American artistLonnie Holley is coming to Oxford in March! He’ll be performing in our shop on Wednesday, March 25 at 5:30 p.m. He will stick around after his performance to sign records and chat. Free beer and refreshments will be on hand.
Lonnie has two excellent albums out on the Dust-to-Digital label from Atlanta–Just Before Music and Keeping a Record of It.
He will also be performing on Thacker Mountain Radio on Thursday, March 26 at The Lyric Theater in Oxford as part of the Oxford Conference for the Book.
“Last year, at 62, after decades of singing while he worked, Holley released his jarring debut album, Just Before Music, a marriage of improvised keys and the rambling, hollow bellow of his voice, as well as the first original recording put out by the archival folk label Dust-to-Digital. This year, he’ll tour, and he recently starred in a Whitney Museum group show, ‘Blues for Smoke.’” – The Fader
“Lonnie Holley sings with an intense, emotional voice and unleashes lyrics without consistent meter or rhyme over gossamer keyboard lines that hang in the ether. His music is a blues nebula, splotched with riffy word jazz that shares in some rappers’ collagist aesthetics as well as the runaway passion of a gospel preacher enlivened by the Spirit.” – Aquarium Drunkard
Read a feature in the New York Times on Lonnie here.
We’re hiding King Cake babies all over our shop today. If you find one you get 15% off your purchase for today only. Get here early to find the easy ones…the hiding spots get harder as the day goes on!
UPDATE: Only a few weeks left to submit. Some great submissions so far!
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
We’re moving right along with our Record of the Month Club subscription! Thanks to all those who have signed up so far. If you haven’t signed up please go here for more info.
Our March pick is the final album from Pops Staples, Don’t Lose This, released posthumously on Anti Records and produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. The record drops February 17 so it’ll ship out sometime after that. This Record of the Month package will include a copy of Don’t Lose This, a poster featuring the amazing album artwork, and one original Staples Singers 45 single on STAX Records. We realize this record is coming out in February and not March but it’s one we think you’ll dig and it’s an excellent follow up to the February pick. See the album cover and read more info below.
About the record:
In 1998, Roebuck “Pops” Staples recorded a final session, capping an illustrious career as leader and patriarch of the Staples Singers. Unfinished at the time of his passing in 2000, the tapes went to his daughter, Mavis, who then waited for the right opportunity to finish the recording in the spirit Pops intended. When she began her series of remarkable collaborations with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, starting with 2010’s You Are Not Alone and continuing with 2013’s One True Vine, Mavis knew she had found the person to work on her father’s record. Mavis Staples: “I chose this title because these were the words my father said to me as he gave me the tape of his final recordings. He was sick and lying in bed and asked me to play the record for him in his room. After listening to it, he called me to his room again. He was weak, but he handed me the tape and in a soft voice said ‘Don’t lose this, Mavis.’ While Pops’ voice and guitar sounded so good on the original recordings [and remain untouched on this record], I knew the songs needed something else to really come to life. Something special. Pops deserved that. So I called on my dear friend Jeff Tweedy to fill out the tracks around Pops and he’s helped to craft this beautiful album.”
The record features the original Staples Singers group singing backup as well as Jeff Tweedy’s son Spencer on drums. It’s pretty damn fantastic.
We have a super limited number of the new 7″ single featuring two new songs from the upcoming Modest Mouse record–their first new work in 8 years. You must come by the shop and preorder the new record from us in order to get one of the 7″s. The new album, Strangers to Ourselves, drops on March 17 via Epic Records.
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.