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!
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.
Keep 45s alive!!!
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.
Drag City Records has been Ty Segall’s home for his last four full lengths, and this week they have released a limited edition LP-only reprise to Twins called Gemini.
As Drag City puts it, “The tracklist is familiar. The artwork’s a burnt-eyed reminder reminder of shapes we know so well, but it’s not Twins. It’s a few minutes older, and it’s Gemini.”
This very limited LP is demos of cuts on Twins and some tracks that didn’t make it. This release was made available only to record stores that deal direct with the Chicago-based Drag City. It will not be around for long and once they’re gone be prepared to get into a bidding war on Ebay.
Hurry down to Streetlight Records and grab one while they last and one per customer please. We want to be fair to all of Ty’s vinyl fans, so act fast because once they’re gone we will not be able to restock them.
Sorry CD and MP3 fans this is a vinyl only release.
Numero Records has been known to bring us some of the best in obscure soul music and wrap ‘em up in some beautiful packaging, whether it be CD or LP format. This time they dug up all they could from the obscure Midwest powerpop label Titan. This collection is a treat for any fan of the genre.
From ‘78 to ‘81 Titan released eight records with pop artists that I’m sure took the stage with white shirts and skinny ties. Acts like the Secrets, who come off with the pop magic of the Raspberries, and Gary Charlson with his Twilley likeness could have held their on with any of the bands of the time on Bomp. And anyone with a love for pop hooks and power chords knows those records aren’t easy to come by.
Thanks to the knowledgeable staff at Numero, we get the best of Titan in Titan – It’s All Pop! a four record set. Also included is a 40 page book filled with pictures and extensive liner notes.
Come into Streetlight and treat yourself you’ll be glad you did!
Here are some teasers to get the juices flowing!
Here is an update for you singles hounds!
Remember when GG was Rock N Roll and didn’t have a face covered in poop? Here he is with the Jabbers to remind you.
“You Move Like Garbo’s Daughter” says Kim Fowley under the guise of Jimmy Jukebox on the classic Junk Shop Glam tune Motorboat.
Before the Clash there was the 101′ers and Joe Strummer wants the keys to your heart.
Classic LA punk rockers The Germs’- Lexicon Devil.
Last in the bunch are two releases from the Canadian reissue label Ugly Pop: Cockney Rejects and the Business.
Stay hungry cause there’s lots more to come.
Do I really need to write about a legend such as Roky Erickson?! The answer is NO!, but due to the amazing job Light In The Attic has done with the three Roky reissues, I’ll give a reminder.
This Texas madman stuck his flag in the Rock ‘N’ Roll world as the throat-shredding lead vocalist of the 13th Floor Elevators and made it to R’N’R-hating Dick Clark’s (emphasis on Dick) American Bandstand with the legendary Garage Punk cut, “You’re Gonna Miss Me.” After a few records with the Elevators and some time in San Francisco, Roky ran into a bit of trouble with the law back in Texas.
Texas law was not a fan of the Elevators Rock ‘N’ Roll lifestyle (much like Detroit law and The MC5). In 1969, Roky was caught with a single joint and was facing 10 years in prison. Being diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic a year earlier and receiving involuntary electroshock therapy, Roky pleaded innocent by reason of insanity. He was first sentenced to Austin State Hospital, but after a few attempts to escape he was sentenced to Rusk State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. There he received more electroshock therapy and was kept until the early ’70s.
In ‘74 Roky put a band together and, with the production of Doug Sahm, released the the “Two Headed Dog” single. This was the beginning of Roky leaving the Psychedelic rock scene behind for a more hard ‘n’ heavy Rock ‘n’ Roll sound. He also started to write lyrics with demon, aliens and science fiction themes.
Light In The Attic has reissued the three albums following this era, The Evil One, Don’t Slander Me and Gremlins Have Pictures. Each one is done to the finest detail with the love and care that the label usually puts into the music they love.
Released on both CD and vinyl, the reissues are available now at Streetlight Records. Here is a taste of each one.
Hi everyone! It’s been a while since the last Can U Dig It? post, but I’m back and I want to talk about my favorite music format, the 7” single. I love everything about it from the packaging to the content.
If you’re the type to pick off and enjoy the pepperoni before grubbing down the whole slice. Or if you like eating the cream from an Oreo before dunking the chocolate into a glass of ice cold milk, 7” singles are right up your alley; a wonderfully delicious pre-game before the big show.
7″s have one or two songs that usually make it to the artist’s next album with a B-side that at times trumps the A-side or packs a bigger punch than any of the filler on the upcoming full length. If that’s not enough to reel you in, think of it as a way to connect with friends without Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
Invite a few friends over and play them some of your favorite singles. It’s a great way to turn people on to bands they may have never heard, or connect on similar taste. Either way it’s a good way to get real face time with your friends.
Here are a few of my favorite singles that we have on hand at Streetlight. I’ll try and keep you all updated with recommended new, and used, incoming. Until then, happy hunting and keep your local record store alive!
After a devastating blow to its Brooklyn warehouse by Hurricane Sandy, Norton Records has come back hard with a slew of new releases.
First, we have a double 7″ of Kim Fowley poems put to song by Mick Collins and Dan Kroha of the Gories, followed by a new addition to the Stones’ tribute series of split 7″s with LaLa Brooks of The Crystals fame giving her rendition of “Play With Fire.” The flip is the Piggies’ version of “The Parachute Woman” from Beggars Banquet.
Next, we have a ’60s rock n roll screamer by Sur Royal Da Count & the Parliments and last but not least for new singles is Sonics, giving us revved up versions of “Do You Love Me” by the Contours and “Money” by Barrett Strong
Norton Records has also given us proof that you can’t kill rock n roll, by restocking us with some hard hitting titles that survived the flood.