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Weekly Distro Roundup with Jon Treneff!

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

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Easter tidings to you and yorn! In the spirit of rolling away the stone, we’ve got a trio of heavy ones catching some overdue rays on their pasty white bods. No matter what your spiritual denomination or de-motation may be today, I think we can all agree that everyone looks better bronzed in a bikini. So brush that cave dirt off your shoulder and go soak it up! You only live twice.

 

Simon Jones – Melanie & Me
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Melanie & Me was originally pressed up in a miniscule run to promote an Australian film of the same name, whose single 1975 screening became as much a rarity as the album. The good news is that Jones’ soundtrack plays just as well without the intended visual accompaniment, riding on a billowy cloud of atmospheric psych-folk that recalls everything from early Neil Young to Mike Nesmith’s bucolic, stunning concept album The Prison, to modern day off-shoots from the Japanese branch office, Maher Shalal Hash Baz and Nagisa Ni Te. A standout from the always-on-point Strawberry Rain label.

 

John Harrison – Creepshow soundtrack
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Wow – Waxwork went whole-hog on this one! All you horror enthusiasts will know the Creepshow soundtrack was never officially released at the time, going missing for nearly 30 years. Lucky for us, the tapes were uncovered and restored and are now finally seeing the light in this deluxe reissue. Beyond the audio restoration, the packaging is gorgeous, featuring a booklet attached to the gatefold with art, interviews, and liner notes from George Romero and John Harrison. The full monty!

 

Twilight Nuages – Twilight Nuages
(Folk Evaluation)

Really unique and heartfelt DIY pop, and unlike most records you’ve heard lately. Twilight Nuages was a Connecticut high school teacher and a rag-tag team of his students coming together to make some truly transcendent homemade sunshine pop. For anyone familiar with the Langley Schools Music Project record re-issued a few years back, this will be icing on your muffin. Joyful, heartfelt transmissions that recall the insulated naiveté of the early Elephant 6 scene. Shine on!

All titles mentioned above are available through our online shop or at our Seattle record store (913 NW 50th St., Ballard). The LITA record shop will be open on RSD, April 19th, from 9 am-5 pm.There will also be a 25% off sale on any non RSD products, along with some sweet giveaways throughout the day. 

Record Store Day Raffle Giveaway | Built To Spill – “Ultimate Alternative Wavers”

Friday, April 11th, 2014

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We’re postponing this week’s Free Basin’ Friday to tell you about our special Record Store Day raffle giveaway! Only 8 more days left until RSD 2014! This year is shaping up to be a good one. The LITA record store in Seattle will be open bright and early (9am – 5pm) on April 19th, selling our three RSD official titles, plus over 70 other hand picked RSD exclusives. We’re going to start the RSD party early this week by offering raffle tickets to anyone who comes into our Seattle record store today from 12-8pm or tomorrow 12-4pm. The ticket will give you two chances to win a copy of Built To Spill’s Ultimate Alternative Wavers, one on green wax and one on gold wax. We will do two giveaways on RSD, one at 10am and one at 11am. Winner must be present with ticket to win, otherwise we will pick a different name.

There will also be a 25% off sale on any non RSD products. The shop is located at 913 NW 50th St., Ballard and open on RSD from 9 am-5 pm.

The Mystery of Lewis – “L’Amour” | Pre-order

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

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Lewis - L’Amour
LITA 117 (LP | CD | Digital)
Available:
Digital – April 8th
CD – May 13th
LP – June 24th
Pre-order Now!

In 1983, a man named Lewis recorded an album called L’Amour, which was released on the unknown label R.A.W. And that’s about all we know.

The record itself is a delicate, whispered album, reflecting the way the artist himself, spectral and movie star-like, almost disappears into the grey of the cover. It should come as no surprise that it failed to shout loudly enough to be noticed, another private press album that sank without a trace.

The ingredients are simple: smooth synthesizers, feather-light piano, ethereal, occasionally inaudible vocals, and the gentle plucking of acoustic guitars. But the effects are arresting: a spine-tingling, somber album that echoes Springsteen’s Nebraska or Angelo Badalamenti’s atmospheric soundtracks. Later, Arthur Russell would grasp for something similar on the epochal World Of Echo LP.

L’Amour is a true discovery of the blog age, uncovered in an Edmonton flea-market by collector Jon Murphy, passed on to private press fanatic Aaron Levin, shared on the internet and speculated over by lovers of curious LPs. There’s almost no information about Lewis or the album on the internet. There’s precious little on the sleeve: a dedication to Sports Illustrated supermodel Christie Brinkley, a photo credit for Ed Colver, the noted L.A. punk rock photographer, and credits for engineer Bob Kinsey and synth player Philip Lees. All that was known of Lewis is conjecture: a rumor that he was a con artist who fled after not paying for L’Amour’s photo-shoot and a dubious theory that he was not actually of this earth.

When we looked to release the album, we set out to investigate the mystery. Along the way, we found some answers, but more intrigue too. Colver was able to fill in some blanks. Firstly, Lewis is a pseudonym. The man the photographer met was named Randall Wulff. He stayed in the Beverley Hills Hilton, drove a white convertible Mercedes, and dated a girl who looked like a model. He paid for his photo session with Colver with a $250 check, which bounced.

Eventually, the trail led to Alberta, Canada where that first LP had been found. Liner notes writer Jack D. Fleischer, along with master detective Markus Armstrong, found Randall’s nephew, who remembered Randall as a stockbroker. His vague recollections include a visit to Randall’s apartment with all-white furniture and that beautiful girlfriend in situ. Crucially, he offered another one of Randall’s pseudonyms which led to a Vancouver studio and the revelation that Lewis had recorded three or four albums of “soft religious music” there. Alas, even the new nom de plume led only to dead ends.

Lewis remains a ghost, a total mystery, but the music will be heard. The album is being pressed for the first time in more than 30 years and widely distributed for the first time ever. Lewis’s royalties will be placed in escrow until he makes himself known. Perhaps you know Lewis. Perhaps Lewis is you. The only certainty is this: Lewis is about to find a whole bunch of new fans.

  • First ever LP reissue, first time on CD & Digital
  • All tracks newly re-mastered
  • LP housed in deluxe Stoughton “Tip-On” gatefold jacket
  • New liner notes by Jack D. Fleischer
  • Unseen photos by legendary photographer Ed Colver (Black Flag, Circle Jerks)
  • LP includes download card
  • Color vinyl editions (housed in Silver Foil Stamped jacket):
    - 200 on Grey wax (LITA Vinyl Subscriber exclusive)
    - 700 on Clear wax (LITA.net pre-orders exclusive)
    - 100 on “Romantic red” wax (LITA Shop exclusive)

Stream the track “I Thought The World Of You” from Lewis’ L’Amour below….

Upcoming Light In The Attic Events | New York & Los Angeles

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

 The Brothers and Sisters – Dylan’s Gospel Release Party | Ace Hotel Downtown LA

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Join us for the kick off of our first bi-monthly DJ residency Upstairs at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. We’ll also be celebrating our latest release of Dylan’s Gospel by The Brothers and Sisters. Come hang with the LITA gang as we DJ upstairs on the roof-should be an awesome time.

An Evening with Light In The Attic | Spectacle Theater Brooklyn

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We are elated to have a one night only screening of the cult favorite film Cowboy In Sweden featuring Lee Hazlewood, plus a collection of short Light In The Attic docs featuring Donnie and Joe Emerson, National Wake, Jim Sullivan, and more! There will be 2 showings at 8pm and 10pm-not to be missed! Spectacle Theater is located at 124 S. 3rd st in Brooklyn, NY.

Free Basin’ Friday | Peter Walker & Bob Frank Combo Pack!

Friday, March 21st, 2014

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Time for yet another Free Basin’ giveaway! This week we’re giving away a combo package of the first releases in our Vanguard Vault seriesBob Frank – Bob Frank and Peter Walker – “Second Poem To Karmela” Or Gypsies Are Important, on the format of your choice.

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In order to win the pair of albums, we want you to create a vertical acronym for Vanguard. The most creative submissions wins! The winner will be chosen next Friday via email.

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Also, don’t forget to catch Peter Walker & Bob Frank live April 11th at the legendary McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, CA!

Peter Walker & Bob Frank
Friday, April 11th @ 8 PM
McCabe’s Guitar Shop
3101 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
TICKETS!

Medical Records | 2014 Record Store Day Releases

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

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Record Store Day 2014 is just around the corner and Medical Records is gearing up to release two exclusive titles celebrating the classic disco of 1980s Italy. First up is a very special hand-picked selection of early singles, as well as previously unreleased on vinyl tracks by Alexander Robotnick (aka Maurizio Dami). Maurizio Dami was one of the pioneers of the disco/electronic scene since the early 1980s. The first single on the record is “I Wanna Believe”, which was released under the moniker Gina & The Flexix in 1985 on the legendary Fuzz Dance label. It is a rare 12″ single featuring a dance-floor stomping beat, melodic synth leads and female vocals. The other single on the compilation is the 7″ version of “C’est La Vie” which was released in 1987. Most of the LP is comprised of tracks recorded from 1982-1984, which have only been released on CD in 2003 on the Rare Robotnicks compilation. All the tracks have been remastered by Martin Bowes at the Cage in the UK. This is a special collection that will appeal to the “Disco Freaks”, or for fans of classic Italo disco and fans of the Medical Records reissue Ce N’Est Q’Un Début. The album comes pressed on 180gram transparent blue/purple colored wax!

 

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Next up is a very special compilation of rare and highly sought after 12” singles of Italo Disco that were originally released on the legendary Fuzz Dance label. This is volume 2 of Medical Records’ Electroconvulsive Therapy series which celebrates rare singles in the synth/wave/disco genre. The first single is Trophy’s “Slow Flight” (vocal + instrumental versions), released in 1982. A very hard-hitting percussive track with very interesting production that is quite gritty yet smooth with it’s vocoded vocals and synth melodies. The second single, which is probably the most rare is Zed’s “Plastic Love” (vocal + instrumental versions), released in 1983. Sultry female vocals and pulsing electro sequences make these two versions absolutely essential. The third is the vocal and instrumental versions of “Hesitation” by Mya & The Mirror, producted by Alexander Robotnick (Maurizio Dami) with female vocals. Also included as bonus tracks at the end of side A and B are Mon Bijou’s “Just a Lover” and Naif Orchestra’s “Check Out Five”. This comp is for fans of the classic/synthy side of Italo Disco (i.e. Casco, Sun La Shan, Amin Peck, etc). All the tracks have been remastered by Mino Cavallo with additional mastering and restoration by Martin Bowes at the Cage in UK. The album comes pressed on 180gram striped “Italian Flag” colored vinyl!

Free Basin’ Friday | Axemen – “Derry Legend”

Friday, March 14th, 2014

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Another beautiful Friday is upon us, and that can only mean on thing… time for Free Basin’ Friday! This week we’re givin’ away a copy of Axemen - Derry Legend, out now on Luxury Products.  

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Kurt Cobain was an avid Axemen fan, and many of the tracks found on Derry Legend were staples on his mix-tapes. In the spirit mix-tapes, for this week’s give away we would like you to list three of your all time favorite/classic mix-tape jams. The winner will be chosen next Friday via email.

LITA Team Showcases Extracurricular Talents at SXSW: Who Knew They Had Lives Outside of the Office?!

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Once again, it’s the time of the season when thousands of the hippest, raddest, most with-it hep cats around make the annual pilgrimage to the heart of the Lone Star State for what has not-so-affectionately been dubbed, “South-by”. Among those thousands are a few of our very own cool dudes, Patrick & Lydia, who will be showcasing their talents outside of LITA.

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Patrick and his band, Zig Zags, will be playing a whole slew of shows over the next few days. They are great live and can really kick out the jams! Listen to some of their tracks on Bandcamp. Details about the shows can be found here.


Meanwhile, Lydia will be screening her first feature film, “BURNOUT” as part of the 5th Annual RxSM Self-Medicated Film Expo (RxSM). Catch it at 10pm tonight (Tuesday, March 11) @ The New Movement (616 Lavaca St.) .

official BURNOUT trailer from Lydia Hyslop on Vimeo.

Here is brief synopsis of the film, with links to some of the glowing press the film has received:

Ada’s world looks sunny, but her life is turning up-side-down. When a vote to legalize marijuana passes, she finds her unusual— and illegal— livelihood suddenly threatened. Her brother Gio urges her to quit her alternative lifestyle and go get a “real” job.  Margot, her alcoholic roommate, can’t pay the bills. With both girls strapped for cash, one of Ada’s customers tells her about a money-making opportunity “modeling.” Meanwhile, the barista at the local coffee shop asks Ada on a date, but Ada wonders if she is merely the girl with the drugs to him. Is she just the girl with the drugs to everyone?  And what happens if the demand for the girl with the drugs becomes obsolete? Welcome to Ada’s quarter-life crisis.

‘Burnout’ Is A Breakout Hit

Director, Actor Lydia Hyslop Is Anything But A ‘Burnout’

Go get ‘em tigers!

Death Waltz Recording Company | Record Store Day 2014

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

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The word is out! Instead of keeping their plans shrouded in mystery, Death Waltz Records has decided to shed some light on their Record Store Day activity, including a look at ONE of the covers…

Randomly inserted within the records will be a Willy Wonka style golden ticket giveaway:

Bronze tickets – There will be 10 bronze tickets to be found that will give the holder three releases of their choice from our current (in print) Catalog.

Silver Tickets- There will be 5 silver tickets to be found that will give the holder every release for Death Waltz Subscription vol. 4 (6 releases in total)

Golden Ticket – There will be 1 golden ticket that will give the holder a Death Waltz foil printed box set to hold test pressings of every release for the next 12 months.

 

Nicola Piovani - l Profumo Della Signora In Nero (aka The Perfume Of The Lady In Black)

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First up on the Death Waltz RSD roster is Nicola Piovani’s gorgeous score to Francesco Barilli’s highly-regarded psychological horror Ilprofumo Della Sisnora In Nero (a.k.a. The Perfume Of The Lady In Black). First performed in a classical style, the theme is reprised in many stylistic variations throughout the score, from a straightforward rendition that seems almost naively innocent, to lush pastoral reprisals, and even a big band version. Piovani uses the theme almost as a comfort zone, a false sense of security, before jarring the melody with piercing strings and harsh percussion to make you bolt upright. The score is haunting in places, with surreal melodies that almost sound like whale song and a slow piano piece that perhaps had an influence on John Carpenter’s Halloween. A mesmerizing experience that remains a highlight of Italian film music. The album has been remastered from it’s original tapes and comes pressed on solid orange with white swirl wax with a giant fold out poster!

 

Nico Fidenco - Emanuelle Perche’ Violenza Alle Donne? (aka The Violation Of Emanuelle)

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Also available from Death Waltz for RSD is Nico Fidenco’s score to Joe D’Amato’s Emanuelle Perche’ Violenza Alle Donne (a.k.a. The Violation Of Emanuelle). Regarded as the best of the unofficial “Black Emanuelle” series, the film starts off with the same sexual freedom and exploration as the official one but ends up descending into a hard-hitting voyage of human trafficking and sexual violence. Fidenco’s music represents the character’s exploration of hedonism and philosophy, scoring hook-ups with a truck driver and a couple of Italian girls, and as such is pretty free-flowing and upbeat. The main theme is repeated throughout the album alongside some interesting supporting material, including some offbeat percussion and slinky melodies with a surprising amount of wind instruments, along with a subtle female voice. Synths appear frequently with an driving bass line. It’s not until the end when it gets darker and sleazier, a fascinating end to a smooth-flowing record. The album has been remastered from original tapes and comes pressed on 180-gram clear with solid white swirl wax.

 

Walter Rizzati - 1990 I Guerrieri Del Bronx (aka The Bronx Warriors)

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Traveling twenty-four years into the past in a beat-up DeLorean, Death Waltz has returned from a post-apocalyptic wasteland to bring you the futuristic stylings of Walter Rizzati’s music to the cult classic 1990: The Bronx Warriors. The beauty of Rizzati’s score is that while it’s a tricked-out work of crazy genius for crazed biker gangs in a wasteland, it feels like a compilation of scores for movies that would only really play on the old 42nd Street. Like the others before it, the album has been master from it’s original tapes and comes pressed on 180-gram brown & red swirl wax.

 

Clint Mansell  - In The Wall

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Last and certainly not least is Clint Mansell’s score to the award-winning 2007 horror short In The Wall. Telling the surreal story of a man who accidentally kills his pregnant wife and hides her body in a cavity wall, only to be haunted by visions of her corpse escaping. The score is anchored by the main theme, a versatile string melody that moves from sinister to emotional to tragic to perfectly match the shocking events of the film. Mansell expertly mixes the stripped-down string sound with electronic elements and percussion to create vivid imagery. A classic score from a truly brilliant composer. Available for RSD on 180-gram brown & red swirl wax.

All titles mentioned above will be available Record Store Day via our online shop or at our Seattle record store (913 NW 50th St., Ballard)!

The Brothers and Sisters – “Dylan’s Gospel” | Pre-order!

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

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The Brothers and Sisters – Dylan’s Gospel
LITA 106 (CD | LP)
Available: April 1, 2014
Pre-order Now!

All of us here at LITA are very excited to announce the release of Dylan’s Gospel by The Brothers and Sisters!

Of all the great back catalogs in the history of rock, Bob Dylan’s is among the most covered, his acolytes ranging from The Byrds to Adele via Manfred Mann and Guns N’ Roses. But something tells us you haven’t heard anything quite like Dylan’s Gospel by The Brothers and Sisters, a choir of Los Angeles session singers brought gloriously to the fore for a very special, one-off record.

Originally released in 1969 on Ode Records, this rare and sought-after album finds the California collective covering a clutch of Dylan classics in the era’s revolutionary gospel style. Produced by Lou Adler, soon to work his magic on Carole King’s mega-successful Tapestry, and arranged by Gene Page, noted for his work for Motown, the performers were largely unknown, but many went on to find great acclaim. Merry Clayton, the powerhouse singer best known for sparring with Mick Jagger on Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” (and star of the recent documentary 20 Feet from Stardom), appears here, as does Edna Wright of The Honeycones and Gloria Jones who recorded the original version of “Tainted Love” in 1965.

The cast of 27 singers also includes Ruby Johnson, Shirley Matthews, Clydie King, Patrice Holloway, Julia Tillman and more. The tracklist includes some of the best-loved Dylan songs from the singer songwriter’s most productive decade, including “Lay Lady Lay”, “All Along The Watchtower”, “My Back Pages” and “Just Like A Woman”.

The genesis of the project was Lou Adler, the music business visionary who staged the legendary Monterey International Pop Festival. He imagined a project that combined the songs of Dylan with L.A.‘s most sought after session singers, most of which began their singing in the Baptist churches of South Los Angeles. “Listening to Dylan’s songs, I felt there was a gospel-like feel to them, both spiritually and lyrically,” Adler says in the liner notes. “So those two ideas, to work with these singers and to explore that side of Dylan – came together.”

Presented in this long-overdue reissue is an often-overlooked album and a must for Dylan fans. The word of Dylan has rarely sounded so stirring.

You can watch our short doc below, featuring interviews with Lour Adler and Mary Clayton…