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!
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!
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.
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).
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.
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!
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.
*In respect to Randall’s request for privacy, we have blurred the above photo to obscure his location.
Randall Wulff is alive. Living and breathing and content, simply playing his music in the comfort of his own home, with a girlfriend and some kittens by his side.
For two and a half years, we searched and searched, and all signs led to Lewis as being a man no longer with us. Then last week, out of the blue, an old friend from Randall’s past got in touch, mentioning that he saw Randy in Canada last year. Hours later, Jack Fleischer and I booked two plane tickets and headed to Canada on the hunt.
Feeling deflated after 48 hours of tirelessly searching, we suddenly spotted him in plain sight. We found him looking calm, cool and collected, sitting outside a little neighborhood coffee shop drinking a large hot coffee. He looked great just sitting there basking in the summer sun with his classic blond hair, white shorts, white, billowy dress shirt (confidently unbuttoned to the navel), shiny white tennis shoes, and a wooden cane, which he cited was from a recent accident, but he seemed to walk fine. He had that undeniable charm of some golden-era Hollywood actor.
Randy had no idea about the recent interest in his old records and didn’t seem to care in the slightest. We had a check for him but he wasn’t interested. We brought him CDs and LPs of L’Amour. He took a look, impressed (“nice”), and smiled, recalling a number of positive stories from back in the day. Then handed back the CD, saying it was for us and kindly declined keeping it. Randy simply wanted to look forward with both his life and music and had no interest in any celebrity or financial gain having to do with the albums. He told us over and over again, “That was a long time ago” and that we should “have a ball” with the reissues. When we mentioned that we’d been looking for him for years, he was surprised, responding that he’s been right there all along and shops for groceries at his neighborhood store.
After a half hour chatting about his musical past, he signed a couple copies of L’Amour (as “Lewis”) and said, “I wish you guys all the best. I’m not looking back. I’m doing stuff now that’s taken me forty, fifty years to write. I’m not looking into coin. I’m not looking into anything. I’m just strumming my guitar. I just wish you guys all the best in the world.”
In respect to Randall, we’ve decided that once our CD/LP stock runs out, we won’t be repressing L’Amour or Romantic Times–until he tells us differently. It doesn’t feel right collecting money from his art and him not sharing in it regardless of how incredibly positive he was about the entire thing. The royalties will continue to be set aside into an escrow in case he ever wants them.
In 2014, with the instant gratification of information at our fingertips and every mystery solved within seconds, this is a rare and beautiful thing. The man seems to be at peace, so respecting his privacy is most important. And in closing, we are aware of the small percentage of people that believe this whole thing to be a hoax. Looking at the twelve-year history of our label, anyone would see that we would never do such a thing to betray people’s trust. We, like many of you, find so many parts of this story to be beyond belief, but after this meeting with Randall, we can say that sometimes truth truly is stranger than fiction.
We are happy to announce that we are now distributing the Brazilian label Polysom. Hidden in the Rio suburb of Belford Roxo, Polysom not only reissues some amazing classic Brazilian LPs but also runs the only pressing and production plant in all of South America.
Polysom was founded by Nilton Rocha in 1997 with equipment purchased from Brazilian major labels Poly Gram and Continental. When demand for vinyl slowed in the 90s due to the onset of the compact disc era, manufacturers in South America began to slip into extinction. Rocha made it decades before the diminished demand forced him to pulled the plug on Polysom. However, the owners of the Brazilian independent label Deckdisc purchased Polysom in 2009 and reopened it the next year. Since then, Polysom has been full steam ahead, producing top notch vinyl with quality on par with its northern hemispheric counterparts. The future is now bright for Polysom as they plan to begin offering picture discs and colored vinyl.
Even for a band hailing from the nomadic Tuareg population, roaming the deserts of Mali, Africa, the members of the Grammy-winning band Tinariwen have traveled further than most. Since breaking through to a global audience, their music has taken them around the world and been championed by artists as diverse as Robert Plant, Brian Eno, Thom Yorke, and TV On The Radio.
2001′s 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. It saw the group working with British producer Justin Adams and French collective Lo’Jo, but despite the outside influence, there was no softening of their sound: hard guitar licks and wild rhythms color their spare, dust-beaten music. Recorded at the titular studios in Kidal, capital of the stark Iforas region of Mali, the album was made in difficult conditions. They were able to work only between 7pm and midnight, as those were the sole hours when electricity was available. The desert is an overwhelming presence throughout the album–you can hear the vast expanse of the landscape in the very grooves.
Amassakoul, released in 2004, represented a shift to a more produced, intricate sound. It preserved the loose, camelback rhythms, call-and-response vocals, lively guitars, and handclaps of Tinariwen’s unique sound but added a vocal drone to “Assoul” and influences from Jamaican toasting on Tamashek rap track “Arawan” and on “Oualahila Ar Tesninam,” the group’s hardest rock track yet.
Issued on vinyl for the first time by Modern Classics Recordings and presented in a deluxe edition, this is your chance to discover two seminal albums by Mali’s Award-winning Tinariwen.
The song remains the same they say, but whoever “they” were never heard Severed Heads. Rather, there’s been a near-endless bounty of earthly delights flowing through the distro dykes lately, so let’s dispense with the small talk and get down to the chow, shall we?!
Death Waltz alert! Another essential soundtrack from Fabio Frizzi, who we haven’t seen blessed with a DW catalog number since the label’s fledgling release, the ever-popular Zombi 2 soundtrack. The Italian maestro really shines here – with his signature synths and dry drum programming conjuring the dead to rise again! If you drool over Giorgio Moroder’s Cat People soundtrack as much as us, you’ll need to cop this on the double, as it sounds like Moroder might have ripped a page or two from the Book of Frizzi. Soooo good!!!
Major burn alert! A few months back we got in the reissue of Il Balletto’s second album, Ys, and while it has a rip ratio all it’s own, Sirio 2222 is really what it’s all about for us. Rawer, and more direct than Ys, Sirio 2222 was one of the first albums of what would become the signature Italian Acid/Psych/Prog sound, and one of the pillars of the scene. These were Italians taking UK hard rock like Zeppelin and Sabbath and making it something uniquely theirs. Limited to 1k and going fast!
Finally got enough of these in to list! What could easily have been a modest curio turns out to be an unexpectedly stellar compilation of Kinks covers. It doesn’t hurt having all of the 32 tracks come from ’60′s Mod/Garage/Freakbeat acts, who in a parallel dimension, might have been household names themselves. But ya ya hey – that’s the just the way the crumpet crumbles, eh lads? Instead, we get the next best thing – inspired interpretations of one of the richest songbooks in pop history, that also serve as introductions to some great forgotten bands of the day that you’ll wanna dig deeper into!
Long-overdue reissues of these singular, ahead-of-their-time, and still confounding records from Australia’s Severed Heads. Coming to fruition in the early-mid ’80′s, their experimentation with electronics, sampling, and synth texturing generally gets them lumped in with the Industrial bands with whom they shared a label (Nettwerk), but mainly, there just wasn’t a whole lot to compare this to in 1979. Released in 1983 and ’85, these records manage to sound just as challenging and unique today. Fans of Coil, Cabaret Voltaire, and Plunderphonics – this is your zone!
*Poster by Jess Rotter
We will be hosting our first ever official event outside of North America in Todmorden, England on Sunday August 24th!
The Unitarian Church in the town centre (2 minute walk from Todmorden Station) will play host to an evening with the local folk maverick MICHAEL CHAPMAN. Also on the bill is JULIE BYRNE who will be in the town on her first trip UK tour. Julie’s recent debut album Rooms With Walls and Windows is a stunning slice of front porch psych folk and live she’s even more enchanting.
Our very own Matt Sullivan will also be spinning records throughout the night. Doors will be at 6pm and the live music will be over by 10pm (plenty of time for last trains to Manchester and Leeds).
For those of you who aren’t in a rush to hope a train, the after party (it’s a bank holiday afterall) will be down the road at the 3 Wise Monkeys. Live Dj set from local favorites White Rabbit, aA and Duende.
For additional information and to purchase a ticket visit http://www.wegottickets.com/event/282715.