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Sugar Daddy’s Funky Reissue

Joe King Kologbo & The High Grace’s Sugar Daddy represents a strange time in music, in politics, and in hybridity. Recorded during the Biafran war, when Joe King Kologbo had to flee Ghana, his homeland, Sugar Daddy is a joyous mix of Afro-funk, American pop, soul grooves and electronic manipulation, an album that war could not silence […]

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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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Judy Mills’ Top Ten Albums of 2016

Solange: A Seat at the Table – Fierce and important and somehow dreamy. Nick Cave: Skeleton Tree — A document of time about grief and aging from a brilliant and talented mind. Abra: Princess — The Duchess of Darkwave writes songs on her computer then releases them on Periscope. And I’m okay with that. Physic Heat: […]

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Gift Ideas Round 2: Soul, Psych, and Metal

A couple days ago, I posted a few gift ideas for the vinylphiles in your life. But there are more genres than jazz, indie pop, and hip hop. What about those looking for deep soul? For mind bending psych? For the heaviest riffs? Look no further! What is below are some great examples of music […]

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Childish Gambino Awakens Funk/Soul vibe in “Awaken, My Love!”

After a whirlwind few years, Donald Glover’s musical alias Childish Gambino (Troy Barnes, 30 Rock writer, stand up comic, the future Lando Calrissian) has released yet another jaw-dropping album. “Awaken, My Love!” is his third studio album (he’s also had a few EPs and mixtapes). Whereas Camp and Because The Internet were somewhat more traditional […]

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Studio Seshen

There’s much to complain about in 2016–elections, institutionalized bias, the climate, etc. But the current 80s revival is not one of them. Seemingly brought to a fever pitch by Survive and the Stranger Things soundtrack (though even It Follows had a wonderfully 80s themed score), the sound has reached its peak abstraction in The Seshen‘s latest […]

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Numero Pop Up at miniBar

This Saturday will be a very special day at miniBar. Numero Group, one of our favorite labels (seriously, they have their own section in the store), will set up a pop up shop at the bar and venue–offering deep discounts, exclusive releases, and special guest appearances. For those who don’t know, Numero Group is a […]

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Tandem and Mangosteen In Store

This Friday Mills Record Company will turn the lights down low and let the smooth stylings of Mangosteen and Tandem. While each band occupies different aesthetic spheres, there is one continuity: a hint of jazz that is slinky enough to get the stiffest fan to groove along with their songs. Tandem will heat you up, […]

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Getting Funky on The Used Side With Grant Green

It’s TUSEDay, which means Mills Record Company is restocking the used sections with newly arrived vinyl, fresh for perusal. In addition to the all the late 90s/early 00s radio pop singles (think TLC, Britney Spears, Will Smith), there is also a copy of Grant Green’s His Majesty King Funk!. The album lands heavily on the jazz […]

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Kaytranada Kills 99.9% of Weak Beats

If you haven’t listened to Kaytranada yet, then you’ve been missing out. The beat maker/producer/DJ makes some of the best neo-soul electronica I’ve heard in a minute. His debut, 99.9%, mixes synthpop, hip hop, and electronica to create an hour of feel goodery that never resorts the plodding kick-snare repetitions that define upbeat electronica. Kaytranada, with […]

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Four Local Songs for The Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is here. Whether you celebrate today by watching Independence Day, grilling, blowing up everything in sight, or some combination of all those three, there’s always the question of what to listen to. Have no fear! I have four songs to bump between rocket reports that not only will make the party […]

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The Final Night of Middle of the Map

Middle of the Map has come and gone. This year the line up was packed with some of the best musicians and artists. From Charles Bradley to Zhu, from Psychic Heat to Ebony Tusks, Middle of the Map 2016 proved that Kansas City’s on the come up. And night four was no different. Whether you […]