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Reckless Records 10/28/22 New Releases

Darkthrone – Astral Fortress


DARKTHRONE – Astral Fortress LP/CD (Peaceville) *Ltd. Yellow Vinyl

Here it is – the 20th album from the mighty DARKTHRONE. Astral Fortress follows the trend that began on 2016’s Arctic Thunder and continued through last year’s awesome Eternal Hails of traditional heavy metal, hard rock, and prog being incorporated into the band’s classic black metal sound. Despite the tongue-in-cheek cover art, this LP is much more warm and organic then you might expect from these legends if you’re only familiar with their early 90’s benchmarks. Nocturno Culto’s voice can’t reach the howling heights it once did on the classics from that era, but his ferocious bark – something like 60% LEMMY and 40% TOM WAITS – perfectly suits the swaggering doom ‘n’ blues he’s concocted here with longtime partner-in-crime Fenriz. It’s really just thrilling to hear these two geniuses follow their muse without any fear, even if it alienates the “true” metal heads. We swear when the 10-minute epic “The Sea Beneath The Sea” splits open and changes tempo halfway through, you might think you’re listening to STYX for a second. Don’t let that scare you away – this record is an instant classic. RECOMMENDED!

DRUGDEALER – Hiding in Plain Sight LP/CD (Mexican Summer) *Black or Ltd. Indie Exclusive Red Wine Vinyl

Third record from Michael Collins and DRUGDEALER works in the space of 70s LA, Laurel Canyon ease with a nice layer of pseudo cocaine sleaze. There’s some AOR funk a la BOZ SCAGGS, some acoustic soul in the LOGGINS & MESSINA vein, and some bright sunshine harmonies that can sound like early AMERICA. Featuring help from Tim Presley (WHITE FENCE), KATE BOLLINGER, and production work from MAC DeMARCO among others, this album comes RECOMMENDED.

GUIDED BY VOICES – Scalping the Guru LP/CD/CS (GBV Inc)

This compilation focuses on a really exciting era of GUIDED BY VOICES when they burst into the indie mainstream with great albums like Vampire on Titus & Bee Thousand & these tracks that were released on a handful of EPs. Those 7″s are long out of print & now they’ve been organized by Robert Pollard like a proper album. Some of these songs were (and still are) staples in their live show & it’s great to be able to have this stuff all in one place. RECOMMENDED.

HAMMERED HULLS – Careening LP (Dischord)

HAMMERED HULLS is a group from D.C. that features Alec Mackaye (IGNITION, THE FAITH, THE WARMERS), Mark Cisneros (CHAIN & THE GANG, THE MAKE UP), Mary Timony (HELIUM, AUTOCLAVE, WILD FLAG) & drummer Chris Wilson. Those of you hoping for sounds of 80s & 90s Dischord won’t be disappointed as there are nods at Alec’s other bands, FUGAZI & other Dischord greats. This is a really pleasant surprise! RECOMMENDED.

PALM – Nicks & Grazes LP/CD (Saddle Creek) *Black or Ltd. Indie Exclusive Orange Vinyl

The first album from Philly’s PALM since 2018’s Rock Island rewards the wait, building off their knotty, math-y compositions and shimmering pop sensibilities with more of a post-punk rumble, often sounding like early THIS HEAT in their discordant sonic palette. The songs on Nicks & Grazes aren’t tied together so much by a narrative theme as they are by purely sonic themes, blending in collage-like sounds with electro- punk instrumentation. Fans of the aforementioned THIS HEAT or peak ANIMAL COLLECTIVE will find lots to love here. RECOMMENDED!

THEO PARRISH – DJ-Kicks: Detroit Forward 3LP (!K7)

The 78th entry in the great DJ-Kicks series enlists the talents of the legendary THEO PARRISH. Focused on Detroit artists past and present, Detroit Forward captures the essence of the city’s music that follows a thread from jazz to Motown soul to downtempo house and techno. Like any good THEO joint, this stuff is lush, airy and absolutely beautiful. An essential mix that comes HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

2ND GRADE – Easy Listening LP (Double Double Whammy) *Ltd. Blue Vinyl

Peter Gill’s 2ND GRADE project returns with this stunning collection of power pop jams: 16 tracks total and each catchier than the one before it. It can be easy for this type of music to veer quickly into pastiche or broad camp, but like Adam Schlesinger before him Gill clearly has a deep love for the genre and wants to do right by it by writing the most winsome hooks, riffs, and songs he can. Multiple listens reveal seriously sophisticated chord changes and unreal harmonies. There’s a legit Song of the Year contender here too: a short solo jazz guitar ballad called “Kramer In LA.” Seinfeld fans can probably guess what that one’s about based on the title, but if you listen to it without too many spoilers from us we promise it will wreck you. This is HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 

SUNBURNED HAND OF THE MAN – Headdress LP (Three Lobed) *20th Anniversary – Ltd. Purple Vinyl

In a barren field or a dense dark wood the presence of SUNBURNED HAND OF THE MAN can be felt. The same dark tribal elements that wrap themselves so tightly around early AMON DÜÜL. The humming of organs and the fragile bleats of whistles clamor around broken mutterings & chants in lost tongues. This calm then erupts into a steady groove akin to Alain Goraguer’s score for Fantastic Planet (La Planete Sauvage). They act as the more dynamic and altogether psych companion to the NO-NECK BLUES BAND. This record is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

WORM – Bluenothing LP/CD (20 Buck Spin) *Black or Ltd. Blue Vinyl

The great Florida band WORM released Foreverglade earlier in the year & this EP is the follow up. They continue to mix death & doom in interesting ways & this one has some fascinating lead guitar playing & some symphonic moments. Great stuff. RECOMMENDED.

VARIOUS – Bound For Hell: On The Sunset Strip 2LP/CD (Numero Group) *Black or Ltd. White Vinyl w/ 144 pg book!

21 Acts, 21 Tracks, & the sound of California Rock & Roll in the 80s. Call it Metal, call it glam, call it whatever you want. This raucous, rough & ready heavy guitar music is just as catchy & nasty as it was back then, with an emphasis on attitude & an ear for hooks. This stuff took over the radios & the clubs & defined the rock & roll scene for a decade. From Numero, so you know it’s well curated and RECOMMENDED!


ABRAXAS – Monte Carlo LP/CD (Suicide Squeeze) *Ltd. Pink Vinyl

APOLLO BROWN & GUILTY SIMPSON – Dice Game LP (Mello Music Group) *10th Anniversary – Ltd. Splatter Color Vinyl

VIRGILIO ARMAS TRIO – De Repente LP (We Are Busy Bodies) *Remastered

ERYKAH BADU – Mama’s Gun 2LP (Music On Vinyl) *Import, 180g Reissue – Back in stock!

THE BANGLES – Ladies & Gentlemen… The Bangles! LP (Omnivore) *Pink Vinyl – 10 Bands One Cause

THE BEATLES – Revolver LP/CD (Apple) *2022 New Mix – Available as a single LP, 2CD, 5CD Super Deluxe, or 4LP Super Deluxe set. Indie exclusive LP with special tote bag also available while supplies last!

THE BLACK KEYS – thickfreakness LP (Fat Possum) *Pink Vinyl – 10 Bands One Cause

BLACK MATH HORSEMAN – Black Math Horseman LP (Profound Lore)

THE BUILDERS & THE BUTCHERS – Dead Reckoning LP (Jealous Butcher) *Reissue – Ltd. Turquoise Vinyl

THE CASUAL DOTS – Sanguine Truth LP (Ixor Stix)

THE CHARLATANS UK – Live at Reading Festival 1992 LP (Then) *Ltd. Powder Blue Vinyl

CHAT PILE – God’s Country LP (The Flenser) *Ltd. White Vinyl – Back in print!

KELLY CLARKSON – When Christmas Comes Around… LP (Atlantic)

BILL CONVERSE – Take Parts LP (Dark Entries)

ALICE COOPER – A Paranormal Evening at the Olympia Paris 2LP (Ear Music) *Ltd. Picture Disc

CRAVEN FAULTS – Live Works 2LP (Lowfold Works) *Ltd. 1000 – #’d Indie Exclusive Edition

CROSSES (+++)Day One 10” (Warner)

DAEVA – Through Sheer Will & Black Magic LP (20 Buck Spin) *Black or Ltd. Red w/ Black Splatter Vinyl

THE DAMNED – A Night of a Thousand Vampires: Live in London 2LP/CD (Ear Music) *Black or Ltd. Red Vinyl w/ poster

TOM DAWES – Elusive: The Tom Dawes Jingle Workshop LP (Modern Harmonic) *Ltd. Coke Bottle Clear Vinyl

DEAD CROSS – II (Glass Coffin) LP (Ipecac)

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE – The Photo Album LP (Barsuk) *20th anniversary – Ltd. Clear Vinyl, single LP or 2LP Deluxe Edition

DEFLESHED – Grind Over Matter LP (Metal Blade) *Ltd. Color Vinyl

NEIL DIAMOND – A Neil Diamond Christmas 2LP/2CD (Capitol)

DINOSAUR JR. – Beyond LP (Baked Goods) *15th Anniversary – Ltd. Green & Purple Vinyl w/ bonus 7″

DOSS – 4 New Hit Songs 12” (Lucky Me) *Ltd. White Vinyl

DREADNOUGHT – The Endless LP (Profound Lore)

EYELIDS – Or LP (Jealous Butcher) *Reissue – Ltd. Sea Green Vinyl

LEE FIELDS – Sentimental Fool LP/CD (Daptone) *Black or Ltd. Orange Vinyl

FOO FIGHTERS – The Essential Foo Fighters 2LP (RCA)

FUTURE – I Never Liked You 2LP (Epic) *Now available on vinyl!

AOIFE NESSA FRANCES – Protector LP (Partisan) *Ltd. White vinyl

GHOST FUNK ORCHESTRA – A New Kind of Love LP/CD (Colemine) *Black or Ltd. Indie Exclusive Red Vinyl

SCOUT GILLETT – No Roof No Floor LP (Captured Tracks) *Ltd. Clear Vinyl

GUIDED BY VOICES – Alex Bell/ Focus on the Flock 7″ (GBV Inc.)

SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE – Crazy Times LP (Universal)

HONEY HARPER – Honey Harper & The Infinite Sky LP (ATO) *Ltd. Orange Vinyl

HEXX – Morbid Reality LP (Svart) *Reissue

HOAXED – Two Shadows LP/CD (Relapse) *Ltd. Blood Red Vinyl

INXS – The Swing LP (Rhino) *Rocktober Edition – Ltd. Blue Vinyl

INXS – Shabooh Shoobah LP (Rhino) *Rocktober Edition – Ltd. Clear Vinyl

JAWBOX – Live at Metro Chicago LP (Arctic Rodeo) *Ltd. Color Vinyl

JUNIOR BOYS – Waiting Game LP (City Slang) *Ltd. White Vinyl

ROLAND KIRK – Here Comes The Whistleman LP (Modern Harmonic) *Reissue – Ltd. Gold Vinyl

KYUSS – Blues For The Red Sun LP (Rhino) *Rocktober Edition – Ltd. Gold Vinyl

LADY BLACKBIRD – Black Acid Soul 2LP (BMG) *Deluxe Edition

ALAN LICHT – Three Chords & a Sword: Solo Cover Versions 1998-2021 CD (Family Vineyard)

THE LIMIÑANAS – Electrified: The Best of the Limiñanas 2009-2022 2LP/2CD (Because)

DUA LIPA – Future Nostalgia LP (Warner) *Original version and 2LP “Moonlight Edition” both back in stock!

LORNA SHORE – Pain Remains 2LP (Century Media) *Ltd. White Vinyl

MAC DRE – Genie of the Lamp 2LP (Thizz) *Reissue – Ltd. Marble Vinyl

JONI MITCHELL – For The Roses LP (Rhino) *180g, Remastered

OTOBOKE BEAVER – Super Champon LP (Damnably)

DOLLY PARTON – A Holly Dolly Christmas 2LP (Butterfly) *Deluxe Edition – Ltd. White Vinyl

PHEW – Vertical Jamming LP (Disciples) *Remastered – Ltd. Clear Vinyl

PREOCCUPATIONS – Arrangements LP/CD/CS (Preoccupations) *Ltd. Chartreuse Vinyl

PRESS CLUB – Endless Motion LP (Lunchroom) *Ltd. Transparent Vinyl

THE PYRAMIDS – Penetration! Best of the Pyramids LP (Sundazed) *Ltd. Turquoise Vinyl

QUEEN – Queen LP (Hollywood) *180g, Half Speed Mastered

LOU REED – Transformer LP (RCA) *RSD Essential – Ltd. White Vinyl

RIVAL SCHOOLS – United By Fate LP (Run For Cover) *Reissue – Ltd. Red Vinyl

EMMA RUTH RUNDLE – Electric Guitar 2: Dowsing Voice LP (Sargent House) *Ltd. Red Vinyl


SEPULTURA – Against (BMG) *180g, Half Speed Mastered

SEPULTURA – Nation 2LP (BMG) *180g, Half Speed Mastered

SEPULTURA – Roorback 2LP (BMG) *180g, Half Speed Mastered

SET FIRE TO FLAMES – Sings Reign Rebuilder 2LP (13071) *Anniversary Edition w/ booklet

SEX PISTOLS – Never Mind the Bollocks… LP (Rhino) *Rocktober Edition – Ltd. Neon Green Vinyl

SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES – All Souls LP (Polydor) *180g

SLIFT – Levitation Sessions 2LP (Reverberation Appreciation Society) *Ltd Clear Smoke Vinyl

SOCCER MOMMY – Sometimes Forever LP (Loma Vista) *Ltd. Indie Exclusive Violet Vinyl – Back in stock!

REGINA SPEKTOR – Home, Before & After LP (Sire) *Ltd. Ruby Red Vinyl

SPONGE – Wax Ecstatic LP (Wargod) *Reissue – Ltd. Gold Vinyl

SUNBURNED HAND OF THE MAN – Headdress LP (Three Lobed) *20th Anniversary – Ltd. Purple Vinyl

SUNN O))) – Life Metal 2LP (Southern Lord) *Repress – Ltd. “Manifold” Color Vinyl

YANN TIERSEN – 11 5 18 2 5 18 2LP (Mute)

STANLEY TURRENTINE – Common Touch LP (Blue Note) *Classic Vinyl Series

TVAM – High Art Life LP (Invada) *Ltd. Orange Vinyl

VIO-LENCE – Eternal Nightmare LP (Metal Blade) *Reissue – Ltd. “Bloody Flesh” Marble Vinyl

TOM WAITS – Alice 2LP (Anti-) *20th Anniversary – Ltd. Color Vinyl

FAYE WEBSTER – Car Therapy Sessions EP 12″ (Secretly Canadian) *Ltd. Walnut Brown Vinyl

WORLD PARTY – Egyptology 2LP (Seaview)

TRISHA YEARWOOD – The Sweetest Gift LP (MCA)

THE ZOMBIES – Odessey & Oracle LP (Varese Vintage) *RSD Essential – Ltd. Marble Teal Vinyl

VARIOUS – Brown Acid: The Fifteenth Trip LP (Riding Easy)

VARIOUS – House/Hausu (Soundtrack) LP (Waxwork) *Ltd. Splatter Vinyl w/ art print

VARIOUS – The Skippy White Story: Boston Soul 1961-1967 LP (Yep Roc)