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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

08/11/11: Ludicra is no more!
Sad news from our friends in beloved "Grey Metal" band LUDICRA:

"The door is officially closed on Ludicra. It was a great trip, but all things have their end. Alternative Tentacles was an early supporter of Ludicra, and we appreciate their faith and their help to achieve what we could with out little rock band. Thanks."

Doktor Ross Sewage
Minister of Filth

We'll be sure to keep you up to date on what's next for the Ludicra crew!

07/04/11: AT e-mail fixed!
An intrepid techie fixed our insanely broken e-mail system on Sunday, so e-mail away, true believers!

Meanwhile, orders are being packed and shipped as usual. If you have questions, please leave a message for Jared at 510-596-8984 or fax us at 510-596-8982.

Note: the office will be CLOSED on Monday for the July 4th holiday, in honor of BBQs & hand-held explosives.

06/17/11: 32nd Birthday 32% 3-for-2 sale!
To help celebrate our 32nd birthday, we're offering 3-for-2 32% off CD deals on some of our punk, spoken word, and twang gems! Only through the weekend!

The Punk 3-for-2 CD pack
The Spoken Word 3-for-2 CD pack
The Twang 3-for-2 CD pack

This sale ENDS on Sunday, June 19th!

04/21/11: Chomsky on everything!

Noam Chomsky in Amsterdam (13-03-2011) from Chomsky in Nederland on Vimeo.

04/18/11: A.T. bands on tour... the season begins
As the weather warms up, bands are hitting the road, nationally and internationally. Europa is hot right now! LUDICRA and THE BELLRAYS are currently crisscrossing Europe. SLIM CESSNA'S AUTO CLUB begin their European tour April 28. RATOS DE PORAO do some European shows April 21-30. Back in the states, CITIZEN FISH will get the West & Southwestern U.S. dancing starting May 12. And DASH RIP ROCK continue their never ending tour of Southern bars & casinos that no other A.T. band would be welcome in, playing somewhere way below the Mason-Dixon practically very weekend. GIT SOME haven't announced dates yet, but are currently organizing an East Coast tour. If you're a booker reading this, book them! Last, but certainly not least, JELLO BIAFRA & THE GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE play Northern California shows April 20-23, play in Las Vegas April 29-30, and have a record release party coming up soon to be announced. Come June, they head to Europe themselves for a month of touring. Click on our TOUR page for details about dates. We post new dates when we get word of them.

04/01/11: Jello Biafra endorsed for mayor by San Francisco Bay Guardian!
The SF Bay Guardian endorses Jello Biafra for Mayor of SF!

03/01/11: Application period for job is closed!
Good luck to everyone who applied. Carry on, nothing more to see here!

02/20/11: We are hiring!
Alternative Tentacles is hiring for a Promotions Coordinator. All of the details are here.

Inquiries about the position will only be accepted at the 2011job at e-mail. All other inquiries will be ignored.

Good luck!

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