Light In The Attic: can they do no wrong?

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Some people may not think the Free Design tribute was all that (which was mainly due to it being more of a remix project than a cover project), and some complained about the vinyl Free Design reissues not sounding super great. (I haven't heard them myself)

Otherwise, nothing but goodness.. helping to distribute the Mutantes albums in the U.S., the Jackie Mitoo reissue, the Jamaica To Toronto comp, and -- playing right now -- the Karen Dalton "In My Own Time" reissue which is just killing me with beauty right now.

I try not to get into heavy reppin' for my neighbors here, but I'm really proud to have these guys operating within walking distance from me.

gwynywdd dwnyt fyrwr byychydd gww (donut), Wednesday, 25 October 2006 02:16 (fourteen years ago) link

Great guys w/pretty cool instincts, but eeg, the Karen Dalton record has been subjected to some horrible digital "remastering" that makes it painful to listen to. If you don't "hear" it at first listen check the first time her voice comes in on most tracks, sounds like a constipated sphincter letting go. Which is REALLY too bad, as the music pretty much lives up to the sort of "Nina Simone-Billy Holiday meets Patsy Cline" hype.

Also I thought the Free Design remixes were ill advised, and suffered even more from the execution.

Other than that, righty on.

factcheckr (factcheckr), Wednesday, 25 October 2006 13:22 (fourteen years ago) link

So.......... they can do wrong then?

The sun sets on twelve tons of pickled onions. A dynasty is dying... (Dada), Wednesday, 25 October 2006 13:25 (fourteen years ago) link

to be honest, i find the black angels album not that great.
starts off good, but doesn't keep my interest over the whole album.
shame.
however, the cover art is excellent.

mark e (mark e), Wednesday, 25 October 2006 13:27 (fourteen years ago) link

Wayne McGhie and the Sounds of Joy is pretty sweet

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B00020H8IK.01._SCMZZZZZZZ_.jpg

dmr (Renard), Wednesday, 25 October 2006 15:23 (fourteen years ago) link

OK then, they CAN do wrong... and I can't spell "Billie" before I've had 2 cups o'joe.

factcheckr (factcheckr), Wednesday, 25 October 2006 18:05 (fourteen years ago) link

I don't have the original Dalton album to compare it against.. overall it sounded fine to me.

sphincter?

gwynywdd dwnyt fyrwr byychydd gww (donut), Wednesday, 25 October 2006 18:24 (fourteen years ago) link

five years pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q04J1E73HXk

buzza, Monday, 12 March 2012 06:57 (eight years ago) link

two months pass...

This Jim Sullivan U.F.O record is freaking me out.
I just bought a cd from the light in the attic webstore, guess the lp is sold out.
So I decided to pick up Harlan County and the Bernard Purdie skin flick soundtrack.
Sunday morning websplurge.

Trip Maker, Sunday, 3 June 2012 15:29 (eight years ago) link

lee hazlewood thang they put out recently is fabulous too. still need to get the UFO record! liked what I heard.

tylerw, Sunday, 3 June 2012 19:45 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

This new Country Funk comp is so sweet.

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 25 July 2012 14:35 (eight years ago) link

yeah that looks great, i made a comp along the same lines a couple years ago, but LITA's seems much better.

tylerw, Wednesday, 25 July 2012 14:48 (eight years ago) link

other LITA release that deserves mention -- the amazing Kristofferson demos set from a few years back.

tylerw, Wednesday, 25 July 2012 14:48 (eight years ago) link

Do you have a link to your comp tyler? Curious to see what you would've put on there.

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 25 July 2012 14:49 (eight years ago) link

the country funk looks good! i have most of that stuff already, but it'll be a great thing for me to listen to in the last hour of the day at work when i finally have control of the turntable.. certainly looks a lot better than soul jazz's delta swamp rock compilations from last year--those mined a similar territory.

one dis leads to another (ian), Wednesday, 25 July 2012 14:51 (eight years ago) link

Most of the stuff on Country Funk is new to me, that's why I'm getting such good milage out of it. Not sure how it would be for people already pretty steeped in this stuff. I love this sound so much though, I didn't realize it was something I'd been aching for more of.

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 25 July 2012 14:53 (eight years ago) link

xxp oh i didn't post it or anything. but it had bobby charles / dr. john / jim ford etc. kind of like oddball southern rock, loosely.

tylerw, Wednesday, 25 July 2012 14:54 (eight years ago) link

gotcha, wasn't sure if i just missed it on your blog at some point

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 25 July 2012 14:54 (eight years ago) link

also suggested the s/t Country Funk LP on Polydor, which is actually not 100% countrified funk but also has some kinda psychy pop in there--same goes for the Muskrats "Progressive Country Sounds" LP on UK label Lucky (PYR subsidiary iirc; never seen anything else on it.)

one dis leads to another (ian), Wednesday, 25 July 2012 15:00 (eight years ago) link

PYE that is.

one dis leads to another (ian), Wednesday, 25 July 2012 15:00 (eight years ago) link

Country Funk is one of those bands that you see as the opening act on tons of old 60s rock posters, but I've never heard them. Will have to check them out.
http://www.sixtiesposters.com/images/tp70191.jpg

tylerw, Wednesday, 25 July 2012 15:03 (eight years ago) link

This new Country Funk comp is so sweet.

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camp lo magellan (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 25 July 2012 15:03 (eight years ago) link

reissue of the year imo

camp lo magellan (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 25 July 2012 15:04 (eight years ago) link

Man between your love for this and Horseback, I'm <3ing u Whiney.

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 25 July 2012 15:08 (eight years ago) link

also, though it does not have the same style as his work on the country funk comp, the larry jon wilson record that drag city put out is really really great and i try to recommend it whenever possible. instead of being soulful country-groove it is stripped down acoustic guitar & singing. recorded shortly before his death. he does some covers and a bunch of originals and it is great all the way through. his voice is amazing.

one dis leads to another (ian), Wednesday, 25 July 2012 15:29 (eight years ago) link

and of course...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWD2Re6SsUU

one dis leads to another (ian), Wednesday, 25 July 2012 15:34 (eight years ago) link

http://lightintheattic.net/system/release_images/0000/6846/WendyRene_Cover_325_thumb_325.jpg?1328643882

Pretty great call from the LITA folks. And kept me away from chasing those Rene 45s on ebay.

Playoff Starts Here (san lazaro), Wednesday, 25 July 2012 19:02 (eight years ago) link

the s/t country funk album is pretty sweet. for awhile i got it mixed up with the s/t from the band country, the album covers not helping much at all either. i found them both for $1 once.

http://s.dsimg.com/image/R-2873492-1305105796.jpeg
http://s.dsimg.com/image/R-1545657-1250147503.jpeg

omar little, Wednesday, 25 July 2012 19:50 (eight years ago) link

This new Country Funk comp is so sweet.

Yesssss. Can't believe Bobby Darin's track fits so well.

Amoeba, Fish, Monkey, Shame (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 26 July 2012 03:58 (eight years ago) link

Those Direction records of Darin's have been at the top of my list for a while.

Trip Maker, Thursday, 26 July 2012 04:00 (eight years ago) link

i have the darin rekkerd that is taken from.. it's pretty cool even if it seems like dylan aping sometimes.

one dis leads to another (ian), Friday, 27 July 2012 00:09 (eight years ago) link

Yeah, we had that pass through the shop a while ago and I wish I had checked it out now!

Amoeba, Fish, Monkey, Shame (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Friday, 27 July 2012 08:40 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...
one month passes...

d'angelo - voodoo reissue coming in time for christmas. I love these guys.

ILX Lightwave Customer Support (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 25 October 2012 01:34 (eight years ago) link

Guys. They're doing an LHI Singles Box for Record Store Day 2:

http://lightintheattic.net/releases/768-you-turned-my-head-around-lee-hazlewood-industries-1967-1970

So fucking cool. The fact that they put Honey Ltd. on there leads me to hope they'll reissue that album.

I hate Tig Notaro so much I gave Louis C.K. a dollar (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 25 October 2012 04:01 (eight years ago) link

How do I get that thing? I've never shopped at a record store day. Do I have to wait in line or something?

And wow, that Jim Sullivan U.F.O. record is soooo good.

wk, Thursday, 25 October 2012 05:05 (eight years ago) link

That Lee Hazlewood box set looks amazing!! I wish it wasn't a record store day release and something you could actually buy.

JacobSanders, Thursday, 25 October 2012 05:19 (eight years ago) link

oh man i would love a proper reish of the honey ltd. i have that 45 and it is so distorted

whining boom (electricsound), Thursday, 25 October 2012 05:22 (eight years ago) link

How do I get that thing? I've never shopped at a record store day. Do I have to wait in line or something?

I'd recommend going to your local shop and asking them if they can get it for you. That's probably your best shot. It is kind of ridiculous, and RSD feeds into the Pokemon Record Collector mentality I really hate, but it is a pretty cool looking set.

I'm hoping LITA does a re-release after a while, like they did with last years Hazlewood Record Store Day release.

I hate Tig Notaro so much I gave Louis C.K. a dollar (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 25 October 2012 05:29 (eight years ago) link

that box set looks great. I just got the LHI Years 2lp comp. over the weekend. between that and Country Funk I'm on a big Light in the Attic kick lately. they are awesome.

dmr, Thursday, 25 October 2012 16:14 (eight years ago) link

Wow @ that singles box. Pity my RSD-friendly local record store has just closed down.

Jeff W, Thursday, 25 October 2012 18:23 (eight years ago) link

three years pass...

zouk-not-zouk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGstYzQCMT0

ǂbait (seandalai), Wednesday, 17 August 2016 22:43 (four years ago) link

Considering they shipped four Lizzy Mercier Descloux CDs to me in unsealed box, they can definitely do wrong. (They actually sent two packages to me like that—the first time the CDs got lost on the way across the U.S.)

spastic heritage, Wednesday, 17 August 2016 22:51 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

New compilation of Japanese folk (with the marvellous title of Even A Tree Can Shed Tears) is an absolute stunner. So much gorgeous music, so many artists I've never heard of who I'll now need to check out. Big recommendation.

bamboohouses, Sunday, 12 November 2017 21:14 (two years ago) link

Absolutely lovely comp with invaluable lyric translations by Hisham Bharoocha, whose name is unfortunately misspelled in the liners.

Yelploaf, Sunday, 12 November 2017 21:26 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

2nd Pacific Breeze comp announced!

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Wednesday, 11 March 2020 13:19 (seven months ago) link

In very, very welcome news, Hiroshi Yoshimura's 'Green' is getting a reissue: https://lightintheattic.net/releases/6773-green

cooldix, Sunday, 22 March 2020 07:11 (seven months ago) link

green owns

||||||||, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 09:11 (seven months ago) link

Hello friends.
We would like to take this time to announce a very special live stream, this Friday, April 3rd to benefit @MusiCares COVID-19 relief fund. Full lineup below, and more information here: https://t.co/VaK0YdCj5g pic.twitter.com/FXnQYPwjyF

— Light In The Attic 🌱 (@lightintheattic) March 31, 2020

groovypanda, Wednesday, 1 April 2020 11:16 (six months ago) link

Acetone!!

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 11:17 (six months ago) link

Even a Tree Can Shed Tears has been my quarantine soundtrack so far. love it.

Fizzles, Wednesday, 1 April 2020 11:28 (six months ago) link

Gigi masin!

Evan, Wednesday, 1 April 2020 11:47 (six months ago) link

so relieved to hear that gigi was keeping well

ymo sumac (NickB), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 11:49 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

New Pacific Breeze comp is pretty great. Not sure it's as great as the first volume, need a few more spins to determine.

THIS TRACK is dope as hell

Paul Ponzi, Monday, 4 May 2020 18:27 (five months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Paul, you'd like the "Tokyo Nights" compilation.

i had this on repeat for longer than i care to say

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDKXlXzjWLE

Liking Pacific Breeze 2 almost as much as the first... that was more than enough for me to order the CD and dig a bit deeper on some of this stuff. All these compilations are getting me back into Japanese music after a long time away ٩(◕‿◕)۶

maffew12, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 02:01 (five months ago) link

Spring Cleaning 20202 Sale happening. Lots of interesting looking stuff here. Anyone have any favorites from this list they'd recommend? I have a few things in my cart already but I'm gonna spend at least $75 to get the free shipping. Not a huge fan of horror soundtracks (though I can be convinced if there's one that's especially good or unique) but everything else is fair game:

https://lightintheattic.net/shelves/Vinyl%20Distancing%20and%20Spring%20Cleaning%202020

Paul Ponzi, Sunday, 31 May 2020 11:41 (five months ago) link

Oh, and I did love that link above, maffew12! Thank you. If the whole comp is of that caliber I'm going to have to pick it up.

Paul Ponzi, Sunday, 31 May 2020 11:42 (five months ago) link

Thanks for the spring cleaning tip. I picked up the 8LP Giant Sand box for $54!

Cow_Art, Sunday, 31 May 2020 12:46 (five months ago) link

Yeah, the Giant Sand box is an incredible deal. I snagged a couple of the Bevis Frond records from them recently too.

daily growing, Sunday, 31 May 2020 16:04 (five months ago) link

Spring Cleaning pages are staggering, but---The ones I'm most familiar with here are the Blaze soundtrack, if you're into outsidery Texas singer-songwriters (not too outsidery: Blaze was cherished and covered by ornery inside-outside stars like the latter-day Merle Haggard etc). This one made my Nashville Scene Top Ten. Also, even more in thee same vein, because vintage and various artists who are smokey pillars of East Nashville etc, the Heartworn Highways soundtrack, from the classick 70s documentary, with Townes Van Zandt, David Allan Coe, Guy and Susanna Clark and so on. Country Funk Vol. 2 has some keepers, though also some "OMG we're white stoned country *and* funky!" self-amazed goobers.
A friend of mine used to play Bernard Hermann's Taxi Driver quite a bit, and though I never heard it when my friend wasn't talking, the music came over and around him pretty well.
Only heard The Exorcist in the theater, but music and sound design by far the best elements of that otherwise lurid-to-ludicrous/70s-as-hell-flick (not nec. a bad thing, but sonics best of all).
Haven't heard those particular Goblin soundtracks, or other titles, but how bad could they be? Ditto those Lizzy Mercier Descloux titles, judging by the ZE reisses I do have.
Early 70s live Funkadelic, Bert Jansch, maybe This Heat, The Camberwell Now.

dow, Sunday, 31 May 2020 18:24 (five months ago) link

alas the shipping to canada is unspeakable

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Sunday, 31 May 2020 19:25 (five months ago) link

worth checking out imo:

bobby brown - prayers of a one man band
sam waymon - ganja & hess
charles wain - the last wave
albert washington - sad & lonely
caeser frasier - 75
aleke kanonu - aleke
aktion - groove the funk
the apostles s/t

budo jeru, Sunday, 31 May 2020 20:22 (five months ago) link

thanks!

Paul Ponzi, Monday, 1 June 2020 00:22 (four months ago) link

If you're at all interested this edition of the Taxi Driver Soundtrack is the one to own. It's the only release that contains the complete score. The original release is sort of a train wreck; the first side is some chirpy shit that wasn't even in the movie IIRC.

Freeze Instr., Monday, 1 June 2020 03:20 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

I am so excited about this reissue of Yoshimura's Green. This new / restored version without the dumb sound effects is a revelation. Usually that stuff doesn't bother me ("Humming The Sea" by Yutaka Hirose is one of my favorite ambient tracks ever and there's the sound of surf all over it), but losing the stock birds-and-water sounds of the previous issue of this album really puts a different perspective on it. Now it sounds like an all-time classic. Love love love this record.

Any word about a reissue of Soundscape 1?

Paul Ponzi, Wednesday, 8 July 2020 18:32 (three months ago) link

Please, please let there be a Soundscape 1 reissue.

stirmonster, Wednesday, 8 July 2020 20:06 (three months ago) link

green has been my lockdown s/t

per aspera ad scampo (||||||||), Wednesday, 8 July 2020 20:14 (three months ago) link

Yeah, it's ideal for lockdown for sure (especially right before bedtime)

Paul Ponzi, Wednesday, 8 July 2020 20:24 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

Two months later I am still listening to Green on an almost nightly basis. It's so beautiful, but it's also become my pandemic anti-anxiety medication. Like many of you I have heard my share of chill ambient and new age but I swear the middle of this record - the run from "Sleep" through "Feet" - feels like it actually slows down my heart rate a little.

Paul Ponzi, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 12:35 (one month ago) link

It's still on order at my record store. Have been streaming it for months now but I don't think I've ever reached the end of the album as I mostly put it on when I go to bed lol

willem, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 12:52 (one month ago) link

Yes, this and Kankyo Ongaku, which I only just got into this year, have been *immensely* helpful over the past few months

rob, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 13:56 (one month ago) link

Very hard agree. Green operates in its own space & overall the Japanese ambient scene has been a godsend these last few months.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 15:14 (one month ago) link

do you all prefer the SFX version or the clean version? i used to be a 100% clean advocate, but the SFX enhance the napping experience even more, sometimes

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 15:25 (one month ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38q7p2c3eSE

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 15:27 (one month ago) link

I think it’s time for a critical re-evaluation of CAKE. Deeply weird songwriting, an absolute shredder playing guitar, and a surprising pop sensibility. They also take an intermission when they play a show and I like that

— Light In The Attic (@lightintheattic) September 11, 2020

spastic heritage, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 15:30 (one month ago) link

CAKE were my favorite band in high school but the last time I listened to Fashion Nugget my impression was "the critics might've been right about these guys"

frogbs, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 15:37 (one month ago) link

Haven't played in in forever, but looking at the tracklist now I feel like just removing "I Will Survive" and "The Distance" would instantly make it a much better record. I think I'd still like most of the debut, but WXRT absolutely killed this band for me by (still, I'd imagine) playing "Short Skirt/Long Jacket" every hour.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 15:39 (one month ago) link

This is weird to say but the Weird Al parody almost ruined them for me, it was so on the nose that I couldn't hear them the same way

frogbs, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 16:18 (one month ago) link

i'm listening to green and trying not to doom scroll atm. wait why the hell are you guys talking about cake

Give me a Chad Smith-type feel (map), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 16:36 (one month ago) link

LITA tweeted about reevaluating the legacy of Cake

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 16:53 (one month ago) link

well i guess the answer to this thread title is that they can do wrong

Give me a Chad Smith-type feel (map), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 16:54 (one month ago) link

Recently heard Cake set as finale to a quarantine-unearthed broadcast concert, feat. various artists---long-running public radio series Mountain Stage, prob in online archives----and deadpan singer just kept droning, band just kept unfolding, grew horns etc, all very effective. Good songlist too. I'd go see 'em.

dow, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 16:54 (one month ago) link

Don't know the records.

dow, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 16:55 (one month ago) link

they are hit and miss live. they benefit a lot from being one of those bands where the fans know the records very well so their shows have sort of a party atmosphere. but the band itself came off kinda unrehearsed one of the times I saw them, plus John McCrea was a dick to the audience, I very much got a "we're only doing this because you buy tickets" vibe to it. the other time they were pretty fun and seemed to enjoy themselves.

frogbs, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 17:09 (one month ago) link

The set I heard was maybe 20 minutes, at most, which prob helped, and he did *seem* begrudging---but dour, pithy comments effectively introduced the songs: good contrast with the colorful, energetic band.

dow, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 17:19 (one month ago) link

Best use of said dickishness, for a few minutes anyway.

dow, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 17:20 (one month ago) link


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