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Jello Biafra will be one of the judges at the US Air Guitar Championship national finals. This competition is the final step in determining who will represent the US in the world championship to be held in Finland later this year. Regarding his Simon Cowell-like role, Jello says, "Today Air Guitar, tomorrow the Gong Show...and from there the world!" No word yet on whether he will indeed appear on the newly resurrected Gong Show on Comedy Central...
07/21/08: Billy Jam's Jello interview available for download!
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!
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!
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
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
Can't make it to see Jello for Record Store Day? www.alternativetentacles.com is where you can shop 24/7 for new records from Amebix, 16 Horsepower, Triclops!, Slim Cessna's Auto Club, Zolar X, Akimbo, etc.
"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.