05/01/10: CREDIT CARDS WORK AGAIN!
That's right, you can once again use Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express to secure Bat Stuff here on our website!
(in addition to the tried & true Paypal, IMO, Money Order, Western Union, and personal check, all drawn on US$)
04/08/10: Ludicra Tour Troubles
John Cobbett of Ludicra had to have emergency surgery for a ruptured appendix. Friends Wolves In The Throne Room are helping collect donations to offset medical costs and Ludicra continues on their US tour without him at the moment. The East Bay Express covers the tour here.
04/06/10: BloodHag Call It A Day (Is It Cause of Hot Tub Time Machine?)
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.
01/27/10: Howard Zinn 1922-2010
Very sad to report that Howard Zinn has died of a heart attack at age 87. Here's his official website and the news item in the Boston Globe.
We released some spoken word releases of his in conjunction with AK Press including A People's History Of The United States. Our thoughts go out to his family and the many people whose lives he impacted.
01/16/10: MLK holiday- a radical look (& AT closed Monday)
Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. day, so both AT & the US Post Office will be closed. Mailorder packages will be sent & messages returned on Tuesday January 19th.
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."
01/11/10: Credit Card ordering out of order briefly!
If you've been trying to order via credit card on our site over the weekend, you'll know that it's not possible. We're working to get this fixed, but in the meantime you can use the paypal option on-line or use one of the other methods on our FAQ page
12/17/09: Alternative Tentacles family and friends 2009 lists
More on the way...
Aesop Dekker - Ludicra/Agalloch/Cosmic Hearse blog
Yob - The Great Cessation
Absu - Absu
Master's Hammer - Mantras
Amesouers - Amesouers
Cross Stitched Eyes - Coronach
Dinosaur Jr. - Farm
Giant Squid - The Ichthyologist
Circle of Ouroborus - Tree of Knowledge
Peste Noire - Ballade Cuntre Lo Anemi Francor
Sixx--Sister Devil (reissue of tape from 1991)
Jon Weisnewski - Akimbo
10. When Max the cat jumped on Maria's lap, farted, and then ran away.
9. 2012. Best comedy of the decade!
8. Napalm Death - Time Waits for No Slave
7. Russian Circles - Geneva
6. Future of the Left - Travels Well with Myself and Another
5. Seeing Jesus Lizard, Black, Elk, Nomeansno, and Future of the Left in the month of October.
4. Muppets cover of Bohemian Rhapsody
3. Sniping fools with Thermal Vision in Modern Warfare 2.
2. Converge - Axe to Fall
1. Keyboard Cat
Jared Power - AT Mailorder Overlord
10. Cross Stiched Eyes - 'Coronach' LP/CD
9. Liquid Pain (live - a capella set!)
8. Instant Asshole - Sk8 Or Die mini-tour
7. the return of the almighty Brainoil!
6. MIA (live)
5. Duck And Cover (live + demos)
4. Bastard Noise (live)
3. Capitalist Casualties (live)
2. Cannabis Corpse (live + 'The Weeding' EP)
1. Seeing Victim's Family, Triclops!, Nomeansno, and Butthole Surfers in the same week!
11/30/09: Anniversary of Seattle WTO protests
Today marks the tenth anniversary of the Seattle WTO protests.
Here are some news articles about this anniversary from Common Dreams, People's History Project, and Seattle Indymedia.
Back in 1999 Jello Biafra made a record with Krist Novoselic (Nirvana), Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), and Gina Mainwal under the name The NO W.T.O. Combo for a one-off protest concert.
We are selling both the CD and LP of "Live From the Battle in Seattle" for $6.
11/17/09: 2009 Winter Holiday deadlines!
2009 Winter Holiday deadlines:
For Christmas/Hannukah season we have the following deadlines. Find your method of shipping/ordering and get your order in by the date below. This should ensure delivery by Wednesday December 23, 2009.
All orders sent through the mail should arrive at our PO Box by Monday November 30
International web orders Wednesday December 2
Media Mail web orders Wednesday December 9
Priority Mail orders Wednesday December 16
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.).
10/20/09: 30th Anniversary "Incest-A-Thon"
We're celebrating 30 years of Alternative Tentacles with a three-night blow out at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco November 5th through 7th. Each night Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine will headline with a different set of bands representing the many facets of the label. All shows are all ages (6 and up, but 6 year olds don't have driver's licenses) and $20, but you can buy a pass for all three days for $50.
We are also doing an essay contest with the Bay Bridged to win a free three day pass (second place is $50 in credit to our webstore) that you can check out here: deadline is October 23rd at noon PST.
Alternative Tentacles 30th Anniversary Incest-A-Thon
November 5th with Jello Biafra and Guantanamo School of Medicine, Citizen Fish, Star Fucking Hipsters, MIA.
November 6th with Jello Biafra and Guantanamo School of Medicine, Ludicra, Munly and the Lupercalians, Knights of the New Crusade.
November 7th with Jello Biafra and Guantanamo School of Medicine, Alice Donut, Victims Family, Burning Image.
Great American Music Hall
10/16/09: Star Fucking Hipsters/Citizen Fish super-limited tour poster!
One of the many neat things hiding out on our website is the BRAND NEW Cracktoberfest limited tour poster for the upcoming CITIZEN FISH/STAR FUCKING HIPSTERS West Coast tour!
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!
10/09/09: AT closed for Indigenous Peoples Day!
.... Also known as Columbus Day, this Monday October 12th, 2009. There will be no mailorder sent, no phones answered, just the sweet sound of dust settling into the nooks and crannies of the BAT HQ!
For your entertainment pleasure, here's a political death match- er, a couple of pieces- from Noam Chomsky & Dinesh D'Souza about Columbus.
Noam Chomsky interview
Dinesh D'Souza essay
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!
09/24/09: 30th Anniversary Q&A On Our Blog
In commemoration of this being Alternative Tentacles' 30th year in existence, we've taken to checking in with some of our bands about how the label and its releases have influenced them and their music. So far Stza Crack, Rob from Amebix, Jon from Pansy Division, and Bobb and Billy from Th' Inbred have been so kind as to write a few words which are posted up on the AT blog.