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Record Store of the Week | Rainy Day Records (Olympia, WA)

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

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For this week’s Record Store of the Week feature we kept it close to home in our native Pacific Northwest. Olympia’s Rainy Day Records is a regional institution, full of old world record store charm and character (and great records). We never leave without a handful of scores as you can see in the Light In The Attic Road Trip. Check out the video below.

We chewed the cud with store manager Adam Hardaway about holding down the freak scene, Kurt Cobain’s house, and lunch advice from Leon Russell.

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1. Tell us a little bit about Rainy Day. The store is one of the oldest in the region, no?

We’ve been in business since January 22, 1973, the same day as the Roe Vs. Wade decision. I’ve been told that makes us the oldest living record store in Western Washington. Rainy Day started not long after the Evergreen State College was established, bringing lots of young hippies to town, and many of our customers have been devotedly shopping here since the 70′s and 80′s. We moved from our original location on the West Side of town seven years ago. We’re downtown now, but we’ve tried to retain the same 70′s head store feeling that we’ve always had. Our rent is a lot cheaper, but the essence of Nag Champa is the same.

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2. Olympia is a small town, though one with a historically strong music scene (K Records, Kill Rock Stars, etc.). Is this reflected in the kind of records you see coming through the store? What are people generally selling and buying?

There are definitely a lot of used Olympia records coming through Rainy Day on a regular basis, and we carry and sell lots of local records. A lot of our best sellers in the recent past have been Oly bands like Gun Outfit and Milk Music and Rvivr. We’re kind of a general record store for every kind of music fan though. We carry just about every new LP that we can, from major label releases to hard to find things on smaller labels. We sell tons of reissues these days. Where we once would have been lucky to sell 2 or 3 copies of something like the Anonymous LP, now we can sell 10 easy. Our new LP sales have taken a crazy upward spike in the last six months – 42% – and that’s not just because of Record Store Day. Hopefully the teenagers who are paying $40 for Daft Punk records don’t get disillusioned by rising prices and will keep buying vinyl for life.

3. Do good records regularly walk through the door or do you have to go out and find them?

We’ve seen a pretty dramatic increase in the amount of good records that people bring in to us in the past few years, due to a number of factors like: the word on the street that “vinyl is back,” changes in our buying policies, and the simple reality that people who were around in the ’60′s and ’70′s buying records are retiring and downsizing now. Any relatively normal human being who has lived under the dark skies of Olympia for decades is probably gonna want to retire somewhere sunnier, and they aren’t gonna take records they haven’t played in 20 years to Arizona with them. Folks who bought LPs from us 30 or 40 years ago bring them back to us every day, often with original Rainy Day stickers intact. We also go out and look for records just like anyone else, but our reputation and history gives us some degree of vinyl magnetism.

4. Do you have a record that will sell/people will inquire about every time you put it on?

The Human Expression LP that Mississippi put out recently has been in heavy rotation here, and someone buys it every time we put it on – anyone who’s into 60′s music will flip over it instantly. As far as Light in the Attic releases, definitely Marcos Valle, especially Previsao Do Tempo, which I think is the best one to start with. It’s a perfect breezy summer time record with songs that sound like they are about swimming cheetahs if you aren’t really listening carefully enough or don’t understand Portuguese, which we definitely don’t. It’s amazing that the songs are actually subversive and anti-police. Totally genius.

5. What’s the coolest/weirdest/most prized record that’s come into the store that you never thought you’d see?

We get really amazing and weird and rare records all the time. I’m surprised daily, but I’m also not never that shocked because anything’s possible when you deal in 20th Century consumer goods/ephemera/the forgotten dreams of everyday people who made their own records, then gave them to their friends and family. Even the squarest easy listening granddad collection is bound to have an insane record by someone that the original owner happened to see play live somewhere. I guess the most surprising find recently was when someone brought in a small collection of real Turkish LPs from the 70′s. You don’t expect to see original Baris Manco records in a small town like Olympia, but there have been a lot of freaks here for a long time so you never know.

6. What are the best/worst things about working at a record store in Olympia?

The best thing about working at a record store in Olympia is that we are part of a community that stresses buying local and supporting businesses like ours, and we would probably not do as well in most other small cities. But we are also shaped by our community, so the store is really a reflection of and belongs to the town as much as it does us. Olympia is kind of a refuge for people that don’t fit in in the straight world, or don’t want to, or are trying to find more sustainable and just models to live by. Also, this is an affordable place for someone who works at a record store to live. I rent a huge beautiful 1920′s house for pretty cheap and it’s full of everything I could ever want, which is mostly lots of records. I love my job, and there is never a day that I don’t feel really fortunate and privileged to have everything that I have. But I’m also poor. The worst thing about working at a record store in Olympia is that there is a certain ceiling to how much money can ever really be made. Fortunately for me, money isn’t something I really care about that much. If I had more money, I would probably just spend it all at other local businesses. Or on more expensive records.

7. Any “famous” locals who frequent the shop? Famous heads passing through?

One of the nicest aspects of living in Olympia, which is also one of the main things that people get sick of and find themselves desperate to get away from, is that everyone knows everyone, and you see all the same people all the time. So “famous” locals are around the shop here and there, just like they are everywhere else that you see everybody because we live in a small community, but it seems like that kind of status isn’t really a big deal here.

I can say that the increasingly legendary Captain Trips stops in pretty often. He’s the person responsible for recording just about every killer record that has been made by the most recent generation of Olympia bands. And members of some of the best bands in town work here. Someone will probably write a book about all of us some day, and then we’ll all be famous to people who grew up reading about us in Louisiana or somewhere, and then they’ll stop in at Rainy Day and flip out that they are actually here. We do get really excited Nirvana fans in the shop sometimes, which we have no real connection to because we weren’t even in our current location when they were around, but people are so excited to be in a town where Nirvana used to be. If I’m not too busy, sometimes I’ll show them a Youtube clip of what it looks like to drive by the house where Kurt lived and tell them how to get there. But only if I find their enthusiasm endearing.

I think that famous people from other places probably come in occasionally, but I doubt that we would realize it because everyone looks different in real life, unless they are really distinctive looking like J. Mascis or something. My dream is for Leon Russell to stop by, because we keep a framed copy of his 80′s album “Solid State” behind the counter and sometimes ask him for advice about what to eat for lunch. It would be nice to be able to just ask Leon in person for once.

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8. How’s the scene in Olympia these days? Turn us on!

This is a college town, so people are always coming and going, and bands usually have a limited lifespan because of that. Or they get to the point where they need to move somewhere bigger, or they grew up here and need to get away. Around 2010 or so there were a bunch of great bands and it seemed like a real peak for Olympia, but most of those bands have now either broken up or left town. One band that moved away is Gun Outfit, whose newest album “Hard Coming Down” is really excellent, maybe the best LP of that Oly generation… in fact, that’s another record that customers always get really into when we play it in the store. I also like Cairo Pythian, and at some point there is gonna be a new Mona Reels record that will probably blow everyone’s mind. I’m in my mid-thirties and losing my hearing, so I don’t really enjoy going to punk shows as much as I did ten years ago, and I haven’t seen all of the current crop of bands in town. But some really great ones I can tell you to check out are Hysterics, Vex, Moon, and Morgan & the Organ Donors. Also Broken Water, Spider & the Webs, and of course Survival Knife, who are working on a record.

9. What’s your favorite LITA release and why?

Well, ya’ll have reissued a few records that are long time favorites of mine from when I was a young teenage music freak in Virginia, like the Louvin Brothers – Tragic Songs of Life, which I think is their best record. It tends to be overshadowed by the cover art lunacy of Satan Is Real when people are trying to decide which one to check out first. Armchair Boogie by Michael Hurley is definitely a top all time choice of mine, so I’m happy to see that finally get a CD release. “No Body Like You/Califia (Stone Rider)” by Lee Hazlewood and Suzi Jane Hokum was the first weird 45 I ever bought at a thrift store when I started collecting records, so The LHI Years is a favorite too. But as someone who lives in the Northwest, and who has been digging Light in the Attic since the beginning, my top pick has to be Wheedle’s Groove. We’ve been jamming that record in our shop since it came out, and it really put both LITA and the Seattle soul scene that not many people knew existed on the map. The documentary is essential too.

10. What’s up with Strange?

Strange were a band of Oly teenagers who played moody late 60′s/early 70′s style psychedelic rock in the mid to late 70′s when it wasn’t really in fashion anymore, and were probably quite a weird vibe to catch in their scattered live appearances at such intimate venues as the local rollerskating rink out on the edge of town. They made a record called Souvenir Album that was pressed in an edition of a hundred copies and mostly given away to friends, after the band had split up. A lot of the record was captured live, and it sounds a little loose and shaky while also highly ambitious and accomplished. Not every listener would dig it, but everyone I know who does is kind of obsessed because there is a heavy feeling to the record that fits very strongly into the continuum of what it feels like to live in this particular place. For younger listeners in Olympia I think it also evokes an era in our town’s past, particularly the early days of Evergreen’s influence, in a dreamlike way. The songs are cryptic and introspective, and there’s definitely a dark and searching mood to their music that is eerily timeless and pure. And the guitar playing is godlike at times. I think all of the members of the band still live here, and two of them–Tom Hackett and David Chamberlain–are friends of ours and visit the store a bit. They are also two of the sweetest and most supportive people I know. I’m sure they appreciate that we genuinely love the music that they made. The album was reissued by Shadoks a few years ago and is probably still around if you want to check it out.

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Rainy Day Records

301 5th Ave. SE, Olympia, WA 98501
(360)357-4755
Monday through Saturday 10AM to 8PM
Sunday 12PM to 6PM

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Record Store of the Week | The End Of All Music (Oxford, MS)

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

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This week we continue our newly revived Record Store of the Week series by heading back to the South to shine a light on End Of All Music. Nestled into the college town of Oxford Mississippi, End Of All Music is a true small-town gem (and former home of Bobby Whitlock – recently re-issued via LITA’s Future Days imprint). We spoke with co-owner David Swider about Hill Country Blues, Fat Possum, and the merits of keeping your hands dirty.
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1. Tell us a little about End Of All Music.  How did you come to open the store there? 

We opened the store in March of 2012. Before that there was a record store dry spell in Oxford for about 6 years. So it was time. The previous store closed after only a few years of business, and was mainly CDs, so there hasn’t been a vinyl record store in Oxford in over a decade or more. I was working at the excellent bookstore we have here, Square Books, for about 5 years and buying records the whole time, which I would have to drive to Memphis to do. Bruce Watson, who runs Fat Possum Records here in town, got wind that I was interested in opening a store and I knew he had a ton of experience in the matter as well as a hunger for a record store in town. So we got together a few times, quickly became friends, found a location, and here we are.

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2. Oxford is a fairly small town, but in proximity of a rich music history (hill country blues, Memphis, etc). Is that reflected in the type of records you see coming through used?  What are people generally selling and buying? 

Oxford is probably the most liberal town in Mississippi and it’s probably the biggest cultural hub mainly due to William Faulkner being born and living here, as well as the University of Mississippi, which is also here. As for what people bring in to sell; it’s mainly the classic stuff (Beatles, Dylan, etc.) but we also see a good bit of Memphis soul and blues LPs, which I always get giddy about.  Lots of folks around here have stacks of Stax LPs in their closets or crazy, rare blues LPs. It’s just a matter of letting them know those records are worth something and should be listened to.

The buying on the other hand is typical record store behavior. We sell a lot of turntables to college kids, therefore we sell a lot of records to people just starting to collect, which is always exciting. We’re also the storefront for Fat Possum Records so we sell their whole catalog (CD and vinyl) in the shop. That brings in quite a few folks, whether they’re hill-country blues fans or Spiritualized fans—Fat Possum keeps putting out excellent records (i.e. the new Jackson Scott record coming out later this month).

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3. Do good records regularly walk in the door or do you have to go out and find them?

I’d say it’s half and half. I’m amazed at what walks in the door but I’m also always up for the hunt. I had to put on rubber gloves and a face mask a few months ago to dig through a record collection in an old house that hadn’t been touched in years. And it was totally worth it—found a Pavement “Demolition Plot J-7” 45 still in the sleeve! It ruled!

4. Do you have a record that will sell/people will inquire about every time you put it on?

For a while it was “The True Story of Abner Jay” that Mississippi Records put out. That’s just an amazing record and it never failed to get someone’s attention.  We sold a ton of them but unfortunately it’s out of print now. Lately we’ve been playing the new Water Liars LP, “Wyoming,” (Big Legal Mess) and it’s just incredible. It’s a really great record and I’d say we sell a copy 80% of the time we play it in the store. We even made a little badge to stick on the record that says “Most Played Award.”

If you haven’t heard Water Liars please go check them out. They live in a little town about 20 miles south of Oxford called Water Valley. Bruce—the other owner—is producing their next record that comes out this fall (he runs a studio too).  It’s going to be good.

5. What is the coolest/weirdest/most prized record that’s come into the store that you never thought you’d see? 

Someone brought in a Beatles butcher cover not long ago, which was cool. We’ve had a few folks bring in original Big Star LPs, which are so hard to not take home! A cool country record by Eddie Bond came in a few weeks ago with awesome cover art by Memphis wrestling legend Jerry “The King” Lawler. And every once in a while someone brings in old Sun Records 78s and 45s—sometimes I can afford them and sometimes I can’t—but they’re always cool to see.  Someone recently brought in a box full of Wayne Newton records and just when I was about to give up flipping through them there was nearly the entire Brian Eno catalog in Near Mint condition. I almost fainted. It was just the LAST thing I expected to see in Mississippi. It was great.

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6. What’s the best thing about living in/having a record store in Oxford?  

Oxford is a small town but it doubles in size when the University is in session. We’re also a big SEC sports town—Ole Miss football, basketball, baseball, tennis–so sports events make for big weekends and they’re always fun. That doesn’t always translate into more business for us, but we do just fine. Our shop is a little off the beaten path. We’re about 2 miles from the downtown Square where most of the action takes place and where rent is crazy.  So we get zero foot traffic but it suits us fine because we know the people that come out this way are serious about records and want to be here. And we usually give the store turntable a break and put the game on the radio.

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7. Any old bluesmen come in the shop (or are they all gone)? 

We don’t see too many bluesmen these days. Sadly most of them have passed on–most recently T-Model Ford. We do get tons of blues aficionados and journalists coming through who always seem to find records they’ve been looking for, which is awesome. Most bands that come through town stop by and always have nice things to say about the store. We’ve had some cool in-store shows too. Jon Langford of the Mekons played a surprise in-store show the day we opened. He just happened to be in town. Oxford is so small that it’s easy to recognize most people that come in to the shop. I always see people around town and remember what records they bought and now I’ve become the record-store guy to a bunch of folks and made tons of new friends.

8. How’s the scene in Oxford these days?  Turn us on!

The music scene in Oxford is pretty similar to most college towns in the South. We have quite a few bars/music venues that host music most nights of the week ranging from jam band and faux blues to indie-pop and rock. There is an interesting arts collective here called Cats Purring (www.catspurring.com). It’s several bands—Dent May, Dead Gaze, Bass Drum of Death, Flight, ILLLS, Child Star—that are all friends and play/host shows together pretty regularly.  Cats Purring is always doing something cool and good in town. All the folks in those bands are also frequent customers and buddies of the record store. Whenever they put out a new record (most recently Bass Drum of Death on Innovative Leisure and Dead Gaze on FatCat, and forthcoming Dent May on Paw Tracks) we host a record release party and have a big time.

9. What’s your favorite LITA release and why? 

Man, this is tuff. The Wendy Rene release really hit home. That record is just a really great collection and those songs should really be heard by anyone that cares about soul music or Stax or Memphis.  I’m also a huge fan of the Serge Gainsbourg reissues. Those records were so hard to find for so long and it was so great being able to just walk into any cool record store and buy one. Man, and those Louvin Brothers releases were insane!  I can’t pick. Too hard of a question!

10. Rolling Stones “I Got the Blues” or Dead Moon “I Hate The Blues”?

Hmmmm…another tough one. I’ll have to go with the Rolling Stones, however I’ve got all the Dead Moon records and probably listen to them more. So, it’s a tie I guess. The Rolling Stones did record “Wild Horses.” So there’s that.

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The End Of All Music

1423 North Lamar Blvd.
Oxford MS, 38655
(662) 281-1909
Monday through Saturday 19AM to 6PM
Sunday 12AM to 5PM
*Summer Mondays: Open 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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Record Store of the Week: Euclid Records (New Orleans, LA)

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

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Sometimes a day turns into a week – sometimes it turns into 2 years.  But wait no longer! After taking a “leisurely” break, we’re re-launching our regular Record Store of the Week feature, con gusto!  Look out for regular installments starting, like, NOW.

First up is Euclid NOLA – a great store embedded in New Orleans’ Bywater neighborhood – a district with a rich musical history that carries on to this day.  We spoke with Store Manager, James Weber Jr. about punk rock, the Cosimo Code, and the unique joys of record store life in the Big Easy.

Thanks to James Weber Jr. and the Euclid Records staff for doing the interview!

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Tell us a little about Euclid NOLA.  The OG Euclid is in St. Louis – how did you end up moving to New Orleans and opening one there?

After a decade managing a big beast of a record store, Vintage Vinyl in St. Louis, I got the itchy travelin” feet and headed to New Orleans mostly on accident in September of 2009. I arrived with a strong determination to not be “record store guy” anymore and promptly got a job at a record store. Oops. A fellow recent arrival from New York, Brian Bromberg, was also employed at said store. We decided quickly that we had more to offer the city running our own shop. A few conversations with pal and gutsy record store owner Joe Schwab of Euclid Records in St. Louis, and we were on our way. Joe’s heart to take such a blind chance on a couple of young kids who love records cannot be overstated. He had years of history with the city and it’s record world, but we were still a little surprised when he said “Find us a location and we’ll take the best shot.” 7 months later Brian and I were turning the key at the corner of Chartres and Desire.

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2. I imagine the culture is a little different there than St. Louis in terms of the used records you see coming through and what you’re selling regularly.  What are people generally selling and buying?  

One of the beautiful things about record culture is that each city/region/state/country has its own particular flavor profile. Record shoppers who travel tend to become record tourists, aware that they will probably see a slew of wax they’ve seen before and a healthy chunk they haven’t. However, we’re afforded a little more square footage by setting up in the neighborhood we have. This allows us to carry all the niche-y stuff the die-hards love, but also try to be all things to all people. We sell a lot of used wax spectrum-wide: soul, blues, classic rock, jazz, yadda.  We try to load up on as much regional soul, rhythm & blues, swamp-pop, and local stuff of historic/cultural/comedic import. On the niche end, we move a lot of the KBD and power-pop reissues that have cropped up the last 5 years (labels like Sing Sing, Last Laugh, Rerun and BDR Records, etc.). We see a lot of the record store standards, but we’re most excited when a collection walks in with regional recordings that are new to us.

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3. Do good records regularly walk in the door or do you have to go out and find them?

A little of both. We advertise regionally which delivers a steady flow of phone calls within say a 100 mile radius. We’ll be open three years in September. By this point, odds are if you are talking about selling records in the city, someone knows someone who will suggest Euclid Records. We do our best to buy everything we can, stock is the name of the game, but being honest with folks about their collection and its value (or lack of…) has built a lot of good will/good karma. Word of mouth keeps ‘em coming in.

4. Do you have a record that will sell/people will inquire about every time you put it on?

When Rerun Records reissued the Manic Depressives/0:30 Second Flash we immediately sold the heck out of it. It’s an LP of recordings from 1980-81 by New Orleans punk scene-builder Larry the Punk. He published the Final Solution fanzine (copies are often available from the actual Larry the Punk on ebay for something like 18 bucks, all 9 issues!) among other endeavors, and these recordings flat git it. Our customers, as you’d expect, bend toward regional-obsessive, so a combination of “it’s actual local history” and “this dude rocks it like somebody sluggin’ your jaw, who is this?!” = a record that will sell.

It’s awfully easy to sell the classic New Orleans R&B, as well. Cosimo Matassa’s J&M Recording Studio has a strong stake as *the* crucible of American R&B. The records and performances are just undeniable. If you are reading this and curious about the universe of New Orleans (the city and the music both, a double helix), those boxsets are the thread to yank first. In selling records, conversation is always the most important thing. What people want and what they ask for aren’t necessarily the same. When customers ask for “New Orleans Soul” or “New Orleans Blues,” what they’re often trying to say, really, is “I want New Orleans R&B from 1945 through about 1965.” In 18 years worth of record retailin’, I’ve never seen so many different customers’ faces light up at the same songs, so start with Cosimo and you can’t go wrong.

5. What is the coolest/weirdest/most prized record that’s come into the store that you never thought you’d see?

Most prized is probably the test pressing for Big Star’s “Third/Sister Lovers” displayed on the wall on it’s own special, one-record-wide shelf. Coolest/weirdest are the same: Radio commercial on a 45 for Fat Albert’s Chicken outta Lafayette. Must be heard to be believed. There’s loads of oddities down here to discover, seems like every 2nd person was a recording musician who had something to say, often truly amazing even if it isn’t truly good music.

6. What’s the best thing about having a record store in New Orleans?  

We get to spend our days making people happy with music. I do love living in New Orleans, but it’s important to note that the record store experience is vital for the cultural life of any city. In a world of DMV’s, red tape, filling out forms, internet’s-down, fender benders, and much much worse, everybody needs a safe zone. That’s the record store, and it’s humbling that we get the opportunity to provide that happiness to our neighborhood, music community, and city.

 7. Has Dr. John ever come in?  What famous New Orleans-ers? have come through the shop?  

No Dr. John nor Mac Rebennack. We get plenty of “Huey Piano Smith’s my father” and “Lee Dorsey’s my Uncle!” A lot of oral history bounces off our record store walls, and we do our best to remember it, put the pieces together. The threads of music here are very tangled, it’s a fun puzzle. Every week some new connection is made and we giggle like schoolkids. Then someone comes along and does something incredible like cracking the Cosimo Code http://cosimocode.com/ which no one even knew existed, and we get put back in our place. The Cosimo Code website is insane! Through numerical notations on every record made at Cosimo’s J&M, you can piece the order they were recorded. What musicians were in the studio on the same day they made each record, who was coming, who was going. Worth a google!

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8. How’s the scene in NOLA these days?  Turn us on!

Punk-rock wise, Pelican Pow-Wow Records (full disclosure: Pelican Pow-Wow mastermind Sarah is an employee at Euclid Records) has put out some well-received singles. She just got the test press for the new Mac Blackout 45 today – it rips pretty great!  Mario Abney is an exceptional trumpet player on an upswing. Hurray for the Riff Raff on the “indie” side are doing some dates with The Alabama Shakes. They just announced their deal with Shakes’ label ATO Records (My Morning Jacket, Old Crow Medicine Show, etc) and have their first record out with them in 2014.  All our store employees (amateur and schooled musicians both) recently put a sludge-y thing together called Mollock’s Mollusk to back up our neighbor, friend, and metal super-fan Todd. He’d never been in a band, but the guy’s a natural! Eh, It’s the summer, life is slow.

9. What’s your favorite LITA release and why?

Not to be a total homer, but I still can’t put down that Country Funk 1969-1975 2xLP set. It’s New Orleans summer music through and through. Smooth, just enough funk backbone, but not so much ya gotta move a lot. I mean, it’s hot out! Tony Joe White is king, and that record is like hanging out at his palace. Hard to narrow, as keeping things like the Louvin Brothers, Wendy Rene (who last year played the Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans, a mostly-annual 2-day festival that seeks to raise awareness of the architects of American music), Michael Hurley, Serge Gainsbourg, and Betty Davis all available to the record-buying public is really important work! The “Hypnotic Cajun / Obscure Zydeco” and Blind Blake Higgs collections you guys distributed for Moi J’Connais are getting a lot of in-store play.

10. When is the Grandpa’s Ghost reissue coming out?

For those who are not in the know, Grandpa’s Ghost out of Pocahontas, IL made the greatest acid/fuzz/prairie-psych/midwest/loner-rock record of the 90′s called “Il Baccio,” and don’t nobody know it! It’s a record that would really benefit from a vinyl listening experience. It’s on the slate of three artists we push on every mover-and-shaker we run into. 1) Beverly Kenney: jazz thrush nonpareil, suicided in 1960, career derailed by the rise of rock-and-roll. Some footage of Beverly finally surfaced on youtube last summer. She sings on the Hugh Hefner “Playboy TV” show. The back-and-forth ‘twixt her and Hef is delicious, her performances just wonderful. There are a handful of interesting stories about her drifting around the blogs. People-vs-drchilledair.blogspot.com is a great place to start looking. 2) Jessie Hill: songwriter of “Ooh Poo Pa Doo” and many other nonsense git-down New Orleans R&B standards, he also put out one classic full-length of deep and funky soul, “Naturally” on Blue Thumb. Recorded in 1972 Los Angeles with a cadre of New Orleans ex-pat’s, it has aged like a fine box-wine. I will say it without hesitation: Jessie Hill’s “Naturally” is the record most deserving of careful reissue and full-on promotional blitz for 2014. 3) Grandpa’s Ghost “Il Baccio” on wax. 

Thanks so much, Light in the Attic!

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Euclid Records
3401 Chartres St.
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 947-4348
Monday through Saturday 11AM to 7PM
Sunday 12AM to 6PM

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Free Basin’ Friday | Lee Hazlewood Screen Print | Rotter and Friends

Friday, June 14th, 2013

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It’s Free Basin’ Friday and this week we have a very special prize for ya’ll. We will be giving away a limited edition Lee Hazlewood screen print!! This is the same design used for the Lee Hazlewood tee-shirt and tote bag.

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This multi-color print is designed and hand numbered by Light In The Attic’s very own Jess Rotter of Rotter and Friends. Scoring this sweet gem would be an awesome addition to any Hazlewood collection!

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For your chance to win, come up with a name for Lee Hazlewood’s mustache. The most creative name will take home this rare Hazlewood prize. Please write your answer in the comment box below. Do not forget to included your email address in the box provided, all addresses will be visible to Light In The Attic employees ONLY. Winners will be announced next Friday via Twitter and Facebook.

A Conversation With Charlie Louvin

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

Check out this intimate video conversation with Charlie Louvin of The Louvin Brothers. Charlie sits in a graveyard and  discuses the first time him and Ira ever got paid, the making of the legendary Satan Is Real cover, and more!

And heres a great video of The Louvin Brothers performing “Hoping That You’re Hoping” on the Grand Ole Opry in 1956.

Head over to LITA LTD. to snag yourself a Satan Is Real Tee.

Satan Is Real and Jim Sullivan Tee’s Back in Stock!

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Hot off the press! After much anticipation, Satan Is Real and Jim Sullivan tees featuring illustrations by Jess Rotter (Rotter & Friends) are back on the market! Head over to LITA-LTD and make sure you’re lookin’ fresh as hell this summer.

Satan Is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers | Book Giveaway!

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Please note: Giveaway ended 1/13/12. Thanks for all your comments!

Up until his passing in January 2011, Charlie Louvin was working with Igniter Books on an autobiography about his life.  We’re excited to say that the book, Satan Is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers (Igniter/Harper-Collins), finally comes out this week. The book, written with Benjamin Whitmer and featuring a forward by Kris Kristofferson, is loaded with anecdotes and stories about the late great Charlie Louvin and his life as half of the Louvin Brothers.

Our friends at Igniter sent over a PDF with a full chapter from the book and as an added bonus, we’ll be giving away one copy! To get your hands on it, leave a comment below with your favorite Louvin Brothers song, album, or memory. Be sure to include your email address (this is kept private) so we can contact the winner. We’ll announce the winner on Friday, January 13th.

For more info on the book, visit Harper-Collins and be sure to check out our new Louvin Brothers reissues here.

The Louvin Brothers – All Vinyl Editions NOW IN STOCK!

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Finally, finally, finally! We have all three vinyl editions from our Louvin Brothers series IN STOCK! That’s right, Satan Is RealTragic Songs Of Life, and Handpicked Songs 1955-1962 are dressed to the 9′s in gorgeous old-school “tip-on” jackets with sturdy 180-gram wax nestled inside, not to mention in-depth liner notes by Jessica Hundley and loads of archive photos. But what are words on a screen when you can see with your own eyes all of the goodies in store for you? Below, check out the three “What’s Inside?” videos for each release.

The Louvin Brothers – Satan Is Real (LITA 073 | 180-gram LP) – Available now!

The Louvin Brothers – Tragic Songs Of Life (LITA 070 | 180-gram LP) - Available now!

The Louvin Brothers – Handpicked Songs 1955-1962 (LITA 074 | 180-gram LP) - Available now!

Matt Sullivan talks Louvin Brothers on Uprooted Music Revue

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Head on over to Uprooted Music Revue (also posted on No Depression) for an interview by Chris Mateer with Matt Sullivan about our new Louvin Brothers Satan Is Real / Handpicked Songs 1955-1962 and Tragic Songs of Life reissues. In the interview, Matt talks about the back story of how these releases came to be and the legacy of the late great Louvin Brothers.

The Louvin Brothers – All Four Releases Now Available for PRE-ORDER!

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

We are beyond excited to announce the reissue of two classics of American music, The Louvin Brothers’ Satan Is Real and Tragic Songs Of Life plus an essential “Best-of” Handpicked Songs: 1955-1962 featuring original recordings by the Louvin Brothers and “handpicked” by those they inspired (Beck, Lucinda Williams, M. Ward, Will Oldham, Kris Kristofferson, and many more).

But what’s that we hear? Someone is asking “Who are the Louvin Brothers?” Well, simply put, Alabama natives Ira and Charlie Louvin are country music pioneers, Baptist blood brothers known for their trademark close harmony vocal style, mandolin magic, and emotive material ranging from spiritual standards, well-crafted covers to influential originals. They’ve inspired generations with some of the finest harmonies ever recorded and it is with great pleasure that we present these to you.

For audio samples, more info and to pre-order The Louvin Brothers Tragic Songs of Life click here.

Tragic Songs Of Life (LITA 070, 180-gram LP) was originally released by Capitol Records in 1956, the Louvin Brothers’ first long-player with the label. Over 12 succinct Ken Nelson produced tracks, Ira and Charlie—backed by an economic supporting cast—sang tales that, according to reissue liner notes writer Jessica Hundley, “reflected the torment, tragedy, and terror of the human condition.” Features original artwork on a deluxe gatefold “tip-on” jacket, contemporary essay, rare period photos, and beautifully re-mastered audio from the original master tapes (with lacquers cut by John Golden at John Golden Mastering).

For audio samples, more info and to pre-order The Louvin Brothers Satan Is Real click here.

Bolstered by one of the most celebrated and startlingly unique record covers ever, 1959’s Satan Is Real (LITA 073, 180-gram LP) delves into a strange netherworld of country that no longer exists. Touching on the Louvin’s fire and brimstone southern Baptist upbringing, the title track’s spoken recitation proclaims the existence of the devil himself. Features original artwork on a deluxe gatefold “tip-on” jacket, contemporary essay, rare period photos, and beautifully re-mastered audio from the original master tapes (with lacquers cut by John Golden at John Golden Mastering).

For audio samples, more info and to pre-order The Louvin Brothers Handpicked Songs 1955-1962 click here.

A star studded curatorial compilation, Handpicked Songs 1955-1962 (LITA 074, 180-gram LP) is a shot of Louvin Brothers magic. This LP features 14 tracks performed by the Louvin Brothers during their golden era, each personally selected by the likes of BeckEmmylou HarrisWill OldhamKris KristoffersonJim JamesDolly Parton and many more, all housed in a deluxe Stoughton gatefold sleeve plus a full color insert with period archival photos, and extensive liner notes along with meticulously re-mastered audio from the original tapes (with lacquers cut by John Golden at John Golden Mastering).

For audio samples, more info and to pre-order The Louvin Brothers Satan Is Real / Handpicked Songs 1955-1962 click here.

Satan Is Real / Handpicked Songs 1955-1962 (LITA 075, 2xCD + Audio Commentary Download) collects on CD the classic Satan Is Real album and the Handpicked Songs “best-of”, housed in a deluxe 6-panel Digipak with a 40-page booklet with period archival photos, and extensive liner notes along with meticulously re-mastered audio from the original tapes. For a better look at this stellar set, check out the “What’s Inside?” video below!