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Hello Goodbye: Introducing The New Editor, Jackson May

Being the blog editor for Mills Record Company has been a fantastic experience. Over the past few years, I’ve gotten to think about how albums come together and how they work, I’ve gotten well acquainted with Kansas City’s music scene (and made some pretty stellar friends in the process), and I’ve gotten to gush about […]

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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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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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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, […]

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April Showers bring May Listening Parties: Mac Demarco + Slowdive

Do we have a treat for you this week. We’ll be holding listening parties for two hotly anticipated new releases in our store! Come hang out with us, listen to some good tunes, enter to win some things and get a chance to pick up these awesome albums. First up on Friday the 5th at […]

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Middle of The Map @ Mills Record Company

Record Store Day has come and gone, and while there are still some exclusives gracing the racks of your favorite local record joint, the Kansas City music train will not stop. Jumping from wax to stage, the next event on the horizon is Middle of the Map. The festival announced its line up almost two […]

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New Releases 5/19 @ Mills Record Company

Aldous Harding — Party Alex G — Rocket (gatefold) Amon Amarth — The Crusher (180 gm vinyl includes lyric insert and large 2-sided poster) Autopsy — The Tomb Within Basement — Promise Everything (deluxe edition, includes 4 new recorded bonus tracks on colored vinyl) BIB — POP (7″) Biters — The Future Ain’t What It […]

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New Releases 5/5 @ Mills Record Company

Afghan Whigs — In Spades (loser edition w/ gatefold and sticker included) Afghan Whigs — Congregation (transparent red cassette) Afghan Whigs — In Spades (clear cassette) Afghan Whigs — Up In It (black cassette) Al Jamilat — Yasmine Hamdan At The Drive In — Inter Alia (limited edition 180 gm colored vinyl) Bad Brains — […]

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New Releases 4/28 @ Mills Record Company

2017 Grammy Nominees — 2017 Grammy Nominees Ft. Beyonce, Jack White, 21 Pilots & more (2xLP) Ayreon — The Source (180 gm 2xLP w/ gatefold jacket, includes 16 pg booklet) BNQT — Volume 1 (gatefold jacket) British Sea Power — Let The Dancers Inherit the Party Crypt Rot — Embryonic Devils Daiseyhead — In Case […]

Kansas City Spotlight

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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 […]

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New Releases 5/12 @ Mills Record Company

All Hell — The Grave Alchemist (limited edition gold and blood red splatter vinyl) All That Remains — Madness (2xLP w/ gatefold jacket) Amanda Palmer & Edward Ka-Spel — I Can Spin A Rainbow (2xLP w/ gatefold jacket) Bob’s Burgers — The Bob’s Burgers Music Album (3xLP w/ trifold jacket, comes with postcard and poster) […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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Show Preview: Real Friends at Aftershock

Coming up on the one-year anniversary of release of their latest album The Home Inside My Head, Illinois-based pop punk group Real Friends are one of the few groups at the front of the current pop punk scene that has been steadily climbing in popularity over the past few years. Combining catchy pop-infused emo and […]