Reckless Records New Releases 2/9/2018

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The Acid – The Bomb (soundtrack) LP (Infectious)
Agrimonia – Awaken LP/CD (Southern Lord)
Alchemist – Paris LA Bruxelles Instrumentals LP (Fat Beats)
Alkaloid – The Malkuth Grimoire 2LP (Season of Mist)
Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals – Choosing Mental Illness as a Virtue CD (Housecore) now on CD!
Arcade Fire – Creature Comfort 12” (Columbia)
The Atlas Moth – Coma Noir LP/CD (Prosthetic)
Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Part Two 2LP (Capitol)
Lea Bertucci – Metal Aether LP (NNA Tapes)
Anne Briggs – An Introduction To CD (Topic)
Jimmy Buffett – Buried Treasure: Volume 1 2LP (Mailboat)
Centuries – Lights of This Earth are Blinding LP (Southern Lord)
Daszu – Zone of Swans/Lucid Actual + ½ Dativa CD (Lion Productions)
Angele David-Guillou – Mouvements Organiques LP/CD (Village Green)
Del the Funky Homosapien & Tame One – Parallel Uni-verses LP (Parallel Thought) “purple haze” vinyl
Mark Deutrom – The Silent Treatment 2LP/CD (Season of Mist)
Dr. John – Professor Bizarre’s Funkology LP (Atco) limited “Run Out Groove”
The Dwarves – Take Back the Night LP/CD (Burger)
Danny Elfman – Justice League: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 2LP (WaterTower)
Brian Fallon – Sleepwalkers 2LP/CD (Island)
Fu Manchu – Clone of the Universe LP/CD (At the Dojo)
Ezra Furman – Transangelic Exodus LP/CD (Bella Union)
Franz Ferdinand – Always Ascending LP/CD (Domino) limited pink vinyl
Melody Gardot – Live In Europe 2CD (Verve)
GoGo Penguin – A Humdrum Star 2LP/CD (Blue Note)
Harm’s Way – Posthuman CD (Metal Blade)
Chris Hillman – The Asylum Years CD (Omnivore)
Hockey Dad – Blend Inn LP/CD (Kanine)
Jitwam – Jitwam LP (Cosmic Compositions)
Joan as Policewoman – Damned Devotion LP (PIAS) pink vinyl
Johann Johannsson – The Mercy (soundtrack) 2LP (Deutsche Grammophon)
Linafornia – Yung LP (Dome of Doom) green vinyl
Marduk – Plague Angel LP (Century Media)
Marduk – Warschau 2LP (Century Media)
MGMT – Little Dark Age 2LP/CD (Columbia)
Myka 9 & Factor – Famous Future Time Travel CS (Urbnet)
Carlos Nino & Friends – Going Home LP (Leaving)
The Offspring – The Offspring LP (Craft)
Palm – Rock Island LP/CD/CS (Carpark)
Eddie Palmieri – Sabiduria 2LP (RopeADope)
Niklas Paschburg – Oceanic LP (7K)
Please – 1968/69 CD (Lion Productions)
Portal – Ion LP (Profound Lore) now on vinyl!
Brigid Mae Power – The Two Worlds LP/CD (Tompkins Square)
Bernard “Pretty” Purdie – Soul Drums 2LP (Nature Sounds)
Ramones – Ramones LP (Rhino)
Ramones – Rocket to Russia LP (Rhino)
Ramones – Leave Home LP (Rhino)
Ramones – Live at the Roxy 8/12/76 LP (Rhino) limited!
Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus – None a Jah Jah Children LP (VP)
Refrigerator – High Desert Lows LP (Shrimper)
Buddy Rich – The Lost Tapes LP (Light Year)
Max Richter – Hostiles (soundtrack) CD (Deutsche Grammophon)
Curtis Roush – Cosmic Campfire Music LP/CD (Modern Outsider)
Mark Rudolph – Lucid Actual 2000 CD (Lion Productions)
Sect – No Cure For Death LP (Southern Lord)
Nina Simone – Mood Indigo: the Complete Bethlehem Singles LP/CD (Bethlehem)
Social Club Misfits – Into the Night CD (Social Club)
Son Lux – Brighter Wounds LP/CD (City Slang) limited pink vinyl
Tokimonsta – Creature Dreams EP 12” (Young Art) blue vinyl
Truth & Janey – Topeka Jam: Live 1974 LP (Lion Productions)
Twin Peaks – Sweet ‘17 Singles LP (Grand Jury)
Waterparks – Entertainment LP (Equal Vision) limited “eggplant” vinyl
Wild Child – Expectations LP/CD (Dualtone)
V/A – America’s Hardcore Compilation Volume 4 LP (Triple B)
V/A – Black Panther (soundtrack) CD (TDE)
V/A – X-Tra Wicked: Bobby Digital Reggae Anthology 2LP (VP)

Reckless Records New Releases 2/2/2018

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Anatomia – Cranial Obsession 2LP (Nuclear War Now)
The Astronauts – It’s All Done By Mirrors LP (La Vida Es Un Mus)
Autopsy – Puncturing the Grotesque 12” (Peaceville) seven new songs!
Awolnation – Here Come the Runts LP/CD (Red Bull)
Bardo Pond – Volume 8 LP/CD (Fire)
Barghest – Born of Tooth & Talon b/w Sterile Initiates 7” (Elder Magick)
Pearl Charles – Sleepless Dreamer LP/CD (Kanine)
Stef Chura – Messes LP/CD (Saddle Creek)
Cloud One – Don’t Let My Rainbow Pass Me By 12” (P&P)
Country Joe & the Fish – I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die LP (Craft)
Country Joe & the Fish – Electric Music for the Mind & Body LP (Craft)
Kyle Craft – Full Circle Nightmare LP/CD (Sub Pop) limited Loser Edition on colored vinyl & with a bonus 7”!
Tashi Dorji & Tyler Damon – Leave No Trace: Live in St. Louis LP (Family Vineyard)
Field Music – Open Here LP/CD/CS (Memphis Industries)
Funkadelic – Finest LP (Tidal Waves)
Gatecreeper – Sweltering Madness b/w Mastery of Power 7” (Closed Casket Activities)
Genocide Pact – Order of Torment LP/CD (Relapse)
Grateful Dead – Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 3: Denver ‘73 3CD (Real Gone)
Groovie Ghoulies – World Contact Day LP (Green Door)
Heat – End 7” (Deranged)
Hellthrasher – Hellthrasher LP (Black Skull)
Hookworms – Microshift LP/CD (Domino)
Hummingbird of Death – Forbidden Techniques LP (To Live A Lie)
James Hunter Six – Whatever It Takes LP/CD (Daptone) limited color vinyl!
Johann Johannsson – The Mercy (soundtrack) CD (Deutsche Grammophon)
Latyrx – Latyrx: the Album (20th Anniversary Edition) 2LP (Real People) non-RSD version!
Lemuria – Recreational Hate LP/CD (Asian Man)
Marcus Marr – Familiar Five 12” (DFA)
Mezzanine Swimmers – Black Cat in Heat LP/CS (Fire Talk)
Joni Mitchell – The Second Fret LP (Troubadour)
Montero – Performer LP/CD (Chapter)
Mutant Video – Vanity of Life LP (Iron Lung)
New York Dolls – Butterflyin’ LP (Easy Action)
Night People – Night People 7” (Deranged)
Northless – Last Bastion of Cowardice 2LP (Halo of Flies/Gilead Media)
John Oates – Arkansas LP/CD (Jasper)
Obediencia – Erosion LP (La Via Es Un Mus)
The Only Ones – Darkness & Light: the Complete BBC Recordings 2CD (Hux)
The Police – Ghost in the Machine LP (Universal) half-speed master
Iggy Pop – Apollo 10” (Easy Action)
Psico Galera – Senza Via Di Fuga EP 7” (La Vida Es Un Mus)
The Queers – Munki Brain LP (All Star)
Red River Dialect – Stay Open Sky LP/CD (Paradise of Bachelors)
Lou Reed – Waltzing Matilda (Love Has Gone Away) CD (Easy Action)
Lou Reed – Thinking of Another Place CD (Easy Action)
Steve Reich – Pulse/Quartet CD (Nonesuch)
Rhye – Blood LP/CD (Loma Vista)
Roxy Music – Roxy Music (Deluxe Edition) 2CD (Virgin)
Akira Sakata & Chikamorachi with Masahiko Satoh – Proton Pump LP/CD (Family Vineyard)
Screeching Weasel – Wiggle LP/CD (Monona)
Sial – Sial LP (La Vida Es Un Mus)
Judee Sill – Live in London LP (Troubadour)
Simple Minds – Walk Between Worlds regular or deluxe CD, LP (BMG)
The Soft Moon – Criminal LP/CD/CS (Sacred Bones) white vinyl
Nikki Sudden & the Last Bandits – Quasimodo CD (Troubadour)
Sun Ra – Sleeping Beauty LP  (Art Yard)
Tarantula – Weird Tales of Radiation & Hate 7” (Deranged)
Thou/Barghest – I Hate Thou b/w Eyehatethou 10” (Elder Magick)
Justin Timberlake – Man of the Woods 2LP/CD (RCA)
Uproar – And the Lord Said “Let There Be!” LP (Dr. Strange)
Dan Vapid – All Wound Up (Vol. 2) CD (Fun Fun)
Vangelis – Blade Runner (soundtrack) LP (Warner Bros)
Vein – Self Destruct 7” (Closed Casket Activities)
John Zorn – Urmuz Epigrams CD (Tzadik)
V/A – Lady Bird (soundtrack) CD (Legacy)
V/A – X-Tra Wicked (Bobby Digital Reggae Anthology) 2LP/CD (VP)

Reckless Records New Releases 1/26/2018

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A Certain Ratio – To Each LP (Mute) red vinyl
Abba – Abba: the Album 2LP (Polar) half-speed master
Action Bronson – Blue Chips 7000 LP/CS (Atlantic)
Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals – Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue LP (Housecore)
Arrows of Love – Your Soundtrack to the Impending Societal Collapse LP (I’m Not From London)
Bark Bark Disco – Holy Smokes LP (Minty Fresh)
Matt Belsante – Nice ‘N’ Easy CD (Green Hill)
Chuck Berry – The Great Twenty-Eight 4LP w/ EP (Geffen)
Big Black – Racer X LP (Touch & Go) remastered
Big Business – Head for the Shallow LP (Joyful Noise)
Big Business – Here Come the Waterworks LP (Joyful Noise)
Big Business – Mind the Drift LP (Joyful Noise)
The Body & Thou – Released from Love / You, Whom I Have Always Hated 2LP (Thrill Jockey)
Calexico – The Thread that Keeps Us LP/CD (Anti-)
Johnny Clarke – Rockers Time Now LP (Get On Down)
Leonard Cohen – Greatest Hits LP (Legacy)
Leonard Cohen – Live in London 3LP (Legacy)
Leonard Cohen – Various Positions LP (Legacy)
Hollie Cook – Vessel of Love LP/CD (Merge)
Cornelius – Mellow Waves LP/CD/CS (Rostrum) limited black & white vinyl w/ a pop-up, gatefold sleeve!
Chris Dave & the Drumhedz – Chris Dave & the Drumhedz LP/CD (Blue Note)
Craig David – The Time is Now CD (RCA)
Django Django – Marble Skies LP/CD (Ribbon)
Dommengang – Love Jail LP/CD (Thrill Jockey)
Brian Eno – Another Green World LP (Astralwerks)
Brian Eno – Here Come the Warm Jets LP (Astralwerks)
Evidence – Weather or Not 2LP/CD (Rhymesayers)
Nils Frahm – All Melody CD (Erased Tapes)
Peter Frampton – Fingerprints LP/CD (Phenix Phonograph)
Future Islands – In the Fall EP 12” (Thrill Jockey) “copper” vinyl
Golden Void – Golden Void LP (Thrill Jockey) white/brown vinyl
Half Japanese – Why Not? LP/CD (Fire)
High Rise – II LP (Black Editions)
Whitney Houston – I Wish You Love: More from the Bodyguard 2LP (Legacy) purple vinyl
Tero Ikaheimonen – The Devil’s Cradle: the Story of Finnish Black Metal BOOK (Svart)
Indian Ocean (Arthur Russell) – School Bell b/w Treehouse 12” (Sleeping Bag/Get On Down)
Jay Som – Pirouette 7” (Polyvinyl)
Khruangbin – Con Todo El Mundo LP/CD/CS (Dead Oceans) limited off-white vinyl
Machine Head – Catharsis regular or deluxe CD (Nuclear Blast)
Mammoth Grinder – Cosmic Crypt LP (Relapse)
Hugh Masekela – Hope 2LP (Analogue) 200g
HC McEntire – Lionheart LP/CD (Merge)
Mind Spiders – Furies LP (Dirtnap)
Nadine – Oh My LP/CD (Father/Daughter) limited “bone” color vinyl
Willie Nelson – Stardust 2LP (Analogue) 200g
Nightmares on Wax – Shape the Future 2LP/CD (Warp)
No Age – Snares Like a Haircut LP/CD/CS (Drag City)
Roy Orbison – Crying 2LP (Analogue) 200g
Palmbomen II – Memories of Cindy 2CD (Beats in Space)
Panic! At the Disco – All My Friends, We’re Glorious: Death of a Bachelor Tour Live 2LP (Fueled By Ramen)
Lee “Scratch” Perry – Disco Devil 12” (Get On Down) non-RSD version!
Portal – Ion CD (Profound Lore)
Primal Rite – Dirge of Escapism LP (Revelation)
Pulse Emitter – Meditative Music CS (Immune)
Pulse Emitter – Meditative Music 2 CS (Immune)
Pulse Emitter – Meditative Music 3 CS (Immune)
Pulse Emitter – Meditative Music 4 CS (Immune)
Pulse Emitter – Meditative Music 5 CS (Immune)
Radioactivity – Infected b/w Sleep 7” (Wild Honey)
The Remains – Live 1969 CD (Sundazed)
The Sea & Cake – Car Alarm LP (Thrill Jockey) color vinyl on both Sea & Cake reissues!
The Sea & Cake – Runner LP (Thrill Jockey)
Ty Segall – Freedom’s Goblin 2LP (Drag City)
Shudder to Think – Ten Spot LP (Dischord)
The Specials – More Specials LP (2 Tone)
Spook School – Could It Be Different LP/CD (Alcopop)
Mayo Thompson – Art, Mystery BOOK (Drag City)
Tiny Moving Parts – Swell LP/CD (Triple Crown)
Tribulation – Down Below LP/CD (Century Media) limited silver vinyl
Typhoon – White Lighter LP (Roll Call)
Unearth – The Oncoming Storm LP (Metal Blade) gold/black vinyl
Unwound – New Plastic Ideas LP (Numero)
Verbal Kent & Superior – Half My Life CD (Below System)
Veruca Salt – Eight Arms To Hold You LP (Geffen)
Young Thug – Beautiful Thugger Girls 2LP (300 Entertainment)
V/A – Babylon Berlin (soundtrack) CD (BMG)
V/A – Brasil CD (Soul Jazz)
V/A – Da’asa: The Haunting Sounds of Yemenite-Israeli Funk 1973-1984 LP (Fortuna)

Reckless Records New Releases 1/19/2018

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Anvil – Pounding the Pavement 2LP/CD (Steamhammer)
Apples in Stereo – Discovery of a World Inside the Moone LP (Yep Roc)
Arcade Fire – Put Your Money On Me 12” (Arcade Fire)
Arrows of Love – Your Soundtrack To The Impending Societal Collapse LP/CD (I’m Not From London) limited color vinyl
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Wrong Creatures 2LP (Vagrant)
Chastity – Chains 12” (Captured Tracks)
Chick Corea & Steve Gadd – Chinese Butterfly 2CD (Concord)
Corrosion of Conformity – No Cross No Crown 2LP (Nuclear Blast) limited purple vinyl
Cult of Luna – The Beyond 2LP (Earache)
Sarah Davachi – All My Circles Run LP (Students of Decay)
Devin Dawson – Dark Horse LP/CD (Warner Bros)
De Lux – More Disco Songs About Love LP/CD (Innovative Leisure)
Exek – Ahead of Two Thoughts LP (W. 25th)
Fall Out Boy – MANIA LP/CD (Island)
First Aid Kit – Ruins LP/CD (Columbia)
Fishdoll – Noonsense CD (Paxico)
Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac (Expanded) 2CD or DELUXE LP w/ 3CD & DVD (Warner Bros)
Diamanda Galas – At St. Thomas the Apostle Harlem 2LP (Intravenal)
Ghost – Ceremony & Devotion 2LP/2CD (Loma Vista)
The Go! Team – SEMICIRCLE LP/CD/CS (Memphis Industries) limited pink vinyl
Godflesh – Post Self LP (Avalanche) finally on vinyl!!
Guided By Voices – Space Gun b/w Kingdom of the Cars 7” (GBV)
Glen Hansard – Between Two Shores LP/CD (Anti-)
Hanz – Plasty I 12” (Tri Angle)
Lalah Hathaway – Honestly LP (8th Floor) now on vinyl!
H-Lux – Dance with my Baby b/w Don’t Blame Me 7” (Sunflower Soul)
Hot Snakes – Automatic Midnight LP/CD/CS (Sub Pop) first press of Hot Snakes vinyl is on colored vinyl!
Hot Snakes – Audit In Progress LP/CD/CS (Sub Pop)
Hot Snakes – Suicide Hotline LP/CD/CS (Sub Pop)
James Hunter Six – I Don’t Wanna Be Without You b/w I Got Eyes 7” (Daptone)
Jawn Rice – Highlights LP (Mutual Intentions)
Jon Bap – Yesterday’s Homily LP (Dolfin)
Freddie King – Let’s Hide Away & Dance Away With . . . LP (Sundazed)
Dave Kusworth & the Bounty Hunters – Wives Weddings & Roses LP (Jack of Hearts)
Dave Kusworth & the Bounty Hunters – Threads. . . a Tear Stained Scar LP (Jack of Hearts)
Dave Kusworth & the Bounty Hunters – All the Heartbreak Stories LP (Jack of Hearts)
Lanco – Hallelujah Nights LP (Arista)
Laraaji – Vision Songs LP/CD (Numero Group)
K. Leimer – Imposed Order Imposed Absence LP (Palace of Lights)
Maroon 5 – Red Pill Blues LP (Interscope) white vinyl
Masta Killa – Loyalty is Royalty 2LP (Nature Sounds)
Moka Only – Concert for One LP (Urbnet)
Maroon 5 – Red Pill Blues LP (Interscope)
Moon Duo – Jukebox Babe b/w No Fun 12” (Sacred Bones)
Moon Taxi – Let the Record Play LP (RCA)
Morta Skuld – For All Eternity CD (Peaceville)
Mudhoney – Live in Europe LP (Sub Pop)
Napalm Death – Harmony Corruption LP (Earache)
Of Mice & Men – Defy LP/CD (Rise) first press of the vinyl is on colored vinyl!
Pleasure Seekers – What a Way to Die LP (Sundazed)
Porches – The House LP/CD (Domino)
Rapsody – Laila’s Wisdom 2LP/CD (Roc Nation)
Raw Poetic & Damu the Fudgemunk – Reflecting Sea LP (Redefinition)
Rising Storm – Calm Before LP (Sundazed)
Rock (Heltah Skeltah) – Rocnkess AP: After Price 2LP (Soulspazm)
Samiyam – Pizza Party LP (Stones Throw)
Scour – Red 10” (Housecore) now on vinyl!
Eddy Senay – Hot Thang LP (Modern Harmonic) gold vinyl
75 Dollar Bill – Wooden Bag LP (Other)
The Shins – Worms Heart LP/CD (Columbia)
Shopping – The Official Body LP/CD (Fatcat) limited white vinyl
6-String Drag – High Hat LP (Schoolkids)
The Specials – Live at the Moonlight Club LP (Chrysalis)
Strand of Oaks – Harder Love LP (Dead Oceans)
Sufis – After Hours LP/CD (Burger)
Sunny Day Real Estate – The Rising Tide 2LP (Craft) non-RSD version!
Television Personalities – Beautiful Despair LP/CD (Fire) limited color vinyl
They Might Be Giants – I Like Fun CD (Idlewild)
Tokimonsta – Lune Rouge LP (Young Art)
Tune-Yards – I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life LP/CD (4AD) limited clear vinyl
Ultimate Spinach – Ultimate Spinach LP (Sundazed)
Danny Watts – Black Boy Meets World LP (Authors Recording)
Whitesnake – The Purple Tour (Live) 2LP (Rhino)
V/A – The Best of 2 Tone LP/CD (Chrysalis)
V/A – M&M Mixes Vol. 4: Disco Collection 2LP (BBE)
V/A – M&M Mixes Vol. 4: Dance Compilation 2LP (BBE)

Reckless Records New Releases 1/12/2018

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Adult. – The Remixes 12” (Mute)
Big Star – Live at Lafayette’s Music Room, Memphis, TN 2LP/CD (Omnivore)
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Wrong Creatures CD (Vagrant)
Corrosion of Conformity – No Cross No Crown CD (Nuclear Blast)
Brett Dennen – Brett Dennen LP (Dualtone)
Willie Dixon – Catalyst LP (Tuff City)
Anderson East – Encore LP/CD (New Elektra)
Kenji Endo – Niyago LP (Pony Canyon)
Field Medic – Songs from the Sunroom LP (Reader’s Digest)
Future – Future 2LP (Epic)
Future – HNDRXX 2LP (Epic)
Grateful Dead – Dick’s Picks Vol. 15: Raceway Park, Englishtown, NJ 9/3/77 3CD (Real Gone)
Happy End – Happy End LP (Pony Canyon)
Happy End – 2nd Album LP (Pony Canyon)
Ryo Kagawa – Ryo Kagawa LP (Pony Canyon)
King Parrot – Ugly Produce LP (Housecore) finally on vinyl!
Jed Kurzel – Babadook (soundtrack) LP (Waxwork)
Lil Uzi Vert – Luv Is Rage 2 2LP (Atlantic)
Courtney Pine – Black Notes from the Deep LP (Kudos)
Otis Redding – (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay b/w Sweet Lorene 7” (Atlantic) gold vinyl
Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street 2LP (Interscope) half-speed mastered
Shame – Songs of Praise LP/CD/CS (Dead Oceans) limited blue vinyl
Saint Etienne – Finisterre LP (Heavenly)
Saint Etienne – Sound of Water LP (Heavenly)
Saint Etienne – Tales from Turnpike House LP (Heavenly)
Tokedashita Garasu Bako – Tokedashita Garasu Bako LP (Pony Canyon)
Typhoon – Offerings 2LP (Roll Call) limited gold vinyl
Umphrey’s McGee – It’s Not Us 2LP/CD (Nothing Too Fancy)
Voodoo Glow Skulls – Firme 2LP (Epitaph) yellow vinyl
Xasthur – Sigils Made of Flesh & Trees LP (Appalachian Noise)
Hiro Yanagida – Hiro LP (Pony Canyon)
V/A – Dr. Demento Covered in Punk 3LP (Demented Punk)
V/A – Hillbillies in Hell Volume Five LP (Omni Recordings)
V/A – Sun Records Does Hank Williams LP (ORG)

2017 Best of Lists: Reckless Employees


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dave Hofer

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

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

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

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

Beth Klacko

2017 Releases & Reissues that piqued my interest:

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

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

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

Twin Peaks: The Return
Blade Runner 2049

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

Perry Ryan

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


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

Ethan D’Ercole

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

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

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

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

Honorable Mentions:

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

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

Adam Cavanaugh
(in no particular order)

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

Anthony Illarde
BEST OF 2017

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

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

Jim Magas
2017 Favorites

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Benjamin Crowell

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

John Jackson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2017 Best of Lists: Reckless Friends


Emily Elhaj (Love Lion/Angel Olsen)

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

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


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


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

RIP Kelan Phil Cohran

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Morgan Cuinet / Hands In The Dark

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

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

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

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

Also, Power Trip “Nightmare Logic” was killer.

Brett Andrew Grossman (Once was)

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

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

Reckless Records New Releases 12/15/2017

A Cat Called Tritz – Vertical Iris 2LP (HHV)
Annabel (lee) – The Cleansing LP (Youngbloods)
Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars – Jazz Is Back In Grand Rapids 2LP (ORG)
Dorothy Ashby – Dorothy’s Harp LP (Music on Vinyl) limited color vinyl
The Beatles – Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band LP (Capitol) single-LP picture disc & black vinyl!
Blu & Exile – In the Beginning: Before the Heavens 2LP (Fat Beats)
Bolt Thrower – The IVth Crusade LP (Earache) FDR reissue
Bomba Estero – Ayo LP (Sony)
Califone – Heron King Blues 2LP (Dead Oceans) reissue
Robert Crotty & Loren Connors – Robert Crotty With Me LP (Family Vineyard)
Crowd Company – Stone & Sky LP (Vintage League)
DJ Harrison – Rule the World 7” (Stones Throw)
Charlotte Dos Santos – Cleo LP (Fresh Selects)
Bob Dylan – Time Out of Mind: 20th Anniversary Edition 2LP w/ 7” (Legacy)
Duke Ellington – Duke Plays Ellington LP (Capitol)
Duke Ellington – Volume 1: 1943 LP (ORG)
Entombed – Wolverine Blues LP (Earache) FDR reissue
Tennessee Ernie Ford – Sixteen Tons LP (Capitol)
Funk Factory – Funk Factory LP (Music on Vinyl)
G-Eazy – The Beautiful & Damned CD (RCA)
Help Yourself – Help Yourself LP (Music on Vinyl)
The Killers – Sawdust 2LP (Island)
The Killers – Sam’s Town LP (Island)
The Killers – Day & Age (Island)
The Killers – Direct Hits 2LP (Island)
Allan Kingdom – Lines LP (Omerta) blue vinyl
Fela Kuti – Vinyl Box Set 4 (Compiled by Erykah Badu) 6LP (Knitting Factory)
Meyhem Lauren & DJ Muggs – Gems from the Equinox LP (Soul Assassins) now on vinyl!
Lil Tits – The Usual CS (Moniker)
Looming – Seed LP (No Sleep) orange vinyl
Magma – Retrospektiw 3LP (Southern Lord) limited edition
Thelonious Monk – Thelonious Monk Quartet at Carnegie Hall 2LP (Blue Note)
Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire – Brainiac 12” (Chocolate Rabbit)
NERD – No One Ever Really Dies CD (Columbia)
New Order – NOMC15 3LP/2CD (Mute)
Nico – Chelsea Girl LP (Polydor) back in print!
Roy Orbison – A Love So Beautiful LP (Legacy)
Diamond Ortiz – Tiz Zop Diz Zown CD (Needle to the Groove)
Pharcyde – Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde 5LP (Craft)
Tom Rogerson w/ Brian Eno – Finding Shore LP/CD (Dead Oceans)
Doctor Ross – Memphis Breakdown LP/CD (ORG)
The Specials – The Specials LP (Chrysalis)
Sufjan Stevens – Greatest Gift Mixtape LP (Asthmatic Kitty)
Taylor Swift – Reputation 2LP (Big Machine) picture discs
Velvet Underground – 1969 2LP (Polydor)
Visible Cloaks – Lex LP (RVNG)
Beau Wanzer – Issue N. 20 12″ (Jealous God)
V/A – Crazy Heart (soundtrack) 2LP (New West)
V/A – Insecure (Music from the HBO Series) LP (RCA)
V/A – Stranger Things: Music from the Netflix Original Series 2LP (Legacy) this is the pop/rock soundtrack with the Clash, Police, Joy Division, etc.

Reckless Records New Releases 12/8/2017

PLEASE NOTE: not every location stocks the same titles or quantities! If you see something you’d like, call us or check!

A Certain Ratio – Force LP/CD (Mute) yellow vinyl
A Certain Ratio – The Graveyard & the Ballroom LP/CD (Mute)
A Certain Ratio – To Each… CD (Mute)
The Album Leaf – An Orchestrated Rise To Fall LP (Eastern Glow) blue/yellow vinyl
The Album Leaf – One Day I’ll Be On Time 2LP (Eastern Glow) pink/white vinyl
Amon Amarth – Twilight of the Thunder God LP (Metal Blade)
Bad Books – Bad Books LP (Triple Crown) reissue
Beastie Boys – The In Sound from Way Out LP (Capitol)
Beastie Boys – To the 5 Boroughs 2LP (Capitol)
Belle & Sebastian – How to Solve Our Human Problems (Part 1) 12” (Matador)
Bob & Gene – It’s Not What You Know (It’s Who You Know) 7” (Daptone)
Brix & the Extricated – Part 2 LP/CD (Blang)
Cactus Channel – Stay A While LP (Hope Street)
Glen Campbell – Adios 2LP (Capitol)
Clark – Honey Badger b/w Pig 12” (Warp)
Combat Force – Combat Force 7” (Youth Attack)
Cult of Luna – Eternal Kingdom 2LP (Earache)
Curls – Vante 12” (Urban Scandal)
Jessica Curry – So Let Us Melt (soundtrack) 2LP (Black Screen)
Kevin Devine – Make the Clocks Move LP (Triple Crown) reissue
Bob Dylan – Love & Theft 2LP (Legacy)
Enslaved – Eld 2LP (Osmose) red w/ black splatter
Enslaved – Frost LP (Osmose) blue w/ black splatter
Enslaved – Blodhemn LP (Osmose) gold w/ black splatter
Robert Finley – Goin’ Platinum LP/CD (Nonesuch)
Gaika – Spectacular Empire I 10” (Warp)
Gaika – Spectacular Empire II 10” (Warp)
Goat Girl – Crow Cries b/w Mighty Despair 7” (Rough Trade)
Goblin – Suspiria 40th Anniversary boxset LP/10”/TAPE/CD/DVD/BOOK (AMS)
Hater – Red Blinders LP (Fire)
Heavens to Betsey – Calculated LP (Kill Rock Stars) limited gold vinyl
H.E.R. – H.E.R. 2LP (RCA)
Hodera – First Things First LP (Take This to Heart)
Irreversible Entanglements – Irreversible Entanglements LP/CD (International Anthem/Don Giovanni)
Jim James – Tribute To LP (ATO) reissue
Jim James – Tribute To 2 LP (ATO)
Johann Johannsson – IBM 1401: a User’s Manual 2LP (4AD) clear vinyl
Judas Priest – Angel of Retribution 2LP (Legacy)
Judas Priest – Killing Machine LP (Legacy)
Juicy J – Rubba Band Business CD (Kemosabe)
Kindling – Hush LP (6131)
Koss (DJ Koss) – Born to Live LP (Slice of Spice)
Kurupt FM – The Lost Tape CD (XL)
Talib Kweli – Radio Silence LP (Javotti) finally on vinyl!
Leviathan – First Sublevel of Suicide CD (Ascension Monuments Media)
Minus 5 – Dear December CD (Yep Roc)
MNDSGN/Ahwlee – Rap Vacation X-Mas With . . . LP (Rap Vacay)
Monotrope – Unifying Receiver LP (New Atlantis)
Morrissey – Low in High School 7” BOX (Etienne)
Motion City Soundtrack – Even If It Kills Me 2LP (Epitaph) light blue vinyl
Nightmares on Wax – Citizen Kane LP (Warp)
Over the Rhine – Drunkard’s Prayer 2LP (Great Speckled Dog)
PicaPica – Spring & Shade CDEP (Rough Trade)
Pugs Atomz & Mulatto Patriot – Sweat 7” (Dinked)
Sugaray Rayford – The World That We Live In LP (Blindfaith)
Chris Read & Pugs Atomz – Baby Don’t Go 7” (Dinked)
The Repos – The Repos LP (Youth Attack) awesome reissues of these classic REPOS records!
The Repos – Hearts & Heads Explode LP (Youth Attack)
Ricinn – Liab 2LP (Blood)
Keith Secola – Circle (25th Anniversary) LP (Don Giovanni)
Tash Sultana – Notion 12” (Mom & Pop)
Robin Trower – Bridge of Sighs LP (Chrysalis)
UFO – Beginnings 2CD (Sunset Blvd)
Wiki – No Mountains in Manhattan 2LP/CD (XL)
Cindy Wilson – Change LP/CD (Kill Rock Stars)
Lyman Woodard Organization – Saturday Night Special 2LP/CD (BBE)
Yob – The Great Cessation 2LP/CD (Relapse) reissue
Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes LP (XL) cheaper non-deluxe version
V/A – Dancehall: Rise of Jamaican Dancehall Culture 2CD (Soul Jazz)
V/A – Bang: the Bert Berns Story (soundtrack) 2LP (Legacy)

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