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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Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine (Europe)
Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine are going to Europe in August and September. You can check out the dates below. The band released…
2015-07-31 11:00:01

Mischief Brew: "Danger: Falling Pianos" (A Fistful of Vinyl sessions)
Mischief Brew recently stopped by KXLU in Los Angeles to perform "Danger: Falling Pianos" for the station's A Fistful of Vinyl sessions. The original version of the song appears on the band's recent release, This is Not for Children . You can click Read More…
2015-07-30 16:00:01

World/Inferno Friendship Society European tour blog
World/Inferno Friendship Society is currently on a European tour, and drummer Mora Precarious wants to tell you all about it. She's been blogging about the band's adventures as…
2015-07-09 11:00:01

Mischief Brew: 'This is Not for Children'
Mischief Brew are now streaming their new album, This is Not for Children. You can hear it below. Punknews recently interviewed the band about the…
2015-06-22 17:30:01

Jello Biafra: 'Walk on Jindal's Splinters'
Jello Biafra is now streaming his recent live record, Walk on Jindal’s Splinters . The album is credited to Jello Biafra and the New Orleans Raunch and Soul All-Stars and finds the group covering a bunch of soul, blues and garage rock classics…
2015-06-19 14:00:01

World/Inferno Friendship Society (Europe)
Shine your shoes, iron your best duds and practice your waltz; The World/Inferno Friendship Society is coming to Europe this summer, and you can check out the dates below. The band continues to tour behind their 2014 release,…
2015-06-12 11:00:01

Mischief Brew
Tomorrow, Mischief Brew releases their new album, This is Not for Children. The album finds the band evolving from their previous LPs. Gone is the clacking, clinking, shambolic instrumentation. In its stead is a new, direct, pulsating energy, and the band uses that energy beam and…
2015-06-08 20:00:01

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

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