Hosted by two Light In The Attic staffers, this podcast tells the stories behind Light In The Attic releases. Episodes center around interviews with musicians, music industry creatives, and other interesting characters within the Light In The Attic community. You will hear music and liner notes from LITA releases and get to know the people making your records.
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.
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!
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 Hazlewood, 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.
The stories behind our wild bunch of Record Store Day Releases, including the soundtrack to the 1973 Edie Sedgewick 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.
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.
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.
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 album of all time.
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.
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.
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.
Two loners who happened to join forces put all their darkest and least viable works together on one record, if only to spite the industry that had rejected them. This is the story behind Light In The Attic's reissue of 1984 Los Angeles folk album, "Songs From Suicide Bridge" by David Kauffman and Eric Caboor.
Our pilot episode focuses on our 2015 Record Store Day releases, with previews of the 'Shogun Assassin' soundtrack, an interview with Willie Nelson & Daniel Lanois about 'Teatro,' and a segment on the LITA zine.