IT CAME FROM AQUARIUS RECORDS - update, new clips, and completion date!

My third film in the Aquarius Trilogy is now on the Post-Production Bullet Train, with a completion date by Summer 2020! Read on for more, and click on the below link to see the first 7 minutes of the film, along with outtakes and extended, unedited clips…

It Came from Aquarius Records YouTube channel

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 Ackley, John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats), Ty Segall, and Liz Harris (Grouper).

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.


Produced, Directed and Edited by Kenneth Thomas.

Currently in Post-Production.

Projected finish date: Summer 2020.


On a personal note: the original goal was to have this completed in 2017. Various life events — moving to LA, bouts of depression, re-finding and enjoyably embracing a career road into teaching, and all that “life stuff” — prevented this from being completed in a timely manner. Having been re-invigorated by the positive life turn, as well as looking at all of this footage again, this project is back on track!

So, stay tuned for more news and please peruse the YouTube channel to view outtakes and extended cuts!

CALEB SCOFIELD BENEFIT CONCERT, LIVE AT THE WILTERN

Caleb Scofield, bassist and amazing musician / songwriter in SO MANY bands (a few of which are in Blood, Sweat + Vinyl) died in the spring of 2018. The music community around him has majestically risen up to help out his family, through various fundraisers — central to this were 2 concerts: one in Boston, and one in Los Angeles.

I was honored with having been called upon to co-direct the Boston live video stream, and to produce and direct the Los Angeles live stream.

The link below is the archive — complete with chat transcript of that Los Angeles show, which took place on October 13th, 2018. 6 cameras and a live sound mix documented this event, which brought about the triumphant one-night-only return of Isis — billed as Celestial (the name of their first LP) for this show.

27, Old Man Gloom, Pelican, Celestial (Isis), Cave In, and a special-guest-heavy set of Zozobra songs. It was a thrill to produce and direct this live stream - please click below to check it out!

Preceded by a 14-minute mini-documentary about the Boston show, also directed by me, containing rehearsal and live footage.

Link to YouTube archive of live stream

I WANT MY SCOURGE TV!!

Influenced by Night Flight, I just created a YouTube Channel containing my music docs in full, music videos I directed and/or shot, and tons of live footage I've directed, shot, and/or edited, from 2000-2015. Click on it and let it play as you work, knit, or make out.

Live videos include Neurosis, Queens of the Stone Age, Old Man Gloom, Yanni, Dandy Warhols, Peter Murphy, Sunny Day Real Estate, Chameleons, X, Isis (the band), Silver Mt Zion, and some stand-up comedy to break up the musical onslaught.

It was a good run. And at least it's saved for semi-eternity on a server somewhere. Now to finish the Aquarius Records documentary. See you soon.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLatEL-k0qyjJsGh4ZkWiDqZrH2D0lfamW

 

It Came from Aquarius Records

The official documentary about SF's beloved record store and champion of all that is awesome and weird in the world of music - Aquarius Records. Produced and Directed by Kenneth Thomas / The Scourge Proudctions.

Release Date: Autumn 2019. 

Go to https://www.facebook.com/aqdoc for regular updates, with pictures and video.

Go to the vimeo channel for clips and outtakes, taken out whilst we edit!

Description:

This is a documentary on the SF-based independent record store, Aquarius Records. This small apartment-sized record store just closed its doors after 47 years of championing underground, independent, and challenging music to the masses - especially with their infamous bi-weekly new-release lists. 

The doc has interviews with  all of the aQ owners, other record store owners from around the world, musicians, label heads, music journalists, and INTENSE music collectors. Other interviewees include Matt Groening (The Simpsons), Wayne Coyne (Flaming Lips), Bruce Ackley, John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats), Ty Segall, and Liz Harris (Grouper). 

In a nutshell, the film is about a store that’s influenced countless peoples’ musical tastes with its curated selections - but it’s also about 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 Mission District of SF. Four 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 a store like this.

Off to the Nordic for the Aquarius Records doc

I'm leaving on 28 May for 5 weeks - starting with a visit to Finland, Norway, and Sweden. Followed by Iceland for 4 days, and then Boston, Atlanta, Montreal, and Ottawa. Finishing off with a few days in Central Oregon with mom+dad, and to try and put my brain back together. This is all for a documentary I've been producing for the last 4 years, about a tiny record store in SF called Aquarius Records - but not so tiny that it doesn't have tons of fans and rabid record collectors that frequent the store... from all over the world. HOPEFUL completion date is fall 2017. There are so many people to interview, so I'll have to rein it in to meet that date!

But the trip isn't all business - for example, hope to meet this lovely horse whilst in Iceland. 

BLOOD, SWEAT + VINYL plays two European Festivals in May

A couple of outstanding festivals have chosen my music documentary,  Blood, Sweat + Vinyl: DIY in the 21st Century to be part of their music + film programming. This film was completed in 2011, and it had a big festival run in 2011-12 - so it's a thrill to see that folks are still affected by its celebration of underground and independent labels and bands. Links and details below!

 

Restless Natives Independent Art & Culture Festival (live skype'd Q+A to follow the film) - Glasgow, Scotland - 9 May 2016

A Colossal Weekend Music & Film Festival (playing with Pelican, one of the featured bands in the documentary) - Copenhagen, Denmark - 13-14 May 2016

 

Find more info on the film, trailer, and clips, in the Documentaries section of this page.

HEAVY BREWING - 2nd episode underway

The 2nd episode of Heavy Brewing, the craft beer show for those that are craft beer curious, is currently in production. This episode follows the creating and release of the Heretic Brewery's limited edition Triple IPA, Evil3. Brewed as a triple collaboration between 3 old brewing buddies, this is for sure going to be a fun episode. Check out a clip on the Heavy Brewing page to the left.

Episode Premiere on March 31st!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Heavy Brewing Premiere Screening on Tuesday, May 5, at 7pm

Come to the Sierra Nevada Torpedo Room on Tuesday, May 5, at 7pm to view the pilot episode for Heavy Brewing - the show I'm producing, directing, and hosting! Every episode focuses on a particular brewery and a special limited-edition concoction they make.

I'm honored to have Sierra Nevada be the focus of this pilot episode, with their Southern Hemisphere IPA... and I'm thrilled to have the premiere in their tasting room in Berkeley! Southern Hemisphere IPA is centered around New Zealand hops that are shipped and thrown into the kettle within a week of picking. In this premiere episode of Heavy Brewing, we follow this tasty brew from the kettle to the tap room... the very tap room where this will be screened!

Southern Hemisphere (as well as many other SV concoctions) will be on hand this evening, fresh from the brewery for its 2015 run. The Torpedo Room is a unique take on a pub, so the experience of being there will be reason enough to attend... as well as seeing me act like a dork as I revel in hoppy splendor. See you there!

 

VIEW THE TRAILER HERE:  https://vimeo.com/125873236

It Came from Aquarius Records...

Sunday, March 29th, 2015, was one of the more epic shooting days of all documentary shooting days in my lifetime. The Scourge was able to assemble all of the living owners, past and present, of Aquarius Records into one room. Reminiscing, shooting the shit, serious talk about the future or record stores, and no shortage of laughter. Thanks a lot of spending your Sunday afternoon with me folks - Looking forward to editing this at the end of the year!!

It Came from Aquarius Records...

 

 

BACK ON THE WEB.

After being told that Squarespace is "the bomb," I tried it out. And, sure enough, it's damn nuclear. So, The Scourge website is back, after a 4-year hiatus, with new films to present, new photography, as well as current and future projects about which to grab your attention. 

Still have the vimeo page (which you can find in the "fun stuff" link), which hosts pretty much everything The Scourge has touched. But this site is filtered and refined, presenting a more pure vision of The Scourge. Thanks for reading and watching.