Wednesday, December 13, 2017

On The 13th Day Of December...

Ho, Ho, Ho!
The Waitresses 
"I know what boys like, I know what guys want, I know what boys like, Boys like, boys like me" - I Know What Boys Like, The Waitresses 

I don't know about you, but I am feeling soooooo eighties lately. So sue me if I was a teen in the best motherf#cking decade ever! 

Well if you lived during that time period you remember how creative the music scene was. With everything from Punk to New Wave, oh, and of course the business as usual crap. You may also remember a band called The Waitresses. They had a really great hit single with the moniker I Know What Boys Like

They also had one other sizable hit, a Christmas song called - Christmas Wrapping.

So let me take you back to the future and let this too cool for school blast from the past jingle your bells.

Ho ho ho! Here it is after the jump!

The Waitresses on Wikipedia:   

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Straight Edge

A Clear-Headed Hardcore Punk History 
by Tony Rettman

Deluxe 400-page softcover book with foreword by Civ of Gorilla Biscuits

This ain't no F#ckhouse! 

This deluxe softcover runs 400 pages, features a foreword by Civ of Gorilla Biscuits, includes a full-color insert, and after is available HERE. This is the latest authoritative and exhaustive leap by Bazillion Points into the vast demi-world of a powerful DIY subculture. Launch events were mobbed at the Sonos NYC store, Bridge 9 Records in Boston, and Hold Fast Records in Asbury Park, NJ, where Tony Rettman sat for a riveting Q&A with Minor Threat's Brian Baker.

Starting in 1981 via Minor Threat's revolutionary call to arms, the clean and positive straight edge hardcore punk movement took hold and prospered during the 1980s, earning a position as one of the most durable yet chronically misunderstood music subcultures. Straight edge created its own sound and visual style, went on to embrace vegetarianism, and later saw the rise of a violent militant fringe. As the "don't drink, don't smoke" message spread from Washington, D.C., to Boston, California, New York City, and, eventually, the world, adherents struggled to define the fundamental ideals and limits of what may be the ultimate youth movement.

Tony Rettman traces the story of straight edge from adolescent origins to enduring counterculture via fresh first-hand accounts from the clear and alert members of Minor Threat, SS Decontrol, Youth of Today, DYS, Slapshot, Uniform Choice, 7 Seconds, Stalag 13, Justice League, Chain of Strength, No for an Answer, Insted, Gorilla Biscuits, Judge, Bold, Project X, Lärm, Brotherhood, Shelter, H2O, Half Off, Resurrection, Raid, Strife, Earth Crisis, Vegan Reich, Mindset, Stop and Think, Mouthpiece, Floorpunch, Ten Yard Fight, Mental, Fucked Up, Trial, Have Heart, Praise, Clear, the Geeks, and many others.

Time Out New York calls the book: "a trip through the storied history of the straight edge punk movement, from its origins in 1981 as a call-to-arms from the band Minor Threat to its later flourishing as a fully-fledged counter-culture manifesto."


"What separates hardcore from punk is that punk was just saying, 'fkck this place.' Hardcore was saying, 'let's make a difference. Let's make our minds stronger and focus.'"
- Toby Morse, H2O

"We were out to create a revolution. We loved the power and energy of hardcore, but not the whole self-destructive punk ethos. We were into being healthy and living clean, mean, and smart."­
- John Porcelly, Youth of Today

"Straight edge became a religion. It's a very strange feeling to be one of the unwitting founders of this religion."
- Jeff Nelson, Minor Threat

"I'm honored to be part of this book, which accurately recalls a counterculture within a counterculture, a movement that changed the course of so many people's lives, including my own. Straight edge gave us some stable footing and handrails in a confusing time, and provided us a soundtrack of hard, positive, and life-affirming music to craft our progressive and positive adult lives. This book will serve as a crucial and authoritative glance into that world, shining light for fans around the globe on a time that we will never forget."
- Ray Cappo, Youth of Today

"I fxcking loved it! The SSD stuff was amazing, they were my game changer. I also really loved the Uniform Choice chapters. It's a great book. Tony Rettman has done it again, and I'm stoked to have a small part in it."
- Mike Ferraro, Judge

"I will look forward to having this on our coffee table and showing it and reading it with pride for my role in this beautiful movement, for what you've done and captured, and what straight edge was, is and will be."
- Dave Smalley of DYS/All/Dag Nasty

"Tony Rettman's book is THE CHOICE for a firsthand account of the history, inner workings, and real truth of straight edge, one of the most important cultural influences of the last century."
- Al Barile, SSD 

"A fantastic read and a true documentation straight from the people who made this small scene an important piece of music history."
- Dennis Lyxzen, Refused

"I love this book! Everyone's stories are tied together to bring validity to the subject. Rettman covered a lot of ground here, and I'm impressed."
- Steve Larson, Insted 

Monday, December 11, 2017

I, Tonya

When Tonya Met Margot
Tonya Harding & Margot Robbie
One of the more buzzed about films of award season is I, Tonya based on disgraced figure skater and Nancy Kerrigan leg bashing accomplice Tonya Harding. Word is Margot Robbie gives a spot on performance as Harding and filmmakers have gone with a darkly comic approach to the true life source material.

This being stated, I was completely caught off guard when I saw this photo of the real Tonya Harding at the Los Angeles premiere of  I, Tonya with, well Margot Robbie who portrays her. 

Why you may ask? Well for starters while the movie does not paint Harding as an outright villain, it does not exactly make her completely sympathetic either. Seriously I am not so sure I would support something that came from such a dark time in my life. I know it has been twenty-three years since the incident, but still...get my point??? Of course you do!

I guess all I can say is cheers to Tonya for being a good sport. It's Monday let's get this party started!

Margot on Instagram: 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Choose Love

Michael Turchin & Lance Bass
With all the uncertainty and chaos in the world, when I spied this photo of Lance Bass and husband Michael Turchin I couldn't help but smile.

Lance & Michael are getting in the spirit for a good cause, releasing a T-Shirt to support "(RED)’s fight to end AIDS"  and to honor his friend George Michael’s "love of life and celebrate the reissue of Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1."

"Yes" these "Choose Love" T-Shirts gave me the feels for the 80's again. With that confession out of the way, the simple power of the message is one we should all rise to this Holiday season. Hey why not all year round while were at it.

Everyday we wake-up we have a choice. I think we should all make that to "Choose Love" it's simple to give, doesn't cost a thing and will mean the world to those who receive it.


Lance on Instagram:  

Saturday, December 9, 2017

You Make It Feel Like Christmas

Gingerbread Man/Ed Sheeran/Gingerbread Man/Ed Sheeran
Gwen Stefani
"Yes" I know today's byline is the name of Gwen Stefani's Holiday CD. It seems so fitting for this photo op she took witth Ed Sheeran, I mean the Gingerbread Man at The Grove in Los Angeles, CA.

Seriously what could give a Christmas vibe more than Gwen dressed as a Christmas ornament, standing next to a Christmas tree with a man that's good enough to eat I ask you? Uh-huh, that's what I thought, nothing.

Have a Sweet Saturday, only 16 more days until the Big C!

"I got this feelin' inside my bones, It goes electric wavy when I turn it on" Can't Stop The Feeling, Justin Timberlake

Gwen on Instagram: 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Film Buff Friday: "The Apartment"

Jack Lemmon & Shirley MacLaine
The Apartment

The Academy Award Winner for Best Picture, Directed by the great Billy Wilder

In 1960, following on from the success of their collaboration on Some Like it Hot, director Billy Wilder (Ace in the Hole, Sunset Boulevard) reteamed with actor Jack Lemmon (The Odd Couple, Glengarry Glen Ross) for what many consider the pinnacle of their respective careers: The Apartment.

C.C. "Bud" Baxter (Lemmon) is a lowly Manhattan office drone with a lucrative sideline in renting out his apartment to adulterous company bosses and their mistresses. When Bud enters into a similar arrangement the firm's personnel director, J.D. Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray, Double Indemnity), his career prospects begin to look up... and up. But when he discovers that Sheldrake's mistress is Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine, Irma la Douce), the girl of his dreams, he finds himself forced to choose between his career and the woman he loves...

Winner of five Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, The Apartment features a wealth of Hollywood's finest talent - on both sides of the camera - at the top of their game. By turns cynical, heart-warming and hilarious, Wilder's masterpiece now shines like never before in this all-new, 4K-restored edition from Arrow Films.

- Limited Deluxe Edition Blu-ray [3000 copies]
- Brand new 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release
- Original uncompressed PCM mono audio
- Optional 5.1 remix in lossless DTS-HD Master Audio
- Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Audio commentary with film producer and historian Bruce Block
- New appreciation of the film and select scene commentary by film historian Philip Kemp
- The Flawed Couple, a new video essay by filmmaker David Cairns on the collaborations between Billy Wilder and Jack Lemmon
- Billy Wilder ABC, an overview by David Cairns on the life and career of the filmmaker, covering his films, collaborators and more
- New interview with actress Hope Holiday
- Inside the Apartment, a half-hour "making-of" featurette from 2007 including interviews with Shirley MacLaine, executive producer Walter Mirisch, and others
- Magic Time: The Art of Jack Lemmon, an archive profile of the actor from 2007
- Original screenplay by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond (BD-ROM content)
- Theatrical trailer
- Special collector's packaging featuring newly commissioned artwork by Ignatius Fitzpatrick
- Collector's 150-page hardcover book featuring new writing by Neil Sinyard, Kat Ellinger, Travis Crawford and Heather Hyche, generously illustrated with rare stills and behind-the-scenes imagery   

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Michael's Musings

Pure Energy
Michael Shinafelt
Today my thoughts and well wishes are with the victims of the fires in Los Angeles. "Yes" the City of Angels is under siege by massive fires. Many people have lost their homes, it is heartbreaking. When the amazing firefighters get everything under control, the saddest part is that all roads lead to arson with regard to this tragedy. Trust me.

OK, I will veer from going down the stony end and try to be my usual provocateur self. Oh wait I already have done that. You can't teach an old dog new tricks, or can you??? Onto less weighty subjects.

Don't let anyone with bad eyebrows tell you shit about life

They recast Kevin Spacey in "All the Money in the World" couldn't they do the same with Mark Wahlberg while they were at it?

"I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain" - James A. Baldwin

It's all make believe

I find Will Ferrell the movie equivalent of a colonoscopy 

I recently lost 22 lbs and counting. My landlord gave me a bag of assorted Ghirardelli chocolates. The neighborhood homeless man now has diabetes.

A beautiful day begins with a beautiful mindset

Scrambled Eggs, that is all

Back Off!

He sees you when you're sleeping, he knows when you're awake. Sounds like perv spirit!

How about Time and their Person of the Year?

Fact: Depeche Mode sells more music than Bruno Mars and all his number one hits. This gives me hope for the future.

Eighteen days and counting until the Big C!

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