I have a few of these limited edition shirts available through Wyrd War. Officially commisioned by K.K. Warslut of the indomitable Deströyer 666 and limited to 50. Double-sided print on soft Next Level ringspun cotton that fit the way shirts are supposed to fit. Indicate size when you order. This is the first in a new line of "Artist Series" shirts featuring original artwork from some of my comrades around the world. I'm very pleased with how these turned out.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Monday, September 19, 2016
Monday, September 12, 2016
Friday, September 09, 2016
The Hollywood Theatre is showing some movie called The Warriors tonight. Sounds like it could be sorta interesting. Maybe I’ll go. I dunno...
Ok, let me be clear. The Warriors is one of the greatest films ever made. Period. I love this movie so much that when Penelope Spheeris suddenly asked me to name my favorite movie over dinner one time, my mind went blank and all I could do was swallow the rest of my beer and stammer, “The Warriors!” This sweaty mythological cartoon odyssey set against a grimy bygone New York City background is so tautly edited and brilliantly directed that it barely gives you a moment to exhale. In fact, the blitzkrieg pace of this film is so awesomely overwhelming that you almost don’t realize you’re watching a modern retelling of Homer’s epic poem (or Xenophon’s Anabasis, whatever, I don't read anyway). But that’s exactly what you’re watching. The Greek chorus is replaced with a lippy soul DJ who occasionally reminds us that there is sort of a plot and purpose to the chromatic cascade of violence, the formidable Ajax is played to the hilt by James Remar (Dexter’s dad!) who struts around drunk on his own testosterone and the sea hag Sirens are recast as a tough female clique called The Lizzies. Yes, this is the celluloid equivalent of a Frank Frazetta painting. Which is to say, it provides a visceral side effect most commonly experienced as a twitching in the groin and a clutching of the fists. The only bummer about The Warriors is that it is so goddamn good that when the lights come on and you stumble blinkingly back toward home you will be reminded how shitty the world has become. Where is brother Cleon and Swan when we need them? This film triggered a rash of subway crimes and theater violence when it was first released in 1979, and if anyone wants to fistfight in the theater tonight, just heckle the screen like an idiot or forget to silence your phone and I will gladly indulge your wishes. Can you count, suckas?? FTW.
Posted by Dennis Dread at 1:20 PM
Monday, September 05, 2016
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Screenwriter/producer Miguel Tejada-Flores, Dread and Penelope backstage.
Screenwriter Randall Jahnson and son Dylan.
Here's one we found online by "Lou Velvet."
Another nice one we found online by "Brainkief."
If you were there, you understand the significance of this title frame from Penelope's 35mm print.
Boba Brett, one of the homeless kids from Decline of Western Civilization part 3, is all grown up and he came out Friday for Suburbia.
Are there any punk rock orthodontists out there??
Thank you to EVERYONE who ventured out during a 99 degree heatwave this week to support our historical Wyrd War "Summer Bummer" with the crowned Queen of Punk Rock Cinema, Ms. Penelope Spheeris! Very special thanks to screenwriters Miguel Tejada-Flores and Randall Jahnson for joining us on stage Thursday night for an illuminating and hilarious panel discussion on the making of Dudes (1987), among many other incredible tangents and ruminations. Thanks to everyone at the Hollywood Theatre for their unwavering support and hospitality. Thanks also to young Baron Fox for editing the short films collection, the Academy Film Archive for the beautiful digital restoration from the original 16mm reels, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts for loaning us the only known 35mm print of Dudes! Last but certainly not least, thank you to Penelope Spheeris for sharing her personal 35mm print of Suburbia and for making this a weekend we will never forget. I was too busy to take any pics, but luckily "Lou Velvet," "Brainkief," Miguel, Penelope, Baron and Meadow remembered to take a few. Here's something else worth remembering: TOMORROW BELONGS TO US!
Posted by Dennis Dread at 9:03 PM
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Two double-feature nights with director Penelope SpheerisThursday August 25:
DUDES (1987) and THE EARLY SHORT FILMS OF PENELOPE SPHEERIS
IT’S SUMMER! Time to hit the wide-open American highway and follow your bliss to your true purpose…or die trying! Join us for a rare 35mm screening of the obscure cult classic Dudes (1987), followed by a panel discussion with director Penelope Spheeris, screenwriter Randall Jahnson and producer Miguel Tejada-Flores moderated by Wyrd War's Dennis Dread. Take a trip with Jon Cryer (Pretty in Pink), Daniel Roebuck (River’s Edge) and Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) as they slam dance their way across the country à la Easy Rider and bang heads with a redneck biker gang led by Lee Ving (FEAR) and infamous punk rock album cover artist “Mad” Marc Rude. Dudes is a hilarious and heartbreaking saga in the American countercultural tradition popularized by Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, boasting a high octane soundtrack featuring W.A.S.P., Jane’s Addiction, The Vandals, The Leather Nun and more! We are delighted to screen the only known 35mm print courtesy of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Moving Image Archives.
9pm: Panel discussion with Director, Writer and Producer
9:30pm: Short Films Program
Friday August 26th:
SUBURBIA (1983) and THE EARLY SHORT FILMS OF PENELOPE SPHEERIS
We return with a rare 35mm screening of Suburbia (1983)! Produced by exploitation mogul Roger Corman, Suburbia transcends genre to emerge as an almost anthropological study of the early 80s squatter punk movement of southern California. It has since become something of a rite of passage for nearly every disenfranchised adolescent looking to find their tribe beyond the fringes of the smug status quo. Cigarette burns, nose piercings, head-shavings, slam dancing and Manic Panic dying rituals. It’s all here in Penelope’s unintentional “How-To” film that has been lovingly embraced by generations of snarling punks throughout the world, even as it has been condemned by hand-wringing parents and the grimacing Moral Majority. The soundtrack features D.I., The Vandals and T.S.O.L. and, naturally, it rules. We will be screening a beautiful 35mm print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.
THE EARLY SHORT FILMS OF PENELOPE SPHEERIS
Both nights include a very rare screening of the complete short films of Penelope Spheeris, beautifully restored by the Academy Film Archive. The shorts collection is a full 88 minute journey into the creative foundry of one of Hollywood’s living legends. A true renegade badass, Spheeris delivered punk rock kicking and screaming to mainstream consciousness with caustic humor and finely attuned sensitivity. In spite of an industry that is especially unforgiving to its female talent, Spheeris unwaveringly pursued her wild visions over the course of four decades…and came out on top! Produced between 1968 and 1972, with the exception of No Use Walkin’ from 1998, her short films are a dynamic and inspiring way to experience her creative brilliance as a spiritual misfit and “Outsider” insider. We are extremely fortunate to show them both nights with Spheeris in attendance to illuminate the wild visions of bellbottoms, drag queens, crying clowns and born-to-lose margin walkers that cast the die for her now legendary oeuvre. See the world as it will never be again.
7:30pm: Short Films Program w/ Introduction by Penelope Spheeris
Each night is $11…or get tickets to both nights for the special “punk price” of $18! We mean it, maaaan.
Posted by Dennis Dread at 1:43 AM
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
VICTORY! The indomitable A.K. Wilson perfectly summarized our record release party at Enchanted Forest with one beautiful photo. Of course that didn't stop me from posting a ton of other gems from this mind-blowing occasion. Many of the photos here are courtesy of Alyssa Herrman of FOTO PHORTRESS and the rest are by A.K. Wilson and Meadow, as usual, with a few nice ones from Drew Wilson and Jessie Detwiller added for good measure (hope I didn't forget anyone). Who knew our Music From Enchanted Forest LP would sell out before we could even announce the release party? And who knew the release party would sell out in two weeks?? Not us. But we sure ain't complaining. Thanks to ALL of you who came out and shared a dream come true. Very special thanks to Danava, Thrones, Susan Vaslev and Possibly Irish for spectacular performances in a truly enchanted environment. Thank you to founder/visionary Roger Tofte for building a special piece of paradise right along Interstate 5 and to the entire extended Tofte Family for allowing us to celebrate your beloved kingdom in all our spiked denim and leather splendor. Lastly thanks to Jordan Dent and Derek Vaslev for managing the stage and welcoming us so warmly. See ya all real soon, eh?
Posted by Dennis Dread at 1:42 AM