THE HAMMER INTERVIEWS RICHARD ELMSWORTH AKA ULTIMATE DONNY OF GIL MANTERA’S PARTY DREAM

In Youngstown, Ohio, Richie Bernaki is a something of a celebrity. Commonly known to his associates and acquaintances as Richard Elmsworth, and remembered by many others as Ultimate Donny, the personage under which he cut his teeth and shed his clothes as part of the seemingly mythical Gil Mantera’s Party Dream, Bernaki now plays guitar and sings in the indie rock outfit Sam Goodwill. He also appears twice on Baker’s album, Baked (http://staybaked.bandcamp.com/album/baked). Rust Belt Hammer (finally) caught up with Richie at the Royal Oaks (http://rustbelthammer.com/2014/02/07/youngstowns-favorite-dive-bar-the-royal-oaks/)) to talk Donny, Party Dream, Sam Goodwill, life as a dad, life in Youngstown, and playing the role of Youngstown Joker in an independent play called “Pittsburgh Batman.”
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CLEVELAND.COM POSTED AN AWESOME LIST OF SONGS REPRESENTING THEIR CITY

Here are the songs they chose. I would have left Mushroomhead out and put Integrity or H100s on. Also, Machine Gun Kelly is a pretty terrible choice but other than that, the list is pretty solid. Good to see Electric Eels and Easter Monkeys. Continue reading CLEVELAND.COM POSTED AN AWESOME LIST OF SONGS REPRESENTING THEIR CITY

ROBOT NINJA IS THE SHODDIEST, SLEAZIEST, GORIEST, AND MOST ENDEARING MOVIE EVER TO COME FROM AKRON

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J.R Bookwalter is the kind of creepy weirdo that could only come from a place such as Akron, Ohio. He was the young protege of “Evil Dead” director Sam Raimi and a king of direct-to-video exploitative 80s horror flicks that could be found on the shelves of your local mom and pop video store during the 80s and mid 90s. This film has the beautiful cult scream queen Linnea Quigley in it which of course is just an added bonus to the outrageously cheap and cartoony gore that you are bound to love. I doubt “Robot Ninja” ever made it to the ugly, sterile format known as DVD so somebody took it upon themselves to upload this gem to YouTube for the world to rediscover. I rented “Robot Ninja” as a curious adolescent and have never been the same since. Now it’s time to spread the joy that I once felt. Dim the lights and microwave your popcorn, this is some truly fucked up shit you are about to see.
-Matt G

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JIM JARMUSCH IS OHIO’S QUINTESSENTIAL MOVIE DIRECTOR

Jim Jarmusch has a unique vision of cool that involves cult celebrity rock musicians and irreverent pop culture. Who else has worked with everyone from Tom Waits to Joe Strummer to Bill Murray to Rza of Wu Tang Clan. Jarmusch grew up in the suburbs of Akron,Ohio, watching b movies at his local cinema and experiencing Rust Belt culture. He escaped to NYC and fame soon found him after his first “major” film, Stranger Than Paradise, shot for $125,000. Here is a celebration of Jim Jarmusch, Ohio is proud.

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MICHIGAN IS FOR MUTANTS: MEET INFLATABLE BEST FRIEND

These fine folks just happened to send us their music and it’s really awesome and weird. Check out these RBH endorsed tunes.
-BRUCE
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