Thursday, October 22, 2009

Alternative Tentacles Announce 30-Year Anniversary Details!

What: Alternative Tentacles 30th Anniversary Incest-A-Thon Three Night Blow Out
Where: The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco
When: Thursday, November 5th - Saturday, November 7th
How: $20 advance, $22 door, $50 3-day pass
Who: General admission, ages 6 +

The Alternative Tentacles 30th Anniversary Incest-A-Thon features three shows running over the range of available talent at our disposal, which is mighty. Though less than a handful of labels in the punk genre have stuck it out longer, we are proud nonetheless to make it battered and bruised through the past three decades. Begun in 1979 to release Dead Kennedys' "California Uber Alles" single, the San Francisco institution continues to release new music as well as occasional punk reissues and a breadth of styles beyond punk. The strand holding it all together is the tastes and whims of label owner Jello Biafra. Appropriately, this Incest-A-Thon doubles as a three night residency for headliners Jello Biafra and Guantanamo School of Medicine, whose debut album "The Audacity of Hype" comes out October 20th.

The Lineup:

Thursday November 5
Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine
Citizen Fish
Star Fucking Hipsters

Friday November 6th
Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine
Munly & the Lupercalians
Knights of the New Crusade

Saturday November 7th
Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine
Alice Donut
Victims Family
Burning Image

About The Bands:


Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine will play different sets each night. They have more songs than made the cut on "The Audacity of Hype," and this band is essentially the same line up as the band that made its debut last year as The Axis of Merry Evildoers with a few exceptions. The line up at Jello's "Biafra Five O" 50th birthday has the addition of the addition of guitarist Kimo Ball (also in Freak Accident, Griddle, and Carneyball Johnson) and new bassist Ron Nichols (Grinch, Hammers of Misfortune, Fracas) replaces Billy Gould, who has returned to Faith No More. Drummer Jon Weiss and guitarist Ralph Spight have been there from the beginning and the band is fresh from touring Europe in August.


Alice Donut has released twelve releases on Alternative Tentacles dating back to 1987. Lucky number thirteen is "Ten Glorious Animals", their return to the fold after a lengthy hiatus. They reformed and self released "Three Sisters" in 2003 and followed that up with 2006's "Fuzz" and even toured Europe before making "Ten Glorious Animals." Their damaged humor and musical skills remain sharp as ever. This is their first show on the West Coast in five years.


Burning Image is an original '80s death rock band from Bakersfield whose early material was compiled and reissued by Alternative Tentacles in 2004 ("1983-1987"), and their newest album "Fantasma" came out in summer 2009.


Citizen Fish have been playing since 1990 by members of Subhumans UK and Culture Shock. They are considered forefathers of ska-punk and have a loyal following based on their lyrics and lifestyle. We released a split 12" between Citizen Fish and Leftover Crack called "Deadline" (Fat Wreck Chords did the CD version) in 2007.


Knights of the New Crusade has "come to San Francisco to save souls" with chain mail outfits and mastery of Christian garage rock. Guaranteed to confuse and amuse whatever your spiritual bent, the Knights of the New Crusade truly represent the diversity of Alternative Tentacles. We released their "A Challenge To the Cowards of Christendom" in 2006.


Ludicra is a Bay Area metal band whose members have played in Hammers of Misfortune, Impaled, Hickey, and Wolves in the Throne Room. Recently voted Best Metal Act in the SF Bay Guardian's 2009 Reader's Poll, Alternative Tentacles released "Another Great Love Song" in 2005 and 2007's "Fex Urbis Lex Orbis."


Thursday's line up includes a rare performance by M.I.A., the original Las Vegas/Orange County punk band that formed in 1981 (not to be confused with the other M.I.A.). Singer Mike Conley passed away in 2008, but the band has played subsequent shows withe Todd Sampson of Self Abuse on vocals (the original singer before Mike Conley).
M.I.A. on Wikipedia


Munly and the Lupercalians is the newest project of Slim Cessna's Auto Club singer and Munly and the Lee Lewis Harlots bandleader. This Denver, CO band features Daniel Grandbois, Chadzilla, Todd Moore, Munly Munly, and Rebecca Vera.


Victims Family are another label veteran act playing a rare reunion. Guitarist Ralph Spight also doubles up as guitarist in Jello Biafra and Guantanamo School of Medicine and his own project Freak Accident. Bassist Larry Boothroyd keeps busy in Triclops! and numerous other side projects. Other AT-related projects include Hellworms and Saturns Flea Collar.


Star Fucking Hipsters sprung from the mind of Stza aka Sturg from infamous New York bands Leftover Crack and Choking Victim. Conceptualized with a friend who passed away, Stza regrouped to write songs that are more in an anthemic punk vein with Frank Piegaro (The Degenerics, Ensign) and Nico de Gaillo (The Randalls). After releasing their debut album "Until We're Dead" on Fat Wreck Chords in Fall 2008, the band toured Europe and America and completed the recordings for the second album "Never Rest In Peace," which comes out on October 20th on Alternative Tentacles.
SFH online

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