We’re extremely humbled to be included in this list of 10 great record shops across the country! Check it out over at the USA TODAY website.
We’re extremely humbled to be included in this list of 10 great record shops across the country! Check it out over at the USA TODAY website.
Don’t miss this chance to see Sean Rowe in the most intimate setting AND support the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council at the same time. The show is Saturday, July 23rd and is being held at the “Small Hall” on the downtown square at 1109 Van Buren Ave, 2nd floor. Check out the Facebook event for more info. Go here for tickets.
Bill wrote something about Sean and picked out some of his favorite videos (links below):
Sean Rowe’s voice is what hits you out of the gate. When I first heard his ANTI debut, Magic, back in 2011, I was blown away. Rowe treads the same territory and is inspired by masters like Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, and Bruce Springsteen, but he’s never derivative of them, always original, always haunting and gut-wreching in his own unique way. 2012’s The Salesman and the Shark is also a stunner, that killer combination of tender and trembling that Rowe’s perfected. And his most recent album, Madman (2014), is an absolute masterpiece—a record I return to again and again for what it delivers to me and how it delivers it. “Razor of Love” and “My Little Man” are two of my favorite songs of the decade, heartbreakers that tear me down to build me back up. In 2015, Rowe released a covers EP of songs by female artists like Cat Power and Neko Case called Her Songs. It’s pretty representative of another great skill he possesses—for my money, there’s no one out there who can bring so much power and meaning to a cover. Search YouTube, and you’ll see his brilliant takes on songs by Springsteen, Waits, Bob Dylan, Richard Thompson, and many others. Rowe is one of the best and most important voices out there. Let his songs give you some hope.
The latest album, American Band, from the Drive-by Truckers will be coming out September 30th via ATO Records! The band is offering a limited, red-vinyl version of the record, which also includes a bonus 7″ single. This version is limited to 2500 copies and only available at independent record shops or directly from the band.
Pre-order your copy TODAY! Right here! And we’ll ship it to you when it’s released.
Check out the Truckers on tour this summer and fall!
From the Patterson Hood:
These are crazy times and we have made a record steeped in this moment of history that we’re all trying to live through. We’ve always considered ourselves a political band, even when that aspect seemed to be concealed by some type of narrative device i.e. dealing with issues of race by telling a story set in the time of George Wallace or class struggles by setting “Putting People of the Moon” in the age of Reagan.
This time out, there are no such diversions as these songs are mostly set front and center in the current political arena with songs dealing with our racial and cultural divisions, gun violence, mass shootings and political assholery. Once again, there is a nearly even split between the songs of Cooley and myself, with both of us bringing in songs that seem to almost imply a conversation between us about our current place in time.
“American Band” is a rock and roll call to arms as well as a musical reset button for our band and the country we live in. Most of all, we look at it as the beginnings of some conversations that we, as a people very much need to begin having if we ever hope to break through the divisions that are threatening to tear us apart.
Drive-By Truckers are celebrating our twentieth anniversary as a band in an election year where some people are trying to define what it is to be American. Definitions based on some outdated ideology of prejudice and fear. We are loudly proclaiming that those people don’t speak for us. America is and always has been a land of immigrants and ideals. Ideals that we have often fallen short of achieving, but it’s the striving that has given us whatever claims to greatness we have had. That’s what America means to us and “We’re an American Band”.
…from Loveland, Ohio’s COLEMINE RECORDS! Colemine specializes in modern soul and every since we heard the singles compilation they put out a few years ago we’ve been fans.
The July selection in our Record of the Month Club will include:
1.) The debut album from Durand Jones & The Indications (officially released on July 1st) on limited, blue vinyl
2.) A new 7″ single from The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble pressed on clear, green wax
3.) A copy of the Colemine Singles CD compilation we mentioned above.
It’s a stellar package full of some of the best modern soul on the planet. If you’re not a member of our Record of the Month Club now is an excellent time to sign up. This package will ship out the week of July 4th.
With a stellar background in gospel, Durand Jones got his start in the church, singing in the choir of his hometown in rural Louisiana. When his music career took him to Bloomington, Indiana, he was selected to join the legendary Indiana University Soul Revue, and it was through his involvement that he met writer/producer duo Aaron Frazer and Blake Rhein. The three began writing original soul music, recording themselves straight to tape in the basements of Bloomington, and now they’re releasing their debut album. For fans of Charles Bradley and Leon Bridges.
The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble is a heavy, original, instrumental soul band based in San Diego. They draw influence from the masters of the style from the past and modern day, including: Quincy Jones, Jimmy McGriff, Mulatu Astatke, Isaac Hayes, The Poets of Rhythm, and for fans of that deep groove funk.
THIS FRIDAY, June 17th we’ll be celebrating the release of Radiohead’s latest album A Moon Shaped Pool.
It’s already one of our favorite records of the year and it’s one of Radiohead’s best to date. The band is helping us celebrate by streaming a live recording (along with some non-live stuff) through the record store’s speakers all day on Friday. We’ll also be hosting some special contests throughout the day (like giving away 3 copies of the super limited “Burn the Witch/Spectre” single).
We’ll also have copies of the limited, white vinyl version of A Moon Shaped Pool, along with some other freebies. Preorders on this title sold out instantly but we made sure to hold some back for folks that come through on Friday. These will sell out again but hopefully we’ll have enough to get everyone covered on Friday.
Lastly, we’re planning on making this a fun party…so stay tuned for more announcements. #freebeer
Here’s the official website from Radiohead for the event.
Here’s our original post and review on A Moon Shaped Pool.
Here’s the contest rules for winning a copy of the “Burn the Witch/Spectre” single.
“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.
Bill picks Light Green Leaves by Little Wings and No Flashlight by Mount Eerie.
Two of my favorite records of the 2000s. Two essential reissues.
Light Green Leaves was originally released in 2002 on three formats (CD, LP, and cassette) in three different versions. The CD was the definitive studio album, the LP and cassette included sketches and rougher versions of the songs. This reissue is the first time that the definitive CD version has been put out on vinyl. For that reason alone, it’s worth picking up. It’s a record that has never left heavy rotation for me. When it came out, I’d just graduated college and was in wandering mode. It’s a perfect album for creek swimming, for windows down mountain-driving, for beer-drinking in the front yard. It’s pliable and pleasant, soft and silly. When my wife and I had kids, I also realized it’s a great children’s record. Try not to goof off with your kids to “Boom!” or “Uh-Oh (It’s Morningtime Again).” In that way, Kyle Field echoes Harry Nilsson. The comparison doesn’t end there. Field’s best songs—“Look at What the Light Did Now,” “Fall Flood,” and “Light Green Leaves”—have the same sort of shape and sparkle as Nilsson’s best. There’s no irony here, only goofiness and sweet wonder. Gnome Life Records, responsible for this excellent reissue, calls this “drifter-pop” and says the songs, like their singer, are “open-hearted ramblers.” Couldn’t agree more. Pick this up and let it soundtrack your summer.
My intro to Kyle Fields’s Little Wings came through K Records compatriot Phil Elverum’s The Microphones. It Was Hot We Stayed in the Water and The Glow, Pt. 2 were end-of- college staples for me. Elverum’s last album as The Microphones was 2003’s Mount Eerie. After that, in a move echoing Jason Molina’s switch from Songs: Ohia to Magnolia Electric Co., Elverum started recording as Mount Eerie. 2005’s No Flashlight was his first major release under this new moniker (and, I could be wrong here, but I’m pretty sure it was one of the first releases on his own label, PW Elverum & Sun, Ltd., still going strong). No Flashlight, remastered and reissued here, is a difficult and beautiful masterpiece. It’s a record that’s revealed itself slowly to me over the last decade. I visited Anacortes, Washington in 2007 and stood on Mount Eerie. These lines from opener “I Know No One” rattled in my head: “Knowing no one will understand these songs, I try to sing them clearer / Even though no one has ever asked, ‘What does Mount Eerie mean?’ / I have tried to repeatedly explain in complicated songs / But tonight we will try to find out / I know no one and no one knows me.” I was at the beginning of understanding then. Older now, I see new things. It’s on this album that Elverum transforms into a modern day Li Po. Asking questions, making observations, letting nature work through him. These songs are free of attachment, ethereal, and profound. They have some sort of mystical sludgy storm-magic.
Also, Elverum broke some sad news the other day. Help, if you can.
…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!
“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 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 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
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
– 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’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.