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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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We’ve Got The Beats: Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac

There’s a lot to unpack in regards to the Beat Poets. Jack Kerouac was a misogynist, classist, racist, and homophobic. Allen Ginsberg sat back and let his friends abuse women and apologized for them. That said, Ginsberg’s poetry, especially out loud, has a special place in my heart. While “Howl” catapulted the young poet to […]

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Second Hand King to Reveal FRANKIE @ recordBAR

This Friday at recordBar, Second Hand King will debut cuts from his forthcoming album, FRANKIE. From what has been posted, FRANKIE will move in a different direction than Second Hand King’s second album, Almost Blue. Whereas Almost Blue brooded and coiled around its melancholy, this album bounces lighter and more upbeat (even when it focuses on the less savoury […]

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Record Store Day is A Month Away

In case you missed it, Record Store Day announced their official list yesterday, and it’s packed with exclusive releases, first time on wax presses, and special editions of some powerhouses. That’s to be expected. Entering its tenth year, Record Store Day is doing up their biannual (Black Friday counts too!) with some of the most […]

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Thundercat’s Drunk

Though it’s been out digitally for almost a month, Thundercat‘s Drunk recently arrived in the physical world. Pressed on four red 10″, the bebop-heavy jazz/hip hop fusion album pays homage to the early Blue Note jazz series (featuring Kansas City’s own Charlie Parker) while connecting with the aesthetics of contemporary jazz releases (think Jazz Dispensary or Kamasi […]

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Get on Elektrac!

It’s been a great for jazz releases lately. Thundercat’s monsterous epic, Drunk, hit the shelves, Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7′s Soul Jazz Fridays is holding down the local jazz game, and The Bad Plus is making pop jazzy again. But the jazz/funk/electronic hybrid record that caught my ear and would not let go is Shobaleader One‘s Elektrac. Finding […]

The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra “A Love Supreme” Listening Party

The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra presents a listening party of John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”. Hosted by Clint Ashlock KCJO’s Artistic Director / Conductor. Listening starts at 6 pm followed by a discussion lead by Clint.

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Used and Improved: Gil Scott-Heron’s Pieces of A Man

Every Tuesday, Mills Record Company brings out a feast of used records, and in that feast are more than a few juicy morsels. When TUSEDay features some gems, I try to review them. In the past, I’ve written about Grant Green, Soundtracks, and the Lucifer Rising Suite. Now, I want to look at a record […]

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A Look in The Local Bin: Anal Magic & Rev. Dwight Frizzell

Originally recorded in the mid to late 70s, Anal Magic & Rev. Dwight Frizzell‘s Beyond The Black Crack still stands as a testament to the staying power of experimental music and soundscapes. Swerving between minimal clicks and whirling drones, Beyond The Black Crack is required listening for anyone wanting to enter the dizzying world of free jazz and […]

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Gift Ideas Round 1: Jazz, Indie Pop, Hip Hop

The holidays are creeping up. There’s less than a week before Hanukkah and Christmas will be here. If you’re like me, then you wait until the last minute before buying gifts for those in your life. And with waiting comes the mind-numbing anxiety of not knowing what to get. To help you, and also to […]

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Ten Great Records from 2016

2016 was a bittersweet year for music. We lost some of our most influential artists, but many bands also released great albums. So many good albums, in fact, that I had more difficulty than usual whittling down my list to ten. I decided to choose albums that may not receive as much coverage in the […]

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Top Ten Songs by Local Musicians

It’s that time of year. The Plaza has outlined their buildings with lights, the weather is (finally) changing, people are overeating and over-shopping. 2016 is almost over. And with the closing of the year comes top ten list. To end Local Week, I want to count down my top ten songs from local musicians. There […]