Friday, November 25, 2011

Enter to Win X and New York Dolls DVDs & 4 DVD Winners Announced

The Jesus Lizard


Elvis Costello   

DVD Winners Announced-Music/Adult Category-Iggy Pop, Jesus Lizard, Live From Tokyo, Spectacle With Elvis Costello Season 2

Let The Holiday Gift Guides & Give Aways Begin!   

What we're watching:   New releases for the (adult/older kid) music lovers in your life.

Here are 4 of our favorite 2011 releases.   And we've done you one better.   We're not only giving you the scoop, we're giving 'em away to our readers as well.   Here is our first round of winners:

1.  the Jesus Lizard-Club--Erwin A.
2.  Live from Tokyo--Paul B.
3.  Spectacle With Elvis Costello-Season 2 (2 disc set)--Ron C.
4.  Iggy and The Stooges LIVE-In the Hands of the Fans--AJ C.

The Jesus Lizard with inimitable front man, David Yow, was always something to see.    Back in the day, I was there when he jumped into the audience wearing nothing but duct tape and sweat.   I was there when he sat in with The Melvins at Fireside Bowl.   Two years ago the punk kin finally got to see Jesus Lizard for themselves at Pitchfork, at the ripe old ages of 7 & 9.   They still rocked, but the mama in me is relieved to say he kept his clothes on this time!

Directed by Matthew Robison (producer, Silver Jew - director, We Fun: Atlanta, GA Inside/Out) and produced by Henry Owings (Chunklet Magazine), The Jesus Lizard "CLUB" is the exclusive document of the The Jesus Lizard reunited for their first American performance in over a decade.

It was a tour that was heralded the world over, with stops at festivals and clubs all over the world. Sasha Frere-Jones of The New Yorker writes, "It may have been the only reunion show I've ever seen where I forgot almost immediately that the band hadn't played together in more than a decade."

Featuring the entire evening's performance, The Jesus Lizard "CLUB" goes inside a fan-favorite set list for over 90 minutes of an incendiary performance from one of the greatest bands of the modern era. The release will also include individual mp3 downloads for each track performed.


Underground heavyweights The Jesus Lizard return to the stage and this DVD is from the first show of their reunion tour. The original band (David Yow, Duane Denison, David Wm. Sims, Mac McNeilly) was untouchable back in the '90s and are the exception that proves the rule when it comes to punk reunion shows/tours. Always an insanely tight live band, this show proves they still got it when it counts. Singer David Yow is the demented James Brown to the rest of the band's Famous Flames. Blood, sweat, punches, hair pulling and more! Recorded on July 14, 2009. 

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Good Charamel Records Release
Live From Tokyo DVD + Bonus Digital Music Download of Soundtrack

Film Explores Tokyo's Thriving Underground Music Scene
Where Musical Ideas Are Pushed To The Extreme

Portion Of Proceeds To Be Donated To The
Red Cross Tsunami Relief Fund In Japan
Live From Tokyo takes the viewer through the back streets in Shinjuku, the intersections in Shibuya, the alleys in Koenji, and all over Tokyo, as it highlights the innovative musicians that create the multi-faceted underground music scene. 

                                                                                                  Welcome to a world where ideas and genres are pushed to their extremes, with the general sentiment that there is new music waiting to be created. 
Directed by U.S. filmmaker Lewis Rapkin, this fascinating documentary looks at Tokyo's music culture as a reflection of Japanese society and in relation to international music culture. Tokyo's reputation for an overwhelming variety of global information, media-saturated urban environment and cutting edge innovation, makes it the perfect sample for addressing a new outlook on music culture. We find ourselves well into the generation of hyper-connectivity and information culture. The music industry is transforming and listeners are accessing and treating music in a new way. Barriers that separated music scenes in the past are becoming less relevant as technology continues to connect artists. A new paradigm of music culture is upon us.
The film explores this eccentric music culture set within the back-drop of the modern Japanese megalopolis. Featuring surreal stop-motion animation, interviews and live performances by acts such as Nisennenmondai, Tenniscoats, DMBQ, PARA (Boredoms members), Shugo Tokumaru, Sexy-Synthesizer, Sajjanu, KIRIHITO, d.v.d, Optrum, Uhnellys, Samm Bennett, W. David Marx, Tokyo Pinsalocks and many more. 
Audio tracks were donated by many of the bands that appear in the film and were compiled into a soundtrack album which will be included as a free digital download with the purchase of the DVD. A special code will be contained within the package of each DVD allowing the viewer to down¬load the album at no extra charge. A full track listing is posted at 
Live from Tokyo was released on August 23rd on Good Charamel Records with distribution through MVD Visual. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Live From Tokyo DVD/ALBUM will be donated to the Red Cross Tsunami Relief fund in Japan.
Live From Tokyo
Directed by: Lewis Rapkin
Produced by: Eric J. Mintz
Director of Photography: Ian Sotzing


The Lady Spade
Makoto Oshiro
Muneomi Senju
Shintaro Miyazaki
Shugo Tokumaru
Suishou no Fune
Tenniscoats + Secai
Tokyo Pinsalocks
Yudaya Jazz

Lewis Rapkin - DIRECTOR Lewis lives in New York City and has worked on feature documentaries for HBO, a 6-hour documentary series for PBS, a short for Amnesty International and television series for MTV and Discovery Channel. He has directed a handful of music videos, edited trailers and industrials and his short films have appeared in international film festivals. Lewis is also a musician and composed the original score for Live From Tokyo. Live From Tokyo is his directorial debut for a feature film.
Ian Sotzing - DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Ian has worked in camera and production departments for various award winning films and television shows. He worked on Moonlight and Mistletoe and Revolutionary Road in 2008 and most recently he has worked on both seasons of Boardwalk Empire and Bored to Death for HBO, as well as 30 Rock on NBC. Ian has won awards at international film festivals for films he directed and shot.
Eric J. Mintz - PRODUCER Eric J. Mintz worked on two award winning political documen¬taries in 2008. After returning from Tokyo he moved to New York City and began working in television. He worked as an Associate Producer and Post-Production Coordinator for multiple major cable networks including the Emmy Award winning game show, "Cash Cab" and the upcoming series "Mountain Men of Alaska" both for Discovery Channel. Mountain Men of Alaska (2011 - Discovery), Dr G.: Medical Exam¬iner (2010 - Discovery I.D.), Sex on TV (2010 - TV Guide) Parking Wars (2010 - A&E) Megadrive (2010 - MTV) Cash Cab (2009 - Discovery) Louis Theroux: The City Addicted to Crystal Meth (2009 - BBC), The Axe in the Attic (2008), Finding Our Voices (2008)

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Spectacle: Elvis Costello With... Season Two Released on Blu-ray and DVD via Video Services Corp. and MVD Entertainment Group
Includes landmark performances and rare interviews with
Bono and The Edge of U2, Bruce Springsteen and many others....

Video Services Corp. (VSC) and MVD Entertainment Group (MVD) released Elvis Costello's Sundance Channel hit, Spectacle: Elvis Costello With... Season Two on June 7th in standard DVD and Blu-ray formats. The two-disc sets feature all seven episodes of the second season of the show, plus over one hour of bonus features.

Viewers will share in the passion of seven intriguing episodes of chords and conversation with superstar singers and songwriters, including: Bono and The Edge Of U2, Bruce Springsteen
Neko Case, Sheryl Crow, Ron Sexsmith, Jesse Winchester, Nick Lowe, Richard Thompson, Allen Toussaint, Levon Helm, Mary-Louise Parker, John Prine, Lyle Lovett, and Ray Lamontagne.

Shot in 2009 at the storied Harlem's Apollo Theater and Toronto's Masonic Temple, Costello and his band The Imposters wow their audience with jam sessions in between Costello's colorful and creative discussions.  The press has loved it:

"an engaging showcase for a curious mind"  (No.1 pick) Time Magazine
      "the appeal has much to do with Mr. Costello's intergenerational coolness." The New York Times
      "we love the show!"   Rolling Stone

Mr. Costello is thrilled by the caliber of musicians who come on his show. "Our guests have been faultlessly generous with their time, their reflections and their music," he says.

Bonus features include: the behind-the-scenes documentary Spectacle: Elvis Costello With...Inside Notes hosted by co-Executive Producer David Furnish and four bonus songs from Elvis & The Imposters and guests not seen in the original broadcast versions.

The response we've had to the show is so gratifying - not only from people who've seen it, but all the artists who've come on with Elvis have been thrilled to be a part of something that's genuinely - and passionately - about music," said co-Executive Producer and guest star Sir Elton John.  

Conceived and developed by creator/Executive Producer Stephen Warden, SPECTACLE is co-produced by Toronto's Tri-Fi Productions Inc. (a partnership of SpyBox Media, Prospero Pictures and Reinvention Entertainment) and Sir Elton John and David Furnish's Rocket Pictures.
Spectacle: Elvis Costello With... contains behind-the-scenes stories and rare audio performances. It is like having your own video library of the history of cool music.

"Elvis Costello takes his performances and interviews a step further than most, capturing music history and memorable anecdotes from A-list music legends," said VSC President Jonathan Gross. "As a DVD boxed set, it works both as an emotionally involving television series and as a must-see episode in the history of popular music."

The retail price of Spectacle: Elvis Costello With... is $29.95 for the DVD and $39.95 for Blu-ray.

Founded in 1993 by former rock critic Jonathan Gross, Video Services Corp. is a leading independent DVD distributor with offices in Los Angeles and Toronto. With a vast catalogue strong in television, sports and comedy, some of VSC's releases include the Canadian hit Corner Gas,The Roller Derby Chronicles The Tom Green Show, The WHA Chronicles and Spectacle: Elvis Costello With.... VSC also owns the e-commerce websites, and

MVD Entertainment Group (previously known as Music Video Distributors, Inc) was founded in 1986 by Tom Seaman, an industry veteran of more than 40 years, whose background includes retailing stints with Record Hunter, Sam Goody, Musicland, CBS Retail, and wholesale experience with Jem Records. MVD initially acted primarily as a one-stop, buying all labels' music-related VHS releases and reselling to music and video stores. 

In the last 10 years, MVD has transitioned from being a one stop/wholesaler for music video to a corporation consisting of three major divisions: MVD Visual, MVD Audio, and MVD Distribution. Some of the artists MVD has worked with include Sublime, Pixies, Bad Brains, Devo, The New York Dolls, Iggy Pop, the MC5, Dead Kennedys, Danzig, Marillion, Ween, Shane MacGowan, Stryper, Johnny Winter, and much more. Since 1999, MVD has released over 1500 exclusive titles. For more information, visit

 Iggy & the Stooges
"Raw Power Live: In the Hands of the Fans"

Released on DVD and Blu-ray via MVD Entertainment Group

Iggy & the Stooges "Raw Power Live: In the Hands of the Fans" is the visual document of the reformed Stooges' (Iggy Pop, Scott Asheton, James Williamson, Steve Mackay, Mike Watt) Raw Power performance at the All Tomorrow's Parties Festival on Friday, September 3, 2010.

Ben Ratliff of the NY Times writes, "Iggy Pop, now 63, knew that his body language translated into still photographs resembling Mannerist paintings...The Stooges attacked the album's eight songs, in a different order, just about perfectly."

Iggy and the band sound flawless as they rip through the archetype riffage of "Search and Destroy," "Raw Power," "Gimmie Danger" and more.

"Getting this top-notch performance of the entire Raw Power album by The Stooges realized a life long dream," Iggy Pop

MVD Entertainment Group, an industry leader in producing and distributing music-related audiovisual content, launched the In the Hands of the Fans series with the intention of utilizing the energy and talents of fans, who by means of an online video submission contest, win the opportunity to film a performance of their favorite band in HD and then interview the band members after the performance. The result is a high quality, low cost, unique program that is part concert film and part reality TV show.

To order your own, for the music lovers on your X-Mas list:
Item Info / Tracklist: 

For more details, check out In the Hands of the Fans website: 

Enter black Friday through Dec. 15 For Your Chance To Win:
NEW YORK DOLLS "Lookin' Fine On Television" newly released on DVD on November 22, 2011
Bob Gruen's amazing archival footage of the legendary
New York Dolls in the early 70s
In the early 70's, Rock photographer Bob Gruen and his wife Nadya purchased a portable video recorder. In a period of three years, they shot over 40 hours of New York Dolls footage. This footage became the critically acclaimed documentary "All Dolled Up". For "Lookin' Fine On Television" more footage has been edited to create fifteen live music video-style clips.

"Lookin' For A Kiss" Video Clip:
These fifteen clips include footage from the Dolls' early shows in NYC at clubs such as Kenny's Castaways, and Max's Kansas City as well as their West Coast tour: Whisky-A-Go-Go, the Real Don Steele Show, Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco, and more.

All the fan favorites are here including ripping versions of "Personality Crisis," "Who Are the Mystery Girls?" "Babylon" and more. See the incredible early days of the band that influenced generations of punks and rockers.

Tracklist: Jet Boy, Personality Crisis, Bad Girl, Human Being, Bad Detective, Subway Train, Trash, Vietnamese Baby, Lookin For a Kiss, Who Are The Mystery Girls, Private World, Babylon, Frankenstein, Chatterbox, Jet Boy  

Bonus: Ultra rare 1976 Lisa Robinson interview with David Johansen and Johnny Thunders
Bob Gruen has photographed some of the most famous names in Rock and Roll including John Lennon, Led Zeppelin, The Sex Pistols, The Clash, David Bowie, Tina Turner, Rolling Stones, and most major rock acts from Muddy Waters to Green Day. He has just published a monograph of his 40 year career titled Rock Seen and has frequent gallery exhibits.

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 X "The Unheard Music" Silver Anniversary Special Edition on DVD and Blu-ray December 13

"The punk-rock era's LAST WALTZ...assembled with Scorsese-like care...." - BOSTON GLOBE
I can't tell you how stoked we are about this new release.   I had a chance to check out a review copy and also see it on the large screen at Bottom Lounge in Chicago, as part of Riot Fest 2011, back in October.   The movie was followed by a live set from the legendary punks in the flesh.   ChiIL Mama's live show photos from that night are here.   Check out X from that night and more of our pit photos, live show video and band video interviews archived at our sister site, ChiIL Live Shows.  They still know how to bring it after all these years.   The show was fantastic!


"White Girl":

Available for the first time in HD, this Silver Anniversary Edition of one of the greatest rock films ever made includes a new film transfer and 5.1 mix, plus never-before-seen Xtras: a 25th anniversary dialogue with John Doe & Exene Cervenka; an inside look into the making of the film with Angel City Productions (circa 1983); a raw outtake of a live performance of the song "Some Other Time"; the original theatrical trailer; and a replica of the original souvenir song book.  

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Photo credit:  Gary Leonard

For your chance to win these 2 rockin' DVDs and so much more, enter ChiIL Mama's Holiday Gift Give Away through December 15th:

Check back in with ChiIL Mama like we vote in Chi, IL...early and often.   We'll have loads more give aways before the holidays, including kindie rock for the punk kin, classical kids CDs, books for all ages, toys, video games, rockin' band DVDs and more!   We'll be posting new reviews and adding to our list from now through Dec. 15th.   Enter today to win two of our favorite new releases,

And we're still doing weekly ticket give aways on Free Ticket Tuesdays as well.  

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