Hey All! Happy Spring! We are moving along at a steady clip. We've been out working it hard and bringing in new used collections, while adding new back catalog on both LP and CD that we haven't seen in a spell. We have greatly expanded our 7" and 78 RPM sections 10-fold in the last year and are adding to them daily.

We issued a couple of Shake It releases for Record Store Day. We have a joint release with Rhinegeist who also brewed up our 3rd Annual RSD Ale, Slow Jam. It will be available here at the shop on RSD for tastings as well as around Northside for buying (while supplies last).

Our joint release with Rhinegeist is 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!

Also, we dug up some old stock on Chuck Cleaver's past.... We have the Ass Ponys debut release on Okra Records out of Columbus. This is the last of the sealed stock of Mr. Superlove on LP and 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.

All of the above will be available online Monday, April 24th.

And now for some of our 2016 releases.....

We are ecstatic to welcome good bud Jeremy Pinnell to the Shake It Label 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 LP of 8 tracks of stripped down, stark takes of just Jeremy, guitar and voice.

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!

The Reduced have surfaced! The Reduced were an integral part of The NKY/SW Ohio Punk scene that centered around the Jockey Club in Newport. We've collected 8 tracks from their mid-80's sessions full of punked-out trash with rock n' roll swagger and attitude (a la NY Dolls). We are sending this one out to the late Billy Blank - frontman for The Reduced and booking agent for The Jockey Club. He impacted a lot of us youngsters in the early 80's - for better or for worse!

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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