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Here’s what our Record of the Month Club has selected so far…sign up to be a member right here.

IMG_9214 The Meters Fire on the Bayou

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.  Also included with this record is a King Cake recipe.

 

 

 

 

IMG_9352 Pops Staples Don’t Lose This

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.

 

 

 

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Omnivore Records is reissuing this excellent Memphis classic produced by Jim Dickinson in 1979.  The compilation features Furry Lewis, Sid Selvidge, Fred Ford, Alex Chilton, Mud Boy & the Neutrons, Teenie Hodges, and lots of other notable Memphis musicians. This is the first time Beale Street Saturday Night has ever been reissued and up ’til now it’s been rare and expensive to track down. The proceeds from the sell of this reissue will go to Beale Street Caravan.  The first pressing of this reissue will come on clear vinyl, which our Record of the Month Club members will be receiving along with a very limited 8×10 photo print of Jim Dickinson taken by photographer Pat Rainer.  The photo was used in the liner notes for the record and features a young Dickinson sporting a great Memphis t-shirt.  The print is signed and numbered by Pat Rainer in an edition of 25 copies AND is exclusive to our ROTM Club! The record comes out April 14th so it will ship out around then.

 

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Built to Spill Untethered Moon

This is the first straight rock record we’ve selected for our new Record of the Month Club and it’s pure indie rock at its best. Doug Martsch and company never hold back and this record is no different from some of their classic albums like Keep it Like a Secret, and Perfect From Now On.  Untethered Moon is the bands first record since 2009’s There is No Enemy, and we think it’s one of their best yet.

Built to Spill are an American indie rock band based out of Boise, Idaho. They’ve released 8 LPs including many classics while also maintaining an amazing live show throughout their career since starting in the early 1990s.

This new record comes pressed on black vinyl with 500 translucent blue vinyl copies randomly inserted in record stores throughout the country…so hopefully some of you will snag one of the rare blue ones, but we have no way of knowing.  We’ll also be including a print of Built to Spill’s Record Store Day exclusive poster featuring artwork from the record packaging. You may find some swag from us in this shipment as well.

 

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Leon Bridges’s much talked about and anticipated debut LP, Coming Home, is out on June 23. Leon’s music takes us back to 60s soul classics like Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Wilson Picket, and Al Green. The record–produced by the folks in White Denim–is reminiscent of the prime soul era from which put Memphis on the map. We saw Leon perform in Tupelo, MS some months ago to a small crowd and it blew our minds. It was a rare occasion to witness greatness in the making. This record is going to garner him a much wider audience and for good reason. It’s a classic soul record in a time where that’s just what we need.

Coming Home is also our June pick in our Record of the Month Club.  Subscribers will not only get a copy of the vinyl record but they’ll also receive a promo poster featuring the cover artwork as well as one of our new red & white can koozies.

 

IMG_0830 Air Moon Safari

Arguably AIR’s best record and the one that started it all, Moon Safari, is the final record to be released in the recent vinyl reissue campaign of AIR’s entire catalog.  It’s also our July Record of the Month Club pick!  Moon Safari was the French duo’s debut album–released in 1998–and really set the tone for all of their albums after.  Moon Safari caught the attention of film director Soffia Coppola and she later tapped AIR for the excellent soundtrack to her debut film,The Virgin Suicides (also reissued last month on vinyl!) The record has been reissued on 180 gram black vinyl and sounds fantastic!

All of our Record of the Month Club (and only ROTM Club members) will be entered to win a full set of AIR vinyl reissues! Yep! That’s all the AIR records…that’s over $125 worth of records! We’ll also pick another winner (again…only ROTM Club members are eligible to win!) for a deluxe CD version of The Virgin Suicides soundtrack as well as a copy of the Record Store Day Virgin Suicides 7″ single!

 

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Destroyer Poison Season

Destroyer‘s excellent new record, Poison Season, will be shipping out today to all of our members.  Record of the Month Club subscribers will receive the limited, clear vinyl version of the record along with a promo poster and sticker courtesy of MERGE Records.

 

 

 

 

 

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Spooner Oldham Pot Luck

You may not know Spooner Oldham’s name but you definitely know his songs and his organ playing.  Oldham is a Muscle Shoals musician and songwriter (along with partner Dan Penn) responsible for greatest hits like “Cry Like a Baby” (The Box Tops) and “I’m Your Puppet” (James and Bobby Purify). He also played organ on such hits as “Mustang Sally” (Wilson Pickett), “When a Man Loves a Woman” (Percy Sledge), “I Never Loved a Man” (Aretha Franklin) and countless others.

Originally released in 1972, Pot Luck, is Oldham’s only record featuring him front and center.  It’s a great lost soul record that deserves re-listening after fading into obscurity in the 1970s. Luckily Light in the Attic Records is here to dig Pot Luck out of obscurity by reissuing it on vinyl for the masses.

Record of the Month Club members will receive either a blue or green vinyl copy courtesy of Light in the Attic.  These color vinyl variations are extremely limited. Members will also receive a great poster featuring rare photos of Spooner from the 1970s.

 

 

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Son Volt Trace 

Our Record of the Month Club selection for October is the long-awaited, vinyl reissue of Son Volt’s debut album Trace, which turns 20 this year! It’s been out of print FOREVER and fetches crazy prices on eBay. BUT NOW! Our club members and customers will get a chance at snagging it at a reasonable price! Club members will also get a print of this great promo poster that reads, “Some guys who used to be in Uncle Tupelo and some other great guys.”

 

 

 

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Chris Knox Seizure 

This may be my favorite record picked so far in this first year of our Record of the Month Club.  We’ve been waiting on this record since Captured Tracks began reissuing classic titles from New Zealand’s Flying Nun Records catalog. AND IT’S FINALLY HERE! The November selection for the Record of the Month Club is Seizure by Chris Knox.  I’ve been trying to track down a copy of this record for years to no avail and now we can not only snag a copy but we get to pass copies along to all of you, and that makes us really excited.  Club members will be getting a super-limited, screen printed by hand version of the record featuring the original artwork.

 

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Beat Happening Look Around

The December ROTM Club selection is coming early! We’re pleased to send you a copy of the new career-spanning compilation Look Around by Beat Happening!

Formed in the early 1980s at Evergreen College in Olympia, Washington by Calvin Johnson, Heather Lewis and Bret Lunsford, Beat Happening combined modern primitive pop sound with the DIY ethos of ‘anyone can do it’ and inspired countless bands and labels along the way. The community that rose around the band and their label, K Records, was in many ways, the sonic antithesis of their Seattle neighbors (and friends) but was no less influential.

Look Around is a double LP worth of music picked by the band to represent their career.  Record of the Month Club members will receive a copy of Look Around as well as a limited, 7″ single featuring “Indian Summer” backed by “Froggy Eyes.” This will be the final Record of the Month Club selection for 2015.  Any new subscriptions purchased during the month of December will start with the January 2016 selection.

 

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The Replacements Let it Be

The January pick is The Replacements breakthrough record Let it Be.  Rhino records is pressing Let it Be on vinyl for the first time in over 20 years as part of their “Start the Ear Off Right” campaign.  RotM Club members will receive the Let it Be LP, a 2016 calendar courtesy of Rhino Records, a plaid Replacements turntable slipmat, and a Replacements button to put on your leather/jean jacket.

 

 

 

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The February selection(s) for our Record of the Month Club are two recently signed groups to the Fat Possum Records roster.  This is our first Fat Possum selection for the ROTM Club, and it’s a doozy.  As many of you know, Fat Possum Records is based right here in Oxford.  They’re just down the street from the record store actually and we work closely with them acting like an unofficial storefront for the label.  Fat Possum made its name by releasing hill country blues classics from R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough, but we wanted to show the newer side of the label by showcasing some of their best up-and-coming artists like Sunflower Bean and Seratones (also check out Fat White Family, Mother, Yung, and the now-classic album Sweet heart, sweet light by Spiritualized among lots of others).

First up, we’re sending out the debut album by Brooklyn’s Sunflower Bean. RollingStone magazine gives it 4 stars and says, “Listening to the debut album, Human Ceremony, from Brooklyn trio Sunflower Bean is a bit like flipping through some smart stoner’s impeccably refined record collection. All the correct drone-rock references are present: the Velvet Underground at their beachiest, the Autobahn liftoff of vintage Seventies Kraut-rock, the Eighties drug-punk of Spaceman 3, recent garage-grind aesthetes like Ty Segall, and the entire college-jangle canon from early R.E.M. to the Smiths to Real Estate and beyond.” We’ve got super limited, coke-bottle clear vinyl copies just for our Record of the Month Club members.  Club members will also be getting a limited CD (only available via Rough Trade in the UK) featuring Sunflower Bean covering some of their favorite songs.  We’ll also be throwing in a promo poster featuring the Human Ceremony cover artwork.

Second up, we’re sending out the debut 7″ single Necromancer/Take it Easy from Shreveport, Louisiana group Seratones.  They’ve been working on their debut album with Jimbo Mathus at the production helm and if this first single is any indication it’s going to rule. Seratones have played in Oxford several times now and they’re live show is top notch, so go see them when they come to your town (they’ll be back at Proud Larry’s on March 5th!) and be on the look out for their debut album coming later this year. Club members will be receiving the limited, blue vinyl version of the single.

 

IMG_2978Kurt Vile B’live I’m Going Down… (autographed copy!)

Kurt Vile played a killer show at Proud Larry’s last night (Monday, Feb. 29, 2016) and before the show he was nice enough to sign copies of his latest album for our Record of the Month Club. The new album, b’live I’m goin’ down, is out via Matador Records and boasts one of Vile’s best batch of songs to date. We’ve been fans of his records since his debut and he just keeps turning out the goods. Record Club members will receive a signed copy of the record along with a poster featuring Vile with his record collection.

 

 

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We hosted Hiss Golden Messenger in our store on April 19th for an amazing and intimate performance. The band was in town opening for Dawes 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 like a HGM poster, CD compilation, and sticker. 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).

 

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The first pick of the summer is a Bowie classic! To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this Bowie greatest hits compilation it’s being repressed on black and clear vinyl. The version you get is totally up to chance. Record of the Month Club members will be getting either the black vinyl version or the clear vinyl version…it’s a 50/50 chance. Members will also be getting a set of 12×12 prints of iconic Bowie album cover artwork. These will ship out on or around the May 20th release date.

 

 

 

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Whitney Light Upon the Lake

WHITNEY’S excellent debut album Light Upon the Lake is the June Record of the Month! 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!

 

 

 

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Durand Jones & The Indications + Sure Fire Soul Ensemble 7″ single and Colemine Records CD compilation

The July selection in our Record of the Month Club will include:

1.) The debut album from Durand Jones & The Indications (officially released on July 1st) on limited, blue vinyl

2.) A new 7″ single from The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble pressed on clear, green wax

3.) A copy of the Colemine Singles CD compilation we mentioned above.

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 the 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. 

 

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Charles Mingus Blues & Roots

We’re 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. We’ve 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 Mingus’s Blues and Roots originally released on Atlantic Records in 1960. Like most jazz records from that time period it’s 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 couldn’t tell the difference. This is a fine jazz record and we believe—along with Miles’ Kind of Blue and Coltrane’s A Love Supreme—it 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 Mingus’ unique and diverse style. Jazz is truly the only music 100% created in America and Charles Mingus’s records are some of the most important works of any American Artist.

 

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Car Seat Headrest Teens of Denial (autographed copy!)

The September pick is from Matador Records. Car Seat Headrest–the project headed by Will Toledo–has released one of our favorite records of the year, Teens of Denial. Club members will get an autographed copy of the record and a killer poster.

 

 

 

 

 

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Prince Sign o’ the Times 

FINALLY! A Prince record in our Record of the Month Club. This is one of the best and craziest records Prince ever produced and this reissue does it justice all the way down to the big heart hype sticker. Club members will also get a custom, Prince guitar bottle-opener, keychain with our store name written in Purple Rain font. This record is truly essential.

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

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Bob Dylan The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert

The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert. For decades, Dylan’s performance in Manchester was incorrectly labelled, The Royal Albert Hall Concert. Now, for the first time, the REAL Royal Albert Hall concert, originally recorded for a live album by CBS Records, is finally being released. This show is also included in the 36 CD 1966 Live Recordings box set.

This show is perfect for the vinyl format. The first LP is Dylan’s solo acoustic set that opened each of the 1966 shows. The second LP is full on rock with Dylan’s backing band, The Hawks, which later became The Band.

 

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John Prine s/t 

John Prine’s self-titled, debut LP back in print on vinyl for the first time since its original release is 1978. Members will get a copy of the record on 180 gram vinyl mastered from the original, analog tapes. They will also get a 2017 calendar courtesy of Rhino Records.

 

 

 

 

 

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Vic Chesnutt Little

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.

 

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Elliott Smith Either/Or

Either/Or: Expanded Edition features the original tracks carefully remastered from original tapes under the supervision of Larry Crane.  The second disc features five live multi-track recordings from the Yo Yo A Go Go Festival in Olympia WA in 1997, as well as three previously unreleased studio recordings and one b-side gem.  The double LP is packaged in a gatefold jacket that includes an insert of the original liner notes, a postcard of the original master tapes, and several never-before seen photos.  This gorgeous collection is an essential listen for longtime fans and newcomers alike.

Club members will get a copy of the double album on limited yellow vinyl only available at independent record stores as well as a promo poster!

 

Stay tuned for more…