*Photo by John Collier
*Photo by John Collier
WHASSUP YOU CRAZEE GHOULS?! In case you’ve been out in the shed working on your sexy Headless Horseman and Ichabod Crane couples costume – let us remind you of the real spirit of Halloween – buying spooky records! So put down the pumpkin-flavored thong for a second, and try these on for size!
CAN I GET A DUUUUUUUUHH??!?!! I mean, it’s the new jam on Waxwork so you know this is 200% over-the-top deluxe pimp-style, right?! People call this a modern Halloween classic – but what do they know? All we know is the bonus LP is an entire disc of spooky Halloween sound effects, sourced from the film. That, and the girl from True Blood was in this, so listen for that trademark “surprised inhale”.
Many moons and sixpence ago we stocked T&J’s most excellent No Rest For The Wicked. Sadly, like a SPECTRE, it vanished as fast as it appeared – back, one can only assume, into the undead shredder’s grave depicted on the cover (Google it). FRET not (get it) ye depraved slaves to the six-string battle-axe! Erupts!, um…ERUPTS out of the foul earth to give you perverted metal maniacs another shot at life – after death, that is! Don’t think – just buy this now or forever REST IN PEEEAACCE.
Finally got enough of these to list! Among the deluge of Morricone soundtracks flooding LITA HQ in recent months, this is by far one of our faves. Like a cat, this one is slinky and a little devious. By turns, one of the grooving-est and creepiest works in the maestro’s catalog – and a perfect companion to this year’s pumpkin smashing duties.
All the other scary soundtracks in the world!
* Pumpkin carved by Drew Christie
This Halloween we’re havin’ a little costume competition. Dress up like your favorite LITA character and post a picture on our facebook by Friday (Halloween!) and the best effort gets a $50 LITA gift card!
Here are some ideas to get you going:
Frost your tips and your lips like Lewis!
Don a ‘fro like Sly!
Craft yourself a makeshift Donnie & Joe jumpsuit!
Find your inner Nasty Gal!
Tinariwen group costume, anyone?
Show us what you can do! Sorry it’s a little late notice, we were busy hangin’ out at our event at the Ace in Palm Springs. But hey, this probably just means that fewer people will actually enter the competition, so your chances of winning are pretty dang good!
I got to know Jamaican singer-songwriter and guitarist Val Bent (born Rupert Valentine Bent) while producing the Jamaica to Toronto: Soul Funk & Reggae 1967-1974 compilation for Light in the Attic around 2004-5. He was back in Jamaica after living in Canada for many years, where he laid down some of the toughest soul and funk records this country has ever produced. Bent came to Toronto, Ontario, as a musician with the Sheiks in 1964, and decided to stay despite our chilly winters, a far cry the Jamaican sun. He became an important musical member of the city’s growing Caribbean community and a mentor to many young players. The Sheiks became the house band for Club Jamaica on Toronto’s busy Yonge Street, which acted as a second home to Bent. Manager Fitz Riley would cook up curry chicken for the patrons and musicians, which reminded Bent of his Jamaican roots. It was here that he first met another young Jamaican immigrant, Earle Heedram (aka The Mighty Pope), who quickly became the new lead vocalist for the Sheiks. Bent was knocked away by Heedram’s powerful voice and commanding stage presence. Together, they wrote and recorded “Eternal Love,” which was released as a 7” single on the Raymond Records label in 1967 (and subsequently featured on Jamaica to Toronto). Regardless of the record’s deep soul and passionate performances—listen for Bent’s twanging guitar and back up vocals—the record sank fast without radio or media support. Despite a lack of record sales, the Sheiks were trailblazing Jamaican-Canadians who brought their music throughout the provinces of Ontario and Quebec, even in the face of ignorant racism, which the group unfortunately encountered on occasion. After returning to Jamaica in the late 1960s for a series of performances (replete with “psychedelic light show”), both Bent and Heedram (along with Studio One alumni, drummer Joe Isaacs, and organ player Chris Scasserra) linked up with American transplant and rock and roll pioneer Frank Motley as the Hitch-Hikers featuring the Mighty Pope. Motley was active on Toronto’s bustling Yonge Street strip, which was filled with nightclubs, strip bars, and record stores, and where Bob Dylan first heard the Band, then performing as Levon and the Hawks. The Hitch-Hikers not only performed popular funk, soul, and pop covers by the like of Eddie Bo and the Beatles, but a series of Bent originals as well: “A Stranger in your Own World,” “Memory Lane,” “Smile Maria Smile,” “You Got the Green Light,” and his namesake “Hell Bent.” After Motley fell ill, the group gradually went their separate ways. Bent and Heedram picked up a couple of hippie musicians and formed the short-lived Wild Oats, but the unit never recorded. Apart from a series of minor regional recordings, Bent focused on live work and performed in Canada throughout the 1970s and into the 1980s. After returning to Jamaica, Bent suffered a stroke and retired from the business. He returned to Toronto in 2006 for the now legendary Jamaica to Toronto reunion concert and once again sang back ups behind his musical brother Heedram on the mighty “Eternal Love.” Bent reportedly passed away in his sleep last week in Jamaica and he will be missed by many the world over. We send our best regards to his family and loved ones and count ourselves very lucky to have met his acquaintance. Val, we will miss your laughter and words over the coming years, but will champion your sound forever!
Voluntary in Nature
Fall is finally upon us. Leaves have turned from green to gold, the air is thin and crisp, and you can almost smell the Thanksgiving turkey in the oven. However, the best part of the season is not gathering with family and friends for a seasonal feast, but rather the limited edition vinyl available on Black Friday, November 28th! This year we have a beautiful cornucopia of official Record Store Day Black Friday titles. Don’t waste your money on pumpkin spice lattes… head over to your local record store and buy vinyl!
First up is the vinyl edition of There’s A Dream I’ve Been Saving. Seven years in the making, this is the ultimate artifact for Lee Hazlewood heads new and old. Now, for the first time, you can enjoy the entire experience on vinyl. This landmark box set contains an expansive LP-sized hard cover book detailing the label history of Lee Hazlewood Industries, accompanied by 8LPs + 4CDs and the never-before-released film Cowboy in Sweden.
This year marks the ten-year anniversary of impassioned poet, painter, actor, and prolific, self-taught musician Lizzy Mercier Descloux‘s death. Instrumental in the late 70s New York underground, yet of Parisian origin, Mercier Descloux, with partner Michel Esteban, established the magazine Rock News and ran in the same circles as Patti Smith and Richard Hell. Lizzy became a genre defying artist, pioneer of worldbeat and avant garde rock, and supreme minimalist of the no wave genre in her own right. Next year, we will release a detailed series showcasing her work. A glimpse of what’s in store for this upcoming archival series, this 7″ presents two key tracks from the Mercier Descloux catalog: the epitomic, 1979 disco-punk classic “Fire” backed with a rare session featuring Lizzy and “Godmother of Punk” Patti Smith reciting a bilingual version of Arthur Rimbaud’s poem, “Matinée d’ivresse/Morning High,” set to music by experimental contemporary Bill Laswell. Remastered from the original tapes, this 33 1/3 RPM 7” single comes pressed on “blue” colored wax.
Finally back in print and one of the pinnacle releases in our catalog, this 1970 masterpiece is the Holy Grail of Toronto Funk! The first true debut of Studio One veteran and Jackie Mittoo bandmate Wayne McGhie, this self-titled LP is a wicked mix of Caribbean Funk, Soul and Reggae. For this special Black Friday edition we have expanded the album to a deluxe gatefold “tip-on” jacket with rare archival photos and extensive liner notes featuring interviews with McGhie, Alton Ellis, and Lloyd Delpratt. Limited to 1,000 hand numbered copies on gold wax!
Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975 author Pat Thomas is on the road again! Detroit! Washington, DC! San Francisco! Pat will be spinning discs, lecturing via a multi-media presentation as well as signing his book, and the companion soundtrack CDs and LPs. Check down below for dates and details!
10/29 - Jazz Café (at Music Hall)
350 Madison St, Detroit
7 – 9 pm
* This event will be hosted by Detroit literary maverick; M.L. Liebler
11/10 - George Washington University
Room 209 of the Multicultural Student Services Center (MSSC), 2127 G Street, NW
Monday Nov 10th from 6:30-8 pm
(Free and open to the public)
11/15- Howard Zinn Book Fair
Mission High School, 3750 18th street, San Francisco.
* Pat will be sharing the stage with Rickey Vincent, author of Party Music: The Inside Story of the Black Panthers Band
Interested in working for Light In The Attic? We’re currently hiring a full-time Warehouse Assistant in the Ballard/Fremont area of Seattle. This will be an entry-level position and absolutely requires a candidate with a positive attitude who is self-motivated, well organized, focused and with strong attention to detail, able to work in a physically demanding, fast-paced and energetic environment, a problem-solver, and someone who is team oriented. Proficiency in all Microsoft products also required.
The Warehouse Assistant will be primarily responsible for the following duties:
• Retail order fulfillment
• Press/promotional mailings
• Warehouse organization and cleanliness
For a detailed job description click HERE
Compensation will start at $13.00/hour, health and 401K benefits offered; 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm with a 30-minute unpaid lunch break.
There will be a review at the end of your first 90-days to make sure the role is a good fit.
If this job sounds like a good fit for you, please email your resume and a cover letter to: email@example.com
Boys and girls of Seattle, hold on to your Hazlewood ‘staches! Light in the Attic Records is currently offering a 3 month internship at our Seattle office. We’re looking for applicants who are interested in learning about the ins and outs of a record label operation, from the operation of a distribution warehouse to digital distribution, as well as press and radio promotional activity. Check out the details below and get in touch.
INTERNSHIP AVAILABILITY: 1 unpaid position, to last four months beginning immediately (school credit might be available)
HOURS: Approx. 4-6 hours per week, preferably broken up between two days – however, a more flexible schedule can be arranged. (The hours would need to fall between 9am and 5pm, Monday thru Friday).
CONTACT: Please email resume and a brief message to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to hearing from you!
Gunslingers, drifters, outlaws… We’ve got three ace-high Ennio Morricone spaghetti western soundtracks out this week from our friends at CineVox Records. Bonus: each LP comes with an inlay poster!
One of the most influential films in the spaghetti western genre, A Fistful of Dollars (1964) was the breakout film for director Sergio Leone and catapulted Clint Eastwood to fame in Italy. With the unmistakable whistle of Alessandro Alessandroni over ominous Spanish guitar, Morricone crystallizes the ever-cool spaghetti western sound and transforms the visuals of the prairie into music.
This classic 1974 Italian crime film is unapologetically violent and Morricone’s score is obsessive and pulsating.
Grand and at times romantic, Morricone’s score to this 1968 Leone film, features his orchestra, his choir, The Whistler, and the addition of female singer Edda Dell’Orso.
You can order these and other Morricone scores through our online shop.
Remember your favorite dive bar? The one that you used to go to all the time because you and your friends always had the place to yourself and the two mean ol’ bartenders knew neither of mixology nor small talk?
But then word got out about the place. And now if you ever try to go, for old times’ sake, you have to stand in line for 20 minutes for your beer in a sea of mustaches and tattoos…
That’s kind of what’s happened with vinyl manufacturing over the years. For a long time everybody had forgotten about vinyl and because of that a lot of manufacturers shut down. Now everybody wants vinyl and the few remaining manufacturers are struggling to keep up with demand.
This is our roundabout way of announcing a few manufacturing delays for some of our releases.
Below are the affected titles and their new release dates:
Barbara Lynn - Here Is: LP 11/18
Sylvie Simmons - Sylvie: CD 11/11, LP 11/25
Lewis - Romantic Times: LP 12/16
Sincere apologies for the delays and thanks for standing in line with us.