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Record Store Day 2015!!!

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

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Is it vinyl Christmas already?! Boy have we got some treats for ya this year…

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Shogun Assassin

The Wu-Tang Clan is obsessed. It’s Kill Bill heroine Beatrix Kiddo’s favorite bedtime story. It’s an “awesome spectacle of sword and sorcery.” It’s Shogun Assassin

What began as an extensive manga series in the 70s called The Lone Wolf And Cub, shifted shapes into two different Japanese films, before being recut in 1980 and released to the grindhouse film circuit, chock full of brutal action and decapitations.

Our interest, of course, lies with the film’s ominous soundtrack, which blends eastern melodies with futuristic synths, electronic beats, and bouncing disco bass lines. Neither Japanese, nor authentic, this soundtrack is pretty damn badass.

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Heads up Los Angelenos, there will be a Cinefamily Heavy Midnite showing of Shogun Assassin on Record Store Day (April 18th). Join us, if you dare.

Check out the album’s opening track in the video below:

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Willie Nelson has over 300 albums, and Teatro might be the most misunderstood of them all. It also might be our favorite. Willie and collaborator Daniel Lanois (who produces, plays guitar and bass, and contributes track ‘The Maker’) set up camp in an abandoned movie theater in Oxnard, CA and recorded live among the red velvet seats with the help of Emmylou Harris and a nine piece backing band that included Willie’s sister, Bobbie Nelson on piano. Maybe it was intentional, maybe it was the faint smell of popcorn haunting the cinema, but somehow this album actually took on a rather cinematic feel. Howling harmonicas and distant mariachi bands evoke spaghetti western scores of the past. Yet this grandness is made to feel intimate and immediate by Willie and Emmylou’s vocals.

Here’s a track from the album:

 

 

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Legend has it that each year on Record Store Day, the Light In The Attic zine magically appears, as if by alchemy, in fine retailers across the globe. These small, ancient, newsprint catalogs of days gone by unveil highlights from the past year’s releases, teasers of things to come, and other pertinent musical musings.

This year, the zine gets a makeover; we spiced things up a bit to add just a touch more flare. In this issue, you’ll find new features like the first ever LITA-centric crossword puzzle, horoscopes, a fan art contest winner revealed, and new editorial features, both by and about the very employees at LITA who grease the cogs. There are exclusive interviews with Françoise Hardy, Willie Nelson, and Sly Stone; a feature on Native North America band Sugluk (who are feat. on cover clad in denim- if that’s not a tough look for 2015, we don’t know what is!), and secrets revealed about LITA co-owner Josh Wright! Pick one up fo’ free at your local wax purveyor!

The Story Behind Suicide Bridge

Friday, March 13th, 2015

At Light In The Attic, often the story behind a release is as interesting as the music itself. This is one of those cases. Earlier this week we announced the release of Songs From Suicide Bridge, a folk album by David Kauffman & Eric Caboor that was originally recorded in 1984. Today, we want to reveal a bit more of how the album came to be by giving you a collection of quotes from the album’s beautiful liner notes, which were written by Los Angeles writer and chronicler of place Sam Sweet, (All Night Menu). These are some of our favorite liner notes ever, as they really read like a short story, a simple yet meaningful one. And the rest of the story is told through the songs themselves.  

The Colorado Street Bridge, aka ‘Suicide Bridge,’ the place that inspired the tone of the album, the design of its cover and gatefold, and upon which the album art photos were taken:

  • Following its dedication, the Los Angeles Times called it ‘a way of loveliness.’ By the 1980s, locals simply called the grand structure ‘Suicide Bridge.’ In the seventy years since it opened, more than 100 people had successfully ended their lives by jumping off the edge. In one well-publicized  incident, a distraught mother pinned a note to her daughter’s coat, dropped her off the bridge, and then jumped behind her. The toddler became the only individual to survive the plunge, her fall broken by tree branches, a sandy landing, and the heavy coat in which she was wrapped.
  • The bridge had given Caboor chills as an eight-year-old, and he was unnerved to find it abandoned when he and Kauffman showed up with a photographer friend. They happened to visit during a brief  window when the bridge was closed for repair. While walking along the empty roadway, it was easy to feel that it had been shut down specifically for them.

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  • The Venue Where They First Met: One of the last folk venues in Los Angeles was located in the basement of the Echo Park United Methodist Church, a white Spanish stucco chapel hidden in plain sight among the burrito stands and car washes that crowded the  intersection of Sunset and Alvarado. Each Saturday night, the church janitor–an ex-drifter and folk singer named Mark Phillips–organized a makeshift coffeehouse where anyone could play.
  • More than collaborators, each was the other’s biggest fan and often his sole audience. They were never a duo in the conventional sense. Rather, as Kauffman put it, “We were two loners who happened to join forces.” They started out with dreams of getting a record deal, but after years of playing empty coffeehouses around Los Angeles they conceded defeat.
  • They commiserated about the unfairness of the music industry and the loneliness of Los Angeles.
  • On their mutual idol, Danny O’Keefe: Watching him play was just devastating for us. He’s a phenomenal guitarist–we were envious of that. His songwriting’s to die for– we were envious of that. We just thought to ourselves, ‘You know what, maybe we better just hang it up. If this guy can’t make it, no one can.’
  • Caboor eventually married and had a son who grew up calling  Kauffman ‘Uncle Dave.’

The Album: 

  • At some point, one of them suggested, half joking, that they should put all their darkest and least viable works together on one record, if only to spite the industry that had rejected them. It would be the debut that no one wanted to hear. When they  started plotting a song list they realize it was the record they wanted to hear. That was enough.
  • Everything was recorded onto a four-track portastudio that Caboor had purchased from a music store in Van Nuys. Being limited to four tracks forced them to layer instruments in unusual ways, and the machine only accepted blank cassettes, giving the recordings a ghostly, grainy texture.
  • They later came to accept that most of the promo copies probably ended up in cutout bins, although they did receive requests for additional copies from deejays in exactly two locations: Halifax, Nova Scotia and Sitka, Alaska. The album was formed by Los Angeles but its songs spoke to a drastically different climate.
  • They expelled something in the process of making the first album, and though they continued to hone their craft, the soul of their music was never as severe or as uncanny. ‘People would tell us those songs were depressing,’ said Caboor, ‘but it wasn’t depressing to us. In a lot of cases, playing those songs in that little room was one of the only things that made us feel any better.’

New Release | Grateful Dead – ‘Three From The Vault’

Thursday, March 12th, 2015
The wait is finally over and the exciting cap to our trilogy of Grateful Dead‘s From The Vault releases is finally here! The third time is indeed the charm! Following on the heels of One and Two From The Vaultcomes the final release in the trilogy, from our imprint Future Days Recordings, Three From The Vault.

 

For its first time every on vinyl, the album is spread out over four LPs house in a gatefold, tip-on jacket. It was newly re-mastered by Joe Gastwirt, with lacquers cuty by Kevin Gray. These twenty classic songs on eight sides of wax were recorded live at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York back in 1971, featuring the five piece line-up of Pigpen, Garcia, Weir, Lesh, and Kruetzmann. On the night these tracks were recorded, the Dead debuted seven brand new songs–all of which went on to become Dead “standards” including “Playing in the Band,” “Greatest Story Ever Told,” and two absolute classics: “Bird Song” and “Deal.”

We’ve got several different bundle offers for those who want to purchase multiple items from the trilogy and/or Dead shirts and posters! Check ‘em out on the release page.

Dead freaks rejoice!

New LITA Release! | ‘Songs From Suicide Bridge’ – David Kauffman & Eric Caboor

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

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It’s an important day at Light In The Attic headquarters. We’re releasing into the world a very special project that we’re particularly proud of. Gorgeously gutting, hauntingly beautiful, and impossible to find previously on vinyl, Songs From Suicide Bridge has been an office staple on repeat for years and it is an honor to finally be able to bring it to a wider audience.

 

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We love this album for its brilliant songwriting and emotional performances. We love its purity, authenticity, and simple beauty. We love the story of two close friends trying to make it in Los Angeles in the early 80s, but finding their heartfelt folk-rock lost in a sea of new wave pop, unappreciated and overlooked by the industry. To this day, David & Eric are in awe, almost skeptical, that we believe so much in this album. We can’t wait for them to see that (hopefully) you do too.

 

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Here’s one of our favorite tracks from the album, but really, they’re all good. Check it out here and if you like it, get the vinyl if you can because this album is best heard in full, not on a computer. Prepare for tears.

There are 200 deluxe white vinyl copies available, which come with an original ‘Greetings From Suicide Bridge’ postcard, featuring the album’s namesake, historical Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena, CA. 

 

 

This is why we love what we do here at Light In The Attic. We get to breathe new life into music like this that never got the love it deserves. We think it will most certainly find that love now.

 

Three New Titles From Shadoks Music

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

We’ve got three awesome new European underground reissues from Shadoks Music available for preorder this week!

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This is Shadoks Music’s third release from the great Finnish psych band, Charlies. Recorded in ’69-’70 in the drunk tank of the local jail (one of the member’s fathers was a police officer, so they were granted access), this album finally achieves the heavy underground quality that the band felt their previous releases lacked.

 

 

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Catching up with the love and peace sentiments of the rest of the Western world, Austrian band Nostradamus formed in Vienna in the late 60s. With influences such as The Jimi Hendrix Experience,  Cream, and King Crimson and the addition of a violinist, this album is one of the best and most unique Austrian releases of the time.

 

 

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Also influenced by powerful trios like Cream and The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Young Flowers formed in Copenhagen in 1967. Progressive and with a uniquely Scandinavian sound, Young Flowers released a second album in 1960, ‘No. 2′, which has since become one of the most important and sought after Danish albums. Full of fuzz guitar, great vocals and an underground vibe, Shadok’s reissue comes as the original did with a silver cover. Plus this version comes with a bonus poster. Oh and by the way, the band has two upcoming shows in Denmark!

New Distro Label: Futurismo!

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

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We’re delighted to present a fresh, bright label from London for whom we’ve just begun distributing. Futurismo‘s manifesto states:

We believe that neither pop nor art should be mutually exclusive, that the past and the future can synchronize in the moment, just as creativity, danger and fun can co-exist on the same plane. Life should be about fun after all. Serious fun.

Since it’s start in November of 2014, the label has put out several releases revolving around the genres of new wave, post-punk, no wave, avant garde pop, and synth punk. And with an eye to not only music, but art and fashion as well, Futurismo is a tastemaker to watch.

Delaney Jae Williams, the label’s director says:

My aim is to generally release objects by artists that need reappraisal or reinstating in the consciousness, using high-end production and forward thinking, innovative design. My intention is to give more attention to lesser known records than major labels give to revered recordings. My main interests are unreleased recordings and redux versions of existing records that include new artwork and extras.

We’ve got three great new releases from Futurismo available for preorder, each with multiple color variants:

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THIN LIZZY TUESDAY!

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

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Today marks the official release of our two new Thin Lizzy reissues Shades of a Blue Orphanage and Vagabonds of the Western World. We’re celebrating these releases with two events in New York City and a very special doodcast from DJ Fitz!

DJ Fitz’s Thin Lizzy Special

DJ FITZ DOODcast Thin Lizzy Special by Fitz5000 on Mixcloud

“Thin Lizzy are hands down the greatest Rock Band of the 1970s. They had Amazing Jams, Deep Basslines, and seriously Funky Drums, ask Afrika Bambaata, he will tell you. They stood out from the pack, mainly due to the Amazing Romantic, Mythical Songs written by Phil Lynott — tales of Heroes, Madmen, dangerous men and above all, the Banshee. They hold a special place in my Heart. Peace.” - DJ Fitz!!!

(His twitter @dj_fitzdoodcast if you want to tell him how he got your heart a-flutterin’!)

 

 

New York, We’re Comin’ For Ya (And We’re Bringin’ Lizzy!)

 

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In New Yawk, on Thursday, 2/26:

  • Listening Party at Captured Tracks in Greenpoint from 4pm-6pm (195 Calyer St. in between Manhattan Ave & Leonard Ave)

Super cool record shop Captured Tracks is doing a super cool thing: dedicated listening booths for individual labels. And we get to be one of the first!

  • LITA DJ Night at Daddy’s in Williamsburg, 9pm-1am (437 Graham Ave)

If you’re in NYC come warm us up by boogying down! We hail from delicate climes… Also, Thin Lizzy’s already started shipping out, so if you haven’t yet, get yours!

Rock Out With Thin Lizzy!!

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Hey Buffalo Gal,
Hey Baby Face,
Hey Teddy Boy,

Do you love Lizzy?

Hard and heavy, good-vibes Irish rocker lads Thin Lizzy hold good-time memories for so many of us. This is why we are so pleased to announce the official vinyl reissues of Thin Lizzy’s second and third albums, Shades Of A Blue Orphanage and Vagabonds Of The Western World.

Originally released in 1972, Shades Of A Blue Orphanage ranges from uninhibited and fuzzy to soft and tender. It’s an early psych-folk rendering of this sonic force that would come to rule the jukebox. Vagabonds Of The Western World (1973) is a confident and somewhat dangerous mix of blues, folk, psych, and Celtic music.

Two LP Bundle

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These two new albums are available for preorder today as either single LPs, a two-LP bundle, or a three-LP bundle along with the first eponymous Lizzy album we reissued in 2012. Each LP comes with deluxe gatefold “Tip-On” jackets, 180-gram vinyl, book-deep liner notes, and rare archive photos.

Whenever a Thin Lizzy song comes on, all of us here at LITA can’t help but smile big Christmas morning smiles. We love Lizzy. And now you can bring the boys home in their Sunday best, and sing along, Molly-o.

Distro Town, USA

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

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Happy holidays, you shopaholic freakz! That’s right – here at Club LITA, we remember the REAL reason for the season. We’re not necessarily saying you WON’T catch us in the street blowing a briefcase of Benjamins – but we’ll be getting twiiiissted on the way! So grab a flask, grab a triple peppermint mocha, grab your unspeakables, and get out there! Do your part to keep this surreal party barge we call the American economy jamming! In fact, why not start right now with these little stagflation squashers?!

 

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J. Rider – No Longer Anonymous (Machu Picchu)

Home for the holidays? Grip this pair before you sneak down to your parent’s basement, light the yuletide spliff, and hide from the world. J. Rider is the follow-up to the phenomenal Anonymous record (reissued last year), and the same band in all but name. All the ingredients that made that record such a heavy burn remain in place here – perfect harmonies, sophisticated arrangements, and a dare-we-say, more musky delivery. McKay’s “Into You” emerged from the same ’76/’77 Indiana corridor that birthed the Anonymous lineage of bands, and reps the looser, earthier side of the ’70′s West Coast sound as interpreted by landlocked heshers. One to keep around for the come down.

 

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McKay – Into You (Lion Productions)

Ray “McKay” Pierle and his musically-adept brothers and friends partied, jammed and partied some more on Indy’s south side throughout the 70’s. This 300-press 1978 album was given to friends and family and consigned in nearby record shoppes at the time. And only a mere 15 years had to pass before the collecting world discovered the highly-personal songwriting, tight playing, and not-so-well-hidden West-Coast stylistic touches. Here’s a new all analogue, master tape edition for a new generation to savor.

 

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R. Stevie Moore – Ariel Pink’s Picks Vol. 1 (Personal Injury)

Talk about flax almond butter and jelly! Who better to curate a guided tour through the delerium-inducing land of R. Stevie Moore than the current king of irreverent, screwball pop, Ariel Pink. Cracking into Moore’s intimidatingly vast and convoluted catalog can be a foreboding errand, making this collection a welcome contribution for anyone wanting to begin unravelling R. Stevie. Even non-newbs may need to cop this, since most of these tracks have never been collected OR on vinyl before. Flex your head!

 

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Hartley C. White – This Is Not What You Expect (OSR Tapes)

Don’t do it! Don’t even try! Because whatever it is you THINK you expect, this is definitely NOT IT. Even after hearing this, it’s hard to say what we heard. Alternately compared to Ariel Pink, Sly Stone, and 10CC, these cues only hint at the true oddball singularity of Hartley C. White. At as much of a loss as anyone, Hartley coined his style “Whopazootic”, or “a non-classical music utilizing a broken rhythm”. What if Captain Beefheart was black and started his career in the ’80′s? Discuss. Or buy this record!

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

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