On episode 149 of Sup Doc we are recapping the classic 2008 documentary Anvil: The Story of Anvil directed by Sacha Gervasi who was a teenage fan and Anvil roadie. This doc is tragic, brilliant and hilarious and is as close to the real life Spinal Tap as possible

Filmmakers Puloma Basu and Rob Hatch-Miller were the exact right couple to document the final days of beloved New York record shop Other Music.

On Ep 121 George interviews director Dava Whisenant about her award winning film Bathtubs Over Broadway (streaming on Netflix). The film follows the arc of comedy writer Steve Young (Late Show with David Letterman) as he discovers the little-known world of industrial musical theater.

We recap the Bob Dylan concert film Rolling Thunder Revue. Rolling Thunder is a Martin Scorsese mocumenatry that is part Zelig part This Is Spinal Tap

Director Ian McFarland explains his great love for his Godfathers Of Hardcore subjects, Agnostic Front.

Theory of Obscurity: A Film About the Residents. This film peels back some of the mysterious layers surrounding the San Francisco experimental music entity.

We talk with director William Badgley about his documentaries about musicians The Slits, KARP, and Don Letts.

Our guest is author Tony Dushane and we talk about 20,000 Days On Earth the film that examines a day in the life of music icon Nick Cave. We get into music, religion, creativity and even writing tips from Tony, who teaches novel writing at UCLA Extension. Tony DuShane is the author and screenwriter of Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk.

A podcast about a documentary about radio? Only on this show! George spoke with the director of Sex and Broadcasting, Tim K Smith in Los Angeles. Sex and Broadcasting is a 2014 documentary about New Jersey’s longstanding freeform radio station WFMU, and its struggles to stay afloat.

On today’s episode hosts Paco Romane and George Chen sat down with comedian/writer Solomon Georgio. Solomon has written for Adam Ruins Everything & Spongebob SquarePants. His TV credits include CONAN, The Meltdown, This Is Not Happening, Viceland’s Flophouse, and Last Call with Carson Daly. He’s also got a new Comedy Central special called Homonégro Superior. 

To know Nick Stargu (or DJ Real) is to love him! Nick is a friend of the show (he appeared on our LIVE Sketchfest episode 2 years ago) and is a very talented comedian and musician. Nick brought to us We Jam Econo the revealing doc that looks back at the history of the influential 1980s punk band the Minutemen.

On Ep 73 rounding out our Rocktober music doc series, Paco and George sat down with the brilliant writer and comedian Dana Gould. They talked about the 2004 Metallica doc Some Kind of Monster which Dana rightfully described as “the best documentary ever made about marriage”. They also get into a discussion about therapy, his favorite jokes from The Simpsons, JFK, divorce, stage worthy jokes, father figures, Brian Wilson, John Lennon, and so much more! 

ROCKTOBER continues with TONY CONRAD: COMPLETELY IN THE PRESENT. George visits director Tyler Hubby at his Echo Park home. Tyler spent over twenty years following Tony Conrad and decided to put it all into one documentary encompassing Conrad’s life and art, as if there were a distinction between the two. We also talk about punk rock and mental illness, Tony Labat, getting multiple angles for beer, Faust, Bad Brains, Tony as Tupac, Crispin Glover, water polo, and mashing up different video formats.

George and Paco visit with actress/improviser/musician Tawny Newsome to discuss her experience cosplaying STOP MAKING SENSE-era Talking Heads for Documentary Now and in a Talking Heads cover band. We talk about Second City, her projects with Jon Langford (Mekons, Skull Orchard), the WOOZ of Vacaville, and recording with the legendary Muscle Shoals Swampers!

Sup Doc kicks off the jams with ROCKTOBER, a month long line-up of music docs and great guests. We hit the stage with The Devil and Daniel Johnston with our guest, musician Kip Uhlhorn! (With a guest appearance from Jack). The Devil and Daniel Johnston is a 2005 documentary film about the noted American musician Daniel Johnston. It chronicles Johnston’s life from childhood up to the present, with an emphasis on his experiences with bipolar disorder, and how it manifested itself in demonic self-obsession. The film was directed by Jeff Feuerzeig, edited by Tyler Hubby, and produced by Henry S. Rosenthal.

On episode 64 of Sup Doc hosts Paco Romane and George Chen sit down with the very talented comedian/musician Howard Kremer. They talk about the 2013 documentary Muscle Shoals celebrating Rick Hall, the founder of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The signature “Muscle Shoals sound” developed in songs such as “I’ll Take You There”, “Brown Sugar”, and “When a Man Loves a Woman.” Howard and the boys also discuss Public Enemy, Hip Hop Evolution, docs vs biopics, high school band names, and Jello Biafra.

Hosts Paco Romane and George Chen are joined by Alamo Drafthouse LA programmer Bret Berg to discuss The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988, Penelope Spheres). As a programmer for Alamo Drafthouse’s upcoming Los Angeles location, Bret produces and hosts Alamo’s preliminary pop-up screenings in town.

Part 2 of our talk about D Tour (2009), George interviews drummer Pat Spurgeon, the subject of the documentary. We learn about Pat’s early life as a musician moving from Bloomington to the Bay Area, waiting for organ transplants, and dealing with the medical system while touring in Rogue Wave. Though D Tour has the shape of a music documentary, it’s about dealing with healthcare, mortality, and humor.