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.
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.
The Kitchen Cinq | When The Rainbow Disappears: An Anthology 1965-68
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 Cinqboys 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.
“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.
“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
Check out what is perhaps the most intimate track from the album, Albany playing ‘Everybody Knew But Me’:
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Light In The Attic Records is looking to hire a Label Sales Rep to work in our Seattle headquarters. This is an extremely key role within the company, with this person being a liaison between the label and direct indie retail & non-traditional accounts.
Full Time, Salary + Commission, Health Benefits, 401K
Maintain relationships with current direct to retail accounts
Build relationships with potential & new direct to retail accounts
Schedule, organize and execute in-store promotions & product placements
Work closely with other sales, distribution & marketing staff, and report to the Head of Sales
Attend weekly sales meetings, and track/report daily communications or tasks via CMR
Setup and engage in direct in-person meetings with current & potential customers (must be willing to travel)
Must have significant music sales (2-5yrs) or indie retail experience
Must be well-organized, enthusiastic, self-motivated, determined, and have the ability to multi-task
Must have the ability to clearly communicate Light In The Attic’s direct-to retail mission
Must have a well rounded understanding of Light In The Attic’s artists and distributed labels
Supervisor: Head of Sales
Please submit a cover letter and resumer to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in reppin’ for the bulb!
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.
This is an album to listen to in full. Put it on ’round midnight and let it wash over you.
Misty Flatsis 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!
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.
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 Color, her 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
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!
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!)
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.
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
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
Searching publisher Info
Input data to spreadsheet
Radio research for targeting
Shipping off radio promos
candy runs :)
Please send your resume and a brief cover letter to email@example.com, 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!
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.
Is it vinyl Christmas already?! Boy have we got some treats for ya this year…
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.
Check out the album’s opening track in the video below:
Willie Nelson’s Teatro
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:
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!