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Light In The Attic Road Trip 2013 | Series Finale

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Well folks here it is, episode 6, the series finale of our 2013 Road Trip. It was an epic journey down the East Coast and through the heart of the deep South, eventually ending in the Midwest. We traveled 3,000 miles in 14 days, stopping at 80 record stores, and interviewed friends along the way. But before we hang the vans keys up on the wall until next year, we would like to thank everyone who helped make this happen, and all the people we meet and interviewed along the way!! You guys rule, we couldn’t have done it without you!!!

Watch previous episodes at and check out additional photos on our Instagram (#litaroadtrip13) and Facebook.

Light In The Attic’s 10 Year Anniversary | Seattle & Los Angeles Concerts | Limited Edition 7″ Series

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Hard to believe ten years have passed since Matt Sullivan and Josh Wright founded Light In The Attic, a label responsible for some of the sharpest looking and sounding reissues and new albums of recent years. To celebrate the tenth anniversary, Light In The Attic has put together some very special events and a series of exclusive singles.

In the ten years since its inception, Light In The Attic has launched The Black Angels to the world and released rare treasures from funk-rock maverick Betty Davis, proto-punk band The Monks, folk singers Karen Dalton, Jim Sullivan, and Michael Chapman, larger-than-life troubadours Serge Gainsbourg and Lee Hazlewood, Korean rock hero Shin Joong Hyun, and Memphis soul heavyweights Wendy Rene and Charles “Packy” Axton.

Over the years, we also delved deep in to the history of our home town with vintage Seattle soul via the series Wheedle’s Groove, reissued classics from country stalwarts Kris Kristofferson and the Louvin Brothers, brought rock-n-roll farmers Donnie & Joe Emerson to the public, expanded minds with the deeply vibrant Jamaica to Toronto series, and played a key role in the rediscovery of legendary singer-songwriter Sixto Rodriguez, recently celebrated in the Sony Pictures Classics critical smash film, Searching For Sugar Man. The list is long.

It’s only right, then, that we’re not letting an anniversary like this pass unmarked. Headlining two celebratory concerts is Rodriguez, a man for whom rediscovery via Light In The Attic has taken him from obscurity to long-deserved fame. Line-ups for the two shows – to be held in Los Angeles and Seattle – will include the third ever U.S. performance by South Korea’s 75-year old ‘Godfather of Rock’ Shin Joong Hyun, veteran Yorkshire finger-picking wizard Michael Chapman, and a very rare performance from rediscovered darlings of private press, Donnie & Joe Emerson.

In addition to the shows, we will be releasing a series of very special singles as colored vinyl 7”s and digital downloads. The series features contemporary artists covering a track reissued by Light In The Attic on the A-side, plus the original version on the B-side. The series begins with Iggy Pop & Zig Zags covering Betty Davis, and the standard remains equally high.

Sullivan conceived Light In The Attic having worked as an intern for Seattle’s Sub Pop and Loosegroove labels in the ‘90s. Spending a summer in Spain working for reissue label Munster Records, he hit on the idea of launching his own. In the decade in which the world went digital, Light In The Attic bucked the trend, focusing on creating beautiful, covetable, desirable discs. “That’s what gets us up in the morning – finding records, finding new ways to shed light on them and get them the respect they deserve,” says Matt. “The packaging, the album, it all has to be one inspiring experience.”

Light In The Attic 10 Year Anniversary Concert (Los Angeles):
Friday, September 28, El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles
The first 200 people through the door at both shows get a free 45 single, and the merch stall will be a Light In The Attic record store – heaven for label completists. 

DJ SIPREANO (Vancouver)

Tickets available via this link.

Light In The Attic 10 Year Anniversary Concert (Seattle):
Friday, October 12, The Showbox at The Market, Seattle
The first 200 people through the door at both shows get a free 45 single, and the merch stall will be a Light In The Attic record store – heaven for label completists. 

DONNIE & JOE EMERSON (Fruitland, WA – first Seattle appearance)

Tickets available via this link.

Light In The Attic Anniversary 7″ Series:
We’re only at liberty to unveil the first few, which are as follows…

Iggy Pop & Zig Zags – Pre-Order at this link.
“If I’m In Luck I Might Get Picked Up” (2012) b/w Betty Davis, “If I’m In Luck I Might Get Picked Up” (1973)

Sweet Tea featuring Alex Maas (The Black Angels) & Erika Wennerstrom (Heartless Bastards)
“After Laughter (Comes Tears)” (2012) b/w Wendy Rene, “After Laughter (Comes Tears)” (1964)

Charles Bradley & the Menahan Street Band
“I’ll Slip Away” (2012) b/w Rodriguez “I’ll Slip Away (1967)

Matt Sullivan talks Louvin Brothers on Uprooted Music Revue

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Head on over to Uprooted Music Revue (also posted on No Depression) for an interview by Chris Mateer with Matt Sullivan about our new Louvin Brothers Satan Is Real / Handpicked Songs 1955-1962 and Tragic Songs of Life reissues. In the interview, Matt talks about the back story of how these releases came to be and the legacy of the late great Louvin Brothers.

Light In The Attic featured on eMusic

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Head on over to eMusic for their label profile on Light In The Attic. The feature includes a great interview with our founder and co-0wner Matt Sullivan by Christina Lee about our history and mission.

Light In The Attic enters the “Modern” era…

Monday, October 24th, 2011

We have some great news to share with you, below is the official press release!

Those Obsessive Freaks At Light In The Attic Finally Decide To Release Some Goddamn Music Made During Their Lifetimes, Calls ‘Em “Modern Classics Recordings”

1971! That’s the median era of a Light In The Attic Records release, a reissue label known for crafting drool-inducing packages with liner note booklets the size of BOMP! magazine written by pale scribes who still live in their mother’s basement worshiping their ginormous vinyl collections. It’s not that they’re nerds, they’ll smoke you out with the primo dub-folk of Rodriguez, lick your ears with the salty witch-grass of Karen Dalton, and drop time travel window pane while digging astro-physicist Jim Sullivan. All of which are sleekly and pathologically made to gleam for the brick and mortar rekkid addicts! But all that great shit happened on two inch tape back when Nixon was fucking shit up in Vietnam!

Now the nostalgically tweaked hot sound hoarders who run Light In The Attic are actually releasing music made when they actually existed! MODERN CLASSICS RECORDINGS is “from our personal stash, as they came out,” label co-owner Matt Sullivan says. “An era of those shiny, futuristic things called CDs and whatever bands were actually putting out vinyl in the ’90s. I was born in ’76 and we’ve never reissued much past that. These were the days of Reagan and the contras, sipping Everclear from cola war bottles between the Bushes, bouncing off our parent’s walls to classics like Straight Outta Compton and Nevermind!”

Mercury Rev "Deserter's Songs" (MCR 900 | 180-gram)

The first release will land on November 1st, 2011: a fattened, glossied, and fluffed to perfection needlessly extravagant version of Mercury Rev’s 1999 masterpiece Deserter’s Songs, of which Sullivan says that it’s “a bit surreal to be reissuing an album that we bought upon its original release. I remember sitting on the floor at Tower Records in the U-District and flipping through the British weeklies and monthlies, as they shelled out 5-star reviews for Deserter’s. I picked up the LP, brought it home, and drifted away.”

The goal with these elegant reissues via Modern Classics is to provide the same attention to detail that Light In The Attic has become known for, while having the artist involved in their re-release through extrapolative liner notes, helping to curate their unique historical importance and creative exceptionality.  Deserter’s Songs will be followed by Morphine‘s 1993 classic Cure For Pain, marking the first ever vinyl reissues for two landmark albums of the past 25 years. These were albums which snared the overflowing creativity of the zeitgeist in which they were released, and influenced the best semi-pop music for years to come.

DJ set/Mowest Party @ Amoeba Music LA – Sunday, June 19th!

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

This Sunday, June 19th at 5PM, Matt and Patrick are heading back to Amoeba Music Los Angeles for the Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love: Motown’s Mowest Story 1971-1973 release party and DJ set. We’ll be spinning cuts from the release in addition to other current obsessions. Also, we’ll be doing some sweet giveaways, so come on down for your chance to win a 2xLP or CD copy of the record (Amoeba will also have copies on hand for purchase)!

Check out the Amoeba site for more details!

Kearney Barton: Legendary Recording Console on eBay

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011


As you may have seen in our Twitter feed this week, Dave Segal wrote a great piece on Northwest recording engineer Kearney Barton (as in Wheedle’s Groove Kearney Barton) in the latest edition of The Stranger. Check it out online HERE!

Sadly, Kearney’s health is quickly deteriorating and he had to retire after over six decades of recording Northwest music.  Our friend and mastering guru Dave Cooley has been helping Kearney sell his music gear to cover health bills.  The man’s legendary custom build, one-of-a-kind, Langevin recording console is now on eBay – check out the listing for full info and photos. It’s pretty incredible–The Kingsmen, The Standells, The Sonics, Earl Hines, Paul Bley, and many others recorded on this very console.

Kearney has arguably recorded more music than anyone in the entire Pacific Northwest, dating back to 1958, including rock, jazz, sitar music, country, psych, folk, operas, classical, radio jingles, the list goes on and on – Quincy Jones to The Sonics.  His significance to Northwest music history cannot be understated.

We’re currently working with Kearney, his family, and the University of Washington to digitize thousands of analog reels from Kearney’s endless audio archive, and eventually release some of this material on CD/LP/Digital. The University is now preserving over 1,500 reels, but we’re looking to find a safe place – ideally a local Seattle museum – to house the remainder of the archive and then locate funding to pay for months of professional digitizing.

Please spread the word.  We could use your help.

Amoeba DJ set wrap up!

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Thanks to all the friends and fans that came out on Saturday for our DJ set at Amoeba Music (Hollywood). We rocked it hard and had beaucoup fun to boot. Special thanks goes out to our bros and brodettes at Ameoba–Kara Lane, Daniel Tures, Joel Isaac Black, Mahssa TaghiniaMorgan Young, and all the rest of the awesome staff!

Also a big shout out to our give-away winners! The first dude that got the Michael Chapman Fully Qualified Survivor LP ran away before we could snap a pic (he litterally ran up, grabbed the record, then ran away! dude was stoked!). The next lucky fan was chill enough to score a Michael Hurley Have Moicy! LP and give us a big smile for the camera:

@Not_YouAgain snagged "Have Moicy!"

Here are some more sweet pics from the Amoeba staff. Check out their site for more shots. Tanx for the memories!

Matt (left) cueing up. Patrick (right) looks on in awe...

Patrick (r) laughs off yet another one of Matt's (l) crazy moves...

smiles for miles

Amoeba Music LA Presents Light In The Attic DJ Set

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

There it is…the proof in the pudding! This Saturday Light In The Attic’s Matt Sullivan and Patrick McCarthy will be spinning records from the LITA catalog and their own schizophrenic collections at Amoeba Music in Hollywood! Stop by and wander around this music wonderland whilst head banging to the likes of Jim Sullivan, Michael Chapman, and, of course, Motörhead!

More info HERE!

And just for fun, we’ll be giving away copies of the two latest releases–Michael Chapman’s Fully Qualified Survivor and Michael Hurley’s Have Moicy!–so don’t miss out on this one!

Amoeba Music Presents - Light In The Attic DJ Set
6400 Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Saturday, April 2, 2011
2PM – 3:30PM


Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

This long week of music and stuffing ones face with sauce-smeared bbq has come to an end, but our good man Matt Sullivan wanted nothing more than to share a few final thoughts on yet another amazing experience.

With his curly little hair, he’s just so darling, and we couldn’t resist. Mr. Sullivan, take it away:

Update From The Trenches: 67 and sunny

Not sure how but we survived another year of this madness. Some highlights from the last couple days…

SXSW PANEL: Nardwuar the Human Serviette – Nardwuar’s Video Vault
This man should have his own segment on Conan or Letterman. And I got a free CD for incorrectly saying “Zumpano” was the first Canadian band signed to Sub Pop. Turns out Skinny Puppy had a single on SP back in the day.

SXSW PANEL: Woodstock: Untold Stories
Fascinating stories from Michael Lang, Eddie Kramer and others

Deer Tick
Wolves in the Throne Room
PJ Harvey
Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers – again and again! Soooo good.

Snow’s BBQ – in Lexington, TX
Woke up at 6:30am, headed out by 7:15am, and we’re happily wolfing down the world’s greatest brisket at 8:30am (they’re only open on Saturdays starting at 8am and until the meat runs out which tends to be around 10:30am). Thanks to Texas Monthly and The New Yorker for the tip!