Monday, June 19, 2006

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Play: The Free Design: The Now Sound Redesigned
Play: The Free Design - The Redesigned Originals, Recorded by The Free Design (1967-70)

As I posted last month, the record label Light in the Attic was recently added to Rhapsody, and as a result, we've seen a recent surge in music geek classics at our disposal. These two Free Design albums as fine examples.

Matt Sullivan started Light in the Attic (LITA) as a promotional company first, and would put on shows by acts like Saul Williams, The Sharpshooters and Peanut Butter Wolf. When Sullivan moved LITA into releasing records, it was this connection to that world that helped with The Now Sound Redesigned. LITA re-released all of The Free Design's back catalogue and, having access to the masters, worked with Peanut Butter Wolf to help with a remix album. The result featured Danger Mouse, Madlib, Stereolab, Super Furry Animals, members of Mars Volta, Belle & Sebastian and my old crush Sarah Shannon of Velocity Girl.

To top it off, since there's still no digital distribution in place for The Free Design rereleases, an album of the 'unremixed' versions of the songs is in Rhapsody now as well, so we're able to listen to the family act that should've been much bigger.

Matt Sullivan, founder of LITA Records, is a friend and former co-worker of mine, and it's the addicted love of music that sealed our friendship (Flaming Lips' The Soft Bulletin, I remember, was our first connection.) At the time, David Byrne and his Luaka Bop label were doing what he'd dreamed of doing - re-releasing great albums (by Os Mutantes and Shuggie Otis) that somehow missed the public the first go 'round.

A couple weeks ago, LITA announced they were re-releasing all of Os Mutantes back catalogue.

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