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Reckless Records 1/7/22 New Releases

1/7/21 NEW RELEASES & RESTOCKS

Small new release week and some titles didn’t make it yet due to bad weather including some Rhino reissues titles that will be in early next week. Happy new year!

BOY HARSHER – Lesser Man LP (Nude Club) color vinyl

BURIAL – Burial LP (Hyperdub) back in stock!

CLAIRO – Diary 001 LP (Fader) available again

SAM COOKE – Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964 LP (Abcko) clear vinyl

STEVE GUNN & RYLEY WALKER – DRWZI Doors TAPE (Husky Pants)

HOAVI – Invariant LP (Peak Oil)

LAZERBEAK – Cameron LP/CD (Doomtree)

ELLIOTT SMITH – Needle in the Hay 7” (Kill Rock Stars)

ELLIOTT SMITH – Speed Trials 7” (Kill Rock Stars)

SQUID – Bright Green Field LP (Warp) apricot colored vinyl edition

TOPDOWN DIALECT – Topdown Dialect Vol. 1 LP (Peak Oil)

TOPDOWN DIALECT – Topdown Dialect Vol. 2 LP (Peak Oil)

TOPDOWN DIALECT – Topdown Dialect Vol. 3 LP (Peak Oil)

TRAVIS – Invisible Band LP (Craft)

VARIOUS ARTISTS – Lost in Translation (Soundtrack) LP limited edition

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Reckless Records 2021 Employee Best Of Lists

Another weird year is in the books. Thankfully there was a ton of great music to help us make our way through it. Hoping for brighter days ahead for us all…

SHASTA GILMORE

Here are some new releases, new reissues, and just things I picked up this year that I really loved

  • Shintaro Sakamoto – The Feeling Of Love
  • Strum and Thrum: The American Jangle Underground
  • Alan Vega – After Dark
  • The Clean – Boodle Boodle Boodle
  • The Cure – Disintegration
  • Goblin – Suspiria OST
  • Curtis Mayfield – Curtis (expanded edition)
  • Screamers – Demo Hollywood 1977
  • The Sound – Jeopardy
  • Suburban Lawns – S/T

PHILIP CERZA

My favorite albums of 2021 are Sweep It Into Space by Dinosaur Jr and Superwolves by Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Matt Sweeney. Here are some other projects and records from this past year that I love:

  • Admonitions // Endless Boogie
  • Afrique Victime // Mdou Moctar
  • Comfort To Me // Amyl & The Sniffers
  • Happier Than Ever // Billie Eilish
  • Haram // Armand Hammer & The Alchemist
  • Harmonizer // Ty Segall
  • Hey What // Low
  • If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power // Halsey
  • Jubilee // Japanese Breakfast
  • Like A Stone // Remember Sports
  • Ma Délire // Myriam Gendron
  • McCartney III // Paul McCartney
  • New Long Leg // Dry Cleaning
  • No Medium // Rosali
  • Path of Wellness // Sleater-Kinney
  • Pick A Day To Die // Sunburned Hand of the Man
  • Pressure Machine // The Killers
  • Shadow I Remember // Cloud Nothings 
  • Sound Ancestors // Madlib
  • Star-Crossed // Kacey Musgraves
  • Things Take Time, Take Time // Courtney Barnett
  • Two Saviors // Buck Meek
  • El Último Tour Del Mundo // Bad Bunny
  • Ultrapop // The Armed
  • Urban Driftwood // Yasmin Williams
  • “Stoned At The Nail Salon” // Lorde
  • “Soul Love” // Jeff & Ruby Parker
  • “Like I Used To” // Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen
  • “All Too Well (10 Minute Version)” // Taylor Swift
  • “Agatha All Along” // Kathryn Hahn

JAMIE DRIER

  • The Bug – Fire (Ninja Tune)
  • Max Richter – Voices 2 (Decca)
  • Pan Daijing – Jade (Pan)
  • Loraine James – Reflection (Hyperdub)
  • Tirzah – Colourgrade (Domino)
  • Charles – Let’s Start A Family Tonight (Babe City Records)
  • Teste – Graphic Depictions (L.I.E.S.)
  • Ploy – Unlit Signals (L.I.E.S.)
  • Jeff Parker – JP’s Myspace Beats (International Anthem)
  • Hiro Kone – Silvercoat The Throng (Dais)
  • Space Afrika – Honest Labour (Dais)
  • Aaron Dilloway & Lucrecia Dalt – Lucy & Aaron (Hanson)
  • Chynna – Drug Opera (Twin)
  • Various Artists – Paura (A Collection of Italian Horror Sounds
  • From The Cam Sugar Archive) (Decca / Cam Sugar)

STEVE RAHMAN

This year was thoroughly exhausting. These are the records that I think most helped me through the longest of the days.

LA Exes “Get Some”
I love things that can contain a multitude of emotions in a single space & “Get Some” does that better than most records. It’s a sobering record sometimes, full of upbeat, sunshine-y pop tunes that often as not are about heart-break; Not in a depressing oh-my-gosh-it’s-all-terrible-and-I-wanna-die way, but in a more subtle “I wouldn’t mind disappearing for a while, a Temporary Goodbye” kinda way. In fact, one of my favorite things about this record is the humor with which they tackle the subject matter, even the stuff that really might make you sad if you think about it too hard.

Melanie Charles “Y’all Don’t (Really) Care About Black Women”
Melanie Charles as a musician & producer is at times incredibly challenging for me. On this Verve Remixed project, each song is originally performed by another great woman in jazz & soul, but Charles takes them in incredibly diverse directions. The way that Charles manipulates & interpolates the original tracks is creative & adventurous, & I haven’t even mentioned the beautiful way she uses her voice. This record exemplifies fearlessness.

Skyzoo “All the Brilliant Things”
If what you want from your Rap music is very good rapping & very good beats, it’s difficult to overlook Skyzoo. Prolific & brilliant, there aren’t many pens in the world that can match Sky’s & the layered entendres that populate the whole of “All the Brilliant Things” require listen upon listen.  The thing is, what you get with Skyzoo is consistency. Each track will be well crafted, with impeccable lyrical delivery & beats that knock. This is dope beats, dope rhymes… what more could y’all want.

Silk Sonic “An Evening with Silk Sonic”
I don’t know how to talk about this record without hyperbole. I don’t know what hasn’t been said about it since it came out. I don’t even know where to begin with this partnership between Anderson .Paak & Bruno Mars. All I can say is it’s a throwback R&B record with smooth, clean, crystal clear production. It’s pure ear-candy. It sounds great & it feels great. I know there’s a lot of criticism to be had about originality or lack there-of, but baby… who cares!? This record is groovy as hell & sometimes that’s all that matters.

A couple more from this year:

  • We Are the Union “Ordinary Life”
  • Rosemarie “Sinnergy”
  • Mac Ayres “Magic 8Ball”
  • Beach Bunny “Blame Game EP”
  • CJ Fly “The Way I (H)ear It Vol. 1”
  • Arlo Parks “Collapsed in Sunbeams”
  • Adrian Younge “The American Negro”
  • Sam Dew “Moonlit Fools”
  • Chika “Once Upon a Time EP”
  • Kota the Friend & Statik Selektah “To Kill A Sunrise”
  • Olivia Rodrigo “Sour”
  • Tyler the Creator “Call Me If You Get Lost”
  • Leon Bridges “Gold-Diggers Sound”
  • Meet Me @ the Altar “Model Citizen EP”
  • Little Simz “Sometimes I Might Be Introvert”
  • Kacey Musgraves “Star-Crossed”
  • Tasha “Tell Me What You Miss the Most”
  • Men I Trust “Untourable Album”

DYLAN SOWLE

BEST OF 2021

Best Albums:

1. Parannoul – “To See The Next Part Of The Dream” (Longinus Recordings)
South Korean shoegaze/emo hybrid, all made by one dude using digital instruments, yet sounds as full and lush as if a full band had been present in the studio. Will make you nostalgic for experiences you’ve never had, and places you’ve never been. Unfortunately this has only received very limited pressings, as the label it’s on is run out of a dorm room where I went to college. Without a doubt the greatest thing I’ve heard all year.

2. The Killers – “Pressure Machine” (Island)
The Killers were my all time favorite band in middle school and high school, but every album after Day & Age has sounded like increasingly bloated arena rock. The turnaround on this record completely took me by surprise, even if it’s just complete Springsteen worship. Feels like a return to Sam’s Town, and an album where they finally take their foot off the pedal and allow their songwriting to breathe. Beautiful American music.

3. Richard Dawson & Circle – “Henki” (Domino)
I only just listened to this record, so it almost seems unfair to list it this high, but I can’t stop thinking about it. I really have no history with either Richard Dawson or Circle, so this came out of left field for me and I’m not sure how to talk about it yet?? It feels epic, ancient, psychedelic, and weaving a wild tale for you to chase after. I can’t wait to listen to this over and over again.

A Bunch Of Other Really Great Albums:

  • Galdre Visions – “Galdre Visions” (Leaving Records)
  • Freak Genes – “Power Station” (Feel It Records)
  • Luca Yupanqui – “Sounds of the Unborn” (Sacred Bones)
  • Dry Cleaning – “New Long Leg” (4AD)
  • Jeff Rosenstock – “Ska Dream” (Polyvinyl/ Quote Unquote Records)
  • Squid – “Bright Green Field” (Warp)
  • Chai – “Wink” (Sub Pop)
  • Snow Ellet – “Suburban Indie Rockstar” (Self Released)
  • Bo Burnham – “Inside (The Songs)” (Imperial Distribution)
  • Iron Maiden – “Senjutsu” (Parlophone)
  • Guided By Voices – “Styles We Paid For” (Guided By Voices, Inc.)
  • The Armed – “Ultrapop” (Sargent House)
  • Olivia Rodrigo – “Sour” (Geffen)
  • Silicone Prairie – “My Life On The Silicone Prairie” (Feel It Records)
  • Fire-Toolz – “Eternal Home” (Hausu Mountain)
  • Natalie Bergman – “Mercy” (Third Man)
  • Anika – “Change” (Sacred Bones)
  • Torres – “Thirstier” (Merge)
  • Marissa Nadler – “The Path of the Clouds” (Sacred Bones)
  • Nick Cave & Warren Ellis – “Carnage” (Goliath)
  • Silk Sonic – “An Evening With Silk Sonic” (Aftermath Entertainment)
  • Orwell – “Orwell 1995” (Expert Work Records)
  • ABBA – “Voyage” (Polar)
  • Andrew W.K. – “God Is Partying” (Napalm Records)

Best Compilations:

  • Various Artists – “Heisei No Oto: Japanese Left-Field Pop From The CD Age, 1989-1996” (Music From Memory)
  • Various Artists – “Somewhere Between: Mutant Pop, Electronic Minimalism & Shadow Sounds of Japan 1980-1988” (Light In The Attic)
  • Various Artists – “Virtual Dreams: Ambient Explorations in the House & Techno Age, 1993-1997” (Music From Memory)
  • Various Artists – “Numero 95” (Numero Group)
  • Various Artists – “The World’s Most Precious Cows” (The World’s Most Precious Cows)
  • Cheeky – “Freaky Deaky: The Cheeky Discography” (Quote Unquote Records)
  • Various Artists – “Intermission” (Ghost Box)
  • Parannoul/ Asian Glow/ sonhos tomam conta – “Downfall of the Neon Youth” (Longinus Recordings)
  • Tangled Shoelace – “Turn My Dial: M Squared Recordings and More, 1981-84” (Chapter Music)

Best Singles & Reissues:

  • Andrew W.K. – “Babalon” (Napalm Records) [single]
  • A.r.t. Wilson – “Overworld” (Numero Group) [reissue]
  • Dramarama – “Cinema Verite” (Pasadena Records) [reissue]
  • Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen – “Like I Used To” (Jagjaguwar) [single]
  • ABBA – “I Still Have Faith In You” (Polar) [single]
  • Hole Dweller – “Flies The Coop” (Dungeons Deep) [reissue]
  • LCD Soundsystem – “Christmas Will Break Your Heart” (DFA) [single, reissue]

Great Stuff From Last Year That I Missed:

  • Feminazgul – “No Dawn For Men” (Tridroid) [released December 2020]
  • Heather Trost – “Petrichor” (Third Man) [released November 2020]
  • Logic System – “Venus” (Wewantsounds) [2020 reissue]

CHARLIE CAREY

Charlie’s Top 10 Albums of 2021 In Alphabetical Order

*Courtney Barnett – Things Take Time, Take Time
The Australian singer’s third album impresses with a relaxed thoughtfulness that makes it stand out from the frantic anxiety of her first two.

*Beach Bunny – Blame Game
Beach Bunny’s second EP continues to deliver a bubbly sound with gut wrenching lyrics

*Girl In Red – If I Could Make It Go Quiet
Hey, do you listen to Girl In Red? Even if you don’t, you should listen to her debut album if you have ever dealt with anxiety or depression.

*IDLES – Crawler
I would never call an IDLES album soft, but if you ever want to feel angsty but not, like, their usual full blown Bristol post-punk angsty, this is a good starting point.

*Maneskin – Teatro d’ira: Vol. I
This album sounds like glitter and sweat and I wouldn’t have asked for anything else from the Italian rock band.

*PinkPanthress – To Hell With It
Her debut mixtape is only 20 minutes because if it was any longer it would be too powerful. Hyperpop excellence.

*Poppy – Flux
Poppy continues to reclaim her sound in this broadly rock, fully awesome and worth your time album.

*Taylor Swift – Red (Taylor’s Version)
If you can’t appreciate a single song on this two hour album then you must have never been wronged by a man, and I envy you for that.

*Hayley Williams – Flowers for Vases
Hayley Williams of Paramore’s second solo album proves her talent as a vocalist and songwriter in a deep exploration into herself.

*WILLOW – Lately I Feel Everything
I pray to God for a pop punk resurgence. In Travis Barker’s name I pray, Amen.

ANDREW MIN

BO BURNHAM – INSIDE
-i laughed, i cried, i googled “pedagogically”

DRY CLEANING – NEW LONG LEG
-“I’ve been thinking about eating that hot dog for hours, Kiss me”

PINKPANTHERESS – TO HELL WITH IT
-I’m 9 and my dad is playing limewire mp3s in the g-force visualizer

PARANNOUL – TO SEE THE NEXT PART OF A DREAM
-The racer x of south korean lofi bedroom indie emo shoegaze noise pop

TAYLOR SWIFT – RED (TAYLOR’S VERSION)
-putting phoebe and taylor together is targeted advertising

SILK SONIC – AN EVENING WITH
-The only band having fun in 2021

MAGDALENA BAY – MERCURIAL WORLD
-the transition from track 4-5 is worth your time alone

DOJA CAT – PLANET HER
-her best since “MOOO!”

JAPANESE BREAKFAST – JUBILEE
-the background vocals on “posing in bondgae” give big ghost in the shell vibes

FLOATING POINTS & PHAROAH SANDERS – PROMISES
-for fans of the saxophone

REISSUE:

  • DJ SHADOW-ENDTRODUCING….
  • RADIOHEAD-KID A MNESIA

ANTHONY ILLARDE 

  • LUIS BACALOV La Strega In Amore OST (CAM Sugar LP)
  • BEVIS FROND Little Eden (Fire 2LP)
  • CHEAP TRICK In Another World (BMG LP)
  • CLINIC Fantasy Island (Domino LP)
  • ALICE COOPER Detroit Stories (Ear Music LP,
  • DORIS Did You Give The World Some Love Today, Baby? (Mr Bongo LP)
  • EL MICHELS AFFAIR Yeti Season (Big Crown LP)
  • FLEUR DE LYS Circles: The Ultimate (Countdown 2LP)
  • BOBBIE GENTRY The Windows Of The World (UMC LP)
  • BEVERLY GLENN-COPELAND Keyboard Fantasies (Transgressive LP)
  • TOM JONES Surrounded By Time (EMI LP)
  • KHRUANGBIN Mordechai (Dead Oceans LP)
  • KISS Destroyer 45th Anniversary Edition (UMG 2LP)
  • BRIJ BHUSHAN KABRA Lure Of The Desert (EMI LP)
  • LA LUZ La Luz (Hardly Art LP)
  • MENAHAN STREET BAND The Exciting Sounds of Menahan Street Band (Daptone LP)
  • HAILU MERGIA Tezeta (Awesome Tapes From Africa LP)
  • MONKEES Missing Links Volume 2 (Friday Music LP)
  • ENNIO MORRICONE I Malamondo (CAM Sugar 2LP)
  • PATCHWORK Mean & Dirty (De Wolfe LP)
  • PERSONALITY CRISIS Creatures For Awhile (Porterhouse LP)
  • POETS OF RHYTHM Discern/Define (Daptone LP)
  • RAMONES Triple J Live At The Wireless  (Sire LP)
  • RUDIMENTARY PENI Great War (Sealed LP)
  • SHANNON & THE CLAMS Year Of The Spider (Easy Eye Sound LP)
  • SLADE Old New Borrowed & Blue (BMG LP)
  • SWELL MAPS Mayday Signals (Easy Action LP)
  • VANISHING TWIN Ookii Gekkou (Fire LP)
  • SVEN WUNDER Natura Morta (Piano Piano LP)
  • VARIOUS Punks In Peoria (Alonas Dream LP)
  • VARIOUS Underground Mood (Holy Basil LP)

ZACHARY WAGENFUEHR

  • richard dawson & circle – henki
  • parannoul – to see the next part of the dream
  • erika de casier – sensational
  • memo boy – songs & demos (2015-2017)
  • floating points/pharoah sanders – promises
  • irini – lost in dreams
  • julie – pushing daisies ep
  • mj lenderman and wednesday – guttering
  • little simz – sometimes i might be introvert
  • landowner – consultant
  • claire rousay – a softer focus
  • skee mask – pool
  • sofa – source crossfire
  • sweet trip – a tiny house…
  • various – heisei no oto
  • various – la ola interior
  • knocked loose – at tear in the fabric of life ep
  • bye2 – teeth restoration
  • dj sabrina the teenage dj – the makin magick II album
  • kayo dot – moss grew on the swords and plowshares alike
  • golden boy – i never meant for this to happen
  • naked flames – it is what it is
  • dj camgirl – cannon
  • aaron dilloway/lucrecia dalt – lucy & aaron
  • steve summers – generation loss

LUKE DAHLGREN

new music from the Reckless shelves!…

  • Auf Togo – Movements (SaS)
  • Black Dice – Mod Prog Sic (FourFour)
  • The Body – I’ve Seen All That I Need to See (Thrill Jockey)
  • Damiana – Vines (Hausu Mountain)
  • Erika de Casier – Sensational (4AD)
  • Floating Points / Pharoah Sanders / London S.O. – Promises (Luaka Bop)
  • Myriam Gendron – Ma délire: Songs of Love Lost & Found (Feeding Tube)
  • Helado Negro – Far In (4AD)
  • Sofia Kourtesis – Fresia Magdalena (Technicolor)
  • Ruth Mascelli – A Night at the Baths (Disciples)
  • Parquet Courts – Sympathy for Life (Rough Trade)
  • Joseph Shabason – The Fellowship (Western Vinyl)
  • Ryan Sullivan – Utility [self-released]
  • Steve Summers – Generation Loss (L.I.E.S.)
  • Tirzah – Colourgrade (Domino)
  • Vanishing Twin – Ookii Gekkou (Fire)
  • Leon Vynehall – Rare, Forever (Ninja Tune)

…plus some compilations!

  • v/a – 10 Years of Acid Test (Acid Test)
  • v/a – Alan Lomax’s American Patchwork: Field Recordings 1978-1983 (Mississippi)
  • v/a – Essiebons Special 1973-1984: Ghana Music Power House (Analog Africa)
  • v/a – Heisei No Oto: Japanese Leftfield Pop From the CD Age, 1989-1996 (Music From Memory)
  • v/a – Somewhere Between: Mutant Pop, Electronic Minimalism & Shadow Sounds of Japan, 1980-1988 (Light in the Attic)
  • v/a – Two Synths, A Guitar (and) a Drum Machine: Post-Punk Dance #1 (Soul Jazz)
  • v/a – Virtual Dreams: Ambient Explorations in the House & Techno Age, 1993-1997 (Music From Memory)

(also check out these Bandcamp & Soundcloud picks!)

  • AceMo – Unreleased Trax Vol. 1 [self-released]
  • Kareem Ali – Getting Through [self-released]
  • Body-San – Reborn While Shopping (Noumenal Loom)
  • Chaos in the CBD – Brainstorm EP (In Dust We Trust)
  • DK – The Ancient Kingdom (Good Morning Tapes)
  • Facta – Blush (Wisdom Teeth)
  • Hidden Sequence – Intimate Disco (Piston Recordings)
  • Irini – Lost in Dreams (Planet Uterus) 
  • N0V3L – NON-FICTION (Flemish Eye)
  • Saphileaum – Transpersonal Experience (Good Morning Tapes)
  • Tristan Arp – Alternate Looking Glass (Eternal Ocean)
  • Ulla – Limitless Frame (Motion Ward)
  • yes/and – yes/and (Driftless)
  • Yu Su – Yellow River Blue (Beijing Cultural Communication Co.)

BENJAMIN HEGY

Record Releases- 2021

  • Elori Saxl- blue of distance [western vinyl]
  • Dry Cleaning- new long leg [4ad]
  • Moontype- bodies of water [born yesterday records]
  • Linda Smith- till another time: 1988-1996 [captured tracks]
  • Matt Sweeney & Bonnie “Prince” Billy- superwolves [drag city]
  • Chai- wink [sub pop]
  • Dame Area- ondas tribales [mannequin]
  • Nana Yamato- before sunrise [dull tools]
  • Yu Su- yellow river blue [music from memory]
  • Madlib- sound ancestors [madlib invasion]
  • Legowelt- pancakes with mist [nightwind records]
  • Charlotte Greve- sediments we move [new amsterdam records]
  • Tirzah- colourgrade [domino]
  • Ydegirl- s/t [escho]
  • Makaya McCraven- deciphering the message [blue note]
  • N-ter- détroit on my mind EP [electro records]
  • Apoc Krysis X Jupiluxe- set up [780845 records dk]
  • Grouper- shade [kranky]
  • Circuit Des Yeux- -io {matador]
  • Dos Santos- city of mirrors [international anthem recording company]
  • Jeff Parker- jp’s myspace beats [international anthem recording company]
  • Jeff Parker- forfolks [international anthem recording company]
  • Amyl & the Sniffers- comfort to me [ato]
  • Macie Stewart- mouth full of glass [orindal]
  • Alleged Witches- work after machinery [natural sciences]

Times are strange, music is weird, lower your blood pressure.

The plural of vinyl is vinyl.

JON MASSEY

I listened to probably 75% of all wide-released indie rock albums this year. I gained nothing by this experience, and furthermore it liquefied my brain. 

10 LPs/activities I enjoyed, available at reckless:

-katy kirby / cool dry place (keeled scales) — arbitrary AOTY pick

-the ophelias / crocus (joyful noise) —the kind of record where you hear the sound of an ambulance going by in the vocal mic. perfect median between 2021-style confessional songwriting + Yo La Tengo in their chamber pop mode. someday this will soundtrack a Bloomsday-style tour of Cincinnati where I rank the public libraries by “vibe” and point out various places I was hit by cars

-raiding the New Age CD section — great gift idea for the broke: these bad boys start at only $3.99! if you must have it on wax check out Numero’s excellent Numero 95 comp (Numero). either way this is the year to give that special himbo/thembo in your life the gift that keeps on giving: New Age Music

-japanese breakfast / jubilee (dead oceans) — I saw this band live and they sounded exactly like Wilco to me. Or maybe I’d just had a few too many NEW ENGLAND STYLE IPAS????

-wobbly / popular monitress (hausu mountain) — let’s say somehow ontological boundaries became blurred and you accidentally inhaled a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) through your nose and then looked for a tissue to try and blow it out but you don’t have any tissues because you’re a logan square band guy; but then suddenly not only can you not find a tissue but now your house is a scratched up copy of NBA 2K. Karl Malone is executing a mid-range jump shot into your kitchen sink. What are you going to do about it? this album gave me havana syndrome

moontype / bodies of water (born yesterday) —straight down the lane, we love to see it, Chicago excellence, whenever spin this I do a 2-handed Italian chef kiss. sometimes I’m on my bike and it’s very dangerous to do the chef kiss but I do it anyway

-marc riordan / life systems (sophomore lounge) —soothing and ominous, urban but also dreamily pastoral. deep breath and a can of soda

-ryley walker / course in fable (husky pants) — the year is 2035. Everything from the book “Station Eleven” has happened. Phish is cool again. your friends are trading Phish bootlegs, from the crappy years, like 2003. a copy of “Close to the Edge” on CD costs $4,000. an elite mod on forums.stevehoffman.tv has heard there’s a VG+ original copy of “In the Court of the Crimson King” buried under the ruins of Michigan Central Station in Detroit. a confidential buyer (possibly Elon Musk) has offered to pay two billion dollars for it, in specie. you’ll have to fight your way there and back through Indiana—burning scrub brush, far as the eye can see; trigger-happy militia patrols; packs of stray dogs. you’ll have to subsist on saltine crackers and pedialyte. you’ll have to fire a harpoon gun, multiple times. The task is herculean. They say it cannot be done. but many years ago, you took a stranger’s recommendation, and you listened to “Course in Fable”. and now you are ready to do what must be done

black midi live @ Sleeping Village 9/13/2021 — telling people I was in “in the pit” at this show because a tall person stepped on my foot and caused me to spill my New England Style IPA. the LP is great too

-another michael / new music + big pop (run for cover) — a handful of dynamo singles are the main attraction but the album cuts grow on you; good to see that Philly is still in the ring. go sixers

-fav label of ‘21 / Orindal, who put out great records by wednesday, macie stewart, karima walker, dan wriggins, etc.

-fav beer / New England Style IPA                       

———also liked by me, and stocked here———

records by: Adult Mom — Bad Bad Hats — Boo Hiss — Charles — DJ Black Low — Dummy — Hand Habits — Lande Hekt — Lael Neale — Carlos Niño — Spellling — Pauline Anna Strom

———bandcamp-only releases——— 

personal space / a lifetime of leisure — patricia brennan / maquishti — subtitles / commoner — chaos in the cbd / te puke thunder EP — fievel is glauque / god’s trashmen sent to right the mess, &c. — SLONK / where do you see yourself in five years? — ki oni / stay indoors and swim + indoor plant life — wombo / keesh mountain

MATT JENCIK

  • The Body & Big Brave Leaving None But Small Birds
  • Can Live in Brighton 1975
  • Can Live in Stuttgart 1975
  • Cerebral Rot Excretion of Mortality
  • Lucinda Chua Antidotes
  • Circuit Des Yeux -io
  • Coldreams Crazy Night
  • Alice Coltrane Kirtan: Turiya Sings
  • John Coltrane A Love Supreme Live in Seattle
  • Crypta Echoes of the Soul
  • Sarah Davachi Antiphonals
  • Kenny Dorham Quiet Kenny reissue
  • Dramarama Cinema Verite reissue
  • Dream Unending Tide Turns Eternal
  • FACS Present Tense
  • Roger Fakhr Fine Anyway 
  • Floating Points & Pharoah Sanders w/ The London Symphony Orchestra Promises 
  • Myriam Gendron Ma Delire: Songs of Love Lost & Found
  • Grouper Shade
  • Hollie Kenniff The Quiet Drift 
  • Lamp of Murmuur Submission & Slavery
  • Kedr Livanskiy Liminal Soul
  • Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble Now
  • Mare Cognitum Solar Paroxysm
  • James McAlister Scissortail
  • Mia Joy Spirit Tamer
  • Mistreater Hell’s Fire
  • Lee Morgan Rajah: Blue Note Tone Poet Series  
  • Natural Information Society w/ Evan Parker Descension
  • Jeff Parker Forfolks
  • Qrixkuor Poison Palinopsia
  • Clara Rockmore Lost Theremin Album
  • Claire Rousay Softer Focus
  • Elori Saxl The Blue of Distance
  • Seam Headsparks reissue
  • Seth La Morsure du Christ
  • The Silver Ward of Roses
  • Linda Smith Till Another Time 1988-1996
  • Stephen Radar of Small Dogs reissue
  • Stormkeep Tales of Other Time
  • Andy Stott Never the Right Time
  • Tangerine Dream The Keep (Soundtrack) reissue
  • Tribulation Where The Gloom Becomes Sound
  • Voivod Outer Limits reissue
  • Yasmin Williams Urban Driftwood
  • Various Artists Heisei No Oto: Japanese Left-Field Pop From the CD Age 1989-1996
  • Various Artists Somewhere Between: Mutant Pop, Electronic Minimalism & Shadow Sounds
  • Neil Young Carnegie Hall 1970
  • Neil Young Young Shakespeare
  • Neil Young & Crazy Horse Way Down in the Rust Bucket

FAVORITE USED LP SCORES

  • Gene Ammons Jungle Soul
  • Francoise Hardy If You Listen
  • Quincy Jones Deadly Affair (Soundtrack)
  • Oliver Nelson Skull Session
  • Popol Vuh Aguirre
  • Roedelius Jardin Au Fou
  • Steve Tibbetts Northern Song

LEA BOARD

In no particular order:

  • The Armed “Ultra Pop”
  • Doja Cat “Planet Her” 
  • Pixel Grip “Arena”
  • Turnstile “Glow On”
  • Lil Nas X “Montero”
  • Shame “Drunk Tank Pink”
  • Dry Cleaning “New Long Leg” 
  • Spirit of the Beehive “Entertainment, Death”
  • Flying Lotus “Yasuke”
  • Mannequin Pussy “Perfect EP” 
  • Olivia Rodrigo “Sour”
  • Torres “Thirstier”

KELSO ANTOINE

(in no particular order)

1. Sometimes I Might Be Introvert // Little Simz
2. Collapsed in Sunbeams // Arlo Parks
3. Lately I Feel Everything // Willow
4. To Hell With It // PinkPanthress
5. To Enjoy Is the Only Thing // Maple Glider
6. New Long Legs // Dry Cleaning
7. Things Take Time, Take Time // Courtney Barnett
8. Go Home, Go Home, Go Home // Adelaide
9. Sol Azul // Drea C.
10. I Know I’m Funny, ha ha // Faye Webster
11. Barnyard // Good Morning
12. Get Some // LA Exes
13. Glow // Alice Phoebe Lou
14.Jubilee // Japanese Breakfast
15. Fun House // Hand Habits
16. Skin // Joy Crookes
17. Absolutely // Dijon
18. The Melodic Blue // Baby Keem
19. Turning Wheel // Spelling
20. Promises // Floating Points & Pharoah Sanders
21. Planet (i) // Squirrel Flower

2021 Reissues

Endtroducing….. // DJ Shadow
3 Feet High & Rising // De La Soul
Kid A mnesia // Radiohead
Live Evil // Miles Davis
Kirtan! Turiya Sings // Alice Coltrane
Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea // PJ Harvey
All Things Must Pass // George Harrison 

SEAN ROWADER

1. Deftones – Digital Bath (Telefon Tel Aviv Version) / Feiticeira (Arca Remix)2. Record Setter – I Owe You Nothing 
3. The Armed – Ultrapop4. Turnstile – Glow On
5. Spirit of the Beehive – Entertainment, Death
6. From First To Last – Dear Diary, My Teen Angst Has a Bodycount (RSD Reissue)
7. Drug Church – Tawny
8. Equip – Cursebreaker Gaiden 
9. Sincere Engineer – Bless My Psyche
10. Hospital Bracelet – South Loop Summer

HARRY BAKER

  • 10. BLACK MIDI- CALVACADE
  • 9. CITIES AVIV- CRASHING SOUND OF HOW IT GOES
  • 8. BLAKE SAINT DAVID- BE YOUR OWN CELEBRITY
  • 7. JOY CROOKES- SKIN
  • 6. MOOR MOTHER- BLACK ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AIR
  • 5. SPELLLING- TURNING WHEEL
  • 4. MAPLE GLIDER- TO ENJOY IS THE ONLY THING
  • 3. INJURY RESERVE- BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX
  • 2. DRY CLEANING- NEW LONG LEGS
  • 1. BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD- FOR THE FIRST TIME

HONORABLE MENTIONS

  • CASSANDRA JENKINS- AN OVERVIEW ON PHENOMENAL NATURE
  • MIHO HATORI- BETWEEN ISEKAI & SLICE OF LIFE
  • DIJON- ABSOLUTELY
  • ARMAND HAMMER- HARAM
  • THE ARMED- ULTRAPOP
  • LITTLE SIMS- SOMETIMES I MIGHT BE AN INTROVERT
  • AROOJ AFTAB- VULTURE PRINCE

TYLER LOPEZ

ALBUM OF THEE YEAR
• JULIAN ANDREAS – LETHAL HARDCORE [Live Adult Entertainment]

RUNNER UP since it dropped too late to be last year’s RUNNER UP
• Playboi Carti – Whole Lotta Red [Interscope]

Other Favorites (in somewhat of an order)

  • • You’ll Never Get to Haven – Wave Your Moonlight Hat for the Snowfall Train [Mystic Roses]
  • • Paysage d’Hiver – Geister [Kunsthall]
  • • Florian T M Zeisig – Music for Parents [Metron]
  • • Sewerslvt – Skitzofrenia Simulation [self]
  • • Sewerslvt – We Had Good Times Together, Don’t Forget That [self]
  • • Deterioration – Transcending Human Confines [Shattered Dreams]
  • • DJ Speedsick – Snake Pit LSD [DNA]
  • • Anything Him Hun put on Soundcloud
  • • Sarah Davachi – Antiphonals [Late]
  • • Elori Saxl – The Blue of Distance [Western Vinyl]
  • • ojeRum – Solverhvide Skyer [Garden Portal]
  • • In Aeternam Vale – Boites [self]
  • • Picnic – s/t [Daisart]
  • • Casper McFadden – Medicalmechanica [Kitty On Fire]
  • • Fire – Toolz – Eternal Home [Hausu Mountain]
  • • Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement – Flying Fish Ambience [Hospital]
  • • Romance – A Kiss Is Just A Kiaa [Ecstatic]
  • • Nordgeist – Frostwinter [Kunsthall]
  • • Jarhead Fertilizer – Product of My Environment [Closed Casket Activities]
  • • Kjostad – Warlord [self]
  • • Lil Ugly Mane – Volcanic Bird Enemy and the Voiced Concern [self]
  • • DJ Black Low – Uwami [Awesome Tapes From Africa]
  • • Aaron Dilloway & Lucrecia Dalt – Lucy & Aaron [Hanson]
  • • Vatican Shadow – SR-71 Blackbird Survivors [Hospital]
  • • Ferriterium – Calvaire [Epictural]
  • • Mare Cognitum – Solar Paroxysm [I, Voidhanger]
  • • Grima – Rotten Garden [Naturmacht]
  • • Dipygus – Bushmeat [Memento Mori]
  • • Rudimentary Peni – Great War [Sealed]
  • • Fugitive Wizard – Obscuri AEternum [Grime Stone]
  • • Caveman Cult – Blood and Extinction [Nuclear War Now!]
  • • Spectral Wound – A Diabolic Thirst [Profound Lore]
  • • Max Richter – Voices 2 [Decca]
  • • Dean Blunt – Black Metal 2 [Rough Trade]
  • • Nocturnal Effigy – The Night’s Sorrow [self]
  • • Mortiferum – Preserved In Torment [Profound Lore]

ETHAN D’ERCOLE

 in no particular order

  • Black Monument Ensemble: “Now”
  • John DuCann: “World’s Not Big Enough”
  • Skip Tracer EP
  • Pat Campbell’s “Christian Guilt” cassette
  • Nervous Eaters “Eaterville Vol.2”
  • Krga “Moi St.”
  • Hozac Books: “Where the Wild Gigs Were” and “I Don’t Fit In”
  • Adam Roth “Down the Shore Soundtrack”
  • Jason Griff: “Fireside Chats”
  • Matt Jencik: “Matt & Lyra”
  • TAXI Season 2
  • TAXI Season 3

SARAH FRIER

  • Sometimes I Might Be Introvert – Little Simz
  • Other You – Steve Gunn
  • Present Tense – FACS
  • Happier Than Ever – Billie Eilish
  • I Don’t Live Here Anymore – War On Drugs
  • Harmonizer – Ty Segall
  • Montero – Lil Nas X
  • Crawler – IDLES
  • Gold-Diggers Sound – Leon Bridges
  • Things Take Time, Take Tim – Courtney Barnett
  • Sweep It Into Space – Dinosaur Jr

EMILY ELHAJ (Love Lion Music)

ALBUMS

  • Tirzah Colourgrade (Domino)
  • Black Angels Don’t Fall Down (LITA)
  • Gloria Ann Taylor Be Worthy (Ubiquity)
  • Pino Palladino & Blake Mills Notes With Attachments (Verve/Impulse)
  • Madalyn Merkey Standards (self)
  • Jarvis Cocker Chansons d’Ennui Tip-Top (ABKCO)
  • Zella Day & Weyes Blood “Holocene”(Concord)
  • Peacers Blexxed Rec (Drag City)
  • Circuit des Yeux io (Matador)
  • Nightshift Zöe (Trouble In Mind)
  • Beak< “Oh Know” (Invada)
  • Rodrigo Amarante Drama (Polyvinyl)
  • Sam Gendel Fresh Bread (Leaving)
  • Marisa Anderson & William Tyler Lost Futures (Thrill Jockey)
  • Sylvie EP (Terrible Records)
  • Lilac s/t (self)
  • Floating Points / Pharoah Sanders / London Symphony Promises (Luaka) 
  • Green-House Music for Living Spaces (Leaving)
  • Death Is Not The End s/t (Death Is Not The End) cass
  • Stereolab Electrically Possessed (Switched On Vol. 4) (Duophonic/Warp)
  • Mia Doi Todd Music Life (City Zen)
  • CLEATS “French Disko” (self)
  • Martin Gore The Third Chimpanzee EP (Grabbing Hands Music)
  • Becca Mancari Annie (Captured Tracks)
  • The Notwist Vertigo Days (Morr Music)
  • Grouper Shade (Kranky)
  • Sven Wunder Natura Morta (Piano Piano)
  • Michael Hurley The Time of the Foxgloves (No Quarter)
  • Tasha Tell Me What You Miss The Most (Father/Daughter)
  • Elder & Kadavar Eldovar: A Story of Darkness & Light (Robotor)
  • Alice Coltrane Kirtan: Turiya Sings (Impulse!)
  • Yes/And s/t (Driftless)
  • v/a Mary’s House (Love Lion)

REISSUES

  • Rich Vreeman (Disasterpeace) It Follows ost (Music On Vinyl)
  • Austin Leonard Jones The Wonder Years of Austin Leonard Jones Vol. 1 & 2 (Perpetual Doom)
  • Arthur Russell Another Thought (Be With)
  • Steve Reid Nova (Soul Jazz)
  • Beverly Glenn-Copeland Keyboard Fantasies (Glass Modern)
  • Lubomyr Melnyk KMH: Piano Music in the Continuous Mode (Unseen Worlds)
  • Slow Walkers s/t (Peak Oil)
  • The Durutti Column Another Setting (Factory Benelux)
  • The Durutti Column Dry (Spittle)
  • Omar Khorshid With Love (We Want Sounds)
  • Hailu Mergia Tezeta (Awesome Tapes From Africa)

SHOWS

  • Jess Cornelius, Yellow House Session
  • Mary Lattimore & Walt McClements, outside
  • Jon Natchez & Sofia Bolt, outside
  • Angel Olsen & Sharon Van Etten, “Like I Used To” on Fallon
  • Nailah Hunter, Marisa Anderson, & William Tyler, outside
  • Kim Gordon, Pitchfork
  • Cat Power, Pitchfork
  • Rodrigo Amarante e sua banda, The Ford
  • Elles font l’abstraction Exhibition, Pompidou, Paris

DAVE MARTIN (Captured Tracks/Omnian Music Distribution)

New Records

  • Chris Brokaw – Puritan (12XU)
  • Scientists – Negativity (In The Red Records)
  • Divine Horsemen – Hot Rise Of An Ice Cream Phoenix (In The Red Records)
  • FACS – Present Tense (Trouble In Mind)
  • Endless Boogie – Admonitions (No Quarter)
  • Stefan Christensen – Cheap Things (World of Echo)
  • Smoke Bellow – Open For Business (Trouble In Mind)
  • Aquarian Blood – Bending The Golden Hour (Goner)
  • Emily Robb – How To Moonwalk (Petty Bunco)
  • CIA Debutante – Dust (Siltbreeze)
  • Swansea Sound – Live At The Rum Puncheon (HHBTM)
  • Circuit Des Yeux – -io (Matador)
  • Damon & Naomi w/ Kurihara – A Sky Record (20/20/20)
  • Strapping Field Hands – Across The Susquehanna (Petty Bunco)
  • Michael Beach – Dream Violence (Goner)
  • Palberta – Palberta 5000 (Wharf Cat)
  • Astute Palate – S/T (Petty Bunco)
  • Eleventh Dream Day – Since Grazed (Comedy Minus One)
  • Mess Esque – Dream #12 (Bedroom Suck) & S/T (Drag City)
  • Body/Dilloway/Head – S/T (Three Lobed)
  • Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble – Now (International Anthem)
  • Thalia Zedek Band – Perfect Vision (Thrill Jockey)
  • Mdou Moctar – Afrique Victime (Matador)
  • Cindy – 1:2 (Mt St Mtn)
  • Mountain Movers – World What World (Trouble In Mind)

Reissues / Archival

  • Static – Toothpaste and Pills:  Demos and Live 1978 – 1981 (Third Man)
  • V/A Cameroon Garage Funk (Analog Africa)
  • Stephen – Radar of Small Dogs (Yellow Electric)
  • The Clean – Tally Ho b/w Platypus / Boodle Boodle Boodle / Modern Rock / Mister Pop (Merge)
  • Screamers – Demo Hollywood 1977 (Superior Viaduct)
  • Come – Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (Fire)
  • Unsane – Improvised Munitions & Demo (Lamb Unlimited)
  • Zouo – Agony Remains (Relapse)
  • The Fall – Live At St. Helen’s Technical College (Castle Face)
  • Can – Live in Brighton 1975 / Live in Stuttgart 1975 (Spoon / Mute)
  • Magic Roundabout – Up (Third Man)
  • Don Cherry / Don Cherry’s New Researches – The Summer House Sessions / Organic Music Theater (Blank Forms)
  • John Coltrane – A Love Supreme Live In Seattle (Impulse)
  • Spike In Vain – Disease Is Relative / Death Drives a Cadillac (Scat)
  • The Dents – 1979-1980 (Hozac)
  • Mistreater – Hell’s Fire (On The Dole)
  • The Verlaines – Live At The Windsor Castle 1986 (Schoolkids Records)
  • Frigate – Dreams of the Deep (D.Q. Records)
  • The Offset: Spectacles – S/T (Trouble In Mind)
  • V/A Four Stars – (Swineken Recordings)
  • John Du Cann – The World’s Not Big Enough (Just Add Water)
  • Thalia Zedek – Been Here And Gone (Thrill Jockey)
  • Half Japanese – I Guess I’m Living: The Charmed Life Tapes (Fire)
  • Hawkwind – Greasy Truckers Party (Parlophone)
  • Upper Hand – Iron City Hardcore 1988/1989 (Mind Cure)

Singles / EPs / Tapes / Digital

  • Des Demonas – Cure For Love (In The Red Records)
  • Matt Jencik – Matt & Lyra (Trouble In Mind)
  • Lifeguard Receiver b/w Sun Ra Jane / Taking Radar b/w Loose Cricket (Chunklet / Self Released)
  • Headroom –  Rubber Match (Petty Bunco)
  • Rock Set – Pitea Kommun b/w Up In My Room (On The Dole)
  • Electric Chair – Social Capital (Iron Lung)
  • Blues Ambush – S/T 
  • Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments – First Avenue Minneapolis, MN 6/17/1997
  • Hypnotizing Chickens – I’m On Time (Petty Bunco)
  • Gina Birch – Feminist Song (Third Man)
  • 75 Dollar Bill – Social Music:  Live At Troost Vol 1. & 2
  • Leda – Covid “Music” I Made With My Guitar (Knotwilg)
  • Formal Wear – Classic Water EP (Self Released / Chunklet)
  • Axxe – Through The Night b/w Rock Away The City (On The Dole)
  • Magic Roundabout – Sneaky Feelin b/w Song For Gerard Langley (Third Man)
  • Classics Of Love – World Of Burning Hate
  • Brian Case – Practice Tape (Trouble In Mind)
  • Planet On A Chain – Last Word, Last Act
  • Four Plugs – Wrong Treatment b/w Biking Girl (2:13:61 / In The Red Records)
  • Vampa – Plugget (On The Dole)
  • Live Music / Rooms Full of People
  • Chris Brokaw – Record Grouch / Scott Ave Dead end / Mama Tried
  • Warthog – Thomas Street / AB Studios
  • Sweet Apple – Rock N Roll Hall of Fame
  • Yo La Tengo / Mountain Movers – Central Park Summerstage
  • Angel Bat Dawid – Herbert Von King Park
  • Sun Ra Arkestra / Sistazz Of The Nitty Gritty – Central Park Summerstage
  • Mary Lattimore – Union Pool
  • Fire Music – Film Forum
  • Dump / Sloppy Heads – Mama Tried
  • Royal Arctic Institute – 18th Ward Brewing / Berlin
  • FACS – Elsewhere / Bowery Ballroom
  • Oneida / Jamie Branch – Forest Park Bandshell
  • Velvet Underground – Film Forum
  • Mark Morgan – Record Grouch 
  • Sanhedrin – Our Wicked Lady
  • Bela Koe Krompecher – Book Bar / Record Grouch
  • 75 Dollar Bill – Columbus Park
  • Napalm Death – Irving Plaza
  • Vaccines 1 & 2 Bathgate Contract Postal Station – Bronx NY
  • Vaccine Booster – The Jefferson Brooklyn NY
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Reckless Records 12/17/21 New Releases

12/17/21 NEW RELEASES & RESTOCKS

Small pre-Christmas release week but we have a ton of stuff in stock!

KID CUDI – Man on the Moon III: THE Chosen LP (Republic) these shipped late & will be in 

  early next week

BO BURNHAM – Inside LP (Attic Bedroom)

DORIS DUKE – Woman LP (Trading Places)

ELBOW – Flying Dream 1 LP (Polydor) indie color or black

ESPLENDOR GEOMETRICO – Live in Utrecht + LP (Geometrik)

EXODUS – Persona Non Grata LP (Nuclear Blast) color vinyl

FUZZ – Levitation Sessions LP (R.A.S) indie only color vinyl

MAGGOT BRAIN #7 magazine (Third Man)

MORPHINE – Cure For Pain 2LP (Run Out Groove) numbered limited edition

POM POM SQUAD – Ow LP (City Slang)

SHAKIRA – Laundry Service LP (Legacy) Loop only, Belmont & Wicker Park early next week

NANCY SINATRA – Start Walkin’ 1965-1976 LP (Light in the Attic) back in print!

SLY & THE FAMILY STONE – There’s a Riot Goin On LP (Red Vinyl) Belmont & Loop, Wicker Park early next week

DR. LONNIE SMITH – Breathe LP (Blue Note)

WEEN – GodWeenSatan: Live at John & Peter’s 9/14/01 LP (Chocodog)

WEEN – At The Cat’s Cradle, 1992 LP (Chocodog)

THE WORLD IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE & I AM NO LONGER AFRAID TO DIE – Illusory Walls 

   (Epitaph) color or black vinyl

FRANK ZAPPA – 200 Motels LP/CD (Zappa) Belmont & Loop only

Some best selling LPS back in stock

CHET BAKER – Sings LP (Dol)

DR. DRE – The Chronic LP (Aftermath)

FUGAZI – Fugazi LP (Dischord) red vinyl

FUGAZI – The Argument LP (Dischord)

FUNKADELIC – Maggot Brain LP (Westbound)

NIRVANA – Nevermind LP (Geffen)

THE SMITHS – Queen Is Dead LP (Warner)

THE SMITHS – Hatful of Hollow LP (Warner) 

SNOOP DOGG – Doggystyle LP (Death Row)

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Reckless Records 12/10/21 New Releases

12/10/21 NEW RELEASES & RESTOCKS

ART BLAKEY & THE JAZZ MESSENGERS – First Flight to Tokyo: Lost 1961 Recordings LP (Blue Note)

After the discovery & release this year of an unknown live recording of “A Love Supreme” by John Coltrane comes this recently discovered live recording of Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers from Tokyo in 1961. The stellar group featured Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan, Bobby Timmons & Jymie Merritt & the album opens up with an energetic drum solo followed by the group making their way through a few classic tunes. A really cool set with a thorough book. RECOMMENDED!

FIRE-TOOLZ – Eternal Home LP (Hausu Mountain) color vinyl

Massive new record from Angel Marcloid, who recorded this over the course of 2020 as the COVID pandemic hit Chicago. Blending black metal vocals, heavy post-metal instrumentation, video game soundtrack synths, bright hyperpop arrangement and some touches of straight-up indie rock guitar jangle, “Eternal Home” pulls from the most diverse sources yet in a FIRE-TOOLZ record. But these sounds find a way to mesh, and when taken together the heavier musical pieces are inverted from aggressive into meditative. Fans of disparate artists like EQUIP, 100 GECS, JAMES FERRARO and even MAYHEM and DARKTHRONE can find something to love here!

JEFF PARKER – Forfolks LP (International Anthem) limited color or black vinyl

Guitarist Jeff Parker is one of the most important Chicago musicians of the last two decades. Now based in L.A., Parker has performed with TORTOISE, CHICAGO UNDERGROUND TRIO & more recently Makaya McCraven along with his numerous solo projects. This one recorded in L.A. is a collection of solo guitar pieces that includes a Thelonious Monk cover, reinterpretations of some old songs & the standard “My Ideal.” As usual Parker’s tone is fantastic & he’s experimenting a lot with loops & pedals in ways that remind us of PAPA M’s “Live From a Shark Cage” with a more loose, more improvised feel. RECOMMENDED.

RIKI – Gold LP (Dais) color or black vinyl

The L.A. based synth pop artist returns with another collection of great new romantic/new wave inspired songs. With some fantastic production & mixing by Josh Eustis of TELEFON TEL AVIV, RIKI has made an album that makes the futuristic sounds of the 80s sound futurist again. Fans of SAADA BONAIRE, early ROXY MUSIC, DURAN DURAN, STRAWBERRY SWITCHBLADE etc… will love this. RECOMMENDED.

VERSUS – Let’s Electrify! LP (Teenbeat)

The NYC band VERSUS were one of the finest early 90s indie rock bands. Named after the MISSION OF BURMA album, VERSUS blended elements of the more melodic side of SONIC YOUTH with popular indie rock of the era like PAVEMENT & SEBADOH. These songs still sound incredibly exciting today. RECOMMENDED!

NEIL YOUNG – Barn LP/CD (Reprise) regular, special edition or deluxe box set

You’d never guess from the title but Neil Young’s 2021 album with Crazy Horse was recorded in a barn. The barn was built in Colorado in the 1850s & recently restored by Young. This version of Crazy Horse once again features Nils Lofgren as Frank Sampedro seems to be permanently retired. This has a nice mix of dirty rockers & mellow numbers & at nearly 80 years young (pun intended), Neil & the band show no signs of slowing down. 

OTHER IMPORTANT NEW RELEASES & RESTOCKS

AEON STATION – Observatory LP/CD (Sub Pop)

APRIL MAGAZINE – If the Ceiling Were a Kite, Vol. 1 LP (Tough Love)

THE BAND – Cahoots LP/CD/BOX SET (Capitol) 50th Anniversary

BARDO POND – Amanita LP (Matador) deluxe reissue

BRIA – Cuntry Covers Vol. 1 LP/CD/TAPE (Sub Pop)

COMMON – Beautiful Revolution PT. 2 LP/CD (Loma Vista)

KENNY COX & THE CONTEMPORARY JAZZ QUINTET – Introducing LP (Blue Note) classic vinyl series

DEAR LAIKA – Pluperfect Mind LP (NNA Tapes) color vinyl

DMX – Legacy LP (Def Jam)

FOODMAN – Yasuragi Land LP (Hyperdub)

GHOST BATH – Self Loather LP (Nuclear Blast)

GOBLIN – The Horror Original Soundtracks 10LP box set (Cinevox) Wicker Park

GREEN DAY – BBC Sessions LP/CD (Reprise) limited color or black vinyl

MARGO GURYAN – 29 Demos LP (Modern Harmonic) 

CURTIS HARDING – If Words Were Flowers LP (Anti-) color or black vinyl

HOLDY STEADY – Open Door Policy LP (Thirty Tigers) pink vinyl

MICHAEL HURLEY – Time of the Foxgloves LP/CD (No Quarter)

KING KRULE – You Heat Me Up, You Cool Me Down LP (True Panther)

JOHN PRINE 33 ⅓ BOOK by Erin Osmon SIGNED COPIES!!

FELA KUTI – Vinyl Box Set 5 LP (Knitting Factory) curated by Chris Martin

LADY GAGA – Born This Way: 10TH Anniversary 3LP (Interscope)

THE LILYS – Better Can’t Make Your Life Better LP (Sundazed) remastered!

MADVILLAIN – Madvillainy LP (Stones Throw) back in stock!

ENNIO MORRICONE – Dollars, Dust & Pistoleros: The Westerns Anthology 10LP box set (Cinevox) Wicker Park

NARROW HEAD – Satisfaction LP (Run For Cover)

HERBIE NICHOLS – The Prophetic Herbie Nichols LP (Blue Note)

NIRVANA – Nevermind LP (Geffen) standard LP back in stock

CHUCK PROPHET – No Other Love LP (New West) remastered

RADIOHEAD – Kid A Mnesia 3LP (XL) now on black vinyl!

JIMMY SMITH – Home Cookin’ LP (Blue Note) classic vinyl series

SPOON – Wild 7” (Matador)

SUFJAN STEVENS – Songs for Christmas LP box set (Asthmatic Kitty)

MOSES SUMNEY – Live From Blackalachia LP (Tuntum)

SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA – Omniverse LP (Modern Harmonic) color vinyl

VARIOUS ARTISTS – Flag Day (Soundtrack) LP (Republic)

VARIOUS ARTISTS – Licorice Pizza (Soundtrack) LP (Republic)

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Reckless Records 12/3/21 New Releases

11/19/21 NEW RELEASES & RESTOCKS

CAN – Live in Brighton 1975 (Mute)

The second volume of the CAN live series goes back to 1975 with this killer set from Brighton. CAN’s shows were famously mostly improvised & despite the fact that they’d just released “Landed” there isn’t really much recognizable from the album. Like the first volume, this sounds surprisingly good considering it’s technically a bootleg. Just more proof that these guys were one of the best bands of the 20th century. RECOMMENDED!

JOHN DU CANN – The World’s Not Big Enough LP (Just Add Water) available again!

John Du Cann played with a number of great bands of varying styles over the years including THE ATTACK, ANDROMEDA & ATOMIC ROOSTER. This album recorded in 1977 & produced by Francis Rossi of STATUS QUO has never been released on vinyl until now. It’s a crazy mix of glam, punk, new wave & prog with songs that sound like a mix of T. REX, BOWIE, ROXY MUSIC & SLADE with CARS esque synth leads & stellar guitar playing. WILD STUFF!! 

EQUIP – EQUIP 64 TAPE (Equip Picks)

Chicago vaporwave pioneer & Reckless ex-pat Kevin Hein is back as EQUIP with another amazing collection of music. This time Hein is exploring the magical realms & worlds of Nintendo 64 games like Super Mario, Super Smash Bros, Zelda: Ocarina of Time &more. Fantastic stuff!!!

THE OFFSET – Spectacles LP (Trouble In Mind)

THE OFFSET were a band from Beijing & this 10th anniversary reissue comes to us courtesy of the fine Chicago label Trouble in Mind. The band features guitarist Tom Ng who would go on to form the excellent GONG GONG GONG & the two bands are similar with minimalist percussion, dissonant guitars & jagged rhythms. Fans of everything from early SONIC YOUTH, THE FALL, contemporary Aussie post-punk, NYC no wave etc… will flip for this.RECOMMENDED!!

SLOPPY JANE – Madison LP/CD (Saddest Factory) limited color or black vinyl

SLOPPY JANE is the project of the New York based musician Haley Dahl. This album on Phoebe Bridgers Saddest Factory Records is a mix of playful indie folk rock with some songs that reminded us of everything from FLEETWOOD MAC to PINK FLOYD’s acoustic songs (believe it or not) & Nilsson. No joke the album was recorded in a cave & they lowered a piano down into the cave on cables to make the record & you can hear dripping water & everything. WILD!

MACIE STEWART – Mouth Full of Glass LP (Orindal) now on color vinyl! 

Over the past five years or so, Macie Stewart has become of the most vital members of the Chicago music community with her band OHMME & collaborations with artists such as CIRCUIT DES YEUX & Ben Lamar Gay among many others. Her debut solo album is a nice mix of Laurel Canyon esque folk rock & experimental pop. The album features other Chicago talents such as Sen Morimoto, Ben Lamar Gay & more. RECOMMENDED!

TASHA – Tell Me What You Miss the Most LP/CD/TAPE (Father Daughter)

The second album from the talented Chicago singer/songwriter is a wonderful mix of folky acoustic tunes & jazz-influenced pop songs. The whole album has a laid-back & almost dreamy feel, & Tasha’s silky voice really draws you into the record. A really fantastic collection of songs. 

OTHER IMPORTANT NEW RELEASES & RESTOCKS

PHOEBE BRIDGERS – Punisher LP (Dead Oceans) back in stock!!

CLAIRE CRONIN – Bloodless LP (Orindal)

ANDREW GABBARD – Homemade LP (Karma Chief)

GEESE – Projector LP/CD (Partisan)

OSEES – Levitation Sessions II LP (Reverb Appreciation Society) limited color vinyl

BEN PIRANI – More Than a Memory 7” (Colemine) 2 different versions

DAVID LEE ROTH – Diamond Dave LP (Magna Carta)

SIGUR ROS – Med Sud I Eyrum Vi Spilum Endalaust LP (Krunk) classic back in print!

SIGUR ROS – Valtari LP (Krunk) classic back in print!

SONGS: OHIA – Songs: Ohia LP (Secretly Canadian) color vinyl Secretly 25th pressing

VINCE STAPLES – Vince Staples CD (Motown) vinyl coming next year

GILLIAN WELCH & DAVID RAWLINGS – All the Good Times Past LP (Acony) limited

JAMIRE WILLIAMS – But Only After You Have Suffered LP (International Anthem)

ZERO BOYS – Vicious Circle LP (Secretly Canadian) color vinyl Secretly 25th pressing

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Reckless Records Black Friday 2021

Here’s the list of the Black Friday releases that we’ll have. We noted some releases that are only at one or two locations. As usual with Record Store Day/Black Friday titles, everything is 1 per customer, no holds. Items will be available normally on Saturday morning.

LPS

Aerosmith – The Road Starts Here LP (Universal)

All Them Witches – Live on the Internet 3LP (New West)

Louis Armstrong All-Stars – Original Grooves: A Gift To Pops (Verve)

Rich Brian – Amen (Empire)

Big Brother & The Holding Company – Combination of the Two: Live at the Monterey International Pop Festival (Monterey Pop)

Blackberry Smoke – Stoned LP (3 Legged)

BLXST – Just For Clarity 12” (Eagle)

Broken Social Scene – Feel Good Lost (20th Anniversary Edition) Arts & Crafts

Roy Buchanan – The Prophet 2LP (Real Gone)

Canned Heat & Memphis Slim – Memphis Heat (Decca) 

Canned Heat – Friends in the Can LP (Friday Music) picture disc

John Carpenter – John Carpenter’s Ghosts Of Mars (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

(Varese Sarabande )

Ray Charles – Live in Stockholm 1972 (Tangerine)

Chief Keef – Thot Breaker (RBC Records)

Leonard Cohen – Songs of Love and Hate (50th Anniversary) (Legacy)

Sam Cooke with The Soul Stirrers – The First Mile of The Way 3X10” (Craft Recordings)

Larry Coryell & The Eleventh House – At Montreux (Concord)

Crobot – Rat Child 12” (Mascot)

Miles Davis – Live Evil LP (Columbia) opaque teal vinyl

Lana Del Rey – Chemtrails Over The Country Club  (Interscope) alternate cover art & blue vinyl

Rob Dickinson – Fresh Wine for the Horses (Real Gone) Wicker Park only

Dio – Holy Diver (Warner) picture disc

Dio – The Last In Line (Warner) picture disc

Dire Straits – Encores (Live) (Rhino)

Eric Essix – Songs From the Deep  (Light Year) Wicker Park only

Evanescence – Evanescence (Craft Recordings) 

Tav Falco – Club Car Zodiac (ORG) Belmont & Wicker Park only

Fleetwood Mac – Alternate Live (Rhino)

The Gun Club – Live at the Starwood (Blixa Sounds)

Daryl Hall & John Oates – Philly Tapes LP (Reel)

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Paris 67 (Legacy)

John Hicks Trio – Is That So?  (Tidal Waves) Wicker Park only

Iron Maiden – Iron Maiden (BMG) LP Picture Disc 

Chris Isaak – Beyond The Sun (Sun)

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit – Georgia Blue  (Southeastern) blue vinyl

Henry Jackman – Cherry (Soundtrack)  (Lakeshore) Wicker Park only

Jackson Conti (Madlib & Mamao) – Sujinho  (Madlib Invasion)

Michael Kamen – The Iron Giant (Soundtrack) (Varese Sarabande) picture disc Belmont & Wicker Park only

Jorma Kaukonen – Christmas… (Culture Factory) 

Carole King – In Concert : Live At The BBC 1971 (Legacy)

King’s X – Please Come Home… Mr. Bulbous (Svart Records) Wicker Park only 

John Legend – Once Again (Legacy)

Little Feat – Electrif Lycanthrope: Live at Ultra-Sonic Studios, 1974 (Rhino)

Matata – Independence (Tidal Waves) Wicker Park only

Maxwell – Now (Columbia)

Barry McGuire – Eve of Destruction (Anagram Music) Belmont & Wicker Park only

Memphis Slim & the Memphis Horns – Memphis Heat LP (Decca)

Mobb Deep – Free Agents (eOne)

Modern English – Live From Indigo @ O2 (Mesh & Lace) Belmont & Wicker Park only

Motörhead – The Lost Tapes Vol.1 (Live In Madrid 1995) (BMG)

Mr. Big – Lean Into It LP (EvoXS)

Munsters – At Home With the Munsters LP (BMG)

Buck Owens & His Buckeroos – Bridge Over Troubled Water LP (Sundazed)

Ozzy Osbourne – No More Tears (Epic) picture disc

Charlie Parker – Bird In LA 4Lp box set (Verve)

Art Pepper – Promise Kept: The Artists House Recordings 4LP box set (Omnivore) Wicker Park only

Oscar Peterson – Time For Love 3LP (Mack Avenue) 

Grant-Lee Phillips – Yuletide LP (Yep Roc)

A Place To Bury Strangers – Hologram: Destroyed & Reassembled 12” (Dedstrange)

John Powell – How To Train Your Dragon (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Varese Sarabande) picture disc Belmont & Wicker Park only

Rev. Horton Heat – We Three Kings LP (Yep Roc)

Todd Rundgren – Healing (Rhino)

Bobby Rush – Chicken Heads: 50th Anniversary (Deep Rush ) 

RZA as Bobby Digital – Digital Bullet (Get On Down) yellow vinyl

Saigon Kick – The Lizard (Real Gone)

John Scott – Inseminoid: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Note for Note)

The Shangri-Las – The Best of the Red Bird & Mercury Recordings 2LP (Real Gone)

Smith/Kotzen – Better Days (BMG)

Sons of Kemet – African Cosmology (Verve)

Dusty Springfield – The Complete Atlantic Singles 1968-1971 2LP (Real Gone)

Squirrel Nut Zippers – Lost Songs Of Doc Souchon (Southern )Broadcasting

The Staples Singers – The 25th of December (Craft Recordings)

Stray Cats – Live At Rockpalast (Music On Vinyl)

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – Johnny Appleseed 12” (Dark Horse)

Teddy Swims – A Very Teddy Christmas (Warner)

Tammi Terrell – The Irresistible (Elemental)

Big Mama Thornton – Sassy Mama (Justintime)

Thundercat – The Golden Age of Apocalypse: 10th Anniversary LP (Brainfeeder)

Trippie Redd- A Love Letter to You/A Love Letter to You 2 (10K)

U Roy – Creation Rebel: Rare Sides By The Reggae Originator (Sound System) Belmont & Wicker Park only

Various Artists – Beleza Tropical 2LP (Luaka Bop)

Various Artists – Tickets to Doomsday: Heavy Psychedelic Funk & Soul Ballads & Dirges 1970-1975 (Now Again)

Wailing Souls – Fire House Rock (40th Anniversary) (VP Records)

Nancy Wilson – You & Me LP (Carry On)

The Wrens – Secaucus (Craft)

“Weird Al” Yankovic/Osaka Popstar – Beat on The Brat 12”( Demented

Punk)

7”S & CDS

Billie Eilish – No Time To Die 7” (Interscope)

Puscifer – Live at the Mayan Theatre (Puscifer)

Joan Jett – Bad Reputation 7” w/ comic book (Black Heart) Belmont & Wicker Park only

Little Feat – Electrif Lycanthrope: Live at Ultra-Sonic Studios, 1974 CD (Warner) 

Local Natives – Music From The Penn Gala in 1983 (Loma Vista) Belmont & Wicker Park only cassette

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Reckless Records 11/19/21 New Releases

11/19/21 NEW RELEASES & RESTOCKS

DREAM UNENDING – Tide Turns Eternal CD (20 Buck Spin)

DREAM UNENDING is a new progressive doom metal band featuring members of TOMB MOLD & INNUMERABLE  FORMS. A nice mix of shoegazey clean guitars & melodic doom that will appeal to fans of BELL WITCH, early KATATONIA etc…RECOMMENDED.

EMBARRASSMENT – Death Travels West LP (Almost Ready)

Much needed reissue of this 1983 record by Wichita band THE EMBARRASSMENT. Rhythmic, driving & catchy as hell songs with nods at MINUTEMEN, MISSION OF BURMA, GANG OF FOUR & BIG BOYS. This is ESSENTIAL if you’re into angular post-punk!! RECOMMENDED.

BEN LAMAR GAY – Open Arms to Open Us LP/CD (International Anthem/Nonesuch) limited color or black vinyl

The jazz, experimental & avant garde scenes in Chicago are overflowing with talent & new ideas & no label better expresses that fact right now than International Anthem. Ben Lamar Gay has been at the forefront of this creative explosion for a few years & his 2021 album finds him teaming up with many other talented locals such as OHMME, Rob of BITCHIN BAJAS, Tomeka Reid & Angel Bat Dawid just to name a few. The songs are a mix of outsider pop,progressive jazz & free-form experimentation that reminds us of everything from that International Anthem Sound, Robert Wyatt, PENGUIN CAFE ORCHESTRA & even KING CRIMSON at times. 

LOW LIFE – From Squats to Lots: The Agony & XTC of Low Life LP (Goner)

Fantastic third album from this Sydney band. Melodic post-punk with a distinct 80s sound. This makes us think of TOTAL CONTROL, mid 80s KILLING JOKE, late 80s WIRE etc…Great stuff!

MAKAYA MCCRAVEN – Deciphering the Message LP/CD (Blue Note)

​​Chicago drummer Makaya McCraven gets the ultimate salute by being given the keys to the Blue Note vaults for this fantastic remix project. The album starts off with a quote by the legendary Birdland M.C. “Pee Wee” Marquette which made us smile & then McCraven tackles classic tunes by Art Blakey, Kenny Dorham, Hank Mobley & more. With some musical help from our friend Jeff Parker, Junius Paul & Joel Ross, Makaya enters a unique Blue Note remix club with Madlib. RECOMMENDED!

LENA PLATANOS – Balancers LP (Dark Entries)

Dark Entries has collected some previously unreleased songs by the Greek electronic artist Lena Platonos. With Lyrics in Greek & English, Platonos’ music sounds like a mix of THROBBING GRISTLE, BLONDE REDHEAD & Leslie Winer. Great stuff.

CLARA ROCKMORE & NADIA REISENBERG – Lost Theremin Album LP (Mississippi) 

Clara Rockmore is known as the “queen of the theremin” & she’s possibly the only well known master of the instrument. Her one 1977 album of classical pieces featuring her staggering playing is now considered a classic & she’s become somewhat of a household name after the release of the documentary “Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey.” Other pieces were recorded during the same session & released on CD in 2006. Nine of those pieces are featured on vinyl for the first time here. Trulyhaunting & beautiful playing that almost sounds like a human voice & we’re not sure we’ve ever heard another player make these otherworldly sounds. 

OTHER IMPORTANT NEW RELEASES & RESTOCKS

ADELE – 30 LP (Columbia) 

AESOP ROCK – Labor Days LP (Aesop Rock) color vinyl reissue

ART BLAKEY & THE JAZZ MESSENGERS – Big Beat LP (Blue Note) classic vinyl series

BLOOD INCANTATION – Starspawn LP/CD (Dark Descent) available again!

CHRISTIAN DEATH – Wind Kissed Pictures LP (Season of Mist)

FLEET FOXES – Fleet Foxes LP (Sub Pop) available again!!

HELVETIA – Essential Aliens LP (Joyful Noise)

BOBBI HUMPHREY – Fancy Dancer LP (Blue Note) classic vinyl series

WIZ KHALIFA – Rolling Papers LP (Rostrum)

KISS – DESTROYER: 45TH ANNIVERSARY LP/CD/CD box set (Universal) with free slipmat & lithograph while supplies last

KISSISSIPPI – Mood Ring LP (Triple Crown)

LADIES – They Mean Us LP (Temporary Residence) limited color or black

LCD SOUNDSYSTEM – Sound of Silver LP (DFA)

MAGDALENA BAY – Mercurial World LP (Luminelle)

CHARLES MINGUS – Black Saint & the Sinner Lady LP (Impulse) acoustic sound series 

JACKIE MITTOO – Keyboard King at Studio One 2LP (Soul Jazz)

JESSICA MOSS – Phosphenes LP (Constellation)

JUSTUS PROFFIT – Speedstar LP (Bar None)

KIDS SEE GHOSTS – Kids See Ghosts LP (Def Jam)

ODDISEE – Good Fight LP (Mello Music Group)

ROBERT PLANT & ALISON KRAUSS – Raise The Roof LP/CD (Rounder) alternate art version or regular

RADIOHEAD – Kid A Mnesia 3LP (XL) red vinyl back in stock!

CLARA ROCKMORE & NADIA REISENBERG – Theremin: Art of the Theremin LP (Mississippi) back in print!

ADAM ROTH & HIS BAND OF MEN – Down the Shore (Soundtrack) LP (Hozac)

SEVERED HEADS – Dead Eyes Opened 12” (Dark Entries) 

ANDY SHAUF – Wilds LP (Anti-) indie color or black 

SLOWDIVE – Slowdive LP (Dead Oceans)

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND – Legendary No Nukes Concerts LP (Columnia)

SHARON VAN ETTEN – Silent Night/ Blue Christmas 7” (Jagjaguwar)

TRAGICALLY HIP – Road Apples 5LP box set (Universal)

TWENTY ONE PILOTS – Scaled & Icy LP (Fueled By Ramen)

U2 – Achtung Baby: 30th Anniversary LP (Island) w/ poster

VARIOUS ARTISTS – Buganda Royal Music Revival LP (Nyege Nyege Tapes)

VARIOUS ARTISTS – Deutsche Electronische Musik 2 LP box set (Soul Jazz)

COLTER WALL & THE SCARY PRAIRIE BOYS – Live in Front of Nobody LP (La Honda) very limited indie only LP

WEEKND – Highlights LP (Republic)

LUCINDA WILLIAMS – Have Yourself a Rockin’ Little Christmas LP/CD (Highway 20)

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Reckless Records 11/12/21 New Releases

11/12/21 NEW RELEASES & RESTOCKS

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

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

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

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

ENDLESS BOOGIE – Admonitions LP (No Quarter)

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

GROUPER – Shade LP (Kranky) now on vinyl!

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

PAMELA Z – Echolocation LP (Freedom to Spend)

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

VANISHING TWIN – Ookii Gekkou LP/CD (Fire)

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

OTHER IMPORTANT NEW RELEASES AND RESTOCKS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LOW – Secret Name LP (Kranky) available again!

LOW – Trust LP (Kranky) available again!

LUCID EXPRESS – Lucid Express LP (Kanine)

MASSACRE – Resurgence LP (Nuclear Blast)

MAC MILLER – Best Day Ever TAPE (Rostrum)

MAC MILLER –Blue Slide Park TAPE (Rostrum)

MAC MILLER – K.I.D.S. TAPE (Rostrum)

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

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

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

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

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

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

ONETWOTHREE – OneTwoThree LP (Kill Rock Stars) white vinyl

JANA RUSH – Painful Enlightenment LP (Planet Mu)

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

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

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

WAR – Greatest Hits 2.0 LP/CD (Rhino)

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Reckless Records 11/5/21 New Releases

11/5/21 NEW RELEASES & RESTOCKS

BAD BRAINS – Pay to Cum! 7” (Bad Brains) Reckless/Down in the Valley exclusive white vinyl pressing!

We are very proud to have teamed up with the Minnesota based store Down in the Valley for this exclusive white vinyl pressing of one of the most legendary hardcore singles of all time, “Pay to Cum” by BAD BRAINS. The single was self released by the band in 1980 & it jump started their now legendary career that mixed high energy hardcore with reggae. Their live shows are also famous for wild antics, back-flips, massive circle pits & other mayhem. Limited edition one-time pressing on white vinyl. RECOMMENDED OF COURSE!!

DAVID GRUBBS & RYLEY WALKER – A Tap On the Shoulder LP (Husky Pants)

If you follow Ryley Walker on Twitter then you know about his love for 90s/00s Chicago music, especially GASTR DEL SOL so you know he was STOKED when he teamed up with David Grubbs for some duo shows in 2019. They eventually found their way into a studio to make this album of electric guitar explorations. These experimental guitar pieces weave in & out of icy drones to glitched f/x & DEAD C esque noise. Fans of both artists should dig. RECOMMENDED.

CATHERINE HOWE – What a Beautiful Place LP (Numero) reissued on yellow vinyl

“What a Beautiful Place” is part folk, part soft-pop but it never totally veers into either territory. The album was produced by the semi-legendary jazz pianist Bobby Scott who also provided some string arrangements & some pretty bluesy piano parts. Howe’s voice is high, at times sounding like Sandy Denny (Howe claims not to have been influenced by 60’s British folk even though many of the songs have a similar feel) & the soft pop stuff may remind you of some of the Laurel Canyon ladies such as Joni Mitchell. If you’ve been picking up some of the other big folk reissues such as BRIDGET ST. JOHN, KAREN DALTON & JUDEE SILL then you should check this out.

RADIOHEAD – Kid A Mnesia 3LP/3CD (XL) red vinyl; very limited!!

RADIOHEAD opened up the 21st century with two of the best records ever released – 2000’s “Kid A” and 2001’s “Amnesiac” – radically shifting their sound from icy, lyrical art rock into something more abstract, more electronic and more alien. While both albums were made during the same sessions and intended as a singular release, the band chose to split them up for the sake of keeping them (relatively) concise. Over two decades later, they’ve been combined into “Kid A Mnesia”, a massive set that also includes a bonus collection of recordings and previously unreleased songs. These two albums sound as vital and fresh as ever when blended into one, showcasing a band at a peak of creativity. HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.

EMMA RUTH RUNDLE – Engine of Death LP/CD (Sargent House) arriving soon!

“Engine of Hell” is songwriter EMMA RUTH RUNDLE’s most stripped-back record to date, isolating her opaquely personal songwriting to solitary performances on piano or guitar. There’s an almost LEONARD COHEN-esque dark quality to these songs that use poetic language over somber chord progressions. This is a fantastic record that should not only appeal to fans of her previous work (solo and with both THOU and CHELSEA WOLFE) but also can serve as an entry point for the emotional world of her songwriting. RECOMMENDED.

SNAIL MAIL – Valentine LP/CD (Matador) limited gold vinyl

Lindsey Jordan goes bigger and more boisterous here on “Valentine”, supporting her romantic, cathartic songs with a more maximalist approach to production that has her dipping into stadium synth pop, sultry R&B, lush acoustic ballads and anthemic, “big chorus” rock. This is a timely record that pairs perfectly with the newer records from PHOEBE BRIDGERS (“Punisher”) and JAPANESE BREAKFAST (“Jubilee”), allowing for bigger sounds to amplify rather than obscure the emotional truth found within the songwriting. Excellent!

SYLVAN ESSO – Sylvan Esso LP/TAPE/CD (Psychic Hotline)

The electronic pop duo SYLVAN ESSO of Durham, NC started the Psychic Hotline label & now they’ve started reissuing their records on that imprint. Their 2014 debut still sounds fantastic 7 years later with some dark dance floor bangers, some fat synth bass & quirky, modern electronic pop that fits nicely with BJORK & ROBYN. Glad to have these back in the racks again. 

OTHER IMPORTANT NEW RELEASES & RESTOCKS

ABBA – Voyage LP/CD/TAPE (Polar Music) limited blue or black vinyl w/ poster

ANZ – All Hours 12” (Ninja Tune)

BAD BRAINS – Rock For Light LP (Bad Brains) yellow vinyl

BEACH HOUSE – Depression Cherry LP (Sub Pop)

BLACK KEYS – El Camino: 10th Anniversary LP/Super deluxe box set (Nonesuch) these should be arriving in Wicker Park on Saturday

CHILDISH GAMBINO – Awaken, My Love LP (Glassnote)

CHILDISH GAMBINO – Because the Internet LP (Glassnote)

CHILDISH GAMBINO – Camp LP (Glassnote)

NEIL FRANCIS – In Plain Sight LP (ATO) indie only color vinyl

GARBAGE – Beautiful Garbage: 20th Anniversary LP box set (Geffen)

JERRY GARCIA & JOHN KAHN – Garcialive Vol. 14 LP (ATO)

KENDRICK LAMAR – Damn LP (Interscope)

CHARLES MINGUS – MINGUS MINGUS MINGUS MINGUS MINGUS LP (Impulse) acoustic sound series

MODEL HOME – Both Feet En Th Infinite LP (Don Giovanni)

MOUNTAIN MAN – Made the Harbor LP (Psychic Hotline) 2LP deluxe ed.

MR. BUNGLE – The Night They Came Home LP (Ipecac) indie color or black vinyl

PALACE – So Long Forever: 5th Anniversary LP (Fiction)

ROSS FROM FRIENDS – Tread LP (Brainfeeder) clear vinyl

LAURA STEVENSON – Laura Stevenson LP (Don Giovanni)

TITUS ANDRONICUS – The Monitor LP (XL) remastered

YOUNG THUG – Punk CD (Young Stoner Life)

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Reckless Records 10/29/21 New Releases

10/29/21 NEW RELEASES & RESTOCKS

MARY LATTIMORE – Collected Pieces TAPE (Ghostly)

The Los Angeles based harpist Mary Lattimore has been incredibly busy over the past few years releasing her own music & collaborating & recording with a number of different artists, most recently Steve Gunn. This is a collection of previously unreleased material from various sources but it listens like a proper album. Beautiful stuff. 

MASTODON – Hushed & Grim LP/CD (Reprise) with free slipmat while supplies last

The mighty MASTODON from Atlanta return with their eight full-length album. The band continues to move away from metal into a more progressive hard rock direction. There’s a lot of melodic riffs, some acoustic passages & mostly clean singing on this one & the songs have great hooks, almost veering into QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE or even a heavier sounding version of FOO FIGHTERS in some songs. Fans of the band should be stoked on this one for sure.

MARISSA NADLER – Path of the Clouds LP/CD limited color or black vinyl

The talented guitarist & prolific songwriter Marissa Nadler is back with her 9th solo album. During the pandemic Marissa supposedly got deep into Unsolved Mysteries (um, YES!) & how some of the stories reminded her of things in her own life. Nadler also learned to play piano & wrote many of the songs on that instrument & then re-learned them on guitar adding yet another tool to her songwriting belt. With help from Mary Lattimore, Simon of COCTEAU TWINS, Emma Ruth Rundle & more, Nadler has created a dreamy album of mysterious & airy songs that sound new & fresh which is impressive so deep into her discography.

SAULT – Nine LP/CD (Forever Living Originals)

The mysterious London collective SAULT return with their third album in about 15 months. We’ve been loving all of their releases so far & a little more info about this mysterious group has emerged, mainly about the line-up which is pretty impressive & includes Cleo Sol, Michael Kiwanuka, Laurette Josiah, Kid Sister & Little Simz. The album was originally supposed to be available online for 99 days but we’ll see if that sticks. More great rhythmic songs that blend elements of funk, soul, post-punk & early 80s NYC downtown sounds. Think ESG, M.I.A, LIQUID LIQUID etc… RECOMMENDED. 

TY SEGALL – Harmonizer LP/CD/TAPE (Drag City)

After an absolutely INSANE release schedule over the last decade or so, Ty Segall took about 2 years to make “Harmonizer.” As far has his records go this one is pretty slick sounding & more “pop” leaning with great sounding fuzzed out guitars, falsetto vocals, cool drum production & even some drum machines. The recording sounds big like QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE or ST. VINCENT but it’s still got that Ty vibe.

OTHER IMPORTANT NEW RELEASES & RESTOCKS

ALABAMA SHAKES – Sound & Color: Deluxe Edition LP (ATO)

BNNY – Everything LP/CD

CAKE POP – Cake Pop 2 LP (Mad Decent)

DAVE CHAPPELLE – 8:46 LP (Third Man)

THE CURE – Disintegration LP (Warner)

SAM EVIAN – Time to Melt LP/CD (Fat Possum) limited color or black vinyl

KHRUANGBIN – Mordechai Remixes LP (Dead Oceans)

JAPANESE BREAKFAST – Sable: Original Videogame Soundtrack CD (Masterworks)

MARS VOLTA – De-Loused in the Comatorium LP (Clouds Hill) color vinyl reissue very limited

MINUS THE BEAR – Farewell LP (Suicide Squeeze) 

MONOLORD – Your Time to Shine LP (Relapse)

NIGHTMARES ON WAX – Shoutout! To Freedom LP (Warp)

PHISH – Joy LP (Jemp) color vinyl

PINK FLOYD – A Momentary Lapse of Reason: Remixed & Updated LP/CD/CD box set (Legacy)

R.E.M. – New Adventures in Hi-Fi: 25th Anniversary LP (Craft)

SKIP TRACER – Skip Tracer TAPE (Self Released)

THE THE – Comeback Special LP/CD (Ear Music)

WAR ON DRUGS – I Don’t Live Here Anymore LP/CD/TAPE (Atlantic) limited color or black vinyl

WEYES BLOOD – Titanic Rising LP (Sub Pop) rainbow color vinyl