Light in the Attic Records
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Light in the Attic Records is an independent record label that was established in 2002 in Seattle, Washington by Matt Sullivan. The label is known for its roster of reissue projects and for its distribution catalog. Light in the Attic has re-released work Betty Davis, Serge Gainsbourg, Jim Sullivan, Jane Birkin, Monks and The Free Design. The label has also released albums by contemporary bands The Black Angels and Nicole Willis and The Soul Investigators.
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After high school and college at the University of Arizona, Sullivan interned for Seattle, Washington-based record labels like Sub Pop and the now-defunct Loosegroove Records. Susie Tennant, Sub Pop’s then radio-promotions director, offered Sullivan a chance to intern with Madrid, Spain-based record label, Munster Records. Munster Records focused primarily on reissues of bands like The Stooges and Spacemen 3, inspiring Sullivan to begin rethinking his own concept behind the still active idea of starting a record label.
Upon Sullivan’s return to the states he began producing live shows in the Seattle area including performances by performers like Saul Williams, Clinic, and Kid Koala under the name Light In The Attic. With a stronger interest in the production of records, Sullivan returned to his original idea of a reissue label.
Major projects were, among others:
- a reissue of The Last Poet's first two releases - The Last Poets and This Is Madness.
- the reissue of the soundtrack to 1974 blackploitation film Lialeh composed by Bernard Purdie.
- the reissue of several works from The Free Design.
- Wheedle's Groove, a collection of songs from forgotten soul and funk groups from Seattle, including, amongst others, Patrinell Wright, The Black & White Affair, Kenny G, Ron Buford, Overton Berry
- in 2006, Light in the Attic released the album "Passover" from the psych-rock group The Black Angels. This was their first contemporary release.
- the reissue of Betty Davis' albums Betty Davis and They Say I'm Different. Davis agreed with the project, but did no co-operate.
- In 2009, the label acquired the rights to distribute deceased Serge Gainsbourg's classic album Histoire de Melody Nelson. This was their first project with an already established artist.
- In 2010, they launched their 50th album. This album was a release of old demos by folk-country singer Kris Kristofferson and was named Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends: Publishing Demos 1968 - 1972.
- In 2011, the reissue of U.F.O. by singer-songwriter Jim Sullivan.
- In 2014, the label released the compilation album Native North America, Vol. 1.
- In 2017, for the occasion of Record Store Day, they released the official soundtrack of the cult film Ciao! Manhattan in vinyl and CD formats on their Cinewax imprint. This marks the first time that the soundtrack has been commercially-released in any form. 
In 2010, Light in the Attic announced their first imprint, cinewax, for vintage and contemporary film. The imprint has released the Winter's Bone Original Soundtrack, Winter's Bone Original Score by Dickon Hinchcliffe, the Project Nim Original Soundtrack also by Dickon Hinchcliffe, and Jennifer Maas' Wheedle's Groove film.
Modern Classic RecordingsEdit
Light in the Attic's second imprint, Modern Classic Recordings started in 2011. The imprints first release, Mercury Revs' Deserter's Songs was released in November 2011. Their second release, Morphine's Cure For Pain will follow in 2012.
As well as their own products, Light in the Attic distributes a large portfolio of smaller American and hard-to-find international labels. Light in the Attic currently distributes: "Cultures of Soul", "Delmore Recordings", "Favorite Recordings", "Flat Field Records", "Heavenly Sweetness", "Heavy Light", "Hot Casa", "Kindred Spirits", "Lion Productions", "Masstropicas", "Medical Records", "Now Again", "Paradise of Bachelors", "Regenerator Records", Rhino Handmade, "Secret Seven", "Secret Stash", "Strawberry Rain", "Timmion", Trikont, "Vadim Music", "Votary Disk/Roundtable", Voyag3r and "Golden Pavilion"
|The Last Poets/This Is Madness
|Twice As Nice|
|Kites Are Fun
|You Could Be Born Again
|Wheedle's Groove: Seattle's Finest In Funk & Soul|
|Deep Throat Anthology I & II
|Deep Throat OST Pt. 1
|Deep Throat OST Pt. 2|
|Sing for Very Important People
|One By One|
|There Is A Song
|The Free Design: The Now Sound Redesigned|
|Jamaica to Toronto: Soul Funk & Reggae 1967 - 1974
|In My Own Time
|Light In The Attic Sampler 2007|
|They Say I'm Different
|Keep Reachin' Up|
|Summer Records Anthology 1974-1988
|Directions To See A Ghost|
|Songs For The New Industrial State
|The Black Exit CD|
|Coming from Reality
|Histoire De Melody Nelson
|The Early Years 1964-1965|
|Black Monk Time
|2009||Light In The Attic Sampler Spring 2009|
|It's So Hard To Tell Who's Going To Love You The Best
|If This Is Love (I'd Rather Be Lonely) b/w You're So Good 45|
|I Wish It Would Rain b/w Right On 45|
|Together b/w Warm Love 45|
|Love is the Answer b/w Love is the Answer Pt. 2 45|
|Something On Your Mind b/w Katie Cruel (Alternate) 45|
|The First Vietnamese War b/w Nine Years 45|
|Better Off Alone b/w Tomorrow Always Knows 45|
|Come Take Me b/w You Won't See Me In The Morning 45|
|He Was A Big Freak b/w Don't Call Her No Tramp (Rough Mixes) 45|
|Doves b/w Drone in G# 45|
|I'll Slip Away b/w You'd Like To Admit 45|
|Can't Get Away b/w Street Boy 45|
|I Let A Good Man Go b/w Little Love Affair 45|
|Runaway Train b/w Thrift Store Score 45|
|Is It Love Or Desire?|
|Je t'aime... moi non plus
|Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends: The Publishing Demos 1968-72|
|Si, Para Usted: The Funky Beats of Revolutionary Cuba Vol. 1|
|Si, Para Usted: The Funky Beats of Revolutionary Cuba Vol. 2|
|Di, doo dah
|Like A Ship... (Without a Sail)
|T.O.B.E./At Seattle's Doubletree Inn
|I Can't Make A Friend 1965 1968|
|Fully Qualified Survivor
|Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love: Motown's Mowest Story 1971-1973|
|Beautiful Rivers And Mountains: The Psychedelic Rock Sound of South Korea's Shin Joong Hyun 1958-1974|
|Another Nice Pair|
|Late Late Party 1965-67|
|From Where To Where: Digital EP 1970-79|
|Tragic Songs of Life
|Satan Is Real
|Handpicked Songs 1955-1962|
|"Satan Is Real/Handpicked Songs 1955-1962|
|Thai Funk Volume 1|
|Wheedles Groove: Seattle's Finest In Funk & Soul 1965-1979 Limited Edition 45s Box Set|
|Thai Funk Volume 2|
|After Laughter Comes Tears: Complete Stax & Volt Singles + Rarities 1964-1965|
|Winter's Bone Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
|Winter's Bone - Original Score
|Pacific Breeze: Japanese City Pop, AOR and Boogie 1976-1986
|Pacific Breeze: Japanese City Pop, AOR and Boogie 1976-1986|
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- Levin, Hannah. "Counting Backward: Obscuring Reissuing Obscure Gems, Local Indie Label Turns Up The Past". The Stranger. Retrieved September 26, 2006.
- Sullivan, Matt. "About Light In The Attic". Light In The Attic. Retrieved January 1, 2003.
- Mudede, Charles. "The Collector's Soul". The Stranger. Retrieved March 19, 2003.
- Segal, Dave. "Wheedle's Groove". The Stranger. Retrieved September 9, 2010.
- Matos, Michelangelo. "Thrift Store Finds:". Seattle Weekly. Retrieved August 18, 2004.
- Howe, Brian. "The Black Angels". Pitchfork.
- Barr, Brian J. "Betty Davis Is Back, Thanks To Light In The Attic". The Seattle Weekly.
- Barr, Brian J. "Serge Gainsbourg: The King of French Pop". Seattle Weekly.
- Barr, Brian J. "Seducing Kris Kristofferson". Seattle Weekly.
- "The Strange Tale of Jim Sullivan’s U.F.O.", AquariumDrunkard, November 10, 2010. Retrieved 14 October 2015
- "Light in the Attic Unearths the Forgotten History of First Nations Music with 'Native North America' Compilation". Exclaim!, October 8, 2014.
- "Light In The Attic goes to the movies with our new film imprint -- cinewax". Light In The Attic.
- "Light In The Attic enters the "Modern" era ..." Light In The Attic.
- "V/A - Pacific Breeze Pacific Breeze: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1976-1986". Light in the Attic Records. Archived from the original on March 30, 2019. Retrieved May 2, 2019.