Thursday, October 13, 2022

"It Came From Aquarius Records" documentary announces NYC screening & live show (Oneida, DJs Steve Shelley, Emil Amos) with Q&A after film

"An in-depth look at the heartbreak of shuttering the beloved store amid the Mission District's wave of gentrification and traces its long history of influencing music and culture in the city." -- CBS News SF

"It Came From Aquarius Records" the feature length documentary about the beloved, esoteric San Francisco record store announces upcoming screenings in New York City and St. George, Utah. The director, Kenneth Thomas and a panel of guests will hold a Q&A after the film in NYC. For more information, please see below. 

Watch/share the "Bittersweet Sex Pistols extravaganza" clip on YouTube. Watch the film trailer on YouTube.

"It Came From Aquarius Records" is a feature-length documentary about the SF-based independent record store, Aquarius Records. Having closed in 2016 after 47 years, this small apartment-sized store championed local, underground, independent, and challenging music to the masses - most memorably with their infamous bi-weekly, college essay-length, new-release lists.

This doc has interviews with the aQ owners dating back to 1970, other record store owners from around the world, musicians, label heads, music journalists, and INTENSE music collectors. Interviewees include Matt Groening (The Simpsons), Wayne Coyne (Flaming Lips), Bruce AckleyJohn Darnielle (The Mountain Goats), Ty Segall, and Liz Harris (Grouper). About 65 (!!) total!

Aquarius Records influenced and enriched countless peoples’ musical tastes with their curated selections - but this film also shows the realities of an indie record store trying to survive in an increasingly difficult market of brick-and-mortar music shops, especially in the ever-changing and price-gouging Mission District of SF.

Six years in the making, the film has a very personal angle, with lots of behind-the-scenes footage (and drama) that shows both the joy and excruciating stress that comes with running — and closing — a store like this.

New York, NY premiere:

Location of film: Nitehawk Cinema, Williamsburg
Location of live music, after the film: Union Pool, Williamsburg (10 minute walk away)

Date and Time of film: Tuesday, November 1st, 7pm
Date and Time of music: Tuesday, November 1st, 9:30pm

Film Info:
Nitehawk Cinema, Williamsburg
Screening of It Came from Aquarius Records, followed by Q+A discussion, moderated by Anna Lopez, of Temporary Residence, Ltd., and Union Pool
Panelists: director Kenneth ThomasBrian Turner (The Brian Turner Show), Jon Fine (Bitch Magnet, Author of Your Band Sucks), Jeremy deVine (Temporary Residence, Ltd.), Emil Amos(Grails, Holy Sons).

Music Info:
Union Pool, Williamsburg.
$18 (film ticket-holders get $5 discount with proof of purchase)
Headliner - Oneida
Opener - DJ Set by Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth, Bush Tetras) and Emil Amos (Grails, Holy Sons)

Live music link, for tickets:

St. George, UT premiere:
Doc Utah Film Festival, in St. George, Utah.

Screenings on Thursday, November 3, and Saturday, November 5. Info:





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