William Tyler is coming back to Oxford! This time to celebrate the release of his latest record, Modern Country, out on Friday,June 3rd via Merge Records. We’ll be hosting William on that same day (June 3rd) for a record release party and a free, in-store show. There’ll be free BBQ and cracklins from Home Place Pastures of Como, Mississippi and we’ll have free beer. Food and booze starts at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m. This is all free and open to the public…all ages.
We’ll have plenty of copies of Modern Country on vinyl and CD. So don’t forget to pick up a copy!
Here’s a little about William and his new record from the Merge Records website:
“Modern Country is a love letter to what we’re losing in America, to what we’ve already lost. We stand at the precipice of the twilight of empire, the decline of so many national institutions and the vanishing of certainties.” —William Tyler
William Tyler returns with Modern Country on June 3. This is the fourth full-length album by guitarist and composer Tyler, and his first recorded outside of his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. It features an ensemble backing group consisting of multi-instrumentalist Phil Cook (Hiss Golden Messenger, Blind Boys of Alabama), bassist Darin Gray (Tweedy, Jim O’Rourke), and percussionist Glenn Kotche (Wilco). The album was tracked at April Base Studios in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and finished in Nashville, recorded and mixed by Jon Ashley, and produced by Tyler and Brad Cook.
Radiohead may be one of the most important rock bands of the last 20 years so anytime they drop a new record it’s worth paying attention to. The bands ninth studio album, A Moon Shaped Pool, dropped (digitally) on Sunday and we couldn’t download it fast enough. The record is probably the most tame, mellow album to date but it’s also probably the bands prettiest. Jonny Greenwood’s orchestrations shine through more than on any other Radiohead release and we’re not complaining. Greenwood’s work on P.T. Anderson film soundtracks have led us to this point and it’s pure minimalistic bliss–combined with Thom Yorke’s vocals and it’s really something special. The digital version of the record sounds great but we’re REALLY EXCITED about the upcoming vinyl release on June 17th.
We’ll be stocking the limited, white vinyl version on June 17th ONLY AVAILABLE AT INDEPENDENT RECORD SHOPS! These will be sure to go quick so come by the shop on the 17th to snag a copy or PREORDER NOW. The limited edition version will come on 2 opaque, white vinyl LPs in a silver foil gatefold sleeve and will include a digital download of the record. You can preorder the limited vinyl version of the LP righthere.
We’ll also have copies of the “Burn the Witch”/”Spectre” 7-inch single on May 16th. These are also limited and only available at independent records shops.
*UPDATE: We aren’t sure yet how many copies of the limited, white vinyl version we’ll be getting so we’ve suspended preorders until we know more. This record is more than likely going to be allocated, therefore it’ll be 1 copy per customer. Thanks and sorry for the confusion.
Greater Pyrenees–the new project from Colour Revolt-alum Sean Kirkpatrick–is playing in the record store on Friday, May 27th at 5 p.m. in support of their excellent debut album, which is out RIGHT NOW!
The in-store is free and all ages.
from a recent write up in the Clarion Ledger:
Greater Pyrenees can trace its roots back to music Kirkpatrick began making before joining Colour Revolt
“There was a great deal of stuff held inside that I couldn’t do in Colour Revolt because it was more aggressive,” Kirkpatrick said.
Lead singles “Homemade Blood” and “Close” display the meticulous care Kirkpatrick and producer Andrew Ratcliffe of Tweed Studios in Oxford put into the album. Layered and complex, the Greater Pyrenees debut offers new nuances with each listen.
Track “In The Morning” is the closest Kirkpatrick comes to rocking out like his Colour Revolt days. “See Me,” is the type of sad, romantic song that really challenged Kirkpatrick, he said.
“If you can convince the person that your voice is genuine, then you can sing a song about anything.”
“The Greater Pyrenees” is the first release by label Procrastinate! Music Traitors, which was started by members of Brand New. Kirkpatrick formed a bond with lead singer Jesse Lacey while touring with Colour Revolt.
They lost touch over the years, but Kirkpatrick attended a Brand New show in Oxford two years ago and reconnected. He was shocked and excited when they selected “Greater Pyrenees” as the first release on the label.
“There is more music out there than there has ever been, but there are also more opportunities,” Kirkpatrick said. “It’s a positive and negative aspect. You’re diving into an ocean filled almost to the brim with fish … Now I’ve got to swim in this crazy aquarium of music everywhere.”
We’re excited to host Hiss Golden Messenger in our store TODAY, April 19th at 4 p.m. The band is in town opening for Dawes tonight at the Lyric Theatre. HGM’s latest record, Lateness of Dancers, is out now via Merge Records and is also the April selection in our Record of the Month Club. Club members will be receiving a autographed copy of the record as well as some other swag from Merge Records. Before signing to Merge last year, HGM released several records on the excellent Paradise of Bachelors label out of North Carolina (some of you know the label for releases by Steve Gunn, Jake Xerxes Fussell, among others). Come check out the band, have a beer (on us!), and snag a few records…this is a show not to miss.
Thanks everyone for coming out for yet another amazing Record Store Day. We had a blast and it was great meeting so many new friends and seeing so many familiar faces. We wouldn’t be the record store we are without all of you, so THANK YOU!
We’ll have these official Record Store Day releases in stock on Saturday, April 16th! We’ll have lots of copies of some and only a few (sometimes only 1 copy) of others. All of these titles will be sold starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday on a first come, first served basis. Only 1 copy of each title may be purchased by a single individual. We hope to see you Saturday morning and we hope you’ll stick around for the party! Read more about the whole day here.
–Mac DeMarcoAnother One Demos LP
–Los Alamos Grind LP
–Blonde RedheadPeel Sessions 7″
–Mike Cooper & Derek HallOut of the Shades 7″
–Jason MolinaThe Townes Van Zandt Covers 7″
–Kevin GatesIslah 2LP Gold Vinyl w/ Poster and Bonus CD
–Sun RaSpaceways LP
–The Flaming LipsLightning Strikes the Postman CD w/ comic book
–Xiu XiuPlays the Muisc of Twin Peaks LP
–The Idle Races/t LP
–AIRCasanova 70 12″ on splatter vinyl
–Aldo CiccoliniEric Satie-Gymnopedies LP
–IdaWill You Find Me LP
–MewithoutyouTen Stories LP
–John RenbournThe Attic Tapes LP
–The Monkees 7″ Picture Disc
–Ol’ Dirty BastardBrooklyn Zoo Picture Disc shaped like a driver’s license (insane!)
–Buddy Guy & Junior WellsThe Criteria Sessions LP
–Regina SpektorBegin to Hope 10th Anniversary 2LP
–Regina SpektorSoviet Kitsch LP on red vinyl with bonus 7″
–MadonnaLike a Virgin & Other Big Hits! 12″ on pink vinyl with Japanese strip
–Wake Up You! The Rise and Fall of Nigerian Rock Vinyl/Book set
–Mystery ArtistSide by Side 7″
–Willie Nelson / Uncle TupeloSide by Side: Truck Drivin’ Man 7″
–Jazz Dispensary: Cosmic Stash VINYL BOX
–Disney Favorites LP for the kids!
–Requiem for a Dream Soundtrack LP by Clint Mansell & Kronos Quartet 2LP
–Allen ToussaintLive in Philadelphia 1975 LP
–Alejandro EscovedoThirteen Years LP
–Alejandro EscovedoGravity LP
–Get Me Home for Tea: Rare Psychedelic Rock from the U.K. LP
–The Other Side of Sun Records: Sun Records Curated by Record Store Day, Vol. 3 LP
–Johnny CashAll Aboard the Blue Train LP on blue vinyl
–Sex PistolsNever Mind the Bollocks LP Picture Disc
–Twenty One PilotsDouble-sided 7″ proceeds to Paris
–Emmylou HarrisWrecking Ball triple LP
–Death Cab for CutieTractor Rape Train/Black Sun 7″
–Fleetwood MacThe Alternate Husk 2LP
–The FeeliesUncovered vinyl EP
–Rough Guide to Unsung Heroes of Country Blues LP
–Thelonious MonkLondon Collection, Vol. 3 LP
–Albert King/The Butterfield Blues BandSide by Side: Born Under a Bad Sign 7″
–Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic ForcePlanet Rock 12″
–Notorious B.I.G.Mo Money Mo Problems LP on “money green” vinyl
–alt-JLive at Red Rocks 2LP on blue vinyl w/ CD & DVD
–Roots RadicsWorld Cup-Extra Time LP
–Fela Kuti & Afrika ’70I Go Shout Plenty 10″
–DeftonesB-Sides & Rarities 2LP on gold vinyl w/ DVD
–Warren Zevon/The Flamin’ GrooviesSide by Side: Werewolves of London 7″ picture disc
–Son VoltLive at the Bottom Line 1996 2LP
–Muddy WatersHoochie Coochie Man–Live at The Rising Sun Celebrity Jazz Club 2LP
–PhishHoist LP on orange vinyl
–The DoorsLive at the Aquarius: The First Performance 3LP on blue vinyl
–Talking Heads/EchosmithThis Must Be the Place 7″
–Tom Petty & The HeartbreakersKiss My Amps Vol. 2 LP
–Heartworn Highways BOX SET w/ 2LP, DVD, poster, & book (the most beautiful RSD release of them all)
–The Shaggs 7″ single
–Grateful DeadCapitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ 1977 VINYL BOX SET
–BuzzcocksMore Product in a Different Compilation: Best of the United Artists Recordings LP
–Hallucinations: Psychedelic Pop Nuggets from the WEA Vault 2LP on purple vinyl
–The DoorsRoadhouse Blues/A Feast of Friends 7″
–Jay ReatardBlood Visions 10th Anniversary LP on red vinyl with bonus 7″ of demos
–Sunday Nights: Songs of Junior Kimbrough LP on blue vinyl (features The Black Keys, Iggy & The Stooges, Spiritualized, and more!)
–Junior Kimbrough Daft Punk edit 12″ with etching
-Surf Rock LPs from Sundazed
–Big StarComplete Columbia: Live at University of Missouri 1993 2LP
–Bob DylanMelancholy Mood EP 7″ on red vinyl
–ChvrchesRemix 12″ EP
–David BowieI Dig Everything: The Pye Years 1966 LP
–David BowieThe Man Who Sold the World 12″ Picture Disc
–David BowieTVC15 7″ Picture Disc
–The Go! TeamThunder Lightning Strike LP on red/yellow vinyl
–J. DillaThe Diary LP with bonus 7″
–Justin BieberPurpose LP Picture Disc
–The KinksIn Koncert ’65 LP
–PinbackBlue Screen Life LP
–Will Johnson/Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster SPLIT 7″ single
–Johnny CashThe Best of the Johnny Cash TV Show LP
–Cheap TrickAt Budokan: The Complete Concert LP
–Miles DavisGhetto Walkin’ 12″ single
–Jimi HendrixSmash Hits LP with alternate cover art
–OutkastElevators (Me & You) 10″ on glow-in-the-dark vinyl
–Elvis PresleyI’m Leavin': Elvis Folk-Country LP
–Joe Strummer Gangsterville LP
–Matthew SweetGoodfriend (another take on “Girlfriend”) LP
–Dogfish Head: Music to Drink Beer To Vol. 2 LP
–The White StripesPeel Sessions LP on colored vinyl*
–Jack WhiteYou Are the Sunshine of My Life 7″ with the Muppets*
–SuperchunkTossing Seeds: Singles 89-91 LP
–The WeepiesSay I am You LP
–METZ/Mission of Burma SPLIT 7″
–Run the Jewels VRTJ Viewer
–Star Wars: The Force Awakens 10″ Picture Disc
–Mumford & Sons + Baaba Maal 7″
–SublimeJah Won’t Pay the Bills 12″
–Florence + The MachineDelilah/Only Love Can Break Your Heart 12″
–Lucinda WilliamsJust a Little More Faith 12″
–From Dusk ‘Til Dawn soundtrack LP*
–Jon Spencer Blues ExplosionThat’s It Baby Right Now LP
*these titles could possibly OR will be late
There may be a few titles that show up late that aren’t on this list but we’ll try to update it asap.
OTHER NOTABLE NEW RELEASES DROPPING ON FRIDAY:
–Sturgill SimpsonA Sailor’s Guide to Earth LP on blue vinyl
–PJ Harvey The Hope Six Demolition Project LP
–John CarpenterLost Themes II LP
–The Music of David Lynch LP featuring Angelo Badalamenti, Karen O, Jim James, Zola Jesus, Sky Ferreira, Duran Duran, and more
–Kevin MorbySinging Saw LP
plus tons of fresh used stock and new vinyl restocks in all week! See you soon!
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.
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! Check out everything we have planned RIGHT HERE!
BONUS has put out several releases that you can check out over on their Bandcamp page here. The word on the street is they’ve just finished a new record that’ll be dropping soon.
Talbot Adams has put out more records than we can count and his last full-length LP, Talbot Adams was one of our favorite records of 2014! He writes near-perfect pop songs, which you can hear right here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
“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…
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”
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!