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Directed by Puloma Basu, Rob Hatch-Miller

United States 2019 83 mins. In English

Forward-thinking NYC institution Other Music—known for their plucky spirit and encyclopedic knowledge (and stocking) of outside-the-mainstream music—is the focus of this loving ode to independent record stores that face many challenges in the streaming era. Formed in the ‘90s at a time when the likes of Tower Records dominated the marketplace, Other Music forged a home in downtown NYC as purveyors of everything weird. The shop, a hole-in-the-wall packed with independently-made releases, excessively knowledgeable staff, and throngs of devotees, closed in 2016 as streaming took over the marketplace, but its spirit and ethos live on in those that worked for, and experienced, its magical blend of unpredictability and fun. This loving doc attests to the Other Music’s continued importance and to the seismic changes affecting the industry today.

Following the screening, there will be a discussion about running a record store in Portland, featuring: Andrew Neerman (Beacon Sound), Jed Bindeman (Little Axe), Tony Remple (Musique Plastique), and Eric Isaacson (Mississippi Records), moderated by the Portland Mercury‘s Robert Ham.

Part of the 37th Annual Reel Music Festival.

Genres: Documentary

Appears in: Reel Music 37