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New LITA Release | Françoise Hardy 5-Album Reissue Series

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

We all know and love the cool, glamorous French yé-yé girls of the ’60s, but one of them stands out from the pack: Françoise Hardy. With her brunette hair and alluring bangs, she was one of the few girls at the time who wrote her own songs, and she did so from a place of depth and subtlety. Though she was a muse to the likes of Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger and husband Jacques Dutronc, Hardy was wary of fame, preferring privacy and modesty. She was a pop singer with the heart of a chanteuse, a singer-songwriter in an age before such a thing was known, and a style icon incredulous of others’ admiration of her.

We are so proud to present our Françoise Hardy reissue series of the five French-language albums she released yearly between 1962-1966. We’ve remastered each release from the original tapes, in their original French format, to sound better than ever!

The liner notes for these releases include an exclusive new interview with the illusive songstress. As Hardy has rarely been involved with prior reissues, this is quite a coup!

All five albums are available for preorder on both CD & deluxe LP now.

  • CDs will be out October 16th.
  • Deluxe LPs will be out January 29th, 2016.

There is also an option to collect all five in one format at a discounted price! This option is available on each album release page.

  • The complete CD set is $50.
  • The complete LP set is $90.

For an overview of Hardy and links to all five albums, please click here.

To reach the individual page of an album, please click the images or links below:

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Tous Les Garçons Et Les Filles, 1962

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Le Premier Bonheur Du Jour, 1963

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Mon Amie La Rose, 1964

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L’Amitié, 1965

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La Maison Ou J’Ai Grandi, 1966

 

New LITA Release | The City – ‘Now That Everything’s Been Said’

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

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We all know and love the Carole King who wrote some of the biggest hits of the ‘60s, from “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” to “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.” We also know her as the comforting and unique voice of Tapestry. But in between–and not nearly as well known–is King’s psych-folk band, The City, and their album, Now That Everything’s Been Said.

In 1967, King headed west to Laurel Canyon and joined forces with bassist Charles Larkey (of The Myddle Class), guitarist and singer Danny Kortchmar (of The Fugs), and drummer Jim Gordon (of Derek & The Dominos). The City was born.

Now That Everything’s Been Said, which was produced by the amazing Lou Adler, is deep and soulful, imperfect but teeming with life. And the songs, with King writing or co-writing all but one, are as exceptional as you’d expect.

Reissued here on deluxe vinyl for the first time, this is, at long last, a chance for this remarkable lost album to be heard.

For full details on the release click here.

  • Now available for preorder on Black & White Haze wax (limited to 200 copies)
  • Available for Purchase on October 2, 2015 on vinyl & CD
  • LITA Subscribers get Gold wax!

Check out one of our favorite tracks from the album ‘Victim Of Circumstance‘ in the video to the left.

 

 

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New LITA Reissue | Spooner Oldham – ‘Pot Luck’

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

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You may not know his name, but you know his music. Spooner Oldham is a linchpin of southern soul and R&B. A legendary ivory-tickler whose name is synonymous with the Muscle Shoals sound of Alabama, Oldham has backed and/or written songs for the likes of Etta James, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Wilson Pickett, Percy Sledge, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin and so many more (check out a more complete list here, if you want your mind blown).

In this sparkling career as a session musician and songwriter, Oldham only ever made one album that features his own voice and stylings front and center. Pot Luck was originally released in 1972 and faded into obscurity soon thereafter, but giving the album a second listen today we cannot imagine why. This album is a joyful affirmation of what fans already know: Spooner’s got soul.

We can’t wait for y’all to get to know him better.

For full details on the release click here.

Pot Luck is now available for preorder as a single LP in a deluxe gate-fold jacket. LITA vinyl subscribers will receive the album on ‘Lucky Green’ wax. The first 200 online preorders of the LP will receive ‘Galaxy Blue’ wax. Pot Luck will be available on black wax, CD, and digital September 18th.

 

Check out one of our favorite tracks from the album ‘Julie Brown’s Forest:

 

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New LITA Release | The Kitchen Cinq!

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

The Kitchen Cinq | When The Rainbow Disappears: An Anthology 1965-68

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They had that cool garage punk sound mixed with a beat-pop likability. They had killer harmonies and a keen sense of the absurd. They had Lee Hazlewood’s stamp of approval. The Kitchen Cinq boys seemed to have it all, but they were missing just one little ol’ thing… success.

Originally hailing from Texas, The Kitchen Cinq really started doin’ their thing in Los Angeles back in ’66, when they released their album, Everything But, on Lee Hazlewood Industries, but by ’68 band life had burned them out and the Texas boys went their separate ways. But what remains is a smashing collection of 60s garage pop that will surely get you jivin’.

A double vinyl anthology, When The Rainbow Disappears is now available for preorder on either blue (200 copies) or black wax. LITA vinyl subscribers will receive marbled rainbow LPs. It is also available as a CD. The anthology will be available for immediate purchase August 28.

Check out one of our favorite tracks from the album ‘You’ll Be Sorry Someday‘:

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New LITA Release | Low Down

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

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“If my dad’s spirit is still out there dancing in the high blue,
I know he is–as he used to say–’digging it the most.’”

- Amy-Jo Albany on the Low Down soundtrack
(Image via Discogs)

First came the man himself, Joe Albany, a supremely talented and underrated jazz pianist who lived an extraordinary life full of highs and lows. Then came Low Down, a brilliantly written memoir by Albany’s beloved daughter, Amy-Jo. The memoir sparked the acclaimed biopic of the same name, starring John Hawkes, Elle Fanning and Flea. And now, we step in to present the film’s original soundtrack.

With this release we aim to pay tribute to Joe Albany’s avant-garde, quick-tempo, bebop jazz and to take a moment to give jazz itself our full attention. With Albany’s own compositions as well as tracks by jazz greats such as Coleman Hawkins, Max Roach and Thelonious Monk, this is a compilation that both jazz lovers and jazz neophytes will dig the most.

Now available for preorder on either olive green or black wax. Available for purchaseAugust 7th.

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This is the sound that gives me the energy to go out into the world and try to shine a light. As a child, this is the music I listened to that blew my mind; it let me know that all things were possible.If human beings were capable of doing this, then anything could happen.” – Flea, co-star and executive producer of Low Down

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Check out what is perhaps the most intimate track from the album, Albany playing ‘Everybody Knew But Me’:

New LITA Release | Goldberg – ‘Misty Flats’

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

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Following on the heels of Songs From Suicide Bridge, we are proud to present Misty Flats, another loner folk gem. This time, the music comes to us from Minneapolis singer-songwriter Goldberg and album producer Michael Yonkers. Recorded in ’74 at the tail end of the Vietnam war, while Goldberg’s stint in a would-be successful band was coming to a close, the theme of Misty Flats is transition. In the words of Goldberg himself, the album inhabits ‘”neither the high road, nor the low road, but somewhere in between.” This mood, combined with imagery from the old Hollywood movies that were a constant in Goldberg’s nomadic childhood, creates something very special indeed.

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This is an album to listen to in full. Put it on ’round midnight and let it wash over you.

Misty Flats is now available for preorder in both clear and black wax and will be available for purchase August 14th.

Opening track ‘Hollywood’ sets the tone for the rest of the album:

 

 

Because this release is on our imprint label Future Days, unfortunately it is not included in the current vinyl subscription. However, vinyl subscribers can still use their 15% discount to purchase it! 

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Welcome To The Fam, Drag City!

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

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We are now distributing titles from Chicago-based experimental indie label Drag City Records!

The label was founded in 1990 by a couple of Dans of the Koretzky and Osborn variety and since then has helped bring to the public music from such brilliant and unique artists as Joanna Newsom, Jessica Pratt, Will Oldham, Bill Callahan, Six Organs Of Admittance and Pavement.

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We are big fans of the label and are stoked to be bringing you music from the likes of Meg Baird, The Cairo Gang, and Gazebo Effect. Stay tuned for more news on these releases and check out what we’ve got in so far!

 

 

New LITA Release | Lizzy Mercier Descloux – Press Color!

Thursday, June 25th, 2015


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Parisian poet, painter, actor, and musician, Lizzy Mercier Descloux was an influential character in the New York underground scene during the late seventies and early eighties, blazing around the Lower East Side of NYC with her playful, effortlessly cool and loose punk music. Press Colorher first full-length album, was originally released on ZE Records in 1979. Today we present to you our newly remastered reissue of the cult classic as an expanded double LP pressed on ‘Yves Klein Blue’ wax. The reissue features liner notes by Vivien Goldman and includes an 18×24 poster. Press Color is the first release of our five album series showcasing the impassioned work of Mercier Descloux.

 

Available: August 14, 2015

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 Here’s one of our favorite tracks from the album, ‘Jim On The Move’:

Below, watch an incredible video from 1979 French TV of Mercier Descloux performing “Fire,” another top track from Press Color. The clip also includes a special cameo from Serge Gainsbourg!

STONE ROSES DELUXE VINYL REISSUE

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

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The track starts softly, tricking you into turning up the volume dial, so that when it kicks in it blows your Adidas bucket hat off. So begins the song that made thousands and thousands of girls swoon in 1989, one of the top Indie anthems of all time, ‘I Wanna Be Adored.’ It’s the first track of Stone Roses’ first album.

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Stone Roses – S/T

It’s incredibly rare for one album to shape the 25 years of music following it. The Stone Roses’ self-titled debut (’89) is one of those albums.

Today we bring you a new deluxe double-vinyl pressing of the album remastered from the original tapes, printed on lemon yellow 180 gram wax, and housed in Stoughton gatefold “tip-on” jackets with the album title in gold foil.

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Turns Into Stone

You can tell a lot about a band by the songs they leave off their albums. Some of The Stone Roses most iconic songs were never included on either of their two albums. This missing bits, including ‘Elephant Stone,’ ‘One Love,’ and ‘Fools Gold’ can be found on the 1992 comp, Turns Into Stone.

Here we present it remastered from the original tapes, pressed onto 180 gram stone grey wax, with hand-numbered jackets and the album title in silver foil.

These Deluxe Edition first pressings are limited to 5,000 units for S/T and 4,000 units for Turns Into Stone. Get ‘em while they’re hot!”

Record Store Day 2015!!!

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

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Is it vinyl Christmas already?! Boy have we got some treats for ya this year…

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Shogun Assassin

The Wu-Tang Clan is obsessed. It’s Kill Bill heroine Beatrix Kiddo’s favorite bedtime story. It’s an “awesome spectacle of sword and sorcery.” It’s Shogun Assassin

What began as an extensive manga series in the 70s called The Lone Wolf And Cub, shifted shapes into two different Japanese films, before being recut in 1980 and released to the grindhouse film circuit, chock full of brutal action and decapitations.

Our interest, of course, lies with the film’s ominous soundtrack, which blends eastern melodies with futuristic synths, electronic beats, and bouncing disco bass lines. Neither Japanese, nor authentic, this soundtrack is pretty damn badass.

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Heads up Los Angelenos, there will be a Cinefamily Heavy Midnite showing of Shogun Assassin on Record Store Day (April 18th). Join us, if you dare.

Check out the album’s opening track in the video below:

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Willie Nelson has over 300 albums, and Teatro might be the most misunderstood of them all. It also might be our favorite. Willie and collaborator Daniel Lanois (who produces, plays guitar and bass, and contributes track ‘The Maker’) set up camp in an abandoned movie theater in Oxnard, CA and recorded live among the red velvet seats with the help of Emmylou Harris and a nine piece backing band that included Willie’s sister, Bobbie Nelson on piano. Maybe it was intentional, maybe it was the faint smell of popcorn haunting the cinema, but somehow this album actually took on a rather cinematic feel. Howling harmonicas and distant mariachi bands evoke spaghetti western scores of the past. Yet this grandness is made to feel intimate and immediate by Willie and Emmylou’s vocals.

Here’s a track from the album:

 

 

LITA_ZINE7The Zine

Legend has it that each year on Record Store Day, the Light In The Attic zine magically appears, as if by alchemy, in fine retailers across the globe. These small, ancient, newsprint catalogs of days gone by unveil highlights from the past year’s releases, teasers of things to come, and other pertinent musical musings.

This year, the zine gets a makeover; we spiced things up a bit to add just a touch more flare. In this issue, you’ll find new features like the first ever LITA-centric crossword puzzle, horoscopes, a fan art contest winner revealed, and new editorial features, both by and about the very employees at LITA who grease the cogs. There are exclusive interviews with Françoise Hardy, Willie Nelson, and Sly Stone; a feature on Native North America band Sugluk (who are feat. on cover clad in denim- if that’s not a tough look for 2015, we don’t know what is!), and secrets revealed about LITA co-owner Josh Wright! Pick one up fo’ free at your local wax purveyor!