watt’s picture of the week – monday, may 18, 2020

trippy imagery at the crack of dawn at the sp slip this morning in my pedro town…

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An Old Fart’s Journey to Goth Part 6: So Much for the Rebellion

Written by Kevin Tuxford

The Sex Pistols imploded in San Francisco and the Clash would soon become “sell out” hits across the Atlantic, where the Sex Pistols had only found a theatrical demise. In London, a growing “New Romantic” counter-movement, fed up with the failed politicization of musical rebellion started to re-emphasize the notion that youth was about more than just angry politics.

The Sex Pistols’ “tour” of England had a monumental effect, and led to the emergence of new bands and new scenes outside of London, some of which still had notions of political implications, but now without any real sense of positive change or optimism. One band in particular comes to mind in echoing (once again) the chaos, despair, and cynicism reminiscent of Germany between the wars. Don’t pretend you don’t know who I’m talking about.

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watt’s picture of the week – monday, may 11, 2020

one of the gargoyles on warehouse one here in my pedro town is cracking up!

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LA Through a Cracked Lens: The Desolate Streets of Los Angeles

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Movies Till Dawn: Scream, Saturday Morning Strange, Scream!

“Marihuana/Narcotic” (1936/1933, Kino Lorber/Something Weird Video) Fake News as Your Grandparents Saw It: a double bill of rabid anti-drug films from notorious exploitation filmmaker Dwain Esper, which detail how pot and opium fueled a descent from middle-class contentment to eventual death for a Promising Young Woman and Upstanding Young Doctor, respectively. In typical fashion, Esper maintains a stern tone of condemnation for his protagonists’ behavior while also reveling in their moral decay through scenes of wild jazz parties, skinny dipping, visits to opium dens (complete with appalling yellowface actors) and shoot-outs with the police. These moments have a manic energy that’s sorely missed during the leaden “abstinence” scenes, which underscore Esper’s true intent: to separate suckers from their folding money and not to warn anxious parents (though the U.S. government certainly believed that). Though not as well known as “Reefer Madness” (which Esper eventually purchased and distributed), both “Marihuana” and “Narcotic” deliver an even greater dose of budget-minded delirium, and as such, should absolutely slay at your next junkfood film screening; Kino’s Blu-ray – part of its excellent “Forbidden Fruit” retrospective series – features the best-looking prints available, culled from the legendary Something Weird Video vault, and bundles them with commentaries by historian/filmmaker Bret Wood and exploitation kingpin David Friedman, as well as two tame Esper shorts, “How to Undress (In Front of Your Husband)” and “How to Take a Bath,” both notable for their noxious attitudes towards women.

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An Old Fart’s Journey to Goth Part 5: Then Came Punk

Written by Kevin Tuxford

I’m sure I don’t need to go into the history of punk (or the debate over when and where it “started”) here. Needless to say, as soon as Johnny Rotten snarled out “I am an antichrist, I am an anarchist” punk rock took on political overtones that became part of the “punk rock” idiom ever since. Whether its the Damned’s “Smash it Up” or the politics of Crass or the Dead Kennedy’s later on, punk became a notion of revolutionary change… out with the old, in with the new.

Even though punk eventually became only associated with angry young men shouting “fuck the cops,” I’ve always thought that one of the best examples of the early ideal of hopeful youth rebellion was “We are the One” by San Francisco’s Avengers: “We will build a better tomorrow/youth of today will be the tool.”

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Movies Till Dawn: More Spookshows for Shut-Ins

Tigers are Not Afraid” (2017, RLJE Films) For young Estrella (Paola Lara), orphaned in her unnamed Mexican hometown after her mother’s disappearance, death is not only a constant but tangible presence that takes many forms, from gun-toting cartel members to shadow figures that offer both help and menace and a seemingly sentient pool of blood that indicates where more senseless carnage has taken place. Much-lauded (and deservedly so) feature from Mexican writer-director Issa Lopez manages a rare feat in supernatural storytelling by delivering both the iciest of chills and emotional wallop; the shifting planes of reality experienced by Estrella and her fellow survivors are disorienting and frightening to us, but everyday occurrences to them and to anyone living with the daily threat of immediate and violent death. RLJE’s DVD includes commentary by Lopez with deleted scenes and a making-of doc; the Steelbok Blu-ray adds a hour-plus conversation with Lopez and Guillermo del Toro, an ardent support of the film.

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Cinco de Mayan: Lucha VaVOOM Live Stream Dance Party and LLV Best Moments Tonight!

Cinco de Mayo is upon us and while we still live in isolation busy creating social distancing there is a way to celebrate. Lucha VaVOOM like many other events here in LA has had to wisely cancel their normally scheduled “Cinco de Mayan” shows. Cinco de Mayo can still be festive!

Lucia VaVOOM will be kicking off their Cinco de Mayo festivities with an energy-packed live dance party 4 PM PST on Instagram @luchavavoom featuring a live DJ set from DJ Garron Gash spinning all of your with Lucha VaVOOM’s go-go dancers Miss Rita and Moana Santana, joined by special guests Jessabelle Thunder (burlesque performer and first runner up at Miss Exotic World 2018) and Kristina Cañizares

Founders GRAMMY®-nominated and Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee Linda Perry and the award-winning, multi-platinum producer, manager, and event producer Kerry Brown will be hosting a one-hour streaming event featuring the best moments from LVV’s Cinco de Mayan shows from over the years. “Cinco de Mayan Streaming Party” on We Are Hear’s official YouTube channel (YouTube.com/WeAreHear) beginning at 5:00 pm today!

You now have an option to slip into something slinky or put on your favorite luchador mask and gear to shake, shake shake it! Fix yourselves a delicious taco plate and put out some tequila shots or a margarita as a mood enhancer and flip on that screen for a rousing evening wrestling mayhem and fun!

Lucha VaVOOM’s Halloween Spectacular at the Mayan Theater featuring Brooke Candy.

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watt’s picture of the week – sunday, may 3, 2020

may day morning here in my pedro town…

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An Old Fart’s Journey to Goth Part 4: Bowie is God

Written by Kevin Tuxford

There is no way you can consider the evolution of punk, post punk, or goth without paying tribute to the legacy of glam, and in particular, David Bowie. He affected everything, and his stint in the divided city of Berlin with Lou Reed and Iggy Pop in the mid-seventies became a big part of that legend.

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