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!!
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)
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
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
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
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
Project Manager (Los Angeles)
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…
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
Online Sales Manager/Record Shop Manager (Seattle)
*In no specific order*
1. That time I met Doug Martsch of Built to Spill
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
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.
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
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
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
10. Fried Oyster Benedict at RockCreek – Seattle, WA
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)
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.