In honor of our brand spankin’ new LITA Podcast and because so many of y’alls have been asking where you can get Shogun Assassin and Teatro now that RSD has passed, we’re holding a trivia contest based on Episode 1 of the podcast so we can give a few copies out for free! For a chance to win Shogun or Teatro, listen to the podcast and answer the below trivia questions + a bonus question in an email to SOCIAL@LIGHTINTHEATTIC.NET (Hint- there’s one question per segment):
Shogun: What track from the Shogun soundtrack did we preview a snippet of on the podcast (not the song that’s playing in the movie trailer)?
The Zine: Which LITA ‘wordsmith’ coined the term “Behind The Bulb”?
In a fight to the death between Lone Wolf (the shogun’s assassin) and Willie Nelson, who would win and how?
You must answer the 3 trivia questions correctly to qualify and then out of those who qualify, we’ll pick our top 3 favorite creative responses to question 4 as the winners, who can then request either Shogun or Teatro as their prize! And each winner will receive a complimentary LITA zine.
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!
Want to have your art featured in our zine? Well here is your chance! We are now accepting fan art submissions for our annual Record Store Day zine. We print tens of thousands of these zines each year and distribute them to record stores around the world, so this is a great way to give your fan art some exposure.
We’re looking for subject matter related to all things Light In The Attic. Examples include: LITA artists portraits, alternative album art, drawings of interpretations of songs, etc… get creative! The zines are printed in black and white so please keep that in mind when submitting colorful art work. The dimensions are 7” x 7”. Only one submission will be featured. The deadline for submitting is next Friday. A winner will be notified via email.
Send all submissions to email@example.com!!
Fall is finally upon us. Leaves have turned from green to gold, the air is thin and crisp, and you can almost smell the Thanksgiving turkey in the oven. However, the best part of the season is not gathering with family and friends for a seasonal feast, but rather the limited edition vinyl available on Black Friday, November 28th! This year we have a beautiful cornucopia of official Record Store Day Black Friday titles. Don’t waste your money on pumpkin spice lattes… head over to your local record store and buy vinyl!
First up is the vinyl edition of There’s A Dream I’ve Been Saving. Seven years in the making, this is the ultimate artifact for Lee Hazlewood heads new and old. Now, for the first time, you can enjoy the entire experience on vinyl. This landmark box set contains an expansive LP-sized hard cover book detailing the label history of Lee Hazlewood Industries, accompanied by 8LPs + 4CDs and the never-before-released film Cowboy in Sweden.
This year marks the ten-year anniversary of impassioned poet, painter, actor, and prolific, self-taught musician Lizzy Mercier Descloux‘s death. Instrumental in the late 70s New York underground, yet of Parisian origin, Mercier Descloux, with partner Michel Esteban, established the magazine Rock News and ran in the same circles as Patti Smith and Richard Hell. Lizzy became a genre defying artist, pioneer of worldbeat and avant garde rock, and supreme minimalist of the no wave genre in her own right. Next year, we will release a detailed series showcasing her work. A glimpse of what’s in store for this upcoming archival series, this 7″ presents two key tracks from the Mercier Descloux catalog: the epitomic, 1979 disco-punk classic “Fire” backed with a rare session featuring Lizzy and “Godmother of Punk” Patti Smith reciting a bilingual version of Arthur Rimbaud’s poem, “Matinée d’ivresse/Morning High,” set to music by experimental contemporary Bill Laswell. Remastered from the original tapes, this 33 1/3 RPM 7” single comes pressed on “blue” colored wax.
Finally back in print and one of the pinnacle releases in our catalog, this 1970 masterpiece is the Holy Grail of Toronto Funk! The first true debut of Studio One veteran and Jackie Mittoo bandmate Wayne McGhie, this self-titled LP is a wicked mix of Caribbean Funk, Soul and Reggae. For this special Black Friday edition we have expanded the album to a deluxe gatefold “tip-on” jacket with rare archival photos and extensive liner notes featuring interviews with McGhie, Alton Ellis, and Lloyd Delpratt. Limited to 1,000 hand numbered copies on gold wax!
For this week’s challenge, we would like you to take a Built To Spill inspired band portrait and create a name for your fictional band. Please send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. The winner will be chosen next Friday via email.
We’re postponing this week’s Free Basin’ Friday to tell you about our special Record Store Day raffle giveaway! Only 8 more days left until RSD 2014! This year is shaping up to be a good one. The LITA record store in Seattle will be open bright and early (9am – 5pm) on April 19th, selling our three RSD official titles, plus over 70 other hand picked RSD exclusives. We’re going to start the RSD party early this week by offering raffle tickets to anyone who comes into our Seattle record store today from 12-8pm or tomorrow 12-4pm. The ticket will give you two chances to win a copy of Built To Spill’s Ultimate Alternative Wavers, one on green wax and one on gold wax. We will do two giveaways on RSD, one at 10am and one at 11am. Winner must be present with ticket to win, otherwise we will pick a different name.
There will also be a 25% off sale on any non RSD products. The shop is located at 913 NW 50th St., Ballard and open on RSD from 9 am-5 pm.
Tis’ almost that time of the year again for Record Store Day, the one day out of the year in which we pay homage to the local merchants of music – the unsung heroes of the music business – the guys and gals of independent record stores. For those who worship at the altar of vinyl, Record Store Day is like Christmas and Thanksgiving all rolled into one because record labels worldwide release super-limited titles, picture discs, rarities and one-offs. It’s a day that we here at Light In The Attic hold dear to our hearts. To commemorate RSD 2014, taking place on Saturday, April 19th, we have three incredible releases to share with you.
Modern Classics Recordings is proud to present for the first time on vinyl Built to Spill’s debut album, Ultimate Alternative Wavers. Showcasing a nod to Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr, UAW was recorded at Audio Lab Studios in the band’s hometown of Boise, Idaho and soon after released on Seattle imprint C/Z Records in 1993. Featuring former Treepeople member Doug Martsch, Caustic Resin’s Brett Netson, and drummer Ralf Youtz the album is filled with total rippers like the 9 minute “Built Too Long Parts 1, 2 & 3”. Other songs like “Nowhere Nothin’ Fucku”p is more of a hazy daze that lyrically pays homage to Velvet Underground’s “Oh! Sweet Nuthin”. Though it may have been the band’s debut, UAW still remains a special time capsule from one of modern rock’s great bands that are still going strong after 21 years.
“A World Of Peace Must Come is his masterpiece. That was fantastic.” – Brian Wilson
“‘Be Still’ is the only song I’ve ever heard that made me want to be a better person.” – Brian Barr, The Seattle Weekly
“The only other artist as pure as him is Captain Beefheart.” – Bill Bentley
It was in the mid 60s that poet Stephen John Kalinich first met the Beach Boys. Kalinich was the first artist to sign to the Beach Boys new label Brother Records. His first songs to see release were “Little Bird” and “Be Still,” which he wrote with Dennis Wilson and were released on the Friends album. His relationship with Dennis would lead to a number of further collaborations and Kalinich / Wilson co-writes, including: 20/20 – “All I Want To Do,” Hawthorne, CA – “A Time to Live in Dreams”, Pacific Ocean Blue – “Rainbows,” and Bambu – “Love Remember Me.” A World of Peace Must Come was recorded at various LA studios and at Brian’s house in Bel-Air in 1969. The tapes were promptly lost, not to be heard again until our discovery of them in 2008. Following the CD-only reissue in that year, this is the first time this timeless snapshot of an era and an ethos will be available on vinyl for Record Store Day 2014.
Along with Bert Jansch, Roy Harper, and John Martyn – Michael Chapman is one of the most influential and important British singer/songwriter/folk guitarists of his generation. Like his peers, Chapman blended traditional folk influences with rock and jazz overtones for a unique sound that remains fresh to this day. Following on the heels of LITA’s previous Chapman reissues comes an ultra-rarity, 1978’s Playing The Guitar The Easy Way – an instructional record (complete with a 20 page booklet of notation) making its CD debut and reissued on vinyl for the first time ever! For guitar geeks, it’s one of the first instructional methods to deal with open tunings like DADGAD. For Chapman fans, it’s merely a gas to listen to!
*The LITA record shop will be open on RSD, April 19th, offering all our exclusive RSD releases, plus a good 70+ other RSD exclusive releases we hand picked, such titles include: Nirvana Pennyroyal Tea / I Hate Myself And Want To Die 7”, The Velvet Underground – Loaded, and Notorious B.I.G. – Life After Death + many more! View the full list of RSD exclusives HERE.
There will also be a 25% off sale on any non RSD products, along with some sweet giveaways throughout the day. The shop is located at 913 NW 50th St., Ballard and open on RSD from 9 am-5 pm.
In celebration of Record Store Day, our friend and filmmaker Michael Reich made a short video showcasing our RSD 2014 releases. Check it out below…
Record Store Day 2014 is just around the corner and Medical Records is gearing up to release two exclusive titles celebrating the classic disco of 1980s Italy. First up is a very special hand-picked selection of early singles, as well as previously unreleased on vinyl tracks by Alexander Robotnick (aka Maurizio Dami). Maurizio Dami was one of the pioneers of the disco/electronic scene since the early 1980s. The first single on the record is “I Wanna Believe”, which was released under the moniker Gina & The Flexix in 1985 on the legendary Fuzz Dance label. It is a rare 12″ single featuring a dance-floor stomping beat, melodic synth leads and female vocals. The other single on the compilation is the 7″ version of “C’est La Vie” which was released in 1987. Most of the LP is comprised of tracks recorded from 1982-1984, which have only been released on CD in 2003 on the Rare Robotnicks compilation. All the tracks have been remastered by Martin Bowes at the Cage in the UK. This is a special collection that will appeal to the “Disco Freaks”, or for fans of classic Italo disco and fans of the Medical Records reissue Ce N’Est Q’Un Début. The album comes pressed on 180gram transparent blue/purple colored wax!
Next up is a very special compilation of rare and highly sought after 12” singles of Italo Disco that were originally released on the legendary Fuzz Dance label. This is volume 2 of Medical Records’ Electroconvulsive Therapy series which celebrates rare singles in the synth/wave/disco genre. The first single is Trophy’s “Slow Flight” (vocal + instrumental versions), released in 1982. A very hard-hitting percussive track with very interesting production that is quite gritty yet smooth with it’s vocoded vocals and synth melodies. The second single, which is probably the most rare is Zed’s “Plastic Love” (vocal + instrumental versions), released in 1983. Sultry female vocals and pulsing electro sequences make these two versions absolutely essential. The third is the vocal and instrumental versions of “Hesitation” by Mya & The Mirror, producted by Alexander Robotnick (Maurizio Dami) with female vocals. Also included as bonus tracks at the end of side A and B are Mon Bijou’s “Just a Lover” and Naif Orchestra’s “Check Out Five”. This comp is for fans of the classic/synthy side of Italo Disco (i.e. Casco, Sun La Shan, Amin Peck, etc). All the tracks have been remastered by Mino Cavallo with additional mastering and restoration by Martin Bowes at the Cage in UK. The album comes pressed on 180gram striped “Italian Flag” colored vinyl!