Tuesday, September 6th is one of the biggest release dates of the (early) fall. We’ll be putting out vinyl reissues of most of The Cure’s early catalog, some of the best Neil Young records ever made (Zuma, Tonight’s the Night, On the Beach), greatest hits selections from Little Feat, Warren Zevon, and Aretha Franklin, plus we’ll be hosting a Wilco Schmilco release party from 5 ’til close.
WILCOĀ has a new record dropping on Friday, September 9th BUT you can get it a few days early from us! We’re hosting a release/listening party on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6th from 5-6 p.m.Ā where we’ll be spinning the new record, raffling off some Wilco stuff including a test pressing of the new record, and drinking beer!
Our buddies up the road in Como, Mississippi at Home Place Pastures are throwing one helluva party this coming weekend–Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21. Here’s the Facebook event for the Saturday night festivities which includes live music from some of North Mississippi’s best–Como Mamas, Rev. Wilkins, RL Boyce, Kenny Brown and more–as well as BBQ and booze. It’s also BYOB and $5 at the door. Then, on Sunday, there’ll be a full on Boucherie featuring some of the top chefs from across the South. Go here to see who all is coming to cook and hang. Tickets for Sunday are on sale now but they’re going quick! Proceeds from the event will go to the Southern Foodways Alliance.
So come on out Saturday night for the party, then come back on Sunday for the food.
You can find more info on Home Place Pastures here.
We’ll be DJing some throughout the weekend so see you there!
We’ve got some new bumper stickers in the shop featuring a recent quote from professional partier, Andrew W.K.! Be sure to catch Andrew at Proud Larry’sĀ onNovember 1st. The bumper stickers are free when you buy some records, otherwise they’re $1.
**Andrew W.K. gave us permission to use his quote!
Weāre heading into uncharted territory with the August pick in our Record of the Month Club. This selection marks the first jazz record since we started mailing out records to club members over a year ago. Weāve been waiting patiently for the perfect jazz record to come around to both introduce folks to the genre and provide jazz fans something they may not already have. The August selection is a pristine, vinyl reissue of Charles Mingusās Blues and Roots originally released on Atlantic Records in 1960. Like most jazz records from that time period itās near impossible to find nice, clean copies on vinyl, which makes this reissue extra special. Members will be getting the original MONO version of the record pressed on 180-gram vinyl. We did a side-by-side comparison with an (very expensive) original pressing and couldnāt tell the difference. This is a fine jazz record and we believeāalong with Milesā Kind of Blue and Coltraneās A Love Supremeāit should be in every record collection. This record also hits home with us due to its influences from New Orleans jazz and Mississippi Blues and roots music. It swings and moans while displaying Mingusā unique and diverse style. Jazz is truly the only music 100% created in America and Charles Mingusās records are some of the most important works of any American Artist.
If you find yourself craving more from Mingus please check out the two excellent reissues from the Superior Viaduct label out of Oakland, CaliforniaāBlack Saint and the Sinner Lady and Mingus Plays Piano. Both are really great.
“This record is unusualāit presents only one part of my musical world, the blues. A year ago, Nesuhi ErtegĆ¼n suggested that I record an entire blues album in the style of Haitian Fight Song (in Atlantic LP 1260), because some people, particularly critics, were saying I didn’t swing enough. He wanted to give them a barrage of soul music: churchy, blues, swinging, earthy. I thought it over. I was born swinging and clapped my hands in church as a little boy, but I’ve grown up and I like to do things other than just swing. But blues can do more than just swing. So I agreed.” āCharles Mingus
Record Club members will also be getting one of our brand, spanking new bumper stickers featuring the Andrew W.K. quote: “The End of All Music is the beginning of all parties.”Ā We only made a few hundred of these stickers. You can catch Andrew W.K. later this fall in a rare, spoken-word performance at Proud Larry’s on November 1st.Ā
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 23rdĀ 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 herefor tickets.
Bill wrote something about Sean and picked out some of his favorite videos (links below):Ā
Sean Roweās 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 heās never derivative of them, always original, always haunting and gut-wreching in his own unique way. 2012ās The Salesman and the Shark is also a stunner, that killer combination of tender and trembling that Roweās perfected. And his most recent album, Madman (2014), is an absolute masterpieceāa record I return to again and again for what it delivers to me and how it delivers it. āRazor of Loveā and āMy Little Manā 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. Itās pretty representative of another great skill he possessesāfor my money, thereās no one out there who can bring so much power and meaning to a cover. Search YouTube, and youāll 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!Ā And we’ll ship it to you when it’s released.Ā
Check out the Truckers on tour this summer and fall!
From the Patterson Hood:Ā
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 ourselvesĀ 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 theĀ 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 racialĀ 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,Ā 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 theĀ 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 threateningĀ 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.Ā 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 alwaysĀ 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 toĀ greatness we have had. That’s what America means to us and “We’re an American Band”.
1.) The debut album from Durand Jones & The Indications (officially released on July 1st) on limited, blue vinyl
2.) A new 7″ single from TheSure 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 theĀ 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.Ā
We’ll also have copies of the limited, white vinyl version of A Moon Shaped Pool,Ā 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.