March 23rd, 2011 | Published in Reviews
It’s long been lamented that independent record stores (heck, even chain record stores nowadays) are a sort of endangered species. Sound It Out, showing as part of the 24 Beats per Second series at SXSW, documents time in the life of the last vinyl record store in Teesside, England. And lest you get the idea that this shop is on its last legs, Sound It Out (that’s the store’s name) seems to be thriving despite the economic decline in the surrounding area.
The quirky documentary is directed by Jeanie Finlay (Goth Cruise), who grew up not far from the shop and went to school with Tom, the shop’s owner. A female-directed look at a form of music collection that is fairly male-dominated, Sound It Out is the official film of Record Store Day 2011. It also gets bonus points for nifty accents.