Free Basin’ Friday | Summer Edition

June 27th, 2014

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Summer is here! Time to bust out the BBQ and fill up the kitty pool.  In celebration of the summer solstice, this week for Free Basin’ Friday we’re giving away a copy of Kindred Spirits reissue of L’Orchestre Sidi Yassa De Kayes - L’Orchestre Sidi Yassa De Kayes!

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For a chance to win this week’s prize, tell us what’s your favorite summer record (an album that always gets loving during your 4th of July BBQ) and why. The winner will be notified next Friday via email.

 

News Titles from Votary Records!

June 26th, 2014

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Based on the novel written by australian actor Roger Ward (Mad Max, Stone, Turkey Shoot), The Set is a cult Australian sexploitation film. Originally released in 1970, The Set was scored by the highly respected and unique jazz original Sven Libaek. Incorporating elements of baroque and sunshine pop as well as moody mod jazz, The Set is an incredible time-piece of Swinging Sydney.

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Scored for vince & Carol Serventy’s 1966 Australian Television series nature Walkabout, Sven Libaek’s pioneering soundtrack has long been considered the landmark recording of the unique genre, eco-jazz. impressionistic modern jazz composed for Television documentaries, library music, educational and travelogue films. Remastered from the original master tapes, this reissue is presented as a deluxe 180 gram Gatefold with rare photos from the Serventy archive, plus extensive liner notes by jazz writer Francis Gooding.

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Considered to be one of the pioneers of Psychoacoustics, Eric Siday is also acknowledged as a key name in the growth of 20th century electronic music. Siday was an important figure in the development of the Moog Synthesizer, his compositions were a testing ground for Bob Moog ideas, in turn shaping the technical advancement of the instrument. Pulling together a clutch of eerie atomic-age miniatures drawn from a series of rare 10” 78rpm library discs, this compilation explores Siday’s scientific study of sound, a concept he branded The Ultra Sonic Perception. The composition featured here were partially used as the soundtrack to the early 1960s Doctor Who TV series and showcases pioneering techniques used by this forward thinking composer.

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Cold Worlds is a collection of Horror-Electronics, supernatural soundscapes and sinister library muzak from Australian composer Don Harper. Centering on a previously unreleased score for the 1968 Doctor Who series The Invasion (a dark otherworldly sci-fi jazz suite), Cold Worlds is also a focus on the electronic music of this largely unsung composer. Harper’s compositions have been famously sampled by hip hop artist MF Doom. The album also includes compositions written by Harper for George Romero’s cult zombie classic Dawn of the Dead

Free Basin’ Friday | Donnie & Joe Emerson – “Still Dreamin’ Wild”

June 20th, 2014

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Welcome to the end of the work week! It couldn’t have come at a better time because today we’re giving away a copy (on the format of your choice) of the brand new Donnie & Joe Emerson album, Still Dreamin’ Wild: The Lost Recordings 1979-81!!!

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For a chance to win this week’s prize, come up with three Donnie & Joe Emerson-esque song titles. The most creative and funny submission wins! The winner will be notified next Friday via email.

WEEKLY DISTRO ROUNDUP WITH JON TRENEFF!

June 19th, 2014

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World Cup Fever – everyone’s got it! Spain’s out, Gondwana’s late as usual, and Texas is creepin’ on a come up! Let the American futballs fall where they may, that’s what we say. At the end of the match, yer gonna need to blow some steam, up, down, or to the left. So take it easy (or don’t) – we’ve got somethin’ for ya!

 

Turn To Crime – Can’t Love
(Mugg & Bopp)

Who said Detroit is dead?! Since peacing-out of NYC and his old band, Awesome Color, Motown native Derek Stanton has kept his head down, slowly disseminating new solo work online. To say that Turn To Crime is some next level gamesmanship is putting it mildly. Played, produced, and recorded entirely by our man, TTC is Stanton coming into his own – molding something familiar yet disorienting from the standard garage and classic rock building blocks, layering his subtle guitar heroics and Lou Reed-isms over rhythm tracks that sound built from Can samples. An uncontested highlight around these parts and one to watch for ’14!

 

Mar-Vista – Visions of Sodal YeKelompok Kampungan – Self Titled 10″
(Strawberry Rain)

Take cover – two soft bombs showing up on satellite over the Pacific! Strawberry Rain does it again here, rolling aside boulders leading to underground rivers unseen by eyes of man or beast. Mar Vista’s Visions of Sodal Ye is about as deep a cut as they come – French private press synth-psych never circulated outside of the duo’s immediate locale. Too dark and animated to be new age, Mar-Vista could be a primitivist interpretation of kosmiche voyagers like Ash Ra Temple, Popol Vuh, or Terry Riley. Super unique and engrossing jams – Sodal Yeah!

On the other end of the spectrum, we have Kelompok Kampungan’s arresting 10″. Containing the overflow from last year’s excellent Mencari Tuhan reissue, the music here bathes in the same magic that made Mencari so special. A progressive folk ensemble from Thailand, Kelompok Kampungan were mostly untrained musicians who made their own instruments in an effort to re-create the sounds and rhythms of nature in their playing. If this all sounds too hippy-dippy, stick with me. A lot of psych/folk/world etc., albums pass through our doors here – this one made us stop in our tracks. 100% unique and amazing.

 

Ennio Morricone – L’uccello Dalle Piume Di Cristallo (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage)
(Cinevox/BTF)

Classic Morricone soundtrack composed for Dario Argento’s 1970 debut feature, L’uccello Dalle Piume Di Cristallo (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage). Morricone shows us again why he’s the maestro, marrying more conventional song-forms to the avant-garde arrangements employed in his Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza. From creepy, sing-song vocal melodies to hair-raising string blasts, all the trademark Morricone-isms are in full flower here. First ever vinyl release of the original score in stereo, on red vinyl (for a limited time).

Still Dreamin’ Wild Out Now | Ace Hotel Release Party

June 17th, 2014

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Donnie & Joe Emerson - Still Dreamin’ Wild: The Lost Recordings 1979-81
LITA 115 (LP | CD | Digital)
Out Now!

Some people have to wait for fame; some people wait even longer than most. Donnie and Joe Emerson are in a league of their own.

As teenagers in Fruitland, Washington in the late ‘70s, the farming brothers dreamed of being heard. The synthesizers were sometimes crude and the 8-track recorder had its limitations, but the brothers aimed at nothing short of perfection in their home studio on the farm. They titled their 1979 debut Dreamin’ Wild, and, as multi-instrumentalist Donnie later admitted, “Joe and I basically lived the dream of the title of the album.” The same goes for their parents who heavily believed in their sons’ musical dreams, taking out a second mortgage on the farm and investing $100,000 in a dream that refused to die. But their privately funded, private press record sank without trace, the family lost most of their 1,600 acre farm, and as Joe focused on the family farming business, Donnie focused on his solo career.

As for Dreamin’ Wild, things began to change three decades later, when record collector Jack Fleischer bought a copy of the album for $5 at a Spokane thrift shop. Something about the brothers’ smiles, bouffant hair, and matching white jumpsuits gave him a good feeling. Fleischer’s blogging about the album brought it to the attention of cult musician Ariel Pink, who recorded his own version of standout track “Baby.” Eventually re-released on Light In The Attic and widely available for the first time, the album chimed louder a lifetime after its conception: Pitchfork described it as a “a godlike symphony to teen hood.” The New York Times flew out to the family farm, while Jimmy Fallon took to Twitter to proclaim his love for the duo.

But Dreamin’ Wild does not tell the full story. In a relatively short span of time – just two and half years – the boys put close to 70 songs down on tape, all recorded at that magical home studio on the farm. A dozen of them are included here on Still Dreamin’ Wild: The Lost Recordings 1979-81 and ready to be enjoyed for the first time ever. With a familiar blend of FM rock, power pop, and new wave, these 12 tracks cover the entirety of that fruitful period, stretching from the second song Donnie ever recorded (“Everybody Knows It”) – to tracks documenting his temporary move to L.A. in 1981.

Donnie’s life story is in these songs. Where Dreamin’ Wild captures the teenage experience, Still Dreamin’ Wild tells a broader story, one in which teenage dreams turn to painful yearning. So where the Beach Boys indebted “Ooh Baby Yeah” is inspired by a teenage girlfriend, “Big Money” shows the emergence of a naive political awareness. Later, 1981′s “One True Love” captures the sound of what Donnie described as “the city as imagined from the farm,” and the epic closing track, “Don’t Disguise The Way You Feel” found Donnie after high school, feeling stifled and frustrated in the isolation of the countryside and mourning the loss of his friend and occasional backing vocalist Dwayne. It is, quite simply, heartbreaking.

The long-belated success of Dreamin’ Wild has given the Emerson brothers – still close, and still the heart of a loving family – a new lease of life. They’ve finally taken their music on the road, performing at Seattle’s Showbox followed by New York’s Mercury Lounge. Still Dreamin’ Wild proves that the album wasn’t a fluke, and that Donnie’s songwriting is as consistent as it is rare. All this time later, we finally have the pleasure of hearing the brothers’ music. And the good news? They’ve still got the jumpsuits.

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We’ll be celebrating the release tonight, June 17th, with a Light In The Attic DJ set upstairs at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Special guest DJ set from Justin Gage of Aquarium Drunkard. We’ll also be selling “baby” blue copies of the album while supplies last. RSVP@lightintheattic.net.

Free Basin’ Friday | Konrad – “Evil”

June 13th, 2014

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We’re back this week with a special Father’s Day edition of Free Basin’ Friday! The prize is a copy of Ethereal Sequence’s reissue of Konrad – Evil. Recorded more than 25 years ago, the album is an odd collection of bedroom electropop that has since garnered cult status. The album has been restored from the original master tapes and includes a bonus 45 of three extremely rare tracks.

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Since Father’s Day is right around the corner, we want you to name the top 3 “dad rock” (aka “birkenstock rock”) songs. Dad rock is defined as “the standard set of songs from the 60s and 70s that boomers habitually listen to. Boomers try to get younguns to listen to dad rock by loading up ‘best song ever’ lists with them. Dad rockers have no desire to listen to recent music and are stuck in the past.” The list that is the most spot-on wins! The winner will be notified next Friday via email.

Weekly Distro Roundup with Jon Treneff!

June 12th, 2014

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Happy Father’s Day week! Here at LITA World HQ (LLC, Inc. ) we feel the mixed emotions you may be going through leading up to this most holy of days. Namely, what to buy for the Dad who has everything, and hates everything he doesn’t have? We feel your pain, my brethren! But no matter who yer daddy is this year, we’ve got something to put the spring back in his Buster Browns! What’s that you say – YOU’RE the Daddy here?! Even better! Treat yourself, Big Papa!

 

Staple Singers – Uncloudy Day / Will The Circle Be Unbroken? / Swing Low
(Mississippi)

Hallelujah! After decades of basically ZERO presence on vinyl, Mississippi brings the Staple Singers back into the 12″ realm. These are exact repros of the famous family’s first three albums, and as important to gospel and American music as Johnny Cash or Loretta Lynn were to country. Though they went on to great Top Ten chart success in the ’70s with the Stax label, these early Vee-Jay recordings are arguably their most enduring legacy. Far from the typical soul-groove recordings still heard on the radio today, these records are basically (barely) electrified Southern spirituals – minimal and haunting songs stripped to the marrow, with only Pops’ Staples heavily reverbed guitar and his offspring’s heavenly voices holding the music aloft. Timeless, transportive hymns that transcend decades, centuries, and tastes. You need this in your life.

 

Guy Skornik – Pour Pauwels
(Lion Productions)

Big SKOR for fans of French pop – and eccentric art-pop in general! Guy Skornik was a mystic explorer, gifted musician, and member of the forward-thinking Popera Cosmic collective. When he wasn’t busy presenting television reports on Eastern mysticism and LSD, he was recording orchestrated prog-pop, culminating in 1970′s Pour Pauwels LP. Inspired by counterculture hero and author Louis Pauwels’ revolutionary bestseller The Morning of the Magicians, Pour Pauwels is a heady concept album that manages to forge all of Skornik’s interests into a classic of French prog-pop. Right up there with Serge Gainsbourg’s Melody Nelson and the trailblazing work of Jean-Claude Vannier. Limited to 500 and going fast!

 

Country Lips – Nothing To My Name
(Country Lips)

After years of road-testing in the West Coast’s top dives and speakeasys, Seattle’s rowdiest sawdust stompers bring forth their debut album. What’s all the ruckus about?! These guys pretty much spell it out for you in the name – COUNTRY music, with a lotta LIP!!! Rolling through nine members deep, this wrecking crew takes the M.O. of ’70′s outlaw country a la Willie, Waylon, and Johnny Paycheck and cranks the foot-stompin’ factor up to 11! Incredibly, Nothing To My Name manages to translate the energy of their raucous live show to wax, while spotlighting the group vocal harmonies that can get lost in the heated moment of a live hootenany. Get your summer off to a proper rip-snortin’ start!

All titles mentioned above are available through our online shop or at our Seattle record shop (913 NW 50th St., Ballard). The shop is open Friday 12-8pm and Saturday 12-4pm.

FIRST ANNUAL LIGHT IN THE ATTIC SUMMER SPECTACULAR!!!!

June 11th, 2014

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We’re thrilled to announce our first annual Summer Spectacular! Hosted at our Seattle record store/warehouse in Ballard. Co-headlined by rock’n'roll farmers Donnie & Joe Emerson, who will be performing their third live show in over thirty years!

Rare solo set by Alex Maas of Austin psych outfit The Black Angels!

Also performing is legendary Seattle musician Overton Berry (featured on the Wheedle’s Groove series)!

DJ Suspence spinning in-between sets!

Plus:
*Food Trucks!
*Record Fair!

Record Vendors:
- Sub Pop Records
- Mike Samples
- Beats and Bohos
- Karl Zwick

The festivities kickoff at 3pm on Saturday, July 12. This event is FREE, ALL-AGES, and open to the public.

Address: 913 NW 50th Street, Seattle

Donnie & Joe will also be performing at Bumbershoot on August 30th.

Light In The Attic x Ace Hotel

June 9th, 2014

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Join us Tuesday, June 17th, in celebration of the release of Donnie & Joe Emerson - Still Dreamin’ Wild at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. Come hang with the LITA gang as we DJ upstairs at Ace Hotel. Special guest DJ set from Justin Gage of Aquarium Drunkard. Limited edition “baby” blue copies of the album will be available for sale! RSVP@lightintheattic.net.

Weekly Distro Roundup with Jon Treneff!

June 5th, 2014

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Shadoks vinyl!!!  Shadoks vinyl!!!  Shadoks vinyl!!!  Shadoks vinyl!!!  Shadoks vinyl!!!  We’re over the moon over here!  After all, it’s not every day (or life, for that matter) you get the chance to work with the esteemed and legendary Shadoks label! Shadoks has been at the forefront of amazing boutique psych reissues since boutique psych reissues were just a glimmer in yer pappy’s aviator shades. Every release is a hand-made, painstaking labor of love, with high-quality packaging, sound, and liner notes – in strictly limited editions of 500.

We have stock on the ENTIRE Shadoks vinyl catalog, as well as the fresh slices highlighted below -  all making their debuts on North American shores!  Check the website for the full rundown.

 

Ernan Roch / Lazarus  / Young Flowers 
(Shadoks)

Ernan Roch’s La Onda Pesada is one of the great lost Mexican psych-folk classics.  Sung entirely in English, this has a laid-back West Coast groove that we might incline to call “folk-funk,” a la Relatively Clean Rivers, but with fuzzed-out guitar leads that will ring the bell of Quicksilver Messenger Service freaks.  So good!  Lazarus showed up with far more ambitious plans on their impossibly rare debut.  Imagine Soft Machine or Caravan recording a concept album about Lazarus coming back from the dead as a hell-bent zombie and you’re on the right path.  Killer hard-blues/psych – the sound and playing on this is out of this world!  Any heavy head will tell you - Young Flowers were THEE definitive Danish psych/blues act, and “Blomsterpistolen (flower pistols)” is their masterpiece.  Heavily influenced by Hendrix, Cream, Canned Heat, and the like, this record holds it’s own, with an insane guitarist and heavy musical lifting across the board.  There’s a whole world out there – stop and smell the blomsterpistolens!

 

L’Orchestre Sidi Yassa De Kayes – L’Orchestre Sidi Yassa De Kayes
Le Kene-Star De Sikasso – Hodi Hu Yenyan
Amadou Ballake – Bar Konon Mousso Bar
Woima Collective – Frou Frou Rokko
(Kindered Spirits)

New mother lode of African reissues par excellence from the always reliable Kindred Spirits folks. L’Orchestre Sidi Yassa De Kayes and Le Kene-Star De Sikasso are two peas in a pod, showcasing the movements of some of the scene’s key players. The Mali orchestras worked much as the jazz combo might have worked on this continent – as a revolving door and training ground for young players to cut their teeth in an established group before casting off to form their own combos. Both of these records feature slightly altered combinations of the same players, and follow the same strange, magic thread – sounding as natural as the dirt under foot, and completely unlike anything of the known world. Like catching a phantom satellite signal on your transistor radio, under the sheets.

Amadou Ballake and Woima Collective are the then and now of rambunctious Afro-beat. Mr. Ballake was a James Brown-indebted wailer from Burkina Faso. Bar Konon Mousso Bar was a massive hit in his homeland, for good reason – this whole record is a scorcher that warms up at 360 degreez and just keeps going from there. Top shelf! Woima Collective are an offshoot of German Afro-soul-beat revivalist ground-floorers, Poets of Rhythm (check Daptone’s boss vinyl anthology), and probably one of the more real-deal units doing it, to our Mrs. Dash-seasoned ears. Hotter than a dutch oven in Georgia!

 

The Vampires – The Vampires Underground
Edip Akbayram – Edip Akbayram
(Pharaway Sounds)

Stop us if we’re windbagging – but it’s been awhile! So many new jams, and they’re all worth your time! Both of these new Pharaway platters are gonna blow doors on your next Go-Go shindig – trust! The Vampires Underground is by far one of the most obscure, and strangest, psych-funk exploitation albums ever. A band of Indian guys in East South Africa playing instrumental psych-garage-surf-funk, The Vampires put their unique stamp everything from “Unchain My Heart” to “Funky Broadway,” making it their own with fuzzed-out guitars, bongos, and a killer rhythm section. The best kind of great record – an accidental one. Along with Erkin Koray and Baris Manco, Edip Akbayram is one of the Big Three when it comes to Turkish delights. This is an exact repro of his debut album, and a totally essential psych-fuzz tome for any and all of the above. Woo-hoo!

All titles mentioned above are available through our online shop or at our Seattle record shop (913 NW 50th St., Ballard). The shop is open Friday 12-8pm and Saturday 12-4pm.