Alternative Tentacles



Most recently, Second Breakfast played It's Catching Up by Nomeansno on Sunday 21st Jan, 2024.


As one of the most legendary independent labels in the world, Alternative Tentacles remains a vital and abundant source of punk rock, hardcore, spoken word artistry and a wealth of other genres. Founded in 1979 by then-Dead Kennedys frontman and outspoken provocateur Jello Biafra, A.T. has never shied away from embracing both the radical and the experimental, serving to expand the world’s idea of what constitutes punk.

A.T. has spent decades curating a spectacular collection of blues, garage, alt-country, folk, deathrock, metal, industrial, psychedelic, new wave, and even comedy.

Through the years, Biafra has remained a passionate leader for the label, collaborating with members of The Melvins, Faith No More, Nirvana, Ministry and a great many more. His spoken word output is notoriously prolific and he continues to thrill audiences as vocalist for Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine.

On has played Alternative Tentacles releases from artists such as Dead Kennedys, Nomeansno, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, Jello Biafra, Mojo Nixon, Square Cools.


Check out these shows on, showcasing music from Alternative Tentacles!

Connecting the dots on the musical map through decades, continents, and genres.

An exploration of the variety of early 80's music with lively commentary.

Themed playlists that make you feel things.

A music and DIY culture show committed to reminding everyone of their awkward ska phase

A varied mix of punk, funk, hip hop, cumbia, reggaeton, metal, and dance music--or whatever the fuck else she feels like.

Tender Knob Radio with Metro Matt looks ahead at Bay Area shows this week and an assortment of Sunday evening selections.

Think of the ultimate mix tape that you have some where buried deep in your basement or attic!

Sounds culled from swap meets, thrift stores, and other off the beaten track spots.