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SPOON pressed more of the limited 10" for folks that preorder their new album "They Want My Soul." We'll be running the pre-order promotion again starting Wednesday July 30th when the stores open. When you preorder the album, you will get a free 10" (while supplies last) and a voucher that you can bring back to the store on release date (August 5th) to get your copy of the album. Like the first run, these 10"s are very limited and won't last long! In store customers only, no mail order, sorry. More details here: www.vinylgratification.com

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Shabazz Palaces
Lese Majesty (2lp, Loser Edition) (purple Vinyl, W/ Download)
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Subpop
"Lese Majesty," the second long-player from former DIGABLE PLANETS member BUTTERFLY, operating as a solo artist under the SHABAZZ PALACES moniker, is 18 tracks long but with most of the tracks falling in the 1:30 - 2:00 minute range. There's some longer songs, too (the album is 45 minutes long) but for the most part this is like a hip-hop SEBADOH album; a patchwork of songs assembled into one long piece. SHABAZZ PALACES retains the mellow, bass-heavy vibe from his DIGABLE PLANETS days, but injects a psych- rock feel into the songs via layers on layers. Fans of MADLIB's less-straightforward material will eat this up. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $23.99

Fur Coats
League Of Extraordinary Octopuses
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Dirt Cult
2014 album from FUR COATS (members of DAS KAPITAL & DIRECT HIT) is a bouncy, power-pop album that, in typical power-trio fashion, is driven by the rhythm section. Some of these songs were first released on two different 7-inches, but a bunch of these songs were recorded for this album. RECOMMENDED!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $11.99

Shelton, Naomi & Gospel Queens
Cold World (w/ Download)
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Daptone
Finally, the long-awaited second album from NAOMI SHELTON & THE GOSPEL QUEENS has arrived! Like their debut, its pretty easy to mistake this recording for something from another decade entirely, a freshly uncovered gem from the golden age of Stax Records, perhaps. Similar to her more secular labelmate Sharon Jones, Naomi Shelton sings with a gritty warmth that will rouse believers and nonbelievers alike, while her Gospel Queens serve as moving backup, melding their powers together creating a stunning blend of church music & old-school R&B.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $14.99

High Spirits
You Are Here (black Vinyl)
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Hells Headbangers
2014 full-length from Chicago area metal mastermind Chris Black's HIGH SPIRITS project. You most likely are also aware of Black's other projects including the amazing DAWNBRINGER & PHAROAH, but HIGH SPIRITS is a pretty different animal than those groups. Written, performed & produced by Black himself, "You Are Here" is an impressive collection of melodic, NWOBHM/power metal influenced rock with catchy-as-hell hooks, harmonized guitar leads & most importantly, a really 'fun' rock & roll vibe. Fans of everything from JUDAS PRIEST, THIN LIZZY, SCORPIONS, early DEF LEPPARD etc...We dare you to not being singing along with these songs even after only one listen. EXCELLENT!!
Available at: Broadway and Loop
New LP $16.99

3rd Bass
Cactus Album (2014 Reissue)
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Def Jam
During Def Jam's run, pumping out classic after classic, they put out this record, the debut from MC SERCH & PETE NICE. While these white guys were seen originally as a replacement for the BEASTIES who had broken ties from Def Jam for Capitol, their skills on the mic, & production from PRINCE PAUL, SERCH, & the BOMB SQUAD during the golden age of sampling, made them a force themselves. Classic LP that you should definitely get, if only for the GASFACE, the classic debut of one ZEV LOVE X, AKA MF DOOM! RECOMMENDED!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $15.99

Acteurs
Iwi (imp, 12") I W I
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Public Information
DISAPPEARS' Brian Case & Chicago sound engineer & musician Jeremy Lemos return with their 2nd release under the ACTEURS name. "IWI" is a bit less structured than their debut. When there are beats, they're barely there & the arrangements are more based on incidental electronic sounds & noise than melody. If you can imagine a mix of early CABARET VOLTAIRE, THROBBING GRISTLE with SUICIDE & THE LIARS then you'll have a pretty good idea what this sounds like. These are import only hence the hefty price. GET IT!!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $21.99

Raveonettes
Pe'ahi (w/ Download)
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Beat Dies
Reckless favorites THE RAVEONETTES had a little fun by releasing their 2014 album without any press or announcement. A nice surprise for sure. "Pe'ahi" is the name of a famous surf spot in Maui. Supposedly Sune Rose Wagner almost drowned in Hawaii before making the album & that experience inspired a lot of the songs. The album has all of THE RAVEONETTES classic elements like layers of dreamy vocals, the most trebly guitar sound only rivaled by "Psychocandy" & plenty of shoegaze & dream pop moments that would appeal to goths or indie rockers. Another fine record by this fantastic band.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $13.99

Black Angels
Clear Lake Forest (clear Vinyl) (w/ Download)
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Blue Horizon
"Clear Lake Forest" was originally released as a limited edition 10" for Record Store Day 2014. Now it's available on CD/LP. These Austin psych rockers continue to pay homage to the city's psychedelic past while pushing the genre forward with solid songwriting. Fans of everything from the 13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS to THE WALKMEN will love some BLACK ANGELS.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $14.99

Demdike Stare
Testpressing #005 (imp, 2 Trks) Test Pressing 005
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Modern Love
DEMDIKE STARE return with their 5th installment in their amazing TEST PRESSING series. This, like the others, is killer material. The A-side is a slow burner with a nice creep feeing, while the B-side is a total MONSTER distorted chunk of distorted filth that invokes flavors of POWELL, FRED BIGOT, PAN SONIC, early T. RAUMSCHMIERE, WASSERMAN and other weird bangers. DO NOT MISS THIS!!!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $16.99

Various Artists
Ecstasy Of Gold Vol. 5 (imp, 2lp) 31 Killer Bullets From The Spaghetti Wes
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Semi-Automatic
Semi-Automatic does it again with this 5th and final installment of this mindblowing series of themes from obscure Italian westerns. Fuzzed out, orchestral, trippy and haunting, this volume will put you in your coffin. Amazing cuts by FRANCESCO DE MASI, PIERO PICCIONI, BRUNO NICOLAI, STELVIO CIPRIANI, CARLO SAVINA and many others. Housed in a gatefold sleeve and limited to 250 copies. A MUST for soundtrack hounds and fans of the genre.
Available at: Broadway and Milwaukee Ave.
New LP $23.99

Young, Matthew
Recurring Dreams (reissue)
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Drag City
Incredible 1981 album from MATTHEW YOUNG. Absolutely beautiful, mellow, slightly strange (in the best way) synthesizer music (EMS, Roland), accompanied by guitar voice and tape. Abstract, minimal and necessary.
Available at: Broadway and Milwaukee Ave.
New LP $15.99

Running
Frizzled (2 Trks)
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God?
Chicago's RUNNING (one of our current faves going) are back with another great new 7" of frizzled no wave garage noise pop that we love. GET THIS!
Available at: Milwaukee Ave. and Loop
New 45 $5.49

Got A Girl
I Love You But I Must Drive Off This... :cliff Now (w/ Download)
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Bulk
Dan the Automator (GORILLAZ, KOOL KEITH, HANDSOME BOY MODELING SCHOOL) etc... & actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead met while working on the film "Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World." They bonded over a mutual love for 60's French pop, lounge etc... The album sounds like a mix of Serge Gainsbourg, Bond soundtracks, Getz/ Gilberto all with a more modern production aesthetic.
Available at: Loop
New LP $15.99

Mutilation Rites
Harbinger (w/ Download)
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Prosthetic
We we worried that it would be tough to top MUTILATION RITES' 2012 debut "Emperyan," but this 2014 album is really fucking good. A black/death mix that leans more toward the black in their riffing, vocals & super- fast one-two-one-two-one-two punk-blasts. But there is a punk/hardcore influence in the playing & attitude alongside the general, death-y malevolence. Very good production allows every evil riff to be heard for full possession possibilities. RECOMMENDED!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $20.99

Various Artists
Eccentric Soul: The Way Out Label
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Numero Group
Here is yet another stunning addition to NUMERO's much celebrated Eccentric Soul series. This time they're highlighting The Way Out Records label from Cleveland, Ohio. From the sounds of it they seemed to have housed a wide variety of soul men and women. There's some doo wop here, some sweet soul, some gospel-esque songs, the list goes on. Way Out Records clearly knew how to foster a vibrant, ever-changing sound from their artists and we at Reckless are sure happy for it.
Available at: Broadway and Milwaukee Ave.
New CD $23.99

Conveyor
Prime (2lp) (w/ Download)
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Gold Robot
Check this out! This album was conceived as a sound- track to GEORGE LUCAS' first film, THX-1138, when the 1971 film was screened in New York in 2013. Part eerie, electronic ambience, part instrumental guitar- bass-drums library or (obviously) soundtrack-style tunes. Totally cool!
Available at: Milwaukee Ave.
New LP $22.99

Botch
Anthology Of Dead Ends (180g) (2014 Reissue)
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Hydra Head
Back in print in 2014!! This now-classic EP from hardcore/metal powerhouse BOTCH was released as a 12-inch for Record Store Day in 2012 but sees the light of day once again due to popular demand! This was first released as a 10-inch right after the band broke up circa 2002 & shows that they still likely had a lot of gas left in the tank. Pummeling stuff that still sounds fresh over a decade later. Fans of CONVERGE, CAVE IN & the Hydra Head label in general need this if you aren't already walking briskly to the counter with this in your hand! HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $20.99

Suicide Machines
Battle Hymns (w/ Poster) (mixed Split Color, Ltd 400)
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Asbestos
2014 reissue of the second SUICIDE MACHINES LP from 1998! This was uber-limited when it was first released so thank Asbestos Records for making it available once again! We don't know what else to say except that this is some classic ska-punk with DEREK GRANT (now of ALKALINE TRIO) on drums!
Available at: Milwaukee Ave.
New LP $19.99

Wolves In The Throneroom
Celestite (2lp, Clear Vinyl) (w/ Download)
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Artemesia
North Western black metallers have been on a rather lengthy hiatus & now that we've had a chance to check out their 2014 album "Celestite", we have a good idea why. WITTR have basically started over on this one, completely eschewing guitars & drums & instead focusing on extensive, synth & drone soundscapes. The vibe is still dark, but instead of waves of Cascadian black metal distortion, we get washes of heavy synths ala TANGERINE DREAM, Klaus Schulze, CLUSTER & John Carpenters legendary soundtracks.
Available at: Broadway and Milwaukee Ave.
New LP $22.99

They Might Be Giants
John Henry (2lp)
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Asbestos
First time on vinyl for this 1994 album by THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS! Beautiful double-LP!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $18.99

They Might Be Giants
Apollo 18 (2014 Reissue)
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Asbestos
First time on vinyl in the USA for this legendary THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS album!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $18.99

Nihil
Grond (2lp, Ltd 600)
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Hydra Head
Part Two of a trilogy of albums, "Grond" features less atmosphere & more straight-up black metal than Part One, "Krach." Grim!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $25.99

Obituary
End Complete (2014 Reissue) (clear Vinyl)
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Metal Blade
Third album (originally released in 1992) from heavy death-metal kings OBITUARY! This album marked the return of guitarist ALLEN WEST, so the songs are back to the more simple style of their debut, Slowly We Rot. This was kind of a big-deal album from death metal at the time, a video produced for the title track & everything. Heavy, groovy death. RECOMMENDED!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $21.99

Sepultura
Schizophrenia (2014 Reissue) (blue Vinyl, Ltd 1500)
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Metal Blade
2014 vinyl reissue of this 1987 SEPULTURA classic! This is before they really broke in the US of A with Beneath the Remains & (especially) Arise, but under- ground heads knew this raw, death/thrash combo. Any original version of this will set you back much more than this version, so act fast as it's limited to 1,500 copies!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $21.99

Deicide
Legion (2014 Reissue) (red Vinyl)
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Metal Blade
Second album from Florida's mighty DEICIDE. OK, this album is great because it's kind of an anomoly in the DEICIDE discography. This came out when tech- death was just starting to emerge & is easily this band's most technical album but still very old- school & brutal. Eight perfect songs, recorded beautifully. Classic. Limited to 1,500 on red vinyl! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $21.99

Wolvhammer
Clawing Into Black Sun
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Profound Lore
2014 album from this Chicago/Minneapolis black metal band. The group features ex-NACHTMYSTIUM guitarist Jeff Wilson & his work with the band definitely carries over into the sound of WOLVHAMMER. Imagine a mix of the "Assassins..." era NACHTMYSTIUM with stuff like CRAFT & even some classic black metal ala early CELTIC FROST.
Available at: All Stores
New CD $12.99

Siamese Twins
Still Corner
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Eunuch
Debut full-length from Boston/Chicago band SIAMESE TWINS. We've got a thing for the three-piece lineup but this isn't a power-trio, per se, but rather Creation Records-style dream pop. Also, the song- writing chops are there with members who are or used to be in LIBYANS & AMPERE. Speaking of, WILL from AMPERE recorded & mastered this & he knows what the hell he's doing. One of the best of 2014, already! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $11.99

Davidians
Davidians Born 2 Chewz
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Deranged
YES!!! DAVIDIANS is two ex-members of the late DOUBLE NEGATIVE along with BRIAN WALSBY & COLIN SWANSON (VOIGHT-KAMPF). Jarring, dark post-punk. VERY GOOD.
Available at: All Stores
New 45 $4.99

Circles
Shadowgraph (w/ Download)
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Diminished Arcs
Debut album from Chicago/Milwaukee band CIRCLES is bouncy, guitar-bass-drums-organ driven pop. Clearly born of the simple desire to make music, the heart in this LP is evident. Ex-members of quite a few excellent bands doesn't hurt: FRANCE HAS THE BOMB (so good), PONYS, FOOTBALL & on & on. RECOMMENDED!
Available at: All Stores
New LP $14.99

Various Artists
Tliltic Tlapoyauak (3lp, W/ Booklet) Black Twilight Circle Compilation
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Ajna
Triple-LP compilation featuring bands entwined in the BLACK TWILIGHT CIRCLE collective of American black metal musicians. The different styles of black metal represented here crosses the entire spectrum, but all of it is pretty twisted & kinda psychedelic. Very, very cool stuff on the Ajna Offensive label.
Available at: Broadway and Loop
New LP $54.99