A new single from Talbot Adams drops next week and we’ll be hosting him in our shop on Saturday, January 24th at 3 p.m. for a free in-store performance to celebrate the release. The new single, “Green Girl b/w I Love You So” is being released by UK record label Market Square on 7″ vinyl. The single was recorded and produced in Oxford, Mississippi by Cole Furlow of Dead Gaze and is limited to only 300 copies! We’ll have plenty for sell at the show as well as Talbot’s latest solo self-titled record from Spacecase Records.
from the label website:
Market Square Number six comes in the form of ‘dream-laden’ outsider pop by Mississippi based singer-songwriter Talbot Adams.
The Green Girl b/w I Love You So 45, features two great lo-fi indie-pop tracks from Talbot Adams, Talbot lives in Oxford, Mississippi however has had quite a chartered music career, he is a well-known name on the Memphis punk scene as well as being in bands such as The Black and Whites, The Royal Pendletons and KBD styled punkers The Dutch Masters amongst others…. however this 45 – Talbot’s third solo single under his own name. Green Girl b/w I Love You So, showcases some of Talbot’s more gentler songs and Market Square are exceptionally proud and pleased to be working with Talbot Adams.
Green Girl, begins with a simple drum-pattern which recounts 60s girl groups like the Ronnettes, Talbot’s vocal enters singing lyrics about lost-love, a meandering bass-line flows through the song, with acoustic jangle and a Moog synth glide effortlessly underneath, Green Girl is an understated pop-song, creating a great stoned-summer vibe.
I Love You So, the flip, is even more dreamy and chilled… pretty much picking-up where the A-side left off, this track is almost indie-pop and has a real trippy Paisley Underground feel yet at the same time, it sounds like a slow-motion doo-wop song, this is where Talbot is great, he writes songs which you can’t quite work out, it sounds modern, it sounds old, all in all, that is a great skill which Talbot has as a songwriter, regardless of styles, these tracks are cool and the 45 as a whole, is a real nice listening experience…. As mentioned above, ideal for a stoned Indian summer gazing into the eyes of a loved one.
Recorded in Oxford Mississippi Summer 2014 RELEASED – 19th January 2015
Limited to 300 copies only, housed in a pic-sleeve featuring a hand-drawn picture by Talbot himself.
UPDATE:Buy the new record and get entered to win 2 FREE tickets to the show at Proud Larry’s on January 29th! We’ll select the winner at the in-store show on Jan. 27th!
Andrew Bryant‘s new solo record, This is the Life, drops on January 27th via Sleep Recordings and to celebrate we’re hosting Andrew in our shop for a free performance that same day. Show will start at 5 p.m. We’ll have plenty of copies of the new record in stock as well–that’s the artwork below. Many of you know Andrew from his other band Water Liars–they’re one of our favorites around these parts–and it’s a real treat to have him playing in the shop for such a great occasion. So come hang, say hello to Andrew, hear some of his new tunes, buy the record, then catch a full show at Proud Larry’s with The Gunshy later in the week.
I was born 34 years ago in Oxford, Mississippi, to a sawmill father and a church piano playing mother. One taught me how to work and the other how to sing, and I try to do both as much as possible. Maybe the work isn’t as backbreaking as it was for me when I was younger and maybe the songs have changed, but I learned a lot in those day about what it takes to keep going, to not give up. I learned how to sing when my soul was down. Now I find that I just can’t quit.
My first performances were in church. I was raised very religious, as most of us in Mississippi are, and church was regular as clockwork — twice every Sunday, once every Wednesday night. But our church was a bit different than others. We had a full band. Piano, drums, bass, electric guitar. We had a cheap Peavey PA and we played loud. People would dance and run around and fall on the floor. The whole thing. This was the beginning of the evangelical movement and, as faulted and ignorant as this culture has grown to be, at this time in my life it gave me a medium for musical expression that I hold to this day. And for that I will not fault it.
By the end of my high school days I’d added drums, bass and guitar to my repertoire and was experimenting in songwriting and cassette deck home recording. I had also left the church behind and became involved in the punk music scene.
My first stab at a band was with hardcore punk music. My friends and I would play DIY music spaces, bars, VFW halls and coffee shops–wherever we were welcomed. Although that band only lasted a few years, the early 2000s Memphis DIY punk community framed much of the philosophy about music that I still hold true today.
In 2003 I met Matt Arbogast (The Gunshy, Sleep Recordings) and he helped me release my first solo album, The Story Never Told (2004) and took me on tour with him. I spent the next five years living cheap, touring often and writing songs. I self-released more albums — The Magnolia State (2006), Bad Man Blues (2007), The Cowboy (2007), Galilee (2009) and Honeymoon/Blackbird(2011) — most of which are out of print or stored in boxes in my attic next to the Christmas decorations.
A little road worn and down, I took some time off in 2009 and 2010 and finished up a college degree I had long put aside. I read as many books as I could get my hands on. I took some poetry and fiction classes, trying to learn to write better.
In 2011, I got together with a touring buddy named Justin Kinkel-Schuster and formed the band Water Liars.
Our first album as Water Liars, Phantom Limb, was released in 2012 on Misra Records. I recorded, produced and performed on this album in my home studio. Folks like NPR, Vice, and Spin wrote kindly of it. Then in 2013, we signed with Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum records and released our sophomore album, Wyoming. More folks, including The New York Times, Spin, Mtv, American Songwriter and CMJ wrote kindly of Wyoming. In 2014, we released our third album, Water Liars. We tour often and have done shows with the likes of Drive-By Truckers, Angel Olsen, Felice Brothers, Mountain Goats and others.
Though I primarily make a living touring, writing and recording with Water Liars, on January 27, 2015, I’ll be releasing my sixth album as a solo artist. It’s called This Is The Life and it’s a record I’m very excited to share with you. Like my previous records, I recorded the album in my home studio. I played everything on the record too with the exception of bass guitar (played by my dear friend Matt Patton of Drive-By Truckers) and steel guitar (played by my new friend Kell Kellum).
I feel very fortunate. I don’t have to work at the sawmill anymore with my dad when I’m not on tour. My back doesn’t hurt like it used to. I am not basking in riches of any sort, but the lights are on and I had a decent lunch before writing this. I have learned to find the joy in these small things. I have learned to do what I have to in order to keep my energy up, because I love what I do and I want to keep doing it for as long as I can.
“One helluva bluesman: my favorite of his generation, and in my opinion, the best young traditional blues artist performing today.” –George Mitchell
The debut solo album from Jake Xerxes Fussell is out January 27 via the excellent Paradise of Bachelors (Steve Gunn, Hiss Golden Messenger) label out of North Carolina. We received a promo CD in the mail the day before Christmas and it’s been in constant rotation since. Lots of our customers are familiar with Jake and his music. Jake worked at The End of All Music for the first year we were open. He also held a longtime residency at Lamar Lounge as well as the leader of the Thacker Mountain Radio house band The Yalobushwackers. Folks around here know Jake. We’ve heard his songs. Hell, we miss him now that he’s moved to North Carolina. But one thing everyone always hassled Jake about while he was in Oxford was why doesn’t he make a record? Just make a record, Jake! Well he waited and he did it right. Jake’s self-titled record is here. It’s a record full of traditional songs as evidenced in the liner notes’ detailed song histories. Jake knows his songs. He’s a song collector. He’s learned them throughout his growth as a musician and folklorist and very much made them his own. Jake just has a way of making a song his, much like Dylan does. I guess what I mean is when you hear Jake’s renditions of these old songs they sound like they’re his songs, like he wrote them. They’re more than just covers songs. Jake’s adding to the lineage of the song’s life.
The production on the record—by our buddy William Tyler—matches Jake’s song sensibilities perfectly and brings the songs out in a way that seems fresh and classic at the same time. Tyler’s production and guitar playing give the songs a haunting ambience—sometimes a soft background drone—but still find the groove at times and back off when Jake’s guitar and voice are all that’s needed. The backing band here is top-notch Nashville A-list. These guys have played on some of the best records to come out of Nashville (Bonnie Prince Billy, Marty Stuart, Silver Jews, Bill Monroe) and they find the pocket perfectly.
Jake grew up in South Georgia and Alabama and this record is very much influenced by those places. The cover art is from the Columbus Museum in Columbus, GA and features a beautiful painting of a stream surrounded by pines by the artist Francis De LaPorte—the inner sleeve features a circus photograph by Jake’s father, folklorist Fred Fussell. Several of the songs were originally performed by the Georgia Sea Island Singers (check out their record on Mississippi Records or the new Bessie Jones release on Tompkins Square) and blues guitarist Precious Bryant among many others. Jake owes a lot to his Georgia upbringing. His style is very much of the area and is steeped in the folklore and songs that originated there. But Jake isn’t tied down to that place. He’s a traveler, a rambler. He’s taken these songs, these stories, these influences and used them. He’s become a damn fine musician and storyteller. We’ll always be Jake’s friend but we’re also one of his number one fans and he’s made the record we needed.
Read the full press release from Paradise of Bachelors here.
We’re pleased to announce our inaugural t-shirt design contest for a limited-edition shirt available on Record Store Day in April 2015!
-All designs must have the store name, location, and “Record Store Day 2015″ in the design
-All designs must be submitted as a print-ready high quality file (300 dpi or better .pdf would be great). Submissions not sent in the proper form will be ignored. Send design submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
-All designs can only be 2 colors max. You can specify what color shirt you’d like the design on and we’ll try our best to make it happen.
-Deadline is March 1, 2015
-Their design featured on our RSD 2015 shirt and will be sold in the shop on Record Store Day
-$75 gift certificate to The End of All Music
-some free shirts for their friends
-website and social media recognition
We’ll announce the winner on March 5, 2015. The winner gets to keep the rights to their work. We’re just making a one-time print run for Record Store Day 2015 and that’s it. Please email us if you have any questions. Tell all your graphic design, artist friends about this competition. We also reserve the right to not pick a winner, but man, that would be lame.
Send us your submission to email@example.com
So many great records came out this year–both new releases and reissues. We’ve been trying to narrow it down to our top 5 favorites but it’s been tough. We’ll post the top 5 in a few weeks but for now here’s our long list…and yea, it’s long.
-Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Wigout at Jag Bags (Matador)
-The War on Drugs Lost in the Dream (Secretly Canadian)
-Bitchin’ Bajas s/t (Drag City)
-Bonnie Prince Billy Singer’s Grave… (Drag City)
-The Shivas You Know What to Do (K Records)
-Angel Olsen Burn Your Fire for No Witness (Jagjaguwar)
-Thurston Moore The Best Day (Matador)
-Eno x Hyde High Life (Warp)
-Goat Commune (Sub Pop)
-PC Worship Social Rust (Dull Tools)
-Total Control Typical System (Iron Lung)
-Steve Gunn Way Out Weather (Paradise of Bachelors)
-Water Liars s/t (Fat Possum/Big Legal Mess)
-Bass Drum of Death Rip This (Innovative Leisure)
-Swans To Be Kind (Young God)
-Beck Morning Phase (Capitol)
-Parquet Courts Sunbathing Animal (What’s Your Rupture/Mom + Pop)
-David Kilgour and The Heavy 8’s End Times Undone (Merge)
-Sturgill Simpson Metamodern Country (Thirty Tigers)
-Shintaro Sakamoto Let’s Dance Raw (Other Music)
-Dirty Beaches Stateless (Zoo Music)
-Strand of Oaks Heal (Dead Oceans)
-Caribou Our Love (Merge)
-Temples Sun Structures (Fat Possum)
-Hiss Golden Messenger Lateness of Dancers (Merge)
-Talbot Adams s/t (Spacecase Records)
-Run the Jewels 2 (Mass Appeal)
-William Tyler Lost Colony EP (Merge)
-Twin Peaks Wild Onion (Fat Possum)
-J Mascis Tied to a Star (Sub Pop)
-Neil Young A Letter Home (Third Man Records)
-Sharon Van Etten Are We There (Jagjaguwar)
-Bob Dylan & The Band Basement Tapes Raw (Columbia)
-Lewis L’Amour (Light in the Attic)
-Modest Mouse Lonesome Crowded West and This is a Long Drive… (Glacial Paste)
-R.E.M. Unplugged (Warner Brothers)
-CAN vinyl reissues (Spoon/Mute)
-Ghost Woman Blues (Mississippi Records)
-Oasis (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? (Big Brother)
-Craig Leon Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 1 (RVNG Intl.)
-Belle & Sebastian vinyl reissues (Matador)
-Rowland S. Howard Pop Crimes (Fat Possum)
-The Clean Anthology (Merge)
-The Soul of Designer Records (Big Legal Mess)
-Parchman Farm: Photographs & Field Recordings (Dust to Digital)
-Yo La Tengo Extra Painful (Matador)
-Native North America Vol. 1: Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966-1985 (Light in the Attic)
-Wilco Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994-2014 (Nonesuch)
-Bedhead vinyl reissues (Numero Group)
We’re sure we left some off, but this is a long–and great–list. Stay tuned for our top 5 lists next week!
We’ve got quite a few upcoming in-store events lined up for December and January, including two great shows THIS upcoming weekend on Friday and Saturday. Check our events page for all the listings and stay tuned for more announcements.
Friday, December 5th at 5 p.m.
Captain Magma is an Oxford/Starkville, Mississippi based noise rock trio. Their debut self-titled EP, released digitally on 11/19/14 and physically on 12/5/14, follows their incendiary live shows, filled with pummeling drums, blistering feedback, and a good amount of instrument destruction. The self released 5 song EP hones the noise into a sharp point and features all the thrashing you’ve come (or will come) to know and love. The EP will be out on handmade CDs and tapes and is also available at captainmagma.bandcamp.com.
Saturday, December 6th at 1 p.m.
Sons of Old Town Collective Xmas Extravaganza
Former Oxford, MS musician Cory Taylor Cox along with fellow Nashville artists John Davey and Wilderness Alive, are releasing The Sons of Old Town X-mas Extravaganza Vol 1 on vinyl record this holiday season. The record is available for preview here.
It’s that time of year where we make a list of records that any music fan would love to get as a gift. Check out the list below and keep in mind that music nerd friend, that weird music nerd uncle, your little sister just getting into Nirvana, your mom that loves Otis Redding, or yourself. And don’t forget! We have gift certificates too!
First up…THE best gift of the season: Bob Dylan and The Band “Basement Tapes Raw” Vinyl Box
Finally! Dylan’s much famed–and bootlegged–“Basement Tapes” is getting its proper release and the recordings have never sounded better. The complete version comes on CD only in a 6 CD set containing over 100 tracks, but we’re more fond of the “Raw” vinyl version, which is shown here, and is made up of the best of the complete recordings. A must have for any Dylan fan. $99.99
Next…“Native North America Vol. 1: Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966-1985″ (Light in the Attic Records)
“With conception and guidance from the artists, Native North America sheds real light on the painful struggles and deep traditions of the greater indigenous community and the significance of its music. Without a doubt, this is our most ambitious and historically significant project in the label’s 12 year journey” -Light in the Attic $21.99/$44.99
Moving on…“Parchman Farm: Photographs and Field Recordings, 1947-1959″ (Dust to Digital)
Limited edition vinyl set including “Lick My Decals Off, Baby,” “The Spotlight Kid,” “Clear Spot,” and an LP of previously unreleased outtakes and rarities all cut from the original analog master recordings. Also features amazing artwork by Don Van Vliet! $108.99
And now… “The Soul of Designer Records” CD set (Big Legal Mess)
This set was recently picked by The New York Times as part of their holiday gift guide for music lovers. We couldn’t agree more! Read our write up on this amazing set right here. $39.99
Next… Wilco “Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994-2014″ Vinyl and CD sets (Nonesuch)
Includes amazing liner notes written by Jeff Tweedy. The vinyl set comes on 4 LPs and a download for the entire CD set. Both are housed in nice collectors boxes. The ultimate Wilco set. $39.99/$89.99
These are some of our highlights, but there are tons of great releases in the shop right now. Come by the store to see these and all the rest. We’ll even play some of them for you! And like we said, don’t forget about turntables and gift certificates. They make great gifts as well.
Call us at (662) 281-1909 to order any of the above…we’ll ship anywhere.
Happy Holidays and stay tuned for our year-end round up of our favorite records of 2014!