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!
Our good buddy Alex is premiering his new film, SEQUENCE, thisWednesday, December 3rd at the Oxford Commons Malco cinema. Showtime is 7 p.m. and tickets are $10. Don’t miss this! There will be an after party at Ajax with Dent May DJing.
Don’t forget that this Saturday, November 29 is SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY. We know lots of local businesses are participating in this promotion and we’re right there with them. We also know the Egg Bowl will be top priority for most folks in town on Saturday, so don’t forget that WE’RE OPEN ON SUNDAY from noon ’til 5 p.m. Come by and see us. #ShopSmall
We’re hosting Record Store Day Black Friday at our shop on Friday, November 28 before the Egg Bowl.
RSDBF is a day where record labels—both major and indie—get together with independent record shops all over the world to celebrate local record shops and release limited edition records. It’s not quite as big as Record Store Day in April but it’s a great way to kick start the holiday season with hundreds of new releases.
This year we’re letting you sleep in an extra hour. We’ll be opening the shop at 11 a.m. instead of our normal 10 a.m. opening time. We know some folks will get here early no matter what, but we’ve never been a big fan of the chaos surrounding early-morning Black Friday sales. So we’ll wait ‘til the sun is high and everyone can get coffee and breakfast before we open.
CUPS coffee shop will be here slinging coffee to the masses all morning as well. Bring some cash for a warm beverage. They’ll have medium roast and a flavor-of-the-day coffee available.
All used vinyl will be 25% off on this day! You can finally buy that record from the rare bin at a great price!
We’ll post the list of official RSDBF titles a few days before the big event. Stay tuned for that!
And remember; these titles are available on a first come, first served basis. There are absolutely no holds or preorders on any of these titles. We get a limited amount of each release (we have zero control over the allocation process), so come early if you think we may sell out of a certain title. Unfortunately there are no guarantees of the availability of these releases, but we try our best to make everyone happy.
After we close down for the day we’ll be heading over to Proud Larry’s to spin records as part of the Cats Purring Mythic Saloon DJ party. It’s free! So come celebrate RSDBF with us at the shop then dance with us at Larry’s later that night. Go Rebs!
Thanks for supporting your local record store. We really appreciate it.
Dust-to-Digital (again!) has put out an amazing box set to round out a year of great releases. “Parchman Farm: Photographs and Field Recordings, 1947-1959″ is a 2 CD set of 44 audio recordings made by Alan Lomax in a slipcased book featuring 77 photographs and essays by Lomax, Anna Lomax Wood, and Bruce Jackson. Dust-to-Digital paired up with the Lomax Archives–and our buddy Nathan Salsburg–to make this release possible. You have to see it to believe it. This is by far one of the best reissue projects of the year (maybe ever!) and an important document to the history of Southern music and culture. These haunting tracks and photos add a strange beauty to the South’s gruesome past and Lomax was there to capture it so that Dust-to-Digital could release it some half century later.
From the Dust-to-Digital website:
In 1947, ’48 and ’59, renowned folklorist Alan Lomax went behind the barbed wire into the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. Armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck—and, in 1959, a camera—Lomax documented as best an outsider could the stark and savage conditions of the prison farm, where the black inmates labored “from can’t to can’t,” chopping timber, clearing ground, and picking cotton for the state. They sang as they worked, keeping time with axes or hoes, adapting to their condition the slavery-time hollers that sustained their forbears and creating a new body of American song. Theirs was music, as Lomax wrote, that “testified to the love of truth and beauty which is a universal human trait.”
“A few strands of wire were all that separated the prison from adjoining plantations. Only the sight of an occasional armed guard or a barred window in one of the frame dormitories made one realize that this was a prison. The land produced the same crop; there was the same work for blacks to do on both sides of the fence. And there was no Delta black who was not aware of how easy it was for him to find himself on the wrong side of those few strands of barbed wire…. These songs are a vivid reminder of a system of social control and forced labor that has endured in the South for centuries, and I do not believe that the pattern of Southern life can be fundamentally reshaped until what lies behind these roaring, ironic choruses is understood.” — Alan Lomax, 1958
“Black prisoners in all the Southern agricultural prisons in the years of these recordings participated in two distinct musical traditions: free world (the blues, hollers, spirituals and other songs they sang outside and, when the situation permitted, sang inside as well) and the work-songs, which were specific to the prison situation, and the recordings in this album represent that complete range of material, which is one of the reasons this set is so important: it doesn’t just show this or that tradition within Parchman, but the range of musical traditions performed by black prisoners. I know of no other album that does that.” — Bruce Jackson, 2013