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New Releases 7/14 @ Mills Record Company

Against Me! — Transgender Dysphoria Blues (special edition blue LP w/ gatefold jacket) Alan Vega — It (limited edition 2xLP w. gatefold jacket on orange vinyl) Aphex Twin — …I Care Because You Do (official warp repress on 2xLP 180 gm vinyl) Aphex Twin — Richard D. James (official warp repress on 180 gm vinyl) […]

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New Releases 4/21 @ Mills Record Company

Actress — AZD (2xLP w/ gatefold jacket) Arca — Arca (gatefold jacket) Artificial Brain — Infrared Horizon (clear vinyl) Before the Flood — Music from the Motion Picture (ft. Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Gustavo Santaolalla, & Mogwai 3xLP on 180 gm vinyl) Beyond Creation — Earthborn Evolution (limited edition of 300 2xLP) Born of Osiris […]

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DAMN., Kendrick

There’s a temptation for any artist who achieves success to repeat what works, not so with Kendrick Lamar’s latest album, DAMN.. Ditching the live band and heavily jazz and funk influenced sound of To Pimp A Butterfly and untitled unmastered, DAMN. burns through its 55 minutes with an intensity that is lyrical and physical. The album begins properly with “DNA.” […]

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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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Election Day Playlist

Whether this is your first election or fifteenth, being able to participate in the democratic process is something to celebrate. So today, I’m going to give you a list of some songs I think would go perfectly with the political charge of Election Day. First and foremost would have to be “Hood Politics” by Kendrick […]

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The Anatomy of: Daniel and Marty of Ebony Tusks Share Their Current Favorites

I’m going camping, so for the month of August, we’re handing over the reins of the blog to some of our favorite local musicians. We asked them to make a playlist and share some thoughts about their choices. The first artists to be featured in this month long project are Daniel B. Smith and Marty […]

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New Releases 5/27 @ Mills Record Company

A Hundred Birds — Discovery Antwon — Double Ecstasy (limited edition red translucent vinyl) Architects — All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us Ash Koosha — AKA (gatefold) Beth Orton — Kid Sticks Big Thief — Masterpiece (gatefold, comes with poster) Boombox 1 — Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro & Disco Rap from 1979-82 (3xLP set) […]

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3/11/2016 New Releases @ Mills Record Company

The Band — The Band Born of Osiris — Soul Sphere Brian Fallon — Painkillers (debut solo album from the frontman of The Gaslight Anthem) Church of Misery — and then there were none… Davie Allen & Joel Grind — Split EP (fuzz guitar legend & Toxic Holocaust mastermind 10″) Death Index — Death Index […]

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Top Ten Albums of 2015 [Brian Clifton's Picks]

Last week, I counted down my favorite local releases. This week, I’m moving on to my top ten albums of 2015. 10. Art Angels by Grimes. In her latest release, Grimes shows that not only does she have a penchant for making uber-catchy electronica but that she is an extraordinary singer as well. 9. Blood […]

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Top Ten Albums of 2015 [Jonathon Smith's Picks]

I’m not going to over-think my year-end list this year. I’m bound to regret several omissions as soon as I submit this, but I’m not going to overthink my choices. Nope. These are my favorites, albums to which I repeatedly return. Definitely not necessarily a self-proclaimed list of “best” albums. As if anyone could make […]

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10/23/15 New Releases at Mills Record Company

5 Seconds of Summer – Sounds Good Feels Good LP Atmosphere – Fun EP Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – S/T LP Carly Rae Jepsen – E-Mo-Tion LP Departmentstore Santas – At the Medieval Castle Nineteen 100-Year Lifetimes Since (Includes download) LP Ellen Fullman – The Long String Instrument LP Empire! Empire! (I Was […]

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Top 10 Hip Hop and RnB Songs of 2014 [Brian Clifton's Picks]

10 “Ego Death” by Busdriver ft. Aesop Rock & Danny Brown. “Ego Death” is an acid trip of a song. Angular and disjointed flows plod over sludgy beats. The jagged switches between lyrical barrages and slow spitting gives the song a fresh sound with each listen. 9 “Show Me The Way” by Dilated Peoples ft. […]