Friday, September 10, 2010

Lend Me Your Ears: 'Shake It Records'

Shake It Records owner Jim Blase is a living history book of music. 
Many of us are familiar with the phrase: the key to success is embracing your passion. And it is a passion for music that lead Jim Blase and his brother Darren to open Shake It Records. Jim recalled that, as kids, they would cash their checks and go straight to their local record store. Their love of music so strong, it was inevitable that one day they'd give in to their passion for music by owning Shake It Records.

This old-school record store hosts live performances amid a plethora of LPs, CDs, DVDs, art, and more. There are vinyl toys, Asian stationery, and great magazines I didn't know existed. The store also sells artwork by graffiti writer Scribe, artist Rapes, and Elder High School art teacher Robert Beemon. Also, there are depictions of musicians produced by King Records, which was a major record label in Cincy during the 1940s, '50s, and '60s.
Store hours are Monday to Saturday 
11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday noon-6 p.m.

As for me, I'll always remember the day I went to purchase Santogold's "Santogold" and found a treasure trove.

Shake It Records
4156 Hamilton Avenue
Cincy's Northside


Brad armPitt said...

Just went there today, as a matter of fact and saw Jim, although he was on the phone the entire time so we didn't get to actually speak. Sold some records, killed a LONG time looking through everything, but especially the vinyl, of course. :)

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