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

The Dodos Carry Us Into Fall

There’s something incantatory and hypnotic that weaves itself around The Dodos’ latest album, Carrier. Blending melodic vocals with Foals-esque guitar complexity, The Dodos carve out their own niche in the indie pop scene. The album begins with the glittery but unmistakably dreampop influenced “Transformer” that fades into the heavier, drum-driven “Subtsance.” This progression, one style […]

Okkervil River’s ‘The Silver Gymnasium’

Okkervil River’s new album, The Silver Gymnasium, began streaming on NPR’s first listen yesterday morning, a week before its release date. It’s their seventh album, the first of which deviates from their concept albums rooted in fictional narratives. The songs are set in Sheff’s hometown, Meriden, New Hampshire, and explore an 80’s childhood into adolescence. […]

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 7/30

This week’s arrivals list feature some interesting hip-hop/rap selections, but is relatively short. Look for a fuller slate of releases next week. Here’s what has been coming in and going out on the shelves:       *The Birthday Party – Live 1981-82: Australian culture in the 80s may have unleashed Crocodile Dundee, Men at […]

In on a Motorcycle/Out on a Motorcycle: the Mountain Goats’ All Hail West Texas Reissue

  If every song by the Mountain Goats quoted Biggie Smalls, we might have peace in the Middle East. “The Fall of the Star Running Back” does just that, weaving lyrics from “Big Poppa” with the story of a running back, who ends up selling LSD to a police officer and doing time. The All […]

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 […]

xx Coexist

The xx – Coexist

With the release of their self-titled debut in 2009, the xx finally struck success. It was an instant hit among indie pop lovers, and gained commercial success when America’s Next Top Model, Cold Case, and other various television shows found use for their new and catchy music. The xx has come a long away since […]

The Flaming Lips – The Terror

  I suppose it was inevitable that the Flaming Lips’ confetti-cannons-for-everybody approach to music couldn’t last forever. Sure, it was fun to watch front man, Wayne Coyne, crowd surf in a giant inflatable ball and drip fake blood from his forehead, but after a band releases music on a flash drive stuck in the middle […]

Yo La Tengo Fade

Yo La Tengo – Fade

Yo La Tengo’s thirteenth album, Fade, came out in mid-January, so it isn’t exactly breaking news that the indie stalwarts from Hoboken have a new LP on the shelves. It is, however, a cause for celebration. Fade is an album that shows its bloom after repeated listens, and as such, proves itself worthy of continued […]

She Him Volume Three Robins Egg Blue Vinyl

She & Him – Volume 3

This week M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel return with their much anticipated album, Volume 3. She & Him are one of the few bands that can pull off sounding ridiculously retro without being accused of overdoing it because it’s who they are. In that regard, 3 can be compared to the duo’s previous two releases. […]

Nahnee Bori Place

Giveaway: Nahnee Bori “Place” Vinyl

Nashville, Tennessee. Sight unseen I first moved there in the summer of 2010. I loved the city then, and I still love it now. Despite being drawn away a couple of times, Nashville’s magnetism kept pulling me back. Its people are warm, its culture is rich, its food is delicious, and best of all: it […]

The Evaporators – Gassy Jack and Other Tales

In ’90s when he was bombarding unsuspecting artists with his off-the-wall interview stylings (the man was a deep-googler before Google was even a thing), few if any might have placed Nardwuar the Human Serviette as some sort of niche hip hop icon as the new millennium’s first decade drew to a close. Yet that’s exactly […]

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