Alternative Tentacles


Alternative Tentacles emerged in June of 1979 as the label name on Dead Kennedys' self-produced debut single California Uber Alles. The name lived on as a European label promoting singles from then-unknown North American bands like D.O.A., Bad Brains, Black Flag, Flipper, TSOL, Voice Farm and the Let Them Eat Jellybeans compilation. As attention in the US underground grew Alternative Tentacles went domestic with releases from Dead Kennedys, frontman (and label head) Jello Biafra, Butthole Surfers, D.O.A., 7 Seconds, NoMeansNo and others. The label later saw releases from street singer Wesley Willis, incarcerated journalist Mumia Abu Jamal and punk band Fleshies. In 2002 Alternative Tentacles moved from San Francisco to Emeryville California and has thrived as a label and mailorder company offering counterculture music and literature.

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Mischief Brew announce lineup for record release shows
Mischief Brew has announced the final details for their record release show. On June 9, 2015, the band will release This is Not for Children via Alternative Tentacles Records. However, on May 30, the band will play two record release shows. Both shows are at the Boot and Saddle in Philadelphia. The early show will…
2015-05-26 16:00:01

Mischief Brew extends summer tour
Mischief Brew have announced some tour dates for July, following their June tour. You can see the June tour dates here. You can see the July dates below. The band's new record is titled This is Not for Children and is due out…
2015-05-20 13:00:01

Jello Biafra: "Land of 1,000 Dances"
We've got a special stream for you today! Back in 2011, Bill Davis of Dash Rip Rock challenged Jello Biafra to fly out to New Orleans Jazz Fest and record an entire set of garage rock, blues, roots and frat rock tunes. Jello took Davis up on the offer and, on May 8, 2011, Jello Biafra, along with a crack band including Davis, Fred LeBlanc, Pete Gordon, Brian Broussard, Pepper Keenan, Josh Cohen, Paul Grass, Eric Belletto, Glenn…
2015-05-12 16:00:01

Arnocorps (Europe)
Austro-Killafornian rockers Arnocorps are going on a European tour starting in August. The band re-released The Greatest Band of All Time in 2014. You can see the dates…
2015-05-07 09:00:01

World/Inferno Friendship Society (Northeast)
The best-dressed band in Punk, the World/Inferno Friendship Society, is packing the van and hitting the road for a brief run of dates in the Northeast. You can check out those dates below. The band continues to support their most recent release,…
2015-05-07 09:00:01

Mischief Brew: "No Candlesticks"
Mischief Brew have released a track from their upcoming LP, This is Not For Children. The track is called "No Candlesticks" and you can hear it below. The new album is out on Alternative Tentacles Records on May 23,…
2015-03-31 17:00:01

Mischief Brew/Ramshackle Glory
Punknews is excited to announce the upcoming tour of Mischief Brew and Ramshackle Glory! The bands will hit the Arizona, then cruise up the West Coast playing various dates, before finally rocking Seattle. After that, they split apart and continue on their separate ways. This is the first Mischief Brew tour of the West Coast…
2015-03-24 19:00:01

Mischief Brew releases details on new LP, out on Alternative Tentacles
Punknews is thrilled to report that Mischief Brew have released details about their new album. The album will be called This is Not for Children. It will be released in late May 2015 on legendary punk label Alternative Tentacles…
2015-03-02 19:00:01

World/Inferno Friendship Society: (East Coast)
While the rest of country is busy freezing in the dead of winter, the ladies and gentlemen of World/Inferno Friendship Society are taking their circus on the road and getting warm, starting in sunny Key West, FL. The band will work its way up the east coast, finishing in…
2014-12-15 17:30:01

Jello Biafra and ArnoCorps: "California Uber Alles" (Live at Slim's)
Jello Biafra joined ArnoCorps to play "an epic, ballsy rendition" of the Dead Kennedys' 1979 classic "California Über Alles'" during the latter's show at Slim's in San Francisco on Nov. 28. Alternative Tentacles released ArnoCorps' album,…
2014-12-02 13:00:01

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