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.

Wussy's latest, What Heaven Is Like, keeps shipping out the door along with lots of back catalog. Note that Left For Dead LPs are back in stock as are Strawberry CDs. We give a heartfelt "Thanks!" for your continued support of the band! If you are in the UK or EU you can grab their last few releases through Damnably. Early catalog is still just us. If you haven't snagged a copy of What Heaven Is Like, it builds on the momentum of their prior two releases Attica! and Forever Sounds, with sonic and melodic nods to Springsteen, Mercury Rev, Unrest, Neu! and The Replacements, with songs at once devastating and hopeful. Highlights include a ballad for a beloved television heroine, a pair of Kath Bloom and Twinkeyz covers and a three-song suite inspired by Charles Burns' brilliant and ever-timely graphic novel Black Hole.

In other Wussy related news, we are finally closing in on some Ass Ponys reissues which will be finalized and sent off soon, as well as a reissue of the Wussy Duo CD EP on 10" vinyl. Chuck Cleaver is also wrapping up his first solo LP, which will probably surface in early 2019. Things always take more time than ya initially think!

Check the online catalog for some semi-exclusive releases including some cassettes (with download) of Lisa Walker's Magic Words project (lots of pre-Wussy musings). The limited cassette was issued for Lisa's Winter 2017 UK tour, and we got a nice chunk for us fans here in the States. We also 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". 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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