I Need That Record! is, in the words of its creators, a documentary examining why over 3000 independent record stores have closed across the U.S. in the past decade. Artists, musicians and store owners are interviewed, as the film takes a go at telling the story of our (fading, apparently) connection to independent record stores. Participants include Thurston Moore, Ian Mackay, Patterson Hood of The Drive By Truckers, Chris Frantz, Pat Carney of the Black Keys, Mike Watt, Noam Chomsky, Glenn Branca, and many others. A working cut of “I Need That Record!” will premier May 3 at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, but the final cut and theatrical/DVD release are still TBA; director Brendan Toller is still clearing archival footage and trying to line up a distributor. It would have been great if the film had distribution in time for Record Store Day, but y’know what? It’s almost fitting that it doesn’t. That’s the harsh reality right now. Here’s the trailer:
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