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Warmed-Over Krautrock (2020)

Welcome to Essential Music, an L.A. record store with more staff members than customers, and where the LP covers act as a Greek chorus. A comedy for anyone who's ever spent too much time obsessing over playlists.


Mark Tompkins


Mark Tompkins




Credited cast:
Jim Tavaré ... Walt
Kate Dalton ... Lysette
Derek James Elstro ... Chris (as Derek James)
Adam Weber ... Duane
Cara Leahy ... Erin
Anadel Baughn ... Alexis
Bec Doyle ... Improbably Hot Girl
Pia Lamberg Pia Lamberg ... Even More Improbably Hot Girl
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nick Antonyan Nick Antonyan ... Cutting-Edge Guy
Mike Bobbitt ... Average Joe Customer
Natalia Kozitsky Natalia Kozitsky ... Stern Woman
Olivia Miller Olivia Miller ... Woman on Phone
Rahul Parikh Rahul Parikh ... Another Slick Dude (as Ray Parikh)
Michael Rippe Michael Rippe ... Laughing Guy
Mitchell Sanford Mitchell Sanford ... Indie Nice Guy


What do you do when you love music, and music doesn't love you back? It's a question that haunts Walt (Jim Tavaré), the owner of Essential Music, an indie record store in the heart of Silver Lake. Walt's all too aware of how his punk-rock glory days are fast fading in the rear-view - even as he can't help recounting war stories to his much younger employees: Lysette (Kate Dalton), who has to contend with a parade of customers convinced she's the Record Store Girl of their dreams; Chris (Derek James Elstro), the lead singer of Troubled Meats, a band poised for takeoff, and maybe not just in Chris' mind; and well-meaning music nut Duane (Adam Weber), who's a little too fluent in Rock Critic for his own good. With a love of all types of music evident in every shot, WARMED-OVER KRAUTROCK is a comedy for anyone who's ever spent too much time obsessing over playlists - and for anyone who's ever been driven crazy by that type of person, too.

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When you love music, and music doesn't love you back




Did You Know?


Blue Bag Records in Silver Lake was the location for the fictional record store "Essential Music" in the movie. Blue Bag Records has since relocated to Cambridge, MA; the store at 2149 Sunset Blvd. is now Cosmic Vinyl. See more »

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A delightful indie film!
4 March 2021 | by carlymiller89See all my reviews

Warmed-Over Krautrock is a delightful, warm and personal indie film. The dialogue is smart and topical, the cast of characters share great chemistry and the cinematography shows off parts of Los Angeles you don't often get to see on film. It's a great movie for anyone who loves music, the record store scene, and slice-of-life stories.

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