Posts Tagged ‘Mowest’


Monday, January 3rd, 2011


Well, well…here we are. We strung up ol’ 2010 like a big piñata and nocked that sucker to a million pieces. And what’s left? Read on…

As many of you saw in our 2011 Light In The Attic Subscription Series, we have a whole bunch of releases coming out this year, plus more that haven’t been announced yet!

Coming up real soon is a release from British psych-folk master Michael Chapman and his righteous 1970 masterpiece Fully Qualified Survivor. We’ve been working hard on this release and the deluxe gatefold old-style jacket looks so darn good. And the wax? 180 gram pure goodness. The record sounds better than ever!

Also be on the lookout for snotty garage rockers The Vagrants! Now you can finally find out what a young Johnny Ramone was digging when he was just a wee lad kicking around Queens, NY. You may also know the band from their cover of “Respect”, included on Lenny Kaye’s almighty Nuggets compilation, or their guitarist, a young pre-Mountain Leslie West.

And let’s not forget the always sublime Overton Berry! In 2011 we’ll be releasing a double album package of the Overton Berry Trio’s landmark T.O.B.T. album with the rare At Seattle’s Doubletree Inn LP. Heavy 180 gram wax and a gatefold sleeve round out this release. Come on, you just can’t say no!

But wait! What’s that little bit of sunshine just poking through? Well, that’d be the beautiful sunny sound of Mowest! That’s right, literally years in the works is our comp of the legendary Motown subsidiary label Mowest (1971-1973). This marks the first time any of these tracks have been complied and the release will feature exellent liner notes by Kevin Sipreano (who wrote notes for our reissues of RodriguezMonksDoug Randle, and the six part Jamaica to Toronto Series). Re-mastered from the original master tapes, these essential gems sound like a zillion bucks. Better put on that sunscreen!

…and there’s so, so much more. Keep on the look out, as 2011 is shaping up to be our best year yet!

Happy New Year  from all of us at Light In The Attic!

Upcoming Light In The Attic “Zine 3″ teaser!

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

Just got in the office this week the proof for the next Light In The Attic zine! We’re up to number three at this point and they’re still a blast to put together. In this issue we have features on on our forth coming Shin Joong Hyun (dig the awesome cover art!) and Mowest anthologies, liner-notes spotlight on Michael Chapman, The Overton Berry Ensemble, some great interviews with the Winter’s Bone soundtrack star Marideth Sisco and score composer Dickon Hinchliffe, and a ton more.

This is hitting the press next week and we hope to have copies in stock at some stores for Record Store Day 2011.

As always, it’s FREEEEEEEEEE!

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!

DJ set/Mowest Party @ Amoeba Music LA – Sunday, June 19th!

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

This Sunday, June 19th at 5PM, Matt and Patrick are heading back to Amoeba Music Los Angeles for the Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love: Motown’s Mowest Story 1971-1973 release party and DJ set. We’ll be spinning cuts from the release in addition to other current obsessions. Also, we’ll be doing some sweet giveaways, so come on down for your chance to win a 2xLP or CD copy of the record (Amoeba will also have copies on hand for purchase)!

Check out the Amoeba site for more details!

Kevin ‘Sipreano’ Howes (Mowest co-producer) Interview on Soul Sides!

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Kevin ‘Sipreano’ Howes is one of our good buddies. He’s an excellent DJ, liner notes writer (wrote the notes for the new Mowest anthology, the Jamaica To Toronto series,and more), curator (also check out his Voluntary In Nature blog), producer, etc. Another fav of ours is, run by the equally excellent Oliver Wang. Check out the interview in “The Sidebar” series on Soul-Sides about Kevin’s work on our latest release Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love: Motown’s Mowest Story 1971-73.

“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!