Streetside Records

Record Collecting Dust, a film by Jason Blackmore.

One of the ways I helped pay my way through college both times was working at Streetside Records, and working at the college radio station KJHK. This was back in the day when the radio station had stacks of vinyl  and archives of thousands of records. I would say 80 percent of the music I played was spun on a turn table, and more than half of what sold at Streetside was not a CD. I used to spend hours going through the stacks of records discovering new artist, reading liner notes, pouring over cover art, really discovering the music and musicians.

The video below is the trailer for “Records Collecting Dust” by San Diego based musician and filmmaker Jason Blackmore. It documents the record collections of 30 plus underground and alternative music icons, and based on the trailer it looks like it is going to be epic. Below the trailer is a list of all the musicians interviewed.

The film is set for a theater release, winter 2014 via Riot House Pictures. No word on which cities will get it first, but there will probably be updates on the official Facebook page here.

Interviews with:

Chuck Dukowski (Black Flag, SWA, Wurm, SST Records),

Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys, Alternative Tentacles),

Lisa Fancher (Frontier Records),

Keith Morris (Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Off!),

Justin Pearson (31G Records, The Locust, Retox),

Greg Anderson (Southern Lord Records, Goatsnake, Engine Kid),

David Markey (We Got Power, Desperate Teenage Lovedolls, Sin 34),

Mario Rubalcaba (Off!, Hot Snakes, Earthless),

Sonny Kay (Artist, Owner of Gold Standard Laboratories, Angel hair),

Scott Martin (Big Business, 400 Blows),

Thaddeus Robles (Cave Punk, Heartaches),

Craig Oliver (Volar Records),

Edward Colver (Photographer, Blight At The End Of The Funnel),

Matt Anderson (Gravity Records, Heroin)

Roger Lane (DJ “Records With Roger”, Record Collector),

Bryan Ray Turcotte (Fucked Up + Photocopied, Beta Petrol),

Howie Pyro ( D Generation, Danzig)

Pall Jenkins (The Black Heart Procession, Three Mile Pilot),

Pat Thomas (4 Men With Beards, Listen Whitey! The Sights And Sounds Of Black Power),

Clay Tarver (Bullet LaVolta, Chavez),

Steve Stanley (Now Sounds Records),

Danny Benair (The Weirdos, The Three O’ Clock),

Carlos “Cake” Nunez (Flipside Magazine, Dicktit)

Bob Barley (Neighborhood Watch, Tit Wrench, Vinyl Communications),

Matt Pike (Sleep, High On Fire),

Kira Roessler (Black Flag, Dos),

David Yow (Scratch Acid, Jesus Lizard),

Matt Caughthran (The Bronx, The Drips),

John Reis (Pitchfork, Drive Like Jehu, RFTC),

Larry Boothroyd (Victims Family, Triclops),

Tom Flynn (Fang, Boner Records),

Steve Tupper (Subterranean Records).

Mike Neider (Bl’ast!)

Clifford Dinsmore (Bl’ast!, Spaceboy)

Nick Oliveri (Kyuss, Queens Of The Stone Age, Bl’ast!)

Joey Castillo (Wasted Youth, Danzig, Queens Of The Stone Age, Bl’ast!)

Mike Watt (Minutemen, Firehose, Dos, The Stooges)

Third Man Records. Jack White’s Rolling Record Store.

When I was 21 I landed a coveted job at the newly opened Streetside records in suburban Kansas City. This was a dream job. I got to be immersed in all sorts of music 30 hours a week, and someone paid me to push my musical taste on people that came through the doors. I worked part time at Street Side off and on for 5 years. This was what seemed like the golden age of the record store. Vinyl was still popular even though CD’s were slowly taking over the business. Import albums were readily available, and being able to purchase a record with alternate tracks, or mixes on them was fantastic.

Today I read that today 97% of high school aged kids have never been to a record store. I can see that being 100% correct. Look at the landscape today. Everything is digital, and you don’t need to go. You can buy one off singles, or full albums right on your phone and download the tracks as you go about your business. I have to admit, I am a guilty participant when it comes to this behavior. When I got my first iPod (first generation click wheel) I ripped all my CD’s and took the leap to all digital all the time.

Thank god we have Jack White though.At SXSW this year, White launched his rolling record store. Think of it as a bookmobile for records. Yes I know I just dated myself even more with that reference. The store is called Third Man Rolling Record Store, and is designed to bring the record store experience to the people, since the people won’t go to record stores. I love the idea of this. White is bringing the allure of discovery, of browsing to find an unknown gem, of records. When I think back about vinyl, and the physicality of having to actually get involved with a record beyond a swipe and a tap, it makes me wish I had kept all my records and bought that 1960’s Braun, Dieter Rams turntable when I had the chance.