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Reckless Records Employee Best of 2023 Lists

Yo La Tengo / Wednesday / Kara Jackson
Ratboys / a.s.o. / Laurel Halo
Tirzah / Hotline TNT / Feeble Little Horse



(Wicker Park)

FAVORITES OF 2023 (in no particular order)

  1. Like..? by Ice Spice
    Pure, raw talent. She also hung out with Kim Kardash
  2. Praise A Lord Who Chews But Which Does Not Consume; (Or Simply, Hot Between Worlds) by Yves Tumor
    Fun and exciting experimental pop!
  3. Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd by Lana Del Rey
    Y’all may not know butttt…this is my girl. My day one. She gets better and better! This record is insightful, dynamic, and just real. Listen if you haven’t yet!!!
  4. With a Hammer by Yaeji
    Awesome pop record, cool unique sounds.
  5. Rat Saw God by Wednesday
    Did I hear someone say they like y’all-ternative…
  6. Everyone’s Crushed by Water From Your Eyes
    ATTENTION: Chicago/Brooklyn group on Matador!
  7. Super Snooper by Snooper
    Young punks from Nashville
  8. Blackbox Life Recorder 21f / in a room7 F760 by Aphex Twin
    You know what it sounds like…but it’s still awesome!!
  9. Keeping Secrets Will Destroy You by Bonnie “Prince” Billy
    Comfy and cozy with this record, nice for fall and winter I would say!
  10. Javelin by Sufjan Stevens
    If you know how I feel about Sufjan Stevens you’d know not to ask me a single thing about this record…I would not shut up for at least 10 minutes. That being said, it’s amazing!
  11. Lemon Lights by Seablite
    Blah blah shoegaze… IT’S GOOD!!!
  12. Tracey Denim by bar italia
    They’re British AND they put out two really good records this year. Can you believe it?!
  13. Girl With Fish by Feeble Little Horse
    Adorable Pittsburgh band, awesome Sophomore album. Doesn’t get better
  14. Several Songs About Fire by A. Savage
    I was so excited for this release and it did NOT disappoint! Fans of Parquet Courts and the like should check it out.
  15. HONORABLE MENTION (we haven’t gotten it in the store yet): Sugar World by Jonatan Leandoer96


(Wicker Park)

All That was East is West of Me Now // Glen Hansard // Favorite track: “The Feast of St. John”
The Ballad of Darren // Blur // Favorite track: “The Narcissist” 
Black Rainbows // Corinne Bailey Rae // Favorite track: “Erasure”
Bless This Mess // U.S. Girls // Favorite track: “Futures Bet”
Careful! // Deeper // Favorite track: “Build a Bridge”
Cartwheel // Hotline TNT // Favorite tracks: “Protocol,” “Spot Me 100”
Change the Way You Think About Pain // Incendiary // Favorite track:
“Echo of Nothing”
Cousin // Wilco // Favorite track: “Evicted”
Dead Meat // The Tubs // Favorite tracks: “Sniveller,” “Round the Bend”
Desolation’s Flower // Ragana // Favorite track: “Pain”
Diagnosis // Sen Morimoto // Favorite track: “Pressure on the Pulse”
Domino // Diners // Favorite track: “The Power”
The Enduring Spirit // Tomb Mold // Favorite track: “Will of Whispers”
Hard Light // Drop Nineteens // Favorite track: “Scapa Flow”
The Holey Bible // Florry // Favorite track: “From Where You Are”
I Inside the Old Year Dying // PJ Harvey // Favorite track: “A Child’s Question, August”
Last Day of Sun // Fuming Mouth // Favorite track: “The Silence Beyond Life”
Life Under the Gun // Militarie Gun // Favorite tracks: “Do it Faster,” “Never Fucked Up Once”
Lucky for You // Bully // Favorite track: “Lose You”
No Thank You // Little Simz // Favorite track: “Gorilla”
Quaranta // Danny Brown // Favorite track: “Ain’t My Concern”
Rat Saw God // Wednesday // Favorite tracks: “Bull Believer,” “Chosen to Deserve”
The Record // Boygenius // Favorite tracks: “True Blue,” “Not Strong Enough”
Safe to Run // Esther Rose // Favorite track: “Safe to Run”
SAVED! // Reverend Kristin Michael Hayter // Favorite track: 
Secret Stratosphere // William Tyler & The Impossible Truth // Favorite track:
“We Can’t Go Home Again”
This Stupid World // Yo La Tengo // Favorite track: “Fallout”
Time Ain’t Accidental // Jess Williamson // Favorite track: “Hunter”
Water Made Us // Jamila Woods // Favorite track: “Practice”
Why Does the Earth Give Us People to Love? // Kara Jackson // Favorite tracks:
“no fun/ party,” “pawnshop”
The Window // Ratboys // Favorite tracks: “The Window,” “Black Earth, WI,” “It’s Alive”


(Wicker Park & Belmont)

top 10 in no particular order:

   1. red moon in venus by kali uchis
   2. the enduring spirit by tomb mold
   3. a.s.o. by a.s.o.
   4. madres by sofia kourtesis
   5. spirits by the circling sun
   6. let’s start here by lil yachty
   7. call me if you get lost: the estate sale by tyler the creator
   8. ooh i rap ya by george clanton
   9. a new tomorrow by zulu
   10. genesis by peso pluma



Here’s my “Best of 2023”. Kept it short n sweet. All stuff that Reckless carried this year…

@ – Mind Palace Music (Carpark)
AKASHA SYSTEM – Phytopia (100% Silk)
A.S.O. – a.s.o. (Low Lying)
DEAD TIMES – Dead Times (Thrill Jockey)
DORISBURG & EFRAIM KENT – Further (Boss Musik)
LAUREL HALO – Atlas (Awe)
SOFIA KOURTESIS – Madres (Ninja Tune)
MARTINOU – Chiral (Nous’klaer)
NATURAL WONDER BEAUTY CONCEPT – Natural Wonder Beauty Concept (Mexican Summer)
PROTOMARTYR – Formal Growth in the Desert (Domino)
PURELINK – Signs (Peak Oil)
A. SAVAGE – Several Songs About Fire (Rough Trade)
MASAHIRO TAKAHASHI – Humid Sun (Telephone Explosion)
TIRZAH – trip9love…? (Domino)
DANIEL VILLARREAL – Lados B (International Anthem)

ACETONE – I’m Still Waiting. (New West)
JON HASSELL – Further Fictions (Ndeya)
HYDROPLANE – Selected Songs 1997-2003 (World of Echo)
LUSH – Spooky / Split / Lovelife (4AD)
STEVE MONITE – Only You (Soundway)
ARTHUR RUSSELL – Picture of Bunny Rabbit (Audika)
PHAROAH SANDERS – Pharoah (Luaka Bop)
LORI VAMBE – Space-Time Dreamtime (Strut)
v/a – Perú Selvático: Sonic Expedition Into the Peruvian Amazon 1972-1986 (Analog Africa)


PJ Harvey / Sufjan Stevens / Tomb Mold


(Wicker Park)

Full Body 2 – infinity signature
Halloween – Self Titled
Blimp – Egg
Feeble Little Horse – Girl With Fish
Unrecovery – It’s Agreed, My Willing Test
Narrow Head – Moments of Clarity
38KEA – the hawk and the nightingale
Bar Italia – Tracey Denim
Liv.e – Girl in the Half Pearl
Luster – Dopamine Loop
Welp! – Welp!
Sideshow – JAM
Na-kel Smith – FREE POPS FR


(Wicker Park)

R.B. – B14



1. Laurel Halo – Atlas
2. Ryuichi Sakamoto – 12
3. Yo La Tengo – This Stupid World
4. Kate NV – Wow
5. Deerhoof – Miracle-Level
6. Everything but the Girl – Fuse
7. Sparks – The Girl Is Crying in Her Latte
8. Actress – LXXXVIII
9. Pylon – Chomp (repress)
10. Anatomy of a Fall (movie)


(Wicker Park & Belmont)

i think i missed a lot of good music this year but i did find time to listen to some Albums.
asterisk means we carry/carried it here at the shop

→ Here are the ones i listened to “A Lot”:
*Various – Spirit Cry Flutes and Bamboo Jews Harps from Papua New Guinea (Ideologic Organ) – spent alot of 2023 with bad tinnitus and this was the only music i found soothing at all. Half of the tracks is just dudes going “boing boing boing” on a mouth harp and then the other half is chirruping bamboo flutes. It’s seriously something else. Anyone interested in hearing something they’ve never heard before must cop
*The Tubs – Dead Meat (Trouble…) – “ex Joanna Gruesome” always makes the year end list
*Laurel Halo – Atlas (Awe) – i think i would call this “Ambient Plus”
*Ratboys – The Window (Topshelf) – “The Gang Makes An Album With Chris Walla”
*Various – Canto A Lo Divino (Mississippi) – gorgeous billion string guitar music. Probably all about Jesus but guess what so are Sufjan Stevens albums
*Asher White – New Excellent Woman (Ba Da Bing) – kind of elephant six-y textures married to really rich harmonies and lyrics
*Yo La Tengo – This Stupid World – Gods favorite band
Curling – No Guitar – this band is sick as hell
*Hydroplane – Selected Songs 1997-2003 (World Of Echo) – great retrospective from ex-Cat’s Miaow members thats somewhere between clasico indie pop and trip-hop.Thank you World of Echo, very cool!
*Erik Hall – Canto Ostinato (Western Vinyl) – this piece by Simeon Ten Holt has been recorded 1,0000 times but this version really takes it all the way into “library-based period drama soundtrack” territory
Frog – GROG – Frog’s back

→ Special award for great albums by local bands
You Are The Garden – Six Leaf Clover
Prathloons – Live Loons: The Bronze 8.4.23
*Ok Cool – Fawn – ive never felt older than when i saw this band live and they covered “A-Punk”
Model Living – Alignment
Doom Flower – Limestone Ritual (Record Label)
Half Gringa – Ancestral Home
*Tom Musick – The Many Moods of… – see you at Weegees

→ Here are albums i liked in theory and listened to a couple times and now theyre on this list:
// “normal person” category
*Subsonic Eye – All Around You (Topshelf, natürlich) – what’s going on in Singapore??
*@ – Mind Palace Music (Carpark) – new innovations in ungoogleability
*En Attendant Ana – Principia (Trouble in Mind)
*Black Country New Road – Live at Bush Hall (Ninja Tune) – i will NOT put the comma in this band name. do not ever ask me to do that
*L’Rain – I Killed Your Dog (Mexican Summer)
*Julie Byrne – The Greater Wings (Ghostly)

 // “record store employee” category
*Masahiro Takahashi – Humid Sun (Telephone Explosion)
*Martinou – Chiral (Nousklaer) – fell off the dance music train in 2023. I will do better next year
*American Analog Set – For Forever (Darla) – strips away the gauzy production & showcases the evil side of what many people are calling “Death Cab for people still renting in their 30s”
*Mike Cooper – Life & Death in Paradise (Reissue)
*Drop Nineteens – Hard Light (Wharf Cat)
*Beau Wanzer + Champagne Mirrors – Gub (Sophomore Lounge)


Tim Hecker / Drop Nineteens / The Tubs



If I Promise – On Departure (self-released)
Model/Actriz – Dogsbody (True Panther)
Cicada – Seeking the Sources of Streams (flau)
Tim Hecker – No Highs (Kranky)
Parannoul – After the Magic (Topshelf)
Lia Kohl – The Ceiling Reposes (American Dreams)
Mu tate – They’re With You Always (3XL)
Yo La Tengo – This Stupid World (Matador)
The Necks – Travel (Northern Spy)
Flooding – Silhouette Machine (Ghost Is Clear)
Purelink – Signs (Peak Oil)
Infant – Sigla, Sone (Warm Winters)
Wednesday – Rat Saw God (Dead Oceans)
Euclid C Finder – The Mirror, My Weapon, I Love You (Dark Trail)
Billy Woods & Kenny Segal – Maps (Backwoodz)
Rolin/ Pulice/ Powers – Prism (Cached)
Diles Que No Me Maten – Obrigaggi (Come Algo)
Sundae Painters – Sundae Painters (Leather Jacket)
Hashirat – A Place To Myself (self-released)
Asha Sheshadri – Whiplash (Recital)
Bar Italia – Tracey Denim (Matador)
Sprain – The Lamb as Effigy (The Flenser)
Erik Hall/ Simeon ten Holt – Canto Ostinato (Western Vinyl)
Great Falls – Objects Without Pain (Neurot)
Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer, & Shahzad Ismaily – Love in Exile (Verve)
Gridlink – Coronet Jupiter (Willowtip)
Onewaymirror – Onewaymirror (Zegema Beach)
Approaching Mountains – Ley (self-released)
herlovebeheadsdaisies – carving initials (self-released)
Feeble Little Horse – Girl With Fish (Saddle Creek)
Hysterical Love Project – Lashes (Motion Ward)
iANO – What Will We See (Dismiss Yourself)
Gia Margaret – Romantic Piano (Jagjaguwar)
Oldstar – On the Run (Rope Bridge)
Martyna Basta – Slowly Forgetting, Barely Remembering (Warm Winters)
Zorn – Zorn (Furo Bungy)
Ex Pilots – Ex Pilots (Smoking Room)
Voice Actor – Fake Sleep (Stroom)
Arthur Russell – Picture of Bunny Rabbit (Audika) *archival
7038634357 – Neo Seven (Blank Forms)
Old Saw – Sewn the Name (Lobby Art)
Raphael Roginski – Talan (Instant Classic)
The Motifs – I’m the Only One You Love… (Daisart) *archival
Gigi Masin/ Rod Modell – Red Hair Girl at Lighthouse Beach (13)
Kitchen – Breath Too Long (okwhatever)
Masahiro Takahashi – Humid Sun (Telephone Explosion)
Alice Phoebe Lou – Shelter (self-released)
what is your name? – My Name Is… (5am)



-replacements – tim (let it bleed edition)
–yeah not a new lp but hearing this incredible new mix from ed stasium, it might as well be.

-yeule – softscars
–such well crafted, intricately produced and personal music. As catchy as it is great headphone music.

-a.s.o – a.s.o.
–if u dig on trip-hop, u dig on this new duo out of berlin.

-hotline tnt – cartwheel
–sick guitar driven lp out on third man records. like blown out teenage fanclub. sugary melodies/scuzzed out production.

-caroline polachek – desire, i want to turn into you
–scratches my frou frou/imogen heap pop itch. probably the best vocalist in the game.

-bully – lucky for you
–her 4th lp might be her best yet. emotional and sooo hooky. the kind of record that makes u immediately check for tour dates.

-pinkpantheress – heaven knows
–great debut of bedroom dnb pop tunes. simultaneously feels nostalgic and like the future.

-grian chattan – chaos for the fly
 –poetic and intimate solo offering from fontaines dc frontman. engaging on a totally different level but just as excellent.

-anohni & the johnsons – my back was a bridge for you to cross
–i feel this is her most accessible and moving lp yet which i think is saying a lot! as haunting as it is uplifting.

-vyva melinkolya – unbecoming
–best shoegaze release of the year, all enveloping, comforting and heavy.



In 2023 I found these things worth discussing or recommending to other peoples:
Don’t miss the opening/ support acts. I finally got to see the Smoking Popes featuring one former co-worker (Hi Eli!), & a few bands I hadn’t really heard before, including Teenage Halloween (from New Jersey), who absolutely killed during their set, so much so, I went & bought a shirt. If you like power-pop like Pup, but with a little more Punk influence, you’ll love Teen Ween’s 2023 record Til You Return.
The best beat boxer I’ve ever seen live plays bass for Phum Viphurit. This is probably hyperbole, I’ve seen both Doug E. Fresh & Rahzel, but during Phum’s set at the House of Blues this unassuming but awesome bassist took center stage while Phum & the rest of the band took a break. Pom Tanapon picked up a mic & for 4 or 5 minutes the whole crowd sat transfixed as we saw the worldwide appeal of hip-hop music. It was such a cool little scene, a massive departure from the band’s normal psychedelic, summery, soul-adjacent guitar music, which you can hear on the record Viphurit dropped earlier this year on The Greng Jai Piece.
50 years in Hip Hop keeps growing & expanding. Some of the best rapping I heard all year came fromwomen. Big Boss Vette on Resilience, KenTheMan on Back to 304’n, Chika on Samson, & Flyana Boss on Hello Christ…; all of these sets have incredible performances on the mic. We also got some great “grown man raps” from acts that I really love to hear from: Black Milk dropped Everybody Good, Black Thought teamed up with El Michels Affair for Glorious Game, Oddisee gave us To What End, & Open Mike Eagle’s another triumph… all took approaches that we don’t always get to see in hip hop. We also got some excellent documentation, May the Lord Watch from Rap Portraits & What Had Happened Was season 4 from Stony Island Audio.
This was a pretty good year for R&B & Soul music. I went looking for good R&B this year, & boy howdy did I find it. Victoria Monet with Jaguar II, Jordan Ward with Forward, & Leon Thomas with Electric Dusk. And those are just the 3 I liked best. Each has a different vibe, each has a different approach, but they make you want to move, to feel & sing along.
We were due for a ska revival & I think it’s here! I for one welcome this development. It’s a good time for Bad Times Records who put a tour on with Kill Lincoln, We Are the Union, Catbite, & J. Navarro & the Traitors this year & also released Flying Racoon Suit Moonflower. We also got an ep from Fishbone, & a ripper of a record from ska-adjacent Jeff Rosenstock with Hellmode. There’s a lot of DIY pop music happening out there right now & I’m glad people are still making fun music for fun’s sake.
I’m sure I missed something, but that’s what I remember from this year… Cheers!


Parannoul / Bully / Vanishing Twin



Hole Dweller – “Crossroads” (Dungeons Deep)
Death’s Dynamic Shroud – “After Angel” (Ghost Diamond)
Parannoul – “After The Magic” (Topshelf)
Oneohtrix Point Never – “Again” (Warp)
Bell Witch – “Future’s Shadow Part 1: The Clandestine Gate” (Profound Lore)
Fucked Up – “One Day” (Merge)
Asian Glow & Sonhos Tomam Conta – “Dreamglow” (Longinus Recordings)
Oozing Wound – “We Cater To Cowards” (Thrill Jockey)
En Attendant Ana – “Principia” (Trouble In Mind)
Sadness & Abriction – “Sadness // Abriction” (Canti Erectici Productions)
Squid – “O Monolith” (Warp)
Time Is Away [Various Artists] – “Searchlight Moonbeam” (Efficient Space)
Quest Master – “Sword & Circuitry” (Out Of Season)
Caroline Polachek – “Desire, I Want To Turn Into You” (Perpetual Novice)
Sufjan Stevens – “Javelin” (Asthmatic Kitty)
The Armed – “Perfect Saviors” (Sargent House)
Mort Garson – “Journey To The Moon & Beyond” (Sacred Bones)
Ratboys – “The Window” (Topshelf)
Tim Hecker – “No Highs” (Kranky)

Honorable Mention: Miserable People – “Miserable EP” (Rat’s Pizza) [This is my band’s tape and I’m using my year-end list to advertise it to you, dear reader. I do think it’s pretty good though.]



Albums I Liked in 2023 (No Particular Order)
Maps – Kenny Segal and Billy Woods
Am I Good Enough – Jabee
2MM Don’t Just Stand There – Sideshow
A.S.O – A.S.O
tracey denim – Bar Italia
Call Me if You Get Lost: The Estate Sale – Tyler, the Creator
Skinemaxxx – Fly Anakin
Saturday nights – Carrtoons
Swinging Stars – Mapache
Ways of Knowing – Navy Blue
Voir Dire – Earl Sweatshirt and The Alchemist
Faith is A Rock – MIKE and Wiki
Snaxxx – Mndsgn
PS: I had the pleasure of working on one of my favorite albums of this year POTE BABY By Devin. It’s a shameless self-promo, but so much of my year was spent with some of my best friends making some music that we are incredibly proud of. Please check it out if you want.

EPs/Singles I Liked this Year (No Particular Order)
Flying High – The Alchemist
18 Tons – Smut
Scaring the Hoes: DLC Pack – JPEGMAFIA
New Heart Designs – Turnstile and BADBADNOTGOOD
Crush on You – Madlib
I Want More (Telemakus Remixes) – Sons of the James
Do you? But it’s only the best part – Marigold
Igy – Dj Harrison
Human Nature – Saba



THE ACTION Rolled Gold (Guerssen LP)
BUTCHER’S DOG Age Of Inversion (Violent Pest 7″)
THE DAMNED Darkadelic (Ear Music LP)
MORT GARSON Journey To The Moon And Beyond (Sacred Bones LP)
LIFE SENTENCE Demos (Alonas Dream 7″)
KURT MICHAELS Stones From The Garden (Melodic Revolution CD)
SUPERCHUNK Everything Hurts / Making A Break (Merge 7″)
VANISHING TWIN Afternoon X (Fire LP)



Sit Down For Dinner– Blonde Redhead
This Stupid World– Yo La Tengo
Welshpool Frillies– Guided By Voices
Everything is alive– Slowdive
Black Duck– Black Duck
C- Rex (reissue)
In Ribbons– Pale Saints (reissue)
Gasms– Smokey Robinson
Mogwai reissues (namely Young Team, Come On Die Young, and Government Commissions)
Happiness– Fridge (reissue)





Bar Italia / Slowdive / Niecy Blues


(Wicker Park)

André 3000 New Blue Sun
Ellen Arkbro Sounds While Waiting
A.S.O. A.S.O.
Meg Baird Furling
Björk & Rosalia Oral
Black Sun Ensemble Black Sun Ensemble reissue
Blonde Redhead Sit Down For Dinner
Blood Incantation Luminescent Bridge
Bar italia Tracey Denim
Lucinda Chua Yian
Shana Cleveland Manzanita
John Coltrane & Eric Dolphy Evenings At the Village Gate
Depeche Mode Memento Mori
Drop Nineteens Hard Light
Enslaved Heimdal
FACS Still Life In Decay
Laurel Halo Atlas
PJ Harvey I Inside the Old Year Dying
Horrendous Ontological Mysterium
Nabihah Iqbal Dreamer
Mag-Amplitude Wizards of Today
Midwife & Vyva Melinolya Orbweaving
Minor Threat Out of Step Outtakes
Mortuary Drape Black Mirror
Niecy Blues Exit Simulation
Nighttime Keeper Is the Heart
Arvo Pärt Tractus
Shizuka Heavenly Persona reissue
Slowdive Everything Is Alive
Stella Kola Stella Kola
Tirzah Trip9love…???
Tomb Mold Enduring Spirit
The Tubs Dead Meat
The Who Who’s Next / Life House: Super Deluxe Edition
Worm Gloomlord reissue
Neil Young Chrome Dreams
Neil Young Somewhere Under the Rainbow


(Wicker Park)

A.S.O. – A.S.O.
7038634357 – Neo Seven
Tirzah – Trip9love…???
Gia Margaret – Romantic Piano
JK Flesh – No Exits
Zaumne – Parfum
Julie Byrne – The Greater Wings
Immediate Proximity – IMPROX 1+2
Hollie Kenniff – We All Have Places That We Miss
Suchi – Birdy Bell
Ciel – Orlando
Tzusing – Invincible East
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis – Blonde (soundtrack)
YoshimiOizumikiYoshiduO – To The Forest To Live A Truer Life
V/Z – Suouno Assente
Hilary Woods – Acts Of Light
Niecy Blues – Exit Simulation
KMRU – Dissolution Grip
Svitlana Nianio – Transilvania Smile, 1994
BCMC – Foreign Smokes
Paavoharju – Yon Mustia Kukkia
Flora Yin-Wong – Cold Reading
Martinou – Chiral
Midwife & Vyva Melinkolya – Orbweaving
Romance – Fade Into You


(Belmont & The Salt Shed)

 In no particular order, just some albums I really liked:
Yves Tumor: Praise A Lord Who Chews But Which Does Not Consume
Skrillex: Quest For Fire
JPEGMAFIA & Danny Brown: Scaring The Hoes
100 Gecs: 10,000 Gecs
Magdalena Bay: Mini Mix Vol. 3
Gel: Only Constant
Militarie Gun: Life Under The Gun
Model/ Actriz: Dogsbody
Uniform & Boris: Bright New Disease
White Reaper: Asking For A Ride  


<< BEN HEGY >>
(Wicker Park & Metric Coffee)

Eddie Chacon- sundown [stones throw]
Anna Meike- theatre [nettwerk]
Tirzah- trip9love…??? [domino]
Roselit Bone- ofrenda [get loud]
Slowdive- everything is alive [dead oceans]
Blue Lake- sun arcs [tonal union records]
Laurel Halo- atlas [awe]
Mandy, Indiana- i’ve seen a way [fire talk]
Kara Jackson- why does the earth give us people to love? [september]
Nourished by Time- erotic probiotic 2 [scenic route]
u-ziq- 1977 [balmat]
Kelela- raven [warp]
Gia Margaret- romantic piano [jagjaguwar]



(Writer for Last Week Tonight With John Oliver and Vulture)

Beyoncé – Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé (IMAX)
Miley Cyrus – Endless Summer Vacation
Kara Jackson – Why Does the Earth Give Us People to Love?
Kylie Minogue – Tension
Janelle Monáe – The Age of Pleasure
Olivia Rodrigo – Guts
Talking Heads – Stop Making Sense (IMAX)
Jessie Ware – That! Feels Good!
Various Artists – Barbie: The Album
: Seasons 1-9 (Netflix)


(Chicago musician & Reckless alum)

Dina Ögon Oas (Playground Music)
Natural Information Society Since Time Is Gravity (Eremite)
Sluice Radial Gate (Ruination)
ÆON FLUX boxset (Waxwork)
Angel Olsen Forever Means (Jagjaguwar)
PJ Harvey I Inside the Old Year Dying (Partisan)
Fielded Plus One (Backwoodz Studioz)
Dream Sitch, Michael Nau, Floating Action Long Rattle (Airloom)
Rahill Flowers At Your Feet (Big Dada)
Josiah Steinbrick For Anyone That Knows You (Unseen Worlds)
Tirzah trip9love…??? (Domino)
V/A Blacklips Bar: Androgyns & Deviants – Industrial Romance for Bruised and Battered Angels, 1992–1995 (Anthology)
Alice Phoebe Lou Shelter (self)
BC Camplight The Last Rotation of Earth (Bella Union)
Youth Lagoon Heaven Is A Junkyard (Fat Possum)
Spencer Cullum Coin Collection 2 (Full Time Hobby)
Feist Multitudes (Polydor)
Fantasy Dub & Sofia Bolt “Rendez-vous”
Sven Wunder Late Again (Piano Piano)
Dim s/t EP (Physical Medium)
Mac DeMarco Five Easy Hot Dogs & One Wayne G (MRL)
Yo La Tengo This Stupid World (Matador)
Peel Dream Magazine Magic Is Pocketed (Slumberland)
Grupo Frontera y Bad Bunny “un x100tu” (Rimas)
Mapache Swinging Stars (Innovative Leisure)
Danava Nothing But Nothing (Tee Pee)
V/A All Micro Ambient Music: Tribute to Ryuichi Sakamoto (Micro Ambient Music)
Now And Blue Space Is Burning Noon (Sloth Mate)
FURZE “Foresee His Infernal Rites” (self)
Conrad Clipper 降雨 / Rainfall (self) 2022
Dick Stusso S.P. (Hardly Art)
Daniel Lanois Belladonna (MNRK)
Duster Remote Echoes (Numero)
Voice Actor Fake Sleep (Stroom)
Jonathan Wilson Eat the Worm (self)
Niecy Blues Exit Simulation (Kranky)
Lou Tides Infinite Loop EP (self)
Charles Curtis Performances & Recordings 1998-2018 (Saltern)
Purelink Signs (Peak Oil)
Chatham Rise “Splinter” (self)

Bruce Adams You’re With Stupid (University of Texas Press) 2022 Book

Bowery Electric Beat (Kranky)
Michael Hurley Sweetkorn (Mississippi)
Manuel Göttsching Inventions For Electric Guitar (MG Art)
Tresa Leigh I Remember (Efficient Space)
Alain Goraguer La Planéte Sauvage (C.A.M.)
Kuku Sebsibe s/t (Little Axe)
Julee Cruise Floating Into the Night (Sacred Bones)

Mdou Moctar, Brunswick Ballroom
Bikini Kill, Golden Plains Festival
Crumb, Nine Lives Festival
Caroline Rose, The Fonda
Sofia Bolt, Gold Diggers
The Cure, Hollywood Bowl
Amyl & The Sniffers, Rock en Seine
The Strokes, Forest Hills Stadium
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, All Points East
Erin Rae, Tee Gee
Kara Jackson, Regency Ballroom
Cass McCombs, End of the Road
Angel Olsen, Hollywood Forever
Project Pat, Zebulon
Natural Information Society, Thalia Hall


Mandy, Indiana / Caroline Polachek / Yves Tumor


(Chicago film critic/writer at, The Playlist and more)

100 gecs – 10,000 gecs
Beach House – Become
Blur – The Ballad of Darren
Bob Dylan – Shadow Kingdom
Caroline Polachek – Desire, I Want To Turn Into You
Iggy Pop – Every Loser
Janelle Monáe – The Age of Pleasure
Kelela – Raven
Kara Jackson – Why Does the Earth Give Us People To Love?
Lana Del Rey – Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd
Mandy, Indiana – I’ve Seen A Way
Mitski – The Land Is Inhospitable and So Are We
Neil Young and Crazy Horse – All Roads Lead Home
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Council Skies
Olivia Rodrigo – Guts
Ryuichi Sakamoto – 12
Sigur Rós – Átta
Sufjan Stevens – Javelin
Willie Nelson – I Don’t Know a Thing About Love
Yo La Tengo – This Stupid World
Youth Lagoon – Heaven Is A Junkyard


<< ED HYNDS >>
(Matador Direct)

Here are my top picks for ’23:
Jonnine – Maritz
MC Yallah – Yallah Beibe
WaqWaq Kingdom – Hot Pot Totto
Spivak – You Win Again
Saeko Killy – Morphing Polaroids
Fever Ray – Radical Romantics
Tirzah – Trip9love
The Umlauts – Slags
Tkay Maidza – Sweet Justice
Stinky Jim – Social Awareness – The Remixes
Sampha – LAHAI
Nervous Gender – Music From Hell (reissue)


(Matador Direct)

Suishou No Fune – The wind is spring. There is a rainbow in the sky. Love is hiding in the waves.
Vanishing Twin – Afternoon X
Wolf Eyes and Model Home – More Difficult
S*Glass – Cesspool of the Angels
Nakibembe Embaire Group – Nakibembe Embaire Group
Emahoy Tsege-Mariam Gebru – Jerusalem
Shizuka – Heavenly Persona
Pharoah Sanders – Pharoah
Kali Malone – Does Spring Hide Its Joy
Ryuichi Sakamoto –12
John Coltrane with Eric Dolphy – Evenings At The Village Gate
Sarah Davachi – Long Gradus
Les Rallizes Denudes – CITTA’ ‘93
Milford Graves with Arthur Doyle & Hugh Glover – Children Of The Forest
Reverend Kristin Hayter – Saved!
Clara! – Pulso
Spiral Dub – Spiral Dub
Dorothy Ashby – With Strings Attached
Augustus Pablo – Roots, Rockers, & Dub
Tyvek – Overground
Tozibabe – Discography 1984-1986
Rrose- Please Touch
Sonic Youth – Live In Brooklyn 2011


(Supporter of Record Stores/ Tour Manager for hire)

Thee Retail Simps – Live on Cool Street – Total Punk
Cheater Slicks – Ill Fated Cusses – In The Red
Divine Horsemen – Bitter End Of A Sweet Night – In The Red
Lewsberg – Out And About – 12XU
Tyvek – Overground – Ginko
Lankum – False Lankum – Rough Trade
Facs – Still Life In Decay – Trouble In Mind
Sundae Painters – S/T – Leather Jacket
Meg Baird – Furling – Drag City
Lifeguard – Dressed In Trenches / Crowd Can Talk – Matador
Star/Time – Like An Owl Exploding – Means Of Production
CIA Debutante – Down Willow – Siltbreeze
Barbara Manning – Charm of Yesterday…Convenience of Tomorrow – Ba Da Bing
Lower Plenty – No Poets – Bedroom Suck
XV – On The Creek Beds On The Thrones – Ginko
Rocket 808 – House of Jackpots – 12XU
The Native Cats – The Way On Is The Way Off – Chapter Music
Famous Mammals – Instant Pop Expressionism Now – Siltbreeze
Cindy – Why Not Now? – Mt. St. Mtn. / Tough Love
Emily Robb – If I Am Misery Then Give Me Affection – Petty Bunco
Mary Lattimore – Goodbye Hotel Arkada – Ghostly
Armand Hammer – We Buy Diabetic Test Strips – Fat Possum
Natural Information Society – Since Time Is Gravity – Eremite
Xylouris White – The Forest In Me – Drag City
Son of Dribble – Son Of Dribble Against The Wind – Minimum Table Stacks
Sharp Pins – Turtle Rock – Tall Texan
Feeling Figures – Migration Magic – Perennial / K Records
Fastbacks – Z2 – No Threes
Dippers – Clastic Rock – Goner Records
Fairytale – Shooting Star – Toxic State
Civic – Taken By Force – ATO Records
Billy Woods & Kenny Segal – Maps – Backwoodz Studios

Weak Signal – War & War – 12XU
High Rise – III – Black Editions
Sonic Youth – Live in Brooklyn – Silver Current Records
White Heaven – Strange Bedfellow – Black Editions
Gee Gee Decorator- S/T – Coq Au Vinyl
INU – Don’t Eat Food – Mesh Key
Peter Gutteridge – Pure – Superior Viaduct
Graeme Jefferies – I’m Not Listening To Your Station – Cakekitchen Records
Tolerance – Divin & Anonym – Mesh Key
Peter Jefferies – Closed Circuit – Grapefruit
Dream Syndicate – Days of Wine and Roses box – Fire
Violin Sect – Vile Insect – Minimum Table Stacks
Zyklon B Zombies – Skull – Minimum Table Stacks
Francisca Griffin – The Spaces Between – CocoMuse
Bettie Serveert – Palomine – Matador
Playthings – S/T – Leather Jacket
Tyvek – Blunt Instrumentals – Ginko
The Sheaves – Excess Death Cult Time – Minimum Table Stacks
Da Slyme – If There’s No Rubble, You Haven’t Played – Celluloid Lunch
Dizzee Rascal – Boy In Da Corner – XL Recordings
V/A – If There’s Hell Below – Numero Group
My Dad Is Dead – Pow! / Peace Love & Murder – Scat
Shizuka – Heavenly Persona / III – Black Editions / Concentric Circles
PG Six – Parlor Tricks and Porch Favorites – Amish
Mag-Amplitude – Wizards Of Today – Zaius Tapes

Blast – Damned Flame b/w Hope – Ancient Grease
Married FM – EP – Self Released
Body/Head – Come On – Open Mouth / Three Lobed
Non-Plus Temps – Dark On Harmon – Self Released
CIA Debutante – The Punch b/w The Garden – Digital Regress
Thee Retail Simps – Rubble – Goodbye Boozy
Rat Nip – My Pillow – Song Book Records
Drain Brugs – Elevator b/w Nitghsifth (Mikey Young Remix) – Cannery Records
Secretors – Comparing Missile Size Vol. 1 – Roach Leg
Fastbacks – A Quiet Night – No Threes


If you bought music from us or spent any time in our shops this year, we appreciate your support so much.
See you in 2024! — Reckless Records

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Reckless Records Employee Best of 2022 Lists

Angel Olsen / The Smile / Chat Pile /
Horsegirl / Makaya McCraven / Danger Mouse & Black Thought /
Alvvays / Kendrick Lamar / Weyes Blood




New Releases in 2022:
Smut – How The Light Felt (Bayonet)
Oort Smog – Every Motherfucker Is Your Brother (AKP Recordings)
Lou Reed – Words and Music, May 1965 (Light in the Attic)

New Reissues in 2022:
Liars – They Threw Us All In A Trench And Stuck A Monument On Top (Mute)
Althea & Donna – Uptown Top Ranking (Survival Research)
Strawberry Switchblade – 1982 4-Piece Demo (Night School)

New to Me in 2022:
Peter Gabriel – Peter Gabriel III aka “Melt” (Geffen)

Movies I’ve Been Too Into in 2022:
The Reflecting Skin (1990, dir. Philip Ridley)
Брат or “Brother” (1997, dir. Aleksei Balabanov)

Concerts of 2022:
of Montreal – Lincoln Hall 10/14

(I went to one concert this year, my first since the shutdown, and it was joyful and jubilant)



  • A Light for Attracting Attention // The Smile
  • All of Us Flames // Ezra Furman
  • And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow // Weyes Blood
  • Big Time // Angel Olsen
  • Bleed Out // The Mountain Goats
  • Blue Rev // Alvvays
  • Boat Songs // MJ Lenderman
  • Cheat Codes // Danger Mouse & Black Thought
  • Cool It Down // Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • Easy Listening // 2nd Grade
  • Fall in Love Not in Line // Kids On A Crime Spree
  • Farm to Table // Bartees Strange
  • God Get Me the Fuck Out of Here // Cold Gawd
  • God’s Country // Chat Pile
  • I Walked With You a Ways // Plains
  • In These Times // Makaya McCraven
  • It Was a Home // Kaina
  • It’s Almost Dry // Pusha T
  • Life on Earth // Hurray For The Riff Raff
  • Lucifer on the Sofa // Spoon
  • Mondays… // Jeff Parker ETA IVtet
  • PAINLESS // Nilüfer Yanya
  • SICK! // Earl Sweatshirt
  • Squeeze // Sasami
  • You Belong There // Daniel Rossen
  • “Do You Really Know How I Feel” // Jimmie & Vella
  • “Little Things” // Big Thief
  • “Spiders (Kidsmoke)” // Wilco
  • “That’s the Way of the World” // Charles Stepney
  • “When Something is Wrong With My Baby” // Sam & Dave




Lots of music I enjoyed this year. I tried to narrow it to fifteen releases but this is just the tip of the iceberg.

HIRO AMA – Animal Emotions (PRAH)

  • Jazzy, organic, not really meant for the dancefloor; this is moreso “morning coffee house music”.

BIG THIEF – Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You Boycott Divestment Sanctions That’s My Grandma (4AD)

  • Yes the Tel Aviv show/Instagram defense debacle was a disappointment but the record is undeniable. Adrianne Lenker is probably indie rock’s  best melody songwriter, and the band navigates the tight-loose spectrum masterfully. As Roland Barthes once said, “Nobody’s perfect.”

JEREMIAH CHIU & MARIA SOFIA HONER – Recordings from the Åland Islands (International Anthem)

  • Even as a fan of ambient music I have limited patience for music that emphasizes ~field recordings~. I endorse this album as an exception that proves the rule.

EMISSIVE – City of Rooms (Telephone Explosion)

  • When they talk about “liquid” synth sounds, this is what they mean. 

FELBM – Elements of Nature (Soundway)

  • I don’t know if it’s better or worse that the artist’s name came from a faulty auto-correct. Regardless, this album scratched the classical minimalism itch. Like children’s music from a place that doesn’t exist.

HORSE LORDS – Comradely Objects (RVNG Intl.)

  • Turning a big dial that says “Dissonance” on it and constantly looking back at the audience for approval like a contestant on The Price is Right

TIM JACKIW – Sunset Over Saturn (Offworld)

  • Timmy J understands that the best dance music is incredibly corny. “Full Moon” is Song of the Year.

NU GENEA – Bar Mediterraneo (NG)

  • Everytime I listen to Khruangbin, I’m a little disappointed they don’t sound more like this record.

PHOTAY & CARLOS NIÑO – An Offering (International Anthem)

  • Another Int’l Anthem ambient record, and this one is a bit more “cosmic new age”. If not for luck and circumstance I feel as though I’d have been more susceptible than most to the influence of a charismatic midcentury guru.

PRATHLOONS – The Kansas Wind (Septic Jukebox)

  • Forget what I said about “Full Moon”. “Chagrin” is Song of the Year.


  • I was kinda iffy on Second Line, but I absolutely loved this one. More music should embrace a misty, extraterrestrial atmosphere.

GEORGE RILEY – Running in Waves (PLZ Make It Ruins)

  • This plus her drum-n-bass mix Interest Rates, A Tape make her the official 2022 Heatseeker of the Year.

SESSA – Estrela Acesa (Mexican Summer)

  • New bossa nova/MPB that’s neither too loungy nor too indebted to the past. Perfect music for staring longingly into the eyes of your lover.

SOICHI TERADA – Asakusa Light (Rush Hour)

  • Terada is a master. Some of the brightest, most purely enjoyable music I heard all year.

ELI WINTER – Eli Winter (Three Lobed)

  • I’m an absolute sucker for pretty acoustic guitar, and this does a great job of striking a balance between pastoral Daniel Hecht-sounding stuff and more knotty Gastr del Sol-ish stuff (which makes sense with David Grubbs making an appearance)


TIA BLAKE & HER FOLK-GROUP – Folksongs & Ballads (Ici Bientôt)
PATRICK COWLEY – Malebox (Dark Entries)
WILLIAM DOYLE – The Dream Derealised / Lightnesses I & II / Near Future Residence (Tough Love)
CHARLES STEPNEY – Step on Step (International Anthem)
NORMA TANEGA – I’m the Sky: Studio & Demo Recordings 1964-1971 (Anthology)
V/A – Padang Moonrise: The Birth of the Modern Indonesian Recording Industry 1955-69 (Soundway)


CHET BAKER – Chet Baker Sings
GARY BARTZ NTU TROOP – Harlem Bush Music: Uhuru
HUERCO S – Colonial Patterns / For Those Of You Who Have Never (And Also Those Who Have)
JEFFREE – Jeffree
LAOURA – The Sexotic Laoura Sings
TRIO IRAKITAN – As Vozes E O Ritmo Do Trio Irakitan
V/A – Do You Believe It?: American Soul Music 1960-1972
V/A – Night City Life



  1. Fontaines DC – Skinty Fia
  2. Just Mustard – Heart Under
  3. Momma – Household Name
  4. Yard Act – The Overload
  5. Rosalía – Motomami
  6. Pretty Sick – Makes Me Sick Makes Me Smile
  7. Alvvays – Blue Rev
  8. Jockstrap – I Love You Jennifer B
  9. Yeule – Glitch Princess
  10. Horsegirl – Versions of Modern Performance



Southeast of Saturn Vol. 2
S – They are gutting a body of water
Luv 4 Rent – Smino
Voces de Ultratumba – Voces de Ultratumba
Ghost Stories – Phantasia
Roach Friends – Melaina Kol
Flooding Cities – Junk DNA
Working Title for the Album Secret Waters – Cities Aviv
Volume 1 – So Klarity
God Get Me The Fuck Out Of Here – Cold Gawd
Candy Suck – Idi Et Amin
Freestyles (SS22) – Dean Blunt
Man Plays the Horn – Cities Aviv
I Can’t Die As Well – Fire-Toolz
Purest Hell – P.H.F.
Easy Weapons (reissue) – Public Acid



*in no particular order

Manisdron – Body Of Void
DJ Stingray – F.T.N.W.O.
Worm – Bluenothing
Mutant Beat Dance – No Comfort For Control
Siobhan – Body Double
Dalibor Cruz – Deviance EP
Boy Harsher – The Runner OST
DJ Overdose – Deal Breaker
Rabit – 4am Richmond ave
Bourbonese Qualk – The Spike REISSUE
HVAD – Yug
The Lord – Forest Nocturne 
Reinhaudt – ST
Darkthrone – Astral Fortress
Folie 2 – ST



sorry for typos i just love albums so much!!!!

Always – Blue Rev (Polyvinyl) / what dyou say? i think this record owns. so does everybody else. big whoop.

Emperor X – The Lakes of Zone B & C / another gotta-hear-it-to-believe-it banger from our man in berlin. EX makes everybody else singing about politics look like Bono promoting his book at Davos. now with more piano ballads & we love to see it

Soichi Terada – Asakusa Light (Rush Hour) / consummate perfection. i rung in my 30th birthday on an airplane to LA, listening to this album and drinking a tiny airplane bottle of vodka. doesnt get better than that

Mister Goblin – Bunny / mr goblin does the hard work of being in indiana so you don’t have to. no working songwriter understands america as well and even if they did they wouldn’t have the tunes, the riffs, the extended harmony, the lapel-grapping guts. Damn

Smut – How the Light Felt (Bayonet) / year of pop songs. “after silver leaves”? 10/10 italian_chef_kiss.jpg

Friendship – Love the Stranger (Merge) / yknow how you keep saying you’re going to make it out to the beach this summer but then it’s october all of a sudden, year after year after–? uh oh. dont cry buddy. be cool. youre in a store

Oren Ambarchi – Shebang (Drag City) / dope that this record seemed to break through to the p4k set a little. reminds me of watching a rainstorm start to happen. incredible

1975 – Being Funny in a Foreign Language / why is this bull shit on here? am i doing a bit? is this band actually good or do they suck ass? is the pastiche hilarious or irritating? i truly dont know folx. all i know is if you are reading this AND you like this band YOU MUST GO LISTEN TO THE BLUE NILE & PREFAB SPROUT. thats a direct order from your superior officer

Ex-Void – Bigger than Before (Don Giovanni) / like i said: year of pop songs

special categories ——-

Richard Dawson – the Ruby Cord / I will probably only ever listen to this twice but holy hell it’s wild, disquieting, etc. if you know you know

Prathloons – The Kansas Wind / Yes ….these are my “buds” But Also this album whips. midwest slow cigarette vibe is back and its better than ever. clarinets? They’re Back Too. thank you for your compliance with this aesthetic

the Beths — Expert in a Dying Field (carpark)


The World Without Parking Lots – You’ll Have To Take My Word For It / lovely (and, i believe, local?) wintertime singer-songwriter record, really genuinely clever and moving tunes

Shinichi Atobe – Love of Plastic (DDS) / bobbing my head til it falls off

Bats – Blue Cabinet

Tall Dwarfs — Unravelled ’81-’02 (Merge)
Charles Stepney — Step on Step (Int’l Anthem)
Hypnotic Guitar of John Ondalo (Mississippi)
Go Sailor – s/t reissue (Slumberland)

fav songs:
Big Thief – “Little Things” – in the end the LP didnt work for me (take no pleasure in reporting this etc etc) but this is one of the best songs i’ve ever heard
Caroline No – “Anna’s on the Radio” from s/t album (Grapefruit)
Empath – “Born 100 Times” from Visitor (Fat Possum)
song of da year: “Freeway in Heaven” by Emperor X i think

a few notable shows:
Stereolab + Fievel Is Glauque @ the riv. listen to fievel is glauque!!!!!
Emperor X @ mustache
The Chills @ sleeping village
friendship / tenci / advance base @ hideout
beth orton @ irish american community center

that’s it for me thanks


<< BEN HEGY >>

record releases- 2022

Tom Carruthers- non stop rhythms [L.I.E.S.]
Legowelt- tips for life [nightwind records]
Immanuel Wilkins- 7th hand [blue note]
Saba- few good things [pivot gang]
VR SEX- rough dimension [dais]
Josephine Foster- godmother [fire records]
Cate Le Bon- pompeii [mexican summer]
Makaya McCraven- in these times [international anthem recording company]
Sarah Davachi- two sisters [late music]
Horsegirl- versions of modern performance [matador]
Dj Overdose- deal breaker [L.I.E.S.]
Anteloper- pink dolphins [international anthem recording company]
Tony Price- ibm contra [L.I.E.S.]
James Marlon Magas- confusion is my name [midwich]
Anthony Moore- flying doesn’t help [drag city]
Broadcast- maida vale sessions [warp]
Lucrecia Dalt- ¡ay! [rvng intl.]
Cheb Terro vs DJ Die Soon- s/t [drownedbylocals]
Carla dal Forno- come around [kallista records]
Weak Signal- war&war [colonel records]
Nik Colk Void- bucked up space [editions mego]
Ron Trent- what do the stars say to you [night time stories]
Working Men’s Club- fear fear [heavenly]
Eric Chenaux- say laura [constellation]
Porridge Radio- waterslide diving board, ladder to the sky [secretly canadian]



Best Albums of 2022 (In no particular order)

  • Beyoncé “Renaissance”
  • Soft Moon “Exister” 
  • Dehd “Blue Skies”
  • Mitski “Laurel Hell” 
  • The Garden “Horseshit on Route 66”
  • Blood Incantation “Timewave Zero”
  • Just Mustard “Heart Under”
  • Horsegirl “Versions of Modern Performance”
  • Chat Pile “God’s Country”
  • Weyes Blood “And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow”
  • Perfume Genius “Ugly Season”
  • Yasuaki Shimizu “Kiren”



Best of 2022
Pan Daijing – Tissues (Pan)
JK Flesh – New Religions Old Rules (Avalanche)
Nik Colk Void – Bucked Up Space (Editions Mego)
Moor Mother – Jazz Codes (Anti)
Kali Malone – Living Torch (Portraits GRM)
E-Saggila – Blaze (Northern Electronics)
Shit & Shine – New Confusion (Rocket Recordings)
Tony Price – IBM Contra (L.I.E.S.)
Lucrecia Dalt – The Seed (Original Score) (Invada)
City Of Caterpillar – Mystic Sisters (Relapse)
700 Bliss – Nothing To Declare (Hyperdub)
Björk – Fossora (One Little Independent)



Here are my 10 favorite releases from 2022 in no particular order:
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Ice, Death, Planets, Lungs, Mushrooms and Lava
Horse Lords – Comradely Objects
Charley Crockett – The Man From Waco
Yeule – Glitch Princess
The Chats – Get Fucked
Sam Prekop & John McEntire – Sons Of
The Garden – Horse Shit on Route 66
Vieux Farka Toure & Khruangbin – Ali
Fontaines D.C. – Skinty Fia
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Omnium Gatherum



  • Raum – Daughter (Yellowelectric)
  • The Smile – A Light for Attracting Attention (XL)
  • Alvvays – Blue Rev (Polyvinyl)
  • MJ Lenderman – Boat Songs (Dear Life)
  • Perfume Genius – Ugly Season (Matador)
  • Chat Pile – God’s Country (Flenser)
  • Guided By Voices – Scalping the Guru (Guided By Voices Inc.) *archival
  • Florist – Florist (Double Double Whammy)
  • Alex G – God Save the Animals (Domino)
  • Lucrecia Dalt – ¡Ay! (Rvng)
  • Horse Lords – Comradely Objects (Rvng)
  • Skullcrusher – Quiet the Room (Secretly Canadian)
  • Oren Ambarchi/ Johan Berthling/ Andreas Werliin – Ghosted (Drag City)
  • supernowhere – Skinless Takes a Flight (Topshelf)
  • Black Country New Road – Ants From Up There (Ninja Tune)
  • Sessa – Estrela Acesa (Mexican Summer)
  • Imprecation – In Nomine Diaboli (Dark Descent)
  • Patrick Cowley – Malebox (Dark Entries) *archival
  • Mabe Fratti – Se ve desde aquí (Unheard Of Hope)
  • Richard Dawson – The Ruby Cord (Domino)

and the rest that we haven’t seen or don’t have a physical release (yet)…

  • Francis Harris – Thresholds (Scissor or Thread)
  • Park Jiha – The Gleam (tak:til)
  • Knifeplay – Animal Drowning (Topshelf)
  • Kraus – Eye Escapes (Mutual Skies)
  • Scarcity – Aveilut (Flenser)
  • Blindgirls – The Weight of Everything (Zegema Beach)
  • Sirom – The Liquefied Throne of Simplicity (tak:til)
  • Anadol – Felicita (Pingipung)
  • Croatian Amor – Remember Rainbow Bridge (Posh Isolation)
  • Asian Glow & Weatherday – Weatherglow EP (Longinus)
  • Post Office Winter – Music Box (Hallogallo)
  • Mildred – Pt. 2 (self-released)
  • maya is dead soon – s/t (self-released)
  • Natalia Lafourcade – De todas las flores (Sony)
  • Ulla – Hope Sonata EP (Longform)
  • CS + Kreme – Orange (Trilogy Tapes)
  • Pontiac Streator – Sone Glo (West Mineral)
  • Fievel Is Glauque – Flaming Swords (La Loi)
  • Emperor X – The Lakes of Zones B and C (self-released)
  • Zguba – Znoj (Loza)
  • Head In Hand – Unnatural Providence (Mutual Aid)
  • Puce Mary – You Must Have Been Dreaming (self-released)



Ibibio Sound Machine – Electricity
Cola – Deep In View
The Smile – Light for Attracting Attention
Horsegirl – Versions of Modern Performance
Cate Le Bon – Pompeii
Angel Olsen – Big Time
Khruangbin – Texas Moon
Sofia Bolt – Soft Like a Peach
Dehd – Blue Skies
Kendrick Lamar – Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers

Special Mention: Neil Young’s Harvest Time



2022 has been the longest year of my life & these were the records I caught that I wanted to recommend to other people in no particular order…

  • Gianni Brezzo “Tutto Passa” – There’s something so amazingly relaxing about this record. It’s the sonic equivalent of a Hot Toddy. It’s warm, & comforting, & sophisticated. The feeling of a new favorite place; something you discovered by chance but feels like home…
  • Saba “Few Good Things” – There aren’t many MCs who can channel nostalgia the way that Saba can. On Few Good Things, we get to see Saba challenge, change, & interrogate the ways his success has interacted with the tragedies he & his have experienced over the last few years… The productions here are always soulful, with deep harmonies & even on the hardest songs here, the grooves are creative & enveloping.
  • Danger Mouse & Black Thought “Cheat Codes” – I’ll admit at first, I was a little disappointed that this record wasn’t the Tariq Trotter show. This is the closest thing we’ve ever gotten to a solo full-length from the Roots front man & I was kinda hoping for an hour of Black Thought rapping over straight breakbeats… But this is a collaboration, & the beats that Danger Mouse provides are perfect reminders that Thought can rap over ANYTHING! The rhymes are on point, & the guests are amazing, & it might not be the album I was waiting for, but it is everything I wanted.
  • J.I.D. “Forever Story” – J.I.D. is a Musician. The Rapper/ Singer is on a mission to make sure you know it. Opening the record with a recorded count-in & bringing a beat switch to almost every track on the record, the record is consistently displaying the care taken to make a piece of art that will stand the test of time… Also… Jiddy can RAP. Non-stop flows, metaphors, similes, imagery, rhymes… magnificent.
  • The Plosivs “Plosivs” – There’s not a whole lot to say about this album. It’s just good. Swami John Reis (Hot Snakes, Drive Like Jehu, RftC), & Rob Crow (Pinback) got together with some friends & wrote some rocking, guitar heavy songs & recorded them. 33 minutes of fast, powerful, Pop songs, heavy on the melody, with driving propulsive Rock n’ Roll attitude.
  • Ogi “Monologues EP”
  • Open Mike Eagle “Component System With the Auto Reverse”
  • Umi “Forest in the City”
  • Lucky Daye “Candy Drip”
  • Dezron Douglas “Atalaya”
  • Samm Henshaw “Untidy Soul”
  • Vic Spenser & Small Pro “Mudslide”
  • Earthgang “Ghetto Gods”
  • Cecile Mclorin Salvant “Ghost Song”
  • Smut “How the Light Felt”



ALTHEA & DONNA Uptown Top Ranking (Survival Research LP)
ARTIFICIAL PEACE Live At The Wilson Center 1982 (Alona’s Dream LP)
COLIN BLUNSTONE One Year (Sundazed 2LP)
BODY CAM Body Cam (Violent Pest flexi
BROADCAST Microtonics Vols 1 & 2 (Warp LPs)
ELVIS COSTELLO The Boy Named If (Capitol LP)
TOM DAWES Elusive: The Tom Dawes Jingle Workshop (Modern Harmonic LP)
DUNGUN En Är För Mycket Och Tusen Aldrig Nog (Mexican Summer LP)
ELLA FITZGERALD  Ella At The Hollywood Bowl: The Irving Berlin Songbook (Verve LP)
FLY-BI-NITES Found Love (Hyperloop 45)
DANA GILLESPIE Foolish Seasons (Decca LP)
GUIDED BY VOICES Tremblers And Goggles By Rank (GBVi LP)
HARLOTS OF 42ND STREET Refuse To Be Misused (Sundazed LP)
HANY MEHANNA Music For Airplanes (Souma 2LP)
MELODY’S ECHO CHAMBER Emotional Eternal (Domino LP)
MONOPHONICS Sage Motel (Colemine LP)
ENNIO MORRICONE Sans Mobile Apparent OST (Wewantsounds LP)
KEITH PAPWORTH Hard Hitter (Music De Wolfe LP)
SCOTT PLANT Alone / With Us (Ordinary Weirdos 12″)
PREACHERS Stay Out Of My World (Beatrocket LP)
TEENAGE FANCLUB Bandwagonesque (Sony LP)
TINTERN ABBEY Beeside: The Complete Recordings (Real Gone Music 2LP)
VARIOUS Saturno 2000: La Rebajada De Los Sonideros 1962-1983 (Analog Africa 2LP)

JIM RULAN Corporate Rock Sucks: The Rise and Fall of SST Records (Hachette Books)
DAVE SCOTT SCHWARTZMAN If It’s Tuesday This Must Be Walla Walla: The Wacky History of Adrenalin O.D. (DiWulf Publishing)



1. Meshuggah “Immutable”

2. Jóhann Jóhannsson “Drone Mass”

3. Jeff Parker “Forfolks”

4. Makaya McCraven “In These Times”

5. Sam Prekop & John McEntire “Sons of”

666. Bill Callahan & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy “Blind Date Party”



Andy Bell Flicker
Big Thief Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You
Björk Fossora
Tia Blake Folksongs & Ballads reissue
Anna Butterss Activities
Codeine Dessau
Carla Dal Forno Come Around
Darkthrone Astral Fortress
Stella Donnelly Flood
Dream Unending Song of Salvation
Hammered Hulls Careening
jennylee Heart Tax
Jóhann Jóhannsson Drone Mass
Leslie Keffer Perceive
Këkht Aräkh Pale Swordsman & Night of Love reissues
Cate Le Bon Pompeii
James Marlon Magas Confusion Is My Name
Kali Malone Living Torch
Branko Mataja Over Fields & Mountains
Makaya McCraven In These Times
Bill Nace Through a Room
Rachika Nayar Heaven Come Crashing
Angel Olsen Big Time
Bill Orcutt Music for Four Guitars
Jeff Parker Mondays at the Enfield Tennis Academy
Raum Daughter
Lou Reed I’m So Free: the 1971 RCA Demos
Max Roach We Insist! reissue
The Smile A Light For Attracting Attention
Sonic Youth In/Out/In
Phuong Tam Magical Nights: Saigon Surf, Twist & Soul 1964-66
Norma Tanega I’m the Sky: Studio & Demo Recordings 1964-1971
Undeath It’s Time…To Rise From the Grave
Christina Vanztou, Michael Harrison & John Also Bennet Christina Vanztou, Michael Harrison &  
    John Also Bennet

V/A Ghost Riders
Voivod Angel Rat reissue
Voivod Synchro Anarchy
Weyes Blood And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow!
Worm Bluenothing
You’ll Never Get to Heaven Wave Your Moonlight Hat for the Snowfall Train
Neil Young Citizen Kane Jr Blues 1974
Neil Young & Crazy Horse Toast



BLADEE & ECCO2K – CREST [Year0001]

Duster – Together [Numero]

Other Favorites (in somewhat of an order)
DJ Speedsick – Midwest Death Trance [Techno Is The Devil’s Music]
Grivo – Omit [Church Road]
Boy Harsher – The Runner [Nude Club]
Dance Gavin Dance – Jackpot Juicer [Rise]
DJ Headwound – Xpiritual [self]
Sadness – Tortuga [self]
Kali Malone – Living Torch [Portraits GRM]
Sarah Davachi – Two Sisters [Late]
Artificial Brain – S/T [Profound Lore]
Mutant Beat Dance – No Comfort for Control [Nation]
Vermin Womb – Retaliation [Closed Casket Activities]
Codeine – Dessau [Numero]
Alex G – God Save the Animals [Domino]
Grave Upheaval / The Funeral Orchestra – Inexistentia [Parasitic]
Kittin & The Hacker – Third Album [Nobody’s Bizzness]
Vatican Shadow – Coast Guard Gulf of Blood [Hospital]
Raum – Daughter [Yellowelectric]
Matchess – Sonescent [Drag City]
Ojerum – Reversed Cathedral [Cyclic Law]
Purity Filter – Immortal Spirit [Dismiss Yourself]
Holy Fawn – Dimensional Bleed [Wax Bodega]
Julien Andreas – Bottomfeeder [Magdalena’s Apathy]
Astrophysics – Selected & Tragic [self]
Woe Bather – May Loneliness Consume You [self]
deathcrash – Return [Untitled]
Izthmi – Leaving This World, Leaving It All Behind [Satanik Royalty]
Fret – Only for the Weak [L.I.E.S.]
Whatever the Weather – S/T [Ghostly]
Windowshopping – Andromeda [No Agreements]
Rapoon – Can You Hear That Rain [Ultra Gash]
Lilien Rosarian – Every Flower In My Garden [self]
Wiegedood – There’s Always Blood at the End of the Road [Century]
Primitive Man – Insurmountable [Closed Casket Activities]
Sarin – S/T [self]
Ekin Fil – Dora Agora [Helen Scarsdale]

Makaya McCraven – In These Times [International Anthem]



Albums I liked from this year:

  • Parannoul/ Asian Glow – “Paraglow” (Longinus)
  • Yasuaki Shimizu – “Kiren” (Palto Flats)
  • Various Artists – “Valley Of The Sun: Field Guide To Inner Harmony” (Numero Group)
  • Chat Pile – “God’s Country” (Flenser)
  • Black Country, New Road – “Ants From Up There” (Ninja Tune)
  • Big Thief – “Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You” (4AD)
  • Parannoul – “White Ceiling/ Black Dots Wandering Around” (Longinus)
  • Drift Heaven – “Final Lap” (Equip’s Picks)
  • Japanese Breakfast – “Sable” (Dead Oceans)
  • Blood Incantation – “Timewave Zero” (Century Media)
  • Asian Glow & Weatherday – “Weatherglow” (Longinus)
  • Wet Leg – “Wet Leg” (Domino)
  • Spiritualized – “Everything Was Beautiful” (Fat Possum)
  • Horsegirl – “Versions Of Modern Performance” (Matador)
  • Danger Mouse & Black Thought – “Cheat Codes” (BMG)
  • Nouns – “While Of Unsound Mind” (Self-Released)
  • The Hated – “Best Piece Of Shit Vol. 4” (Numero Group)
  • Richard Dawson – “The Ruby Cord” (Weird World)
  • Hole Dweller – “Another Chance At Peace” (Dungeons Deep)

Albums I liked from last year, that I didn’t find out about until this year:

  • Deerhoof – “Actually, You Can” (Joyful Noise)
  • You’ll Never Get To Heaven – “Wave Your Moonlight Hat For The Snowfall Train” (Seance Centre)
  • Kekht Arakh – “Pale Swordsman” (Sacred Bones)

I don’t usually like podcasts, but here is one really good one you should check out:

uswithoutThem – Discussing mewithoutYou songs, track by track & album by album



Get on the Otherside by Bobby Oroza
Soul Sold Separately by Freddie Gibbs
Tunic (Original Soundtrack) by Lifeformed x Janice Kwan
Diaspora Problems by Soul Glo
Dawn FM by The Weeknd
Few Good Things by Saba
Pathos by Conjurer
Live in LA by Equip
Motomami by Rosalia
False Light by White Ward
AKUMA 3 by Alex & Tokyo Rose
Melt My Eyez See Your Future by Denzel Curry
Reborn by Kavinsky
Vapor Sessions 1 & 2 by OSC
Loud Arriver by Sonja
Ramona Park Broke My Heart by Vince Staples
The Forever Story by JID
Sentimental by Miami Nights 1984




Writer for Last Week Tonight With John Oliver; Contributor to

  • Beyoncé – Renaissance
  • Charli XCX – Crash
  • Florence + The Machine – Dance Fever
  • Harry Styles – Harry’s House
  • Jessie Ware – “Free Yourself”
  • Lizzo – Special
  • Megan Thee Stallion & Dua Lipa – “Sweetest Pie”
  • Rina Sawayama – Hold The Girl
  • Rosalía – MOTOMAMI
  • Trixie Mattel – The Blonde & Pink Albums



Love Lion Releases

Angel Olsen Big Time (Jagjaguwar)
Jeff Parker ETA IVtet Mondays at The ETA (Eremite)
Les Rallizes Dénudés The OZ Tapes (Temporal Drift)
Ernest Hood Back To The Woodlands (Freedom To Spend)
Gewgawly I & Thou NORCO Original Game Soundtrack (Sacred Bones)
Sofia Bolt Soft Like a Peach (self)
Marina Allen Centrifics (Fire)
Andy Bell Flicker (Sonic Cathedral)
Sun’s Signature s/t (Partisan)
GOON Hour of Green Evening (Démodé)
The Smile A Light For Attracting Attention (Self Help Tapes)
Steve Gunn Nakama (Matador)
Cloakroom Dissolution Wave (Relapse)
Aldous Harding Warm Chris (4AD)
Daniel Bachman Lonesome Weary Blues (Three Lobed)
Fievel Is Glauque Flaming Swords (Math Interactive)
Steve Gunn Nakama (Matador)
Kendrick Lamar Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers (Aftermath/Interscope)
Elvis Costello & The Imposters The Boy Named If (EMI Capital)
Earthen Sea Ghost Poems (Kranky)
Hurray for the Riff Raff Life on Earth (Nonesuch)
Keeley Forsyth Limbs (Leaf)
Eiko Ishibashi For McCoy (Black Truffle)
Broadcast Maida Vale Sessions (Warp)
v/a I Had the Craziest Dream: Modern Jazz & Hard-Bop in Post War London Vol. 1 & 2 (Death Is Not The End)
v/a Pure Wicked Tune: Rare Groove Blues Dances & House Parties 1985-1992 (Death Is Not The End)
Sault Air (Forever Living Originals)
Sam Burton “Leaving Here Still”
John McGuire Pulse Music (Unseen Worlds)
Luis 057 (Schwyn) (AD93)
Charles Stepney Step on Step (International Anthem)
The Orielles Tableau (Heavenly)
Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek “Darıldım Darıldım” (Bongo Joe)
Voice Actor Sent From My Telephone (Stroom)
Widowspeak The Jacket (Captured Tracks)
Salamanda ashbalkum (Human Pitch)

Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man Out of Season (Go Beat)
Alice In Chains Dirt (Sony)
ONO Kate Cincinnati (American Dreams)
v/a Tender Rhythms And Songs Of Love (Paxico)
Polvo In Prism (Merge)
MAGMA Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh (Music On Vinyl)
Bill Fay Still Some Light (Dead Oceans)
Duster Stratosphere & Contemporary Movement (Numero)
Thomas Leer Contradictions (Spittle)
Ruth Polaroid/Roman/Photo (Born Bad)
Carlos Niño & Friends Assortment for Susan’s (Leaving)



Chicago film critic; Contributor to, The Playlist and more

Here are my favorite new albums of the year, some impressive reissues, plus some albums I listened to with my boyfriend that he really loved (listed in release order):

  • Dawn FM by The Weeknd
  • Ágætis Byrjun by Sigur Rós (repressing)
  • Brightside by The Lumineers
  • Laurel Hell by Mitski
  • Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You by Big Thief
  • Few Good Things by Saba
  • Once Twice Melody by Beach House
  • Aaliyah by Aaliyah (repressing)
  • Tilt by Confidence Man
  • The Other Side of Make-Believe by Interpol
  • Midnights by Taylor Swift
  • The Car by Arctic Monkeys
  • And I Have Been by Benjamin Clementine
  • Only the Strong Survive by Bruce Springsteen 
  • Babylon score album by Justin Hurwitz



Beggars Group

Naujawanan Baider – Khedmat Be Khalq (Radio Khiyaban)
Vivid Oblivion – The Graphic Cabinet (Downwards)
Brannten Schnüre – Das Glück Vermeiden (Quirlschlängle)
Dale Cornish – Traditional Music of South London (The Death of Rave)
The Bug – Absent Riddim (Pressure)
Sarah Davachi – Two Sisters (Late Music)
Girlsperm – Return to Girlsperm (Thrilling Living)
Oren Ambarchi – Shebang (Drag City)
Kali Malone – Living Torch (Portraits GRM)
Valentina Magaletti – La Tempesta Colorata (A Colorful Storm)
V/A – Music From Saharan WhatsApp (Sahel Sounds)
Pan Daijing- Tissues (Pan)
Nový Svět – Desde Infiernos De Flores (Quirlschlängle)
Freundliche Kreisel – Freundliche Kreisel (

V/A – The Buntingford Long Playing Album (Siltbreeze)
Ruby Johnson – Ruby Johnson (Mississippi)
Space Machine – Space Tuning Box (Urashima)
Valentina Goncharova – Ocean: Symphony For Electric Violin and Other
Instruments in Ten Parts
(Hidden Harmony)
Albert Ayler – Revelations – The Complete ORTF 1970 Fondation Maeght
(INA, Elemental Music)
V/A – Studio One Music Lab (Soul Jazz)
Sidney Sager – Children of the Stones (Trunk Records)
Ornette Coleman – Genesis of Genius (Craft Recordings, Contemporary Records)
Patrick Cowley – Malebox (Dark Entries)
Alice Coltrane – Ptah, the El Daoud (Verve)
Count Ossie And The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari – Grounation (Soul Jazz)
Drexciya – Neptune’s Lair (Tresor Records)
Smelly Feet – Smelly Neu Pollution (Minimum Table Stacks)



Third Man Records Nashville

2022 Music Does Rock List (in no particular order / singles, EPs, albums and reissues)

– Gee Tee “Rock Phone”
– Chronophage “Chronophage”
– Straw Man Army “SOS”
– Panda Bear & Sonic Boom “Reset”
– Ginger Root “Loneliness”
– Total Wife “A Blip”
– Black Thought & Danger Mouse “Cheat Codes”
– Jockstrap “Glasgow”
– 1-800-Mikey “Pressure”
– Cobra Man “Cool, Nice.”
– Guerilla Toss “Famously Alive”
– No windows “Shout (Red Song)”
– MJ Lenderman “Boat Songs”
– Ex Pilots “Too Far”
– Hotline TNT “When You Find Out”
– Broadcast “Maida Vale Sessions”
– The Cat’s Miaow “Hollow Inside”
– The Web of Lies “Receiver”
– RMFC “Access”
– Peace de Resistance “Bits and Pieces”
– Rich Ruth “I Survived, It’s Over”


Here’s a playlist collecting our favorite tracks from some of these releases:

If you bought music from us or spent some time in our shops this year, we appreciate your support so much.

We’ll see you all again in 2023! — Reckless Records