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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 Cure For Pain: Local Musicians Unite To Help A Friend Fight Cancer

Cure For Pain: Local Musicians Unite To Help A Friend Fight Cancer

This Sunday at the Bottom of the Hill, a muscular line-up of four bruising heavy-rock outfits will be taking the stage to help a fellow musician and artist in his fight against cancer. It’s no news that foul…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle Cass McCombs smirked and threw sidelong glances at his three-piece band all night as a means of communication, but the audience was too busy being enchanted by his gentle twang, the rolling groove of "Big Wheel," and obvious love…
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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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Culture, The Exhibitionist Jello and Boom Boom: Two of San Francisco's Most Famous Prank Political Campaigns

Jello and Boom Boom: Two of San Francisco's Most Famous Prank Political Campaigns

Fake Presidential Campaign season will be over soon -- Kitty / Maru 2012! -- and while this has been a good one, there haven't really been any entertaining prank campaigns this year. Roseanne Barr, I guess, but c'mon. She's running…
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Music, All Shook Down At Persevering Punk Label Alternative Tentacles, Jello Biafra Is "Not Computer-Compatible"

At Persevering Punk Label Alternative Tentacles, Jello Biafra Is "Not Computer-Compatible"

Many local labels are offering obscure reissues and innovative new releases on all conceivable formats. Label Sampler will profile a different Bay Area record company every other week. Name: Alternative Tentacles Headquarters: Emeryville Owner: Jello Biafra Motto(s): "Giving art a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Clowns Meet Klezmer

Clowns Meet Klezmer

Our city is a political circus. Joshua Norton declared himself emperor of the United States during the Gold Rush. Punk rocker Jello Biafra and comedian Will Durst ran for mayor. District Attorney Terence Hallinan was nicknamed “K.O.” because he liked…
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Music, All Shook Down R.I.P. Dave Devereaux, Owner of the Mission's Force of Habit Records, 1970-2011

R.I.P. Dave Devereaux, Owner of the Mission's Force of Habit Records, 1970-2011

"Braindead" Dave Devereaux, owner of Force of Habit Records in the Mission, a small but passionately run shop specializing in rare punk rock, vinyl, and collectible toys, has died of an unknown cause. He was 41. Devereaux passed away on…
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Music, All Shook Down Turns Out Jello Biafra Looks Absolutely Terrifying as a Porn Star Manager

Turns Out Jello Biafra Looks Absolutely Terrifying as a Porn Star Manager

The Vancouver interview phenomenon known as Nardwuar recently released a new interview with S.F. punk prognosticator/originator Jello Biafra, and boy is it terrifying. Not for any of the usual reasons -- Jello behaves with considerable restraint here compared to…
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Music, "Fuck You All": Glen Friedman's punk and hip-hop photos are meant to inspire

"Fuck You All": Glen Friedman's punk and hip-hop photos are meant to inspire

Glen Friedman grew up on the front lines of the West Coast punk rock, skateboarding, and rap scenes. Photographs he shot in the 1970s and '80s are considered to be the definitive portraits of the likes of the Dead Kennedys,…
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Calendar, Night&Day "Fuck You All": Glen Friedman's punk and hip-hop photos are meant to inspire

"Fuck You All": Glen Friedman's punk and hip-hop photos are meant to inspire

Glen Friedman grew up on the front lines of the West Coast punk rock, skateboarding, and rap scenes. Photographs he shot in the 1970s and '80s are considered to be the definitive portraits of the likes of the Dead Kennedys,…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: Faith No More at the Warfield

Last Night: Faith No More at the Warfield

Faith No More Tuesday, April 13, 2010 The Warfield
 Better than: The best reunion show you've ever seen. And free beer.   Mike Patton has a twisted sense of humor.   This is, after all, the man who once turned down an offer to join…
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Music, All Shook Down In Store: Force of Habit Records Makes Granny Nuts

In Store: Force of Habit Records Makes Granny Nuts

In Store spotlights San Francisco's quirkiest, most beloved, weirdest, and/or otherwise-most-interesting record stores. Our city's unmistakable friskiness and cultural capital emanate from those dusty, creaky, hard-to-find, money-losing, insanely huge, hilariously small, and often-crowded (at least with stuff) outposts of recorded…
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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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Calendar, Night&Day Something Like a Phenomenon

Something Like a Phenomenon

Hope you've been practicing — The New York Night Train Soul Clap and Dance-Off is the chance you've been waiting for your entire young life. A dance competition needs great judges and great DJs, and it's never going to be…
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Calendar, Night&Day Vote Your Conscience, NYC

Vote Your Conscience, NYC

Smart, effective activists can only go so far before the chant begins, from the friendly camps as well as among the nihilistic snarkers: If you know so much about how things should be, buddy, why don't you run for office?…
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Calendar, Night&Day Smash, the State

Smash, the State

If you heard Godzilla was scheduled to stomp down your whole neighborhood in a few months, you'd get out of the way. You'd be safe. Still, you probably wouldn't be too happy about it. And if it weren't really Godzilla,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hit the Dex

Hit the Dex

Roy Orbison plus Jello Biafra equals Dex Romweber. Fans of the singer's famous former band, the Flat Duo Jets, know this already; they'd probably add Paul Westerberg to the equation. Whatever: Romweber is a great, great rock singer and guitar…
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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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