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We asked our bands, friends, and staff for their 2008 year-end/top 10 lists. The year's not over yet, so we'll add to the page as more roll in. You can see everyone's lists here.
A few Alternative Tentacles titles--some new releases and some best sellers--will be on mega-discount at the iTunes store starting midnight on Monday 12/22. (That's late Sunday night, technically.) Full albums will be priced as low as $5.99! The sale pricing will be in effect between 12/22 through 1/12/2009, so you have plenty of time to take advantage. We hope you'll explore some bands and records you've been meaning to check out during the sale.
Of course, all of our releases in print are always available the old fashioned way on CD and LP. Just sayin'.
There's been a flurry of activity in Vancouver, BC lately that we'd like to share with you. (We notice these things because we're not aholes who like to chant "USA!" and act like America is the only country that matters...)
First, for British Columbia's 150th anniversary, the Vancouver Sun is taking votes for BC's most influential citizens. DOA's Joey "Shithead" Keithley is on the ballot and you should vote for him! Unfortunately, there are no write-in blanks for our other BC friends. Boo.
However, that doesn't mean we're not gonna talk about them. Nardwuar the Human Serviette sent us some videos taken at the Mint Records holiday show. First is the Evaporators featuring special guest Andrew W.K. The second video is the Evaporators, Andrew W.K., Jon Card and Randy Rampage of DOA, and Wimpy Roy of the Subhumans doing "Oh, Canaduh" and "Fuck You" by the Subhumans.
Evaporators vs. Andrew W.K.
Evaporators vs. Andrew W.K. vs. Subhumans
The Original Dirty Rapper Blowfly will grace the small screen as a guest on David Alan Grier's Chocolate News on Comedy Central. We had hoped Blowfly would be the first African-American president, after his campaign which is chronicled on Fahrenheit 69 (Virus 331), but maybe he will get a cabinet appointment in the Obama administration? We can only hope...
Please check your local TV listings for the channel and airtime in your area.
In addition to our naturally inexpensive prices, we're also offering a crazy selection of CDs from other record labels- 4 for $10! There are some stone-cold classics from around the world in the bargain bins, in genres as disparate as comedy, grindcore, twang, gypsy punk, and communist skinhead oi music!
It's at the San Francisco Armory @ 14th and Mission, 2 blocks from 16th/Mission BART station in San Francisco, CA. There'll be over 20 hours of live performances on 3 stages featuring live music, circus and dance acts, performance artists and DJs, including gypsy jazz, bellydance, spoken word, beatbox, choral ensembles, fashion shows, puppetry, flamenco guitar, and much more, all at the Mission Bazaar!
2008 Winter Holiday deadlines:
All orders sent through the mail should arrive at our PO Box by December 1
P.S.- On that note, Friday November 28, 2008 is the 17th annual Buy Nothing Day! Make a stand against consumerism by joining in a Zombie Walk, an empty shopping cart Conga Line, or any one of dozens of other international events tomorrow on the largest shopping day on the calendar.
That said, we and every other independently owned business, collective, and/or local coop need your support in these times of economic ridiculousness. Why give $ to ginormous corporations who are sucking the government's teats- er, being "bailed out"- while the rest of us struggle? For more about the Buy Local movement go here, here,
Vic Bondi gave us a heads up on some YouTube videos featuring the Articles of Faith songs he played with members of Pegboy in Chicago on 11/15. Vic's current band Report Suspicious Activity played a few shows last weekend, including a show in Chicago that featured a special set of AOF songs. We're embedding their performance of "What We Want is Free." You can find more videos from that show here (courtesy of user ShackIeMeNot).
Triclops! has a few California shows supporting the Hanson Brothers coming up:
11/30/2008 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still questions Jello Biafra's ability to bring about change to this country, today is your answer.
BUSINESSMEN IN CLOWN SUITS!!!
In his 1979 San Francisco mayoral campaign, Jello pledged to make businessmen wear clown suits within city limits. Right about now might be a good time to reconsider his proposal. Watch out, Hank Paulson! Gird your loins, Wall Street! Treasury Secretary Jello Biafra has a nice ring to it, no?
Well, actually, the clowns in the photo are not businessmen. They're real clowns from the Big Apple Circus invited to ring the opening bell at NYSE. Read about it here in the NY Post. But yes we can believe that Jello had the right idea, dammit.
Just a heads up that there's a merch clearance sale over at VoteNader.org. We bring this to your attention because one of the items they carry is a DVD of their August 2008 rally in Denver, CO. It features our own Jello Biafra as one of the many speakers (others include Cindy Sheehan and Sean Penn) as well as live sets by Rage Against the Machine, etc.
P.S.- Also elected, some dude named Barack Obama.
Check out the interview with Vic Bondi of Articles of Faith and Report Suspicious Activity on Newsvine. RSA will play three shows next weekend in Baltimore, DC, and Chicago. The Chicago show will feature a short set of AOF songs with Vic Bondi and members of Pegboy. Be there!
11/13/2008 Fletcher's Baltimore, MD
Just a quick note for those of you in the US who are voting on election day. We're sure you've been hearing about voter suppression efforts and cranky voting machines that are plaguing the process already.
Before you go to your polling place (here's a Google Maps mashup if you need to find your location), double check your state's ID requirements and make sure to bring proper documents. Just in case, program this number into your cell: 866-687-8683 (866-OUR-VOTE). That's the hotline number for Election Protection, a non-partisan coalition who provides voter info and advice as well as collect data on irregularities. The Spanish language hotline is 1-888-Ve-Y-Vota.