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In-Store Performance: ANTHRAX in-store signing at 2PM!   01/30/2016  
Anthrax will release their first studio album in over three years, For All Kings, on February 26th.

On January 30th, they will be at Reckless Records on Milwaukee Avenue at 2PM to sign copies of their brand new custom playing cards, which come with two instant downloads and will be good for a full album download on February 26th.

They will also sign posters (Reckless will provide these day-of) with purchase of the cards.

They will sign one additional item with purchase of the cards.

PRICE OF CARDS will be $14.99.  
Reckless Records 2015 employee best of lists   12/22/2015  
TIM QUINLAN
freddie gibbs - shadow of a doubt
kendrick lamar - to pimp a butterfly
oddisee - the good fight
jamie xx - in colour
disasterpeace - it follows (soundtrack)
drake - if you're reading this, it's too late
viet cong - viet cong
sun ra - to those of earth and other worlds
jim o'rourke - simple songs
earl sweatshirt - i don't like shit, i don't go outside
tuxedo - s/t

STEVEN RAHMAN

J.Cole - 2014 Forest Hills Drive
Cole World's best project to date, poignant & artful. He's shown flashes of this kind of music, but he's never put it together this way.

Phryme - Phryme

Royce & Preem. If that was all, you know how dope it is. On top of that the soundscape is built from samples of Adrian Younge's catalog. It's interesting to see Premiere draw from one source like this, plus Royce is rhyming his behind off.

D'Angelo & the Vanguard - Black Messiah

Another December 2014 entry. This on the account of being D'angelo is at the very least an incredibly important record, but add to that the interesting textural decisions in these compositions, & you get a soul record that people would have claimed impossible in this day & age.

2015:

Joey Bada$$ - B4.DA.$$.
People want to call the Pro.Era movement throwback, & it's obvious that the 90s was a major influence, Joey is a new school emcee with old school flavor. Take a listen, this will surprise you by being polished & really well structured. From a 19 year old wunderkind...

Lupe Fiasco - Tetsuo & Youth
Only Lupe could open up a record with an 8 minute BAR FEST! BARS, BARS, BARS! Just pure emceeing that makes you listen over & over. What makes this great though is the content & Lupe's ability to write lyrically intricate raps that few can match, while maintaining a topical approach that is unique & political.

Rhiannon Giddens - Tomorrow is My Turn
This Carolina Chocolate Drops member has one of the most beautiful voices. Pure in tone with a beautiful ability to imbue emotion with a moan or a growl or a whine, she's able to carry classic songs with gravitas, & bring them to modern listeners in an approachable way.

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
This is an avant garde approach to Hip Hop in many ways, but it's so rooted in traditional Black music. Soul, Jazz, Funk, & Gospel all make brief appearances here to create a distinct listening experience.

Earl Sweatshirt - I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside
Don't let the title scare you away. Earl's newest record is amazingly heavy, dark, & oppressive feeling, but it's not a sad or depressing record. It doesn't scream of joy. Instead it's thoughtful, lyrically dense, & enveloping.

The Internet - Ego Death
Syd tha Kid & Matt Martians are bringing the R&B band to the new millennium. Ego Death features a polished production sound which isn't surprising given the members of this band, & the sound features references to many different artists including Pharrell & N*E*R*D*, Dwele, Jamiroquai, & even some Sade. Combined with Syd's fey, but earnest voice, makes for one of the best R&B records of recent memory.

SiR - Seven Sundays
Beautiful soulful stuff out of Inglewood. Sometimes seems to grow out of a Curtis Mayfield tradition, amazing arrangements & harmonies in the songs & an incredible voice. A short, single listen burst of dope modern R&B.

Doomtree - All Hands
One of the best respected crews in all of Hip Hop, Doomtree makes passionate hard-hitting music. Born out of a punk aesthetic but couldn't be more straightforward with the beats & rhymes as these are some of the most technically inclined MCs in the game. This can make you think & make you dance.

Cecile McLorin Salvant - For One To Love
I can't do enough to sing the praises of Ms. Salvant. Her ability to sing with style, class, range & a sincerely wicked sense of humor. She's a reminder of the great jazz-singers, Etta, Billie, Sarah... & the Aaron Diehl trio which plays with her is just about perfect for her, a great match.

Rapper Big Pooh & Nottz - Home Sweet Home
I was sure this was gonna be good, Pooh over some Nottz from VA beats, that just sounds like a great record waiting to happen, but I never expected it to be nearly PERFECT. Pooh has always been a bit underrated, but on this he shines, particularly because these beats that Nottz put together for him, are absolutely magnificent.

Oddisee - The Good Fight
Oddisee is one of my favorites doing it today,as a producer & MC, & he keeps growing in both. He's added some melodies to his flow, & he keeps upping the difficulty with rhymes & concepts. The Good fight is just another in a long series of excellent Hip Hop records.

Clear Soul Forces - Fab Five
The nerdiest of Rap, spit with dexterity & skill unmatched. It's the kind of Rap music that people rarely hear. Its intelligent & referential without ever feeling corny or overwrought, & the production from AML alum Nameless, helps to carry the "Back Pack Sub-Woofer Rap" to crazy heights.

Jamison Ross - Jamison
Thelonious Monk award winner, Jamison Ross's debut is all about showing the musician's ability to do multiple things. A genius on the drums, his ability to lead a band, & to sing were rather unknown. This record is a complete show of his talents & definitely worth the pick-up.

Honorable Mentions:
Bilal - In Another Life
Bird & the Bee - Recreational Love
Moonchild - Please Rewind
Various Artists (Mello Music Group) - Persona
Open Mike Eagle - A Special Episode Of
Metric - Pagans in Vegas
Ludacris - Ludaversal
Alessia Cara - Know-it-All
Hiatus Kaiyote - Choose Your Weapon
Quarter Street - Quarter Street
Action Bronson - Mr. Wonderful

BILLY SMITH
These eleven items in release date order were aurally exciting.
The funny part is, I haven't seen the actual movies that
some of these soundtracks are for. Life, man.

Olafur Arnalds "Broadchurch" Score (Mercury)
Cliff Martinez "My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn" (Milan)
Swervedriver "I Wasn't Born To Lose You" (Cobraside)
Godspeed You Black Emperor "Asunder, Sweet & Other Distress"
"It Follows" Soundtrack by Disasterpeace (Milan)
Olafur Arnalds & Alice Sara Ott "The Chopin Project" (Mercury)
Faith No More "Sol Invictus" (Reclamation!)
Lou Barlow "Brace The Wave" (Joyful Noise)
Uncle Acid "The Night Creeper" (Rise Above)
Leon Bridges "Coming Home" (Columbia)
Johann Johannsson "Sicario" Score (Varese Sarabande)


DAVE HOFER
Antigama - The Insolent & live at Maryland Deathfest (Selfmadegod)
A$AP Rocky - At.Long.Last.A$AP (RCA)
Entheos - Primal EP (Self-released)
Fuck the Facts/Fistfuck - Split 10" (Noise Salvation)
Fuck the Facts - Desire Will Rot LP (Noise Salvation)
Guilty Simpson - Detroit’s Son (Stones Throw)
Immortal Bird - Empress/Abscess (Broken Limbs)
Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire - Merry eX-Mas & SMD 2 mixtape (Self-released)
Mutoid Man - Bleeder & live at Reggie’s (Sargent House)
Napalm Death - Apex Predator: Easy Meat (Century Media)
Rae Sremmurd - SremmLife (EarDrummers/Interscope)
Run the Jewels - Bust No Moves 12” (Mass Appeal)
Teething - Ralph 7” (Dingleberry)
Waxahatchee - Ivy Tripp (Merge)
V/A - The Music of Grand Theft Auto V (Mass Appeal

CHARISSA TOLENTINO
Universal Togetherness Band (Numero Group compilation)
Aphex Twin – Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments PT2 (Warp EP)
Aphex Twin – MARCHROMT30A EDIT 2B 96 (Warp 12”)
AFX – orphaned deejay selek 2006-2008 (Warp EP)
Connan Mockasin – Caramel (Reissued 2013 | Purchased 2015. Mexican Summer)
Natural Information Society & Bitchin Bajas – Automaginary (Drag City)
Wand – 1000 Days (Drag City)
Sun City Girls – Torch of the Mystics (Reissue – Abduction)
Bing & Ruth – City Lake (RVNG Intl.)
Alessandro Cortini – Risveglio (Hospital)
Maki Asakawa s/t (Honest Jon's Records Reissue)
Disasterpeace – It Follows OST
Lizzy Mercier Descloux – Press Color (Light In the Attic)
Floating Points – Elaenia (Luaka Bop | Pluto)
Future – Dirty Sprite 2 (Epic 512725)
Tame Impala – Currents (Interscope Records)
J Dilla – Dillatronic (Vintage Vibez Music Group)
Ken Camden – Dream Memory (Kranky)
Benjamin – Arriving (Cherries Records)
Daniela Casa – Sovrapposizione Di Immagini (Finders Keepers)
Moon Duo – Shadow of the Sun (Sacred Bones Records)
Implodes – Reverser (Gilead Media)
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly (Interscope | Aftermath | Top Dawg)
Arnold Dreyblatt – The Orchestra of Excited Strings “Nodal Excitation” (Drag City)
Francoise Hardy – Tous Les Garçons Et Les Filles (Light In the Attic)

PHILIP CERZA
2015 Albums I loved, in no particular order except the order they come to mind, so I guess that must mean something in its own way, or maybe not, I don't know, I just work here:
Perpetual Motion People - Ezra Furman
No Cities To Love - Sleater-Kinney
Natalie Prass S/T
25 - Adele
Gone By The Dawn - Shannon and The Clams
Time To Go Home - Chastity Belt
Sound and Color - Alabama Shakes (See also: THUNDERBITCH)
Ivy Tripp - Waxahatchee
Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit - Courtney Barnett
Fading Frontier - Deerhunter
Painted Shut - Hop Along
Star Wars - Wilco
I Love You Honeybear - Father John Misty
Mr. Wonderful - Action Bronson
Beat The Champ - The Mountain Goats
Something More Than Free - Jason Isbell
To Pimp A Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar
Weirdo Shrine - La Luz
Aureate Gloom - of Montreal
Ratchet - Shamir
On Your Own Love Again - Jessica Pratt
The Agent Intellect - Protomartyr
I Want To Grow Up - Colleen Green
Art Angels - Grimes
Divers - Joanna Newsom
Songs I overplayed: "Hotline Bling" "Cool For The Summer" "FourFiveSeconds" "Dimed Out" "Cubs in Five"
Movies I liked: Mad Max, Inherent Vice, Love & Mercy, Dope, Trainwreck, Nasty Baby, Lost River, Creed
Other stuff I dug: Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl - Carrie Brownstein, Hamilton, The Best Show, Last Week Tonight, Parks & Rec, Master of None, Broad City, Wet Hot American Summer, Pork Magazine, Burger Records, Light In The Attic, finally seeing Jonathan Richman live, A Very Murray Christmas

JAKE LINGAN
Jim O'Rourke- "Simple Songs" (Drag City)
Laurel Halo- "In Situ" (Honest Jon's)
Wume- "Maintain" (Ehse)
Ono- "Spooks" (Moniker)
Quicksails- "Fleurs De La Lune" (Captcha)
Lizzy Mercier Descloux- "Press Color" reissue (Light In The Attic)
Expert Alterations- "You Can't Always Be Liked" (Kanine)
Oneohtrix Point Never- "Garden of Delete" (Warp)
Sapropelic Pycnic- "See Sun Think Shadow" (Perfect Wave)
Circuit Des Yeux- "In Plain Speech" (Thrill Jockey)
When- "The Black Death" (Ideologic Organ)
HKE & t e l e p a t h- "Gateway" (Baro)
Liquid Liquid 12" reissues (Superior Viaduct)
Beatriz Ferreyra- "GRM Works" (Recollection GRM)
AFX- "Orphaned Deejay Selek 2006 - 2008" (Warp)
Michel Redolfi- "Pacific Tubular Waves/ Immersion" (Recollection GRM)
"Ork Records: New York, New York" compilation (Numero)
Magas- "Heads Plus" (Midwich)
Led Zeppelin- "Physical Graffiti" reissue (Atlantic)

MAGAS 2015 FAVORITES

Maki Asakawa - S/T 2LP (Honest Jon’s)
Masahiko Satoh - Belladonna LP (Finders Keepers)
Patrick Cowley - Muscle Up 2LP (Dark Entries)
Second Layer - World of Rubber 2LP (Dark Entries)
Harry Pussy - S/T LP (Superior Viaduct) reissue
Sun City Girls - Torch of the Mystics LP (Abduction) reissue
DJ Clent - Last Bus to Lake Park 2LP (Duck ‘n’ Cover)
Alessandro Alessandroni - Industrial LP (Dead Cert)
Mike Broers - Stagma EP 12” (Clear)
The Velvet Underground - The Complete Matrix Tapes 4CD (Universal/Polydor)
RP Boo - Fingers, Bank Pads & Shoe Prints 2LP (Planet Mu)
Bill Orcutt & Jacob Felix Heule - Colonial Donuts LP (Palilalia)
Ron Morelli - A Gathering Together LP (Hospital)
Fit Siegel - Carmine 12” (Fit)
Jlin - Dark Energy 2LP (Planet Mu)
I.B.M. - From the Land of Rape & Honey (The Suppressed Tapes) 1995-2005 2LP (Interdimensional Transmissions)
Fingers Inc. - Another Side 3LP (Alleviated) reissue
Aaron Dilloway - Psychic Driving Tapes LP (Trilogy Tapes)
Wolf Eyes - I Am a Problem: Mind in Pieces LP (Third Man)
FP Oner - 5 2LP (Mule Musiq)
Gesloten Cirkel M1 & M2 !2”s (Murdercapital)
Moon Pool and Dead Band - MEQ 2LP (Midwich)*
Magas - Heads Plus 12” EP (Midwich)*
Viands - Temporal Relics LP (Midwich)*
Mick Travis - Face Disappears After Interrogation 12” EP (Midwich)*

*Full disclosure...I put these out!

ANGELA ZILES
Top 25
Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly (Top Dawg Entertainment)
Bjork - Vulnicura (One Little Indian)
Beach House - Thank Your Lucky Stars (Sub Pop)
Weedeater – Goliathan (Season of Mist)
Four Tet – Morning/Evening (Temporary Residence, Ltd)
Viet Cong – Viet Cong (Jagjaguwar)
Natural Information Society & Bitchin’ Bajas – Automaginary (Drag City)
Sun Ra and His Arkestra (Gilles Peterson presents) – To Those Of Earth And Other Worlds (Strut)
Earl Sweatshirt I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside (Columbia)
Tuxedo – Tuxedo (Stones Throw)
AFX (Aphex Twin) – Orphaned Deejay Selek 2006-2008 (Warp)
Disrotted- Disrotted (Diseased Audio)
Jeremih - Late Nights (Def Jam)
DJ Clent - Last Bus To Lake Park (Duck N' Cover)
Joshua Abrams - Magneticoception (Eremite)
Leon Bridges - Coming Home (Columbia)
Ken Camden - Dream Memory (Kranky)
Goatsnake – Black Age Blues (Southern Lord)
Skull Decay - Not Titled (self-released)
Various Artists Compilations & Mississippi Records Releases:
V/A – Saigon Rock & Soul (Sublime Frequencies)
V/A - Studio One Jump Up (Soul Jazz)
V/A – I’m In A Strange Town: Blues & Gospel 1927-2967 LP (Mississippi)
Idrissa Soumaoro - Ampsa LP (Mississippi)
Norma Lyon - The Music of Norma Lyon (Little Axe)
Lum Guffin - Lum Guffin (Mississippi)

Best Song:
Chance The Rapper - Angels

Best Music Video:
Missy Elliott - WTF
(She's back!)

Best Live Performance:
Iggy Pop at Riot Fest

MATT JENCIK
Michael Angelo S/T reissue
Big|Brave Au De La
Bjork Vulnicura
Ken Camden Dream Memory
John Carpenter Lost Themes
Circuit Des Yeux In Plain Speech
Clay Rendering Snowthorn
Disasterpeace It Follows soundtrack
Arnold Dreyblatt Orchestra of Excited Strings: Nodal Excitation reissue
Enslaved In Times
Flying Saucer Attack Instrumentals 2015
Steve Hauschildt Where All is Fled
High Aura’d/Mike Shiflet Awake LP
Lamartine Reportage reissue
Led Zeppelin reissues
Kedr Livanskiy Sgoraet 12”
Magas Heads Plus
Mariah Utakata No Hibi (reissue)
Matchess Somnaphoria
Moral And Life is… (reissue)
Steve Moore The Guest soundtrack
Morbus Chron Sweven (2014 release that I listened to more than most 2015 releases)
Fred Myrow & Malcolm Seagrave Phantasm soundtrack (reissue)
Natural Information Society & Bitchin Bajas Autoimaginary
Negative Scanner S/T
Jimmy Page Sound Tracks reissue
Jessica Pratt On Your Own Love Again
Rat Columns Fooling Around EP
SCREAM FACTORY DVD LABEL
Second Layer World of Rubber reissue
Spires That in the Sunset Rise Beasts in the Garden
Kurt Stenzel Jodorowsky’s Dune soundtrack
Tame Impala Currents
Thee Speaking Canaries Platter Base Must be Constructed of Moon Rock
Tribulation Children of the Night
Tropic of Cancer Stop Suffering EP
Kurt Vile B’lieve I’m Goin Down
Wapassou S/T reissue
Elyse Weinberg Greasepaint Smile (reissue)
Wrekmeister Harmonies Night of Your Ascension
Zombi Shape Shift
V/A Brown Acid: The First Trip
V/A Cold Waves of Color VOL. 1 & 2
V/A Ork Records: New York, New York
Scream Factory DVD/Blu-Ray label

SHOWS
Chameleons Vox
Circuit Des Yeux
Enslaved
Negative Scanner
Ride
Soulside
Tribulation
Wolf Eyes
Zombi

CHRIS W.

BEST HIP HOP / R&B ALBUMS OF 2015
1) THE WEEKND "Beauty Behind the Madness" (REPUBLIC RECORDS)
2) BIG BOI & PHANTOGRAM "Big Grams" (EPIC RECORDS)
3) SNOOP DOGG "Bush" (DOGGYSTYLE RECORDS)
4) PRINCE "HITnRUN PHASE ONE" (NPG)
5) TINASHE "Amethyst Mixtape" (SELF-RELEASED)
6) GUILTY SIMPSON "Detroit's Son" (STONES THROW)
7) A$AP ROCKY "At.Long.Last.A$AP" (A$AP WORLDWIDE)
8) KENDRICK LAMAR "To Pimp a Butterfly" (TOP DAWG/AFTERMATH)
9) GOLDEN RULES "Golden Ticket" (LEX RECORDS)
10) ABRA "BLQ Velvet EP" (577114 RECORDS DK)
11) THE INTERNET "Ego Death" (ODD FUTURE)
12) HEMLOCK ERNST & MADLIB "Trouble Knows Me EP" (RAPPCATS)
13) KELELA "Hallucinogen EP" (WARP RECORDS)
14) GHOSTFACE KILLAH & BADBADNOTGOOD "Sour Soul" (LEX RECORDS)
15) TRAVIS SCOTT "Rodeo" (EPIC RECORDS)


HONORABLE MENTIONS
*every song released by RIHANNA throughout the year
*NIYKEE HEATON's Soundcloud

BEST ALBUMS OF 2015 (... THE REST OF THEM ALPHABETICALLY)
ACTIVE CHILD "Mercy" (VAGRANT)
ALABAMA SHAKES "Sound + Color" (ATO RECORDS)
APHEX TWIN "Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt. 2" (WARP RECORDS)
COURTNEY BARNETT "Sometime I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit" (MILK)
GEOFF BARROW & BEN SALISBURY "Ex Machina (soundtrack)" (BACK LOT MUSIC)
DEAN BLUNT "Babyfather EP" (SELF-RELEASED)
CHVRCHES "Every Open Eye" (GLASSNOTE ENTERTAINMENT)
MARIE DAVIDSON "Un Autre Voyage" (HOLODECK RECORDS)
DERADOORIAN "The Expanding Flower Planet" (ANTICON)
GRIMES "Art Angels" (4AD)
KACY HILL "Bloo EP" (G.O.O.D. MUSIC)
JENNY HVAL "Apocalypse, Girl" (SACRED BONES)
INVENTIONS "Maze of Woods" (TEMPORARY RESIDENCE)
JAMES PANTS "Savage" (STONES THROW)
JENNYLEE "Right On!" (ROUGH TRADE)
LANA DEL REY "Honeymoon" (INTERSCOPE)
LEWIS "Hawaiian Breeze" (FIASCO BROS. STUDIOS)
CLIFF MARTINEZ "The Knick: Season 2 (soundtrack)" (MILAN RECORDS)
ELA ORLEANS "Upper Hell" (HB RECORDINGS)
SHLOHMO "Dark Red" (TRUE PANTHER SOUNDS)
SOKO "My Dreams Dictate My Reality" (BECAUSE MUSIC)
SON LUX "Bones" (GLASSNOTE ENTERTAINMENT)
THE THE "Hyena (soundtrack)" (CINÉOLA)
UNCLE ACID & THE DEADBEATS "The Night Creeper" (RISE ABOVE RECORDS)
U.S. GIRLS "Half Free" (4AD)
WIRE "Wire" (PINK FLAG)
CHELSEA WOLFE "Abyss" (SARGENT HOUSE)
JAMIE WOON "Making Time" (POLYDOR)
ZOMES "Near Unison" (DISCHORD)
YOUNG EJECTA "The Planet EP" (DRIFTLESS)

ANTHONY ILLARDE
AMBROSE SLADE Beginnings (Morgan Blue Town LP)
BROADCAST catalog reissue (Warp LPs)
THE CITY Now That Everything's Been Said (Light In The Attic LP)
BOB CREWE The Complete Recordings (Real Gone Music 2CD)
ROBIN GIBB Saved By The Bell: The Collected Works Of Robin Gibb 1968-1970 (Rhino 3CD)
REALLY RED Teaching You The Fear: The Complete Collection 1979-1985 (Alternative Tentacles LP)
ROYAL JESTERS English Oldies (Numero LP/CD)
SAVAGE BELIEFS Big Big Sky: A Recorded History of Savage Beliefs (Alona's Dream LP/CD)
SEEDS Evil Hoodoo (Big Beat 10")
EPIC SOUNDTRACKS Rise Above (Easy Action 2CD reissue)
SUN RA To Those Of Earth...And Other Worlds (Strut 2LP)
VARIOUS Back From The Grave Volumes 9 & 10 (Crypt LPs)
VARIOUS Early Pakistani Dance Music 1967-75 (Ovular LP)

DENNIS DUNAWAY Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs! (Thomas Dunne Books)
BOBBY HART Psychedelic Bubble Gum (Select Books)
MeTV FM 87.7

JACOB KART
1. Mary Halvorson, Meltframe, Firehouse12.
2. Sam Prekop, The Republic, Thrill Jockey
3. Ryley Walker, Primrose Green, Dead Oceans
4. Tyondai Braxton, HIVE1, nonesuch
5. Rob Mazurek, Galactic Parables vol 1, cuneiform
6. Never Enough Hope, The Gravity of Our Commitment, Milk Factory Productions,
7. Dan Friel, Life, Thrill Jockey
8. Frank Rosaly, Malo, Utech Records
9. Josh Berman, A Dance And A Hop, Delmark
10. Nick Mazzarella, Ultraviolet, International Anthem

CHARLES TAYLOR
BEST JAZZ OF 2015
Olie Brice/Tobias Delius/Mark Sanders: Somersaults (free jazz record of the year!)
Ideal Bread: Beating The Teens
Hoodoo Blues & Roots Magic: s/t
Joshua Abrams: Magnetoception
William Parker: for those who are, still
Kirk Knuffke: Little Cross
John Russell: with…. (Emanem)
Kris Davis: Save Your Breath
Evan Parker: 3 Nights At Café Oto

ADAM CAVANAUGH
Top Ten releases of 2015
(in no particular order)

1.) Fabio Frizzi - "The Beyond" (soundtrack, reissue)
Death Waltz records
2.) Disasterpeace - "It Follows" (soundtrack)
Milan records
3.) Radioactivity - "Silent Kill"
Dirtnap records
4.) Make-Overs - "Wardrobe Malfunction"
KRNGY records
5.) Thing - "Thing"
Solid Sex Lovie Doll records
6.) John Carpenter - "Lost Themes"
Sacred Bones records
7.) Yuzo Koshiro - "Streets of Rage" (video game soundtrack)
Data Discs records
8.) Various Artists - "NES Greatest Hits Vol. 1"
Moonshake records
9.) Riz Ortolani - "Cannibal Holocaust" (soundtrack, reissue)
Death Waltz/ One Way Static/ Mondo
10.) Oppenheimer Analysis - "New Mexico" (reissue)
Minimal Wave records

HONORABLE MENTIONS
- Junichi Masuda - "Pokemon Red/Blue" (soundtrack)
Moonshake Records
- Slasher Dave - "Exorcisms"
Bellyache Records
- Disasterpeace - "FEZ" (soundtrack)
Polytron


EMILY ELHAJ
ALBUMS

Jessica Pratt - On Your Own Love Again (Drag City)
Thelma and the Sleaze - Greatest Hits Live (Self)
Erykah Badu - But You Caint Use My Phone (Self)
Flying Saucer Attack - Instrumentals (Drag City)
Itasca - Unmoored By the Wind (New Images)
Bjork - Vulnicura (One Little Indian)
Salad Boys - Metalmania (Trouble In Mind)
Broken Water - Wrought (Night People)
Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit (Milk)
Joanne Robertson - Black Moon Days (Feeding Tube)
Tina - Sink cassette (Sophomore Lounge)
Johnny Young - II cassette (Voyager Golden)
Nest Egg - Respectable (Bathetic)
Barnett + Coloccia - Weld (Blackest Ever Black)
Moses Sumney - Mid-City Island (Self) 2014
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love (Jagjaguwar)
Dean Blunt - Babyfather (Self)
Xam - Tone Systems (Deep Distance)
Ryley Walker - Primrose Green (Dead Oceans)
Beach House - Depression Cherry (Sub Pop)
Charles Cohen - Brother I Prove You Wrong (Morphine)
Chaos Echoes - Transient (Nuclear War Now)
Toupée - Leg Toucher (Moniker)
Red Sea - In the Salon (Bayonet)
Lionlimb - Turnstile 7” (Bayonet)
Promised Land Sound - For Use and Delight (Paradise of Bachelors)
U.S. Girls - Half Free (4AD)
Arthur Russell - Corn (Audika)
Deerhunter - Fading Frontier (4AD)
The Cairo Gang - Goes Missing (Drag City)
Jaye Bartell - Loyalty (Sinderlyn)
Dick Diver - Melbourne, Florida (Trouble In Mind)
Floating Points - Elaenia (Pluto)
Kamasi Washington - The Epic (Brainfeeder)
V/A - Bobby Gillespie Presents: Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down (Ace Records)
V/A - Ultra High Frequencies: The Chicago Party (Numero Group)
Leon Bridges - Coming Home (Columbia)
Daniel Bachman - River (Three Lobed)

REISSUES

Promise - s/t (Got Kinda Lost)
Arvo Pärt - Passio (AJNA)
Broadcast LPs (Warp)
Spooner Oldham - Pot Luck (Light in the Attic)
Willie Nelson - Teatro (Light in The Attic)
The Wild Poppies - Heroine (Manufactured Recordings)

SHOWS

Exhibit BE featuring Dead Prez, Erykah Badu, Trombone Shorty
Laneway Festival
La Luz/ Shivas, Siberia
The Sal Show, Circle Bar
Ryley Walker/ Steve Gunn, Gasa Gasa
Swans, El Rey
Sleep/Thou, The Civic
Wume, Oval Space
Kevin Morby, The Lexington
Jenny Hval, Cafe OTO
Mayor Daley, Meatpie
Me & My Dog, Dublin
High, Siberia
Angel Olsen, Lisbon, Portugal
Thelma & The Sleaze, Turn One
Charles Bradley, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
Kendrick Lamar, The Civic
Peaches, One Eyed Jacks
J Fernandez, Moth Club
Disappears, 100 Club
Mdou Moctar, Cafe OTO

BENJAMIN CROWELL
in alphabetical order:

Advance Base - Nephew In The Wild (Orindal)
William Basinski - Cascade (Temporary Residence)
James Blackshaw - Summoning Suns (Important)
Disasterpeace - It Follows OST (Milan)
Flying Saucer Attack - Instrumentals 2015 (Drag City)
Arthur Russell - Corn (Audika)
Silkworm - It'll Be Cool (Touch and Go)
Kurt Stenzel - Jodorowsky's Dune OST (Cinewax/ Light In The Attic)
Tropic Of Cancer - Stop Suffering (Blackest Ever Black)
Wrekmeister Harmonies - Night Of Your Ascension (Thrill Jockey)

ZACH CAPUTO
M3LL155X by FKA Twigs (experimental r&b)
Time To Go Home by Chastity Belt (garage rock)
Rose Mountain by Screaming Females (punk/indie rock)
Fingers, Bank Pads, and Shoe Prints by RP Boo (footwork/dance)
Zipper Down by Eagles of Death Metal (garage rock/rock n’ roll)
Death Magic by HEALTH (synthpunk/dance punk)
Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress by Godspeed You! Black Emperor (post-rock/noise rock)
To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar (jazz fusion/funk/hip-hop)
Lost Themes by John Carpenter (ambient/electronic)
Holding Hands With Jamie by Girl Band (post-punk/noise rock)
The Day Is My Enemy by The Prodigy (dance punk/big beat)
The Powers That B by Death Grips (experimental/noise/hip-hop/punk)
Severe by My Disco (doom metal/noise)
This Is The Sonics by The Sonics (GARAGE ROCK DAMN IT)
Dumb Flesh by Blanck Mass (electronica/noisy dance)
Garden of Delete by Oneohtrix Point Never (experimental)
i’ve always been good at true love by the ily’s (garage rock/experimental punk/lo-fi) [free digital download only]
No Cities to Love by Sleater-Kinney (post-punk/indie rock)
Fantasy Empire by Lightning Bolt (noise rock/metal)
The Epic by Kamasi Washington (jazz fusion)
Key Markets by Sleaford Mods (punk/spoken word)
Summertime ’06 by Vince Staples (hip-hop/gangster rap)
II by METZ (noise rock/punk)
CHRISTIAN KECK
In no particular order

Girlpool - When The World Was Small
Beach House - Depression Cherry
Beach House - Thank Your Lucky Stars
Myrkur - M
Tame Impala - Currents
Lightning Bolt - Fantasy Empire
Shamir - Ratchet
Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late
Circuit De Yeux - In Plain Speech
The Body & Thou - You, Whom I have Always Hated

MICHAEL FEERICK
-The Velvet Teen - All Is Illusory
-Title Fight - Hyperview
-The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die - Harmlessness
-Tame Impala - Currents
-Panda Bear - Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
-Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
-Disasterpeace - It Follows soundtrack
-Protomartyr - The Agent Intellect
-Ought - Sun Coming Down
-Katie Dey - Asdfasdf

J DAVID CARTWRIGHT
Piper Spray: Krolorog
Wei Zhongle: Nu Trance
Oneohtrix Point Never: Garden of Delete
Julia Holter: Have You in My Wilderness
Eartheater: Metalepsis
The Body and Thou: You, Whom I Have Always Hated
Foodman: Couldwork
Tropic of Cancer: Stop Suffering
Wolf Eyes: I am a Problem: Mind in Pieces
death's dynamic shroud.wmv: I'll Try Living Like This


JAMES RUMSEY
Dark Ages/Vapor/Sorry State Records
https://sorrystaterecords.bandcamp.com/album/vapor
Institute/Catharsis/Sacred Bones
https://institute.bandcamp.com/
The Almighty Deacons/Beat Up the World/Ciabatta Brain Tapes
https://thedeacons.bandcamp.com/releases
Inner Alter/Volume 1/Ritual Knife
https://inneraltar.bandcamp.com/releases
Chasm/DEMO/Self Released
https://chasmbloodychasm.bandcamp.com/releases
Blind Dog/DEMO/Ciabatta Brain Tapes
https://blinddog.bandcamp.com/album/demo
Phantom Head/South of Heaven/Self Released
https://phantomhead.bandcamp.com/album/south-of-heaven
American Hate/Greatest Hits/Self Released
https://americanhate.bandcamp.com/
The Conquerors/I Don't Know/High Dive Records
https://theeconquerors.bandcamp.com/album/i-dont-know-i-see-you

Blue Healer/MMXV Demo/Self Released
thebluehealer.bandcamp.com

THOR JORGENSON
TENEMENT - PREDATORY HEADLIGHTS
CASTLE - DOLLAR STORE GRIN
LOS CRUDOS - DOBLE LP DISCOGRAFIA
WEEDEATER - GOLIATHAN
CURREN$Y - PILOT TALK III

GAR BRANDT
Top stuff list
No particular order

Bolt Thrower: IVth Crusade
Neko Case: Truckdriver/ Gladiator/ Mule
Genesis P. Orridge: Rebellion Is Over
LCD Soundsystem: Yr Citys a Sucker
Public Image Limited: Bettie Page
Cocksure: Corporate Sting
Sam Phillips: Man Who Invented Rock N Roll
Fuzz: Fuzz II
Citizen Dick: Touch Me I'm Dick
Fuck You Pay Me: Public Disgrace
Meat Wave: Delusion Moon
Foals: What Went Down
Ghost: Meliora
Kadavar: Berlin
Sword: HIgh Country
Nurse With Wound: Sylvie & Babs
Chelsea Wolfe: Abyss
Western Star: Fireball

DVD
Salad days: A Decade of Punk In Washington DC

Friday Night Live Most Played:
Swans: Gate
Useless Eaters: Live In San Francisco

Best In Show:
Cannibal Corpse
Cattle Decapitation

At Durty Nellies: Downtown Palatine!!!!!!

Best In Store:
Insane Clown Posse
@WP

KEVIN HEIN
2015 favs-
RELEASE OF THE YEAR
Telepath- Virtual Dreams Plaza (t e l e p a t h テレパシー能力者 - 仮想夢プラザ)
(I know, I know, it’s a travesty for me to put a digital release in my top slot, but i’d be a LIAR if I said anything else did it for me like this one does.. 31 tracks, each over 31 minutes long.. resented as a colossal 16 hour album. Ambient sample regurgitation/meditations ala Caretaker, gentle dreamy cascading loops that gradually and subtly change over the course of the track. Many of them sound vaguely familiar, recalling previous dreams and memories, both real & imagined. Each track really takes you to another world- seriously check this one out folks. A physical edition is coming early 2016!
-https://telepathtelepath.bandcamp.com/album/--32

~2015 most-played, most enjoyed- in no particular order~
Auscultation- L’Etreinte Imaginaire (Simply one of the best house records i’ve ever heard.. every second of this thing grooves like a motherfucker and is perfect in every way)
2814- Birth Of A New Day (Akin to floating above the violet haze of a neon lit metropolis at night- LPs coming to Reckless soon!)
V/A- Skyward Territories (the Difference Clouds side- new levels of Akira OST vibes. Futuristic cyberpunk noir at it’s best)
Charli XCX- Sucker (Bubblegum perfection, fun cranked to 11)
Jefre Cantu Ledesma- A Year With 13 Moons (Lush chorus of the Cocteaus meets the surf of Hecker’s blistering noise)
Grimes- Art Angels (Just like audible candy, so catchy and sticky and sickly sweet. Extremely polished and well produced, good luck topping this one)
Swervedriver- I wasn’t Born To Lose You (Real rock music, and the best “reunion” album since Dino Jr’s “Beyond”)
Drake- If You’re Reading This… (never thought i’d like Drizzy.. but I couldn’t ignore the ambience behind the beats.. the masterful production really pulls the listener into new sonic worlds)
Kyle Landstra- Unshared Properties (Contemporary meditative synthesis at it’s best, the rightful heir to Steve Roach’s throne)

~Honorable Mentions~
Drawing Trees/Ant’lrd- Balanced Breakfast (soft and pleasant like a sunny spring morning)
Broadcast reissues (much needed!)
Televape- Beyond Love (Alien VHS funk submerged underwater)
Onra- Fundamentals (90s feel-good rap)
Palmbomen II- S/T (home-made analog techno)
Ryley Walker- Primrose Green (folk ripper’s best)
death’s dynamic shroud.wmv- I’ll Try Living Like This (Plunderphonic mastery- no “mash-up” artist can do it like these guys)
Journeyman Traxx- Smoke Tape (the freshest classic sounding techno jams)
Panda Bear- Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper (PB <3s Brian Wilson)
Skylar Spence- Prom King (Saint Pepsi <3s Daft Punk)
Pulse Emitter- Digital Rainforest (Daryl finds the gunk knob and cranks it to the max)
Mac Demarco- Another One (just like the title)
No Joy- Everything New (new is good)
Lapalux- Lustmore (alien roomsound electronics)
Jaakko Eino Kalevi- S/T (laid back lounge pop)
Dr. Dundiff- Frenemies With Benefits (summer boombox jam)
Best Coast- California Nights (stadium sized power pop)
Steve Hauschildt- Where All Is Fled (electro-acoustic pleasantness)

Favorite label in 2015- Dream Catalogue
https://dreamcatalogue.bandcamp.com/
Say what you will about whatever “vaporwave” means.. ignore the hashtags, memes, and bad web art and just listen.. This label is installing dreams into your brain and putting out the music i’ve always wanted to hear. Very happy to announce that Reckless will be carrying Dream Catalogue tapes and LPs in 2016- keep your eyes peeled!

TIANA ZEROM
RAP (alphabetical order)
A$AP Rocky - At. Long. Last. ASAP (RCA)
Big Grams - Big Grams (Epic)
Blackalicious - Imani Vol 1 (OGM Recordings)
Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly (Interscope)
Mick Jenkins - Wave[s] (Cinematic)

POP (alphabetical order)
Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color (ATO)
Bird and the Bee - Recreational Love (Rostrum)
Charli XCX - Sucker (Atlantic)
Empress Of - Me (Terrible)
Florence + the Machine - How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (Republic)
Holychild - The Shape of Brat Pop to Come (Glassnote Records)
Hudson Mohawke - Lantern (Warp)
Lianne La Havas - Blood (Warner Bros.)
Jamie xx - In Colour (XL)
U.S. Girls - Half Free (4AD)

EVERYTHING ELSE (alphabetical order)
Cécile McLorin Salvant - For One To Love (Mack Avenue Records)
D'Angelo and The Vanguard - Black Messiah (RCA)
Erykah Badu - But You Caint Use My Phone (Motown)
Gary Clark Jr - The Story of Sonny Boy Slim (Warner Bros.)
Hiatus Kaiyote - Choose Your Weapon (Flying Buddha)
The Internet - Ego Death (Odd Future)
Janelle Monae - Wondaland Presents: The Eephus (Epic)
Kamasi Washington - The Epic (Brainfeeder)
Kelela - Hallucinogen (Warp)
Leon Bridges - Coming Home (Columbia)

Honorable Mention
Beirut - No No No (4ad)
Eleventh Dream Day - Works for Tomorrow (Thrill Jockey)
Lion Babe - Begin (Interscope)
Lupe Fiasco - Tetsuo & Youth (1st & 15th/Atlantic
Paul Weller - Saturns Patterns (Warner)
Prince - Hit N Run: Phase One (NPG Records)
Protomartyr - Agent Intellect (Subpop)
Shamir - Ratchet (XL)
Sleater-Kinney - No Cities To Love (Sub Pop)
Swervedriver - I Wasn't Born To Lose You (Lolipop Records)
Tame Impala - Currents (Interscope)
Tanlines - Mixed Emotions (True Panther)
Tinashe - Amethyst (self-release)
Toro Y Moi - What For? (Carpark)
Veruca Salt - Ghost Notes (El Camino)

Top 5 Singles (alphabetical order)
I don't need to remind you about hits like 7/11 or BBHMM. Lean On was inescapable, and everybody has heard Take Me To Church and Uptown Funk. Here are my personal favorites.

Alessia Cara - Here
A$AP Rocky ft. Rod Stewart, Miguel & Mark Ronson - Everyday
Beck - Dreams
MS MR - Painted
Nicki Minaj ft. Beyonce - Feeling Myself

FAVORITE MOVIE
Ex Machina
I take it you're familiar with Oscar Isaac from Inside Llewyn Davis by the Coen Brothers (if you haven't seen that, just stop reading, and go watch that now). Well, here's another film starring this talented actor. This taut sci-fi thriller is way more exciting than Gravity and The Martian and comes highly recommended!

BRIT ISHEIM
AFK - orphaned deejay selek 2006-2008
Aphex Twin - Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2
Maki Asakawa - Maki Asakawa
BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah - Sour Soul
Björk - Vulnicura
Karen Dalton - It's So Hard To Tell Who's Going To Love You The Best
Death Grips - The Powers That B
(shoutout to Fashion Week)
Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear
Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
Lightning Bolt - Fantasy Empire
MAGAS - Heads Plus
Micachu & The Shapes - Oh Baby
Moon Pool and Dead Band - MEQ
Second Layer - World Of Rubber
Kamasi Washington - The Epic
Chelsea Wolfe - Abyss
Various - In A Moment... Ghost Box
and lastly, for that special cat in your life...
Run The Jewels - Meow The Jewels

TOM WALCZYK
Records I've really enjoyed in 2015
*** No Particular order***

Ought-- Sun Coming Down (Constellation)
Disappears -- Irreal (Kranky)
Beach slang -- The Things We Do To Find People Who Like Us (Polyvinyl)
Broadcast-- LP reissues (Warp)
Protomartyr-- Agent Intellect (Hardly Art)
Replacements Twin Tone Years LP Box Set (Rhino)
Viet Cong-- S/T (Jagjaguwar)
Melvins-- Lice- All/ Egg Nog
Melvins-- Bullhead/ Ozma (Boner)
Ty Segall-- Ty Rex LP (Goner)
Color of Noise --(Soundtrack & Documentary)
Sleater-Kinney-- No Cities To Love (Sub-Pop)
Negative Scanner-- S/T (Trouble in Mind)
Timmy Organism-- Heartless Heathen (Third Man)
Dead Weather-- Dodge & Burn (Third Man)

CHELSEA WELCH
Best of List 2015
New Releases

Viands/ Temporal Relics (Midwich)
Patrick Cowley/ Muscle Up (Dark Entries)
Karin Krog/ Don't Just Sing/ An Anthology 1963-1999 (Light in the Attic)
Wume/ Maintain (Ehse)
Jessica Pratt/ On Your Own Love Again (Drag City)
Wire (S/T) (Pink Flag)
Bjork/ Vulnicura (Little Indian)
Kurt Stenzel/ Jodorowsky's Dune (Light in the Attic)

Reissues

Lizzy Mercier Descloux/ Press color (Light In the Attic)
Liquid Liquid/ (s/t)/ (Superior Viaduct)
Vega, Chilton, Vaughn/ Cubist Blues (Light in the Attic)
Mariah/ Utakata No Hibi (Palto Flats)
Laraaji/ Ambient 3: Day of Radiance (Glitterbeat)
Arthur Russell/ Corn (Audika)
Broadcast/ Catalog Reissues (Warp)

LEA BOARD
Jamie XX "In Colour"
Metz "II"
Wand "Golem"
Kendrick Lamar "To Pimp A Butterfly"
Mike Krol "Turkey"
Fuzz "II"
Car Seat Headrest "Teens of Style"
Jacco Gardner "Hypnophobia"
Tame Impala "Currents"
Kurt Vile "B'lieve I'm Goin' Down"

OLIVE PANTER
2015 best, in no order

u.s. girls - half-free
mitski - bury me at makeout creek [2014 but late, gotta count]
girlpool - before the world was big
sufjan stevens - carrie and lowell
eskimeau - O.K.
teen - little doods
staple singers - freedom highway complete (reissue)
julia holter - have you in my wilderness
dick diver - melbourne, florida
wavves - v
sleater-kinney - no cities to love
arthur russell - corn (reissue-ish)
yo la tengo - stuff like that
shannon and the clams - gone by the dawn

SARAH FRIER
(no order whatsoever)

Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit & Think...
Waxahatchee - Ivy Tripp
Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
Ty Segall - Ty Rex
New Order - Music Complete
Jlin - Dark Energy
Sleater Kinney - No Cities To Love
Kurt Vile - b'lieve I'm going down
Destroyer - Poison Season
Father John Misty - I Love You Honeybear
Tame Impala - Currents
Disappears - Irreal
Mac Demarco - Another One
Mikal Cronin - MCIII
Protomartyr - The Agent Intellect
Pulp - Different Class (reissue)

RYAN SCACCIA
1. Godspeed You! Black Emperor "Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress"
2. Cloakroom "Further Out"
3. John Carpenter "Lost Themes"
4. Zombi "Shape Shift"
5. Eleventh Dream Day "Works for Tomorrow"
6. Zomes "Near Unison"
7. Uncle Acid "The Night Creeper"
8. Meatwave "Delusion Moon"
9. Sun Kil Moon "Universal Themes"
10. William Onyeabor "Atomic Bomb" (Reissue!)

EMILY BEH
Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
Bjork - Vulnicura (instrumental)
Purity Ring - Another Eternity
Ezra Furman - Perpetual Motional People
Chelsea Wolfe - Abyss
LIanne La Havas - Blood
Tunde Olaniran - Transgressor
Grimes - Art Angels
Metz - II
G.L.O.S.S. - Demo

MELISSA GRUBBS
Joshua Abrams -Magnetoception
Maki Asakawa - Maki Asakawa
Broadcast (catalog reissues)
Ken Camden - Dream Memory
Neko Case (reissues)
Circuit Des Yeux - In Plain Speech
Lizzy Mercier Descloux- Press color (reissue)
Patrick Cowley - Muscle Up
Disasterpeace - It Follows soundtrack
Disappears - Irreal
Fingers Inc.- Another Side (reissue)
Francoise Hardy – catalog reissues (cds out now, lps out soon)
Implodes – Reverser
The Internet - Ego Death
Kendrick Lamar-To Pimp A Butterfly
Led Zeppelin (catalog reissues)
Liquid Liquid (reissue)
Magas- Heads Plus
Spooner Oldham - Pot Luck (reissue)
Ork Records: New York, New York compilation
Run the Jewels - Bust No Moves 12”
Second Layer - World Of Rubber (reissue)
Kurt Stenzel Jodorowsky’s Dune soundtrack
Swervedriver- I wasn’t Born To Lose You
Tame Impala- Currents
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats- The Night Creeper
Universal Togetherness Band- Universal Togetherness Band
Mariah - Utakata No Hibi (reissue)
Kamasi Washington - The Epic
Chelsea Wolfe - Abyss
Wume - Maintain

Friends of Reckless

BRIAN CASE - Disappears
jenny hval - apocalypse, girl
adrian sherwood - sherwood at the controls: volume 1
the necks - vertigo
diät - positive energy
beach house - thank your lucky stars
sleater kinney - no cities to love
shopping - why choose
savant - artificial dance
big brave - au de la
valet - nature
girl band - holding hands with jamie
negative scanner - negative scanner
LoneLady - Hinterland
ben salisbury & geoff barrow - ex machina
colleen - captain of none
wire - wire
james murphy - remixes made with tennis data
viet cong - viet cong
metz - II
tomaga - familiar obstacles
housewives - work
föllakzoid - III
regis - manbait

BRETT ANDREW GROSSMAN

Twenty-Five Things About 2015

Faith Healer "Cosmic Troubles" (Mint)
Domenique Dumont "Comme Ça" (Antinote)
Deerhunter "Fading Frontier" (4ad)
Car Seat Headrest "Teens of Style" (Matador)
Viet Cong "Viet Cong" (Jagjaguar)
Sufjan Stevens "Carrie & Lowell" (asthmatic kitty records)
Colleen "Captain of None" (Thrill Jockey)
Destroyer "Poison Season" (Merge Records)
Girlpool "Before the World was Big" (wichita)
Inventions "Maze of Woods" (Temporary Residence)
Panda Bear "Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper" (Domino)
Implodes "Reverser" (Kranky)
Tame Impala "Currents" (Interscope)
Helen "Original Faces" (Kranky)
Julia Holter "Have you in my Wilderness" (Domino)
Deerhunter "Fading Frontier" (4ad)
William Basinski "Deluge" (Temporary Residence)
Lullatone "Sounds of Spring" (Self)
Joanna Newsom "Divers" (Drag City)
Veruca Salt "Ghost Notes" (El Camino Media)
Colleen Green "I want to Grow up" (Hardly Art)
In a Moment… Ghost Box Compilation
Ken Camden "Dream Memory" (Kranky)
Giovanni Di Domenico & Jim O'Rourke "Arco" (Die Schachtel)
Earl Sweatshirt "I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside: An Album by Earl Sweatshirt" (Columbia)

Reissues
Egisto Macchi "Il Deserto"(Cinedelic)
Musiques electroniques en France 1974 - 1984 (Replica)
Early Pakistani Dance Music From Original 7" Soundtracks 1967-1975 (Ovular)

DAVID MARTIN - Omnian Music Group/ Captured Tracks
LPs
1. Dick Diver - “Melbourne Florida” LP Trouble In Mind
2. Don Howland - “Life Is A Nightmare” 12XU
3. Meg Baird - “Don’t Weigh Down The Light” Drag City
4. Courtney Barnett - “Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit” Mom + Pop
5. The Silence - "Hark The Silence" & S/T Drag City
6. Ryley Walker - “Primrose Green” Dead Oceans
7. Russell St Bombings - S/T Smart Guy Records
8. Carousel - “2113” TeePee
9. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - “Freedom Tower” Shove Records / Mom + Pop
10. Dave Rawlings Machine - “Nashville Obsolete” Acony Records
11. Drinks - “Hermits On Holiday” Birth Records
12. Circuit Des Yeux - “In Plain Speech” Thrill Jockey
13. Salad Boys - “Metalmania” Trouble In Mind
14. Protomartyr - “The Agent Intellect” Hardly Art Records
15. F ingers “Hide Before Dinner” Blackest Ever Black
16. Prinzhorn Dance School - “Home Economics” DFA
17. Ultimate Painting - “Green Lanes” Trouble In Mind
18. Deaf Wish - “Pain” Sub Pop
19. Eleventh Dream Day - “Works For Tomorrow” Thrill Jockey
20. Masami Kawaguchi - “The Mad Guitar Sings” Black Petal
21. Home Blitz - “Foremost & Fair” Richie Records
22. Kurt Vile - “Believe I’m Goin’ (Deep) Down - Matador Records
23. Yo La Tengo - “Stuff Like That There” Matador Records
24. Pole - “Wald”
25. Obnox - “Boogalou Reed” 12XU

7”s / 12”s / EP’s
1. Savoy Motel - “Souvenir Shop Rock” b/w Hot One” Official Memorabilia
2. Lower - "I’m A Lazy Son…But I’m The Only Son” Escho / Matador
3. Mac McCaughan - “Box Batteries” b/w “Whatever Light"
4. Novelist x Mumdance - “1 Sec” b/w “Shook” XL Recordings
5. Implodes - “Reverser” Gilead Media
6. S/cks - “Cut Bait” b/w “Enemies List” Mind Cure Records
7. The Gories - “Be Nice” b/w “On The Run” Third Man Records
8. Howling Hex - “Butterfly” b/w “Party Shoes” Drag City
9. Exhaustion - “Phased Out” 12XU
10. feedtime - “flatiron” b/w “stick up jack” Sup Pop

Reissues
1. Speaking Canaries - “Platter Base Must Be Constructed Of Moon Rock” Chunklet Industries
2. Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments - “Straight To Video” Straight To Video
3. Scharpling & Wurster - “The Best of The Best Show” Numero
4. Billy Synth - “Off The Deep End” & “We Have You Surrounded” Mind Cure
5. Dean Carter - Call Of The Wild” Big Beat
6. Pack - S/T Ugly Pop
7. Youth Brigade - “First Demo” Dischord
8. Cate Le Bon -"Me Oh My” The Control Group
9. Discharge - “Toronto ’83 In The Cold Night” Ugly Pop
10. Teengenerate - “Live At Shelter” Ugly Pop
11. Stooges - “Have Some Fun: Live At Ungano’s” Rhino
12. Dead Moon - “Live At Satyricon” Voodoo Doughnuts / Mississippi Records
13. Deathwish - S/T Disclaim Records
14. B-52’s - “Live 8-24-1979” Rhino
15. V/A - “Destroy All Art” Rock ’N Roll Parasite Records
16. V/A - “We’re Loud - 90’s Cassette Punk Unknowns” Black Gladiator / Slovenly Records
17. The Girls - “Punk-Dada Pulchritude” Feeding Tube
18. Blast - “Damned Flame” b/w “Hope” Death Vault Records
19. Rema Rema “Entry / Exit” Inflammable Material / Le Coq Musique
20. 39 Clocks - “Subnarcotic” Luxury Product
21. Rolling Stones - “The Marquee Club Live in 1971” Eagle Vision
22. Steve Treatment - “All Dressed For Tomorrow” Messthetics / Munster
23. Jimi Hendrix - “Hear My Music” *& “Freedom: The Atlanta Pop Festival 1970” Dagger / Sony
24. Kim Salmon & the Surrealists - “Ya Gotta Let Me Do My Thing” Bang
25. Mars - “Mars Archives Volume One” Feeding Tube

Live shows
Savoy Motel @ Berlin & Union Pool
Sue Garner / Alan Licht / Lee Ranaldo @ Trans Pecos
Girlschool @ St Vitus
Dick Diver @ Cake Shop & Babys Allright
Gotobeds everywhere, every time
Total Control @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg
Glue @ Palisades
Salad Boys @ Palisades
Meg Baird @ Union Pool
Carousel @ The Cake Shop & The Wick
Ultimate Painting @ Rough Trade
75 Dollar Bill @ Trans Pecos & birthday parties
Eleventh Dream Day & Antietam @ Mercury Lounge
Protomartyr, Car Seat Headrest @ Santo’s Party House
Damon & Naomi / Elisa Ambrogio @ The Bell House
Dark Blue @ Rough Trade & Mercury Lounge
Deaf Wish @ Alphaville
Melvins @ Santo’s Party House
Circuit Des Yeux @ Trans Pecos & Academy Records
Connections @ Cake Shop
Obnox @ Pianos
Holly Herndon @ The Wick

SHELLY WESTERHAUSEN - Secretly Distribution
Alphabetized because I’m horrible at picking favorites:
ALL DOGS - Kicking Every Day (Salinas)
GUN OUTFIT - Dream All Over (Paradise of Bachelors)
JOHN CARPENTER - Lost Themes (Sacred Bones Records)
KURT VILE - b'lieve i'm goin down (Matador)
LA LUZ - Weirdo Shrine (Hardly Art)
OUGHT - Sun Coming Down (Constellation)
RYLEY WALKER - Primrose Green (Dead Oceans)
SHANNON AND THE CLAMS - Gone By The Dawn (Hardly Art)
SHANA CLEVELAND & THE SANDCASTLES - Oh Man, Cover the Ground (Suicide Squeeze Records)
SHOPPING - Consumer Complaints (FatCat Records)
THEE TSUNAMIS - Saturday Night Sweetheart (Magnetic South)
TORRES - Sprinter (Partisan)
ULTIMATE PAINTING - Green Lanes (Trouble In Mind)
VIET CONG - Viet Cong (Jagjaguwar)
WAXAHATCHEE - Ivy Tripp (Merge)

HENRY OWINGS - Chunklet
Pinecones (now known as Arbor Labor Union)
anything Wayne Rogers
Destroy All Art
Screature
Mutual Jerk
Honey Radar
Salad Boys
Uniform (both NY and GA iterations)
Deep in the Throat of Texas
Spray Paint

J.R. ROBINSON - Wrekmeister Harmonies
Trevor Jackson Presents: Science Fiction Dancehall Classics
Bell Witch - Four Phantoms
Lily Chao - Chinese Folk Songs
Leviathan - Scar Sighted
Rose McDowall - Cut With the Cake Knife
Sergius Golowin - Lord Krishna von Golowin
Shows:
Kevin Drumm @ Chicago Cultural Center Oct 9 2015
Fountain Sun @ Bohemian Cemetery July 2 2015
Helen Money @ Alex's Bar Dec 10 2015
The Body / Full of Hell @ Empty Bottle Aug 2015

Books:
Karl Ove Knausgard - My Struggle
Rachel Kushner - The Flamethrowers
Frank Stafford - What About This : The Collected Poems of Frank Stafford

VINCENT TORNATORE - Lion Productions

C. Duncan "Architect" just about the only new music I listened to all year, apart from the new Bowie single, which I also thought was excellent

Television "Marquee Moon" one of the best records I've listened to in this or any other year; I tacked on some alternates + tracks from "Adventure" to make my own super Television mix

Wapassou "S/T" sure, it's on Lion, but it's one of my favorites of the year; i listen to my own releases more than anything else, since I have to shepherd them through all stages of production. Checking the masters means listening to something nine or ten times (at least).

Velvet Underground take your pick: Matrix Tapes box, super deluxe of third album (my personal favorite)

Pastels/Tenniscoats "Two Sunsets" new for me, although it's several years old; bought used from Reckless!

Roxy Music 'Mother of Pearl' fade in after the spastic opening, the rest is stupendous

Laurence Vanay (Jacqueline Thibault) "Le Petite Fenêtre" another one of mine, beautiful stuff

Beethoven piano concerti, played by Wilhelm Kempff if only classical labels approached their catalogues the way the best reissue labels do... although at least the music gets out into the world.

Big Star returned to their catalogue after many years, glad I did

Zoot Money "Transition" cheap CD, great songs, excellent mastering... 'Stop the Wedding'

Various "Duke Reid Treasure Chest" old o/p Heartbeat label collection, some of the purest music ever made...

the Deep "Psychedelic Moods of the Deep" 3xLP I just found out this morning that Rusty Evans (alias Marcus) died a couple of weeks ago. The person who told me about Rusty also pointed out that my label was the only one to ever issue Freak Scene (CD), Marcus (2xCD), and the Deep. I'm glad to have had a hand in promoting the legacy of one of the true greats of psychedelia. This set took a lot of twists and turns, which is why it ended up a triple LP; proud of how it came out (same with our Tin House LP+EP) even though the greater public doesn't seem to know much about it, thanks to saturation bombing from the majors (too many LPs), the narrow focus of social media, etc. I sure wish there were more stores out there like Reckless... that's a fact.

BRIAN FOOTE [aka leech. of kranky, peak oil, audraglint, conflict of interest]

here are my favorite 2015 releases excluding all the incredible music i am involved with in some personal capacity.

gonno 'remember that life is beautiful' endless flight
lief ‘taraxacum' until my heart stops
aci edits '/7' aught
rorys world 'trust image' 1080p
fl0rist 'phenomena ep' all caps
sotofett 'drippin for a tripp [tripp a dubb mix]' honest jons
young thug 'slime season' not on label
savant 'artificial dance' rvng
karmelloz 'silicon forest' cleaning tapes
amnesia scanner 'angels rig hook' gum artefacts
soichi terada 'sounds from the far east' rush hour
mariah 'うたかたの日々' palto flats
fit siegel ‘carmine' fit
j-zbel 'how i made my mom & sis my sexbot slaves' brothers from different mothers
peder mannerfelt 'the swedish congo record' archives intérieures
recycle culture 'trapped goddess' not on label
sun of 'social zombies' opal tapes
e.r. 'qen sew' 1432r
color plus ‘netcika’ bootleg tapes
road hog 'on the lam' not on label
sk kakraba 'songs of paapieye' awesome tapes from africa
lapti 'v tiraj' ГОСТ ЗВУК
plo man ’stations of the elevated' acting pressdj haus 'burnin up' rinse fm
aris kindt ‘floods' scissor & thread
jeremih 'late nights: the album' def jam

Stephen Sowley
2015
No order:
Diat–Positive Energy LP

Aeon Fux–I’m Gonna Beat The Fuck Out Of Terry Richardson mp3
Erykah Badu–But You Caint Use My Phone Mixtape

Joshua Abrams–Magnetoception DLP

Regis-Manbait DLP

Hungry Man--Eater LP

Courtney Barnett–Sometimes I Sit And Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit LP
Scharpling & Wurster–The Best Of The Best Show Boxset

Bjork–Vulnicura DLP

Vince Staples--Summertime '06

Mike Krol–Turkey LP

Obnox, period.

G.L.O.S.S, period.

Bully, period.

Malportado Kids at Weenie Hut Jr’s
Aye Nako–The Blackest Eye 12″

Heather Leigh–I Abused Animal LP

Theo Parrish–American Intelligence TLP

Total Control at the Bottle

D’Angelo & The Vanguard–Black Messiah DLP

Screaming Females–Rose Mountain LP

Colonial Donuts in Oakland, CA
Mozart–The Tick cassette

Laurel Halo–In-Situ D12″

A.P. Mike–Michael Perry mp3

Eddie Palmieri at Symphony Center

Kendrick Lamar–To Pimp A Butterfly DLP

Jason Lescaleet & Kevin Drumm at Constellation

Te-Nehisi Coates–Between The World And Me

Protomartyr–The Agent Intellect LP

Missy Elliot–WTF mp3

Violence Creeps–On My Turf 7″

The Coneheads–LP1//C.C.T.V–S/T 7″
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Reckless Records 2014 Employee Best of Lists   12/18/2014  
Whitney Mercer
(in no real order)

Ariel Kalma – “An Evolutionary Music” (RVNG)
Nils Frahm – “Spaces” (Erased Tapes)(technically end of 2013)
Steve Gunn & Mike Cooper – “FRKWYS Vol. 11: Cantos de Lisboa” (RVNG)
Ryley Walker – “All Kinds of You” (Tompkins Square)
Watter – “This World” (Temporary Residence)
Death Blues – “Ensemble” (Rhythmplex)
Hailu Mergia & the Walias – “Tche Belew” (Reissue, Awesome Tapes From Africa)
Grouper – “Ruins” (Kranky)
Ben Frost – “A U R O R A” (Mute)D
Delia Derbyshire & Barry Bermange – “Dreams: Inventions for Radio”
Shellac – “Dude Incredible” (Touch & Go)
Goat – “Commune” (Sub Pop)
Budos Band – “Burnt Offering” (Daptone)
Fugazi – “First Demo” (Dischord)
Ought – “More Than Any Other Day” (Constellation)
Hookworms – “Hum” (Weird World)
Flying Lotus – “You’re Dead” (Warp)
Ex Hex – “Rips” (Merge)
Sleater Kinney REISSUES!
Poison Girls REISSUES!
BEST PERFORMANCE AT AN EERIE NON-VENUE: Wrekmeister Harmonies (at Bohemian National Cemetery)
FAVORITE NEW (legit) VENUE: Thalia Hall

Charles Taylor
Captain Beefheart – Sun Zoom Spark
John Coltrane – Offering
Large Unit – Erta Ale
Steve Lehman – Mise En Abime
Sun Ra – Sign Of The Myth
Mary Halvorson – Reverse Blue
Ken Vandermark – The Midwest School
Anthony Braxton – Trio 2013
Augustus Pablo – Born To Dub You
Gussie Presenting: The Right Tracks

Jim Magas
Theo Parrish – American Intelligence 3LP (Sound Signature)
Consumer Electronics – Estuary English 2LP (Dirter)
Beau Wanzer – Beau Wanzer LP (Beau Wanzer)
Beau Wanzer – Power Outage 10″ (Nation)
Quintron – Spellcaster II: Death In Space LP (Pizza Burglar)
Da Sampla – Westside Sessions 2LP+7″ (Wild Oats)
Bobby Beausoleil – Lucifer Rising Suite 4CD (Anja)
Destroy All Monsters – Hot Box 1974-1994 3LP (Munster)
Jay Denham – Karmatic Equations 2LP (Wild Oats)
Raspberry Bulbs – Privacy LP (Blackest Ever Black)
Jack Ruby – Hit & Run 2CD (St. Cecilia Knows)
Various Artists – Science Fiction Park Bundesrepublik 2LP (Cache Cache)
Omar S. – FXHE mix CDs (FXHE)
Sleaford Mods – Divide & Exit LP (Harbinger Sound)
Sleaford Mods – Chubbed Up+ CD (Ipecac)
Oren Ambarchi – Stacte Karaoke 12″ (Black Truffle)
Ninos Du Brasil – Novos Mistérios (Hospital)
Reagenz – Periodic Table 3×12″ (The Bunker NY)
Objekt – Flatland 2LP (Pan)
Larry Heard – Alien 2LP (Alleviated)

Billy Smith
DAMIEN JURADO “BROTHERS & SISTERS OF THE ETERNAL SON” (SECRETLY CAN)
WARPAINT “WARPAINT” (ROUGH TRADE)
JOHANN JOHANSSON “MCCANICK (SOUNDTRACK)” (MILAN)
SKY FERREIRA “NIGHT TIME, MY TIME” (CAPITOL)
BAPTISTS “BLOODMINES” (SOUTHERN LORD)
DUSTIN O’HALLORAN “BREATHE IN (SOUNDTRACK)” (MILAN)
VARIOUS ARTISTS “GIPSY RHUMBA” (SOULJAZZ)
STEFAN WESOLOWSKI “LIEBESTOD” (IMPREC)
SOUNDGARDEN “SUPERUNKNOWN 20TH ANNIVERSARY” (A&M)
CHEAP GIRLS “FAMOUS GRAVES” (XTRA MILE)
CORY BRANAN “NO-HIT WONDER” (BLOODSHOT)
BENJAMIN BOOKER “BENJAMIN BOOKER” (ATO)
OLD 97’S “MOST MESSED UP” (ATO)
MAGGIE BJORKLUND “SHAKEN” (BLOODSHOT)
WINGED VICTORY FOR THE SULLEN “ATOMOS” (KRANKY)
JON HOPKINS “ASLEEP VERSIONS EP” (DOMINO)

Dave Hofer
Benighted – Carnivore Sublime (Season of Mist)
Clipse – Hell Hath No Fury LP (Get on Down) first time on vinyl
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Pinata LP (Madlib Invazion)
Gridlink – Longhena LP (Handshake, Inc)
Iron Reagan – Tyranny of Will LP (Relapse)
Lawrence Arms – Metropole LP (Epitaph)
Jason Netherton – Extremity Retained BOOK (Handshake, Inc)
Plebeian Grandstand – Lowgazers LP (Throatruiner)
​Run the Jewels – RTJ2 LP (Mass Appeal)​
Suicide Machines – Destruction By Definition LP (Asbestos) first time on vinyl
Teitanblood – Death LP (Ajna Offensive)​

Sarah Frier
SBTRKT – WONDER WHERE WE LAND
TOM PETTY – HYPNOTIC EYE
J MASCIS – TIED TO A STAR
UNWOUND – NO ENERGY
EX HEX – RIPS
HORRORS – LUMINOUS
WOO – INTO THE HEART OF LOVE (REISSUE)
HOLY WAVE – RELAX
FUTURE ISLANDS – SINGLES
WAR ON DRUGS – LOST IN THE DREAM
GOAT – COMMUNE
ANGEL OLSEN – BURN YOUR FIRE FOR NO WITNESS
LIARS – MESS
TY SEGALL – MANIPULATOR
SHELLAC – DUDE INCREDIBLE

Matt Orenstein
Bitchin Bajas – s/t
Ex Hex – Rips
Shellac – Dude Incredible
Slushy – Pastime Gardens
Aphex Twin – Caustic Window
Michael Jackson – Xcape
People Under the Stairs – 12 Step Program
Chromeo – White Women
Loscil – Sea Island
Run The Jewels – Run the Jewels 2

CHRIS W.
MY FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2014 (non Hip-Hip/R&B)
25) ZOLA JESUS “Taiga” (MUTE)
24) LIARS “Mess” (MUTE)
23) GOAT “Commune” (Sub Pop)
22) WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM “Celestite” (ARTEMISIA)
21) LEYLAND KIRBY “Breaks My Heart Each Time” (APOLLO)
20) MELVINS “Hold It In” (IPECAC)
19) TRENT REZNOR & ATTICUS ROSS “Gone Girl (soundtrack)” (COLUMBIA)
18) INVENTIONS (MATTHEW COOPER & MARK T. SMITH) “Inventions” (TEMPORARY RESIDENCE)
17) BOHREN & DER CLUB OF GORE “Piano Nights” (IPECAC)
16) THOM YORKE “Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes” (SELF-RELEASED)
15) FKA twigs “LP1″ (YOUNG TURKS)
14) DUM DUM GIRLS “Too True” (SUB POP)
13) ANGEL OLSEN “Burn Your Fire For No Witness” (JAGJAGUWAR)
12) CLIFF MARTINEZ “The Knick (Music from the Original Series) (soundtrack)” (MILAN RECORDS)
11) BRYAN FERRY “Avonmore” (BMG)
10) WARPAINT “Warpaint” (ROUGH TRADE)
9) MICA LEVI “Under the Skin (soundtrack)” (MILAN RECORDS)
8) THE ACID “Liminal” (MUTE/INFECTIOUS)
7) DEAN BLUNT “Black Metal” (ROUGH TRADE)
6) EDWARD KA-SPEL & PHILIPPE PETIT “Are You Receiving Us, Planet Earth?” (RUSTBLADE)
5) EARTH “Primitive and Deadly” (SOUTHERN LORD)
4) JANE WEAVER “The Silver Globe” (FINDERS KEEPERS)
3) LANA DEL REY “Ultraviolence” (UMG RECORDINGS)
2) ST. VINCENT “St. Vincent” (LOMA VISTA/ REPUBLIC)
1) FUTURE ISLANDS “Singles” (4AD)

MY FAVORITE HIP HOP/R&B ALBUMS OF 2014

15) DIE ANTWOORD “Donker Mag” (ZEF)
14) BLACK KNIGHTS “Medieval Chamber” (RECORD COLLECTION)
13) BLACK MILK “If There’s a Hell Below” (COMPUTER UGLY)
12) SHABAZZ PALACES “Lese Majesty” (SUB POP)
11) THEOPHILUS LONDON “Vibes” (WARNER BROS.)
10) GHOSTFACE KILLAH “36 Seasons” (SALVATION/TOMMY BOY)
9) GIRL TALK & FREEWAY “Broken Ankles EP” (DATPIFF.COM)
8) TREE “The MCTREEG EP” (SCION AV PRESENTS)
7) PRINCE & 3rdEYEGIRL “PlectrumElectrum” (NPG/WARNER BROS.)
6) HOMEBOY SANDMAN “White Sands EP” (STONES THROW)
5) KID CUDI “Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon” (WICKED AWESOME/REPUBLIC)
4) ROME FORTUNE “Beautiful Pimp 2″ & “Small VVorld” (DATPIFF.COM)
3) FREDDIE GIBBS & MADLIB “Piñata” (MADLIB INVAZION)
2) THE ROOTS “…And Then You Shoot Your Cousin” (DEF JAM)
1) PRINCE “Art Official Age” (NPG/WARNER BROS.)

Lea Board
(In no particular order)
1. Ty Segall “Manipulator”
2. Cloud Nothings “Here and No Where Else”
3. Balduin “All in a Dream”
4. Zig Zags “Zig Zags”
5. Pink Mountaintops “Get Back”
6. Twin Peaks “Wild Onion”
7. Temples “Sun Structures”
8. Taylor Swift “1989”
9. Ex Hex “Rips”
10. Angel Olsen “Burn Your Fire For No Witness”
11. Meatbodies “Meatbodies”
12. Flying Lotus “You’re Dead!”
13. Various Artists “Killed by Deathrock Vol. 1″
14. Hookworms “Hum”
15. White Fence “For the Recently Found Innocent”

Steven Rahman
In no particular order:

1) Mello Music Group’s 2014 Catalog

I tried really hard to narrow this down, but after really thinking about it, I could make a year end list of just stuff from this label. If you like Hip Hop, you WILL find something in this year’s releases that you will be listening to for years to come. Probably my most favoritest of the group is the Castle “Return of the Gasface: the Has-Lo Passages.” DOPE!

2) Hari Kondabolu “Waiting for 2042″

I don’t think I’ve ever included a comedy record, but Hari is not just funny, he’s funny, poignant, deeply relevant, & totally worth a listen.

3) The Internet “Feel Good”

Technically this was released at the end of last year, but for whatever reason there was a re-release issued this year, so… yeah. The Internet (OFWGKTA) is Syd the Kyd & Matt Martians. Many know of Syd as the engineer for a number of the early OF tapes, but here she serves as lyricist & vocalist. She’s got this really soft, sweet voice that really works well to compliment the grooves that Matt Martians put down on the bass & synthesizers. So cleanly produced, it sounds wonderful.

4) Robert Ellis “Lights from the Chemical Plant”

I’d include this just for the absolutely amazing cover of Paul Simon’s “Still Crazy After All These Years,” but this album is more than that. The writing is amazing. And while this is a much more Pop album than his prior work, but it’s still so very purely country & I really really like it.

5) Otis Brown III “The Thought of You”

Excellent Jazz record. There’s a lot of action happening on this record, it’s very deep & layered, & beautiful. Brown leads from the drums without overwhelming the other wonderful musicians he’s playing with: Subtle fills & elaborations that give weight to the percussion in a way that makes him the star while he carries the weight of the rhythm.

6) Kimbra “The Golden Echo”

Probably best known for here collaboration with Gotye on the most ubiquitous song of last year & her incredibly colorful, quirky videos, she came to my attention through a cover of Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop til You Get Enough” she did with Janelle Monae. “The Golden Echo” is a combination of R&B ideas with electronic instrumentation & big pop elements, & her voice is big & beautiful & expertly manipulated for some really cool textures.

7) Run the Jewels “RTJ2″

The internet’s immediate response to this record? Pictures of cars exploding. That’s it that’s all. Just a bunch of people telling the world that the “RTJ2″ record was so awesome, it was destroying vehicles, & while the internet is prone to exaggeration… it’s actually that good.

8) The Roots “& Then You Shoot Your Cousin”

The Roots are in a whole new place, slowly but surely making strides in the incorporation of elements we’ve never heard in Hip Hop. They’re breaking down & rebuilding the genre before our very eyes & while it’s not the jazzy boom bap of the early days, there’s something about this record that when you hear it sort of screams the Roots.

9) Cyhi the Prynce “Hystori: Black History Project”

Every crew has a member that just sort of comes off weak… Until this record I thought Cyhi was the weak link of the G.O.O.D. Music label, but this right here, BANGS. This is two 15s in a Cadillac music. Straight up punchlines, street talk, & a lot of references to Black historical figures.

10) Big K.R.I.T “Cadillactica”

Speaking of 2 15s & a Cadillac music… Krizzle’s “Cadillactica” takes all the mixtape promise & puts it together for a Def Jam release that will have you rattling windows, & cruising through the hood at 12mph. Amazing, powerful rap music with one foot in the church & one foot in the shake joint.

P.S. Childish Gambino “Because the Internet”

I know, I know this actually came out in December of last year, & I was gonna leave it off the list, but it totally deserves a spot. This one was good from the first listen, it also has a very weird feel to it, Gambino is already left of center, but this is worlds better than “Camp” or the mixtapes. It draws from a lot of sources, there’s some Yeezus in there; a whole lot of Drake; a little “Channel Orange” for good measure, but this record owes as much to the major players in pop today as it does to Andre 3000 & the “Love Below.” Yeah Gambino can be corny, but the music’s still dope.

Honorable mentions:

Ana Tijoux “Vengo,” Oasis “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory [Reissue],” Lee Corey Oswald “Regards,” Schoolboy Q “Oxymoron,” Cheap Girls “Famous Graves,” Jose James “While You Were Sleeping,” Weezer “Everything Will Be Alright in the End,” Homeboy Sandman “Hallways”

Thor Jorgenson
EYEHATEGOD – EYEHATEGOD
ST. VINCENT – ST. VINCENT
CASTLE & HAS-LO – RETURN OF GASFACE
FREDDIE GIBBS & MADLIB – COCAINE PINATA
FLOOR – OBLATION

Derek Medley
Aphex Twin — “Syro”
Atom TM — “Ground Loop”
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma — “Songs of Forgiveness/ Songs of Remembrance”
Jordan de la Sierra — “Gymnosphere”
Delia Derbyshire/ Barry Bermange — “The Dreams: Inventions for Radio”
Tom Dissevelt — “Fantasy in Orbit”
Future Sound of London — “Environment 5″
Roberto Gerhard — “Electronic Explorations”
Angus MacLise — “New York Electronic, 1965″
Aleksi Perälä — “Colundi Sequence”
Jean-Claude Risset — “Music from Computer”
VHS Head — “Persistence of Vision”

Reilly Gill
not in any particular order…
– ex cult “midnight passenger” (goner records)
– gap dream “shine your light” (burger records)
– shabazz palaces “lese majesty” (sub pop)
-d’angelo & the vanguard “black messiah” (rca)
– king tuff “black moon spell” (sub pop)
– interpol “el pintor” (matador)
– white fence “for the recently found innocent” (drag city)
– j fernandez “memorize now” (Atelier ciseaux)
– liars “mess” (mute)
– todd terje “it’s album time” (olsen)
– war on drugs “lost in the dream” (secretly canadian)
– freddie gibbs & madlib “pinata” (madlib invazion)
– ninos de brasil “novos misterios” (hospital)
– black milk “if there’s a hell below” (computer ugly)
– christopher owens “a new testament” (turnstile)
-pure x “angel” (fat possum)

Karissa Talanian
01 – Balduin – All In A Dream (LP/cass, Sunstone Records/Eye Vybe)
Little-known studio magician churns out glimmering baroque psych pop nuggets from his village in Bern, Switzerland.

02 – Wand – Ganglion Reef (LP, Drag City)
Cal Arts students get the Ty Segall production treatment and blow everyone out of their seats with this majestic explosion of wizard-defeats-mountain psych. FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN. Raises the bar for the hard rock/psych community.

03 – Perfume – s/t (Cass, Maximum Pelt)
Ex member of local punk legends Snacks (drummer moved to LA and joined the aforementioned Wand) forms a band with his best friend and the result is teenage angst & apathy perfection. Whatever forever.

04 – King Tuff – Black Moon Spell (LP&CD/cass, Sub Pop/Burger)
With legendary producer Bobby Harlow (one half of THE GO) at the helm, this swirling inferno of searing guitars, driving drums and a generous amount of hand claps and tambourine is a hit for teenyboppers and hardened guitar-pop fans alike.

05 – The People’s Temple – Weekend’s Time (LP/cass, State Capital/Eye Vybe)
Lazy summer tunes from Michigan’s kings of garagey psych surf. Their second full length of 2014 and their most dynamic release since their debut “Sons of Stone”.

06 – MAMA – Speed Trap (Cass, Postcaring Recordings)
Explosive power-pop-rawk’n’roll from Chicago’s underground. “Open Secret” might has well have been oozing from every car radio set to 97.1 since 1983. These guys rock and rule. Recorded by George and Alex of People’s Temple no less!
07 – John Krautner – Northwood/Lion’s Eye (45, Chatham)
Bubblegum goodness from the other half of THE GO’s new solo project.

08 – Pink Floyd – The Endless River
C’mon, Pink Floyd released an album in 2014. Pretty nutty, eh?

09 – REISSUE: Can – Monster Movie/Tago Mago/Ege Bamyasi/Delay/Soundtracks/Future Days/etc (LP, Mute)
Any self respecting music fan needs only two things: a decent stereo system, and every CAN album on vinyl. MUTE makes this attainable with affordable remastered versions of every record in their catalog.

10 – REISSUE: Led Zeppelin – I/II/III/IV/Houses of the Holy
Reissues like this can always be hit or miss, but these genuinely sound better, are beautiful, and each come with a bunch of extra material that is totally worth the extra cash. The alternate version of “Immigrant Song” on the deluxe reissue of III kills.

TOP 10 SHOWS

March 21 – NEST EGG at Wally World
March 24 – KRAFTWERK at the Riviera
April 27 – LOOP & THE PEOPLE’S TEMPLE at the Bottom Lounge
May 18 – ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE at Double Door
June 6 – THE MEMORIES at Wally World
June 13 – SILVER APPLES at Bohemian National Cemetery
July 25 – MEXICAN SLANG, LIL TITS, THUNDERS & PCWSYNDICATE at Wally World
August 23 – JACCO GARDNER at the Empty Bottle
September 18 – NIK TURNER (of Hawkwind) with Hedersleben at the Beat Kitchen
October 11 – OUTER MINDS with FRED SCHNEIDER (of the B-52’s) at Logan Square Auditorium

Jake Lingan
Best of the past year, in no particular order-

Records-
“Blank Project” by Neneh Cherry
“Chills on Glass” by Dead Rider
“Traces Three” Recollection GRM compilation
“The Honeymoon Workbook” by Goodwill Smith
“Flatland” by Objekt
“Wrong Intersection”/ “Trouble” by Kevin Drumm
“Shriek” by Wye Oak
“No Energy”/ “Rat Conspiracy” by Unwound
“Then It All Came Down” by Wrekmeister Harmonies
“Offering: Live At Temple University” by John Coltrane
“12 Stations/ Tolv Stationer 1978 – 2001″ by Ákos Rózmann
“Hidden Cities” by Horse Lords
“Gymnosphere: Song of the Rose” by Jordan De La Sierra
“Black Metal” by Dean Blunt
“All Kinds of You” by Ryley Walker
“Fourth World Vol. 1: Possible Musics” reissue by Brian Eno and Jon Hassell
“Sun, Zoom, Spark: 1970 to 1972″ by Captain Beefheart
“Car & Freezer” by Eiko Ishibashi
“Divide and Exit” by Sleaford Mods
“First Demo” by Fugazi
“Commissions I” by Oneohtrix Point Never

Live-
Fred Frith at Constellation
Sun Ra Arkestra at Jazz Fest
Swans at Lincoln Hall
Dead Rider at Hideout and Empty Bottle
Charlemagne Palestine at Constellation
Nazoranai at Empty Bottle
Wrekmeister Harmonies scoring “Häxan” at Double Door
Peter Brötzmann at Constellation

Angela Ziles
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata
Flying Lotus – You’re Dead!
Total Control – Typical System
D’angelo & the Vanguard – Black Messiah
Viet Cong – Cassette
Andy Stott – Faith In Strangers
White Fence – For The Recently Found Innocent
Earth – Primitive & Deadly
Liars – Mess
Shellac – Dude Incredible
Aphex Twin – Syro
Melkbelly – Pennsylvania
SQÜRL – EP #3
Nazoranai – the most painful time happens only once has it happened already..?
Mac Miller – Faces
Azealia Banks – Broke With Expensive Taste
Bitchin Bajas – Bitchin Bajas
Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty
Oozing Wound – Earth Suck
Marissa Nadler – July
Ex Hex – Rips
Black Hippies – Black Hippies
Austerity Program – Beyond Calculation

Reissues and Compilations:

Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Marshall Allen Presents: In the Orbit of Ra
Unwound – No Energy and Rat Conspiracy
V/A I’m Just Like You: Sly’s Stone Flower 1969-70
V/A Only Lovers Left Alive (Soundtrack)

Soul Jazz Records: (killing it as always! my list could go on forever with this label)
V/A Black Fire! New Spirit!: Radical & Revolutionary Jazz In The USA 1957- 1982
V/A New Orleans Soul: The Original Sound Of New Orleans Soul 1960- 1976
V/A Studio One Rocksteady
V/A Studio One Dancehall: Sir Coxsone in the Dance
V/A Calypso: Musical Poetry in the Caribbean 1955- 1969
V/A Gipsy Rhumba: the Original Rhythm of Gipsy Rhumba in Spain 1965- 1974

Mississippi Records: (same could be said about Mississippi, shining a beautiful light on music history’s past)
Lori Goldston: Creekside: Cello Solo
Dezurik Sisters – Yodel & Sing Their Greatest Hits
V/A Anthology of American Folk Music Vol. 1-4
V/A Emotional, Cosmic & Occult World of Joe Meek
V/A My Intention Is War: Trinidad Calypsos 1928- 1948
V/A Ghost Woman Blues: Country Blues 1927- 1952

Michael Gillilan
some records I really enjoyed from this year, in no particular order!
Actress – Ghettoville (Werk Dics)
Grouper – Ruins (Kranky)
Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness (Jagjaguwar)
Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty (Sub Pop)
Wolfgang Voigt – Rückverzauberung 9 (Kompakt)
Donato Dozzy and Nuel – Aquaplano Sessions (Spectrum Spools)
Vesuvio Solo – Favors (Atelier Ciseaux)
Traxman – Da Mind of Traxman, vol. 2 (Planet Mu)
Lee Gamble – Koch (PAN)
Pye Corner Audio – Black Mill Tapes Volumes 3 & 4 (Type)
Dirty Beaches – Stateless (Zoo Music)
Voices from the Lake – Velo Di Maya (Bunker New York)

Reissues/ Compilations
The Clientele – Suburban Light (Merge)
Luciano Cilio – Dell’Universo Assente (Die Schachtel)
Francis Bebey – Psychedelic Sanza 1982-84 (Born Bad)
K. Leimer – A Period of Review (RNVG)
Angus Maclise – New York Electronic, 1965 (Sub Rosa)
Woo – When the Past Arrives (Drag City)

Matt Jencik
The Acid Liminal
Aphex Twin Syro
At the Gates Red in the Skies is Ours LP reissue
Black Hippies s/t LP reissue
Blut Aus Nord Memoria Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry
John Coltrane Offering
Miles Davis Live at the Fillmore 1970: Bootleg Series Volume 3
Jordan De La Sierra Gymnosphere: Song of the Rose
Delia Derbyshire & Barry Bermange Dreams: Inventions for Radio
Tom Diabo Dark Star
DJ Rashad Double Cup (late 2013 R.I.P.)
Don Caballero Five Pairs of Crazy Pants: Wear ‘Em
Brian Eno & Karl Hyde Someday World
Robert Fripp & Brian Eno Live in Paris
Fugazi First Demo
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib Pinata
Philip Glass How Now Strung Out
Grouper Ruins
Heron s/t LP reissue
Icecross s/t LP reissue (late 2013)
J&Y s/t
Ariel Kalma An Evolutionary Music: Original Recordings 1972-79
Last Ex s/t
Led Zeppelin all reissues
Harry Manfredini Friday the 13th soundtrack
Nasheim Solens Vemod
Tara Jane O’Neil Where Shine New Lights
Outsiders Close Up LP reissue
Psalm Zero Drain
Scharpling & Wurster Rock, Rot & Rule on vinyl!!
Scream Factory Blu-Ray releases
Del Shannon Further Adventures of Charles Westover LP reissue
Slint Spiderland boxset
Space Lady Greatest Hits
Total Control Typical System
Laurence Vanay Evening Colours & Galaxies reissues
Winterfylleth Divination of Antiquity
Woods of Desolation As the Stars
Thom Yorke Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes
Various Artists I’m Just Like You: Sly Stone’s Flower 1969-70
Various Artists Only Lovers Left Alive soundtrack & film
Various Artists Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles

Shows
Neko Case
The Cure
Kim & Kelley Deal at Reckless
Hot Snakes
Kraftwerk
Angel Olsen
Slowdive
Spires That in the Sunset Rise
Wrekmeister Harmonies/ Ryley Walker/ Circuit Des Yeux
Neil Young

Kevin Hein
In no particular order:
Trevor Luikart- Angelica
Aphex Twin- Syro
Sun Kil Moon- Benji (also War On Drugs Suck My Cock)
Angel Olsen- Burn Your Fire For No Witness
Eyehategod- s/t
Sky Ferreira- Night Time, My TIme
Ant’lrd- Biblioteca Nod Out
Bob Mould- Beauty & Ruin
Floor- Oblation
Mac Demarco- Salad Days
Jefre Cantu Ledesma- Songs Of Forgiveness
J Mascis- Tied To A Star
Goatwhore- Constricting Rage of the Merciless
Cheatahs- s/t
Godflesh- A World Lit Only By Fire
Yellow River Boys- Urinal Street Station
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib- Pinata
Iron Reagan- Tyranny Of Will

Tom Walczyk
(in no particular order)
Bob Mould- Beauty & Ruin (Merge Records)
Shellac- Dude, Incredible (Touch & Go)
Damaged Bug- Hubba Bubba (Castle Face)
Pink Mountain Tops – Get Back (Jagjaguwar)
Morgan Delt- S/T (Trouble in Mind)
Ty Segall- Manipulator (Drag City)
Temples- Sun Structures (Fat Possum)
White Fence- For the Recently Found Innocent (Drag City)
Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else (Carpark)
Black Angels-Clear Lake Forest

Chris Connelly
1:COCKSURE “T.V.M.A.L.S.V.”
2:SARAH SILVERMAN “WE ARE MIRACLES”
3:MORRISSEY “WORLD PEACE IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS”
4:”THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS SOCIETY” PUNK 45 VOL 2-VARIOUS ARTISTS
5:SBTRKT “WONDER WHERE WE LAND”
6:COCKSURE “TKO MINDFUCK EP”
7:FINI TRIBE “DETESTIMONY REMIXES”
8:MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO “COMET, COME TO ME”
9:REVOLTING COCKS “BEERS STEERS AND QUEERS” REMASTER/REISSUE
10:RUBY “WAITING FOR LIGHT”
11:REBECCA PIDGEON “BAD POETRY”
12:CONSUMER LECTRONICS “ESTUARY ENGLISH”
13: ROBERT WYATT “DIFFERENT EVERY TIME”
14:POP GROUP “WE ARE TIME”
15:BLOCKADER “RECORDINGS 83-88”
16:SCOTT WALKER & SUNN O))) “SOUSED”

Ben Crowell
Killed By Deathrock vol.1 – V/A – Sacred Bones
Psychedelic Sanza – Francis Bebey – Born Bad
Dark Star – Tom Diabo – Captured Tracks
Then It All Came Down – Wrekmeister Harmonies – Thrill Jockey
Evilspeak Blu-Ray – Scream Factory
Live in Paris 28.05.1975 – Fripp & Eno – Opal
Tche Belew – Hailu Mergia & The Walias – Awesome Tapes
Dreams – Delia Derbyshire & Barry Bermange – Psychic Sound
Libertine – Silkworm – Comedy Minus One
Witchboard – Blu-Ray -Scream Factory

Anthony Illarde
BALDUIN – All In A Dream (Sunstone/Eye Vybe)
FRANCIS BEBEY – Psychedelic Sanza 1982-84 (Born Bad)
BUDOS BAND – Burnt Offering (Daptone)
MELANIE DE BIASIO – No Deal (Play It Again Sam)
ENERGY GOWN – Evening Molasses (Alona’s Dream)
HUSHDROPS – Tomorrow (HD)
HAILU MERGIA & THE WALIAS – Tche Belew (Awesome Tapes From Africa, reissue)
SEX PISTOLS – Spunk (Ingrooves, reissue)
ERIC SIDAY – Ultra Sonic Perception (Dual Planet, reissue)
NIKKI SUDDEN – Texas & Robespierre’s Velvet Basement (Secretly Canadian, reissues)
SUN RA – In The Orbit Of Ra (Strut)

FILMAGE: THE STORY OF DESCENDENTS/ALL (Rogue Elephant, DVD)
SACRIFICIAL YOUTH (Regressive Films, DVD)
SUPER DUPER ALICE COOPER (Eagle Vision, DVD)

TIMMY QUINLAN’S FAVORITES OF 2014
D’angelo & the Vanguard – Black Messiah
People Under the Stairs – 12 Step Program
Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else
Madlib – Pinata Beats
King Tuff – Black Moon Spell
The Budos Band – Burnt Offering
Shellac – Dude Incredible
Hailu Mergia & The Walias – Che Belew
Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty
Flying Lotus – You’re Dead3
Chromeo – White Women
The Black Angels – Clear Lake Forest
Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2
Aphex Twin – Syro
Souls of Mischief & Adrian Younge – There is Only Now
Todd Terje – It’s Album Time
Taylor Swift – 1989
IF IT’S RELEASED BEFORE THE YEAR’S END: Kendrick Lamar “TBA”

Eric Lipe
FUTURE ISLANDS—-SINGLES
IGGY AZALEA–THE NEW CLASSIC
LYKKE LI—I NEVER LEARN
CHROMEO—WHITE WOMEN
BETTY WHO—TAKE ME WHEN YOU GO
JESSIE WARE—TOUGH LOVE
HOSIER—HOSIER
ANNIE LENNOX—NOSTALGIA
TAYLOR SWIFT—1989
RUN THE JEWELS—RTJ2

Stephen Sowley
2014 (no rank/I miss DJ Rashad)

MadGibbs—Cocaine Pinata
Yi—Crying
Minutes—Roland
Run The Jewels—RTJ 2
Good Throb—Fuck Off
Millie & Andrea—Drop The Vowels
Actress—Ghettoville
Protomartyr—Under Color Of Official Right
Obnox—Louder Space
The Gotobeds—Poor People Are Revolting
Total Control—Typical System
Lowest Form—Negative Ecstasy
John Coltrane—Offering: Live At Temple University
Lee Gamble—Koch
V/A—Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles
Numbers Band—Jimmy Bell’s Still In Town (reissue)
SND—TPlay/Newtables/Travelog (Reissues)
Transillusion—The Opening Of The Cerebral Gates (Reissue)
Powell—Club Music 12”
Demdike Stare—Test Pressing #006 12”
DJ Rashad—We On One 12”
Frau—Punk Is My Boyfriend 7”
Hysterics—Can’t I Live? 7”
Permanent Ruin—San Jose 7”
Kim Deal—Biker Gone 7”
Nots—Fix/Modern 7”
Bad Canoes—Sisterhood Is Powerful (Cassette)

Live: Split Feet/Perfect Pussy/Haki/The Repos/Institute/Bad Canoes/Una Bestia Incontrolable/DJ Spinn/Ratka/No Statik/Cold Beat/Flesh World/The Sun Ra Arkestra/Forward Antenna Technologies/Theo Parrish/Ex Hex/Broken Prayer/Bad Side/Speedy Ortiz

Kip Mccabe
1. Shellac “Dude Incredible”
2. A Winged Victory For The Sullen “Atomos”
3. Loscil “Sea Island”
4. Cliff Martinez “The Knick” (Soundtrack)
5. Grouper “Ruins”
6. Liars “Mess”

Mark Lux
15 for 2014
watery Love decorative feeding
fugazi demo tapes
budos band burnt offering
junzo suzuki 7
beck morning phase
electric wizard time to die
steve gunn way out weather
koudede guitars from agadez 7
truth & janey erupts (reissue)
todd rundgren bbc session
solaris (lauries planet of sound reissue)
laurence vanay galaxies (reissue)
sadahiro yamada ok to exist do nothing
brainiac five when silence was sound
chris forsyth intensity ghost

Gar Brandt
1. Fur Coats “League of extraordinary Octopuses”
2. Liars “Mess”
3. Mysteries “New Age Music Is Here”
4. Raspberry Bulbs “Privacy”
5. Skull or The Skull “For Those Which Are Asleep”
6. Mogwai “Rave Tapes”
7. Lawrence Arms “Metropole”
8. Ru Paul “Born Naked”
9. Behemoth “Satanist”
10. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib “Pinata”
11. EMA “Future’s Void”
12. Future Islands “Singles”
13. OFF! “wasted Years”
14. Swans “To Be Kind”
15. Warm Soda “Young Reckless Hearts”
16. Goat “commune”
17. Spoon “They Want My Soul”
18. Thee Oh Sees ” Drop”
19. Horrors “luminous”
20. Scott Walker & Sunn O))) “Soused”
21. War on Drugs “Lost In The Dream”

Books:
Dave Hofer “Perpetual Conversation: 30 Years & Counting In the Life of Metal Veteran Dan Lilker”
Brian Czarnik “Just Words”

SHOWS
Marc Ruvolo Solo New Years Eve 12/31/13 Fireside Bowl
Fuck You Pay Me, Pillage, Full on & Glov 3/29/14 5PM
Township

Most Played Live Album on “Friday Night Live With Gar Brandt”
Millie Jackson’s “Live & Outrageous” :)

Bryan Smith
25 years of Reckless in Chicago!
20 years of Reckless in Wicker Park! (October 1994)
Aphex Twin – Syro 2lp
Built To Spill – Ultimate Alternative Wavers on LP finally!
Crime – Murder BY Guitar reissue
Earth – Primitive & Deadly 2lp
Entombed – Wolverine Blues LP reissue (finally!)
Ex Hex – Rips
Fix – Vengeance 2×7″ reissue
Floor – Oblation 2LP
Folk Music of the Sahel Vol.1: Niger 2lp
Frantix – My Dad’s A Fuckin’ Alcoholic reissue
Lord Mantis – Death Mask
Mayhem – Esoteric Warfare LP
Ngozi Family – Day of Judgement reissue
The Shrine – Bless Off
The Skull – For Those Which Are Asleep
Triptykon – Melana Chasmata LP
used classical CDs (so cheap these days!)
forgot to put on the 2013 list:
Arnold Dreyblatt & Megafaun – Appalachian Excitation

Risa Tolentino
Aphex Twin “Syro”
William Onyeabor – Box Set
Sun Kil Moon “Benji”
Theo Parrish “American Intelligence”
Amen Dunes “Love”
Bing & Ruth “Tomorrow Was the Golden Age”
Rich Gang “Tha Tour Part 1”
Woo “Into The Heart of Love”
Bedhead “Transaction de Novo”/”1992-1998”/”WhatFunLifeWas”/”Beheaded”
War On Drugs “Lost In A Dream”
Swans “To Be Kind”
Brian Eno & Karl Hyde “High Life”
Bitchin Bajas (2xLP on Drag City)
Moodymann S/T
Emerald Web “Whispered Visions”

Dan Maloney
My favorite New Records of 2014
1.) D’angelo & the Vanguard – Black Messiah
2.) War On Drugs- Lost In a Dream
3.) Total Control- Typical System
4.) Sturgill Simpson- Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
5.) Todd Terje- It’s Album Time
6.) Freddie Gibbs/ Madlib- Pinata
7.) Run The Jewels- Run the Jewels 2
8.) Angel Olsen- Bury Your Fire For No Witness
9.) Sun Kil Moon- Benji
10.) Courtney Barnett- Double Ep- A Sea of Split Peas
11.) Horrors- Luminous
12.) Sharon Van Etten- Are We There
13.) Taylor Swift- 1989
14.) Hiss Golden Messenger- Lateness of Dancers
15.) Beck- Morning Phase
16.) Scott Walker/ Sunn O)))- Soused

Reissues (in no particular order)

1.) Ned Doheny- Separate Oceans
2.) Woo- Into The Heart of Love
3.) Delia Derbyshire & Barry Bermange- Dreams: Inventions for Radio
4.) Country Funk Vol. 2- Various Artists
5.) Bobby Charles- S/t
6.) Mark Lanegan- Has God Seen My Shadow?
7.) Mike Cooper- Trout Steel/ Places I Know/ Machine Gun
8.) South Side Story vol 23- Various artists
9.) Unwound- Rat Conspiracy/ No Energy
10.) New Orleans Soul- Original Sound Of New Orleans Soul 1966-76
11.) Thor’s Hammer- If You Knew: Icelandic Punk & Beat ’65-’67
12.) Colored Balls- Heavy Metal Kid
13.) The Moles- Flashbacks and Dream Sequences: Story of The Moles
14.) X (Australian Band)- Aspirations
15.) Silver Roads: Australian Country Rock & Singer-Songwriters of the 70’s- Various Artists
16.) Captain Beefheart- Sun Zoom Spark 1970 to 1972
17.) Mineral- Power of Failing
18.) Jawbreaker- 24 Hour Revenge Therapy
19.) Bob Dylan- The Basement Tapes- Bootleg Series vol. 11
20.) Led Zeppelin (all the reissues)
21.) Del Shannon- Further Adventures of Charles Westover

Colin Blanton
BEST OF 2K14 IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER:
JEFRE CANTU-LEDESMA- “SONGS OF FORGIVENESS” (baro)
OLLI AARNI- “KOITTAA AIKA” (SUNSHINE LTD.)
BILLY GOMBERG- “CERTAIN WORDS AGAIN & AGAIN” (SUNSHINE LTD.)
BITCHIN BAJAS- S/T CS EDITION (DRAG CITY)
SYMBOL- “ONLINE ARCHITECTURE” (HOLODECK)
ASHAN- “BREATHKNOW” (CONSTELLATION TATSU)
FRIPP & ENO – “LIVE IN PARIS 28.05.1975″ (OPAL)
ANGEL OLSEN- “BURN YOUR FIRE FOR NO WITNESS” (JAGJAGUAR)
WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM – “CELESTITE” (ARTEMISIA RECORDS)
HAKOBUNE/FORMER SELVES/PANABRITE/OLIWA- “OCEANIC TRIANGULATION” (INNER
ISLANDS)

Emily Elhaj
ALBUMS

Viet Cong – Cassette (Mexican Summer)
Rodrigo Amarante – Cavalo (Rough Trade) 2013
Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness (Jagjaguwar)
D'Angelo & the Vanguard - Black Messiah (RCA)
Bohren & Der Club Of Gore – Piano Nights (Pias)
Lord Mantis – The Death Mask (Profound Lore)
Only Lovers Left Alive OST (ATP)
Flying Lotus – You’re Dead (Warp)
Grouper – Ruins (Kranky)
Music Blues – Things Haven’t Gone Well (Thrill Jockey)
Pure X – Angel (Fat Possum)
COIN – Inside Palace (Opal Tapes)
The Paperhead – Africa Avenue (Trouble In Mind)
Loops Haunt – Exits (Black Acre)
Zath – Black Goat Razor 7″ (Drag City)
Ryley Walker – All Kinds of You (Tompkins Square)
Sharon Van Etten – Are We There (Jagjaguwar)
Amen Dunes – Love (Sacred Bones)
Cian Nugent & The Cosmos – Born With the Caul (No Quarter)
Spooky Black (Lil Spook) – Black Silk (self-release)
Mac Demarco – Salad Days (Captured Tracks)
Toupée – Yeehaw Grandma 7″ (Lake Paradise Records)
Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles (Numero Group)
Courtney Barnett – The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas (Mom & Pop) 2013
Morgan Delt – s/t (Trouble in MInd)
Hailu Mergia – Tche Belew (Awesome Tapes From Africa)

REISSUES

Craig Leon – Nommos/Visiting (RVNG)
Lambchop – Nixon (Merge)
Heron – s/t (Mapache)
Icecross – s/t (Rockadrome)
Del Shannon – The Further Adventures of Charles Westover (Trouble In Mind Records)
Orange Juice – Rip It Up (Domino)

SHOWS

Judas Priest – Fun Fun Fun
Lauryn Hill – Vega, Copenhagen
Kelela – SXSW
Guerilla Toss – SXSW
Thee Oh Sees – La Route du Rock
William Tyler – Transfigurations
Juana Molina – Primavera
Grouper – Primavera
Slint – El Rey, L.A.
Pharmakon – Baby’s All Right, NYC
Danafest – Foo Bar Too, Nashville
Marissa Nadler/ Rodrigo Amarante – Le 106, Rouen
La Luz – Euro buds
Courtney Barnett – Fun Fun Fun
A$AP Rocky – Capitol Hill Block Party
The War On Drugs – Picathon
Jonathan Richman – Picathon
Mac Demarco – Øya
FKA Twigs anything
Angel Olsen

Brett Andrew Grossman

Angel Olsen “Burn Your Fire For No Witness” (Jagjaguwar)
The Humble Bee & Players “Snowflake” (Other Ideas)
Grouper “Ruins” (Kranky)
The Advisory Circle “From Out Here” (Ghost Box)
Johann Johannsson & Bjnilsen “I am Here” (Ash International)
New Pornographers “Brill Bruisers” (Matador)
Morgan Delt “Morgan Delt” (Trouble in Mind)
Kim Deal “Solo Series” (Kim Deal Music)
Inventions “Inventions” (Temporary Residence)
Orcas “Yearling” (Morr Music)
Bing & Ruth “Tomorrow was the Golden Age” (Rvng Intl)
Chad Van Galen “Shrink Dust” (Sub Pop)
Papercuts “Life Among Savages” (Easy Sound Recording Co./ Memphis Industries)
Woods “With Light and With Love” (Woodsist)
Mica Levy “Under the Skin” soundtrack (Invada)
White Fence “For the Recently Found Innocent” (Drag City)
Hushdrops “Tomorrow” (Hushdrops)
Ian Humberstone & David Chatton Barker “Two Witches” (Devon Folklore Tapes)
Ty Segall “Manipulator/ $ingles 2 (Drag City)
Alessandro Cortini “Sonno” (Hospital Productions)
Thom Yorke “Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes” (Self)
Tape “Casino” (Häpna)
Real Estate “Atlas” (Domino)
Elisa Ambrogio “The Immoralist” (Drag City)
Auburn Lull “Hiber” (Geographic North)
Bibio “Green Ep” (Warp)
Peter Sculthorpe / Del Sol Quartet “The Complete String Quartets with Didjeridu” (Sono Luminus)
The Advisory Circle “From Out Here” (Ghost Box)
Sloan “Commonwealth” (Yep Roc)
Symbol “Online Architecture” (Holodeck)

Reissues
Alexis Zoumbas “A Lament for Epirus 1926-1928″ (Angry Mom Records)
Bruce Lacey “Spacey Bruce Lacey: Film Music and Improvisations Vol.1 & 2″ (Trunk Records)
Science Fiction Park; German Home Recordings Tape Music of the 1980s: Bundesrepblik (Anost)
Lead Kindly Light: Pre-War Music & Photographs from the American South (Dust-to-Digital)
Francis Bebey “Psychedelic Sanza 1982-1984″ (Born Bad Records)
Else Marie Pade “Et Glasperlespil (Electronic Music 1958-1964)” (Important Records)

Jes Skolnik
Good Throb – Fuck Off LP
Cold Beat – Over Me LP
Kurraka – Kurraka LP
Total Control – Typical System LP
Protomartyr – Under Color Of Official Right LP
Low Life – Dogging LP
Leather – Easy LP
Dark Times – Give LP
Mere Women – Your Town LP
Raspberry Bulbs – Privacy LP
Shellac – Dude Incredible LP
The Gotobeds – Poor People Are Revolting LP
Watery Love – Decorative Feeding LP
East Link – East Link LP
Yi – Crying LP
Rat Columns – Leaf LP
Nun – Nun LP
Born – Born LP
Orden Mundial – Obediencia Debida LP
Juanita y Los Feos – Nueva Numancia LP
Nots – We Are Nots LP
Tercer Mundo – Ser Nosotros Mismos LP
Ex Hex – Rips LP
Siamese Twins – Still Corner LP
Musk – Musk LP
D’Angelo – Black Messiah LP
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Pinata LP
Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 2 LP
Andy Stott – Faith In Strangers LP
Pharmakon – Bestial Burden LP
York Factory Complaint – Lost in the Spectacle LP

Ivy – Ivy 12”
DJ Rashad – We On 1 EP
Institute – Giddy Boys EP
Rakta – People 7”
In School – Conquest 7”
Permanent Ruin – Mas Alla De La Muerte 7”
Frau – Punk Is My Boyfriend 7”
Primetime – Primetime 7”


 
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