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2014 Year End Extravaganza!

Thursday, December 4th, 2014


2014 is quickly coming to an end. This year has been very busy for us here at Light In The Attic. We released nearly 30 titles, distributed over 500 releases, started a bimonthly residency at the Ace Hotel in Downtown LA, opened our record shop in Seattle, and found the mystery man Lewis. All in all, we have had yet another great year, and we couldn’t have done any of it without a little help from our friends and supporters! However, before we say goodbye to 2014 and push forward to 2015, we want to stop and reflect on the amazing year we’ve had. So, as always, here are all of our top ten favorite things from 2014. Dig in! We’ll see ya next year!!


Matt Sullivan
Founder/Owner (Los Angeles)

1. Elia y Elizabeth – La Onda De Elia Y Elizabeth (Vampi Soul)

2. Waylon: An Autobiography by Waylon Jennings & Lenny Kaye (Warner Books)

3. Reissue producer, writer, DJ, and collector Kevin “Sipreano” Howes

4. Sofa Records, Lyon, France

5. Low Down – directed by Jeff Preiss (Oscilloscope Pictures)

6. For Whom the Cowbell Tolls: 25 Years of Paul’s Boutique by Peter Relic & Dan LeRoy (66 & 2/3 Press)

7. War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream (Secretly Canadian)

8. Lost Heroes & Miniature Histories of Los Angeles, Volume One by Sam Sweet (All Night Menu)

9. Boyhood – directed by Richard Linklater (IFC Films)

10. Howe Gelb – “Vortexas” (New West)


Jess Rotter
Publicist (Los Angeles)

1. Creating the Country Funk Volume II artwork/comic

2. Native North America-Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966–1985

3. Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guébrou-Ethiopiques Vol. 21

4. Led Zeppelin reissue fever

5. John Martyn- every record all day

6. Scribbling an official tee shirt for Sly Stone approved by the man himself.

7. Amen Dunes-Love

8. The hummus at The Old Man and the Sea in Jaffa, Israel

9. Thomas Jefferson Kaye-First Grade (thanks Patrick)

10. Morning Of The Earth-Original Soundtrack Reissue


Jack Sills
Radio/ Social Media/ Film & TV Licensing (Los Angeles)

*In no specific order*

1. The Lewis saga

2. War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream (Secretly Canadian)

3. Ty Segall – Manipulator (Drag City)

4. Tulum, Mexico

5. Finally Getting A New Surfboard – Russell’s Rocket Fish. Changed my life!

6. Modest Mouse Reissues (UP)

7. Corners – Maxed Out On Distractions (Lolipop)

8. James Brown Doc – Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown

9. David Bowie Doc – 5 years

10. KazuNori – The best hand roll in LA


Michael Wells
Director of Operations (Seattle)

1. Blue Note’s 75th Anniversary Vinyl reissues

2. Tinariwen – Amassakoul vinyl reissue (Modern Classics)

3. Sound Man – Glyn Johns autobiography

4. The Girl Who Could Fly – Victoria Forester (2010)

5. Lion, Witch & The Wardrobe @ Seattle’s Taproot Theater


Jon Treneff
Sales & Retail (Seattle)

1. YOLO in Tulum (First time in Mexico!)

2. 12-layer Jello-shot birthday cake

3. The Breeders @ Showbox in Seattle

4. Winning $350 on a dollar bet at the racetrack!

5. Wood fired pizza from a backyard oven in Nevada

6. Frank Mills – Hair/The Lemonheads

7. Native North America Vol. 1

8. Birdman (movie) – Beetlejuice is back.

9. Go To Beds – I like a new band!

10. You Ain’t Eatin – rap song


Patrick McCarthy
Project Manager (Los Angeles)

1. Blue
The color, that is.

2. Iced espresso
Fill cup up with ice to the top, two shots. Thank you.

3. War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream
All the backlash and Kozelek drama aside, this album completely rules so deal with it.

4. Caribou Our Love
Can’t do without “Can’t Do Without You

5. Nileism: The Strange Course of The Blue Nile by Allan Brown
Essential reading for and essential band LINK

6. Ariel Pink Pom Pom
Best album, best videos, best.

7. V/A – Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock and Country 1966-1985
Sit in a room with headphones on and listen to this entire anthology. It’s the best thing you could do on a Friday night.

8. Rite of Passage by W. Keith McManus
An 11 year (1982-1993) photographic document of Spring Break in Daytona Beach, Florida. The days of wine and roses and Coors Light.

9. Mutzenpapa Instagram
Hop along the world with Jeff Kling.

10. 808 State Gorgeous
In memory, the first electronic (House) oriented album I got/heard at age 12. To this day, still “gorgeous.” Also, they played live on a local Manchester TV news show…


Pat Thomas
A&R (Los Angeles)

1. Driving down to a seedy motel near LAX with Matt Sullivan to meet with a member of The Family Stone.

2. Working with guitarist Hayden Pedigo to secure his vinyl LP “Five Steps” a distribution deal with LITA

3. Playing drums on stage in Detroit with John Sinclair of the MC5 on vocals

4. Listening to all 27 discs of the King Crimson “Starless” box set

5. Not listening to any of the newest Taylor Swift or U2 albums

6. Seeing the “Black Forum” records from the Listen Whitey compilation on featured display in the original Motown studio offices

7. The Now Sounds (record label) reissues of Ruthann Friedman’s albums produced by Steve Stanley

8. The complete Dylan “Basement Tapes” box set

9. Going another year without downloading or buying anything from iTunes

10. Obamacare


Morgan Chosnyk
Online Sales Manager/Record Shop Manager (Seattle)

*In no specific order*

1. That time I met Doug Martsch of Built to Spill


2. That time I DJ’d at Bumbershoot over Labor Day Weekend

3. My Record Store Day scores!

4. That time I met Cibo Matto


5. I went to Levenworth for vacation this year and found a time machine.

6. The Light In The Attic Summer Spectacular when Lee Hazlewood agreed to be my boyfriend.


7. The time Josh and I went backstage at the Sharon Jones concert at the Showbox.

8. The LITA Record Shop being open for a whole year!

9. The announcement of the relaunch of Twin Peaks!!

10. And my favorite LITA album of 2014, Country Funk Vol.2


Lydia Hyslop
Girl Friday (Los Angeles)

1. Billy Joel at the Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, CA

2. Errol Morris’ Tabloid

3. Swimming in the lake under shooting stars and observing 24 hours of silence – Priest Lake, Idaho

4. Cafe Munir – Seattle, WA

5. Bangs

6. Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival – Birmingham, AL

7. The Hey Guys – Everywhere

8. Road trips and Blush Cactus in Sandy Scotty, my ’79 Honda Accord – Deserts of CA & AZ

9. Sugluk!

10. Fried Oyster Benedict at RockCreek – Seattle, WA

11. D-I-V-O-R-C-E


Aaron Sainz

Intern (Los Angeles)

1. HTRK – Psychic 9-5 Club (Ghostly International)

2. Institute – Salt EP (Sacred Bones)

3. Cold Beat – Over Me (Crime On The Moon)

4. Ai Aso ‎- Lone (Ideologic Organ)

5. The Fresh And Onlys – House Of Spirits (Mexican Summer)

6. Watery Love – Decorative Feeding (In The Red)

7. Lorelle Meets The Obsolete – Chambers (Captcha)

8. Obnox – Louder Space (12XU)

9. Back To Back – Narcissist 7″ (540)

10. War On Drugs – Lost In A Dream (Secretly Canadian)



Yosuke Kitazawa
Mechanical Licensor (Los Angeles)

*In no specific order*

1. The Clientele at The Satellite: Made a typically warm summer SoCal evening feel like a chilly rainy night in London, in a good way.

2. Lewis – L’Amour: So mysterious and intriguing, his story as well as the timeless sounds on this album. It’s as if it was created in a vacuum, with no influence from the outside world. Instant classic reissue.

3. Quilt – Held in Splendour: Like a mix of classic ’60s and ’80s British psychedelia, coming from a bunch of East Coast art school kids.

4. The Beatles – Rubber Soul (Mono Vinyl Reissue): Maybe it’s approaching midlife crisis to buy yet another Beatles product, but these new, all-analog pressings are really well done, and Rubber Soul is much better on mono than the weird ’60s wide stereo mix.

5. Jack Nitzsche – Chopin ’66: An album I picked up recently. Great interpretations of Chopin classics by the master arranger/Phil Spector collaborator/sometime Crazy Horse member. A few tracks would be recognizable to Serge Gainsbourg fans, as “Jane B” and “Lemon Incest” were based on Chopin melodies.

6. Mono Records: My favorite record store in L.A. right now. Awful location, awesome selection. They constantly get great albums that I rarely see anywhere else, at great prices. Usually just one or two people in there at a time, so no competition!

7. Il Sorpasso: A great Italian buddy comedy/road movie from 1962. This inspired folks like Wim Wenders and Dennis Hopper to make road movies of their own. Great experience seeing this on the big screen at Cinefamily, especially sitting on one of the comfy couches with a great person to see it with.

8. Kobawoo House: A tasty Korean dish I discovered this year is bossam - slices of steamed pork belly that you wrap with cabbage leafs, along with pickled veggies and kimchi. This place also has great yukkejang - spicy beef soup.

9. Olympus PEN FT: This camera belonged to my grandfather. It’s a ’60s half frame film camera with a great interchange-able lens. Takes double the amount of pictures as a normal 35mm camera, so it’s great for a stingy film shooter like me, to be able to shoot 72 frames with a 36 exp. film.

10. Car CD Player: The CD player in my car was broken for a long time, and it suddenly started working this year. I’d forgotten how great it is to listen to CDs in my car – just grab a disc and go, without the need to use a computer to program a digital player. I was so stoked to dig out all the great CD box sets like Nuggets, and all the compilation
CDs I used to make…but then it broke again just last week.

2013 Year End Wrap Up!

Friday, December 27th, 2013


Welp that’s it, 2013 is nearly over. It’s been an amazing year here at Light In The Attic. We have celebrated Searching For Sugar Man winning an oscar, another epic road trip, Donnie & Joe’s first NYC show and the release of the comprehensive Lee Hazlewood Industries box set. However, we couldn’t have done any of it without the love from all of our friends and supporters! But before we dive head first into 2014, as always we like to stop and reflect on this past year. Below are lists of some of our favorite things from 2013!

Enjoy! We’ll see you next year….


Matt Sullivan
Founder/Owner (Los Angeles)

1. Donnie & Joe Emerson, The Mercury Lounge, NYC, June 29, 2013

2. Date Palms – The Dusted Sessions (Thrill Jockey)

3. End Of All Music, Oxford, MS – I love this record store

4. Houston Rap – by Peter Beste & Lance Scott Walker (Sinecure Books)

5. King Krule – 6 Feet Beneath the Moon (True Panther/XL)

6. Mark Lanegan – Imitations (Heavenly/Vagrant)

7. Orange Is The New Black – Season 1 (Netflix)

8. Oxford American Magazine – Tennessee Music Issue (Nov 2013, Issue #83)

9. Searching For Sugar Man wins the Oscar, Feb. 24, 2013

10. Smoke Shop, Ballard, WA – still the greatest bar on planet earth

11. Soundcarriers – The Other World Of The Soundcarriers (The Great Pop Supplement)

12. Spectacular Now (A24 Films)


Lydia Hyslop
Girl Friday (Los Angeles)

1. AL PASTOR – Tulum, Mexico.
Al pastor shaved off the spit, straight into a tortilla, and straight into my mouth. Foodgasm #1

2. HATED BY THE SUN (LP) – Hellshovel
Bloodshot Bill plays drums on the album, and the whole thing is simply infectious.

Holy crap. SO juicy, SO spicy, and damn good greens. Foodgasm #2.

4. TURNING 30- I did it!

5. HORSE RACES – Arcadia and Del Mar, CA
I may be a thirty-year-old girl, but in my heart I’m a 65-year-old gambling alcoholic man.

This song is like floating on a cloud and doing the twist while taking acid: one part ethereal, one part righteous, all parts sass.

7. HOT BROWN – Louisville, KY
Like a decadent hot mess of a benedict, minus the eggs. Foodgasm #3.

8. “GAS PEDAL” – Sage The Gemini
I love top 40′s rap, old and new, and this is a real twerker, with such incredible lyrics as “Wiggle like you tryna make yo ass fall off” and “She got a booty so big it’s like a Ferris Wheel.”

9. BURNOUT world premiere – Wilmington, NC
All I can say is Halle-fucking-lujah! My first feature film is in the can.

10. RIO RANCHO PIZZA @ I Love NY Pizza – Wilmington, NC
Bacon and ranch melted into the cheese. WTF? I died several little deaths. Multi-foodgasm #4
11. Spontaneously singing “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’” with members of the Wrecking Crew at the Light In The Attic LHI/ Holiday party. Life dream realized.


Jess Rotter
Publicist (Los Angeles)

1. The Lion (church of vinyl) in Tokyo, Japan

2. Jody Stephens of Big Star wearing Rotter and Friends

3. I Am The Center New Age Compilation

4. Arthur Russell-Another Thought reissue

5. Dino Valente-self titled solo record (Thanks Keith)

6. William Onyeabor- Who Is William Onyeabor? -fun to finally see this brought to the masses properly.

7. The “Follow Your Bliss” excerpt from Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Myth (thanks Zach)

8. Scribbling an official tee shirt for the Grateful Dead

9. Jackson C. Frank-self titled reissue

10. Smoking grass with The Zombies on my birthday, bai.


Patrick McCarthy
Project Manager (Los Angeles)

1. Going to China/Hong Kong – September 2013. HK is one of the best cities I’ve visited. Beautiful, great food, easy to navigate, weird bars etc. Plus luggage carts are free at the airport and you don’t have to remove your shoes. Civility.

2. Vinyl Hero – record store in this dude Paul’s tiny apartment in the Sham Shui Po district of Hong Kong. The best!

3. Lee Hazlewood Industries box set. Thought I might lose all my hair working on this. Was very intense but so happy with the way it came out. Really great working with everyone on this. Matt Sullivan and Hunter Lea did so much great research and archive digging. Amazing how much blood, sweat, tears, beers, and love went into this project.

4. “Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me” finally being released theatrically and on DVD / On Demand. Only took 6 years start to finish!

5. Saada Bonaire on Fantasy Memory / Captured Tracks. Love Dennis Bovel’s albums and production but didn’t know this. Grip it!

6. Roky Erickson reissues on Light In The Attic – especially “The Evil One“, which is an all time favorite. Was really honored to work on these and hear that Roky loved how they came out.

7. Tomcattt “Hiyaaaaaaaaaaaa” CD (especially the single “The Hurt“). One of my fav songs of 2013. No joke, dude can write some great songs and is totally irony-free. Free to be, Tomcattt.

8. Getting engaged! This is the best!


Pat Thomas
Artists and Repertoire (Los Angeles)

1. Got to meet John Lydon of PiL and present him with a copy of the “Listen Whitey” vinyl LP

2. Enjoyed getting to work with Bobby Whitlock of Derek & the Dominoes on the reissue of his 1972 self titled solo album, putting it on CD for the first time.

3. Went to New Mexico and visited Dennis Hopper’s grave

4. Loved diving into 20 discs of 1974 Live King Crimson on the Road To Red box

5. Interviewed dozens of 1960′s radicals and activists for my forthcoming biography of Jerry Rubin and the YIPPIES for Fantagraphics Books.

6. Finally figured out how to drive around Los Angeles

7. Returned to Seattle briefly for an event at the NWFF and had the chance to meet up with my fave Seattle gang: guru Chris Estey, Kathy’s Wolf & Fennessy, Dave Segal, Jonny Zwickel, Bill Kennedy, Mr. Fried, Gary Groth, Jacq Cohen, et al

8. Absolutely mind-blowing Paisley Underground reunion show in LA with Rain Parade, Dream Syndicate, 3 o’clock and the Bangles

9. For the past 6 months, started swimming 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week

10. Studied very hard and passed my colonoscopy test with flying colors


Jon Treneff
Sales & Retail (Seattle)

1. Magik Markers – Surrender To The Fantasy (Drag City). hey white trash.

2. Finally starting a label after 38 yrs of talking about it

3. Anonymous – Inside The Shadow (Machu Picchu). best reissue, best private press…best record ever.

4. LITA Road Trip ’13. fulfilling fantasies. All the amazing people i had the good fortune to meet along the way.

5. The writer, Scott McClanahan. Why we made fun of in West Virginia.

6. Hattie’s Hat – Ballard, Seattle. the only place i wanna go, 100th yr in a row.

7. Bill Callahan / Mick Turner live – the heavies just get better with age.

8. Franz von Stuck exhibition – Frye Museum, Seattle. you should really see this. it’s free.

9. Connections – Body Language LP/ Private Airplane LP / Tough City EP midwestern grind ethic back in bizness.

10. The full-fledged Strokes revival / The N’ere Dowells – Are You Still Down? – nyc kids re-animating the strokes songbook.

11. Cass Mccombs – Big Wheel & Others - automatic top-ten shit. them’s the rulez.


Michael Wells
Director of Operations (Seattle)

1. “Push The Sky Away” – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (Bad Seed Ltd.)

2. …Like Clockwork – Queens of the Stone Age (Matador Records)

3. Hedwig and the Angry Inch @ Moore Theater – Performed in two runs in Seattle in ’13

4. National Wake – Walk In Africa 1979-81 (Light In The Attic)

5. The Everything Store – Jeff Bezos/Amazon bio

6. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Live @ Paramount Theater, Seattle

7. My brief but fruitful stint managing Seattle’s best country dance band Davidson Hart Kingsbery

8. Underwood Stables Club – dancing, good eats, drinking!

9. On Some Faraway Beach – Brian Eno bio

10. My new gig @ Light In The Attic Records!


Chris Early
Warehouse Manager (Seattle)

1. Rivers Levon Early!

2. 1-2-3-4 Go Fest

3. Unwound: Kid Is Gone

4. Marcos Valle – S/T

5. Califone – Stitches

6. Huichica Festival

7. Honey Ltd.

8. Phosphorescent – Muchacho

9. Versicolor

10. Yo La Tengo @ The Fillmore


Jack Sills
Social Media/ Radio /Film & TV licensing

1. Getting hired on full-time at Light In The Attic… so very proud to work for such an amazing label

2. 10 days in Hawaii with family, surfing and hanging….currently wishing i was still there.

3. Bob Dylan – Bootleg Series, Vol. 10: Another Self Portrait (1969-1971) - Easily some of Dylan’s best recordings

4. Being apart of the Lee Hazlewood Industries box set 

5. My new/old motorcycle – 1974 Honda CB125

6. White Fence – Cyclops Reap

7. Willie Nelson at the Hollywood Bowl.

8. FYF Fest – Hands down the best festival in California

9. Both of my sisters weddings!… Finally

10. Grubbing lobsters and oysters in Mexico

11. Finding my center and vibing on I Am The Center: Private Issue New Age Music In America 1950-1990

Free Basin’ Friday | Robbie Hill’s Family Affair Black Friday LP!

Friday, December 20th, 2013


Today is Friday, December 20. Only 5 more days before till Christmas and 12 more days till the new year. Since we’ll all be gone next week, this is officially the last Free Basin’ Friday of 2013! Fear not though for we shall return next year with more awesome giveaways. As for this week though, we’ll be giving away a special hand-number Black Friday 12” EP from Seattle’s legendary funk outfit, Robbie Hill’s Family Affair. Gotta Get Back: The Unreleased L.A. Sessions was originally recorded at RCA Studios in Los Angeles on January 1975 with Executive Producer Cuba Gooding Sr. and The Main Ingredient, these five previously unreleased tracks remained lost until the recent discovery of the original multi-track masters. Nothing could be more of a testament to the group’s bond than their longevity, which continues on to the present day, surviving in Seattle’s Central District, carrying on nearly half a century long tradition.


Since it ’tis the holiday season we thought it befitting to make this week’s challenge festive. So for a chance to win, we would like you to take a picture of yourself in an ugly holiday sweater and post it to Facebook or Instagram (tagging @lightintheatticrecords). The Winner will be announced the first Friday of the new year. May the uglies/funniest sweater win!!!!

Light In The Attic’s 2011 Year End Extravaganza!

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

It’s a vicious cycle. Seems that every New Year’s Eve we find ourselves slamming Champagne and saying hasta luego to the year soon to be passed and vowing to do more, be better human beings and of course floss once daily in the year to come.

And here we are in late December, starring down another year nearly gone and thinking…what did we even do this year (that flossing business only lasted a month, btw)?

Well, here’s a collection of some of our favorite records, shows, movies, restaurants, books, beverages, and tanning oils from 2011. Happy holidays and see ya next year!

Matt Sullivan

Gold Leaves – The Ornament (Hardly Art)

Portishead, Shrine Auditorium, Oct 18

Analog Coffee, Seattle

Cure For Pain: The Mark Sandman Story (Gatling Pictures)

Charles Bradley – No Time For Dreaming (Dunham)

Group Doueh, Nectar Lounge, June 29

Michael Chapman & Bill Callahan, Troubadour, June 16

Kourosh Yagmaei – Back From The Brink (Now Again)

Black Power Mixtape 1967-75 (Louverture Films)

Friday Night Lights

Warbler Records, Santa Barbara, CA

Michael Kiwanuka – “Tell Me A Tale”

Prince, The Forum, May 13

Jürgen Müller – Science of the Sea (Digitalis)

Sandro Perri – “Changes”

Saying adios to

Tree of Life (Fox Searchlight)

The Who – Quadrophenia- The Director’s Cut Box Set (Universal)

Pat Thomas

hanging out at “Bill’s Off Broadway” on Capitol Hill with Chris Estey, Kathy’s Wolf & Fennessy, and Bill Kennedy

Michael Chapman – Fully Qualified Survivor

Beau Brummels – Bradley’s Barn

trading emails about “truck-drivers” with Gary Groth

Nina Simone – 9 CD box set

cooking on a George Foreman grill

hanging out with Jonathan Zwickel and Woody Carr in Federal Way

accepting no convention be it social or shriner

Big Mario’s Pizza

Black Power Mixtape movie

Patrick McCarthy

Prince, opening night at the Forum

Portishead, Shrine Auditorium, Oct 18

“Art In The Streets” exhibition at MOCA

Big Star Third (Omnivore Recordings), Test Pressing Edition – Record Store Day 2011

Holding the original master tapes for Jim Ford’s Harlan County

Stan Hubbs Crystal (Companion Records)

Ariel Pink – Before Today (4AD)


The Best of Skate Fate 1981-1991 by GSD via Blurb

Yosuke Kitazawa

Sometimes that’s all you need in life.

Light in the Attic:
I may be biased, but LITA put out some amazing releases this year. The
Mowest compilation and Shin Jun Hyun were eye (an ear) openers for me,
not to mention the great reissue of Mercury Rev’s Deserter’s Songs, my
college-era fave.

Beach Boys – Smile
Finally, after listening to bootlegs for over 10 years, a legit copy.

Extra Classic – Your Light Like White Lightening, Your Light Like a
Laser Beam

One of my favorite new releases of 2011.

Jean Claude Vannier at the Hollywood Bowl
At the Serge Gainsbourg tribute show, one of the highlights was when
Jean Claude called up Beck to the stage by saying, “Beck please.”

Zoobombs at the Redwood Bar & Grill
The Japanese veterans tore the place down with their rock funk & roll.

Mickey One
I’d always wanted to see this film, and one day it suddenly showed up
on Hulu. Great movie!

California is amazing, from the desert to the coast. A drink at
Nepenthe and a show at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur is a
spiritual experience, so is driving through Mendocino while listening
to Sir Douglas Quintet.

SB’s Late Night Lunch Box:
During a cross country road trip, this was the only place open in Las
Cruces, NM at 12am besides Denny’s. Their green chile mac & cheese and
portobello sandwich saved our hungry and angry stomachs.

Panasonic Lumix GH1
Takes great photos & video, and so much smaller than a DSLR. They
might be onto something with this Micro Four Thirds format.

Jon Treneff

The Sandwitches - Mrs. Jones Cookies (Empty Cellar)

Pure X - “You’re In It Now” 12” Pleasure (Acephale)

Total Control - Henge Beat (Iron Lung)

Cass McCombs - Wit’s End – Humor Risk (Domino)

V/A - Krypton Ten (Unwucht)

Shin Joon Hyung - Beautiful Rivers and Mountains (1958-’74) (Light In the Attic)

Water Borders - Harbored Mantras (Tri-Angle)

Widowspeak - Widowspeak (Captured Tracks)

The Clap - Have You Reached Yet (Sing-Sing)

Martin Newell - Songs For A Fallow Land (Fixed Identity)

King Krule - King Krule (True Panther)

Lars Swenson

Guadalajara, Jalisco, MX

Nibbi Adun

Whalebones LP

DHK band

Broken Nobles

Rose Windows

Astral Maps podcast

Jim Ford’s Harlan County

“The Rolling Stones” Seattle’s rawest Stones cover band

Bobby Charles

Just a Sweet Taste! Our Favorite Distro Reissues of 2010!

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Here at Light In The Attic, we’re not the only ones digging deep to bring you killer wax. And luckily for us many of our favorite reissues and rediscoveries over the year come in as distro titles, so we get to drool all over them right when they come out of the shipping crate. Hears a little list of some of the albums that got us down right feverish in 2010. Here’s to an equally mind blowing 2011!

Charanjit Singh: Synthesizing – Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat (Bombay Connection)

This title came our way back in May and right away, LITA’s Josh Wright (AKA The Dude With The Plan), perked right up. I mean come on, this record is the stuff of legend. Only a few hundred copies known to exist (CHECK!), TB-303 and TR-808 synths/drum machines (CHECK!), Indian disco (CHECK!!!). Bombay Connection really knocked this one out of the park.

El Gusano: Fantasia del Barrio (Heavy Light)

Late ’60s / early 70s Texas psych and chicano soul mixed with heavy Vietnam vibes made this release a real stand-out this year. An instrumental concept album, expertly executed and now, after decades of languishing in obscurity, can sit proudly on all of our shelves. Heavy Light…Dig!?!

Ranil Y Su Conjunto Tropical: Ranil’s Jungle Party (Masstropicas)

Man, the party kept going all year long with this dandy little release from Masstropicas. Mixing deeply funky psychedelic-surf guitar jams with traditional “huayño” dance music, Ranil and Co. get down and dirty Peruvian style. The result is a style mash-up not unlike African “Juju” or “High-Life” music, popularized by the incendiary Stratocaster guitar playing of King Sunny Adé. In fact, think of Ranil’s Jungle Party as King Sunny Adé jamming with some Andes dudes while on vacation in Peru. So good…

Blundetto: Bad Bad Things (Heavenly Sweetness)

This their first full length is a blend of sultry cafe soul, late-night acid jazz, and laid back, umm blunted riddims to make up twelve flavorful, mostly instrumental groovers. But if that wasn’t a hard enough sell, check out the range of guests who flex their muscles to chill: former Bones Brigade ripper-turned-backpack world beat maestro Tommy Guerrero (“Ken Park”); the horn section from Daptone’s fine Budos Band (“Mustang” and “La Carretilla”); East Bay MC Lateef the Truth Speaker (“My One Girl”); and the chameleon-like Shawn Lee (“Nautilus” and “La Carretilla”). Sounds like Heavenly Sweetness to our ears!

Los Saicos: Demolicion! The Complete Recordings (Munster)

We were so excited about this release. I mean, we couldn’t shut up about it. Want proof, click HERE, we dare you!!! But seriously, this rare collection of singles from Los Saicos rocked. All the way back in Peru in 1965/66, Los Saicos were tearin’ shit up and today, thanks to the fine folks at Munster, we have the proof. And boy does it sound good.

Daniel Johnston: The Story Of An Artist (Box Set) (Munster)

And last, but certainly not least, the great Daniel Johnston. And what a god damn sweet release it is. We were literally drooling when this came in. This deluxe and limited edition box set packs in the very early recordings by one of the most gifted songwriters of the last three decades. Includes Daniel’s six cassette-only albums recorded between 1980 & 1983 – 129 recordings straight out of the original cassettes, packaged in individual sleeves. CD or LP box set choices made this release the cat’s pajamas. Essential. Thanks again, Munster!

3rd Annual Year End Extravaganza!

Monday, December 13th, 2010


Ah…it’s that time of year again. The year (2010) that we so anticipated last year comes to a grinding halt and we get all excited for the next year. It’s a vicious cycle, but here at Light In The Attic, it’s a cycle that we love. During the year of 2010 we all enjoyed some pretty, pretttay, prettaaaayyyy good sights, sounds, smells (?), tastes, and vibes!

As in previous years, we want to thank all the people that helped us out.

P.S. – if you’re wondering why the above pic looks familar, it’s because it’s the original art made by Drew Christie  (thanks again, Drew) for our first Year End Extravaganza. Patrick just added three candles and voila…artwork for this year!

So, without further delay, we give you the Light In The Attic 3rd Annual Year End Extravaganza!

Stefan Prescott

These are the things that helped me through the year, not necessarily all new this year or discovered this year.


Fired Up!
Wheedle’ Groove Documentary


Alela Diane
Mos Def
Little Ann
Andreya Triana
Azari & III -Reckless with Your Love
Leela James
African Headcharge
Chico Hamilton
Seu Jorge @ Almaz


Paseo (nuff said)


VV Brown + Little Dragon

Other Culturally Important things that helped me through the year:

Record Stores
Qool Marv’s Mixes
Chelsea Football Club ( although this has also been painful all year)
Learning about the Velvet Underground from the my LITA colleagues.
Gordon Parks
Dust & Grooves Vinyl Record collectors photos
The Onion
Lukasz Lysakowski Facebook Page

Rosemary Otero

1.) seeing the song “Tyrants” by Black Mountain, live November 29th @ the Showbox
2.) Jim Sullivan “U.F.O.” on vinyl- BEST REISSUE OF THE YEAR!!

3.) Buffalo Springfield reunion!!! at Neil Young’s Bridge School benefit at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, CA
4.) Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibit at the Chicago Art Institute
5.) Flaming Lips live @ the Paramount on September 27th
6.) meeting Ibrahim Ag Alhabib of Tinariwen
7.) finding “I Don’t Wanna Play House” by Tammy Wynette for $2.99 at Sonic Boom in Ballard
8.) Sublime Frequencies’ “Jemaa El Fna”
9.) watching Jackie Brown for the first time at the Kalaloch Lodge, in Kalaloch, Washington.
10.) getting hired at Light In The Attic!!!!

Sandy Wilson

Top 10 reasons that Sandy the licensing guy didn’t submit a top year-end 10 list

10. Experienced side affects including problems urinating, blurry vision, confusion, and relocated salivary glands
9. Disappeared for 6 months after drinking a case Four Loko with singer of Die Antwoord
8. Lost too much sleep worrying about William Hung’s spiritual well-being
7. Felt the need to send hand-written letters to each journalist that requested an interview with Jim Sullivan
6. Was too busy inventing words like ‘Fauxmosexual’ and ‘Procrasterbation’
5. Spent a week straight laughing when he heard a guy wearing a knit cap being referred to as a ‘sweater head’
4. Had to be sedated when he thought he heard a Black Angels song on a Chili’s commercial
3. Accidentally ate something called Turduckster
2. Still shook up over Farmville beastiality rap
1. His dog smoked it

So that's where it went...

So that's where it went...

Josh Wright

A little assortment, in no particular order -

- Moving Light In Attic HQ out of the ghetto and into our new office!
- My new little puppy, Maggie (editor’s note: not the dog above!)
- Paseo and it’s mighty Cuban sandwiches…you are always there for me when I need you
- Mankei and it’s mighty spicy tuna rolls (I ate 10 one night!)
- Hawking vinyl at Pitchfork & WFMU (thank you to everyone who visited us!)
- UFO, El Gusano, Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat, TL Barrett!

Matt Sullivan

Kris Kristofferson – Please Don’t Tell Me How The Story Ends: The Publishing Demos 1968-72 (LITA 050)
There were days and years when it seemed like this would never see the light of day.  It was well worth the wait.

Staff Benda Bilili – Tres Tres Fort (Crammed Discs)
The record’s from ’09 but I just discovered it via Henry Rollins’ radio show. The tune “Sala Keba” made me literally stop in my tracks.


Ellen’s Soul Food (Memphis, TN)
The fried chicken is to die for.

The Tenth Inning (Ken Burns, PBS)

Best Blog (Still) – Pacific Standard

Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?) (Lorber Films)

Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here, Double LP Version (XL)
Sadly I still haven’t seen the man in concert. Come back West!

Joanna Newsom – “Good Intentions Paving Company” (Drag City)
One word: EPIC.

Robert Wyatt – Vinyl Reissues (Domino)
Finally! and done so well.


Junip – Fields (Mute)

The Golden State Cafe (Los Angeles, CA)
Best burger on planet earth.

Tame Impala – InnerSpeaker (Modular)
Stop the bidding war and get this album out in the U.S.

Winter’s Bone, Seattle International Film Festival, May 28, 2010
Give the Oscar to Jennifer Lawrence.

Wheedle’s Groove, Bumbershoot, Sept. 4, 2010
One of the greatest days of my life.

El Perro Del Mar – “Let Me In” (The Control Group)

Mad Men, The Suitcase, Episode 7, Season 4 (AMC)

Hanging with Rodriguez (Detroit, MI)
There is only one Sixto.

Reissue labels like Sublime Frequencies who go the extra mile, and this interview with Frank Gossner (Voodoo Funk) -

Zola Jesus – “Sea Talk”

Jim Sullivan on Art Bell’s Coast to Coast AM, Nov. 19, 2010

Reigning Sound, Nocturnal, Memphis, TN, July 30, 2010
This show blew my head off.

Erkyah Badu – New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh (Motown)

The Black Angels & Black Mountain, The Showbox, Seattle, WA, Nov. 29, 2010

Tribute to The (real) Dude, William H. Morse II, Cal Poly, Pomona, CA, Sept. 19, 2010

Beach House – Teen Dream (Sub Pop)

The Executive Inn, Memphis, TN
Words can not describe. You must see it for yourself.

executive inn

Ted Lucas – Ted Lucas (Yoga Records)
I couldn’t stop listening to the song “Plain & Sane & Simple Melody”

Andrew Graham & Swarming Branch – “Take It Easy On Kathy At Least She Can Dance” (Mexican Summer)

Kenny Graham & His Satellites – Moondog & Suncat Suites (Trunk)
Thanks to Piccadilly in Manchester for the tip.


The Moondoggies - Tidelands (Hardly Art)
How is this band not a household name?  Proof: new Moondoggies video by Drew Christie

Dadahawh - Peace And Love (Dug Out)
’74 heady-spiritual-reggae-walkabout via new reissue label set up by Mark Ainley of Honest Jon’s & Mark Ernestus of Rhythm & Sound.  Look forward to what’s next.

Patrick McCarthy

Last December, I moved from NYC (after calling it home for 10 years) to Los Angeles. Here are the top reasons why the City of Angeles is the best place to live!

Dang, LA has so many good record stores. I often find myself wandering the aisles of Vacation, Origami Vinyl, Atomic Records, Rockaway Records, Records LA, Amoeba, Counterpoint (also a great book store), and Wombelton. Not to mention all the thrift stores I stop at. LA has always been a big music industry town and it’s amazing how many great records (largely Promos) you can find at thrift stores.

Being a musician too, it’s important to have some non-corporate shops to hang out in and pick up various “necessities”. One of these is Old Style in Silverlake . Owned by Reuben Cox, Old Style largely features Reuben’s own Frankenstein guitars. He also has “secret” shows (The National just did one) and it’s a great shop to hang out in and pull some guitar strings. For pedal mania I check out TrueTone in Santa Monica. For synths and other oddities, Future Music in Eagle Rock is kool.

Keepin' it old at Old Style

Keepin' it old at Old Style

Who says no one in LA reads? This town is loaded with great book stores. Stories in Echo Park always has great used books and nice small run art books. They make a mean coffee too. Skylight in Los Feliz is great too. A very nicely curated music section and zines. Wacko, also in Los Feliz, has all those eye-candy/coffee table books that you kinda feel stupid (intellectually) for buying but you just can’t live without. Counterpoint (Hollywood?) has lots of good used books but I tend to get lost in the LPs when I’m there.

Ya gotta eat, right? Can’t live without burgers from Fix, In and Out, Fatburger and all the Mexican joints, Hugo’s Tacos in Atwater, date night at Elf Cafe in Echo Park, Sunday afternoons at Trails Cafe in Griffith Park, daily donuts at Daily Donuts, all the food trucks, and of course the Hollywood, Silverlake, Atwater, and Barnsdall farmers markets.

And at night? Great bands to check out. OFF! and Red Kross at Club Lingerie, Featherbeard at HM157, Sweaters at Vacation, Linda Perhacs at the LA Folk Festival, Atriarch at the Three Clubs (lots of ritual sage burning and really loud guitars).



And the general lifestyle? Beautiful weather, Griffith Park, The Bronson Caves (Batman!), Barnsdall Park, Malibu, Lake Hollywood Reservoir (besides how much a pain in the ass it is to find), Echo Park, Elysian Park, and on and on.

Randy Newman was so right, of course.

Pat Thomas

Winter’s Bone movie and the resulting soundtrack on LITA’s new cinewax imprint

Southern Kitchen; soul food restaurant in Tacoma, WA

drinking with Chris Estey at Linda’s!

lecturing at Bumbershoot about music of the Black Power era

Matt Sullivan turning me onto the music of Jim Sullivan and Lou Bond

Barbara Manning playing at the Sunset Tavern in Ballard

debut album released by Can You Imagine? featuring Pete Bagge, Steve Fisk, et al.

discovering the Seattle psych band Midday Veil via Dave Segal

Mushroom “Naked Stoned and Stabbed”

Patti Smith’s book “Just Kids”

Sipreano –

For some reason, I can’t remember a lot of last year. It’s been a good one though, have no fear. Communing with nature has been a prime focus. Both Light In The Attic and myself count ourselves lucky to be living on the coast. At this point, my focus is on the coming year (Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love: Motown’s Mowest Story 1971-1973, LITA 064!!!), but reflecting back into the void, these are my 2010 highlights…

1) Shooting Wayne McGhie for our From Yard To Yonge-Jamaica To Toronto documentary: Breaking bread with Wayne in the cold Toronto winter of 2004 alongside LITA honcho Matt Sullivan was an occasion I’ll never forget. In 2010, co-director Darby Wheeler and myself spent more time with The Sounds Of Joy (LITA 008) main man, one of Canada’s most unique musical voices. Against many odds, we are working hard to make From Yard To Yonge a reality. Keep your eyes peeled for more news in 2011.

2) Vancouver 2010 Olympics: Though I didn’t follow the sporting action and appalled by the finances, my distaste for the Games was mellowed out somewhat via a booming influx of people (power) and overall positive vibrations. Sorta felt like this sleepy town was awoken for a spell. Basking in the sunlight on the sunny steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery while tram flyers soared across the sky kept me sane for a two-week spell this winter.

3) Duffy & The Doubters: For me, the best new release of 2010 was easily Ladyhawk singer-songwriter Duffy Driediger’s latest project. Non-believers and curiosity seekers should peep “No Wild Horses” and “Doubters” for proof (*goes well with pudding). Scriptural Supplies is yet another incredible aside from the #1 rock group in Canada.

4) Needles//Pins: Really hype on this Vancouver trio. DL First World Problems for free HERE. Catch their new album in early 2011.

5) The Mighty Pope recording with Sureshot Symphony Solution in San Francisco: April saw Canada’s boss soul, R&B, and funk legend (LITA 019) record 2 tracks with US crate digger and top breakbeat don Sureshot (The Sharpshooters) for a forthcoming 7”. “Mr. Fortune And Fame” will debut on CBC Radio 2’s The Strombo Show on January 3, 2011.

6) The Power: B.C.’s Sunshine Coast jewel. It’s a healing land where you can play 80’s records to seals, swim in quarries, eat oysters right off the beach, and communicate with tree spirits.

7) Huey Lewis & The News: Live at the PNE (August 25, 2010). “Heart And Soul.”

8) Time Cookie: Best DJ mixes of 2010.

9) Planetarium 2010: April also saw Transmolecular, BCVCO, and yours truly hit the H.R. McMillan planetarium stage with the Poppy Family’s Craig McCaw on mind-bending visuals with all-encompassing support from Morgan Tanner and family. With friends in town from as far away as California and Toronto, the after-party was equally cosmic.

10) Cratery: Toronto’s one-of-a-kind mix of vintage vinyl madness and music mayhem starring veteran rapper Arcee, the multi-talented Kaewonder, DJ Serious, and a motley crew of guests ranging from super producer Jake One to Alister Johnson (aka Catalist).

See ya again next year!
For some reason, I can’t remember a lot of last year. It’s been a good one though, have no fear. Communing with nature has been a prime focus. Both Light In The Attic and myself count ourselves lucky to be living on the coast. At this point, my focus is on the coming year (Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love: Motown’s Mowest Story 1971-1973, LITA 064!!!), but reflecting back into the void, these are my 2010 highlights…
1) Shooting Wayne McGhie for our From Yard To Yonge-Jamaica To Toronto documentary: Breaking bread with Wayne in the cold Toronto winter of 2004 alongside LITA honcho Matt Sullivan was an occasion I’ll never forget. In 2010, co-director Darby Wheeler and myself spent more time with The Sounds Of Joy (LITA 008) main man, one of Canada’s most unique musical voices. Against many odds, we are working hard to make From Yard To Yonge a reality. Keep your eyes peeled for more news in 2011.


Friday, December 12th, 2008

As the year rumbles to another cliff-hanging conclusion, we here at Light In The Attic are reminded of a few things.  First, we’ve got a a lot of people who’ve helped us out this year and last year and all the many years that have come before.  Second, we don’t have the money to buy each of them a gold plated Rolls Royce like we wish we could.  And finally, we reached out to these solid gold peeps last year and asked them to help us out with a little something we called THE LIGHT IN THE ATTIC YEAR END EXTRAVAGANZA!

Well, we’re just as damn thankful this year, so we reached out again, and asked just one thing: give us a Year End List.  It doesn’t matter the subject, the length, the allusions to your past lovers – we just want to know what made you smile, made you happy, made you exist this year.  Again, we’ve received a staggering amount of amazing lists from a diverse and wonderful group of people including musicians, record store owners, publicists, authors, bloggers and on and on and on …

Once again, thanks to the always brilliant Drew Christie for putting together another staggeringly cool Year End Extravaganza banner.  You’re the best Drew, and we promise we’ll give you back your medicine now.

So, please, sit down, take a deep breath, ’cause here we go again:



I know I’m from the old century, but I still like to hear what all the young bloods are listening to today. There’s Duffy’s Mercy and the new album by David Holmes. I’ve listened to tracks by the Arctic Monkeys, The Liars and Deerhoof…there’s just so much out there! Of course, there’s always great sounds from the past like Buffy Sainte-Marie (who I saw play in Detroit earlier this year) and really early Dylan or Jimmy Reed. I still like to listen to Ike Turner’s Rocket 88 or anything that features Dennis Coffey. He played lead guitar on my album Cold Fact. Then there’s his own classic piece Scorpio. There’s also a DJ from Paris called Space Cowboy. He turned my tune Sugar Man into his own song called These Dreams and it really gets people dancing! It’s all international now. I hear bhangra tracks from India, fado from Portugal and ballads from Sweden. Sometimes I don’t understand the language, but I still like to hear it. It all has musical value to me.


Thursday, December 27th, 2007

We here at Light In The Attic get a lot of help from a lot of people. Musicians, publicists, record stores, bloggers, writers – the list goes on forever. This year we decided to show our unlimited gratitude to these great folk by showcasing, well, them.

We asked everyone we knew for their top five, year-end 2007 favorites – from albums to restaurants to airlines to breakfast cereals. Everyone from Caribou to The Blakes to Peanut Butter Wolf responded and we couldn’t be happier. What follows is a collection of these lists (literally hundreds) from people all over the world that we know and love. Quickly, big thanks to Mr. Drew Christie, the amazing artist (with a list below!) who did the art for both our New Years Extravaganza and our subtle, yet wonderful X-Mas card. Drew, you’re a god amongst men.

So, either in your pre-New Years excitement or your post-New Years drunken haze, settle in, we are quite sure you’ll enjoy.