Other Music



Film Info
Section:Reel Music
Premiere Status:Southeast Premiere
Country:United States
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Puloma Basu
Rob Hatch-Miller
Cast:Tunde Adebimpe
Ezra Koenig
Matt Berninger
Regina Spektor
Jason Schwartzman
JD Samson
Producer:Puloma Basu
Rob Hatch-Miller
Derek Yip
Emmett James
Cinematographer:Rob Hatch-Miller
Michael Rossetti
Editor:Greg King
Music:Dawn Sutter Madell


In the summer of 2016, New York City lost a beloved and influential hub of music culture. Other Music—located on East 4th Street between Broadway and Lafayette in the heart of Manhattan’s East Village neighborhood—was more than just a store that sold CDs, records, tapes and magazines. It was a place where bands were formed, record labels were born and careers were launched. And it was THE place where a generation of New Yorkers at the dawn of the Internet age went to discover groundbreaking music by artists who would go on to become household names and underground icons. Over the years the store established itself as a destination for music lovers from around the world. Its philosophy of hiring only the most passionate and knowledgable music lovers made Other Music a place where customers could come hang out and talk about music, art or life in general. It became a hub for creative people of all kinds; a place for musicians, painters, filmmakers, actors, etc. to meet and find out what was new, and what was happening in the city. It was a community that supported and promoted creative ventures of all forms. With more and more record stores closing everywhere, the communities that have built up around shops like Other Music are slowly dissipating and migrating to online forums. Nowadays most people are streaming music online rather than purchasing it digitally to download, much less going to a store to buy physical media. As the music industry continues to move in that direction and community hubs like Other Music struggle to remain in existence, the documentary celebrates what spaces like these have meant to people in the past—and explores how their spirit can live on in an increasingly digital world.