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Reckless Records 10/22/21 New Releases



This is the first release on Matador for Haley Fohr and her project CIRCUIT DES YEUX, having released a handful of records on local labels Thrill Jockey and Drag City. For “-io”, Fohr creates an expressionistic, operatic statement of a record, with sounds that seem to draw influence from JOHN CARPENTER’s synth horror soundtracks as well as past avant-pop stars like KATE BUSH, SCOTT WALKER and YOKO ONO. Written with a large orchestra in mind, Haley has come into her true form on this incredible album. There’s a distinctly gothic feeling here as well, and it seems to be an appropriate choice for the falling leaves of autumn. RECOMMENDED.

JOHN COLTRANE – A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle LP/CD (Impulse)

For years it was thought that there was only one recorded live performance of John Coltrane’s legendary “A Love Supreme” until the recent discovery of this 1965 recording from Seattle. This Amateur recording was made at the same time as the “Live in Seattle” album & features the classic quartet along with Pharoah Sanders, Carlos Ward & Donald Garrett. The performance is much more intense & wild than the album & hints at the deep dive into the journey of free expression that Coltrane was about to undertake. Though this isn’t a professional recording, it sounds pretty darn good & it’s truly a very exciting discovery. RECOMMENDED!

GROUPER- Shade CD (Kranky) vinyl coming soon, hopefully next week

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!

WALT MCCLEMENTS – A Hole in the Fence LP (American Dreams)

Epic & beautiful accordion pieces that combine elements of drone, film soundtracks & ambient music. Fans of ENO esque minimalism, Sarah Davachi,Kali Malone etc… should check this out. 


Wonderful record from Brooklyn’s Roberto Carlos Lange, who explores vast emotional territory with danceable stuff that draws from ambient pop, new wave and deep house. Some of this reminds us of ENO’s “Before and After Science”, some of PETER GABRIEL’s “So”, maybe a bit of the Studio Barnhus releases from AXEL BOMAN or KORNEL KOVACS. This record is centered in Lange’s past growing up in South Florida to Ecuadorian immigrants, and on top of using Latin musical motifs and Spanish vocals from time to time, “Far In” strives to define that experience as holistically as possible. This is an infectiously great record that we’ll be spinning here plenty. RECOMMENDED.

PARQUET COURTS – Sympathy For Life LP/DLX-LP/CD (Rough Trade)

No small feat to follow their popular breakthrough “Wide Awake!”, but PARQUET COURTS manages this return with ease on “Sympathy for Life”, building off the former’s rhythms & atmosphere to make their most purely dance-y record yet. Lots of nods to late-era NYC disco and its incorporation of punk, as well as some light techno-y psych-rock in the HELDON or MANUEL GOTTSCHING vein. Yet even with the band’s shifting chameleonic sound, the songwriting still remains centered in the angular punk that they began with, expanding on the music of groups like WIRE, MINUTEMEN and GANG OF FOUR, making obvious their lineage of influence, yet not trapping themselves in the style by charting out newer pathways for it thru dance, disco and funk. Folks, they haven’t missed yet. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

SPIRITUALIZED – Let It Come Down LP (Fat Possum) limited color vinyl with new art

SPIRITUALIZED existed as a proper band for a few years but the exhaustive touring cycle for “Ladies & Gentlemen…” led to their break up. For the next SPIRITUALIZED album, Jason Pierce gathered over 100 different musicians (!!) to make this epic 2011 album. Inspired by Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound production style, “Let It Come Down” is a massive sounding album & also a good indicator to sounds he’d be exploring on the next few albums.Like the previous Fat Possum reissues, this one features updated cover art. RECOMMENDED!

SUBURBAN LAWNS – Suburban Lawns LP (Superior Viaduct)

First ever domestic reissue of the classic 1981 album by the Long Beach, CA band SUBURBAN LAWNS. The band had a minor brush with fame when their video produced by Jonathan Demme aired on Saturday Night Live (yes they used to play videos sometimes on SNL back then). Tight & aggressive new wave tunes with vocals shared by singer Su Tissue & Frankie Ennui, their sound could be compared to B-52s & DEVO & THE SLITS. Any fan of early 80s new wave & post-punk needs this. 



DEAN BLUNT – Black Metal 2 LP/CD (Rough Trade)

BODY MEAT – Year of the Orc 12” (Partisan)

PHOEBE BRIDGERS – Strangers in the Alps LP (Dead Oceans)

CLINIC – Fantasy Island LP/CD (Domino) limited blue vinyl

JARVIS COCKER – Chansons d’Ennui – Tip-Top: Inspired by Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch LP (Abcko)


EFTERKLANG – Windflowers LP (City Slang) limited clear vinyl

GOOD MORNING – Barnyard LP (Polyvinyl)

GUIDED BY VOICES – It’s Not Them, It Couldn’t Be Them, It Is Them LP/CD (GBV)

HAND HABITS – Fun House CD (Saddle Creek) vinyl coming in November

HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER – O Come All Ye Faithful LP/CD (Merge) limited tri-color vinyl

FREDDIE HUBBARD – Ready For Freddy LP (Blue Note) classic vinyl series

JOHN’S CHILDREN – There’s an Eye in the Sky LP (Easy Action) featuring a young Marc Bolan!

MY MORNING JACKET – My Morning Jacket 2LP (ATO) indie color vinyl

ORQUESTA AKOKAN – 16 Rayos LP/CD (Daptone)

MAE POWELL – Both Ways Brighter LP (Park the Van)

ROLLING STONES – Tattoo You 2LP/5LP box set/2CD/CD (Abcko) 40th anniversary remaster with free lithograph while supplies last!

SUPERCHUNK – Here’s to Shutting Up: 20th Anniversary LP/CD (Merge) limited orange swirl vinyl

WHITE STRIPES – White Blood Cells: 20th Anniversary LP (Third Man) peppermint pinwheel color vinyl

WYE OAK – Civilian + Cut All the Wires: 2009-2011 LP (Merge) limited green vinyl

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Reckless Records 10/15/21 New Releases


JOHN CARPENTER/CODY CARPENTER/ DANIEL DAVIES – Halloween Kills (Soundtrack) LP/CD/TAPE (Sacred Bones) limited orange or black vinyl

The legendary filmmaker & composer John Carpenter returns with his son Cody & guitarist Daniel Davies to score the 2021 entry into the Halloween series, “Halloween Kills.” They’ve once again done a great job of taking bits & pieces of the original music & updating or reinterpreting it into something new & quite listenable. 

MYRIAM GENDRON – Ma Delire: Songs of Love Lost & Found CD/TAPE (Feeding Tube) vinyl coming soon

The second album by the Montreal based musician Myriam Gendron is an exploration & reinterpretation of Canadian, French & American traditional music. Gendron has a somewhat plain voice & that might sound like critique but it’s an authentic quality & to us it’s what makes some of these songs gut-wrenchingly beautiful. Songs sung in English & French with efficient fingerstyle acoustic guitar & occasional minimal electric songs that remind us of early CAT POWER or DIRTY THREE. The great “Colour Green” by Sibylle Baier comes to mind along with Leonard Cohen & Karen Dalton. It’s all something that on paper sounds interesting enough but shouldn’t actually be this great. A truly remarkable record. RECOMMENDED.

MATT JENCIK – Matt & Lyra: Trouble In Mind Explorers Series Vol. 15 TAPE (Trouble In Mind)

Chicago musician & longtime Reckless staffer spent some of his time in lockdown experimenting with the Russian built Lyra synthesizer. The Lyra is a quirky drone instrument with a unique design that doesn’t have proper piano keys or traditional musical steps. The mictronal nature allows for a wide variety of sounds but Jencik was mostly drawn to the meditative, almost shruti box drone quality of the sounds. A quote in a review online stated that the pieces here sound like a “lost soundtrack to Dune” & we think that’s an apt description.

JULIA SHAPIRO – Zorked LP/CD (Suicide Squeeze) 

Julia Shapiro is a member of the great CHASTITY BELT & the Seattle native also makes some heavy post-grunge/shoegaze. Her excellently titled 2021 album “Zorked” is mostly slow to mid tempo with some heavy songs that remind us SMASHING PUMPKINS or HUM while the more mellow songs sound like a shoegaze take on CHASTITY BELT. Great stuff!

YVES TUMOR – The Asymptotical World LP/7” box set (Warp)

Experimentalist YVES TUMOR’s music has evolved quite a bit over the last half decade, and starting with “Safe in the Hands of Love” in 2018, they have taken their abstract forms of ambient and sound collage and shaped them into pop structures that seem to build and decay with a natural impulse. This EP is TUMOR’s furthest reach into rock, reconstituting the sound of shoegaze, glam and emo in their own playful, idiosyncratic way. Some shades of MBV and A.R. KANE, as well as PRINCE, but this stays in a category of its own. RECOMMENDED.


THE BEATLES – Let It Be LP/Pic Disc LP/5LP box set/CD/2CD/5CD deluxe box set (Capitol) with free litho while supplies last

BRUNO BAVOTA – For Apartments: Songs & Loops LP (Temporary Residence) 

THE CHURCH – Starfish: Expanded Edition LP (Arista)

COLDPLAY – Music of the Spheres LP/CD (Parlophone) LP/CD these didn’t arrive yet in Wicker Park but they should be there on Monday

THE dB’S – I Thought You Wanted to Know LP/CD (Propeller)

DOS SANTOS – City of Mirrors LP/CD (International Anthem)

EAGLES – Eagles: Original Master Recording One-Step LP box set (Mobile Fidelity)

FINNEAS – Optimist LP/CD (Interscope) we have a limited amount of signed CDs at all locations!!

FIRE-TOOLZ – Eternal Home CD (Hausu Mountain)

GONG GONG GONG – Phantom Rhythm Remixed LP (Wharf Cat) color or black vinyl

GORILLAZ – Plastic Beach LP (Warner)

GRATEFUL DEAD – American Beauty: Original Master Recording LP (Mobile Fidelity)

IZZY TRUE – Our Beautiful Baby World LP (Don Giovanni)

JERUSALEM IN MY HEART – Qalaq  LP/CD (Constellation)

SYL JOHNSON – Different Strokes/ Is It Because I’m Black 7” (Numero Group) gold vinyl

JUDAS PRIEST – Reflections: 50 Heavy Metal Years of Music LP/CD (Epic)

LE REN – Leftovers LP/CD (Secretly Canadian)

MAC MILLER – Faces 3LP (Warner) limited tri-color or yellow vinyl

MITSKI – Be the Cowboy LP (Dead Oceans)

NORTH AMERICAN – Going Steady LP (Third Man) limited edition color vinyl

QUICKLY, QUICKLY – The Long & Short of It LP (Ghostly) color or black vinyl

DEAN WAREHAM – I Have Nothing to Say to the Mayor of LA LP (Double Feature)

WIDESPREAD PANIC – Everyday LP (Volcano)

WIDESPREAD PANIC – Space Wrangler LP (Volcano)

VARIOUS ARTISTS – Performance (Soundtrack) LP (Rhino)

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Reckless Records 10/8/21 New Releases


BADBADNOTGOOD – Talk Memory LP/CD (XL) limited white vinyl

Canadian jazz group BADBADNOTGOOD comes through with the highly anticipated follow-up to 2016’s “IV”. Now a trio, BBNG continues their exploration of the spaces between jazz and hip-hop, but also takes a step back through their lineage of influence of soul jazz, early rock fusion and psych. “Talk Memory” features quite a few guests – most notably the Brazilian musical icon ARTHUR VEROCAI, who contributes to four of the album’s tracks – as well as KARRIEM RIGGINS, BRANDEE YOUNGER and LARAAJI, and these collaborations work to enliven the studio improvisations here. A stellar return that was absolutely worth the wait. RECOMMENDED.

JAIMIE BRANCH – Fly or Die Live LP (International Anthem) limited color vinyl

Chicago trumpeter & bandleader JAIMIE BRANCH recorded this live set in Zurich, Switzerland in January 2020, translating the improvisational, exploratory & fluid soul jazz of her “Fly or Die” records to the stage. Featuring support from CHICAGO UNDERGROUND DUO’s Chad Taylor on drums (and some killer thumb piano) as well as Lester St. Louis (cello) and Jason Ajemian (bass), the music performed here is focused on textures and rhythms, whether it’s thudding blues or floating five-accent hambone. Absolutely spectacular, and a great place to start with BRANCH’s International Anthem catalogue. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

DOMINGAE – Ae LP (Sacred Bones)

FOLLAKZOID member Domingae recently moved to Mexico City & this is her debut solo album. Glitched-out minimal electronics & beats that all sort of live in the same digitized frequency realm. Like TV fuzz with a distant techno pulse & cut-up vocal samples. Pretty cool. 

LALA LALA – I Want the Door to Open LP/CD/TAPE (Hardly Art)

Chicago’s Lillie West aka LALA LALA is back with her third album. With production help from Yoni Wolf of Why? & guest spots from members of OHMME, Sen Morimoto & Ben Gibbard of DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE, West has expanded her sonic palette quite a bit since the great 2018 album “Lamb.” The songs & confident & strong & it’s been a real treat to watch Lillie grow over the past few years. RECOMMENDED OF COURSE!!


We’ve been fans of the Russian electronic artist & producer Kedr Livanskiy since her first EP & “Liminal Soul” is her third full length album. Before lockdown Livanskiy toured pretty extensively around the world & during lockdown she returned to her DJing roots which influenced the making of this album. Her last album “Your Need” was a more hi-fi & accessible pop sound than her early lo-fi days & though this one is also hi-fi, the production seems more experimental & maybe more restrained & minimal. We’ve really enjoyed listening to this talented artist evolve over the years. RECOMMENDED!

STEPHEN – Radar of Small Dogs (Yellow Electric)

ATTENTION NEW ZEALAND/FLYING NUN FANS!! A very exciting reissue on Liz Harris’ (aka GROUPER) label Yellow Electric of the late 80s/early 90s recordings by the band STEPHEN. After THE CLEAN broke up, David Kilgour started the group & they released an EP on Flying Nun & started to record an album & then the band fizzled out. All of the band’s material has been remastered & included here along with a few live songs. Fans of THE CLEAN/David Kilgour will freak out when they discover that there’s another great album out there they didn’t know about. RECOMMENDED.


ATMOSPHERE – Word? LP/CD (Rhymesayers)

BAD BRAINS – Rock For Light LP/TAPE (Bad Brains) 

THE BEVIS FROND – Little Eden LP (Fire)

EFTERKLANG – Windflowers CD (City Slang) vinyl coming later this year

ESP SUMMER – Kingdom of Heaven LP (Disciples)

H.E.R. – H.E.R. LP (RCA)

MONO – Beyond the Past: Live in London 3LP (Temporary Residence) limited color or black vinyl

KEVIN MORBY – A Night at the Little Los Angeles LP (Dead Oceans) limited color or black vinyl

NEGATIVE APPROACH – 10 Song EP 7” (Touch & Go) very limited color vinyl

ANGEL OLSEN – Aisles TAPE (Jagjaguwar)

KELLY LEE OWENS – Inner Song Remix Series Vol. 1 & 2 12” (Smalltown Supersound)

TAME IMPALA – Currents LP (Interscope)

TARAKA – Welcome to Paradise Lost LP (Kanine) Taraka of PRINCE RAMA

A TRIBE CALLED QUEST – Low End Theory LP (Jive)

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Reckless Records 10/1/21 New Releases


DUSTER – 1975 (Numero Group) white or black vinyl

Originally released on Up Records in 1999, DUSTER’s “1975” has been reissued in 2021 on Numero Group. This one has less distortion & is much more mellow than the previous records & the vocals are a little more clear. If you dig the slow core sound of bands like CODEINE, BEDHEAD & more recently MIDWIFE then you need to check it out!

FULL OF HELL – Garden of Burning Apparitions LP (Relapse) neon yellow vinyl

FULL OF HELL continue to dazzle with their unique blend of death metal, grind, hardcore, noise & even some grunge on their 2021 album. Blown-out but simultaneously great sounding, crunchy riffs. 

MAXIMUM JOY – Stretch 12” (1972)

Essential danceable post-punk from 1981 Bristol available once again courtesy of 1972. This two track 12″ almost never leaves this reviewer’s DJ crate (pre-pandemic that is) & that’s probably the case for many other DJs too. Released on Y Records in the UK & 99 Records in the US, the group featured members of GLAXO BABIES & THE POP GROUP, the group created rhythmic & dub-influenced post-punk that will appeal to fans of THE SLITS, RAINCOATS, POP GROUP & 99 bands like ESG & LIQUID LIQUID. RECOMMENDED!!

DAVID RUFFIN – David LP (Third Man)

David Ruffin, a founding member of THE TEMPTATIONS, made this album in 1970/71 & it was intended to be his third album but for a variety of reasons it was shelved & never released. Now this rare album has been issued by Third Man with an extra album of bonus tracks, mono versions etc…It’s pretty wild that a record this good hasn’t been officially released until now. Fans of Ruffin & THE TEMPTATIONS & the classic Motown sound will definitely want to pick this up.RECOMMENDED.

VARIOUS ARTISTS – Back up: Mexican Tecno Pop 1980-1989 (Dark Entries)

Dark Entries takes a journey through 1980s Mexican electronic music on this fantastic compilation. This is the first time most of these songs have ever been released on vinyl & there’s some killer stuff on here. Lo-fi minimal/dark wave, new wave & industrial by 10 mostly unknown bands. RECOMMENDED!

WITCH VOMIT – Abhorrent Rapture LP (20 Buck Spin) color or black vinyl

Four new songs clocking in at around 18 minutes by this Portland death metal band. Brutal death metal with somewhat lo-fi sounds that are dripping with atmosphere. Fans of classic 90s bands & the current death metal revival must hear this one. RECOMMENDED.

NEIL YOUNG – Carnegie Hall 1970 LP/CD (Reprise)

This is the first release in the new Neil Young Official Bootleg series & supposedly there at least 5 more on the way in the next year or so. This is a heavily documented period for Neil solo but there are a number of treats on this one that make it worth picking it up, plus it sounds fantastic. There’s a fun back & forth with the audience for “Sugar Mountain” that leads to a few planned false starts & stripped-down versions of songs that he didn’t do much like like “Cinnamon Girl”, “Expecting to Fly” & “Down by the River.” This is a golden age for Neil geeks & we’re loving it. RECOMMENDED.


BLACK SABBATH – Technical Ecstasy 5LP/4CD box set(Rhino)


BRANDI CARLILE – In These Silent Days LP (Elektra)

CHUBBY & THE GANG – The Mutt’s Nuts LP/dlxLP (Partisan) deluxe ed. w/ 3D glasses

DEATH – Human TAPE (Relapse)

DEATH – Individual Thought Patterns TAPE (Relapse)

DEATH – Leprosy TAPE (Relapse)

DEATH – Scream Bloody GoreTAPE (Relapse)

DEATH – Sound of Perseverance TAPE (Relapse)

DEATH – Spiritual Healing TAPE (Relapse)

DUCKS LTD. – Modern Fiction LP/CD (Carpark) clear vinyl

HALSEY – If I Can’t Have, I Want Power LP (Capitol) indie only color vinyl back in stock!

HOVVDY – True Love LP (Grand Jury)

KOKOROKO – Baba Ayoola b/w Carry Me Home 12” (Brownswood)

MADVILLAIN – Madvillainy Remixes LP (Stones Throw)


PARK HYE JIN – Before I Die LP (Ninja Tune) limited pink vinyl

LEE PERRY & FRIENDS – Black Art from the Black Ark LP (Pressure Sounds)

JOHN PRINE – Fair & Square LP (Oh Boy) opaque green vinyl reissue

David Ruffin – David LP (Third Man)

SCREAMERS – Demo Hollywood 1977 LP (Superior Viaduct)

YASUAKI SHIMIZU – Kakashi LP (Palto Flats) available again!

SKIRTS – Great Big Wild Oak LP (Double Double Whammy) milky clear vinyl

TAYLOR SWIFT – Fearless: Taylor’s Version LP/TAPE (Republic)

STRAND OF OAKS – In Heaven LP/CD (Thirty Tigers)

ULVER – Themes From William Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven & Hell LP (Peaceville)

ADRIAN YOUNGE & ALI SHAHEED MUHAMMAD – Jazz is Dead 9: Instrumentals 2LP (Jazz is Dead)

VARIOUS ARTISTS – Daptone Super Soul Revue 3LP/2CD (Daptone)

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Reckless Records 9/17/21 New Releases


DEHD – Flower of Devotion Remixed LP (Fire Talk) Chicago exclusive black & pink vinyl

Chicago’s DEHD enlists the likes of PROTOMARTYR, LALA LALA, PHYSICAL MEDIUM and more to rework the songs off their 2020 LP “Flower of Devotion”, shedding new, more danceable light onto the group’s music. This edition is limited to the city of Chicago, and it’ll go fast!

MILD HIGH CLUB – Going Going Gone LP/CD (Stones Throw) limited green vinyl

In the five year gap between “Skiptracing” and this, Alexander Brettin & co. have collaborated twice with KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD (2017’s “Sketches of Brunswick East” and a reimagined “Rolling Stoned” 45 in 2018) and relocated from Chicago to LA. The quartet has rewarded the wait for singular material, as “Going Going Gone” takes the groups electro-boogie-soul sound and introduces elements of NEW ORDER-esque synth pop, 70s HERBIE HANCOCK fusion jazz and even some Brazilian bossa nova rhythmic touches, all while keeping a sheen of dreamlike warmth to the production. They still got it, folks. On Stones Throw and RECOMMENDED.

MONO – Pilgrimage of the Soul LP/CD (Temporary Residence) limited color or black vinyl

This is the 11 album in 22 years by the Japanese noise rockers MONO. These guys are masters of nuanced orchestral rock with thick & lush arrangements & plenty of drama. Some very quiet & thoughtful moments that explode into massive walls of gorgeous sound.

MOUNTAIN MOVERS – World What World LP/TAPE (Trouble in Mind) limited color or black vinyl

2021 album by the New Haven rockers MOUNTAIN MOVERS. The album starts right off with a wah-wah solo over top a Crazy Horse inspired riff & they stay in that zone throughout the record. If you feel like spacing out with some lengthy solos & solid grooves ala WOODEN SHJIPS, CRAZY HORSE, HERON OBLIVION etc… then this is the record for you.

SMOKE BELLOW – Open For Business LP (Trouble in Mind) limited color or black vinyl

SMOKE BELLOW is a Baltimore via Australia band & “Open for Business” is their 2021 album. Rhythmic post-punk tunes with some interesting arrangements that should appeal to fans of everything from RAINCOATS YO LA TENGO & TALKING HEADS.

ALICIE WALTER – I Am Alicia LP/CD/TAPE (Sooper) 

“I Am Alicia” is the debut solo album by Alicia Walter.” An interesting blend of pop, jazz, soul with some hints of 20th century classical minimalism. Musically we hear hints of everything from Prince, ST. Vincent, Michael Jackson, Steve Reich & 80s Japanese pop. Really interesting stuff!


BAD BAD HATS – Walkman LP/CD (Don Giovanni) limited coke-bottle clear vinyl

THE BETHS – Auckland, New Zealand, 2020 LP (Carpark)

BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB – Buena Vista Social Club: 25th Anniversary 2LP/2CD box set (World Circuit)

CARCASS – Torn Arteries LP/CD/TAPE (Nuclear Blast)

BOB DYLAN – Springtime in New York: Bootleg Series Vol. 16 (1980-1985) LP/CD/CD box set (Columbia) 

EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL – Eden LP (Buzzin’ Fly) half-speed remastered

FREDDIE GIBBS & MADLIB – Pinata LP (Madlib Invasion)

GUIDED BY VOICES – Isolation Drills LP (TVT) 20th anniversary ed.

KARATE – In Place of Real Insight LP/TAPE (Numero) limited color or black vinyl

LARAAJI – Flow Goes the Universe LP (All Saints) remastered

MINI TREES – Always in Motion LP (Run For Cover)

WAYNE SHORTER – The All Seeing Eye LP (Blue Note) tone poet series

NANCY SINATRA – Boots LP/CD (Light in the Attic) limited color or black vinyl

SUN RA – Lanquidity LP (Strut) remastered

SZA – Good Days 10” (RCA)

UMAN – Chaleur Humaine CD (Freedom To Spend) vinyl coming in November

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Reckless Records 9/10/21 New Releases


LOW – Hey What LP/CD/TAPE (Sub Pop) Loser Edition color vinyl shipped late but we should have them early next week

The great Duluth, MI band LOW returns with their 13th album & the first without bassist Steve Garrington since “C’mon.” Fans of their previous fantastic album “Double Negative” will recognize some similar “deconstructive” recording techniques along with Alan & Mimi’s amazing harmonies. It’s really impressive how LOW have managed to stay fresh over their lengthy career. SO RECOMMENDED!!


The collaboration between Chicago’s psychedelic explorers MAKO SICA & local jazz scene treasure Hamid Drake continues this time with help from Tatsu Aoki on bass & Thymme Jones on piano & organ. This might be their most “out” collaboration yet with some hints of spiritual jazz & bands like ASH RA TEMPEL & AGITATION FREE. RECOMMENDED!

QRIXKUOR – Poison Palinopsia LP (Dark Descent)

Two EPIC 20+ minute tracks of progressive death metal that will appeal to fans of BLOOD INCANTATION, PORTAL, CRYPTIC SHIFT, later MAYHEM, LEVIATHAN etc… BRUTAL!

SPIRITUALIZED – Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space LP/CD (Fat Possum) limited color or black vinyl

Fat Possum continues their reissue campaign for SPIRITUALIZED with one of Jason Pierce’s best albums & one of Reckless’ favorite albums of all time, “Ladies & Gentlemen We are Floating in Space” from 1997. Everything seemed to fall perfectly into place on this one with Jason & the band finding the perfect balance of minimalist, post-psychedelic rock with soul & gospel music. Like the other Fat Possum reissues this one features new artwork. AS RECOMMENDED AS THEY GET. 

VARIOUS ARTISTS – The Harmonic Series II 3LP (Important)

Wonderful compilation on Important Records celebrating 20 years for the great label featuring some leaders in the minimalist/avant garde scene including Kali Malone, Duane Pitre, Catherine Lamb, Tashi Wada, Byron Westbrook & Caterina Barbieri. 


AMYL & THE SNIFFERS – Comfort To Me LP (ATO) limited color or black vinyl

ELVIS COSTELLO – This Year’s Model LP/CD (Universal) remaster w/ bonus tracks

ELVIS COSTELLO – Spanish Model LP (Universal) 

SARAH DAVACHI – Antiphonals CD (Late Music) LP coming later this fall


GUIDED BY VOICES – Bee Thousand LP (Scat) back in print

HEARTLESS BASTARDS – Beautiful Life LP (Thirty Tigers) indie color or black vinyl

KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD – Butterfly 3000 (LP) 10 different versions!

MASTON w/ L’ECLAIR – Souvenir LP (Innovative Leisure)

METALLICA – Metallica LP/CD/3CD DELUXE/TAPE/5LP/14CD/6DVD DELUXE BOX SET (Blackened) with slipmat, poster & t-shirt while supplies last!

MODEST MOUSE – Golden Casket LP (Epic) deluxe or regular vinyl

KACEY MUSGRAVES – Starcrossed LP LP/CD/TAPE (MCA) 3 different color vinyl versions

DANIEL ROMANO’s OUTFIT – Cobra Poems LP (You’ve Changed)

DANIEL ROMANO’s OUTFIT – Fully Plugged In LP (You’ve Changed)

SLOTHRUST – Parallel Timeline LP (Dangerbird) indie only color vinyl

MATTHEW E. WHITE – K Bay LP/CD (Domino) limited green vinyl

WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS – Enjoy the View LP (Big Scary Monster) limited color 

EBUTOM REX WILLIAMS – Ebutom Rex Williams & His Nigerian Artistes LP (We Are Busy Bodies) remastered

HAYLEY WILLIAMS – Flowers For Vases/ Descansos LP (Atlantic)

VARIOUS ARTISTS – Cameroon Garage Funk LP (Analog Africa)

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Reckless Records 9/3/21 New Releases


AURITA Y SU CONJUNTO – Chambacu LP (Mississippi)

First ever reissue outside of Latin America of recordings by the great “young queen” of Cumbia Aurita Castillo. These recordings were made before Aurita was even 10 years old with an uncredited band & the combo of her voice & mostly minor-key Cumbias is simultaneously odd & really cool. Thanks to Mississippi for putting together this amazing compilation. RECOMMENDED!

COIL – Love’s Secret Domain LP/CD (Wax Trax!) limited deluxe amber color vinyl or black

The 1991 experimental dance album by COIL has been given the deluxe treatment by Wax Trax! for its 30th anniversary. The album was made under the influence of A LOT of drugs, an unhealthy amount of sleep deprivation & a few hallucinations. This a manic album with tons of demented samples, “out” techno, APHEX TWIN esque ambient excursions & more. RECOMMENDED!

DJ SEINFELD – Mirrors LP/CD (Ninja Tune) limited color vinyl

Having forged his sound in the lo-fi house circles of the mid-late 2010s, Armand Jakobsson eschews the fuzz and grime of those early, sitcom-inspired releases for more detailed, rich production that still retains the melodic bounce and rhythmic heft that he’s known for. Jakobsson also adds elements of broken beat and R&B to the stew here, fleshing out his sound into brighter pop territories. A great late summer record for fans of TODD TERJE, BICEP, AXEL BOMAN and the house music side of Lobster Theremin. RECOMMENDED.

IRON MAIDEN – Senjutsu 3LP/2CD/2CD DELUXE/DELUXE BOX SET (BMG) vinyl is limited but we should get more soon

The British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN surprised us only about 1 month prior with the news of their 17th album & it’s a great one. This triple album is nearly 80 minutes long & it’s full of progressive but catchy songs that will please hardcore & new fans. Bruce Dickinson’s voice sounds great & bandleader Steve Harris has somehow managed to write some inspired & fresh sounding songs. RECOMMENDED!

LORAINE JAMES – Reflections LP (Hyperdub)

London DJ and producer LORAINE JAMES continues to push the boundaries of dance on “Reflection”, experimenting in abstract, otherworldly digital electronics that mutate the genres of drum ‘n’ bass, IDM, UK club music and acid techno, landing somewhere in between home listening and the dancefloor. One of the more exciting experimental club records from a heat seeking producer, this should appeal to fans of the PAN label, as well as INDIA JORDAN, FEVER RAY and even DREXCIYA. You better believe this comes HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

DAMON LOCKS & BLACK MONUMENT ENSEMBLE – NOW LP/CD (International Anthem) color or black vinyl

Created in the last, sweltering months of Summer 2020, DAMON LOCKS’ “NOW” reflects both the deep tension and open liberational possibility that came from its time, as protests swept the country following the police murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, emerging after a pandemic spring that had left us simmering in lockdown. The sessions were largely put together as an excuse to commune with BLACK MONUMENT ENSEMBLE, which results in an album that’s both more sonically casual and immediate than its theatrical predecessor “Where Future Unfolds”. This implements more sound collage and electronics, using them as ballast for the blues & roots inspired jams (with a cicada chorus behind it) that make up these recordings. International Anthem doesn’t ever really miss, and this is one of the best albums in their recent catalogue. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

NAKED RAYGUN – Over the Overlords CD (Wax Trax!) vinyl coming later this year

“Over the Overlords” is the first new NAKED RAYGUN music in over 30 years & the last recording of the late great bass player Pierre Kezdy. The band has performed off & on over the years but they never managed to find their way to the studio until recently. More fist-pumping & memorable songs from these Chicago legends. RECOMMENDED.


ANOHNI – Hopelessness LP (Secretly) 25th anniversary reissue)

DEEPER – Auto-Pain: Deluxe Edition LP (Fire Talk) limited color vinyl

DIRECTIONS – Echoes – Anniversary Edition LP (Temporary Residence)

GRIZZLY BEAR – Yellow House LP (Warp) clear vinyl, 15th anniversary edition

EMMYLOU HARRIS & THE NASH RAMBLERS – Ramble in Music City: The Lost Concert LP (Nonesuch)

DAMIEN JURADO – Where Shall You Take Me? LP (Secretly) 25th anniversary reissue)

KARATE – Karate LP (Numero)

LCD SOUNDSYSTEM – This is Happening LP (DFA)

MOLLY LEWIS – Forgotten Edge LP (Jagjaguwar) color or black vinyl

LITTLE SIMZ – Sometimes I Might Be Introvert LP (Age 101) indie only color vinyl

DESIRE MAREA – Desire LP (Mute)

BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS – Capitol Session ‘73 LP/CD (Island) color vinyl

THELONIUS MONK QUARTET – Live In Stockholm 1961 CD (Dragon of Sweden)


OHIO PLAYERS – Fire LP (LMLR) reissue color vinyl

OHIO PLAYERS – Honey LP (LMLR) reissue color vinyl

FATIMA al QADIRI – Medieval Femme LP (Hyperdub)

SWELL MAPS – Mayday Signals LP (Easy Action)

RICHARD SWIFT – Dressed Up For the Letdown LP (Secretly) 25th anniversary reissue)

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Reckless Records 8/27/21 New Releases


BEACH BOYS – Feel Flows: Sunflower & Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971 LP/CD/LP BOX SET/CD BOX SET 

A serious deep dive into the fertile late 60s/early 70s era of THE BEACH BOYS that resulted in the classic albums “Sunflower” & “Surf’s Up”. The group’s popularity was on the wane at the time & Brian Wilson was entrenched in his legendary dark period. The other members brought in their songs & combined with some Brian classics they made some of their finest recordings. “Sunflower” is a warm & sunny soft pop album & “Surf’s Up” is a darker, more introspective album & they’ve both aged incredibly well. The albums are remastered & sound fantastic, there are alternate versions, unreleased songs & more. RECOMMENDED.

BIG RED MACHINE – How Long Do You Think it’s Gonna Last LP/CD/TAPE (Jagjaguwar) limited color or black vinyl

Justin Vernon aka BON IVER & Aaron Dessner of THE NATIONAL are back with their 2nd album as BIG RED MACHINE. Both artists have played on Taylor Swift’s albums & Tay returns the favor guesting on a few songs along with FLEET FOXES, Anais Mitchell, Sharon Van Etten, Ben Howard & more. You know you want to hear it so do it!

INDIGO DE SOUZA – Any Shape You Take LP/CD/TAPE (Saddle Creek)

Following the slow-burn success of “I Love My Mom”, Asheville singer-songwriter INDIGO DE SOUZA uses this 2021 record to develop her sound rather than depart from it. The visceral, existential storytelling here is adorned with a wide variety of sounds, from groovy electro R&B to cacophonous sound collage to punchy, 90s-influenced college rock. Shades of LOMELDA, JULIAN BAKER and indie darling PHOEBE BRIDGERS can be found in the raw-nerve expressionism of DE SOUZA’s writing, but “Any Shape You Take” has a singular sound, taking an intrepid path through arrangements that reflect the album’s high-wire balance act of emotional expression.

RICK DEITRICK – Coyote Canyon LP (Tompkins Square)

Early/mid 70s guitar meditations from the Los Angeles based guitarist. His style is a little more rough around the edges than Fahey or Basho but that’s what we did about it. The songs have a loose quality to them as some of them were improvised while recording. 

STEVE GUNN – Other You LP/CD (Matador)

Guitar wizard STEVE GUNN has certainly dabbled in a bit of singing, and on “Other You” he brings us an extended collection of acoustic songs and sketches as gorgeous as they are low key. Drawing from late 70s & early 80s English folk-rock a la MICHAEL CHAPMAN and JOHN MARTYN, as well as some ALICE COLTRANE spiritual jazz arrangement (replace COLTRANE with MARY LATTIMORE on harp on here), GUNN thrives on airy rhythms and dreamlike textures for this gloriously leisurely sixth album. On Matador & RECOMMENDED.

SPACE AFRIKA – Honest Labour LP/CD (Dais) limited color or black vinyl

SPACE AFRIKA is a production duo from Manchester. Their music combines elements of contemporary electronic production, hip-hop & dance music. We hear similarities to artists we love such as ACTRESS, Andy Stott & even SLEAFORD MODS. Really cool stuff. 


MARISA ANDERSON & WILLIAM TYLER – Lost Futures LP/CD (Thrill Jockey)

ASHE – Ashlyn LP (Mom + Pop)

BORIS – Flood LP (Third Man) limited color or black vinyl

BORIS – No LP (Third Man) limited color or black vinyl

THE BUG – Fire LP/CD (Ninja Tune) limited color vinyl

CHUBBY & THE GANG – The Mutt’s Nuts CD (Partisan) vinyl coming later this year

CHVRCHES – Screen Violence LP/CD (Glassnote) limited color or black vinyl

COLD HEART – Every Day is a Day LP (Epitaph)

J COLE – Off Season LP

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE – The Georgia EP 12” (Barsuk) limited peach vinyl

DEATH VALLEY GIRLS – Glow in the Dark LP (Suicide Squeeze) color vinyl reissue

HALSEY – If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power LP/CD (Capitol)


MAMAKI BOYS – Patriote LP/TAPE (Sahel Sounds)

EPHAT MUJURU & THE SPIRIT OF THE PEOPLE – Mbavaira LP/CD/TAPE (Awesome Tapes From Africa)

NATIONAL – Alligator LP (Beggars Banquet)

NITE JEWEL – No Sun LP (Gloriette)

PARDONER –  Came Down LP/TAPE (Bar None)

PEACHES – Pussy Mask 7” (Third Man)

PENTANGLE – Basket of Light LP (Renaissance)

PENTANGLE – Cruel Sister LP (Renaissance)

PENTANGLE – Pentangle LP (Renaissance)

A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS – Hologram 12” (Dedstrange)

POWER TRIP – Nightmare Logic LP (Southern Lord)

JASON SHARP – The Turning Centre of a Still World LP/CD (Constellation)

SQUID – Near the Westway 12” (Warp)

LAURA STEVENSON – Laura Stevenson CD (Don Giovanni) vinyl coming later this year

THALIA ZEDEK BAND – Perfect Vision LP/CD (Thrill Jockey)

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Reckless Records 8/20/21 New Releases


DEAFHEAVEN – Infinite Granite LP/CD (Sargent House)

Never a band to rest on their laurels, DEAFHEAVEN goes in yet another new direction for “Infinite Granite”, taking their sound further into SLOWDIVE-like shoegaze and rounding the blackened sheets of noise with more glossy, synthesizer-friendly production. But the most notable new element comes courtesy of vocalist George Clarke, all but entirely replacing his signature yelp with a more subdued delivery. It may take the listener a few passes to digest the new sound – and this is certainly the least “metal” record in their catalogue yet – but the result is ultimately rewarding, earning the exultant, anthemic crescendos that anchor these tracks. This is an excellent crossover metal record that will appeal to fans of GY!BE, HUM, late UNWOUND and the older shoegaze of MY BLOODY VALENTINE and SLOWDIVE. On Sargent House and RECOMMENDED.

FRIGATE – Dreams of the Deep LP (Siltbreeze)

Mysterious outsider noise/acid rock from 1977. Supposedly FRIGATE might not have even been the band name but it was loosely related to the original release so we guess that’s why Siltbreeze went that way? Who knows. Sort of shambolic STOOGES grooves with somewhat “out” soloing, stream of consciousness singing etc…WILD!

GA-20 – Does Hound Dog Taylor LP/CD (Colemine) indie only color or black vinyl

GA-20 is a Boston based band & they’ve made an album celebrating the music of the great bluesman Hound Dog Taylor. Their sound is stripped-down & authentic sounding Chicago style blues with tight drumming & fuzzed-out guitars. RECOMMENDED.

MIDWIFE – Luminol (Flenser) now on vinyl

Denver’s Madeline Johnston returns with a new album under the MIDWIFE name. Her 2020 album “Forever” was a favorite of ours during the early days of the pandemic in 2020 & it’s sad that we’re getting to 2nd pandemic albums by artists now. Like “Forever”, “Luminol” is a slowed-down take on shoegaze, or slow core for you 90s fans. Great guitar sounds & dreamy vocals that will appeal to fans of JESUS & MARY CHAIN, JESU, CODEINE etc…RECOMMENDED.

TROPICAL FUCK STORM – Deep States CD/TAPE (Joyful Noise) vinyl coming in November

The Melbourne band TROPICAL FUCK STORM return with a new album for our frantic & confused times in 2021. Spastic & rhythmic songs with blown-out samples & dubbed-out beats that sound like a mix of wilder side of THE CLASH, MAKE-UP, SLEAFORD MODS etc…

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM – Primordial Arcana LP/CD (Relapse) limited indie only color or regular color vinyl

The Pacific Northwest band WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM is one of the first American black metal bands & they’ve been at it for almost two decades now.  “Primordial Arcana” is the first album they’ve written, recorded & produced entirely on their own. The band has always written about the beauty & power of nature & this one is no different. Their imagery of thick forests with fallen trees, animal skulls, storms & mountains is a constant as it is in nature, with life & death being the only truths. 


BEACH BUNNY – Prom Queen EP (Mom + Pop)

KENNY BURRELL – Midnight Blue LP (Blue Note) classic vinyl series

GRANT GREEN – Idle Moments LP (Blue Note) classic vinyl series

CHRISSIE HYNDE – Standing in the Doorway: Chrissie Hynde Sings Bob Dylan LP/CD (BMG)


LORDE – Solar Power LP/”music box edition” (Crush Music) limited indie only brown vinyl or black. The “music box edition” looks like a CD but there is no physical CD Inside, instead there’s a high-res download w/ bonus tracks, booklet, poster, cards etc…

POETS OF RHYTHM – Discern/Define LP (Daptone) peach color vinyl

OLIVE RODRIGO – Sour LP (Geffen)

STURGILL SIMPSON – The Ballad of Dood & Juanita CD (High Top Mountain)

SLEEP – Dopesmoker LP (Southern Lord)

TOE – For Long Tomorrow LP (Top Shelf) color vinyl

TOE – The Book About My Idle Plot on a Vague Anxiety LP (Top Shelf) color vinyl

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Reckless Records 8/13/21 New Releases


JADE BIRD – Different Kinds of Light LP/CD (Glass Note)

The Austin based musician Jade Bird returns with her much anticipated second album. Folky Americana that will appeal to fans of Neko Case, Gillian Welch & Angel Olsen. Really good stuff. 

LUCINDA CHUA – Antidotes LP (4AD)

This release from singer & cellist LUCINDA CHUA (best known for her Kranky Records project FELIX) combines 2019’s “Antidotes 1” EP with a new follow-up, using placid ambient pads, gently impressionistic vocals and an orchestral sense of dynamic swell to portray her re-emergent sense of identity and self (both in terms of her musical self and her Chinese heritage) that followed a period of nine months when she was neither composing or even listening to music. In tandem, both EPs paint a gently evocative picture of an artist and her processes of self-expression. Imagine a PORTISHEAD album without the beats. RECOMMENDED.

JUNGLE – Loving in Stereo LP/CD (Caiola) limited color or black vinyl with sticker sheet while supplies last

The British duo JUNGLE return with another classic album of modern soul & dance music. Their third album is the first on their own imprint Caiola Records & the songs are infectious & immediately memorable. Fans of their previous work, DAFT PUNK, Mark Ronson & even the more underground sounds of SAULT will love this.RECOMMENDED.

JOSE MAURO – A Viagem Das Horas LP (Far Out)

Why haven’t you heard of Jose Mauro? His records have been impossibly rare and he was thought to have died right after recording this material! Comparable to Edu Lobo, Milton Nascimento, and Arthur Verocai, this is heavily orchestrated Brazilian pop with an experimental edge recorded in 1970 that recalls the aesthetic of Scott Walker, Serge Gainsbourg, and Beach Boys etc. as well. RECOMMENDED!

JEFF PARKER – JP’s Myspace Beats LP (International Anthem) blue or black vinyl

Our friend Jeff Parker might be in L.A. now but we still remember the good old days when we could stop by Rodan after closing up for one of his Tuesday night jazz sets or maybe check out one of his DJ sets at Danny’s Tavern (RIP). Obviously these songs are from the early 2000s based on the title & goes back to Parker’s DJ days when he was experimenting with hip-hop style beat making with a serious MADLIB vibe but with the added bonus of his extensive jazz

background. AMAZING STUFF!

TAR – Handsome LP (No Blow) reissue, limited edition

TAR – Jackson LP (No Blow) reissue, limited edition

TAR – Roundhouse LP (No Blow) reissue, limited edition

Three great records by the Chicago noise-rock legends TAR are back in print in limited editions. TAR were known for their tough, no bullshit sound that had a similar almost blue collar approach as their fellow Chicagoans NAKED RAYGUN but with more driving, almost machine-like beat. Their shining metallic guitars only added to that big city, rugged Chicago vibe. Fans of that Am Rep, Touch & Go sound, bands like JESUS LIZARD, SHELLAC,LAUGHING HYENAS, JAWBOX etc…must get these. HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!!

EMMA-JEAN THACKRAY – Yellow LP/CD (Movementt)

London-based trumpeter EMMA-JEAN THACKRAY makes her full-length debut with “Yellow”, but this follows a slew of EPs & 12″ singles (including a collaboration with MAKAYA McCRAVEN) that has built her reputation in London’s vibrant jazz scene. THACKRAY’s music draws from more electronic influence like Chicago house, 90s R&B and nu jazz, creating soulful compositions that should appeal to fans of KUNIYUKI, ST GERMAIN, ERYKAH BADU and the more electronic artists on Int’l Anthem like RESAVOIR and DAMON LOCKS. RECOMMENDED!


TORI AMOS – Under the Pink LP (Atlantic)

CHORUSING – Half Mirror LP (Western Vinyl)


FLOATING POINTS / PHAROAH SANDERS / LONDON S.O. – Promises LP (Luaka Bop) back in stock!

NILS FRAHM – Graz LP (Erased Tapes)

GRATEFUL DEAD – Grateful Dead (Skull & Roses) LP (Rhino)

JAYDA G – DJ-Kicks LP (!K7)

JEALOUS – Lover / What’s Your Damage?

JOY ORBISON – Still Slipping Vol. 1 LP/CD (XL)

KHRUANGBIN – Barn Breaks 7” (Dead Oceans)

KILLERS – Pressure Machine LP (Island)

MEDIA JEWELER – The Sublime Sculpture of Being Alive LP (Fire Talk)

NILSSON – Son of Schmilsson (Original Master Recording) 2LP (Mobile Fidelity)

PEARL JAM – No Code LP (Epic) remastered

PHARCYDE – Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde LP (Craft)

THE POETS OF RHYTHM – Discern / Define LP (Daptone) limited color vinyl

SADE – Best Of Sade LP (Sony)

JOAN SHELLEY – Electric Ursa LP (No Quarter) color vinyl

JOAN SHELLEY – Ginko LP (No Quarter) color vinyl

SUN RA – Lanquidity 4LP/2CD (Strut)


WEDNESDAY – Twin Plagues LP/TAPE (Orindal) color or black vinyl