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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!

Come Play With Us! | LA Intern Search

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Light In The Attic is looking for a couple of ROCKSTAR interns for the Los Angeles office. Just kidding… Don’t you hate when people say they’re looking for a ‘ROCKSTAR’ [insert position here]?

We’ve got so many awesome projects up in the air, but though we are mighty, we are few! We need a little help at our office in Los Feliz. We’re looking for a couple of interns to come in 2-3 days/week each from about 10am-5pm.

We’re just looking for good people who are passionate about music & LITA and eager to learn more about the inner workings of a record label and who are willing to take pickleback shots with us on Fridays (but it’s cool if you’re under 21 too, it’ll just be weird for you having the pickle juice without the whiskey!)

 

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Come play with us… forever… and ever…

Tasks will include basic office assistant stuff, assisting our publicist, helping out with radio outreach/licensing, assisting  our social media manager, and assisting our project managers with production-related projects.

We’ll try to tailor the internship to each intern’s particular skills and interests, but willingness to help out in any of the listed ways is important.

ALSO IMPORTANT: We’re a Twizzlers family.

Potential Responsibilities:
Adding tour dates to the LITA artist pages
Wikipedia – updating LITA page, and pages for each release
Adding album covers and artist photos to facebook and other channels
Archiving material
Scanning
Synergy between releases and social networks (beyond our own)
Adding product photos to website
Updating MailChimp mailing list
Managing supplies inventory/watering plants/keep office tidy/taking out trash/replacing water jug in the water cooler
Social Media interaction / Customer Service via Social Networks / Searching LITA-related hashtags, etc on social channels and liking/engaging
Helping out with google release for press related stuff
Helping out with press reports
Updating publisher info
Adding to film/tv spreadsheet on google docs
Potentially helping to generate statistics / analysis of social media presence via google analytics and other tools
Answering phones, fielding deliveries, taking items to post office to be shipped, booking travel
Scheduling posts for social media
Contributing content for the blog
Product photography
Searching publisher Info
Input data to spreadsheet
Radio research for targeting
Radio newsletter
Shipping off radio promos
candy runs :)

 

Please send your resume and a brief cover letter to social@lightintheattic.net, explaining why you’d like to intern at LITA, what unique skills/passions/POV you bring to the table, and what your favorite candy to snack on is. Please make your subject line “LA INTERNSHIP.” Thanks!

Stoked to hear from you!!

The LITA Podcast Is Here!

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

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Ohhh it’s been a long time comin’, but we done did it! We are so beyond stoked to finally be presenting the Light In The Attic Podcast!

For years we’ve wanted to put together a podcast because so often the stories behind our releases are as awesome as the music itself– stories of missed opportunities, lost labors of love, unsolved mysteries, treasure hunting, second chances, and redemption! This podcast will be devoted to telling you these stories, playing the music itself, and welcoming you into the attic to hang with the characters behind LITA releases.

In our first episode, we discuss our Record Store Day 2015 releases- Shogun Assassin, Teatro, and the LITA Zine. You’ll hear music from Shogun, Teatro, and Native North America, an interview with Willie Nelson & Daniel Lanois, and an interview with the editor of the LITA zine, Lydia Hyslop.

We’re already working on episode two which will focus on the story behind just one release, our most recent reissue of 1984 folk album Songs From Suicide Bridge. We can’t wait to share that episode with you as well.

Have a listen in the audio player below, on iTunes, at this link, or on SoundCloud or YouTube.

Thanks for checking it out, we hope you like it!

Episode 1 Show Notes:

Your Hosts:
Matt Sullivan (founder and co-owner of LITA)
Jackie Allen (LITA editorial & social media coordinator)

This Week’s Guests:
Willie Nelson & Daniel Lanois (producer of Teatro)
Lydia Hyslop (LITA Girl Friday, zine editor, and filmmaker)

Events:
RSD April 18th, 2015
Shogun Assassin screening at Cinefamily April 18th

Relevant Links:
The Light In The Attic Website
Our blog post about our Record Store Day releases
Shogun Assassin release page
Willie Nelson’s Teatro release page
Zine release page – see that picture of Sugluk!
Native North America release page: the comp. that Sugluk is featured on
The LITA Podcast is supported by our friends at Gnar Tapes. Check out their podcast Gnar FM TGIF Podcast and the new Gnar Burger Shop in Highland Park, LA.
The Shogun Assassin Trailer

Music From The Episode:
Intro Song: “Highways” by Jim Sullivan from UFO
[in Shogun Trailer] “Lone Wolf’s Theme” from Shogun Assassin
Shogun Assassin song preview “Eyes of a Demon”
1st Teatro song preview “Ou Es-Tu, Mon Amour (Where Are You, My Love)”
2nd Teatro song preview “The Maker”
Outro Song “Fall Away” by Sugluk from Native North American Vol. 1

Credits:
Mastering by the amazing Patrick McCarthy (LITA Project Manager/Producer)

 

Any questions, feedback, suggestions, or requests?
Please email podcast@lightintheattic.net.
Or tweet @lightintheattic.

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:

 

 

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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!

Distro: Flying Nun x Captured Tracks Partnership

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

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Brooklyn-based label and record shop Captured Tracks teamed with legendary New Zealand label Flying Nun Records back in January 2013. We are now distributing these awesome releases!

Since 2009, Captured Tracks has been putting out great new indie rock/pop and post-punk (such as Mac DeMarco, DIIV, Beach Fossils, and Blouse) and reissues (Medicine, For Against). Meanwhile, Flying Nun has been helming the postpunk scene from Chrischurch, New Zealand since ’81, putting out the likes of The Clean, Chris Knox and The Dead C.

Captured Tracks’ founder/operater Mike Sniper is quoted as saying: 

We at Captured Tracks are beyond ecstatic to work with Flying Nun Records for this series of reissues. As a young record collector, I always saw the label as a recommendation of¬†quality and a constant source of inspiration. I would comb the shelves of every record store imaginable to secure anything and everything I could find. When I first heard the news that they’d bought back the rights, this partnership was something that was lingering in the back of my mind. I’m more than pleased that we can have any sort of involvement in revitalizing this amazing back catalog and returning it to record shelves the world over.

The partnership’s first reissue, Toy Love was released in February 2013. 

And now we’ve got Sneaky FeelingsThe Stones, and many more!

Check out all of our new releases from Captured Tracks/Flying Nun here.

And vids below!

 

 

New Release | Grateful Dead – ‘Three From The Vault’

Thursday, March 12th, 2015
The wait is finally over and the exciting cap to our trilogy of Grateful Dead‘s From The Vault releases is finally here! The third time is indeed the charm! Following on the heels of One and Two From The Vaultcomes the final release in the trilogy, from our imprint Future Days Recordings, Three From The Vault.

 

For its first time every on vinyl, the album is spread out over four LPs house in a gatefold, tip-on jacket. It was newly re-mastered by Joe Gastwirt, with lacquers cuty by Kevin Gray. These twenty classic songs on eight sides of wax were recorded live at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York back in 1971, featuring the five piece line-up of Pigpen, Garcia, Weir, Lesh, and Kruetzmann. On the night these tracks were recorded, the Dead debuted seven brand new songs–all of which went on to become Dead “standards” including “Playing in the Band,” “Greatest Story Ever Told,” and two absolute classics: “Bird Song” and “Deal.”

We’ve got several different bundle offers for those who want to purchase multiple items from the trilogy and/or Dead shirts and posters! Check ‘em out on the release page.

Dead freaks rejoice!

New LITA Release! | ‘Songs From Suicide Bridge’ – David Kauffman & Eric Caboor

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

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It’s an important day at Light In The Attic headquarters. We’re releasing into the world a very special project that we’re particularly proud of. Gorgeously gutting, hauntingly beautiful, and impossible to find previously on vinyl, Songs From Suicide Bridge has been an office staple on repeat for years and it is an honor to finally be able to bring it to a wider audience.

 

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We love this album for its brilliant songwriting and emotional performances. We love its purity, authenticity, and simple beauty. We love the story of two close friends trying to make it in Los Angeles in the early 80s, but finding their heartfelt folk-rock lost in a sea of new wave pop, unappreciated and overlooked by the industry. To this day, David & Eric are in awe, almost skeptical, that we believe so much in this album. We can’t wait for them to see that (hopefully) you do too.

 

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Here’s one of our favorite tracks from the album, but really, they’re all good. Check it out here and if you like it, get the vinyl if you can because this album is best heard in full, not on a computer. Prepare for tears.

There are 200 deluxe white vinyl copies available, which come with an original ‘Greetings From Suicide Bridge’ postcard, featuring the album’s namesake, historical Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena, CA. 

 

 

This is why we love what we do here at Light In The Attic. We get to breathe new life into music like this that never got the love it deserves. We think it will most certainly find that love now.

 

Three New Titles From Shadoks Music

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

We’ve got three awesome new European underground reissues from Shadoks Music available for preorder this week!

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This is Shadoks Music’s third release from the great Finnish psych band, Charlies. Recorded in ’69-’70 in the drunk tank of the local jail (one of the member’s fathers was a police officer, so they were granted access), this album finally achieves the heavy underground quality that the band felt their previous releases lacked.

 

 

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Catching up with the love and peace sentiments of the rest of the Western world, Austrian band Nostradamus formed in Vienna in the late 60s. With influences such as The Jimi Hendrix Experience,  Cream, and King Crimson and the addition of a violinist, this album is one of the best and most unique Austrian releases of the time.

 

 

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Also influenced by powerful trios like Cream and The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Young Flowers formed in Copenhagen in 1967. Progressive and with a uniquely Scandinavian sound, Young Flowers released a second album in 1960, ‘No. 2′, which has since become one of the most important and sought after Danish albums. Full of fuzz guitar, great vocals and an underground vibe, Shadok’s reissue comes as the original did with a silver cover. Plus this version comes with a bonus poster. Oh and by the way, the band has two upcoming shows in Denmark!