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Chicago's finest are back! A preview of their upcoming appearance at Riotfest:
07/30/10: 16 Horsepower Poll
Alternative Tentacles and Glitterhouse Records are planning a fan-requested 16 Horsepower compilation for release this fall. The band wanted to know what songs have stood the test of time with its fans. To request your favorite 16 Horsepower song for the collection, fill out this poll by Sept 1st, 2010! You can vote for up to ten songs.
07/26/10: (1964-2010) Todd Sampson of M.I.A.
We are sad to bear the news that M.I.A. singer Todd Sampson passed away this weekend. This Las Vegas Weekly article by Spencer Patterson filed July 25th, 2010 provides some background but does not have a cause of death determined. Friend and photographer of the band Jesse Nabers informs of us a memorial show being organized, we will post that information when it becomes available to us.
I am totally shocked. I was just getting to know Todd, as a great musician and performer, and above all as a friend. He was a real natural.
Here at Alternative Tentacles, we are devastated. Our hearts and wishes go out to his son Daz, his girlfriend, the MIA family, and all those who loved him.
Whatever you do, please don't give up. Todd never did. He will be truly missed. - Jello Biafra
06/22/10: Busy Busy Bands
Just a heads up on some AT-related news:
Grit TV has some footage of Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine playing on a boat in New York for the UXO Concert Tour. You can see Kimo Ball wearing a Witch Hunt T Shirt, as well as interviews with Iraq Veterans Against the War.
Akimbo's Jersey Shores is coming out on vinyl for the first time! Alternative Tentacles is reissuing the 2008 tribute to shark attacks (CD is on Neurot) with a 180 gram LP with gatefold.
Alice Donut is posting fan covers of their songs on their website. If you've got a cover concept you've been sitting on, this is the perfect time to bust it out.
Fish Karma performs the Rock Opera Halloween In America and celebrates its release at Hotel Congress in Tucson on June 26th.
If you did not hear about John Cobbett from Ludicra's emergency appendectomy in the midst of their US tour, read on! John is saddled with a bunch of medical bills, so a friend of the band set up a fundraiser selling photo prints of the band from their homecoming show. The most recent Ludicra album, The Tenant, is available from Profound Lore, and Life Is Abuse just reissued the first album Hollow Psalms on double LP.
Filth recently played their first shows since 1993! They played as part of a celebration for the 20th anniversary of The List! Here's a review of their Gilman show by Gabe Meline.
06/16/10: Now we are 31!
To celebrate our 31st birthday, we're going to enclose a surprise CD in every order placed between now and Midnight tomorrow, June 17, 2010 (Pacific time).
Which CD will it be? Only Jared the Mailorder Overlord knows!
"May 23-24, 2010 Events: 20 Years After the Bombing of Judi Bari
Events marking the 20th anniversary of the 1990 pipe bomb attack on Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney will take place in the Bay Area over the course of 2 days:
Details for both events will be forthcoming soon. Please mark your calendar and plan to join us in honoring Judi and her work.
We are raising funds to cover expenses of this commemoration, including the hall rental and travel funds for out of town speakers. We want to events to be free and accessible to all. Cosponsors include Earth First!, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and the Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters (BACH). All funds will go directly to support the event.
Or we can collect tax- deductible donations through the non-profit BACH, where you can contribute online at http://headwaterspreserve.org/donate.php and please be sure to put Judi Bari on the notes or memo line. --Karen Pickett, event coordinator"
(in addition to the tried & true Paypal, IMO, Money Order, Western Union, and personal check, all drawn on US$)
The auctions will last for 17 days-from March 31 to April 16th-one day for each year the West Memphis Three have spent behind bars. June 3, 2010 will mark the 17th year anniversary that Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley, and Jason Baldwin have been behind bars for a crime they did not commit.
A guitar used by Michale Graves in the recording of the album Illusions with songs written by Damien Echols including the album art on the guitar, a pressing of Dead Kennedys 2nd album, Plastic Surgery Disasters vinyl signed by Biafra. Boondock Saints' Norman Reedus auctioning off his photography. CDs & posters signed by Mark Kozelek (Red House Painters/Sun Kil Moon). George Clayton Johnson (author of Twilight Zone/Ocean's Eleven - 1960s) signed book, Counting Crows signed CDs & promo pic, Chris Cornell signed CDs, Matisyahu signed CDs & promo pic, portrait of Debbie Harry by Mick Rock ("The Man Who Shot the 70s").
All auction proceeds go to the WM3 defense fund via ATA, a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization.
For further information about these items and to place a bid, register and log on to www.skeletonkeyauctions.com.
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."