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New Releases 6/23 @ Mills Record Company

311 — Mosaic (17 song 2xLP w/ gatefold jacket) 311 — Mosaic (CD) Beck — Mellow Gold (limited special edition of 2,016. 180 gm reissue from Bong Load Records, arriving friday) Booker T. & The M.G.’s — Green Onions (stax reissue) Broken Hope — Mutilated & Assimilated (180 gm vinyl, includes CD) Captain, We’re Sinking […]

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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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Vince Staples, A Prima Donna

Vince Staples has quickly become one of my favorite rappers. The young virtuoso is not only capable of writing songs that are insanely intense on a visceral level but also ones that are staggeringly intelligent. The way Staples balances the personal and the public is second to none. On his debut double LP, Summertime ’06, Vince […]

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New Releases 11/18 @ Mills Record Company

The Bad Plus — It’s Hard (180 gm audiophile vinyl pressing) The Beatles — Live at Hollywood Bowl, from Ron Howard Film “Eight Days A Week” (2xLP w/ gatefold jacket) Bright Eyes — Cassadaga (2xLP w/ gatefold jacket) Bright Eyes — Digital Ash In A Digital Urn (2xLP w/ gatefold jacket, w/ etching on side […]

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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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American Lyrics: Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize for Literature

In case you missed it, last week Bob Dylan won The Nobel Prize for literature. Sara Danius, spokesperson of the committee, said Dylan was chosen “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” Undeniably, Bob Dylan’s songs and his book Tarantula (which reads a lot like William Burroughs being pushed over the […]

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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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Clams Casino’s Debut Is on Another Level

If there’s any artist out there worth signing up for Apple Music, it’s Clams Casino. When the album first came out, the producer’s debut album, 32 Levels, could only be streamed from this service–and it’s worth every bit of Apple Music’s inconvenience and poorly constructed interface. Clams Casino’s trademarked brand of airy, glacially paced beats create […]

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Top Acts from Middle of The Map: Brian’s Choices

This weekend was one of the best weekends for music lovers. Middle of The Map absolutely crushed it. Every night of the four day festival was full of some of the best music locally and nationally. With so much talent, it was tempting to skate around the city, trying to get a bite of everything, […]

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Middle of The Map: Friday at The Midland

  Last night at The Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland was spectacular. BLKFLANL kicked things off by setting the bar almost impossibly high. Between Barrel Makers’ taut lyrics and Conductor Williams’ beats (which he made exclusively from records he picked up at Mills Record Company), BLKFLANL proved this show had no warm-up, that it […]

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Middle of The Map: Vince Staples

There’s a certain confidence that comes with youth. For me, that confidence never came with insight. Vince Staples, on the other hand, has the ability to cut through the post-modern complex with one-liners that ring true in all their layered meanings. The first line of Summertime ’06 is “Hey I’m just a n****, until I fill […]

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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 […]