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Hello! Thanks for getting off at our exit on the innerweb highway! If it is your first time, "Welcome!" If you are swinging through again, "Well, thanks for checking in!" This site is mainly geared toward general info about the shop and online sales for the label and preorders, so if you are looking for current stuff goin' on at the shop check the social media links to the right or sign up for our weekly newsletter. We update those pipelines almost daily, and they will fill you in on in-stores, new releases, special happenings and whatnots.

Also, just over to the right you'll see a link for exclusives, pre-orders, etc. You can go there and pre-order colored vinyl variants and other limited or expanded editions. We mostly direct folks there from our social media pages for such things. By no means do we list every new release, just highly anticipated titles that we feel will be limited out of the gate. You can also find some of the signed editions that we rustle up for Shake It customers from such bands as Royal Blood, Mike Gordon, Against Me!, Magpie Salute and more.

We are busy prepping the release of the Wussy Duo CD ep for reissue on 10" vinyl. We were shooting for Black Friday, but alas, it look likes it will come after that so we'll let you know as soon as that lands here at the shop. It will probably be after the Holidays when things slow down and we can collect the thoughts in our retail-fried noggins.

In addition, Wussy has been wood-shedding for their upcoming release. Chuck asked if it could be a double LP so we'll see what happens there! Most likely early Spring 2018 for the next one from those fine folks. In Wussy related news, we are finally closing in on some Ass Ponys reissues which will be finalized and sent off soon.

Busy, busy, busy .... We also have Volume 5 in our Music from Ohio series being laid out and remastered now. We will be announcing this highly sought-after nugget shortly so check back. It will be followed up pretty quick with volume 6 and 7 by the early Spring of 2018 ! All long out of print good stuff! We promise!

Here's some some of our more recent releases .....

Last Record Store Day we released along with Rhinegeist Brewery a split 7" with local faves The Tillers and Frontier Folk Nebraska, pressed on limited "Slow Jam" blue vinyl with a beer song on the topside and a work song on the flip. Fitting indeed! We also have the vinyl debut of Wussy's S/T 3rd release. Not sure what took us so long on that one but it's here now!

We recently unearthed up some old stock on Chuck Cleaver's past.... We have the Ass Ponys debut release on Okra Records out of Columbus, OH. This is the last of the sealed stock of Mr. Superlove on CD. We also have a small stash of Chuck's early, pre-AP's outfit, Gomez on 7". And lastly we have a handful of the Men Without Bones CD.... a squawking cacophony of noise from 1980 featuring Tim Schwallie of The Wolverton Brothers and BPA. Note: Don't sleep! This is ALL limited stock, and when it's gone there ain't gonna be no more.

We are ecstatic to welcome good bud Jeremy Pinnell to the Shake It Label Extended Family as we help out with an expanded LP co-release with Sofaburn of his debut S/T CD. OH/KY tells the story of Jeremy's life, and it's a damn good story. It has all the things people love to read about. And most of all, it's a true story that's been recorded in the most honest way possible - simple and stark. The group of players on the album are The 55s, a honky tonk band out of The Queen City who lay the foundation so Jeremy's voice can shine and his story can come to life. We've added an additional 12" of 8 tracks of stripped down, stark takes of just Jeremy, a guitar, a voice and a chair.

Wussy fan favorite Funeral Dress II is back in print. It has been our most requested catalog item for re-press! In December of 2010, Wussy convened on the couch of UltraSuede studios. John Curley set up a few mics and the band the played the record beginning to end. We tweaked a couple of drop-outs, but other than that it's how it was! 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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