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We are needing to suspend ordering on the website for a little while. We are very sorry about it. We will probably be able to at least get the local pickup ordering back up and running pretty quickly but it might be a little longer for the mail order service. Life, work, and commerce are complicated these days and we will be working to restore activity as soon as we possibly can. Thanks for your patience and support.

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GUNN, STEVE
Other You (2lp)
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Matador
Guitar wizard STEVE GUNN has certainly dabbled in a bit of singing, and on "Other You" he brings us an extended collection of acoustic songs and sketches as gorgeous as they are low key. Drawing from late 70s & early 80s English folk-rock a la MICHAEL CHAPMAN and JOHN MARTYN, as well as some ALICE COLTRANE spiritual jazz arrangement (replace COLTRANE with MARY LATTIMORE on harp on here), GUNN thrives on airy rhythms and dreamlike textures for this gloriously leisurely sixth album. On Matador & RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Belmont and Loop
New LP $26.99
MIDWIFE
Luminol
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Flenser
Denver's Madeline Johnston returns with a new album under the MIDWIFE name. Her 2020 album "Forever" was a favorite or ours during the early days of the pandemic in 2020 & it's sad that we're getting to 2nd pandemic albums by artists now. Like "Forever", "Luminol" is slowed-down take on shoegaze, or slow core for you 90s fans. Great guitar sounds & dreamy vocals that will appeal to fans of JESUS & MARY CHAIN, JESU, CODEINE etc...RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Belmont
New LP $18.99
BEACH BOYS
Feel Flows (2lp) Sunflower & Surf's Up Sessions '69- '71
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Capitol
A serious deep dive into the fertile late 60s/early 70s era of THE BEACH BOYS that resulted in the classic albums Sunflower & Surfs Up. The groups popularity was on the wane at the time & Brian Wilson was entrenched in his legendary dark period. The other members brought in their songs & combined with some Brian classics they made some of their finest recordings. Sunflower is a warm & sunny soft pop album & Surfs Up is a darker, more introspective album & theyve both aged incredibly well. The albums are remastered & sound fantastic, there are alternate versions, unreleased songs & more. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Milwaukee Ave and Loop
New LP $24.99
CHUA, LUCINDA
Antidotes
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4AD
This release from singer & cellist LUCINDA CHUA (best known for her Kranky Records project FELIX) combines 2019's "Antidotes 1" EP with a new follow-up, using placid ambient pads, gently impressionistic vocals and an orchestral sense of dynamic swell to portray her re-emergent sense of identity and self (both in terms of her musical self and her Chinese heritage) that followed a period of nine months when she was neither composing or even listening to music. In tandem, both EPs paint a gently evocative picture of an artist and her processes of self-expression. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $18.99
ARTHHUR
Occult Fractures
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Back to the Light
Chicago polymaths ARTHHUR follow up their superb 2018 LP "Lost in the Walled City" with an even grander and more ambitious project: expanding on the wild, furious disco-punk of its predecessor by drawing influences from lean motorik krautrock, lush Philly soul and the caged, darkened post-punk reverberations of early 80s Martin Hannett production at Factory Records, while maintaining their liberatory political edge in a world that's increasingly hostile to liberation. For fans of GOLDEN TEACHER, FACTORY FLOOR and GRAMME, This one is an absolute heater! RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Loop
New CD $9.99
HARVEY, PJ
White Chalk - Demos
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Island
The PJ Harvey reissue campaign continues with her 2007 dark horse album White Chalk. Polly Jean took it upon herself to learn how to play piano & in the process this dark & moody album was born & its one of our favorites. Her piano playing is somewhat rudimentary but it works for this songs that have lyrical themes about childhood & her late grandmother. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $22.99
JOY, MIA
Spirit Tamer (ltd. Pink Vinyl)
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Firetalk
Chicago's MIA JOY debuts with a soulful, soft-focus collection of music that draws influence disparately from "World of Echo"-era ARTHUR RUSSELL, quiet storm soul in the SADE mold, and ethereal dream pop like COCTEAU TWINS and THIS MORTAL COIL, all while staying thematically centered in the realm of the metaphysical and spiritual. The result is a heady, "nighttime" sort of avant-pop record that absolutely comes RECOMMENDED!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $18.99
JENCIK, MATT
Weird Times
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Gilead Media
An icy terrain begins to form on this record. A place where large, shifting landmasses inch towards one another & drift apart. "Weird Times" is the solo debut by Chicagoan Matt Jencik who has performed with bands like IMPLODES, DON CABALLERO, SLINT, & CIRCUIT DES YEUX to name a few. Created with a sampling keyboard (Casio SK-5) and a laptop, "Weird Times" feels like a soundtrack for our uncertain days. Influences for the record refreshingly vary from minimalist composer Philip Glass to writers H.P. Lovecraft & Lovecraft devotee Laird Barron. Tracks like "Northland" & "Cosmic Horror" harp on Jencik's interests in shoegaze & feel like blackened and deconstructed SLOWDIVE instrumentals. If you enjoy horror movie soundtracks, contemporary classical music, or drone, atmospheric compositions "Weird Times" is the perfect cross-section of each.
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New Cassette $6.99
SEEFEEL
Succour (redux) (3lp, Expanded Edition)
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Warp
This expanded 3LP (!) edition of the first SEEFEEL album put out on Warp explores the sounds of these IDM pioneers as they straddled the line between post-rock and ambient dub. Available again for the first time since its 90s release. ESSENTIAL!
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $29.99
SEEFEEL
St / Fr / Sp (2lp) Starethrough + Fracture/tied + Spangle
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Warp
Much needed Warp reissue of two SEEFEEL EPs from the mid-90s, "Starethrough" and "Fracture/Tied", plus a pair of rare remixes, AUTECHRE's remix of "Spangle" & the previously unreleased "Starethrough (Transition mix)". ESSENTIAL!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $24.99
SEEFEEL
(ch- Vox) (redux) (2lp, Expanded Edition)
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Warp
The third album from IDM pioneers SEEFEEL was released originally in 1996 on Richard D. James' Rephlex label. This Warp reissue adds an extra LP of bonus material, expanding greatly from the original 33min run time. ESSENTIAL!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $24.99
SAULT
Sault 5 (imp) 5'
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Forever Living Origi
FINALLY! We've been trying to stock these records for MONTHS & they're finally here! SAULT is a mysterious group from the UK though through some digging there are theories that artists like producer Inflo, singer Cleo Sol & possibly even Chicago's Kid Sister are involved. This music is a mix of funk, minimalist post-punk similar to ESG, a similar post-modernism to another Reckless favorite GOAT, CAN drummer Jaki Liebezeit's motorik beats & more. This checks so many boxes for us & we're very stoked to have these! RECOMMENDED.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $31.99
SAULT
Sault 7 (imp) 7'
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Forever Living Origi
FINALLY! We've been trying to stock these records for MONTHS & they're finally here! SAULT is a mysterious group from the UK though through some digging there are theories that artists like producer Inflo, singer Cleo Sol & possibly even Chicago's Kid Sister are involved. This music is a mix of funk, minimalist post-punk similar to ESG, a similar post-modernism to another Reckless favorite GOAT, CAN drummer Jaki Liebezeit's motorik beats & more. This checks so many boxes for us & we're very stoked to have these! RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $34.99
SAULT
Untitled (rise) Rise (imp, 2lp)
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Forever Living Origi
FINALLY! We've been trying to stock these records for MONTHS & they're finally here! SAULT is a mysterious group from the UK though through some digging there are theories that artists like producer Inflo, singer Cleo Sol & possibly even Chicago's Kid Sister are involved. This music is a mix of funk, minimalist post-punk similar to ESG, a similar post-modernism to another Reckless favorite GOAT, CAN drummer Jaki Liebezeit's motorik beats, dub, minimalist electronic pop ala MIA, SOLANGE & more. This checks so many boxes for us & we're stoked to carry it! RECOMMENDED.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $45.99
SAULT
Untitled (black Is) Black Is (imp 2lp)
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Forever Living Origi
FINALLY! We've been trying to stock these records for MONTHS & they're finally here! SAULT is a mysterious group from the UK though through some digging there are theories that artists like producer Inflo, singer Cleo Sol & possibly even Chicago's Kid Sister are involved. This music is a mix of funk, minimalist post-punk similar to ESG, a similar post-modernism to another Reckless favorite GOAT, CAN drummer Jaki Liebezeit's motorik beats, dub, minimalist electronic pop ala MIA, SOLANGE & more. This checks so many boxes for us & we're stoked to carry it! RECOMMENDED.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $45.99
NATURAL INFORMATION SOCIETY
Descension (out Of Our Constrictions) :w/ Evan Parker
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Eremite
Long-form live improvisation from Joshua Abrams' ensemble Natural Information Society. Incorporating the free spirit of Evan Parker's saxophone for the second time around. The compositions were created with Parker in mind and the group make a vast range of musical references. Minimal, driving, explosive even at times. Another great work from Chicago's underground jazz explorers. RECOMMENDED!
Available at: Loop
New LP $38.99
DISAPPEARS/ STEVE SHELLEY/ WHITE/LIGHT
Disappears + Steve Shelley + White/light (2lp, 45rpm)
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Vampire Blues
Limited edition 2LP/45RPM release of these epic collab jams from 2009 featuring the first line-up of DISAPPEARS, SONIC YOUTH drummer Steve Shelley & SONIC YOUTH sound man Jeremy Lemos' WHITE/LIGHT band that also featured PINEBENDER guitarist Matt Clark. This is very much like DISAPPEARS but more "out" with heavy grooves. Comes in a bootleg style sleeve. We're the only store in town that has these so get em here! RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $29.99
MADLIB
Sound Ancestors Arranged By Kieran Hebden
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Madlib
"Sound Ancestors" has been out in the world streaming for a few months now & we're very excited to be able to finally stock these in the racks. This isn't the first collaboration between MADLIB & Kieran Hebden aka FOUR TET but it's certainly the most fully realized one. Hebden acts more as an arranger or editor for MADLIB's beats & samples. The album has a great flow & bounces from psych-rock breaks to soulful vocal passages, a decent variety of guitar samples, some jazzy excursions all combined with MADLIB's insane knack for digging out the coolest beats. Hebden's thoughtful arranging gives everything enough room to breathe & it really grows on you with repeat listens. AN INSTANT CLASSIC!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $25.99
GENEVA JACUZZI
Lamaze
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Mexican Summer
Geneva Jacuzzi is a L.A. based musician & performance artist & "Lamaze" is a collection of recordings from the early/mid 2000s reissued again by Mexican Summer. Hints of 80s dance, new wave & early hip-hop production with great analogue sounds that will appeal to fans of minimal wave, vaporwave, Italo disco & artists like Saada Bonaire, Patrick Cowley, Nina Hagen etc...RECOMMENDED!
Available at: Milwaukee Ave
New LP $18.99
YOUNG, NEIL & CRAZY HORSE
Way Down In The Rust Bucket (4lp Box Set)
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Reprise
2021 is set to be possibly the biggest year yet for Neil's archive releases. We know of at least 3 that are coming & there are likely more. This 4LP set features the earliest live recordings of the "Ragged Glory" tunes in front of an intimate crowd in 1990. The recordings are raw & excellent sounding. RECOMMENDED!
Available at: Milwaukee Ave and Loop
New LP $69.99
WILLIAMS, YASMIN
Urban Driftwood
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Spinster
Yasmin Williams is a 24 year old guitarist from Virginia. She uses a unique playing style with the acoustic guitar horizontal on her lap, tapping the fret board with her left hand & either plucking the strings with her right hand or sometimes a kalimba. Drawing inspiration from everything from Hendrix, the music of West African griots, NIRVANA & legendary black guitarists such as Elizabeth Cotten & Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Williams' playing sounds more like 80s & early 90s Windham Hill legend Michael Hedges than a lot of people might want to admit & there are even melodic similarities to some complex emo guitarists such as JOAN OF ARC/GHOSTS & VODKA phenom Victor Villareal. We're not sure why but this record couldn't come at a better time while we're snowed in with frigid temps in a pandemic in early 2021. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $22.99
TRIBULATION
Where The Gloom Becomes Sound (bone White/black Melt Vinyl)
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Metal Blade
The great Swedish goth metallers TRIBULATION are back with their 5th album & shockingly, the final album with main songwriter Jonathan Hulten who amicably left the group after finishing the record. Similar to their last few albums, this one owes as much to goth & death rock as it does to their early metal sound. Great songs & dark vibes that will appeal to their fans, stuff like SISTERS OF MERCY, CHRISTIAN DEATH & the classic Swedish sound. RECOMMENDED
Available at: Belmont
New LP $26.99
BODY
I've Seen All I Need To See
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Thrill Jockey
Big time return for this Portland duo. THE BODY departs a bit from the power electronics of their more recent albums, zeroing in on a live presence based around Lee Buford's pummeling drums and Chip King's thunderingly resonant guitar sheets of noise. Amazingly, this is one of the heaviest records in their catalogue; but more importantly that heaviness provides space to explore subtleties in the vicious crackling distortion. An absolute mind-melter! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Available at: Belmont
New LP $20.99
FEMINAZGUL
No Dawn For Men (color Vinyl)
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Tridroid
Not only is FEMINAZGUL one of the best band names we've heard about in a while, but this Asheville metal band has made one of the most interesting metal albums of 2020. The album opens with an accordion dirge that devolves into a melodic drone with raspy vocals. As the album proceeds that group continues to surprise with interesting arrangements & new sounds for modern metal. BOTANIST comes to mind because of the odd instrumentation as well as WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM & there are some nods at drone like "Forgiver, I Am Not Yours" which would fit on a HORSEBACK record. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $21.99
HERON
Heron (imp, Reissue)
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Trading Places
HERON was a group of British hippies that signed a deal with Dawn Records (COMUS, TRADER HORNE etc...) in the late 60's & went into the studio to record a single. The group hated the session so they opted to record their album in nature's studio, a grassy field. Their debut might seem a little corny in concept but it's a beautiful album full of simple songs with incredible harmonies. Imagine SIMON & GARFUNKEL if they weren't so square (no diss on S&G we luv em!) or PENTANGLE if they were more into the flower power thing. This is an amazing collection that will appeal to any fan of 60's British folk or fans of Devendra Banhart, Vashti Bunyan, etc...AMAZING stuff.
Available at: Belmont
New LP $19.99