Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tribute To Chris Cornell: The Pretty Reckless

Taylor Momsen
Performing
"Like A Stone"
Tribute.

Over this past weekend, Taylor Momsen and THE PRETTY RECKLESS returned to the stage to pay tribute to Chris Cornell.  It was their first show since opening for Soundgarden earlier last week in Detroit.   

Taylor Momsen wrote in an Instagram post that her "heart is broken."
"Still in a state of shock," she added. "I have no words right now except my heart pours out to his beautiful family and friends."

THE PRETTY RECKLESS also posted a tribute to Cornell on the band's Twitter, writing: "Our deepest sympathies to family and new friends we just had the privilege to join for an all-too-brief moment. Our hearts are with you."
 
Watch the chilling performance of the Audioslave cover of "Like A Stone" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5UsxLcZ1Cg  

Monday, May 22, 2017

Puppy Love, Orlando Bloom

A Boy And His Dog
Orlando Bloom
Now that all the fuss has died down over Orlando Bloom exposing his impressive package (I say if you've got it, flaunt it) on the beach the focus has now turned to him promoting his upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean movie Dead Men Tell No Tales. It's the phrase the creepy skull says to you just before you plunge downward into the Pirate Pit at Disneyland.

Focus has also turned to Orlando's softer, sweeter, non-sexual side as well. 

Witness him walking his adorable little puppy on the beach in Malibu. See how cute the puppy is? See how cute Orlando is? Isn't puppy love grand? Makes you forget his glorious exposure for a second or two, but in the back of your mind and on the internet, it will always be there when you need a peek.

In this given moment however, Orlando's puppy love is here for you!

Orlando on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/orlandobloom/?hl=en 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Double Take: Pamela Anderson

Say What?!?!
Pamela Anderson
Does a leopard change it's spots? Sometimes, just get a good look at these side by side images of one Ms. Pamela Anderson at the Cannes Film Festival attending the premiere of 120 Beats Per Minute.

She traded bombshell for couture and is almost unrecognizable in her Vivienne Westwood gown. 

Change does a Pamela good. IMHOP she looks amazing, there are vampires who have aged more than her. 

I wonder what the wheels turning in her pretty little head are planning next? We shall find out very soon I'm sure.

Pamela on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/pamelaanderson/?hl=en

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Presenting - Honey West


There's a new Honey West in town...

This bad, old world gets exponentially better today, as HONEY WEST releases Bad Old World (Readout Records), an explosive collection introducing a remarkable and unusual songwriting collaboration between unassuming British rock titan Ian McDonald, founding member of both Foreigner and King Crimson, and noted Shakespearean actor Ted Zurkowski, a pillar of New York’s theater community by way of world-renowned method acting haven The Actors Studio.

Though constructed on the fundamental foundation of two guitars, bass and drums, the mirthful music on Bad Old World ― which multi-instrumentalist McDonald also produced ― is sophisticated and multi-textured, thanks to the indispensable instrumental and compositional talents of McDonald, and the sly, knowing word craft of lead singer-guitarist and co-composer Zurkowski.

McDonald maintains that his songwriting partner’s cunning way with words was hisraison d’etre for joining HONEY WEST in the first place.
“Ted’s lyrics are very smart,” says McDonald. “I like smart lyrics, I like smart music. This ended up being a really good partnership.”

Aiding and abetting McDonald and Zurkowski in HONEY WEST is a troupe of top-shelf musicians including drummer Steve Holley, whose credits include, among other notable artists, Paul McCartney & Wings, and McDonald’s son Maxwell on bass. Bad Old World also boasts a special guest appearance by Graham Maby (Joe Jackson, They Might Be Giants), who plays bass on several tracks.

The Album Launch Event is set for Wednesday, May 24 at Bowery Electric in New York City.

Premiering exclusively on Billboard.com, the self-deprecating first single,“Dementia,” is a perfect portal into the off-kilter world of HONEY WEST, so named after the groundbreaking 1960s TV series about a sexy female secret agent.“Dementia,” the album’s closing track, is a tightly wound, foot-stomping, Saturday-night rocker highlighted by McDonald’s baritone sax – which originally left a memorable imprint on T. Rex’s iconic “Get It On (Bang A Gong).” But Zurkowski’s typically droll, self-deprecating lyrics elevate the song far beyond the typical party-hearty blueprint, and identify its creators as a rock ’n’ force. 

The high concept "Dementia" lyric video was conceived and directed by Maxwell McDonald, adding to his duties as the band's bass player. Calling the lyric video “inventive,” Billboard.com said it “merits some attention when Ian McDonald gets excited about something.”

While McDonald’s formidable gifts as an instrumentalist, arranger and producer are front-and-center with HONEY WEST on Bad Old World, they represent a new role for the artist who for decades has been revered as a musician’s musician — the one everyone else would check out … and envy! His sterling rock legacy has been primarily forged in the background as the “secret sauce” if you will, for a wide range of recordings which further extends to the likes of Kanye West, Ozzy Osbourne, April Wine, Angela Bofill, Herbie Mann, Jerry Jeff Walker, Nash the Slash, and beyond.

When Zurkowski’s intelligent and playful lyrics are blended with the musical aptitude of HONEY WEST’s co-composers, sonic sparks can’t help but fly.  Not only is his background as a Shakespearean actor entrenched at The Actors Studio (unorthodox by music-world standards), it also indicates McDonald’s propensity for driving a bulldozer through convention.

As such, Bad Old World by HONEY WEST has given rise to a new name in 2017 for peerless musicianship, a substantial, yet fun, lyrical point of view, and the kind of jump-from-the-speakers excitement which has always marked the best in rock music.

Bad Old World is available now on all major digital services, including iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, and Spotify.  Here's the iTunes link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bad-old-world/id1223188582?ls=1&app=itunes

HONEY WEST ON THE WEB:

Friday, May 19, 2017

Just Because...Miley Cyrus


It's been a while since we have actually heard much from Miley Cyrus, with the exception of her appearance on The Voice. She has been keeping a low profile and taking some much earned time away with her guy Liam Hemsworth

Well judging by her upcoming appearance on the Billboard Music Awards and her latest single Malibu it looks like Miley Spirit is preparing for a huge resurgence.

Call this Miley Cyrus 3.0. She went from Hannah Montana to the Queen of Raunch & Free Love and now seems to be graduating to a more subdued introspective Miley based on the video and lyrics for Malibu.

Whatever your opinion of her Cyrus has one hell of a voice and can do anything she wants as far as I'm concerned.

Of course I was never into her in her Hannah Montana phase, I was not the intended audience either, "yes" I liked her nasty & provocative...the obvious being stated, this music lover is looking forward to 3.0 Miley, you go grrrrrrrl!

Miley on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/mileycyrus/?hl=en

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Michael's Musings

Giving Zero F#cks
Michael Shinafelt
What can I say about this week that hasn't already been stated in Alternative Facts or other  such things. Seriously, what a sh!t show.

On a more human note I am still losing weight and branching out into new things in my life, like boxing. Oh yeah, I am taking up boxing as my new thing. If I hate it & decided to forgo it I will give you the 411

However if I stick with it I will need a punching bag. I think I know the perfect target...


If you are a 45 year old woman who still takes birth control, I can't help you

Underwear Models are hungry

My spin instructor Jessica and I mouthed the words "I'll F#cking Tear You Apart" to each other, during the She Wants Revenge song. The more you know.

Saw a billboard for a movie titled Captain Underpants...underpants, huh?

Just say no to Traipsing 

Once upon a time...

Ryan Murphy needs to create a role for Ann-Margret on American Horror Story
Timeless
Ann-Margret 
I can't believe that there is an Emoji Movie coming out

What would you do for someone with a Black American Express Card?

The reason people awaken, is because they have finally stopped agreeing to things that insult their soul

I'm gonna crumb

What phrase really defines my week thus far? "Bitch, I'm Madonna!"

Bring it on at:
https://www.instagram.com/michaelshinafelt/?hl=en
https://twitter.com/MShinafelt  

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Kerry On

My Idea Of Washington
Kerry Washington
This has been one Hell of a week and it's only Wednesday. I mean that in many ways, some good and some not so much. 

While I try to monitor my alternative fact intake as much as possible some things are simply too hard to turn a blind eye to. Thus Washington is in the forefront of my mind's eye at present.

That being said you can see why I easily have substituted a positive version of it, of the Kerry kind today. Hey it's not that big of a stretch. Not only does she have the same last name as our nation's capital she also works at the White House on her too entertaining for words TV show Scandal.

As Olivia Pope she controls that house of cards and then some. 

Visualization is the name of today's game peeps. Enjoy life and Kerry On...trust me. Why? Because I'm not a politician. 

Kerry on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/kerrywashington/?hl=en

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Donatella/Penelope/Donatella/Penelope

Wigging Out
Penelope Cruz
In what I find oddly interesting casting news, Penelope Cruz will be portraying Donatella Versace in the upcoming season of American Crime Story. As you may recall I posted some delicious images of Darren Criss as Andrew Cunanan recently.

While I view the casting of Criss, say that one three times fast, a no brainer, I find Cruz as Donatella a curious thing. While I have nothing against Penelope Cruz the choice of her for the role is odd to say the least.

Seriously? What gives here??? I'm sure she will be fine, I just don't get it. It seems the only thing she and Donatella have in common is an accent. Not to mention Cruz is way more attractive than the woman she is portraying. 

Perhaps it will all become clear when I see the finished show. Until then file this under things that make you go hmmm...

Cruz on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/penelopecruzoficial/?hl=en

Monday, May 15, 2017

Not Mellow In Yellow

Not Mellow Yellow
Katy Perry
Do you know how to Wango Tango? Well Katy Perry obviously does, bear witness to her shaking her bon bon's in yellow at Wango Tango. This is how you do it kids, let it all out!

Other than the fact that yellow becomes her, Katy is like a human unicorn, magical, whimsical, fun!

I am a fan of her personae more then her music, because her personae, even when she is singing a song with a serious theme, Chained To The Rhythm, which I actually like, always has a sense of playfulness to it.

Thus Katy is the perfect way to kick of Monday with a bang! Some Monday Motivation if you will.

Be your own unicorn this week and bend it like Katy.

Katy on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/katyperry/?hl=en   

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day
Michael Shinafelt
Happy Mother's Day! Yep, this is the day we celebrate all you Mother's out there, you've earned it!

This is going to be a short column, because I am a short man. I would simply like express my gratitude to my Mother Jan Landburg-Shinafelt

No matter how many tough times there have been, and there have been many, Mom I have always been able to count on you to be there. 

I custom made the image above and posted it on her Facebook wall exclusively for her. Oh, and I have also included my favorite pic of her and myself in this blog and posted it on Facebook and Twitter in celebration of the big "M."
My Favorite Mother
Ain't Social Media grand? Also this will be the first and last time you will ever hear me use the term "ain't" in my writing. I know it is now recognized by Webster's as an actual word, but it wasn't when I was a kid growing up.

In fact my Mother used to say, when I uttered it: "Ain't, ain't fell in the paint" - I rest my case.

Wishing all the Mother's out there a happy, happy, joy, joy!!!

I Ain't Your Mama, but you can follow me here:

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Saturday Swoon - Zac Efron

California Dreamin'
Zac Efron

With the big screen go at Baywatch opening May 25th there has been a whole lotta Zac Efron going down. So to speak, but one can dream can't one? 

See Zac on a billboard, See Zac on a talk show, See Zac running down the beach half naked showing off his abs, run Zac, run! 

While I am 100% sure I will not being viewing the actual movie I sure don't mind seeing those Efron abs and those baby blues saturating my retinas everywhere I gaze. Heck don't you think they should have just made a movie about Zac's impossibly sculpted abs and dubbed it Ab Watch? Think about it, but not too hard.

Thus I leave you with this fantastical image of a man/boy named Zac and his killer abs for some Saturday delight. Who says Disneyland is the happiest place on Earth?

Zac on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/zacefron/?hl=en

Friday, May 12, 2017

Just Because...Drew Barrymore

Desperately Seeking Drew
Drew Barrymore
Behold a photo of Drew Barrymore out-n-about in New York City this past week. Seeing Drew these days is much like a Big Foot or Loch Ness Monster sighting, very rare. She has kept a low public profile in recent years, and been a more behind the scenes person than an in front of the camera one.

Seeing this image made me feel nostalgic for when Drew was everywhere, doing the Charlie's Angels movies and all those Rom-Coms. Not to mention appearing in and producing one of my fave films Donnie Darko. Now I didn't see any of her Rom-Coms with the exception of The Wedding Singer, which was actually good, but since I am not really a fan of the genre...

I've met Drew a handful of times in various situations which ranged from her shopping at Tower Records Sunset to an after party for Courtney Love and Hole post their Palladium concert. Each time she was such warm & welcoming a total sweetheart.

Here's hoping to see Drew raise her public profile again, the world needs all the positive energy it can get!

Drew on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/drewbarrymore/?hl=en  

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Michael's Musings

The Real Man Behind The Curtain
Michael Shinafelt
Photo: Jay Jorgensen
This has been a week. What kind of a week has it been Michael? The kind where you need to ignore the little orange man behind the curtain. I'm in touch with reality, he isn't. 

If you need to ask who that is, you really shouldn't be here, or really anywhere else for that matter. 

Figure it out. It's time to move on, let's have some fun...that is all. Good times ahead!!!!

Smells Like Nixon Spirit, Only 10 Time Worse!

I'm too sexy to be thirsty

Grab a bag of cucumbers & bananas and carry on

Black Man in Hollywood this past week standing over Vera Miles Star ranting: I see you Vera Miles you're a Ni**er! Perhaps in another life.

Helpful Hint - Never drink Tejava Tea with a smoothie the acidic combo made me hurl

Ida Lickhammer made a triumphant return to my Instagram page this week

The boat belonged to a kooky old witch - the more you know

Finally went back to yoga yesterday, hate it, but love what it does for me

Fashion Police was on at the same time as Pretty Little Liars this past week. Which one did I watch???


l-r Marla Graves, Erik Rimmer, E.G. Daily & Moi
A shout out to E.G. Daily and her family. Be well my friend. If you watch TMZ you know why...

Bitch, why are you trying to hug me? We are not cool like that!

I am thinking of writing a children's book

Remember this Sunday werd to your Mother

Time to bid adieu, follow me, because your Mama says at:

https://www.instagram.com/michaelshinafelt/?hl=en

https://twitter.com/mshinafelt?lang=en  

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Charity Begins At Dolly

She's A Giver
Dolly Parton
When in doubt, bend it like Dolly! 

The Dollywood Foundation administered the final distribution from the My People Fund on Thursday with recipients noticing an extra surprise when they received the check.

Thanks to fundraising efforts, Dollywood Foundation officials were able to provide a $5,000 check to each family as they work to recover from the Smoky Mountain wildfires which occurred last November. Beginning last December, the My People Fund provided $1,000 each month to Sevier County families whose primary residences were completely destroyed due to the fires.

In total, recipients received $10,000 as a hand-up to help start their rebuilding efforts following the fire. The fund, which was established by Dolly Parton, The Dollywood Company, Parton’s dinner theaters and The Dollywood Foundation, was supported by contributions from across the country, as well as donations made through the Smoky Mountains Rise telethon which took place in early December.

“The My People Fund has been a great success,” said Parton. “I want to thank my team, the Dollywood Foundation, my friends in the music business and the thousands of people from all over the country who opened both their pocketbooks and their hearts to help us.

“Over the last five months, we’ve given nearly 900 families $5,000 to help them recover. Yesterday, we had our last distribution and I went over to The LeConte Center to say thanks to all the volunteers and to help give out a few checks myself. We matched what they’ve received already with another $5,000 check. I know $10,000 can’t solve everything, but I do hope the money will help them to dream again.”

In addition to providing initial monetary support to displaced families through the monthly check distribution, the remaining funds from theMy People Fund will continue to help the people of Sevier County. At least $3 million will be contributed to the Mountain Tough Recovery Team which will serve the continuing needs of residents during the critical rebuilding period ahead. This program will begin helping families on June 1.

“We’re still receiving money, so we aren’t finished yet,” Parton added. “Recovery will take some time, so a new organization—called Mountain Tough—has been created to help our people get back on their feet for the next three years. We’re giving at least $3 million to help this new organization begin the next chapter of our journey.”

Mountain Tough assists individuals and families recovering from the wildfires by providing resources for the unmet needs of low-income families and individuals in Gatlinburg and the surrounding Sevier County area. The team seeks to restore the quality of life and provide for the long-term needs of those affected.

“Mountain Tough will help pick up where the My People Fund left off,” Dollywood Foundation President David Dotson said. “They will be staffed with case managers who will work to identify the immediate needs of residents and our funds will be used to address those needs. For example, it may help with transportation so someone can continue to be employed, or it may help with medicine for conditions caused by the fire. The case managers will coordinate with county agencies to ensure needed assistance is not duplicated and achieves its maximum impact.”

Anyone who wants to help the Mountain Tough Recovery Team with their efforts should visit www.mountaintough.org for information on how to donate, how to volunteer and much more. The website is the official source for all information regarding the recovery effort.

 
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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Photobombimg "The Virgin"

Photobombing Becomes Her
Gina Rodriguez & Meryl Streep
Extra, Extra! Meryl Streep revealed a talent that the public at large was not aware that she had until she demonstrated it at the Screen Actors Guild Awards

As you can see by the evidence above as  well as being a world class actress Meryl also is an A-1 photobombing machine!

Look at Streep upstaging Jane The Virgin star Gina Rodriguez on the SAG awards red carpet. Gina is blissfully unaware that Meryl is stealing her moment, or adding to it depending on your view of things, 

I wonder what Gina thought when she saw the photo? Perhaps she caught Streep out of the corner of her eye and full on busted her. Even better maybe Meryl stuck around and confessed to Rodriguez and they both had a conversation and a laugh.

Whatever scenario went down it is a memorable photo and shows the prankster in Streep

Only in Hollywood...

Gina on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/hereisgina/?hl=en

Meryl on IMDB:
www.imdb.com/name/nm0000658/bio  

Monday, May 8, 2017

1 Guy, 1 Beer & A Balcony

There Is Nothing Like A Beer
Lance Bass
It's another Manic Monday peeps time to dust yourself off and begin the countdown of another week on the 2017 calendar.

This image caught my eye and even though it screams completely relaxed and enjoying ones self,hardly how most beings associate the beginning of the work week, I thought to myself "visualization" when I saw it.

Here is Southern Boy Lance Bass vacationing in New Orleans showing us why he loves it there, drinking a beer on the balcony of where he is staying. Having been to New Orleans I can relate to this and even if you haven't you can too because who does not get chillaxing

So file this in your memory bank with the caption "chillaxing" visualize it in your mind when you get stressed, and I am sure it will help get you through your Monday and the rest of the week too for that matter.

Michael says: Relax! 

Lance on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/lancebass/ 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Sunday Schwing! Darren Criss

Darren Criss
In
Hedwing & The Angry Inch
Although I was never a fan of the show Glee, there was something about Darren Criss that I have always found interesting. 

While surfing the Internet this morning I stumbled across some images of Criss with his junk bulging in a pink Speedo and nothing else for his portrayal of Versace killer Andrew Cunanan for the upcoming season of American Crime Story. You may recall the first season covered the OJ Simpson trial.

The un-coverage of Darren was of course found on my go to site Tye Briggs Favorite Hunks & Other Things. Tye always gets the best images of men in various stages of undress to flat out naked ones too! The ones of Criss in his itsy bitsy Speedo will not disappoint. 

It's Sunday, Schwing, Schwing along, make it simple...la la la la la!

See what Darren is packing at the link below - 
http://favoritehunks.blogspot.com/2017/05/packed-in-pink.html

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Saturday Sinema: Starlight


Iggy Pop and I sat naked next to each other in the steam room at the gym once...the more you know.

Cleopatra Entertainment LLC, the movie division of famed indie record label Cleopatra Records, has acquired all domestic rights to Starlight, a feature film by French film maker Sophie Blondy, coming to Blu-ray and VOD on May 9th.

Set in the dunes near the North Sea, a small circus company is suffering from a serious lack of audience for their shows. Spectators are rare but the magic of the circus still thrives.

Each performer rehearses and performs new numbers, but this fragile balance will quickly shatter to unveil their real nature and their most obscure feelings. The circus will then become a place of romantic lust where each will use their powers to satisfy their desires.


Angele, the diaphanous ballerina, her clown lover Elliot and the circus ringmaster, full of cruelty and disturbed by fits of schizophrenia on one side. Zohra in love with Elliot, haunted by an uncanny conscience on the other side. Secrets, jealousy, envy will progressively take hold of them and trigger some irreversible acts. The life of the circus will then take a whole new turn. Iggy Pop appears throughout the film as an "angel" type character.

Starlight was selected and screened at Tallinn - Black Nights Film Festival (Estonia, 2013), Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 2013), Moscow - International Film Festival (Russia, 2013), Rendez-vous with New French Cinema in Rome (2013), and at Rotterdam International Film Festival (Netherlands, 2013).

Starlight is available at the MVD Shop and on Amazon, as well as other retailers.

Blondy has worked on several films and with talent such as Andrzej Zulawski, Bruno Nuytten, and Tran Anh Hung. In 2000, she directed her first short film Her & Him At the 14th Floor filmed in Amiens with Guillaume Depardieu. 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Star Crossed - Goldie Hawn & Kurt Russell

Starstruck
Goldie Hawn & Kurt Russell
They've been together for thirty, count em' thirty years and now the both received stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, what else, together.

Yes, Goldie Hawn & Kurt Russell are now literally star crossed lovers. With Goldie returning to the silver screen in Snatched next Friday and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 with Kurt dropping today, well PR is the name of the game and what better way to gain it than a duel star ceremony for the two love birds.

I think they are both terrific! Me personally? I am looking forward to Snatched because I am a big fan of Goldie's - while I also like Kurt I'm not really into things like Guardians of the Galaxy, alas I will not be attending it. Hey with the box office take that movie will have I'm sure they won't miss me not buying a ticket.

So here is your Feel Good Friday image to kick off the weekend, courtesy of one of Hollywood's most enduring couples. Smiles everyone, smiles!!!

Goldie on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/officialgoldiehawn/?hl=en

Kurt on IMDB:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000621/  

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Michael's Musings

Step Away From The Food
Michael Shinafelt
Weekly update. I lost ten, count them ten pounds over this past week. Why am I telling you this? Because I am very proud of it, so there.

I also need to be held accountable. Thus if I tell all of you, then I can't fuck it up. Moving on let's get to my weekly outlet. Oh yeah!

I don't fuck much with the past, why bother

Lying is the most fun you can have without taking off your clothes. That's why I am losing weight I need to find a new hobby.

Whenever I think: can people get any dumber, the answer is always "yes"...sigh.

Trumpelestiltskin

Oh Yeah, The Met Gala 
Congratulations To
Traci Lords
Traci Lords is celebrating the 1 year anniversary of her clothing line with Pin-Up Girl. Congratulations Grrrrrrrrrl! 

I'm in a Pennywise state of mind

Smoking in the girls room - Bella Hadid & Rami Malek. Grody to the max!

J-Lo & A-Rod, hot as fuck

Mike Clifford rulz!

R.I.P. Ms Francine York

Has anyone ever wondered why they call something made out of beef a hamburger?

OK, I give in...May the 4th be with you. Happy now?!

Use it, or lose it, with me at:

https://www.instagram.com/michaelshinafelt/?hl=en
https://twitter.com/mshinafelt?lang=en    

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

W.O.W! Plasmatics!


Remember Wendy O. Williams and the Plasmatics? I sure do!!!

The rare Wendy O. Williams / Plasmatics live footage in this DVD has, in the main, never been released before. 

During the early years Plasmatics creator Rod Swenson, who directed and shot all the Wendy O. / Plasmatics conceptual videos (AKA known for his footage of the Ramones, Dead Boys, Blondie, and Motorhead among others) shot numerous Plasmatics shows the footage from which was never edited or released. Except for some short excerpts most of it until the discovery of this footage was thought to be lost or degraded (shot on tape which has been shown as with audio tape to degrade over time).

Recently during the moving of WOW / Plasmatics archive material the footage here was found unlabeled in buried boxes. While much had degraded producer / director Randy Shooter was able to discover, relabel, and with additional editing and restoration, salvage the rare and remarkable footage in this DVD. A lot of it is raw (and much of the audio is the audio from ambient video deck mics, noise and all) but the energy and power is there straight through.

The material includes two tracks from CBGBs the first of which was among the first Plasmatics shows ever as well as other footage from benchmark shows. A bonus track (Monkey Suit) features footage shot by Swenson when he was shooting the iconic album cover for "New Hope for the Wretched," but never released.

This item can be pre-ordered via MVD Shop or on Amazon

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Mike Clifford Is "Wonderful"

Everything Is Wonderful
Mike Clifford
Have you heard the latest buzz?! Former Teen Idol Mike Clifford of Close To Cathy fame is back! It's totally true, he has a new single and video out. What is it you are asking?! It's a ballad and a dance cover of  Louis Armstrong's classic What A Wonderful World.

While I know many of you are beleaguered in these, shall we say, interesting times...OK trying ones, there is still so much beauty in the world to appreciate and pay attention to. Mike is here to tell you 10 things that still make this a wonderful world!

1. Friends & Family
2. Research For All Diseases
3. Firefighters & Paramedics 
4. Pets Of All Kinds
5. Doctors & Nurses
6. NASA
7. The Arts (especially music!)
8. The Internet
9. Flowers & Hummingbirds
10. Sunshine 

There you have it from the mouth of Mike. Check out the video for What A Wonderful World after the jump and be sure to find out more about what he is up to now by clicking on the links provided. After all despite certain things, it still really is a wonderful world! 


Keep the wonderful energy flowing with Mike at:
https://www.facebook.com/MikeCliffordsWonderfulWorld/