John Dwyer’s Closet Picks

Inside Criterion / Closet Picks — Sep 25, 2020
An underground rock veteran whose career dates back to the late 1990s, LA-based musician John Dwyer has forged an unwaveringly independent path as a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter, visual artist, and record-label owner. More than twenty years since the founding of his beloved band Osees (a.k.a. Thee Oh Sees, or Oh Sees), the group remains as strong as ever, with two dozen studio records to its name, including last year’s sprawling and adventurous Face Stabber. The audacious sonics of that album—which several critics hailed as one of the best of 2019—correspond with the take-no-prisoners approach to filmmaking he enjoys. Late last year, while he was in New York City to play some shows, Dwyer swung by our office for a trip into our closet, where he stocked up on an eclectic mix of cinematic thrills: the noir classic Odd Man Out, the punk sci-fi comedy Repo Man, and the horror landmark Night of the Living Dead. Watch the above video to find out what else Dwyer chose during his visit! Then check out Protean Threat, his twenty-fourth studio album with Osees, which was released this month on Castleface Records.