05/22/08: Jello responds to Michael Savage Ted Kennedy/Dead Kennedys rant
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.
05/19/08: BIAFRA FIVE-O: Come celebrate Jello's birthday in San Francisco!
Both shows begin at 8 pm, sharp. Ticket info here.
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!
05/01/08: Nardwuar vs. Jelvins
Our friend Nardwuar the Human Serviette just posted a Youtube video of an old interview he did with the Jelvins. Celebrate May Day (a.k.a. International Workers' Day) by using your work time and work bandwidth to watch this little gem!
04/24/08: Jello to participate in Beautiful Noise: A Benefit for the Family of Mike Conley
Mike Conley of seminal OC/Las Vegas band M.I.A. passed away on February 29. A memorial fund has been set up to help his family, and there will be a benefit show in Anaheim, CA at the House of Blues this Monday, April 28. Jello Biafra, Kevin Seconds, and others will sing with M.I.A., and Social Distortion will play a special acoustic set.
If you're in the area and want to attend the benefit, you can find venue and ticket info at the House of Blues site. Even if you can't make it, you can visit the Mike Conley Family Memorial Fund website to make a donation or send a message of support to the Conley family.
Beautiful Noise: A Benefit for the Family of Mike Conley
Monday, April 28
w/ M.I.A., Jello Biafra, Kevin Seconds, Social Distortion, Cadillac Tramps, and more
House of Blues, Anaheim, CA
04/18/08: Celebrate Record Store Day with Jello at Ameoba SF!
Saturday, April 19 is Record Store Day! Hundreds of independent music stores nationwide will be holding special events to celebrate life's joy that is record shopping.
As a part of Amoeba Music's day-long cavalcade of events, Jello Biafra will man their info desk between 4-5pm at the San Francisco store. At some point in our lives, we've all drawn a blank when we actually arrived at the record store and forgot what we planned to buy. Let Jello tell you exactly what you need! Is there anyone who's more qualified to give you advice than the man who has one of the most legendary record collections in the world?
There are Record Store Day events all over America on April 19. Please visit www.recordstoreday.com to find out what's happening in your town. Independent music needs you!
What: Jello Biafra mans the info desk at Amoeba SF Why: Record Store Day! When: Saturday, April 19 between 4-5pm Where: Amoeba Music, 1855 Haight St San Francisco, CA 94117 http://www.amoeba.com/
03/05/08: More about Mike Conley from Jello Biafra
Jello had this to add about Mike Conley from M.I.A. and Naked Soul
"I have few regrets about my life in punk and the underground. The big one is that so many dear friends have died so young.
Mike was more than a great frontman with a great voice in a great band. He was warm, friendly, even soothing almost. He always made you feel accepted - that he was on your side and we were all in this together. A reporter told me that ex-M.I.A. guitarist Nick Adams said something to the effect of whenever Mike entered a room he always left with more friends than had when he came in. That was Mike.
This is so wrong. It always is. My heart goes out to his family and friends. Three young girls have lost their father. A memorial and scholarship fund has been set up at Mike Conley Family Memorial Fund, c/o Orange County Teachers Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 11547, Santa Ana, CA 92711.
I will always miss him.
01/22/08: Video: Jello Biafra on ASSSSCAT!
In 2007, Jello Biafra performed as a guest monologist for ASSSSCAT, a long-running improv comedy show by the Upright Citizens Brigade. You can see Jello's monologues as well as improv sketches based on Jello's stories here at UCB's just-launched ucbcomedy.com, a clearinghouse of their online comedy videos including live performances and taped sketches. ASSSSCAT has weekly performances in New York and Los Angeles featuring special guest monologists.
11/07/07: Jello UK Tour happening now!!
Just a quick reminder for our friends in the UK and Ireland that Jello Biafra is currently on tour. The Guardian Unlimited did a great Q&A with him. You can find ticket/venue details at the Gig Cartel site or the websites for individual venues. Feel free to send us photos or drop us a line to let us know what you thought of the performance, and we will post them on our website!
08/24/07: Rare Northern California Jello Show!
Jello lands in Grass Valley, 40 miles north of Sacramento, CA, this Saturday! This rare northern California show is happening at the diverse venue Center For The Arts in downtown Grass Valley. Here's the ticket link.
If you get there early, check out some of the good bookstores in town!
05/30/07: Jello guest DJs on KUSF 90.3FM
Jello Biafra will play some records from his massive record collection on Friday, June 8 between 3-4pm PDT on KUSF 90.3FM San Francisco. Alternative Tentacles is working with KUSF to set up some listener giveaways during Jello's guest DJ set, so mark your calendars! If you don't live in the SF Bay Area, you can listen online at www.kusf.org, just click on the "listen now" icon in the upper left corner.
05/10/07: Jello to MC Dirkfest!
Jello will be the MC for the 2nd day of Dirk Fest, a 2-day festival June 7th and 8th in San Francisco! It's in honor of Dirk Dirksen, the Pope of Punk, who passed away in November of 2006. Also playing are The Avengers, SF Mutant All Stars (with Naomi Ruth Eisenberg, The Contractions, The White Trash Debutantes (with Billy Gould from Faith No More & the fabulous Jon Gries "Uncle Rico" from Napoleon Dynamite), No Alternative (with Chip Kinman from The Dils and Rank and File), Fab Mab Films by Karl Hinz, and more! It's all June 8th at the Great American Music Hall. The June 7th show is at Slim's and features the original lineup of Pearl Harbor and the Explosions, Toiling Midgets, The Lewd, The Rubber City Rebels, The Symptoms, The Sea Hags, and more!
03/15/07: Greedy ex-DKs okay song for rape scene in new Tarantino Movie
From Jello Biafra:East Bay Ray and Co. have gone ahead and cleared a cover version of Dead Kennedys' "Too Drunk to Fuck" for a brutal scene in Grindhouse, a 'double-feature' directed by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez. This is their lowest point since Levi's. I Like some of Tarnatino's
work, another place in the film might have been fine. But this goes against everything the Dead Kennedys stands for in spades. The scene is actually in the "Planet Terror" film directed by Rodriguez. Tarantino himself is pointing a gun at a disabled amputee woman's head yelling "Dance, Bitch!" as the Nouvelle Vague cover of "Too Drunk to Fuck" plays from a boombox. The terrified woman later "wins" by killing Tarantino, but that excuse does not rescue this at all. I
wrote every note of that song and this is not what it was meant for.
Some people will do anything for money. I can't help but think back to how prudish Klaus Flouride was when he objected to H.R. Giger's painting on the "Frankenstien" poster, saying he couldn't bear to show it to his parents. I'd sure love to be a fly on the wall when he tries to explain putting a song in a rape scene for money to his teenage daughter.
The deal was pushed through by a new business manager the other three
hired, Kevin Raleigh of Associated Talent Management in Hollywood. - Jello Biafra
02/27/07: DJ Jello Biafra on WRVU FM
When Jello was in Vermont on tour, he dropped in at WRUV as a guest DJ. You can hear Jello playing some records he bought while touring and talking about current events. Go here to the WRUV archive page, click on the pulldown menu, and choose 2007-02-24 @ 2200h: Matt, Frozen Peanut Butter World. You can either download the entire show as an mp3 file or stream it. *** The archived show will only be available for the next few days, so don't snooze on it! ***
Here are Jello's tour dates for the next few weeks:
02/27/2007 Living Room Providence, RI
02/28/2007 Knitting Factory New York, NY
03/01/2007 Torp Theater New Britain, CT
03/02/2007 Baronet Theater Asbury Park, NJ
03/03/2007 TBA Philadelphia, PA
03/04/2007 449 Room (449 S. Broad St.) Trenton, NJ
03/05/2007 Chameleon Club Lancaster, PA
03/06/2007 MeDIA Co-op Theater Memphis, TN
03/17/2007 Parish II Austin, TX (AT SXSW Showcase)
04/09/2007 Sacramento State University Sacramento, CA
04/11/2007 Cal State University Northridge Northridge, CA
02/05/07: Listen to Jello's KMOX interview online!
KMOX 1200AM in St. Louis, MO interviewed Jello on Thursday, February 1. If you want to hear the archived version, look here and scroll down or search the page for "Jello."