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Meet Your Maker: A Trip to Stoughton Printing Co.

Thursday, January 29th, 2015
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Light In The Attic products are handmade. Each LITA LP that you hold in your hands has been touched by at least three other sets of hands. At the Stoughton Printing Co. open house last week, we got to shake a few of those hands, from the founders and project managers to the employees who operate the press and glue art to cardboard. Stoughton makes almost all of the tip-on jackets for our LPs, CDs, and cassettes and we think they do a damn fine job.

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Led Zeppelin Display

The Stoughton office feels like a mini Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, only instead of Patti Smith and Buddy Guy, the LP jackets themselves are the main attraction. When you walk in, there’s a wall of  LP covers printed at Stoughton (can you spot the LITA titles?). And all around the office are displays organized by artist– a display of every Led Zeppelin or Neil Young product printed at Stoughton, for example.

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We also got to meet the good people of Spicers Paper, who provide the high-quality paper that Stoughton prints on. Spicers had two whole tables set up with samples of every kind of paper you could imagine, including ‘the Rolls Royce’ of paper– McCoy. Who knew? “This ain’t Dunder Mifflin,” I joked to the affable Spicers rep, who laughed uncomfortbaly and replied, “Well, we don’t usually go there… but yeah. Although we do also sell copy paper, if that’s what you’re looking for. ” Did I just commit a paper faux pas?

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Rob, one of the head project managers at Stoughton, has a collection of records in his office that would make even the most jaded collector green with envy. A true vinyl head, Rob recalled a recent climb he did on Mt. Whitney, during which he listened to Lee Hazlewood for a solid eight hours. Can you imagine hearing ‘Trouble is a Lonesome Town‘ with a view of the snow-capped Sierra Nevadas at 14,000ft?

When we’re browsing through the stacks at a record store and we see the gnarly cover of some unholy metal album, we rarely think of the printing press employee who had to see that ghastly image a thousand times in a day. It’s someone’s job to place the album art by hand onto the glued cardboard with perfect precision. And apparently some of these employees at Stoughton have been “bothered” by past album art. “They talk about it…” said our tour guide. Think of that man or woman the next time you purchase some blood-soaked horror soundtrack. *Cough* One Way Static *cough.* These people are the real MVPs!

Welcome to the family, MONDO!

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

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You’re eating your morning cereal when you realize that from behind the cereal box you’re being watched. Blank, glowing eyes stare out of an iron visage. You raise your head, milk dripping from the forgotten spoon in your hand, and see that this iron man is… smiling.

Who left the Iron Giant action figure in the kitchen??

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You’re part of an elite police squad, standing in the stairwell of a tenement building in Indonesia in the middle of a violent raid, when a vicious crime boss, whose headquarters is on the upper floors, shuts off all the lights. In the pitch black darkness, he announces over the PA system that the first tenants to kill the police in the stairwell will be granted permanent free residency. All is silent.

You’re back in your living room. Time to switch to the b-side of The Raid soundtrack. 

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These are the kind of super badass, nerd-your-heart-out, kid-in-a-candy-shop experiences you can fill your every day life with thanks to Mondo, the newest addition to the Light In The Attic distribution family.

An extremely established vinyl movie soundtrack, screen printed poster, VHS re-issue, toy and apparel label from Austin, Mondo has recently joined forces with beloved UK horror soundtrack label Death Waltz Recording Co. The two labels remain autonomous, but Death Waltz now operates under the Mondo banner. Together they are killing the soundtrack game. Their first two drool-worthy joint releases were the original Indonesian score to action film The Raid and a 7” of Frankie Vinci’s songs from the slasher film Sleepaway Camp.

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‘Angela’s Theme’ and other songs by Frankie Vinci from Sleepaway Camp

On their site, Mondo says, “It’s our passion to introduce fellow enthusiasts to an eclectic mix of products and experiences from the coolest properties, brands and creators. We bring like-minded people together to celebrate, discuss and discover art and music curated just for them. Mondo fans aren’t interested in the obvious, they want to be impressed – it’s our job to make that happen.”

Never a dull moment with MONDO in the house.

Stay tuned!

Michael Chapman – “Window” | Pre-order!

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

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Every artist has a piece of work that niggles them–something that they wish they could redo, given the chance. It’s why Paul McCartney once reproduced Let It Be and why Kate Bush re-recorded Wuthering Heights for her best-of album. For the prolificMichael Chapman, that album is Window, the missing link in our series of Chapman’s early albums. Window sits just after the previously released Fully Qualified Survivor and Rainmaker, right before Wrecked Again.

When Chapman recorded the album in 1970, while signed to the hip Harvest label (home to Kevin Ayers and Syd Barrett, among others), the singer-songwriter and prodigious guitarist was in transition from his folkier origins to his heavier future and heading for a whole mess of trouble. Immediately after recording finished, Michael took the band back out on the road with the understanding that as soon as he got back, he’d put the final acoustic guitar tracks down to replace what he’s always said were only guide tracks. Unfortunately, Harvest’s parent label decided the album was finished and pressed it up anyway. And Chapman, as a result, hates it.

Indeed, 34 years later he even set out to right the wrong, re-recording parts of the LP and noting it was a strange experience listening to “dead people on the between-track studio chatter” (Dudgeon, engineer Robin Cable, and drummer Richie Dharma have all since passed).

As part of our revival of Chapman’s early career, however, the album is presented as was originally released, with Michael’s blessing and albeit with two CD-only bonus tracks. Andru [Chapman] notes, “Warts and all, it is an important part of the Michael Chapman: The Early Years story.” Michael has been less diplomatic in talking about the album. “It is a piece of my history for those interested in that, even though I think it sounds like a piece of crap,” he says.

We’re loathe to disagree with him, but, well, why don’t you take a listen and decide for yourselves?

Pre-order now!

The Supreme Jubilees – It’ll All Be Over | Pre-order!

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

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If God had a disco, the DJ would be playing California gospel-soul group The Supreme Jubilees. A band of brothers and cousins, the group was founded from two families: brothers Joe and Dave Kingsby plus Dave’s son David Kingsby Jr., and keyboardist Leonard Sanders plus his brothers Phillips (drummer), Tim (bassist), and Melvin (tenor). The Sanders clan grew up singing together in the Witness of Jesus Christ church in Fresno, CA where dad Marion was pastor. Guitarist Larry Price-who belonged to neither family-completed the line-up that recorded the group’s first-and prophetically only-album, It’ll All Be Over.

Released in 1980 on the group’s own S&K (Sanders & Kingsby) label, It’ll All Be Over pinpoints a fatalistic mood exemplified by the title, its lyrics drawn from the Old Testament, its sound from the church by way of the disco, and its feel captured by the album cover-a low, orange sun setting over the Pacific Ocean.

Making the album was not easy. Sessions began in Trac Record Co., a country and western studio in Fresno, CA where the engineer was so put out by the group’s requests for heavier bass in the mix, he stopped the session and kicked them out. They left with four songs-one side of the album-and the record was completed at Sierra Recording Studio in Visalia, CA. Leonard Sanders reported having a spiritual encounter in his sleep while in Visalia; the next day he recorded his part of the album’s title track in a single take.

After the LP was pressed, the group took their music on tour but soon became disillusioned by the hardship of the road. Eventually, a copy of the album that sold to a fan on that tour made its way to a San Antonio record store where it was discovered nearly three decades later by collector David Haffner (Friends of Sound). He managed to track down the Kingsby-Sanders clan at a Fourth Of July barbeque in Fresno in 2004, and he eventually introduced the group to us here at Light In The Attic. This is the first time the album has been restored, remastered, and made available to the public.

Pre-order now!

 

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

Friday, 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.

Twelve Days of LITA

Sunday, 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!

Friday, 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!

Wednesday, 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.

Order Now!

2014 Year End Extravaganza!

Thursday, 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!

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.