Posts Tagged ‘Serge Gainsbourg’

Hot Wax! Jane Birkin’s Di Doo Dah Vinyl NOW IN STOCK!

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Jane Birkin Di Doo Dah

Here it is! We finally have vinyl copies in stock!

Di Doo Dah, the first true solo album from British born actress, model, singer, mother, and French national treasure, Jane Birkin, is now available on both CD and 180-gram vinyl! Light In The Attic’s definitive version of Di Doo Dah is available for the first time only in North America on both CD (featuring 2 bonus tracks) and 180-gram vinyl, with original artwork, unseen photographs, and extensive liner notes by renowned music journalist Andy Beta (Spin, The FADER). With full cooperation and insight from Birkin herself – not to mention French lyrics and English translations – this reissue truly allows listeners to delve into the album’s witty and frank world of sex, sin, voyeurism, motorcycles, Brighton, and banana boats.

Order Jane Birkin’s Di Doo Dah HERE!

Record Store of the Week: Other Music (New York, NY)

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Other Music storefront

For this week’s Record Store of the Week, we give you Other Music (New York, NY)! Other Music is an essential stop on any NYC trip (hey, it’s an essential stop online too!!) and a part of the daily routine for tons of New Yorkers. Their selection is stellar, the staff is knowledgeable and helpful and their in-stores are not to be missed. Co-owner Josh Madell was kind enough to take time from his busy schedule to have a chat.

So Josh, tell us some stuff about Other Music.

We are a NYC-based LP and CD shop, open since 1995 – we’ve been on East 4th Street in Manhattan for 15 years now! We also do mailorder and MP3 downloads.

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Some Other Music alums have gone on to have success making records as opposed to selling them. I remember hearing that Animal Collective was one such case…any current employees making killer sounds?

Yeah Noah and Dave worked here, and we’ve had so many staff go on to successful careers as musicians, DJs, label jobs, fine arts – we’re a great temporary thing until you hit it big! And there are, of course, several talented musicians on staff right now.

In 2007, Other Music was one of the first independent record stores to create an online digital music store. How has that been going?

Though I can’t say that our download store completely takes up the slack from shrinking physical sales, it has been great for us, and we definitely feel like we need to have a foot in that world to stay relevant if we want to carry new music.

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What records are on heavy rotation in the store right now?

The Psychedelic Aliens Psycho African Beat on Academy LPs is amazing. Alva Noto & Blixa Bargeld‘s new project ANBB has been spun a lot the last couple of weeks. And the Gonjasufi remix record has been in heavy rotation for awhile now. Dam-Funk‘s Adolescent Funk keeps popping up too – so fun!

Other Music is known for its awesome and well attended in-store shows. You’ve hosted so many bands/artists over the years, do you have a favorite?

That’s tough, we have had so many special shows. Tinariwen was pretty incredible. I was just reminiscing about the Elliot Smith/Softies show. The very first Digital Hardcore show in the States, when Alec Empire and Shizuo kept blowing our circuits. The Breeders was pretty crazy – in so many ways! Boredoms!!!! It goes on and on, I always forget all the great bands that have played our store. Bill Callahan on Record Store Day a few years back was really beautiful. Ya Ho Wa.

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Dirty Projectors in-store. Photo by Mikey "IQ" Jones.

Tinariwen burning up Other Music - Photo by Tim Soter

Tinariwen burning up Other Music - Photo by Tim Soter

Boredoms perform In-Store at Other Music

Boredoms perform In-Store at Other Music. Photo by Tim Soter

Also, in the last few years, you’ve started filming select in-stores and streaming them for free on the Digital Music Store site. How did that come about?

Out of the blue I was approached by Natalie Johns of Dig For Fire, which is a music film production company, because she loved our in-stores, and within a month we had filmed Vampire Weekend, No Age and St. Vincent. Those films are really fun to make, because I sit down and interview all the artists, and the final product is a really intimate and special document of these tiny shows by some pretty big names. Natalie’s work is just beautiful, great sound, 3 or 4 HD cameras. But they can be quite expensive to produce because of that, so we’ve been taking a break from filming as we look for sponsors. Other Music and Dig For Fire also collaborate on a couple of big SXSW events every year, great big outdoor shows – this year our two days were headlined by Thurston Moore and The xx, with a ton of other great bands.

NO AGE in series: Live At Other Music from Dig For Fire on Vimeo.

[For more from the series, check out the Other Music Digital Store or Dig For Fire!]

OK, shameless self-promotion time! What is your favorite Light In The Attic release…and why?

Oh there are so many, I often think Light In The Attic is making records just for our customers; Serge Gainsbourg, Betty Davis, Rodriguez, Monks, Karen Dalton, The Free Design… the list goes on and on. All of those artists were huge sellers for us as expensive imports or even more expensive rare LPs. LITA is doing a public service making great albums available in great packages, for the whole world to hear!

Any funny/weird/strange encounters with customers over the years?

Um – all of them – have you ever met any record collectors? We get all types here, crazy collectors, industry types, all of our favorite musicians. We love them all!

How about celebrity musician sightings?

Yeah, we get all of them, and besides all the great musicians who shop at our store, it turns out a lot of actors have pretty adventurous taste in music too. But recently Laurie Anderson was performing in the shop, and she was having some trouble with her gear – all of a sudden Lou Reed slinks in in his sweatsuit straight from the gym. He couldn’t really help Laurie with her pedal, but he gave her some sort of pep talk. Lou’s love – inspirational! [ed. – OMFG!]

What are your thoughts on the record store scene in NYC right now.

It’s rough – the collector’s spots like Academy and A-1 seem to be holding up, but so many great shops are gone.

And lastly, Other Music has been around for some time, how do you see your role in the greater NYC music scene?

So many things have changed in New York in the 15 years since we opened, and as far as the music world goes, many changes are for the worse, but there is a great scene of young bands right now – we support each other I guess. They keep making great music, we’ll keep telling people about it!

Other Music
15 East 4th Street NYC
www.othermusic.com
212.477.8150
M-F 11-9
Sat 12-8
Sun 12-7

Record Store of the Week: Revolver Records (Phoenix, AZ)!

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Located in the dusty desert town of Phoenix, AZ you’ll find our Record Store of the Week--Revolver Records. Like some musical oasis for thirsty music heads, Revolver Records is packed to the gills with more goodies than you can shake a stick at! Revolver’s Steve Zimmerman was kind enough to take time to “sit down” with us and talk about records, the Phoenix scene, and where the closest Hooters is. So get your shovels out kids, it’s diggin’ time!

Tell us some stuff about Revolver Records.

We’re an independently owned mostly vinyl record store in downtown Phoenix. We’re a few months shy of 4 years old. We buy, on average, 2,000 records per week, so our turnover is high, making us an essential digging spot in Phoenix. We also stock thousands of new records, thousands of used cds & dvds, turntables, and lots of miscellanous record store type stuff….

What’s your favorite record right now?

For me, I cant get enough of Bobby Hutcheron’s Dialogue on Blue Note.

What record do you always find yourself listening to in the store?

There are so many that have come out in the last year that we seem to gravitate to: Sound of Siam (ed. curated by our friends at ZudRangMa) comp on Soundway, T.L. Barrett from you guys, Parson Sound Box (on Subliminal Sounds), That Turkish Freakout comp. Lots more that I’m sure I’m spacing on…

Is there a record you play that someone will usually buy/inquire about every time?

Any of those Serge Gainsbourg reissues on Light In The Attic usually do the trick, and your T.L. Barrett LP usually works too.

Serge and T.L. - They do the trick!

Does Revolver specialize in any one genre or are pretty much all the musical bases covered?

We’ve got it all, enormous rock/pop, jazz, soul, world, punk, psych, hip-hop sections, and everything else from country and classical, to exotica and gospel.


What is your favorite Light in the Attic release and why?

Pastor T.L Barrett and the Youth For Christ Choir – Like A Ship… (Without A Sail). It’s just so god damn awesome!

Do you do in-store performances? If so, who is your favorite band/artist that has played in your store?

We do mostly local shows, experimental music, etc. we’ve had Eddy Detroit a few times. Ty Segall played once as well.

Ty Segall

What’s the funniest/weirdest/strangest encounter you’ve had with a customer in the store?

There are so many kooky characters. Every store has them. From the old timers whose stories go on way too long, to the weirdo wannabe thieves. Although, I guess David Crosby coming in, buying some cds, and asking where the closest Hooters is might be near the top…..

What is the coolest/most prized record has come into your store that you never thought you’d ever see?

We’ve had some pretty killer stuff through the years. We had a copy of the funk/soul private press out of Cleveland by Hot Chocolate, we’ve had a few butcher covers, and some pretty scarce Blue Note albums (Jutta Hipp, Miles Davis, Gil Melle, etc).

And lastly, how’s the scene down in Phoenix? Any cool local bands we should be on the lookout for?

There’s some great locals out here making some pretty wild music. Destruction Unit, Vegetable, Eddy Detroit, and more…

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Revolver Records
918 N. 2nd St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602)795-4980
Hours:
11am-9pm Mon-Thurs
11am-10pm Fri-Sat
12pm-5pm Sun

Record Store of the Week: Melody Supreme (Charlottesville, VA)!

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Just a few months ago, we featured a great record store in Richmond, Virginia called Steady Sounds. Well looky looky we goin’ kooky again for another VA record store, our Record Store of the Week: Melody Supreme (Charlottesville, VA)! Well Virginia may be for lovers but apparently it’s also for lovers of vinyl as both these stores–just a short drive on I-64 from each other–are stocking up on tons of essential vinyl releases both new and used. Last week, we set down with Melody Supreme’s owner Gwenael Berthy to talk a bit about his shop, the so-called “rebirth of vinyl” and the mysterious record-digging elves of Virginia…

Tell us some stuff about Melody Supreme.

Melody Supreme was created at a turning point in my life, when after 20 years as a professional photographer, I made the decision to pursue my passion for music and for vinyl records full time.  My wife’s family is from Charlottesville and through the years, each time we visited, I’d be frustrated that I couldn’t find a vinyl store well enough stocked to feed my vinyl addiction.  I finally decided to establish my own store, dedicated to vinyl, and launch myself into a new adventure.

Do you specialize in certain genres or are all musical bases covered?

I carry just about all categories of music: from classical to techno, from blues to progressive, from indie rock to psychedelic.  But even though I try to make sure that everyone finds what they are looking for, my own tastes lean more towards independent music, more obscure productions, folk, and psychedelic.  I’ve been a collector for a long time and have a large and full collection, so naturally I am always searching for what’s ‘inhabitual’.

Without revealing any secret sources, how do you typically source your used vinyl? Do people bring in records to sell/trade or do you have a team of record-savvy elves digging across VA?

People usually contact me directly to sell their collections.  My dream would be to locate a ‘dead stock’ – like those that existed in the 80s.  I’ve heard stories of huge bundles of sealed records being found.   I realize it’s not very likely – but a nice though nonetheless.  And in the meantime, individuals who sell to the store are a good source of quality records (in between the inevitable lots of Perry Cuomo and the like).

What kind of folks frequent your store, and what sort of records do they typically buy?

The majority of my local clients are in the under-35 category, but Charlottesville attracts tourists, so I get them in all shapes and sizes.  What I sell the most of is anything punk, post-punk or indie.  After that, the classics remain a pretty safe bet – for those who are starting to collect or for those who need to replace that copy of King Crimson that’s been used beyond recognition.

I’d have to say that my favorite type of client is the one who arrives without knowing exactly what they are looking for and is open to new musical adventures.  That’s when I get a chance to really shine and share a favorite that may be new, or simply  ‘resurrected’.

And then, I shouldn’t leave out the ‘just-curious’, who come into the store to witness the ‘Return of Vinyl’ as if they were visiting some sort of museum – I really hate that.

Is there a record you play that someone will usually buy/inquire about every time?

Curiously, and despite its intrinsic value, one of my biggest sellers is the reissue of the first Suicide album (!!?).  In addition, let me say that if a dead stock of Television’s first album is ever found, I want it!  Not a week goes by that someone doesn’t come into the store asking for that album. But my final answer would have to be: Andrew Bird’s instrumental album, Useless Creatures – a record possessing the double ability to mellow ambience and thoroughly seduce you – all at the same time.

What is your favorite Light in the Attic release and why?

On the 20th anniversary of his death, I must cite your edition of Serge Gainsbourg’s Histoire de Melody Nelson as an almost perfect edition of one of the finest records ever made.

But there is also Jim Sullivan U.F.O..  Not wanting to seem like a flatterer, I felt that this record shows you as truly passionate people, bringing light to obscure gems through reissues that are beautifully and thoughtfully done – from the cover work to sound quality.

What is the coolest/most prized record has come into your store that you never thought you’d ever see?

I had the satisfaction one day of making the acquaintance of a gentleman in his sixties who had been part of a strange garage/pshych band called the Hot Poop.  They made an album – their only album – in 1972 called The Hot Poop Does Their Own Stuff’.  Because the album cover was thought too provocative (it is in fact, one of the most provocative I’ve ever seen), no store wanted to sell it.  The result was that only a few of the 500 albums made were ever sold, and this gentleman still happened to possess several sealed copies.

It was an incredible thing to discover: this testimony to the exuberant, uninhibited creativity of the underground music culture of the 60’s and 70’s.

OK, now for the serious question (well, not really serious!). In musical mortal combat between Kevin Ayers and Roy Ayers, who would emerge as the victor?

Without hesitation, Kevin Ayers.  For Soft Machine, for Shooting at the Moon, one of my favorite albums, for his collaborations with Robert Wyatt, and for his love of French ‘grand crus’ wine.

And lastly, how’s the scene down in Charlottesville? Any cool local bands we should be on the lookout for?

A couple of months ago I came across the extremely well produced album of a local band called Invisible Hand.  They excel in a type of power pop that’s delicate and energetic with just the right dose of psych.  It’s a great album – only 500 copies made – and is available, of course, through the store.

115 4th Street SE
Charlottesville, VA  22902
melody.supreme.records@gmail.com
HOURS: Mon-Thurs 11am – 6pm, Fri & Sat 11am – 7pm, Sun 1pm – 5pm

LITA Presents: “GAINSBOURG: A HEROIC LIFE” – NYC and LA Ticket GIVEAWAYS!

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

We’re excited to announce that we’re co-presenting several sneak preview screenings across the USA of the great new film Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (directed by Joann Sfar). Taking the best from La Vie en Rose and Amélie, renowned comic book artist Joann Sfar’s Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life is a completely original take on one of France’s greatest mavericks, the illustrious and infamous Jewish singer-songwriter, Serge Gainsbourg (Eric Elmosnino). Born Lucien Ginsburg to Russian-Jewish parents, Sfar follows him from his precocious childhood in Nazi-occupied Paris, to his beginnings as small time jazz musician and finally pop superstar. Along the way he romances many of the era’s most beautiful women, including Juliette Greco (Anna Mouglalis), Brigitte Bardot (Laetitia Casta) and Jane Birkin (Lucy Gordon). Employing a witty surrealistic style and a soundtrack that includes many of the musician’s greatest hits, Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life is a quintessential time capsule to ‘60’s Paris.

We’re GIVING AWAY one pair of tickets to screening in New York City at the New Museum (this is sold out, so these are the only tix left!) and Los Angeles at the Bootleg Theater for this Wednesday, August 24th. For your chance to win, leave your name and email address (which is kept hidden) and tell us your favorite Serge Gainsbourg song. Winners will be announced Wednesday at 9AM (PST) and 12PM (EST). More screenings and giveways to follow, so check back soon. Good luck!

Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life – NEW YORK Sneak Preview:
Wednesday, August 24th, 7PM @ The New Museum

Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life - LOS ANGELES Sneak Preview:
Wednesday, August 24th, 7:30PM @ The Bootleg Theater

Light In The Attic Presents: “GAINSBOURG: A HEROIC LIFE”

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

As announced earlier this week, we’re co-presenting screenings across the USA of the great new film Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (directed by Joann Sfar). Taking the best from La Vie en Rose and Amélie, renowned comic book artist Joann Sfar’s Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life is a completely original take on one of France’s greatest mavericks, the illustrious and infamous Jewish singer-songwriter, Serge Gainsbourg (Eric Elmosnino). Born Lucien Ginsburg to Russian-Jewish parents, Sfar follows him from his precocious childhood in Nazi-occupied Paris, to his beginnings as small time jazz musician and finally pop superstar. Along the way he romances many of the era’s most beautiful women, including Juliette Greco (Anna Mouglalis), Brigitte Bardot (Laetitia Casta) and Jane Birkin (Lucy Gordon). Employing a witty surrealistic style and a soundtrack that includes many of the musician’s greatest hits, Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life is a quintessential time capsule to ‘60’s Paris.

Below is a listing of the current run. More dates TBA…PLUS, we’ll be giving away tickets for special screenings in NYC and LA over the next week, so be sure to follow us on Twitter and “like” us on Facebook for your chance to win!

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NEW YORK:
Wednesday, August 31 – Tuesday, September 13 @ Film Forum
Tickets and more info HERE!

LOS ANGELES:
Friday, September 2 – Friday, September 9 @ Nuart Theatre
Tickets and more info HERE!

“Serge Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life” — NYC TICKET GIVEAWAY!

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

As announced last week, we’re co-presenting screenings across the USA of the great new film Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (directed by Joann Sfar). Taking the best from La Vie en Rose and Amélie, renowned comic book artist Joann Sfar’s Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life is a completely original take on one of France’s greatest mavericks, the illustrious and infamous Jewish singer-songwriter, Serge Gainsbourg (Eric Elmosnino). Born Lucien Ginsburg to Russian-Jewish parents, Sfar follows him from his precocious childhood in Nazi-occupied Paris, to his beginnings as small time jazz musician and finally pop superstar. Along the way he romances many of the era’s most beautiful women, including Juliette Greco (Anna Mouglalis), Brigitte Bardot (Laetitia Casta) and Jane Birkin (Lucy Gordon). Employing a witty surrealistic style and a soundtrack that includes many of the musician’s greatest hits, Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life is a quintessential time capsule to ‘60’s Paris.

We have TWO PAIRS of tickets up for grabs for the NYC premier at Film Forum 8/31/11 (TOMORROW NIGHT)! For your chance to win, tweet us your favorite Gainsbourg song and we’ll announce the winner via Twitter tomorrow at 12PM EST. SO FOLLOW US!

The Stranger / LITA: Seattle Serge Gainsbourg Prize Pack!

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Hey Seattle, head on over to The Stranger for your chance to win a pair of tickets to the Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life screening and some sweet Serge swag from Light In The Attic. No sneaky business, this is for Emerald City peeps only!

Party down Seattle – Serge Gainsbourg style!

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

It’s official! Your Sunday night is officially booked! Come on over to the Gainsbourg for a Serge Gainsbourg-inspired celebration of local Seattle artist David Lasky. Full details below…spread the word!

David Lasky’s mini-comic, Soixante-Neuf, inspired by the relationship between Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, will be published in the 2011 Best American Comics. With text composed by former Seattle author and noted music critic Mairead Case, the comic depicts Serge and Jane wandering Paris, looking for each other on the métro, during a film and in a riot.

Soixante-Neuf was originally commissioned by Light in the Attic Records as an insert to their 2010 release of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin’s J’Taime…Moi Non Plus. Also included in the 2011 Best American Comics is Mr. Lasky’s The Ultimate Graphic Novel (in Six Panels).

The evening will feature:

  • David Lasky discussing the creation of Soixante-Neuf, signing 2011 Best American Comics and introducing future projects
  • Julia Gfrorer reading from Flesh & Bone, from the 2011 Best American Comics as well as upcoming project Too Dark to See
  • Light in The Attic Records spinning Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin tracks
  • Wall-sized video projections of Soixante-Neuf, as well as other Gainsbourg-related imagery
  • Serge & Jane inspired absinthe drink specials

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

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Illustration by Drew Christie - http://www.drewchristie.com/

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!