VIFF 2019: Other Music


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      Such a simple title with so much to say! Anyone who’s ever worked in a record store, or just passed happy hours there, will appreciate this raw but smart look at the niche touchstone represented by Other Music, a Lower Manhattan disc haven that managed to outlive mammoth neighbour Tower Records, before closing in 2016.

      Bands like the National and Vampire Weekend found their feet, and following, in the tiny shop, and testify here. But it’s the dedicated and notably diverse staff who really shine: scruffy scholars of an alternative culture that’s always seeking its own new alternatives.