Monday, July 30, 2012
Sunday, July 29, 2012
You may remember Ms. Strand from my "Entertain Me" chat at the beginning of July about her "Born Tonight" album and her infectious we've all "been there, done that" single "Jekyll or Hyde" - if not here is the link to jog your memory: http://mshinafelt.blogspot.com/2012/07/getting-to-know-shara-strand.html
Well Shara has released the official music video for "Jekyll or Hyde"...Enjoy and have a great week!
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
|Vintage Mike Clifford Photo|
Former Teen Idol and "Entertain Me" staple Mike Clifford is celebrating - today July 25th 2012 marks the 50th Anniversary of his signature hit "Close To Cathy".
Mike "I'm Not Dead Yet" Clifford has a few things to say about CTC's 50th...
MC: It feels like 10 years since I recorded it
MS: Did you think the song would be this enduring?
MC: Never. I was hoping it would last 15 days on the charts, but it actually lasted 12 weeks in the top 100. It's just amazing - I'm still identified with it and I have so many memories associated with it, along with so much wonderful feedback, it's just amazing!
MS: What do you want your legacy to be?
MC: Everyone is given some kind of talent whatever it may be. Mine was singing and other things shot off of that with the acting and the dancing. I just tried to make the most of what I had at the time, and constantly improve myself to be the best I could always be...I worked hard to make the most of what little talent I had. (laughs) My legacy is for people to remember, whatever I did, I always tried 100% ! The proof is in the pudding, if you are still listening to my music, not just "Close To Cathy" 50 years later...
Check out Mike in a more recent performance of his signature hit "Close To Cathy"
Rock on with Mike Clifford at:
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Indie-rockers, Ponyboy. are independently releasing a three-part project inspired by the crimes and ensuing media frenzy of accused killer Luka Rocca Magnotta on his thirtieth birthday. The project consists of a six-track CD titled “Pussy Killer”, an art-house remake of the viral video “1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pick”, and a music video for their song, “Luka”.
The self-described “art-fag” band is using the Magnotta case as a platform to address our culture’s fascination with violent crime. The bulk of the work is in the forty minute album, “Pussy Killer”, the title being a reference to suspicions that Magnotta killed cats in online videos in 2010. The album’s concluding track, “1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pick” was actually scored to the original viral video of the same name with abrasive guitar noise and howls mimicking the action onscreen.
“1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pick” is also the soundtrack and title of the Ponyboy. remake of the gruesome shock video available on DVD. Recently, a one minute trailer for the film was age-restricted by YouTube staff after they received complaints. The band has also made a music video for their song “Luka”. The song and video are a tribute to Magnotta from the perspective of a fan and potential future killer.
My Ponyboy's have come a long way from their humble beginnings here on "Entertain Me" (The first PB chat: http://mshinafelt.blogspot.com/2011/09/10-stupid-questions-with-ponyboy.html) - The "Boys" have brought their brand of satire and commentary to a way darker subject matter, hey Charles McVey talk to Daddy....
MS: Why do a record on the Magnotta case?
CMcV: I became interested in the Magnotta case shortly before he was caught, and I assume there are a few specific reasons why I was drawn to it. First of all the case was so extreme. Every article I read became more and more horrific as the story unfolded. The fact that the dismemberment video was posted online was just so over the top, and it felt to me like it was almost a new type of crime; a crime for the internet generation. It was the beginning of June and there was already a ton of stuff online about it. I probably researched it for four hours the first night. Also, there were tons of posts from Luka and clues online on various social media sites and YouTube. It really tweaked my sleuthing nerve. I remember noticing that there were videos posted before the crime was actually committed a couple of days before people really started talking about it. But even more intriguing to me than the horrible things Magnotta is accused of was the idea that he had done this all for fame and his extreme narcissism, as well as the ensuing frenzy of "Luka Fans" and "Luka Haters" online.
MS: How does it tie in with the rest of Ponyboy's work?
CMcV: From day one, Ponyboy. has written songs about outcasts and dark subjects. I'm sure that the gay side of the story, the idea that he killed "a lover", was something that made it feel like it fit in. And for the last few years my work has had an ongoing relationship of sorts with people in the porn community. But on top of that, Magnotta's back story is rather sad and fucked up. It seems pretty obvious he was abused in the past, and when you watch video of him being interviewed you can just tell he's full of shit and just saying what he thinks the recipient wants to hear. There were just so many angles to come at this story from, and the writing came really naturally, now that I think of it.
MS: Isn't releasing a project about Magnotta on his birthday just giving him what he wants by feeding his ego?
CMcV: He's already famous. This case is pretty well known at this point, and I don't think there's much that an indie rock band from Kansas can do to alter or impact that in either direction. I don't think the lyrical content of "Pussy Killer" is complementary to Magnotta, and I didn't feel like the fact that it's still a sore spot for people was a reason enough not to do it. If fact it seems more appropriate to make this kind of gesture while the wound is still fresh in the public's mind. However, it seems we have already moved on to horror in Colorado.
Thanks My Little Pony - the video for "Luka" below, this video is not for the squeamish or faint of heart, so watch at your own risk.
"Pony" Hard! at:
Facebook Ponyboy fan page:
"Pussy Killer" on Amazon:
"Pony" Hard! at:
Facebook Ponyboy fan page:
"LUKA" VID on Daily Motion:
"1 LUNATIC 1 ICE PICK" DVD on Amazon.com:
"PUSSY KILLER" on iTunes:
"Pussy Killer" on Amazon:
Monday, July 23, 2012
"If you don't know my dog's name is Jack, you must live under a rock" - Mariah Carey "Access Hollywood"
Earth to Mariah, we have much to teach you. No I did not know your dogs name was Jack, and I really don't care, sorry if I hurt your feelings. But how could I miss today's news?!
What do I think of this? It really does not matter to me as I have long stopped watching "American Idol" or caring...it is still the highest rated show on TV despite the ratings slip of late. Yeah, boo hoo to the producer's of that show....NOT!
Do I think Mariah will boost ratings, who knows, whatever, I am blogging on this because I do entertainment and it is "news" in the world I cover.
There are only two times I ever cottoned to Ms. Carey - 1) was her surprisingly good performance in the film "Precious" and 2) well if she promises to be drunk every week like she was at the Palm Springs Film Festival, I would TOTALLY tune in to see THAT!
Thursday, July 19, 2012
|Margaret Cho as Kim Jong Il|
Margaret Cho is "Like A Virgin" nominated for the very first time, for an Emmy that is on NBC's "30 Rock" for her dead on comedic portrayal as North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Il..... a favorite and friend to the blog here at "Entertain Me" it's about time Cho was nominated for her skills as a comedic actress and not just a comedian. Ms. Cho called in with this comment on her nomination....
"I'm so excited to have been nominated for an emmy, especially for 30 rock, which is an incredible show and also for playing a deranged and deceased world dictator who has divided the small country of my origin in two. That's the best part. I think that's what I'd call iron curtain irony" - Margaret Cho
Anyone who knows "The Cho" knows what a brilliant actress she can be, hey does anyone remember the great film "Face Off" directed by John Woo where she co-starred alongside John Travolta and Nicholas Cage as "Wanda"?
A toast to Margaret, here's hoping you win, Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrl!
|Roger Daltrey & Pete Townshend|
At a press conference announcing the Who's fall Quadrophenia tour today, Pete Townshend made a racy joke about Mick Jagger. "What I remember of the size of Mick Jagger's penis – I remember it as being huge and extremely tasty," the Who guitarist said, referencing Keith Richards' disparaging remarks on the topic in his 2010 memoir.
As a foot note they have a piece of music that is going to be included in the close of The Olympics...rock on with your bad selves!
Monday, July 16, 2012
Friday, July 13, 2012
Woodson Michel is the new face of R&B music. Deeply inspired by Prince, R. Kelly, Dru Hill and the great Michael Jackson,
As this writer can verify his core values are humility and diligence. His sound is unique and crisp. Combine the two and you get a rare artist who effortlessly writes original songs, produce and sing.
Woodson began his career in Boston - please direct your undivided attention to the Woodson movement!
MS: Hey Woodson how are you, I see my text worked, you called! (laughs)
WM: Yeah it did! (laughs)
MS: Something I find cool is that one of your major influences is Prince, that really comes across in your song "She's Hot".
WM: Oh Yeah, I love Prince!
MS: What drew you to R&B music?
WM: Honestly? Gospel and R&B were always the most influential music in my life, I'm not gonna lie I am a sucker for love. (laughs)
MS: I love your first name it is unique, is there a reason behind it?
WM: There was a doctor named Woodson Carter, I know it's because of him that my Dad gave me my first name, but I am not clear on the exact reason why that is.
MS: Tell me was "She's Hot" inspired by someone in particular?
WM: Yeah, I saw Kelly Hu on TV in the "X-Men 2" and thought "she's hot".
MS: You like action movies?
WM: I love action movies!
MS: Rumor has it you began your career in Boston, MA. were you born there?
WM: Well I am originally from Haiti and moved to New York when I was nine.
MS: Oh, OK.
WM: I have lived in Boston, MA for the last year, I recently moved out to Florida to be close to family. Boston was very unique, my footing is there.
His name is Woodson: www.woodsonmusic.com
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
It's time to roll out a video here at "Entertain Me" - "Wait" is an amazing video by friend and interview subject favorite E.G. Daily, who you may remember from such 80's classics as "Pee Wee's Big Adventure" "Valley Girl" & "Bad Dreams".
E.G. has been working on the "Me And a A Gun" project with music producer James Kaufman, for which I interviewed her for the first single and video, the lovely and moving "Somebody's Loving You" for at www.chorusandverse.com - here is the link: http://www.chorusandverse.com/content.php?id=20101210A
While I loved that song, being a horror fan I loved this even more as the visual references gave a shout out to "The Nightmare Before Christmas" as Ms. Daily looks done up like "Sally" from said movie and Rob Zombie's classic "The Devil's Rejects" in which Ms. Daily starred as a hooker who gets shot square in the head and wants to do Princess Leia from "Star Wars" drag...check it out, this song and video rules, word!
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
|Photo: Tim Cruz|
Well let's beat box it with and get down in the PTX with Scott Hoying and Avi Kaplan, word!
MS: You guys are amazing! What inspired you to use your voices as instruments?
PTX: We were all in choir and we all love vocal music, it's organic, it comes from yourself, it's such an amazing feeling to perform it for other people. Kevin loves all types of music he came up with the beat boxing and it worked out perfectly.
MS: Most people never think to use their voices for anything other than singing.
PTX: Yeah, totally.
MS: I really love your guys mash-up of Justin Bieber's "As Long As You Love Me" and Katy Perry's "Wide Awake".
PTX: We all listened to both songs and thought about which parts we really loved out of each song. Then we just put it together, and made sure all of the words worked with the melody. We really liked the feel of the Justin Bieber song so we kept the words, and we loved the chorus for the Katy Perry song, it was a very organic process.
MS: It's Amazing that you guys all found each other.
PTX: Yeah, it is really crazy that we all did find each other, it was obviously meant to be.
MS: When it happens organically it is meant, there's no way in your wildest dreams...
PTX: It's so crazy.
MS: You guys were on "The Sing Off" and that's where you met, I am assuming that was a good springboard for you.
PTX: Just to have millions of people watching you every week, the thing that was great about the show is it really was real, it represented you in the way you really are.
Give me a P, give me a T and an X - get yourself some "PTX Volume 1"
Monday, July 2, 2012
Shara Strand is your new “American Idol”….well OK, she isn’t and good thing too. How many winners of that show went onto the success Shara will?! Two…Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.
Ms. Strand armed with a great voice and a desire to tell stories is going to better the pop world - with her literally titled single “Jekyll or Hyde” and her more ambiguously titled EP, “Born Tonight” Shara has something to say musically and personally.
Hey Shara, I know you are waiting, let me hand you the microphone!
MS: The thing that is interesting to me is you say you look up to Celine Dion, Barbara Streisand & Whitney Houston, personally I think your vocal quality is more Karen Carpenter.
SS: Ohhhhhhh, that’s kind of cool! You know when someone says something like that, right out of left field for me, I would never think about that, but I love Karen Carpenter.
MS: Your vocals are pure and uncluttered, very direct, much like hers.
SS: I’m more about telling a story than I am about vocal gymnastics.
MS: Let’s talk about your EP “Born Tonight” - you said it has been a long time coming and now you feel born in a metaphorical way.
SS: Where did you read that? I did say that. (laughs)
MS: It was in your press release. (laughs)
SS: Oh, OK (laughs) I had a list of titles for the EP - it’s a great EP and it finally came together within the last year. I was listening to the Rosanne Cash song: “Seven Year Ache” she says in the song “You act like you were just born tonight,” I thought it was interesting as there are all these good connotations to it, you are constantly reinventing yourself everyday. There is always an opportunity to learn more lessons and grow.
MS: When you have been working for a long time to bring something to fruition I can see how you would feel like you “birthed your baby” so to speak.
SS: Totally! When it was released I really felt like it was my baby.