…Then check out the “What’s Inside?” video below for our new reissue of Morphine’s 1993 classic Cure For Pain (out now on Modern Classics Recordings). 180-gram wax, gorgeous glossy gatefold jacket, and insert? Your welcome.
It’s that time of year…you get your presents, buy your over-priced plane tickets, and you bide your time at work by trawling YouTube videos all week! Well, this year, we thought we’d make your search a lil’ easier. Think of us as your little Elves. This is a small selection of some of our favorite Holiday videos. Some are old, some are new, and some are both old and new at the same time. Huh?
Happy Holidays — Light In The Attic
Now, let’s set the tone with the “Cha Cha Heels for Christmas” scene from John Waters’ Female Trouble. A touching portrait of the Christmas ritual gift exchange.
And now, let’s get a little more serious (well, just a little). This gem is The Free Design’s “Close Your Mouth (It’s Christmas)”, which we included as a bonus track on our reissue of You Could Be Born Again.
Finally, let’s get real serious. Why, cuz this track is seriously good! It’s The Mighty Pope & The Sadies doing “White Christmas” on the CBC TV show The Hour. I know it’s from last year, but The Mighty Pope rocks! He is featured on our comp Jamaica To Toronto: Soul, Funk & Reggae 1967 – 1974. And according to LITA’s numero uno Matt Sullivan, “He’s truly the sweetest, coolest dood on the planet.” Awe!
And to close out the evening, we leave you with a very, very funky Christmas. That’s James Brown’s Funky Christmas and the track is “Santa Claus, Go Straight To The Ghetto”. Take it away, Mr. Brown!
And tune in again later this week for, Volume 2. Expect weirdo Christmas, punk Xmas, and some Bob Dylan Holiday video to scramble your mind!
In March 1975, Jim Sullivan mysteriously disappeared outside Santa Rosa, New Mexico. His VW bug was found abandoned, his motel room untouched. Some think he got lost in the desert. Some think he fell foul of a local family with alleged mafia ties. Some think he was abducted by aliens. By coincidence – or perhaps not – Jim’s 1969 debut album was titled U.F.O.
A couple years ago we stumbled upon the album and have been obsessing over it ever since, culminating with a series of road trips retracing Jim’s last known whereabouts to New Mexico and onwards to San Diego to meet Jim’s wife and son.
Sullivan was a West Coast should-have-been, an Irish-American former high school quarterback whose gift for storytelling earned him cult status in the Malibu bar where he performed nightly. Sullivan was always on the edge of fame; hanging out with movie stars like Harry Dean Stanton, performing on the Jose Feliciano show, stealing a cameo in the film Easy Rider. Friend and actor Al Dobbs founded a label – Monnie Records – to release Jim’s album, enlisting the assistance of Phil Spector’s legendary sessioneers The Wrecking Crew.
U.F.O. was a different beast to the one-man-and-his-guitar stuff Jim had been doing on stage; instead, it was a fully realized album of scope and imagination, a folk-rock record with its head in the stratosphere. Sullivan’s voice is deep and expressive like Fred Neil with a weathered and worldly Americana sound like Joe South, pop songs that aren’t happy – but filled with despair. The album is punctuated with a string section (that recalls David Axelrod), other times a Wurlitzer piano provides the driving groove (as if Memphis great Jim Dickinson was running the show). U.F.O. is a slice of American pop music filtered from the murky depths of Los Angeles, by way of the deep south.
The record went largely unnoticed, and Jim simply moved on, releasing a further album on the Playboy label in 1972. But by 1975, his marriage breaking up, Jim left for Nashville and the promise of a new life as a session musician. That’s where it gets hazy.
We know he was stopped by the highway patrol for swerving on the highway in the small town of Santa Rosa, NM some 15 hours after setting off. We know he was taken to a local police station, found to be sober, and told to go to a local motel to get some rest, which he did. Some time later his car was spotted on a ranch belonging to the local Genetti family, who confronted him about his business there. The next day his car was found 26 miles down the road, abandoned. His car and his hotel room contained among other things, his twelve-string guitar, his wallet, his clothes and several copies of his second album. Jim’s family traveled out to join search parties looking for him, the local papers printed missing person stories, but the search proved fruitless. Around the same time, the local sheriff retired and the Genettis moved to Hawaii. Jim’s manager Robert “Buster” Ginter later stated that during the early morning hours of a long evening Jim and Buster were talking about what would you do if they had to disappear. Jim said he’d walk into the desert and never come back.
In the coming weeks, we’ll be announcing more on U.F.O. For now though, we couldn’t resist spilling the beans on a short film directed by Jennifer Maas (Wheedle’s Groove) and cinematographer Mel Eslyn who documented the road trip. Click below to watch the short film.
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Alright, alright, we know, we posted this last week. The Saturday Knights and donuts and Nancy Guppy when combined create a vortex of amazingness – that we know for sure.
But, our more tech-savvy Light In The Attic employees searched a magical site called Y-O-U … TUBE, and found this magical way to place the video right here, for you to watch. Ah, the magic of teknoologee!
And you wonder why the ladies love him so …
We’re big fans of Fleet Foxes around the Light In The Attic office. And as we were having our morning “lets search around the internet while hungover” meeting, we collectively stumbled upon this amazing video of two early-teen Swedes (they go by the name First Aid Kit) covering the Foxes “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song”. It’s kind of adorable, a little bit creepy, but in the end, fairly heart-warming. HAPPY FRIDAY!
The Saturday Knights have an affect on people where upon listening to “Ass Kickers Haircut” they involuntarily start acting like freelance Marines. Holding imaginary guns, tromping through department stores, generally just acting like lunatics. Seriously, we have video proof:
Told ya, be careful with this TSK shit, it’s potent.
That video comes to you from the impeccable smiles of Evil Bunny Films.
Once again our stupid government has got itself involved in a conflict, seemingly only for the purpose of drawing attention from the buffoon in office and the mess he’s making of our international and domestic policies. There’s going to be a lot of films in the years to come documenting the different levels of this soon-to-be acknowledged catastrophic fuck-up by the higher ups, as there well should be. Scott Kesterson, a Portland documentarian spent a year of his life embedded with a unit, amongst the violence and sadness and tragedy that a conflict like this brings to any and all involved. For that reason alone you should check out his film At War…
… and it doesn’t hurt that the trailer for the film features “Young Men Dead” by our favorite Austin rock-and-roll gods, The Black Angels. Seriously, with musical taste like that, director Scott Kesterson must’ve made a good movie. Take a looksie for yourself, you won’t be disappointed.
We’re changing things here at The Distribution Tango. Turns out that when one sifts through the dark catacombs of music, one tends to go, well, a little bit loco. After weeks of
forcing allowing Techmonkey Noah to stand precariously on the edge of insanity, we’ve all had a good laugh, and we’ve decided to let him off the hook a little. From this point on we’ll be doing one full edition of The Distribution Tango a week (on Friday) with Tuesday being more of a mixed bag of content. Maybe we’ll give you a new song, maybe we’ll link you to some entertaining video footage, or maybe we’ll use our extensive contacts to cull together some great trailers for upcoming releases from Munster Record’s DVD wing …
… cause that’s what we’re doing this week. Munster’ll be releasing a DVD of live concert footage from Seattle hillbilly punk-rockers Supersuckers as well as Swedish garage rockers The Nomads. And it that isn’t enough for you, we also have the trailer for the recently released The Black Lips Wildmen In Action live concert DVD, a band well known for there flailing fists, exposed genitalia, and tendency to pee … on each other.
The weeks of knotted anticipation have come and gone. The nights of cold sweats and fever dreams are a thing of the pass. The day is finally here:
Summer Records Anthology: 1974 – 1988 is in stores.
Grab your recently purchased copy of this fucking amazing compilation of the great, great hits of Jerry Brown’s Summer Records, toss it in the old player, spark up a “winner”, and breath a huge sigh of contented relief as the soothing grooves of Johnny Osbourne, Ranking, Noel Ellis, and a whole lot more wash over you.
If you’re not already dirtying your shorts in excitement, we’re posting all three parts of the unreleased documentary that happily resides on the DVD side of this dual-disc release. Have you ever seen Jerry Brown riding a bicycle? You will.
Watch the documentary, then buy the album from us, right HERE.
Part II and III are after the jump.