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The June Record of the Month Club selection is…

WHITNEY’S excellent debut album Light Upon the Lake! Record club members will get a copy of the limited, blue vinyl version as well as a poster and temporary tattoo. We’ll also be including a surprise 7″ single from a newly formed supergroup…stay tuned for more info on this! We’re already out of copies of the blue vinyl version so unfortunately any new members will start their subscription with the July selection…don’t miss out on future records like this one! Sign up TODAY!

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“Their dulcet, vintage tones intoxicate and overwhelm the senses, while the cutting lyrics set the table for a thoroughly emotional listening experience.” -Consequence of Sound

“Whitney might not reinvent anything, but they sound perfect right now, and it’s hard to argue with being in the right place at the right time.” -Pitchfork


Talbot Adams Record Release Party and In-Store Show

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Talbot Adams returns to The End of All Music on Sunday, June 12 at 2 p.m. to celebrate the release of his excellent new record Community / Recession Era. Talbot’s s/t record from a few years back was one of our favorite records of the year–full of pure pop, jangle goodness–and with Community/Recession Era his songwriting keeps getting better. The record is pressed on burnt-orange vinyl and is ONLY $10!!! 

We’ll have some food and booze for the celebration and Talbot will be here to perform some songs live in the shop. This event is free and all ages! Stay tuned for more info.

You can preview the record over at Talbot’s Bandcamp page.


The Best of 2016…so far

Best of 2016 so far

The year is halfway over…already…and there’s been some really great records from some legacy artists as well as some fresh faces putting out some excellent records. It’s been a tough year with the loss of musical geniuses David Bowie and Prince, but luckily their records remain and their music will always have a place in our racks. It’s no surprise that Bowie’s final album, Blackstar, is at the top of our list and it’ll be hard to knock it off. This year also sees the return of Radiohead with their excellent new album A Moon Shaped Pool. Other strong records from Sturgill Simpson and Charles Bradley are worth noting…so here are our top 20 records of 2016…so far!

1.) David Bowie Blackstar 

Bowie’s final record is a masterpiece from the cover artwork and record packaging to the experimental jazz backing band. Bowie set up the release of Blackstar in an unprecedented work of performance art as he passed away just days after the release leaving the songs bathed in mystery and new meaning. Bowie is one of the most important artists of all time and Blackstar is an excellent parting gift and ending to an amazing and groundbreaking career. If you haven’t already poured over this record, now is the time. This year also sees the vinyl reissues of Bowie’s early, crucial catalog.

2.) Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool 

Radiohead’s first album in four years is one of their greatest achievements. King of Limbs left fans wanting more as the record clocked in at just over 30 minutes. A Moon Shaped Pool is lengthier and much more minimal at the same time–in a good way. This isn’t necessarily a rock record but more a collection of songs where Jonny Greenwood flexes his orchestral muscle while Thom Yorke performs some of his best lyrics to date. The record gives fans some excellent debatable talking points for discussions on where this record ranks in the Radiohead catalog…we think it should sit near the top with Kid A and OK Computer.

Release date: June 17 (We’re having a contest for this record! Read more here!)

3.) Charles Bradley Changes

Charles Bradley’s third album is his first to full on politicize and the timing is perfect. Bradley sings about the need for change and the even more stressing need for love to conquer all. His cover of Black Sabbath’s “Changes” may be the song of the year. This is one of the best modern soul records to drop in recent years.

4.) Sturgill Simpson A Sailor’s Guide to Earth

Many folks thought Sturgill was just going to drop Metamodern Part 2, but he didn’t. He changed it all up and it’s just the move he needed to make. This isn’t a country record really. It’s more soulful than anything he’s ever done and there’s even a Nirvana cover. Sturgill fans were surprised by the production on this one but we think he’s heading in the right direction and this just may be his best record to date.

5.) Kanye West The Life of Pablo

This is the only hip-hop record on our list and it’s probably the most traditional rap record Yeezy has made in years. The gospel-rap opener “Ultralight Beam” is one of Kanye’s best songs ever. Kanye is also pushing the boundary of what it means to release a record in 2016, or if it’s possible for a record to ever be creatively finished. This record didn’t see a physical release–except for that one thing you probably saw in the store 😉 

6.) Kevin Morby Singing Saw

“The match of songs and sounds on Singing Saw delivers on all the promise of his earlier records, while firmly establishing Morby as one of the best singer/songwriters going.” –allmusic 

7.) Whitney Light Upon the Lake

Out on June 3rd, the Chicago group’s debut album is soulful and different from anything else we’ve heard this year in the world of indie rock. Formed from the core of guitarist Max Kakacek (ex-Smith Westerns) and singing drummer Julien Ehrlich (ex-Unknown Mortal Orchestra),the band itself is something bigger, something visionary.

Release Date: June 3

8.) William Tyler Modern Country

Primarily written while Tyler was on sabbatical in Oxford, Mississippi, where he stayed at the cabin of a family friend within a stone’s throw of William Faulkner’s house, Modern Country is a collection of songs about the vanishing America that still exists on back roads, in small towns, on AM radio stations. In an election year when so many certainties and assurances have vanished, Tyler doesn’t offer optimism or pessimism but rather a calm and measured commentary in our age of anxiety.

Release Date: June 3 (We’re hosting a record release party and free in-store show with William Tyler on Friday, June 3 at 5 p.m. Read more here.)

9.) Tim Hecker Love Streams

Love Streams washes over you–or sometimes floats by off in the horizon–due to its subtlety and complex, deliberate construction.” –The A.V. Club

10.) Parquet Courts Human Performance

“Parquet Courts may have just released their most realized, independent, and articulate album yet.” –Consequence of Sound

“These are tight, economical pop songs actually worthy of Pavement comparisons in terms of not just sound, but melody.” –Slant

11.) Seratones Get Gone

“This is still a young band; just last year, Seratones entered NPR Music’s first Tiny Desk Contest for unsigned, undiscovered talent. (The group didn’t win, but scored an invitation to the Tiny Desk earlier this year.) But for all of Seratones’ youth, Get Gone steers clear of rookie mistakes, meandering or filler. It’s varied in its pace while always on point in its pacing, and led by a singer with the strutting star power of the punk she is at heart.” –NPR

“Today they release a fine debut album, Get Gone, and it riffs thrillingly on the gutsy soul and distorted genius of the US’ vast and wonderful musical history. Referencing everything from old favourites like Curtis Mayfield, Prince and Donny Hathaway to Facebook, Bossa Nova and the Bible, singer AJ Haynes leads the pack. She has a bit of a Minnie Riperton vibe about her vocally (not forgetting that afro either), and as a performer for over a decade now, her voice is seriously impressive. She’s able to flit from a soothing coo into something altogether more raucous in an instant.” –NME

“Their first LP, Get Gone,brandishes playful guitar hooks that swing in at just the right moments, but Haynes is the band’s best asset, lighting these otherwise-conventional songs on fire.” –Pitchfork

12.) Car Seat Headrest Teens of Denial

This one seems to be tied up in a legal battle but we’ve got a promo copy from before it was recalled due to a licensing fiasco, and it’s damn good. We can’t wait for it to drop later this year. Read more on this story here. 

13.) Richmond Fontaine You Can’t Go Back If There’s Nothing To Go Back To

This is the final record from Richmond Fontaine. Read “Bill’s Picks” review of it right here.

14.) Twin Peaks Down in Heaven

“The result is a casual, charmingly low-key set of kitchen-table blues, slow-dance serenades, and unplugged power pop.” –Pitchfork

15.) PJ Harvey The Hope Six Demolition Project

The Hope Six Demolition Project is yet another remarkable PJ Harvey effort.” –Magnet

“On this album, Harvey is again sweeping up sonic history and weaving it into a pattern of her own making, but it’s more relaxed and more raucous, its reference points less, appropriately, English. It’s a deeply melodic record.” –Record Collector

“Not all of Hope Six is mired in dissonance. Harvey frequently returns to the well of pop music, but the irony of wrapping a grim lyrical message in upbeat music is that those uncomfortable truths become that much harder to overlook.” –American Songwriter

The Hope Six Demolition Project is her most exhilarating rock album in years, yoking the siren-like catchiness of her last great America-influenced album, Stories From the City… to the swamp-tarnished filth of her classic first three records, Dry, Rid of Me, and To Bring You My Love. It’s leering, brash, and dissonant, but also not without its warmth.” –Pitchfork

16.) Weezer White Album

A return to the classic Weezer of the Blue Album and Pinkerton era with some polished, radio-friendly nuggets. This record is like going to Ya-Ya’s and getting a 3-pound frozen yogurt with chocolate all over it, then walking around the Square eating it.

17.) Margo Price Midwest Farmer’s Daughter

“While Price and her crack band revive an array of hard-edged country sounds from the ’60s and ’70s, leaning on robust guitar twang, her postures and performances occasionally echo a superstar of that era: Loretta Lynn.” -NPR

18.) Brian Eno The Ship

“His latest, The Ship, is a variation on the typical Eno theme, the next warm period in his glacial unthawing, and it’s one of his more interesting works. Where his last release, 2012’s Lux, seemed like a brighter distant cousin of Music for Airports, The Ship finds Eno combining ambience with his own voice for the first time. He’s billed it as a sort of “musical novel” – a loose story collage inspired by the Titanic sinking, World War I and random throwaway lines from emails and his own writing – but it’s not so much what he or his computer or his comedian friend and collaborator Peter Serafinowicz say on the record that matters as much as how it feels.” –RollingStone

19.) Sunflower Bean Human Ceremony

“Human Ceremony is an impressive debut from a band who seem positioned to make many more excellent albums if they can continue to do such a good job of mining the past for gold and revamping it in their own fashion like they do so well here.” –AllMusic

20.) Bonnie Prince Billy & Bitchin’ Bajas Epic Jammers

“In his long, unpredictable career, Will Oldham has never been scared of diving headfirst into new musical situations, whether it’s remaking old Palace tunes with Nashville session pros, or recording Bruce Springsteen covers with Tortoise. That sense of adventure has served him well (for the most part) and it hasn’t dimmed with age, as proven by Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties, his new collaboration with the Chicago minimalist/neo-New Age collective Bitchin Bajas. The soundscapes the Bajas create behind Oldham’s guitar and vocals are immersive and often positively gorgeous, without becoming mere sonic wallpaper. For lyrics, Oldham has turned to the koans found in Chinese fortune cookies — an approach that might seem like cutesy shtick in anyone else’s hands. But his righteous delivery and idiosyncratic phrasing fits the spiritual, questing vibe of the music. Tune in, bliss out.” –Other Music


Honorable Mentions: 

John Carpenter Lost Themes II 

Iggy Pop Post Pop Depression 

Bob Mould Patch the Sky

Bonnie Prince Billy Pond Scum

Prince Hit’n’Run Phaze II 

Radiohead Instagram Contest


Radiohead’s new single “Burn the Witch” b/w “Spectre” is dropping on May 16th. We’ve just learned that we’ll only be getting a few copies…as in 2 or 3. The single (on 7 inch vinyl) is limited to 2500 copies so it’s shaping up to be a pretty collectible item for Radiohead fans (and eBay prices are already out of hand). We’ve decided instead of selling them we are going to give them away for FREE! All you have to do is win our Radiohead contest! 

To enter the contest please take a photo of you with some of your Radiohead swag–it can be a record, CD, t-shirt, poster, ticket stub, fan art, whatever–and post it on Instagram, tag us @endofallmusic with the hashtag #RadioheadOxford, and we’ll pick a winner on June 17th when the new record, A Moon Shaped Pool, drops. The winners will be selected based on the creativity of the Instagram post…so get weird! 

Winners must be local and be able to pick up the single in the store on or around June 17th.

You can preorder A Moon Shaped Pool right here.

William Tyler Record Release Party and In-store Show FRIDAY, JUNE 3rd!


William Tyler is coming back to Oxford! This time to celebrate the release of his latest record, Modern Country, out on Friday, June 3rd via Merge Records. We’ll be hosting William on that same day (June 3rd) for a record release party and a free, in-store show. There’ll be free BBQ and cracklins from Home Place Pastures of Como, Mississippi and we’ll have free beer. Food and booze starts at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m. This is all free and open to the public…all ages.

We’ll have plenty of copies of Modern Country on vinyl and CD. So don’t forget to pick up a copy! 

Here’s a little about William and his new record from the Merge Records website:

Modern Country is a love letter to what we’re losing in America, to what we’ve already lost. We stand at the precipice of the twilight of empire, the decline of so many national institutions and the vanishing of certainties.” —William Tyler

William Tyler returns with Modern Country on June 3. This is the fourth full-length album by guitarist and composer Tyler, and his first recorded outside of his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. It features an ensemble backing group consisting of multi-instrumentalist Phil Cook (Hiss Golden Messenger, Blind Boys of Alabama), bassist Darin Gray (Tweedy, Jim O’Rourke), and percussionist Glenn Kotche (Wilco). The album was tracked at April Base Studios in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and finished in Nashville, recorded and mixed by Jon Ashley, and produced by Tyler and Brad Cook.


Radiohead releases 9th album!

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Radiohead may be one of the most important rock bands of the last 20 years so anytime they drop a new record it’s worth paying attention to. The bands ninth studio album, A Moon Shaped Pool, dropped (digitally) on Sunday and we couldn’t download it fast enough. The record is probably the most tame, mellow album to date but it’s also probably the bands prettiest. Jonny Greenwood’s orchestrations shine through more than on any other Radiohead release and we’re not complaining. Greenwood’s work on P.T. Anderson film soundtracks have led us to this point and it’s pure minimalistic bliss–combined with Thom Yorke’s vocals and it’s really something special. The digital version of the record sounds great but we’re REALLY EXCITED about the upcoming vinyl release on June 17th. 

We’ll be stocking the limited, white vinyl version on June 17th ONLY AVAILABLE AT INDEPENDENT RECORD SHOPS! These will be sure to go quick so come by the shop on the 17th to snag a copy or PREORDER NOW. The limited edition version will come on 2 opaque, white vinyl LPs in a silver foil gatefold sleeve and will include a digital download of the record. You can preorder the limited vinyl version of the LP right here.

We’ll also have copies of the “Burn the Witch”/”Spectre” 7-inch single on May 16th. These are also limited and only available at independent records shops.

*UPDATE: We aren’t sure yet how many copies of the limited, white vinyl version we’ll be getting so we’ve suspended preorders until we know more. This record is more than likely going to be allocated, therefore it’ll be 1 copy per customer. Thanks and sorry for the confusion. 

GREATER PYRENEES in-store show and record release!

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Greater Pyrenees–the new project from Colour Revolt-alum Sean Kirkpatrick–is playing in the record store on Friday, May 27th at 5 p.m. in support of their excellent debut album, which is out RIGHT NOW!

The in-store is free and all ages.

from a recent write up in the Clarion Ledger:

Greater Pyrenees can trace its roots back to music Kirkpatrick began making before joining Colour Revolt

“There was a great deal of stuff held inside that I couldn’t do in Colour Revolt because it was more aggressive,” Kirkpatrick said.

Lead singles “Homemade Blood” and “Close” display the meticulous care Kirkpatrick and producer Andrew Ratcliffe of Tweed Studios in Oxford put into the album. Layered and complex, the Greater Pyrenees debut offers new nuances with each listen.

Track “In The Morning” is the closest Kirkpatrick comes to rocking out like his Colour Revolt days. “See Me,” is the type of sad, romantic song that really challenged Kirkpatrick, he said.

“If you can convince the person that your voice is genuine, then you can sing a song about anything.”

“The Greater Pyrenees” is the first release by label Procrastinate! Music Traitors, which was started by members of Brand New. Kirkpatrick formed a bond with lead singer Jesse Lacey while touring with Colour Revolt.

They lost touch over the years, but Kirkpatrick attended a Brand New show in Oxford two years ago and reconnected. He was shocked and excited when they selected “Greater Pyrenees” as the first release on the label.

“There is more music out there than there has ever been, but there are also more opportunities,” Kirkpatrick said. “It’s a positive and negative aspect. You’re diving into an ocean filled almost to the brim with fish … Now I’ve got to swim in this crazy aquarium of music everywhere.”

Read the full article here.

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…








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

-Surf Rock LPs from Sundazed

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. 


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!