Moon Block Party

September 4th, 2014

Moon Block Party

Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to slow dance with a ghost during an acid trip in an old Texas mansion in the dead of the night? Seeing The Black Angels live is pretty close.

Turn on, tune in, and drone out at Moon Block Party in Pomona on October 18th. Our very own Black Angels and legendary West African badasses, Tinariwen, will be playing along with loads other awesome bands.

For the first time on vinyl, Tinariwen’s 2001 Radio Tisdas Sessions and 2004 Amassakoul are available for pre-order on our website.

Get tickets to Moon Block Party here.

Debut Album from Sylvie Simmons!

September 3rd, 2014

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We’re happy to announce this sweet album by the great Sylvie Simmons: a NEW recording for us here at Light in the Attic, but it was so beautiful we couldn’t resist. Sylvie is haunting and out-of-time, but it is also a brand-new, original debut album by a singer-writer who has been making music since she was a little girl but just for herself. The raw, delicate, and sensual songs about love and love gone wrong are performed on a ukulele, which here sounds like a broken harp or a heartbroken guitar. Late last year, in a gap between tours, Howe Gelb of Giant Sand lured Sylvie to the desert where they recorded live to tape in Wavelab Studio in Tucson with Thoger Lund playing upright bass and Howe, who produced the album, backing her brilliantly on guitar, synthesizers, and piano.

Born in London, she’d felt the pull of America since childhood and ran away to LA in the late seventies to write about music, convinced she’d never have the nerve to perform it. She became renowned as a rock writer (she’s the subject of a BBC documentary, The Rock Chick) and also as an acclaimed author. Her books include the cult fiction Too Weird For Ziggy and biographies Serge Gainsbourg: A Fistful of Gitanes and I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen. Following numerous movements across the globe-including three years in a tumbledown French chateau- she now lives in San Francisco.

Pre-order Sylvie, out October 28th, on CD, vinyl, and digital HERE. First 100 pre-orders will receive turquoise colored wax! Stream the single “You Are In My Arms” below.

Big Boys Tees!

August 28th, 2014

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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 LightInTheAttic.net.

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

Light In The Attic at FYF Fest!

August 19th, 2014

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Heading to FYF Fest in Los Angeles this weekend? We are too! Come hang with us at the Light In The Attic booth located in the vendor village. We’ll be selling all your favorite LITA titles + tons of other rad merch. Hope to see you there!

News Titles from Machu Picchu / M’Lady’s

August 18th, 2014

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We’ve got two new titles from Machu Picchu / M’Lady’s. Hot on the heels of the ecstatically received reissue of ANONYMOUS’ classic album Inside the Shadow, Machu Picchu Ltd. has just announced the reissue of their elusive and legendary follow-up: No Longer Anonymous. After the 1976 release of Inside the Shadow, the group decided to change their name to JRIDER (after the second cut on the Anonymous LP) and pursued a similar rich vein of impeccable songwriting, this time adding more hard rock to the mix, resulting in a fantastic sounding album that sadly went unreleased at the time. This record is highly recommended for everyone who enjoyed Inside the Shadow, and it also happens to come with an entire unreleased album of songs recorded by the group’s visionary songwriter Ron Matelic!

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Next up is THE CONTENTS ARE’s debut album, originally issued in 1967 in an edition of just 100 copies. This record, more rumored than heard, lives at a wild nexus in American culture, simultaneously expansive and reflective, searching for answers in society through music and art. The German label Shadoks first reissued this legendary set almost ten years ago, but Machu Picchu brings you a new deluxe edition of Through You, this time with the very special addition of the band’s two non-album 45s. Let this record turn you on to new horizons.

Free Basin’ Friday | Big Boys Tees!

August 15th, 2014

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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).

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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. 

WEEKLY DISTRO ROUNDUP WITH JON TRENEFF!

August 14th, 2014

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Happy belated International Left-Handers Day!  (Sorry, lefties – I don’t write the schedule for these things!).  Robert Deniro, Jerry Seinfeld, The Olsen Twins (NOT Ashley), OPRAH!, Leonardo Da Vinci!  Just a few examples of famous lefties out there, reminding the world that, despite being in the minority, they’re actually smarter, hotter, and more successful than everyone else.  Stick with me – we have a highly advanced list today -  in tribute to all those beautiful, more highly evolved left-handers!

We were just reminiscing about the days of getting dropped off at the mall and setting security guards on fire, when what do you know – Waxwork drops the Chopping Mall soundtrack!  The young upstarts again pull out all the stops here, with glorious laminate gloss jackets and sassy pink fluorescent vinyl inside.  Did we forget to mention the wailing synth guitar lines also included on said wax?!  Don’t sleep – like every WW release, these will be gone in the blink of an eye.

 

Mega-ripper back in print after a brief re-appearance a couple years back.  We blew through these the first time so we’re psyched to finally have these back in the saddle!  The Jerusalem record is one of the ture holy grails of the early UK hard rock/proto-metal scene.  Produced by Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan, the fruit don’t fall far from the tree, sounding not unlike the classic hard-charging DP records, with a hint of Sabbath’s proto-doom thrown in to sweeten the deal.  Classic Headbanger’s Ball material!

 

The Laze – Phantom of the Opera LP
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Stunning modern re-imagined soundtrack to Lon Chaney’s classic Phantom of the Opera.  The Laze canvas the perimeter of classic soundtrack modes to come up with their own, completely unique interpretation on this horror touchstone.  Running the gamut from Carpenter-synths, to classical guitar, to Goblin-esque prog, to straight up metal, these guys prove capable of inhabiting any form they please, while still making it hang together as a complete vision.  Packaged with the attention to detail we’ve come to expect from One Way Static.

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.

Light In The Attic x Ace Hotel DTLA

August 13th, 2014

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Join us Tuesday, August 19th in celebration of the release of Lewis - Romantic Times at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. Come hang with the LITA gang as we DJ upstairs at the rooftop bar. Special guest DJ sets from Carlos Niño and Frosty of dublab. RSVP@lightintheattic.net.

Lewis Found!

August 8th, 2014

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*In respect to Randall’s request for privacy, we have blurred the above photo to obscure his location.

Randall Wulff is alive. Living and breathing and content, simply playing his music in the comfort of his own home, with a girlfriend and some kittens by his side.

For two and a half years, we searched and searched, and all signs led to Lewis as being a man no longer with us. Then last week, out of the blue, an old friend from Randall’s past got in touch, mentioning that he saw Randy in Canada last year. Hours later, Jack Fleischer and I booked two plane tickets and headed to Canada on the hunt.

Feeling deflated after 48 hours of tirelessly searching, we suddenly spotted him in plain sight. We found him looking calm, cool and collected, sitting outside a little neighborhood coffee shop drinking a large hot coffee. He looked great just sitting there basking in the summer sun with his classic blond hair, white shorts, white, billowy dress shirt (confidently unbuttoned to the navel), shiny white tennis shoes, and a wooden cane, which he cited was from a recent accident, but he seemed to walk fine. He had that undeniable charm of some golden-era Hollywood actor.

Randy had no idea about the recent interest in his old records and didn’t seem to care in the slightest. We had a check for him but he wasn’t interested. We brought him CDs and LPs of L’Amour. He took a look, impressed (“nice”), and smiled, recalling a number of positive stories from back in the day. Then handed back the CD, saying it was for us and kindly declined keeping it. Randy simply wanted to look forward with both his life and music and had no interest in any celebrity or financial gain having to do with the albums. He told us over and over again, “That was a long time ago” and that we should “have a ball” with the reissues. When we mentioned that we’d been looking for him for years, he was surprised, responding that he’s been right there all along and shops for groceries at his neighborhood store.

After a half hour chatting about his musical past, he signed a couple copies of L’Amour (as “Lewis”) and said, “I wish you guys all the best. I’m not looking back. I’m doing stuff now that’s taken me forty, fifty years to write. I’m not looking into coin. I’m not looking into anything. I’m just strumming my guitar. I just wish you guys all the best in the world.”

In respect to Randall, we’ve decided that once our CD/LP stock runs out, we won’t be repressing L’Amour or Romantic Times–until he tells us differently. It doesn’t feel right collecting money from his art and him not sharing in it regardless of how incredibly positive he was about the entire thing. The royalties will continue to be set aside into an escrow in case he ever wants them.

In 2014, with the instant gratification of information at our fingertips and every mystery solved within seconds, this is a rare and beautiful thing. The man seems to be at peace, so respecting his privacy is most important. And in closing, we are aware of the small percentage of people that believe this whole thing to be a hoax. Looking at the twelve-year history of our label, anyone would see that we would never do such a thing to betray people’s trust. We, like many of you, find so many parts of this story to be beyond belief, but after this meeting with Randall, we can say that sometimes truth truly is stranger than fiction.

Now Distributing Polysom!

August 7th, 2014

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We are happy to announce that we are now distributing the Brazilian label Polysom. Hidden in the Rio suburb of Belford Roxo, Polysom not only reissues some amazing classic Brazilian LPs but also runs the only pressing and production plant in all of South America.

Polysom was founded by Nilton Rocha in 1997 with equipment purchased from Brazilian major labels Poly Gram and Continental. When demand for vinyl slowed in the 90s due to the onset of the compact disc era, manufacturers in South America began to slip into extinction. Rocha made it decades before the diminished demand forced him to pulled the plug on Polysom. However, the owners of the Brazilian independent label Deckdisc purchased Polysom in 2009 and reopened it the next year. Since then, Polysom has been full steam ahead, producing top notch vinyl with quality on par with its northern hemispheric counterparts. The future is now bright for Polysom as they plan to begin offering picture discs and colored vinyl.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR ENTIRE DISTRIBUTION CATALOG FOR POLYSOM!