October 15, 2013
Seattle-based label hit 80 record stores in two weeks road-trippin’ down the East Coast.
The thing about selling records is that someone’s still got to hump them to the shop. Taking the opportunity to catch up with the business end of running a label, Light In The Attic have embarked on their 6th (who’d have thought?) annual road trip, carting a van load of merchandise across the USA to shops, labels and customers in person.
Jamming around in a mini-van whose choice of fuel is not unlike Ed Begley Jr’s go-kart in The Simpsons, LITA touch base with Daptone Records, Patti Smith guitarist Lenny Kaye, and a guy who claims to be Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s older brother, as well as chatting briefly to new age pioneer Laraaji (who appears on the label’s new genre compilation I Am the Center) about why he only owns orange clothes.
Of course, Light In The Attic aren’t the first to hit the open road this summer in search of vinyl enthusiasts, after photo project Dust & Grooves spent a month spent documenting the nation’s weird and wonderful record collectors. Reporting from the shop floor, D&G have so far produced two films for The Vinyl Factory, from LA’s Origami Vinyl and San Francisco’s Groove Merchant.