JELLO BIAFRA AND THE GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE – The Audacity of Hype

Question: When is a new Jello Biafra collaboration album anything but excellent?

Answer: Never.

One would think that there would be a lot more albums addressing the social, political, and economics of America during this era we’re living in. However, leave it Jello Biafra to take the lead with THE GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE to make their statement about where America is at and where it’s heading. The band’s sound is not too far off to the DEAD KENNEDYS in terms of its direct approach, excellent assortment of riffs, and anti-establishment attitude. However, that’s where the similarities end. JELLO BIAFRA AND THE GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE dish out some of the heaviest riffs that Jello has ever written. The musicianship is top notch as well.

Despite the artwork being handled by artist Shepard Fairy coupled with the possible connotations of the album title, The Audacity of Hype is not necessarily an album directly towards or about Barack Obama. The album covers a wide array of issues including California’s Three Strikes law, the culture of consumerism, political mudslinging, and the negative effects of globalization.

The Audacity of Hype definitely gets better with successive listens and one gains a better appreciation for all that was involved in the making of it. Album closer, “I Won’t Give Up,” is a fitting and inspirational way to sum up the attitude of the band. When you’re ready for something other than prepackaged, easily digestible rebellion, JELLO BIAFRA AND THE GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE have the album you’re looking for. (Alternative Tentacles)

Alternative Tentacle Records to Celebrate 30th Anniversary with Three Shows

The Alternative Tentacles 30th Anniversary Incest-A-Thon features three shows running over the range of available talent at our disposal, which is mighty. Though less than a handful of labels in the punk genre have stuck it out longer, we are proud nonetheless to make it battered and bruised through the past three decades. Begun in 1979 to release DEAD KENNEDYS‘ “California Uber Alles” single, the San Francisco institution continues to release new music as well as occasional punk reissues and a breadth of styles beyond punk. The strand holding it all together is the tastes and whims of label owner Jello Biafra. Appropriately, this Incest-A-Thon doubles as a three night residency for headliners JELLO BIAFRA AND GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, whose debut album The Audacity of Hype comes out October 20th.

Where: The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco
When: Thursday, November 5th – Saturday, November 7th
How: $20 advance, $22 door, $50 3-day pass
Who: General admission, ages 6 +

The Lineup:

Thursday November 5
JELLO BIAFRA AND THE GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
CITIZEN FISH
STAR FUCKING HIPSTERS
MIA

Friday November 6th
JELLO BIAFRA AND THE GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
LUDICRA
MUNLY & THE LUPERCALIANS
KNIGHTS OF THE NEW CRUSADE

Saturday November 7th
JELLO BIAFRA AND THE GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
ALICE DONUT
VICTIMS FAMILY
BURNING IMAGE

Ex-DEAD KENNEDYS Vocalist Launches New Band, JELLO BIAFRA AND THE GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Ex-DEAD KENNEDYS vocalist, Jello Biafra, has joined forces with Ralph Spight (VICTIMS FAMILY, FREAK ACCIDENT, HELLWORMS), Jon Weiss (SHARKBAIT, HORSEY), Billy Gould (FAITH NO MORE), and Kimo Ball (FREAK ACCIDENT, CARNEYBALL JOHNSON, MOL TRIFFID, GRIDDLE) to form the new band, JELLO BIAFRA AND THE GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE. The band’s new album, Audacity of Hype, is set for an October 2009 release through Alternative Tentacles Records. Album artwork was done by Shepherd Fairey.

Check out four songs from the album: http://www.myspace.com/jellobiafraandthegsm

The band are currently on tour in Europe. Check out the tour dates:

08/30/2009 La Tannerie Bourg En Bresse, France
08/31/2009 Le Nouveau Casino Paris, France
09/01/2009 Paradiso Amsterdam, Netherlands
09/03/2009 LMH Cologne, Germany
09/04/2009 SO36 Berlin, Germany
09/05/2009 Markthalle Hamburg, Germany
09/07/2009 Academy Bristol, UK
09/08/2009 Academy London, UK
09/09/2009 Academy Sheffield, UK

Jello Biafra to Celebrate 50th Birthday with Two Exclusive Shows

Jello Biafra will celebrate his 50th birthday and 30th anniversary of the DEAD KENNEDYS with two shows on June 16th and 17th, dubbed Biafra Five-O, at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA. Jello will be performing with THE MELVINS as well as with his new band featuring Ralph Spight (VICTIMS FAMILY, FREAK ACCIDENT, HELLWORMS, etc.) on guitar, Billy Gould (FAITH NO MORE, Kool Arrow Records, etc.) on bass, and Jon Weiss (SHARKBAIT, HORSEY, TONNAGE, etc.) on drums.

Coady and Jared of the MELVINS are recording the new BIG BUSINESS album in June, so the JELVINS bassist this round will be Andy Coronado (WRANGLER BRUTES, WHITE SHIT, SKULL KONTROL). The emphasis will be on new music, with the occasional nod to the past evil-doing.

Tickets are $22 per night in advance or $40 for both nights plus free giftoid.

To open the shows, the MELVINS reach back to their original ’83 hardcore days with King Buzzo on guitar, original drummer Mike Dillard and Dale Crover manning the bass. This MELVINS line-up goes on first at 8:00 sharp.

June 16th:

Jello Biafra with THE MELVINS
Jello Biafra without THE MELVINS (new music, new band!)
DRUNK INJUNS
LOS OLVIDADOS
THE MELVINS play Mangled Demos

June 17th:

Jello Biafra with THE MELVINS
Jello Biafra without THE MELVINS
TRICLOPS!
AKIMBO
THE MELVINS play Mangled Demos

Both shows 8 pm

Jello Biafra Announces Spoken Word Tour Dates

Punk icon Jello Biafra will be on tour to support his latest spoken word album, In the Grip of Official Treason. There are two instore meet-n-greet events scheduled for this tour, too. Please check here for any updates/changes and contact the venues for ticket info.

Tour dates:
02/18/2007 Memorial Union Tripp Commons Madison, WI
02/19/2007 Atomic Records (meet-n-greet @ 5pm) Milwaukee, WI
02/19/2007 UW Student Union Milwaukee, WI
02/20/2007 Belcourt Theater Nashville, TN
02/21/2007 Mad Hatter Covington, KY
02/23/2007 My Mind’s Eye (meet-n-greet @ 5:30pm) Lakewood, OH
02/23/2007 Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, OH
02/25/2007 Higher Ground Burlington, VT
02/26/2007 Iron Horse Northampton, MA
02/27/2007 Living Room Providence, RI
02/28/2007 Knitting Factory New York, NY
03/01/2007 Torp Theater New Britain, CT
03/02/2007 Baronet Theater Asbury Park, NJ
03/03/2007 Ethical Society Philadelphia, PA
03/04/2007 449 Room (449 S. Broad St.) Trenton, NJ