Matt Sullivan – Founder/Co-Owner (LA)
Brad Tilbe – LITA Record Shop Manager (Seattle)
(1) Meeting Krist Novoselic
(2) The return of John Maus
(3) Sub Pop Records releasing the U-Men’s entire recorded output
(4) LP reissue of The Circle by the Wipers
(5) Discovering the Polish band Batushka
(6) Discovering the German band Rope Sect
(7) Paul Major’s Feel The Music LP & book
(8) The Record Shop making Seattle Met Magazine’s “100 Best Little Shops” list
(9) A new found affinity for red grapes
(10) Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 9
Jackie Allen – Publicity/Marketing (LA)
(1) My birthday in Savannah/Tybee Island under a full moon with good buds.
(2) Lynn Castle (above): the person, the music, the magic
(3) Larry David
(4) Acetone and everything associated with them: Sam Sweet’s amazing book, Hadley Lee Lightcap; recording the LITA Podcast in Mark Lightcap’s 1984 Volvo Station Wagon while driving through the hills of Highland Park; the music I’ve discovered because of all of this (Jerry Cole, JJ Cale, Hui Ohana, The Dick Slessig Combo); their live show with Hope Sandoval.
(5) Learning about herbalism & Tarot
(6) Roasted sweet potatoes
(8) A wonderful and somewhat harrowing experience hiking the Bridge To Nowhere Trail in Azusa, CA with my favorite trail guide.
(9) Bishop, CA & the Benton Hot Springs Inn (and my renewed love of jerky).
(10) Not getting into grad school.
Jon Treneff – Sales (North Carolina)
Jack Sills – Film & TV Licensing (LA)
In no particular order…
(1) Horseback riding through tobacco fields in Cuba.
(2) Trip the Greece. Specifically record shopping in Athens. Hanging on the beaches of Crete. All the foods in Greece.
(3) Acetone w/ Hope Sandoval @ Zebulon
(10) New York trip with LITA fam
Patrick McCarthy – Project Manager/Producer (LA)
Pat Thomas – A&R/Producer (LA)
(1) got to see Van Morrison perform several times
(2) discovering incredible music from Japan via LITA’s new series
(3) my book “Did It! Jerry Rubin: An American Revolutionary” finally came out
(4) eating breakfast at Canter’s every week
(5) Trump hasn’t killed us, yet
(6) throughly enjoyed Joe Hagan’s biography of Jann Wenner & Rolling Stone magazine
(7) loved the Netflix documentary: Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold
(8) joined Instagram
(9) most people still return my phone calls
(10) the Dream Syndicate reformed and made a new album
Emilee Booher – Film & TV Licensing (LA)
(1) Moving to Los Angeles
(2) Getting a job at Light in the Attic
(3) Attending the Women’s March
(4) Seeing Michael Nau play 3 times
(5) Going to Pickathon
(6) Helping Jonathan Richman get a wristband for his dog in order to attend a concert
(7) Being a part of the Acetone/Hope Sandoval show
(8) Befriending Madelynn Von Ritz aka Lynn Castle
(9) Singing Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac and Eagles songs in a bar with Grant and Jim James during an intense jukebox war with other bar patrons.
(10) Feeling more collective days of sunshine than ever personally experienced within a year’s time
Yosuke Kitazawa – Producer/Mechanical Licensing (LA)
(1) Even a Tree Can Shed Tears: It’s amazing to finally see this get released and read all the great press coverage and reviews – definitely one of the top highlights of the year.
(2) Meeting Kenji Endo: The warm and relaxed conversation I had with Kenji, just two weeks before he passed away, is something I’ll remember and keep in my heart forever.
(3) Guitar Wolf at the Viper Room: The best jet rock’n’roll band in the world still puts on a helluva show, with the 50+ year old Seiji sweating and strutting and spitting out more energy than young pups half his age.
(4) Neil Young – Hitchhiker: Great stripped down versions of songs that made it onto his later albums, plus a few great songs never heard before. Reminded me how powerful his songwriting is.
(5) Ryuichi Sakamoto: In addition to his great new album async, I really got into all the amazing things he’s done over the years outside of the more well-known soundtracks. Really love B-2 Unit and Esperanto in particular.
(6) McCabe & Mrs. Miller: Never appreciated this great Robert Altman film until this year, when watching it after visiting some Northern California gold rush towns made it seem so vivid and poignant, made even moreso by the Leonard Cohen soundtrack.
(7) Cats – After considering myself a dog person most of my life, I think this is the year when I also became a cat person. RIP Donkey.
(8) Dodgers: I’ve always had an on and off relationship with the Dodgers – this year was definitely on, and it was super exciting to see them play their first World Series since 1988, the year I went to my first-ever game at Chavez Ravine.
(9) Trump protests – Great to see so many people come out in solidarity against the least respectable president in my lifetime and to fight for our rights — from the Women’s March, the airport protests, to the immigrant rights march and so many others that I couldn’t make it to.
(10) Trip to the Salton Sea/Bombay Beach – Most surreal experience to stay in a funky double wide trailer AirBnB owned by a real life Italian prince, whose father’s life supposedly inspired Fellini’s La Dolce Vita.
Lydia Hyslop – Zine Master/Copy Editor/Etc. (North Carolina)
(1) Penning an essay for our reissue of THE COWBOY & THE LADY.
Abby Goldsmith – Sales (Seattle)
Katie Martin – Orders/Everything (Seattle)
(1) Morgan Parker’s There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé
(3) SZA’s Ctrl