New LITA Release | Lizzy Mercier Descloux – Press Color!

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!

Donnie & Joe Father’s Day Sale

June 19th, 2015

Donnie & Joe wouldn’t exist without their pops’ support. He was their first and best fan. Yay, dads! To celebrate the old guys, we’re offering both Donnie & Joe Emerson albums at a big ol’ discount.

The album came out in ’79, so we’re offering the CDs for $7 and the LPs for $9. We’ve still got awesome color wax LPs and getting those babies for $9 bux is a crazy sweet deal!

Bonus, every purchase will come with a free Donnie & Joe Mixtape, a mix of our favorite tracks from both albums on cassette.

The discount will only be live through these here links:

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If you just search for the titles on the site, they won’t be the discounted pages, so click these links or you’ll miss out! Sale runs Friday through Sunday.

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‘I was the type of person who tried to support my kids, so I built them a studio. We spent a lot of money, probably we shouldn’t've. But you just can’t hardly help yourself but say, ‘Man, I believe in this.’” – Joe Sr.

Free Basin’ Friday | Stone Roses Playlist Contest

June 12th, 2015

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Hey everybody, it’s time to freeeeee base this Friday!

Here’s the idea: make a playlist on Spotify OR YouTube that is Stone Roses themed in some way.

For example: “Songs That Wouldn’t Exist Without The Stone Roses,” or “Songs That I Listened To Along With The Stone Roses While Lying On My Bedroom Floor In The Nineties,” etc.

Send the link to your playlist, your name, and a description of your playlist to social@lightintheattic.net with subject STONE ROSES PLAYLIST. We’ll pick two winners who will have a choice of receiving either Stone Roses S/T or Turns Into Stone!

You have until next Friday to convert your nostalgia into an awesome mixtape.

Whatchoo got?

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LITA Podcast Episode 2: Greetings From Suicide Bridge

June 3rd, 2015

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We proudly present the second episode of the Light In The Attic podcast:

Two loners who happened to join forces put all their darkest and least viable works together on one record, if only to spite the industry that had rejected them. This is the story behind Light In The Attic’s reissue of 1984 Los Angeles folk album, Songs From Suicide Bridge by David Kauffman and Eric Caboor. Album producer Patrick McCarthy describes how the reissue came about, author Sam Sweet reads his liner notes, and we play several tracks from the album.

You can also listen to the podcast on iTunesSoundCloud, or YouTube.

Thanks for checking it out!

Any questions, feedback, suggestions, or requests?

Please email podcast@lightintheattic.net or tweet @lightintheattic.

STONE ROSES DELUXE VINYL REISSUE

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!”

WEEKLY DISTRO ROUNDUP WITH JON TRENEFF!

May 22nd, 2015

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39 Clocks – Subnarcotic (Preorder)

Just because I’m putting this record out does that mean I can’t talk about it? False modesty killed the dinosaurs, and now all we have is fake bones in the Smithsonian and footage from documentaries like Jurassic World. There isn’t a 39 Clocks doc yet, but just like the dinosaurs, the Clocks had rats and broken glass thrown at them in their time. But the book ain’t closed. Don’t miss your chance to be part of revisionist history again.

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Dokken – Dream Warriors (Theme from Nightmare on Elm Street 3) (Preorder)

I went head to head on deep hair metal the other day with LITA Len - and I gotta say I was feelin’ pretty good coming to the plate with Dangerous Toys, Tora Tora Tora, and Kix. But guess what? He came right back with Scatterbrain, Pretty Boy Floyd, and Saigon Kick! Sat me down real quick. Now, I would never imply that a solid B-level hair act like Dokken could ever be drug down to these murky depths. That wouldn’t be right.

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Lion and the Lamb – S/T (In stock now!)

 

What happens when all the African, Psych, Post-punk, outsider Folk records and Horror soundtracks have been reissued? Laugh now, but don’t say a summer breeze don’t make-you-feel fiiii-yiiiiine, and don’t say I didn’t warn you when we announce pre-orders for the Toto reissue campaign of 2019. Let it begin.

Happy Birthday, Bob – Flash Sale!

May 22nd, 2015

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Bob Dylan’s birthday is Sunday, May 24th and we’re celebrating by offering deep discounts on Dylan’s Gospel by The Brothers And Sisters LP + CD, here are the deets. Let’s roll!

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A gospel choir of Los Angeles session singers, produced by Lou Adler, and featuring Mary Clayton (the hooter and hollerer on The Stones’ ‘Gimme Shelter’) and many other remarkable singers all came together to make a one-off, very special album of Dylan covers.

Dylan’s Gospel was first released in ’69, so we’re offering the CD for $6 and the LP for $9. Sale begins RIGH’ NOW and runs through the Memorial Day!

Happy birthday, Bob!!

Distro Roundup With Jon Treneff!

May 15th, 2015
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Cherrystones: Critical Mass/Splinters From The Worldwide New-Wave, Post-Punk and Industrial Underground 1978 – 1984 (Preorder)
If you’re a certain nerd of a certain age, you may recall the (great) Cherrystones comps of the early-mid aughts. Gareth Goddard aka DJ Cherrystones carved out the weirdo crate-digger niche well in advance of current weirdo reissue culture. Now that everyone’s finally caught up, he’s back to show who paid the cost to be the boss. In shameless self-promotion news, lookout for the 39 Clocks reissue coming in June!
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For a brief moment in the early ’70′s the flood gates opened and everything was allowed. Wanna make a major studio film in Morocco with Jack Nicholson and no dialogue?  Sure!  How bout an anti-establishment/anti-music industry/anti-everything country record green-lighted by Nashville royalty?  Knock yourself out!  The L.A. Freeway ain’t the way, it ain’t free.
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Tribo Massahi – Estrelando Embaixandor (Back in stock!)
The last thing I remember I was in Gustavo’s backyard sipping a caipirinha next to the tiki torch. When I came to I was naked and alone on a bed of giant gunnera leaves covered in red clay body paint somewhere deep in the rainforest. The sound of tribal drums and chanting all around. Maybe three or four songs playing at once. I passed out again and waited for the doctor to come back.

Shadoks Music Pick | The 5 Best Danish Underground Albums

May 13th, 2015

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We asked Thomas Hartlage of Shadoks Music to tell us picks for the top 5 Danish underground albums of all time. Hartlage has been collecting vinyl since the 70s and has been reissuing amazing underground/psych music via Shadoks for over a decade.

 

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CULPEPER’S ORCHARD S/T LP – Denmark 1971

Here we have possibly the best Danish underground album from Denmark recorded in 1971. We just love every second of this album and we are happy to re-release it for the first time legit on LP. The LP version includes a rare poster, unseen photos by Jørgen Angel and extensive liner notes written by our friend Claus Rasmussen based on interviews with Cy Nicklin (lead vocals & guitars), Michael Friis (bass, organ, piano, flute) and others.The band was inspired by Westcoast bands such as The Byrds, and Crosby, Sills Nash & Young. The powerful music might be compared to Jethro Tull, The Beatles and Led Zeppelin. A superb combination of heavy progressive and folk stylings, the album also has its very own identity and haunting songs.. They have played many great concerts and festivals and became one of the most Danish popular bands. Julian Cope wrote: Replete with extremely catchy songs, fiery Dervish-like guitar solos, confidently self-referential lyrics from a Wino Weinrichian poet/guitarist, all the while the entire ensemble spewing euphoric vocal harmonies over intricate and furiously hard-edged arrangements, this Album of the Month owes its artistic success not to any great dream of originality, but to the wild spirits of each of its performers and especially that of its primary writer – one Cy Nicklin – and his clear desire to contribute highly accessible Hippie Dream music that sat well alongside such million-selling contemporary heroes as The Moody Blues, Crosby, Tween, Nash & Young, Led Zeppelin, Traffic and The Who.

 

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TERJE, JESPER & JOACHIM S/T – Demark 1970

Terje Bandholdt on drums, Jesper Schmidt on guitar and Joachim Ussing on bass recorded this album in 1970 for famous Spectator Records in Denmark (Moses / Blues Addicts / Days).For the first time reissued in original cover plus insert with many photos and band-story, this amazing heavy psych album beats most releases from Denmark, in quality and rarity. Massive guitar action all over, great heavy vocals and pumping rhythms lifts this album out of there grooves. Beside Moses the best heavy psych album from Northern Europe.

 

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PAN S/T – Denmark 1970

Beside Culpeper’s Orchard perhaps the most important underground prog album produced in Denmark. The whole concept of this album works out perfectly. Great songs, heavy, touchy, great guitars and organ, beautiful vocals, just a perfect match. Robert Lelièvre (vocals & guitar) did compose all of the music. He sadly passed away early in 1973. In February 1970 producer Freddy Hansson lost the master tapes which where just recorded and the album had to be re-recorded again. Thomas Puggaard-Müller on lead guitar, Henning Verner on piano, organ, vibes, Arne Würgler on bass & cello and Michael Puggaard-Müller on drums. Pan is a Danish rock band with cult status. Our release includes many unseen photos by the original photographer Teit Jørgensen including the poster, plus photos from Steen Møller Rasmussen, a 4 page insert with great stories and liner notes by our friend Claus Rasmussen, personal drawings by the family of Robert Lelièvre, the original single with cover – a complete PAN collection! After Pan split up musicians became members of bands such as Blast Furnace, Culpeper’s Orchard, Delta Blues Band.

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4. YOUNG FLOWERS  ’No. 2′ – Denmark 1969

In the early seventies Denmark was home to a wealth of progressive bands whose releases are now highly collectible and appreciated by music enthusiasts for their original Scandinavian sound. A little earlier in 1967 when rock music changed for good with the appearance of psychedelic rock and powerful blues trios like Cream and Jimi Hendrix Experience, it did not take long for Danish musicians to adopt the trio form and develop their own unique progressive sound. The most influential and long-lasting of these early Danish groups was the power-trio Young Flowers (1967-1970) from Copenhagen. They have recorded their single in 1967 and the first album “Blomsterpistolen” (flower-pistols) in 1968. This is their second amazing album “No.2″ from 1969 one of the most important albums from Denmark, full of fuzz guitar, great vocals and tight underground songs. Comes as the original in a heavy gatefold SILVER cover, which was the most expensive cover we have ever produced, plus rare poster photographed by Jan Persson, printed innersleeve and 4 page insert. The band is on tour right now playing lots of concerts in the original line-up. After the first album “Blomsterpistolen” No.2 might be the most sought after Danish underground album

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5. DELTA BLUES BAND S/T – Denmark 1969

Delta Blues Band was originally formed in 1968 in Copenhagen. In the spring 1969 they got the chance to record an album for the big record-company E.M.I. and their album was one of the first rock-albums using multitrack technique in Denmark. Just after the release of their debut album the brothers Thomas and Michael left the group to form the successful group PAN. By 1968 the main rhythm and blues group in Denmark was Beefeaters. However, Delta Blues Band was distinct from both Beefeaters and the many other groups playing a British inspired rhythm and blues in Denmark. Delta Blues Band was rather American blues inspired with a massive psychedelic touch (and light show). On concerts Delta Blues Band opened for Chicken Shack, Taste, Fleetwood Mac and John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers (featuring Mick Taylor). This only album by Delta Blues Band is very rare and it is fetching very high prices among collectors. The underground blues sounds a tight and the album has a solid status among those early underground blues albums we like so much such as Keef Hartley Band, Peter Greens Fleetwood Mac and Savoy Brown. A jewel from beginning to end. The underground music I grow up with and love so much ever since.

 

 

For more information on Shadoks Music & Thomas Hartlage, check out this article about him!

 

LITA’s Lookin’ For A Groovy New Publicist!

May 7th, 2015

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We’re hiring! Our Los Angeles office needs a real groovy publicist to help spread the good LITA word through PR and marketing. Check out the job description for full details on the position and instructions on how to apply. We’re really stoked to hear from fantastic, fully-qualified applicants and to soon welcome someone new to our family!

 

Light In The Attic Records is seeking a senior-level person to spearhead our publicity and marketing division. This is a full-time, salaried position, which includes health care and 401k. The position is based at our Los Feliz office in Los Angeles.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Generate, coordinate, and oversee publicity relationships by communicating with domestic and international media outlets
  • Spearhead creative promotional strategies and marketing plans, along with well-curated publicity mailings for each new release, including tastemaker mailings for both Light InThe Attic titles and distribution titles
  • Build partnerships and generate creative events with external organizations both in the music community and beyond
  • Strategize and coordinate with in-house Social & Online Marketing Coordinator, the Retail & Sales team, and the Interactive Marketing Director, including brainstorming interesting marketing strategies
  • Assist in creating fresh ideas for Deluxe Edition releases
  • Oversee online and print advertising
  • Create bi-weekly press reports, while verifying release information on all publicity tools including back-end website press pages and one sheets

Requirements:

  • 2 to 3 years experience in marketing and/or publicity
  • Knowledge of archival music from 1960s to 1990s
  • Gusto to get our records the media coverage they deserve from online media to national television
  • Strong personal relationships with journalists, media outlets and marketing brands in the United States and around the globe. Individual has a contact database.
  • Interest and enthusiasm for non-traditional marketing opportunities
  • Must be willing to work in a team environment
  • Multi-tasker, able to shift gears quickly while simultaneously handling multiple releases and responding to emails in a timely manner
  • Creative and forward thinking, giving each and every release a unique spin
  • Self-motivated
  • Personable
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Los Angeles-based (working full time at Los Feliz office)
  • Computer savvy, including knowledge of Google Docs and Word
  • Experience with ToDoIst and EverNote a plus

 

Light In The Attic may be able to aid in the relocation fee for the right candidate.

Please submit cover letter and resume, including 3 to 5 examples of media clips you’ve worked on to jobs@lightintheattic.net detailing your background and why you think you’d be a good fit at Light In The Attic.