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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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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: Milwaukee Ave 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
WOLFE, CHELSEA
SHE REACHES OUT TO SHE REACHES OUT TO... (BLUE VINYL, INDIE EXCLUSIVE LTD. ED.)
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Loma Vista
Longtime Reckless fave CHELSEA WOLFE returns with her 1st solo album in almost 5 years (though she's devoted time to great side projects with CONVERGE and MRS. PISS and scoring the film X). This new joint is produced by DAVE SITEK, who draws out the industrial, electro, and trip-hop influences that have always creeped at the edges of Chelsea's music. The chilly electronics & buzzing rhythms marry extremely well with Chelsea's voice, as lush & powerful as ever. Fans of PORTISHEAD, BJORK, and TRICKY will find lots to love here & hopefully feel compelled to take a deeper dive into Chelsea's eclectic catalog as a result.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $22.99
DUCKS LTD.
HARM'S WAY (LTD. COLOR VINYL)
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Carpark
DUCKS LTD. - a Toronto-based duo with roots in the Australia, UK, and Midwest music scenes - are back with this follow-up to their assured 2021 debut LP. On 'Harm's Way' they nail the classic CARS/STROKES trick of making every instrument part a hook - each chiming riff, bassline, drum fill, and rich vocal harmony are pure, sticky ear candy. And like all the best jangle/power pop, repeated listens reveal layers of aching melancholy beneath the sugary surface. PLUS, awesomely, this record was made in Chicago and features members of RATBOYS, DEHD, FINOM and MOONTYPE. Really good stuff - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $25.99
NANCE, DAVID
DAVID NANCE & MOWED SOUND (COLOR VINYL)
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Third Man
Wildly prolific journeyman songwriter/guitarist DAVID NANCE has banded together a Crazy Horse of his own in MOWED SOUND for this S/T'd "debut" LP, his first on JACK WHITE's Third Man Records. Together they conjure up a set of freewheeling boogie, cosmic Americana & greased-up psych with motorik grooves that throb & pulse hypnotically, evoking ghosts of Afrobeat, raga & CAN as much as classic ZZ TOP or ALLMAN BROS. A thrilling listen that will make you wanna trade in your wings on some wheels, hit the pavement & find some desert to go flying by... HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Available at: Belmont and Loop
New LP $24.99
METH.
SHAME (WHITE VINYL)
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Prosthetic
Chicago "experimental heavy band" METH. are back with another heater, their second on Prosthetic Records. 'Shame's seven tracks assault the senses relentlessly with pummeling tempos & harsh sonics that, in concert with the vox & lyrics, offer a stark, harrowing glimpse into cycles of addiction, trauma & depression. They channel many of the same influences as peers like CHAT PILE and PRIMITIVE MAN - i.e. if you're a fan of GODFLESH, THE JESUS LIZARD, SWANS, BIG BLACK/ SHELLAC etc, you'll find lots to love here & you'll relish the challenging listen. Another Chi-town drop we can be proud of... RECOMMENDED!!!
Available at: Belmont and Loop
New LP $26.99
SMILE
WALL OF EYES (LTD. BLUE VINYL) (INDIE EXCLUSIVE EDITION)
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XL
This sophomore full length from JONNY GREENWOOD, THOM YORKE and TOM SKINNER drapes their unconventional rhythms in a gauzy, dream-pop atmosphere, at times channeling orchestral, spiritual jazz with textured string & brass arrangements and swirling cosmic synth. Unlike many of the later RADIOHEAD efforts that appear as immaculate studio soundcraft, "Wall of Eyes" seems instead to embrace disharmony. The ideas are frenetic and loose, and neither YORKE and GREENWOOD have been as energetic as songwriters in years as they are here. RECOMMENDED!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $28.99
90 DAY MEN
WE BLAME CHICAGO (5LP BOX, LTD) ("SUPER ILLUMINARY" VINYL)
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Numero Group
The late 90s/early 00s was a brilliant time in Chicago music history & one of the finest bands from that era was 90 DAY MEN. They got their start in the St. Louis punk & emo scene then relocated to Chicago. Their sound was a mix of Touch & Go style post-punk & WIRE/BAUHAUS influenced art rock with a solid but fluid rhythm section & towards the end the addition of the Fender Rhodes which gave them a really unique sound. Guitarist/vocalist Brian Case went on form DISAPPEARS & FACS as well as releasing multiple solo records, Bassist Rob Lowe formed LICHENS & worked with Johann Johannsson on the "Arrival" soundtrack & scored the "Candyman" remake & drummer Cayce Key played in BLOODIEST. Their 3 albums are included in this box along with some outtakes & Peel Sessions & another Chicago legend in his own right Tim Kinsella wrote the liner notes. RECOMMENDED!
Available at: Milwaukee Ave
New LP $89.99
FIRE- TOOLZ
I AM UPSET BECAUSE I SEE SOMETHING.. : THAT IS NOT THERE
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Hausu Mountain
2023 album from Reckless favorite FIRE-TOOLZ further develops her idiosyncratic fusion of vapory smooth jazz, new age, chiptune and blastbeat-driven black metal, leaving ample space for cryptic sound collages and euphoric melodic detours. RECOMMENDED!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $25.99