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THE BETHS – Jump Rope Gazers LP/CD (Carpark) tangerine vinyl

An absolute  K I L L E R  power pop release from THE BETHS, hailing from Auckland, NZ. “Jump Rope Gazers” has shades of contemporaries ALVVAYS and BEACH BUNNY, but with some thrilling THIN LIZZY or Blue Album WEEZER-esque guitar work peppered in. We’re only halfway through 2020 , but this will be easily one of this year’s best rock albums. They don’t get much more RECOMMENDED than this thing right here. GET IT GET IT GET IT!


Agghhh…here it is, a true holy grail of hard rock finally available again. Holden recorded this album circa 1970 & very few copies were made & most that are out there are often bootlegs.  Now in 2020, we can marvel again at Holden’s blistering guitar solos in all their sludgey goodness.  The sound clearly echoes BLUE CHEER, of which Holden was briefly a member playing on one side of “New! Improved!” BLUE CHEER style stoney rock with Hendrix caliber guitar solos.There’s a showy almost VAN HALEN quality to some of this too. RECOMMENDED!

MOMOKO KIKUCHI – Adventure LP (Ship To Shore) 

Light in the Attic continues their exploration into the magical world of Japanese City Pop. This one is from 1986 by the artist Momoko Kikuchi. Like most City Pop, this has a high production value with the top studio & music gear of the era, great artwork etc… This is the first ever vinyl reissue & it comes with a large poster.

TAL ROSS – Giant Shirley 2LP (Tidal Waves) violet vinyl, limited to 250

ATTENTION PARLIAMENT/FUNKADELIC FANS! Tal Ross was a founding member of FUNKADELIC that left the group in 1971 after a bad LSD trip. Having played on some ofthe group’s classic albums such as the first one, “Osmium”, “Maggot Brain” & “Free Your Mind…” Ross was totally immersed in that style of psychedelic funk & this stuff fits in there right along with it. Some of this leans towards the blues & even stoned-out rock jams but P-FUNK fans will definitely dig this stuff. 

SILVER SCROLLS – Music For Walks LP (Three Lobed)

Former POLVO members Dave Brylawski and Brian Quast are SILVER SCROLLS, and “Music For Walks” is a concept album sprawling across psych, blues, math rock, drone and other leftfield styles. The concept is … well, music that you can walk to! Seemingly simple, but the ideas here take you to incredible places. RECOMMENDED!

HIROSHI YOSHIMURA – Green LP/CD (Light in the Attic)

Back in early 2017, we received a reissue of a wonderful early 80’s album by the Japanese musician Hiroshi Yoshimura called “Music For Nine Postcards” & we were entranced. Since then Yoshimura’s music has become more widely known outside of Japan & now the highly anticipated reissue of this excellent 1986 album “Green” is here. Made on classic Yahama synths of the era, this is a beautiful album of soothing instrumentals that owe as much to 80s new age as they do to 80s TANGERINE DREAM film scores & 20th century minimalism like Steve Reich. RECOMMENDED.


JULIANNA BARWICK – Healing Is A Miracle LP/CD (Ninja Tune) LP comes with signed art print!

CHARLES BRACKEEN / RHYTHM X – The Music of Charles Brackeen LP (Pure Pleasure)

APOLLO BROWN – Reset: 10 Year Anniversary Edition LP (Mello Music Group) color vinyl

DIRTY PROJECTORS – Windows Open EP 12” (Domino)

DISTURBED – Sickness: 20th Anniversary reissue LP (Warner)

BOB DYLAN – Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid: Original Master Recording LP (Mobile Fidelity) 

ENSLAVED – Blodhemn LP (Osmose) color vinyl

ENSLAVED – Eld LP (Osmose) color vinyl

INTER ARMA – Garbers Day Revisited LP (Relapse) orange/black vinyl limited to 250 or black

JAYHAWKS – XOXO LP (Sham) white vinyl w/ bonus CD

MOMOKO KIKUCHI – Adventure LP (Ship to Shore) with poster

THE MIDNIGHT – Monsters 2LP (Counter) ltd. purple swirl vinyl

MONKEES – Mike & Micky Show 2LP (Rhino)

PAINT – Spiritual Vegas LP (Mexican Summer)

CAROLINE POLACHEK – Pang LP (Caroline Polacheck) 180grm reissue w/ poster

MARGO PRICE – That’s How Rumors Get Started LP/CD (Loma Vista)

MARGO PRICE – That’s How Rumors Get Started LP  (Loma Vista) first pressing w/ 7”

BRIGID MAE POWER – Head Above The Water LP (Fire) ltd. white vinyl

EARL SWEATSHIRT – Feet of Clay LP (Warner) indie only tan or black vinyl

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LITHICS – Tower of Age LP/CD (Trouble in Mind) ltd. color or black vinyl

2020 album by the Portland post-rockin’ group LITHICS.Angular, jagged & rhythmic songs with dueling guitars battling it out with brittle precision. Hints of THE SLITS, RAINCOATS, WIRE, Chicago’s HECKS, PARQUET COURTS etc…Fantastic stuff.

PAYSAGE D’HIVER – Im Wald 4LP/2CD (Kunsthall)

PAYSAGE D’HIVER is the project of the mysterious Swiss artist Tobias Mockl aka Wintherr. Over the past 20 years, there have been 10 albums & multiple split releases by PAYSAGE D’HIVER with a very limited amount of information about them released. Some of the records are lo-fi black metal, some are full ambient synth records, some a mix of both but all of them are cold & grim in their own way. This one is over 2 hours of wind sounds, frigid sounding field

recordings, guitar ambience & freezing cold, lo-fi black metal. This is a very intense listen & we can imagine some people’s sanity being pushed to the bring if they made it through in one listen. If you’re into this sort of thing, we can’t imagine there’s anything better than this for you out there right now. RECOMMENDED.

PURE X – PURE X LP (Fire Talk)

After a six-year hiatus, cult indie band PURE X retunswith this self-titled outing, a perfectly focused LP that marries the dusty, washed-out psychedelia of their previous albums with a tightly locked-in sense of rhythm and melody. Quite a welcome return!

ROLLING BLACKOUTS C.F. – Sideways to New Italy LP (Sub Pop) first press loser edition on color vinyl

The talented Melbourne group ROLLING BLACKOUTS C.F.return with their second album. They continue to honor great 80s guitar groups like R.E.M., THE FEELIES, GO-BETWEENS etc… with an acoustic constantly strumming along in the background driving the mostly upbeat songs. 

WINTER – Into Darkness: Expanded Edition 2LP (Svart) 

Expanded reissue of this classic 1990 doom/death album from the NYC band WINTER. Morose & slow songs that perfectly fit the vibe of their name with an almost goth leaning later CELTIC FROST vibe at times. This expanded version comes with a bonus LP of their “Eternal Frost” demo.

WIRE – 10:20 LP (Pink Flag)

“10:20” is the 2020 album by the legendary WIRE. On this one, the band went back through tracks that were abandoned over the years & revisisted & re-recorded them. There are some songs you probably know like “German Shepherds” from “IBTABA” but these are all new versions & it truly listens like a new record. More great music from WIRE!


CASSIE – Change My Image 7” (Reminder)

CHERYL – Killer Kiss 7” (Reminder)

THE CHICKS – The Sound of… LP (Sundazed)

CURRENT 93 – Horsey 2LP (House of Mythology) remastered & expanded edition

CURRENT 93 – Sleep Has His House 2LP (House of Mythology) remastered & expanded 

DIET CIG – Do You Wonder About Me? LP (French Kiss) limited pink vinyl

DREAM WIFE – So When You Gonna… LP (Lucky Numbers)

HOLY HIVE – Interloper LP (Reverb Appreciation Society)

EUGENE MCDANIELS – Outlaw: 50th Anniversary LP (Real Gone) color vinyl

WILLIE NELSON – First Rose of Spring LP/CD (Legacy)

JILL SCOTT – Who is Jill Scott? 2LP (Hidden Beach) blue vinyl reissue

SYMARIP – Skinhead Moonstomp LP (Music on Vinyl)

TENNGER – Nomad LP (Beyond Beyond is Beyond)

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Reckless Records June 26 2020 New Releases

ALBERT AYLER – New Grass LP (Third Man)

Third Man gets into the jazz game with this reissue of the classic but often misunderstood 1969 album by saxophone legend Albert Ayler. A mix of his free jazz style with some groovy soul tunes, electric bass, spoken word passages, gospel inspired backing vocals & more. It’s easy to imagine that this must have turned a lot of heads back in the day, especially withstuffy critics. RECOMMENDED.

CORIKY – Coriky LP/CD (Dischord)

This one couldn’t have landed at a better time! CORIKY is a new trio from D.C. featuring Ian Mackaye on guitar, his partner Amy Farina on drums & Joe Lally on bass & there’s a lot to like here. In a lot of ways this is exactly what you probably would imagine & we mean that in the best way possible. It’s like a more stripped-down FUGAZI & simultaneously a more expanded EVENS. Joe Lally is just as important in driving this band & as he was in FUGAZI & his bass lines interact with the guitar & drums perfectly. Ian & Amy trade off & share vocals & their voices sound excellent together. This is the closest we’ll get to a new FUGAZI record any time soon & it’s simultaneously its own thing. We didn’t realize how badly we needed a record like this until we heard. RECOMMENDED.


COUNTRY WESTERNS are a trio from Nashville that doesn’t play country western music. Their sound owes more to 80’s Minneapolis bands like THE REPLACEMENTS & early SOUL ASYLUM than any Grand Ole Opry performers. The band features members of SILVER JEWS, JESSE & former Reckless alum & STATE CHAMPION member Sabrina Rush. HELL YEAH!

KHRUANGBIN – Mordechai LP/CD limited pink or black vinyl. We also have some free patches to give away while supplies last

The 2018 album “Con Todo El Mundo” by the Houston band KHRUANGBIN started out slow at the store but once it picked up, the hype started to build gradually around the band & it’s become one of our best sellers of the past 2 years. Now the talented trio is back with “Mordechai”, an album that should solidify them as one of the most exciting bands going right now. Using melodic elements of Middle Eastern, Thai & South American psych rock & surf & funk with a super tight rhythm section, they create timeless & infectious sounding songs. This one has a lot more singing but like the rest of the arrangements, it’s efficient & no notes feel wasted. Another amazing album by KHRUANGBIN. RECOMMENDED.

MIDWIFE – Forever LP (The Flenser)

“Forever” is the 2020 album by the Denver based  project of Madeline Johnston called MIDWIFE. The album is a memorial for a friend of Johnston’s that passed recently & though the album does have some heavy vibes, it’s also bittersweet & hopeful. Johnston lived at the legendary Denver art space Rhinoceropolis & that’s where a lot of the MIDWIFE sound was formed. Expertly crafted slow core/shoegaze that will appeal to fans of JESU, CODEINE, JESUS & MARY CHAIN, HAVE A NICE LIFE etc…RECOMMENDED.

POTTERY – Welcome to Bobby’s Motel LP/CD (Partisan) w/ lyric booklet

Montreal’s POTTERY explodes with energy on their first full-length, channeling the funk-punk of the New York scene in the late 70s / early 80s (KONK, BUSH TETRAS, LIQUID LIQUID) as well as the titans of the off-kilter we all know and love — DEVO, all while never taking themselves or their lyrical content all that seriously. “Bobby’s Motel” embraces its own excess, with the odd songwriting and vocal delivery bolstered by massive percussion and juicy guitar hooks. RECOMMENDED!

REDD KROSS – Red Cross EP 12”/CD (Merge) 40th anniversary ed. w/ bonus tracks

40th anniversary of the debut release from REDD KROSS, recorded when the Brothers McDonald were only mere teens. Tracked in the studio in one day with each song clocking in at around a minute apiece, this self-titled EP is an explosive, uninhibited document of raw punk energy, foretelling the future of RK. RECOMMENDED!!

VARIOUS ARTISTS – Louis Wayne Moody High LP (Numero Group)

An excellent compilation of mysterious underground garage rock tunes from the 60s. Like the best genre compilations, this one has a really specific vibe & the songs sound excellent together. This one sort of reminds us of the excellent “Anxious Color” comp on Mississippi. RECOMMENDED.

WOODS – Strange to Explain LP (Woodsist)

The now bi-coastal band WOODS returns with a new album for these pandemic times in 2020. These guys have been at it for 15 years now so they know how to write a song & there are a lot of good ones on here. This one is pretty “rootsy” with acoustic driven ballads that remind us of early SHINS, mellow rockers backed with some Rhodes piano & overall pretty chill vibes. 


ARCHERS OF LOAF – Talking Over Talk b/w Cruel Reminder 7” (Merge) new AoL songs!


THE FALL – Reformation Post TLC LP (Cherry Red) color vinyl reissue

FANNY – Fanny LP (Real Gone) ltd. white vinyl reissue

ART FEYNMAN – Half Price at 3:30 LP (Western Vinyl)

FIERY FURNACES – Down at the So & So On Somewhere 7” (Third Man)

GORDI – Our Two Skins LP (Jagjaguwar)

ERIK HALL – Music for 18 Musicians LP (Western Vinyl)

BECCA MANCARI – The Greatest Part LP (Captured Tracks)

NAEEM – Startisha LP (37d03d) red vinyl

PARK HYE JIN – How can I 12” (Ninja Tune)

PROF – Powderhorn Suites LP (Rhymesayers)

PUBLIC PRACTICE – Gentle Grip LP (Wharf Cat)

JOSEY REBELLE – Josey in Space 12” (Beats in Space)

REIGNING SOUND – Home For Orphans LP (Merge) 15th anniversary ed.

ROLLING STONES – Living in a Ghost Town 10” (Polydor) new song on orange vinyl

ROLLING STONES – Bigger Bang LP (Polydor) half-speed remaster

ROLLING STONES – Black & Blue LP (Polydor) half-speed remaster

ROLLING STONES – Bridges to Babylon LP (Polydor) half-speed remaster

ROLLING STONES – Dirty Work LP (Polydor) half-speed remaster

ROLLING STONES – Emotional Rescue LP (Polydor) half-speed remaster

ROLLING STONES – Exile On Main Street LP (Polydor) half-speed remaster

ROLLING STONES – It’s Only Rock n Roll LP (Polydor) half-speed remaster

ROLLING STONES – Some Girls LP (Polydor) half-speed remaster

ROLLING STONES – Sticky Fingers LP (Polydor) half-speed remaster

ROLLING STONES – Tattoo You LP (Polydor) half-speed remaster

ROLLING STONES – Under Cover LP (Polydor) half-speed remaster

ROLLING STONES – Voodoo Lounge LP (Polydor) half-speed remaster

SOFIE – Cult Survivor LP (Stones Throw)

SQUID – Sludge b/w Broadcaster 10” (Warp)

VARIOUS ARTISTS – Field Work: Ultrasonic LP (Temporary Residence) 

WETWARE – Flail LP (Dais)

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ANIMATED EGG – ANIMATED EGG LP (Music on Vinyl) limited color vinyl

Legendary/groovy fuzz 60s fuzz rock album once again! Jerry Cole was a musician & producer who worked on “Pet Sounds” & some BYRDS hits & he also a member of the psych rock band THE ID. Outtakes from an ID session were then STOLEN by a different producer & repackaged as THE ANIMATED EGG, something Cole wasn’t aware of until just before he died in 2008. Though some of it is somewhat dated sounding, there are some killer fuzz solos & some great playing. Think Harvey Mandel’s 60s albums & you’re on the right track. RECOMMENDED!

PHOEBE BRIDGERS – Punisher LP/CD (Dead Oceans) color or black vinyl

Phoebe Bridgers is one of the most talented young songwriters right now & her second record couldn’t land at a better time. A nice mix of upbeat pop punk, orchestral indie folk & tear jerking ballads. She released a comment the day before the release & we think it speaks for itself:  I’m not pushing the record until things go back to normal because I don’t think they should. Here it is a little early. Abolish the police. Hope you like it.” RECOMMENDED.

BOB DYLAN – Rough & Rowdy Ways CD (Columbia) vinyl coming later this summer

Who would have thought that a 16+ minute Bob Dylan song about the Kennedy assassination would be one of our favorite quarantine songs? Well here we are folks. Bob seems to have found the next level & this 2020 record has some truly inspired moments from the living legend. A great record that will certainly appear on many 2020 year end lists if we make it that far. RECOMMENDED.

HAROLD GROSSKOPF – Synthesist 2LP (Bureau B) 40th anniversary color vinyl

Bureau B presents the first solo album by ASHRA drummer HARALD GROSSKOPF, originally released in 1980 on Sky Records. This LSD-influenced album is one of the classics of German electronic music.Absolutely beautiful and liberating. A MUST! This 40th anniversary edition is pressed on color vinyl & features a bonus LP of various artists giving their takes on the songs.

SUN CITY GIRLS – Live at the Sky Church: September 3, 2004 LP/DVD (Twenty One Eight Two)

This is the first new SUN CITY GIRLS music released in about 10 years. This was recorded live in Seattle in 2004 & displays the full force of these legendary free jazz/rock/psych masters. 

NEIL YOUNG – Homegrown LP/CD (w/ print) CDS are already sold out & we’ll probably run out of vinyl soon. We’ll have more cds soon, more vinyl in July

We all need something to look forward to these days & for us it’s been this previously unreleased album by Neil Young recorded in 1974/75 as his relationship with Carrie Snodgress was coming to an end. Neil was already a few albums into his now legendary “ditch trilogy” & the label was looking for a more upbeat, radio friendly album & this would have fulfilled that request but Neil felt it was too personal & decided to move on. Since then he’s had a change of heart & actually apologized for not releasing it before. Neil already blew us away with the previously unreleased “Hitchhiker” album but this one is even better. This isn’t a throwaway outtakes record, in fact it’s maybe one of his best, fitting in nicely next to “Comes a Time” or “Harvest”. Featuring members of THE BAND on a few songs as well as CRAZY HORSE members, there’s now ANOTHER classic album to add to Neil Young’s already ridiculous discography.


DON BRYANT – You Make Me Feel LP (Fat Possum)

CRO-MAGS – In the Beginning LP (Mission Two)

DARKSTAR – Civic Jams LP (Warp)

DEERHOOF – Future Teenage Cave Artists LP/CD/TAPE (Joyful Noise) with free tape of 

  the band covering the VOIVOD album “Angel Rat!” These are at Wicker Park

ANDREW HILL – Smokestack LP (Blue Note)

HOLY HIVE – Float Back to You LP/CD (Big Crown) color or black vinyl

LAMB OF GOD – Lamb of God LP (Epic) limited red swirl vinyl

OKKYUNG LEE – Yeo-Neun LP (Shelter Press)

MAN MAN – Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In-Between LP (Sub Pop) color vinyl 

    “Loser Edition”

THE NATIONAL – High Violet 3LP 10th Anniversary Edition LP (4AD)

OTHER LIVES – Tamer Animals LP (ATO)

OWEN – Avalanche LP (Polyvinyl)

LUKE SCHNEIDER – Altar of Harmony LP (Third Man) very limited, already out of print

   color vinyl that comes with an incense set!

THE SCRUFFS – Teenage Tragedies 1974-1979 LP (Mono-Tone)

SWORD – Conquest of Kingdoms LP (Craft)

VILE CREATURE – Glory, Glory! Apathy Took Helm! (Prosthetic)

WAILIN STORMS – Rattle LP (Gilead Media)

JESSIE WARE – What’s Your Pleasure LP (Interscope)

LARRY YOUNG – Into Somethin’ LP (Blue Note)

ZELIENOPLE – Hold You Up LP (Miasmah) back in stock!

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Reckless Records 6/12/20 New Releases



Released digitally in late 2019, the 2nd album by the Canadian producer KAYTRANADA is a true breath of fresh air right now. The idea of hearing this on a packed & sweaty dance floor right now in June 2020 seems like a dream. Effortless & timeless sounding production that will surely make this an instant classic & when we can get back onto the dancefloor, “Bubba” will be there waiting. Features contributions from Mick Jenkins, Kali Uchis, Estelle, Pharrell & more. RECOMMENDED.

THE 1975 – Notes on a Conditional Form LP (Interscope)

The Manchester art rockers THE 1975 are back with their 4th album. This is their longest record yet & it’s definitely their most ambitious one too. Approximately 70 minutes of FUGAZI fueled post-punk, power pop gems ala TEENAGE FANCLUB, electro-pop with nods at RADIOHEAD’S epic 2000s run & a number of instrumental interludes, often orchestral that have a “Discreet Music” era ENO vibe. This is definitely one of those “let’s try everything” records. 

SONIC BOOM – All Things Being Equal LP (Carpark) ltd. edition w/ poster + print

“All Things Being Equal” is Peter Kember’s first album as SONIC BOOM since 1989 (NINETEEN EIGHTY-NINE!), and the ex-SPACEMEN 3 guitarist’s return is a triumphant one. Reinforced by an army of analog synthesizers and an almost subversive positivity, Kember takes this project in bright, soulful directions, shining like a ray of summer sunshine in the darker times of 2020. This is quite the welcome return. RECOMMENDED!

WESTERMAN – Your Hero Is Not Dead LP/CD (Partisan)

London’s WESTERMAN channels 80s alt-pop luminaries like PETER GABRIEL and ARTHUR RUSSELL with deceptively easy vocal hooks and arrangements that are simultaneously spacious and lush. Utilizing limber guitar work, warm synths and a snappy, syncopated combination of claps, box percussion and drum machines, this debut finds a way to channel the longing and nostalgia of the past without leaning heavily on its most obvious tropes. These songs are inventive and intuitive, easy to love because the patterns make sense without being obvious, so this comes HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Other important new releases

JEHNNY BETH (of SAVAGES) – To Love Is To Live LP (20L07) ltd. red vinyl

BIBIO – Sleep On The Wing LP (Warp)

DIET CIG – Do You Wonder About Me? LP (French Kiss)

DJ BORING – Like Water 12” (Technicolor)

PETER GABRIEL – Rated PG LP (Real World)

LIAM GALLAGHER – MTV Unplugged LP (Warner) splatter vinyl

GODEN – Beyond Darkness LP (Svart)

GUERILLA TOSS – Jay Glass Dubs VS Guerilla Toss 12” (DFA)

HINDS – The Prettiest Curse LP/CD (Mom + Pop) available in red or blue vinyl

NORAH JONES – Pick Me Up Off the Floor LP/CD (Blue Note)

KIDBUG – Kidbug LP (Joyful Noise)

KING DIAMOND – Conspiracy LP (Metal Blade)

KING DIAMOND – The Eye LP (Metal Blade)

KING DIAMOND – Them LP (Metal Blade)


LIVING GATE – Deathlust LP (Relapse)

KATIE MALCO – Failures LP (6131)

MASERATI – Enter the Mirror LP (Temporary Residence)

NEW FOUND GLORY – Forever & Ever X Infinity LP (Hopeless)

IGGY POP – The Idiot 2CD deluxe edition (UMC)

REVENGE – Strike.Smother.Dehumanize LP (Season of Mist)

ULRICH SCHNAUSS – A Long Way to Fall – Rebound LP (Scripted Realities)

THE STROPPIES – Look Alive! LP (Tough Love) ltd. green vinyl

SWEET SPIRIT – Trinidad LP (Merge)

TRIPTYKON – Requiem: Live at Roadburn 2019 LP/DVD (Century Media)

24-CARAT BLACK – III LP (Numero)

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Reckless Records 6/5/20 New Releases



Ethiopian jazz vibraphonist & father of Ethio-jazz Mulatu Astatke teamed up with the Australian 8 piece group BLACK JESUS EXPERIENCE (BJX) for this excellent album.A mix of new BJX material & retooled Ethiopian classics, this one will appeal to Mulatu fans, Ethiopiques obsessives, contemporary Afrobeat etc…

CLARA MONDSHINE – Luna Africana LP (The Great Thunder)

Fantastic 1981 album by Walter Bachauer under the pseudonym CLARA MONDHSHINE. Bachauer was a composer, radio director & journalist who collaborated with the great new age organist Peter Michael Hamel. Lo-fi recordings of analogue synths with simple drum box “motorik” beats. Fans of 70s German electronic legends like KRAFTWERK, HARMONIA, NEU, CAN, FAUST etc… as well as Eno & SUICIDE will love this. AMAZING STUFF.


Recital is one of our favorite labels & this release by the label founder Sean McCann along with Matthew Sullivan & Alex Twomey is an excellent example of modern minimalism & sound collage. A mix of field recordings, lo-fi & distant sounding recordings of pianos & synth drones that will appeal to fans of maestro Eno & similar E.G. label releases. RECOMMENDED.

AKI ONDA – Nam June’s Spirit Was Speaking to Me LP (Recital)

Another fine release on the Recital label. Fans of radio-wave phenomena/short-wave etc… will want to check this out. The NYC artist Aki Onda was performing in Korea in 2010 & while there he attended an exhibit by Nam June Paik. Randomly he was dialing through a handheld radio & started hearing distant voices & bizarre radio transmissions. The radio also had a tape recorder & he began recording the sounds which Onda interpreted as Nam June Paik communicating with him. The recordings were made on the same radio in cities around the world over the period of a few years. Lo-fi radio experiments with some surprisingly rhythmic moments. A very cool project.

BILL ORCUTT & MICHAEL MORLEY – Electric Guitar Duets LP (Palilalia)

Vinyl edition of the 2017 tape release by noise legends Bill Orcutt & DEAD C’s Michael Morley. Lo-fi electric improvisations by these guitar gods.

STRIKE UNDER – Immediate Action 12” deluxe edition w/ 7” & matchbook (Wax Trax) 

In celebration of their 40th anniversary, Wax Trax! has reissued their very first release, the legendary EP by Chicago’s STRIKE UNDER. Top-notch early 80’s punk rock featuring future members of legendary bands like THE EFFIGIES, NAKED RAYGUN & PEGBOY. Limited deluxe edition comes with a bonus 7″ & pack of matches. CRUCIAL CHICAGO PUNK. As recommended as they get. 

STRIKE UNDER – Immediate Action 12” (Wax Trax) 

In celebration of their 40th anniversary, Wax Trax! has reissued their very first release, the legendary EP by Chicago’s STRIKE UNDER. Top-notch early 80’s punk rock featuring future members of legendary bands like THE EFFIGIES, NAKED RAYGUN & PEGBOY. CRUCIAL CHICAGO PUNK. As recommended as they get.


BLAZE FOLEY – Live at the Austin Outhouse LP (Lost Arts)

GOBLIN – Greatest Hits Vol. 1 LP (AMS)


METAL MIRROR – English Booze 7” (On the Dole)

ENNIO MORRICONE – For a Few Dollars More Soundtrack LP (AMS) yellow vinyl

ENNIO MORRICONE – A Fistfulof Dollars Soundtrack 10” (AMS) red vinyl

ENNIO MORRICONE – Once Upon a Time in the West Soundtrack LP (AMS) yellow vinyl

ENNIO MORRICONE – Good the Bad & the Ugly Soundtrack LP (AMS) yellow vinyl

PAW PATROL – Official Theme Song 7” (Nickelodeon)

NICHOLS PIKE – C.H.U.D. II: Bud the Chud soundtrack LP (Terror Vision)

PREDATUR – Seen You Here/Talk a Walk 7” (On the Dole)

V/A – Hillbillies in Hell X LP (Omni Recording)

V/A – Troubled Troubadours LP (Omni Recording)


BADLY DRAWN BOY – Banana Skins LP (One Last Fruit)

DANZIG – Sings Elvis LP (Cleopatra) limited leopard print picture disc

EL MICHELS AFFAIR – Adult Themes LP (Big Crown Records) color or black vinyl

  These shipped late and should arrive on Saturday

FOUR TET – Sixteen Oceans LP (Text) color or black vinyl

  These shipped late and should arrive on Saturday

GOGO PENGUIN – Gogo Penguin LP (Blue Note)

MELENAS – Dias Raros LP (Trouble in Mind) color or black vinyl

  These shipped late and should arrive on Saturday

NAS – World is Yours 7” (Mr Bongo)

P2 – Behind the Wall LP (Fatcat) These shipped late and should arrive on 


THE SPECIALS – Ghost Town LP (Cleopatra)

JENNIFER TOUCH – Behind the Wall LP (Fatcat) These shipped late and should arrive on 


VARSITY – Fine Forever LP (Run For Cover) These shipped late and should arrive on 



LADY GAGA – Chromatica LP/CD (Interscope) clear vinyl in PVC sleeve

PRINCE – The Rainbow Children 2LP (Legacy) ltd. clear vinyl

PRINCE – One Nite Alone LP (Legacy) ltd. purple vinyl

PRINCE – One Nite Alone: Live 4LP (Legacy) ltd. purple vinyl

PRINCE – One Nite Alone: The Aftershow 2LP (Legacy) ltd. purple vinyl

PRINCE – One Nite Alone: Live 4LP (Legacy) ltd. purple vinyl

PRINCE – Up All Night with Prince: The One Night Alone Collection 4CD (Legacy)

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Reckless Records 5/29/20 New Releases


BATHS – Pop Music / False B-Sides Vol. I & II LP (Basement’s Basement) cream vinyl

Will Wiesenfeld has been making bedroom electro-pop for the past decade, all with a warmth and ease that can remind us of the gentler moments of SUFJAN STEVENS’ “The Age of Adz”. Along with the remastered version of “Pop Music / False B-Sides”, he finds some incredible BATHS from around the same time to bring to a second volume. It’s remarkable that this music hadn’t been released before, but we’re happy to hear some more of BATHS at the top of his game. Really great stuff that is nice to now see on vinyl.

FLYING LOTUS – Flamagra: Instrumentals 2LP (Warp)

A year after the release of his landmark double-album “Flamagra”, FLYING LOTUS brings us an instrumental version, ripe with hazy, off-kilter beats and spacious soundscapes that draw equally from hip-hop, house, jazz and IDM. A required cop! RECOMMENDED!

CALEB LANDRY JONES – The Mother Stone 2LP (Sacred Bones) baby blue vinyl

“The Mother Stone” is the debut album from Caleb Landry Jones, someone you might know better from his acting in “Twin Peaks: The Return” & “Get Out.” Making your musical debut with a double LP is pretty bold but a lot of things about this record are kind of over the top. The music is flamboyant & sprawling, sort of like glam show tunes or a demented musical. Think Lennon’s most tripped-out when he was the Walrus, Kevin Ayers, Tom Waits etc…

LUSTRE – Ashes of Light LP (Nordvis)

“The Ashes of Light” is the 2020 album by the Swedish one man atmospheric black metal project LUSTRE. We’ve been kind of of obsessed with this album since it popped up on Bandcamp earlier this year. Mid-tempo to slow songs that have an almost ambient quality to them with sequenced synth melodies, washes of digital strings instead of guitars & what sounds like programmed drums. We suppose you could call this dark ambient, but we’ll say ambient metal. Think Badalamenti Twin Peaks style synth songs or “Disintegration” era CURE with slow plodding beats & occasional screeched DEAFHEAVEN sounding vocals. Recommended for those of you that like your metal on the more depressing side…

MAGNETIC FIELDS – Quickies 7” boxset (Nonesuch)

Stephin Merritt & MAGNETIC FIELDS give us something to be thankful for during these tough times with 28 short little ditties spread out over 5 7″ singles. With song titles like “The Biggest Tits in History”, “Bathroom Quickie”, “You’ve Got a Friend in Beelzebub” you know this is gonna be good! 

MAC MILLER – Circles 2LP (Warner)

Losing an artist with as much potential as the Pittsburgh singer Mac Miller is always devastating. It was clear that he was accelerating creatively & that almost anything could be possible. He was deep into working on this record with producer Jon Brion when he died & finishing it was very important to Brion. Miller was clearly moving into a less rap oriented direction on “Swimming” & that continues here with him exploring many different songwriting styles & genres. RIP MAC MILLER.

Other important new releases:

THE AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT – Hollywood Park 2LP (Rounder)

BEN LUKAS BOYSEN – Mirage LP (Erased Tapes)

CEREMONY – Zoo LP (Matador) back in print

CHOIR BOY – Gathering Swans LP (DAIS) clear blue vinyl

FIRE-TOOLZ – Rainbow Bridge LP (Hausu Mountain) “Breakfast” blue vinyl back in stock!

J DILLA – Donuts LP (Stones Throw) THE CLASSIC finally back in print

TOMMY McGEE – I’m A Stranger 2LP (Numero)

NOVA ONE – loveable LP (Community) peach vinyl

PET SHOP BOYS – I Don’t Wanna LP/CD (X2)

RUSH – Permanent Waves: 40th Anniversary Edition 3LP (Anthem)

RVG – Feral LP (Fire) yellow vinyl

SWEET WHIRL – How Much Works LP (Chapter) white vinyl

TALsounds – Acquiesce LP (NNA) blue vinyl back in stock!

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Reckless Records 5/22/20 New Releases


JAMES ELKINGTON – Ever-Roving Eye LP/CD (Paradise of Bachelors)

The Chicago based English guitarist & Reckless regular Jim Elkington is one of the city’s most accomplished musicians of this past decade. He’s collaborated with Jeff Tweedy, Richard Thompson, TORTOISE, Michael Chapman & Steve Gunn just to name a few & this is his second solo album. Nods at 60s & 70s British folk like Bert Jansch, John Martyn & Richard Thompson, Chicago ex-pats Jim O’Rourke & Ryley Walker, Elkington’s playing is as stellar as ever & his songs just keeping getting better. 

GAS – Oktember LP (Kompakt) reissued

Reissue of the 2nd EP by Wolfgang Voigt’s GAS Project originally released on Mille Plateaux in 1999. This EP is re-sequenced with the title track switched to the b-side with the track “TAL 90” from the Pop Ambient 2002 compilation on side A. That track is a beautiful ambient piece with sampled strings that has a sort of mournful quality to it. “Oktember” is classic(al) GAS with a shuffling minimal techno pulse & some chopped-up samples. RECOMMENDED of course!


The always reliable ambient/drone artist Rafael Anton Irissari returns with “Peripeteia.” Irissari’s recordings have an epic quality to them with deep bass tones, thick & swelling strings & an overall cinematic feel. Fans of FENNESZ, Johann Johannsson etc…should check this out.

AUGUSTUS MULLER – Machine Learning Experiments LP (Nude Club)

BOY HARSHER’s producer-extraordinaire AUGUSTUS “GUS” MULLER has dipped his toes into the soundtrack world, scoring two experimental erotic films, “Orgone Theory” and “Hydra”, for the UK film collective Four Chambers, now compiled here on “Machine Learning Experiments”. These delve more into ominous synth textures than BH-esque darkwave rhythms, balancing rich atmospheres with percussive sensuality. Any release related to BOY HARSHER is an auto-grab for this writer, and this is no exception. RECOMMENDED!

NNAMDI – Brat LP (Sooper)

Chicago multi-instrumentalist Nnamdi Ogbonnaya continues to experiment & break down musical boundaries on “Brat.” The album opens with a complex acoustic song that almost sounds like a chopped-up Elliott Smith song. Elements of jazz, R&B, bedroom pop & even math rock are somehow fused together to create this truly experimental hip-hop record. Fans of Moses Sumney, CHILDISH GAMBINO, TORO Y MOI, D’Angelo & even BJORK will love this.

SUNWATCHERS – Oh Yeah? LP (Trouble in Mind)

“Oh Yeah?” is the crazed new album by the NYC band SUNWATCHERS. Considering what these guys are doing, their music is pretty melodic & listenable but that doesn’t mean it isn’t bonkers sometimes. “Love Paste” sounds like a lost TELEVISION melody & the FLOWER TRAVELLIN’ BAND meets KING CRIMSON riffage on “Three Worm Store” & hints at fusion like Tony Williams Lifetime are truly exciting to hear. Man, this one is a scorcher! RECOMMENDED.

TALsounds – Acquiesce LP (NNA Tapes) blue vinyl

GOOD WILLSMITH’s Natalie Chami returns as TALSOUNDS, crafting gorgeous ambient and drone music with a hint of improvisation. A prominent member of Chicago’s DIYcommunity, Chami’s sonic explorations of subconscious emotions were perfected on the stage, allowing for the expressions to become uninhibited. For fans of synth wizards KAITLYN AURELIA SMITH and TIM HECKER, or local post-rock titans TORTOISE, this is a stone cold winner. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

WILD NOTHING – Gemini: 10th Anniversary version LP (Captured Tracks)

10 years on & this debut album by WILD NOTHING still sounds fresh & new today. Since then Jack Tatum has become a highly regarded songwriter & WILD NOTHING have released a number of great albums. Looking back now, that 2010s era of NYC dream & bedroom pop seems so joyous & wonderful. This limited 10th anniversary edition is on “sea blue” vinyl & comes in a silk-screened sleeve. RECOMMENDED.

Other important new releases

TONY ALLEN & HUGH MASEKELA – Rejoice LP (World Circuit) restocked

ALINA BARAZ – It Was Divine 2LP (Mom + Pop)

STEVE EARLE – Ghosts of West Virginia LP (New West)

HODGE – Shadows In Blue LP (Houndstooth)

JERRY PAPER – Abracadabra LP (Stones Throw)

NINA SIMONE – 1957-1962: The Essential Works LP (Diggers Factory)

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Reckless Records 5/15/20 New Releases


A few things, the Jamie XX 12” sold out almost immediately. We offered a pre-order for this and 90% of them sold that way. It was limited to 1000 copies and heavily allocated. We’re hoping for a repressThe PERFUME GENIUS & SLEAFORD MODS shipped late to us but we will have these on Saturday. Please feel free to call and place special orders or check in with us on Saturday for an update on their arrival

ADULT. – Perception /Is/ As/ of Deception LP (Dais) limited black & yellow galaxy viny

lReckless faves ADULT. return with a new one in our pandemic times. Supposedly the band painted their rehearsal space entirely black so deprive their senses while working. Now that’s a creative process we can get behind! As heavy as you hoped with nods at 80’s goth & early 90s industrial while leading the way of the current crop of post-industrial similar to Dais label mates HIDE from Chicago. RECOMMENDED.

FLOATING POINTS – Bias 12” (Ninja Tune)

The coda to FLOATING POINTS’ sensational “Crush” LP is this 12″ of the track “Bias”, perhaps the highlight of the album. Get it for the ten minute MAYFIELD DEPOT mix that really brings the blazing percussion to the front, making it even more dance floor ready. KILLER!

CLARICE JENSEN – Experience of Repetition As Death LP (130701)

We loved Clarice Jensen’s 2019 release “Drone Studies” & she picks up nicely where she left off. The NYC based cellist has performed with BJORK, STARS OF THE LID, Nick Cave, ARCADE FIRE & many more. Using loops & effects, Jensen creates modern classical drone music that can be beautiful & terrifying. RECOMMENDED.

RIDE – Clouds in the Mirror: This is Not a Safe Place Reimagined by Petr Aleksander LP     (Wichita)

RIDE’s excellent 2019 record “This Is Not a Safe Place” is reworked by modern classical duo PETR ALEKSANDER, stripping the record down to vocals and adding textured and dynamic arrangements. This is a cool take on the “remix” record with an almost entirely new record made from the original one. Fans of modern classical like Max Richter, Johann Johannsson, WINGED VICTORY FOR THE SULLEN & obviously RIDE will dig this. A novel take on the sound of a classic band!

MAMMAN SANI ABDOULAYE – Unreleased Tapes 1981- 1984 LP (Sahel Sounds)

Limited edition release of early, previously unreleased organ experiments from the Sahara by Mamman Sani Abdoulaye. Mysterious & distant sounding recordings with simple drum machine programming. We love the “La Musique Electronique du Niger” album so more of this is much appreciated. RECOMMENDED.

MOSES SUMNEY – Grae 2LP/CD (Jagjaguwar)

Despite the fact that most of us can’t congregate, the release of Moses Sumney’s second record feels like an event we can all participate in & celebrate. With a ridiculous guest list of contributors including ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER aka Daniel Lopatin as the main producer, THUNDERCAT, writers Taiye Selasi &  Michael Chabon & more, Sumney has delivered a dense & heady collection of modern R&B, folk, jazz & rock tinged songs with a similar ambition to albums by Prince, D’Angelo, Bowie & Bjork. RECOMMENDED. 

Other important new releases

BETWEEN THE BURIED & ME – Between the Buried & Me LP (Craft)

BICEP – Atlas 12” (Ninja Tune)

DISSECTION – Somberlain 2LP special edition (Black Lodge) purple of black versions

EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL – Temperamental 2LP (Everything But The Girl)

NICK HAKIM – Will This Make Me Good 2LP (ATO)

HANNI EL KHATIB – FLIGHT LP (Innovative Leisure)

HAMILTON LEITHAUSER – The Loves of Your Life LP (Glassnote)

MOBY – All Visible Objects 2LP (Mute)


PARADISE LOST – Obsidian LP (Nuclear Blast) indie only red/black vinyl

PERFUME GENIUS – Set My Heart on Fire Immediately LP/CD (Matador) Arriving on


LIDO PIMIENTA – Miss Columbia LP (Anti-)

SHABAZZ PALACES – The Don of Diamond Dreams LP (Sub Pop) loser edition color vinyl

   finally here!

SLEAFORD MODS – All That Glue LP (Rough Trade) Arriving on Saturday

THAO & THE GET DOWN STAY DOWN – Temple LP (Ribbon Music)

TIDIANE THIAM – Siftorde LP (Sahel Sounds)

TRACE MOUNTAINS – Lost in the Country LP (Lame-O)

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Reckless Records 5/8/20 New Releases

SIR RICHARD BISHOP – Oneiric Formularly LP (Drag City)

Former SUN CITY GIRLS guitar wiz Richard Bishop  returns with another album for Drag City. This one has a lot of variety with technical acoustic strumming, some Fripp-ian soloing & even some DURUTTI COLUMN meets Marc Ribot jazz guitar. 

FAKE NAMES – Fake Names LP (Epitaph)

FAKE NAMES is a punk rock super group featuring Brian Baker of MINOR THREAT/DAG NASTY, Johnny Temple from GIRLS AGAINST BOYS, Michael Hampton of EMBRACE/ONE LAST WISH & REFUSED singer Dennis Lyxzen. Melodic punk that probably sounds most like DAG NASTY of the fore mentioned bands & there is certainly nothing wrong with that. 

FIRE-TOOLZ – Rainbow Bridge LP (Hausu Mountain) limited color or black

Reckless favorite FIRE-TOOLZ continues to develop her idiosyncratic sound on “Rainbow Bridge”, fusing jazzy vaporwave with metalcore into carefully designed sound collages. It’s a method that works in spite of its lack of obvious accessibility – make no mistake, this is intensely challenging music, but there’s a beauty to the almost mathematical approach Angel Marcloid uses to balance and counter the sounds here: video-game synths, black metal shrieks, metalcore blast beats and crushing industrial soundscapes. “Rainbow Bridge” pushes against the boundaries of what’s possible in extreme music, and in turn encapsulates that feverish blend of experiences and influences unique to music makers in the age of the internet. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. 

JASON ISBELL – Reunions LP/CD indie only “dreamsicle orange” already sold out but we have black

Jason Isbell was kind enough to allow indie record stores like Reckless to sell his new album one week early to help us through these rough times.  Great music like this is one of the few things  keeping us going at the record store & as humans in general. This “dreamsicle orange” color vinyl edition is already out of print. Thanks Jason!

HAYLEY WILLIAMS – Petals for Armor LP/CD solo album by the PARAMORE singer!

Hayley Williams is one of the most respected singers & performers around right now. PARAMORE seems to just get more & more popular & after hearing some of these songs, we understand why she decided to reserve them for her solo debut. The production is more minimal with a more electronic leaning sound. It’s in the same zone as PARAMORE though & we think their fans as well as those that are into everything from ST. VINCENT to ROBYN. 

WINTERFYLLETH – The Reckoning Dawn LP/CD (Spinefarm)

The world is pretty bleak right now but there have been some great metal releases in 2020 & we’re going to add this new one from the British folk/black metal group to the list. The last album leaned more towards their folky Celtic roots but this one explodes out of the gate & doesn’t really stop. The band does an amazing job of pummelling you with walls of guitar without losing the melodic riffs in the din. Another great one from WINTERFYLLETH.

Other important new releases

AUSTRA – Hirudin LP (Domino) indie color

BUSCABULLA – Regresa LP (Ribbon Music)

DEEPER – Auto-Pain LP (Fire Talk) back in stock

DISCHARGE – Apocalypse Now LP (Cleopatra) 

FRANCO FALSINI – Cold Nose LP (Universal France)

JOE HISAISHI – Kiki’s Delivery Service LP (Studio Ghibli) image album or soundtrack

JOE HISAISHI – Porco Rosso LP (Studio Ghibli) image album or soundtrack

JACKIE LYNN – Jacqueline LP (Drag City) back in stock

PIPER – Summer Breeze LP (Ship to Shore)

RAC – Boy LP (Counter)

RED KROSS – Show World LP (Third Man) reissue

RED KROSS – Phaseshifter LP (Third Man) reissue

THUNDERCAT – It Is What It Is LP (Brainfeeder) red or cream vinyl back in stock

JOHANNA WARREN – Chaotic Good LP (Wax Nine)