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MIDWIFE
Luminol
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Flenser
Denver's Madeline Johnston returns with a new album under the MIDWIFE name. Her 2020 album "Forever" was a favorite or ours during the early days of the pandemic in 2020 & it's sad that we're getting to 2nd pandemic albums by artists now. Like "Forever", "Luminol" is slowed-down take on shoegaze, or slow core for you 90s fans. Great guitar sounds & dreamy vocals that will appeal to fans of JESUS & MARY CHAIN, JESU, CODEINE etc...RECOMMENDED.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $18.99
CHUA, LUCINDA
Antidotes
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4AD
This release from singer & cellist LUCINDA CHUA (best known for her Kranky Records project FELIX) combines 2019's "Antidotes 1" EP with a new follow-up, using placid ambient pads, gently impressionistic vocals and an orchestral sense of dynamic swell to portray her re-emergent sense of identity and self (both in terms of her musical self and her Chinese heritage) that followed a period of nine months when she was neither composing or even listening to music. In tandem, both EPs paint a gently evocative picture of an artist and her processes of self-expression. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Milwaukee Ave
New LP $18.99
HARVEY, PJ
White Chalk - Demos
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Island
The PJ Harvey reissue campaign continues with her 2007 dark horse album White Chalk. Polly Jean took it upon herself to learn how to play piano & in the process this dark & moody album was born & its one of our favorites. Her piano playing is somewhat rudimentary but it works for this songs that have lyrical themes about childhood & her late grandmother. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $18.99
JOY, MIA
Spirit Tamer (ltd. Pink Vinyl)
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Firetalk
Chicago's MIA JOY debuts with a soulful, soft-focus collection of music that draws influence disparately from "World of Echo"-era ARTHUR RUSSELL, quiet storm soul in the SADE mold, and ethereal dream pop like COCTEAU TWINS and THIS MORTAL COIL, all while staying thematically centered in the realm of the metaphysical and spiritual. The result is a heady, "nighttime" sort of avant-pop record that absolutely comes RECOMMENDED!
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $15.99
JENCIK, MATT
Weird Times
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Gilead Media
An icy terrain begins to form on this record. A place where large, shifting landmasses inch towards one another & drift apart. "Weird Times" is the solo debut by Chicagoan Matt Jencik who has performed with bands like IMPLODES, DON CABALLERO, SLINT, & CIRCUIT DES YEUX to name a few. Created with a sampling keyboard (Casio SK-5) and a laptop, "Weird Times" feels like a soundtrack for our uncertain days. Influences for the record refreshingly vary from minimalist composer Philip Glass to writers H.P. Lovecraft & Lovecraft devotee Laird Barron. Tracks like "Northland" & "Cosmic Horror" harp on Jencik's interests in shoegaze & feel like blackened and deconstructed SLOWDIVE instrumentals. If you enjoy horror movie soundtracks, contemporary classical music, or drone, atmospheric compositions "Weird Times" is the perfect cross-section of each.
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New Cassette $6.99
SAULT
Sault 7 (imp) 7'
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Forever Living Origi
FINALLY! We've been trying to stock these records for MONTHS & they're finally here! SAULT is a mysterious group from the UK though through some digging there are theories that artists like producer Inflo, singer Cleo Sol & possibly even Chicago's Kid Sister are involved. This music is a mix of funk, minimalist post-punk similar to ESG, a similar post-modernism to another Reckless favorite GOAT, CAN drummer Jaki Liebezeit's motorik beats & more. This checks so many boxes for us & we're very stoked to have these! RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Loop
New LP $28.99
SAULT
Untitled (rise) Rise (imp, 2lp)
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Forever Living Origi
FINALLY! We've been trying to stock these records for MONTHS & they're finally here! SAULT is a mysterious group from the UK though through some digging there are theories that artists like producer Inflo, singer Cleo Sol & possibly even Chicago's Kid Sister are involved. This music is a mix of funk, minimalist post-punk similar to ESG, a similar post-modernism to another Reckless favorite GOAT, CAN drummer Jaki Liebezeit's motorik beats, dub, minimalist electronic pop ala MIA, SOLANGE & more. This checks so many boxes for us & we're stoked to carry it! RECOMMENDED.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $41.99
DISAPPEARS/ STEVE SHELLEY/ WHITE/LIGHT
Disappears + Steve Shelley + White/light (2lp, 45rpm)
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Vampire Blues
Limited edition 2LP/45RPM release of these epic collab jams from 2009 featuring the first line-up of DISAPPEARS, SONIC YOUTH drummer Steve Shelley & SONIC YOUTH sound man Jeremy Lemos' WHITE/LIGHT band that also featured PINEBENDER guitarist Matt Clark. This is very much like DISAPPEARS but more "out" with heavy grooves. Comes in a bootleg style sleeve. We're the only store in town that has these so get em here! RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Milwaukee Ave
New LP $27.99
MADLIB
Sound Ancestors Arranged By Kieran Hebden
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Madlib
"Sound Ancestors" has been out in the world streaming for a few months now & we're very excited to be able to finally stock these in the racks. This isn't the first collaboration between MADLIB & Kieran Hebden aka FOUR TET but it's certainly the most fully realized one. Hebden acts more as an arranger or editor for MADLIB's beats & samples. The album has a great flow & bounces from psych-rock breaks to soulful vocal passages, a decent variety of guitar samples, some jazzy excursions all combined with MADLIB's insane knack for digging out the coolest beats. Hebden's thoughtful arranging gives everything enough room to breathe & it really grows on you with repeat listens. AN INSTANT CLASSIC!
Available at: Milwaukee Ave and Loop
New LP $25.99
GENEVA JACUZZI
Lamaze
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Mexican Summer
Geneva Jacuzzi is a L.A. based musician & performance artist & "Lamaze" is a collection of recordings from the early/mid 2000s reissued again by Mexican Summer. Hints of 80s dance, new wave & early hip-hop production with great analogue sounds that will appeal to fans of minimal wave, vaporwave, Italo disco & artists like Saada Bonaire, Patrick Cowley, Nina Hagen etc...RECOMMENDED!
Available at: Milwaukee Ave
New LP $18.99
YOUNG, NEIL & CRAZY HORSE
Way Down In The Rust Bucket (4lp Box Set)
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Reprise
2021 is set to be possibly the biggest year yet for Neil's archive releases. We know of at least 3 that are coming & there are likely more. This 4LP set features the earliest live recordings of the "Ragged Glory" tunes in front of an intimate crowd in 1990. The recordings are raw & excellent sounding. RECOMMENDED!
Available at: Milwaukee Ave
New LP $69.99
HERON
Heron (imp, Reissue)
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Trading Places
HERON was a group of British hippies that signed a deal with Dawn Records (COMUS, TRADER HORNE etc...) in the late 60's & went into the studio to record a single. The group hated the session so they opted to record their album in nature's studio, a grassy field. Their debut might seem a little corny in concept but it's a beautiful album full of simple songs with incredible harmonies. Imagine SIMON & GARFUNKEL if they weren't so square (no diss on S&G we luv em!) or PENTANGLE if they were more into the flower power thing. This is an amazing collection that will appeal to any fan of 60's British folk or fans of Devendra Banhart, Vashti Bunyan, etc...AMAZING stuff.
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $19.99
ROXANNE, ANA
Because Of A Flower
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Kranky
We loved the first album by the New York based artist Ana Roxanne & her second album & first for Kranky is even better. The album opens with a spoken word piece that sets a theme for the album: identifying as intersex. The rest of the album fits right in on Kranky opening with a rich, GROUPER esque drone piece follows with a mellow loop & beautiful choral vocals, a track that reminds us of MJ GUIDER & ending with a track that reminds us of LABRADFORD as well as nods at Japanese ambient & furniture music like the great Hiroshi Yoshimura. Top notch drone/new age & definitely RECOMMENDED.
Available at: All Stores
New LP $17.99
FLAMING TUNES
Flaming Tunes (reissue)
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Superior Viaduct
Gareth Williams was a member of the highly influential THIS HEAT & sadly he died on Christmas Eve in 2001. The great Blackest Ever Black (RIP) reissued this on vinyl in the aughts & it was a big staff favorite & now Superior Viaduct has delivered their version with original tape cover art. The songs are a mix of ENO-esque experimental pop, lo-fi recordings that would fit in nicely on the New Zealand Xpressway label, Eastern influenced melodies & a playfulness that may remind you of Robert Wyatt's 80's albums, Kevin Ayers & Syd Barrett. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Milwaukee Ave
New LP $22.99
HUM
Inlet (2lp)
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Earth Analog
In the middle of the pandemic in 2020 we got a nice surprise when HUM dropped their first album in 22 years without any warning. After numerous delays the physical versions are finally here. The band hasn't changed their sound much, maybe just updated it a little more with modern effects pedals & synths. This is a strong album with memorable riffs & vocals melodies. This one maybe feels a little more shoegaze but it's still got some muscle to it. Fans of their original albums & stuff like SHINER, early SMASHING PUMPKINS, CHAVEZ, TORCHE, SWERVEDRIVER etc... will love this. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Milwaukee Ave and Loop
New LP $33.99
PYLON
Gyrate (reissue)
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New West
FINALLY. PYLON formed in Athens, GA in the late 70s. In pretty much any other place, PYLON would have been the best band there, but early 80s Athens also was the home of R.E.M & B-52s. PYLON had their share of success though releasing a handful of classic underground singles & albums & even opening for U2 on a tour. Reissues have been rumored for years but now thanks to New West they're finally here. The band's sound was tough & in your face, like GANG OF FOUR with all of the bass tone taken out or the most aggressive parts of BLONDIE amped up 100%. Their singer Vanessa Briscoe Hay has one of those amazing voices in post punk & new wave, bouncing between poetic speaking & totally crazed throat-tearing screams. We are so excited to be able to carry these records by this band truly deserving of their cult status. HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION POSSIBLE.
Available at: Belmont
New LP $21.99
PYLON
Pylon Box (4lp, W/ Book)
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New West
FINALLY. PYLON formed in Athens, GA in the late 70s. In pretty much any other place, PYLON would have been the best band there, but early 80s Athens also was the home of R.E.M & B-52s. PYLON had their share of success though releasing a handful of classic underground singles & albums & even opening for U2 on a tour. Reissues have been rumored for years but now thanks to New West they're finally here. The band's sound was tough & in your face, like GANG OF FOUR with all of the bass tone taken out or the most aggressive parts of BLONDIE amped up 100%. Their singer Vanessa Briscoe Hay has one of those amazing voices in post punk & new wave, bouncing between poetic speaking & totally crazed throat-tearing screams. We are so excited to be able to carry these records by this band truly deserving of their cult status. HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION POSSIBLE.
Available at: Belmont
New LP $149.99
STEVENS, SUFJAN
Ascension (2lp, Clear Vinyl)
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Asthmatic Kitty
Recently Sufjan Stevens moved from NYC To the Catskills & while his trusty acoustic instruments were in storage he wrote & recorded the music that would become The Ascension with synthesizers & a drum machine. Though electronic, these are still Sufjan Stevens songs & the album is a dense 2 hours of danceable electronic pop, lush synth ballads & even some experimental/drone leaning moments.
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $22.99
CALLAHAN, BILL
Gold Record
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Drag City
Just a little over a year after 2019's excellent "Shepard in a Sheepskin Vest", Bill Callahan is back with the aptly titled "Gold Record". This time around Bill brings in even more colorful instrumentation & an expanded musical vocabulary- with mariachi trumpets & guitars, even cowboy whistles shifting in & out of focus to a near psychedelic effect. Every song has a story to tell, with Callahan's free-wheelin' & wry vocals reminding us of the great storytellers like TERRY ALLEN & KRIS KRISTOFFERSON. The record also contains some 'gold' Callahan lyrics, including "it's almost beer-thirty", "...with eyes like honey-drunk bees", & of course the introductory line, "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash". As always, on Drag City & recommended!
Available at: Milwaukee Ave
New CD $13.99
ROLLING STONES
Goats Head Soup (2lp, 2020 Remaster) (deluxe Edition W/ Bonus Tracks)
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Interscope
2020 remix & half-speed master of of possibly the most under appreciated 'Stones albums, "Goats Head Soup" from 1973. Mick, Keef & the boys were always thought of as bad boys, especially compared to their rivals THE BEATLES, but we know now a lot of that was myth. But on this album the weariness of fame and the road, drug use, the fall-out of Altamont etc... seems to have creeped in & permeated these songs. There aren't a lot of outtakes for their albums usually but this one has a decent amount including a mostly unknown track with Jimmy Page called "Scarlet" which is just bonkers if you think about it. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Belmont and Loop
New LP $37.99
L- SEVEN
L- Seven L-seven
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Third Man
Third Man has delivered an excellent LP of previously unreleased material by the early 80s Detroit post-punk band L-SEVEN, not to be confused with the well known 90s group L7. Led by vocalist Larissa Stolarchuk who would later play guitar with LAUGHING HYENAS as Larissa Strickland, L-SEVEN made rhythmic & angular post-punk that had touches of SLITS & ESSENTIAL LOGIC funkiness to it but a darker tone ala PYLON. They only released one 7" at the time & it was the first release on the TOUCH & GO offshoot label Special Forces. RECOMMENDED!
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $13.99
OHMME
Fantasize Your Ghost (color Vinyl)
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Joyful Noise
The massively talented Chicago duo OHMME are back with their third album. Sima Cunningham & Macie Stewart are both fantastic guitarists, multi-instrumentalists & their vocal harmonies are truly impressive. Crisp & complex songs that almost veer into math rock territory at times. Fans of ST. VINCET, THE ROCHES, TALKING HEADS, FIERY FURNACES etc... will love this. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Loop
New LP $20.99
BELL WITCH / AERIAL RUIN
Stygian Bough Vol. 1 (2lp, Color Vinyl)
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Profound Lore
"Stygian Bough" is the collaboration between giants from the Pacific Northwest, doom metallers BELL WITCH & the solo acoustic guitar project of Erik Moggridge, AERIAL RUIN. The album start off with a dark acoustic piece & the evolves into heavy, progressive doom that BELL WITCH is now famous for. The album then alternates between those two styles in a truly epic fashion. The last BELL WITCH album "Mirror Reaper" is a good touchstone for this but "Stygian Bough" takes it to a new level for sure. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Milwaukee Ave
New LP $33.99
COUNT OSSIE & THE MYSTIC REVELATION...
Grounation (3lp, Reissue) Of Rastafari
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Dub Store
ESSENTIAL reissue of this classic Rastafarian record by the Jamaican drummer Count Ossie. Rastafarians were considered outcasts in Jamaica in the 50s when Ossie was getting his start but they gradually became accepted in the music scene. In 1973 Count Ossie released this incredible album of music dedicated to the Africans that were brought to Jamaica as slaves. Heavy & repetitive percussion & a almost improvisational jazz feel, this album will appeal to fans of 70s spiritual jazz like Eddie Gale, Chicago's own Philip Cohran & even the early Moondog records at times. RECOMMENDED.
Available at: Milwaukee Ave
New LP $42.99
COUNTRY WESTERNS
Country Westerns
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Fat Possum
COUNTRY WESTERNS are a trio from Nashville that doesn't play country western music. Their sounds owes more to 80's Minneapolis bands like THE REPLACEMENTS & early SOUL ASYLUM than any Grand Ole Opry performers. The band features members of SILVER JEWS, GENTLEMEN JESSE & former Reckless alum & STATE CHAMPION member Sabrina Rush. HELL YEAH!
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $17.99