The first installment in our Record of the Month Club subscription is going out now! If you’re signed up for the ROTM Club then you should be getting The Meters “Fire on the Bayou” at your doorstep next week. If you aren’t signed up there’s still time to get on the list for the March pick…more info on that soon.
The inaugural record, and February pick, for our Record of the Month Club subscription is the 1975 classic “Fire on the Bayou” by The Meters. This classic New Orleans album is being reissued this February on red-orange swirl, starburst colored vinyl just in time for Mardi Gras. This version is limited to 3,000 copies and will be shipped to all of our Record of the Month Club subscribers along with a few other goodies. So if you haven’t signed up, do it now! This record will ship around February 10th and the sign-up deadline to receive this record as part of the Record of the Month Club is February 1st.
“Fire on the Bayou” is The Meter’s 6th album and was released in 1975–the same year they toured as the opening act for The Rolling Stones. There’s not a bad song in the batch on this pure New Orleans funk masterpiece including the hits, “Mardi Gras Mambo,” “Fire on the Bayou,” “Talkin’ ’bout New Orleans,” and many more.
Band bio:The Meters defined New Orleans funk, not only on their own recordings, but also as the backing band for numerous artists, including many produced by Allen Toussaint. Where the funk of Sly Stone and James Brown was wild, careening, and determinedly urban, The Meters were down-home and earthy. Nearly all of their own recordings were instrumentals, putting the emphasis on the organic and complex rhythms. The syncopated, layered percussion intertwined with the gritty grooves of the guitar and organ, creating a distinctive sound that earned a small, devoted cult during the ’70s, including musicians like Paul McCartney and Robert Palmer, both of whom used the group as a backing band for recording. Despite their reputation as an extraordinary live band, The Meters never broke into the mainstream, but their sound provided the basis for much of the funk and hip-hop of the ’80s and ’90s.
Our record club is a perfect way to get turned on to new music, get limited-edition vinyl releases, expand your taste and grow your record collection all at once. Each month we’ll select one vinyl record and mail it to your door (or you can swing by the shop and pick it up). The selections will cover all genres of music and will include new releases and classic reissues–sometimes regional but not exclusively. We’ll also throw in special promo goodies with each record. And don’t worry, you’ll never get some totally weird record. We’re not trying to impress you with our taste, but rather offer you some fine records you may have otherwise missed.
We offer a monthly subscription for $25/month as well as3-month/$75, 6-month/$140, or yearly/$280 subscriptions (that’s a free record!) plus $5 shipping fee with each record (or in-store pick up if you live in town). This service makes the perfect gift for the music nerd friend or family member.
Read more and sign up RIGHT HERE.The first record will ship early February. Stay tuned for more info on the first selection.
We’ve also started our very own online store where you’ll find all the records we talk about on the blog as well as lots of other store merch. Check out the online store RIGHT HERE. Or click the tab on the left side of this page that says “store.”
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 email@example.com
-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 firstname.lastname@example.org