It’s Free Basin’ Friday! We’re going to do things a little differently this time, but don’t worry, you’ll still get the chance to win a killer prize! In the spirit of Record Store Day, we want to encourage you guys to get off your computers and out into the world.
So here’s the deal: Tomorrow, while you’re out and about digging for all the titles on your list (hopefully ours are among them), purchase and snap a picture of yourself with one of our official Record Store Day releases and post it to Instagram (@lightintheatticrecords) and/or Twitter (@lightintheattic), tag us, and mark it with the hashtag #LITARSD
Winner will receive a rare test-pressing of the album pictured! One entry per release. The more releases you buy and tag, the greater shot you have at a win!
Winner will be chosen and announced next Friday! Learn more about all four of our official Record Store Day titles at LightInTheAttic.net! Happy hunting, and have a killer Record Store Day!
Record Store Day is just around the corner, along with the launch of Issue 5 of our anual Light In The Attic Zine! It’s been an exciting year here at LITA, which makes for a killer read!
Issue 5 is jam packed with news on our upcoming releases, exclusive interviews, articles, prose from Light In The Attic’s own, and an updated catalog with an old school style tear-out order form, and much much more! The LITA crew will be out and about on Record Store Day (4/20/13), hand-delivering stacks to some of our favorite shops in Seattle and Los Angeles. Such as: Everyday Music Seattle, Silver Platters, Easy Street, Sonic Boom, Wall Of Sound, Amoeba, Mt Analog, Mono Records, Origami Vinyl, Vacation, Permanent, Rockaway Records, Gimme Gimme Records, Pooh Bah, Freakbeat, Wombleton, and CD Trader! Follow us on TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, and FACEBOOK to track us down and snag a copy!
If you’re not in Seattle or Los Angels, or if you plan on hiding under the covers on Record Store Day, don’t worry. You can order a copy of the zine direct from us, at LightInTheAttic.net! Copies will also be included inside select releases throughout 2013!
“Thoughts From The Top” by Matt Sulivan
John Trennoff on the 2012 LITA Road Trip
Alex Maas of The Black Angels talks with Roky Erickson
Jim Horn on Phil Spector
Patrick McCarthy on Big Boys
Stephen “Sugar Man” Segerman on Rodriguez
“Native North America” by Kevin “Sipreano” Howes
“Inner Expansions: Ray Stinnett” by Jessica Hundley
A conversation with Marcos Valle $ Rodrigo Amarante
“Dig The Looks: Stoughton Printing
“This Was The Love Moment: D’Angelo’s Voodoo” by Jason King
“Every Bit Of Stock I Have: George Ginn & The Record Album”
For those who worship at the altar of vinyl, Record Store Day is like Christmas, Eid, Thanksgiving and Diwali, all rolled into one. It’s a day when artists and labels celebrate the unsung heroes of the music business – the guys and gals of independent record stores – and it’s just around the corner! This Saturday, April 20th, to be exact.
As you might already know, we have a slew of tasty releases coming at you in honor of this joyous holiday. For a sneak peek inside all four of our official Record Store Day 2013 titles, watch the video below!
Mercury Rev: Deserted Songs - rare demos, extra cuts and lost tracks that fell through the cracks of the 1998 classic, Deserter’s Songs. Pressed on blue and white vinyl (randomly packed) and housed in a hand-numbered tip-on jacket, including an insert with a note from Mercury Rev’s Jonathan Donahue and Grasshopper.
Various Artists: Theppabutr Productions: The Man Behind The Molam Sound 1972-75 - double LP in an old-school, tip-on gatefold jacket housed in an o-card, plus a fold-out poster. 400 random copies are pressed on gold wax. The release follows the celebrated Thai Funk: ZudRangMa compilations and gives an in depth look at the work of the man who was, essentially, the Berry Gordy of Thailand’s Molam sound.
Just like you, we’ll be hitting the streets this Saturday, showing our undying love and affection for the stores that keep us in the biz and satisfy our undying hunger for discovering great tunes! Be sure to follow us on TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, and FACEBOOK to track our RSD 2013 pilgrimage and be privy to some killer giveaways and prizes!
We are also stoked to announce that Roky Erickson will be dropping by Waterloo Records in his home town of Austin Texas to say hello and sign copies of his RSD 7″! If you’re in town be sure to stop by!
TGIF! It’s Friday and we have en EPIC giveaway to bestow upon all you vinyl-thirsty record heads. This week we’re giving away a grandiose mega pack containing ALL FOUR of our 2013 Record Store Day releases!
Hot damn! For your chance to win, leave a comment below and tell us the best thing that’s ever happened to you inside a record store! Tell us ANYTHING, as long as it took place inside a record store. Make sure to leave your name and email address (kept private) in the proper fields so we can contact you if you win! Winner will be chosen and announced next Friday (the day before Record Store Day 2013)!! Good luck, and have a killer weekend.
For those who worship at the altar of vinyl, Record Store Day is like Christmas, Eid, Thanksgiving and Diwali, all rolled into one. It’s a day when artists and labels celebrate the unsung heroes of the music business – the guys and girls of independent record stores – by releasing super-limited issues, picture discs, rarities and one-offs. It’s a day that we here at Light In The Attic hold dear to our hearts.
To mark this year’s event, taking place on Saturday, April 20th, 2013, we have four incredible releases to share with you.
Firstly, there’s a limited edition (4000 copies, all hand-numbered) of one of the 20th century’s most pivotal singles: Public Image b/w The Cowboy Song, the 1978 debut single by former Sex Pistol John Lydon’s new band, Public Image Ltd. The record comes in an exact reproduction of the original fold-out newsprint sleeve, and is available for the first time in the US. Our exploration of Public Image Ltd’s catalog, expressly for the U.S. market, will continue later this year, with the expanded re-release of the group’s debut album First Issue, from which ‘Public Image’ was taken.
Another essential 7″, again in a hand-numbered, limited pressing of 4000 but this time on mind-bending psychedelic swirl vinyl, is Mine Mine Mind b/w Bloody Hammer, the snarling Roky Erickson track that welcomed a changed performer back from the brink following the collapse of the Thirteenth Floor Elevators. The single will launch Light In The Attic’s reissue series of Roky’s early solo masterworks.
Theppabutr Productions: The Man Behind The Molam Sound 1972-75 is a double LP in an old-school, tip-on gatefold jacket housed in an o-card, plus a fold-out poster. 400 random copies are pressed on gold wax. The release follows the celebrated Thai Funk: ZudRangMa compilations and gives an in depth look at the work of the man who was, essentially, the Berry Gordy of Thailand’s Molam sound.
Completing the set of ever-so-special releases is Deserted Songsby Mercury Rev. Following the re-release of the band’s celebrated Deserter’s Songs last year, this album presents, for the first time on vinyl, the rare demos, extra cuts and lost tracks that fell through the cracks of the 1998 classic. Pressed on clear and white vinyl and housed in a hand-numbered tip-on jacket, including an insert with a note from Mercury Rev’s Jonathan Donahue and Grasshopper.
To find out where and how you can get your hands on these records and more, visit the official Record Store Day website. And remember, for as long as there are record stores, Light In The Attic will keep giving you reasons to visit them.
Part of the sheer joy of Light In The Attic’s excavation of Lee Hazlewood’s back catalogue has been exploring the output of his own, late ‘60s label, Lee Hazlewood Industries, which issued dozens of long forgotten 45s and LPs. Whether acid-folk, country-rock, pop-psych or soul, LHI artists were united by the patronage of the underdog hero of 1960s music, the moustachioed maverick Lee Hazlewood.
The best of these have been now collected in You Turned My Head Around, a lavishly packaged, 3000-edition box set of eleven 45s, featuring such LHI favorites as Suzi Jane Hokom, Honey Ltd., Kitchen Cinq, Ann-Margret, and of course the undeniable Mr Lee.
To say Lee Hazelwood neither sings nor appears on many of these tracks, You Turned My Head Aroundtells the listener much about the cult singer-songwriter, producer, film star and latter-day cowboy. Like Hazlewood’s own output, these are pop songs coloured by sadness, pain and wisdom. Hazlewood’s character is there in every long, spiral groove thanks to his stunning production.
That’s not to say there’s no variety. Artists include the Nico-like Lynn Castle with Last Friday’s Fire, the Zombies-like psych-poppers The Kitchen Cinq, blues-rockers Hamilton Streetcar, the sweet, trippy vocal group Honey LTD, instrumental group The Woodchucks, the Bobbie Gentry-like Ann Margret, psychedelic crooner Danny Michaels and the country stylings of Eve.
Then there are those tracks featuring Lee himself: Suzi Jane Hokom proves to be every bit the worthy counterpart to the big man’s sonorous baritone, just as Nancy Sinatra did before, and Hazlewood’s solo ‘Troublemaker’ – a song about a conscientious objector – could be the rebellious performer’s theme song.
For fans of the lesser-discovered parts of the ‘60s music cannon, this is a treasure trove, chronicling the rise and fall of the flower power ideal from multiple perspectives; not just that of the young bands looking to ride the groovy train to pop stardom but from the perspective of Lee himself, a man already with a long career behind him, an accidental pop star for whom the hippy movement was to be viewed through eyes with deeper crow’s feet than most.
As with all Light In The Attic releases, You Turned My Head Aroundhas been produced with a great eye for detail. Housed in a custom-made, magnetic flip-top box, the package includes anLHI adapter and a free download card for all songs (handy for when you’re away from your beloved turntable). The eleven 7” singles each come in their own picture sleeve, making this a delight to hold, to see and to listen to.
The response to The LHI Years on Record Store Day was flat out overwhelming! Lots of people kept asking if this was going to come out on CD (you know, for the car or to get for your younger brother who doesn’t know what a record player is). Well, here it is! Today you can now purchase the CD edition (same stellar sound, book-deep liner notes and rare archive photos) direct from us here. Check out the “What’s Inside?” video below for the full scoop on the CD.
Seriously, y’all…the hits just keep coming! Celebrating our Record Store Day release (out TOMORROW!), Lee Hazlewood – The LHI Years: Singles, Nudes, & Backsides (1968-71), we teamed up with our buds-in-arms Rotter and Friends to bring to you this truly awesome shirt designed/illustrated by Jess Rotter. Let’s see, how might we describe this…a stoic-faced Hazlewood visage with ever present cigarette looks off in the distance as his cast of dames contort their bodies to spell out his name?!? Yes! Pick one or both up here and scope the awesome photos by David Black below.
So for this week’s Free Basin’ Fridays, we’re keeping the love going for our man Lee. For your chance to win your choice of either shirt, leave a comment below (with your name and email address, kept private) and tell us about your all time favorite band shirt, whether you actually owned one or not. We’ll get the ball rolling for you with a little list of our all time (and mostly long lost) band shirts:
Matt – PJ Harvey XXL (it fit like a dress!) shirt from circa Rid Of Me – RIP
Josh – (Josh is burried in RSD orders so we’ll answer for him) Metallica shirt from the Black Album tour! – RIP
Cassie – og Cure shirt from the Boys Don’t Cry tour! RIP
Patrick – My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult “Daisy Chain For Satan” shirt – RIP
A Light In The Attic tradition! Each Record Store Day we launch our latest zine and this year we’re proud to present Issue 4. The zine is a showcase for upcoming releases over the next year, plus a great way to find out about other labels and record stores that we love.
Zine 4 includes exlclusive articles and interviews, features on upcoming releases, an updated catalog (with releases on Light In The Attic, Modern Classics Recordings, Future Days Recordings, and Cinewax), the LITA record store map, and old-school zine order form. Please use it! It’s FUN! So how do you get your hands on one? Well, visit your local record shop on Record Store Day (Permanent Records, Origami Vinyl and Amoeba in Los Angeles will have copies in their RSD Tote Bags) to pick up a free copy and also it will come free inside select releases throughout the year.
Can’t believe that it’s only 4 days until Record Store Day! Like you, we’re busy planning our day to maximise the scoring of all these rad releases this year. And of course, we have to fit in a whole host of Light In The Attic events, DJ sets and giveaways. To help make sense of it all, we’ve collected below all you need to know to add a little LITA to your RSD. For more info about the releases, check out this blog post. See you out there and remember everyone, play nice!
LIGHT IN THE ATTIC – OFFICIAL RECORD STORE DAY RELEASES
* Cuts from essential albums like Cowboy In Sweden
* Features duets with Suzi Jane Hokom, Ann-Margret and Nina Lizell
* Audio re-mastered from original tapes
* Unreleased song “I Just Learned To Run”
* In-depth liner notes & unseen photographs
* 50 random LP copies include a limited LHI Records patch!
* Only 4,000 hand-numbered copies worldwide
* Fifteen random copies include autographed photos
* Meticulously remastered from the original tapes
* Ten 45rpm singles featuring original label and sleeve art and housed in a gorgeous custom made magnetic flip-top box
* Extensive 84-page bound booklet brimming with informative interviews with the surviving musicians contained within and liner notes by Memphis writer Andria Lisle, candid photographs, and personal anecdotes from Stax enthusiasts and label veterans Stewart, co-owner Al Bell, and promotions manager Phillip Rauls.
* Includes free Download Card for full set
Memphis Record Store Day Crawl – Memphis, TN (various stores) – 2-6pm
* Celebrating our Stax 45 box set and the great city of Memphis, we’re presenting with Shangri-La Records, Goner Records, and the Stax Museeum of American Soul Music / Satellite Records a Record Store Day Crawl. DJ Buck Wilders, DJ Hot Tub Eric, and DJs Leory and Jones will be spinning rare soul and funk from Stax all through the day. For exact times and more info on the parties, check out this blog post.
Matt & Patrick DJ Set @ Origami Vinyl – Los Angeles, CA – 1-2pm
* Origami Vinyl and The Echo are hosting this event in LA. Bands, records, more bands, more records, etc. It’s gonna be a blast and though we’ll be running around town all day hitting up shops, we’re gonna swoop in and DJ for an hour or so starting at 1pm. We’ll surely be playing a lot of Stax and Lee Hazlewood, in addition to old favorites from the catalog. Stop by and say hi! Share the Facebook event page here. We’ll also be out at Amoeba in Hollywood in the morning passing out donuts, buttons, and the new LITA Zine #4!
Josh Wright DJ Set @ Silver Platters (Northgate), presented by LITA and Fin Records – Seattle, WA – 1-3pm
* Josh is holding down the home front in Seattle this weekend, surely hitting up all our favorite stores in town. He’ll be spinning records at Silver Platters from 1 to 2pm. Fin Records will have J. Pinder spinning from 2:2:30 and Lincoln Barr (of Red Jacket Mine) will be spinning from 2:30 to 3pm. Magnolia Audio/Video in Seattle will provide a great sound system, featuring a Pro-Ject turntable, McIntosh amplification and Martin-Logan speakers! Hans from Magnolia will be on hand to answer questions and talk hi-fi. They’ll also have popcorn and lots of giveaways, so make to so come to our Northgate store on Record Store Day!