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

“Engravings” Is Both Tense And Evocative

I never would have guessed that something readily classified in the shoegaze genre would ever have enough subtle sexuality to warrant a slow-jam style groove. Yet, “An Hour” from Forest Sword’s debut album Engravings does just that. Beginning with a ringing xylophone-ish riff, the song builds into a groove that pretty much demands body movement […]

Ha Ha Tonka Learn From Americana and Their Own Past on Lessons

On Lessons, the newest LP from Missouri’s Ha Ha Tonka, the band displays more than just an awareness of its own past. The title track’s quasi-mantra highlights the duality of the new album as singer Brian Roberts repeats, “I keep learning the same lessons over again/ I can’t keep learning the same lessons over again.” […]

5 Guilty Pleasures – Paige Lockhart

My list of guilty pleasure songs just so happens to be comprised of my go-to karaoke jams. Drunken strangers don’t care about my music taste. I mean, they’re definitely laughing with me, right guys? 5. LeAnn Rimes – Blue Between the ages of eight and ten, I used my allowance money to pay for a […]

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 […]

Chvrches’ Debut LP Positions Band As Electro-Pop Crossover

Chvrches first full length release The Bones of What You Believe has only been out for a few days, but it feels like the band has been around for awhile. That may be partly because of the already capricious nature of our relationship, and because several of their singles became mainstays on alternative radio earlier […]

Cult Classics of the 90s: Heaven or Las Vegas

  Cocteau Twins Heaven or Las Vegas: 4AD (1990) The first time I heard the Cocteau Twins’ “Fotzepolitic” was somewhat of a curious event for me. A little tired and a little frazzled, I put on an internet playlist from 8tracks while studying. As soon as the waves of sound culminated and broke on the […]

Cult Classics of the 90s: Dulcinea

Toad the Wet Sprocket Dulcinea: Columbia (1994) Toad the Wet Sprocket hit their peak creatively on 1994′s excellent but underrated Dulcinea. After the commercial success of fear and its two hit singles, the now ubiquitous “Walk On the Ocean” and “All I Want,” the band entered the studio and attempted to evolve their sound while also […]

5 Guilty Pleasures – Sean Malone

Many of us have those songs or artists that we feel totally embarrassed and strange for liking. You probably wouldn’t guess that a music blog editor like myself has this tendency as well (a conceited editor no less). Anyway I do, and here they are in all their glory:   5. Corinne Bailey Rae – […]

Tookah: Strange and Inviting

Tookah is the type of album that haunts. With roomy vocals and thick drum-driven instrumentation, Emiliana Torrini creates simultaneously strange and inviting soundscapes throughout the entirety of the album —ones that are constantly shifting yet recognizable as a stable whole. Perhaps, Torrini is able to ground her sonic experimentations by using (mostly) traditional instruments and […]


MRC Vlog (Episode 1): Favorite Albums of 2013

So a few of us here at MRC sat down and made a video blog recently. Yours truly, Jackson May and our fearless leader Judy Mills got together to discuss some of our favorite albums of the year. Don’t worry, we didn’t mention twerkin or Taylor Swift. (Shout out to Piper Plows Productions for all […]

Arcade Fire “Reflektor” Single

Pretty much all of the rumors and leaks were accurate. Arcade Fire’s viral marketing campaign worthy of a J.J. Abrams film has been slowly divulging info about their upcoming release for a couple months now. The dancey/electronic first single was revealed in full to the world last night and there are two videos currently floating […]

5 Guilty Pleasures – Brian Clifton

Let’s get down to it: I’m not always so hip with my music tastes. Sometimes, I just don’t want to think when I’m listening to music. We all do it (I hope). Anyway, here are some of my guilty music pleasures: 5) “Birthday Sex” -Jeremih: Listening to this while drunk rollerskating in Omaha was the […]

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