RSD BLACK FRIDAY IS COMING!

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We’ll be making lots more announcements as well as releasing a full list of what we’ll have in stock for Black Friday in the next week or so…STAY TUNED!

LP(s) OF THE MONTH: 4-Way Tie

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It’s been a minute since we’ve updated our LP of the Month section…so we’re making up for it by selecting 4 excellent records that are all recent new releases from what’s shaping up to be an amazing year for new records.

First up! Steve Gunn’s “Way Out Weather” (Paradise of Bachelors) has been getting ample play time in the shop.  It’s a super chill record and I’ve yet to play it for someone that didn’t like it or buy it on the spot.  Gunn’s guitar work is perfect for Mississippi fall weather and the changing leaves. It’s also a perfect driving record.  So if you’re on the road a lot this fall, pick this record up.  The vinyl comes with a digital download…so buy the vinyl and get the best of both worlds.  ”Way Out Weather” has also been garnering lots of great reviews. Read some here.

Next! Total Control’s “Typical System” (Iron Lung) is one of my favorite records of the year…easily.  The record covers a broad range of genres and touches on lots of influences.  Ryan (drummer from Nude Beach) recommended this record to me while I was shopping at Other Music, and he did me right.  I listen to it over and over and still pick up on new sounds every time.  ”Typical System” has also been getting excellent reviews.  The Guardian said it best; “Postpunk, hardcore, krautrock and odd, spacey lounge-jazz are all sucked up and bent brilliantly out of shape over the course of an album that’s abrasive but accessible, awkward but assured.”

Next! PC Worship’s “Social Rust” (Northern Spy) is probably the craziest sounding record in this batch. It’s also the weirdest and most abrasive–hate to use the word abrasive for its negative connotations, but it’s the perfect word for this record in the same way it’s the perfect word for describing a Swans record.  This record was recommended by Steven of FLIGHT and that makes sense because it sounds like something FLIGHT would make.  It’s a fascinatingly strange record and really fun to turn up really loud and weird out your neighbors.

Last but not least! The Shivas’ “You Know What To Do” (K Records) is pure, catchy pop rock.  It’s some of the best songwriting of this kind since we picked Gentlemen Jesse’s “Leaving Atlanta” as our LP of the Month when we first opened the record store back in 2012.  I just can’t stop listening to this record and now I know all the words and it’s easy as hell to sing along.  The surfy, garage guitar is also a huge plus and makes this record sound like it’s from the mid 1960s in all the right way. You can preview this record right here.

Come by the shop and we’ll gladly play any of these records for you…we’re excited about them all!

Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium

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Oxford and the SFA branch of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at Ole Miss are hosting the Southern Foodways Alliance’s annual Symposium starting TODAY, Thursday, October 23 and continuing throughout the weekend.  Tickets for the event sold out immediately but there’s still plenty going on around town to attend for non-ticket holders–like the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck, which will be parked in the parking lot of Sears & Big Bad Breakfast all day Friday.

We’ll be DJing tonight’s kick-off event (it’s ticketed) after a foodie-themed Thacker Mountain Radio (it’s not ticketed).

So, if you’re in town for the Symposium and have some down time, come chill at the record store.

Here’s a post from John T Edge over on the SFA’s blog about the music rundown for the Symposium.

WIN TIX TO KING TUFF & PHOSPHORESCENT AT LARRY’S

We’re giving away 2 tickets to both the King Tuff & Phosphorescent shows next week at Proud Larry’s.  All you gotta do is come by the shop and enter the raffle.  We’ll draw the winners on the day of the show.

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King Tuff plays at Proud Larry’s on Tuesday, September 30th.  The latest record from King Tuff, Black Moon Spell is out now via SubPop Records. We have some free posters, stickers, and patches to give away with purchase of the new record.  We still have some copies of the LOSER EDITION record, which comes on colored vinyl.

Phosphorescent plays at Proud Larry’s on Wednesday, October 1st.  Phosphorescent’s last record, Muchacho was our favorite record of 2013. It’s a damn fine record and we have copies in the store RIGHT NOW.  ALSO (and this is a big ALSO) the winner of the Phosphorescent tickets will get a signed copy of the vinyl.

No purchase necessary to enter the raffle, just come by the shop!

More info on buying tickets can be found over at the Proud Larry’s website here.

Olivia Jean in-store show

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UPDATE: The Third Man Rolling Record Store will be coming to the shop for this event. They’ll be selling 5 copies of the limited-edition vinyl of Olivia Jean’s “Bathtub Love Killings.” So get here early to snag a copy!

Olivia Jean will play a free in-store show on Wednesday, October 15 at 5 p.m. in support of her new record, “Bathtub Love Killings,” which was produced by Jack White and released by Third Man Records.

From Third Man Records: Bathtub Love Killings  is the debut solo LP from Olivia Jean, the multi-instrumentalist who cut her teeth in the Third Man stable backing folks as varied as Karen Elson, Wanda Jackson and Jack White in addition to fronting the much-loved Black Belles. Jean has accrued a lifetime of experience in a few short years, from highlight performances on The Colbert Report, Conan, Late Show With David Letterman and The Grand Old Opry stage to having one of her songs used as the theme for the television series Elvira’s Movie Macabre.

Produced by Jack WhiteBathtub Love Killings showcases Jean as a songwriting force to be reckoned with. Playing damn-near every instrument she could get her hands on, the result is a well-rounded, catchy record that’s chock-a-block full of ear worm moments.

Check out a video here.

Here’s the announcement from the Third Man website.

 

John Darnielle & William Tyler on Thacker Mountain Radio

DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW!

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John Darnielle, lead singer of The Mountain Goats, will be reading from his recent National-Book-Award nominated novel Wolf in White Van (FSG).  Also on the show, our buddy William Tyler will be playing guitar.  William’s latest EP Lost Colony is out now on Merge Records. This is surely one of the best Thacker Mtn. Radio shows of the season!  See y’all there!

Thacker Mountain Radio is held at Off Square Books every Thursday at 6 p.m. Get there early to snag a good seat and don’t forget to donate to the cause and buy a book or record!

Read more about John Darnielle’s new book over at the Square Books website.

WILD EMOTIONS free in-store show Sunday, Sept. 21

Girl punk at its best! Coming to our shop on Sunday, September 21 at 3 p.m.! WILD EMOTIONS!

Catch a full Wild Emotions set the night before at the Blind Pig where they’ll be playing with Game Control.  Wild Emotions is currently on a short tour before playing a slot at Gonerfest 11! So don’t miss out seeing them in the flesh.

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Distaff rockers from the unlikely indie scene of Jackson, MS, Wild Emotions include the talents of guitarist Daphne Nabors (Overnight Lows), keyboardist Chrissy Valentine and bassist Ruby Rogers (both from the notorious Black Belles). The A-side is an organ-powered slice of gothic garage, creepily effective at that, while the B, in its chaotic, dissonant, fuzzed-out gleeful romp, definitely lives up to its title. Somebody put these gals on barnstorming tour with The Cynics and watch the sparks fly. (—by Fred Mills)

See their facebook page RIGHT HERE!

Records and t-shirts will be available at the in-store show.

 

Selfie Discount

Just hung some new flyers around the Square (Friday, Sept. 12).  Find one, take a selfie with it, post it on social media, tag us, and get 15% off your next purchase.  The deal ends on Sunday.

Hotty Toddy!

 

Luke Winslow-King in-store show Friday, 9/26

We’re pleased to announce a free in-store performance by Luke Winslow-King on Friday, September 26 at 5 p.m.  Luke’s new record Everlasting Arms comes out on September 30th via Bloodshot Records but we’ll have copies in time for the in-store show, so you have the chance to grab his new album before anyone else!

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“Winslow-King processed his classical training and life experiences into a boiled-down live, almost improvised, sound that seamlessly melds Delta blues, gospel and jazz themes with personal, simplified lyrics that speak to his personal and artistic evolution. It also makes for one heck of a road trip companion.”  –NY Times