It Came from Aquarius Records

  1. Produced, Directed and Edited by Kenneth Thomas.

    IT CAME FROM AQUARIUS RECORDS is a 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.

    Currently in Post-Production.

    Projected finish date: Summer 2020.

    IT CAME FROM AQUARIUS RECORDS poster art from 1978, courtesy of Savage Pencil.
    Animation by Josh Lusby, joshlusby.com

    Vintage Aquarius Clip taken from Neighborhood Film series
    © Daniel Robin, Neighborhood Films, 2001

    Music in this clip:

    A Minor Forest
    "So Jesus Was at the Last Supper"
    Live at Bottom of the Hill, SF, 2013
    Recorded and Mixed by Scott Evans, Antisleep Audio

    Converge
    "Concubine"
    From Thousands of Miles Between Us collection
    © Deathwish, Inc, 2015

    Chris Brokaw
    "Poison Mushroom"
    From the soundtrack to Now, Forager: A Film About Love & Fungi
    © Dais Records, 2014

    Ty Segall
    "Warm Hands"
    Live at Festival Nox Orae, 2017
    Film Footage © Carismatico Films

    Grouper
    Live at Swedish American Hall, SF, 2016

    Om
    "State of Non-Return"
    From the album, Advaitic Songs
    © Drag City, 2012
    Video Directed by Terrie Samundra

    Bitch Magnet
    "Navajo Ace"
    From the album, Umber
    © Glitterhouse Records, 1989

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  2. Produced, Directed, and Edited by Kenneth Thomas.

    Aquarius Records was the first store on the West Coast to carry "Never Mind the Bollocks," the seminal album by The Sex Pistols. While the massive public response sold out the album in a manner of a few hours, the day had a horrible ending. Bruce Ackley (aQ 1973-86), Pennie Hoyle (aQ 1976-80), and Chris Knab (aQ owner 1970-80) describe the story.

    It Came from Aquarius Records, a documentary about the globally influential, SF-based indie record store, will be completed in summer 2020.

    Art and Animation in Sex Pistols clip by Mark Rudolph. markrudolph.com

    thescourge.com

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  4. John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats), in an aside, espouses about the absurdity of the name, "Cannibal Corpse." The band is great, but the name makes no sense.

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  5. Ty Segall giving a heartfelt testimonial of aQ. One of the 50+ people you'll see in this film talking about the store. Interviewed at The Great American Music Hall, SF, January 2015.

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It Came from Aquarius Records

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VIdeo clips and outtakes from the feature-length documentary about Aquarius Records, the tiny niche-loving record store that won the love and obsession of collectors, musicians, and aficianados all over the world, during its 47-year run. It outlasted…


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VIdeo clips and outtakes from the feature-length documentary about Aquarius Records, the tiny niche-loving record store that won the love and obsession of collectors, musicians, and aficianados all over the world, during its 47-year run. It outlasted the large chain record stores, while always being based in San Francisco, one of the most expensive cities in the nation. Clips will be added to this channel on a regular basis, so subscribe!

Documentary to be completed Summer 2020.

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