In the world of vinyl, there are crate diggers—you’ve seen them pawing through the stacks at thrift stores and record shops, looking for treasure—and then there’s Light in the Attic Records, professional crate excavators and curators of style. In their words, owner Matt Sullivan and co-owner Josh Wright “dig through crates so you don’t have to.”
The label, established in 2002, reissues rare and hard-to-find releases and distributes albums for a number of equally obscure labels (Death Waltz, for example), along with some established alternative imprints like Beggars and Sub Pop.
“Business is going well,” says Wright. “We have more records than ever before, and the whole Rodriguez buzz is still going.” He’s referring to the success of the label’s reissue of Detroit singer/songwriter Rodriguez’s only two albums, Cold Fact and Coming From Reality. Renewed focus on the artist revitalized the 70-year-old’s career and inspired the documentary Waiting for Sugarman.
Business has been going so well, in fact, that the label relocated to a larger warehouse in Ballard this past June and set up a small shop out front. “We’ve always had a dream to open a retail space at the front of the office,” says Wright. He guesses the space is around 300 square feet, which means not everything available online will also be on hand in the shop—it will “mainly stock Light in the Attic releases, and some titles we distribute,” says Wright. “There will be CDs, LPs, posters, and we’re planning to do some in-store-only releases and exclusive 45s.”
This Friday’s opening includes free beer, live music, and giveaways; the store will be open Fridays from 1–5 p.m. Though those hours could change, Wright says. “We’ll see how it goes.” Friday, December 6. With Kevin Murphy (Moondoggies), Johnny Horn, Supreme La Rock. 913 N.W. 50th St., lightintheattic.net. 4–9 p.m. Free.