12 February 2007


Alternative Tentacles Records


You'll have to excuse me for not posting in a couple of months. My iPod died, and just a week after the warranty expired too! It means I have been somewhat out of action on the free MP3 front.

Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles has been one of the greatest punk and indepedent record labels for well over 20 years. The website, as well as having a store and information on all AT releases currently available, has a load of free MP3s.

These run the gamut of punk (Jello's legendary Dead Kennedys, Articles of Faith, The Fartz), alternative country (Slim Cessna's Auto Club), just plain weird (Lard, Zeni Geva) and much more. One highlight for me is celebrated street musician, the late Wesley Willis. Tracks like his 'Rock and Roll McDonalds' have to be heard to be believed.

There is also a huge range of spoken word material, from left-wing luminaries like Mumia Abu-Jamal, Noam Chomsky, Arundhati Roy, Howard Zinn and Jello himself. Well worth a listen.

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