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Record Store Day: And The Beat Goes On

So Record Store Day has come and left. In its wake, there are far fewer records in the racks at Mills Record Company and so many exclusive releases nest in milk crates across the Kansas City area. That said, at Mills Record Company, Record Store Day is more than a single day. The party continues […]

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Record Store Day Compilation

Record Store Day is just days away. This year is the tenth anniversary of the event, and both Record Store Day and Mills Record Company are doing it up. The former releasing some of the most bombastic exclusives in a minute; the latter augmented that new vinyl smell with freshly arrived wax, refreshments, live music, […]

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Record Store Day: Live Music and More

So Record Store Day is only a few days away. I’ve written about some of the amazing exclusive releases you’ll find at Mills Record Company (too many to list; just type “record store day” in the blog’s search bar), but I want to focus on something just as good as limited edition pressings: live music. […]

Get to Know Your Local Scene

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A Look In The Local Bin: Record Store Day Edition

Record Store Day is on the horizon, and I have been writing a lot about some of the sick releases that will be found at Mills Record Company on Saturday. That said, the day isn’t just about records. Yes, it’s also about live music, bringing vinylphiles together, shopping local, coffee and donuts, and, most importantly, […]

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A Look In The Local Bin: Arc Flash

Arc Flash‘s Carbon Copy is a debut that feels less like a debut than something that has always existed below the surface of this reality. The Lawrence duo makes music that hums at the weirder edges of indie pop–blending effect-grinded vocals, jittering guitar riffs, and unstoppable percussion with the ease of a much more mature band. Maybe […]

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Hyborian’s Release Party

The Company is killing it. Though young, the Kansas City record label is putting out some of the heaviest releases. From Gnarly Davidson‘s The Tape to Keef Mountain‘s self-titled debut, there seems to be no end to the punishing riffage coming from this label. And 2017 seems to promise more gold. Just a couple weeks after Curse […]

In-Store Events

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Friday Free Show: Westerners Album Release Shindig

Since you’ve already blown up everything in site on the 4th, come get your face blown off and/or in with a FREE show from KC’s own Westerners celebrating the release of their new album Reoccuring Dream Theme with a little help from Shortsweather. CD’s and cassettes of the brand spankin’ new album will be available, […]

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HearQueer Issue 001 Launch Party!

HearQueer is a publication (online AND in print!) that is all about shining a spotlight on queer voices in music – something that is woefully underrepresented in just about every genre, sadly. To celebrate this momentous occasion, HearQueer is throwing an “Issue #001″ party at our store on Friday and everyone is invited! There will […]

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Listening Party – The Mountain Goats get dark with “Goths” this Friday

With a pounding drum beat accompanying a driving piano line, accentuated by frontman John Darnielle’s frentic half-shouted lyrics, opening track Rain in Soho to The Mountain Goats’ sixteenth album Goths is a perfect framing device for the rest of the album. The track segue’s into Andrew Eldrtich is Moving Back to Leeds – an Smiths-like, […]

Inside Mills Record Company

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New Releases 7/21 @ Mills Record Company

Alien: Covenant — Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Jed Kurzel Art Pepper Quartet — The Art Pepper Quartet Avey Tare — Eucalyptus (Stoughton tip-on jacket, double LP, download included)4 Bill Frisell and Thomas Morgan — Small Town (180 gram vinyl, download included) Bolt Thrower — War Master Carl Perkins — Best of the Sun Records […]

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New Releases 7/7 @ Mills Record Company

Agnes Obel — Philharmonics Barb Wire Dolls — Rub My Mind Beth Ditto — Fake Sugar (gatefold jacket) The Black Lips — Satan’s Graffiti Or God’s Art? (2xLP w/ gatefold jacket) Bleeding Gums — Bleeding Gums EP (7″, LOCAL) Body Count — Bloodlust (180 gm vinyl, w/ lyric sheet & CD) Booker T. & The […]

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New Releases 6/30 @ Mills Record Company

ABBA — Gold – Greatest Hits (2xLP w/ gatefold jacket) Alan Broadbent w/ The London Metropolitan Orchestra — Developing Story at Abbey Road (2xLP on 180 gm audiophile pressing, limited edition hand numbered, production picture included and signed by Alan himself) Ani DiFranco — Binary (2xLP w/ etched D-side) The Aracia Strain — Gravebloom (limited […]

Kansas City Spotlight

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New Releases 7/14 @ Mills Record Company

Against Me! — Transgender Dysphoria Blues (special edition blue LP w/ gatefold jacket) Alan Vega — It (limited edition 2xLP w. gatefold jacket on orange vinyl) Aphex Twin — …I Care Because You Do (official warp repress on 2xLP 180 gm vinyl) Aphex Twin — Richard D. James (official warp repress on 180 gm vinyl) […]

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New Releases 5/26 @ Mills Record Company

Alestorm — No Grave But The Sea (limited edition w/ gatefold jacket) The Beatles — Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (anniversary edition 2xLP w/ gatefold vinyl remastered by Giles Martin) Blink 182 — Greatest Hits (Limited edition of 2000, SRC Hifi Audiophile Mastering on 2xLP) The Charlatans — Different Days   Chevelle — Wonder […]

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Westend Recording Studios Presents : Amplify KC Vol.2

Here’s a special treat to get your week started right. Justin Mantooth over at Westend Studio right here in Kansas City is back with another curated mixtape of some of the area’s best and brightest rock bands. Focusing on all types of music Kansas City has to offer, Vol. 2 of their Amplify KC series […]

Live Photos & Reviews

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Submit to Self-Destruction: Shining live in Kansas City 05/12/2017

“This is Hail Darkness Hail. It’s dedicated to everyone here. Fuck you all.” Niklas Kvarforth, the driving force behind Sweden’s black metal outfit Shining, is an enigmatic figure – both on stage and off. His penchant for confrontational and sometimes abrasive live shows precedes him in such a way that when the band played the […]

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Middle of the Map 2017 – Friday Review

The good weather coupled with the weekend made Westport a hoppin’ place for Middle of the Map’s 2nd day. It’s hard to go anywhere in the district during the festival without bumping into a few awesome bands, and this year it was no different. Festivities kicked off, once again, at our lovely little record store […]

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Middle of the Map 2017 – Thursday Review

The 2017 edition of Kansas City’s greatest weekend of the year – AKA the Middle of the Map Fest – was maybe one of the best in its history. A smattering of local and national bands descended on Kansas City for 3 days of music and a plethora of fans, hardcore and casual alike, were […]

Live Tonight

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Show Preview: Unsane @ Riot Room 07/20/17

Noise forever. For nearly 30 years (maybe a break or two here and there), NYC’s Unsane have been anchoring the heavy noise rock underground with aplomb. With more of a footing in punk rock than their noisy New York contemporaries in Swans and a heavier, more grind-oriented approach than, say, Helmet, Unsane has slowly but […]

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Upcoming Show: Sorority Noise in Lawrence 05/09/17

Feeling a little emotional lately? Connecticut emo/indie/pop punk powerhouse Sorority Noise will bring their feel-good/feel-sad brand of catchy rock to the Jackpot in Lawrence tomorrow – May 9th. Their sound gets them lumped in with groups like Modern Baseball, Tigers Jaw and The Front Bottoms, but Sorority Noise choose to incorporate louder and heavier moments […]

Free Event Alert: Black metal documentary BLACKHEARTS screening

Ever since the mid-90s, Norway has been musically associated with black metal – the most controversial subgenre to emerge from heavy metal. Fraught with church burnings, murders and suicides and the ever-present Satan worship, it seems like the best place on Earth to start an evil rock and roll band, right? Blackhearts is a documentary […]