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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
(Strawberry Rain)

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
(Waxwork)

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. 

Donnie & Joe Emerson – Still Dreamin’ Wild: The Lost Recordings 1979-81 | Pre-order

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

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Donnie & Joe Emerson - Still Dreamin’ Wild: The Lost Recordings 1979-81
LITA 115 (LP | CD | Digital)
Available: June 17, 2014
Pre-order Now!

Some people have to wait for fame; some people wait even longer than most. Donnie and Joe Emerson are in a league of their own.

As teenagers in Fruitland, Washington in the late ‘70s, the farming brothers dreamed of being heard. The synthesizers were sometimes crude and the 8-track recorder had its limitations, but the brothers aimed at nothing short of perfection in their home studio on the farm. They titled their 1979 debut Dreamin’ Wild, and, as multi-instrumentalist Donnie later admitted, “Joe and I basically lived the dream of the title of the album.” The same goes for their parents who heavily believed in their sons’ musical dreams, taking out a second mortgage on the farm and investing $100,000 in a dream that refused to die. But their privately funded, private press record sank without trace, the family lost most of their 1,600 acre farm, and as Joe focused on the family farming business, Donnie focused on his solo career.

As for Dreamin’ Wild, things began to change three decades later, when record collector Jack Fleischer bought a copy of the album for $5 at a Spokane thrift shop. Something about the brothers’ smiles, bouffant hair, and matching white jumpsuits gave him a good feeling. Fleischer’s blogging about the album brought it to the attention of cult musician Ariel Pink, who recorded his own version of standout track “Baby.” Eventually re-released on Light In The Attic and widely available for the first time, the album chimed louder a lifetime after its conception: Pitchfork described it as a “a godlike symphony to teen hood.” The New York Times flew out to the family farm, while Jimmy Fallon took to Twitter to proclaim his love for the duo.

But Dreamin’ Wild does not tell the full story. In a relatively short span of time – just two and half years – the boys put close to 70 songs down on tape, all recorded at that magical home studio on the farm. A dozen of them are included here on Still Dreamin’ Wild: The Lost Recordings 1979-81 and ready to be enjoyed for the first time ever. With a familiar blend of FM rock, power pop, and new wave, these 12 tracks cover the entirety of that fruitful period, stretching from the second song Donnie ever recorded (“Everybody Knows It”) – to tracks documenting his temporary move to L.A. in 1981.

Donnie’s life story is in these songs. Where Dreamin’ Wild captures the teenage experience, Still Dreamin’ Wild tells a broader story, one in which teenage dreams turn to painful yearning. So where the Beach Boys indebted “Ooh Baby Yeah” is inspired by a teenage girlfriend, “Big Money” shows the emergence of a naive political awareness. Later, 1981′s “One True Love” captures the sound of what Donnie described as “the city as imagined from the farm,” and the epic closing track, “Don’t Disguise The Way You Feel” found Donnie after high school, feeling stifled and frustrated in the isolation of the countryside and mourning the loss of his friend and occasional backing vocalist Dwayne. It is, quite simply, heartbreaking.

The long-belated success of Dreamin’ Wild has given the Emerson brothers – still close, and still the heart of a loving family – a new lease of life. They’ve finally taken their music on the road, performing at Seattle’s Showbox followed by New York’s Mercury Lounge. Still Dreamin’ Wild proves that the album wasn’t a fluke, and that Donnie’s songwriting is as consistent as it is rare. All this time later, we finally have the pleasure of hearing the brothers’ music. And the good news? They’ve still got the jumpsuits.

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* Photo by David Black

  • First ever release
  • All tracks newly re-mastered from original tapes
  • LP housed in a deluxe Stoughton “Tip-On” gatefold jacket
  • Liner notes by Jack D. Fleischer, interviewing Donnie & Joe
  • LP includes download card
  • Color vinyl editions (comes with a “Jingle Demo Reel” 7″ featuring 4 unreleased jingles Donnie wrote for local Washington businesses back in the day)
    - 200 on “Snow White” wax + 7″ ( LITA Vinyl subscriber exclusive
    - 500 on “Baby Blue” wax + 7″ (LITA.net pre-orders exclusive – limit 2 per customer)
    - 100 on “Red/Black Shag” wax + 7″ (LITA Shop exclusive – limit 2 per customer)

Stream the track “Ride The tide” from Still Dreamin’ Wild: The Lost Recordings 1979-81 below…

Weekly Distro Roundup with Jon Treneff!

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

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Why’s the man always tryin’ to keep us down?!  After taxes, social security, insurances, extractions, pet acupuncture, and new swaddling threads, we barely have two quarters to rub together for half a taco on the dollar menu.  It’s enough to make us wanna DROP-OUT.  For good!  This week we pay tribute to the weirdos, outsiders, and straight-up ahead-of-their-timers who didn’t give a flyin’ fig for the central scrutinizer and his rules – including the original WTF-er’s – creepy old white people!

Spike – Orange Cloud Nine
(Golf Channel Recordings)

Hot tamales! Just when we think there can’t possibly be anything left in the abandoned mine of forgotten/outsider/pop-weirdos…well, don’t look down – it’s a pit of SPIKE! Spike was a lone gunman in the profile assassination plot if ever there was one. An officially certified “fool” (by the Dutch government), Spike Wolters was a drop-out of all things drop-out-able. But instead of frittering away his unlimited free minutes playing Mario Kart, he got down to recording four home-made LPs of staggering originality and imagination. Orange Cloud Nine collects the best of these recordings and makes a pretty unimpeachable case for sticking it to the man, forever. Spike perfected a form of lo-fi, instantly memorable pop groove that brings to mind Ariel Pink, Cleaners From Venus, or Dire Straits on acid. Seriously amazing stuff here, and one of the more exciting, out-of-nowhere finds we’ve come across in awhile.

 

Various Artists – Anthology of American Folk Music Vol. 1-4
(Mississippi Records)

Big week for blowing it out of the water here! Mississippi went and did what they were born to do and reissued EXACT reproductions of Harry Smith’s indispensable Anthology of American Folk Music compilations! Each volume is two LPs – all sleeved in beautiful cloth-bound reproductions of the original packaging – including the booklets! That’s already three exclamation points, I know – but these records deserve it (!). Unavailable on vinyl for years, and never with the painstaking attention paid here, these are beyond essential documents of the Old Weird America. Highly limited, one-time limited pressings here. Get in touch with your haunted past before it disappears again forever.

 

Icecross – Icecross
(Rockadrome | Lion Productions)

Rippers Alert: Heavy shreddage on board! Icelandic skull-bangers Icecross unleashed their sole slab of raw power in the pivotal year of 1973 (the best year for music, according to sources). Neither punk nor metal were totally a “thing” yet, but this Arctic blast of insanity managed to channel the dark girth and complexity of emerging stoner bands like Black Sabbath while predicting the raw, fevered intensity of the punk scene to come. There’s also more than a hint of early Blue Oyster Cult and the Detroit garage contingent in here, somehow forging a totally unique take on all of these inter-related yet disparate influences. Incredibly obscure for decades, this is a heavy MUST for heavy heads.

 

 

George Brigman – Jungle Rot
(Obscure Oxide | Lion Productions)

The label describes this as “the sound of broken Baltimore,” and from the album cover depicting a young Brigman (monster doobie in lip) posed amongst the ruins of an abandoned building, to the fried sounds housed within, we can’t argue one bit. Jungle Rot was conceived in 1975 by the teenage Brigman as a conceptual tribute to British psych-blues band The Groundhogs. While the ‘hogs influence can certainly be felt, this is a distinctly American take on it – meaning way more punk and garage – and home-recorded. More psychedelic and blues-y than The Stooges, too raw and damaged for traditional heavy blues-rock fans, Jungle Rot also had the misfortune of arriving just a nose or two ahead of the punk movement – ensuring that the audience for this was limited to the pile of rubble on the album cover. Psych/Punk/Blues before you even knew!

All titles mentioned above are available through our online shop or at our Seattle record store (913 NW 50th St., Ballard).

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!

Bobby Charles – “Bobby Charles” | Out Now!

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

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Bobby Charles – Bobby Charles
LITA 111 (LP)
Out Now!

Now available: Bobby Charles’ 1972 self-titled album! Bobby Charles pioneered the musical genre known as ‘swamp rock’ – he wrote the early rock n roll classic “See You Later, Alligator” (best known via the version by Bill Haley & the Comets). Another early gem penned by Bobby Charles was “Walking to New Orleans” as recorded by Fats Domino. He also appeared at the legendary “Last Waltz” concert in 1976 – in which he performed “Down South in New Orleans” accompanied by The Band and Dr. John.

The album features 10 Bobby Charles classics supported by his friends Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, and Richard Manuel of The Band, long time Neil Young sidekick Ben Keith, Bob Dylan’s former running mate Bob Neuwirth, session maverick Amos Garrett, the esteemed Dr. John, Geoff Muldaur and several others.

This is the first time in decades that this seminal album has appeared in its original vinyl LP format! The has been re-mastered from the original tapes and is packaged in a beautiful gatefold sleeve!

Weekly Distro Roundup with Jon Treneff!

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

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WHAT?! – did somebody say CUPID!?! In honor of this most cherubic (fat) of Gods, we have an EXTRA erotic Distro Spotlight cooked up this week. Whether it’s Doom Rock, Hardcore, or Geek-Pop that gets your baby’s blood pumping, we’ve got something to thread that bow with! Happy Valentine’s Day! We love you too…

 

Iron Claw – Iron Claw | 2xLP
(Rockadrome/Lion Productions)

Stop – It’s The Claw! Anybody? Anybody? The point is, these jamz will stop you in your TRACKS. At least if you’re the type who prefers your doom enshrouded by a layer of humboldt fog (not the cheese) and a black, cracked leather jacket. Iron Claw slithered to life as the world’s first known Black Sabbath cover band and eventually moved into writing their own material in the mold of their heroes. This is super raw, and heavy as heaven – the blueprints for what we now know as Doom Rock. Hooded robe required for entry.

 

Hysterics – Can’t I Live? | 7″
(M’Lady’s)

Whoa. This one explodes like a pipe-bomb from the first minute and doesn’t let up! Hysterics are four ladies out of Olympia who are generating some of the fiercest, most uncompromising punk we’ve heard since the Reagan Administration. Six devastating blasts that bring to mind the golden age of hardcore – from Minor Threat to Negative Approach – this lil’ piston can seriously hold it’s own in the company of any Top 5 Hardcore EPs of All Time list you’d care to assemble. Hold my suspenders, I’m going in the (circle) pit.

 

Dude York – Dehumanize | LP
(Help Yourself)

We turned-on to Help Yourself when they unleashed the excellent Chastity Belt LP last year, which soundtracked many a summer barbeque and trash-talking sesh around these parts. Dude York proves that the HY label domos may just have a knack for this so-called record label thing, plucking another rare specimen out of the NW wilderness. Dehumanize takes up residency in the long lineage of nervous nerds with guitars – from Jonathan Richman to early-Weezer. Many have passed through here, many have lost their way – distracted by the In-n-Out sign, presumably. Keep your eyes on the road and your hand up (on) the wheel.

 

Laurence Vanay – Evening Colours | LP
(Lion Productions)

Christ, ok – I’m exhausted too! There’s been some anxious listening in this week’s pile – so let’s take it down a notch and just chiiiilll, baby – ok? We crowed about the first Vanay record, Galaxies a couple-three weeks back, but like my old man always said “I love you both equally…but I like your brother more.” So it goes for Evening Colours – the sophomore effort from Jacqueline Thibault. As we noted before, the DNA for latter-day detached and moody Franco-phile acts like Stereolab and Broadcast can be found in these records. To these (golden) ears, Evening Colours has the edge – even more stripped-down and sublime than it’s predecessor, with a playful spirit that lets it glide over the sand trap of “serious” music.

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…

Free Basin’ Friday | Goblin – “Roller”

Friday, February 7th, 2014

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TGIF!!!! Today for Free Basin’ Friday we’re givin’ away a LP of Goblin‘s Roller! The album was the second record for Goblin and is one of the few Goblin albums that was not intended to be a soundtrack. Roller is considered by many to be their best effort!

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As mentioned earlier Roller is one of the few releases by Goblin that was not a soundtrack. So for a chance to win, come up with film treatment (lets say three sentences) for an imagined film with Roller as the soundtrackThe most creative submission wins! One submission per person. The winner will be chosen next Friday via email.

Weekly Distro Roundup with Jon Treneff!

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

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Hey World – Happy Thursday! Back again and coming thru with the latest n greatest in distro action from the soggy interior of the enchanted LITA HQ aka Seattle aka Jet City (Woman) aka home of THE FUTURE CHAMPIONS OF FOOTBALL. We’re so excited here we’re working with foam fingers on all week! So apologies in advance for the typos.

This week we’ve got a winter cornucopia of distro delights – something for everyone, I dare say. So let’s dispense with the small talk and colloquialisms and get down to chowing down, no?

Walker Brothers – Nite Flights
(Tizona)

A huge, huge jam on so many levels. After taking a long hiatus from the Bros. to focus on his solo career, this was where Scott Walker definitively broke away from the last moorings tying him to conventional pop-life. Subterranean and surprisingly funky, Nite Flights sounds more like Eno and Roxy Music than the baroque MOR-stylings that brought The Walkers to fame. A direct influence on Berlin-era Bowie, Ultravox, and the entire New Romantic/synth-pop movement of the ’80′s. Essential for everyone interested in anything.

 

Christopher Komeda – Rosemary’s Baby OST
(Waxwork)

Finally – the definitive edition of this creeper classic! Waxwork raised the roof on this one, sparing no expense in giving Komeda’s chilling score the ultra-deluxe treatment. Clear wax housed in a beautiful heavyweight gatefold, this is one of the more stunning visual artifacts we’ve had the pleasure of fondling in a minute. Immaculate conception, indeed!

 

Mod Subs – Primitive By Today’s Standards
(Steady Sounds/Beach Impediment)

Steady Sounds (one of our fave stores) lets loose this raw blast of southern punk fury into the world at last. Mod Subs were a short-lived Richmond outfit that took their cues from The Stooges and The Germs – and then dragged things down even further into the dirt. Primitive by almost all standards imaginable, this is the lost art of no-frills PUNK played at breakneck speeds. Limited to 300 and going OOP quicker than I can type OOP. Lemme see you bleed!

 

Ti Paris Et Sa Guitare – Ti Paris Et Sa Guitare
(Little Axe)

Fresh steps from our friends down the road, Little Axe (who also run a primo shop – do not miss whence in Portland). Real talk: 9 times outta 10 I can’t be bothered to cross the room for this kinda thing – but this be that number 10. Ti Paris was a Haitian troubadour, and folk hero for pretty much anyone coming of age from the ’50′s on. Super minimal, inventive songs built around skeletal guitar patterns, hand drums, and voice. Every song he wrote was like a Haitian “Wooly Bully.” Equally good for limbo parties or just wandering around the house blindly on Sunday morning.

*All titles mentioned above are available at the Light In The Attic record store in Seattle. Store is open on Friday from 12-8 PM weekly, and starting February, Saturday 12-4pm! 

Weekly Distro Roundup with Jon Treneff!

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

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Comin’ atcha from the darkest recesses of the universe (Seattle), this is yer boy Jon Treneff! You may remember me from the LITA Road Trip hustle, but I juggle a number of hats in this monkey house, one of them being dub organizer of Retail sales. Here at LITA Seattle HQ, we get so many great records in for distro every week, and we never seem to find the time to talk about them – UNTIL NOW! Starting today, we’ll be dedicating Thursdays to giving some shine to our recent faves from the stables of our distributed labels. Get on board (there’s a hot tub)!

Little Ann – Deep Shadows
(Timmion)

Back in print and layered for winter in a new luxurious gate-fold tip-on sleeve! Heads have been clamoring for this one ever since we blew through the OG re-issue a couple years back. A true obscure Northern Soul classic, this is hands-down one of the best “lost” records of the genre we’ve ever laid ears on.

 

Don Peake – The Hills Have Eyes
(One Way Static)

Wes Craven’s 1977 stunner finally gets the deluxe reissue treatment. Don Peake backed the likes of Ike & Tina and wrote the music for Knight Rider, but here he delves into some truly eerie experimental sound-scapes befitting this horror classic. These won’t last long, so grip a copy before they’re dragged into a broke-down Chevy, never to be seen again.

 

Laurence Vanay – Galaxies
(Lion Productions)

Cinematic grooves from Jacqueline Thibault, wife of music producer and musician Laurent Thibault of Magma. Really ahead-of-it’s-time action here, pointing the way forward to early-Broadcast and the sultry exotica of Stereolab. Turn out the lights and make the world go away.

 

SR008-BlindOwl-WEB Blind Owl – Blind Owl
(Strawberry Rain)

Real hazy-shade-of-winter jams here. Impossibly rare Canadian private press recorded at home in Ontario, and reminiscent of Jacksons Frank and Browne, Linda Perhacs, or Neil Young’s more tender moments. Delicate sounds for gentle people.

*All titles mentioned above are available at the Light In The Attic record store in Seattle. Store is open on Friday from 12-8 PM weekly, and starting February, Saturday 12-4pm!