…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 itâs 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/RecessionEra his songwriting keeps getting better. The record is pressed on burnt-orange vinyl and is ONLY $10!!!Â
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.
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 placeÂ 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 20Â records of 2016…so far!
1.) David Bowie BlackstarÂ
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 PoolÂ
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 stressingÂ 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 đÂ
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.” –allmusicÂ
7.) Whitney Light Upon the Lake
Out on June 3rd,Â the Chicago group’s debut album is soulful and different from anything else we’ve heard this year inÂ the world of indie rock.Â 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 stoneâs throw of William Faulknerâs 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 doesnât 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 HumanÂ 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 GoneÂ 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,Â Get Gone, and it riffs thrillingly on the gutsy soul and distorted genius of the USâ 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. Sheâs able to flit from a soothing coo into something altogether more raucous in an instant.” –NME
“Their first LP,Â Get Gone,brandishesÂ playful guitar hooks that swing in at just the right moments, but Haynes is the bandâs 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.Â
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.)Â Twin Peaks DownÂ 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 itâs more relaxed and more raucous, its reference points less, appropriately, English. Itâs 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 CityâŚ to the swamp-tarnished filth of her classic first three records, Dry, Rid of Me, and To Bring You My Love. Itâs 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” â a loose story collage inspired by the Titanic sinking, World War I and random throwaway lines from emails and his own writing â 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
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!Â
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!Â
Winners must be local and be able to pick up the single in the store on or around June 17th.
William Tyler is coming back to Oxford! This time to celebrate the release of his latest record, Modern Country, out on Friday,Â 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!Â
Here’s a little about William and his new record from the Merge Records website:
âModern Country is a love letter to what weâre losing in America, to what weâve already lost. We stand at the precipice of the twilight of empire, the decline of so many national institutions and the vanishing of certainties.â âWilliam Tyler
William Tyler returns with Modern CountryÂ 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 OâRourke), 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 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.Â
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 vinylÂ version of the LP righthere.
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.Â
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
âThere was a great deal of stuff held inside that I couldnât do in Colour Revolt because it was more aggressive,â Kirkpatrick said.
Lead singles âHomemade Bloodâ and âCloseâ 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 âIn The Morningâ is the closest Kirkpatrick comes to rocking out like his Colour Revolt days.Â âSee Me,â is the type of sad, romantic song that really challenged Kirkpatrick, he said.
âIf you can convince the person that your voice is genuine, then you can sing a song about anything.â
“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.
âThere is more music out there than there has ever been, but there are also more opportunities,â Kirkpatrick said. âItâs a positive and negative aspect. Youâre diving into an ocean filled almost to the brim with fish âŚ Now Iâve got to swim in this crazy aquarium of music everywhere.â
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.
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!
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.
–Mac DeMarcoAnother One Demos LP
–Los Alamos Grind LP
–Blonde RedheadPeel Sessions 7″
–Mike Cooper & Derek HallOut of the Shades 7″
–Jason MolinaThe Townes Van Zandt Covers 7″
–Kevin GatesIslah 2LP Gold Vinyl w/ Poster and Bonus CD
–Sun RaSpaceways LP
–The Flaming LipsLightning Strikes the Postman CD w/ comic book
–Xiu XiuPlays the Muisc of Twin Peaks LP
–The Idle Races/t LP
–AIRCasanova 70 12″ on splatter vinyl
–Aldo CiccoliniEric Satie-Gymnopedies LP
–IdaWill You Find Me LP
–MewithoutyouTen Stories LP
–John RenbournThe Attic Tapes LP
–The Monkees 7″ Picture Disc
–Ol’ Dirty BastardBrooklyn Zoo Picture Disc shaped like a driver’s license (insane!)
–Buddy Guy & Junior WellsThe Criteria Sessions LP
–Regina SpektorBegin to Hope 10th Anniversary 2LP
–Regina SpektorSoviet Kitsch LP on red vinyl with bonus 7″
–MadonnaLike 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 ArtistSide by Side 7″
–Willie Nelson / Uncle TupeloSide 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 ToussaintLive in Philadelphia 1975 LP
–Alejandro EscovedoThirteen Years LP
–Alejandro EscovedoGravity 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 CashAll Aboard the Blue Train LP on blue vinyl
–Sex PistolsNever Mind the Bollocks LP Picture Disc
–Twenty One PilotsDouble-sided 7″ proceeds to Paris
–Emmylou HarrisWrecking Ball triple LP
–Death Cab for CutieTractor Rape Train/Black Sun 7″
–Fleetwood MacThe Alternate Husk 2LP
–The FeeliesUncovered vinyl EP
–Rough Guide to Unsung Heroes of Country Blues LP
–Thelonious MonkLondon Collection, Vol. 3 LP
–Albert King/The Butterfield Blues BandSide by Side: Born Under a Bad Sign 7″
–Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic ForcePlanet Rock 12″
–Notorious B.I.G.Mo Money Mo Problems LP on “money green” vinyl
–alt-JLive at Red Rocks 2LP on blue vinyl w/ CD & DVD
–Roots RadicsWorld Cup-Extra Time LP
–Fela Kuti & Afrika ’70I Go Shout Plenty 10″
–DeftonesB-Sides & Rarities 2LP on gold vinyl w/ DVD
–Warren Zevon/The Flamin’ GrooviesSide by Side: Werewolves of London 7″ picture disc
–Son VoltLive at the Bottom Line 1996 2LP
–Muddy WatersHoochie Coochie Man–Live at The Rising Sun Celebrity Jazz Club 2LP
–PhishHoist LP on orange vinyl
–The DoorsLive at the Aquarius: The First Performance 3LP on blue vinyl
–Talking Heads/EchosmithThis Must Be the Place 7″
–Tom Petty & The HeartbreakersKiss 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 DeadCapitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ 1977 VINYL BOX SET
–BuzzcocksMore 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 DoorsRoadhouse Blues/A Feast of Friends 7″
–Jay ReatardBlood 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 StarComplete Columbia: Live at University of Missouri 1993 2LP
–Bob DylanMelancholy Mood EP 7″ on red vinyl
–ChvrchesRemix 12″ EP
–David BowieI Dig Everything: The Pye Years 1966 LP
–David BowieThe Man Who Sold the WorldÂ 12″ Picture Disc
–David BowieTVC15 7″ Picture Disc
–The Go! TeamThunder Lightning Strike LP on red/yellow vinyl
–J. DillaThe Diary LP with bonus 7″
–Justin BieberPurpose LP Picture Disc
–The KinksIn Koncert ’65 LP
–PinbackBlue Screen Life LP
–Will Johnson/Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster SPLIT 7″ single
–Johnny CashThe Best of the Johnny Cash TV Show LP
–Cheap TrickAt Budokan: The Complete Concert LP
–Miles DavisGhetto Walkin’ 12″ single
–Jimi HendrixSmash Hits LP with alternate cover art
–OutkastElevators (Me & You) 10″ on glow-in-the-dark vinyl
–Elvis PresleyI’m Leavin': Elvis Folk-Country LP
–Joe Strummer Gangsterville LP
–Matthew SweetGoodfriend (another take on “Girlfriend”) LP
–Dogfish Head: Music to Drink Beer To Vol. 2 LP
–The White StripesPeel Sessions LP on colored vinyl*
–Jack WhiteYou Are the Sunshine of My Life 7″ with the Muppets*
–SuperchunkTossing Seeds: Singles 89-91 LP
–The WeepiesSay I am You LP
–METZ/Mission of Burma SPLIT 7″
–Run the Jewels VRTJ Viewer
–Star Wars: The Force Awakens 10″ Picture Disc
–Mumford & Sons + Baaba Maal 7″
–SublimeJah Won’t Pay the Bills 12″
–Florence + The MachineDelilah/Only Love Can Break Your Heart 12″
–Lucinda WilliamsJust a Little More Faith 12″
–From Dusk ‘Til Dawn soundtrack LP*
–Jon Spencer Blues ExplosionThat’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.Â
OTHER NOTABLE NEW RELEASES DROPPING ON FRIDAY:
–Sturgill SimpsonA Sailor’s Guide to Earth LP on blue vinyl
–PJ Harvey The Hope Six Demolition Project LP
–John CarpenterLost 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 MorbySinging Saw LP
plus tons of fresh used stock and new vinyl restocks in all week! See you soon!