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Reckless Records 4/3/2020 New Releases

As you might imagine, a number of new releases have been cancelled and we’ve also been dealing with a lot of shipping interruptions during the shutdown. We’re doing our best to keep up with new releases so if you’re not seeing titles listed, they might be arriving late or we can try to special order anything that you’re looking for. Also, you might notice that a number of releases are “out today” but a number of releases have been released digitally but bumped physically. Thank you for your support during these tough times. 

MELKBELLY – Pith LP/CD (WaxNine)
Local heroes MELKBELLY give us their third full length release, unhinged noise rock that plays with your sense of time and harmony. “Pith” is a refreshingly youthful and irreverent record that reminds us of the more angular elements of bands like WYE OAK. RECOMMENDED.

NINA SIMONE – Fodder on My Wings LP/CD (Verve)
2020 reissue of this Nina Simone rarity from 1982. The album was recorded in 1982 just after she moved to Paris & then released on a French label. Supposedly it was one of her favorite recordings. The songs are a mix of styles from show tune esque piano & vocal pieces to upbeat Latin influenced tunes

THUNDERCAT – It Is What it Is LP/CD (Brainfeeder) indie-exclusive cream or red vinyl
The fourth official full length from THUNDERCAT is a major triumph, developing the ideas of future funk and lite rock, present in his breakthrough “Drunk”, into a larger expression of music that touches on lo-fi beat music, chamber pop, yacht rock, hip-hop and other styles that defy categorization. With the help of such luminaries as TY DOLLA SIGN, LIL B THA BASED GOD, STEVE LACY and CHILDISH GAMBINO, It Is What It Is is certainly the most fulfilled bit of stylistic expression in THUNDERCAT’s career. What is remarkable is how unified of a statement this record is. While not a step beyond the territory of what to expect from the artist – this is a THUNDERCAT record thru and thru – this is the most consistent and focused he has been throughout his career. It’s a bit hard to think of who this record would not be RECOMMENDED to, so if you’re reading this, this new record comes RECOMMENDED as hell!

YVES TUMOR – Heaven is a Tortured Mind LP/CD (Warp)
It’s hard to define YVES TUMOR, and honestly that seems to be by design – from their enigmatic noise releases on PAN that implement field recordings and the human voice in equal measure to their breakthru release “Safe In The Hands Of Love”, a pseudo alt- rock record that spoke in equal parts to a 1990s nostalgia that was beginning to form and a newer vaporwave esthetic that valued the recycled past of low art, its difficult to put a name on what YVES TUMOR really makes. “Heaven to a Tortured Mind” is the closest they’ve come to a purely pop record, but it’s covered in enough experimental sonic weirdness that a non-poptimist will still enjoy the various directions this record will take. RECOMMENDED!

Other important new releases 

ALL TIME LOW – Wake Up Sunshine LP/CD (Fueled By Ramen)
BEATRICE DILLON – Work-Around LP (Pan)
MARVIN GAYE – More Trouble LP (Motown)
NIGHTMARES ON WAX – Smoker’s Delight: 25th Anniversary LP (Warp)
M WARD – Migration Stories LP/CD (Anti-)

Some 4/3 releases that will likely arrive next Monday
Ellis – Born Again LP (Fat Possum)
Spirit Adrift – Chained to Oblivion LP (Prosthetic)
Tops- I Feel Alive LP (Tops Music)


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Reckless Records 3/27/20 New Releases


Highly anticipated collaboration between two greats of modern electronic music, Daniel Avery & Alessandro Cortini. Avery is a British musician who most recently released the excellent “Song for Alpha” which was a mix of washy ambience & melodic dance tracks. The synth wiz Cortini is best known for his live work with NINE INCH NAILS & a very prolific last few years topped off with the great “Volume Massimo” album. This album is everything we were hoping for with beautiful & arpeggiated synth patterns, thick sub bass lines, with some lo-fi tape hiss that will appeal to fans of BOARDS OF CANADA & SURVIVE with some shoegaze textures. RECOMMENDED!

DEEPER – Auto-Pain LP/CD (Firetalk) Chicago exclusive “deep freeze blue” vinyl!
Local heroes DEEPER follow their 2018 self-titled debut with more angular, spastic post-punk stylings that recall the nervous energy of THE FEELIES and the dark emotiveness of THE CURE. This is dark, nostalgic music that will help through the darker times we live in. RECOMMENDED!

FACS – Void Moments LP/CD (Trouble in Mind) limited color of black vinyl
It’s difficult to imagine a better album title for March, 27 2020 than “Void Moments.” The world is now a few months into a global pandemic & most of have been having our own “void moments” pretty much every day. Thankfully great music is a welcome distraction to all of this topsy-turvy chaos & the prolific & reliable Chicago band FACS has made perhaps their best record yet. Noah Leger is one of the best drummers around & he’s the defacto leader on many of the songs. There’s a ton of interesting studio trickery & effects on EVERYTHING which gives their already post-industrial snarl & unique angle, sort of like THIS HEAT’s playful willingness & to sort of attempt to destroy their own recordings. It’s difficult to say where we’ll all be in a few months or even a few weeks, but thankfully we now have this soundtrack to all of our moments, contemplating the void. RECOMMENDED.

KNXWLEDGE – 1988 LP/CD (Stones Throw)
Rooted in the same gospel, jazz and soul as his fellow Stones Throw Artists MADLIB and J DILLA, KNWLEDGE has made one of his most powerful, expressive statements in “1988”. This is instrumental hip-hop at it’s best: psychedelic, leftfield and yet rooted to the music that gives club music it’s distinct identity. CHOICE!

MOLCHAT DOMA – Etazhi LP/CD (Sacred Bones) color or black vinyl
MOLCHAT DOMA – S Krysh Nashikh Domon LP/CD (Sacred Bones) color or black vinyl
MOLCHAT DOMA is a post-punk band from Belarus. Their covers feature images of brutalist architecture & dadaist art & it fits with their gothic, post-punk meets synth-pop sound. Fans of legends like JOY DIVISION/early NEW ORDER, “Faith”/”Seventeen Seconds” era CURE & the Colour Tapes label releases, specifically MODERN ART will eat this up.RECOMMENDED.

PEARL JAM – Gigaton LP/CD (Monkeywrench)
Already being hailed as the most vital Pearl Jam record in quite some time Gigaton is going to make many fans extremely happy. It’s been nearly 30 years since Ten built a stranglehold on the indie & pop scenes of the early 90s. It would be easy to give up, cash in, & make uninspired drivel, but with Gigaton, you can hear a revitalized Eddy Vedder crashing directly against the politics of the day. For a band that led us directly out of the 80s to come back 30 years later with tracks that remind us so much of Talking Heads!? This is definitely worth your time.

WAXAHATCHEE – Saint Cloud LP/CD (Merge)
The fifth full release for Katie Crutchfield under the moniker WAXAHATCHEE finds her exploring country, roots and Americana, while maintaining the thread of lush indie pop that has defined her already great career. A gorgeous statement.

WINDY & CARL – Allegiance & Conviction LP/CD (Kranky)
Reckless favorites WINDY & CARL are back on Kranky with their first album in 8 years “Allegiance & Conviction”. The Dearborn, MI duo are longstanding heroes of the space rock/ambient realm & a new record from them is always special. Crisp & clean, stream of consciousness guitar with almost barely audible spoken lyrics by Windy that give this one a bit more of a haunting quality than their other releases. Another great one from these record store owning drone masters! RECOMMENDED.

Other important new releases
BON IVER – Blood Bank EP LP/CD (Jagjaguwar) 10th anniversary edition w/ bonus
CABLE TIES – Far Enough LP/CD (Merge)
CANDELMASS – Pendulum LP (Napalm)
CLAMS CASINO – Moon Trip Radio LP (Clams Casino)
IAN WILLIAM CRAIG – Red Sun Through Smoke LP/CD (Fatcat)
DENZEL CURRY & KENNY BEATS – Unlocked LP (Loma Vista)
HERBIE HANCOCK – The Prisoner LP (Blue Note, Remastered, Tone Poet Series)
JIM HENDRIX – Band of Gypsys LP (50th Anniversary reissue w/ booklet & poster)
LAS KELLIES – Suck This Tangerine LP (Fire)
MAGIC SWORD – Endless LP/CD (Joyful Noise)
HAILU MERGIA – Yene Mircha LP/CD (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
MNDSGN – Bed LP (SSakanoi, reissue)
NAP EYES – Snapshot of a Beginner LP/CD (Jagjaguwar) color or black vinyl
NAZAR – Guerilla LP (Hyperdub)
SUFJAN STEVENS & LOWELL BRAMS – Aporia LP/CD (Asthmatic Kitty) color or black
SUN ARAW – Rock Sutra LP (Sun Ark)
V/A – Whispers: Lounge Originals LP (Numero)

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An important update

Hello everyone,

Like many businesses in Chicago and other great cities of the world right now, we will be observing the order to stay home order that goes into effect today, March 21 at 5pm. Local pickup orders will be suspended until the stay at home order is lifted. We will still try keep putting things on hold for you though! The provision allows for maintaining minimal operations and we will be doing as much as we are allowed to at this time to maintain web sales. We are not yet clear what that will mean in terms of shipping. We will keep you posted as we navigate the situation. We will continue to do what we can to keep you supplied with music and movies while also doing what we can to flatten the curve!


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Reckless Records 3/20/20 New Releases

Obviously our shops are closed to foot traffic right now but for now we’re still offering curbside pick-up for web & phone orders and we can still ship. All of our inventory including new releases is searchable and for sale at


CHAPTERHOUSE – Whirpool LP (Music on Vinyl) shoegaze classic reissued on limited 
    blue & silver marble vinyl
COCTEAU TWINS – Garlands LP (4AD) reissue
COCTEAU TWINS – Victorialand LP (4AD) reissue
DEEP SPACE DUO – Spacetones CS (Love All Day) local experimental musicians Matt 
    Jencik & Whitney Johnson (aka MATCHESS) team up for organ drones!
BRIAN & ROGER ENO – Mixing Colours LP/CD (Deutsche Gramaphone)
JON HASSELL – Vernal Equinox LP (Ndeya) reisssue
JOLIE HOLLAND – Escondida LP (Cinqefoil) reissue
HELEN MONEY – Atomic LP/CD (Thrill Jockey)
IRREVERSIBLE ENTANGLEMENTS – Who Sent You? LP/CD (International Anthem)
MOANING – Uneasy Laughter LP/CD (Sub Pop) first press loser edition
RUSTIN MAN – Clockdust LP (Domino)
MATTHEW TAVARES & LELAND WHITTY – Visions LP/CD (Mr. Bongo) new album from
   BADBADNOTGOD co-founders!

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An Important note to our customers & friends

Hello friends!

Like everyone else, we are trying to navigate our way through the current crisis as we go.
Beginning today all three locations will be local pick-up or mail order only.

Help support us and your record habit from your living room!  We do have a website!  It lists our entire inventory of thousands of records, CDs and movies and we will continue to ship orders out daily, or if you are local you can order ahead and pick it up.

We will be working to add some special goodies online over the next few weeks to keep you interested too! We really appreciate your support during this difficult time and can’t wait to get back to seeing all of your faces regularly in the shops!
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Reckless Records 3/13/20 New Releases


Gonna keep it light for now. Weird week. STAY HEALTHY!

TREY GRUBER – Herculean House of Cards LP (Numero)
The Chicago musician Trey Gruber died tragically of an overdose at 26. While listening to these posthumous recordings released by Numero, it’s impossible not to imagine what could have been. His songs & lyrics are ridiculously mature & well-crafted. You can hear bits of John Lennon, Dylan, Syd Barrett, Pete Ham & outsider songwriters like Martin Newell. This really 

is an incredible collection. RIP TREY GRUBER. 

HORSE LORDS – The Common Task LP (Northern Spy)
First album for Baltimore’s HORSE LORDS since 2016’s “Interventions” and this one’s a doozy. Avant-garde, polyrhythmic rock mutations that owes as much to the classical minimalists of the late 20th Century (STEVE REICH, PHILIP GLASS, LA MONTE YOUNG etc.) as to psych-prog outfits like HAWKWIND or KING CRIMSON and even to free jazz composers like PETER BROTZMANN and ALBERT AYLER. “The Common Task” is rooted in a radical left utopian vision, liberating the mind by liberating the body to move. HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

PORCHES – Ricky Music LP/CD (Domino) deluxe LP w/ bonus Rangerover 7”
Aaron Maine returns for his fourth album as PORCHES, and brings to the table contributions from DEV HYNES (known by most as BLOOD ORANGE) and ZSELA. “Ricky Music” expands further on the steely, raw-nerve synth pop of Maine’s previous material.

DARWIN DEEZ – Darwin Deez LP (Lucky Number) 10th Anniversary Edition w/ bonus 7”
DUNGEN – Live (Mexican Summer) silver vinyl ltd to 300 at Milwaukee Ave!
EARLY DAY MINERS – Placer Found LP (Secretly Canadian) 
THE FRIGHTS – LP/CD Everything Feels Like Yesterday (Epitaph)
HONEY CUTT – Coasting LP (Kanine)
JOYFULTALK – A Separation of Being LP (Constellation)
BARNEY KESSEL – Live at the Jazz Mill 1954, Vol. 2 LP (Modern Harmonic) gold vinyl
MADISON MCFERRIN – You+I LP (Digger’s Factory)
MONOPHONICS – It’s Only Us LP/CD (Colemine)
OXZ – Along Ago 1981- 1989 LP (Captured Tracks)
PORRIDGE RADIO – Every Bad LP/CD (Secretly)
ULTRAÍSTA – Sister LP (Partisan)


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Reckless Records 3/6/20 New Releases

AFRICAN HEAD CHARGE reissues – Songs of Praise 2LP / In Pursuit of Shashamane Land 2LP / Vision of a Psychedelic Africa 2LP / Voodoo of the Godsent 2LP / Churchical Chant of the Iyabinghi LP / Drumming is a Language 5CD (On-U Sound)
Some essential reissue material here from the trailblazing psychedelic dub band AFRICAN HEAD CHARGE. Rangy, punkish music that should appeal to the fans of A CERTAIN RATIO, THE POP GROUP or 23 SKIDOO. These are very obviously RECOMMENDED!

STEPHEN MALKMUS – Traditional Techniques LP/CD (Matador)
After a brief foray into synths & electronic beats, Stephen Malkmus is back with another “JICKS-less” solo album for 2020. This one is also a step in a
different direction but it’s more logical than where he went on “Groove Denied.” This is mostly
an acoustic record with tons of 12 string guitars, lap steel, flute & some Tuareg sounding guitar 
soloing. The end result is a psychedelic folk record that owes as much to ESPERS & SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE as it does COMUS & INTERNATIONAL STRING BAND while still managing to sound like Stephen J.Malkmus. 

CAROLINE ROSE – Superstar LP/CD/TAPE (New West) ltd. edition with a signed poster!
Following her breakthrough “LONER” in 2018, New York based songwriter CAROLINE ROSE has delivered an off- beat concept album about big Hollywood ambitions and failures. ROSE develops upon the quirky, synth-laden sound of her previous record, focusing on hooks and melody without getting bogged down in maximalism.

U.S. GIRLS – Heavy Light LP/CD (4AD)
Meg Remy continues to impress on her 7th album as U.S. GIRLS. The songs are a mix of upbeat art rock, hints of soul, disco & R&B but that really only scratches the surface because this is some unique pop music that is honestly pretty difficult to describe. Sure there are hints of greats like Patti Smith & Kate Bush but Remy’s footing is firmly in 2020 & looking forward. Really good stuff. RECOMMENDED.

Other Important New Releases
LAUREN AUDER – Two Caves In LP (Harvest)
DANNY BARNES – Man on Fire LP (ATO) color vinyl
BONNIWELL MUSIC MACHINE – Bonniwell Music Machine LP (Real Gone) color vinyl
SYLVAIN CHAUVEAU – Simple: Rare & Unreleased Pieces 1998 – 2010 LP (Fatcat)
NOEL GALLAGHER & THE HIGH FLYING BIRDS – Blue Moon Rising LP (Capitol) color vinyl while supplies last
HONEY HARPER – Starmaker LP (ATO) clear vinyl
JAMES HUNTER SIX – Nick of Time LP/CD (Daptone) color vinyl
JADEN – ERYS LP (Roc Nation)
MANSIONS – Dig Up The Dead LP (Bad Timing)
NEGATIVE APPROACH – Tied Down LP (TOUCH & GO) color vinyl
P.E. (PILL + EATERS) – Person LP (Wharf Cat)
PHANTOGRAM – Ceremony LP (Rebublic)
SWAMP DOGG – Sorry You Couldn’t Make It LP/CD (Joyful Noise)
HORACE TAPSCOTT QUINTET – The Giant is Awakened LP (Real Gone) color vinyl
2PAC – Me Against the World LP (Interscope) 25th anniversary edition
USE NO HOOKS – The Job LP (Chapter Music)
THE WHO – Kids are Alright LP (Polydor)
THE WHO – Quadrophenia LP (Polydor)

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Reckless Records 2/28/20 New Releases

CARIBOU – Suddenly LP/CD (Merge)
A glorious return for Dan Snaith, aka CARIBOU, with the first release in over five years, sees the polymath pulling from sample-heavy beat production a la J DILLA or THE AVALANCHES and the lite synth pop of TAME IMPALA. This music is joyful, infectious and well, well worth the wait. RECOMMENDED!

ALABASTER DePLUME – To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals Vol. 1 LP/CD (International Anthem)
The next artist to join the Int’l Anthem roster is London-based saxophonist and bandleader ALABASTER DePLUME. Adding to the IA canon, “To Cy & Lee” draws from many sources, from Japanese folk to Ethio-jazz to traditional Celtic music. The result is a stirring collection that recreates an “ancient” or “primitive” sound, sounding like folk music in the same way that composers like MAURICE RAVEL and BELA BARTOK imagined their pieces, while maintaining the intuitive senses of artists like JULIUS EASTMAN or ARTHUR RUSSELL. OBVIOUSLY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

PRISCILLA ERMEL – Origens Da Luz LP (Music From Memory)
Attention MUSIC FROM MEMORY fans! Another release by one of our favorite labels, this time focusing on the Brazilian composer & multi-instrumentalist Priscilla Ermel. Ermel studied filmmaking & anthropology & she traveled around Brazil sometimes living with indigenous people & collecting instruments & studying their music. She would later use these instruments along with synths & field recordings she made along her journey. These recordings were made between 1986-1994 & they’re a wonderful mix of crisp, 80’s digital sounding recording with acoustic instruments. Fans of the label, Japanese environmental music & the releases on labels like EG will love this. RECOMMENDED.

HIS NAME IS ALIVE – Return to Never: Home Recordings 1979-1986 Vol. 2 LP (Disciples)
The second volume of home demo recordings from WARREN DEFEVER continues to draw from musique concrète and drone, seeing a teenage DEFEVER make mature ambient soundscapes from echoed guitars and field recordings. This is about as good of an ambient collection as you can find. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

POLVO – Cor-Crane Secret LP (Merge) 90s noise rock classic back in print on color vinyl 
    with new artwork
POLVO – Today’s Active Lifestyles LP (Merge) 90s noise rock classic back in print on color 
   vinyl with new artwork
Two of the most important 90s art rock records have been criminally out of print for many years but thankfully Merge has finally done the right thing & brought them back. The North Carolina band playfully experimented with SONIC YOUTH’s alternate guitar tuning style & invented their own unique style of twisted indie rock psychedelia. Even Better, there are great songs buried under all of the barely-in-tune guitar noise & these records still sound crazed & interesting in 2020. Both records also have new artwork inspired by the original covers. RECOMMENDED!

RATBOYS – Printer’s Devil LP/CD/TAPE (Top Shelf) ltd. “mist” vinyl
Chicago’s own RATBOYS got the “Bernie Bump” when they opened for a Sanders rally ahead of the Iowa Caucus. If hearing an old man from Brooklyn say “Thank you to the RATBOYS” didn’t get you hyped for their next LP, hopefully the music itself does the trick. The band’s approach is no-nonsense, making good use of power-pop hooks, washed-out guitars and a snappy rhythm section that locks into a groove with ease, all creating a canvas for singer and guitarist Julia Steiner’s high register vocals to cut through. Steiner’s voice gives us FRANCES QUINLAN or WAXAHATCHEE vibes, but with a bit more “country”. RECOMMENDED!

REAL ESTATE – The Main Thing LP/CD (Domino)
Jingle-janglers REAL ESTATE return for the first time since 2017’s “In Mind”, bringing with them more of the trademark lock-tite grooves, bright guitar tones, hazy harmonies, and sun-soaked vibes that made the band an indie staple a decade ago. A true return to form here!

Other important new releases
CHET BAKER – Chet Baker Sings LP (180GRM, Tone Poet Series, Analog pressing) (Blue 
BLACK MARKET BRASS – Undying Thirst LP/CD (Colemine)
JEREMY CUNNINGHAM – The Weather Up There LP/CD (Northern Spy) ltd. “sepia” vinyl
DANIEL DAVIES – Signals LP/CD (Sacred Bones)
ANGELA GARCIA – Cha, Cha Palace LP (Spacebomb)
GRIZZLY BEAR – Horn of Plenty LP (Kanine)
HAPPY MONDAYS – Bummed LP (London)
KEVIN KRAUTER – Full Hand LP (Bayonet)
MYSTERY KINDAICHI BAND- Adventures of Kindaichi Kosuke LP (We Wants Sounds)
KASSA OVERALL – I Think I’m Good LP (Brownswood)
JORDAN REYES – Fairchild Soundtrack & Border Land LP (White Sepulchre)
SOCCER MOMMY – Color Theory LP/CD/TAPE (Loma Vista)
LEO TAKAMI – Felis Catus & Silence LP (Unseen Worlds)
VATICAN SHADOW – Opium Crop Airstrikes LP (Hospital)
XASTHUR – Funeral of Being LP (Oracular Visions) reissued!
WAJATTA – Don’t Let Get You Down 2LP (Brainfeeder) Reggie Watts & John Tejada!

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Reckless Records 2/21/20 New Releases

COURTNEY BARNETT – MTV Unplugged: Live! In Melbourne LP/CD (Mom + Pop)
This unplugged set provides us with some nice takes of COURTNEY BARNETT classics now pared back and intimate, along with some fresh covers – including a wonderful version of LEONARD COHEN’s “So Long, Marianne”. Also featuring guest spots from MARLON WILLIAMS and EVELYN IDA MORRIS, this live set does not disappoint.

CALIFONE – Echo Mine LP/CD (Jealous Butcher)
The first CALIFONE release in four years accompanies a dance performance – also titled “Echo Mine” – from choreographer Robyn Mineko Williams that reflects both entities’ rough, painterly approach to their respective crafts and shared affinity for abstraction.

ELUVIUM – Virga 1 LP (Temporary Residence) limited edition
Matthew Cooper returns to the ambient realm with “Virga 1”. Absolutely beautiful & crushing songs drenched in reverb with deep & enveloping tones. RECOMMENDED.

FRANCE GALL – 1968 LP (Third Man) first ever U.S. vinyl pressing!
FRANCE GALL – Baby Pop LP (Third Man) first ever U.S. vinyl pressing!
FRANCE GALL – Poupee De Cire LP (Third Man) first ever U.S. vinyl pressing!
Over the past few years Third Man has gone deeper into the reissue realm, this time with three albums by the French pop star & one of the most recognizable singers of the ye-ye sound, France Gall. These are the first ever U.S. reissues of these classic albums that featured production & arrangements by legends like Serge Gainsbourg, Alain Goraguer & David 
Whitaker. Any fan of 60s French music & 60s pop & beat music in general will want to pick these up. RECOMMENDED!

CINDY LEE – What’s Tonight To Eternity LP (W. 25th)
This is the 5th album by the former WOMEN member Patrick Flegel under the CINDY LEE name. Lo-fi recordings & a mix of experimental sound collage, 
50s rock & roll songs that sound like they’re coming from three rooms away, some Lynchian Twin Peaks vibes & some songs that remind us of the earliest Angel Olsen songs. This is really unique stuff & we’re very intrigued!

LIGHTNING BOLT – Ride the Skies LP (Thrill Jockey) limited blue vinyl reissue
THRILL JOCKEY continues their much needed LIGHTNING BOLT reissue campaign with their second record, RIDE THE SKIES. From the stories of the original press that came in silk screened prints selling faster than they could make them, to the fact that tracks like “Saint Jacques” and the title track have been covered by free jazz groups while serving as the theme music for surreal cartoons, RIDE THE SKIES is one of the Two Brians’ most stone-cold of classics. Front to back, these tracks take the unhinged fury of their self-titled release and throws them into PHILIP GLASS-esque song structures, creating a magical hypnosis of frantic arpeggios and breathless drumming that makes time fold into itself like a mobius strip. That might sound like pretentious drivel, but trust us, that’s exactly the kind of magic Chippendale & Gibson specialize in, and RIDE THE SKIES is truly the first time their spell gets cast without a hitch. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!

SIGHTLESS PIT – Grave of a Dog LP/CD (Thrill Jockey) limited pink vinyl
Big time collaboration between Lee Buford (THE BODY), Kristin Hayter (LINGUA IGNOTA) and Dylan Walker (FULL OF HELL) finds a way to accentuate all three artists’ strengths. Buford’s pummeling, ritualistic percussion, Hayter’s operatic tendencies and knack for crescendo, and Walker’s primal, confrontational bellows make for a virtuosic heavy industrial release, building tense atmospheres and keeping listeners on their toes by subverting expectations. Those familiar with THE BODY and FULL OF HELL’s collaborations in the past will be happy to hear that sound taken a step further. RECOMMENDED.

Other Important New Releases
RASHIED ALI & FRANK LOWE – Duo Exchange (Survival)
RASHIED ALI QUINTET – First Time Out (Survival)
BEST COAST – Always Tomorrow LP/CD (Concord)
DADAMAH – This Is Not a Dream LP (Grapefruit)
DISCHARGE – Protest & Survive: Anthology LP (BMG)
GREG DULLI – Random Desire LP/CD (BMG)
EYELIDS – Accidental Falls LP (Jealous Butcher)
FRUIT BATS & VETIVE – Live at Spacebomb Studios LP (Spacebomb Arc)
ELLEN FULLMAN – In The Sea LP (Superior Viaduct)
JON GIBSON – Songs & Melodies 1973- 1977 LP (Superior Viaduct)
GRIMES – Miss Anthropocene LP/CD (4AD) limited pink or black vinyl
GUIDED BY VOICES – Surrender Your Poppy Field LP/CD (GBV)
MASUMI HARA – 4 X A Dream LP (Numero Group)
KING KRULE – Man Alive! LP/CD (Matador) limited color or black vinyl
LAVENDER FLU – Barbarian Dust LP (In The Red)
MHYSA – NEVAEH LP (Hyperdub)
LEE RANALDO & PAUL REFREE – Names of North End Women LP (Mute)
SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE – Companion Rises LP/CD (Drag City)
TOO FREE – Love in High Demand LP (Sister Polygon)
WASTED SHIRT – Fungs II LP/CD (Famous Class) Ty Segall & Brian Chippnedale!
WREKMEISTER HARMONIES – We Love to Look at the Carnage LP/CD (Thrill Jockey)
V/A – Apala: Apala Groups in Nigeria 1967-70 2LP/CD (Soul Jazz)

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Reckless Records 2/14/20 New Release

BEACH BUNNY – Honeymoon LP/CD/TAPE (Mom+Pop) 
Following the smash success of their “Prom Queen” EP in 2018, local heatseekers BEACH BUNNY make their very anticipated full-length debut. “Honeymoon” develops lead songwriter Lili Trifilio’s lyrical style further, exploring heartbreak, anxiety and the oppressions of unattainable beauty standards with a deft grace and an easy sense empathy that communicates those complex emotions into a disarmingly straightforward manner. But more than anything else, what sticks out are the hooks; this is power pop of the earworm variety, with enough attack and potency to remain stuck rattling in your cerebral cortex for months and years. This is one of the most exciting local releases of recent memory, and fans of CHARLY BLISS, BEST COAST or good pop music in general should know this one comes RECOMMENDED!

DRAMA – Dance Without Me LP (Ghostly)
Amazing debut by the Chicago duo DRAMA featuring  producer Na’el Shehade & vocalist Via Rosa. Soulful  electronic pop with hints of Chicago house, dubstep & R&B. This is one of those records that finds its way into your head & before you know it multiple songs are stuck in your head. We think this is going to be a big one folks. RECOMMENDED.

LURKER OF CHALICE – Tellurian Slaked Furnace LP (Nuclear War Now)
The 2005 album by LURKER OF CHALICE is one of our favorite black metal records OF ALL TIME at Reckless. L.O.C. is the side project of Jef Whitehead’s better known LEVIATHAN project. Before he released that album he released two limited CD-R demos that have been 
re-compiled by Whitehead for this release. Those of you that know the album might be surprised by the experimental nature of these recordings. Yes there are black metal songs, but there are also lengthy acoustic passages, almost gothic folk tunes that remind us of artists like CURRENT 93, dark ambient drones & more. TOTALLY EPIC STUFF.

KALI MALONE – Sacrificial Code LP (Ideal Recordings)
This record disappeared very quickly on its initial release in 2019 & we’re so very excited to be able to stock more copies. Kali Malone is a Swedish musician that recorded these minimal organ pieces at Stockholm’s Kungliga Musikhögskolan (the Royal College of Music). 
Despite being recorded in a massive building, the organ was close-mic’d so the organ drones/dirges have an incredibly intimate sound. You can hear the air from the pipes & this gives everything such a unique & mellow texture. In some ways this makes us think of Laurie 
Spiegel’s incredible “Expanded Universe” if it was played on an acoustic instrument. SO VERY RECOMMENDED.

MAXIMUM JOY – Station M.X.J.Y LP (1972) amazing early 80’s post-punk classic available 
We were surprised to learn that this is the first ever vinyl reissue of this classic 1982 post-punk/
dance-punk album by MAXIMUM JOY. It’s not too surprising that these guys blended elements of funk & reggae in their songs especially considering that they featured ex-members of GLAXO BABIES & POP GROUP. Fans of those groups & bands like early A CERTAIN RATIO, AFRICAN HEAD CHARGE, THE SLITS, ESSENTIAL LOGIC etc… will love this. RECOMMENDED.

Other important new releases
AMERICAN NIGHTMARE – Life Support 7” (Deathwish)
BAMBARA – Stray LP/CD (Wharf Cat)
CHARLY BLISS – Supermoon EP 12” (Barsuk)
DAVID BOWIE – Alabama Song 7” picture disc (Rhino)
GRATEFUL DEAD – Dick’s Picks Vol. 24: Cow Palace, Daly City, CA 3/23/74 4LP (Real Gone)
HELDON – Un Reve Sans Consequence Speciale LP (Bureau B) 
HELDON – 6 – Interface LP (Bureau B) 
HELDON – Stand By LP (Bureau B) 
JUNG JE IL – Parasite (Soundtrack) LP (Sacred Bones)
THE MEN – Mercy LP/CD (Sacred Bones)
MOONDOG – On the Streets of New York LP (Mississippi) after numerous delays we finally 
  got some of these!
BOBBY PATTERSON – My Thing Is Your Thing – Jetstar Strut From Bobby Patterson LP 
   (Modern Harmonic) 
PERSONALITY CULT – New Arrows LP (Dirtnap)
BEN PIRANI & THE MEANS OF PRODUCTION – That’s the Way it Goes 7” (Colemine)
BYRON POPE / SPEED OF LIGHT – Music for Earthdwellers & Starseekers LP (Tidal Wave)
POST ANIMAL – Forward Motion Godyssey (Polyvinyl)
NATHANIEL RATECLIFF – And It’s Still Alright LP (Fantasy)
STEVE ROACH – Quiet Music Vol. 1 (Telephone Explosion)
STEVE ROACH – Quiet Music Vol. 2 (Telephone Explosion)
STEVE ROACH – Quiet Music Vol. 3 (Telephone Explosion)
RAPHAEL SAADIQ – Instant Vintage LP (Get On Down)
TAME IMPALA – Slow Rush LP/CD (Interscope) Indie only red/blue vinyl or regular green
TENNIS – Swimmer LP (Mutually Detrimental)
VARIOUS ARTISTS – Diamond Distance & Liquid Fury: Sonny Vincent Primitive 1969-76 
   LP (Hozac)
VARIOUS ARTISTS – We Were Living in Cincinnati: Punk & Underground Sounds From 
    Ohio’s Queen City (1975-1982) LP (Hozac)