Travel magazine, Departures, recently published an article written by record store buddy, Marc Smirnoff, entitled “The Litarary Charm of Oxford, Mississippi.” Marc was kind enough to mention the record store in the travelogue amongst some of our favorite places to hang in Oxford! Thanks for the shout out!
“The End of All Music is now one of my favorite haunts for vinyl in the South, but unlike your typical dungeon of a record store, it is clean, well lit and spiffy enough for dates.”
Read the full article here and plan your trip to Oxford asap.
2014 is shaping up to be a pretty strong year for new records and some excellent reissues…and it’s only August! These past few weeks we’ve seen some of the strongest releases of the year with new stuff from Ty Segall, J Mascis, New Pornographers, Shovels & Rope, FKA Twigs, Spoon, Twin Peaks, Pallbearer, David Kilgour, and lots, lots more. We figured it’s time to get some perspective on the year as we go into the final quarter, so here’s a list of some of our favorite records (both new and reissued) of the year…so far! Stay tuned for our complete list sometime in January.
Our favorite new LPs of 2014…so far:
-The War on Drugs Lost in the Dream (Secretly Canadian)
-Spoon They Want My Soul (Loma Vista/Republic)
-Angel Olsen Burn Your Fire for No Witness (JagJaguwar)
-Circulatory System Mosaics within Mosaics (Elephant 6/Orange Twin)
-Eno/Hyde High Life (Warp)
-David Kilgour & the Heavy 8′s End Times Undone (Merge)
-Sharon Van Etten Are We There (JagJaguwar)
Some of our favorite reissues of 2014…so far:
-Lewis L’Amour (Light in the Attic)
- The Soul of Designer Records CD Set (Big Legal Mess)
-Rowland S. Howard Pop Crimes (Fat Possum)
-The Clean Anthology Vinyl set (Merge)
-Craig Leon Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music (RVNG)
-Bob Dylan Complete Basement Tapes (we know this isn’t out yet but it’s surely to be one of the best records of the year…we’ll have all 3 versions–6CD, 2CD, 3LP–when it comes out in November!)
…and the most underrated/overlooked record of 2014 so far:
-Twin Peaks Wild Onion (Grand Jury)
We know we’re leaving some great records out, but we still have time to get it right before the year is up…so stay tuned!
We are excited to announce the triumphant return of Aphex Twin with the release of the all new album SYRO on Tuesday, September 23rd from Warp Records. As a part of the celebration (did you see the blimp!?!) for the upcoming release, we have these indie-exclusive pre-order cards to reward anyone that pre-orders the new LP from our shop. The new LP is $34.99. This is similar to the Boards of Canada pre-order we did last year.
The cards will give you a secret URL to a Syro dedicated site with lots of goodies…only available from this pre-order campaign.
So, come in the shop, pre-order your copy of SYRO, get a download card, go home and play on the internet. Then when the album drops just bring your receipt and the card back to the store to pick up your copy. This will also guarantee you a copy of the record so you don’t have to worry about it selling out!
It’s been years in the making and we finally have it in our hands. The 4 discs (over 100 songs!) that make up the excellent Designer Records set span years (1967-1977) of recordings of some of the best gospel groups around the South (and as far north as Detroit) by record producer extraordinaire Style Wooten out of Memphis. Most folks were trying to record at SUN studios at the time but Wooten was up for recording any group that had a little cash and a dream. The result is an astonishing collection of gospel 45 RPM singles and LPs that record hunters have been trying to track down for decades. This box set represents those singles in a easy to swallow, convenience that CDs were made for (for the vinyl fanatic check out the Designer LPs also on Big Legal Mess).
“See, these gospel guys, man, they’re doing it for the love of what they’re doing. They used to get in their cars–maybe two or three car loads of ‘em–say from Detroit and they’d come down south and they’d work down here all Friday night and Saturday and Sunday; they might miss a day’s work, probably two days work, and get back home. While they was here they’d do a recording session and they’d play a bunch of different churches and take up the love offerings and everything. They just did it for the love of it, that’s what it boiled down to. They were doin’ it ’cause they loved it, man”
-Roland Janes, engineer of nearly all the Designer recordings (quote is from the excellent liner notes by Michael Hurtt)
We highly recommend “The Soul of Designer Records” CD set! And if you can’t turn it off we recommend the Nashboro Records CD set released on the Tompkins Square label. Both are in stock at The End of All Music. Release date for “The Soul of Designer Records” is September 30th but we have some for sale RIGH NOW!
We’ll be hosting our buddies The Holy Ghost Electric Show on Friday, August 22 at 5 p.m. for a FREE in-store performance in support of their recent signing to This is American Music and the release of their record, The Great American Holy Ghost Electric Show. We’ll have copies of the album for sale at the show.
some info from the label:
Corinth is in northeast Mississippi. It is not in the famed Delta. It is not on the redneck riviera of the gulf coast. It is nestled in the hills that will become the mountains. It is of the land Mississippi Fred McDowell and the Hill Country bluesmen R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough sprouted roots. It is the big bright buckle of America’s Bible Belt and it is the original home of Holy Ghost Electric Show. Depending on what you would imagine the sons of preachers playing rock music in Corinth would sound like, HGES sounds exactly what you imagine…or nothing like it. Brothers Cody (songwriter, lead vocals, rhythm guitar) and Jake Rogers (guitar and banjo), Will Shirley (guitar), Conner Wroten (bass), Austin Wheeler (drums) and Jesse James (trombone and keys), have created by way of their debut, THE GREAT AMERICAN, an album that speaks well beyond their years (the band has a median age of 22 year
The brothers Rogers were raised with issues of religion, race and moral equivocation worn on sleeves…not hidden or neglected in favor of more polite conversation. Their father started a church designed to bring rival gang members into the same building to worship together. This was their childhood. Cody’s songs bear this out. Touching on these subjects and many others of both the personal and global variety, he weaves word and sound into anthems of triumph and wonderment. Musically, the band utilizes country and folk rhythms but indulges rock ‘n roll and noise rock, recalling influences as disparate as Topanga Canyon and the Elephant 6 Collective. As Rogers says, “America’s a melting pot, and our music is the same way.” That fact is due, in part, to the fact that the band began to take its current form in the friendly college town of nearby Oxford, Mississippi…home of the Ole Miss Rebels, Fat Possum Records, John Currence, the Taylor Grocery and a musical culture and lineage that would make any big city jealous. It was in Oxford that HGES hones its sound and began to start winning over audiences. Whether standing atop tables at Proud Larry’s or playing Fringefest at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center, Holy Ghost is steadily working and steadily welcoming more and more fans to the fold.
Honestly, there are two Holy Ghost Electric Shows. There is the band you listen to late at night on your headphones and there is the band you see whipping crowds into a frenzy and leaving nothing on the stage. HGES does an amazing job of taking the songs from their debut (as well as a few choice covers and new songs) and giving them room to erupt live. Guitars are being traded…trombones marching through crowds…drum sets crashed…everyone is screaming…it’s rock and roll and it’s hot and it’s sweaty and it’s the Electric Show, to which audiences from all over the Magnolia State will testify. Preach.
We’re DJing at Proud Larry’s THIS FRIDAY, August 15! We’ll be joining Dent May and Carson Culver on the decks. We’ll be kicking the night off in the first slot starting around 9 or so. OH YEAH! IT’S FREE!
We’re sad to see our buddy and co-worker Jimmy Cajoleas leave Oxford. He’ll be heading to New Orleans in early August. Jimmy has been working at The End of All Music since we opened in March 2012 and he’s been the lifeblood of the shop. You may remember him on Record Store Day morning ringing up everyone’s purchases with a sleepy-eyed grin and making great, enthusiastic comments like, “this is great!,” and “they just keep on coming!” Jimmy is responsible for all the punk records in the store too. You’re welcome Black Flag fans. He’s also responsible for us stocking that Refused reissue when it came out (see above photo). He’s also the reason we’re now Swans fans. Jimmy always has the one punk record on the Staff Picks shelf–it’s usually a young band with the un-jaded energy of taking over the world three chords at a time (I think most recently it’s been White Lung). Jimmy is the clerk on Sunday that’s always there for you. He loves to talk about Todd Rundgren records, your girlfriend/boyfriend dumping you, horror films, books, or pretty much anything else and above all he’s just a nice dude. We’re losing a good one when Jimmy leaves, so come by the shop the next few Sundays and say farewell. We’ll miss you, Jimmy! Good luck in New Orleans!
We just got our new Blues Trail car tag in! It’s a beauty. The Blues Trail car tag is one of the many ways you can help support one of the most important causes our state has to offer. The Blues Trail is extremely important for the continued education of one of the most important musical heritages in the world. It’s also an excellent tourism attraction for the state of Mississippi. We need to do all we can to keep the Blues Trail going. And if you’re ever in Oxford, check out our very own Blues Trail markers; “Documenting the Blues” at Ole Miss and “Oxford Blues” on the Square!
We also have Blues Trail maps and blues festival calendars in the shop if you’d like more info. THEY’RE FREE! You can also check out www.MSBluesTrail.org for more info.