Posts Tagged ‘Drew Christie’

Our Favorite Blog’s of 2010 and BEYOND!

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Wow, ever feel like all you do is read blogs? Well, that’s probably all you ever do…that’s all we ever do, at least. I mean, seriously, this shit is gettin’ serious (hence the need for a blog gang sign!). Thank heavens though there are some pretty stellar ones kickin’ around, constantly turning us on to weird videos, records, art, design, books, food, and all the rest. Here’s a short list of some of some of the blogs that kept us coming back all year long. See ya again in 2011!

Random Ramblings of the Musical Mind – John Hampton

John is a very good engineer / producer (and turns out a great writer) based out of Memphis, TN. He works a lot at Ardent Recording Studios (where he’s produced and mixed records by The White Stripes, The Cramps, Alex Chilton, Gin Blossoms, etc). My favorite post of his this year was on Alex Chilton’s passing. Lot’s of people wrote about the man, but John knew him. Read about it HERE!

Aquarium Drunkard –  Justin Gage

Justin writes his little gem of a blog from the City of Angels! Really great and in-depth articles and tons of daily “look what I founds” that are dope! Also, check out the weekly, two hour, Aquarium Drunkard Show Fridays on SIRIUS/XM satellite radio’s XMU (channel 26), and XM radio (channel 43). Noon-2pm EST. Favorite post this year is, of course, the one on Jim Sullivan. Check it HERE!

Pacific-Standard – Strath Shepard

Many of you may know Strath from his insanely good graphic design work on all Light In The Attic releases and various swag. Somehow, in between the 100th revision of an LP sleeve with us, he finds time to write this design-centric blog. Very fun to just poke around and go through the archives on this one. Great job Strath, now where are the designs for those Rodriguez Slap Bracelets we were talking about???

Waxidermy – Various Contributors

The blog that brought you bonerz and a shit ton of private press gems, in 2010 Waxidermy continued to blow our minds and fill up our hard drives with records that left most of our friends concerned for our mental well-being. They also have a list of excellent links/blogs HERE. On a side note, shit did get out of hand on eBay this year with every seller key-wording their listings with Waxidermy jargon but hey, it’s still an essential blog.

American Standard Time – Greg Vandy

American Standard Time is run by Greg Vandy of KEXP and is an extension of the radio show The Roadhouse. It’s got a whole mess of radio playlists, video content, interview and info on bands. A great place to see what’s happening in the greater Seattle area. Check out the radio show every Wednesday from 6-9pm PST on KEXP, 90.3FM on your radio dial in the greater Seattle area, and anytime at KEXP.org out on the internet.

Democracy For The Cartoons – Drew Christie

Drew is a super talented artist, illustrator and film maker and this is his super cool blog. You’ve probably seen the work he’s done with us many times–The two past LITA zine covers, the vinyl LP inserts that come with our records, tote bags, and so much more. Smart, funny, and lots of cartoons. Keep it up, Drew!

The Selvedge Yard – Jon Patrick

Patrick’s beau Jeannine just turned us onto this one. TSY is a blog so consuming that you may lose hours or even days ready it. TSY focuses mainly on vintage American male culture–motorcycles, customized vans, vintage sexy bachelor pads, inspired fashion and so much more. It also is a treasure trove photo ephemera. Check it out, you won’t regret it.

Free Basin’ Fridays – “Melody Nelson” limited edition shirt/album package!

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

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For this week’s Free Basin’ Fridays, we’re celebrating Serge Gainsbourg and his master opus Histoire De Melody Nelson (LITA 040). So, we’re giving away, to one lucky winner, a limited edition “Melody Nelson” t-shirt (American Apparel, sizes S, M, L, XL, available) and a copy of the CD or LP. The tee features a drawing of the album cover by Drew Christie and was originally only available at the Serge Gainsbourg tribute show at the Hollywood Bowl last August. The shirts sold out by the night’s end but now we’ve repressed another limited run, which will be available next Tuesday at LITA-LTD. Of course, how can you go wrong with the CD or LP reissue either?

For your chance to win, enter your name and email address (kept private) along with a comment below. Tell us your favorite Serge song, album, lyric, or moment even. Winner will be picked at random and announced next Friday, 3/30 at 12pm PST. Bon chance!

LITA-LTD: Serge Gainsbourg “Histoire de Melody Nelson” Tees NOW AVAILABLE

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

We gave you sneak peak at our sweet new “Melody Nelson” shirts in last week’s Free Basin’ Fridays but now you can head on over to LITA-LTD to pick your’s up. For the uninitiated, LITA-LTD is our limited edition line of shirts, posters, test pressings (coming soon) and various ephemera.

And what of this shirt?? To celebrate Serge Gainsbourg’s Histoire de Melody Nelson (LITA 040), we asked artist Drew Christie to channel the classic cover art through his vision and voilà: the Light In The Attic “Melody Nelson” tee. The first pressing of this shirt quickly sold out and was only available at the Serge Gainsbourg tribute show at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles (Summer 2011). We decided to press it up again and offer it for sale on LITA-LTD for the first time. And like everything we do at LITA, these are quality all the way: Six color art screened by hand on super soft American Apparel unisex shirts (S, M, L, XL available). Grab one now before they’re gone, gone, gone.

Free Basin’ Fridays – Light In The Attic Family Tee!

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Summer is here and what better way to beat the heat than a swanky new Light In The Attic family tee?!?! Yup, now whether you’re at a Sunday BBQ, beach bummin’ it or crate digging at the flea market you know you always have your family with you!  Sharing the same Drew Christie (who also drew the “Melody Nelson” tee art and the Free Basin’ logo above) illustration as the latest Light In The Attic Zine (#4), the shirt features Lee Hazlewood, Gabor Szabo, Karen Dalton, Rodriguez, Serge Gainsbourg, Jane Birkin, Shin Joong Hyun, Wendy Rene, T.L. Barrett, Eddie Spencer, The Monks, Kearny Barton, Wayne McGhie, Pat Wright, Lou Bond, Kevin “Sipreano” Howes, Noel Ellis, Jackie Mittoo, Overton Barry, Calvin Law, Robbie Hill, Betty Davis, Doug Randle, Michael Chapman, The Free Design, Charles “Packy” Axton, Stephen John Kalinich, Lloyd Delpratt, Michael Hurley, Donnie & Joe Emerson, The Vagrants, Jim Sullivan, Jim Ford, The Louvin Brothers and Kris Kristofferson! It’s a gaggle of godly geniuses!

For this week’s Free Basin’ Fridays, we’re giving away one of these very tees to a lucky winner. Winner’s choice of size and color of course! For your chance to win, leave a comment below about your favorite Light In The Attic artist (include your name and email address) and we’ll announce the winner next Friday, May 18th at 12PM PST. Can’t wait until then, well you can also order a shirt at LITA-LTD right now!

Free Basin’ Fridays – Limited Edition Kris Kristofferson Silk Screened Poster!

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Ah it’s that time of the year again. Spring (or rather Summer) cleaning! We were partaking in this age-old past time and found a few copies of the limited Kristofferson poster that artist Drew Christie created for the Kristofferson Please Don’t Tell Me How The Story Ends: The Publishing Demos 1968-72 release. The poster is 18″ x 24″ and was limited to 100 copies (all signed by the artist). You can order one of these last few copies here at LITA-LTD or enter your chance to win one now!

For your chance to win, leave a comment below with your name and email address (kept private). Tell us your favorite Kristofferson song, album, lyric, or even movie role (you just can’t go wrong with Cisco Pike)! Winner announced next Friday 5/25!

Lee Hazlewood (Rotter and Friends) + Light In The Attic Family tote bags NOW IN STOCK!

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Fresh off the press and now in stock, our new tote bags feature the LITA “family” illustration (by artist Drew Christie) and the Lee Hazlewood Rotter and Friends tee designs (two of our most popular tees)! You can finally walk arm-in-arm with Lee and always know that LITA has your back!! Both totes are hand silkscreened on 8oz 100% cotton “natural tone” bags and comfortably hold 10-15 records (depending on the records being single LP or double gatefold LPs). Ready for the beach, the farmer’s market, a basement crate digging adventure, or just load one up with your favorite LITA records. Pick up the Lee Hazlewood tote here and the LITA “family” here from LITA-LTD today.

Free Basin’ Fridays – Tote Bag Giveaway!

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

For this week’s Free Basin’ Fridays we’re giving away one of our new tote bags (available now at LITA-LTD)! The lucky winner can either pick the Rotter and Friends designed Lee Hazlewood tote or the Drew Christie designed LITA Family tote (records not included). Essential threadage!

For your chance to win, tell us (in the comment field below) what you plan to carry in the tote should you win. Winner will be picked at random and announced next Friday, August 10 at 12PM PST. If you’ve one a giveaway of ours in the last 2 months you are not eligible. Good luck!

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.

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

Friends of LITA | Q&A with Artist Drew Christie

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

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This week we’re launching a new series called Friends of LITA where we check-in with our buds and fellow collaborators for a brief Q&A. First up to bat is Seattle artist and our good pal Drew Christie. Drew is both an skilled illustrator and animator whose work has been featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Atlantic, Drawn, Cartoon Brew, Boooooooom!, Juxtapoz and many more. On top of all that, Drew has done lots of rad illustrations for us, including the Wheedle’s Groove: Seattle’s Finest In Funk & Soul 1965-75 album art, Free Basin’ Friday logo, LITA tote bags, the animation for our Road Trip Series, Serge Gainsbourg shirt design, numerous zine covers, and of course our latest beloved LITA family portrait. Read our interview with Drew below to get a glimpse of the man behind the art and to hear about future project coming down the pike.

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1. So Drew, What are you working on these days? Can you tell us about any of your upcoming projects?

Right now I am spending basically every waking hour working on an online animated series for Vanity Fair called Vanity Code: Practical Advice for Impractical Situations. The first episode just premiered and it was about how to behave at a swingers party. Hint: don’t eat the food. I’ve also been contributing animation to a documentary about this interesting guy named Tom Kenyon who sings the songs of aliens and angels and all sorts of weird stuff. It’s called Song of the New Earth.

2. You have lived most of your life in Washington, do you think living in the North West has shaped your art, if so how?

Living in the North West has had a HUGE impact on my art. Although maybe I’ve just heard other people tell me that so often that now I believe it. But I do feel a very strong connection to the landscape and seascape of the PNW. I feel the most inspired and interested when I’m in a small, rainy, coastal town. It’s something that’s very magical to me but I don’t know how to describe it in words. So I shall stop now.

3. As an artist who has been your biggest influence and how has that influence manifested itself in your art?

Man, that’s tough, although I will say for illustration, most definitely Edward Gorey. His style was eery and fascinating, his line work was incredible, his scenes were witty. I think I have taken on certain aspects if his shading and shortened lines, especially in backgrounds like clouds and some other aspects of watercolor work, but hopefully not too much.  You always have to be careful not to emulate too much.

tumblr_m47dmzN8DF1rvsp65o1_5004. You have work with us on a lot of projects, but if you could pick a dream project to work on with Light In The Attic what would it be?

Dream project with LITA…hmm…I would say perhaps an illustrated book (and short animated documentary) about the life and career of Nic Jones along with the re-issues of his first 4 solo albums which are languishing in obscurity right now. Yep, that sounds about right. Or if that project fell through, doing my Illustrated Encyclopedia of Musical Instruments with accompanying comp.  I can keep going…

5. You have been the neighbor of Wheedle’s Groove musician Ron Buford for sometime now, what has that been like?

Ron is a very interesting neighbor to have. My landlords call him Little Ronny. They warned me about him when I moved in. They told me he doesn’t wake up until 3 pm and he only ever wears a silk bathrobe. This all turned out to be true. He has many visitors arriving at all times of the night in various modes of transportation. He doesn’t play as much as he used to though. I used to hear a Casio keyboard set on flute going until about 6 every night, but not anymore.

6. Thank you Drew for taking time to chat with me, but before I go can you tell me what you have been listening to lately?

Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of film soundtracks by Phil Glass and stuff without singing. Non-film soundtrack has been: Hala Strana, Vladimir Vysotsky, Bill Fay and Keith Christmas (whom I got from my friend Ben Markus) and the amazing album Bright Phoebus by Lal and Mike Waterson. You guys must try and re-issue that album!

For more information about Drew and to view his additional work head over to www.drewchristie.com. You can also follow Drew via Twitter and Facebook.