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Music, All Shook Down 35 Years Ago Today, Jello Biafra Came In Fourth In the S.F. Mayoral Race

35 Years Ago Today, Jello Biafra Came In Fourth In the S.F. Mayoral Race

Here's an Election Day tidbit you probably won't see on C-SPAN: Thanks to a post from his nearly 35-year-old record label Alternative Tentacles, we'd like to take this opportunity to remind you youngsters and Bay Area transplants that on…
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Music, All Shook Down Here's To You, Alternative Tentacles: Top 3 Things We're Covertly Listening to at Work In Honor of the Punk Label's 33 ⅓ Anniversary

Here's To You, Alternative Tentacles: Top 3 Things We're Covertly Listening to at Work In Honor of the Punk Label's 33 ⅓ Anniversary

Are you reading this while sitting in an office with other people? If so, did you bring your headphones today? Do you have a good sense of when and where it's appropriate to run in circles, smash things,…
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Music, Hear This Alternative Tentacles 33 1/3 Anniversary Party: Show Preview

Alternative Tentacles 33 1/3 Anniversary Party: Show Preview

Jello Biafra formed local record label Alternative Tentacles in 1979 to self-release The Dead Kennedys' brazen debut single, "California Über Alles." Thirty-three years later, he's the sole owner of Alternative Tentacles, making it the longest running, continuously operated independent label…
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Calendar, Night&Day Gee Whiz

Gee Whiz

Winston Smith may be one of the most plagiarized artists of all time; only whoever among us has never scrawled the iconic “DK” logo he created for the Dead Kennedys onto a binder or jean jacket may cast the first…
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Music, All Shook Down Dead Kennedys Say After 14M YouTube Streams, They've Seen Too Few Dollars

Dead Kennedys Say After 14M YouTube Streams, They've Seen Too Few Dollars

It's supposed to work like this: Artists put their music up for streaming on YouTube, the site sells (annoying) ads around the content, and then splits the revenue with the artist according to some predetermined formula. So how much does…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Enter the Studio of Winston Smith, Artist Who Worked With Dead Kennedys, Green Day

Enter the Studio of Winston Smith, Artist Who Worked With Dead Kennedys, Green Day

Winston Smith is among those responsible for giving Bay Area punk rock a visual representation -- and when we say "Winston Smith," we're not talking about the infamous 1984 literary character, but rather the notable Bay Area artist whose work…
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Music, All Shook Down Dead Kennedys: Not Drunk Enough to Promote Heineken

Dead Kennedys: Not Drunk Enough to Promote Heineken

Of all the ways to promote beer, a song called "Too Drunk to Fuck" seems like a pretty dumb way to do it. Earlier this month, complaints forced Heineken to drop a beer ad on Spotify that featured a…
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Music, Hear This Alternative Tentacles' 30th  anniversary

Alternative Tentacles' 30th anniversary

For three decades, Alternative Tentacles has been middle-fingering the thieves, hypocrites, warmongers, and lapdogs in government, religion, the media, mainstream music, and corporate America. The indie label is still run by original Dead Kennedys visionary Jello Biafra, who now fronts…
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Music, Let's Get Killed New Bay Area punk oral history unearths dead babies, stinky roadies, and strong community networks

New Bay Area punk oral history unearths dead babies, stinky roadies, and strong community networks

Few music books have had the impact of Please Kill Me. Reading the classic 1996 "uncensored oral history of punk" was like breaking into your idols' diaries. It revealed outrageous stories about the genre's earliest progenitors, most of whom either…
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Music, All Shook Down Everything Must Go Play Pyrate Punx Party

Everything Must Go Play Pyrate Punx Party

I have seen the future and its name is Everything Must Go. The Oakland quartet, fronted by the irascible Jake Hout, is quite possibly the Bay Area punk rock's scene's next breakout act-proud heirs to the legacy of such…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: US Air Guitar Championships at The Independent

Last Night: US Air Guitar Championships at The Independent

The US Air Guitar ChampionshipsSat, June 27, 2009The IndependentBetter Than: The Real Guitar Awards.They came, they air shredded, they conquered. In the world of air guitar, high kicks, spandex, and bodily fluids floweth like water -- and everyone knows Skynrd's…
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Music, Hear This Punk rock is officially old: Jello turns 50

Punk rock is officially old: Jello turns 50

Punk rock is officially old. On June 17, Jello Biafra, one of punk's founding fathers, is turning 50. But instead of unwrapping an ugly tie and kicking back to watch Rockford Files reruns, the Bay Area's crown prince of independent…
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So Not Dead

In billing itself as "the longest-serving punk band with original lineup," the Adicts touch on a couple interesting points. One is that many reformed old-school punk bands often feature no one but their original vocalists (or, in the embarrassing cases…
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Music, Golden Garden

Golden Garden

Much like Hilly Kristal, the CBGB founder whose legendary haunt once provided a sufficiently grungy home to punk and New Wave icons, acid-tongued impresario Dirk Dirksen was a musical pioneer and a notorious hard-ass. Since the German-born promoter stumbled onto…
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Why is Jello Biafra San Francisco's Sacred Cow?

Outspoken former Dead Kennedys frontman, Jello Biafra, made a none-too-rare spoken word performance at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco last night. And while I'm not quite sure what I was expecting, I certainly wasn't hoping for a…
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Music, Dirk Dirksen — Godfather of S.F. Punk Scene

Dirk Dirksen — Godfather of S.F. Punk Scene

Dirk Dirksen, whose abrasive stage presence was the trademark of San Francisco's punk mecca the Mabuhay Gardens, died suddenly in his sleep on Monday, Nov. 20. Dirksen was a television pioneer who produced the legendary live 12-hour-long variety show Rocket…
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Music, Reviewed Hank IV

Hank IV

Despite the countrified Hank Williams legacy the jokey band name suggests, Hank IV is all about bringing the swaggering, spastically flailing, hard-charging rock. Hearkening back to the rousing sounds of '80s/'90s punk, this quintet of S.F. scene vets has a…
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Music, Reviewed Code of Honor

Code of Honor

Though it never achieved the same level of international notoriety as contemporaries like the Dead Kennedys or Subterranean Records labelmate Flipper, politically charged local hardcore outfit Code of Honor produced some of the most bracing, radical punk music to emerge…
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Music, Reviewed Jello Biafra With the Melvins

Jello Biafra With the Melvins

When you combine former Dead Kennedys lead singer Jello Biafra with seminal sloth-rock monsters the Melvins, you get a) what the DKs might sound like today if Jello still sang with them, and b) the Melvins playing much faster than…
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Calendar, Night&Day With Avengeance

With Avengeance

We know some cynical tykes who start whining every time an old band plays a few shows. "On the paying-for-their-coffins tour?" they mewl. And that's fine -- the young should have contempt for the old. But we have to wonder:…
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