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St. Vincent is the 2017 RSD Ambassador!

We’re pumped to announce that this year’s Record Store Day Ambassador is St. Vincent! She rules!

Record Store Day is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year on Saturday, April 22nd (also Earth Day) and we’ll be celebrating our 6th Record Store Day at The End of All Music.

So stay tuned for lots more info in the next few months…we’ve got quite a party in the works.

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Vic Chesnutt’s debut is our Feb ROTM Club selection

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Vic Chesnutt’s debut 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. His songs fit right in with the darker side of Southern literary tradition like the best short stories of Flannery O’Connor and Larry Brown. His lyrics take on a literary merit much like Bob Dylan’s (who’s recent Nobel Prize in literature 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 artist (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 vinyl and contains new liner notes by Michael Stipe. Record of the Month Club members will also get a promo poster. More info the ROTM Club right here

You can listen to Little over on our ROTM Club Spotify playlist.

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The above photo was taken from the Oxford American. Read John Jeremiah Sullivan’s excellent profile on Vic right here.

Vic Chesnutt passed away on December 25, 2009.

Check out the recent book by Kristin Hersh on Vic’s life, Don’t Suck, Don’t Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt. You can buy a copy at Square Books. 

Save the Mississippi Arts Commission!

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.

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SB 2611 (click here 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 on 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.

Learn more at an informational meeting this Sunday at 1 pm at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center. 

Call & Email!
We need you to take action to preserve the Mississippi Arts Commission! According to the Senate Docket Room, the person to call is State Senator Eugene S. Clarke, the appropriations committee chair.

  • The best way to speak with Sen. Clarke is to set up an appointment with him at the Capitol at (601) 359-3250.
  • If you are unable to meet in person, you can call the same number and leave a message with his assistant, and Sen. Clarke will call you back.

You can also contact the authors of the legislation:

Finally, contact our local representatives and senators to let them know you think they should vote NO changes to the Mississippi Arts Commission!

Nolan Mettetal nmettetal@house.ms.gov, 662-487-1512
Jay Hughes jphughes@house.ms.gov, 601-359-3339
Gray Tollison gtollison@senate.ms.gov, 601-359-2395
Steve Massengill smassengill@house.ms.gov 601-359-3353
John Thomas “Trey” Lamar, III jlamar@house.ms.gov601-359-3343
Charles Jim Beckett jbeckett@house.ms.gov (601) 359-3335

Here is the Arts Commission: Copy them and let them know you support them!

Malcolm White , Director Mississippi Arts Commission mwhite@arts.state.ms.us

Our ROTM Club January pick is…

John Prine’s self-titled, debut LP back in print on vinyl for the first time since its original release is 1978. Members will get a copy of the record on 180 gram vinyl mastered from the original, analog tapes. They will also get a 2017 calendar courtesy of Rhino Records. 

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You can find out more about our Record of the Month Club here and you can listen to John Prine’s debut record over on our Spotify playlist.

 

Allmusic says: A revelation upon its release, this album is now a collection of standards: “Illegal Smile,” “Hello in There,” “Sam Stone,” “Donald and Lydia,” and, of course, “Angel from Montgomery.” Prine’s music, a mixture of folk, rock, and country, is deceptively simple, like his pointed lyrics, and his easy vocal style adds a humorous edge that makes otherwise funny jokes downright hilarious.

Here’s RollingStone magazine’s original review from 1978: 

This is a very good first album by a very good songwriter. Good songwriters are on the rise, but John Prine is differently good. His work demands some time and thought from the listener — he’s not out to write pleasant tunes, he wants to arrest the cursory listener and get attention for some important things he has to say and, thankfully, he says them without fallinginto the common trap of writing with overtones of self-importance or smugness. His melodies are excellent.

If Prine had less talent, this would have been a much easier review to write. Because of the fact that the highs show brilliance, the lows are more noticeable; he’s a good songwriter but there are indications that he can be a great one. In his liner notes Kris Kristofferson writes of Prine: “Twenty-four years old and writes like he’s two-hundred and twenty.” I readily agreed with that, but after repeated listenings, the conviction rose in my mind that he doesn’t really write like he’s old — the bitterness in his songs might make it seem that way. Hopefully, age brings some mellowness, too. The stories he tells have a negative kinkiness; if pain isn’t apparent, it’s just below the surface.

“Spanish Pipedream” is a happy song, but it is a pipedream. “Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You Into Heaven Anymore” is another rollicking song, but it does deal with death. This is not to say that Prine’s view of the grimness of life is inaccurate. (“Six O’Clock News” might be overdone, ending with the suicide of a boy who learns he’s illegitimate.) This is not even meant to declare this quality of Prine’s work as a fault, for his bitter eye reflects that he really has strong ideals, that he’s a compassionate person who has seen sharp disillusionment growing from people’s uncaring behavior toward other people. He’s certainly aware of the lonely traps people construct for themselves. It’s just that bitterness corrodes after a time — it’s a dead-end street for songwriters.

“Donald and Lydia” must be the definitive song of the lovemaking fantasy (people buzz about how it’s about masturbation, but that’s really not the point of the song), To select more important lines is impossible: the song is a complete gem, verses and chorus. “Far From Me,” recounting the terrible intimation that the one you love is going to leave you, is so painfully accurate of the feeling of the situation you can taste it. “Hello in There” is moving, written about a lonely old couple, a theme relatively unexplored by songwriters (with the notable exception of Jacques Brel).

“Pretty Good” is a pretty good song and pretty funny (but with that kinky streak again) in which the singer fucks a girl from Venus, another girl gets raped by a dog, and various gods hang out, all interspersed with an unlikely chorus which is one of the few touches of sweetness on the record: “Moonlight makes me dizzy/Sunlight makes me clean/Your light is the sweetest thing/That this boy has ever seen.”

All of Prine’s songs have a strong country feel, but “Paradise” is pure, classic country, downright bluegrass in both lyric and melody, with a tale of how the coal company ruined the beautiful land in Western Kentucky. “Flashback Blues” is an uptempo farewell lament that’s a poetic tumble of keen nostalgia, insights to loneliness and isolation, the pain of seeing one’s self in emotional nakedness and the running ahead of that pain — but it sometimes catches up.

Prine’s G.I. junkie song. “Sam Stone,” is already known by some and is favored in other singers’ repertoires. I find it too heavily contrived, not up to Prine’s standard. Then there’s “Angel from Montgomery.” where again the narrator is old. “Quiet Man” has the thoughtful line, “Steady losing means you ain’t using/What you really think is right.” “Illegal Smile” is again about a bad case of the blues (saved by a sense of humor) — John Prine must know what bad times are.

The album is well-produced, with a small back-up band used throughout. Though after seeing John perform solo at Paul Colby’s Bitter End, accompanying himself on guitar, it’s obvious that he can do well with or without. It’s good to have such a fine new talent around who is both interesting and provocative. If he’s this good this young, time should be on his side.

Follow us on SPOTIFY

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You can now hear what we’re listening to in the shop via Spotify. We’ll make new playlists weekly featuring new records, fresh reissues, weird stuff, classics, and everything in between. Listen first, dig it, then come buy the record in the shop.

You can check out playlists of our favorite new releases and reissues of 2016 now, and stay tuned for new playlists weekly.

Enjoy!

Bestselling Records of 2016

Don’t forget to check out our favorite new releases and reissues of the year.

Here are the bestselling records of 2016! 

1.) Sturgill Simpson A Sailor’s Guide to Earth 

2.) Chris Stapleton Traveler

3.) Alabama Shakes Sound & Color 

4.) David Bowie Blackstar 

5.) Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool

6.) Leon Bridges Coming Home

7.) Whitney Light Upon the Lake

8.) Sam Langhorne The Gospel According to Sam

9.) Julien Baker Sprained Ankle

10.) William Tyler Modern Country 

11.) Angel Olsen My Woman

12.) Drive-by Truckers American Band

13.) Talbot Adams Community Recession Era

14.) Luther Dickinson Blues & Ballads

15.) Fleetwood Mac Rumours 

16.) Wilco Schmilco

17.) Not the Same Old Blues Crap Vol. 2

18.) Creedence Clearwater Revival Chronicle

19.) Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit… 

20.) Barry Hannah I have no idea…

21.) Seratones Get Gone

22.) Van Morrison Moondance

23.) Miles Davis Kind of Blue

24.) Charles Bradley Changes 

25.) Lumineers Cleopatra 

2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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Records make great gifts…and so do turntables, t-shirts, CDs, gift certificates…

We’ve got you covered this holiday season and if you’re having trouble what to get your cool dad, weird boyfriend, younger sister, hip grandma, then we’re here to help you out. Below you’ll find a few things to think about.

Check out our favorite new releases and reissues of the year, which can be purchased in our online shop.

Feel free to call the shop (662) 281-1909 or email us endofallmusic@gmail.com with any questions or orders.

 

Record of the Month Club subscription

The gift that keeps on giving all year long! Read more about it and sign up here.

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Audio-Technica Turntables

We keep in stock several models including the most popular LP-60 (starting at $99.99) and LP-120 ($299.99) turntables. We have them with USB ports, Bluetooth, or standard versions.

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Vinyl Box Sets

We have a wide selection of box sets including David Bowie’s latest archive release, Bob Dylan’s Bootleg Series titles, Dust-to-Digital sets, the most excellent Numero Group boxes, The Replacements Sire and Twin/Tone set, Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool deluxe version, The LAST WALTZ 40th anniversary set, and lots more. Also, CD box sets fit perfectly into stockings…like Big Star’s Complete Third, Washington Phillips, and NRBQ.

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Turntable and record cleaning accessories

Take care of your records and they’ll take care of you.

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Gift Certificates!

Still don’t know what to buy…snag a gift certificate in any amount.

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End of All Music merch

We’ve got t-shirts (short sleeved and long!), turntable slipmats, beer koozies, winter hats, and more!

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