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Light In The Attic Launches Long Overdue Podcast by Matt Valerio

One of my favorite labels out today just launched a podcast series today. For this episode, they're talking about some upcoming Record Store Day releases, including their limited release of the Shogun Assassin soundtrack, and the long long Willie Nelson / Daniel Lanois collaboration album Teatro. Let's hope Light In the Attic continues this series for a long time.

Bomarr contributes "My Other Life Is A Failure" mix for by Matt Valerio

"My Other Life Is A Failure" is a new mixtape I put together for the wonderful website It features some of my all time and recent favorite songs. You should go have a listen

Cover art background image by yours truly. 

Rodriguez performs on Letterman by Matt Bomarr

This video gives me goosebumps. Seeing such an awesome, gentle man like Rodriguez finally getting the recognition he deserves is really really great. I had the pleasure of meeting this man a few years ago when he came to visit my place of employment after playing a show at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall. After already having been familiar with his Cold Fact LP for a few years, I was extremely nervous to meet him. He was already a celebrity to me. I remember shaking his hand and telling him how much I loved his music, and he continued to shake my hand for a very long time, while very humbly saying "Aww, thanks a lot, man." It was a very memorable moment for me. You REALLY need to head out and check out the new documentary about him, Searching For Sugar Man. After you watch it, come back and watch this video again. You'll look at it in a completely different way. I promise.

Jim Sullivan - "Highways" by Matt Bomarr

jim sullivan - "highways" (download) [audio]

From Jim Sullivan's "lost psych masterpiece" UFO, which was recently reissued by the always-impressive Light In the Attic label (home to Rodriguez, The Monks, Kris Kristofferson and Cat Stevens reissues).  The fascinating thing is that Jim Sullivan mysteriously disappeared outside Santa Rose, New Mexico in 1975 after recording this album.  His VW Bug was found, and his hotel room was left untouched.  A lot of people think he may have had mafia ties, or was maybe abducted by aliens.  Either way, this album is truly a "lost classic" filled with psychedelic pop gems that have really held up over the years.  Start to finish, this is an amazing record that should not be overlooked. buy

Rodriguez - "Sugar Man" by Matt Bomarr

I wanted to post something different from this record, because "Sugar Man" is definitely the most blogged and talked about track of his, but it's really a great introduction to his music. Cold Fact was originally released in 1970, to very little acclaim. The label he was on folded, and after not gaining a whole lot of commercial success, he decided to give up music. Years later, in 2002, DJ David Holmes featured "Sugar Man" on his DJ Mix Come Get It I Got It and interest in Rodriguez's music was renewed. Since then, his record Cold Fact had become a highly sought after piece of vinyl. Low quality represses were made here and there, and word kept getting around. Then, at the end of last year, Light in the Attic decided to give it an official, proper re-release, and people have been going crazy over it. Some people consider Rodriguez Detroit's answer to Bob Dylan. His songs are political, emotional, poetic, and just straight up catchy. From start to finish, Cold Fact is an amazing album that needs to be heard by the masses.

The Black Angels - "Young Men Dead" by Matt Bomarr

Some good old fashioned, dark, heady, psychedelic rock from Austin's The Black Angels. They take their name from the Velvet Underground song "The Black Angel's Death Song". This song is from their album "Passover"The Light in the Attic label has released their last couple of records & EP's. Highly recommended. (That's a stylized image of Nico that they use as their logo).