Posts Tagged ‘motown’


Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

Finally. The day has come when all of you, lucky lucky folk can be exposed to Rodriguez and his amazing reissued debut album Cold Fact.  We’re not joking here, this is a classic, a hidden gem buried beneath the dust of time, and we’ve spent long hours unearthing it so the world can know of Rodriguez’s masterpiece.  It’s part late-60s psych, part Dylan-folk, smattered with a touch of the Funk Brothers’ Motown horns.  It features classics like the Nas-sampled “Sugar Man” and  the brilliant folk piece “Crucify Your Mind”, and these are just the beginning.  We are most certainly tooting our own horn because this is a reissue for the ages, a true timeless piece of music that is only now going to be able to be exposed to the legions of fan who deserve to be exposed to it.

Please purchase this album … right now, right HERE.

Light In The Attic Zine Issue 3 (Spring/Summer 2011) NOW AVAILABLE!

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

After months of hard work, countless late nights at the office, exactly 84 bottles of vodka and 24.5 bottles of Pepto, we give you Issue #3 of the Light In The Attic Zine! Loaded up with exclusive articles, interviews, upcoming release previews, updated catalog, the LITA record store map, and old-school zine order form. Yowzers!

Index page of Zine #3 - Sporting a great Syreeta photo featured in the new Mowest anthology.

Copies of the zine are available at your favorite record store (if they don’t have it, ask them to order some!), from us here, and occasionally included as a bonus in select Light In The Attic releases.

The Mowest feature!

Check out all the exclusives:

+ Interviews with Winter’s Bone soundtrack composer Dickon Hinchliffe and soundtrack star Marideth Sisco
+ Preview of the upcoming first-ever Shin Joong Hyun anthology Beautiful Rivers and Mountains – The Psychedelic Rock Sound of South Korea’s Shin Joong Hyun 1958 – 1974
+ Excerpt from Kevin “Sipreano” Howes’ liner notes for Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love: Motown’s Mowest Story 1971-1973
+ Excerpt from Mike Stax’s liner notes for Vagrants: I Can’t Make A Friend 1965 – 1968
+ Label spotlight on Thailand’s ZudRangMa Records

Feature on South Korean Psych-Rock god Shin Joong Hyun (out late Summer 2011)

Grab a copy today!

V/A “Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love: Motown’s Mowest Story 1971-1973″ PRE-ORDER

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

It’s almost too much to believe…a project years in the making and there’s less than two weeks before it’s released unto the world. That’s right, on June 14, 2011, Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love: Motown’s Mowest Story 1971-1973, the first ever anthology of Motown’s funk/hippie/rock label Mowest, will finally be released! Can’t wait to get dibs on a copy? Well, you may pre-0rder the CD and the 2x LP NOW!

Here’s the back story: in the early 1970’s, Detroit-native and Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. brought his musical family to the left coast, one piece at a time. He began by launching the Mowest subsidiary in 1971, a new L.A.-based label dedicated to coastal grooves and an eye towards the top of the charts.

"Mowest" LP - Check the gloss!

Regardless of talent, quality, and financial backing, Mowest faced an uphill battle. With the majority of Motown’s focus on the already established names of Stevie WonderMarvin GayeDiana Ross,Smokey RobinsonThe Temptations, and their latest chart dynamos, The Jackson 5, there wasn’t as much attention being given to the diverse Mowest roster. Acts like SyreetaSisters Love, and G.C. Cameron seemed to get lost in the shuffle. Though the label released over forty singles and close to a dozen albums from up and comers like Odyssey to established veterans Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons the expected hits never materialized and the imprint quietly folded in 1973. While Mowest artists The CommodoresThelma Houston, and the aforementioned Cameron continued on with Motown proper, the sub label’s catalogue quickly gathered dust in the cut-out bins of record stores throughout the States.

"Mowest" CD - No skimping on this!

Forty years later, it’s time for the rest of the world to rediscover what a treasure trove of soulful sounds Mowest left behind. Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love is a lovingly prepared 16-track CD, 2 LP set with epic re-mastering from the original master tapes by engineer Dave Cooley (Blue Note, Warp, Stones Throw, Now Again), extensive liner notes from project curator Kevin “Sipreano” Howes (Jamaica-Toronto series, Doug Randle, Rodriguez, Monks), and Strath Shepard’s (Pacific Standard) impeccable graphic design. This is a slice of Motown like you’ve never heard or seen before.


Pre-order Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love: Motown’s Mowest Story 1971-1973 (LITA 064 | CD, 2x LP) now from

“Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love” in The Wire!

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Oh yeah, just two more days until our latest release, Our Live Are Shaped By What We Love: Motown’s Mowest Story 1971-1973, drops! We’ve got some special announcements this week, so be sure to check the blog out daily. For now, run out and pick up the June (#328 with Battles on the cover) issue of The Wire for an excellent review of the anthology:

“[...] an Apollonian synthesis of Soul and Funk, with a dusting of West Coast rock. [...] exquisitely compiled.”
Mark Fisher, The Wire

V/A “Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love: Motown’s Mowest Story 1971-1973″ OUT NOW!

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Oh yeah, just in time for Summer, we give you the much-anticipated Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love: Motown’s Mowest Story 1971-1973! Available NOW! This release, the first ever Mowest anthology, features 16 tracks–with lovingly re-mastered audio (from the original tapes!)–and extensive liner notes by Kevin “Sipreano” Howes with rare photos. The deluxe 2xLP set is housed in an old-school gatefold Stoughton “tip-on” jacket (with a 4-page insert), as it should be.  And the CD edition gets the same treatment with a heavy card-stock Digipak and a 32-page booklet! Featuring Odyssey, Syreeta, The Sisters Love, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, The Commodores, and more, this is a slice of Motown like you’ve never heard before.

For more info, audio samples, and to order v/a Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love: Motown’s Mowest Story 1971-1973 (LITA 064 CD | 2xLP) click HERE!

****Pssst! – there’s more…****

To celebrate the release, we’re offering one free copy of either the 2xLP set or the CD to a lucky winner. To enter the contest, follow us on Twitter and tweet some love, along with your name, our way. This Thursday, June 16th at 12PM PST, we’ll announce the winner via Twitter. So keep them eyes peeled!

“Motown’s Mowest Story” reviewed in the Guardian!

Friday, July 1st, 2011

The Friday, July 1, 2011 edition of The Guardian features an excellent article by Graeme Thomson about our latest release Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love: Motown’s Mowest Story 1971-1973. Run out and pick up a copy now! Or…check it out!

Mowest anthology featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered”

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

This is from last month, but we just realized we never put this awesome feature up on the blog. So blog, consider yourself complete…for now. Aaaanyway, the always excellent Oliver Wang (who wrote the notes for our Betty Davis reissues and who also writes the essential Soul-Sides site) reviewed Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love on NPR’s All Thing Considered.

Check out the full review and listen to the 5 minute spot too: “The Strange Sound Of Motown’s Early Hollywood Years” on NPR’s All Thing Considered!

“Listen, Whitey! The Sounds of Black Power 1967 – 1974″ | OUT NOW!

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

We’re very excited to announce today the release of Listen, Whitey! The Sounds of Black Power 1967 – 1974 (LITA 081 – CD | 2xLP | Digital) and the companion book Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965 – 1975 (published by Fantagraphics). For the time first ever, Black and White artists share space on a definitive anthology of the Black Power era that explores the era when revolutionaries were seen as pop culture icons: Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver, Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael – and musicians were seen as revolutionaries; Gil Scott-Heron, The Last Poets, Bob Dylan, John Lennon and others. Listen, Whitey! is a cross-cultural overview that sees Bob Dylan’s out-of-print 1971 single “George Jackson” reissued for the first time along with several selections from Motown’s long forgotten ‘Black Forum’ label – Motown’s early 70’s Black Power militant imprint that has never been documented until now with provocative recordings from SNCC spokesman Stokely Carmichael, outspoken African-American poet Amiri Baraka, and Black Panther Party singer/songwriter Elaine Brown.

Intensive hours of research led to this 16-track anthology that not only brings together Dylan and Lennon on the same compilation for the first time (via John & Yoko’s 1972 song about Angela Davis), but presents the diversity of the Black Power Movement like never before. Despite their common goal of freedom and respect, many of these activists didn’t necessarily speak for or to each other. Eldridge Cleaver was living in exile in Algiers in 1970 when LSD guru Timothy Leary showed up seeking asylum. Weeks later, Leary was placed under ‘house arrest’ by Cleaver and that moment is presented here. The Last Poets quickly splintered into several factions not long after their debut and several recordings capture that tumultuous period. Comedian Dick Gregory was as into mocking the establishment as he was trying to make people laugh and his monologue reflects a time when ‘entertainment’ needed to be political to be relevant. There were regional private press 7 inch singles from the likes of the Shahid Quintet, and the Black Panther’s own band The Lumpen. Gene McDaniels’ Outlaw album has long been a cult favorite, and is represented by a 1970 live version of “Silent Majority.” No Black Power anthology would be complete without Gil Scott-Heron featured on a rare 1970’s solo piano take of “Winter in America.” The international significance of the times is reflected with a live 1969 recording of English folk singer Roy Harper’s “I Hate The White Man.”

Both CD (40-page booklet) and 2xLP (8-page booklet) feature book-deep liner notes by author and compiler Pat Thomas loaded with rare album covers, ephemera and unseen photos (including the cover photo of Huey Newton). CD features a heavy-stock and high UV gloss Digipak, while the 2xLP sports a deluxe old-school Tip-On gatefold jacket. Aces either way you go.

For more info, audio samples and to order Listen, Whitey! The Sounds of Black Power 1967 – 1974 (CD / 2xLP / Digital), click here. You may also pick up the 10″ x 10″, 200-page hardcover book, Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965 – 1975 here. We’re also offering exclusive package deals of the book + CD and book + 2xLP, which you can snag here.