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05/11/06: Jello, Rollins, Penelope, Richman for West Memphis Three!
This Friday May 12th, there's an all-star Skeleton Key exhibition and spoken word event in San Francisco at 111 Minna Street, SF (@ New Montgomery & 2nd Streets). It's a benefit for the West Memphis Three

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!


05/09/06: Jello talks to Punk News Dot Org!
You can read the extensive interview our buddy Aubin from punknews.org did this past winter with Jello here!


04/26/06: The Latest DK Fiasco?
From Jello Biafra:

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


03/28/06: Jello in NOLA
Here's a shot of Jello in New Orleans last week.

Please donate to the Women's Center at the Common Ground Collective in New Orleans, LA (see the Jello News item from 2 days ago).


03/26/06: NOLA donations needed!
Jello Biafra just came back from speaking in New Orleans, LA, and is asking everyone to read this list of items needed by his friends at the Women's Center at the Common Ground Collective in New Orleans, LA.

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 items
panties**
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 items
laundry/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 70117
also, 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), Director
Common Ground Women's Center 9th Ward, NOLA"


03/24/06: Biafra Barnstorms Across Canada!
That's right, Jello's playing the width of Canada in April- check out his latest dates!


02/24/06: Jello Biafra & Metal Urbain in studio!
Jello Biafra is working with esteemed producer/engineer Matt Kelley (Jello Biafra With The Melvins, Jello Biafra spoken word, Digital Underground, Del the Funky Homosapien, Tupac Shakur, George Clinton, The Coup, Zen Guerilla) on producing the upcoming Metal Urbain album on Alternative Tentacles! The tracking and mixing is happening in San Francisco and the resulting record will be out on AT later in 2006.

This is Jello's second non-Jello-related producer job- he produced the stellar Ani Kyd record AT released in 2005.


02/14/06: Biafra's Bat Cast!
No, it's not a splint for flying rodents, it's Jello Biafra on the Alternative Tentacles podcast- a.k.a. the Bat Cast! In this first all-Jello bat cast, Jello's talking about his State of the Union, what he's been up to in 2005, and what his plans are for 2006. It's all part of our steadily increasing list of Bat Casts!


11/28/05: Jello Biafra and the Melvins up for a PLUG Award!
That's right, Jello Biafra With The Melvins "Sieg Howdy" is up for a Plug Award as best punk record of 2005! [Also in the running for best non-commercial radio station is KALX,the radio station Jesse the Mail Male djs at]

Go to the Plug website and vote for Jello!


10/07/05: Operation Ceasefire a huge success!
Operation Ceasefire: Bring Troops Home Now! The free concert and rally was a tremendous success. Over 100,000 people attended the eleven hour protest September 24 at the Washington Monument. This concert was a fun way for us to all come together and demand that this Congress and this administration bring our troops home and start a well over due Ceasefire!

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!


08/17/05: Jello Biafra and Others Rock for West Memphis Three
August 04, 2005: San Francisco, Calif. On July 23, 2005 Jello Biafra and other artists came together at The Swedish American Music Hall in San Francisco for the local version of West Memphis Three World Awareness Day, organized by Anje/Vele Entertainment and musician Chuck Prophet. The event raised more than $6,000 for the defense fund of Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley, Jr., and Jason Baldwin. The three Arkansas men, dubbed the West Memphis Three, were convicted of the 1993 murders of three elementary school children. Since their trials were chronicled by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky in the HBO documentary "Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills", a groundswell of support has formed around the Echols, Misskelley, and Baldwin support that includes a wide array of artists such as Metallica, Henry Rollins, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Tom Waits, Winona Ryder, South Park creator Trey Parker, and Art Alexakis of Everclear.

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.


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!


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