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Reckless Records 2020 Employee Best of Lists

New music is truly one of the only things that kept us going in 2020. Thank you so much for supporting us this year and dealing with all of the crazy ups & downs. We hope 2021 is truly much better for everyone… 

Love – Reckless

Philip Cerza

My favorite record of 2020 is Live Forever by Bartees Strange.

Other 2020 releases I loved: 

Altar of Harmony // Luke Schneider

Always Tomorrow // Best Coast

Blue Hearts // Bob Mould

Circles // Mac Miller

Coriky // Coriky

Fantasize Your Ghost // Ohmme

Fetch The Bolt Cutters // Fiona Apple

Fine Line // Harry Styles

Folklore // Taylor Swift

Getting Into Knives // The Mountain Goats

grae // Moses Sumney

Imploding The Mirage // The Killers

Inlet // Hum

Just Look At That Sky // Ganser

Lianne La Havas // Lianne La Havas

May Our Chambers Be Full // Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou

The New Abnormal // The Strokes

NO DREAM // Jeff Rosenstock

The Passion of… // Special Interest

Punisher // Phoebe Bridgers

Reunions // Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit

Saint Cloud // Waxahatchee

Stay Alive // Laura Jane Grace


Suite For Max Brown // Jeff Parker

That’s How Rumors Get Started // Margo Price

Things I Never Said // Oceanator

We’re New Again // Makaya McCraven & Gil Scott-Heron

Women In Music Pt. 3 // HAIM

**Honorable mentions: Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia, my girlfriend’s AOTY and a real good

soundtrack for quarantine chores. David Byrne’s American Utopia on Broadway. Tom Petty’s Wildflowers and All The Rest. Prince’s Super Deluxe Sign O’ The Times. Wilco’s Summerteeth remasters. Sturgill Simpson’s bluegrass LP. RTJ4. Fuzz III. The Go-Go’s documentary and new song. Fountains of Wayne’s “Hackensack” with Sharon Van Etten for the Jersey 4 Jersey benefit (RIP Adam Schlesinger). The Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen records that sort of sound like goodbyes. And Michael Imperioli’s record with his band Zopa. It hasn’t gotten a physical release yet but I hope we carry it when it does because I swear it rules. Thank you for supporting Reckless this year. Black Lives Matter.































Benjamin Hegy


New Releases

Jacoti Sommes- travel time [orange milk]

Priscilla Ermel- origens da luz [music from memory]

Beatrice Dillion- workaround [pan]

phantom posse- forever underground [orchid tapes]

Jeff Parker & the New Breed- suite for max brown [int’l anthem]

Neil Young- homegrown [reprise]

Zebra Katz- less is moor [vinylfactory]

Sarah Davachi- cantus, descant [late music]

Ana Roxanne- because of a flower [kranky]

Pharaoh Overlord- 6 [rocket recordings]

Sun Ra Arkestra- swirling [strut/ art yard]

Lucrecia Dalt- no era solida [rvng intl.]

Nidia- nao fales nela que a mentes [principe]

Teleplasmiste- to kiss the earth goodbye [house of mythology]

Flaming Tunes (Gareth Williams & Mary Currie)- s/t [superior viaduct]

Label OTY: Blue Note

I’ve spent much of 2020 listening to these classic recordings at home via their ongoing “Tone Poet” & “Blue Note 80 & Classic” series. These reissues sound great and offer great value and should offer example of how reissues should look and sound.

I’d also like to formally thank my friends, coworkers and the internet for constantly providing me with music. If it weren’t for you all, I would still be at home listening to CCR, more than I still do. Also, sincere gratitude to every one of our customers that continues to support our stores, this industry and our livelihoods. 

Eternal shout outs: song writers, music makers, sound generators, home recordists, noise enthusiasts, gear geeks, two channel audio, electronics designers & engineers, global supply chains, Taylor Swift for still printing CDs, scented garbage bags full of wet DVDs, all the middle aged dudes, mental illness, everyone that’s ever worked retail or food service, YOUTUBE/discogs/Spotify, theQuietus, every record store ever and the people that go there, brick & mortar hi-fi shops, the US Postal Service, delivery drivers, digital chess, return policies, usb cables and every dog i’ve ever loved. RIP my attention span

John Massey

—10 things I liked from Reckless:

Lomelda / Hannah (Double Double Whammy) — my favorite album of 2020 sounds pleasant enough at first and then you get drawn into its urgent and oblique world: talking in circles, running up against the edges of life, like a poem or a math problem, or maybe she’s just writing about hanging out with your friends in a parking lot, I can’t really always tell, but anyway it’s a killer record

Katie Dey / mydata (Run For Cover) — the first good album ever made about going online succeeds partly because of schubert-level songcraft and partly because it sounds cool as hell. The 2020s will be the decade of MIDI strings and you can take that to the bank. Public criers beware: save this one for your room

Hum / Inlet (Earth Analog) — 2020 has been a banner year for loud snare drums. At first I loved this album but thought the snare drum was way too loud. Now to be honest I think it’s not loud enough

Shinichi Atobe / Yes (DDS) — I would love to listen to this record while standing on the moving sidewalk at a large airport

Brandee Younger + Dezron Douglas / Force Majeure (International Anthem) — probably 2020’s least “ambitious” int’l anthem release gets the nod because it’s the only thing I’ve heard this year that has managed to calm me down for more than 30 seconds at a time 

The Beths / Jump Rope Gazers (Carpark) — is there like a school that New Zealand bands go to? What’s going on down there?

Fenne Lily / Breach (Dead Oceans) — Phoebe British. Do you see what I did there

Emma Ruth Rundle + Thou / May Our Chambers Be Full (Sacred Bones) — 3 things I am legally bound to respect for all time: grunge, Louisville KY, and spelling “magical” as “magickal”

Ratboys / Printer’s Devil (Topshelf) —  E-flat Major is back baby. it’s good again. Awoouu (wolf howl)

Mike Hanapi / With Kalama’s Quartet (Mississippi) — there’s a lot of bad/corny pre-Renaissance Hawaiian music out there but this loving reissue is the real deal. Anyone with even a passing interest in Hawaiian music / Pacific music in general needs to buy two copies of this immediately

—plus a few things i liked from bandcamp:

Bats / There’s a River Up High (Citrus City)

Morhping (sic) / Distance Learning Suite (Strudelsoft)

Fennec / Free Us of This Feeling (self-released)

K-Lone / Cape Cira + the Falls EP (Wisdom Teeth)

DJ Python / Mas Amable (Incienso)

Thanya Iyer / KIND (Topshelf)

Max Gowan / Last Companion (Z Tapes)

Oldsoul / You Were Overwhelmed (Counter Intuitive)

Miserable Chillers / Audience of Summer (self-released)

Dylan Sowle

Best Albums of 2020:

1. Torres – “Silver Tongue” (Merge Records)

2. AJJ – “Good Luck Everybody” (AJJ Unlimited LTD)

3. Jeff Rosenstock – “No Dream” (Polyvinyl Record Company)

4. Bright Eyes – “Down In The Weeds, Where The World Once Was” (Dead Oceans)

5. The Flaming Lips – “American Head” (Warner Records)

6. Bob Dylan – “Rough And Rowdy Ways” (Columbia)

7. Melkbelly – “Pith” (Wax Nine Records)

8. Phoebe Bridgers – “Punisher” (Dead Oceans)

9. The Magnetic Fields – “Quickies” (Nonesuch)

10. Fire-Toolz – “Rainbow Bridge” (Hausu Mountain)

11. Lowell Brams & Sufjan Stevens – “Aporia” (Asthmatic Kitty Records)

12. Dan Deacon – “Mystic Familiar” (Domino)

13. Omar Souleyman – “Shlon” (Mad Decent)

14. Deeper – “Auto-Pain” (Fire Talk)

15. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – “Chunky Shrapnel” (Flightless)

Honorable Mentions:

1. Idles – “Ultra Mono” (Partisan Records)

2. Danzig – “Danzig Sings Elvis” (Cleopatra)

3. The Black Lips – “In A World That’s Falling Apart” (Fire Records)

4. Nick Cave – “Idiot Prayer” (Bad Seed Ltd.)

5. Wasted Shirt – “Fungus II” (Famous Class)

Best Reissues:

1. Hiroshi Yoshimura – “Green” (Light In The Attic)

2. Dear Nora – “Three States: Rarities 1997-2007” (Orindal Records)

3. The Boys Next Door – “Door, Door” (Warner Music Australia)

4. Michael Rother – “Sterntaler” (Grönland Records)

5. Fountains Of Wayne – “Welcome Interstate Managers” (Real Gone Music)

6. Jonathan Richman – “I, Jonathan” (Craft Recordings)

7. that dog. – “Totally Crushed Out!” (Third Man Records)

Luke Dahlgren


Horse Lords – The Common Task (Northern Spy)


Bergsonist – Middle Ouest (Optimo)


Civic Center – The Ground Below (American Dreams)

Couch Slut – Take a Chance on Rock ‘n’ Roll (Gilead)

Alabaster DePlume – To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals Vol. 1 (International Anthem)

Earth To Mickey – Brace & Bit (LA Club Resource)

Green-House – Six Songs for Invisible Gardens (Leaving)

Jon Hassell – Seeing Through Sound: Pentimento Vol. 2 (Ndeya)

Military Genius – Deep Web (Tin Angel)

OOIOO – nijimusi (Thrill Jockey)

Kelly Lee Owens – Inner Light (Smalltown Supersound)

Theo Parrish – Wuddaji (Sound Signature)

Protomartyr – Ultimate Success Today (Domino)

Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou – May Our Chambers be Full (Sacred Bones)

Westerman – Your Hero is Not Dead (Partisan)



Jon Hassell – Vernal Equinox (Ndeya)

Heron – Heron (Trading Places)

Miguel Noya – Canciones Intactas (Phantom Limb)

Pylon – The Pylon Box (New West)

Neil Young – Homegrown (Reprise)


BB – Hey Ladies (Puss)

D.K. – The Goddess Is Dancing (Good Morning Tapes)

E-Live – Boogie For Life  (Star Creature Universal Vibrations)

Mor Elian – Clairvoyant Frog (Visible Spectrum)

K-LONE – Cape Cira (Wisdom Teeth)

Molero – Ficciones del Trópico (Holuzam)

Significant Other – Postdrome (Well Street)

Ulla – Tumbling Towards a Wall (Experiences Ltd.)

v/a – All Welcome (Good Morning Tapes)

Lea Board

In no particular order:

Run The Jewels “Run The Jewels 4”

Phoebe Bridgers “Punisher”

The Strokes “The New Abnormal”

Molchat Doma “Monument”

Idles “Ultra Mono”

Dehd “Flower of Devotion”

Bright Eyes “Down In The Weeds, Where The World Once Was”

Sheet Ghosts “Did It Ever Happen?”

Mort Garson “Music From The Patch Cord Productions” (Compilation)

Tones On Tail “Pop” (Reissue)

Matt Jencik

Actress Karma & Desire

Daniel Avery & Alessandro Cortini Illusion of Time

Julianna Barwick Healing is a Miracle

The Bats Foothills

Bing & Ruth Species

Burial/ Four Tet/ Thom Yorke Revolution/His Rope

Brian Case Parallel Voices

Pascal Comelade Sentimientos 

Coriky Coriky

Count Ossie & the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari Grounation 

Country Westerns Country Westerns

Patrick Cowley Some Funkettes

Cryptic Shift Visitations from Encleladus 

Sarah Davachi Cantus, Descant & Bandcamp releases

Alabaster Deplume To Cy & Lee: Instrumental Vol. 1

Bob Dylan Rough & Rowdy Ways

Eluvium Virga 1

Enslaved  Utgard

FACS Void Moments

Feminazgul No Dawn for Men

Fielded Demisexual Lovelace

Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist Alfredo

Grifteskymfning Bedrövelsens Härd

Irreversible Entanglements Who Sent You?

Clarice Jensen The Experience of Repetition as Death

Katatonia Jhva Elohim Metha LP reissue

L-Seven L-Seven 

Adrianne Lenker Songs & Instrumentals

Klara Lewis Ingrid

Lurker of Chalice Tellurian Slaked Forest 

Lustre The Ashes of Light

Malokarpatan Krupinské Ohne

Gia Margaret Mia Gargaret 

The Microphones Microphones in 2020
Midwife Forever

Molchat Doma Monument

Oranssi Pazuzu Mestarin Kynsi 

Paysage d’Hiver Im Wald

Pylon Box

Ana Roxanne Because of a Flower

Mamman Sani Unreleased Tapes 1981- 1984

Skeleton Skeleton

The Stooges Live at Goose Lake August 8th, 1970

Sweven The Eternal Resonance

Gillian Welch & David Rawlings All the Good Times

Hiroshi Yoshimura Green

Neil Young Homegrown

Neil Young Archives Vol. II

Zombi 2020

Andrew Min

porridge radio – every bad

freddie gibbs/the alchemist – alfredo

gorillaz – song machine vol 1

loma – don’t shy away

bully – sugaregg

1975 – notes on a conditional form

haim – women in music pt III

hypoluxo – hypoluxo

george clanton & nick hexum – s/t

nothing – the great dismal

slowdive reissues


-blue day

-holding our breath


Jake Lingan

Actress, “Karma & Desire” (Ninja Tune)

Arthur, “Hair Of The Dog” (Honeymoon)

Autechre, “Sign” & “Plus” (Warp)

William Basinski, “Lamentations” (Temporary Residence)

David Behrman, Paul DeMarinis, Fern Friedman, Terri Hanlon & Anne Klingensmith, “She’s More Wild…” (Black Truffle)

Dean Blunt, “Roaches 2012-2019” (World Music)

Bill Callahan, “Gold Record” (Drag City)

N Chambers, “Facets” (Love All Day)

Com Truise, “In Decay, Too” (Ghostly International)

Cotton Casino, “The Reflection” (Eye Vybe)

Angel Bat Dawid And Tha Brothahood “Live”, (International Anthem)

Crazy Doberman, “Illusory Expansion” (Astral Spirits)

Deep Space Duo, “Spacetones” (Love All Day)

Deerhoof, “Future Teenage Cave Artists” (Joyful Noise)

Diamond Soul, “Maya’mi” (Orange Milk)

Beatrice Dillon, “Workaround” (PAN)

Euglossine, “Psaronius” (Orange Milk)

Fire-Toolz, “Rainbow Bridge” (Hausu Mountain)

Gerrit Hatcher & Jakob Warmenbol, “Sublime Again”

Horse Lords, “Common Task” (Northern Spy)

je’raf, “Throw Neck” (Amalgam/ No Index)

Jessy Lanza, “All The Time (Hyperdub)

Lama Lobsang Palden & Jim Becker, “Compassion” (Drag City)

Klara Lewis, “Ingrid” (Editions Mego)

Toshioki Matsumura, “A Visual Brain 1986-1993” (chOOn!!)  

Scott McGaughey, “You Don’t Need A Key To Leave” (Shmee)

Makaya McCraven, “Universal Beings E & F Sides” (International Anthem)

Brett Naucke, “EMS Hallucinations” (American Dream)

Nonlocal Forecast, “Holographic Universe(s?)! (Hausu Mountain)

Quicksails, “Blue Rise” (Hausu Mountain)

Ohmme, “Fantasize Your Ghost” (Joyful Noise)

Aki Onda, “Nam June’s Spirit Was Talking To Me” (Recital)

ONO, “Red Summer” (American Dream)

Jim O’Rourke, “Shutting Down Here” (GRM Portraits)

Ana Roxanne, “Because Of A Flower” (Kranky)

Andy Slater, “Unseen Reheard” (No Index)

Carl Stone, “Stolen Car” (Unseen Worlds)

Thundercat, “It Is What It Is” (Brainfeeder)

Michael Vallera, “Window In” (Denovali)


African Head Charge reissues (On-U Sound)

Barry Cleveland with Bob Stohl and Kat Epple, “Stones Of Precious Water” (Morning Trip)

Pedro Comelade, “Sentimientos” (Etats-Unis)

The Entourage Music & Theatre Ensemble, “The Neptune Collection” (Folkways)

Flaming Tunes, “Flaming Tunes” (Superior Viaduct)

Fluence, “Fluence” (Etats-Unis)

Motohiko Hamase reissues (WRWTFWW)  

Jon Hassell, “Vernal Equinox” (Ndeya)

Prince, “Sign ‘O’ The Times” Super Deluxe (Paisley Park

Pylon reissues (New West)

Akio Suzuki, “Analopos” (Room 40)

Hiroshi Yoshimura, “Green” (Light In The Attic)

Zoviet France reissues (Vinyl On Demand)

Jamie Drier

Surgeon – Raw Trax 2

Shitcluster – Meat Thief

E-Saggila – Dedicated to Sublimity

Beau Wanzer – Kitchen Clock

Half Waif – Caretaker

Vladislav Delay/Sly & Robbie – 500 – Push Up

Marcel Dettmann/Silent Servant/ Pye Corner Audio Issue # 2

Marie Davidson & L’oeil Nu – Renegade Breakdown

$hit & $hine – Malibu Liquor Store

Gary Errera

John Frusciante – MAYA

He continues with electronic music and this time he really hit his stride. Recalls Squarepusher, Aphex Twin, Venetian Snares. Pretty amazing this same guy made Curtains, many other solo records, and wrote all the good RHCP songs back in the 90s.

Dave Cartwright

*in no particular order (except for Duma, Duma wins 2020)

Duma – Duma (Nyege Nyege Nyege)

Bergsonist – Middle Earth (Optimo)

Sockethead – Harj-o-marj (Youth)

Paysage d’Hiver – Im Wald (Kunsthall)

Beau Wanzer – Busted & Bamboozled (Ophism)

Locked Club – Atom Hell EP (Tram Planet)

Playa S & Playa D – Da Summa Mix of ’97 (Tape House Chicago)

Various – Joyous Sounds! (Chicago Research)

Satoshi & Makoto – CZ – 5000 Sounds & Sequences II (Safe Trip)

Orphx – Fragmentation (Hospital Productions)

Steven Rahman

In the year 2020, I found it extremely hard to keep up with things

that were released, so this is not a list of things that were

necessarily better than the other things that came out. They are just

things that I happened to be exposed to, & that helped to lighten the


Without Further Ado:

1. Spillage Village – Spilligion

I mean… what do you do when one of the most interesting collectives

in Hip Hop drop a near perfect record? It’s a sermon & a service. It’s

the kind of rapping that my head longs for, but also a message that

resonates in my heart without ever feeling preachy. It’s so good, I

would bet good money it’s the thing I’ve come back to most over this


2. Sen Morimoto – Sen Morimoto

Sen Morimoto’s sense of self seems to be unshakeable. He bends & flips

genres & styles but, it always sounds like Sen. I was looking forward

to this record, particularly after his removal from the virtual

concerts this year, & it delivers. It’s got it’s quirks & it’s

strangenesses, but it fits together really well & I enjoy the vibe.

3. Khruangbin & Leon Bridges – Texas Sun/ Khruangbin – Mordechai

I love very little as much as I’ve come to love Khruangbin’s unique

sound. It’s just masterful what they’re able to do with what seems

like a really minimalist approach. Then if you add Leon Bridges, who

is for what little money I have one of the better writers in soul

music today, you’ll get something that not only works, but just seems


4. Open Mike Eagle – Anime, Trauma, & Divorce

Unapologetic Art Rap… but with knock. I think this is the best thing

I’ve ever heard from Mike & I don’t know that I would have believed

that was possible after Dark Comedy. It’s a serious record, but the

comic timing & absurdity is still there. It’s such a fun listen even

with the morbid subject matter.

5. Tank & the Bangas – Friend Goals

This is probably my favorite band in the world right now. They are

whimsical & joyous, & a balm in a cold world. This was done over the

course of the quarantine as they weren’t able to spend much time on

the road, & instead turned that into some really thick tunes.

A few honorable mentions:

Grip – Proboscidea, Kirby – Sis., Tayla Parx – Coping Mechanisms, Run

The Jewels – RTJ4, Kipp Stone – Homme, Nick Grant & Tae Beast – God

Bless the Child, Deante Hitchcock – Better, Emily King – Sides, Dezron

Douglass & Brandee Younger – Force Majeure

Ade Mitchell













SHARHABIL AHMED The King Of Sudanese Jazz (Habibi Funk LP)

DAVID BOWIE Metrobolist (Parlophone LP)

BUDOS BAND Long In The Tooth (Daptone LP)

CHEAP TRICK Out To Get You! Live 1977 (Legacy LP)

CHICANO BATMAN Invisible People (ATO LP)  

PASCAL COMELADE Sentimientos (Etats-Unis LP)

ELVIS COSTELLO Hey Clockface (Concord LP)

DAMNED Rockfield Files (Spinefarm LP)

NAPOLEAN DEMPS Norma Jean (Daptone 45)

DU-RITES A Funky Bad Time (Old Maid LP)  

MORT GARSON Music From Patch Cord Productions (Sacred Bones LP)

GILBERTO GIL With Os Mutantes (Audio Clarity LP)

A GIRL CALLED EDDY Been Around (Elefant LP)

GROUPIES Primitive (Beat Rocket LP) 

HELIOCENTRICS Telemetric Sounds (Madlib Invazion LP)

IVEYS Maybe Tomorrow (Audio Clarity LP)

KENNELMUS Folkstone Prism (Modern Harmonic LP)

KINKS Glenhenry Winners (Mississippi LP)

BARABARA LYNN The Atlantic Years 1968-1973 (Run Out Groove LP)

ROD McKUEN Beatsville (Modern Harmonic LP)

MONOPHONICS It’s Only Us (Colemine LP)


SLADE Cum On Feel The Hitz (BMG LP)

STRIKE UNDER Immediate Action (Wax Trax LP)

SUN RA A Fireside Chat With Lucifer (Modern Harmonic LP)

SCOTT WALKER Songs From His T.V. Series (Pleasure For Music LP)

WILD CHERRIES I’m The Sea (Just Add Water 45)

VARIOUS Beach Blvd (Radiation LP)

VARIOUS Behind The Dykes: Beat, Blues And Psychedelic Nuggets From The Lowlands 1964-1972 (Music On Vinyl LP)

VARIOUS Cleveland Confidential (Superior Viaduct LP)

VARIOUS The Land Of Sensations & Delights: The Psych Pop Sounds Of White Whale Records 1965-1970 (Craft LP)

Sean Rowader

Here are my favorite releases from 2020:

1. Dorian Electra –  My Agenda (Electronic / Futurepop) [Digitally Self-Released]

-Dive into the Sea of Electra, drown in jewelry and accessories before growing digital gills that deliver oxygen to the most neglected recesses of your being.  Abrasive, unapologetic, kind, loving, and inventive.   

Favorite track: My Agenda (ft. Village People, Pussy Riot)

2. Channel Tres –  i can’t go outside (Hip Hop / Detroit Techno) [Digital Release on GODMODE]

-Somewhere between Hip Hop and House, Channel Tres is on a couch, in a plane, in the sky.  How can something be so fire yet so chilled out?  

Favorite track: fuego (ft. Tyler, The Creator)

3. Yin Yin –  The Rabbit That Hunts Tigers (Funk / Psychedelic) [LP on Les Disques Bongo Joe]

-Nose-riding a 16 foot surfboard in the lotus flower stance, meditating on the crest of a wave that never crashes.  Time isn’t a straight line, it’s a fundamental element of limitless dimensions.

Favorite track: One-Inch Punch

4. Horse Lords –  The Common Task (Krautrock / Avante-Garde) [LP on Northern Spy]

-Carl Linveld said it best, “Horse Lords are like using a fidget spinner to map out a migraine aura.  I mean that in the best way possible.” 

Favorite track: Fanfare for Effective Freedom

5. Kid Cudi –   Man on the Moon III: The Chosen (Hip Hop / Neo-Psych) [LP on Wicked Awesome]

-Triumphantly, Scott Mescudi completes the trilogy he started 11 years ago.  Cudi voyages into new territory and production while retaining all his unique idiosyncrasies that made him so likeable in the first place.  This is like joyriding through your own neural pathways.

Favorite Track: Lovin’ Me (ft. Phoebe Bridgers)   

6. CB Radio Gorgeous –  EP (Punk / Hardcore) [7-inch on Thrilling Living]

-Fast and frenzied, glamorous and grimey, high on energy and low on fluff, and always over too soon.  The first band I would see live when shows can return. 

Favorite track: The Devil  

7. Foxy Shazam –  Burn (Glam-Rock / Hard-Rock) [LP on EEEOOOAH]

-If there was ever a year that needed Foxy’s comeback the most, it was this one.  A true test of what it means to be uplifting, undeniable, and unstoppable.  A national treasure of Smithsonian magnitude.     

Favorite track: Into the Wild

8. Yves Tumor –  Heaven to a Tortured Mind (Psych-Soul / Art-Pop) [LP on Warp]

-When I was laid up in hospital with a shattered ankle and a staph infection, isolated from my people, and disoriented from 3 surgeries worth of anesthesia, it was this album that I found most comfort in.  Thank you Yves.    

Favorite track: Gospel for a New Century

9. Luke Schneider –  Altar of Harmony (Ambient / Lap Steel) [LP on Third Man]

-A truly beautiful, honest, meditative, and mind blowing experience from one of the most legendary lap steel guitarists of our time.  This is what happens when a humble session musician finally gets the spotlight.  Prepare to catch your own jaw on its way to the floor. 

Favorite track: somnificus 

10. 100 Gecs –  1000 Gecs and the Tree of Clues (Hyperpop / Comp) [LP on Dog Show]

-Never did I think I’d be penning a remix album on my AOTY list, but here we are.  Lots of different genres, collaborators, and styles cohesively come together.    

Favorite track: gecgecgec (ft. Lil West, Tony Velour)

Honorable Mentions:

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – K.G.

Osees – Protean Threat

Idles – Ultra Mono

Hayley Williams – Petals for Armor

Machine Gun Kelly – Tickets to my Downfall

Run The Jewels – RTJ4

Ho99o9 – Blurr

Dogleg – Melee

Thundercat – It is what it is

Nine Inch Nails – Ghosts V

Kip McCabe

Kip’s “some things I liked in 2020”

Budos Band “Long in the Tooth”

Bill Callahan/Bonnie Prince Billie covers series

Rob Mazurek Exploding Star Orchestra “Dimensional Stardust”

Run The Jewels “RTJ4”

Idles “Ultra Mono”

Hum “Inlet”

Jeff Parker “Suite for Max Brown”

Tyler Lopez

Paysage D’Hiver – Im Wald [Kunsthall]

Other Favorites
DJ Akoza – Control Theory [Doom Shop]
Kjostad – Extinctionist [Chondritic Sound]
Beau Wanzer – Busted & Bamboozled [Ophism] “have you ever eaten tater tots from Skylark?…”
Of Feather & Bone – Sulfuric Disintegration [Profound Lore]
Paysage D’hiver – Im Traum (along w/ the other 4 singles released this year.) [Kunsthall]
Leandro Fresco & Rafael Anton Irisarri – Una Presencia En La Brisa [A Strangely Isolated Place]
THX1312 – Intentionally Decapitated Police Officer [Deathbomb]
THX1312 – This Speedcore Kills Fascists [MOBCORE CHICAGO]
Guilt Attendant – Suburban Scum [Hospital]
Michael Vallera – Window In [Denovali]
King Von – Welcome to O’Block [Empire]
Internal Rot – Grieving Birth [Iron Lung]
Old Tower – The Last Eldolon [Profound Lore]
Nonlocal Forecast – Holographic Universe(s?)! [Hausu Mountain]
Vatican Shadow – Persian Pillars Of The Gasoline Era [20 Buck Spin]
Dead C – Unknowns [Ba Da Bing!]
TrippJones x SpaceGhostPurrp x Loko Los – Gladiator Season, Vol. 2 [self]
Bing & Ruth – Species [4AD]
Container – Scramblers [Alter]
DJ Speedsick – Blood Mixed With Shit Mixed With Blood [Psychic Liberation]
Turia – Degen Van Licht [Eisenwald]
Undergang – Aldrig i livet [Me Saco Un Ojo]
Undeath – Lesions of a Different Kind [Prosthetic]
Lamp of Murmuur – Heir Of Ecliptical Romance [Death Kvlt]
William Basinski – Lamentations [Temporary Residence Limited]
Temple Nightside – Pillars of Damnation [Iron Bonehead]
Autechre – Sign [Warp]
Destruct – Echoes Of Life [Grave Mistake]
Vomir – Quarantine A-OK [Deathbed Tapes]
Microphones – Microphones In 2020 [P.W. Elvrum & Sun, Ltd.]
Ike Release – Personality Fragments [Episodes]

Bryan Smith

Bought and enjoyed in 2020

Jeff Parker : Suite for Max Brown
Cryptic Shift : Visitation from Enceladus
Daniel Avery & Mossimo Cortini : Illusion of Time
X – Alphabetland
Malokarpatan – Krupinske Ohne
Coriky – Coriky
Songhoy Blues – Optimisme
Sweven – The Eternal Resonance
Havukruunu – Uinuos Syomein Sota
Bedsore – Hypnagogic Hallucinations

Miles Davis – Double Image
Bill Evans – Some Other Time (The Lost Session From The Black Forest)
Lee Morgan – The Cooker
J* & K* – Stonebone
Various – Black Riot (Early Jungle, Rave And Hardcore)
Flaming Tunes – Flaming Tunes
Young Marble Giants – Colossal Youth 2LP

Budget bin (re)discoveries:
Urban Verbs – Urban Verbs (1980)
Belfegore – Belfegore (1984)
Dave Edmunds – Repeat When Necessary (1979)
cheap classical CDs!

Friends of the store

Emily Elhaj (Reckless alum)


Lomelda – Hannah (Double Double Whammy)

SAULT – Untitled (Black Is) (Forever Living Originals)

Cindy Lee – What’s Tonight To Eternity (W. 25th)

Lambchop – TRIP (Merge)

Kacey Johansing – No Better Time (Night Bloom)

Oliver Coates – skins n slime (RVNG Intl)

Ana Roxanne – Because of a Flower (Kranky)

Tasha “But There’s Still The Moon” (Father/Daughter)

Deerhoof – Future Teenage Cave Artists (Joyful Noise)

TOPS – I Feel Alive (Musique)

U.S. Girls – Heavy Light (4AD)

Sofia Bolt – Share a Glass (self)

Chris Cohen “Physical Address” (Mexican Summer)

Gum Country – Somewhere (self)

Jeff Parker – Suite for Max Brown (Int’l Anthem)

Lucinda Williams – Good Souls Better Angels – (Highway 20/Thirty Tigers)

The Innocence Mission – See You Tomorrow (Thérèse Records)

Keeley Forsyth – Debris (The Leaf Label)

Sam Burton – I Can Go With You (Tompkins Square)

Jeremy Cunningham – The Weather Up There (Northern Spy)

Sweven – The Eternal Resonance (Ván)

Dean Blunt – Roaches 2012-2019 (World Music)

Alabaster dePlume – To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals Vol. 1 (Int’l Anthem)

Aretha Franklin – Just For Music (JFM)

Wire – Hive Mind (pinkflag)

Damar Davids – Bronze (Maximum Exposure)

Valentina Goncharova – Recordings 1987-1991, Vol. 1 (Shukai)

Jeremiah Meece – Suffering (self)

MJ Guider – Sour Cherry Bell (Kranky)

Michael Vallera – Window In (Denovali)

Equip – “Airship Theme (Fast Air Travel)” (self)

Peel Dream Magazine –  Agitprop Alterna / Moral Panics (Slumberland)

Cut Worms – Nobody Lives Here Anymore (Jagjaguwar)

Gregor – Destiny (Chapter Music)

Country Westerns s/t (Fat Possum)

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad – Run This Town OST (Linear Labs)

Ohbliv – Spirit Medicine B Sides (694479 Records DK)

Yebba – Distance (RCA)

Mary Lattimore & Paul Sukeena – “Dreaming of the Kelly Pool”


Solomon Ilori – African High Life (Alternative Fox)

Kraftwerk catalog (Parlophone)

Brian Wilson & Van Dyke Parks – Orange Crate Art (Omnivore) 

Sun Ra – Haverford College 1980 Solo Piano (Sun Ra)

Ceramic Hello – The Absence of A Canary (Ice Machine)

PJ Harvey – Dry (Too Pure)

Neil Young – Homegrown (Silver Bow)

Stephen Malinder – Pow Wow (Self)

Jonathan Richman – I, Jonathan (Craft)

Duval Timothy – Brown Loop (Carrying Colour)

Robert Wyatt – His Greatest Misses (Domino)

The London Suede (Demon Records)

Christie Coyle (Redeye Distribution)

HAIM – Women In Music Pt. III – Columbia  

Arca – KiCk i – XL

Grimes – Miss Anthropocene – 4AD

Yves Tumor – Heaven To A Tortured Mind – Warp

Fleet Foxes – Shore – ANTI-

NOTHING – The Great Dismal – Relapse

Tame Impala – The Slow Rush – Interscope

Arca – @@@@@ – XL

Rose City Band – Summerlong – Thrill Jockey

Adrianne Lenker – songs – 4AD 

The Avalanches – We Will Always Love You – Astralwerks 

Dave Martin (Captured Tracks)

New Records

Thurston Moore – By the Fire – Daydream Library 

Kawaguchi Masami NRS & Kryssi Battalene – S/T – C/Site

Facs – Void Moments – Trouble in Mind

Lavender Flu – Barbarian Dust / Tomorrow Cleaners – In The Red / Meds

The Silence / Masaki Batoh – Electric Meditations / Smile, Jesus Loves YOU!- Drag City

Magik Markers – 2020 – Drag City

David Nance – Staunch Honey – Trouble In Mind

Dead C – Unknowns – Ba Da Bing!

Don Howland – Endgame – In The Red

Lewsberg – In This House – 12XU

Patois Counselors – The Optimal Seat – Ever/Never

E – Complications – Silver Rocket

Bill Nace – Both – Drag City

Rubber Blanket – Our Album – Spacecase

Gunn-Truscinski Duo – Soundkeeper – Three Lobed

Chubby & the Gang – Speed Kills – Static Shock

Lifeguard – Dive – self released

Cindy – Free Advice – Paisley Shirt/Mt. St. Mtn / Tough Love

75 Dollar Bill – Live at Tubby’s – Grapefruit

Raspberry Bulbs – Before The Age of Mirrors – Relapse

Bailterspace – Concret – Self Released

The Bats – Foothills – Flying Nun

Heavy Discipline – S/T – Painkiller

Chloe Alison Escott – Stars Under Contract – Chapter Music

Brain Drugs – S/T – Self Released


Divine Horsemen – Live 1985-1987 – Feeding Tube 

Vertical Slit – Live at Browns – Siltbreeze

L Seven – Unreleased, Studio and Live – Third Man

Stooges – Live At Goose Lake August 8th, 1970 – Third Man

White Heaven – Out – Black Editions

Pylon – Box – New West

Jimi Hendrix – Live in Maui – Experience Hendrix

A Burning Bus – S/T – In The Red

Endless Boogie – The Gathered and Scattered Vol. 1-4 – No Quarter

Faith – Live at CBGB’s – Outer Battery

UFO – Live in Youngstown – Chrysalis 

V/A – We Were Living in Cincinnati – Hozac

V/A – Jobcentre Rejects Vols 3 & 4 – On the Dole

Def Leppard – The Early Years 1979-1981 UMC

Hawkwind – At the BBC – Parlaphone

Redd Kross – Phaseshifter / Show World – Third Man

Reigning Sound – Home For Orphans – Merge 

Pole – 1-3 – Mute

Musica Transonic – S/T – Black Editions

Sonny Vincent – Diamond Distance & Liquid Fury – Hozac

Whirlywilrd – Complete Discography – Hozac

Eddie Criss Group – Undertaker – Hozac

Toho Sara – S/T – Black Editions

Velvet Underground – Live at the 2nd Fret

United Mutation – Dark Self Image – Radio Raheem

Singles / EPs

Home Blitz – All Through the Year – Sophomore Lounge

ISS – Too Punk For Heavy Metal – Total Punk

Native Cats – Two Creation Myths – Rough Skies

Limousine Beach – Stealin’ Wine + 2 – Tee Pee 

Rat-Nip – A Comfortable Chair – Song Book Records

Matt Jencik – Mind Out of Joint / 1969 in Pittsburgh – Self released

Chris Brokaw – Heaven – Self Released

Speed Plans – Field of Vision – Self Released

Public Acid – Condemnation – Beach Impediment

Yo La Tengo – Sleepless Night – Matador

Invalid – Demo – Cruel Noise 

Walkin’ Bulldog – Powerglide Vol. 1 & 2 – Self Released

Big Joanie – Cranes in the Sky b/w It’s You – Third Man

White Stains – Demo – Cruel Noise

Peace Talks – A Lasting Peace – Cruel Noise

Andy Larsen (Matador Direct)

New albums

M. Takara and Carla Boregas – Linha D’Água (El Rocha Records)

Valentina Magaletti, Marlene Ribeiro – Due Matte (Horn of Plenty)

Kübler Ross – Kübler Ross (Akashic Records)

Sarah Davachi – Cantus, Descant (Late Music)

Alan Braufman – The Fire Still Burns (Valley of Search)

Vladislav Delay – 500 Push-Up (feat Sly and Robbie) (Sub Rosa)

Beatrice Dillon – Workaround (Pan)

Ambrose Akinsmusire – on the tender spot of every calloused moment (Blue Note Records)

Lewsberg – In This House (12XU)

Cindy Lee – What’s Tonight To Eternity (W.25th)

Special Interest – The Passion Of (Night School/Thrilling Living)

Crazy Doberman – Illusory Expansion (Astral Spirits)

Nailah Hunter – Spells (Leaving Records)

CS + Kreme – Snoopy (Trilogy Tapes)

EPs, singles, collections, reissues, etc

Don Cherry – Om Shanti Om (Black Sweat Records)

Charles Curtis – Performances and Recordings 1998-2018 (Saltern)

Nkisi – Initiation (Initiation)

Neutrals – Personal Computing (Slumberland Records)

Xylitol – I’m Pretty Sure I Would Know If Reality Were Fundamentally Different Than I Perceived It To Be (Thrilling Living)

Alvin Lucier – String Noise (Black Truffle)

Coil – Musick To Play In The Dark (Dais)

Harry Pussy – Superstar (Palilalia)

Panasonic – Remix EP (Sahko Recordings)

Marika Politissa – All Parts Dark (Olvido Records)

Flaming Tunes – Flaming Tunes (Superior Viaduct)

Home Blitz – All Through The Year (Sophomore Lounge)

Time Cow – Time Cow’s Live Prog Dancehall From Home (Boomkat Editions)

Brett Grossman: former employee/ current staff veterinarian

Thirty-Nine Albums in Twenty-Twenty I listened to repeatedly:

Adrianne Lenker “Songs” (4ad)

Tristan Perich “Drift Multiply” (New Amsterdam)

Beatriz Ferreyra “Echos+” (Room40)

Dirty Projectors “5EPs” (Domino)

R.A.P. Ferreira and The Jefferson Park Boys “Purple Moonlight Pages” (Ruby Yacht)

White Poppy “Paradise Gardens” / “Sound Meditations 2” (Not Not Fun Records)

Cindy Lee “What’s tonight to Eternity” (W. 25th)

Laura Marling “Song for Our Daughter” (Chrysalis/ Partisan)

KMRU “Peel” (Editions Mego)

Fiona Apple “Fetch the Bolt Cutters” (Epic/ Clean Slate)

Joanne Robertson “Painting Stupid Girls” (World Music)

Angel Olsen “Whole New Mess” (Jagjaguwar)

Honey Radar “Sing the Snow away” (Chunklet Industries)

Yves Jarvis “Sundry Rock Song Stock” (Flemish Eye)

Jockstrap “Wick City” (Warp)

Jay Electronica “A Written Testimony” (Roc Nation)

Dehd “Flowers of Devotion” (Fire Talk)

Carl Stone “Stolen Car” (Unseen Worlds)

Sarah Davachi “Gathers” (Boomkat Editions), “Cantus, Descant” (Late Music)

Field Works “Ultrasonic” (Temporary Residence Limited)

Tara Clerkin Trio “Tara Clerkin Trio” (Laura Lies In)

Loving “If I am only My Thoughts” (Last Gang Records, Inc.)

Model Home “One Year” (Disciples)

William Basinski “Lamentations” (Temporary Residence Limited)

Liv.e “Couldn’t wait to tell you…” (In Real Life Music Publishing LLC)

Julianna Barwick “Healing is a Miracle” (Ninja Tune)

Lucrecia Dalt “No Era Solida” (Rvng Intl.)

Isabella, Jasper, and Simon Fisher Turner “Savage Songs of Brutality and Food” (Soleilmoon)

Otta “Songbook” (BOKKLE PIAS)

Military Genius “Deep Web” (Unheard of Hope)

Aki Onda “Nam June’s Spirit Was Speaking To Me” (Recital)

Ulla “Tumbling towards a well” (Experiences Ltd)

Jyoti “Mama, you can bet!” (SomeothaShip Connect)

No Home “Fucking  Hell”  (Hungry and Undervalued)

Markus Floats “Third Album” (Constellation)

Ian William Craig “Red Sun Through Smoke” (130701)

Lomelda “Hannah” (Double Double Whammy)

Built to Spill “Built to Spill plays the songs of Daniel Johnston”  (Ernest Jenning Record Co.)

Katie Gately “Loom” (Houndstooth)


Philip Corner “Chord: B Major/ Bb Minor 9 / Gong! (Transcription for Low Strings) (Unseen Worlds)

Imaginary Softwoods “Annual Flowers in Color” (Amethyst Sunset)

Lol Coxhill and Morgan-Fisher “Slow Music” (Aguirre)

Stephan Mathieu and Ekkehard Ehlers “Heroin” (Keplar)

Craig Kupka “Crystals” (Smithsonian Folkways)

Julia Reidy “Vanish” (Editions Mego)

Roedelius “Tape Archive Essense 1973-1978)” (Bureau B)  

The The “See Without Being Seen” (Cinéola)

Songs not on records or on records I like less

Vague Imaginaires “Mais qu’est-ce Que” 

Autechre “Esle 0”

Circa 2000 “The Echoing Green”

Pure X “Middle America”

Divino Niño”Made up My Mind”

Helena Deland “Seven Hours”

Bianca Scout, j.b. Glazer, Cameron Molloy, Harald Smart, Jacob Samuel, Elena Isolini “Dark Lore Bingo”

Sparkle Division “Sparkle on Sad Sister Mother Queen/ No  Exit”

Shit and Shine “Cream Tee”

Teleplasmiste “A Goodly Company”

Sharhabi Ahmed “Kamar Dawa” 

Ty Segall/ Cory Hanson “She’s a Beam”

Tricky “Vietnam”

Y La Bamba “Mariposa De Coalcomán”

Zia + Oscar Jan Hoogland “Trip The Light  Fantastic”

Lemon Twigs “Live in Favor of Tomorrow” 

CEL “Pink Korridor”

Aki Tsuyuko “Above another Lake”

Princess Nokia “Sunday Best”

MinaeMinae “Algenüberzug”  


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Reckless Records 2019 Employee Best of Lists

Dylan Sowle
BEST OF 2019

Tim Hecker – Anoyo (Kranky)
Steve Hauschildt – Nonlin (Ghostly International)
Better Oblivion Community Center – Better Oblivion Community Center (Dead Oceans)
Mort Garson – Mother Earth’s Plantasia [reissue] (Sacred Bones)
Equip – Cursebreaker X (100% Electronica)
Mike Krol – Power Chords (Merge)
Andrew W.K. – The Wolf [first time on vinyl] (Enjoy The Ride)
Adventure Time: The Complete Series Soundtrack (Mondo)
Amanda Palmer – There Will Be No Intermission (8ft. Records)
Alessandro Cortini – Volume Massimo (Mute)


Ladytron – Ladytron (Ladytron Music)
Iggy Pop – Free (Loma Vista)
The Flaming Lips – King’s Mouth (Warner Records)
LCD Soundsystem – Electric Lady Sessions (DFA)
Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow (Jagjaguwar)
Flying Lotus – Flamagra (Warp)
Thom Yorke – Anima (XL Recordings)
King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard – Infest The Rats’ Nest (Flightless)
Hide – Hell Is Here (Dais Records)
Shrek: Music From The Original Motion Picture [first time on vinyl] (Geffen)

Philip Cerza
Jaime // Brittany Howard
All Mirrors // Angel Olsen
Anak Ko // Jay Som
The Center Won’t Hold // Sleater-Kinney
Igor // Tyler The Creator
Ilana (The Creator) // Mdou Moctar
In League With Dragons // The Mountain Goats
LEGACY! LEGACY! // Jamila Woods
Life Metal // SUNN O)))
Miss Universe // Nilüfer Yanya
No Holiday // The Muffs
Norman Fucking Rockwell // Lana Del Rey
On The Line // Jenny Lewis
Pony // Orville Peck
Purple Mountains // Purple Mountains
Remind Me Tomorrow // Sharon Van Etten
Sasami // Sasami
Sound & Fury // Sturgill Simpson
Thrashing Thru The Passion // The Hold Steady
Two Hands // Big Thief
When I Get Home // Solange

J.D. Reager
2019: My Year

New records
1. Toy Trucks Rockets Bells & Poetry lp
Ferocious garage rock/punk rock with big power pop hooks from Memphis, TN.  OG/ex-Reigning Sound.
2. Arthhur Lost In The Walled City cassette
Frenetic and dance-y rock music from Chicago with actual heart.  Amazing live band – so good, in fact, I stole them for myself (very politely). 
3.  Tape Deck One False Step cassette
Weird pop music from Memphis.  They Might Be Giants meets Randy Newman played by a metal band.  So good, in fact, I put it out myself (not as politely).
4.  Heels Good People Even Do Bad Things cd
Sincere and ragged folk-punk duo from Memphis.
5. Tim Heidecker What The Brokenhearted Do lp
Break-up album parody that hits/cuts on numerous fronts.

Old records
1. John Linnell State Songs lp
Re-issue of a wildly underappreciated solo album by the accordion-playing John from They Might be Giants previously only out on cd.  Features a haunting and charmingly out of tune carousel organ and songs so infectious, you may consider actually visiting Utah or Montana. 
2. Bruce Springstone Live at Bedrock 12” single
Sweet, blue collar rock jam that really evokes a certain place and time + a killer sax solo. Dig of the year candidate.
3. In-store plays
In addition to my usual suspects, I got into big Ike & Tina Turner, Dave Clark Five, McCartney Ram album, “Strange” Al Yankovic, Rufus Thomas, the Dillards, The Music Man soundtrack, and Leonard Nimoy kicks this year. 

Live shows
Jenny Slate @ the Vic, Bob Mould @ Metro, Comedy Bang Bang @ Chicago Theater, Riot Fest (Jawbreaker/Descendents/B-52s/Guided By Voices), Ben Ricketts/Heels/Rosey @ Hi-Tone (Memphis)

Neighborhood eats
1. Mixteco fish taco lunch w/ habanero salsa
2. IDOF chicken shawarma plate
3. Bop N Grill bulkogi philly egg roll

Angela Avila
Best of 2019 
(In No Particular Order)
Affront – Demo
TR/ST – The Destroyer-1
Slant – Vain Attempt 7” 
Jackal – EP 7” 
DJ N***a Fox – Cartas Na Manga
Skepta – Ignorance Is Bliss
Felicia Atkinson – The Flower and The Vessel
Sunami – Demo
Hannah Diamond – Reflections
DJ Nate – Take Off Mode
Game – No One Wins
Roy Garrett & Man Parrish – Hot Rod To Hell
Psychos – One Voice
Megan Thee Stallion – Fever
Wild Side – Who The Hell Is Wild Side?
Kedr Livanskiy. – Your Need
Lil Moss – TITU
Eartheater – Trinity
Qual – Cyber Care EP
Firewalker – The Roll Call 7”
Caroline Polachek – Pang
Sandy Alex G. – House of Sugar

Angela – Fantasy 12”
Dolly Mixture – Demonstration Tapes
The COMES – No Side
Lhasa – Acetabularia/ Acetatechno
Articles of Faith 7”s

Steven Rahman
In no particular order, these are things I liked from this year’s release slate:

Adam Deitch Quartet – Egyptian Secrets
Ezra Collective – You Can’t Steal My Joy
Benny the Butcher – The Plugs I Met
Injury Reserve – Injury Reserve
Dreamville – Revenge of the Dreamers 3
Da Baby – Baby on Baby
YBN Cordae – Lost Boy
Chance the Rapper – Big Day
Future Teens – Breakup Season
Phum Viphruit – Bangkok Balter Club
Moonchild – Little Ghost
Tank & the Bangas – Green Balloon
Clear Soul Forces – Still
21 Savage – I Am > I Was
Little Brother – May the Lord Watch
RWSKY – Drop It Low For Jesus

Gary Errera
Darkthrone – Old Star
Madonna – Madame X
Iggy Pop – Free
Kedr Livanskiy – Your Need
Alcest – Spiritual Instinct
Equip – Cursebreaker X
Drab Majesty – Modern Mirror
Boy Harsher – Careful
Moodymann – SINNER
Fire-Toolz – Field Whispers (Into the Crystal Palace)

BEST OF 2019

CURT BOETTCHER & FRIENDS Looking For The Sun (High Moon LP)
CARDIGANS First Band On The Moon (Universal LP)
END RESULT The Seven Year Locust Returns (Alonas Dream LP)
THE FALL Bend Sinister / The Domesday Pay-Off Triad Plus! (Beggars Banquet 2LP)
ARETHA FRANKLIN Amazing Grace Documentary
ARETHA FRANKLIN Songs Of Faith: Aretha Gospel (Geffen LP)
DURAND JONES & THE INDICATIONS American Love Call (Dead Oceans LP)
DAMON LOCKS BLACK MONUMENT ENSEMBLE Where Future Unfolds (International Anthem LP)
PETER PERRETT Humanworld (Domino LP)
JESSICA PRATT Quiet Signs (Mexican Summer LP)
MAMMAN SANI La Musique Electronique Du Niger LP (Sahel Sounds)
RAYMOND SCOTT The Jingle Workshop 2LP (Modern Harmonic)
STEREOLAB Mars Audiac Quintet (Elektra 2LP)
VANISHING TWIN The Age of Immunology (Fire LP)
CAETANO VELOSO Caetano Veloso (Third Man LP)
JESSY WILSON Phase (May 3rd LP)
VARIOUS All The Young Droogs (RPM 3CD)

Dillon Guelich 
Titanic Rising – Weyes Blood
Free – Iggy Pop
Pinata – Freddie Gibbs and Madlib
Purple Mountains – Purple Mountains
Infest the Rats Nest – King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Ventura – Anderson Paak
Lookout Low – Twin Peaks
Fly or Die II: Bird Dogs of Paradise – Jaimie Branch
Where Future Unfolds – Damon Locks/Black Monument Ensemble
Stomping off from Greenwood – Greg Ward’s Rogue Parade
Waning Days of Babylon – Sci-fi Sleep Cycles (ANGUS)
Forward – Paul Dietrich Jazz Ensemble
Lost in the Walled City – Arthhur (honorable 2018 mention)
Crushing – Julia Jacklin

     My apologies to all of the albums I didn’t hear or list

Luke Dahlgren
— a dozen great new albums from the Reckless shelves —
Big Thief – U.F.O.F. (4AD) folk
Delroy Edwards – Wagon Wheels (L.I.E.S.) house
Giant Swan – Giant Swan (Keck) techno
Laurel Halo [mix] – DJ-Kicks (!K7) techno / experimental
Mid-Air Thief – Crumbling (Top Shelf) art pop / psych-folk
Jessica Pratt – Quiet Signs (Mexican Summer) folk
Junius Paul – Ism (International Anthem) jazz
Ana Roxanne – ~~~ (Leaving) ambient / experimental
Vanishing Twin – The Age of Immunology (Fire) art pop / electronic
v/a – CR015 (Chicago Research) industrial / experimental / post-punk
v/a – Eminent Domain (L.I.E.S.) industrial / techno / noise
v/a – Sunny Side Up (Brownswood) jazz

— plus: some reissued materials from this year —
Sachiko Kanenobu – Misora (Light in the Attic) folk
Konk – The Magic Force of Konk: 1981-1988 (Futurismo) funk-punk / no wave
Protomartyr – No Passion All Technique (Domino) post-punk
Arthur Russell – Iowa Dream (Audika) art pop / folk
Laurie Spiegel – The Expanding Universe & Unseen Worlds (Unseen Worlds) ambient / experimental
Jim Sullivan – If the Evening Were Dawn (Light in the Attic) folk
Victrola – Born From the Water: Demos 1983-1985 (Dark Entries) darkwave
v/a – The World of Keith Haring: Influences + Connections (Soul Jazz) disco / electro / punk

— also: check out these great Bandcamp releases —
AceMo – All My Life house
Afrikan Sciences – Centered house / experimental
Dan Derks – Nested & Phylum ambient / experimental
Flesh of the Stars – Mercy doom metal
MoMA Ready – The NYC Dance Project house

Lilly Cozzens
Cate le Bon – Reward
Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow
Andrew Bird – My Finest Work Yet
Grün Wasser – Not Ok With Things
Lana del Ray – NFR!
Michael Kiwanuka – Kiwanuka
Dehd – Water
Aldous Harding – Designer
Weyes Blood – Titanic Rising
Bill Callahan : Shepard in a Sheepskin Vest
Beau Wanzer – Lies121 EP
Panther Modern – Los Angeles 2020 EP
Luke Temple – Taking Chances (single)

James Marlon Magas 
Favorite 2019 releases
Let’s face it, 2019 has been a trying one for many. Music is one thing that helps unify us, give us strength to endure, resist and if we’re lucky, even thrive. Let music give us power. The surface may be gooey but the underground is alive and well.

David Shettler – Oblivian cassette (Trees USA)
DJ Nigga Fox – Cartas Na Manga 2×12” (Principe)
DJ Fett Burger & Speckgurtel – Red Scorpions 2LP (Clone Royal Oak)
Matt Jencik – Dream Character LP (Hands In the Dark)
Beau Wanzer – BW011 12” (Brew)
Roy Garrett & Man Parrish – Hot Rod to Hell LP (Dark Entries)
Patrick Cowley – Mechanical Fantasy Box LP (Dark Entries)
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Bandana LP (RCA/Keep Cool)
Heart of the Ghost – Heart of the Ghost II LP (Dagoretti)
Robert Ashley – Private Parts LP (Lovely Music) reissue
Sun City Girls – Dawn of the Devi LP (Abduction)
Brett Naucke – Electronic Hypnosis Program 12” (Make Noise)
Jason Letkiewicz – The Reflecting Pool LP (Into the Light)
Mort Garson – Plantasia LP (Sacred Bones)
Pauline Oliveros – Reverberations 1 2LP (Important)
Solange – When I Get Home LP (Columbia)
Yutaka Hirose – Nova + 4 2LP (WRWTFWW)
Bill Orcutt – Odds Against Tomorrow LP (Palilalia)
Various Artists – Plastic Dance 2 LP (Cache Cache)
Nate Young – Volume 3: Dance of the Weeping Babe 12” (Lower Floor Music)
Good Fuck – Cherry Tree LP (Goof Duck)
DJ Overdose – Hang In There 12” (Curtis Electronix)
Mukqs – Any% cassette (Doom Trip)
ADULT. – Subsurface / Coming Apart 12” (Dais)
HIDE – Hell Is Here LP (Dais)
Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble – Where Future Unfolds LP (Outernational Conspiracy)
Incapacitants – Stupid Is Stupid 4LP box (Hospital Productions)
Los Piranas – Historia Natural LP (Glitterbeat)
Wobbly – Monitress CD/cassette (Hausu Mountain)
Teeth Agency – Johnny Mermaid 7” (Teeth Agency)
Wolfmanhattan Project – Blue Gene Stew LP (In the Red)
Madteo – Dropped Out Sunshine LP (DDS)
Steve Hauschildt – Nonlin LP (Ghostly International)
Blood Incantation – Hidden History of the Human Race LP (Century Media)

Things that happened:
Fire_Toolz live at Reckless Records on Record Store Day 2019
Sunn O))) at Rockefeller Chapel
Plantasia live at Garfield Park Conservatory (full disclosure: I was a participant)
Wobbly live at Reckless Records a coupla days ago
Flying Luttenbachers live at Co-Prosperity sphere

Jake Lingan
(Sandy) Alex G- “House of Sugar” (Domino)
Aphex Twin- “Peel Session 2” (Warp)
Satoshi Ashikawa- “Still Way (Wave Novation 2)” reissue (WRWTFWW)
Robert Ashley- “Automatic Writing”  & “Private Parts” reissues (Lovely Music)
Felicia Atkinson- “The Shelter And The Vessel” (Shelter Press)
Autechre Live (Warp)
Ka Baird- “Respires” (RVNG INTL)
Billington/ Shippy/ Wyche- “The Eventual Warp Cat” (No Index)
Blood Orange- “Cupid’s Pulse” (Domino)
Blue Gene Tyranny- “Out Of The Blue” reissue (Unseen Worlds)
Blue Gene Tyranny & Peter Gordon- “Trust In Rock” (Unseen Worlds)
Angel Bat Dawid- “The Orcale” (International Anthem)
Dave Dunno- “Bonefire” (self)
Equip- “Cursebreaker X” (100% Electronica)
Euglossine- Coriolis (Hausu Mountain)
Fire-toolZ- “Whisper” (Orange Milk)
Floating Points- “Crush” (Ninja Tune)
M Geddes Gengras- “I Am The Last of That Green and Warm-Hued World (Hausu Mountain)
Gerrit Hatcher- “Burnt Pan Rolling” (Kettle Hole)
Toshifumi Hinata- “Broken Belief” (Music From Memory)
Yutaka Hirose- “Nova +4” (WRWTFWW)
Frank Hurricane and the Hurricanes Of Love- “Life Is Spiritual” (Feeding Tube)
Iona Fortune- “Tao Of I Vol. 2” (Ecstatic)
Peter Ivers- “Becoming Peter Ivers” (RVNG)
Matt Jencik- “Dream Character” (Hands In The Dark)
JPEGMAFIA- “All My Heroes Are Cornballs” (EQT)
KHGB- “KHGB” (No Index)
KVL- “Volume 1” (Astral Spirits)
Lambchop- “This (Is What I Wanted To Tell You)” (Merge)
Craig Leon- “Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 2: The Canon” (RVNG INTL)
Merzbow- “Pulse Demon” reissue (Relapse)
MUKQS- “SD Biomix”  (Orange Milk)
Musica Esporadica- “Musica Esporadica” reissue (Music From Memory)
Brett Naucke- “Electronic Hypnosis Program” (Make Noise)
Nonlocal Forecast- “Bubble Universe” (Hausu Mountain)
Yoshio Ojima- “Une Collection Des Chainons: Music Fro Spiral” Vol. 1 & 2 (WRWTFWW)
Purple Mountains- “Purple Mountains” (Drag City) [RIP DAVID BERMAN]
Purple Pilgrims- “Perfumed Earth” (Flying Nun)
Royal Trux- “White Stuff” (Fat Possum)
Sharkula x MUKQS- “Prune City” (Hausu Mountain)
Solange- “When I Get Home” (Columbia)
Spirits Having Fun- “Auto-Portrait” (Ramp Local)
Carl Stone- “Baroo” & Himalaya” (Unseen Worlds)
Sunn O)))- “Life Metal” & “Pyroclasts” (Southern Lord)
To Live And Shave In L.A.- “Spatters Of A Royal Sperm” (Hanson)
Two Daughters- “Recordings 1979-1981” (VoD)
Vatican Shadow- “Washington Buries Al Qaeda Leader At Sea”, “Kuwaiti Airforce” & “Pakistan Military Academy” reissues (Hospital)
Visible Cloaks, Yoshio Ojima & Satsuki Shibano- FRKWYS Vol. 15
Xosar- “The Possessor Possesses Nothing” (Bedouin)
Nilufer Yanya- “Miss Universe” (ATO)
Neil Young- “Tuscaloosa”/ “Colorado” (Reprise)
Zoviet France reissues (VoD)
ZRL- “Physics For Listeners” (Homeroom)
Various- “Midnight In Tokyo Vol. 3” (Studio Mule)
Various- “Outro Tempo II- Electronic And Contemporary Music From Brazil 1984-1996” (Music From Memory)

Zack Caputo
1: Sonic Citadel by Lightning Bolt
The legendary hyper-jazz-metal duo returned after nearly half a decade to drop their most varied & consistent effort in years. Bouncing between some of the most accessible and some of the most violent material they’ve ever put to tape, this is the kind of record that seems to be becoming more and more rare nowadays: where every single moment of the 2 LP experience is fantastic and worth your time. This is easily one of the best records in a Lightning Bolt’s catalog, a discography filled with absolutely required listening.

2: There Existed An Addiction To Blood by Clipping.
Continuing their undying pursuit of pushing the conceptual boundaries of hip-hop music,
Clipping. released this genuinely chilling and immensely well crafted look into the “horror” behind “horrorcore”. Featuring some mind-blowing and innovative production (“Run For Your Life” is a true standout, having the beat play from the passing car of a character stalking our protagonist) and relentless flows, There Existed… is truly Clipping.’s crowning achievement so far. The single “Blood Of The Fang” is my vote for song of the year.

3: Bird Box Extended by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
I know you’re already rolling your eyes because a dusty record store clerk put a seemingly ostentatious 4 LP soundtrack release on their list, but hear me out! Instead of being a stereotypical squawk fest that just repeats the trailer motif or a pale imitation of synth-heavy horror scores of yore, Reznor & Ross created a two hour masterclass in sound design and drawn out tension. Tracks like the chilling, nine minute long “Trespasser” dig deep into your psyche and establish this boxset as their own take on the source material instead of background music for a mediocre film.

4: Volume Massimo by Alessandro Cortini
Yes, it may not be a massive evolution for Cortini’s signature soundscapes, but I would argue that such an evolution isn’t entirely necessary as his sound is so uniquely his already.  Volume Massimo no doubt finds him refining and perfecting the moods and timbres teased out of his drool-worthy synth collection, adding more layers than previous solo efforts to create a collection of concoctions that are beautiful, haunting, hypnotizing, and altogether virtuosic.

5: The Talkies by Girl Band
While everyone was busy thinking Girl Band had broken up after giving us the brilliant and, I would argue, ahead of its time Holding Hands With Jamie, they were busy creating this nerve shredding collection of new tracks. Diving deeper into moods of anxiety and panic while almost completely removing any climaxes or any sort of catharsis from the tracks, The Talkies feels like a nihilistic allegory for modern times where there is no light at the end of the tunnel, you just have to get used to the darkness.

6: Magdalene by FKA Twigs
I will argue until I’m blue in the face that FKA Twigs gets nowhere near enough credit for how much they helped usher in the current era of pop & R&B music, including breaking down the barrier between the two. Magdalene, their first album in five years, is a beautiful confirmation of this fact. Furthering the experimental sound found on her previous EP, M3LL155X, but pairing it with stronger songwriting and piercingly intimate lyricism, Magdalene is a beautiful achievement that requires multiple listens and every ounce of your attention to truly unravel.

SIC Records is slowly becoming one of my favorite modern labels, thanks to the legendary hip-hop reissues they put out this year (including records from Memphis legend Blackout, Bay Area OG C-Bo, and the trailblazing DJ Screw), but tapes like HPSHAWTY’s NIGHTMARE TO REALITY show that they’re not solely focused on the past. While recalling the unnerving moods and atmospheres of classic Memphis tapes from the likes of Tommy Wright III and DJ Paul, HPSHAWTY updates the sound in a way that elevates it from simply being a carbon copy to a fantastic release that stands on its own. Their collaborative release with KEVINTHECREEP, titled MANHUNT 2 and also on SIC Records, is equally dope.

8: Highway Hypnosis by Sneaks
On their third record, Sneaks takes their minimal, post-punk-like approach and applies it to an unexpected style: trap music. The result is a beautiful & weird release that’s as hypnotic as the title suggests. The tracks unfold and evolve, bang and clash in ways that recall M.I.A. or even some of the more tame Alec Empire productions, while Sneaks’ repeated mantras and deliveries create an experience truly one of a kind. Sneaks has never stayed in one place for long musically, but if they were to stay with this sound for one more album and flesh it out a little more, I’d be very interested to see what that evolution sounds like.

9: Anima by Thom Yorke
Thom Yorke has always been an amazing songwriter, creating some of the most emotionally resonant and devastating songs of the past couple decades with Radiohead, but his solo albums have never quite scratched the same itch for me personally. This is where Anima comes in, Yorke’s best solo album to date. Working with his live performance set up instead of a more concrete studio set up, the tracks on Anima pulse with nervous energy and fantastic grooves, with Yorke always seeming to find just the right pocket for the kick, just the right melody for the vocals, just the right timbre for the synths. It is a little front loaded and tapers off slightly near the end, but the two song run of “Twist” into “Dawn Chorus” (or Side B on the 2LP release) is the best single side of any record this year. 

10: All My Heroes Are Cornballs by JPEGMAFIA
Much has been said about how JPEGMAFIA constantly referred to this album as being  “disappointing” during the press run leading up to its release and it’s easy to see where he was coming from. Turning the dial way down from the aggression on his 2018 breakout Veteran, All My Heroes… finds JPEGMAFIA exploring more of the vaporwave sound he helped shape (see Dreamcast Summer Songs, released under his moniker Devon Hendryx if you don’t know what I’m talking about) and pairing it with more of the singing and emotional beats he teased previously. While not quite hitting the same sweet spot between experimental and accessible Veteran did, which in turn made it resonate with me so strongly, it’s still nowhere near the disappointment Peggy prematurely prepared his audience for. 

Honorable Mentions:
bi/MENTAL by Le Butcherettes
Remind Me Tomorrow by Sharon Van Etten
The Devil You Know by The Coathangers
The Hunchback of Based God by Lil B
uknowwhatimsayin? by Danny Brown

J David Cartwright
In no particular order

Anna Roxanne – ~ ~ ~ (Leaving Records)
Dean Blunt – Zushi (self-released)
Dj Speedsick – Nothing Lasts (Bank)
Gabber Modus Operandi – HOXXXYA (SVBKVLT)
The Arno – Ways Of Perfection (Chicago Research)
AceMoMa – AceMoMa EP (Jenken Recordings)
Mutant Joe – Home Invasion Anthems (Natural Sciences)
Fire-Toolz – Field Whispers [Into The Crystal Palace] (Orange Milk)
Victrola – Born From The Water (Dark Entries)
Angel Bat Dawid – Oracle (International Anthem)
Mr. Grimm – Anxiety (Static Switch)
Monogamy/ SCLT – Monogamy/ SCLY (Reserve Matinee)
Textasy – TEXAS TERRORTECH VOL. 1 (Natural Sciences)
DJ DR-660 – Sex Music (FTP)
Kim Gordon – No Home Record (Matador)

Ben Hegy
Cate Le Bon- reward [mexican summer]
Jamila Woods- Legacy! Legacy! [jagjaguwar]
Joshua Abrams Natural Information Society- mandatory reality  
[eremite records]
Boy Harsher- careful [nude club records]
Nilufer Yanya- miss universe [ato records]
Tyler, the Creator- igor [columbia]
Angel Bat Dawid- oracle [international anthem recording company]
Solange- when i get home [columbia]
Andrew Wasylyk- paralian [athens of the north]
Dj N*gga Fox- cartas na manga [principe]
Ela Orleans- movies for ears [night school]
Equip- cursebreaker x [100% electronica]
Mega Bog- dolphine [paradise of bachelors]
Park Jiha- philos [glitterbeat]
Resavoir- resavoir [international anthem recording company]

Matt Jencik
Big Thief U.F.O.F.
Blood Incantation Hidden History of the Human Race
Blut Aus Nord Hallucinogen
J.R. Bohannon Dusk
Darkthrone Old Star
Delia Derbyshire Dreams reissue
Suzanne Doucet reissues
FACS  Lifelike
Fennesz Agora
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib Bandana
Inoyama land Commissions 1977-2000
Itasca Spring
JAB Erge Herbe
Clarice Jensen Drone Studies
Leviathan Verrater 4LP
Kedr Livanskiy Your Need
Damon Locks & Black Monument Ensemble Where Future Unfolds
Kali Malone Sacrificial Code
Fumio Miyashita Wave: Sounds of the Universe
Kinloch Nelson Partly on Time: Recordings 1968-1970
Nightfell A Sanity Deranged 
Ossuarium Living Tomb
Pan American A Son
Jessica Pratt Quiet Signs
Python Astrological Warfare
Rodan Hat Factory ‘93
Arthur Russell Iowa dream
75 Dollar Bill I Was Real
Sofia Bolt Sofia Bolt 
Solange When I Get Home
Masahiro Sugaya Horizon Vol. 1 
Thee Speaking Canaries Who Are the Shitbirds Playing? 
Telefon Tel Aviv Dreams Are Not Enough
Tomb Mold Planetary Clairvoyance 
Weyes Blood Titanic Rising
Thom Yorke Anima
Neil Young Tuscaloosa 
Neil Young Colorado
Various Artists Outro Tempo II: Electronic And Contemporary Music From Brazil 1984-1996

Neko Case at The Vic
The Chills at Empty Bottle
Chromatics at Park West 
Grouper at Pitchfork Midwinter
Itasca/Matchess at The Hideout
Jawbox at Reckless and Metro
The Misfits at AllState Arena 
Peter Murphy 40 years of Bauhaus Ruby Celebration w/ David J at Rockefeller Chapel
Angel Olsen at The Riviera
Pan American at Elastic Arts
Max Richter at Harris Theater
Robyn at Aragon
Shellac at Reckless
Sunn O)))/Papa M at Rockefeller Chapel
Sharon Van Etten at Thalia Hall
This Is Not This Heat at Thalia Hall
Voivod at Thalia Hall
Jozef Van Wissem at Empty Bottle
Weyes Blood at Lincoln Hall
WITCH at Lincoln Hall


Casey Campbell
Lightning Bolt: Sonic Citadel
Tim Presley: I Have to Feed Larry’s Hawk
Kim Gordon: No Home Record
Ty Segall: First Taste, also the Pig Man Demos Boxset
Reissue of Mort Garson’s Plantasia
Oozing Wound: High Anxiety
Dehd: Water
Brbra Bush: Blowie pt 2
Eddie Current Suppression Ring: All in Good Time
Thurston Moore: Spirit Council
Danny Brown: uknowhatimsaying
Oh Sees – Face Stabber

Leo Ciccone
Caterina Barbieri /// Ecstatic Computations
Bibio /// Ribbons
Floating Points /// Crush
Angel Bat Dawid /// The Oracle
Nils Frahm /// All Encores
Steve Hauschildt /// Nonlin
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma /// Tracing Back The Radiance
Loscil /// Lifelike
Topdown Dialectic /// Vol. 2
Telefon Tel Aviv /// Dreams Are Not Enough

Joe Seger


Sean Rowader

  1. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Infest the Rat’s Nest (Thrash Metal / Stoner Rock) [LP on Flightless/ATO] 

-Gizzard’s 15th album is a half hour of all-killer-no-filler thrash metal that departs from their signature hazy psychedelia. Infest the Rat’s Nest is full of snarling vox, house rattling double bass onslaught drums, djenting guitar hooks and hellish Venusian songwriting. There’s no satire going on here, this is clearly a band that just wants to have fun SHREDDING! Favorite track: Self-Immolate 

  1. 100 gecs – 1000 gecs (Monster Energy Drink Core / Experimental Electronica) [LP on Dog Show Records] 

-Chicago’s Laura Les and Los Angeles’ Dylan Brady take all the best parts of 2008 internet culture and blend it up in a happy-nightcore 3AM party rager. These songs are quick, constantly changing direction and absolutely dripping with Monster EnergyTM. Favorite track: hand crushed by a mallet 

  1. Mdou Moctar – Ilana: The Creator (Taureg / Psych-Pop) [LP on Sahel Sounds] 

-Hands down my favorite show of 2019 was Mdou Moctar’s April performance at Empty Bottle. Ilana is the first Mdou LP recorded with a full band in-studio, so these tracks carry some extra ‘live’ magic. Mdou’s songwriting reaches a new echelon, as the satisfying compositions outshine the instrumentation and production. Criminally good. Favorite track: Tarhatazed 

  1. Uffie – Tokyo Love Hotel (Electroclash / Dream Pop) [Digital Self Release] 

-Once upon a time. . . when music videos still aired on MTV, when MySpace still mattered, when the most recent Harry Potter film was Goblet of Fire (2006), an electropop prodigy named UFFIE was making waves in the electronica underground. After a handful of singles and a debut LP Uffie seemingly vanished. Until now! After a decade away from the game, Uffie returns with a 7 song EP that is more dreamy and less abrasive than her early stuff. Favorite track: Sharpie

  1. McCafferty – The House with No Doorbell (Emo / Delonge Core) [LP Self Release] 

-Although McCafferty is infamous for dropping off tours, cyclical break-ups (yes plural, the band has been “permanently ended” many times), and ultimately stressing out the fanbase, somehow they always manage to keep new material flowing. The House with No Doorbell isn’t as bonafide and aggressive as their 2018 LP, Yarn, but instead shows off the band’s ability to craft hooks, melodies, harmonies and overall vocal range. Favorite track: Unforgivable Curse #3

    1. clipping. – There Existed an Addiction to Blood (Hip Hop / Experimental) [2xLP on Sub Pop] 

-In a triumphant return, Clipping drops a ‘transmutation of horrorcore’ concept record that showcases expert use of samples, noisey production, and absolutely insane flows from Daveed. This record is full of nods to classic horror tropes like ‘Carpenter-esque’ piano 
on the lead single “Nothing Is Safe.” The album finishes with an 18-minute track from Annea Lockwood entitled “Piano Burning”, which is… well… a piano burning. Favorite track: Blood of the Fang 

      1. PUP – Morbid Stuff (Pop Punk / Emotional Tinge) [LP on Rise Records] 

-Some bands change, grow, evolve, maybe even devolve… but not PUP. This Canadian pop-punk 4-piece has a thing for consistency and so do their die hard fans. Morbid Stuff feels more like the third installment of a trilogy instead of a completely new album. PUP’s third LP is full of “adulting is hard, life can get f***ed” lyrics that are balanced out with upbeat joy-ridden hooks. Favorite track: Sibling Rivalry 

      1. FKA Twigs – Magdalene (Art Pop / Slow Core) [LP on Young Turks] 

-After three years of studio work, the legendary FKA Twigs drops only their second full-length album, Magdalene. Twigs’ executively produced this record with collaborations from Skrillex, Michael Uzowuru, Koreless and others as co-producers. This album is incredibly diverse and showcases more vocal acrobatics than we’re used to on previous Twigs’ releases. Clearly all the time spent crafting this album was worth it as Magdalene is an absolute ascendancy. Favorite track: Home with You 

      1. Raconteurs – Help Us Stranger (Garage / Power-Pop) [LP on Third Man] 

-11 years after Consolers of the Lonely, the superheros of alternative radio stations everywhere, the Raconteurs assemble and return! While fans may have been weary that the return was only a short lived cash-grab, the Raconteurs quickly put those thoughts to rest with some of their best songwriting ever, late night TV performances, and a colossal world-tour. Favorite track: Somedays (I Don’t Feel Like Trying) 

      1. Sturgill Simpson – Sound & Fury (Psychedelic Country / Boogie Rock) [LP on Elektra] 

-Railroad foreman turned twangbox extraordinaire, Sturgill Simpson releases a genre-bending country/psych/boogie/synth-rock album accompanied with a full-length anime visual album. This experience is so diverse and inviting that it’s no surprise Sturgill is attracting more listeners to the waning and lonely Country section. This album is so dance-able it makes me want to take roller-disco lessons. But most of all, please do not sleep on the Netflix-released visual album with expert cinematography from Masayuki Fujii and Chigi Kanbe. Favorite track: Ronin 

Honorable Mentions
Gang Starr – One Of The Best Yet
Cage The Elephant – Social Cues
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Fishing For Fishies
Oh Sees – Face Stabber
Blink 182 – Nine

Tom Walczyk
Bob Mould – Sunshine Rock (Merge Records)
Facs- Lifelike (Trouble In Mind)
Luxurious Bags – Frayed Knots (Twisted Village) ** First time ever on vinyl
Shellac – End of Radio (Touch & Go)
** Peel Sessions 1994
LE’ Pee- Diabolique (A Records)
** Anton Newcombe + Liminanas
Black Midi – Schlagenheim (Rough Trade)
** Amazing live set at Pitchfork this year
Delta 5 – Singles & Sessions 79- 85
(Kill Rock Stars)
Polvo  – Polvo (Merge Records)
**  Their first 7” record plus a few bonus songs put on one 12”
Peter Perrett – Humanworld (Domino)
** Singer from The Only Ones
Jonathan Fire *Eater – Wolf Songs for Lambs & Tremble Under Boom Lights (reissues on Third Man) ** Members went on to for The Walkmen

Honorable Mentions
Mort Garson – Mother Earth’s Plantasia (Sacred Bones)
Duster – Numero Reissues

Ethan D’Ercole
ONLY ONES: “Live in Chicago, 1979”
COLOURED BALLS: “Last Supper, First”
PRINCE: “Originals”
TERRY STAMP: “Fatsticks”
PATRICK COWLEY: “Mechanical Fantasy Box”
HAMMERSMITH GORILLAS: “Why Wait ’til Tomorrow 1974-1981”
SOLANGE: “When I Get Home”
HECKS: “My Star”
MATT JENCIK: “Dream Character”

Yasmin Bashir
Albums of the year: 
Solange- When I Get Home 
Klein- Lifetime
Fka Twigs- Magdalene
Kelsey Lu- Blood
Visible Cloaks, yoshio ojima, and satsuki shibano–Serentiatem
Mega Bog- Dolphin 
Spelling- Mazy Fly
Sasami- Sasami
Injury Reserve- Injury Reserve 
Kedr Livanskiy- Your Need 

P.R. Ryan
2019 Good Albums (In No Particular Order)
Denzel Curry – ZUU (Loma Vista)
Hot Chip – A Bath Full Of Ecstasy (Domino)
Charly Bliss – Young Enough (Barsuk)
Caroline Polachek – Pang (Perpetual Novice)
Alex Cameron – Miami Memory (Secretly Canadian)
Otoboke Beaver – ITEKOMA HITS (Damnably)
Purple Mountains – Purple Mountains (Drag City)
Injury Reserve – Injury Reserve (Loma Vista)
Channel Tres – Black Moses EP (Godmode)
Black Marble – Bigger Than Life (Sacred Bones)
Tyler, The Creator – IGOR (Columbia)
Black Midi – Schlagenheim (Rough Trade)
Katie Dey – Solipsisters (Run For Cover)
Vampire Weekend – Father Of The Bride (Columbia)
Bonnie “Prince” Billy – I Made A Place (Drag City)
Bleached – Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough? (Dead Oceans)
Empath – Active Listening: Night On Earth (Get Better)
Mike Krol – Power Chords (Merge)
Sandro Perri – Soft Landing (Constellation)
The New Pornographers – In The Morse Code Of Brake Lights (Concord)
Ezra Furman – Twelve Nudes (Bella Union)
Richard Dawson – 2020 (Domino)
Orville Peck – Pony (Sub Pop)
Pure Bathing Culture – Night Pass (Infinite Companion)
Rapsody – Eve (Roc Nation)

Friends of Reckless
Emily Elhaj (Musician/Writer/Reckless alum)
Brittany Howard – Jaime (ATO)
Aldous Harding – Designer (4AD)
Marvin Gaye – You’re the Man (UMG)
Sofia Bolt – Waves (Loantaka)
Girl Ray – Girl (Moshi Moshi)
Arian Shafiee – Pacific Medications (Lillerne)
Jessica Pratt – Quiet Signs (Mexican Summer)
Matt Jencik – Dream Character (Hands in the Dark)
KIM – s/t (Love Lion)
Cate Le Bon – Reward (Mexican Summer)
Hand Habits – placeholder (Saddle Creek)
Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow (Jagjaguwar)
Chris Cohen – s/t (Captured Tracks)
Eric Dolphy – Musical Prophet: The Expanded 1963 New York Studio Sessions (Resonance)
Mac DeMarco – Honey Moon (Haruomi Hosono) (LITA)
Cass McCombs – Tip Of The Sphere (Anti)
Wand – Laughing Matter (Drag City)
Esther Suarez – La Bolognesina (Little Axe)
Solange – When I Get Home (Columbia)
Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society – Mandatory Reality (Eremite)
Ana da Silva & Phew – Island (Shouting Out Loud)
Beyoncé – Homecoming (Parkwood/Columbia)
Vanishing Twin – The Age Of Immunology (Fire)
V/A – Late Night Tales: Floating Points (Night Time Stories)
75 Dollar Bill – I Was Real (Thin Wrist)
Angel Bat David – The Oracle (Int’l Anthem)
Tool – Fear Inoculum (Dissectional)
Pavo Pavo – Mystery Hour (Bella Union)
Chrissie Hynde – Valve Bone Woe (self)
Common – Let Love (Loma Vista)
Radiohead – III Wind (XL)
Homeshake – Helium (Sinderlyn)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Ghosteen (Ghosteen)
Beth Gibbons – Henryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs) (Domino)
Big Thief – U.F.O.F. (4AD)
Rip Hayman “Dreams of India and China: Field Recordings & Repercussions 1973-1986 (Recital)

Don Cherry – Brown Rice (Verve)
Anna St. Louis – First Songs (Woodsist)
Johnny Greenwood – There Will Be Blood (Nonesuch)
Neil Young – Dead Man OST (Warner)
Haruomi Hosono (LITA)
Cruising OST (Waxwork)
Duster – Capsule Losing Contact (Numero)

Sharon Van Etten, Amoeba
Cass McCombs, Amoeba
Mdou Moctar & Marisa Anderson, Zebulon
Chris Cohen, Lodge Room
Aldous Harding, Old Style
Austin McCutchen & Ryley Walker, Zebulon
Cate Le Bon & Mac DeMarco, The Greek
Stereolab & Wand, Ace Theater
Sharon Van Etten & Sofia Bolt, Pappy & Harriet’s
Zsela, Brooklyn Steel
Rodrigo Amarante, Palace Theatre
Angel Olsen Tour 2019

DJing Public Records, Brooklyn
Iggy Confidential podcast

Coffee Manufactory, Los Angeles
Groundwork, Los Angeles
St. ALi, Melbourne
Congregation, New Orleans
Tandem, Portland, Maine
Maru, Los Angeles
Flat Track, Austin
Monmouth, London
Courier Coffee, Portland, Oregon

Jocelyn Brown (Music Supervisor/Producer)
albums I loved this year: 2019
telefon tel aviv – dreams are not enough galcher lustwerk – information
prince – originals
solange – when i get home
arthur russell – iowa dream
matt jencik – dream character
natural information society – mandatory reality
giant swan – s/t
dj shadow – our pathetic age
alessandro cortini – volume massimo
angel olsen – all mirrors 
helado negro – this is how you smile
raphael saadiq – jimmy lee
charles rumback and ryley walker – little common twist
lizzo – cause i love you
surachai – come, deathless
ana roxane – ~~~
khruangbin – hasta el cielo
jets – zoospa
cellophane garden – relation to the infinite
matana roberts – coin coin chapter 4: memphis
ryne ziemba – cataclysmos
jessica pratt – quiet signs
sault – 5
caterina barbieri – ecstatic computation
same waves – algorithm of desire
here lies man – no ground to walk upon
daniel wohl – etat 
jaimie branch – fly or die II: bird dogs of paradise
minutes unlimited – green data
waajeed – ten toes down ep 
freddie gibbs and madlib – bandana
itasca – spring
dj spinn – da life ep
emmavie – honeymoon
barker – utility
fennesz – agora
nick cave & the bad seeds – ghosteen
resavoir – s/t
baby rose – to myself
kindness – something like a war
75 dollar bill – i was real
hildur gudnadottir – chernobyl ost
brittany howard – jaime
kim gordon – no home record
labrinth – euphoria ost 
clairo – immunity
jenny lewis – on the line
sharon van etten – remind me tomorrow
rafael anton irisarri – solastalgia
robyn – honey
weyes blood – titanic rising
chasms – the mirage
william basinski – on time out of time
kiefer – superbloom
michael kiwanuka – kiwanuka
floating points – crush
black monument ensemble – where future unfolds
hania rani – esja 
carlos nino and friends – bliss on dear oneness
helen money – arriving angels
sunn o))) – life metal
nils frahm – all encores
freddie gibbs and madlib – bandana
sasami – s/t
tyler, the creator – igor
michael vincent waller – moments
nia andrews – no place is safe
laurel halo – dj kicks
andy stott – it should be us
benny sings – city pop
mereba – the jungle is the only way out
bill orcutt – odds against tomorrow
georgia anne muldrow – vweto II
various artists – outro tempo II

Dave Martin (Captured Tracks)
1  Wayne Rogers  – The Air Below (Twisted Village) / Major Stars – Roots Of Confusion Seeds Of Joy (Drag City)
2  Facs – Lifelike (Trouble In Mind)
3  Aquarian Blood – A Love That Leads To War (Goner)
4  75 Dollar Bill – I Was Real (Thin Wrist)
5  Gotobeds – Debt Begins At Thirty (Sub Pop)
6  The Silence – Metaphysical Feedback (Drag City) / Masaki Batoh – Nowhere (Drag City)
7  Gong Gong Gong – Phantom Rhythm (Wharf Cat Records)
8  Rocket 808 – S/T (12XU)
9  Ceremony – In The Spirit World Now (Relapse)
10 Flesh Eaters – I Used To Be Pretty (Yep Roc)
11 David Kilgour – Bobbie Is A Girl (Merge)
12 Matt Jencik – Dream Character (Hands In The Dark)
13 Thurston Moore – Spirit Council (Daydream Library)
14 Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society – Mandatory Reality (Eremite)
15 Brian Crook with The Renderers – This World Just Eats Me Up Alive (Ba Da Bing)
16 Eddy Current Suppression Ring – All In Good Time (Castle Face)
17 Stefan Christensen – The Upcoming Flame (Bruit Direct Disques)
18 Dead C – Rare Ravers (Ba Da Bing)
19 Cate Le Bon – Reward (Mexican Summer)
20 Sulfate – S/T (Prison Tapes)
21 Hash Redactor – Drecksound (Goner)
22 Mike Donovan – Exurbian Quonset (Drag City)
23 Modern Nature – How To Live (Bella Union)
24 Vivian Girls – Memory (Polyvinyl)
25 XV – S/T (Life Like) 

1 Peter Laughner – S/T box (Smog Veil)
2 Rema Rema – Fond Reflections  
3 Peter Jefferies – Last Ticket Home / Clutter (Grapefruit) 
4 Tokyo Flashback – Psychedelic Speed Freaks (Black Editions) 
5 Revenge – S/T (In The Red)
6 The Victims – S/T (In The Red)
7 The Pooh Sticks – S/T 7″ box (Optic Nerve)
8 Scientists – Not For Sale:  Live 1978/1979 (Grown Up Wrong)
9 Makoto Kawashima – Homo Sacer (Black Editions)
10 Country Teasers – The Toe Rag Sessions (Crypt)
11 Jim Shepard – Heavy Action (Ever/Never)
12 The Dum Dum Boys – Let There Be Noise (In The Red)
13 Bill Direen – A Memory of Others O.S.T. (Sophomore Lounge)
14 Jobcentre Rejects Vol 1 & 2 (On The Dole)
15 Cynics – Rock ‘N’ Roll (Get Hip)

Singles / EPs
1 Hammered Hulls – S/T 7″ (Dischord) 
2 Tyvek – Changing Patterns of Protective Coating – (Doubles Tapes) 
3 The Girl In Times New Viking – S/T (FAH-Q Catalog) 
4 F.U.K. – Road Kill b/w I Got A Head (Hozac) 
5 Too Much – Patent Leather b/w Dyslexia (Merge)
6 Long Hots – Nickle & Dime b/w Give & Take (Third Man)
7 David Nance – Meanwhile b/w Credit Line (Third Man) 
8 Loose Nukes – Demo 7″ (Cruel Noise) & Behind The Screen 7″ (Beach Impediment)
9 Rubber Blanket – New Garbage Truck b/w Pedestrian Bridge (Spacecase Records)
10 Heavy Discipline – S/T (Painkiller) 
11 Skiftande Enheter – S/T (Levande Begravd) & Snubblar genom drömmar (Appetite)
12 Scientists – 9H₂O.SiO₂ (In The Red)
13 Rat Nip – S/T (Self Released)
14 Vivienne Styg – Rose of Texas (Self Released)
15 Stress Group – S/T (Self Released)

Live shows
Ceremony @ Elsewhere
Loose Nukes / L.O.T.I.O.N. – Home Sweet Home
Jon Spencer & the Hitmakers – Rough Trade
Heavy Discipline / Rat Nip / Bad Breeding – Brooklyn Bazaar 
Fucked Up / Haram – Music Hall of Williamsburg
Scientists / Des Demonas – St. Vitus
Warthog / L.O.T.I.O.N. – Asbury Park Brewery
Limousine Beach – The Broadway
Bill Direen – Aeon Bookstore
Major Stars – Nublu
Cynics – Gran Torino
Benni / Sick Thoughts – Poor Boys
75 Dollar Bill & Josh Abrams and Natural Information Society – Roulette 
75 Dollar Bill & Condo Fucks – Union Pool
Public Puberty – The Grove
Hash Redactor – Hart Bar
Steve Gunn / Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore – Bowery Ballroom
Facs – St Vitus
Dark Blue – St Vitus
Gong Gong Gong PS 1
Ex Hex – Bowery Ballroom
Hammered Hulls – Union Pool
Flesh Eaters – Bowery Ballroom
David Nance / Long Hots / Home Blitz – Union Pool
Miss June – Berlin
Cate Le Bon / Dinosaur Jr. / Kurt Vile – Central Park Summerstage
This is Not This Heat – Elsewhere
Warm Drag – some house party
Tyvek – The Glove
Sanhedrin – St Vitus

Brett Andrew Grossman / Reckless Staff Veterinarian

New music (Mildly in order)
1. Angel Olsen “All Mirrors”  (Jagjaguwar)
2. Jessica Pratt “Quiet Signs” (Mexican Summer)
3. The Soft Walls “Not as Bad As It Seems (Soft Music)
4. Yves Jarvis “The Same But By Different Means” (Anti-)
5.  Ada Lea “What We Say In Private” (Saddle Creek)
6. Crumb “Jinx” [self-released]
7. Deem Spencer “Pretty Face” (Vinyl Me, Please)
8. Angelo De Augustine “Tomb” (Asthmatic Kitty)
9. Carla Dal Forna “Look Up Sharp” (Kallista Records)
10. Caterina Barbieri “Ecstatic Computation” (Editions Mego)
11. Deerhunter “Why hasn’t everything already disappeared” (4ad)
12. Olden Yolk “Living Theatre” (Trouble in Mind)
13. Panda Bear “Buoy” (Domino)
14. Tim Presley’s White Fence “I have to Feed Larry’s Hawk (Drag City)
15. Boy Scouts “Free Company” (Anti-)
16. Julianna Barwick “Circumstance Synthesis” (Commend There)
17. Hand Habits “Placeholder” (Saddle Creek)
18 Michael Jon Fink “Celesta” (Cold Blue Music)
19. New Pornographers  “In the Morse Code Of Brake Lights” (Concord)
20. Celer “Vamps” (Patient Sounds International)
21. Julia Shapiro “Perfect Version” (Hardly Art)
22. Sandy (Alex G) “House of Sugar” (Domino)
23. Lizzo “Cuz I Love You” (Atlantic)
24. Florist “Emily Alone” (Double Double Whammy)
25. Bitchin Bajas “Demeter” (Longform Editions)
26. Vanishing Twin “The Age of Immunology” (Fire)
27. Daniel Thorne “Lines of Sight” (Erased Tape Records)
28. Black Belt Eagle Scout “At the Party with my Brown Friends” (Saddle Creek)
29. Dehd “Water” (Fire Talk)
30. Freddie Gibbs, Madlib “Bandana” (Keep Cool)
31. Alessandro Cortini “Volume Massimo” (Mute)
Reissues/ Archive
1. Trey Gruber “Herculean House of Cards” (Numero Group)
2. Cobalt “Astral Travels” (Numero Group)
3. Charlie Megira “Tomorrow’s Gone” (Numero Group)
4. Ernest Hood “Neighborhoods”  (Freedom to Spend)
5. Various Artists Kankyō Ongaku (Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980 – 1990)- (Light in the Attic)
6. Various Artists “You’re not from Around Here” (Numero Group)
7. Mort Garson “Mother Earth’s Plantasia” (Sacred Bones)
8. The Caretaker “Everywhere, an Empty Bliss” (History always Favours the Winners)
9. Michael O’ Shea “Michael O’ Shea” (Allchival)


Dan Maloney (Faithful Anchor/Reckless alum)
Favorite Records of the Year

Cate Le Bon- Reward
Purple Mountains- Purple Mountains
Jessica Pratt- Quiet Songs
Aldous Harding- Designer
Tindersticks- No Treasure but Hope
Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble- Where The Future Unfolds
Freddie Gibbs/Madlib- Bandana
Lana Del Ray- NFR
The Stroppies- Whoosh!
Joshua Abrams and Natural Information Society- Mandatory Reality
Mick Trouble- It’s The Mick Trouble LP
Reissues Arthur Russell- Iowa Dream
Ernest Hood- Neighborhoods
Mort Garson- Plantasia
Jim Sullivan- Jim Sullivan
Norma Tanega- Walkin’ My Cat Named Dog
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Reckless Records 2018 Best of Lists

Jim Magas

DJ Fett Burger & Stiletti Ana – 358 Men 2LP (Freakout Cult)
Hogg – Self-Extinguishing Emission LP (Scrapes)
Ectomorph – Stalker 2LP (Interdimensional Transmissions)
DJ Nigga Fox – Cranio LP (Warp)
DJ Lilocox – Paz & Amour LP (Principe)
Niagara – Apologia LP (Principe)
Donato Dozzy – Filo Loves the Acid 2LP (Tresor)
Shinichi Atobe – Heat 2LP (DDS)
Joan of Arc – 1984 LP (Joyful Noise)
ADULT. – This Behavior LP (Dais)
HIDE – Castration Anxiety LP (Dais)
Mutant Beat Dance LP boxed set (Rush Hour)
Mark Morgan – Department of Heraldry LP (Open Mouth)
EP-4 – Lingua Franca LP (WRWTFWW)
Mukqs – 起き上がりcassette (Doom Trip)
Sarah Davachi – Gave In Rest LP (Ba Da Bing)
Demdike Stare – Passion 2LP (Modern Love)
Chris Corsano & Bill Orcutt – Brace Up! (Palilalila)
Teeth Agency – Outhouse Book/USB credit card (Teeth Agency)
Teeth Agency – Lizards Garden Book/USB credit card (Teeth Agency)
Jeff Mills – Waveform Transmissions 2LP (Tresor) reissue
Brett Naucke – The Mansion LP (Spectrum Spools)
Beau Wanzer – Beau Wanzer 12” (L.I.E.S.)
Steve Hauschildt – Dissolvi LP (Ghostly)

Philip Cerza
What A Time To Be Alive – Superchunk
All Nerve – The Breeders
Be The Cowboy – Mitski
Black Panther – Kendrick Lamar
Bought To Rot – Laura Jane Grace
Devotion – Tirzah
Dirty Computer – Janelle Monae
Double Negative – Low
Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves
Hell-On – Neko Case
Historian – Lucy Dacus
Hive Mind – The Internet
Honey – Robyn
Lush – Snail Mail
Ordinary Corrupt Human Love – Deafheaven
Parts – Ohmme
Sweetener/ “thank u, next” – Ariana Grande
Swimming – Mac Miller
There’s A Riot Going On – Yo La Tengo
Transangelic Exodus – Ezra Furman
You’re Not Alone – Andrew W.K.

Luke Dahlgren
Shared Album of the Year:
– Makaya McCraven – Universal Beings (International Anthem)
– Parquet Courts – Wide Awaaaaake! (Rough Trade)

Best of the Rest:

Beak> – >>> (Temporary Residence Ltd.)
IDLES – Joy as an Act of Resistance (Partisan)
The Internet – Hive Mind (Columbia)
Kikagaku Moyo – Masana Temples (Guru Guru Brain)
Mourn – Sorpresa Familia (Captured Tracks)
Sandro Perri – In Another Life (Constellation)
serpentwithfeet – soil (Secretly Canadian)
Shopping – The Official Body (FatCat)
Tirzah – Devotion (Domino)
U.S. Girls – In A Poem Unlimited (4AD)
v/a – Uneven Paths: Deviant Pop from Europe 1980-1991 (Music From Memory)
v/a – Venezuela 70, Vol II: Cosmic Visions of a Latin American Earth (Soul Jazz)
[reissue] Gene Clark – Gene Clark Sings For You (Omnivore)
[reissue] The Dylan II – Kinou no Omoide ni Wakare o Tsugerundamono (Pony Canyon)
[reissue] Happy End – Happy End & Kazemachi Roman (Pony Canyon)
[reissue] High Rise – II (Black Editions)
[reissue] Catherine Ribeiro + Alpes – No. 2, Ame Debout, & Paix

Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids – An Angel Fell (Strut)
Ben LaMar Gay – Downtown Castles Can Never Block the Sun (International Anthem)
Mako Sica & Hamid Drake – Ronda (Feeding Tube)
Javier Santiago – Phoenix (RopeADope)
Kamasi Washington – Heaven and Earth (Young Turks)
v/a – Soul of a Nation, Vol II: Jazz is the Teacher, Funk is the Preacher (Soul Jazz)
[reissue] The Art Ensemble of Chicago – Les Stances a Sophie (Soul Jazz)
[reissue] John Coltrane – Both Directions at Once (Impulse!)
Joseph Shabason – _Anne_ (Western Vinyl)

A.A.L (Against All Logic) – 2012-2017 (Other People)
Daniel Avery – Song For Alpha (Mute)
DJ Sotofett & Vera Dvale – Detour Dub / To Want You 12” (Wania)
Essaie Pas – New Path (DFA)
Jon Hopkins – Singularity (Domino)
Niagara – Apologia (Principe) Person of Interest – In Vitro 12” (L.I.E.S.)
Wareika – Water, Sky, Sun, Wood (Mule Musiq)
v/a – Welcome to Paradise, Vol. III: Italian Dream House 90-94 (Safe Trip)
[reissue] ESG – Come Away With ESG (Fire)

Black Milk – Fever (Mass Appeal)
Roc Marciano – Behold a Dark Horse (Fat Beats) <<< minus the homophobia
Saba – Care For Me (Saba Pivot)
Earl Sweatshirt – Some Rap Songs (Columbia)

The Body – I Have Fought Against It, But I Can’t Any Longer (Thrill Jockey)
Green Druid – Ashen Blood (Earache)
Sleep – The Sciences (Third Man)
Thou – Magus (Sacred Bones)
YOB – Our Raw Heart (Relapse)

Andrew Bernstein – An Exploded View of Time (Hausu Mountain)
Egyptology – Sur les autres mondes (Hands In The Dark)
Laurel Halo – Raw Silk Uncut Wood (Latency)
Jon Hassell – Listening to Pictures: Pentimento Vol. I (Ndeya)
Sarah Louise – Deeper Woods (Thrill Jockey)
Saloli – The Deep End (Kranky)
Yves Tumor – Safe in the Hands of Love (Warp)
v/a – Switched-On Eugene (Numero)
[reissue] Heldon – Heldon.6. Interface & Stand By (SouffleContinu)
[reissue] Ursula K. Le Guin & Todd Barton – The Music and Poetry of the Kesh (RVNG Int’l)
[reissue] Michele Mercure – Beside Herself (RVNG Int’l)
[reissue] This Heat – Made Available, Repeat / Metal, & Live 80-81 (Modern Classics)

Zack Caputo
Top 10 Of 2018:

1: You Won’t Get What You Want by Daughters [post-punk/noise rock]
In a comeback to go down in history, Daughters returned from an 8 year slumber to release this monster of a record. These 10 songs are air-tight, consisting of beautiful & arresting lyrical imagery paired perfectly with some of the most alarming & straight up terrifying songwriting I’ve ever heard. Add some fantastic production and brilliant pacing and it all adds up to an unbelievably brutal record about losing your sense of self to the anxiety of our modern times. This isn’t just one of the best albums of the year, but this is easily one of the best noise rock albums of all time.

2: Year Of The Snitch by Death Grips [experimental hip-hop]
When I first heard Death Grips in 2012, they confused me and I (eventually) loved it. Now, in 2018, they continue to leave me scratching my head wondering how they still can make music this boundary pushing and yet stay so good. Despite throwing as many genres at the wall as they can over 13 tracks, almost every single experiment pans out beautifully, creating the most dense but rewarding record they’ve ever released. It might not be the easiest entry point in their prolific portfolio, but it’s a sign that Death Grips is still broadcasting from light years ahead of us all.

3: Veteran – JPEGMAFIA [experimental hip-hop]
JPEGMAFIA dropped Veteran at the beginning of the year and almost made me finish this list right then and there. It’s a head-spinning mix of beautifully left-field sample choices, an endless barrage of satirical yet powerful bars, and some of the most intense performances & flows of the year. Top to bottom, it’s an amazing stroke of twisted genius that shouldn’t be missed.

4: Bad Witch by Nine Inch Nails [industrial/experimental rock]
While the previous two EPs Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross have put out in this trilogy were great, they did carry a melancholy feeling of nostalgia. Bad Witch, however, see the duo fearlessly pushing forward in a way that was sorely missed. While only 6 songs, the truncated format plays in their favor, stripping any filler for a straight and impactful shot of jazz-by-way-of-Blackstar-tinged industrial rock. It’s a beautiful oddity in the NIN discography and one of the best albums they’ve ever done.

5: Scholarz Mate by Chessmastaz [hip-hop]
At only 27 minutes, Scholarz Mate is a jaw-dropping exercise in the power of straight, no chaser hip-hop. Chessmastaz forgo any and all excess, throwing the listener straight through the ringer with 12 songs of non-stop flows where almost every single line is a quotable. Add their mystifying production and you have a powerful example of pure hip-hop. While there will always be a place for grandiose musical statements, this album cuts out all the extraneous outside stimuli and does what most artists can’t: speak straight to your soul.

6: I’ll Tell You What! by RP Boo [footwork]
RP Boo has always captivated me with how minimal their production is and I’ll Tell You What! is no different, its 12 tracks acting as a lesson in minimalist perfection. But it’s not all just that classic RP Boo sound, with many songs featuring surprisingly lush synth-tones & even some incredibly beautiful melodies. But don’t worry, because no matter the melody, every single moment of this record is backed by absolutely devastating grooves. Over two decades into his career, RP Boo still is putting out forward thinking music, truly earning as his status as a Chicago legend.

7: You’re Not Alone by Andrew W.K. [PARTY]
The prodigal son of party finally returns with a beautiful, kaleidoscopic creation. Embedded with all of the little facets of Andrew W.K. that make him the one-of-a-kind figure he is, You’re Not Alone splits its runtime between upbeat powerhouses, heartfelt ballads, zippo-worthy slow jams, & insightful but idiosyncratic spoken word interludes. The party god has never sounded so honest and truthful before, stripping the violent or cryptic lyrics of previous releases for introspective & uplifting mantras, which results in his most consistent and powerful record. The party never dies, and with Andrew W.K., it just keeps getting better and better.

8: OIL OF EVERY PEARL’S UN-INSIDES by SOPHIE [dance/experimental]
OIL OF EVERY PEARL’S UN-INSIDES shows SOPHIE stripping back her viciously guarded anonymity for an album that’s as important lyrically as it is musically, combining incredibly stank-face-inducing dance production & beautiful ambient sound design with heartfelt but cryptic lyricism about gender politics in our current, terrifying climate. In a time where governments, corporations, & entire cultures are actively working towards stripping away the rights the LGBTQ+ community has spent centuries fighting for, SOPHIE translates not only the terror of that looming threat, but the beauty of the community & love shared in the face of it.

9: Collapse EP by Aphex Twin [braindance]
Aphex Twin is a bonafide legend for a reason. The albums he released 20 years ago still sound as if they were made today & his output since his triumphant comeback Syro in 2014 may have eased up on the frantic production, but is no less detailed & virtuosic. But, then he releases the Collapse EP. In the mere 4 songs (5 if you use the download card in your LP!), you can hear the calm, measured approach of Syro melt away almost immediately. Showcasing a sound that harkens back to a more intense, impenetrable Aphex Twin without sounding nostalgic or redundant, Collapse EP is yet another brilliant addition to the insanely large RDJ discography with a sound all its own.

10: soil by serpentwithfeet [experimental gospel-pop]
Anyone with a Bjork cosign is worth paying attention to, of course, but serpentwithfeet stands out for their haunting blend of experimental pop and gospel elements. The 11 track soil is almost uncomfortably intimate, with absolutely gorgeous vocal performances over spacious production, all held together by gospel inspired melodies that give the 40 minutes you spend with this record a pathway straight to your heart. It’s topped off with top notch lyricism, depicting relationships ending with a unique, sometimes unnerving honesty & the struggle of trying to stay spiritual in a world filled with so much hate. It’s an arresting, beautiful listen best experienced in the dark, just you and Josiah.

Honorable Mentions:
The Sciences by Sleep [stoner metal]
Daytona by Pusha A [rap]
Platinum Flame by Lil B [rap]
3rd Ward Bounce by Big Freedia [bounce]
Streams Of Thought Vol. 1 by Black Thought [hip-hop]
Panic Blooms by Black Moth Super Rainbow [psych-hop]
Some Rap Songs by Earl Sweatshirt [rap]

Matt Jencik
Asylum Party Borderline LP reissue
Daniel Avery Song For Alpha
Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore Ghost Forests
The Beatles Esher Demos
Casino Versus Japan Suicide By Sun
Oliver Coates Shelley’s on Zenn​-​La
John Coltrane Both Directions at Once
Cosmic Invention Help Your Satori Mind LP reissue
Dedekind Cut Tahoe
Disco Inferno D.I. Go Pop LP reissue
Drudkh They Often See Dreams About the Spring
Bob Dylan More Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series Vol. 14
GAS Rausch
Facs Negative Houses
Steve Hauschildt Dissolvi
Index Originals Vol. 1 1967-1968
Jóhann Jóhannsson Mandy soundtrack
Khruangbin Con Todo El Mundo
Low Double Negative
Mako Sica & Hamid Drake Ronda
Mayerling Roche
C. Memi Heavenly Peace 12” reissue
Michele Mercure Beside Herself
Nocturnal Projections Complete Studio Recordings
Nocturnal Projections Inmates in Images
Papa M Broke Moon Rises
Paysage d’Hiver Die Festung LP reissue
Primitive Knot Decanting the Dream-Gore
Mark Renner Few Traces
Happy Rhodes Ectotrophia
Catherine Ribeiro & Alpes LP reissues
Saloli The Deep End
Sleep The Sciences
Spiritualized And Nothing Hurt
David Sylvian & Holger Czukay Plight & Premonition/ Flux &     
This Heat LP reissues
Tribulation Down Below
Thom Yorke Suspiria soundtrack
Neil Young Roxy: Tonight’s the Night Live
Neil Young Songs For Judy
V/A A Totally New Sound
V/A Midday Moon: Ambient & Experimental Music From Australia & New
Zealand 1980-1995

V/A Technicolor Paradise: Rhum Rhapsodies & Other Exotic Delights
V/A Uneven Paths: Deviant Pop From Europe: 1980-1991

Def Leppard @ Wrigley Field
Dødheimsgard/ Bölzer @ Reggie’s
Enslaved @ Metro
GAS @ Art Institute of Chicago
Hot Snakes @ Thalia Hall
Kikagaku Moyo @ Thalia Hall
Kranky 25 @ Rockefeller Chapel
Matchess @ International Museum of Surgical Science
Mdou Moctar @ Reckless Records
Minibeast/Insect Factory @ The Hideout
Janelle Monae @ Chicago Theater
My Bloody Valentine @ The Riviera
Public Image Limited @ Thalia Hall
Quintron & Miss Pussycat @ Spellcaster Lodge
Radiohead @ United Center
Simple Minds @ Chicago Theater
Sleep/Dylan Carlson & Riviera
Southern Lord 20th @ Echoplex
Midori Takada @Art Institute of Chicago
This Is Not This Heat @Pitchfork
Träd, Gräs och Stenar/Endless Boogie @ Hideout
Thom Yorke/Olive Coates @ Chicago Theater
Neil Young @ Auditorium Theater

Jacob Kart
Carl Stone – Electronic Music From the 80’s and 90’s
Ryley Walker – Deafman Glance
Autechre – NTS Sessions
John Coltrane – Both Directions at Once
Kurt Vile – Bottle It In
Lala Lala – The Lamb
Aphex Twin – Collapse EP
Sarah Davachi – Let Night Come On Bells End The Day
Eiko Ishibashi – The Dream My Bones Dream
Ben Lamar Gay – Downtown Castles Can Never Hide The Sun

Ben Hegy
Mark Renner- few traces [rvng intl.]
DRINKS- hippo lite [drag city]
Various Artists- uneven paths: deviant pop from europe 1980-1991
[music from memory]
Gas- rausch [kompakt]
Joan Of Arc- 1984 [joyful noise]
Pusha T- daytona [good music]
Blood Orange- black swan [domino]
Makaya McCraven- universal beings [international anthem]
Neneh Cherry- broken politics [smalltown supersound]
Eiko Ishibashi- dream my bones dream [drag city]
Princess Nokia- girl cried red [rough trade]
Shit and Shine- bad vibes [rocket recordings]
Rezzett- rezzett LP [trilogy tapes]
Aqueduct Ensemble- improvisations on an apricot [last resort]
Chris Carter- cccl volume 1 [mute]
Khruangbin- con todo el mundo [night time stories LTD.]
Laura Cannel- reckonings [brawl records]
Mutant Beat Dance- s/t [rush hour music]
Yves Tumor- safe in the hands of love [warp]
Che-Shizu- a journey [black editions]
Colored Music- s/t [wrwtfww]
EP-4- lingua franca-1 [wrwtfww]
Mkwaju Ensemble- mkwaju & ki-motion [wrwtfww]

Beth Klacko
•David Byrne & Various Artists – True Stories, A Film by David Byrne: The Complete Soundtrack
•Chris Carter – Chemistry Lessons Volume 1
•Sign Libra – Closer To The Equator
•Jon Hassell – Listening To Pictures
•Will Long – Long Trax 2
•Hiroshi Yoshimura – Pier & Loft (Reissue)
•Laraaji – Vision Songs Volume 1
•U.S. Girls – In A Poem, Unlimited
•Mary Lattimore – Hundreds Of Days
•Various Artist – Technicolor Paradise, Rhum Rhapsodies & Other Exotic Delights (Numero Group)
•MKWAJU Ensemble – KI-Motion (Reissue)
•Steve Hauschildt – Dissolvi
•Various Artists – Uneven Paths: Deviant Pop from Europe 1980-1991 (Music From Memory)
•Ben Pirani – How Do I Talk To My Brother?
•Yo La Tengo – There’s A Riot Going On
•Various Artists – Switched On Eugene (Numero Group)
•Kurt Vile – Bottle It In
•Shinichi Atobe – Heat
•EP-4 – Lingua Franca 1 (Reissue)
•Joan Of Arc – 1984

Dave Hofer
Everything Is Recorded – Everything Is Recorded (XL)
Knelt Rote – Alterity (Nuclear War Now!)
Paul White – Rejuvenate (R&S)
Tomb Mold – Manor of Infinite Forms (20 Buck Spin)
Outer Heaven – Realms of Eternal Decay (Relapse)
Turnstile – Time & Space (RoadRunner)
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Hope Downs (Sub Pop)
Sissy Spacek – Ways Of Confusion (Nuclear War Now!)
Closet Witch – Closet Witch (Halo of Flies Records, Sassbologna, Jems, Circus of the Macabre, Don’t Care Records or React With Protest Records, depending on where you live)
The Dirty Nil – Master Volume (Dine Alone)
Bloodbath – The Arrow of Satan is Drawn (Peaceville)
Homeboy Sandman & Edan- Humble Pi (Stones Throw)

Sean Rowader
1. Gigantic – Danky Muniz (Party Grunge / Punk) [Cassette on Push and Pull Records]
-This copyright infringement concept record tears up the roof of the house like Captain Crunch tears up the roof of the mouth. This was technically released at the end of 2017, but I didn’t have the pleasure of blasting it ‘til summer. Danky Muniz is full of lightning fast hooks, guttural scripture and party vibes. I highly recommend watching their one-take music video, “Skankenstein”, produced by Locke and Stache. Easily my number one!
2. IDLES – Joy as an Act of Resistance (Post Punk / Noise Rock) [LP on Partisan Records]
-The second LP from Bristol’s IDLES doubles down on raw post-punk grooves and tireless, melodic chants from lead singer, Joe Talbot. My favorite song is “Danny Nedelko.”
3. Death Grips – Year of the Snitch (Hip Hop / Experimental) [LP on Third Worlds / Harvest]
-A morphing, genre-contorting and hypnotic release from the greatest band of the digital era. Death Grips’ 6th studio album warrants multiple listens to pull apart the layers. . . kinda like the layers of an onion. Track 9, “Dilemma”, features the co-director of Shrek. Track 3, “Black Paint”, was named song of the summer by Rolling Stone. Some collaborators include DJ Swamp, Lucas Abela and Justin Chancellor. Should I keep going?
4. Moon Honey – Mixed Media on Woman (Peyote Dipped Cotton Candy / Art Rock) [Digital Self Release]
-Moon Honey’s long awaited second album challenges the sexualization of the female form in media, while also discussing the existential differences between meaning and value. Amidst the acrobatic vocals of Jess Joy and the fluttering guitar work of Andrew Martin, Mixed Media on Woman is intoxicating and refreshing. My favorite song is “White Satin.”
5. Tsuzing – 東方不敗 東方不敗 (Techno / EBM) [LP on L.I.E.S.]
-Tzusing released his first effort on the L.I.E.S. label in 2017, however the vinyl didn’t hit the shelves at Reckless until this past year. Tsuzing splashes industrial darkness across meditative
beats with a razor-sharp precision. My favorite song is “Post-Soviet Models.”
6. Various Artists – The Rick and Morty Soundtrack (Stage & Screen / Compilation) [2xLP on Sub Pop]
-The delicate pacing of this compilation creates a triad of laughing, facepalming and crying. If you’re not familiar with the show, know that the writers don’t mind regularly ripping your heart out, and the soundtrack is the scalpel. Features songs from Blonde Redhead, clipping, Mazzy Star, Chaos Chaos and more.
7. Yves Tumor – Safe in the Hands of Love (Abstract / Indie Pop) [2xLP on Warp Records] -This album confronts natural disorientations of existence, such as the paradox of love and torture. Tumor’s lyrics feel honest and forthcoming, while the experimental instrumentation jars you into a state of vulnerability. My favorite song is “Let the Lioness in You Flow Freely.”
8. Moon Hooch – Light It Up EP (Cave Music / Jazz Fusion) [3×7 inch EP on Hornblow Recordings]
-This band’s riotous live performances eventually got themselves banned from the Bedford Avenue subway stop in NYC. NYPD officers frantically stopped subway travellers from dancing on the edge of the platform. Since those humble beginnings in the early 2010’s, Moon Hooch evolves with the Light It Up EP, adding dynamic range and challenging scales to their dance-centered hivemind. “Growing Up” is a slammer.
9. Jack White – Boarding House Reach (Avant Garde / Blues Adjacent) [LP on Third Man]
-The third man himself put out his most bizarre release yet, Boarding House Reach. White uses uncharacteristic recording tactics such as digital instrumentation, masking his voice with a vocoder (“Get in the Mindshaft”), and tracking in quiet hotel rooms while on the road. Highly recommended to those who enjoy the strange and weird. My favorite song is “Everything You’ve Ever Learned.”
10. DZ Deathrays – Bloody Lovely (Dance Punk / Post Punk) [LP on I Oh You]
-Bloody Lovely is the pinnacle of perfect skateboard video game music. That is all.

Jack Curtin

Dillon Guelich

Jake Lingan
ADT- “Insecurities” (Hausu Mountain)
Acid Mothers Temple- “The Night He Fell To Us” (Eye Vybe)
Angelwings Marmalade- “Sole Window” (Eye Vybe)
Felicia Atkinson & Jefre Cantu-Ledesma- “Limpid As The Solitudes” (Shelter Press)
Autechre- “NTS Sessions 1-4” (Warp)
Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore- “Ghost Forests” (Three Lobed)
G.B. Beckers- “Walkman” reissue (Music From Memory)
Andrew Bernstein- “An Exploded View Of Time” (Hausu Mountain)
Kate Bush reissues (Parlophone)
Blood Orange- “Negro Swan” (Domino)
Dean Blunt- “Soul On Fire” (self-released)
Bucket Brigade- “Bucket Brigade” (No Index)
Celestino- “How To Cut A Thought” (Love All Day)
Cheer Accident- “Fades” (Skin Graft)
Class War- “Take A Trip With…” (self-released)
Colored Music- “Colored Music” reissue (WRWTFWW)
John Coltrane- “Both Directions At Once” (Impulse!)
Crazy Bread- “Vocoder Divorce” (Astral Spirits)
Creation Rebel- “Dub From Creation” reissue (On-U Sound)
Brian Eno Ambient reissues (Virgin)
Equip- “Synthetic Core 88” (Yetee)
Felt- “Crumbling The Antiseptic Beauty”/ “Splendour of Fear” reissues (Cherry Red)
Foodman- “Aru Otoko No Densetsu” (Sun Ark)/ “Moriyama” (Palto Flats)
Gas- “Rausch” (Kompakt)
Ben Lamar Gay- “Downtown Castles Can Never Block The Sun” (International Anthem)
Gerrit Hatcher- “Parables For The Tenor” (Astral Spirits)
Steve Hauschildt- “Dissolvi” (Ghostly International)
TIm Hecker- “Konoyo” (Kranky)
Haruomi Hosono- “Philharmony”/ “Omni Sight Seeing” reissues (Light In The Attic)
Junegrass- “Electric Grass” (Eye Vybe)
Quin Kirchner- “The Other Side Of Time” (Astral Spirits)
Lambchop- “What Another Man Spills” reissue (Merge)
Geoffrey Landers- “1 X 1” (Music From Memory)
Laraaji- “Vision Songs Vol. 1” (Numero)
Larmschutz- “Divine Descent” (No Index)
Laurel Halo “Raw Silk Uncut Wood” (Latency)
Mary Jane Leach- “(F)lute Songs” (Modern Love)
Louise Bock- “Repetitives In Illocality” (Feeding Tube)
Mako Sica & Hamid Drake- “Ronda” (Astral Spirits/ Feeding Tube)
John Maus- “Addendum” (Ribbon Music)
Charles Mingus- “Jazz In Detroit/ Strata Concert Gallery/ 46 Selden” (180 Proof)
Mkwaju Ensemble- “Mkwaju”/ “Ki-Motion” reissues (WRWTFWW)
Frank Ocean- “Endless” (Boys Don’t Cry)
Ohmme- “Parts” (Joyful Noise)
Jim O’Rourke- “Sleep Like It’s Winter” (Newhere)
Brett Naucke- “The Mansion” (Spectrum Spools)
Molly Nilsson- “Twenty Twenty” (Night School)
Playboi Carti- “Die Lit” (Interscope)
Platformer// 204863 split (Static Switch)
Potions- “Ositano” (Hausu Mountain)
Quicksails- “The Bright” (Hausu Mountain)
Happy Rhodes- “Ectotrophia” (Numero)
Warren Sampson- “Traveller” reissue (Love All Day)
Shit And Shine- “Bad Vibes” (Rocket)
Sip- “Live On Planet Catieo” (Eye Vybe)
Carl Stone- “Electronic Music From The Eighties & Nineties” (Unseen Worlds)
William Surran- “William Surran” (Love All Day)
Kuniyuki Takahashi- “Early Tape Works 1986-1993 Vol. 1 & 2” (Music From Memory)
This Heat- “Live 80/81”, “Made Available” & “Repeat/ Metal” reissues (Modern Classics)
Throbbing Gristle- “Mission of Dead Souls”/ “Journey Through A Body” reissues (Mute)
Massimo Toniutti- “Il Museo Selvatico” reissue (Black Truffle)
20 Guilders- “Il Grande Silenzia” (Eye Vybe)
Twila Bent- “Lwas” (No Index)
Vibrating Skull Trio// Packard/Hoogland- “Seed Blunt/ AC DC” (Gilded)
Ryley Walker- “Deafman Glance” (Dead Oceans)
Beau Wanzer- “Beau Wanzer” (L.I.E.S)
Reese Williams- “Moon’s Bright Path” (Love All Day)
Akiko Yano- “Tadaima” reissue (We Want Sounds)
Yo La Tengo- “There’s A Riot Going On”/ “Summer Sun” reissue (Matador)
Neil Young- “ROXY: Tonight’s The Night Live”/ “Songs For Judy” (Reprise)
Various Artists- “Switched On Eugene” (Numero)
Various Artists- “Technicolour Paradise: Rhum Rhapsodies & Other Exotic Delights” (Numero)
Various Artists- “Uneven Paths: Deviant Pop From Europe [1980-1991]” (Music From Memory)

Best events (ever): Merzbow in a warehouse on Goose Island at 1 AM/ Sun Ra Arkestra at the Art Institute/ “Lawrence Of Arabia” on 70mm at the Music Box.
RIP Glenn Branca, Nic Roeg & Cecil Taylor

Jamie Drier
Sophia Loizou – Irregular Territories (Cosmo Rhythmatic)
Nadine Byrne – Dreaming Remembering (iDEAL RECORDINGS)
Lucrecia Dalt – Anticlines (RVNG INTL.)
Grouper – Grid Of Points (Kranky)
Angele David-Guillou – Movements Organiques (Village Green)
Christina Vantzou – No. 4 (Kranky)
Space Afrika – Somewhere Decent To Live (Sferic)
Tirzah – Devotion (Domino)
Teresa Winter – What The Night Is For (Death Of Rave)
Bruce Gilbert – Nihilo (Editions Mego)
Facs – Negative Houses (Trouble In Mind)
Makaya McCraven – Universal Beings (International Anthem Recording Company)
Demdike Stare – Passion (Modern Love)
Penelope Trappes – Penelope Two ( Houndstooth)
Amnesia Scanner – Another Life (PAN)

Nicolette Meyer
Favorites of 2018 in no particular order except for #1:
15. Fucked Up – Dose Your Dreams
14. Janelle Monae – Dirty Computer
13. Dead Can Dance – Dionysus
12. Ectomorph – Stalker
11. Robyn – Honey
10. Author and Punisher – Beastland
9. The Carters – Everything Is Love
8. Blood Orange – Negro Swan
7. Makayla McCraven – Universal Beings
6. DJ Koze – Knock Knock
5. Cult Leader – A Patient Man
4. Sleep – Sciences
3. Prince – Piano & A Microphone 1983
2. Fielded – Drip Drip
1. Rosalia – El Mar Querer

Anthony Illarde
DAMNED Evil Spirits (Spinefarm LP)
TOM DISSEVELT & KID BALTAN Electronic Music (Fantome LP)
DR. JOHN Gris Gris (Mono Mix) (Jackpot LP)
DRAGONS A Sea For Yourself Soundtrack (Modern Harmonic LP + DVD)
ETHERS Ethers (Trouble In Mind LP)
HONEYBUS Story, Recital, For Where Have You Been (Mapache LPs)
BASIL KIRCHIN I Start Counting Soundtrack (Trunk LP)
SHA LA DAS Love In The Wind (Daptone LP)
PAUL WILLIAMS Someday Man (Ship To Shore LP)
FRANK ZAPPA Lumpy Gravy Primordial (Zappa LP)
RY COODER & MANUEL GALBAN Mambo Sinuendo (Nonesuch LP)

Gary Errera
2018 Top Five

5.Nine Inch Nails – Bad Witch.
Nice Little EP from Trent.
4.Idles – Joy as an Act of Resistance.
A for effort, C for Execution.
Cool to see a contemporary popular “punk” record I guess.
3.Robyn – Honey.
Solid Addition to her catalog.
2.The Smashing Pumpkins – Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past.
No Future. No Sun.
Again a nice little EP but it’s almost halfway decent.
1.Unwound – Leaves Turn Inside You (Reissue) –
Even though it’s a reissue this is the best release of 2018.

John Jackson
In no order
Ras G & The Afrikan Space Program – Stargate Music. Cosmic Hip Hop instrumentals with a spiritual vibe.

Platformer/204863 – Platformer/204863 Debut split from two experimental artists from Chicago (also Reckless employees) David Cartwright and Zachary Caputo. Platformer side is full of mystical yet danceable grooves, deep sub bass, and dreamy soundscapes. 204863 side is an experimental sound collage using drones, vocal samples, field noises, and other samples.

John Hassell – Listening to Pictures Hassell’s latest album after taking a 9 year break! In typical Hassell style, this one is a blend of jazz, ambient, and electronic elements.

Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids – An Angel Fell This is a perfect example of where contemporary jazz is going. With a blend of spiritual elements, Afrobeat Funk, Hip Hop, and free jazz it’s hard to even classify this as any one genre.

Makaya McCraven – Universal Beings This release follows McCraven and his band to four cities Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and London. All four sides represent different flavors on the drummer’s palate.

Ben Lamar Gay – Downtown Castles Can Never Block the Sun Chicago based trumpeter releases a compilation of songs recorded over the years. Styles span from traditional to free jazz, and everything in between.

Westside Gunn – Supreme Blientel 2018 has been a good year for Westside Gunn and Griselda records. This is hardcore Hip Hop with production from the likes of Pete Rock and the Alchemist.

Krushlove & Rosewood – GXD Chicago based producer Krushlove’s collaboration with emcee Rosewood to create a Hip Hop Noir type of project.

Roc Marciano – Behold a Dark Horse Roc Marciano returns with a selection of Hip Hop tunes that evoke a blaxploitation vibe. With beats by Alchemist amongst others, and features from OG’s Busta Rhymes and Black Thought.

Czarface & MF Doom – Czarface Meets Metal Face Hardcore Hip Hop performed in a comic book style of format.

Dylan Sowle
Top 15 of 2018

15. Khruangbin – Con Todo El Mundo (Night Time Stores Ltd.). I’m sure this will end up on tons of year-end lists, and deservedly so. I am not good at talking about music, but this band is very good at playing music, so just go listen to it and enjoy yourself.

14. The Beths – Future Me Hates Me (Carpark). The Beths toured with Peach Kelli Pop earlier this year, which should give you an idea of what they sound like. Not as sugary sweet as PKP, but with plenty of pop hooks that will be in your head for days. This is their debut album, so we can be excited for much more in the future.

13. Fire-Toolz – Skinless X-1 (Hausu Mountain). If someone wanted me to give them just one example of the most unique, hard-working, and experimental music in Chicago, this would be it. I never know what to expect when I go to a Fire-Toolz show. Sometimes I feel like my face is being melted off, and other times I find myself lulled into a peaceful, but glitched-out dream state. This one is pretty ambient and smooth, but get yourself into a basement with Fire-Toolz some night if you want the full experience.

12. The Voidz – Virtue (RCA, Cult). A great evolution from their first album 4 years ago, Virtue goes in a million directions at once, and they all pretty much work. “Qyurryus” is THE track. Middle Eastern vocal influences, but sent into hyperdrive with auto-tune effects and lurching guitars. I still listen to this band even though my girlfriend has a crush on Julian Casablancas.

11. Shannon and the Clams – Onion (Easy Eye Sound). Shannon Shaw has never disappointed me, which is more than I can say for most things in life. Did you see these guys on Halloween at Thalia Hall? They all dressed in classic “nerd” costumes and covered Black Sabbath. So good.

10. GYMSHORTS – Knock Knock (Wallflower, Burger Records). The first LP from GYMSHORTS is finally here!! This band is so much fun! You’ll probably get to see them for like 5 bucks in some dive bar if you hurry, but they’ve been touring with Tacocat so people might wise up to how cool this band is and soon you’ll have to pay to stand in the back at the Metro or something. Just some kids who love classic rock riffs and playing ding dong ditch.

9. Liz Phair – Girly-Sound To Guyville (Matador). Technically not a new album this year, but this box set includes the essential Liz Phair album Exile In Guyville, alongside the Girly-Sound tapes which provide the foundation for her song-by-song response to the Rolling Stone’s Exile On Main Street. Liz’s album is better, by the way. Hearing these raw, early versions of songs I’ve been enjoying for years was an amazing experience, and this box set just feels so important to hold in my hands.

8. Jóhann Jóhannsson – Mandy OST (Lakeshore Records). Oh, Mandy. It’s a beautiful, psychedelic, hilarious, terrifying movie, and Jóhannsson’s score is so crucial to the entire atmosphere of the film. Those acid-eating, Slipknot-looking, demon bikers wouldn’t be quite as spooky without the tunes to back them up.

7. Yob – Our Raw Heart (Relapse). Powerful doom metal that swallows you up like a giant wave. This album has a terrifying beauty that gives one the feeling of listening in on some unknown religious ritual. Swelling riffs and vocals that will beat you down repeatedly, and you’ll like it.

6. Fucked Up – Dose Your Dreams (Merge). Fucked Up is a band that continues to mystify me. How can a hardcore punk band sound like this? Can you even call this hardcore at all any more? How can they cram so many opposing styles and ideas into one record and have it sound this GOOD? I guess I don’t know and I don’t care, because this album rules.

5. Mitski – Be The Cowboy (Dead Oceans). The first time I heard Mitski was when I was watching an episode of Adventure Time where Marceline the Vampire Queen does a cover of her song “Francis Forever”. Something about the simultaneously optimistic and tragic themes of that show fit Mitski’s music perfectly. This album is painfully emotional, yet strong and stoic in a way that only she can be. We should feel lucky that this album exists.

4. Idles – Joy As An Act Of Resistance (Partisan Records). I was late to the game on Idles, but I am so glad I got on board when I did. Working-class punk music that I didn’t know even existed in 2018. Spotify told me that not only did I listen to this band more than any other musician this year, but that this somehow contributed to me listening to “non-mainstream artists 115% more than the average user”. That’s some real street cred, dude.

3. Surfbort – Friendship Music (Cult). These guys look like they could be the house band in a John Waters movie about some dirty, yet kind-hearted punks who like to sniff glue and ride dirtbikes. Manic punk rock with some very poppy hooks. Spin this and freak out, man!

2. Andrew W.K. – You’re Not Alone (RED MUSIC). Andrew W.K. is the single most positive, thoughtful, and empowering voice in the world today, and this album is the sum of all his hard work in partying and making people feel like there is goodness left on the planet. If you still only know him because of “Party Hard”, do yourself a favor and dig deeper. Read his advice columns from the Village Voice, watch his kids’ show Destroy Build Destroy, watch YouTube videos of him talking to Larry King about drugs. I’m gonna go listen to this album in my car and cry now.

1. Car Seat Headrest – Twin Fantasy (Matador). Originally recorded in 2011, this year found Will Toledo re-recording the entire record and releasing it on Matador. This is an album that you just have to listen to all the way through. It’s a concept record that does everything right, with emotion that feels real and consistent themes that never feel overbearing. It also references John Linnell and Ray Bradbury, so I’m sold.

P.R. Ryan
MGMT – Little Dark Age (Columbia)
George Clanton – Slide (100% Electronica)
Andrew W.K. – You’re Not Alone (Sony)
Screaming Females – All At Once (Don Giovanni)
Father John Misty – God’s Favorite Customer (Sub Pop)
Kali Uchis – Isolation (Virgin)
Kero Kero Bonito – Time ‘n’ Place (Polyvinyl)
Superorganism – Superorganism (Domino)
Khruangbin – Con Todo El Mundo (Dead Oceans)

J David Cartwright
Tirzah – Devotion (Domino)
RnB with fresh, sparse arrangements and direct lyrics that cut to the bone. Gives me the shivers.
Favorite track: Guilty

Mondo Lava – Ogre Heights (Hausu Mountain)
This album is an instant morale booster. Joyful, loose jams that are very reminiscent of the Donkey Kong Country OST. Favorite track: Hippodrome (9 minutes of pure bliss)

Bergsonist – i (Self-Released)
Really well executed Icy techno/ electro. Favorite track: Bomb Silicone
The name of the EP isn’t “i”, but that is the closest character I could find.

Lockbox – Free VDV Prayer (Hausu Mountain)
A lot of positivity in this one. Hyper-digital sounds that build and collapse in often funky rhythmic ways.
Favorite track: EEPROM4

Exhibitionist – Smoke Signals (Reserve Matinee)
Haunting broken-record-sounding loops that effectively lure me into a trance. Big on atmosphere and partially recorded at the Green Mill! Favorite track: The Big Stir

Amnesia Scanner – Another Life (Pan)
Few groups have encapsulated our modern dread like Amnesia Scanner. They take the glossy club sound, fracture it and make it metal. Favorite track: AS Too Wrong (incredible video!)

Dj Fett Burger & Stiletti Ana – 358 Men (Freakout Cult)
2 LPs of smooth, deep house jams that don’t feel over-thought or rushed. Dj Fett Burger will always have my attention. Favorite track: Men

Foodman – Aru Otoko No Densetsu (Sun Ark)
Abstract and playful, Foodman continues to push his sound to the far reaches of the mind with cartoonesque characters and deep synth tones.
Favorite track: Sauna

Chessmastaz – Scholarz Mate (Static Switch)
Old School hip-hop flavor with mindful lyrics and jagged beats. A Chicago duo that keep it real on all levels.
Favorite track: Get It

Woody – Relentless Kickdrum (Self-Released)
Pop music chopped to bits and re-purposed for bodily release on the dancefloor. Frantic and high-energy, how I want to dance off 2018. Favorite track: Hell

Wild Geese – The Wild Geese EP (was/ is)
Christoph De Babalon – If you’re into it, i’m out of it (Cross Fade Enter Tainment)

Favorite DJ mix: Ciel – Crack Mix 232

Steven Rahman
In 2018 I liked many things that I would like to share with you.

In no particular order:

– Black Thought’s continued Virtuosic dominance of the English language. –
If you are not aware of the 10 minute freestyle on Funk Flex’s radio show that started this year, you may very well have been under a rock. The never ending argument about whether or not Hip Hop has died, or whether lyricism is no longer valued might have been broken down so that it might be forever broke. After the video hit the internet, there was a whole 2 weeks of “Black Thought the GOAT” talk & I for one am here for it. Top that off with Streams of Thought Vol. 1 (produced by 9th Wonder) & Vol. 2 (produced by Salaam Remi) & The Roots front man has put together an MVP year.

– J. Cole’s guest verses. –
Cole released KOD, a very good album that continues his practice of solo albums without features., but it doesn’t quite reach the highs that Cole can reach. Something about Hip Hop requires collaboration, an almost familial community of creatives bringing the best out of their compatriots.So it’s little surprise two of Cole’s best verses this year come on the LPs of his Dreamville signees. On 6LACK’s East Atlanta Love Letter, the track “Pretty Little Fears” Cole puts on a clinic with a magnificently tender verse. He finished the year on J.I.D.’s Dicaprio 2, with Off Deez matching J.I.D. & his much quicker pace with a vibrant gratuitous braggadocio.

– The GOAT Trio & their repeated exceeding of expectations –
Noname, Saba, & Smino (& Phoelix) are the definition of a super-team. Individually talented, together they’ve put out two classic tracks. When Noname released Telefone, an incredible album which featured “Shadow Man” as a closing track I was shocked, amazed & impressed, but really the trio stepped it up to stratospheric levels with “Ace” on Room25. In addition, Saba dropped what might be my favorite single rap album of the year with Care for Me & Smino’s Noir is right up near the top with it.

– The year of radical softness & the “Alone at Last” release show at Sleeping Village –
Chicago’s poetry scene is one of my favorite things. It’s a breeding ground for great musicians & writers, & artists of all kinds. In a year where we’ve watched the world change & not always for the better, the voice of the poets is one that stands out. The singular event that I remember is this record release party with Tasha & her all femme, all-star band. I spent the next few days with the lines “Holy, holy, holy is my bed at night, alone at last with space to cry…” echoing through my days. It was an amazing, embracing show, that left me feeling gentler than I have in a while.

– Things I loved, but have fewer thoughts about –
Eve Ewing’s & Saladin Ahmed’s comics, Hanif Abdurraqib’s “They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us,” Breakbeat Poets Volume 2: Black Girl Magic, Fatimah Asghar’s ‘If They Come For Us,” Steve McQueen’s “Widows,” Boots Riley’s “Sorry to Bother You,” Rafael Casal’s & Daveed Diggs’ “Blindspotting,” Big Kids Slam, Chance the Rapper’s Loosies, Anna Burch’s “Tea Soaked Letter,” Limetown’s Second Season. That’s it!

Joe Seger
Albums that came out or were reissued in 2018, in no particular order, that I enjoyed the most.

CAVERN OF ANTI-MATTER “Hormone Lemonade” (Duophonic)
RAYS “You Can Get There From Here” (Trouble In Mind)
DAVID NANCE GROUP “Peaced and Slightly Pulverized” (Trouble In Mind)
MOUNTAIN MOVERS “Pink Skies” (Trouble In Mind)
CHEAP NASTIES “Cheap Nasties” (HoZac)
NEGATIVE SCANNER “Nose Picker” (Trouble In Mind)
CARBONAS “Your Moral Superiors: Singles And Rarities” (Goner)
THE BYRDS “Sweetheart Of The Rodeo” *Reissue* – 50th Ann. Legacy Edition (Columbia)
STEREOLAB “Switched On” *Reissue* (Duophonic)
STEREOLAB “Aluminium Tunes” *Reissue* (Duophonic)
STEREOLAB “Refried Ectoplasm – Switched On Vol. II” (Duophonic)
KIKAGAKU MOYO “Masana Temples” (Guruguru Brain)
DUSK “Dusk” (Don Giovanni)
COSMIC INVENTION “Help Your Satori Mind” *Reissue* (Drag City)
MARKED MEN “On The Other Side” (Dirtnap)
DEAD MEADOW “The Nothing They Need” (Xemu)
MICHAEL NESMITH & THE FIRST NATIONAL BAND “Magnetic South” *Reissue* (Sundazed)
CHARLES BRADLEY “Black Velvet” (Daptone)
GENE CLARK “Sings Songs For You” (Omnivore)
DEAF WISH “Lithium Zion” (Sub Pop)
DEAD MOON “Dead Moon: The Book” (Mississippi)
SPECIAL INTEREST “Spiraling” (Raw Sugar)
HIGH ON FIRE “Electric Messiah” (Entertainment One)
FU MANCHU “Clone Of The Universe” (At The Dojo)
REDD KROSS “Hot Issue” *Reissue* (Merge)
UNWOUND “Leaves Turn Inside You” *Reissue* (Numero)
UNWOUND “New Plastic Ideas” *Reissue* (Numero)

Tom Walczyk
Basement Beehive — various (Numero Group)
Honeybus – Story (2018 Mapache Reissue)
Sam Gopal – Escalator (reissue) Lemmy pre Motörhead
Smoking Popes – Into the Agony (Asian Man Records)
Idles – Joy As An Act of Resistance (Parisian Records)
Breeders – All Nerve (4Ad records)
Ty Segall – All 4 records released this year
(Anticipation for his 5th CIA)
Kikagaku Moyo – Masana Temple (GuruGuru Brain Records)
The Fall— Superior Viaduct Reissues
Spacemen 3 – Superior Viaduct Reissues

Kip McCabe
Things that were good about 2018

Alexandra Stréliski “INSCAPE”
Nils Frahm “Encores 1”
Saloli “Deep End”
Movies and TV
Cobra Kai – You Tube
The Expanse Season 3 – SyFy

Friends of Reckless

Emily Elhaj (Love Lion)

The Breeders – All Nerve (4AD)
Makaya McCraven – Universal Beings (International Anthem)
Drinks – Hippo Lite (Drag City)
Sam Gendel & Sam Wilkes – Music for Saxophone and Bass Guitar (Leaving Records)
Hailu Mergia – Lala Belu (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
U.S. Girls – In A Poem Unlimited (4AD)
Tirzah – Devotion (Domino)
Prophet – Wanna Be Your Man (Stones Throw)
Grid City (Love Lion)
Amen Dunes – Freedom (Sacred Bones)
Grouper – Grid Of Points (Kranky)
Wand – Perfume (Drag City)
La Luz – Floating Features (Hardly Art)
Arvo Pärt – Fur Alina (Mississippi Records)
Marisa Anderson – Cloud Corner (Thrill Jockey)
Lilac – Demo (self)
Lionlimb – Tape Recorder (Bayonet)
Khruangbin – Con Todo El Mundo (Dead Oceans)
FACS – Negative Houses (Trouble In Mind)
Nipsey Hussle – Victory Lap (Atlantic)
Kali Uchis – Isolation (Virgin EMI)
Smoke Bellow – Isolation 3000 (Ehse)
Proud Father – Creations for Electric Guitar (Reserve Matinee)
Melody’s Echo Chamber – Bon Voyage (Fat Possum)
Jóhann Jóhannsson – Mandy OST (Lakeshore)
Wei Zhongle – The Operators (Self Sabotage)
Pablo’s Eye – Bardo For Pablo (Stroom)
Sam Evian – You, Forever (Saddle Creek)
Mouse On Mars – Dimensional People Part III (Thrill Jockey)
Sleep – The Sciences (Third Man)
Ben LaMar Gay – Downtown Castles Can Never Block The Sun (Int’l Anthem)
Yo La Tengo – There’s a Riot Going On (Matador)

Mindkiller podcast by Anya Davidson


John Coltrane – Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album (Verve)
Catherine Ribeiro & Alpes reissues (Anthology)
Lurker of Chalice – s/t (Nuclear War Now)
Belong – October Language (Spectrum Spools)
The Nightcrawlers – The Biophonic Boombox Recordings (Anthology)
Unwound – New Plastic Ideas (Numero Group)
Wire reissues (Pink Flag)
Ted Lucas – s/t (Yoga)
Massive Attack – Mezzanine (UMC / Virgin EMI)


White Magic, Zebulon
Julianna Barwick, Bootleg
Jeff Parker Quartet, ETA
The Breeders, The Fonda
Beyonce, Coachella
Rodrigo Amarante, Zebulon
Wand, Nuerolux
Vagabon, The Getty
Pavo Paco, Moroccan Lounge
Equip, Zebulon
Beak>, Echoplex
Mikal Cronin, Gold Diggers
La Luz, The Echo
Kranky 25, First Congregational Church of L.A.

Morgan Cuinet (Hands in the Dark)
In no particular order:
Jessica Moss – Entanglement (Constellation)
FACS – Negative Houses (Trouble in Mind)
Ice Baths – Ice Baths (Blank Editions)
Michele Mercure – Beside Herself (RVNG / Freedom to Spend)
Denis Wise – Wize Music (Finders Keepers)
Razen – The Night Receptionist (Meakusma)
Jason Kolàr – Modified Perspectives (Stroom)
Bégayer – Terrain à Mire. Une Maison Rétive. Contrainte par le Toit (Les Disques Bongoe Joe)
Carl Stone – Electronic Music From the Eighties And Nineties (Unseen Worlds)
Meyers – Struggle Artist (Shelter Press)
Christina Vantzou – No.4 (Kranky)
Sarah Hennies – Embedded Environments (Blume)
Roland Kayn – Simultan (Die Schachtel)
Norberto Lobo – Estrela (Three:Four)
Good Luck in Death – They Promised Us A Bright Future, We Were Content With An Obscure Past (Nahal Recordings)

Dave Martin (Captured Tracks)

New Records
1. Shifters – A Cunning Plan – Trouble In Mind
2. Superchunk – What A Time To Be Alive – Merge
3. Low – Double Negative – Sub Pop
4. Facs – Negative Houses – Trouble In Mind
5. E – Negative Work – Thrill Jockey
6. Thalia Zedek Band – Fighting Season – Thrill Jockey
7. Lavender Flu – Mow The Glass – In The Red
8. Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore – Ghost Forests – Three Lobed
9. Jon Spencer – Spencer Sings The Hits – In The Red
10. V/A Raise Your Voice Joyce – Static Shock Records
11. David Nance Group – Peaced and Slightly Pulverized – Trouble In Mind
12. Fucked Up – Dose Your Dreams – Merge
13. Snake & Friends – S/T – RIP Society
14. Brian Case – Plays Paradise Official – Hands In The Dark
15. Native Cats – John Sharp Toro – RIP Society
16. Constant Mongrel – Living in Excellence – Anti Fade / La Vida Es Un Mus
17. Warm Drag – S/T – In The Red
18. BB and the Blips – Shame Job – Thrilling Living Records
19. Deaf Wish – Lithium Zion – Sub Pop
20. Special Interest – Spiraling – Raw Sugar Records
21. Terry – I’m Terry – Upset The Rhythm
22. Patois Counselors – Proper Release – Ever/Never Records
23. Tommy Jay & the General – Florida Songs – Feeding Tube Records
24. Body / Head – The Switch – Matador
25. Charnel Ground – S/T – 12XU

1. Luxurious Bags – Frayed Knots – Twisted Village
2. High Rise – II – The Black Editions
3. Cosmic Invention – Help Your Satori Mind Dbl LP – Drag City
4. Gaseneta – S/T – Full Contact / Ektro Records
5. Real Kids / Kids – Demos & Live At The Rat! LPs – Crypt
5. Carbonas – Your Moral Superiors – Goner
7. John Coltrane – Both Directions At Once – Impulse
8. Nocturnal Projections – Complete Studio Recordings & Inmates In Images – Dias Records
9. Chris Brokaw – Canaris – Omentum Records
10. V/A – Why Are We Here? – Schoolkids Records
11. Your Food – Poke It With A Stick – Drag City
12. Laughing Hyenas – Third Man / Touch And Go
13. Brown Sugar – Long Strange Drip – Loki
14. Ali Farke Toure
15. Sun Ra – Pine Street Theatre Oct. 28, 1988 – Jackpot Records
16. Simply Saucer – Cyborgs Revisited – In The Red
17. V/A – Destroy All Art Volume 2 – Rock N’ Roll Parasite Records
18. This Kind of Punishment – S/T, A Beard Of Bees – Superior Viaduct
19. Dead Moon – 2xLP + Book – Mississippi
20. Cheap Nasties – S/T – Hozac

Singles / EPs
1. Anthony – Get Over U – First Letter Press
2. Fucked Up – Raise Your Voice Joyce b/w Taken – Merge
3. Superchunk – Our Work Is Done b/w Total Eclipse – Merge
4. Bardo Pond / Major Stars – Chunklet
5. Rocket 808 – Digital Billboards b/w Mystery Train – 12XU
6. Counter Intuits – Vietnamese Lighter b/w Edge – Total Punk
7. Boss – Steel Box b/w I’m The Dog (You’re The Ball) – Goner
8. Protomartyr – Consolation – Domino
9. Shifters – Just Sat Down – Digital Regress
10. Des Demonas – Bay Of Pigs b/w Skrewz – Slovenly Recordings
11. Midnight Mines – Stations b/w Radio Dub – Disci Del Barone
12. Jellicoe & Woodbury – Fear b/w Doubt – Quality Control HQ
13. Skiftande Enheter – Mördande rutin b/w Jag har fått nog – Market Square Records
14. Jeffrey Evans & Ross Johnson – Caldonia b/w Cotton Fields – Spacecase / Selection Records
15. Crown Court – Mad In England – Goner
16. Dinosaur Jr. – Goin Down b/w Tiny – Third Man Records
17. Warthog – S/T – Toxic State
18. Richie Venus – Demetria b/w Demi Dream – Spacecase / Selection Records
19. Dark Blue – Fight To Love b/w For You – 12XU
20. Richard Papiercuts – Twisting The Night – Ever/Never Records

Cassettes / Digital jams
1. Sadie – Lost in Space
2. Long Hots – Monday Night Raw / Live at Three Lobed Jamboree
3. Painted Eyes – Demo 2018
4. Public Persona – Live! From the Student Ghetto
5. Don Howland – Endgame

Facs – Elsewhere
Weather Warlock / Three Brained Robot / Quintron & Miss Pussycat – Spellcaster Lodge
Major Stars – Union Pool
Flesh Eaters – Harlows / The Independent
Superchunk – Rough Trade
Scientists – Union Pool
Warm Drag – Rec Center and Union Pool
Deaf Wish – Union Pool
David Nance Group / Mountain Movers – Union Pool
Aquarian Blood – Murphy’s
Shells – Outer Limits Lounge
Gotobeds – The Shop
Tim Kerr – Unionknott Gallery
Shit-dels – Betty’s
Dark Blue – St. Vitus

Andy Larsen (Matador Direct)
Sarah Davachi – Let Night Come On Bells End The Day (Recital) / Gave In Rest (Ba Da Bing!)
Demdike Stare – Passion (Modern Love)
Lavender Hex – Lavender Hex
Gas – Rausch (Kompakt)
Jlin – Autobiography (Music From Wayne McGregor’s Autobiography) (Planet Mu)
S.H.I.T. – What Do You Stand For? (Iron Lung Records)
Drew McDowall – The Third Helix (Dais Records)
Miss Red – K.O. (Pressure)
Vile Gash – Nightmare In A Troubled Brain (Youth Attack)
Tirzah – Devotion (Domino)
Helena Hauff – Qualm (Ninja Tune)

Happy Rhodes – Ectotrophia (Numero Group)

La Misma – Negociacoes De Pas Continuae Como Fazemas Fabulas 7″ (Toxic State Records)
Clara! – Reggaetoneras 3 mixtape (Editions Gravats)
V/A Basement Beehive (Numero Group)

Adam Bartlett (Gilead Media/Eroding Winds)

Daughters – You Won’t Get What You Want (Ipecac)
This went straight to the top of my list. I’ve loved everything Daughters / As the Sun Sets related for… fuck, decades? And seeing the evolution of some of these guys into what Daughters has become has just been an absolute joy. Hell Songs and the self-titled LP were honestly enough to keep me satisfied if this band never made anything else. But then they came out of the shadows and gave us the best record of their discography. Absolute, flawless, artful brilliance. And the best live performance I saw all year. This is my #1 record of the year, everything else is in a random order.

Thou – Magus (Sacred Bones)
I can finally put a Thou full-length on my year-end list! If these guys were going to hop labels for an album, at least it was to someone like Sacred Bones. And at least I still get to do a bunch of cool stuff for them. Couldn’t be more proud of my buds in Thou and all the success they had with their art this year. Magus feels, to me, like Heathen part 2 with more dynamic stuff going on, so that’s cool by me. Good progression.

KEN Mode – Loved (Season of Mist)
Yoooooo, fuckin’ noise rock supreme. Absolutely enamored with this one. Feels like a sick companion LP to the Couch Slut record we released in 2017. Perfect tone and a perfect album duration. I cannot overstate how important it is that I am left wanting more when a record ends, this hits the mark.

Sleep – The Sciences (Third Man)
This was hands-down my album of the year until the Daughters record came out. My previous enjoyment of Sleep varied, but this record gave me an entirely new love for the band, and retroactively made me enjoy their previous records even more. The production is absolutely perfect on this, and made all the better by the fact that it was engineered by Noah Landis of Neurosis, bandmate of Sleep/Neurosis drummer Jason Roeder. This record, to me, feels like it has the huge, meditative OM vibe that I love about Al’s songwriting, just fleshed out with the insane dual solos and flawless drumming that come with metal legends like Pike and Roeder. A spotless record front to back. Despite the retail nightmare it created upon release.

Gas – Rausch (Kompakt)
Very stoked to see some new albums released from the GAS project by Wolfgang Voigt. Beautiful and enveloping ambient music, and easily some of my favorite stuff to play at home around the house on my personal time. Wish I wouldn’t have missed the Chicago performance, major failure on my part. I dug on the 2017 release, Narkopop, but Rausch just absolutely kills.

Visigoth – Conqueror’s Oath (Metal Blade)
I honestly have no idea what I like about this record, because this is not the type of thing I generally enjoy listening to. But here we are, as one of my most-played LPs of the year. I guess everything on this album is just so fucking tight, songwriting rules and the vocals are flawless. Plus a song about the Witcher. Okay I guess I know why I like it, but still, not usually my cup of tea. Visigoth rules.

Anna Von Hausswolff – Dead Magic (City Slang)
Great ethereal, minimalist, atmospheric, indie pop? I’m not sure how to accurately explain what’s going on here, but it fills a void I didn’t know I had, and I’m glad it’s there for me now.

Voivod – The Wake (Century Media)
How is this band so consistently this sick? I didn’t really “get” voivod until a few years ago, but tracking through everything made me a big fan. I didn’t expect this record to rip as hard as it does. I was a fool.

Judas Priest – Firepower (Columbia)
I never liked heavy metal. I don’t know if I still really do or don’t. But I grew up a hardcore kid, I got into a lot of weird shit. I was always resistant to anything remotely popular and generally accepted as “classic.” Young, foolish way of thinking. One of my pals that worked at the record shop finally turned me on to Priest, and I’ve been obsessed ever since. Fucking love this record.

Audrey Ewell (Director of Until the Light Takes Us, Memory Box, and 99%, all made with co-director Aaron Aites of the band Iran) 

There was  a lot of great music this year, from old favorites like
Tim Hecker, the Caretaker, Low, Marissa Nadler, and a great ep from
Fennesz, and new finds, like The Final Age and Anenon (and a weird
month where I couldn’t stop obsessively listening to the Oliver Coates record to the point that now I can’t at all, probably ever again), and lots more, but for me, the Lonnie Holley track “I Woke Up in A Fucked-Up America” is just 2018 encapsulated. Delicate notes are torn apart by a guttural rage, a cry of despair at the horror of modern America… and yet still, buried in there, fighting to rise above the cacophony, the sense that we are better than this, if we can just find a way to wake up from the nightmare and reclaim our humanity. It should be our new national anthem.

Brett Andrew Grossman
New things
The Orielles “Silver Dollar Moment” (Heavenly)
Yui Onodero and Stephen Vitiello “Quivers” (Mikroton Recordings)
Jenny Hval “The Long Sleep” (Sacred Bones)
Snail Mail “Lush” (Matador)
Ian William Craig “Thresholder” (130701)
Yowler “Black dog in my Path (Double Double Whammy)
Deerhunter “Double Dream of Spring” (4AD)
Papa M “A Broke Moon Rises” (Drag City)
Tim Rutili and Craig Butcher “10 Seconds to Collapse” (Jealous Butcher)
Thom Yorke (Suspira) XL Recordings
Drinks “Hippo Lite” (Drag City)
Caretaker “Everywhere at the End of Time Stage 4 and 5 (History Always Favours the Winners)
Alexander Tucker “Don’t Look Away” (Thrill Jockey)
Cucina Povera “Hilja” (Night School)
Grouper “Grid of Points” (Kranky)
Neko Case “Hell-on” (Lady Pilot)
Phew “Voice Hardcore” (Bereket)
Ty Segall “Freedom’s Goblin” (Drag City)
Julia Holter “Aviary” (Domino)
Jeff Tweedy “Warm” (dBpm records)
LaLa Lala “The Lamb” (Hardly Art)
Tim Hecker “Konoyo” (Kranky)
Post Animal “When I think of you in a Castle” (Polyvinyl)
No Age “Snares Like A Haircut” (Drag City)
The Shins Worms of Heart (Aural Apothecary Records)
Loma “Loma” (Subpop)
Mary Jane Leach “(f)lute songs) (Modern Love)

Reissues / Archival
Akira Rabelais “Eisoptrophobia” (Boomkat Editions)
Rimarimba “Below the Horizon” (Freedom to Spend)
Catherine Christer Hennix “Selected Early Keyboard Works” (Black Forms Edition)
Joanne Forman “Cave Vaults of the Moon” (Séance Center)
Mark Renner “Few Traces” (Rvng Intl)
Philip Sanderson “On one of those Bends” (Séance Center)

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2017 Best of Lists: Reckless Employees


Philip Cerza
My favorite album of 2017 is The Navigator by Hurray For The Riff Raff. My favorite EP is Harmony of Difference by Kamasi Washington. Best 7″ is Superchunk’s “I Got Cut” b/w “Up Against The Wall.” Song of the year and the decade is “Bodak Yellow”

More music from this year I’ll love forever:
Everybody Works – Jay Som
HEAVN – Jamila Woods
Laila’s Wisdom – Rapsody
Ctrl – SZA
Silver Haze – Aye Nako
Uyai – Ibibio Sound Machine
The Ride – Nelly Furtado
What Now – Sylvan Esso
Pleasure – Feist
Antisocialites – Alvvays
Tourist In This Town – Allison Crutchfield
Out In The Storm – Waxahatchee
Created In The Image of Suffering – King Woman
Hiss Spun – Chelsea Wolfe
Nightmare Logic – Power Trip
Prisoner – Ryan Adams
4:44 – JAY-Z
DAMN – Kendrick Lamar
Brick Body Kids Still Daydream – Open Mike Eagle
“Slide” – Calvin Harris, Migos, & Frank Ocean
“Love Yourself” – Mary J. Blige & Kanye West
“I’m Better” – Missy Elliott
“Green Light” – Lorde
“Cut To The Feeling” – Carly Rae Jepsen
“Happy New Year (Prince Can’t Die Again)”

Jamie Drier
Loke Rahbek – City of Women (Editions Mego)
Bjork – Utopia (One Little Indian)
Cosey Fanni Tutti – Time to Tell (Conspiracy International)
Rafael Anton Irisarri – The Shameless Years (Umor-Rex)
Max Richter – Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works (Deutsche Grammophon)
Shit & Shine – Some People Really Know How To Live (Editions Mego)
Dion – Kickin’ Child: Lost Album 1965 (Norton Records)
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Kid (Western Vinyl)
Ennio Morricone – Un Uomo Da Rispettare (Superior Viaduct)
JK Flesh – Suicide Estate – (Hospital Productions)

Benjamin Hegy
Creation- action painting [numero]
Midori Takada- through the looking glass [wrwtfww]
Arthur Russell- instrumentals [audika]
Other People Place- lifestyles of the laptop cafe [warp]
Various- outro tempo: electronic and contemporary music from brazil 1978-1992 [music from memory]
Gaussian Curve- distance [music from memory]
Julie Byrne- not even happiness [ba da bing!]
Le Car- auto-reverse [clone classic cuts]
Jaimie Branch- fly or die [international anthem]
Slowdive- s/t [dead oceans]
Drexciya- grava 4 [clone]
Alice Coltrane- the ecstatic music of alice coltrane turiyasangitananda [luaka bop]
Bill Orcutt- s/t [palilalia]
War On Drugs- a deeper understanding [atlantic]
Sza- ctrl [top dawg entertainment]
Neil Young- hitchhiker [reprise]
Kurt Vile & Courtney Barnett- lotta sea lice [matador]
Patrick Cowley- afternooners [dark entries]
Various- space, energy & light (experimental electronic and acoustic soundscapes 1961-88) [soul jazz]
Kelela- take me apart [warp]
Richard Horowitz- eros in arabia [freedom to spend]
Makaya McCraven- highly rare [international anthem]

Jake Lingan
Oren Ambarchi & Crys Cole- “Hotel Record” (Black Truffle)
Ariel Pink- “Dedicated To Bobby Jameson” (Mexican Summer)
Felicia Atkinson- “Hand In Hand” (Shelter Press)
Ka Baird- “Sapropelic Pycnic (Drag City)
William Basinski- “A Shadow In Time” (Temporary Residence)
Billington/ Shippy/ Wyche- “Billington/ Shippy/ Wyche” (Astral Spirits)
David Bowie- “New Career In A New Town” (Parlophone)
Brother Ah- “Divine Music” (Manufactured Recordings)
Bucket Brigade- “Frozen Flags” (No Index) & “Mnemosyne” (Love All Day)
B12- “Electro-Soma” reissue (Warp)
Alice Coltrane- “World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane” (Luaka Bop)
Tony Conrad- “Ten Years Alive On The Infinite Plain” (Superior Viaduct)
Dead Rider- “Crew Licks” (Drag City)
Aaron Dilloway- “The Gag File” (Dais)
Crazy Doberman- “Hell Is Within Us” (Castle Bravo)
Dub Syndicate reissues (On-U Sound)
John Duncan- “Klaar” reissue (Black Truffle)
Ian Dury- “New Boots And Panties!!” reissue (Edsel)
Charles Duvelle & Hisham Mayet- “The Photographs of Charles Duvelle” (Sublime Frequencies)
Luc Ferrari- “Heterozygote/ Petite Symphonie” (Recollection GRM)
Gas- “Narkopop” (Kompakt)
Keiji Haino- “Watashi Dake?” (Black Editions)
Laurel Halo- “Dust” (Hyperdub)
Jon Hassell- “Dream Theory In Malaya Fourth World Music” reissue (Glitterbeat)
Joe Henderson with Alice Coltrane- “The Elements” reissue (Milestone)
Husker Du- “Savage Young Du” (Numero)
Irreversible Entanglements- “Irreversible Entanglements” (International Anthem)
Mary Jane Leach- “Pipe Dreams” (Blume)
Arto Lindsay- “Cuidado Madame” (Northern Spy)
Makaya McCraven- “Highly Rare” (International Anthem)
Roscoe Mitchell- “Bells For The South Side” (ECM)
Mukqs- “11,666,666,666,666,666,666” (Midwich)
Oneohtrix Point Never- “Good Time” Soundtrack (Warp)
Yoko Ono- “Fly”/ “Approximately Infinite Universe” reissues (Chimera)
Bill Orcutt- “Bill Orcutt” (Palilalia)
Giusto Pio- “Motore Immobile” reissue (Soave)
Plastic Crimewave Syndicate- “Thunderbolt of Flaming Wisdom” (Eye Vybe)
Prince & The Revolution- “Purple Rain Deluxe (Expanded Edition” (NPG)
Steve Roach- “Structures From Silence” reissue (Telephone Explosion)
Sampha- “Process” (Young Turks)
Pharoah Sanders- “Izipho Zam (My Gifts)” reissue (Everland/ Strata East)
Yasuaki Shimizu- “Kakashi” reissue (Palto Flats)
Shit & Shine- “Some People Really Know How To Live” (Editions Mego)
Sleaford Mods- “English Tapas” (Rough Trade)
Pauline Anna Strom- “Trans-Millenia Music” (Rvng Intl)
Midori Takada- “Through The Looking Glass” reissue (Palto Flats)
Norm Talley- “Norm-A-Lize” (FXHE)
TALsounds- “Love Sick” (Ba Da Bing!)
Thundercat- “Drunk” (Brainfeeder)
Cosey Fanni Tutti- “Time To Tell” reissue (Conspiracy International)
Jaap Vink- “Jaap Vink” (Recollection GRM)
Wolf Eyes- “Undertow” (Lower Level)
Danny Wolfers- “Unfolding The Future With Amateur Space Jazz” (Nightwind)
ZRL- “ZRL” (No Index)
V/A- “Tokyo Flashback” (Black Editions)
V/A- “Outro Tempo: Electronic And Contemporary Music From Brazil – 1978-1992” (Music From Memory)

Gary Errera
Top 3 Releases(Couldn’t come up with 10 to save my life)
Kedr Livanskiy – Ariadna ()
This is my number one for the whole year. Just listen to it.
Slowdive – Slowdive
Fine addition to their discography.
Death Grips – That first song on the new one
That first song is kinda ok, if you can put aside the large 12 year old hater fanbase.

Top 3 Reissues
John Frusciante – Niandra Lades and Usually Just a T-Shirt
Finally on vinyl, about flippin time.
Throbbing Gristle – The Taste of TG
Arguably better than Greatest Hits, a fine primer for the TG illiterate.
The Replacements – For Sale: Live at Maxwells 1986
Awesome of them to release a show superfans have had for years. Demand
for the cutouts continues.

Jacob Kart
Laraaji – Celestial Vibration – soul jazz
Brett Naucke – Multiple Hallucinations – Hausu Mountain
Gel set- Body Copy – 2MR
Tal Sounds – Love Sick – Ba Da Bing
Jaimie Branch – Fly or Die – International Anthem
Matthew Lux’s communication arts quartet- contra-fact – Astral Spirits
Bitchin Bajas- Bajas Fresh – Drag City
駄女神 – Mukqs – Hausu Mountain
Visible Cloaks- Reassemblage – RVNG International
Laurel Halo- Dust – Hyperdub

Dave Hofer

2016 Late Additions
Invisibl Skratch Piklz – The 13th Floor
First proper album of turntable wizardry from this legendary crew. Three guys, three mixers, three turntables.
Run the Jewels – RTJ3
The best hip-hop group in some time keeps their momentum pushing forward with El-P’s production anchoring some serious lyrical fire.

Best Albums of 2017
Mutoid Man – War Moans
How this band isn’t huge is beyond me. Members of Cave In and Converge as a power three-piece with riffs, riffs and more riffs. Stephen Brodsky can sing/scream his ass off and they have to be one of the tightest live bands I’ve ever seen. My favorite album of 2017.
Artificial Brain – Infrared Horizon
Outer space death metal with subliminal melodies amidst the blasting and guttural vocals.
All Pigs Must Die – Hostage Animal
Ex and current members of the Hope Conspiracy and Converge deliver another batch of what can only be described as pure, pissed off hardcore. Plenty of riffage, no clean singing.
Cannibal Corpse – Red Before Black
A more straightforward effort from the established splatter-death masters.
Death Toll 80K – Step Down
Their 2011 LP “Harsh Realities” took me by surprise so I was looking forward to this one. Another super-late 2017 release. Absolutely pulverizing grindcore. Near-constant blasting and the usual, but very well done, guttural/crazed-scream vocals. Relentless.
DJ Rude One – ONEderful
Former Chicago DJ/producer finally dropped his album. Boom-bap fans need look no further. Hard as hell.
El Michels Affair – Return to the 37th Chamber
Second batch of live-instrument arrangements of classic Wu-Tang instrumentals. Funky!
Eradicator – Eradicator
Quirky & deceptively complex punk rock from this high-concept Chicago/Milwaukee band.
Friendship – Hatred
Powerful and creative hardcore/grind from Japan.
Full of Hell – Trumpeting Ecstasy
This band has evolved into a unique, experimental grindcore beast. 23 minutes of brain-warping grind.
Goatwhore – Vengeful Ascension
The perfect blend of thrash, death and black metal, once again. One of the most crushing live bands going.
Iron Reagan – Crossover Ministry
Excellent follow-up to their breakthrough The Tyranny of Will LP. You want circle pit riffs? Look no further.
Mellow Harsher/Invertebrate – Split 7”
I love Mellow Harsher. Live, they’re really fun, but their music on its own is serious, chaotic-but-airtight grind. Invertebrate closes their side with Infest and Suppression covers, so what does that tell ya? Hearty grind with a side of sludge.
Morbid Angel – Kingdoms Disdained
Steve Tucker returns to the fold for a solid batch of twisted, Sumerian-happy death metal.
Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire – Brainiac EP
Initially a digital-only release, this EP got a late-2017 vinyl release! eXquire’s delivery & voice are instantly recognizable, his lyrics twisting & turning in ways unexpected. Some real head-nod shit, right here.
Perceptionists – Resolution
Mr. Lif continues his re-storming of the hip-hop world by getting back with Akrobatik and spitting some serious shit.
Phobia – Lifeless God
Pure grindcore from this long-running band. Very intense stuff for speed-freaks only!!
River Black – River Black
Basically this is Burnt By The Sun Part 2; mid-tempo groove with only one misstep: a clean-vocal part late in the album. Great otherwise.

Best Shows of 2017
Mutoid Man at Subterranean
So tight, so heavy . . . this band should be taking over the world any minute now . . .
Code Orange/Dying Fetus/Hatebreed at Metro
AKA The Night of 1,000 Breakdowns.
Run the Jewels at the Aragon & Lollapalooza
The bigger the system, the better those beats sound.
Rude One & Skepta at North Coast Fest
Not performing together, sadly, but Rude One closed out the DJ tent and then Skepta brought his grimey hip-hop to a bunch of stoned people in Union Park.
Mellow Harsher & Pyrrhon at the Empty Bottle
Pure Comedy Grind and free jazz death metal in one night! What more could you ask for?
Iron Reagan at Reggie’s
Their crossover is most potent in a live setting. Very fun, high-energy show.
Goatwhore at House of Blues & Reggie’s
These guys are the masters of crushing tone in a live setting. They’re also a touring machine, and their insanely tight live show is evidence of that. Plus, at least two members are usually wearing spikes onstage.
Weekend Nachos & Mellow Harsher at Subterranean
This was part of the two-night, Weekend Nachos final-shows extravaganza. A fine night of blast beats.

Best Pro-Wrestling Shows (and a must-see match)
AAW: Hell Hath No Fury (Michael Elgin vs. Shane Strickland)
AAW: Unstoppable (ACH vs. Sammy Guevara)
Ring of Honor/New Japan: Global Wars Chicago (Will Osperay vs. Flip Gordon or Marty Scurll vs. Hiromu Takahashi)

Beth Klacko

2017 Releases & Reissues that piqued my interest:

– Gaussian Curve – The Distance
– Laraaji – Celestial Vibration
– War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
– Woo – A La Luna
– Pauline Anna Strom – Trans-Millenia Music
– Colleen – A Flame My Love, a Frequency
– Metro Area – Metro Area
– Jun Fukamachi – Nicole(86 Spring & Summer Collection Instrumental Images)
– Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement – Ambient Black Magic
– Gel Set – Body Copy
– Various Artists – Seafaring Strangers / Private Yacht
– Bjorn Torske & Prins Thomas – Square One
– Julia Holter – In The Same Room
– Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society – Simultonality
– Ka Baird – Sapropelic Pycnic
– Julie Byrne – Not Even Happiness
– Slowdive – Slowdive
– Gas – Narkopop

Matt Jencik
Arca S/T
Bell Witch Mirror Reaper
Bjork Utopia
Black Cilice Banished From Time
Bölzer Hero (late 2016 release I missed)
John Carpenter Christine (Original Motion Picture Score) reissue
Brian Case Spirit Design
Circuit Des Yeux Reaching For Indigo
Alice Coltrane Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane
Demen Nektyr
Bill Dixon Orchestra Intents & Purposes LP reissue
Emptiness Not For Music
Enslaved E
Gel Set Body Copy
Grouper Paradise Valley single
Husker Du Savage Young Du
Rafael Anton Irisarri Shameless Years
Johann Johannsson Orphee
Lifelover Pulver reissue
Kedr Livanskiy Ariadna
Look Blue Go Purple Still Bewitched
Lorn Arrayed Claws
Metallica “Master of Puppets” demo from the Deluxe Edition
Modern Art Underwater Kites & Oriental Towers reissues
Charlemagne Palestine Strumming Music LP reissue
Arvo Part Fur Alina LP
Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement Ambient Black Magic
Replacements For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s 1986
Steve Roach Structures From Silence LP reissue
Slowdive S/T
TALsounds Love sick
Time Machines (Coil) S/T reissue
Twin Peaks soundtracks
Venenum Trance of Death
Justin Walter Unseen Forces
Lal & Mike Waterson Bright Phoebus LP reissue
Gillian Welch Harrow & the Harvest LP
Witch of 1692 Impious Mysterial Hymn
Hiroshi Yoshimura Music for Nine Postcards reissue
Neil Young Hitchhiker
V/A Paul Major: Feel the Music
V/A Warfaring Strangers: Acid Nightmares

John Carpenter @ Aragon Ballroom
Circuit Des Yeux performing Nico’s “Chelsea Girl” w/ Laraaji
@Bohemian National Cemetery
Cropped Out Fest in Louisville, KY
Heron Oblivion @Empty Bottle
Jesus Lizard @ Metro
Kikagaku Moyo @ Empty Bottle
Matchess multiple shows
Mayhem playing De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas @ Metro
Nadja multiple shows
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds @ Auditorium Theater
PJ Harvey @ Pitchfork Music Festival
Psychedelic Furs @ Thalia Hall
Raime @Impetus Festival
Slowdive @ The Vic
TALsounds multiple shows

Twin Peaks: The Return
Blade Runner 2049

Chelsea Welch
2017 ~ The Best Things I Heard~
Jacob Kart – Frozen Flags – No Index
Jaimie Branch – Fly or Die – IARC
Gel Set – Body Copy – 2MR
Circuit Des Yeux – Reaching For Indigo – Drag City
Alice Coltrane – The Ecstatic Music Of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda – Luaka bop
Outro Tempo Compilation – (Electronic And Contemporary Music From Brazil 1978-1992) – Music From Memory
Jamila Woods – Heavn – Jagjaguwar
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – The Kid – Western Vinyl
Disco Inferno – 5 EPs – One Little Indian
Kelela – Take Me Apart- Warp
Patrick Cowley – Afternooners – Dark Entries
Slowdive – Self Titled – Captured Tracks
Sean Nicholas Savage – Yummycoma – Arbutus Records
Laraaji – Bring On the Sun – All Saints
Weather Station – Self Titled – Paradise of Bachelor
Yasuaki Shimizu -Music For Commercials (Reissue) – Crammed Discs
Henry Flynt – You Are My Everlovin (Reissue) – Superior Viaduct

Perry Ryan

Richard Dawson – Peasant (Weird World/Domino) [Avant-folk]
Feist – Pleasure (Interscope) [Sparse singer-songwriter]
Sheer Mag – Compilation LP (Wilsuns RC) [Lo-fi power pop]
Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy (Odd Future/Columbia) [Neo-soul-rap]
Cloud Nothings – Life Without Sound (Carpark) [Hooks on hooks]
Yucky Duster – Duster’s Lament EP (Infinity Cat) [Twee, but in a good way]
Kirin J. Callinan – Bravado (Terrible) [Pop art]
Dirty Projectors – Dirty Projectors (Domino) [Art pop]
Alex Cameron – Forced Witness (Secretly Canadian) [Alex Cameron]
Open Mike Eagle – Brick Body Kids Still Daydream (Mello Music Group) [Art rap]


Mike Krol – Mike Krol Is Never Dead: The First Two Records (Merge) [Slop pop]
The Replacements – For Sale: Live At Maxwell’s 1986 (Rhino) [No description necessary]

Ethan D’Ercole

Dylan Sowle
My favorite releases of the year, in no particular order:

LCD Soundsystem- American Dream (DFA)
Flaming Lips- Oczy Mlody (Warner Bros.)
Surfbort- Bort To Death (Hozac)
King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard- Murder Of The Universe (Flightless)
Kamasi Washington- Harmony Of Difference (Young Turks)
Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats- Vol. 1 (Rise Above Records)
Various Artists- Hero Of Time (Music From “The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time”) (Materia Collective/Iam8bit)
Black Lips- Satan’s Graffiti Or God’s Art? (Vice)
Melkbelly- Nothing Valley (Wax Nine)
Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch- Blade Runner 2049 OST (Epic)
Oh Sees- Orc (Castle Face)
Guantanamo Baywatch- Desert Center (Suicide Squeeze)
Mike Krol- Mike Krol Is Never Dead: The First Two Records (Merge)

Zachary Caputo
Some of these items were released digitally last year, but their physical release graced my weary record store hands this year. We’ll just say we’re all the class of 2017.

1: Thundercat – Drunk (Zappa Soul / Jazz Rock) [Brainfeeder]
2: Death Grips – Steroids (Crouching Tiger Hidden Gabber Megamix) (Experimental Hip Hop / Dance) [Third Worlds]
3: Lil B – Black Ken (Hip-Hop / Based) [Basedworld Records]
4: The ILYs – Bodyguard (Garage Rock / Art Rock) [Castleface]
5: Death From Above – Outrage! Is Now (Punk Rock / Dance Rock) [Last Gang Records]
6: St. Vincent – Masseduction (Art Rock / Synth Pop) [Loma Vista]
7: Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory (Rap / Experimental Dance) [ARTium Recordings / Def Jam Records]
8: TALsounds – Lovesick (Experimental / Ambient Soundscapes) [Ba Da Bing Records]
9: Paramore – After Laughter (Pop / New Wave) [Fueled By Ramen]
10: Jlin – Black Origami (Experimental Dance / Footwork) [Planet Mu]
11: Nine Inch Nails – Not The Actual Events (Industrial Rock / Noise Rock) [Null Corporation]
12: Kendrick Lamar – DAMN. (Rap) [Top Dawg / Interscope]
13: Hans Zimmer & Benjamin Wallfish – Blade Runner 2049 Original Soundtrack (Film Score / Ambient Electronics) [Epic Records]
14: Machine Girl – …Because I’m Young Arrogant And Hate Everything You Stand For (Digital Hardcore / Noise) [Orange Milk]
15: Run The Jewels – RTJ3 (Hip-Hop) [Run The Jewels, Inc]
16: Greg Fox – The Gradual Progression (Experimental Jazz / Ambient) [Rvng Intl.]
17: Alice Glass – Alice Glass (Noise Pop / Post-Industrial) [Loma Vista]
18: Shobaleader One (Squarepusher) – Elektrac (Jazz Fusion / Live Electronics) [Warp]
19: Gorillaz – Humanz (Dance / Rap) [Parlophone]
20: Lorde – Melodrama (Electropop) [Republic Records]

Honorable Mentions:

Kamasi Washington – Harmony Of Difference (Jazz)
Bjork – Utopia (Art Pop / Electronic)
Arca – Arca (Experimental)
Oneohtrix Point Never – Good Times Original Soundtrack (Film Score / Experimental)
Cherry Glazerr – Apocalipstick (Garage Rock / Punk Rock)
Jamila Woods – HEAVN (Soul / Hip-Hop)

David Cartwright
Yves Tumor “Experiencing The Deposit of Faith” self-released
Beau Wanzer “Untitled” Self-released
Laurel Halo “Dust” Hyperdub
Ramzi “Phobiza “Noite” Vol. 2″ Mood Hut
Machine Girl “Because I’m Young Arrogant & Hate Everything You Stand For” Orange Milk
Joshua Abrams “Simultonality” Eremite Records
Dj Python “Dulce Compania” Incienso
Unknown Me “Subtropics” Not Not Fun
Tony Allen “The Source” Blue Note
Lee Gamble “Mnestic Pressure” Hyperdub
Dj Seinfeld “Time Spent Away From U” Lobster Fury
Greg Fox “The Gradual Progression” Rvng Intl.
Project Pablo “Hope You’re Well” Technicolour

Adam Cavanaugh
(in no particular order)

Solid Space – Space Museum (Dark Entries)
Various Artists – Metroid Trilogy (Moonshake Records)
Slowdive – Slowdive (Dead Oceans)
Midori Takada – Through the Looking Glass (WRWTFWW Records)
Drab Majesty – The Demonstration (Dais Records)
Geinoh Yamashirogumi – Symphonic Suite Akira (Milan Records)
Dallas Acid – Spa Hunter (Flying Moonlight)
Ninja Gaiden The Definite Soundtrack boxset (Brave Wave Productions)
Make-Overs – Try Me (Heel Turn Records)
Stelvio Cipriani – Un’Ombra Nell’Ombra (Four Flies Records)
Ennio Morricone – Space: 1999 (Death Waltz Recording Company)
Susana Estrada – The Sexadelic Disco Funk Sounds of… (Espacial Discos)
Yuzo Koshiro – The Revenge of Shinobi (Data Discs)
Marcello Giombini – La Bestia Nello Spazia (Death Waltz Recording Company)
Protex – Tightrope (Bachelor Records)

Anthony Illarde
BEST OF 2017

TONY ALLEN The Source (Blue Note CD)
BEATLES Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band: The Ringo Mix (Capitol LP)
BLONDIE Pollinator (Noble ID LP)
CHICANO BATMAN Freedom Is Free (Ato LP)
EMMA DE ANGELIS Forgiveness (Finders Keepers 45)
MELANIE DE BIASIO Lilies (Play It Again Sam LP)
ABDOU EL OMARI Nuits De Printemps (Radio Martiko LP)
GOKCEN KAYNATAN Gokcen Kaynatan (Finders Keepers LP)
GRAEME MILLER & STEVE SHILL Moomins TV Soundtrack LP (Finders Keepers)
MONKS Hamburg Recordings 1967 (Third Man LP)
NEGATIVE ELEMENT Shouts Of Rebellion (Alona’s Dream LP)
RAYMOND SCOTT Three Willow Park (Basta 3LP)
EPIC SOUNDTRACKS Change My Life (Mapache LP)
PIERO UMILIANI Grazie! (Nature Sounds 2LP)
KAMASI WASHINGTON Harmony Of Difference (Young Turks LP)
DUSTIN WONG & TAKAKO MINEKAWA Are Euphoria (Thrill Jockey LP)

Captain Fantastic: Elton John’s Stellar Trip Through The 70s – Tom Doyle (Ballantine)
Feel The Music: The Psychedelic Worlds of Paul Major (Anthology Editions)
Infinite Tuesday – Michael Nesmith (Crown Archetype)
Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol – Steve Jones (Da Capo Press)

Jim Magas
2017 Favorites

Midori Takada – Through the Looking Glass LP (WRWTFWW)
Geinoh Yamashiro – Akira soundtrack LP (Milan)
Bjorn Torske – Host (DJ Sotofett’s Stoydubb) 12” (Sex Tags Mania)
DJ Fett Burger – Pub 18 / 411 Esperanza 12” (Sex Tags UFO)
Bill Orcutt – Bill Orcutt LP (Palialalia)
Rob Noyes – Feudal Spirit LP (Poon Village)
Alexander – Alexander LP (No Label)
Quintron (w/ drawings by Miss Pussycat – Europa My Mirror book (Goner)
Bill MacKay & Ryley Walker – Spiderbeetlebee LP (Drag City)
Angelo Baroncini & Bruno D’Amario – Music For Movement LP (Sonor Music)
Errorsmith – Superlative Fatigue 2LP (Pan)
Beau Wanzer – Untitled II LP (Beau Wanzer)
Beau Wanzer – Issue N. 20 12” (Jealous God)
Not Waving – Good Luck LP (Diagonal)
Porter Ricks – Anguilla Electrica 2LP (Tresor)
Function – Recompiled I/II 2LP (Aton)
Function – Recompiled II/II 2LP (Aton)
Jlin – Dark Lotus LP (Planet Mu)
B12 – Electro Soma 2LP (Warp)
Legowelt – Legendary Freaks in the Trash of Time 2LP (Clone)
Cosey Fanni Tutti – Time to Tell LP (CTI)
B12 – Electro Soma II 2LP (Warp)
Various Artists – Tokyo Flashback 2LP (Black Editions)
Regis – Gymnastics 2LP (Downwards)
MAGAS – Explanatory Denial 12” (Midwich)
Mukqs – 11,666,666,666,666,666,666 LP (Midwich)
Aaron Dilloway – The Gag File LP (Dais)
Coil – Time Machines LP (Dais)
Norm Talley – Norm-a-lize 4LP (FXHE)
Funkadelic – Reworked by Detroiters 3LP (Westbound)
Twin Peaks – The Return tv show

Steven Rahman
Best of the Best:
P.O.S. – Chill Dummy
Oddisee – The Iceberg
Rodney Crowell – Close Ties
Kehlani – SweetSexySavage
Kendrick Lamar – Damn.
Moses Sumney – Aromanticism
Tyler the Creator – Scum F*** Flower Boy
Gabriel Garzon-Montano – Jardin
Childish Gambino – Awaken My Love

Very Very Good:
Sampha – Process
Smino – BLKSWN
J.I.D. – The Never Story
Joey Bada$$ – All Amerikkkan Bada$$
Brother Ali – All the Beauty in this Whole World
Jay-Z – 4:44
Vic Mensa – The Manuscript
Syd – Fin
2 Chainz – Pretty Girls Like Trap Music
Kelela – Take Me Apart
Daniel Caesar – Freudian
Khalid – American Teen
Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory

Luke Dahlgren
These were some of this year’s standout records for me. All titles except for the two I have starred (*) either are carried or have been carried here by Reckless.

Protomartyr – Relatives in Descent (Domino) post-punk
The lineage of influence here can be traced closest to bands like The Fall and Pere Ubu. Each song seems to be built from the bottom up; the punchy bass & drum combo provide the songs with its initial character, which is then adorned with earworm guitar licks and tied together with grim ambience. Joe Casey’s “sing-speak” vocals ring out like a mad prophet, articulating the pain of middle-American anxiety, alienation and collapse. These songs routinely locate that rare convergence of unconventional and intuitive, making it an immediately gratifying listen.
Makaya McCraven – Highly Rare (International Anthem) avant-garde jazz
This is an improvised set recorded directly to tape live at Danny’s in Bucktown. The rhythm section led by McCraven on drums treads heavily, drawing the broad templates of each idea the band explores. The coarse audio quality really accentuates how tight the quartet plays without feeling restrictive, allowing the set to rely on the push-pull tension between its frenetic free-jazz outbursts and its deliberate groove-based segments. The resulting record is an absolute tour-de-force, making this an essential listen for anyone with an ear for avant-garde jazz.
Richard Dawson – Peasant (Weird World) freak folk
Peasant is among the more lyrically ambitious and theatrical records from this year. It’s a concept album depicting a mythic version of Dark Ages Europe, and each track is a narrative told from the perspective of a different character. The music here is dark, tactile, unhinged and marked by unconventional melody, structure, and texture (harps, horns, odd percussion) that move quickly between abrasive and pastoral. For those inclined towards its sound – and the sound of other English freak folk – Peasant is an immersive record that continues to reward with repeated plays.

OTHER NEW MUSIC (alpha by artist):
Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society – Simultonality (Eremite) avant-garde jazz
Tony Allen – The Source (Blue Note) jazz / Afrobeat
Jaimie Branch – Fly Or Die (International Anthem) avant-garde jazz
Chicano Batman – Freedom is Free (ATO) Latin soul
Destroyer – ken (Merge) synth pop
* Golden Teacher – No Luscious Life [self-released] dance / nu-disco
Guerilla Toss – GT Ultra (DFA) dance / no wave
Laurel Halo – Dust (Hyperdub) electronic / art pop
Irreversible Entanglements – s/t (International Anthem) free jazz / spoken word
Jlin – Black Origami (Planet Mu) IDM / footwork
Daniele Luppi / Parquet Courts / Karen O – MILANO (Capitol) art rock
(Thee) Oh Sees – Orc (Castle Face) psych-rock
Priests – Nothing Feels Natural (Sister Polygon) art punk
A. Savage – Thawing Dawn (Dull Tools) art rock / alt-country
Ty Segall – s/t (Drag City) psych-rock / garage
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – The Kid (Western Vinyl) electronic / art pop
Joni Void – Selfless (Constellation) electronic / spoken word
Kamasi Washington – Harmony of Difference (Young Turks) jazz
* Zimpel / Ziołek – s/t (Instant Classic) avant-folk / electronic / avant-garde jazz

COMPILATIONS & REISSUES (also alpha by artist):
Alice Coltrane – The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda (Luaka Bop) jazz vocal / Eastern spiritual
Steve Roach – Structures From Silence (orig. 1984 on Fortuna; reissued on Telephone Explosion) ambient
Lal & Mike Waterson – Bright Phoebus (orig. 1972 on Trailer; reissued on Domino) freak folk
Neil Young – Hitchhiker (recorded 1976; Reprise) folk / country (c’mon, it’s Neil Young)
v/a – Even a Tree Can Shed Tears: Japanese Folk & Rock 1969-1973 (Light in the Attic) folk / soft rock
v/a – Soul of a Nation: Afro-Centric Visions in the Age of Black Power (Soul Jazz) jazz / soul / funk / spoken word
v/a – Tokyo Flashback, Vol. 1 (orig. CD only from 1991 on PSF; LP reissue on Black Editions) psych-rock / noise
v/a – Warfaring Strangers: Acid Nightmares (Numero) hard rock / proto-metal

Lea Board
(in no particular order)
Com Truise “Iteration” (Ghostly International)
LCD Soundsystem *American Dream” (DFA)
Electric Wizard “Wizard Bloody Wizard” (Witchfinder)
Kendrick Lamar “Damn” (Interscope)
Blanck Mass “World Eater” (Sacred Bones)
King Gizzard & the Wizard Lizard w/ Mild High Club “Sketches of Brunswick East” (Flightless)
Orb “Naturality” (Castleface)
Oh Sees “Orc” (Castleface)
Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats “Vol. 1” Reissue (Rise Above)
Mike Krol “Mike Krol is Never Dead: The First Two Records” (Merge)
Dan Deacon “Rat Film” (Domino)
Guantanamo Baywatch “Desert Center” (Suicide Squeeze)
Rezn “Let It Burn” (Off the Record Label)
Faust “Fresh Air” (Bureau B)
Chelsea Wolfe “Hiss Spun” (Sargent House)
Black Lips “Satan’s Graffiti or God’s Art?” (Vice)

Benjamin Crowell

Neil Young – Hitchhiker
Bjork – Utopia
Circuit Des Yeux – Reaching For Indigo
The Bell Witch – Mirror Reaper
V/A – Twin Peaks (Limited Event Series Soundtrack)
John Carpenter – Anthology
Alice Coltrane – The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda
Diamanda Galas – All The Way
Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spun
Gocken Kaynatan – s/t
Slowdive – s/t

John Jackson

(in no particular order)
Declaime-Young Spirit
FourTet-New Energy
Makaya Mccraven-Highly Rare
Thavius Beck- Technol O.G.
Joshua Abrams- Simultonality
Blockhead-Funeral Balloons
Damu The Fudgemunk- Vignettes
Thievery Corporation-The Temple of I&I
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble- Book of Love
Moka Only-Concert for One

Joseph Seger
Terry – “Remember Terry” LP (Upset The Rhythm)
Parsnip – “Health” (Anti-Fade)
The Country Liners – “Mary Jane Dunphe & Chris McDonnell in The Country Liners” (Wharf Cat)
Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble – “Find Me Finding You” (Drag City)
Bugg – “Bugg” (Pop Wig)
Kaleidoscope – “Volume 3” (Feel It
Makaya McCraven – “Highly Rare” (International Anthem)
The Cowboys – “The Cowboys” (Hozac)
Darto – “Human Giving” (Agoo)
Rays – “Rays” (Trouble In Mind)
Headroom “Head In The Clouds” (Trouble In Mind)
The Living Eyes – “Modern Living” (Anti-Fade)
Neil Young – “Hitchhiker” (Reprise)
Jackson Politick – “Paste, Vol. 1” (Neck Chop)
The World – “First World Record” (Lumpy/UTR!)
GenPop – “On the Screen” (Lumpy Records)

Kip McCabe
Run The Jewels “III”
Kamasi Washington “Harmony of Difference”
Slowdive “Slowdive”
Neil Young “Hitchhiker”
Juana Molina “Halo”
V/A “Even a Tree Can Shed Tears: Japanese
Folk & Rock 1969-1973”

Molly Mobley
Man, wasn’t 2017 a trip? If you’re like me you think this year left a lot to be desired. But despite everything, there were some solid releases from this past year that deserve to be highlighted. I have made the personal choice to exclude music by cis white male solo artists, as well as bands consisting of only cis white males because I just don’t believe this particular group of ppl deserve accolades this year. So with this list, I have chosen to recognize music made by female, POC, and LGBTQ artists. Mind you that this wasn’t difficult, as almost all of my favorite music from this year was put out by artists that fall into these groups. Spotify told me in my year wrap that my favorite genres were “Post teen pop” and “art rock” and I felt seen, but I have to admit after making this list those seem incredibly accurate. In no particular order, please enjoy my 17 fav albums from 2017!

Kamasi Washington – Harmony of Difference EP.
SZA – Ctrl (Favorite song – Drew Barrymore)
Slowdive – Slowdive (Favorite song – Sugar for the Pill) –
Arca – Arca (Favorite song – Saunter) – ARCA has collaborated with big name artists such as Kanye, FKA Twigs, and most notably Bjork on her album Vulnicura. This self titled release is dark and melodic, abstract and emotional. It’s a gd work of art and a must have in any collection.
Perfume Genius – No Shape (Favorite Song – Just Like Love) Pitchfork already summed up my love for this song perfectly – “It’s the kind of song that makes rags feel like ball gowns, and should probably have been playing when Botticelli painted The Birth of Venus.”
Lorde – Melodrama (Favorite song – The Louvre) – “I overthink your p-p-punctuation use. Not my fault, just a thing that my mine do.” If that single sentence doesn’t sum up modern dating then idk what does.
Kesha – Rainbow (Favorite song – Hunt you Down / Boogie Feet)
Molly Burch – Please be Mine (Favorite song – Please be Mine)
Jamila Woods – HEAVN (Favorite song – LSD (feat. Chance the Rapper) ) – This whole album is a love letter to Chicago and everytime I listen to it I feel so proud to live here.
Princess Nokia – 1992 Deluxe (Favorite song – G.O.A.T./ Brujas)
Kelela – Take Me Apart (Favorite song – Frontline)
MUNA – About U (Favorite song – I Know A Place)
Charli XCX – While Charli XCX’s EP doesn’t necessarily make my top list, the single “Boys” was my absolute favorite song of 2017. I somehow managed to get it on all 6 of my incredibly different Spotify Daily Mixes, which I think is truly impressive.
Nnamdi Ogbonnaya – DROOL (Favorite song – hOp Off) -Nnamdi is one of the most talented musicians I have ever had the pleasure of meeting and if you are smart you will see him play in one of his many projects here in the city before he blows up
Gorillaz – HUMANZ (Favorite song – Saturnz Barz (feat. Popcaan) )
Wolf Alice – Visions of a Life (Favorite Song – Don’t Delete the Kisses)Kendrick Lamar – DAMN (Favorite song – Love feat. Zacari)

Top 6 Live Shows of the Year – (It was impossible to cut one)

Badbadnotgood – Lincoln Hall
Chicano Batman – Thalia Hall
Gorillaz – Huntington Bank Pavilion
Solange – Pitchfork Music Festival
Charles Bradley – House of Vans
Kelela – The Promontory

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2017 Best of Lists: Reckless Friends


Emily Elhaj (Love Lion/Angel Olsen)

Wand – Plum (Drag City)
Arthur Russell – Instrumentals (Audika)
Big Thief – Capacity (Saddle Creek)
Blue Iverson (Dean Blunt) – Hotep (Self-Released)
Thelonious Monk – Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Sam)
Grouper – Paradise Valley 7” (Yellow Electric)
Jaimie Branch – Fly Or Die (International Anthem)
Yellow Days – Is Everything Ok In Your World? (Doobie McQueen / Good Years Music)
Power Trip – Nightmare Logic (Southern Lord)
Slowdive – Sugar For The Pill (Dead Oceans)
Matt Jencik – Weird Times (Hands In the Dark)
V/A – Shout Music (Love Lion)
Dominique Lawalrée – First Meeting (Catch Wave)
Steve Lacy – Steve Lacy’s Demo (Three Quarter)
The Paperhead – Chew (Trouble In Mind)
The Feelies – In Between (Bar None)
Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble – Find Me Finding You (Drag City)
Hand Habits – Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void) (Woodsist)
Daniel Caesar – Freudian (Golden Child)
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma – On The Echoing Green (Mexican Summer)
Gaussian Curve – The Distance (Music From Memory)
Alvvays – Antisocialites (Polyvinyl)
Kendrick Lamar – Damn. (TDE)
Neil Young – Hitchhiker (Reprise)
Dean Blunt & Joanne Robertson – Wahalla (Textile)
Sharon Jones – Soul of a Woman (Daptone)
Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions – Son of a Lady EP (Tendril Tales)
Juana Molina – Halo (Crammed Discs)
Cleaners From Venus (Martin Newell) – Kitchen Table EP (Plastic Response)
Rev. Lonnie Farris – A Night at the House of Prayer (Buked & Scorned)
Kelly Lee Owens – s/t (Smalltown Supersound)

Hans Zimmer & Benjamin Wallfisc – Blade Runner 2049 (Epic)


Selena – Dreaming of You (Capitol)
Radiohead – OkNotOk (XL)
Angelo Badalamenti – Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (Death Waltz)
Elliott Smith – Either/Or (Kill Rock Stars)
Mazzy Star – So Tonight That I Might See (Capitol)
Orange Juice – Coals To Newcastle (AED)
Marisa Anderson – Traditional and Public Domain Songs (MIssissippi)


Chris Cohen tour
Charlotte Day Wilson, 1306
Christian Scott, 3 Keys
Thelma & The Sleaze, Siberia
King Woman, Castillo Blanco
Bonnie Prince Billy & Bitchin Bajas, Music Box Village
Diamanda Galás, The Joy
MonoNeon & guests, Blue Nile
Khruangbin, One Eyed Jacks x 2
Grace Jones, Primavera
Rajasthan Express, Primavera
Seckou Keita, St. Mary’s
Sun Ra Arkestra, Jazz Cafe
Cass McCombs, Halfway Festival
George Clinton, Pitchfork
Newport Folk Festival
Hiss Golden Messenger & guests, Jane Pickens Theater
Frank Ocean, Øya & Flow
Princess Nokia, Flow
Solange, Hopscotch
Ariel Pink, Tipitina’s

RIP Kelan Phil Cohran

Dave Martin (Captured Tracks)
Full length records
1. Sweet Apple – Sing The Night In Sorrow – Tee Pee
2. feedtime – Gas – In The Red
3. Thurston Moore – Rock N Roll Consciousness – Caroline
4. Circuit des Yeux – Reaching For Indigo – Drag City
5. Matt Jencik – Weird Times – Hands In The Dark
6. Protomartyr – Relatives in Descent – Domino
7. Julie Byrne – Not Even Happiness – Ba Da Bing!
8. David Nance – Negative Boogie – Ba Da Bing!
9. The Stroppies – S/T – Tough Love
10. Brian Case – Spirit Design – Hand In The Dark
11. Power Trip – Nightmare Logic – Southern Lord
12. Outside inside – Sniff a Hot Rock – Machine Age
13. Sanhedrin – A Funeral For The World – Sanhedrin
14. Stefan Christensen – Shake Off the Village – C/Site
15. The Terminals – Antiseptic – Ba Da Bing!
16. Escape-ism – Introduction To Escape-Ism – Merge
17. Roe Enny – Glare – Root Strata
18. Kacy & Clayton – The Siren’s Song – New West
19. Damon & Naomi – Everything Quieter Than Everything Else – Ghost Future Archives
20. Obnox – Niggative Approach – 12XU
21. Glue – S/T – Glue
22. Exit Order – Seed Of Hysteria – Side Two
23. The Feelies – In Between – Bar None
24. Terry – Remember Terry – Upset The Rhythm
25. V/A – Tokyo Flashback P.S.F. – Psychedelic Speed Freaks Dbl CD – Super Fuji Discs

Singles / EPs
1. Superchunk – I Got Cut & Break The Glass 7”s – Merge
2. Cate Le Bon – Rock Pool 12” – Drag City
3. The Original Panther Burns – OGPB 7” – Spacecase / Selection
4. The Shifters – A Believer b/w Contrast of Form 7” – Market Square
5. Stefan Christensen – Open Day 7” – I Dischi Del Barone
6. Mordecai – What is Art 7” – Sophomore Lounge
7. Acteurs – Corridor 12” – MILD VILNC
8. Rakta – Oculto Pelos Seros 7” – Iron Lung / La Vida Es Un Mus
9. Rixe – Baptismo 7” – La Vida Es Un Mus
10. skiftande enheter – 4-Spårs 7” EP – Levande Begravd

Reissues / Old music
1. Crystalized Movements – Mind Disaster LP – Twisted Village
2. V/A – Tokyo Flashback Vol. 1 Dbl LP – Black Editions
3. World of Pooh – Land Of Thirst LP – Starlight Furniture
4. Can – The Singles 3xLP – Mute
5. Keiji Haino – Watashi Dake? LP – Black Editions
6. Hüsker Dü – Savage Young Dü/ Extra Circus 4xLP/7” – Numero Group
7. Stooges – Highlights From the Funhouse Sessions Dbl LP – Run Out Groove
8 Richard Hell – Blank Generation 40th anniversary Dbl LP – Sire
9. Gotobeds – Fucking In The Future + 5 LP – Comedy Minus One
10. Gillian Welch – The Harrow & The Harvest LP – Acony
11. Chris Bell – The Complete Chris Bell 6xLP box – Omnivore
12. Lurkers – 5xCD box – Beggars Banquet
13. Madrigal – S/T LP – Subliminal Sounds
14. Pin Group – Ambivalence 7”, Coat 7” & Go To Town 12” – Superior Viaduct
15. Def Leppard – The Def Leppard EP 12” – Universal
16. V/A – Warfaring Strangers – Acid Nightmare Dbl LP – Numero Group
17. Blue Oyster Cult – Rarities Vol. 1 Dbl LP – Real Gone Music
18. The Nurse – Discography 1983-1984 LP – La Vida Es Un Mus
19. Dead Moon – What A Way To See The Old Girl Go LP – Voodoo Doughnut
20. Suicide – First Rehearsal Tapes LP – Superior Viaduct

Cassettes / digital releases
1. Midnight Mines – We Are the Primitives of a New Era – Loki
2. Private Sorrow – Fake Lions – Mystery Plane / Loki
3. Blank Statements – Signs Are Rampant – Hobbies Galore
4. Obedience – 2017 Demo – Obedience
5. Fully Glazed – S/T Cassette – Loki
And every other release on the Loki label.

Live shows
1. Shame – Babys All Right / L’Escogriffe
2. Protomartyr / Gotobeds – Monty Hall
3. The Everymen – Monty Hall
4. Tyvek – Union Pool
5. Warthog / La Misma / Concealed Blade / D.O.G. Brillobox

Haley Fohr (Circuit Des Yeux/Jackie Lynn)
Here are my top five colors for 2017:

Red as found in: The party flags that billow at the car lot on Cicero & George St. + a baseball cap bought & worn in Connecticut while on tour with Animal Collective.
Yellow as found in: A shirt titled “Acapulco” seen worn on a rooftop at 21st & Loomis on the 4th of July.
Green as found in: Hearing a viola while looking at the wet grass after a storm at Bohemian National Cemetery.
Blue as found in: The mirrored horizontal flip scene in the greenroom at Lincoln Hall on Nov 18, wearing a peacock robe.
Indigo as found in: You know… !

Dean Whitmore (Sub Pop)
Neutral, The Stevens, Alvarius B, Steve Gunn, Omni, Naomi Punk, Anthony Pasguarosa w/ John Maloney, Feral Ohms, Wolf Eyes, Pissed Jeans, David Nance, Uranium Club, Anxiety, Dream Decay, La Feline, Davy Kehoe, Protomartyr, Odyssey Cult (X2), Matt Jencik, Heron Oblivion, Housewives, Tunic, Kaleidoscope, FNU Clone, Juana Molina, Aaron Dilloway, Colleen, Ordnungsamt Et La Politesse, Richard Dawson, Karl Blau, Power, Sleaford Mods, Tiny Vipers + others

Taylor Brode (Semaphore mgmt)
Lil Peep – Come Over When You’re Sober Pt.1

Brian Foote [kranky/peak oil/leech]
john beltran ‘moth’ [detuned]
bulbs ‘anomalons’ [bulbs]
cloudface ‘super you’ [moodhut]
Kara-lis coverdale ‘grafts’ [boomkat]
cybe ‘tropisch verlangen’ [stroom]
demen ‘nektyr’ [kranky]
digital release ‘positive approach’ [drawing room records]
dj python ‘dulce compañía’ [incienso]
dj sports ‘modern species’ [firecracker]
kelman duran ‘1804kids’ [hundebiss]
richard horowitz ‘eros in arabia’ [freedom to spend]
indoor plants ‘udacha 15’ [udacha]
los & dj sotofett ‘jugando con fuego’ [wania]
mr. yt ‘brand new day’ [apollo]
nummer ‘second sight’ [going good]
olo ‘hardcore’ [help]
palta & ti ‘ep’en andre hjem’ [gravity graffiti]
porn sword tobacco ‘2017’ [acido]
ramzi ‘peze-pinton’ [12th isle]
s.o.n.s. ’shimokitazawa one night stand’ [s.o.n.s.]
sw. ‘untitled[sue16]’ [sued]
vtgnike ‘collection’ [gost zvuk]
wanderwelle ‘lost in a sea of trees’ [silent season]
xyr ‘labyrinth/reflections’ [not not fun]
hiroshi yoshimura ‘music for nine postcards’ [empire of signs]

Audrey Ewell (NY-based director of films, including black metal documentary Until the Light Takes Us)
This is stuff I liked – no order – and there was tons more that I just haven’t gotten to yet. But you can’t go wrong here. Unless you have bad taste, so.
Leyland James Kirby (aka The Caretaker) – We So Tired of All This Darkness
Fletcher Tucker – Cold Spring
Blut Aus Nord – Deus Salutis Meæ
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Luciferian Towers
Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spun
Forest Swords – Compassion
Laurel Halo – Dust
James Holden and the Animal Spirits – The Animal Spirits
Sarah Davachi – All my Circles Run
Anjou – Epithelia
Alice Coltrane – The Ecstatic Music Of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda
Circle – Terminal

Honorable Mentions
Charlotte Gainsbourg – Rest
Fever Ray – Plunge (I miss the melancholy and moodiness)
DREAD (aka Lustmord) – Dub
Liars – TFCF
Equinoxx – Colon Man
Delia Gonzalez – Horse Follows Darkness

The Body – A Home on Earth
Grouper – Paradise Valley (released December 21, 2016)
Oranssi Pazuzu – Kevät / Värimyrsky

Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked At Me
I could only listen once to this album about the death of his wife, the pain too real, raw, and familiar after losing my partner, Aaron Aites, filmmaker (Until The Light Takes Us), musician (IRAN), and former Reckless Records list contributor. So I can’t be remotely objective, but I found it shatteringly effective.

And since there are no rules anymore, and we’re all hurtling toward certain fiery death at the tiny hands of a fat orange misogynist, as we try to love and create and not just angrily piss into the wind on Twitter, my favorite music of 2017 is by London-based producer/composer/dj Karen Gwyer: but it’s not her 2017 double lp Rembo, which is sort of clean techno and as such just not quite up my alley. Nope, it’s her older works, a little grittier and trippier and lovely, and new to me: Needs Continuum, Kiki the Wormhole, Prophase Metaphase Anaphase Telophase, and she has more I haven’t yet investigated. Sublime.

Morgan Cuinet / Hands In The Dark

-Carlos Casas “Pyramid of Skull”
-Félicia Atkinson “Hand in Hand”
-Gregg Kowalsky “L’Orange, L’Orange”
-Colleen “A Flame my Love, a Frequency”
-Visible Cloaks “Reassemblage”
-Tomoko Sauvage “Musique Hydromantique”
-Carla Dal Forno “The Garden”
-Sarah Davachi “All My Circles Run”
-Lee Noble “The Hell of you Come In”
-Justin Walter “Unseen Forces”
-Greg Fox “The Gradual Procession”
-Bitchin Bajas “Bajas Fresh”
-Roe Enney “Glare”
-Jefre Cantu-Ledesma “On The Echoing Green”
-Roger Tellier-Craig “Instantanés”
-Sonja Labianca “About Room, Room To Be, Rooms”
-Ekin Fil “Ghost Inside”
-UUUU “s/t”
-Jessica Moss “Pools of Light”
-Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe “Marlek”
-La Tène “Tardive/Issime”

-Hiroshi Yoshimura “Music for Nine Postcards”
-Knud Viktor “Ambiances/Images”
-Midori Takada “Through The Looking Glass”
-Pauline Anna Strom “Trans-Millenia Music”
-Graeme Miller & Steve Shill “The Moomins”
-Yasuo Sugabayashi “The Mask Of Imperial Family”
-Marc Barreca “Music Works For Industry”
-Pep Llopis “Poiemusia La Nau Dels Argonautes”
-Richard Horowitz “Eros in Arabia”
-Coil “Time Machines”
-Jocy De Oliveira “Estórias Para Voz, Instrumentos Acústicos e Eletrônicos”
-Svarte Greiner “Knive”
-Emmanuelle Parrenin “Maison Rose”
-Barney Wilen “Moshi”
-François Tusques “Free Jazz”

Top 10 Bachelor Nation moments of 2017
By: Adam Luksetich (The Numero Group and the great state of Iowa)

1. Demario and Corinne get freaky in the pool causing ABC to SHUT DOWN production of Bachelor in Paradise one day into shooting.
2. Dean not giving his rose to Kristina. What was he thinking?!?
3. Danielle M making out with the “off limits” bartender Wells before she leaves the show. Get it girl!
4. Bachelor Season 21 ends in March with Nick getting engaged to Vanessa!
5. Nick and Vanessa separate in August.
6. Peter’s reluctance to propose to Rachel after multiple group dates, two 1-on-1 dates and an overnight date. Come on bro!
7. Host Chris Harrison confronts Lee about being racist on the Bachelorette: Men Tell All Special.
8. Demario’s ACTUAL girlfriend confronts him during the taping of The Bachelorette. He’s #notherefortherightreasons
9. Amanda is back for a THIRD time hoping to find love again . . . again.
10. Nick chooses Corinne over Taylor on a 1-on-1 date. Taylor then turns into some sort of voodoo priestess??

Also, Power Trip “Nightmare Logic” was killer.

Brett Andrew Grossman (Once was)

2017 In Order of How I Remember things:
1. The Clientele “Music for the Age of Miracles” (Merge)
2. Caterina Barbieri “Patterns of Consciousness” (Important)
3. Faith Healer “Try ;-)” (Mint)
4. Ty Segall “Ty Segall” (Drag City), “Fried Shallots” (Drag City)
5. Colleen “A Flame My Love, A Frequency” (Thrill Jockey)
6. The Proper Ornaments “Foxhole” (Slumberland)
7. William Basinski “A Shadow in Time (Temporary Residence    Limited)
8. Slowdive “Slowdive” (Dead Oceans)
9. Justin Walter “Unseen Forces” (Kranky)
10. Klein “Tommy EP” (Hyperdub)
11. Various “Eleven into Fifteen: a 130701 Compilation” (130701)
12. Perfume Genius “No Shape” (Matador)
13. Fleet Foxes “Crack-up” (Nonesuch)
14. Konrad Sprenger “Stack Music” (PAN)
15. Angel Olsen”Phases” (Jagjaguwar)
16. Ellen Arkbro “For Organ and Brass” (Subtext)
17. Jay-Z “4:44” (Roc Nation)
18. Juana Molina “Halo” (Crammed Discs)
19. Carla dal Forno “The Garden” (Blackest Ever Black)
20. Larry Achiampon “Untitled (Back to Church)” (Look Mama)
21. LCD Soundsystem “American Dream” (DFA)
22. Avey Tare “Eucalyptus” (Domino)
23. Chad VanGaalen “Light Information” (Sub Pop)
24. Ka Baird “Sapropelic Pycnic” (Drag City)
25. Destroyer “Ken” (Merge)
26. Big Thief “Capacity” (Saddle Creek)
27. Kara-Lis Coverdale “Grafts” (Boomkat Editions)
28. The New Pornographers “Whiteout Conditions” (Collected Works)

Reissues/ Archival/ Heard for the First Time:
1. Daniel Schmidt “In my arms, many flowers” (Recital Program)
2. Remote Viewer “Us In A happier” (Other Ideas)
3. Dominique Lawalree “First Meeting” (Wave Ltd.)
4. Hüsker Dü “Savage Young Dü (Numero Group)
5.The Boats “Static Clings” (The Boats Archive)
6. Various Artists “Trax Test (Excerpts from the Modular Network”  (Ecstatic)
7. Bernard Parmegiani “Rock (Soundtrack)” Transversales Disques”
8. Graeme Miller and Steve Shill “The Moomins” (Finders Keepers)
9. Chris Bell “Complete Chris Bell” (Omnivore)
10. Acchiappashpirt “Tola” (Canti Magnetici)

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RECKLESS RECORDS 2016 Employee Best of Lists

Jim Magas 2016 DJ crate
VIKI Viktoria – New Victorian LP (Midwich)
Alex Barnett – Chew From the Mind LP (Midwich)
HIDE – Flesh For the Living 12” (Midwich)
Moon Pool & Dead Band – Humanizer LP (Midwich)
Joel Graham – Geomancy 12” (Music From Memory)
DJ Fett Burger – Burger Trip 12” (Mongo Fett)
GAS – Box 10LP/4CD (Kompakt)
Keiji Haino – Milky Way LP (Black Truffle)
Good Willsmith – Things Our Bodies Used to Have LP (Umor Rex)
Chris Corsano & Bill Orcutt – Live at Various/Various Live 2LP (Palilalia)
Madteo – Voracious Culturilizer 12” (M.A.D.T.E.O. Records)
Roberto Musci – Tower of Silence 2LP (Music From Memory)
Pauline Oliveros – Four Meditations / Sound Geometries LP (Sub Rosa)
Stallone the Reducer – Private Property LP (Est. 83)
Stallone the Reducer – Drug Pusher 12” (Est. 83)
Roman Flugel – All the Right Noises 2LP (Dial)
Robert Beatty – Floodgate Companion book (Floating World Comics)
DJ Sotofett / SVN – Current 82 12” (Dark Plan 5)
DJ Sotofett / Vera Dvale – Soukas Mix / Dybden (Wania)
DJ Sotofett – Generic Mix / Alternate Mix 12” (So Phat)
Omar S. – The Best 4LP (FXHE)
Theo Parrish – Sketches 3LP + Somethin About Detroit 12” (Sound Signature)
Jay Daniel – Broken Knowz 2LP (Ninja Tune)
Flo & Andrew – Take Suicide 12” (Mannequin)
Gesloten Cirkel – Mustache Techno Series 001 12” (Mustache)
Shinichi Atobe – Ship-Scope 12” (DDS)
Equiknoxx – Bird Sound Power 2LP (DDS)
Not Waving – Animals 2LP (Diagonal)
DJ Diamonds – Footwork or Die 2LP (Duck’n’Cover)
Michael Bundt – Electri-City LP (Bureau B)
Ariel Kalma – Interfrequence LP (Black Sweat)
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani – Sunergy LP (Rvng Intl.)
Suzanne Ciani – Buchla Concerts 1975 LP (Finders Keepers)
John Olson – Life Is a Rip-Off book (Third Man Books)
Demdike Stare – Wonderland (2LP)

J David Cartwright
1. Babyfather “BBF Hosted by DJ Escrow” – Concept art and rap/grime/hip hop collide here. This is a challenging album and not really for casual listening, but man is it good! It warrants multiple listens and along with the amazing album art, it is one cohesive work of art. Dean Blunt is great at expressing a dissonance that comes with being apart of this modern world. I highly recommend looking into every project he is involved in.

2. Ex-Terrestrial “Paraworld” – Ambient music with delicate beats, that for me feels like the equivalent of floating in the middle of the Dead Sea with the sun baking my bones. Check out the track Blue Smoke for confirmation.

3. Omar-S “The Best” – Detroit’s Omar-S effortlessly writes floor stompers here with some strangeness sprinkled in, i.e., Ah’Revolution which is simply minimal conga playing and a meandering voice saying something about a revolution. Seen Was Set was my ultimate summer jam!

4. Frank Ocean “Blonde” – This one will be on a lot of people’s lists this year and for good reason. This puppy is addictive, meditative, and very minimally composed. It is calming, yet leaves me with an intense feeling of loss and desire. Beautiful!

5. Charles Barabe “Les Dernieres Confessions” – Beautiful synthesizer compositions accompanied by a midi ensemble that will take you to the innerzone and back.

6. Elka “Chants” – Relaxing yet extremely groovy with nods to early Detroit Techno and Electro. Pass Groove is a flippin barn-burner!

7. Disasterpeace “Hyper Light Drifter OST” – A somber, introspective synthesizer soundtrack that if you’re familiar with Disasterpeace music you might come to expect, but this one (paired with the video game) definitely took me on a journey this year. You can stream and purchase this one on bandcamp.

8. Danny Brown “Atrocity Exhibition” – Danny Brown and Warp records, what a great union! There are some forward thinking productions on this one and this sucker is disorienting.

9. Horse Lords “Interventions” – An incredibly talented Baltimore band that blends West African rhythms and Krautrock influences. All the members of the band compliment each other by locking in through syncopated grooves. A must see live band!

10. ROM “Possible Mountain” – I love Chicago’s very own Hausu Mountain tape label! If you like experimental/ avant garde/ electronic music and video game soundtracks then look no further. “Possible Mountain” is an atmospheric journey that fans of Tortoise will feel right at home with. Airy jams with a myriad of styles and influences. Favorite track: Crawl Upside Down

Charles Taylor
Best Jazz:

Anthony Braxton: 3 Compositions [EEMHM] 2011
Artuan Ortiz – Hidden Voices
Paul Dunmall – Luddite
Ivo Perelman – Breaking Point
Tony Malaby – Incantations
Nick Mellevoi – Desertion
Freddie Redd – With Due Respect
Eri Yamamoto – Life
Wadada Leo Smith – The National Parks
Thumbscrew – Convallaria
Julie Kjaer – Dobbeltgaenger

Best Reissues:

Steve Miller Band – Sailor
Bunny Wailer – Solomonic Singles 1 & 2
Junjo Presents Heavyweight Dub Champion
Miles Davis – Paul’s Mall Boston September 1972

Beth Klacko

Music I liked this year in no particular order:

-Omar S. – The Best
-Joanna Brouk – Hearing Music
-Manuel Gottsching – E2-E4 (Reissue)
-Steve Hauschildt – Strands
-Metallica – Kill ‘Em All (Reissue)
-Oren Ambarchi – Hubris
-Angel Olsen – My Woman
-Ghoul – Dungeon Bastards
-The Field – The Follower
-Fake Limbs – Matronly
-Roman Flugel – All The Right Noises
-Klaus Johann Grobe – Spagat der Liebe
-Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
-Blasted Diplomats – Again
-V/A – Wayfaring Strangers: Cosmic American Music
-Romans – Valere Aude
-Sabbatical – Sundown

Matt Jencik
Asylum Party – Picture One reissue
Julianna Barwick – Will
Big Star – Complete Third Vol. 1 : Demos to Sessions to Roughs
Bitchin’ Bajas & Bonnie Prince Billy Epic Jammers & Fortunate Little Ditties
David Bowie Blackstar
David Bowie Bowie At the Beeb LP boxset
Joanna Brouk – Hearing Music
Caroline K Now Wait for Last Year reissue
Brian Case Tense Nature
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Skeleton Tree
The Clean – Getaway LP reissue
Leonard Cohen – You Want it Darker
Deru -1979 reissue
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein Stranger Things soundtrack
DJ Richard – Grind
Noel Ellis S/T reissue
Fake Limbs Matronly
Forma Physicalist
Fuath I
Gaoth Dying Season’s Glory
Manuel Gottsching E2-E4 LP reissue
Lee Hazlewood Cowboy in Sweden LP reissue
Head of the Demon Sathanas Trismegistos
Heron Oblivion S/T
Itasca Open to Chance
Kikagaku Moyo House in the Tall Grass
Lifetones For a Reason LP reissue
Jackie Lynn S/T
Kedr Livanskiy January Sun EP
Matchess Rafter
MJ Guider Precious Systems
Angel Olsen My Woman
PAPA M Highway Songs
Jeff Parker New Breed
Pink Floyd Early Years 1965-1972 boxset
Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool
Sand LP reissues
75 Dollar Bill Wood​/​Metal​/​Plastic/​Pattern​/​Rhythm​/​Rock
Them Speaking Canaries – Summer Band lathe-cut 7”
Träd, Gräs Och Stenar – S/T boxset
Tribulation Formulas of Death LP reissue
Troller Graphic
The Who – Live At Leeds 3LP Deluxe Edition reissue
Winterfylleth Dark Hereafter
La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela The Theatre of Eternal Music – Dream House – 78’17”
V/A Killed by Deathrock Volume Two
V/A (The Microcosm) Visionary Music of Continental Europe 1970-1986
V/A Wayfaring Strangers: Cosmic American Music

Big|Brave in-store @ Reckless
John Carpenter @ Thalia Hall
The Cure @ UIC Pavilion
Dungen in-store @ Reckless
Fabio Frizzi live score for “The Beyond” @ Music Box
Philip Glass @ Old Town School of Folk Music
Grouper @ Bohemian National Cemetery
Steve Hauschildt & Forma @ Constellation
Itasca in-store @ Reckless & Empty Bottle
Kikagaku Moyo @ Empty Bottle
Jackie Lynn @ Silent Funny
Matchess @ Hideout
Misfits @ Riot Fest
Angel Olsen @ Thalia Hall
Iggy Pop @ Chicago Theater
S U R V I V E & Majeure @ Empty Bottle
Tribulation @ Subterranean

Ethan D’Ercole
Jake Lingan- Labor of Love
Jacob Kart- Sigint
Jeff Parker- New Breed
Smokin’ Ziggurats- Smokin’ Ziggurats
Eternals- Espiritu Zombi
Patrick Cowley & Candida Royalle – Candida Cosmica
Le Tour – Jack Off Diamonds

Chloe Croom
Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
Twin Peaks – Down in Heaven
Whitney – Light Upon The Lake
Angel Olsen – My Woman
Chris Cohen – As If Apart
Beyonce – Lemonade
Broncho – Double Vanity
Mild High Club – Skiptracing
The Hecks – The Hecks

Favorite compilations of 2016:
Cosmic Machine – The Sequel: A Voyage Across French Cosmic & Electronic Avantgarde [Because Music]
Wayfaring Strangers: Cosmic American Music [Numero Group]
New Orleans Funk – New Orleans: The Original Sound of Funk Vol. 4 [Soul Jazz Records]

Favorite Reissue of 2016:
Lee Moses – Time And Place! [Light in the Attic Records]

Ryan Scaccia
1. FOG – For Good (Totally Gross National Product)
2. TORTOISE – Catastrophist (Thrill Jockey)
3. BEN LUKAS BOYSEN – Spells (Erased Tapes)
4. JOHANN JOHANNSSON – Orphee (Deutsche Grammophon)
5. JESU/SUN KIL MOON – Jesu/Sun Kil Moon (Caldo Verde)
6. RIVAL CONSOLES – Night Melody (Erased Tapes)
7. DAVID BAZAN – Blanco (Barsuk)
8. HELEN MONEY – Become Zero (Thrill Jockey)
9. ADRIAN YOUNGE – The Electronique Void (Linear Labs)
10. JOHN CARPENTER – Lost Themes II (Sacred Bones)
11. JEFF PARKER – The New Breed (International Anthem)
12 ANDREW BRODER – Wertheimer EP (Lex)
13. SILVER APPLES – Clinging To A Dream (Chicken Coop)
14. FLOATING POINTS – Kuiper EP (Luaka Bop)
15. ADAM WILTZIE – Salero O.S.T. (Erased Tapes)

Dave Hofer
Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition (Warp)
While we wish Brown would sometimes lay off his signature high-nasal voice in favor of his more reserved flow, there’s no denying that this guy is brilliant. Discordant, heady hip-hop that sounds like no one else.
Car Bomb – Meta
Easily one of the most unique bands in metal, Car Bomb dropped this album after teasing their mailing list with five-second snippets of new music, which fans used the internet to connect and assemble into a full track, natch. Technical, very, very heavy & a sound that’s instantly recognizable.
Chris Cohen – As If Apart (Captured Tracks)
Ex-Cryptacize member finally releases his second album of earth-y, mellow songs. The recording is beautiful.
Creation is Crucifixion – Antenna Builder (Robotic Empire)
One of the best late-’90s/early-aughts bands resurfaces with a previously-unreleased, nine-minute track, three songs never released on vinyl & an entire live set from 2000. High-concept tech-death-grind straight out of a hacker’s wet dream.
Flowdan – Disaster Piece (Tru Thoughts)
This album makes the cut on the strength of the track “Bob Marley” alone.
Full of Hell – Amber Mote in the Black Vault 7” (Bad Teeth)
Technically proficient, catchy and very, very brutal grind from this band, who seem to have found their voice.
Internal Rot/Mellow Harsher – Split 7” (625)
Two sides with two different types of grindcore. Internal Rot play a crustier, death-metal influenced style while Mellow Harsher is so completely beyond insane-sounding you have to hear these guys to believe it. Amazing.
Mithras – On Strange Loops (Willowtip)
A late-2016 release, Mithras returns after nine years and delivers a great album of outer-space death metal. If prog fans can get past the vocals, the musicianship is — pun intended — out of this world.
Mr. Lif – Don’t Look Down (Mello Music Group)
After a seven-year break, Mr. Lif returns to the mic with a very strong album, a new label and what sounds like a new perspective. One of the best MCs of the last two decades.
Rae Sremmurd – SremmLife 2 (Interscope)
Second album from this bizarre duo with a unique sound. On the surface, it might not sound like these guys are doing anything special, but the production and their unique flows are more than meets the ear.
Schoolboy Q – Blank Face LP (TDE)
I was a bit worried about the follow-up to his excellent Oxymoron, but Q delivered a great album with his signature voice & eerie production. Dark subject matter, but masterfully executed.

Sea of Shit & Sick/Tired – Split LP (Deep Six)
Two of Chicago’s best hardcore/grind bands on one massively brutal split.
Skepta – Konnichiwa (Boy Better Know)
Not exactly the grime style that Skepta is known for, this is a combination of grime and American-style trap with Skepta’s flow on top.
Venomous Concept – Kick Me Silly (Season of Mist)
I’m a bit biased due to Danny Lilker’s involvement, but this album from the half-Brutal Truth, half-Napalm Death hardcore project is undeniable.
Wormed – Krighsu (Season of Mist)
Completely insane third album of intricate, science-fiction death metal.

Jenny Lewis & the Watson Twins live at the Chicago Theater.
Mutoid Man live at Reggie’s.
Hey Mercedes live at Subterranean.
Sea of Shit & Sick/Tired live at Reckless.
Meshuggah live at House of Blues.
Finally getting custom, Sensaphonics earplugs after years of ear abuse.
Changing from antiperspirant to deodorant.
UK vacation, where I learned about beheadings in a historical context.
Droves & Joyce Delaney live in Glasgow (AKA seeing shows on vacation is the best).
AAW & non-WWE pro-wrestling in general.
Motor City Machine Guns vs. the Young Bucks vs. the Addiction in Ladder Wars 6.
Fallout 4.
Still playing Metal Gear Solid V: the Phantom Pain.
The ability to melee while riding a motorcycle in Grand Theft Auto Online.

Kip McCabe Best of 2016 (in no specific order)

Meshuggah “Violent Sleep of Reason” (Nuclear Blast)
Johann Johannsson “Orphee” (Deutsche Grammophon)
Johann Johannsson “Arrival” Soundtrack (Deutsche Grammophon)
Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Noto “Revenant” soundtrack (Milan Records)
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds “Skeleton Tree” (Bad Seed Ltd)
David Bowie “Blackstar” (Iso Records)
Cliff Martinez “The Neon Demon” soundtrack (Milan Records)
Papa M “Highway Songs” (Drag City)
Tortoise “Catastrophist” (Thrill Jockey)
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein “Stranger Things” soundtrack (Lakeshore Records)
A Tribe Called Quest “We got it from here… Thank You 4 Your Service” (Epic)

Steven Rahman

Sierra Hull – Weighted Mind

Beautiful Bluegrass music. Hull’s virtuosity as a mandolin player is matched brilliantly by the songwriting & her voice is wonderfully engaging. It’s powerful, even piercing and gives the some of the more delicate playing a weight & substance.

Last Shadow Puppets – Everything You’ve Come to Expect

I love Alex Turner. He’s one of my favorite musicians in the world. This is his second record with Miles Kane as the Last Shadow Puppets. It’s a very particular sound, this rock n’ roll old school sound that’s extremely somber, serious & full of soul. The strings are arranged by Owen Pallett.

Rihanna – ANTI-

What Rihanna does with this record is nothing short of amazing. She digs herself out of a hole that I’ve always placed her in. While there’s still the sense that a number of different hands are involved, the final product oozes with a single personality. That’s all well & good, but it’s in the songs themselves I think you’ll find the best evidence of change & growth. These are good songs, & they’re songs only Rihanna could’ve done justice. Check out the wailing in “Higher.”

Gregory Porter – Take Me to The Alley & Ashleigh Smith – Sunkissed

I’m putting these together, because I love them for much the same reason. These are great songs sung well. There’s no histrionics, there’s little in the way of style. These records are great because they keep it simple & do it incredibly well. If you like vocal Jazz you will like these.

Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book (Chance 3)

Chance the Rapper is all that is good & joyful about Hip Hop right now. He’s exemplary of a side of Chicago that we don’t get to hear much about, at least in mainstream music journalism. His sound is a little more populist, but not so much as to remove the individuality from it, especially considering the amount of Gospel influence. Chance’s music maintains a childlike sense of wonder even while talking about seriously adult topics like death & violence.

Noname – Telefone

It took me a bit to get into this one. It came out in the summer, but the music just didn’t grab me the way it would as the year progressed into fall, & then into winter. There’s an almost muted quality to the production, & a real vibe & feeling, but the most engrossing part of this is the poetic way the lyrics are weaved together.

Anderson .Paak – Malibu & NxWorries – Yes Lawd!

This is the year of Anderson .Paak. He was everywhere this year, & I think Malibu is the best record of the year. It’s just a completely amazing creation. It’s soulful, with this sense of rhythm. It’s a rapper’s soul album & that’s exactly what .Paak is. Yes Lawd! is essentially the soul version of Madvillainy. It’s shorter songs, almost sketches & they’re perfect little interludes.

Hamilton Cast Recording
I don’t really know what to say about this that hasn’t been said before. If you like hip hop, check it out. If you like musicals, check it out. Do you have a passing interest in history? Check it out. I promise you, the adventures of our first Treasury secretary as written & performed by this cast will impress you.

Honorable Mentions (AKA Records I really like but can’t write about because of lack of space):

Esperanza Spalding – Emily’s D+Evolution
Aesop Rock – The Impossible Kid
Adia Victoria – Beyond the Bloodhounds
Mac Miller – The Divine Feminine
Schoolboy Q – Blank Face
Apollo Brown & Skyzoo – The Easy Truth
Kadhja Bonet – The Visitor
Funky DL – February
Common – Black America Again
Beyonce – Lemonade
Kaytranada – 99.9%
Open Mike Eagle & Paul White – Hella Personal Film Festival
Gensu Dean & Denmark Vessey – Whole Food
AFRO & Marco Polo – A-F-R-O Polo
Lando Chill – For Mark Your Son
BJ The Chicago Kid – In My Mind
Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition
Corinne Bailey Rae – The Heart Speaks in Whispers
Oddisee – Alwasta
Oddisee – Odd Tape
Robert Ellis – Robert Ellis
Takuya Kuroda – Zigzagger

Chris W.

MY FAVORITE ALBUMS üv 2016 (alphabetically by artist)

Adrian Younge “The Electronique Void: Black Noise” (LINEAR LABS)
Angel Olsen “My Woman” (JAGJAGUWAR)
Beyoncé “Lemonade” (COLUMBIA)
The Caretaker “Everywhere At the End of Time” (HISTORY ALWAYS FAVOURS THE WINNERS)
Childish Gambino “Awaken, My Love!” (GLASSNOTE)
Chrysta Bell & David Lynch “Somewhere In the Nowhere EP” (BANDCAMP)
Clams Casino “32 Levels” (COLUMBIA)
Cliff Martinez “The Neon Demon (soundtrack)” (MILAN RECORDS)
Death In Vegas “Transmission” (DRONE)
Devendra Banhart “Ape In Pink Marble” (NONESUCH RECORDS)
Ela Orleans “Circles of Upper & Lower Hell” (NIGHT SCHOOL)
Eluvium “False Readings On” (TEMPORARY RESIDENCE)
Frank Ocean “Blonde” (BOYS DON’T CRY)
Gallant “Ology” (CIVIL MUSIC)
Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions “Until the Hunter” (TENDRIL TALES)
Hype Williams “10/10” (NOT ON LABEL)
Iggy Pop, Tarwater & Alva Noto “Leaves of Grass” (MORR MUSIC)
Jackie Lynn “Jackie Lynn” (THRILL JOCKEY)
James Blake “The Colour In Anything” (POLYDOR RECORDS)
Jenny Hval “Blood Bitch” (SACRED BONES)
Jóhann Jóhannsson “Orphée” & “Arrival (soundtrack)” (DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON)
Kanye West “The Life of Pablo” (GOOD MUSIC)
Kari Faux “Lost en Los Angeles” (WOLF & ROTHSTEIN)
Kristin Kontrol “X-Communicate” (SUB POP)
Lee Fields & the Expressions “Special Night” (BIG CROWN)
Library Tapes “Escapism” (1631 RECORDINGS)
Max Richter “Black Mirror: Nose Dive (soundtrack)” (DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON)
Mica Levi “Jackie (soundtrack)” (MILAN RECORDS)
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds “Skeleton Tree” (BAD SEED LTD.)
Rihanna “Anti” (ROC NATION)
Slow Dancing Society “The Wagers of Love and Their Songs From the Witching Hour” (HIDDEN SHOAL)
Trentemøller “Fixion” (IN MY ROOM)
A Tribe Called Quest “We Got It From Here…Thank You For Your Service” (EPIC RECORDS)
Various Artists “Before the Flood (soundtrack)” (LAKESHORE RECORDS)
Warpaint “Heads Up” (ROUGH TRADE RECORDS)
The Weeknd “Starboy” (XO/REPUBLIC RECORDS)
Yann Tiersen “EUSA” (MUTE RECORDS)

Tom Walczyk
Here are some records that I found to help make 2016 a bit better
(no particular order)

Dinosaur Jr— Give A Glimpse of What Yer Not (Jagjaguawar)
Dow Jones & the Industrials- Can’t Stand the Midwest 1979- 1981 (Family Vineyard)
Halo Of Flies- Music For Insect Minds (AMREP)
— Plus all other AMREP reissues (Cows, Dope Guns, Helios Creed, Melvins…)
David Bowie- BlackStar (ISO Records)
Angel Olsen- My Women (Jagjaguwar)
Iggy Pop- Post Pop Depression (Loma Vista)
Bob Mould- Patch The Sky (Merge)
Nick Cave- Skeleton Tree (Bad Seed LTD.)
Savages- Adore Life (Matador)
Warpaint- Heads Up (Rough Trade)
Omni- Deluxe (Trouble in Mind)
Thee Oh Sees- A Weird Exits & Thee Oh Sees- An Odd Entrances (Castle Face)

*** Label of the Year— Superior Viaduct
Amazing reissues from The Fall, Flesh Eaters, DNA,
Suicide…. so many amazing titles made available again!!!***

I am sure there are releases that I missed so take the time and read all the lists and while shopping in the stores please come talk to us, we would love to point you toward something you will dig!!! Thank You!!!

Gary Errera


Jacob Kart

Lifetones “For A Reason” (reissue) (Light in the Attic)
Gas “Box” (reissue) (KOMPAKT)
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith “EARS” (Western Vinyl)
Autechre “Tri Repetae” and “Incunabula” (reissues) (Warp)
Tal Sounds “Lifter And Higher” (Hausu Mountain)
Datach’i “System” (TimeSig)
Autechre “Elseq” (Warp)
Andy Stott “Too Many Voices” (Modern Love)
Carl Stone “Electronic Music From the Seventies and Eighties” (Unseen Worlds)
The Field “The Follower” (KOMPAKT)
Flux Bikes/ Suenolas (Festival Gear)
Horse Lords “Interventions” (Northern Spy)
Moon Bros “These Stars” (Western Vinyl)
Venetian Snares “Traditional Synthesizer Music” (TimeSig)

Benjamin Hegy
David Bowie- (blackstar)- ISO Records
Chris Cohen- as if apart- Captured Tracks
The Field- the follower- Kompakt
Manuel Gottsching- e2-e4- MG.ART
Lifetones- for a reason- Light In the Attic
Jackie Lynn- s/t- Thrill Jockey
Roberto Musci- tower of silence- Music From Memory
Omar S- the best!- FXHE Records
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith- ears- Western Vinyl
This Heat- deceit- Modern Classics Recordings
A Tribe Called Quest- we got it from here…. thank you for your service- Epic
Ryley Walker- golden sings that have been sung- Dead Oceans
Western Skies Motel- settlers- Lost Tribe Sound

Tim Quinlan
Le Matos – Chronicles of the Wasteland (December 2015 release)
A Tribe Called Quest “We Got It From Here…”
BadBadNotGood “IV”
Yann Tiersen “Eusa”
Umberto “Alienation”
Oddisee “The Odd Tape”
Wojciech Golczewski “Reality Check”
Chance the Rapper “Coloring Book”
Vince Staples “Prima Donna”
FM-84 “Atlas”
Anderson Paak “Malibu”
S U R V I V E “RR7349”
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein “Stranger Things Soundtrack”

Luke Dahlgren
20 best of 2016:
Top 5:
1. Parquet Courts – Human Performance (Rough Trade)
2. Kiran Leonard – Grapefruit (Moshi Moshi)
3. Sheer Mag – III (Static Shock)
4. David Bowie – ★ (Iso)
5. Kevin Morby – Singing Saw (Dead Oceans)
15 more (alpha):
Charles Bradley – Changes (Daptone)
Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition (Warp)
Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial (Matador)
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree (Bad Seed Ltd.)
The Gotobeds – Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic (Sub Pop)
Nicolas Jaar – Sirens (Other People)
Cass McCombs – Mangy Love (Anti-)
Mourn – Ha, Ha, He. (Captured Tracks)
Frank Ocean – Blonde (Boys Don’t Cry)
Angel Olsen – MY WOMAN (Jagjaguwar)
Preoccupations – Preoccupations (Jagjaguwar)
Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool (XL)
Savages – Adore Life (Matador)
Solange – A Seat at the Table (Saint)

Ben Crowell
in no particular order:

David Bowie – Blackstar (Columbia/Sony)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree (Bad Seed Ltd.)
Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker (Columbia/Sony)
Jenny Hval – Blood Bitch (Sacred Bones)
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things Vol. 1 & 2 (Lakeshore)
Julianna Barwick – Will (Dead Oceans)
The Caretaker – Everywhere At The End Of Time (History Always Favors)
Aphex Twin – Cheetah EP (Warp)
Moon Pool & Dead Band – Humanizer (Midwich)
Mark Korven – The Witch OST (Milan)

Rachel’s – Systems/Layers (Quarterstick)
Angelo Badalamenti – Twin Peaks OST (Deathwaltz)
Bobby Beausoleil – Lucifer Rising (Ajna)
Lee Harvey Oswald Band – Blastronaut (Touch and Go)
William Basinski – 92982 (Temporary Residence)

Christian Keck
in no particular order except #1

1. Hecks (self-titled)

Solange (A seat at the table)
Kendrick Lamar (untitled remaster)
Floating Points (Elaenia)
Thee Oh Sees (Weird Exits
Charles Bradley (Changes)
Hoops (self-titled)
Stranger Things OST Vol 1
Bitchin Bajas & Bonnie Prince Billy (Epic Jammers)
King Gizzard & Lizard Wizard (Nonagon Infinity)

Thor Jorgenson

John Jackson (in no order)
Oddisee- Alwasta EP
Charles Bradley- Changes
Gimungo- Movement
Jeff Parker- The New Breed
Saul Williams- MartyrLoserKing
Maker- Maker Vs Now Again 3
Dibiase- Baker’s Dozen Instrumental Series
Kool Keith- Feature Magnetic
Madlib- Our Vinyl Ways A Ton OST Beats 10″
Ras G- Baker’s Dozen Instrumental Series

Anthony Illarde
ABADDON Blues Tomorrow 45 (Alonas Dream)
BIG STAR Complete Third CD (Omnivore)
KARL BLAU Introducing Karl Blau LP (Raven Marching Band)
ALICE COOPER Live From The Astroturf 45 (Good Records)
BETTY DAVIS The Columbia Years 1968-1969 LP (Light In The Attic)
BOB DYLAN The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert! CD (Columbia)
THE ELECTRIC PRUNES I’ve Got A Way Of My Own 45 (Sundazed)
THE FLAT FIVE It’s A World Of Love & Hope LP (Augiedisc/Bloodshot)
GRAPEFRUIT Lullaby 45 (Cherry Red)
LEE HAZLEWOOD Cowboy In Sweden LP (Light In The Attic)
HAILU MERGIA / DAHLAK BAND ‎– Wede Harer Guzo LP (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
THE MICKEY FINN Garden Of My Mind 45 (Munster)
THE MILD HIGH CLUB Skiptracing LP (Stones Throw)
MONKEES Saturday’s Child 45 (Rhino)
RAMONES Ramones 40th Anniversary Edition 3CD (Rhino)
SUN RA & HIS INTERPLANETARY VOCAL ARKESTRA The Space Age Is Here To Stay LP (Modern Harmonic)
VARIOUS Last Of The Garage Punk Unknowns Vol 5-8 LPs (Crypt)
VARIOUS Scepter Records Out In The Streets Again: The Soul Sounds of Scepter LP (Sundazed)
VARIOUS Venezuela 70: Cosmic Visions Of A Latin American Earth LP (Soul Jazz)

JEFF APTER Tragedy: The Ballad of the Bee Gees (Jawbone Press)
JOHN DOE Under The Big Black Sun: A Personal History of LA Punk (Da Capo Press)
DAVID HEPWORTH Never A Dull Moment: 1971, The Year That Rock Exploded (Henry Holt & Co)
PETER MILLS The Monkees, Head, and the 60s (Jawbone Press)
SIMON REYNOLDS Shock & Awe: Glam Rock and Its Legacy From the Seventies to the Twenty-First Century (Dey St.)
MIKE STAX Swim Through The Darkness: My Search For Craig Smith & The Mystery of Maitreya Kali (Process Media/ Feral House)

EIGHT DAYS A WEEK: The Beatles Touring Years (Universal)
GIMME DANGER: Story Of The Stooges (Magnolia Pictures)

Zachary Caputo
1: Atrocity Exhibition by Danny Brown (experimental hip-hop on warp)
2: Bottomless Pit by Death Grips (experimental hip-hop on third worlds)
3: Splendor and Misery by clipping. (experimental hip-hop on sub pop)
4: ★ (Blackstar) by David Bowie (experimental rock on ISO)
5: Hit Reset by The Julie Ruin (dance punk on Hardly Art)
6: Changes by Charles Bradley (soul on daptone)
7: Scum With Boundaries by The I.L.Y.s (experimental rock on third worlds) [this is the only record on this list we don’t stock at Reckless as it was released as a free download online. go get yourself a copy! it’s free!]
8: Movement by Gimungo (experimental dance, self-released)
9: We got it from here… by A Tribe Called Quest (hip-hop on epic)
10: Eraser Stargazer by Guerrilla Toss (dance punk on DFA)
11: untitled unmastered by Kendrick Lamar (hip hop on top dawg)
12: MatryrLoserKing by Saul Williams (experimental hip-hop on fader)
13: A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead (experimental rock on XL)
14: You Want It Darker by Leonard Cohen (singer-songwriter/folk on columbia)
15: Drug Apts. by Drug Apts. (experimental punk on interference pattern)
16: Trans Day of Revenge by G.L.O.S.S. (punk on total negativity and three other labels)
17: Dissociation by The Dillinger Escape Plan (mathcore on party smasher)
18: 99 Cents by Santigold (dance/pop on atlantic)
19: Awaken, My Love! by Childish Gambino (soul/p-funk worship on glassnote)
20: Nosebleed Weekend by The Coathangers (punk on suicide squeeze)

Gabriella Hileman
(no order)
joanna brouk: hearing music
drab majesty: completely careless
jessy lanza: oh no
suzanne cianni: buchla concerts 1975
pylon: live
jackie lynn: jackie lynn
Perry Ryan
Top 15 Albums

Crying – Beyond The Fleeting Gales (Run For Cover) [80s-style arena rock/synthpop]

Whitney – Light Upon The Lake (Secretly Canadian) [Country/soul/indie pop]
Jeff Rosenstock – WORRY. (SideOneDummy) [Punk]
Frank Ocean – Blonde (Boys Don’t Cry) [Art soul]
Andy Shauf – The Party (Anti-) [70s-style singer-songwriter]
The Avalanches – Wildflower (Modular/Astralwerks/XL/EMI) [Plunderphonics/neo-psych]
Chance The Rapper – Coloring Book (Self-released) [Hip-hop]
The Range – Potential (Domino) [Electronic]
Xenia Rubinos – Black Terry Cat (Anti-) [Unclassifiable/Art pop]
David Bowie – Blackstar (ISO/Columbia) [Art rock]
Hamilton Leithauser & Rostam – I Had A Dream That You Were Mine (Glassnote) [Throwback rock]
Kyle Craft – Dolls Of Highland (Sub Pop) [Southern glam, I guess]
D.R.A.M. – Big Baby D.R.A.M. (Empire/Atlantic) [Trappy-go-lucky]
The Lemon Twigs – Do Hollywood (4AD) [Rundgren-core]
A Giant Dog – Pile (Merge) [Raucous power pop]

Dylan Sowle
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds- Skeleton Tree. I either want to BE Nick Cave, or I want him to adopt me. Those are my only options for happiness.
BRONCHO- Double Vanity. Definitely my most played album of the year. The singer also pronounces words like he’s learning them for the first time. Turn up tha fuzzzzz.
Beyoncé- Lemonade. I mean, come on. The QUEEN.
TacocaT- Lost Time. I never knew how badly I needed a pop punk song about Dana Scully until this album came out, and now I don’t know how I survived before it.
Andy Hull & Robert McDowell- Swiss Army Man OST. I wasn’t gonna list any soundtracks but this music and this movie are some of the most weird and beautiful things I experienced this year.
John Congleton and the Nighty Nite- Until The Horror Goes. I just couldn’t believe I was hearing new music from John Congleton in 2016. This dude’s insane.
Santigold- 99¢. Totally thought she was singing about “big balls” the first time this played in the store. Kind of disappointed she wasn’t.
Angel Olsen- My Woman. I’m gonna fall in love with you someday.
Frank Ocean- Blonde. I immediately restarted this album as soon as it finished, so that’s gotta mean something.
Worry- Jeff Rosenstock. Even though I think this is one of Jeff’s weakest albums of his career, it still rules and I’m so happy such an amazing artist is finally getting a fraction of the recognition he deserves. Go buy every record he’s ever made right now.

Top Shows, in no particular order

The King Khan & BBQ Show w/ The Gartrells @ The Empty Bottle
Seu Jorge Presents The Life Aquatic @ Thalia Hall
BRONCHO w/ SPORTS @ The Empty Bottle
Black Sabbath: The End @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Misfits @ Riot Fest
GYMSHORTS @ Bric-A-Brac Scummer Slam, East Room
Mean Jeans @ East Room
Nobunny w/ The Rubs, New Year’s Eve @ Beat Kitchen
Jeff Rosenstock @ Beat Kitchen
Louis C.K. @ Chicago Theatre

Philip Cerza
I hate ranking stuff, so this is in order of flow:
I Had A Dream That You Were Mine
– Hamilton Leithauser & Rostam Batmanglij,
We Got It From Here – A Tribe Called Quest,
A Seat At The Table – Solange,
Adore – Savages,
My Woman – Angel Olsen,
Skeleton Tree – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds,
A Mulher do Fim do Mundo – Elza Soares,
Leave Me Alone – Hinds,
Freetown Sound – Blood Orange,
ANTI – Rihanna,
Puberty 2 – Mitski,
Emotional Mugger – Ty Segall,
Shape Shift With Me – Against Me,
No Burden – Lucy Dacus,
Post Pop Depression – Iggy Pop,
I like it when you sleep… – The 1975,
X-Communicate – Kristin Kontrol,
Hopelessness – Anohni,
Singing Saw – Kevin Morby,
Wildflower – Avalanches,
99.9% – Kaytranada,
Atrocity Exhibition – Danny Brown,
Awaken, My Love – Childish Gambino,
Lemonade – Beyoncé,
“No Problem” – Chance The Rapper,
“Solo” – Frank Ocean,
“Fuck Donald Trump” – YG & Nipsey Hussle,
“Oui” – Jeremih,
“2 Phones” – Kevin Gates,
“Into You” – Ariana Grande,
“Boyfriend” – Tegan & Sara,
“Radio” – Sylvan Esso,
“Tiimmy Turner” – Desiigner,
“Purple Lamborghini” – Rick Ross & Skrillex,
AJ Styles’ entrance theme,
most of Joanne,
anything by or with Young Thug,
Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen,
and Blackstar.
Rest in power Bowie, Prince, Phife, Alan Vega, Leonard Cohen, and Miss Sharon Jones <3

Emily Elhaj
Cate Le Bon – Crab Day (Drag City)
Jenny Hval – Blood Bitch (Sacred Bones)
Jeff Parker – New Breed (International Anthem)
David Bowie – Blackstar (Sony)
Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions – Until The Hunter (Tendril Tales)
The Caretaker – Everywhere at the End of Time (History Always Favours The Winner)
Allen Toussaint – American Tunes (Nonesuch)
Wei Zhongle – Nice Mask Over An Ugly Face (Pretty Purgatory)
A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service (Epic)
Horse Lords – Interventions (Northern Spy)
BadBadNotGood – IV (Innovative Leisure)
Tim Hecker – Love Streams (4AD)
Cass McCombs & The Skiffle Players – Skifflin’ (Spiritual Pajamas)
Cass McCombs – Mangy Love (Anti)
Goat – Requiem (Sub Pop)
Rihanna – Anti (Roc)
Marie Davidson – Adieux Au Dancefloor (Minimal Wave)
Alex Barnett – Chew From The Mind (Midwich)
Bryson Tiller – Trapsoul (RCA) 2015
Marisa Anderson – Into The Light (Chaos Kitchen)
Equip (Kevin Hein) – I Dreamed Of A Palace In The Sky (Dream Catalogue)
Charles Bradley – Changes (Daptone)
Kevin Morby – Singing Saw (Dead Oceans)
Brian Case – Tense Nature (Hands In The Dark)
Chris Cohen – As If Apart (Captured Tracks)
Lionlimb – Shoo (Bayonet)
James Blake – The Colour in Anything (Universal)
Solange – A Seat At The Table (Saint/Columbia)
Joanna Brouk – Hearing Music (Numero)
Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book (Self)
Rayon – A Beat of Silence (Morr)
Exploded View – s/t (Sacred Bones)
Angel Olsen – My Woman (Jagjaguwar)
Jeremiah Meece – Vocal EP1 (Nina Pop)
Frank Ocean – Blond (self)
The Hecks – s/t (Trouble In Mind)
Aluk Todolo – Voix (The Ajna Offensive)
Furia – Księżyc Milczy Luty (Pagan)

Gas – Box (Kompakt)
Impulse! reissues
Jack Rose reissues (Three Lobed)
Träd, Gräs och Stenar reissues (Anthology)
Talk Talk – Laughing Stock (Republic)
Lifetones – For A Reason (Light In the Attic)
Steve Reich – Four Organs / Phase Patterns (Superior Viaduct)
Metallica – Ride the Lightning / Kill ‘Em All (self)
David Bowie reissues (Parlophone)


New Years Eve Cover Band Bonanza, The Mothlight
Unknown Mortal Orchestra/ Lower Dens, The Fonda
Joan Jett/ Beck, The Palladium
Oozing Wound, Empty Bottle
Benoit Pioulard, Revolve
Lambchop, Mill & Mine
Kamasi Washington, Mill & Mine
Nico Muhly/ Sam Amidon, Bijou Theatre
Dungen, Empty Bottle
Jenny Hval, Pitchfork
BadBadNotGood, Nelsonville Music Fest
Thee Oh Sees, Hurra
Warehouse, Mothlight
Jackie Lynn, Silent Funny
L7, Metro
Dolly Parton, Ravinia
Rodrigo Amarante
The Raincoats/Angel Olsen, Islington Assembly Hall
Cass McCombs Band, Koorenhuis – Crossing Border
Tatsuya Nakatani & Makoto Kawabata, Allways Lounge

Reykjavik Roasters
Star Lounge, Chicago
Koladi Coffee, Alaska
La Colombe, NYC
Hometown, Den Haag
Izzy’s, Asheville
Roasted Coffee, Copenhagen
Mojo, New Orleans
Pilgrim, Hobart, TAS

Billy Smith  –  Good stuff in 2016!
“The Revenant” Soundtrack – Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Noto
Damien Jurado – Vision of Us On the Land (Secretly Canadian)
Colin Stetson Presents “Sorrow” Gorecki Sym 3 Reimagined
Charles Bradley “Changes” (Daptone)
Ben Lukas Boysen – “Spells” (Erased Tapes)
Various Artists – “Venezuela 70” (Soul Jazz)
OMNI – Deluxe (Trouble In Mind)
Michael Kiwanuka “Love & Hate” (Interscope)
Various Artists “Eleven Into Fifteen; A 130701 Compilation”
Shirley Davis & The Silverbacks “Black Rose” (Tucxone)
Outer Space “Chase Across Orion” (Tucxone)
Johann Johannsson “Orphee” (Deutsche Grammophon)
Lee Fields & The Expressions “Special Night” (Big Crown)
Dungen “Haxan” (Kemado)
Adam Wiltzie “Salero” (Erased Tapes)

Bryan Smith
Vektor – Terminal Redux LP
Pressing On LP
Sand reissues on LP
Dead Can Dance – Garden of Arcane Delights/ Peel Sessions 2lp
Biosphere – Departed Glories LP
Death – Sound Of Perseverance reissue
Quick – Untold Rock Stories reissue
Tortoise – Catastrophist
Gas – Box
Cate Le Bon – Crab Day
Max Richter – Sleep
This Heat/ Camberwell Now/ Lifetones reissues
Savages – Adore Life
Slint – Spiderland
My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
The Moles – Untune The Sky
Tribe Called Quest – Low End Theory
Swervedriver – Raise
Jesus Lizard – Goat
Talk Talk – Laughing Stock
Nirvana – Nevermind
Peter Jefferies – Last Great Challenge In A Dull World
LFO – frequencies
Nightmares On Wax – A Word Of Science
The Cakekitchen – Time Flowing Backwards
Entombed – Clandestine
Leatherface – Mush
Nation Of Ulysses – 13 Point Program To Destroy America
Teenage Fanclub – Bandwagonesque
Matthew Sweet – Girlfriend
Dinosaur JR – Green Mind
Neil Young – Arc/Weld
There are other records that are great from 1991, but those are the ones I think were actually on my first best of list for Reckless back in the day.

Sarah Frier
-no order-
Angel Olsen – My Woman
Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From…
David Bowie – Blackstar
Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
Beyonce – Lemonade
A Giant Dog – Pile
Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
Dinosaur Jr – Give A Glimpse Of What You’re Not
Split Single – Fragmented World
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
Ty Segall – Emotional Mugger
Tortoise – The Catastrophist
Savages – Adore Life
Natural Child – Okey Dokey

Jake Lingan
Best of 2016, in no particular order:
Lambchop- FLOTUS (Merge)
Oren Ambarchi- Hubris (Editions Mego)
Jessy Lanza- Oh No (Hyperdub)
David Bowie- Blackstar (ISO)
The Field- The Follower (Kompakt)
Horse Lords- Interventions (Northern Spy)
Rob Mazurek & Emmett Kelly- Alien Flower Sutra (International Anthem)
Jacob Kart- Sigint (Baro)
Tim Hecker- Love Streams (4AD)
Flux Bikes/ Suenolas split (Lake Paradise)
Gas- Box (Kompakt)
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani- Sunergy (RVNG INTL)
Autechre- elseq 1-5/ reissues (Warp)
Andy Stott- Too Many Voices (Modern Love)
Joanna Brouk- Hearing Music (Numero)
Quicksails- Mortal (Hausu Mountain)
Kate Bush- Before The Dawn (Concord)
Suicide reissues (Superior Viaduct)
The Fall reissues (Superior Viaduct)
Roy Harper reissues (Science Friction)
This Heat/ Lifetones/ Camberwell Now reissues (Light In The Attic)
Spires That In The Sunset Rise & Michael Zerang- Kata Physin (No Index)
Sapropelic Pycnic- A Love Supreme (No Index)
El Is A Sound Of Joy- Plus (No Index)
Barn Duet- ASMR (No Index)
FLAK- Upheaval (No Index)
Havre de Grace- Black Sea II (No Index)

Adam Cavanaugh
1.) Giuliano Sorgini – “Zoo Folle” reissue from Four Flies Records
2.) Wojciech Golczewski – “Reality Check” from Death Waltz Originals
3.) Yuzo Koshiro – “Streets of Rage 2” soundtrack from Data Discs
4.) John Carpenter – “Lost Themes II” from Sacred Bones Records
5.) Mark Korven – “The VVitch (Witch)” soundtrack from Milan Records
6.) Bixio, Frizzi, Tempera – “Magnetic Systems” from Finders Keepers Records
7.) Prix – “Historix” from Hozac Records
8.) Bruno Nicolai – “The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave” soundtrack from Death Waltz Records
9.) Various Artists – “Mother 2” soundtrack from Ship to Shore Phonoco.
10.) Angelo Badalamenti – “Twin Peaks” soundtrack reissue from Death Waltz

Honorable Mentions
– Mad Monster Party soundtrack from Waxwork Records
– Skywave – “Killerrockandroll” from Kanine Records
– The Replacements reissues from Rhino
– Konami Kukeiha Club – “Lagrange Point” soundtrack from Ship to Shore Phonoco
– Face to Face – First three albums reissues (Don’t Turn Away, Big Choice, and Face to Face) from Fat Wreck Chords

Molly Mobley
1. Beyonce “Lemonade”
2. Carly Rae Jepsen “Emotions B Side”
3. Kendrick Lamar “Untitled Unmastered”
4. Jenny Hval “Blood Bitch”
5. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard “Nonagon Infinity”
6. Badbadnotgood “IV”
7. Angel Olsen “My Woman”
8. Charles Bradley “Changes”
9. Savages “Adore Life”
10. Frankie Cosmos “Next Thing”

Kevin Hein
The Field- The Follower
Tortoise- The Catastrophist
Jessy Lanza- Oh No
Disasterpeace- Hyper Light Drifter OST
Bibio- A Mineral Love
Ryuichi Sakamoto- The Revenant
Winter Sleep – Dreams (cassette reissue)
DJ Alina- Maniax
Jacob Kart- SIGINT
2814- Rain Temple
Useless / Virtual Dreams Plaza – Balance (split)
Vaperror- Acid Arcadia EP / Mana Pool LP reissue
Virtual Dreams Plaza- Dream Love
Telepath- Your Love / Everlasting Love cassette reissue
The Caretaker- Everywhere at the end of time
NMESH- Welcome To Warp Zone (cassette reissue)
Ghosting- 2D Fun At Grid World
George Clanton- 100% Electronica (cassette reissue)
Yoshitaka Azuma- Panzer Dragoon OST (LP Reissue)
Hong Kong Express- HK (Vinyl reissue)
Pretty much everything Orange Milk Records put out

Guilty pop pleasure of the year- Kero Kero Bonito- Bonito Generation

Lea Board
Best of 2016, in no particular order:
Ty Segall & the Muggers “Emotional Mugger”
Santigold “99cents”
Angel Olsen “My Woman”
Broncho “Double Vanity”
Beyonce “Lemonade”
Thee Oh Sees “A Weird Exits” & “An Odd Entrances”
Tribe Called Quest “We Got It From Here..Thank You 4 Your Service”
Suuns “Hold/Still”
Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds “La Araba Es La Visa”
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard “Nonagon Infinity”
David Bowie “Blackstar”
Fat White Family “Songs for our Mothers”
Blind Shake “Celebrate your Worth”
Mind Spiders “Prosthesis”
Preoccupations “Preoccupations”

Courtland Green
Jeff Parker – Slight Freedom on Eremite Records
Jeff Parker -The New Breed on International Anthem Recording Company
Jeff Parker – Get Dressed flexi also on International Recording Company (They actually killed it this year)
Three for Parks! Aww maaaaan….
DJ Rude One – Closed Sessions (best Hip Hop record of the year)
Larry Dixon – Star Time box set on Past Due
Makaya McCraven – In The Moment on International Anthem recording company
De La Soul – And the Anonymous Nobody on AOI
Omar S – The Best 4 lp set
Theo Parris – Sketches 3 lp
Radius S/T
Tortoise – Catastrophist on Thrill Jokey
Tribe Called Quest – We Got it From Here
TV Pow- S/T
AlTone Edits all of em
Arsenio Rodriguez – Como Se Goza En El Barrio: Havanna and NYC Recordings 1946-1962 (finally Arsenio reissue!)
Bacao Rhythm and Steel Band – 55

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Friends of Reckless year-end lists 2016

Stephen Sowley (Fake Limbs)
20 records that I didn’t have to download or stream to enjoy. If Chance is so independent, why can’t I walk into a store and buy his record?

Moor Mother—Fetish Bones
Jenny Hval—Blood Bitch
G.L.O.S.S.—Trans Day of Revenge 7”
Solange—A Seat At The Table
David Bowie—Black Star
Jessy Lanza—Oh No
Blood Orange—Freetown Sound
In School—Cement Fucker 7”
Schoolboy Q—Blank Face LP
Omar S—The Best!
Pure Disgust—Pure Disgust
The Dead C—Trouble
Max D—Boost
Jeff Parker—The New Breed
Nels Cline—Lovers
Huerco S.—For Those That Have (And For Those That Haven’t)
Behavior—375 Images of Angels
Andy Stott—Too Many Voices

Brett Grossman
Angel Olsen “My Woman” (Jagjaguwar)
Radiohead “A Moon Shaped Pool” (XL Recordings)
Anna Meredith “Varmints” (Moshi Moshi Records)
Sarah Davachi “Vergers” (Important)
Benoit Pioulard “The Benoit Pioulard Listening Matter” (Kranky)
Bon Iver “22, A Million” (Jagjaguwar)
Solange “A Seat at the Table” (Columbia)
Ty Garrett Segall “Emotional Mugger” (Drag City)
James Blake “The Colour in Anything” (Polydor)
Tenniscoats “Music exists 3” (Majikicks)
Lucky Dragons “Ooga Booga Bongo Music” (Teenage Teardrops)
Weyes Blood “Front Row Seat to Earth” (Mexican Summer)
Jenny Hval “Blood Bitch” (Sacred Bones)
Meredith Monk “On behalf of Nature” (ECM)
Klein “Only” (Howling Owl)
Xinlisupreme “Tomorrow Never Comes” (FatCat Records)
Dungen “Häxan” (MexicanSummer)
Cate Le Bon “Crab Day” (Drag City)
Joey Purp “iiiDrops” (Save Money)
Wilco “Schmilco” (dBPM)
Eluvium “False Readings On” (Temporary Residence Limited)
Carla dal Forno “You Know What It’s Like” (Blackest Ever Black)
Huerco S. “For Those Of You Who Have Never (And Also Those Who Have)” (Proibito)
Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam “I had a dream that you were mine” (Glass Note)
Parquet Courts “Human Performance” (Rough Trade)
Mitsky “Puberty 2” (Dead Oceans)
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith “EARS” (Western Vinyl)
Damien Jurado “Visions of Us On the Land” (Secretly Canadian)
Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions “Until the Hunter” (Tendril Tales)
Andy Shauf “The Party” (Anti)
Car Seat Headrest “Teens of Denial” (Matador)
The Caretaker “Everywhere at the End of Time” (History always Favours the Winners)
Maja S K Ratkje “Crepuscular Hour” (Rune Grammofon)

Reissues / Archives
Blonde Redhead “Masculin Féminin” (Numero Group)
Big Star “Complete Third” (Omnivore Recordings)
Various Artists “Shanghai’d Soul: Episode 4” (Numero Group)
Washington Phillips “Washington Phillips and his Manzarene Dreams” (Dust-to-Digital)
Various Artists “Wayfaring Strangers: Cosmic American Music” (Numero Group)
Syrinx “Tumblers from the Vault (1970–1972)” (Rvng Intl)
Joanna Brouk “Hearing Music” (Numero Group)
Various “Sky Girl” (Efficient Spaces)
Carl Stone “Electronic Music from the Seventies and Eighties” (Unseen Worlds)
Various Artists “VENEZUELA 70: Cosmic Visions Of A Latin American Earth – Venezuelan Experimental Rock In The 1970s (Soul Jazz)
Julius Eastman “Feminine” (Frozen Reeds)

Dave Martin (Captured Tracks)

1. Major Stars – “Motion Set” (Drag City)
2. 75 Dollar Bill – “Wood Metal Plastic Pattern Rhythm Rock” (Thin Wrist)
3. Savoy Motel – S/T (What’s Your Rupture)
4. David Nance – “More Than Enough” (Ba-Da-Bing)
5. Omegas – “Power To Exist” (Beach Impediment)
6. Brian Case – “Tense Nature” (Hands In The Dark / Negative Days)
7. Cate Le Bon – “Crab Day” (Drag City)
8. Meet Your Death – S/T (12XU)
9. Tyvek – “Origin of What” (In The Red)
10. Dark Blue – “Start of the World” (12XU)
11. Counter Intuits – “Monosyllabilly” (Pyramid Scheme Records)
12. The Silence – “Nine Suns, One Morning” (Drag City)
13. S.L.I.P. – “Slippy When Wet” (Sorry State Records)
14. Gotobeds – “Blood//Sugar//Secs//Traffic” (Sub Pop)
15. Stefan Christensen – “American Pastoral Again” / “Empty Continents” / “Cryptic Slang” (Ever/Never – C/Site – The Loki Label)
16. Dinosaur Jr. – “Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not” (Jagjaguwar)
17. Old Head – S/T (Omentum)
18. Chook Race – “Around The House” (Trouble In Mind)
19. Heron Oblivion – S/T (Sub Pop)
20. Ultimate Painting – “Dusk” (Trouble In Mind)
21. Ryley Walker – “Golden Songs That Have Been Sung” (Dead Oceans)
22. Car Seat Headrest – “Teens of Denial” (Matador)
23. Renderers – “In The Sodium Light” (Ba-Da-Bing)
24. Terry – “Terry HQ” (Upset The Rhythm)
25. Estrogen Highs / Frustrations – Split (Safety Meeting Records)

7”s / 12”s / EPs

1. S/cks – “Sickening” b/w “New Crusades” (S/cks)
2. Neil Michael Hagerty & The Howling Hex – “Full Moon in Gemini” (Drag City)
3. Them Speaking Canaries – “Summer Band” b/w “He Did Send In The Army” (Chunklet / Third Uncle)
4. Lonely Wholesome – “Savage, Lovely, Lonely” (Bad Actors)
5. S.L.I.P. – “Mental Abuse” b/w “Stick It” (Mind Cure / BHF Records)
6. Rixe – “Les Nerfs A Vif” (La Vida Es Un Mus Discos)
7. Watery Love – “Ned’s Dreamcatcher” b/w “Meg’s Dreamcatcher” (Richie Records)
8. Mordecai – “Want To Be” b/w “Pictures of Her W/Them” (Richie Records)
9. Good Throb – S/T 7” (La Vida Es Un Mus Discos)
10. Triage – “Power Beat” (Larry Tony Produzioni)
11. C.C.T.V. – S/T (Lumpy Records)
12. Warthog – S/T EP (Beach Impediment)
13. Kaleidoscope – “Vol. 2, No. 1” (Katorga Works)
14. In School – “Cement Fucker” (Thrilling Living Records)
15. Cut Worms – “Don’t Want To Say Good-bye” b/w “Like Going Down Sideways” (Randy Records)


1. Träd Gräs Och Stenar – Box (Anthology)
2. Mike Rep & The Quotas – “Hellbender” (Hozac)
3. Angry Angles – S/T (Goner)
4. Lord High Fixers – “the beginning of the end…the end of the beginning” (Omentum Records)
5. Simply Saucer – “Saucerland” (Logan Hardware)
6. Halo of Flies – “Music For Insect Minds” (Amphetamine Reptile Records)
7. The Clean – “Getaway” (Merge)
8. Terminals – “Uncoffined” (Hozac)
9. Dow Jones & the Industrials – “Can’t Stand The Midwest 1979-1981” & Mr. Science – “1978-1979” (Family Vineyard)
10. Renderers – “A Dream of the Sea” (Tinsel Ears)
11. Stickmen With Rayguns – “Property of Jesus Christ” & “1,000 Lives To Die” (12XU)
12. Builders – “Beatin Hearts” (Grapefruit Records)
13. Dancing Cigarettes – “Dance Dogs Dance” (Magnetic South)
14. Cannanes – “A Love Affair With Nature” (Chapter)
15. Pylon – “Live” (Chunklet)
16. Jack Rose (Three Lobed / VHF)
17. Ivy Green – S/T (Pseudonym)
18. Night Birds – “Who Killed Mike Hunchback” (Fat Wreck Chords)
19. Keiji Haino – “Milky Way” (Black Truffle)
20. La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela – The Theatre of Eternal Music – “Dream House – 78’17”” (Aguirre Records)
21. Mars – “Mars Archive Volume 2: 11000 Volts to Tunnel” (Negative Glam / Feeding Tube)
22. Green River – “1984 Demos” (Jackpot)
23. Mike & The Melvins – “Three Men and a Baby” (Sub Pop)
24. Various Artists – “I Don’t Care – Dutch Punk 1977-1983 – Volume 2” (Pseudonym)
25. Sonic Youth – “Spinhead Sessions 1986” (Goo)

Adam Luksetich (Numero Group)
Probably just me being out of touch, but 2016 SUCKED for new music. Anywhere, here’s some I (Adam Luksetich) enjoyed:

Deathspell Omega – The Synarchy Of Molten Bones
Darkthrone – Arctic Thunder
Jackie Lynn – S/T
Caretaker – Everywhere At The End Of Time
Bachelor In Paradise – Season 3 on ABC
Marissa Nadler – Strangers
Inquisition – Bloodshed Across The Empyrean Altar Beyond The Celestial Zenith
Shirley Collins – Lodestar
Blonde Redhead – Masculin Feminin (is this cheating?)

Most anticipated releases of 2017:
Matt and Adam’s Sick New Heavy Metal Band – Debut Demo Tape

Lincoln Hall/Schubas Music Dept.
Bayonne – Primitives
Beacon – Escapements
BJ Barham – Rockingham
Blood Orange – Freetown Sound
Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial
Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
Doug Tuttle – It Calls On Me
Ex-Cult – Negative Growth
Glyders – DIM
GoGo Penguin – Man Made Object
Imarhan – Imarhan
John Prine – For Better, Or Worse
Kikagaku Moyo – House In The Tall Grass
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity
Open Mike Eagle – Hella Personal Film Festival
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – High Visceral, Pt. 1
Pup – The Dream Is Over
Quilt – Plaza
Savages – Adore Life
Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
Thee Oh Sees – A Weird Exits
Tim Hecker – Love Streams
Weaves – Weaves

Kevin Stacy (Danny’s)
2016 was a great year for music.
here is a list of labels that i think did exceptional work this year.


thanks for keeping the post-modern dancefloor moving!

a few of these had a 2015 digital release but were not to be found in solid form at a record shop until 2016.

M.I.A. / AIM

Dean Whitmore (Sub Pop Records)
Special “Favorite Records of 2016 That Were Released Really Late 2015” section:

Richard Dawson – Nothing Important
Wolf Eyes – I Am a Problem: Mind in Pieces

Top 5 of 2016 (in no order after Heron Oblivion)

Heron Oblivion – I listened to this record 5 times in a row after my first listen. Beautiful & powerful, scrappy & assured. My favorite record of the year. There are obvious folk rock touchstones (Fairport, Pentangle) as well as echoes of previous bands the members have been in (Comets On Fire, Meg Baird, Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound). Punky jabs & Sonic Youth nods show up as well & manage to fit in seamlessly. Timeless record.

Dwarfs of East Agouza – Double LP from this trio from Cairo that features Alan Bishop & two Egyptian musicians. Repetitive jams w/ post punky bass lines, propulsive hand percussion, keys & guitar, heavy on the picking & light on the strum that can sound Arabic, African, atmospheric & rockin’. Groovy as hell. I do all four sides every time.

So Pitted – neo – Freak/art rock fueled by young adult despair/frustration/anger. Dirgy/sludgy riffs, throat shredding vocals. Arty & unpretentious. Made by kids weaned on Rage Against the Machine, Radiohead & 90’s radio hits? It’s not easy to understand how this comes of that for me… I hear Devo, Unwound, Karp, Nirvana etc.

Neutral – S/T – Cold, collage, art punk from Sweden. Songs center around a repetitive bass / keyboard / guitar line, tape hisses & warbles, spoken Swedish language female vocals deadpan, a taped conversation or found sound appears. Sinister & vulnerable, sometimes at the same time. At times this reminds me vaguely of Finnish “freak folk” bands of the oughts.

Karl Blau – Introducing.. – Covers of classic country tunes (many of which I must admit I didn’t know). Saw him play for 2 hrs at a bar in Anacortes over the summer & would’ve stayed for a third if he’d kept playing. I was only vaguely familiar w/ Karl before this which made me feel sorry that I missed a lot of opportunities to see him, buy his records & hear his great songs & wonderful voice.

Favorite Show of 2016
Senyawa – My girlfriend cried & screamed fuck yeah involuntarily, i stretched my eye sockets to keep from crying as well, forgetting there was anything else but this insane blend of modern, traditional, classical, punk, metal, noise music for awhile.

These Artists Released Records In 2016 That I Enjoyed A lot (In no order)

Hound Dog Taylors Hand, Uranium Club, Cate Le Bon, The Writhing Squares, Renderers, Nothing Band, Ryley Walker, Omni, Violence Creeps, Justin Gallego, Rafi Bookstaber, Male/Female, Spray Paint, Kikagaku Moyo, Spacin’, Private Room, Nathan Bowles, Oren Ambarchi, Primitive Parts, Goat, Trashies, Marisa Anderson, Roy Montgomery, Thee Oh Sees, Bad Breeding, Dead C, Mary Lattimore, Behavior, Vats, Colleen, the Baird Sisters, Lithics, Zig Zags, Rosalie, Stickers, EL-G, PJ Harvey, Ignatz, Lavender Flu, DoNormaal, Beret, Kane Strang, Gnod, VHS, Mothers, Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band, Fat White Family, Dræmhouse, Male Bonding and all the other ones I’ve forgotten..

So many great reissues. Too many to list. A record consumer’s dream / nightmare. Keep it coming I guess.

Taylor Townes (Merge Records)
most things about 2016 were terrible, but here’s ten good records:

Bitchin Bajas & Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties
Warehouse – super low
Psychic Temple – Plays Music for Airports
Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani – FRKWYS Vol. 13: Sunergy
Kikagaku Moyo – House in the Tall Grass
Heron Oblivion – Heron Oblivion
Mary Lattimore – At the Dam
David Bowie – Blackstar
Matthewdavid’s Mindflight – Trust the Glide and Guide

Audrey Ewell
(Filmmaker (Until The Light Takes Us, 99%) whose most recent film, Memory Box, her last with filmmaking and life partner Aaron Aites before his death in April, can be seen here:

Top 22 picks masquerading (poorly) as a top ten list.

Upper echelons in no particular order:

Thee Oh Sees – A Weird Exits – This album is dedicated to Iran singer/songwriter and Until The Light Takes us co-director Aaron Aites, my beautiful and talented and now dead life and film partner.

Skepta – Konnichiwa – It’s an obvious pick if you’re into grime and I don’t think I can add anything to what’s already been written about Skepta or this album.

Mizmor – Yodh – For those times when you just need a good bleak pummeling.

Darkthrone – Arctic Thunder – I love these guys as people and musicians and this album takes me back a bit to their black metal… well I can’t say roots, as they started as death metal, but it harkens back to an earlier sound (leaving the crust punk by the side) and fuck it, it might be a nostalgia pick, but It’s fun and I like it. And if you’ve never seen lyricist and drummer Fenriz say “fun” with a heavy emphasis on sarcastic air quotes, you’re missing out.

Swans – The Glowing Man – Hi, it’s the Swans.

Isa – Эхо [Echo] – A guilty pleasure? Maybe. But I like that this Russian band is embracing a kind of spiritual seeking. Better than Stryper.

Clint Mansell – High-Rise OST – In a year that Mansell gave us this soundtrack, the Mondo re-release of The Fountain OST on vinyl, plus his score for Black Mirror’s “San Junipero” episode, choosing this of the three is a matter of personal taste. It stood out for me as the most pleasurably pagan-tinged and dreamlike aspect of High-Rise, while also fully serving the film.

GAIKA – Spaghetto – Really interesting EP with a mix of grime and dancehall and industrial. It’s layered and unfolds in interesting ways, rewarding repeat listens. The album is accompanied by an intriguing short film (commissioned by Warp) Another Hole in Babylon, which features an ominous knight and calls into question, for me at least, the notion of the “white knight.” When the helmet comes off, this knight is in fact, black. This EP would have made my top ten were it not for the video for “Glad We Found It” which features superficial, dated, fetishized, otherized, and objectified images of women as water-nymphs/sirens and it was just such a turn-off. That’s too bad, because I suspect he’s smart enough to know better, and to do better.

Roly Porter – Third Law – I had the pleasure of talking with Porter, a genuinely nice, down to earth guy, after his set at Unsound Festival’s insane Toronto installation. This took place at The Hearn, an abandoned power plant. It was the perfect setting for his space-vibed music (and also wouldn’t be out of place as a location for a new Alien or Prometheus film): epic, cavernous, dark, and a little otherworldly, like this album.

Top Ten:

10. Nick Cave – The Skeleton Tree – Heartbreak in a bottle. I relate.

9. Marissa Nadler – Strangers – She kept playing shows in NY and I kept going and crying. It was awkward. But you can’t let things like crying profusely in public stop you from doing what you want.

8. David Bowie – Blackstar – His life/art was the gift we’ll probably never be good enough to deserve.

7. Wrekmeister Harmonies – Light Falls – It makes me glad that people are finally catching onto them. They played my #2 live show of the year. Also I love the shirt I picked up there, plus, super conveniently, they also sold me coffee, which I was almost out of.

6. The Body – No One Deserves Happiness – I thought this album was just good until I couldn’t stop listening to Prescience over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. It inspired me to write a new opening for my script and you know what? It’s a better scene. Thanks The Body.

5. Caretaker – Everywhere at the End of Time – The first of the 6-album demise of the musical project as it slides into dementia. It’s the beginning of a journey into annihilation of self, memory, meaning. I’m just totally onboard for that.
4. Tim Hecker – Love Streams – He’s a cerebral dude. It takes a few listens. It’s super worth it.

3. Demdike Stare – Wonderland – It’s a soundtrack for end days (so, right now!), but that doesn’t mean we can’t dance while we’re disintegrating. Or at least take a few breaks from staring at each other in horror, to shuffle about a bit. So good.

2. Oranssi Pazuzu – Värähtelijä – Do you like metal? If so, you already know and love this album. But is it black metal? It wouldn’t exist without that lineage. But it’s equally inflected with Kraut and prog and stoner. I haven’t been this excited about modern black-ish metal since Aluk Todolo. If for some reason (some stupid reason) metal isn’t your thing, you could do worse than trying out this album just to mix it up a little.

Also #2. (Could not decide! Love them both!): Aluk Todolo – Voix – I love me the krautblack metal.

1. Jenny Hval – Blood Bitch – It’s just a super exciting, kinetic, record, both cerebral and visceral, and the first of hers that has connected with me on all cylinders. It keeps pulling back to it with its mixture of restraint and urgency, and I’m greedy for more.

Special Mention: Best Live Show of the Year: Inga Copeland at Trans Pecos, September 2016, New York City. I loved Hype Williams but I love her solo work more. Her ever-growing collection of EPs and albums are always amazing, and I can’t wait for the next studio release.

One for good luck:
James Holden, Camilo Tirado, and Luke Abbott – Outdoor Museum of Fractals / 555Hz – James Holden released my favorite record of 2013, The Inheritors. This isn’t mining the same gorgeously fractured future cityscape of cracked loss and corroded foundations tumbling into pure forgotten oceans of neglect, but is instead a sweet homage to composer Terry Riley.

OK, two for good luck (Sorry, I need it.)
Julien Marchal – Insight II – I didn’t have any reason to think I would be into this modern classical pianist’s album, as he was until recently completely unknown to me, but wow. I love the thrill of a new find.

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Reckless Records 2015 Employee best of lists


freddie gibbs – shadow of a doubt
kendrick lamar – to pimp a butterfly
oddisee – the good fight
jamie xx – in colour
disasterpeace – it follows (soundtrack)
drake – if you’re reading this, it’s too late
viet cong – viet cong
sun ra – to those of earth and other worlds
jim o’rourke – simple songs
earl sweatshirt – i don’t like shit, i don’t go outside
tuxedo – s/t


J.Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive
Cole World’s best project to date, poignant & artful. He’s shown flashes of this kind of music, but he’s never put it together this way.

Phryme – Phryme

Royce & Preem. If that was all, you know how dope it is. On top of that the soundscape is built from samples of Adrian Younge’s catalog. It’s interesting to see Premiere draw from one source like this, plus Royce is rhyming his behind off.

D’Angelo & the Vanguard – Black Messiah

Another December 2014 entry. This on the account of being D’angelo is at the very least an incredibly important record, but add to that the interesting textural decisions in these compositions, & you get a soul record that people would have claimed impossible in this day & age.


Joey Bada$$ – B4.DA.$$.
People want to call the Pro.Era movement throwback, & it’s obvious that the 90s was a major influence, Joey is a new school emcee with old school flavor. Take a listen, this will surprise you by being polished & really well structured. From a 19 year old wunderkind…

Lupe Fiasco – Tetsuo & Youth
Only Lupe could open up a record with an 8 minute BAR FEST! BARS, BARS, BARS! Just pure emceeing that makes you listen over & over. What makes this great though is the content & Lupe’s ability to write lyrically intricate raps that few can match, while maintaining a topical approach that is unique & political.

Rhiannon Giddens – Tomorrow is My Turn
This Carolina Chocolate Drops member has one of the most beautiful voices. Pure in tone with a beautiful ability to imbue emotion with a moan or a growl or a whine, she’s able to carry classic songs with gravitas, & bring them to modern listeners in an approachable way.

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
This is an avant garde approach to Hip Hop in many ways, but it’s so rooted in traditional Black music. Soul, Jazz, Funk, & Gospel all make brief appearances here to create a distinct listening experience.

Earl Sweatshirt – I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside
Don’t let the title scare you away. Earl’s newest record is amazingly heavy, dark, & oppressive feeling, but it’s not a sad or depressing record. It doesn’t scream of joy. Instead it’s thoughtful, lyrically dense, & enveloping.

The Internet – Ego Death
Syd tha Kid & Matt Martians are bringing the R&B band to the new millennium. Ego Death features a polished production sound which isn’t surprising given the members of this band, & the sound features references to many different artists including Pharrell & N*E*R*D*, Dwele, Jamiroquai, & even some Sade. Combined with Syd’s fey, but earnest voice, makes for one of the best R&B records of recent memory.

SiR – Seven Sundays
Beautiful soulful stuff out of Inglewood. Sometimes seems to grow out of a Curtis Mayfield tradition, amazing arrangements & harmonies in the songs & an incredible voice. A short, single listen burst of dope modern R&B.

Doomtree – All Hands
One of the best respected crews in all of Hip Hop, Doomtree makes passionate hard-hitting music. Born out of a punk aesthetic but couldn’t be more straightforward with the beats & rhymes as these are some of the most technically inclined MCs in the game. This can make you think & make you dance.

Cecile McLorin Salvant – For One To Love
I can’t do enough to sing the praises of Ms. Salvant. Her ability to sing with style, class, range & a sincerely wicked sense of humor. She’s a reminder of the great jazz-singers, Etta, Billie, Sarah… & the Aaron Diehl trio which plays with her is just about perfect for her, a great match.

Rapper Big Pooh & Nottz – Home Sweet Home
I was sure this was gonna be good, Pooh over some Nottz from VA beats, that just sounds like a great record waiting to happen, but I never expected it to be nearly PERFECT. Pooh has always been a bit underrated, but on this he shines, particularly because these beats that Nottz put together for him, are absolutely magnificent.

Oddisee – The Good Fight
Oddisee is one of my favorites doing it today,as a producer & MC, & he keeps growing in both. He’s added some melodies to his flow, & he keeps upping the difficulty with rhymes & concepts. The Good fight is just another in a long series of excellent Hip Hop records.

Clear Soul Forces – Fab Five
The nerdiest of Rap, spit with dexterity & skill unmatched. It’s the kind of Rap music that people rarely hear. Its intelligent & referential without ever feeling corny or overwrought, & the production from AML alum Nameless, helps to carry the “Back Pack Sub-Woofer Rap” to crazy heights.

Jamison Ross – Jamison
Thelonious Monk award winner, Jamison Ross’s debut is all about showing the musician’s ability to do multiple things. A genius on the drums, his ability to lead a band, & to sing were rather unknown. This record is a complete show of his talents & definitely worth the pick-up.

Honorable Mentions:
Bilal – In Another Life
Bird & the Bee – Recreational Love
Moonchild – Please Rewind
Various Artists (Mello Music Group) – Persona
Open Mike Eagle – A Special Episode Of
Metric – Pagans in Vegas
Ludacris – Ludaversal
Alessia Cara – Know-it-All
Hiatus Kaiyote – Choose Your Weapon
Quarter Street – Quarter Street
Action Bronson – Mr. Wonderful

These eleven items in release date order were aurally exciting.
The funny part is, I haven’t seen the actual movies that
some of these soundtracks are for. Life, man.

Olafur Arnalds “Broadchurch” Score (Mercury)
Cliff Martinez “My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn” (Milan)
Swervedriver “I Wasn’t Born To Lose You” (Cobraside)
Godspeed You Black Emperor “Asunder, Sweet & Other Distress”
“It Follows” Soundtrack by Disasterpeace (Milan)
Olafur Arnalds & Alice Sara Ott “The Chopin Project” (Mercury)
Faith No More “Sol Invictus” (Reclamation!)
Lou Barlow “Brace The Wave” (Joyful Noise)
Uncle Acid “The Night Creeper” (Rise Above)
Leon Bridges “Coming Home” (Columbia)
Johann Johannsson “Sicario” Score (Varese Sarabande)

Antigama – The Insolent & live at Maryland Deathfest (Selfmadegod)
A$AP Rocky – At.Long.Last.A$AP (RCA)
Entheos – Primal EP (Self-released)
Fuck the Facts/Fistfuck – Split 10″ (Noise Salvation)
Fuck the Facts – Desire Will Rot LP (Noise Salvation)
Guilty Simpson – Detroit’s Son (Stones Throw)
Immortal Bird – Empress/Abscess (Broken Limbs)
Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire – Merry eX-Mas & SMD 2 mixtape (Self-released)
Mutoid Man – Bleeder & live at Reggie’s (Sargent House)
Napalm Death – Apex Predator: Easy Meat (Century Media)
Rae Sremmurd – SremmLife (EarDrummers/Interscope)
Run the Jewels – Bust No Moves 12” (Mass Appeal)
Teething – Ralph 7” (Dingleberry)
Waxahatchee – Ivy Tripp (Merge)
V/A – The Music of Grand Theft Auto V (Mass Appeal

Universal Togetherness Band (Numero Group compilation)
Aphex Twin – Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments PT2 (Warp EP)
Aphex Twin – MARCHROMT30A EDIT 2B 96 (Warp 12”)
AFX – orphaned deejay selek 2006-2008 (Warp EP)
Connan Mockasin – Caramel (Reissued 2013 | Purchased 2015. Mexican Summer)
Natural Information Society & Bitchin Bajas – Automaginary (Drag City)
Wand – 1000 Days (Drag City)
Sun City Girls – Torch of the Mystics (Reissue – Abduction)
Bing & Ruth – City Lake (RVNG Intl.)
Alessandro Cortini – Risveglio (Hospital)
Maki Asakawa s/t (Honest Jon’s Records Reissue)
Disasterpeace – It Follows OST
Lizzy Mercier Descloux – Press Color (Light In the Attic)
Floating Points – Elaenia (Luaka Bop | Pluto)
Future – Dirty Sprite 2 (Epic 512725)
Tame Impala – Currents (Interscope Records)
J Dilla – Dillatronic (Vintage Vibez Music Group)
Ken Camden – Dream Memory (Kranky)
Benjamin – Arriving (Cherries Records)
Daniela Casa – Sovrapposizione Di Immagini (Finders Keepers)
Moon Duo – Shadow of the Sun (Sacred Bones Records)
Implodes – Reverser (Gilead Media)
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly (Interscope | Aftermath | Top Dawg)
Arnold Dreyblatt – The Orchestra of Excited Strings “Nodal Excitation” (Drag City)
Francoise Hardy – Tous Les Garçons Et Les Filles (Light In the Attic)

2015 Albums I loved, in no particular order except the order they come to mind, so I guess that must mean something in its own way, or maybe not, I don’t know, I just work here:
Perpetual Motion People – Ezra Furman
No Cities To Love – Sleater-Kinney
Natalie Prass S/T
25 – Adele
Gone By The Dawn – Shannon and The Clams
Time To Go Home – Chastity Belt
Sound and Color – Alabama Shakes (See also: THUNDERBITCH)
Ivy Tripp – Waxahatchee
Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit – Courtney Barnett
Fading Frontier – Deerhunter
Painted Shut – Hop Along
Star Wars – Wilco
I Love You Honeybear – Father John Misty
Mr. Wonderful – Action Bronson
Beat The Champ – The Mountain Goats
Something More Than Free – Jason Isbell
To Pimp A Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar
Weirdo Shrine – La Luz
Aureate Gloom – of Montreal
Ratchet – Shamir
On Your Own Love Again – Jessica Pratt
The Agent Intellect – Protomartyr
I Want To Grow Up – Colleen Green
Art Angels – Grimes
Divers – Joanna Newsom
Songs I overplayed: “Hotline Bling” “Cool For The Summer” “FourFiveSeconds” “Dimed Out” “Cubs in Five”
Movies I liked: Mad Max, Inherent Vice, Love & Mercy, Dope, Trainwreck, Nasty Baby, Lost River, Creed
Other stuff I dug: Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl – Carrie Brownstein, Hamilton, The Best Show, Last Week Tonight, Parks & Rec, Master of None, Broad City, Wet Hot American Summer, Pork Magazine, Burger Records, Light In The Attic, finally seeing Jonathan Richman live, A Very Murray Christmas

Jim O’Rourke- “Simple Songs” (Drag City)
Laurel Halo- “In Situ” (Honest Jon’s)
Wume- “Maintain” (Ehse)
Ono- “Spooks” (Moniker)
Quicksails- “Fleurs De La Lune” (Captcha)
Lizzy Mercier Descloux- “Press Color” reissue (Light In The Attic)
Expert Alterations- “You Can’t Always Be Liked” (Kanine)
Oneohtrix Point Never- “Garden of Delete” (Warp)
Sapropelic Pycnic- “See Sun Think Shadow” (Perfect Wave)
Circuit Des Yeux- “In Plain Speech” (Thrill Jockey)
When- “The Black Death” (Ideologic Organ)
HKE & t e l e p a t h- “Gateway” (Baro)
Liquid Liquid 12″ reissues (Superior Viaduct)
Beatriz Ferreyra- “GRM Works” (Recollection GRM)
AFX- “Orphaned Deejay Selek 2006 – 2008” (Warp)
Michel Redolfi- “Pacific Tubular Waves/ Immersion” (Recollection GRM)
“Ork Records: New York, New York” compilation (Numero)
Magas- “Heads Plus” (Midwich)
Led Zeppelin- “Physical Graffiti” reissue (Atlantic)


Maki Asakawa – S/T 2LP (Honest Jon’s)
Masahiko Satoh – Belladonna LP (Finders Keepers)
Patrick Cowley – Muscle Up 2LP (Dark Entries)
Second Layer – World of Rubber 2LP (Dark Entries)
Harry Pussy – S/T LP (Superior Viaduct) reissue
Sun City Girls – Torch of the Mystics LP (Abduction) reissue
DJ Clent – Last Bus to Lake Park 2LP (Duck ‘n’ Cover)
Alessandro Alessandroni – Industrial LP (Dead Cert)
Mike Broers – Stagma EP 12” (Clear)
The Velvet Underground – The Complete Matrix Tapes 4CD (Universal/Polydor)
RP Boo – Fingers, Bank Pads & Shoe Prints 2LP (Planet Mu)
Bill Orcutt & Jacob Felix Heule – Colonial Donuts LP (Palilalia)
Ron Morelli – A Gathering Together LP (Hospital)
Fit Siegel – Carmine 12” (Fit)
Jlin – Dark Energy 2LP (Planet Mu)
I.B.M. – From the Land of Rape & Honey (The Suppressed Tapes) 1995-2005 2LP (Interdimensional Transmissions)
Fingers Inc. – Another Side 3LP (Alleviated) reissue
Aaron Dilloway – Psychic Driving Tapes LP (Trilogy Tapes)
Wolf Eyes – I Am a Problem: Mind in Pieces LP (Third Man)
FP Oner – 5 2LP (Mule Musiq)
Gesloten Cirkel M1 & M2 !2”s (Murdercapital)
Moon Pool and Dead Band – MEQ 2LP (Midwich)*
Magas – Heads Plus 12” EP (Midwich)*
Viands – Temporal Relics LP (Midwich)*
Mick Travis – Face Disappears After Interrogation 12” EP (Midwich)*

*Full disclosure…I put these out!

Top 25
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly (Top Dawg Entertainment)
Bjork – Vulnicura (One Little Indian)
Beach House – Thank Your Lucky Stars (Sub Pop)
Weedeater – Goliathan (Season of Mist)
Four Tet – Morning/Evening (Temporary Residence, Ltd)
Viet Cong – Viet Cong (Jagjaguwar)
Natural Information Society & Bitchin’ Bajas – Automaginary (Drag City)
Sun Ra and His Arkestra (Gilles Peterson presents) – To Those Of Earth And Other Worlds (Strut)
Earl Sweatshirt I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside (Columbia)
Tuxedo – Tuxedo (Stones Throw)
AFX (Aphex Twin) – Orphaned Deejay Selek 2006-2008 (Warp)
Disrotted- Disrotted (Diseased Audio)
Jeremih – Late Nights (Def Jam)
DJ Clent – Last Bus To Lake Park (Duck N’ Cover)
Joshua Abrams – Magneticoception (Eremite)
Leon Bridges – Coming Home (Columbia)
Ken Camden – Dream Memory (Kranky)
Goatsnake – Black Age Blues (Southern Lord)
Skull Decay – Not Titled (self-released)
Various Artists Compilations & Mississippi Records Releases:
V/A – Saigon Rock & Soul (Sublime Frequencies)
V/A – Studio One Jump Up (Soul Jazz)
V/A – I’m In A Strange Town: Blues & Gospel 1927-2967 LP (Mississippi)
Idrissa Soumaoro – Ampsa LP (Mississippi)
Norma Lyon – The Music of Norma Lyon (Little Axe)
Lum Guffin – Lum Guffin (Mississippi)

Best Song:
Chance The Rapper – Angels

Best Music Video:
Missy Elliott – WTF
(She’s back!)

Best Live Performance:
Iggy Pop at Riot Fest

Michael Angelo S/T reissue
Big|Brave Au De La
Bjork Vulnicura
Ken Camden Dream Memory
John Carpenter Lost Themes
Circuit Des Yeux In Plain Speech
Clay Rendering Snowthorn
Disasterpeace It Follows soundtrack
Arnold Dreyblatt Orchestra of Excited Strings: Nodal Excitation reissue
Enslaved In Times
Flying Saucer Attack Instrumentals 2015
Steve Hauschildt Where All is Fled
High Aura’d/Mike Shiflet Awake LP
Lamartine Reportage reissue
Led Zeppelin reissues
Kedr Livanskiy Sgoraet 12”
Magas Heads Plus
Mariah Utakata No Hibi (reissue)
Matchess Somnaphoria
Moral And Life is… (reissue)
Steve Moore The Guest soundtrack
Morbus Chron Sweven (2014 release that I listened to more than most 2015 releases)
Fred Myrow & Malcolm Seagrave Phantasm soundtrack (reissue)
Natural Information Society & Bitchin Bajas Autoimaginary
Negative Scanner S/T
Jimmy Page Sound Tracks reissue
Jessica Pratt On Your Own Love Again
Rat Columns Fooling Around EP
Second Layer World of Rubber reissue
Spires That in the Sunset Rise Beasts in the Garden
Kurt Stenzel Jodorowsky’s Dune soundtrack
Tame Impala Currents
Thee Speaking Canaries Platter Base Must be Constructed of Moon Rock
Tribulation Children of the Night
Tropic of Cancer Stop Suffering EP
Kurt Vile B’lieve I’m Goin Down
Wapassou S/T reissue
Elyse Weinberg Greasepaint Smile (reissue)
Wrekmeister Harmonies Night of Your Ascension
Zombi Shape Shift
V/A Brown Acid: The First Trip
V/A Cold Waves of Color VOL. 1 & 2
V/A Ork Records: New York, New York
Scream Factory DVD/Blu-Ray label

Chameleons Vox
Circuit Des Yeux
Negative Scanner
Wolf Eyes


1) THE WEEKND “Beauty Behind the Madness” (REPUBLIC RECORDS)
5) TINASHE “Amethyst Mixtape” (SELF-RELEASED)
10) ABRA “BLQ Velvet EP” (577114 RECORDS DK)
13) KELELA “Hallucinogen EP” (WARP RECORDS)

*every song released by RIHANNA throughout the year
*NIYKEE HEATON’s Soundcloud


APHEX TWIN “Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt. 2” (WARP RECORDS)
COURTNEY BARNETT “Sometime I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit” (MILK)
DERADOORIAN “The Expanding Flower Planet” (ANTICON)
GRIMES “Art Angels” (4AD)
JENNY HVAL “Apocalypse, Girl” (SACRED BONES)
CLIFF MARTINEZ “The Knick: Season 2 (soundtrack)” (MILAN RECORDS)
SOKO “My Dreams Dictate My Reality” (BECAUSE MUSIC)
THE THE “Hyena (soundtrack)” (CINÉOLA)
U.S. GIRLS “Half Free” (4AD)
ZOMES “Near Unison” (DISCHORD)

AMBROSE SLADE Beginnings (Morgan Blue Town LP)
BROADCAST catalog reissue (Warp LPs)
THE CITY Now That Everything’s Been Said (Light In The Attic LP)
BOB CREWE The Complete Recordings (Real Gone Music 2CD)
ROBIN GIBB Saved By The Bell: The Collected Works Of Robin Gibb 1968-1970 (Rhino 3CD)
REALLY RED Teaching You The Fear: The Complete Collection 1979-1985 (Alternative Tentacles LP)
ROYAL JESTERS English Oldies (Numero LP/CD)
SAVAGE BELIEFS Big Big Sky: A Recorded History of Savage Beliefs (Alona’s Dream LP/CD)
SEEDS Evil Hoodoo (Big Beat 10″)
EPIC SOUNDTRACKS Rise Above (Easy Action 2CD reissue)
SUN RA To Those Of Earth…And Other Worlds (Strut 2LP)
VARIOUS Back From The Grave Volumes 9 & 10 (Crypt LPs)
VARIOUS Early Pakistani Dance Music 1967-75 (Ovular LP)

DENNIS DUNAWAY Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs! (Thomas Dunne Books)
BOBBY HART Psychedelic Bubble Gum (Select Books)
MeTV FM 87.7

1. Mary Halvorson, Meltframe, Firehouse12.
2. Sam Prekop, The Republic, Thrill Jockey
3. Ryley Walker, Primrose Green, Dead Oceans
4. Tyondai Braxton, HIVE1, nonesuch
5. Rob Mazurek, Galactic Parables vol 1, cuneiform
6. Never Enough Hope, The Gravity of Our Commitment, Milk Factory Productions,
7. Dan Friel, Life, Thrill Jockey
8. Frank Rosaly, Malo, Utech Records
9. Josh Berman, A Dance And A Hop, Delmark
10. Nick Mazzarella, Ultraviolet, International Anthem

Olie Brice/Tobias Delius/Mark Sanders: Somersaults (free jazz record of the year!)
Ideal Bread: Beating The Teens
Hoodoo Blues & Roots Magic: s/t
Joshua Abrams: Magnetoception
William Parker: for those who are, still
Kirk Knuffke: Little Cross
John Russell: with…. (Emanem)
Kris Davis: Save Your Breath
Evan Parker: 3 Nights At Café Oto

Top Ten releases of 2015
(in no particular order)

1.) Fabio Frizzi – “The Beyond” (soundtrack, reissue)
Death Waltz records
2.) Disasterpeace – “It Follows” (soundtrack)
Milan records
3.) Radioactivity – “Silent Kill”
Dirtnap records
4.) Make-Overs – “Wardrobe Malfunction”
KRNGY records
5.) Thing – “Thing”
Solid Sex Lovie Doll records
6.) John Carpenter – “Lost Themes”
Sacred Bones records
7.) Yuzo Koshiro – “Streets of Rage” (video game soundtrack)
Data Discs records
8.) Various Artists – “NES Greatest Hits Vol. 1”
Moonshake records
9.) Riz Ortolani – “Cannibal Holocaust” (soundtrack, reissue)
Death Waltz/ One Way Static/ Mondo
10.) Oppenheimer Analysis – “New Mexico” (reissue)
Minimal Wave records

– Junichi Masuda – “Pokemon Red/Blue” (soundtrack)
Moonshake Records
– Slasher Dave – “Exorcisms”
Bellyache Records
– Disasterpeace – “FEZ” (soundtrack)


Jessica Pratt – On Your Own Love Again (Drag City)
Thelma and the Sleaze – Greatest Hits Live (Self)
Erykah Badu – But You Caint Use My Phone (Self)
Flying Saucer Attack – Instrumentals (Drag City)
Itasca – Unmoored By the Wind (New Images)
Bjork – Vulnicura (One Little Indian)
Salad Boys – Metalmania (Trouble In Mind)
Broken Water – Wrought (Night People)
Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit (Milk)
Joanne Robertson – Black Moon Days (Feeding Tube)
Tina – Sink cassette (Sophomore Lounge)
Johnny Young – II cassette (Voyager Golden)
Nest Egg – Respectable (Bathetic)
Barnett + Coloccia – Weld (Blackest Ever Black)
Moses Sumney – Mid-City Island (Self) 2014
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love (Jagjaguwar)
Dean Blunt – Babyfather (Self)
Xam – Tone Systems (Deep Distance)
Ryley Walker – Primrose Green (Dead Oceans)
Beach House – Depression Cherry (Sub Pop)
Charles Cohen – Brother I Prove You Wrong (Morphine)
Chaos Echoes – Transient (Nuclear War Now)
Toupée – Leg Toucher (Moniker)
Red Sea – In the Salon (Bayonet)
Lionlimb – Turnstile 7” (Bayonet)
Promised Land Sound – For Use and Delight (Paradise of Bachelors)
U.S. Girls – Half Free (4AD)
Arthur Russell – Corn (Audika)
Deerhunter – Fading Frontier (4AD)
The Cairo Gang – Goes Missing (Drag City)
Jaye Bartell – Loyalty (Sinderlyn)
Dick Diver – Melbourne, Florida (Trouble In Mind)
Floating Points – Elaenia (Pluto)
Kamasi Washington – The Epic (Brainfeeder)
V/A – Bobby Gillespie Presents: Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down (Ace Records)
V/A – Ultra High Frequencies: The Chicago Party (Numero Group)
Leon Bridges – Coming Home (Columbia)
Daniel Bachman – River (Three Lobed)


Promise – s/t (Got Kinda Lost)
Arvo Pärt – Passio (AJNA)
Broadcast LPs (Warp)
Spooner Oldham – Pot Luck (Light in the Attic)
Willie Nelson – Teatro (Light in The Attic)
The Wild Poppies – Heroine (Manufactured Recordings)


Exhibit BE featuring Dead Prez, Erykah Badu, Trombone Shorty
Laneway Festival
La Luz/ Shivas, Siberia
The Sal Show, Circle Bar
Ryley Walker/ Steve Gunn, Gasa Gasa
Swans, El Rey
Sleep/Thou, The Civic
Wume, Oval Space
Kevin Morby, The Lexington
Jenny Hval, Cafe OTO
Mayor Daley, Meatpie
Me & My Dog, Dublin
High, Siberia
Angel Olsen, Lisbon, Portugal
Thelma & The Sleaze, Turn One
Charles Bradley, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
Kendrick Lamar, The Civic
Peaches, One Eyed Jacks
J Fernandez, Moth Club
Disappears, 100 Club
Mdou Moctar, Cafe OTO

in alphabetical order:

Advance Base – Nephew In The Wild (Orindal)
William Basinski – Cascade (Temporary Residence)
James Blackshaw – Summoning Suns (Important)
Disasterpeace – It Follows OST (Milan)
Flying Saucer Attack – Instrumentals 2015 (Drag City)
Arthur Russell – Corn (Audika)
Silkworm – It’ll Be Cool (Touch and Go)
Kurt Stenzel – Jodorowsky’s Dune OST (Cinewax/ Light In The Attic)
Tropic Of Cancer – Stop Suffering (Blackest Ever Black)
Wrekmeister Harmonies – Night Of Your Ascension (Thrill Jockey)

M3LL155X by FKA Twigs (experimental r&b)
Time To Go Home by Chastity Belt (garage rock)
Rose Mountain by Screaming Females (punk/indie rock)
Fingers, Bank Pads, and Shoe Prints by RP Boo (footwork/dance)
Zipper Down by Eagles of Death Metal (garage rock/rock n’ roll)
Death Magic by HEALTH (synthpunk/dance punk)
Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress by Godspeed You! Black Emperor (post-rock/noise rock)
To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar (jazz fusion/funk/hip-hop)
Lost Themes by John Carpenter (ambient/electronic)
Holding Hands With Jamie by Girl Band (post-punk/noise rock)
The Day Is My Enemy by The Prodigy (dance punk/big beat)
The Powers That B by Death Grips (experimental/noise/hip-hop/punk)
Severe by My Disco (doom metal/noise)
This Is The Sonics by The Sonics (GARAGE ROCK DAMN IT)
Dumb Flesh by Blanck Mass (electronica/noisy dance)
Garden of Delete by Oneohtrix Point Never (experimental)
i’ve always been good at true love by the ily’s (garage rock/experimental punk/lo-fi) [free digital download only]
No Cities to Love by Sleater-Kinney (post-punk/indie rock)
Fantasy Empire by Lightning Bolt (noise rock/metal)
The Epic by Kamasi Washington (jazz fusion)
Key Markets by Sleaford Mods (punk/spoken word)
Summertime ’06 by Vince Staples (hip-hop/gangster rap)
II by METZ (noise rock/punk)
In no particular order

Girlpool – When The World Was Small
Beach House – Depression Cherry
Beach House – Thank Your Lucky Stars
Myrkur – M
Tame Impala – Currents
Lightning Bolt – Fantasy Empire
Shamir – Ratchet
Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
Circuit De Yeux – In Plain Speech
The Body & Thou – You, Whom I have Always Hated

-The Velvet Teen – All Is Illusory
-Title Fight – Hyperview
-The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die – Harmlessness
-Tame Impala – Currents
-Panda Bear – Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
-Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
-Disasterpeace – It Follows soundtrack
-Protomartyr – The Agent Intellect
-Ought – Sun Coming Down
-Katie Dey – Asdfasdf

Piper Spray: Krolorog
Wei Zhongle: Nu Trance
Oneohtrix Point Never: Garden of Delete
Julia Holter: Have You in My Wilderness
Eartheater: Metalepsis
The Body and Thou: You, Whom I Have Always Hated
Foodman: Couldwork
Tropic of Cancer: Stop Suffering
Wolf Eyes: I am a Problem: Mind in Pieces
death’s dynamic shroud.wmv: I’ll Try Living Like This

Dark Ages/Vapor/Sorry State Records
Institute/Catharsis/Sacred Bones
The Almighty Deacons/Beat Up the World/Ciabatta Brain Tapes
Inner Alter/Volume 1/Ritual Knife
Chasm/DEMO/Self Released
Blind Dog/DEMO/Ciabatta Brain Tapes
Phantom Head/South of Heaven/Self Released
American Hate/Greatest Hits/Self Released
The Conquerors/I Don’t Know/High Dive Records

Blue Healer/MMXV Demo/Self Released



Top stuff list
No particular order

Bolt Thrower: IVth Crusade
Neko Case: Truckdriver/ Gladiator/ Mule
Genesis P. Orridge: Rebellion Is Over
LCD Soundsystem: Yr Citys a Sucker
Public Image Limited: Bettie Page
Cocksure: Corporate Sting
Sam Phillips: Man Who Invented Rock N Roll
Fuzz: Fuzz II
Citizen Dick: Touch Me I’m Dick
Fuck You Pay Me: Public Disgrace
Meat Wave: Delusion Moon
Foals: What Went Down
Ghost: Meliora
Kadavar: Berlin
Sword: HIgh Country
Nurse With Wound: Sylvie & Babs
Chelsea Wolfe: Abyss
Western Star: Fireball

Salad days: A Decade of Punk In Washington DC

Friday Night Live Most Played:
Swans: Gate
Useless Eaters: Live In San Francisco

Best In Show:
Cannibal Corpse
Cattle Decapitation

At Durty Nellies: Downtown Palatine!!!!!!

Best In Store:
Insane Clown Posse

2015 favs-
Telepath- Virtual Dreams Plaza (t e l e p a t h テレパシー能力者 – 仮想夢プラザ)
(I know, I know, it’s a travesty for me to put a digital release in my top slot, but i’d be a LIAR if I said anything else did it for me like this one does.. 31 tracks, each over 31 minutes long.. resented as a colossal 16 hour album. Ambient sample regurgitation/meditations ala Caretaker, gentle dreamy cascading loops that gradually and subtly change over the course of the track. Many of them sound vaguely familiar, recalling previous dreams and memories, both real & imagined. Each track really takes you to another world- seriously check this one out folks. A physical edition is coming early 2016!

~2015 most-played, most enjoyed- in no particular order~
Auscultation- L’Etreinte Imaginaire (Simply one of the best house records i’ve ever heard.. every second of this thing grooves like a motherfucker and is perfect in every way)
2814- Birth Of A New Day (Akin to floating above the violet haze of a neon lit metropolis at night- LPs coming to Reckless soon!)
V/A- Skyward Territories (the Difference Clouds side- new levels of Akira OST vibes. Futuristic cyberpunk noir at it’s best)
Charli XCX- Sucker (Bubblegum perfection, fun cranked to 11)
Jefre Cantu Ledesma- A Year With 13 Moons (Lush chorus of the Cocteaus meets the surf of Hecker’s blistering noise)
Grimes- Art Angels (Just like audible candy, so catchy and sticky and sickly sweet. Extremely polished and well produced, good luck topping this one)
Swervedriver- I wasn’t Born To Lose You (Real rock music, and the best “reunion” album since Dino Jr’s “Beyond”)
Drake- If You’re Reading This… (never thought i’d like Drizzy.. but I couldn’t ignore the ambience behind the beats.. the masterful production really pulls the listener into new sonic worlds)
Kyle Landstra- Unshared Properties (Contemporary meditative synthesis at it’s best, the rightful heir to Steve Roach’s throne)

~Honorable Mentions~
Drawing Trees/Ant’lrd- Balanced Breakfast (soft and pleasant like a sunny spring morning)
Broadcast reissues (much needed!)
Televape- Beyond Love (Alien VHS funk submerged underwater)
Onra- Fundamentals (90s feel-good rap)
Palmbomen II- S/T (home-made analog techno)
Ryley Walker- Primrose Green (folk ripper’s best)
death’s dynamic shroud.wmv- I’ll Try Living Like This (Plunderphonic mastery- no “mash-up” artist can do it like these guys)
Journeyman Traxx- Smoke Tape (the freshest classic sounding techno jams)
Panda Bear- Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper (PB Skylar Spence- Prom King (Saint Pepsi Pulse Emitter- Digital Rainforest (Daryl finds the gunk knob and cranks it to the max)
Mac Demarco- Another One (just like the title)
No Joy- Everything New (new is good)
Lapalux- Lustmore (alien roomsound electronics)
Jaakko Eino Kalevi- S/T (laid back lounge pop)
Dr. Dundiff- Frenemies With Benefits (summer boombox jam)
Best Coast- California Nights (stadium sized power pop)
Steve Hauschildt- Where All Is Fled (electro-acoustic pleasantness)

Favorite label in 2015- Dream Catalogue
Say what you will about whatever “vaporwave” means.. ignore the hashtags, memes, and bad web art and just listen.. This label is installing dreams into your brain and putting out the music i’ve always wanted to hear. Very happy to announce that Reckless will be carrying Dream Catalogue tapes and LPs in 2016- keep your eyes peeled


AFK – orphaned deejay selek 2006-2008
Aphex Twin – Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2
Maki Asakawa – Maki Asakawa
BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah – Sour Soul
Björk – Vulnicura
Karen Dalton – It’s So Hard To Tell Who’s Going To Love You The Best
Death Grips – The Powers That B
(shoutout to Fashion Week)
Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
Lightning Bolt – Fantasy Empire
MAGAS – Heads Plus
Micachu & The Shapes – Oh Baby
Moon Pool and Dead Band – MEQ
Second Layer – World Of Rubber
Kamasi Washington – The Epic
Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss
Various – In A Moment… Ghost Box
and lastly, for that special cat in your life…
Run The Jewels – Meow The Jewels

RAP (alphabetical order)
A$AP Rocky – At. Long. Last. ASAP (RCA)
Big Grams – Big Grams (Epic)
Blackalicious – Imani Vol 1 (OGM Recordings)
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly (Interscope)
Mick Jenkins – Wave[s] (Cinematic)

POP (alphabetical order)
Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color (ATO)
Bird and the Bee – Recreational Love (Rostrum)
Charli XCX – Sucker (Atlantic)
Empress Of – Me (Terrible)
Florence + the Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (Republic)
Holychild – The Shape of Brat Pop to Come (Glassnote Records)
Hudson Mohawke – Lantern (Warp)
Lianne La Havas – Blood (Warner Bros.)
Jamie xx – In Colour (XL)
U.S. Girls – Half Free (4AD)

EVERYTHING ELSE (alphabetical order)
Cécile McLorin Salvant – For One To Love (Mack Avenue Records)
D’Angelo and The Vanguard – Black Messiah (RCA)
Erykah Badu – But You Caint Use My Phone (Motown)
Gary Clark Jr – The Story of Sonny Boy Slim (Warner Bros.)
Hiatus Kaiyote – Choose Your Weapon (Flying Buddha)
The Internet – Ego Death (Odd Future)
Janelle Monae – Wondaland Presents: The Eephus (Epic)
Kamasi Washington – The Epic (Brainfeeder)
Kelela – Hallucinogen (Warp)
Leon Bridges – Coming Home (Columbia)

Honorable Mention
Beirut – No No No (4ad)
Eleventh Dream Day – Works for Tomorrow (Thrill Jockey)
Lion Babe – Begin (Interscope)
Lupe Fiasco – Tetsuo & Youth (1st & 15th/Atlantic
Paul Weller – Saturns Patterns (Warner)
Prince – Hit N Run: Phase One (NPG Records)
Protomartyr – Agent Intellect (Subpop)
Shamir – Ratchet (XL)
Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love (Sub Pop)
Swervedriver – I Wasn’t Born To Lose You (Lolipop Records)
Tame Impala – Currents (Interscope)
Tanlines – Mixed Emotions (True Panther)
Tinashe – Amethyst (self-release)
Toro Y Moi – What For? (Carpark)
Veruca Salt – Ghost Notes (El Camino)

Top 5 Singles (alphabetical order)
I don’t need to remind you about hits like 7/11 or BBHMM. Lean On was inescapable, and everybody has heard Take Me To Church and Uptown Funk. Here are my personal favorites.

Alessia Cara – Here
A$AP Rocky ft. Rod Stewart, Miguel & Mark Ronson – Everyday
Beck – Dreams
MS MR – Painted
Nicki Minaj ft. Beyonce – Feeling Myself

Ex Machina
I take it you’re familiar with Oscar Isaac from Inside Llewyn Davis by the Coen Brothers (if you haven’t seen that, just stop reading, and go watch that now). Well, here’s another film starring this talented actor. This taut sci-fi thriller is way more exciting than Gravity and The Martian and comes highly recommended!

Records I’ve really enjoyed in 2015
*** No Particular order***

Ought– Sun Coming Down (Constellation)
Disappears — Irreal (Kranky)
Beach slang — The Things We Do To Find People Who Like Us (Polyvinyl)
Broadcast– LP reissues (Warp)
Protomartyr– Agent Intellect (Hardly Art)
Replacements Twin Tone Years LP Box Set (Rhino)
Viet Cong– S/T (Jagjaguwar)
Melvins– Lice- All/ Egg Nog
Melvins– Bullhead/ Ozma (Boner)
Ty Segall– Ty Rex LP (Goner)
Color of Noise –(Soundtrack & Documentary)
Sleater-Kinney– No Cities To Love (Sub-Pop)
Negative Scanner– S/T (Trouble in Mind)
Timmy Organism– Heartless Heathen (Third Man)
Dead Weather– Dodge & Burn (Third Man)

Best of List 2015
New Releases

Viands/ Temporal Relics (Midwich)
Patrick Cowley/ Muscle Up (Dark Entries)
Karin Krog/ Don’t Just Sing/ An Anthology 1963-1999 (Light in the Attic)
Wume/ Maintain (Ehse)
Jessica Pratt/ On Your Own Love Again (Drag City)
Wire (S/T) (Pink Flag)
Bjork/ Vulnicura (Little Indian)
Kurt Stenzel/ Jodorowsky’s Dune (Light in the Attic)


Lizzy Mercier Descloux/ Press color (Light In the Attic)
Liquid Liquid/ (s/t)/ (Superior Viaduct)
Vega, Chilton, Vaughn/ Cubist Blues (Light in the Attic)
Mariah/ Utakata No Hibi (Palto Flats)
Laraaji/ Ambient 3: Day of Radiance (Glitterbeat)
Arthur Russell/ Corn (Audika)
Broadcast/ Catalog Reissues (Warp)

Jamie XX “In Colour”
Metz “II”
Wand “Golem”
Kendrick Lamar “To Pimp A Butterfly”
Mike Krol “Turkey”
Fuzz “II”
Car Seat Headrest “Teens of Style”
Jacco Gardner “Hypnophobia”
Tame Impala “Currents”
Kurt Vile “B’lieve I’m Goin’ Down”

2015 best, in no order

u.s. girls – half-free
mitski – bury me at makeout creek [2014 but late, gotta count]
girlpool – before the world was big
sufjan stevens – carrie and lowell
eskimeau – O.K.
teen – little doods
staple singers – freedom highway complete (reissue)
julia holter – have you in my wilderness
dick diver – melbourne, florida
wavves – v
sleater-kinney – no cities to love
arthur russell – corn (reissue-ish)
yo la tengo – stuff like that
shannon and the clams – gone by the dawn

(no order whatsoever)

Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit & Think…
Waxahatchee – Ivy Tripp
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
Ty Segall – Ty Rex
New Order – Music Complete
Jlin – Dark Energy
Sleater Kinney – No Cities To Love
Kurt Vile – b’lieve I’m going down
Destroyer – Poison Season
Father John Misty – I Love You Honeybear
Tame Impala – Currents
Disappears – Irreal
Mac Demarco – Another One
Mikal Cronin – MCIII
Protomartyr – The Agent Intellect
Pulp – Different Class (reissue)

1. Godspeed You! Black Emperor “Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress”
2. Cloakroom “Further Out”
3. John Carpenter “Lost Themes”
4. Zombi “Shape Shift”
5. Eleventh Dream Day “Works for Tomorrow”
6. Zomes “Near Unison”
7. Uncle Acid “The Night Creeper”
8. Meatwave “Delusion Moon”
9. Sun Kil Moon “Universal Themes”
10. William Onyeabor “Atomic Bomb” (Reissue!)

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
Bjork – Vulnicura (instrumental)
Purity Ring – Another Eternity
Ezra Furman – Perpetual Motional People
Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss
LIanne La Havas – Blood
Tunde Olaniran – Transgressor
Grimes – Art Angels
Metz – II
G.L.O.S.S. – Demo

Joshua Abrams -Magnetoception
Maki Asakawa – Maki Asakawa
Broadcast (catalog reissues)
Ken Camden – Dream Memory
Neko Case (reissues)
Circuit Des Yeux – In Plain Speech
Lizzy Mercier Descloux- Press color (reissue)
Patrick Cowley – Muscle Up
Disasterpeace – It Follows soundtrack
Disappears – Irreal
Fingers Inc.- Another Side (reissue)
Francoise Hardy – catalog reissues (cds out now, lps out soon)
Implodes – Reverser
The Internet – Ego Death
Kendrick Lamar-To Pimp A Butterfly
Led Zeppelin (catalog reissues)
Liquid Liquid (reissue)
Magas- Heads Plus
Spooner Oldham – Pot Luck (reissue)
Ork Records: New York, New York compilation
Run the Jewels – Bust No Moves 12”
Second Layer – World Of Rubber (reissue)
Kurt Stenzel Jodorowsky’s Dune soundtrack
Swervedriver- I wasn’t Born To Lose You
Tame Impala- Currents
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats- The Night Creeper
Universal Togetherness Band- Universal Togetherness Band
Mariah – Utakata No Hibi (reissue)
Kamasi Washington – The Epic
Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss
Wume – Maintain

Friends of Reckless

BRIAN CASE – Disappears
jenny hval – apocalypse, girl
adrian sherwood – sherwood at the controls: volume 1
the necks – vertigo
diät – positive energy
beach house – thank your lucky stars
sleater kinney – no cities to love
shopping – why choose
savant – artificial dance
big brave – au de la
valet – nature
girl band – holding hands with jamie
negative scanner – negative scanner
LoneLady – Hinterland
ben salisbury & geoff barrow – ex machina
colleen – captain of none
wire – wire
james murphy – remixes made with tennis data
viet cong – viet cong
metz – II
tomaga – familiar obstacles
housewives – work
föllakzoid – III
regis – manbait


Twenty-Five Things About 2015

Faith Healer “Cosmic Troubles” (Mint)
Domenique Dumont “Comme Ça” (Antinote)
Deerhunter “Fading Frontier” (4ad)
Car Seat Headrest “Teens of Style” (Matador)
Viet Cong “Viet Cong” (Jagjaguar)
Sufjan Stevens “Carrie & Lowell” (asthmatic kitty records)
Colleen “Captain of None” (Thrill Jockey)
Destroyer “Poison Season” (Merge Records)
Girlpool “Before the World was Big” (wichita)
Inventions “Maze of Woods” (Temporary Residence)
Panda Bear “Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper” (Domino)
Implodes “Reverser” (Kranky)
Tame Impala “Currents” (Interscope)
Helen “Original Faces” (Kranky)
Julia Holter “Have you in my Wilderness” (Domino)
Deerhunter “Fading Frontier” (4ad)
William Basinski “Deluge” (Temporary Residence)
Lullatone “Sounds of Spring” (Self)
Joanna Newsom “Divers” (Drag City)
Veruca Salt “Ghost Notes” (El Camino Media)
Colleen Green “I want to Grow up” (Hardly Art)
In a Moment… Ghost Box Compilation
Ken Camden “Dream Memory” (Kranky)
Giovanni Di Domenico & Jim O’Rourke “Arco” (Die Schachtel)
Earl Sweatshirt “I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album by Earl Sweatshirt” (Columbia)

Egisto Macchi “Il Deserto”(Cinedelic)
Musiques electroniques en France 1974 – 1984 (Replica)
Early Pakistani Dance Music From Original 7” Soundtracks 1967-1975 (Ovular)

DAVID MARTIN – Omnian Music Group/ Captured Tracks
1. Dick Diver – “Melbourne Florida” LP Trouble In Mind
2. Don Howland – “Life Is A Nightmare” 12XU
3. Meg Baird – “Don’t Weigh Down The Light” Drag City
4. Courtney Barnett – “Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit” Mom + Pop
5. The Silence – “Hark The Silence” & S/T Drag City
6. Ryley Walker – “Primrose Green” Dead Oceans
7. Russell St Bombings – S/T Smart Guy Records
8. Carousel – “2113” TeePee
9. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – “Freedom Tower” Shove Records / Mom + Pop
10. Dave Rawlings Machine – “Nashville Obsolete” Acony Records
11. Drinks – “Hermits On Holiday” Birth Records
12. Circuit Des Yeux – “In Plain Speech” Thrill Jockey
13. Salad Boys – “Metalmania” Trouble In Mind
14. Protomartyr – “The Agent Intellect” Hardly Art Records
15. F ingers “Hide Before Dinner” Blackest Ever Black
16. Prinzhorn Dance School – “Home Economics” DFA
17. Ultimate Painting – “Green Lanes” Trouble In Mind
18. Deaf Wish – “Pain” Sub Pop
19. Eleventh Dream Day – “Works For Tomorrow” Thrill Jockey
20. Masami Kawaguchi – “The Mad Guitar Sings” Black Petal
21. Home Blitz – “Foremost & Fair” Richie Records
22. Kurt Vile – “Believe I’m Goin’ (Deep) Down – Matador Records
23. Yo La Tengo – “Stuff Like That There” Matador Records
24. Pole – “Wald”
25. Obnox – “Boogalou Reed” 12XU

7”s / 12”s / EP’s
1. Savoy Motel – “Souvenir Shop Rock” b/w Hot One” Official Memorabilia
2. Lower – “I’m A Lazy Son…But I’m The Only Son” Escho / Matador
3. Mac McCaughan – “Box Batteries” b/w “Whatever Light”
4. Novelist x Mumdance – “1 Sec” b/w “Shook” XL Recordings
5. Implodes – “Reverser” Gilead Media
6. S/cks – “Cut Bait” b/w “Enemies List” Mind Cure Records
7. The Gories – “Be Nice” b/w “On The Run” Third Man Records
8. Howling Hex – “Butterfly” b/w “Party Shoes” Drag City
9. Exhaustion – “Phased Out” 12XU
10. feedtime – “flatiron” b/w “stick up jack” Sup Pop

1. Speaking Canaries – “Platter Base Must Be Constructed Of Moon Rock” Chunklet Industries
2. Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments – “Straight To Video” Straight To Video
3. Scharpling & Wurster – “The Best of The Best Show” Numero
4. Billy Synth – “Off The Deep End” & “We Have You Surrounded” Mind Cure
5. Dean Carter – Call Of The Wild” Big Beat
6. Pack – S/T Ugly Pop
7. Youth Brigade – “First Demo” Dischord
8. Cate Le Bon -“Me Oh My” The Control Group
9. Discharge – “Toronto ’83 In The Cold Night” Ugly Pop
10. Teengenerate – “Live At Shelter” Ugly Pop
11. Stooges – “Have Some Fun: Live At Ungano’s” Rhino
12. Dead Moon – “Live At Satyricon” Voodoo Doughnuts / Mississippi Records
13. Deathwish – S/T Disclaim Records
14. B-52’s – “Live 8-24-1979” Rhino
15. V/A – “Destroy All Art” Rock ’N Roll Parasite Records
16. V/A – “We’re Loud – 90’s Cassette Punk Unknowns” Black Gladiator / Slovenly Records
17. The Girls – “Punk-Dada Pulchritude” Feeding Tube
18. Blast – “Damned Flame” b/w “Hope” Death Vault Records
19. Rema Rema “Entry / Exit” Inflammable Material / Le Coq Musique
20. 39 Clocks – “Subnarcotic” Luxury Product
21. Rolling Stones – “The Marquee Club Live in 1971” Eagle Vision
22. Steve Treatment – “All Dressed For Tomorrow” Messthetics / Munster
23. Jimi Hendrix – “Hear My Music” *& “Freedom: The Atlanta Pop Festival 1970” Dagger / Sony
24. Kim Salmon & the Surrealists – “Ya Gotta Let Me Do My Thing” Bang
25. Mars – “Mars Archives Volume One” Feeding Tube

Live shows
Savoy Motel @ Berlin & Union Pool
Sue Garner / Alan Licht / Lee Ranaldo @ Trans Pecos
Girlschool @ St Vitus
Dick Diver @ Cake Shop & Babys Allright
Gotobeds everywhere, every time
Total Control @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg
Glue @ Palisades
Salad Boys @ Palisades
Meg Baird @ Union Pool
Carousel @ The Cake Shop & The Wick
Ultimate Painting @ Rough Trade
75 Dollar Bill @ Trans Pecos & birthday parties
Eleventh Dream Day & Antietam @ Mercury Lounge
Protomartyr, Car Seat Headrest @ Santo’s Party House
Damon & Naomi / Elisa Ambrogio @ The Bell House
Dark Blue @ Rough Trade & Mercury Lounge
Deaf Wish @ Alphaville
Melvins @ Santo’s Party House
Circuit Des Yeux @ Trans Pecos & Academy Records
Connections @ Cake Shop
Obnox @ Pianos
Holly Herndon @ The Wick

SHELLY WESTERHAUSEN – Secretly Distribution
Alphabetized because I’m horrible at picking favorites:
ALL DOGS – Kicking Every Day (Salinas)
GUN OUTFIT – Dream All Over (Paradise of Bachelors)
JOHN CARPENTER – Lost Themes (Sacred Bones Records)
KURT VILE – b’lieve i’m goin down (Matador)
LA LUZ – Weirdo Shrine (Hardly Art)
OUGHT – Sun Coming Down (Constellation)
RYLEY WALKER – Primrose Green (Dead Oceans)
SHANNON AND THE CLAMS – Gone By The Dawn (Hardly Art)
SHANA CLEVELAND & THE SANDCASTLES – Oh Man, Cover the Ground (Suicide Squeeze Records)
SHOPPING – Consumer Complaints (FatCat Records)
THEE TSUNAMIS – Saturday Night Sweetheart (Magnetic South)
TORRES – Sprinter (Partisan)
ULTIMATE PAINTING – Green Lanes (Trouble In Mind)
VIET CONG – Viet Cong (Jagjaguwar)
WAXAHATCHEE – Ivy Tripp (Merge)

Pinecones (now known as Arbor Labor Union)
anything Wayne Rogers
Destroy All Art
Mutual Jerk
Honey Radar
Salad Boys
Uniform (both NY and GA iterations)
Deep in the Throat of Texas
Spray Paint

J.R. ROBINSON – Wrekmeister Harmonies
Trevor Jackson Presents: Science Fiction Dancehall Classics
Bell Witch – Four Phantoms
Lily Chao – Chinese Folk Songs
Leviathan – Scar Sighted
Rose McDowall – Cut With the Cake Knife
Sergius Golowin – Lord Krishna von Golowin
Kevin Drumm @ Chicago Cultural Center Oct 9 2015
Fountain Sun @ Bohemian Cemetery July 2 2015
Helen Money @ Alex’s Bar Dec 10 2015
The Body / Full of Hell @ Empty Bottle Aug 2015

Karl Ove Knausgard – My Struggle
Rachel Kushner – The Flamethrowers
Frank Stafford – What About This : The Collected Poems of Frank Stafford

VINCENT TORNATORE – Lion Productions

C. Duncan “Architect” just about the only new music I listened to all year, apart from the new Bowie single, which I also thought was excellent

Television “Marquee Moon” one of the best records I’ve listened to in this or any other year; I tacked on some alternates + tracks from “Adventure” to make my own super Television mix

Wapassou “S/T” sure, it’s on Lion, but it’s one of my favorites of the year; i listen to my own releases more than anything else, since I have to shepherd them through all stages of production. Checking the masters means listening to something nine or ten times (at least).

Velvet Underground take your pick: Matrix Tapes box, super deluxe of third album (my personal favorite)

Pastels/Tenniscoats “Two Sunsets” new for me, although it’s several years old; bought used from Reckless!

Roxy Music ‘Mother of Pearl’ fade in after the spastic opening, the rest is stupendous

Laurence Vanay (Jacqueline Thibault) “Le Petite Fenêtre” another one of mine, beautiful stuff

Beethoven piano concerti, played by Wilhelm Kempff if only classical labels approached their catalogues the way the best reissue labels do… although at least the music gets out into the world.

Big Star returned to their catalogue after many years, glad I did

Zoot Money “Transition” cheap CD, great songs, excellent mastering… ‘Stop the Wedding’

Various “Duke Reid Treasure Chest” old o/p Heartbeat label collection, some of the purest music ever made…

the Deep “Psychedelic Moods of the Deep” 3xLP I just found out this morning that Rusty Evans (alias Marcus) died a couple of weeks ago. The person who told me about Rusty also pointed out that my label was the only one to ever issue Freak Scene (CD), Marcus (2xCD), and the Deep. I’m glad to have had a hand in promoting the legacy of one of the true greats of psychedelia. This set took a lot of twists and turns, which is why it ended up a triple LP; proud of how it came out (same with our Tin House LP+EP) even though the greater public doesn’t seem to know much about it, thanks to saturation bombing from the majors (too many LPs), the narrow focus of social media, etc. I sure wish there were more stores out there like Reckless… that’s a fact.

BRIAN FOOTE [aka leech. of kranky, peak oil, audraglint, conflict of interest]

here are my favorite 2015 releases excluding all the incredible music i am involved with in some personal capacity.

gonno ‘remember that life is beautiful’ endless flight
lief ‘taraxacum’ until my heart stops
aci edits ‘/\07’ aught
rorys world ‘trust image’ 1080p
fl0rist ‘phenomena ep’ all caps
sotofett ‘drippin for a tripp [tripp a dubb mix]’ honest jons
young thug ‘slime season’ not on label
savant ‘artificial dance’ rvng
karmelloz ‘silicon forest’ cleaning tapes
amnesia scanner ‘angels rig hook’ gum artefacts
soichi terada ‘sounds from the far east’ rush hour
mariah ‘うたかたの日々’ palto flats
fit siegel ‘carmine’ fit
j-zbel ‘how i made my mom & sis my sexbot slaves’ brothers from different mothers
peder mannerfelt ‘the swedish congo record’ archives intérieures
recycle culture ‘trapped goddess’ not on label
sun of ‘social zombies’ opal tapes
e.r. ‘qen sew’ 1432r
color plus ‘netcika’ bootleg tapes
road hog ‘on the lam’ not on label
sk kakraba ‘songs of paapieye’ awesome tapes from africa
lapti ‘v tiraj’ ГОСТ ЗВУК
plo man ’stations of the elevated’ acting press
dj haus ‘burnin up’ rinse fm
aris kindt ‘floods’ scissor & thread
jeremih ‘late nights: the album’ def jam

Stephen Sowley
No order:
Diat–Positive Energy LP
Aeon Fux–I’m Gonna Beat The Fuck Out Of Terry Richardson mp3
Erykah Badu–But You Caint Use My Phone Mixtape
Joshua Abrams–Magnetoception DLP
Regis-Manbait DLP
Hungry Man–Eater LP
Courtney Barnett–Sometimes I Sit And Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit LP
Scharpling & Wurster–The Best Of The Best Show Boxset
Bjork–Vulnicura DLP
Vince Staples–Summertime ’06
Mike Krol–Turkey LP
Obnox, period.
G.L.O.S.S, period.
Bully, period.
Malportado Kids at Weenie Hut Jr’s
Aye Nako–The Blackest Eye 12″
Heather Leigh–I Abused Animal LP
Theo Parrish–American Intelligence TLP
Total Control at the Bottle
D’Angelo & The Vanguard–Black Messiah DLP
Screaming Females–Rose Mountain LP
Colonial Donuts in Oakland, CA
Mozart–The Tick cassette
Laurel Halo–In-Situ D12″
A.P. Mike–Michael Perry mp3
Eddie Palmieri at Symphony Center
Kendrick Lamar–To Pimp A Butterfly DLP
Jason Lescaleet & Kevin Drumm at Constellation
Te-Nehisi Coates–Between The World And Me
Protomartyr–The Agent Intellect LP
Missy Elliot–WTF mp3
Violence Creeps–On My Turf 7″
The Coneheads–LP1//C.C.T.V–S/T 7″
Norwood Park Po

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Reckless Records 2013 Employee Best of Lists


Angela Ziles
Best Albums of 2013
Bill Orcutt – A History of Every One (Editions Mego)
Oozing Wound – Retrash (Thrill Jockey)
Joshua Abrams – Unknown Known (RogueArt)
Tropic of Cancer – Restless Idylls (Blackest Ever Black)
Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap (self-released)
White Fence – Cyclops Reap (Castle Face)
Ken Camden – Space Mirror (Kranky)
Fire! – Without Noticing (Rune Grammofon)
M.I.A. – Matangi (Interscope)
Bottomless Pit – Shade Perennial (Comedy Minus One)
Squrl – EP #1 (ATP)
My Bloody Valentine – MBV (self-released)
Justin Walter – Lullabies & Nightmares (Kranky)
James Plotkin & Paal Nilssen-Love – Death Rattle (Rune Grammofon)
Rob Mazurek Octet – Skull Sessions (Cuneiform)
Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest (Warp)
Grouper – The Man Who Died In His Boat (Kranky)
Lionel O – Mama Said Knock Me Out (Golden Beast)
Implodes – Recurring Dream (Kranky)
Clinic – Free Reign II (Daniel Lopatin Versions) (Domino)
Josephine Foster – I’m A Dreamer (Fire)
Marissa Anderson – Galax (Mississippi)
Pissed Jeans – Honeys (Sub Pop)
Fake Limbs – Power of Patrician Upbringing (BLVD)
Haim – Days Are Gone (Rough Trade)
Le Tour – Christian Guilt (Golden Beast)
Bitchin Bajas – Bitchitronics (Drag City)
Kevin Hein – Gauze (Baro)
The Delfonics – Adrian Younge Presents (Wax Poetics)
Allen Toussaint – Songbook (Rounder)
Darkside – Psychic (Matador/Other People)
Laurel Halo – Chance of Rain (Hyperdub)
No Joy – Wait To Pleasure (Mexican Summer)
Loren Connors – Departing of a Dream (Family Vineyard)

Reissues and Compilations:
Unwound – Kid Is Gone (Numero)
V/A I Heard The Angels Singing: Electrifying Black Gospel From The Nashboro Label 1951- 1983 (Tompkins Square)
Roky Erickson – Light In The Attic Reissues
William Onyeabor – World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? (Luaka Bop)
Arthur Russell – Another Thought (Point)
Cleaners From Venus – Vol. 2 (Captured Tracks)
V/A New Orleans Funk Vol. 3 (Soul Jazz)
Irma Thomas – In Between Tears (Alive)

Joshua Abrams Natural Information Society at Hideout
Swirlies at Metro
Keiji Haino at Empty Bottle
Black Sabbath at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Allen Toussaint at SPACE
Rotted Tooth Fest
Ken Camden at Constellation
Bottomless Pit at Township
Le Tour and Negative Scanner at The Whistler
Metz and No Joy at Lincoln Hall
Slushy at Bric-A-Brac Records
Melvins at Double Door
Kranky 20th Anniversary Shows

Cole Cooney
1) Yo La Tengo – Fade
2) Bill Callahan – Dream River
3) Lloyd Cole & Hans Joachim Roedelius – Selected Studies Vol. 1
4) Har Mar Superstar – Bye Bye 17
5) Ken Camden – Space Mirror
6) Jagga Jazzist – Live with Britten Sonfonia
7) Lionel O – Mama Said Knock Me Out
8) Men – New Moon
9) Rhye – Woman
10) Colin Stetson – History of Warfare Vol. 3
11) Implodes – Recurring Dream
12) Shannon & the Clams – Dreams in the Rathouse
13) Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest
14) My Bloody Valentine – MBV

Derek Medley
Atom TM – HD
Autechre – Exai /L-event
William Basinski – Nocturnes
Keith Berry – Towards the Blue Peninsula
Ken Camden – Space Mirror
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma – Music From the Headlands Center for the Arts
Ceephax Acid Crew – Cro Magnox
Jack Dangers – Bathyscaphe Trieste
Philip Glass – Visitors
Tim Hecker – Virgins
lovesliescrushing – Ghost Colored Halo
Stephen Mathieu – The Falling Rocket /Un coeur simple

Eduard Artimiev – Stalker /The Mirror /Solaris
François Bayle – L’Expérience Acoustique /Les couleurs de la nuit
Benge – Twenty Systems
Boards of Canada – Warp catalog
Alice Coltrane – Divine Songs
Léo Kupper – Electronic Works & Voices
Bernard Parmegiani – De Natura Sonorum
Eliane Radigue – Adnos I-III
Vangelis – Blade Runner
Iannis Xenakis – GRM Works

Dave Hofer
Artifacts – Between a Rock & a Hard Place (Artifacts) REISSUE
A$AP Ferg – Trap Lord (RCA)
A$AP Rocky – Long.Live.A$AP (RCA)
Blasted Diplomats – Blasted Diplomats (BLVD)
Botch – We are the Romans (Hydra Head) REISSUE
The Bronx – IV (ATO)
Danny Brown – Old (Fool’s Gold)
Cave In – Until Your Heart Stops (Hydra Head) REISSUE
Dillinger Escape Plan – One of Us is the Killer (Sumerian)
Discordance Axis – Jouhou (Hydra Head) REISSUE
El-P & Killer Mike – Run the Jewels (Fool’s Gold)
Ghostface Killah – Twelve Reasons to Die (original Adrian Younge mix & Apollo Brown remix) (Soul Temple)
Gigan – Multi-Dimensional Fractal Sorcery and Super Science (Willowtip)
Heliocentrics – 13 Degrees of Reality (Now Again)
Ill Bill – The Grimy Awards (Fat Beats)
Immolation – Kingdom of Conspiracy (Nuclear Blast)
Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire – Kismet (Self-released)
Nails – Abandon All Life (Southern Lord)
Nedelle Torrisi – Nedelle Torrisi (Self-released)
Wormed – Exodromos (Willowtip)

Mark Lux
2013 in no particular order
tv ghost ‘disconnect’
ken camden ‘space mirror’
chance ‘in search of’ (reissue)
steve gunn ‘tim off’
larry coryell ‘lift’
outer minds ‘behind the mirror’
new canyons ‘everyone is dark’
photon band ‘pur photonic matter vol. 1’
bare mutants ‘affliction’
implodes ‘recurring dream’
grateful dead ‘sunshine daydream live 1972’
we have heaven/20 guilders split 12”
jacco gardner ‘cabinet of curiosities’
daft punk ‘random access memory’
my bloody valentine ‘mbv’
dark ’round the edges’ (reissue)
peter peter/peter kyed ‘valhalla rising’ (soundtrack)
purling hiss ‘paisley montage’
labradford ‘prazision’ (reissue)
doomed to obscurity ‘pipe bomb’ 7″
strapping fieldhands ‘sitting on her whiskers’ 7″

Sarah Frier
Best of 2013 – No Order

Savages – Silence Yourself
Cave – Threace
Angel Olsen – Half Way Home
MIA – Matangi
Grant Hart – The Argument
Disappears – Era
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away
Kurt Vile – Wakin on a Pretty Daze
Superchunk – I Hate Music
Black Angels – Indigo Meadow
Neko Case – The Worse Things Get…
Neil Young – Live At The Cellar Door
V/A – I Am The Center

Matt Jencik
Acteurs – s/t
Afflicted Man I’m Off Me ‘Ead LP reissue
Algebra Suicide Feminine Square LP reissue
Atoms for Peace Amok
A Band Called Death documentary
Blasted Diplomats s/t
Blessure Grave Flashing
Blut Aus Nord Work Which Transforms God LP reissue
Boards of Canada Tomorrow’s Harvest
Ken Camden Space Mirror
John Carpenter The Fog (soundtrack) LP reissue
Christmas Lights S/T reissue
Circuit Des Yeux Overdue
Alice Coltrane Divine Songs LP reissue
Devo Hardcore Devo Vol. 1 & 2 reissues
Disappears Era
Dreamies (Bill Holt) Auralgraphic Entertainment LP reissue
Emerald Web Stargate Tapes 1979-1982
Kat Epple & Bob Stohl Sanctus Spiritus
Ethernet Opus 2
Fake Limbs The Power of Patrician Upbringing
Fielded Ninety Thirty Thirty
Grouper Man Who Died in His Boat
Grant Hart  The Argument
Lee Hazlewood all Light in the Attic reissues
Peter Jefferies Last Great Challenge in a Dull World reissue
Jesu Every Day I Get Closer to the Light From Which I Came
Labradford Prazision (20th anniversary reissue)
Lives of Angels Elevator to Eden reissue
Magas Pspoilers tape
Medico Doktor Vibes Liter Through Dorker Vibes reissue
Joe Meek I Hear a New World LP reissue
My Bloody Valentine MBV
William Onyeabor World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who is William Onyeabor?
Polvo Siberia
Sarcofago Inri LP reissue
Tropic of Cancer Restless Idylls
Various Artists I Am the Center: Private Issue New Age Music in America
Voivod Target Earth
Neil Young Live at the Cellar Door

Absu @ Cobra Lounge
Acteurs/ Wreckmeister Harmonies @ Bohemian National Cemetery
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds @ Chicago Theater
Ken Camden/Circuit Des Yeux/Alex Barnett @ The Hideout
Come & Empty Bottle
Enslaved @ Reggie’s
Fielded @ Burlington
Goat @ Empty Bottle
Goblin @ The Metro
Grant Hart @ Danny’s
Kranky Twenty
My Bloody Valentine & The Aragon
Silver Apples @ The Owl
Colin Stetson & Schubas

Kate Ruggeri
Acteurs- S/T
Barnett + Coloccia- Retrieval
Blouse- Imperium
The Cairo Gang- Tiny Rebels
Dark- Round the Edges (reissue)
David Bowie- The Next Day
Delfonics- Adrian Younge Presents
Devo- Hardcore Vol. 1 & 2 (reissue)
Dog Man- Dream Date OST
Drexciya- Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller IV
Implodes- Recurring Dream
Janelle Monae- Electric Lady
Ken Camden- Space Mirror
Knife- Shaking the Habitual
Magas- Pspoilers Cassette
M.I.A- Matangi
My Bloody Valentine- MBV
Paul McCartney- New
Roky Erickson- Light in the Attic Reissues
Tim Hecker- Virgins
Troller- S/T
William Onyeabor- World Psychedelic Classics: Who Is William Onyeabor?
Yoko Ono- Take Me to the Land of Hell
V/A- New Orleans Funk Vol. 3
V/A- Punk 45: Kill the Hippies! Kill Yourself!
V/A- Purple Snow

Kathleen Baird/Michael Zerang @ ACRE

Steven Rahman
Top 5 Hip Hop
Clear Soul Forces – Gold PP7s
Wordy, dense, & nerdy… References abound, particularly to video games, & other great fun without ever sounding too childish. Very boom-bap, & definitely for folks that like their rap music with heavy trivia included.
L’Orange & Stik Figa- The City Under the City
On Mello Music Group, Stik & L’Orange haven’t worked together often. This is the first I’ve heard of Stik since Oddisee’s Odd Seasons, & the first I’ve heard of producer L’Orange ever. The two work out really well. L’Orange has this quirky sense for samples that is perfectly complimented by Stik’s easy flow. Plus the guests on this are amazing.
Tyler the Creator- WOLF
OFWGKTA… Wolf is evolution for Tyler; a jazzier more fluid style of production under slightly less graphic lyrics. Tyler is a great big fan of Pharell & it shows in all his production, but WOLF really polishes the sound. There’s a certain maturity in WOLF that had been lacking from Tyler’s previous projects, which is not to say that the humorous, ridiculous, grotesqueness of Goblin & Bastard aren’t there, just not as prevalent.
Earl Sweatshirt- Doris
This is some of the best rapping I’ve heard in years. Lot of people saying this record lacks content, but I think the density of these rhymes supports second, third, fourth listening to catch some of the slickest wordplay & storytelling this side of Slick Rick. With a lot of the production being handled by Earl himself, this is definitely the album we were waiting for.
Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
Bootlegging put this not- for- sale tape on the Billboard Top 100 list, & there’s no questioning why. Chance twists words into his flows using his melodic sense to create some really cool & trippy effects. The flow is often bent & syrupy, rarely fitting easily into the beat, but around it, just ahead, just behind but never off time. This is the most Chicago a rapper has sounded since Common dropped Resurrection & if you don’t believe me just check out the extended juke finish on “Good Ass Outro”
Honorable Mentions:
Tanya Morgan – Rubber Souls
Run The Jewels (Killer Mike & El-P) – Run The Jewels
J.Cole – Born Sinner
Big Sean – Hall of Fame
Dessa – Parts of Speech

Top 5 Not Hip Hop
Cecile McLorin Salvant – Womanchild
Classically trained in Opera, Salvant is a prodigiously talented singer. Very adventurous, she combines technique & style to create a very modern style of jazz that truly recognizes the masters of the genre.
Bilal – A Love Surreal
Groovy & soulful, with a strong jazz influence, A Love Surreal is alternative soul that stretches out the genre definitions without totally abandoning them. Lots of Prince in Bilal Oliver’s singing style, but something quite different in the long run…
Arctic Monkeys – AM
I love the Arctic Monkeys. Rock’n Roll with lyrics that combining irreverence with heart. It’s a very late night record, even though this record hits a lot harder than previous records.
Alice Smith – She
This record is everything I hoped it would be. After a long lay-off, Smith comes back with a record that shows off her rangy huge voice over Pop, Rock, & Soul soundscapes.
Hiatus Kaiyote – Tawk Tomahawk
Tawk Tomahawk is one of the best future-soul, alt-soul records I’ve ever heard. It takes the feeling & sounds of hip hop & translates them to a live band feeling better than anyone save the Roots.
Honorable Mentions:
Valerie June – Pushing Against a Stone
Foreign Exchange – Love in Flying Colors
Best Coast- Fade Away
Elvis Costello & the Roots- Wise Up Ghost

Eric Lipe
10.  Ra Ra Riot–  Beta Love
9.  Daft Punk– Random Access Memories
8.  Camera Obscura–  Desire Lines
7.  Mazzy Star–  Seasons of your day
6.  Midlake–  Antiphon
5.  William Onyeabor–  World Psychedelic Classics 5  Who is William Onyeabor?
4.  Savages–  Silence yourself
3.  Har Mar Superstar–  Bye bye 17
2.  Lorde–  Pure Heroine
1.  Lucius–  Wildewoman

Kevin Hein
top picks of 2013- in no particular order

Von Pea & Aeon- Duly Noted- (total summer barbecue boom box jam. Instantly likable/relatable raps over heavy ethereal beats)
Sons Of The Morning- Speak Soon Vol 1- (Teebs + Prefuse 73)
Resonars- Greatest Songs Of.. (one-man garage pop perfection)
Ryan Chavira- Staycation (a cool breeze on a perfect day. easy, mellow, delightful instrumental pop gems)
Oneohtrix Point Never- R Plus Seven (mind melting, genre blending, synth ripping)
No Joy- Wait To Pleasure (fast fun loud pop rock from 2 badass ladies)
My Bloody Valentine- MBV (my favorite band released a new album after 22 years. happy.)
Medicine- To The Happy Few (Medicine figured if MBV put out a new album, then why not?)
Machinedrum- Vapor City (more forward thinking dance music from a genre veteran)
Ken Camden- Space Mirror (frontal lobe massage, shredding in space)
Jefre-Cantu Ledesma- Devotion (harsh hi frequency swells of static amongst lush chorus guitar)
Implodes- Recurring Dream (psychedelic pop at the bottom of a well)
Grouper- The Man Who Died In His Boat (more material from Dragging A Dead Deer..)
Villages- Sun Control (beautiful aural bliss, stretching on for miles & miles)
Goat Lightning- Sisters Crystals (morning yoga on dmt)
Drawing Trees- Meadow’s Exist (hypnotic weaving guitar tapestry)
Calidonia County- Telegraph Canyon (deathbed ambient at its finest)
Boards Of Canada- Tomorrow’s Harvest (the masters at it again, familiar sounds with a new approach: 70’s horror soundtracks/apocalyptic desolation. does not disappoint.)
Ant’lrd- Extra Domicile (warm blanket on a chilly day)
Serengeti- Firebird Logo (produced by ambient collage duo Arborist)
Odd Nosdam- T R I S H (drum-less fuzzy hip-hop)
Angel 1- Purple Haze (VHS dream)
Cave- Threace (CAVE sound like CAN now)
Tim Hecker- Virgins (ensemble performances spliced/diced to perfection)
Carcass- Surgical Steel (best soundtrack to drunk Mortal Kombat matches this year)
Dog Man- Dream Date OST (could pass as unreleased 16 bit Final Fantasy music)

Ken Camden
Grouper – Man Who Died in His Boat
Benoit Pioulard – Hymnal
Lionel O – Mama said knock me out (cs)
Barnett & Coloccia – Retrieval
Circuit Des Yeux – Overdue
Rodion G.A. – Lost Tapes
Vangelis – Sex Power reissue
Noveller – No Dreams
Tomorrow’s Achievements (Parry Music Library 1976-86)
Streetwalker – Future Visions
Kat Epple & Bob Stohl – Sanctus Spiritus

Arpad Lep
TOP TEN 2013

A HAWK AND A HACKSAW – YOU HAVE ALREADY GONE TO THE OTHER WORLD – Former Neutral Milk Hotel/Beirut musicians craft true gypsy music (trust me). Dynamic and      cinematic, heavy and authentic.
KEN CAMDEN – SPACE MIRROR – Chicago musician who evokes electronic pioneers like Raymond Scott and the score to Blade Runner.
MOLLY DRAKE – MOLLY DRAKE – Haunting, self-penned songs for the piano and voice by former war-era radio singer and mother of Nick Drake.
FOREST SWORDS – ENGRAVINGS – Meditation through repetition, driven at a gangsters’ pace. Forest because it was mixed in a field instead of a studio. Swords because it cuts like the  RZA.
HAR MAR SUPERSTAR – BYE BYE 17 – This is, for my money, the album of the year. Minneapolis, MN native sounds like Raphael Saadiq, looks like Revenge of the Nerds. The best soul  record to come out since Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black. This is the record no one told you about that you have been looking for.
KANYE WEST – YEEZUS – It brought tears to Lou Reed’s eyes.
YOUNG FATHERS – TAPE TWO – Africa-by-way-of-Scotland psychedelic hip hop. Not your normal rhythms, the musical overlap of lifelong friends is more feels than genre.
V/A – AFTER DARK 2 – Compilation of Italians Do It Better bands. Sorry, Cliff, but Johnny Jewel is why we liked the Drive soundtrack. In fact, some of his original discarded music for the  film is included on this record. Phil Spector of Neo-Italo-disco.
V/A – BARO RECORDS COMP 001 – Compilation of Chicago and Oakland ambient music. No pressure total enchantment.
V/A – STUDIO GHIBLI: KOKYO KYOKUSHU – The Czech Philharmonic performs pieces from five Studio Ghibli films, including Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away.

Tom Walcyzk
No particular order:

Disappears- Era LP (Kranky)
Jacco Gardner- Cabinet of Curiosities LP (Trouble in Mind)
Iceage- You’re Nothing (Matador)
Dirtbombs- Ooey Gooey Chewey Ka-Blooey! LP  (In the Red)
Tar- 1988-1995 (Chunklet)
Black Angels- Indigo Meadow (Light in the Attic)
Mikal Cronin- MCII LP (Merge)
Acquaintances- S/T LP (File 13)
Night Beats- Sonic Bloom LP (The Reverberation Appreciation Society)
Implodes- Recurring Dream (Kranky)
Black Hollies – Somewhere Between Here and Nowhere LP + 7″ (Ernest Jennings Records)
Coachwhips- Hands On The Controls LP (Castle Face)
White Fence- Cyclops Reap LP (Castle Face)
Pamphleteers /Blasted Diplomats 12″ (BLVD)
Milk Music- Cruise Your Illusion LP (Perennial Records)

Top Shows of 2013:
Cosmic Psychos @ The Empty Bottle
Kate Nash @ Metro
Iceage @ Empty Bottle
Knapsack @ Bottom Lounge
Blake Schwarzenbach (Jawbreaker/Forgetters) @ Shubas

Brook Sinkinson Withrow
Best Albums:
Beau Wanzer – S/T (L.I.E.S.)
The-Drum – Contact (Audraglint)
Fielded – NinetyThirtyThirty (Captcha)
Anika – EP (Stones Throw)
Grouper – Man Who Died In His Boat (Kranky)
Tropic of Cancer – Restless Idylls (Blackest Ever Black)
Chelsea Wolfe – Pain is Beauty (Sargent House)
Lonnie Holley – Keeping A Record Of It (Dust-to-Digital)
William Onyeabor – Who Is William Onyeabor? (Luaka) *Reissue
Charles Bradley – Victim of Love (Dunham)
The Delfonics – Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics (Wax Poetics)
V/A – Purple Snow (Numero)
V/A – Good God! Apocryphal Hymns (Numero)
Arthur Russell – Another Thought (Arc Light Editions) *Finally
Theo Parrish & Tony Allen – Day Like This/Feel Loved (Wildheart Recordings)
Ciara – S/T (Epic)

Best Music Videos:
Anika – In the City /by Kyle Whittington & Joe Broady
Implodes – Scattered in the Wind /by Lori Felker

Best Music Documentary Shorts:
Whateverest /Directed by Kristoffer Borgli
Real Scenes: New York /Directed by Patrick Nation

Kip McCabe
1. Neil Young “Live at the Cellar Door”
2. My Bloody Valentine “MBV”
3. Bill Callahan “Dream River”
4. Juana Molina “Wed 21”
5. William Onyeabor “World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who is William Onyeabor?”
6. Shannon Wright “In Film Sound”
7. Spring Breakers OST
8. Emerald Web “Stargate Tapes 1979-1982”
9. Ken Camden “Space Mirror”
10. Labradford “Prazision” (Reissue)
11. Devo “Hardcore Devo Vol.1 & 2” (Reissues)
12. Cliff Martinez “Only God Forgives” OST
13. Sigur Ros “Kveikur”
14. Boards of Canada “Tomorrow’s Harvest”

Courtland Green
1. Ghostface Killah – Twelve Reasons To Die
2. Al Tone Edits Volumes 1-3
3. V/A Kill Yourself Dancing
4. V/A Purple Snow
5. Express Rising
6. Bill Orcutt – History of Every One
7. Delfonics – Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics
8. Tindersticks – Across Six Leap Years
9. Sebadoh – Defend Yourself
10. Various Artists – Punk 45: Kill The Hippies!
11. Eddie Palmieri – Doin’It in the Park
12. GZA – Liquid Swords reissue with chess set
13. Fake Limbs – The Power of Patrician Upbringing
14. Sly & The Family Stone – Higher box set
15. Devo – Hardcore Devo
16. Ken Camden – Space Mirror
17. The Cairo Gang – Tiny Rebels
18. Bob Dylan- Another Self Portrait- Bootleg Series Vol 10
19. Arthur Russell- Another Thought
20. R Kelly – Black Panties
21. Bill Callahan – Dream River
22. Frank Rosaly – Centering & Displacement

Mike Gillilan

Favorite records of 2013 in no particular order
Julia Holter – ‘Loud City Song’  (Domino)
Dead C – ‘Armed Courage’ (Ba Da Bing!)
Grouper – ‘The Man Who Died In His Boat’ (Kranky)
Dirty Beaches – ‘Drifters/Love is the Devil’ (Zoo Music)
KMFH – ‘The Boat Party’ (Wild Oats)
My Bloody Valentine – ‘m b v’ (self released)
Pillars and Tongues – ‘End-dances’ (Empty Cellar)
Iceage – ‘You’re Nothing’ (Matador)
Huerco S. – ‘Colonial Patterns’ (Software)
Tim Hecker – ‘Virgins’ (Kranky)
Kurt Vile – ‘Wakin On A Pretty Daze’ (Matador)
Potions – ‘MIDI Jazz Bass’ (Lake Paradise)

William Onyeabor – ‘Who is William Onyeabor?’ (Luaka Bop)
D’Angelo – ‘Voodoo’ (Light in the Attic) Dec 2012
Fluxion – ‘Vibrant Forms’ (Type)
Sensations Fix – ‘Fragments of Light’ (Superior Viaduct)
Bona Dish – “The Zaragoza Tapes: 1981-1982′ (Captured Tracks)

Favorite Overlooked Record from 2012
Voices from the Lake – ‘Voices from the Lake’ (Prologue)

John Wilkinson
Ten (in no particular order)

Mount Eerie – Pre Human Ideas
Nails – Abandon All Life
Tricky – False Idols
Raspberry Bulbs – Deformed Worship
My Bloody Valentine – m b v
Merchandise – Total Nite
Kurt Vile – Walkin’ on a Pretty Daze
Iceage – You’re Nothing
Chelsea Wolfe – Pain is Beauty
Wolf Eyes – No Answer: Lower Floors

Favorite Reissue
Robbie Basho – Visions of the Country (reissue)

Dan Maloney

1.) My Bloody Valentine- MBV
2.) Julia Holter- Loud City Song
3.) Parquet Courts- Light Up Gold
4.) Deerhunter- Monomania
5.) Daft Punk- Random Access Memories
6.) Lonnie Holley- Keeping a Record of It
7.) Blasted Diplomats- Blasted Diplomats
8.) Ghostface Killah- Twelve Reasons to Die
9.) Janelle Monae- Electric Lady
10.) Paul McCartney- New
11.) Blouse- Imperium
12.) Jacco Gardner- Cabinet of Curiosities


1.) Bob Dylan- Another Self Portrait- Bootleg Series Vol 10
2.) William Onyeabor- Who is William Onyeabor?
3.) Roky Erickson- Light in the Attic Reissues
4.) Dark- Round the Edges
5.) Joe Meek- I Hear a New World
6.) Arthur Russell- Another Thought
7.) Devo- Hardcore Vol 1 & 2
8.) Botch- We are Romans
9.) Cave In- Until your Heart Stops
10.) Damon- Song of a Gypsy
11.) New Orleans Funk 3- Various
12.) Country Soul Sisters Vol. 2- Various
13.) To Fathom Hell Or Soar Angelic- Various
14.) Blake Foley- Cold Cold World
15.) Chris Darrow- Artist Proof

Lea Board
1. Fidlar – Fidlar
2. M.I.A. – Matangi
3. Shannon & the Clams – Dreams in the Rat House
4. Night Beats – Sonic Bloom
5. Thee Oh Sees – Floating Coffin
6. Mogwai – Les Revenants
7. Strokes – Comedown Machine
8. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
9. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – II
10. Boardwalk – Boardwalk

Melissa Grubbs
Atoms for Peace- Amok
Beyonce- Beyonce
Blasted Diplomats – Blasted Diplomats
Bosq- 12″s
David Bowie- The Next Day
Charles Bradley – Victim of Love
Broadcast – Berberian Sound Studio
Ken Camden – Space Mirror
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away
Alice Coltrane – Divine Songs
Kim Deal- singles
The Delfonics – Adrian Younge Presents
Disappears – Era
Roky Erickson – Light In The Attic Reissues
Fake Limbs – Power of Patrician Upbringing
Jacco Gardner- Cabinet Of Curiosities
Ghostface Killah – Twelve Reasons To Die
Lee Hazlewood- all Light In The Attic Reissues
Heliocentrics – 13 Degrees of Reality
Implodes – Recurring Dream
Jesu- Every Day I Get Closer to the Light From Which I Came
MIA – Matangi
Janelle Monae- Electric Lady
My Bloody Valentine – MBV
William Onyeabor – World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor?
Eddie Palmieri – Doin’It in the Park
Perera Elsewhere- Everlast
Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats- Mind Control
Kurt Vile – Wakin’ on a Pretty Daze
Chelsea Wolfe – Pain is Beauty
Neil Young – Live At The Cellar Door
V/A New Orleans Funk Vol. 3
V/A Sharpies-14 Aggro Aussie Anthems From 1972 to 1979

Colin Blanton
Grouper- The man who died in his boat (kranky)
Cave- Threace (drag city)
Odd Nosdam- Trish (BARO)
Oneohtrix Point Never- R Plus Seven (warp)
Ron Berry- A Voice in the Wilderness (sanity muffin)
Moevot- Best of (sanity muffin)
Villages- sun control (sacred phrases)
Boards of Canada- tomorrow’s harvest (warp)
V/A- I am the center (light in the attic)
Kwaidan- make all the hell of dark metal bright (bathetic)
Tim Hecker- virgins (kranky)

Gar Brandt
Warm Soda “someone for you” LP
Pharaoh Overlord “#3”
Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats “Mind Control”
Glitter Wizard “Hunting Gatherers”
David Bowie “Next Day”
Savages “Silence Yourself”
Kronos Quartet “Aheym”
Clinic “Free Reign II”
Blasted Diplomats “S/T”
Amon Amarth “deceiver of the Gods”
Chelsea Wolfe “Pain is Beauty”
Dismemberment Plan “Uncanney Valley”
Fake Limbs “Power of Patrician Upbringing”

Kurt Nget
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats-Mind Control
Hookworms-Pearl Mystic
Tribulation-Formulas Of Death
Implodes-Recurring Dream
Medicine-To The Happy Few
Watain-The Wild Hunt
My Bloody Valentine-MBV
Night Beats-Sonic Bloom
Gap Dream-Shine Your Light
Mazzy Star-Seasons Of Your Day
Noctum-Final Sacrifice
The Resonars-Greatest Songs Of…
The Verlaines-Juvenilia (Reissue)
Roky Erickson-Evil One (Reissue)
Seefeel-Quique (Reissue)

Billy Smith
some nice things of 2013:

DEPECHE MODE “Delta Machine” (Columbia)
ULFUR “White Mountain” (Western Vinyl)
YOUTH LAGOON “Wondrous Bughouse” (Fat Possum)
OMD “English Electric” (Bmg)
CLUTCH “Earth Rocker” (Weathermaker)
ZOLA JESUS “Versions” (Sacred Bones)
PET SHOP BOYS “Electric” (Kobalt)
CLIFF MARTINEZ “Only God Forgives (Soundtrack)” (Gaumont)
CHELSEA WOLFE “Pain Is Beauty” (Sargent House)
LORDE “Pure Heroine” (Universal)
NIRVANA “In Utero 2013 Albini mix” (Geffen)
PEARL JAM “Lightning Bolt” (Monkeywrench)
TIM & ERIC SHOW (just found out….)
ANNA VON HAUSSWOLFF “Ceremony” (Fat Possum)
CHVRCHES “Bones of What You Believe” (Goodbye)
EMIKA “Dva” (Ninja Tune)
SMALL BLACK “Limits Of Desire” (Jagjaguwar)

Matt Orenstein
1. Grouper – The Man Who Died In His Boat
2. William Basinski – Nocturnes
3. Implodes – Recurring Dream
4. Broadcast – Berberian Sound Studio
5. Bill Callahan – Dream River
6. My Bloody Valentine – MBV
7. Ken Camden – Space Mirror
8. The Knife – Shaking The Habitual
9. Rhye – Woman
10. Stephen Steinbrink – Arranged Waves

Chris Connelly

Emily Elhaj

Grouper – The Man Who Died In His Boat (Kranky)
Yo La Tengo – Fade (Matador)
Josephine Foster – I’m A Dreamer (Fire)
Asia Argento – Total Entropy (Nuun)
Neil Young – Live At The Cellar Door (Reprise)
Cindy Lee – Tatlashea (Isolated Now Waves) 2012
Power Trip – Manifest Decimation (Southern Lord)
Broadcast – Berberian Soundtrack (Warp)
My Bloody Valentine – MBV (Self-released)
Voivod – Target Earth (Century Media)
Fielded – Ninety Thirty Thirty (Captcha)
Ken Camden – Space Mirror (Kranky)
Total Control – EP (Home Loan)
Dirty Beaches – Drifters/Love Is the Devil (Zoo Music)
Streetwalker – Future Fusion (Cititrax)
Lace Curtain – DFA EP
David Bowie – The Next Day (Columbia)
Cough Cool – “29” (Bathetic)
Matt Duncan – Soft Times (Hop Hop)
The Drum – Contact (Audraglint)
Dog Man – Dream Date OST (Love Lion)
Barnett & Coloccia – Retrieval (Blackest Ever Black)
Marisa Anderson – Mercury (Mississippi/Change)
Troller – s/t (Holodeck) 2012
The Delfonics – Adrian Younge Presents (Wax Poetics)
Jacco Gardner – Cabinet of Curiosities (Trouble In Mind)
Forest Swords – Engravings (Tri Angle)
The Besnard Lakes – Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO (Jagjaguwar)
Dean Blunt – Redeemer (Hippos In Tanks)
Acteurs – s/t (Public Information)
Kelela – Cut 4 Me (Fade to Mind)
Oozing Wound – Retrash (Thrill Jockey)
The Cairo Gang – Tiny Rebels (Empty Cellar)
Heavy Times – Fix It Alone (Hozac)
Gorguts – Colored Sands (Season of Mist)
Circuit Des Yeux – Overdue (Ba Da Bing)
Blouse – Imperium (Captured Tracks)
Félicia Atkinson – With Her Own Hands (Shelter Press)
M.I.A. – Matangi (Interscope)
Gabriel Saloman – Soldier’s Requiem (Miasmah)
7 Days Of Funk – s/t (Stones Throw)
Arve Henriksen – Places Of Worship (Rune Grammofon)


MU – s/t (Guerssen)
Vangelis – Blade Runner (Audio Fidelity)
Atheist – Piece of Time (Season of Mist)
The Walker Brothers – Nite Flights (Tizona)
Icecross  – s/t (Rockadrome)
Roky Erickson – Evil One (Light in the Attic)
Twin Peaks/Eraserhead Soundtracks (Sacred Bones)


The Hecks/ Mayor Daley/ Miami Dolphins – Medusa, Minneapolis
Bomb Banks/ Mr. 666/ Diva 93 – Empty Bottle
Yo La Tengo – The Vic
Enslaved – Reggie’s
Guardian Alien/ Kria Brekkan – St. Ferdinand, New Orleans
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Chicago Theater
Black Angels – Reckless Records
Fleetwood Mac – United Center
Cave – El Marney
Pissed Jeans – Empty Bottle
Sweet Cobra – Dark Lord Day, 3 Floyd’s Brewery
Villages/ Nest Egg – Broadways, Asheville
Backyard BBQ – Ottoman Empire
Broken Water – Empty Bottle
Jody/ Inc. – Empty Bottle
Silver Apples – The Owl
Savages – Metro
Rotted Tooth Festival – Situations
Angel Olsen – Lincoln Hall
Mayor Daley, The Hecks, Larry Wish, Mar Habrine, Homebirth, XXXPRESSIONXXX – Menglekoch, Minneapolis
White Poppy/ Cindy Lee – Remington Gallery, Vancouver
Goblin – The Metro
My Bloody Valentine – Aragon Ballroom
Eyehategod – Cobra Lounge
Absu – Cobra Lounge
Guerilla Toss/ Wishfgift/ Toupee/ Blanche Blanche Blanche – Club Rectum
Kranky Twenty Festival – Empty Bottle/ Constellation/ Lincoln Hall

Pat Campbell
Wolf Eyes – No Answer – Lower Floors
Lionel O – Mama Said Knock Me Out
Circuit Des Yeux – Overdue
Heavy Times – Fix It Alone
Nate Young – Regression Vol. 3 (Other Days)
Absolutely Not – Mister Something
Thee Tsunamis – A Goodbad Man Is Hard To Find
Ken Camden – Space Mirror
Mac Blackout – Beat Off
Flesh Panthers – S/T Cassette

Tim Quinlan
1. MIA “Matangi”
2. Qwel & Maker “Beautiful Raw”
3. Chance the Rapper “Acid Rap”
4. Janelle Monae “The Electric Lady”
5. Lee Ranaldo & the Dust “Last Night on Earth”
6. Implodes “Recurring Dream”
7. Ken Camden “Space Mirror”
8. Justin Timberlake “20/20 Experience Pt. 1” NOT PT. 2!!
9. Thundercat “Apocalypse”
10. Nosaj Thing “Home”

Reilly Gill
There’s no order to these; they’re all number one!
-Ex-Cult: “Ex-Cult”
-Janelle Monae: “Electric Lady”
-Metz: “Metz”
-Jay Reatard: “Singles 06-07” Reissue
-Blouse: “Imperium”
-Chance the Rapper: “Acid Rap”
-The Snails: “Worth the Wait”
-Pure X: “Crawling up the Stairs”
-DeRobert and the Half-Truths: “I’m Tryin'”
-Wooden Shjips: “Back to Land”
-MIA: “Matangi”
-Ty Segall/Chad and the Meatbodies: “Music for a Film, Pt. 1” and “Mountain” split (45)

Dan Worland
Disappears – 2 EPs + Era
Flesh Panthers – Cassette EP
Implodes – Recurring Dream
Survival Knife – 2 7″s
Acteurs – self-titled

Jim Magas

ADULT. – Way Things Fall
Asia Argento – Total Entropy
Barnett & Coloccia – Retrieval LP
Basic Channel reissues
Francois Bayle – L’Experience Acoustique
Black Deer 12”s
Ken Camden – Space Mirror
Captain Beefheart – Safe As Milk mono reissue
John Carpenter – Assault on Precinct 13 reissue
Chrome – Half Machine from the Sun: The Lost Tracks ’79-80
Luciano Cilio – Dell’Universo Assente
Patrick Cowley – School Daze
Dark – Round the Edges reissue
Demdike Stare – Testpressing series
Drexciya – Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller Vol. IV
Kevin Drumm – Humid Weather
Roky Erickson – Evil One & Don’t Slander Me
Gherkin Jerks reissues
The Gories – The Shaw Tapes: Live in Detroit 5/27/88
Kyle Hall – Boat Party & Boat Party Bonus EP
Gunnar Haslam – Mimesiak
Icecross – 1. LP aka s/t
Implodes – Recurring Dream
Bob James – Rhodes Scholar LP
Raul Lovison/Francesco Messina – Prati Bagnati del Monte Analogo
Magas – Pspoilers cassette
Mainliner – Mellow Out reissue
Charles Manier – Electrocution & S/T (Nation)
Ron Morelli – Spit
Omar S. – Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself
Bill Orcutt – History of Every One LP & 13×7” boxed set
Theo Parrish – Black Jazz Signature
Raspberry Bulbs – Deformed Worship
3 Chairs – CH 07 12”
Vangelis – Blade Runner & Sex Power reissues
Velvet Underground – At the End of Cole Ave, 2nd Night
Vox Dei – La Biblia reissue
Wolf Eyes – No Answer – Lower Floors
Xenakis – GRM Works 1957-1962 LP
Nate Young – Regression LPs
Beau Wanzer – 3 L.I.E.S. 12”s
V/A – Bang the Box: the (Lost) Story of AKA Dance Music Chicago 1987-88
V/A – Sounds of Silence LP

Anthony Illarde

THE BIG BOYS – Where’s My Towel /Industry Standard (2LP reissue) (Light In The Attic)
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART – Safe As Milk (Mono LP reissue) (Sundazed)
GRANT HART – The Argument (2LP) (Domino)
THE HUMAN EXPRESSION – Love At A Psychedelic Velocity (LP + 45 reissue) (Mississippi)
HUSKER DU – Statues (2X45 reissue) (Numero)
MOONDOG – new Sound Of An Old Instrument (CD reissue) (Kopf)
MOUSE & THE TRAPS – The Fraternity Years (LP reissue) (Big Beat)
NILSSON – The RCA Albums Collection (CD box set) (Legacy)
THE SEEDS – A Web Of Sound (2CD reissue) (Big Beat)
SLY & THE FAMILY STONE – Higher (CD box set) (Legacy)

SACRIFICIAL YOUTH (Regressive Films)

Whitney Mercer
Things I really liked in 2013
Darkside – Psychic
Ken Camden – Space Mirror
MIA – Matangi
William Onyeabor – Who is William Onyeabor
Lee Ranaldo & the Dust – Last Night on Earth
Body/Head – Coming Apart
The Julie Ruin – Run Fast
Typhoon – White Lighter
The Blow – The Blow
Colin Stetson – New History of Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light
Mykki Blanco – Betty Rubble: The Initiation EP
Oddience – Slide EP
Dawn of Midi – Dysnomia
Brandy Clark – Twelve Stories

Bryan Smith
Big Boys – Where’s My Towel (re-issue)
Big Star – Nothing Can Hurt Me 2LP
Blut Aus Nord – Work Which Transforms God LP (re-issue)
Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest
Charles Bradley – Victim of Love
Bronx (IV)
Devo – Hardcore Vol.1 (re-issue)
Endless Boogie – Long Island
Enslaved – Riitir
Hot Lunch – Hot Lunch
Iceage – You’re Nothing
Cate Le Bon – Mug Museum
Marcos Valle – all 4 LP re-issues!
Bernard Parmegiani – De Natura Sonorum (re-issue)
Power Trip – Manifest Decimation
Satyricon – s/t
Scientists – s/t ( re-issue)
Martin Sorrondeguy – Get Shot (Book)
Voivod – Target Earth
Wire – Change Becomes Us

Charles Taylor
Best Jazz of 2013
Jason Robinson: Tiresian Symmetry
Living By Lanterns: Old Myth/New Science
Woody Shaw: Complete Columbia Albums
Ivo Perelman: The Edge
Sophie Agnel: Meteo
Nate Wooley: Throne Of Friendship
Atomic: There’s A Hole In The Mountain
Mary Halvorsen: Illusionary Sea
Sun Ra: Continuation
William Parker: Wood Flute Songs

Chris Wilkus

15) Express Rising “Express Rising 2” (Reissue) (NUMERO GROUP)
14) The Lonely Island “The Wack Album” (UNIVERSAL REPUBLIC)
13) Cocaine 80s “The Flower of Life EP” (SELF-RELEASED)
12) Perera Elsewhere “Everlast” (FRIENDS OF FRIENDS)
11) Tyler, the Creator “Wolf” (ODD FUTURE/SONY)
10) Willis Earl Beal “Nobody Knows.” (XL RECORDINGS)
9) Danny Brown “Old” (FOOL’S GOLD RECORDS)
7) R. Kelly “Black Panties” (RCA RECORDS)
5) The Weeknd “Kiss Land” (REPUBLIC/XO)
4) Ghostface Killah “Twelve Reasons to Die” (SOUL TEMPLE RECORDS)
3) Earl Sweatshirt “Doris” (COLUMBIA RECORDS)
2) Chance the Rapper “Acid Rap” (SELF-RELEASED)
1) Kanye West “Yeezus” (ROC-A-FELLA/DEF JAM)

(the rest of…) MY FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2013

20) Emika “DVA” (NINJA TUNE)
19) Umberto “Confrontations” (NOT NOT FUN)
18) Zomes “Time Was” (THRILL JOCKEY)
17) Wire “Change Becomes Us” (PINK FLAG)
16) Matthew E. White “Outer Face EP” (DOMINO RECORDINGS)
15) Ken Camden “Space Mirror” (KRANKY)
14) Juana Molina “Wed 21″ (CRAMMED DISCS)
12) Ahnnu “Battered Sphinx” (NNA TAPES)
11) Mike Patton “The Place Beyond the Pines” (Soundtrack) (MILAN RECORDS)
10) Burial “Rival Dealer EP” (HYPERDUB)
9) Kölsch “1977” (KOMPAKT)
8) David Lynch “The Big Dream” (SACRED BONES RECORDS)
7) L. Pierre “The Island Come True” (MELODIC)
6) Disappears “Era” (KRANKY)
5) James Blake “Overgrown” (ATLAS RECORDS/A&M)
4) Majical Cloudz “Impersonator” (MATADOR RECORDS)
3) Tricky “False Idols” (K7)
2) Girls Names “The New Life” (SLUMBERLAND RECORDS)
1) Dean Blunt “The Redeemer” (HIPPOS IN TANKS)


Chelsea Wolfe “Pain is Beauty” (SARGENT HOUSE)
Cliff Martinez “Only God Forgives” (Soundtrack) (MILAN RECORDS)
Colin Stetson “New History Warfare, Vol. 3: To See More Light” (CONSTELLATION)
Dirty Beaches “Drifters/ Love Is the Devil” (ZOO MUSIC)
Implodes “Recurring Dream” (KRANKY)
Oneohtrix Point Never “R Plus Seven” (WARP RECORDS)
Salem “G O O D B Y E” (BANDCAMP)
The Stranger “Watching Dead Empires In Decay” (MODERN LOVE)
Tropic of Cancer “Restless Idylls” (BLACKEST EVER BLACK)
Zomby “With Love” (4AD)

…the end…

Friends of Reckless

Stephen Sowley (Fake Limbs/Studio Manager @ Electrical Audio)

Audio2013: Shelf It (For Nanny & Sputnik. Alphabetical Order)

The Book-Burners—People’s Songs LP
Bottomless Pit—Shade Perennial LP
Dead C.—Armed Courage LP
Ghostface—Twelve Deadly Venoms/Brown Tape LPs
Tim Hecker—Virgins DLP
Implodes—Recurring Dream LP
Iron Lung—White Glove Test DLP
Martha’s Vineyard Ferries—Mass Grave LP
Maxamillion Dunbar—House Of Woo DLP
No Statik—Unity And Fragmentation DLP
Omar S—Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself 4×12”
Bill Orcutt & Chris Corsano—The Raw & The Cooked LP//Bill Orcutt-History of Everyone LP//25 Songs Box
Pissed Jeans—Honeys LP
Run The Jewels—S/T LP
Society Nurse—s/t LP
Kurt Vile—Wakin On A Pretty Daze LP
Wire-Change Becomes Us DLP
Shannon Wright—In Film Sound LP

Breeders—LSXX boxset
Devo—Hardcore Devo Vol. 1 & 2 DLPs
DJ Screw—All Screwed Up DLP
Fluxion—Vibrant Forms DLP
Medico Doktor Vibes—Liter Through Dorker Vibes LP
Arthur Russell—First Thought, Best Thought DLP

Action Bronson & Party Supplies—Blue Chips 2 mixtape
Live From The Barrage
Andrew Mason—Hardley Working
Mr. Muthafuckin Xquire—Kismit mixtape
Tom Scharpling—Frankie Teardrop Sound Collage
Split Feet-demos

Curmudgeon—Amygdala 12”
Kim Deal—Are You Mine? 7”
Demdike Stare—Test Pressing twelve inches
Diat-Everyday 7”
Good Throb—S/T 7”//Culture Vulture 7”
Jack Buck—Soft 7”
Permanent Ruin—Hell is Real 7”
Repos—Live Munitions 12”//Rejoice In Ruin 7”
Yi—Punk Memories 7”

Mike Venutolo-Mantovani (Matador Records)
14 for ’13
1. ovlov – am (Exploding In Sound)
2. Brother JT – The Sveltness Of Boogitude (Thrill Jockey)
3. Rhye – Woman (Loma Vista)
4. Yo La Tengo – Fade (Matador)
5. Marnie Stern – The Chronicles Of Marnia (Kill Rock Stars)
6. Anna Calvi – One Breath (Domino)
7. Charles Waters Quartet – Chroma Colossus: 13 Visions Of The City (Amish)
8. The Brooklyn What – Hot Wine (self-released)
9. Joel RL Phelps & The Downer Trio – Gala (12XU)
10. Stephen Malkmus And Friends – Ege Bamyasi Record Store Day Exclusive (Matador)
11. King Khan And The Shrines – Idle No More (Merge)
12. Queens Of The Stone Age – …Like Clockwork (Matador)
13. Potty Mouth – Hell Bent (Old Flame)
14. Washed Out – Paracosm (Sub Pop)

Brett Grossman (ex-Reckless)
My Bloody Valentine m.b.v. (Self)
Lucky Dragons “Publicity Reform” (Escho)
Purple Pilgrims /Gary War “Split Album”  (Upset the Rhythm)
The Humble Bee “Henrietta” (Other Ideas)
Eluvium “Nightmare Ending” (Temporary Residence)
Deerhunter “Monomania” (4ad)
Destroyer “Five Spanish Songs” (Merge/Dead Ocean)
Ken Camden “Space Mirror” (Kranky)
Youth Lagoon “Wondrous Bughouse” (Fat Possum)
Earl Sweatshirt “Doris” (Tan Cressida)
Califone “Stitches” (Dead Oceans)
Oneohtrix Point  Never “R plus 7” (Warp)
Widowspeak “Almanac” /”The Swamps” (Captured Tracks)
Kelley Stoltz “Double Exposure” (Thirdman Records)
Crystal Stilts “Nature Noir” (Sacred Bones)
Grouper “The Man who Died in His Boat (Kranky)
Coma Cinema “Posthumous Release” (Fork & Spoon)
Neko Case “The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You” (Anti)
Dan Friel “Total Folklore” (Thrill Jockey)
Devendra Banhart “Mala” (Nonesuch)
Implodes “Recurring Dream” (Kranky)
Brian Grainger /Orick “Children Of The Hill” (Attack Nine)
Julianna Barwick “Nepenthe” (Dead Oceans)
Bare Mutants “Affliction” (In The Red)
White Fence “Cyclops Reap” (Castle Face)
Magik Markers “Surrender to the Fantasy” (Drag City)
Kurt Vile “Walkin on A Pretty Daze” (Matador)
Colleen “The Weighing of the Heart” (Second Language Music)
Joane Skyler “Orz” (Reckno)
Justin Walter “Lullabies and Nightmares (Kranky)
Bruce Russel /Roy Montgomery: Split (Grapefruit)
Atoms for Peace “Amok” (XL)
Jackson Scott “Melbourne” (Fat Possum)

Bbc Radiophonic Workshop – BBC Radiophonic Music by David Cain, John Baker, Delia Derbyshire (Music on Vinyl)
William Basinski “Disintegration Loops” Boxset (Temporary Residence)
Big Star “Nothing Can Hurt Me” (Omnivore Recordings)
Kat Epple & Bob Strohl “Sanctus Spiritus” (Dead Cert)
Edward Artemiev “Solaris” (Superior Viaduct)
Various “I am the Center: Private Issue New Age Music in America 1950-1990 (Light in the Attic)

Utrillo Kushner (Revolver Distribution)
MASTON – Shadows LP (Trouble In Mind)
MAMMATUS – Heady Mental LP (Spiritual Pajamas)
MAMMANE SANI – La Musique Electronique du Niger LP (Sahel Sounds /Mississippi)
MICHAEL BEACH – Golden Theft LP (Spectacular Commodity /Twin Lakes)
KELLY STOLTZ – Double Exposure LP  (Third Man)
ZACHARY CALE – Blue Rider LP (All Hands Electric)
NEW BUMS – Slim Volume 7″ (New Bums Industries)
PRAIRIE CAT – Got Nothin’ 7″ (Triple Crown Audio Recordings)
V/A – Ecstasy of Gold Vol. 1 – 23 Killer Bullets from the Spaghetti West (Semi-Automatic)
V/A – Ecstasy of Gold Vol. 2 – 22 Killer Bullets from the Spaghetti West (Semi-Automatic)
V/A – Ecstasy of Gold Vol. 3 – 25 Killer Bullets from the Spaghetti West (Semi-Automatic)
V/A – Ecstasy of Gold Vol. 4 – 25 Killer Bullets from the Spaghetti West (Semi-Automatic)
Goblin – Live at the Warfield San Francisco, CA. October 20th 2013

Adam Reach (Carrot Top Distribution)
Rodan “Fifteen Quiet Years” (Quarterstick)
Implodes “Recurring Dream” (Kranky)
Survival Knife “Traces of Me” b/w “Name That Tune” (Sub Pop)
Tar “1998-1995″ (Chunklet)
Disappears “Kone” (self-released)
Man…Or Astro-Man? “Defcon 5…4…3…2…1″ (Chunklet)
Girls Against Boys “The Ghost List” (self-released)
Cuntz “Solid Mates” (Homeless)
Unwound “Kid Is Gone” (Numero Group)
Shannon Wright “In Film Sound” (Vicious Circle)
Montibus Communitas “Haci Aquellos Bosques de Immensidad” (Trouble In Mind)
Carlton Melton “Always Even” (Agitated)
Obits “Bed & Bugs” (Sub Pop)
All Pigs Must Die “Nothing Violates This Nature” (Southern Lord)
Coliseum “Sister Faith” (Temporary Residence)
Federation X “We Do What We Must” (Molasses Manifesto /Recess)
Exhaustion “Future Eaters” (Aarght)
Bardo Pond “Peace On Venus” (Fire)
Old Baby “Love Hangover” (Karate Body)
Taking Pictures “2113″ (Say Hello To Never)
Big Business “Battlefields Forever” (Gold Metal)
Crooks on Tape “Fingerprint” (Misra)
Martha’s Vineyard Ferries “Mass Grave” (Kiam)

Aaron Aites (Director of Until the Light Takes Us/99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film)
Paavoharju – Joko Sinä Tulet Tänne Alas Tai Minä Nousen Sinne
Boris – Präparat
Darkthrone – The Underground Resistance
Demdike Stare – Test Pressings Series
Forest Swords – Engravings
Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus
Laurel Halo – Chance Of Rain/Behind The Green Door
The Haxan Cloak – Excavation
Tim Hecker – Virgins
Magik Markers – Surrender To The Fantasy
My Bloody Valentine – MBV
Thee Oh Sees – Floating Coffin
The Stranger – Watching Dead Empires In Decay

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Reckless Records 2011 staff best-of lists

Dan Worland
Disappears – Guider

Implodes – Black Earth

Eternals – Approaching The Energy Field

Obits – Moody, Standard & Poor

Yuck – s/t

White Wires – White Wires II

Night Beats – s/t

Death Ships – Circumstantial Chemistry

Sloan – The Double Cross

crooked fingers – Breaks In The Armor
Mannequin Men – s/t

Arpad Lep
2011 baker’s dozen
Bitchin Bajas – Water Wrackets
Clams Casino – Rainforest
The Eternals – Approaching the Energy Field
A Hawk & A Hacksaw – Cervantine
Implodes – Black Earth
Little Dragon – Ritual Union
The Rentals – Resilience
Spank Rock – Everything Is Boring and Everyone Is a F—ing Liar
Ssssnake – Hostile Snakeover
The Stepkids – S/T
Tune-Yards – W H O K I L L
A Winged Victory For The Sullen – S/T
Throbbing Gristle – Second Annual Report (2011 Edition)

Dave Hofer
-in no order-

Chris Brown feat. Twista & Lil’ Wayne – Look at Me Now (remix)

Everything else . . .
Gigan – Quasi-Hallucinogenic Sonic Landscapes
Random Axe – Random Axe
Fuck the Facts – Die Miserable
Madlib & Frank Nitt – Madlib Medicine Show #9: Channel 85 Presents Nittyville
Brutal Truth – End Time
Beach Boys – Smile Sessions
Bongripper – Sex Tape b/w Snuff Film (7″)
Noisear – Subvert the Dominant Paradigm

Exhumed – All Guts, No Glory
Decapitated – Carnival Is Forever
Natural Yogurt Band – Tuck In With the Natural Yogurt Band

Gridlink – Orphan
Harpoon – Deception Among Birds
Vakill – Armor of God
Blasted Diplomats – Unreleased Shit
Origin – Entity

Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
Putridity – Degenerating Anthropophagical Euphoria

Sarah Frier













Billy Smith
Foo Fighters “Wasting Light”

J. Mascis “Several Shades Of Why”

Soundgarden “Live On I-5″

Mumford & Sons “Sigh No More”

Beastie Boys “Hot Sauce Committee Part Two”

Urge Overkill “Rock and Roll Submarine”

Bon Iver “Bon Iver, Bon Iver”

Caretaker “An Empty Bliss Beyond This World”

Winged Victory For The Sullen “s/t”

Washed Out “Within & Without”

Mason Jennings “Minnesota”

Office of Future Plans s/t (Dischord)

Sigur Ros “Inni”

Pearl Jam “Twenty” DVD
Muhly: Seeing Is Believing/ Gould; Aurora Orchestra

”Two Souls” Mikhail Simonyan/ Jarvi; London Sym Orch

Ives: Four Sonatas/ Hilary Hahn/ Valentina Lisitsa

Gar Brandt
New releases

1. Horrors “skying”

2. Tom Waits “Bad As Me”

3. Washed Out “within & without”

4. Brian Eno “Drums Between the Bells”

5. David Lynch “Crazy Clown TIme”

6. Chris Connelly “”Artificial Madness”

7. Indian “guiltless”

8. Death Ships “Circumstantial Chemistry”
9. Mannequin Men “Mannequin Men”

10. Tame Impala “Innerspeaker”

11. Implodes “Black Earth”

12. Willie Nelson “Remember Me”

13. War On Drugs “Slave Ambient”

14. Black Cobra “Invernal”

Best Live Record

Sweet Cobra “Live at Dark Lord Day 2011)

Best Reckless Wicker Park in-store

Kurt Vile
Best Wicker Park in-store comedian

Hannibal Buress

Best Wicker Park in-store book reading/signing

Patton Oswalt

Best DJ set at a craft fair
Matt Jencik











Emily Elhaj
The Best Albums of 2011 (in no particular order)

Krallice – Diotima (Profound Lore)
Brain Idea – Cosmos Factory (Mexican Summer)
Craft –Void (Southern Lord)
Kate Bush – 50 Words For Snow (Anti/ Fish People)
Yuck – Yuck (Fat Possum)
Dirty Beaches – Badlands (Zoo Music)
Pure X – Pleasure (Acephale)
Belong – Common Era (Kranky)
Caretaker – An Empty Bliss Beyond This World (History Always Favours the Winners)
Ga’an – Ga’an / Black Equus (Captcha)
Wishgift – Folk Twain 12” (Sophomore Lounge)
Disappears – Guider (Kranky)
Bitchin Bajas – Water Wrackets (Kallistei)
Telebossa – s/t (Staubgold)
Harold Budd – In the Mist (Darla)
Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica (Software)
Burzum – Fallen (Back on Black)
Fielded – White Death 7 (Sophomore Lounge)
Merchandise – (Strange Songs) In the Dark (Drugged Conscience/Katorga Works)
Julian Lynch – Terra (Underwater Peoples)
John Maus – We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves (Upset the Rhythm)
Geffika – II cassette (Love Lion)
Bjork – Biophilia (One Little Indian)
Sleep Over – Forever (Hippos in Tanks)
Marisa Anderson – Golden Hour (Mississippi)
Anna Calvi – Anna Calvi (Domino)
Bleached – Think of You/You Take Time 7 (Art Fag)
Bloodiest – Descent (Relapse)
Grouper – AIA: Dream Loss/ AIA: Alien Observer (Grouper)
Alex Barnett/ Fielded split (Nihilist)
Broken Water – Peripheral Star (Perennial)
Deathspell Omega – Diabolus Absconditus/Mass Grave Aesthetics (Norma Evangelium Diaboli)
Angels in America – Narrow Road to the Interior (Ehse)
Wolves In the Throne Room – Celestial Lineage (Southern Lord)
Holy Other – With U 12” (Tri Angle)
Clams Casino – Rainforest 12” (Tri Angle)
Absu – Abzu (Candlelight)
Caethua – The Summer Is Over Before It’s Begun (Water Wing)
Broken Water – Whet (Night People) 2010
No Joy – Ghost (Mexican Summer) 2010
Anika – Anika (Stones Throw) 2010

Beach Boys – Smile Sessions (Reissue) (Capitol)
Ramases – Space Hymns (Reissue) (Mexican Summer)
Enslaved – Yggdrasill (Reissue) (Peaceville)
You – Electric Day/ Time Code (Reissues) (Bureau B)
Angel Olsen – Strange Cacti EP (Reissue) (Bathetic)
Craig Leon – Nommos (Reissue)
Talk Talk – Spirit of Eden/ Laughing Stock (Reissue) (Ba Da Bing)
Mark Hollis – Mark Hollis (Reissue) (Ba Da Bing)

(So many) Performances
Big Freedia – Beauty Bar, Chicago
Valis/ oOoOO – Berlin, Chicago
Burial Hex/ Oakeater – Reuben’s Palace
Absu/ Immortal – the Bottom Lounge
Lee Relvas/ Ancestral Diet/ Ono/ Tabou/ Mayor Daley – Situations
Thou – Albion House
Mars – Dragon’s Den, New Orleans
Cacaw/ Supersonic Piss/ Mayor Daley – White Lightning Warehouse, Iowa City
Broken Water – Fair Grinds, New Orleans
Anna Calvi – Schubas
Zath/ Fielded/ Verma – the Hideout
Zath – the Dustbowl (x2)
Zath – the Empty Bottle
Alex Barnett/ Brain Idea/ Implodes – Lincoln Hall
Motorhead – the Congress
Tinsel Teeth/ Cacaw – Crown Liquors
US Girls/ Noveller/ Talk Normal – the Empty Bottle
Brett Naucke/ Alex Barnett/ Streetwalker – S Blue Island
Joan of Arc/ Implodes Tour 
Angels in America/ Fielded – Mortville
Enslaved/ Alcest – the Bottom Lounge
Kurt Vile/ Yuck – Pitchfork Festival
John Maus/ Geneva Jacuzzi – the Empty Bottle
Dusk Variations: Chicago Counterpoint: A Steve Reich Celebration featuring Eighth Blackbird and Third Coast Percussion – Millennium Park
Stevie Nicks – Rosemont Theatre 
Brain Idea/ Zath – Mortville
Ken Camden/ Winged Victory for the Sullen – Lincoln Hall
Angels in America/ Angel Olsen/ Bill Orcutt – Cropped Out Festival, Louisville, Kentucky
Danava/ Thrones – the Empty Bottle
Hoax/ Culo/ Crazy Spirit – W Huron
Oozing Wound/ Psychic Steel – the Empty Bottle 
Meeting the Raincoats & Steve Shelly

Reckless Records In-store Performances
Raw Nerve
Dirty Beaches

Hippos In Tanks
Sacred Bones
Dust to Digital
Tri Angle

Mike Gillilan

Records and music I enjoyed from 2011 in no order:
–       Skúli Sverrisson – Sería II (12 Tónar)
–       Cass McCombs – Wit’s End (Domino)
–       Sidi Touré – Sahel Folk (Thrill Jockey)
–       Grouper – A I A: Alien Observer (Yellowelectric)
–       Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo (Matador)
–       Michael Gordon – Timber (Cantaloupe)
–       Luke Temple – Don’t Act Like You Don’t Care (Western Vinyl)
–       Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer – Re: ECM (ECM)
–       Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica (Mexican Summer)
Reissues that excited me:
–       Talk Talk – Laughing Stock (Ba Da Bing!)
–       Mark Hollis – Mark Hollis (Ba Da Bing!)
–       Van Dyke Parks – Arrangements, Vol. 1 (Bananastan)
–       The Beach Boys – The Smile Sessions (Capitol)
Shows that rocked my face:
–       Cross Record – All of them!
–       Zath @ Dustbowl
–       Omar Souleyman @ Empty Bottle
–       Grouper @ Empty Bottle
–       Streetwalker @ Rueben’s Palace
–       K. Serra @ room under the Double Door

Matt Jencik
Absu – Abzu
Aluk Todolo – Ordre 10”
Beach Boys – Smile Sessions
Belong – Common Era
Bitch Magnet – reissues
Brain Idea – Cosmos Factory
Burzum – Fallen
Can – Tago Mago: 40th anniversary edition
Circle of Ouroborus – Eleven Fingers
Chris Connelly – Artificial Madness
Craft – Void
Dead Reptile Shrine – Sun of Circles and Wood
Deathspell Omega – Diabolus Absconditus/Mass Grave Aesthetics
Enslaved – Sleeping Gods (free digital e.p. Download it here:
Enslaved – Thorn 7”
Fugazi – Live Series downloads
Ga’an – Black Equus
Harald Grosskopf – S/T (reissue)
Grouper – AIA: Alien Observer
Grouper – AIA: Dream Loss
PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1972
Higuma – Pacific Fog Dreams
Horseback – Gorgon Tongue/ Impale Golden Horn/ Forbidden Planet
Mannequin Men – S/T
Kim Jung Mi – Now (reissue)
Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica
Peaking Lights – 936
Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon (live disc from reissue)
Radiohead – King of Limbs
Radiohead – Butcher/Supercollider 12”
Ride for Revenge – Under the Eye
Spacemen 3 – Transparent Radiation 12” (reissue)
Starfuckers – Metallic Diseases LP (reissue)
Talk Talk – Laughing Stock LP (reissue)
Television – Live at the Old Waldorf LP (reissue)
Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring for My Halo
A Winged Victory for the Sullen – S/T
V/A – Those Shocking Shaking Days

Ken Camden/ A Winged Victory for the Sullen – Lincoln Hall
Danzig Legacy – Congress theater
Enslaved – Bottom Lounge
Immortal/Absu – Bottom Lounge
Mayor Daley – Happy Dog
Mayhem – Reggies
Kurt Vile & the Violators – Subterranean
Kurt Vile: acoustic in-store – Reckless Records Milwaukee Ave
Neil Young/ Bert Jansch (RIP) – Chicago Theater
Chris Connelly – Hideout

Implodes tour with Joan of Arc

Jim Magas
Wolfgang Voigt – Kafkatrax

Andy Stott – We Stay Together / Passed Me By

Implodes – Black Earth

Bill Orcutt – How the Thing Sings + tour 7″s

Danava – Hemisphere of Shadows

Various Artists – Reckless “Lifers” RSD 2011 cassette

Nate Young – Regression

Mutant Beat Dance – Another World 12″

Don Gere – Werewolves on Wheels OST

Throbbing Gristle reissues

Theo Parrish – Uget (Ugly Edits)

I Teoremi – s/t

Erkin Koray – Mechul – Singles & Rarities

Sog 12″s on Profan & Kompakt
Various Artists: Gene Hunt Presents Chicago Dance Tracks

Michael Yonkers & the Blind Shake – Period

Endless Boogie – 20 Minute Jam Getting Out of the City

Moon Duo – Mazes

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (game)

Steve Rahman
The Roots – undun
Wale – Ambition
J.Cole – Cole World: The Sideline Story
Oddisee – Rock Creek Park
Phonte – Charity Starts at Home
Blueprint – Adventures in Counter Culture
Jay & Kanye – Watch The Throne
Yuck – Yuck
The Cool Kids – When Fish Ride Bicycles
Foreign Exchange – Dear Friends: An Evening w/…

Angela Ziles

V/A- Motown”s Mowest Story (Light In The Attic)

Blouse- S/T (Captured Tracks)

Ringo DeathStarr- Colour Trip (Sonic Unyon)

Iceage- New Brigade (What’s Your Rupture)
Colin Stetson- New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges (Constellation)

A Winged Victory For The Sullen- S/T (Kranky)

The Men- Leave Home (Sacred Bones)

TV Ghost- Mass Dream (In The Red)

Danava- Hemisphere of Shadows (Kemado)

The War on Drugs- Slave Ambient (Secretly Canadian)

Fire! With Jim O’Rourke- Unreleased? (Rune Grammofon)

Total Control- Henge Beat (Fuse Group)

Dylan Posa

Best albums of 2011
Tori Amos – Night Of Hunters
Anthrax – Worship Music
Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2
The Body & Braveyoung – Nothing Passes
Cake – Showroom Of Compassion
Dead Rider – Raw Dents
DJ Shadow – The Less You Know The Better
Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
Ghost – Opus Eponymous
PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
Havok – Time Is Up
Liturgy – Aesthethica
Low – C’Mon
My Violent Ego – One Day You’ll Laugh…
Radiohead – King Of Limbs
The Roots – undun
Sloan – The Double Cross
St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 2
Wilco – The Whole Love
Best reissues of 2011
Beach Boys – Smile Sessions
Dug Dug’s – s/t
His Name Is Alive – King Of Sweet LP
Human Switchboard – Who’s Landing In My Hangar anthology
Bill Orcutt – New Way To Pay Old Debts CD
Pale Saints – The Comforts Of Madness LP
V/A – Motown’s Mowest Story
Biggest waste of an ex-This Heat member: About Group
Best shipment box of 2011: 9/12/11 Carrot Top box

Michelle Hodges

total abuse – prison sweat

sqrm – rodeo

raspberry bulbs – nature tries again

bone awl – bowing heads

brian eno – panic of looking

total control – henge beat

ice age – new brigade
bastard noise – skulldozer


vile gash – deluded

hoax – s/t

ropes – s/t

raw nerve – midnight

population – s/t

manipulation – 2

divine right – pray for me

double negative – hardcore confusion vol. 1 + 2

neo cons – s/t

no comment – common senseless (reissue)

no comment – downsided (reissue)

school jerks – control

screaming dead – children of the boneyard stones

sea of shit – s/t

Steve Shoup

BEST OF 2011

Absu – Abzu

Bloodiest – Descent

Brain Idea – Cosmos Factory

Burzum – Fallen

Circle Of Ouroborus – Eleven Fingers

Craft – Void

Dead Moon – reissues

Deathspell Omega – Diabolus Absconditus

Faith – Subject To Change reissue

Fielded – White Death 7″

Fielded / Alex Barnett – split LP

Ga’an – Black Equus

Ga’an – Ga’an

Harold Grosskopf – Synthesist reissue

Grouper – Alien Observer

Grouper – Dream Loss

Tim Hecker – Ravedeath

Iceage – New Brigade

Implodes – Black Earth

Leather – Sterile 7″ & Wretch 7″

Louvin Brothers – Satan Is Real reissue

Lungfish – Unanimous Hour reissue

The Men – Leave Home

Morbid Angel – Covenant reissue

No Comment – 7″ reissues

Doris Norton – Personal Computer

Reatards – Teenage Hate reissue

SQRM – Rodeo

Television – Live At The Old Waldorf

Throbbing Gristle – reissues

Truth & Janey – No Rest For The Wicked reissue

Void – Complete Sessions

You – Electric Day reissue

You – Timecode reissue

v/a Boddie Recording Company: Cleveland, Ohio

v/a Those Shocking Shaking Days


Absu & Immortal

The Body





Mayor Daley


Reigning Sound

Samhain & Misfits

Scratch Acid






Drive by Nicolas Winding Refn

Tabloid by Errol Morris

Whitney Mercer

Ga’an – “Black Equus”
High Places – “Original Colors”
Tim Hecker – “Ravedeath, 1972”
Typhoon – “A New Kind of House”
Cacaw – “Rat Skin Robes” cassette
Bad Drugs – “Raw Powder”
Belong – “Common Era”
Implodes – “Black Earth”
Kurt Vile – “Smoke Ring For My Halo”
Wild Flag – “Wild Flag”
Thurston Moore – “Demolished Thoughts”
PJ Harvey – “Let England Shake”
v/a – “i listen to the wind that obliterates my traces ” (dust to digital)
v/a – “Those Shocking Shaking Days: Indonesian Hard, Psychedelic, Progressive Rock”

Anthony Illarde

Alice Cooper – Old School Box Set (Universal)
Blind Shake – Seriousness (Learning Curve)
Jim Ford – Harlan County (Reissue, Light In The Attic)
Good Weather For An Airstrike – A Winter / A Summer (Sonic Reverie)
Government Issue – Boycott Stabb Complete Session (Dischord)
KD Lang & The Siss Boom Bang – Sing It Loud (Nonesuch)
Implodes – Black Earth (Kranky)
Left banke – Left Banke Too (Reissue, Sundazed)
Leopards – Kansas City Slickers (Reissue, Sing Sing)
Mickey – Rock & Roll Dreamer (Hozac)
Stepkids – The Stepkids (Stones Throw)
Jim Sullivan – U.F.O. (Reissue, Light In The Attic)
Thee Oh Sees – Castlemania (In The Red)
Void – Sessions 1981-1983 (Dischord)
White Mystery – Blood & Venom (White Mystery)

and a film:

Errol Morris – Tabloid

Dan Maloney

Best Records of 2011
1.) Kurt Vile: Smoke Ring For My Halo 
2.) Cass McCombs: Wit’s End

3.) War On Drugs: Slave Ambient
4.) Destroyer: Kaputt
5.) Thee Oh Sees: Carrion Crawler/ The Dream
6.) Tom Waits: Bad As Me
7.) Anna Calvi: Anna Calvi
8.) William Elliott Whitmore: Field Songs
9.) Desertshore: Drawing of Threes
10.) Stepkids: Stepkids
11.) Leyland Kirby: Eager to Tear Apart the Stars
12.) PJ Harvey: Let England Shake 

13.) Ty Segall: Goodbye Bread
14.) Peaking Lights: 936


1.) Louvin Brothers: Satan Is Real
2.) Beach Boys: Smile

3.) Jim Sullivan: UFO

4.) Paul McCartney II
5.) Jim Ford: Harlan County
6.) Mickey Newbury (Drag City Vinyl Reissues)
7.)  Boddie Recording Company Box (V/A)

8.) Social Climbers: Social Climbers

9.) Delta Swamp Rock (V/A)

10.) Michael Chapman: Fully Qualified Survivor

Favorite Local Releases

1.) Chris Connelly: Artificial Madness

2.) Mannequin Men: Mannequin Men
3.) Radar Eyes: Best Friends

4.) T’Bone: Mount Trashmore

5.) Implodes: Black Earth

6.) Apteka: Gargoyle Days

7.) Laureates: Spells

8.) Bloodiest: Descent

Favorite Chicago Area Poster Artists in 2011    
1.) Ryan Duggan

2.) Ethan D’Ercole
3.) Rick Leech
4.) Josh Davis (Deadmeat Designs)
5.) Alana Bailey

Courtland Green
















Luc Rogers
(In no order)

1. Racebannon “Six Sik Sisters”

2. Indian “Guiltless”

3. Bloodiest

4. Iceage “New Brigade”

5. The Men “Leave Home”

6. Cursed “Last Session” 7″

7. Tim Hecker “Ravedeath 1972”

8. Nirvana “Nevermind” reissue (no shame)

Cole Cooney
1) Fleetwood Mac – Rumours 45 RPM reissue: I’ll take any reason to put Rumours on a year-end best of list. Best record of always.

2) Bill Callahan – Apocalypse: His best record since “A River Ain’t Too Much to Love” shows a fine example of Bill doing what he does- well-timed, minimal arrangements and the dense lyricism that alternates between sardonic and piercingly poignant, all with that familiar stoic baritone delivery. 

3) Implodes – Black Earth: With comparisons ranging from Can to My Bloody Valentine, these dudes summon a haze you can’t (nor want to) escape.

4) Black Angels – Phosgene Nightmare 10″: A mellow, melancholic display of their talents works surprisingly as well as, and sometimes better than, their heavier material.

5) Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring for My Halo: This album is a stoney sleeper hit. It’s feel-good with bedraggled depth and shimmer.

6) Heavy Times – Jacker: Short spurts of fuzzy garage with hooks for days. All killer.

Laura Deutsch
SQRM – Rodeo
SQRM – White Saints 7”
HOAX – s/t 7”
Implodes – Black Earth
Ga’an – Ga’an/Black Equus
Fielded – White Death 7”
Geffika – II cassette
Alex Barnett/Fielded split
Brain Idea – Cosmos Factory
Marisa Anderson – Golden Hour
Zombi – Escape Velocity
Cacaw – Rat Skin Robes
Void – Sessions 1981-1983
Monopoly Star Child Searchers – Bamboo for Two
Julian Lynch – Terra
Mayor Daley/White Hills/Cave– Empty Bottle
Mayor Daley/Bad Drugs/High Castle – Empty Bottle
Hoax/Raw Nerve/The Ropes/Salvation – Water Works
Hoax/Crazy Spirit/Culo – W Huron
Hume – Treasure Town
Monopoly Star Child Searchers/Dolphins Into The Future – Glowsticks
Raw Nerve – Record Store Day – Reckless Broadway
Fielded – Reuben’s Palace
Ga’an/Pillars & Tongues/Axis: Sova/Ancient Ocean – Empty Bottle
Implodes – Empty Bottle
Alex Barnett/Brain Idea/Implodes – Lincoln Hall
Brain Idea / Zath – Mortville
Zath – Dust Bowl
Cacaw/Liturgy/Dope Body/Spanyurd – Empty Bottle
Oozing Wound/Pyschic Steel – Empty Bottle

Lauren Jobe

1.  Shin Joong Hyun “Beautiful Rivers and Mountains”  (cd/lp) (light in the attic)

2.  Pussy “Invasion”  (cd) (rockadrome)

3.  Black Tusk “Set the Dial”  (cd/lp) (relapse)

4.  Caretaker “Empty Bliss Beyond This World”  (cd/lp) (History Always Favours The Winners)

5.  Bloodiest “Descent”  (cd) (relapse)

6.  Dirty Beaches “Badlands”  (cd/lp) (zoo music)

7.  Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats “Bloodlust” (cd/lp) (rise above records)

8.  Various Artist “True Soul: Volume 1”  (cd/lp) (Now-Again Records)

9.  Jim Ford “Harlan County”  (cd/lp)  (light in the attic)

10. Rodd Keith “My Pipe Yellow Dream”  (lp) (Roaratorio)

Kate Ruggeri

Social Climbers – S/T

V/A – Those Shocking Shaking Days

Mannequin Men – S/T

Bill Orcutt – How The Thing Sings

Implodes – Black Earth

PJ Harvey – Let England Shake

Alvarius B – Baroque Primitiva

Beach Boys – Smile Sessions

Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo

Illuminati Congo – All Eye See

Stone Coal White – S/T

Lijadu Sisters – Danger

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Soul Time!

Bill Callahan – Apocalypse

Cosmic Relief – Dekalb EP

Madlib & Frank Nitt – Madlib Medicine Show #9: Channel 85 Presents


Rebecca Crawford

Autumn “Synthesize” (awesome minimal wave re-issue) 

Davila 666 “Tan Bajo”

Fathers Children “Who’s Gonna Save the World”

The Feelies “Here Before”

Shin JoongHyun “Beautiful Rivers & Mountains: The Psychedelic Rock Sound of South Korea’s Shin JoongHyun 1958-1974″

The Soft Moon “S/T” 
The Soft Moon
“Total Decay EP”

V/A: “Those Shocking, Shaking Days.  Indonesian Hard Psychedelic, Progressive Rock and Funk: 1970-1978″

The War on Drugs “Slave Ambient”

Kevin Hein
Full lengths, in no particular order..
HTRK- Work (Work, Work)- Distorted 808 beats, deep bass grooves, and a drugged-up sounding female vocalist create music that is depressingly pretty.
The Caretaker- An Empty Bliss Beyond This World- Leyland Kirby is at it again, sampling and reprocessing old 78 records into his own creation. While his last record focused on repetition, this one dives into slightly different territory by focusing on abrupt starts and stops and the space between them.
Leyland Kirby- Eager To Tear Apart The Stars- Not released under his usual Caretaker moniker, this record is less about his reprocessed 78’s shtick, focusing more on his own minimal ambient compositions. More subdued, but still beautiful.
Tim Hecker- Ravedeath, 1972- Shimmering, icy, glacial drones. One can easily get lost in it’s layers, and every listening experience seems to be different.
Ringo Deathstarr- Colour Trip- Comes off sounding like a mixture of My Bloody Valentine and The Jesus and Mary Chain, this album blends the 90s shoegaze aesthetic with modern production techniques. Noise pop at its catchiest.
Ringo Deathstarr- Sparkler- A compilation of their pre-Colour Trip EPs, more catchy noise pop in the vein of Jesus and Mary Chain.
My Violent Ego- Some Day You’ll Laugh At The Sad Saga That Was..- A compilation of hard-to-find EPs by a duo who create shimmering ethereal pop in the vein of My Bloody Valentine. Haunting female vocals over swirling, warping guitars.  
Cold Cave- Cherish The Light Years- Extremely catchy 80’s New Order-esque synth-pop. These riffs will get stuck in your head for days.
Jamie XX and Gil Scott Heron- We’re New Here- Jamie XX remixes Gil Scott Heron’s last album (RIP) in its entirety, surpassing the original.
Sepalcure- Sepalcure- Full length debut from the duo of Machinedrum and Praveen/Braile. Generally less organic sounding than the preceding EPs, this record is aimed at the dance floor.
Wagon Christ- Toomorow- Another classic-sounding mash of samples from Luke Vibert’s long-running Wagon Christ moniker.
Laurel Halo- Hour Logic- Synth-worship from the biggest babe of the Hippos In Tanks crew. 
Daedelus- Bespoke- Monome master Daedelus presents us with his version of a pop record. The old-timey samples are still here, amidst a clustered production of dusty drum rolls and heavy bass, but this time featuring a guest vocalist on almost every track.
FaltyDL- You Stand Uncertain- New York producer Drew Lustman attempts to create a  “timeless” electronic record by combining  all of his influences in one bucket. Boards of Canada-esque detuned analog synths, 90s rave stabs, jungle/D’n’B breaks, and UK Garage drum patterns shine through amidst dusty layered samples. This is the sound of a producer who has been working hard honing his craft, and has developed an instantly recognizable sound which deserves more attention.
Machinedrum- Room(s)- Electronic veteran machinedrum has mastered almost all genres of dance music and decides to crank up the BPM to the 160 range. This release brings footwork/juke music to a new level, going heavy on auto-tuned vocal samples with hints of UK Garage drum patterns. He’s still using the same chord progressions and scales, but the beats are more forward thinking.
Oneohtrix Point Never- Replica- Daniel Lopatin bought $100 worth of 80’s TV commercial compilation DVDs for sampling, and this is the result. Weird, repetitive sound clips swim amongst his trademark Juno 60 synth-drones.
Martyn- Ghost People- A fine addition to Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder crew, Martyn tries his hand at techno. Sounding entirely different from his previous releases, the unfolding layers of repetition are still here, but pack a harder punch. 
Zomby- Dedication- This second full length (as well as debut on 4AD) from this masked london producer sounds less like an album and more like a collection of songs, but no one’s complaining here. Minimal 8-bit blips and bleeps over dark, brooding beats.

Zomby- Nothing- Zomby revisits his love of the 90’s rave sound originally explored on Where Were You In ’92, combining it with the minimal production aesthetic displayed on his Dedication LP.
Burial- Street Halo EP- The master returns to work (finally) and gives us another three track teaser of his trademark crackle-y dark textures over broken UK Garage beats. Before you knock or dismiss this man’s music, remember that Burial’s output is made entirely by cutting and pasting samples by ear, no sequencer or grid involved. 
Blawan- Bohla EP- Blawan takes his tribal pounding bass groove to the next level by throwing in a Roland TB-303. Neo-acid house at its best.
FaltyDL- Mean Streets Part 1 EP- FaltyDL expands on the genre-bending sound established on You Stand Uncertain. This man has established a sound, and this release sounds so undeniably FaltyDL.
Machinedrum- Sacred Frequency EP- A teaser for his Room(s) LP, this EP contains more future-juke tracks that don’t appear on the full-length.
Sepalcure- Fleur EP- A beautiful collage of samples, each layer unfolding like a flower to reveal new timbres and patterns. Earthy organic textures, female vocal samples, and dusty neon synths float in and fold over a cluster of woodblocks, bells, and metallic clanks. Heavily influenced by the current crop of future garage producers, Fleur takes off where the Sepalcure EP left off, managing to be forward thinking while still evoking a certain nostalgia.

Burial/Four Tet/Thom Yorke- Ego/Mirror 12″- Burial and Four Tet collaborate once again, this time with Thom joining the fray. The result sounds exactly like what you would expect.
Phon.O- Slavemode/Abbey Road 12″- UK Garage beats over huge trance-y sounding synths.
Objekt- Objekt #2- Surpassing his first EP, Objekt continues perfecting the genre of “future garage”/bass music, building slow and erupting with synths.
Daedelus- Tailor Made 12″- The Tokimonsta and Floating Points remixes surpass the original song.
Lando Kal- Further/Time Out 12″- Newcomer Lando Kal gives us a slab of chopped vocal samples and smooth synths over a bed of shuffled futuristic house.
George Fitzgerald- Don’t You 12″- A member of Scuba’s Hotflush crew and protege of producer Joy Orbison. Infectious, repetitious future bass music.
Falty DL- Hip Love 12″- More broken UKGarage shuffle from NY’s future garage master FaltyDL.
Falty DL- Jack Your Job/Make It Difficult 12”- FaltyDL makes 90’s feel-good house tunes.

Bryan Smith
Absu – Abzu

Beach Boys – Smile Sessions 2lp

Bitch Magnet deluxe re-issue

Chris Connelly – Artificial Madness

Craft – Void

Dead Moon LP re-issues

Deathspell Omega – Diabolus Absconditus

Mark Hollis – s/t LP re-issue

Talk Talk – Laughing Stock LP re-issue

Television – Live At The Old Waldorf (2LP, RSD 2011)

Void – Sessions 1981-1983

Various Artists – Guitar Music From The Western Sahel

Various – Those Shocking Shaking Days 3lp

Melissa Grubbs
anna calvi – s.t.

beach boys- smile sessions

belong – common era

can- tago mago (40th anniversary edition) 

chris connelly- artificial madness

darondo- listen to my song
pj harvey- let england shake 

howlin wolf- this is howlin wolf’s new album… (reissue)

implodes- black earth

lefte bank- lefte bank too (reissue)
lijadu sisters – danger

radiohead – king of limbs 

raphael saadiq- stone rollin’
Michi Sarmiento y su Combo Bravo 1967-77- Aqui Los Bravos!

stone coal white- s.t.

talk talk- (reissue)
ebo taylor – life stories (reissue)

television – live at the old waldorf

kurt vile- smoke ring for my halo

a winged victory for the sullen s.t.

v/a- boddie recording company

v/a- cult cargo: salsa boricua de chicago

v/a- Motown”s Mowest Story 

v/a- soweta tropicalia comps & 12″s

v/a -soundways 45s (andre tanker/ colombia set, etc they were all good!)

v/a-those shocking shaking days 

v/a- true soul: vol.1

game of thrones!

Mark Lux
in no particular order 2011/LUX
yes ‘fly from here’
hebden/ reid/ mats ‘live @ south bank’
shin jun hung ‘beautiful rivers & mountains’
implodes ‘black earth’
loudon wainwright ’40 odd years’
danava ‘hemisphere of shadows’
mannequin men s/t
brain idea ‘cosmos factory’
vee dee s/t
lawrence peters outfit s/t
v/a ‘those shocking shaking days’
group inerene ‘guitars from agadaz vol 4’
belong ‘common era’
tim hecker ‘dropped pianos’
little dragon ‘ritual union’
grimble grumble ‘september sun’

Beth Klacko
BEST OF 2011.
No order

Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Pt 2
LFO – Frequencies (Reissue)
Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
Can – Tago Mago (Reissue)
Washed Out – Within and Without
Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica
Tim Hecker – Ravedeath
Ty Segall – Goodbye Bread
Cave – Neverendless
The Horrors – Skying
Charles Bradley – Dreaming
Alela Diane – Wild Divine
John Maus – We Must Become Pitiless Censors of Ourselves

Friends of Reckless

Erika Hendrix

Alvarius B – Baroque Primitiva

Dirty Beaches – Badlands

Dirty Beaches/Ela Orleans (split) – Double Feature

Disappears – Guider

Grouper – A I A : Alien Observer

Grouper – A I A : Dream Loss

Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1972

Implodes – Black Earth

Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo

Moon Duo – Mazes

Bill Orcutt – How the Thing Sings

Thee Oh Sees – Castlemania

A Winged Victory for the Sullen – s/t

Yuck – Yuck

Brett Andrew Grossman
Papercuts “Fading Parade”

Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi “ROME”

Peaking Lights “936”

Dum Dum Girls “Only in Dreams”

Oneohtrix Point Never “Replica”

Radiohead “TKOL RMX 1234567” / “King of Limbs”

Belong “Common Era”

Ducktails “Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics”

Fleet Foxes “Helplessness Blues”

Panda Bear “Tomboy”

Implodes “Black Earth”

Coma Cinema “Blue Suicide”

White Fence “…Is Growing Faith”

Woods “Sun and Shade”

Beirut “The Rip Tide”

Tropic of Cancer “The End of All Things”

Real Estate “Days”

Youth Lagoon “The Year of Hibernation”

Grouper “A I A : Alien Observer”

Kurt Vile “Smoke Ring For My Halo”

Baths “Pop Music / False B Sides”

Trouble Books & Mark Mcguire “Song For Reinier Lucassen’s Sphinx”

Tape “Revelationes”

M83 “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming”

Taylor Brode (Sacred Bones Records, ex-Reckless employee)
Alphabetical as always, this does not include anything on Sacred Bones because that would just be cheating.  I didn’t have a lot of time to listen to a lot of albums other than the 23 we released this year but the few that got through to me (3 LP’s in total), really deeply got through.
Cold Cave Cherish the Light Years (Matador)
I give zero fucks about people judging me for loving this band. Wes Eisold has been cutting his heart out and letting his audience crawl inside the hole remaining since we were both teenagers (well since he was a teenager, and I was in my early 20’s), and we are all the better for it.  His courage in writing openly about his own psychological shortcomings have in-numerous times given me the courage to acknowledge and address my own. Their live set up which has been stripped down to remove all ironic blonde “goth” women now includes only the other essential songwriter Dominick Fernow, and fantastic drummer Alex Garcia-Rivera.   The new line-up allows Wes and Dom the public freedom to become exactly the kind of Pet Shop Boys they have always privately wanted to be. Trust me it’s working for them.  I threw my underwear at them every night on stage for an entire week this summer and would do it all again in a heartbeat.  This band grows light years with each release and I simply of them.  If you have never seen them you should do yourself a favor next year, and make sure to bring delicates to toss c/o Taylor & Christiana.
E.M.A Past Life Martyred Saints (Souterrain Transmissions)
I have been a huge fan of Erika’s since she was in Gowns, i was at Touch and Go, and I heard the song White Like Heaven. On her 1st solo effort she manages to take all the rawness of that song and add a layer of sexual realness to it so thick it has an aftertaste. Her lyrics touch on everything from narcotic addiction to abusive relationships to eternal love so real it carries through to the next life.  Her sense of timing, hook and ability to both create and release tension (sometimes simultaneously) is simply unparalleled in modern music.  My boyfriend and I are both recovering addicts and had difficult childhoods (to say the least); we have an extra closet at home where all of our skeletons hang out together actually. We’ve both been working in music since we were teens and we argue vehemently over who’s good and who sucks.  Needless to say this album is a household favorite, and the only thing we argue over is who has listened to which track on repeat more times in a row.
Iceage New Brigade (Escho/ Dias)
In an effort to keep up the mystery I am going to attempt to translate this into the band’s native tongue.  To put it bluntly: no other punk album has changed me so singularly in the last decade as these four kids’ has.  I am not going to bore you with the details of how we came into each others’ lives, instead I am just going to speak in the abstract.  This record is about three things:  faith, loyalty, and trust.  What these young men and their extended family in Denmark have re-taught me in the last year is that if you have faith, loyalty and trust you do not need anything else.   Sleep, food, clean clothes, money, etc. –it is all meaningless if you do not have amazing friends in your life.  This is not business; this is love.

Stephen Sowley (ex-Reckless employee, Studio manager at Electrical Audio)

No order. 2011: Shelf It. 
Bill Orcutt—How The Thing Sings // Tour 7”s (Ill Bill keeps going; I don’t want to know of a world without him)
V/A—Boddie Recording Company: Cleveland, Ohio // Local Customs: Pressed At Boddie (Numero culls the ghosts of a lost DIY era)
The band Leather (Philly behemoths take an archeological dig through your past embarrassments. Full Frontal Jock Shaming. MORE NOW)
Implodes—Black Earth (the dreamiest band in Chicago that refuses to make eye contact with you)
The band Raw Nerve (if they’ve done anything, they’ve proven how Trad H.C. Bobby Hill really was.)
Slices—Modern Bride 7” (the victory anthems for when Roethlisberger blows his knee out.)
Fantasia In Best Show Minor DVD (chump steam rolling in visual form)
Tim Hecker—Ravedeath 1972 (Key People, Blur Shit, Art School)
The band Wild Flag (Men: move to the back, put the phone down, and stop trying so hard)
Andy Stott—We Stay Together // Passed Me By (wherein Richie Hawtin meets Wolf Eyes and they burn your house down…slowly)
Byron Coley—C’est la Guerre: early writings 1978—1983 (Gather round, it’s xmas and dad’s gonna tell us about the war)
Kurt Vile—Smoke Ring For My Halo // So Outta Reach (Shroom Tea Franks, Ganja Peanut Chew, Spuds McKenzie Poster sold separately) 
The comedian Eddie Pepitone (Blue Collar Life Coach, Bitter Buddah…hating the things you can’t stand to live without.)
Void—Sessions 1981—1983 (Finally)
The band Population (Nepotism. Drink it up, Gothdrips)
Peaking Lights—936 (Lovers Rock for your resin stained walkman)
True Radical Miracle—Cockroaches (reissue LP) (Watch your summer vacation go down the toilet in the other direction)
Iceage—Youth Brigade (prison tattoos, unnecessary drama, and primal urgency get every number cruncher with a live-journal way too wet.)
Swans live (your band sucked compared to this…sorry boutcha.)
Total Control—Henge Beat (imagine the guys that refer to this as “friend rock.” I want to see their lists!)
Bjork—Crystalline 12” (1 out of 10 ain’t so bad, I guess)
Psychic Paramount—Psychic Paramount II  (Repeat, repeat, repeat until maximum health and efficiency)
Sandwell District–Feed-Forward (free dinner with me for whomever bootlegs the vinyl for this and/or convinces these pricks to repress it.)
Dean Whitmore (Sub Pop Records)
Bakers 10 records both new & reissued that I bought & liked a lot this year. Alphabetically:
Mahmoud Ahmed – Jeguol Naw Betwa (Mississippi)
Bloodloss – Lost My Head for Drink (Dirty Knobby)
Broken Water – Peripheral Star (Perennial)
Condiminum – Warm Home 12″ (Condominium)
Cruddy – Negative World (12xU)
Fungus Brains – Ron Pistos Real World (Load)
L’orchestre Kanaga De Mopti – Kanaga De Mopti (Kindred Spirits)
Shabazz Palaces – Black Up (Sub Pop)
Shin Joong Hyun – Beautiful Rivers & Mountains (Light in the Attic)
Sonskull – Wiped Clean (Perennial)
Total Control – Henge Beat (Iron Lung)
Records from last year that hooked me this year:
Hype Williams – Find Out What Happens (De Stijl)
Kemialliset Ystavat – Ullakkopalo (Fonal)
No Balls – Less (Who Can You Trust/Streaks)
Something that I just got & think I am going to totally love end of ’11 & beyond:
Opika Pende Africa at 78 RPM Box
Other great stuff:
Camping w/ Cassidy
Tour w/ Uzi Rash
Getting rid of cable TV.
Squire Park
Living in a house again / playing records late etc.
Riding bike & ditching car.
Sloop Tavern.
20/20 Cycle
Getting to know Vancouver
Lopez & Shaw Islands

Mike Venutolo-Mantovani (Matador Records)

1. Brain F≠ – Sleep Rough (Grave Mistake)
2. Crooked Fingers – Breaks In The Armor (Merge)
3. The Shrine – Featherheads 7″ (Eliminator Records)
4. Mark Sultan – Whatever I Want (In The Red)
5. Mark Sultan – Whenever I Want (In The Red)
6. Mastodon – Live At The Aragon (WBR RSD Exclusive)
7. Wild Flag – S/T (Merge)
8. Crisis Of Conformity – Fistfight In The Parking Lot 7″ (Drag City)
9. Reigning Sound – Abdication… For Your Love EP (Scion A/V)
10. Total Babes – S/T (Old Flame)

WHITE MYSTERY: Miss Alex White & Francis S.K. White

Thee Oh Sees: Carrion Crawler (In The Red)
Heavy Times: Jacker (HoZac)
Cave: Neverendless (Drag City)
Night Beats S/T (Trouble in Mind)

Joe Wetteroth (BRAIN IDEA)
1. Cave, Neverendless

2. Grateful Dead, Europe ’72 Vol. 2

3. Fucked Up, David Comes To Life

4. Heavy Times, Jacker

5. James Ferraro, Far Side Virtual

**also started collecting Dead Bootlegs so that i can fulfill my 2012 new year resolution of listening to one live Grateful Dead set a day
from that particular day of the year. an idea given to me by Cooper 
from Cave.

Ben Scott (BRAIN IDEA)

In no particular order
James Ferraro- Far Side Virtual

Destroyer- Kaputt

Jay-Z and Kanye- Watch the throne

Cave- Neverendless

Heavy Times- Jacker

Oneohtrixpointnever- Replica

Omar S.-It can be done, but only i can do it

Tyler The Creator- Bastard

Kurt VIle- Smoke ring for my halo

Azari and III

Real Estate- Days


Widowspeak- S/T

Todd Curtis (Music Direct)

new stuff i listened to the most this year:
true widow – as high as… (kemado)
bats – free all monsters (flying nun)
absu – abzu (candlelight)
pj harvey – let england shake (vagrant)
seapony – go with me (hardly art)
inquisition – ominous doctrines of the perpetual mystical macrocosm (hell’s headbangers)
ice age – new brigade (dais)
violeta vil – toronjil ep (discoteca oceano)
lorelle meets the obsolete – on welfare (captcha)
chancha via circuito – rio arriba (zzk)
v/a – cartagena! (soundway)
voivod – to the death ’84 (alternative tentacles)
sisters of mercy – first and last and always (mobile fidelity silver)
dug dug’s – s/t (lion productions)
dead brain cells – s/t & universe (war on music)
lee perry – return of pipecock jackxon (honest jon’s)
blossom toes – we are ever so clean (sunbeam)
above ground – gone aiwa (siltbreeze)
junior kimbrough with the soul blues boys – do the rump (klimpt)
television personalities – they could have been bigger than the beatles (1972)

Pete Klockau (Bloodshot Records)
In no particular order…
 THE JIM JONES REVIEW- “Burning Your House Down” (Punk Rock Blues)
“Explosive” is probably the best word to use here- it’s like if Little Richard were a demonic hellion fronting
a band of ex-convicts playing to earn back their freedom. This thing smokes… their show at Schuba’s (with
Kid Congo Powers) was pretty damned incredible, too.
DEX ROMWEBER DUO- “Is That You In The Blue” (Bloodshot)
Not to toot our own horn (though I will here), Dex & his sister Sara turn in their second phenomenal
record as the Dex Romweber Duo. I love(d) me some Flat Duo Jets… but dare I say this is (gulp)… even better?!
I dare you to listen to his version of “Brazil” and tell me this album doesn’t do anything for you.
JC BROOKS & THE UPTOWN SOUND- “Want More” (Bloodshot)
A local favorite, not only local to Chicago, but local to my adopted neighborhood Uptown. Our little neighborhood that
could has been in the news for so many shitty reasons this year, it’s great to see some local boys make good.
Oh, and this record kicks 10 kinds of ass (count ’em!) Speaking of ass, if “Want More” doesn’t make
you shake yours, it must be broke.
KID CONGO POWERS- “Gorilla Rose” (In The Red)
Ex Cramp, Bad Seed, and Gun Clubber makes his third record of weirdo glammy gutter garage noir
and makes it all seem so easy to pull off. Extra props to In The Red for also releasing a limited edition LP
of Kid & his band playing live at a prom in the Southern California suburbs this year.
JACK OBLIVIAN- “Rat City” (Fat Possum)
This is Jack O’s fourth record with the Tennessee Tearjerkers, and I’ll be good god damned if they
don’t keep getting better and better. “Rat City” is every bit as gritty and sinister sounding as that title
would have you think. Who would’ve thought back when the Oblivians were kicking my high school
ass with “Soul Food” and “Popular Favorites” that (between Jack O and Greg Cartwright’s multiple and
meritus projects) they’d still be tickling my ear drums in exactly the right way 15 years later?
JERRY SUN- “Exotic Sounds” (Dionysus)
I am an admitted Exotica and Lounge junkie. Unfortunately most of the new stuff that turns up is hokey and, frankly,
awful. Thank god for Dionysus who are still out there finding exotica master tapes from the original era. Much
like last year’s Beachcomber Trio “Live at Kahiki Supper Club” LP, this one gets a special spot next to the hi fi.
JD MCPHERSON- “Signs & Signifiers” (Hi-Style)
His voice swings from Wilson Pickett to Big Sandy to everything in between. It’s timeless, with production so
authentically vintage sounding you’d swear this was some lost Hi Records or King 45 from the late 1950’s. It’s
nice to know there are still people out there able to make vintage sounds fresh again.
TONY CHRISTIE- “Now’s the Time” (Acid Jazz)
60’s British lounge singer Tony Christie was dormant for many years, but unlike Tom Jones (who returned with
an album of gospel folk songs last year), Mr. Christie stuck to what he did (does) best and made one catchy-
and-fun-as-all-shit album of vintage brassy lounge-pop. This album sounds like all the songs you like by Neil Diamond
with a healthy dose of classic Sinatra. When you go to Las Vegas and want to see a show, this is what you want to
see… or at least it’s what I want to see. The key here is that there is nothing remotely hokey or ironic about this
album- the whole package is just GOOD.
HAYES CARLL- “Kmag Yoyo” (Lost Highway)
Hayes continues to prove he’s one of the finest songwriters going these days. From open to close, the
lyrics are clever, the songwriting is tight, and it is exceedingly enjoyable throughout.
THE BLACK SWANS- “Don’t Blame the Stars” (Misra)
This record is a joy to listen to- I am biased as I have had a copy for some time now. But I am so
glad to finally see this immensely enjoyable album get released. Totally contemporary, occasionally
absurdist lyrics, but wrapped in a warm analog package that sounds like it could’ve been made this
year, or could be some lost gentle country-folk masterpiece from a bygone era.
Some reissues I never thought I would see:
MR GASSER & THE WEIRDOS- “Surfink”, “Hotrod Hootenany” & “Rods & Ratfinks” (Sundazed)
Ed “Big Daddy” Roth surf novelty records? Yes, please!
JIM FORD- “Harlan County” reissue (Light in the Attic)
I’ve loved this record for years- so glad to see it finally get a full-on reissue. This is the absolute
funkiest white dude you will ever hear (Tony Joe White and Dennis Coffey… watch yourselves…)
YMA SUMAC- “Miracles” (Omni)
The “Incan Princess'” bizzaro rock record from the early 1970’s… Les Baxter (Exotica and soundtrack king of
the 1960’s) wrote and produced this album, adding another layer of weirdness to the proceedings.
VARIOUS ARTISTS- “Delta Swamp Rock” Vol. 1 thru 3 (Soul Jazz)
All three of these comps are excellent. The title gives you an idea of what to expect- country music from
that weird-and-awesome crossroad in the mid 1970’s where country got funky and soulful.