01/27/10: Howard Zinn 1922-2010
Very sad to report that Howard Zinn has died of a heart attack at age 87. Here's his official website and the news item in the Boston Globe.
We released some spoken word releases of his in conjunction with AK Press including A People's History Of The United States. Our thoughts go out to his family and the many people whose lives he impacted.
01/16/10: MLK holiday- a radical look (& AT closed Monday)
Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. day, so both AT & the US Post Office will be closed. Mailorder packages will be sent & messages returned on Tuesday January 19th.
From In These Times:
The scores of politicians who spoke on Jan. 18 about the pressing need to fulfill King's "Dream," for example, were generally endorsing a simplified, static portrait of King. Meanwhile, we have been bombarded with a steady stream of television commercials, advertisements and newspaper articles that imply King was merely a liberal reformer, whose sole preoccupation was civil rights. Where was the discussion of King's plans to transform the structures of power and privilege in society? Who remembered King's call for a "radical revolution" of American values? As historian Vincent Harding has remarked, "It appears as if the price for the first national holiday honoring a black man is the development of a massive case of national amnesia."
We further need to be reminded that King demanded a total restructuring of our foreign policies, and-unlike Jesse Jackson and many other "leftists" of our era-he would have had nothing but scorn for President Clinton's criminal bombings of Sudan, Afghanistan and Iraq. Indeed, King began speaking out against U.S. militarism as early as 1965. Most symptomatic of this, of course, was the "nightmarish conflict" in Vietnam, which he said was "one of the most unjust wars that has ever been fought in the history of the world."
Following King's famous speech at the 1963 March on Washington, FBI Assistant Director Louis Sullivan charged that King had become (in a curious pair of adjectives), "The most dangerous and effective Negro leader in the country."
01/11/10: Credit Card ordering out of order briefly!
If you've been trying to order via credit card on our site over the weekend, you'll know that it's not possible. We're working to get this fixed, but in the meantime you can use the paypal option on-line or use one of the other methods on our FAQ page
12/17/09: Alternative Tentacles family and friends 2009 lists
More on the way...
Aesop Dekker - Ludicra/Agalloch/Cosmic Hearse blog
Yob - The Great Cessation
Absu - Absu
Master's Hammer - Mantras
Amesouers - Amesouers
Cross Stitched Eyes - Coronach
Dinosaur Jr. - Farm
Giant Squid - The Ichthyologist
Circle of Ouroborus - Tree of Knowledge
Peste Noire - Ballade Cuntre Lo Anemi Francor
Sixx--Sister Devil (reissue of tape from 1991)
Jon Weisnewski - Akimbo
10. When Max the cat jumped on Maria's lap, farted, and then ran away.
9. 2012. Best comedy of the decade!
8. Napalm Death - Time Waits for No Slave
7. Russian Circles - Geneva
6. Future of the Left - Travels Well with Myself and Another
5. Seeing Jesus Lizard, Black, Elk, Nomeansno, and Future of the Left in the month of October.
4. Muppets cover of Bohemian Rhapsody
3. Sniping fools with Thermal Vision in Modern Warfare 2.
2. Converge - Axe to Fall
1. Keyboard Cat
Jared Power - AT Mailorder Overlord
10. Cross Stiched Eyes - 'Coronach' LP/CD
9. Liquid Pain (live - a capella set!)
8. Instant Asshole - Sk8 Or Die mini-tour
7. the return of the almighty Brainoil!
6. MIA (live)
5. Duck And Cover (live + demos)
4. Bastard Noise (live)
3. Capitalist Casualties (live)
2. Cannabis Corpse (live + 'The Weeding' EP)
1. Seeing Victim's Family, Triclops!, Nomeansno, and Butthole Surfers in the same week!
11/30/09: Anniversary of Seattle WTO protests
Today marks the tenth anniversary of the Seattle WTO protests.
Here are some news articles about this anniversary from Common Dreams, People's History Project, and Seattle Indymedia.
Back in 1999 Jello Biafra made a record with Krist Novoselic (Nirvana), Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), and Gina Mainwal under the name The NO W.T.O. Combo for a one-off protest concert.
We are selling both the CD and LP of "Live From the Battle in Seattle" for $6.
11/17/09: 2009 Winter Holiday deadlines!
2009 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 Wednesday December 23, 2009.
All orders sent through the mail should arrive at our PO Box by Monday November 30
International web orders Wednesday December 2
Media Mail web orders Wednesday December 9
Priority Mail orders Wednesday December 16
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.).
10/20/09: 30th Anniversary "Incest-A-Thon"
We're celebrating 30 years of Alternative Tentacles with a three-night blow out at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco November 5th through 7th. Each night Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine will headline with a different set of bands representing the many facets of the label. All shows are all ages (6 and up, but 6 year olds don't have driver's licenses) and $20, but you can buy a pass for all three days for $50.
We are also doing an essay contest with the Bay Bridged to win a free three day pass (second place is $50 in credit to our webstore) that you can check out here: deadline is October 23rd at noon PST.
Alternative Tentacles 30th Anniversary Incest-A-Thon
November 5th with Jello Biafra and Guantanamo School of Medicine, Citizen Fish, Star Fucking Hipsters, MIA.
November 6th with Jello Biafra and Guantanamo School of Medicine, Ludicra, Munly and the Lupercalians, Knights of the New Crusade.
November 7th with Jello Biafra and Guantanamo School of Medicine, Alice Donut, Victims Family, Burning Image.
Great American Music Hall
10/16/09: Star Fucking Hipsters/Citizen Fish super-limited tour poster!
One of the many neat things hiding out on our website is the BRAND NEW Cracktoberfest limited tour poster for the upcoming CITIZEN FISH/STAR FUCKING HIPSTERS West Coast tour!
Limited to 100, we have a LOT less than that- if you're not lucky enough to get one from us or from the band during next month's tour, you'll be shit outta luck!
... And yes, that IS a Jackalope on the poster!
10/09/09: AT closed for Indigenous Peoples Day!
.... Also known as Columbus Day, this Monday October 12th, 2009. There will be no mailorder sent, no phones answered, just the sweet sound of dust settling into the nooks and crannies of the BAT HQ!
For your entertainment pleasure, here's a political death match- er, a couple of pieces- from Noam Chomsky & Dinesh D'Souza about Columbus.
Noam Chomsky interview
Dinesh D'Souza essay
The impetus for this death match came from this page, which features a 404-Not-Found Chomsky piece & a lot of other info about the issue.
Catch ya on Tuesday!
09/24/09: 30th Anniversary Q&A On Our Blog
In commemoration of this being Alternative Tentacles' 30th year in existence, we've taken to checking in with some of our bands about how the label and its releases have influenced them and their music. So far Stza Crack, Rob from Amebix, Jon from Pansy Division, and Bobb and Billy from Th' Inbred have been so kind as to write a few words which are posted up on the AT blog.
09/17/09: A little bit of sanity from Obama
In the "it's about time" department:
Obama shelves Europe missile plan
"US President Barack Obama has shelved plans for controversial bases in Poland and the Czech Republic in a major overhaul of missile defence in Europe."
That said, there's the not-so-good news, but at least it's not part of the Star Wars never-ever-worked missile defense boondoggle.
"Although the White House said the US "no longer planned to move forward" with the old shield scheme for Poland and the Czech Republic, Defence Secretary Robert Gates stressed the US was not abandoning missile defence of Europe.
He said negotiations were under way with both nations about deploying upgraded SM-3 interceptors from 2015.
The first phase of the new strategy, he said, would be to deploy "current and proven missile defence systems in the next two years", including the sea-based Aegis and the current SM-3."
09/04/09: AT closed Labor Day (Monday!)
Alternative Tentacles is closed Monday, September 7th. It is Labor Day here in the U.S.
From a 2001 New York Times opinion piece about the holiday:
"The grand marshal of the first Labor Day celebration, held in New York City in 1882, has been quoted as saying, 'Let us offer monopolists and their tools of both political parties such a sight as will make them think more profoundly than they have ever thought before.'
...Most of us have trouble hearing the 'labor' in Labor Day any longer -- the use of the word, that is, that distinguishes labor from management or worker from capitalist. The very radicalism of devoting a day to the honoring of labor's role in the creation of national wealth has been lost to the waning of both union power and a proud sense of class distinction. Laborers have been redefined as 'consumers,' a category that somehow muddies everything.
But in its time the idea behind Labor Day was genuinely radical, as radical in its own way as the origin of Independence Day. As Ms. Litwicki observes, one of the critical steps in the evolution of Labor Day was balancing the class defiance, even the potential violence, of some forms of trade unionism with the patriotism and the conciliatory spirit of others. What resulted, when it became a legal holiday in 1894, was a version of Labor Day that managed to celebrate business and industry as well as the unions. It also made room at the front of the parade for politicians, who had been excluded from the original Labor Days. It became a holiday that honored sociability more than solidarity."
08/21/09: Wesley Willis Anniversary
Wesley Willis died on this date 6 years ago.
May 31, 1963 – August 21, 2003
Listen to the Anniversary Batcast! It includes many Wesley songs PLUS a previously unheard recording of the Jelvins covering "Rock & Roll McDonalds" live in 2005!
Rock On Wesley Willis! We Love You Like A Milkshake!
08/13/09: Ludicra in the news!
Not only has Invisible Oranges blog called them "Metal's Most Underrated Band" (thanks? We thought they were rated "awesome" all along), but San Francisco Bay Guardian "Best of the Bay" Readers' Poll counts them as "Best Metal Act"! Catch the last shows of their East Coast tour with Hammers of Misfortune! It's their first time east of the Mississippi.
08/12/09: Taqwacores Storm CNN!
The kick ass Taqwacores punk subgenre gets more attention from CNN!
Check out the book that helped kick off the Taqwa scene, Taqwacores and the debut from the best of the bands, The Kominas "Wild Nights In Guantanamo"!