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February 14 is Blowfly's birthday. He turns 70 years old this year, but he still criss-crosses the world performing his awesome, filthy parodies. We wish him all the best, and we hope that you'll hop on over to Blowfly's MySpace page and leave him a birthday greeting comment. If you live in Miami, you can attend Blowfly's 70th Birthday show at PS14 on March 6.
Here's a segment on Blowfly that aired recently on the French TV show Tracks.
02/06/09: FUCKED UP added to Police Killing benefit Sunday!
This Sunday at 924 Gilman in Berkeley, CA is a super-special show. It's a benefit for the family of Oscar Grant, who was shot dead by a transit police officer early on 1/1/09 in front of hundreds of other passengers. Here is video & information from the Huffington Post on the incident.
Just added to the bill is Canadian punk/prog/??? band FUCKED UP, along with TWO GALLANTS & TRASH TALK!
They completely destroyed San Francisco's Great American Music Hall, and were joined by Jello Biafra on "Largactyl"- REEEEELAX! REEEEELAX!
Tour info for Amebix & all AT bands here!
America inaugurated a new President yesterday, but today we inaugurate the Alternative Tentacles Blog. Our current website lacks the bells and whistles that people have come to expect from sites like RSSable news, comments, etc. While we get our shit together for a new website, we decided to start a blog to have a place where we can post about happenings, highlights from our mailorder, and whatever else we feel like. Everyone on staff at Alternative Tentacles will be posting, and we hope to have guest posts from AT band members too!
We already have a few posts up on the blog so please take a look and what you think!
And it gives us great pleasure to say: Please go to http://alternativetentacleshq.blogspot.com/ and RSS the fuck out of it.
We will continue to post news here on www.alternativetentacles.com, as well as on our Facebook and MySpace pages, but the blog will have more non-newsy posts. Just sayin'.
It has come to our attention that Karl Rove is collecting farewell notes to George W. Bush via e-mail, meaning Rove's lackey will screen and print out the e-mails and they will be handed to G. W. Bush who may or may not read them. (He may read your note if it has something to do with pet goats...)
We thought we'd pass on the e-mail address in case you want to send something in:
They are accepting e-mails until January 19, 6pm East Coast time.
Just make sure you keep it civil and respectful so you don't get a visit from the Secret Service.
There is a feature on Doc Corbin Dart (of the Crucifucks) in Vice magazine. The entire article is posted online. It is a great read and we highly recommend you check it out--especially if you are new to the bizarre, fantastic world of Doc Dart, now known simply as 26.
The Amebix US tour is coming up shortly, and we'd like to remind you all to get your tickets in advance. Like now. Because the shows will sell out, some even before the day of the show. We don't want you to be left out in the cold.
01/22/2009 Safari Sam's Los Angeles, CA
The following titles will be on sale at the iTunes store starting midnight on 12/22 (Sunday night/Monday morn). The band name and album title links will take you to the respective pages on the Alternative Tentacles site. Clicking on the iTunes link will open the iTunes application (if you have it installed) and will take you to the album page at the iTunes store.
JELLO BIAFRA WITH THE MELVINS
CESSNA'S, SLIM AUTO CLUB
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!