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Alternative Tentacles is proud to announce that the infamous, explosive Southern wrecking crew The Legendary Shack Shakers are set to release their brand new album, titled The Southern Surreal, on September 11, 2015 via Alternative Tentacles Recordings. Their first release in five years, the album lands on the band's 20th anniversary, and is their Alternative Tentacles debut. In conjunction with the album release, Legendary Shack Shakers will tour across much of the United States and Europe this Fall.

The band's incendiary interpretations of the blues, punk, rock and country are all-at-once irreverent, revisionist, dangerous, and fun. Built upon a haunting, Southern Gothic theme, The Southern Surreal is a 15-track set featuring regular band members Colonel JD Wilkes (vocals, harmonica, banjo), Rod Hamdallah (electric guitar), Mark Robertson (electric and upright bass) and Brett Whitacre (drums), with guest appearances by actor/musician and long time Shack Shakers fan, Billy Bob Thornton, and Jesus Lizard guitarist Duane Denison.

Catch The Legendary Shack Shakers live in concert this Fall, when they will tour much of the continental US with Joe Fletcher in support of The Southern Surreal:

The Southern Surreal Tour
September 3 - Memphis, TN - Hi Tone
September 4- Cookeville, TN - Muddy Roots Music Festival
September 17- Nashville, TN - Americana Music Festival (official showcase)
September 18 - Phoenix, AZ - The Rebel Lounge
September 19 - Long Beach, CA - Folk Revival Festival
September 20- Rosemead, CA - Spike's
September 21- Las Vegas, NV - Bunkhouse Saloon
September 22 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
September 24 - Lancaster, CA - Moose Lodge 1926
September 25 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
September 26 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Atrium
September 27 - Reno, NV - Singer Social Club
September 29 - Portland, OR - Dante's
September 30 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
October 1 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
October 2 - Hailey, ID - Sun Valley Brewery
October 3 - Salt Lake City, UT - Area 51
October 4 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
October 5 - Fort Collins, CO - Aggie Theatre
October 7 - Omaha, NE - Reverb Lounge
October 8 - Columbia, MO - Rose Music Hall
October 10 - Rockford, IL - Kryptonite Bar

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06/16/15: JELLO BIAFRA to perform at San Francisco City Hall's 100th Birthday Party

Two stages of live music honoring San Francisco's rich musical tradition, a silent disco, daytime carnival atmosphere, and an extraordinary light show on the fašade of City Hall are among the highlights of the San Francisco City Hall Centennial Celebration on Friday, June 19, from 6 to 11 pm in Civic Center Plaza.

Shining a spotlight on San Francisco's storied musical and cultural history through its songs, featuring emcee Ben Fong-Torres and a diverse lineup of acclaimed musicians who have continued to work and thrive in the San Francisco Bay Area music scene for decades, including: Amoray (tribute to Sylvester), Steve Barton (Translator), JELLO BIAFRA, Tim Bluhm (The Mother Hips), Andy Cabic (Vetiver), Novena Carmel (daughter of Sly Stone), Karina Denike (Dance Hall Crashers), Penelope Houston (The Avengers), Debora Iyall (Romeo Void), Bill Kirchen, Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil Moon), Roy Loney (Flamin' Groovies), Jill Olson (Red Meat), Prairie Prince (The Tubes), Jorge Santana (original member and leader of Malo), Kelley Stoltz, Sal Valentino (Beau Brummels), and many more.

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05/18/11: Newt's Greatest Hits #4
"The secular socialist machine represents as great a threat to America as Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union once did."

[In his book To Save America: Stopping Obama's Secular-Socialist Machine, May 2010.]

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09/04/07: AT Legal Defense Fund closes
The Alternative Tentacles Legal Defense Fund has been closed. It was begun in the mid-1980s to help defend The Dead Kennedys and Alternative Tentacles from out-of-control censorious authorities who objected to the H.R. Giger poster included with the final Dead Kennedys studio album, Frankenchrist. You can hear Jello's take on that infamous trial on his 2nd spoken word release High Priest Of Harmful Matter. Funds later supported Jello Biafra and Alternative Tentacles against the Faux Kennedys in 2000-2004.

The cool cats over at Truth On Tees produced the rockin' Bush America as a fundraiser for both the ATLDF and Greg Palast Investigative Fund.

Thank you to everyone who has supported the Fund over the years!

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