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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Avey Tare of Animal Collective

Posted by Amoebite, July 8, 2019 07:04pm | Post a Comment

Avey Tare - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

We were excited to have experimental indie pop artist Avey Tare (aka David Portner) share what he found shopping at Amoeba Hollywood in our latest What's In My Bag? episode. His eclectic selections were anything but pedestrian, as his taste ran the gamut from Nigerian Disco to new age and from avant-garde jazz to minimal techno.

Avey Tare is a solo artist and co-founder of Animal Collective. While in high school in Maryland, he met Josh Dibb (Deakin), Noah Lennox (Panda Bear), and Brian Weitz (Geologist); the friends shared homemade recordings and played in different band formations together. Portner and Weitz both moved to New York City after graduation and when they were joined by Dibb and Lennox, the longtime pals formed Animal Collective. In 2000, Avey Tare and Panda Bear released Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished, which was later classified as the first official Animal Collective LP. 2001's Danse Manatee saw Avey Tare, Panda Bear, and Geologist joining forces. The bandmates played together in various groupings, sometimes releasing work as Animal Collective and sometimes releasing work under other monikers but it wasn't until 2004's Sung Tongs that the band really began attracting national attention.

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Light In The Attic Releases first Anthology for their Japan Archival Series

Posted by Kells, October 27, 2017 11:56pm | Post a Comment

Record shopping in Japan is an incredible and humbling experience and, when in Tokyo, I enjoy exploring as many record stores as possible, regularly testing the limits of my willpower wallet while discovering one long-sought gem after another. What's more, records in Japan are more often than not found in great if not near mint condition and almost always come crisply wrapped in those snazzy resealable outer sleeves. Whether you're digging through one of Japan's many mega music emporiums, curated record boutiques, or any old hideaway/warehouse situation stuffed windows-to-the-walls with miscellaneous wax, the scope of excellently kept, hard-to-find vinyl stocked in record stores here never fails to amaze. That said, scoring coveted original releases by Japanese artists at a "nice price" can be surprisingly tough, which means acquiring the same prized/pricey titles stateside can be doubly difficult and hardly worth it (itinerant flippers be damned). Enter the warm glow of Light In The Attic Records...

Since announcing their Japan Archival Series last April, the Seattle-based label has finally brought their inaugural release for the project to US ears with Even A Tree Can Shed Tears: Japanese Folk & Rock 1969-1973, the "first-ever fully licensed compilation of this music to be released outside Japan". This collection of nineteen tracks spans an era when Japan's youth culture shifted from championing the Surf instrumental (think The Ventures) Eleki trend and the Beatles-inspired Group Sounds (G.S.) movement that dominated Japanese pop culture in the 1960s to more poignant, living room singer/songwriter sounds reminiscent of Bob Dylan, mellow Laurel Canyon boho vibes, soft psychedelia, and miscellaneous Americana (à la The Band and Neil Young). Fueled by mass student protest demonstrations and an underground ("angura") movement bent on subverting long-standing stuffy traditions, young musicians rejected Beatlemania replications in favor creative authenticity, giving birth to fresh genres like the aptly named New Music and Kissa Rock (literally "Café Rock, so-called due to the venues they frequently played). Some of Japan's most beloved and influential music-makers made a name for themselves during this crucial period, and many of those heavy-hitters whose early works are featured on this comp would go on to further enrich the fabric of music history in Japan and beyond long after the angura movement's hippie heyday. For example, Haruomi Hosono, who lends his distinct James Taylor-esque vocals to two tracks on this compilation (both as a member of influential Folk Rock band Happy End and with a track from his 1973 self-titled solo debut), would later form the innovative electronic band Yellow Magic Orchestra with Ryuichi Sakamoto and Yukihiro Takahashi (whose Sadistic Mika Band bandmate Kazuhiko Kato also has a solo track featured on this comp). This example is by no means representative of the extent of Hosono's legacy as one of the most important figures in Japanese music history and his career trajectory is but one slippery slope of many rabbit holes one can fall into exploring via this compilation. Plus, aside from being a lovely aesthetic object featuring original artwork by illustrator Heisuke Kitazawa, the total package includes extensive liner notes and bios (put together by compiler/producers Yosuke Kitazawa and Jake Orrall) that dig deeper into this music that has been, as Light in The Attic puts it, "tantalizingly out of reach for decades" while setting the stage for overlaps and other points of interest that'll surely connect this particular anthology to forthcoming releases and reissues for the Japan Archival Series.

Stay tuned for the next two announced anthologies Pacific Breeze: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1975-1985 and Kankyo Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990 in addition to "dozens" of other as-yet-unspecified "special projects" and more exciting things to come from this LITA label series. No doubt this noble effort won't make shopping original Japanese pressings by artists featured on any of these anthologies and reissues any more affordable, but it will extend the reach of these works to a broader audience at a price point that definitely guarantees more bang for your buck. That is until you realize that each song in the sequence comes from records that are pretty much all killer/no filler and you find yourself in a catnip-like state of obsession hellbent on a quest to acquire them all at any cost because record collecting. But seriously, kudos to Light In The Attic for embarking on this journey to bring some wonderful fully-licensed music from Japan to the US. Keep on keepin' on, I can't wait to get more of it on my turntable!
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Record Store Day Countdown: Mercury Rev LP

Posted by Amoebite, April 7, 2013 06:33pm | Post a Comment

We're counting down one exciting release each day til Record Store Day on April 20! Available only from independent record stores on RSD, Light In the Attic brings you a vinyl-only set of rare outtakes and demos from Mercury Rev's mystical journey, Deserter's Songs. Packed with amazing photos and liner notes, this is a cosmic trip back into the haunted netherworld of an album that recently made Pitchfork's best of the '90s list. It's 180-gram vinyl housed in a hand-numbered gatefold “tip-on” jacket, plus there is a limited color wax edition on white and clear vinyl. Get your copy on Record Store Day Saturday, April 20!

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Mercury Rev Record Store Day LP

 

Record Store Day Countdown: Roky Erickson 7"

Posted by Amoebite, April 4, 2013 06:55pm | Post a Comment

Next on our Record Store Day countdown is this lovely hand-numbered, psychedelic swirl wax 7" of a great melodic rocker from Roky Erickson and the Aliens, "Mine Mine Mind." This RSD 2013 exclusive is a limited edition, one time pressing of 4,000 featuring his classic horror jam "Bloody Hammer" on the flip. It kicks off Light In the Attic's Roky Erickson archive series, and 25 random copies of this contain a photo signed by the man himself! It's a must-have for fans. See you on Record Store Day Saturday, April 20!

Download our menu (.pdf) of exclusive Record Store Day titles available on April 20, 2013.

See our list of events and happenings at all three stores on RSD.

Roky Erickson Record Store Day

 

Record Store Day Countdown: The Man Behind the Molam Sound LP

Posted by Amoebite, April 2, 2013 05:50pm | Post a Comment

We're counting down to Record Store Day on April 20, 2013!! Next up is a collection from Light In the Attic Records and Bangkok’s ZudRangMa label. Theppabutr Productions: The Man Behind The Molam Sound 1972-75 is a 2-LP set featuring the work of pioneering producer Theppabutr Satirodchompu, who is credited as the creator of the modern Molam sound. These groove-laden vinyl gems were born of the age-old folk music traditions of northeast Thailand in the second half of the 20th century.

This RSD exclusive title is limited to a one-time pressing of 2,000 copies and comes housed in an old-school gatefold tip-on jacket wrapped in a faux-wood O-card. Plus, it includes an 18 × 24" foldout poster and a download card with the full album and two bonus tracks not available on the previous CD release. Get yours only at indie record stores on April 20!

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Theppabutr Productions - The Man Behind the Molam Sound

 

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