In celebration of last week’s release of I’m Just Like You: Sly’s Stone Flower 1969-70 our buddies over at Normal TV made us this sweet little visual ditty for the track “Somebody’s Watching You.” Grab a copy of I’m Just Like You at LightInTheAttic.net!
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We’re super excited to announce our newest digital music offering with DRIP.fm – an elegant online music experience that is the closest thing in the world of digital music today to a private label service.
As a member to the LITA DRIP, you’ll get access to select LITA digital releases before anyone else, and enjoy music from Rodriguez, Public Image, Lewis, Roky Erickson, The Black Angels and much more!
Sign up below to be the first to know when we launch. As a thank you for your support, we’ll send you three mp3s from our latest releases, Sylvie, L’Amour, and I’m Just Like You: Sly’s Stone Flower 1969-1970.
dublab celebrates 15 years of broadcasting, the launch of a new website and raises funds for future music exploration during the bi-annual Proton Drive Fundraiser Broadcast streaming live through November 23rd on dublab.com.
Julia Holter, Peanut Butter Wolf, Devendra Banhart, SFV Acid, Daedelus, Jimmy Tamborello (Dntel/The Postal Service), Matthewdavid and more broadcast live on dublab.com in support! Sun Araw crafts original fundraiser theme song.
dublab has always been a big support of what we do here at Light In The Attic so please give what you can!
* Pumpkin carved by Drew Christie
This Halloween we’re havin’ a little costume competition. Dress up like your favorite LITA character and post a picture on our facebook by Friday (Halloween!) and the best effort gets a $50 LITA gift card!
Here are some ideas to get you going:
Frost your tips and your lips like Lewis!
Don a ‘fro like Sly!
Craft yourself a makeshift Donnie & Joe jumpsuit!
Find your inner Nasty Gal!
Tinariwen group costume, anyone?
Show us what you can do! Sorry it’s a little late notice, we were busy hangin’ out at our event at the Ace in Palm Springs. But hey, this probably just means that fewer people will actually enter the competition, so your chances of winning are pretty dang good!
I got to know Jamaican singer-songwriter and guitarist Val Bent (born Rupert Valentine Bent) while producing the Jamaica to Toronto: Soul Funk & Reggae 1967-1974 compilation for Light in the Attic around 2004-5. He was back in Jamaica after living in Canada for many years, where he laid down some of the toughest soul and funk records this country has ever produced. Bent came to Toronto, Ontario, as a musician with the Sheiks in 1964, and decided to stay despite our chilly winters, a far cry the Jamaican sun. He became an important musical member of the city’s growing Caribbean community and a mentor to many young players. The Sheiks became the house band for Club Jamaica on Toronto’s busy Yonge Street, which acted as a second home to Bent. Manager Fitz Riley would cook up curry chicken for the patrons and musicians, which reminded Bent of his Jamaican roots. It was here that he first met another young Jamaican immigrant, Earle Heedram (aka The Mighty Pope), who quickly became the new lead vocalist for the Sheiks. Bent was knocked away by Heedram’s powerful voice and commanding stage presence. Together, they wrote and recorded “Eternal Love,” which was released as a 7” single on the Raymond Records label in 1967 (and subsequently featured on Jamaica to Toronto). Regardless of the record’s deep soul and passionate performances—listen for Bent’s twanging guitar and back up vocals—the record sank fast without radio or media support. Despite a lack of record sales, the Sheiks were trailblazing Jamaican-Canadians who brought their music throughout the provinces of Ontario and Quebec, even in the face of ignorant racism, which the group unfortunately encountered on occasion. After returning to Jamaica in the late 1960s for a series of performances (replete with “psychedelic light show”), both Bent and Heedram (along with Studio One alumni, drummer Joe Isaacs, and organ player Chris Scasserra) linked up with American transplant and rock and roll pioneer Frank Motley as the Hitch-Hikers featuring the Mighty Pope. Motley was active on Toronto’s bustling Yonge Street strip, which was filled with nightclubs, strip bars, and record stores, and where Bob Dylan first heard the Band, then performing as Levon and the Hawks. The Hitch-Hikers not only performed popular funk, soul, and pop covers by the like of Eddie Bo and the Beatles, but a series of Bent originals as well: “A Stranger in your Own World,” “Memory Lane,” “Smile Maria Smile,” “You Got the Green Light,” and his namesake “Hell Bent.” After Motley fell ill, the group gradually went their separate ways. Bent and Heedram picked up a couple of hippie musicians and formed the short-lived Wild Oats, but the unit never recorded. Apart from a series of minor regional recordings, Bent focused on live work and performed in Canada throughout the 1970s and into the 1980s. After returning to Jamaica, Bent suffered a stroke and retired from the business. He returned to Toronto in 2006 for the now legendary Jamaica to Toronto reunion concert and once again sang back ups behind his musical brother Heedram on the mighty “Eternal Love.” Bent reportedly passed away in his sleep last week in Jamaica and he will be missed by many the world over. We send our best regards to his family and loved ones and count ourselves very lucky to have met his acquaintance. Val, we will miss your laughter and words over the coming years, but will champion your sound forever!
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Fall is finally upon us. Leaves have turned from green to gold, the air is thin and crisp, and you can almost smell the Thanksgiving turkey in the oven. However, the best part of the season is not gathering with family and friends for a seasonal feast, but rather the limited edition vinyl available on Black Friday, November 28th! This year we have a beautiful cornucopia of official Record Store Day Black Friday titles. Don’t waste your money on pumpkin spice lattes… head over to your local record store and buy vinyl!
First up is the vinyl edition of There’s A Dream I’ve Been Saving. Seven years in the making, this is the ultimate artifact for Lee Hazlewood heads new and old. Now, for the first time, you can enjoy the entire experience on vinyl. This landmark box set contains an expansive LP-sized hard cover book detailing the label history of Lee Hazlewood Industries, accompanied by 8LPs + 4CDs and the never-before-released film Cowboy in Sweden.
This year marks the ten-year anniversary of impassioned poet, painter, actor, and prolific, self-taught musician Lizzy Mercier Descloux‘s death. Instrumental in the late 70s New York underground, yet of Parisian origin, Mercier Descloux, with partner Michel Esteban, established the magazine Rock News and ran in the same circles as Patti Smith and Richard Hell. Lizzy became a genre defying artist, pioneer of worldbeat and avant garde rock, and supreme minimalist of the no wave genre in her own right. Next year, we will release a detailed series showcasing her work. A glimpse of what’s in store for this upcoming archival series, this 7″ presents two key tracks from the Mercier Descloux catalog: the epitomic, 1979 disco-punk classic “Fire” backed with a rare session featuring Lizzy and “Godmother of Punk” Patti Smith reciting a bilingual version of Arthur Rimbaud’s poem, “Matinée d’ivresse/Morning High,” set to music by experimental contemporary Bill Laswell. Remastered from the original tapes, this 33 1/3 RPM 7” single comes pressed on “blue” colored wax.
Finally back in print and one of the pinnacle releases in our catalog, this 1970 masterpiece is the Holy Grail of Toronto Funk! The first true debut of Studio One veteran and Jackie Mittoo bandmate Wayne McGhie, this self-titled LP is a wicked mix of Caribbean Funk, Soul and Reggae. For this special Black Friday edition we have expanded the album to a deluxe gatefold “tip-on” jacket with rare archival photos and extensive liner notes featuring interviews with McGhie, Alton Ellis, and Lloyd Delpratt. Limited to 1,000 hand numbered copies on gold wax!
Boys and girls of Seattle, hold on to your Hazlewood ‘staches! Light in the Attic Records is currently offering a 3 month internship at our Seattle office. We’re looking for applicants who are interested in learning about the ins and outs of a record label operation, from the operation of a distribution warehouse to digital distribution, as well as press and radio promotional activity. Check out the details below and get in touch.
INTERNSHIP AVAILABILITY: 1 unpaid position, to last four months beginning immediately (school credit might be available)
HOURS: Approx. 4-6 hours per week, preferably broken up between two days – however, a more flexible schedule can be arranged. (The hours would need to fall between 9am and 5pm, Monday thru Friday).
- Team player yet self-motivated, positive attitude
- Strong organizational ability and attention to detail*** (very important)
- Must have own laptop
- Computer skills – Mac OSX and/or Windows PC, Excel/Word. Adobe Photoshop skills would be a bonus but not required
- Mobile phone media savvy
- Social media savvy
- Familiarity, and ideally, active use of various online music services such as Spotify, rDio, Beats Music, etc.
- 18 years of age or older
- Assist with set up and management of online music service profiles and social media
- Assistance with bulk promotional mailings
- General office/administrative duties as needed
CONTACT: Please email resume and a brief message to: email@example.com
We look forward to hearing from you!
Gunslingers, drifters, outlaws… We’ve got three ace-high Ennio Morricone spaghetti western soundtracks out this week from our friends at CineVox Records. Bonus: each LP comes with an inlay poster!
One of the most influential films in the spaghetti western genre, A Fistful of Dollars (1964) was the breakout film for director Sergio Leone and catapulted Clint Eastwood to fame in Italy. With the unmistakable whistle of Alessandro Alessandroni over ominous Spanish guitar, Morricone crystallizes the ever-cool spaghetti western sound and transforms the visuals of the prairie into music.
This classic 1974 Italian crime film is unapologetically violent and Morricone’s score is obsessive and pulsating.
Grand and at times romantic, Morricone’s score to this 1968 Leone film, features his orchestra, his choir, The Whistler, and the addition of female singer Edda Dell’Orso.
You can order these and other Morricone scores through our online shop.
Remember your favorite dive bar? The one that you used to go to all the time because you and your friends always had the place to yourself and the two mean ol’ bartenders knew neither of mixology nor small talk?
But then word got out about the place. And now if you ever try to go, for old times’ sake, you have to stand in line for 20 minutes for your beer in a sea of mustaches and tattoos…
That’s kind of what’s happened with vinyl manufacturing over the years. For a long time everybody had forgotten about vinyl and because of that a lot of manufacturers shut down. Now everybody wants vinyl and the few remaining manufacturers are struggling to keep up with demand.
This is our roundabout way of announcing a few manufacturing delays for some of our releases.
Below are the affected titles and their new release dates:
Barbara Lynn - Here Is: LP 11/18
Sylvie Simmons - Sylvie: CD 11/11, LP 11/25
Lewis - Romantic Times: LP 12/16
Sincere apologies for the delays and thanks for standing in line with us.
Largely unheard, criminally undocumented, but at their core, utterly revolutionary, the recordings of the diverse North American Aboriginal community will finally take their rightful place in our collective history in the form of Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966–1985. An anthology of music that was once near-extinct and off-the-grid is now available for all to hear, in what is, without a doubt, our most ambitious and historically significant project in the label’s 12-year journey.
Native North America (Vol. 1) features music from the Indigenous peoples of Canada and the northern United States, recorded in the turbulent decades between 1966 to 1985. It represents the fusion of shifting global popular culture and a reawakening of Aboriginal spirituality and expression. The majority of this material has been widely unavailable for decades, hindered by lack of distribution or industry support and by limited mass media coverage, until now. You’ll hear Arctic garage rock from the Nunavik region of northern Quebec, melancholy Yup’ik folk from Alaska, and hushed country blues from the Wagmatcook First Nation reserve in Nova Scotia. You’ll hear echoes of Neil Young, Velvet Underground, Leonard Cohen, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Johnny Cash, and more among the songs, but injected with Native consciousness, storytelling, poetry, history, and ceremony.
*Willy Mitchell and Desert River Band, photo courtesy of artist
The stories behind the music presented on Native North America (Vol. 1) range from standard rock-and-roll dreams to transcendental epiphanies. They have been collected with love and respect by Vancouver-based record archaeologist and curator Kevin “Sipreano” Howes in a 15-year quest to unearth the history that falls between the notes of this unique music. Tirelessly, Howes scoured obscure, remote areas for the original vinyl recordings and the artists who made them, going so far as to send messages in Inuktitut over community radio airwaves in hopes that these lost cultural heroes would resurface.
With cooperation and guidance from the artists, producers, family members, and behind the scenes players, Native North America (Vol. 1) sheds real light on the painful struggles and deep traditions of the greater Indigenous community and the significance of its music. The songs speak of joy and spirituality, but also tell of real tragedy and strife, like that of Algonquin/Mohawk artist Willy Mitchell, whose music career was sparked by a bullet to the head from the gun of a trigger-happy police officer, or those of Inuk singer-songwriter Willie Thrasher, who was robbed of his family and traditional Inuit culture by the residential school system.
*Willie Dunn, photo courtesy of artist
Considering the financially motivated destruction of our environment, the conservative political landscape, and corporate bottom-line dominance, it’s bittersweet to report that the revolutionary songs featured on Native North America hold as much meaning today as when they were originally recorded. Dedicated to legendary Métis singer-songwriter and poet Willie Dunn, featured on the anthology but who sadly passed away during its making, Native North America (Vol. 1) is only the beginning. A companion set featuring a crucial selection of folk, rock, and country from the United States’ Lower 48 and Mexico is currently in production.
Deluxe 2xCD set features a hard-cover 120 page book with comprehensive liner notes by Kevin “Sipreano” Howes, artist interviews, unseen archival photos, and lyrics (with translations). Deluxe 3xLP set includes 60 page booklet with all the same goodies as the deluxe CD and is housed in a “Tip-On” slip case with three “Tip-On” jackets. Pre-order now and receive limited edition tan wax, tote bag and sticker!