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Southern Poverty Law Center Benefit Record

We’ve created a stand-alone website specifically for this release where you can find more info, song premiers, press updates and lots more! So be sure to check it out.

We’re pleased to announce a benefit record to support the Southern Poverty Law Center. The record features new songs from Patterson Hood (Drive-By Truckers), Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, William Tyler, and Adam Torres. The artwork for the record is photographs taken from Maude Schuyler Clay’s book, Mississippi History, which was published by Steidl in 2015. The 12-inch vinyl EP will contain four tracks on the a-side and a “Resist Fear. Assist Love” etching, by artist Nathaniel Russell, on the b-side. The record is being pressed in a limited edition of 1000 copies. The first 500 copies will be on colored vinyl. You may preorder the record now.

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Vic Chesnutt’s debut is our Feb ROTM Club selection

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Vic Chesnutt’s debut album, Little, is a work of pure Southern Gothic genius. Chesnutt’s records are by no means easy on the heart, but they’re beautiful. His songs fit right in with the darker side of Southern literary tradition like the best short stories of Flannery O’Connor and Larry Brown. His lyrics take on a literary merit much like Bob Dylan’s (who’s recent Nobel Prize in literature proves that songwriting is a form of high poetry). These are important songs by an important Southern artist. We’re really excited to be able to stock all of Vic’s records in the shop. They’re all records that need to be heard, and need to be owned…on vinyl.

Little was produced by fellow Athens, GA artist (and R.E.M. lead singer) Michael Stipe. The lush, rich poetry of the lyrics on Little is counterbalanced by Stipe’s stark production, with mostly live-sounding performances by Chesnutt accompanied by little more than his guitar. The recordings were done as demos, “on an October day in 1988 at John Keane’s gussied up studio…me feeling rather rough from the night before,” writes Chesnutt.

Athens-based record label, NEW WEST RECORDS, has taken on the important task of reissuing Vic’s records in chronological order. Little comes pressed on 180g vinyl and contains new liner notes by Michael Stipe. Record of the Month Club members will also get a promo poster. More info the ROTM Club right here

You can listen to Little over on our ROTM Club Spotify playlist.

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The above photo was taken from the Oxford American. Read John Jeremiah Sullivan’s excellent profile on Vic right here.

Vic Chesnutt passed away on December 25, 2009.

Check out the recent book by Kristin Hersh on Vic’s life, Don’t Suck, Don’t Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt. You can buy a copy at Square Books. 

Our Favorite Records of 2016


It’s that time of the year when we share with you our favorite records of 2016. This year has been rough. We’ve lost some truly amazing artists–Prince, Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Lemmy, Phife Dawg, Leon Russell, Alan Vega, Mose Allison, and others. The best thing to take from these losses is it gives us a chance to reflect on their art and immerse ourselves in their records again…sometimes for the first time. Luckily, since the resurgence of vinyl, these artists find new life in our shop bins with a constant array of reissues and vault releases. At least we have their records. Bowie left way too soon but he may have left us the best record of the year…maybe his career? Leonard Cohen knew his time was up and his records (including his last one) seem to make more sense now…maybe? Prince was gone in an instant but worked on new material right up ’til his death. Anyways, 2016 was tough and we’ll leave it at that.

Now for our list! As tough as the year got at times there were always great records coming out. This may be the strongest year for new music since we opened our doors in 2012.  We saw the return of Radiohead, Bob Dylan winning a Nobel Prize, A Tribe Called Quest back in the spotlight, a political cry from Drive-by Truckers, new indie-rock classics from Car Seat Headrest and Parquet Courts, and lots more! We aren’t going to put these in any order because ranking them seems too hard and a waste of time. If you’d like to purchase any of these (we are a record store after all) you can go to our webstore or swing by the shop. So here we go…




Our favorite records of 2016


blackstar-bowie-vinyl-coverDavid 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.



life-of-pabloKanye West Life of Pablo

Life of Pablo is 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–thanks Chance the Rapper. 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. He’s also pushing the boundaries of live performance. If you get the chance, GO SEE HIM LIVE! This record didn’t see a physical release–except for that one thing you probably saw in the store ?


radiohead-moon-shapedRadiohead 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.



angel-olsen-my-womanAngel Olsen My Woman

Angel Olsen almost goes full on rock with this new record and we can’t get enough of it. We’ve been a fan of hers since her first record and she just keeps getting better and better. This is easily one of the best records of the year.

“If Burn Your Fire was Olsen’s poetic manifesto, then My Woman lives freely within its world. Together, the two albums remind me of something Patti Smith once said, in 1976, distinguishing the literary Horses from its follow-up, Radio Ethiopia, by calling the latter “total physical energy” and also more implicitly feminine. My Woman walks a tightrope of love to figure out what it is—how to find it, how to allow it in, how to feel it, how to fight for it, how to let it go—by a person who does not lose herself in the process.”



charles-bradley-changesCharles 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.



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“Dev Hynes’ work–populist, experimental, healing, agitating, straightforward, multi-layered–demonstrates this unfailingly. Prince’s radical pop spirit lives on in many artists. But none are channeling it more fully, or artfully.” -RollingStone



nick-cave-skeleton-treeNick Cave and the Bad Seeds Skeleton Tree

“Whatever one makes of the songs presented here, at least we should all be able to agree that another addition to Cave’s legendary, beyond comparison catalogue is in itself enough of a reason to feel very satisfied.” -Drowned in Sound

Skeleton Tree is an extraordinary piece of work, one that might impact upon you profoundly if you choose to bed-down in its dark corridors of hurt.” -MOJO

“It feels distasteful to rate so powerful, so raw an album in any aesthetic terms and yet it brilliantly, blackly, radiates life. Skeleton Tree is a work of mourning, yes; a work of reverie, yes; and also an immensely moving attempt to reach out of blackness towards life.” -The Wire



leo-cohen-darkerLeonard Cohen You Want it Darker

Cohen’s final, and masterful, goodbye of a record. Like Bowie, this final act ranks right at the top of a beloved artist’s output. It’s bleak and sad, but it’s so damn good, and when it needs to be it’s the sweetest thing you ever heard.

You Want It Darker could be addressed to fans pining for a return to Cohen’s bleakest songwriting; or a lover, or a higher power.” -The Observer (UK)

“This is one of his most intense albums. It feels personal too.” -MOJO

“It’s become a cliche to treat every latter-day Cohen album like a potential swansong but it’s hard to imagine a richer, finer or more satisfying finale than this.”



william-tyler-modern-countryWilliam 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. 2016 would’ve been much tougher without this record.



tribe-called-questA Tribe Called Quest We Got It From Here…

“By and large, We got it from Here… has the classic Tribe sound: a warm and crisp confluence of East Coast hip-hop, jazz, and more, all mixed and mastered impeccably. While some aspects of the sound are dated, others feel fresh.” -Consequence of Sound

“Completed after Phife’s death, the record’s also an unabashed tribute to him. Q-Tip’s the handsome one, charismatic, the versatile one with pop appeal, and so it has always been easy to think of Phife as something of a foil—a little funnier and scrappier, maybe, but not the driving artistic force. But anyone who made a home inside these records over the past quarter century knows Phife’s the group’s beating heart: its source of joy; the wry, horny prankster; the life of the party. Q-Tip’s an optimist—he believes in people—but Phife is the reason why. We talk about rappers as poets, as journalists, as masters of ceremony. Phife is the rapper as guy you want to hang out with. Hearing him light up a track like “We the People” or the instant classic “Black Spasmodic” is at once chill-inducing and a reminder of how much life an emcee can pack into a couple bars.” -The A.V. Club



whitney-light-uponWhitney 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.

“Bass, horns, strings, organ and choir provide the backbone, and when Whitney allow themselves to kick it up a gear and really let rip, as on ‘Golden Days’ (with its cathartic “Na na na” outro) or the George Harrison-meets-The Band magnificence of ‘Dave’s Song’, they’re untouchable.” -NME



parquet-humanParquet 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



img_1498-1Kadhja Bonet The Visitor

We first heard this record a few months ago and immediately pegged it for one of the best records of the fall. Upon first listening it’s hard to pinpoint what genre Kadhja should be placed under and that’s a good thing. The record is free jazz, hip-hop, pop, r&b…all in one. Did you like the Kamasi Washington record? Do you dig Amy Winehouse? Do you listen to Grimes AND Nina Simone? This record is for you!

And on top of all that the vinyl comes pressed on GLOW-IN-THE-DARK WAX!



beach-slangBeach Slang A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings

“A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings, like all Beach Slang releases, is made for the purpose of inclusivity. James Alex may be forty-two but Beach Slang, in sound and energy, remains ageless.”

“By grounding their idealism in simple, anthemic rock and a vague mythology, they’ve created an angsty, mutable codex of sorts, an inclusive machine by which to punch all the hearts.” -SPIN

“While some of the lyrics may be a little too on the nose for some, regardless of age (“This crummy town is filled with wild boredom”), there is no age limit on angst or catharsis.” -Allmusic



adam-torres-cover-artAdam Torres Pearls to Swine 

“Gifted a falsetto reminiscent of famed Kentucky balladeer John Jacob Niles (1892-1980), his voice soars along rural Americana and across desolate plains (“Where I’m Calling From”). Through the tense, starry twilight of “Outlands,” tranquil, meandering rivers and sprawling juniper trees (“Juniper Arms”) outline a rocky terrain wherein “Some Beast Will Find You by Name.” To that topography, add Adam Torres.” -Austin Chronicle

“Some of the purest, restorative, most unburdened music imaginable.” -MOJO



durand-jones-lpDurand Jones & The Indications

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.



car-seat-headrest-teens-of-denial-compressedCar Seat Headrest Teens of Denial

“Indie rock may not be dying, but it’ll be hard for people to make it sound as alive as Toledo does on Teens of Denial. This is the sort of record where you wish like hell you could hear it again for the first time and that’ll keep rewarding return visits for years to come.” -Paste

“With or without artfully-cribbed melodies, the music is undeniable.” -RollingStone



sturgill-sailorsSturgill 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.



Screen Shot 2016-07-01 at 4.44.57 PMDrive-by Truckers American Band

“They have both found, on their eleventh album (and best since the early 2000s), a renewed purpose and direction in this time of existential crisis for America.” -Exclaim

“A brave, provocative and thoughtful addition to the Tuckers’ canon.” -Magnet

“American Band is an op-ed column with guitars, and it presents a message well worth hearing, both as politics and as music.” -Allmusic



kevin-morby-singing-sawKevin 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 




We capped our list at 20 titles but here are a few that probably should’ve been on there…all of these records are available in the shop and online:

Seratones Get Gone

Richmond Fontaine You Can’t Go Back 

JPKS Constant Stranger

Sunflower Bean Human Ceremony

Frank Ocean Blond

Wilco Schmilco

Brian Eno The Ship

Twin Peaks Down in Heaven

Bonnie Prince Billy and Bitchin’ Bajas Epic Jammers


You can read up on our favorite records since we opened in 2012 RIGHT HERE.  

You can also check out all the records we selected for our Record of the Month Club here

We’ll be posting our favorite reissues in a few days…

The ROTM Club November pick is…

…lost soul from Lee Moses!


Lee Moses was a huge talent and if he’d had the big hit album he richly deserved, Time And Place would’ve been it. A self-taught multi-instrumentalist, Moses cut his teeth in the clubs of Atlanta, the ‘Motown of the South’, where he frequently performed alongside his contemporary Gladys Knight (who reportedly wanted him for the Pips, but couldn’t pin him down).

It was, however, in New York in the ‘60s that Moses made his greatest bid to find the solo fame he desired. Moses began working there as a session player, even playing frequently with a pre-fame Jimi Hendrix, but his close relationship with producer and Atlanta native Johnny Brantley eventually saw him getting his own break via a series of 45s in 1967 – most notably with covers of Joe Simon’s “My Adorable One”, The Four Tops’ “Reach Out, I’ll Be There” and The Beatles’ “Day Tripper”.

It was 1971 before Moses’ dream of being at stage front was realized, when he released his Brantley-produced LP Time And Place for Maple Records. Recorded with a band including members of The Ohio Players and Moses’ own backing group The Deciples, it was, nonetheless, Moses himself whose star quality shone through, via his scratchy guitar riffs, his throat-ripping vocals and the stirring mood that permeates the LP’s heady mix of funk, soul and R&B.

The LP did no business, and Moses’ dream quickly crumbled. Though details on his life are scarce, it’s believed he fled New York disenchanted with the music industry, feeling he’d been double-crossed by Brantley both in credit and remuneration for the countless records he’d played on. Back in Atlanta, Moses returned to playing the clubs, married twice, and fell into depression and drug dependency. He died in 1997 at the age of 56.

Time And Place soon became a much-sought-after item for collectors, and its cult has continued to grow over the years. Here’s the record on deluxe vinyl, with brand new liner notes from Sarah Sweeney including interviews with Moses’ sister and his closest collaborator, the singer and guitarist Hermon Hitson. Through them, Moses becomes a little – but just a little – less of an enigma.

An absolutely essential lost soul record. Members will also get a Hi Records CD sampler featuring killer soul from Memphis by the likes of Al Green, Ann Peebles, Don Bryant, Syl Johnson, OV Wright, and more. Sign up here!

Adam Torres in-store show October 30th!

Adam Torres dropped a new record on us a few weeks ago and we’ve had it on the turntable non-stop at the shop ever since. His latest record, Pearls to Swine, is one of the best of the year and it’ll take you to that high lonesome place in the mountains of your mind. Adam will be playing with his full band (including Thor–the drummer in SWANS) at Proud Larry’s on Sunday, Oct. 30th but he’ll be swinging by the store for a late-lunch show earlier that day at 1 p.m. Don’t miss this and pick up Pearls to Swine now via Fat Possum Records!


Read some reviews of Pearls to Swine over at NPR, Pitchfork, Paste, Austin Chronicle, and All Music.

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Wilco “Schmilco” Release + Listening Party

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WILCO 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. where we’ll be spinning the new record, raffling off some Wilco stuff including a test pressing of the new record, and drinking beer!

Check out our Facebook event for the party here.

From the record label: 

Hear the new Wilco album Schmilco for the first time ever on Tuesday, September 6 at  The End of All Music, and take home the vinyl, too (three days before its wide release on Sept. 9).

There will be exclusives to win, too: white label Schmilco vinyl, slipmats featuring Joan Cornellà artwork + some shocking surprises.

Pre-order the new record from Drive-by Truckers

Screen Shot 2016-07-01 at 4.44.57 PMThe 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”.

Radiohead Release Party and Contests

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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.

Radiohead Instagram Contest


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.

Radiohead releases 9th album!

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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. 

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 vinyl version of the LP right here.

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.