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Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School of Medicine added to Punk Rock Bowling club show lineup

Just when you thought the lineup for Punk Rock Bowling was all set in stone, the organizers went and made a pretty cool addition. Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School of Medicine have been added to the lineup of club shows, as they’ll be taking the stage at the Las Vegas Country Saloon on Thursday, May 26th. Check out the full club show rundown right here.



Jello Biafra (former Dead Kennedys frontman) streams live album

Former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra is streaming his new live album “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 during a 2011 Mardi Gras show in New Orleans. You can hear the album below.



Punk Rock Bowling Festival: Day Two – Refused, Murder City Devils, Turbonegro, Jello Biafra, A Wilhelm Scream, The Muffs

Day two (or three (or four) depending on how you look at it) began with puffy eyes and a thirsty mouth. Bishops Green and co. played an amazing set the night before, and we were now well into the swing of things at the ol’ Punk Rock Bowling. After the traditional liquid breakfast, we scurried over to the Plaza Hotel for a pool party featuring Mercy Music and 88 Fingers Louie (shots of which disappeared just like my recollection of certain parts of the day). After catching the Chicago legends it was back for more refreshments and off to the main stage where Eliza Battle, Get Dead, and Pears were openers. I was pretty bummed to miss Pears’ set, but again, this whole weekend is a true test of time management and tough decisions.

SoCal-based female fronted punk band The Muffs is gritty, yet pretty and plays a great blend of garage, surf, and punk. I am such a sucker for this classic Southern California sound.

Next to the stage was A Wilhelm Scream. The band has tons of energy and shares it with the fans, gettting as close as they can and ripping up the stage. I had never seen these guys live but they put on a great show.

Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School of Medicine are one of those bands you just have to see, if not for the nostalgia of hearing Jello’s voice to the outlandish things you may hear him say, for the fact of seeing this supergroup of sorts. And of course, the band obliged by playing a few Dead Kennedys’ songs.

You might’ve thought Turbonegro were the headliners by the looks of all the Turbojugend in attendance. I swear they quadruple every year, and are a standout with their obligatory denim vest. The lot are a bunch of great people, always down for a laugh, a beer, or a pick-me-up. And Turbonegro absolutely never disappoints. The band really knows how to get a crowd alive, involved, and begging for more.

Another first for me was Murder City Devils, which followed the Turbo. Heartfelt, angstful, reflective, and nostalgic….but there was no time for that as the crowd began to move…

Refused headlined night two at PRB to a packed house. There was much anticipation in the air as the older punks pondered what the set was to entail, and the youth pondered who the hell Refused was. The Swedes came out guns blazing and didn’t quit til the end of their set. The band is getting ready to release a new album, “Freedom”, later this month and played a bunch from the new work, while still playing some fan favorites.

I stayed just up until the end, but as always time is of the essence as I quickly slimmed down gear and took the trek to the Bunkhouse for Chris Murray, The Skints, English Beat, and ‘surprise’ guests Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Also on the bill for club shows was Krum Bums and ‘surprise’ guests Conflict at the Backstage Bar.

You can have a look at all of the photos from Day Two at Punk Rock Bowling’s main stage below.



Documentary Trailer: “Records Collecting Dust” (Jello Biafra, Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, etc)

Written and directed by San Diego based musician and filmmaker Jason Blackmore, “Records Collecting Dust” documents the vinyl record collections, origins, and holy grails of alternative music icons Jello Biafra, Chuck Dukowski, Keith Morris, John Reis, Matt Pike, and over thirty other underground music comrades.

The documentary is set for theater release in Winter 2014 and you can check out a trailer for it below.



Alternative Tentacles releases 2014 sampler

Alternative Tentacles Records has released a 51-song sampler featuring tracks from Articles of Faith, Subhumans, Citizen Fish, Unsane, Ratos de Porao, and at least five or six songs featuring label founder Jello Biafra. You can stream the whole thing below, or download the entire compilation for the low price of $5 right here.

The Alternative Tentacles 2014 sampler was released on August 20, 2014.



Jello Biafra gives a tour of his vinyl collection

Former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra recently appeared on Fuse TV’s “Crate Diggers” and gave viewers a tour of his vinyl collection. You can check out the two part video, where he talks about the early classics as well as some of the art for Dead Kennedys albums, here.

His current band, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, are hitting the road in both Europe and  the US/Canada this month and you can check out dates here. They released their latest album, White People & The Damage Done, in early 2013 through Alternative Tentacles Records.



Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine announce US and Canadian tour dates

Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine have announced some US and Canadian tour dates in addition to the European dates they will be playing later this month and next month.

Check out the full list of dates and locations below.

The former Dead Kennedys frontman’s band released their latest album “White People & The Damage Done” in early 2013 through Alternative Tentacles Records.



Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine announce European tour

Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine will be hitting the road for a lengthy European tour early next month, and they’ll be playing a few west coast shows to warm up.

Details on when and where you’ll be able to catch the band on their upcoming tour can be found below.

The former Dead Kennedys frontman’s band released their latest album “White People & The Damage Done” in early 2013 through Alternative Tentacles Records.



Jello Biafra to appear in season four of Portlandia

Former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra has been confirmed as a guest on the forthcoming season of Portlandia

You read that right. The current leader of the Guantanamo Bay School of Medicine will appear on an as-yet-undisclosed episode. Also slated to appear in cameo roles are Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, Jeff Tweedy from Wilco, Tunde Adebimpe from TV on the Radio and the legendary Duff McKagan. Season four of Portlandia debuts on the Independent Film Channel (IFC) on February 27th.



Video Interview: Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys) on state of punk, feud with old band mates, Alternative Tentacles and more

Dead Kennedys singer Jello Biafra did a pretty interesting/entertaining interview with some French (I think) media company in which he answers a bunch of pretty random questions.  Most interesting, in my opinion, were his thoughts on the state of the punk scene today, his feuding and getting sued by his own bandmates and his reasons for keeping Alternative Tentacles alive.  Check out the entire thing below.

Dead Kennedys released their last studio album “Bedtime for Democracy” in 1986 on Alternative Tentacles, shortly after their split with Jello.  Since parting Dead Kennedys, Jello has formed a new band called Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo Bay School of Medicine.  The rest of the band continues to perform as Dead Kennedys but with a new singer (Skip McSkipster).



Jello Biafra squashes rumors of reunion with Dead Kennedys

In a recent interview, Jello Biafra addressed the rumors of a possible reunion between him and Dead Kennedys that have been floating around the internet for the past couple of months, stating the following:

“Ray just spat out a bald faced lie, like a reunion was about to happen. […] The whole way they’ve dumbed down Dead Kennedys into one big cash scam […] I don’t want any part of that. I’m not a “retro guy,” anyway. I’ve worked really hard to set myself up so I’ve never had to be. If they’re willing to undo every last bit of damage they’ve done, maybe we’ll talk.

I’m kind of cynical about a lot of reunions, anyway. I don’t want to re-form a band for the wrong reasons, because people are going to smell that from the stage, just like I do as a fan, and then I want no part of it.”

Well, that’s that, I guess!

Dead Kennedys released their last studio album “Bedtime for Democracy” in 1986 on Alternative Tentacles, shortly after their split with Jello.  Since parting Dead Kennedys, Jello has formed a new band called Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo Bay School of Medicine.  The rest of the band continues to perform as Dead Kennedys but with a new singer (Skip McSkipster).



Jello Biafra announces spoken word / the Guantanamo School Of Medicine tour dates

Jello Biafra has announced he is going on a spoken word tour. During his spoken word tour, he is also playing shows with his band Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School Of Medicine.

You can check out the dates here.

Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School Of Medicine last released their album “White People & The Damage Done” earlier this year.



Random Cover Song: Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys) &The Melvins play new rendition of “California Uber Alles”

Cover songs are like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get. We here at Dying Scene love hearing punk bands do their own take on other band’s songs. Sometimes they pull off amazing interpretations of old classics, sometimes they’re not much more than humble tributes to a fellow artist, and other times they’re just downright laughable renditions of otherwise great songs. Good or bad. Intriguing or mundane. We’ll let you be the judge.

This may not count as a cover by the strictest meaning of the word, seeing as both the cover and the original are both performed by Jello Biafra. Nevertheless, it’s a cool live recording with revamped lyrics that bring the politically satirical classic into the 21st centuary.”California Uber Alles” was originally recorded as the first single by the Dead Kennedys in 1979, and then rewritten into “We’ve Got A Bigger Problem Now” for their 1981 EP In God We Trust, Inc. Most recently, a live recording with prog-metal icons The Melvins appears on Sieg Howdy!, their 2005 collaboration with Biafra. Click here to listen to both the Dead Kennedys versions as well as “Kali-fornia Uber Alles 21st Century,” which swaps the perspective Jerry Brown for previous Governator Arnold Schwarznegger.



Album review: Jello Biafra And The Guantanamo School Of Medicine – “White People & The Damage Done”

It’s a shame that so much of Jello Biafra’s later work has been overlooked, when it is just as catchy, clever, punchy, and raw as anything from his albums with the Dead Kennedys. His latest release as Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School Of Medicine, “White People And The Damage Done,” carries modernized punk songs that have the potential to be regarded with the same enthusiasm of any other good punk album of this year so far.

This record finds a way to retain a quirky prog punk vibes that can be heard in the band’s previous albums, while still displaying the very “listenable” quality of a great rock album for the ages. The band’s previous album “The Audacity Of Hype,” contained a large amount of musically and technically experimental sounds, which may have discouraged and alienated DK fans. That element is still a driving factor to this release, but at the same I’m still presented with the feeling that I’m listening to an old school punk record. Hell, half the tracks on this album (“Road Rage,” “Mid-East Peace Process,” “Hollywood Goof Disease”) even sound like they could have been written by the Dead Kennedys way back in 1982; lyrically as well as musically (okay, excluding references to the Kardashians and Jerry Sandusky reference in the latter track).

Lyrically and vocally, Biafra remains as biting as he ever was. Clever, sarcastic, and ironic satirizing of the state of the world today has never been an issue for Jello and the wordplay here delivers wittily without getting too much in the way of the main concept this album centers itself around: the damage done to our society, and those who have done the damage.

Think twice before writing this one off as the product of another stale has-been. This band has embraced a sound that serves as a viable vehicle for Jello Biafra to not just continue his music, but to revitalize it and offer it up to a new generation of punk fans who just might not have been around in the early 80’s. And if you were around to see those days, this isn’t quite “Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables,” but it’s as fresh as it gets some thirty-odd years after the fact. “White People And The Damage Done” is a solid progressive punk album earning 3.5/5 stars.

3.5/5 Stars



Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo Bay School of Medicine stream “Hollywood Goof Disease” from new album “White People and the Damage Done”

Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo Bay School of Medicine have posted a stream of one of the songs from their new record, “White People and the Damage Done.” The song is called “Hollywood Goof Disease”, and you can listen here.

The record came out yesterday via Biafra’s own Alternative Tentacles Records.