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06/24/13: Heart Of The Deaf
Here's "Heart Of The Deaf," another tripped out video from the NEW Turn Me On Dead Man lp We Are The Star People. Get it NOW in our AT webshop before it's in stores July 9th.

06/17/13: Deep Space Pollen
Here's Deep Space Pollen, the 1st video from the NEW Turn Me On Dead Man lp. Get it NOW in our AT webshop before it's in stores July 9th.

05/30/13: Turn Me On Dead Man
Turn Me On Dead Man's new LP, We Are The Star People is coming out on JULY 9th!!! In the meantime, enjoy Astrophobia from their first record 'God Bless the Electric Freak'.

02/27/13: Gee Vaucher and Winston Smith Art Show

Gee Vaucher (iconic art for Crass) and Winston Smith have an art show show entitled "First Impressions" at Grant's Tomb on Friday, March 15. More info here:

10/16/12: Show at Winston Smith's Studio This Friday

The Helium Safari - The Astonishing Collage Art of Sean Mackaoui

Friday, October 19th 7pm-10pm

Grant's Tomb 50-A Bannam Alley, North Beach, San Francisco

With additional Montage Art by Winston Smith

Sean Mackaoui likes to cut and paste in his much-loved adopted home town of Madrid, Spain. His work has adorned newspapers and magazines (El Mundo, The Herald Tribune, Courrier International, The Sunday Times Magazine, El Canto de la Tripulacion, La Folha de Sao Paulo), dripped off posters (Centro Dramatico Nacional, Spain or Biennale du Cinéma Espagnol de Annecy, France), graced wine labels, adorned book covers, dressed up T-shirts, sold shoes, animated TV spots.... basically anywhere they let him put a collage!

He has exhibited his personal work in galleries around Europe, and occasionally pieces have been known to cross the Atlantic to the shores of the American continent. His proudest recent achievement was to be awarded an Honorary Director's roll on the board of the San Francisco Collage Centre. For more information, please visit Thank you and Gracias.

Artists will be in attendance.

Food • Beverage • Art

Free Admission

Sean Catalog Cover

07/23/12: Alexander Cockburn dead 7/21/12
We are shocked and saddened this morning- Alexander Cockburn, writer, journalist, and AT spoken word artist- passed away Saturday.

Here is Jeffery St. Clair's initial goodbye.

Here is David Price's farewell.

NY Times obituary.

Alexander Cockburn "Beating The Devil" CD.

Winston Smith OPEN STUDIO - North Beach First Fridays - Grant's Tomb

Featuring the art of Jeff Ross from Arvada, CO. Once again Jeff Ross' Suitcase Art Tour is coming to SF. The suitcases are chocked full of paintings, collages, show posters, and photos from around the world. Prices starting at just $10! Plus a Casual Display of: Posters Prints Greeting Cards Postcards NEW WORKS & Classic Pieces by Winston Smith Give the gift of ART for Independence Day!!! Food • Art • Culture As part of North Beach First Friday's.

Friday, July 6th 6pm-9pm


50-A Bannam Alley, North Beach, San Francisco


03/29/12: Debut release from Dead Ending coming May 15th!

Alternative Tentacles is proud to announce that we will be releasing the debut 5-song 12" from Chicago punk supergroup Dead Ending! Dead Ending is Vic Bondi (Articles Of Faith), Jeff Dean (The Bomb), Derek Grant (Alkaline Trio) and Joe Principe (Rise Against).

Look for the release to be stores May 15th. And if you are going to Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas, be sure to catch their first-ever live show on May 28th on the main stage!

Here is a preview track to get your blood flowing:

Stay tuned for more info and live dates!

01/25/12: Alternative Tentacles welcome the UNSANE to the label!!!
Legendary NYC rock powerhouse UNSANE has completed work on its long awaited new album, titled "WRECK". The seventh full length recording of the band's storied career will see a March 20, 2012 release date via Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles label. Recorded by the band and producer Andrew Schneider at Brooklyn's Translator Audio (Pelican, Keelhaul, etc.), "WRECK" is an unfettered burst of pent up emotions and frustrations channeled into song and an unflinching glance into a type of life others probably should not lead. From the shock and awe of the LP's lead track "Rat" and the stunningly damaged "Decay" to the doom and gloom of the heavy handed "No Chance" and through to the transcendental brainwork of "Stuck", UNSANE's "WRECK" is darkly abrasive and poetic music delivered with a fearsome intensity. A punishing, but ultimately tuneful album, realistic in subject matter and as engaging as it is abrasive, "WRECK" features UNSANE at its legendary best. Chris Spencer's vocals and lyrics positively ache with fear and loathing (resembling the sound of a man trapped in the New York Subway system) while his searing Telecaster howl and pulverizing chords wreak havoc over Vincent Signorelli's drums and Dave Curran's muscular, thick as lava bass lines. UNSANE celebrates its 20th anniversary by delivering the darkest and most personal record of its celebrated career; "WRECK" is the band's defining moment. "Making the album "WRECK" has been amazingly cathartic. Not only musically, but personally," comments Spencer. "Writing with Dave and Vincent is always great, and having been together so long made it easy to focus on what musically and lyrically would sum up this period of time. Recordings about modern urban life. The constant noise, confrontation, stress and alienation that goes with it, and the dysfunctional ways people try to deal with it. The death, drugs, attempted suicide and completely degenerative behavior of those around us really left a mark. I really was feeling like I needed to get it out of my system. There are some moments of redemption, but more often than not things did not end well. As the world population reaches seven billion it's impossible not to feel the overcrowding."

01/10/12: Alternative Tentacles Showcase!!!
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11TH Alternative Tentacles Showcase with Victim's Family, Fleshies, and Pins Of Light
at The Elbo Room 647 Valencia in beautiful San Francisco! A rock-n-roll bargain for only - $10. Hey kids - it's 21 and over.

12/24/11: Alternative Tentacles Holiday schedule
We will be closed Monday December 26, 2011 & Monday January 2, 2012, and will be closed sporadically throughout the final week of December 2011 for inventory and goofing off.

Speaking of goofing off...
Slingshot Santa

12/08/11: Win­ston Smith's Annual Stu­dio Show Fri­day, Decem­ber 9th 2011
If you happen to be in SF/Bay Area, please come to Win­ston Smith's Annual Stu­dio Show. ONE NIGHT ONLY! Fri­day, Decem­ber 9th 2011 • 7pm-11pm at Grant's Tomb Gallery 50-A Ban­nam Alley (Right off Union Street at Grant One Block East from Wash­ing­ton Square In the heart of North Beach) Look for the Red Door. For more info, have a look at:

11/23/11: AT closed for Thanksgiving!
We will be closed Thursday and Friday November 24th & 25th for Thanksgiving, a national holiday here in the US.

After a 3 year lull, we're happy to discover that Tenured Radical has a 2nd TOP 10 TURKEY list! Check it out here!

"Back in 2007 I gave out awards to institutions and individuals in education who had gone above and beyond the call of duty to make turkeys out of themselves during that calendar year..."

2011 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 Friday December 23, 2011.

All orders sent through the mail should arrive at our PO Box by Monday November 28
International web orders Wednesday November 30
Media Mail web orders Wednesday December 7th
Priority Mail orders Wednesday December 14th

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.).

11/07/11: Holiday deadlines already? YEP!
2011 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 Friday December 23, 2011.

All orders sent through the mail should arrive at our PO Box by Monday November 28
International web orders Wednesday November 30
Media Mail web orders Wednesday December 7th
Priority Mail orders Wednesday December 14th

More info on our FAQ Page

11/01/11: AT closed for GENERAL STRIKE WEDNESDAY!
Alternative Tentacles will be closed on Wednesday, November 2nd to show solidarity with the General Strike recently proposed by the Occupy Oakland movement! The occupiers' proposal follows:

"We as fellow occupiers of Oscar Grant Plaza propose that on Wednesday November 2, 2011, we liberate Oakland and shut down the 1%.

"We propose a city wide general strike and we propose we invite all students to walk out of school. Instead of workers going to work and students going to school, the people will converge on downtown Oakland to shut down the city.

"All banks and corporations should close down for the day or we will march on them.

"While we are calling for a general strike, we are also calling for much more. People who organize out of their neighborhoods, schools, community organizations, affinity groups, workplaces and families are encouraged to self organize in a way that allows them to participate in shutting down the city in whatever manner they are comfortable with and capable of.

"The whole world is watching Oakland. Let's show them what is possible."


One of the most well known U.$. general strikes occurred over a five day period in Seattle, 1919, with 60,000 union members and 40,000 non-union sympathizers walking out and taking to the streets. The city all but stopped functioning, with exceptions made for essential services (firefighters, hospital staff, and the like). Crime plummeted, neighborhood kitchens were set up to feed the populace, and a staunch anti-authoritarian spirit permeated the city.

That peaceful strike ended with National Guard interference and the subsequent anarchist / socialist / IWW witch hunt that followed. Let's hope this one ends on a better note!

(info taken from chapter 15 of Howard Zinn's classic "A People's History Of The U.S.", available in its entirety online):

For up-to-date Oakland Occupation information:

We Are The 99%!

General Strike

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