Matt Sullivan was on a backpacking trip in Spain when a car crash changed his life forever. A slew of excellent records came tumbling out of the car he hit, and he and its owner (who happened to head Spanish labels Vampi Soul and Munster Records) ended up discussing music. By the end of the afternoon Sullivan had ended his trip, shacked up at the label's home in Madrid, and began absorbing the ins and out of owning a record label.
Upon returning to the US, Sullivan started work on what would become Light in the Attic Records, in his Seattle basement. By 2002 Light in the Attic had secured a reissue deal with jazzy pop quintet The Free Design, and had dedicated itself to putting out great music.
Since then, Light in the Attic has reissued classic music from artists like funk’s First Lady Betty Davis, garage rockers The Monks, blue-eyed soul troupe The Vagrants, and Detroit-born musician Rodriguez. More recent signings like neo-psychedelic group The Black Angels are proof of Light in the Attic’s unwavering commitment to their original promise.
Light in the Attic Records’ perfect balance of undiscovered gems from both the past and future make them a no-brainer when it comes to their status as an Rdio Influencer. The label isn’t about following trends — it’s about starting their own, with bands they think deserve a wider audience. Join that audience now by following Light in the Attic Records on Rdio, and checking out their playlist, Light in the Attic on Rdio.
Light in the Attic’s Top 5 Reissues on Rdio
Big Star - Keep an Eye on the Sky
As the Replacements sang in the song "Alex Chilton", "never go far without a little Big Star." A lavish set for a band that deserves the world.
Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground
We're all obsessed with the Velvet Underground box set that came out in 1995. The Velvet Underground & Nico is the second disc in the box. Kinda where it all started.
Various Artists - San Francisco Nuggets & Where The Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965 - 1968
Enough can't be said about the amazing Nuggets box sets. Exhaustively researched and style for days. Though different types of music, they've been huge inspiration for our Wheedle's Groove and Jamaica To Toronto series.
Here are two great albums from the Nuggets series.
Nick Drake - Digital Box Set
The man born with "a skin too few" recorded a scant three albums and then took a trip into the great blue yonder. Essential.
The Stooges - Raw Power
The 3CD/DVD/7" set that came out in 2010 is tops. Blown out and the craziest raw energy ever to be captured.