Free Basin’ Friday | Lewis – L’Amour Test Pressing!

December 19th, 2014

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Happy Friday! Christmas and the new year is right around the corner, so this will be our last Free Basin’ Friday of 2014!  Since we’re taking a hiatus until the year, we’re offering up a very special prize this week, a rare edition Lewis – L’Amour test pressing!

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All you have to do to win is tell us your New Years resolution. The best/funniest resolution wins! Leave your comment below, and be sure to include your name and email address (kept private). A winner will be chosen next Friday and notified via email.

Distro Town, USA

December 18th, 2014

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Happy holidays, you shopaholic freakz! That’s right – here at Club LITA, we remember the REAL reason for the season. We’re not necessarily saying you WON’T catch us in the street blowing a briefcase of Benjamins – but we’ll be getting twiiiissted on the way! So grab a flask, grab a triple peppermint mocha, grab your unspeakables, and get out there! Do your part to keep this surreal party barge we call the American economy jamming! In fact, why not start right now with these little stagflation squashers?!

 

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J. Rider – No Longer Anonymous (Machu Picchu)

Home for the holidays? Grip this pair before you sneak down to your parent’s basement, light the yuletide spliff, and hide from the world. J. Rider is the follow-up to the phenomenal Anonymous record (reissued last year), and the same band in all but name. All the ingredients that made that record such a heavy burn remain in place here – perfect harmonies, sophisticated arrangements, and a dare-we-say, more musky delivery. McKay’s “Into You” emerged from the same ’76/’77 Indiana corridor that birthed the Anonymous lineage of bands, and reps the looser, earthier side of the ’70′s West Coast sound as interpreted by landlocked heshers. One to keep around for the come down.

 

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McKay – Into You (Lion Productions)

Ray “McKay” Pierle and his musically-adept brothers and friends partied, jammed and partied some more on Indy’s south side throughout the 70’s. This 300-press 1978 album was given to friends and family and consigned in nearby record shoppes at the time. And only a mere 15 years had to pass before the collecting world discovered the highly-personal songwriting, tight playing, and not-so-well-hidden West-Coast stylistic touches. Here’s a new all analogue, master tape edition for a new generation to savor.

 

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R. Stevie Moore – Ariel Pink’s Picks Vol. 1 (Personal Injury)

Talk about flax almond butter and jelly! Who better to curate a guided tour through the delerium-inducing land of R. Stevie Moore than the current king of irreverent, screwball pop, Ariel Pink. Cracking into Moore’s intimidatingly vast and convoluted catalog can be a foreboding errand, making this collection a welcome contribution for anyone wanting to begin unravelling R. Stevie. Even non-newbs may need to cop this, since most of these tracks have never been collected OR on vinyl before. Flex your head!

 

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Hartley C. White – This Is Not What You Expect (OSR Tapes)

Don’t do it! Don’t even try! Because whatever it is you THINK you expect, this is definitely NOT IT. Even after hearing this, it’s hard to say what we heard. Alternately compared to Ariel Pink, Sly Stone, and 10CC, these cues only hint at the true oddball singularity of Hartley C. White. At as much of a loss as anyone, Hartley coined his style “Whopazootic”, or “a non-classical music utilizing a broken rhythm”. What if Captain Beefheart was black and started his career in the ’80′s? Discuss. Or buy this record!

Twelve Days of LITA

December 14th, 2014

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Listen, y’all… We were diggin’ around up in the attic looking for our Christmas ornaments, but we couldn’t even find them beneath all the amazing vinyl we have hoarded up there! Help us clean it out so we can have our ornaments up by Christmas Day!

This year, give your loved ones what they really want, Rodriguez’s Cold Fact.

Remember all LPs are 20% off AND we now have them nifty gift cards!

Happy Ho-LITA-days!

Free Basin’ Friday | Sin 34 LP, Shirt & Hat!

December 12th, 2014

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The holidays are a time for giving. Some people donate money to charities, give toys to needy children, or volunteer their time at a homeless shelter or soup kitchen. Here at Light In The Attic, we’re taking that extra step by giving away what’s really important to us all: vinyl and cool merch! So, for this special holiday edition of Free Basin’ Friday, we’re offering up a free colored LP of Sin 34 – Do You Feel Safe? from Sinister Torch Records, as well as a Sin 34 T-shirt (sizes S – XL) and Sinister Torch trucker hat!!

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All you have to do to win is tell us your funniest/most memorable holiday story. Leave your comment below, and be sure to include your name and email address (kept private). A winner will be chosen next Friday and notified via email.

Grateful Dead – “Two From The Vault” Out Now!

December 10th, 2014

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Following on the heels of last year’s vinyl LP release of One From The Vault comes the next in the trilogy of From The Vault releases by the Grateful Dead. These releases are distinguished from the more abundant Dick’s Picks series in that Dick’s Picks are “direct from the soundboard” recordings, while the From The Vault series was professionally recorded on multi-track tape and then mixed down (decades) later for release.

Recorded live at the Shrine Auditorium (Los Angeles) in 1968, this is the worldwide vinyl debut release of this legendary show featuring the 6 piece line-up of Pigpen, Garcia, Weir, Lesh, Kruetzmann, & Hart, freshly remastered in 2014 by Joe Gastwirt for maximum mind expansion. 9 dynamic songs, 5 of which weigh in around the 15-minute mark, while 3 others touch down close to 10 minutes: this is the Dead at their most improvisational while still retaining the Blues-Rock roots of the “Pigpen” years.

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Pre-Order Arthur’s 1968 Masterpiece!

December 8th, 2014

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Released on Lee Hazlewood‘s LHI label in 1968, the haunting Dreams And Images is the first of two albums from the Melbourne, Florida-born singer-songwriter Arthur Lee Harper. Though his lonely, intimate music, shy demeanor, and stutter might not have suggested a man of great ambition, Arthur moved to Hollywood chasing the music industry dream. He suffered hardships to do so, living hand-to-mouth in a YMCA hostel with two like-minded individuals: Mark Lindsey Buckingham and LITA artist Stephen John Kalinich, whose A World Of Peace Must Come was reissued last Record Store Day. While Kalinich and Buckingham were signed by the Beach Boys’ Brother Records, Arthur allied with Hazlewood, having knocked on the door of the label’s Sunset Boulevard HQ and auditioned on the spot.

A mixture of things conspired to make sure few people heard Arthur, including a packed release schedule at LHI, followed by the withdrawal of their major label funding and a lack of foundation on which to market the album. After the 1970 follow-up album, Love Is The Revolution, Arthur bowed out of the business, immersing himself in Christianity, family, and a career working first as a rocket engineer and, latterly, a teacher.

On January 10th, 2002, Arthur’s wife Lora died in a car crash. He tragically passed away of a heart attack the same night. Now, with this reissue of his great, lost album, Arthur’s fragile heart can finally be enjoyed by all.

Pre-order now!

2014 Year End Extravaganza!

December 4th, 2014

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2014 is quickly coming to an end. This year has been very busy for us here at Light In The Attic. We released nearly 30 titles, distributed over 500 releases, started a bimonthly residency at the Ace Hotel in Downtown LA, opened our record shop in Seattle, and found the mystery man Lewis. All in all, we have had yet another great year, and we couldn’t have done any of it without a little help from our friends and supporters! However, before we say goodbye to 2014 and push forward to 2015, we want to stop and reflect on the amazing year we’ve had. So, as always, here are all of our top ten favorite things from 2014. Dig in! We’ll see ya next year!!

 

Matt Sullivan
Founder/Owner (Los Angeles)

1. Elia y Elizabeth – La Onda De Elia Y Elizabeth (Vampi Soul)

2. Waylon: An Autobiography by Waylon Jennings & Lenny Kaye (Warner Books)

3. Reissue producer, writer, DJ, and collector Kevin “Sipreano” Howes

4. Sofa Records, Lyon, France

5. Low Down – directed by Jeff Preiss (Oscilloscope Pictures)

6. For Whom the Cowbell Tolls: 25 Years of Paul’s Boutique by Peter Relic & Dan LeRoy (66 & 2/3 Press)

7. War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream (Secretly Canadian)

8. Lost Heroes & Miniature Histories of Los Angeles, Volume One by Sam Sweet (All Night Menu)

9. Boyhood – directed by Richard Linklater (IFC Films)

10. Howe Gelb – “Vortexas” (New West)

 

Jess Rotter
Publicist (Los Angeles)

1. Creating the Country Funk Volume II artwork/comic

2. Native North America-Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966–1985

3. Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guébrou-Ethiopiques Vol. 21

4. Led Zeppelin reissue fever

5. John Martyn- every record all day

6. Scribbling an official tee shirt for Sly Stone approved by the man himself.

7. Amen Dunes-Love

8. The hummus at The Old Man and the Sea in Jaffa, Israel

9. Thomas Jefferson Kaye-First Grade (thanks Patrick)

10. Morning Of The Earth-Original Soundtrack Reissue

 

Jack Sills
Radio/ Social Media/ Film & TV Licensing (Los Angeles)

*In no specific order*

1. The Lewis saga

2. War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream (Secretly Canadian)

3. Ty Segall – Manipulator (Drag City)

4. Tulum, Mexico

5. Finally Getting A New Surfboard – Russell’s Rocket Fish. Changed my life!

6. Modest Mouse Reissues (UP)

7. Corners – Maxed Out On Distractions (Lolipop)

8. James Brown Doc – Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown

9. David Bowie Doc – 5 years

10. KazuNori – The best hand roll in LA

 

Michael Wells
Director of Operations (Seattle)

1. Blue Note’s 75th Anniversary Vinyl reissues

2. Tinariwen – Amassakoul vinyl reissue (Modern Classics)

3. Sound Man – Glyn Johns autobiography

4. The Girl Who Could Fly – Victoria Forester (2010)

5. Lion, Witch & The Wardrobe @ Seattle’s Taproot Theater

 

Jon Treneff
Sales & Retail (Seattle)

1. YOLO in Tulum (First time in Mexico!)

2. 12-layer Jello-shot birthday cake

3. The Breeders @ Showbox in Seattle

4. Winning $350 on a dollar bet at the racetrack!

5. Wood fired pizza from a backyard oven in Nevada

6. Frank Mills – Hair/The Lemonheads

7. Native North America Vol. 1

8. Birdman (movie) – Beetlejuice is back.

9. Go To Beds – I like a new band!

10. You Ain’t Eatin – rap song

 

Patrick McCarthy
Project Manager (Los Angeles)

1. Blue
The color, that is.

2. Iced espresso
Fill cup up with ice to the top, two shots. Thank you.

3. War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream
All the backlash and Kozelek drama aside, this album completely rules so deal with it.

4. Caribou Our Love
Can’t do without “Can’t Do Without You

5. Nileism: The Strange Course of The Blue Nile by Allan Brown
Essential reading for and essential band LINK

6. Ariel Pink Pom Pom
Best album, best videos, best.

7. V/A – Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock and Country 1966-1985
Sit in a room with headphones on and listen to this entire anthology. It’s the best thing you could do on a Friday night.

8. Rite of Passage by W. Keith McManus
An 11 year (1982-1993) photographic document of Spring Break in Daytona Beach, Florida. The days of wine and roses and Coors Light.

9. Mutzenpapa Instagram
Hop along the world with Jeff Kling.

10. 808 State Gorgeous
In memory, the first electronic (House) oriented album I got/heard at age 12. To this day, still “gorgeous.” Also, they played live on a local Manchester TV news show…

 

Pat Thomas
A&R (Los Angeles)

1. Driving down to a seedy motel near LAX with Matt Sullivan to meet with a member of The Family Stone.

2. Working with guitarist Hayden Pedigo to secure his vinyl LP “Five Steps” a distribution deal with LITA

3. Playing drums on stage in Detroit with John Sinclair of the MC5 on vocals

4. Listening to all 27 discs of the King Crimson “Starless” box set

5. Not listening to any of the newest Taylor Swift or U2 albums

6. Seeing the “Black Forum” records from the Listen Whitey compilation on featured display in the original Motown studio offices

7. The Now Sounds (record label) reissues of Ruthann Friedman’s albums produced by Steve Stanley

8. The complete Dylan “Basement Tapes” box set

9. Going another year without downloading or buying anything from iTunes

10. Obamacare

 

Morgan Chosnyk
Online Sales Manager/Record Shop Manager (Seattle)

*In no specific order*

1. That time I met Doug Martsch of Built to Spill

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2. That time I DJ’d at Bumbershoot over Labor Day Weekend

3. My Record Store Day scores!

4. That time I met Cibo Matto

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5. I went to Levenworth for vacation this year and found a time machine.

6. The Light In The Attic Summer Spectacular when Lee Hazlewood agreed to be my boyfriend.

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7. The time Josh and I went backstage at the Sharon Jones concert at the Showbox.

8. The LITA Record Shop being open for a whole year!

9. The announcement of the relaunch of Twin Peaks!!

10. And my favorite LITA album of 2014, Country Funk Vol.2

 

Lydia Hyslop
Girl Friday (Los Angeles)

1. Billy Joel at the Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, CA

2. Errol Morris’ Tabloid

3. Swimming in the lake under shooting stars and observing 24 hours of silence – Priest Lake, Idaho

4. Cafe Munir – Seattle, WA

5. Bangs

6. Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival – Birmingham, AL

7. The Hey Guys – Everywhere

8. Road trips and Blush Cactus in Sandy Scotty, my ’79 Honda Accord – Deserts of CA & AZ

9. Sugluk!

10. Fried Oyster Benedict at RockCreek – Seattle, WA

11. D-I-V-O-R-C-E

 

Aaron Sainz

Intern (Los Angeles)

1. HTRK – Psychic 9-5 Club (Ghostly International)

2. Institute – Salt EP (Sacred Bones)

3. Cold Beat – Over Me (Crime On The Moon)

4. Ai Aso ‎- Lone (Ideologic Organ)

5. The Fresh And Onlys – House Of Spirits (Mexican Summer)

6. Watery Love – Decorative Feeding (In The Red)

7. Lorelle Meets The Obsolete – Chambers (Captcha)

8. Obnox – Louder Space (12XU)

9. Back To Back – Narcissist 7″ (540)

10. War On Drugs – Lost In A Dream (Secretly Canadian)

 

 

Yosuke Kitazawa
Mechanical Licensor (Los Angeles)

*In no specific order*

1. The Clientele at The Satellite: Made a typically warm summer SoCal evening feel like a chilly rainy night in London, in a good way.

2. Lewis – L’Amour: So mysterious and intriguing, his story as well as the timeless sounds on this album. It’s as if it was created in a vacuum, with no influence from the outside world. Instant classic reissue.

3. Quilt – Held in Splendour: Like a mix of classic ’60s and ’80s British psychedelia, coming from a bunch of East Coast art school kids.

4. The Beatles – Rubber Soul (Mono Vinyl Reissue): Maybe it’s approaching midlife crisis to buy yet another Beatles product, but these new, all-analog pressings are really well done, and Rubber Soul is much better on mono than the weird ’60s wide stereo mix.

5. Jack Nitzsche – Chopin ’66: An album I picked up recently. Great interpretations of Chopin classics by the master arranger/Phil Spector collaborator/sometime Crazy Horse member. A few tracks would be recognizable to Serge Gainsbourg fans, as “Jane B” and “Lemon Incest” were based on Chopin melodies.

6. Mono Records: My favorite record store in L.A. right now. Awful location, awesome selection. They constantly get great albums that I rarely see anywhere else, at great prices. Usually just one or two people in there at a time, so no competition!

7. Il Sorpasso: A great Italian buddy comedy/road movie from 1962. This inspired folks like Wim Wenders and Dennis Hopper to make road movies of their own. Great experience seeing this on the big screen at Cinefamily, especially sitting on one of the comfy couches with a great person to see it with.

8. Kobawoo House: A tasty Korean dish I discovered this year is bossam - slices of steamed pork belly that you wrap with cabbage leafs, along with pickled veggies and kimchi. This place also has great yukkejang - spicy beef soup.

9. Olympus PEN FT: This camera belonged to my grandfather. It’s a ’60s half frame film camera with a great interchange-able lens. Takes double the amount of pictures as a normal 35mm camera, so it’s great for a stingy film shooter like me, to be able to shoot 72 frames with a 36 exp. film.

10. Car CD Player: The CD player in my car was broken for a long time, and it suddenly started working this year. I’d forgotten how great it is to listen to CDs in my car – just grab a disc and go, without the need to use a computer to program a digital player. I was so stoked to dig out all the great CD box sets like Nuggets, and all the compilation
CDs I used to make…but then it broke again just last week.

BLACK FRIDAY!

November 28th, 2014

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WHERE: Our Seattle record shop located at: 913 NW 50th St., Seattle, Wa 98107

Hours: 9am-4pm

25% OFF HOLIDAY SALE!!!! (non-RSD titles)

The 5 RSD titles that we are offering at the shop:

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First up is the vinyl edition of There’s A Dream I’ve Been Saving, an 8xLP box set chronicling the history of Lee Hazlewood Industries.

 

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Also available is a 7” reissue of the disco-punk classic “Fire” b/w “Morning High” (duet w/ Patti Smith) by the French no wave/avante-garde rocker Lizzy Mercier Descloux.

 

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Special for Black Friday we are repressing the 1970 self-titled debut by Studio One veteran and Jackie Mittoo bandmate Wayne McGhie. The album is a mix of Caribbean funk, soul, and reggae… truly the Holy Grail of Toronto Funk.

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NICE:NOISE in collaboration with It Records is proud to present Time Keeping 1979-1985, a compilation from the legendary Melbourne Minimal Wave trio The Metronomes.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 27th, 2014

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Happy Thanksgiving! This year we are thankful for all of our friends and supporters!! Without you guys we couldn’t do what we love doing.

20% OFF SALE!! | LITA GIFT CARDS NOW AVAILABLE!

November 26th, 2014

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‘Tis the season of consumerism. We’re helping to relieve the financial burden of the holidays this year with a 20% off sale! Starting today 11/26 until Dec. 31st (11:59 PM PST) all Light In The Attic titles (including sub-labels Future Days, Cinewax & Moderns Classics) and LITA merch are 20% off! Gift cards + subscriptions not included in sale.

 

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Not sure which record to get your husband, GF, BFF, or second cousin? Let them decide with the NEW Light In The Attic gift card! The card is valid online at LightInTheAttic.net, or at our record shop in Seattle. Don’t disappoint your loved one again this year with the new Michael Bublé Christmas album, giving them the gift that keeps on giving, a Light In The Attic gift card!