Record Store Day—the worldwide holiday celebrating independent record stores—is set for Saturday, April 16. The End of All Music will be participating for the fifth year in row since opening in March 2012. The day is celebrated with hundreds of limited edition, vinyl record releases from major and indie record labels across the globe. This year’s list of releases boast titles from Big Star, Allen Toussaint, Jay Reatard, SUN Records, Junior Kimbrough, Alt J, David Bowie, Run the Jewels, Johnny Cash, J Dilla, Mac DeMarco, Bob Dylan, The White Stripes, Son Volt, Outkast, Phish, The Grateful Dead, Pinback, Jason Molina and lots, lots more. The End of All Music will be stocking most of the titles on the official Record Store Day, which can be found here, however the store will not be carrying everything on the list. Check back here on our blog the week before RSD for everything the store will have in stock for the big day.
As always Record Store Day is a first come, first served operation. There are no holds or presales on any official Record Store Day titles. Customers are allowed to buy one copy per title. Everyone that purchases records throughout the day will receive a free goody bag full of limited-edition swag from The End of All Music as well as tons of goodies from record labels and artists.
The record store will be opening at 10 a.m. for RSD and the first 5 folks in line will get to come in the store 5 minutes earlier than everyone else.
Fat Possum Records, based right here in Oxford, is releasing three excellent titles for Record Store Day. First up is a 10th Anniversary edition of Jay Reatard’s classic Blood Visions pressed on white vinyl and including a 7” single featuring demos from the Blood Visions’ sessions. Secondly, a 12″ single of the Daft Punk edit of 5 Junior Kimbrough songs for Yves Saint Laurent’s Paris Fashion week 2013 (seen in photo on right). The record is a 1-sided, 45rpm 12″ featuring the 15-minute Daft Punk edit, and the other side is an incredibly etched portrait of Junior Kimbrough. The final Fat Possum release is the tribute album to Junior Kimbrough’s juke joint, Sunday Nights, which features Iggy Pop, The Black Keys, Spiritualized, and more pressed for the first time on clear, blue vinyl. The End of All Music will have plenty of copies of these three releases.
The record store likes to use the day to throw a block party and give thanks to all the folks that come through the shop all year long. It’s a good excuse to give away tons of free swag, drink some beer, listen to music and celebrate the community around the record store. Helping celebrate Record Store Day this year are several fine local businesses. High Point Coffee will be serving up a special Record Store Day blend called The End of All Blends at their location on the Square all week leading up to April 16 as well as at the record store all morning on RSD. The limited edition blend will also be available for purchase in 12 oz bags at the coffee shop and the record store so you can enjoy the brew at home. BBQ Smokeshop will be providing food for the day, serving lunch out in front of the record store starting around noon. Yalobusha Brewery and Yeti Coolers will be providing beverages. Plus there’ll be other treats available throughout the day.
Oxford based artist Len Clark recently moved his painting studio next door to the record store. He’ll be hosting a studio open house where a new series of music-related paintings will be on view and available for purchase. Len’s painting (seen in photo on left) of Aladdin Sane-era David Bowie can be seen on display in the record store right now.
Local woodworker Ryan Pierce will also be on site selling custom-built record crates. These things are beautiful and will display your records proudly.
There will be raffles held throughout the day. Anyone that comes through the shop on RSD will be allowed to enter with no purchase necessary. Raffle items include a pair of Audioengine powered speakers (a $250 value seen in photo below), several pairs of Audio Technica stereo headphones (a $80 value), concert tickets to The Lyric and Proud Larry’s (We’ve got tickets to Dawes, Lucinda Williams, Gov’t Mule, Old Crow Medicine Show, Moon Taxi, Dave Rawlings Machine, Jon Pardi, and more to give away!), as well as lots of limited records, t-shirts, artwork and other surprises. Raffle tickets will be handed out in the store throughout the day.
Last but not least, Josh Burwell–longtime illustrator of some of the best merch for The End of All Music–provided a new design for this year’s RSD t-shirt. These shirts are super limited and will be available for purchase all day or until they run out.
For more information leading up to the big day please check out The End of All Music’s blog, follow the store on Instagram @endofallmusic, or check out the official event listing on The End of All Music’s facebook page.
Record Store Day isn’t just about slinging limited-edition LPs all day. We like to throw a party and have some of our favorite bands play. This year we’re hosting sets with Oxford’s newest jangle-pop slackers, BONUS, and one of the best songwriters in the state of Mississippi, Talbot Adams. Read a blog entry about both bands here.
Talbot will start at 3 p.m. and BONUS will play around 3:30. Record Store Day is free, all ages, and open to the public!
Here’s a recent write-up in The Local Voice regarding RSD: