“Records Collecting Dust”: A vinyl record doc about the music that changed our lives

By on September 4, 2015

UPDATE: Read our interview with director Jason Blackmore and producer Brian Jenkins about Records Collecting Dust and watch it now on Night Flight Plus.

Written and directed by San Diego-based musician and filmmaker Jason Blackmore, the hour-long documentary Records Collecting Dust documents the vinyl record collections, origins, and holy grails of alternative music icons Jello Biafra, Chuck Dukowski, Keith Morris, John Reis, and over thirty other underground music comrades.

The film features quite a few of Night Flight’s friends, including Lisa Fancher, Steve Stanley, Keith Morris, and, as our friend and Night Flight contributor Pat Thomas, author of Listen, Whitey!: The Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975, says in the film, “various sorts of misfits, miscreants, etc., talking about their favorite albums (including many punks who started off digging prog-rock in the early 70’s) and a whole bunch of stuff about SoCal Record Stores of the 1970s.”

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Lisa Fancher

When Dangerous Minds wrote about this “vinyl record documentary about the music and records that changed our lives” back in January, they said the film, “asks a laundry list of punk and indie luminaries questions like ‘what was the first record you bought?’ ‘What was the last record you bought?’ ‘If there was a gun to your head and you had to pare your collection down to five albums, what would they be?’ It’s a really fun watch, and not just for the trainspotting.”

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Keith Morris and Jason Blackmore

More: “It’s a gas to see Keith Morris extol the virtues of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, to see Jello Biafra wax rhapsodic about Space Ritual, Mike Watt raving about American Woman, and David Yow talking about baffling his teacher and fellow schoolkids when he brought the Beatles’ trippy, bluesy b-side ‘For You Blue’ to show and tell. One truly wonderful sequence joins Rocket From the Crypt/Drive Like Jehu/Hot Snakes guitarist John ‘Speedo’ Reis in showing off his favorite children’s LPs on a toy turntable, and there’s even a segment with Dangerous Minds’ own Howie Pyro.”

You can watch a trailer right here. And here.

Rent or buy the DVD here.

(h/t Dangerous Minds)

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Jason Blackmore and Night Flight contributor Pat Thomas

Here’s a full list of the participants:

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)

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About Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas has been a freelancing writer/critic for All Music Guide, and a contributor to Launch, Music Connection, Big Takeover and numerous other publications and entertainment websites, blogs and zines, most of them long gone. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. He’s also worked for over twenty years at mostly reissue record labels -- prior to that he worked in bookstores and record stores, going all the way back to the original vinyl daze. He lives in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.