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Reckless Records 6/2/23 New Releases

Protomartyr – Formal Growth in the Desert


>> BULLY – Lucky For You LP/CD/CS (Sub Pop) *Loser Edition Color Vinyl – Limited number of signed prints available with purchase while supplies last!

After a quick stint in THE MOUNTAIN GOATS (producing and playing on the excellent Bleed Out), Alicia Bognanno comes roaring back with her 4th LP under the BULLY moniker. This time around the production is more polished and the genre more varied than strictly “grunge pop,” but the massive hooks, buzzsaw guitar, and Alicia’s raspy howl (one of the best voices in indie rock today) are still razor-sharp and raw as all hell. It hurts so good and it does Sub Pop proud. Highly RECOMMENDED!

>> KAREN DALTON – In My Own Time LP (Light In The Attic) *50th Anniversary – Ltd. Silver Vinyl

KAREN DALTON’s second album didn’t get the attention that it deserved when it was released in 1971 but over time it has come to be considered as a classic. You’d think her connections to others in the scene like BOB DYLAN, TIM HARDIN, and FRED NEIL would have cleared a path for Dalton’s success but a variety of obstacles including music biz politics & Dalton’s drug/alcohol abuse stalled any momentum she might have had. The album was reissued in 2010 and artists like NICK CAVE & JOANNA NEWSOM cite Dalton as an influence, and that & other excellent reissues helped her legend grow. In 2021 a documentary was released & now this beautiful deluxe 50th anniversary edition is here with remastered audio on silver vinyl with booklet & beautiful foil-stamped art. RECOMMENDED!

>> BOB DYLAN – Shadow Kingdom 2LP/CD (Columbia)

Originally released as a limited paid streaming performance during lockdown in 2021, Shadow Kingdom is now available in album form. The songs have a really loose feel, with acoustic guitars, accordion & zero percussion. The line-up features T BONE BURNETT, BIG THIEF’s Buck Meek, Don Was & Greg Leisz & the set list mostly features 60s songs with sometimes drastic reinterpretations, especially on “Tombstone Blues.” Dylan has been playing relentlessly the last few years & you can hear the almost effortless familiarity the group has with the songs & it makes for a very rewarding listen. RECOMMENDED.

>> FOO FIGHTERS – But Here We Are LP/CD/CS (RCA) *Black or Ltd. White Vinyl

One word that has long defined FOO FIGHTERS as a band is “resiliency.” Dave Grohl’s best songs are about sticking around, finding resolve, and learning to walk again when the will to fly just isn’t there. It’s an M.O. that’s left them perfectly equipped to face the tragic passing of their beloved drummer Taylor Hawkins head on. Sonically this record has a lot in common with 1999’s There is Nothing Left to Lose (their first LP with Taylor on drums) – surging power pop, shoegaze, extended instrumental passages, and lo-fi punk, with nods throughout to JAWBREAKER, SUGAR, HUM, and old FM radio faves of Taylor like QUEEN and RUSH. Essentially it’s a concept album about loss: Each song works through grief in ways that are raw, unflinching and devoid of cliche. It’s a special gift for us fans, the band’s legacy, and Taylor’s memory. RIP Hawk. RECOMMENDED.

>> POLIBIO MAYORGA & VARIOUS – Ecuatoriana: El Universo Paralelo de… LP/CD (Analog Africa) *w/ book

The latest entry in Analog Africa’s exploration into Latin American esoterica lands in Ecuador and on the figure of POLIBIO MAYORGA. Gravitating towards Quito’s radio station as a musician and utilizing space-age synth technology that had grown in popularity over the years prior, MAYORGA channeled Andean melodies and realist stories into a fusion that can be described as “tropical psychedelia”. This album collects his work as a performer, musician and songwriter, showcasing a central part of Ecuadorian popular music. RECOMMENDED!

>> PROTOMARTYR – Formal Growth in the Desert LP/CD (Domino) *Black or Indie Exclusive Blue Vinyl

Over five records and a decade-plus, Detroit’s own PROTOMARTYR has been a model for consistency. Album six is no exception, expanding their sonic palette to include icy gothic synth textures and guitar sheet noise to abstract (but not obscure) the band’s classic rhythmic jitters and earworm lead-lines. All these are tied together by Joe Casey’s apocalyptic sermon vocals which continue to deliver without landing on cliche sloganeering. One of the best bands working today. On Domino and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

>> WICCA PHASE SPRINGS ETERNAL – Wicca Phase Springs Eternal LP (Run For Cover) *Ltd. “Stormcloud Splatter” Vinyl w/ Comic

Adam McIlwee’s WICCA PHASE SPRINGS ETERNAL project has gained notoriety over the past few years for over 20 albums, mixtapes, and Soundcloud drops in the past decade (plus wrestler Darby Allin’s kickass entrance theme in AEW). This S/T record blends dusty house and trap beats with icy post-punk instrumentation and a big dose of pop-punk melodicism. There’s also a great leftfield goth-country duet with Reckless fave ZOLA JESUS. Cool stuff. RECOMMENDED!

>> VARIOUS – Yo! Boombox: Early Independent Hip-Hop 3LP/2CD (Soul Jazz) *Indie Exclusive LP w/ bonus 7″

Following a book by the same name, Soul Jazz releases a comp focusing on the advent of hip-hop and electro, tracing its origins through disco’s denouement and DJ culture as it emerged in the Bronx in the late 70s. Featuring classic cuts from GRANDMASTER FLASH and THE FUNKY FOUR PLUS ONE as well as a smattering of obscure singles from across the country. Essential stuff for any historian of American popular music. RECOMMENDED!


AVENGED SEVENFOLD – Life Is But A Dream 2LP/CD (Warner) *Ltd. Cobalt Blue Vinyl – Exclusive signed CDs available while supplies last! 1 per customer, no phone orders or holds

COUNT BASIE & HIS ORCHESTRA – The Transcription Recordings LP (Hindsight)

BEACH FOSSILS – Bunny LP/CD/CS (Bayonet) *Ltd. Powder Blue Vinyl

>> BJORK – Fossora 2LP (One Little Indian) *2023 Repress

BLACK SABBATH – Live Evil LP/CD (Warner) *Super Deluxe Box Set – 4LP or 4CD w/ books & poster

>> SAM BLASUCCI – Off My Stars LP (Innovative Leisure)

DONALD BYRD – Slow Drag LP (Blue Note) *180g, Remastered – Blue Note Tone Poet Series

CLUB NOUVEAU – The Collection LP (Virgin)

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY – In the Arms of God 2LP (BMG) *Reissue

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY – Live Volume 2LP (BMG) *Ltd. Red Vinyl

ROB CROW/ KRAMER – Split 7″ (Shimmy Disc)

DE LA SOUL – Stakes is High 2LP/CS (Chrysalis) *Reissue

DESMOND DEKKER – Essential Artists Collection 2LP (Trojan) *Ltd. Transparent Violet Vinyl

MCKINLEY DIXON – Beloved! Paradise! Jazz!? LP (City Slang) *Ltd. Eco-Mix Vinyl

DR. JOHN – The Montreux Years 2LP/CD (BMG)

EERIE WANDA/ KRAMER – Split 7″ (Shimmy Disc)

SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR – Hana LP (Cooking Vinyl) *Ltd. Sandstone Vinyl

ELUVIUM – (Whirring Marvels in) Consensus Reality LP (Temporary Residence) *”Volcanic Earth” Color Vinyl

BEN FOLDS – What Matters Most LP/CD (New West) *Ltd. Seaglass Vinyl – Exclusive signed copies available on LP & CD while supplies last! 1 per customer, no phone orders or holds

FUGAZI – Red Medicine LP (Dischord) *Now available on Red Vinyl

NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS – Council Skies LP/CD (Sour Mash) *LP w/ bonus 7″ – Single CD or 2CD Deluxe Edition available

THE GO! TEAM – Thunder, Lightning, Strike LP (Memphis Industries) *Reissue

GORILLAZ – Demon Days 2LP (Warner) *2018 Reissue – Back in stock!

BEN HARPER – Wide Open Light LP (Chrysalis)

>> J DILLA – Donuts 2LP (Stones Throw) *”Smile” Cover back in stock!

JACK JOHNSON – In Between Dub LP (Brushfire)

NORAH JONES – Little Broken Hearts LP/CD (Blue Note) *Reissue

KILLING JOKE – XXV Gathering: Let Us Prey 2LP (Cooking Vinyl) *Ltd. Color Vinyl

KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD – Demos Vol. 3 & 4 2LP (Needlejuice) *”Deep Pond Scum” Edition – Ltd. Color Vinyl

LARAAJI/ KRAMER – LP (Shimmy Disc) *Ltd. Crystal Clear Vinyl

MATT & KIM – Grand LP (Fader Label) *RSD Essential Reissue – Yellow/Orange/Black Splatter Vinyl w/ bonus 7″

MATT & KIM – Sidewalks LP (Fader Label) *Reissue – Blue Vinyl

NICKI MINAJ – Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded 2LP (Young Money) *Reissue

MINOR THREAT – Out of Step LP (Dischord) *Now on White Vinyl

MUN SING – Inflatable Gravestone LP (Planet Mu) *Ltd. White Vinyl

NANNA – How to Start a Garden 2LP (Republic)

>> OPEN MIKE EAGLE – Rappers Will Never Die of Natural Causes LP (Auto Reverse) *10th Anniversary – Silver Vinyl

OPETH – Morningrise 2LP (Spinefarm) *Remastered – Black, Silver, or Transparent Green Vinyl

OPETH – My Arms Your Hearse 2LP (Spinefarm) *Remastered – Black, Transparent Blue, or Transparent Violet Vinyl

OPETH – Orchid 2LP (Spinefarm) *Remastered – Black, Gold, or Transparent Red Vinyl

PASSION PIT – Gossamer 2LP (French Kiss) *10th Anniversary Reissue – Peach Splatter Vinyl

PHISH – White Tape LP (Jemp) *Reissue – “Alumni Blues” Swirl Color Vinyl

PUPIL SPLICER – Blossom LP (Prosthetic) *Ltd. “Rebirth” Blue Vinyl

RANCID – Tomorrow Never Comes LP/CD (Hellcat) *Black or Ltd. Color Vinyl

FENTON ROBINSON – Somebody Loan Me a Dime LP (Alligator) *Reissue

HELENE SMITH – I am Controlled by Your Love LP (Numero Group) *Black or Ltd. “Thrills & Chills” Color Vinyl

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS – Purple LP (Atlantic) *Reissue – Ltd. Clear Vinyl

SURPRISE CHEF – Friendship LP (Big Crown)

SWAMP DOGG – Gag a Maggott LP (Alive) *Reissue – Ltd. Red Vinyl

TIGERCUB – The Perfume of Decay LP (Loose Groove) *Ltd. Color Vinyl

TOMAHAWK – Anonymous LP (Ipecac) *Reissue – Indie Exclusive Orange Vinyl

TOMAHAWK – Mit Gas LP (Ipecac) *Reissue – Indie Exclusive Red Vinyl

TOOTS & THE MAYTALS – Sweet & Dandy LP (Real Gone) *Yellow Vinyl – Ltd. 1000, #’d

>> TROLLER – Drain LP (Relapse)

TINA TURNER – Private Dancer LP (Parlophone) *Import, Reissue – Back in stock! RIP TINA

MCCOY TYNER – Time for Tyner LP (Blue Note) *180g, Remastered – Blue Note Tone Poet Series

VULTURE FEATHER – Liminal Fields LP (Felte) *Ltd. Bone Color Vinyl


ROGER WATERS – The Lockdown Sessions LP/CD (Legacy)

JUAN WAUTERS – Wandering Rebel LP (Captured Tracks) *Ltd. Sea Blue Vinyl

WITCH – Zango LP (Desert Daze) *Ltd. Yellow Vinyl

WITCHCRAFT – Nucleus 2LP (Svart) *Reissue – Green Vinyl

LINK WRAY – Sings & Plays Guitar LP (Sundazed) *Reissue – Ltd. Pink Vinyl

WYTCH HAZEL – IV: Sacrament LP (Bad Omen)

YES – Mirror to the Sky 2LP/2CD (Inside Out) *Ltd. Custard Vinyl w/ book

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