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CORIKY
Coriky
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Dischord
This one couldn't have landed at a better time! CORIKY is a new trio from D.C. featuring Ian Mackaye on guitar, his partner Amy Farina on drums & Joe Lally on bass & there's a lot to like here. In a lot of ways this is exactly what you probably would imagine & we mean that in the best way possible. It's like a more stripped-down FUGAZI & simultaneously a more expanded EVENS. Joe Lally is just as important in driving this band & as he was in FUGAZI & his bass lines interact with the guitar & drums perfectly. Ian & Amy trade off & share vocals & their voices sound excellent together. This is the closest we'll get to a new FUGAZI record any time soon & it's simultaneously its own thing. We didn't realize how badly we needed a record like this until we heard. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Milwaukee Ave
New LP $13.99
AYLER, ALBERT
New Grass (third Man Reissue)
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Third Man
Third Man gets into the jazz game with this reissue of the classic but often misunderstood 1969 album by saxophone legend Albert Ayler. A mix of his free jazz style with some groovy soul tunes, electric bass, spoken word passages, gospel inspired backing vocals & more. It's easy to imagine that this must have turned a lot of heads back in the day, especially some stuffy critics. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Milwaukee Ave
New LP $22.99
KHRUANGBIN
Mordechai (translucent Pink Vinyl, Ltd.)
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Dead Oceans
The 2018 album "Con Todo El Mundo" by the Houston band KHRUANGBIN started out slow at the store but once it picked up, the hype started to build gradually around the band & it's become one of our best sellers of the past 2 years. Now the talented trio is back with "Mordechai", an album that should solidify them as one of the most exciting bands going right now. Using melodic elements of Middle Eastern, Thai & South American psych rock & surf & funk with a super tight rhythm section, they create timeless & infectious sounding songs. This one has a lot more singing but like the rest of the arrangements, it's efficient & no notes feel wasted. Another amazing album by KHRUANGBIN. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Belmont
New LP $19.99
VARIOUS ARTISTS
Louis Wayne Moody High (2lp) (in Faux-leather "yearbook" Jacket)
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Numero Group
An excellent compilation of mysterious underground garage rock tunes from the 60s. Like the best genre compilations, this one has a really specific vibe & the songs sound excellent together. This one sort of reminds us of the excellent "Anxious Color" comp on Mississippi. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $27.99
POTTERY
Welcome To Bobby's Motel (yellow Vinyl)
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Partisan
Montreal's POTTERY explodes with energy on their first full-length, channeling the funk-punk of the New York scene in the late 70s / early 80s (KONK, BUSH TETRAS, LIQUID LIQUID) as well as the titans of the off-kilter we all know and love -- DEVO, all while never taking themselves or their lyrical content all that seriously. "Bobby's Motel" embraces its own excess, with the odd songwriting and vocal delivery bolstered by massive percussion and juicy guitar hooks. RECOMMENDED!
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $20.99
MUTE DUO
Lapse In Passage
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American Dreams
Chicagoans Sam Wagster on pedal steel & drummer Skyler Rowe are Mute Duo. Dusty instrumentals for just when the sun is going down that owe as much to Neil Young's "Dead Man" soundtrack as they do the DIRTY THREE. Excellent stuff.
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $17.99
ONO
Red Summer
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American Dreams
The legendary Chicago band ONO starting working on "Red Summer" in 2015 & after 3+ years of work, it's finally here. This record that deals with the history of slavery & racism dropped at a time when these concepts are on almost every one's minds in the U.S. especially & truly around the entire world. ONO has been a leader in the Chicago experimental music & arts community since the early 80s & their importance during the past few decades of Chicago music can't be stressed enough. Though provoking art rock for the future. Fans of everything from FUNKADELIC to PERE UBU will love this. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $20.99
CIVIC CENTER
Ground Below
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American Dreams
2020 album by the Chicago band CIVIC CENTER. Heavy Factory Records vibes with even a little Martin Hannett sounding drum production & some deep vocals that might remind you of a certain Factory band's deep voiced singer. Fans of JOY DIVISION, THE WAKE, CRISPY AMBULANCE, the pre-industrial Manchester etc... will dig this.
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $17.99
SUN CITY GIRLS
Live At The Sky Church (w/ Dvd) September 3rd, 2004
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Twenty One Eight Two
This is the first new SUN CITY GIRLS music released in about 10 years. This was recorded live in Seattle in 2004 & displays the full force of these legendary free jazz/rock/psych masters.
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $21.99
GROSSKOPF, HARALD
Synthesist (imp, 2lp 40th Anniv. Ed.) (color Vinyl)
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Bureau B
Bureau B presents the first solo album by ASHRA drummer HARALD GROSSKOPF, originally released in 1980 on Sky Records. This LSD-influenced album is one of the classics of German electronic music. Absolutely beautiful and liberating. A MUST! This 40th anniversary edition is pressed on color vinyl & features a bonus LP of various artists give their takes on the songs.
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $30.99
ANIMATED EGG
Animated Egg (imp, 180grm Reissue) (orange Marble Vinyl, Numbered Ltd. Ed.)
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Music on Vinyl
Legendary/groovy fuzz 60s fuzz rock album once again! Jerry Cole was as musician & producer who worked on "Pet Sounds" & some BYRDS hits & he also a member of the psych rock band THE ID. Outtakes from an ID sessions were then STOLEN by a different producer & repackaged as THE ANIMATED EGG, something Cole wasn't aware of until just before he died in 2008. Though some of it is somewhat dated sounding, there are some killer fuzz solos & some great playing. Think Harvey Mandel's 60s albums & you're on the right track. RECOMMENDED!
Available at: Milwaukee Ave
New LP $29.99
STRIKE UNDER
Immediate Action: Deluxe Edition (cardboard Sleeve W/ 7" & Matches)
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Wax Trax
In celebration of their 40th anniversary, Wax Trax! has reissued their very first release, the legendary EP by Chicago's STRIKE UNDER. Top-notch early 80's punk rock featuring future members of legendary bands like THE EFFIGIES, NAKED RAYGUN & PEGBOY. Limited deluxe edition comes with a bonus 7" & pack of matches. CRUCIAL CHICAGO PUNK. As recommended as they get.
Available at: Belmont
New LP $28.99
TALSOUNDS
Acquiesce (blue Vinyl)
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NNA
GOOD WILLSMITH's Natalie Chami returns as TALSOUNDS, crafting gorgeous ambient and drone music with a hint of improvisation. A prominent member of Chicago's DIY community, Chami's sonic explorations of subconscious emotions were perfected on the stage, allowing for the expressions to become uninhibited. For fans of synth wizards KAITLYN AURELIA SMITH and TIM HECKER, or local post-rock titans TORTOISE, this is a stone cold winner. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $18.99
FLYING LOTUS
Flamagra: Instrumentals (2lp) (w/ Slipmat)
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Warp
A year after the release of his landmark double-album "Flamagra", FLYING LOTUS brings us an instrumental version, ripe with hazy, off-kilter beats and spacious soundscapes that draw equally from hip-hop, house, jazz and IDM. A required cop! RECOMMENDED!
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $39.99
LUSTRE
Ashes Of Light
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Nordvis
"The Ashes of Light" is the 2020 album by the Swedish one man atmospheric black metal project LUSTRE. We've been kind of of obsessed with this album since it popped up on Bandcamp earlier this year. Mid-tempo to slow songs that have an almost ambient quality to them with sequenced synth melodies, washes of digital strings instead of guitars & what sounds like programmed drums. We suppose you could call this dark ambient, but we'll say ambient metal. Think Badalamenti Twin Peaks style synth songs or "Disintegration" era CURE with slow plodding beats & occasional screeched DEAFHEAVEN sounding vocals. Recommended for those of you that like your metal on the more depressing side...
Available at: Milwaukee Ave
New LP $27.99
ONDA, AKI
Nam June's Spirit Was Speaking (w/ Booklet)
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Recital
Another fine release on the Recital label. Fans of radio-wave phenomena/short-wave etc... will want to check this out. The NYC artist Aki Onda was performing in Korea in 2010 & while there he attended an exhibit by Nam June Paik. Randomly he was dialing through a handheld radio & started hearing distant voices & bizarre radio transmissions. The radio also had a tape recorder & he began recording the sounds which Onda interpreted as Nam June Paik communicating with him. The recordings were made on the same radio in cities around the world over the period of a few years. Lo-fi radio experiments with some surprisingly rhythmic moments. A very cool project.
Available at: Milwaukee Ave
New LP $25.99
ADULT.
Perception Is/ As/ Of Deception (ltd. Black & Yellow "galaxy" Vinyl)
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Dais
Reckless faves ADULT. return with a new one in our pandemic times. Supposedly the band painted their rehearsal space entirely black so deprive their senses while working. Now that's a creative process we can get behind! As heavy as you hoped with nods at 80's goth & early 90s industrial while leading the way of the current crop of post-industrial similar to Dais label mates HIDE from Chicago. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Belmont
New LP $20.99
SUMNEY, MOSES
Grae (2lp, Black & White Vinyl)
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Jagjaguwar
Despite the fact that most of us can't congregate, the release of Moses Sumney's second record feels like an event we can all participate in & celebrate. With a ridiculous guest list of contributors including ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER aka Daniel Lopatin as the main producer, THUNDERCAT, writers Taiye Selasi & Michael Chabon & more, Sumney has delivered a dense & heady collection of modern R&B, folk, jazz & rock tinged songs with a similar ambition to albums by Prince, D'Angelo, Bowie & Bjork. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $24.99
FIRE- TOOLZ
Rainbow Bridge ("breakfast Blue" Vinyl) (ltd. 150 Copies)
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Hausu Mountain
Reckless favorite FIRE-TOOLZ continues to develop her idiosyncratic sound on "Rainbow Bridge", fusing jazzy vaporwave with metalcore into carefully designed sound collages. It's a method that works in spite of its lack of obvious accessibility - make no mistake, this is intensely challenging music, but there's a beauty to the almost mathematical approach Angel Marcloid uses to balance and counter the sounds here: video-game synths, black metal shrieks, metalcore blast beats and crushing industrial soundscapes. "Rainbow Bridge" pushes against the boundaries of what's possible in extreme music, and in turn encapsulates that feverish blend of experiences and influences unique to music makers in the age of the internet. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $20.99
PIPER
Summer Breeze (remaster W/ Poster)
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Ship to Shore
Ship to Shore continues its obsession with the Japanese City Pop genre, this time with the first ever reissue of the album "Summer Breeze" by PIPER. If you're not familiar, City Pop was popular in Japan in the late 70s & early 80s & it's a blend of disco, soft rock/pop & R&B. It's almost like Muzak versions of yacht rock songs but like a lot of things, time has been kind to these unique sounds.
Available at: Milwaukee Ave
New LP $29.99
FAKE NAMES
Fake Names
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Epitaph
FAKE NAMES is a punk rock super group featuring Brian Baker of MINOR THREAT/DAG NASTY, Johnny Temple from GIRLS AGAINST BOYS, Michael Hampton of EMBRACE/ONE LAST WISH & REFUSED singer Dennis Lyxzen. Melodic punk that probably sounds most like DAG NASTY of the fore mentioned bands & there is certainly nothing wrong with that.
Available at: Belmont
New LP $18.99
RAZEN
Robot Brujo (imp, 2lp)
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Hands in the Dark
Haunting double LP by this Belgian group. This has that "soundtrack to a horror film that doesn't but should exist" vibe to it with creepy reed instruments close-mic'd so you can hear the breaths & keys being depressed, mellotron & more. The intimate nature of the recordings makes it all the more unsettling. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Milwaukee Ave
New LP $23.99
CHICANO BATMAN
Invisible People
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ATO
The Los Angeles based alt-funk band CHICANO BATMAN return with "Invisible People." This is a great sounding record with hints of Sly Stone, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, PARLIAMENT & even some similar production to DAFT PUNK.
Available at: Belmont
New LP $18.99
SENNI, LORENZO
Scacco Matto
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Warp
Constructed in a "pointillistic" style using sharp, gated sounds to create a sense of rhythm and percussion without drums or drum machines, LORENZO SENNI's 2020 record is a novel take on rave music, in the spirit of the forward-thinking IDM artists also found on Warp.
Available at: Milwaukee Ave
New LP $19.99
KIRBY, JOHN CARROLL
My Garden
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Stones Throw
Having worked with FRANK OCEAN, SOLANGE, HARRY STYLES and KALI UCHIS, LA-based JOHN CARROLL KIRBY has built up quite an impressive resume of collaboration. Now, he gives us music in his own voice, a sensuous mix of electro-pop, lite soul and future funk. RECOMMENDED!
Available at: Milwaukee Ave
New LP $17.99