Record Store Dayâthe worldwide holiday celebrating independent record storesâis 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 yearâs 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 MolinaÂ 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 blogÂ 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 folksÂ in line will get to come in the store 5 minutes earlier than everyone else.
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 Reatardâs classic Blood Visions pressed on white vinyl and including a 7â single featuring demos from the Blood Visionsâ sessions. Secondly, a 12âł single of the Daft Punk edit of 5 Junior Kimbrough songs for Yves Saint Laurentâs Paris Fashion week 2013 (seen in photo on right). The record is a 1-sided, 45rpm 12âł 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 Kimbroughâs 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. Itâs 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 SmokeshopÂ 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 thereâll be other treats available throughout the day.
Oxford based artist Len Clark recently moved his painting studio next door to the record store. Heâll be hosting a studio open house where a new series of music-related paintings will be on view and available for purchase. Lenâs 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 headphonesÂ (a $80 value), concert tickets to The Lyric and Proud LarryâsÂ (We’ve got tickets toÂ Dawes, Lucinda Williams, Gov’t Mule, Old Crow Medicine Show, Moon Taxi, Dave Rawlings Machine, Jon Pardi, and moreÂ 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.
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 yearâs RSD t-shirt. These shirts are super limited and will be available for purchase all day or until they run out.
For more information leading up to the big day please check out The End of All Musicâs blog, follow the store on Instagram @endofallmusic, or check out the official event listing on The End of All Musicâs facebook page.
Record Store Day isnât just about slinging limited-edition LPs all day. We like to throw a party and have some of our favorite bands play. This year weâre hosting sets with Oxfordâs newest jangle-pop slackers,Â 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:
âBillâs Picksâ is a new column weâll feature right here on our blog each week featuring a new release selected and reviewed by our smartest employee, William Boyleâknown as Bill to most folks. Bill is from Brooklyn, NY butÂ lives in Oxford now. He is the author of the novel GRAVESEND and the story collection DEATH DONâT HAVE NO MERCY. Â You can find him behind the counter at the record store on Sundays and Mondays. Â You can buy his books at Square Books in Oxford.Â
Read Billâs Picks belowâŚ
Richmond Fontaineâs You Canât Go Back If Thereâs Nothing to Go Back To is a hell of a last act for theÂ band. Theyâve been a model of consistency for twenty-two years, but circumstances have forced themÂ to call it quits. And, as the greats tend to do, theyâve ended things gracefully, making one of their bestÂ records.
To be clear: Iâd follow Willy Vlautin anywhere. Heâs my favorite novelist (please go read The Motel Life,Â Northline, Lean On Pete, and The Free, if you havenât) and one of my favorite songwriters, up in the topÂ tier for me with Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Bob Dylan, Shane MacGowan, Bruce Springsteen, Jason Molina,Â and Neko Case. No one these days does story-songs like Vlautin. Imagine the Springsteen of Darkness onÂ the Edge of Town and The River mixed with the John Doe of early X and throw in some of Dead MoonâsÂ reckless spirit, and youâll begin to understand where Vlautin is coming from.
Genre-wise, the music isnât easily classifiable. Richmond Fontaine often gets tucked neatly into theÂ Americana section, but I think that does them a disservice. Country Noir is closer to the truth. Really,Â though, theyâre the band playing on the corner stage of some sad casino while a broken down gamblerÂ spends his last grand on a card game and a leathery showgirl drinks vodka tonics on the arm at the barÂ while watching the races. If that sounds good to you, well then, youâll strike gold here.
When asked where to start with Richmond Fontaine, I usually point folks to Post to Wire, but you canâtÂ really go wrong and this would actually be a perfect place to start too. Donât be intimidated by the castÂ of characters. Many of them show up in previous Richmond Fontaine songs and Vlautin is, in effect,Â giving them their endings, but that doesnât mean youâll feel lost; these songs, on the contrary, definitelyÂ function as standalones, even if their overall feel is novelistic.
Vlautinâs voice is at its lonesomest here. When he makes proclamations like âLetâs hit one more place /Â before we go home,â it wraps up the hope and despair inherent in any life on the margins. His songs areÂ peopled with wrecks and fuck-ups whose best memories involve going on drunks for days and neverÂ fighting, whose biggest hopes are that their pals donât run on out on them when theyâre sleeping. TheseÂ are men and women who are perpetually on the ropes. âMy mom worked in an office down that street /Â You could always see her on her break on the back steps, smoking / Dressed up and worried, she wasÂ always broke and worried about everything,â the narrator of âI Canât Black It Out If I Wake Up andÂ Rememberâ laments. As in his books, Vlautin can knock you down and lift you up at the same time. HeÂ gives you these quiet, gut-punch moments. And heâs a master of details. Take the character in âWhiteyÂ and Meâ with the âI stole more than I ever gaveâ tattoo on the back of his hand.
Time doesnât mean anything to Vlautinâs characters. How can it when youâre âalready sinking at 16, 19,Â and 20,â as is the case with the bad luck brothers of âThree Brothers Roll into Town.â The narrator of âIÂ Got Off the Busâ tells us: âI know what you abandon dies / What you leave leaves you too / I know youÂ canât go back / if thereâs nothing to go back to.â These songs deal with defeat, sure, but thereâs alwaysÂ some possibility off in the distance, some chance of staying clean, not fucking up, living right. âDo youÂ think an easy run will find me?â the narrator of âEasy Runâ asks, a desperate prayer for good luck. Itâs aÂ perfect note to end Richmond Fontaine on.
My favorite tracks: âWake Up Ray,â âWhitey and Me (Donât Ride Him Down),â âLetâs Hit One MoreÂ Place,â âDonât Skip Out On Me,â âTapped Out in Tulsa,â âA Night in the City,â and âEasy Runâ
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.
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!
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!
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!
“Vile now plays “rock” in the most ’70s sense of the wordâalbum oriented, guitar solo-friendly, very much about long-haired dudes sitting in a room playing instruments. That heâs 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. Vileâs 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 Brockâs hallucinatory scorched-earth apocalyptic premonitions on Modest Mouseâs finest moments, and musically, itâs the purest distillation of Vileâs idiosyncratic style to date.” -The A.V. Club
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.
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 homeÂ of their parents, Raymond and Joella Walker to make a recording with MichaelÂ Reilly. It would be Reillyâs third venture to record the a capella gospel tradition ofÂ Como, Mississippi for Daptone Records. It was during his first recording (The VoicesÂ of Panola County: Como Now) that he encountered the Walker family and learnedÂ of their great musical tradition. Raymond Walker was courted by both FredÂ McDowell and Sam Cooke – each asked him to sing behind them on tour.Â Respectfully,Raymond declined, on account that the singers wanted him to sing bluesÂ rather than gospel. However, it was the Walkersâ voices and not their rich historyÂ that captured the attention of Daptone and inspired Reillyâs return to Como to makeÂ a full length record of the Walker family songs. Recorded in their living room, theseÂ performances are as deep and stirring as they are unembelished. Take a moment toÂ take in Panola County Spirit, with The Walker Family Singers.
UPDATE: TIME CHANGE! The in-store show will now be at 1 p.m. (not 3 p.m.)!Â
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…
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 ân rolling, song collecting, folk bohemians, disapproving pre-rock ân 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 songwriterâs notebook and the creative process that I love.
The vinyl art includes my dream come true â 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 regionâs 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 communityâs 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 â n roll will shout to the man, the masses, and disposable pop culture, âFuck off. Even in death, the art lives on.â
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. Â We paired them up with our bestselling turntable, the Audio Technica LP-60, and they sound really great. Â 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.
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!
âEasily one of the best deals in high-end audio, the Audioengine 2+ is simply incredible.âÂ – The Absolute Sound, Editor’s Choice Award
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. He’ll be happy to paint you your own Bowie!
The February selection(s) for our Record of the Month Club are two recently signed groups to the Fat Possum Records roster. Â This is our first Fat Possum selection for the ROTM Club, and it’s a doozy. Â As many of you know, Fat Possum Records is based right here in Oxford. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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. Â We’ll also be throwing in a promo poster featuring the Human Ceremony cover artwork.Â
Second up, we’re sending out the debut 7″ single Necromancer/Take it Easy from Shreveport, Louisiana group Seratones. Â They’ve been working on their debut album with Jimbo Mathus at the production helmÂ 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, blueÂ vinyl version of the single.Â
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. Â Sign up now if this has you interested!Â