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.
Built to Spill – Ultimate Alternative Wavers
MCR 907 (2xLP)
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.
Stephen John Kalinich – A World Of Peace Must Come
LITA 039 (LP)
“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.
Michael Chapman – Playing Guitar The Easy Way
LITA 114 (LP)
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…