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Things have been nice and steady on the label side of the fence here at Shake It.

Our two main releases on the burners right now that we are getting ready to serve up are the new Wussy Attica! CD and a release on baby-blue colored vinyl of their Left For Dead LP. Attica! will be released nationally May 6th. You can pre-order an autographed copy of the release with an instant download now via Wussy's Bandcamp Site. Copies of the record are also available to order in the Shake It webstore. All orders received by April 30th will be shipped to received by May 6th in the USA.

Attica! is the 5th album from Cincinnati's Wussy, and the first to be released jointly in the US and UK. These 11 new tracks were recorded with old Afghan Whigs pal John Curley at Cincinnati's legendary Ultrasuede Studios. John Erhardt rejoins forces with former Ass Ponys bandmate Chuck Cleaver as the band's fifth member on some Dark-Side-inspired pedal steel, adding a further psychedelic smear to Wussy's ever-developing swirl of noise, or as some have described - Ohio Drone. Attica! is the band's loudest and quietest record to date, finding Cleaver and co-leader Lisa Walker at their lyrical best and Wussy as a whole at their weirdest and finest.

After much asking, we will reissuing Left For Dead on LP and will be ready for Record Store Day this year - that being Saturday, April19th. Copies of the LP will be available online in our webstore on Monday, April 21st. It will be limited to 500 on baby-blue colored wax.

While we have all that Wussy action happening, we'll be continuing to plug away on future volumes of our Music From Ohio Series of which Volume 2 has recently been released! Read on.....

Shake It is proud to reissue the sole release from The Sacred Mushroom on glorious black polyvinyl chloride. The record, over time, has achieved legendary stature among 60's blues rock / psych listeners and collectors with a mix of electric blues drenched originals and a couple of choice covers from The Kinks & Little Walter / Otis Rush. The Shake It reissue is a spot-on repro (with a couple typo corrections) of the Parallax Records release and has been tweaked for vinyl using the band's re-masters from their self-released reissue a few years back on CD. This will be an LP edition of 500 copies and is Volume Two in our ongoing Music From Ohio Series.

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 squirrelled away for over a decade! A selection of 14 high-octane garage/beat blow-outs covering up through their first 3 LPs. One song from this set was released on a live Greenhornes 7" from way back in 2002 that went out of print instantly. The rest are unreleased crunchers. Limited to 700 in an aped, classic Trade Mark of Quality 1970's era boot. Hand Numbered.

Wussy - Wussy Duo - 7 track CDep is now sold out. Look for it to be released digitally in the near future.

We also recently released the 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", "Cincinnati Underworld Woman", and an ode to our neighbor across the river with "Newport Blues". Liner notes written by Steve Tracy and cover artwork from underground comic great Justin Green round out the package. 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 30,000 titles on compact disc plus approximately 8000 titles on vinyl. 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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