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Reckless Records 11/12/21 New Releases


COURTNEY BARNETT – Things Take Time, Take Time LP/CD/TAPE (Mom + Pop)

This third record from COURTNEY BARNETT finds her at her most relaxed and frankly confident, easing up the tensile arrangements of her heavier material for a new sound that’s more small and stripped back. Often just relying on a simple guitar / drum machine construction, “Things Take Time, Take Time” breezes by, and BARNETT’s gift for wry, clever songwriting is turned away from inquisiting self-deprecation towards explorations of happiness in the quiet vignettes of life. A lovely LP that seems comfortably homebound.

BUSH TETRAS – Rhythm & Paranoia: The Best of Bush Tetras 3LP box set (Wharf Cat)

YES! Wharf Cat Records has put together this fantastic 3LP set of the best songs by BUSH TETRAS.The group formed in 1979 in NYC & they were part of the exciting post-punk/no wave scene & have broken up & reformed a few times over the years & are currently active now. Rhythmic post-punk with reggae, funk & new wave influences that rival other similar groups of the era like PIL, PYLON, ESG, LIQUID LIQUID etc…RECOMMENDED.

ENDLESS BOOGIE – Admonitions LP (No Quarter)

The 5th album from NYC’s ENDLESS BOOGIE is here. Seven tracks (two of which clock at over 22 minutes) of repetitive blues rock grooves & riffs & that effortless swagger that they’re known for. Matt Sweeney is back this time around & Kurt Vile makes a guest appearance too. Also check it out, the album cover was taken at the Hideout!! RECOMMENDED.

GROUPER – Shade LP (Kranky) now on vinyl!

Liz Harris aka GROUPER has been making some of our favorite records over the past 10-15 years & her 2021 album “Shade” is among her best. After a few mostly piano-centric albums, Harris returns to guitar based tunes & these songs have an almost early 2000s indie rock sound, reminding us of the great “Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill” & some nods at another great Portland artist Elliott Smith. No doubt this will be one of our favorite albums in 2021. As recommended as they get!

PAMELA Z – Echolocation LP (Freedom to Spend)

Originally released on cassette in 1988, these recordings by the Bay Area artist Pamela Z sound incredibly fresh & modern today. Mixing elements of spoken word & experimental pop, Pamela Z’s music is like a mix of Arthur Russell or YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA mixed with SPIRES THAT IN THE SUNSET RISE. Really cool stuff!

VANISHING TWIN – Ookii Gekkou LP/CD (Fire)

We absolutely loved 2019’s “Age of Immunology”, and so we’re pretty stoked on this album from weirdo London collective VANISHING TWIN. Their lounge-y electronic pop immediately recalls older experimentalists like RAYMOND SCOTT and DICK HYMAN, as well as of course STEREOLAB. More reference points to be found in the rhythmic krautrock of NEU! and CAN, as well as jazz experimentalists like SUN RA and ALICE COLTRANE, But VANISHING TWIN is able to succeed without collapsing under the weight of this many influences, streamlining their sound into a unified whole. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.


AESOP ROCK X BLOCKHEAD – Garbology LP/CD (Rhymesayers)

DAMON ALBARN – Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows LP/CD (Transgressive)

CAGE THE ELEPHANT – Tell Me I’m Pretty LP (RCA) RSD Essential color vinyl press

CAGE THE ELEPHANT – Melophobia LP (RCA) RSD Essential color vinyl press

CHARLATANS UK – A Head Full of Ideas LP/dlxLP/CD

THE CLEAN – Tally Ho! 7” (Merge) remastered, Peak Vinyl edition

THE CLEAN – Boodle Boodle Boodle 12” (Merge) remastered, Peak Vinyl edition

LANA DEL REY – Blue Banisters LP (Interscope) now on vinyl!

FLEETWOOD MAC – Fleetwood Mac LP (Warner) first pressing in a few years!

HAND HABITS – Fun House LP (Saddle Creek) limited color vinyl

IDLES – Crawler LP/CD (Partisan) black vinyl only; color vinyl coming soon!

LOW – Secret Name LP (Kranky) available again!

LOW – Trust LP (Kranky) available again!

LUCID EXPRESS – Lucid Express LP (Kanine)

MASSACRE – Resurgence LP (Nuclear Blast)

MAC MILLER – Best Day Ever TAPE (Rostrum)

MAC MILLER –Blue Slide Park TAPE (Rostrum)

MAC MILLER – K.I.D.S. TAPE (Rostrum)

MAC MILLER – Watching Movies With the Sound Off TAPE (Rostrum)

KYLIE MINOGUE – Disco: Guest List Edition 3LP or 3CD/DVD/BLU-RAY box set (BMG)

JONI MITCHELL – Live at Carnegie Hall 1969 3LP (Rhino) 

NIRVANA – Nevermind: 30th Anniversary LP w/ 7” (Geffen) very limited with lithograph while supplies last. We’ll have some more copies coming in over the next few weeks

NIRVANA – Nevermind: 30th Anniversary 5CD box set (Geffen)

ONE STEP CLOSER – This Place You Know LP (Run For Cover)

ONETWOTHREE – OneTwoThree LP (Kill Rock Stars) white vinyl

JANA RUSH – Painful Enlightenment LP (Planet Mu)

SHE & HIM – A Very She & Him Christmas LP+7” (Merge) deluxe anniversary edition

TAYLOR SWIFT – Red (Taylor’s Version) 4LP/2CD (Republic)

VARIOUS ARTISTS – Driftless Dreamers: In Cuca Country LP (Numero) limited color or black vinyl

WAR – Greatest Hits 2.0 LP/CD (Rhino)