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Like many successful, in-the-know record stores, Shake It also runs a small label. The catalog is Cincinnati-centric, needless to say, with releases including a very out-of-print vinyl pressing of the National's Cherry Tree EP (much of the band is from Cincy, though they formed in New York) and a nice selection of albums by Wussy, a revered outfit of indie all-stars that rose from the ashes of the Ass Ponys.
Speaking of Wussy, which the Reader has done repeatedly (and which Whet Moser of Chicago Magazine very recently did), I was lucky enough to catch them during my trip to Cincy. Today's 12 O'Clock Track, "Pulverized," is from last year's Strawberry. It also appears on the recent Buckeye, a 17-track compilation of bourbon-soaked, twangy Americana that covers the band's 11-year history.
Wussy opens for the Afghan Whigs at Metro on Fri 10/26.