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News Titles from Machu Picchu / M’Lady’s

Monday, August 18th, 2014

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We’ve got two new titles from Machu Picchu / M’Lady’s. Hot on the heels of the ecstatically received reissue of ANONYMOUS’ classic album Inside the Shadow, Machu Picchu Ltd. has just announced the reissue of their elusive and legendary follow-up: No Longer Anonymous. After the 1976 release of Inside the Shadow, the group decided to change their name to JRIDER (after the second cut on the Anonymous LP) and pursued a similar rich vein of impeccable songwriting, this time adding more hard rock to the mix, resulting in a fantastic sounding album that sadly went unreleased at the time. This record is highly recommended for everyone who enjoyed Inside the Shadow, and it also happens to come with an entire unreleased album of songs recorded by the group’s visionary songwriter Ron Matelic!

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Next up is THE CONTENTS ARE’s debut album, originally issued in 1967 in an edition of just 100 copies. This record, more rumored than heard, lives at a wild nexus in American culture, simultaneously expansive and reflective, searching for answers in society through music and art. The German label Shadoks first reissued this legendary set almost ten years ago, but Machu Picchu brings you a new deluxe edition of Through You, this time with the very special addition of the band’s two non-album 45s. Let this record turn you on to new horizons.

WEEKLY DISTRO ROUNDUP WITH JON TRENEFF!

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

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Happy belated International Left-Handers Day!  (Sorry, lefties – I don’t write the schedule for these things!).  Robert Deniro, Jerry Seinfeld, The Olsen Twins (NOT Ashley), OPRAH!, Leonardo Da Vinci!  Just a few examples of famous lefties out there, reminding the world that, despite being in the minority, they’re actually smarter, hotter, and more successful than everyone else.  Stick with me – we have a highly advanced list today -  in tribute to all those beautiful, more highly evolved left-handers!

We were just reminiscing about the days of getting dropped off at the mall and setting security guards on fire, when what do you know – Waxwork drops the Chopping Mall soundtrack!  The young upstarts again pull out all the stops here, with glorious laminate gloss jackets and sassy pink fluorescent vinyl inside.  Did we forget to mention the wailing synth guitar lines also included on said wax?!  Don’t sleep – like every WW release, these will be gone in the blink of an eye.

 

Mega-ripper back in print after a brief re-appearance a couple years back.  We blew through these the first time so we’re psyched to finally have these back in the saddle!  The Jerusalem record is one of the ture holy grails of the early UK hard rock/proto-metal scene.  Produced by Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan, the fruit don’t fall far from the tree, sounding not unlike the classic hard-charging DP records, with a hint of Sabbath’s proto-doom thrown in to sweeten the deal.  Classic Headbanger’s Ball material!

 

The Laze – Phantom of the Opera LP
(One Way Static)

Stunning modern re-imagined soundtrack to Lon Chaney’s classic Phantom of the Opera.  The Laze canvas the perimeter of classic soundtrack modes to come up with their own, completely unique interpretation on this horror touchstone.  Running the gamut from Carpenter-synths, to classical guitar, to Goblin-esque prog, to straight up metal, these guys prove capable of inhabiting any form they please, while still making it hang together as a complete vision.  Packaged with the attention to detail we’ve come to expect from One Way Static.

All titles mentioned above are available through our online shop or at our Seattle record shop (913 NW 50th St., Ballard). The shop is open Friday 12-8pm and Saturday 12-4pm.

Now Distributing Polysom!

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

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We are happy to announce that we are now distributing the Brazilian label Polysom. Hidden in the Rio suburb of Belford Roxo, Polysom not only reissues some amazing classic Brazilian LPs but also runs the only pressing and production plant in all of South America.

Polysom was founded by Nilton Rocha in 1997 with equipment purchased from Brazilian major labels Poly Gram and Continental. When demand for vinyl slowed in the 90s due to the onset of the compact disc era, manufacturers in South America began to slip into extinction. Rocha made it decades before the diminished demand forced him to pulled the plug on Polysom. However, the owners of the Brazilian independent label Deckdisc purchased Polysom in 2009 and reopened it the next year. Since then, Polysom has been full steam ahead, producing top notch vinyl with quality on par with its northern hemispheric counterparts. The future is now bright for Polysom as they plan to begin offering picture discs and colored vinyl.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR ENTIRE DISTRIBUTION CATALOG FOR POLYSOM! 

Weekly Distro Roundup With Jon Treneff !

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

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The song remains the same they say, but whoever “they” were never heard Severed Heads. Rather, there’s been a near-endless bounty of earthly delights flowing through the distro dykes lately, so let’s dispense with the small talk and get down to the chow, shall we?!

Fabio Frizzi – City Of The Living Dead
(Death Waltz)

Death Waltz alert! Another essential soundtrack from Fabio Frizzi, who we haven’t seen blessed with a DW catalog number since the label’s fledgling release, the ever-popular Zombi 2 soundtrack. The Italian maestro really shines here – with his signature synths and dry drum programming conjuring the dead to rise again! If you drool over Giorgio Moroder’s Cat People soundtrack as much as us, you’ll need to cop this on the double, as it sounds like Moroder might have ripped a page or two from the Book of Frizzi. Soooo good!!!

 

Il Balletto Di Bronzo – Sirio 2222
(Lion Productions)

Major burn alert! A few months back we got in the reissue of Il Balletto’s second album, Ys, and while it has a rip ratio all it’s own, Sirio 2222 is really what it’s all about for us. Rawer, and more direct than Ys, Sirio 2222 was one of the first albums of what would become the signature Italian Acid/Psych/Prog sound, and one of the pillars of the scene. These were Italians taking UK hard rock like Zeppelin and Sabbath and making it something uniquely theirs. Limited to 1k and going fast!

 

Various Artists – Kontroversial Kovers
(Reprieve)

Finally got enough of these in to list! What could easily have been a modest curio turns out to be an unexpectedly stellar compilation of Kinks covers. It doesn’t hurt having all of the 32 tracks come from ’60′s Mod/Garage/Freakbeat acts, who in a parallel dimension, might have been household names themselves. But ya ya hey – that’s the just the way the crumpet crumbles, eh lads? Instead, we get the next best thing – inspired interpretations of one of the richest songbooks in pop history, that also serve as introductions to some great forgotten bands of the day that you’ll wanna dig deeper into!

 

Severed Heads – Since The Accident & Slab City Horror
(Medical)

Long-overdue reissues of these singular, ahead-of-their-time, and still confounding records from Australia’s Severed Heads. Coming to fruition in the early-mid ’80′s, their experimentation with electronics, sampling, and synth texturing generally gets them lumped in with the Industrial bands with whom they shared a label (Nettwerk), but mainly, there just wasn’t a whole lot to compare this to in 1979. Released in 1983 and ’85, these records manage to sound just as challenging and unique today. Fans of Coil, Cabaret Voltaire, and Plunderphonics – this is your zone!

Free Basin’ Friday | Summer Edition

Friday, June 27th, 2014

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Summer is here! Time to bust out the BBQ and fill up the kitty pool.  In celebration of the summer solstice, this week for Free Basin’ Friday we’re giving away a copy of Kindred Spirits reissue of L’Orchestre Sidi Yassa De Kayes - L’Orchestre Sidi Yassa De Kayes!

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For a chance to win this week’s prize, tell us what’s your favorite summer record (an album that always gets loving during your 4th of July BBQ) and why. The winner will be notified next Friday via email.

 

News Titles from Votary Records!

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

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Based on the novel written by australian actor Roger Ward (Mad Max, Stone, Turkey Shoot), The Set is a cult Australian sexploitation film. Originally released in 1970, The Set was scored by the highly respected and unique jazz original Sven Libaek. Incorporating elements of baroque and sunshine pop as well as moody mod jazz, The Set is an incredible time-piece of Swinging Sydney.

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Scored for vince & Carol Serventy’s 1966 Australian Television series nature Walkabout, Sven Libaek’s pioneering soundtrack has long been considered the landmark recording of the unique genre, eco-jazz. impressionistic modern jazz composed for Television documentaries, library music, educational and travelogue films. Remastered from the original master tapes, this reissue is presented as a deluxe 180 gram Gatefold with rare photos from the Serventy archive, plus extensive liner notes by jazz writer Francis Gooding.

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Considered to be one of the pioneers of Psychoacoustics, Eric Siday is also acknowledged as a key name in the growth of 20th century electronic music. Siday was an important figure in the development of the Moog Synthesizer, his compositions were a testing ground for Bob Moog ideas, in turn shaping the technical advancement of the instrument. Pulling together a clutch of eerie atomic-age miniatures drawn from a series of rare 10” 78rpm library discs, this compilation explores Siday’s scientific study of sound, a concept he branded The Ultra Sonic Perception. The composition featured here were partially used as the soundtrack to the early 1960s Doctor Who TV series and showcases pioneering techniques used by this forward thinking composer.

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Cold Worlds is a collection of Horror-Electronics, supernatural soundscapes and sinister library muzak from Australian composer Don Harper. Centering on a previously unreleased score for the 1968 Doctor Who series The Invasion (a dark otherworldly sci-fi jazz suite), Cold Worlds is also a focus on the electronic music of this largely unsung composer. Harper’s compositions have been famously sampled by hip hop artist MF Doom. The album also includes compositions written by Harper for George Romero’s cult zombie classic Dawn of the Dead

WEEKLY DISTRO ROUNDUP WITH JON TRENEFF!

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

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World Cup Fever – everyone’s got it! Spain’s out, Gondwana’s late as usual, and Texas is creepin’ on a come up! Let the American futballs fall where they may, that’s what we say. At the end of the match, yer gonna need to blow some steam, up, down, or to the left. So take it easy (or don’t) – we’ve got somethin’ for ya!

 

Turn To Crime – Can’t Love
(Mugg & Bopp)

Who said Detroit is dead?! Since peacing-out of NYC and his old band, Awesome Color, Motown native Derek Stanton has kept his head down, slowly disseminating new solo work online. To say that Turn To Crime is some next level gamesmanship is putting it mildly. Played, produced, and recorded entirely by our man, TTC is Stanton coming into his own – molding something familiar yet disorienting from the standard garage and classic rock building blocks, layering his subtle guitar heroics and Lou Reed-isms over rhythm tracks that sound built from Can samples. An uncontested highlight around these parts and one to watch for ’14!

 

Mar-Vista – Visions of Sodal YeKelompok Kampungan – Self Titled 10″
(Strawberry Rain)

Take cover – two soft bombs showing up on satellite over the Pacific! Strawberry Rain does it again here, rolling aside boulders leading to underground rivers unseen by eyes of man or beast. Mar Vista’s Visions of Sodal Ye is about as deep a cut as they come – French private press synth-psych never circulated outside of the duo’s immediate locale. Too dark and animated to be new age, Mar-Vista could be a primitivist interpretation of kosmiche voyagers like Ash Ra Temple, Popol Vuh, or Terry Riley. Super unique and engrossing jams – Sodal Yeah!

On the other end of the spectrum, we have Kelompok Kampungan’s arresting 10″. Containing the overflow from last year’s excellent Mencari Tuhan reissue, the music here bathes in the same magic that made Mencari so special. A progressive folk ensemble from Thailand, Kelompok Kampungan were mostly untrained musicians who made their own instruments in an effort to re-create the sounds and rhythms of nature in their playing. If this all sounds too hippy-dippy, stick with me. A lot of psych/folk/world etc., albums pass through our doors here – this one made us stop in our tracks. 100% unique and amazing.

 

Ennio Morricone – L’uccello Dalle Piume Di Cristallo (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage)
(Cinevox/BTF)

Classic Morricone soundtrack composed for Dario Argento’s 1970 debut feature, L’uccello Dalle Piume Di Cristallo (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage). Morricone shows us again why he’s the maestro, marrying more conventional song-forms to the avant-garde arrangements employed in his Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza. From creepy, sing-song vocal melodies to hair-raising string blasts, all the trademark Morricone-isms are in full flower here. First ever vinyl release of the original score in stereo, on red vinyl (for a limited time).

Free Basin’ Friday | Konrad – “Evil”

Friday, June 13th, 2014

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We’re back this week with a special Father’s Day edition of Free Basin’ Friday! The prize is a copy of Ethereal Sequence’s reissue of Konrad – Evil. Recorded more than 25 years ago, the album is an odd collection of bedroom electropop that has since garnered cult status. The album has been restored from the original master tapes and includes a bonus 45 of three extremely rare tracks.

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Since Father’s Day is right around the corner, we want you to name the top 3 “dad rock” (aka “birkenstock rock”) songs. Dad rock is defined as “the standard set of songs from the 60s and 70s that boomers habitually listen to. Boomers try to get younguns to listen to dad rock by loading up ‘best song ever’ lists with them. Dad rockers have no desire to listen to recent music and are stuck in the past.” The list that is the most spot-on wins! The winner will be notified next Friday via email.

Weekly Distro Roundup with Jon Treneff!

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

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Happy Father’s Day week! Here at LITA World HQ (LLC, Inc. ) we feel the mixed emotions you may be going through leading up to this most holy of days. Namely, what to buy for the Dad who has everything, and hates everything he doesn’t have? We feel your pain, my brethren! But no matter who yer daddy is this year, we’ve got something to put the spring back in his Buster Browns! What’s that you say – YOU’RE the Daddy here?! Even better! Treat yourself, Big Papa!

 

Staple Singers – Uncloudy Day / Will The Circle Be Unbroken? / Swing Low
(Mississippi)

Hallelujah! After decades of basically ZERO presence on vinyl, Mississippi brings the Staple Singers back into the 12″ realm. These are exact repros of the famous family’s first three albums, and as important to gospel and American music as Johnny Cash or Loretta Lynn were to country. Though they went on to great Top Ten chart success in the ’70s with the Stax label, these early Vee-Jay recordings are arguably their most enduring legacy. Far from the typical soul-groove recordings still heard on the radio today, these records are basically (barely) electrified Southern spirituals – minimal and haunting songs stripped to the marrow, with only Pops’ Staples heavily reverbed guitar and his offspring’s heavenly voices holding the music aloft. Timeless, transportive hymns that transcend decades, centuries, and tastes. You need this in your life.

 

Guy Skornik – Pour Pauwels
(Lion Productions)

Big SKOR for fans of French pop – and eccentric art-pop in general! Guy Skornik was a mystic explorer, gifted musician, and member of the forward-thinking Popera Cosmic collective. When he wasn’t busy presenting television reports on Eastern mysticism and LSD, he was recording orchestrated prog-pop, culminating in 1970′s Pour Pauwels LP. Inspired by counterculture hero and author Louis Pauwels’ revolutionary bestseller The Morning of the Magicians, Pour Pauwels is a heady concept album that manages to forge all of Skornik’s interests into a classic of French prog-pop. Right up there with Serge Gainsbourg’s Melody Nelson and the trailblazing work of Jean-Claude Vannier. Limited to 500 and going fast!

 

Country Lips – Nothing To My Name
(Country Lips)

After years of road-testing in the West Coast’s top dives and speakeasys, Seattle’s rowdiest sawdust stompers bring forth their debut album. What’s all the ruckus about?! These guys pretty much spell it out for you in the name – COUNTRY music, with a lotta LIP!!! Rolling through nine members deep, this wrecking crew takes the M.O. of ’70′s outlaw country a la Willie, Waylon, and Johnny Paycheck and cranks the foot-stompin’ factor up to 11! Incredibly, Nothing To My Name manages to translate the energy of their raucous live show to wax, while spotlighting the group vocal harmonies that can get lost in the heated moment of a live hootenany. Get your summer off to a proper rip-snortin’ start!

All titles mentioned above are available through our online shop or at our Seattle record shop (913 NW 50th St., Ballard). The shop is open Friday 12-8pm and Saturday 12-4pm.

Weekly Distro Roundup with Jon Treneff!

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

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Shadoks vinyl!!!  Shadoks vinyl!!!  Shadoks vinyl!!!  Shadoks vinyl!!!  Shadoks vinyl!!!  We’re over the moon over here!  After all, it’s not every day (or life, for that matter) you get the chance to work with the esteemed and legendary Shadoks label! Shadoks has been at the forefront of amazing boutique psych reissues since boutique psych reissues were just a glimmer in yer pappy’s aviator shades. Every release is a hand-made, painstaking labor of love, with high-quality packaging, sound, and liner notes – in strictly limited editions of 500.

We have stock on the ENTIRE Shadoks vinyl catalog, as well as the fresh slices highlighted below -  all making their debuts on North American shores!  Check the website for the full rundown.

 

Ernan Roch / Lazarus  / Young Flowers 
(Shadoks)

Ernan Roch’s La Onda Pesada is one of the great lost Mexican psych-folk classics.  Sung entirely in English, this has a laid-back West Coast groove that we might incline to call “folk-funk,” a la Relatively Clean Rivers, but with fuzzed-out guitar leads that will ring the bell of Quicksilver Messenger Service freaks.  So good!  Lazarus showed up with far more ambitious plans on their impossibly rare debut.  Imagine Soft Machine or Caravan recording a concept album about Lazarus coming back from the dead as a hell-bent zombie and you’re on the right path.  Killer hard-blues/psych – the sound and playing on this is out of this world!  Any heavy head will tell you - Young Flowers were THEE definitive Danish psych/blues act, and “Blomsterpistolen (flower pistols)” is their masterpiece.  Heavily influenced by Hendrix, Cream, Canned Heat, and the like, this record holds it’s own, with an insane guitarist and heavy musical lifting across the board.  There’s a whole world out there – stop and smell the blomsterpistolens!

 

L’Orchestre Sidi Yassa De Kayes – L’Orchestre Sidi Yassa De Kayes
Le Kene-Star De Sikasso – Hodi Hu Yenyan
Amadou Ballake – Bar Konon Mousso Bar
Woima Collective – Frou Frou Rokko
(Kindered Spirits)

New mother lode of African reissues par excellence from the always reliable Kindred Spirits folks. L’Orchestre Sidi Yassa De Kayes and Le Kene-Star De Sikasso are two peas in a pod, showcasing the movements of some of the scene’s key players. The Mali orchestras worked much as the jazz combo might have worked on this continent – as a revolving door and training ground for young players to cut their teeth in an established group before casting off to form their own combos. Both of these records feature slightly altered combinations of the same players, and follow the same strange, magic thread – sounding as natural as the dirt under foot, and completely unlike anything of the known world. Like catching a phantom satellite signal on your transistor radio, under the sheets.

Amadou Ballake and Woima Collective are the then and now of rambunctious Afro-beat. Mr. Ballake was a James Brown-indebted wailer from Burkina Faso. Bar Konon Mousso Bar was a massive hit in his homeland, for good reason – this whole record is a scorcher that warms up at 360 degreez and just keeps going from there. Top shelf! Woima Collective are an offshoot of German Afro-soul-beat revivalist ground-floorers, Poets of Rhythm (check Daptone’s boss vinyl anthology), and probably one of the more real-deal units doing it, to our Mrs. Dash-seasoned ears. Hotter than a dutch oven in Georgia!

 

The Vampires – The Vampires Underground
Edip Akbayram – Edip Akbayram
(Pharaway Sounds)

Stop us if we’re windbagging – but it’s been awhile! So many new jams, and they’re all worth your time! Both of these new Pharaway platters are gonna blow doors on your next Go-Go shindig – trust! The Vampires Underground is by far one of the most obscure, and strangest, psych-funk exploitation albums ever. A band of Indian guys in East South Africa playing instrumental psych-garage-surf-funk, The Vampires put their unique stamp everything from “Unchain My Heart” to “Funky Broadway,” making it their own with fuzzed-out guitars, bongos, and a killer rhythm section. The best kind of great record – an accidental one. Along with Erkin Koray and Baris Manco, Edip Akbayram is one of the Big Three when it comes to Turkish delights. This is an exact repro of his debut album, and a totally essential psych-fuzz tome for any and all of the above. Woo-hoo!

All titles mentioned above are available through our online shop or at our Seattle record shop (913 NW 50th St., Ballard). The shop is open Friday 12-8pm and Saturday 12-4pm.