Inside Mills Record Company

Stuff that we stock at Mills Record Company’s retail store.

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A Look in the Local Bin – January 2014

Earlier in January I stopped by the store to check out what Mills had available in the local section. As a huge fan of the KC scene, I want to get these names out there. All of the albums I’ll be highlighting I personally own, so I’m speaking from experience, not just blowing hot air. […]

James McMurtry – Too Long in the Wasteland

Only a month in, and 2014 has already proven to be an exciting year for alt-country singer-songwriter James McMurtry and his fans. Along with signing to a new label, Complicated Game, McMurtry released the details of his next studio album, the first since 2008′s Just Us Kids. While we get ready for the new tunes, there will […]

High Hopes – Bruce Springsteen

  Not a week old, there’s already a moment in High Hopes, Bruce Springsteen’s 18th studio-album, I can’t stand. In the steady-moving, gospel-inflected “Heaven’s Wall” when the song’s reaching its peak, a clattering of jungle drums re-enters and elbows for room against Tom Morello’s barbed guitar. If they had stayed as a teaser in the […]

Inside Dave Van Ronk

With awards season on the horizon, there’s no doubt that you’ll be hearing and seeing a lot about the Coen Brothers’ latest creation, ‘Inside Llewyn Davis.’ Based very loosely on the life and times of Dave Van Ronk, ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ explores what it was like to be in and around the folk scene of […]

A Christmas Album – Bright Eyes

If you’re shortlisting artists who would be better off avoiding a Christmas album, Conor Oberst in any of his musical dalliances would assuredly make an appearance. This is a fiery wisp of a man who once shouted about the President and God convening to decide “which convicts should be killed” and chuckled at the notion […]

Live at the Cellar Door – Neil Young

I’ve mentioned my cluttered car before. How worn-out Christmas service bulletins are strewn about, along with a plastic jade Buddah and an untold number of CDs. If I were to take count, I’d likely stop halfway through to listen to an album. Supposing I ever finish the Herculean task of taking stock of them all, […]

New Releases for the Week of 10/22

Here is what we’re putting out on the shelves this week:     2 Chainz B.O.A.T.S. II#MEtime – The former Playaz Circle member returns with his sophomore 2xLP, featuring a lead single collaboration with Pharrell (The Neptunes/N.E.R.D.). AFI Burials – The California punk-goth band with some of the most ardent followers in the biz returns […]

5 Guilty Pleasures – Steven Ervay

My guilty pleasures read a lot like a finger crossing a road map of America. There’s a diverse collection of 90′s, pop, awkward punk, and so on… So here they are, in whatever glory they hold. 5. My Own Worst Enemy As much as I love 90′s songs, I love 90′s compilation albums even more. […]

5 Guilty Pleasures – Jackson May

To call something a guilty pleasure would be admitting that I feel guilty about some of the music I listen to. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. But, I’ll admit, there are some genres and bands that definitely get some confused looks when I tell someone about them. 5. Dragonforce A few years […]

Sworn To The Dark: Why You Should Know About Watain

Watain, the black metal band from Sweden, have just released their fifth album The Wild Hunt, and what a record it is. It’s a continuation of Watain’s take on black metal – that is to say it’s quite melodic and brooding in parts – but the group is never afraid to unleash the beast within […]

New Arrivals for the Week of 8/20

Highlights of the week: *Zola Jesus – Versions: The electronic/industrial chanteuse reinterprets some of her songs with the help of a string quartet and J.G. Thirwell (of Foetus) on this latest release. Rather than asking ‘e tu brood-ist’, diehard fans of Zola Jesus will be surprised at how her haunting vocals and atmospheric arrangements translate […]

New Vinyl Arrivals for the Week of 7/23

If you want these, we got ‘em:   * Tortoise – Millions Now Living Will Never Die (Reissue): The first generation post rockers get the reissue treatment for one of their best albums. The title is from a Jehova’s Witness pamphlet and the music sounds like it’s jazz from another planet. Check it out if […]

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