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HERNDON, HOLLY
Proto
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4AD
"Proto" is Berlin-based composer HOLLY HERNDON's most adventurous release to date. The album's centerpiece is her treating of vocal samples through voice processors, creating a swirling chorus that seems both synthetic & humanistic. The result might be described as "cyborg folk music" - compositionally, it borrows elements of Bela Bartok or Aaron Copland (particularly on the track "Frontier"), but the vocal timbre and cadence has just a hint of artificial sentience. The most notable piece of the vocal ensemble is "Spawn", an AI designed to process audio from the music "she" hears, and to use information to improvise and create vocal lines. "Her" contributions are heard throughout the record, mixing the computer voice to Herndon and her human associates. The product of this odd collaboration is a spontaneous expression that's at once accessible and other-worldly. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
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New LP $18.99

LOCKS, DAMON & BLACK MONUMENT ENSEMBLE
Where Future Unfolds
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International Anthem
Chicago's improvisational jazz scene has flourished in the last few years - in large part due to its advocacy on Int'l Anthem, a Chicago-based label responsible for carrying the scene's prominent releases and giving them a wider exposure outside of the city. As improvisation, performance is perhaps THE central element to this music. Artists such as MAKAYA McCRAVEN, JAIMIE BRANCH, and IRREVERSIBLE ENTANGLEMENTS rely on the energy of the stage and the symbiotic relationship between the performer and audience to create their albums. This has never more clear than here, on DAMON LOCKS' project "Where Future Unfolds". Starting as a sound collage with Civil Rights Era speeches and a drum machine, it has expanded to include the BLACK MONUMENT ENSEMBLE of musicians, choir singers and dancers, all in expression of the struggle for racial and class empowerment, all unified by time. Recorded at Garfield Park Conservatory during their debut performance, "Where Future Unfolds" is soul-jazz theater. It's dizzying, free and yet tied seamlessly together by its central theme. CANNOT BE MORE RECOMMENDED!!!
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New LP $21.99

BLACK MIDI
Schlagenheim
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Rough Trade
BLACK MIDI's 'Schlagenheim' is chaotic, spazzy and thought-provoking in a way that sounds like HENRY COW-meets-MELT BANANA-meets-THIS HEAT. These young lads have managed to create a charismatic album that makes one wonder what makes them tick. May appeal to fans of mid-to-late '90s noise rock. EXCELLENT!
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New LP $18.99

EQUIP
Cursebreaker Zero Act 1 Cemetery Moonglow
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100% Electronica
Never one to do the same thing twice, Equip ushers in a new era of original vaporwave. After I Dreamed of a Palace In The Sky's gauzy new age and last years tribute to 16 bit RPGS OSTs, Synthetic Core 88, comes a new adventure, "CURSEBREAKER X". CURSEBREAKER ZERO is a series of three singles leading up to the album, featuring self-sampling eccojams as vinyl exclusive b-sides. The first "CEMETARY MOONGLOW (in the cold air of the night)" mixes the gothic synthpop stylings of 80's 4AD with the atmosphere of a Castlevania game. Catchy SNES-era leads weave between waves of dreamy chorused out guitar wash amongst a slushy backbeat.
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New 45 $15.99

LIVANSKIY, KEDR
Your Need (ltd. Yellow Vinyl)
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2MR
We're big fans of the Moscow based DJ & electronic musician Kedr Livanskiy & this is her second full length. With help from the Russian producer Flaty, Livanskiy has expanded & cleaned up her sound. Her previous releases were pretty lo-fi & that quality almost defined her sound but it's cool to hear that she can still make interesting songs when everything is crisp & clear. Like her other records, Livanskiy sings in Russian so there's still a little mystery for us. With hints of BJORK's early productions & 2MR label mate & former Chicagoan & friend of the store GEL SET, Kedr Livanskiy is making some of our favorite pop-leaning dance music right now. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Belmont
New LP $18.99

AMESOEURS
Ruines Humaines (imp, 12" Reissue) (silver Vinyl, Ltd. Ed.)
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Northern Silence
Here it is, the 2006 EP by the French band AMESOEURS, a French band led by Neige who would later go on to form the massively popular black metal/ shoegaze crossover group ALCEST. This EP caused quite a stir when it was originally released & since then it's become an underground classic. Back then, there weren't many bands attempting the delicate balance between black metal & shoegaze or post rock & now there are literally hundreds of bands doing this most notably DEAFHEAVEN. AMESOEURS combined elements of black metal (blast beats, harsh singing) with melodic post-rock bordering on Slumberland-esque indie rock, goth & shoegaze. They released an album a few years later but nothing on that really touches these three amazing songs. The original vinyl release was on 10" & it's now been expanded to a 12" release. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Belmont and Loop
New LP $20.99

NASHEIM
Jord Och Aska (imp, Color Vinyl) (w/ Poster)
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Northern Silence
Excellent 2018 album by Erik Grahn aka NASHEIM from Sweden. We've really dug everything this guy has released so far & he's making some of the best atmospheric/melodic black metal around these days. The album has some pretty parts including a nice interlude with cello that would fit on almost any GODSPEED! or SILVER MT. ZION record but the powerful & melodic black metal is where it's at with NASHEIM. Fans of WOODS OF DESOLATION, DRUDKH & WINTERFYLLETH will appreciate this. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Milwaukee Ave
New LP $26.99

BLACK MOUNTAIN
Destroyer (limited Edition White Vinyl)
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Jagjaguwar
We're not sure if the title "Destroyer" is an intentional nod at KISS or not but the killer riff on the opening track of BLACK MOUNTAIN's 2019 album certainly makes us think so. These hard rockin' Canadians have been stirring up riffs in their psychedelic/stoner cauldron for many years now & they're not slowing down at all. There seems to be more of a NWOBHM influence than we remember on past album & it works incredibly well. GREAT STUFF!
Available at: Milwaukee Ave and Loop
New LP $17.99

BIG THIEF
U.f.o.f. (ltd, Orange Vinyl)
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4AD
Adrianne Lenker & BIG THIEF make their 4AD debut with U.F.O.F. Some albums just don't feel forced & have their own natural authentic flow & that's definitely the case here. Similar to the folk revival of the early 2000s led by artists like Devendra Banhart, ESPERS & Joanna Newsom, BIG THIEF have managed to channel late 60s British folk ala FAIRPORT CONVENTION without sounding like throwbacks. Singer Adrianne Lenker has a whispery singing style that reminds us of Meg Baird a little & the songs all have a pretty loose & jammy feel to them. No doubt this will be on many 2019 year end lists. RECOMMENDED!
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New LP $18.99

APOCALYPSE HOBOKEN
Everybody's Been Burned (purple Vinyl) (reckless Exclusive Color, Ltd 100)
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Underground Communiq
RECKLESS-EXCLUSIVE PURPLE VINYL EDITION of this brand new collection of APOCALYPSE HOBOKEN songs from demos, splits, comps, etc which have all been remastered & sound amazing. APOCALYPSE HOBOKEN were/are (they've played shows here & there since they broke up in 1999 after the release of "Microstars") one of the most powerful & unique punk rock bands to ever emerge from Chicago. You know it's HOBOKEN as soon as you hear 'em with their angular & aggressive style capped by TODD POT's great lyrics & delivery. Truly one-of-a-kind & limited to 100 copies on PURPLE VINYL. *** FYI there is a naked man on the back cover.***
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New LP $14.99

THIS HEAT
Repeat / Metal (remastered) (reckless Color Vinyl Exclusive)
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Modern Classics
The Modern Classics label (via Light in the Attic) celebrates the 40th anniversary of the first ever gig by the legendary experimental rock group of London known as THIS HEAT with three new reissues."Repeat/ Metal" was recorded in 1979-80 & was intended as their third proper album but it wasn't officially released until 1993. These are the most experimental recordings by the group with two side long tracks of tape loops & studio experiments that still sound incredibly modern & unique 40 years later. We are honored to present our own limited Reckless Records vinyl color of 100 copies of each of these essential remasters. This pressing is only available in our physical shops & web store & was also for sale at the 2018 Pitchfork Music Festival. RECOMMENDED OF COURSE.
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New LP $23.99

THIS HEAT
Live 80- 81 (reckless Color Vinyl Exclusive)
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Modern Classics
The Modern Classics label (via Light in the Attic) celebrates the 40th anniversary of the first ever gig by the legendary experimental rock group of London known as THIS HEAT with three new reissues. "Live 80-81" was compiled by guitarist Charles Bullen & drummer Charles Hayward & features lo-fi cassette recordings from various shows across Europe recorded in 1980 & 1981. As you can imagine with early 80's boombox recordings, the sound can be rough at times but the performances are incredible & prove that they were a formidable live band at their peak. We are honored to present our own limited Reckless Records vinyl color of 100 copies of each of these essential reissues. This pressing is only available in our physical shops & web store & was also for sale at the 2018 Pitchfork Music Festival. RECOMMENDED OF COURSE.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $23.99

THIS HEAT
Made Available (remastered) (reckless Color Vinyl Exclusive)
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Modern Classics
The Modern Classics label (via Light in the Attic) celebrates the 40th anniversary of the first ever gig by the legendary experimental rock group of London known as THIS HEAT with three new reissues. These Peel Sessions were recorded for the legendary DJ's BBC Radio 1 show & were the first proper recordings that people ever heard by the group. Songs from their first two albums are featured here along with some tape experiments unique to this release. These recordings were first officially released in the late 90's & this is the first re-release on vinyl since then featuring newly remastered sound. We are honored to present our own limited Reckless Records vinyl color of 100 copies of each of these essential remasters. This pressing is only available in our physical shops & web store & was also for sale at the 2018 Pitchfork Music Festival. RECOMMENDED OF COURSE.
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New LP $23.99

HECKER, TIM
Konoyo (2lp)
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Kranky
Tim Hecker returns to Kranky with his 2018 album "Konoyo." Over the course of his last few albums, Hecker has used recordings of a variety of ensembles for his source recordings for his intense, icy & stream of consciousness ambient/drone music. For this one, Hecker traveled to Tokyo to record Tokyo Gakuso, a gagaku orchestra that plays organs, flutes & various traditional Japanese instruments, often accompanied by dancers. Hecker has manipulated these recordings in his "Heckerian" ways & created an intense listen that rivals much of his already deep catalog of output. RECOMMENDED.
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New LP $21.99

PRINCE
Piano & A Microphone 1983 (180g)
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Warner
This is the first official release by Prince's estate from the legendary "Vault" & the title pretty much tells you what you're getting. Somewhat lo-fi, intimate recordings (supposedly recorded to cassette tape) of the purple one on his own at the piano in his home studio. Some of it is more snippets than songs but hearing this from a "fly on the wall" perspective is really magical. RECOMMENDED.
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New LP $20.99

NIGHT BIRDS
Roll Credits
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Fat Wreck Chords
Punchy, snotty pop punk from Jersey's NIGHT BIRDS! This is an all-killer, no filler, eight-track EP & features guest vocals from POISON IDEA's JERRY A!
Available at: Belmont
New LP $11.99

BEAK>
>>> (3) Beak> 3
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Temporary Residence
PORTISHEAD member Geoff Barrow's side project BEAK> are back with their third album. The Bristol based trio are experts of rhythmic, kraut rock influenced jams & their minimalist arrangements are masterful. Fans of BROADCAST, CAVERN OF ANTI-MATTER, CAN, the Ghost Box label will approve. RECOMMENDED!
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $17.99

RIBEIRO, CATHERINE & ALPES
Paix (reissue)
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Anthology
100% legit reissues of the great French group CATHERINE RIBEIRO & ALPES. Psychedelic-folk-jazz with medieval influence and incredibly strong, hypnotic vocals from RIBEIRO. This album is an absolute must-have classic that stands tall in its own universe but may appeal to those into BRIGITTE FONTAINE, GAL COSTA, NICO, & Chicago's own CIRCUIT DES YEUX. HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION POSSIBLE!!
Available at: Belmont
New LP $21.99

RIBEIRO, CATHERINE & ALPES
No 2 (reissue)
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Anthology
100% legit reissues of the great French group CATHERINE RIBEIRO & ALPES. Psychedelic-folk-jazz with medieval influence and incredibly strong, hypnotic vocals from RIBEIRO. This album is an absolute must-have classic that stands tall in its own universe but may appeal to those into BRIGITTE FONTAINE, GAL COSTA, NICO, & Chicago's own CIRCUIT DES YEUX. HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION POSSIBLE!!
Available at: Milwaukee Ave
New LP $22.99

RIBEIRO, CATHERINE & ALPES
Ame Debout (reissue)
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Anthology
100% legit reissues of the great French group CATHERINE RIBEIRO & ALPES. Psychedelic-folk-jazz with medieval influence and incredibly strong, hypnotic vocals from RIBEIRO. This album is an absolute must-have classic that stands tall in its own universe but may appeal to those into BRIGITTE FONTAINE, GAL COSTA, NICO, & Chicago's own CIRCUIT DES YEUX. HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION POSSIBLE!!
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $21.99

LEMON TWIGS
Go To School (2lp Deluxe Edition) (w/ Bonus 7")
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4AD
The talented brothers Michael & Brian D'Addario from Long Island return with their sophomore album. "Go to School" is a musical about a monkey & it's almost disgusting how gifted these kids (ages 19 and 21) are. The amount of music that they've absorbed in their short times on earth is staggering. Similar to their other releases, 70's glam & vaudevillian soft pop is the primary influence with influences ranging from Todd Rundgren (who makes a guest appearance here), Van Dyke Parks, Brian Wilson, Paul McCartney, Randy Newman & SPARKS.
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New LP $14.99

JUNGLE
For Ever
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XL
The British funk/disco/soul big band known as JUNGLE are back with their second album. The band tours constantly & is known for their super fun live shows & it's easy to imagine these new ones getting everybody dancing. Fans of everything from CHIC, DAFT PUNK, Mark Ronson etc...will approve
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $18.99

BLURRING
Cloud Burner
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S.O.A.
An absolute crusher! Only five songs, but this band from Rochester, NY features DANNY LILKER (BRUTAL TRUTH, S.O.D., ANTHRAX, NUCLEAR ASSAULT) & ERIK BURKE (BRUTAL TRUTH, LETHARGY, SULACO) so you know it's some seriously-twisted grind. Completely maniacal.
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $16.99

WAXAHATCHEE
Great Thunder (yellow Vinyl) (peak Edition)
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Merge
While Katie Crutchfield was working on the "Cerulean Salt" & "Ivy Tripp" albums she was working on some songs under the moniker of GREAT THUNDER that never saw the light of day until now as re-worked versions under the WAXAHATCHEE name. These songs have a more singer/songwriter, stripped-down vibe to them with mellow, simple piano & guitar arrangements. The songs make us think of Carole King with subtle hints of the folky indie rock she's known for.
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $17.99

SPIRITUALIZED
And Nothing Hurt
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Fat Possum
On the last few SPIRITUALIZED albums, Jason Pierce has seemed almost weary of life. His view isn't negative though, more dazed or shocked by the ups & downs of just being alive. Those familiar with the recent albums "Sweet Heart Sweet Light" & "Songs in A&E" will recognize Pierce's affinity for gospel & 60's rock & roll with a noticeably simplistic almost nursery rhyme approach. Most of the tracking was done "long distance" with very few tracks made with the players in the same room. You'd never know it from listening though. SPIRITUALIZED is one of our favorite bands at the shops & this is another classic to add to the collection. RECOMMENDED!
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New LP $17.99

DISROTTED & GUILTY C.
Live In Osaka
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Self
After collaborating with DISROTTED on their side of the split with SU19b, GUILTY C joined the band at a show in Osaka where they performed that very song live. Absolutely punishing death/noise/doom.
Available at: Milwaukee Ave
New Cassette $4.99

BACAO RHYTHM & STEEL BAND
Serpent's Mouth
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Big Crown
Second album of straight-up FIRE from Germany's BACAO RHYTHM & STEEL BAND! There is a handful of funky originals on here, but their instrumental arrangements of tracks like DR. DRE's "Xxplosive," MOBB DEEP's "Burn," AMERIE's "1 Thing," GANG STARR's "All for the Cash" & many more that are the stars of the show.
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $22.99

OHMME
Parts (silver Vinyl)
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Joyful Noise
"Parts" is the debut full-length album from the talented Chicago duo OHMME. Sima Cunningham & Macie Stewart are both formidable guitarists & singers & their sound relies heavily on their complex & soaring vocal harmonies & willingness to push the pop song structure into more experimental territory. Both of the musicians have collaborated with musicians from a variety of genres including Ken Vandermark, Vic Mensa & Jeff Tweedy who they toured with in early 2018. Fans of everything from TUNE-YARDS to the BREEDERS, THE MINUTEMEN & THE ROCHES will love this. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $17.99

INTERPOL
Marauder (cream Vinyl, Indie-exclusive)
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Matador
INTERPOL IS BACK! "Marauder" is the NYC group's 6th album & 2nd as a trio. The album has a "no frills" vibe to it with dry production & straight-ahead songs. The mood is mostly pretty dark here with nods to all stages of their career with reminders of the very underrated group THE SOUND & early U2. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $18.99

PAPA M
Broke Moon Rises A Broke Moon Rises
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Drag City
David Pajo has spent the past few years recovering from a major motorcycle accident & during that time he's managed to eek out two PAPA M records, "Highway Songs" from 2016 & now "A Broke Moon Rises" in 2018. Aside from some sparse drumming, this album focuses almost entirely around the acoustic guitar. Pajo seems to be exploring rhythms & melodies touched on by 20th century composers such as Philip Glass & Steve Reich & he closes the album with his version of the song "Spiegel im Spiegel" by the Estonian composer Arvo Part. Another amazing PAPA M album & we wish David a speedy recovery! RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $17.99