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Jello called us from Denver today. He wondered what possessed Hillary Clinton to wear her trademark pantsuit in "prison jumpsuit" orange. He was also appalled that as a woman, she didn't address reproductive rights and remind the audience how horrible a McCaine Supreme Court would be.
Jello said the only big protest march was one held by Iraq Veterans Against the War, which drew 3000 people according to media estimates (AlterNet says 7000, IVAW says 10,000 btw). There was a standoff between the IVAW marchers and the Denver police, but eventually an IVAW rep was allowed to cross into the convention grounds to present a letter to a representative from the Obama campaign.
The city of Denver apparently received $50 million in grants for all the security measures they had to take for the convention. While there are miles and miles of fencing that block off open areas and dump trucks blocking strategic intersections, Jello wonders who pocketed most of the money because it couldn't have cost 50 million bucks. Especially considering that the biggest demonstration drew 3-10,000 people, $50M seems like overkill.
Read about the Iraq Veterans Against the War march here (AlterNet). More about the IVAW letter presented to the Obama campaign here (CQ News). Read the letter presented to the Obama campaign here (IVAW).
Jello said the security is totally overblown at the DNC that even the delegates are probably exasperated by all the extra walking they have to do. He wonders how people will get to the stadium for Barack Obama's speech since the freeway by the stadium will be completely closed for security.
Jello was supposed to read a bedtime story ("Eric Meets the Moose Diarrhea Salesman" from Beyond the Valley of the Gift Police) Sunday night at the Freedom Cage (the DNC "Free Speech Zone") to protesters who are camping out. When he arrived, there were only a few folks, including three reporters. Jello eventually read his bedtime story to about 30 people. When some protesters unfurled a banner and leaned it against the chain-link fence, the police showed up to tell them it was against the rules to lean things against the fence. There is a tiny write-up about this in the Rocky Mountain News.
Jello will probably be at Freedom Cage again tonight when Tent State has a youth candidate event. We'll let you know if we get any other confirmed appearances.
Of course, Jello wouldn't let the Democrats invade his home turf without a proper welcome! Right this second, the only confirmed DNC-related appearance we have for Jello is Ralph Nader's Denver Super Rally to Open the Debates on August 27 at 7pm at Magness Arena (University of Denver).
As more confirmed events roll in, we will up date our tour dates page, our Facebook profile, and our MySpace page. Yes, we desperately need to set up an RSS feed of our news and tour dates to update you in a timely manner--in the mean time, please friend us on those sites (our MySpace blog is RSSable).
To see Jello in Denver without the possibility of being tear gassed or tasered, we suggest going to the Slim Cessna's Auto Club show on August 23 at the Bluebird Theater. Jello will be the emcee at the show. Did we mention that SCAC is the best live band, like, ever?
Last month, Jello Biafra was a featured speaker at the Last HOPE conference. The audio of his talk, as well as talks from other Last HOPE speakers, have been archived at the conference website. Go to the Talks page, then scroll down to "Jello Biafra" and you can right/control click on the 16 or 64 kbps mp3 audio to download.
P.S. Last week, we confirmed Jello's appearance as a judge at the US Air Guitar Championships on August 8. He had to cancel at the last minute due to an injury. Sorry to those who were looking forward to seeing him there.
The Internet is a beautiful thing. If you missed Billy Jam's interview with Jello on WFMU last Friday, the whole show is archived and available as a mp3 download. Go to http://archive.wfmu.org:5555/archive/BJ/ and right click/control click on the " bj080718.mp3" link near the bottom of the page to download, or just go here to listen. (Billy says it's better to use Firefox because the page can be wonky with Safari.) The playlist for the whole show is right here and you can post comments, too.
Many thanks to Billy Jam and WFMU!
Just a friendly reminder that Jello will be in the zombie flick RetarDEAD, which will premiere this weekend at the Victoria Theatre in San Francisco. The film will show at the theater on July 11, 12, and 13. (There isn't a scheduled Jello appearance at any of the screenings...)
Also, Jello will once again be a featured speaker at the Last HOPE conference in New York. What will Jello have to say at a conference for hackers (HOPE stands for "Hackers on Planet Earth")? Maybe he will touch upon the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, on which the Senate will vote todayish.
For showtimes and ticket info, visit the Victoria Theatre calendar. The movie will be available on DVD as well; we'll most likely carry it in our mailorder, but for purchasing details and for future screenings in other cities, please visit the RetarDEAD site.
Here is the poster design for Biafra Five-O by Chuck Sperry of Firehouse Kustom Rockart. Chuck designed the cover for Jello's Machine Gun in the Clown's Hand spoken word album, as well as posters for past AT events. Both Chuck Sperry's and Nat Damm's posters will be available for sale at Biafra Five-O.
Nat Damm of Damm Damm Damm Design (and drummer extraordinaire of Akimbo) designed one of the two posters we'll make for Biafra Five-O. The other design will be by Chuck Sperry of Firehouse Kustom Rockart. Both limited edition posters will be available for sale at the shows (on 6/16 and 6/17), and the designs will be made into T-shirts.
On the Download blog at the Boston Phoenix has an exclusive story on Jello's response to radio pundit Michael Savage's recent rant about Ted Kennedy which made extensive use of "California Uber Alles."
"I haven't read the details yet, but I'm aware of what Michael Savage did. Obviously he took my song way the hell out of context and did it deliberately. But the bigger issue is Savage himself and how the hell he gets away with stuff like saying this, and saying that people with AIDS should be put in concentration camps. And then when people protest at the station, he calls on his own listeners to come down and beat them up . . . ."
Complete story including more insight from Jello is right here.
BIAFRA FIVE - O
Come "celebrate" 50 years of Jello plaguing the earth (and the 30th Anniversary of Dead Kennedys)
June 16th, 2008
June 17th, 2008
Both shows begin at 8 pm, sharp. Ticket info here.
Details: Newly hatched Biafra band (as yet unnamed) is Ralph Spight (Victims Family, Freak Accident, Hellworms, etc.) on guitar, Billy Gould (Faith No More, Brujeria, Kool Arrow Records, etc.) on bass, and Jon Weiss (Sharkbait, Horsey, Tonnage, etc.) on drums.
Coady and Jared of the Melvins are recordng the new Big Business album in June, so the Jelvins bassist this round will be Andy Coronado (Wrangler Brutes, White Shit, Skull Kontrol). The emphasis will be on new music, with the occasional nod to the past evil-doing.
Tickets are $22 per night in advance or $40 for both nights plus free giftoid.
To open the shows, the Melvins reach back to their original '83 hardcore days with King Buzzo on guitar, original drummer Mike Dillard and Dale Crover manning the bass. This Melvins line-up goes on first at 8:00 sharp,
so be there--Aloha!