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Ethan and Maya Hawke Light in the Attic

Light in the Attic announce Record Store Day exclusive reissue of their Cover Series, Light in the Attic & Friends

03 October 2023, 10:43 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

Coinciding with the announcement, Light in the Attic has released the first digital single off the compilation ‒ Ethan and Maya Hawke’s cover of Willie Nelson’s “We Don’t Run”, as their debut release together.

From Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band covering Detroit singer-songwriter Sixto Rodriguez and Mac DeMarco performing a song by Japanese icon Haruomi Hosono, to Iggy Pop & Zig Zags honoring funk queen Betty Davis, Mark Lanegan and Angel Olsen individually covering Karen Dalton, and Ethan & Maya Hawke covering country great Willie Nelson, these performances bridge the gap between generations, languages, and musical traditions.

“Many musicians whom we’ve reissued had to make huge sacrifices in their day, yet most never saw fame nor were they appreciated on a larger scale until much later in life,” adds Sullivan. “Each offering is so much more than just a cover; it is a tribute to the unwavering human spirit of the personal sacrifice each artist forged through song.”

Speaking of the single recorded with his daughter Maya, Ethan Hawke shares: “This song is off Willie's brilliant album Spirit, which has been a mainstay in our home since it was released in 1996. Everybody needs a good anthem song. This is one of the best."

The track was recently recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York, and features producer Christian Lee Hutson on a number of instruments including electric guitar and Wurlitzer.

The 2-LP set features eleven new recordings, plus original artwork by renowned British artist Sophy Hollington and booklet with track-by-track notes by Lydia Hyslop.

For more than 20 years, celebrated archival label Light in the Attic has shined a spotlight on some of music’s most unique – and often forgotten – voices. But reviving these long-out-of-print recordings is only half of the process. “We believe that an essential component of archival work, aside from simply honouring the music, is to seek ways in which to bring fresh perspectives, context, and reverence to the original artists and their work,” says LITA Founder and Co-Owner, Matt Sullivan

Light in the Attic's acclaimed 7” vinyl and digital singles, Cover Series, seescontemporary acts pay homage to their favourite LITA artists and songs. Spanning more than a decade, a handful of these sought-after recordings have previously been issued as limited-edition 45s, while nearly a dozen tracks are brand-new recordings. Now, all twenty of these inspired tributes will be available together for the very first time.


Side A

  1. Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band - Slip Away (Rodriguez)
  2. Sweet Tea - After Laughter (Comes Tears) (Wendy Rene)
  3. Vashti Bunyan & Devendra Banhart - How Could You Let Me Go (Madelynn Von Ritz aka Lynn Castle)*
  4. Barbara Lynn - We'll Understand (The Supreme Jubilees)
  5. BADBADNOTGOOD feat. Jonah Yano - Key To Love Is Understanding (Majestics)

Side B

  1. Iggy Pop & Zig Zags - If I'm In Luck I Might Get Picked Up (Betty Davis)
  2. Mozart Estate - Low Life (Public Image Limited)
  3. Leslie Winer & Maxwell Sterling - Once I Was (Tim Buckley)
  4. Ethan & Maya Hawke - We Don't Run (Willie Nelson)
  5. Gold Leaves - Won't You Tell Your Dreams (Lee Hazlewood)
  6. Swamp Dogg, John C. Reilly, Jenny Lewis & Tim Heidecker - The Kneeling Drunkard's Plea (The Louvin Brothers)*

Side C

  1. Silas Short - You've Become A Habit (Leo Nocentelli)
  2. Mac DeMarco - Honey Moon (Haruomi Hosono)
  3. Cameron Bethany - Send It On (D'Angelo)
  4. Roedelius - Le Chant des Fauves (Tinariwen)

Side D

  1. Mark Lanegan - Same Old Man (Karen Dalton)
  2. Angel Olsen - Something On Your Mind (Karen Dalton)
  3. Mary Lattimore - Blink (Hiroshi Yoshimura)
  4. Acetone - Plain As Your Eyes Can See (Jim Sullivan)

Light in the Attic & Friends is being released exclusively for Record Store Day’s annual Black Friday event, taking place on 24 November at participating independent retailers.

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