Alternative Tentacles Records


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: "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

Really Red announce massive reissue series
Punknews is extremely excited to announce that famed agit-punks Really Red are going to reissue their entire catalog. Really Red made a name for themselves in the early '80s Texas scene by fusing a post-punk texture into the hardcore punk scene, espousing a radically leftist view point, and playing alongside bands like The Dicks and Big Boys. Well, on January…
2014-11-25 16:00:01

World/Inferno Friendship Society: "Dolce Far Niente"
World/Inferno Friendship Society have released a new track. The tune is called "Dolce Far Niente" and is off the band's upcoming album, This Packed Funeral due out November 11, 2014.…
2014-09-24 16:00:01

Itchy-O announces 'Burn the Navigator'
Itchy-O, the 32 piece punk-drum-electronic marching band, have announced a new album. It's called Burn the Navigator and is out September 16, 2014 via Alternative Tentacles Records. The band is throwing a record release show in Denver on September 26, 2014. Some tracks can be streamed…
2014-09-08 10:00:01

Exclusive: World/Inferno Friendship Society talks to us about new LP
Brooklyn's The World/Inferno Friendship Society has released details to Punknews about their upcoming LP. The album will be called This Packed Funeral. It's out November 11, 2014 on famed record label Alternative Tentacles Records. But, the band's annual Oct. 31 Hallowmas show,…
2014-09-02 09:00:01

Alternative Tentacles releases 'Beginners' digital compilation
Long running punk label Alternative Tentacles Records has just released a digital compilation called Alternative Tentacles for Beginners. The comp features 51 tracks including songs by Jello Biafra, Subhumans, Wesley Willis, ArnoCorps, Unsane, Dicks,…
2014-08-26 17:00:01

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