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Reckless Records 10/15/21 New Releases


JOHN CARPENTER/CODY CARPENTER/ DANIEL DAVIES – Halloween Kills (Soundtrack) LP/CD/TAPE (Sacred Bones) limited orange or black vinyl

The legendary filmmaker & composer John Carpenter returns with his son Cody & guitarist Daniel Davies to score the 2021 entry into the Halloween series, “Halloween Kills.” They’ve once again done a great job of taking bits & pieces of the original music & updating or reinterpreting it into something new & quite listenable. 

MYRIAM GENDRON – Ma Delire: Songs of Love Lost & Found CD/TAPE (Feeding Tube) vinyl coming soon

The second album by the Montreal based musician Myriam Gendron is an exploration & reinterpretation of Canadian, French & American traditional music. Gendron has a somewhat plain voice & that might sound like critique but it’s an authentic quality & to us it’s what makes some of these songs gut-wrenchingly beautiful. Songs sung in English & French with efficient fingerstyle acoustic guitar & occasional minimal electric songs that remind us of early CAT POWER or DIRTY THREE. The great “Colour Green” by Sibylle Baier comes to mind along with Leonard Cohen & Karen Dalton. It’s all something that on paper sounds interesting enough but shouldn’t actually be this great. A truly remarkable record. RECOMMENDED.

MATT JENCIK – Matt & Lyra: Trouble In Mind Explorers Series Vol. 15 TAPE (Trouble In Mind)

Chicago musician & longtime Reckless staffer spent some of his time in lockdown experimenting with the Russian built Lyra synthesizer. The Lyra is a quirky drone instrument with a unique design that doesn’t have proper piano keys or traditional musical steps. The mictronal nature allows for a wide variety of sounds but Jencik was mostly drawn to the meditative, almost shruti box drone quality of the sounds. A quote in a review online stated that the pieces here sound like a “lost soundtrack to Dune” & we think that’s an apt description.

JULIA SHAPIRO – Zorked LP/CD (Suicide Squeeze) 

Julia Shapiro is a member of the great CHASTITY BELT & the Seattle native also makes some heavy post-grunge/shoegaze. Her excellently titled 2021 album “Zorked” is mostly slow to mid tempo with some heavy songs that remind us SMASHING PUMPKINS or HUM while the more mellow songs sound like a shoegaze take on CHASTITY BELT. Great stuff!

YVES TUMOR – The Asymptotical World LP/7” box set (Warp)

Experimentalist YVES TUMOR’s music has evolved quite a bit over the last half decade, and starting with “Safe in the Hands of Love” in 2018, they have taken their abstract forms of ambient and sound collage and shaped them into pop structures that seem to build and decay with a natural impulse. This EP is TUMOR’s furthest reach into rock, reconstituting the sound of shoegaze, glam and emo in their own playful, idiosyncratic way. Some shades of MBV and A.R. KANE, as well as PRINCE, but this stays in a category of its own. RECOMMENDED.


THE BEATLES – Let It Be LP/Pic Disc LP/5LP box set/CD/2CD/5CD deluxe box set (Capitol) with free litho while supplies last

BRUNO BAVOTA – For Apartments: Songs & Loops LP (Temporary Residence) 

THE CHURCH – Starfish: Expanded Edition LP (Arista)

COLDPLAY – Music of the Spheres LP/CD (Parlophone) LP/CD these didn’t arrive yet in Wicker Park but they should be there on Monday

THE dB’S – I Thought You Wanted to Know LP/CD (Propeller)

DOS SANTOS – City of Mirrors LP/CD (International Anthem)

EAGLES – Eagles: Original Master Recording One-Step LP box set (Mobile Fidelity)

FINNEAS – Optimist LP/CD (Interscope) we have a limited amount of signed CDs at all locations!!

FIRE-TOOLZ – Eternal Home CD (Hausu Mountain)

GONG GONG GONG – Phantom Rhythm Remixed LP (Wharf Cat) color or black vinyl

GORILLAZ – Plastic Beach LP (Warner)

GRATEFUL DEAD – American Beauty: Original Master Recording LP (Mobile Fidelity)

IZZY TRUE – Our Beautiful Baby World LP (Don Giovanni)

JERUSALEM IN MY HEART – Qalaq  LP/CD (Constellation)

SYL JOHNSON – Different Strokes/ Is It Because I’m Black 7” (Numero Group) gold vinyl

JUDAS PRIEST – Reflections: 50 Heavy Metal Years of Music LP/CD (Epic)

LE REN – Leftovers LP/CD (Secretly Canadian)

MAC MILLER – Faces 3LP (Warner) limited tri-color or yellow vinyl

MITSKI – Be the Cowboy LP (Dead Oceans)

NORTH AMERICAN – Going Steady LP (Third Man) limited edition color vinyl

QUICKLY, QUICKLY – The Long & Short of It LP (Ghostly) color or black vinyl

DEAN WAREHAM – I Have Nothing to Say to the Mayor of LA LP (Double Feature)

WIDESPREAD PANIC – Everyday LP (Volcano)

WIDESPREAD PANIC – Space Wrangler LP (Volcano)

VARIOUS ARTISTS – Performance (Soundtrack) LP (Rhino)