Record Store Day isSaturday, April 22nd and as always we’ve got a ton of awesome stuff planned. Check out the facebook event page here. You can also see the official RSD list of titles here. We won’t be stocking everything on the list but we will have a lot of it. We’ll post a list right here one week before RSD with all of the titles we’ll have in stock so you’ll know exactly what to expect. We’re also releasing a new compilation cassette in conjunction with local record label, Muscle Beach. More on that to come…
We’ll open at 10 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. like normal. All RSD titles are first come, first served. There are no pre-orders or holds on RSD titles.Â
We’ll be hosting a Muscle Beach showcase throughout the afternoon with live music and exclusive merch (including our joint RSD release!). We’ll also be serving coffee from Heartbreak Coffee, BBQ from Brad’s Smokehouse BBQ Truck, and James from Confit web design will be brewing some beer for the occasion (must be 21 years old to try the beer). More info regarding the music schedule to come…
We’re also excited to announce the FAT POSSUM RECORDS Factory Outlet shop. This will be a one-day only thing where the Fat Possum crew will be digging deep into their warehouse to sell you classic Fat Possum titles at a staggering discount. They’ll be setup in front of the shop all day. More info to come…
We’ve also got a few other tricks up our sleeve…so watch this spot!Â
Our good buddy (and former employee) Jake Xerxes Fussell returns to Oxford on Saturday, April 8th in support of his excellent new record, What in the Natural World, released by Durham, North Carolina labelÂ Paradise of Bachelors. Jake will perform in the record stare at 4 p.m. before playing a full set later that night at Proud Larry’s.Nathan Bowles (also a Paradise of Bachelors label-mate with several great records out) will be performing with Jake.
The new record drops on March 31st and we’ll have plenty of copies of it on vinyl and CD. Buy the new record and pick up a copy of Jake’s excellent debut if you haven’t already, then come back to the shop to hear the songs live. We’ll have some free beer for those at least 21 years old.
Fussell has a deep respect and affinity for the Southern folk vernacular, though he also maintains his childlike awe for it. [What in the Natural World] marks a move into more existential questions â€¦ vignettes of Southern life, with an open-hearted groove that would please scholars and little kids alikeâ€”Fussellâ€™s burly, winking voice is made for storytelling.Â â€“ NPR Music
A singular combination of pedigree, experience, education, and talent.Â â€“ The Oxford American
Itâ€™s difficult to imagine another contemporary interpreter delivering a tale of desperation and sadness with such tenderness, warmth, and grace. The room he leaves for the song to breathe allows it to flourish into its own fully-formed, nuanced world â€“ one as familiar today as during the time of its origin. Here, Fussell taps into those roots and in turn carries the pathos across an entire century, creating something wholly his own. No small feat and just one of the many exhibits that display a truth as absolute as the suffering in this song: Jake Xerxes Fussell is a national treasure.Â â€“ Aquarium Drunkard
See a 5-minute documentary on Either/Orbelow courtesy of Pitchfork:
Either/Or: Expanded Edition features the original tracks carefully remastered from original tapes under the supervision of Larry Crane.Â The second disc features five live multi-track recordings from the Yo Yo A Go Go Festival in Olympia WA in 1997, as well as three previously unreleased studio recordings and one b-side gem.Â The double LP is packaged in a gatefold jacket that includes an insert of the original liner notes, a postcard of the original master tapes, and several never-before seen photos.Â This gorgeous collection is an essential listen for longtime fans and newcomers alike.
Club members will get a copy of the double album on limited yellow vinyl only available at independent record stores as well as a promo poster! The record will ship or be ready for pickup on or around the March 10th release date. To read more about our Record of the Month Club please go here.Â
On Wednesday, March 1st we’ll be celebrating the fifth-year anniversary of the opening of The End of All Music.
It’s just insane to us that it’s already been five years, and what an amazing first five it’s been. We couldn’t have done it without the fine folks in Oxford, Mississippi and our customers from all over. So a huge THANK YOU to all y’all out there buying records and coming through our doors. Here’s to the next five!
To celebrate this milestone we’ll be hosting a record release party and in-store show with Tucson, AZ artist Casey Golden–in conjunction with local record label Muscle Beach. Casey’s debut record is also the first vinyl release on Muscle Beach after a string of excellent cassette releases from the label in 2016. Read more on the label and listen to their releases here.Â
We are also planning a joint release with Muscle Beach this year for Record Store Day in April. More info on that to come!Â
We’ll have copies of the new vinyl release at the store plus some FREE BEER! Be sure to catch a full set with Casey Golden later that night at Proud Larry’s where he’ll be joined by label mates BONUS.Â
We’ve got a lot of stuff planned for March and April including more in-store shows, Record Store Day, Jake Xerxes Fussell’s record release party, Double Decker, and more! So stay tuned!
Casey Goldenâ€™s record offers a space to reflect, ponder, question, as you swim through a murky ocean just off of a Brazilian shoreline, where all the past lives go to tango and drink Tecate. A solo project from former guitarist/vocalist in Union Pacific and current drummer in The Night Collectors.
“Your face, your race, the way that you talk
I kiss you, you’re beautiful, I want you to walk
We’ve got five years, stuck on my eyes
Five years, what a surprise
We’ve got five years, my brain hurts a lot
Five years, that’s all we’ve got”
Vic Chesnutt’sdebut album, Little, is a work of pure Southern Gothic genius. Chesnutt’s records are by no means easy on the heart, but they’re beautiful.Â His songs fit right in with the darker sideÂ of Southern literary tradition like the best short stories ofÂ Flannery O’Connor and Larry Brown. His lyrics take on a literary merit much like Bob Dylan’s (who’s recent Nobel Prize in literatureÂ proves that songwriting is a form of high poetry). These are important songs by an important Southern artist. We’re really excited to be able to stock all of Vic’s records in the shop. They’re all records that need to be heard, and need to be owned…on vinyl.
Little was produced by fellow Athens, GA artistÂ (and R.E.M. lead singer) Michael Stipe. The lush, rich poetry of the lyrics on Little is counterbalanced by Stipe’s stark production, with mostly live-sounding performances by Chesnutt accompanied by little more than his guitar. The recordings were done as demos, “on an October day in 1988 at John Keane’s gussied up studio…me feeling rather rough from the night before,” writes Chesnutt.
Athens-based record label, NEW WEST RECORDS, has taken on the important task of reissuing Vic’s records in chronological order. Little comes pressed on 180g vinylÂ and contains new liner notes by Michael Stipe.Â Record of the Month Club members will also get a promo poster. More info the ROTM Club right here.Â
We’re big fans of the Mississippi Arts Commission and all the good things they do for the state of Mississippi. The Commission is currently under threat by the State Senate and this is NOT GOOD. We need to rally and show our support in any way possible so that the politicians in Jackson know how important the arts (and the tourism they attract!) are to our state.
The below text is from an email sent out by Oxford’s local arts commission, the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council.
SB 2611 (clickÂ hereÂ to see the bill) has been introduced in the MS Senate that would abolish the Mississippi Arts Commission. Some results of this Bill will be:
Transfer all responsibilities, power and assets of the Arts Commission to the Mississippi Development Authority onÂ July 1
Allow the governor to appoint 15 people to a new Mississippi Arts Advisory Council, dismantling the current Arts Commission board
Leave council meetings to the discretion of the Mississippi Development Authority director, currently Glenn McCullough
Will put the arts under the auspices of people with considerably less experience in this area rather than leaving it under the control of MAC which is working from a 50 year foundation with people who understand the MS arts scene.
Puts the arts squarely into the political arena, thereby making them, essentially, a partisan issue.
Raises questions about the future of such commission duties as distributing $1.5 million per year in grant money to Mississippians and local arts organizations such as the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council.
The proposal does not save money and is ineffective in government efficiency. MAC is committed to performance based evaluation of government operations, and it is alarming that the proposal involving MDA does not come with a study, review, plan or any analysis of accountability, efficiency or transparency– the fundamental values of public funding. MAC receives a small amount of state money, but (with federal match) re-grants over 50% of their annual budget back to communities. This money comes to Yoknapatawpha Arts Council as General Operating funding which is one of the most difficult types of funding to secure as most grants do not fund expenses such as staffing, electricity, building maintenance, etc.