Reckless Records New Releases 3/3/2017

A Will Away – Here Again LP (Triple Crown) yellow/red vinyl
Amps for Christ – Plains of Alluvial LP (Water Wing)
Hans Appelqvist – Swimming Pool CS (Orange Milk)
Aquarian Blood – Last Nite in Paradise LP (Goner)
Aseethe – Hopes of Failure LP/CD (Thrill Jockey)
Angelo Badalamenti – Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (Death Waltz) finally!
Aiden Baker & Claire Brentnall – Delirious Things LP (Pleasence)
Marc Barreca – Music Works for Industry LP (Freedom to Spend)
Barry Helafonte – Neon Beach CS (Orange Milk)
Besnard Lakes – The Besnard Lakes are the Divine Wind 12” (Jagjaguwar)
Kostas Bezos & the White Birds – S/T LP (Mississippi)
Jean-Michael Blais – II CD (Arts & Crafts)
Blanck Mass – World Eater LP/CD (Sacred Bones) black/red vinyl
Blank Square – Animal I LP/CD (Castle Face)
Bleached – Can You Deal? 12” (Dead Oceans) white vinyl
The Books – Lemon of Pink LP (Temporary Residence Ltd) back in print!
Evan Caminiti – Toxic City Music LP (Dust Editions)
Chicano Batman – Freedom Is Free LP/CD (ATO)
Circus Devils – Laughs Best (The Kids Eat It Up) 2LP/CD w/ DVD (GBV)
Circus Devils – Laughs Last LP/CD (GBV)
The City & Colour – Peaceful Road b/w Rain 12” (Dine Alone)
Clannad – Fuaim CD (Tara) featuring ENYA!
Converge – Jane Live 2LP (Converge Cult) super limited
Guy Clark – Guy Clark: the Best of the Dualtone Years 2LP/2CD (Dulatone)
Gabriella Cohen – Full Closure and No Details LP/CD (Captured Tracks)
Dark Lotus – Tales from the Lotus Pod 2LP (Psychopathic)
Bob Dylan – The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert 2LP (Legacy) back in print on vinyl!
El Michels Affair – Tearz b/w Verbal Intercourse 7” (Big Crown)
Endon – Mama CS (Sige)
Findlay – Forgotten Pleasures LP (BDE)
FKA Twigs – EP1 12” (Young Turks)
Gailes – Seventeen Words LP (Ba Da Bing)
Grandaddy – Last Place LP/CD (30th Century)
Nick Grant – Return of the Cool LP (Epic)
Ibibio Sound Machine – Uyai LP/CD (Merge) limited screenprint with LP while supplies last!
Abner Jay – True Story of Abner Jay LP (Mississippi) back in print!
Junius – Eternal Rituals for the Accretion of Light LP/CD (Prosthetic)
David Kanaga – Operaism CS (Orange Milk)
Tim Kasher – No Resolution LP/CD (15 Passenger)
Darren Keen – It’s Never Too Late To Say You’re Welcome CS (Orange Milk)
Khalid – American Teen CD (RCA)
Lambchop – Is a Woman 2LP (Merge) 15th anniversary reissue
Loto Retina – Fiction CS (Orange Milk)
Luka Productions – Fasokan LP (Mississippi)
Lusine – Sensorimotor LP/CD (Ghostly International) black/grey vinyl
Anna Makirere – Tiare Avatea LP (Mississippi)
Ahmed Malek & Flako – The Electronic Tapes LP (Habibi Funk)
Mamiffer – The World Unseen CS (Sige)
Fred McDowell – The Alan Lomax Recordings LP (Mississippi) back in print!
Methyl Ethel – Everything is Forgotten Magenta LP/CD (4AD) limited magenta vinyl
Minus the Bear – VOIDS LP/CD/CS (Suicide Squeeze) limited splatter vinyl!
The Mist – Phantasmagoria LP (Greyhaze) now on vinyl!
The Monkees – Head Alternate LP (Friday) 180g
Ennio Morricone – The Thing (Soundtrack) LP (Mondo) very limited
Mozart’s Sister – Field of Love LP (Arbutus) clear vinyl
Jon Mueller – DHRAANWDN 2LP (Rhythmplex)
The Muffs – Happy Birthday to Me LP/CD (Omnivore)
New Gen – New Gen 2LP (XL) now on vinyl!
Nico Niquo – Epitaph CS (Orange Milk)
Nolife – You Won’t Survive the State of New York 12” (Young Turks)
Nothington – In the End CD (Red Scare)
Del Paxton – All Day, Every Day, All Night LP (Topshelf)
The Real McKenzies – Two Devils Will Talk LP/CD (Fat Wreck Chords)
Sleaford Mods – English Tapas LP/CD (Rough Trade) limited red vinyl
Idrissa Soumaoro – Ampsa LP (Mississippi)
Temples – Volcano LP/CD (Fat Possum) limited “cotton candy” color vinyl!
Rob Thomsett – Yaraandoo & Hara 2LP/CD (Now Again) vinyl is limited to 1,000!
Tomb Mold – Primordial Malignity LP (Blood Harvest) now on vinyl!
The Tossers – Smash the Windows CD (Victory)
Two Tongues – Two LP (Equal Vision) finally on vinyl!
Why? – Moh Lhean LP/CD (Joyful Noise) blue vinyl
Teddy Williams – Worry Off My Mind LP (Fat Possum)
V/A – Demon Knight: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack LP (Real Gone) limited green vinyl
V/A – Ghost Woman Blues LP (Mississippi) back in print!
V/A – Rain Don’t Fall on Me LP (Mississippi) back in print!

Reckless Records New Releases 2/24/2017

PLEASE NOTE: not every store gets the same titles! If you see something you want, call us!

Acceptance – Colliding By Design CD (Rise)
Antichrist Demoncore/Disparo – Split 7” (Here & Now)
Baked – Farnham LP (Exploding In Sound)
Beartrap – Stoughton Forever 7” (Here & Now)
Benighted – Necrobreed LP (Season of Mist)
Andrew Bird – The Mysterious Production of Eggs LP (Grimsey) back in print!
Black Bananas – Spydr Brain b/w Frozen Margaritas 7” (OSR)
Black Moon – Enta da Stage: the Complete Edition 3LP or 3CS (Fat Beats)
Blood Incantation – Starspawn LP (Dark Descent)
Blue Orchids – The Once & Future Thing LP (Tiny Global)
David Bowie – No Plan EP CD (Columbia)
Brandon – Dreamscape Part 4 LP/CD (Cold Busted)
Kenny Burrell – Bluesy Burrell LP (Analogue) 200g vinyl
Career Suicide – Machine Response LP (Deranged)
Justin Carter – The Leaves Fall LP (Mister Saturday Night)
Cavemen – Born to Hate LP (Dirty Water)
Circa Survive – On Letting Go: Deluxe Ten Year Edition LP (Equal Vision)
Children of Alice – Children of Alice LP/CD (Warp)
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – The Tourist LP/CD (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) limited white vinyl
Crystal Fairy – Crystal Fairy CD (Ipecac) members of Melvins, Mars Volta & Le Butcherettes! LP out on 3/10!
Dams of the West – Youngish American LP/CD (Columbia)
Damu the Fudgemunk – TEKS (The Essential Kilawatt Sessions) LP (Redefinition)
Death Alley – Live at Roadburn LP/CD (Tee Pee)
Deerhoof – Apple O LP (Kill Rock Stars)
Kevin Devine/Owen – Devinyl Splits No. 5 7” (Bad Timing)
Dirty Projectors – Dirty Projectors LP/CD (Domino)
Doon Kanda – Heart EP 12” (Hyperdub)
Kenny Dorham – Quiet Kenny LP (Analogue) 200g vinyl
The Early November – Fifteen Years 2LP (Bad Timing)
Duke Ellington – Jazz Party LP (Analogue) 200g vinyl
Emel – Ensen LP (PTKF)
Enlightenment – Faith is the Key LP w/ 7” (Nature Sounds)
Exit Unit – Exit Unit 7” (Deep Six) new band with Infest & Lack of Interest members!
The Feelies – In Between LP (Bar/None)
Fire-Toolz – Drip Mental CS/CD (Hausu Mountain)
Fraggles – The Best of Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock LP (Enjoy the Ride)
Froth – Outside (Briefly) LP (Wichita) limited yellow vinyl
Rhiannon Giddens – Freedom Highway LP/CD (Nonesuch)
Glory – The 12” 12” (Triple B)
Good Charlotte – Good Charlotte LP (Enjoy the Ride)
George Harrison – Gone Troppo LP (Dark Horse)
George Harrison – Cloud Nine LP (Dark Horse)
George Harrison – Wonderwall Music LP (Dark Horse)
George Harrison – Live in Japan 2LP (Dark Horse)
George Harrison – Electronic Sound LP (Dark Horse)
George Harrison – All Things Must Pass 3LP (Dark Horse)
Herbalizer – Remedies 2LP (Ninja Tune)
Herva – Hyper Flux 2LP (Planet Mu)
Hippo Campus – Landmark LP/CD (Grand Jury) limited yellow vinyl
Howling Wind – Of Babalon LP (Parasitic)
Ill Bill – Septagram CD (Uncle Howie)
Immolation – Atonement 2LP/CD (Nuclear Blast) limited orange vinyl
José James – Love in a Time of Madness LP/CD (Blue Note)
The Jay Vons – Want You Tomorrow b/w Did You See Her 7” (Wick)
Jack Jezzro – Sinatra On Guitar CD (Green Hill)
Joy – Of Nothing 7” (Blood & Ink)
KaS Product – Black & Noir 2LP/CD (Soul Jazz)
K-Def – In the Moment LP (Redefinition)
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Flying Microtonal Banana Vol. 1 LP/CD (ATO)
King Woman – Created in the Image of Suffering LP (Relapse)
Kingdom – Tears in the Club LP (Fade to Mind)
Koreatown Oddity – Koreatown Oddity LP (Stones Throw)
Lecherous Gaze – Thing Within b/w Birdman 7” (Annihilate)
Leviathan – Scar Sighted 2LP (Devout) regular edition now in stock
Los Campesinos! – Sick Scenes LP/CD (Wichita) limited color vinyl
Lowbrow Reader – Issue #10 (Drag City)
Lydia – This December; It’s One More and I’m Free 2LP (Bad Timing)
Mad Parade – Mad Parade LP (Gutterwail)
S. Maharba – S. Maharba LP (Vinyl Digital)
Midnight – Shox of Violence 12” (Hell’s Headbangers)
Modern Baseball – The Perfect Cast LP (Lame-O)
Mortician – Domain of Death LP (Hell’s Headbangers) first non-pic disc issue!
Ne-Hi – Offers LP/CD (Grand Jury)
Sarah Bethe Nelson – Oh, Evolution LP (Burger)
Paul Nice – Drum Library Vol. 15 LP (Drum Library)
Nicktoons – The Best of the Nicktoons LP (Enjoy the Ride)
Old 97’s – Graveyard Whistling LP/CD (ATO)
Roy Orbison – Black & White Night 30 CD w/ DVD or BLU-RAY (Legacy)
PC Worship – Buried Wish LP (Northern Spy)
Power Trip – Nightmare Logic LP/CD (Southern Lord) limited red vinyl
Pulse Emitter / Brett Naucke – Mugen: Volume 9 CS (Hausu Mountain)
Rata Negra – Oido Absoluto LP (La Vida Es Un Mus)
Karriem Riggins – Headnod Suite 2LP (Stones Throw)
Alasdair Roberts – Pangs LP/CD (Drag City)
Vex Ruffin & Fab Five Freddy – Balance 12” (Stones Throw)
Arthur Russell – Instrumentals 2LP (Audika)
Emma Ruth Rundle & Jaye Jayle – The Time Between Us LP/CD (Sargent House)
Sanctuary – Inception LP/CD (Century Media)
Shadow Band – Wilderness of Love CD (Mexican Summer)
Sherwood & Pinch – Man vs. Sofa 2LP (On-U Sound)
Peter Silberman – Impermanence LP/CD (Anti-)
Six Organs Of Admittance – Burning The Threshold LP/CD (Drag City)
Skatalites – Foundation Ska CD (Studio One)
Sonny & the Sunsets – Tomorrow is Alright LP (Polyvinyl)
Southern Avenue – Southern Avenue LP/CD (Fantasy)
Wesley Stace – Wesley Stace’s John Wesley Harding LP (Yep Roc)
S-21 – Year Zero 7” (World Gone Mad)
Suicide Silence – Suicide Silence CD (Nuclear Blast)
Summer Moon – With You Tonight LP/CD (DTF)
Sun Kil Moon – Common As Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood 2CD (Caldo Verde)
Thundercat – Drunk CD (Brainfeeder) vinyl coming 3/10!
Torture Rack – Barbaric Persecution LP (Parasitic)
Unearthly Trance – Stalking the Ghost CD (Relapse)
The Unicorns – Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone? LP (Caterpillar) limited & remastered!
Uranium Club – All of them Naturals LP (Fashionable Idiots)
Vagabon – Infinite Worlds LP (Father/Daughter)
Vorhees – Black Horse Pike LP (Styles Upon Styles)
Watain – Casus Luciferi 2LP (Season of Mist) back in print!
Jimmy Witherspoon – Evenin’ Blues LP (Analogue) 200g vinyl
Xiu Xiu – Forget LP/CD (Polyvinyl)
Zeal & Ardor – Devil is Fine LP/CD (MVKA)
Zucchero – Black Cat CD (Wrasse)

Reckless Records 2/17/2017 New Releases!

PLEASE NOTE: not every store gets the same titles! If you see something you want, call us!

Ryan Adams – Prisoner LP/CD (Blue Note) super-limited red vinyl!
Bing & Ruth – No Home of the Mind 2LP/CD (4AD) limited clear vinyl
Blitz the Ambassador – Diasporadical LP (Jakarta)
Bucket Brigade – Frozen Flags CS (No Index)
Molly Burch – Please Be Mine LP/CD (Captured Tracks)
The Courtneys – The Courtneys II LP (Flying Nun)
Tim Darcy – Saturday Night LP/CD (Jagjaguwar) limited “deep blue” vinyl
Trevor de Brauw – Uptown LP/CD (Flenser) solo album by Pelican guitarist!
De-Bons-En-Pierre – Crepes LP (Dark Entries) project by Chicagoan Beau Wanzer
Fabiano Do Nascimento – Tempo Dos Mestres LP (Now Again)
Dominatrix – Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight 12” (Get On Down)
Eisley – I’m Only Dreaming LP (Equal Vision) limited, color vinyl!
Gnaw Their Tongues – Hymns for the Broken Swollen & Silent LP (Consouling Sounds)
Good Friend – Ride the Storm CD (Red Scare)
Grails – Chalice Hymnal 2LP/CD (Temporary Residence, Ltd)
Hand Habits – Wildy Idle LP/CD (Woodsist)
Jim & the French Vanilla – Afraid of the House LP (Dirtnap)
Alison Krauss – Windy City LP/CD (Capitol)
Nikki Lane – Highway Queen LP (New West)
Jens Lekman – Life Will See You Now LP/CD (Secretly Canadian) limited orange vinyl
Lifelover – Pulver LP (Osmose) reissue
Lifelover – Erotik LP (Osmose) reissue
Lifelover – Dekadens EP (Osmose) reissue
Lift to Experience – The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads 2LP (Mute)
Majeure – Apex LP (Temporary Residence, Ltd) clear/pink vinyl
Meatbodies – Alice LP/CD (In the Red)
Melechesh – Djinn LP (Osmose) reissue
Melvins – Dale Crover LP (Boner)
Melvins – Joe Preston LP (Boner)
Melvins – King Buzzo LP (Boner)
Middle Kids – Middle Kids 12” (Domino)
Mind Over Mirrors – Undying Color LP/CD (Paradise of Bachelors) Chicago droner
Moire – No Future 2LP (Ghostly Int’l)
Ennio Morricone – Un Uomo Da Dispettare (soundtrack) LP (Superior Viaduct)
Neon Judgement – Cocerill-Sombre 12” (Dark Entries)
Nothington – In the End LP (Red Scare)
Novella – Change of State LP (Sinderlyn)
London O’Connor – OA LP/CD (True Panther Sounds) limited yellow vinyl
The Orwells – Terrible Human Beings LP/CD (Atlantic)
Augustus Pablo – King David’s Melody LP (Greensleeves)
The Paperhead – Chew LP/CD (Trouble In Mind) limited pink vinyl
Parquet Courts – Captive of the Sun 12” (Rough Trade) limited to 550
Matt Pryor – Memento Mori LP (Equal Vision)
Robert Randolph – Got Soul LP/CD (Masterworks)
Terry Riley – Songs for the Ten Voices of the Two Prophets LP (Beacon Sound)
Terry Riley – Descending Moonshine Dervishes LP (Beacon Sound)
Six By Seven – The Closer You Get + Peel Sessions LP (Beggars Banquet)
Son Volt – Notes of Blue LP (Thirty Tigers)
Standells – Try It LP/CD (Sundazed)
Standells – Why Pick on me LP/CD (Sundazed)
Standells – Dirty Water LP/CD (Sundazed)
Strand of Oaks – Hard Love LP/CD (Dead Oceans) limited “stoner swirl” vinyl
Tash Sultana – Notion 12”/CDEP (Mom & Pop)
Tall Tall Trees – Freedays LP/CD (Joyful Noise) limited white vinyl
Visible Cloaks – Reassemblage LP/CD (RVNG)
Woods – Live at Third Man Records LP (Third Man)
Wu-Tang Clan – Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers 7” BOX SET (Get On Down)
V/A – Sensate Silk CS (100% Silk)

Reckless Records New Releases 2/10/2017

PLEASE NOTE: not every store gets the same titles! If you see something you’d like, call us!

Avenged Sevenfold – The Best Of 2005-2013 3LP (Warner Bros)
Albert Ayler – Hilversum Sessions LP (Modern Silence)
Angelo Badalamenti – Evilenko (soundtrack) LP (Minus Habens) first ever vinyl release of this 2004 Twin Peaks-esque score
Big Star – Complete Third Vol. 2: Roughs to Mixes 2LP (Omnivore)
Binkbeats – Beats Unraveled 2LP (Ontario)
Black Market Brass – Cheat & Start a Fight LP/CD (Secret Stash)
Marc Bolan – Skycloaked Lord (of Precious Light)
The Bombpops – Fear of Missing Out LP/CD (Fat Wreck Chords)
David Bowie – Diamond Dogs LP/CD (Rhino/Parlophone)
David Bowie – Young Americans LP/CD (Rhino/Parlophone)
David Bowie – Station to Station LP/CD (Rhino/Parlophone)
David Bowie – David Live 3LP/2CD (Rhino/Parlophone)
David Bowie – Live: Nassau Coliseum ‘76 2LP/2CD (Rhino/Parlophone)
David Bowie – Sound & Vision (40th Anniversary Edition) 7” (Rhino/Parlophone) picture disc!
Boy Harsher – Yr Body is Nothing LP (DKA)
Bush – Razorblade Suitcase 2LP (Round Hill)
Vic Chesnutt – Drunk 2LP (New West)
Chevelle – This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In) LP (Epic)
Carlo Maria Cordio – Troll 2 (soundtrack) LP (Lunaris)
Current 93 – Honeysuckle Aeon LP (Coptic Cat) reissue
Cynic – Uroboric Forms: the Complete Demo Recordings LP w/ 7” or CD (Century Media)
Daedelus – Baker’s Dozen LP (Fat Beats)
Deux – Decadence LP (Minimal Wave) back in print!
Dillinger Escape Plan – Irony is a Dead Scene 12” (Epitaph) legendary EP with Mike Patton on vocals . . . back in print!
Electronome – Music Telex 12” (Murder Capital)
Lupe Fiasco – Drogas Light CD (1st & 15th) vinyl coming soon!
Funky DL – Marauding at Midnight: a Tribute to the Sounds of A Tribe Called Quest CD (Washington Classics)
Gypsy Mamba – Magnetic Syndromes LP (Alpha Pup)
Has a Shadow – Sorrow Tomorrow LP (Fuzz Club)
Bert Jansch – Live in Australia LP (Earth)
JLin – Dark Lotus 12” (Planet Mu)
Kleistwahr – Music for Zeitgeist Fighters LP (Nashazphone)
Joe King Kologbo & the High Grace – Sugar Daddy LP (Strut)
Kris Kristofferson – The Austin Sessions LP (Atlantic)
Laraaji – Celestial Vibration LP (Soul Jazz)
Lecherous Gaze – One Fifteen LP/CD (Tee Pee)
Marcus I – Inner Calling 2LP/CD (TucXone)
Terrence Martin – Velvet Portraits 2LP (Ropeadope)
Brian McMahon – Jaguar Ride: Memoir of an Electric Eel BOOK (Hozac)
The M-Tet – Long Play CD (Lugnut)
Mortuary Drape – Anniversary 1986-2016 LP (Wild Productions)
Nidingr – The High Heat Licks Against Heaven LP/CD (Season of Mist)
Noveller – A Pink Sunset for No One LP/CD (Fire)
Ol – Lady Passenger 12” (Fit)
Omar S – Sink Holes 12” (i696)
Other People Place – Lifestyles of the Laptop Cafe 2LP (Warp)
Overkill – The Grinding Wheel 2LP/CD (Nuclear Blast)
Panic! At the Disco – Pretty. Odd LP (Fueled By Ramen)
Parkway Drive – Horizons LP (Epitaph)
Chuck Prophet – Bobby Fuller Died for your Sins LP/CD (Yep Roc)
Sadies – Northern Passages LP (Yep Roc)
Sinkane – Life & Livin’ It LP/CD (City Slang)
Skullflower – The Black Iron That Fell From The Sky, to Dwell Within… LP (Nashazphone)
Substantial – The Past is Always the Present in the Future CD (HiPNOTT)
Sun Ra – Spaceways LP (ORG)
311 – From Chaos LP (Legacy)
Tinariwen – Elwan 2LP/CD (Anti-)
Bjorn Torske – Host 12” (Sex Tags)
Tosca – Going Going Going 2LP/CD (K7)
Ultimate Block Party Breaks – Ultimate Block Party Breaks Vol. 3 LP (UBP)
Ultimate Spinach – Behold & See LP (Sundazed)
Michael Vallera – Vivid Flu LP/CD (Denovali)
Vermont – II LP (Kompakt)
Denmark Vessey – Martin Lucid Dream LP/CS (Street Corner)
The Weeknd – Starboy 2LP (Republic)
Joe Young – Invincible Armour CD (YoungLife)
Zos Kia/Coil – Transparent CD (Cold Spring)
V/A – The Hamilton Mixtape 2LP/CS (Atlantic) now on vinyl . . . and cassette.
V/A – Heures Sans Soleil LP w/ bonus 7” (LTM)
V/A – New Order Presents: Be Music 2LP/3CD (Factory Benelux)

Reckless Records New Releases 1/27/2017

PLEASE NOTE: not all stores receive the same titles or quantities. If you see something you want, call us!
Lauren Alaina – Road Less Traveled CD (Mercury)
Alkaline Trio – Good Mourning 2LP (Vagrant)
Alkaline Trio – Crimson LP (Vagrant)
Alkaline Trio – From Here to Infirmary LP (Vagrant)
Animal Collective – Here Comes the Indian LP (My Animal Home)
Arcade Fire – The Reflektor Tapes 2xDVD or 2xBLU-RAY (Eagle Rock)
Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood – Myths 002 AKA Mering & Rosenberg 12” (Mexican Summer)
Arkona – Lunaris LP (Debemur Morti)
Au Champ Des Morts – Dans La Jois CD (Debemur Morti)
Auroch – Mute Books LP (Profound Lore)
Bell Biv DeVoe – Three Stripes CD (E1)
Bert Jansch – Jack Orion LP (Superior Viaduct)
Blind Melon – Soup LP (Analog Spark)
Blue Orchids – Awefull LP/CD (Tiny Global)
Blue Orchids – The Once & Future Thing CD (Tiny Global)
Martin Bramah – The Battle of Twisted Heel LP (Tiny Global)
The Byrds – Sweetheart of the Rodeo LP (Friday)
Julie Byrne – Not Even Happiness LP/CD (Badabing)
Carnophage – Monument LP (Unique Leader) now on vinyl!
Johnny Cash – All Aboard the Blue Train with Johnny Cash LP (ORG)
Vic Chesnutt – Little LP (New West)
Guy Clark – Live from Austin, TX 2LP or CD w/ DVD (New West)
Rev. James Cleveland – Golden Gospel Classics CD (Independent Label Services)
Cloud Nothings – Life Without Sound LP/CD (Carpark)
Cream – Fresh Cream 3CD w/ BLU-RAY AUDIO (Polydor)
Allison Crutchfield – Tourist in This Town LP/CD/CS (Merge)
Death Fetishist – Clandestine Sacrament LP (Debemur Morti)
Denzel Curry – Imperial LP/CD (Loma Vista)
Manu Delago – Metromonk LP/CD (Tru Thoughts)
Delicate Steve – This Is Steve LP/CD (Anti-)
Bill Dixon Orchestra – Intents & Purposes LP (Superior Viaduct)
DJ Rude One – ONEderful LP (Closed Sessions)
DOA – Murder LP (Rip Snortin’)
Driftmachine – Radiations LP (Umor Rex)
Bob Dylan – The Bootleg Series: Vol. 1-3 5LP (Legacy)
Fred Eaglesmith – Standard CD (Fred Eaglesmith)
Delroy Edwards – Hangin’ at the Beach 2LP (LA Club Resource)
Mark Eitzel – Hey Mr Ferryman LP/CD (Merge)
Emptyset – Borders LP/CD (Thrill Jockey)
Mark Feehan – MF II LP (Richie)
John Garcia – The Coyote Who Spoke in Tongues LP/CD (Napalm)
Gabriel Garzón-Montano – Jardin LP/CD (Stones Throw)
Half Japanese – Hear The Lions Roar LP/CD (Fire)
Merle Haggard – Live from Austin, TX LP (New West)
Homeboy Sandman – Actual Factual Pterodactyl 2LP/CD (Fat Beats) reissue
Howlin’ Wolf – Best of the Sun Records Sessions LP (ORG)
Japandroids – Near to the Wild Heart of Life LP/CD (Anti-) limited clear vinyl!
Matt Jencik – Weird Times LP (Hands in the Dark) debut solo album from IMPLODES
  member & Reckless vet! Here now, everywhere else 2/3
Glenn Jones – This Is The Wind That Blows It Out  LP (Thrill Jockey)
Robert Earl Keen – Live Dinner Reunion LP (Dualtone)
Kehlani – SweetSexySavage (Deluxe) CD (Artist Partner Group)
Alicia Keys – Here LP (RCA)
Cate Le Bon – Rock Pool 12” (Drag City)
K. Leimer – Land of Look Behind LP (Palace of Lights)
Leopold and his Fiction – Darling Destroyer LP (Independent Label Alliance)
Luna – Romantica LP (Double Feature) clear vinyl
Luna – Rendezvous LP (Double Feature) clear vinyl
Tift Merritt – Stitch of the World LP/CD (Yep Roc)
Mica Levi – Jackie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) LP (Milan)
Miles Mosley – Uprising LP (World Galaxy)
Paul Nice – Drum Library 14 LP (Super Break)
Nomadic Warriors – Nomadic Warriors LP (Chiefdom)
Oh No – Ultimate Breaks & Beats: Producer Series LP (UBB)
Once & Future Band – S/T LP (Castle Face)
Opeth – Morningrise 2LP (Spinefarm)
Opeth – My Arms Your Hearse 2LP (Spinefarm)
Opeth – Orchid 2LP (Spinefarm)
Richard Osborn – Endless LP/CD (Tompkins Square)
Panda Bear – Young Prayer LP (My Animal Home)
PartyNextDoor – PartyNextDoor 3 (P3) 2LP (OVO Sound)
Piano Magic – Closure CD (Second Language)
Pontiak – Sun On Sun (Reissue) LP (Thrill Jockey)
P.O.S – Chill, Dummy CD (Doomtree)
Premrock & Fresh Kils – Leave In Tact CD (Urbnet)
Quarta 330 – Pixelated EP 12” (Hyperdub)
Dawn Richard – Infrared (Deluxe) 12”/CD (Fade to Mind)
Max Ritcher – Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works CD (Deutsche Grammophon)
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Plankton LP (Milan)
Ty Segall – Ty Segall LP/CD/CS (Drag City)
Sepultura – The Roadrunner Albums: 1985-1996 6LP/6CD (Roadrunner)
Will Sessions & Amp Fiddler – Lost Without You b/w Seven Mile 7” (Sessions Sound)
Sinai Vessel – Brokenlegged LP (Tiny Engines)
Sleater Kinney – Live in Paris LP/CD/CS (Sub Pop) Limited, Loser Edition coke-bottle clear vinyl!
Sparrow Steeple – Steeple Two LP (Richie)
Tobin Sprout – The Universe & Me CD (Burger)
Subterrain – Subterrain LP (Chiefdom)
Mark Sultan BBQ – BBQ 12”/CD (In the Red)
Sum 41 – All Killer No Filler LP (Island)
Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau – Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau 2LP/2CD (Nonesuch)
TSOL – The Trigger Complex LP/CD (Rise)
Frank Turner – Sleep is for the Week (10th Anniversary Edition) 2LP/2CD (Xtra Mile)
Twin Limb – Haplo LP (Suretone)
Calvin Valentine – Eugene LP (Eyrst)
Juelz White – This Shit Ain’t Free CD (Fat Beats)
Wiley – Godfather CD (Wiley)
Wretch – Wretch LP (Bad Omen) now on vinyl!
Yabby You – Beware Dub 2LP (Pressure Sounds)
Yo Gotti – White Friday CD (Epic)
V/A – Songs from Beauty & the Beast LP (Walt Disney)
V/A – Nola Bounce Breaks Vol. 2 LP (Super Jock)
V/A – Studio One Rocksteady 2 2LP/CD (Soul Jazz)

Reckless Records New Releases 1/13/2017

PLEASE NOTE: Not every store receives the same titles! If you see something you want, call us!

Big Thief – Dandelion b/w Masterpiece (solo) 7” (Saddle Creek)
Black Anvil – As Was 2LP/CD (Relapse)
Bonobo – Migration 2LP/CD (Ninja Tune) LIMITED deluxe LP!
Cavern of Anti-Matter – Blood Drums CD (Duophonic)
The Chainsmokers – Collage LP (Columbia)
Chavez – Cockfighters 12” (Matador)
Code Orange – Forever LP/CD (Road Runner)
Dennis Coffey – Hot Coffey in the D: Burnin’ at Morey Baker’s Showplace Lounge CD (Resonance)
The Drip – The Haunting Fear of Inevitability LP/CD (Relapse)
Emperor – Emperial Live Ceremony LP (Caroline)
Emperor – In The Nightside Eclipse LP (Caroline)
Emperor – IX Equilibrium LP (Caroline)
Emperor – Live At Wacken Open Air 2006 2LP (Caroline)
Emperor – Live Inferno 2LP (Caroline)
Emperor – Prometheus: The Discipline Of Fire & Demise LP (Caroline)
Brian Eno – Reflection CD (Warp) now on CD!
Flaming Lips – Oczy Mlody LP/CD (Warner Bros)
Flaming Lips – Space Oddity b/w Jest (There Is) 7” (Warner Bros) green vinyl!
Tom Glazer & Dottie Evans – Space Songs LP (Modern Harmonic)
Jimi Hendrix – Stone Free b/w Lover Man 7” (Sundazed)
The Killers – Hot Fuss LP (Island) finally back in print!
Attilio Mineo – Man in Space with Sounds LP/CD (Modern Harmonic)
The Molochs – America’s Velvet Glory LP (Innovative Leisure)
Flo Morrissey/Matthew E. White – Gentlewoman, Ruby Man LP/CD (Glassnote)
Mr. Tophat feat. Robyn – Trust Me 12” (Smalltown Supersound)
Nirvana – Incesticide (20th Anniversary Edition) 2LP (Geffen)
One OK Rock – Ambitions CD (Fueled By Ramen)
Prince & the Revolution – Kiss 12” (Warner Bros)
Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 3 2LP/CD (Run the Jewels) limited edition with RTJ pendant!
Sepultura – Machine Messiah CD (Nuclear Blast)
Sohn – Rennen LP/CD (4AD)
Sun Ra – Saturn b/w Mystery Mr. Ra 7” (Modern Harmonic)
Tokyo Police Club – Melon Collie & the Infinite Radness (Parts 1 & 2) LP (Team 8)
Warpaint – Whiteout 7” (Rough Trade)
The xx – I See You LP/CD (Young Turks) limited clear vinyl! DELUXE BOX DELAYED!
Zavala – Fantasmas LP (Fake Four)

RECKLESS RECORDS 2016 Employee Best of Lists

Jim Magas 2016 DJ crate
VIKI Viktoria – New Victorian LP (Midwich)
Alex Barnett – Chew From the Mind LP (Midwich)
HIDE – Flesh For the Living 12” (Midwich)
Moon Pool & Dead Band – Humanizer LP (Midwich)
Joel Graham – Geomancy 12” (Music From Memory)
DJ Fett Burger – Burger Trip 12” (Mongo Fett)
GAS – Box 10LP/4CD (Kompakt)
Keiji Haino – Milky Way LP (Black Truffle)
Good Willsmith – Things Our Bodies Used to Have LP (Umor Rex)
Chris Corsano & Bill Orcutt – Live at Various/Various Live 2LP (Palilalia)
Madteo – Voracious Culturilizer 12” (M.A.D.T.E.O. Records)
Roberto Musci – Tower of Silence 2LP (Music From Memory)
Pauline Oliveros – Four Meditations / Sound Geometries LP (Sub Rosa)
Stallone the Reducer – Private Property LP (Est. 83)
Stallone the Reducer – Drug Pusher 12” (Est. 83)
Roman Flugel – All the Right Noises 2LP (Dial)
Robert Beatty – Floodgate Companion book (Floating World Comics)
DJ Sotofett / SVN – Current 82 12” (Dark Plan 5)
DJ Sotofett / Vera Dvale – Soukas Mix / Dybden (Wania)
DJ Sotofett – Generic Mix / Alternate Mix 12” (So Phat)
Omar S. – The Best 4LP (FXHE)
Theo Parrish – Sketches 3LP + Somethin About Detroit 12” (Sound Signature)
Jay Daniel – Broken Knowz 2LP (Ninja Tune)
Flo & Andrew – Take Suicide 12” (Mannequin)
Gesloten Cirkel – Mustache Techno Series 001 12” (Mustache)
Shinichi Atobe – Ship-Scope 12” (DDS)
Equiknoxx – Bird Sound Power 2LP (DDS)
Not Waving – Animals 2LP (Diagonal)
DJ Diamonds – Footwork or Die 2LP (Duck’n’Cover)
Michael Bundt – Electri-City LP (Bureau B)
Ariel Kalma – Interfrequence LP (Black Sweat)
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani – Sunergy LP (Rvng Intl.)
Suzanne Ciani – Buchla Concerts 1975 LP (Finders Keepers)
John Olson – Life Is a Rip-Off book (Third Man Books)
Demdike Stare – Wonderland (2LP)

J David Cartwright
1. Babyfather “BBF Hosted by DJ Escrow” – Concept art and rap/grime/hip hop collide here. This is a challenging album and not really for casual listening, but man is it good! It warrants multiple listens and along with the amazing album art, it is one cohesive work of art. Dean Blunt is great at expressing a dissonance that comes with being apart of this modern world. I highly recommend looking into every project he is involved in.

2. Ex-Terrestrial “Paraworld” – Ambient music with delicate beats, that for me feels like the equivalent of floating in the middle of the Dead Sea with the sun baking my bones. Check out the track Blue Smoke for confirmation.

3. Omar-S “The Best” – Detroit’s Omar-S effortlessly writes floor stompers here with some strangeness sprinkled in, i.e., Ah’Revolution which is simply minimal conga playing and a meandering voice saying something about a revolution. Seen Was Set was my ultimate summer jam!

4. Frank Ocean “Blonde” – This one will be on a lot of people’s lists this year and for good reason. This puppy is addictive, meditative, and very minimally composed. It is calming, yet leaves me with an intense feeling of loss and desire. Beautiful!

5. Charles Barabe “Les Dernieres Confessions” – Beautiful synthesizer compositions accompanied by a midi ensemble that will take you to the innerzone and back.

6. Elka “Chants” – Relaxing yet extremely groovy with nods to early Detroit Techno and Electro. Pass Groove is a flippin barn-burner!

7. Disasterpeace “Hyper Light Drifter OST” – A somber, introspective synthesizer soundtrack that if you’re familiar with Disasterpeace music you might come to expect, but this one (paired with the video game) definitely took me on a journey this year. You can stream and purchase this one on bandcamp.

8. Danny Brown “Atrocity Exhibition” – Danny Brown and Warp records, what a great union! There are some forward thinking productions on this one and this sucker is disorienting.

9. Horse Lords “Interventions” – An incredibly talented Baltimore band that blends West African rhythms and Krautrock influences. All the members of the band compliment each other by locking in through syncopated grooves. A must see live band!

10. ROM “Possible Mountain” – I love Chicago’s very own Hausu Mountain tape label! If you like experimental/ avant garde/ electronic music and video game soundtracks then look no further. “Possible Mountain” is an atmospheric journey that fans of Tortoise will feel right at home with. Airy jams with a myriad of styles and influences. Favorite track: Crawl Upside Down

Charles Taylor
Best Jazz:

Anthony Braxton: 3 Compositions [EEMHM] 2011
Artuan Ortiz – Hidden Voices
Paul Dunmall – Luddite
Ivo Perelman – Breaking Point
Tony Malaby – Incantations
Nick Mellevoi – Desertion
Freddie Redd – With Due Respect
Eri Yamamoto – Life
Wadada Leo Smith – The National Parks
Thumbscrew – Convallaria
Julie Kjaer – Dobbeltgaenger

Best Reissues:

Steve Miller Band – Sailor
Bunny Wailer – Solomonic Singles 1 & 2
Junjo Presents Heavyweight Dub Champion
Miles Davis – Paul’s Mall Boston September 1972

Beth Klacko

Music I liked this year in no particular order:

-Omar S. – The Best
-Joanna Brouk – Hearing Music
-Manuel Gottsching – E2-E4 (Reissue)
-Steve Hauschildt – Strands
-Metallica – Kill ‘Em All (Reissue)
-Oren Ambarchi – Hubris
-Angel Olsen – My Woman
-Ghoul – Dungeon Bastards
-The Field – The Follower
-Fake Limbs – Matronly
-Roman Flugel – All The Right Noises
-Klaus Johann Grobe – Spagat der Liebe
-Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
-Blasted Diplomats – Again
-V/A – Wayfaring Strangers: Cosmic American Music
-Romans – Valere Aude
-Sabbatical – Sundown
Matt Jencik
Asylum Party – Picture One reissue
Julianna Barwick – Will
Big Star – Complete Third Vol. 1 : Demos to Sessions to Roughs
Bitchin’ Bajas & Bonnie Prince Billy Epic Jammers & Fortunate Little Ditties
David Bowie Blackstar
David Bowie Bowie At the Beeb LP boxset
Joanna Brouk – Hearing Music
Caroline K Now Wait for Last Year reissue
Brian Case Tense Nature
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Skeleton Tree
The Clean – Getaway LP reissue
Leonard Cohen – You Want it Darker
Deru -1979 reissue
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein Stranger Things soundtrack
DJ Richard – Grind
Noel Ellis S/T reissue
Fake Limbs Matronly
Forma Physicalist
Fuath I
Gaoth Dying Season’s Glory
Manuel Gottsching E2-E4 LP reissue
Lee Hazlewood Cowboy in Sweden LP reissue
Head of the Demon Sathanas Trismegistos
Heron Oblivion S/T
Itasca Open to Chance
Kikagaku Moyo House in the Tall Grass
Lifetones For a Reason LP reissue
Jackie Lynn S/T
Kedr Livanskiy January Sun EP
Matchess Rafter
MJ Guider Precious Systems
Angel Olsen My Woman
PAPA M Highway Songs
Jeff Parker New Breed
Pink Floyd Early Years 1965-1972 boxset
Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool
Sand LP reissues
75 Dollar Bill Wood​/​Metal​/​Plastic/​Pattern​/​Rhythm​/​Rock
Them Speaking Canaries – Summer Band lathe-cut 7”
Träd, Gräs Och Stenar – S/T boxset
Tribulation Formulas of Death LP reissue
Troller Graphic
The Who – Live At Leeds 3LP Deluxe Edition reissue
Winterfylleth Dark Hereafter
La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela The Theatre of Eternal Music – Dream House – 78’17”
Reissue
V/A Killed by Deathrock Volume Two
V/A (The Microcosm) Visionary Music of Continental Europe 1970-1986
V/A Wayfaring Strangers: Cosmic American Music

SHOWS
Big|Brave in-store @ Reckless
John Carpenter @ Thalia Hall
The Cure @ UIC Pavilion
Dungen in-store @ Reckless
Fabio Frizzi live score for “The Beyond” @ Music Box
Philip Glass @ Old Town School of Folk Music
Grouper @ Bohemian National Cemetery
Steve Hauschildt & Forma @ Constellation
Itasca in-store @ Reckless & Empty Bottle
Kikagaku Moyo @ Empty Bottle
Jackie Lynn @ Silent Funny
Matchess @ Hideout
Misfits @ Riot Fest
Angel Olsen @ Thalia Hall
Iggy Pop @ Chicago Theater
S U R V I V E & Majeure @ Empty Bottle
Tribulation @ Subterranean

Ethan D’Ercole
Jake Lingan- Labor of Love
Jacob Kart- Sigint
Jeff Parker- New Breed
Smokin’ Ziggurats- Smokin’ Ziggurats
Eternals- Espiritu Zombi
Patrick Cowley & Candida Royalle – Candida Cosmica
Le Tour – Jack Off Diamonds

Chloe Croom
Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
Twin Peaks – Down in Heaven
Whitney – Light Upon The Lake
Angel Olsen – My Woman
Chris Cohen – As If Apart
Beyonce – Lemonade
Broncho – Double Vanity
Mild High Club – Skiptracing
The Hecks – The Hecks

Favorite compilations of 2016:
Cosmic Machine – The Sequel: A Voyage Across French Cosmic & Electronic Avantgarde [Because Music]
Wayfaring Strangers: Cosmic American Music [Numero Group]
New Orleans Funk – New Orleans: The Original Sound of Funk Vol. 4 [Soul Jazz Records]

Favorite Reissue of 2016:
Lee Moses – Time And Place! [Light in the Attic Records]

Ryan Scaccia
1. FOG – For Good (Totally Gross National Product)
2. TORTOISE – Catastrophist (Thrill Jockey)
3. BEN LUKAS BOYSEN – Spells (Erased Tapes)
4. JOHANN JOHANNSSON – Orphee (Deutsche Grammophon)
5. JESU/SUN KIL MOON – Jesu/Sun Kil Moon (Caldo Verde)
6. RIVAL CONSOLES – Night Melody (Erased Tapes)
7. DAVID BAZAN – Blanco (Barsuk)
8. HELEN MONEY – Become Zero (Thrill Jockey)
9. ADRIAN YOUNGE – The Electronique Void (Linear Labs)
10. JOHN CARPENTER – Lost Themes II (Sacred Bones)
11. JEFF PARKER – The New Breed (International Anthem)
12 ANDREW BRODER – Wertheimer EP (Lex)
13. SILVER APPLES – Clinging To A Dream (Chicken Coop)
14. FLOATING POINTS – Kuiper EP (Luaka Bop)
15. ADAM WILTZIE – Salero O.S.T. (Erased Tapes)

Dave Hofer
ALBUMS
Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition (Warp)
While we wish Brown would sometimes lay off his signature high-nasal voice in favor of his more reserved flow, there’s no denying that this guy is brilliant. Discordant, heady hip-hop that sounds like no one else.
Car Bomb – Meta
Easily one of the most unique bands in metal, Car Bomb dropped this album after teasing their mailing list with five-second snippets of new music, which fans used the internet to connect and assemble into a full track, natch. Technical, very, very heavy & a sound that’s instantly recognizable.
Chris Cohen – As If Apart (Captured Tracks)
Ex-Cryptacize member finally releases his second album of earth-y, mellow songs. The recording is beautiful.
Creation is Crucifixion – Antenna Builder (Robotic Empire)
One of the best late-’90s/early-aughts bands resurfaces with a previously-unreleased, nine-minute track, three songs never released on vinyl & an entire live set from 2000. High-concept tech-death-grind straight out of a hacker’s wet dream.
Flowdan – Disaster Piece (Tru Thoughts)
This album makes the cut on the strength of the track “Bob Marley” alone.
Full of Hell – Amber Mote in the Black Vault 7” (Bad Teeth)
Technically proficient, catchy and very, very brutal grind from this band, who seem to have found their voice.
Internal Rot/Mellow Harsher – Split 7” (625)
Two sides with two different types of grindcore. Internal Rot play a crustier, death-metal influenced style while Mellow Harsher is so completely beyond insane-sounding you have to hear these guys to believe it. Amazing.
Mithras – On Strange Loops (Willowtip)
A late-2016 release, Mithras returns after nine years and delivers a great album of outer-space death metal. If prog fans can get past the vocals, the musicianship is — pun intended — out of this world.
Mr. Lif – Don’t Look Down (Mello Music Group)
After a seven-year break, Mr. Lif returns to the mic with a very strong album, a new label and what sounds like a new perspective. One of the best MCs of the last two decades.
Rae Sremmurd – SremmLife 2 (Interscope)
Second album from this bizarre duo with a unique sound. On the surface, it might not sound like these guys are doing anything special, but the production and their unique flows are more than meets the ear.
Schoolboy Q – Blank Face LP (TDE)
I was a bit worried about the follow-up to his excellent Oxymoron, but Q delivered a great album with his signature voice & eerie production. Dark subject matter, but masterfully executed.

Sea of Shit & Sick/Tired – Split LP (Deep Six)
Two of Chicago’s best hardcore/grind bands on one massively brutal split.
Skepta – Konnichiwa (Boy Better Know)
Not exactly the grime style that Skepta is known for, this is a combination of grime and American-style trap with Skepta’s flow on top.
Venomous Concept – Kick Me Silly (Season of Mist)
I’m a bit biased due to Danny Lilker’s involvement, but this album from the half-Brutal Truth, half-Napalm Death hardcore project is undeniable.
Wormed – Krighsu (Season of Mist)
Completely insane third album of intricate, science-fiction death metal.

MISC
Jenny Lewis & the Watson Twins live at the Chicago Theater.
Mutoid Man live at Reggie’s.
Hey Mercedes live at Subterranean.
Sea of Shit & Sick/Tired live at Reckless.
Meshuggah live at House of Blues.
Finally getting custom, Sensaphonics earplugs after years of ear abuse.
Changing from antiperspirant to deodorant.
UK vacation, where I learned about beheadings in a historical context.
Droves & Joyce Delaney live in Glasgow (AKA seeing shows on vacation is the best).
AAW & non-WWE pro-wrestling in general.
Motor City Machine Guns vs. the Young Bucks vs. the Addiction in Ladder Wars 6.
Fallout 4.
Still playing Metal Gear Solid V: the Phantom Pain.
The ability to melee while riding a motorcycle in Grand Theft Auto Online.

Kip McCabe Best of 2016 (in no specific order)
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Meshuggah “Violent Sleep of Reason” (Nuclear Blast)
Johann Johannsson “Orphee” (Deutsche Grammophon)
Johann Johannsson “Arrival” Soundtrack (Deutsche Grammophon)
Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Noto “Revenant” soundtrack (Milan Records)
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds “Skeleton Tree” (Bad Seed Ltd)
David Bowie “Blackstar” (Iso Records)
Cliff Martinez “The Neon Demon” soundtrack (Milan Records)
Papa M “Highway Songs” (Drag City)
Tortoise “Catastrophist” (Thrill Jockey)
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein “Stranger Things” soundtrack (Lakeshore Records)
A Tribe Called Quest “We got it from here… Thank You 4 Your Service” (Epic)

Steven Rahman

Sierra Hull – Weighted Mind

Beautiful Bluegrass music. Hull’s virtuosity as a mandolin player is matched brilliantly by the songwriting & her voice is wonderfully engaging. It’s powerful, even piercing and gives the some of the more delicate playing a weight & substance.

Last Shadow Puppets – Everything You’ve Come to Expect

I love Alex Turner. He’s one of my favorite musicians in the world. This is his second record with Miles Kane as the Last Shadow Puppets. It’s a very particular sound, this rock n’ roll old school sound that’s extremely somber, serious & full of soul. The strings are arranged by Owen Pallett.

Rihanna – ANTI-

What Rihanna does with this record is nothing short of amazing. She digs herself out of a hole that I’ve always placed her in. While there’s still the sense that a number of different hands are involved, the final product oozes with a single personality. That’s all well & good, but it’s in the songs themselves I think you’ll find the best evidence of change & growth. These are good songs, & they’re songs only Rihanna could’ve done justice. Check out the wailing in “Higher.”

Gregory Porter – Take Me to The Alley & Ashleigh Smith – Sunkissed

I’m putting these together, because I love them for much the same reason. These are great songs sung well. There’s no histrionics, there’s little in the way of style. These records are great because they keep it simple & do it incredibly well. If you like vocal Jazz you will like these.

Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book (Chance 3)

Chance the Rapper is all that is good & joyful about Hip Hop right now. He’s exemplary of a side of Chicago that we don’t get to hear much about, at least in mainstream music journalism. His sound is a little more populist, but not so much as to remove the individuality from it, especially considering the amount of Gospel influence. Chance’s music maintains a childlike sense of wonder even while talking about seriously adult topics like death & violence.

Noname – Telefone

It took me a bit to get into this one. It came out in the summer, but the music just didn’t grab me the way it would as the year progressed into fall, & then into winter. There’s an almost muted quality to the production, & a real vibe & feeling, but the most engrossing part of this is the poetic way the lyrics are weaved together.

Anderson .Paak – Malibu & NxWorries – Yes Lawd!

This is the year of Anderson .Paak. He was everywhere this year, & I think Malibu is the best record of the year. It’s just a completely amazing creation. It’s soulful, with this sense of rhythm. It’s a rapper’s soul album & that’s exactly what .Paak is. Yes Lawd! is essentially the soul version of Madvillainy. It’s shorter songs, almost sketches & they’re perfect little interludes.

Hamilton Cast Recording
I don’t really know what to say about this that hasn’t been said before. If you like hip hop, check it out. If you like musicals, check it out. Do you have a passing interest in history? Check it out. I promise you, the adventures of our first Treasury secretary as written & performed by this cast will impress you.

Honorable Mentions (AKA Records I really like but can’t write about because of lack of space):

Esperanza Spalding – Emily’s D+Evolution
Aesop Rock – The Impossible Kid
Adia Victoria – Beyond the Bloodhounds
Mac Miller – The Divine Feminine
Schoolboy Q – Blank Face
Apollo Brown & Skyzoo – The Easy Truth
Kadhja Bonet – The Visitor
Funky DL – February
Common – Black America Again
Beyonce – Lemonade
Kaytranada – 99.9%
Open Mike Eagle & Paul White – Hella Personal Film Festival
Gensu Dean & Denmark Vessey – Whole Food
AFRO & Marco Polo – A-F-R-O Polo
Lando Chill – For Mark Your Son
BJ The Chicago Kid – In My Mind
Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition
Corinne Bailey Rae – The Heart Speaks in Whispers
Oddisee – Alwasta
Oddisee – Odd Tape
Robert Ellis – Robert Ellis
Takuya Kuroda – Zigzagger

Chris W.

MY FAVORITE ALBUMS üv 2016 (alphabetically by artist)

Adrian Younge “The Electronique Void: Black Noise” (LINEAR LABS)
Angel Olsen “My Woman” (JAGJAGUWAR)
ANOHNI “Hopelessness” (SECRETLY CANADIAN)
BADBADNOTGOOD “IV” (BEAT RECORDS)
Beyoncé “Lemonade” (COLUMBIA)
The Caretaker “Everywhere At the End of Time” (HISTORY ALWAYS FAVOURS THE WINNERS)
Childish Gambino “Awaken, My Love!” (GLASSNOTE)
Chrysta Bell & David Lynch “Somewhere In the Nowhere EP” (BANDCAMP)
Clams Casino “32 Levels” (COLUMBIA)
Cliff Martinez “The Neon Demon (soundtrack)” (MILAN RECORDS)
DARKPYRAMID “New Humans” (DREAM CATALOGUE)
Death In Vegas “Transmission” (DRONE)
Devendra Banhart “Ape In Pink Marble” (NONESUCH RECORDS)
Ela Orleans “Circles of Upper & Lower Hell” (NIGHT SCHOOL)
Eluvium “False Readings On” (TEMPORARY RESIDENCE)
Frank Ocean “Blonde” (BOYS DON’T CRY)
Gallant “Ology” (CIVIL MUSIC)
Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions “Until the Hunter” (TENDRIL TALES)
Hype Williams “10/10” (NOT ON LABEL)
Iggy Pop, Tarwater & Alva Noto “Leaves of Grass” (MORR MUSIC)
Jackie Lynn “Jackie Lynn” (THRILL JOCKEY)
James Blake “The Colour In Anything” (POLYDOR RECORDS)
Jenny Hval “Blood Bitch” (SACRED BONES)
Jóhann Jóhannsson “Orphée” & “Arrival (soundtrack)” (DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON)
Kanye West “The Life of Pablo” (GOOD MUSIC)
Kari Faux “Lost en Los Angeles” (WOLF & ROTHSTEIN)
Kristin Kontrol “X-Communicate” (SUB POP)
Lee Fields & the Expressions “Special Night” (BIG CROWN)
Library Tapes “Escapism” (1631 RECORDINGS)
Max Richter “Black Mirror: Nose Dive (soundtrack)” (DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON)
Mica Levi “Jackie (soundtrack)” (MILAN RECORDS)
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds “Skeleton Tree” (BAD SEED LTD.)
Rihanna “Anti” (ROC NATION)
Slow Dancing Society “The Wagers of Love and Their Songs From the Witching Hour” (HIDDEN SHOAL)
Trentemøller “Fixion” (IN MY ROOM)
A Tribe Called Quest “We Got It From Here…Thank You For Your Service” (EPIC RECORDS)
Various Artists “Before the Flood (soundtrack)” (LAKESHORE RECORDS)
Warpaint “Heads Up” (ROUGH TRADE RECORDS)
The Weeknd “Starboy” (XO/REPUBLIC RECORDS)
Yann Tiersen “EUSA” (MUTE RECORDS)

Tom Walczyk
Here are some records that I found to help make 2016 a bit better
(no particular order)

Dinosaur Jr— Give A Glimpse of What Yer Not (Jagjaguawar)
Dow Jones & the Industrials- Can’t Stand the Midwest 1979- 1981 (Family Vineyard)
Halo Of Flies- Music For Insect Minds (AMREP)
— Plus all other AMREP reissues (Cows, Dope Guns, Helios Creed, Melvins…)
David Bowie- BlackStar (ISO Records)
Angel Olsen- My Women (Jagjaguwar)
Iggy Pop- Post Pop Depression (Loma Vista)
Bob Mould- Patch The Sky (Merge)
Nick Cave- Skeleton Tree (Bad Seed LTD.)
Savages- Adore Life (Matador)
Warpaint- Heads Up (Rough Trade)
Omni- Deluxe (Trouble in Mind)
Thee Oh Sees- A Weird Exits & Thee Oh Sees- An Odd Entrances (Castle Face)

*** Label of the Year— Superior Viaduct
Amazing reissues from The Fall, Flesh Eaters, DNA,
Suicide…. so many amazing titles made available again!!!***

I am sure there are releases that I missed so take the time and read all the lists and while shopping in the stores please come talk to us, we would love to point you toward something you will dig!!! Thank You!!!

Gary Errera
WORST OF 2016 “SATIRE…KINDA”
10.GREEN DAY – REVOLUTION RADIO
9.DEATH GRIPS – WHATEVER – PATHETIC EXCUSE FOR “ART”
8.DEATH GRIPS – INTERVIEW, UNADULTERATED CORNCOB HOGWASH , COMPUTERS
HAVE RUINED A LOT OF THINGS IN THIS DAY AND AGE
7.METALLICA – RETURN TO THRASH BUT SHITE LYRICS
6.ANGEL OLSEN – MY WOMAN “UGH”
5.LADY GAGA – NOT HER FINEST HOUR
4.STONE ROSES – NAH
3.THEE OH SEES – NO THANKS
2.NURSE WITH WOUND – DESTROY ALL COPIES
1.CAR SEAT HEADREST – KEEP AT IT KIDDO.
HONORABLE MENTION:
RADIOHEAD – POOL SHAPED MOON “NOT BAD BUT NOT GOOD”

MY PICKS FOR 2016:
PREOCCUPATIONS – S/T
RUSSIAN CIRCLES – GUIDANCE
BIRDY – BEAUTIFUL LIES
A TRIBE CALLED QUEST – WE GOT IT FROM HERE…..
ROLLING STONES – BLUE AND LONESOME

Jacob Kart

Lifetones “For A Reason” (reissue) (Light in the Attic)
Gas “Box” (reissue) (KOMPAKT)
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith “EARS” (Western Vinyl)
Autechre “Tri Repetae” and “Incunabula” (reissues) (Warp)
Tal Sounds “Lifter And Higher” (Hausu Mountain)
Datach’i “System” (TimeSig)
Autechre “Elseq” (Warp)
Andy Stott “Too Many Voices” (Modern Love)
Carl Stone “Electronic Music From the Seventies and Eighties” (Unseen Worlds)
The Field “The Follower” (KOMPAKT)
Flux Bikes/ Suenolas (Festival Gear)
Horse Lords “Interventions” (Northern Spy)
Moon Bros “These Stars” (Western Vinyl)
Venetian Snares “Traditional Synthesizer Music” (TimeSig)

Benjamin Hegy
David Bowie- (blackstar)- ISO Records
Chris Cohen- as if apart- Captured Tracks
The Field- the follower- Kompakt
Manuel Gottsching- e2-e4- MG.ART
Lifetones- for a reason- Light In the Attic
Jackie Lynn- s/t- Thrill Jockey
Roberto Musci- tower of silence- Music From Memory
Omar S- the best!- FXHE Records
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith- ears- Western Vinyl
This Heat- deceit- Modern Classics Recordings
A Tribe Called Quest- we got it from here…. thank you for your service- Epic
Ryley Walker- golden sings that have been sung- Dead Oceans
Western Skies Motel- settlers- Lost Tribe Sound

Tim Quinlan
Le Matos – Chronicles of the Wasteland (December 2015 release)
A Tribe Called Quest “We Got It From Here…”
BadBadNotGood “IV”
Yann Tiersen “Eusa”
Umberto “Alienation”
Oddisee “The Odd Tape”
Wojciech Golczewski “Reality Check”
Chance the Rapper “Coloring Book”
Vince Staples “Prima Donna”
FM-84 “Atlas”
Anderson Paak “Malibu”
S U R V I V E “RR7349”
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein “Stranger Things Soundtrack”

Luke Dahlgren
20 best of 2016:
Top 5:
1. Parquet Courts – Human Performance (Rough Trade)
2. Kiran Leonard – Grapefruit (Moshi Moshi)
3. Sheer Mag – III (Static Shock)
4. David Bowie – ★ (Iso)
5. Kevin Morby – Singing Saw (Dead Oceans)
15 more (alpha):
Charles Bradley – Changes (Daptone)
Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition (Warp)
Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial (Matador)
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree (Bad Seed Ltd.)
The Gotobeds – Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic (Sub Pop)
Nicolas Jaar – Sirens (Other People)
KAYTRANADA – 99.9% (XL)
Cass McCombs – Mangy Love (Anti-)
Mourn – Ha, Ha, He. (Captured Tracks)
Frank Ocean – Blonde (Boys Don’t Cry)
Angel Olsen – MY WOMAN (Jagjaguwar)
Preoccupations – Preoccupations (Jagjaguwar)
Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool (XL)
Savages – Adore Life (Matador)
Solange – A Seat at the Table (Saint)

Ben Crowell
in no particular order:

David Bowie – Blackstar (Columbia/Sony)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree (Bad Seed Ltd.)
Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker (Columbia/Sony)
Jenny Hval – Blood Bitch (Sacred Bones)
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things Vol. 1 & 2 (Lakeshore)
Julianna Barwick – Will (Dead Oceans)
The Caretaker – Everywhere At The End Of Time (History Always Favors)
Aphex Twin – Cheetah EP (Warp)
Moon Pool & Dead Band – Humanizer (Midwich)
Mark Korven – The Witch OST (Milan)

Reissues:
Rachel’s – Systems/Layers (Quarterstick)
Angelo Badalamenti – Twin Peaks OST (Deathwaltz)
Bobby Beausoleil – Lucifer Rising (Ajna)
Lee Harvey Oswald Band – Blastronaut (Touch and Go)
William Basinski – 92982 (Temporary Residence)

Christian Keck
in no particular order except #1

1. Hecks (self-titled)

Solange (A seat at the table)
Kendrick Lamar (untitled remaster)
Floating Points (Elaenia)
Thee Oh Sees (Weird Exits
Charles Bradley (Changes)
Hoops (self-titled)
Stranger Things OST Vol 1
Bitchin Bajas & Bonnie Prince Billy (Epic Jammers)
King Gizzard & Lizard Wizard (Nonagon Infinity)

Thor Jorgenson
TONY MOLINA – CONFRONT THE CONFRONT 7″ (SLUMBERLAND)
JEFF PARKER – NEW BREED LP (INTERNATIONAL ANTHEM)
SCHOOLBOY Q – BLANK FACE (TOP DAWG)
BLACK MILK & NAT TURNER – REBELLION SESSIONS (COMPUTER UGLY)
JAMES FRITZ – STILL TOGETHER (AST RECORDS)

John Jackson (in no order)
Oddisee- Alwasta EP
Charles Bradley- Changes
Gimungo- Movement
Jeff Parker- The New Breed
Saul Williams- MartyrLoserKing
Maker- Maker Vs Now Again 3
Dibiase- Baker’s Dozen Instrumental Series
Kool Keith- Feature Magnetic
Madlib- Our Vinyl Ways A Ton OST Beats 10″
Ras G- Baker’s Dozen Instrumental Series

Anthony Illarde
listen
ABADDON Blues Tomorrow 45 (Alonas Dream)
BIG STAR Complete Third CD (Omnivore)
KARL BLAU Introducing Karl Blau LP (Raven Marching Band)
ALICE COOPER Live From The Astroturf 45 (Good Records)
BETTY DAVIS The Columbia Years 1968-1969 LP (Light In The Attic)
BOB DYLAN The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert! CD (Columbia)
THE ELECTRIC PRUNES I’ve Got A Way Of My Own 45 (Sundazed)
THE FLAT FIVE It’s A World Of Love & Hope LP (Augiedisc/Bloodshot)
GRAPEFRUIT Lullaby 45 (Cherry Red)
LEE HAZLEWOOD Cowboy In Sweden LP (Light In The Attic)
HAILU MERGIA / DAHLAK BAND ‎– Wede Harer Guzo LP (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
THE MICKEY FINN Garden Of My Mind 45 (Munster)
THE MILD HIGH CLUB Skiptracing LP (Stones Throw)
MONKEES Saturday’s Child 45 (Rhino)
RAMONES Ramones 40th Anniversary Edition 3CD (Rhino)
SUN RA & HIS INTERPLANETARY VOCAL ARKESTRA The Space Age Is Here To Stay LP (Modern Harmonic)
VARIOUS Last Of The Garage Punk Unknowns Vol 5-8 LPs (Crypt)
VARIOUS Scepter Records Out In The Streets Again: The Soul Sounds of Scepter LP (Sundazed)
VARIOUS Venezuela 70: Cosmic Visions Of A Latin American Earth LP (Soul Jazz)

read
JEFF APTER Tragedy: The Ballad of the Bee Gees (Jawbone Press)
JOHN DOE Under The Big Black Sun: A Personal History of LA Punk (Da Capo Press)
DAVID HEPWORTH Never A Dull Moment: 1971, The Year That Rock Exploded (Henry Holt & Co)
PETER MILLS The Monkees, Head, and the 60s (Jawbone Press)
SIMON REYNOLDS Shock & Awe: Glam Rock and Its Legacy From the Seventies to the Twenty-First Century (Dey St.)
MIKE STAX Swim Through The Darkness: My Search For Craig Smith & The Mystery of Maitreya Kali (Process Media/ Feral House)

watch
EIGHT DAYS A WEEK: The Beatles Touring Years (Universal)
GIMME DANGER: Story Of The Stooges (Magnolia Pictures)
PRETTIES FOR YOU Live In NYC (Didkovsky.com)
WE ARE TWISTED F***ING SISTER (Music Box Films)

Zachary Caputo
1: Atrocity Exhibition by Danny Brown (experimental hip-hop on warp)
2: Bottomless Pit by Death Grips (experimental hip-hop on third worlds)
3: Splendor and Misery by clipping. (experimental hip-hop on sub pop)
4: ★ (Blackstar) by David Bowie (experimental rock on ISO)
5: Hit Reset by The Julie Ruin (dance punk on Hardly Art)
6: Changes by Charles Bradley (soul on daptone)
7: Scum With Boundaries by The I.L.Y.s (experimental rock on third worlds) [this is the only record on this list we don’t stock at Reckless as it was released as a free download online. go get yourself a copy! it’s free!]
8: Movement by Gimungo (experimental dance, self-released)
9: We got it from here… by A Tribe Called Quest (hip-hop on epic)
10: Eraser Stargazer by Guerrilla Toss (dance punk on DFA)
11: untitled unmastered by Kendrick Lamar (hip hop on top dawg)
12: MatryrLoserKing by Saul Williams (experimental hip-hop on fader)
13: A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead (experimental rock on XL)
14: You Want It Darker by Leonard Cohen (singer-songwriter/folk on columbia)
15: Drug Apts. by Drug Apts. (experimental punk on interference pattern)
16: Trans Day of Revenge by G.L.O.S.S. (punk on total negativity and three other labels)
17: Dissociation by The Dillinger Escape Plan (mathcore on party smasher)
18: 99 Cents by Santigold (dance/pop on atlantic)
19: Awaken, My Love! by Childish Gambino (soul/p-funk worship on glassnote)
20: Nosebleed Weekend by The Coathangers (punk on suicide squeeze)

Gabriella Hileman
(no order)
joanna brouk: hearing music
drab majesty: completely careless
jessy lanza: oh no
suzanne cianni: buchla concerts 1975
pylon: live
jackie lynn: jackie lynn
Perry Ryan
Top 15 Albums

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Crying – Beyond The Fleeting Gales (Run For Cover) [80s-style arena rock/synthpop]

FOURTEEN OTHER FAVORITES (IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER)
Whitney – Light Upon The Lake (Secretly Canadian) [Country/soul/indie pop]
Jeff Rosenstock – WORRY. (SideOneDummy) [Punk]
Frank Ocean – Blonde (Boys Don’t Cry) [Art soul]
Andy Shauf – The Party (Anti-) [70s-style singer-songwriter]
The Avalanches – Wildflower (Modular/Astralwerks/XL/EMI) [Plunderphonics/neo-psych]
Chance The Rapper – Coloring Book (Self-released) [Hip-hop]
The Range – Potential (Domino) [Electronic]
Xenia Rubinos – Black Terry Cat (Anti-) [Unclassifiable/Art pop]
David Bowie – Blackstar (ISO/Columbia) [Art rock]
Hamilton Leithauser & Rostam – I Had A Dream That You Were Mine (Glassnote) [Throwback rock]
Kyle Craft – Dolls Of Highland (Sub Pop) [Southern glam, I guess]
D.R.A.M. – Big Baby D.R.A.M. (Empire/Atlantic) [Trappy-go-lucky]
The Lemon Twigs – Do Hollywood (4AD) [Rundgren-core]
A Giant Dog – Pile (Merge) [Raucous power pop]

Dylan Sowle
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds- Skeleton Tree. I either want to BE Nick Cave, or I want him to adopt me. Those are my only options for happiness.
BRONCHO- Double Vanity. Definitely my most played album of the year. The singer also pronounces words like he’s learning them for the first time. Turn up tha fuzzzzz.
Beyoncé- Lemonade. I mean, come on. The QUEEN.
TacocaT- Lost Time. I never knew how badly I needed a pop punk song about Dana Scully until this album came out, and now I don’t know how I survived before it.
Andy Hull & Robert McDowell- Swiss Army Man OST. I wasn’t gonna list any soundtracks but this music and this movie are some of the most weird and beautiful things I experienced this year.
John Congleton and the Nighty Nite- Until The Horror Goes. I just couldn’t believe I was hearing new music from John Congleton in 2016. This dude’s insane.
Santigold- 99¢. Totally thought she was singing about “big balls” the first time this played in the store. Kind of disappointed she wasn’t.
Angel Olsen- My Woman. I’m gonna fall in love with you someday.
Frank Ocean- Blonde. I immediately restarted this album as soon as it finished, so that’s gotta mean something.
Worry- Jeff Rosenstock. Even though I think this is one of Jeff’s weakest albums of his career, it still rules and I’m so happy such an amazing artist is finally getting a fraction of the recognition he deserves. Go buy every record he’s ever made right now.

Top Shows, in no particular order

The King Khan & BBQ Show w/ The Gartrells @ The Empty Bottle
Seu Jorge Presents The Life Aquatic @ Thalia Hall
BRONCHO w/ SPORTS @ The Empty Bottle
Black Sabbath: The End @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Misfits @ Riot Fest
GYMSHORTS @ Bric-A-Brac Scummer Slam, East Room
Mean Jeans @ East Room
Nobunny w/ The Rubs, New Year’s Eve @ Beat Kitchen
Jeff Rosenstock @ Beat Kitchen
Louis C.K. @ Chicago Theatre

Philip Cerza
I hate ranking stuff, so this is in order of flow:
I Had A Dream That You Were Mine
– Hamilton Leithauser & Rostam Batmanglij,
We Got It From Here – A Tribe Called Quest,
A Seat At The Table – Solange,
Adore – Savages,
My Woman – Angel Olsen,
Skeleton Tree – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds,
A Mulher do Fim do Mundo – Elza Soares,
Leave Me Alone – Hinds,
Freetown Sound – Blood Orange,
ANTI – Rihanna,
Puberty 2 – Mitski,
Emotional Mugger – Ty Segall,
Shape Shift With Me – Against Me,
No Burden – Lucy Dacus,
Post Pop Depression – Iggy Pop,
I like it when you sleep… – The 1975,
X-Communicate – Kristin Kontrol,
Hopelessness – Anohni,
Singing Saw – Kevin Morby,
Wildflower – Avalanches,
99.9% – Kaytranada,
IV – BADBADNOTGOOD,
Atrocity Exhibition – Danny Brown,
Awaken, My Love – Childish Gambino,
Lemonade – Beyoncé,
“No Problem” – Chance The Rapper,
“Solo” – Frank Ocean,
“Fuck Donald Trump” – YG & Nipsey Hussle,
“Oui” – Jeremih,
“2 Phones” – Kevin Gates,
“Into You” – Ariana Grande,
“Boyfriend” – Tegan & Sara,
“Radio” – Sylvan Esso,
“Tiimmy Turner” – Desiigner,
“Purple Lamborghini” – Rick Ross & Skrillex,
AJ Styles’ entrance theme,
most of Joanne,
anything by or with Young Thug,
Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen,
and Blackstar.
Rest in power Bowie, Prince, Phife, Alan Vega, Leonard Cohen, and Miss Sharon Jones <3

Emily Elhaj
ALBUMS
Cate Le Bon – Crab Day (Drag City)
Jenny Hval – Blood Bitch (Sacred Bones)
Jeff Parker – New Breed (International Anthem)
David Bowie – Blackstar (Sony)
Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions – Until The Hunter (Tendril Tales)
The Caretaker – Everywhere at the End of Time (History Always Favours The Winner)
Allen Toussaint – American Tunes (Nonesuch)
Wei Zhongle – Nice Mask Over An Ugly Face (Pretty Purgatory)
A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service (Epic)
Horse Lords – Interventions (Northern Spy)
BadBadNotGood – IV (Innovative Leisure)
Tim Hecker – Love Streams (4AD)
Cass McCombs & The Skiffle Players – Skifflin’ (Spiritual Pajamas)
Cass McCombs – Mangy Love (Anti)
Goat – Requiem (Sub Pop)
Rihanna – Anti (Roc)
Marie Davidson – Adieux Au Dancefloor (Minimal Wave)
Alex Barnett – Chew From The Mind (Midwich)
Bryson Tiller – Trapsoul (RCA) 2015
Marisa Anderson – Into The Light (Chaos Kitchen)
Equip (Kevin Hein) – I Dreamed Of A Palace In The Sky (Dream Catalogue)
Charles Bradley – Changes (Daptone)
Kevin Morby – Singing Saw (Dead Oceans)
Brian Case – Tense Nature (Hands In The Dark)
Chris Cohen – As If Apart (Captured Tracks)
Lionlimb – Shoo (Bayonet)
James Blake – The Colour in Anything (Universal)
Solange – A Seat At The Table (Saint/Columbia)
Joanna Brouk – Hearing Music (Numero)
Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book (Self)
Rayon – A Beat of Silence (Morr)
Exploded View – s/t (Sacred Bones)
Angel Olsen – My Woman (Jagjaguwar)
Jeremiah Meece – Vocal EP1 (Nina Pop)
Frank Ocean – Blond (self)
The Hecks – s/t (Trouble In Mind)
Aluk Todolo – Voix (The Ajna Offensive)
Furia – Księżyc Milczy Luty (Pagan)

REISSUES
Gas – Box (Kompakt)
Impulse! reissues
Jack Rose reissues (Three Lobed)
Träd, Gräs och Stenar reissues (Anthology)
Talk Talk – Laughing Stock (Republic)
Lifetones – For A Reason (Light In the Attic)
Steve Reich – Four Organs / Phase Patterns (Superior Viaduct)
Metallica – Ride the Lightning / Kill ‘Em All (self)
David Bowie reissues (Parlophone)

SHOWS

New Years Eve Cover Band Bonanza, The Mothlight
Unknown Mortal Orchestra/ Lower Dens, The Fonda
Joan Jett/ Beck, The Palladium
Oozing Wound, Empty Bottle
Benoit Pioulard, Revolve
Lambchop, Mill & Mine
Kamasi Washington, Mill & Mine
Nico Muhly/ Sam Amidon, Bijou Theatre
Dungen, Empty Bottle
Jenny Hval, Pitchfork
BadBadNotGood, Nelsonville Music Fest
Thee Oh Sees, Hurra
Warehouse, Mothlight
Jackie Lynn, Silent Funny
L7, Metro
Dolly Parton, Ravinia
Rodrigo Amarante
The Raincoats/Angel Olsen, Islington Assembly Hall
Cass McCombs Band, Koorenhuis – Crossing Border
Tatsuya Nakatani & Makoto Kawabata, Allways Lounge

COFFEE
Reykjavik Roasters
Star Lounge, Chicago
Koladi Coffee, Alaska
La Colombe, NYC
Hometown, Den Haag
Izzy’s, Asheville
Roasted Coffee, Copenhagen
Mojo, New Orleans
Pilgrim, Hobart, TAS

Billy Smith  –  Good stuff in 2016!
“The Revenant” Soundtrack – Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Noto
Damien Jurado – Vision of Us On the Land (Secretly Canadian)
Colin Stetson Presents “Sorrow” Gorecki Sym 3 Reimagined
Charles Bradley “Changes” (Daptone)
Ben Lukas Boysen – “Spells” (Erased Tapes)
Various Artists – “Venezuela 70” (Soul Jazz)
OMNI – Deluxe (Trouble In Mind)
Michael Kiwanuka “Love & Hate” (Interscope)
Various Artists “Eleven Into Fifteen; A 130701 Compilation”
Shirley Davis & The Silverbacks “Black Rose” (Tucxone)
Outer Space “Chase Across Orion” (Tucxone)
Johann Johannsson “Orphee” (Deutsche Grammophon)
Lee Fields & The Expressions “Special Night” (Big Crown)
Dungen “Haxan” (Kemado)
Adam Wiltzie “Salero” (Erased Tapes)

Bryan Smith
2016: THE YEAR DEMOCRACY BROKE
Vektor – Terminal Redux LP
2814 – RAIN TEMPLE 2LP
Pressing On LP
Sand reissues on LP
Dead Can Dance – Garden of Arcane Delights/ Peel Sessions 2lp
Biosphere – Departed Glories LP
Death – Sound Of Perseverance reissue
Quick – Untold Rock Stories reissue
Tortoise – Catastrophist
Gas – Box
Cate Le Bon – Crab Day
Max Richter – Sleep
This Heat/ Camberwell Now/ Lifetones reissues
Savages – Adore Life
1991: THE YEAR PUNK BROKE & THE YEAR I STARTED WORKING AT RECKLESS
Slint – Spiderland
My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
The Moles – Untune The Sky
Tribe Called Quest – Low End Theory
Swervedriver – Raise
Jesus Lizard – Goat
Talk Talk – Laughing Stock
Nirvana – Nevermind
Peter Jefferies – Last Great Challenge In A Dull World
LFO – frequencies
Nightmares On Wax – A Word Of Science
The Cakekitchen – Time Flowing Backwards
Entombed – Clandestine
Leatherface – Mush
Nation Of Ulysses – 13 Point Program To Destroy America
Teenage Fanclub – Bandwagonesque
Matthew Sweet – Girlfriend
Dinosaur JR – Green Mind
Neil Young – Arc/Weld
There are other records that are great from 1991, but those are the ones I think were actually on my first best of list for Reckless back in the day.

Sarah Frier
-no order-
Angel Olsen – My Woman
Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From…
David Bowie – Blackstar
Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
Beyonce – Lemonade
A Giant Dog – Pile
Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
Dinosaur Jr – Give A Glimpse Of What You’re Not
Split Single – Fragmented World
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
Ty Segall – Emotional Mugger
Tortoise – The Catastrophist
Savages – Adore Life
Natural Child – Okey Dokey

Jake Lingan
Best of 2016, in no particular order:
Lambchop- FLOTUS (Merge)
Oren Ambarchi- Hubris (Editions Mego)
Jessy Lanza- Oh No (Hyperdub)
David Bowie- Blackstar (ISO)
The Field- The Follower (Kompakt)
Horse Lords- Interventions (Northern Spy)
Rob Mazurek & Emmett Kelly- Alien Flower Sutra (International Anthem)
Jacob Kart- Sigint (Baro)
Tim Hecker- Love Streams (4AD)
Flux Bikes/ Suenolas split (Lake Paradise)
Gas- Box (Kompakt)
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani- Sunergy (RVNG INTL)
Autechre- elseq 1-5/ reissues (Warp)
Andy Stott- Too Many Voices (Modern Love)
Joanna Brouk- Hearing Music (Numero)
Quicksails- Mortal (Hausu Mountain)
Kate Bush- Before The Dawn (Concord)
Suicide reissues (Superior Viaduct)
The Fall reissues (Superior Viaduct)
Roy Harper reissues (Science Friction)
This Heat/ Lifetones/ Camberwell Now reissues (Light In The Attic)
Spires That In The Sunset Rise & Michael Zerang- Kata Physin (No Index)
Sapropelic Pycnic- A Love Supreme (No Index)
El Is A Sound Of Joy- Plus (No Index)
Barn Duet- ASMR (No Index)
FLAK- Upheaval (No Index)
Havre de Grace- Black Sea II (No Index)

Adam Cavanaugh
1.) Giuliano Sorgini – “Zoo Folle” reissue from Four Flies Records
2.) Wojciech Golczewski – “Reality Check” from Death Waltz Originals
3.) Yuzo Koshiro – “Streets of Rage 2” soundtrack from Data Discs
4.) John Carpenter – “Lost Themes II” from Sacred Bones Records
5.) Mark Korven – “The VVitch (Witch)” soundtrack from Milan Records
6.) Bixio, Frizzi, Tempera – “Magnetic Systems” from Finders Keepers Records
7.) Prix – “Historix” from Hozac Records
8.) Bruno Nicolai – “The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave” soundtrack from Death Waltz Records
9.) Various Artists – “Mother 2” soundtrack from Ship to Shore Phonoco.
10.) Angelo Badalamenti – “Twin Peaks” soundtrack reissue from Death Waltz

Honorable Mentions
– Mad Monster Party soundtrack from Waxwork Records
– Skywave – “Killerrockandroll” from Kanine Records
– The Replacements reissues from Rhino
– Konami Kukeiha Club – “Lagrange Point” soundtrack from Ship to Shore Phonoco
– Face to Face – First three albums reissues (Don’t Turn Away, Big Choice, and Face to Face) from Fat Wreck Chords

Molly Mobley
1. Beyonce “Lemonade”
2. Carly Rae Jepsen “Emotions B Side”
3. Kendrick Lamar “Untitled Unmastered”
4. Jenny Hval “Blood Bitch”
5. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard “Nonagon Infinity”
6. Badbadnotgood “IV”
7. Angel Olsen “My Woman”
8. Charles Bradley “Changes”
9. Savages “Adore Life”
10. Frankie Cosmos “Next Thing”

Kevin Hein
The Field- The Follower
Tortoise- The Catastrophist
Jessy Lanza- Oh No
Disasterpeace- Hyper Light Drifter OST
Bibio- A Mineral Love
Ryuichi Sakamoto- The Revenant
Winter Sleep – Dreams (cassette reissue)
DJ Alina- Maniax
Jacob Kart- SIGINT
2814- Rain Temple
Useless / Virtual Dreams Plaza – Balance (split)
Vaperror- Acid Arcadia EP / Mana Pool LP reissue
Virtual Dreams Plaza- Dream Love
Telepath- Your Love / Everlasting Love cassette reissue
The Caretaker- Everywhere at the end of time
NMESH- Welcome To Warp Zone (cassette reissue)
Ghosting- 2D Fun At Grid World
George Clanton- 100% Electronica (cassette reissue)
Yoshitaka Azuma- Panzer Dragoon OST (LP Reissue)
Hong Kong Express- HK (Vinyl reissue)
Pretty much everything Orange Milk Records put out

Guilty pop pleasure of the year- Kero Kero Bonito- Bonito Generation

Lea Board
Best of 2016, in no particular order:
Ty Segall & the Muggers “Emotional Mugger”
Santigold “99cents”
Angel Olsen “My Woman”
Broncho “Double Vanity”
Beyonce “Lemonade”
Thee Oh Sees “A Weird Exits” & “An Odd Entrances”
Tribe Called Quest “We Got It From Here..Thank You 4 Your Service”
Suuns “Hold/Still”
Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds “La Araba Es La Visa”
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard “Nonagon Infinity”
David Bowie “Blackstar”
Fat White Family “Songs for our Mothers”
Blind Shake “Celebrate your Worth”
Mind Spiders “Prosthesis”
Preoccupations “Preoccupations”

Courtland Green
Jeff Parker – Slight Freedom on Eremite Records
Jeff Parker -The New Breed on International Anthem Recording Company
Jeff Parker – Get Dressed flexi also on International Recording Company (They actually killed it this year)
Three for Parks! Aww maaaaan….
DJ Rude One – Closed Sessions (best Hip Hop record of the year)
Larry Dixon – Star Time box set on Past Due
Makaya McCraven – In The Moment on International Anthem recording company
De La Soul – And the Anonymous Nobody on AOI
Omar S – The Best 4 lp set
Theo Parris – Sketches 3 lp
Radius S/T
Tortoise – Catastrophist on Thrill Jokey
Tribe Called Quest – We Got it From Here
TV Pow- S/T
AlTone Edits all of em
Arsenio Rodriguez – Como Se Goza En El Barrio: Havanna and NYC Recordings 1946-1962 (finally Arsenio reissue!)
Bacao Rhythm and Steel Band – 55

Friends of Reckless year-end lists 2016

Stephen Sowley (Fake Limbs)
20 records that I didn’t have to download or stream to enjoy. If Chance is so independent, why can’t I walk into a store and buy his record?

Moor Mother—Fetish Bones
Jenny Hval—Blood Bitch
G.L.O.S.S.—Trans Day of Revenge 7”
Solange—A Seat At The Table
David Bowie—Black Star
Jessy Lanza—Oh No
Lambchop—FLOTUS
Blood Orange—Freetown Sound
In School—Cement Fucker 7”
Schoolboy Q—Blank Face LP
Omar S—The Best!
Pure Disgust—Pure Disgust
Gas—Box
The Dead C—Trouble
Max D—Boost
Jeff Parker—The New Breed
Nels Cline—Lovers
Huerco S.—For Those That Have (And For Those That Haven’t)
Behavior—375 Images of Angels
Andy Stott—Too Many Voices

Brett Grossman
Angel Olsen “My Woman” (Jagjaguwar)
Radiohead “A Moon Shaped Pool” (XL Recordings)
Anna Meredith “Varmints” (Moshi Moshi Records)
Sarah Davachi “Vergers” (Important)
Benoit Pioulard “The Benoit Pioulard Listening Matter” (Kranky)
Bon Iver “22, A Million” (Jagjaguwar)
Solange “A Seat at the Table” (Columbia)
Ty Garrett Segall “Emotional Mugger” (Drag City)
James Blake “The Colour in Anything” (Polydor)
Tenniscoats “Music exists 3” (Majikicks)
Lucky Dragons “Ooga Booga Bongo Music” (Teenage Teardrops)
Weyes Blood “Front Row Seat to Earth” (Mexican Summer)
Jenny Hval “Blood Bitch” (Sacred Bones)
Meredith Monk “On behalf of Nature” (ECM)
Klein “Only” (Howling Owl)
Xinlisupreme “Tomorrow Never Comes” (FatCat Records)
Dungen “Häxan” (MexicanSummer)
Cate Le Bon “Crab Day” (Drag City)
Joey Purp “iiiDrops” (Save Money)
Wilco “Schmilco” (dBPM)
Eluvium “False Readings On” (Temporary Residence Limited)
Carla dal Forno “You Know What It’s Like” (Blackest Ever Black)
Huerco S. “For Those Of You Who Have Never (And Also Those Who Have)” (Proibito)
Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam “I had a dream that you were mine” (Glass Note)
Parquet Courts “Human Performance” (Rough Trade)
Mitsky “Puberty 2” (Dead Oceans)
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith “EARS” (Western Vinyl)
Damien Jurado “Visions of Us On the Land” (Secretly Canadian)
Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions “Until the Hunter” (Tendril Tales)
Andy Shauf “The Party” (Anti)
Car Seat Headrest “Teens of Denial” (Matador)
The Caretaker “Everywhere at the End of Time” (History always Favours the Winners)
Maja S K Ratkje “Crepuscular Hour” (Rune Grammofon)

Reissues / Archives
Blonde Redhead “Masculin Féminin” (Numero Group)
Big Star “Complete Third” (Omnivore Recordings)
Various Artists “Shanghai’d Soul: Episode 4” (Numero Group)
Washington Phillips “Washington Phillips and his Manzarene Dreams” (Dust-to-Digital)
Various Artists “Wayfaring Strangers: Cosmic American Music” (Numero Group)
Syrinx “Tumblers from the Vault (1970–1972)” (Rvng Intl)
Joanna Brouk “Hearing Music” (Numero Group)
Various “Sky Girl” (Efficient Spaces)
Carl Stone “Electronic Music from the Seventies and Eighties” (Unseen Worlds)
Various Artists “VENEZUELA 70: Cosmic Visions Of A Latin American Earth – Venezuelan Experimental Rock In The 1970s (Soul Jazz)
Julius Eastman “Feminine” (Frozen Reeds)

Dave Martin (Captured Tracks)

LPs
1. Major Stars – “Motion Set” (Drag City)
2. 75 Dollar Bill – “Wood Metal Plastic Pattern Rhythm Rock” (Thin Wrist)
3. Savoy Motel – S/T (What’s Your Rupture)
4. David Nance – “More Than Enough” (Ba-Da-Bing)
5. Omegas – “Power To Exist” (Beach Impediment)
6. Brian Case – “Tense Nature” (Hands In The Dark / Negative Days)
7. Cate Le Bon – “Crab Day” (Drag City)
8. Meet Your Death – S/T (12XU)
9. Tyvek – “Origin of What” (In The Red)
10. Dark Blue – “Start of the World” (12XU)
11. Counter Intuits – “Monosyllabilly” (Pyramid Scheme Records)
12. The Silence – “Nine Suns, One Morning” (Drag City)
13. S.L.I.P. – “Slippy When Wet” (Sorry State Records)
14. Gotobeds – “Blood//Sugar//Secs//Traffic” (Sub Pop)
15. Stefan Christensen – “American Pastoral Again” / “Empty Continents” / “Cryptic Slang” (Ever/Never – C/Site – The Loki Label)
16. Dinosaur Jr. – “Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not” (Jagjaguwar)
17. Old Head – S/T (Omentum)
18. Chook Race – “Around The House” (Trouble In Mind)
19. Heron Oblivion – S/T (Sub Pop)
20. Ultimate Painting – “Dusk” (Trouble In Mind)
21. Ryley Walker – “Golden Songs That Have Been Sung” (Dead Oceans)
22. Car Seat Headrest – “Teens of Denial” (Matador)
23. Renderers – “In The Sodium Light” (Ba-Da-Bing)
24. Terry – “Terry HQ” (Upset The Rhythm)
25. Estrogen Highs / Frustrations – Split (Safety Meeting Records)

7”s / 12”s / EPs

1. S/cks – “Sickening” b/w “New Crusades” (S/cks)
2. Neil Michael Hagerty & The Howling Hex – “Full Moon in Gemini” (Drag City)
3. Them Speaking Canaries – “Summer Band” b/w “He Did Send In The Army” (Chunklet / Third Uncle)
4. Lonely Wholesome – “Savage, Lovely, Lonely” (Bad Actors)
5. S.L.I.P. – “Mental Abuse” b/w “Stick It” (Mind Cure / BHF Records)
6. Rixe – “Les Nerfs A Vif” (La Vida Es Un Mus Discos)
7. Watery Love – “Ned’s Dreamcatcher” b/w “Meg’s Dreamcatcher” (Richie Records)
8. Mordecai – “Want To Be” b/w “Pictures of Her W/Them” (Richie Records)
9. Good Throb – S/T 7” (La Vida Es Un Mus Discos)
10. Triage – “Power Beat” (Larry Tony Produzioni)
11. C.C.T.V. – S/T (Lumpy Records)
12. Warthog – S/T EP (Beach Impediment)
13. Kaleidoscope – “Vol. 2, No. 1” (Katorga Works)
14. In School – “Cement Fucker” (Thrilling Living Records)
15. Cut Worms – “Don’t Want To Say Good-bye” b/w “Like Going Down Sideways” (Randy Records)

Reissues

1. Träd Gräs Och Stenar – Box (Anthology)
2. Mike Rep & The Quotas – “Hellbender” (Hozac)
3. Angry Angles – S/T (Goner)
4. Lord High Fixers – “the beginning of the end…the end of the beginning” (Omentum Records)
5. Simply Saucer – “Saucerland” (Logan Hardware)
6. Halo of Flies – “Music For Insect Minds” (Amphetamine Reptile Records)
7. The Clean – “Getaway” (Merge)
8. Terminals – “Uncoffined” (Hozac)
9. Dow Jones & the Industrials – “Can’t Stand The Midwest 1979-1981” & Mr. Science – “1978-1979” (Family Vineyard)
10. Renderers – “A Dream of the Sea” (Tinsel Ears)
11. Stickmen With Rayguns – “Property of Jesus Christ” & “1,000 Lives To Die” (12XU)
12. Builders – “Beatin Hearts” (Grapefruit Records)
13. Dancing Cigarettes – “Dance Dogs Dance” (Magnetic South)
14. Cannanes – “A Love Affair With Nature” (Chapter)
15. Pylon – “Live” (Chunklet)
16. Jack Rose (Three Lobed / VHF)
17. Ivy Green – S/T (Pseudonym)
18. Night Birds – “Who Killed Mike Hunchback” (Fat Wreck Chords)
19. Keiji Haino – “Milky Way” (Black Truffle)
20. La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela – The Theatre of Eternal Music – “Dream House – 78’17”” (Aguirre Records)
21. Mars – “Mars Archive Volume 2: 11000 Volts to Tunnel” (Negative Glam / Feeding Tube)
22. Green River – “1984 Demos” (Jackpot)
23. Mike & The Melvins – “Three Men and a Baby” (Sub Pop)
24. Various Artists – “I Don’t Care – Dutch Punk 1977-1983 – Volume 2” (Pseudonym)
25. Sonic Youth – “Spinhead Sessions 1986” (Goo)

Adam Luksetich (Numero Group)
Probably just me being out of touch, but 2016 SUCKED for new music. Anywhere, here’s some I (Adam Luksetich) enjoyed:

Deathspell Omega – The Synarchy Of Molten Bones
Darkthrone – Arctic Thunder
Jackie Lynn – S/T
Caretaker – Everywhere At The End Of Time
Bachelor In Paradise – Season 3 on ABC
Marissa Nadler – Strangers
Inquisition – Bloodshed Across The Empyrean Altar Beyond The Celestial Zenith
Shirley Collins – Lodestar
Blonde Redhead – Masculin Feminin (is this cheating?)

Most anticipated releases of 2017:
Matt and Adam’s Sick New Heavy Metal Band – Debut Demo Tape

Lincoln Hall/Schubas Music Dept.
Bayonne – Primitives
Beacon – Escapements
BJ Barham – Rockingham
Blood Orange – Freetown Sound
Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial
Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
Doug Tuttle – It Calls On Me
Ex-Cult – Negative Growth
Glyders – DIM
GoGo Penguin – Man Made Object
Imarhan – Imarhan
John Prine – For Better, Or Worse
Kikagaku Moyo – House In The Tall Grass
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity
Open Mike Eagle – Hella Personal Film Festival
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – High Visceral, Pt. 1
Pup – The Dream Is Over
Quilt – Plaza
Savages – Adore Life
Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
Thee Oh Sees – A Weird Exits
Tim Hecker – Love Streams
Weaves – Weaves

Kevin Stacy (Danny’s)
2016 was a great year for music.
here is a list of labels that i think did exceptional work this year.

TRU THOUGHTS
ZAM ZAM SOUNDS
INTERNATIONAL ANTHEM
GOLF CHANNEL RECORDINGS
LUAKA BOP
HOT CASA
BIG CROWN
SOUNDWAY RECORDS
MR. BONGO
FAR OUT RECORDINGS
SOUL JAZZ
KNITTING FACTORY RECORDS
ANALOG AFRICA

thanks for keeping the post-modern dancefloor moving!

records….
a few of these had a 2015 digital release but were not to be found in solid form at a record shop until 2016.

JEFF PARKER / THE NEW BREED
AFRICAINE 808 / BASAR
DAVID BOWIE / BLACKSTAR
VAUDOU GAME / KIDAYU
JIGMASTAS / RESURGENCE
CASSY / DONNA
LADY WRAY / QUEEN ALONE
GAL COSTA / GAL ESTRATOSFERICA
LA YEGROS / MAGNETISMO
RODRIGO CAMPOS / CONVERSAS COM TOSHIRO
THE SESHEN / FLAMES AND FIGURES
MONTEZUMAS RACHE & DOMINIK VON SENGER / EP
OLA FRESCA / ELIXIR
BLACKALICIOUS / IMANI, VOL. 1
COMETA / COMETA
FAR OUT MONSTER DISCO ORCHESTRA / STEP INTO MY LIFE 12”
SABRINA MALHEIROS / OPARA (ASHLEY BEEDLE’S AFRIKANZ ON MARS REMIX)
VARIOUS / REMIXED WITH LOVE BY JOEY NEGRO, VOL. TWO (both records)
TORTOISE / THE CATASTROPHIST
MAKAYA McCRAVEN / IN THE MOMENT
M.I.A. / AIM

Dean Whitmore (Sub Pop Records)
Special “Favorite Records of 2016 That Were Released Really Late 2015” section:

Richard Dawson – Nothing Important
Wolf Eyes – I Am a Problem: Mind in Pieces

Top 5 of 2016 (in no order after Heron Oblivion)

Heron Oblivion – I listened to this record 5 times in a row after my first listen. Beautiful & powerful, scrappy & assured. My favorite record of the year. There are obvious folk rock touchstones (Fairport, Pentangle) as well as echoes of previous bands the members have been in (Comets On Fire, Meg Baird, Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound). Punky jabs & Sonic Youth nods show up as well & manage to fit in seamlessly. Timeless record.

Dwarfs of East Agouza – Double LP from this trio from Cairo that features Alan Bishop & two Egyptian musicians. Repetitive jams w/ post punky bass lines, propulsive hand percussion, keys & guitar, heavy on the picking & light on the strum that can sound Arabic, African, atmospheric & rockin’. Groovy as hell. I do all four sides every time.

So Pitted – neo – Freak/art rock fueled by young adult despair/frustration/anger. Dirgy/sludgy riffs, throat shredding vocals. Arty & unpretentious. Made by kids weaned on Rage Against the Machine, Radiohead & 90’s radio hits? It’s not easy to understand how this comes of that for me… I hear Devo, Unwound, Karp, Nirvana etc.

Neutral – S/T – Cold, collage, art punk from Sweden. Songs center around a repetitive bass / keyboard / guitar line, tape hisses & warbles, spoken Swedish language female vocals deadpan, a taped conversation or found sound appears. Sinister & vulnerable, sometimes at the same time. At times this reminds me vaguely of Finnish “freak folk” bands of the oughts.

Karl Blau – Introducing.. – Covers of classic country tunes (many of which I must admit I didn’t know). Saw him play for 2 hrs at a bar in Anacortes over the summer & would’ve stayed for a third if he’d kept playing. I was only vaguely familiar w/ Karl before this which made me feel sorry that I missed a lot of opportunities to see him, buy his records & hear his great songs & wonderful voice.

Favorite Show of 2016
Senyawa – My girlfriend cried & screamed fuck yeah involuntarily, i stretched my eye sockets to keep from crying as well, forgetting there was anything else but this insane blend of modern, traditional, classical, punk, metal, noise music for awhile.

These Artists Released Records In 2016 That I Enjoyed A lot (In no order)

Hound Dog Taylors Hand, Uranium Club, Cate Le Bon, The Writhing Squares, Renderers, Nothing Band, Ryley Walker, Omni, Violence Creeps, Justin Gallego, Rafi Bookstaber, Male/Female, Spray Paint, Kikagaku Moyo, Spacin’, Private Room, Nathan Bowles, Oren Ambarchi, Primitive Parts, Goat, Trashies, Marisa Anderson, Roy Montgomery, Thee Oh Sees, Bad Breeding, Dead C, Mary Lattimore, Behavior, Vats, Colleen, the Baird Sisters, Lithics, Zig Zags, Rosalie, Stickers, EL-G, PJ Harvey, Ignatz, Lavender Flu, DoNormaal, Beret, Kane Strang, Gnod, VHS, Mothers, Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band, Fat White Family, Dræmhouse, Male Bonding and all the other ones I’ve forgotten..

So many great reissues. Too many to list. A record consumer’s dream / nightmare. Keep it coming I guess.

Taylor Townes (Merge Records)
most things about 2016 were terrible, but here’s ten good records:

Bitchin Bajas & Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties
Warehouse – super low
Psychic Temple – Plays Music for Airports
Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani – FRKWYS Vol. 13: Sunergy
Kikagaku Moyo – House in the Tall Grass
Heron Oblivion – Heron Oblivion
Mary Lattimore – At the Dam
David Bowie – Blackstar
Matthewdavid’s Mindflight – Trust the Glide and Guide

Audrey Ewell
(Filmmaker (Until The Light Takes Us, 99%) whose most recent film, Memory Box, her last with filmmaking and life partner Aaron Aites before his death in April, can be seen here: https://vimeo.com/183213801)

Top 22 picks masquerading (poorly) as a top ten list.

Upper echelons in no particular order:

Thee Oh Sees – A Weird Exits – This album is dedicated to Iran singer/songwriter and Until The Light Takes us co-director Aaron Aites, my beautiful and talented and now dead life and film partner.

Skepta – Konnichiwa – It’s an obvious pick if you’re into grime and I don’t think I can add anything to what’s already been written about Skepta or this album.

Mizmor – Yodh – For those times when you just need a good bleak pummeling.

Darkthrone – Arctic Thunder – I love these guys as people and musicians and this album takes me back a bit to their black metal… well I can’t say roots, as they started as death metal, but it harkens back to an earlier sound (leaving the crust punk by the side) and fuck it, it might be a nostalgia pick, but It’s fun and I like it. And if you’ve never seen lyricist and drummer Fenriz say “fun” with a heavy emphasis on sarcastic air quotes, you’re missing out.

Swans – The Glowing Man – Hi, it’s the Swans.

Isa – Эхо [Echo] – A guilty pleasure? Maybe. But I like that this Russian band is embracing a kind of spiritual seeking. Better than Stryper.

Clint Mansell – High-Rise OST – In a year that Mansell gave us this soundtrack, the Mondo re-release of The Fountain OST on vinyl, plus his score for Black Mirror’s “San Junipero” episode, choosing this of the three is a matter of personal taste. It stood out for me as the most pleasurably pagan-tinged and dreamlike aspect of High-Rise, while also fully serving the film.

GAIKA – Spaghetto – Really interesting EP with a mix of grime and dancehall and industrial. It’s layered and unfolds in interesting ways, rewarding repeat listens. The album is accompanied by an intriguing short film (commissioned by Warp) Another Hole in Babylon, which features an ominous knight and calls into question, for me at least, the notion of the “white knight.” When the helmet comes off, this knight is in fact, black. This EP would have made my top ten were it not for the video for “Glad We Found It” which features superficial, dated, fetishized, otherized, and objectified images of women as water-nymphs/sirens and it was just such a turn-off. That’s too bad, because I suspect he’s smart enough to know better, and to do better.

Roly Porter – Third Law – I had the pleasure of talking with Porter, a genuinely nice, down to earth guy, after his set at Unsound Festival’s insane Toronto installation. This took place at The Hearn, an abandoned power plant. It was the perfect setting for his space-vibed music (and also wouldn’t be out of place as a location for a new Alien or Prometheus film): epic, cavernous, dark, and a little otherworldly, like this album.

Top Ten:

10. Nick Cave – The Skeleton Tree – Heartbreak in a bottle. I relate.

9. Marissa Nadler – Strangers – She kept playing shows in NY and I kept going and crying. It was awkward. But you can’t let things like crying profusely in public stop you from doing what you want.

8. David Bowie – Blackstar – His life/art was the gift we’ll probably never be good enough to deserve.

7. Wrekmeister Harmonies – Light Falls – It makes me glad that people are finally catching onto them. They played my #2 live show of the year. Also I love the shirt I picked up there, plus, super conveniently, they also sold me coffee, which I was almost out of.

6. The Body – No One Deserves Happiness – I thought this album was just good until I couldn’t stop listening to Prescience over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. It inspired me to write a new opening for my script and you know what? It’s a better scene. Thanks The Body.

5. Caretaker – Everywhere at the End of Time – The first of the 6-album demise of the musical project as it slides into dementia. It’s the beginning of a journey into annihilation of self, memory, meaning. I’m just totally onboard for that.
4. Tim Hecker – Love Streams – He’s a cerebral dude. It takes a few listens. It’s super worth it.

3. Demdike Stare – Wonderland – It’s a soundtrack for end days (so, right now!), but that doesn’t mean we can’t dance while we’re disintegrating. Or at least take a few breaks from staring at each other in horror, to shuffle about a bit. So good.

2. Oranssi Pazuzu – Värähtelijä – Do you like metal? If so, you already know and love this album. But is it black metal? It wouldn’t exist without that lineage. But it’s equally inflected with Kraut and prog and stoner. I haven’t been this excited about modern black-ish metal since Aluk Todolo. If for some reason (some stupid reason) metal isn’t your thing, you could do worse than trying out this album just to mix it up a little.

Also #2. (Could not decide! Love them both!): Aluk Todolo – Voix – I love me the krautblack metal.

1. Jenny Hval – Blood Bitch – It’s just a super exciting, kinetic, record, both cerebral and visceral, and the first of hers that has connected with me on all cylinders. It keeps pulling back to it with its mixture of restraint and urgency, and I’m greedy for more.

Special Mention: Best Live Show of the Year: Inga Copeland at Trans Pecos, September 2016, New York City. I loved Hype Williams but I love her solo work more. Her ever-growing collection of EPs and albums are always amazing, and I can’t wait for the next studio release.

One for good luck:
James Holden, Camilo Tirado, and Luke Abbott – Outdoor Museum of Fractals / 555Hz – James Holden released my favorite record of 2013, The Inheritors. This isn’t mining the same gorgeously fractured future cityscape of cracked loss and corroded foundations tumbling into pure forgotten oceans of neglect, but is instead a sweet homage to composer Terry Riley.

OK, two for good luck (Sorry, I need it.)
Julien Marchal – Insight II – I didn’t have any reason to think I would be into this modern classical pianist’s album, as he was until recently completely unknown to me, but wow. I love the thrill of a new find.

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