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2015 Light In The Attic Subscription – Part I

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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To avoid heavy international postage costs for LP Subscribers, orders outside North America will be sent in 2 parts: the first 4 LPs will be sent together and then the second batch of 4 LPs will be sent together.

As 2014 draws to a close and with the new year nigh, we are happy to announce the latest and greatest Light In The Attic Subscription Package! Just like our previous subscription installments, the first edition for 2015 comes chock-full of exclusive perks for all you loyal Light In The Attic devotees. Expect special colored wax on many of these releases along with bonus ephemera only available to subscribers. Last year, members received elite bonus swag including a Country Funk II-themed, limited edition bandana and a previously unreleased 7″ of original radio jingles by the one and only Donnie Emerson (half of the brotherly duo who brought you Donnie & Joe’s Dreamin’ Wild). Now, we mustn’t reveal all the juicy details just yet… but we can give you a sweet taste of what’s in store for the first half of 2015!

 

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Lizzy Mercier Descloux – Press Color
Light In The Attic
(LITA 134 | CD | 2xLP)

Originally released on legendary French label ZE Records, this is the debut album by Lizzy Mercier Descloux. The Parisian poet, painter, actor, and prolific self-taught musician was an influential character in the late 70s New York underground. Along with partner Michel Esteban, Mercier Descloux established the magazine Rock News and ran in the same circles as Patti Smith and Richard Hell. She became a genre-defying artist, pioneer of worldbeat and avant-garde rock, and supreme minimalist of the no wave genre in her own right. Press Color is Lizzy’s debut long player and owes more to disco, funk, and film scores than punk rock, all recorded within a two week span. Although largely forgotten, the album has received critical acclaim, being called “the real thing” by Uncut magazine. This Record Store Day exclusive, presented in an expanded gatefold edition with bonus tracks, will sell out, but your subscriber loyalty guarantees you a copy.

Here is a cool clip of Lizzy dancing her heart out on French TV to the Press Color classic “Fire”–with an introduction by the one and only Serge Gainsbourg:

 

 

 

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The Supreme Jubilees – It’ll All Be Over
Light In The Attic
(LITA 120 | CD | LP)

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 released their first–and, prophetically, only–album, It’ll All Be Over in 1980 on their own S&K label. It’ll All Be Over pinpoints a fatalistic mood exemplified by the title. Its lyrics draw from the Old Testament, its sound from the church by way of the disco. It is, as Jessica Hundley observes in the brand new liner notes, “both apocalyptic and seductive.” After the LP was pressed, the group took their music on tour, first in California, where they played with acts including the Gospel Keynotes, The Jackson Southernaires, and the Mighty Clouds of Joy, and then on an ill-fated trip to Texas. A follow-up album was planned for 1981, but it never materialized; having slept sometimes a dozen to a room in Texas, the men in the band were reluctant to leave jobs, wives, and kids for the hardship of the road. The group simply fizzled out, even if the friendships and family ties never did. A copy of the album sold to a fan on that Texan 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 family 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 marks the first LP reissue, fully restored and remastered, and the first time ever on CD. LITA subscribers will receive a copy of this lost gem on exclusive “sunset orange” wax.

Click below to witness the unique sounds of The Supreme Jubilees:

 

 

As a subscriber, you will receive:

+ The first 8 LPs released from Light In The Attic during the first half of 2015, excluding box sets.

+ Select LP releases will include special Subscriber-Only colored wax (when colored vinyl is pressed), not available for non-subscribers or anywhere else in the known universe.

+ 15% off ALL online orders for first half of 2015, excluding subscriptions and gift certificates (discount code to be sent post-purchase). NB: Discounts may not be used towards the subscription purchase.

+ Includes various rarities and exclusives throughout the remainder of year

+ Free shipping for Subscription titles

+ Due to licensing restrictions, not every LP release will include a digital download coupon

BECOME A LIGHT IN THE ATTIC SUBSCRIBER TODAY!

 

Spooky Distro Roundup With Jon Treneff!

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

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WHASSUP YOU CRAZEE GHOULS?! In case you’ve been out in the shed working on your sexy Headless Horseman and Ichabod Crane couples costume – let us remind you of the real spirit of Halloween – buying spooky records! So put down the pumpkin-flavored thong for a second, and try these on for size!

Douglas Pipes – Trick R Treat
(Waxwork)

CAN I GET A DUUUUUUUUHH??!?!! I mean, it’s the new jam on Waxwork so you know this is 200% over-the-top deluxe pimp-style, right?! People call this a modern Halloween classic – but what do they know? All we know is the bonus LP is an entire disc of spooky Halloween sound effects, sourced from the film. That, and the girl from True Blood was in this, so listen for that trademark “surprised inhale”.

 

Truth & Janey – Erupts!
(Lion Productions)

Many moons and sixpence ago we stocked T&J’s most excellent No Rest For The Wicked. Sadly, like a SPECTRE, it vanished as fast as it appeared – back, one can only assume, into the undead shredder’s grave depicted on the cover (Google it). FRET not (get it) ye depraved slaves to the six-string battle-axe! Erupts!, um…ERUPTS out of the foul earth to give you perverted metal maniacs another shot at life – after death, that is! Don’t think – just buy this now or forever REST IN PEEEAACCE.

 

Ennio Morricone – Il Gatto A Nove Code
(Cinevox)

Finally got enough of these to list! Among the deluge of Morricone soundtracks flooding LITA HQ in recent months, this is by far one of our faves. Like a cat, this one is slinky and a little devious. By turns, one of the grooving-est and creepiest works in the maestro’s catalog – and a perfect companion to this year’s pumpkin smashing duties.

All the other scary soundtracks in the world!

Friday the 13th! House of the Devil! Halloween II & III DEEE-LUX RE-ISSUUUUE!!! Get in the SPIRITS, you FREEAKZ! Yes, I mean liquor.

Manufacturing Delays

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

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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.

Cassette Store Day 2014 Sale!

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

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Mark it on your calendars, Cassette Store Day is this Saturday, September 27th! Thirty years ago cassettes helped revolutionize the music industry by making music more accessible. With the help of the Walkman, people could listen to their music anywhere in the world. Although the new format had lower fidelity than vinyl, they were cheaper, smaller and more durable.  The ability to record and rerecord on cassette opened the doors to the birth of the almighty mixtape, a blank canvas for musical self expression. Lest we forget the feeling of making that special someone the perfect mix. The blood, sweat and tears it took to meticulously dub each handpicked track in real time. Ahhh simpler times those were.

In celebration of that warm and fuzzy analog sound, we’re going to have a sale on Cassette Store Day at our record shop in Ballard. Everything in the shop will be 10% off, including cassettes, CDs, LPs, etc. We’re also going to be offering a buy 2 get one free promotion. And on top of all that, with each purchase you’ll receive a free Donnie and Joe mix tape (while supplies last)!! So celebrate that loveable warm and fuzzy analog sound by picking up some limited edition Cassette Store Day exclusives. For more info and a full list of Cassette Store Day exclusives visit www.cassettestoreday.us

The Light In The Attic record shop is located at 913 NW 50th St. Seattle, Wa 98107.

LITA At MondoCon In Austin, TX!

Monday, September 15th, 2014

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If you’re going be in Austin, TX on Sept. 20-21, stop by the Light In the Attic + One Way Static Records booth at MondoConWe’ll have all of our soundtracks (Surf Nazis Must Die, Street Trash + many more), as well as horror/soundtrack releases from Goblin, Ennio Morricone, and others. 

MondoCon is a convention that brings together film, music, comics, art, toys, and food.

Tickets available here.

All soundtrack available on our site as well!

“The Class of Nuke ‘Em High” & “Night Train to Terror” | Pre-order!

Monday, September 8th, 2014

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The Ship to Shore Phonograph Company has just announced their release of The Class of Nuke ‘Em High: Original Motion Picture Soundtrackfinally giving this classic unreleased soundtrack a proper release! With artwork by Godmachine and liner notes by director Lloyd Kaufman and Nuke ’Em High theme song composer Ethan Hurt, this is a release that any fan of horror cinema will go nuclear for. Pre-order HERE!

 

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Vinegar Syndrome and No Visible Scars bring you the hit song, “Everybody But You”, from the 1985 cult classic Night Train to Terror on a limited-edition 7″. This deluxe release comes hand-numbered and limited to 400 black vinyl & 100 blue/bone swirl (inserted randomly). Pre-order HERE!

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.

Free Basin’ Friday | Big Boys Tees!

Friday, August 15th, 2014

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It’s Friday, baby! You know what that means, right? Time for some free stuff! This week for Free Basin’ Friday, we’re giving away two kinds of limited edition Big Boys shirts designed by Minor Thread x Light In The Attic (available in sizes S-XL).

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Big Boys zealously embraced the DIY punk philosophy and would famously end each show with the foursome shouting, “OK y’all, go start your own band!” So for this week’s give away, we want you to come up with 3 band names for your fictional punk band. Please provide your answers in the comment box below. Winners will be chosen next Friday and notified via email. 

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!