In March 2012, I emailed the info account at stonesthrow.com to inquire about an ambiguous four-minute video on the storied record label I’d come across on YouTube. Several hours later, Peanut Butter Wolf, the founder of Stones Throw Records, personally emailed me back to tell me the video was something of a trailer for a feature-length project that had been shelved, and invited me to the office for a meeting. Shortly thereafter, with the label’s authorization and Wolf’s blessing, I began my production of a Stones Throw Records documentary, which later became Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton.
The film draws on live concert footage, never-before-seen archival material, inner-circle home video and photographs and in-depth interviews with the folks who put Stones Throw on the map to delve deeper into the label’s enigmatic artists, history, culture and global following. But more largely, Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton explores a spirit of independence and dedication to core artistic principles which have guided Peanut Butter Wolf and the entire Stones Throw collective for nearly two decades. It is an ethos with which I strongly identify, and one I aim to adhere to throughout my career.
- Jeff Broadway
“Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton: This Is Stones Throw Records” is a film that’s full of inspired detours, colorful non sequiturs, inside jokes and unexplained phenomena that will likely give hip-hop fans paroxysms of pleasure while leaving the uninitiated alternately amused and confused.”
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“It’s part documentary, part biopic, part time capsule and part mixtape—actually, it’s really a study in character, and how strength of character is sometimes all you need.”
“To describe the music released by Los Angeles label Stones Throw Records as “eclectic” or “left-of-center” is an understatement on par with saying Kanye West has an ego.”
“Behind the record label we find the both eccentric and introverted initiator Peanut Butter Wolf, who in many ways is a unique character, who has always followed his heart and not his financial gut feelings.”