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The Light In The Attic Podcast: Stories Behind The Music
46 minutes | 6 months ago
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39 minutes | 2 years ago
Light In The Attic Podcast Episode 18 is out now! For this episode, LITA's Matt Sullivan sits down with David Buttle and Graham Luckhurst from UK-based label Mr Bongo to discuss the label's history, their reissue process and classics from Tim Maia and Terry Callier.
47 minutes | 2 years ago
Jeff Powell & Sam Phillips Recording Service
Jeff Powell has been recording, mixing and producing records for more than 30 years – working with a who’s who of musical legends, from Bob Dylan and B.B. King to Glyn Johns and Eddie Kramer. Powell served as staff assistant engineer, then engineer/ mixer and finally producer at Memphis’ legendary Ardent Studios from ’89-’97. He has been working independently since then, and now makes his home base at Sam Phillips Recording Service. Beyond his work as a producer and engineer, Jeff has expanded his horizons over the last 10 years and is now cutting vinyl records on his Neumann VMS 70 lathe at Sam Phillips Recording Service. His company is called Take Out Vinyl, and he has cut over a thousand records to date.
82 minutes | 2 years ago
In honor of our recent reissues of prolific musician and producer Haruomi Hosono’s essential albums, we teamed up with dublab and In Sheep’s Clothing’s, a hi-fi bar in downtown Los Angeles, for a night of celebration. Special guest Kuni Murai — famed producer, composer and founder of Alfa Records, joined dublab’s Mark “Frosty” McNeill for a chat about his decades-long working relationship with Hosono, from his days as a session player to his stratospheric success with Yellow Magic Orchestra and beyond. Please note, we have removed the music sections due to right's issues. Photo: Kuni Murai at his Alfa Records office, located directly below the label's famed Studio A in Shibaura, Tokyo.
46 minutes | 2 years ago
On this episode of the Light In The Attic podcast we sit down for a chat with one of our favorite artists, Jarvis Cocker. Produced and Recorded by Matt Sullivan Edited and Mixed by Patrick McCarthy Keep up with all of Jarvis' activities at JarvisCocker.net
50 minutes | 2 years ago
On this episode of the Light In The Attic podcast we visit the offices of Mojo Magazine in London, UK, to chat with Jenny Bulley (Reviews Editor), Ian Harrison (News Section & Back Section, Buried Treasure), Danny Eccleston (Senior Editor), and John Mulvey (Editor). Since 1995, Mojo Magazine has been a constant in the lives of music fans the world over. In the pre-internet days, we found ourselves driving around our home cities, going form news stand to news stand to find the latest issue. So many incredible reissues, new albums and new artists were discovered in these hallowed volumes. Back issues still bear repeated readings and are coveted till this day (the photo is just a portion of Matt Sullivan's collection). It was an immense pleasure to sit down with them and ask them about the history of the magazine, how issues are put together, as well as what they're currently listening too. Produced and Recorded by Matt Sullivan Edited and Mixed by Patrick McCarthy Learn more about Mojo Magazine and subscriber here.
16 minutes | 3 years ago
Another highlight from our recent trip to England was getting to sit down with legendary artist Haruomi Hosono. LITA's Matt Sullivan and Yosuke Kitazawa were able to chat with Hosono before his concert at The Old Market (Brighton, UK) and discuss his recent show at London's Barbican as well as our upcoming series focused on Hosono's albums. Excerpts from "Bara To Yaju" and "Malabar Hotel Upper Floor ··· Moving Triangle" (courtesy of King Record Co. Ltd.). are featured in the podcast, as is "Pom Pom Joki," recorded live at the Barbican (courtesy of Medium Inc.). Recorded by Matt Sullivan Edited and Mixed by Patrick McCarthy Learn more about our Haruomi Hosono Archival Series below and be sure to check out our short doc on YouTube. Hosono Philharmony (LITA 170 - CD / LP) Hosono omni Sight Seeing (LITA 171 - CD / LP) Hosono Paraiso (LITA 172 - CD / LP) Hosono Hosono House (LITA 173 - CD / LP) Hosono Cochin Moon (LITA 174 - CD / LP)
22 minutes | 3 years ago
On our recent trip to England, we found a cozy hallway in the back of London’s Cafe Oto to sit down with living legends Charles Bullen & Charles Hayward of This Heat. Over the course of the conversation, LITA's Matt Sullivan talks with C & C about their music, legacy, the formation of This Is Not This Heat, as well as what's currently on their turntables. For folks in the USA, a miracle will soon be hitting our shores – C & C will be performing This Is Not This Heat. These shows will mark the first ever US performances for both C & C in any incarnation. Hallelujah! Tour dates below. Formed in Brixton, a multicultural, and – at the time – down-at-heel part of south London, This Heat were born into a music scene in rapid flux, first thanks to the punk explosion and then via new wave and its myriad offshoots into pop, rock and art-rock. But while many sought to apply punk attitude to chart-friendly sounds, This Heat were concocting some of the most experimental ideas ever committed to tape, taking influence from musique concrète, krautrock, the burgeoning industrial scene and even the dub reggae blasting out in their home borough. Photo by Luis Carvajal. July 19 - Underground Arts (Philadelphia) July 21 - Pitchfork Festival (Chicago) July 23 - Pioneer Works (Brooklyn) Produced by Matt Sullivan and Patrick McCarthy Recorded by Matt Sullivan Edited and Mixed by Patrick McCarthy Thanks to Charles Bullen, Luis Carvajal, Charles Hayward, and everyone at Cafe Oto. Learn more about our This Heat reissues below. This Heat This Heat This Heat Deceit This Heat Health and Efficiency This Heat Made Available This Heat Repeat / Metal This Heat Live 80-81
74 minutes | 3 years ago
The Lost World Of Acetone
Join us on a ride along with Mark Lightcap, guitarist of forgotten 90s band Acetone, as he tells us all about a Los Angeles that no longer exists and the band that disappeared along with it. In Los Angeles in the 90s, Acetone crafted a sultry California sound in their garage. They released an EP on Vernon Yard and two LPs on Neil Young's Vapor and toured with Spiritualized, Mazzy Star, Oasis, and The Verve. While their velvet sound remains absolutely beloved by figures in that scene, nowadays Acetone is surprisingly unknown. Thanks to: Our guests: Sam Sweet & Mark Lightcap Our producer: Michelle Lanz Learn more about our Acetone anthology, 1992-2001 here Stream the album on Spotify & on Apple Music!
53 minutes | 4 years ago
Lynn Castle & The Ladies Of LITA
This episode we highlight a few women who are doing awesome things in the music world. In the first half we talk to our favorite songstress, Lynn Castle. Lynn, who was known as Los Angeles' first "Lady Barber," recorded her beautiful songs back in the 60s with the help of Jack Nitzsche and Lee Hazelwood, but they've lain dormant ever since.. until now! In the second half we eavesdrop on a conversation between two experimental female musicians, Suzanne Doucet and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. We also read some user-submitted tales of what's it's like to be a woman in the male-dominated music world. Thanks To: Our Editor/Co-Producer: Michelle Lanz Our Guests: Lynn Castle (aka Madelyn Von Ritz), Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, and Suzanne Doucet. Our listeners/followers who submitted their stories
69 minutes | 4 years ago
Record Store Day 2017
The stories behind our wild bunch of Record Store Day Releases, including the soundtrack to the 1973 Edie Sedgwick film Ciao! Manhattan; a box set of transcendental, minimalist proto-new age piano music by George Gurdjieff and Thomas de Hartmann; and the trance-inducing soundtrack to the Volcom surf film Psychic Migrations. Track List: White Fence - "Only Man Alive" (Psychic Migrations) Gurdjieff/de Hartmann - "Prayer & Despair" Gurdjieff/de Hartmann - "Caucasian Dance" Gurdjieff/de Hartmann - "The Struggle Of The Magicians" (Fragment No. 5) Gino Piserchio - "Angel Shock" (Ciao! Manhattan) Edie Sedgwick - "Turn the whole world on just for a moment..." (Ciao! Manhattan - Dialogue Track) Richie Havens - "To Give All Your Love Away" (Ciao! Manhattan) John Phillips - "Malibu People" (Ciao! Manhattan) Skip Battin & Kim Fowley - "Citizen Kane" (Ciao! Manhattan) Al Lover - "Flight Patterns" (Psychic Migrations) Gurdjieff/de Hartmann - "The Struggle Of The Magicians" (Fragment No. 5)(Psychic Migrations) Bitchin Bajas - "Bajas Ragas" (Psychic Migrations) Cave - "Shikaakwa" (Psychic Migrations) Credits: Hosts/Producers: Hilary Staff & Jackie Allen Editor/Producer: Michelle Lanz Guests: Charles Ketcham, David Weisman, Kurt Midness, Ryan Thomas
26 minutes | 4 years ago
The Tumbleweed Records Story
This is the story of the little record label that could... until it couldn't. From 1971-1973 Tumbleweed Records put out an eclectic range of music from a wild family of musicians, many of whom were local to Denver, Colorado. Over the past few decades, crate diggers have stumbled upon Tumbleweed's records in dollar bins around the country, unaware of the short-lived, glittering empire behind them. Credits: Creators, Hosts, Production: Hilary Staff & Jackie Allen Liner Notes & Interviews: Sarah Sweeney Production, Sound Design, Editing: Michelle Lanz Thanks to Bill Szymczyk for granting us an interview. Track Listing: (all the music from this episode is from Sing It High, Sing It Low: Tumbleweed Records 1971-1973) Dewey Terry - Sweet As Spring Danny Holien - Colorado Arthur Gee-Whiz Band - Sunday Sherry Robb Kunkel - Turn Of The Century Danny Holien- Colorado (again) Dewey Terry - Do On My Feet (What I Did In The Street) Pete McCabe - Late Letter Michael Stanley - Rosewood Bitters Robb Kunkel - Abyss 10.Dewey Terry - Sweet As Spring Arthur Gee - Plain Talk
45 minutes | 4 years ago
You may not know his name, but you know his music. Spooner Oldham is a linchpin of southern soul and R&B. A legendary ivory-tickler whose name is synonymous with the Muscle Shoals sound of Alabama, Oldham has backed and/or written songs for the likes of Etta James, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Wilson Pickett, Percy Sledge, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin and so many more (check out a more complete list here, if you want your mind blown). We can't wait for y'all to get to know him better. Hosted by Hilary Staff & Jackie Allen Edited by Michelle Lanz Guests: Spooner Oldham, Andria Lisle, Roxanne Oldham, Matt Sullivan
36 minutes | 4 years ago
The Philosophy Of The Shaggs
The story of The Shaggs is larger than life. It includes a grandmother’s prophecy, a driven father, three unassuming sisters, a cat named Foot-Foot, and perhaps the most polarizing outsider album of all time. In this episode of the Light In The Attic Podcast Ira Kaplan (Yo La Tengo) interviews original Shagg Dot Wiggin, and Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group) reads excerpts from his liner notes for our reissue of The Shaggs' 'Philosophy Of The World.' Hosts/Producers: Hilary Staff & Jackie Allen Editor & Co-Producer: Michelle Lanz Guests: Dot Wiggin, Ira Kaplan, Lenny Kaye All music from The Shaggs - Philosophy Of The World and The Shaggs - 7" Sweet Maria b/w The Missouri Waltz (Missouri State Song)
50 minutes | 4 years ago
Once in a blue moon, a filmmaker hits record at precisely the right moment to capture lightning in a bottle. It happened in ’76 with music doc 'Heartworn Highways,’ which follows key players in the outlaw country music of the 1970s. Emboldened by the radical 60s, country musicians in Tennessee and Texas rejected the commercial “Nashville sound” and returned country music to its rougher honky-tonk roots. This episode of The Light In The Attic Podcast goes behind the scenes of our reissue of the soundtrack to this cult classic documentary that captured Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Jerry Jeff Walker, David Allan Coe, Steve Young, Steve Earle and many others before they hit it real big. Hosts/Producers: Hilary Staff & Jackie Allen Editor & Co-Producer: Michelle Lanz Guests: Matt Sullivan, Patrick McCarthy, Sam Sweet All music from the Heartworn Highways Original Soundtrack
82 minutes | 5 years ago
In episode four, we take you on a wild ride through the wonderful world of Lee Hazlewood. This in-depth look at the life and tunes of the legendary mustachioed cowboy crooner is the first of its kind and features incredible insight thanks to our guest host, Hunter Lea — a Hazlewoodologist. Push play to hear all about Hazlewoodism, its cause, and its cure. Guest Producer & Host: Hunter Lea Mastering: Hunter Lea Intro & Outro Host: Morgan Chosnyk Creators/Coordinators: Matt Sullivan & Jackie Allen Opening Credit Song: Jim Sullivan - "Highways"
54 minutes | 6 years ago
Low Down With Flea & Amy-Jo
Episode 3 is finally here and it's all about our recent jazz soundtrack release, Low Down. Listen in on a conversation between Flea (co-producer & co-star of the Low Down film) and author Amy-Jo Albany (whose memoir about growing up with her dad, legendary jazz pianist Joe Albany, sparked the film). They talk about their shared experiences growing up with drug-addicted jazz musician fathers in the Los Angeles of the 60s & 70s. They also talk about hitchhiking, that one time Flea chased Amy-Jo around a supermarket, and the strange relationship between pain and beauty. We've included many musical interludes of Joe Albany's enchanting ivory-tickling, and Amy-Jo reads us a few passages from her brilliant book: Low Down: Junk, Jazz & Other Fairy Tales From Childhood. Have a listen to episode 3 right here on iTunes!
29 minutes | 6 years ago
Greetings From Suicide Bridge
This episode tells the story behind our reissue of the 1984 Los Angeles loner 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. Your Host: Jackie Allen (LITA editorial & social media coordinator) This Week’s Guests: Patrick McCarthy (LITA project manager & producer of reissue of Songs From Suicide Bridge) Sam Sweet (Los Angeles-based author who wrote the liner notes for Songs From Suicide Bridge) Links: The Light In The Attic Website Songs From Suicide Bridge release page Q&A with David Kauffman & Eric Caboor Sam Sweet’s website All songs are from Songs From Suicide Bridge: (in order of appearance) "Kiss Another Day Goodbye" "Neighborhood Blues" "Life Without Love" "One More Day" "Life And Times On The Beach" Credits: Mastering by Patrick McCarthy (LITA Project Manager/Producer) Any questions, feedback, suggestions, or requests? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @lightintheattic.
28 minutes | 6 years ago
Record Store Day 2015
Welcome to the Light In The Attic Podcast pilot episode! We are so excited to finally be presenting this new format to you all. In our first episode, we discuss our Record Store Day 2015 releases. Episode 2 will be out in May and will focus on one of our most recent releases, 1984 folk album Songs From Suicide Bridge with guest Sam Sweet. Your Hosts: Matt Sullivan (founder and co-owner of LITA) Jackie Allen (LITA editorial & social media coordinator) This Week’s Guest: Lydia Hyslop (LITA Girl Friday, zine editor, and filmmaker) Events: Record Store Day is April 18th, 2015 at your local shop! In Los Angeles, there will be a midnight showing of Shogun Assassin at Cinefamily on Record Store Day. In Seattle, LITA will be DJing and selling some of our RSD wares at Populuxe Brewery starting at 3pm on RSD. Relevant Links: The Light In The Attic Website Our blog post about our Record Store Day releases Shogun Assassin release page Willie Nelson’s Teatro release page Zine release page - check out that picture of Sugluk! Native North America release page (the comp. that Sugluk is featured on) The LITA Podcast is supported by our friends at Gnar Tapes. Check out their podcast Gnar FM TGIF Podcast and the new Gnar Burger Shop in Highland Park, LA. The Shogun Assassin Trailer Music From The Episode: Intro Song: “Highways” by Jim Sullivan from UFO [Song in Shogun Trailer] “Lone Wolf’s Theme” from Shogun Assassin Shogun Assassin song preview “Eyes of a Demon” First Teatro song preview “Ou Es-Tu, Mon Amour (Where Are You, My Love)” Second Teatro song preview “I Never Cared For You” Outro Song “Fall Away” by Sugluk from Native North American Vol. 1 Credits: Mastering by the amazing Patrick McCarthy (LITA Project Manager/Producer) Any questions, feedback, suggestions, or requests? Please email email@example.com. Or tweet @lightintheattic. Download episode here.
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