It’s got to be said that local label Light in the Attic is making every other label look bad these days. Beyond re-releasing some stellar albums that didn’t get enough attention in their day and signing local bands like The Saturday Knights, they’ve been a major cog in resurgence of vinyl and catering to that segment of the market. One re-release that has payed dividends in spades for all who are involved is the stellar 1970 debut album Cold Fact by man of many musical colors Rodriguez.
We weren’t the only ones who named that re-release one of our favorite records of 2008, and with the renewed interest in Sixto Diaz Rodriguez in the States that Cold Fact has brought (he was already much-loved for it in South Africa), Light in the Attic has announced plans for a set of shows to occur across the country throughout the spring, with the west coast leg shows happening over a week in June. Seattle was lucky enough snag one of those dates at the Triple Door on June 23. Tickets for that one aren’t on sale yet, but I suspect you’ll be able to find them on the Triple Door’s snazzy new site sometime soon.
Word is, Rodriguez’s second recording from 1971 titled Coming From Reality will also be released by Light in the Attic May 5. For a modern recording of Rodriguez head on over to Daytrotter who did an exclusive session with him late last year in a Pizza Parlor. The full list of announced tour dates are below.
RODRIGUEZ 2009 TOUR DATES
4/10 – High Noon Saloon, Madison, WI 4/24 – Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH 5/08 – Schubas Tavern, Chicago, IL 5/09 – Magic Stick, Detroit, MI 5/13 – Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington DC 5/14 – Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia, PA 5/15 – Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY 6/22 – Richard’s On Richards, Vancouver, BC 6/23 – The Triple Door, Seattle, WA 6/24 – Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR 6/26 – Slim’s, San Francisco, CA 6/27 – El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, CA