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Hiss Golden Messenger Free In-store Show TODAY

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.

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Don’t miss this excellent show! AND you still have time to head to Square Books for a reading at 5:30 with Jack Pendarvis and Megan Abbott.

 

Record Store Day recap!

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!

Here are some photos from throughout the day…

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The LIST!

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.

The List:

Mac DeMarco Another One Demos LP

Los Alamos Grind LP

Blonde Redhead Peel Sessions 7″

Mike Cooper & Derek Hall Out of the Shades 7″

Jason Molina The Townes Van Zandt Covers 7″

Kevin Gates Islah 2LP Gold Vinyl w/ Poster and Bonus CD

Sun Ra Spaceways LP

The Flaming Lips Lightning Strikes the Postman CD w/ comic book

Xiu Xiu Plays the Muisc of Twin Peaks LP

The Idle Race s/t LP

AIR Casanova 70 12″ on splatter vinyl

Aldo Ciccolini Eric Satie-Gymnopedies LP

Ida Will You Find Me LP

Mewithoutyou Ten Stories LP

John Renbourn The Attic Tapes LP

The Monkees 7″ Picture Disc

Ol’ Dirty Bastard Brooklyn Zoo Picture Disc shaped like a driver’s license (insane!)

Buddy Guy & Junior Wells The Criteria Sessions LP

Regina Spektor Begin to Hope 10th Anniversary 2LP

Regina Spektor Soviet Kitsch LP on red vinyl with bonus 7″

Madonna Like 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 Artist Side by Side 7″

Willie Nelson / Uncle Tupelo Side 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 Toussaint Live in Philadelphia 1975 LP

Alejandro Escovedo Thirteen Years LP

Alejandro Escovedo Gravity 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 Cash All Aboard the Blue Train LP on blue vinyl

Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks LP Picture Disc

Twenty One Pilots Double-sided 7″ proceeds to Paris

Emmylou Harris Wrecking Ball triple LP

Death Cab for Cutie Tractor Rape Train/Black Sun 7″

Fleetwood Mac The Alternate Husk 2LP

The Feelies Uncovered vinyl EP

Rough Guide to Unsung Heroes of Country Blues LP

Thelonious Monk London Collection, Vol. 3 LP

Albert King/The Butterfield Blues Band Side by Side: Born Under a Bad Sign 7″

Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force Planet Rock 12″

Notorious B.I.G. Mo Money Mo Problems LP on “money green” vinyl

alt-J Live at Red Rocks 2LP on blue vinyl w/ CD & DVD

Roots Radics World Cup-Extra Time LP

Fela Kuti & Afrika ’70 I Go Shout Plenty 10″

Deftones B-Sides & Rarities 2LP on gold vinyl w/ DVD

Warren Zevon/The Flamin’ Groovies Side by Side: Werewolves of London 7″ picture disc

Son Volt Live at the Bottom Line 1996 2LP

Muddy Waters Hoochie Coochie Man–Live at The Rising Sun Celebrity Jazz Club 2LP

Phish Hoist LP on orange vinyl

The Doors Live at the Aquarius: The First Performance 3LP on blue vinyl

Talking Heads/Echosmith This Must Be the Place 7″

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Kiss 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 Dead Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ 1977 VINYL BOX SET

Buzzcocks More 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 Doors Roadhouse Blues/A Feast of Friends 7″

Jay Reatard Blood 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

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Big Star Complete Columbia: Live at University of Missouri 1993 2LP

Bob Dylan Melancholy Mood EP 7″ on red vinyl

Chvrches Remix 12″ EP

David Bowie I Dig Everything: The Pye Years 1966 LP

David Bowie The Man Who Sold the World 12″ Picture Disc

David Bowie TVC15 7″ Picture Disc

The Go! Team Thunder Lightning Strike LP on red/yellow vinyl

J. Dilla The Diary LP with bonus 7″

Justin Bieber Purpose LP Picture Disc

The Kinks In Koncert ’65 LP

Pinback Blue Screen Life LP

Will Johnson/Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster SPLIT 7″ single

Johnny Cash The Best of the Johnny Cash TV Show LP

Cheap Trick At Budokan: The Complete Concert LP

Miles Davis Ghetto Walkin’ 12″ single

Jimi Hendrix Smash Hits LP with alternate cover art

Outkast Elevators (Me & You) 10″ on glow-in-the-dark vinyl

Elvis Presley I’m Leavin': Elvis Folk-Country LP

Joe Strummer Gangsterville LP

Matthew Sweet Goodfriend (another take on “Girlfriend”) LP

Dogfish Head: Music to Drink Beer To Vol. 2 LP

The White Stripes Peel Sessions LP on colored vinyl*

Jack White You Are the Sunshine of My Life 7″ with the Muppets*

Superchunk Tossing Seeds: Singles 89-91 LP

The Weepies Say I am You LP

METZ/Mission of Burma SPLIT 7″

MUSE Reapers 7″

Run the Jewels VRTJ Viewer

Star Wars: The Force Awakens 10″ Picture Disc

Mumford & Sons + Baaba Maal 7″

Sublime Jah Won’t Pay the Bills 12″

Florence + The Machine Delilah/Only Love Can Break Your Heart 12″

Lucinda Williams Just a Little More Faith 12″

From Dusk ‘Til Dawn soundtrack LP*

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion That’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 Simpson A Sailor’s Guide to Earth LP on blue vinyl

PJ Harvey The Hope Six Demolition Project LP

John Carpenter Lost 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 Morby Singing Saw LP

plus tons of fresh used stock and new vinyl restocks in all week! See you soon!

 

LIVE Music on Record Store Day

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.

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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.

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Record Store Day is Saturday, April 16th!

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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:

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Bill’s Picks: Richmond Fontaine’s final album

“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…

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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”

Sturgill Simpson Listening Party

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.

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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!

Record Store Day 2016

It’s the best time of the year! Record Store Day is coming on Saturday, April 16th! We’ll open at 10 a.m. like normal and we’ll be letting the first 5 folks in line into the shop a few minutes early…so get there early to snag a top spot. While we won’t have everything on the official RSD list we will have a majority of it. We’ll be posting what we’ll have on our website the week of the event. So stay tuned for that. We’ve also partnered up with some great folks for some killer give-aways, raffles, limited editions, etc. More info on that is coming as well…so stay tuned!

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March Record of the Month: Kurt Vile “b’live I’m goin’ down” (autographed)

Kurt Vile played a killer show at Proud Larry’s last night (Monday, Feb. 29) and before the show he was nice enough to sign copies of his latest album for our Record of the Month Club. The new album, b’live I’m goin’ down, is out via Matador Records and boasts one of Vile’s best batch of songs to date. We’ve been fans of his records since his debut and he just keeps turning out the goods. Record Club members will receive a signed copy of the record along with a poster featuring Vile with his record collection. We only have a few extra signed copies so if you want one sign up for our Record of the Month Club now!

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“Vile now plays “rock” in the most ’70s sense of the word—album oriented, guitar solo-friendly, very much about long-haired dudes sitting in a room playing instruments. That he’s hitting his peak as an artist at a time when rock music of the type he practices is falling out of favor and is becoming just another genre instead of the center of the musical universe only adds to his appeal; this is not an artist concerned with being in step. Vile’s relevance to the music world at large rises and falls, but he keeps plowing ahead, secure in the knowledge that in an examined life there will always be more to explore, another bleary morning with another unfamiliar face looking back at you over the bathroom sink.” –Pitchfork (Best New Music)

B’lieve I’m Goin Down… is an impeccably arranged album beneath its soothing, sleepy surface, with every element assisting in an illusion of deep, shimmering, and alluring melancholy.” -Allmusic

“It hews much more closely to Isaac Brock’s hallucinatory scorched-earth apocalyptic premonitions on Modest Mouse’s finest moments, and musically, it’s the purest distillation of Vile’s idiosyncratic style to date.” -The A.V. Club

The Walker Family Singers gospel group to perform in the store March 19th!

The excellent soul revival label, Daptone Records, is releasing Panola County Spirit by the Walker Family Singers on Friday, March 18th. We’ll be hosting the gospel group for a live, in-store performance on Saturday, March 19th at 1 p.m. The BBQ Smokeshop and Catering guys will be here for the event serving up lunch. Don’t miss this intimate chance to see a truly great performance right here in the record store. We’ll have copies of Panola County Spirit on both CD and vinyl.

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Read about and listen to the Walker Family Singers over on NRP right here.

Here’s some more info from the Daptone website:

In April of 2010, Robert, Bobby, Alberta, Delouse, and Patricia gathered at the home of their parents, Raymond and Joella Walker to make a recording with Michael Reilly. It would be Reilly’s third venture to record the a capella gospel tradition of Como, Mississippi for Daptone Records. It was during his first recording (The Voices of Panola County: Como Now) that he encountered the Walker family and learned of their great musical tradition. Raymond Walker was courted by both Fred McDowell and Sam Cooke – each asked him to sing behind them on tour. Respectfully,Raymond declined, on account that the singers wanted him to sing blues rather than gospel. However, it was the Walkers’ voices and not their rich history that captured the attention of Daptone and inspired Reilly’s return to Como to make a full length record of the Walker family songs. Recorded in their living room, these performances are as deep and stirring as they are unembelished. Take a moment to take in Panola County Spirit, with The Walker Family Singers.