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From the desk of Professor Jake Stratton: "After fifteen years BloodHag is calling it a day. We're packing up our boxes of books and moving on to other bands and endeavors. Each one of us has many creative irons in the fire and we had already increased literacy rates in Washington to a dangerous degree. There was little more for us to do, except play one last show with our favorite bands. Make sure you show up to the Funhouse on Friday April 9th, because this rare perfect storm of nerd mayhem only comes around once in a blue moon! DON'T MISS THIS SHOW!"
CAPTURED! BY ROBOTS
Friday April 9 $12 9pm doors 21+
03/31/10: Triclops! record release April 4th
Triclops! celebrate the release of their newest album, Helpers On The Other Side, this Sunday at the Bottom of the Hill (tickets here).
You can also check out this feature on them this week in the SF Weekly (interview by Brian Moss) who also awarded them best prog/psych/punk locals in 2009. This early 5 pm all ages show also features comedians Brent Weinbach and Alex Koll, Florida's Tubers, and SF School of Rock.
03/25/10: Jello & the West Memphis Three auction!
Jello Biafra, Other Artists Donate Autographed Items to Aid WM3 Defense Fund
March 24, 2010: San Francisco, Calif. - Jello Biafra and other artists will be auctioning selected autographed items to raise funds for the West Memphis Three (www.wm3.org) -- Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley, and Jason Baldwin. Having no physical evidence, the three teenagers were pinpointed, harassed and accused of murdering and mutilating three elementary school children. Damien Echols sits on death row, Jason Baldwin was sentenced to life without parole, and Misskelley got life plus forty. In July 2007 DNA evidence proved these three young men should never have been convicted.
The auctions will last for 17 days-from March 31 to April 16th-one day for each year the West Memphis Three have spent behind bars. June 3, 2010 will mark the 17th year anniversary that Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley, and Jason Baldwin have been behind bars for a crime they did not commit.
A guitar used by Michale Graves in the recording of the album Illusions with songs written by Damien Echols including the album art on the guitar, a pressing of Dead Kennedys 2nd album, Plastic Surgery Disasters vinyl signed by Biafra. Boondock Saints' Norman Reedus auctioning off his photography. CDs & posters signed by Mark Kozelek (Red House Painters/Sun Kil Moon). George Clayton Johnson (author of Twilight Zone/Ocean's Eleven - 1960s) signed book, Counting Crows signed CDs & promo pic, Chris Cornell signed CDs, Matisyahu signed CDs & promo pic, portrait of Debbie Harry by Mick Rock ("The Man Who Shot the 70s").
All auction proceeds go to the WM3 defense fund via ATA, a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization.
For further information about these items and to place a bid, register and log on to www.skeletonkeyauctions.com.
From In These Times:
The scores of politicians who spoke on Jan. 18 about the pressing need to fulfill King's "Dream," for example, were generally endorsing a simplified, static portrait of King. Meanwhile, we have been bombarded with a steady stream of television commercials, advertisements and newspaper articles that imply King was merely a liberal reformer, whose sole preoccupation was civil rights. Where was the discussion of King's plans to transform the structures of power and privilege in society? Who remembered King's call for a "radical revolution" of American values? As historian Vincent Harding has remarked, "It appears as if the price for the first national holiday honoring a black man is the development of a massive case of national amnesia."
We further need to be reminded that King demanded a total restructuring of our foreign policies, and-unlike Jesse Jackson and many other "leftists" of our era-he would have had nothing but scorn for President Clinton's criminal bombings of Sudan, Afghanistan and Iraq. Indeed, King began speaking out against U.S. militarism as early as 1965. Most symptomatic of this, of course, was the "nightmarish conflict" in Vietnam, which he said was "one of the most unjust wars that has ever been fought in the history of the world."
Following King's famous speech at the 1963 March on Washington, FBI Assistant Director Louis Sullivan charged that King had become (in a curious pair of adjectives), "The most dangerous and effective Negro leader in the country."
All orders sent through the mail should arrive at our PO Box by Monday November 30
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.).
Limited to 100, we have a LOT less than that- if you're not lucky enough to get one from us or from the band during next month's tour, you'll be shit outta luck!
... And yes, that IS a Jackalope on the poster!
For your entertainment pleasure, here's a political death match- er, a couple of pieces- from Noam Chomsky & Dinesh D'Souza about Columbus.
The impetus for this death match came from this page, which features a 404-Not-Found Chomsky piece & a lot of other info about the issue.
Catch ya on Tuesday!
"US President Barack Obama has shelved plans for controversial bases in Poland and the Czech Republic in a major overhaul of missile defence in Europe."
That said, there's the not-so-good news, but at least it's not part of the Star Wars never-ever-worked missile defense boondoggle.
"Although the White House said the US "no longer planned to move forward" with the old shield scheme for Poland and the Czech Republic, Defence Secretary Robert Gates stressed the US was not abandoning missile defence of Europe.
From a 2001 New York Times opinion piece about the holiday:
...Most of us have trouble hearing the 'labor' in Labor Day any longer -- the use of the word, that is, that distinguishes labor from management or worker from capitalist. The very radicalism of devoting a day to the honoring of labor's role in the creation of national wealth has been lost to the waning of both union power and a proud sense of class distinction. Laborers have been redefined as 'consumers,' a category that somehow muddies everything.
But in its time the idea behind Labor Day was genuinely radical, as radical in its own way as the origin of Independence Day. As Ms. Litwicki observes, one of the critical steps in the evolution of Labor Day was balancing the class defiance, even the potential violence, of some forms of trade unionism with the patriotism and the conciliatory spirit of others. What resulted, when it became a legal holiday in 1894, was a version of Labor Day that managed to celebrate business and industry as well as the unions. It also made room at the front of the parade for politicians, who had been excluded from the original Labor Days. It became a holiday that honored sociability more than solidarity."