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Here are our Reckless Records staff Best of 2023 lists, as always with some help from friends of the store. A lot of incredible Chicago music is represented here, and many things you won't see elsewhere. We hope these lists inspire you to check out something that may have gone under your radar in 2023.

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Here is the list of RSD Black Friday records still in stock at the shops.

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Currently our inventory is only for sale in our shops. You can be sure that we will let you know if and when online sales return!

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CIVEROUS
MAZE ENVY ("GRIMACE" PURPLE VINYL)
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20 Buck Spin
The Los Angeles death metal unit CIVEROUS returns in 2024 with "Maze Envy." The album begins with a screeching Bernard Herrmann esque string passage & quickly devolves into cavernous, doom-laden death metal. There are technical elements that will appeal to fans of BLOOD INCANTATION & some clean guitar passages that remind us of DREAM UNENDING. Overall pretty cool stuff here.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $24.99
LENKER, ADRIANNE
BRIGHT FUTURE (RECYCLED VINYL) (INDIE EXCLUSIVE EDITION)
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4AD
Following BIG THIEF's sprawling double-LP opus "Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You", singer ADRIANNE LENKER simplifies with this solo full-length. Just in the same way as her "Songs" & "Instrumentals" release in 2020, LENKER recorded these songs directly to tape, mostly with guitar, piano and violin, giving "Bright Future" the feeling of an impromptu home session done by musicians who have lived long enough in these songs to play them loosely. LENKER's writing evokes both sunlit Americana and airy, dreamlike psych-folk, all rooted in her skills for intuitive melody and poignant couplet lyricism. HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Available at: All Stores
New LP $24.99
MAJESTY CRUSH
BUTTERFLIES DON'T GO AWAY (2LP) :("GHOST OF FUN" MILKY CLEAR VINYL)
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Numero Group
Numero turns their attention to the 90s Detroit shoegaze/dream pop band MAJESTY CRUSH. The band was popular in their hometown but for some reason they never really took off other places. If you're a fan of 90s stuff like early RIDE, SWERVEDRIVER & CATHERINE WHEEL you should check this stuff out. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Belmont and Loop
New LP $28.99
COLTRANE, ALICE
CARNEGIE HALL CONCERT (2LP, REISSUE)
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Impulse
Wow! This multitrack recording of a 1971 concert at Carnegie Hall was originally planned as an Impulse release but never came out for reasons unknown. This fantastic sounding recording features an absolutely bonkers group of superstars including Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, Jimmy Garrison, Cecil McBee, Ed Blackwell, Tulsi & Kumar Kramer. A true holy grail for Alice Coltrane fans. RECOMMENDED OF COURSE!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $40.99
GORDON, KIM
COLLECTIVE
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Matador
'The Collective' is another excellent addition to KIM GORDON's post- SONIC YOUTH catalog, signaling a bold reinvention of her sound in her 4th decade in music. It's a Blistering set of molten soundscapes crafted from SoundCloud trap beats, blown-out bass, immersive waves of distortion, and Kim's iconic NYC drawl - imagine a classic Youth jam like "Kool Thing" if it were dipped in lava, fossilized and then Electrified by lightning. There are nods to her heroes in SUICIDE & THROBBING GRISTLE, old peers ROYAL TRUX & MBV, artists like M.I.A. & SLEIGH BELLS who were inspired by SY, and some genuinely leftfield influences like DEATH GRIPS, CHARLI XCX and even PLAYBOI CARTI, if you can Believe it. This is Yet again a truly Essential release from one of the coolest to ever do it. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Available at: Loop
New LP $22.99
DROP NINETEENS
DELAWARE (IMP, 180GRM REISSU)
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Music On Vinyl
The early 90s Boston band DROP NINETEENS isn't one of the bands we would have expected to reform & have success during the recent shoegaze revival but we're not disappointed about it. Similar to another Boston band at the time, THE SWIRLIES, DROP NINETEENS took the 90s Brit Pop shoegaze sound of bands like SLOWDIVE, MY BLOODY VALENTINE & CATHERINE WHEEL & added their own twist to it. Their debut album has been impossible to find for years & we're really excited to be able to carry it once again. RECOMMENDED!
Available at: Loop
New LP $33.99
GOLLER, RUTH
SKYLLUMINA
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International Anthem
London based composer & bassist RUTH GOLLER has worked a lot with Int'l Anthem mainstays ALABASTER DePLUME and BEX BURCH, and her solo work embraces the open improvization of her comrades with ethereal pop vocals that remind us a bit of ANA ROXANNE. Features support from BURCH and THE SMILE's Tom Skinner. RECOMMENDED!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $23.99
WOODS, JAMILA
WATER MADE US ("ARCTIC SWIRL" VINYL) (SIGNED COPIES!)
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Jagjaguwar
JAMILA WOODS follows up her brilliant, defiant, and explicitly political 2019 album 'LEGACY! LEGACY!' with this more personal & reflective work in the wake of the collective turmoil we've experienced over the past few years. 'Water Made Us' is a journey through love, heartbreak, and relationships formed & lost not just with others but with the self. Jamila's sense of exploration in her lyricism extends to the music as well, ceding space in her neo-soul tapestry for folk songs, more spoken word interludes, and some buzzy electro pop tracks. Guests include SABA and GIA MARGARET. You know what it is, Chicago. RECOMMENDED! JAMILA was kind enough to sign some LPs for us before her local stop at the Vic Theatre. These are limited edition & available in the stores only!!!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $24.99
HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF
PAST IS STILL ALIVE (ORANGE VINYL)
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Nonesuch
After some thrilling detours into other genres on the defiantly radical 'Life on Earth,' Alynda Segarra returns to their vintage roots-rock sound for this latest entry under the HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF banner. Alynda sounds laser-focused after a few years in the wilderness, their voice clear as a bell over chiming guitars & crisp drums. This is powerful folk music of the first order, informed by struggle & pulsing with life. Deftly produced by Brad Cook (WAXAHATCHEE, BON IVER) and featuring CONOR OBERST, MEG DUFFY, ANJIMILE and SG GOODMAN. HIGHLY REC'D!!!
Available at: Belmont and Loop
New LP $23.99
GHOST BLOOD
ESPER HOUSE (CD-R)
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Self
Reckless legend and vaporwave savant Kyle Freeze takes a break from internet music to bring us his latest project GHOST BLOOD. Heavily inspired by the work of Ichiro Agata (MELT-BANANA), "Esper House" shows Kyle exploring explosive sounds over frenetic drums. "The energy of these tracks are crazy, like a runaway train that's barely staying locked onto the tracks." - SPENCER YOUNG
Available at: All Stores
New CD $9.99