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Incredible late-breaking news for all our Bat-ical friends and felines out in interweb land! Jello Biafra's upcoming spoken word record, "In The Grip Of Official Treason," is being compiled right now. In fact, some of Jello's upcoming shows may end up on the new record!
But enough about recording, this exciting news is all about... the art!
Here's what Jello has to say!
"Yo! I am putting out a new spoken word this fall called, "In the Grip of Official Treason." Some of the subjects, as you might guess, are Fall of the Rome Under Bush, Iraqnophobia, Vote Fraud, comatose bribe-addled Democrats, Geometry teacher part II, the full "Ass Clowns in Toyland" (Ministry), new "Die For Oil, Sucker," etc.
Right now, I'm drawing a total blank on the art! Any ideas? Rough concepts or even found photos or old art is possible. I don't want anyone to go to too much work when the image might not be used. I've also talked to Winston Smith, John Yates and others about this, so we'll see what happens. I don't want any designs too reliant on Bush, Saddam, Condosleezza, etc., that will date the whole thing like an '80s Hardcore album with Regan on the cover. But if you feel inspired, deadline is July 4.
Peace + Sabotage, Jello Biafra"
Please e-mail all ideas/submissions to:firstname.lastname@example.org send them to: Alternative Tentacles Art Contest PO Box 419092 San Francisco, CA 94141 USA All mail submissions must be RECEIVED by Wednesday July 5th 10AM to be considered.
Good luck to everyone!
On my way home, to the next bus, a cop saw it and didn't find it funny. Officer Garcia, badge #0622, to be exact. Bike cop, looked like a total idiot with the helmet on. He demanded identification, so I handed over my license. The explanation of what I was doing (coming home from a day out, trying to catch the last bus, "see here's my transfer") didn't convince him as he just laughed it off. Finally I got pissed and demanded to know what was up. He asked me what my shirt meant. I said it was a movie.
Officer: "Yea? And is Mr. Cheney in it?" Me: "No." Officer: "So why is he on it?" Me: "He nearly dies every few weeks and some people think he's evil. It's a joke." Officer: "I don't find it to be a funny one." Me: "Yea I can tell by your line of questioning..." Officer: "Don't get smart! Don't resist!!!" Me: "I'm not. I'm standing here." [I was wearing flip-flops too] Officer: "If you want to resist, I have many little toys I can use to make you stop." [He really said all of this.] Me: "As I said I am standing here." Officer: "Well for now you're being detained for suspicious activity."
He writes shit down and calls in my license. But the funny part was, the guy on the other end had him repeat it many times because he couldn't understand the stooge. Finally he gets it. 10 minutes passes. He's embarrassed now, so he pushes my license back at me and pockets my transfer. This was right after the last bus #602 passed. He smirked at me and told me to get lost and that he'd come find me if he needed me. I said "good luck!" and walked off. Fucking fascist. So maybe you guys should notify future patrons that this shirt might get your on TIPS or TIA or some shit like that.
Just thought I'd share my story. Keep up the great work!!!
Henry Rollins and Jello Biafra at last Friday's incredibly fun and successful spoken word/art auction fundraiser for the West Memphis Three put on by Skeleton Key. Jello says it was the first time he and Henry have performed together!
The art will include the one-night debut of artwork by WM3 prisoner Damien Echols, plus art by many others, including Carol Queen, Jayne County, Jonathan Richman, Matt Skiba, Shepard Fairey, Firehouse Kustom Rockart, and Winston Smith.
Speaking will be Henry Rollins, Jello Biafra, Jonathan Richman, Matt Gonzalez , Penelope Houston and Jacob Pitts. Michale Graves and Jacob Pitts will be playing acoustic sets.
Don't miss this incredible once-in-a-lifetime event!
We are again getting reports of a Dead Kennedys song turning up in a truly putrid TV show behind Jello's back. This time, instead of "American Idol," it's "California Uber Alles" used by "The OC" But again, we need visual proof. The Dead Kennedys partnership is now run in Cheney-esque secrecy, so a simple inquiry to East Bay Ray seems useless.
Is the song used only in the UK's Channel 4 commercial, or have there been more like it? Thanks again for the crucial help in busting 'em on "American Idol," but if we can't prove an "OC" connection, we should let this one drop.
Thanx again, Biafra
From Ms. Kitty @ the Women's Center:"It is super super hard to get stuff down here, due to price gouging and the city being half abandoned, so anything you can donate is appreciated. The requested items are separated into light and heavy sections since you need to think ahead since it costs a lot more to ship to NOLA at the moment than normal places. Plus, we do not have mail delivery, Common Ground picks it up from somewhere about every two weeks it seems.
Those items that have been marked with an * are especially needed. LIGHT itemspanties** socks** coffee* creamer office products hole punch cutlery (forks, spoons, etc.) feminine hygiene products, especially alternative methods such as lunapads or the keeper type cups crochet hooks and yarn chocolate** nail clippers (toe and finger) toothpaste/toothbrushes nyquil/dayquil tylenol and tylenol pm midol or other menstrual pain reliever pregnancy tests AfAm hair care products(perms, doo gro, etc) children's underclothes
HEAVY itemslaundry/dish detergent sugar books magazines/zines art shampoo/conditioner (all types)You can donate money, but money orders or cash only please. We are really punk rock at the moment.
Please send all donations to the following address:Miss Kitty Love, Director care of: the Women's Center at Common Ground Collective 1415 Franklin Ave NOLA 70117also, please send a note with a return address, in case I have time to send you a thank you card!! Please pass this on/re-post and thank you in advance!!
One last thing- if you can, we would LOVE if you could donate your TIME!!!! Please come down. Get in touch with me for more details if you are considering this. Peace!Sincerely, Ms. Kitty (cristina), DirectorCommon Ground Women's Center 9th Ward, NOLA"
This is Jello's second non-Jello-related producer job- he produced the stellar Ani Kyd record AT released in 2005.
Go to the Plug website and vote for Jello!
This was a FREE concert, so if you can please send a few bucks to the organizers to help pay costs that would be great. Send your check to United for Peace and Justice, attn:Operation Ceasefire, 1858 Mintwood Place, NW #4 Washington, DC 20009 or go to Operation Ceasefire's website for donation info, photos, and more information!
Jello Biafra, former lead singer of the Dead Kennedys, made a statement at the event condemning the evidence that convicted the West Memphis Three, as well as the system that allowed it to happen.
"Some people say to me, what are you doing defending these guys in Arkansas? They're a bunch of stoners who chopped up little kids for Satan and stuff! And I say, well, okay I wasn't there, I'm not 100 percent sure the West Memphis Three are innocent, but even so, isn't there something in the constitution about people have to be guilty beyond a reasonable doubt?" said Biafra. "If they're guilty, prove it this time. Prove it for real. No matter how law and order you are, wouldn't it be better to catch the right person before it happens to another kid?" A staunch opponent of the death penalty, Biafra added, "I have been militantly, vehemently against the death penalty for one simple reason: What if they've got the wrong person? This could happen to me; what if they've got the wrong person?"
Among the stellar line-up for the WM3 World Awareness Day at the Swedish American Hall to raise money for the West Memphis Three's defense fund were performances by: Dr. Frank, Paula Frazer, Knife and Fork, Kelley Stoltz, Stephanie Finch, Jonathan Richman, Mark Kozelek, and Jello Biafra. More info about the show here.