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Music & Film Mon Dec 15 2014

Get that Holiday Feeling at the Chicago Premiere of Jingle Bell Rocks!

jingle bell rocks! filmFor some people, Christmastime is year-round. I'm not talking about your aunt with the entire room of her house devoted to the holiday, I mean Christmas music fanatics. They're always on the hunt for that rare holiday single, that obscure recording deserving of more attention.

A new documentary shines a thousand strings of lights on the holiday music collecting community. Jingle Bell Rocks, directed by Mitchell Kezin, talk with collectors from around the country, including Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons of RUN-D.M.C, Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips, filmmaker John Waters, and radio host/musicologist Dr. Demento. Locally, Andy Cirzan, vice president of Jam Productions and guest host on the annual "Sound Opinions" holiday show, is interviewed extensively.

The film makes its way through the history of holiday music in popular culture, its importance in music, as well as an introduction to a dozen of "the weirdest, wildest, most poignant Christmas songs you've never heard."

Jingle Bell Rocks! makes its Chicago premiere at Brew & View at The Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield Ave., this Friday, Dec. 19 at 8pm, and runs through Dec. 23. Tickets are $5.

Download Andy Cirzan's annual Kringle's Jingles Christmas music mixtape now for some fun and strange tunes for the holidays.

 
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