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Big Boys Tees!

Thursday, August 28th, 2014


All your shirts dirty? You could do laundry, or you could just get yourself a brand new shirt instead like our Big Boys tees we did in collaborating with Minor Thread. The shirts feature two different original designs, “Skate for Fun“ and “Lullabies Help the Brain Grow.” Make your mama proud with a clean shirt while also celebrating your favorite funky punks. Or make your mama concerned by wearing it with a tutu, christmas lights, and some sandwiches (like Biscuit). Order your tee today from

- Silk-screened tee featuring original designs.
- Official limited edition reissue

Free Basin’ Friday | Big Boys Tees!

Friday, August 15th, 2014


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).


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. 

Free Basin’ Friday | LITA Survival Pack

Friday, March 28th, 2014


Friday at last! Time for another installment of Free Basin’ Friday. This week we’re giving away a Light In The Attic survival pack: tote bag, patch, slipmat and the latest issue of our zine (available April 19th for Record Store Day).


To win this week’s prize, we would like you to tell us what your favorite Light In The Attic release is and why. The winner will be chosen next Friday via email.

Light In The Attic Tote Bags On Sale Now!

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

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Having trouble carrying all your favorite Light In The Attic records around? Worry not, with the official Light In The Attic tote bag you can now carry a whole plethora of LPs, EPs and 7’’s! Each tote bag features the Light In The Attic logo, designed by artist Drew Christie, screen printed on 100% cotton fabric.


Supplies are limited so pick one up today from LITA-LTD!

Rodriguez Tee’s by Rotter & Friends!

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

This is not a song, it’s a T-Shirt! Another harmonious collaboration with our pal Jess Rotter at Rotter & Friends, this super soft American Apparel Tee features a rhythmic illustration of the Sugar Man himself!

Available in sizes Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, and XX-Large.

Crucify your closet! Head to to snag one.  Remember, Rodriguez receives royalties for each sale, so don’t be shy!

Photos by David Black

Light In The Attic at WFMU’s Record Fair in New York City! ***CANCELLED**

Monday, October 29th, 2012

***WFMU 2012 Record Fair has been cancelled, due to Hurricane Sandy***

Despite hell and high water, Light In The Attic is coming to sling wax at this year’s WFMU record fair in New York City! For those of you who don’t already know, WFMU’s record fair is like heaven for us music junkies, with over 10,000 square feet of LPs, CDs, 45s, DVDs, and much much more. The fair takes place in Manhattan’s own Metropolitan Pavilion ( 125 West 18th Street), November 2nd – 4th. Admission is 7 bucks, or you can shell out a hefty $25 to get in early and have first dibs!

Seek out the Light In The Attic booth for all kinds of exciting tunes. We’ll have lots of great LITA titles available including the first pressing of the Searching For Sugar Man soundtrack by Rodriguez on limited white vinyl, Ray Stinnett‘s previously unreleased masterpiece A Fire Somewhere, the last of our limited edition Donnie & Joe Emerson Dreamin’ Wild hand numbered cassettes, and much much more!

We’ll also have a lot of hot distro titles for sale by Death Waltz Recordings, Dark Entries, Pharaway Sounds, etc!

Not to mention all of the LITA-LTD. merch- Lee Hazlewood, Rodriguez, Louvin Brothers and Light In The Attic Tee’s and totes to name a few. Be sure to mention the code word “rattlesnakes” at check out to receive 20% off your purchase!

We hope to see y’all there. Stay safe until then, we’re thinking of you.

LITA 7″ Series – Sweet Tea (members of The Black Angels & Heartless Bastards) cover Wendy Rene’s “After Laughter (Comes Tears)”

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Sweet Tea featuring Alex Maas (The Black Angels) & Erika Wennerstrom / Jesse Ebaugh (Heartless Bastards)
“After Laughter (Comes Tears)” (2012) b/w Wendy Rene “After Laughter (Comes Tears)” (1964) | 7″ 45 RPM | LITA 45-022
Pre-order now at - Ships Tuesday October 23, 2012 | In stores October 30, 2012

Celebrating Light In The Attic’s 10 year anniversary in 2012, we are releasing a series of very special colored vinyl 7”s and digital downloads. The series features contemporary artists covering a track reissued by Light In The Attic on the A-side, plus the original version on the B-side. First in the series was Iggy Pop & Zig Zag’s heavy psych-punk cover of Betty Davis’ “If I’m In Luck I Might Get Picked Up”, out now here and at record stores world wide.

Second in the series we have Alex Maas of the Black Angels and Erika Wennerstrom / Jesse Ebaugh of Heartless Bastards (under the band name Sweet Tea) covering Wendy Rene’s ‘After Laughter Comes Tears’. Preserving the original song’s creepy organ and tortured soul, Sweet Tea adds deep dub bass and raw power. Wendy Rene’s original – beloved of Wu Tang Clan, who sampled it on ‘Tearz’ – was one of a handful of timeless soul songs she recorded with The Drapels and solo for Stax before retiring prematurely to raise a family.

A side is produced by Alex Maas / Brett Orrison and recorded at Out The Woodwork Studios, Austin, TX, July 2012. B side features the original Wendy Rene version as remastered by John Baldwin for our anthology of her work, After Laughter Comes Tears: Complete Stax & Volt Singles + Rarities 1964-1965. Design by Henry Owings, Chunklet Graphic Control.

+ Limited edition 7″ series on colored vinyl with custom LITA juke-box style sleeve in a poly bag with custom die-cut sticker
+ Other artists in the series include Iggy Pop & Zig Zags covering Betty Davis, Mark Lanegan covering Karen Dalton, and Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band covering Rodriguez. More releases in the series to be announced.

Donnie & Joe Emerson “Dreamin’ Wild” Limited Edition Hand-Numbered CASSETTE!!!

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

For last week’s 10 Year Anniversary concert in Seattle, which featured the first Donnie & Joe Emerson concert in 32 years (!), we pressed up a limited edition hand-numbered cassette (edition of 100) of Dreamin’ Wild for our pop up shop at the show. We have less than 50 left and are now offering those on Come on, Dreamin’ Wild on cassette? They’re so baby! Grab ‘em now before they’re gone!

Rodriguez Tee Shirts!

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

This is not a song, it’s a T-shirt! Finally, you can crucify your closet and rep the Sugar Man himself with these silk screened, super soft  American Apparel tees! Designed by Henry Owings at Chunklet Graphic Control, featuring 3 different designs in many shades.

Bring back all the colors to your dreams with cream, black, and white cotton Rodriguez Tees! Remember, Rodriguez receives royalties for each sale of these shirts, so don’t be shy! You can pick all these up (and more) at LITA LTD!


Light In The Attic’s 10 Year Anniversary | Seattle & Los Angeles Concerts | Limited Edition 7″ Series

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Hard to believe ten years have passed since Matt Sullivan and Josh Wright founded Light In The Attic, a label responsible for some of the sharpest looking and sounding reissues and new albums of recent years. To celebrate the tenth anniversary, Light In The Attic has put together some very special events and a series of exclusive singles.

In the ten years since its inception, Light In The Attic has launched The Black Angels to the world and released rare treasures from funk-rock maverick Betty Davis, proto-punk band The Monks, folk singers Karen Dalton, Jim Sullivan, and Michael Chapman, larger-than-life troubadours Serge Gainsbourg and Lee Hazlewood, Korean rock hero Shin Joong Hyun, and Memphis soul heavyweights Wendy Rene and Charles “Packy” Axton.

Over the years, we also delved deep in to the history of our home town with vintage Seattle soul via the series Wheedle’s Groove, reissued classics from country stalwarts Kris Kristofferson and the Louvin Brothers, brought rock-n-roll farmers Donnie & Joe Emerson to the public, expanded minds with the deeply vibrant Jamaica to Toronto series, and played a key role in the rediscovery of legendary singer-songwriter Sixto Rodriguez, recently celebrated in the Sony Pictures Classics critical smash film, Searching For Sugar Man. The list is long.

It’s only right, then, that we’re not letting an anniversary like this pass unmarked. Headlining two celebratory concerts is Rodriguez, a man for whom rediscovery via Light In The Attic has taken him from obscurity to long-deserved fame. Line-ups for the two shows – to be held in Los Angeles and Seattle – will include the third ever U.S. performance by South Korea’s 75-year old ‘Godfather of Rock’ Shin Joong Hyun, veteran Yorkshire finger-picking wizard Michael Chapman, and a very rare performance from rediscovered darlings of private press, Donnie & Joe Emerson.

In addition to the shows, we will be releasing a series of very special singles as colored vinyl 7”s and digital downloads. The series features contemporary artists covering a track reissued by Light In The Attic on the A-side, plus the original version on the B-side. The series begins with Iggy Pop & Zig Zags covering Betty Davis, and the standard remains equally high.

Sullivan conceived Light In The Attic having worked as an intern for Seattle’s Sub Pop and Loosegroove labels in the ‘90s. Spending a summer in Spain working for reissue label Munster Records, he hit on the idea of launching his own. In the decade in which the world went digital, Light In The Attic bucked the trend, focusing on creating beautiful, covetable, desirable discs. “That’s what gets us up in the morning – finding records, finding new ways to shed light on them and get them the respect they deserve,” says Matt. “The packaging, the album, it all has to be one inspiring experience.”

Light In The Attic 10 Year Anniversary Concert (Los Angeles):
Friday, September 28, El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles
The first 200 people through the door at both shows get a free 45 single, and the merch stall will be a Light In The Attic record store – heaven for label completists. 

DJ SIPREANO (Vancouver)

Tickets available via this link.

Light In The Attic 10 Year Anniversary Concert (Seattle):
Friday, October 12, The Showbox at The Market, Seattle
The first 200 people through the door at both shows get a free 45 single, and the merch stall will be a Light In The Attic record store – heaven for label completists. 

DONNIE & JOE EMERSON (Fruitland, WA – first Seattle appearance)

Tickets available via this link.

Light In The Attic Anniversary 7″ Series:
We’re only at liberty to unveil the first few, which are as follows…

Iggy Pop & Zig Zags – Pre-Order at this link.
“If I’m In Luck I Might Get Picked Up” (2012) b/w Betty Davis, “If I’m In Luck I Might Get Picked Up” (1973)

Sweet Tea featuring Alex Maas (The Black Angels) & Erika Wennerstrom (Heartless Bastards)
“After Laughter (Comes Tears)” (2012) b/w Wendy Rene, “After Laughter (Comes Tears)” (1964)

Charles Bradley & the Menahan Street Band
“I’ll Slip Away” (2012) b/w Rodriguez “I’ll Slip Away (1967)