Had the pleasure of interviewing Matt Sullivan of Light In The Attic records this past Saturday at KPFK. Light In The Attic is one of a handful of labels that I’m always excited to see what they’re releasing and they very rarely ever let me down. 2012 has been a particularly good year for the label as it celebrates 10 years of putting out music. During the interview Matt and I chat about how the label got started and he shares a few stories connected to some of his favorite recent releases, playing music from LITA releases, including Donnie & Joe Emerson, Lee Hazlewood, Shin Joong Hyun, Rodriguez and TL Barrett.
There are also a couple of tracks produced specifically for the 10 year anniversary, with contemporary artists covering classic tracks from the Light In The Attic catalog, with Iggy Pop and the Zig Zags covering Betty Davis’ “If I’m In Luck I Might Get Pickd Up Tonight” and the EXCLUSIVE premiere of Charles Bradley & the Menahan Street Band covering Rodriguez’ “I’ll Slip Away”!!! Though this is one of our longer interviews on Melting Pot, I honestly felt like we’d only scratched the surface (I never even asked him how he decided on the name “Light In The Attic”), so don’t be surprised in Mr. Sullivan swings back by for another interview and proper (on vinyl no less) Guest DJ set.
As part of their 10th anniversary, Light In The Attic is having two shows to celebrate. First on September 28th in Los Angeles, where Sullivan is now based, and on October 12th in Seattle, where the label got it’s start. Seems that LA’s show is sold out but there might be tickets for Seattle still available. Rodriguez will be headlining both shows, in LA we’ll get Korean guitarist Shin Joong Hyun and Seattle gets the special treat of Donnie & Joe Emerson!