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Record Store Day is Saturday, April 16th!

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Record Store Day—the worldwide holiday celebrating independent record stores—is set for Saturday, April 16. The End of All Music will be participating for the fifth year in row since opening in March 2012. The day is celebrated with hundreds of limited edition, vinyl record releases from major and indie record labels across the globe. This year’s list of releases boast titles from Big Star, Allen Toussaint, Jay Reatard, SUN Records, Junior Kimbrough, Alt J, David Bowie, Run the Jewels, Johnny Cash, J Dilla, Mac DeMarco, Bob Dylan, The White Stripes, Son Volt, Outkast, Phish, The Grateful Dead, Pinback, Jason Molina and lots, lots more. The End of All Music will be stocking most of the titles on the official Record Store Day, which can be found here, however the store will not be carrying everything on the list. Check back here on our blog the week before RSD for everything the store will have in stock for the big day.

As always Record Store Day is a first come, first served operation. There are no holds or presales on any official Record Store Day titles. Customers are allowed to buy one copy per title. Everyone that purchases records throughout the day will receive a free goody bag full of limited-edition swag from The End of All Music as well as tons of goodies from record labels and artists.

The record store will be opening at 10 a.m. for RSD and the first 5 folks in line will get to come in the store 5 minutes earlier than everyone else.

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Fat Possum Records, based right here in Oxford, is releasing three excellent titles for Record Store Day. First up is a 10th Anniversary edition of Jay Reatard’s classic Blood Visions pressed on white vinyl and including a 7” single featuring demos from the Blood Visions’ sessions. Secondly, a 12″ single of the Daft Punk edit of 5 Junior Kimbrough songs for Yves Saint Laurent’s Paris Fashion week 2013 (seen in photo on right). The record is a 1-sided, 45rpm 12″ featuring the 15-minute Daft Punk edit, and the other side is an incredibly etched portrait of Junior Kimbrough. The final Fat Possum release is the tribute album to Junior Kimbrough’s juke joint, Sunday Nights, which features Iggy Pop, The Black Keys, Spiritualized, and more pressed for the first time on clear, blue vinyl. The End of All Music will have plenty of copies of these three releases.

The record store likes to use the day to throw a block party and give thanks to all the folks that come through the shop all year long. It’s a good excuse to give away tons of free swag, drink some beer, listen to music and celebrate the community around the record store. Helping celebrate Record Store Day this year are several fine local businesses. High Point Coffee will be serving up a special Record Store Day blend called The End of All Blends at their location on the Square all week leading up to April 16 as well as at the record store all morning on RSD. The limited edition blend will also be available for purchase in 12 oz bags at the coffee shop and the record store so you can enjoy the brew at home. BBQ Smokeshop will be providing food for the day, serving lunch out in front of the record store starting around noon. Yalobusha Brewery and Yeti Coolers will be providing beverages. Plus there’ll be other treats available throughout the day.

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Oxford based artist Len Clark recently moved his painting studio next door to the record store. He’ll be hosting a studio open house where a new series of music-related paintings will be on view and available for purchase. Len’s painting (seen in photo on left) of Aladdin Sane-era David Bowie can be seen on display in the record store right now.

Local woodworker Ryan Pierce will also be on site selling custom-built record crates. These things are beautiful and will display your records proudly.

There will be raffles held throughout the day. Anyone that comes through the shop on RSD will be allowed to enter with no purchase necessary. Raffle items include a pair of Audioengine powered speakers (a $250 value seen in photo below), several pairs of Audio Technica stereo headphones (a $80 value), concert tickets to The Lyric and Proud Larry’s (We’ve got tickets to Dawes, Lucinda Williams, Gov’t Mule, Old Crow Medicine Show, Moon Taxi, Dave Rawlings Machine, Jon Pardi, and more to give away!), as well as lots of limited records, t-shirts, artwork and other surprises. Raffle tickets will be handed out in the store throughout the day.

 

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Last but not least, Josh Burwell–longtime illustrator of some of the best merch for The End of All Music–provided a new design for this year’s RSD t-shirt. These shirts are super limited and will be available for purchase all day or until they run out.

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For more information leading up to the big day please check out The End of All Music’s blog, follow the store on Instagram @endofallmusic, or check out the official event listing on The End of All Music’s facebook page.

Record Store Day isn’t just about slinging limited-edition LPs all day. We like to throw a party and have some of our favorite bands play. This year we’re hosting sets with Oxford’s newest jangle-pop slackers, BONUS, and one of the best songwriters in the state of Mississippi, Talbot Adams. Read a blog entry about both bands here.

Talbot will start at 3 p.m. and BONUS will play around 3:30. Record Store Day is free, all ages, and open to the public!

Here’s a recent write-up in The Local Voice regarding RSD:

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Bill’s Picks: Richmond Fontaine’s final album

“Bill’s Picks” is a new column we’ll feature right here on our blog each week featuring a new release selected and reviewed by our smartest employee, William Boyle–known as Bill to most folks. Bill is from Brooklyn, NY but lives in Oxford now. He is the author of the novel GRAVESEND and the story collection DEATH DON’T HAVE NO MERCY.  You can find him behind the counter at the record store on Sundays and Mondays.  You can buy his books at Square Books in Oxford. 

Read Bill’s Picks below…

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Richmond Fontaine’s You Can’t Go Back If There’s Nothing to Go Back To is a hell of a last act for the band. They’ve been a model of consistency for twenty-two years, but circumstances have forced them to call it quits. And, as the greats tend to do, they’ve ended things gracefully, making one of their best records.

To be clear: I’d follow Willy Vlautin anywhere. He’s my favorite novelist (please go read The Motel Life, Northline, Lean On Pete, and The Free, if you haven’t) and one of my favorite songwriters, up in the top tier for me with Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Bob Dylan, Shane MacGowan, Bruce Springsteen, Jason Molina, and Neko Case. No one these days does story-songs like Vlautin. Imagine the Springsteen of Darkness on the Edge of Town and The River mixed with the John Doe of early X and throw in some of Dead Moon’s reckless spirit, and you’ll begin to understand where Vlautin is coming from.

Genre-wise, the music isn’t easily classifiable. Richmond Fontaine often gets tucked neatly into the Americana section, but I think that does them a disservice. Country Noir is closer to the truth. Really, though, they’re the band playing on the corner stage of some sad casino while a broken down gambler spends his last grand on a card game and a leathery showgirl drinks vodka tonics on the arm at the bar while watching the races. If that sounds good to you, well then, you’ll strike gold here.

When asked where to start with Richmond Fontaine, I usually point folks to Post to Wire, but you can’t really go wrong and this would actually be a perfect place to start too. Don’t be intimidated by the cast of characters. Many of them show up in previous Richmond Fontaine songs and Vlautin is, in effect, giving them their endings, but that doesn’t mean you’ll feel lost; these songs, on the contrary, definitely function as standalones, even if their overall feel is novelistic.

Vlautin’s voice is at its lonesomest here. When he makes proclamations like “Let’s hit one more place / before we go home,” it wraps up the hope and despair inherent in any life on the margins. His songs are peopled with wrecks and fuck-ups whose best memories involve going on drunks for days and never fighting, whose biggest hopes are that their pals don’t run on out on them when they’re sleeping. These are men and women who are perpetually on the ropes. “My mom worked in an office down that street / You could always see her on her break on the back steps, smoking / Dressed up and worried, she was always broke and worried about everything,” the narrator of “I Can’t Black It Out If I Wake Up and Remember” laments. As in his books, Vlautin can knock you down and lift you up at the same time. He gives you these quiet, gut-punch moments. And he’s a master of details. Take the character in “Whitey and Me” with the “I stole more than I ever gave” tattoo on the back of his hand.

Time doesn’t mean anything to Vlautin’s characters. How can it when you’re “already sinking at 16, 19, and 20,” as is the case with the bad luck brothers of “Three Brothers Roll into Town.” The narrator of “I Got Off the Bus” tells us: “I know what you abandon dies / What you leave leaves you too / I know you can’t go back / if there’s nothing to go back to.” These songs deal with defeat, sure, but there’s always some possibility off in the distance, some chance of staying clean, not fucking up, living right. “Do you think an easy run will find me?” the narrator of “Easy Run” asks, a desperate prayer for good luck. It’s a perfect note to end Richmond Fontaine on.

My favorite tracks: “Wake Up Ray,” “Whitey and Me (Don’t Ride Him Down),” “Let’s Hit One More Place,” “Don’t Skip Out On Me,” “Tapped Out in Tulsa,” “A Night in the City,” and “Easy Run”

Sturgill Simpson Listening Party

UPDATE: You can now preorder the limited, blue vinyl version of the record in our web store, which is only available at independent record shops.

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Sturgill Simpson is dropping a much anticipated, new album on Friday, April 15th called A Sailor’s Guide to Earth. We’ll be hosting a special listening party at the record store on Saturday, April 9th at 2 p.m. Attendees will be able to preorder the limited edition, colored vinyl version of the record only available at indie record shops. We’ll also be giving away some free Sturgill Simpson swag (more on that soon!) and we’ll have a copy of the vinyl to spin in the shop…and we’ll probably give it away as well! Oh yea…free beer too!

Record Store Day 2016

It’s the best time of the year! Record Store Day is coming on Saturday, April 16th! We’ll open at 10 a.m. like normal and we’ll be letting the first 5 folks in line into the shop a few minutes early…so get there early to snag a top spot. While we won’t have everything on the official RSD list we will have a majority of it. We’ll be posting what we’ll have on our website the week of the event. So stay tuned for that. We’ve also partnered up with some great folks for some killer give-aways, raffles, limited editions, etc. More info on that is coming as well…so stay tuned!

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March Record of the Month: Kurt Vile “b’live I’m goin’ down” (autographed)

Kurt Vile played a killer show at Proud Larry’s last night (Monday, Feb. 29) and before the show he was nice enough to sign copies of his latest album for our Record of the Month Club. The new album, b’live I’m goin’ down, is out via Matador Records and boasts one of Vile’s best batch of songs to date. We’ve been fans of his records since his debut and he just keeps turning out the goods. Record Club members will receive a signed copy of the record along with a poster featuring Vile with his record collection. We only have a few extra signed copies so if you want one sign up for our Record of the Month Club now!

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“Vile now plays “rock” in the most ’70s sense of the word—album oriented, guitar solo-friendly, very much about long-haired dudes sitting in a room playing instruments. That he’s hitting his peak as an artist at a time when rock music of the type he practices is falling out of favor and is becoming just another genre instead of the center of the musical universe only adds to his appeal; this is not an artist concerned with being in step. Vile’s relevance to the music world at large rises and falls, but he keeps plowing ahead, secure in the knowledge that in an examined life there will always be more to explore, another bleary morning with another unfamiliar face looking back at you over the bathroom sink.” –Pitchfork (Best New Music)

B’lieve I’m Goin Down… is an impeccably arranged album beneath its soothing, sleepy surface, with every element assisting in an illusion of deep, shimmering, and alluring melancholy.” -Allmusic

“It hews much more closely to Isaac Brock’s hallucinatory scorched-earth apocalyptic premonitions on Modest Mouse’s finest moments, and musically, it’s the purest distillation of Vile’s idiosyncratic style to date.” -The A.V. Club

The Walker Family Singers gospel group to perform in the store March 19th!

The excellent soul revival label, Daptone Records, is releasing Panola County Spirit by the Walker Family Singers on Friday, March 18th. We’ll be hosting the gospel group for a live, in-store performance on Saturday, March 19th at 1 p.m. The BBQ Smokeshop and Catering guys will be here for the event serving up lunch. Don’t miss this intimate chance to see a truly great performance right here in the record store. We’ll have copies of Panola County Spirit on both CD and vinyl.

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Read about and listen to the Walker Family Singers over on NRP right here.

Here’s some more info from the Daptone website:

In April of 2010, Robert, Bobby, Alberta, Delouse, and Patricia gathered at the home of their parents, Raymond and Joella Walker to make a recording with Michael Reilly. It would be Reilly’s third venture to record the a capella gospel tradition of Como, Mississippi for Daptone Records. It was during his first recording (The Voices of Panola County: Como Now) that he encountered the Walker family and learned of their great musical tradition. Raymond Walker was courted by both Fred McDowell and Sam Cooke – each asked him to sing behind them on tour. Respectfully,Raymond declined, on account that the singers wanted him to sing blues rather than gospel. However, it was the Walkers’ voices and not their rich history that captured the attention of Daptone and inspired Reilly’s return to Como to make a full length record of the Walker family songs. Recorded in their living room, these performances are as deep and stirring as they are unembelished. Take a moment to take in Panola County Spirit, with The Walker Family Singers.

Luther Dickinson in-store show March 13th

UPDATE: TIME CHANGE! The in-store show will now be at 1 p.m. (not 3 p.m.)! 

We’ll be hosting Luther Dickinson for a free, in-store show on Sunday, March 13 at 1 p.m. Many of you know Luther from the hill-country boogie rock band The North Mississippi Allstars. Luther’s dad, Jim Dickinson, is also well known around these parts (he was the Thacker Mountain Radio house band leader). Luther’s latest record, Blues & Ballads, is out now via New West Records. The record is in stock now on beautiful 180 gram double LP with songbook and CD. Stay tuned for more info…

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From Luther’s website:

This acoustic collection of songs interpreted simply, recorded live, solo or with a small group of friends reflects my relationship between music, songs, the written word and legacy. Blues & Ballads celebrates the American oral tradition of blues and folk songs, not only being passed down and evolving but being transcribed (the original recording technique) and entered into the discipline of written sheet music and songbooks.

The songs themselves tell the story of growing up in a modern day rural south amongst first generation Memphis rock ‘n rolling, song collecting, folk bohemians, disapproving pre-rock ‘n roll holy rollers, and citified punk rockers and modern day blues giants, experiencing the miracle that was Fat Possum Records and Hill Country Blues in the 90s, singing songs in a language near extinction, barely pre-internet, when community, word of mouth, firsthand experience, books, records and art still ruled. When the elders begin passing on, these family, friends and heroes should be made into folk heroes and their vernacular and stories should be sung.

The CD package contains my handwritten lyrics representing the songwriter’s notebook and the creative process that I love.

The vinyl art includes my dream come true – my songbook, a printed collection of my tunes (my life), transcribed and made to look legitimate. The limited pressing makes the legitimacy fleeting and as it should be: rare and underground. I represent the Memphis underground and the mid-south region’s music. This art is not for the masses. It is meant to wither and fade and then rise from the ashes again and again, evolving and mutating.

Is it too late to tell your and your community’s tales thru the vinyl groove and the block lettered, mimeographed page? Never! So be it through text messaged fluency of thumb and mp3-ed micro speakers, the lives and legends of modern day folk music heroes will live on and the spirit of American roots rock ‘ n roll will shout to the man, the masses, and disposable pop culture, “Fuck off. Even in death, the art lives on.”

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Audioengine Speakers now in stock!

We are now proud dealers of Audioengine bookshelf speakers. These speakers pack a punch and sound amazing especially considering their size. Designed in Austin, TX these powered speakers take sound and convenience to a whole new level.  We paired them up with our bestselling turntable, the Audio Technica LP-60, and they sound really great.  Come by the shop to hear ’em and check out a pair. All you need to get to spinning your records is any turntable with an internal, phono preamp and a set of these Audioengine speakers, and you can get it all from us for under $400.

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The Audioengine A2+ speakers come in black, gloss white, and gloss red. They are $250/pair. We can also order any other Audioengine products…just ask!

“Easily one of the best deals in high-end audio, the Audioengine 2+ is simply incredible.” – The Absolute Sound, Editor’s Choice Award

Bowie painting by Len Clark

Len Clark–artist, painter, drummer–just moved his studio next door to the record store. Len has been a buddy to the store since we opened in 2012 (and long before). You may remember his work on the poster for our first anniversary party back in 2013 and for our Record Store Day poster in 2014. We’re really excited about having Len in the neighborhood and his work is extraordinary. He recently painted a portrait of David Bowie from the Aladdin Sane era, and it’s now hanging in the shop. Come by to see it!

To check out more of Len’s work head over to his website www.leonardrayclark.com or email him at leonardrayclark@gmail.com. He’ll be happy to paint you your own Bowie!

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Record of the Month Club for February: Sunflower Bean & Seratones

The February selection(s) for our Record of the Month Club are two recently signed groups to the Fat Possum Records roster.  This is our first Fat Possum selection for the ROTM Club, and it’s a doozy.  As many of you know, Fat Possum Records is based right here in Oxford.  They’re just down the street from the record store actually and we work closely with them acting like an unofficial storefront for the label.  Fat Possum made its name by releasing hill country blues classics from R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough, but we wanted to show the newer side of the label by showcasing some of their best up-and-coming artists like Sunflower Bean and Seratones (also check out Fat White Family, Mother, Yung, and the now-classic album Sweet heart, sweet light by Spiritualized among lots of others).

 

First up, we’re sending out the debut album by Brooklyn’s Sunflower Bean. RollingStone magazine gives it 4 stars and says, “Listening to the debut album, Human Ceremony, from Brooklyn trio Sunflower Bean is a bit like flipping through some smart stoner’s impeccably refined record collection. All the correct drone-rock references are present: the Velvet Underground at their beachiest, the Autobahn liftoff of vintage Seventies Kraut-rock, the Eighties drug-punk of Spaceman 3, recent garage-grind aesthetes like Ty Segall, and the entire college-jangle canon from early R.E.M. to the Smiths to Real Estate and beyond.” We’ve got super limited, coke-bottle clear vinyl copies just for our Record of the Month Club members.  Club members will also be getting a limited CD (only available via Rough Trade in the UK) featuring Sunflower Bean covering some of their favorite songs.  We’ll also be throwing in a promo poster featuring the Human Ceremony cover artwork. 

 

Second up, we’re sending out the debut 7″ single Necromancer/Take it Easy from Shreveport, Louisiana group Seratones.  They’ve been working on their debut album with Jimbo Mathus at the production helm and if this first single is any indication it’s going to rule. Seratones have played in Oxford several times now and they’re live show is top notch, so go see them when they come to your town (they’ll be back at Proud Larry’s on March 5th!) and be on the look out for their debut album coming later this year. Club members will be receiving the limited, blue vinyl version of the single. 

 

So to wrap it up for February we’ll be sending our Record of the Month Club members the Human Ceremony LP by Sunflower Bean, the limited Sunflower Bean covers CD, a poster, and the Seratones 7″ single.  Sign up now if this has you interested!