IN 2011 (with links galore!):
• We finally started using our new inventory system!
Julie Worker Bee and Aaron Civil War joined our semi-regular crew of helper-monkeys!
• We celebrated Indie Orthodox New Year with a Cloud Nothings in-store and record release party!
• Our Twin Shadow after-party was a blast at the B-Side thanks to Dave P. and Timployee's DJ set full of "floor fillers"!
We survived the 4th Annual Record Store Day!
Dan Friel's in-store on RSD was key to our survival!
• Our best seller on RSD was the debut 7" by Cleveland's own Shoreway!
• A hard-drive containing most of our photos from RSD ended up somewhere in a Cuyahoga County evidence room, and will likely never be seen.
Kevin was sited for a moving violation with Kurt Vile in the car on the way to his in-store, so Mr. Vile was a little late to his packed in-store.
Alley Cat Fridays were made extra awesome with performances by Trouble Books, Dylan from Cloud Nothings, Crave, Kalman and Kousin 'Feeq, Afternoon Naps, and How to Breathe Under Water!
Trouble Books kept their title of having played the most in-stores at MUSIC SAVES.
DJ Melanie Saves KILLED IT on the Active Child show, while Timployee made his solo electronic project (Les Cousins Dangereux) debut the same night!
The term KILLED IT was overused.
We made the switch from the Save Me Program to Cool Cards!
• We won first place in a Zola Jesus display contest!
The TEAM finally got to see Portishead – Kev at ATP, and Mel in Chicago!
Kevin met Flavor Flav, and had THIS photo taken.
We contemplated if we'd even be here if there never was a band called R.E.M..
Sam Beam of Iron and Wine sited MUSIC SAVES as one of his favorite record stores on RollingStone.com!
Vinyl cat started a weight loss program!
We redesigned our website and launched a web store? We still have a month! Get off our backs!
We got excited for 2012!
We made it to age 7, thanks to you!!!

 

 

Active Child
You Are All I See
Vagrant

IT'S KINDA LIKE:
the moment when you first realize what love truly is
falling gracefully
knocking boots
a dreamscape
magic

 

 

 

The Antlers
Burst Apart
Frenchkiss

IT'S KINDA LIKE:
The only album to make both
Melanie & Kevin's Top 10!

the beauty and fragility of life
putting your dog to sleep
your teeth falling out
oneness with the world

 

 

 

Austra
Feel It Break
Domino

IT'S KINDA LIKE:
Zola Jesus' 2nd cousin
beautiful songbirds
a dream of the 80's
good vs. evil

 

 

 

Centro-Matic
Candidate Waltz
Undertow

IT'S KINDA LIKE:
equal part meat and potatoes
watching a Texas tornado from a distance
lifetime achievement
a worn road

 

 

 

Dum Dum Girls
He Gets Me High ep
Sub Pop

IT'S KINDA LIKE:
the best Smiths cover you've ever heard
love, rock 'n' roll style
an irresistable boy




 

 

EMA
Past Life Martyred Saints
Souterrain Transmissions

IT'S KINDA LIKE:
Kevin's favorite album of the year!
an open diary
an open wound
disquieting and uplifting
a survivor's tale



 

 

Junior Boys
It's All True
Domino

IT'S KINDA LIKE:
being with someone who was totally worth the wait
making out like teenagers
a game of cat and mouse
a sexy slow dance
hope for the future

 

 

 

M83
Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
Mute

IT'S KINDA LIKE:
being a whole group of frog friends
repairing the hole in your heart
a warm embrace
flying
you guessed it... dreaming

 

 

 

Papercuts
Fading Parade
Sub Pop

IT'S KINDA LIKE:
a fall stroll through a small town
good with coffee in the a.m.
pretty boys
the most under-rated record of the year

 

 

 

Phantogram
Nightlife
Barsuk

IT'S KINDA LIKE:
one of your favorite new bands of 2010 doin' it again
a bright burst of happy in your face
sayin' that you love me
a sweet smile

 

 

 

Pure X
Pleasure
Acephale

IT'S KINDA LIKE:
slow
hushed
ethereal
in a Galaxie 500 all it's own

 

 

 

Real Estate
Days
Domino

IT'S KINDA LIKE:
an inverted world
burning leaves
picking apples
falling into a haze

 

 

SBTRKT
SBTRKT
Young Turks

IT'S KINDA LIKE:
Melanie's favorite album of the year!
finding your way through the darkness
an electro-soul groove house
a reason to keep on living
love in slow motion

 

 

 

Ty Segall
Goodbye Bread
Drag City

IT'S KINDA LIKE:
having a blast with all of your friends
a boy-genius
head nodding
brain damage

 

 

 

Toro Y Moi
Freaking Out ep
Carpark

IT'S KINDA LIKE:
an indie dance party to end all indie dance parties
spinning plates
booty bouncin'
fun fun fun

 

 

 

Kurt Vile
Smoke Ring for My Halo
Matador

IT'S KINDA LIKE:
sitting alone in a bar full of people
living up to your promise
a well worn paperback
a full ash tray

 

 

 

Warm Ghost
Narrows
Partisan

IT'S KINDA LIKE:
cuddling with a cat while drinking coffee
your heartbeat
dark mystery
floating

 

 

 

Wilco
The Whole Love
dBpm

IT'S KINDA LIKE:
a welcome surprise
a greatest hits of all new songs
feeling comfortable in your age,
and not feeling your age

 

 

 

Yuck
Yuck
Fat Possum

IT'S KINDA LIKE:
Arching your Loaf
Junior-ing your Dinosaur
doh-ing your Seba
reliving the best parts of college
fresh paint on your favorite old car

 

 

 

Zola Jesus
Conatus
Sacred Bones

IT'S KINDA LIKE:
a lady boss
knowing it ALL
content lonliness
salvation

 

Honorable Mentions:
13 & God Own Your Ghost Anticon
The Babies The Babies Shrimper
Barn Owl Lost in the Glare Thrill Jockey
Bon Iver Bon Iver Jagjaguwar
CANT Dreams Come True Terrible
Cloud Nothings Cloud Nothings Carpark
Emika Emika Ninja Tune

Grouper AIA: Alien Observer/Dream Loss Yellowelectric
PJ Harvey Let England Shake Vagrant
J Mascis
Several Shades of Why Sub Pop
Memoryhouse The Years ep Sub Pop
The Men Leaving Home Sacred Bones
Neon Indian Era Extrana MOM+POP
Radiohead
The King of Limbs tbd
Shabazz Palaces Black Up Sub Pop
Tammar Visits Suicide Squeeze
Thee Oh Sees Castlemania In The Red
Trouble Books & Mark McGuire Trouble Books & Mark McGuire Bark & Hiss
The War on Drugs Slave Ambient Secretly Canadian
Washed Out
Within and Without Sub Pop
Wild Flag Wild Flag Merge