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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.
Go to the Plug website and vote for Jello!
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!
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.
Jello has this to say about the quagmire in Iraq:
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!
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!
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.
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!
From their site:
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"
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!
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. "
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.