It’s now been pretty much exactly two years since Death By Audio held its last show and left its digs at Kent and South 2nd Street in Williamsburg. Vice Media has made itself right at home in the DIY venue’s old building, complete with its own beer on tap. That’s just the way the vegan, gluten-free Whole Foods cookie crumbles. But Matthew Conboy, co-founder of Death By Audio and director of Goodnight Brooklyn, hasn’t forgotten it all. In fact, he’ll be at Alamo Drafthouse tonight when his film opens there for a week-long run. If you missed the sweat-drenched documentation of the venue’s final days when it screened at SXSW and then at Rooftop Films Summer Series, this is your chance to pop in some earplugs and check it out.
The Q&As following tonight’s and Saturday’s screenings are just the start of it, actually. Tonight, there’ll be an afterparty at the Alamo’s freaky House of Wax bar, featuring a performance from Queens band Drawing Boards.
To get you psyched, we’re posting this exclusive clip featuring Future Islands (their performances are shown in the film along with those of Dan Deacon, Deerhoof, A Place to Bury Strangers, and others) and Edan Wilber, the sound man and booker who gave us the down-and-dirty about DBA’s closing back in 2014. Bottom line: “It was just getting to a point where that neighborhood was insanely overpriced and it was just really, really tough.”
On the bright side, if anyone still has Death By Audio’s old front door, Sotheby’s might be interested.
“Goodnight Brooklyn” at Alamo Drafthouse, Dec. 2 to 8; tickets here.