Summer in the City

There are two new Wussy releases that you can only get here at Shake It - -  Wussy's Public Domain Vol. 1 CD ep and a vinyl pressing of their Strawberry release. Both of these are now available at the store and in our online catalog.  
Public Domain Vol. 1 is a 5 track CD EP of traditional folk, murder ballad & Sacred Harp tracks all filtered & reconstructed through the audio gaze of Wussy. This is in a hand-stamped & numbered edition of 600 much like the previous Funeral Dress II & Duo releases.  There will be further volumes and eventually they will be collected on LP but when.... not sure. The Strawberry LP is in an edition of 500 on strawberry-colored vinyl.  

As far as some of our other recent releases ....

We have the vinyl release of Wussy's Attica! on (red/clear/black mixed vinyl ) and the reissue of Faces of Jade, a Cincinnati pop-psych ultra-rarity from Jade Faces of Jade will be the third installment in our Music From Ohio Series. We've started work on Volumes 4 and 5, and as they get closer we will announce more details. 

The above-mentioned Faces of Jade album is a tough-to-find Cincinnati-area nugget from 1971. It is one of the most highly sought-after "Beatles-Impact" records among psych, power-pop and Beatles collectors. After a bit of sleuthing we tracked down the members and are proud to give a proper and awesome-sounding vinyl reissue of their sole pop-psych / Revolver-esque classic.

The Greenhornes - Live at Shake It Records 2001 LP is a super-crunchy live show captured to tape in the shop in the Fall of '01 then squirreled away for over a decade. We also recently released Play It Like You Did Back To George Street: An Anthology of Cincinnati Blues 1927-1936 LP (with a download). Folks like Papa Tadpole, Cincinnati Jug Band, Sam Jones (Stovepipe No.1), King David Jug Band, Kid Cole, Bob Coleman and more are featured. The comp focuses on musicians that lived in and made their living playing music in Cincinnati in the 1920's and 30's.The grooves are filled with topical songs that chart a long-gone Cincinnati - such as "I'm Going To Cincinnati", "George Street Stomp", "Court Street Blues", "Sixth Street Moan", "Clair and Pearley Blues"  and "Cincinnati Underworld Woman".

Copies of all these (and more!) are available online via the Shake It Mailorder Catalog.

Welcome to the online home to the Shake It Records storefront, label and mailorder. A lil' history…the Shake It Records Label was started by Jess Hirbe & Doc Kalmus in 1978 as a way to issue records from local no-goods - mainly The Customs. It sat dormant for most of the 1980's until it was revived to issue The Mortals "The One" 7' in 1993. Since then, the label's present owners have released (or will soon release) albums, CD's & 7"s from The Ass Ponys, Nomads, Hogscraper, Hasil Adkins, The Cowslingers, Tigerlilies, Long Gones, Thee Shams, Pearlene, Man or Astroman? Dalhart Imperials, Eric Kinsey & His Tip-Top Daddies, Crimson Sweet, Wussy, Dan Melchior, John Doe (1200 Hobos), Viva La Foxx, The Not, Glue, Customs, Mr. Dibbs, Greenhornes & more. Some titles remain in print & are available through the label page.

Along the way we began selling other music we liked via the label-related mailorder catalog that eventually evolved into a 1,000 square foot storefront in the Spring of 1999 in the neighborhood of Northside - just outside of downtown Cincinnati, one neighborhood over from the University of Cincinnati. On Sept, 11th 2001 we moved to our present 3,200+ square foot location just a block south of our original site. For a complete tour of our storefront please go to tour the store. If you happen to be passin' through Cincinnati, we are just a few minutes off of both the I-74 & I-75 highways. Click here for directions.

Our current store stocks over 25,000 titles on vinyl and 15,000 titles on compact disc. In addition, we have well-stocked used cd & lp selections. We carry some mainstream releases, but we specialize in independent labels from the obvious to the obscure - Chicago post-punk art-rock to Ethiopian boog-a-loo and all stops in between - rockabilly, vintage soul, r&b & blues, punk/hardcore, classic country & the best of the new breed, 60's garage & psych, reggae/dub/rocksteady & vintage ska, krautrock, creative hip-hop & electronica, tons of straight ahead rock n' roll & "alternative", plus vintage bop, cool & avant garde jazz, cult soundtracks, Afrobeat/funk, "difficult listening" and much more. We're introducing new releases and back catalog items every day, so there's always something new in the bins. It would be physically impossible for us to carry every title we would like, so we offer a special order program that gives us access to over 400,000 domestic & import titles at any one time in all genres and on all available formats. Many show up in a couple of days while others, like some imports & microscopic indies, are a bit trickier and take more time. In addition we also carry a related selection of over 1200 DVD's, 3,000 books and nearly 400 music & related culture magazines & fanzines. In addition we also stock an ever rotating selection of kubricks, be@rbricks, limited edition Japanese & Western vinyl figures from such designers as Michael Lau, Dalek, Kaws, Brothersfree and many others.

Our continued growth is due to our commitment to providing quality customer service, striving for the best selection of music in Cincinnati, our enthusiasm for the music we sell & its related culture and involvement in our community. We know our customers have choices when it comes to fulfilling their music needs and we appreciate the opportunity in trying to meet those needs.

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