and Giveaways on our website!
We have signed JAD FAIR goodies that we are auctioning on eBay!
View Jad's amazing artwork (drawings, paper cut-outs, etc. - rotating every few days.)
And all CDs (except the brand new one) are ON SALE for $9.99!
12/28/01: MICHAEL MOORE ONCE AGAIN CONGRATULATES GEORGE W. BUSH
Hail George, Conqueror of Evildoers!
Dear George W. Bush:
Hats off to you, sir, for a job well done! The Soviets tried for ten years to do what it took you only two months to accomplish in Afghanistan. How did you do that? It's funny how a couple months ago there were all these Taliban, and now -- there aren't any! You must be some kind of super magician -- almost as good at disappearing acts as ol' Osama (or, as they say on the Fox Nuisance Channel, "Usama" -- I like their spelling better, like "We put the 'USA' in USAma!"). He did exist, didn't he? I would hate to have gotten myself all worked up over the wrong evildoer! I loved that last tape of his, the home video of his sleepover with that sheik. What a party animal, that guy!
And how 'bout that Northern Alliance! Thanks to them, my weekly supply of heroin will finally be reinstated. Whoo-hoo -- and just in time for New Year's Rockin' Eve! Those Taliban simply did NOT have the best delivery system for the stuff, kinda like why you never see Beaman's gum anymore -- poor distribution and shelf placement. According to the New York Times, the Northern Alliance has put all the poppy farmers back to work, and they are promising a "bumper crop" by spring.
But Mr. Bush, I am most impressed with how you have used those who died on September 11th to justify your lining the pockets of your rich friends and campaign contributors. Your "Economic Stimulus Bill" -- pure genius! You actually got the House of Representatives to pass a bill eliminating the law that said corporations have to pay at least a token minimum tax every year.
See, most people forget that back in your daddy's day (when he was VP) thousands of companies were able to lawyer their way out of paying any taxes at all! Then a law was passed to stop that. Now you got the House to agree to give all these corporations back ALL the minimum taxes they have paid since 1986!! That's $140 billion of givebacks ($1.4 billion to IBM, a billion to Ford, $800 million to GM, etc.). And you got this passed, all under the guise of "September 11th!" How do you get away with this without the American public whoopin' your behind? Man, you are THE MAN!
Hey, and tell your top sheriff, Big John Ashcroft, that his refusal to let the FBI look at the files of gun background checks that the Justice Department keeps -- to see if any of the terrorists or suspected terrorists have purchased weapons in the past two years -- took some balls! Even though checking those files might turn up information that could protect us in possible future attacks, Ashcroft was more concerned with not upsetting the NRA than in helping his own FBI catch the bad guys. Now that's what I call getting your priorities straight. Big John may have lost his Senate seat last year to a dead guy, but he sure as heck ain't gonna lose me as a huge admirer!
Well, I better go before someone from the Office of Homeland Security mistakes me for someone who needs to be "interviewed!" Rest assured I'm doing my part for the country by shopping my sorry ass off in this week before Christmas. Buy! Buy! Buy! Tora! Tora! Tora! Bora! Whoo-hoo, Prince O' Peace!! Fight Team Fight! Go get 'em, George, Jr. -- we're counting on you to kill all evildoers!
Yours, PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) -
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) -A federal judge Tuesday overturned the death sentence of former journalist and Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal, and ordered a new sentencing hearing for the convicted cop-killer.
U.S. District Judge William Yohn let stand Abu-Jamal's conviction for the Dec. 9, 1981, murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner, however, denying the death row inmate's request for a new trial. But Yohn gave the state 180 days to conduct a fresh sentencing hearing, citing errors in the original penalty phase of his murder trial.
Abu-Jamal is a cause celebre among death penalty opponents around the world, including Hollywood celebrities and European public figures, many of whom regard him as a political prisoner.
Philadelphia prosecutors say Abu-Jamal murdered Faulkner during a shootout more than 20 years ago, after the police officer pulled over his brother for driving the wrong way down a one-way street. Abu-Jamal, who was wounded in the chest, contends he was shot while running away.
With dogged backing from a network of supporters, Abu-Jamal has repeatedly maintained his innocence in Faulkner's death and launched numerous legal appeals to stall his execution.
12/12/01: POLICE UNVEIL NEW OFFICER DOLLS FOR CHILDREN
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -
Look out, G.I. Joe.
Here comes "LAPD Patrol Officer West," a tiny, sinewy action figure doll dressed just like a Los Angeles police officer right down to his tiny die-cast metal gun, handcuffs, pepper spray and black boots -- all for $39.95 and available in time for Christmas.
The Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL), a union representing about 9,000 Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers, has begun selling the dolls, dressed in authentic LAPD uniforms, via the department's Web site (www.lapd.com) in order to raise the profile of law enforcement officers in the community, a spokesman said.
"These action figures are not only great gifts for law enforcement officers and children, but they are also a great way to show pride in the law enforcement heroes that are protecting our nation right now," said LAPPL President Mitzi Grasso.
"The extensive planning and design that went into these figures to make sure that they are realistic representations of police officers makes them quality gifts," Grasso added.
Standing one-foot (.34 meters) tall, the dolls are the first in a series of "LAPD Elite Force Action Figures" that will come complete with 1/6-scale weapons and accessories. Also in time for the 2001 holiday season, the LAPPL has introduced a female companion for West, "Patrol Officer Sommers."
New officer dolls will follow each quarter, the union said in a statement, including officers assigned to K9 dog units, SWAT teams, narcotics, air support, horse-mounted patrol, bicycle detail, riot control and motorcycle patrol.
The dolls follow a massive recruiting campaign launched last summer by the scandal-plagued force, involving radio spots, print ads, theater and bus shelter promos and 50 billboards. The campaign aims at attracting more recruits by spotlighting the good, caring actions of the department's officers.
Recruitment and retention of qualified personnel has been a major problem for the department since the city's Rampart station corruption scandal broke in September 1999. In that scandal, an officer who was accused of stealing cocaine from an evidence locker began detailing pervasive corruption at the Rampart station.
More than 100 criminal convictions have been recorded in the scandal, which is expected to cost the city hundreds of millions of dollars in legal and settlement costs.
The LAPD currently has fewer than the 9,000 officers required to patrol the nation's second-largest city, and about 800 below its level of two years ago.
Recent figures show that the department needs to recruit between 16,000 and 27,000 applicants just to hire the 1,000 extra officers it needs to meet city standards because applicants face an extensive screening process.
Many of you have contacted us encouraging us to accept PayPal on our website. Well, now we have enabled that.
Just add to the shopping cart whatever you want, and when it comes time for Check Out, select PayPal and it takes you over to the PayPal website where you can easily and quickly complete the transaction. Remember, it costs you nothing when you pay via PayPal (we pay the transaction cost).
For information on PayPal, please see:
Of course you can still pay for Alternative Tentacles' goods with : cash, check, money order, international money order, and these credit cards : Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover.
See our Store page for more info and a list of all of our new items that we carry such as :
Tons of lps, tapes, cds, 7"s, clothing, books, merch, stickers, buttons, ...lots of new stuff now in stock - from the latest Alternative Tentacle's releases (Strobe Talbot, Noam Chomsky, Flaming Stars, Fleshies, Phantom Limbs, Slim Cessna, Victim's Family,....) to merchandise such as messenger bags, John Yates shirts, Jello stuff, including TONS OF DEAD KENNEDYS merch - check it out!!
12/07/01: United We Stand Commemorative Pistol
This was lifted from the American Firearms website (http://www.amfire.com) :
Accokeek, MD (October 9, 2001) - Beretta U.S.A. is proud to introduce the limited edition 92F, 9 mm United We Stand Pistol, which features a laser etched gold American Flag and the words "United We Stand" on the slide. Production will be limited to 2001 units. In addition, each United We Stand Pistol will be laser etched with "1 of 2001" on the slide.
Beretta U.S.A. General Manager Steve Parsick announced that Beretta will make a donation from the proceeds of the United We Stand Pistol to the NY City Police Foundation and Survivor's Fund of the National Capital Region.
"The tragic events of September 11, 2001 have left many of our fellow-Americans devastated and in need of help," said Mr. Parsick. "We are proud to have created the United We Stand Pistol as a way to assist those who have been so effected by the horrific events of September 11th. The United We Stand Pistol was created as a testament to the American sprit, which will remain unbroken during this time of national tragedy."
Like all 92 Series pistols, The United We Stand Pistol features chrome lined bore, external hammer, integral front sight, and reversible magazine release. As part of the 92 Series of pistols, the United We Stand Pistol joins a class of pistols that have enjoyed unrivaled success by a multi-national roster of defense and law enforcement organizations.
Beretta, the world's oldest firearms manufacturer, is celebrating its 475th anniversary in 2001. The company produces and markets, worldwide, a complete line of firearms, clothing and accessories, including: field and premium grade sporting shotguns and rifles; a full range of pistols and military arms; knives; and an exclusive line of hunting and sports leisure clothing.
To mark its 475th anniversary, Beretta is celebrating the release of the book, "The World of Beretta, An International Legend," which was written by R.L. "Larry" Wilson and is now on sale. A Beretta exhibit is currently underway at the National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia, where about 100 historical firearms will be on display to the end of the year.
For more information about Beretta and its complete line, visit its website at www.berettausa.com
12/06/01: PACHINKO's EURO MENAGERIE OF LIGHTS, BOURBON & BJORK
PACHINKO just returned from their European tour. Here is a letter that Brech wrote to a friend that he said we could put up on our website.
what a crazy time we're having i prague... last night we drove 10 1/2 hours through the austrian alps to find ourselves in prague, at the end of our shorter and shorter tour(tho' tonite we may play a gig here)
we decided to blow the last of our profit at a glitzy czech night club, the drinks actually cost more than a dollar, so we knew it was nice. hard to believe, but bjork's drummer was there, a tall man, who much like us, liked to drink hard and party harder. i told him that i knew the old drummer from the sugarcubes, siggi baldurson, he said that he too knew him, that they were old friends. yessirreebob, that was our in.
i told him that all tour i had been telling people that i once took a shower with bjork, and that it was crazy to run into her drummer. he laughed and made a phone call and within 15 minutes bjork arrived, i guess she was at a nicer club down the street. he had told her of my tall tale, she thought it was hilarious and we set to drinkin', goddamn can that girl drink, and dance, too.
after about 20 beam and cokes(which she wouldn't even let me pay for) i got her out on the dance floor to do her thing, the world was a spinning menagerie of lights, bourbon, and bjork. the next part i think i blacked out, but somehow all of us ended up back at bjork's hotel, it doesn't need to be said, but it was swank. the stereo in that joint was nicer than the clubs', things got bumpin'.
bjork kept bringing up the story about the "shower incident", i think it might have been the bravery of the beam, but i told her we might as well go take one. she said that her husband was in the other room,.... damn, ..shot down, .. but when she saw my heart drop, she reassured me that he wasn't a jealous man, BAMM!!, i thought to myself. i practically had my pants around my ankles, sprinting for the bathroom, once again, it was swank.
bjork followed me into the shower(imagine what king hussein might shower in), but she wouldn't take off her bejewelled panties, i kept ribbing her and ribbing her about it and finally she gave in, it turns out that she had shaven her pubic hair into a letter, (from the looks of it one that doesn't exist in the english language)the first letter of her husband's name, a husband which happened to be the the drummer, .... i guess he isn't a jealous man.
11/30/01: ANNIVERSARY OF FRANKENCHRIST
Today is the 16th anniversary of the release of Frankenchrist by the Dead Kennedys. More controversial than the album itself was the packaging: The Shriners filed suit regarding the cover (pictured were some of the ridiculous little cars they drive); and a poster included in the album was later the basis of obscenity charges against Jello Biafra and Alternative Tentacles.