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08/11/05: Jello and Operation Cease-Fire 9/24 in DC!
The irrepressible Jello Biafra will be emceeing an event for "Operation Ceasefire", a massive anti-war concert/rally will be held at the Washington Monument on September 24th and will be a showpiece of what is expected to be 4 days of enormous protests in nation's capital in support of a full withdrawal of U.S. forces from the quagmire in Iraq. The press conference will feature musical artists, military families who have loved ones in Iraq, returning soldiers opposed to the war and organizers from United for Peace & Justice (UFPJ), the largest U.S. based anti-war coalition which is co-sponsoring the event.

Jello has this to say about the quagmire in Iraq:
"Hijacking 9-11 to invade Irag is the worst mistake our government has made in my lifetime. The whole War on Terror has been turned into a scam. Our lives are at stake. Our soldiers lives are at stake. The best way to support the troops is to bring them home now. The most patriotic thing any of us can do is rise up and fight our government when they break the law. No more illegal wars. No more torture on foreign shores. If we let the White House get away with any of this, Abu Ghraib and Gitmo at home are right around the corner."

The concert will bring together several notable musical acts such as: International Recording Stars Thievery Corporation, Punk-rock bands LeTigre, Bouncing Souls, Country music recording artist Steve Earle, Socially conscious Hip-Hop groups like The Coup and Head-Roc, Indy rock stars Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Wayne Kramer of the MC5 with AT's own the Bellrays!

For those in the DC area, this will be an event of epic proportions not to be missed!


08/09/05: Jello Biafra and the Melvins Europe dates off!
Bad news for a great reason!

Jello Biafra and the Melvins have been forced to cancel their August 18 Pukkelpop Festival appearance in Belgium and other dates that were in the works. Drummer Dale Crover's wife is expecting their first child, due September 4th. Late in the game it became obvious Dale needs to stay with her until the baby comes, especially if it's early. We wish them all the best!

Some US dates are in the works for later this fall and overseas in spring and / or summer. Meanwhile brace yourselves for more Biafra / Melvins recordings on the follow-up album, "Sieg Howdy" out late September!


06/15/05: Jello and Napalm Death duet for tsunami victims!
Jello Biafra has guest vocals on the Napalm Death song, "The Great And The Good" on their brand new record, "The Code is Red... Long Live the Code"!

The tune was also released as a limited-edition 3 band benefit single for Indian Ocean Tsunami relief . The other two tracks are from The Haunted ("Smut King") and Heaven Shall Burn ("Strassenkampf" [a Die Skeptikercover]). The bands and Jello Biafra wrote liner-notes for the single, which is limited to 1000 copies.


03/28/05: Jello on "This American Life" on "Frankenchrist"
Jello appears on the National Public Radio show "This American Life" this week on an episode about knowing one's enemies. Jello speaks with Michael Guarino, the prosecutor in the DKs "Frankenchrist" trial. You can catch it this week on your local NPR station or on-line here (it's the episode named "Know Your Enemy" aka Episode 285).

You can also check out more info about the Frankenchrist trial on the second Jello spoken word record, "High Priest of Harmful Matter". There's an excerpt from this release in the TAL episode too!


12/16/04: Huge new Jello Interview in Arthur!
Check out the new Arthur (#14) for a huge interview with Jello. You can order a copy of the magazine here!

From their site:
"God Bless Jello Biafra: The former Dead Kennedy and veteran firebrand has returned to musicmaking with a car bomb of a new album, recorded with the Melvins. Sorina Diaconescu talks with Mr. Biafra in the direct aftermath of the Nov. 2 election about freedom, surveillance, pranks and selling out. Photography by W. T. Nelson. "


12/15/04: Jello NOT in Australia
Just in case you've been seeing e-mails about Jello, Noam Chomsky, Winston Smith, and others being held captive in Australia, here's the truth. None of those people are being held in Australia, as far as we know. Jello is not even near the continent of Australia. He hasn't complained about any broken arms or skin cancer from being held captive under the hot Aussie sun, so he ought to be in great form tomorrow night @ his San Francisco spoken word show!

Here's one of the e-mails we received @ AT, exactly as it came into our inbox. Enjoy!

"Subject: CHOMSKY SHERMAN BIAFRA SMITH AND OTHE DISAPEARED ACTVISTS FOUND BUT STILL HELD CAPTIVE BY ASIS

Dear revolutionaries, I have recently discovered that our comrades, Sherman Austin, Noam Chomsky, Jello Biafra, Winston Smith as well as CNT organisers and other revbolutionaries from Canada have been captured by ASIS, Australian Security Intelligence Service and are being held in the upper yarra vally located just south of Melbourne. This is not a cruel joke and this is not a myth. After discovering that these people had gone missing after arrivinfg in australia led me to discover that it is an aryan conspiracy that involves every authority figure in Australia. From the PM to the x police chief of Victoria. They are being held out bush in the sun and have received skin cancers. Biafra has had his limbs brocken and we fear Noam may be dead. This is an internation call to action, and we are encouraging everybody who has revolutionary aims in life to cxome to Australia IN NUMBERS. These people are still alive and are being made slave to ASIS and its disapearance network. We fear for ALL of our comrades and we need international support to help free these people from there ASIS slaveholders. I will be in touch with as much information as i can gather before i too am disapeared and drowned in a river n the upper yarra.

THIS IS NO JOKE!

Please this needs as much independent medfia attenmtion as possible they are stil alive and we need international support for these people PLEASE HURRY!

Please forward this onto as many lists as you can and create as much media attention as possible DON'T delay anymore"


09/27/04: Jello supports US soldier's blog from Iraq
Remember the blog run by a US soldier serving in Iraq that the military was trying to shut down? Well, now the soldier cannot add new content to the site but he's reposting old posts and Jello wrote an e-mail of support for the soldier and the troops which is collecting a fascinating series of comments here.

Here's your chance to read unfiltered true life stories of the troops on the ground in Iraq- this is just one of many blogs maintained by military members overseas. Dig in!


09/01/04: Jello pro-Johnny Cash, anti-RNC!
From Democracy Now's report from the RNC about the protest against the Republican's attempt to connect music legend Johnny Cash with their party:

JELLO BIAFRA: "This is Jello Biafra reporting from outside the infamous auction house, Sotheby's, where the Man in Black Bloc has converged upon the Tennessee republican delegation who has gone for a private viewing of items from the Estate of the late Johnny Cash. As Steve Earle would put it, "Johnny would be rolling in his grave."

...What would Johnny Cash think of Bush's illegal war in Iraq, let alone what he does to people of lesser means in the South and the rest of the United States? What would Johnny Cash think of mountaintop removal, for example, where the coal companies blow the whole top off of mountains in Appalachia, and if all the debris lands in the valley and buries people's homes and buries streams? They don't care. Why do they do it? Because they can.

So people are here to take back the spirit of Johnny Cash, or at least subject these republican fat cat scam artists to a little bit of the old spirit that goes back through Johnny Cash or as one of my friends in the Melvins put it, when Johnny Cash died he looked off wistfully and said he was our Abe Lincoln in a way. And so the people inside and the people at Sotheby's, they are going to sell Johnny's effects to rich people who want to buy a piece of Johnny Cash. And I guess the message from the protesters here is you cannot buy a piece of everybody, let alone have everybody lie down while you wreck the country with the PATRIOT Act and go off to illegal blood baths in the Middle East which accomplish nothing except creating more terrorists. "


09/01/04: Jello to speak at RNC protest event tonight!!!

Jello is scheduled to appear at a Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting media march on Wednesday, September 1. Jello will speak at 8pm in front of the CNN/NBC building at 6th Avenue and 56th Street. The march will begin at 6th Ave and 52nd St before the CNN stop, and will continue after the stop to Fox with more speakers to start between 8:45-9pm. For more information, visit http://www.marchonthemedia.org/

Jello is also scheduled to be on Air America tonight, time to be determined.


08/06/04: Jello scheduled to appear on Air America on 8/9
Jello is scheduled to appear on the "Morning Sedition" radio show on Air America between 7-7:30am EDT. For more info and to stream the show, go to http://www.airamericaradio.com.


07/16/04: Jello's Statement about the DKs Lawsuit
I and Alternative Tentacles have thrown up our hands at getting any justice from the three ex-Dead Kennedys' greed-motivated lawsuits, and the shocking denial of our appeal. The court refused to hear any evidence of the many shady things they have done since the trial.

But that does not mean that the verdict and court rulings are the real truth any more than George Dubya was democratically elected president. They just got away with a lot of lies. O.J. Simpson would be proud.

What they have done to Dead Kennedys since their hostile takeover speaks for itself. Their money uber alles mentality has more in common with Dick Cheney than the vision and principles our band stood for.

I'm as proud of Dead Kennedys as I ever was. It seems obvious I love and respect what we accomplished far more than they ever will.

If they force me to blow the whistle again, I will. We'll continue to oppose the dumbing down and pimping of the DK catalogue, phony "reunion" shows (often with my likeness in the ads), selling my image into video games, their refusal to show me all the books, blah, blah, etc., etc.

Ending our defense against their main legal attack does not mean I endorse or recommend any Dead Kennedys releases on Decay Music, Manifesto, Plastic Head, Cleopatra, MVD, etc.

I can't. I'm too ashamed.

- Jello Biafra


06/29/04: Jello's playlist from Ohio radio show!
Among many other things he's been doing, Jello was able to dj on Colombus, Ohio station WWCD101.1 FM while he was in town for the community-run festival COMFEST. He appeared on the The Independent Playground. Sunday nights from 10p-12a and Thursdays from 11p-1a. You can isten live at 101.1 FM or on-line. Featured were many unreleased songs from upcoming records, including the eagerly awaited Jello Biafra/Melvins release "Never Breathe What You Can't See"!

Sunday, 6/27/04

WESLEY WILLIS - JELLO BIAFRA (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES)

JELLO BIAFRA + D.O.A. - JESUS WAS A TERRORIST (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES)

THRALL - PETROCHEMICAL PHARMACEUTICAL MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES)

NO WTO COMBO - LET'S LYNCH THE LANDLORD (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES)

PHANTOM LIMBS - PISS ON THEM LIGHTLY (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES)

CAUSEY WAY - ??? (UNRELEASED)

CRUCIFUCKS - HINKLEY HAD A VISION (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES)

LUDICRA - 1000 WOLVES (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES)

JELLO BIAFRA + MELVINS - McGRUFF THE CRIME DOG (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES)

WESLEY WILLIS - THE TERMITES ATE MY HOUSE UP (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES)

FISH KARMA - CHICKEN LIPS (???)

JELLO BIAFRA + MELVINS - ISLAMIC BOMB (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES)

SLIM CESSNA'S AUTO CLUB - THIS IS HOW WE DO THINGS IN THE COUNTRY (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES)

IOWASKA - WAR WEARY WIDOWS (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES)

LARD - WAR PIMP RENAISSANCE (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES)

JELLO BIAFRA + MELVINS - VOTED OFF THE ISLAND (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES)

MUNLY - LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES)

LEFTOVER CRACK - ROCK THE 40oz. (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES)

BELLRAYS - VOODOO TRAIN (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES)

SERMON - HAND TO HAND (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES)

MENTALLY ILL - GACY'S PLACE (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES)

BURNING IMAGE - FINAL CONFLICT (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES)

ZOLAR-X - TIMELESS (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES)

JELLO BIAFRA + MELVINS - YUPPIE CADILLAC (ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES)




05/07/04: Listen to Jello on Air America tonight!
Jello will be a guest on Janeane Garofalo's Majority Report show on Air America, the new "libreal" radio network. He is scheduled to be on at 10pm EDT/7pm PDT. Listen to it here. (requires Real Player)


04/22/04: Jello faves Burning Image & Mentally Ill mp3s up!
Jello Biafra was floored by a Burning Image demo played only once on Maximum Rock n Roll in the 1980s, and invited them to open for the Dead Kennedys in San Francisco. An amazing but now rare single followed, then the band disappeared. But now you can get a sneak listen to their upcoming cd of that 7 inch and a host of unreleased songs!

Jello had also long been trying to get The Mentally Ill to do a proper release since their infamous "Gacy's Place" EP from the old Killed-By-Death series was fetching insane amounts on eBay. Finally "Gacy's Place" is re-released along with 17 other unreleased tracks on CD and LP!! Jello calls it the sickest punk record ever made! Judge for yourself and check out the mp3s and band page for more information.

Go to our mp3 page here and check out 3 songs from the upcoming Burning Image "1983-1987" cd (virus 316) and four songs from The Mentally Ill's "Gacy's Place: The Undiscovered Corpses" cd (virus 315)!

Both records will be released in May, 2004!


03/15/04: Instant Run-Off wins in Berkeley!
By an overwhelming 70% majority, Berkeley voters enabled the Berkeley City Council to join any county-wide Instant Run-Off Voting system. All that's left to do is pass similar enabling laws in the smaller cities in the county and work with the County Registrar on the details of IRV implementation. As you read here in Feburary, Jello added his endorsement very early to the campaign for Measure I, the local Berkeley initiative that is part of the March 2nd California elections. The IRV system is a long-standing goal of Green Parties world-wide. More information on Measure I and IRV here!


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