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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!

New Distro Label: Futurismo!

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

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We’re delighted to present a fresh, bright label from London for whom we’ve just begun distributing. Futurismo‘s manifesto states:

We believe that neither pop nor art should be mutually exclusive, that the past and the future can synchronize in the moment, just as creativity, danger and fun can co-exist on the same plane. Life should be about fun after all. Serious fun.

Since it’s start in November of 2014, the label has put out several releases revolving around the genres of new wave, post-punk, no wave, avant garde pop, and synth punk. And with an eye to not only music, but art and fashion as well, Futurismo is a tastemaker to watch.

Delaney Jae Williams, the label’s director says:

My aim is to generally release objects by artists that need reappraisal or reinstating in the consciousness, using high-end production and forward thinking, innovative design. My intention is to give more attention to lesser known records than major labels give to revered recordings. My main interests are unreleased recordings and redux versions of existing records that include new artwork and extras.

We’ve got three great new releases from Futurismo available for preorder, each with multiple color variants:

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2015 Light In The Attic Subscription – Part I

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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To avoid heavy international postage costs for LP Subscribers, orders outside North America will be sent in 2 parts: the first 4 LPs will be sent together and then the second batch of 4 LPs will be sent together.

As 2014 draws to a close and with the new year nigh, we are happy to announce the latest and greatest Light In The Attic Subscription Package! Just like our previous subscription installments, the first edition for 2015 comes chock-full of exclusive perks for all you loyal Light In The Attic devotees. Expect special colored wax on many of these releases along with bonus ephemera only available to subscribers. Last year, members received elite bonus swag including a Country Funk II-themed, limited edition bandana and a previously unreleased 7″ of original radio jingles by the one and only Donnie Emerson (half of the brotherly duo who brought you Donnie & Joe’s Dreamin’ Wild). Now, we mustn’t reveal all the juicy details just yet… but we can give you a sweet taste of what’s in store for the first half of 2015!

 

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Lizzy Mercier Descloux – Press Color
Light In The Attic
(LITA 134 | CD | 2xLP)

Originally released on legendary French label ZE Records, this is the debut album by Lizzy Mercier Descloux. The Parisian poet, painter, actor, and prolific self-taught musician was an influential character in the late 70s New York underground. Along with partner Michel Esteban, Mercier Descloux established the magazine Rock News and ran in the same circles as Patti Smith and Richard Hell. She became a genre-defying artist, pioneer of worldbeat and avant-garde rock, and supreme minimalist of the no wave genre in her own right. Press Color is Lizzy’s debut long player and owes more to disco, funk, and film scores than punk rock, all recorded within a two week span. Although largely forgotten, the album has received critical acclaim, being called “the real thing” by Uncut magazine. This Record Store Day exclusive, presented in an expanded gatefold edition with bonus tracks, will sell out, but your subscriber loyalty guarantees you a copy.

Here is a cool clip of Lizzy dancing her heart out on French TV to the Press Color classic “Fire”–with an introduction by the one and only Serge Gainsbourg:

 

 

 

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The Supreme Jubilees – It’ll All Be Over
Light In The Attic
(LITA 120 | CD | LP)

If God had a disco, the DJ would be playing California gospel-soul group The Supreme Jubilees. A band of brothers and cousins, the group released their first–and, prophetically, only–album, It’ll All Be Over in 1980 on their own S&K label. It’ll All Be Over pinpoints a fatalistic mood exemplified by the title. Its lyrics draw from the Old Testament, its sound from the church by way of the disco. It is, as Jessica Hundley observes in the brand new liner notes, “both apocalyptic and seductive.” After the LP was pressed, the group took their music on tour, first in California, where they played with acts including the Gospel Keynotes, The Jackson Southernaires, and the Mighty Clouds of Joy, and then on an ill-fated trip to Texas. A follow-up album was planned for 1981, but it never materialized; having slept sometimes a dozen to a room in Texas, the men in the band were reluctant to leave jobs, wives, and kids for the hardship of the road. The group simply fizzled out, even if the friendships and family ties never did. A copy of the album sold to a fan on that Texan tour made its way to a San Antonio record store where it was discovered nearly three decades later by collector David Haffner (Friends of Sound). He managed to track down the family at a Fourth Of July barbeque in Fresno in 2004, and he eventually introduced the group to us here at Light In The Attic. This marks the first LP reissue, fully restored and remastered, and the first time ever on CD. LITA subscribers will receive a copy of this lost gem on exclusive “sunset orange” wax.

Click below to witness the unique sounds of The Supreme Jubilees:

 

 

As a subscriber, you will receive:

+ The first 8 LPs released from Light In The Attic during the first half of 2015, excluding box sets.

+ Select LP releases will include special Subscriber-Only colored wax (when colored vinyl is pressed), not available for non-subscribers or anywhere else in the known universe.

+ 15% off ALL online orders for first half of 2015, excluding subscriptions and gift certificates (discount code to be sent post-purchase). NB: Discounts may not be used towards the subscription purchase.

+ Includes various rarities and exclusives throughout the remainder of year

+ Free shipping for Subscription titles

+ Due to licensing restrictions, not every LP release will include a digital download coupon

BECOME A LIGHT IN THE ATTIC SUBSCRIBER TODAY!

 

Manufacturing Delays

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

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Remember your favorite dive bar? The one that you used to go to all the time because you and your friends always had the place to yourself and the two mean ol’ bartenders knew neither of mixology nor small talk?

But then word got out about the place. And now if you ever try to go, for old times’ sake, you have to stand in line for 20 minutes for your beer in a sea of mustaches and tattoos…

That’s kind of what’s happened with vinyl manufacturing over the years. For a long time everybody had forgotten about vinyl and because of that a lot of manufacturers shut down. Now everybody wants vinyl and the few remaining manufacturers are struggling to keep up with demand.

This is our roundabout way of announcing a few manufacturing delays for some of our releases.

Below are the affected titles and their new release dates:

Barbara Lynn - Here Is: LP 11/18

Sylvie Simmons - Sylvie: CD 11/11, LP 11/25

Lewis - Romantic Times: LP 12/16

Sincere apologies for the delays and thanks for standing in line with us.