Category Archives: Music

Female Trouble The Musical?

by Legendary Lew

I’ve long been a fan of John Waters’ trashy classic Female Trouble with its amazingly crazy dialogue and situations that still hold up today.

That’s why when I first heard the Mel Henke classic swinging lounge album “La Dolce Henke” (described as a Playboy Magazine on record), I knew his wild rendition of “All That Meat” somehow fit with the film.

It’s been a few years brewing in my head, but I finally decided to make my very first musical mix combining the two great pieces. This is my way of convincing John Waters’ and others that Female Trouble should indeed become his second musical.

Hope you enjoy it!

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Right-Wing Sites Losing Their Shit Over Mr. Loop’s Transgender Potty Song for Kids

mrloopsmeismeby Legendary Lew

Rochester, NY children’s entertainer and personal friend (full disclosure), Mr. Loops, released a new music video a little over a week ago, singing about how “everyone needs a place (a bathroom) where they feel safe.”

This song, encouraging respect and acceptance for transgender persons, is a fun little ditty with some common sense understanding of the issue for kids.

For some adults, however, that understanding is a tough task. Breitbart, Charisma News and Newsbusters,  three right-leaning media research sites,  have come down on the entertainer. They blasted the video as “potty propaganda” “endangering our children” and refer to Mr. and Mrs. Loops as a ‘clownish couple.”

One point of high irony from these attacks, of course, is that they’re countered by Loop’s assertion, “we can solve the problem while still remaining friends.” If you want to teach the gentlest approach to bigotry for kids, this video shows how.

The second is that Jon Lewis (Mr. Loops) has received death threats for even posting the video–ironic, since the news gathering websites accuse Mr. Loops of lacking a sense of “safety and respect.” Perhaps, we can expect those morality-based  websites to condemn such attacks, eh?

(NB: No, I will not hyperlink to Breitbart, Newsbusters nor Charisma News. They don’t need the hits from me. Use search engines and you can find the articles quickly.)

Happy Holidays from TUGM and Isaiah Grass

caa-santa-towby Legendary Lew

It’s holiday time, so get out the Christmas tree, presents, eggnog, hooch and hope your loved ones make it a memorable one.

To help you get into the spirit of the holiday, watch this wonderfully inspirational Christmas tune written and performed by Chicago’s own Isaiah Grass. The song is “Christmas with You” and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. #ChristmasWithYou

 

A Valentine’s Day Video Card from Chicago’s Own Dirt Cheap Date and Media Creator Anthony Christopher

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Dirt Cheap Date and random serial killer chillaxing

by Legendary Lew

If you want to know the true meaning of Valentine’s Day, you’ll want to watch and listen to this lovely holiday kissie huggie 3 minutes of snuggles from the guys. I have the pleasure of knowing all of these hard-working fellas: Dirt Cheap Date (Frank Haynes and Tom Riegel) and artist Anthony Christopher, whose time-lapse videos are great little sardonic works of comedy. DCD’s tunes are getting better also, sounding more polished but still having a punchy rawness to them.

Dirt Cheap Date’s tunes: http://dirtcheapdate.bandcamp.com/
Anthony Christopher’s Art: https://www.facebook.com/AnthonyChristopherArt

If You Want to Know What The Underground Multiplex is All About, Come to Our Series on Friday Nights in January

by Legendary Lew

Earlier Effort by Joe

Starting tomorrow night at Chicago Filmmakers, The Underground Multiplex will be presenting what will be, in fact, perhaps the most comprehensive overview of what we’ve been up to since our inception in November 2010.

Back then, director Joseph R. Lewis and I had this crazy notion that perhaps we should begin an internet media co-operative that focused on the greatness of independent underground entertainment. We further emphasized that Chicago had to be the main focus of our attention, as we believe (and still do) that the decentralization of entertainment, with the advent of the internet, can help bolster each different region’s importance in the arts. Spreading this idea could keep very talented Chicago artists home, instead of fleeing to NYC or LA for the temporary fix of finding work that immediately pays something.

Film genius Ernie Tarte will be there for Strike That Line! 1/24

Film genius Ernie Tarte will be there for Strike That Line! 1/24

Joe had already made a number of films for over a decade. One of those films, The Adventures of Miss Girl, gets its world premiere tomorrow night along with Sci Fi Sol, which makes its return to Chicago screens this year.

However, this Friday series–dubbed “Friday Night VOLUME“–will present a fuller menu of what TUGM has to offer. As we progressed over the years, we’ve learnedQUEEN B XOX to perfect (out of necessity) presenting a variety of experiences for little money. As will be the case with VOLUME, we’ll have films, vaudeville-type entertainment, a varied music soundtrack, live Q&A and live performances (including Dr. Dredd’s Wagon of Wonders and the first-ever live presentation of the radio comedy Strike That Line!

Please join us! Check this link for the entire line-up. Head over to Chicago Filmmakers to purchase pre-show tickets.

 

TUGM Proudly Presents the World Premiere Online Release of “Sisters of No Mercy”!

It’s finally here! After nearly three years and two hundred dollars, The Underground Multiplex presents the wild, avant-garde nunsploitation comedy Sisters of No Mercy: The Real 3D Midnight Movie Xperience. Combining exploitation, comedy, classic roadshow reels, politics, music and live performance, SONM is the completion of the first collaboration between Joseph R. Lewis and me.

This came about first as a 4-minute parody trailer for a then fake nunsploitation feature. With the help of some great talented friends, we408 were able to pull off this bit in three weeks, just before I was to give a lecture on nunsploitation at Facets Night School.

The trailer debuted on YouTube in October 2010 and gained an unexpected positive response in February 2011 from the French version of  Slate Magazine, which hyperlinked the short and called it a successful parody (if the Google translation is correct). Emboldened by the responses, I casually mentioned to Joe that perhaps the nuns should go to Madison, WI during the height of protests against Governor Scott Walker and exorcise the Koch-funded “demon” from the state capitol.

The resulting short film was The Wisconsin Exorsisters, which brought back Sisters Amy and Angela, Mother Superior and the evil Father Neal from first trailer. That short went public in March 2011.

409When June rolled around, we had decided to extended Sisters of No Mercy into a feature. To accomplish this, the film needed extra footage, which was provided by recording the third portion of the film live before a midnight movie audience attending each screening of Session 8 of Facets Night School. Each chapter was filmed in 5 minute pieces before that evening’s lecture and screening. The resulting portions were then uploaded weekly online.

On September 30, 2011, TUGM debuted Sisters of No Mercy 3D at Facets Night School in an edited version that included a live interactive experience with the audience. They were treated to live music, a theatrical performance, juggling and dancing for a unique approach in film entertainment. This version has not been duplicated since.

Which brings us finally to today– almost three years since the inception of the nunsploitation parody. The final product we hope you’ll find funny, informative and entertaining. It could not be done without the help of the following wonderful people:

Amy J. Boyd, Angela Yonke, Adrianna Montiel, Kenzie Kl, Bruce Neal, Joe Rubin, Jason Coffman, Jason Loeffler, Jonathan Leaf, Douglas Grew, Brian Kirst, Lielie Kaehn-Jarvis, Brian Jarvis, Chris Brake, Christa Koch, Nathan Boecker, Susan Doll, Phil Morehart, all the presenters of Facets Night School and, of course, the twisted genius of Joe Lewis.

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Party Premiere Announces Online Release

“A brilliant slice of bedroom pop, infectiously catchy and rough around all of the right edges…A wild, rag-tag, day-glow world that exists both a millennia ahead of present time and one step in the past. Every frame is filled with wonders that are easily recognizable, yet slightly out of place. Like an antique store in the future…Not to be Missed.”
-Chicago Journal

On July 26th, we celebrated the online release of the uninterrupted 47-minute director’s cut of Sci Fi Sol.  And what better way to kick it off than with our 2nd annual house party at Star Labs.

Noble Square’s own Professor Weinsteiner concocted an exclusive party beer-brew, giving the event a distinct and unforgettable flavor. Fashion designer MxMiJe@n$ unveiled Wonder Women, his new original couture leather jacket.   Director Joseph R. Lewis introduced SFS’s party-premiere screening with a live-performance as Captain Famous accompanied by an original VJ set by Jeffy Cymbals.  Many thanks to Brian Jarreau for the stellar photo coverage.

Sci Fi Sol began production in early 2011 and shot for over a year throughout the beautiful city of Chicago.  Many soon-to-be-razed Chicago landmarks were included in the movie, including the last remaining tower of Cabrini Green and legendary comedy club Improv Olympic, where songwriter and star Melody Nife moonlights as Musical Director.

Check out Xclusive Pix from our XTRACT PARTY below~

XOX