Free Basin’ Friday | Tinariwen – “The Radio Tisdas Sessions” LP Giveaway!

September 12th, 2014

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Happy Friday! We’ve got an awesome Free Basin’ Friday giveaway for you. This week we’re offering up a copy of our forthcoming release, Tinariwen‘s The Radio Tisdas Sessions! Issued here for the first time on vinyl, The Radio Tisdas Sessions marks the point at which the band first made strides to global acclaim. Where previous albums had been issued only on cassette for regional markets, The Radio Tisdas Sessions was released on CD and distributed worldwide.

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The album’s wild guitar licks, smooth camelback rhythms, and call-and-response vocals sends out some serious summertime vibes, ideal for end of summer BBQs/pool parties and trips to the beach. As summer comes to a close, we all here in the LITA HQ have been reflecting on our favorite summertime albums. So for this week’s give away, we want you to tell us your favorite summer album and any associated stories or anecdotes. Please provide your answers in the comment box below. Winners will be chosen next Friday and notified via email.

The Radio Tisdas Sessions is available in stores September 15th. Also available is Tinariwen’s 2004 release Amassakoul!

“The Class of Nuke ‘Em High” & “Night Train to Terror” | Pre-order!

September 8th, 2014

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The Ship to Shore Phonograph Company has just announced their release of The Class of Nuke ‘Em High: Original Motion Picture Soundtrackfinally giving this classic unreleased soundtrack a proper release! With artwork by Godmachine and liner notes by director Lloyd Kaufman and Nuke ’Em High theme song composer Ethan Hurt, this is a release that any fan of horror cinema will go nuclear for. Pre-order HERE!

 

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Vinegar Syndrome and No Visible Scars bring you the hit song, “Everybody But You”, from the 1985 cult classic Night Train to Terror on a limited-edition 7″. This deluxe release comes hand-numbered and limited to 400 black vinyl & 100 blue/bone swirl (inserted randomly). Pre-order HERE!

Moon Block Party

September 4th, 2014

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Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to slow dance with a ghost during an acid trip in an old Texas mansion in the dead of the night? Seeing The Black Angels live is pretty close.

Turn on, tune in, and drone out at Moon Block Party in Pomona on October 18th. Our very own Black Angels and legendary West African badasses, Tinariwen, will be playing along with loads other awesome bands.

For the first time on vinyl, Tinariwen’s 2001 Radio Tisdas Sessions and 2004 Amassakoul are available for pre-order on our website.

Get tickets to Moon Block Party here.

Debut Album from Sylvie Simmons!

September 3rd, 2014

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We’re happy to announce this sweet album by the great Sylvie Simmons: a NEW recording for us here at Light in the Attic, but it was so beautiful we couldn’t resist. Sylvie is haunting and out-of-time, but it is also a brand-new, original debut album by a singer-writer who has been making music since she was a little girl but just for herself. The raw, delicate, and sensual songs about love and love gone wrong are performed on a ukulele, which here sounds like a broken harp or a heartbroken guitar. Late last year, in a gap between tours, Howe Gelb of Giant Sand lured Sylvie to the desert where they recorded live to tape in Wavelab Studio in Tucson with Thoger Lund playing upright bass and Howe, who produced the album, backing her brilliantly on guitar, synthesizers, and piano.

Born in London, she’d felt the pull of America since childhood and ran away to LA in the late seventies to write about music, convinced she’d never have the nerve to perform it. She became renowned as a rock writer (she’s the subject of a BBC documentary, The Rock Chick) and also as an acclaimed author. Her books include the cult fiction Too Weird For Ziggy and biographies Serge Gainsbourg: A Fistful of Gitanes and I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen. Following numerous movements across the globe-including three years in a tumbledown French chateau- she now lives in San Francisco.

Pre-order Sylvie, out October 28th, on CD, vinyl, and digital HERE. First 100 pre-orders will receive turquoise colored wax! Stream the single “You Are In My Arms” below.

Big Boys Tees!

August 28th, 2014

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All your shirts dirty? You could do laundry, or you could just get yourself a brand new shirt instead like our Big Boys tees we did in collaborating with Minor Thread. The shirts feature two different original designs, “Skate for Fun“ and “Lullabies Help the Brain Grow.” Make your mama proud with a clean shirt while also celebrating your favorite funky punks. Or make your mama concerned by wearing it with a tutu, christmas lights, and some sandwiches (like Biscuit). Order your tee today from LightInTheAttic.net.

- Silk-screened tee featuring original designs.
- Official limited edition reissue

Light In The Attic at FYF Fest!

August 19th, 2014

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Heading to FYF Fest in Los Angeles this weekend? We are too! Come hang with us at the Light In The Attic booth located in the vendor village. We’ll be selling all your favorite LITA titles + tons of other rad merch. Hope to see you there!

News Titles from Machu Picchu / M’Lady’s

August 18th, 2014

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We’ve got two new titles from Machu Picchu / M’Lady’s. Hot on the heels of the ecstatically received reissue of ANONYMOUS’ classic album Inside the Shadow, Machu Picchu Ltd. has just announced the reissue of their elusive and legendary follow-up: No Longer Anonymous. After the 1976 release of Inside the Shadow, the group decided to change their name to JRIDER (after the second cut on the Anonymous LP) and pursued a similar rich vein of impeccable songwriting, this time adding more hard rock to the mix, resulting in a fantastic sounding album that sadly went unreleased at the time. This record is highly recommended for everyone who enjoyed Inside the Shadow, and it also happens to come with an entire unreleased album of songs recorded by the group’s visionary songwriter Ron Matelic!

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Next up is THE CONTENTS ARE’s debut album, originally issued in 1967 in an edition of just 100 copies. This record, more rumored than heard, lives at a wild nexus in American culture, simultaneously expansive and reflective, searching for answers in society through music and art. The German label Shadoks first reissued this legendary set almost ten years ago, but Machu Picchu brings you a new deluxe edition of Through You, this time with the very special addition of the band’s two non-album 45s. Let this record turn you on to new horizons.

Free Basin’ Friday | Big Boys Tees!

August 15th, 2014

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It’s Friday, baby! You know what that means, right? Time for some free stuff! This week for Free Basin’ Friday, we’re giving away two kinds of limited edition Big Boys shirts designed by Minor Thread x Light In The Attic (available in sizes S-XL).

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Big Boys zealously embraced the DIY punk philosophy and would famously end each show with the foursome shouting, “OK y’all, go start your own band!” So for this week’s give away, we want you to come up with 3 band names for your fictional punk band. Please provide your answers in the comment box below. Winners will be chosen next Friday and notified via email. 

WEEKLY DISTRO ROUNDUP WITH JON TRENEFF!

August 14th, 2014

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Happy belated International Left-Handers Day!  (Sorry, lefties – I don’t write the schedule for these things!).  Robert Deniro, Jerry Seinfeld, The Olsen Twins (NOT Ashley), OPRAH!, Leonardo Da Vinci!  Just a few examples of famous lefties out there, reminding the world that, despite being in the minority, they’re actually smarter, hotter, and more successful than everyone else.  Stick with me – we have a highly advanced list today -  in tribute to all those beautiful, more highly evolved left-handers!

We were just reminiscing about the days of getting dropped off at the mall and setting security guards on fire, when what do you know – Waxwork drops the Chopping Mall soundtrack!  The young upstarts again pull out all the stops here, with glorious laminate gloss jackets and sassy pink fluorescent vinyl inside.  Did we forget to mention the wailing synth guitar lines also included on said wax?!  Don’t sleep – like every WW release, these will be gone in the blink of an eye.

 

Mega-ripper back in print after a brief re-appearance a couple years back.  We blew through these the first time so we’re psyched to finally have these back in the saddle!  The Jerusalem record is one of the ture holy grails of the early UK hard rock/proto-metal scene.  Produced by Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan, the fruit don’t fall far from the tree, sounding not unlike the classic hard-charging DP records, with a hint of Sabbath’s proto-doom thrown in to sweeten the deal.  Classic Headbanger’s Ball material!

 

The Laze – Phantom of the Opera LP
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Stunning modern re-imagined soundtrack to Lon Chaney’s classic Phantom of the Opera.  The Laze canvas the perimeter of classic soundtrack modes to come up with their own, completely unique interpretation on this horror touchstone.  Running the gamut from Carpenter-synths, to classical guitar, to Goblin-esque prog, to straight up metal, these guys prove capable of inhabiting any form they please, while still making it hang together as a complete vision.  Packaged with the attention to detail we’ve come to expect from One Way Static.

All titles mentioned above are available through our online shop or at our Seattle record shop (913 NW 50th St., Ballard). The shop is open Friday 12-8pm and Saturday 12-4pm.

Light In The Attic x Ace Hotel DTLA

August 13th, 2014

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Join us Tuesday, August 19th in celebration of the release of Lewis - Romantic Times at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. Come hang with the LITA gang as we DJ upstairs at the rooftop bar. Special guest DJ sets from Carlos Niño and Frosty of dublab. RSVP@lightintheattic.net.