Light In The Attic why are you so good to us!!!! In addition to the slew of Hazlewood releases and the Honey Ltd LP and CD comes the Lee Hazlewood box set. With the in-depth research and all the bells and whistles we’ve come to expect from our friends at Light In The Attic comes There’s A Dream I’ve Been Saving: Lee Hazlewood Industries 66-71 available in two versions.
Version one contains a 172 page hardback book with pictures of Hazlewood and other Lee Hazlewood Industries (LHI) artists. This beautiful book also contains the complete story of the LHI label, as well as interviews with label head Lee Hazlewood and a complete label roster. As if the book wasn’t enough there is a DVD of Cowboy In Sweden never before available and fully remastered.
Still not excited? How about 107 tracks on four CDs of remastered analog transfers.
Discs one and two contain everything Hazlewood recorded on LHI as well as some unreleased tracks. Discs three and four are loaded with all LHI artist and a handful of tracks never released until now. Also included is a flexidisc with studio chatter and an exact replica of Lee’s lavish business card. The deluxe version includes all the before mentioned treats and more:
Three DVDs with complete with WAV/MP3 files with full artwork; disc one has the LHI catalogue in MP3 files; disc two contains all LHI LPs in WAV files; and disc three has every LHI 45 in WAV file.
That’s 17 albums and 138 A and B sides!! That’s worth the extra cash alone, but LITA doesn’t stop there. There is also a cloth clam box shell gold foil stamped and a debossed silhouette of Lee himself. Last but not the least the deluxe version contains six glossy photos of LHI promo photos and a flight ticket replica. This is the ultimate collection for any Hazlewood fan and should not be missed. Still not convinced?! Check this out!
He was born in Pittsburg, California in 1981, he started with Mob Figaz in 1999, he did a stretch in prison and he was rumored to have died in prison due to a stabbing. He’s collaborated with many great Bay Area rappers including Legends like the Godfather of the Game, Mac Dre, the Jacka and Fed-X. He can roll around in a Chevy Caprice with a dookie chain and a haircut like Kid from Kid n’ Play and look doper than dope. He’s the only person I’ve ever seen wear black leather pants and I’ve actually thought “Damn, that guy looks cool as hell.” In case you haven’t guessed who referring to, I’m talking about the Bay Area rapper Husalah.
Husalah was only 18 when he joined the group Mob Figaz which was formed by C-Bo, Rydah J, Klyde who were from Pittsburg, the Jacka and Fed-X who were from Richmond and AP.9 from Oakland; all of which are pretty famous Bay Area rappers. As a group Mob Figaz rapped about what they knew and what they do, and with that they put out some pretty good albums.
Husalah’s first solo album Dope, Guns and Religion was released in 2006. This album features Keak Da Sneak, Dru Down and the Jacka. This album’s title perfectly describes the album—it’s all about dope, guns and religion and they way he lives.
In 2007 he released Huslin’ Since Da’ ‘80s. This might be my favorite rap album ever. His lyrics are so hard and almost every song can be played at the loudest volume and not have to change a song or turn it down. The first song on the album “Mamaco” samples Manu Chao’s song Mama Call and it sounds so tough.
The second song “Wild Child” is supposedly featuring Love Fist, the fictional ‘80s rock band from the video game Grand Theft Auto Vice City. That right there is one good damn reason to listen to that album. I’m pretty sure the song “Yea Baby” samples Carol King but I could be wrong, but it sounds just like her. The song “Pretty Young Thang” is probably my favorite song on that album. I’ve had that song set on my alarm to play in the morning for days. It’s such a good song.
If you’re looking for Husalah or Mob Figaz albums we got ‘em at Streetlight Records.
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Ready for more beloved 45s? Well here you go, another handful of party platters. Let’s start with a couple of soul jams courtesy of the Secret Stash label.
Sonny Knight and The Lakers bring it with “Hey Girl,” an upbeat dancer that has Sonny Knight pitching woo. He got his start in the ’60s so you know he’s got the moves. The flip is a soul tribute to the Sugarman, originally by Detroit’s Rodriguez. From the same label we have The Valdons with “Stop, Wait A Minute Girl/Love Me Or Leave Me.” A group that has their roots in the Twin Cities, not only are they from the early ’70s, but so are these two cuts. A couple of soul burners from Prince’s home town.
The next single is brought to us by Rev. Louis Overstreet and his rockin’ guitar carrying a gospel sermon. Great guitar work with an uplifting spiritual message. Taken from a ’70s session and gifted to us from the Little Axe label. Fans of Missipppi releases, this is for you.
From Germany, we have the Kidnappers. With past releases on Rip Off and Alien Snatch, you know what to expect. Hard fast rock n roll with a powerpop tinge. Also on the rock n roll tip we have Endless Bummer on In the Red Records.
Co-founders of Permanent Records, Liz Tooley and Lance Barresi, get together with Greg T from the Spits to bring us Endless Bummer. Four songs of dark, sludgey tunes recorded by Ty Segall and released by In the Red in a limited pressing. It doesn’t stop here folks, we a got a couple more for ya.
M.O.T.O. has too many releases to count and “Shitty Kids” holds its own with all of them. Not only is Paul Caporino the Master Of The Obvious, he is also a master at writing a song with nonstop riffs and a great pop edge.
Last on our list is from supergroup Altamont. With members of Melvins, Big Business and Acid King and art work by Alan Forbes, I’m sure you know what to expect. But in case you don’t, here is a taste of this and the other singles we mentioned. The Rev Louis Overstreet is not the song from the before mentioned single, but it gives you an idea of his powerful voice and great guitar playing.
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With Christmas on the way, Streetlight Records has the perfect stocking stuffer for the music lover in your life. On November 26th, Nothing Can Hurt Me, the story of Big Star was released on both DVD and blu-ray.
There are certain bands that are as influential as the Beatles or the Stones, but just can’t seem to get that mainstream break that brings them to the masses. Big Star is on the top five, if not the top of, that list.
Formed in Memphis in 1971, Big Star was Alex Chilton, Chris Bell, Jody Stephens and Alan Hummel. They are known as the godfathers of powerpop, with their Beatles-like harmonies and Rolling Stones influence. Through inner band physical altercations, solo careers and even the passing of Chris Bell, Big Star made a big noise in rock n roll, but they didn’t get the credit they deserved.
Instead of getting into depth about theses pop heroes I’ll let Nothing Can Hurt Me tell the story of one of the the greatest bands pop music history. Do yourself or your loved one a favor and pick it up. It will be on sale at Streetlight and playing in rotation on our TV screens just in time for the holidays. Here is a trailer to give you an idea of who Big Star is.
For the past few years the label Death Waltz has been bringing us classic horror movie soundtracks with amazing art work and incredible sound quality on both LP and CD format.
Now, for the analog fan on the go, they’ve taken the art and sound quality they’re known for and released the soundtracks to three John Carpenter titles and a Ben Wheatley film on cassette.
First in the Carpenter trilogy is Assault On Precinct 13. This electronic horror score was composed by John Carpenter himself and has been sampled by big name electronic and hip hop artists such as Tricky and Afrika Bammbaataa. The next two titles in the trilogy are Halloween II and Halloween III. Both of these scores are also composed by Carpenter with some help from Alan Howarth. All three are on cassette format and only $8.98.
The Ben Wheatley film, A Field in England is English Civil War imagery set with grindhouse themes and scored by British composer Jim Williams. There is also a track by Fuck Button’s Benjamin Power. This title is also a very affordable purchase at $8.98.
Next time you’re driving on a dark foggy night pop any of these tapes into your player and set the mood.
The Beatles – On Air: Live at the BBC Volume 2 (Capitol, 2013)
The Beatles saved my life when I was 11 or so. At the time I was in the middle of a heavy top 40 R&B phase and my favorite albums included Mariah Carey’s MTV Unplugged and SWV’s (not) classic It’s About Time. I think my mom was a little tired of this ongoing slow-dance hit parade (did I mention, though, that I was also infatuated with Ace of Base? I know, I know), so she took me to the local branch of the county library and together we checked out three Beatles albums: A Hard Day’s Night, Rubber Soul, and Revolver.
For whatever reason, these three records connected with me in a way that, up to that point, nothing had ever done before. I became mildly obsessed with all things Beatles. I needed to hear everything ever recorded by them, see every film, look at every photograph, read every book and magazine article. It helped that this was 1994/95, which was when when the Beatles Anthology and Live at the BBC Volume 1 had just surfaced and the band was enjoying a second wave of huge popularity. The anthology and the BBC sessions gave uber-fans a glimpse into the unscripted (though heavily edited) secret-feeling world of the Beatles; a chance to sit in on studio outtakes and live performances, which of course wasn’t possible really, since all the action happened three decades earlier.
I’m 31 years old now, and the Beatles fan in me is quite happy that Capitol Records has released a new slough of BBC Sessions from the years 1964 and ’65, featuring unheard live performances of various Beatles classics and covers. Also present on this extremely well-put-together 6-sides of wax are snippets of interviews and the characteristic witty-Beatles banter that fans love so dearly. Listening to the BBC Sessions Volume 2 is like stepping into a time machine, landing in 1964 and clicking on the radio. In short it is an awesome treat for fans and a window into a different time for everyone.
Watch the AWESOME video for the Beatles cover of Buddy Holly’s “Words of Love”:
01. Lady Gaga – ArtPop
02. Beatles – Live at the BBC: Volume 2
03. Devil Makes Three – I’m a Stranger Here
04. Eminem – Marshall Mathers LP2
05. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
06. Lorde – Pure Heroine
07. Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt
08. Jimi Hendrix Experience – Miami Pop Festival
09. Latyrx – Second Album
10. Berner – Drugstore Cowboy
01. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
02. Damon – Song of a Gypsy
03. Pelican – Forever Becoming
04. Various Artists – Electric Psychedelic Sitar Headswirlers: Vol. 1
05. Jokers Wild – Liquid Giraffe
06. Various Artists – Mod Meeting Vol. 1
07. Arctic Monkeys – AM
08. Miles Davis – Kind of Blue
09. Rolling Stones – Let it Bleed
10. Neko Case – Worse Things Get
01. Burnt Ones – You’ll Never Walk Alone
02. King Tuff – Was Dead
03. Skeletonwitch – Serpents Unleashed
04. Om – Advaitic Songs
05. John Carpenter – Halloween II
01. Rolling Stones – Sweet Summer Sun
02. Rolling Stones – Rock & Roll Circus
03. Man of Steel
04. Captain Beefheart – Lost Tapes
05. Eric Clapton – Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013
06. Who – Live in Texas ’75
07. Yardbirds – Paris 1966-1968
08. Little Monsters
09. Mi Vida Loca
10. Ghost Dog
01. Man of Steel
02. Wu Tang Iron Fist Collection
03. Metallica – Quebec Magnetic
04. They Live
05. Pacific Rim
06. Great Gatsby
07. Reservoir Dogs
08. Total Recall
09. Body Bags
10. Blade Runner