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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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Let’s Get Ready to Rumpus @ Counter Point Gallery

What do you get when you cross iconic Kansas City graffiti artist Scribe with lush electronic soundscapes and some of the best MCs in the area? Let’s Get Ready to Rumpus that’s what. The event is going down this First Friday (September 2nd) at Counter Point Gallery. Featuring a comic book release illustrated by Scribe, […]

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Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. Wakes Up

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. is weird. They make fellow Japanese rockers Peelander Z look like a pair of khakis. Led by the madman guitar genius, Kawabata Makoto, the band blends noise, space rock, psychedelia, and jazz together to create a sound that is truly wild. The band’s latest release is a nonstop […]

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Radiohead Live from A Moon Shaped Pool

Unless you’ve been living under the proverbial rock, you know Radiohead has returned. After a brief disappearance, the art rock gods have risen from their digital ashes on XL Recordings with reissues and a brand new record, A Moon Shaped Pool, which features the single “Burn the Witch.” The record will be available on June 17th, but […]

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A Look in The Local Bin: Convoker

It’s no secret that Kansas City and Lawrence have a pretty stellar metal scenes. From Sharp Weapons to Bummer, from Hossferatu to Gnarly Davidson, there’s no shortage on riffage in our Midwestern music diet. Adding its instrumental doom to the mix, Convoker proves the heavy isn’t over in the middle of the country. The band […]

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Record Store Day Favorite: Jazz Dispensary

So Record Store Day 2016 has come and gone. And after celebrating one of the coolest days for vinylphiles (and subsequently recovering), I think I have to say, without a doubt, one of my favorite releases was The Jazz Dispensary box set. The four LP boxset (all set on colored vinyl) boasts a cosmic journey […]

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4/15/2016 New Releases at Mills Record Company

Alan Sorrenti — Aria (limited edition translucent green LP) Alex Dezen — California / Iowa (7″) Aries — Adieu or Die Ashley Shadow — Ashley Shadow Audacity — Hyper Vessels (comes with poster) Augustus Pablo — Original Rockers Aurora — All My Demons Greeting Me Like A Friend avoid!avoid — Particle and Wave Back to […]

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Crippled Black Phoenix Begins a New Dark Age

Have you every wondered what would happen if Nick Cave and Windhand teamed up to cover (and add lyrics to) Godspeed You! Black Emperor? I sure hadn’t until I heard Black Crippled Phoenix‘s latest New Dark Age. The album mixes all the heaviness and sludge of doom without the expected Sleep worship that has become standard […]

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Colored Vinyl @ Mills Record Company

We all know the most important thing about records is the sound–the warmth that comes from the tip of a needle, the depth in the sound, the act of playing it. That said, part of the joy of owning a record is when the artists make the record, the gatefold into a sort of art […]

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A Look In The Local Bin

The past week has been full of great local releases. From The Conquerors‘ You Must Be Dreaming single to Berwanger‘s Demonios, the local bin has overflowing with some fantastic splits, singles, and cassettes–just in time (or a little late) for the holidays. There are three releases that absolutely kill it: Phantom Head‘s Tour Tapes, Celebration and […]

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Fuzz Hits Hard With II

Over the past few years, there’s been a big resurgence in Black Sabbath influenced music–both in terms of song writing and production. Warmer and thicker guitars, chorused and overdubbed vocals, epic builds and climaxes all characterize this movement. That said, this resurgence usually favors the more languid tones–think the slow moving riffs of Windhand or […]